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11:26 pm GMT - Wed, April 29, 2020
Techcrunch Tesla to reduce price of standard range Model 3 in China
Tesla said it will reduce the price of its standard range Model 3 vehicle in China to meet the government’s new eligibility requirements for subsidies. This marks the second time this year that ...
10:36 pm GMT - Wed, April 29, 2020
Techcrunch Tesla pushes Tesla Semi deliveries to 2021
Tesla is pushing back plans to produce and deliver its all-electric Class 8 truck until 2021, the company said in its quarter earnings report Wednesday. The move puts the Tesla Semi two years behind t...
10:11 pm GMT - Wed, April 29, 2020
Techcrunch Instagram pods game the algorithm by coordinating likes and comments on millions of posts
Researchers at NYU have identified hundreds of groups of Instagram users, some with thousands of members, that systematically exchange likes and comments in order to game the service’s algorithm...
09:50 pm GMT - Wed, April 29, 2020
Techcrunch Workers prepare to strike May 1, amid strained pandemic working conditions
The global pandemic has tested the bounds of businesses across the world and transformed the way many of us live our lives. For those among us who are unable to leave our homes at all as COVID-19 viru...
09:43 pm GMT - Wed, April 29, 2020
Techcrunch The lockdown is driving people to Facebook
The quarantine lockdown is driving a record number of users to Facebook’s products. On a conference call, CEO Mark Zuckerberg disclosed a number of new metrics highlighting a significant bump in...
09:08 pm GMT - Wed, April 29, 2020
Techcrunch Tesla turns Q1 profit on cost reductions, rising car margins, credits
Tesla reported Wednesday that it earned $16 million and generated $5.985 billion in revenue in the first quarter, results buoyed by improved automotive margins and reductions in operating expenses. Te...
09:08 pm GMT - Wed, April 29, 2020
Techcrunch TikTok tops 2 billion downloads
TikTok, the widely popular video sharing app developed by one of the world’s most valued startups (ByteDance), continues to grow rapidly despite suspicion from the U.S. as more people look for w...
09:04 pm GMT - Wed, April 29, 2020
Techcrunch Original Content podcast: Netflixs Extraction inflicts brutal action on forgettable characters
If you think that action movies generally suffer from an excess of characterization, then “Extraction” is the movie for you. Almost everything about the film that’s not an action sce...
08:56 pm GMT - Wed, April 29, 2020
Techcrunch Joue targets novice musicians with its latest crowdfunded instrument
I wrote about Joue back in January, right before the company participated in (and won) our CES pitch-off. The company was one of a handful of crowdfunded musical instrument startups at the show that w...
08:33 pm GMT - Wed, April 29, 2020
Techcrunch eBay Q1 reports sales of $2.374B, active buyers up to 174M in wake of COVID-19
After a quarter in which eBay, tussling with an activist investor, completed the sell-off of its ticketing business StubHub for $4 billion and saw appointed a new CEO after its previous one departed, ...
08:23 pm GMT - Wed, April 29, 2020
Techcrunch Facebook stock spikes despite significant reduction in demand for ads
The coronavirus pandemic is significantly slowing the growth of Facebook’s ads business, but investors seem pleased with the company’s performance in Q1 after Facebook released its earning...
08:16 pm GMT - Wed, April 29, 2020
Techcrunch Microsoft shares rise after the tech giant posts 15% growth
Today Microsoft reported its third-quarter, fiscal 2020 quarter earnings, the period of time corresponding to Q1 2020 on the regular calendar. The technology giant generated $35 billion in revenue, up...
08:15 pm GMT - Wed, April 29, 2020
Techcrunch Apple will make it easier to unlock your iPhone while wearing a face mask
Face ID was a great idea until large swathes of the world were forced to wear face masks, rendering it largely useless. Apple has apparently heard our pain. Users are reporting a subtle new feature i...
07:35 pm GMT - Wed, April 29, 2020
Techcrunch Johns Hopkins launches COVID-19 Testing hub to provide public access to testing data
The COVID-19 testing picture in the U.S. is far from easy to understand, given the disparate agencies and public and private health organizations involved. Johns Hopkins, building on its excellent wor...
07:13 pm GMT - Wed, April 29, 2020
Techcrunch Amazon to stream NFLs Thursday Night Football through 2022, plus one exclusive game each season
The NFL’s Thursday Night Football is returning to stream on Amazon. The companies announced today they’ve renewed their agreement, which will allow Amazon Prime Video to offer a live, digi...
07:09 pm GMT - Wed, April 29, 2020
Techcrunch Juul is reportedly laying off 800 to 950 employees
Juul is set to eliminate between 800 to 950 jobs, according to a new report from The Wall Street Journal. Those massive cuts would amount to around a third of the Bay Area vaping giants entire workfor...
06:31 pm GMT - Wed, April 29, 2020
Techcrunch Digging for dollar signs amid edtechs current momentum
Edtech was long defined by stodgy sales cycles, sluggish adoption and splashy pitches to K-12 districts with tight budgets, but the COVID-19 pandemic turned that reputation on its head in short order....
06:01 pm GMT - Wed, April 29, 2020
Techcrunch GM delays GMC Hummer EV debut
GM said Wednesday that it will postpone its upcoming reveal of a GMC-branded electric Hummer due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Hummer EV debut, which was scheduled to occur May 20, is the latest autom...
05:54 pm GMT - Wed, April 29, 2020
Techcrunch Wise locks down $5.7 million to scale its challenger bank designed for small businesses
Stripe and Shopify have transformed the face of commerce for small business users, yet when it comes to putting that cash somewhere, SMBs have found that the banking options aren’t quite as tran...
05:33 pm GMT - Wed, April 29, 2020
Techcrunch Hackers hit Chegg for the third time since 2018
Chegg has confirmed its third data breach in the past three years. The education tech giant, which last year was acquired by Thinkful for $80 million, said hackers stole 700 current and former employe...
05:00 pm GMT - Wed, April 29, 2020
Techcrunch Apple and Google release first seed of COVID-19 exposure notification API for contact tracing app developers
Apple and Google have released the first version of their exposure notification API, which they previously called the contact tracing API. This is a developer-focused release, and is a seed of the API...
05:00 pm GMT - Wed, April 29, 2020
Techcrunch Twitter launches a COVID-19 data set of tweets for approved developers and researchers
Twitter is making it possible for developers and researchers to study the public conversation around COVID-19 in real time with an update to its API platform. The company is introducing a new COVID-19...
04:58 pm GMT - Wed, April 29, 2020
Techcrunch Arm is offering early-stage startups free access to its chip designs
The years already off to a rocky start for hardware companies, and were only beginning to see the true impact COVID-19 will ultimately have on the market. Arm the U.K. company behind the designs of c...
04:15 pm GMT - Wed, April 29, 2020
Techcrunch When regulation presents a (rare) opportunity
Politics is about leverage. Startups now have it. They should take advantage of it before things change again....
04:10 pm GMT - Wed, April 29, 2020
Techcrunch Lyft is laying off 982 employees, furloughing a further 288 due to COVID-19 pandemic
Less than 24 hours after it was reported that Uber was considering layoffs of 20% of staff, its big rivalLyft is announcing its own cuts. Today the company said it would be reducing employee count by ...
04:10 pm GMT - Wed, April 29, 2020
Techcrunch Daily Crunch: Google Meet goes free for everyone
Google is making a big push for its Zoom competitor, Samsung outlines how COVID-19 is reshaping consumer demand and Ford delays its autonomous vehicle plans. Here’s your Daily Crunch for April 2...
04:00 pm GMT - Wed, April 29, 2020
Techcrunch Google Cloud opens its Las Vegas region
Google Cloud today announced the official opening of its Las Vegas data center region. With this, Google Cloud now operates four regions in the western U.S., with Las Vegas complementing Google Cloud&...
03:56 pm GMT - Wed, April 29, 2020
Techcrunch Fairphone teams up with /e/OS on a box-fresh deGoogled handset
The makers of the world’s most ethical smartphone, the Fairphone 3, have teamed up for a version of the device with even less big tech on board. The Netherlands-based device maker has partnered ...
03:53 pm GMT - Wed, April 29, 2020
Techcrunch EV startup Nio secures $1 billion investment from China entities
Chinese electric vehicle startup Nio has secured a $1 billion investment from several state-owned companies in Hefei in return for agreeing to establish headquarters in the city’s economic devel...
03:39 pm GMT - Wed, April 29, 2020
Techcrunch Spotifys catalog tops a million podcasts, consumption increased by triple digits over last year
Spotify’s podcast business is booming despite — or perhaps, because of — the COVID-19 pandemic. The company says it has now grown its podcast catalog to over a million shows, up from...
03:02 pm GMT - Wed, April 29, 2020
Techcrunch Determined AI makes its machine learning infrastructure free and open source
Machine learning has quickly gone from niche field to crucial component of innumerable software stacks, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. The tools needed to create and manage it are enterp...
02:45 pm GMT - Wed, April 29, 2020
Techcrunch Marc Andreessen, Florence Nightingale and building in a vacuum
If we want to learn how to build in times of crises, its worth looking at the innovators and entrepreneurs that tackled such complex problems before us....
02:42 pm GMT - Wed, April 29, 2020
Techcrunch Atlassian co-founder and co-CEO Mike Cannon-Brookes is coming to Disrupt SF 2020
Atlassian is about as ubiquitous to software engineers as Google is to the rest of us. The Sydney-based company, which launched in 2002, develops tools and services for enterprise collaboration and ma...
02:39 pm GMT - Wed, April 29, 2020
Techcrunch Extra Crunch Live: Join Roelof Botha for a live Q&A on May 6 at 2pm ET/11am PT
23andMe. MongoDB. Eventbrite. Evernote. Bird. Square . Tumblr. Unity. YouTube. Xoom. Roelof Botha has had a seat on each of these companies’ boards, but his list of investments is much, much lon...
02:35 pm GMT - Wed, April 29, 2020
Techcrunch Utah-based seed fund Kickstart closes fifth fund worth $110M
Continuing our week’s coverage of new venture funds, this morning let’s dig into Kickstart’s latest capital pool. Kickstart Seed Fund, based in Utah’s Salt Lake City, has raise...
02:30 pm GMT - Wed, April 29, 2020
Techcrunch UK privacy and security experts warn over coronavirus app mission creep
A number of UK computer security and privacy experts have signed an open letter raising transparency and mission creep concerns about the national approach to develop a coronavirus contacts tracing ap...
02:00 pm GMT - Wed, April 29, 2020
Techcrunch Amid stock market turbulence, investing app Stash raises $112M led by LendingTree
As coronavirus-hit financial markets continue to flip-flop in the wake of bad news followed by pockets of hope, a startup that aims to introduce ordinary consumers to investing has raised a big round ...
01:58 pm GMT - Wed, April 29, 2020
Techcrunch Twitter says Elon Musks tweets advocating against expert COVID-19 guidance dont violate its rules
Twitter has said that tweets posted early Tuesday morning by Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk that irresponsibly call for restrictions put in place to defend against the spread of COVID-19 don’t v...
01:28 pm GMT - Wed, April 29, 2020
Techcrunch Latin Americas startup ecosystem is not immune to COVID-19
The coronavirus pandemic, however, is having an outsized impact on Latin Americas startup activity compared to other regions, judging by Q1 2020 activity numbers....
01:28 pm GMT - Wed, April 29, 2020
Techcrunch Latin American startup deals see major drop in COVID-19 era
The coronavirus pandemic, however, is having an outsized impact on Latin Americas startup activity compared to other regions, judging by Q1 2020 activity numbers....
01:22 pm GMT - Wed, April 29, 2020
Techcrunch Google is shutting down Shoelace, the social app youve probably never heard of
You know that old saying, you dont know what youve got until its gone? Sometimes thats quite literally true. Take Shoelace, a social app introduced by Googles Area 120 incubator last summer. There are...
01:15 pm GMT - Wed, April 29, 2020
Techcrunch As Uber reportedly contemplates layoffs, a look back at its post-IPO financial performance
COVID-19 has changed how much people move around, hampering Uber's business....
01:10 pm GMT - Wed, April 29, 2020
Techcrunch Video app Marco Polo adds a subscription option amid coronavirus-led boost in usage
The coronavirus pandemic has sent record numbers of new users to video chat apps. Now, video messaging app Marco Polo aims to capitalize on the increases it’s also seeing to launch its new subsc...
01:00 pm GMT - Wed, April 29, 2020
Techcrunch Squad hits desktop as the social screen-sharing app aims to become Gen-Z Zoom
Zoom is an enterprise software company built to help employees meet virtually, it was never intended to be the social platform that guided a disconnected world through a lockdown. On the back of a big...
01:00 pm GMT - Wed, April 29, 2020
Techcrunch Puppet names former Cloud Foundry Foundation executive director Abbey Kearns as CTO
Puppet, the Portland-based infrastructure automation company, today announced that it has named former Cloud Foundry Foundation executive director Abby Kearns as its new CTO. She’s replacing Dee...
01:00 pm GMT - Wed, April 29, 2020
Techcrunch Puppet names former Cloud Foundry Foundation executive director Abby Kearns as CTO
Puppet, the Portland-based infrastructure automation company, today announced that it has named former Cloud Foundry Foundation executive director Abby Kearns as its new CTO. Current Puppet CTO Deepak...
01:00 pm GMT - Wed, April 29, 2020
Techcrunch Niches one-stop shop for college searchers raises a $35M Series C
Despite the implications of its name, edtech platform Niche took nearly a decade-and-a-half to find its place within the world of the college search process. The company started as College Prowler, se...
12:53 pm GMT - Wed, April 29, 2020
Techcrunch Salesforce researchers are working on an AI economist for more equitable tax policy
Tax policy is surely a complex beast, and depending on your political leanings, you probably have some strong feelings about how it should be implemented. Salesforce AI researchers are trying to build...
12:09 pm GMT - Wed, April 29, 2020
Techcrunch NASA will test a new spacecraft solar sail using a NanoAvionics satellite
NASA is going to test a new solar sail system to determine if it’s a viable alternative to propellant-based thrusters for maneuvering small satellites, and potentially for low-cost transportatio...
12:00 pm GMT - Wed, April 29, 2020
Techcrunch Smart contact lens startup Mojo Vision raises $51M
Mojo Visions technology still felt early-stage when we met with them back at CES. But the demos we did see were enough to convince us that there really could be something to the California startups sm...
10:34 am GMT - Wed, April 29, 2020
Techcrunch Spotify Q1 beats on sales of $2B with monthly active users up 31% to 286M
The coronavirus may be decimating some corners of the economy, but the impact on the digital music, as evidenced by the world’s biggest music streaming company, appears to be minimal. Today Spot...
10:19 am GMT - Wed, April 29, 2020
Techcrunch Deliveroo cuts ~15% of staff as coronavirus challenges food delivery
Is it feast or famine for food delivery startups during the coronavirus pandemic? The UK’s Deliveroo has confirmedit’s axing more than 350 staff — or around 15% of its global headcou...
10:00 am GMT - Wed, April 29, 2020
Techcrunch CZI teams up with UCSF and Stanford to research COVID-19s prevalence in the Bay Area
With $13.6 million in funding from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, a new collaboration will pull together researchers at UCSF, Stanford and CZI-adjacent medical research nonprofit the Chan Zuckerberg ...
10:00 am GMT - Wed, April 29, 2020
Techcrunch Google is making Meet free for everyone
Google today announced that it is making Meet, its video meeting tool for businesses that directly competes with the likes of Zoom, available for free to everyone. Until now, you could participate in ...
08:36 am GMT - Wed, April 29, 2020
Techcrunch In conversation with Sasha Astafyeva, Atomicos new consumer-focused investment partner
European VC firm Atomico announced this week that it has hired Sasha Astafyeva as a new investment partner. Astafyeva previously spent three years as a principal at Felix Capital . In her new role, sh...
05:48 am GMT - Wed, April 29, 2020
Techcrunch Samsung expects COVID-19 to hurt smartphone and TV sales, but increase demand for memory
In its first-quarter earnings report today, Samsung said it expects the COVID-19 pandemic to continue impacting its business for the rest of the year, cutting into sales for smartphones and TVs, but i...
03:13 am GMT - Wed, April 29, 2020
Techcrunch Can API vendors solve healthcares data woes?
A functioning healthcare system depends on caregivers having the right data at the right time to make the right decision about what course of treatment a patient needs. In the aftermath of the COVID-1...
01:51 am GMT - Wed, April 29, 2020
Techcrunch Thuan Pham, who fled Vietnam as a child and became Ubers CTO in 2013, is leaving the company
Thuan Pham, hired as Ubers chief technology officer by former CEO Travis Kalanick back in 2013, is leaving the company in three weeks, the ride-share giant revealed today in an SEC filing that came ou...
11:00 pm GMT - Tue, April 28, 2020
Techcrunch WhatsApp eyes credit feature for users in India
WhatsApp, which began testing its mobile payments feature in India two years ago, could offer at least one more financial service to people in its biggest market. In a filing with the local regulator ...
11:00 pm GMT - Tue, April 28, 2020
Techcrunch WhatsApp eyes lending feature in India as Amazon rolls out Pay Later to tens of thousands of customers
WhatsApp, which began testing its mobile payments feature in India two years ago, could offer at least one more financial service to people in its biggest market. In a filing with the local regulator ...
10:34 pm GMT - Tue, April 28, 2020
Techcrunch Alphabet grew more than expected in Q1, but its ad business saw significant slowdown in March
Today after the bell, Alphabet, parent company of Google, reported its Q1 2020 performance. The company’s $41.16 billion in revenue for the three-month period came in ahead of expectations, best...
10:02 pm GMT - Tue, April 28, 2020
Techcrunch Streaming films are temporarily eligible for Oscars, no theatrical run required
Widespread theatrical closures have forced the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to loosen the rules around which films qualify for Oscars. This might not seem like much of a breakthrough in...
09:43 pm GMT - Tue, April 28, 2020
Techcrunch SiriusXM rises on Q1 earnings beat, but warns of coronavirus impacts to come
SiriusXM’s first quarter 2020 earnings today painted a picture of what’s ahead for the music and entertainment service in light of the coronavirus outbreak. While the company surprised wit...
09:26 pm GMT - Tue, April 28, 2020
Techcrunch TripAdvisor will cut almost 25% of its workforce as the travel industry languishes
In a blog post, TripAdvisor CEO and co-founder Stephen Kaufer announced that the company would be reducing its workforce in light of the pandemic, which has wrought particular havoc on the travel indu...
09:16 pm GMT - Tue, April 28, 2020
Techcrunch Ford postpones autonomous vehicle service until 2022
Ford said Tuesday it will delay plans to launch an autonomous vehicle service to 2022, as the COVID-19 pandemic has prompted the company to rethink its go-to-market strategy. The news was shared as pa...
09:11 pm GMT - Tue, April 28, 2020
Techcrunch Zetta Venture Partners Jocelyn Goldfein chats about AI investing
Earlier this month, Zetta Venture Partners, a B2B, AI-focused venture outfit, announced a new $180 million fund. As new VC funds are anecdotally a bit thinner on the ground these days and because we&...
09:09 pm GMT - Tue, April 28, 2020
Techcrunch iRobots Terra lawnmower will not launch in 2020, as company reprioritizes
In its quarterly earnings today, iRobot announced an indefinite delay of its lawnmowing robot, Terra. The Roomba maker has abandoned plans to launch to the long-awaited home robot in 2020. No surprise...
08:11 pm GMT - Tue, April 28, 2020
Techcrunch Ford cancels Lincoln electric vehicle program with Rivian
Lincoln Motor, the luxury brand under Ford, has canceled plans to build an all new electric vehicle based on Rivian’s skateboard platform. Crain’s Detroit reported that dealers were inform...
08:05 pm GMT - Tue, April 28, 2020
Techcrunch Rapid7 is acquiring DivvyCloud for $145M to beef up cloud security
Rapid7 announced today after the closing bell that it will be acquiring DivvyCloud, a cloud security and governance startup for $145 million in cash and stock. With Divvy, the company moves more deepl...
07:53 pm GMT - Tue, April 28, 2020
Techcrunch Apple adds COVID-19 testing sites to Maps across the U.S., and shares more mobility data
Apple has now added COVID-19 testing sites to its Apple Maps app across the U.S., covering all 50 states and Puerto Rico. The update provide testing locations including hospitals, clinics, urgent car ...
07:53 pm GMT - Tue, April 28, 2020
Techcrunch Apple adds COVID-19 testing sites to Maps across the US, and shares more mobility data
Apple has now added COVID-19 testing sites to its Apple Maps app across the U.S., covering all 50 states and Puerto Rico. The update provides testing locations including hospitals, clinics, urgent car...
07:21 pm GMT - Tue, April 28, 2020
Techcrunch AOC and Elizabeth Warren call for a freeze on big mergers as the coronavirus crisis unfolds
The coronavirus pandemic has paralyzed the global economy, but large tech companies remain relatively well-positioned to reach into their deep pockets to make big moves. In an effort to call attention...
06:59 pm GMT - Tue, April 28, 2020
Techcrunch Bonsai raises $1.5M to help students get professional guidance via virtual 1-on-1s
As the world continues to lean more heavily on remote collaboration technologies, investors and entrepreneurs are growing more curious about how behavioral shifts will impact the future of work and ed...
06:30 pm GMT - Tue, April 28, 2020
Techcrunch Dear Sophie: Will a PPP loan affect my visa renewal or green card?
Will receiving PPP funding count against me when I renew my E-2 or file my I-485 for my green card given the Public Charge restrictions?...
05:04 pm GMT - Tue, April 28, 2020
Techcrunch Hulu interruption impacted small number of users, now resolved
Some Hulu customers found that the video streaming service was no longer working on their Apple devices, beginning in the early morning hours on Tuesday. According to tweets and other social media pos...
04:51 pm GMT - Tue, April 28, 2020
Techcrunch Elon Musk provides more details about SpaceXs plan to reduce Starlink satellite visibility
During a virtual conference briefing this week, SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk provided more details about a new plan that his company has to mitigate the impact of their Starlink satellite constell...
04:43 pm GMT - Tue, April 28, 2020
Techcrunch As COVID-19 misinformation grows, YouTube brings video fact-checking to the US
In a blog post today, YouTube announced that its finally bringing its fact-checking information panels to the U.S. First introduced in Brazil and India, the expansion comes as COVID-19-related misinfo...
04:33 pm GMT - Tue, April 28, 2020
Techcrunch Spotify-owned Anchor can now turn your video chats into podcasts
Spotify is tapping into the increased usage of video conferencing during the coronavirus quarantine to grow its own podcast business. The company’s podcast creation platform Anchor, acquired for...
04:29 pm GMT - Tue, April 28, 2020
Techcrunch France postpones parliament debate on contact-tracing app
Earlier today at the National Assembly, French Prime Minister douard Philippe gave a lengthy speech about post-lockdown measures in France ahead of a debate with deputies. The government originally pl...
04:10 pm GMT - Tue, April 28, 2020
Techcrunch Daily Crunch: Facebook organizes a virtual graduation ceremony
Graduation goes virtual, more details emerge about the U.K.’s contact tracing app and Shopify launches a mobile commerce app. Here’s your Daily Crunch for April 28, 2020. 1. Facebook will ...
03:46 pm GMT - Tue, April 28, 2020
Techcrunch R&D Roundup: Sweat power, Earth imaging, testing ghostdrivers
I see far more research articles than I could possibly write up. This column collects the most interesting of those papers and advances, along with notes on why they may prove important in the world o...
03:35 pm GMT - Tue, April 28, 2020
Techcrunch Cleo Capitals Sarah Kunst launches a fellowship for laid-off workers
Sarah Kunst graduated from college in 2008 and went straight into the luxury marketing world with a job at Chanel. Then, the stock market collapsed and Kunst was laid off. It was that layoff, Kunst sa...
03:16 pm GMT - Tue, April 28, 2020
Techcrunch Cheetah, a restaurant wholesale app that pivoted to consumers for COVID-19, nabs $36M
A lot of restaurants have shuttered in the wake of stay-at-home guidance and government orders for non-essential businesses to close down, so a startup called Cheetah that provided a wholesale deliver...
03:12 pm GMT - Tue, April 28, 2020
Techcrunch Investors, startup founders in India pool $13M to fund projects that fight coronavirus
More than 150 investors and entrepreneurs in India are funding dozens of projects in a bid to help millions better combat the COVID-19 epidemic and help the nations booming startup ecosystem withstand...
03:01 pm GMT - Tue, April 28, 2020
Techcrunch Instagram now allows users to fundraise for nonprofits while livestreaming
Instagram is today launching a new way for users to fundraise for nonprofits via Instagram Live, amid the coronavirus pandemic. While the company had already offered Donation Stickers for the use in S...
03:01 pm GMT - Tue, April 28, 2020
Techcrunch Instagram now allows users to fundraise for nonprofits while live streaming
Instagram is today launching a new way for users to fundraise for nonprofits via Instagram Live, amid the coronavirus pandemic. While the company had already offered Donation Stickers for the use in S...
03:00 pm GMT - Tue, April 28, 2020
Techcrunch Spark fast follows with a $25M Series B round into customer success platform Catalyst
The world has been turned upside down the past few weeks, but one lesson of business remains as important as ever: treating your customers well is the best avenue to future business strength, particul...
02:43 pm GMT - Tue, April 28, 2020
Techcrunch In surprise choice, Zoom hitches wagon to Oracle for growing infrastructure needs
With the company growing in leaps and bounds, Zoom went shopping for a cloud infrastructure vendor to help it with its growing scale problem. In a surprising choice, the company went with Oracle Cloud...
02:15 pm GMT - Tue, April 28, 2020
Techcrunch Celonis pushes beyond process mining into automated workflow tooling
Celonis has made its name as a process discovery company, helping companies understand the way work flows through its systems to expose inefficiencies, but up until now the company has left it to othe...
02:00 pm GMT - Tue, April 28, 2020
Techcrunch Tecton.ai emerges from stealth with $20M Series A to build machine learning platform
Three former Uber engineers, who helped build the company’s Michelangelo machine learning platform, left the company last year to form Tecton.ai and build an operational machine learning platfor...
01:52 pm GMT - Tue, April 28, 2020
Techcrunch UKs coronavirus contacts tracing app could ask users to share location data
More details have emerged about a coronavirus contacts tracing app being developed by UK authorities. NHSX CEO, Matthew Gould, said today that future versions of the app could ask users to share locat...
01:45 pm GMT - Tue, April 28, 2020
Techcrunch A16Z-backed Tomorrow Health launches with $7.5M seed round to improve in-home healthcare
New startup Tomorrow Health emerged from stealth today, led by former Oscar Health executive Vijay Kedar and Casper co-founder Gabriel Flateman, with a $7.5 million seed round led by Andreessen Horowi...
01:43 pm GMT - Tue, April 28, 2020
Techcrunch Facebook will stream a virtual graduation ceremony featuring Oprah and Miley Cyrus
As dates for reopening the country are continually pushed back, virtually every aspect of life has been disrupted. Holidays, birthdays, weddings and funerals have begun to be virtualized in order for ...
01:30 pm GMT - Tue, April 28, 2020
Techcrunch Velo3D, a supplier of 3D printers to SpaceX, raises $28 million
Despite fundraising in the middle of a worldwide pandemic that has managed to shut down a significant chunk of global manufacturing, the developer of a metal composite 3D printing technology, Velo3D, ...
01:30 pm GMT - Tue, April 28, 2020
Techcrunch 5 top gaming investors explain how the pandemic is reshaping MMOs and social games
Now that the COVID-19 pandemic has forced millions into isolation, video games are seeing a surge in usage as people seek entertainment and social interaction. When we surveyed gaming-focused VCs in O...
01:24 pm GMT - Tue, April 28, 2020
Techcrunch Changing SaaS startup benchmarks in the COVID-19 era
This morning, let's talk about SaaS growth, retention, and burn metrics in the new era....
01:00 pm GMT - Tue, April 28, 2020
Techcrunch Extra Crunch Live: Join Kapor Capitals Freada Kapor Klein and Mitch Kapor for a Q&A today
On the heels of a lively conversation with Precursor Ventures partner Charles Hudson last week, we’re gearing up to chat with Kapor Capital’s Freada Kapor Klein and Mitch Kapor in a few ho...
01:00 pm GMT - Tue, April 28, 2020
Techcrunch Okta hires ex-Symantec executive as new chief security officer
Identity giant Okta has hired its newest chief security officer, David Bradbury. Bradbury, a security veteran with more than two-decades of security experience who most recently served as chief securi...
12:00 pm GMT - Tue, April 28, 2020
Techcrunch Cloudflare partners with JD to expand its network in China
Cloudflare today announced a new partnership with JD Cloud & AI that will see the company expand its network in Chinato an additional 150 data centers. Currently, Cloudflare is available in 17 dat...
12:00 pm GMT - Tue, April 28, 2020
Techcrunch Checkly raises $2.25M seed round for its monitoring and testing platform
Checkly, a Berlin-based startup that is developing a monitoring and testing platform for DevOps teams, today announced that it has raised a $2.25 million seed round led by Accel. A number of angel inv...
12:00 pm GMT - Tue, April 28, 2020
Techcrunch Electric charging gets more juice as Soros Fund Management makes a bet on Amply Power
Even as oil companies are getting crushed by the collapse of demand for energy in the wake of international shutdowns responding to the global pandemic, investors representing one of the world’s...
10:55 am GMT - Tue, April 28, 2020
Techcrunch SkyCell raises $62M for smart containers and analytics to transport pharmaceuticals
While human travel has become severely restricted in recent months, the movement of goods has remained a constant priority — and in some cases, has become even more urgent. Today, a startup out ...
10:00 am GMT - Tue, April 28, 2020
Techcrunch Shopify launches Shop, a new mobile shopping app
While Shopify is best-known for powering the online stores of more than 1 million businesses, the company is launching a consumer shopping app of its own today, simply called Shop. The app is actually...
10:00 am GMT - Tue, April 28, 2020
Techcrunch Shopify launches Shop, a new mobile app
While Shopify is best-known for powering the online stores of more than 1 million businesses, the company is launching a consumer shopping app of its own today, simply called Shop. The app is actually...
07:05 am GMT - Tue, April 28, 2020
Techcrunch Goldman backed ventures Jumia and Twiga partner on produce in Kenya
Pan-African e-commerce company Jumia and B2B agtech startup Twiga Foods are partnering to deliver produce in Kenya using adaptive measures during COVID-19. In 2019, Jumia became the first VC funded te...
07:00 am GMT - Tue, April 28, 2020
Techcrunch Partech raises $100 million seed fund
VC firm Partech has raised a new fund focused on seed investments. Named Partech Entrepreneur III, it is the third seed fund from the VC firm. Partech announced the final closing of its previous seed ...
04:12 am GMT - Tue, April 28, 2020
Techcrunch NEA-backed Personal Genome Diagnostics receives FDA clearance for its cancer diagnostic
Personal Genome Diagnostics, the venture-backed developer of a novel diagnostic kit for genomic profiling of different cancers in lab settings, has received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Admin...
01:30 am GMT - Tue, April 28, 2020
Techcrunch DJIs mini Mavic Air gets an upgrade with improved camera and battery life
DJI had to kibosh its usual big unveil this time out, for obvious reasons, but the company wont let a little thing like a global pandemic get in the way of an announcement. A little over two years aft...
01:12 am GMT - Tue, April 28, 2020
Techcrunch Qoala raises $13.5M to grow its insurance platform in Indonesia
Online lending firms might be beginning to feel the heat of the coronavirus pandemic in Southeast Asia, but investors faith in digital insurance startups remains unflinching in the region. Jakarta-bas...
01:02 am GMT - Tue, April 28, 2020
Techcrunch NY attorney general calls out Amazons inadequate COVID-19 measures and chilling labor policies
The New York attorney general’s office reportedly sent a sternly-worded letter to Amazon telling the company that the measures it has taken regarding the COVID-19 pandemic “are so inadequa...
01:01 am GMT - Tue, April 28, 2020
Techcrunch Former Tesla and Lyft exec Jon McNeill just launched a fund that plans to spin out its own companies
Lyft’s former COO Jon McNeill has had a fairly storied career as an operator. A Northwestern University economics major who worked at Bain & Co. out of college, he went on to start and sell ...
10:09 pm GMT - Mon, April 27, 2020
Techcrunch A full-time VC & part-time ER doctor shares his thoughts on COVID-19
An emergency room physician for the past 12 years, Dr. Robert Mittendorff joined Norwest Venture Partners eight years ago as a healthcare investor; the firm invests in a number of healthcare startups,...
10:02 pm GMT - Mon, April 27, 2020
Techcrunch Netflix announces a new Michelle Obama documentary Becoming, due out May 6
Netflix and Barack and Michelle Obama’s production company have announced their latest film: “Becoming,” a documentary that follows Michelle as she goes on tour to promote her bestse...
10:02 pm GMT - Mon, April 27, 2020
Techcrunch a16z co-founder Ben Horowitz is leaving Lyfts board
Ben Horowitz, the co-founder and general partner of venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz won’t seek re-election to Lyft’s board, according to a document filed with the U.S. Securities ...
10:02 pm GMT - Mon, April 27, 2020
Techcrunch Ben Horowitz, a16z general partner, is leaving Lyfts board
Ben Horowitz, the co-founder and general partner of venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, won’t seek re-election to Lyft’s board, according to a document filed with the U.S. Securities...
10:00 pm GMT - Mon, April 27, 2020
Techcrunch Oriente raises $50 million to continue building its infrastructure for digital financial services
Oriente, a Hong Kong-based startup that develops tech infrastructure for digital credit and other online financial services, has raised $50 million for its ongoing Series B round. The funding was led ...
09:40 pm GMT - Mon, April 27, 2020
Techcrunch OMERS Ventures announces a new $750M fund for investing in North America, Europe
OMERS Ventures, the venture capital arm of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS), has put together a new, $750 million fund to invest in both Europe and North America. The capital ...
09:03 pm GMT - Mon, April 27, 2020
Techcrunch Google medical researchers humbled when AI screening tool falls short in real-life testing
AI is frequently cited as a miracle workers in medicine, especially in screening processes, where machine learning models boast expert-level skills in detecting problems. But like so many technologies...
08:58 pm GMT - Mon, April 27, 2020
Techcrunch Hackers publish ExecuPharm internal data after ransomware attack
U.S. pharmaceutical giant ExecuPharm has become the latest victim of data-stealing ransomware. ExecuPharm said in a letter to the Vermont attorney general’s office that it was hit by a ransomwar...
07:48 pm GMT - Mon, April 27, 2020
Techcrunch Lost item finder Tile expands partnership with Comcast, as Apples competitor looms
Bluetooth-powered lost item finder Tile is expanding on its two-year old partnership with strategic investor Comcast to help customers find misplaced items around their home. The two companies had fir...
07:41 pm GMT - Mon, April 27, 2020
Techcrunch Stay-at-home order for 7 million Bay Area residents extended to end of May
A stay-at-home order for seven San Francisco Bay Area counties will be extended through the end of May due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a decision that affects 7 million residents and thousands of busine...
07:24 pm GMT - Mon, April 27, 2020
Techcrunch Indie.vc founder Bryce Roberts: Profitability is more achievable than a Series A round
"If you have to ask people for permission to exist, and the more you rely on those people for yourself to exist, the more risk and exposure you have....
06:41 pm GMT - Mon, April 27, 2020
Techcrunch Understanding Duolingos quiet $10M raise
Earlier this month, edtech unicorn Duolingo raised $10 million in new venture capital from General Atlantic, per an SEC filing. With the raise, the online language learning platform accepted its first...
06:27 pm GMT - Mon, April 27, 2020
Techcrunch Josh Constine leaves TechCrunch for VC fund SignalFire
How do you leave the place that made you? You figure out what it made you for. TechCrunch made me a part of the startup ecosystem I love. Now it’s time to put that love into action to help a new...
06:11 pm GMT - Mon, April 27, 2020
Techcrunch Tesla vehicles recognize and respond to traffic lights, stop signs with latest software update
Properly equipped Tesla vehicles can now recognize and respond to traffic lights and stop signs thanks to a software update the company started pushing out to owners over the weekend. The software upd...
05:23 pm GMT - Mon, April 27, 2020
Techcrunch Smart ring maker Motiv acquired by digital identity company
We werent alone in being impressed by Motiv. The startup helped flip the script on wearables by essentially cramming a fitness trackers worth of technology into a ring. This week, San Francisco digita...
04:50 pm GMT - Mon, April 27, 2020
Techcrunch MIT muscle-control system for drones lets a pilot use gestures for accurate and specific navigation
MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) has released a video of their ongoing work using input from muscle signals to control devices. Their latest involves full and fine ...
04:47 pm GMT - Mon, April 27, 2020
Techcrunch To fight fraud, Amazon now screens third-party sellers through video calls
Amazon is piloting a new system aimed at validating the identify of third-party sellers over video conferencing, the company announced on Sunday. The technology is a part of a series of seller-verific...
04:10 pm GMT - Mon, April 27, 2020
Techcrunch Daily Crunch: What went wrong at Magic Leap
Magic Leap may be on its last legs, the next iPhone could be delayed by a month and WhatsApp says its efforts to slow the spread of misinformation are working. Here’s your Daily Crunch for April...
04:00 pm GMT - Mon, April 27, 2020
Techcrunch Googles much improved Pixel Buds are finally here
The original Pixel Buds werent very good. No way around it. Heres a thing I wrote about them in a review titled “A disappointing debut for Googles Pixel Buds“: As recently as a couple of y...
04:00 pm GMT - Mon, April 27, 2020
Techcrunch $4 million richer, Walrus.ai has a pitch for companies looking for QA-testing tools
The co-founders of Walrus.ai, a new software company that raised $4 million in a new round of financing from Homebrew, Felicis Ventures and Leadout Capital, started their business with one problem. Ja...
03:56 pm GMT - Mon, April 27, 2020
Techcrunch Hundreds of French academics sign letter asking for safeguards on contact-tracing
471 French cryptography and security researchers have signed a letter named Attention StopCovid to raise awareness about the potential risks of a contact-tracing app. A debate in the French parliament...
03:56 pm GMT - Mon, April 27, 2020
Techcrunch Hundreds of French academics sign letter asking for safeguards on contact tracing
A group of 471 French cryptography and security researchers has signed a letter to raise awareness about the potential risks of a contact-tracing app. A debate in the French parliament will take place...
03:51 pm GMT - Mon, April 27, 2020
Techcrunch UPS and CVS will offer prescription drug delivery to Florida community via drone
On May 4, CVS and UPS will begin offering drone-based prescription drug delivery to Floridas massive retirement community, The Villages. The news is part of a partnership with Matternet that began las...
03:26 pm GMT - Mon, April 27, 2020
Techcrunch Factorial raises $16M to take on the HR world with a platform for SMBs
A startup that’s hoping to be a contender in the very large and fragmented market of human resources software has captured the eye of a big investor out of the US and become its first investment...
03:26 pm GMT - Mon, April 27, 2020
Techcrunch Seed investors take long view on promising enterprise startups
If a seed-stage investor believes in the founders and their vision, and the company can ride out todays economic upset, theres still money in the till at least for now....
03:25 pm GMT - Mon, April 27, 2020
Techcrunch TikTok launches Donation Stickers, allowing creators to fundraise for coronavirus relief efforts
TikTok is making it easier for creators and their fans to donate to favorite charities amid the coronavirus pandemic. The company today announced the launch of a new, interactive feature, Donation Sti...
03:06 pm GMT - Mon, April 27, 2020
Techcrunch The startup cash countdown begins
As global startup markets enter a slowdown -- more on that shortly -- we're starting to get notes on when growth-oriented firms are going to run short of cash....
03:02 pm GMT - Mon, April 27, 2020
Techcrunch YouTube and Tribeca announce We Are One, a 10-day online film festival
With COVID-19 making it unsafe to watch movies in crowded theaters, not to mention traveling for the red-carpet glamor of a film festival, many festival organizers have been looking at online alternat...
02:36 pm GMT - Mon, April 27, 2020
Techcrunch Amazon gives away a free year of live and on-demand cooking classes on Food Network Kitchen app
Amazon is bringing a year’s worth of free, live and on-demand cooking classes to tens of millions of Amazon Fire TV and Fire tablet owners across the U.S., thanks to an expanded collaboration wi...
02:16 pm GMT - Mon, April 27, 2020
Techcrunch Pandemic forces fundraising founders to accept discounts across the board
Startup founders who are fundraising in this climate should expect venture investors to take a huge chunk out of their valuation expectations. “What we’re seeing across the board is discou...
01:41 pm GMT - Mon, April 27, 2020
Techcrunch Equity Monday: Startups run low on cash, and why some Internet tailwinds are fading
Good morning and welcome back toTechCrunchs Equity Monday, a jumpstart for your week. Regular Equity episodes still drop each and every Friday morning, so if youve listened to the show over the years,...
01:39 pm GMT - Mon, April 27, 2020
Techcrunch SpaceXs latest Starship prototype passes a key test that puts it on track for a first flight
SpaceX has been developing its next-generation Starship rocket for some time now, but the large-scale prototypes it’s building in Boca Chica, Texas, have thus far always encountered a fatal erro...
01:02 pm GMT - Mon, April 27, 2020
Techcrunch The next iPhone could be delayed a month, as pandemic wears on
The latest budget iPhone arrived this month to largely positive reviews. The next flagship, on the other hand, may have to wait. The COVID-19 pandemic is having all manner of knock-on effects on the g...
01:02 pm GMT - Mon, April 27, 2020
Techcrunch Templafy raises $25M Series C led by Insight partners to deal with enterprise documents
Back in 2018 Templafy which had come up with a way for enterprises to more easily make templates out of standarddocuments (yes, its a thing) raised an additional $15 million from existing investors ...
12:35 pm GMT - Mon, April 27, 2020
Techcrunch Bill Gates details how his foundation shifted focus almost entirely to addressing COVID-19
Microsoft founder Bill Gates spoke to the Financial Times (via Fast Company) about how the work of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has shifted “almost entirely” to working on addre...
12:25 pm GMT - Mon, April 27, 2020
Techcrunch Dear Sophie: How will President Trumps order suspending immigration affect me?
The good news for you is that the temporary policy will not impact your prospects for getting a green card. Your employer will still be able to submit a green-card petition on your behalf including PE...
12:01 pm GMT - Mon, April 27, 2020
Techcrunch Brave accuses European governments of GDPR resourcing failure
Brave, a maker of a pro-privacy browser, has lodged complaints with the European Commission against 27 EU Member States for under resourcing their national data protection watchdogs. It’s asking...
11:24 am GMT - Mon, April 27, 2020
Techcrunch The Wikipedia of COVID-19 has launched a crowdfunding drive to keep going
At the end of March a coalition of grassroots UK tech initiatives came together to co-ordinate the key groups of tech industry people supporting the UKs response to the Coronavirus. The Code4Covid.org...
11:12 am GMT - Mon, April 27, 2020
Techcrunch Codota picks up $12M for an AI platform that auto-completes developers code
Thanks to smartphones and their downsized keyboards, autocomplete has become a nearly ubiquitous feature of how we write these days. To save us precious seconds composing and (at least in my fat-thumb...
09:31 am GMT - Mon, April 27, 2020
Techcrunch Germany ditches centralized approach to app for COVID-19 contacts tracing
Germany has U-turned on building a centralized COVID-19 contacts tracing app — and will instead adopt a decentralized architecture, Reuters reported Sunday, citing a joint statement by chancelle...
08:10 am GMT - Mon, April 27, 2020
Techcrunch 17 French VC firms hold virtual office hours to give advice to startups
Several French VC firms want to remain available to support the tech ecosystem at large during the lockdown with virtual office hours. If youre a startup and youre currently struggling, chances are yo...
08:00 am GMT - Mon, April 27, 2020
Techcrunch Atomico recruits Sasha Astafyeva as consumer-focused partner, and ex-Googler Terese Hougaard as principal
More personnel moves at Atomico. The European VC firm, founded by Skypes Niklas Zennstrm, has recruited Sasha Astafyeva as its new consumer-focused partner, and former-Googler Terese Hougaard as princ...
08:00 am GMT - Mon, April 27, 2020
Techcrunch Tinvio, a communication platform for supply chain merchants, gets $5.5 million seed round
Being a supply chain merchant often means cobbling together different ways of keeping in touch with buyers, including emails, text messages and paper invoices. Tinvio wants to simplify the process wit...
07:30 am GMT - Mon, April 27, 2020
Techcrunch Nigerias Okra raises $1M from TLcom connecting bank accounts to apps
A new Nigerian fintech venture, Okra, has racked up a unique mix of accomplishments in less than a year. The Lagos based API developer created a product that generates revenues from both payment start...
07:00 am GMT - Mon, April 27, 2020
Techcrunch WhatsApps new limit cuts virality of highly forwarded messages by 70%
WhatsApps bid on cutting virality of messages circulating on its platform by introducing an additional limit earlier this month has already started to pay off. The Facebook -owned service said on Mond...
06:00 am GMT - Mon, April 27, 2020
Techcrunch Shine adds invoice insurance to its freelancer bank account
French startup Shine is adding a new option today. If you think theres a chance that a client is not going to pay your next invoice, you can insure that invoice to avoid any bad surprise. Shine is bui...
05:49 am GMT - Mon, April 27, 2020
Techcrunch Vietnamese online pharmaceutical marketplace BuyMed raises $2.5 million
BuyMed, a Vietnamese startup that wants to fix Southeast Asias complex pharmaceutical distribution networks, announced today it has raised $2.5 million in pre-Series A funding. Investors include Sequo...
05:06 am GMT - Mon, April 27, 2020
Techcrunch Reliance and Facebook pilot JioMart grocery shopping on WhatsApp
JioMart, an e-commerce venture run by Indias most valued firm, is testing an ordering system on WhatsApp, teasing the first peek at the collaboration between Facebook and Indian telecom giant Reliance...
05:00 am GMT - Mon, April 27, 2020
Techcrunch Finnish VC Icebreaker launches second fund to continue backing pre-founders and pre-seed startups
Icebreaker.vc, the Finnish venture capital firm that backs “pre-founders” and pre-seed to seed-stage startups, has launched a second fund, with a first close of 50 million. That’s al...
07:00 pm GMT - Sun, April 26, 2020
Techcrunch Magic Leaps $2.6 billion bait and switch
Two years ago I attended an “Innovation in Immersive Storytelling” event at Industrial Light & Magic, featuring the Chief Game Wizard of Magic Leap. I should have known then, from all ...
06:30 pm GMT - Sun, April 26, 2020
Techcrunch Tech for good during COVID-19: Therapy for nurses, baby food, and an online diary
If youre one of the 12.3 million people who watched Travis Scott perform on Fortnite this past week, youll agree: The sky’s the limit right now when it comes to cheering people up. One kid, per ...
03:54 pm GMT - Sun, April 26, 2020
Techcrunch How Freight master Flexports Ryan Petersen learned to CEO
“I didn’t know what the term ‘freight forwarder’ meant until a year into starting the business.” Considering his shipping logistics startup Flexport was last valued at $3...
03:15 pm GMT - Sun, April 26, 2020
Techcrunch Decrypted: Space hacking, iPhone vulnerability, Zooms security boom
Security startups to the rescue. As we continue to ride out the pandemic, security experts are closely monitoring the surge of coronavirus-related cyber threats. Just this week, Google’s Threat ...
01:00 pm GMT - Sun, April 26, 2020
Techcrunch Original Content podcast: Ozark keeps building tension in season three
The Netflix crime drama “Ozark” might not be exactly what you think of when you hear the phrase “high octane.” While there are a few big explosions, there are far more scenes o...
06:00 pm GMT - Sat, April 25, 2020
Techcrunch Startups Weekly: Investors are keeping terms friendly instead they say no more often
[Editors note: Want to get this free weekly recap of TechCrunch news that startups can useby email?Subscribe here.] Multiple liquidation preferences, full-ratchet anti-dilution clauses and pay-to-play...
04:30 pm GMT - Sat, April 25, 2020
Techcrunch Our love of the cloud is making a green energy future impossible
Mark Mills Contributor Share on Twitter Mark Mills is the author of the book, Digital Cathedrals: The Information Infrastructure Era, and is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, a Faculty Fello...
03:16 pm GMT - Sat, April 25, 2020
Techcrunch This Week in Apps: Facebook takes on Houseparty, Fortnite comes to Google Play, contact tracing API
We continue to look at how the coronavirus outbreak is impacting mobile apps, including details about Apple and Google's contact tracing API, and more....
11:21 pm GMT - Fri, April 24, 2020
Techcrunch Gillmor Gang: Zoom Normal
The Gillmor Gang Frank Radice, Michael Markman, Keith Teare, Denis Pombriant, Brent Leary, and Steve Gillmor . Recorded live Tuesday, April 21, 2020. Brent Leary joins the Gang as we blend streaming,...
11:07 pm GMT - Fri, April 24, 2020
Techcrunch If we let the US Postal Service die, well be killing small businesses with it
If we continue to view the USPS as simply a balance sheet and optimize for profitability in a vacuum, we ultimately stand to lose far more than we gain....
11:00 pm GMT - Fri, April 24, 2020
Techcrunch Verizon should make an Epic acquisition
To: Hans (Mr. Vestberg? Boss?) RE: An Epic opportunity We wanted to jot down this memo to pitch a deal that could remake Verizon’s fortunes in the media business. Every major carrier and interne...
10:40 pm GMT - Fri, April 24, 2020
Techcrunch Precursor Ventures Charles Hudson on the conversation no one has during an upmarket
For pre-seed startups, precarious times are baseline until they secure their first customer, first hire and first check. But no matter how built-in turbulence might be for a pre-seed founder, were ent...
09:38 pm GMT - Fri, April 24, 2020
Techcrunch Silicon Valley needs a new approach to studying ethics now more than ever
If we want more informed discussions about techs behavior, and we want the people who make choices to enter these crises prepared to think ethically, we need to start training people who work in tech ...
08:14 pm GMT - Fri, April 24, 2020
Techcrunch Matt Ocko saw COVID-19 coming: Heres what his venture firm is doing about it
Matt Ocko, co-founder of venture firm Data Collective (DCVC), was among a small group of VCs viewed as alarmists when they began tweeting about the coronavirus’s imminent appearance in the U.S. ...
08:06 pm GMT - Fri, April 24, 2020
Techcrunch COVID-19 forced Airbnb to rethink its product offerings; heres some of what it came up with
The coronavirus has decimated the travel industry, and Airbnb, the home rental company that appeared unstoppable not so long ago, has not been spared. While the headlines have focused on the measures ...
07:45 pm GMT - Fri, April 24, 2020
Techcrunch Manufacturing startup Divergent 3D reduces staff by one-third
Divergent, the Los Angeles-based startup aiming to revolutionize vehicle manufacturing, has cut about one-third of its staff amid the COVID-19 pandemic that has upended startups and major corporations...
07:38 pm GMT - Fri, April 24, 2020
Techcrunch Deficiencies that broke FCC commenting system in net neutrality fight detailed by GAO
Today marks the conclusion of a years-long saga that started when John Oliver did a segment on Net Neutrality that was so popular that it brought the FCC’s comment system to its knees. Two years...
06:56 pm GMT - Fri, April 24, 2020
Techcrunch My experience with the CARES Act was frustrating, confusing and unfair
Im incredibly thankful that we were able to submit and receive approval days before this unfortunate event, but many small businesses weren't as fortunate....
06:39 pm GMT - Fri, April 24, 2020
Techcrunch Instacart has a problem with third-party apps letting shoppers pay for early access to orders
Kara Carmichael has been an Instacart shopper for years in Orlando, Fla. It’s how she’s been able to support her family, she told TechCrunch. But she says she has noticed an increase in th...
06:30 pm GMT - Fri, April 24, 2020
Techcrunch Apple Watch designer reveals the devices origins on its fifth birthday
In his two decades at Apple, Imran Chaudhri worked on many of the companys most iconic product lines, including the iPhone, iPad and Mac. The designer left the company in 2017 (landing on Microsofts H...
06:22 pm GMT - Fri, April 24, 2020
Techcrunch Replacing plastic with plant pulp for sustainable packaging attracts a billionaire backer
In a small suburb of Melbourne, two entrepreneurs are developing a technology that could mean big changes for the packaging industry. Stuart Gordon and Mark Appleford are the co-founders of Varden, a ...
06:15 pm GMT - Fri, April 24, 2020
Techcrunch Facebook to launch virtual dating over Messenger for Facebook Dating users
Facebook will soon allow users to go on “virtual dates,” the company announced today. The social network is planning to introduce a new video calling feature that will allow users of its F...
06:15 pm GMT - Fri, April 24, 2020
Techcrunch Facebook launches drop-in video chat Rooms to rival Houseparty
Facebook is co-opting some of the top video chat innovations like Zoom’s gallery view for large groups and Houseparty’s spontaneous hangouts for a new feature called Rooms. It could usher ...
05:25 pm GMT - Fri, April 24, 2020
Techcrunch Coronavirus could push consumers away from influencers and toward streaming TV
While still being leveraged, social media influencers are facing reduced marketing budgets as brands transition to advanced TV advertising options....
05:12 pm GMT - Fri, April 24, 2020
Techcrunch FDA reiterates risks of antimalarial drug use for COVID-19, as study into efficacy ends early due to deaths
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a new warning about the known side effects of hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine, two antimalarial drugs (also used in the treatment of chronic r...
04:15 pm GMT - Fri, April 24, 2020
Techcrunch Apple and Google update joint coronavirus tracing tech to improve user privacy and developer flexibility
Apple and Google have provided a number of updates about the technical details of their joint contact tracing system, which theyre now exclusively referring to as an exposure notification technology, ...
04:10 pm GMT - Fri, April 24, 2020
Techcrunch Daily Crunch: AT&T CEO steps down
AT&T is getting a new boss, the first piece of Apple and Google’s COVID-19 contact tracing program should be available soon and Snap is looking to raise more debt. Here’s your Daily Cr...
02:50 pm GMT - Fri, April 24, 2020
Techcrunch Randall Stephenson to step down as AT&T chief, succeeded by COO John Stankey
A big changing of the guard is underway at one of the world’s biggest and iconic names in telecoms and media: AT&T today announced that Randall Stephenson will be stepping down as the chairm...
02:48 pm GMT - Fri, April 24, 2020
Techcrunch Fortnite hosted a psychedelic Travis Scott concert and 12.3M people watched
The idea of an in-game Travis Scott concert might seem a little silly particularly if, like me, you’re not really a Fortnite player. Yes, the popular multiplayer game has hosted other promotion...
02:38 pm GMT - Fri, April 24, 2020
Techcrunch After 160,000 accounts are compromised, Nintendo shuts down NNID logins
Nintendo today confirmed earlier reports of account breaches dating back over the past few weeks. The gaming giant issued an update (via Nintendo Japan) noting that around 160,000 Nintendo Accounts we...
02:26 pm GMT - Fri, April 24, 2020
Techcrunch The good, better and best of cloud and SaaS growth
What counted as good for SaaS startups, pre-COVID-19?...
02:23 pm GMT - Fri, April 24, 2020
Techcrunch Indian smartphone market grew by 4% in Q1, but projected to decline by 10% this year
India has emerged as one of the fastest growing smartphone markets in the last decade, reporting growth each quarter even as handset shipments slowed or declined elsewhere globally. But the worlds sec...
02:00 pm GMT - Fri, April 24, 2020
Techcrunch Extra Crunch Live: Join Mark Cuban for a Q&A on April 30 at 11am ET/8am PT
Billionaire. Entrepreneur. Investor. Shark. Mark Cuban is one of tech’s best-known entrepreneurs, so we are amped to have him join us for an upcoming Extra Crunch Live, our virtual speaker serie...
01:33 pm GMT - Fri, April 24, 2020
Techcrunch Clever Care Health Plan launches with a holistic healing spin on Medicare Advantage programs
Angling for a slice of the multi-billion dollar Medicare Advantage market with a pitch to integrate holistic medical practitioners into its network of service providers has netted Clever Care Health P...
01:00 pm GMT - Fri, April 24, 2020
Techcrunch Investors buy The DiPP as accelerators go virtual
Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunchs venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This week we had a choice of all sorts of news, but as we cut the show ...
11:26 am GMT - Fri, April 24, 2020
Techcrunch Telegram hits 400 million monthly active users
Instant messaging service Telegram has amassed 400 million monthly active users, it said today, up from 300 million active users the seven-year-old service disclosed to the SEC last October. The servi...
11:26 am GMT - Fri, April 24, 2020
Techcrunch Telegram hits 400M monthly active users
Instant messaging service Telegram has amassed 400 million monthly active users, it said today, up from 300 million active users the seven-year-old service disclosed to the SEC last October. The servi...
05:54 am GMT - Fri, April 24, 2020
Techcrunch Igloo raises $8.2M to bring insurance to more people in Southeast Asia
Singapore-based Igloo, formerly known as Axinan, has raised $8.2 million as the insurance-tech startup looks to broaden its foothold in half a dozen Southeast Asian markets and Australia. InVent, a co...
05:27 am GMT - Fri, April 24, 2020
Techcrunch How deal terms are changing right now
Trying to raise money for a startup is never a walk in the park. Still, there are good times, there are bad times, and there is right now, a moment of uncertainty unlike anything that most of us have ...
03:27 am GMT - Fri, April 24, 2020
Techcrunch Gogoros new e-bike brand Eeyo will launch in the U.S. first
Gogoro, the Taiwanese company known for its electric scooters, announced a new ebike brand that will go on sale in the United States first. Details about the ebike, called Eeyo, havent been released y...
03:27 am GMT - Fri, April 24, 2020
Techcrunch Gogoros new e-bike brand Eeyo will launch in the US first
Gogoro, the Taiwanese company known for its electric scooters, announced a new ebike brand that will go on sale in the United States first. Details about the ebike, called Eeyo, havent been released y...
10:21 pm GMT - Thu, April 23, 2020
Techcrunch House passes COVID-19 relief package to replenish PPP loan funding
On Thursday, the House passed the newest federal stimulus package aimed at providing financial relief for businesses and institutions hit hard by the COVID-19 crisis. The bill lingered in the Senate f...
09:32 pm GMT - Thu, April 23, 2020
Techcrunch The changing face of employment law during a global pandemic
Prompted by Jeff Bezoss plans to test all Amazon employees for the virus that causes COVID-19, we wondered whether employers can mandate employee testing, regardless of symptoms. The issue pits public...
09:14 pm GMT - Thu, April 23, 2020
Techcrunch Teslas newest board member has a long stance against short selling
Tesla has added Hiromichi Mizuno as a new member to its board of directors and audit committee the former chief investment officer of Japan’s $1.5 trillion pension fund and a longtime opponent ...
09:06 pm GMT - Thu, April 23, 2020
Techcrunch Original Content podcast: Too Hot to Handle might be a work of evil genius
Is “Too Hot to Handle” the dumbest show on Netflix … or the most diabolically brilliant? The reality TV series brings a group of twentysomethings together on a secluded tropical retr...
08:52 pm GMT - Thu, April 23, 2020
Techcrunch An LA-led, public-private partnership pitches a $150B green infrastructure package to Congress
Representatives from the government and the utility managing the power of Los Angeles are proposing a sweeping infrastructure package worth roughly $150 billion centered on the broad electrification o...
08:05 pm GMT - Thu, April 23, 2020
Techcrunch Google ditched tipping feature for donating money to sites
Leaked images obtained by TechCrunch reveal that Google considered and designed a feature that would let people donate money to websites to help support news publishers, bloggers, and musicians. But G...
07:55 pm GMT - Thu, April 23, 2020
Techcrunch FCC updates orbital debris rules for the first time since 2004
The FCC has finally gotten around to updating its 15-year-old orbital debris rules, adding new requirements and streamlining the approval process. With hundreds of satellites going up every year into ...
07:23 pm GMT - Thu, April 23, 2020
Techcrunch Nuvocargo, a trucking managed marketplace, raises $5.3M in seed funding
U.S. companies rely on Mexican manufacturers for goods ranging from automotive and aerospace parts, to avocados and other produce, to electronics and furniture. But the trucking system that transports...
07:16 pm GMT - Thu, April 23, 2020
Techcrunch Snap looks to load up on cash in sizable debt offering
Fresh off of a successful earnings report, Snap announced today that it was looking to raise $750 million in a new debt offering. This upcoming offering will consist of $750 million in convertible sen...
07:13 pm GMT - Thu, April 23, 2020
Techcrunch Digits launches a free expense monitoring dashboard for small businesses, closes on $22M Series B
Digits, a fintech startup hailing from the same team that built and sold Crashlytics to Twitter, is officially launching today after two years of development. It’s also announcing a $22 million ...
07:08 pm GMT - Thu, April 23, 2020
Techcrunch New bill calls for cannabis companies to be eligible for federal COVID-19 help
With another major round of COVID-19 federal financial assistance around the corner, two lawmakers in states with previously booming cannabis businesses are asking for the federal government to bring ...
06:21 pm GMT - Thu, April 23, 2020
Techcrunch Instacart announces new COVID-19 policies and plans to hire 250,000 more shoppers
Instacarts aggressive hiring spree is continuing due to COVID-19 shelter in place orders. Today, the company announced it is adding 250,000 more shoppers to meet consumer demand, and to help the compa...
06:09 pm GMT - Thu, April 23, 2020
Techcrunch Pandemic reset leads investors to focus on resilience, adaptability
Mahendra Ramsinghani Contributor Share on Twitter Mahendra Ramsinghani founded Secure Octane Investments, which includes Demisto, CyberGRX and 16 other infrastructure and cybersecurity companies. Mahe...
05:37 pm GMT - Thu, April 23, 2020
Techcrunch Facebook pulls pseudoscience from its list of targeted ad categories
Even as Mark Zuckerberg touted the hundreds of thousands of pieces of misinformation related to COVID-19 that the site had pulled in recent months, Facebook continued to offer targeted ads classified ...
05:25 pm GMT - Thu, April 23, 2020
Techcrunch Virgin Orbits ventilators gain FDA authorization, deliveries to hospitals will start within days
Virgin Orbit has secured an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its ventilator, which the small satellite launch company designed and prototyped with...
04:54 pm GMT - Thu, April 23, 2020
Techcrunch Germanys COVID-19 contacts tracing app to link to labs for test result notification
A German research institute that’s involved in developing a COVID-19 contacts tracing app with the backing of the national government has released some new details about the work which suggests ...
04:49 pm GMT - Thu, April 23, 2020
Techcrunch Throw us your best 60-second pitch on May 13 at Pitchers and Pitches
Founders have always faced big challenges, but they pale in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. Moving your business forward will require new thinking, new tools and new opportunities along with tri...
04:34 pm GMT - Thu, April 23, 2020
Techcrunch HealthJoy launches its revamped employee benefits assistance platform
HealthJoy, a platform that helps employees get the most use out of their benefits, launched its revamped user interface and technology stack today. The startup told TechCrunch that usage has doubled d...
04:22 pm GMT - Thu, April 23, 2020
Techcrunch Nextdoor and Walmart partner on a new neighborly assistance program
Neighborhood social network Nextdoor and Walmart are teaming up today to launch a new “Neighbors Helping Neighbors” program that will make it easier for vulnerable community members to get...
04:10 pm GMT - Thu, April 23, 2020
Techcrunch Daily Crunch: Theres a major iPhone email security bug
Apple plans to fix an iPhone email security bug, Magic Leap cuts 1,000 staffers and Google is requiring all advertisers to identify themselves. Here’s your Daily Crunch for April 23, 2020. 1. A ...
04:03 pm GMT - Thu, April 23, 2020
Techcrunch Polestars first all-electric vehicle will start at $59,900 in the U.S.
Polestar, the electric performance brand spun out of Volvo,said the base price of its first all-electric vehicle will be $59,900 in the United States, lower than originally targeted. The 2021 Polestar...
04:03 pm GMT - Thu, April 23, 2020
Techcrunch Polestars first all-electric vehicle will start at $59,900 in the US
Polestar, the electric performance brand spun out of Volvo,said the base price of its first all-electric vehicle will be $59,900 in the United States, lower than originally targeted. The 2021 Polestar...
04:01 pm GMT - Thu, April 23, 2020
Techcrunch First version of Apple and Googles contact tracing API should be available to developers next week
The first version of Apple and Google’s jointly developed, cross-platform contact tracing API should be available to developers as of next week, according to a conversation between Apple CEO Tim...
04:00 pm GMT - Thu, April 23, 2020
Techcrunch Opera Event closes $5M Series A for its esports-focused influencer platform
Today Opera Event, an influencer software service, announced that it closed a $5 million Series A. The Oakland-based startup raised the capital from new lead investor Antera, with prior investors Atla...
03:59 pm GMT - Thu, April 23, 2020
Techcrunch Stripe adds card issuing, localized card networks and expanded approvals tool
At a time when more transactions than ever are happening online, payments behemothStripeis announcing three new features to continue expanding its reach. The company today announced that it will now o...
03:45 pm GMT - Thu, April 23, 2020
Techcrunch Extra Crunch Live: Join Charles Hudson for a look at todays seed-stage landscape
Earlier this week, we kicked off our Extra Crunch Live series with an interesting chat with Cowboy’s Aileen Lee and Ted Wang. Today, we will be back at 3 p.m. PST/6 p.m. EST/10 p.m. GMT with a n...
03:23 pm GMT - Thu, April 23, 2020
Techcrunch Expedia raises $3.2B to ride out pandemic, names new CEO and announces austerity measures
It’s not exactly a secret that the travel industry is in free fall right now as the pandemic has brought the industry to a screeching halt. With nobody moving, travel site Expedia announced that...
03:07 pm GMT - Thu, April 23, 2020
Techcrunch Otter.ais newest feature offers live, interactive transcripts of your Zoom meetings
Real-time voice transcription service Otter.ai is adding new functionality that will aid home school students and work-from-home employees alike. The company today is introducing an integration with Z...
03:01 pm GMT - Thu, April 23, 2020
Techcrunch MIT develops machine-washable sensors that embed in clothing for constant vital sign monitoring
MIT has developed a new type of lightweight sensor that can be integrated into flexible fabrics, including the kinds of polyesters often used in athletic wear, to provide constant monitoring of vital ...
02:50 pm GMT - Thu, April 23, 2020
Techcrunch Porsche unveils CarPlay-equipped radios for vintage Porsches
Own a classic Porsche? Who doesnt? The German automaker today unveiled a line of head units designed to replicate the vintage look while still featuring modern connectivity such as Bluetooth, DAB+, an...
02:15 pm GMT - Thu, April 23, 2020
Techcrunch Synergy Research report finds data center M&A has already surpassed 2019
At a time where all of the news seems to point toward negative economic activity, Synergy Research released a report today that data center M&A activity made a strong showing this quarter, already...
02:08 pm GMT - Thu, April 23, 2020
Techcrunch Google is extending identity verification requirements to all advertisers
In a blog post today, Googles Director of Product Management, Ads Integrity. John Canfield, announced that the company will be extending its identity verification policy for all advertisers. Introduce...
01:43 pm GMT - Thu, April 23, 2020
Techcrunch Digging into Europes Q1 venture results
Despite COVID-19, China's broad shuttering and an aged bull market deep, Europe's venture capital activity in Q1 2020 was mostly fine....
01:39 pm GMT - Thu, April 23, 2020
Techcrunch Cannabis group Medicine Man Technologies rebrands as Schwazze, announces sweeping acquisitions
One of Colorados fastest-growing cannabis companies has a new look. Medicine Man Technologies (MMT) is announcing a new brand, Schwazze, which will be an overarching parent company for MMT and its col...
01:34 pm GMT - Thu, April 23, 2020
Techcrunch Amazon begins selling items from neighborhood stores in India amid Facebooks deal with Jio
The race to win theubiquitous neighborhood stores is on in India. A day after Facebook invested $5.7 billion in Reliance Jio Platforms to serve tens of millions of neighborhood stores in the country, ...
01:30 pm GMT - Thu, April 23, 2020
Techcrunch Miro lands $50M Series B for digital whiteboard as demand surges
Miro is a company in the right place at the right time. The makers of a digital whiteboard are seeing usage surge right now as businesses move from the workplace and physical whiteboards. Today, the c...
01:30 pm GMT - Thu, April 23, 2020
Techcrunch 7 VCs look into the future of fintech
TechCrunch recently asked a number of venture capitalists who invest in fintech to share their thoughts about the state of the industry; they pulled us into the present moment, drawing from their port...
01:00 pm GMT - Thu, April 23, 2020
Techcrunch Atlantas SingleOps raises $6M for its outdoor-care focused software business
Today SingleOps, an Atlanta-based software startup, announced that it has raised $6 million in new capital. The startup’s service is built to support companies that deal with outdoor work like l...
01:00 pm GMT - Thu, April 23, 2020
Techcrunch Boston Dynamics Spot finds a new career in telemedicine amid COVID-19 pandemic
For two weeks, Boston Dynamics Spot robot has been walking the halls of local hospital Brigham and Womens. Telemedicine wasnt generally listed as one of the primary applications for the companys first...
12:47 pm GMT - Thu, April 23, 2020
Techcrunch Elon Musk says Starlink internet private beta to begin in roughly three months, public beta in six
SpaceX CEO and founder Elon Musk has shared more details about when in 2020 we can expect the company’s Starlink low-latency, high-bandwidth satellite internet service to actually be available t...
12:43 pm GMT - Thu, April 23, 2020
Techcrunch Apple and CMU researchers demo a low friction learn-by-listening system for smarter home devices
A team of researchers from Apple and Carnegie Mellon University’s Human-Computer Interaction Institute have presented a system for embedded AIs to learn by listening to noises in their environme...
12:13 pm GMT - Thu, April 23, 2020
Techcrunch Apple said to sell Macs powered by in-house ARM-based chips as early as 2021
Apple’s long-rumored Mac ARM chip transition could happen as early as next year, according to a new report from Bloomberg. The report says that Apple is currently working on three Mac processors...
12:10 pm GMT - Thu, April 23, 2020
Techcrunch Paige adds $5M from Goldman Sachs to double down on AI-based cancer therapies
Paige, the Sloan-Kettering spinout that has been building an artificial intelligence platform to improve cancer pathology and subsequently use those insights to develop better drug therapies, has rais...
11:05 am GMT - Thu, April 23, 2020
Techcrunch UKs BBI puts $12M into Startup Funding Club for early stage startups
SFC (formerly known as Startup Funding Club – a UK a seed stage investor – has received 10 million from British Business Investments (the commercial subsidiary of the British Business Bank...
10:30 am GMT - Thu, April 23, 2020
Techcrunch NBCUniversal makes its content and ads more shoppable with a new Checkout experience
NBCUniversal is introducing a new way to incorporate commerce into the viewing and reading experience, which it calls NBCUniversal Checkout. The new product is part of the company’s One Platform...
08:00 am GMT - Thu, April 23, 2020
Techcrunch Heartcore Capitals Fellowship offers pre-seed funding for founders building consumer tech during lockdown
The new “normal” offers new opportunities. That’s the thinking behind a new pre-seed funding program from Heartcore Capital . The European consumer-focused VC usually invests in star...
07:50 am GMT - Thu, April 23, 2020
Techcrunch JustEat Takeaway $7.6B merger approved, pair pick up $756M in new funding
On the heels of Amazon getting approvalfrom the competition authority to proceed with an investment leading a $575 million round for food delivery startup Deliveroo in the UK, two of Deliveroo’s...
07:12 am GMT - Thu, April 23, 2020
Techcrunch Hong Kong insurtech startup OneDegree launches its first product, medical coverage for pets
OneDegree, the Hong Kong-based insurance technology startup, launched its first product today, a line of medical plans for pets called Pawfect Care. The company will introduce other products, includin...
07:01 am GMT - Thu, April 23, 2020
Techcrunch Ford goes drag racing with 1,400 HP electric Mustang Cobra Jet
Ford today took the wraps off an electric Mustang prototype. Called Mustang Cobra Jet 1,400, it carries Fords long tradition of drag racing the Mustang. But for the first time, a quiet electric power ...
06:00 am GMT - Thu, April 23, 2020
Techcrunch Bunq lets you create joint accounts with non-Bunq Premium users
Challenger bank Bunq has revamped joint accounts to give you more flexibility. If youre a premium users (ie not just a Bunq Travel customer), you can create a sub-account with someone else whos not a ...
05:00 am GMT - Thu, April 23, 2020
Techcrunch Doctolib shares some metrics on video consultations
French startup Doctolib is sharing some metrics on its video consultation feature. While the startup first started as a way to help doctors manage appointments and let them accept online appointments,...
11:54 pm GMT - Wed, April 22, 2020
Techcrunch 6 investment trends that could emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic
While some U.S. investors might have taken comfort from Chinas rebound, we still find ourselves in the early innings of this period of uncertainty....
11:21 pm GMT - Wed, April 22, 2020
Techcrunch AWS launches Amazon AppFlow, its new SaaS integration service
AWS today launched Amazon AppFlow, a new integration service that makes it easier for developers to transfer data between AWS and SaaS applications like Google Analytics, Marketo, Salesforce, ServiceN...
10:31 pm GMT - Wed, April 22, 2020
Techcrunch Bill Gurley is stepping away from an active role at Benchmark, 21 years after joining the firm
According to a new WSJ report and confirmed subsequently by TechCrunch, Bill Gurley, among the most famous of Silicon Valley’s venture capitalists, is stepping way from Benchmark, the early-stag...
09:36 pm GMT - Wed, April 22, 2020
Techcrunch New York payments startup exposed millions of credit card numbers
A massive database storing millions of credit card transactions has been secured after spending close to three weeks exposed publicly to the internet. The database belongs to Paay, a card payments pro...
09:18 pm GMT - Wed, April 22, 2020
Techcrunch What happens if Magic Leap shuts down?
Since first uploading a YouTube teaser video of its tech five years ago, Magic Leap’s presence in the augmented reality industry has been controversial. Some have lauded the team’s ambitio...
08:59 pm GMT - Wed, April 22, 2020
Techcrunch EV startup Byton furloughs half of its 450-person staff in the US
China-based electric car startup Byton has furloughed about half of the 450 employees who work at its North American headquarters in Santa Clara, Calif., putting the release date of the automaker̵...
08:35 pm GMT - Wed, April 22, 2020
Techcrunch Twitter will remove dubious 5G tweets that could potentially cause harm
Ever since it first started rolling out, 5G skeptics have attempted to link the next-gen cellular technology to all manner of health issues. Most recently, its become an easy scapegoat for the global ...
07:56 pm GMT - Wed, April 22, 2020
Techcrunch Google data centers watch the weather to make the most of renewable energy
Google’s data centers run 24/7 and suck up a ton of energy so it’s in both the company’s and the planet’s interest to make them do so as efficiently as possible. One new metho...
07:46 pm GMT - Wed, April 22, 2020
Techcrunch SpaceX successfully launches 60 more Starlink satellites as it continues towards 2020 service debut
SpaceX has launched another big batch of Starlink satellites, the low Earth orbit spacecraft that will provide connectivity for its globe-spanning high-bandwidth broadband internet network. This bring...
07:30 pm GMT - Wed, April 22, 2020
Techcrunch Facebooks $5.7 billion bet on Indian giant Jio spells trouble for Amazon and Flipkart
Facebooks major bet on Jio Platforms could create a headache for mobile payments services that have amassed tens of millions of users while struggling to find a business model in the worlds second-lar...
07:19 pm GMT - Wed, April 22, 2020
Techcrunch AT&T loses 897K more pay TV subscribers in Q1 2020, adding pressure to HBO Max launch
AT&T gave a first look into how the pay TV business is faring amid the coronavirus pandemic…and it’s not great. The company reported today as a part of its Q1 2020 earnings that its tr...
06:30 pm GMT - Wed, April 22, 2020
Techcrunch Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator reboots its incubation program with 16-member cohort
The Los Angeles Cleantch Incubator is rebooting its incubator program and moving from rolling applications to a cohort model beginning with 16 new startups. Los Angeles’ not-for-profit incubator...
06:13 pm GMT - Wed, April 22, 2020
Techcrunch Peppers bra wants to solve the woes of small-chested women
Ask any woman and she will tell you that most of her bras do not fit her optimally. In fact, a majority of women end up wearing the wrong size. A large part of the problem is that sizing is standardiz...
06:02 pm GMT - Wed, April 22, 2020
Techcrunch Latest COVID-19 projections from Columbia University show mid-May spike if social distancing is relaxed
Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health has released updated projections of when we can expect U.S. case numbers of COVID-19 infections to peak and decline, based on different leve...
05:37 pm GMT - Wed, April 22, 2020
Techcrunch Cowboy VCs Aileen Lee: Your coronavirus scenario planning should be more conservative
The tech industry (and the world at large) is not experiencing temporary anxiety the uncertainty we’re all coping with is the new normal. Sudden shifts in behavior have made some startups targe...
05:05 pm GMT - Wed, April 22, 2020
Techcrunch SpaceX engine issue on last Starlink mission caused by cleaning fluid according to Elon Musk
SpaceX CEO and founder Elon Musk said on Twitter on Wednesday that the cause of the failure of a single Merlin engine during the most recent Starlink launch (which didn’t prevent the launch from...
05:01 pm GMT - Wed, April 22, 2020
Techcrunch Eventbrite pulls protest listings over violations of stay-at-home orders
Earlier this week, Facebook confirmed that it had begun pulling down select COVID-19 protests, citing violations of state-enforced social distancing. The social media giant was attempting a sort of di...
04:49 pm GMT - Wed, April 22, 2020
Techcrunch A new iPhone email security bug may let hackers steal private data
Apple will patch a newly discovered iPhone vulnerability that security researchers say hackers have already used to steal data from their victims’ devices. News of the vulnerability dropped Wedn...
04:41 pm GMT - Wed, April 22, 2020
Techcrunch Facebook and Instagram will now show location of posts from high-reach accounts targeting US audiences
Facebook today is introducing another feature aimed at making it easier to see who’s behind the posts published across Facebook and Instagram. The company says it will now display the location o...
04:34 pm GMT - Wed, April 22, 2020
Techcrunch Elon Musk details some SpaceX efforts to reduce nighttime visibility of Starlink satellites
It’s launch day for yet another batch of Starlink satellites, which will bring the total launched by SpaceX to 422. With each launch, there’s renewed discussion around the impact the growi...
04:18 pm GMT - Wed, April 22, 2020
Techcrunch Google Clouds fully-managed Anthos is now generally available for AWS
A year ago, back in the days of in-person conferences, Google officially announced the launch of its Anthos multi-cloud application modernization platform at its Cloud Next conference. The promise of ...
04:18 pm GMT - Wed, April 22, 2020
Techcrunch Google Clouds fully managed Anthos is now generally available for AWS
A year ago, back in the days of in-person conferences, Google officially announced the launch of its Anthos multi-cloud application modernization platform at its Cloud Next conference. The promise of ...
04:10 pm GMT - Wed, April 22, 2020
Techcrunch Daily Crunch: Facebook makes a big bet in India
Facebook makes a $5.7 billion investment in Reliance Jio, Netflix’s latest quarter was even better than expected and Patreon lays off 30 employees. Here’s your Daily Crunch for April 22, 2...
04:07 pm GMT - Wed, April 22, 2020
Techcrunch CrowdStrikes new CTO says the coronavirus era is business as usual
Two months ago, seemingly out of nowhere, CrowdStrike’s co-founder Dmitri Alperovitch decided it was time to depart. Alperovitch, who served as the cybersecurity giant’s chief technology o...
04:00 pm GMT - Wed, April 22, 2020
Techcrunch As more high-end smartphone makers explore budget devices, Motorola takes a shot at premium
As smartphone sales began to plateau and slow over the past couple of years, many device makers arrived at the same conclusion: people want cheaper phones. Its clear why companies like Apple and Samsu...
04:00 pm GMT - Wed, April 22, 2020
Techcrunch Google Meet launches improved Zoom-like tiled layout, low-light mode and more
Google Meet, like all video chat products, is seeing rapid growth in user numbers right now, so it’s no surprise that Google is trying to capitalize on this and quickly iterating on its product....
03:51 pm GMT - Wed, April 22, 2020
Techcrunch Libeo lets you pay your suppliers without going through your bank account
Meet Libeo, a French startup that just raised a $4.4 million (4 million) funding round led by LocalGlobe with Breega and various business angels also participating. The company has built a service tha...
03:49 pm GMT - Wed, April 22, 2020
Techcrunch Magic Leap announces layoffs amid COVID-19 slowdown
In a story thats become all too common these past few weeks and months, Magic Leap this morning announced that it will be laying off a number of employees across the country. The size and scope of the...
03:49 pm GMT - Wed, April 22, 2020
Techcrunch Magic Leap reportedly slashes 1,000 jobs and steps away from consumer plans
Magic Leap laid off a “number of employees” this morning and announced they were backing away from their consumer ambitions to focus more heavily on selling to enterprise customers. Bloomb...
03:46 pm GMT - Wed, April 22, 2020
Techcrunch Google adds a universal watchlist for movies and TV to Google Search
Google is adding a new feature to Search that will help you keep track of all the TV shows and movies you want to watch during these long weeks at home. The company had already been offering personali...
03:06 pm GMT - Wed, April 22, 2020
Techcrunch Relive the heady days of crypto with the Crypto Rush documentary
When Liliana Pertenava decided to go all-in on crypto by investing $2,000 in a mining rig in 2017, she went so far down the crypto rabbit-hole she decided to make a documentary about it. If youre lock...
03:00 pm GMT - Wed, April 22, 2020
Techcrunch Human Capital is an engineering talent agency and a VC fund all in one
Michael Ovitz didn’t invent the idea of a talent agency, but one might argue that he perfected it. He founded the CAA in 1975, and grew it into the world’s leading talent agency, serving a...
02:48 pm GMT - Wed, April 22, 2020
Techcrunch Granulate announces $12M Series A to optimize infrastructure performance
As companies increasingly look to find ways to cut costs, Granulate, an early-stage Israeli startup, has come up with a clever way to optimize infrastructure usage. Today it was rewarded with a tidy $...
02:32 pm GMT - Wed, April 22, 2020
Techcrunch SoftBank-backed Oyo cuts salaries, furloughs employees
Oyo is furloughing more employees globally and levying a 25% pay cut across the board through July this year as the Indian budget lodging startup looks to reduce its expenses to deal with the coronavi...
02:00 pm GMT - Wed, April 22, 2020
Techcrunch Collaborative meeting notes platform Hugo nabs seed funding from Google, Slack
Workplace productivity software has had an insane year with slick subscription tools popping up seemingly each new day. VCs have been backing the tools en masse, and startups are continuing to find ne...
02:00 pm GMT - Wed, April 22, 2020
Techcrunch Spotify launches its promised fundraising feature for artists
Last month, Spotify announced that as part of its coronavirus relief efforts it would soon add new fundraising features for artists on its platform. Today, the company is following through with the la...
01:55 pm GMT - Wed, April 22, 2020
Techcrunch Y Combinator graduate H1 closes on $12.9 million for its professional healthcare database
Just months after graduating from Y Combinator, H1 Insights, the LinkedIn for the healthcare industry has raised $12.9 million in a new round of funding. “It’s a better way to connect the ...
01:38 pm GMT - Wed, April 22, 2020
Techcrunch Watch SpaceX launch its next batch of 60 Starlink broadband satellites live
SpaceX is launching another batch of 60 of its broadband internet satellites today its fourth Starlink launch of 2020, and its seventh launch of a large batch of the satellites in total. This will pu...
01:33 pm GMT - Wed, April 22, 2020
Techcrunch Medallia acquires voice-to-text specialist Voci Technologies for $59M
M&A has largely slowed down in the current market, but there remain pockets of activity when the timing and price are right. Today, Medallia — a customer experience platform that scans onlin...
01:30 pm GMT - Wed, April 22, 2020
Techcrunch New data details the decline in Silicon Valleys Q1 venture activity
January was great. February was good. March was a mess....
01:09 pm GMT - Wed, April 22, 2020
Techcrunch Comet.ml nabs $4.5M for more efficient machine learning model management
As we get further along in the new way of working, the new normal if you will, finding more efficient ways to do just about everything is becoming paramount for companies looking at buying new softwar...
01:03 pm GMT - Wed, April 22, 2020
Techcrunch EU privacy body urges anonymization of location data for COVID-19 tracking
The European Data Protection Board (EDPB) has published guidance for the use of location data and contacts tracing tools intended to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Europe’s data p...
01:02 pm GMT - Wed, April 22, 2020
Techcrunch TapClicks expands its marketing platform by acquiring AdStage
Digital marketing companyTapClicksannounced this morning that it’s broadening its platform with the acquisition of AdStage. AdStage first launched back in 2013 as a cross-network advertising sta...
01:01 pm GMT - Wed, April 22, 2020
Techcrunch Review: Apples cheap and cheerful iPhone SE
Its admittedly difficult to have a comparative conversation about the iPhone SE. This device isnt really in the same neighborhood as the iPhone 11, even though its furnished with the same plush carpet...
01:00 pm GMT - Wed, April 22, 2020
Techcrunch The Air Force wants you to hack its satellite in orbit. Yes, really
When the Air Force asked hackers to break into a F-15 fighter jet at last year’s Def Con security conference, the results were both eye-opening and eye-watering. It was the first time hackers we...
12:47 pm GMT - Wed, April 22, 2020
Techcrunch Firefly Aerospace signs customer Spaceflight for Alpha rocket launch in 2021
Firefly Aerospace has signed an agreement with Spaceflight Inc. that provides Spaceflight with the majority of the payload capacity aboard a Firefly launch vehicle scheduled to take off from Vandenber...
12:00 pm GMT - Wed, April 22, 2020
Techcrunch VR telemedicine platform XRHealth raises $7 million
As the pandemic pushes more investors towards examining opportunities in telemedicine, a VR startup building out a platform for remote treatment has closed on new funding. XRHealth tells TechCrunch th...
12:00 pm GMT - Wed, April 22, 2020
Techcrunch Fishtown Analytics raises $12.9M Series A for its open-source analytics engineering tool
Philadelphia-based Fishtown Analytics, the company behind the popular open-source data engineering tool dbt, today announced that it has raised a $12.9 million Series A round led by Andreessen Horowit...
10:43 am GMT - Wed, April 22, 2020
Techcrunch Lambda School cuts staff and exec pay amid market uncertainty
Online coding bootcamp Lambda School is the latest startup to announce layoffs, writing in a blog post that it’s made the “difficult decision” to cut 19 staff from roles across the c...
07:57 am GMT - Wed, April 22, 2020
Techcrunch Facebooks Messenger Kids will launch in more than 70 additional countries, roll out new features
Facebook announced the launch of Messenger Kids in more than 70 new countries and new features that will gradually roll out in different markets. As schools around the world remain closed because of t...
07:28 am GMT - Wed, April 22, 2020
Techcrunch In Nigeria PalmPay waives fees and creates 100M COVID-19 payout fund
Africa focused payment startup PalmPay will waive transfer fees in Nigeria and offer direct payouts to customers who have contracted COVID-19 in the West African country. The venture that launched in...
07:01 am GMT - Wed, April 22, 2020
Techcrunch Vivaldi browser gets built-in tracking blocker, goes GA on Android
Vivaldi, the browser launched by former Opera CEO Jon von Tetzchner, has long positioned itself as a highly customizable alternative to Chrome and Firefox for power users. Today, the team is launching...
05:00 am GMT - Wed, April 22, 2020
Techcrunch MigVax raises $12M for its COVID-19 vaccine efforts
Worldwide, there are numerous efforts underway to create a vaccine for COVID-19. Without one, we are likely to see some form of social distancing in place for the foreseeable future. And experts like ...
02:15 am GMT - Wed, April 22, 2020
Techcrunch Facebook agrees to restrict anti-government content in Vietnam after months of throttling
Facebook has agreed to block access to certain anti-government content to users in Vietnam, following months of having its services throttled there, reportedly by state-owned telecoms. Reuters, citing...
12:44 am GMT - Wed, April 22, 2020
Techcrunch Facebook invests $5.7B in Indias Reliance Jio
Facebook has enjoyed unparalleled reach in India for more than a decade. But as Chinas fast-growing ByteDance emerges as a formidable competitor in what has become the worlds second largest internet m...
12:27 am GMT - Wed, April 22, 2020
Techcrunch Porsche to produce a cheaper version of its all-electric Taycan
Porsche is producing three variants of its all-electric Taycan sports sedan with base prices that range from a skosh over $105,000 to $185,000. Now, it seems the automaker is preparing to introduce a ...
12:03 am GMT - Wed, April 22, 2020
Techcrunch Senate passes new $484 billion relief bill to replenish small business loans, fund hospitals and testing
A new federal aid package designed to provide economic businesses still immobilized by the coronavirus just passed in the Senate. The $484 billion in total aid passed after two weeks of negotiations b...
11:11 pm GMT - Tue, April 21, 2020
Techcrunch Casper winds down European operations and lays off 78 people
Mattress company Casper is shutting down its European operations and laying off 78 people as it focuses on achieving profitability, according to a statement by the company. The layoff impacts 21% of i...
11:00 pm GMT - Tue, April 21, 2020
Techcrunch Indian food delivery startup Swiggy is cutting about 1,000 jobs
Swiggy is cutting about 1,000 jobs, most from its cloud kitchen division, as Indias top food delivery startup scales back some of its businesses in response to the coronavirus pandemic that has drasti...
10:40 pm GMT - Tue, April 21, 2020
Techcrunch Will Chinas coronavirus-related trends shape the future for American VCs?
There may be dark horses waiting to break out when this pandemic is over. Paraphrasing "A Tale of Two Cities," this is the worst time, but also maybe the best time....
10:12 pm GMT - Tue, April 21, 2020
Techcrunch The Dipp, a subscription-only entertainment news startup, is springing to life despite the pandemic
There is no shortage of coverage about the sprawling entertainment industry. There is a shortage of coverage for die-hard fans of reality TV shows, according to Kate Ward and Lindsay Mannering. That o...
09:46 pm GMT - Tue, April 21, 2020
Techcrunch Amazon employees plan additional protests over COVID-19 working conditions
As much of the world has ground to a temporary halt over stay at home orders, Amazon has continued churning. The retail giant is nothing if not an essential business for many in the U.S. and abroad, a...
09:29 pm GMT - Tue, April 21, 2020
Techcrunch Netflix says 64M households chose to watch the documentary hit Tiger King
How big a hit is Netflix’s “Tiger King”? In its latest earnings release, the streaming company says 64 million households have “chosen to watch” the docu-series its first...
09:13 pm GMT - Tue, April 21, 2020
Techcrunch Patreon lays off 13% of workforce
Creative platform Patreon has laid off 30 employees, which is 13% of its workforce, TechCrunch has learned. “It is unclear how long this economic uncertainty will last and therefore, to prepare ...
08:32 pm GMT - Tue, April 21, 2020
Techcrunch Software companies give back ground after an impressive rebound
Software as a service companies, modern software firms often referred to by the acronym “SaaS,” had a tough day in the public markets. The basket of companies, as tracked by Bessemer’...
08:26 pm GMT - Tue, April 21, 2020
Techcrunch Netflix beats growth predictions with 15.77M net new subscribers
With almost everyone stuck at home thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, Netflix was widely expected to do well in the first quarter of 2020 but it did even better than anticipated. Before the current cri...
08:21 pm GMT - Tue, April 21, 2020
Techcrunch Snap surges on earnings revenue beat and Q1 user gains
The coronavirus pandemic has presented plenty of challenges for ad-reliant social networks, but Snap made clear it was not yet feeling significant negative effects with its Q1 earnings release today. ...
07:20 pm GMT - Tue, April 21, 2020
Techcrunch Houzz lays off 155 employees, cuts executive salaries
Houzz, an online platform for home renovation and design, has laid off 155 employees, roughly 10% of its staff, per an internal memo obtained by TechCrunch. Executive salaries also took a cut. The com...
07:20 pm GMT - Tue, April 21, 2020
Techcrunch Epic Games launches Fortnite on the Google Play Store and theyre not happy about it
Epic Games is finally settling its feud — kind of — with Google and putting Fornite onto the Google Play Store, but the studio sounds pretty pissed about it. When Fortnite launched on mobi...
07:09 pm GMT - Tue, April 21, 2020
Techcrunch NASA may start using private suborbital flights to train astronauts
Astronauts may make a second home of space, but even they have a first time going up. NASA is hoping to better prepare its crews for the challenges of space by sending them on suborbital flights from ...
07:08 pm GMT - Tue, April 21, 2020
Techcrunch GM exits car-sharing business and shuts down Maven
GM’s experiment with car sharing is over. The automaker Tuesday said its Maven car-sharing service, which launched in 2016, will shut down for good. Maven had paused service due to the COVID-19 ...
07:06 pm GMT - Tue, April 21, 2020
Techcrunch BoostVC closes $40M fund as revamped sci-fi accelerator preps for digital demo day
BoostVC has been an accelerator known for the unconventional bets it has chased — and is still chasing — trends like blockchain and AR/VR that other investors have long sworn off. Its acce...
07:00 pm GMT - Tue, April 21, 2020
Techcrunch Pulumi brings support for more languages to its infrastructure-as-code platform
Seattle-based Pulumi has quickly made a name for itself as a modern platform that lets developers specify their infrastructure through writing code in their preferred programming language — and ...
06:35 pm GMT - Tue, April 21, 2020
Techcrunch Extra Crunch Live: Navigating the pandemic with an equitable lens
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the tech industry has yet again found itself in a vulnerable state. As we saw in the dot-com era, when the economy takes a hit, so do companies, and they need to make criti...
06:26 pm GMT - Tue, April 21, 2020
Techcrunch NYSE trading and IPOs wont halt through COVID-19 says vice chairman
Trading and IPOs on the New York Stock Exchange will continue through any economic tremors the COVID-19 crisis may cause. That’s according to the NYSE’s vice chairman, John Tuttle, who spo...
06:17 pm GMT - Tue, April 21, 2020
Techcrunch Coronavirus-related Facebook support groups reach 4.5M in US as misinformation and conspiracies spread
Facebook has already come under fire for hosting groups organizing anti-quarantine protests in response to government lockdowns amid the coronavirus outbreak, and those promoting fake coronavirus cure...
05:56 pm GMT - Tue, April 21, 2020
Techcrunch Apples new Fraggle Rock series was shot on iPhones in its creators homes
There are few more messages more timely than the opening line, Dance your cares away, worrys for another day (or is it worries?). Today the familiar Fraggle Rock bass line returns, along with the titu...
04:30 pm GMT - Tue, April 21, 2020
Techcrunch AWS and Facebook launch an open-source model server for PyTorch
AWS and Facebook today announced two new open-source projects around PyTorch, the popular open-source machine learning framework. The first of these is TorchServe, a model-serving framework for PyTorc...
04:25 pm GMT - Tue, April 21, 2020
Techcrunch And then there was one: Co-CEO Jennifer Morgan to depart SAP
In a surprising move, SAP ended its co-CEO experiment yesterday when the company announced Jennifer Morgan will be exiting stage left on April 30th, leaving Christian Klein as the lone CEO. The pair t...
04:16 pm GMT - Tue, April 21, 2020
Techcrunch Google switches its Shopping search service to mostly free listings
Google is making a change to its product search offering, meaning that unpaid listings picked by algorithm will dominate results displayed on the Google Shopping tab instead of mostly paid product lis...
04:10 pm GMT - Tue, April 21, 2020
Techcrunch Daily Crunch: Fandango acquires Walmarts video service Vudu
A new acquisition should help Fandango expand its streaming efforts, Apple brings its digital services to new countries and new research suggests a higher-than-expected infection rate for COVID-19. 1....
04:00 pm GMT - Tue, April 21, 2020
Techcrunch A major fintech startup exec is being minted into NYCs latest VC
There is massive momentum in fintech right now: regulations are finally opening up, APIs are more widely available than ever before, and there is a sense that existing products both financial and tec...
03:20 pm GMT - Tue, April 21, 2020
Techcrunch HBO Max debuts on May 27th with 10,000 hours of content, including a handful of originals
AT&T’s WarnerMedia announced last fall its plan was to launch the new streaming service HBO Max in May 2020 for $14.99 per month. Today, we have a solid launch date: May 27th. AT&T has a...
03:15 pm GMT - Tue, April 21, 2020
Techcrunch Dear Sophie: How can we support our immigrant colleagues during layoffs?
When you lay off employees on an H-1B or TN visa, they will have 60 days or the visa end date plus 10 days whichever is shorter to find a comparable job or another visa to remain in the U.S....
03:14 pm GMT - Tue, April 21, 2020
Techcrunch Uber Eats customers have given $3 million in direct contributions to restaurants
Uber Eats customers have given $3 million in direct contributions to restaurants using a new feature on the app designed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The milestone caps off a related campaign...
03:04 pm GMT - Tue, April 21, 2020
Techcrunch Green shoots for software companies
Hello and welcome back to our regular morning look at private companies, public markets and the gray space in between. This morning we’re hunting up “green shoots” for software compa...
03:00 pm GMT - Tue, April 21, 2020
Techcrunch Confluent lands another big round with $250M Series E on $4.5B valuation
The pandemic may feel all-encompassing at the moment, but Confluent announced a $250 million Series E today, showing that major investment continues in spite of the dire economic situation at the mome...
02:22 pm GMT - Tue, April 21, 2020
Techcrunch Alphabets Loon deploys internet connectivity balloons to Kenya for first commercial service launch
Alphabet-owned Loon, the high-altitude broadband connectivity company for hard-to-reach places, has launched the first balloons that will provide its first ever commercial connectivity services to Ken...
02:22 pm GMT - Tue, April 21, 2020
Techcrunch The Nintendo Switch had a very good March
Nintendo is selling a lot of Switches. The convertible console has been a lifesaver for people sheltering in place around the world. COVID-19-induced travel restrictions and the long-awaited arrival o...
02:11 pm GMT - Tue, April 21, 2020
Techcrunch Moshi, a sleep and mindfulness app for kids, raises $12M Series B led by Accel
“If your kids aren’t sleeping, you aren’t sleeping,” says Moshi founder and CEO Ian Chambers. As mindfulness apps grow increasingly popular among adults, Moshi is looking to br...
01:45 pm GMT - Tue, April 21, 2020
Techcrunch Marketing data platform Adverity raises $30M Series C led by Sapphire Ventures
In the time many of us live in now, we all know our online media consumption is to state the obvious going through the roof. Subsequently, theamount of data pertaining to online marketing is, equall...
01:36 pm GMT - Tue, April 21, 2020
Techcrunch LabCorps at-home COVID-19 test kit is the first to be authorized by the FDA
LabCorp’s at-home COVID-19 test, which is called ‘Pixel,’ has received the first Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for such a test missed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FD...
01:34 pm GMT - Tue, April 21, 2020
Techcrunch Lightspeeds Nicole Quinn on the impacts of sheltering in place
Last week, Lightspeed Venture Partners announced that it had closed on $4.2 billion in new capital across three distinct funds an $890 million early-stage venture fund, a $1.83 billion later-stage fu...
01:34 pm GMT - Tue, April 21, 2020
Techcrunch B, the digital bank developed by RBS, is losing its chief product officer to company builder Antler
More departures are taking place at B, the digital bank developed by RBS-owned Natwest. Following the departure of B CEO Mark Bailie in January, the latest to seek a new opportunity is chief product o...
01:30 pm GMT - Tue, April 21, 2020
Techcrunch 8 top fintech VCs discuss COVID-19 trends, signals and opportunities
In recent years, fintechs revolution has felt like a rising tide. Behemoths like Stripe and Square edged out banks while newbies like Brex nonchalantly raised nine-figure rounds. Today, however, the s...
01:17 pm GMT - Tue, April 21, 2020
Techcrunch Cruise hires PG&E board chairman Jeff Bleich as chief legal officer
Cruise, the subsidiary of GM that also has backing from SoftBank Vision Fund, automaker Honda and T. Rowe Price & Associates, is turning to a heavy hitter to head up its legal team. The autonomous...
01:10 pm GMT - Tue, April 21, 2020
Techcrunch Disruptor Beam relaunches as gaming infrastructure-maker Beamable
Disruptor Beam, the mobile gaming startup behind Star Trek Timelines, has a new name and a new business. It’s now calling itself Beamable, and it’s selling a set of tools to help game deve...
01:03 pm GMT - Tue, April 21, 2020
Techcrunch Spotify launches a set of editorially curated podcast playlists
Spotify is continuing its investment in the podcast streaming side of business with the launch of a suite of editorially-curated podcast playlists, as well as new Spotify for Podcasters functionality ...
01:00 pm GMT - Tue, April 21, 2020
Techcrunch AR swim goggles-maker Form raises $8.5 million Series A
Augmented reality has seen plenty of hardware failures, but investors are still interested in the platform’s potential to help consumers solve niche problems. Form has been building AR-enhanced ...
01:00 pm GMT - Tue, April 21, 2020
Techcrunch Sonos launches Sonos Radio, a free streaming radio service including artist and genre stations
Sonos has launched its first in-house music streaming offering: Sonos Radio, a digital streaming radio service that includes both existing radio stations from TuneIn and iHeartRadio, as well as its ow...
01:00 pm GMT - Tue, April 21, 2020
Techcrunch WhatsApp and WHO launch stickers to help people get through these tough times
WhatsApp is deepening its collaboration with the World Health Organization as people across the globe grapple with the coronavirus pandemic. The Facebook -owned service said today it is attempting to ...
01:00 pm GMT - Tue, April 21, 2020
Techcrunch Env0 announces $3.3M seed to bring more control to Infrastructure as Code
Env0, a startup that wants to help companies bring some order to delivery of Infrastructure as Code, announced a $3.3 million seed investment today and the release of the Beta of the company’s f...
12:55 pm GMT - Tue, April 21, 2020
Techcrunch SoFi goes international with acquisition of Hong Kong-based investment app 8 Securities
Consumer financial services platform SoFi is making its first expansion outside of the United States with the acquisition of Hong Kong-based investing app 8 Securities. The terms of the deal were not ...
12:00 pm GMT - Tue, April 21, 2020
Techcrunch With the coronavirus, usually distinct conspiracy groups turn to a shared interest
The coronavirus pandemic’s global presence and ubiquity in everyday life is a perfect storm for misinformation, as conspiracy theorists from different corners of the web converge on a shared new...
12:00 pm GMT - Tue, April 21, 2020
Techcrunch VanMoof introduces new S3 and X3 electric bikes
VanMoof is releasing a new generation of its electric bike. In many ways, the VanMoof S3 and its smaller version the VanMoof X3 are refined versions of the VanMoof Electrified S2 and X2. It features a...
11:30 am GMT - Tue, April 21, 2020
Techcrunch Betterment adds checking and savings products
Betterment, the New York-based automated advisory service for wealth management, is adding FDIC-insured checking and savings account services through partnerships with several banks. “Its the cu...
11:29 am GMT - Tue, April 21, 2020
Techcrunch Facebook Avatars, a Bitmoji competitor, launches in Europe
Facebook Avatars, which lets users customize a virtual lookalike of themselves for use as stickers in chat and comments, is now available across Europe, the company said today. The social giants Avata...
11:05 am GMT - Tue, April 21, 2020
Techcrunch ForgeRock nabs $93.5M for its ID management platform, gears up next for an IPO
For better or worse, digital identity management services — the process of identifying and authenticating users on networks to access services — has become a ubiquitous part of interacting...
09:22 am GMT - Tue, April 21, 2020
Techcrunch YFood gulps down $16M to build out its meal-in-a-bottle and snack bar business
As people move into months of sheltering in place, many are doubling down on cooking at home. But not everyone is always happy about it. Today, a company that makes products that can help them bypass ...
08:53 am GMT - Tue, April 21, 2020
Techcrunch Apple expands App Store, Music, iCloud and other services to dozens of additional markets
Apple said today it is launching its services App Store, Apple Podcasts, iCloud, and Apple Music to dozens of additional markets in Africa, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Middle East among others in what i...
08:43 am GMT - Tue, April 21, 2020
Techcrunch Samsungs Galaxy Watch blood pressure monitoring app approved by South Korean regulators
Samsung Electronics announced today that its blood pressure monitoring app for Galaxy Watches has been approved by South Korean regulators. Called the Samsung Health Monitor, the app will be available...
12:28 am GMT - Tue, April 21, 2020
Techcrunch Voyage gets the green light to bring robotaxi service to Californias public roads
Voyage has cleared a regulatory hurdle that will allow the company to expand its self-driving service from the private roads of a retirement community in San Jose, Calif. to public roads throughout th...
10:22 pm GMT - Mon, April 20, 2020
Techcrunch NextView Ventures is launching a remote accelerator for startups
Over the weekend, Silicon Valley leader Marc Andreessen broke his usual silence and gave some advice to Silicon Valley: Its time to build. The famed investor urged CEOs, entrepreneurs and investors al...
10:00 pm GMT - Mon, April 20, 2020
Techcrunch Vestiaire Collective raises $64.2 million for its second-hand fashion platform
Vestiaire Collective just closed another big round of funding in the middle of an economic crisis the round closed in early April. The startup raised $64.2 million (59 million) and the company has ra...
09:42 pm GMT - Mon, April 20, 2020
Techcrunch 3D-printed glasses startup Fitz is making custom protective eyewear for healthcare workers
A lot of startups have answered the call for more personal protective equipment (PPE) and other essentials to support healthcare workers in their efforts to curb the spread and impact of COVID-19. One...
09:23 pm GMT - Mon, April 20, 2020
Techcrunch You have to be a moron to think libertarianism is real
Could the coronavirus crisis and the way different countries have responded make Silicon Valley VCs more bullish on European startups? That’s the thesis put forward by Salman Ullah, co-founder...
09:10 pm GMT - Mon, April 20, 2020
Techcrunch Uber argues fraud absolves it from paying star engineers $179M fine to Google
Uber argued in a recent court filing that former employee Anthony Levandowski committed fraud, an action that frees the company from any obligation to pay his legal bills, including a judgment orderin...
09:08 pm GMT - Mon, April 20, 2020
Techcrunch Levis partnered with TikTok on social commerce and doubled its product views
Levi’s is leveraging its advertising partnership with TikTok to connect online shoppers with the denim brand amid the COVID-19 pandemic, which has forced retailers to close their doors— in...
08:59 pm GMT - Mon, April 20, 2020
Techcrunch LA COVID-19 antibody study adds further support for a higher-than-suspected infection rate
A new study conducted by the University of Southern California along with the LA County Department of Public Health indicates the presence of antibodies for COVID-19 in between 2.8 and 5.6% of the pop...
07:46 pm GMT - Mon, April 20, 2020
Techcrunch Can employers mandate COVID-19 testing?
COVID-19 commanded an understandably outsized presence in Jeff Bezoss annual shareholder letter last week. The Amazon exec laid out the companys plans for addressing the pandemic on a number of differ...
07:34 pm GMT - Mon, April 20, 2020
Techcrunch Facebook is pulling some protest events over stay-at-home violations
Facebook confirmed this week that it will be pulling down a number of posts promoting stay-at-home protests. CNN was the first to report the news, which finds the social media giant pulling down event...
07:23 pm GMT - Mon, April 20, 2020
Techcrunch Spiro Wave emergency ventilator gains FDA authorization to address COVID-19 demand
A new project designed to help address the growing need for ventilator hardware in order to treat the most serious cases of COVID-19 achieved an important milestone today, getting FDA Emergency Use Au...
07:09 pm GMT - Mon, April 20, 2020
Techcrunch Extra Crunch Live: Join Precursors Charles Hudson for a Q&A this Thursday
The new Extra Crunch Live series is taking flight this week. Today we’re talking to Cowboy Ventures’ Aileen Lee and Ted Wang. This Thursday we’re keeping the parade of well-known inv...
06:01 pm GMT - Mon, April 20, 2020
Techcrunch Walmart is selling its on-demand video service Vudu to Fandango
Movie ticketing company Fandango has agreed to buy Walmart’s on-demand video streaming service, Vudu, for an undisclosed sum. The video service today reaches over 100 million living room devices...
05:48 pm GMT - Mon, April 20, 2020
Techcrunch Introducing the Digital Startup Alley Package for Disrupt SF
Building a startup is hard enough. But COVID-19, our generations worst plot twist, gives new meaning to uncertainty and stress. No one had pandemic on their early-stage startup’s radar, which be...
05:36 pm GMT - Mon, April 20, 2020
Techcrunch Verizons BlueJeans acquisition is about more than the work-from-home trend
It would be easy to assume that Verizon’s purchase last week of video-conferencing tool BlueJeans was an opportunistic move to capitalize on the sudden shift to remote work, but the ball began r...
04:48 pm GMT - Mon, April 20, 2020
Techcrunch Y Combinator officially shifts its next accelerator class to fully remote format
After being forced to quickly shift plans and stage a remote demo day last month following the outbreak of COVID-19 stateside, Y Combinator announced today that they will officially be fully moving th...
04:46 pm GMT - Mon, April 20, 2020
Techcrunch Daily Crunch: Apples new Magic Keyboard, reviewed
The new Magic Keyboard is good, Uber launches new delivery services and Facebook releases its Gaming app ahead of schedule. Here’s your Daily Crunch for April 20, 2020, a totally regular date wi...
04:38 pm GMT - Mon, April 20, 2020
Techcrunch Frances Inria and Germanys Fraunhofer detail their ROBERT contact-tracing protocol
Research institutes Inria and Fraunhofer have shared details on their contact-tracing protocol that could be used by the French and German governments in the coming weeks. It is named ROBERT for ROBus...
04:38 pm GMT - Mon, April 20, 2020
Techcrunch EU data portal launches to support COVID-19 research
The European Commission has launched a data portal for scientists studying the SARS-CoV-2 virus to speed up access to data sets and tools in order to bolster research efforts by encouraging data reuse...
04:36 pm GMT - Mon, April 20, 2020
Techcrunch The Station: Pony.ai turns to delivery, Kodiak cuts, Lime snaps up Boosteds IP
Hi and welcome back to The Station, a weekly newsletter dedicated to the future (and present) of transportation. I’m your host Kirsten Korosec, senior transportation reporter at TechCrunch. What...
04:28 pm GMT - Mon, April 20, 2020
Techcrunch Twitch snags Spotifys Tracy Chan as its new head of Product & Engineering for Music
Musicians have been quickly turning to Twitch to support themselves during the COVID-19 pandemic, as they’re no longer able to make money from live gigs and touring. Now Twitch is staffing up to...
04:15 pm GMT - Mon, April 20, 2020
Techcrunch Facebook launches COVID-19 data maps for the US, will take its symptom tracking efforts global
Many, many symptom trackers have launched during the coronavirus pandemic, but few have the potential to reach even a bucketful of Facebook’s vast ocean of users. Facebook launched a symptom tra...
03:42 pm GMT - Mon, April 20, 2020
Techcrunch Microsoft built a Plasma Bot to tell you if you can donate plasma to help fight COVID-19
Plasma taken from the blood of recovered COVID-19 patients stands a real chance of being one of the more effective short-term measures feasible in the ongoing effort to control the global coronavirus ...
03:08 pm GMT - Mon, April 20, 2020
Techcrunch Max Q: SpaceX sets a date with history in May
This week in space was pretty active, with some startup news including timing for a historic first as well as scientific discoveries and innovation in the time of lockdown. Who better than NASA to d...
02:48 pm GMT - Mon, April 20, 2020
Techcrunch Google and Facebook must pay media for content reuse, says Australia
The Australia government has said it will adopt a mandatory code to require tech giants such as Google and Facebook to pay local media for reusing their content. The requirement for them to share ad r...
02:46 pm GMT - Mon, April 20, 2020
Techcrunch An IPO? In this economy?
Late last week a Chinese company called Kingsoft Cloud filed to go public in the United States. There are a few questions to answer....
02:44 pm GMT - Mon, April 20, 2020
Techcrunch SMB mentorship platform Ureeka raises $8.6M, will facilitate grant programs for Facebook, Salesforce
The best founders seek out great mentors and guidance from folks who know best, but during the coronavirus pandemic, asking for help when it’s needed is critical for all entrepreneurs. Ureeka, a...
02:43 pm GMT - Mon, April 20, 2020
Techcrunch Unlearn.AI nabs $12M to build digital twins to speed up and improve clinical trials
Twins have long played a role in the world of medical research, specifically in the area of clinical trials, where they can help measure the effectiveness of a therapy by applying a control to one of ...
02:10 pm GMT - Mon, April 20, 2020
Techcrunch Uber adds retail and personal package delivery services as COVID-19 reshapes its business
Uber is introducing two new types of services, the company announced this week, including Uber Direct and Uber Connect. Direct is a delivery platform for retail items, while Connect is a peer-to-peer ...
02:00 pm GMT - Mon, April 20, 2020
Techcrunch Facebooks new Gaming app launches on Android, with iOS version coming soon
Facebooks dedicated Gaming app is now live on Android, months before its planned June release. The social media giant pushed the app out two months prior to its scheduled unveiling amid a global pande...
01:49 pm GMT - Mon, April 20, 2020
Techcrunch Equity Monday: Whats Clubhouse and why Marc wants us to build
Good morning and welcome back to TechCrunchs Equity Monday, a brief jumpstart for your week. Regular Equity episodes still drop each and every Friday morning, so if youve listened to the show over the...
01:42 pm GMT - Mon, April 20, 2020
Techcrunch The pandemic will force sports to reimagine the fan experience
When I was 10 years old, my dad took me to Fenway Park for the first time. I remember quite clearly walking up the runway and seeing the brilliant green lawn and being totally and completely amazed. N...
01:01 pm GMT - Mon, April 20, 2020
Techcrunch Apples Magic Keyboard Review: Laptop class typing comes to iPad Pro
Over the past two years, Ive typed nearly every word Ive written while traveling on the iPad Pros Smart Keyboard Folio. For more on why you can see my iPad Pro review here. For the purposes of this lo...
01:00 pm GMT - Mon, April 20, 2020
Techcrunch Hundreds of academics back privacy-friendly coronavirus contact tracing apps
Hundreds of academics across the world have welcomed efforts to introduce privacy-friendly contact tracing systems to help understand the spread of coronavirus. A letter, signed by nearly 300 academic...
12:16 pm GMT - Mon, April 20, 2020
Techcrunch Extra Crunch Live: Join Aileen Lee and Ted Wang for a Q&A at 1:30pm ET/10:30am PT
Today’s a big day! Extra Crunch Live: Episode 1 featuring Aileen Lee and Ted Wang airs today at 1:30pm ET/10:30am PT and we could not be more excited to have such esteemed guests for the launch ...
12:03 pm GMT - Mon, April 20, 2020
Techcrunch Facebook launches Fundraisers in India, expands partnerships with state governments for WhatsApp and Messenger helplines
Facebook has expanded Fundraisers to India and is working with several additional state governments to provide authoritative information about the coronavirus to more people in the country, it said to...
11:25 am GMT - Mon, April 20, 2020
Techcrunch Leverice is a team messenger app thats taking aim at information overload
Meet Leverice: A team messenger and collaboration platform that’s aiming to compete with b2b giants like Slack by tackling an issue that continues to plague real-time messaging — namely, &...
06:30 am GMT - Mon, April 20, 2020
Techcrunch Alibaba Cloud will invest $28 billion more into its infrastructure over the next three years
Alibaba Cloud announced today that it will invest another RMB 200 billion (or about $28 billion) into its infrastructure over the next three years, prompted in part by increased demand for services li...
04:45 am GMT - Mon, April 20, 2020
Techcrunch Alan raises another $54.4 million for its health insurance product
French startup Alan has raised a $54.4 million (50 million) Series C funding round. Temasek is leading the round with existing investors (such as Index Ventures) also participating. Overall, Alan has ...
11:00 pm GMT - Sun, April 19, 2020
Techcrunch UK gov announces Future Fund, pledging 250M match funding for startups impacted by coronavirus
After mounting pressure from the U.K. tech startup ecosystem, and much debate, the British government today unveiled plans for a new “Future Fund” designed to ensure high-growth companies ...
09:15 pm GMT - Sun, April 19, 2020
Techcrunch Week in Review: Facebook hardware finds pandemic market fit
Hey everybody, welcome back to Week in Review. The world of COVID-19 is our new reality, so I’ll continue to include links to some positive updates on research, but I’ll be shifting back t...
08:31 pm GMT - Sun, April 19, 2020
Techcrunch Marc Andreessens call to arms: build something meaningful
It’s scary, living with a killer virus that has completely upended our lives for who knows how long. It’s very easy to feel helpless in the face of it all, to throw up one’s hands. D...
07:00 pm GMT - Sun, April 19, 2020
Techcrunch How to make sense of the coronavirus chaos
We are beset on all sides, daily if not hourly, by COVID-19 data, hypotheses, speculation, and crackpot conspiracy theories. Even if armed with a mathematical mind, and some kind of grounding in criti...
06:30 pm GMT - Sun, April 19, 2020
Techcrunch Tech for good during COVID-19: Childrens book, phone booths, and aperitifs
Helena Price Hambrecht and Woody Hambrecht always had plans for Haus, their direct-to-consumer low-alcoholic drink, to land white-label partnerships with local restaurants. But when coronavirus spread...
03:05 pm GMT - Sun, April 19, 2020
Techcrunch Decrypted: Post-coronavirus, Auth0s close call, North Korea warning, Awakes Series C
Welcome to a look back at the past week in security and what it means for you. Each week we’ll look at the big news of the week and why it matters. What will the world look like after the corona...
12:22 am GMT - Sun, April 19, 2020
Techcrunch Clubhouse voice chat leads a wave of spontaneous social apps
Forget the calendar invite. Just jump into a conversation. That’s the idea powering a fresh batch of social startups poised to take advantage of our cleared schedules amidst quarantine. But they...
08:25 pm GMT - Sat, April 18, 2020
Techcrunch Instagram founders launch COVID-19 spread tracker Rt.live
Instagram founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger have teamed up to launch their first product together since leaving the Facebook mothership. Rt.live is an up-to-date tracker of how fast COVID-19 is ...
08:09 pm GMT - Sat, April 18, 2020
Techcrunch Cognizant confirms Maze ransomware attack, says customers face disruption
Cognizant, one of the largest tech and consulting companies in the Fortune 500, has confirmed it was hit by a ransomware attack. Details remain slim besides a brief statement on its site, confirming t...
06:00 pm GMT - Sat, April 18, 2020
Techcrunch Startups Weekly: How will tech hubs weather the pandemic?
Cities around the world have become home this decade to distributed tech teams and homegrown startup successes. Each of these additional layers of experience and specialization help to make each local...
04:00 pm GMT - Sat, April 18, 2020
Techcrunch Original Content podcast: Devs asks unsettling questions about free will
We discussed our initial impressions of “Devs” on an episode of the Original Content podcasta few weeks ago, shortly after the show launched on FX/Hulu. At the time, we observed that even ...
03:02 pm GMT - Sat, April 18, 2020
Techcrunch This Week in Apps: Layoffs at VSCO, Google Plays new guidelines, TikTok rolls out parental controls
This week we continue our look at how the coronavirus outbreak is impacting the world of mobile apps. Also, Google changed its Play Store guidelines, TikTok launched parental controls and more....
03:01 pm GMT - Sat, April 18, 2020
Techcrunch What is contact tracing?
One of the best tools we have to slow the spread of the coronavirus is, as you have no doubt heard by now, contact tracing. But what exactly is contact tracing, who does it and how, and do you need to...
02:08 pm GMT - Sat, April 18, 2020
Techcrunch Samsungs new eco TV packing transforms into cat houses, shelves and magazine racks
Heres a nice thing. Its not revolutionary or life-changing, but its nice. And right now we can all use a little bit of nice. Earlier this month, Samsung announced an addition to its line of eco-packin...
01:41 pm GMT - Sat, April 18, 2020
Techcrunch Curative received FDA emergency use authorization for its novel COVID-19 tests
The diagnostics startup Curative has received an emergency use authorization from the Food and Drug Administration for its novel test to determine COVID-19 infection. The company says that its tests h...
11:53 am GMT - Sat, April 18, 2020
Techcrunch To avoid hostile takeovers amid COVID-19, India mandates approvals on Chinese investments
Chinese investors, who have poured about $6 billion into Indian startups in the last two years, will be subjected to strict regulation for their future investments in the worlds second largest interne...
10:23 pm GMT - Fri, April 17, 2020
Techcrunch Republic acquires Fig, adding games to its startup crowdfunding platform
Crowdfunding platform for startups Republic has acquired crowdfunding platform for games Fig, joining forces to help creators get their ideas off the ground. Users of each service will be happy to kno...
09:10 pm GMT - Fri, April 17, 2020
Techcrunch Top investors predict whats ahead for Bostons VC scene in Q1
Before the COVID-19 pandemic shook up the world and reshaped the economy, Boston was quietly setting records. According to new venture data compiled by TechCrunch, the region set what was at least a l...
08:58 pm GMT - Fri, April 17, 2020
Techcrunch The $99 Mendel Air Sensor uses data to help you grow better veggies (or weed)
The Mendel Air Sensor app is the first app I open every morning. Before Reddit, before Gmail, before NYT. I roll over, grab my phone and check my plants. I dont know if theres a higher honor I can bes...
08:56 pm GMT - Fri, April 17, 2020
Techcrunch Sales startup People.ai lays off 18% of staff, raises debt round amid COVID-19 uncertainty
Another startup has turned to downsizing and fund raising to help weather the uncertainty around the economy amid the global coronavirus health pandemic. People.ai, a predictive sales startup backed b...
08:31 pm GMT - Fri, April 17, 2020
Techcrunch GM delivers first ventilators under 30,000-unit government contract
Ventilators assembled by GM and Ventec Life Systems were delivered to hospitals Thursday night with more making their way to facilities today and through the weekend, the first in a 30,000-unit order ...
08:00 pm GMT - Fri, April 17, 2020
Techcrunch Early Monzo employee Simon Balmain is joining Sphere, the group chat app founded by ex-Yahoo Nick DAloisio
If you have ever attended (or tuned into) one of Monzo’s many community events, you are likely familiar with the work of Simon Balmain. An early employee of the challenger bank, he has played a ...
07:43 pm GMT - Fri, April 17, 2020
Techcrunch Samsungs new Galaxy Watch app reminds you to wash your damn hands, dummy
A few months ago, the idea of a hand-washing app would have seemed trivial, at best. Were all adults here, right? Weve been washing our hands our entire lives. But things change. Its mid-April and wer...
07:34 pm GMT - Fri, April 17, 2020
Techcrunch Bradley Tusk on starting a company and seed investing in the coronavirus era
Bradley Tusk has carved a unique path in the VC investment landscape: A longtime political and communications operative, he has built a track record for Tusk Ventures by going after highly regulated i...
07:07 pm GMT - Fri, April 17, 2020
Techcrunch Doist founder Amir Salihefendic explains why his remote team doesnt try to do everything in real time
Does working from home have to mean sitting in a chatroom all day or always being available for a video call? Real-time chat and video platforms are great for building camaraderie and maintaining a se...
06:36 pm GMT - Fri, April 17, 2020
Techcrunch Trumps hype for state lockdown protests puts Twitter and Facebooks new COVID-19 policies to the test
A new flurry of tweets from President Trump is pushing the limits of social platform policies designed explicitly to keep users safe from the spread of the novel coronavirus, both online and off. In a...
05:47 pm GMT - Fri, April 17, 2020
Techcrunch Europes PEPP-PT COVID-19 contacts tracing standard push could be squaring up for a fight with Apple and Google
A coalition of EU scientists and technologists that’s developing what’s billed as a “privacy-preserving” standard for Bluetooth-based proximity tracking, as a proxy for COVID-1...
05:39 pm GMT - Fri, April 17, 2020
Techcrunch Daily Crunch: Stripe now valued at $36B
Stripe raises new funding, Uber acknowledges financial uncertainty and a controversial facial recognition startup accidentally exposes its source code. Here’s your Daily Crunch for April 17, 202...
05:25 pm GMT - Fri, April 17, 2020
Techcrunch Apple Musics web interface exits beta
Apple has done a good job closing the gap between Spotify and its own music streaming service. But the former still maintains some advantages, a list that until recently included a robust web interfac...
05:02 pm GMT - Fri, April 17, 2020
Techcrunch Leaked pics reveal Google smart debit card to rival Apples
Would you pay with a “Google Card?” TechCrunch has obtained imagery that shows Google is developing its own physical and virtual debit cards. The Google card and associated checking accoun...
04:41 pm GMT - Fri, April 17, 2020
Techcrunch NASA and SpaceX set historic first astronaut launch for May 27
NASA and SpaceX have set a specific date and time target for their historic first astronaut launch aboard a private spacecraft from U.S. soil, with a planned date of May 27 and a target liftoff time o...
04:19 pm GMT - Fri, April 17, 2020
Techcrunch Airbnb reportedly lays off contractors and cancels summer internships
Airbnb has ended its contracts with contingent workers early and postponed summer internships, Protocol reports. Contractors at Airbnb serve as property inspectors, home consultants and more. Contract...
04:03 pm GMT - Fri, April 17, 2020
Techcrunch Santander launches PagoFX, a TransferWise competitor
Spanish bank Santander has launched a new product called PagoFX. As the name suggests, PagoFX focuses on foreign exchange and lets you send money in other currencies. In other words, its a TransferWis...
03:43 pm GMT - Fri, April 17, 2020
Techcrunch The Europas Awards goes virtual: Votes, workshops, pitches, networking, live awards & DJs
The Europas Awards for European Tech Startups is doing what everyone in tech has done before: pivoting! Given the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be ‘going virtual’ on an amazing new platform, ...
03:08 pm GMT - Fri, April 17, 2020
Techcrunch Vox Media is cutting pay and furloughing 9% of employees
Vox Media is making a number of cutbacks in response to the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to Vox itself, the digital media company owns properties including Curbed, Eater, R...
01:46 pm GMT - Fri, April 17, 2020
Techcrunch Saving, not spending, is the new hotness in fintech
Yesterday news broke that Robinhood is on the hunt for new capital at a roughly flat valuation, and the round is more reasonable than you think. ...
01:21 pm GMT - Fri, April 17, 2020
Techcrunch University of Oxford coronavirus vaccine trial aims to have 500 people in testing by mid-May
One of the largest COVID-19 vaccine trials currently underway will have over 500 volunteers actively testing its solution by the middle of next month. Researchers at the University of Oxford have alre...
01:00 pm GMT - Fri, April 17, 2020
Techcrunch All press is good press for Robinhood
Hello and welcome back toEquity, TechCrunchs venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This week the Key Three were back with Danny Crichton, Natasha Mascarenh...
12:48 pm GMT - Fri, April 17, 2020
Techcrunch Codementor launches Code Against COVID-19 to match volunteers with software projects
Codementor, an online education platform for software developers, is launching Code Against COVID-19 to match volunteers with software projects to fight the pandemic. The initiative, which Codementor ...
12:20 pm GMT - Fri, April 17, 2020
Techcrunch In-space satellite servicing proves successful in record-breaking orbital spacecraft operation
A demonstration mission of Northrop Grumman’s first-ever Mission Extension Vehicle (MEV-1) has proven successful, extending the life of an Intelsat satellite by five years. The mission involved ...
10:45 am GMT - Fri, April 17, 2020
Techcrunch Facebook adds new care emoji reactions on its main app and in Messenger
As a lot of us continue to stay indoors, Facebook has become a go-to platform for many people to check in with their friends, family and neighbours during the current coronavirus pandemic. Today, to g...
08:48 am GMT - Fri, April 17, 2020
Techcrunch Ola opens its tech platform to Indian government to combat coronavirus crisis
As India scrambles to keep its citizens safe from the coronavirus, local ride-hailing giant Ola has stepped up to help. The Indian firm has made its technology platform — which is capable of, am...
07:10 am GMT - Fri, April 17, 2020
Techcrunch Molotov partners with SchoolMouv to offer video lessons
Schools have been closed for the past month in France. Thats why French startup Molotov is leveraging its over-the-top TV service to offer content for children of all ages. In particular, the company ...
06:25 am GMT - Fri, April 17, 2020
Techcrunch Trade Republic, a German Robinhood, raises $67M led by Accel and Founders Fund
In the US, Robinhood has led the charge in upending the stock investing model through its mobile-first, minimal-step, commission free trading platform. Now, a startup out of Germany built on a similar...
12:14 am GMT - Fri, April 17, 2020
Techcrunch NASA reveals ambitious multi-spacecraft plan to bring a piece of Mars back to Earth
That NASA intends to collect a sample from Mars and return it to Earth is well known they’ve said so many times. But how would they go about scooping up soil from the surface of a distant plane...
11:16 pm GMT - Thu, April 16, 2020
Techcrunch Uber pulls back from operating profit target
Uber is walking back its guidance for what was supposed to be a milestone year for the ride-hailing company that included reaching an operating profit by the last quarter. Uber said Thursday it was wi...
11:16 pm GMT - Thu, April 16, 2020
Techcrunch Uber withdraws 2020 guidance
Uber is walking back its annual guidance for 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Update: This article was corrected to reflect that the guidance was for 2020, not an update that would include the fourt...
10:32 pm GMT - Thu, April 16, 2020
Techcrunch Delivery Hero CEO shares what hes learned about managing logistics during a pandemic
Food-delivery platforms are on the front lines during the coronavirus crisis, with major spikes in demand as communities are confined at home, likely with more time to cook than usual. And while some ...
10:16 pm GMT - Thu, April 16, 2020
Techcrunch Autofleet raises $7.5M to help fleets put idle vehicles into drive
On-demand mobility, when done successfully, strikes a balance between demand and supply while providing reliable service and making a profit. It’s a sweet spot that can be difficult, if not impo...
10:15 pm GMT - Thu, April 16, 2020
Techcrunch Extra Crunch is now available in Puerto Rico, Guam and American Samoa
We’re excited to announce that Extra Crunch membership is now available for readers in Puerto Rico, Guam and American Samoa. You can sign up here. Extra Crunch is a membership program from TechC...
10:02 pm GMT - Thu, April 16, 2020
Techcrunch Grain, a startup built expressly atop of Zoom for note-taking and video-clip making, raises $4 million
Whenever a platform breaks out, companies emerge to seize on its reach by building their services or products atop it. It happened with Facebook and Twitter and Slack. Now, it’s happening with Z...
10:02 pm GMT - Thu, April 16, 2020
Techcrunch Grain, a startup built expressly atop of Zoom, has raised $4 million
Whenever a platform breaks out, companies emerge to seize on its reach by building their services or products atop it. It happened with Facebook and Twitter and Slack. Now, it’s happening with Z...
09:23 pm GMT - Thu, April 16, 2020
Techcrunch InHerSights new app personalizes job matches to womens career goals
Nearly 60% of the over 700,000 jobs lost in the first wave of pandemic layoffs were jobs held by women, according to data from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. But women in search of a...
09:15 pm GMT - Thu, April 16, 2020
Techcrunch COVID-19 could have its own PATRIOT Act, but we need privacy guarantees
The government must mobilize to combat this invisible enemy, but we must also have parameters for how data is protected and used....
08:25 pm GMT - Thu, April 16, 2020
Techcrunch Changing policy, Y Combinator cuts its pro rata stake and makes investments case-by-case
In a message posted to its internal communications channel earlier this week, the massive startup accelerator Y Combinator said it will change the terms of its own PPP (the YC pro rata investment prog...
07:44 pm GMT - Thu, April 16, 2020
Techcrunch Impossible Foods rolls out to nearly 1,000 new grocery stores and supermarkets
Starting tomorrow, 777 supermarkets in California, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa and Nevada will begin stocking the Impossible Foods plant-based meat substitute. Fueling the increased distribution and a pus...
07:31 pm GMT - Thu, April 16, 2020
Techcrunch Healthcare co-op Savvy snags venture funding from Indie.vc
Savvy, a healthcare cooperative, has just raised an undisclosed amount of funding from Indie.vc. Established as a cooperative that shares profits with its users, Savvy connects patients with healthcar...
07:26 pm GMT - Thu, April 16, 2020
Techcrunch Media software maker Plex launches new subscriber-only apps for music and server management
Media software maker Plex has released two new projects today from its internal R&D group, Plex Labs. One is an updated take on the classic Winamp player it calls Plexamp, and another is a dedicat...
07:13 pm GMT - Thu, April 16, 2020
Techcrunch Giving brewers a tech to make beer from any plant starch, Province Brands raises $1.6M
There’s a potential climate-related crisis brewing in the beer industry and Province Brands has just raised $1.6 million for its technology that purports to be a solution. The Canadian company, ...
07:13 pm GMT - Thu, April 16, 2020
Techcrunch Giving brewers tech to make beer from any plant starch, Province Brands raises $1.6M
There’s a potential climate-related crisis brewing in the beer industry and Province Brands has just raised $1.6 million for its technology that purports to be a solution. The Canadian company, ...
07:13 pm GMT - Thu, April 16, 2020
Techcrunch Giving brewers tech to make beer from any plant material, Province Brands raises $1.6M
There’s a potential climate-related crisis brewing in the beer industry and Province Brands has just raised $1.6 million for its technology that purports to be a solution. The Canadian company, ...
06:59 pm GMT - Thu, April 16, 2020
Techcrunch Glitch blamed as stimulus check is delayed for millions who filed through H&R Block, TurboTax
Many have been understandably concerned that, amid corporate bailouts, a $1,200 check wont be enough to survive several more weeks of lockdown. But the stimulus check is, at very least, better than no...
06:54 pm GMT - Thu, April 16, 2020
Techcrunch Security lapse exposed Clearview AI source code
Since it exploded onto the scene in January after a newspaper expos, Clearview AI quickly became one of the most elusive, secretive and reviled companies in the tech startup scene. The controversial f...
06:35 pm GMT - Thu, April 16, 2020
Techcrunch Gig workers say they are struggling to get personal protective equipment from companies
Despite what companies have said about providing personal protective equipment to gig workers, some workers say they are struggling to get masks, gloves and other items from companies like Target-owne...
06:21 pm GMT - Thu, April 16, 2020
Techcrunch Amperon raises $2 million for its predictive software for energy grids
Energy demand has fallen globally. Oil prices are plummeting. Everywhere in the energy world things look fairly grim, but keeping the lights on and electrons moving remains critical to keeping even th...
06:16 pm GMT - Thu, April 16, 2020
Techcrunch Facebook wants content reviewers back ASAP, slows return plan for most employees
On his personal Facebook account, Mark Zuckerberg offered an update on the company’s roadmap for bringing employees back to work in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. In the post, he acknowle...
06:03 pm GMT - Thu, April 16, 2020
Techcrunch Instacart jumps into prescription delivery with Costco
Online grocery delivery company Instacart is launching a prescription delivery service through a partnership with Costco as demand for online delivery continues to rise amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The...
05:45 pm GMT - Thu, April 16, 2020
Techcrunch Facebooks annual virtual reality conference goes virtual-only
While it quickly became clear that the tech and developer conference held during the spring would need to be cancelled due to COVID-19, tech companies are beginning to pull the plug on events taking p...
05:29 pm GMT - Thu, April 16, 2020
Techcrunch Daily Crunch: Verizon buys videoconferencing company BlueJeans
Verizon makes a move into videoconferencing, Jeff Bezos discusses a plan to test Amazon employees for COVID-19 and Apple is reportedly working on new over-ear headphones.Here’s your Daily Crunch...
05:18 pm GMT - Thu, April 16, 2020
Techcrunch Apple adds macOS feature designed to prolong the lifespan of MacBook batteries
Apple is adding a new Battery Health Management feature to the latest version of macOS Catalina. The arrival of 10.15.5 will bring the new feature, which is designed to increase the overall lifespan o...
05:00 pm GMT - Thu, April 16, 2020
Techcrunch New Google Play policies to cut down on fleeceware, deepfakes, and unnecessary location tracking
Google is today announcing a series of policy changes aimed at eliminating untrustworthy apps from its Android app marketplace, the Google Play store. The changes are meant to give users more control ...
04:39 pm GMT - Thu, April 16, 2020
Techcrunch FDA debuts new online portal to encourage donation of plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients
One of the avenues currently being pursued in terms of developing an effective treatment for COVID-19 is through the use of convalescent plasma. Basically, that means using the liquid component of blo...
04:08 pm GMT - Thu, April 16, 2020
Techcrunch Announcing the Extra Crunch Live event series
The startup worldis going through yet another evolution. A few years ago, VCs were focused on growth over profitability. Now, making money is just as important, if not more, than sheer growth. And wer...
04:01 pm GMT - Thu, April 16, 2020
Techcrunch How I Podcast: First Draft and Track Changes Sarah Enni
The beauty of podcasting is that anyone can do it. Its a rare medium thats nearly as easy to make as it is to consume. And as such, no two people do it exactly the same way. There are a wealth of hard...
03:27 pm GMT - Thu, April 16, 2020
Techcrunch Bridgecrew announces $14M Series A to automate cloud security
In today’s grim economic climate, companies are looking for ways to automate wherever they can. Bridgecrew, an early-stage startup that makes automated cloud security tooling aimed at engineers,...
03:16 pm GMT - Thu, April 16, 2020
Techcrunch Stripe raises $600M at $36B valuation in Series G extension, says it has $2B on its balance sheet
The economy may be contracting as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, but promising startups are still continuing to raise money to shore up their finances for whatever may lie ahead. In the latest dev...
03:14 pm GMT - Thu, April 16, 2020
Techcrunch Facebook-backed association revamps Libra following regulatory concerns
The Libra Association, the consortium created by Facebook to oversee all things Libra, has updated its white paper to make some changes. The association is abandoning its original plan to create a glo...
03:09 pm GMT - Thu, April 16, 2020
Techcrunch NASA and Planet expand imagery partnership to all NASA-funded Earth science research
NASA and Planet have deemed their pilot partnership a success, and the result is that NASA will extend its contract with Planet to provide the company’s satellite imagery of Earth to all researc...
03:08 pm GMT - Thu, April 16, 2020
Techcrunch Verizon is buying B2B videoconferencing firm BlueJeans
US carrier Verizon* has splashed out to buy veteran B2B videoconferencing platform, BlueJeans Network — shelling out less than $500 million on the acquisition, according to the Wall Street Journ...
02:51 pm GMT - Thu, April 16, 2020
Techcrunch TikTok to launch parental controls globally, disable direct messaging for users under 16
TikTok is introducing a new set of parental controls to its platform to users worldwide, including in the U.S. The features, collectively referred to as “Family Pairing,” will allow parent...
02:26 pm GMT - Thu, April 16, 2020
Techcrunch As COVID-19 pummels global economy, 8 new companies join the $100M ARR club
We're adding a number of companies to the $100 million ARR club, a collection of private companies that have reached material scale....
02:17 pm GMT - Thu, April 16, 2020
Techcrunch Facebook will start alerting users who have interacted with harmful misinformation about COVID-19
Facebook this morning announced its latest step in effort to combat the spread of misinformation around the on-going COVID-19 pandemic. Chief among them is a new message targeting users who have comme...
02:11 pm GMT - Thu, April 16, 2020
Techcrunch Kapten merges with parent company Free Now, starts restructuring plan
French ride-hailing company Chauffeur-Priv rebranded to Kapten just last year. At the time, the company had big expansion plans to compete with Uber in Europe across multiple markets. But Kapten is no...
02:06 pm GMT - Thu, April 16, 2020
Techcrunch Amazon, Flipkart and other e-commerce firms in India to resume sales of non-essential items from April 20
Flipkart, Amazon and other online shopping firms will start to sell non-essential items to customers in India starting April 20, weeks after New Delhi imposed a lockdown in the country that has cost e...
02:03 pm GMT - Thu, April 16, 2020
Techcrunch New MIT machine learning model shows relaxing quarantine rules will spike COVID-19 cases
MIT has developed a new model of the spread of COVID-19 infection, based on publicly available data, combined with established epidemiological equations about outbreaks, and neural network-based infer...
02:00 pm GMT - Thu, April 16, 2020
Techcrunch Investors explain COVID-19s impact on consumer startups
Home fitness and games as gathering places are a few of the startup verticals propelled by unprecedented shifts in behavior due to shelter-in-place orders. We surveyed the top investors in consumer an...
02:00 pm GMT - Thu, April 16, 2020
Techcrunch Anodot grabs $35M Series C to help monitor business operations
Anodot, a startup that helps customers monitor business operations against a set of KPIs, announced a $35 million Series C investment today. Intel Capital led this round with a lot of help. New invest...
01:19 pm GMT - Thu, April 16, 2020
Techcrunch India says video conference app Zoom is not safe
India said today Zoom is ‘not a safe platform’ and advised government employees to not use it for official work as the video conference servicesurges in popularity in many nations includin...
01:05 pm GMT - Thu, April 16, 2020
Techcrunch GoPro lays off 200 employees representing 20% of the company
Action camera manufacturer GoPro has announced some massive organizational changes at the company. In particular, the company is laying off over 200 employees  it represents a 20% staff reduction...
01:01 pm GMT - Thu, April 16, 2020
Techcrunch Data dashboard startup Count raises $2.4M from LocalGlobe, with Global Founders Capital
Early-stage companies often have trouble dealing with the amount of data that can run through the organization, especially as it grows. Large sums are spent on data software, dislocated data, dealing ...
01:00 pm GMT - Thu, April 16, 2020
Techcrunch Conversational AI startup Yellow Messenger raises $20M Series B from Lightspeed
While general purpose chatbots haven’t shaped user interfaces as radically as early advocates like Facebook may have hoped, when used in a more targeted capacity, they have shown promise in buil...
01:00 pm GMT - Thu, April 16, 2020
Techcrunch Everee raises a $10M Series A to scale its worker-friendly payroll software service
This morning Everee, a Utah-based software as a service (SaaS) startup focused on payroll, announced that it has closed a $10 million Series A. The funding event was led by Origin Ventures and Signal ...
01:00 pm GMT - Thu, April 16, 2020
Techcrunch VAST Data lands $100M Series C on $1.2B valuation to turn storage on its head
VAST Data, a startup that has come up with a cost-effective way to deliver flash storage, announced a $100 million Series C investment today on a $1.2 billion valuation, both unusually big numbers for...
12:38 pm GMT - Thu, April 16, 2020
Techcrunch Mammoth Biosciences receives first peer-reviewed validation of CRISPR-based COVID-19 test
SF-based CRISPR diagnostics startup Mammoth Biosciences has published the first peer-reviewed study that shows validation of using its testing method to detect the presence of COVID-19 in patients. Th...
12:36 pm GMT - Thu, April 16, 2020
Techcrunch EU lawmakers set out guidance for coronavirus contacts tracing apps
The European Commission has published detailed guidance with Member States on developing coronavirus contacts tracing and warning apps. The toolbox, which has been developed by the e-Health Network wi...
12:30 pm GMT - Thu, April 16, 2020
Techcrunch Learn In thinks a solution to layoffs is more sabbaticals
The COVID-19 pandemic has spun up a storm of layoffs across all industries in response to a decline in sales and consumerism. In the tech world, layoffs have impacted 24,000 people across all industri...
12:20 pm GMT - Thu, April 16, 2020
Techcrunch Bezos details Amazons COVID-19 testing plans in shareholder letter
Jeff Bezos dropped Amazons annual shareholder letter today, as the world struggles through the throes of a global pandemic. Naturally, the companys response to the on-going COVID-19 crisis took center...
12:05 pm GMT - Thu, April 16, 2020
Techcrunch Apple said to be working on modular, high-end, noise-cancelling over-ear headphones
Apple is said to be developing its own competitors to popular over-ear noise-cancelling headphones like those made by Bose and Sony, Bloomberg reports, but with similar technology on board to that use...
12:05 pm GMT - Thu, April 16, 2020
Techcrunch Choco gobbles up $30.2M at a $250M valuation, tweaks restaurant supplier ordering platform to sell to consumers during pandemic
Food-related and delivery tech businesses have been seeing a huge wave of customer demand in the last few weeks as people on lockdown turn to them to buy necessary supplies (see also: the big funding ...
12:00 pm GMT - Thu, April 16, 2020
Techcrunch Lucidchart raises $52M Series D, passes $100M ARR
Continuing our coverage of Utah-based startups, this morning we have our second big round of the year from the state. Lucid Software, best known as the parent company of Lucidchart, announced today th...
11:35 am GMT - Thu, April 16, 2020
Techcrunch Santander launches PagoFX in the UK, a money transfer app to take on TransferWise and other fintechs
A leaked Santander internal memo in 2017 likely set wheels in motion. Reportedly written by the bank’s head of innovation, the missive warned that a large chunk of the Spanish incumbent’s ...
09:48 am GMT - Thu, April 16, 2020
Techcrunch Indias NoBroker raises an additional $30M from General Atlantic
NoBroker, a Bangalore-based startup that helps those looking to rent or buy an apartment connect directly with property owners, has extended its previous financing round to add $30 million to it. Gene...
08:46 am GMT - Thu, April 16, 2020
Techcrunch TSMC reports $3.9B Q1 profit, but slashes outlook for the year
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) beat analyst estimates after reporting its net profit almost doubled in the quarter that ended in March, and said it was hopeful to sustain momentum i...
07:05 am GMT - Thu, April 16, 2020
Techcrunch Chinese startup Rokid pitches COVID-19 detection glasses in U.S.
Thermal imaging wearables used in China to detect COVID-19 symptoms could soon be deployed in the U.S. Hangzhou based AI startup Rokid is in talks with several companies to sell its T1 glasses in Amer...
05:30 am GMT - Thu, April 16, 2020
Techcrunch Sprout.ai raises $2.5M to speed up insurance claims
Sprout.ai, an insurtech incubated at London’s Imperial College that is applying AI to insurance claims,, has raised $2.5 million in additional seed funding. Leading the round is Amadeus Capital ...
05:29 am GMT - Thu, April 16, 2020
Techcrunch Gousto, a UK meal-kit service, raises another $41M as business booms under lockdown
Food delivery — be it ready-made restaurant meals, groceries, or anything in between — has seen a huge surge of activity in the last few weeks as people have sheltered in place to slow dow...
04:00 am GMT - Thu, April 16, 2020
Techcrunch Taxfix raises $65 million for its mobile tax filing app
Berlin-based startup Taxfix has raised a $65 million Series C funding round. Index Ventures is leading the round with Neil Rimer joining the board. The company started its fundraising process before t...
02:29 am GMT - Thu, April 16, 2020
Techcrunch View, the dynamic glass company that raised $1.1 billion from SoftBank in 2018, is laying people off
View, a 13-year-old, Milpitas, Calif.-based company that makes dynamic glass designed to reduce heat and glare as well as lessen eyestrain, has cut an unknown number of employees, including at a plant...
01:00 am GMT - Thu, April 16, 2020
Techcrunch Financial tech startup Previse raises $11 million to help suppliers get paid faster
Previse, a fintech focused on helping suppliers get faster payment, announced that it has raised $11 million in new funding led by Reefknot Investments and Mastercard. Returning investors Bessemer Ven...
12:03 am GMT - Thu, April 16, 2020
Techcrunch Mayfield raises $750 million across two funds
Silicon Valley mainstay the Mayfield Fund has raised $750 million across two new funds, the firm said today. The venture capital firm said its Mayfield XVI will continue to invest in early-stage compa...
11:50 pm GMT - Wed, April 15, 2020
Techcrunch Medopad rebrands as Huma, acquires BioBeats and TLT to expand its biomarker platform
Some big changes are underway for London-basedMedopad, a startup that builds software for medical practitioners to monitor patients remotely based on digital biomarkers —measurable indicators of...
11:09 pm GMT - Wed, April 15, 2020
Techcrunch Developer platform Glitch debuts $10/mo tier for power users
Glitch is building a premium tier for power users of its user-created micro apps. The rather eccentric developer tools platform launched in 2017, combining a coding workspace with a community of users...
11:02 pm GMT - Wed, April 15, 2020
Techcrunch Extra Crunch members save money with Partner Perks and event discounts
Last fall we launched a series of new benefits for annual and two-year Extra Crunch members. Called Partner Perks, the idea with the program was to find products or services that could benefit our rea...
10:35 pm GMT - Wed, April 15, 2020
Techcrunch Coronavirus rattles NASA, but Commercial Crew and Mars Perseverance rover are on track
Most of NASA’s facilities around the country have been shut down, and while some teams can work (and drive a Mars rover) from home, others are knuckling down to get some crucial missions out the...
10:29 pm GMT - Wed, April 15, 2020
Techcrunch Original Content: Netflixs Tigertail tells a melancholy immigrant story
“Tigertail,” a new film on Netflix, weaves together the past and the present to tell the life story of Pin-Jui, who we first meet as a Taiwanese boy dreaming of moving to America. We soon ...
10:00 pm GMT - Wed, April 15, 2020
Techcrunch Airwallex gets $160 million Series D to launch more cross-border financial products
Airwallex, a Melbourne-based cross-border financial startup that achieved “unicorn” status last year, announced today that it has raised a $160 million Series D. The round included ANZi Ve...
08:57 pm GMT - Wed, April 15, 2020
Techcrunch Markets dragged down by abysmal retail sales and factory output
U.S. major stock indexes fell in Wednesday trading as new data from the Commerce Department and Federal Reserve indicated a collapse in manufacturing output and retail sales. However, the declines did...
08:45 pm GMT - Wed, April 15, 2020
Techcrunch Houseparty reports 50M sign-ups in past month amid COVID-19 lockdowns
Houseparty, the popular video chat application acquired by Fortnite maker Epic Games in 2019, has seen massive growth due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With government lockdowns keeping people from being ...
08:17 pm GMT - Wed, April 15, 2020
Techcrunch SoftBank-backed Opendoor has announced a massive layoff, cutting 35% of its employees
Opendoor, the seven-year-old, San Francisco-based company that has from the outset aimed to help people buy and sell homes with the “push of a button” (or nearly), has just laid off more t...
07:23 pm GMT - Wed, April 15, 2020
Techcrunch Extra Crunch Live: Join Aileen Lee, Ted Wang for Q&A on 4/20 at 10:30am PT/1:30pm ET
The startup world is going through yet another evolution. A few years ago, VCs were focused on growth over profitability. Now, making money is just as important, if not more, than sheer growth. And we...
07:08 pm GMT - Wed, April 15, 2020
Techcrunch Unicorn layoffs keep piling up as the economy gets worse
Earlier today a grip of new data presented a sharply negative picture of the American economy. And this afternoon, news broke that a trio of well-known, heavily-backed unicorns were cutting staff. Wit...
06:42 pm GMT - Wed, April 15, 2020
Techcrunch Punitive liquidation preferences return to VC dont do it
Boards of directors considering these types of financings need to understand that they are creating misalignments and raising serious fiduciary duty issues. ...
06:26 pm GMT - Wed, April 15, 2020
Techcrunch FDA authorizes production of a new ventilator that costs up to 25x less than existing devices
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized the manufacture of the Coventor ventilator, a new hardware design first developed by the University of Minnesota. The project sought to creat...
06:26 pm GMT - Wed, April 15, 2020
Techcrunch ServiceNow pledges no layoffs in 2020
You don’t need your PhD in economics to know the economy is in rough shape right now due to the impact of COVID-19, but ServiceNow today pledged that it would not lay off a single employee in 20...
06:05 pm GMT - Wed, April 15, 2020
Techcrunch Pileus helps businesses cut their cloud spend
Israel-based Pileus, which is officially launching today, aims to help businesses keep their cloud spend under control. The company also today announced that it has raised a $1 million seed round from...
06:00 pm GMT - Wed, April 15, 2020
Techcrunch Google Play adds a Teacher Approved section to its app store
Google today is making it easier for families to find quality educational apps with the addition of a new “Teacher Approved” section to Google Play. All apps found in this section are vett...
05:57 pm GMT - Wed, April 15, 2020
Techcrunch New Earth-sized planet found in habitable sweet-spot orbit around a distant star
Researchers have discovered a new Earth-sized planet orbiting a star outside our solar system. The planet, called Kepler-1649c, is only around 1.06 times larger than Earth, making it very similar to o...
05:42 pm GMT - Wed, April 15, 2020
Techcrunch Niantic will make Pokmon GO more stay-at-home friendly with remote raids
Pokmon GO was built to be played outside, with friends, as you wandered around and explored interesting landmarks around you or, you know, the exact opposite of what we’re supposed to be doing ...
05:10 pm GMT - Wed, April 15, 2020
Techcrunch Microsofts new Planetary Computer project will use global environmental data to support sustainability
Microsoft is embarking on a new sustainability initiative as part of its overall approach to support environmental protection measures, with a project it calls the “Planetary Computer.” Th...
05:07 pm GMT - Wed, April 15, 2020
Techcrunch Pro-Iran accounts blamed the US for the coronavirus in latest social media disinformation campaign
As the coronavirus wreaks havoc on economies and populations around the globe, the chaos also presents a unique opportunity for disinformation efforts. According to a new report from social analytics ...
05:05 pm GMT - Wed, April 15, 2020
Techcrunch Amazon reportedly closes warehouses in France following court order
Amazon has decided to close its six fulfillment centers in France until Monday, according to an internal document seen by Capital and Reuters. The company also said publicly that itll probably appeal ...
04:59 pm GMT - Wed, April 15, 2020
Techcrunch Using AI, Yes Health cuts costs, improves adherence for weight loss and diabetes treatment
Using a combination of machine learning and computer vision, Yes Health claims it can cut costs and improve adherence for behavioral-based treatments targeting diabetes, obesity and other chronic cond...
04:50 pm GMT - Wed, April 15, 2020
Techcrunch WorldGaze uses smartphone cameras to help voice AIs cut to the chase
If you find voice assistants frustratingly dumb, you’re hardly alone. The much-hyped promise of AI-driven vocal convenience very quickly falls through the cracks of robotic pedantry. A smart AI ...
04:45 pm GMT - Wed, April 15, 2020
Techcrunch Lyft launches food and medical supply delivery for agencies and orgs impacted by COVID-19
Lyft today announced the launch of Essential Deliveries, a program aimed at servicing the needs of health care and government organizations and non-profits during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Launch...
04:40 pm GMT - Wed, April 15, 2020
Techcrunch Instagram rival VSCO lays off 30% of staff to reduce reliance on outside capital
VSCO, the popular photo editing app and Instagram rival, is the latest company to undergo layoffs attributed to the COVID-19 crisis, which has put a strain on venture-backed startups. According to a r...
04:17 pm GMT - Wed, April 15, 2020
Techcrunch Daily Crunch: Airbnb takes a $1B loan
Airbnb takes on new debt as it adapts to a world without tourism, Apple announces a new entry-level iPhone and Google lowers Nest camera quality. Here’s your Daily Crunch for April 15, 2020. 1. ...
04:01 pm GMT - Wed, April 15, 2020
Techcrunch DoD Inspector General report finds everything was basically hunky-dory with JEDI cloud contract bid
While controversy has dogged the $10 billion, decade-long JEDI contract since its earliest days, a report by the DoD’s Inspector General’s Office concluded today that, while there were som...
03:38 pm GMT - Wed, April 15, 2020
Techcrunch Apples iPad Pro Magic Keyboard arrives next week, ahead of schedule
The global supply chain is currently being squeezed from all angles amid a global pandemic. At least one product, however, will arrive ahead of schedule. Originally planned for a May arrival, the iPad...
03:30 pm GMT - Wed, April 15, 2020
Techcrunch Apply to compete in Startup Battlefield at Disrupt SF 2020
Disrupt San Francisco 2020, the OG of startup tech conferences, takes place at Moscone West September 14-16. Its an event you dont want to miss, and were here to tell early-stage founders one of the b...
03:02 pm GMT - Wed, April 15, 2020
Techcrunch Instagram partners with LAs ChowNow to make food pics and stories shoppable
Instagram is partnering with the Los Angeles-based restaurant ordering platform ChowNow to make pictures and stories from local restaurants shoppable by adding “Order Food” buttons and sti...
03:02 pm GMT - Wed, April 15, 2020
Techcrunch Traditional sales and marketing strategies wont see you through this crisis
No one has a playbook for this. But we can experiment. We can stop a bunch of activity that was normal just weeks ago. We can learn from each other....
03:01 pm GMT - Wed, April 15, 2020
Techcrunch Apple introduces new $399 iPhone SE with Touch ID and 4.7 screen
Apple has dropped a new iPhone SE on the market today. Its a 4.7 iPhone with a physical home button, Touch ID, a single rear-facing camera and the A13 Bionic chip on board. With a $399 starting price ...
02:15 pm GMT - Wed, April 15, 2020
Techcrunch Small businesses are out of time, but COVID-19 aid comes with massive roadblocks
We need to flatten the curve of this disease, but we also need to bend the curve for small businesses on the brink of collapse....
02:15 pm GMT - Wed, April 15, 2020
Techcrunch As stocks recover, private investors arent buying the hype
You can easily read optimism in the stock market. Ask around the private markets, however, and you'll hear a very different narrative....
02:00 pm GMT - Wed, April 15, 2020
Techcrunch Attentive raises another $40M for mobile messaging, will invest in helping customers respond to COVID-19
Mobile messaging startup Attentive continues to bring in new funding. The startup raised a $40 million Series B last summer, followed by a $70 million Series C at the beginning of this year. Today it&...
01:50 pm GMT - Wed, April 15, 2020
Techcrunch Biometrics security technology developer BioCatch raises $145 million
BioCatch, a developer of biometrics security technology, said it has raised $145 million in its latest round of funding. The company’s technology tracks user behavior on websites to determine if...
01:50 pm GMT - Wed, April 15, 2020
Techcrunch Biometrics security technology developer BioCatch raises $145M
BioCatch, a developer of biometrics security technology, said it has raised $145 million in its latest round of funding. The company’s technology tracks user behavior on websites to determine if...
01:49 pm GMT - Wed, April 15, 2020
Techcrunch Pinpoint releases dashboard to bring visibility to software engineering operations
As companies look for better ways to understand how different departments work at a granular level, engineering has traditionally been a black box of siloed data. Pinpoint, an Austin-based startup has...
01:49 pm GMT - Wed, April 15, 2020
Techcrunch Scanwell begins 1,000 person study for at-home antibody test for COVID-19
At-home antibody testing for COVID-19 is the subject of ample debate among the scientific and medical community, with some seeing it as a necessary step in the process of selectively re-opening parts ...
01:05 pm GMT - Wed, April 15, 2020
Techcrunch GE Healthcare and Microsoft are bringing a COVID-19 patient monitoring tool to health systems
GE Healthcare is extending its longtime collaboration with Microsoft to launch a cloud-based COVID-19 patient monitoring software for health systems. GE Healthcare had originally intended to debut its...
01:00 pm GMT - Wed, April 15, 2020
Techcrunch Frame AI raises $6.3M Series A to help understand customers across channels
Frame AI, a New York City startup that uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to help companies understand their customers better across multiple channels, announced a $6.3 million Series A...
11:24 am GMT - Wed, April 15, 2020
Techcrunch Digital mapping of coronavirus contacts will have key role in lifting Europes lockdown, says Commission
The European Commission has set out a plan for co-ordinating the lifting of regional coronavirus restrictions that includes a role for digital tools — in what the EU executive couches as “...
11:00 am GMT - Wed, April 15, 2020
Techcrunch Nifty Games raises $12M to shake up mobile sports gaming
Nifty Games is aiming to reshape the mobile gaming strategies of national sports leagues, partnering with associations like the NFL and NBA to publish officially licensed titles that the startup hopes...
10:19 am GMT - Wed, April 15, 2020
Techcrunch Onfido, the AI-based ID verification platform, raises $100M led by TPG
Contactless transactions have become a major priority at a time when people all around the world are minimising their contact with others outside their households to slow down the often-insidious spre...
09:36 am GMT - Wed, April 15, 2020
Techcrunch Setu raises $15M to help developers connect with banks to offer Indians sachet-sized financial products
Indias push to digital payments in the last three years has seen tens of millions of people get comfortable with exchanging money online for the first time. But most businesses in the country are stil...
09:01 am GMT - Wed, April 15, 2020
Techcrunch Airbnb ups its debt by $1BN amid the coronavirus travel crunch
Airbnb has secured commitments of $1 billion for a syndicated term loan from institutional investors, it said. The emergency cash injection comes as the coronavirus travel freeze continues to hammer v...
08:00 am GMT - Wed, April 15, 2020
Techcrunch Credit Kudos raises 5M Series A to use open banking for credit scoring
Credit Kudos, a U.K. fintech using open banking to provide more accurate credit scoring, has raised 5 million in Series A funding. Leading the round is AlbionVC, which is joined by TriplePoint, Plug &...
07:00 am GMT - Wed, April 15, 2020
Techcrunch Slite raises $11 million for its internal notes tool
French startup Slite has raised an $11 million Series A round led by Spark Capital with existing investors also participating. Slite is a sort of multiplayer Evernote. It lets you collect and organize...
07:00 am GMT - Wed, April 15, 2020
Techcrunch Google announces a Journalism Emergency Relief Fund for local newsrooms
Google is offering financial support to local newsrooms hit by the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic, as part of its Google News Initiative. The company isn’t disclosing the size of what...
05:30 am GMT - Wed, April 15, 2020
Techcrunch Indias FarEye raises $25M to grow its logistics SaaS startup in international markets
More than 150 e-commerce and delivery companies globally use an Indian logistics startups service to work out the optimum way before they ship items to their customers. That startup, Noida-based FarEy...
01:30 am GMT - Wed, April 15, 2020
Techcrunch Oonis Koda 16 pizza oven is the rare kitchen gadget that delivers on its promise
Ooni (nee Uuni), has been around for a few years now, but its latest oven, the Koda 16, launched in March. Just like everyone else, Ive been cooped up at home for weeks with nothing but all of the pro...
11:56 pm GMT - Tue, April 14, 2020
Techcrunch Luxury consignment retailer The RealReal lays off 10% of workforce, furloughs 15%
Online consignment company The RealReal is the latest tech company to lay off and furlough employees amid the COVID-19 pandemic. In the company’s quarterly earnings report today, The RealReal an...
11:31 pm GMT - Tue, April 14, 2020
Techcrunch NASAs Curiosity team is operating the Mars rover from home
It’s hard enough in the first place having to drive an astronomically expensive rover around a planet millions of miles away. Doing it from home seems like a pretty big ask but it turns out NAS...
10:10 pm GMT - Tue, April 14, 2020
Techcrunch Adriel brings automation to small business advertising
Adriel is a South Korean startup bringing automated ad tools to small businesses and in recent months, it’s been expanding into the United States and the United Kingdom. This might seem like ex...
10:05 pm GMT - Tue, April 14, 2020
Techcrunch Google is lowering Nest camera quality to conserve internet resources
If you’re looking at footage from your Nest Cam and the quality seems a bit lower than normal: it’s not your eyes. In an email to users, Google says it is temporarily lowering the video qu...
09:52 pm GMT - Tue, April 14, 2020
Techcrunch Rocket Lab inks deal to carry Japanese startup Synspectives first satellite into orbit
The well-funded Japanese space startup Synspective has tapped launch provider Rocket Lab to take its first Earth observation satellite to orbit. Launch is planned for late 2020, and the company’...
09:22 pm GMT - Tue, April 14, 2020
Techcrunch MIT developed a wireless box that can detect COVID-19 patients movement and breathing at home
The COVID-19 pandemic has presented an unprecedented challenge for healthcare workers. Among the major challenges are social distancing issues, which have required novel approaches to diagnosing and t...
09:05 pm GMT - Tue, April 14, 2020
Techcrunch Labsters latest partnership, and what it tells us about the future of remote learning
Labster, a virtual science lab edtech company, today announced that it is partnering with Californias community college network to bring its software to 2.1 million students. California Community Coll...
08:53 pm GMT - Tue, April 14, 2020
Techcrunch The odd reality of todays stock market
As the COVID-19 death toll in the United States continues to climb, American stocks are, in a grim divergence, recovering lost ground. It isn’t clear precisely why locally-listed equities have r...
08:06 pm GMT - Tue, April 14, 2020
Techcrunch Join a Live Q&A with Bradley Tusk tomorrow at 1pm ET/10am PT
Bradley Tusk is relatively unique among investors. Where other VCs shy away from heavily regulated industries and businesses, Tusk leans in. The Tusk Ventures founder and CEO has investments that incl...
07:43 pm GMT - Tue, April 14, 2020
Techcrunch Dear Sophie: How do I extend my visa status without leaving the US?
I'm an E-3 visa holder and I usually go back to Australia to extend my visa. Given the COVID-19 travel restrictions, how do I extend my immigration status from inside the U.S.?...
07:00 pm GMT - Tue, April 14, 2020
Techcrunch NBCUniversals Peacock launches on Comcast tomorrow
NBCUniversal’s new streaming service Peacock is launching for Comcasts Xfinity X1 and Flex customers tomorrow, April 15, at no additional cost. Comcast says the rollout to its platforms begins t...
06:30 pm GMT - Tue, April 14, 2020
Techcrunch Sony announces $10M fund to help indie game developers impacted by COVID-19
Though more people are stuck at home with their PCs and gaming consoles, times are still tough for small indie game developers that are often dependent on gaming conferences to both promote their titl...
05:37 pm GMT - Tue, April 14, 2020
Techcrunch Replace non-stop Zoom with remote office avatars app Pragli
Could avatars that show what co-workers are up to save work-from-home teams from constant distraction and loneliness? That’s the idea behind Pragli, the Bitmoji for the enterprise. It’s a ...
05:32 pm GMT - Tue, April 14, 2020
Techcrunch Daily Crunch: Amazon fires two employees who criticized warehouse conditions
Amazon fires two employees who criticized the company’s COVID-19 response, Google may be creating its own chips to use in Pixel phones and more details emerge about Apple and Google’s cont...
04:59 pm GMT - Tue, April 14, 2020
Techcrunch Apple opens access to mobility data, offering insight into how COVID-19 is changing cities
Apple is providing a data set derived from aggregated, anonymized information taken from users of its Maps navigational app, the company announced today. The data is collected as a set of “Mobil...
04:55 pm GMT - Tue, April 14, 2020
Techcrunch Quibi reportedly kills its show about Snapchats founding
Newly launched mobile streaming service Quibi is killing one of its more highly anticipated series — a show depicting Snapchat’s origin story, focused on founder Evan Spiegel. The news was...
04:41 pm GMT - Tue, April 14, 2020
Techcrunch Fitness app Aaptiv raises from Insight Partners, launches Enterprise channel
With a lot of towns instituting shelter-in-place orders to restrict how people physically interact in order to slow down the spread of the novel coronavirus, fitness has come into its own. In places w...
04:05 pm GMT - Tue, April 14, 2020
Techcrunch Amazon has to limit orders in France following court decision
A court in Nanterre, France, has ruled that Amazon should greatly restrict orders in France in the coming weeks. According to the decision that AFP and a union have obtained, Amazon can only accept or...
04:00 pm GMT - Tue, April 14, 2020
Techcrunch OnePlus redefines its premium approach with the 8 Pro
As recently as a year or two ago, the idea of a $900 starting price for a OnePlus device would have seemed, at best, fanciful. The company built a name for itself with a series of flagship quality dev...
04:00 pm GMT - Tue, April 14, 2020
Techcrunch College isnt free yet, but Savi raises a $6M Series A to assist student loan borrowers find loan forgiveness
The student loan crisis has crescendoed to even worse heights. As universities shut down across the country due to the outbreak of COVID-19 and employment opportunities dim with the rapidly decelerati...
04:00 pm GMT - Tue, April 14, 2020
Techcrunch GitHub is now free for all teams
GitHub today announced that all of its core features are now available for free to all users, including those that are currently on free accounts. That means free unlimited private repositories with u...
03:54 pm GMT - Tue, April 14, 2020
Techcrunch Avoid cables entirely with Satechis new AirPods dock
At their best, Satechis products sit somewhere between the silly and the sublime (practicality is nice, too, if you can manage). In spite of a profoundly uninspiring name, the USB-C Wireless Charging ...
03:30 pm GMT - Tue, April 14, 2020
Techcrunch Corigin Ventures raises $36M debut fund and looks beyond real estate
Corigin Ventures has traditionally invested in real estate startups using capital from its parent company, New York real estate developer Corigin’s private investment arm. The venture investment...
03:26 pm GMT - Tue, April 14, 2020
Techcrunch YouTube launches a free, DIY tool for businesses in need of short video ads
YouTube today is launching a new tool aimed at small businesses that need a simple, low-cost way to create videos, but may not have the creative experience or technical know-how required to do so. The...
03:05 pm GMT - Tue, April 14, 2020
Techcrunch Potential new treatment for COVID-19 uncovered by BenevolentAI enters trials
BenevolentAI, a startup which has raised $292 million to apply AI to create drugs faster, today says it has uncovered an already approved drug as a potential treatment for COVID-19, after it applied i...
02:53 pm GMT - Tue, April 14, 2020
Techcrunch North Carolina-based The Climate Service raises $3.8 million for climate audits
With corporations across the world taking a closer look at the effects their operations have on global climate change, investors are backing a crop of software and services that are cropping up to pul...
02:44 pm GMT - Tue, April 14, 2020
Techcrunch Expensify CEO shares high-level keys for keeping costs low and managing expenses
Hire people you trust, keep policies light and flexible, and invest in experiences that bring your team together....
02:40 pm GMT - Tue, April 14, 2020
Techcrunch Amazon fires two more employees who were openly critical of working conditions during pandemic
Two additional employees who were publicly critical of Amazons warehouse conditions amid the COVID-19 pandemic have been fired by the company. UX designers Emily Cunningham and Maren Costa were both a...
02:40 pm GMT - Tue, April 14, 2020
Techcrunch Facebook launches an experimental app for messaging close friends via Apple Watch
Facebook’s internal R&D group has today launched a new app that lets you keep up with your close friends via your Apple Watch. The app is called Kit, or Keep in Touch, and works using a comb...
02:38 pm GMT - Tue, April 14, 2020
Techcrunch Stanford and Google create an embeddable COVID-19 map for local journalists
Stanford University’s Big Local News and Pitch Interactive projects, along with the Google News Initiative, are launching a new tool today that allows local journalists to embed customized, up-t...
02:35 pm GMT - Tue, April 14, 2020
Techcrunch Truphone raises $38M at $516M valuation as its eSIM business crosses 4M profiles
Truphone, a UK-based startup that provides voice and data services for phones, tablets and IoT hardware by way of eSIM software integrated directly into the devices, has raised another round of fundin...
02:30 pm GMT - Tue, April 14, 2020
Techcrunch This venture firm is offering fast funding in a time of uncertainty
The early-stage venture firm NFX is launching a seed-funding initiative today that invites founders to apply for seed funding of $1 million to $2 million in exchange for 15% of their company. Why is t...
02:15 pm GMT - Tue, April 14, 2020
Techcrunch The digital future is now
Bruce Springsteen once wrote, “We’re living in the future and none of this has happened yet.” It seems that the world is changing before our eyes as COVID-19 has sent us all home and...
01:42 pm GMT - Tue, April 14, 2020
Techcrunch What you need to know about COVID-19-related cyberattacks
Attack methods logically exploit changes in the global environment. Mass working over remote connection leads to mass remote login activity....
01:38 pm GMT - Tue, April 14, 2020
Techcrunch Nintendo Switch update adds ability to transfer game downloads to SD card
Nintendo just released the 10.0.0 firmware for its Switch gaming console and finally added a feature users have wanted since the system launched. The update allows downloaded games to be transferred t...
01:32 pm GMT - Tue, April 14, 2020
Techcrunch VC activity goes upside down as seed deals fall and mega-rounds rise
We're talking about three trends this morning: The sharp decline in Q1 U.S. seed rounds, how mega-rounds ($100 million and larger funding events) are holding up the sky for domestic venture totals, an...
01:28 pm GMT - Tue, April 14, 2020
Techcrunch Los Angeles-based Frame launches mental health gateway for a pandemic-stricken generation
The story behind Frame, the startup aiming to be the nation’s gateway into the world of therapy and mental wellness, seems like a tailor-made story of American entrepreneurial success. Its co-fo...
01:15 pm GMT - Tue, April 14, 2020
Techcrunch Venture capitalists chat edtechs new normal after COVID-19
Theres no doubt that the coronavirus has had a monumental impact on the way we view technologys relationship with education. For now, students are learning from home. But what happens when they return...
01:08 pm GMT - Tue, April 14, 2020
Techcrunch Electrical worker safety startup launches a COVID-19 workplace distance and contact tracker
A startup that created a dedicated gadget to help ensure the safety of electrical industry workers has turned their talents to addressing the need for similar workplace protections in the face of anot...
01:00 pm GMT - Tue, April 14, 2020
Techcrunch Stackery releases slew of updates to simplify serverless app deployment
Stackery, a 4-year old Portland startup, wants to help development teams deliver serverless resources on AWS more easily, and today it announced several enhancements to the platform. With serverless a...
01:00 pm GMT - Tue, April 14, 2020
Techcrunch Lucid Motors EV factory starts to take shape
Four months after breaking ground, the Lucid Motors factory in Arizona sits its new roof and sign emblazoned on its side waiting for construction to resume. The electric vehicle company released Tues...
12:22 pm GMT - Tue, April 14, 2020
Techcrunch Google said to be preparing its own chips for use in Pixel phones and Chromebooks
Google is reportedly on the verge of stepping up their hardware game in a way that follows the example set by Apple, with custom-designed silicon powering future smartphones. Axios reports that Google...
08:09 am GMT - Tue, April 14, 2020
Techcrunch Filipino live streaming app Kumu raises $5 million Series A led by Openspace Ventures
Kumu Holdings, a live streaming startup based in the Philippines, announced today it has raised about $5 million in Series A funding, earmarked for new features and growing its operations. The round w...
08:04 am GMT - Tue, April 14, 2020
Techcrunch Covidmaps lets you find grocery stores and pharmacies in India
More than half a dozen volunteers have banded together in India to launch a crowdsourced tool to help people in the nation identify and locate nearby grocery stores, pharmacies, and cash machines as N...
08:00 am GMT - Tue, April 14, 2020
Techcrunch UK tech job vacancies fall 31% in less than 4 weeks, according to job site data so who is still hiring?
As the coronavirus crisis continues, hiring data is emerging that paints a mixed picture for U.K. tech, which, in the preceding months and years has been stuck on a growth trajectory of up and to the ...
07:45 am GMT - Tue, April 14, 2020
Techcrunch African genomics startup 54gene raises $15M led by Adjuvant Capital
Greater availability of African genomic data could lead to medical breakthroughs for the continent’s 1.2 billion people. That’s the driving proposition of 54gene a U.S. and Nigeria based ...
06:57 am GMT - Tue, April 14, 2020
Techcrunch Reddit announces updates, including a new subreddit, to increase political ad transparency
Reddit announced an update to its policy for political advertising that will require campaigns to leave comments open on ads for the first 24 hours. The platform also launched a new subreddit, r/Reddi...
06:17 am GMT - Tue, April 14, 2020
Techcrunch Mighty Jaxx raises $3.2 million for MightyVerse, its platform for tech-enabled collectible figures
Mighty Jaxx, which makes licensed collectibles, has raised 4.5 million Singapore dollars (about $3.2 million) in funding for MightyVerse, its platform for tech-enabled figures. Led by the investment a...
04:01 am GMT - Tue, April 14, 2020
Techcrunch Popular apps download and revenue take a hit in India as people stay home
The coronavirus pandemic, which has forced billions of people to stay home, has led to a surge in new downloads of several consumer and enterprise focused apps in the west. But in India, the biggest o...
04:01 am GMT - Tue, April 14, 2020
Techcrunch Indias lockdown is making life hard for its most popular apps
The coronavirus pandemic, which has forced billions of people to stay home, has led to a surge in new downloads of several consumer and enterprise focused apps in the west. But in India, the biggest o...
01:05 am GMT - Tue, April 14, 2020
Techcrunch One month after White House pledges, access to testing and equipment still lags
One month after President Trump declared a national emergency and announced commitments from some of the nation’s largest companies to help expand testing capabilities in the U.S., most regions ...
10:39 pm GMT - Mon, April 13, 2020
Techcrunch Layoffs are disproportionately impacting startup satellite offices
Layoffs have struck the startup world swiftly, hurting hospitality and travel startups, as well as recruitment and scooter companies. New data shows that some of those layoffs, brought on by COVID-19,...
10:31 pm GMT - Mon, April 13, 2020
Techcrunch Silicon Valley restructuring veteran says his firm is winding down up to 3 startups a day
Marty Pichinson gets called a lot of things: Silicon Valley’s undertaker, its terminator, a grave digger. These aren’t meant as slights; Pichinson is the founder of Sherwood Partners, a re...
10:29 pm GMT - Mon, April 13, 2020
Techcrunch Players Ntwrk launches celebrity gaming channel backed by WME, Daylight and Stratton Sclavos
Emerging from the smoldering wreckage of Echo Fox and Vision Venture Partners, the investor Stratton Sclavos is rising again to launch a new esports-related venture — a gaming-focused digital ne...
10:24 pm GMT - Mon, April 13, 2020
Techcrunch The Station: Starship expands, AutoX opens up shop and a big moment for e-bikes
Hi and welcome back to The Station, a weekly newsletter dedicated to the future (and present) of transportation. I’m your host, Kirsten Korosec, senior transportation reporter at TechCrunch. Wha...
10:21 pm GMT - Mon, April 13, 2020
Techcrunch Italians stuck at home are measuring light pollution for science on the balcony
The fact that so many people are stuck at home makes for strange opportunities. Italy’s confined populace has taken to singing from the balconies and now researchers are asking them to use thos...
10:11 pm GMT - Mon, April 13, 2020
Techcrunch Vote-by-mail should be having its moment. Will it?
Its a mark of 2020 that the image of throngs of Americans flocking to polling places to exercise their right to vote, once a heartening symbol of democracy in action, is now a nightmare scenario that ...
09:49 pm GMT - Mon, April 13, 2020
Techcrunch How Adobe shifted a Las Vegas conference to executives living rooms in less than 30 days
Adobe was scheduled to hold its annual conference in Las Vegas two weeks ago, but the coronavirus pandemic forced the company to make alternate plans. In less than a month, its events team shifted ven...
09:18 pm GMT - Mon, April 13, 2020
Techcrunch Q&A: Apple and Google discuss their coronavirus tracing efforts
Last week, Apple and Google announced a partnership that will soon let users opt-in to a decentralized tracing tool, designed to help determine if a person has come into contact with someone who teste...
07:50 pm GMT - Mon, April 13, 2020
Techcrunch Price Technologies adds product availability feature for items experiencing COVID-19 shortages
Price Technologies, the operator of the comparison shopping website Price.com and its related browser extension, is adding a feature to show product availability for a few essential items that have ha...
07:38 pm GMT - Mon, April 13, 2020
Techcrunch Frank raises $5M more in its quest to get students max financial aid
Frank, a New York-based student-facing startup, has raised $5 million in what the company described as an “interim strategic round” led by Chegg, a public edtech company. According to Fran...
07:37 pm GMT - Mon, April 13, 2020
Techcrunch Driverless vehicles in the age of the novel coronavirus
The COVID-19 pandemic has led to different outcomes for different businesses. While some have stood to benefit (think Zoom, Facebook and bidet startup Tushy), others have been hit hard and laid off em...
07:25 pm GMT - Mon, April 13, 2020
Techcrunch Ford partners with Thermo Fisher on COVID-19 test kits, expands production to face masks, gowns
Ford has expanded its plan to produce critical medical equipment and supplies, including a new effort to make reusable gowns from airbag materials as well as a partnership with scientific instrument p...
07:25 pm GMT - Mon, April 13, 2020
Techcrunch Ford partners with Thermo Fisher on COVID-19 collection kits, expands production to face masks, gowns
Ford has expanded its plan to produce critical medical equipment and supplies, including a new effort to make reusable gowns from airbag materials as well as a partnership with scientific instrument p...
07:06 pm GMT - Mon, April 13, 2020
Techcrunch Hallway creates a virtual break room for remote workers using scheduled video chats
The coronavirus outbreak has forced millions of U.S. employees to work from home — many for the first time. But remote work can be lonely and isolating, as people feel disconnected from their te...
05:03 pm GMT - Mon, April 13, 2020
Techcrunch Clearbanc cuts staff to navigate long-term economic impacts of COVID-19
Clearbanc, a Toronto-based company that funds startups through equity-free investments, has laid off 17 employees to help it navigate the long-term economic impact of COVID-19, TechCrunch has learned....
04:41 pm GMT - Mon, April 13, 2020
Techcrunch Will podcast ad revenue bounce back after COVID-19?
There are early signs that media will be one of many industries to take a huge blow from the COVID-19 pandemic, with sharp declines in ad revenue and significant layoffs. Podcasting is unlikely to be ...
04:29 pm GMT - Mon, April 13, 2020
Techcrunch PayPal, Intuit & Square approved to offer loans to small businesses through coronavirus relief program
Fintech companies have been lobbying for weeks to be able to participate in the U.S. government’s emergency lending program for small businesses. Now those efforts have paid off, as PayPal, Intu...
04:22 pm GMT - Mon, April 13, 2020
Techcrunch Daily Crunch: Apple and Google announce contact tracing initiative
Apple and Google reveal a joint effort to track the spread of COVID-19, a new study shows how fringe coronavirus theories are making their way to the mainstream and in happier news we get some hints...
03:45 pm GMT - Mon, April 13, 2020
Techcrunch SoftBank expects $24 billion in losses from Vision Fund, WeWork, and OneWeb investments
The Japanese technology conglomerate SoftBank Group said it would lose a staggering $24 billion on investments made through its Vision Fund and bets on the co-working real estate company, WeWork, and ...
03:45 pm GMT - Mon, April 13, 2020
Techcrunch SoftBank expects $24 billion in losses from Vision Fund, WeWork and OneWeb investments
The Japanese technology conglomerate SoftBank Group said it would lose a staggering $24 billion on investments made through its Vision Fund and bets on the co-working real estate company WeWork and sa...
03:40 pm GMT - Mon, April 13, 2020
Techcrunch Recap: Roblox, SuperAwesome and Fingerprint execs discuss kids media
Consumption of all types of kids-focused digital media has soared with a large portion of the worlds children home from school right now. At all times of day, children are playing games, watching show...
03:24 pm GMT - Mon, April 13, 2020
Techcrunch Intuitive Machines picks a launch date and landing site for 2021 Moon cargo delivery mission
The first private company scheduled to make a delivery of scientific cargo on behalf of NASA has specified a landing site, and a target date for its mission. Intuitive Machines will seek to land its N...
02:57 pm GMT - Mon, April 13, 2020
Techcrunch Virgin Orbit completes key final test prior to first orbital demo launch
Virgin Orbit is closer than ever to its goal of launching orbital satellites from a platform carried aboard a modified 747 aircraft. The company flew a successful cryogenic captive carry test of its L...
02:52 pm GMT - Mon, April 13, 2020
Techcrunch Amazon puts new online grocery shoppers on a waitlist
Amazon is putting new online grocery customers on a waitlist due to rising demand for its grocery pickup and delivery services amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The retailer on Monday announced it will ask ...
02:46 pm GMT - Mon, April 13, 2020
Techcrunch Checking on Utahs startup scene as the economy slips
To get a handle on whats going on in Utah, TechCrunch spoke with Qualtrics CEO and co-founder Ryan Smith about his home state....
02:33 pm GMT - Mon, April 13, 2020
Techcrunch Amazon to hire 75,000 more to address increased demand due to coronavirus crisis
Amazon has already hired over 100,000 new employees in the past four weeks as a result of the uptick in demand it’s seeing due to the global coronavirus pandemic, but it’s looking to add 7...
01:57 pm GMT - Mon, April 13, 2020
Techcrunch Equity Monday: Two early-stage rounds, grocery delivery and SoftBanks bill
Good morning friends, and welcome back toTechCrunchs Equity Monday, a short-form audio hit to kickstart your week. Before we jump into todays show, dont forget that the long-form Equity that started i...
01:41 pm GMT - Mon, April 13, 2020
Techcrunch eBay names Walmart exec Jamie Iannone CEO
Half a year after Devin Wenig stepped down as CEO, eBay is finally ready to name a permanent replacement. Following an appointment from the companys board of directors, Jamie Iannone will step into th...
01:33 pm GMT - Mon, April 13, 2020
Techcrunch San Francisco airport websites hacked to steal staff passwords, says notice
San Francisco International Airport has confirmed two of its websites were hacked in March as part of an effort to steal staff and contractors’ usernames and passwords. The airport confirmed in ...
12:52 pm GMT - Mon, April 13, 2020
Techcrunch Apple said to be planning fall iPhone refresh with iPad Pro-like design
Apple is readying a new iPhone for fall to replace the iPhone 11 Pro this fall, Bloomberg reports, as well as follow-ups to the iPhone 11, a new smaller HomePod, and a locator tag accessory. The top-e...
12:14 pm GMT - Mon, April 13, 2020
Techcrunch Google unveils Maps, Search and YouTube features in India to help people combat coronavirus
Google has launched a website dedicated to coronavirus updates in India and tweaked its search engine and YouTube to prominently display authoritative information and locally relevant details about th...
12:07 pm GMT - Mon, April 13, 2020
Techcrunch FDA clears N95 decontamination process that could clean up to 4 million masks per day
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has provided an emergency use authorization (EUA) for a decontamination process provided by company Advanced Sterilization Products (ASP) that could see as ...
10:02 am GMT - Mon, April 13, 2020
Techcrunch Former Uber exec raises $31M for his Jakarta-based logistics startup Kargo, announces relief fund to battle coronavirus
Kargo, a Jakarta-based logistics startup co-founded by veteran Uber Asia executive Tiger Fang, has raised $31 million to scale its business and help firms in the Southeast Asian nation fight the coron...
07:00 pm GMT - Sun, April 12, 2020
Techcrunch What do we do with the positives?
Here come the blood tests, and it’s about time. Serosurveys, to determine what percentage of populations have already contracted COVID-19. And, individually, tests to indicate whether you, too, ...
06:24 pm GMT - Sun, April 12, 2020
Techcrunch Tech for good during COVID-19: Pivots and partnerships to help people deal
Some of us have learned how to be uniquely scrappy during this pandemic. Im talking socks as masks and chickpea water as a vegetarian egg-white replacementtype of scrappy. And you will learn in this w...
06:00 pm GMT - Sat, April 11, 2020
Techcrunch Startups Weekly: Where social startups will get funding in the future
While consumer tech has matured as a startup category in recent years, many investors continue to be bullish on specific trends like online gaming, voice, and the unbundling of platforms in favor of f...
03:40 pm GMT - Sat, April 11, 2020
Techcrunch Canalys finds PC demand surged in Q1, but shipments lagged due to supply issues
As workers moved from office to home and students moved to being educated online, demand for new PCs surged in Q1, but Canalys found that shipments actually dropped 8% in spite of this, due to COVID-1...
03:29 pm GMT - Sat, April 11, 2020
Techcrunch Decrypted: Zooms security fallout, Crowdstrikes new CTO, Bugcrowd raises $30M
Another week in quarantine. As the world adjusts to working from home under mandatory stay-at-home orders, hackers are keeping busy. Microsoft said this week that coronavirus-related attacks are on th...
03:15 pm GMT - Sat, April 11, 2020
Techcrunch Chinas next plan to dominate international tech standards
Emily de La Bruyre Contributor Share on Twitter Emily de La Bruyre is co-founder of Horizon Advisory, a strategy consultancy focused on documenting the military, economic, and technological implicatio...
02:50 pm GMT - Sat, April 11, 2020
Techcrunch This Week in Apps: COVID-19 contact tracing apps, virtual dating on the rise, Quibi makes a debut
This week we continue to look at how the coronavirus outbreak is impacting mobile apps, how WhatsApp is fighting fake news and how home quarantines are impacting online grocery and dating apps....
11:41 pm GMT - Fri, April 10, 2020
Techcrunch Teslas furlough calls begin with delivery and sales taking a hit
Tesla started Friday to furlough its sales and delivery workforce with the least experienced employees bearing the brunt of the action days after a companywide email announced salary cuts and reduct...
11:14 pm GMT - Fri, April 10, 2020
Techcrunch 3D-printed bionic corals mimic a reefs powers of photosynthesis
The mass die-off of coral reefs is a catastrophe of global proportions, but the sheer scale of their success as organisms has lessons for science. Case in point: these 3D-printed "bionic corals."...
10:19 pm GMT - Fri, April 10, 2020
Techcrunch Virgins VOX Space snags $35 million Space Force launch contract and prepares for final test flights
VOX Space, the Virgin space subsidiary dedicated to government launches, has scored a valuable new contract with the U.S. Space Force and is about to move from testing to full operations, the company ...
10:18 pm GMT - Fri, April 10, 2020
Techcrunch Coronavirus conspiracies like that bogus 5G claim are racing across the internet
As the U.S. and much of the world hunkers down to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, some virus-related conspiracy theories are having a heyday. Specifically, a conspiratorial false claim that ...
10:15 pm GMT - Fri, April 10, 2020
Techcrunch Instacarts hiring spree continues as it faces unprecedented demand
Instacart is adding more support roles to help its shoppers, customers and retail partners as the company faces unprecedented demand for its grocery delivery services due to COVID-19 shelter in place ...
09:15 pm GMT - Fri, April 10, 2020
Techcrunch The intersection of small business, tech and our financial system is more important than ever
Let's focus on preserving jobs and providing relief to our economys beating heart small businesses....
07:48 pm GMT - Fri, April 10, 2020
Techcrunch Listen to our midweek chat with USVs Albert Wenger
Earlier this week TechCrunch caught up with Union Square Ventures‘ (USV) Albert Wenger. Wenger, a managing partner at the venture firm, is well-known in the New York startup scene. USV has inves...
07:38 pm GMT - Fri, April 10, 2020
Techcrunch Pangea.app raises $400K pre-seed round to help connect student workers with businesses
Pangea.app, a Providence, Rhode Island-based startup has raised a $400,000 pre-seed round, it told TechCrunch this week. The company’s new capital, raised as a post-money SAFE, comes from PJC, a...
07:34 pm GMT - Fri, April 10, 2020
Techcrunch Pedaling-in-place with the Cubii Pro
So it has come to this. I havent set foot outside my apartment for a week and a half. YouTube yoga has been a kind of lifesaver, and I happened to have a largely untouched 30-pound kettlebell lying ar...
07:06 pm GMT - Fri, April 10, 2020
Techcrunch Incoming IBM CEO Arvind Krishna faces monumental challenges on multiple fronts
Arvind Krishna is not the only CEO to step into a new job this week, but he is the only one charged with helping turn around one of the world’s most iconic companies. Adding to the degree of dif...
06:56 pm GMT - Fri, April 10, 2020
Techcrunch Altman and others want to crowdfund 1 billion masks in the next 180 days
Sam Altman, former president of Y Combinator and CEO of OpenAI, tweeted out his goal to secure 1 billion masks in 180 days. The public just needs to crowdfund those masks, first. Altman, along with hi...
05:00 pm GMT - Fri, April 10, 2020
Techcrunch Apple and Google are launching a joint COVID-19 tracing tool for iOS and Android
Apple and Googles engineering teams have banded together to create a decentralized contact tracing tool that will help individuals determine whether they have been exposed to someone with COVID-19. Co...
04:39 pm GMT - Fri, April 10, 2020
Techcrunch Tesla resurrects long-range RWD Model 3 for the Chinese market
Tesla is now producing and selling the long-range rear-wheel drive version of its Model 3 electric vehicle at its Shanghai factory, a month after receiving approval from the Chinese government. The mo...
04:25 pm GMT - Fri, April 10, 2020
Techcrunch Google starts highlighting virtual care options in Search and Maps
The COVID-19 pandemic has put a spotlight on virtual care options as both doctors and patients try to reduce in-person visits for routine care as much as possible. Patients aren’t always aware o...
02:06 pm GMT - Fri, April 10, 2020
Techcrunch Airbnb is buying trust during the COVID-19 travel slowdown
Demand will return to the world travel market in time -- how much, no one knows -- and Airbnb wants to be a well-liked participant in the return to form....
02:00 pm GMT - Fri, April 10, 2020
Techcrunch Tips, tactics and cashflow strategies for startup survival during a crisis
Were in unprecedented times and are likely at the beginning of a long journey back to normal whatever the new "normal" turns out to be....
01:30 pm GMT - Fri, April 10, 2020
Techcrunch Amid unicorn layoffs, Boston startups reflect on the future
As domestic and global economies grapple with the COVID-19 era, its impact on startups is coming into focus: All will be impacted, many will suffer and some will close. Boston, a city that TechCrunch ...
01:00 pm GMT - Fri, April 10, 2020
Techcrunch So many Fintech eggs in so many baskets
Hello and welcome back toEquity, TechCrunchs venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. The whole crew was present this week:Natasha,DannyandAlex, along with ou...
11:00 am GMT - Fri, April 10, 2020
Techcrunch AcreTrader raises $5M to help people invest in a fruitful asset class: farmland
Carter Malloy thinks that lucrative investments include dirt, some seeds, maintenance, and growth — literally. So, he founded Fayetteville, Arkansas-based AcreTrader, an online farmland investme...
10:25 am GMT - Fri, April 10, 2020
Techcrunch Startups, VCs in India request relief package from the government to fight coronavirus disruption
More than six dozen startup founders, venture capitalists, and lobby groups in India have requested the government to grant them a robust relief package to helpcombat severe disruptions their business...
11:47 pm GMT - Thu, April 9, 2020
Techcrunch Its bullshit that VCs are open for business right now (but that could change in a month)
This afternoon, the law firm Fenwick & West hosted a virtual roundtable discussion with New York-based venture capitalists: Hadley Harris, a founding general partner with Eniac Ventures; Brad Svrl...
11:47 pm GMT - Thu, April 9, 2020
Techcrunch Its bullshit that VCs are open for business right now, but that could change in a month
Earlier today, to get a sense of what’s happening in the land of venture capital, the law firm Fenwick & West hosted a virtual roundtable discussion with New York investors Hadley Harris, a ...
10:06 pm GMT - Thu, April 9, 2020
Techcrunch After an extended quarantine, the next ISS crew arrives in orbit
Working from home is easy for some and difficult for others, but one place it’s downright impossible is the International Space Station . So pandemic or no pandemic, the latest crew had to get t...
10:06 pm GMT - Thu, April 9, 2020
Techcrunch After careful quarantine, the next ISS crew arrives in orbit
Working from home is easy for some and difficult for others, but one place it’s downright impossible is the International Space Station . So pandemic or no pandemic, the latest crew had to get t...
09:15 pm GMT - Thu, April 9, 2020
Techcrunch Facebooks new Quiet Mode option lets you turn off the apps push notifications
Facebook today is launching a new feature called “Quiet Mode” that will allow you to minimize distractions by muting the app’s push notifications for a time frame you specify. The co...
08:39 pm GMT - Thu, April 9, 2020
Techcrunch Starship Technologies is sending its autonomous robots to more cities as demand for contactless delivery rises
Starship Technologies has launched a robot food delivery service in Tempe, Ariz., as part of the autonomous delivery startup’s expansion plans following a $40 million funding round announced las...
08:15 pm GMT - Thu, April 9, 2020
Techcrunch $75M weed giant Caliva ditches Eaze, launches delivery
It’s a brutal time for marijuana startups. I’m hearing some are raising at one-fifth of their 2019 valuation amid rampant competition, tall taxes and slow legalization. The struggles for m...
07:56 pm GMT - Thu, April 9, 2020
Techcrunch Free tool helps manufacturers map where COVID-19 impacts supply chain
Assent Compliance, a company that helps large manufacturers like GE and Rolls Royce manage complex supply chains through an online data exchange, announced a new tool this week that lets any company, ...
07:39 pm GMT - Thu, April 9, 2020
Techcrunch Seeqc raises $5M to help make quantum computing commercially viable
Seeqc, a startup that is part of a relatively new class of quantum computing companies that is looking at how to best use classical computing to manage quantum processors, today announced that it has ...
07:33 pm GMT - Thu, April 9, 2020
Techcrunch I had COVID-19, but my tech guilt is worse
Lets channel our guilt into something good....
07:22 pm GMT - Thu, April 9, 2020
Techcrunch Facebook to supply free Portals to some care home residents under NHS scheme
The UK government is pulling in tech firms to connect isolated residents and patients in care with family and friends via video call devices and services during the COVID-19 crisis. First to join is F...
07:14 pm GMT - Thu, April 9, 2020
Techcrunch NASA seeks miniature scientific payload concepts for robotic Moon rover scouts
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory is seeking ideas from the public around what kind of scientific equipment they could use to outfit tiny lunar rovers to help with Artemis and other Moon missions...
06:58 pm GMT - Thu, April 9, 2020
Techcrunch Report: Apples iOS 14 contains code that would let you sample apps before download
Apple has under development a feature that would allow iOS users to interact with a third-party app, even if the app wasn’t yet installed on your device, according to a report from 9to5Mac. The ...
06:38 pm GMT - Thu, April 9, 2020
Techcrunch On the heels of its NTWRK investment, FaZe Clan looks at global expansion despite pandemic
FaZe Clan, the esports mega-franchise worth more than $240 million, is still planning on moving forward with its international expansion this year on the heels of a multi-million-dollar funding round ...
06:25 pm GMT - Thu, April 9, 2020
Techcrunch Android gets a built-in Braille keyboard
Android has received a wealth of accessibility features over the last couple of years, but one that has been left to third-party developers is a way for blind users to type using braille. That changes...
06:18 pm GMT - Thu, April 9, 2020
Techcrunch Double emerges from stealth with $6M to pair CEOs with remote assistants
CEOs often rely on executive assistants to handle the less glamorous logistics of their day so they can focus on managing a company, but hiring a full-time assistant isn’t always easy to justify...
06:06 pm GMT - Thu, April 9, 2020
Techcrunch Quibi is the anti-TikTok (thats a bad thing)
It takes either audacious self-confidence or reckless hubris to build a completely asocial video app in 2020. You can decide which best describes Quibi, Hollywood’s $1.75 billion-funded attempt ...
05:30 pm GMT - Thu, April 9, 2020
Techcrunch Lets give tech philanthropists the benefit of the doubt on COVID-19
Weve spent so long asking tech to turn its attention to real-world problems. Lets not complain when they do so now....
04:40 pm GMT - Thu, April 9, 2020
Techcrunch TikTok pledges $250M in COVID-19 relief efforts, plus another $125M in ad credits
Short-form video app TikTok announced today it’s committing more than $250 million to support front-line workers, educators and local communities affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as an...
04:39 pm GMT - Thu, April 9, 2020
Techcrunch With $23 million for its plant-based, liquid meals, Kate Farms pushes into consumer and healthcare
Kate Farms, the supplier of a plant-based liquid meal formula used by hospitals and healthcare providers around the country as a nutritional supplement for patients who cannot process solid foods, has...
04:33 pm GMT - Thu, April 9, 2020
Techcrunch Microsoft says video calls in Teams grew 1,000% in March
With the COVID-19 pandemic making work from home the default for those companies that are able to do so, it’s no surprise that we are seeing a massive rise in the usage of video chat tools like ...
04:29 pm GMT - Thu, April 9, 2020
Techcrunch DARPA snags Intel to lead its machine learning security tech
Chip maker Intel has been chosen to lead a new initiative led by the U.S. military’s research wing, DARPA, aimed at improving cyber-defenses against deception attacks on machine learning models....
04:00 pm GMT - Thu, April 9, 2020
Techcrunch Esports One launches its fantasy esports platform
Esports One is a startup betting that there’s a big opportunity in bringing a fantasy sports approach to the world of esports particularly at a time when traditional pro sports are on pause. Co...
03:53 pm GMT - Thu, April 9, 2020
Techcrunch COVID-19 symptom self-reporting app from startup Zoe and academic partners expands to the U.S.
If you want to contribute to efforts to better understand and contain the COVID-19 pandemic, and you’re based in the U.S., you can do a lot with very little effort by downloading a free iOS and ...
03:53 pm GMT - Thu, April 9, 2020
Techcrunch COVID-19 symptom self-reporting app from startup Zoe and academic partners expands to the US
If you want to contribute to efforts to better understand and contain the COVID-19 pandemic, and you’re based in the U.S., you can do a lot with very little effort by downloading a free iOS and ...
03:49 pm GMT - Thu, April 9, 2020
Techcrunch Monzo to shutter Las Vegas customer support office, 165 employees being let go
Following voluntary employee furloughs and salary cuts in the U.K., Monzo is continuing to take tough decisions in order to shore up its financial position amidst the coronavirus crisis and resulting ...
03:30 pm GMT - Thu, April 9, 2020
Techcrunch Fast-changing regulations give virtual care startups a chance to seize the moment
Alex Gold Contributor Share on Twitter Alex Gold is co-founder of Myia, an intelligent health platform employing novel biometric data to predict and prevent costly medical events. Previously, Alex was...
02:54 pm GMT - Thu, April 9, 2020
Techcrunch Walmart Grocery app sees record downloads amid COVID-19, surpasses Amazon by 20%
Record demand for online grocery shopping amid the COVID-19 pandemic has sent the apps for grocery pickup and delivery services up the charts. Walmart Grocery, as a result, has now hit an all-time hig...
02:53 pm GMT - Thu, April 9, 2020
Techcrunch Starling Bank isnt furloughing permanent staff after all
Starling Bank, the U.K. challenger founded by veteran banker Anne Boden, isn’t furloughing any of its U.K. staff after all. In what appears to be a u-turn, it has been decided that the 41 staff ...
02:27 pm GMT - Thu, April 9, 2020
Techcrunch Dont apply for a PPP loan unless your affiliation issues are resolved
Because the terms of the PPP are so compelling, it simply has to be looked at as a financing source....
02:21 pm GMT - Thu, April 9, 2020
Techcrunch Yelp lays off 1,000 employees and furloughs 1,100 more
Yelp co-founder and CEO Jeremy Stoppelman announced in an internal email that the company is going through difficult times. Yelp has to cut expenses, which means a large round of layoffs and some addi...
02:20 pm GMT - Thu, April 9, 2020
Techcrunch CDCs new guidance around COVID-19 contact sends potentially exposed critical employees back to work
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued updated, interim guidance for “critical infrastructure” employees during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic that could have big i...
02:15 pm GMT - Thu, April 9, 2020
Techcrunch As VCs pull back, Clearbanc launches a way for startups to get runway
Startups are preparing for fundraising to become even harder to secure, due to a venture market slow down caused by COVID-19. The pandemic has led to less market activity, which means fewer liquidity ...
02:05 pm GMT - Thu, April 9, 2020
Techcrunch Pepper, a platform for restaurants and suppliers, pivots to deliver food to consumers
Though the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on restaurants has been crystal clear, many forget the impact this disease has had on food chain suppliers. With restaurants closed, these suppliers R...
01:35 pm GMT - Thu, April 9, 2020
Techcrunch Stocks gain despite 6.6M new US unemployment claims
Domestic stocks rose today in the United States, with all major indices opening higher. TechCrunch has slowed its daily coverage of the US stock market as volatility has receded. We try to avoid cover...
01:30 pm GMT - Thu, April 9, 2020
Techcrunch App development shop V/One is giving away 50,000 free mobile app builds to budding LA mobile businesses
The Los Angeles-based app development shop, V/One, is giving away 50,000 free mobile app builds through the rest of April as the company officially launches its platform for would-be, LA-based mobile ...
01:30 pm GMT - Thu, April 9, 2020
Techcrunch 12 major league edtech VCs discuss top trends, opportunities
Ready or not, edtech has been shoved into the spotlight as millions of students shifted to remote learning due to pandemic-related school shutdowns. But backing these companies are investors who have ...
01:28 pm GMT - Thu, April 9, 2020
Techcrunch Japanese payment service provider Paidy raises $43 million from ITOCHU
Paidy, a Japanese fintech startup that allows customers to make online purchases without credit cards, announced today that it has raised a $48 million Series C extension from ITOCHU. The company says...
01:28 pm GMT - Thu, April 9, 2020
Techcrunch Japanese payment service provider Paidy raises $43M from ITOCHU
Paidy, a Japanese fintech startup that allows customers to make online purchases without credit cards, announced today that it has raised a $48 million Series C extension from ITOCHU. The company says...
01:27 pm GMT - Thu, April 9, 2020
Techcrunch Sony invests $400M in Chinese entertainment platform Bilibili
Sony said on Thursday that it is investing $400 million to secure a 4.98% stake in Chinese entertainment giant Bilibili. 10-year old Bilibili started as an animation site, but has expanded to other ca...
01:21 pm GMT - Thu, April 9, 2020
Techcrunch Frances competition watchdog orders Google to pay for news reuse
France’s competition authority has ordered Google to negotiate with publishers to pay for reuse of snippets of their content — such as can be displayed in its News aggregation service or s...
01:11 pm GMT - Thu, April 9, 2020
Techcrunch Google subsidiary agrees to pursue internet diversification in Asia to block China access to U.S. market
The global internet continues to disintegrate into regional internets. Yesterday, the FCC authorized a Google subsidiary, GU Holdings, to open a submarine fiber optic link between the U.S. and Taiwan,...
01:00 pm GMT - Thu, April 9, 2020
Techcrunch Bugcrowd raises $30M in Series D to expand its bug bounty platform
Bug bounty and vulnerability disclosure platform Bugcrowd has raised $30 million in its Series D funding round. The San Francisco-headquartered company said the round brings the total amount raised to...
12:48 pm GMT - Thu, April 9, 2020
Techcrunch MIT develops privacy-preserving COVID-19 contact tracing inspired by Apples Find My feature
One of the efforts that’s been proposed to contain the spread of COVID-19 is a contact trace and track program, that would allow health officials to keep better tabs on individuals who have been...
12:25 pm GMT - Thu, April 9, 2020
Techcrunch Ahead of earnings, SaaS stocks show resilience
This morning we're taking a brief look at SaaS stocks ahead of earnings, making note of their recent movements (and recovery), and what those somewhat violent movements could mean for SaaS startups as...
10:10 am GMT - Thu, April 9, 2020
Techcrunch Index raises $1.2B growth fund and $800M to invest in emerging startups
It’s not quite business as usual in the world of business, but in tech, there is still a significant amount of money being raised and invested, both to help sustain the most promising startups, ...
09:28 am GMT - Thu, April 9, 2020
Techcrunch Indian online grocery startup BigBasket raises $60M
Indian grocery startup BigBasket has raised $60 million as it scales its business in the country to meet growing demand from customers stuck at home. Alibaba and other existing investors including Mir...
07:06 am GMT - Thu, April 9, 2020
Techcrunch Energica CEO plots her Italian EV companys reboot from lockdown
There could be more demand for electric vehicles post COVID-19 crisis, believes Energica founder Livia Cevolini. The CEO of the high-performance Italian motorcycle manufacturer offered that point of o...
06:19 am GMT - Thu, April 9, 2020
Techcrunch German security firm Avira has been acquired by Investcorp at a $180M valuation
Mergers and acquisitions largely grinded to a halt at the end of March, in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic spreading around the world, but today comes news of a deal out of Europe that underscore...
06:10 am GMT - Thu, April 9, 2020
Techcrunch ClimateView raises $2.5 million for its toolkit to visualize climate mitigation plans
ClimateView, a Swedish software development company working on monitoring and visualization tools for greenhouse gas emissions, said it has raised $2.5 million in its latest round of financing. While ...
01:46 am GMT - Thu, April 9, 2020
Techcrunch Commercial real estate could be in big trouble even after this is all over
Commercial real estate owners, brokers, and landlords have collectively made many hundreds of billions of dollars a year in recent years as the economy zipped along. Now, they’re getting clobber...
01:46 am GMT - Thu, April 9, 2020
Techcrunch Commercial real estate could be in trouble even after this is over
Commercial real estate owners, brokers, and landlords have collectively made many hundreds of billions of dollars a year in recent years as the economy zipped along. Now, they’re getting clobber...
11:13 pm GMT - Wed, April 8, 2020
Techcrunch Gillmor Gang: Digital Ben
The Gillmor Gang Frank Radice, Michael Markman, Keith Teare, Denis Pombriant and Steve Gillmor . Recorded live Sunday, March 29, 2020. The Gang returns with a Zoom recording, checking in from London,...
10:31 pm GMT - Wed, April 8, 2020
Techcrunch Disney Hotstar has about 8 million subscribers
We finally know just about how many subscribers Hotstar has amassed over the years in India. Approximately 8 million. Disney said on Wednesday that its eponymous streaming service now hasover 50 milli...
10:30 pm GMT - Wed, April 8, 2020
Techcrunch Outrunning COVID-19 twice
On the night of March 13, before my flight from Philadelphia back to China, my Airbnb host stopped by my room to say goodbye....
09:49 pm GMT - Wed, April 8, 2020
Techcrunch Disney has more than 50M subscribers
The Walt Disney Company just announced that its streaming service Disney+ has more than 50 million subscribers. The service launched less than five months ago, and apparently had 28.6 million subscrib...
09:47 pm GMT - Wed, April 8, 2020
Techcrunch Bessemers Tess Hatch on the evolving aerospace market and COVID-19 adjustments
The aerospace market is evolving quickly and merging with other segments of tech, making it an exciting space for both startups and investors but the complications of the global pandemic are being fe...
09:27 pm GMT - Wed, April 8, 2020
Techcrunch Original Content podcast: We have mixed feelings about Quibi
Quibi, the short-form, mobile-focused video service that Hollywood executive Jeffrey Katzenberg first hinted at in 2017, officiallylaunched on Monday. After years of star-studded content announcements...
09:22 pm GMT - Wed, April 8, 2020
Techcrunch Deliveroo, Graphcore and other big UK startups say theyre being cut out of COVID-19 lending relief
The UK government, like a number of other countries around the world such as the US, has stepped up its pace in providing relief in the form of loans for businesses being impacted by the coronavirus h...
08:55 pm GMT - Wed, April 8, 2020
Techcrunch Stocks rally again as new COVID-19 cases show signs of slowing
All major indices rose Wednesday, led by the Dow Jones Industrial Average, which increased 3.44% to close above 23,000 for the first time since March 13. Investors seemed heartened by comments made by...
08:29 pm GMT - Wed, April 8, 2020
Techcrunch NASA selects Masten Space Systems to deliver cargo to the Moon in 2022
NASA has chosen a new lunar surface delivery partner from its list of Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) vendors to actually transport stuff on its behalf Mojave’s Masten Space Systems, w...
08:22 pm GMT - Wed, April 8, 2020
Techcrunch iFood merges with Delivery Heros Domicilios.com to challenge Rappi in Colombia
Latin Americas leading legacy food delivery company iFood and Delivery Hero-owned Domicilios.com are merging in a bid to take on the food startup Rappi on its home turf. The price of the transaction w...
08:22 pm GMT - Wed, April 8, 2020
Techcrunch TechCrunch Live: Join USV Managing Director Albert Wenger for a live chat Thursday at 9am PDT
Startups big and small, across all industries, are affected by the novel coronavirus pandemic. From Etsy to MongoDB, from Twilio to Foursquare, these companies are looking for ways to capitalize and u...
08:08 pm GMT - Wed, April 8, 2020
Techcrunch No-code automation platform Tonkean raises $24M from Lightspeed
As more companies find their workflows upended by remote work in the pandemic crisis, there are plenty of SaaS startups aiming to sell them a new path to streamlining processes. Tonkean is an SF start...
07:53 pm GMT - Wed, April 8, 2020
Techcrunch LinkedIn plans no COVID-related layoffs until the end of the fiscal year
LinkedIn has no plans to make COVID-related layoffs until at least June 2020, the professional network has confirmed to TechCrunch. This announcements comes after Salesforce CEO Marc Benioffs pledge l...
07:53 pm GMT - Wed, April 8, 2020
Techcrunch LinkedIn has no plans to make COVID-19 related layoffs from now until end of fiscal year
LinkedIn has no plans to make COVID-related layoffs until at least the end of June 2020, the professional network has confirmed to TechCrunch. This announcements comes after Salesforce CEO Marc Beniof...
07:20 pm GMT - Wed, April 8, 2020
Techcrunch Mom-focused content startup Motherly raises $5.4M as it expands into commerce
Motherly CEO Jill Koziol admits that it was a tough pitch when she and her co-founder Liz Tenety first tried to get investors on-board in 2015. “We wanted to create a brand first and foremost,&#...
06:54 pm GMT - Wed, April 8, 2020
Techcrunch Microsoft starts testing a new news reading experience in Windows 10
Microsoft announced its latest Windows 10 preview build today and while that is a pretty routine affair these days, the company also used today’s announcement to also launch the beta version of ...
06:46 pm GMT - Wed, April 8, 2020
Techcrunch How one European VC firm is reacting to the economic crisis
Public markets around the world have been tanking for the past few weeks, and many companies simply cant operate during a lockdown. Sheltering in place has had some terrible economic consequences, wit...
06:27 pm GMT - Wed, April 8, 2020
Techcrunch Airbnb rolls out new features aimed at its next big bet: longer-term stays
Airbnb is tweaking its landing page and introducing new features all aimed at longer-term stays, as the online rental marketplace looks to capitalize on a growing segment of its business. The changes ...
06:27 pm GMT - Wed, April 8, 2020
Techcrunch Rocket Lab catches an Electron stage in mid-air, demonstrating a key part of its rocket recovery plan
Rocket Lab is in the process of developing a way to recover the rockets it launches, despite their originally being designed as fully expendable launch vehicles. The company had a surprise announcemen...
06:05 pm GMT - Wed, April 8, 2020
Techcrunch Netflix launches weekly Instagram Live series about coping during the COVID-19 pandemic
Netflix is launching a new series on Instagram that will focus on taking care of yourself and your mental health during the COVID-19 global pandemic. The series, which will begin airing on Instagram L...
06:05 pm GMT - Wed, April 8, 2020
Techcrunch Netflix to launch weekly Instagram Live series about coping during the COVID-19 pandemic
Netflix is launching a new series on Instagram that will focus on taking care of yourself and your mental health during the COVID-19 global pandemic. The series, which will begin airing on Instagram L...
05:25 pm GMT - Wed, April 8, 2020
Techcrunch Zoom sued by shareholder for overstating security claims
Zoom has been served with another class action lawsuit this time by one of its shareholders, who says he lost money after the company “overstated” its security measures, which led its sha...
05:00 pm GMT - Wed, April 8, 2020
Techcrunch Talking venture, B2B and thesis-driven investment with Work-Benchs Jon Lehr
Earlier this week, the Equity crew caught up with Work-Bench investor Jon Lehr to get his take on the current market, and how his firm goes about making investment decisions. The conversation was a tr...
04:58 pm GMT - Wed, April 8, 2020
Techcrunch Mozilla names long-time chairwoman Mitchell Baker as CEO
Mozilla Corporation announced today that it has chosen long-time chairwoman Mitchell Baker to be CEO, replacing Chris Beard who announced he would be stepping down at the end of the year last August. ...
04:48 pm GMT - Wed, April 8, 2020
Techcrunch Google Stadia is now free for everyone, with a two-month trial for Pro tier
Google’s game-streaming service Stadia is now free for anyone with a Google account, the company announced today. Assuming you’ve got a compatible device and controller and good internet ...
04:46 pm GMT - Wed, April 8, 2020
Techcrunch Next year in Jerusalem but for now, Zoom
There will be plenty of jokes. Why is tonight different from all other nights, the first of The Four Questions, will almost certainly serve as a laugh line in all but the most serious Seders this year...
04:43 pm GMT - Wed, April 8, 2020
Techcrunch Bernie Sanders ends his historic campaign for the presidency
On Wednesday, two-time presidential Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders announced that he would conclude his bid for the party’s nomination, marking an end to a deeply influential political camp...
04:36 pm GMT - Wed, April 8, 2020
Techcrunch Lacking eyeballs, Facebooks ad review system fails to spot coronavirus harm
Facebook’s ad review system is failing to prevent coronavirus misinformation from being targeted at its users, according to an investigation by Consumer Reports. The not-for-profit consumer advo...
04:28 pm GMT - Wed, April 8, 2020
Techcrunch Twine aims to end social isolation with its video chat app for deep conversations
A new startup called twine wants to help people feel less isolated and alone. Though the project has been in the works for around six months, it’s launching at a time when people are struggling ...
04:24 pm GMT - Wed, April 8, 2020
Techcrunch France is officially working on Stop Covid contact-tracing app
Frances health minister Olivier Vran and digital minister Cdric O have officially announced that the French government is working on a smartphone app to slow the spread of COVID-19. The government is ...
04:13 pm GMT - Wed, April 8, 2020
Techcrunch Daily Crunch: Jack Dorsey announces $1B relief fund
The CEO of Twitter and Square makes a major commitment to COVID-19 relief, Tesla shuts down its U.S. factories until May and PlayStation unveils its latest controller. Here’s your Daily Crunch f...
03:56 pm GMT - Wed, April 8, 2020
Techcrunch Fintechs uneven new reality has helped some startups, harmed others
Fintech startups were hot news before the COVID-19 era, but the pandemic hasn’t bumped the sector out of the headlines. Companies that were pitching optimistic news a few weeks ago are now cutti...
03:30 pm GMT - Wed, April 8, 2020
Techcrunch Thrive gives loans to students based on summer internships and job offers
Thrive, founded by Twitter alumni Deepak Rao and Siddarth Batra, wants to fund student expenses by looking at job offer letters as a way to evaluate loans. Today, it launched its loan platform and is ...
03:00 pm GMT - Wed, April 8, 2020
Techcrunch Box adds automated malware detection to Box Shield security product
With more folks working at home than ever, and many on machines outside the purview of IT and security teams, it’s becoming increasingly imperative to find creative ways to protect them from har...
02:43 pm GMT - Wed, April 8, 2020
Techcrunch Founder worries increase as investors pump the brakes
Hello and welcome back to our regular morning look at private companies, public markets and the gray space in between. So far, 2020 has proven to be a year of surprises and disappointments. Over the p...
02:40 pm GMT - Wed, April 8, 2020
Techcrunch Instacart adds new features aimed at opening more delivery windows
Instacart today is rolling out new ordering options aimed at unlocking more delivery windows amid a surge of demand for its online grocery service due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The company is introduc...
02:13 pm GMT - Wed, April 8, 2020
Techcrunch Builder.ai launches pre-packaged apps for small businesses hit by COVID-19
Last year Builder.ai raised one of Europes largest Series A investments at $29.5 million, led by Lakestar and Jungle Ventures, with participation from SoftBanks DeepCore. The companys platform, which ...
02:00 pm GMT - Wed, April 8, 2020
Techcrunch Apply today to be a TC Top Pick at Disrupt SF 2020
Opportunitys a hot currency, and every early-stage startup founders on the lookout for it. Anything and everything that can help bring the dream to fruition, right? Youll find three days packed with o...
01:33 pm GMT - Wed, April 8, 2020
Techcrunch Move fast, make things UK fintechs response to the coronavirus crisis continues
The U.K.’s fintech’s response to the coronavirus pandemic so far might best be described as “move fast, [and] make things,” as multiple and sometimes impromptu teams roll out f...
01:28 pm GMT - Wed, April 8, 2020
Techcrunch Call for common EU approach to apps and data to fight COVID-19 and protect citizens rights
The European Commission has responded to the regional scramble for apps and data to help tackle the coronavirus crisis by calling for a common EU approach to boost the effectiveness of digital interve...
12:32 pm GMT - Wed, April 8, 2020
Techcrunch Indias Oyo furloughs thousands of employees as revenue drops by over 50%
Oyo has placed thousands of employees on leave and furloughs for up to three months in the U.S. and several other markets as the Indian budget lodging firm contends the coronavirus outbreak that has c...
12:02 pm GMT - Wed, April 8, 2020
Techcrunch Headspace appoints former Intuit exec CeCe Morken as president and COO
As it looks to continue along its path of developing clinically validated digital therapeutics for consumer and clinical mental health and wellness, Headspace has bulked up its executive team with the...
12:00 pm GMT - Wed, April 8, 2020
Techcrunch Programmable fintech payments startup Sila raises $7.7M seed to wipe out ACH
Fintech is white hot these days, with major acquisitions and funding rounds galore. Its also a relatively new space, with startups only really breaching the thicket of regulations that defines the mod...
11:59 am GMT - Wed, April 8, 2020
Techcrunch Visa backs open banking and compliance platform Railsbank
Railsbank, the open banking and compliance platform, has picked up further investment, following the company’s $10 million Series A in September 2019. This time backing comes from Visa — a...
10:00 am GMT - Wed, April 8, 2020
Techcrunch Uber for Business expands its corporate Eats delivery feature to 20 more countries
Uber for Business, a platform designed for corporate customers, is expanding its food delivery Eats product to more than 20 countries this year, in response to a surge in demand as more employees work...
08:04 am GMT - Wed, April 8, 2020
Techcrunch Rakuten Mobiles low-cost data plan fully launches in Japan
Rakuten Mobile announced the full commercial launch of its low-cost data plan in Japan today. Priced at 2,980 yen (about $27) per month, the plan gives users unlimited calls and data where Rakuten has...
08:00 am GMT - Wed, April 8, 2020
Techcrunch Phos, the UK fintech that offers a software-only POS for smartphones, raises 1.3M
Phos, the U.K. fintech that offers a software-only PoS so that merchants can accept payments directly on their phones without the need for additional hardware, has raised 1.3 million in funding. The r...
06:31 am GMT - Wed, April 8, 2020
Techcrunch MyBuddy.ai, a virtual tutor for kids learning English, raises $1 million seed round
MyBuddy.ai, a startup that develops virtual tools to help kids learn English, announced today that it has raised $1 million in seed funding from LETA Capital. The capital will be used to expand into n...
06:31 am GMT - Wed, April 8, 2020
Techcrunch MyBuddy.ai, a virtual tutor for kids learning English, raises $1M seed round
MyBuddy.ai, a startup that develops virtual tools to help kids learn English, announced today that it has raised $1 million in seed funding from LETA Capital. The capital will be used to expand into n...
04:17 am GMT - Wed, April 8, 2020
Techcrunch Tesla to cut salaries, furlough workers as COVID-19 shutdowns expected to last until May 4
Tesla will suspend production at its U.S. factories until at least May 4 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, prompting the company to cut pay for salaried employees between 10% and 30% and furlough workers,...
02:48 am GMT - Wed, April 8, 2020
Techcrunch Australian startup SafetyCulture nabs $800 million valuation on $35.5 million round
SafetyCulture, the Australian enterprise software company that manages security and compliance checks at companies around the world, has raised $35.5 million at an $800 million valuation in its latest...
02:48 am GMT - Wed, April 8, 2020
Techcrunch Australian startup SafetyCulture nabs $800M valuation on $35.5M round
SafetyCulture, the Australian enterprise software company that manages security and compliance checks at companies around the world, has raised $35.5 million at an $800 million valuation in its latest...
01:46 am GMT - Wed, April 8, 2020
Techcrunch Silicon Valley Bank only started processing stimulus loan applications today
In a sign of just how broken the process is for startups looking to receive stimulus dollars, Silicon Valley Bank, the bank that claims “more innovative startups bank with us than any other bank...
01:42 am GMT - Wed, April 8, 2020
Techcrunch Livongo stock jumps over 10 percent on revised earnings guidance, pointing to digital health boom
Livongo Health’s stock jumped over ten percent on a day that saw most exchanges tumble after a day of crazy volatility. The digital diagnostics and therapeutics company is benefiting from boomin...
01:00 am GMT - Wed, April 8, 2020
Techcrunch Hong Kong fintech startup Neat raises $11 million Series A to give small companies more banking services
Neat, a Hong Kong-based fintech startup, announced today that it has raised a $11 million Series A to help small businesses do cross-border banking. The round was led by Pacific Century Group, with pa...
01:00 am GMT - Wed, April 8, 2020
Techcrunch Hong Kong startup Neat raises $11 million Series A to give small companies more financial services
Neat, a Hong Kong-based fintech startup, announced today that it has raised a $11 million Series A to help small businesses do cross-border trade. The round was led by Pacific Century Group, with part...
01:00 am GMT - Wed, April 8, 2020
Techcrunch Hong Kong startup Neat raises $11M Series A to give small companies more financial services
Neat, a Hong Kong-based fintech startup, announced today that it has raised a $11 million Series A to help small businesses do cross-border trade. The round was led by Pacific Century Group, with part...
11:00 pm GMT - Tue, April 7, 2020
Techcrunch Tyto Care raises $50 million as it looks to buy and build new services during COVID-19 demand surge
Tyto Care, the provider of a home health diagnostic device and telemedicine consultation app, said it has raised $50 million in a new round of funding. The round was led by Insight Partners, Olive Tre...
10:51 pm GMT - Tue, April 7, 2020
Techcrunch Restaurant management platform Toast cuts 50% of staff
Last valued at $5 billion, restaurant management platform Toast has joined the sweep of startups laying off employees due to the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Toast reduced the size of its...
10:45 pm GMT - Tue, April 7, 2020
Techcrunch Latin America Roundup: Grupo ZAP, Grow Mobility, Wavy get acquired; Credijusto adds $100M; Cornershop, iFood brace for delivery boom
As the world locks down borders and capital flows to brace for the impact of coronavirus, Brazilian startups continue to attract international attention....
10:24 pm GMT - Tue, April 7, 2020
Techcrunch This low-flying growth equity firm, with payments and logistics bets, just closed a $257 million fund
Activant Capital, a seven-year-old, Greenwich, Conn.-based growth equity firm that’s still making a name for itself, has managed to secure $257 million in fresh capital commitments, despite that...
09:31 pm GMT - Tue, April 7, 2020
Techcrunch NASA puts $7M towards long-shot research, from moon mining to solar lenses
NASA’s Innovative Advanced Concepts program is all about making high-risk, high-reward bets on unique and sometimes eyebrow-raising ideas for space exploration and observation. This year’...
09:31 pm GMT - Tue, April 7, 2020
Techcrunch NASA puts $7M toward long-shot research, from moon mining to solar lenses
NASA’s Innovative Advanced Concepts program is all about making high-risk, high-reward bets on unique and sometimes eyebrow-raising ideas for space exploration and observation. This year’...
09:22 pm GMT - Tue, April 7, 2020
Techcrunch Jack Dorsey creates $1B COVID-19 relief fund using Square equity
Jack Dorsey announced in a series of tweets today that he is shifting $1 billion in his Square equity to create a fund dedicated to COVID-19 relief. The Twitter and Square CEO is calling the fund Star...
09:01 pm GMT - Tue, April 7, 2020
Techcrunch Tech shares close down on the day despite roaring start
American equities closed down today, with the major domestic indices all losing ground after a wild trading cycle. After starting the day up sharply higher after strong Monday gains, those gains were ...
08:52 pm GMT - Tue, April 7, 2020
Techcrunch New email service, OnMail, will let recipients control who can send them mail
A number of startups over the years have promised to re-invent email only to have fallen short. Even Google’s radical re-imagining, the Inbox app, finally closed up shop last year. Today, anothe...
08:29 pm GMT - Tue, April 7, 2020
Techcrunch PlayStation 5s new DualSense controller is a sleek and futuristic gaming accessory
Sony has revealed the design of the PlayStation 5‘s controller — a follow-on to its popular DualShock line that takes on a new name for a new generation: DualSense. The DualSense controlle...
08:27 pm GMT - Tue, April 7, 2020
Techcrunch Away, the high-flying travel brand, just furloughed half its employees and laid off 10%
Pretty much everyone is getting socked by the COVID-19 shutdown. Among the latest to say so in a public way is Away, the trendy, five-year-old, New York-based travel brand that has raised roughly $180...
08:05 pm GMT - Tue, April 7, 2020
Techcrunch Netflix now lets you lock your personal profile with a PIN to keep kids (and roommates) out
Want to let your kids poke around Netflix without them wandering their way beyond the kids section? Got a roommate who keeps inexplicably forgetting to use their profile and is totally screwing up you...
07:56 pm GMT - Tue, April 7, 2020
Techcrunch Nuro gets OK to test its driverless delivery vehicles on California public roads
Autonomous delivery startup Nuro has been granted a permit to begin driverless testing on California’s public roads, paving the way for the company to roll out commercial operations throughout t...
07:51 pm GMT - Tue, April 7, 2020
Techcrunch SpaceX and NASA test the system Crew Dragon staff would use to exit the launch area in an emergency
SpaceX and NASA are in the process of final preparations prior to launching their first crewed spaceflight mission Demo-2, which is technically still a demonstration mission needed to validate SpaceX...
07:50 pm GMT - Tue, April 7, 2020
Techcrunch Dear Sophie: Is unemployment considered a public benefit?
Would getting unemployment benefits hurt my or my spouses green card petition under the new public charge rule?...
07:45 pm GMT - Tue, April 7, 2020
Techcrunch Facebook ships an experimental app for couples
Today, Facebook quietly released a new app for couples called Tuned. The new release is a multimedia messaging app designed to help significant others communicate. The app is available for download in...
07:13 pm GMT - Tue, April 7, 2020
Techcrunch SpaceXs first operational version of Dragon successfully ends its 20th and final mission
SpaceX has been resupplying the International Space Station (ISS) since it began flying cargo missions on behalf of NASA in 2012. Now, the version of the Dragon capsule that SpaceX first employed to f...
07:08 pm GMT - Tue, April 7, 2020
Techcrunch TechCrunch Live: Join execs from Roblox, SuperAwesome, and Fingerprint tomorrow at 11:15am PDT to discuss kids media
With large majorities of all children (70% in the U.S. and U.K.) staying home from school during the COVID-19 crisis, use of digital media properties popular with kids has soared. Screen time among ki...
06:49 pm GMT - Tue, April 7, 2020
Techcrunch Relativity Spaces focus on 3D printing and cloud-based software helps it weather the COVID-19 storm
Just like in almost every other industry, there’s been a rash of layoffs among newer space startups and companies amid the novel coronavirus crisis. But Relativity Space has managed to avoid lay...
06:22 pm GMT - Tue, April 7, 2020
Techcrunch Movies Anywhere launches movie-sharing feature Screen Pass into open beta
Last month, it was reported that digital locker service Movies Anywhere was working to launch a movie-sharing feature called “Screen Pass.” At the time, the feature was only available in l...
06:15 pm GMT - Tue, April 7, 2020
Techcrunch A payments provider for paying court fines and utility bills exposed years of transactions
A payments processor used by local governments to collect court fines and utility bill payments from residents across Arkansas and Oklahoma mistakenly left exposed on its website a cache of data, repr...
06:14 pm GMT - Tue, April 7, 2020
Techcrunch Google Cloud makes it cheaper to run smaller workloads on Bigtable
Cloud Bigtable has long been Google Cloud’s fully managed NoSQL database for massive, petabyte-sized analytical and operational workloads. At $0.65 per hour and node, it was never a cheap servic...
06:03 pm GMT - Tue, April 7, 2020
Techcrunch Five CEOs on their evolution in the femtech space
Rae Witte Contributor Share on Twitter Rae Witte is a New York-based freelance journalist covering music, style, sneakers, art and dating, and how they intersect with tech. You can find her writing on...
05:28 pm GMT - Tue, April 7, 2020
Techcrunch Mobile website builder Universe raises $10M from GV as it ventures into commerce
A startup that has framed itself as an Instagram for websites is now squaring up against Shopify as it nabs new funding from Google’s venture capital arm. Brooklyn-based Universe has just closed...
05:27 pm GMT - Tue, April 7, 2020
Techcrunch GVs M.G. Siegler on portfolio management, crisis fundraising and his latest investment
The pandemic crisis has pushed entrepreneurs and investors into unknown territory. Google’s GV just led a $10 million investment in Universe, a low-friction website builder that’s venturin...
04:58 pm GMT - Tue, April 7, 2020
Techcrunch Hims launches group therapy services as first foray into broader mental health initiative
Hims, the startup consumer health brand providing out-of-pocket physician services online, has launched group therapy services through its Hims and Hers brands as part of an initial push into mental h...
04:57 pm GMT - Tue, April 7, 2020
Techcrunch Samsung earnings guidance stays upbeat despite global macro crisis
Samsung overnight released its earnings guidance for the first quarter of 2020, stating that it expected sales of $45.4 billion and an operating profit of roughly $5.3 billion. The companys fiscal yea...
04:45 pm GMT - Tue, April 7, 2020
Techcrunch NASCAR retains sponsors for esports series as Bubba Wallace loses his
NASCAR drivers can now lose real-world sponsors for conduct in virtual competition. That’s what happened to Bubba Wallace on April 5 when he rage-quit a race in theeNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitation...
04:30 pm GMT - Tue, April 7, 2020
Techcrunch Borderlands 3 bridges the gap between citizen science and blockbuster games
The Borderlands series has long-offered players a chaotic loot scramble of explosive cel-shaded cartoon violence and intricately-tuned shooting that leaves anything that isn’t the fun part on th...
04:21 pm GMT - Tue, April 7, 2020
Techcrunch Daily Crunch: Airbnb raises another $1B
Airbnb turns to private equity for new funding, WhatsApp takes new steps to fight disinformation and another potential COVID-19 vaccine enters human trials. Here’s your Daily Crunch for April 7,...
04:03 pm GMT - Tue, April 7, 2020
Techcrunch Investor survey results: Upcoming trends in social startups
Voice-based social networks and gaming as a new form of identity were among the top emerging trends in consumer social startups, according to an Extra Crunch survey of top social tech investors. Meanw...
04:00 pm GMT - Tue, April 7, 2020
Techcrunch Shippo raises a $30M Series C after posting rapid 2019 growth
Early this afternoon Shippo, a shipping software and services company, announced that it has closed a $30 million Series C. The funding round roughly doubles the capital that the firm has raised to-da...
04:00 pm GMT - Tue, April 7, 2020
Techcrunch Another major fintech exit as SoFi acquires banking and payments platform Galileo for $1.2B
The fintech wars continue to heat up with another major exit in the space. Consumer financial services platform SoFi announced today that it is acquiring payments and bank account infrastructure compa...
03:53 pm GMT - Tue, April 7, 2020
Techcrunch Pinterest adds new Shop tabs connected to in-stock inventory, style guides and more
Given the rise in online shopping attributed to the coronavirus outbreak which has forced consumers to stay home from stores, Pinterest today is launching a new way to shop on its platform. Now, Pinte...
03:41 pm GMT - Tue, April 7, 2020
Techcrunch With $8 million to consolidate Amazons top marketplace sellers, Perch makes its first deals
After raising $8 million in November to roll up top Amazon marketplace companies, the new New York-based startup Perch has begun putting that money to work in its first few deals. The brainchild of Ch...
03:00 pm GMT - Tue, April 7, 2020
Techcrunch Securitization platform Cadence surpasses $125M deal volume and raises $4M
Securitization is a critical function of the modern financial system. Banks package individual loans, say a mortgage or an auto loan, into a group with similar characteristics and sell them to other i...
02:51 pm GMT - Tue, April 7, 2020
Techcrunch Continuous delivery pioneer CircleCI scores $100M Series E
CircleCI, an early adherent to the notion of continuous delivery when it launched in 2011, announced a $100 million Series E investment today. It comes on top of a $56 million roundlast July. The roun...
02:49 pm GMT - Tue, April 7, 2020
Techcrunch Quibi gains 300K launch day downloads, hits No. 3 on App Store
Quibi, the oddly-named mobile streaming service founded by Jeffrey Katzenberg, was downloaded over 300,000 times on launch day, according to preliminary data from app store intelligence firm Sensor To...
02:46 pm GMT - Tue, April 7, 2020
Techcrunch Spot & Tango, with $4.2M in seed funding, launches UnKibble
Spot & Tango, the D2C pet food brand, has today announced the launch of a new line of pet food called UnKibble. Alongside the announcement of the launch, the company has also closed on a $4.2 mill...
02:45 pm GMT - Tue, April 7, 2020
Techcrunch Targets Shipt shoppers are walking off work today
Shipt shoppers, which began organizing in February, are staging their first action today. Yesterday, a group of Shipt shoppers, who shop and deliver orders from Target and other stores, announced thei...
02:02 pm GMT - Tue, April 7, 2020
Techcrunch CNN has acquired Canopy, a privacy-focused content personalization engine, for its upcoming news platform
Last year, The Information reported that CNN was working on a new digital news service to compete with the likes of Apple and Facebook. Today, some of those plans are taking shape. The Turner-owned ne...
02:02 pm GMT - Tue, April 7, 2020
Techcrunch CNN preps NewsCo launch by acquiring personalization engine Canopy
Last year, The Information reported that CNN was working on a new digital news service to compete with the likes of Apple and Facebook. Today, some of those plans are taking shape. The Turner-owned ne...
02:01 pm GMT - Tue, April 7, 2020
Techcrunch New Media Ventures creates rapid-response fund for political startups in the COVID-19 era
The decade-old New Media Ventures investment fund, which backs startup businesses and non-profits developing technologies to improve access to government, said it is raising a “Crisis Innovation...
02:00 pm GMT - Tue, April 7, 2020
Techcrunch WorkClout shifts focus to manufacturing performance support and raises $2.3M seed
WorkClout, a graduate of the Y Combinator Winter 2019 cohort, announced today that it has shifted its focus from manufacturing automation to manufacturing performance support and has raised a $2.3 mil...
01:46 pm GMT - Tue, April 7, 2020
Techcrunch How SaaS startups should plan for a turbulent Q2
Let's talk about how Q2 is going to impact startups and how young companies might respond....
01:42 pm GMT - Tue, April 7, 2020
Techcrunch Einride demonstrates a single operator controlling multiple of its driverless cargo vehicles
Autonomous electric transportation startup Einride has taken a key step in its mission to deploy autonomous cargo pods on roads for commercial operations. The Swedish startup demonstrated its technolo...
01:38 pm GMT - Tue, April 7, 2020
Techcrunch Stocks rise following yesterdays sharp rally
After a sharp Monday rally seemingly built on optimism that the impact of the global pandemic may have reached its zenith in Europe — and indeed that the United States might see a lower infectio...
01:23 pm GMT - Tue, April 7, 2020
Techcrunch WeWork sues SoftBank in intensifying crisis over canceled $3B tender offer
Just days after SoftBank announced that it would not consummate its $3 billion tender offer for WeWork shares that would have bought out some of the equity held by the companys co-founder Adam Neumann...
01:23 pm GMT - Tue, April 7, 2020
Techcrunch Managing customer discovery when you cant leave the house
If your business model still looks like your original assumptions a month ago, youve been living under a rock. Every part of your business model not just product and customer will change now....
01:05 pm GMT - Tue, April 7, 2020
Techcrunch Austin-based SourceDay closes $12.5 million for its supply chain management software
Austin-based SourceDay, which sells supply chain management software, said it raised $12.5 million in its latest round of financing. The company developed software to manage the relationship between c...
01:00 pm GMT - Tue, April 7, 2020
Techcrunch Firefox gets a refreshed address bar
Mozilla is launching version 75 of its Firefox browser today. As always, there are plenty of bug fixes and changes for developers who write web apps, but the marquee feature of this update is a refres...
01:00 pm GMT - Tue, April 7, 2020
Techcrunch CyberMDX raises $20M to help improve medical device security
Healthcare security startup CyberMDX has raised $20 million in its latest round of fundraising, the company confirmed Tuesday. The New York-based security company works primarily to secure medical dev...
01:00 pm GMT - Tue, April 7, 2020
Techcrunch Cloud Foundry Foundation executive director Abby Kearns steps down to pursue a new executive role elsewhere
The Cloud Foundry Foundation (CFF), the home of the Cloud Foundry open-source developer platform, today announced that its executive director Abby Kearns is stepping down from her role to pursue an ex...
12:26 pm GMT - Tue, April 7, 2020
Techcrunch Taiwans government bars its agencies from using Zoom over security concerns
Taiwans Executive Yuan issued an advisory on Tuesday barring the countrys government agencies from using Zoom and other video software with “associated security or privacy concerns.” Inste...
12:11 pm GMT - Tue, April 7, 2020
Techcrunch HubSpot unveils new content management system aimed at marketers
HubSpot, the Boston-based inbound marketing firm, announced today it is launching a standalone content management system designed to make it easy for marketing personnel to add and update content. Whi...
12:00 pm GMT - Tue, April 7, 2020
Techcrunch TrueNorth raises $3M to make independent trucker operations more seamless
As the COVID-19 pandemic makes health officials urge us all to stay at home, truckers are doing the exact opposite of that to help us live our lives inside. Now, more than ever, package delivery and s...
12:00 pm GMT - Tue, April 7, 2020
Techcrunch Utahs Podium raises $125M Series C led by YC after reaching $100M ARR
This morning, Utah-based SaaS startup Podium announced that it has closed a $125 million Series C led by Y Combinator’s Continuity fund, with participation from Sapphire Ventures andAlkeon, and ...
11:41 am GMT - Tue, April 7, 2020
Techcrunch Cookie consent still a compliance trash-fire in latest watchdog peek
The latest confirmation of the online tracking industry’s continued flouting of EU privacy laws which — at least on paper — are supposed to protect citizens from consent-less digital...
11:38 am GMT - Tue, April 7, 2020
Techcrunch Glassbox raises $40M for tools to track and optimise web user experience
A lot of attention is focused on how some tech services are seeing a big boost in demand during the coronavirus pandemic — for example, streaming services and other online media, and anything to...
10:58 am GMT - Tue, April 7, 2020
Techcrunch Bringg nabs $30M to expand its delivery logistics platform used by Walmart and others
Over the last several years, delivery services have become a key component of how retailers, or anyone selling or distributing products and services, do business. Now, with a global health pandemic in...
10:36 am GMT - Tue, April 7, 2020
Techcrunch Korean grocery startup Kurly raises $150M
Kurly, a startup that operates a grocery delivery service in Korea, has secured $150 million in a new financing round months after reports claimed that the firm might be acquired soon. Sequoia Capital...
07:00 am GMT - Tue, April 7, 2020
Techcrunch Blossom Capitals Cultivate is an angel program seeking to back European unicorn alumnus
Just a few months after closing a new $185 million fund to continue backing early-stage European startups, Blossom Capital, the VC firm founded by Ophelia Brown, is announcing a new angel investment p...
07:00 am GMT - Tue, April 7, 2020
Techcrunch WhatsApp introduces new limit on message forwards to fight spread of misinformation
WhatsApp is imposing additional restriction on how frequently a message can be shared on its platform in its latest effort to curtail the spread of misinformation. The Facebook -owned instant messagin...
12:19 am GMT - Tue, April 7, 2020
Techcrunch Agritech startup DeHaat raises $12M to reach more farmers in India
DeHaat, an online platform that offers full-stack agricultural services to farmers, has raised $12 million as it looks to scale its network across India. The Series A financial round for the eight-yea...
11:40 pm GMT - Mon, April 6, 2020
Techcrunch Boeing to re-fly uncrewed demo mission of their human spacecraft after first try met with errors
Boeing has confirmed what many suspected following the partial failure of their original Starliner capsule Orbital Flight Test (OFT) the company will re-fly the mission, once again seeking to test and...
11:25 pm GMT - Mon, April 6, 2020
Techcrunch Boeing suspends 787 airplane production
Boeing said Monday it will suspend all 787 operations at its South Carolina factory following a stay-at-home order issued by the governor, effectively putting the company’s entire commercial air...
10:56 pm GMT - Mon, April 6, 2020
Techcrunch White House signals support for a new international Moon Treaty
The international community has struggled for decades to formalize rules regarding the collection and use of resources in space and on the Moon. While the U.S. and all spacefaring countries declined t...
10:53 pm GMT - Mon, April 6, 2020
Techcrunch Bidet startup Tushy scales up to meet demand amid toilet paper shortage
Business at Tushy is booming. While the circumstances that led to the boom are sobering, the bidet company needed to adapt its strategy after seeing an uptick in business amid the COVID-19 pandemic. O...
10:08 pm GMT - Mon, April 6, 2020
Techcrunch AngelList lays off a number of staff and cuts executive salaries
AngelList, a platform that connects angel investors to startups and has roughly $1.8 billion assets under management, has laid off a sizable number of staff and cut executive salaries across all depar...
09:51 pm GMT - Mon, April 6, 2020
Techcrunch FCC shoots down petition to label Trumps coronavirus broadcasts as hoaxes
The FCC has denied a request that it investigate and take action on a broadcast the petitioners allege has made material and deadly contributions to the spread of COVID-19: President Trump's frequent ...
09:05 pm GMT - Mon, April 6, 2020
Techcrunch Creative ways to host a virtual birthday party for kids
Social distancing requirements amid the COVID-19 pandemic may have canceled kids’ birthday parties, but parents are finding new ways to take the celebrations online. While video chat apps like Z...
08:42 pm GMT - Mon, April 6, 2020
Techcrunch Facebook starts prompting US users to fill out a COVID-19 survey to help track the virus
Starting today, some U.S. Facebook users will see a new pop-up on the app asking them to complete a survey about COVID-19. The survey, from Carnegie Mellon University’s Delphi epidemiological re...
08:36 pm GMT - Mon, April 6, 2020
Techcrunch As demand for mental health services soars, SonderMind raises $27 million to expand its services
“Our real focus is on democratizing mental healthcare,” says SonderMind co-founder chief executive, Mark Frank. His company, founded back in 2017, is having a moment. With the restrictions...
08:35 pm GMT - Mon, April 6, 2020
Techcrunch Airbnb turns to private equity to raise $1 billion
Airbnb said Monday that it has raised $1 billion in debt and equity from private equity firms Silver Lake and Sixth Street Partners, even as the online rental marketplace has seen its business plummet...
08:18 pm GMT - Mon, April 6, 2020
Techcrunch Quibi had a launch day outage
Looks like things haven’t gone completely smoothly with Quibi‘s launch. The issue appears to have been resolved, but the Quibi customer support account tweeted this afternoon that “s...
08:16 pm GMT - Mon, April 6, 2020
Techcrunch American stocks rally sharply on COVID-19 optimism as earnings loom
Stocks rallied Monday, with all major indices snapping back into positive territories as investors seized on any positive developments in the fight to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the disease caus...
08:14 pm GMT - Mon, April 6, 2020
Techcrunch COVID-19 crisis spurs triple-digit growth for refurbishing startup Back Market
The U.S. and Germany are pushing the growth," says CEO Thibaud Hug de Larauze. "They are the main two drivers of the boom of Back Market."...
07:48 pm GMT - Mon, April 6, 2020
Techcrunch BounceX cuts staff, reduces salaries in wake of COVID-19 economic disruptions
TechCrunch confirmed today that BounceX (the firm is rebranding this year) has executed layoffs and salary cuts in the wake of recent COVID-19-led economic disruptions. Many startups are undergoing st...
07:44 pm GMT - Mon, April 6, 2020
Techcrunch A second potential COVID-19 vaccine, backed by Bill and Melinda Gates, is entering human testing
A new COVID-19 vaccine candidate is entering Phase 1 clinical human testing today, after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) accepted an application from Inovio Pharmaceuticals under the regul...
07:41 pm GMT - Mon, April 6, 2020
Techcrunch The U.S. is formalizing Team Telecom rules to restrict foreign ownership of internet and telecom assets
It has the simplest name but the sort of shadowy overtones that national security writers lust after. Team Telecom, a mostly informal working committee of the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security...
07:41 pm GMT - Mon, April 6, 2020
Techcrunch The US is formalizing Team Telecom rules to restrict foreign ownership of internet and telecom assets
It has the simplest name, but the sort of shadowy overtones that national security writers lust after. Team Telecom, a mostly informal working committee of the Departments of Defense, Homeland Securit...
07:06 pm GMT - Mon, April 6, 2020
Techcrunch National Geographic launches a homeschool hub for parents and teachers, [email protected]
The COVID-19 outbreak has closed schools across most of the U.S., impacting more than 55 million students who are now learning at home. That’s created an increased demand for homeschool resource...
07:05 pm GMT - Mon, April 6, 2020
Techcrunch Twilio CEO Jeff Lawson on shifting a 3,000-person company to fully remote
What’s it like to take a company with 3,000 employees distributed across 25 offices and make it fully remote with just a few weeks’ notice? I hopped on a call with Twilio CEO Jeff Lawson t...
06:24 pm GMT - Mon, April 6, 2020
Techcrunch EU privacy experts push a decentralized approach to COVID-19 contacts tracing
A group of European privacy experts has proposed a decentralized system for Bluetooth-based COVID-19 contacts tracing which they argue offers greater protection against abuse and misuse of people̵...
06:15 pm GMT - Mon, April 6, 2020
Techcrunch Swarm gets all the approvals it needs to begin operating its satellite connectivity service in the US
Space startup Swarm emerged from stealth mode in an unusual way two years ago when it turned out that it had launched some of its satellites in contravention of an FCC order not to do so. The regulato...
05:36 pm GMT - Mon, April 6, 2020
Techcrunch Foursquare merges with Factual
Foursquare, the 10-year-old location platform based in New York City, has today announced its plan to merge with Factual. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. The merged company will keep the Fou...
05:10 pm GMT - Mon, April 6, 2020
Techcrunch AppGyver launches Composer Pro, its new no-code editor
AppGyver, a startup that has been on the forefront of low-code development since it first launched in 2013, today launched the latest version of its visual development platform. This update, dubbed Co...
05:03 pm GMT - Mon, April 6, 2020
Techcrunch The Station: Via hits $2.25B valuation, letters from readers, layoffs in a time of COVID-19
Hi, and welcome back to The Station, a weekly newsletter dedicated to all the ways people and packages travel from Point A to Point B. I’m your host Kirsten Korosec, senior transportation report...
05:01 pm GMT - Mon, April 6, 2020
Techcrunch Creative Destruction Lab launches a new startup program dedicated to COVID-19 response
Global academic science and tech startup accelerator program Creative Destruction Lab (CDL) is adding a dedicated stream to its existing areas of focus, which include AI, health sciences, space, quant...
04:18 pm GMT - Mon, April 6, 2020
Techcrunch Daily Crunch: Quibi finally launches its mobile streaming app
Quibi launches its mobile streaming service, Apple sources 20 million protective masks and Red Hat announces a new CEO. Here’s your Daily Crunch for April 6, 2020. 1. Quibi launches its mobile s...
04:15 pm GMT - Mon, April 6, 2020
Techcrunch Zoom Video Communications offers 20% off Annual Business plans to Extra Crunch members
With the trying times the country is going through due to COVID-19, Extra Crunch is excited to announce a new Partner Perk from video conference software Zoom. Starting today, annual and two-year memb...
03:49 pm GMT - Mon, April 6, 2020
Techcrunch Luckin Coffees alleged fraud has some silver linings (and even more bad news too)
Chinese coffee chain super-brand Luckin Coffee has been in the spotlight the past week after the company revealed in an SEC filing that it has undertaken an internal investigation into an alleged $300...
03:11 pm GMT - Mon, April 6, 2020
Techcrunch Researchers develop emergency ventilator based on resuscitation bags used in ambulances
The need for innovative solutions to address shortages in crucial medical equipment is greater than ever, and a new initiative from a global team of biomedical engineering experts is a perfect example...
02:58 pm GMT - Mon, April 6, 2020
Techcrunch Koch Industries closes nearly $13B Infor acquisition
Koch Industries announced today that it has closed on the acquisition of Infor, announced in February. The company never officially announced the purchase price, but sources indicated that it was clos...
02:56 pm GMT - Mon, April 6, 2020
Techcrunch Why AI startups economics will likely improve over time
We wound up talking to one VC, David Blumberg of Blumberg Capital, who had some interesting notes on AI margins to share from his portfolio....
02:34 pm GMT - Mon, April 6, 2020
Techcrunch Economists havent throw out the models yet (but they will)
There are many things that are in short supply these days, but one of them is cognitive flexibility. Humans are used to confronting the extreme complexity of our modern world with some mlange of data,...
02:31 pm GMT - Mon, April 6, 2020
Techcrunch COVID-hit UK startups cry out for help, as UK gov trails Europe in its response
The UK government is reportedly looking at a range of options to support the startup industry, possibly involving a co-investment model involving state-owned funds (via the British Business Bank) and ...
01:50 pm GMT - Mon, April 6, 2020
Techcrunch Equity Monday: Hunting for green shoots amidst the startup data
Good morning friends, and welcome back toTechCrunchs Equity Monday, a short-form audio hit to kickstart your week. Before we jump into today’s show, don’t forget that the long-form Equity ...
01:50 pm GMT - Mon, April 6, 2020
Techcrunch Equity Monday: Hunting for green shoots amid the startup data
Good morning friends, and welcome back toTechCrunchs Equity Monday, a short-form audio hit to kickstart your week. Before we jump into today’s show, don’t forget that the long-form Equity ...
01:37 pm GMT - Mon, April 6, 2020
Techcrunch Paul Cormier takes over as Red Hat CEO, as Jim Whitehurst moves to IBM
When Ginni Rometty indicated that she was stepping down as IBM CEO at the end of January, the company announced that Arvind Krishna would be taking over, while Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst would become ...
01:00 pm GMT - Mon, April 6, 2020
Techcrunch Myriota raises $19.3 million to expand its IoT satellite constellation
Internet of things satellite connectivity startup Myriota has raises a $19.3 million Series B funding round, led by Hostplus and Main Sequence Ventures, with additional funding from Boeing, former Aus...
12:22 pm GMT - Mon, April 6, 2020
Techcrunch Lydia lets you donate to hospitals and charities
Fintech startup Lydia is the dominating mobile payment app in France with most of its 3.3 million users in its home country. Thats why the startup has been working hard over the past ten days to ship ...
11:35 am GMT - Mon, April 6, 2020
Techcrunch Uber partners with Flipkart and BigBasket in India to deliver essential items
Uber is resuming some services in India as it looks to help other firms deliver grocery and other essential items in select parts of the country, nearly two weeks after New Delhi ordered a three-week ...
09:06 am GMT - Mon, April 6, 2020
Techcrunch Indias Swiggy raises $43M to expand to new businesses
Indian food delivery startup Swiggy has bagged an additional $43 million as it looks to expand to new businesses. Existing investor Tencent and new players Ark Impact, Korea Investment Partners, Samsu...
07:03 am GMT - Mon, April 6, 2020
Techcrunch WHO Africa hosts hackathons, offers seed funds to fight COVID-19
The World Health Organization in Africa is holding virtual hackathons and offering up to $20,000 in seed-funds to finalists with digital solutions to stem COVID-19. The regional office of the UN agenc...
06:00 am GMT - Mon, April 6, 2020
Techcrunch Kuwaiti investment company commits up to $100 million to Startup Battlefield alum Pure Harvest
Pure Harvest Smart Farms, a startup developing technology-enhanced greenhouses for agricultural developments across the Middle East, has received a commitment of up to $100 million from Wafra, Kuwait&...
05:00 am GMT - Mon, April 6, 2020
Techcrunch Open banking fintech Yapily raises $13M Series A
Yapily, one of a number of fintech startups that offer an opening banking API to let enterprises, such as financial service providers and merchants, connect to banks, has raised $13 million in Series ...
04:00 am GMT - Mon, April 6, 2020
Techcrunch Quibi launches its mobile streaming service in the middle of the quarantine era
Quibi, the much-hyped mobile app promising to deliver “quick bites” of video entertainment, is finally here. The company has been in the headlines for more than two years, thanks to the in...
12:39 am GMT - Mon, April 6, 2020
Techcrunch Apple has sourced over 20 million protective masks, now building and shipping face shields
As it mobilizes its supply chain, employees, and partners to provide personal protective equipment to medical workers and others working to stop the spread of the COVID-19 epidemic, Apple has sourced ...
12:33 am GMT - Mon, April 6, 2020
Techcrunch Tesla shows how its building ventilators with car parts
Tesla is among a group of automakers retooling facilities to build ventilators for the COVID-19 crisis. In the following video, the company provides a behind-the-scene look at its ventilator design pr...
09:55 pm GMT - Sun, April 5, 2020
Techcrunch Internet of Elephants launches Wildeverse, an AR game about endangered animals and conservation
On Friday, the Kenyan augmented reality game developer Internet of Elephants launched its latest game in partnership with the conservation science experts from the Borneo Nature Foundation, Goualougo ...
08:00 pm GMT - Sun, April 5, 2020
Techcrunch GrubHub/Seamlesss pandemic initiatives are predatory and exploitative, and its time to stop using them
Times are exceptionally hard, especially for local restaurants, which were always in a precarious business even before the COVID-19 pandemic hit. But when times are hard, people pull together, right? ...
05:37 pm GMT - Sun, April 5, 2020
Techcrunch Tech for good during COVID-19: Texts for frontline workers, a crisis prevention hotline and more
What do a heating filter company, a robotics startup and an architecture startup have in common? Usually, nothing. But right now, as COVID-19 sweeps the world and jeopardizes the lives of millions, co...
05:14 pm GMT - Sun, April 5, 2020
Techcrunch New York City bans Zoom in schools citing security concerns
As schools lie empty, students still have to learn. But officials in New York City say schools are not permitted to use Zoom for remote teaching, citing security concerns with the video conferencing s...
05:14 pm GMT - Sun, April 5, 2020
Techcrunch New York City bans Zoom in schools, citing security concerns
As schools lie empty, students still have to learn. But officials in New York City say schools are not permitted to use Zoom for remote teaching, citing security concerns with the video conferencing s...
02:49 pm GMT - Sun, April 5, 2020
Techcrunch R&D Roundup: Ultrasound/AI medical imaging, assistive exoskeletons and neural weather modeling
In the time of COVID-19, much of what transpires from the science world to the general public relates to the virus, and understandably so. But other domains, even within medical research, are still ac...
07:18 pm GMT - Sat, April 4, 2020
Techcrunch Original Content podcast: The Platform offers a gruesome metaphor for capitalism
“The Platform” is not a subtle movie. That’s true of its approach to horror, with intense, bloody scenes that prompted plenty of screaming and pausing from your hosts at the Original...
06:00 pm GMT - Sat, April 4, 2020
Techcrunch Startups Weekly: SaaS companies feel the churn but hope for a brighter tomorrow
[Editors note: Want to get this free weekly recap of TechCrunch news that startups can use by email? Subscribe here.] There are a few online productivity stocks booming, and a few popular remote-first...
05:53 pm GMT - Sat, April 4, 2020
Techcrunch New guidance on SBA loans means most startups are still excluded from $349 billion stimulus
Under new guidance issued by the Small Business Administration it seems non-profits and faith-based groups can apply for the Paycheck Protection Program loans designed to keep small business afloat du...
05:07 pm GMT - Sat, April 4, 2020
Techcrunch Why telehealth cant significantly flatten the coronavirus curveyet
Eli Cahan Contributor Share on Twitter Eli Cahan is a medical student at NYU on leave to complete a masters in health policy at Stanford as a Knight-Hennessy Scholar. His research addresses the effect...
05:07 pm GMT - Sat, April 4, 2020
Techcrunch Why telehealth cant significantly flatten the coronavirus curve yet
Eli Cahan Contributor Share on Twitter Eli Cahan is a medical student at NYU on leave to complete a masters in health policy at Stanford as a Knight-Hennessy Scholar. His research addresses the effect...
02:59 pm GMT - Sat, April 4, 2020
Techcrunch Cultivating adaptability is a pandemic coping skill
Its clear that the people who can let go of their past plans and embrace the new environment ahead will thrive....
02:48 pm GMT - Sat, April 4, 2020
Techcrunch This Week in Apps: Zoom has issues, Pinterest founders new COVID-19 research app, record Q1 spending
This week... how the COVID-19 outbreak is impacting apps and the wider mobile app industry, more leaks about the new version of iOS, Apple bought Dark Sky, and more....
12:12 am GMT - Sat, April 4, 2020
Techcrunch Zoom admits some calls were routed through China by mistake
Hours after security researchers at Citizen Lab reported that some Zoom calls were routed through China, the video conferencing platform has offered an apology and a partial explanation. To recap, Zoo...
11:37 pm GMT - Fri, April 3, 2020
Techcrunch Before suing NSO Group, Facebook allegedly sought their software to better spy on users
Facebook's WhatsApp is in the midst of a lawsuit against Israeli mobile surveillance outfit NSO Group. But before complaining about the company's methods, Facebook seems to have wanted to use them for...
11:04 pm GMT - Fri, April 3, 2020
Techcrunch As tech layoffs surge, some support emerges for those without a job
The massive surge of COVID-19-related layoffs has put tech in a unique position. While the startup world is facing layoffs itself, it is also trying to help get people back to work. Back at the end of...
10:36 pm GMT - Fri, April 3, 2020
Techcrunch Zelos is like a cross-game battle pass, rewarding you for completing challenges in games you already play
People seem to love the concept of the battle pass. Largely popularized by Fortnite, battle passes reward players for playing well, and playing often. The better you do, the more XP you earn; the more...
10:18 pm GMT - Fri, April 3, 2020
Techcrunch ZmURL customizes Zoom link previews with images & event sites
Sick of sharing those generic Zoom video call invites that all look the same? Wish your Zoom link preview’s headline and image actually described your meeting? Want to protect your Zoom calls fr...
10:08 pm GMT - Fri, April 3, 2020
Techcrunch Google research makes for an effortless robotic dog trot
As capable as robots are, the original animals after which they tend to be designed are always much, much better. That's partly because it's difficult to learn how to walk like a dog directly from a d...
09:37 pm GMT - Fri, April 3, 2020
Techcrunch Want to survive the downturn? Better build a platform
When you look at the most successful companies in the world, they are almost never just one simple service. Instead, they offer a platform with a range of services and an ability to connect to it to a...
09:06 pm GMT - Fri, April 3, 2020
Techcrunch Pandemic puts the brakes on micromobility
As of this writing, nearly a million people globally have been infected with the novel coronavirus and 50,322 have died. Healthcare systems are overwhelmed, consumers and profiteers are hoarding suppl...
09:05 pm GMT - Fri, April 3, 2020
Techcrunch Zoom will enable waiting rooms by default to stop Zoombombing
Zoom is making some drastic changes to prevent rampant abuse as trolls attack publicly-shared video calls. Starting April 5th, it will require passwords to enter calls via Meeting ID, since these may ...
08:14 pm GMT - Fri, April 3, 2020
Techcrunch Stocks drop as unemployment spikes
Stocks fell in regular trading Friday, as all major American indices fell in the wake of a broadly negative jobs report. With more than 700,000 jobs lost in the March data, unemployment in the United ...
08:11 pm GMT - Fri, April 3, 2020
Techcrunch The pandemic is already reshaping techs misinformation crisis
Since 2016, social media companies have faced an endless barrage of bad press and public criticism for failing to anticipate how their platforms could be used for dark purposes at the scale of populat...
08:10 pm GMT - Fri, April 3, 2020
Techcrunch Artemis Fowl is skipping theaters for Disney
With movie theaters largely closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Disney is pushing back its slate of upcoming films. And at least one movie won’t be making it into theaters at all, with “A...
07:00 pm GMT - Fri, April 3, 2020
Techcrunch Google rolls back SameSite cookie changes to keep essential online services from breaking
Google today announced that it will temporarily roll back the changes it recently made to how its Chrome browser handles cookies in order to ensure that sites that perform essential services like bank...
06:36 pm GMT - Fri, April 3, 2020
Techcrunch How Homage is tackling Southeast Asias growing eldercare need
The worlds population is aging, but the needs of elderly people are still being underserved. A United Nations report found that older people make up more than one-fifth of the population in 17 countri...
06:34 pm GMT - Fri, April 3, 2020
Techcrunch GM and Honda are co-developing two new electric vehicles due to arrive in 2024
GM and Honda will jointly develop two new electric vehicles slated for 2024, the latest move by the two automakers to deepen their existing partnership. Under the plan, the automakers will focus on th...
06:33 pm GMT - Fri, April 3, 2020
Techcrunch Insight closes $9.5B fund to help support portfolio companies through the pandemic crunch
We’re now several weeks into what has become a very big dip for the global economy due to the coronavirus pandemic, but amidst that, we are seeing are some notable pockets of investment activity...
06:33 pm GMT - Fri, April 3, 2020
Techcrunch Insight closes $9.5B fund to help support portfolio companies through the pandemic
We’re now several weeks into what has become a very big dip for the global economy due to the coronavirus pandemic, but amidst that, we are seeing are some notable pockets of investment activity...
05:29 pm GMT - Fri, April 3, 2020
Techcrunch Sleep apnea retrofit designed by doctors and engineers could help address ventilator shortage
The FDA has been working to adapt its policies and restrictions to respond to the growing need for unconventional solutions like shortages of medical equipment needed for treating COVID-19 patients. A...
05:14 pm GMT - Fri, April 3, 2020
Techcrunch Germanys Xpension pension platform raises 25M in a Series C growth round
The German pension and insurance industry was a laggard in the world of online a few years ago, but in recent times it has quickly caught up. Theres further evidence of this trend with the news that X...
04:59 pm GMT - Fri, April 3, 2020
Techcrunch Daily Crunch: Google publishes coronavirus mobility reports
Google uses its ad-tracking data to provide a glimpse at how the world is responding to coronavirus, the CDC changes its tune on face masks and Apple accidentally reveals that AirTags are coming. Here...
04:54 pm GMT - Fri, April 3, 2020
Techcrunch Emergent BioSolutions gets $14.5M in federal funding to expedite COVID-19 plasma therapy development
Last week, we spoke to the head of Emergent BioSolutions’ Therapeutics Business Unit Dr. Laura Saward about her company’s work developing plasma-based potential treatments for COVID-19. No...
04:50 pm GMT - Fri, April 3, 2020
Techcrunch Bustle Digital Group lays off staff of The Outline as part of broader cuts
Bustle Digital Group, owner of a portfolio of digital media properties including Bustle itself, says it laid off two dozen staffers today. That includes eliminating the entire staff ofThe Outline, a c...
04:17 pm GMT - Fri, April 3, 2020
Techcrunch Join prolific enterprise/SaaS seed investor Jonathan Lehr April 6 at 2pm EDT for a live conference call
Its a tough fundraising environment out there, but one of the few glimmers of hope lies in the enterprise and SaaS markets. Critical customer problems + recurring revenues is probably where you want t...
03:00 pm GMT - Fri, April 3, 2020
Techcrunch OctoML raises $15M to make optimizing ML models easier
OctoML, a startup founded by the team behind the Apache TVM machine learning compiler stack project, today announced it has raised a $15 million Series A round led by Amplify, with participation from ...
02:25 pm GMT - Fri, April 3, 2020
Techcrunch NASA details how it plans to establish a sustained human presence on the Moon
NASA’s Artemis program aims to bring humans back to the Moon, with the goal of staying there for good in the interest of pursuing additional science and exploration missions, including to Mars. ...
02:22 pm GMT - Fri, April 3, 2020
Techcrunch 27 TV show recommendations from TechCrunch while youre stuck at home
With shelter-in-place orders worldwide, it’s never been a better time to curl up on the couch and loss oneself in a TV show. That’s what we’re doing. Some TechCrunch staffers are wat...
01:54 pm GMT - Fri, April 3, 2020
Techcrunch The pendulum will swing away from founder-friendly venture raises
After picking through some COVID-19-focused PitchBook data this morning, it's clear that the era of founder friendly venture terms is heading for a reset....
01:36 pm GMT - Fri, April 3, 2020
Techcrunch Valispace raises $2.4M to become the Github for hardware, joins fight against COVID-19
Hardware engineering is mostly document-based. A typical satellite might be described in several hundred thousand PDF documents, spreadsheets, simulation files and more; all potentially inconsistent b...
01:26 pm GMT - Fri, April 3, 2020
Techcrunch In the wake of COVID-19, UK puts up 20M in grants to develop resilience tech for critical industries
Most of the world — despite thecanaries in the coal mine — was unprepared to cope with the coronavirus outbreak that’s now besieging us. Now, work is starting to get underway both to...
01:19 pm GMT - Fri, April 3, 2020
Techcrunch Google is now publishing coronavirus mobility reports, feeding off users location history
Google is giving the world a clearer glimpse of exactly how much it knows about people everywhere — using the coronavirus crisis as an opportunity to repackage its persistent tracking of where u...
01:02 pm GMT - Fri, April 3, 2020
Techcrunch Keeping the score on Zoom
Hello and welcome back toEquity, TechCrunchs venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. How are you holding up? Are you keeping up? And most importantly, are yo...
12:52 pm GMT - Fri, April 3, 2020
Techcrunch Apple brings its hardware microphone disconnect feature to iPads
Apple has brought its hardware microphone disconnect security feature to its latest iPads. The microphone disconnect security feature aims to make it far more difficult for hackers to use malware or a...
12:51 pm GMT - Fri, April 3, 2020
Techcrunch Longtime VC Neil Sequeira: funding founders without in-person meetings is quite difficult
"If you want to be in this industry, because it's a relationship-driven but also a reputation-based business, these aren't the moments to take advantage of people."...
12:22 pm GMT - Fri, April 3, 2020
Techcrunch SpaceXs latest Starship prototype fails under pressure testing
The process of designing, testing and building an entirely new spacecraft is definitely a difficult one and bound to encounter some issues. SpaceX’s efforts to build Starship, its massive new fu...
08:00 am GMT - Fri, April 3, 2020
Techcrunch Forward Partners launches Forward Advances, a revenue-based finance solution for startups
Forward Partners, the early-stage venture fund and startup studio, has long offered something a little different to the U.K’s tech startup ecosystem, and today the VC is continuing that trend wi...
07:00 am GMT - Fri, April 3, 2020
Techcrunch Nordic challenger bank Lunar adds 20M to its Series B
Lunar, the Nordic challenger bank that started out life as a personal finance manager app (PFM) but since acquired a full banking license last year, has extended it Series B round with an additional 2...
01:47 am GMT - Fri, April 3, 2020
Techcrunch Peloton launches an Android TV app
With gyms across the country closed for business, at-home exercise companies like Peloton have found an unexpected opportunity. As the connected fitness company looks to onboard new customers, they...
01:04 am GMT - Fri, April 3, 2020
Techcrunch CDC is expected to tell Americans to wear cloth masks, save medical masks for health workers
On Thursday, the White House said that it will likely soon adjust previous guidelines that discouraged non-health workers from wearing face masks. The change would be issued as “guidance” ...
10:37 pm GMT - Thu, April 2, 2020
Techcrunch Using AI responsibly to fight the coronavirus pandemic
Even in times of great crisis, we should strive to advance AI for good....
10:31 pm GMT - Thu, April 2, 2020
Techcrunch FCC enacts $200M telehealth initiative to ease COVID-19 burden on hospitals
The FCC has developed and approved a $200 million program to fund telehealth services and devices for medical providers, just a week or so after the funding was announced. Hospitals and other health c...
09:46 pm GMT - Thu, April 2, 2020
Techcrunch You can now buy AWS $99 DeepComposer keyboard
AWS today announced that its DeepComposer keyboard is now available for purchase. And no, DeepComposer isn’t a mechanical keyboard for hackers but a small MIDI keyboard for working with the AWS ...
09:26 pm GMT - Thu, April 2, 2020
Techcrunch White House says it is ordering more companies to make ventilators
With national the stockpile’s inventory of life-saving healthcare equipment getting dangerously close to zero, President Trump on Thursday signaled that he will leverage a key national security ...
09:15 pm GMT - Thu, April 2, 2020
Techcrunch The space in between: The stratosphere
We have airplanes and drones in our airspace and satellites in space, but what about the space in between: the stratosphere?...
08:52 pm GMT - Thu, April 2, 2020
Techcrunch HBO makes some top shows, movies, and documentaries free to stream on HBO NOW and HBO GO
Giving people even more of a reason to stay home and follow the social distancing measures designed to stop the spread of COVID-19 in the US, HBO said it would be making 500 hours of programming free ...
08:52 pm GMT - Thu, April 2, 2020
Techcrunch HBO makes some top shows, movies and documentaries free to stream on HBO NOW and HBO GO
Giving people even more of a reason to stay home and follow the social distancing measures designed to stop the spread of COVID-19 in the U.S., HBO said it would be making 500 hours of programming fre...
08:51 pm GMT - Thu, April 2, 2020
Techcrunch Pinterest CEO and a team of leading scientists launch a self-reporting COVID-19 tracking app
There have been a few scattered efforts to leverage crowd-sourced self-reporting of symptoms as a way to potentially predict and chart the progress of COVID-19 across the U.S., and around the world. A...
08:42 pm GMT - Thu, April 2, 2020
Techcrunch US markets shrug off record unemployment numbers as tech shares rise
Despite reports of historic unemployment, with roughly 6.6 million Americans filing for unemployment, domestic stocks rose during regular trading today. One day after grim estimates on the potential d...
08:41 pm GMT - Thu, April 2, 2020
Techcrunch Tesla delivers 88,400 electric vehicles, beating expectations
Tesla delivered 88,400 vehicles in the first quarter, beating most analysts expectations despite a 21% decreasefrom the previous quarter as the COVID-19 pandemic put downward pressure on demand and cr...
08:22 pm GMT - Thu, April 2, 2020
Techcrunch Flagship Pioneering raises $1.1 billion to spend on sustainability and health-focused biotech
Flagship Pioneering, the Boston-based biotech incubator and holding company, said it has raised $1.1 billion for its Flagship Labs unit. Flagship, which raised $1 billion back in 2019 for growth-stage...
08:09 pm GMT - Thu, April 2, 2020
Techcrunch Henry Ford Health System to conduct first large US study of hydroxychloroquines ability to prevent COVID-19
Despite false assertions by the president to the contrary, any potential treatments to counter or prevent COVID-19 are still only at the stage of early investigations, which include one-off treatment ...
08:00 pm GMT - Thu, April 2, 2020
Techcrunch Instacart to provide shoppers with face masks, hand sanitizers and thermometers
Instacart will start providing health and safety kits to its full-service shoppers. These kits will include a face mask, hand sanitizer and a thermometer, the company announced today. The kits will be...
07:57 pm GMT - Thu, April 2, 2020
Techcrunch Activity-monitoring startup Zensors repurposes its tech to help coronavirus response
Computer vision techniques used for commercial purposes are turning out to be valuable tools for monitoring people's behavior during the present pandemic. Zensors, a startup that uses machine learning...
07:49 pm GMT - Thu, April 2, 2020
Techcrunch Apple accidentally confirms the existence of an unreleased product, AirTags
Whoops! Apple inadvertently revealed the existence of an unreleased product, AirTags, in a support video uploaded to its YouTube account today. The video, “How to erase your iPhone,” offer...
07:26 pm GMT - Thu, April 2, 2020
Techcrunch Google and USCF collaborate on machine learning tool to help prevent harmful prescription errors
Machine learning experts working at Google Health have published a new study in tandem with the University of California San Francisco (UCSF)’s computational health sciences department that desc...
06:48 pm GMT - Thu, April 2, 2020
Techcrunch Disney debuts its streaming service in India
Disney+ has arrived in the land of Bollywood. The company on Friday (local time) rolled out its eponymous streaming service in India through Hotstar, a popular on-demand video streamer it picked up as...
06:48 pm GMT - Thu, April 2, 2020
Techcrunch Disney debuts its streaming service in India for $20 a year
Disney+ has arrived in the land of Bollywood. The company on Friday (local time) rolled out its eponymous streaming service in India through Hotstar, a popular on-demand video streamer it picked up as...
06:27 pm GMT - Thu, April 2, 2020
Techcrunch Apple, Laurene Powell Jobs and Leonardo DiCaprio launch a GoFundMe with $12M for the hungry
Apple has made a donation to a new fundraising campaign, America’s Food Fund, along with Laurene Powell Jobs, Leonardo DiCaprio and the Ford Foundation. Together, they’ve contributed $12 m...
06:21 pm GMT - Thu, April 2, 2020
Techcrunch Visas Africa strategy banks on startup partnerships
Visa has prioritized growth in Africa, and partnering with startups is central to its strategy. This became obvious in 2019 after the global financial services giant entered a series of collaborations...
05:00 pm GMT - Thu, April 2, 2020
Techcrunch Estimote launches wearables for workplace-level contact tracing for COVID-19
Bluetooth location beacon startup Estimote has adapted its technological expertise to develop a new product designed specifically at curbing the spread of COVID-19. The company created a new range of ...
04:51 pm GMT - Thu, April 2, 2020
Techcrunch IRL pivots into virtual event calendar In Remote Life
What do you do if you’re an event discovery startup and suddenly it’s illegal to attend events? You lean into the cultural shift and pivot. Today, $11 million-funded calendar app IRL is mo...
04:33 pm GMT - Thu, April 2, 2020
Techcrunch Modsy confirms layoffs, 10 months after announcing its $37M Series C
Modsy, an e-commerce company that creates 3D renderings of customized rooms, has confirmed to TechCrunch that it laid off a number of staff. In addition, several of its executives, including CEO Shann...
04:32 pm GMT - Thu, April 2, 2020
Techcrunch Lending startups are angling for new business from the COVID-19 bailout
As the largest federal stimulus package in the history of the United States, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, injects a planned $2.2 trillion into the U.S. economy, fintech start...
04:31 pm GMT - Thu, April 2, 2020
Techcrunch NASA and SpaceX add some retro flair to the Falcon 9 rocket flying the first crewed Dragon launch
NASA and SpaceX are moving ahead full-steam with the Demo-2 launch of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft the first launch to carry astronauts to space aboard a private launch vehicle from American...
04:23 pm GMT - Thu, April 2, 2020
Techcrunch Daily Crunch: Amazon announces new warehouse safety steps
Amazon says it will start taking additional steps to ensure the safety of its warehouse workers, SoftBank backs out of its latest WeWork investment and Zoom tries to fix its security issues. Here̵...
04:15 pm GMT - Thu, April 2, 2020
Techcrunch Google Cloud launches a managed Memcached service
Google today announced the beta of Memorystore for Memcached, a new service that provides a fully managed in-memory datastore that is compatible with the open-source Memcached protocol. It will join R...
04:00 pm GMT - Thu, April 2, 2020
Techcrunch ARCH Venture Partners raises $1.46 billion across two funds for biotech investing
Against a backdrop where the life-or-death consequences of biotechnology innovation are becoming increasingly apparent as the world races to develop vaccines and therapies to treat COVID-19, life scie...
03:45 pm GMT - Thu, April 2, 2020
Techcrunch Consumers spent record $23.4 billion on apps in Q1 2020, thanks to being stuck indoors
Time spent in mobile apps has been surging, as people stuck at home due to the coronavirus outbreak have been turning to apps to do their shopping, manage their finances, find new exercises, work from...
03:02 pm GMT - Thu, April 2, 2020
Techcrunch Virgin Orbit announces new plans for first Asian spaceport in Oita, Japan
Virgin Orbit may be focusing its production efforts right now on making ventilators to support healthcare workers battling COVID-19, but it’s also still making moves to build out the infrastruct...
02:46 pm GMT - Thu, April 2, 2020
Techcrunch T-Mobile customers on unlimited wireless family plans get a free year of Quibi
T-Mobile this morning officially announced its exclusive partnership with the new streaming service, Quibi, set to launch on April 6. The service will be made available for free for a year to T-Mobile...
02:44 pm GMT - Thu, April 2, 2020
Techcrunch Forward launches Forward At Home primary care service to address COVID-19 healthcare crunch
The global coronavirus pandemic has already caused a tremendous strain on healthcare resources around the world, and it’s leading to a shift in how healthcare is offered. Startup Forward, which ...
02:33 pm GMT - Thu, April 2, 2020
Techcrunch Venture-backed Celularity receives FDA approval for early trials of a new cell therapy for COVID-19
Celularity, the venture-backed developer of novel cell therapies for cancer treatments, has received an initial clearance from the Food and Drug Administration to begin early-stage clinical trials on ...
02:31 pm GMT - Thu, April 2, 2020
Techcrunch Amazon begins running temperature checks and will provide surgical masks at warehouses
Amazon has detailed someone measures its taking to prevent any further spread of COVID-19 at its warehouse facilities in the U.S. and Europe, according to Reuters, including taking temperature checks ...
02:30 pm GMT - Thu, April 2, 2020
Techcrunch Jim Fruchterman raises $1.7M for Tech Matters, a new effort to help nonprofits do tech better
Social entrepreneurship pioneer Jim Fruchterman has launched a new nonprofit, Tech Matters, with $1.7 million in backing from corporate and foundation sources, including Twilio, Okta, Working Capital,...
02:30 pm GMT - Thu, April 2, 2020
Techcrunch A bug bounty alone wont save your startup heres why
In this world, there is no such thing as perfect security. Every app or service you use even the websites you visit have security bugs. Companies go through repeated rounds of testing, code reviews ...
02:13 pm GMT - Thu, April 2, 2020
Techcrunch Facebook Messenger launches Mac & Windows apps
Facebook Messenger is finally getting desktop apps almost 9 years after its debut. After seeing over a 100% increase in desktop browser audio and video calling, Messenger today releases its Mac and Wi...
02:00 pm GMT - Thu, April 2, 2020
Techcrunch Luckin Coffees board initiates investigation into $300M potential fraud
China-based Luckin Coffee, the fastest growing coffee brand in the world, has dazzled VCs, public market investors and frankly us over the years with its dizzyingly high growth, expanding from a handf...
02:00 pm GMT - Thu, April 2, 2020
Techcrunch Disney beat Netflix in recent US downloads (report)
Netflix may still dominate global streaming, but Disney+ has made a huge splash in the United States, where it launched in November. That much was pretty clear already, and other reports have already ...
01:54 pm GMT - Thu, April 2, 2020
Techcrunch SaaS growth appears to slow as churn concerns rise
A set of charts provided to TechCrunch detail how the growth rate of SaaS companies, in both B2B and B2C, are falling. The market could be in for SaaS's first patch of hard times in recent memory....
01:16 pm GMT - Thu, April 2, 2020
Techcrunch How 6 top VCs are adapting to the new uncertainty
As the global economy grinds to a halt, every business sector has been impacted, including the linked worlds of startups and venture capital. But how much has really changed? If you read VC Twitter, y...
01:00 pm GMT - Thu, April 2, 2020
Techcrunch CIOs are dead tired of dumb tech. Pulse has $6.5M to help them help each other
The technology that runs our companies these days is staggering in its complexity. We have moved from a monolith to a microservices world, from boxes to SaaS, and while that has added agility to the e...
01:00 pm GMT - Thu, April 2, 2020
Techcrunch Cloudflare CEO pledges to double 2020 internship class
Internet security company Cloudflare has pledged to double its Summer 2020 internship class, and make the entire program remote if necessary, in response to cancellations of internships programs acros...
12:00 pm GMT - Thu, April 2, 2020
Techcrunch Collibra nabs another $112.5M at a $2.3B valuation for its big data management platform
GDPR and other data protection and privacy regulations — as well as a significant (and growing) number of data breaches and exposes of companies’ privacy policies — have put a spotli...
11:22 am GMT - Thu, April 2, 2020
Techcrunch Scoutbee launches free tool to help organisations search for COVID-19 support-related supplies
Scoutbee, the supplier discovery platform, has rolled out a new free tool for organisations helping to fight the coronavirus pandemic and who are in need of critical supplies. Targeting NGOs, public b...
10:43 am GMT - Thu, April 2, 2020
Techcrunch Ikea acquires AI imaging startup Geomagical Labs to supercharge room visualisations
Ikea, the Swedish home furnishings and decor giant, has been one of the leaders among retailers when it comes to adapting to tech innovations that impact its business, being one of the first to launch...
09:49 am GMT - Thu, April 2, 2020
Techcrunch SoftBank terminates $3BN tender offer for WeWork shares
SoftBank Group has pulled a $3 billion tender offer for WeWork shares — citing closing conditions not being met. The investment behemoth had been rumoured to be getting cold feet, when the WSJ r...
09:49 am GMT - Thu, April 2, 2020
Techcrunch SoftBank terminates $3B tender offer for WeWork shares
SoftBank Group has pulled a $3 billion tender offer for WeWork shares citing closing conditions not being met. The investment behemoth had been rumored to be getting cold feetwhen the WSJ reported las...
09:34 am GMT - Thu, April 2, 2020
Techcrunch Zoom freezes feature development to fix security and privacy issues
Zoom has been widely criticized over the past couple of weeks for terrible security, a poorly designed screensharing feature, misleading dark pattern, fake end-to-end-encryption claims and an incomple...
08:00 am GMT - Thu, April 2, 2020
Techcrunch Encores musical messages let you commission a video performance to send to loved ones
Encore, the U.K. marketplace that lets you find and book a musician or band online for your event, is launching a new online product to help musicians find an additional revenue stream during the coro...
07:58 am GMT - Thu, April 2, 2020
Techcrunch Money transfer service Azimo partners with Siam Commercial Bank for faster payments to Thailand
Azimo, the London-headquartered international money transfer service, has partnered with Thailand’s Siam Commercial Bank (SCB) to deliver instant payments for its customers from Europe to SCB ba...
07:00 am GMT - Thu, April 2, 2020
Techcrunch Flux and Pleo partner to bring itemised digital receipts to Pleos smart expense cards
When three former employees of Revolut founded Flux in 2016, the mission was clear: build a platform to bridge the gap between the itemised receipt data captured by a merchants point-of-sale (POS) sys...
06:46 am GMT - Thu, April 2, 2020
Techcrunch Google to shut down its India-focused Q&A app Neighbourly
Google is shutting down Neighbourly, a Q&A social app that it launched in Mumbai two years ago, the company has informed users. The app, developed by companys Next Billion Initiative, aimed to giv...
01:09 am GMT - Thu, April 2, 2020
Techcrunch A perfect storm for first time managers, say VCs with their own shops
Until very recently, it had begun to seem like anyone with a thick enough checkbook and some key contacts in the startup world could not only fund companies as an angel investor but even put himself o...
12:54 am GMT - Thu, April 2, 2020
Techcrunch Proposed amendments to the Volcker Rule could be a lifeline for venture firms hit by market downturn
In the wake of the financial crisis, Congress passed regulations limiting the types of investments that banks could make into private equity and venture capital funds. As cash strapped investors pull ...
12:26 am GMT - Thu, April 2, 2020
Techcrunch Detroit to be first to deploy Abbott Labs 5-minute COVID-19 test, mayor says
Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan said today on Wolf Blitzers CNN show that the city of Detroit is on track to be the first city to deploy Abbott Labs’ five-minute COVID-19 test. The mayor said the test...
11:35 pm GMT - Wed, April 1, 2020
Techcrunch Mobile payments firms in India are now scrambling to make money
Vijay Shekhar Sharma, founder and chief executive of Indias most valuable startup, Paytm, posed an existential question in a recent press conference. What do you think of the commercial model for digi...
10:40 pm GMT - Wed, April 1, 2020
Techcrunch Original Content podcast: Star Trek: Picard launches with a bumpy, memorable season
Star Trek TV shows generally take a while to get good but if any of them was going to have a strong start, you’d think it’d be “Star Trek: Picard.” After all, it returns Patri...
09:48 pm GMT - Wed, April 1, 2020
Techcrunch Content network effect makes TikTok tough to copy
Many TikTok videos don’t start from scratch, so neither can its competitors. TikTok is all about remixes where users shoot a new video to recontextualize audio pulled from someone else’s c...
09:33 pm GMT - Wed, April 1, 2020
Techcrunch In a significant change, Apple customers can now buy or rent titles directly in the Prime Video app
Amazon has made it easier for Apple customers to buy or rent movies from its Prime Video app with a recent update. Before, customers using the Prime Video app from an iOS device or Apple TV would have...
09:32 pm GMT - Wed, April 1, 2020
Techcrunch This adorable tiny record maker lets you cut your own 5-inch vinyl singles
Vinyl has been coming back for the last few years, but unlike MP3s, CDs, or even cassette tapes (also coming back), records aren’t easy to record on your own. This tiny toy record maker makes it...
09:16 pm GMT - Wed, April 1, 2020
Techcrunch An EU coalition of techies is backing a privacy-preserving standard for COVID-19 contacts tracing
A European coalition of techies and scientists drawn from at least eight countries, and led by Germany’s Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute for telecoms (HHI), is working on contacts-tracing pr...
09:14 pm GMT - Wed, April 1, 2020
Techcrunch NASA issues agency-wide crowdsourcing call for ideas around COVID-19 response
There’s crowdsourcing a problem, and then there’s crowdsourcing a problem within NASA, where some of the smartest, most creative and resourceful problem-solvers in the world solve real-wor...
09:00 pm GMT - Wed, April 1, 2020
Techcrunch LinkedIns making its job listing tools free to those recruiting to fight the coronavirus pandemic
Like many other websites at the moment, the career-oriented networking platform LinkedIn has seen a big boost in traffic as a result of people being asked to work from home and stay indoors overall to...
09:00 pm GMT - Wed, April 1, 2020
Techcrunch LinkedIns making its recruitment tools free to those fighting the coronavirus pandemic
Like many other websites at the moment, the career-oriented networking platform LinkedIn has seen a big boost in traffic as a result of people being asked to work from home and stay indoors overall to...
08:33 pm GMT - Wed, April 1, 2020
Techcrunch Notion hits $2 billion valuation in new raise
Notion, a startup that operates a workplace productivity platform, has raised $50 million from Index Ventures and other investors at a $2 billion valuation, the company told The New York Times. A Noti...
08:15 pm GMT - Wed, April 1, 2020
Techcrunch Stocks fall sharply as US government warns of hard weeks ahead
A recent rebound in domestic equity prices faded further into the distance today, as American stocks fell for a second consecutive day following modest Tuesday declines. After rising from new 52-week ...
07:44 pm GMT - Wed, April 1, 2020
Techcrunch Self-driving car engineer Anthony Levandowski files motion to force Uber into arbitration
Anthony Levandowski, the star self-driving car engineer who was at the center of a trade secrets lawsuit, has filed a motion to compel Uber into arbitration in the hopes that his former employee will ...
07:34 pm GMT - Wed, April 1, 2020
Techcrunch Olive, a startup developing an automation tool for healthcare administration, raises $51 million
Time is money as the old adage goes, and this is doubly true in healthcare systems operating with thin margins now made even thinner thanks to the loss of revenue caused by a freeze on elective proced...
06:57 pm GMT - Wed, April 1, 2020
Techcrunch Audible has the first Harry Potter audiobook (as read by Stephen Fry!) streaming for free right now
If you’ve ever tried to buy the Harry Potter audiobooks, you probably noticed something kind of tricky: there are two very different versions. The version most widely available in the U.S. is na...
06:40 pm GMT - Wed, April 1, 2020
Techcrunch Nextdoor updates its app to allow businesses to link to fundraisers, gift cards and more
Neighborhood social networking app Nextdoor is rolling out a few changes focused on supporting local businesses. The COVID-19 outbreak has forced many businesses to close their doors, sometimes for go...
06:19 pm GMT - Wed, April 1, 2020
Techcrunch A former chaos engineer offers 5 tips for handling online disasters remotely
Its often the small things that can make all the difference when working remotely; things that seem obvious in the moment, but may have been overlooked....
05:53 pm GMT - Wed, April 1, 2020
Techcrunch Palantir provides COVID-19 tracking software to CDC and NHS, pitches European health agencies
As the floor drops out from under many startups, some tech companies are finding a path forward by meeting new government needs. Among them is Palantir, a secretive government-friendly big data operat...
05:32 pm GMT - Wed, April 1, 2020
Techcrunch Okta launches Lifecycle Management Workflows to make building identity-centric processes easy
Okta, the popular identity and access management service, today used its annual (and now virtual) user conference to launch Lifecycle Management Workflows, a new tool that helps IT teams build and man...
05:21 pm GMT - Wed, April 1, 2020
Techcrunch Daily Crunch: Zoom faces security scrutiny
Researchers reveal a number of security issues with videoconferencing app Zoom, investors warn Indian startups of tough times ahead and Uber Eats expands its grocery options internationally. Here̵...
05:15 pm GMT - Wed, April 1, 2020
Techcrunch WarnerMedias new boss is former Hulu CEO Jason Kilar
Hulu co-founder and former chief executive Jason Kilar has been named the new chief executive of WarnerMedia . It’s the latest executive reshuffling at the AT&T-owned media giant, which saw ...
05:06 pm GMT - Wed, April 1, 2020
Techcrunch Venture debts new reality: The last thing we want is management walking away from a company
Maurice Werdegar is the longtime CEO of venture debt shop Western Technology Investment, one of the most active venture debt lenders in the U.S. It’s also one of the older firms, having loaned o...
04:50 pm GMT - Wed, April 1, 2020
Techcrunch ImmunityBio and Microsoft team up to precisely model how key COVID-19 protein leads to infection
An undertaking that involved combining massive amounts of graphics processing power could provide key leverage for researchers looking to develop potential cures and treatments for the novel coronavir...
04:49 pm GMT - Wed, April 1, 2020
Techcrunch T-Mobile officially completes merger with Sprint, CEO John Legere steps down ahead of schedule
After months of regulatory maneuvering, T-Mobile and Sprint officially completed their $26 billion merger today. The new combined parent company is called T-Mobile and will now trade on the Nasdaq und...
04:41 pm GMT - Wed, April 1, 2020
Techcrunch DoorDash now delivers from over 1,800 convenience stores nationwide
DoorDash announced today it’s expanding beyond food to also deliver from convenience stores, like 7-Eleven, Wawa, Circle K, Casey’s General Store and others. The service is partnering with...
04:27 pm GMT - Wed, April 1, 2020
Techcrunch Scaleway launches managed Kubernetes clusters
Cloud hosting company Scaleway has launched Kubernetes Kapsule, a new service that lets you manage Kubernetes clusters on Scaleways infrastructure. The service works with a wide range of Scaleway inst...
04:00 pm GMT - Wed, April 1, 2020
Techcrunch Philter Labs nets additional funding in quest to build a better portable smoking filter
Philter Labs aims to reduce the stigma associated with vaping tobacco and cannabis. The company’s product is simple enough: it’s a portable filter that, to my surprise, eliminates nearly a...
03:56 pm GMT - Wed, April 1, 2020
Techcrunch Mobile app spending to double by 2024, despite economic impacts of COVID-19
The spread of COVID-19 has already had a significant impact on the mobile app industry and that will continue in the years to come. According to a revised 2020-2024 market forecast from app intelligen...
03:24 pm GMT - Wed, April 1, 2020
Techcrunch How bad will SaaS churn get in the downturn?
It's easy to say that churn will go up; some customers will close, cancelling contracts (boosting gross churn) while other customers will slow software budget growth (limiting net retention). But how ...
03:00 pm GMT - Wed, April 1, 2020
Techcrunch Take your shot: Apply to TC Top Picks at Disrupt SF 2020
TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco is known around the world as the place where the early-stage startup community gathers to learn and launch, connect and collaborate. We know COVID-19 has created chall...
02:34 pm GMT - Wed, April 1, 2020
Techcrunch Researchers to study if startups wrist-worn wearable can detect early COVID-19 respiratory issues
It’s highly unlikely that the current coronavirus crisis will neatly and fully “solved” by any one endeavor or solution, which makes news studies like one involving startup WHOOPR...
02:26 pm GMT - Wed, April 1, 2020
Techcrunch What happens to edtech when kids go back to school?
In just a few weeks, homeschooling has gone from a rarity to a baseline in homes across the country. Jonah Liss, a 16-year-old student at International Academy of Bloomfield Hills in Michigan, was sen...
02:00 pm GMT - Wed, April 1, 2020
Techcrunch Ex-NSA hacker drops new zero-day doom for Zoom
Zoom’s troubled year just got worse. Now that a large portion of the world is working from home to ride out the coronavirus pandemic, Zoom’s popularity has rocketed, but also has led to an...
02:00 pm GMT - Wed, April 1, 2020
Techcrunch Hio wants to put networking events back on your remote-only calendars
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines and the COVID-19 pandemic has surged event cancellations across the country. Tech workforces have found ways to stay productive: back-to-back Zoom calls...
01:27 pm GMT - Wed, April 1, 2020
Techcrunch Addionics, a startup creating next-gen batteries for electric cars and more, raises $6M
Addionics, an Israeli/U.K. startup that is developed next-generation rechargeable batteries for electric vehicles and other applications, has raised $6 million in funding. The round is led by Next Gea...
01:00 pm GMT - Wed, April 1, 2020
Techcrunch Tim Drapers Los Angeles-based blockchain-focused venture studio adds a venture partner
The Los Angeles-based venture capital studio focused on blockchain and fintech startups which longtime venture investor Tim Draper now calls home has added a new venture partner to its team. Draper Go...
12:46 pm GMT - Wed, April 1, 2020
Techcrunch DeepMinds Agent57 AI agent can best human players across a suite of 57 Atari games
Development of artificial intelligence agents tends to frequently be measured by their performance in games, but there’s a good reason for that: Games tend to offer a wide proficiency curve, in ...
12:35 pm GMT - Wed, April 1, 2020
Techcrunch Spotify and Warner Music Group renew their global licensing deal, resolve issue in India
Spotify and Warner Music Group have renewed their global licensing partnership, the two said on Wednesday, confirming that the giant music label’s songs will now be available on the Sweden-headq...
12:30 pm GMT - Wed, April 1, 2020
Techcrunch Aspen Neuroscience raises $70M for its experimental Parkinson Disease treatment
Since 2012, Dr. Jeanne Loring, the founder of the eponymous Loring Lab at Scripps Research, has been thinking about how to use pluripotent stem cells as a potential treatment for Parkinson Disease. No...
12:30 pm GMT - Wed, April 1, 2020
Techcrunch Aspen Neuroscience raises $70M for its experimental Parkinsons Disease treatment
Since 2012, Dr. Jeanne Loring, the founder of the eponymous Loring Lab at Scripps Research, has been thinking about how to use pluripotent stem cells as a potential treatment for Parkinson Disease. No...
11:41 am GMT - Wed, April 1, 2020
Techcrunch VR chair startup raises funds, as pandemic boosts prospects for VR and gaming
Roto VR, startup which markets an interactive, ‘360 degree’ chair, has raised 1.5 million in a funding round led by Pembroke VCT. Others in the round include TVB Growth Fund, managed by Th...
11:11 am GMT - Wed, April 1, 2020
Techcrunch YouTube sellers found touting bogus coronavirus vaccines and masks
YouTube has been criticized for continuing to host coronavirus disinformation on its video sharing platform during a global health emergency. Two US advocacy groups which campaign for online safety un...
10:54 am GMT - Wed, April 1, 2020
Techcrunch Operation Covid-19 will allow self-reporting of cases, to get ahead of official figures
The Canadian founder of a startup who caught Covid-19 from Justin Trudeaus wife has launched an initiative to allow anyone to self-report their own case of the disease and publish the results, helping...
10:26 am GMT - Wed, April 1, 2020
Techcrunch Pre-school EdTech startup Lingumi raises 4m, adds some free services during Covid-19
At these difficult times, parents are concerned for their childrens education, especially given so much of it has had to go online during the Covid-19 pandemic. But what about pre-schoolers who are mi...
08:03 am GMT - Wed, April 1, 2020
Techcrunch Uber Eats beefs up its grocery delivery offer as COVID-19 lockdowns continue
Uber Eats has beefed up grocery delivery options in three markets hard hit by the coronavirus. Uber’s food delivery division said today it’s inked a partnership with supermarket giant Carr...
07:20 am GMT - Wed, April 1, 2020
Techcrunch Grab hires Peter Oey as its chief financial officer
Grab announced today that it has hired Peter Oey as its new chief financial officer. Prior to joining Grab, Oey was the chief financial officer at LegalZoom, an online legal services company based nea...
06:05 am GMT - Wed, April 1, 2020
Techcrunch Africa Roundup: Africas tech ecosystem responds to COVID-19
In March, the virus gripping the world COVID-19 started to spread in Africa. In short order, actors across the continent’s tech ecosystem began to step up to stem the spread. Early in March Af...
04:42 am GMT - Wed, April 1, 2020
Techcrunch Investors tell Indian startups to prepare for the worst as Covid-19 uncertainty continues
Just three months after capping what was the best year for Indian startups, having raised a record $14.5 billion in 2019, they are beginning to struggle to raise new capital as prominent investors urg...
11:43 pm GMT - Tue, March 31, 2020
Techcrunch Vericool raises $19.1 million for its plant-based packaging replacement for plastic coolers
Vericool, a Livermore, Calif.-based startup that’s replacing plastic coolers and packaging with plant-based products, has raised $19.1 million in a new round of financing. The company’s st...
10:23 pm GMT - Tue, March 31, 2020
Techcrunch Xerox drops $34B HP takeover bid amid COVID-19 uncertainty
Xerox announced today that it would be dropping its hostile takeover bid of HP. The drama began last fall with a flurry of increasingly angry letters between the two companies, and confrontational act...
10:11 pm GMT - Tue, March 31, 2020
Techcrunch What does a pandemic say about the tech weve built?
There’s a joke* being reshared on chat apps that takes the form of a multiple-choice question — asking who’s the leading force in workplace digital transformation? The red-lined punc...
09:19 pm GMT - Tue, March 31, 2020
Techcrunch Marriott says 5.2 million guest records were stolen in another data breach
Marriott has confirmed a second data breach in three years this time involving the personal information on 5.2 million guests. The hotel giant said Tuesday it discovered the breach of an unspecified ...
09:05 pm GMT - Tue, March 31, 2020
Techcrunch FDA introduces a new program to expedite deployment of potential coronavirus treatments
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a new program today that’s designed to foster close collaboration between public and private organizations in order to “bring coronavi...
08:30 pm GMT - Tue, March 31, 2020
Techcrunch Stocks post worst quarter since 2008 financial crisis
The first quarter of 2020 ended with a whimper with the Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P 500 and Nasdaq posting their worst quarter in decades as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to cause uncert...
08:10 pm GMT - Tue, March 31, 2020
Techcrunch OrbitFab secures National Science Foundation funding to propel its satellite refueling tech to space
On-orbit satellite refueling technology is closer than ever to a practical reality, which could help immensely with the cost and sustainability of orbital businesses. Startup OrbitFab, a 2019 TechCrun...
08:02 pm GMT - Tue, March 31, 2020
Techcrunch FCC mandates strict caller ID authentication to beat back robocalls
The FCC unanimously passed a new set of rules today that will require wireless carriers to implement an tech framework to combat robocalls. Called STIR/SHAKEN, and dithered over for years by the carri...
08:00 pm GMT - Tue, March 31, 2020
Techcrunch Maybe we shouldnt use Zoom after all
Now that we’re all stuck at home thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, video calls have gone from a novelty to a necessity. Zoom, the popular videoconferencing service, seems to be doing better th...
07:26 pm GMT - Tue, March 31, 2020
Techcrunch No proof of a Houseparty breach, but its privacy policy is still gatecrashing your data
Houseparty has been a smashing success with people staying home during the coronavirus pandemic who still want to connect with friends. The group video chat app, interspersed with games and other bell...
07:00 pm GMT - Tue, March 31, 2020
Techcrunch Facebook launches a global version of its Community Help feature in response to the COVID-19 pandemic
Facebook first launched its Community Help feature in 2017, to give users a way to offer assistance, search for help and receive help in the wake of a crisis. The feature has since been used to connec...
06:49 pm GMT - Tue, March 31, 2020
Techcrunch Dear Sophie: How do we craft a strong H-1B petition? If Im not selected, what are my options?
Thank you for asking the questions that are on the minds of many H-1B first-timers. Dont worry! Several options exist if youre not selected....
06:38 pm GMT - Tue, March 31, 2020
Techcrunch On-demand shuttle startup Via hits $2.25 billion valuation on latest funding round led by Exor
On-demand shuttle startup Via has hit a $2.25 billion valuation following a Series E funding round led by Exor, the Agnelli family holding company that owns stakes inPartnerRe, Ferrari and Fiat Chrysl...
06:32 pm GMT - Tue, March 31, 2020
Techcrunch General Catalyst just announced $2.3 billion in new capital commitments across three funds
General Catalyst, the 20-year-old venture firm that has been bulking up in recent years, announced this morning that it has secured $2.3 billion in capital commitments across three funds: a $600 milli...
06:32 pm GMT - Tue, March 31, 2020
Techcrunch Despite economy, General Catalyst announces $2.3 billion in commitments across three funds
General Catalyst, the 20-year-old venture firm that has been bulking up in recent years, announced this morning that it has secured $2.3 billion in capital commitments across three funds: a $600 milli...
06:31 pm GMT - Tue, March 31, 2020
Techcrunch Join the FirstMark Capital squad for a live Q&A on Zoom tomorrow at 9am PDT
Stuck at home? JK! I know you are! You’re not alone. FirstMark Capital partners Rick Heitzmann, Amish Jani, Matt Turck and Beth Ferreira are also working from home. But neither distance nor viru...
06:31 pm GMT - Tue, March 31, 2020
Techcrunch [Postponed] Join the FirstMark Capital squad for a live Q&A on Zoom tomorrow at 9am PDT
Update: Unfortunately, we’re going to have to postpone this call. We’ll be in touch soon with the new dates. In the meantime, we have plenty of exciting calls slated and can’t wait t...
06:12 pm GMT - Tue, March 31, 2020
Techcrunch How to value a startup in a downturn
The value of technology companies has fallen as the broader public markets have repriced themselves in light of COVID-19-related market and economic disruptions. And as the public markets sort out the...
05:55 pm GMT - Tue, March 31, 2020
Techcrunch Apple acquires Dark Sky, Android version shutting down in July
Dark Sky, the popular weather app, has been acquired by Apple . News of the acquisition comes by way of Dark Sky’s own blog. The company says that there will be “no changes” for user...
04:58 pm GMT - Tue, March 31, 2020
Techcrunch Brandless founder Tina Sharkey joins the board of PBS
Tina Sharkey, the founder and former CEO of the recently closed D2C brand Brandless, has today been appointed to the board of directors of PBS. Sharkey is an independent board member. Before her time ...
04:38 pm GMT - Tue, March 31, 2020
Techcrunch Color is launching a high-capacity COVID-19 testing lab and will open-source its design and protocols
Genomics health technology startup Color is doing its part to address the global COVID-19 pandemic, and has detailed the steps it’s taking to support expansion of testing efforts in a new blog p...
04:09 pm GMT - Tue, March 31, 2020
Techcrunch Daily Crunch: Amazon warehouse workers walk out
Amazon faces worker complaints over its response to the COVID-19 pandemic, General Motors says it’s moving fast to manufacture face masks and we’ve got some numbers quantifying the video c...
04:04 pm GMT - Tue, March 31, 2020
Techcrunch VR workplace training startup Strivr lands $30 million Series B
Virtual reality has been two years away from mainstream adoption for the past six years. In that time, huge companies have made big VR bets only to walk away, countless VR startups have faded or flare...
03:43 pm GMT - Tue, March 31, 2020
Techcrunch Wide Open School organizes free educational resources to help parents and teachers homeschool
Nearly 300 million kids are missing school worldwide because of the coronavirus outbreak, including some 54 million in the U.S. alone. That’s left parents scrambling for resources to help contin...
03:26 pm GMT - Tue, March 31, 2020
Techcrunch Palo Alto Networks to acquire CloudGenix for $420M
Palo Alto Networks announced today that it has an agreement in place to acquire CloudGenix for $420 million. CloudGenix delivers a software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) that helps customers stay...
03:18 pm GMT - Tue, March 31, 2020
Techcrunch Cue Health awarded $13 million government contract to develop portable, point-of-care COVID-19 test
Biotech startup Cue Health has secured a $13 million contract from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’ Biomedical Research and Development Authority (BARDA), which will be used to s...
03:00 pm GMT - Tue, March 31, 2020
Techcrunch Microsoft launches Edge Zones for Azure
Microsoft today announced the launch of Azure Edge Zones, which will allow Azure users to bring their applications to the company’s edge locations. The focus here is on enabling real-time low-la...
02:48 pm GMT - Tue, March 31, 2020
Techcrunch Startup group works to get flat-packed protective boxes to front-line COVID-19 medical workers
There are a number of initiatives by startup companies and entrepreneurs looking to support the healthcare response to COVID-19, and one that’s addressing a need in the realm of personal protect...
02:32 pm GMT - Tue, March 31, 2020
Techcrunch Rokus update adds support for Spanish voice commands, visual search results and more
Roku announced today it’s preparing to roll out the next version of its operating system, Roku OS 9.3, which powers its popular media players, TVs and other devices. The flagship feature of this...
02:09 pm GMT - Tue, March 31, 2020
Techcrunch Amid shift to remote work, application performance monitoring is ITs big moment
In recent weeks, millions have started working from home, putting unheard-of pressure on services like video conferencing, online learning, food delivery and e-commerce platforms. While some verticals...
02:00 pm GMT - Tue, March 31, 2020
Techcrunch Xage adds full-stack data protection to blockchain security platform
Xage, a startup that has been taking an unusual path to secure legacy companies like oil and gas and utilities with help from the blockchain, announced a new data protection service today. Xage CEO Du...
02:00 pm GMT - Tue, March 31, 2020
Techcrunch Substack offers $100K in grants for independent writers
Substack is taking several steps to support the writers and publications using its newsletter platform. After all, just as writers and newsrooms are starting to build real businesses on Substack, the ...
01:50 pm GMT - Tue, March 31, 2020
Techcrunch Venture capital isnt escaping the downward spiral of the global economy
Q1 VC data is not great, and it's hard to imagine that Q2's results are going to look much better....
01:43 pm GMT - Tue, March 31, 2020
Techcrunch SpaceXs Starship user guide details how it could replace the Space Shuttle and offer comfy passenger flights
SpaceX has released a first version of its spacecraft user manual for Starship, the next-generation launch vehicle that it’s currently developing in Boca Chica, Texas. The manual isn’t qui...
01:34 pm GMT - Tue, March 31, 2020
Techcrunch Dining and takeout startup Allset raises $8.25M as it adapts to life under lockdown
Even though this might seem to be the absolute worst time to try to round up funding for a restaurant-related startup, Allset is announcing that it’s raised an $8.25 million Series B. It was not...
01:33 pm GMT - Tue, March 31, 2020
Techcrunch General Motors spins up global supply chain to make 50,000 face masks a day
GM today announced manufacturing details around building much-needed medical face masks. According to the company’s press release, it took the company less than seven days to go from nothing to ...
01:28 pm GMT - Tue, March 31, 2020
Techcrunch Axonius nabs $58M for its cybersecurity-focused network asset management platform
As companies get to grips with a wider (and, lately, more enforced) model of remote working, a startup that provides a platform to help track and manage all the devices that are accessing networked se...
01:07 pm GMT - Tue, March 31, 2020
Techcrunch Leading VCs discuss how COVID-19 has impacted the world of digital health
In December 2019, Extra Crunch spoke to a group of investors leading the charge in health tech to discuss where they saw the most opportunity in the space leading into 2020. At the time, respondents h...
01:00 pm GMT - Tue, March 31, 2020
Techcrunch Fitbit adds GPS and Spotify control for the Charge 4
Lets be real: Now isnt the ideal time to launch a health tracker. For a majority of us, expectations have dramatically plummeted for step counts, workout minutes and other gamified metrics. But hardwa...
01:00 pm GMT - Tue, March 31, 2020
Techcrunch Niantic squares up against Apple and Facebook with acquisition of AR startup 6D.ai
Even as the pandemic forces Niantic to shift the way its outdoor-friendly titles are played, the gaming company is charging ahead with its efforts to build out an augmented reality platform which allo...
12:43 pm GMT - Tue, March 31, 2020
Techcrunch SpaceXs first operational crew mission adds additional NASA and JAXA astronauts
SpaceX is readying for its first flight with astronauts on board Demo-2, which is technically the last demonstration mission that is required before the Crew Dragon capsule is officially certified to...
12:00 pm GMT - Tue, March 31, 2020
Techcrunch DataStax launches Kubernetes operator for open source Cassandra database
Today, DataStax, the commercial company behind the open source Apache Cassandra project, announced an open source Kubernetes operator developed by the company to run a cloud native version of the data...
12:00 pm GMT - Tue, March 31, 2020
Techcrunch Bay Area effort to feed hospital workers partners with Jose Andres World Central Kitchen
An effort Ive been following in the Bay Area to deliver meals to front-line hospital clinicians dealing with the results of COVID-19 is announcing a big new partnership today that should give it a nat...
12:00 pm GMT - Tue, March 31, 2020
Techcrunch Cnvrg.io launches a free version of its data science platform
Data science platform cnvrg.io today announced the launch of the free community version of its data science platform. Dubbed ‘CORE,’ this version includes most — but not all — ...
12:00 pm GMT - Tue, March 31, 2020
Techcrunch Family-friendly Spotify Kids app launches in the U.S., Canada and France
Last fall, Spotify debuted a standalone Kids application, aimed at bringing kid-friendly music and stories to Spotify Premium Family subscribers, initially in Ireland. Today, that app is being made av...
12:00 pm GMT - Tue, March 31, 2020
Techcrunch Snapchat preempts clones, syndicates Stories to other apps
If you can’t stop them, power them. That’s the strategy behind Snapchat App Stories, which launches today to let users show off their ephemeral content in other apps too. The first partner...
11:55 am GMT - Tue, March 31, 2020
Techcrunch Damon Motorcycles makes acquisition, raises $3M and extends pre-orders
EV startup Damon Motorcycles has acquired the IP of Mission Motors, raised $3 million in funding and announced a special production run of its debut model. The Vancouver-based venture unveiled the 200...
11:43 am GMT - Tue, March 31, 2020
Techcrunch Disney to launch in India on April 3
Disney said on Tuesday that it will launch its streaming service, Disney+, in India on April 3. The service, available globally in about a dozen markets, will launch in India on Hotstar, one of the mo...
11:14 am GMT - Tue, March 31, 2020
Techcrunch Xiaomi reports Q4 revenue jump, beats estimates
Xiaomi ended 2019 on a high, reporting a 27.1% year-over-year jump in the fourth-quarter revenue aided by overseas expansion, beating analysts estimation. The Chinese giant said sales in the fourth qu...
11:10 am GMT - Tue, March 31, 2020
Techcrunch Monzo CEO wont take salary for 12 months after limited number of staff offered voluntary furlough
Monzo, the U.K. challenger bank with over 4 million account holders, is taking a number of precautionary steps to help see it through the current coronavirus downturn, including voluntary furloughs an...
09:51 am GMT - Tue, March 31, 2020
Techcrunch Uber co-founder Garrett Camp steps back from board director role
Uber co-founder Garrett Camp is relinquishing his role as a board director and switching to board observer — where he says he’ll focus on product strategy for the ride hailing giant. Camp ...
09:00 am GMT - Tue, March 31, 2020
Techcrunch D-Wave gives anyone working on responses to the COVID-19 free cloud access to its quantum computers
D-Wave, the Canadian quantum computing company, today announced that it is giving anyone who is working on responses to the COVID-19 free access to its Leap 2 quantum computing cloud service. The offe...
08:26 am GMT - Tue, March 31, 2020
Techcrunch Chinas Pinduoduo raises $1.1 billion in private share placement
Chinese e-commerce firm Pinduoduo said on Tuesday it had raised $1.1 billion in a private share placement that will enable its further expansion and allow it to capture additional opportunities during...
07:00 am GMT - Tue, March 31, 2020
Techcrunch Qarnot raises $6.5 million for its computer servers that heat buildings
French startup Qarnot has raised a $6.5 million (6 million) funding round. The company manufactures heaters and boilers with a special trick  they pack computers as computers tend to generate a l...
01:30 am GMT - Tue, March 31, 2020
Techcrunch Los Angeles-based challenger bank HMBradley officially opens its virtual doors
The Los Angeles-based digital challenger bank, HMBradley, opened its virtual doors to the public today, allowing the thousands of waitlisted would-be users to set up direct deposits and collect their ...
12:39 am GMT - Tue, March 31, 2020
Techcrunch Facebook deletes Brazil Presidents coronavirus misinfo post
Facebook has diverted from its policy of not fact-checking politicians in order to prevent the spread of potentially harmful coronavirus misinformation from Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro. Faceboo...
12:10 am GMT - Tue, March 31, 2020
Techcrunch Johnson & Johnson partners with BARDA to fund $1 billion in COVID-19 vaccine research
Pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson is partnering with the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to fund over $1 billion in ...