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Oct 20, 2019

In a big reversal, Libra reportedly could peg its cryptocurrencies to national currencies
Facebook is willing to reverse course on its plans to tie its digital currency project to a synthetic currency tied to a basket of global currencies. Reuters is reporting that Facebook's head of the Libra project, David Marcus, told a group of bankers that the company's main goal was to create a better payments system […]

TechCrunch
Oct 20, 2019

Should we rethink the politics of ‘blocking'?
Jillian C. York Contributor Share on Twitter Jillian C. York is the director for international freedom of expression at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Years ago, I wrote a piece criticizing a cover story by a well-known writer and political commentator that I'd met a few times, with whom I'd occasionally sparred on Twitter. The piece […]

TechCrunch
Oct 20, 2019

Original Content podcast: ‘El Camino' provides a quiet coda to ‘Breaking Bad'
When a TV show gets turned into a movie, it often represents a big change of pace, with a standalone plot, a bigger budget, all made for a bigger (or at least more casual) audience. "El Camino: A Breaking Bad Story" — which premiered a week ago on Netflix —doesn't take that approach at all. […]

TechCrunch
Oct 20, 2019

The Los Angeles Fire Department wants more drones
As it looks to modernize its operations, the Los Angeles Fire Department is turning to a number of new technologies including expanding its fleet of drones for a slew of new deployments. One of the largest fire departments in the U.S. next to New York and Chicago, the LAFD has a budget of roughly $691 […]

TechCrunch
Oct 20, 2019

Max-Q: This week in space
Space is becoming a major area of startup and commercial investment, and so I've decided to start providing a weekly round-up of the biggest news in aerospace, space science and space-related technologies. Let me know if you appreciate this or have suggestions, and I'll make sure it evolves as needed to be useful resource. This […]

TechCrunch
Oct 20, 2019

Week in Review: The web's free speech conundrum
Hey everyone. Thank you for welcoming me into you inbox yet again. Last week, I talked about the eternal dumbness of the smart home and how Google had a big chance to lay out their vision this past week. Guess what? They did not, instead we got a new more expensive Google Wifi that falls […]

TechCrunch
Oct 20, 2019

China Roundup: Tencent's NBA test, TikTok parent deepens education push
Welcome to TechCrunch's China roundup, a digest of events that happened at major Chinese tech companies and what they mean to tech founders and executives around the world. The talk about U.S.-China relationships over the past two weeks has centered heavily on the NBA controversy, which has put the interest of some of China's largest […]

TechCrunch
Oct 20, 2019

Facebook isn't free speech, it's algorithmic amplification optimized for outrage
This week Mark Zuckerberg gave a speech in which he extolled "giving everyone a voice" and fighting "to uphold a wide a definition of freedom of expression as possible." That sounds great, of course! Freedom of expression is a cornerstone, if not the cornerstone, of liberal democracy. Who could be opposed to that? The problem […]

TechCrunch
Oct 19, 2019

IPOs are the beginning, not the end
Earlier this month at TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco, we sat down with Box's Aaron Levie and PagerDuty's Jennifer Tejada to discuss their respective companies' paths to an IPO, the general IPO landscape and the pros and cons of going public. With a lot of recent IPOs faltering and increased pressure on startup valuations, now is […]

TechCrunch
Oct 19, 2019

MediaLab acquires messaging app Kik, expanding its app portfolio
Popular messaging app Kik is, indeed, "here to stay" following an acquisition by the Los Angeles-based multimedia holding company, MediaLab. It echoes the same message from Kik's chief executive Tim Livingston last week when he rebuffed earlier reports that the company would shut down amid an ongoing battle with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Livingston […]

TechCrunch
Oct 19, 2019

This Week in Apps: League of Legends goes mobile, Tim Cook talks to China and more
Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the Extra Crunch series that recaps the latest OS news, the applications they support, and the money that flows through it all. The app industry in 2018 saw 194 billion downloads and more than $100 billion in purchases. Just in the past quarter, consumer spending exceeded $23 billion and installs topped 31 billion. […]

TechCrunch
Oct 19, 2019

HuffPost is reportedly on the auction block
Late last night the Financial Times reported that HuffPost, arguably one of the crown jewels of Verizon Media Group's remaining network of media properties (which includes TechCrunch), is up for sale. Verizon has been shedding media properties in a retreat from the strategy that it had begun to execute with the acquisition of AOL for […]

TechCrunch
Oct 19, 2019

The new iPhone is ugly
I'll be the first to admit that I'm a bit old-fashioned when it comes to phones. Everyone scoffs at my iPhone SE, but the truth is it's the best phone Apple ever made — a beautiful, well designed object in just about every way. But damn is the iPhone 11 Pro ugly. And so are […]

TechCrunch
Oct 19, 2019

Mercedes-Benz app glitch exposed car owners' information to other people's accounts
Mercedes-Benz car owners have said that the app they used to remotely locate, unlock and start their cars was displaying other people's account and vehicle information. TechCrunch spoke to two customers who said the Mercedes-Benz' connected car app was pulling in information from other accounts and not their own, allowing them to see personal information […]

TechCrunch
Oct 19, 2019

Mercedes-Benz app glitch exposed car owners' information to other users
Mercedes-Benz car owners have said that the app they used to remotely locate, unlock and start their cars was displaying other people's account and vehicle information. TechCrunch spoke to two customers who said the Mercedes-Benz' connected car app was pulling in information from other accounts and not their own, allowing them to see other car […]

TechCrunch
Oct 19, 2019

HTC releases a cheaper blockchain phone
Whatever you might say about HTC (and believe me, there's plenty to say), at least the company takes some fascinating chance. As newly minted CEO Yves Maitre admitted to me at Disrupt a couple of weeks back, the once mighty smartphone giant has lost the thread in recent years. But if nothing else, the Exodus […]

TechCrunch
Oct 19, 2019

Startups Weekly: The unicorn from down under, an Uber TV show and All Raise's expansion
In this week's newsletter: Pendo raises $100M, 'cloud kitchens' is an oxymoron and 'Super Pumped' is hitting the small screen.

TechCrunch
Oct 18, 2019

Apple's China stance makes for strange political alliances, as AOC and Ted Cruz slam the company
In a rare instance of bipartisanship overcoming the rancorous discord that's been the hallmark of the U.S. Congress, senators and sepresentatives issued a scathing rebuke to Apple for its decision to take down an app at the request of the Chinese government. Signed by Senators Ron Wyden, Tom Cotton, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, and Congressional […]

TechCrunch
Oct 18, 2019

AI is helping scholars restore ancient Greek texts on stone tablets
Machine learning and AI may be deployed on such grand tasks as finding exoplanets and creating photorealistic people, but the same techniques also have some surprising applications in academia: DeepMind has created an AI system that helps scholars understand and recreate fragmentary ancient Greek texts on broken stone tablets.

TechCrunch
Oct 18, 2019

Adam Neumann planned for his children and grandchildren to control WeWork
WeWork co-founder Adam Neumann didn't plan for his family's control of WeWork to end at his death but he expected it be controlled by future generations of Neumanns, too, says Business Insider. The outlet reports that in a speech Neumann gave to employees in January of this year, footage of which it says it has […]

TechCrunch
Oct 18, 2019

VR/AR startup valuations reach $45 billion (on paper)
Despite early-stage virtual reality market and augmented reality market valuations softening in a transitional period, total global AR/VR startup valuations are now at $45 billion globally — include non-pure play AR/VR startups discussed below, and that amount exceeds $67 billion. More than $8 billion has been returned to investors through M&A already, with the remaining […]

TechCrunch
Oct 18, 2019

Tilting Point acquires game monetization startup Gondola
Tilting Point announced yesterday that it has acquired Gondola, a company that aims to increase to improve game monetization by optimizing in-game offers and video ads. Tilting Point CEO Kevin Segalla described his company's model as "progressive publishing" — usually, mobile game developers starting working with Tilting Point because they need help with user acquisition, […]

TechCrunch
Oct 18, 2019

Where are US fintech's next billion-dollar startups?
As fintech investments soar to new heights, investors are looking at the bottom and top levels of the services stack to find the next billion-dollar startups. That's the word from seasoned investors like Andreessen Horowitz's managing director, Angela Strange, who has invested in a number of successful financial services technology companies. For Strange and Chris […]

TechCrunch
Oct 18, 2019

Alphabet's Wing begins making first commercial drone deliveries in the U.S.
Alphabet -owned drone delivery spin-out Wing is starting to service U.S. customers, after becoming the first drone delivery company to get the federal go-ahead to do so earlier this year. Wing is working with FedEx Express and Walgreens on this pilot, and their first customers are Michael and Kelly Collver, who will get a "cough […]

TechCrunch
Oct 18, 2019

Alphabet's Wing begins making first commercial drone deliveries in the US
Alphabet -owned drone delivery spin-out Wing is starting to service U.S. customers, after becoming the first drone delivery company to get the federal go-ahead to do so earlier this year. Wing is working with FedEx Express and Walgreens on this pilot, and their first customers are Michael and Kelly Collver, who will get a "cough […]

TechCrunch
Oct 18, 2019

Daily Crunch: Zuckerberg has thoughts on free speech
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. Zuckerberg on Chinese censorship: Is that the internet we want? The Facebook CEO spoke yesterday at Georgetown University, sharing his thoughts […]

TechCrunch
Oct 18, 2019

Harley-Davidson has resumed production of the LiveWire
Harley-Davidson has resumed production and deliveries of its electric LiveWire motorcycle after determining an issue with charging was isolated to a single vehicle. HD halted production and delivery of its first electric motorcycle earlier this week after discovering what it described at the time as a "non-standard condition." Harley-Davidson didn't recall any of the LiveWire […]

TechCrunch
Oct 18, 2019

Who will own the future of transportation?
Autonomous vehicles are often painted as a utopian-like technology that will transform parking lots into parks and eliminate traffic fatalities — a number that reached 1.35 million globally in 2018. Even if, as many predict, autonomous vehicles are deployed en masse, the road to that future promises to be long, chaotic and complex. The emergence […]

TechCrunch
Oct 18, 2019

$35B face data lawsuit against Facebook will proceed
Facebook just lost a battle in its war to stop a $35 billion class action lawsuit regarding alleged misuse of facial recognition data in Illinois. Today it was denied its request for an en banc hearing before the full slate of ninth circuit judges that could have halted the case. Now the case will go […]

TechCrunch
Oct 18, 2019

Bloomberg Beta, now six years old, closes its third $75 million fund
Bloomberg Beta, a San Francisco-based outfit that uses Bloomberg LP's money to make bets on startups, has closed its third fund with $75 million, according to Roy Bahat, who'd previously run the online media company IGN and who operates the fund as an equal partnership with Karin Klein and James Chan. (Klein formerly ran Bloomberg's […]

TechCrunch
Oct 18, 2019

YellowHeart allows musicians and concert organizers to take more control of resold tickets
YellowHeart is trying to solve a problem that should be familiar to anyone who's ever tried to buy a ticket to a popular concert: Those tickets will often get snatched up by scalpers, who then resell them at a much higher price. In fact, the startup's CEO Josh Katz said he founded the company because […]

TechCrunch
Oct 18, 2019

Exclusive: 2019 HAX report reveals hardware startup trends
Hardware startups are expanding from the world of consumer tech; global hardware accelerator HAX knows this better than most and details the latest trends in its yearly report. One of the most active early-stage hardware investors, the group today released exclusively to TechCrunch its yearly report with insights on hardware startups. The report highlighted several […]

TechCrunch
Oct 18, 2019

Former Oracle co-CEO Mark Hurd has passed away
Mark Hurd, who until last month, was one of two CEOs leading the database software giant Oracle, has passed away at age 62, one month after telling employees in a letter that he was taking a leave of absence owing to health reasons. Staffers, who were notified that Hurd died earlier this morning, have been offering their […]

TechCrunch
Oct 18, 2019

A set of new tools can decrypt files locked by Stop, a highly active ransomware
Thousands of ransomware victims may finally get some long-awaited relief. New Zealand-based security company Emsisoft has built a set of decryption tools for Stop, a family of ransomware that includes Djvu and Puma, which they say could help victims recover some of their files. Stop is believed to be the most active ransomware in the […]

TechCrunch
Oct 18, 2019

Three of the best tackle the thorny issue of Brexit for startups at Disrupt Berlin
The turbulence of Brexit has left both UK and European startups alike wondering about the best path forward. From recruiting to acquiring investment to scaling into other parts of Europe, the challenges seem to be mounting. By December, who knows what will have happened on the Brexit landscape, such is the chaos. At Disrupt Berlin […]

TechCrunch
Oct 18, 2019

T-Mobile partners with Jeffrey Katzenberg's mobile streaming service Quibi
On the heels of getting the FCC's proposal to merge with Sprint, T-Mobile announced a plan to partner with the Jeffrey Katzenberg's mobile streaming service, Quibi. According to statements provided to the L.A. Times, and confirmed by Variety, Quibi CEO Meg Whitman specifically called out T-Mobile's "impressive 5G road map" as a good fit for […]

TechCrunch
Oct 18, 2019

Report: T-Mobile partners with Jeffrey Katzenberg's mobile streaming service Quibi
On the heels of getting the FCC's proposal to merge with Sprint, T-Mobile announced a plan to partner with the Jeffrey Katzenberg's mobile streaming service, Quibi. According to statements provided to the L.A. Times, Quibi CEO Meg Whitman specifically called out T-Mobile's "impressive 5G road map" as a good fit for the soon-to-launch streaming service. […]

TechCrunch
Oct 18, 2019

Greylock GP Sarah Guo is as bullish on SaaS as ever
Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch's venture capital-focused podcast where each week we discuss other people's money and what sense their investment choices make (or don't).

TechCrunch
Oct 18, 2019

Volvo creates a dedicated business for autonomous industrial and commercial transport
Volvo Group has established a new dedicated business group focused on autonomous transportation, with a mandate that covers industry segments like mining, ports and moving goods between logistics hubs of all kinds. The vehicle maker has already been active in putting autonomous technology to work in these industries, with self-driving projects including at a few […]

TechCrunch
Oct 18, 2019

Japan will participate in NASA's Lunar Gateway project for the Artemis program
Japan has officially announced that it will participate with NASA's Lunar Gateway project (via NHK), which will seek to establish an orbital research and staging station around the Moon. The Lunar Gateway is a key component of NASA's Artemis program, which aims to land the first American woman and the next American man on the […]

TechCrunch
Oct 18, 2019

NASA's first-ever all-woman spacewalk was a success
NASA astronauts Christina H. Koch and Jessica Meir made history this, taking part in the first-ever spacewalk in the agency's history featuring only women. The two astronauts ventured outside of the International Space Station in order to effect a repair on a failed power controller for the station, during a spacewalk that began at around […]

TechCrunch
Oct 18, 2019

Watch NASA's first ever all-woman spacewalk live
NASA astronauts Christina H Koch and Jessica Meir will make history this morning, as they take part in the first ever spacewalk in the agency's history featuring only women. The two astronauts will be venturing outside of the International Space Station in order to effect a repair on a failed power controller for the station, […]

TechCrunch
Oct 18, 2019

Watch NASA's first-ever all-woman spacewalk live
NASA astronauts Christina H. Koch and Jessica Meir will make history this morning as they take part in the first-ever spacewalk in the agency's history featuring only women. The two astronauts will be venturing outside of the International Space Station in order to effect a repair on a failed power controller for the station, with […]

TechCrunch
Oct 18, 2019

Last few hours to apply: TC Top Picks @ Disrupt Berlin 2019
This is it, startup founders. Today, October 18, is the last day and your final opportunity to be chosen as a TC Top Pick, to score a free Startup Alley Exhibitor Package and to shine a bright spotlight on your company at Disrupt Berlin 2019 on 11-12 December. You have only a few hours left to beat […]

TechCrunch
Oct 18, 2019

Mobile game startup Madbox raises $16.5 million after 100 million downloads
French startup Madbox is raising a $16.5 million (€15 million) Series A funding round from Alven. The company is developing mobile games and handles everything from start to finish, from game design to publishing and user acquisition. Madbox is a young player in the mobile game space. The company is the result of the merger […]

TechCrunch
Oct 18, 2019

Kenyan telco Safaricom's Alpha incubator faces uncertain future
Safaricom's Nairobi based Alpha innovation incubator may have an uncertain future, according to sources. With two high-level departures, and the passing of Safaricom's CEO Bob Collymore, there are questions on how or if Alpha will continue to operate. The space was established in 2017 to spur new product development for Safaricom, which is Kenya's largest […]

TechCrunch
Oct 17, 2019

Catalan separatists have tooled up with a decentralized app for civil disobedience
Is our age of ubiquitous smartphones and social media turning into an era of mass civil unrest? Two years after holding an independence referendum and unilaterally declaring independence in defiance of the Spanish state — then failing to gain recognition for la república and being forced to watch political leaders jailed or exiled — Catalonia's […]

TechCrunch
Oct 17, 2019

Swarm gets green light from FCC for its 150-satellite constellation
Swarm Technologies aims to connect smart devices around the world with a low-bandwidth but ever-present network provided by satellites — and it just got approval from the FCC to do so. Apparently the agency is no longer worried that Swarm's sandwich-sized satellites are too small to be tracked.

TechCrunch
Oct 17, 2019

Airbnb's WeWork problem
Airbnb may be another overvalued 'unicorn,' but it's no WeWork.

TechCrunch
Oct 17, 2019

Every state but Alaska has reported vape lung victims, now numbering 1,479 nationwide
A lung condition apparently caused by vaping has been reported in every state but Alaska, the CDC has announced. The total number of suspected and confirmed cases has risen to 1,479, and at least 33 people have died as a result of the affliction.

TechCrunch
Oct 17, 2019

Nintendo Switch hits another sales milestone
Nintendo's North American Switch unit sales have already surpassed the lifetime worldwide unit sales of the Wii U. The company announced Thursday that they had sold 15 million units of the popular handheld console in North America, further noting that the Switch had been the most popular console in the US for 10 months in […]

TechCrunch
Oct 17, 2019

Getting press for your startup: the true role of communications
Welcome to this edition of The Operators, a recurring Extra Crunch column produced by insiders with executive experience.

TechCrunch
Oct 17, 2019

The battle to become the Mexican Nubank just started
Although the market is still in its early stage with just a handful of neobanks with running services, the stage is set for an amusing upcoming battle.

TechCrunch
Oct 17, 2019

Atlassian acquires Code Barrel, makers of Automation for Jira
Atlassian today announced that it has acquired Code Barrel, the makers of Automation for Jira, a low-code tool for easily automating many aspects of Jira that's also one of the most popular add-ons for Jira Software and Jira Service Desk in Atlassian's marketplace. The two companies did not disclose the price of the acquisition. Sydney-based […]

TechCrunch
Oct 17, 2019

Bosch's new ‘ear' for the Space Station's Astrobee robot will let it ‘hear' potential mechanical issues
Bosch is set to launch a new AI-based sensor system to the International Space Station that could change the way astronauts and ground crew monitor the ISS's continued healthy operation. The so-called "SoundSee" module will be roughly the size of a lunch box, and will make its way to the ISS via Northrop Grumman's forthcoming […]

TechCrunch
Oct 17, 2019

How Unity built the world's most popular game engine
What do BMW, Tencent, Pokémon Go creator Niantic, movie director Jon Favreau and construction giant Skanska have in common? They're all using the same platform to create their products. Founded in a small Copenhagen apartment in 2004, Unity Technologies' makes a game engine — a software platform for building video games. But the company, which […]

TechCrunch
Oct 17, 2019

Zubale, founded in Mexico City by two HBS grads, just raised $4.4 million to put locals to work over their phones
A year ago, at a demo day south of San Francisco, we watched a number of recently formed startups pitch investors on their companies. One that stood out to us at the time was Zubale, a Mexico City-based outfit whose founders were looking to connect big corporations with Latin Americans eager to address tasks on […]

TechCrunch
Oct 17, 2019

New NVIDIA Shield Android TV streaming device leaks via Amazon listing
The fact that NVIDIA is updating its Shield TV hardware has already been telegraphed via FCC filing, but a leak earlier today paints much more of a detailed picture. An Amazon listing for a new NVIDIA Shield Pro set-top streaming device went live briefly before being taken down, showing a familiar hardware design, a new […]

TechCrunch
Oct 17, 2019

HBO Max scores all 21 Studio Ghibli films
HBO's streaming services have long succeeded on the strength of original programming, but in a post AT&T acquisition world, the company is having to create a streaming service supergroup of exceptional content to lure consumers into coughing up more cash. HBO has been on a shopping spree for its HBO Max service. It bought right […]

TechCrunch
Oct 17, 2019

Zuckerberg on Chinese censorship: Is that the internet we want?
China is exporting its social values, political ads are an important part of free expression, and the definition of dangerous speech must be kept in check, Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg argued today. He criticized how American companies that do business with China were becoming influenced by the country's values. "While our services like WhatsApp are […]

TechCrunch
Oct 17, 2019

Google Maps adds more Waze-like features, including driving incident reports
Google Maps is starting to look a lot more like Waze. Google today announced a series of new features that will allow drivers using the Maps app on iOS to report accidents, speed traps, and traffic jams. And on both iOS and Android, users will be able to report other driving hazards and incidents, like […]

TechCrunch
Oct 17, 2019

Google Maps adds more Waze-like features, including driving-incident reports
Google Maps is starting to look a lot more like Waze. Google today announced a series of new features that will allow drivers using the Maps app on iOS to report accidents, speed traps and traffic jams. And on both iOS and Android, users will be able to report other driving hazards and incidents, like […]

TechCrunch
Oct 17, 2019

Juul will stop selling mango, creme, fruit and cucumber pod flavors in the U.S.
Juul has stopped selling a number of its flavored nicotine products — mango, creme, fruit and cucumber — in the U.S., pending a review by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Now, the vaping company will only sell the flavors that taste like tobacco, mint or menthol in the U.S., the company announced today. "We […]

TechCrunch
Oct 17, 2019

Juul will stop selling mango, creme, fruit and cucumber pod flavors in the US
Juul has stopped selling a number of its flavored nicotine products — mango, creme, fruit and cucumber — in the U.S., pending a review by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Now, the vaping company will only sell in the U.S. the flavors that taste like tobacco, mint or menthol, the company announced today. "We […]

TechCrunch
Oct 17, 2019

Luna Display now supports older Macs as a secondary screen
Secondary display companies are among the latest to get a taste of Sherlocking, after Apple introduced Sidecar as part of the recent Catalina update. Honestly, the feature is far and away the best thing about the latest version of MacOS and as a number of third-party app developers have discovered over the decades, it's hard […]

TechCrunch
Oct 17, 2019

Tesla gets green light to start producing EVs in China
China's industry ministry has add Tesla to a government list of approved automotive manufacturers, a designation that allows the electric automaker to begin producing vehicles in the country. Tesla's inclusion on the list published by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology was reported by Reuters. A Chinese tech site also reported the news and […]

TechCrunch
Oct 17, 2019

The Information will launch Ticker, a tech news app that costs $29 per year
Since it was founded by journalist Jessica Lessin in 2013, The Information has stood out in the tech news landscape for its focus on an ad-free, subscription-driven business model (a focus that seems increasingly prescient). Now, the upcoming launch of an app called Ticker suggests that the company is looking to expand its audience while […]

TechCrunch
Oct 17, 2019

‘Cloud kitchens' is an oxymoron
The biggest wave in consumer products right now has all the hallmarks of another bubble of misplaced investor expectations and sadly lower margins. Cloud kitchens (the category, and not just CloudKitchens the startup service) is essentially WeWork for restaurant kitchens. Instead of buying an expensive restaurant site on a heavily-walked street, a cloud kitchen is […]

TechCrunch
Oct 17, 2019

MIT develops a way for robots to grasp and manipulate objects much faster
Picking stuff up seems easy, right? It is - for humans with powerful brain computers that instantly and intuitively figure out everything needed to get the job done. But for robots, even advanced robots, the compute required is surprisingly complex, especially if you want the robot to not, you know, break the thing it's grabbing. […]

TechCrunch
Oct 17, 2019

Venmo to launch its first credit card in 2020
Venmo announced today its plans to launch its first-ever credit card. The card is being issued partnership with Synchrony, already the issuer behind Venmo parent company PayPal's Extras Mastercard and Cashback Mastercard, in an expanded relationship. The move is meant to help Venmo, a still unprofitable arm of PayPal's larger business, generate more revenue. PayPal's […]

TechCrunch
Oct 17, 2019

Latest IBM partnership looks to improve seafood safety with blockchain
IBM has been working with a number of different industries to help improve food safety with the help of blockchain technology. Today it announced its latest effort, a partnership with Massachusetts firm, Raw Seafoods, Inc, to bring this approach to seafood starting with scallops. While business blockchain buzz has quieted recently, the supply chain still […]

TechCrunch
Oct 17, 2019

Popular app Snaptube caught serving invisible ads and charging users for premium purchases they haven't made
A popular video downloader app for Android has been found generating fake ad clicks and unauthorized premium purchases from its users, according to a security firm. Snaptube, which boasts some 40 million users, allows users to download videos and music from YouTube, Facebook, and other major video sites. The app, developed in China, is not […]

TechCrunch
Oct 17, 2019

Logitech's MX Master 3 mouse and MX Keys keyboard should be your setup of choice
Logitech recently introduced a new mouse and keyboard, the MX Master 3 ($99.99) and MX Keys ($99.99) respectively. Both devices borrow a lot from other, older hardware in Logitech's lineup - but they build on what the company has gotten really right with input devices, and add some great new features to make these easily […]

TechCrunch
Oct 17, 2019

Farewell, Google Clips
Amid a slew of updated hardware, Clips has gone missing from Google's online store. Odds are you probably don't remember what Clips is. If you do, odds are you're not surprised by this turn of events. We've reached out to company to confirm whether this is, indeed, definitively the end for the niche device. All […]

TechCrunch
Oct 17, 2019

Snapchat goes after retailers and DTC brands with new Dynamic Ads
Snap today is announcing a new kind of advertising product, Dynamic Ads, that will help it to better attract ad dollars from retail, e-commerce, and other direct-to-consumer brands — a group that today thrives on Instagram. With Dynamic Ads, advertisers can now automatically create ads in real-time based on extensive product catalogs that may contain […]

TechCrunch
Oct 17, 2019

Sentons launches SurfaceWave, a processor and tech to create software-defined surfaces that supercharge touch and gesture
As handset makers continue to work on ways of making smartphones more streamlined and sleek, while at the same time introducing new features that will get people buying more devices, a startup that is pioneering something called "software-defined" surfaces — essentially, using ultrasound and AI to turn any kind of material, and any kind of […]

TechCrunch
Oct 17, 2019

Samsung confirms glaring S10 fingerprint reader flaw, promises fix
Galaxy S10 users should be turn on some alternative security features as Samsung works to address a major flaw with the device's in-screen fingerprint sensor. The consumer electronics giant noted the issue today after a British user reported the ability to unlock her device with unregistered fingerprints. The flaw was discovered after placing a $3.50 […]

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Oct 17, 2019

ArsenalBio emerges from stealth with $85 million and a dream team to fight cancer
The story behind ArsenalBio begins with Sean Parker's Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy. Founded in 2016, the Institute has been instrumental in providing a space for the top researchers into cancer across different fields to collaborate and communicate on the latest breakthroughs in settings that range from formal meetings to informal retreats. It was at one […]

TechCrunch
Oct 17, 2019

Microsoft accessibility grants go out to companies aiming to improve tech for people with disabilities
The tech world has a lot to offer those with disabilities, but it can be hard to get investors excited about the accessibility space. That's why Microsoft's AI for Accessibility grants are so welcome: equity-free Azure credits and cash for companies looking to adapt AI to the needs of those with disabilities. The company just announced ten more, including education for the blind startup ObjectiveEd.

TechCrunch
Oct 17, 2019

Microsoft accessibility grants go out to companies aiming to improve tech for the disabled
The tech world has a lot to offer those with disabilities, but it can be hard to get investors excited about the accessibility space. That's why Microsoft's AI for Accessibility grants are so welcome: equity-free Azure credits and cash for companies looking to adapt AI to the needs of those with disabilities. The company just announced ten more, including education for the blind startup ObjectiveEd.

TechCrunch
Oct 17, 2019

Work management platform Asana launches new automation tools
Work management platform Asana today announced the launch of a new feature that will take the work out of some of the most mundane and repetitive tasks on its platform. Asana Automation, as the new feature is called, allows users to create their own "if this then that" rules, but also features a new voice […]

TechCrunch
Oct 17, 2019

Ekos announces $8M Series A to build software for craft breweries
Ekos, a Charlotte, NC startup that creates software to help craft breweries and other beverage companies organize their businesses, announced an $8 million Series A today led by Noro-Moseley Partners, an Atlanta  venture firm. Prior to taking this funding, the company had bootstrapped for the previous five years, building a business with 1700 customers in […]

TechCrunch
Oct 17, 2019

Galileo Financial raises $77 million for its fintech services that were 19 years in the making
Clay Wilkes had already been retired for six years when he launched Galileo Financial Services in 2000. The serial entrepreneur who had been an early pioneer in telecommunications technologies (like voice over internet protocols) saw the need for better connectivity between secondary services and financial institutions 19 years ago, just as new digital services around […]

TechCrunch
Oct 17, 2019

Pendo scores $100M Series E investment on $1 billion valuation
Pendo, the late stage startup that helps companies understand how customers are interacting with their apps, announced a $100 million Series E investment today on a valuation of $1 billion. The round was led by Sapphire Ventures . Also participating were new investors General Atlantic and Tiger Global, and existing investors Battery Ventures, Meritech Capital, […]

TechCrunch
Oct 17, 2019

How to radically change finance through startups at TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin
Fintech has been a very popular area for venture investment, and this is particularly true in Europe. Dozens of high-growth fintech startups have launched over the past decade, from challenger banks and neobanks to new payment services and better ways to save and invest wealth. Embedded finance, or why fintech mega VC rounds have become […]

TechCrunch
Oct 17, 2019

TruTag raises $7.5 million Series C for tiny, edible barcodes that can be placed on pills, food and vaping systems
TruTag Technologies, a company that creates microscopic, edible barcodes to authenticate medications, food, vaping pods and other products, has raised a $7.5 million Series C. The funding, led by Pangaea Ventures and Happiness Capital, will be used to further commercialize its technology and develop new solutions. Along with earlier rounds, this brings TruTag's total funding […]

TechCrunch
Oct 17, 2019

TikTok makes education push in India
China's TikTok today launched an education program in India as the popular short-video app looks to expand its offering and assuage local authority in one of its biggest markets. TkTok, owned by the world's most valued startup Bytedance, said it's working with a number of content creators and firms to populate the platform with educational […]

TechCrunch
Oct 17, 2019

Winnow raises $12M Series B for its food waste solution for commercial kitchens
Winnow, the U.K. startup that has developed smart kitchen tech to help commercial kitchens reduce food waste, is disclosing $12 million in Series B funding. Backing the round is Ingka Group (a strategic partner to the IKEA franchisee system), Mustard Seed, Circularity Capital, D: Ax and The Ingenious Group. It follows a recent $8 million […]

TechCrunch
Oct 17, 2019

Proportunity raises £2M seed for its ‘help to buy'-style property lending
Proportunity, the startup that provides "help to buy"-style equity loans primarily for first time property buyers, has raised £2 million in additional funding. Billed as a seed round, backing comes from Anthemis, the fintech investor, and Axel Springer Digital Ventures, the early stage venture arm of European digital publisher Axel Springer. The startup and Entrepreneur […]

TechCrunch
Oct 17, 2019

Nigeria's #StopRobbingUs campaign could spur tech advocacy group, CEOs say
Nigeria's #StopRobbingUs campaign to curb police harassment of techies could grow into a formal lobbying group for the country's tech sector, according to founders Bosun Tijani and Jason Njoku. Tijani, the CEO of Lagos based innovation center CcHub and now Kenya's iHub, helped spearhead the movement last month in response to detainment and extortion of […]

TechCrunch
Oct 17, 2019

Zoho launches Catalyst, a new developer platform with a focus on microservices
Zoho may be one of the most underrated tech companies. The 23-year-old company, which at this point offers more than 45 products, has never taken outside funding and has no ambition to go public, yet it's highly profitable and runs its own data centers around the world. And today, it's launching Catalyst, a cloud-based developer […]

TechCrunch
Oct 16, 2019

Edge computing startup Pensando comes out of stealth mode with a total of $278 million in funding
Pensando, an edge computing startup founded by former Cisco engineers, came out of stealth mode today with an announcement that it has raised a $145 million Series C. The company's software and hardware technology, created to give data centers more of the flexibility of cloud computing servers, is being positioned as a competitor to Amazon […]

TechCrunch
Oct 16, 2019

Rocket Lab successfully launches fifth Electron rocket this year
Rocket Lab has added another successful commercial launch to its track record: The rocket startup's ‘As The Crow Flies' mission took off today from its LC-1 launch site in New Zealand as planned. The rocket took off at 9:22 PM ET (6:22 PM PT), during its second launch opportunity of the day after the first […]

TechCrunch
Oct 16, 2019

Watch Rocket Lab's next Electron rocket launch live
Rocket Lab is launching its ninth Electron rocket today, with the launch set for 00:41 UTC (8:41 ET/5:41 PT). The mission, called "As The Crow Flies," will be taking off from the company's LC-1 launchpad in New Zealand, carrying a payload from Astro Digital to orbit. The launch was actually supposed to take a different […]

TechCrunch
Oct 16, 2019

Shoe companies Rothy's and Steve Madden are at each other's throats
In August, after receiving a cease-and-desist letter from the venture-backed shoe startup Rothy's, shoe giant Steven Madden filed a pre-emptive lawsuit asking a federal court to rule that its Rosy Flat shoes don't copy design elements of the Point ballet flat that Rothy's began selling soon after its 2016 launch. More, it asked that seven […]

TechCrunch
Oct 16, 2019

MyGate raises $56M to bring its security management service to more gated communities in India
MyGate, a Bangalore-based startup that offers security management and convenience service for guard-gated premises, said today it has bagged more than $50 million in a new financing round as it looks to expand its footprint in the nation. Chinese internet giant Tencent, Tiger Global, JS Capital and existing investor Prime Venture Partners funded the three-year-old […]

TechCrunch
Oct 16, 2019

Labor leaders and startup founders talk how to build a sustainable gig economy
Over the past few years, gig economy companies and the treatment of their labor force has become a hot button issue for public and private sector debate. At our recent annual Disrupt event in San Francisco, we dug into how founders, companies and the broader community can play a positive role in the gig economy, […]

TechCrunch
Oct 16, 2019

Amazon's Echo gets a decent-sounding refresh
Amazon seemingly didn't realize what it had on its hands with the original Echo. Released five and a half years back for a select number of Amazon Prime users, the first Alexa device ushered in a consumer electronics revolution. According to numbers from Canalys, 26.1 million smart speakers were shipped in Q2 2019. That's a […]

TechCrunch
Oct 16, 2019

Feast your eyes on the first interstellar comet ever directly observed
The solar system has another interstellar visitor, but there's no question of this one being an alien spacecraft. It's a true comet and the first we've ever confirmed comes from interstellar space, and the Hubble Space Telescope captured some amazing imagery of it. Good thing, too — because it's never coming back.

TechCrunch
Oct 16, 2019

The FrankOne is a simple and portable coffee brewing gadget
The FrankOne coffee maker, fresh off a successful crowdfunding campaign, is now available for purchase, and I got a chance to test out one of the first run of these funky little gadgets. While it won't replace my normal pourover or a larger coffee machine, it's a clever, quick, and portable way to make a cup.

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