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Graphcore founder Nigel Toon to talk about AI chips at Disrupt Berlin  

It's easy to forget that Silicon Valley starts with 'silicon', and that there would be no technology innovation without innovation at the silicon level. And Graphcore is well aware of that as the Bristol-based company is designing its own dedicated AI chipset. That's why I'm glad to announce that Graphcore co-founder and CEO Nigel Toon […]

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2019-08-24 20:57:53



Uber tries to reassure customers that it takes safety seriously, following NYTimes book excerpt  

It’s hard at times not to feel sorry for Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, given all that he inherited when he became the ride-share giant’s top boss back in April 2017. Among his many to-do items: take public a money-losing company whose private-market valuation had already soared past what many thought it was worth, clean-up the […]

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2019-08-24 17:19:02



Driving Volkswagen's all-electric ID Buggy concept  

The VW electric ID Buggy concept is delightful and bright, stout and smiling. It’s a vehicle fit for the sunshine and sand dunes, or perhaps a less committing slow roll along the beach. And so my first drive in a prototype of the all-electric buggy — along the coast near Spanish Bay in Monterey, Calif., […]

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2019-08-24 10:04:55



Startups Weekly: Diamond-encrusted disruption  

In this week's newsletter: Andreessen Horowitz's latest investment, Pietra, is tackling the $250 billion jewelry market.

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2019-08-24 09:23:37



The new Disney+ streaming service is oriented around fans and families  

You can tell a lot about a service by what it prioritizes on its home screen. With the new Disney + service the focus is initially organized by fan base, with different silos for the company’s various studios and the fans that follow them. As the company gets the service off the ground — and […]

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2019-08-24 06:59:05



Y Combinator Demo Day, revenue-based VC funding, Pivotal, Dell, Tumblr, WeWork, and more  

Editor's note Due to bad travel logistics (thanks SFO), I wasn't able to get the mid-week edition of the Extra Crunch roundup newsletter out. Sorry about that. Instead, here is everything we published this week on Extra Crunch in one fell swoop — and my, we covered a lot of ground. Hope you enjoy some […]

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2019-08-24 05:02:28



Waxed canvas messengers from Trakke, Waterfield and Mission Workshop are spacious and rugged  

It's nearing the end of Bag Week 2019, where we highlight the best receptacles for the tech we cover daily, and we've got a few more winners for you. Earlier this week I collected a few excellent waxed canvas laptop bags together, a sequel to last year's round-up, but these messenger style bags stood out. So I've collected them here separately.

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2019-08-23 20:18:35



Here's the first trailer for the upcoming Disney+ Star Wars series, The Mandalorian  

It’s here! About ten months after we learned that Jon Favreau would be heading up a Star Wars series called “The Mandalorian” on Disney’s soon-to-launch streaming service Disney+, we have the first full trailer. It premiered this evening during the Disney+ panel at the D23 conference.   Bounty hunting is a complicated profession. @TheMandalorian, an […]

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2019-08-23 18:17:45



Vape lung has claimed its first victim, and the CDC is investigating  

A person has died from what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention speculate is a vaping-related condition. Nearly 200 other cases of varying severeness have been reported nationwide described by the CDC as "severe unexplained respiratory systems after reported vaping or e-cigarette use."

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2019-08-23 18:12:21



Backup service IDrive launches a face recognition API for developers  

I did a bit of a double take when I first saw this announcement. IDrive, an online cloud storage and backup service, is launching a face recognition API today that goes up against the likes of AWS Rekognition and others. That seems like a bit of an odd move for a backup company, but it […]

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2019-08-23 18:05:41



Chinese tariff retaliation, presidential tweets and market unease sends exchanges plummeting  

After a week of modest gains, major stock indexes plummeted on Friday as China retaliated against U.S. tariffs by imposing $75 billion worth of tariffs on U.S. goods coming into the country. China’s foreign ministry said that it would resume tariffs on U.S. imports of automobiles and auto parts and place an additional 5% or […]

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2019-08-23 17:30:04



Confirmed: Disney is making an Obi-Wan series with Ewan McGregor  

The rumors have been suggesting it for a while now, and fans have been pretty much begging for it… and it’s happening: Ewan McGregor will return to the role of Obi-Wan for a new Disney+ series. Disney dropped the news at a panel during D23 this evening, almost immediately after premiering the trailer for its […]

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2019-08-23 17:15:43



Walmart and Tesla are going to try and work things out  

Walmart came out swinging earlier this week in a lawsuit that accused Tesla of breach of contract and gross negligence over problems with rooftop solar panel systems installed at the retail giant’s stores. Now, just days later, the lawsuit has been placed on hold while the two companies try to reach an agreement that would […]

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2019-08-23 16:40:05



Bag Week 2019: A whole bunch of fannies  

It's finally Bag Week again! The most wonderful week of the year at TechCrunch. Just in time for back to school, we're bringing you reviews of bags of all varieties: from backpacks to rollers to messengers to… The fanny pack. Or hip pack, waist bag, belt bag, sling, crossbody and sometimes bum bag, because where you're […]

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2019-08-23 15:05:13



Watch a Waymo self-driving car test its sensors in a haboob  

Waymo, the self-driving car company under Alphabet, has been testing in the suburbs of Phoenix for several years now. And while the sunny metropolis might seem like the ideal and easiest location to test autonomous vehicle technology, there are times when the desert becomes a dangerous place for any driver — human or computer. The […]

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2019-08-23 14:55:40



Ping Identity files for $100M IPO on Nasdaq to trade as 'PING'  

Some eight months after it was reported that Ping Identity’s owners Vista Equity had hired bankers to explore a public listing, today Ping Identity took the plunge: the Colorado-based online ID management company has filed an S-1 form indicating that it plans to raise up to $100 million in an IPO on the Nasdaq exchange under […]

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2019-08-23 12:32:50



Verified Expert Growth Marketing Agency: Torch  

CEO Jeremy OBriant never intended to create Torch, an agile growth marketing agency based in San Francisco. He started his career as a CPA, but after leading a growth team at Sidecar and running growth projects on his own, forming Torch was the most obvious thing to do. He now leads a team that implements […]

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2019-08-23 12:23:56



Is Knotel poised to turn WeWork from a Unicorn into an Icarus?  

The day of reckoning for the “flexible office space as a startup” is coming, and it's coming up fast. WeWork's IPO filing has fired the starting gun on the race to become the game-changer both in the future of property and real estate but also the future of how we live and work. As Churchill […]

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2019-08-23 11:38:37



UK's health data guardian sets a firm line for app development using patient data  

The UK’s health data watchdog, the National Data Guardian (NDG), has published correspondence between her office and the national privacy watchdog which informed the ICO’s finding in 2017 that a data-sharing arrangement between an NHS Trust and Google-owned DeepMind broke the law. The exchange was published following a Freedom of Information request by TechCrunch. In […]

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2019-08-23 09:21:32



Samsung's Note 10 is available today, starting at $949  

Samsung's settled into a nice little twice-yearly schedule for releasing flagships. That’s allowed the company double the opportunity to introduce some nice upgrades to their high-end Android handsets. Nearly six months after the release of the S10, the company just dropped the new Note line. Here's a whole bunch of words I wrote about the […]

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2019-08-23 08:28:31



Target's same-day pickup and delivery services growing at double the rate of 2018  

Target’s investment in same-day pickup and delivery options is paying off. The company, which today offers same-day in-store pickup, drive-up and same-day delivery through its acquisition of Shipt, said this week that these services combined have more than doubled their sales in the last year. In addition, they accounted for more than a third of […]

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2019-08-23 08:26:22



Facebook really doesn't want you to read these emails  

Oh hey, y’all, it’s Friday! It’s August! Which means it’s a great day for Facebook to drop a little news it would prefer you don’t notice. News that you won’t find a link to on the homepage of Facebook’s Newsroom — which is replete with colorfully illustrated items it does want you to read (like […]

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2019-08-23 08:12:07



The myth of 'stage agnostic' investing  

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

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2019-08-23 07:59:23



How Pivotal got bailed out by fellow Dell family member, VMware  

When Dell acquired EMC in 2016 for $67 billion, it created a complicated consortium of interconnected organizations. Some, like VMware and Pivotal, operate as completely separate companies. They have their own boards of directors, can acquire companies and are publicly traded on the stock market. Yet they work closely within Dell, partnering where it makes […]

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2019-08-23 07:30:30



Tastemakers raises $1M to sell Africa experiences to the world  

New York-based startup Tastemakers has raised a $1 million seed-round — led by Precursor Ventures — for its business that connects Africa adventures to global consumers. Tastemakers’ platform curates, prices and lists African travel and cultural experiences — from paragliding tours to wine-tasting to concerts. The startup generates revenues by taking a 20% commission on […]

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2019-08-23 07:24:15



Sphero has acquired littleBits  

Sphero and littleBits have long been kindred spirits in the world of entertaining STEM toys, and soon they'll be one and the same. Sphero this morning announced plans to buy the New York-based electronic building block company. Founded in 2010 and 2011 respectively, Sphero (nee Orbotix) and littleBits took separate approaches, but ultimately ended up […]

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2019-08-23 06:25:33



The Pad & Quill Gladstone Briefcase offers plenty of storage in a beautiful design  

Pad & Quill makes some of the most handsome leather goods for the modern world and its Gladstone Leather Briefcase is no different. This bag harkens back to the day of gentleman with a newspapers tucked under their arms and an ascot on their head. This bag has an air of permanence and longevity and […]

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2019-08-23 06:18:08



Trump adds tariffs to $550 billion of Chinese imports in trade war reprisal  

President Trump announced Friday on Twitter that tariffs on Chinese imports will increase 5 percentage points in a tit-for-tat response to China’s own plans to place new duties on U.S. goods. About $250 billion of goods produced by China and imported into the U.S. already have a 25% tariff. This newest increase will push tariffs […]

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2019-08-23 06:17:30



Daily Crunch: Overstock CEO resigns  

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. Overstock CEO resigns after 'deep state' comments This comes after CEO Patrick Byrne released a statement declaring that he cooperated with […]

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2019-08-23 05:06:47



FAA threatens $25,000 fine for weaponizing drones  

It’s perfectly natural for a red-blooded American to, once they have procured their first real drone, experiment with attaching a flame thrower to it. But it turns out that this harmless hobby is frowned upon by the biggest buzzkills in the world… the feds. Yes, the FAA has gone and published a notice that drones […]

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2019-08-23 04:08:01



Japan's ispace now aims for a lunar landing in 2021, and a Moon rover deployment in 2023  

One of the private companies aiming to deliver a commercial lunar lander to the Moon has adjusted the timing for its planned mission, which isn’t all that surprising, given the enormity of the task. Japanese startup ispace is now targeting 2021 for their first lunar landing, and 2023 for a second lunar mission that will […]

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2019-08-23 03:46:12



Disney introduces “She Hulk”, “Moon Knight” and “Ms. Marvel” to Disney+ streaming service  

As part of its big reveal of the slate of shows coming to Disney+ streaming service, Marvel head Kevin Feige introduced three new shows that would be joining the Marvel pantheon: “She Hulk”, “Moon Knight” and “Ms. Marvel” as part of the expanded Marvel Universe. Ms. Marvel tells the story of teenager Kamela Khan, who […]

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2019-08-23 03:33:23



India exempts startups from long-standing 'angel tax'  

India today addressed a long-standing challenge that has been affecting the country's booming startup ecosystem. As part of a raft of measures to boost overall economic growth from a five-year low, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said New Delhi is exempting startups from Section 56(2) — a provision more popularly known as an "angel tax" in the local […]

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2019-08-23 03:21:13



Nonprofits and NGOs: Exhibit at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2019  

Nonprofit groups and NGOs are now invited to apply for exhibit space in Startup Alley at TechCrunch Disrupt SF on Friday, October 4th. Founded in 2014, TechCrunch Include leverages our extensive network to support underserved and underrepresented groups in tech. Two years ago, we began to invite nonprofit and NGO groups to exhibit at the conference, […]

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2019-08-23 01:42:28



Summer flash sale ends tonight: 2-for-1 Disrupt Berlin 2019 passes  

Summer's fading fast, but our 2-for-1 summer flash sale on Innovator, Founder or Investor passes to Disrupt Berlin 2019 is fading even faster. Today's the final day you can get 2-for-1 tickets to join us in Berlin for two jam-packed days of startup goodness and opportunity. Why not do it for the lowest price? Our 2-for-1 summer flash […]

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2019-08-23 01:36:46



The 2020 Chevy Bolt EV now has a 259-mile range thanks to some cell chemistry tinkering  

The 2020 Chevy Bolt EV now has 259 miles of range, a 9% increase from previous year models of the electric hatchback, according to the EPA. To get there, the company focused on cell chemistry, not the battery pack. The GM brand did not add more battery cells or change the battery pack or the way […]

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2019-08-23 01:31:31



Netflix tests human-driven curation with launch of 'Collections'  

Netflix is testing a new way to help users find TV shows and movies they’ll want to watch with the launch of a “Collections” feature, currently in testing on iOS devices. While Netflix today already offers thematic suggestions of things to watch, based on your Netflix viewing history, Collections aren’t only based on themes. According […]

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2019-08-23 01:23:48



Pew: Mobile and social media users in emerging markets have more diverse social networks  

The latest study from Pew Research Center takes a look at the impact mobile technology, including the use of smartphones and social media, is having on the diversity of people’s social network in emerging markets. For the purpose of the study, Pew surveyed mobile users in 11 key markets: Mexico, Venezuela, Colombia, South Africa, Kenya, […]

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2019-08-22 20:38:14



Workplace digital assistant startup Capacity raises $13.2M from Midwestern VCs  

Solving information scatter inside enterprises seems to be the founding idea behind dozens of enterprise software startups. Capacity, which recently rebranded from Jane.ai, is raising new cash to tackle the issue with its corporate data search platform. The company just closed a $13.2 million Series B, funded entirely by Midwestern private investors and angels. Jane.ai […]

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2019-08-22 18:58:15



Hulu and Amazon Prime Video chip away at Netflix's dominance  

Netflix is still the No. 1 subscription streaming service in the U.S., according to a new report from eMarketer, but rivals, including Amazon Prime Video and Hulu, are starting to cut into its market share. The analyst firm forecasts 182.5 million U.S. consumers will subscribe to over-the-top streaming services this year, or 53.3% of the […]

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2019-08-22 18:54:57



Frontier technologies are moving closer to the center of venture investment  

As the technologies that were once considered science fiction become the purview of science, the venture capital firms that were once investing at the industry’s fringes are now finding themselves at the heart of the technology industry. Investing in the commercialization of technologies like genetic engineering, quantum computing, digital avatars, augmented reality, new human-computer interfaces, […]

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2019-08-22 17:55:08



VMware acquires Carbon Black for $2.1B and Pivotal for $2.7 billion  

VMware today announced that it is acquiring Carbon Black, a publicly traded security company that focuses on securing modern cloud-native workloads. The price of the acquisition is about $2.1 billion. In addition, VMware also confirmed the acquisition of Pivotal, which will have a value of about $2.7 billion. VMware’s revenue for the last quarter was […]

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2019-08-22 16:12:36



DoorDash reveals details of its new tipping model  

DoorDash announced last month that it would be changing its controversial tipping model. Today it’s revealing the basics of how the new system will work. Under the past model, Dashers (DoorDash drivers and other delivery people) were guaranteed a minimum payment per delivery, with DoorDash paying a $1 base, then providing an additional payment boost […]

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2019-08-22 15:08:27



Tumblr's next step forward with Automattic CEO Matt Mullenweg  

After months of rumors, Verizon finally sold off Tumblr for a reported $3 million — a fraction of what Yahoo paid for the once mighty blogging service back in 2013. The media conglomerate (which also owns TechCrunch) was clearly never quite sure what to do with the property after gobbling it up as part of […]

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2019-08-22 13:31:49



Hey students, launch your startup this year with this special Extra Crunch discount  

Entrepreneurship is on the rise, and nowhere is that more true than on college campuses. Students are ditching boring office jobs to seek out their own opportunities, whether that is launching a bootstrapped app, contributing to an open-source project, or building a venture-scalable startup. Here at Extra Crunch, our mission is to go behind the […]

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2019-08-22 12:57:01



Oracle directors give blessing to shareholder lawsuit against Larry Ellison and Safra Catz  

Three years after closing a $9.3 billion deal to acquire NetSuite, several Oracle board members have written an extraordinary letter to the Delaware Court, approving a shareholder lawsuit against company executives Larry Ellison and Safra Catz over the 2016 deal. Reuters broke this story. According to Reuters’ Alison Frankel, three board members, including former U.S. […]

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2019-08-22 12:48:15



Enterprise software is hot — who would have thought?  

Once considered the most boring of topics, enterprise software is now getting infused with such energy that it is arguably the hottest space in tech.

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2019-08-22 12:25:11



HP CEO steps down, citing 'family health matter'  

HP Inc. announced this afternoon that Dion Weisler is stepping down as president and CEO. The executive cited a "family health matter" in his decision, noting that he will be returning home to Australia. The company already has a successor lined up, as its president of Imaging, Printing and Solutions, Enrique Lores, got unanimous approval […]

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2019-08-22 12:18:44



This Thiel Fellow thinks he can help scooters, drones and delivery robots charge themselves with sunlight  

From the time he was a high school student, Rohit Kalyanpur thought it was peculiar that although it’s possible to create energy from a solar panel, the panels have long been used almost exclusively on rooftops and as part of industrial-scale solar grids. “I hadn’t seen [anything solar-powered] in the things people use every day […]

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2019-08-22 12:15:29



Mobile gaming is a $68.5 billion global business, and investors are buying in  

By the end of 2019, the global gaming market is estimated to be worth $152 billion, with 45% of that, $68.5 billion, coming directly from mobile games.

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2019-08-22 11:16:41



AmazonFresh expands to three key markets: Houston, Minneapolis and Phoenix  

AmazonFresh, one of two main grocery delivery services Amazon operates, is expanding to new markets, the retailer announced this morning. The service will now be available to Prime members in Houston, Minneapolis and Phoenix. Notably, this list includes a test market for Walmart’s new grocery subscription service, Delivery Unlimited; Target’s corporate headquarters; and an early […]

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2019-08-22 09:22:49



FCC approves $4.9B in funding for rural broadband improvements  

The FCC has just approved nearly five billion dollars in subsidies for rural broadband operators to be paid out over the next ten years. Recipients of this windfall will have to "maintain, improve, and expand" their broadband infrastructure, especially in underserved areas.

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2019-08-22 09:22:32



Spotify matches Apple Music's 3-month trial  

Spotify’s battle with Apple Music is continuing to heat up. On Monday, the company introduced upgrades to its Premium Family plan which now offers parental controls and other exclusive features, like a family playlist. Today, Spotify is going head-to-head with Apple on its free trial offer. Previously, new users to the Spotify Premium subscription could […]

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2019-08-22 08:59:06



Verizon is teaming with Boingo to bring 5G inside  

We've long known that 5G rollout wouldn't happen overnight. But now that carriers have gotten things started, they've been confronted with pushback against the next-gen wireless technology's limitations. Among the bigger issues is spotty coverage indoors — you know that place where most of us spend most of our time? Verizon's looking to address the […]

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2019-08-22 08:34:59



Inside the Porsche Taycan's minimalist, 911-inspired interior  

Porsche has taken the wraps off the interior of the all-new, all-electric Porsche Taycan ahead of its world debut September 4. Gone are the buttons and the clutter. This is a sleek interior for the modern digital age. Porsche released several images of the interior on Thursday. Earlier this week, TechCrunch was among numerous media […]

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2019-08-22 08:05:17



Remediant lands $15M Series A to disrupt privileged access security  

Remediant, a startup that helps companies secure privileged access in a modern context, today announced a $15 million Series A led by Dell Technologies Capital and ForgePoint Capital. Remediant’s co-founders, Paul Lanzi and Tim Keeler, worked in biotech for years and saw a problem first-hand with the way companies secured privileged access. It was granted […]

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2019-08-22 07:24:20



How Oculus squeezed sophisticated tracking into pipsqueak hardware  

Making the VR experience simple and portable was the main goal of the Oculus Quest, and it definitely accomplishes that. But going from things in the room tracking your headset to your headset tracking things in the room was a complex process. I talked with Facebook CTO Mike Schroepfer ("Schrep") about the journey from "outside-in" to "inside-out."

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2019-08-22 06:59:37



Verified Expert Growth Marketing Agency: 3Q Digital  

With 12 offices and 350 employees around the world, 3Q Digital is a giant among growth marketing agencies. They've worked with companies like Brandless, Opendoor, and Warby Parker, but they also have an internal business unit called 3Q Incubate to work with startups in their pre-launch phase. 3Q Digital gets tech and that's a testament […]

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2019-08-22 06:43:15



Google says China used YouTube to meddle in Hong Kong protests  

Google has disabled 210 YouTube accounts after it said China used the video platform to sow discord among protesters in Hong Kong. The search giant, which owns YouTube, followed in the footsteps of Twitter and Facebook, which earlier this week said China had used their social media sites to spread misinformation and discord among the […]

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2019-08-22 06:34:04



NASA's new HPE-built supercomputer will prepare for landing Artemis astronauts on the Moon  

NASA and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) have teamed up to build a new supercomputer, which will serve NASA’s Ames Research Center in California and develop models and simulations of the landing process for Artemis Moon missions. The new supercomputer is called “Aitken,” named after American astronomer Robert Grant Aitken, and it can run simulations at […]

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2019-08-22 06:23:28



Daily Crunch: Apple plans Pro iPhones  

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. Apple reportedly launching new iPhone Pro and iPads with better cameras, 16-inch MacBook Pro and new AirPods Here come the leaks […]

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2019-08-22 05:51:12



On-demand parking startup SpotHero raises $50 million  

SpotHero, the Chicago-based company that has developed an on-demand parking app, has raised $50 million in a Series D round led by Macquarie Capital. Union Grove Venture Partners participated in the round, along with existing investors including Insight Venture Partners, Global Founders Capital, OCA Ventures, AutoTech Ventures and others, according to the company. SpotHero has […]

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2019-08-22 05:46:53



Amazon is acquiring a 49% stake in India's Future Coupons  

Amazon, which has invested more than $6 billion in India’s growing internet market, just invested a little more as it moves to expand its presence in the country’s brick and mortar space that drives much of the sales in the nation. The U.S. e-commerce giant is acquiring a 49% stake in Future Coupons, a group […]

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2019-08-22 05:31:49



Herschel's Retreat brings classical simplicity to the laptop backpack  

It's finally Bag Week again! The most wonderful week of the year at TechCrunch. Just in time for back to school, we're bringing you reviews of bags of all varieties: from backpacks to rollers to messengers to fanny packs. I've been meaning to check out a Herschel bag for a while now, just to see what all […]

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2019-08-22 05:07:54



Lenovo's Smart Clock gets more useful with latest Google update  

I liked the Lenovo Smart Clock when I reviewed it back in June. It's a pretty minimalist take on the smart screen designed for the very specific purpose of living next to your bed. The streamlined features are very much by design — rather than the kitchen sink approach, the clock is built around a […]

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2019-08-22 04:35:57



Densify update helps finance make more intelligent cloud buying decisions  

Densify has been a company that helps engineers buy cloud resources in a cost-effective way, but the company wanted to show this cloud spending data to finance as well. This week it announced a new product called Cloud Cost Intelligence (CCI), which has been designed to give finance teams greater visibility into a company’s cloud […]

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2019-08-22 04:17:38



Silicone 3D printing startup Spectroplast spins out of ETHZ with $1.5M  

3D printing has become commonplace in the hardware industry, but because few materials can be used for it easily, the process rarely results in final products. A Swiss startup called Spectroplast hopes to change that with a technique for printing using silicone, opening up all kinds of applications in medicine, robotics, and beyond.

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2019-08-22 04:16:52



The CareVoice raises $10 million to develop better tech for insurance providers in Asia  

The CareVoice, a Shanghai-based health insurance software startup with ambitions to expand throughout Asia, announced today that it has raised about $10 million in Series A funding. The investment was led by LUN Partners Group and an undisclosed global investment manager that specializes in financial services, with participation from DNA Capital and returning investors SOSV […]

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2019-08-22 04:07:46



Who gets to own your digital identity?  

Even though anonymity is still a hot topic and sought after in the online world, times have changed.

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2019-08-22 03:52:57



Watch YC CEO Michael Seibel chat startups, prices and tech's center of gravity  

YC's Michael Seibel joins us on a special episode of Equity, TechCrunch's venture-capital-focused podcast. Given that we had Seibel to chat with at YC Demo Day, we decided to drop the regular format and riff interview-style about what the accelerator program is up to.

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2019-08-22 03:37:46



Hundreds of Uber and Lyft drivers to launch a protest caravan across California  

If you're like me, chances are good you just distractedly clicked on this article while scrolling through your feed in, or while waiting for, a Lyft. Maybe, like me, you need that app to get to back-to-back meetings in different locations today, as you're well on your way to at least a 60-hour workweek between […]

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2019-08-22 03:33:10



Bose's new portable home speaker sports Alexa and Google Assistant  

Bose's portable speaker offerings have tended toward the cheaper end of the spectrum — bringing colorful competition for companies like JBL. With the dryly named Portable Home Speaker, however, the company looks to split the difference between portable and premium. And it's certainly priced for the latter. The $349 speaker looks to something of a […]

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2019-08-22 02:52:04



Google ditches desserts as Q becomes Android 10  

The dessert naming scheme was one of the best-loved legacies from Google past (though some were notably better than others). Every time the company got ready to release a new version of the mobile operating system, speculation would mount about which sweet foodstuff on which the company would ultimately settle. But while P offered confections […]

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2019-08-22 02:40:04



Overstock CEO resigns after 'deep state' comments  

Overstock.com announced today that CEO Patrick Byrne has resigned from his role as chief executive and board member. Another board member, Jonathan Johnson, will be taking over as Overstock’s interim CEO. This follows the company’s eyebrow-raising press release earlier this month titled “Overstock.com CEO Comments on Deep State, Withholds Further Comment,” in which Byrne said […]

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2019-08-22 02:29:57



Google proposes new privacy and anti-fingerprinting controls for the web  

Google today announced a new long-term initiative that, if fully realized, will make it harder for online marketers and advertisers to track you across the web. This new proposal follows the company’s plans to change how cookies in Chrome work and to make it easier for users to block tracking cookies. Today’s proposal for a […]

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2019-08-22 02:20:10



How do you build a secure startup? Find out at TechCrunch Disrupt SF  

Security is everything — more so than ever in startup land. But with the constant pressures to launch and scale, how do you build a secure startup from the ground up without slowing growth? Whether you’re starting out small or you’re a multinational unicorn, your customers and their data will be your greatest asset. We’re […]

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2019-08-22 01:26:59



Justice Department indicts 80 individuals in a massive business email scam bust  

The Justice Department have indicted dozens of individuals accused of their involvement in a massive business email scam and money laundering scheme. Thom Mrozek, a spokesperson for the U.S. Attorneys Office for the Central District of California, confirmed more than a dozen individuals had been arrested during raids on Thursday — mostly in the Los […]

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2019-08-22 01:21:40



Our 12 favorite startups from Y Combinator's S19 Demo Day 2  

After two days of founders tirelessly pitching, we’ve reached the end of YC’s Summer 2019 Demo Days. TechCrunch witnessed more than 160 on-the-record startup pitches coming out of Y Combinator, spanning healthcare, B2B services, augmented reality and life-extending. The full list is worth a gander, you can read about the 84 startups from Day 1 […]

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2019-08-21 20:46:56



Splunk acquires cloud monitoring service SignalFx for $1.05B  

Splunk, the publicly traded data processing and analytics company, today announced that it has acquired SignalFx for a total price of about $1.05 billion. Approximately 60% of this will be in cash and 40% in Splunk common stock. The companies expect the acquisition to close in the second half of 2020. SignalFx, which emerged from […]

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2019-08-21 20:15:17



Daily Crunch: DoorDash acquires Scotty Labs  

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. DoorDash acquires autonomous driving startup Scotty Labs DoorDash seems to be very interested in self-driving technology — not only did it […]

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2019-08-21 19:42:42



Apple warns against storing the Apple Card in leather and denim  

First of all, keep it out of the light. It hates bright light, especially sunlight, it’ll kill it. Second, don’t give it any water, not even to drink. But the most important rule, the rule you can never forget, no matter how much it cries, no matter how much it begs, never feed it after […]

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2019-08-21 19:37:22



Should you raise equity venture capital or revenue-based investing VC?  

Most founders who are raising capital look first to traditional equity VCs. But should they? Or should they look to one of the new wave of revenue-based investors?

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2019-08-21 19:35:09



Classic Hangouts will hang in there a bit longer  

Earlier this year, Google said it would transition all Hangouts users on G Suite to Hangouts Chat and Meet by October 2019 and then retire the classic version of Hangouts. But a lot of G Suite users love their classic Hangouts, so Google has now revised Hangouts’ retirement date to “no sooner than June 2020.” […]

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2019-08-21 19:29:41



YC is doubling down on these investment theses in its most recent batch  

Changes at YC, trends in the startup universe and a breakdown of the accelerator's latest batch.

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2019-08-21 19:22:08



T-Mobile customers report outage, can't make calls or send text messages  

T-Mobile customers across the U.S. say they can’t make calls or send text messages following an apparent outage — although mobile data appears to be unaffected. We tested with a T-Mobile phone in the office. Both calls to and from the T-Mobile phone failed. When we tried to send a text message, it said the […]

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2019-08-21 16:47:39



After a breakout year, looking ahead to the future of podcasting  

2019 has been a breakout year for podcasting. According to Edison Research's Infinite Dial report, more than half of Americans have now listened to a podcast, and an estimated 32% listen monthly.

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2019-08-21 16:35:39



ThredUp, whose second-hand goods will start appearing at Macy's and JCPenney, just raised a bundle  

ThredUp, the 10-year-old fashion resale marketplace, has a lot of big news to boast about lately. For starters, the company just closed on $100 million in fresh funding from an investor syndicate that includes Park West Asset Management, Irving Investors and earlier backers Goldman Sachs Investment Partners, Upfront Ventures, Highland Capital Partners and Redpoint Ventures. […]

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2019-08-21 15:03:08



Porsche invests in 'low visibility' sensor startup TriEye  

Porsche’s venture arm has acquired a minority stake in TriEye, an Israeli startup that’s working on a sensor technology to help vehicle driver-assistance and self-driving systems see better in poor weather conditions like dust, fog and rain. The strategic investment is part of a Series A financing round that has been expanded to $19 million. […]

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2019-08-21 13:22:52



Only 3 days left: Get your 2-for-1 passes to Disrupt Berlin 2019  

Holy sonderangebot, startup fans — yet another special offer you don't want to miss! You've got just three days left to take advantage of our a 2-for-1 summer flash sale on passes to Disrupt Berlin 2019. Imagine scoring two Innovator, Founder or Investor passes for the price of one. That's some mighty big ROI. Don't […]

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2019-08-21 12:20:45



Crossbeam gets $12.5M Series A to help companies organize their partnerships  

When Crossbeam CEO and co-founder Bob Moore was working at previous startups, he noticed a problem around sharing information with potential partners. In fact, it was so acute he decided to create a startup to solve that problem, and today, Crossbeam announced a $12.5 million Series A round led by FirstMark Capital with participation from […]

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2019-08-21 11:56:09



Apple exec Susan Prescott is coming TechCrunch Sessions: Enterprise  

Susan Prescott, Apple’s vice president of markets, apps and services, has been at Apple since 2003. She worked with the company’s mythical co-founder Steve Jobs, and has witnessed such milestones as the launch of the iPhone and the iPad. Susan will be coming to TechCrunch Sessions: Enterprise in San Francisco on September 5 to discuss […]

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2019-08-21 11:21:05



Bring your posse to Disrupt SF 2019 with group discounts  

Disrupt San Francisco 2019, our flagship event on October 2-4, features three full days of programming, more than 10,000 attendees, over 1,200 exhibiting startups and sponsors — and that's just for starters. That's a lot of ground to cover. Here's a hot tip: take advantage of group discounts, saddle up and bring your whole posse […]

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2019-08-21 11:20:03



Second docking adapter for commercial crew vehicles installed on International Space Station  

The International Space Station is now more than ready for crew-carrying spacecraft flown by commercial companies to pay it a visit: The second planned International Dock Adapter (IDA) was installed on the Space Station during a spacewalk by NASA astronauts Nick Hague and Andrew Morgan earlier today. The dock adapter is actually IDA-3, as the […]

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2019-08-21 11:17:48



Box introduces Box Shield with increased security controls and threat protection  

Box has always had to balance the idea of sharing content broadly while protecting it as it moved through the world, but the more you share, the more likely something can go wrong, such as misconfigured shared links that surfaced earlier this year. In an effort to make the system more secure, the company announced […]

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2019-08-21 10:40:52



Workspace provider Knotel secures $400M, putting it in WeWork's rear-view mirror  

While some analysts are calling WeWork's IPO filing as a 'masterpiece of obfuscation' and the esteemed tech observer Professor Scott Galloway simply calls it “WeWTF” There is another company which is coming up fast in the "WeViewMirror" – if you will – and that's Knotel. Also a ‘flexible workspace provider' Knotel has reversed the WeWork […]

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2019-08-21 10:36:39



Volocopter reveals its first commercial aircraft, the VoloCity air taxi  

It’s a race to the skies in terms of which company actually deploys an on-demand air taxi service based around electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft - for its part, German startup Volocopter is taking another key step with the revelation of its first aircraft designed for actual commercial use, the VoloCity. The VoloCity is […]

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2019-08-21 10:34:34



Cosi raises €5M for its 'full-stack' hospitality alternative to boutique hotels  

Cosi, a new Berlin-based startup operating in the hospitality space with an alternative to boutique hotels and managed short-stay apartments, has picked up €5 million in seed funding pre-launch. Leading the round are venture capital firms Cherry Ventures and e.ventures, with participation from a number of travel, real estate and hospitality entrepreneurs and experts. They […]

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2019-08-21 10:27:47



Eminem's publisher accuses Spotify of copyright infringement in new lawsuit  

Eminem’s music publisher Eight Mile Style has filed a lawsuit against Spotify, accusing the service of “blatant copyright infringement” in streaming “Lose Yourself” and other Eminem songs. As explained by The Hollywood Reporter, the suit is tied Spotify’s implementation of the Music Modernization Act, which was signed into law last year. Under the MMA, Spotify […]

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2019-08-21 10:06:01



Google denies reports of unannounced changes to Android app review process  

Multiple reports this week claimed Google had quietly rolled out a more in-depth app review process to all developers — changes designed to keep the Play Store safer from spam, malware and copycat apps. Those reports are inaccurate, Google tells TechCrunch. Instead, the company is giving itself more time to review apps from new, unestablished […]

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2019-08-21 08:47:46



Hear THX's new Deep Note right here  

The THX Deep Note is changing and it can be heard here first. The iconic audio track has long proceeded movies certified by THX and features the now-familiar crescendo that showcases the movie’s audio capability. This time around THX built the intro to feature 4K video as much as audio as it will be available […]

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2019-08-21 08:44:48






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