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Nov 23, 2020

AliveCor, which helps its users manage their heart health, scores another FDA approval
Last week, AliveCor, a nine-year-old, 92-person company whose small, personal electrocardiogram devices help users detect atrial fibrillation, bradycardia, and tachycardia from heart rate readings taken from their own kitchen tables, raised $65 million from investors. Today, it's clearer why investors — who've now provided the Mountain View, Ca., company with $169 million altogether —  are […]

TechCrunch
Nov 23, 2020

Trump didn't concede, but he will move Biden's transition forward
With an unprecedented number of mail-in ballots, election results took a bit longer this year than usual. But if Americans were expecting an election week, November stretched on into a month of election drama, with President Trump mounting an unprecedented effort to undermine election results and stall the transition process, even as states certified Biden's […]

TechCrunch
Nov 23, 2020

Gift Guide: 22 STEM toy gift ideas for every little builder
In 2020, parents and guardians are super spoilt for choice in the STEM toys gift department — which is great news in the midst of a pandemic that's supercharging homeschooling needs. The category has matured to offer an interesting range of options for children across a wide span of ages, shedding some of its earlier […]

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Nov 23, 2020

Gift Guide: 7 perfect gifts for podcasters and streamers
So, this one is going to be a different from last year. Because everything is different from last year. I know 2020 has been a pretty big change for my own personal podcast. I always prefer conducting interviews in person when I'm able — in fact, around 400 or so episodes were done exactly like […]

TechCrunch
Nov 23, 2020

Daily Crunch: Snapchat adds Spotlight
Snapchat introduces a TikTok-style feed, Amazon Echo Buds add fitness tracking and Vettery acquires Hired. This is your Daily Crunch for November 23, 2020. The big story: Snapchat adds Spotlight Snapchat has introduced a dedicated feed where users can watch short, entertaining videos — pretty similar to TikTok. This comes after the app also added […]

TechCrunch
Nov 23, 2020

Netflix commits $1 billion to make New Mexico home to one of the world's largest studios
Netflix is committing $1 billion in production spend at its ABQ Studios in Albuquerque, New Mexico, along with plans to expand those studios, the company said. In an announcement alongside New Mexico's Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham and Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller, Netflix's chief executive Ted Sarandos said the company would add 300 acres to its […]

TechCrunch
Nov 23, 2020

Gift Guide: 7 great gifts for anyone working from home
Let's just get this out of the way: for the past several years, I've contributed the "Best Gifts for Frequent Travelers" segment to TechCrunch's annual gift guide. I love it. It was easily my favorite gift guide to write, and it was an audience favorite, as well. But I am no longer a frequent traveler. […]

TechCrunch
Nov 23, 2020

Will Brazil's Roaring 20s see the rise of early-stage startups?
The capital market boom might be temporary, but the emergence of a new economy in Brazil supported by new local investors and new players is a trend that has been building up for some time

TechCrunch
Nov 23, 2020

Vettery acquires Hired to create a ‘unified' job search platform
Two large job search and recruiting platforms are coming together, with Vettery acquiring Hired. The news follows a report last week in The Information claiming that Hired had begun to sell off its assets and wind down the company. The report also stated that Hired CEO Mehul Patel "abruptly resigned" via Zoom in early October. […]

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Nov 23, 2020

GM dumps Trump to side with California in emissions rules fight
General Motors is changing sides in a battle over whether states — and specifically California — can set tailpipe emissions regulations and other rules meant to mitigate climate change that are stricter than the federal government. The automaker said Monday it will no longer back the Trump Administration's lawsuit to prevent California from setting its […]

TechCrunch
Nov 23, 2020

Approaching commercialization for its autonomous radar nav system, Lunewave raises $7 million
Lunewave, the Arizona-based startup developing a novel technology for radars for autonomous vehicles, has raised $7 million in financing as it gets ready for the commercial rollout of its systems. The company's latest financing came from Proeza Ventures, Blue 9 Capital, Tsingyuan Ventures and Intact Ventures, the company said. With the latest funding Lunewave will […]

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Nov 23, 2020

Amazon's Echo Buds get new fitness tracking features
I wasn't super impressed when I reviewed the Echo Buds around this time last year, but Amazon's first shot at Alexa-powered fully wireless earbuds was passable. And while they've already been on the market for a while now, the company's continuing to deliver some key updates, including today's addition of new fitness features. Say "Alexa, […]

TechCrunch
Nov 23, 2020

The downfall of adtech means the trust economy is here
I believe we are seeing the downfall of ad tech as we know it with social media boycotts and data privacy leading the charge.

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Nov 23, 2020

7 things we just learned about Sequoia's European expansion plans
Sequoia Capital, the renowned Silicon Valley venture capital firm that has backed companies like Apple, Google, Dropbox, Airbnb and Stripe, recently disclosed that it had opened its first office in Europe. To staff up, it hired partner Luciana Lixandru away from rival Accel Partners. Even without an official European presence, Sequoia has quietly operated in […]

TechCrunch
Nov 23, 2020

Gift Guide: Which next-gen console is the one your kid wants?
This holiday season, next-gen gamers, bless their hearts, will be hoping to receive next-gen gaming consoles. But confusing branding by the console makers could lead to disappointment.

TechCrunch
Nov 23, 2020

Despite pandemic, forecasts predict U.S. online holiday sales increase of 20%-30% or more
Strong e-commerce sales are predicted to help lift overall holiday retail spending in the U.S., according to forecasts released today by the National Retail Federation (NRF) and eMarketer. Both firms expect to see overall retail sales growth during November and December, though the market may be impacted by slowing brick-and-mortar sales. Of the two, NRF […]

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Nov 23, 2020

Despite pandemic, forecasts predict US online holiday sales increase of 20%-30% or more
Strong e-commerce sales are predicted to help lift overall holiday retail spending in the U.S., according to forecasts released today by the National Retail Federation (NRF) and eMarketer. Both firms expect to see overall retail sales growth during November and December, though the market may be impacted by slowing brick-and-mortar sales. Of the two, NRF […]

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Nov 23, 2020

Netflix says ‘The Queen's Gambit' is setting viewership records
"The Queen's Gambit" is setting viewership records at Netflix, the streaming service said today. Like all the viewership data that Netflix has released this year, these new numbers reflect how many people "chose to watch" — in other words, how many people watched at least two minutes of a given show or movie. In the case […]

TechCrunch
Nov 23, 2020

Founders seeking their first check need a fundraising sales funnel
CEO and co-founder of music tech startup Stem Milana Lewis explains how she landed several superstar investors and raised a little under $22 million.

TechCrunch
Nov 23, 2020

Watch live as SpaceX tests the limits of Falcon 9 reusability with sixteenth Starlink satellite launch
SpaceX is set to launch its sixteenth Starlink mission on Monday at 9:34 PM EST (6:34 PM PST). This launch will carry 60 of the company's broadband internet satellites to low-Earth orbit, where they'll join the existing constellation and contribute to its growing network of eventually global coverage. The launch is also significant because it […]

TechCrunch
Nov 23, 2020

Investors Lockheed Martin Ventures and SpaceFund are coming to TC Sessions: Space 2020
The space industry, once dominated by government-funded programs and a small handful of corporations, has seen a surge in startups in recent years. And with startups aplenty, the venture firms can never be far behind. Venture capital has played an increasingly important role in rooting out the best and most promising of these startups. The […]

TechCrunch
Nov 23, 2020

Uber refused permission to dismiss 11 staff at its EMEA HQ
Uber has been refused permission to dismiss 11 people at its EMEA headquarters in Amsterdam by the Dutch Employee Insurance Agency (UWV), the ride hailing company has confirmed. The affected individuals did not take up an earlier severance offer as part of wider Uber layoffs earlier this year. Uber announced major global layoffs of around […]

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Nov 23, 2020

Relativity Space raises $500 million as it sets sights on the industrialization of Mars
3D-printed rocket startup Relativity Space has closed $500 million in Series D funding (making official the earlier reported raise), the company announced today. This funding was led by Tiger Global Management, and included participation by a host of new investors, including Fidelity Management & Research Company, Baillie Gifford, Iconiq Capital, General Catalyst and more. This […]

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Nov 23, 2020

Relativity Space raises $500 million as its sets sights on the industrialization of Mars
3D-printed rocket startup Relativity Space has closed $500 million in Series D funding (making official the earlier reported raise), the company announced today. This funding was led by Tiger Global Management, and included participation by a host of new investors including Fidelity Management & Research Company, Baillie Gifford, Iconiq Capital, General Catalist and more. This […]

TechCrunch
Nov 23, 2020

The EPA says the Ford Mustang Mach-E's electric range is a lackluster 211-300 miles
The EPA just released its findings on the Mustang Mach-E, and it's a mixture of good news and bad news. Depending on the model, the EPA says the Mach-E is good for just 211 miles to 300 miles on a charge. On the one hand, the Mach-E matched Ford's range target, with the EPA agreeing […]

TechCrunch
Nov 23, 2020

Mental health startups are raising spirits and venture capital
A spate of startups focused on mental health recently made enough noise as a group that they caught the eye of the Equity podcast crew. Sadly, the segment we'd planned to discuss this topic was swept away by a blizzard of IPO filings that piled up like fresh snow. But in preparation, I reached out […]

TechCrunch
Nov 23, 2020

Video mentoring platform Superpeer raises $8M and launches paid channels
Superpeer, a startup that helps experts share and monetize their knowledge online, is announcing that it has raised $8 million in additional funding. As I wrote in March, the Superpeer platform allows experts to promote, schedule and charge for one-on-one video calls with anyone who might want to ask for their advice. In addition to […]

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Nov 23, 2020

Gatik's self-driving box trucks to shuttle groceries for Loblaw in Canada
Gatik, the autonomous vehicle startup focused on the "middle mile," is already using its self-driving box trucks to deliver customer online grocery orders for Walmart. Now, the company — freshly stocked with $25 million in Series A funding — is expanding up into Canada with a partnership with retail giant Loblaw. Gatik said Monday that […]

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Nov 23, 2020

Facebook launches ‘Drives,' a U.S.-only feature for collecting food, clothing and other necessities for people in need
Facebook today is introducing a new feature that will allow users in the U.S. to collect food, clothing, and other necessities for people in need. The feature, called "Drives," is being made available through Facebook's existing Community Help hub, which is the place where Facebook centralizes requests and offers for help within a local community. […]

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Nov 23, 2020

Facebook launches ‘Drives,' a US-only feature for collecting food, clothing and other necessities for people in need
Facebook today is introducing a new feature that will allow users in the U.S. to collect food, clothing and other necessities for people in need. The feature, called "Drives," is being made available through Facebook's existing Community Help hub, which is the place where Facebook centralizes requests and offers for help within a local community. […]

TechCrunch
Nov 23, 2020

Brexit's data compliance burden could cost UK firms up to £1.6BN, says think tank
An analysis of the total cost to UK businesses if the country fails to gain an adequacy agreement from the European Commission once it leaves the bloc at the end of the year — creating barriers to inbound data flows from the EU — suggests the price in pure compliance terms could be between £1BN […]

TechCrunch
Nov 23, 2020

TC Sessions: Space Black Friday ticket sale starts today
Nothing signals the start of the holiday shopping season like a Black Friday sale. It's been an incredibly challenging year for everyone on every level. We can't change that, but we can make attending TC Sessions: Space 2020 more affordable a bit longer. Starting today, we're offering a BOGO deal. Buy one Late Registration ticket […]

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Nov 23, 2020

AvePoint to go public via SPAC valued at $2B
AvePoint, a company that gives enterprises using Microsoft Office 365, SharePoint and Teams a control layer on top of these tools, announced today that it would be going public via a SPAC merger with Apex Technology Acquisition Corporation in a deal that values AvePoint at around $2 billion. The acquisition brings together some powerful technology […]

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Nov 23, 2020

Cure Hydration raises $2.6M for its healthy sports drink alternative
Cure Hydration is announcing that it has raised $2.6 million in seed funding as it brings a healthier approach to the sports beverage market. Founder and CEO Lauren Picasso, whose past roles include serving as director of marketing at Jet.com, told me that she became interested in the market after training for a triathlon — […]

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Nov 23, 2020

LA-based Boulevard raises $27 million for its spa management software
Boulevard, a spa management and payment platform, has raised $27 million in a new round of funding despite a business slowdown caused by the COVID0-19 pandemic. Founded four years ago by Matt Danna and Sean Stavropoulos, Boulevard was inspired by Stavropoulos' inability to book a haircut and Danna's hunch that the inability of salons and […]

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Nov 23, 2020

LA-based Boulevard raises $27 million for its spa management software
Boulevard, a spa management and payment platform, has raised $27 million in a new round of funding despite a business slowdown caused by the COVID0-19 pandemic. Founded four years ago by Matt Danna and Sean Stavropoulos, Boulevard was inspired by Stavropoulos' inability to book a haircut and Danna's hunch that the inability of salons and […]

TechCrunch
Nov 23, 2020

The Station: Lime scoots towards profitability, a framework for AVs, and another electric vehicle SPAC
The Station is a weekly newsletter dedicated to all things transportation. Sign up here — just click The Station — to receive it every Saturday in your inbox. Hi folks, welcome back to The Station, a newsletter dedicated to all the present and future ways people and packages move from Point A to Point B. Let's get […]

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Nov 23, 2020

Former Sequoia Partner Amy Sun has already raised millions for her stealthy startup
Former Sequoia partner Amy Sun, who left the famed venture capital firm just months ago, has already raised $3.8 million for her new startup, Daylight Labs, SEC filings show. Daylight Labs will be creating a solution to help gig economy workers make more money, Sun hints to TechCrunch. Still in the early product development stages, […]

TechCrunch
Nov 23, 2020

6 reasons why reporters aren't interested in your content marketing
If you've run into roadblocks, make sure you're not making any of these mistakes with your content or your pitching.

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Nov 23, 2020

Google brings ‘The Mandalorian' to AR in its new app
Google has teamed up with Disney and Lucasfilm to bring the Star Wars streaming series "The Mandalorian" to augmented reality. The company announced this morning the launch of a new Android AR app,  "The Mandalorian" AR Experience, which will display iconic moments from the first season of the show in AR, allowing fans to retrace […]

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Nov 23, 2020

Save 25% on annual Extra Crunch membership with the Green Days sale
The holiday season is upon us, and that means big savings on Extra Crunch membership with the Green Days sale. From now until November 30, TechCrunch readers can save 25% on an annual plan for Extra Crunch.  You can claim the deal here. Extra Crunch helps you spot technology trends and opportunities, build better startups, […]

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Nov 23, 2020

Equity Monday: Good vaccine news, three rounds and why IPOs are trending
Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch's venture capital-focused podcast where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This is Equity Monday, our weekly kickoff that tracks the latest big news, chats about the coming week, digs into some recent funding rounds and mulls over a larger theme or narrative from the private markets. You can […]

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Nov 23, 2020

Equity Monday: Good vaccine news, three rounds, and why IPOs are trending
Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch's venture capital-focused podcast where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This is Equity Monday, our weekly kickoff that tracks the latest big news, chats about the coming week, digs into some recent funding rounds and mulls over a larger theme or narrative from the private markets. You can […]

TechCrunch
Nov 23, 2020

Serenade snags $2.1M seed round to turn speech into code
Several years ago Serenade co-founder Matt Wiethoff was a developer at Quora when he was diagnosed with a severe repetitive stress injury to his hand and couldn't code. He and co-founder Tommy MacWilliam decided to use AI to create a tool that let him speak the code instead and Serenade was born. Today, the company […]

TechCrunch
Nov 23, 2020

Friday app, a remote work tool, raises $2.1 million led by Bessemer
Friday, an app looking to make remote work more efficient, has announced the close of a $2.1 million seed round led by Bessemer Venture Partners. Active Capital, Underscore, El Cap Holdings, TLC Collective, and New York Venture Partners also participated in the round, among others. Founded by Luke Thomas, Friday sits on top of the […]

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Nov 23, 2020

Corporate services platform Sleek lands $4 million in new funding
Sleek, the corporate services platform that helps entrepreneurs launch and run new companies in Singapore and Hong Kong, has raised $4 million. The new funding was led by SEEDS Capital, the investment arm of government agency Enterprise Singapore. Returning investors MI8 Limited and Pierre Lorinet also participated, along with Singapore Fintech Association co-founder Varun Mittal […]

TechCrunch
Nov 23, 2020

Metigy gets $20 million AUD to making online marketing easier for SMEs
Metigy, a marketing platform created to help small businesses automate more of the decision making in their online ad campaigns, has raised a Series B of $20 million AUD (about $14.6 million USD). The new funding, led by returning investor Cygnet Capital, will be used to grow the Sydney, Australia-based startup's international customer base, especially […]

TechCrunch
Nov 23, 2020

Snapchat launches a TikTok-like feed called Spotlight, kick-started by paying creators
After taking on TikTok with music-powered features last month, Snapchat this morning is officially launching a dedicated place within its app where users can watch short, entertaining videos in a vertically scrollable, TikTok-like feed. This new feature, called Spotlight, will showcase the community's creative efforts, including the videos now backed by music, as well as […]

TechCrunch
Nov 23, 2020

Digital marketing firms file UK competition complaint against Google's Privacy Sandbox
Google's push to phase out third party tracking cookies — aka its ‘Privacy Sandbox' initiative — is facing a competition challenge in Europe. A coalition of digital marketing companies announced today that it's filed a complaint with the UK's Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), calling for the regulator to block implementation of the Sandbox. The […]

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Nov 23, 2020

Resilience raises over $800 million to transform pharmaceutical manufacturing in response to COVID-19
Resilience, a new biopharmaceutical company backed by $800 million in financing from investors including ARCH Venture Partners and 8VC, has emerged from stealth to transform the way that drugs and therapies are manufactured in the U.S. Founded by ARCH Venture Partners investor Robert Nelsen, National Resilience Inc., which does business as Resilience was born out […]

TechCrunch
Nov 23, 2020

Oxford University's COVID-19 vaccine shows high efficacy, and is cheaper to make and easier to store
Oxford University's COVID-19 vaccine, being developed in partnership with drugmaker AstraZeneca, has shown to be 70.4% effective in preliminary results from its Phase 3 clinical trial. That rate actually includes data from two different approaches to dosing, including one where two full strength does were applied, which was 62% effective, and a much more promising […]

TechCrunch
Nov 23, 2020

Gartner: Q3 smartphone sales down 5.7% to 366M, stemming Covid-19 declines earlier this year
As we head into the all-important holiday sales period, new numbers from Gartner point to some recovery for the smartphone market as vendors roll out a raft of new 5G handsets. Q3 smartphone figures published today showed that smartphone unit sales declined 5.7% globally over the same period last year to 366 million units. Yes, […]

TechCrunch
Nov 23, 2020

The promise and challenge of Roblox's future in China
In a much-anticipated move, California-based gaming firm Roblox filed to go public last week. One aspect driving the future growth of the children- and community-focused gaming platform is its China entry, which it fleshes out in detail for the first time in its IPO prospectus. Like all gaming companies entering China, Roblox must work with […]

TechCrunch
Nov 22, 2020

Original Content podcast: ‘The Crown' introduces its Princess Diana
"The Crown," Netflix's lavish historical drama about the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, has returned for a fourth season that focuses on Elizabeth's relationship with Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, and on Prince Charles' troubled marriage to Diana, Princess of Wales. We've had conflicting opinions about the show's past seasons, and the new season hasn't exactly […]

TechCrunch
Nov 22, 2020

Byju's-owned Indian startup WhiteHat Jr sues critics
Karan Bajaj, an Indian entrepreneur who teaches meditation and in his recent book invites others to live a life away from the noise, is going after the most vocal critics of his startup. Bajaj, founder of coding platform WhiteHat Jr, has filed a defamation case against Pradeep Poonia, an engineer who has publicly criticized the […]

TechCrunch
Nov 22, 2020

WhiteHat Jr's founder files $2.6M defamation suit against critic
Karan Bajaj, an Indian entrepreneur who teaches meditation and in his recent book invites others to live a life away from the noise, is going after the most vocal critic of his startup. Bajaj, founder of coding platform aimed at kids WhiteHat Jr, has filed a defamation case against Pradeep Poonia, an engineer who has […]

TechCrunch
Nov 22, 2020

Week in Review: Venture-backed loneliness
Hello everyone and welcome back to Week in Review! Natasha here, subbing in for Lucas while he's out. This week, we'll talk about loneliness raising money and how Zoom fatigue is fueling innovation. For everyone celebrating, happy holidays! Keep on the lookout next week for more festive content, including the launch of our annual TechCrunch […]

TechCrunch
Nov 21, 2020

A bug meant Twitter Fleets could still be seen after they disappear
Twitter is the latest social media site to allow users to experiment with posting disappearing content. Fleets, as Twitter calls them, allows its mobile users post short stories, like photos or videos with overlaying text, that are set to vanish after 24 hours. But a bug meant that fleets weren't deleting properly and could still […]

TechCrunch
Nov 21, 2020

A bug meant Twitter Fleets could still be seen after they disappeared
Twitter is the latest social media site to allow users to experiment with posting disappearing content. Fleets, as Twitter calls them, allows its mobile users post short stories, like photos or videos with overlaying text, that are set to vanish after 24 hours. But a bug meant that fleets weren't deleting properly and could still […]

TechCrunch
Nov 21, 2020

How the pandemic drove the IPO wave we see today
This is The TechCrunch Exchange, a newsletter that goes out on Saturdays, based on the column of the same name. You can sign up for the email here. I had a neat look into the world of mental health startup fundraising planned for this week, but after being slow-motion carpet-bombed by S-1s, that is now shoved off […]

TechCrunch
Nov 21, 2020

Human Capital: Uber's Black employee base shrinks
Welcome back to Human Capital, where I break down the latest in diversity, equity and inclusion, and labor in tech. TL;DR: This week, Apple announced its third head of diversity and inclusion in four years, Uber's Black employee base shrunk despite the company committing to anti-racism and Reddit brought on its second Black board member […]

TechCrunch
Nov 21, 2020

Affirm, Airbnb, C3.ai, Roblox, Wish file for tech IPO finale of 2020
For some of the most awaited Silicon Valley tech companies of the decade, this week looked good enough to file for IPOs

TechCrunch
Nov 21, 2020

Hulu UX teardown: 5 user experience fails and how to fix them
Hulu is the first major streaming platform to offer a social watching experience. And with most major league sports now being allowed to resume behind closed doors, Hulu's combined proposition with ESPN will likely help entertain the service's 30 million users over the winter months. But users have a surplus in choice of streaming services […]

TechCrunch
Nov 21, 2020

This Week in Apps: Apple slashes commissions, Twitter launches Fleets, warnings about Parler
Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the TechCrunch series that recaps the latest OS news, the applications they support and the money that flows through it all. The app industry is as hot as ever, with a record 204 billion downloads and $120 billion in consumer spending in 2019. People are now spending three hours and 40 minutes per day […]

TechCrunch
Nov 21, 2020

Watch SpaceX launch a satellite that will monitor the world's oceans
SpaceX is set to launch a Falcon 9 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on Saturday morning, with a target liftoff time of 9:17 AM PST (12:17 PM EST). This is the Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich Mission, which carries a satellite of the same name developed by the European Space Agency, NASA, and both U.S. […]

TechCrunch
Nov 21, 2020

All IPOs should be paid for in Robux
Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch's venture capital-focused podcast (now on Twitter!), where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This is an all-time first for the show, it's an Equity Leftovers. Which means that we're not focusing on a single topic like we would in an Equity Shot. This is just, well, more Equity. […]

TechCrunch
Nov 20, 2020

Daily Crunch: Roblox is going public
Roblox opens its books, Snap makes an acquisition and Pfizer and BioNTech seek regulatory approval for their vaccine. This your Daily Crunch for November 20, 2020. The big story: Roblox is going public The child-friendly gaming company filed confidentially to go public in October, but it only published its S-1 document with financial information late […]

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Nov 20, 2020

Extra Crunch roundup: A fistful of IPOs, Affirm's Peloton problem, Zoom Apps and more
DoorDash, Affirm, Roblox, Airbnb, C3.ai and Wish all filed to go public in recent days, which means some venture capitalists are having the best week of their lives. Tech companies that go public capture our imagination because they are literal happy endings. An Initial Public Offering is the promised land for startup pilgrims who may […]

TechCrunch
Nov 20, 2020

Restaurant search engine FoodBoss adds support for direct delivery from restaurants
FoodBoss aims to be something like Kayak for online food ordering — the place where you can search across different service and apps to find the lowest prices and fastest delivery times. One limitation, however, is the fact that the service was limited to third-party services like Uber Eats and Postmates, with no way to […]

TechCrunch
Nov 20, 2020

Walmart is buying JoyRun assets to add ‘peer-to-peer' product delivery
The last time we wrote about JoyRun, it was raising $10 million. Today, the Bay Area startup has some very different news to share, as it becomes part of Walmart as Walmart has purchased select assets in a bid to enhance its supply chain. The mega-retailer announced today that it has acquired "select assets - […]

TechCrunch
Nov 20, 2020

Kea raises $10M to build AI that helps restaurants answer the phone
Kea is a new startup giving restaurants an opportunity to upgrade one of the more old-fashioned ways that they take orders — over the phone. Today, Kea is announcing that it has raised a $10 million Series A led by Marbruck, with participation from Streamlined Ventures, Xfund, Heartland Ventures, DEEPCORE, Barrel Ventures and AVG Funds, […]

TechCrunch
Nov 20, 2020

Mobileye taps Luminar to supply lidar for its robotaxi fleet
Luminar, the buzzy sensor startup that is on the verge of becoming a publicly traded company, locked in a supplier deal to furnish Intel subsidiary Mobileye with lidar for its fleet of autonomous vehicles. The deal, announced Friday, will see a rising star paired with a company that has long dominated the automotive industry. While […]

TechCrunch
Nov 20, 2020

A16z is now managing $16.5 billion, after announcing two new funds
Andreessen Horowitz (a16z) has closed a pair of funds totaling $4.5 billion, the firm confirmed in a blog post this morning. The firm has raised $1.3 billion for an early-stage fund focused on consumer, enterprise, and fintech; and closed a $3.2 billion growth-stage fund for later-stage investments. The firm did not immediately respond to request […]

TechCrunch
Nov 20, 2020

ORIX invests $60M in Israeli crowdfunding platform OurCrowd
Japan-based financial services group ORIX Corporation today announced that it has made a $60 million strategic investment into the Israeli crowdsourcing platform OurCrowd. In return, the crowdfunding platform will provide the firm with access to its startup network. OurCrowd also says that the two groups will collaborate to create financial products and investment opportunities for […]

TechCrunch
Nov 20, 2020

Despite commitment to anti-racism, Uber's Black employee base has decreased
Uber today released its latest diversity report, showing a decline in the overall representation of Black employees in the U.S. despite an increased focus on racial justice this year in the wake of the police killing of George Floyd. In 2019, Uber was 9.3% Black while this year, only 7.5% of its employees are Black. […]

TechCrunch
Nov 20, 2020

Loadsmart raises $90 million to further consolidate its one-stop freight and logistics platform
Leading on-demand digital freight platform Loadsmart has raised a $90 million Series C funding round, led by funds under management by BlackRock, and co-led by Chromo Invest. The funding will be used to continue to build out its platform to offer even more end-to-end logistics services to its freight customers, and the company says that […]

TechCrunch
Nov 20, 2020

Xesto is a foot scanning app that simplifies shoe gifting
You wait ages for foot scanning startups to help with the tricky fit issue that troubles online shoe shopping and then two come along at once: Launching today in time for Black Friday sprees is Xesto — which like Neatsy, which we wrote about earlier today, also makes use of the iPhone's TrueDepth camera to […]

TechCrunch
Nov 20, 2020

Xesto is a foot-scanning app that simplifies shoe gifting
You wait ages for foot-scanning startups to help with the tricky fit issue that troubles online shoe shopping and then two come along at once: Launching today in time for Black Friday sprees is Xesto — which, like Neatsy, which we wrote about earlier today, also makes use of the iPhone's TrueDepth camera to generate […]

TechCrunch
Nov 20, 2020

Google, Facebook and Twitter threaten to leave Pakistan over censorship law
Global internet companies Facebook, Google and Twitter and others have banded together and threatened to leave Pakistan after the South Asian nation granted blanket powers to local regulators to censor digital content. Earlier this week, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan granted the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority the power to remove and block digital content that pose […]

TechCrunch
Nov 20, 2020

What is Roblox worth?
With Roblox joining the end-of-year unicorn stampede toward the public markets, we're set for a contentedly busy second half of November and early December. I hope you didn't have vacation planned in the next few weeks. This morning we need to get deeper into the Roblox S-1 so we can better understand the nature of […]

TechCrunch
Nov 20, 2020

Prices increase tonight for our space focused event, TC Sessions: Space
"Space, the final frontier…" You can probably recite the "Star Trek" opening monologue in your sleep. But we're talking science fact, not fiction, and TC Sessions: Space 2020 provides real opportunity to connect with the people, information and funding you need to boldly build the future of space technology. Go boldly, yes. But why pay […]

TechCrunch
Nov 20, 2020

Prices increase tonight for our space-focused event, TC Sessions: Space
"Space, the final frontier…" You can probably recite the "Star Trek" opening monologue in your sleep. But we're talking science fact, not fiction, and TC Sessions: Space 2020 provides real opportunity to connect with the people, information and funding you need to boldly build the future of space technology. Go boldly, yes. But why pay […]

TechCrunch
Nov 20, 2020

Snap acquired Voisey, an app to create music tracks overlaying your own vocals
Snapchat helped pioneer the use of lenses on faces in photos and videos to turn ordinary picture messages into fantastical creations where humans can look like, say, cats, and even cats can wear festival-chic flower crowns. Now it sounds like the company might be turning its attention… to sound. The company appears to have acquired […]

TechCrunch
Nov 20, 2020

Index ventures into Latin America to back Sofia, a Mexico City-based telemedicine and health insurer
Arturo Sanchez and his co-founders have spent the past two years developing the telemedicine and insurance platform, Sofia, as a way to give customers across Mexico better access to quality healthcare through their insurance plan. Along with his co-founders, Sebastian Jimenez, a former Google employee who serves as the company's chief product officer, and Manuel […]

TechCrunch
Nov 20, 2020

Can artificial intelligence give elephants a winning edge?
With great technology, collaboration and a commitment to stop the Ivory trade that leads to most elephant deaths, there's a real chance to save these singular creatures.

TechCrunch
Nov 20, 2020

If you didn't make $1B this week, you are not doing VC right
The only thing more rare than a unicorn is an exited unicorn. At TechCrunch, we cover a lot of startup financings, but we rarely get the opportunity to cover exits. This week was an exception though, as it was exitpalooza as Affirm, Roblox, Airbnb, and Wish all filed to go public. With DoorDash's IPO filing […]

TechCrunch
Nov 20, 2020

Why is GoCardless COO Carlos Gonzalez-Cadenas pivoting to become a full-time VC?
Index Ventures, a London- and San Francisco-headquartered venture capital firm that primarily invests in Europe and the U.S., recently announced its latest partner. Carlos Gonzalez-Cadenas, currently COO of London-based fintech GoCardless and previously the chief product officer of Skyscanner, will join Index in January. Gonzalez-Cadenas is a seasoned entrepreneur and operator, but has also become […]

TechCrunch
Nov 20, 2020

Onit acquires legal startup McCarthyFinch to inject AI into legal workflows
Onit, a workflow software company based in Houston with a legal component, announced this week that it has acquired 2018 TechCrunch Disrupt Battlefield alum McCarthyFinch.  Onit intends to use the startup's AI skills to beef up its legal workflow software offerings. The companies did not share the purchase price. After evaluating a number of companies […]

TechCrunch
Nov 20, 2020

LA-based Credit Key raises $33 million for its business-to-business payments platform
Bringing the buy-now pay-later model that transformed companies like Klarna and Affirm into billion dollar businesses to small businesses across the U.S. has netted the payment and lending company Credit Key another $33.85 million in funding. The Los Angeles-based company raised its latest cash from Greycroft, Bonfire Ventures, Loeb.nyc and other, undisclosed, investors, the company […]

TechCrunch
Nov 20, 2020

AllRight , an English learning app for children, raises $5M to scale-up from Genesis Investments
AllRight is a platform for English language learning, aimed at children four years or older, which combines lessons with real teachers and homework with ‘AI-powered' tutors. It's now raised a $5 million Series A round led by Genesis Investments, with participation from TMT Investments, TerraVC, and existing investors Flashpoint and Misha Lyalin. The Ukraine-based startup […]

TechCrunch
Nov 20, 2020

AllRight, an English language learning app for children, raises $5M from Genesis Investments
AllRight is a platform for English language learning, aimed at children four years or older, which combines lessons with real teachers and homework with "AI-powered" tutors. It's now raised a $5 million Series A round led by Genesis Investments, with participation from TMT Investments, TerraVC and existing investors Flashpoint and Misha Lyalin. The Ukraine-based startup […]

TechCrunch
Nov 20, 2020

Wish files to go public with 100M monthly actives, $1.75B in 2020 revenue thus far
This morning Wish, a well-known mobile ecommerce startup, filed to go public. It joins Affirm, Airbnb, and Roblox in filing this week as many well-known and valuable private companies look to debut before the year ends and the holidays start. Wish's S-1 (which is filed under its corporate name ContextLogic) is of particular interest given […]

TechCrunch
Nov 20, 2020

OneWeb emerges from bankruptcy, aims to begin launching satellites again on December 17
Broadband communication satellite company OneWeb has emerged from its Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection status, the company announced today. It's now also officially owned by a consortium consisting of the UK government and India's Bharti Global, and Neil Masterson is now installed as CEO, replacing outgoing chief executive Adrian Steckel, who will remain as a Board […]

TechCrunch
Nov 20, 2020

Neatsy wants to reduce sneaker returns with 3D foot scans
U.S.-based startup Neatsy AI is using the iPhone's depth-sensing FaceID selfie camera as a foot scanner to capture 3D models for predicting a comfortable sneaker fit. Its app, currently soft launched for iOS but due to launch officially next month, asks the user a few basic questions about sneaker fit preference before walking through a […]

TechCrunch
Nov 20, 2020

Reddit appoints second Black board member this year
Reddit has appointed Paula Price, who has served on the board of six public companies, including Accenture and Deutsche Bank, to its board of directors. Price's appointment makes her one of two Black directors on the company's board. "Paula's vast experience as a world-class financial leader and strategic advisor will be a tremendous asset to […]

TechCrunch
Nov 20, 2020

Pfizer and BioNTech to submit request for emergency use approval of their COVID-19 vaccine today
Two of the companies behind one of the leading COVID-19 vaccine candidates will seek approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for emergency use authorization (EUA) of their preventative treatment with an application to be delivered today. Pfizer and BioNTech, who revealed earlier this week that their vaccine was 95% effective based on Phase […]

TechCrunch
Nov 20, 2020

India approves Reliance's $3.4 billion deal with Future Group, brings new headache to Amazon
The Indian watchdog said on Friday it has approved the $3.4 billion deal between the nation's two largest retail giants, Future Group and Reliance Retail, posing a new headache for American e-commerce group Amazon, which had raised objections over the deal. The Competition Commission of India (CCI), the Indian antitrust body, said in a brief […]

TechCrunch
Nov 20, 2020

Charge's City is an e-bike for everyone
Charge Bikes founder Nick Larsen and VP of product Peter Vallance wanted to reduce the pain points of buying and owning an electric bike to attract everyday folks and cycling enthusiasts alike. The company offers three models: the Comfort for weekend leisure rides, the City for commuters and the XC for off-road enthusiasts. I got […]

TechCrunch
Nov 20, 2020

How four European cities are embracing micromobility to drive out cars
The coronavirus pandemic is acting as a catalyst for urban transformation across Europe as city authorities grapple with how to manage urban mobility without risking citizens' health or inviting gridlock by letting cars flood in. Micromobility and local commerce are being seen as both short and long-term solutions for urban revival in a number of […]

TechCrunch
Nov 20, 2020

How China's Realme sold 50 million phones in just over 2 years
Starting a new phone brand in 2018 might seem too late in an already crowded market, but Sky Li was convinced that consumers between 18-25 years old were largely under-served — they needed something that was both affordable and cool. A few months after Li founded Realme in May that year, the smartphone company organized […]

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