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Nov 17, 2018

SparkLabs Taipei closes initial $4.25M for its first fund, adds Jeremy Lin as an advisor
SparkLabs Taipei, part of SparkLabs Group, the global network of accelerator programs and funds that works with emerging startup ecosystems, has raised $4.25 million in an initial close led by CTBC Group, along with individual investors, for its first venture capital fund. SparkLabs Taipei also announced today that it has added Atlanta Hawks player Jeremy […]

TechCrunch
Nov 16, 2018

YouTube quietly added free, ad-supported movies to its site
YouTube quietly added around 100 ad-supported Hollywood movies to its site, beginning last month, according to a new report from AdAge. The titles include a mix of classics like "Rocky" and "The Terminator," as well as other family fare like "Zookeeper," "Agent Cody Banks," and "Legally Blonde," among others. Before, YouTube had only offered consumers […]

TechCrunch
Nov 16, 2018

Blockchain gaming gets a boost with Mythical Games' $16M Series A
Mythical Games is betting user-generated content and intimate ties between players, content creators, brands and developers is the future of entertainment.

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Nov 16, 2018

Walmart passes Apple to become No. 3 online retailer in U.S.
Walmart has overtaken Apple to become the No. 3 online retailer in the U.S., according to a report this week from eMarketer. While Amazon still leads by a wide margin, accounting for 48 percent of e-commerce sales in 2018, Walmart - including also Sam's Club and Jet.com - is poised to capture 4 percent of […]

TechCrunch
Nov 16, 2018

The Boring Company goes brick-and-mortar with The Brick Store
Elon Musk has shot out some crazy, unbelievable tweets over the last year, but he wasn't joking about the bricks. Musk has started a company called The Brick Store LLC to produce and sell bricks, according to public documents obtained by TechCrunch. The new company, which was founded in July, will be managed by Steve […]

TechCrunch
Nov 16, 2018

Unicorns aren't special anymore
There are 145 "active unicorns" today worth an aggregate valuation of $555.9 billion. In 2013, there were just 39.

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Nov 16, 2018

Feeling left out of a hot market? This new outfit has a fund with shares of 30 top ‘unicorns' to sell you
When Equidate, a venture-backed secondaries marketplace based in San Francisco, closed its most recent round of funding with $50 million four months ago, it was hardly a surprising bet on the part of its backers. As startups linger ever longer as private companies, more people are looking to lock up shares wherever they can find […]

TechCrunch
Nov 16, 2018

Kairos founder countersues his own company for $10 million
The turmoil continues at facial recognition startup Kairos . Last night, Kairos founder Brian Brackeen filed a counter lawsuit against Kairos and its interim CEO Melissa Doval that seeks $10 million in damages. Kairos is a facial recognition startup that has become well-known for its stance to never sell to law enforcement. At Disrupt SF […]

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Nov 16, 2018

Pitching a $99 tax advisory service for the masses, Visor has raised $9 million
The only sure things in this life, according to Ben Franklin, are death and taxes. And a new startup called Visor has just raised $9 million in financing to make one of them as painless as possible. Unlike Nectome, Visor won't kill anyone, but it may ring the death knell for the high end tax advisors that most […]

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Nov 16, 2018

The Criterion Collection is launching its own streaming service
When WarnerMedia announced last month that it would be shutting down its streaming service FilmStruck, the team at the Criterion Collection said it would be looking for a new digital home. Today, Criterion announced that it will be building that home itself — namely, launching a streaming service called The Criterion Channel. The company remains […]

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Nov 16, 2018

Tesla has opened up Model 3 orders to customers in China
Tesla is now taking orders for the Model 3 from customers in China, according to its website. Reuters was the first to report that Tesla is taking orders in China. Tesla won't confirm or comment on the information published on its own China-focused website. Tesla CEO Elon Musk did say in a tweet Thursday that […]

TechCrunch
Nov 16, 2018

Gift Guide: The best gear for that friend who wants to start a podcast
"How do I start a podcast?" As the producer of the TechCrunch podcast Equity, I get this question all the time. Fortunately, it's easier than ever to get your voice out there.

TechCrunch
Nov 16, 2018

Stoop aims to improve your news diet with an easy way to find and read newsletters
Stoop is looking to provide readers with what CEO Tim Raybould described as "a healthier information diet." To do that, it's launched an iOS and Android app where you can browse through different newsletters based on category, and when you find one you like, it will direct you to the standard subscription page. If you […]

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Nov 16, 2018

Cryptocurrency chill causes mining speculator Nvidia's stock to plunge
The cryptocurrency market is an exciting one, but it's also unpredictable — and when things go south, they take related businesses with them. Nvidia, a hardware giant that has been riding the cryptocurrency wave, saw its stock price take a double-digit hit as it reported vanishing demand for GPUs specializing in crypto-mining.

TechCrunch
Nov 16, 2018

Reading List: Podcasting
I argued in my recent post What's Next for Podcasting? that we're at a pivot point where podcasting is becoming a mainstream content format for all types of shows and creators as Hollywood enters the fray. There's a surge of interest by both creatives and businesspeople in podcasts right now, so I've compiled a reading […]

TechCrunch
Nov 16, 2018

Former Oracle Exec Thomas Kurian to replace Diane Greene as head of Google Cloud
Diane Greene announced in a blog post today that she would be stepping down as CEO of Google Cloud and will be helping transition former Oracle executive Thomas Kurian to take over early next year. Greene took over the position almost exactly three years ago when Google bought Bebop, the startup she was running. The […]

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Nov 16, 2018

Weather Up's app can give you forecasts for your calendar events
There are plenty of weather apps to choose from on the App Store, but the newly released Weather Up app is doing something different. Instead of just offering the daily weather, it will now offer Event Forecasts - meaning forecasts that sync with your calendars so you can see what the weather will be for […]

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Nov 16, 2018

Airbnb made more than $1 billion in revenue last quarter
Ahead of Airbnb's expected initial public offering next year, the home-sharing startup announced more than $1 billion in revenue during Q3 2018. Airbnb says this was its strongest quarter to date, where it saw "substantially more" than $1 billion in revenue. Airbnb, however, has been without a permanent chief financial officer since February, when Laurence […]

TechCrunch
Nov 16, 2018

UN warns over human rights impact of a "digital welfare state"
The UN special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights has raised concerns about the UK's rush to apply digital technologies and data tools to socially re-engineer the delivery of public services at scale, warning in a statement today that the impact of a digital welfare state on vulnerable people will be "immense". He has […]

TechCrunch
Nov 16, 2018

UN warns over human rights impact of a ‘digital welfare state'
The UN special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights has raised concerns about the UK's rush to apply digital technologies and data tools to socially re-engineer the delivery of public services at scale, warning in a statement today that the impact of a digital welfare state on vulnerable people will be "immense". He has […]

TechCrunch
Nov 16, 2018

CodeStream lets you collaborate and talk directly in VS Code
Adding comments to your code is nothing new. But what if you could @-mention your coworkers and start a thread about a specific part of your code? Meet CodeStream, a Y Combinator-backed startup that wants to do just that. The best way to discuss some content is right next to the content itself. That's why […]

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Nov 16, 2018

MailChimp teams up with Square to launch shoppable landing pages
MailChimp, the popular email newsletter service and marketing platform, today announced a partnership with Square that will allow its users to create landing pages with built-in e-commerce features. These shoppable landing pages are meant to give businesses a new sales channel to sell things like limited edition good or run targeted promotions. MailChimp's landing pages have […]

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Nov 16, 2018

Facebook Messenger is building a "Watch Videos Together" feature
Netflix and chill from afar? Facebook Messenger is now internally testing simultaneous co-viewing of videos. That means you and your favorite people could watch a synchronized video over group chat on your respective devices while discussing or joking about it. This "Watch Videos Together" feature could make you spend more time on Facebook Messenger while […]

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Nov 16, 2018

Facebook Messenger is building a ‘Watch Videos Together' feature
Netflix and chill from afar? Facebook Messenger is now internally testing simultaneous co-viewing of videos. That means you and your favorite people could watch a synchronized video over group chat on your respective devices while discussing or joking about it. This "Watch Videos Together" feature could make you spend more time on Facebook Messenger while […]

TechCrunch
Nov 16, 2018

Uber's financials, Qualtric's $8B exit and what's going on at WeWork
Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch's venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This week we had the excellent Connie Loizos on the air, we had Danny Crichton on the horn from New York, I was in the studio mostly hacking up one lung or the other, and we had Matt Howard […]

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Nov 16, 2018

Popular Chinese selfie app Meitu now includes 3D editing
You've probably had the experience of posing awkwardly for a photo while everyone else looks great. Now China's top photo-editing firm Meitu has a solution that helps you resist the urge to trash that photo. Meitu's namesake app, which claims over 100 million monthly active users as of August, recently launched a feature that lets users […]

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Nov 16, 2018

BlackBerry is buying Cylance for $1.4 billion to continue its push into cybersecurity
BlackBerry was best known for keyboard-totting smartphones, but their demise in recent years has seen the Canadia firm pivot towards enterprise services and in particular cybersecurity. That strategy takes a big step further forward today after BlackBerry announced the acquisition of AI-based cybersecurity company Cylance for a cool $1.4 billion. Business Insider reported that a […]

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Nov 16, 2018

Musca is the winner of TechCrunch Battlefield Tokyo 2018
TechCrunch is in the heart of Japan and we've been hearing from some of Tokyo's brightest entrepreneurs competing to win the Battlefield startup competition here. We've whittled down the group of 20 startups that have presented onstage for our judges, and we're proud to announce the winner of TechCrunch Tokyo 2018. The winner is Musca! […]

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Nov 16, 2018

Facebook has other ties to Definers, the GOP-led opposition research group
In the wake of a fairly catastrophic behind the scenes glimpse into Facebook's high-level decision making, one question remains: Who brought a controversial Republican opposition research firm into the fold? In a long call with reporters on Thursday, Mark Zuckerberg denied any knowledge of his company's own dealings with Definers Public Affairs, the firm in […]

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Nov 16, 2018

China's Craigslist continues growth after netting 100 million small-town users
58.com, the Craiglist of China, is making a massive push to pick up rural users as it hedges China's economic uncertainties. During the third quarter, revenues grew 33.2 percent to $527 million and net income jumped 106 percent to $106 million year-over-year.  The classifies giant said in Thursday's earnings call that it added over 100 million new […]

TechCrunch
Nov 16, 2018

Court filings accidentally reveal charges against Julian Assange
In a turn of events that reads like a plot point from an unreleased Coen Brothers script, information has surfaced revealing that prosecutors have charged embattled Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange. The information came to light as part of the recently unsealed filing of a seemingly unrelated sex crimes case. How Assange's name and fate appeared […]

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Nov 16, 2018

Africa's agtech wave gets $10 million richer as Twiga Foods raises more capital
Jake Bright Contributor Jake Bright is a writer and author in New York City. He is co-author of The Next Africa. More posts by this contributor Nigerian data analytics company Terragon acquires Asian mobile ad firm Bizense Africa Roundup: Local VC funds surge, Naspers ramps up and fintech diversifies Kenya's Twiga Foods has raised $10 million from […]

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Nov 16, 2018

The Orbital 2 is like a Surface Dial that works with Mac
This little peripheral is one of the more interesting new pieces of hardware floating around the halls of TC Tokyo this week. The product, created by local startup Brain Magic, is best described as a more feature-packed take on the Microsoft Dial — one that, as it happens, also works with Mac. It's a nice […]

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Nov 16, 2018

Hong Kong is adding QR code payments to its subway stations
A new dispatch from our ‘QR Codes Are Very Much Alive In Asia' reporting program: Hong Kong's subway system will soon allow its commuters to pay by scanning QR codes thanks to a deal with Alibaba that was announced this week. The partnership — which is with Alibaba's Ant Financial affiliate — will see scan-to-pay […]

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Nov 16, 2018

Alibaba and Amazon move over, we visited JD's connected grocery store in China
The arms race to build the future of grocery stores is heating up in China. To no one's surprise, the main contestants are the country's ecommerce titans Alibaba and JD.com, which are turning offline for growth. Online retail has flourished in China, but it still accounts for less than 20 percent of the nation's overall consumption, according […]

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Nov 16, 2018

Alibaba and Amazon move over, we visited JD.com connected grocery store in China
The arms race to build the future of grocery stores is heating up in China. To no one's surprise, the main contestants are the country's ecommerce titans Alibaba and JD.com, which are turning offline for growth. Online retail has flourished in China, but it still accounts for less than 20 percent of the nation's overall consumption, according […]

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Nov 16, 2018

The Timbuk2 Never Check sold me on the importance of a good travel backpack
For some who travels a lot, I can be downright reckless when it comes to packing sometimes. I've found myself hurling clothes, toiletries and assorted cables into bags on more early mornings than I care to mention. That haphazard approach naturally extends to the bags I'm throwing my things into. I've always just relayed on […]

TechCrunch
Nov 16, 2018

Sheryl Sandberg claims she didn't know Facebook hired agency behind ‘abhorrent' anti-Soros campaign
Sheryl Sandberg has denied that she obstructed early investigations into election meddling and claimed that she was unaware Facebook was involved with an agency that ran "abhorrent" anti-Semitic campaigns that targeted George Soros among others. Facebook, the world's largest social network with over 2.2 billion users, spent Thursday doing its best to fight a media relations forest fire […]

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Nov 15, 2018

Tidal arrives on the Amazon Echo
One key thing the HomePod has on the competition: streaming service synergy. It's an important advantage at the heart of the premium smart speaker. While both Amazon and Google have their own streaming options, they pale in comparison to the top services, so third-parties are really the way to go. Amazon's just added another key […]

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Nov 15, 2018

Tinder tests ‘Swipe Surge' in US to connect users during peak times
Tinder today announced the test of a new in-app experience it's calling "Swipe Surge," that will send notifications to users when there's a spike in Tinder usage in their area. The feature is designed to allow Tinder to better capitalize on real-world events that drive increased usage - like music festivals, parties, or spring break […]

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Nov 15, 2018

Shyft raises $6.5M to help retail and service workers swap shifts
Ignition Partners and Madrona Venture Group have invested in the app for workers.

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Nov 15, 2018

Amazon launches ‘Alexa-hosted skills' for voice app developers
Amazon on Thursday launched a new service aimed at Alexa developers that automatically provisions and helps them to manage a set of AWS cloud resources for their Alexa skill's backend service. The service is intended to help developers speed the time it takes to launch their skills, by allowing them to focus on their skills' […]

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Nov 15, 2018

Walmart and Target embrace in-store mobile checkout for the holidays
Two of the U.S.'s largest brick-and-mortar retailers, Walmart and Target, are launching new mobile checkout systems in their stores to accommodate the influx of shoppers expected during the 2018 holiday season. Walmart says it's expanding its "Check Out With Me" service to every Supercenter by Black Friday, while Target's recently launched "Skip the Line" mobile […]

TechCrunch
Nov 15, 2018

A leaky database of SMS text messages exposed password resets and two-factor codes
A security lapse has exposed a massive database containing tens of millions of text messages, including password reset links, two-factor codes, shipping notifications and more. The exposed server belongs to Voxox (formerly Telcentris), a San Diego, Calif.-based communications company. The server wasn't protected with a password, allowing anyone who knew where to look to peek […]

TechCrunch
Nov 15, 2018

E3 slouches towards irrelevance again as Sony announces it's skipping the show
I like E3. I really do. But it's also monumentally dumb: game companies spending millions to show off essentially faked content to an increasingly jaded audience. And it's increasingly out of step with how the gaming industry works. So it should come as no surprise that Sony will be skipping the show more or less altogether this year, joining Nintendo in taking a step back from spectacle.

TechCrunch
Nov 15, 2018

Cassette decks from Crosley take aim at tape-hoarding nostalgia-seekers
Crosley, makers of the "good enough" record players you see in Urban Outfitters and Target, have turned their retro novelty eye on the next obvious format: cassettes. These two new decks from the company have all the latest features from 1985, but also a handful of modern conveniences.

TechCrunch
Nov 15, 2018

Overnight success now requires a little more time
Building a great consumer company is harder these days. Try anyway.

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Nov 15, 2018

FCC approval of Europe's Galileo satellite signals may give your phone's GPS a boost
The FCC's space-focused meeting today had actions taken on SpaceX satellites and orbital debris reduction, but the decision most likely to affect users has to do with Galileo. No, not the astronomer — the global positioning satellite constellation put in place by the E.U. over the last few years. It's now legal for U.S. phones to use, and a simple software update could soon give your GPS signal a major bump.

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Nov 15, 2018

Tesla acquires trucking companies to squeeze in more deliveries before Dec. 31
Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted Thursday that the electric automaker had "acquired trucking capacity," a move aimed to boost deliveries of its Model 3 vehicles before the federal tax credit begins to wind down December 31. Musk at first didn't explain what "acquired trucking capacity" meant. The company hasn't posted any regulatory filings of an […]

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Nov 15, 2018

Uber joins Linux Foundation cementing commitment to open source tools
Uber announced today at the 2018 Uber Open Summit that it was joining the Linux Foundation as a Gold Member, making a firm commitment to using and contributing to open source tools. Uber CTO Thuan Pham sees the Linux Foundation as a place for companies like his to nurture and develop open source projects. "Open […]

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Nov 15, 2018

Uber joins Linux Foundation, cementing commitment to open-source tools
Uber announced today at the 2018 Uber Open Summit that it was joining the Linux Foundation as a Gold Member, making a firm commitment to using and contributing to open-source tools. Uber CTO Thuan Pham sees the Linux Foundation as a place for companies like his to nurture and develop open-source projects. "Open source technology […]

TechCrunch
Nov 15, 2018

Apple partners with A24, the studio behind ‘Moonlight' and ‘Hereditary'
Apple has signed a multi-year agreement with A24, which will see the film studio producing multiple movies for Apple. Not much else is known about the deal yet — not the number of films, their genres or the talent involved. Still, the deal suggests that Apple is going to be investing seriously in original films, […]

TechCrunch
Nov 15, 2018

Facebook changes algorithm to demote "borderline content" that almost violates its policy
Facebook has changed its News Feed algorithm to demote content that comes close to violating its policies prohibiting misinformation, hate speech, violence, bullying, clickbait so it's seen by fewer people even it's highly engaging. In a 5000-word letter by Mark Zuckerberg published today, he explained how a "basic incentive problem" that "when left unchecked, people […]

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Nov 15, 2018

Facebook will change algorithm to demote "borderline content" that almost violates policies
Facebook will changed its News Feed algorithm to demote content that comes close to violating its policies prohibiting misinformation, hate speech, violence, bullying, clickbait so it's seen by fewer people even it's highly engaging. The change could massively reduce the reach of incendiary political groups, fake news peddlers, and more of the worst stuff on […]

TechCrunch
Nov 15, 2018

Zuckerberg denies knowledge of Facebook's work with GOP opposition research firm
Today in call with reporters preceded by a frantic if fairly uneventful distraction-pushing media blitz, Facebook responded to a damning New York Times story published yesterday that cited interviews with more than 50 sources privy to Facebook's decision making. The call kicked off with the operator's suggestion that Facebook is "happy to take a couple […]

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Nov 15, 2018

Citrix pays $200M to acquire Sapho, which connects legacy software with ‘micro apps'
As large organizations grapple with adopting modern work practices without throwing out all of their legacy software, a company that works with them is making an acquisition that it hopes will help with that process. Citrix today is announcing that it has acquired Sapho, a startup that develops "micro apps" for legacy software so that workers […]

TechCrunch
Nov 15, 2018

Wonder Ventures aims to dazzle L.A. startups with its new seed-stage fund
Dustin Rosen thinks L.A. has a problem, aside from its famously car-choked highways. There aren't enough investors willing to write small checks. Why not? The way he sees it, most of the so-called micro venture funds have grown their funds to the size of traditional venture firms, and are making bigger bets as a result. […]

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Nov 15, 2018

Canonical plans to raise its first outside funding as it looks to a future IPO
It's been 14 years since Mark Shuttleworth first founded and funded Canonical and the Ubuntu project. At the time, it was mostly a Linux distribution. Today, it's a major enterprise player that offers a variety of products and services. Throughout the years, Shuttleworth self-funded the project and never showed much interest in taking outside money. […]

TechCrunch
Nov 15, 2018

SpaceX gets FCC approval to add 7,518 more satellites to its Starlink constellation
SpaceX's application to add thousands of satellites to its proposed Starlink communications constellation has been approved by the FCC, though it will be some time before the company actually puts those birds in the air.

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Nov 15, 2018

Facebook will pass off content policy appeals to a new independent oversight body
Facebook doesn't want to be the arbiter of decency when it comes to content policy decisions, similar to how it looked to third-party fact checkers rather than becoming an arbiter of truth. Today on a press call with journalists, Mark Zuckerberg announced that a new external oversight committee would be created in 2019 to handle […]

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Nov 15, 2018

OpenStack regroups
Only a few years ago, OpenStack was the hottest open-source project around, with a bustling startup ecosystem to boot. The project, which gives enterprises the tools to run the equivalent of AWS in their own private data centers, ran into trouble as it tried to tackle too many individual projects at the same time and […]

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Nov 15, 2018

Facebook reports a massive spike in government demands for data, including secret orders
Facebook has published the details of 13 historical national security letters it's received for user data. The embattled social media giant said that the letters dated between 2014 and 2017 for several Facebook and Instagram accounts. These demands for data are effectively subpoenas, issued by the FBI without any judicial oversight, compelling companies to turn over […]

TechCrunch
Nov 15, 2018

What the FDA's restriction of e-cig flavors means for Juul
FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb has revealed his plans to combat underage use of e-cigs and nicotine, which has grown 78 percent among high school students from 2017 to 2018. The commissioner today announced a plan that would remove all flavored electronic nicotine delivery system products — with the exception of tobacco, mint, menthol, or non-flavored […]

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Nov 15, 2018

After first commercial launch, Rocket Lab announces $140 million in funding
When it rains, it pours. And when you're a successful space startup, it pours money. Rocket Lab, the New Zealand-based launch provider, is still on cloud nine from having completed its first fully commercial launch this weekend — and now they get to announce a $140 million funding round that puts their valuation well above a billion.

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Nov 15, 2018

Meet Uber's newly promoted Chief Product Officer, Manik Gupta
Manik Gupta got his first taste of solving logistics nightmares when fresh out of college, he was delivering Palm Pilots around Singapore. He'd started a precursor to Groupon called BuyItTogether. "We were a full stack marketplace where we were also delivering the goods. That's what caused us to not have good profit margins. Actually, zero […]

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Nov 15, 2018

Apple's Final Cut Pro X just got a big update — here's what's new
Apple's pro-grade video editing tool Final Cut Pro X is getting a big update today. While much of FCPX is getting polished up in this release, the biggest change is what it allows for moving forward: workflow extensions. These extensions allow third-party apps and services to hook right into FCPX and build on top of […]

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Nov 15, 2018

Apple's Final Cut Pro X just got a big update. Here's what's new
Apple's pro-grade video editing tool Final Cut Pro X is getting a big update today. While much of FCPX is getting polished up in this release, the biggest change is what it allows for moving forward: workflow extensions. These extensions allow third-party apps and services to hook right into FCPX and build on top of […]

TechCrunch
Nov 15, 2018

Google partners with MotherCoders to bring tech training to moms in New York City
Diversity and inclusion is a topic that all too often starts and ends with white women. MotherCoders, while targeting women, aims to support moms of all backgrounds — whether they be LGBTQ, single and/or people of color. "If you look at our cohorts, they tend to be really represented," MotherCoders founder Tina Lee told TechCrunch. […]

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Nov 15, 2018

Lyft launches default tipping, rating protections and more to keep drivers happy
Until autonomous vehicles are here, ride-hailing companies like Lyft and Uber have to attract and retain human drivers if they hope to sustain their businesses. Lyft announced Thursday a half dozen new driver-friendly features, from default tipping and in-trip tipping to ways to protect their ratings and an events planner. Lyft also committed to rolling […]

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Nov 15, 2018

Facebook's weapon amid chaos and controversy: misdirection
The New York Times' bombshell report into the past three years at Facebook paint a grotesque picture of the company's attempts to navigate a string of high profile controversies by using unsavory, unethical and dark PR tactics. The Times' report, citing more than 50 sources, accuses the company of: employing a Republican opposition research firm […]

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Nov 15, 2018

Facebook under pressure over Soros smear tactics
Facebook is facing calls to conduct an external investigation into its own lobbying and PR activities by an aide to billionaire George Soros. BuzzFeed reports that Michael Vachon, an advisor to the chairman at Soros Fund Management, made the call in a letter to friends and colleagues. The call follows an explosive investigation, published yesterday […]

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Nov 15, 2018

Raspberry Pi 3 Model A is a compact yet powerful Raspberry Pi
The Raspberry Pi Foundation just announced a brand new model. The Raspberry Pi 3 Model A is basically a flagship Raspberry Pi on a smaller printed circuit board, with a few compromises. It costs $25, or $10 less than the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B . The lineup is getting slightly confusing but bear with me […]

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Nov 15, 2018

Rookout launches its live Kubernetes debugger
Rookout, a startup that offers debugging tools for applications that run on modern container and serverless platforms, is launching a new feature today that brings the equivalent of breakpoints to Kubernetes. "Traditional debuggers leave developers helpless on Kubernetes, because they can't debug multiple ephemeral, shifting, distributed concurrent instances of code," the company argues in its […]

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Nov 15, 2018

RPA startup Automation Anywhere nabs $300M from SoftBank at a $2.6B valuation
The market for RPA — Robotic Process Automation — is getting a hat trick of news this week: Automation Anywhere has today announced that it has raised $300 million from the SoftBank Vision Fund. This funding, which values Automation Anywhere at $2.6 billion post-money, is an extension to the Series A the company announced earlier […]

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Nov 15, 2018

Propel accelerates with $18M Series B to manage product lifecycle
We hear so much about managing the customer relationship, but companies have to manage the products they sell too. Propel, a Santa Clara startup, is taking a modern cloud approach to the problem, and today it landed an $18 million Series B investment. The round was led by Norwest Venture Partners. Previous investors Cloud Apps […]

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Nov 15, 2018

Italic launches its marketplace for affordable luxury goods from top manufacturers
A new startup called Italic says it's already received more than 100,000 signups for a marketplace where you can buy handbags, eyewear and other luxury products directly from the manufacturers who work with the world's best-known brands. The marketplace is officially launching today. Italic is also announcing that it's raised $13 million in funding from […]

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Nov 15, 2018

Spotify alums create Canopy content suggester that won't steal your data
Personalization comes at a steep price. All your data gets sucked up into a company's servers where they can do whatever they want with it. But Canopy is a new content discovery startup that's invented impressive technology that lets it learn about you anonymously while all your data stays on your device. Built by the […]

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Nov 15, 2018

Review: Microsoft Surface Studio 2


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Nov 15, 2018

These Bluetooth earbuds double as a charging cord
As I write this, I'm somewhere in Asia, with a bag full of assorted cables and devices. I've gotten better at packing light, but I've still got a ways to go. Certainly there's something to be said for those products that can pull double duty — take the new Huawei phone or most recent iPad […]

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Nov 15, 2018

WeWork hires Prabhdeep Singh to lead operations for its startup program WeWork Labs
WeWork has hired Prabhdeep Singh to serve as the first global head of operations for its startup program WeWork Labs. It's a program that relaunched earlier this year, providing early-stage startups with desk space, educational programs and mentorship. Since the relaunch, the company says it's opened in more than 24 locations in 14 cities across […]

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Nov 15, 2018

Apex.ai raises $15.5 million for autonomous vehicle software
Apex.ai is emerging out of stealth today with quite the claim — an operating system for autonomous vehicles that will never fail Founded by long-time automated systems engineers Jan Becker and Dejan Pangercic, Apex.ai develops operating systems for various types of autonomous mobility platforms. Today, Apex.ai is also announcing a $15.5 million Series A round led […]

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Nov 15, 2018

Apex.AI raises $15.5 million for autonomous-vehicle software
Apex.AI is emerging out of stealth today with quite the claim — an operating system for autonomous vehicles that will never fail. Founded by long-time automated systems engineers Jan Becker and Dejan Pangercic, Apex.AI develops operating systems for various types of autonomous mobility platforms. Today, Apex.AI is also announcing a $15.5 million Series A round led by […]

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Nov 15, 2018

Roku's voice-powered wireless speakers and tabletop remote start shipping
In July, Roku unveiled its entry into the voice-powered speaker market, with a pair of Roku TV Wireless Speakers designed to work with the company's lineup of partner-built smart TVs. Those speakers will now begin to ship to customers starting on Friday, November 16. They'll also go on sale in advance of Black Friday at […]

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Nov 15, 2018

Docker inks partnership with Mulesoft as Salesforce takes a strategic stake
Docker and Mulesoft have announced a broad deal to sell products together and integrate their platforms. As part of it, Docker is getting an investment from Salesforce, the CRM giant that acquired Mulesoft for $6.5 billion last spring. Salesforce is not disclosing the size of the stake it's taking in Docker, but it is strategic: […]

TechCrunch
Nov 15, 2018

LocalGlobe, the London seed-stage VC, is raising a new fund aimed at Series B
LocalGlobe, the seed-stage venture capital firm founded by father and son duo Robin and Saul Klein, and one of the most active firms in the U.K., is gearing up to launch a new separate fund aimed at Series B. According to sources — and since confirmed by LocalGlobe — the VC firm is raising a […]

TechCrunch
Nov 15, 2018

Tech giants take seats on Homeland Security's new supply chain task force
Homeland Security's supply chain task force is finally off the ground.. The public-private coalition, set up earlier this year, now has representatives from more than two dozen companies and industry groups signed up to help the government try to combat risks faced by tech companies from threats in the supply chain. Called the ICT Supply […]

TechCrunch
Nov 15, 2018

Bunch scores $3.8M to turn mobile games into video chat LAN parties
The best parts of gaming are the jokes and trash talk with friends. Whether it was four-player Goldeneye or linking up PCs for Quake battles in the basement, the social element keeps video games exciting. Yet on mobile we've lost a lot of that, playing silently by ourselves even if we're in a squad with […]

TechCrunch
Nov 15, 2018

Standard Cognition raises $40M to replace retailers' cashiers with cameras
The Amazon Go store requires hundreds of cameras to detect who's picking up what items. Standard Cognition needs just 27 to go after the $27 trillion market of equipping regular shops with autonomous retail technology. Walk into one of its partners' stores and overhead cameras identify you by shape and movement, not facial recognition. Open […]

TechCrunch
Nov 15, 2018

EnduroSat CEO to talk about making satellites more affordable at Disrupt Berlin
It has never been easier to launch a satellite into space. But EnduroSat wants to make it even easier by making CubeSats more affordable thanks to a unique platform. That's why I'm excited to announce that EnduroSat CEO Raycho Raychev is coming to TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin to talk about his platform. Many industries have gone […]

TechCrunch
Nov 15, 2018

Online SWATer will face 20 years in prison
Tyler Barriss aka SWAuTistic caused almost 100 SWATing attacks by calling the police on perceived online enemies and claiming that they were holding hostages and were heavily armed. One of these, in SWATs, launched in Wichita, Kansas last year, led to the death of a father of two named Andrew Finch. Now Barriss is facing […]

TechCrunch
Nov 15, 2018

Plus-sized clothing startup Dia&Co gets another $70M from Sequoia, USV
Dia&Co co-founder and CEO Nadia Boujarwah wants to change the retail market for plus-sized women.

TechCrunch
Nov 15, 2018

Mozilla adds website breach notifications to Firefox
Mozilla is adding a new security feature to its Firefox Quantum web browser that will alert users when they visit a website that has recently reported a data breach. When a Firefox user lands on a website with a breach in its recent past they'll see a pop up notification informing them of the barebones […]

TechCrunch
Nov 15, 2018

Airtable, maker of a coding platform for non-techies, raises $100M at a $1.1B valuation
If data is the new oil, you might think of apps are the cars that need it to move. Now, a startup that has built a platform to let everyone — not just those with technical expertise — make and drive their own "cars" has raised a significant round of funding to grow its business. […]

TechCrunch
Nov 15, 2018

Google's annual Thanksgiving report tells you the best times to avoid traffic jams
Google has released its annual Thanksgiving traffic and search trends report, created by analyzing data from last year's holiday season. It breaks down the best and worst times to travel by state and also throws in information about when popular places, like grocery and liquor stores, are the most crowded. Even if you can't avoid […]

TechCrunch
Nov 15, 2018

Ezra raises $4M to diagnose cancer with MRIs, not painful biopsies
1 in 41 men will die of prostate cancer. But sticking a needle through your rectum into your prostate to screen for cancer brings along a ton of bacteria and terrible side effects like pain, infection, urinary trouble, and even erectile dysfunction. It turns out you can detect cancer with Magnetic Resonance Imaging…it's just prohibitively […]

TechCrunch
Nov 15, 2018

Bitcoin and the crypto market is once again crashing hard
It's not been a pretty year for anyone who owns Bitcoin, but the last 24 hours has been a period to forget as the cryptocurrency dropped below $100 billion in market cap for the first time in more than a year. You have to go back to the end of October — the 29th to […]

TechCrunch
Nov 15, 2018

Lies, damn lies, and HQ2
There are few things certain in our world except for the uplifting tendencies of technology. I've spent the past few years trying to prove this to myself, at least, by interviewing hundreds of thinkers on the topic. I've come to a singular conclusion: when tech moves into a city, be it an iOS dev shop […]

TechCrunch
Nov 15, 2018

Snap up a spectator ticket to Startup Battlefield Africa 2018
Don't miss your chance to bear witness as a cohort of sub-Saharan Africa's exceptional entrepreneurs launch their early-stage tech startups to the world. Startup Battlefield Africa 2018, our premier pitch competition, takes place on 11 December in Lagos, Nigeria. Join us to cheer on the competitors and enjoy a series of outstanding panel discussions from […]

TechCrunch
Nov 15, 2018

48-hours only: Early-bird prices for Disrupt Berlin 2018
Das ist super geil — this is awesome! Early-bird prices for Disrupt Berlin 2018 passes have returned to the roost. But you need to act fast, because our time-sensitive offer expires in just 48 hours. This opportunity translates to serious savings in any language — up to €500. Here's even more good news. During this […]

TechCrunch
Nov 15, 2018

Urban Massage re-brands to ‘Urban' as it launches wellness services beyond massage
Urban Massage, the London-headquartered startup that lets you book a vetted massage therapist "on-demand", is expanding into new wellness services in addition to changing its name. Now simply called Urban, the company, which operates in several U.K. cities along with Paris, is adding the ability to book an expert nail technician, GOsC-regulated osteopath, or skin […]

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