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Jan 16, 2019

BlueRun Ventures closes on $130M, ups Cheryl Cheng to GP
PayPal, Kabbage and Waze investor BlueRun Ventures invests in early-stage mobile software and fintech startups.

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Jan 16, 2019

Sprint customers can now use Apple Business Chat to reach an agent
Sprint today announced it will support Apple's Business Chat - the new platform that allows businesses and customers to interact over iMessage. According to the carrier, customers can now message a Sprint customer service agent, get info about plans and other services, as well as look up store information in Maps, Safari and with Siri […]

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Jan 16, 2019

We Company CEO in hot water over being both a tenant and a landlord
The company formerly known as WeWork has come under scrutiny for potential conflict of interest issues regarding CEO Adam Neumann's partial ownership of three properties where WeWork is (or will be) a tenant. TechCrunch has seen excerpts of the company's prospectus for investors that details upwards of $100 million in total future rents WeWork will […]

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Jan 16, 2019

Daily Crunch: Snap CFO departs
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. Snap CFO Tim Stone is resigning This marks Snap's second CFO departure in the last 12 months. In a memo to […]

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Jan 16, 2019

Nvidia's T4 GPUs are now available in beta on Google Cloud
Google Cloud today announced that Nvidia's Turing-based Tesla T4 data center GPUs are now available in beta in its data centers in Brazil, India, Netherlands, Singapore, Tokyo and the United States. Google first announced a private test of these cards in November, but that was a very limited alpha test. All developers can now take these new […]

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Jan 16, 2019

Tinder is testing the ability to share Spotify music clips in chat
Tinder has already developed a fairly robust chat platform within its dating app, with support for sharing things like Bitmoji and GIFs, and the ability to "like" messages by tapping a heart icon. Now, the company is testing a new integration - sharing music via Spotify. Tinder confirmed with TechCrunch it's trying out a new […]

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Jan 16, 2019

Anchor says it's ‘powering' 40 percent of new podcasts
Podcasting's greatest asset has always been its accessibility — for consumer and creator alike. But even the simplest medium requires a little know-how, and Anchor's overarching goal has long been to further lower the barrier of entry for those looking to take the leap. It's not perfect, and it's not for everyone, but the service […]

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Jan 16, 2019

Byju's buys Osmo for $120M to add blended learning to its $4B digital education business
Weeks after it raised a massive $540 million funding round, Indian education unicorn Byju's is on the M&A path. The company announced today it has snapped up U.S-based Osmo, a startup that develops apps for kids that use offline input, in a deal worth $120 million. Osmo has raised over $30 million from investors that […]

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Jan 16, 2019

Niantic finalizes its Series C at $245M with a valuation of nearly $4B
We've known since around December that Niantic (the creators of Pokémon GO and the soon to be released Harry Potter Wizards Unite) was in the middle of raising a ton of money for its Series C round. At the time, it looked like it'd come in around $200M dollars. The company has just officially announced […]

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Jan 16, 2019

Get a TechCrunch Sessions: Robotics AI demo table while you can
Innovation's leading-edge lives at the intersection of robotics and AI. What could possibly be more exciting than attending TechCrunch Sessions: Robotics AI on April 18 — where you'll spend a full day immersed in these world-changing technologies? Well, you could showcase your early-stage startup to nearly 1,000 of the best minds in robotics and […]

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Jan 16, 2019

Infor lands $1.5 billion investment ahead of IPO
Infor, a NYC-based enterprise software company, announced a massive $1.5 billion investment today that could be the precursor to an IPO in the next 12-24 months. One analyst is estimating that the valuation could be at least $60 billion. The investment is being led by Koch Industries' investment arm, Koch Equity Development, and Golden Gate […]

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Jan 16, 2019

Infor lands $1.5 billion investment ahead of possible IPO
Infor, a NYC-based enterprise software company, announced a massive $1.5 billion investment today that could be the precursor to an IPO down the road. One analyst is estimating that the valuation could be at least $60 billion. The investment is being led by Koch Industries' investment arm, Koch Equity Development, and Golden Gate Capital. Today's […]

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Jan 16, 2019

China accounted for nearly half of app downloads in 2018, 40% of consumer spend
Global app downloads topped 194 billion in 2018, up 35 percent from 2016, according to App Annie's annual "State of Mobile 2019" report released today. Consumer spending across app stores was up 75 percent to reach $101 billion. The report, which analyzes trends across iOS, Android and the third-party Android stores in China combined, follows […]

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Jan 16, 2019

EVs and online marketplaces thrive despite slump in Chinese car sales
China's massive auto market hit the brakes last year as trade tensions and a softening economy dampened consumer confidence, but one segment soared on account of increasing internet penetration — used car sales. New passenger car sales fell to 23.7 million last year, representing a 4.1 year-over-year drop according to a new report by China's Association of […]

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Jan 16, 2019

HyperScience, the machine learning startup tackling data entry, raises $30 million Series B
HyperScience, the machine learning company that turns human readable data into machine readable data, has today announced the close of a $30 million Series B funding round led by Stripes Group, with participation from existing investors FirstMark Capital and Felicis Ventures, as well as new investors Battery Ventures, Global Founders Fund, TD Ameritrade and QBE. […]

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Jan 16, 2019

Techstars will build and launch startups with new venture studio
Techstars is announcing Techstars Studio, its latest attempt to bring corporations closer to the startup ecosystem.

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Jan 16, 2019

DoorDash is officially live in all 50 states
You can now order meals via DoorDash in Alaska, Montana and South Dakota.

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Jan 16, 2019

Most Facebook users still in the dark about its creepy ad practices, Pew finds
A study by the Pew Research Center suggests most Facebook users are still in the dark about how the company tracks and profiles them for ad-targeting purposes. Pew found three-quarters (74%) of Facebook users did not know the social networking behemoth maintains a list of their interests and traits to target them with ads, only […]

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Jan 16, 2019

The Motorola Razr could return as a $1,500 foldable smartphone
Motorola has revived the Razr name a few times over the years, but the once mighty brand has failed to regain the heights of its early days as an ultra-slim flip phone. But what better time for for the phone maker's parent Lenovo to bring back the brand in earnest as the mobile world is […]

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Jan 16, 2019

Alexa gets a professional ‘newscaster' voice for reading the day's news
Amazon already gave Alexa the ability to whisper, and now it's rolling out another way to change the assistant's speaking style - it's giving Alexa a "newscaster" voice. Starting today, when U.S. customers ask Alexa "what's the latest?" to hear the day's news, Alexa will respond using a voice that's similar to how a professional […]

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Jan 16, 2019

Instamojo raises $7M to help SMEs and ‘micro-entrepreneurs' in India sell online
In India, startups are quietly building the tools and platforms to enable a different kind of gig economy: one that allows ‘micro-entrepreneurs' to tap growing access to the internet to sell goods and services online. One such figure helping this burgeoning economy is Instamojo, a seven-year-old Bengaluru-based startup, has pulled in a $7 million Series B […]

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Jan 16, 2019

YC-backed Upsolve is automating bankruptcy for everyone
The popular image of a Chapter 7 bankruptcy might be a large company like Enron failing, or maybe some lazy drifter trying to shirk their financial responsibilities. The reality is anything but those sorts of images. Today in America, the most common reason for bankruptcy is to discharge egregious sums of medical debt [1], which […]

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Jan 16, 2019

On-demand telehealth company Tyto Care adds Sanford Health, Itochu and Shenzhen Capital Group as strategic investors
Tyto Care, a telehealth company that enables physicians to conduct on-demand remote exams, announced today that it has added $9 million to its Series C, bringing the round's total to $33.5 million. The new funding comes from strategic investors Sanford Health, Itochu, and Shenzhen Capital Group. First announced last year, the oversubscribed Series C was […]

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Jan 16, 2019

Facebook is launching political ad checks in Nigeria, Ukraine, EU and India in coming months
Facebook is launching some of its self-styled ‘election security' initiatives into more markets in the coming months ahead of several major votes in countries around the world. In an interview with Reuters the social networking giant confirmed it's launching checks on political adverts on its platform in Nigeria, Ukraine and the European Union, reiterating too that […]

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Jan 16, 2019

Fiserv is buying First Data in a $22B fintech megadeal
While we will continue to see a lot of consolidation among smaller startups in the area of financial technology, or fintech, there are also some much bigger combinations at play to help tap into economies of scale against current and future competition. Today, Fiserv announced that it would acquire First Data — respectively giants in […]

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Jan 16, 2019

Apple expands its reach with free Apple Music on Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless is now offering free access to Apple Music. The music streaming service is available on select Verizon Wireless plans starting on January 17, 2019. Previously, Verizon and Apple offered a free 6-month trial to the streaming service. This comes as Apple is clearly looking for partners to help extend the reach of Apple's […]

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Jan 16, 2019

Consolidation is coming to gaming, and Jam City raises $145 million to capitalize on it
A slew of banks are coming together to back a new roll-up strategy for the Los Angeles-based mobile gaming studio, Jam City and giving the company $145 million in new funding to carry that out. There's no word on whether the new money is in equity or debt, but what is certain is that JPMorgan Chase […]

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Jan 16, 2019

Tesla unveils first home charging station that can be plugged into a wall outlet
Tesla today is launching a new home charging station designed for the modern home. The new Wall Connector is the auto maker's first home charging solution that can be plugged into a wall outlet rather than being hardwired into the home's electrical system. This charger can plug directly into a NEMA 14-50 plug — the […]

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Jan 16, 2019

Fortnite bugs put accounts at risk of takeover
With one click, any semi-skilled hacker could have silently taken over a Fortnite account, according to a cybersecurity firm who says the bug is now fixed. Researchers at Check Point say the three vulnerabilities chained together could have affected any of its 200 million players. The flaws, if exploited, would have stolen the account access token […]

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Jan 16, 2019

Wrest control from a snooping smart speaker with this teachable "parasite"
What do you get when you put one Internet connected device on top of another? A little more control than you otherwise would in the case of Alias the "teachable ‘parasite'" — an IoT project smart speaker topper made by two designers, Bjørn Karmann and Tore Knudsen. The Raspberry Pi-powered, fungus-inspired blob's mission is to […]

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Jan 16, 2019

Researcher shows how popular app ES File Explorer exposes Android device data
Why is one of the most popular Android apps running a hidden web server in the background? ES File Explorer claims it has over 500 million downloads under its belt since 2014, making it one of the most used apps to date. It's simplicity makes it what it is: a simple file explorer that lets […]

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Jan 16, 2019

BeMyEye acquires Streetbee, a Russian crowdsourcing and image recognition provider
London-headquartered BeMyEye has made another acquisition, its third in a little over three years. This time the retail execution monitoring service is purchasing Russian crowdsourcing and image recognition provider Streetbee. The acquisition will see BeMyEye launch "Perfect Shelf," which will use image recognition technology to lower the cost for consumer goods companies wanting to get […]

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Jan 16, 2019

Doctolib details how telemedicine appointments work
French startup Doctolib announced back in September that it would open up telemedicine appointments on its platform in 2019. The company is taking advantage of recent legal changes that finally make telemedicine legal in France. Doctolib is a marketplace matching patients with health practitioners — 70,000 practitioners and 1,400 medical institutions use it in France […]

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Jan 16, 2019

Grab moves to offer digital insurance services in Southeast Asia
Grab is Southeast Asia's top ride-hailing firm, thanks in no small part to its acquisition of Uber's local business last year, but the company also houses an ambitious fintech arm, too. That just added another vertical to its business after Grab announced it is teaming up with China's ZhongAn to introduce insurance. Grab and ZhongAn International, […]

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Jan 15, 2019

YouTube will "ramp up" enforcement of its policies against dangerous challenges and pranks
YouTube announced several policy updates today, including more stringent enforcement of its ban on videos of dangerous challenges and pranks. In a FAQ posted to its support site, YouTube wrote "we've updated our external guidelines to make it clear that challenges like the Tide Pod challenge or the Fire challenge, that can cause death and/or […]

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Jan 15, 2019

Roku now deleting Infowars from its platform after customer outcry
Roku is deleting the Infowars channel from its platform, a couple days after adding it as a supported channel. In a tweet, Roku said after the channel became available, "we heard from concerned parties and have determined that the channel should be removed from our platform. Deletion from the channel store and platform has begun and […]

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Jan 15, 2019

CERN's plan for 100-km collider makes the LHC look like a hula hoop
The Large Hadron Collider has produced a great deal of incredible science, most famously the Higgs Boson — but physicists at CERN, the international organization behind the LHC, are already looking forward to the next model. And the proposed Future Circular Collider, at 100 kilometers or 62 miles around, would be quite an upgrade.

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Jan 15, 2019

Transparency-seeking OPEN Government Data Act signed into law
The federal government produces one hell of a lot of data, but despite desultory lurches towards usability there's little guarantee that it's available in a way that makes it useful to anyone. That may change for the better with the OPEN Government Data Act, which the President signed into law last night.

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Jan 15, 2019

The Square Off chess board melds the classical with the robotic
CES crowds can be tough — especially toward the end of the week. You're physically and emotionally drained, and you're pretty sure you've seen everything the consumer electronics world has to offer. And then something comes along to knock your socks off. Square Off was one such product, impressing the crowd at our meetup and […]

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Jan 15, 2019

Sofia Coppola and Bill Murray will reunite for Apple and A24
The director and star of "Lost in Translation" are working together again, with Bill Murray starring alongside Rashida Jones in "On The Rocks," a new film directed by Sofia Coppola. The movie will tell the story of a young mother who reconnects with her playboy father in New York City. Production is supposed to begin […]

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Jan 15, 2019

How the new VR screen could end the smartphone
The only way to get more information from a smartphone screen is to bring the pixels closer to our eyes, with the device somehow mounted on our heads rather than holding it in our hands.

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Jan 15, 2019

Snap CFO Tim Stone is resigning
Snap CFO Tim Stone is leaving the company, according to documents Snap filed with the SEC today. "Tim has made a big impact in his short time on our team and we are very grateful for all of his hard work," Snap CEO Evan Spiegel wrote in a memo, obtained by TechCrunch, to employees. "I […]

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Jan 15, 2019

The Sims gets its own in-game Alexa-style assistant, Lin-Z
There's nothing like The Sims to log off from reality for a bit. Getting away from the increasingly ubiquitous world of smart assistants, on the other hand, is a different matter entirely. EA announced this week that the perennial favorite life simulation series is getting its very own smart assistant. Lin-Z is a lot like […]

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Jan 15, 2019

Box hires former SAP exec as chief information security officer
Box announced today that it has hired Lakshmi Hanspal to be the company's new chief information security officer (CISO). She boasts 20 years of security experience, including holding executive security roles at SAP Ariba and Bank of America. She also spent time in a senior role at PayPal. In a blog post announcing the hire, […]

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Jan 15, 2019

Apple's battery cases return for the iPhone XS and XR
There's no shortage of iPhone cases out there, of course. But for those who absolutely must have Apple's stamp on their accessories, the company just dropped a couple of official charging cases for its latest round of handsets — the XS,  XS Max and XR. The cases, first spotted by MacRumors, maintain a similar design […]

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Jan 15, 2019

Twitter's de-algorithmizing ‘sparkle button' rolls out on Android
After launching on iOS, Twitter is giving Android users the ability to easily switch between seeing the reverse-chronological "latest tweets" and the algorithmic "top tweets" feeds on their home page. The company announced the rollout at a media event in New York. The "sparkle button" is a way for Twitter to appease long-time power tweeters while […]

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Jan 15, 2019

Google Docs, Sheets, Slides and Sites on the web are going Material Design
Google today announced that it has started the long-expected rollout of its Material Design update for Google Docs, Sheets, Slides and Sites, after first testing this update to the G Suite apps with its new design for Google Drive last year. It's worth noting that there are no new features or other changes here. Everything […]

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Jan 15, 2019

Riding the RV revolution, Outdoorsy fuels up with $50 million in fresh funding
Outdoorsy is building for the road ahead. The three-year-old company, which connects customers with underused RVs and other trucks big enough to camp in overnight, just raised $50 million in Series C funding led by Greenspring Associates, with participation from earlier backers Aviva Ventures, Altos Ventures, AutoTech Ventures and Tandem Capital. That puts its total funding, […]

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Jan 15, 2019

Mozilla shutters Firefox's Test Pilot program
Mozilla today announced that it is closing the Firefox Test Pilot program. For the last three years, Test Pilot was Mozilla's project to trial some of its more experimental Firefox features with a group of users that opted into this program. It was Test Pilot that first trialed features like Containers, which became the Firefox […]

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Jan 15, 2019

GBatteries let you charge your car as quickly as visiting the pump
A YC startup called GBatteries has come out of stealth with a bold claim: they can recharge an electric car as quickly as it takes to full up a tank of gas. Created by aerospace engineer Kostya Khomutov, electrical engineers Alex Tkachenko and Nick Sherstyuk, and CCO Tim Sherstyuk, the company is funded by the […]

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Jan 15, 2019

Microsoft continues to build government security credentials ahead of JEDI decision
While the DoD is in the process of reviewing the $10 billion JEDI cloud contract RFPs (assuming the work continues during the government shutdown), Microsoft continues to build up its federal government security bona fides, regardless. Today the company announced it has achieved the highest level of federal government clearance for the Outlook mobile app, […]

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Jan 15, 2019

Opendoor competitor Knock raises $400M
The investment in Knock comes amid consistent year-over-year growth in venture capital deals for real estate tech companies.

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Jan 15, 2019

Roku explains why it allowed Infowars on its platform
Roku has just made a bad decision with regard to its growing advertising business by associating its brand with the toxic conspiracy theorist, Alex Jones. As Digiday first reported this morning, Roku has chosen to add the Infowars live show hosted by Jones to the Roku platform as a supported channel, much to the disgust […]

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Jan 15, 2019

Getaround early investor sues car-sharing startup for $1.79 million
Getaround is getting around the courthouse. One of the car-sharing startup's early investors, Geoffrey Shmigelsky, is suing the company, alleging fraud and unfair conduct. "Our client supported Getaround and Mr. Zaid from the very start, only to be swindled out of $1.785 million that went straight into the pockets of Mr. Zaid's family and friends, […]

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Jan 15, 2019

AWS makes another acquisition grabbing TSO Logic
AWS has been on a mini shopping spree since the first of the year. First it picked off Israeli disaster recovery startup CloudEndure last week. This week, it was TSO Logic, a Vancouver startup that helps companies make the most efficient use of cloud resources. The companies did not share the purchase price. Amazon confirmed […]

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Jan 15, 2019

AWS makes another acquisition, grabbing TSO Logic
AWS has been on a mini shopping spree since the first of the year. First it picked off Israeli disaster recovery startup CloudEndure last week. This week, it was TSO Logic, a Vancouver startup that helps companies make the most efficient use of cloud resources. The companies did not share the purchase price. Amazon confirmed […]

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Jan 15, 2019

Instagram caught selling ads to follower-buying services it banned
Instagram has been earning money from businesses flooding its social network with spam notifications. Instagram hypocritically continues to sell ad space to services that charge clients for fake followers or that automatically follow/unfollow other people to get them to follow the client back. This is despite Instagram reiterating a ban on these businesses in November […]

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Jan 15, 2019

Another huge database exposed millions of call logs and SMS text messages
An unprotected server storing millions of call logs and text messages was left open for months before they were found by a security researcher. If you thought you'd heard this story before, you're not wrong. Back in November, another telecoms company, Voxox, exposed a database containing millions of text messages — including password resets and two-factor […]

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Jan 15, 2019

Campaign Monitor acquires email enterprise services Sailthru and Liveclicker
CM Group, the organization behind email-centric services like Campaign Monitor and Emma, today announced that it has acquired marketing automation firm Sailthru and the email personalization service Liveclicker. The group did not disclose the acquisition price but noted that the acquisition would bring in about $60 million in additional revenue and 540 new customers, including […]

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Jan 15, 2019

Why Google engineers worked full-time to combat sex trafficking
When the government seized classified-ads site Backpage, forcing it to shut down in April, it became a lot harder to find and locate potential victims of sex trafficking. While it was symbolically good that the site, whose CEO later pled guilty to charges of sex trafficking, shut down, it created a significant technical challenge for law enforcement and […]

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Jan 15, 2019

Facebook launches its first U.S. podcast with a series focused entrepreneurship
Everyone has to have a podcast, apparently. Even Facebook . The social network this week launched its second-ever original podcast series, and its first one in the U.S. An arm of Facebook's business operation, the new show "Three and a Half Degrees" will focus on entrepreneurship - specifically the lessons learned, challenges faced, and other […]

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Jan 15, 2019

Facebook launches its first US podcast with a series focused on entrepreneurship
Everyone has to have a podcast, apparently. Even Facebook . The social network this week launched its second-ever original podcast series, and its first in the U.S. An arm of Facebook's business operation, the new show "Three and a Half Degrees" will focus on entrepreneurship — specifically the lessons learned, challenges faced and other insights […]

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Jan 15, 2019

Ahead of IPO, Airbnb achieves profitability for second year in a row
Airbnb, which is expected to go public this year, announced today a number of milestones. For starters, Airbnb says it was profitable on an EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) basis for the second year in a row in 2018. In Q3 2018, Airbnb said it had its strongest quarter ever, where it […]

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Jan 15, 2019

Doogee is launching a modular rugged smartphone
The week following CES is probably as good a time as any to launch a Kickstarter campaign for your strange new smartphone. After all, a company like Doogee's going to have difficulty rising above the din during a CES or MWC, even with an idea as interesting as the rugged, modular S90. The Chinese manufacturer […]

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Jan 15, 2019

Doogee is launching a rugged modular smartphone
The week following CES is probably as good a time as any to launch a Kickstarter campaign for your strange new smartphone. After all, a company like Doogee is going to have difficulty rising above the din during a CES or MWC, even with an idea as interesting as the rugged, modular S90. The Chinese […]

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Jan 15, 2019

Blue Apron is confident it will achieve profitability this quarter
Meal kit company Blue Apron expects to achieve profitability this quarter, the company said ahead of its Q4 2018 and fiscal year 2018 financial results. Blue Apron will release its earnings January 31, but said today that, "based on its current view of the business, Blue Apron plans to reaffirm confidence in achieving profitability" on […]

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Jan 15, 2019

Daily Crunch: Netflix hikes prices for U.S. subscribers
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. Netflix will raise prices for US subscribers, with its most popular plan going up to $13 per month For the most […]

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Jan 15, 2019

Daily Crunch: Netflix hikes prices for US subscribers
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. Netflix will raise prices for US subscribers, with its most popular plan going up to $13 per month For the most […]

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Jan 15, 2019

Help us find the best startup lawyers
We're looking for the best lawyers who are working with startups today, and we'd like your recommendations. Right now, it's hard to find the sort of attorney who can help you see around corners as a young company, negotiate tricky situations, and connect you to other legal experts when you need to go deep on […]

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Jan 15, 2019

Former King Digital CFO Hope Cochran becomes Madrona's first female managing director
Madrona Venture Group has long been one of the premier early-stage venture firms in the Pacific Northwest and in recent years, it has done a good job of recruiting former industry executives. In recent years, those included the former Microsoft developer tools chief S. Somasegar, now a managing director, and former Windows and Xbox exec […]

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Jan 15, 2019

DuckDuckGo debuts map search results using Apple Maps
DuckDuckGo has a new, unlikely partner in search: Apple. The privacy-focused search engine that promises to never track its users said Tuesday it's now using data provided by Apple Maps to power its map-based search results. Although DuckDuckGo had provided limited mapping results for a while using data from open-source service OpenStreetMap, it never scaled its […]

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Jan 15, 2019

New tickets available for TechCrunch Winter Party at Galvanize
If you haven't snagged a ticket to the 2nd Annual TechCrunch Winter Party on February 8, listen up and listen good. We just released the third round of our first-come-first-serve tickets, and the first two batches sold like proverbial hotcakes. Buy your ticket while you still can, because you don't want to miss out on a […]

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Jan 15, 2019

Amazon upgrades its Fire TV Stick with the new Alexa Voice Remote
Amazon is giving its Fire TV Stick an upgrade. The company announced today it will now ship the Fire TV Stick with the new version of the Alexa Voice Remote launched last fall. The remote allows users to control other devices besides their Fire TV, thanks to its support for both Bluetooth and multi-directional infrared. […]

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Jan 15, 2019

23andMe updates its ancestry reports, but they're still not perfect
23andMe, co-founded by CEO Anne Wojcicki, has deployed its latest update, featuring interactive ancestry details, cultural insights about food, art, language, and the option to order a physical ancestry book. Starting today, customers will be able to see more granular ancestry results from more than 1,000 regions, as well as 33 population-specific pages about cultural information. […]

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Jan 15, 2019

Bringg, a delivery logistics platform used by Walmart, McD's and more, raises $25M
To compete in a world of on-demand everything right to your door led by the likes of Amazon and Uber, traditional physical retailers and those working with them have been looking for an edge by providing efficient, tech-fuelled delivery services of their own. Now, a startup that has built a platform to enable last-mile logistics […]

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Jan 15, 2019

Nielsen: 16M U.S. homes now get TV over-the-air, a 48% increase over past 8 years
The number of U.S. households without a traditional cable or satellite TV subscription that instead receive broadcast stations using a digital antenna has jumped by nearly 50 percent over the past 8 years to reach 16 million homes, according to a new report from Nielsen. Today, 14 percent of all U.S. TV households are watching […]

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Jan 15, 2019

Spider-Man's European vacation gets cut short in ‘Far From Home' trailer
Even your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man needs a vacation. Between all of the mild-mannered studenting and Avenger-style world saving (not mention what transpired during Infinity War), Peter Parker could clearly use a break. The first trailer for July's Far From Home finds Parker going Griswold, for a little European vacation, sans-suit (and Lindsey Buckingham soundtrack). But […]

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Jan 15, 2019

How do you fight an algorithm you cannot see?
That question in the headline was the challenge posed by a group of open knowledge junkies in Germany who wanted to understand how a person's Schufa was calculated. Schufa is a credit bureau that generates financial scores for potential borrowers in Germany, and it is roughly equivalent to a FICO score in the United States. […]

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Jan 15, 2019

The new TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre Tourbillon Nanograph is a lot of buzzwords in a beautiful package
Almost every word in the name of TAG Heuer's new watch - the Carrera Calibre Heuer 02T Tourbillon Nanograph - is important. Carrera connects it to TAG's long history of chronographs while Calibre suggests a handmade watch made with some technical prowess. Tourbillon means you can expect this thing to cost more than a car […]

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Jan 15, 2019

Kano will start releasing Star Wars and other Disney-branded products later this year
Educational computing kit company Kano announced today that it has signed a two-year licensing deal to create Disney-branded products later this year. Details are still pretty scant on how precisely the deal with Disney's Parks, Experiences and Consumer Products will take shape, but the first product looks to be a Star Wars-themed kit due out […]

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Jan 15, 2019

Netflix will raise prices for US subscribers, with its most popular plan going up to $13 per month
Netflix is raising fees for U.S. subscribers in its biggest price increase since the company first launched its streaming service 12 years ago. Depending on your plan, the cost will go up between 13 percent to 18 percent. For the most popular plan (which includes high-definition streaming for up to two devices simultaneously), the price […]

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Jan 15, 2019

CyPhy Works rebrands as drone data collection company, Aria Insights
CyPhy Works announced this morning that it is shifting focus and rebranding as Aria Insights. The new company is focused on utilizing artificial intelligence and machine learning to help analyze data collected by drones. Aria will build upon CyPhy's tethered drone data collection, to help pull information in dangerous situations from oil tankers and pipelines […]

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Jan 15, 2019

Data management startup Rubrik gets $261M at a $3.1B valuation as it moves into security and compliance
There is a growing demand for stronger security at every point in the IT ecosystem, and today, one of the the more successful enterprise startups to emerge in the last several years is announcing a big round of funding to provide that. Rubrik, which provides enterprise data management and backup services across on-premise, cloud and […]

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Jan 15, 2019

Data management startup Rubrik gets $261M at a $3.3B valuation as it moves into security and compliance
There is a growing demand for stronger security at every point in the IT ecosystem, and today, one of the the more successful enterprise startups to emerge in the last several years is announcing a big round of funding to provide that. Rubrik, which provides enterprise data management and backup services across on-premise, cloud and […]

TechCrunch
Jan 15, 2019

Smartsheet acquires Slope to help creatives collaborate
Smartsheet, the project management and collaboration tool that went public last April, announced the acquisition of Seattle-based TernPro, Inc., makers of Slope, a collaboration tool designed for sharing creative assets. The companies did not share the acquisition price. Bringing Slope into the fold will enable Smartsheet users to share assets like video and photos natively […]

TechCrunch
Jan 15, 2019

Maverick Ventures announces $382M evergreen fund
The under-the-radar VC firm counts 13 unicorns in its portfolio.

TechCrunch
Jan 15, 2019

Pandora launches a personalized voice assistant on iOS and Android
Pandora today announced the launch of its own, in-app voice assistant which you can call up at any time by saying "Hey Pandora," followed by a request to play the music or podcasts you want to hear. The feature will allow you to not only control music playback with commands to play a specific artist, […]

TechCrunch
Jan 15, 2019

Flaws in Amadeus' airline booking system made it easy for hackers to change passenger records
You might not know Amadeus by name, but hundreds of millions of travelers use it each year. Whether you're traveling for work or vacation, most consumers book their flights through one of a handful of bespoke reservation systems used across the commercial aviation industry. Amadeus is one of the largest reservation systems, serving customers of […]

TechCrunch
Jan 15, 2019

Flaws in Amadeus' airline booking system made it easy to change passenger records
You might not know Amadeus by name, but hundreds of millions of travelers use it each year. Whether you're traveling for work or vacation, most consumers book their flights through one of a handful of bespoke reservation systems used across the commercial aviation industry. Amadeus is one of the largest reservation systems, serving customers of […]

TechCrunch
Jan 15, 2019

For $5,800 per year, Chief helps women reach the C-suite
A new network for powerful women launches today with $3 million in venture capital funding.

TechCrunch
Jan 15, 2019

German court tosses Qualcomm's latest iPhone patent suit
Qualcomm has had a patent lawsuit against Apple dismissed by a court in Mannheim, Germany, as groundless (via Reuters). The chipmaker had argued Intel -powered iPhones infringed a transistor switch patent it holds. But in an initial verbal decision the court disagreed. Qualcomm has said it will appeal. In a statement, Don Rosenberg, Qualcomm's executive […]

TechCrunch
Jan 15, 2019

Pia d'Iribarne joins Stride.VC as third partner
It turns out Stride.VC isn't going to focus exclusively on the U.K. after all. Pia d'Iribarne is leaving Accel to join Stride.VC as a partner. Stride.VC was originally co-founded by former Accel partner Fred Destin along with Harry Stebbings, producer of "The Twenty Minute VC" podcast. Back in October, when TechCrunch's Steve O'Hear covered the […]

TechCrunch
Jan 15, 2019

Workforce management solution Quinyx raises further $25M
Quinyx, the cloud-based workforce management solution, has raised a further $25 million in funding. The investment was led by the startup's existing investors Alfvén & Didrikson, Battery Ventures, and Zobito. Founded in 2005 by Erik Fjellborg, Quinyx's CEO, after he spent the summer working at McDonald's, the company's workforce management software helps businesses of all […]

TechCrunch
Jan 15, 2019

Contabilizei raises $20 million to ease Brazilians' tax pain
Online tax filing and accounting service, Contabilizei, has raised $20 million in a new round of financing led by Point72 Ventures, the early stage investment arm associated with hedge fund guru Steven Cohen's Point72 Asset Management. Smart money in both the venture and private equity space has been long Brazil for a bit, and the new investment […]

TechCrunch
Jan 15, 2019

Digital insurance firm Singapore Life raises $33M ahead of Southeast Asia expansion
Digital insurance firm Singapore Life has started 2019 with a bang after it raised $33 million across two investments as it eyes new market expansions in Southeast Asia. The company pulled in $20 million from NYSE-listed Aflac Investment on December 31 and then it added a further $13 million this week via an investment from […]

TechCrunch
Jan 15, 2019

Facebook says it will invest $300M in local news
Facebook plans to make a significant investment in local news over the next three years, with $300 million going to a variety of initiatives and organizations. The company has had a rocky relationship with news publishers recently. While it's funded programming from partners like CNN and Fox News, it's also played a role in some […]

TechCrunch
Jan 15, 2019

American Express acquires Japan-based restaurant booking service Pocket Concierge
American Express has made an acquisition in Japan after it picked up restaurant booking service Pocket Concierge in an undisclosed deal. The acquisition was announced in Japanese and in English by James Riney, the head of 500 Startups Japan which invested in Pocket Concierge as one of its first deals in the country. The service was launched in […]

TechCrunch
Jan 15, 2019

TikTok is giving China a video chat alternative to WeChat
ByteDance, the world's most-valued startup, just launched a new social media product under its Douyin brand in what many people see as a serious attempt to challenge WeChat. Tencent has long dominated China's social networking space with WeChat and QQ. WeChat claims to have one billion monthly active users worldwide, most of whom are in China. […]

TechCrunch
Jan 15, 2019

Manual raises £5M to build its ‘wellbeing guide' for men
Manual, a ‘wellbeing platform' for men, has closed £5 million in seed funding. Backing the round is the U.K.'s Felix Capital, Germany's Cherry Ventures, and U.S.-based Cassius Capital. The first iteration of the startup's offering is being launched today: a new website that aims to arm men with the knowledge and tools they need "to […]

TechCrunch
Jan 14, 2019

WeChat is quietly ranking user behavior to play catch-up with Alibaba
Over one billion people leave behind trails of information on WeChat every day as they use the messenger to chat, read, shop, hail rides, rent umbrellas and run many other errands. And the Tencent app has quietly started using this type of signal to determine whether a user is worthy of perks such as deposit-free […]

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