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Sam Altman's leap of faith  

Earlier this year, founder-investor Sam Altman left his high-profile role as the president of Y Combinator to become the CEO of OpenAI, an AI research outfit that was founded by some of the most prominent people in the tech industry in late 2015. The idea: to ensure that artificial intelligence is “developed in a way […]

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2019-05-18 16:01:44



Big revenues, huge valuations and major losses: charting the era of the unicorn IPO  

We can make charts galore about the tech IPO market. Yet none of them diminish the profound sense that we are in uncharted territory.Never before have so many companies with such high revenues gone public at such lofty valuations, all while sustaining such massive losses. If you're a "growth matters most" investor, these are exciting times in IPO-land. If you're the old-fashioned value type who prefers profits, it may be best to sit out this cycle.

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2019-05-18 14:09:46



Immigrant founders, smartphone growth, SEO tactics, SoftBank's financials, and AR tech  

How an immigration crackdown is hurting UK startups Our European correspondent Natasha Lomas spent the past few weeks investigating what's been happening to immigrant founders and tech talent in the UK, who have been receiving more scrutiny from the Home Office in recent months. Natasha zooms in on Metail, a virtual fitting room startup, and […]

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2019-05-18 14:05:22



Myneral.me wins the TechCrunch Hackathon at VivaTech  

It's been a long night at VivaTech. The building hosted a very special competition — the TechCrunch Hackathon in Paris. Hundreds of engineers and designers got together to come up with something cool, something neat, something awesome. The only condition was that they only had 36 hours to work on their projects. Some of them […]

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2019-05-18 12:30:36



Equity transcribed: Away's $1.4B valuation and CrowdStrike's S-1  

Welcome back to another transcribed edition of Equity, the wildly popular TechCrunch podcast that digs deep into the week’s news about … equity. There were no IPOs this week so there was only one episode, but it was jam-packed with news about direct-to-consumer scooters, luggage funding and fake meat. This is where tech has taken […]

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2019-05-18 10:40:57



Startups Weekly: There's an alternative to raising VC and it's called revenue-based financing  

In this week's newsletter: Amazon takes a bite of Deliveroo and Away packs on $100M

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2019-05-18 06:40:53



How an immigration crackdown is hurting UK startups  

The two people who sat down in reception without an appointment would not leave the startup’s office until the end of the day. Two months later, a letter followed informing the company it had been suspended from the United Kingdom’s register of licensed sponsors, the database of companies the government has approved to employee foreign […]

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2019-05-18 05:35:27



How to navigate the UK's immigration compliance nightmare  

The United Kingdom’s current government has ended up restricting high-skill immigration as part of its larger drive to decrease all immigration. While it pays lip service to being a startup hub, we just published an article examining how one promising high-profile startup, Metail, has been cut off from hiring more key workers over a rather […]

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2019-05-18 03:59:35



Original Content podcast: 'Game of Thrones' burns it all down  

This post and podcast contain spoilers for “Game of Thrones.” Our original co-host Darrell Etherington returns for this week’s Original Content podcast, which is all about “Game of Thrones” — specifically “The Bells,” an episode that seems to have prompted more fan outcry than anything in the last seven-and-a-half seasons. The controversy, of course, comes […]

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2019-05-18 03:24:26



DNA Script picks up $38.5 million to make DNA production faster and simpler  

DNA Script has raised $38.5 million in new financing to commercialize a process that it claims is the first big leap forward in manufacturing genetic material. The revolution in synthetic biology that’s reshaping industries from medicine to agriculture rests on three, equally important pillars. They include: analytics — the ability to map the genome and […]

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2019-05-17 19:18:43



Netflix takes on 'Project Runway' with new competition series co-hosted by Queer Eye star  

Netflix is launching its own take on Project Runway, and it’s bringing in Queer Eye’s Tan France to host. While Project Runway has grown to become one of the most popular fashion-focused reality shows to ever hit TV, the franchise, now on Season 17, is getting a little long in the tooth — and in […]

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2019-05-17 18:33:07



Rivian debuts a pull-out kitchen for its electric pickup truck  

Sometimes you need scrambled eggs. And with that thought, today at the Overland Expo in Flagstaff, AZ, Rivian announced a major accessory for its electric pickup: A camp kitchen. The unit slides out from the Rivian R1T’s so-called gear tunnel that lives between the bed and cab. The kitchen includes storage and a stove that’s […]

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2019-05-17 18:17:47



'Old Town Road' finally gets the video treatment  

From viral TikTok sensation to music’s number one smash hit, “Old Town Road” has taken the top spot in music’s cultural firmament relying on an incredible Nine Inch Nails sample, some old-fashioned controversy (it was barred from country music charts) and a remix with Billy Ray Cyrus. So it’s only natural that the song that […]

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2019-05-17 17:49:35



Clutter has picked up Omni's storage business; Omni to focus on rentals  

On the heels of Clutter announcing a large growth round of $200 million earlier this year, the storage startup is cleaning up the competitive field. TechCrunch has learned and confirmed that Clutter has purchased the storage business of erstwhile rival Omni. Omni will remain an independent company, which will now instead focus on rentals of personal […]

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2019-05-17 15:35:47



Credder offers Rotten Tomatoes-style ratings for the news  

In an age of online misinformation and clickbait, how do you know whether a publication is trustworthy? Startup Credder is trying to solve this problem with reviews from both journalists and regular readers. These reviews are then aggregated into an overall credibility score (or rather, scores, since the journalist and reader ratings are calculated separately). So […]

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2019-05-17 14:17:21



Australia's design unicorn, Canva, picks up two free image-sharing services, and launches new photo product  

Canva, the design and publishing platform taking on Adobe, PowerPoint and others, has acquired the free stock image providers Pexels and Pixabay and launched a new subscription service for its premium image marketplace, Photos Unlimited. Taken together, the new strategic moves represent a concerted effort by the company to add more graphic options to its […]

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2019-05-17 12:12:21



Fastly pops in public offering showing that there's still money for tech IPOs  

Shares of Fastly, the service that’s used by websites to ensure that they can load faster, have popped in its first hours of trading on the New York Stock Exchange. The company, which priced its public offering at around $16 — the top of the estimated range for its public offering — have risen more […]

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2019-05-17 12:08:42



LG developed its own AI chip to make its smart home products even smarter  

As its once-strong mobile division continues to slide, LG is picking up its focus on emerging tech. The company has pushed automotive, and particularly its self-driving capabilities, and today it doubled down on its smart home play with the announcement of its own artificial intelligence (AI) chip. LG said the new chip includes its own […]

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2019-05-17 10:45:30



Blue Origin and SpaceX get million-dollar NASA nod to test Moon lander tech  

Eleven aerospace companies will share more than $45 million in funds from NASA to design and test prototypes for the Artemis moon missions, the agency announced today. Among the established names like Northrop Grumman and Sierra Nevada are relative newcomers SpaceX and Blue Origin, looking to make a place for themselves on the agency's biggest push in decades.

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2019-05-17 10:42:02



The state of the smartphone  

Earlier this month, Canalys used the word "freefall" to describe its latest reporting. Global shipments fell 6.8% year over year. At 313.9 million, they were at their lowest level in nearly half a decade. Of the major players, Apple was easily the hardest hit, falling 23.2% year over year. The firm says that's the "largest […]

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2019-05-17 10:36:38



Alphabet's Wing drone deliveries are coming to Finland next month  

Slowly but surely, Wing is spreading. Just last month, the one-time Google moonshot started deliveries for select locales in Australia's capital city, Canberra. Now it's moving into Finland, taking on that country's own capital, Helsinki. Drone deliveries will start just month — which may just make the "spring" timeframe it announced late last year. Like […]

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2019-05-17 09:55:38



Winter is coming for HBO NOW subscriber growth  

Fan reaction to Game of Thrones‘ final season may be mixed, but the show has been undeniably good for HBO’s network — and for its over-the-top streaming service, HBO NOW. The Season 8 premiere drew in 11.8 million live viewers and 17.4 million viewers across all platforms on the day of airing, as well as […]

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2019-05-17 09:21:36



Under the hood on Zoom's IPO, with founder and CEO Eric Yuan  

Extra Crunch offers members the opportunity to tune into conference calls led and moderated by the TechCrunch writers you read every day. This week, TechCrunch's Kate Clark sat down with Eric Yuan, the founder and CEO of video communications startup Zoom, to go behind the curtain on the company’s recent IPO process and its path […]

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2019-05-17 09:21:31



Minecraft Earth makes the whole real world your very own blocky realm  

When your game tops a hundred million players, your thoughts naturally turn to doubling that number. That's the case with the creators, or rather stewards, of Minecraft at Microsoft, where the game has become a product category unto itself. And now it is making its biggest leap yet — to a real-world augmented reality game in the vein of Pokemon GO, called Minecraft Earth.

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2019-05-17 08:39:17



As Quibi reportedly seeks another $1 billion, Fiction Riot fills the programming slate for its rival service  

Even as Quibi, the short form video platform from Jeffrey Katzenberg’s WndrCo, reportedly looks to raise another $1 billion, rival service Fiction Riot continues to steadily build out its pipeline of short form serials. The Los Angeles-based company has already launched a beta version of its streaming service, Ficto, and yesterday announced a host of […]

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2019-05-17 08:26:06



Health at Scale lands $16M Series A to bring machine learning to healthcare  

Health at Scale, a startup with founders who have both medical and engineering expertise, wants to bring machine learning to bear on healthcare treatment options to produce outcomes with better results and less aftercare. Today the company announced a $16 million Series A. Optum, which is part of the UnitedHealth Group, was the sole investor […]

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2019-05-17 06:20:21



Daily Crunch: Amazon backs Deliveroo  

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here. 1. Amazon leads $575M investment in Deliveroo Amazon is taking a slice of Europe's food delivery market by leading a $575 million […]

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2019-05-17 06:03:50



Amazon now sells flight tickets in India  

Indians can already use Amazon to pay for their mobile bills and borrow money to purchase items, but now there’s more. This week, the ecommerce giant quietly introduced an additional feature to its shopping site: flight tickets. Amazon has partnered with local travel service Cleartrip to add flight booking option to its payment service — […]

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2019-05-17 05:56:38



HPE is buying Cray for $1.3 billion  

HPE announced it was buying Cray for $1.3 billion, giving it access to the company’s high-performance computing portfolio, and perhaps a foothold into quantum computing in the future. The purchase price was $35 a share, a $5.19 premium over yesterday’s close of $29.81 a share. Cray was founded in the 1970s and for a time […]

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2019-05-17 05:50:08



Starbucks' Chinese nemesis surges 20% in public debut  

Shares of Luckin Coffee jumped 20% in its first day of trading on the Nasdaq stock market. After opening at $17.00, shares of the Chinese Starbucks competitor climbed as high as $25.96, or more than 50%, before settling back down to $20.38 at the market’s close. The company has a market cap north of $5 […]

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2019-05-17 05:48:20



Zipline's new $190 million funding means it's the newest billion dollar contender in the game of drones  

With a valuation of over $1 billion and $190 million in new financing, Zipline has become the latest contender to be the leader in the game of drones. The competition to be a leading vendor of delivery drone services is fierce, but Zipline has already built its billion-dollar business selling its hardware and services as […]

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2019-05-17 05:46:08



'Crypto exchange' Goxtrade caught using other people's photos on its staff page  

Alleged cryptocurrency exchange Goxtrade bills itself as a “trusted platform for trading bitcoins,” but its staff page is filled with photos of people pulled seemingly at random from the internet. The alleged exchange, which claimed to debut in 2017 yet its website is only a little more than a week old, used photos taken from […]

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2019-05-17 05:03:36



Spotify is test driving a car hardware thing called 'Car Thing'  

For anyone following Spotify, this no doubt felt like an inevitably. As the streaming service looks to diversify, the company's already had some loose partnerships with hardware companies like Mighty. Now it's looking to build its own thing. That thing being "Car Thing." The piece of automotive hardware isn't a consumer device exactly. Spotify is […]

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2019-05-17 04:45:19



Amazon leads $575M investment in Deliveroo  

Amazon is taking a slice of Europe’s food delivery market after the U.S. e-commerce giant led a $575 million investment in Deliveroo . First reported by Sky yesterday, the Series G round was confirmed in an early UK morning announcement from Deliveroo, which confirmed that existing backers including T. Rowe Price, Fidelity Management and Research […]

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2019-05-17 04:40:40



Microsoft aims to train and certify 15,000 workers on AI skills by 2022  

Microsoft is investing in certification and training for a range of AI-related skills in partnership with education provider General Assembly, the companies announced this morning. The goal is to train some 15,000 people by 2022 in order to increase the pool of AI talent around the world. The training will focus on AI, machine learning, […]

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2019-05-17 04:36:08



Chelsea Manning is back in jail after refusing to cooperate with WikiLeaks investigation  

Following a week-long release from an Alexandria, Virginia detention center, Chelsea Manning is back in jail. Manning was jailed in March for her refusal to cooperate with a grand jury investigation into WikiLeaks. Manning has made her position on the grand jury well known and refuses to cooperate with its proceedings on principle. Her release […]

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2019-05-17 04:12:22



Unpacking Away's $1.4B valuation, the startup studio model and CrowdStrike's S-1  

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch's venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines.

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2019-05-17 03:30:54



Powerbeats Pro are the Bluetooth earbuds to beat  

Let's get the bad out of the way first, shall we? For starters, that charging case is huge. There's no way around it. It's something that's become more and more apparent as the weather is warmer and I no longer have jacket pockets to carry it around in. If you shell out the money for […]

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2019-05-17 03:22:28



Macron defends his startup-friendly policies  

For the third year as president, France's president Emmanuel Macron talked to the French tech ecosystem at VivaTech in Paris. This time, he used this opportunity to defend his policies so far and say that tech startups have nearly everything they need to succeed Frichti's Julia Bijaoui, TransferWise's Flora Coleman, OpenClassrooms' Pierre Dubuc, Vinted's Thomas […]

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2019-05-17 03:07:45



Chat app Line is adding Snap-style disappearing stories  

Facebook cloning Snap to death may be old news, but others are only just following suit. Line, the Japanese messaging app that’s popular in Asia, just became the latest to clone Snap’s ephemeral story concept. The company announced today that it is adding stories that disappear after 24-hours to its timeline feature, a social network like […]

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2019-05-17 02:41:23



At this point, SoftBank Group is really just its Vision Fund  

Last week, SoftBank Group Corp. — Masayoshi Son's holding company for his rapidly expanding collection of businesses — reported its fiscal year financials. There were some major headlines that came out of the news, including that the company's Vision Fund appears to be doing quite well and that SoftBank intends to increase its stake in […]

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2019-05-17 02:25:44



Trump's Huawei ban 'wins' one trade battle, but the US may lose the networking war  

While U.S. government officials celebrate what they must consider to be a win in their battle against the low-cost, high-performance networking vendor Huawei and other Chinese hardware manufacturers, the country is at risk of falling seriously behind in the broader, global competition for telecom tech and customers. It may be a race that the U.S. […]

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2019-05-17 02:16:17



MP Tom Watson wants UK competition authority to investigate Amazon's Deliveroo stake  

European restaurant delivery giant Deliveroo this morning announced that Amazon would be gobbling up a share in the company, by leading a new $575 million round of funding in it. But it looks like the e-commerce giant may be facing a little indigestion ahead. Tom Watson, MP and deputy leader of the Labour Party, today […]

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2019-05-17 02:15:53



Magic Leap buys Belgian startup building hologram teleconferencing software  

Princess Leia’s hologram message to Obi-Wan is getting closer to reality, at least augmented reality. Magic Leap announced yesterday that they’ve agreed to acquire Belgian startup Mimesys. The team has been working on bringing Star Wars-esque volumetric video calls to the Magic Leap platform, and it seems that the Florida AR startup liked what they […]

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2019-05-17 02:09:28



China's Luckin Coffee raises up to $651M in upsized US IPO  

Another week, another cash-burning tech IPO in the U.S. Following on from Uber’s high-profile listing, ambitious Chinese startup Luckin Coffee has raised up to $650.8 million on the Nasdaq after it priced its shares at $17. Despite concern at its high losses and little chance of near-term profitability, Luckin seems to have been greeted positively […]

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2019-05-17 02:09:16



Postmates CEO Bastian Lehmann is coming to Disrupt SF  

It’s a busy time for Postmates — the logistics and delivery company is prepping for its IPO on the back of a fresh $100 million raise in February. However, founder and CEO Bastian Lehmann is still carving some time out of his schedule to join us at Disrupt SF in October. Before Postmates, Lehmann cofounded […]

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2019-05-17 01:48:49



Tutor House, the UK-based tutoring platform, scores £2M from Fuel Ventures  

Tutor House, a U.K.-based startup that operates a marketplace to let parents find an online or in-person tutor for their children, has raised £2 million in funding. Backing the round, the first for the young company, is Fuel Ventures, the London-based VC and startup builder set up by Mark Pearson of MyVoucherCodes fame. Fuel Ventures […]

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2019-05-17 01:22:46



After breach, Stack Overflow says some user data exposed  

After disclosing a breach earlier this week, Stack Overflow has confirmed some user data was accessed. In case you missed it, the developer knowledge sharing site confirmed Thursday a breach of its systems last weekend, resulting in unauthorized access to production systems — the front-facing servers that actively power the site. The company gave few […]

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2019-05-17 01:09:34



Apple & Google celebrate Global Accessibility Awareness Day with featured apps, new shortcuts  

With last fall’s release of iOS 12, Apple introduced Siri Shortcuts — a new app that allows iPhone users to create their own voice commands to take actions on their phone and in apps. Today, Apple is celebrating Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) by rolling out a practical, accessibility focused collection of new Siri Shortcuts, […]

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2019-05-16 17:06:56



TikTok tops the iOS App Store for the fifth quarter in a row  

Despite a $5.7 million FTC fine and changes to restrict its use by under 13-year-olds, TikTok retained its No. 1 position as the most downloaded app on the Apple App Store for the fifth consecutive quarter, according to a new report from Sensor Tower. The app saw more than 33 million App Store downloads during […]

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2019-05-16 16:52:27



Rivals in gaming, Microsoft and Sony team up on cloud services  

For the last two decades, Sony and Microsoft's gaming divisions have been locked in all-out war against one another: on price, on hardware, on franchises, on exclusives... you name it. But it seems they've set their enmity aside temporarily that they might better prevent that filthy casual, Google, from joining the fray.

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2019-05-16 16:43:47



MultiVu raises $7M seed round for its next-gen 3D sensor  

MultiVu, a Tel Aviv-based startup that is developing a new 3D imaging solution that only relies on a single sensor and some deep learning smarts, today announced that it has raised a $7 million seed round. The round was led by crowdfunding platform OurCrowd, Cardumen Captial and Hong Kong’s Junson Capital. Tel Aviv University’s TAU […]

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2019-05-16 15:58:06



Replex gets $2.45M seed round to help track cloud native spend  

Replex wants to help track cloud spending, but with a cloud native twist, and today it announced a $2.45 million seed round. The company previous raised $1.68 million in 2017 for a total of $4.15 million so far. As companies shift to a cloud native environment, and move ever more quickly, it is increasingly important […]

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2019-05-16 15:19:51



Retail Zipline raises $9.6M from Emergence and Serena Williams  

Retail Zipline, a startup aiming to improve communication between retail stores and corporate decision makers, announced today that it has raised $9.6 million in Series A funding. CEO Melissa Wong previously worked in corporate communications for Old Navy, where she said she saw “such a disconnect between what was decided in headquarters and what was […]

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2019-05-16 15:11:48



Replex gets $2.45M seed round to help track cloud native spend  

Replex wants to help track cloud spending, but with a cloud native twist, and today it announced a $2.45 million seed round. The company previous raised $1.68 million in 2017 for a total of $4.15 million so far. As companies shift to a cloud native environment, and move ever more quickly, it is increasingly important […]

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2019-05-16 14:25:30



ObjectiveEd is building a better digital curriculum for vision-impaired kids  

Children with vision impairments struggle to get a solid K-12 education for a lot of reasons — so the more tools their teachers have to impart basic skills and concepts, the better. ObjectiveEd is a startup that aims to empower teachers and kids with a suite of learning games accessible to all vision levels, along with tools to track and promote progress.

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2019-05-16 13:59:38



SugarCRM moves into marketing automation with Salesfusion acquisition  

SugarCRM announced today that it has acquired Atlanta-based Salesfusion to help build out the marketing automation side of its business. The deal closed last Friday. The companies did not share the purchase price. CEO Craig Charlton, who joined the company in February, says he recognized that marketing automation was an area of the platform that […]

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2019-05-16 13:51:56



The Meizu 16s offers flagship features at a mid-range price  

Smartphones have gotten more expensive over the last few years even though there have only been a handful of recent innovations that really changed the way you interact with the phone. It’s maybe no surprise then that there is suddenly a lot more interest in mid-range, sub-$500 phones again. In the U.S., Google’s new Pixel […]

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2019-05-16 13:33:24



MultiVu raises $7M seed round for its next-gen 3D sensor  

MultiVu, a Tel Aviv-based startup that is developing a new 3D imaging solution that only relies on a single sensor and some deep learning smarts, today announced that it has raised a $7 million seed round. The round was led by crowdfunding platform OurCrowd, Cardumen Captial and Hong Kong’s Junson Capital. Tel Aviv University’s TAU […]

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2019-05-16 13:21:17



Asus' $499 ZenFone 6 has a flip-up camera and a giant battery  

Premium smartphone manufacturers have moved the needle on pricing, but 2019 may well go down as a kind of golden age for budget flagships. Apple, Google and Samsung are all in that business now, and OnePlus has once again shown the world how to offer more for less. And then there's the new ZenFone. It's […]

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2019-05-16 12:50:27



Rivals in gaming, Microsoft and Sony team up on cloud services  

For the last two decades, Sony and Microsoft's gaming divisions have been locked in all-out war against one another: on price, on hardware, on franchises, on exclusives... you name it. But it seems they've set their enmity aside temporarily that they might better prevent that filthy casual, Google, from joining the fray.

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2019-05-16 12:23:40



ObjectiveEd is building a better digital curriculum for vision-impaired kids  

Children with vision impairments struggle to get a solid K-12 education for a lot of reasons — so the more tools their teachers have to impart basic skills and concepts, the better. ObjectiveEd is a startup that aims to empower teachers and kids with a suite of learning games accessible to all vision levels, along with tools to track and promote progress.

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2019-05-16 12:14:02



Daily Crunch: Trump targets Huawei with emergency declaration  

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here. 1. Trump declares national emergency to protect US networks from foreign espionage While the U.S. already restricted government contractors and federal agencies […]

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2019-05-16 11:45:54



SugarCRM moves into marketing automation with Salesfusion acquisition  

SugarCRM announced today that it has acquired Atlanta-based Salesfusion to help build out the marketing automation side of its business. The deal closed last Friday. The companies did not share the purchase price. CEO Craig Charlton, who joined the company in February, says he recognized that marketing automation was an area of the platform that […]

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2019-05-16 11:27:15



Samsung's 5G phone hits Verizon, Sprint getting two 5G devices this month  

With 5G, when it rains, it pours. A few hours after Verizon officially started selling the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G, Sprint announced that it will be offering two 5G devices for its network by the end of the month. For now, it still feels like manufacturers are putting the cart before the horse here. There's […]

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2019-05-16 11:27:14



Global Learning Xprize splits $10M purse for best teaching app for disadvantaged kids  

Kids need a good education to have the best chance of succeeding in the world, but in distant parts of developing countries that may be neither schools nor teachers. The Global Learning Xprize aimed to spur innovation in the tech space to create app-based teaching those kids can do on their own — and a tie means the $10M grand prize gets split in two.

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2019-05-16 11:01:59



Unveiling its latest cohort, Alchemist announces $4 million in funding for its enterprise accelerator  

The enterprise software and services focused accelerator, Alchemist has raised $4 million in fresh financing from investors BASF and the Qatar Development Bank, just in time for its latest demo day unveiling 20 new companies. Qatar and BASF join previous investors including the venture firms Mayfield, Khosla Ventures, Foundation Capital, DFJ, and USVP, and corporate […]

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2019-05-16 11:01:58



Stack Overflow confirms breach, but customer data said to be unaffected  

Developer knowledge sharing site Stack Overflow has confirmed hackers breached its systems, but said customer data is unaffected. “Over the weekend, there was an attack on Stack Overflow,” wrote Mary Ferguson, vice president of engineering. “We have confirmed that some level of production access was gained on May 11.” “We discovered and investigated the extent […]

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2019-05-16 10:52:58



How to see our world in a new light  

Startups are ultimately vessels of speculation, of new products, new markets, and innovations the world has never seen. While data and information are important components for exploring the frontiers of the possible, perhaps the best way is through stories and fiction, and especially speculative fiction. We've been fortunate at Extra Crunch to have noted novelist […]

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2019-05-16 10:46:02



Daily Crunch: Trump targets Huawei with emergency declaration  

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here. 1. Trump declares national emergency to protect US networks from foreign espionage While the U.S. already restricted government contractors and federal agencies […]

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2019-05-16 10:41:39



Part fund, part accelerator, Contrary Capital invests in student entrepreneurs  

Contrary Capital is raising $35 million to invest between $50,000 and $200,000 in students and recent college dropouts.

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2019-05-16 09:37:50



Vertex Ventures hits $230M first close on new fund for Southeast Asia and India  

Tis the season to be raising in India and Southeast Asia. Hot on the heels of new funds from Strive and Jungle Ventures, so Singapore’s Vertex Ventures, a VC backed by sovereign wealth fund Temasek, today announced a first close of $230 million for its newest fund, the firm’s fourth to date. Vertex raised $210 […]

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2019-05-16 09:21:09



TikTok tops the iOS App Store for the fifth quarter in a row  

Despite a $5.7 million FTC fine and changes to restrict its use by under 13-year-olds, TikTok retained its No. 1 position as the most downloaded app on the Apple App Store for the fifth consecutive quarter, according to a new report from Sensor Tower. The app saw more than 33 million App Store downloads during […]

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2019-05-16 09:21:08



How startups can use Amazon's SEO best practices to dominate new shopping verticals  

Amazon dominates the top ranking positions of Google for tens of thousands of ecommerce queries, but there are plenty of products in newer categories where Amazon has not yet achieved SEO supremacy.

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2019-05-16 09:16:07



Samsung's 5G phone hits Verizon, Sprint getting two 5G devices this month  

With 5G, when it rains, it pours. A few hours after Verizon officially started selling the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G, Sprint announced that it will be offering two 5G devices for its network by the end of the month. For now, it still feels like manufacturers are putting the cart before the horse here. There's […]

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2019-05-16 08:36:33



A year after outcry, carriers are finally stopping sale of location data, letters to FCC show  

Reports emerged a year ago that all the major cellular carriers in the U.S. were selling location data to third-party companies, which in turn sold them to pretty much anyone willing to pay. New letters published by the FCC show that despite a year of scrutiny and anger, the carriers have only recently put an […]

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2019-05-16 08:27:03



Ticketmaster put an end to screenshots with new digital ticket technology  

Ticketmaster is turning to new technology to help fight ticket fraud. The ticketing giant today unveiled its next-generation digital tickets, “Safetix,” which are tied to the ticket holder’s mobile device through an encrypted barcode that automatically refreshes every few seconds. The tickets will also support NFC technology, allowing fans to enter venues through a “tap […]

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2019-05-16 08:10:27



Pinterest delivers first earnings report as a public company  

Pinterest (NYSE: PINS) shared its first-quarter financials on Thursday after the closing bell.

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2019-05-16 07:24:40



Vertex Ventures hits $230M first close on new fund for Southeast Asia and India  

Tis the season to be raising in India and Southeast Asia. Hot on the heels of new funds from Strive and Jungle Ventures, so Singapore’s Vertex Ventures, a VC backed by sovereign wealth fund Temasek, today announced a first close of $230 million for its newest fund, the firm’s fourth to date. Vertex raised $210 […]

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2019-05-16 06:59:51



Airbnb adds former Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts to board  

Ahrendts, the former senior vice president fo retail at Apple, joins as Airbnb's third independent non-affiliated board member.

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2019-05-16 06:39:08



The case for corporates to fill the seed vacuum  

Over the past 5 years, there has been a clear drop in seed investing. From 2010-2014 there was an influx of "micro" VCs, well-equipped to deploy seed capital. Since then, we've seen a gradual decline.

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2019-05-16 06:32:48



Baidu, China's answer to Google, reports first quarterly loss since 2005  

Baidu, widely seen as the Google of China, felt the heat from its spending on artificial intelligence and other next-gen technologies that have yet to reach the mass market as it unveiled troubled first-quarter financials on Thursday. The company logged a net loss attributable to shareholders of $49 million in the quarter ended March 31, […]

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2019-05-16 06:18:42



How to see our world in a new light  

Startups are ultimately vessels of speculation, of new products, new markets, and innovations the world has never seen. While data and information are important components for exploring the frontiers of the possible, perhaps the best way is through stories and fiction, and especially speculative fiction. We've been fortunate at Extra Crunch to have noted novelist […]

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2019-05-16 06:16:17



Facebook changes algorithm to promote worthwhile & close friend content  

Facebook is updating the News Feed ranking algorithm to incorporate data from surveys about who you say are your closest friends and which links you find most worthwhile. Today Facebook announced it’s trained new classifiers based on patterns linking these surveys with usage data so it can better predict what to show in the News […]

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2019-05-16 06:13:57



Unveiling its latest cohort, Alchemist announces $4 million in funding for its enterprise accelerator  

The enterprise software and services focused accelerator, Alchemist has raised $4 million in fresh financing from investors BASF and the Qatar Development Bank, just in time for its latest demo day unveiling 20 new companies. Qatar and BASF join previous investors including the venture firms Mayfield, Khosla Ventures, Foundation Capital, DFJ, and USVP, and corporate […]

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2019-05-16 05:55:44



Verified Expert Brand Designer: Milkinside  

Gleb Kuznetsov refuses to settle for less. After spending years leading product design for startups and corporate clients, Gleb started a boutique branding agency, Milkinside, that helps clients translate new technologies into useful products. Gleb and his team of experienced creators are committed to serving the end user, which is why they love taking products […]

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2019-05-16 05:37:19



Ticketmaster put an end to screenshots with new digital ticket technology  

Ticketmaster is turning to new technology to help fight ticket fraud. The ticketing giant today unveiled its next-generation digital tickets, “Safetix,” which are tied to the ticket holder’s mobile device through an encrypted barcode that automatically refreshes every few seconds. The tickets will also support NFC technology, allowing fans to enter venues through a “tap […]

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2019-05-16 05:21:01



Fiverr files to go public, reports revenue of $75.5M and a net loss of $36.1M for 2018  

Freelance marketplace Fiverr has filed to go public on the New York Stock Exchange. The company, which is headquartered in Tel Aviv, is losing money — its net losses grew from $19.3 million in 2017 to $36.1 million in 2018. At the same time, revenue grew by nearly 45 percent, from $52.1 million to $75.5 […]

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2019-05-16 04:56:07



Pinterest delivers first earnings report as a public company  

Pinterest (NYSE: PINS) shared its first-quarter financials on Thursday after the closing bell.

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2019-05-16 04:55:01



Facebook changes algorithm to promote worthwhile & close friend content  

Facebook is updating the News Feed ranking algorithm to incorporate data from surveys about who you say are your closest friends and which links you find most worthwhile. Today Facebook announced it’s trained new classifiers based on patterns linking these surveys with usage data so it can better predict what to show in the News […]

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2019-05-16 04:33:08



Fiverr files to go public, reports revenue of $75.5M and a net loss of $36.1M for 2018  

Freelance marketplace Fiverr has filed to go public on the New York Stock Exchange. The company, which is headquartered in Tel Aviv, is losing money — its net losses grew from $19.3 million in 2017 to $36.1 million in 2018. At the same time, revenue grew by nearly 45 percent, from $52.1 million to $75.5 […]

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2019-05-16 04:12:17



The Meizu 16s offers flagship features at a mid-range price  

Smartphones have gotten more expensive over the last few years even though there have only been a handful of recent innovations that really changed the way you interact with the phone. It’s maybe no surprise then that there is suddenly a lot more interest in mid-range, sub-$500 phones again. In the U.S., Google’s new Pixel […]

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2019-05-16 04:07:54



Global Learning Xprize splits $10M purse for best teaching app for disadvantaged kids  

Kids need a good education to have the best chance of succeeding in the world, but in distant parts of developing countries that may be neither schools nor teachers. The Global Learning Xprize aimed to spur innovation in the tech space to create app-based teaching those kids can do on their own — and a tie means the $10M grand prize gets split in two.

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2019-05-16 04:06:45



Walmart beats on earnings in Q1, with US e-commerce up by 37%  

Walmart’s investments in e-commerce are paying off. The retailer today announced its U.S. e-commerce sales grew by 37% in the first quarter, largely thanks to its booming online grocery business and growth in both the home and fashion categories on Walmart.com. The company also beat analyst estimates for the quarter, with earnings per share of […]

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2019-05-16 03:59:28



Verified Expert Brand Designer: Milkinside  

Gleb Kuznetsov refuses to settle for less. After spending years leading product design for startups and corporate clients, Gleb started a boutique branding agency, Milkinside, that helps clients translate new technologies into useful products. Gleb and his team of experienced creators are committed to serving the end user, which is why they love taking products […]

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2019-05-16 03:58:17



Airbnb adds former Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts to board  

Ahrendts, the former senior vice president fo retail at Apple, joins as Airbnb's third independent non-affiliated board member.

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2019-05-16 03:11:21



Walmart beats on earnings in Q1, with US e-commerce up by 37%  

Walmart’s investments in e-commerce are paying off. The retailer today announced its U.S. e-commerce sales grew by 37% in the first quarter, largely thanks to its booming online grocery business and growth in both the home and fashion categories on Walmart.com. The company also beat analyst estimates for the quarter, with earnings per share of […]

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2019-05-16 01:37:06



Having trouble with Amazon Alexa? You're not the only one.  

If your requests to Alexa are being met with answers like "I'm having some trouble, please try again later," you are not alone. Multiple users are reporting connection issues with Amazon's voice assistant. According to Down Detector's outage tracker and live outage map, issues are currently being detected around the world, with user reports starting […]

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2019-05-15 17:12:28



Oh no, there's A.I. whiskey now  

Forget all those whiskey brands from musicians and celebs — there’s A.I. whiskey now. Microsoft this week announced it has teamed up with Finnish tech company Fourkind and Sweden-based distillery Mackmyra Whisky to create the “world’s first whisky developed with artificial intelligence.” Oh no! Here’s how it will work. As part of the distillation process, […]

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2019-05-15 15:17:14



You can now buy a 1 terabyte microSD card  

Remember when the idea of having a terabyte of storage was just mind-blowing? Now they’re packing a terabyte onto a card the size of your pinky nail. In news that would have made teenage me’s head pop, SanDisk is now selling a 1 terabyte version of its Extreme microSD line for $450. The company first […]

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2019-05-15 15:10:34






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