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Jul 18, 2019

ISRO's Chandrayaan-2 Moon lander mission launch reset for July 22
The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) was all set to launch its Chandrayaan-2 mission to deliver a rover to the Moon's South Pole last week, but a "technical snag" observed during the last hour of launch prep put a hold on those plans. Now, ISRO has officially set a new date for the launch: Monday, […]

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Jul 18, 2019

Intel announces deep, multi-year partnership with SAP
Intel announced a deep partnership with SAP today around using advanced Intel technology to optimize SAP software tools. Specifically the company plans to tune its Intel Xeon Scalable processors and Intel Optane DC persistent memory for SAP's suite of applications. The multi-year partnership includes giving SAP early access to emerging Intel technologies and building a […]

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Jul 18, 2019

Qualcomm hit with $271M EU fine over predatory pricing of baseband chips
A long-running European antitrust investigation into whether Qualcomm used predatory pricing when selling UMTS baseband chips about a decade ago has landed the chipmaker with a fine of €242 million (~$271M) — aka, 1.27% of its global revenue for 2018. The EU regulator concluded Qualcomm used abusive pricing to force its main rival at the […]

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Jul 18, 2019

Plaid introduces Liabilities to create debt-tracking apps, starting with student loans
Plaid has always been about helping developers build financial applications. Up until now that has involved standard checking and savings, and more recently investments. Today, they are introducing a new product called Liabilities endpoint to help developers build applications around debt. For starters, they are taking aim at a big problem in the US, student […]

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Jul 18, 2019

Watch an unfiltered interview of PicsArt founder at Disrupt Berlin
Smartphones have become a creative playground thanks to cameras and innovative apps, such as PicsArt. With PicsArt, anybody can add filters, stickers and tweak photos and videos in many different ways. It has been a massive hit with 130 million monthly active users. And that's why I'm excited to announce that PicsArt founder and CEO […]

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Jul 18, 2019

On a growth tear, work trip SaaS TravelPerk adds $60M to its Series C
Business travel SaaS startup, TravelPerk, has announced it's more than doubled the $44M Series C round we wrote about just nine months ago — taking in a further $60M from its existing investors, which brings the round to $104M, and the business' total raised to date to $134M. Investors increasing the size of their Series […]

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Jul 18, 2019

EBay picks 5.5% stake in India's Paytm Mall
EBay said today it is buying a 5.5% stake in e-commerce marketplace Paytm Mall as the global firm makes another push to gain footprint in India's fast-growing e-commerce market. The two firms did not disclose financial terms of the deal, but a source familiar with the matter told TechCrunch that EBay has invested between $150 […]

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Jul 18, 2019

Congressional testimony reveals some faults in Facebook's digital currency plans
As Facebook continues to lay the foundation for getting some of the world's largest payment processing and technology companies a seat at the global monetary policy table, the company faces significant obstacles to enacting its plans from both sides of the Congressional aisle. In the second of what's sure to be many (many many many) […]

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Jul 18, 2019

Georgia Tech's ant-sized micro-robots move through vibration
The above image is a shot of Georgia Tech's latest robot posed next to a penny. The 3D printed bot is roughly two millimeters in length — or about the size of the world's smallest ants, per the school. The tiny devices are designed to move using vibration from a variety of sources, ranging from […]

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Jul 18, 2019

Banking startup N26 raises another $170 million at $3.5 billion valuation
Fintech startup N26 is raising $170 million a few months after raising $300 million. While it's technically structured as a new round, the company considers today's new funding as an extension of the Series D round. N26 has only reached out to existing investors. All the investors in the Series D round are investing again, […]

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Jul 17, 2019

Southeast Asian cloud communications platform Wavecell acquired by 8×8 in deal worth $125 million
Wavecell, a cloud-communications platform for companies in Southeast Asia, announced today that it has been acquired by 8×8 in a deal worth about $125 million. The acquisition will help San Jose, California-based 8×8 expand in Asia, where Wavecell already has offices in Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and Hong Kong. Wavecell's cloud API platform, which […]

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Jul 17, 2019

How a Hong Kong startup gets caught up in US-China trade war
Taylor Host has been operating his artificial intelligence startup out of Hong Kong for more than two years. The American entrepreneur has clients from Europe, North America and Asia, but he settled in the city for its adjacency to Southeast Asia and mainland China's massive market. Miro, which Host co-founded in 2017 with a British […]

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Jul 17, 2019

FaceApp gets federal attention as Sen. Schumer raises alarm on data use
It's been hard to get away from FaceApp over the last few days, whether it's your friends posting weird selfies using the app's aging and other filters, or the brief furore over its apparent (but not actual) circumvention of permissions on iPhones. Now even the Senate is getting in on the fun: Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has asked the FBI and the FTC to look into the app's data handling practices.

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Jul 17, 2019

Altitude Angel launches an API for safer drone flights
Altitude Angel, a U.K. startup that provides safety, data and traffic management systems for drones, is launching a de-confliction service for drone flights — available via its developer API platform. "The dynamic system will continuously monitor the airspace around an aircraft for the ‘unexpected' such as other aerial vehicles or changes to airspace (such as […]

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Jul 17, 2019

Coinbase tells you if top holders are buying or selling a crypto asset
Coinbase is taking advantage of its significant user base to give you more information about trading behavior and price correlation. Given that there are now 15 cryptocurrencies on Coinbase that you can trade, the new features should provide some signals. In addition to price and variation information, you can see what Coinbase customers with large […]

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Jul 17, 2019

Netflix will roll out a lower-priced subscription plan in India
Netflix said on Wednesday that it will roll out a cheaper subscription plan in India, one of the last great growth markets for global companies, as the streaming giant scrambles to find ways to accelerate its slowing growth worldwide. The company added 2.7 million new subscribers in the quarter that ended in June this year, […]

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Jul 17, 2019

Toyota locks in more than a supply of EV batteries in deal with China's CATL
Toyota needs more than a secure and steady supply of batteries if it hopes to meet its ambitious global sales goal for electric vehicles. If it hopes to compete, the Japanese automaker will need better quality lithium-ion batteries that don't squeeze profit margins. The automaker is turning to Chinese EV battery supplier CATL for the […]

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Jul 17, 2019

SpaceX's ‘Starhopper' bursts into flames during static fire test
SpaceX's test vehicle, a small-scale demonstration craft for some Starship components, caught fire after what appears to be a fuel leak or dump following an otherwise successful static fire test last night. It's not clear why the craft suddenly burst into flames, or whether it was seriously or even superficially damaged.

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Jul 17, 2019

Instagram will now hide likes in 6 more countries
Would the Internet be a better place if we all paid a little less attention to fake Internet points? Instagram is still trying to figure it out. Just a few months back, Instagram started testing a design tweak that would no longer show the total number of "likes" other user's posts had received. You could […]

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Jul 17, 2019

Microsoft has warned 10,000 victims of state-sponsored hacking
Microsoft said it has notified close to 10,000 people in the past year that they have been targeted by state-sponsored hackers. The tech giant said Wednesday that the victims were either targeted or compromised by hackers working for a foreign government. In almost all cases, Microsoft said, enterprise customers were the primary targets — such […]

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Jul 17, 2019

Apple gives a sneak peak of its new Peanuts series with ‘Snoopy in Space' trailer
As the U.S. commemorates the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, Apple took to the internet to give audiences a peak into the first of its new Peanuts series, "Snoopy in Space". The series will follow Charles M. Schulz's characters as they take afield trip to a NASA location where Snoopy and . Woodstock are […]

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Jul 17, 2019

Apple gives a sneak peek of its new Peanuts series with ‘Snoopy in Space' trailer
As the U.S. commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing, Apple took to the internet to give audiences a peek into the first of its new Peanuts series, "Snoopy in Space." The series will follow Charles M. Schulz's characters as they take a field trip to a NASA location where Snoopy and Woodstock are […]

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Jul 17, 2019

Netflix reports first net subscriber loss in the US, misses global subscriber growth predictions
Netflix's continued subscription price hikes might finally have reached the end of some customers' patience in the U.S., judging from an overall paid subscriber decline the company reported in its quarterly earnings for its fiscal second quarter 2019 results. The company's overall growth for paid subscribers climbed by 2.7 million worldwide, but it actually added […]

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Jul 17, 2019

Twitter launches the ‘Hide Replies' feature, in hopes of civilizing conversations
Twitter today is beginning its test of a radical and controversial change to its service with the launch of a new "Hide Replies" feature. Effectively, this option gives users the ability to wrestle back control over a conversation they've started by hiding any replies they feel aren't worthy contributions — for example, replies that are […]

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Jul 17, 2019

Twitter officially launches its ‘Hide Replies' feature, initially to users in Canada
Twitter today is beginning its test of a radical and controversial change to its service with the launch of a new "Hide Replies" feature. Effectively, this option gives users the ability to wrestle back control over a conversation they've started by hiding any replies they feel aren't worthy contributions — for example, replies that are […]

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Jul 17, 2019

HBO Max is bringing back ‘Gossip Girl'
"Gossip Girl," the soapy CW drama about wealthy teenagers behaving badly in New York City's Upper East Side, is returning to TV thanks to HBO Max. Specifically, the streaming service has placed a 10-episode, straight-to-series order for an updated version of the show. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Joshua Safran (a writer and executive producer […]

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Jul 17, 2019

Peloton's new automated vehicle system gives one driver control of two trucks
The trucking world has been inundated in recent years by startups and large companies alike pitching an array of automated driving technology and business strategies, all aiming to solve the big three problems with freight: safety, fuel costs and driver shortages. For Peloton Technology, a Silicon Valley company that launched in 2011, the answer doesn't […]

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Jul 17, 2019

For World Emoji Day, the Unicode Consortium redesigns its site to be more user-friendly
Ahead of World Emoji Day on Wednesday, July 17, Apple and Google announced plans to bring an expanded set of emoji to their respective platforms. Today, the Unicode Consortium, the nonprofit organization responsible for determining which emoji get the greenlight, is relaunching its website with an updated, modern design that aims to make its information […]

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Jul 17, 2019

Facebook's regulation dodge: Let us, or China will
Facebook is leaning on fears of China exporting its authoritarian social values to counter arguments that it should be broken up or slowed down. Its top executives have each claimed that if the U.S. limits its size, blocks its acquisitions, or bans its cryptocurrency, Chinese company's absent these restrictions will win abroad, bringing more power […]

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Jul 17, 2019

Daily Crunch: Neuralink prepares for brain-computer testing
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. Elon Musk's Neuralink looks to begin outfitting human brains with faster input and output starting next year Musk said that in […]

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Jul 17, 2019

Let CrunchMatch simplify your networking at Disrupt SF 2019
Set in the city where startup dreams began, TechCrunch's flagship tech conference — Disrupt San Francisco 2019 — takes place October 2-4. And with more than 10,000 attendees converging on Moscone North Convention Center, the networking possibilities can seem downright daunting. More like a contact sport than a business opportunity, right? Why waste your valuable […]

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Jul 17, 2019

AT&T signs $2 billion cloud deal with Microsoft
While AWS leads the cloud infrastructure market by wide margin, Microsoft isn't doing too badly, ensconced firmly in second place, the only other company with double-digit share. Today, it announced a big deal with AT&T that encompasses both Azure cloud infrastructure services and Office 365. A person with knowledge of the contract pegged the combined […]

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Jul 17, 2019

Crowdfunded spacecraft LightSail 2 snaps amazing photos ahead of solar sail deployment
LightSail 2 may still have at least a few days to go before it begins its primary purpose, by unfurling the solar sail it has on board and finding out more about propelling a spacecraft using only the force of photons, but it's not wasting any time on its orbital voyage. New photos from the […]

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Jul 17, 2019

How much HR does a scale-up need?
Nora Jenkins Townson Contributor Share on Twitter Nora is an unconventional HR expert based in Toronto. After helping successful startups like FreshBooks and Wealthsimple grow, she founded Bright Early, an HR consultancy focused on helping scaling companies build impactful people programs. There is a special chaos that happens when a startup reaches 30 employees. […]

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Jul 17, 2019

In-space shuttle service, Momentus, raises $25.5 million as investments climb for "new space" tech
With commercial launch services expected to reach $7 billion by 2024, there's increasing demand for an array of new technologies that can offer advantages to companies looking to get communications infrastructure in orbit. That's one of the reasons behind the new $25.5 million financing for Momentus, which sells in-space shuttle services to move satellites between […]

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Jul 17, 2019

In-space shuttle service, Momentus, raises $25.5 million as investments climb for ‘new space' tech
With commercial launch services expected to reach $7 billion by 2024, there's increasing demand for an array of new technologies that can offer advantages to companies looking to get communications infrastructure in orbit. That's one of the reasons behind the new $25.5 million financing for Momentus, which sells in-space shuttle services to move satellites between […]

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Jul 17, 2019

Spotify partners with Disney on a new streaming hub aimed at families
In an effort likely aimed at boosting family memberships, Spotify this morning announced a new partnership with Disney on the creation of a Disney Hub on its streaming service. Here, Disney fans in select markets including the U.S. will find a selection of Disney playlists like soundtracks from Disney, Pixar and Marvel movies, Star Wars […]

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Jul 17, 2019

Fifth Wall Ventures raises $503M for second real estate fund
Fifth Wall Ventures, an investor in Clutter, b8ta, ClassPass, Lime and others, has raised $503 million for its sophomore venture capital fund. The firm, which closed on $212 million for its debut fund in May 2017, prefers to invest in the burgeoning real estate industry but has made opportunistic investments in other sectors. The Los […]

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Jul 17, 2019

FaceApp responds to privacy concerns
FaceApp, the AI-powered selfie-editing app that's been having another viral moment of late, has now responded to a privacy controversy that we covered earlier here. We've pasted the company's full statement at the bottom of this post. The tl;dr here is that concerns had been raised that FaceApp, a Russian startup, uploads users' photos to […]

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Jul 17, 2019

VidCon, seed-stage dilution, advertising, privacy, and building a career in design
The need-to-know takeaways from VidCon 2019 Extra Crunch media columnist Eric Peckham took part in all the craziness that has become VidCon this past week, where 75,000 influencers, YouTubers, advertisers, and more congregate in one place to see how many likes they all can generate (and I guess to discuss business strategy). This year, there […]

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Jul 17, 2019

Amazon sells over 175M items during Prime Day 2019, more than Black Friday & Cyber Monday combined
Amid worker protests and antitrust investigations, Amazon's Prime Day sales event carried on as usual — and that means it again set new records for the online retailer. This time, Amazon says Prime Day 2019 was bigger than both Black Friday and Cyber Monday combined, as Prime members purchased more than 175 million items during […]

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Jul 17, 2019

10x Ascend aims to help tech talent with job negotiations
10x Ascend is a new firm that helps software development, cybersecurity and data science professionals negotiate for better deals. Founders Michael Solomon and Rishon Blumberg started out in talent management for the music industry (their clients still include musicians like Vanessa Carlton), then moved into representing tech freelancers with their firm 10x Management. More recently, […]

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Jul 17, 2019

ClassPass introduces a corporate wellness program
ClassPass has set up yet another revenue stream, signing on partners like Facebook, Glossier, Google, Morgan Stanley, Under Armour, Etsy, Southwest Airlines and Gatorade to a corporate wellness program. The program will give employees at these companies access to the ClassPass network of more than 22,000 studio partners across 2500 cities around the world, which […]

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Jul 17, 2019

Peer-to-peer car sharing marketplace Turo raises $250M at over $1B valuation from IAC
Car-sharing startup Turo has raised $250 million in a Series E round of funding from IAC, the internet media company that owned and spun out Match.com, and OKCupid. This round pushes Turn into Unicorn territory, with its valuation now "past the billion-dollar" mark according to Turo CEO Andre Haddad. This late round of funding brings […]

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Jul 17, 2019

Peer-to-peer car-sharing marketplace Turo raises $250M at over $1B valuation from IAC
Car-sharing startup Turo has raised $250 million in a Series E round of funding from IAC, the internet media company that owned and spun out Match.com and OkCupid. This round pushes Turo into unicorn territory, with its valuation now "past the billion-dollar" mark according to Turo CEO Andre Haddad. This late round of funding brings […]

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Jul 17, 2019

Dust Identity secures $10M Series A to identify objects with diamond dust
The idea behind Dust Identity was originally born in an MIT lab where students developed a system of uniquely identifying objects using diamond dust. Since then, the startup has been working to create a commercial application for the advanced technology, and today it announced a $10 million Series A round led by Kleiner Perkins, which […]

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Jul 17, 2019

Google's Area 120 launches Byteboard to improve technical interviews
Area 120, Google's lab for experimental projects, is launching Byteboard today, a new tool that aims to make the technical interview experience less tedious and more effective. The team argues that today's interview process for software engineers just doesn't cut it since it doesn't really measure how well somebody would do in a day-to-day engineering […]

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Jul 17, 2019

Uber riders now earn rewards for shopping during their trip with new Cargo app
Uber is launching a new shopping app with commerce partner Cargo, a startup it signed an exclusive global partnership with last year. The app will feature items curated by Uber including products like Nintendo Switch, Apple hardware, Away luggage, Glossier cosmetics and more, and will be available to download for Uber riders making trips in […]

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Jul 17, 2019

Amazon amends seller terms worldwide after German antitrust action
Amazon has agreed to make a raft of changes to the business terms it offers sellers on its marketplaces following an intervention by Germany's Federal Cartel Office (FCO). The regulator instigated an investigation in November last year after receiving a large number of complaints from sellers pertaining to Amazon's German marketplace, amazon.de: The largest of […]

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Jul 17, 2019

DJI introduces a Ronin stabilizer for mirrorless cameras
The camera stabilizer has been an interesting piece of DJI's product play. A kind of offshoot of the company's advanced drone-based imaging systems, the Ronin line has allowed it to appeal to photographers and videographers of the terrestrial variety. And as with its drone line, the accessories have grown at an impressive rate, becoming one […]

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Jul 17, 2019

Snyk brings in new CEO to help lead future expansion
Startup founders typically face a management challenge. They often began their careers in technical engineering jobs, and are thrust into the CEO role when starting a company. Sometimes it makes sense to bring in a more experienced executive to guide a fast-growing startup, and that is what Snyk announced it's doing today, shifting founder/CEO Guy […]

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Jul 17, 2019

Another 2.2 million patients affected by AMCA data breach
Another clinical lab ensnared in the AMCA data breach has come forward. Clinical Pathology Laboratories (CPL) says 2.2 million patients may have had their names, addresses, phone numbers, dates of birth, dates of service, balance information and treatment provider information stolen in the previously-reported breach. Another 34,500 patients had their credit card or banking information […]

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Jul 17, 2019

Nintendo introduces a Switch model refresh with better battery life
Nintendo already announced an entirely new Switch console this month, the Switch Lite, and now it's bumping some of the specs on the existing Switch with a slightly updated version, spotted by The Verge. This update improves the hardware right where it counts when it comes to Switch portable playing power. The new model will […]

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Jul 17, 2019

Nexar's Live Map is like Street View with pictures from 5 minutes ago
We all rely on maps to get where we're going or investigate a neighborhood for potential brunch places, but the data we're looking at is often old, vague, or both. Nexar, maker of dashcam apps and cameras, aims to put fresh and specific data on your map with images from the street taken only minutes before.

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Jul 17, 2019

Ebix to acquire Indian travel company Yatra for $337.8M
Atlanta-based software firm Ebix said today it is acquiring online travel booking company Yatra through a merger deal at an enterprise value of $337.8 million as they look to strengthen their position in India and footprints worldwide. Once the acquisition has completed, Yatra will become part of Ebix's EbixCash (the company's Indian subsidiary) travel portfolio — […]

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Jul 17, 2019

India's 30-year-old MyMoneyMantra raises $15M to scale its financial services marketplace
MyMoneyMantra, a 30-year-old New Delhi-based firm that operates a marketplace of financial services, has raised $15 million in its maiden funding round from an external source to expand its offerings and reach in the nation. Dutch investment firm IFSD BV and private equity firm Vaalon Capital funded the $15 million round in MyMoneyMantra, the Indian […]

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Jul 17, 2019

Atomico co-founder and partner Mattias Ljungman is leaving to start his own seed fund
Changes are afoot at European VC Atomico, with news breaking that long-time partner Mattias Ljungman is leaving to raise his own seed fund. TechCrunch understands that staff at the London-headquartered firm, which he co-founded in 2006 with Skype founder Niklas Zennström, were informed of his decision to part ways earlier today, although he won't be […]

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Jul 17, 2019

Atomico founding partner Mattias Ljungman is leaving to start his own seed fund
Changes are afoot at European VC Atomico, with news breaking that founding partner Mattias Ljungman is leaving to raise his own seed fund. TechCrunch understands that staff at the London-headquartered firm, which he co-founded in 2006 with Skype founder Niklas Zennström, were informed of his decision to part ways earlier today, although he won't be […]

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Jul 17, 2019

Stonly lets you create interactive step-by-step guides to improve support
French startup Stonly wants to empower users so that they can solve their issues by themselves. Instead of relying on customer support agents, Stonly wants to surface relevant content so that you can understand and solve issues. "I'm trying to take the opposite stance of chatbots," founder and CEO Alexis Fogel told me. "The issue […]

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Jul 17, 2019

Europe is now formally investigating Amazon's use of merchant data
European regulators have announced a formal antitrust investigation of Amazon's use of data from third parties selling on its ecommerce platform. Commenting in a statement, competition commissioner, Margrethe Vestager said: "European consumers are increasingly shopping online. Ecommerce has boosted retail competition and brought more choice and better prices. We need to ensure that large online […]

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Jul 17, 2019

Ford unveils its latest pickup truck built for a smartphone
Ford's F-Series line of pickup trucks has been the best-selling vehicle in the U.S. for decades, which should make the automaker an expert of sorts in the truck-building business. Ford unveiled Wednesday the latest addition to its pickup truck portfolio. This particular one, isn't meant for driving. The automaker created a pickup truck emoji, which is […]

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Jul 17, 2019

AlphaSense, a search engine for analysis and business intel, raises $50M led by Innovation Endeavors
Google and its flagship search portal opened the door to the possibilities of how to build a business empire on the back of organising and navigating the world's information, as found on the internet. Now, a startup that's built a search engine tailored to the needs of enterprises and their own quests for information has […]

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Jul 17, 2019

Contract management startup Icertis becomes unicorn with $115M new round
Icertis, a Washington-headquartered startup that develops cloud-based software to help large companies manage contracts, has raised $115 million at more than a billion dollar valuation to become the latest SaaS unicorn as it looks to further expand its footprints across the globe. The Series E round for the 10-year-old firm was led by Greycroft and […]

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Jul 17, 2019

ContractPodAi scores $55M for its ‘AI-powered' contract management software
ContractPodAi, a London-based startup that has developed what it describes as AI-powered contract lifecycle management software, is disclosing $55 million in Series B funding. The round is led by U.S.-based Insight Partners, with participation from earlier backer Eagle Investment. Founded in 2012, ContractPodAi offers an "end-to-end" solution spanning the three main aspects of contract management: […]

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Jul 16, 2019

Elon Musk's Neuralink looks to begin outfitting human brains with faster input and output starting next year
Neuralink, the Elon Musk-led startup that the multi-entrepreneur founded in 2017, is working on technology that's based around ‘threads' which it says can be implanted in human brains with much less potential impact to the surrounding brain tissue vs. what's currently used for today's brain-computer interfaces. "Most people don't realize, we can solve that with […]

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Jul 16, 2019

Apple reportedly planning to fund creation of exclusive original podcasts
Apple is said to be planning to bankroll the creation of original podcasts from third-parties that it will offer exclusively on its own streaming services, Bloomberg reports. The report says that Apple's plans to land podcast exclusives will help the company compete with similar offerings from streaming rivals including Spotify and Sticher, both of which […]

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Jul 16, 2019

AI photo editor FaceApp goes viral again on iOS, raises questions about photo library access
FaceApp. So. The app has gone viral again after first doing so two years ago or so. The effect has gotten better but these apps, like many other one off viral apps, tend to come and go in waves driven by influencer networks or paid promotion. We first covered this particular AI photo editor  from […]

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Jul 16, 2019

iOS and Android are about to get a bunch of new emoji
Tomorrow is World Emoji Day. Why is there a World Emoji Day? No idea! But it's tomorrow! To recognize the day, Apple and Google have both shed some light on their plans regarding new emoji coming to their operating systems in the coming months. Both companies are adding around 60 new emoji in all, from […]

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Jul 16, 2019

CES will allow sex tech on a one-year trial basis, and finally bans booth babes
The Consumer Technology Association, the organization behind the annual Consumer Electronics Show, is slowly getting up to speed with the modern day. Today, CTA announced it will allow sex tech startups to participate and compete for awards as part of the health and wellness category on a one-year trial basis. This comes after the CTA […]

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Jul 16, 2019

CES will allow sex tech on a one-year trial bias, and finally bans booth babes
The Consumer Technology Association, the organization behind the annual Consumer Electronics Show, is slowly getting up to speed with the modern-day. Today, CTA announced it will allow sex tech startups to participate and compete for awards as part of the health and wellness category on a one-year trial basis. This comes after the CTA royally […]

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Jul 16, 2019

Retail role play
Retail isn't dying, it's evolving. How democratizing data access is changing the rules -- and roles -- for both brands and merchants.

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Jul 16, 2019

Final ticket release to the 14th Annual TechCrunch Summer Party
One of Silicon Valley's most fun and enduring traditions — the 14th Annual TechCrunch Summer Party — takes place on July 25. If you don't have a ticket yet, know this: We just released the last batch of tickets. Once they're gone, that's it. No party for you. Don't miss out on a night of fun […]

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Jul 16, 2019

Final tickets to our 14th Annual TechCrunch Summer Party
One of Silicon Valley's most fun and enduring traditions — the 14th Annual TechCrunch Summer Party — takes place on July 25. If you don't have a ticket yet, know this: We just released the last batch of tickets. Once they're gone, that's it. No party for you. Don't miss out on a night of fun […]

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Jul 16, 2019

Amazon Prime Day sees competition from more than expected number of retailers
Amazon's Prime Day continues to gain competition from rival retailers piggybacking on the annual event with their own sales. Ahead of this year's Prime Day, RetailMeNot had forecast that this year's sale would see competition from 250 retailers. Today, the firm upped this figure to over 300, saying it found that more retailers than earlier […]

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Jul 16, 2019

Facebook reportedly hasn't contacted the regulator it says will oversee Libra's privacy and data security
A Swiss regulatory agency that Facebook executive David Marcus said in Congressional testimony would be responsible for overseeing data and privacy protections for the company's newly launched cryptocurrency, Libra, has not been contacted by Facebook, according to a report. Highlights from Facebook's Libra Senate hearing CNBC is reporting that the Swiss Federal Data Protection and […]

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Jul 16, 2019

Minecraft Earth starts rolling out in beta in Seattle and London
If you've been waiting to check out Minecraft Earth (Mojang's Pokemon GO-style augmented reality reimagining of its hugely popular game Minecraft) good news: it's starting to roll out to some people now. The catch? It's only available to a slice-of-a-slice of the world, at first. After opening up a registration system for its closed beta […]

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Jul 16, 2019

Peter Thiel says Elizabeth Warren is ‘dangerous,' Warren responds: ‘Good'
Senator Elizabeth Warren doesn't seem too unhappy about being labeled "dangerous" by investor Peter Thiel . Thiel, who co-founded PayPal, Palantir and Founders Fund, made the comments in an interview on Fox News with Tucker Carlson, where he described most of the Democratic presidential field as "equally unimpressive" and called Warren "the dangerous one." "I'm […]

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Jul 16, 2019

Peter Thiel says Elizabeth Warren is ‘dangerous;' Warren responds: ‘Good'
Senator Elizabeth Warren doesn't seem too unhappy about being labeled "dangerous" by investor Peter Thiel . Thiel, who co-founded PayPal, Palantir and Founders Fund, made the comments in an interview on Fox News with Tucker Carlson, where he described most of the Democratic presidential field as "equally unimpressive" and called Warren "the dangerous one." "I'm […]

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Jul 16, 2019

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and Toyota sign 3-year deal to develop a fuel cell Moon rover
Toyota will work with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) on a fuel cell Moon rover vehicle, with a target launch date of a Moon mission currently set for 2029. The two previously announced their collaboration, but on Tuesday they signed a formal agreement which defines a three-year joint research agreement to co-develop pressurized lunar […]

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Jul 16, 2019

What seed-stage dilution tells us about changing investor expectations
Round sizes are up. Valuations are up. There are more investors than ever hunting unicorns around the globe. But for all the talk about the abundance of venture funding, there is a lot less being...

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Jul 16, 2019

Social chat app Capture launches to take a shot at less viral success
At first glance launching a new social app may seem as sensible a startup idea as plunging headfirst into shark-infested waters. But with even infamous curtain-ripper Facebook now making grand claims about a ‘pivot to privacy' it's clear something is shifting in the commercial shipping channels that contain our digital chatter. Whisper it: Feeds are […]

TechCrunch
Jul 16, 2019

One of Uber's flying taxi partners just raised a $25 million Series A round
Uber Air, the transportation company's upcoming flying taxi service, needs vehicle partners in order to make it a reality. Karem Aircraft, which Uber partnered with last year, has just raised a $25 million Series A round for its new air taxi spinoff. The round was led by Korean industrial conglomerate Hanwha Systems. "Karem's technology for […]

TechCrunch
Jul 16, 2019

Daily Crunch: Facebook and Libra go to Washington
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. Highlights from Facebook's Libra Senate hearing David Marcus, the head of Facebook's blockchain subsidiary Calibra, testified before the Senate Banking Committee […]

TechCrunch
Jul 16, 2019

Elon Musk is raising the price of Tesla's "full self-driving" feature by another $1,000
The price of a Tesla vehicle equipped with "full self-driving" is about to get more expensive, the second time in the past several months the company has increased fees for a feature that isn't completely functional. Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted Tuesday that the price of its full self-driving option will increase by $1,000 on […]

TechCrunch
Jul 16, 2019

Elon Musk is raising the price of Tesla's ‘full self-driving' feature by another $1,000
The price of a Tesla vehicle equipped with "full self-driving" is about to get more expensive, the second time in the past several months the company has increased fees for a feature that isn't completely functional. Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted Tuesday that the price of its full self-driving option will increase by $1,000 on […]

TechCrunch
Jul 16, 2019

With help from ‘Game of Thrones,' HBO conquers Netflix in Emmy nominations
When the Emmy nominations were announced last year, Netflix had a big win, overtaking HBO for the first time. But this year, HBO is back in the lead, with 137 nominations compared to Netflix's 117. The Hollywood Reporter has tallied up the just-announced nominations, with Amazon Prime Video getting 47 nods and Hulu receiving 20. HBO, […]

TechCrunch
Jul 16, 2019

Jeffrey Katzenberg's Quibi partners with NBC News for a daily news show aimed at millennials
NBC News today announced an exclusive partnership with Jeffrey Katzenberg's upcoming mobile streaming service, Quibi, which will see the media company becoming the first major producer for the service's "Daily Essentials" news programming, aimed at millennial viewers. As part of the deal, NBC will produce both a 6-minute morning and evening news show for the […]

TechCrunch
Jul 16, 2019

What we can learn from DTC success with TV ads
Kevin Krim and Sebastian Chiu Contributor Share on Twitter Kevin Krim is EDO's President & CEO. His 21-year career has spanned search, social and TV advertising across start-ups and major companies like Yahoo and NBCUniversal. Sebastian Chiu is EDO's Chief Data Scientist. He earned his undergraduate and post-graduate degrees from Harvard, working previously as a […]

TechCrunch
Jul 16, 2019

Billie raises €30M for its B2B invoicing and payments platform
Billie, the Berlin-based fintech startup that offers a B2B invoicing and payments platform, has raised €30 million in Series B funding. Leading the round is Creandum, alongside SpeedInvest, Rocket Internet's GFC and Picus. Founded in 2017 by the same team behind SME online lending platform Zencap, which exited to Funding Circle in 2015, Billie wants […]

TechCrunch
Jul 16, 2019

How to watch Elon Musk's Neuralink brain control interface startup presentation live
One of Elon Musk's stealthier endeavors is set to become a lot less stealthy tonight, with a presentation set for 8 PM PT (11 PM ET) streaming live from its website in which we'll learn a lot more about Neuralink, the company Musk founded in 2017 to work on brain control interfaces (BCIs) and essentially […]

TechCrunch
Jul 16, 2019

Voyant Photonics raises $4.3M to fit lidar on the head of a pin
Lidar is a critical method by which robots and autonomous vehicles sense the world around them, but the lasers and sensors generally take up a considerable amount of space. Not so with Voyant Photonics, which has created a lidar system that you really could conceivably balance on the head of a pin.

TechCrunch
Jul 16, 2019

Verified Expert Growth Marketing Agency: TrueUp
It was the perfect storm when CEO and Founder Liam Reynolds finally decided to start TrueUp, a data-driven growth marketing agency/consultancy based in London. After decades of working for large creative advertising agencies, Liam quit his job right around the beginning of Silicon Valley's growth hacking trend and plunged headfirst into running growth for early-stage […]

TechCrunch
Jul 16, 2019

Qualtrics' Julie Larson-Green will talk customer experience at TC Sessions: Enterprise
We're less than two months out from our first TC Sessions: Enterprise event, which is happening in San Francisco on September 5, and did you know our buy 1 get 1 free sale ends today too! Among the many enterprise and startup executives that'll join us for the event is Qualtrics' Julie Larson-Green. If that […]

TechCrunch
Jul 16, 2019

Qualtrics' Julie Larson-Green will talk experience management at TC Sessions: Enterprise
We're less than two months out from our first TC Sessions: Enterprise event, which is happening in San Francisco on September 5, and did you know our buy-one-get-one-free sale ends today too! Among the many enterprise and startup executives that'll join us for the event is Qualtrics' Julie Larson-Green. If that name sounds familiar to […]

TechCrunch
Jul 16, 2019

China startup deals shrink as fundraising for investors plummets
Chinese startups continue to weather tough times as private investors, caught in a cash crunch, are concentrating money into fewer deals. China's deal-making activity for startups in the six months ended June halved from a year ago to 1910, according to data from consulting firm ChinaVenture's research arm. The amount invested in domestic startups during […]

TechCrunch
Jul 16, 2019

Highlights from Facebook's Libra Senate hearing
Facebook will only build its own Calibra cryptocurrency wallet into Messenger and Whatsapp, and will refuse to embed competing wallets, the head of Calibra David Marcus told the Senate Banking Committee today. While some like Senator Brown blustered that "Facebook is dangerous!", others surfaced poignant questions about Libra's risks. Calibra will be interoperable so users […]

TechCrunch
Jul 16, 2019

Echo Dot and Fire TV Stick are again Prime Day's best selling devices (so far!)
Amazon Prime members again snapped up loss leaders like the Echo Dot and Fire TV Stick with Alexa Remote on the first day of Amazon Prime Day 2019, which has now been stretched out to a 48-hour sale. This is the third year in a row that the entry-level Alexa smart speaker, the Echo Dot, […]

TechCrunch
Jul 16, 2019

Quirk wants to make cognitive behavioral therapy more accessible
Quirk, a YC-backed company, is looking to bring cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to more people suffering from anxiety or depression. CBT aims to lessen or stop harmful behavior by changing the way people think, stopping them from falling into established patterns of negatively distorting their reality to justify or account for unhelpful habits. "CBT has […]

TechCrunch
Jul 16, 2019

Aavgo security lapse exposed hotel bookings
A security lapse at a hotel management startup has exposed hotel bookings and guests' personal information. The security lapse was resolved Monday after TechCrunch reached out to Aavgo, a hospitality tech company based in San Francisco, which secured a server it had left online without a password. The server was open for three weeks — […]

TechCrunch
Jul 16, 2019

Apply to TC Top Picks before the deadline & exhibit free at Disrupt SF 2019
Does your company have what it takes to be part of an elite cadre of early-stage startups and exhibit for free at Disrupt San Francisco 2019? There's only one way to know for sure, but time is running out. Apply to be a TC Top Pick now — before the application window closes for good […]

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