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Sep 22, 2018

Swiping right on virtual relationships
Sextech entrepreneur and advocate Bryony Cole is planning for a future when entire relationships exist in virtual reality.

TechCrunch
Sep 22, 2018

White House says a draft executive order reviewing social media companies is not "official"
A draft executive order circulating around the White House "is not the result of an official White House policymaking process," according to deputy White House press secretary, Lindsay Walters. According to a report in The Washington Post, Walters denied that White House staff had worked on a draft executive order that would require every federal agency to […]

TechCrunch
Sep 22, 2018

Cinematic train wreck, "The Room", is now on YouTube in its entirety
The Room has been ranked with Plan 9 From Outer Space as a strong contender for the "best" worst movie ever made — and it's now available in its entirety on YouTube. Written, directed, and starring Tommy Wiseau, The Room belongs in the same category as Plan 9, and Coven (which was immortalized in the 1999 documentary American […]

TechCrunch
Sep 22, 2018

Comcast outbids Fox in $40B battle for Sky
Comcast has outbid Twenty-First Century Fox for the UK's Sky, a final step in what's been a years-long takeover battle between the two media conglomerates.

TechCrunch
Sep 22, 2018

Corporate venture investment climbs higher throughout 2018
Many corporations are pinning their futures on their venture investment portfolios. If you can't beat startups at the innovation game, go into business with them as financial partners. Though many technology companies have robust venture investment initiatives—Alphabet's venture funding universe and Intel Capital's prolific approach to startup investment come to mind—other corporations are just now doubling down on venture investments.

TechCrunch
Sep 22, 2018

Singapore is the crypto sandbox that Asia needs
Singapore Blockchain Week happened this past week. While there have been a few announcements from companies, some of the most interesting updates have come from regulators, and specifically, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS). The financial regulator openly discussed its views on cryptocurrency and plans to develop blockchain technology locally. For those who are unfamiliar, Singapore historically […]

TechCrunch
Sep 22, 2018

Fintech startups: Apply to exhibit for free as a TC Top Pick at Disrupt Berlin 2018
Fintech promises to be one of the hottest topics at Disrupt Berlin 2018, and you can take that to the bank — see what we did there? On 29-30 November thousands of attendees will descend on Berlin, and what better way to get your fintech business in front of them than to exhibit in Startup Alley? Oh […]

TechCrunch
Sep 22, 2018

Seven reasons not to trust Facebook to play cupid
This week Facebook has launched a major new product play, slotting an algorithmic dating service inside its walled garden as if that's perfectly normal behavior for an ageing social network. Insert your [dad dancing GIF of choice] right here. Facebook getting into dating looks very much like a mid-life crisis — as a veteran social […]

TechCrunch
Sep 22, 2018

Understanding Renaud Laplanche's next Upgraded act
Renaud Laplanche spent ten years building LendingClub. In the process, he created an industry from scratch. Circumventing conventional banking channels for consumer credit began in 1996 when Chris Larsen started E-LOAN, which ultimately led to Prosper Marketplace. But LendingClub, which Laplanche founded in 2007, was and remains the poster child for the business of marketplace […]

TechCrunch
Sep 21, 2018

A Lime scooter rider died this morning in Washington, D.C., marking the second fatality this month
Lime, the 18-month-old, San Francisco-based company whose bright green bicycles and scooters now dot cities throughout the U.S., launched a pilot program in Tacoma, Washington, today, but that tiny victory might have felt short-lived. The reason: on the opposite side of the country, a Lime rider was killed today by an SUV while tooling around Washington […]

TechCrunch
Sep 21, 2018

Japan's Hayabusa 2 mission lands on the surface of a distant asteroid
The coolest mission you haven't heard of just hit a major milestone: the Japanese Hayabusa 2 probe has reached its destination, the asteroid Ryugu, and just deployed a pair of landers to its surface. Soon it will touch down itself and bring back a sample of Ryugu back to Earth! Are you kidding me? That's amazing!

TechCrunch
Sep 21, 2018

Mithril Capital Management, cofounded by Ajay Royan and Peter Thiel, is leaving the Bay Area
From its glass-lined offices in San Francisco's leafy Presidio national park, six-year-old Mithril Capital Management has happily flown under the radar. Now it's leaving altogether and relocating its team to Austin, a spot that, among others the firm had considered, has "enough critical mass of a technical culture, an artisanal culture, an artistic culture, and […]

TechCrunch
Sep 21, 2018

VCs say Silicon Valley isn't the gold mine it used to be
In the days leading up to TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2018, The Economist published the cover story, ‘Why Startups Are Leaving Silicon Valley.' The author outlined reasons why the Valley has "peaked." Venture capital investors are deploying capital outside the Bay Area more than ever before. High-profile entrepreneurs and investors, Peter Thiel, for example, have left. Rising […]

TechCrunch
Sep 21, 2018

Polestar unveils first production EV with aim to overtake Tesla
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 Liquid Telecom goes long on Africa's startups as future clients African experiments with drone technologies could leapfrog decades of infrastructure neglect Polestar debuted its first production EV and previewed its […]

TechCrunch
Sep 21, 2018

Twitter bug exposed direct messages to third-party developers for over a year
Twitter said that a "bug" sent user's private direct messages to third-party developers "who were not authorized to receive them." The social media giant began warning users Friday of the exposure with a message in the app. "The issue has persisted since May 2017, but we resolved it immediately upon discovering it," the message said, […]

TechCrunch
Sep 21, 2018

Twitter says bug may have exposed some direct messages to third-party developers
Twitter said that a "bug" sent user's private direct messages to third-party developers "who were not authorized to receive them." The social media giant began warning users Friday of the possible exposure with a message in the app. "The issue has persisted since May 2017, but we resolved it immediately upon discovering it," the message […]

TechCrunch
Sep 21, 2018

Instagram denies it's building Regramming. Here's why it'd be a disaster
Instagram tells me Regramming, or the ability to instantly repost someone else's feed post to your followers like a retweet, is "not happening", not being built, and not being tested. And that's good news for all Instagrammers. The denial comes after it initially issued a "no comment" to The Verge's Casey Newton, who published that […]

TechCrunch
Sep 21, 2018

Early-bird tickets close today, 9/21
TC Sessions: AR/VR on October 18 at UCLA is gearing up to be a great show. Early-bird sales end after today, September 21. Don't miss out on the biggest savings for this event — book your $99 tickets here before prices go up by $100. The stage will feature some of the industry's most groundbreaking […]

TechCrunch
Sep 21, 2018

Interiors startup Clippings raises $15.4M Series B with Advance Venture Partners
Back in April we saw that eporta, a London-based B2B interiors marketplace startup, had raised $8 million in a Series A funding round led by US investor Canvas Ventures. Eport has digitized the catalogues of furnishing manufacturers and allowed businesses to order direct, cutting out the middle-men. Now London is continuing its obsession with interior […]

TechCrunch
Sep 21, 2018

Luxury fashion marketplace Farfetch closes at $28.45, up 42% on its first day of trading on NYSE
It's been a strong year for tech IPOs so far, and it looks like today's debut of Farfetch — a UK-based shopping site for luxury fashion — is on trend, so to speak. The company opened trading today — on NYSE under the ticker FTCH — at $27, making for a decent pop of 35 […]

TechCrunch
Sep 21, 2018

Luxury fashion marketplace Farfetch opens trading on NYSE at $27, a pop of 35 percent
It's been a strong year for tech IPOs so far, and it looks like today's debut of Farfetch — a UK-based shopping site for luxury fashion — is on trend, so to speak. The company opened trading today — on NYSE under the ticker FTCH — at $27, making for a decent pop of 35 […]

TechCrunch
Sep 21, 2018

On-demand trucking app Convoy raises $185M at $1B valuation
CapitalG, the growth equity arm of Alphabet, has led the $185 million round in Convoy, its first investment in the Seattle-based tech-enabled trucking network. The round brings Convoy's total raised to $265 million and values the company at $1 billion. New investors T. Rowe Price and Lone Pine Capital participated in the financing alongside existing […]

TechCrunch
Sep 21, 2018

Trump's new cyber strategy eases rules on use of government cyberweapons
The Trump administration's new cyber strategy out this week isn't much more than a stringing together of previously considered ideas. In the 40-page document, the government set out its plans to improve cybersecurity, incentivizing change, and reforming computer hacking laws. Election security about a quarter of a page, second only to "space cybersecurity." The difference […]

TechCrunch
Sep 21, 2018

Eventbrite goes public, and everyone else is raising hella money
Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch's venture capital-focused podcast where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This week we worked with an (excellent) skeleton crew. Our own Connie Loizos held down the fort with a guest that knew quite a lot: March Capital's Jamie Montgomery. There was a healthy blizzard of news to get through, […]

TechCrunch
Sep 21, 2018

uBiome is jumping into therapeutics with a healthy $83 million in Series C financing
23andMe, IBM and now uBiome is the next tech company to jump into the lucrative multi-billion dollar drug discovery market. The company started out with a consumer gut health test to check whether your intestines carry the right kind of bacteria for healthy digestion but has since expanded to include over 250,000 samples for everything […]

TechCrunch
Sep 21, 2018

Eight Roads Ventures targets Southeast Asia deals
Eight Roads Ventures, the investment arm of financial giant Fidelity International, is moving into Southeast Asia where it sees the potential to plug the later stage investment gap. The firm has funds across the world including the U.S, China and Europe, and it has invested nearly $6 billion in deals over the past decade. The firm […]

TechCrunch
Sep 21, 2018

Amazon makes offline retail push in India
Amazon unleashed a flurry of new products this week at a U.S. press event, but halfway across the world, it is getting deeper into physical retail in the Indian market. The U.S. e-commerce giant is buying up 49 percent of More in a deal that sees Amazon partner and PE firm Samara Capital pick up the […]

TechCrunch
Sep 20, 2018

AdGuard resets all user passwords after account hacks
Popular ad-blocker AdGuard has forcibly reset all of its users' passwords after it detected hackers trying to break into accounts. The company said it "detected continuous attempts to login to AdGuard accounts from suspicious IP addresses which belong to various servers across the globe," in what appeared to be a credential stuffing attack. That's when […]

TechCrunch
Sep 20, 2018

Cleo, the ‘digital assistant' that replaces your banking apps, picks up $10M Series A led by Balderton
When Cleo, the London-based ‘digital assistant' that wants to replace your banking apps, quietly entered the U.S., the company couldn't have expected to be an instant hit. Many better funded British startups have failed to ‘break America'. However, just four months later, the fintech upstart counts 350,000 users across the pond — claiming more than […]

TechCrunch
Sep 20, 2018

Watch how Tesla Model 3 earned NHTSA's top safety rating
The Tesla Model 3 has had its share of struggles from CEO Elon Musk's well-documented production hell to more recent logistic "nightmares" that have slowed deliveries to customers. There's one area where the Tesla shines: crash safety tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. And the Tesla Model 3 is no exception. Check out the videos […]

TechCrunch
Sep 20, 2018

Audible brings its audiobook library to the Apple Watch
Didn't get your fill of Amazon news among the 70 or so announcements at today's Alexa event? Good news, Audible's got something to add to the deluge. The Amazon-owned audiobook site just announced the availability of its Apple Watch app. The offering brings pretty much what you'd expect. You can listen to audiobooks and manage […]

TechCrunch
Sep 20, 2018

Scientists have moved one step closer to RNA editing, which could be the next stage of CRISPR
Researchers at the prestigious Salk Institute are reporting that they have managed to map the molecular structure of a CRISPR enzyme that could allow scientists to more precisely manipulate functions within cells. Over the past several years, CRISPR-Cas9 has seized the public imagination for its ability to edit genetic code in a way that may correct defects inside […]

TechCrunch
Sep 20, 2018

uBeam wireless power's CEO Meredith Perry steps aside amidst B2B pivot
After repeatedly missing self-imposed deadlines for progress on its wireless charging-at-a-distance phone case, uBeam's CEO Meredith Perry has decided to shift out of the CEO position and into a board member and senior advisor role. She'd founded the company in 2011 from her dorm room and brought in over $40 million in funding by selling […]

TechCrunch
Sep 20, 2018

Echo HomePod? Amazon wants you to build your own
One of the bigger surprises at today's big Amazon event was something the company didn't announce. After a couple of years of speculation that the company was working on its own version of the HomePod and Google Max, we still don't have a truly premium Echo. That's due, in part, to the fact that Amazon […]

TechCrunch
Sep 20, 2018

Amazon introduces APL, a new design language for building Alexa skills for devices with screens
Along with the launch of the all-new Echo Show, the Alexa-powered device with a screen, Amazon also introduced a new design language for developers who want to build voice skills that include multimedia experiences. Called Alexa Presentation Language, or APL, developers will be able to build voice-based apps that also include things like images, graphics, […]

TechCrunch
Sep 20, 2018

Google's fingerprints were all over today's Amazon event
Hidden amongst the 70 or so announcements Amazon made at today's big Alexa event was one key hidden presence. Google's offerings loomed large over much of the news flowing out from the big event. It's easy to understand why, of course. Assistant and Home have steadily been making up ground on Amazon over the last […]

TechCrunch
Sep 20, 2018

The long list of new Alexa devices Amazon announced at its hardware event
Everyone's favorite trillion-dollar retailer hosted a private event today where they continued to exercise their highly-strategic approach to hardware where they just throw everything at the wall and wait to see what sticks. We got some new Amazon Echo devices, sure, but there was also an amp, a camera, a clock and a microwave…? There's […]

TechCrunch
Sep 20, 2018

Amazon's new Echo Dot, up close and hands-on
If the Echo Show was the Amazon device most desperately in need of a makeover (please and thank you), the Dot was certainly a close second. After all, while the cheapest (and best selling) Echo device has already been through a couple of iterations, the hardware wasn't exactly the sort of thing you'd proudly display […]

TechCrunch
Sep 20, 2018

Adobe gets its company, snaring Marketo for $4.75 billion
A week ago rumors were flying that Adobe would be buying Marketo, and lo and behold it announced today that it was acquiring the marketing automation company for $4.75 billion. It was a pretty nice return for Vista Equity partners, which purchased Marketo in May 2016 for $1.8 billion in cash. They held onto it […]

TechCrunch
Sep 20, 2018

Facebook's Camera AR platform head is coming to TC Sessions: AR/VR
Augmented reality has the potential to change how we interact with the internet, as these technologies scale you can certainly bet that Facebook is going to be looking to shape what's possible. At our one-day TC Sessions: AR/VR event in LA next month, we'll be joined by Ficus Kirkpatrick, Facebook's Head of Camera AR Platform, […]

TechCrunch
Sep 20, 2018

As tasks wane, skills rise
The way we work is changing. People possess the innate ability to innovate and evolve in the jobs that they do, and new technologies -- from the wheel to steam power and artificial intelligence -- have drastically improved and impacted work throughout history.

TechCrunch
Sep 20, 2018

Hulu is making a new season of ‘Veronica Mars'
It's official: Hulu is reviving the cult mystery series "Veronica Mars". The show originally ran from 2004 to 2007 on UPN and the CW, with the titular high school sleuth played by Kristen Bell. Last month, there were reports that Hulu was in talks to bring the show back. Now it looks like a deal […]

TechCrunch
Sep 20, 2018

Amazon's new Echo Show up close and hands-on
The Show was far and away the Echo product most in need of a makeover. The original device, introduced two years back, was far more concerned with function than form. That, of course, is in line with many of the company's hardware offerings, which are often designed to simply show what things like Alexa are […]

TechCrunch
Sep 20, 2018

Amazon's Alexa is coming to Sony smart TVs and Lenovo Smart Tabs
Amazon wants Alexa to interact with as many people as possible, including the ability to show them things. And that means freeing the virtual assistant from the confines of Amazon's screen-supporting smart speaker Echo Show or Fire TV — devices that give Alexa a face (and of course a voice). The company announced Thursday at […]

TechCrunch
Sep 20, 2018

Eventbrite's IPO should encourage tech companies to get out while they still can
Eventbrite is having one hell of a debut on the New York Stock Exchange this morning. Shares of the ticketing startup, founded back in 2006, have shot up over 50% in trading on the NYSE. After pricing its shares at $23 in its initial offering, investors have bid up the stock to a whopping $37, […]

TechCrunch
Sep 20, 2018

Up close with Amazon's $60 Alexa Microwave
Amazon was quick to note at today's event that not all that much has been done to update the microwave for the 21st century. While that's probably a pretty fair criticism of the ubiquitous home appliance, the new AmazonBasics microwave is less about space age technologies than it is helping usher in the future of […]

TechCrunch
Sep 20, 2018

Delta to start scanning faces at airport check-in
Delta will later this year roll out facial recognition at its terminal at Atlanta International Airport for anyone traveling on an international flight. The airline said the biometric facial scanning is optional — a move that will shave off a few minutes off each flight — but will help border and pre-flight security authorities before […]

TechCrunch
Sep 20, 2018

Cluep, a Canadian startup that raised just $500k, acquired for $40M
Everyone loves a tale of a bootstrapped startup founder's journey to an eight-figure exit. The team at Toronto-based Cluep have a good one. The founders of the adtech startup raised less than $500,000 from angel investors before selling their company to Impact Group for $40 million ($53 milllion CAD) this week. Founded in 2012, Karan Walia, Sobi Walia […]

TechCrunch
Sep 20, 2018

Amazon's Alexa can now act on ‘hunches' about your behavior
Amazon's big hardware event isn't all about hardware — although there is plenty of that, too. Amazon also talked about how it's making its virtual assistant Alexa smarter and more intuitive about human behavior, particularly when there are lots of connected smart home devices to tap into. Amazon announced at the event Thursday a feature […]

TechCrunch
Sep 20, 2018

Amazon's Fire TV Recast will let you record live TV, stream it anywhere
Amazon this morning introduced a new device called the Fire TV Recast that works with Fire TV and other devices to allow you to record live TV through a connected digital antenna. The device allows you to place your digital antenna anywhere in the house where you can get good reception, without having to worry […]

TechCrunch
Sep 20, 2018

First Look at Amazon's Fire TV Recast, a new device to record live TV, stream it anywhere
Amazon this morning introduced a new device called the Fire TV Recast that allows you to watch and record live TV via a connected digital antenna and stream the content anywhere both inside and outside the home. The fairly hefty device allows you to place your digital antenna anywhere in the house where you can […]

TechCrunch
Sep 20, 2018

Echo Auto brings Alexa to cars
As Amazon noted at today's event, the company has already been working with a number of car companies to bring Alexa to vehicles. There are already a number of high-profile partners, including Toyota, Ford, Lexus, BMW and Audi. Today, it announced its plan to bring the assistant to the rest of the "hundreds of millions" […]

TechCrunch
Sep 20, 2018

Amazon intros a new Echo Show with built-in smart home hub
Today's Amazon event is full of surprises, but you could have predicted this one from a mile away. The Echo show is a couple of years old now, and honestly, the hardware was never really that spectacular in the first place. The company just introduced a new version of the screen-sporting smart speaker, feature a […]

TechCrunch
Sep 20, 2018

Amazon shows off a new $180 Ring ‘Stick Up Cam'
Among the slew of devices Amazon announced this morning is a new Ring Stick Up Cam - stick up, because it's designed to go anywhere. (And is not, apparently, a reference to being robbed at gunpoint?) The camera comes in two versions - one that's battery powered and could be more easily used outdoors, as […]

TechCrunch
Sep 20, 2018

Alexa Guard turns Echo products into security devices
Here's another unexpected surprise, as the hardware announcements have started coming fast and furious. Alexa Guard is a home security device that integrates with existing Echos. When the users is away, the product, flips the smart speakers in "Guard Mode," so they listen out for sounds like breaking glass. The product features smoke and carbon […]

TechCrunch
Sep 20, 2018

Amazon launches an Echo Wall Clock, because Alexa is gonna be everywhere
Amazon keeps rolling out new Alexa devices this morning, with the launch of a new Alexa device - in a clock. Yes, there's now an Echo Wall Clock available that has Alexa voice capabilities built in. That means you can ask Alexa to do things like set alarms and timers - and the lines on […]

TechCrunch
Sep 20, 2018

Amazon launches an Alexa microwave with built-in popcorn Dash button
One of the weirder rumors ahead of today's Amazon event has come to fruition. The company's attempting to make a big push into home appliances, so it's leading the way with its very microwave. The Amazon Basics Microwave apparently began life as an in-house reference product, as the company was developing an API for third-parties […]

TechCrunch
Sep 20, 2018

Amazon updates the Echo Plus so it can control the smart home when the internet goes down
Amazon today is giving its premium smart home-ready Echo Plus device a notable update. The device, which includes a smart home hub built into the Echo, is now getting a new fabric design, and a temperature sensor. However, what's more interesting is the addition something Amazon calls "local voice control." What this means is that […]

TechCrunch
Sep 20, 2018

Amazon launches an Alexa Smart Plug
Amazon wants to make it easier to set up your smart home. Today, the company introduced a new Smart Plug device that brings Alexa's voice control capabilities to anything you want to control - a coffee pot, a light, or anything else that can be powered on or off at a power outlet. What makes […]

TechCrunch
Sep 20, 2018

Meet the startups in the latest Alchemist class
Alchemist is the Valley's premiere enterprise accelerator and every season they feature a group of promising startups. They are also trying something new this year: they're putting a reserve button next to each company, allowing angels to express their interest in investing immediately. It's a clever addition to the demo day model. You can watch […]

TechCrunch
Sep 20, 2018

Amazon introduces a new subwoofer and amp for the Echo line
The Echo Sub isn't quite a HomePod competitor, but it's pretty darn close. In fact the the Amazon-made subwoofer actually looks a far bit like Apple's high-end smart speaker. But the device is actually designed to work in conjunction with the Echo line, offering a much deeper sounds than any of the current devices. Along […]

TechCrunch
Sep 20, 2018

Amazon introduces the Echo Input, its first Echo without a speaker
Amazon today introduced a new product it's calling the Echo Input. This is a very thin, tiny version of the Echo Dot - and the first Alexa device without a speaker. The idea here is to offer a device that allows you to connect to the speaker you already own. On the back of the […]

TechCrunch
Sep 20, 2018

Amazon refreshes its best-selling Echo Dot
The first big piece of hardware news at today's Amazon event is a long-awaited refresh to the Echo Dot — what the company calls the "best selling speaker, ever." The new product features a fully refreshed design with a much nicer cloth covering — akin to the new Echo and Echo Plus, along with Google's […]

TechCrunch
Sep 20, 2018

Amazon FreeTime for Alexa adds routines, kids' podcasts and audiobooks
Amazon today announced it's rolling out new features for its FreeTime service for parents and children, which recently started working with Alexa, allowing parents to control children's experience with the personal assistant. Now, the FreeTime service for Alexa will also support routines - the combination of voice commands that can be kicked off with a single […]

TechCrunch
Sep 20, 2018

Alexa learns how to whisper
Today's big Amazon event was all about the hardware, but Amazon kicked things off with a few extra tricks. Among the cooler features rolling out for the smart assistant in the coming weeks is improved contextual understanding. One piece that's coming in the next few weeks is the ability to understand when the user needs […]

TechCrunch
Sep 20, 2018

Social Capital will no longer raise outside capital
Former Facebook executive turned venture capitalist Chamath Palihapitiya announced this morning that his firm, Social Capital, would no longer raise outside capital. The firm will transition into a technology holding company by the end of 2018 and will invest $50 million to $250 million off a "multi-billion dollar balance sheet of internal capital only." "[We] will focus […]

TechCrunch
Sep 20, 2018

Instagram may divide hashtags from captions to end overhashing
Geofenced sharing, Quiz stickers, Stories Highlight stickers, and a separate interface for adding hashtags to posts are amongst a slew of new features Instagram has prototyped or is now testing. The last one could finally #cure #the #hashtag #madness that's infected many of Instagram's 1 billion users, causing them desperately fill up their captions with […]

TechCrunch
Sep 20, 2018

Lunewave is pitching a new sensor offering better vision for autonomous vehicles
The investment arms of BMW and the Chinese search technology giant, Baidu, along with a large original equipment manufacturer for the auto industry and a slew of technology investors have all come together to back Lunewave, a startup developing new sensor technologies for autonomous vehicles. The $5 million seed round which the company just closed […]

TechCrunch
Sep 20, 2018

Apple Watch fire face was made with actual fire
With the Apple Watch Series 4, Apple introduced a new, larger display. It now has rounded edges and thinner bezels. And the company took advantage of that display to introduce new fire, water, liquid metal and vapor faces. Apple didn't use CGI to create those faces — they shot those faces in a studio. Many […]

TechCrunch
Sep 20, 2018

AI could help push Neo4j graph database growth
Graph databases have always been useful to help find connections across a vast data set, and it turns out that capability is quite handy in artificial intelligence and machine learning too. Today, Neo4j, the makers of the open source and commercial graph database platform, announced the release of Neo4j 3.5, which has a number of […]

TechCrunch
Sep 20, 2018

Bird hits 10 million scooter rides
Bird just announced 10 million scooter rides since launching about one year ago. If this story sounds familiar to you, it's probably because Bird competitor Lime earlier today announced it surpassed 11.5 million rides across its shared bikes and scooters. Bird, which launched last September in Santa Monica, Calif., currently operates in 100 cities and […]

TechCrunch
Sep 20, 2018

Walmart is putting 17,000 Oculus Go headsets in its stores to help train employees in VR
Workplace training has long been considered one of the key early areas where virtual reality can make a dent in the enterprise. Walmart already made some noise when it announced it would be bringing VR hardware into its training centers, now the company is planning to send Oculus Go headsets to each of its 5,000 […]

TechCrunch
Sep 20, 2018

Vonage acquires cloud-based contact center startup NewVoiceMedia for $350M in cash
More consolidation is afoot in the world of cloud-based voice services. Today, Vonage — once a VoIP pioneer that today offers cloud-based unified communications and other IP services in the business market — announced that it would acquire NewVoiceMedia, a UK startup that builds cloud-based contact center solutions, for $350 million in cash. Vonage says […]

TechCrunch
Sep 20, 2018

Spotify will now let indie artists upload their own music
Spotify today is taking another step that may make record labels uncomfortable. Fresh off reports that the streaming service is cutting its own licensing deals with independent artists, the company this morning announced it will now allow indie artists to directly upload their music to its service, too. The upload feature is today launching into beta […]

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Sep 20, 2018

GoPro kills the Session camera cube
Three years after its introduction, GoPro is killing its Session camera line. The cute little cube was dropped today after GoPro revealed its latest lineup of Hero7 cameras. GoPro shakes up its entire camera line When the Hero4 Session was first revealed in 2015, it was the action camera company's first major redesign and signaled […]

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Sep 20, 2018

Review: With the Hero7 Black, GoPro looks towards stability
Any story about GoPro's product line is also a story about the health of the public company and this year that story seems to be a more conservative one with the company's new flagship device the Hero7 Black moving mostly lateral on hardware specs while throwing its focus to software tech like digital video stabilization. […]

TechCrunch
Sep 20, 2018

GoPro shakes up its entire camera line
GoPro delivered a big refresh of its cameras today with a lot of new product names but not quite as many hardware updates as we've seen in past updates. The new lineup from GoPro is definitely less confusing from a branding perspective. The Hero7 White, Silver and Black will cost $199, $299 and $399 respectively. […]

TechCrunch
Sep 20, 2018

Amazon's announcing new Echo and Fire TV hardware today
Surprise! Amazon's holding a big hardware event at its Seattle headquarters, and we're here on site, to bring you the news as it breaks. Unlike Apple, Google and the like, the company isn't one for announcing these sorts of events in advance, though given that it's done something similar in recent years, it seemed likely […]

TechCrunch
Sep 20, 2018

WalkMe raises $40M at a $1B valuation for its on-screen guidance technology
Designing for digital interfaces has come a long way since the first days of the web, but there remains a place for tech that can help navigate us through what are sometimes still bloated or complicated services (notwithstanding those that are deliberately so). Today, one of the more successful startups working in this area has raised a […]

TechCrunch
Sep 20, 2018

MariaDB acquires Clusterix
MariaDB, the company behind the eponymous MySQL drop-in replacement database, today announced that it has acquired Clusterix, which itself is a MySQL drop-in replacement database, but with a focus on scalability. MariaDB will integrate Clusterix's technology into its own database, which will allow it to offer its users a more scalable database service in the long […]

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Sep 20, 2018

MariaDB acquires Clustrix
MariaDB, the company behind the eponymous MySQL drop-in replacement database, today announced that it has acquired Clustrix, which itself is a MySQL drop-in replacement database, but with a focus on scalability. MariaDB will integrate Clustrix's technology into its own database, which will allow it to offer its users a more scalable database service in the long […]

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Sep 20, 2018

Facebook and Airbnb told to change their ToS to fix EU consumer rights issues by year's end
Facebook has been singled out for censure by the European Commission's head of consumer affairs who has warned she's running out of patience and said the company needs to make additional changes to its terms of service before the end of the year to bring them into line with the bloc's consumer rules. The Commission […]

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Sep 20, 2018

Facebook warned to amend ToS to fix EU consumer rights issues by year's end
Facebook has been singled out for censure by the European Commission's head of consumer affairs who has warned she's running out of patience and said the company needs to make additional changes to its terms of service before the end of the year to bring them into line with the bloc's consumer rules. The Commission […]

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Sep 20, 2018

Hear about the keys to local investing at Startup Battlefield Africa with Omobola Johnson and Lexi Novitske
TechCrunch Startup Battlefield is returning to Africa in December, this time in Lagos, Nigeria. We will have a day-long program full of our flagship Battlefield competition highlighting the best startups that Africa has to offer. Not only that, we'll have panel discussions designed to explore the continent's rapidly developing technological infrastructure on the continent. To […]

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Sep 20, 2018

Circle wants more women to invest in cryptocurrency
The earliest adopters of Bitcoin — the libertarian anarchist "cypherpunk" crowd — were mostly men. Today, roughly a decade after Satoshi Nakamoto's famed white paper was released, the majority of cryptocurrency holders are still men. This poses a problem for the companies betting on the mainstream adoption of cryptocurrency. At this point, they've already tapped into […]

TechCrunch
Sep 20, 2018

Inside Facebook Dating, launching today first in Colombia
Does deeper data produce perfect matches? Facebook is finally ready to find out, starting today with a country-wide test in Colombia of its Dating feature. It's centered around an algorithm-powered homescreen of Suggested romantic matches based on everything Facebook knows about you that other apps don't. There's no swiping, but it's familiar enough to make […]

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Sep 20, 2018

Equifax slapped with UK's maximum penalty over 2017 data breach
Credit rating giant Equifax has been issued with the maximum possible penalty by the UK's data protection agency for last year's massive data breach. Albeit, the fine is only £500,000 because the loss of customer data occurred when the UK's prior privacy regime was in force — rather than the tough new data protection law, […]

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Sep 20, 2018

Exhibit for free in Startup Alley at Disrupt Berlin 2018
Disrupt Berlin 2018 takes place on 29-30 November, and we simply can't wait to see you all there. We always get super stoked about Startup Alley, the Disrupt exhibition hall, where hundreds of innovative early-stage startups display the very latest tech products, platforms and services. Now, the only thing better than exhibiting in Startup Alley […]

TechCrunch
Sep 20, 2018

Lime hits 11.5 million bike and scooter rides
Bike and scooter company Lime recently hit 11.5 million rides, a couple of months after it surpassed six million rides. This milestone comes just 14 months after Lime deployed its first bikes. Today, Lime is in more than 100 markets throughout the U.S. and Europe. Last December, Lime brought its bikes to a number of European […]

TechCrunch
Sep 20, 2018

Liquid Telecom goes long on Africa's startups as future clients
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 African experiments with drone technologies could leapfrog decades of infrastructure neglect Harley-Davidson is opening a Silicon Valley R&D center to power EV production Digital infrastructure company Liquid Telecom is betting big […]

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Sep 20, 2018

Jamie Burke to explain why you should still bet on the blockchain at Disrupt Berlin
Now that your cousin doesn't ask you questions about bitcoin anymore, is it the end of all things blockchain? Maybe it just means that it's time to think about innovating at the protocol level and come up with new use cases. That's why I'm excited to announce that Outlier Ventures CEO and founder Jamie Burke […]

TechCrunch
Sep 20, 2018

Curve, the all-your-cards-in-one app, adds ‘zero fees' when spending abroad
Curve, the London fintech that lets you consolidate all of your bank cards into a single Curve card and app to make it easier to manage your spending, has always faced a slight awareness problem. Even though nobody else does what Curve does — the product is innovative on a multiple fronts, such as its […]

TechCrunch
Sep 20, 2018

Meituan-Dianping's IPO off to a good start as shares climb 7% on debut
Meituan-Dianping (3690.HK) enjoyed a strong debut today in Hong Kong, a sign that investors are confident in the Tencent-backed company's prospects despite its cash-burning growth strategy, heavy competition and a sluggish Hong Kong stock market. During morning trading, Meituan's shares reached a high of HKD$73.85 (about $9.41), a 7% increase over its initial public offering […]

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Sep 19, 2018

VW reimagines the microbus as an all-electric cargo hauler
The slow roll towards electrified vehicles isn't isolated to passenger cars and SUVs. Manufacturers are investing in commercial vehicles as well — everything from school buses and delivery vans to big commercial trucks. VW Group's vision for an electrified commercial vehicle future also includes a microbus. The automaker's commercial vehicles unit unveiled five zero-emission vehicles […]

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Sep 19, 2018

India's Livspace raises $70M for its one-stop-shop for interior design
Livspace, an India-based startup that helps consumers manage home renovations and interior design, has pulled in a $70 million Series C deal that's led by Goldman Sachs and TPG Growth. Existing investors Jungle Ventures, Bessemer Venture Partners, and Helion Ventures also took part in the round, which takes Livspace total funding to date to around $97 million. […]

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Sep 19, 2018

SparkLabs is launching a cybersecurity and blockchain accelerator program in the US
Investment firm SparkLabs has run accelerator programs across APAC, now it has announced its first that'll be based on U.S. soil and it's a cybersecurity and blockchain program that'll be located in Washington, D.C. from next year. The program will be led by former Startup Grind COO Brian Park and Mike Bott, who is ex-managing […]

TechCrunch
Sep 19, 2018

Google's GitHub competitor gets better search tools
Google today announced an update to Cloud Source Repositories, its recently relaunched Git-based source code repository, that brings a significantly better search experience to the service. This new search feature is based on the same tool that Google's own engineers use day in and day out and it's now available in the beta release of […]

TechCrunch
Sep 19, 2018

Google brings vulnerability scanning to its Cloud Build CI/CD platform
Google today announced an important update to its Cloud Build CI/CD platform that brings vulnerability scanning to all container images built using the service. Container Registry vulnerability scanning, which is now in beta, is meant to ensure that as businesses adopt modern DevOps practices, the container they eventually deploy are free of known vulnerabilities. As […]

TechCrunch
Sep 19, 2018

Google's Cloud Memorystore for Redis is now generally available
After five months in public beta, Google today announced that its Cloud Memorystore for Redis, its fully managed in-memory data store, is now generally available. The service, which is fully compatible with the Redis protocol, promises to offer sub-millisecond responses for applications that need to use in-memory caching. And because of its compatibility with Redis, developers […]

TechCrunch
Sep 19, 2018

‘Jackrabbot 2' takes to the sidewalks to learn how humans navigate politely
Autonomous vehicles and robots have to know how to get from A to B without hitting obstacles or pedestrians — but how can they do so politely and without disturbing nearby humans? That's what Stanford's Jackrabbot project aims to learn, and now a redesigned robot will be cruising campus learning the subtleties of humans negotiating one another's personal space.

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