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May 22, 2019

Vignette is a handy new app that keeps your iOS contact photos up to date
If there's a special place in your heart for single-purpose utilities that solve a nagging problem, then you're going to want to skip your daily Starbucks coffee and instead buy yourself a copy of the new iOS contacts utility Vignette. The new app is focused on doing one thing well: finding photos for your contacts […]

TechCrunch
May 22, 2019

My desk doesn't deserve the $600 Dyson Lightcycle lamp
Like many of you, I'm assuming, my desk was purchased at Ikea and is the center of my life. Such as it is, the desk is littered with bits of crackers, memory cards, branded Moleskin notebooks and countless coffee cups. I'm not a slob. I just live here. The desk is clean enough. Then Dyson […]

TechCrunch
May 22, 2019

Getaround, Facebook, AI chips, Nvidia, Africa, and immigration
Who helped your startup grow? Nominate a growth marketing agency. For those who have been members of Extra Crunch for a while now, you have seen us go through two cycles of Verified Experts, covering startup attorneys and brand designers. Now, we turn our attention to our third community of startup professionals: growth marketers / […]

TechCrunch
May 22, 2019

Getting a seat at the VC table
Monique Villa Contributor Share on Twitter Monique Villa is an investor at Mucker Capital, a seed and "pre-seed" stage fund investing in companies powering a software-enabled world. She is also the Founder of Nashville-based ModernCapital, a community of startup founders and ecosystem partners committed to company building in the Southeast (#BuildInSE). We are witnessing the […]

TechCrunch
May 22, 2019

Review of Elon Musk's DC-to-Baltimore ‘Loop' system reveals safety concerns
The Boring Company's Loop transit system that aims to shuttle people in autonomous electric vehicles between Baltimore and Washington, D.C. fails to meet several key national safety standards, a review of its proposal reveals. The underground system appears to lack sufficient emergency exits, ignore the latest engineering practices and proposes passenger escape ladders that one […]

TechCrunch
May 22, 2019

Nectar's sonar bottle caps could save $50B in stolen booze
Bars lose 20 percent of their alcohol to overpours and "free" drinks for friends. That amounts to $50 billion per year in booze that mysteriously disappears, making life tough for every pub and restaurant. Nectar wants to solve that mystery with its ultrasound depth sensing bottle caps that measure how much liquid is left in […]

TechCrunch
May 22, 2019

Amazon has turned warehouse tasks into a (literal) game
Working at an Amazon fulfillment center is tough and tedious. Stories of problematic working conditions have plagued the company for years now, and pressure has likely only increased as the retail giant is pushing to get packages out even faster. To give the company some credit, it has worked to improve conditions, including the addition […]

TechCrunch
May 22, 2019

Gender, race and social change in tech; Moira Weigel on the Internet of Women, Part Two
Tech ethics can mean a lot of different things, but surely one of the most critical, unavoidable, and yet somehow still controversial propositions in the emerging field of ethics in technology is that tech should promote gender equality. But does it? And to the extent it does not, what (and who) needs to change? In […]

TechCrunch
May 22, 2019

Seven years later, the OUYA is dead for real
  Remember the OUYA? As a cheap Android-powered game console, it was pitched as being able to "open the last closed platform: the TV". It was one of the first huge Kickstarter campaigns, raising nearly 9 million dollars on the site in 2012. Even half a decade later, it remains one of the biggest campaigns […]

TechCrunch
May 22, 2019

Subscription fatigue hasn't hit yet
U.S. consumers are still embracing subscriptions. More than a third (34%) of Americans say they believe they'll increase the number of subscription services they use over the next two years, according to a new report from eMarketer. This is following an increase to 3 subscription services on average, up from 2.4 services five years ago. […]

TechCrunch
May 22, 2019

These startups are locating in SF and Africa to win in global fintech
To become a global fintech player, locate your company in San Francisco and Africa. That's the approach of payments company Flutterwave, digital lending startup Mines, and mobile-money venture Chipper Cash—Africa-founded ventures that maintain headquarters in San Francisco and operations in Africa to tap the best of both worlds in VC, developers, clients, and the frontier […]

TechCrunch
May 22, 2019

Google's lead EU regulator opens formal privacy probe of its adtech
Google's lead data regulator in Europe has opened a formal investigation into its processing of personal data in the context of its online Ad Exchange, TechCrunch has learnt. This follows a privacy complaint pertaining to adtech's real-timing bidding (RTB) system filed under Europe's GDPR framework last year. The statutory inquiry into Google's adtech that's being […]

TechCrunch
May 22, 2019

Daily Crunch: New MacBook Pros have a keyboard fix
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 announces new MacBook Pros with a keyboard fix, oh, and more powerful processors Apple says it's taking three steps to […]

TechCrunch
May 22, 2019

Amazon shareholders reject facial recognition sale ban to governments
Amazon shareholders have rejected two proposals that would have requested the company not to sell its facial recognition technology to government customers. The breakdown of the votes is not immediately known. A filing with the vote tally is expected later this week. The first proposal would have requested Amazon to limit the sale of its […]

TechCrunch
May 22, 2019

DuckDuckGo founder Gabriel Weinberg is coming to Disrupt
2019 is the year Facebook announced a ‘pivot to privacy'. At the same time, Google is trying to claim that privacy means letting it exclusively store and data-mine everything you do online. So what better time to sit down at Disrupt for a chat about what privacy really means with DuckDuckGo founder and CEO Gabriel […]

TechCrunch
May 22, 2019

Invites are out for Apple's June 3 WWDC keynote — there will be unicorns
Apple's WWDC keynote invites just went out, with only a couple of weeks to spare. The company's graphic designers appear to be having some fun this time out, with a mind-blown rainbow unicorn, losing the Apple, Swift and App Store icons among others. iOS 13, watchOS 6 and macOS 10.15 are no doubt on the […]

TechCrunch
May 22, 2019

Reserve your demo table for TC Sessions: Mobility 2019
Early-stage startup ingenuity is one of the driving forces shaping the rapid, radical changes taking place in mobility and transportation. Come July 10, TechCrunch will host more than 1,000 movers, shakers and makers in San Jose for TC Sessions: Mobility 2019 for a day-long exploration of the technologies and challenges upending both industries. Talk about […]

TechCrunch
May 22, 2019

N26 faces banking regulator order about fraudulent transactions
Fintech startup N26 received an order from BaFin, the German banking regulator. According to the regulator, N26 hasn't been doing enough when it comes to money laundering and terrorist financing. The company has a specific period of time to implement changes and rectify its internal processes. "Today, BaFin published an order for N26 Bank GmbH. […]

TechCrunch
May 22, 2019

Google's new look for mobile search results puts site owners and publishers first
Google today unveiled a new look for its mobile search results which gives sites a way to showcase their own branding, instead of looking like every other blue link. Before, the search results were blue and the source — a publisher's site, for example — would appear below in a smaller, green font. Now, it's […]

TechCrunch
May 22, 2019

Thousands of vulnerable TP-Link routers at risk of remote hijack
Thousands of TP-Link routers are vulnerable to a bug that can be used to remotely take control the device, but it took over a year for the company to publish the patches on its website. The vulnerability allows any low-skilled attacker to remotely gain full access to an affected router. The exploit relies on the […]

TechCrunch
May 22, 2019

Now at Google, Facebook's former teen-in-residence launches new social game Emojishot
Facebook's former teen-in-residence Michael Sayman, now at Google, is back today with the launch of a new game: Emojishot, an emoji-based guessing game for iOS, built over the past ten weeks within Google's in-house incubator, Area 120. The game, which is basically a version of charades using emoji characters, is notable because of its creator. […]

TechCrunch
May 22, 2019

DJI is adding receivers to help drones avoid plane and helicopter collisions
At an event in Washington D.C. today, DJI unveiled plans to help avoid potentially life-threatening drone disasters. At the top of the list is the company's promise to add AirSense technology to all of its models weighing more than 250 grams (~half a pound), which goes into effect January 1 of next year. The feature […]

TechCrunch
May 22, 2019

ARM halts Huawei relationship following US ban
The dominoes continue to fall for Huawei in the wake of a Trump-led U.S. trade ban. An internal memo from ARM lays out the chip giant's decision to hit pause on "all active contracts, support entitlements, and any pending engagements," per the BBC. While based in Cambridge, England, the company believes itself to be impacted […]

TechCrunch
May 22, 2019

Meet Projector, collaborative design software for the Instagram age
Projector, the brainchild of two Twitter alums, is emerging from stealth with $13 million to reimagine visual communication.

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May 22, 2019

KaiOS raises $50M more, hits 100M handsets powered by its feature phone OS
While Android and iOS have locked up the market for smartphone operating systems, a feature phone platform that has the distinction of being the world's third biggest mobile OS is announcing a hefty round of funding to continue its expansion. KaiOS, which makes the OS that powers devices like Nokia's feature phones and Jio's devices […]

TechCrunch
May 22, 2019

KaiOS raises $50M, hits 100M handsets powered by its feature phone OS
While Android and iOS have locked up the market for smartphone operating systems, a feature phone platform that has the distinction of being the world's third biggest mobile OS is announcing a hefty round of funding to continue its expansion. KaiOS, which makes the OS that powers devices like Nokia's feature phones and Jio's devices […]

TechCrunch
May 22, 2019

Roku launches new ad tool to compare linear and streaming audiences
Roku has been getting more serious about its ad business, and today it's launching a new tool designed to make advertisers comfortable with moving their spending over from traditional TV. Alison Levin, Roku's vice president of ad sales and strategy, pointed to data from Magna Global estimating that while over-the-top viewing accounts for 29 percent […]

TechCrunch
May 22, 2019

Apple has a plan to make online ads more private
For years, the web has been largely free thanks to online ads. The problem is that nobody likes them. When they're not obnoxiously taking over your entire screen or autoplaying, they're tracking you everywhere you go online. Ads can track where you go and which sites you visit and can be used to build up […]

TechCrunch
May 22, 2019

Throw out your diary, Jour is a new app for guided journaling
Don't worry, it's encrypted.

TechCrunch
May 22, 2019

Zendesk acquires Smooch, doubles down on support via messaging apps like WhatsApp
One of the bigger developments in customer services has been the impact of social media — both as a place to vent frustration or praise (mostly frustration), and — especially over messaging apps — as a place for businesses to connect with their users. Now, customer support specialist Zendesk has made an acquisition so that […]

TechCrunch
May 22, 2019

Loot, the UK digital current account for students and millennials, enters administration after a potential sale falls through
Loot, the digital current account aimed at students and millennials, has called in administrators after appearing to have run out of cash. According to sources, the U.K. fintech was unable to raise additional funding in time after a potential sale to banking giant RBS fell through. Intriguingly, Royal Bank of Scotland Group indirectly owned a […]

TechCrunch
May 22, 2019

London's Tube network to switch on wi-fi tracking by default in July
Transport for London will roll out default wi-fi device tracking on the London Underground this summer, following a trial back in 2016. In a press release announcing the move, TfL writes that "secure, privacy-protected data collection will begin on July 8" — while touting additional services, such as improved alerts about delays and congestion, which […]

TechCrunch
May 22, 2019

Agtech startup Agrilyst is now Artemis, raises $8M Series A
Artemis, the ag-tech startup formerly known as Agrilyst, today announced that it has raised an $8 million Series A funding round. The round was co-led by Astanor Ventures and Talis Capital, with participation from iSelect Fund and New York State's Empire State Development Fund. With this, the company, which won our 2015 Disrupt SF Battlefield […]

TechCrunch
May 22, 2019

Indonesia restricts WhatsApp, Facebook and Instagram usage following deadly riots
Indonesia is the latest nation to hit the hammer on social media after the government restricted the use of WhatsApp and Instagram following deadly riots yesterday. Numerous Indonesia-based users are today reporting difficulties sending multimedia messages via WhatsApp, which is one of the country's most popular chat apps, and posting content to Facebook, while the […]

TechCrunch
May 22, 2019

Facebook found hosting masses of far right EU disinformation networks
A multi-month hunt for political disinformation spreading on Facebook in Europe suggests there are concerted efforts to use the platform to spread bogus far right propaganda to millions of voters ahead of a key EU vote which kicks off tomorrow. Following the independent investigation, Facebook has taken down a total of 77 pages and 230 […]

TechCrunch
May 22, 2019

Tencent CEO warns companies must keep innovating to survive amid US-China tensions
On Tuesday, Tencent's usually low-profile founder and CEO Pony Ma made rare comments to weigh in on escalating tensions between the United States and China, calling domestic tech companies to build more self-reliance in a bid to stay competitive. "China has come to the forefront of development. There is less and less room for taking […]

TechCrunch
May 22, 2019

In Ford's future, two-legged robots and self-driving cars could team up on deliveries
Autonomous vehicles might someday be able to navigate bustling city streets to deliver groceries, pizzas, and other packages without a human behind the wheel. But that doesn't solve what Ford Motor CTO Ken Washington describes as the last 50-foot problem. Ford and startup Agility Robotics are partnering in a research project that will test how […]

TechCrunch
May 22, 2019

Leak reveals Uber's $9.99 unlimited delivery Eats Pass
What's the cord-cutting equivalent to ditching your kitchen? Uber's upcoming subscription to unlimited free food delivery. Uber is preparing to launch the $9.99 per month Uber Eats Pass, according to code hidden in Uber's Android app. The subscription would waive Uber's service fee that's typically 15 percent of your order cost. Given that's often $5 […]

TechCrunch
May 22, 2019

Valve's Steam Chat gets its own iOS and Android apps
  A little under a year ago, Valve released a big overhaul for the chat features built into its Steam game store/launcher. Focusing on modern day chat conveniences like better group chats and embedded media (GIFs!), some saw it as a move to hopefully keep a few more users from heading for Discord — which, […]

TechCrunch
May 22, 2019

India's Ola switches gears on its food delivery business Foodpanda
India's Ola, which has expanded to select international markets and set ambitious goals for its electric vehicles business, is struggling with selling food. So it is making major changes to its food business. The ride-hailing giant is pivoting Foodpanda, the Indian business of the food delivery startup it acquired in late 2017, to serving in-house […]

TechCrunch
May 22, 2019

India's ride-hailing giant Ola hits the brakes on food delivery business Foodpanda
India's ride-hailing giant Ola, which has expanded to select international markets and set ambitious goals for its electric vehicles business, is struggling with selling food. Ola has suspended local operations of Foodpanda, the Indian business of the food delivery startup it acquired in late 2017, according to local newspaper Mint. The move comes as the mobility firm […]

TechCrunch
May 22, 2019

TransferWise now valued at $3.5B following a new $292M secondary round
TransferWise, the London-headquartered international money transfer service, is disclosing a new $292 million secondary round that sees investors value the company at $3.5 billion. That's more than double the valuation TransferWise achieved in late 2017 at the time of its $280 million Series E round. The new secondly funding — with no new cash entering […]

TechCrunch
May 21, 2019

Following a report about misleading ads placed by anti-abortion groups, Google Ads updates its policies
Starting next month, Google will enforce new policies for ads related to abortion in the United States, United Kingdom and Ireland. Google will now require advertisers that want to run ads with abortion-related keywords to apply for certification as an organization that does, or does not, provide abortions. If their ads are approved, they will […]

TechCrunch
May 21, 2019

A young entrepreneur is building the Amazon of Bangladesh
At just 26, Waiz Rahim is supposed to be involved in the family business, having returned home in 2016 with an engineering degree from the University of Southern California. Instead, the young entrepreneur is plotting to build the Amazon of Bangladesh. Deligram, Rahim's vision of what e-commerce looks like in Bangladesh, a country of nearly […]

TechCrunch
May 21, 2019

Food delivery startup Dahmakan eats up $5M for expansion in Southeast Asia
It's harvest season for Southeast Asia's full-stack food delivery startups. Following on from Singapore's Grain raising $10 million, so Malaysia-based Dahmakan today announced a $5 million financing round of its own. The money takes the startup to $10 million raised to date — its last round as $2.6 million last year — and it comes […]

TechCrunch
May 21, 2019

Famed founder Daphne Koller tells it straight: "With most drugs, we do not understand why they work"
Daphne Koller doesn't mind hard work. She joined Stanford University's computer science department in 1995, spending the next 18 years there in a full-time capacity before cofounding the online education giant Coursera, where she spent the following four years and remained co-chairman until last month. Koller then spent a little less than two years at […]

TechCrunch
May 21, 2019

SoFar Sounds house concerts raises $25M, but bands get just $100
Tired of noisy music venues where you can hardly see the stage? SoFar Sounds puts on concerts in people's living rooms where fans pay $15 to $30 to sit silently on the floor and truly listen. Nearly 1 million guests have attended SoFar's more than 20,000 gigs. Having attended a half dozen of the shows, […]

TechCrunch
May 21, 2019

Google says some G Suite user passwords were stored in plaintext since 2005
Google says a small number of its enterprise customers mistakenly had their passwords stored on its systems in plaintext. The search giant disclosed the exposure Tuesday but declined to say exactly how many enterprise customers were affected. "We recently notified a subset of our enterprise G Suite customers that some passwords were stored in our […]

TechCrunch
May 21, 2019

10 Immigration Tips for Love-Struck Tech Workers
Even techies might agree that server rooms aren't the most romantic places to fall in love — but it happens. And with foreign-born workers making up nearly three-quarters of Silicon Valley's labor...

TechCrunch
May 21, 2019

What will save crypto?
An untapped market in the Middle East is the solution to crypto's slowdown.

TechCrunch
May 21, 2019

Mid-range flagships like the Honor 20 Pro are giving premium phones a run for their money
Phone sales have been trending downward for some time now. There are a number of reasons for this — many of which you can read about in this piece I published last week. The creeping cost of premium handsets is pretty high on that list, which flagships now routinely topping $1,000 from many of the […]

TechCrunch
May 21, 2019

Udacity, Mercedes-Benz create sensor fusion nanodegree as demand for self-driving car engineers rises
Udacity and Mercedes-Benz's North American R&D lab have developed curriculum for a sensor fusion nanodegree, the latest effort by the online education startup to meet high demand for skills related to autonomous vehicles and to duplicate the success it has had with its self-driving car engineer program. Enrollment for the sensor fusion degree opened up […]

TechCrunch
May 21, 2019

DefinedCrowd offers mobile apps to empower its AI-annotating masses
DefinedCrowd, the Startup Battlefield alumnus that produces and refines data for AI-training purposes, has just debuted iOS and Android apps for its army of human annotators. It should help speed up a process that the company already touts as one of the fastest in the industry.

TechCrunch
May 21, 2019

Biofourmis raises $35M to develop smarter treatments for chronic diseases
Biofourmis, a Singapore-based startup pioneering a distinctly tech-based approach to the treatment of chronic conditions, has raised a $35 million Series B round for expansion. The round was led by Sequoia India and MassMutual Ventures, the VC fund from Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company. Other investors who put in include EDBI, the corporate investment arm […]

TechCrunch
May 21, 2019

Daily Crunch: Instagram influencer contact info exposed
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. Millions of Instagram influencers had their private contact data scraped and exposed A massive database containing contact information for millions of […]

TechCrunch
May 21, 2019

Stein Mart embraces the enemy with installation of Amazon Lockers in nearly 200 stores
Another brick-and-mortar retailer is turning to Amazon to help save its struggling business. Today, discount chain operator Stein Mart announced it will install Amazon Hub lockers in nearly 200 stores as soon as next month. The lockers are self-serve kiosks that allow Amazon shoppers to take advantage of in-store pickup and returns. The deal will […]

TechCrunch
May 21, 2019

The Exit: Getaround's $300M roadtrip
In August of last year, Getaround scored $300 million from Softbank. Eight months later they handed that same amount to Drivy, a Parisian peer-to-peer car rental service that was Getaround's ticket to tapping into European markets. Both companies shared similar visions for the future of car ownership, they were about the same size, both were […]

TechCrunch
May 21, 2019

Bringing tech efficiencies to the agribusiness market, Silo harvests $3 million
Roughly $165 billion worth of wholesale produce is bought and sold every year in the U.S. And while that number is expected to go up to $1 trillion by 2025, the business of agribusiness remains unaffected by technology advancements that have reshaped almost every other industry. ‘ Now Silo, a company which has recently raised […]

TechCrunch
May 21, 2019

Select Bose smart speakers get Google Assistant
A week after Sonos added long-promised Google Assistant integration to a pair of speakers, Bose is following suit. The company's bringing the popular smart home AI to a trio of existing models, the Home Speaker 500 and Soundbar 500 and 700. The forthcoming, pint-sized Home Speaker 300 will be hitting the market with the feature […]

TechCrunch
May 21, 2019

As meal-kit melee stretches on, Sun Basket whips up $30M Series E
Sun Basket, a provider of a healthy meal kit service, has raised another $30 million in venture capital funding.

TechCrunch
May 21, 2019

Apple announces new MacBook Pros with a keyboard fix, oh, and more powerful processors
Apple is updating its 15" MacBook Pro with new 8-core and 6-core processors and its 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar with 8th gen quad-core processors. Apple says that these boosts mean that the 15" MacBook Pro  will run at double the speed of the previous quad-core models and hit 40% improvements over the 6-core […]

TechCrunch
May 21, 2019

Pro gamer Tfue files lawsuit against esports org over ‘grossly oppressive' contract
Turner ‘Tfue' Tenney, one of the world's premier streamers and esports pros, has filed a lawsuit against esports organization Faze Clan over a ‘grossly oppressive, onerous and one-sided' contract, according to THR. The complaint alleges that Faze Clan's Gamer Agreement relegates up to 80 percent of the streamer's earnings from branded content (sponsored videos) to […]

TechCrunch
May 21, 2019

Investors just gave NFX $275 million more to fund seed-stage startups focused on ‘network effects'
It's the worst kept secret in the world of startup funding. Series A rounds today are the equivalent of what used to be called Series B rounds. The checks are bigger, but so are the expectations around revenue and traction. That shift has created more of a vacuum for seed-stage companies. While there are plenty […]

TechCrunch
May 21, 2019

Backed by LG, AmazeVR is hoping to resurrect virtual reality's consumer dreams
For over 100 years entrepreneurs have come to Hollywood to try their luck in the dream factory and build an empire in the business of storytelling. Propelled by new technologies, new businessmen have been landing in Los Angeles since the invention of the nickelodeon to create a studio that would dominate popular entertainment. Over the […]

TechCrunch
May 21, 2019

Lyft adds more safety features including in-app emergency assistance, reminders to check the plate
Earlier this spring, both Uber and Lyft introduced new safety features and policies following the death of a university student who was kidnapped and murdered after getting into a vehicle she believed to be her Uber ride. Today, Lyft is announcing an expanded set of safety features and programs, including those that help riders find […]

TechCrunch
May 21, 2019

Lyft adds more safety features, including in-app emergency assistance, reminders to check the plate
Earlier this spring, both Uber and Lyft introduced new safety features and policies following the death of a university student who was kidnapped and murdered after getting into a vehicle she believed to be her Uber ride. Today, Lyft is announcing an expanded set of safety features and programs, including those that help riders find […]

TechCrunch
May 21, 2019

What does ‘regulating Facebook' mean? Here's an example
Many officials claim that governments should regulate Facebook and other social platforms, but few describe what it actually means. A few days ago, France released a report that outlines what France — and maybe the European Union — plans to do when it comes to content moderation. It's an insightful 34-page document with a nuanced […]

TechCrunch
May 21, 2019

Raisin rides into the U.S. with its savings and investment marketplace
Raisin, the pan-European fintech marketplace for savings and investment products, is headed to the U.S., announcing plans to roll out a similar offering across the pond. The German company, which is backed by the likes of PayPal, Index Ventures, Ribbit Capital and Thrive Capital, wants to bring greater competition and easier savings and deposit account […]

TechCrunch
May 21, 2019

HolodeckVR raises €3M from Germany's ProSiebenSat1 to put VR onto dodgems
Consumer VR might not have taken off in the mainstream but it's still fun to use, and it's even more fun to use in groups. There is more of an arcade renaissance for VR going on right now, as well as location-based multi-user VR experiences. That's the premise behind Munich-based HolodeckVR which is using proprietary […]

TechCrunch
May 21, 2019

The Trade Desk hires Jonathan Carson as its first CRO
Adtech company The Trade Desk is announcing that it's hired its very first chief revenue officer, Jonathan Carson. Carson's past roles include serving as president of Mic, chief revenue officer at Vevo and CEO of digital for Nielsen. He told me he was excited to join The Trade Desk because it's "a spectacular story" of […]

TechCrunch
May 21, 2019

Who helped your startup grow? Nominate a growth marketing agency.
Growth marketing is critical to a startup's survival, but it's not always clear how to successfully pull it off. How do you jump the chasm from one to ten million customers? Should you recruit an in-house growth team or hire an agency? How do you actually get content marketing to work? How much money should […]

TechCrunch
May 21, 2019

Amazon's Alexa Fund invests in edtech startups, Zoobean and Unruly Studios
Two edtech companies, Zoobean and Unruly Studios, are the latest to receive investment from Amazon's Alexa Fund — Amazon's corporate venture fund focused on fueling innovation in voice technologies, and specifically, integrations with Amazon's voice assistant Alexa. Zoobean, which you may recall from its Shark Tank appearance a few years ago, offers reading software to […]

TechCrunch
May 21, 2019

Seraphim Space Camp launches its latest mission, with 7 SpaceTech startups
U.K. space accelerator Seraphim Space Camp appeared last year as the first ever UK SpaceTech accelerator and being, frankly, the only accelerator of its type, it has quickly shored-up a number of partnership links and hoovered up many of the startups in the… space. As is traditional with accelerators, it's unveiled its latest cohort of […]

TechCrunch
May 21, 2019

Microsoft makes a push for service mesh interoperability
Services meshes. They are the hot new thing in the cloud native computing world. At Kubecon, the bi-annual festival of all things cloud native, Microsoft today announced that it is teaming up with a number of companies in this space to create a generic service mesh interface. This will make it easier for developers to […]

TechCrunch
May 21, 2019

FlareAgent, a platform that automates real estate transactions, launches out of YC
The real estate industry is experiencing a bit of a rejuvenation. After years resisting the influence of tech, the industry is now feeling the entrance of e-buyers, as well as a variety of software to streamline the process. One such tech company looking to infiltrate real estate is FlareAgent, which launches today out of Y […]

TechCrunch
May 21, 2019

People.ai, the predictive sales startup, raises $60M at around $500M valuation
The best salespeople like to pride themselves on having both a sixth sense when it comes to closing a deal, and a healthy amount of persuasive magic to get a sale over the line. Now, a startup that says it can help any salesperson be like those top people, and help those top people be […]

TechCrunch
May 21, 2019

Future Family launches a $200 membership for fertility coaching
  Future Family is a startup aiming to make fertility services like IVF and egg freezing more accessible. They work with doctors and clinics to make the pricing of these services more predictable and upfront, then offer monthly payment plans to help customers spread the cost (often in the tens of thousands of dollars) over […]

TechCrunch
May 21, 2019

Freshworks acquires customer success service Natero
Customer engagement service Freshworks, which you may still remember under its old name of Freshdesk, today announced that it has acquired Natero, a customer success service with some AI/ML smarts that helps businesses prevent churn and manage their customers. The acquisition, Freshworks CEO Girish Mathrubootham told me, will help the company complete its mission to […]

TechCrunch
May 21, 2019

Kard is a challenger bank for teens
Meet French startup Kard, a challenger bank that works a lot like N26 or Revolut. But Kard is all about convincing teens that their first bank account is going to be a Kard account — a bit like Step in the U.S. When I talked with Kard co-founder and CEO Scott Gordon, he kept saying that […]

TechCrunch
May 21, 2019

Firefox update is all about speed and fingerprinting protection
Mozilla is currently rolling out Firefox version 67 on Windows, macOS and Linux. And the team is detailing a few changes in a blog post. With today's new version, users should expect better performances across the board. Firefox is now better at loading essential content first and delaying non-essential scripts, not loading the auto-fill module […]

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May 21, 2019

Adobe brings its Premiere Rush video editing app to Android
Adobe launched Premiere Rush, its newest all-in-one video editing tool that is essentially a pared-down version of its flagship Premiere Pro and Audition tools for professional video editors, in late 2018. At the time, it was only available on iOS, macOS and Windows. Now, however, it is also finally bringing it to Android. There is […]

TechCrunch
May 21, 2019

SmileDirectClub plans to 3D print 50,000 teeth-straightening molds a day
The medical industry has long been considered one of the most promising sources of growth for industrial 3D printing. It makes sense — getting a good fit requires the sort of exact measurements that can be accommodating by scanning and printing. Dental in particular has been a key driver, perhaps most notably in the case […]

TechCrunch
May 21, 2019

Payment card startup Marqeta confirms $260M round at close to $2B valuation
Startups that are disrupting and unlocking the lucrative world of financial services continue to unlock big fund funding rounds for themselves. Today, Marqeta — which helps third parties like Square, Affirm, DoorDash, Kabbage and Instacart build and offer card services to their customers — announced that it has raised a Series E of $260 million […]

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May 21, 2019

Generation closes $1B growth fund targeting sustainable startups
Generation Investment Management, the firm co-founded by environmentalist and former Vice President Al Gore, was built on the premise of backing sustainable startups. Now, as the idea of sustainability starts to gain wider traction, the firm is doubling down on the concept. Today, Generation is announcing that it has closed a $1 billion Sustainable Solutions […]

TechCrunch
May 21, 2019

ZenHub Workspaces make GitHub easier to use across teams
ZenHub, a project management tool for GitHub, today announced the launch of Workspaces, a feature that makes it easier for teams to use its service — and GitHub — by allowing them to tweak the service to the needs of specific teams while still using GitHub as the ground truth for their work. With Workspaces, […]

TechCrunch
May 21, 2019

Aaptiv, the workout app, launches a new AI-based personal trainer called Coach
After raising at least $20 million last year from the likes of Amazon, Disney and Bose for a mobile app that offered workouts led by professional, human trainers, Aaptiv is now taking a tech turn. Today, the startup is beginning a pilot of a new service it calls Aaptiv Coach, an AI-based assistant that builds personalised […]

TechCrunch
May 21, 2019

Facebook still a great place to amplify pre-election junk news, EU study finds
A study carried out by academics at Oxford University to investigate how junk news is being shared on social media in Europe ahead of regional elections this month has found individual stories shared on Facebook's platform can still hugely outperform the most important and professionally produced news stories, drawing as much as 4x the volume […]

TechCrunch
May 21, 2019

Atlassian puts its Data Center products into containers
It's KubeCon CloudNativeCon this week and in the slew of announcements, one name stood out: Atlassian . The company is best known as the maker of tools that allow developers to work more efficiently and now as a cloud infrastructure provider. In this age of containerization, though, even Atlassian can bask in the glory […]

TechCrunch
May 21, 2019

Praqma puts Atlassian's Data Center products into containers
It's KubeCon CloudNativeCon this week and in the slew of announcements, one name stood out: Atlassian . The company is best known as the maker of tools that allow developers to work more efficiently and now as a cloud infrastructure provider. In this age of containerization, though, even Atlassian can bask in the glory […]

TechCrunch
May 21, 2019

Self-driving truck startup TuSimple will haul mail for USPS in two-week pilot
TuSimple, the self-driving truck startup that reached unicorn status earlier this year with a $1 billion valuation, is getting two weeks to prove its tech to the United States Postal Service. The company announced Tuesday that it was awarded a contract to complete five round trips, for a two-week pilot, hauling USPS trailers more than […]

TechCrunch
May 21, 2019

ByteDance, TikTok's parent company, plans to launch a free music streaming app
Does the overcrowded and cut-throat music streaming business have room for an additional player? The world's most valuable startup certainly thinks so. Chinese conglomerate ByteDance, valued at over $75 billion, is working on a music streaming service, two sources familiar with the matter told TechCrunch. The company, which operates popular app TikTok, has held discussions […]

TechCrunch
May 21, 2019

Ravin.ai raises $4M to use computer vision for vehicle damage inspections
Ravin.ai, an Israel and U.K.-based startup developing AI to autonomously inspect vehicles for damage, has closed a $4 million seed round. The investment is led by Pico Venture Partners, with participation from Shell Ventures and "automotive entrepreneur" Adam Draizin. It marks Shell Ventures' first Israel investment. Founded in 2018 and based in Haifa and London, […]

TechCrunch
May 21, 2019

Oculus Quest and Rift S now shipping
Facebook -owned Oculus is shipping its latest VR headgear from today. Preorders for the PC-free Oculus Quest and the higher end Oculus Rift S opened up three weeks ago. In a launch blog Oculus touts the new hardware's "all-in-one, fully immersive 6DOF VR" — writing: "We're bringing the magic of presence to more people than […]

TechCrunch
May 21, 2019

Google brings release channels and Windows Container support to its Kubernetes Engine
At KubeCon CloudNativeCon, the bi-annual gathering of cloud-native computing boffins, Google today announced that it now offers three release channels for its Google Kuberentes Engine (GKE): Rapid, Ragular and Stable. With these, Google Cloud users can decide whether they want the freshest release or the most stable one — or easily evaluate the latest […]

TechCrunch
May 21, 2019

IDC: Asia-Pacific spending on AI systems will reach $5.5 billion this year, up 80 percent from 2018
Spending on artificial intelligence systems in the Asia-Pacific region is expected to reach $5.5 billion this year, an almost 80 percent increase over 2018, driven by businesses in China and the retail industry, according to IDC. In a new report, the research firm also said it expects AI spending to climb at a compound annual […]

TechCrunch
May 21, 2019

Digital Ocean's Kubernetes service is now generally available
Like any ambitious cloud infrastructure player, Digital Ocean also recently announced a solution for running Kubernetes clusters on its platform. At KubeCon CloudNativeCon Europe in Barcelona, the company today announced that Digital Ocean Kubernetes is now generally available. With this release, the company is also bringing the latest Kubernetes release (1.14) to the platform […]

TechCrunch
May 21, 2019

‘Game of Thrones' season finale sets record as HBO's most-viewed episode ever
Despite disappointing many longtime fans of the show, the "Game of Thrones" series finale set a new record for HBO as the most viewed episode in the network's history. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the episode reached 13.6 million viewers during its initial airing on Sunday night, which rose to 19.3 million once replays and […]

TechCrunch
May 20, 2019

Blockchain blockchain Malkovich blockchain
I spent much of last week at blockchain conferences, and I'm about ready to never hear the word again. This despite the fact I've been supporting decentralized software, as a counterweight or at least alternative to the growing power of governments and megacorps, for years now. Do you think blockchains are no answer? Great, let's […]

TechCrunch
May 20, 2019

Postmates workers want minimum delivery guarantees and at least $15 per hour
IPO-bound Postmates is under fire right now after making some changes to its payments structure for its delivery workers. Organizers at Working Washington say these changes can reduce pay for typical jobs by up to 30 percent. Up until this past weekend, Postmates guaranteed its delivery workers at least $4 per job. Postmates has since […]

TechCrunch
May 20, 2019

GM's car-sharing service Maven to exit eight cities
GM is scaling back its Maven car-sharing company and will stop service in nearly half of the 17 North American cities in which it operates. A spokesperson who confirmed Maven was shutting down in some cities, without identifying the locations or number that will remain, said the company plans to focus on markets that have […]

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