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The new new weird (lun., 16 déc. 2019)
Neo-Pentecostal gangs in Brazil, driving out other faiths at gunpoint. A mob of 100 lawyers attacking a hospital in Pakistan to revenge themselves on violent doctors there. Anti-vaxxers, neo-Nazis, and red-pillers. Sometimes it seems like the world has fragmented into a jagged kaleidoscope of countless mobs and subcultures, each more disconcerting than the last. Much […]
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Max Q: Blue Origin launches a New Shepard and Rocket Lab officially opens U.S. launch site (Mon, 16 Dec 2019)
Max Q is a new weekly newsletter all about space from TechCrunch. Sign up here to receive it weekly on Sundays in your inbox. This is it – the very first edition of Max Q: TechCrunch’s space newsletter. Despite approaching the end of the year, it’s been a really busy week in the space industry, […]
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Uber all set to sell UberEats’ India business to Zomato (Sun, 15 Dec 2019)
Uber is in advanced stages of talks to sell its food delivery service UberEats’ India business to local rival Zomato, as the American ride-hailing giant looks to cut its spending globally, three people familiar with the matter told TechCrunch. The deal currently values UberEats’ India business at around $400 million, one of the sources said. […]
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RCS messaging has rolled out to Android users in the US (Sun, 15 Dec 2019)
Here’s a nice little surprise for Android users this weekend. It seems that Google’s pans to roll out Rich Communication Services (RCS) messaging is slightly ahead of schedule. The company announced in November that it would be making the feature available for all Android users in the country by year-end. A tweet from Android Messages […]
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Spotify spent a lot of money on podcasting, so it wants you to start listening, please (Sun, 15 Dec 2019)
Listen. Spotify’s tired of screwing around here. The company spent a lot of money on podcasts. Like, a lot, a lot. And it really needs you to start listening to things, because it’s almost certainly going to spend even more in the coming years. I mean, music is good, too, don’t get it wrong, but […]
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Week in Review: Pet startups will be the death of Silicon Valley (Sun, 15 Dec 2019)
Hey everyone. Thank you for welcoming me into your inboxes yet again. I’m in Berlin where TechCrunch just pulled off another great Disrupt event, we’ve got a lot of great Europe-focused startup content on the site so get to scrolling if your interest is piqued. If you’re reading this on the TechCrunch site, you can […]
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With $4B food delivery acquisition, Korea poised to enter upper tier of startup hubs (Sun, 15 Dec 2019)
Seoul and South Korea may well be the secret startup hub that (still) no one talks about. While often dwarfed by the scale and scope of the Chinese startup market next door, South Korea has proven over the last few years that it can — and will — enter the top-tier of startup hubs. Case […]
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Volkswagen to bring self-driving electric shuttles to Qatar by 2022 (Sat, 14 Dec 2019)
Volkswagen Group and Qatar have agreed to develop a public transit system of autonomous shuttles and buses by 2022 for the capital city of Doha. The agreement signed Saturday by VW Group and the Qatar Investment Authority is an expansive project that will involve four brands under VW Group, including Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, Scania, its […]
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Fortnite gets lightsabers, courtesy of ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ promo (Sat, 14 Dec 2019)
The final installment of the sequel trilogy is getting a lot of creative promotion — even by Star Wars standards. With The Rise of Skywalker out in just under a week, J.J. Abrams (and some spotty server issues) paid a visit to Fortnite. The director showed off an exclusive clip from the upcoming film featuring […]
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Let’s talk Samsung Galaxy S11 (Sat, 14 Dec 2019)
We’ve officially entered the mid-December hardware doldrums. Obviously no major hardware maker in its right mind is going to be announcing anything major in the next few weeks, for fear of preemptively cannibalizing holiday sales. Things will, however, heat up immediately after the new year with the kick off of CES. Then, a little over […]
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New Orleans declares state of emergency following ransomware attack (Sat, 14 Dec 2019)
New Orleans declared a state of emergency and shut down its computers after a cyber security event, the latest in a string of city and state governments to be attacked by hackers. Suspicious activity was spotted around 5 a.m. Friday morning. By 8 a.m., there was an uptick in that activity, which included evidence of […]
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Gift Guide: Gifts for the commuters in your life (Sat, 14 Dec 2019)
Remote working has become a new normal in the life of an employee. Spurred by ubiquitous broadband and mobile connectivity, lighter and smaller computers, and everything you need in the cloud, a lot of people have felt a lot less of a need to be in the same physical space as everyone else, day in day out, to get things done. And yet, there remains a critical mass of people in and near big towns and cities who continue to commute.
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FBI secretly demands a ton of consumer data from credit agencies. Now lawmakers want answers (Sat, 14 Dec 2019)
Recently released documents revealed the FBI has for years secretly demanded vast amounts of Americans’ consumer and financial information from the largest U.S. credit agencies. The FBI regularly uses these legal powers — known as national security letters — to compel credit giants to turn over non-content information, such as records of purchases and locations, […]
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Wearable band shipments grew globally, driven by Xiaomi (Sat, 14 Dec 2019)
Apple may dominate the wearable conversation here in the States, but things look a fair bit different on the other side of the world. In Asia, Xiaomi is the giant in the room. According to new numbers form Canalys, the Chinese manufacturer was the key driver in global growth. Wearable band shipments grew 65%, year […]
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Startups Weekly: This year in startups (Sat, 14 Dec 2019)
In this week's newsletter: The moments that defined venture capital and startups in 2019.
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Apple and Spotify’s podcasts come to Echo devices in the US (Fri, 13 Dec 2019)
Amazon Alexa can now play podcasts from Apple, making Amazon’s line of Echo devices the first third-party clients to support the Apple Podcasts service without using AirPlay. Before, this level of support was limited to Apple’s HomePod. According to Amazon, the addition brings to Alexa devices Apple’s library of more than 800,000 podcasts. It also […]
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Grading the final tech IPOs of 2019 (Fri, 13 Dec 2019)
As the holiday slowdown looms, the final U.S.-listed technology IPOs have come in and begun to trade. Three tech, tech-ish or venture-backed companies went public this week: Bill.com, Sprout Social and EHang. Let’s quickly review how each has performed thus far. These are, bear in mind, the last IPOs of the year that we care […]
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This Week in Apps: Apple Arcade’s new franchise, Fortnite takes on Google Play, the Disney+ app footprint (Fri, 13 Dec 2019)
Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the Extra Crunch series that recaps the latest OS news, the applications they support and the money that flows through it all. The app industry is as hot as ever, with 194 billion downloads last year and more than $100 billion in consumer spending. People spend 90% of their mobile time in […]
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Consumer sous vide startup Nomiku is winding down operations (Fri, 13 Dec 2019)
Founded in 2012, Nomiku became a plucky Silicon Valley darling by bringing affordable sous vide cooking to home kitchens. A Kickstarter project that same year generated $750,000, several times its $200,000 goal. The company scored a glowing TechCrunch profile the following year, as well, thanks in part to a great backstory. Today, however, the company […]
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Adobe turns it up to 11, surpassing $11B in revenue (Fri, 13 Dec 2019)
Yesterday, Adobe submitted its quarterly earnings report — and the results were quite good. The company generated a tad under $3 billion for the quarter, at $2.99 billion, and reported that revenue exceeded $11 billion for FY 2019, its highest-ever mark. “Fiscal 2019 was a phenomenal year for Adobe as we exceeded $11 billion in […]
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