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Aug 23, 2019

Waxed canvas messengers from Trakke, Waterfield, and Mission Workshop are spacious and rugged
It's nearing the end of Bag Week 2019, where we highlight the best receptacles for the tech we cover daily, and we've got a few more winners for you. Earlier this week I collected a few excellent waxed canvas laptop bags together, a sequel to last year's round-up, but these messenger style bags stood out. So I've collected them here separately.

TechCrunch
Aug 23, 2019

Netflix tests human-driven curation with launch of ‘Collections'
Netflix is testing a new way to help users find TV shows and movies they'll want to watch with the launch of a "Collections" feature, currently in testing on iOS devices. While Netflix today already offers thematic suggestions of things to watch, based on your Netflix viewing history, Collections aren't only based on themes. According […]

TechCrunch
Aug 23, 2019

Backup service IDrive launches a face recognition API for developers
I did a bit of a double take when I first saw this announcement. IDrive, an online cloud storage and backup service, is launching a face recognition API today that goes up against the likes of AWS Rekognition and others. That seems like a bit of an odd move for a backup company, but it […]

TechCrunch
Aug 23, 2019

Daily Crunch: Overstock CEO resigns
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. Overstock CEO resigns after ‘deep state' comments This comes after CEO Patrick Byrne released a statement declaring that he cooperated with […]

TechCrunch
Aug 23, 2019

Watch a Waymo self-driving car test its sensors in a haboob
Waymo, the self-driving car company under Alphabet, has been testing in the suburbs of Phoenix for several years now. And while the sunny metropolis might seem like the ideal and easiest location to test autonomous vehicle technology, there are times when the desert becomes a dangerous place for any driver — human or computer. The […]

TechCrunch
Aug 23, 2019

Is Knotel poised to turn WeWork from a Unicorn into an Icarus?
The day of reckoning for the ‘flexible office space as a startup' is coming, and it's coming up fast. WeWork's IPO filing has fired the starting gun on the race to become the game-changer both in the future of property and real estate but also the future of how we live and work. As Churchill […]

TechCrunch
Aug 23, 2019

FAA threatens $25,000 fine for weaponizing drones
It's perfectly natural for a red-blooded American to, once they have procured their first real drone, experiment with attaching a flame thrower to it. But it turns out that this harmless hobby is frowned upon by the biggest buzzkills in the world… the feds. Yes, the FAA has gone and published a notice that drones […]

TechCrunch
Aug 23, 2019

The Pad & Quill Gladstone Briefcase offers plenty of storage in a beautiful design
Pad & Quill makes some of the most handsome leather goods for the modern world, and its Gladstone Leather Briefcase is no different. This bag harkens back to the day of gentlemen with newspapers tucked under their arms and an Ascot on their head. This bag has an air of permanence and longevity and yet […]

TechCrunch
Aug 23, 2019

UK's health data guardian sets a firm line for app development using patient data
The UK's health data watchdog, the National Data Guardian (NDG), has published correspondence between her office and the national privacy watchdog which informed the ICO's finding in 2017 that a data-sharing arrangement between an NHS Trust and Google-owned DeepMind broke the law. The exchange was published following a Freedom of Information request by TechCrunch. In […]

TechCrunch
Aug 23, 2019

Samsung's Note 10 is available today, starting at $949
Samsung's settled into a nice little twice-yearly schedule for releasing flagships. That's allowed the company double the opportunity to introduce some nice upgrades to their high-end Android handsets. Nearly six months after the release of the S10, the company just dropped the new Note line. Here's a whole bunch of words I wrote about the […]

TechCrunch
Aug 23, 2019

India exempts startups from long-standing ‘angel tax'
India today addressed a long-standing challenge that has been affecting the country's booming startup ecosystem. As part of a raft of measures to boost overall economic growth from a five-year low, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said New Delhi is exempting startups from Section 56(2) — a provision more popularly known as an "angel tax" in the local […]

TechCrunch
Aug 23, 2019

The 2020 Chevy Bolt EV now has a 259-mile range thanks to some cell chemistry tinkering
The 2020 Chevy Bolt EV now has 259 miles of range, a 9% increase from previous year models of the electric hatchback, according to the EPA. To get there, the company focused on cell chemistry, not the battery pack. The GM brand did not add more battery cells or change the battery pack or the way […]

TechCrunch
Aug 23, 2019

Verified Expert Growth Marketing Agency: Torch
CEO Jeremy OBriant never intended to create Torch, an agile growth marketing agency based in San Francisco. He started his career as a CPA, but after leading a growth team at Sidecar and running growth projects on his own, forming Torch was the most obvious thing to do. He now leads a team that implements […]

TechCrunch
Aug 23, 2019

Facebook really doesn't want you to read these emails
Oh hey y'all, it's Friday! It's August! Which means it's a great day for Facebook to drop a little news it would prefer you don't notice. News that you won't find a link to on the homepage of Facebook's Newsroom — which is replete with colorfully illustrated items it does want you to read (like […]

TechCrunch
Aug 23, 2019

Nonprofits and NGOs: Exhibit at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2019
Nonprofit groups and NGOs are now invited to apply for exhibit space in Startup Alley at TechCrunch Disrupt SF on Friday, October 4th. Founded in 2014, TechCrunch Include leverages our extensive network to support underserved and underrepresented groups in tech. Two years ago, we began to invite nonprofit and NGO groups to exhibit at the conference, […]

TechCrunch
Aug 23, 2019

Japan's ispace now aims for a lunar landing in 2021, and a Moon rover deployment in 2023
One of the private companies aiming to deliver a commercial lunar lander to the Moon has adjusted the timing for its planned mission, which isn't all that surprising given the enormity of the task. Japanese startup ispace is now targeting 2021 for their first lunar landing, and 2023 for a second lunar mission that will […]

TechCrunch
Aug 23, 2019

Target's same-day pickup and delivery services growing at double the rate of 2018
Target's investment in same-day pickup and delivery options is paying off. The company, which today offers same-day in-store pickup, drive-up, and same-day delivery through its acquisition of Shipt, said this week that these services combined have more than doubled their sales in the last year. In addition, they accounted for more than a third of […]

TechCrunch
Aug 23, 2019

Sphero has acquired LittleBits
Sphero and Little Bits have long been kindred spirits in the world of entertaining STEM toys, and soon they'll be one and the same. Sphero this morning announced plans to buy the New York-based electronic building block company. Founded in 2010 and 2011 respectively, Sphero (nee Orbotix) and Little Bits took separate approaches, but ultimately […]

TechCrunch
Aug 23, 2019

The myth of "stage agnostic" investing
Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch's venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines.

TechCrunch
Aug 23, 2019

The myth of ‘stage agnostic' investing
Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch's venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines.

TechCrunch
Aug 23, 2019

Ping Identity files for $100M IPO
Some eight months after it was reported that Ping Identity's owners Vista Equity had hired bankers to explore a public listing, today Ping Identity took the plunge: the Colorado-based online ID management company Ping Identity has filed an S-1 form indicating that it plans to raise up to $100 million in an IPO. The company […]

TechCrunch
Aug 23, 2019

Ping Identity files for $100M IPO on Nasdaq to trade as ‘PING'
Some eight months after it was reported that Ping Identity's owners Vista Equity had hired bankers to explore a public listing, today Ping Identity took the plunge: the Colorado-based online ID management company has filed an S-1 form indicating that it plans to raise up to $100 million in an IPO on the Nasdaq exchange under […]

TechCrunch
Aug 23, 2019

Ping Identity files for $100M IPO on Nasdaq under the ticker ‘Ping'
Some eight months after it was reported that Ping Identity's owners Vista Equity had hired bankers to explore a public listing, today Ping Identity took the plunge: the Colorado-based online ID management company has filed an S-1 form indicating that it plans to raise up to $100 million in an IPO on the Nasdaq exchange under […]

TechCrunch
Aug 23, 2019

Tastemakers raises $1.4M to sell Africa experiences to the world
New York based startup Tastemakers has raised a $1.4 million seed-round—led Precursor Ventures—for its business that connects Africa adventures to global consumers. Tastemakers' platform curates, prices, and lists African travel and cultural experiences—from paragliding tours to wine-tasting to concerts. The startup generates revenues by taking a 20% commission on each transaction. Community managers in Africa […]

TechCrunch
Aug 23, 2019

Tastemakers raises $1M to sell Africa experiences to the world
New York-based startup Tastemakers has raised a $1 million seed-round — led by Precursor Ventures — for its business that connects Africa adventures to global consumers. Tastemakers' platform curates, prices and lists African travel and cultural experiences — from paragliding tours to wine-tasting to concerts. The startup generates revenues by taking a 20% commission on […]

TechCrunch
Aug 23, 2019

Summer flash sale ends tonight: 2-for-1 Disrupt Berlin 2019 passes
Summer's fading fast, but our 2-for-1 summer flash sale on Innovator, Founder or Investor passes to Disrupt Berlin 2019 is fading even faster. Today's the final day you can get 2-for-1 tickets to join us in Berlin for two jam-packed days of startup goodness and opportunity. Why not do it for the lowest price? Our 2-for-1 summer flash […]

TechCrunch
Aug 22, 2019

Silicone 3D printing startup Spectroplast spins out of ETHZ with $1.5M
3D printing has become commonplace in the hardware industry, but because few materials can be used for it easily, the process rarely results in final products. A Swiss startup called Spectroplast hopes to change that with a technique for printing using silicone, opening up all kinds of applications in medicine, robotics, and beyond.

TechCrunch
Aug 22, 2019

This Thiel Fellow thinks he can help scooters, drones and delivery robots charge themselves with sunlight
From the time he was a high school student, Rohit Kalyanpur thought it was peculiar that although it's possible to create energy from a solar panel, the panels have long been used almost exclusively on rooftops and as part of industrial-scale solar grids. "I hadn't seen [anything solar-powered] in the things people use every day […]

TechCrunch
Aug 22, 2019

This Thiel Fellow thinks he can help scooters, drones, and delivery robots charge themselves with sunlight
From the time he was a high school student, Rohit Kalyanpur thought it was peculiar that although it's possible to create energy from a solar panel, the panels have long been used almost exclusively on rooftops and as part of industrial-scale solar grids. "I hadn't seen [anything solar-powered] in the things people use every day […]

TechCrunch
Aug 22, 2019

DoorDash reveals details of its new tipping model
DoorDash announced last month that it would be changing its controversial tipping model. Today it's revealing the basics of how the new system will work. Under the past model, Dashers (DoorDash drivers and other delivery people) were guaranteed a minimum payment per delivery, with DoorDash paying a $1 base, then providing an additional payment boost […]

TechCrunch
Aug 22, 2019

Workplace digital assistant startup Capacity raises $13.2M from Midwestern VCs
Solving information scatter inside enterprises seems to be the founding idea behind dozens of enterprise software startups. Capacity, which recently rebranded from Jane.ai, is raising new cash to tackle the issue with its corporate data search platform. The company just closed a $13.2 million Series B, funded entirely by Midwestern private investors and angels. Jane.ai […]

TechCrunch
Aug 22, 2019

Inside the Porsche Taycan's minimalist, 911-inspired interior
Porsche has taken the wraps off the interior of the all-new, all-electric Porsche Taycan ahead of its world debut September 4. Gone are the buttons and the clutter. This is a minimalist and sleek interior for the modern digital age. Porsche released several images of the interior on Thursday. Earlier this week, TechCrunch was among […]

TechCrunch
Aug 22, 2019

Inside the Porsche Taycan's minimalist, all-digital interior
Porsche has taken the wraps off of the interior of the all-new, all-electric Porsche Taycan ahead of its world debut September 4. Gone are the buttons and the clutter. This is a minimalist and sleek interior for the modern digital age. Porsche released Thursday several images of the interior. Earlier this week, TechCrunch was among […]

TechCrunch
Aug 22, 2019

Who gets to own your digital identity?
Even though anonymity is still a hot topic and sought after in the online world, times have changed.

TechCrunch
Aug 22, 2019

Herschel's Retreat brings classical simplicity to the laptop backpack
It's finally Bag Week again! The most wonderful week of the year at TechCrunch. Just in time for back to school, we're bringing you reviews of bags of all varieties: from backpacks to rollers to messengers to fanny packs. I've been meaning to check out a Herschel bag for a while now, just to see what all […]

TechCrunch
Aug 22, 2019

Google says China used YouTube to meddle in Hong Kong protests
Google has disabled 210 YouTube accounts after it said China used the video platform to sow discord among protesters in Hong Kong. The search giant, which owns YouTube, followed in the footsteps of Twitter and Facebook, which earlier this week said China had used their social media sites to spread misinformation and discord among the […]

TechCrunch
Aug 22, 2019

Oracle directors give blessing to shareholder lawsuit against Larry Ellison and Safra Catz
Three years after closing a $9.3 billion deal to acquire Netsuite, several Oracle board members have written an extraordinary letter to the Delaware Court, approving a shareholder lawsuit against company executives Larry Ellison and Safra Catz over the 2016 deal. Reuters broke this story. According Reuters' Alison Frankel, three board members including former U.S. Defense […]

TechCrunch
Aug 22, 2019

VMware acquires Carbon Black for $2.1B and Pivotal for $2.7 billion
VMware today announced that it is acquiring Carbon Black, a publicly traded security company that focuses on securing modern cloud-native workloads. The price of the acquisition is about $2.1 billion. In addition, VMware also confirmed the acquisition of Pivotal, which will have a value of about $2.7 billion. VMware's revenue for the last quarter was […]

TechCrunch
Aug 22, 2019

FCC approves $4.9B in funding for rural broadband improvements
The FCC has just approved nearly five billion dollars in subsidies for rural broadband operators to be paid out over the next ten years. Recipients of this windfall will have to "maintain, improve, and expand" their broadband infrastructure, especially in underserved areas.

TechCrunch
Aug 22, 2019

HP CEO steps down, citing ‘family health matter'
HP announced this afternoon that Dion Weisler is stepping down as President and CEO. The executive cited a "family health matter" in his decision, noting that he will be returning home to Australia. The company already has a successor lined up, as its President of Imaging, Printing and Solutions, Enrique Lores, got unanimous approval from […]

TechCrunch
Aug 22, 2019

Frontier technologies are moving closer to the center of venture investment
As the technologies that were once considered science fiction become the purview of science, the venture capital firms that were once investing at the industry's fringes are now finding themselves at the heart of the technology industry. Investing in the commercialization of technologies like genetic engineering, quantum computing, digital avatars, augmented reality, new human-computer interfaces, […]

TechCrunch
Aug 22, 2019

Hulu and Amazon Prime Video chip away at Netflix's dominance
Netflix is still the No. 1 subscription streaming service in the U.S., according to a new report from eMarketer, but rivals including Amazon Prime Video and Hulu are starting to cut into its market share. The analyst firm forecasts 182.5 million U.S. consumers will subscribe to over-the-top streaming services this year, or 53.3% of the […]

TechCrunch
Aug 22, 2019

Watch YC CEO Michael Seibel chat startups, prices and tech's center of gravity
YC's Michael Seibel joins us on a special episode of Equity, TechCrunch's venture-capital-focused podcast. Given that we had Seibel to chat with at YC Demo Day, we decided to drop the regular format and riff interview-style about what the accelerator program is up to.

TechCrunch
Aug 22, 2019

Watch YC CEO Michael Seibel chat startups, prices, and tech's center of gravity
YC's Michael Seibel joins us on a special episode of Equity, TechCrunch's venture-capital-focused podcast. Given that we had Seibel to chat with at YC Demo Day, we decided to drop the regular format and riff interview-style about what the accelerator program is up to.

TechCrunch
Aug 22, 2019

Pew: mobile and social media users in emerging markets have more diverse social networks
The latest study from Pew Research Center takes a look at the impact mobile technology, including the use of smartphones and social media, is having on the diversity of people's social network in emerging markets. For the purpose of the study, Pew surveyed mobile users in eleven key markets: Mexico, Venezuela, Colombia, South Africa, Kenya, […]

TechCrunch
Aug 22, 2019

Amazon is acquiring 49% stake in India's Future Coupons
Amazon, which has invested over $6 billion in India's growing internet market, just invested a little more to expand its foothold in the the world's second largest internet market. The U.S. e-commerce giant is acquiring a 49% stake in Future Coupons, a group entity owned by India's second largest retail chain Future Group, the latter said […]

TechCrunch
Aug 22, 2019

Amazon is acquiring a 49% stake in India's Future Coupons
Amazon, which has invested over $6 billion in India's growing internet market, just invested a little more as it moves to expand its presence in the country's brick and mortar space that drives much of the sales in the nation. The U.S. e-commerce giant is acquiring a 49% stake in Future Coupons, a group entity […]

TechCrunch
Aug 22, 2019

Tumblr's next step forward with Automattic CEO Matt Mullenweg
After months of rumors, Verizon finally sold off Tumblr for a reported $3 million — a fraction of what Yahoo paid for the once might blogging service back in 2013. The media conglomerate (which also owns TechCrunch) was clearly never quite sure what to do with the property after gobbling it up as part of […]

TechCrunch
Aug 22, 2019

Mobile gaming is a $68.5 billion global business, and investors are buying in
By the end of 2019, the global gaming market is estimated to be worth $152 billion with 45% of that, $68.5 billion, coming directly from mobile games. With this tremendous growth (10.2% YoY to be precise) has come a flurry of investments and acquisitions, everyone wanting a cut of the pie. In fact, over the last […]

TechCrunch
Aug 22, 2019

Hey students, launch your startup this year with this special Extra Crunch discount
Entrepreneurship is on the rise, and nowhere is that more true than on college campuses. Students are ditching boring office jobs to seek out their own opportunities, whether that is launching a bootstrapped app, contributing to an open-source project, or building a venture-scalable startup. Here at Extra Crunch, our mission is to go behind the […]

TechCrunch
Aug 22, 2019

Reliability concerns raised over pi-top's STEM learning laptop
TechCrunch has learned of a safety issue and a number of product reliability questions being raised about a modular computer made by a London edtech startup that's intended for children to learn coding and electronics. The product, called the pi-top 3, is a Raspberry Pi-powered laptop with a keyboard that slides out to access a […]

TechCrunch
Aug 22, 2019

US cell carriers team up to combat robocalls — but no deadline set
Twelve cell carriers, including the four largest — AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon — have promised to make efforts to prevent spoofed and automated robocalls. Announced Thursday, the pledge comes after 51 U.S. attorneys general brokered a deal that would see the telecom giants roll out anti-robocalling technologies, including a way of cryptographically signing callers […]

TechCrunch
Aug 22, 2019

Overstock CEO resigns after ‘deep state' comments
Overstock .com announced today that CEO Patrick Byrne has resigned from his role as chief executive and board member. Another board member, Jonathan Johnson, will be taking over as Overstock's interim CEO. This follows the company's eyebrow-raising press release earlier this month titled "Overstock.com CEO Comments on Deep State, Withholds Further Comment," in which Byrne […]

TechCrunch
Aug 22, 2019

Daily Crunch: Apple plans Pro iPhones
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 reportedly launching new iPhone Pro and iPads with better cameras, 16-inch MacBook Pro and new AirPods Here come the leaks […]

TechCrunch
Aug 22, 2019

Verified Expert Growth Marketing Agency: 3Q Digital
With 12 offices and 350 employees around the world, 3Q Digital is a giant among growth marketing agencies. They've worked with companies like Brandless, Opendoor, and Warby Parker, but they also have an internal business unit called 3Q Incubate to work with startups in their pre-launch phase. 3Q Digital gets tech and that's a testament […]

TechCrunch
Aug 22, 2019

Justice Department indicts 80 individuals in a massive business email scam bust
The Justice Department have indicted dozens of individuals accused of their involvement in a massive business email scam and money laundering scheme. Thom Mrozek, a spokesperson for the U.S. Attorneys Office for the Central District of California, confirmed more than a dozen individuals had been arrested during raids on Thursday — mostly in the Los […]

TechCrunch
Aug 22, 2019

Justice Department indicts 80 individuals in massive business email scam bust
The Justice Department have indicted dozens of individuals accused of involvement in a massive business email scam and money laundering scheme. News of the early-morning raids were first reported by ABC7 in Los Angeles. Thom Mrozek, a spokesperson for the U.S. Attorneys Office for the Central District of California, confirmed more than a dozen individuals […]

TechCrunch
Aug 22, 2019

Lenovo's Smart Clock gets more useful with latest Google update
I liked the Lenovo Smart Clock when I reviewed it back in June. It's a pretty minimalist take on the smart screen designed for the very specific purpose of living next to your bed. The streamlined features are very much by design — rather than the kitchen sink approach, the clock is built around a […]

TechCrunch
Aug 22, 2019

How do you build a secure startup? Find out at TechCrunch Disrupt SF
Security is everything — more so than ever in startup land. But with the constant pressures to launch and scale, how do you build a secure startup from the ground up without slowing growth? Whether you're starting out small or you're a multinational unicorn, your customers and their data will be your greatest asset. We're […]

TechCrunch
Aug 22, 2019

The fight for seed
Seed funds beware, today's fight for equity in Bay Area startups requires muscle and a whole lot of cash.

TechCrunch
Aug 22, 2019

AmazonFresh expands to three key markets: Houston, Minneapolis and Phoenix
AmazonFresh, one of two main grocery delivery services Amazon operates, is expanding to new markets, the retailer announced this morning. The service will now be available to Prime members in Houston, Minneapolis and Phoenix. Notably, this list includes a test market for Walmart's new grocery subscription service, Delivery Unlimited; Target's corporate headquarters; and an early […]

TechCrunch
Aug 22, 2019

AmazonFresh expands to three key markets: Houston, Minneapolis, and Phoenix.
AmazonFresh, one of two main grocery delivery services Amazon today operates, is expanding to new markets, the retailer announced this morning. The service will now be available to Prime members in Houston, Minneapolis, and Phoenix. Notably, this list includes a test market for Walmart's new grocery subscription service, Delivery Unlimited; Target's corporate headquarters; and an […]

TechCrunch
Aug 22, 2019

Enterprise software is hot — who would have thought?
Once considered the most boring of topics, enterprise software is now getting infused with such energy that it is arguably the hottest space in tech.

TechCrunch
Aug 22, 2019

Verizon is teaming with Boingo to bring 5G inside
We've long known that 5G rollout wouldn't happen overnight. But now that carriers have gotten things started, they've been confronted with pushback against the next-gen wireless technology's limitations. Among the bigger issues is spotty coverage indoors — you know that place where most of us spend most of our time? Verizon's looking to address the […]

TechCrunch
Aug 22, 2019

Densify update helps finance make more intelligent cloud buying decisions
Densify has been a company that helps engineers buy cloud resources in a cost-effective way, but the company wanted to show this this cloud spending data to finance as well. This week it announced a new product called Cloud Cost Intelligence (CCI), which has been designed to give finance teams greater visibility into a company's […]

TechCrunch
Aug 22, 2019

On-demand parking startup SpotHero raises $50 million
SpotHero, the Chicago-based company that has developed an on-demand parking app, has raised $50 million in a Series D round led by Macquarie Capital. Union Grove Venture Partners participated in the round, along with existing investors including Insight Venture Partners, Global Founders Capital, OCA Ventures, AutoTech Ventures and others, according to the company. SpotHero has […]

TechCrunch
Aug 22, 2019

Bose's new portable home speaker sports Alexa and Google Assistant
Bose's portable speaker offerings have tended toward the cheaper end of the spectrum — bringing colorful competition for companies like JBL. With the dryly named Portable Home Speaker, however, the company looks to split the difference between portable and premium. And it's certainly priced for the latter. The $349 speaker looks to something of a […]

TechCrunch
Aug 22, 2019

Spotify matches Apple Music's 3-month trial
Spotify's battle with Apple Music is continuing to heat up. On Monday, the company introduced upgrades to its Premium Family plan which now offers parental controls and other exclusive features, like a family playlist. Today, Spotify is going head-to-head with Apple on its free trial offer. Previously, new users to the Spotify Premium subscription could […]

TechCrunch
Aug 22, 2019

How Oculus squeezed sophisticated tracking into pipsqueak hardware
Making the VR experience simple and portable was the main goal of the Oculus Quest, and it definitely accomplishes that. But going from things in the room tracking your headset to your headset tracking things in the room was a complex process. I talked with Facebook CTO Mike Schroepfer ("Schrep") about the journey from "outside-in" to "inside-out."

TechCrunch
Aug 22, 2019

Google ditches desserts as Q becomes Android 10
The dessert naming scheme was one of the best-loved legacies from Google past (though some were notably better than others). Every time the company got ready to release a new version of the mobile operating system, speculation would mount about which sweet foodstuff on which the company would ultimately settle. But while P offered confections […]

TechCrunch
Aug 22, 2019

The CareVoice raises $10 million to develop better tech for insurance providers in Asia
The CareVoice, a Shanghai-based health insurance software startup with ambitions to expand throughout Asia, announced today that it has raised about $10 million in Series A funding. The investment was led by LUN Partners Group and an undisclosed global investment manager that specializes in financial services, with participation from DNA Capital and returning investors SOSV […]

TechCrunch
Aug 22, 2019

Remediant lands $15M Series A to disrupt privileged access security
Remediant, a startup that helps companies secure privileged access in a modern context, announced a $15 million Series A today led by Dell Technologies Capital and ForgePoint Capital. Remediant's co-founders, Paul Lanzi and Tim Keeler, worked in biotech for years and saw a problem first-hand with the way companies secured privileged access. It was granted […]

TechCrunch
Aug 22, 2019

NASA's new HPE-built supercomputer will prepare for landing Artemis astronauts on the Moon
NASA and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) have teamed up to build a new supercomputer, which will serve NASA's Ames Research Center in California and develop models and simulations of the landing process for Artemis Moon missions. The new supercomputer is called ‘Aitken,' named after American astronomer Robert Grant Aitken, and it can run simulations at […]

TechCrunch
Aug 22, 2019

Hundreds of Uber and Lyft drivers to launch a protest caravan across California
If you're like me, chances are good you just distractedly clicked on this article while scrolling through your feed in, or while waiting for, a Lyft. Maybe, like me, you need that app to get to back-to-back meetings in different locations today, as you're well on your way to at least a 60-hour workweek between […]

TechCrunch
Aug 22, 2019

Google proposes new privacy and anti-fingerprinting controls for the web
Google today announced a new long-term initiative that, if fully realized, will make it harder for online marketers and advertisers to track you across the web. This new proposal follows the company's plans to change how cookies in Chrome work and to make it easier for users to block tracking cookies. Today's proposal for a […]

TechCrunch
Aug 22, 2019

Crimson Education, a platform to help students get into top universities, nabs $5M at a $245M valuation
Earlier this year, the world turned very sour on a group of rich and famous parents who were exposed for having paid big money to get their not-so-academic offspring into competitive universities, using tactics like cheating on tests and more to get those offers. But even if you put illegal manoeuvres to one side, money […]

TechCrunch
Aug 22, 2019

Apple reportedly launching new iPhone Pro and iPads with better cameras, 16-inch MacBook Pro and new AirPods
Apple is getting ready for its usual fall iPhone launch event, which is rumored to be happening September 10, though the event hasn't been officially confirmed this year. A new report from Bloomberg offers a preview of the lineup of hardware products it's looking to debut this year. There are new iPhones, of course, including […]

TechCrunch
Aug 22, 2019

N26 launches Shared Spaces and is now fully available in the U.S.
Challenger bank N26 is announcing two things this week. First, the company lets you share sub-accounts with other N26 users in just a few taps. Second, after a limited beta test, the company is officially launching in the U.S. with open registration. Shared Spaces could be seen as an alternative to joint accounts. The feature […]

TechCrunch
Aug 22, 2019

Zomato hits roadblocks in India as restaurants lose appetite for gold
Zomato, one of India's biggest food delivery startups, has major ambitions. It is increasingly expanding its reach in the country to serve dozens of new cities and towns every few weeks. It is investing heavily in building cloud kitchens to quickly meet demand for certain food items. And it is internally working on "Project Kisan", something which […]

TechCrunch
Aug 22, 2019

A $44m series B Drop in the bucket for millennial loyalty
Commerce and marketing are radically changing these days. Consumers are increasingly looking for brands they identify with, while at the same time, the cost of acquiring users is increasing year-over-year for marketers. For brands, that math makes marketing complicated: they want to reach the right customers with the most efficient acquisition channels in order to […]

TechCrunch
Aug 22, 2019

Compete in Startup Battlefield at Disrupt Berlin 2019
Lasst die Spiele beginnen, startup founders — let the games begin! In case you haven't heard, the application window for the Startup Battlefield at Disrupt Berlin 2019 is wide open and waiting for you. Don't miss the chance to launch your early-stage startup on an international stage in front of some of tech's most influential […]

TechCrunch
Aug 21, 2019

ThredUp, whose second-hand goods will start appearing at Macy's and JCPenney, just raised a bundle
ThredUp, the 10-year-old fashion resale marketplace, has a lot of big news to boast about lately. For starters, the company just closed on $100 million in fresh funding from an investor syndicate that includes Park West Asset Management, Irving Investors and earlier backers Goldman Sachs Investment Partners, Upfront Ventures, Highland Capital Partners and Redpoint Ventures. […]

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Aug 21, 2019

Eminem's publisher accuses Spotify of copyright infringement in new lawsuit
Eminem's music publisher Eight Mile Style has filed a lawsuit against Spotify, accusing the service of "blatant copyright infringement" in streaming "Lose Yourself" and other Eminem songs. As explained by The Hollywood Reporter, the suit is tied Spotify's implementation the Music Modernization Act, which was signed into law last year. Under the MMA, Spotify can […]

TechCrunch
Aug 21, 2019

T-Mobile customers report outage, can't make calls or send text messages
T-Mobile customers across the U.S. say they can't make calls or send text messages following an apparent outage — although mobile data appears to be unaffected. We tested with a T-Mobile phone in the office. Both calls to and from the T-Mobile phone failed. When we tried to send a text message, it said the […]

TechCrunch
Aug 21, 2019

T-Mobile hit by hours-long nationwide outage
T-Mobile customers across the U.S. said they couldn't make calls or send text messages following an outage. We tested with a T-Mobile phone in the office. Both calls to and from the T-Mobile phone failed. When we tried to send a text message, it said the message could not be sent. Access to mobile data […]

TechCrunch
Aug 21, 2019

Apple warns against storing the Apple Card in leather and denim
First of all, keep it out of the light. It hates bright light, especially sunlight, it'll kill it. Second, don't give it any water, not even to drink. But the most important rule, the rule you can never forget, no matter how much it cries, no matter how much it begs, never feed it after […]

TechCrunch
Aug 21, 2019

Should you raise equity venture capital or revenue-based investing VC?
Most founders who are raising capital look first to traditional equity VCs. But should they? Or should they look to one of the new wave of revenue-based investors?

TechCrunch
Aug 21, 2019

After a breakout year, looking ahead to the future of podcasting
Justine Moore Contributor Share on Twitter Justine Moore is a venture investor at CRV and co-founded Cardinal Ventures alongside her sister, Olivia. More posts by this contributor What VidCon means for the future of social media platforms Olivia Moore Contributor Share on Twitter Olivia Moore is a venture investor at CRV and co-founded Cardinal Ventures […]

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Aug 21, 2019

Splunk acquires cloud monitoring service SignalFx for $1.05B
Splunk, the publicly traded data processing and analytics company, today announced that it has acquired SignalFx for a total price of about $1.05 billion. Approximately 60 percent of this will be in cash and 40 percent in Splunk common stock. The companies expect the acquisition to close in the second half of 2020. SignalFx, which […]

TechCrunch
Aug 21, 2019

Porsche invests in ‘low visibility' sensor startup TriEye
Porsche's venture arm has acquired a minority stake in TriEye, an Israeli startup that's working on a sensor technology to help vehicle driver-assistance and self-driving systems see better in poor weather conditions like dust, fog and rain. The strategic investment is part of a Series A financing round that has been expanded to $19 million. […]

TechCrunch
Aug 21, 2019

Peak Design's Travel Duffel 35L is as simple or as powerful as you need it to be
A good, solid duffel bag is a mainstay for many travelers - especially those who like packing up a car for a weekend away, or frequent flyers who disdain the thought of checking a bag. Peak Design introduced its own take on the duffel bag this year, with a couple different twists on the concept. […]

TechCrunch
Aug 21, 2019

YC is doubling down on these investment theses in its most recent batch
Changes at YC, trends in the startup universe and a breakdown of the accelerator's latest batch.

TechCrunch
Aug 21, 2019

Second docking adapter for commercial crew vehicles installed on International Space Station
The International Space Station is now more than ready for crew-carrying spacecraft flown by commercial companies to pay it a visit: The second planned International Dock Adapter (IDA) was installed on the Space Station during a spacewalk by NASA astronauts Nick Hague and Andrew Morgan earlier today. The dock adapter, actually IDA-3 since the first […]

TechCrunch
Aug 21, 2019

Google updates to a cleaner, simpler Play Store design [Updated]
[Update: the Music tab has been relocated] Google's Play Store has gotten a big visual makeover, the company announced today, with changes that include a cleaner look-and-feel, new navigation, an easier way to to see app information, and more. Most notably, however, is that Google has taken a page from Apple's playbook with the priority […]

TechCrunch
Aug 21, 2019

Google updates to a cleaner, simpler Play Store design with no Music section
Google's Play Store has gotten a big visual makeover, the company announced today, with changes that include a cleaner look-and-feel, new navigation, an easier way to to see app information, and more. Most notably, however, is that Google has taken a page from Apple's playbook with the priority given to its two distinct sections for […]

TechCrunch
Aug 21, 2019

Our 12 favorite startups from Y Combinator's S19 Demo Day 2
After two days of founders tirelessly pitching, we've reached the end of YC's Summer 2019 Demo Days. TechCrunch witnessed more than 160 on-the-record startup pitches coming out of Y Combinator, spanning healthcare, B2B services, augmented reality and life-extending. The full list is worth a gander, you can read about the 84 startups from Day 1 […]

TechCrunch
Aug 21, 2019

Twitter picks up team from narrative app Lightwell in its latest effort to improve conversations
Twitter's ongoing, long-term efforts to make conversations easier to follow and engage with on its platform is getting a boost with the company's latest acquihire. The company has picked up the team behind Lightwell, a startup that had built a set of developer tools to build interactive, narrative apps, for an undisclosed sum. Lightwell's founder and […]

TechCrunch
Aug 21, 2019

Classic Hangouts will hang in there a bit longer
Earlier this year, Google said it would transition all Hangouts users on G Suite to Hangouts Chat and Meet by October 2019 and then retire the classic version of Hangouts. But a lot of G Suite users love their classic Hangouts, so Google has now revised Hangouts' retirement date to "no sooner than June 2020." […]

TechCrunch
Aug 21, 2019

Daily Crunch: DoorDash acquires Scotty Labs
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. DoorDash acquires autonomous driving startup Scotty Labs DoorDash seems to be very interested in self-driving technology — not only did it […]

TechCrunch
Aug 21, 2019

Google denies reports of unannounced changes to Android app review process
Multiple reports this week claimed Google had quietly rolled out a more in-depth app review process to all developers — changes designed to keep the Play Store safer from spam, malware, and copycat apps. Those reports are inaccurate, Google tells TechCrunch. Instead, the company is giving itself more time to review apps from new, unestablished […]

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