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Mozilla’s Firefox Monitor will now alert you when one of your accounts was hacked
50 mins agoFrederic Lardinois

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Earlier this year, Mozilla announced Firefox Monitor, a service that tells you if your online accounts were hacked in a recent data breach. All you have to give it is your email address and it̵…
LinkedIn steps into business intelligence with the launch of Talent Insights
1 hour agoIngrid Lunden

LinkedIn may be best known as a place where people and organizations keep public pages of their professional profiles, using that as a starting point for networking, recruitment and more — a …
Salesforce, AWS expand partnership with secure data sharing between platforms
2 hours agoRon Miller

Salesforce and Amazon’s cloud arm, AWS, have had a pretty close relationship for some time, signing a $400 million deal for infrastructure cloud services in 2016, but today at Dreamforce, Sal…
Facebook’s plan to let companies it buys live independently is over

Mark Zuckerberg was quick to realize that Facebook, the largest social network in the world, does…
3 hours agoJon Russell
Snyk raises $22M on a $100M valuation to detect security vulnerabilities in open source code
4 hours agoIngrid Lunden

Open source software is now a $14 billion+ market and growing fast, in use in one way or another in 95 percent of all enterprises. But that expansion comes with a shadow: open source components can…
Facebook sends Sphero robots so classrooms can apply coding education
4 hours agoJosh Constine

Program a robotic toy to move and you could be hooked on coding for life. That’s the idea behind Facebook’s newest educational initiative called CodeFWD. It provides online coding tutor…
Applications for TC Top Picks at Disrupt Berlin 2018 close Friday
5 hours agoLeslie Hitchcock

If you’ve even vaguely considered applying to be a TechCrunch Top Pick at Disrupt Berlin 2018, which takes place on 29-30 November, you need to act now. The application window closes on Friday 28 S…
India’s budget hotel startup OYO raises $1B for international growth
5 hours agoJon Russell

OYO, the India-based startup that operates a network of budget hotels, has pulled in $1 billion in new funding to grow its business in China and expand into other international markets. The majorit…
Picfair gives every photographer on its marketplace their own store
6 hours agoSteve O’Hear

Picfair, the photo marketplace that competes with Getty and Shutterstock by giving photographers a fairer deal, is adding a major update to its offering today. The London-based startup is launching…
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Topia’s Brynne Kennedy to speak on global talent at Disrupt Berlin this November
7 hours agoMike Butcher

TechCrunch is returning to Europe with Disrupt Berlin to talk with the best and brightest people in tech from Europe and the rest of the world. In addition to fireside chats and panels, new startup…
Chinese electric scooter startup Niu files for $150M U.S. public offering
7 hours agoCatherine Shu

Chinese electric scooter startup Niu Technologies has filed for an initial public offering on Nasdaq to raise up to $150 million. In its form, Niu said it is “the largest lithium-ion battery-…
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BlaBlaCar is on the path to profitability
8 hours agoRomain Dillet

French startup BlaBlaCar just released some interesting metrics. The company has reached profitability if you look at revenue between January 2018 and today. BlaBlaCar forecasts that 50 million peo…
Google CEO Sundar Pichai will reportedly meet with Republican lawmakers this week
10 hours agoCatherine Shu

Google CEO Sundar Pichai will meet in private with Republican lawmakers on Friday to discuss issues including its work in China and alleged political bias, reports the Wall Street Journal. The meet…
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Why Instagram’s founders are resigning: independence from Facebook weakened
12 hours agoJosh Constine

Facebook promised Instagram autonomy, but reduced it over time leading to today’s bombshell revelation. Eight years after launching Instagram and six years after selling it to Facebook, Insta…
Car-sharing network Turo expands service in UK
12 hours agoKirsten Korosec

Turo — the peer-to-peer car-sharing marketplace sometimes referred to as the ‘Airbnb of cars’ — is expanding to the UK. And this time, everyday car owners can actually use it. The San F…
As English burns, Scrabble plays the fiddle adding 300 words like Bitcoin, botnet and emoji
13 hours agoKate Clark

Attention, Scrabble enthusiasts! A whopping 300 new words have been added to Merriam-Webster’s Official Scrabble Players Dictionary, including a few that are sure to satisfy millennials and a…
After extradition to Texas, 3D-printed gunmaker Cody Wilson is out on bail
15 hours agoTaylor Hatmaker

Last week, after Hatreon creator and 3D-printed gun activist Cody Wilson was charged with the sexual assault of a minor, he managed to evade arrest briefly in Taipei. On Friday, authorities success…
TC Sessions: AR/VR early-bird sale extended to Friday
16 hours agoEmma Comeau

You heard it here first! Early-bird ticket sales are extended till September 28 for TechCrunch Sessions: AR/VR on October 18 at UCLA. Don’t miss out on the biggest savings for this event R…
MetroPCS is now Metro by T-Mobile
16 hours agoBrian Heater

It’s been five years since T-Mobile picked up MetroPCS, and now the prepaid service is finally getting a fresh coat of paint. The “PCS” bit is getting the old heave-ho, while the brand’s owners are…
You can play Alto’s Adventure on your Mac now
16 hours agoTaylor Hatmaker

Everyone’s favorite endless, serene snowboarding game just made the leap from mobile to the Mac App Store. Available now for $9.99, Alto’s Adventure for Mac is a desktop port of the sid…
Mike Curtis, Airbnb’s VP of engineering, is leaving
17 hours agoKate Clark

Airbnb’s head of engineering will leave the company before the end of 2018 to pursue other projects and focus on his family. The news was first reported by The Information and later confirmed…
The 7 most important announcements from Microsoft Ignite today
17 hours agoFrederic Lardinois

Microsoft is hosting its Ignite conference in Orlando, Florida this week. And although Ignite isn’t the household name that Microsoft’s Build conference has become over the course of th…
Technology doesn’t have to be disposable

Dust off your old Bose 501 speakers. New devices are coming that will give traditional audio equi…
18 hours agoMatt Burns
Zoho pulled offline after phishing complaints, CEO says
18 hours agoZack Whittaker

Zoho .com was pulled offline on Monday after the company’s domain registrar received phishing complaints, the company’s chief executive said. The web-based office suite company, which a…
iPhone XS Max is reportedly dramatically outselling the XS
18 hours agoBrian Heater

According to some early numbers from Apple analyst extraordinaire Ming-Chi Kuo, the iPhone Max XS is currently running laps around its smaller counterpart. In a note posted by MacRumors, Kuo sugges…
Sleep Cycle adds ‘snore detection’ to its sleep-tracking Android app
18 hours agoLucas Matney

Sleep-tracking app Sleep Cycle is bringing a new feature to its Android app to help snoring users track the sleep effects of their rather loud ailment. Sleep Cycle is a great little app that helps …
BloomThat pauses on-demand flower services
18 hours agoMegan Rose Dickey

Following an acquisition by FTD Companies earlier this year for a reportedly small amount of cash, on-demand flower service BloomThat is pausing its services as it works “to figure out how to…
Alaska Airlines is trying to make VR part of its first-class experience
18 hours agoLucas Matney

When it comes to public areas where you are most free to surrender self-awareness and self-consciousness, lounging on a multi-hour airline flight is probably prime territory. Coincidentally, itR…
Here’s everything Google announced today at its “Future of Search” event
19 hours agoGreg Kumparak

Google has changed a lot in 20 years. What started as an index of “just” a few million pages is now reaching into the hundreds of billions; what was once a relatively simple (if very cl…
China splits the internet while the U.S. dithers
19 hours agoDanny Crichton

There are few stories as important right now as the internet being ripped asunder by the increasing animosity between the U.S. and China. Eric Schmidt, the former chairman of Alphabet, said last we…
Google and Yandex may collaborate on a real-time blacklist of all known pirated works
19 hours agoDevin Coldewey

A meeting on the status of anti-piracy efforts at search engines has produced a collaborative approach to better addressing the issue of pirated works appearing in search results. An international …
Walmart is betting on the blockchain to improve food safety
19 hours agoRon Miller

Walmart has been working with IBM on a food safety blockchain solution and today it announced it’s requiring that all suppliers of leafy green vegetable for Sam’s and Walmart upload the…
Snapchat lets you take a photo of an object to buy it on Amazon
19 hours agoJosh Constine

See, snap, sale. In a rare partnership for Amazon, the commerce giant will help Snapchat challenge Instagram and Pinterest for social shopping supremacy. Today Snapchat announced it’s slowly …
Mode raises $3M Series A to put sensor data in the cloud
19 hours agoKate Clark

True Ventures has led the $3 million round for Mode, a real-time database that gives companies instant access to sensor data. GigaOm founder and True Ventures partner Om Malik has joined the startu…
VW’s Porsche drops diesel for good
20 hours agoKirsten Korosec

Porsche will no longer make diesel-powered vehicles, opting instead to invest more money into electric and hybrid technology, the company said over the weekend. Porsche has never been as committed …
Google Lens is coming to Google Image Search to help you figure out what you’re seeing
20 hours agoGreg Kumparak

At a small press event in San Francisco today, Google dropped a mention of a big new feature on the way: Google Lens support is coming to Google Image Search. For the unfamiliar, Google Lens (previ…
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Bumble is taking Tinder parent, Match Group, to court

Bumble is officially serving papers to proceed with the lawsuit against Tinder parent, Match Group. Bumble had said in March it was filing a suit of $400 million against Match Group for fraudulentl…

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Stripe is testing cash advances, following Square and PayPal’s moves into business finance
20 hours agoIngrid Lunden

Stripe, the fast-growing payments startup that is now worth over $9 billion, is working on a new product to help it fill out some of the gaps in its product suite as it bids to become the go-to fin…
The Surface Go is the laptop of the year
21 hours agoJohn Biggs

As a nearly constant traveler I’ve been looking for something like the Surface Go all my life. I’ve lugged around everything from massive ThinkPads to iPad Pros and I’ve always fo…
macOS Mojave is now available
21 hours agoBrian Heater

Enjoy reading lots of words about new operating systems? Good news! There are plenty of those here. Enjoy actually downloading and running said new operating systems? Gooder news! macOS 10.14 Mojav…
macOS 10.14 Mojave review

Against my better judgment and repeat warnings from those who knew better, I went ahead and insta…
21 hours agoBrian Heater
License caps and CCTV among ride-hailing rule changes urged in report to UK gov’t
21 hours agoNatasha Lomas

Uber and similar services could be facing caps on the number of licenses for vehicles that can operate ride-hailing services in London and other UK cities under rule changes being recommended to th…
Slack acquires Astro to conquer email
21 hours agoBrian Heater

Slack announced today that it has acquired Astro, the Bay Area startup behind email assistant, Astrobot. The deal, which marks Slack’s largest to date, will go a ways toward helping the popular ent…
Security researcher claims macOS Mojave privacy bug on launch day
21 hours agoZack Whittaker

A security researcher has claimed a new vulnerability in the latest version of macOS — just hours before the software is due to be released. Patrick Wardle, chief researcher officer at Digita Secur…
Sony is bundling Red Dead Redemption 2 with a 1TB PlayStation 4 Pro
22 hours agoJordan Crook

Considering it’s been eight years since Red Dead Redemption came out, it’s no surprise that fans of the franchise are ravenous for the next installment of the game, which launches Octob…
FabFitFun expands its video reach with a new experiment in live programming
22 hours agoJonathan Shieber

The Los Angeles-based women’s subscription box and media business FabFitFun is expanding its video catalog with the launch of new live programming set to coincide with the launch of its lates…
Facebook expands its video Ad Breaks to 21 new countries
22 hours agoAnthony Ha

Facebook Ad Breaks, the social network’s pre-roll and mid-roll video ads, are launching in 21 new countries. Facebook announced that Ad Breaks were generally available last month in five coun…
Apple closes its $400M Shazam acquisition and says the music recognition app will soon become ad free
22 hours agoIngrid Lunden

Last year, we broke the news that Apple was buying the music recognition startup and app Shazam for about $400 million, and nearly one year later, the deal has finally closed. Today, Apple announce…
Hulu is first to live stream TV to Amazon’s Echo Show
23 hours agoSarah Perez

Amazon’s Echo Show will apparently also work like a little TV, not just a visual interface for Alexa and her many apps. When the newly announced 10-inch HD screen Echo Show begins shipping ne…
Adobe introduces AI assistant to help Analytics users find deeper insights
23 hours agoRon Miller

Adobe Analytics is a sophisticated product, so much so that users might focus on a set of known metrics at the cost of missing key insights. Adobe introduced an AI-fueled virtual assistant called I…
UberEats UK couriers striking over pay changes
24 hours agoNatasha Lomas

Groups of UberEats couriers are continuing to strike over pay and calling for a minimum £5 per delivery fee. Several strikes have been reported in London over the past few days, as well as other UK…
Microsoft, SAP and Adobe take on Salesforce with their new Open Data Initiative for customer data
1 day agoFrederic Lardinois

Microsoft, SAP and Adobe today announced a new partnership: the Open Data Initiative. This alliance, which is a clear attack against Salesforce, aims to create a single data model for consumer data…
Security experts say Chrome 69’s ‘forced login’ feature violates user privacy
1 day agoZack Whittaker

A new feature in the latest version of Google Chrome that logs users into the browser when they sign in to a Google site has come under fire. Until recently, it was the user’s choice to log-i…
Watch this self-solving Rubik’s cube march its way across a table
1 day agoJohn Biggs

This wild, 3D-printed self-solving Rubik’s cube is amazing. To make it work, a Japanese inventor used servo motors and Arduino boards to actuate the cube as it solves itself. Sadly, there isn…
Zencargo raises a Seed Plus round led by London’s LocalGlobe to tackle global freight
1 day agoMike Butcher

International shipping has changed little in the last century – it’s slow and opaque, with many processes carried out manually and on paper. Most supply chain teams still rely on phone calls …
Salesforce partners with Apple to roll deeper into mobile enterprise markets
1 day agoRon Miller

Apple and Salesforce are both highly successful, iconic brands, who like to put on a big show when they make product announcements. Today, the two companies announced they were forming a strategic …
Microsoft’s Quantum Development Kit adds a chemical simulation library
1 day agoFrederic Lardinois

During last September’s Ignite conference, Microsoft heavily emphasized its quantum computing efforts and launched both its Q# programming language and development kits. This year, the focus …
Microsoft Azure gets new high-performance storage options
1 day agoFrederic Lardinois

Microsoft Azure is getting a number of new storage options today that mostly focus on use cases where disk performance matters. The first of these is Azure Ultra SSD Managed Disks, which are now in…
VC firms of Kevin Durant and Snoop Dogg back Dutchie, a new cannabis delivery service
1 day agoJonathan Shieber

Ross Lipson, the chief executive officer and co-founder of the on-demand marijuana and cannabis delivery service, Dutchie, had thought he was done with the online delivery business. Instead, heR…
Microsoft hopes enterprises will want to use Cortana
1 day agoFrederic Lardinois

In a world dominated by Alexa and the Google Assistant, Cortana suffers the fate of a perfectly good alternative that nobody uses and everybody forgets about. But Microsoft wouldn’t be Micros…
Microsoft OneDrive’s on-demand files come to the MacOS Finder
1 day agoFrederic Lardinois

If you live and work in the Microsoft Office ecosystem but often use a Mac, here is some good news: OneDrive Files On-Demand is now available in public preview for MacOS. Files-On Demand was one of…
Microsoft’s massive Surface Hub 2 whiteboards will launch in Q2 2019
1 day agoFrederic Lardinois

The Surface Hub 2, the successor to Microsoft’s first set of giant Windows 10 touchscreen displays for collaboration, will launch in Q2 2019, the company announced today. Previously, the comp…
Microsoft updates its planet-scale Cosmos DB database service
1 day agoFrederic Lardinois

Cosmos DB is undoubtedly one of the most interesting products in Microsoft’s Azure portfolio. It’s a fully managed, globally distributed multi-model database that offers throughput guar…
Roku brings down the cost of 4K streaming with its new Premiere players
1 day agoSarah Perez

Roku is expanding its lineup of streaming media players in an attempt to bring down the cost of 4K-ready devices, and plug every hole in the market. The company announced this morning the launch of…
Microsoft wants to put your data in a box
1 day agoFrederic Lardinois

AWS has its Snowball (and Snowmobile truck), Google Cloud has its data transfer appliance and Microsoft has its Azure Data Box. All of these are physical appliances that allow enterprises to ship l…
Microsoft Office gets smarter
1 day agoFrederic Lardinois

Microsoft used its Ignite conference in Orlando, Florida, today to announce a number of new features that are coming to Office 365. Given the company’s current focus on AI, it’s no surp…
Microsoft Teams gets bokeh and meeting recordings with transcripts
1 day agoFrederic Lardinois

If you’ve ever attended a video meeting and wished that the speakers used really expensive cameras and lenses that allowed for that soft classy background blur of a portrait photo, then Micro…
Microsoft’s SQL Server gets built-in support for Spark and Hadoop
1 day agoFrederic Lardinois

It’s time for the next version of SQL Server, Microsoft’s flagship database product. The company today announced the first public preview of SQL Server 2019 and while yet another update…
Microsoft’s machine learning tools for developers get smarter
1 day agoFrederic Lardinois

It’s a big day for Microsoft, which announced a slew of updates across virtually all of its product lines at its Ignite conference today. Unsurprisingly, one theme this year is artificial int…
Microsoft Azure bets big on IoT
1 day agoFrederic Lardinois

At its Ignite conference in Orlando, Florida, Microsoft today announced a plethora of new Internet of Things-focused updates to its Azure cloud computing platform. It’s no secret that the amo…
Microsoft’s new Windows Virtual Desktop lets you run Windows 10 in the cloud
1 day agoFrederic Lardinois

There are plenty of third-party solutions for running a Windows desktop in the cloud, but until now, Microsoft itself seemed hesitant to offer the same kind of user experience. Today, however, the …
Microsoft does away with more passwords
1 day agoFrederic Lardinois

We all have more passwords than we can count — or remember. Unless you have just one, in which case, please get yourself a few more. But passwords alone are far from the ideal way of keeping …
Qonto raises $23 million to improve business banking
1 day agoRomain Dillet

French startup Qonto has raised a $23 million funding round for its fintech product. The company is trying to make business banking cheaper, faster and more efficient. Existing investors Valar Vent…
Middle East’s Careem is the latest ride-sharing unicorn to get an India-based tech team
1 day agoJon Russell

India is the new tech outsourcing destination for ride-hailing companies. Southeast Asia’s Grab and Go-Jek both have sizable engineering teams in the country, and now that duo is joined by an…
Tile names GoPro vet CJ Prober new CEO, adds Comcast as investor and new product partner
1 day agoIngrid Lunden

There’s a changing of the guard, and a new strategic partnership, over at Tile, the startup that helps you keep tabs on the location of your things by way of small tracking devices. Today, th…
SiriusXM to acquire Pandora for $3.5 billion
1 day agoRomain Dillet

SiriusXM and Pandora have announced acquisition plans before the stock market opens. SiriusXM is offering to acquire Pandora for $3.5 billion in stock, or $10.14 per share. Pandora would continue t…
WhatsApp hires ‘grievance officer’ to help combat false information in India
1 day agoJon Russell

Following widespread criticism of the way its service is used to spread false information and news in India, WhatsApp has hired a “grievance officer” for the country. U.S-based Komal La…
Yubico’s new security keys now support FIDO2
1 day agoFrederic Lardinois

Yubico, the company behind the popular Yubikey security keys, today announced the launch of its 5 Series keys. The company argues that these new keys, which start at $45, are the first multi-protoc…
The best games and gear for game night
1 day agoMakula Dunbar

Hosting an old-fashioned game night is a welcome break from everyone’s tech dependent lives. Whether you could use party-friendly gear recommendations or ideas for interactive games, we’ve pulled t…
Uber and Grab hit with $9.5M in fines over ‘anti-competitive’ merger
1 day agoJon Russell

Uber and Grab have been hit with combined fines of $9.5 million after their merger deal was found to have violated Singapore’s anti-competition laws. Grab acquired (and then merged/closed) Ub…
It sounds like Apple’s original content is going to be really, really bad
1 day agoJonathan Shieber

Last year, an investor projected that Apple would be spending up to $4.2 billion on original content by 2022, but if the reports coming out now about what that content will look like are correct, t…
Ride-hailing startup Shohoz raises $15M to build the Grab of Bangladesh
1 day agoJon Russell

Uber may be global but it is very much the alternative in some parts of the world. One such place is Bangladesh — the South Asian country that’s home to 160 million people — where…
The Markup, a tech-focused investigative news site, raises $20 million from Craigslist founder
1 day agoJonathan Shieber

Celebrated former ProPublica investigative journalists Julia Angwin and Jeff Larson are launching their newest venture, the investigative nonprofit news organization called The Markup, with help fr…
Our Precious
2 days agoJon Evans

I’ve long theorized that one’s moral character is inversely proportional to the number of syllables in one’s Starbucks order. (Yes, this is a tech column. We’ll get to that….
Happy 10th anniversary, Android

It’s been 10 years since Google took the wraps off the G1, the first Android phone. Since t…
2 days agoDevin Coldewey, Jonathan Shieber, Taylor Nakagawa
The New York Times sues the FCC to investigate Russian interference in net neutrality decision
2 days agoJon Russell

The ongoing saga over the FCC’s handling of public comments to its net neutrality proposal continues after The New York Times sued the organization for withholding of information that it beli…
Beau Willimon shows us the path to Mars in ‘The First’

Beau Willimon, the screenwriter and playwright who created Netflix’s “House of Cards&…
2 days agoAnthony Ha
Airbnb wants to give its hosts equity in its business
2 days agoJon Russell

Airbnb wants to give the homeowners who power its service the opportunity to own a piece of its business. That’s why, as Axios reports, the $31-billion-valued company has written to the SEC t…
Toyota’s autonomous mobility lead to speak at Startup Battlefield MENA
2 days agoRichard Smith

Hard to believe, but Startup Battlefield MENA is just over a week away. We’ve got some of the top founders and investors in the region speaking, including Magnus Olsson of Careem, Imad Kreidieh of …
Swiping right on virtual relationships

Sextech entrepreneur and advocate Bryony Cole is planning for a future when entire relationships …
3 days agoKate Clark
White House says a draft executive order reviewing social media companies is not “official”
3 days agoJonathan Shieber

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 …
Cinematic train wreck, “The Room”, is now on YouTube in its entirety
3 days agoJonathan Shieber

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…
Comcast outbids Fox in $40B battle for Sky
3 days agoKate Clark

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.
Corporate venture investment climbs higher throughout 2018
3 days agoJason Rowley

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.

Thoug…
Singapore is the crypto sandbox that Asia needs
3 days agoJoyce Yang

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 Mo…
Fintech startups: Apply to exhibit for free as a TC Top Pick at Disrupt Berlin 2018
3 days agoLeslie Hitchcock

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, …
Seven reasons not to trust Facebook to play cupid

This week Facebook has launched a major new product play, slotting an algorithmic dating service …
3 days agoNatasha Lomas
Understanding Renaud Laplanche’s next Upgraded act

Renaud Laplanche spent ten years building LendingClub. In the process, he created an industry fro…
3 days agoConor Witt
A Lime scooter rider died in Washington, D.C., marking the second fatality this month
4 days agoConnie Loizos

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…
Japan’s Hayabusa 2 mission lands on the surface of a distant asteroid
4 days agoDevin Coldewey

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 …
Mithril Capital Management, cofounded by Ajay Royan and Peter Thiel, is leaving the Bay Area
4 days agoConnie Loizos

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 …
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, &#…
4 days agoKate Clark
Polestar unveils first production EV with aim to overtake Tesla
4 days agoJake Bright

Polestar debuted its first production EV and previewed its electric car line in New York with the CEO squarely taking aim at Tesla.

The Volvo subsidiary pulled the cover off its Polestar 1, …
Twitter says bug may have exposed some direct messages to third-party developers
4 days agoZack Whittaker

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…
Instagram denies it’s building Regramming. Here’s why it’d be a disaster
4 days agoJosh Constine

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 tes…
Early-bird tickets close today, 9/21
4 days agoEmma Comeau

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 yo…
Interiors startup Clippings raises $15.4M Series B with Advance Venture Partners
4 days agoMike Butcher

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 cat…
Luxury fashion marketplace Farfetch closes at $28.45, up 42% on its first day of trading on NYSE
4 days agoIngrid Lunden

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 compa…
On-demand trucking app Convoy raises $185M at $1B valuation
4 days agoKate Clark

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 tota…
Trump’s new cyber strategy eases rules on use of government cyberweapons
4 days agoZack Whittaker

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…
Eventbrite goes public, and everyone else is raising hella money
4 days agoAlex Wilhelm

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 Conni…
uBiome is jumping into therapeutics with a healthy $83 million in Series C financing
4 days agoSarah Buhr

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 …
Eight Roads Ventures targets Southeast Asia deals
4 days agoJon Russell

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 fu…
Amazon makes offline retail push in India
4 days agoJon Russell

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…
AdGuard resets all user passwords after account hacks
5 days agoZack Whittaker

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 l…
Cleo, the ‘digital assistant’ that replaces your banking apps, picks up $10M Series A led by Balderton
5 days agoSteve O’Hear

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 be…
Watch how Tesla Model 3 earned NHTSA’s top safety rating
5 days agoKirsten Korosec

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 customer…
Audible brings its audiobook library to the Apple Watch
5 days agoBrian Heater

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 …
Scientists have moved one step closer to RNA editing, which could be the next stage of CRISPR
5 days agoJonathan Shieber

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 functio…
uBeam wireless power’s CEO Meredith Perry steps aside amidst B2B pivot
5 days agoJosh Constine

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 int…
Echo HomePod? Amazon wants you to build your own
5 days agoBrian Heater

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 Home…
Amazon introduces APL, a new design language for building Alexa skills for devices with screens
5 days agoSarah Perez

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 multi…
Google’s fingerprints were all over today’s Amazon event
5 days agoBrian Heater

Hidden among 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’…
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 contin…
5 days agoLucas Matney
Amazon’s new Echo Dot, up close and hands-on
5 days agoBrian Heater

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 dev…
Adobe gets its company, snaring Marketo for $4.75 billion
5 days agoRon Miller

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…
Facebook’s Camera AR platform head is coming to TC Sessions: AR/VR
5 days agoLucas Matney

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 possib…
As tasks wane, skills rise
5 days agoBrooks Rainwater, Camille Moore

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 intelligenc…
Hulu is making a new season of ‘Veronica Mars’
5 days agoAnthony Ha

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…
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Amazon’s new Echo Show up close and hands-on
5 days agoBrian Heater

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 wi…
Amazon’s Alexa is coming to Sony smart TVs and Lenovo Smart Tabs
5 days agoKirsten Korosec

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-su…
Eventbrite’s IPO should encourage tech companies to get out while they still can
5 days agoJonathan Shieber

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 percent in trading on the NYSE. Aft…
Up close with Amazon’s $60 Alexa Microwave
5 days agoBrian Heater

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 app…
Delta to start scanning faces at airport check-in
5 days agoZack Whittaker

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 scanni…
Cluep, a Canadian startup that raised just $500K, acquired for $40M
5 days agoKate Clark

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…
Amazon’s Alexa can now act on ‘hunches’ about your behavior
5 days agoKirsten Korosec

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…
First Look at Amazon’s Fire TV Recast, a new device to record live TV, stream it anywhere
5 days agoSarah Perez

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 out…
Echo Auto brings Alexa to cars
5 days agoBrian Heater

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 Toyo…
Amazon intros a new Echo Show with built-in smart home hub
5 days agoBrian Heater

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 spect…
Amazon shows off a new $180 Ring ‘Stick Up Cam’
5 days agoSarah Perez

Among the slew of devices Amazon announced this morning at its event in Seattle is a new Ring Stick Up Cam – stick up, because it’s designed to go anywhere. (And is not, apparently, a r…
Alexa Guard turns Echo products into security devices
5 days agoBrian Heater

Here’s another unexpected surprise from Amazon’s hardware event in Seattle, as the announcements have started coming fast and furious. Alexa Guard is a home security product that integrates w…
Amazon launches an Echo Wall Clock, because Alexa is gonna be everywhere
5 days agoSarah Perez

Amazon keeps rolling out new Alexa devices this morning at its event in Seattle. And just now, the company announced the launch of a new Alexa device – in a clock. Yes, there’s now an E…
Amazon launches an Alexa microwave with built-in popcorn Dash button
5 days agoBrian Heater

One of the stranger rumors ahead of today’s Amazon event has become fact. The company’s attempting to make a big push into home appliances, so it’s leading the way with its very o…
Amazon updates the Echo Plus so it can control the smart home when the internet goes down
5 days agoSarah Perez

Amazon today is giving its premium smart home-ready Echo Plus device a notable update. The device, which includes a Zigbee smart home hub built into the Echo, is getting a new fabric design, and a …
Amazon launches an Alexa Smart Plug
5 days agoSarah Perez, Brian Heater

Amazon wants to make it easier to set up your smart home. Today at its hardware event, the company introduced a new Smart Plug device that brings Alexa’s voice control capabilities to anythin…
Meet the startups in the latest Alchemist class
5 days agoJohn Biggs

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 re…
Amazon introduces a new subwoofer and amp for the Echo line
5 days agoBrian Heater

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 fair bit like Apple’s high-end smart speaker. But the device is ac…
Amazon introduces the Echo Input, its first Echo without a speaker
5 days agoSarah Perez

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 …
Amazon refreshes its best-selling Echo Dot
5 days agoBrian Heater

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 re…
Amazon FreeTime for Alexa adds routines, kids’ podcasts and audiobooks
5 days agoSarah Perez

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…
Alexa learns how to whisper
5 days agoBrian Heater

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 impro…
Social Capital will no longer raise outside capital
5 days agoKate Clark

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…
Instagram may divide hashtags from captions to end overhashing
5 days agoJosh Constine

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…
Lunewave is pitching a new sensor offering better vision for autonomous vehicles
5 days agoJonathan Shieber

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…
Apple Watch fire face was made with actual fire
5 days agoRomain Dillet

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, liqu…
AI could help push Neo4j graph database growth
5 days agoRon Miller

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, …
Bird hits 10 million scooter rides
5 days agoMegan Rose Dickey

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 su…
Walmart is putting 17,000 Oculus Go headsets in its stores to help train employees in VR
5 days agoLucas Matney

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 bringin…
Vonage acquires cloud-based contact center startup NewVoiceMedia for $350M in cash
5 days agoIngrid Lunden

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 b…
Spotify will now let indie artists upload their own music
5 days agoSarah Perez

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…
GoPro kills the Session camera cube
5 days agoLucas Matney

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 ent…
Review: With the Hero7 Black, GoPro looks towards stability
5 days agoLucas Matney

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 …
GoPro shakes up its entire camera line
5 days agoLucas Matney

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 the past. The new lineup from GoPro is definitely le…
Amazon’s announcing new Echo and Fire TV hardware today
5 days agoBrian Heater

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…
WalkMe raises $40M at a $1B+ valuation for its on-screen guidance technology
5 days agoIngrid Lunden

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 compli…
MariaDB acquires Clustrix
5 days agoFrederic Lardinois

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 o…
Facebook warned to amend ToS to fix EU consumer rights issues by year’s end
5 days agoNatasha Lomas

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 additiona…
Hear about the keys to local investing at Startup Battlefield Africa with Omobola Johnson and Lexi Novitske
5 days agoHenry Pickavet

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 st…
Circle wants more women to invest in cryptocurrency
5 days agoKate Clark

The earliest adopters of Bitcoin — the libertarian anarchist “cypherpunk” crowd — were mostly men. Today, roughly a decade after Satoshi Nakamoto’s famed white paper w…
Inside Facebook Dating, launching first in Colombia
5 days agoJosh Constine

Does deeper data produce perfect matches? Facebook is finally ready to find out, starting today with a country-wide test in Colombia of its new Dating feature. It’s centered around an algorit…
Equifax slapped with UK’s maximum penalty over 2017 data breach
5 days agoNatasha Lomas

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 b…
Exhibit for free in Startup Alley at Disrupt Berlin 2018
5 days agoLeslie Hitchcock

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 inno…
Lime hits 11.5 million bike and scooter rides
5 days agoMegan Rose Dickey

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. Toda…
Liquid Telecom goes long on Africa’s startups as future clients
5 days agoJake Bright

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 Polestar unveils first production EV with aim to over…
Jamie Burke to explain why you should still bet on the blockchain at Disrupt Berlin
5 days agoRomain Dillet

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 …
Curve, the all-your-cards-in-one app, adds ‘zero fees’ when spending abroad
5 days agoSteve O’Hear

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. E…
Meituan-Dianping’s IPO off to a good start as shares climb 7% on debut
5 days agoCatherine Shu

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 c…
VW reimagines the microbus as an all-electric cargo hauler

The slow roll towards electrified vehicles isn’t isolated to passenger cars and SUVs. Manuf…
5 days agoKirsten Korosec
India’s Livspace raises $70M for its one-stop-shop for interior design
5 days agoJon Russell

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. Existi…
SparkLabs is launching a cybersecurity and blockchain accelerator program in the US
6 days agoJon Russell

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 thatR…
Google’s Cloud Source Repositories gets better search tools
6 days agoFrederic Lardinois

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 ne…
Google brings vulnerability scanning to its Cloud Build CI/CD platform
6 days agoFrederic Lardinois

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 sca…
Google’s Cloud Memorystore for Redis is now generally available
6 days agoFrederic Lardinois

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 compat…
‘Jackrabbot 2’ takes to the sidewalks to learn how humans navigate politely
6 days agoDevin Coldewey

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…
Lime is pissed at San Francisco for denying it an e-scooter permit, claims ‘unlawful bias’
6 days agoKate Clark

Lime is waging a war against the San Francisco Municipal Transporation Agency (SFMTA), claiming the organization acted with “unlawful bias” and “sought to punish Lime” when …
Facing sexual assault charges, 3D-printed gun advocate Cody Wilson evades US authorities
6 days agoTaylor Hatmaker

The gun rights activist who waged a very public legal war over the right to freely distribute 3D-printed gun schematics over the internet is facing serious charges that have nothing to do with fire…
18 new details about Elon Musk’s redesigned, moon-bound ‘Big F*ing Rocket’

Although the spotlight at this week’s SpaceX event was squarely on Japanese billionaire Yus…
6 days agoDevin Coldewey
Lyft now integrates public transit info in app
6 days agoMegan Rose Dickey

Lyft has officially entered the public transit space with the launch of Nearby Transit, a feature currently available just in Santa Monica, Calif. This comes just a couple of days after Lyft deploy…
Entrepreneurs: It’s time to put corporate VCs back on your short list
6 days agoGil Beyda

The startup media is awash with stories of corporate venture capital prioritizing their own interests over those of their portfolio. While some of these stories may have a basis in truth, it’s crit…
Coinbase hires Fannie Mae exec Brian Brooks as chief legal officer
6 days agoKate Clark

Coinbase has made yet another addition to its C-suite. The cryptocurrency trading platform has hired Brian Brooks, the former executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary of Fa…
Amazon launches Scout, a machine learning-powered visual shopping tool
6 days agoSarah Perez

Amazon is experimenting with a new tool called Scout designed to help shoppers better figure out what they want to buy in a more visual fashion, according to a report from CNBC, which first spotted…
Fabricio Bloisi’s Movile is leading tech’s charge in Brazil and beyond and he’s coming to Startup Battlefield Latin America
6 days agoJonathan Shieber

In the 20 years since Movile launched its first technology services in 1998, the technology industry in Latin America has exploded. Technology startups have gone from being an afterthought to being…
Password bypass flaw in Western Digital My Cloud drives puts data at risk
6 days agoZack Whittaker

A security researcher has published details of a vulnerability in a popular cloud storage drive after the company failed to issue security patches for over a year. Remco Vermeulen found a privilege…
Fitbit targets employers and health plans with Care
6 days agoBrian Heater

When it launched the Versa back in March, Fitbit also announced plans to pivot. While the company will continue to operate in consumer hardware, it’s also shifting much of its focus toward he…
Facebook plans voter drive, partners with Democratic/Republican Institutes
6 days agoJosh Constine, Taylor Hatmaker

Facebook will push users to register to vote through a partnership with TurboVote, has partnered with the International Republican Institute and National Democratic Institute nonprofits to monitor …
GitLab raises $100M
6 days agoFrederic Lardinois

GitLab, the developer service that aims to offer a full lifecycle DevOps platform, today announced that it has raised a $100 million Series D funding round at a valuation of $1.1 billion. The round…
Einstein Voice gives Salesforce users gift of gab
6 days agoRon Miller

Salespeople usually spend their days talking. They are on the phone and in meetings, but when it comes to updating Salesforce, they are back at the keyboard again typing notes and milestones, or se…

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