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Oct 17, 2019

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

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Oct 17, 2019

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

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Oct 17, 2019

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

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Oct 17, 2019

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

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Oct 17, 2019

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

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Oct 17, 2019

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

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Oct 17, 2019

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

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Oct 17, 2019

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

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Oct 17, 2019

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

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Oct 17, 2019

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

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Oct 17, 2019

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

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Oct 17, 2019

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

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Oct 17, 2019

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

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Oct 17, 2019

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

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Oct 17, 2019

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

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Oct 17, 2019

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

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Oct 17, 2019

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

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Oct 16, 2019

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

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Oct 16, 2019

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

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Oct 16, 2019

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

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Oct 16, 2019

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

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Oct 16, 2019

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

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Oct 16, 2019

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

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Oct 16, 2019

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

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Oct 16, 2019

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

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Oct 16, 2019

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

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Oct 16, 2019

Inside the shutdown of the ‘world's largest' child sex abuse website
This morning, the Justice Department announced that it had brought charges against the administrator and hundreds of users of the "world's largest" child sexual exploitation marketplace on the dark web. For me, it marked the end of a story I've wanted to write for two years. In November 2017, I was working for CBS as […]

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Oct 16, 2019

Tivo's CEO explains how the company ‘fully embraces' streaming
Does TiVo has a future beyond the DVR? Dave Shull certainly hopes so. The former Weather Channel CEO joined the company as president and CEO back in May, and when I spoke to him last month, he insisted that he's excited and optimistic about the company's prospects. In fact, he said the DVR business "is […]

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Oct 16, 2019

Netflix Q3 earnings exceed estimates, despite disappointing US subscriber growth
Netflix's Q3 financial report has given the company's stock a boost in after-hours trading, with profits significantly exceeding analyst expectations. The streaming giant reported revenue of $5.24 billion revenue, up 31% year-over-year and more-or-less in line with predictions of $5.25 billion. More impressively, it reported GAAP earnings of $1.47 per share, compared to analyst estimates […]

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Oct 16, 2019

The comic book ‘Bone' is getting an animated Netflix series
Bone, one of the finest comics to ever hit the shelves, is getting a Netflix series. Word of the project comes from Netflix's official "See What's Next" account: Jeff Smith's award-winning comic book series "Bone" is being adapted into an animated kids series pic.twitter.com/ioT98OPm1O — See What's Next (@seewhatsnext) October 16, 2019 Sadly, just about […]

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Oct 16, 2019

Every angle of Volvo's first electric vehicle, the XC40 Recharge
Volvo Cars introduced Wednesday the XC40 Recharge, an all-electric vehicle that CTO Henrik Green described as "a car of firsts and a car of the future." The XC40 Recharge is hardly the first electric vehicle on the market. But for Volvo, the XC40 is a "car of firsts." This is the company's first all-electric vehicle. […]

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Oct 16, 2019

Shonda Rhimes signs podcast deal iHeartMedia
Shondaland, the production company founded by "Scandal" and "Grey's Anatomy" creator Shonda Rhimes, has signed a deal to create a new slate of podcasts for iHeartRadio over the next three years. As part of the deal, Shondaland is launching a new division called Shondaland Audio, with executive Sandie Bailey in charge of day-to-day operations. Rhimes […]

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Oct 16, 2019

Shonda Rhimes signs podcast deal with iHeartMedia
Shondaland, the production company founded by "Scandal" and "Grey's Anatomy" creator Shonda Rhimes, has signed a deal to create a new slate of podcasts for iHeartRadio over the next three years. As part of the deal, Shondaland is launching a new division called Shondaland Audio, with executive Sandie Bailey in charge of day-to-day operations. Rhimes […]

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Oct 16, 2019

Volvo to roll out a new electric vehicle every year through 2025
Volvo Cars used the unveiling of the XC40 Recharge, its first electric vehicle, to lay out an ambitious business strategy that includes introducing out a new EV every year through 2025 and slashing the carbon footprint of the lifecycle of every car and SUV it builds by 40%. All of the changes are aimed at […]

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Oct 16, 2019

YouTube partners with Merchbar to sell music artists' swag underneath videos
YouTube is partnering with Merchbar on a new integration that will allow artists to sell their official merchandise to their worldwide fans from a shelf just below the video.  The addition is the latest deal focused on helping video creators make more money from their videos, beyond the revenue brought in through advertisements and subscriptions. […]

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Oct 16, 2019

The FCC has reportedly approved the T-Mobile-Sprint merger
Today, the Federal Communications Commission formally approved the merger of Sprint and T-Mobile in a 3-2 vote falling along party lines, The Verge reports. We've reached out to the FCC for comment. In April, T-Mobile and Sprint announced the proposed $26 billion deal, which unsurprisingly garnered a lot of questions around anticompetitiveness pretty much immediately. […]

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Oct 16, 2019

Volvo unveils its first electric car, the XC40 Recharge
Volvo Cars introduced Wednesday the XC40 Recharge, its first electric car under a new EV-focused brand that kicks off a company-wide shift toward electrification. "It's a car of firsts and it's a car of the future," CTO Henrik Green said. The Volvo XC40 Recharge is the first electric vehicle in the automaker's portfolio. It's also […]

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Oct 16, 2019

&Open helps businesses distribute gifts to reward customer loyalty
&Open is a startup with an unusual name, and one that fills an unusual niche in the business world. It has built a gift giving platform, so that businesses can reward loyalty with a small token of appreciation. The gift depends on the business and the circumstances, but it could be something like a book […]

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Oct 16, 2019

a16z's Andrew Chen on the opportunities today for consumer tech startups
What's happening in consumer tech? At TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco last week, Extra Crunch managing editor Eric Eldon sat down with Andrew Chen, a general partner at Andreessen Horowitz. Andrew focuses on consumer tech, with investments in companies like Barkbox, Boba Guys, Tinder, Substack and more. They talked about everything from design trends, to marketing, […]

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Oct 16, 2019

In the Accelerator over the Sea
In our oceans the scale of disasters is measured in millions, billions, and trillions, while solutions amount to single digits: individuals or institutions working to impact a chosen issue with approaches often both brilliant and quixotic. Putting such individuals in close contact with both whales and billionaires is the strange alchemy being attempted by the Sustainable Ocean Alliance's Accelerator at Sea.

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Oct 16, 2019

Hulu ramps up its personalization efforts, starting with launch of Like / Dislike buttons
Hulu says it's working on several product changes to make its service more personalized to viewers. It recently launched an enhanced recommendation engine that now accounts for not just what you watch, but also when. And today, it's introducing the first of what will be many more personalization-focused improvements, with the addition of Like and […]

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Oct 16, 2019

Daily Crunch: LinkedIn now supports real-world events
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. LinkedIn gets physical, debuts Events hub for people to plan in-person networking events LinkedIn is bringing its professional networking features into […]

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Oct 16, 2019

This brilliant app waits on hold for you
DoNotPay helps you get out of parking tickets, cancel forgotten subscriptions, and now it can call you when it's your turn in a customer service phone queue. The app today is launching "Skip Waiting On Hold". Just type in the company you need to talk to, and DoNotPay calls for you using tricks to get […]

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Oct 16, 2019

Uber integrates electric moped service Cityscoot in Paris
Uber wants to become a super app by providing multiple services in a single app. That's why the company is announcing an integration with French startup Cityscoot. Cityscoot is a free-floating electric scooter service (moped scooters). Just like other free-floating mobility services, you can open an app, locate the nearest vehicle around you, unlock it […]

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Oct 16, 2019

Autify raises $2.5M seed round for its no-code software testing platform
Autify, a platform that makes testing web application as easy as clicking a few buttons, has raised a $2.5 million seed round from Global Brain, Salesforce Ventures, Archetype Ventures and several angels. The company, which recently graduated from the Alchemist accelerator program for enterprise startups, splits its base between the U.S., where it keeps an […]

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Oct 16, 2019

Microsoft launches new open-source projects around Kubernetes and microservices
Microsoft today announced two new open-source projects: Dapr, a portable, event-driven runtime that takes some of the complexity out of building microservices, and the Open Application Model (OAM), a specification that allows developers to define the resources their applications need to run on Kubernetes clusters and which Microsoft developed in cooperation with Alibaba Cloud. As […]

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Oct 16, 2019

Foursquare CEO calls on Congress to regulate the location data industry
The chief executive of Foursquare, one of the largest location data platforms on the internet, is calling on lawmakers to pass legislation to better regulate the wider location data industry amid abuses and misuses of consumers' personal data. It comes in the aftermath of the recent location sharing scandal, which revealed how bounty hunters were […]

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Oct 16, 2019

The Analogue Pocket might be the perfect portable video game system
Very few modern tech companies have executed on their mission as consistently, and at such a high level of quality as Analogue. Analogue's obsessively engineered modern consoles for old-school physical cartridge video games are museum-quality hardware design, housing specially tuned processors that offer pitch- and pixel-perfect play of all NES, Sega Genesis, SNES and other […]

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Oct 16, 2019

Instagram will give you more control over your third-party apps…in about six months
Instagram is slowly rolling out a new feature that will help better protect your personal data from being accessed by your long discarded, third-party applications — that is, any app you had once authorized to access your Instagram profile over the years. This may include websites you used for printing your Instagram photos, various dating apps, […]

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Oct 16, 2019

Former Dropbox CTO Quentin Clark just joined General Catalyst as a managing director
Quentin Clark resigned a couple of weeks ago as the CTO of Dropbox at the same time that the storage company announced two other execs — Bharat Mediratta and Tim Young — were joining its leadership team in Clark's stead. Now we know where Clark was headed — into the world of venture capital and, […]

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Oct 16, 2019

UK quietly ditches porn age checks in favor of wider online harms rules
A controversial UK government scheme to introduce mandatary age checks for accessing online pornography has been dropped — for now. Introduction of the measure, which was intended to protect children from accessing inappropriate content online, had already been delayed by several months this year, most recently after a bureaucratic oversight. The technical and regulatory challenges […]

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Oct 16, 2019

These are the Under Armour-designed suits for Virgin Galactic's space tourists
A day after NASA debuted the space suits set to be worn by the first woman on the moon, Virgin Galactic showed of its own gear at an event in New York. Created in collaboration with fitness wear company, Under Armour, the gear is designed for wear by Virgin's private astronauts. The getup includes a […]

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Oct 16, 2019

Justice Dept. says it's taken down ‘world's largest' child exploitation sites on the dark web
The Justice Department says it's dismantled one of the largest child exploitation sites on the dark web. With the help of international partners in the U.K. and South Korea, U.S. prosecutors have brought charges against a South Korean citizen, Jong Woo Son, for conspiracy to advertise, product, and distribute child abuse imagery. Son was charged […]

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Oct 16, 2019

Canva, now valued at $3.2 billion, launches an enterprise product
Canva, the Australian-based design tool maker, has today announced that it has raised an additional $10 million to bring its valuation to $3.2 billion, up from $2.5 billion in May. Investors in the company include Mary Meeker's Bond, General Catalyst, Bessemer Venture Partners, Blackbird and Sequoia China. Alongside the new funding and valuation, Canva is […]

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Oct 16, 2019

RealTime Robotics scores $11.7M Series A to help robots avoid collisions
One of the major challenges facing engineers as they develop more agile robots is helping them move through space while avoiding collisions, especially in a dynamic environment. RealTime Robotics, a Boston-based startup announced an $11.7 million Series A investment to help solve this problem. SPARX Asset Management led the round with participation from some strategic […]

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Oct 16, 2019

NASA extends contact with Boeing for SLS rocket, paving the way for up to 10 Artemis missions
NASA has a new contract extension in place with Boeing, which will cover rocket stages for its Space Launch System (SLS) beyond Artemis I and Artemis II, the missions covered under the current contract it holds with the aerospace company. The new contract includes production of the core stage of the rocket for Artemis III, […]

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Oct 16, 2019

NASA extends contract with Boeing for SLS rocket, paving the way for up to 10 Artemis missions
NASA has a new contract extension in place with Boeing, which will cover rocket stages for its Space Launch System (SLS) beyond Artemis I and Artemis II, the missions covered under the current contract it holds with the aerospace company. The new contract includes production of the core stage of the rocket for Artemis III, […]

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Oct 16, 2019

Live Caption, Google's automatic captioning technology, is now available on Pixel 4
Live Caption, Google's automatic captioning system first introduced at its I/O developer conference this May, is now officially available, alongside the launch of the new Pixel 4. But unlike some of the other technologies highlighted at the company's Pixel hardware event yesterday, Live Caption won't be limited to Google's new smartphone alone. After the initial […]

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Oct 16, 2019

Arianna Huffington's Thrive Global is buying a startup that uses neuroscience to boost app usage
When Arianna Huffington stepped down from her role at the Huffington Post to start Thrive Global, she said the goal of her new business was to help a generation "avoid the burnout that all too often comes with success today." In practice, that has meant creating a business that sells mindfulness and general health and […]

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Oct 16, 2019

Evervault raises $3.2M from Sequoia, Kleiner for an API to build apps with privacy baked in
Data privacy for apps is typically part of the purview of compliance teams — a model that isn't always perfect, judging by the number of breaches and the extensive regulation that's been (and still being) put in place to force companies and organizations to behave better. Now, in an effort to improve how apps manage […]

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Oct 16, 2019

Europe issues interim antitrust order against Broadcom as probe continues
Europe has ordered chipmaker Broadcom to stop applying exclusivity clauses in agreements with six of its major customers — imposing so called ‘interim measures' based on preliminary findings from an ongoing antitrust investigation. The move follows a formal statement of objections issued by the Competition Commission in June. At the time the regulator said it would […]

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Oct 16, 2019

All Raise expands to new geos, launches ‘VC Cohorts'
All Raise has established new chapters in Los Angeles and Boston.

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Oct 16, 2019

Autonomous ‘Mayflower' research ship will use IBM AI tech to cross the Atlantic in 2020
A fully autonomous ship called the ‘Mayflower' will make its voyage across the Atlantic Ocean next September, to mark the 400-year anniversary of the trip of the first Mayflower, which was very much not autonomous. It's a stark way to dive home just how much technology has advanced in the last four centuries, but also […]

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Oct 16, 2019

Amazon Pay users in India can now pay their utility, mobile and cable bills with Alexa
Amazon Pay users in India can now use voice command with Alexa to pay their utility, internet, mobile, and satellite cable TV bills, the e-commerce giant said on Wednesday. This is the first time, the company said, it is pairing these functionalities with Amazon Pay in any market. The e-commerce giant, which competes with Walmart's […]

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Oct 16, 2019

Founders, get advice from top experts at Disrupt Berlin this Dec. 11-12
What are the best strategies today for raising your startup's first funding round, finding users and building your team? How can you best handle major new challenges like Brexit and global trade wars? These are the some of the key questions we will be answering this year at TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin, as part of a […]

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Oct 16, 2019

Only 3 days left: Apply to TC Top Picks @ Disrupt Berlin 2019
Deadline countdowns are relentless, and the application window to our TC Top Picks program is rapidly shrinking. The countdown ends and the window slams shut in just three days on 18 October at 12 p.m. (PT). If you want a shot at winning a free Startup Alley Exhibitor Package at Disrupt Berlin 2019, then take […]

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Oct 16, 2019

Booqed, a Hong Kong-based platform for on-demand work spaces, raises $1.675 million in seed funding
Booqed, a Hong Kong-based platform for booking short-term work spaces, announced today that it has raised $1.675 million in seed funding. Participants included Colliers International, the commercial real-estate management company, Techstars and Lazard Korea. The company participated in Proptech Accelerator, the Toronto-based accelerator program for property and real estate startups run by Colliers and Techstars, […]

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Oct 16, 2019

Healx raises $56M Series B to use AI to find treatments for rare diseases
Healx, a Cambridge, U.K.-based startup using AI to help discover new treatments for rare diseases, has raised $56 million in Series B funding. Leading the round is London-base VC firm Atomico, with participation by Intel Capital, Global Brain and btov Partners. All previous investors, including Balderton Capital, Amadeus Capital Partners, and Jonathan Milner have also […]

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Oct 16, 2019

Databricks brings its Delta Lake project to the Linux Foundation
Databricks, the big data analytics service founded by the original developers of Apache Spark, today announced that it is bringing its Delta Lake open-source project for building data lakes to the Linux Foundation and under an open governance model. The company announced the launch of Delta Lake earlier this year and even though it's still […]

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Oct 15, 2019

Brazilian unicorn Ebanx will hit $2 billion in payments processed by the end of the year
Ebanx, the newly minted Brazilian financial services unicorn, expects to process $2 billion in payments by the end of the year and is looking to expand its offerings into domestic payments as it grows. Since its launch in 2012, Ebanx has primarily focused on helping international merchants sell locally in Brazil. The Brazilian business accounts […]

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Oct 15, 2019

Google Nest Mini hands-on
Two years after the release of the Home Mini, Google's back with the sequel. Well, "sequel" might be a bit strong. The Nest Mini is more like one of those 1.5 movies they release on home video with a little extra footage than the theatrical release. That's not a compliant, exactly. The truth is there […]

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Oct 15, 2019

SpaceX files paperwork to launch up to 30,000 more Starlink global internet satellites
SpaceX has filed documents with the International Telecommunication Union, which governs international use of global bandwidth, to launch up to 30,000 more satellites for its Starlink global broadband constellation, SpaceNews reports. That's on top of the 12,000 it already has permission to launch. Why so many? SpaceX says that it's about ensuring its network can […]

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Oct 15, 2019

LinkedIn gets physical, debuts Events hub for people to plan in-person networking events
LinkedIn, the Microsoft-owned social network for the working world with around 650 million users, is known best as a place where people connect with each other online either to build work connections, for recruitment, or for professional development. Now, the company is taking a step to bring its networking features into the physical world: the […]

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Oct 15, 2019

The Station: A new self-driving car startup, Inside Tesla's V10 software, Lilium's big round
If you haven't heard, TechCrunch has officially launched a weekly newsletter dedicated to all the ways people and goods move from Point A to Point B — today and in the future — whether it's by bike, bus, scooter, car, train, truck, flying car, robotaxi or rocket. Heck, maybe even via hyperloop. Earlier this year, […]

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Oct 15, 2019

Flowhub raises $23 million for its retail management software for cannabis dispensaries
As cannabis dispensaries flourish across the country alongside the push to legalize medicinal and recreational marijuana use, demand for tools to manage the specificities of the weed retail business continues to increase. Looking to address that need, Flowhub, a cannabis retail management software vendor, has raised $23 million from a consortium of investors including e.ventures, […]

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Oct 15, 2019

Twitter says it will restrict users from retweeting world leaders who break its rules
Twitter said it will restrict how users can interact with tweets from world leaders who break its rules. The social media giant said it will not allow users to like, reply, share or retweet the offending tweets, but instead will let users to quote-tweet to allow ordinary users to express their opinions. The company said […]

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Oct 15, 2019

David Sacks's Craft Ventures just closed its second fund with $500 million
Craft Ventures, the venture firm launched in 2017 by serial entrepreneur David Sacks, has closed its second fund with $500 million in capital commitments, an amount the firm was said to begin targeting roughly a year ago. Craft's debut fund had closed with $350 million. The outfit — which Sacks runs with other serial entrepreneurs […]

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Oct 15, 2019

With Alibaba, Pivotal and Lightbend on board, Reactive flexes its ROI muscle in the microservices world
The Linux Foundation recently announced the launch of the Reactive Foundation. Its founding members are Alibaba, Lightbend, Pivotal and Netifi. So what exactly is this?

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Oct 15, 2019

AMC Theatres launches its own on-demand streaming service
AMC Theatres announced a new service today called AMC Theatres On Demand — a marketplace where members of AMC's Stubs loyalty program can buy or rent individual movies to watch at home. The launch of an iTunes-style, à la carte movie marketplace seems almost quaint at a time when all the major media companies seem […]

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Oct 15, 2019

Will unreliable research bury your healthcare startup?
For healthtech founders and funders, scientific claims and conclusions are more than policy — business models depend upon the lucid appraisal of clinical problems, evaluating inadequacies in current standards of care, a clear understanding of disease pathways, and designing superior interventions.  At each step along this value chain, founders stand on the shoulders of the […]

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Oct 15, 2019

Hands-on with the new Pixel 4
After the onstage presentation at Made by Google 2019, we got our hands on a Pixel 4. In this video, you can watch us do a quick run-through of the major new features — like Motion Sense, which provides gesture controls that don't require you to touch your phone, and improved Night Sight, which allows […]

TechCrunch
Oct 15, 2019

Product lessons from building our subscription service Extra Crunch
Subscription has been all the rage in media circles as the industry searches for new, sustainable business models. We've seen companies from infrastructure plays like Substack and Pico to brand verticals like Holloway and The Athletic receive venture funding, all with the goal of changing the economics of news, information and entertainment. Every day, I […]

TechCrunch
Oct 15, 2019

ZeroDown, valued at $150M, plans to take on Zillow
ZeroDown launches a home search engine.

TechCrunch
Oct 15, 2019

NASA's new Artemis spacesuits make it easier for astronauts of all sizes to move on the Moon
NASA revealed new spacesuits, specifically created for the Artemis generation of missions, which aim to get the first American woman and the next American man to the surface of the Moon by 2024. The new design's toppling feature is greater mobility and flexibility, in basically every respect. NASA unveiled both a full suit designed for […]

TechCrunch
Oct 15, 2019

Walmart launches in-home grocery delivery in three cities: Kansas City, Pittsburgh & Vero Beach
Walmart will bring your groceries to you and put them away in the fridge, with the launch of its new service, InHome. The retailer is today debuting its new in-home grocery delivery service in three cities: Kansas City, (Missouri and Kansas); Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and Vero Beach, Florida. Customers in these markets can subscribe to InHome […]

TechCrunch
Oct 15, 2019

Up close with Google's budget Chromebook, the Pixelbook Go
The Chromebook has been a marked hit for Google — well, for Google's hardware partners, at least. Low cost devices have flooded the market, with a stranglehold on the educational category in particular. Google's own first party offerings, on the other hand, have been a bit more curious. Devices like the Pixelbook and Pixel Slate […]

TechCrunch
Oct 15, 2019

Thirty-one women who "run the world" — and what can be learned from them
Today, a new book called "Girls Who Run the World" hits real and virtual bookshelves, and for anyone with a middle-school aged kid or looking to inspire a high-schooler, it might be worth checking out. Featuring 31 women who are the CEOs of companies that they have created themselves — think Spanx, Glossier, Caribou Sciences, […]

TechCrunch
Oct 15, 2019

Thirty-one women who ‘run the world' and what can be learned from them
Today, a new book called "Girls Who Run the World" hits real and virtual bookshelves, and for anyone with a middle-school aged kid or looking to inspire a high-schooler, it might be worth checking out. Featuring 31 women who are the CEOs of companies that they have created themselves — think Spanx, Glossier, Caribou Sciences, […]

TechCrunch
Oct 15, 2019

How Lockheed Martin Ventures manages its early-stage $200M fund
In niche markets like aerospace, where the traditional VC model might not yield an abundance of available funding, corporate venture funds can offer entrepreneurs an interesting alternative. Unlike traditional VCs, firms like Lockheed Martin Ventures are in constant contact with internal business units about challenges they need solved, or improvements they're seeking that cannot be […]

TechCrunch
Oct 15, 2019

Kabuto is building smart suitcases for geeks
French company Kabuto is launching a Kickstarter campaign today for the second generation of its smart carry-on suitcase. The company was previously known as Xtend. If you think about smart suitcases, chances are you picture a suitcase with a battery pack in it and that's it. In other words, they are not that smart. Kabuto […]

TechCrunch
Oct 15, 2019

TikTok taps corporate law firm K&L Gates to advise on its U.S. content moderation policies
As TikTok continues its rapid U.S. growth, the company is being challenged to better explain its content moderation choices. Why, for example, is the short-form video app censoring the Hong Kong protests but not U.S. political content? Why is it banning political ads, but supports hashtags like #trump2020 and #maga, each with millions, or even […]

TechCrunch
Oct 15, 2019

TikTok taps corporate law firm K&L Gates to advise on its US content moderation policies
As TikTok continues its rapid U.S. growth, the company is being challenged to better explain its content moderation choices. Why, for example, is the short-form video app censoring the Hong Kong protests but not U.S. political content? Why is it banning political ads, but supports hashtags like #trump2020 and #maga, each with millions, or even […]

TechCrunch
Oct 15, 2019

Up close with Google's new Pixel 4
This is the Pixel 4, the handset that literally everyone saw coming. Even by Google's standards, the handset leaked like crazy. Some was almost certainly by design as the company looked to hype up its new flagship amid slowing smartphone sales. That said, showing up for preorder on two different sites in the past few […]

TechCrunch
Oct 15, 2019

Watch OpenAI's ‘human-like' robot solve a Rubik's Cube one-handed
There's always been something so annoying about people who found the need to stack additional challenges onto solving a Rubik's Cube quickly, whether it was doing it blind-folded or while juggling or one-handed. While it might have just been a challenge for them, it also seemed like a need to show off. OpenAI is clearly […]

TechCrunch
Oct 15, 2019

Uber, Lime and Spin scooters are now legal in SF
Uber, Lime and Spin have officially deployed their electric scooters on the streets of San Francisco as part of the city's permitting program. Last month, the city announced Uber's JUMP, Lime, Ford's Spin and Scoot were granted permits to operate the shared electric scooter services. Scoot, however, has operated in the city since last year. […]

TechCrunch
Oct 15, 2019

Spearhead will give $1M to 15 founders to invest freely
Applications to Spearhead's third cohort open this week.

TechCrunch
Oct 15, 2019

Entrepreneur First, the ‘talent investor', pulls out of Hong Kong
Entrepreneur First (EF), the Greylock-backed "talent investor" that recruits and backs individuals pre-team and pre-idea to enable them to found startups, is pulling out of Hong Kong, TechCrunch has learned. According to sources, the London HQ'd company builder has told provisional candidates for its 2020 Hong Kong cohort that they should instead apply to one […]

TechCrunch
Oct 15, 2019

Entrepreneur First, the ‘talent investor,' pulls out of Hong Kong
Entrepreneur First (EF), the Greylock-backed "talent investor" that recruits and backs individuals pre-team and pre-idea to enable them to found startups, is pulling out of Hong Kong, TechCrunch has learned. According to sources, the London-HQ'd company builder has told provisional candidates for its 2020 Hong Kong cohort that they should instead apply to one of […]

TechCrunch
Oct 15, 2019

Annie Leibovitz used the Pixel 4 to shoot a new collection of photos
Google ended today's hardware event by going deep on the photo technology in its new Pixel 4, and brought out someone who's actually been using the camera — legendary photographer Annie Leibovitz. The company announced that it's working with Leibovitz back in October 2018. Today, she spoke about the experience of working with the Pixel 3 […]

TechCrunch
Oct 15, 2019

Google aims to change the definition of good photography with Pixel 4's software-defined camera
Google's new Pixel 4 camera offers a ton of new tricks to improve its photographic chops, and to emphasize the point, it had Professor Mark Levoy, who leads camera technology development at Google Research, up on stage to talk about the Pixel 4's many improvements, including its new telephoto lens, updated Super Res Zoom technology […]

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