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Mar 19, 2019

Launching from YC, Eclipse Foods casts a long shadow over the $336 billion dairy industry
Eclipse Foods may be the company that finally takes milk out of the dairy business. Ever since the acquisition of WhiteWave Foods by the French dairy giant Danone for over $10 billion investors have been thirsting for a technology that would give consumers a better tasting, more milky (for lack of a better word), milk […]

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Mar 19, 2019

Waymo is gearing up to put a lot more self-driving cars on the road
Waymo is opening another technical service center in the Phoenix area, an expansion that will allow the autonomous-vehicle technology startup to double its capacity in the area as it prepares to grow its commercial fleet. The new 85,000-square-foot center will be located in Mesa and is expected to open sometime in the second half of […]

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Mar 19, 2019

Media fragmentation is annoying consumers
Deloitte's Technology, Media and Telecommunications division published its 13th-annual Digital Media Trends survey, focused on identifying changes in the ways US consumers engage with various types of media. Led by an independent research firm, the survey had roughly 2,000 consumer respondents across demographics - with the report categorizing respondents based on age (Gen-Z: ages 14-21, […]

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Mar 19, 2019

Netflix is experimenting with different episode orders for ‘Love, Death & Robots'
You probably know that Netflix is big on data and personalization — it tailors the shows and movies recommended to each user, and even tests different images to promote those titles. Now it's extending that approach to the episode order of a new show, the animated science fiction series "Love, Death & Robots." Lukas Thoms, […]

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Mar 19, 2019

Salesforce finally embedding Quip into platform, starting with Sales and Service Cloud
When Salesforce bought Quip in 2016 for $750 million, it was fair to wonder what it planned to do with it. While company founder Bret Taylor has moved up the ladder to chief product officer, Quip remained a standalone product. Today that changed when the company announced it was embedding Quip directly into its sales […]

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Mar 19, 2019

The 9 biggest questions about Google's Stadia game streaming service
Google's Stadia is an impressive piece of engineering to be sure: Delivering high definition, high framerate, low latency video to devices like tablets and phones is an accomplishment in itself. But the game streaming services faces serious challenges if it wants to compete with the likes of Xbox and PlayStation, or even plain old PCs and smartphones. Here are our 9 biggest questions about the new platform.

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Mar 19, 2019

Kickstarter CEO Perry Chen steps down
Kickstarter CEO Perry Chen issued an open letter on the site's blog today, noting that he will be stepping down from his role. The executive served as one of three co-founders for the service, launching the site in 2009, with Yancey Strickler and Charles Adler. He served as CEO for Kickstarter's first five years and […]

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Mar 19, 2019

Camera maker Insta360 raises $30M as it eyes 2020 IPO
Insta360, one of the pioneers in making 360-degree cameras, just raised $30 million in a Series C funding round from Chinese investors, including Everest Venture Capital, MG Holdings and Huajin Capital. The Shenzhen-based camera maker declined to disclose its latest valuation. It plans to use the fresh proceeds in research and development, marketing and after-sales services […]

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Mar 19, 2019

Quantum-safe communication over the internet infrastructure? Yeah, that's doable
We're close to the deployment of a commercial quantum computing system. We need a security scheme that will protect data exchanged between quantum computers on the existing internet infrastructure.

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Mar 19, 2019

Alcohol e-commerce startup Thirstie raises $7M
Thirstie announced today that it has raised $7 million in Series A funding, and that it's partnering with Drinkworks to power the e-commerce experience for the cocktail-making machine created by Keurig and Anheuser-Busch. Co-founder and CEO Devaraj Southworth suggested that this is emblematic of the company's current direction — rather than building a consumer app […]

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Mar 19, 2019

The top 10 startups from Y Combinator W19 Demo Day 1
Electric-vehicle chargers, heads-up displays for soldiers and the Costco of weed were some of our favorites from prestigious startup accelerator Y Combinator's Winter 2019 Demo Day 1. If you want to take the pulse of Silicon Valley, YC is the place to be. But with over 200 startups presenting across 2 stages and 2 days, […]

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Mar 19, 2019

Why convertible notes are safer than SAFEs
José Ancer Contributor José Ancer is an Emerging Companies partner at Egan Nelson LLP, a top-tier boutique law firm delivering lean, world-class legal counsel to startups underserved by traditional firms. As the saying goes, where you stand on an issue often rests on where you sit. Translated into startup law and finance, your views on […]

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Mar 19, 2019

Apply to be a TC Top Pick at Disrupt San Francisco 2019
Savvy early-stage startup founders are making plans to attend our flagship event, Disrupt San Francisco 2019, on October 2-4 at Moscone North. It's three jam-packed days of connection, inspiration and discovery that you don't want to miss. But here's a hot tip for founders who want to wring every drop of opportunity out of their […]

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Mar 19, 2019

Cities are getting more serious about micromobility data
Gone are the days when cities and tech startups are constantly at odds with each other. Passport, a mobility management startup, has partnered with Charlotte, N.C., Detroit, MIch., and Omaha, Neb. to create a framework to apply parking principles, data analysis and more to the plethora of shared micromobility services. "For many cities, the only […]

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Mar 19, 2019

Here's how you'll access Google's Stadia cloud gaming service
Google isn't launching a gaming console. The company is launching a service instead, Stadia. You'll be able to run a game on a server and stream the video feed to your device. You won't need to buy new hardware to access Stadia, but Stadia won't be available on all devices from day one. "With Google, […]

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Mar 19, 2019

Discount student tickets still available for TC Sessions: Robotics AI 2019
Here's a shout-out to students fascinated by the world of robots and artificial intelligence. There's a limited supply of discounted tickets left for TechCrunch Sessions: Robotics AI, a one-day conference that takes place at UC Berkeley on April 18. Apply now to reserve your $45 student ticket, and spend a full day learning from […]

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Mar 19, 2019

Daily Crunch: 85 startups launch at YC Demo Day 1
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. Here are the 85 startups that launched at YC's W19 Demo Day 1 With more than 200 companies, the Winter 2019 […]

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Mar 19, 2019

Why a top antitrust lawmaker thinks it's time to break up Facebook
When the newly-minted chair of a congressional antitrust committee calls you out, it's probably time to start worrying. In an op-ed for the New York Times, Rhode Island Representative David N. Cicilline has called on the Federal Trade Commission to look into Facebook's behavior for potential antitrust violations, citing TechCrunch's own reporting that the company […]

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Mar 19, 2019

Patreon's new fees are surprisingly low
Patreon announced today that it was creating multiple pricing tiers for its membership service, with varying levels of features offered depending on price. The company will now offer a "Lite" offering that charges a 5% commission, a "Pro" offering at 8%, and a "Premium" option at 12%, with discounted rates for existing founders. Today's announcement […]

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Mar 19, 2019

Google is creating its own first-party game studio
Google just unveiled Stadia at a conference in San Francisco, its cloud gaming platform. While most of the conference showcased well-known games you can play on your PC, Xbox One or Playstation 4, the company also announced that it is launching its own first-party game studio, Stadia Games and Entertainment. Jade Raymond is going to […]

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Mar 19, 2019

Backstage Capital's $36 million fund is taking longer to raise than expected
The tech industry is volatile and Backstage Capital founder and Managing Partner Arlan Hamilton is experiencing that firsthand. Last May, Hamilton announced the launch of a $36 million fund to invest in as many women of color as possible. But the $36 million fund, which would mark Backstage's second fund, has yet to close, as […]

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Mar 19, 2019

Google's new Stadia gaming platform is all about streamers
Google unveiled its new Stadia game streaming service today and while we're still waiting to hear more details about how (and when) consumers will be able to access the service, it's clear that Google clearly kept game streamers in mind when it designed this new service. Indeed, it's the first modern gaming platform that was […]

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Mar 19, 2019

Pandora switches up its classic listening experience with Modes
If you've ever tried Pandora, you know the basic deal. The service offers a more passive form of music discovery than other streaming services, encouraging users to let algorithms do most of the heavy lifting, as radio stations are generated based on thumbs up and down. Today, the company puts a new spin on the […]

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Mar 19, 2019

Facebook settles ACLU job advertisement discrimination suit
Facebook and the ACLU issued a joint statement this morning, noting that they have settled a class action job discrimination suit. The ACLU filed the suit in September, along with Outten & Golden LLC and the Communications Workers of America, alleging that Facebook allowed employers to target ads based on categories like race, national origin, […]

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Mar 19, 2019

Google scores a custom AMD GPU to power its Stadia cloud gaming hardware
Google's new Stadia game streaming service may be great for people who don't own a powerful PC or console, but those games have to run somewhere — specifically, in a Google datacenter. And the hardware they run on will be largely powered by a custom graphics card from AMD that, on paper at least, puts the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X to shame.

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Mar 19, 2019

Google's new Stadia game controller has a few tricks up its sleeves
Google's Stadia game-streaming platform works on a number of screens, but Google wants to give you a controller to take on all of these displays. Sure, you can use your regular keyboard and mouse or a third-party controller but Google has also opted to showcasing their own Stadia controller. It's not just a pretty look, […]

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Mar 19, 2019

Google's Stadia game-streaming platform kills downloads and lets you play anywhere
Onstage at GDC, Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced the company's latest big initiative, taking on the entire gaming industry with a live-streaming service called Stadia that will be launching this year. The service will let gamers leave their hefty GPUs and expensive systems behind. Pichai says that the service can be used on devices with […]

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Mar 19, 2019

Glossier triples valuation, enters unicorn club with $100M round
The direct-to-consumer beauty brand has secured new investment from Sequoia Capital at a valuation of $1.2 billion.

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Mar 19, 2019

Review: Adobe Creative Cloud Connected Paper Tablet


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Mar 19, 2019

Twitter cracks down on API abuse, will charge B2B devs
To prevent its own Cambridge Analytica moment and make sure it's getting paid for its data, Twitter will audit developers using its APIs. Starting June 19th, Twitter will require developers of any app that calls recent tweets from or mentions a user more than 100,000 times per day to submit their app for review. If […]

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Mar 19, 2019

Student, nonprofit & government discount passes to Disrupt SF 2019
Disrupt San Francisco 2019 takes place October 2-4, and we're determined to make it financially accessible to as many people in the startup community as possible. One of the ways we do this is by offering deep discounts to students, nonprofit organizations, government employees and military personnel. If you fit any of these categories, you […]

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Mar 19, 2019

Snap is under NDA with UK Home Office discussing how to centralize age checks online
Snap is under NDA with the UK's Home Office as part of a working group tasked with coming up with more robust age verification technology that's able to robustly identify children online. The detail emerged during a parliamentary committee hearing as MPs in the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) questioned Stephen Collins, […]

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Mar 19, 2019

Patreon ups its revenue cut, but grandfathers in old creators
Patreon couldn't survive charging all creators just a 5 percent rake on the monthly subscriptions they earn from fans while building commerce tools like CRMs and merchandise to stay ahead of Twitch, YouTube, and Google. But it also didn't want to screw all its loyal early creators. So today, Patreon is overhauling its pricing. Any […]

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Mar 19, 2019

MoviePass brings back its unlimited movie plan, with a limited time price of $9.95
MoviePass is bringing back a version of the plan that made it so popular in the first place — a subscription where you pay a monthly fee and get an unlimited number of 2D movie tickets. MoviePass Uncapped will have a regular price of $19.95 per month, but the company is offering cheaper deals for […]

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Mar 19, 2019

Xiaomi Q4 sees strong growth in overseas shipment and internet services
Xiaomi, the Chinese company known for its cheap handsets and a vision to drive revenues by selling internet services, has come in ahead of analysts' estimates in its fourth-quarter profit although revenues missed expectations. The Hong Kong-listed company more than tripled its net profit to 1.85 billion yuan ($276 million), exceeding the 1.7 billion yuan […]

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Mar 19, 2019

AI has become table stakes in sales, customer service and marketing software
Artificial intelligence and machine learning has become essential if you are selling sales, customer service and marketing software, especially in large enterprises. The biggest vendors from Adobe to Salesforce to Microsoft to Oracle are jockeying for position to bring automation and intelligence to these areas. Just today, Oracle announced several new AI features in its […]

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Mar 19, 2019

Apple updates iMac Pro options
While Apple refreshed the iMac lineup this morning, the default iMac pro that you can buy for $4,999 remains the same. But Joe Rossignol from MacRumors spotted some changes in the configure-to-order options. You can now buy an iMac Pro with 256GB of 2,666MHz DDR4 ECC memory — not storage, RAM. But that will cost […]

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Mar 19, 2019

Aluminum manufacturing giant Norsk Hydro shut down by ransomware
Norsk Hydro, one of the largest global aluminum manufacturers, has confirmed its operations have been disrupted by a ransomware attack. The Oslo, Norway-based company said in a brief statement that the attack, which began early Tuesday, has impacted "most business areas," forcing the aluminum maker to switch to manual operations. "Hydro is working to contain […]

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Mar 19, 2019

Ford-owned Spin will bring electric scooters to 100 new cities and college campuses this year
Spin, the electric scooter startup that Ford bought earlier this year for around $100 million, is gearing up to launch in 100 cities by the end of the year. This is thanks to a new partnership with Zagster, a dockless mobility startup that got its start with bike-share solutions for cities. "A solid operations infrastructure […]

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Mar 19, 2019

Trello aims for the enterprise
Trello, Atlassian's project management tool, is doubling down on its efforts to become a better service for managing projects at work. To do so, the team is launching thirteen new features in Trello Enterprise today, making this one of the company's biggest feature releases since the launch of the enterprise version in 2015. As the […]

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Mar 19, 2019

Founders Fund invests in Tibber, a Norwegian AI to smartly manage energy
You probably have one electricity supplier for your house. But these days the average household could probably buy form several such companies, it just can't easily access the market place of possible suppliers. Wouldn't it be smarter in you had an AI in your house which could purchase energy from these producers, including those within […]

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Mar 19, 2019

HP built a better version of the Oculus Rift
HP honestly isn't generally a brand most associate with being at the cutting edge of new technologies, but the company's new HP Reverb is probably the best PC-powered consumer VR headset out there when balancing price and feature set. It's not only a big win for HP, but a big win for the Windows Mixed […]

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Mar 19, 2019

Aibo learns a new trick with security upgrade
The new Aibo is impressive. Ultimately, however, it's an extremely expensive toy that ultimately does very little. One of the upsides of opting for a robot dog over the real thing is the ability to buck the whole "old dog, new tricks" adage by way of software updates. As long as the company continues to […]

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Mar 19, 2019

Teams, Microsoft's Slack competitor, says it's signed up over 500k organizations, adds whiteboard and live events support
Microsoft Teams, the collaboration platform that Microsoft built to complement its Office 365 suite of productivity apps for workers — which also ensures a way of keeping those workers staying within its own ecosystem — is hitting a milestone on its second birthday. Today, the company announced that over 500,000 organizations are now using Teams. […]

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Mar 19, 2019

Visa policies threaten innovation but aren't stopping hiring abroad
The growing intensity of the US visa approval process has made it more difficult for companies to attract, support and retain foreign talent. However, recruiters are still sourcing talent from abroad at an increasing clip. According to a recent, roughly 30-page, report published by Envoy - the corporate workforce immigration management platform - US corporate […]

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Mar 19, 2019

Custom framing startup Framebridge is opening two retail stores
For a long while, you couldn't swing a bag of cats around without hitting a retailer looking to create a digital presence. Now, the inverse is growing in popularity, with many digital-first retail brands looking to set up a brick-and-mortar shop. The latest is Framebridge, a custom framing startup that has raised more than $67 […]

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Mar 19, 2019

Instagram launches shopping checkout, charging sellers a fee
Instagram is opening a whole new revenue stream. Now the 130 million people who tap Instagram's product tags on shopping posts will be able to buy those items without leaving the app thanks to stored payment info. "Checkout with Instagram" launches today in the US with more than 20 top brands including Adidas, Kylie Cosmetics, […]

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Mar 19, 2019

Simulations, SAFEs, and China beats America in AI patents
Editor's Note The most consistent feedback we have gotten from Extra Crunch members is that I write too much, and the Daily emails are too long for mortals (and apparently my mother) to read. This is great feedback: a huge focus for Extra Crunch is to create signal from noise. To that end, we are […]

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Mar 19, 2019

Firefox now automatically blocks autoplaying audio and video
Mozilla today released version 66 of its Firefox browser. It features all of the usual tech updates and bug fixes, but there's also a clear theme here: reducing online annoyances. With this update, Firefox can now automatically block autoplaying audio and video — the scourge of the modern web. The way Mozilla has implemented this […]

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Mar 19, 2019

Apple upgrades the iMac line with boosted processors and graphics
For a company hosting a big event next week, Apple's sure got a lot of news bubbling up these days. It kicked off the week by unveiling upgrades to the iPad line, and now just revealed a handful of upgrades to its bedrock iMac line. The perennial favorite all-in-one is getting some key upgrades that […]

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Mar 19, 2019

Vonage brings number programmability to its business service
Chances are you still mostly think of Vonage as a consumer VOIP player, but in recent years, the company also launched its Vonage Business Cloud (VBC) platform and acquired Nexmo, an API-based communications service that competes directly with many of Twilio's core services. Today, Vonage is bringing its VBC service and Nexmo a bit closer […]

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Mar 19, 2019

Xiaomi outs Redmi Go, a $65 entry-level smartphone for India
Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has announced a new entry level smartphone at an event in Delhi. The entry-level smartphone is targeted at the Indian market and looks intended to woo feature phone owners to upgrade from a more basic mobile. It runs Google's flavor of Android optimized for low-powered smartphones (Android Go) which supports lightweight […]

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Mar 19, 2019

Salesforce update brings AI and Quip to customer service chat experience
When Salesforce introduced Einstein, its artificial intelligence platform in 2016, it was laying the ground work for artificial intelligence underpinnings across the platform. Since then the company has introduced a variety of AI enhancements to the Salesforce product family. Today, customer service got some AI updates. The goal of any customer service interaction is to […]

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Mar 19, 2019

Employee retention platform Peakon raises further $35M in a new round led by Atomico
Peakon, the Denmark headquartered "employee retention platform," has raised a further $35 million in funding. Described as a Series B extension, the round is led by European venture capital firm Atomico, with backing from existing investors, including EQT Ventures, IDInvest Partners, Balderton Capital, and Sunstone. Originally offering "people analytics" by enabling companies to more regularly […]

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Mar 19, 2019

Angry Birds AR is coming to iPhone this spring
Angry Birds: Isle of Pigs took the scenic route to the iPhone. Rovio began flirting with augmented reality on the Magic Leap of all places, releasing First Person Slingshot for the headset last year. Last month, Angry Birds VR: Isle of Pigs hit Steam for the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. Now, it seems, the […]

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Mar 19, 2019

In big tech's future expansion plans, public good should be the corporate incentive
Yung Wu Contributor Yung Wu is the CEO of MaRS Discovery District, a Toronto-based innovation hub. More posts by this contributor To actually change the world, Big Tech needs to grow up The cancellation of Amazon's planned expansion in New York exposes the truth about its HQ2 promises. In the end, the company seemed mainly […]

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Mar 19, 2019

Oracle adds more AI features to its suite of sales tools
As the biggest sales and marketing technology firms mature, they are all turning to AI and machine learning to advance the field. This morning it was Oracle's turn, announcing several AI-fueled features for its suite of sales tools. Rob Tarkoff, who had previous stints at EMC, Adobe and Lithium, and is now EVP of Oracle […]

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Mar 19, 2019

Singapore fintech startup Instarem closes $41M Series C for global growth
Singapore's Instarem, a fintech startup that helps banks and consumers send money overseas at lower cost, has closed a $41 million Series C financing round to go after global expansion opportunities. The four-year-old company announced a first close of $20 million last November, and it has now doubled that tally (and a little extra) thanks […]

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Mar 19, 2019

Donated devices are doxing your data, says new research
In the space of six months, one security researcher found thousands of files from dozens of computers, phones and flash drives — most of which contained personal information. All the researcher did was scour the second-hand stores for donated and refurbished tech. New research published by security firm Rapid7 revealed how problematic discarded technology can […]

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Mar 19, 2019

Optimization company Marketing Evolution raises $26.1M
Marketing Evolution is announcing that it has raised $26.1 million in growth funding. The New York City-headquartered company says it can measure marketing across different channels, delivering the data while the campaign is still running, to a dashboard full of recommendations on how to make the campaign more effective. It recently introduced what it calls […]

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Mar 19, 2019

UK's Automata raises $7.4M for its lightweight industrial ‘desktop' robot
Manufacturing has been one of the biggest and earliest adopters of robotics innovations in the last several years, but with that early movement has also come entrenchment: the industry is rife with expensive, oversized machines that often run on proprietary operating systems, making them hard to upgrade and use in consort with other robots. Now […]

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Mar 19, 2019

Grab launches SME loans and micro-insurance in Southeast Asia
In its latest move beyond ride-hailing, Southeast Asia's Grab has started to offer financing to SMEs and micro-insurance to its drivers. The launch comes just weeks after Grab raised $1.5 billion from the Vision Fund as part of a larger $5 billion Series H funding round that'll be used to battle rival Go-Jek, which is […]

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Mar 19, 2019

Yandex inks deal with Hyundai to build self-driving car tech for its Mobis OEM division
On the heels of becoming the latest investor in Ola, today Hyundai announced another key deal to further its ambitions in next-generation automotive services. Yandex, the Russian search giant that has been working on self-driving car technology, has inked a partnership with Hyundai to develop software and hardware for autonomous car systems. This is Yandex's […]

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Mar 19, 2019

South Africa's FlexClub raises $1.2M, partners with Uber Mexico
FlexClub, a South African startup that matches investors and drivers to cars for ride-hailing services, closed a $1.2 million seed round led by CRE Venture Capital. The company will use the financing to add team members and expand off the continent through a partnership with Uber Mexico. The move comes as Africa's tech-transit space continues […]

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Mar 19, 2019

TikTok parent Bytedance is getting serious about games
A turbulent 2018 for China's gaming market hasn't held back newcomers. Bytedance, the world's most valuable startup behind a collection of rising new media apps including TikTok and Jinri Toutiao, is making a further push into video games after it took control of a mobile game developer through a roundabout deal. According to a business registration […]

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Mar 19, 2019

Ola raises $300M as part of a new electric vehicle partnership with Hyundai and Kia
Ride-hailing platform Ola announced today that it has raised $300 million from Hyundai and Kia as part of a strategic partnership focused on electric vehicle development. This brings the company's total raised to $3.8 billion according to Crunchbase. Ola's last funding was announced just three weeks ago, when the company said it had raised $56 […]

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Mar 19, 2019

Watch Google unveil its mysterious gaming project live right here
Google is holding a press event at the Game Developers Conference today in San Francisco. The conference starts at 10 AM Pacific Time, 1 PM Eastern Time, 5 PM in London and 6 PM in Paris. While many game companies rely on Google Cloud Platform for their server and infrastructure needs, today's conference is going […]

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Mar 19, 2019

Facebook says the original New Zealand shooter video was viewed about 4,000 times before removal
Facebook released new figures about its attempts to stop the spread of videos after a shooter livestreamed his attacks on two Christchurch, New Zealand mosques last Friday, killing 50 people. In a blog post, Facebook vice president and deputy general counsel Chris Sonderby said that the video was viewed less than 200 times during the […]

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Mar 19, 2019

Axeleo Capital raises $51 million fund
Axeleo Capital has raised a $51 million fund (€45 million). Axeleo first started with an accelerator focused on enterprise startups. The firm is now all grown up with an acceleration program and a full-fledged VC fund. The accelerator is now called Axeleo Scale, while the fund is called Axeleo Capital. And it's important to mention […]

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Mar 19, 2019

Sprint customers say a glitch exposed other people's account information
Several Sprint customers have said they are seeing other customers' personal information in their online accounts. One reader emailed TechCrunch with several screenshots describing the issue, warning that they could see other Sprint customers' names and phone numbers. The reader said they informed the phone giant of the issue, and a Sprint representative said they […]

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Mar 18, 2019

Reed Hastings says Netflix won't be part of Apple's upcoming video streaming service
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said during a Los Angeles press event tonight that it will not be part of the streaming video service Apple is expected to unveil next week at its Cupertino headquarters. While it will have original content, Apple's service will most likely initially focus on third-party content, competing against Amazon Channels with […]

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Mar 18, 2019

SEC pushes court to hold Elon Musk in contempt over Tesla tweets
Tesla CEO Elon Musk is in blatant violation of a settlement agreement reached last year over securities fraud allegations, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said in a biting response to the court that argued the billionaire entrepreneur be held in contempt. The response, which was filed late Monday, is the latest salvo in the […]

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Mar 18, 2019

Here are the 85 startups that launched at YC's W19 Demo Day 1
Y Combinator's incubator classes have gotten huge. With over 200 companies, the Winter 2019 class is by far YC's largest yet. Meanwhile, the incubator prepares to shift its headquarters from Mountain View to San Francisco. It's so large, in fact, it's had to change the way it does Demo Day. Rather than all pitches happening […]

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Mar 18, 2019

Here are the 85 startups that launched today at Y Combinator's W19 Demo Day 1
Y Combinator's incubator classes have gotten huge. With over 200 companies, the Winter 2019 class is by far YC's largest yet. Meanwhile, the incubator prepares to shift its headquarters from Mountain View to San Francisco. It's so large, in fact, it's had to change up the way it does Demo Day. Rather than all pitches […]

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Mar 18, 2019

For $1,500, you too can get custom Tesla Nikes just like Elon Musk
Elon Musk's shoes — a custom pair of Nikes with a Tesla logo emblazoned above the toe box — were the belle of the company's Model Y unveiling last week. The reaction, during the event and later on the Tesla forums and social media, not only shot the company behind the custom kicks into the […]

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Mar 18, 2019

Devin Nunes is suing Twitter over mean tweets from parody account of his mom
California Representative Devin Nunes announced that he will file a $250,000 lawsuit against Twitter, alleging that the company engages in "explicit censorship" and has allowed critics to defame him on the platform. Simultaneously complaining that Twitter silences its critics while asking Twitter to silence his critics is a curious legal strategy, but really it's par […]

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Mar 18, 2019

How to build The Matrix
In this article we look at the development of video game technology past and future to ask the question: Could a simulation like that in "The Matrix" actually be built?

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Mar 18, 2019

Toyota doubles down on Nvidia tech for self-driving cars
Toyota is deepening its relationship with Nvidia as the automaker, and its research arms in Japan and the U.S., ramps up its autonomous vehicle development program. Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang announced Monday during his keynote at the 2019 GPU Technology Conference that Toyota Research Institute-Advanced Development — the automaker's Japan-based research arm — is using […]

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Mar 18, 2019

Nvidia announces its next-gen RTX pods with up to 1,280 GPUs
Nvidia wants to be a cloud powerhouse. While its history may be in graphics cards for gaming enthusiasts, its recent focus has been on its data center GPUs for AI, machine learning inference, inference and visualization. Today, at its GTC conference, the company announced its latest RTX server configuration for Hollywood studios and others who […]

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Mar 18, 2019

Nvidia AI turns sketches into photorealistic landscapes in seconds
Today at Nvidia GTC 2019, the company unveiled a stunning image creator. Using generative adversarial networks, users of the software are able to sketch images that are nearly photorealistic with just a few clicks. The software will instantly turn a couple of lines into a gorgeous mountaintop sunset. This is MS Paint for the AI […]

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Mar 18, 2019

Nvidia's T4 GPUs are coming to the AWS cloud
In the coming weeks, AWS is launching new G4 instances with support for Nvidia's T4 Tensor Core GPUs, the company today announced at Nvidia's GTC conference. The T4, which is based on Nvidia's Turing architecture, was specifically optimized for running AI models. The T4 will be supported by the EC2 compute service and the Amazon […]

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Mar 18, 2019

Intel and Cray are building a $500 million ‘exascale' supercomputer for Argonne National Lab
In a way, I have the equivalent of a supercomputer in my pocket. But in another, more important way, that pocket computer is a joke compared with real supercomputers — and Intel and Cray are putting together one of the biggest ever with a half-billion-dollar contract from the Department of Energy. It's going to do exaflops!

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Mar 18, 2019

Unity adds preview support for Nvidia's ray tracing tech to push gaming realism
Ray tracing has been a major topic of conversation at both GDC and GTC so it seems fitting that that the overlapping conventions would both kick off with an announcement that touches both industries. Today at GTC, Nvidia announced that it has built-out a number of major partnerships with 3D software makers including some apparent […]

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Mar 18, 2019

Unity taps Nvidia's ray tracing tech to push gaming realism
Ray tracing has been a major topic of conversation at both GDC and GTC so it seems fitting that that the overlapping conventions would both kick off with an announcement that touches both industries. Today at GTC, Nvidia announced that it has built-out a number of major partnerships with 3D software makers including some apparent […]

TechCrunch
Mar 18, 2019

General Catalyst just carved out an aggressive new seed-stage program — here's what to know
General Catalyst is diving more seriously into the business of funding seed-stage startups. To wit, the venture firm is announcing today that it plans to invest at least $25 million each year in nascent teams that "can't be too early" for the firm to see, according to Katherine Boyle, an investor with the firm who […]

TechCrunch
Mar 18, 2019

Apple Business Chat drives in-seat drink ordering at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland
With LeBron James hundreds of miles west plying his trade for the Los Angeles Lakers these days, Cleveland Cavalier fans haven't had a lot to cheer about this season, but Aramark (the stadium food and beverage vendor) and the Cavs have teamed up with Apple Business Chat to let fans order drinks right from their […]

TechCrunch
Mar 18, 2019

Atlassian acquires AgileCraft for $166M
Atlassian today announced that it has acquired AgileCraft, a service that aims to give enterprises plan their strategic projects and workstreams. The service provides business leaders with additional insights into the current status of technical projects and gives them insights into the bottlenecks, risks and dependencies of these projects. Indeed, the focus of AgileCraft is […]

TechCrunch
Mar 18, 2019

misterb&b hits the equity crowdfunding trail to expand into hotels
Homosexuality is illegal in a third of the planet, and in eight countries, it is punishable by death. In the febrile atmosphere of today's politics, hate crime incidents in the US increased by 17% between 2016 to 2017, according to the FBI. Over 20 of those incidents were crimes against an individual's sexual-orientation — the […]

TechCrunch
Mar 18, 2019

Lyft's driver wage lawsuit in NYC continues
As Lyft gears up to list its stock on the NASDAQ, the transportation company is facing ongoing litigation regarding driver wages in New York City. Today, a judge denied Lyft's motion for an injunction blocking the recent ruling that sets a minimum wage for drivers. Still, the judge said she'll think it over and file […]

TechCrunch
Mar 18, 2019

Kevin Tsujihara is stepping down as Warner Bros CEO
Kevin Tsujihara is leaving his role as chairman and CEO of Warner Bros. Entertainment. He joined Warner Bros. back in 1994 and took charge of the film and TV studio in 2013. As part of broader leadership changes at WarnerMedia — which is now under the ownership of AT&T — his role was recently expanded […]

TechCrunch
Mar 18, 2019

Trump's views about ‘crazy' self-driving cars are at odds with his DOT
President Donald Trump is an automated-vehicle skeptic, a point of view that lies in stark contrast with agencies within his own administration, including the U.S. Department of Transportation . According to a recent scoop by Axios, Trump has privately said he thinks the autonomous-vehicle revolution is "crazy." Trump's point of view isn't exactly surprising. His […]

TechCrunch
Mar 18, 2019

Y Combinator bets on the booming podcast industry
Brew helps creators get paid to podcast with a subscription-based app complete with original shows.

TechCrunch
Mar 18, 2019

Targeting payday lenders, Branch adds pay-on-demand features for hourly workers
Branch, the scheduling and pay management app for hourly workers, has added a new pay-on-demand service called Pay, which is now available to anyone who downloads the Branch app. It's an attempt to provide a fee-based alternative to payday lending, where borrowers charge exorbitant rates to lenders on short-term loans or cash advances. Borrowers can […]

TechCrunch
Mar 18, 2019

Successful launch propels OneWeb to $1.25B in new funding
Following the successful launch and deployment of the first six satellites in a planned constellation of hundreds, OneWeb has raised $1.25 billion in funding to kickstart mass production. It's a powerful endorsement of and ambitious plan to create an entirely new layer of global connectivity. To blanket the world in internet, OneWeb means to send […]

TechCrunch
Mar 18, 2019

ClimaCell bets on IoT for better weather forecasts
To accurately forecast the weather, you first need lots of data — not just to train your forecasting models but also to generate more precise and granular forecasts. Typically, this has been the domain of government agencies, thanks to their access to this data and the compute power to run the extremely complex models. Anybody […]

TechCrunch
Mar 18, 2019

Daily Crunch: Apple updates the iPad Mini
The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch's roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you'd like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here. 1. Apple launches new iPad Air and iPad mini The company is (finally) updating the iPad mini and adding a new iPad […]

TechCrunch
Mar 18, 2019

EU gov't and public health sites are lousy with adtech, study finds
A study of tracking cookies running on government and public sector health websites in the European Union has found commercial adtech to be operating pervasively even in what should be core not-for-profit corners of the Internet. The researchers used searches including queries related to HIV, mental health, pregnancy, alcoholism and cancer to examine how frequently […]

TechCrunch
Mar 18, 2019

YC-backed Basement is a social network for close friends only
The past few years have been a bit of a dark age for budding social media startups. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snap and messenger apps took up all the time of their users, leaving little room for yet another social media platform. But the tide is shifting. Privacy scandals have shaken some users' faith giants like […]

TechCrunch
Mar 18, 2019

5 reasons to apply to compete in Startup Battlefield at Disrupt SF 2019
The search is in full swing for the most innovative, interesting and utterly disruptive early-stage tech startups to compete in Startup Battlefield, our premier pitch competition, at Disrupt San Francisco 2019 on October 2-4. Founders, if you think your startup has the right stuff, then by all means, apply right here, right now. Not sure […]

TechCrunch
Mar 18, 2019

WorkClout brings SaaS to factory floor to increase operational efficiency
Factory software tools are often out of reach of small manufacturers, forcing them to operate with inefficient manual systems. WorkClout, a member of the Y Combinator Winter 2019 class, wants to change that by offering a more affordable SaaS alternative to traditional manufacturing software solutions. Company co-founder and CEO Arjun Patel grew up helping out […]

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