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TikTok announces first data center in Europe
TikTok, the Chinese video sharing app that’s found itself at the center of a geopolitical power struggle which threatens to put hard limits on its global growth this year, said today it will build its first data center in Europe. The announcement of a TikTok data center in the EU also follows a landmark ruling […]
TechCrunch | 06-Aug-2020 13:15

Uber picks up Autocab to push into places its own app doesn’t go
Uber has bought UK based Autocab, which sells SaaS to the taxi and private hire vehicle industry, with the aim of expanding the utility of its own platform by linking users who open its app in places where it doesn’t offer trips to local providers who do. No acquisition price has been disclosed and Uber […]
TechCrunch | 06-Aug-2020 10:19

More Chinese phone makers could lose US apps under Trump’s Clean Network
Over a third of the world’s smartphone sales come from Chinese vendors Huawei, Xiaomi and Oppo. These manufacturers have thrived not only because they offer value-for-money handsets thanks to China’s supply chains, but they also enjoy a relatively open mobile ecosystem, in which consumers in most countries can freely access the likes of Google, Instagram […]
TechCrunch | 06-Aug-2020 10:18

Infermedica scores $10M Series A for its ‘AI-driven’ diagnosis and triage platform
Infermedica, the Poland-founded health tech startup that offers an AI-driven platform for preliminary diagnosis and triage, has raised just over $10 million in Series A funding. The round is led by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and digital health fund Heal Capital. Existing investors Karma Ventures, Inovo Venture Partners, and Dreamit Ventures […]
TechCrunch | 06-Aug-2020 10:00

Attorneys general from twenty states call on Facebook to do more to fight discrimination, disinformation and harrassment
In an open letter to Facebook’s leadership posted earlier today, the attorneys general from twenty states called on the company to do more to fight intimidation, discrimination, disinformation, harassment and hate speech on the platform. “Although Facebook has made some progress in counteracting the use of its platform to dehumanize and demean, that is just […]
TechCrunch | 06-Aug-2020 05:08

Twitter locked the Trump campaign out of its account for sharing COVID-19 misinformation
Twitter took action against the official Trump campaign Twitter account Wednesday, freezing @TeamTrump’s ability to tweet until it removed a video in which the president made misleading claims about the coronavirus. In the video clip, taken from a Wednesday morning Fox News interview, President Trump makes the unfounded assertion that children are “almost immune” from […]
TechCrunch | 06-Aug-2020 03:41

Facebook just took down a Trump post that claimed kids are immune to COVID-19
Facebook took down a video President Trump posted to his account Wednesday, citing its rules against false claims about the coronavirus. The decision to remove the video signals a new direction for Facebook, which has been taking incremental steps recently to distance itself from the perception that the company deliberately turns a blind eye to […]
TechCrunch | 06-Aug-2020 02:14

Uber and Lyft face new lawsuit from CA Labor Commissioner
Uber and Lyft are both facing another lawsuit from the office of the California Labor Commissioner alleging wage theft. Filed today, the suits argue both Uber and Lyft are misclassifying their drivers as independent contractors and aim to enforce the labor practices set forth by AB 5. “The Uber and Lyft business model rests on […]
TechCrunch | 06-Aug-2020 01:16

Unagi, the iPhone of scooters, now has a subscription service
Unagi, the portable and design-forward electric scooter company that made a splash with celebs and pop stars, has launched a subscription service. The service, called Unagi All-Access, will be offered in New York City and Los Angeles. The company said it plans to expand to additional markets as it gathers customer feedback and refines the […]
TechCrunch | 06-Aug-2020 00:32

YouTube bans thousands of Chinese accounts to combat ‘coordinated influence operations’
YouTube has banned a large number of Chinese accounts it said were engaging in “coordinated influence operations” on political issues, the company announced today; 2,596 accounts from China alone were taken down from April to June, compared with 277 in the first three months of 2020. “These channels mostly uploaded spammy, non-political content, but a […]
TechCrunch | 05-Aug-2020 23:14

Black Founders Matter, a fund focused on Black entrepreneurs, makes first investment
Too often, Black founders are locked out of Silicon Valley before they even have a chance to get started, Marceau Michel, founder of venture capital firm Black Founders Matter, tells TechCrunch. “It’s important we’re looking at the social justice movement from very different places,” Michel says. “It’s one thing for Black people to not be […]
TechCrunch | 05-Aug-2020 22:39

Match confirms plans for Tinder Platinum, a new top-level subscription for power users, arriving Q4
Tinder is testing a new top-level subscription plan, Tinder Platinum, which it expects to roll out before year-end. The news of the coming service was announced this week by Tinder parent Match Group during its Q2 2020 earnings call with investors. Match described the subscription as providing additional value beyond Tinder’s current paid plan, Tinder […]
TechCrunch | 05-Aug-2020 22:30

Instagram’s hashtag searches gave Trump better treatment than Biden
Instagram apparently handled searches for popular hashtags related to the two presidential candidates differently, pointing Joe Biden search queries toward often negative related hashtags while making no such suggestions in corresponding searches pertaining to President Trump. A new report by the Tech Transparency Project details the strange platform behavior. In the report, the tech watchdog […]
TechCrunch | 05-Aug-2020 21:53

DoorDash launches a convenience store
On-demand delivery startup DoorDash has launched a digital storefront to sell household items, as well as the types of things you’d find at a convenience store. So, chips, ice cream, spices and packaged foods from local restaurants. Called DashMart, the convenience store is available in eight cities throughout the U.S. and plans to launch in […]
TechCrunch | 05-Aug-2020 21:46

Krisp snags $5M A round as demand grows for its voice-isolating algorithm
Krisp’s smart noise suppression tech, which silences ambient sounds and isolates your voice for calls, arrived just in time. The company got out in front of the global shift to virtual presence, turning early niche traction into real customers and attracting a shiny new $5 million Series A funding round to expand and diversify its […]
TechCrunch | 05-Aug-2020 21:45

The story behind Rent the Runway’s first check
When Rent the Runway co-founders Jennifer Fleiss and Jennifer Hyman got their first term sheet, it had an exploding clause in it: If they didn’t sign the offer in 24 hours, they would lose the deal. The co-founders, then students at Harvard Business School, were ready to commit, but their lawyer advised them to pause […]
TechCrunch | 05-Aug-2020 21:18

Go public now while software valuations make no sense
Software valuations are bonkers, which means it’s a great time to go public. Asana, Monday.com, Wrike and every other gosh darn software company that is putting it off, pay attention. Heck, even service-y Palantir could excel in this market. Let me explain. Over the past few weeks, TechCrunch has tracked the filing, first pricing, rejiggered […]
TechCrunch | 05-Aug-2020 20:12

A new technique can detect newer 4G ‘stingray’ cell phone snooping
Security researchers say they have developed a new technique to detect modern cell-site simulators. Cell site simulators, known as “stingrays,” impersonate cell towers and can capture information about any phone in its range — including in some cases calls, messages and data. Police secretly deploy stingrays hundreds of times a year across the United States, […]
TechCrunch | 05-Aug-2020 20:00

Funding in an uncertain market: using venture debt to bridge the gap
Now more than ever, companies should examine all sources of capital and ensure they are sufficiently funded to emerge from this period stronger than they entered it.
TechCrunch | 05-Aug-2020 19:38

Twitter says Android security bug gave access to direct messages
Twitter says a security bug may have exposed the private direct messages of its Android app users, but said that there was no evidence that the vulnerability was ever exploited. The bug could have allowed a malicious Android app running on the same device to siphon off a user’s direct messages stored in the Twitter […]
TechCrunch | 05-Aug-2020 19:08

Here are all the things Samsung announced at today’s Unpacked event
Samsung’s first virtual Unpacked ranked somewhere between Microsoft and Apple’s recent events in terms of overall presentation and general awkwardness. The show kicked off seven minutes late, and a number of on-screen presenters certainly tended toward the more…awkward side of things, but overall, it was a decent first virtual event as the company embraces what […]
TechCrunch | 05-Aug-2020 19:02

Microsoft launches Open Service Mesh
Microsoft today announced the launch of a new open-source service mesh based on the Envoy proxy. The Open Service Mesh is meant to be a reference implementation of the Service Mesh Interface (SMI) spec, a standard interface for service meshes on Kubernetes that has the backing of most of the players in this ecosystem. The […]
TechCrunch | 05-Aug-2020 19:00

Just 72 hours left to save up to $300 on Disrupt 2020 passes
It takes a village — or in this case a kickass global startup community — to help you survive and thrive in challenging times. Tap into your village at Disrupt 2020, but do it quickly to gain entry at the lowest possible price. You have just three days left before the price goes up. Buy […]
TechCrunch | 05-Aug-2020 18:46

Technologists: Consider Canada
If you want to build technology to be harnessed for equity, diversity and social advancement of the many — rather than freedom and inclusion for the few — we think Canada is a good place to do it.
TechCrunch | 05-Aug-2020 18:30

Rolling updates on Beirut, a city and a tech community devastated
It was only relatively recently, in October 2018, that TechCrunch held Startup Battlefield MENA to unpack startups in the Middle East and North Africa. When TechCrunch went looking for a city in the region to host the event in, it quickly became clear that Beirut was the one for us. Vibrant, full of creative entrepreneurs, […]
TechCrunch | 05-Aug-2020 18:23

Gumroad founder Sahil Lavingia launches new seed fund in collaboration with AngelList
Gumroad founder Sahil Lavingia has teamed up with AngelList to launch his debut $5 million rolling fund to invest in early-stage entrepreneurs. He is cutting $100,000 to $250,000 checks for startups and has a particular interest in B2B, SaaS, future of work, video and developer tools. Limited partners include Arlan Hamilton, Josh Kopelman and AngelList […]
TechCrunch | 05-Aug-2020 18:22

India’s Byju’s acquires WhiteHat Jr. for $300 million
Byju’s has acquired edtech startup WhiteHat Jr. for $300 million as the Indian online learning giant looks to expand its dominant reach in the country. The all-cash deal makes 18-month-old Mumbai-headquartered WhiteHat Jr., which offers online coding classes to school-going students in India and the U.S., the fastest exit story at this size in the […]
TechCrunch | 05-Aug-2020 18:12

Springboard raises $31 million to expand its mentor-guided education platform to more geographies
Springboard, an online education platform that provides upskilling and reskilling training courses to people looking to learn in-demand roles, has raised $31 million in a new financing round as it looks to expand to more geographies. The Series B financing round for the San Francisco-headquartered startup was led by investment firm Telstra Ventures . Vulcan […]
TechCrunch | 05-août-2020 13:01

ChargePoint raises $127M as electric vehicle adoption grows among fleet operators
Electric vehicle charging network ChargePoint raised $127 million in funding in a bid to expand its platform for businesses and fleets in North America and Europe. A mix of existing investors from the oil and gas, utilities and venture industries added to the round, including American Electric Power, Chevron Technology Ventures, Clearvision and Quantum Energy Partners. […]
TechCrunch | 05-août-2020 13:00

Censys, a search engine for internet devices, raises $15.5M Series A
Internet device search engine Censys is one of the biggest search engines you’ve probably never heard of. If Google is the search engine for finding information sitting on the web, Censys is the search engine for finding internet devices, like computers, servers, and smart devices, that hosts the data to begin with. By continually mapping […]
TechCrunch | 05-août-2020 13:00

Amazon inks cloud deal with Airtel in India
Amazon has found a new partner to expand the reach of its cloud services business — AWS — in India, the world’s second largest internet market. On Wednesday, the e-commerce giant announced it has partnered with Bharti Airtel, the third-largest telecom operator in India with more than 300 million subscribers, to sell a wide-range of […]
TechCrunch | 05-août-2020 11:28

London-based Weezy raises pre-seed funding for its 15-minute grocery delivery app
First there was same-day delivery. Then came one-hour delivery. Now a new London startup wants to make 15 minute delivery a thing. Putting the hyper hyper-local into online grocery shopping, Weezy combines its own strategically located fulfilment centres with a fleet of electric moped and bicycle couriers, ready to accept orders via the Weezy app. […]
TechCrunch | 05-août-2020 10:00

Jakarta-based Wahyoo gets $5 million Series A to help small eateries digitize their operations
While growing up, Peter Shearer watched his mother get up every day at 2AM or 3AM to prepare for her catering business. For many people who own small food businesses in Indonesia, “everything is handled on their own, so I really, really wanted to create a system so they can have better operations and get […]
TechCrunch | 05-août-2020 09:51

Hollywood’s Triller sets its own rhythm even as it gains from TikTok troubles
Triller, the short video app backed by a Hollywood mogul and music celebrities, is rapidly ballooning in both user size and valuation. It’s now seeking a new funding round of $250 million that will push its valuation to over $1 billion, according to a source with knowledge of the matter. That’s a leap from its […]
TechCrunch | 05-août-2020 08:21

YC-backed Statiq wants to bootstrap India’s EV charging network
Electric vehicles (EVs) are spreading throughout the world. While Tesla has drawn the most attention in the United States with its luxurious and cutting-edge cars, EVs are becoming a mainstay in markets far away from the environs of California. Take India for instance. In the local mobility market, two- and three-wheel vehicles are starting to […]
TechCrunch | 05-août-2020 06:38

SpaceX successfully flies its Starship prototype to a height of around 500 feet
SpaceX has been developing Starship, its next-generation spacecraft, at its site in Boca Chica, Texas. The company has built a number of different Starship prototypes to date, include one prior version called the Starhopper that was essentially just the bottom portion of the rocket. Today, the company flew its first full-scale prototype (minus the domed […]
TechCrunch | 05-août-2020 02:01

Anthony Levandowski sentenced to 18 months in prison, as new $4B lawsuit against Uber is filed
Anthony Levandowski, the former Google engineer and serial entrepreneur who was at the center of a lawsuit between Uber and Waymo, has been sentenced to 18 months on one count of stealing trade secrets.  Judge Alsup said that home confinement would “[give] a green light to every future brilliant engineer to steal trade secrets. Prison […]
TechCrunch | 05-Aug-2020 00:57

‘Mulan’ is coming to Disney+ on September 4, for an additional price of $29.99
Those wondering whether The Walt Disney Company would eventually give up on a traditional theatrical release for “Mulan” now have their answer. While the coronavirus pandemic prompted Disney to accelerate the streaming release of some movies like Pixar’s “Onward,” and to send certain lower-profile movies like “Artemis Fowl” straight to Disney+, until now the company has […]
TechCrunch | 04-Aug-2020 23:10

Disney+ grows to more than 60.5M subscribers
Disney+ had more than 60.5 million paying subscribers as of yesterday, according to The Walt Disney Company’s CEO Bob Chapek. Chapek shared the number during a call to discuss the company’s latest earnings report, which covered the company’s most recent quarter ending on June 27. He was essentially offering an update on the 57.5 million […]
TechCrunch | 04-Aug-2020 22:45

Software stocks set new records despite earnings, pandemic
You might have missed it, but amidst the current political-M&A-pandemic-election-disinformation news cycle we find ourselves in this week, SaaS and cloud companies reached new public market records. Yesterday, the Bessemer-Nasdaq cloud index closed at 2,035.54, a new record finish for the basket of software companies. And, today, the index broached the 2,040 mark before ceding […]
TechCrunch | 04-Aug-2020 20:58

Parental control app Boomerang repeatedly blocked from Play Store, losing business
Apple isn’t the only one accused of kicking out competitive solutions from its App Store. Google did the same — for over a month at least — or so alleges parental control app maker Boomerang. The company’s product competes with Google’s own Family Link solution for controlling screen time and children’s use of mobile devices. […]
TechCrunch | 04-Aug-2020 20:36

Apple’s veteran marketing chief Phil Schiller moves to smaller role inside company
After more than three decades climbing Apple’s ranks, marketing chief Phil Schiller is taking a step back at the company, being replaced by a long-time product marketing leader inside Apple. Schiller is taking on a new role as an Apple Fellow, where he will continue to lead the App Store and the company’s events, a […]
TechCrunch | 04-Aug-2020 20:14

More thoughts on growing podcasts
Plus: how to monitor and fix Facebook/Instagram ad fatigue, and using mobile app ads to drive landing page conversions.
TechCrunch | 04-Aug-2020 19:11

Qualified raises $12M to make websites smarter about sales and marketing
Qualified, a startup co-founded by former Salesforce executives Kraig Swensrud and Sean Whiteley, has raised $12 million in Series A funding. Swensrud (Qualified’s CEO) said the startup is meant to solve a problem that he faced when he was CMO at Salesforce. Apparently he’d complain about being “blind,” because he knew so little about who […]
TechCrunch | 04-Aug-2020 19:05

Decrypted: How a teenager hacked Twitter, Garmin’s ransomware aftermath
A 17-year-old Florida teenager is accused of perpetrating one of the year’s biggest and most high-profile hacks: Twitter. A federal 30-count indictment filed in Tampa said Graham Ivan Clark used a phone spearphishing attack to pivot through multiple layers of Twitter’s security and bypassed its two-factor authentication to gain access to an internal “admin” tool […]
TechCrunch | 04-Aug-2020 19:03

Rocket Lab boosts Electron rocket’s lift capacity to 660 lbs
Rocket Lab has managed to engineer a significant payload capacity bump into its existing Electron space launch vehicle, the company revealed today. Electron can now fly as much as 300 kg (660 lbs) to low Earth orbit (or around 440 lbs to a higher, sun synchronous orbit), and that’s mostly due to battery technology advances, […]
TechCrunch | 04-Aug-2020 18:50

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