NEWS: TECHCRUNCH
Setup News Ticker
   NEWS: TECHCRUNCH
TechCrunch
Nov 15, 2018

Propel accelerates with $18M Series B to manage product lifecycle
We hear so much about managing the customer relationship, but companies have to manage the products they sell too. Propel, a Santa Clara startup, is taking a modern cloud approach to the problem, and today it landed an $18 million Series B investment. The round was led by Norwest Venture Partners. Previous investors Cloud Apps […]

TechCrunch
Nov 15, 2018

Italic launches its marketplace for affordable luxury goods from top manufacturers
A new startup called Italic says it's already received more than 100,000 signups for a marketplace where you can buy handbags, eyewear and other luxury products directly from the manufacturers who work with the world's best-known brands. The marketplace is officially launching today. Italic is also announcing that it's raised $13 million in funding from […]

TechCrunch
Nov 15, 2018

Spotify alums create Canopy content suggester that won't steal your data
Personalization comes at a steep price. All your data gets sucked up into a company's servers where they can do whatever they want with it. But Canopy is a new content discovery startup that's invented impressive technology that lets it learn about you anonymously while all your data stays on your device. Built by the […]

TechCrunch
Nov 15, 2018

Review: Microsoft Surface Studio 2


TechCrunch
Nov 15, 2018

These Bluetooth earbuds double as a charging cord
As I write this, I'm somewhere in Asia, with a bag full of assorted cables and devices. I've gotten better at packing light, but I've still got a ways to go. Certainly there's something to be said for those products that can pull double duty — take the new Huawei phone or most recent iPad […]

TechCrunch
Nov 15, 2018

WeWork hires Prabhdeep Singh to lead operations for its startup program WeWork Labs
WeWork has hired Prabhdeep Singh to serve as the first global head of operations for its startup program WeWork Labs. It's a program that relaunched earlier this year, providing early-stage startups with desk space, educational programs and mentorship. Since the relaunch, the company says it's opened in more than 24 locations in 14 cities across […]

TechCrunch
Nov 15, 2018

Apex.ai raises $15.5 million for autonomous vehicle software
Apex.ai is emerging out of stealth today with quite the claim — an operating system for autonomous vehicles that will never fail Founded by long-time automated systems engineers Jan Becker and Dejan Pangercic, Apex.ai develops operating systems for various types of autonomous mobility platforms. Today, Apex.ai is also announcing a $15.5 million Series A round led […]

TechCrunch
Nov 15, 2018

Roku's voice-powered wireless speakers and tabletop remote start shipping
In July, Roku unveiled its entry into the voice-powered speaker market, with a pair of Roku TV Wireless Speakers designed to work with the company's lineup of partner-built smart TVs. Those speakers will now begin to ship to customers starting on Friday, November 16. They'll also go on sale in advance of Black Friday at […]

TechCrunch
Nov 15, 2018

Docker inks partnership with Mulesoft as Salesforce takes a strategic stake
Docker and Mulesoft have announced a broad deal to sell products together and integrate their platforms. As part of it, Docker is getting an investment from Salesforce, the CRM giant that acquired Mulesoft for $6.5 billion last spring. Salesforce is not disclosing the size of the stake it's taking in Docker, but it is strategic: […]

TechCrunch
Nov 15, 2018

LocalGlobe, the London seed-stage VC, is raising a new fund aimed at Series B
LocalGlobe, the seed-stage venture capital firm founded by father and son duo Robin and Saul Klein, and one of the most active firms in the U.K., is gearing up to launch a new separate fund aimed at Series B. According to sources — and since confirmed by LocalGlobe — the VC firm is raising a […]

TechCrunch
Nov 15, 2018

Tech giants take seats on Homeland Security's new supply chain task force
Homeland Security's supply chain task force is finally off the ground.. The public-private coalition, set up earlier this year, now has representatives from more than two dozen companies and industry groups signed up to help the government try to combat risks faced by tech companies from threats in the supply chain. Called the ICT Supply […]

TechCrunch
Nov 15, 2018

Bunch scores $3.8M to turn mobile games into video chat LAN parties
The best parts of gaming are the jokes and trash talk with friends. Whether it was four-player Goldeneye or linking up PCs for Quake battles in the basement, the social element keeps video games exciting. Yet on mobile we've lost a lot of that, playing silently by ourselves even if we're in a squad with […]

TechCrunch
Nov 15, 2018

Standard Cognition raises $40M to replace retailers' cashiers with cameras
The Amazon Go store requires hundreds of cameras to detect who's picking up what items. Standard Cognition needs just 27 to go after the $27 trillion market of equipping regular shops with autonomous retail technology. Walk into one of its partners' stores and overhead cameras identify you by shape and movement, not facial recognition. Open […]

TechCrunch
Nov 15, 2018

EnduroSat CEO to talk about making satellites more affordable at Disrupt Berlin
It has never been easier to launch a satellite into space. But EnduroSat wants to make it even easier by making CubeSats more affordable thanks to a unique platform. That's why I'm excited to announce that EnduroSat CEO Raycho Raychev is coming to TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin to talk about his platform. Many industries have gone […]

TechCrunch
Nov 15, 2018

Online SWATer will face 20 years in prison
Tyler Barriss aka SWAuTistic caused almost 100 SWATing attacks by calling the police on perceived online enemies and claiming that they were holding hostages and were heavily armed. One of these, in SWATs, launched in Wichita, Kansas last year, led to the death of a father of two named Andrew Finch. Now Barriss is facing […]

TechCrunch
Nov 15, 2018

Plus-sized clothing startup Dia&Co gets another $70M from Sequoia, USV
Dia&Co co-founder and CEO Nadia Boujarwah wants to change the retail market for plus-sized women.

TechCrunch
Nov 15, 2018

Mozilla adds website breach notifications to Firefox
Mozilla is adding a new security feature to its Firefox Quantum web browser that will alert users when they visit a website that has recently reported a data breach. When a Firefox user lands on a website with a breach in its recent past they'll see a pop up notification informing them of the barebones […]

TechCrunch
Nov 15, 2018

Airtable, maker of a coding platform for non-techies, raises $100M at a $1.1B valuation
If data is the new oil, you might think of apps are the cars that need it to move. Now, a startup that has built a platform to let everyone — not just those with technical expertise — make and drive their own "cars" has raised a significant round of funding to grow its business. […]

TechCrunch
Nov 15, 2018

Google's annual Thanksgiving report tells you the best times to avoid traffic jams
Google has released its annual Thanksgiving traffic and search trends report, created by analyzing data from last year's holiday season. It breaks down the best and worst times to travel by state and also throws in information about when popular places, like grocery and liquor stores, are the most crowded. Even if you can't avoid […]

TechCrunch
Nov 15, 2018

Ezra raises $4M to diagnose cancer with MRIs, not painful biopsies
1 in 41 men will die of prostate cancer. But sticking a needle through your rectum into your prostate to screen for cancer brings along a ton of bacteria and terrible side effects like pain, infection, urinary trouble, and even erectile dysfunction. It turns out you can detect cancer with Magnetic Resonance Imaging…it's just prohibitively […]

TechCrunch
Nov 15, 2018

Bitcoin and the crypto market is once again crashing hard
It's not been a pretty year for anyone who owns Bitcoin, but the last 24 hours has been a period to forget as the cryptocurrency dropped below $100 billion in market cap for the first time in more than a year. You have to go back to the end of October — the 29th to […]

TechCrunch
Nov 15, 2018

Lies, damn lies, and HQ2
There are few things certain in our world except for the uplifting tendencies of technology. I've spent the past few years trying to prove this to myself, at least, by interviewing hundreds of thinkers on the topic. I've come to a singular conclusion: when tech moves into a city, be it an iOS dev shop […]

TechCrunch
Nov 15, 2018

Snap up a spectator ticket to Startup Battlefield Africa 2018
Don't miss your chance to bear witness as a cohort of sub-Saharan Africa's exceptional entrepreneurs launch their early-stage tech startups to the world. Startup Battlefield Africa 2018, our premier pitch competition, takes place on 11 December in Lagos, Nigeria. Join us to cheer on the competitors and enjoy a series of outstanding panel discussions from […]

TechCrunch
Nov 15, 2018

48-hours only: Early-bird prices for Disrupt Berlin 2018
Das ist super geil — this is awesome! Early-bird prices for Disrupt Berlin 2018 passes have returned to the roost. But you need to act fast, because our time-sensitive offer expires in just 48 hours. This opportunity translates to serious savings in any language — up to €500. Here's even more good news. During this […]

TechCrunch
Nov 15, 2018

Urban Massage re-brands to ‘Urban' as it launches wellness services beyond massage
Urban Massage, the London-headquartered startup that lets you book a vetted massage therapist "on-demand", is expanding into new wellness services in addition to changing its name. Now simply called Urban, the company, which operates in several U.K. cities along with Paris, is adding the ability to book an expert nail technician, GOsC-regulated osteopath, or skin […]

TechCrunch
Nov 15, 2018

Google is closing its Schaft robotics unit after failing to find a buyer
Sad news for anyone into giant robots: Google is closing down Schaft, its secretive unit that develops bipedal robots aimed at helping out in disaster efforts and generally looking badass. The news was first reported by Nikkei, but Google confirmed to TechCrunch that the business will be shuttered. It said it is helping staff find new roles, […]

TechCrunch
Nov 15, 2018

Legrand acquires smart home startup Netatmo
French hardware startup Netatmo got acquired by the biggest manufacturer of switches and sockets in the world, Legrand. Terms of the deal are undisclosed. Legrand and Netatmo already collaborated together on some products. Back in 2017, the company announced that it would work with industrial groups to connect everything in your home, starting with Legrand […]

TechCrunch
Nov 15, 2018

Welcome to the awkward future of the open office
I have seen the future — in fact, I have worn it. It's big and awkward kind of digs into the top of your head with little metal bars designed to hold it in place. I was like 95 percent sure Wear Space was some viral bit of social commentary the first time it popped […]

TechCrunch
Nov 14, 2018

New York politicians push back on Amazon HQ2 plans
Amazon's HQ2 process was bound to polarize (though I do enjoy a good dueling op-ed on these pages) no matter how it landed. But the decision to set up shop in New York City is likely ruffling more feathers than just about any other possible outcome. As a resident of neighboring Astoria, Queens, the less […]

TechCrunch
Nov 14, 2018

Sweet Escape connects travelers to photographers for truly Insta-worthy holiday pics
The rise of smartphone cameras and social media in recent years has fuelled a new level of marking and sharing memories using photos, but one startup is betting that people are prepared to go the next level and spend money to hire professional photographers to make their photos even better. Focused on travel, Sweet Escape […]

TechCrunch
Nov 14, 2018

These temporary electronic tattoos could redefine wearables
Wearables are great, sure, except you have to wear them. Wouldn't it be nice if that functionality was printed right onto your skin? Well, even though it's not for everybody, it sounds like it might soon be a possibility: CMU researchers have created a durable, flexible electronic temporary tattoo that could be used for all kinds of things.

TechCrunch
Nov 14, 2018

Indiegogo's guaranteed shipping provides refunds for failed campaigns
For all the potential upsides of crowdfunding, backing a project always feels like a gamble. And some fairly high profile campaigns over the last few years have helped removed some of the model's luster. Indiegogo's hoping to curb some of those failures with guaranteed shipping, a new feature that suspends funding unless a product actual […]

TechCrunch
Nov 14, 2018

Dolby releases branded wireless headphones
Dolby's been making a bigger push for consumer recognition in the last few years, so it was really just a matter of time before it released a branded product. As far as those things go, headphones make as much sense as anything. Even so, the over-ear bluetooth headphone market is a tough on to crack, […]

TechCrunch
Nov 14, 2018

Sweetgreen is officially a unicorn
Salad startup and retailer Sweetgreen recently raised a $200 million Series H round led by Fidelity that valued the company at more than $1 billion. This round brings Sweetgreen's total amount of funding to $365 million. With this additional $200 million in funding, Sweetgreen is setting its eyes on other food categories and looking to […]

TechCrunch
Nov 14, 2018

Pirate Studios raises $20M from Talis Capital for its ‘self-service' tech-enabled music studios
Pirate Studios, the music technology company that operates fully automated and self-service 24 hour music studios, has secured $20 million. The investment was led by Talis Capital, the London-based VC family office. Talis was already an existing backer of Pirate Studios, with Talis' Matus Maar also named as a co-founder of the startup. Other investors […]

TechCrunch
Nov 14, 2018

Airbnb hosts offer free housing to evacuees displaced by California wildfires
With California's recent cluster of devastating wildfires destroying homes and claiming lives, Airbnb is offering some shelter to displaced residents in its home state. This week, the company added free housing listings to serve evacuees affected by the Hill and Woolsey Fires outside Los Angeles and the Camp Fire in northern California. The free Airbnb […]

TechCrunch
Nov 14, 2018

RFID stickers could signal contaminated food
If a food item isn't safe to eat, it's best to find that out before someone eats it. But manual testing of every jar and bottle isn't possible, even when a threat, like the recent baby food scare, is known. MIT researchers have found a way to check many items instantly, non-invasively, and from a distance — using the RFID tags many products already have.

TechCrunch
Nov 14, 2018

The Correspondent launches campaign to bring its ad-free journalism to the US
De Correspondent, a Dutch news organization aiming to "unbreak the news," is planning to launch in the United States next year as The Correspondent. To fund its efforts, it's hoping to raise $2.5 million from future readers. Co-founder and CEO Ernst Pfauth (a former tech journalist who previously served as editor in chief at The […]

TechCrunch
Nov 14, 2018

Facebook Messenger starts rolling out Unsend. Here's how it works
Facebook secretly retracted messages sent by CEO Mark Zuckerberg, TechCrunch reported seven months ago. Now for the first time, Facebook Messenger users will get the power to unsend too so they can remove their sent messages from the recipient's inbox. Messages can only be unsent for the first ten minutes after they're delivered so that you […]

TechCrunch
Nov 14, 2018

Facebook Messenger starts rolling out Unsend; here's how it works
Facebook secretly retracted messages sent by CEO Mark Zuckerberg, TechCrunch reported seven months ago. Now for the first time, Facebook Messenger users will get the power to unsend too so they can remove their sent messages from the recipient's inbox. Messages can only be unsent for the first 10 minutes after they're delivered so that you […]

TechCrunch
Nov 14, 2018

Government denies Oracle's protest of $10B Pentagon JEDI cloud RFP
When Oracle filed a protest in August with the Government Accountability Office (GAO) last August that the Pentagon's $10 billion JEDI RFP process was unfair, it probably had little chance of succeeding. Today the GAO turned away the protest. The JEDI contract has been set up as a winner-take-all affair. With $10 billion on the […]

TechCrunch
Nov 14, 2018

With ‘Rivals Week,' Tinder tests an expansion of its well-performing Tinder U
Starting this weekend, Tinder will allow college students on its Tinder U service to match with others outside their own university for the first time. The dating app is positioning this market test of a potential Tinder U expansion as the  "Rivals Week" — a way to match users with those who attend a rival […]

TechCrunch
Nov 14, 2018

Uber continues to lose money as it scales scooters, bikes and other newer businesses
Uber, which is expected to go public sometime next year, just released its Q3 2018 financial results. Uber's net losses increased 32 percent quarter over quarter to $939 million on a pro forma basis, though Uber expected these losses as it continues to invest in future growth areas. On an earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation […]

TechCrunch
Nov 14, 2018

Gift Guide: 10 suitcase-friendly gifts for frequent flyers
I've been traveling a lot this year — more than any year in the past. It's been both a blessing and a curse, so thanks TechCrunch for that. Honestly, I should probably be packing for Asia instead of writing this.

TechCrunch
Nov 14, 2018

iBanFirst raises $17 million to help companies move money around the world
French startup iBanFirst is raising another $17 million (€15 million) from Serena Capital and Breega Capital, with existing investor Xavier Niel putting more money as well. iBanFirst solves a very specific problem. If you operate a company that works with suppliers all over the world, chances are you waste a ton of money exchanging and […]

TechCrunch
Nov 14, 2018

No display for your Mac Mini? No problem.
Astropad's Luna Display isn't just for your MacBook. It turns out that you can take advantage of that tiny little red dongle to turn your iPad into your one and only Mac Mini display. The Luna Display was designed to extend your laptop display. Many desktop users who travel tend to feel limited with a […]

TechCrunch
Nov 14, 2018

Here's the teaser trailer for Niantic's Pokémon GO-style Harry Potter game
The good news: Niantic/WB Games/Portkey has released a trailer for "Wizards Unite," the Harry Potter game built in the same spirit as Pokémon GO. The bad news: It… doesn't show much. If you were hoping for gameplay footage or really anything detailing how the game will work, you're out of luck. Alas! It's just a […]

TechCrunch
Nov 14, 2018

MacBook Pro with updated GPU is now available
Apple recently unveiled a bunch of new products during a press event in New York. But the company also quietly shared a press release with new configurations for the 15-inch MacBook Pro. Customers can now get a MacBook Pro with an AMD Radeon Pro Vega 16 or Vega 20 graphics processing unit. Before this update, […]

TechCrunch
Nov 14, 2018

Convercent wants to make it easier for companies to measure ethical behavior
It's not always easy to do the right thing or to make ethical decisions in a complex business environment. People get lost inside large organizations and group think can overwhelm even normally ethical individuals. Convercent has created a platform to help, and today it announced a new benchmarking dashboard to allow companies to measure just […]

TechCrunch
Nov 14, 2018

Wreck-It Ralph is getting a warehouse-sized VR experience at Disney parks
For the last year or so, Disney has been dabbling with massive virtual reality experiences that let players strap on a portable VR rig and run around in a warehouse-sized environment. In partnership with The VOID (part of Disney's 2017 accelerator class) and Lucasfilm's ILMxLab, it launched a Star Wars-themed experience, Secrets of the Empire, […]

TechCrunch
Nov 14, 2018

Wreck-It Ralph is getting a warehouse-sized VR Game at Disney parks
For the last year or so, Disney has been dabbling with massive virtual reality experiences that let players strap on a portable VR rig and run around in a warehouse-sized environment. In partnership with TheVOID (part of Disney's 2017 accelerator class) and Lucasfilm's ILMxLab, it launched a Star Wars-themed experience, Secrets of the Empire, at […]

TechCrunch
Nov 14, 2018

Google My Business app revamp challenges Facebook Pages
Google is giving its business customers a new way to reach their customers. The company is today starting the rollout of a revamped Google My Business mobile application for iOS and Android that will offer new tools for viewing customer info - including followers, reviews and messages - as well as a way to quickly […]

TechCrunch
Nov 14, 2018

Zuckerberg rejects facetime call for answers from five parliaments
Facebook has declined once again to send its CEO to the UK parliament — this time turning down an invitation to face questions from a grand committee comprised of representatives from five international parliaments. MPs from Argentina, Australia, Canada, Ireland and the UK have joined forces to try to pile pressure on the company's founder, Mark […]

TechCrunch
Nov 14, 2018

Judge orders Amazon to turn over Echo recordings in double murder case
A New Hampshire judge has ordered Amazon to turn over two days of Amazon Echo recordings in a double murder case. Prosecutors believe that recordings from an Amazon Echo in a Farmington home where two women were murdered in January 2017 may yield further clues to their killer. Although police seized the Echo when they […]

TechCrunch
Nov 14, 2018

ServiceTitan raises $165M for its home services software, now valued at $1.65B
ServiceTitan, a startup out of Glendale, CA that has built a software platform for home services businesses — in areas like air conditioning, plumbing and electrical repairs — to manage their work, has raised $165 million in what it claims is the "largest software raise in Southern California history." (That distinction might be specifically for […]

TechCrunch
Nov 14, 2018

Mozilla ranks dozens of popular ‘smart' gift ideas on creepiness and security
If you're planning on picking up some cool new smart device for a loved one this holiday season, it might be worth your while to check whether it's one of the good ones or not. Not just in the quality of the camera or step tracking, but the security and privacy practices of the companies that will collect (and sell) the data it produces. Mozilla has produced a handy resource ranking 70 of the latest items, from Amazon Echos to smart teddy bears.

TechCrunch
Nov 14, 2018

Amazon did exactly what it should have with its HQ2 process
I love my colleague Jon Shieber, he's a great guy. But his arguments against Amazon's HQ2 process are just wrong, and are part of an increasingly poisonous atmosphere around employment growth and prosperity in America. Our normally-scheduled analysis of AI and semiconductors will (hopefully) restart tomorrow. We are experimenting with new content forms at TechCrunch. […]

TechCrunch
Nov 14, 2018

Unicorn shoe startup Allbirds debuts a high-top sneaker
Allbirds, the shoe startup that entered the unicorn club last month following a $50 million funding round, has unveiled its latest feet holders. Dubbed the Tree Topper, the high-top sneaker marks Allbirds' fifth shoe style. The Tree Topper, which retails for $115, features merino wool knit, eucalyptus tree fiber fabric and sugarcane-based foam. "The Tree Topper […]

TechCrunch
Nov 14, 2018

Another crypto exchange goes old school as KuCoin raises $20M from VCs
I've said it before but I'll say it again: one of the biggest trends in crypto this year is companies raising money the old fashioned way through venture capitalists. Hot on the heels of Binance raising money from Singapore's Vertex Ventures, so KuCoin, a relatively new crypto exchange, has pulled in $20 million. The money […]

TechCrunch
Nov 14, 2018

Self-flying camera drone Hover 2 hits Kickstarter
Two years after launching the original Hover, Zero Zero Robotics has returned for the sequel. In spite of landing a $25 million Series A back in 2016, the startup is going to the crowdfunding well on this one, launching a $100K Kickstarter campaign to launch the latest version of the self-flying drone. Hover 2, which the […]

TechCrunch
Nov 14, 2018

UK watchdog has eyes on Google-DeepMind's health app hand-off
The shock news yesterday that Google is taking over a health app rolled out to UK hospitals over the past few years by its AI division, DeepMind, has caught the eye of the country's data protection watchdog — which said today that it's monitoring developments. An ICO spokesperson told us: "An ICO investigation and an […]

TechCrunch
Nov 14, 2018

Baidu leads $300M investment to bring its search smarts to elevator ads
China's largest search engine Baidu is getting an offline revenue boost after it led a $300 million strategic round in Xinchao Media, a company that shows people ads when they're waiting for an elevator - or stuck in one. The tie-up will see the partners collaborate on data integration that knits reams of search data […]

TechCrunch
Nov 14, 2018

Uber launches rider loyalty Rewards like credits & upgrades 9 cities
Uber's new loyalty program incentivizes you not to check Lyft or the local competitor. Riders earn points for all the money they spend on Uber and Uber Eats that score them $5 credits, upgrades to nicer cars, access to premium support, and even flexible cancellations that waive the fee if they rebook within 15 minutes. […]

TechCrunch
Nov 14, 2018

Tencent returns to profit growth despite concern around games
Chinese internet giant Tencent bounced back from a disappointing previous quarter, but for once the company didn't have its gaming business to thank. Tencent may be best known for conjuring up WeChat, China's most popular messaging platform, but its revenue is driven by its gaming business, which includes top smartphone titles and a thriving PC […]

TechCrunch
Nov 14, 2018

Google Assistant picks up a few new tricks
Google Assistant, the voice-driven AI that sits inside Google Home (plus Android phones, newer Nest cameras, and a bunch of other devices) and awaits your "Hey, Google" commands, is already pretty clever. That doesn't mean it can't learn a few new tricks. In a quick press briefing this week, Google told us a couple new […]

TechCrunch
Nov 14, 2018

Tinder's head of product has left
Brian Norgard will pursue early-stage investing. His first investment is in a crypto startup called Coinmine.

TechCrunch
Nov 14, 2018

Microsoft to acquire Xoxco as focus on AI and bot developers continues
Microsoft has been all in on AI this year, and in the build versus buy equation, the company has been leaning heavily toward buying. This morning, the company announced its intent to acquire Xoxco, an Austin-based software developer with a focus on bot design, making it the fourth AI-related company Microsoft has purchased this year. […]

TechCrunch
Nov 14, 2018

Amazon's Fire TV Recast is a decent DVR for antenna users
Amazon's Fire TV companion DVR, the Fire TV Recast, is available today to the public, after previously having been only offered for pre-order. The new device offers a way for Fire TV owners to easily access free, over-the-air broadcast television directly from the Fire TV's software. Starting at $229, this cord cutters' DVR is something […]

TechCrunch
Nov 14, 2018

Home insurance provider Hippo brings in $70M amid a record year in funding for insurtech startups
Insurtech startups have raised a total of $1.8 billion in venture capital this year.

TechCrunch
Nov 14, 2018

Wynd announces a new air purifier and desktop monitor
As far as goals for hardware startups go, you could do worse than ridding the air of allergens, pollutants and the like. Launched in 2016 as a Kickstarter project, Wynd is going back to the crowdfunding well this week for two new hardware products. Wind Halo is a pretty nice-looking (from the press material) desktop […]

TechCrunch
Nov 14, 2018

We tried Amazon's bizarre Alexa microwave and weren't convinced
I'm a fan of Alexa and of voice computing in general. But when Amazon said it was putting Alexa into a microwave, I wasn't so sure. The value in voice computing is being able to get to news, information, music hands-free, as well as perform simple tasks, including those for the smart home - like […]

TechCrunch
Nov 14, 2018

Locked in a Tesla patent suit, Nikola nabs $210M at $1.1B valuation for hydrogen trucks
Nikola, the hydrogen trucking startup currently suing Tesla for patent infringement (those are the actual names, sorry spirit of real Nikola Tesla), today announced that it has raised $210 million in its Series C round of funding. The company had previously announced in August that it had raised $100 million of the round; now it has […]

TechCrunch
Nov 14, 2018

Google gobbling DeepMind's health app might be the trust shock we need
DeepMind's health app being gobbled by parent Google is both unsurprising and deeply shocking. First thoughts should not be allowed to gloss over what is really a gut punch. It's unsurprising because the AI galaxy brains at DeepMind always looked like unlikely candidates for the quotidian, margins-focused business of selling and scaling software as a service. […]

TechCrunch
Nov 14, 2018

‘Software robot' startup UiPath expands Series C to $265M at a $3B valuation
UiPath, a startup that works in the growing area of RPA, or robotic process automation — where AI-based software is used to help businesses run repetitive or mundane back-office tasks, to free up humans to tackle more sophisticated work — has raised money for the third time this year. The company is today announcing that […]

TechCrunch
Nov 14, 2018

The great Amazon swindle
Amazon has confirmed that it will open two massive new offices in New York City and Crystal City, Va., to complement its already massive headquarters in Seattle. And the verdict on the company's decision is disgust. Amazon played everyone involved in the process: the governments that pandered to it and the media that covered it […]

TechCrunch
Nov 14, 2018

Netflix is testing a mobile-only subscription to make its service more affordable
Netflix is testing a cut-price mobile-only subscription as it explores new packages aimed at widening its appeal in Asia and other emerging markets. CEO Reed Hastings told Bloomberg last week that the company would test lower-priced packages and it hasn't taken long for those experiments to come to light. The first reports are from Malaysia, […]

TechCrunch
Nov 14, 2018

Bain Capital Ventures has a fresh $1B to invest in startups
Bain Capital Ventures has raised $1 billion across three new funds.

TechCrunch
Nov 14, 2018

SAM nabs $12M for cybersecurity aimed at home routers and devices connected to them
A wave of security startups have built solutions for enterprises that are meeting the challenges of "consumerization", where IT organizations are tasked with securing a range of devices and apps — some brought in by employees, not issued by IT — that are on the organization's networks. Today, a startup based out of Israel that […]

TechCrunch
Nov 14, 2018

This startup got $2.3M to identify physical objects using diamond dust
Imagine coating an expensive part with a layer of diamond dust the width of a human hair, capturing its light pattern as a unique identifier, then storing that identifier in a traditional database or on the blockchain. That's precisely what Dust Identity, a Boston-based startup is trying to do, and today it got $2.3 million […]

TechCrunch
Nov 14, 2018

Jam City signs mobile game development deal with Disney
Mobile gaming company Jam City is announcing a multi-year deal to create mobile games based on Pixar and Walt Disney Animation characters and films. As part of the agreement, Jam City is taking over development of the match-three puzzle game Disney Emoji Blitz, which launched in 2016. Jam City says that everyone at Disney's Glendale game […]

TechCrunch
Nov 14, 2018

Ford partners with Walmart and Postmates to test autonomous grocery delivery
Ford is partnering with Walmart and Postmates to test the business of delivering goods like groceries and pet food using self-driving vehicles. The pilot project is focused on Miami-Dade County, according to Ford's announcement Wednesday. This is an area where Ford is already embedded and testing out what a commercial self-driving vehicle business might look […]

TechCrunch
Nov 14, 2018

The Da Vinci Drawmaton is a blast from the Renaissance
Robert Sabuda makes mechanical books - pop up books with mechanical features that make them move and change while you read them - and he's made it to the top of the New York Times best seller list multiple times. Now he's taking on a new challenge: rebuilding and selling a version of Leonardo da […]

TechCrunch
Nov 14, 2018

Discover the next messaging giant at Disrupt Berlin
Truecaller may already be a familiar name, but many of you probably don't know that it's slowly becoming a significant messaging app. That's why I'm excited to announce that Truecaller co-founder and CEO Alan Mamedi will join us at TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin. Truecaller first started as a call screening app. Some countries are more affected […]

TechCrunch
Nov 14, 2018

Get your Startup Alley exhibitor table for Disrupt Berlin 2018
It's just two weeks until Disrupt Berlin 2018 kicks off for two full days dedicated to the early-stage startup universe. On 29-30 November, you'll have a front row seat to the most innovative and exciting companies, thought leaders and technologies across Europe and beyond. Why not shine a spotlight on your startup? Buy a Startup […]

TechCrunch
Nov 14, 2018

Challenger bank Tandem partners with Stripe for upcoming ‘Auto Savings' feature
Tandem, the U.K. challenger bank, is gearing up to launch a new "Auto Savings" feature — a clever way to lower the barriers for Tandem app users who want to save for a rainy day — and to power the feature the company is partnering with Stripe. The latter in itself isn't necessarily huge news […]

TechCrunch
Nov 14, 2018

Loans marketplace Mintos scores €5M Series A and plans to launch a debit card
Mintos, the Latvian fintech that operates a global loans marketplace to let you invest in loans from various loan originators, has raised €5 million in Series A funding. Backing the startup once again is the Riga-based venture capital firm Grumpy Investments (previously known as Skillion Ventures). More noteworthy, the new capital will be used to […]

TechCrunch
Nov 14, 2018

Withings launches a fitness tracker for some reason
Withings is back with, of all things, a fitness tracker. It's a bit of an odd addition, two months after the company re-launched, post-Nokia. The company's first product, the Steel HR Sport, picked up where it left off with another sport-focused hybrid smartwatch. The Pulse HR, meanwhile, finds it looking back at wrist-worn fitness trackers. […]

TechCrunch
Nov 14, 2018

The forgotten ‘Facebook of China' is sold for $20M
Renren, which was once heralded as the ‘Facebook of China' and later became China's answer to MySpace after falling out of fashion among its core young users, is selling its social networking business. Renren's parent company Beijing Qianxiang Wangjing has agreed to sell all tangible and intangible assets of renren.com to Beijing Infinities Interactive Media, […]

TechCrunch
Nov 14, 2018

Snap is being probed over its IPO because some investors are salty about losing money
Here's something I didn't expect to read today. The U.S. Justice Department and Securities and Exchange Commission has subpoenaed Snap for details on its IPO apparently in connection with a lawsuit from disgruntled shareholders who claim the company played down its rivalry with Instagram. Reuters first reported on the subpoenas which Snap has confirmed. Precise details […]

TechCrunch
Nov 13, 2018

Meet Jennifer Tejada, the secret weapon of one of Silicon Valley's fastest-growing enterprise software startups
https://www.s28capital.com/ PagerDuty, an eight-year-old, San Francisco-based company that sends companies information about their technology, doesn't receive a fraction of the press that other fast-growing enterprise software companies receive. In fact, though it counts as customers heavyweight companies like CapitalOne, Spotify, and Netflix; it employs 500 employees; and it has five offices around the world, it […]

TechCrunch
Nov 13, 2018

Roivant Sciences, a four-year-old biotech holding company, just raised $200 million in fresh funding at a whopping $7 billion valuation
Roivant Sciences has had a bumpy couple of years, but that isn't stopping investors from pouring more money into the four-year-old company, which aims to one day be a giant holding company for dozens of independent biopharmaceutical spinoffs — and is fulfilling that vision by creating one independent company at a time. Roivant's newest financing […]

TechCrunch
Nov 13, 2018

Biotech holding company Roivant Sciences raised $200M in funding at a whopping $7B valuation
Roivant Sciences has had a bumpy couple of years, but that isn't stopping investors from pouring more money into the four-year-old company, which aims to one day be a giant holding company for dozens of independent biopharmaceutical spinoffs — and is fulfilling that vision by creating one independent company at a time. Roivant's newest financing […]

TechCrunch
Nov 13, 2018

Prolific swatter and bomb hoaxer who broke up FCC's net neutrality vote pleads guilty
It was a dramatic moment during the FCC's net neutrality proceedings last December when the Commission's public meeting was abruptly evacuated and bomb squads moved in — all while thousands watched on the live stream. The person who called in that threat has just entered a guilty plea to that and numerous other crimes, including a SWAT hoax that killed a man.

TechCrunch
Nov 13, 2018

Skincare startup Heyday raises $8M
Heyday, a startup aiming to make facials more affordable and personalized, announced today that it has raised $8 million in Series A funding. I first wrote about the company a year ago, when it raised its $3 million seed round. At the time, co-founder and CEO Adam Ross said his goal was to offer something […]

TechCrunch
Nov 13, 2018

Meet the Magecart hackers, a persistent credit card skimmer group of groups you've never heard of
There have been few hacker groups that have been responsible for as many headlines this year as Magecart. You might not know the name, but you probably haven't missed their work — highly targeted credit card skimming attacks, hitting Ticketmaster and British Airways, as well as consumer electronics giant Newegg and likely many more sites that […]

TechCrunch
Nov 13, 2018

This $199 PS4 and ‘Spider-Man' Black Friday bundle has my bargain-sense tingling
I'm calling it — this is the best deal of this year's Black Friday season. It's bonkers. Sony is selling a PlayStation 4 Slim with the new "Spider-Man" game for $199. That's way too little money.

TechCrunch
Nov 13, 2018

Blue Apron lays off 4 percent of employees as it seeks profitability next year
Meal kit company Blue Apron announced small layoffs today as part of its Q3 2018 financial results. The layoffs, which affected four percent of Blue Apron's workforce, are part of Blue Apron's path to profitability. "We are taking decisive actions to prioritize our highest-impact opportunities and build a stronger, sustainable business," Blue Apron CEO Brad […]

TechCrunch
Nov 13, 2018

Facebook Lasso app lead Brady Voss leaves for Netflix right after launch
Facebook Lasso has a steep uphill climb ahead as it hopes to chase the musical video app it cloned, China's TikTok (which merged with Musically). Lasso lets you overlay popular songs on 15-second clips of you lip syncing, dancing, or just being silly — kind of like Vine with a soundtrack. It's off to a […]

TechCrunch
Nov 13, 2018

Why the future of Chinese e-commerce is in its rural areas
China announced a mere 6.7 percent economic growth in July 2018, the lowest growth rate since 2016. Despite a slowdown in overall economic growth, Chinese e-commerce has only increased, accounting for 40 percent of all worldwide e-commerce today.

TechCrunch
Nov 13, 2018

MetaCert's Cryptonite can catch phishing links in your email
MetaCert, founded by Paul Walsh, originally began as a way to watch chat rooms for fake Ethereum scams. Walsh, who was an early experimenter in cryptocurrencies, grew frustrated when he saw hackers dumping fake links into chat rooms, resulting in users regularly losing cash to scammers. Now Walsh has expanded his software to email. A […]

  • CEOExpress
  • 1 Boston Place | Suite 2600
    Boston MA 02108
  • 617 482 1200
    617 299 8649 (fax)
  • Contact

©1999-2018 CEOExpress Company LLC