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Facebook’s latest ‘transparency’ tool doesn’t offer much — so we went digging (mar., 25 févr. 2020)
Just under a month ago Facebook switched on global availability of a tool which affords users a glimpse into the murky world of tracking that its business relies upon to profile users of the wider web for ad targeting purposes. Facebook is not going boldly into transparent daylight — but rather offering what privacy rights […]
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Vimeo’s new app helps small businesses create professional social videos (Tue, 25 Feb 2020)
Vimeo signaled last year its plans to move further into the social video creation and editing space with its acquisition of short-form video editor Magisto. Today, the company is unveiling the results of its work in the months following the deal’s close with the debut of Vimeo Create. The new app includes a set of […]
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Molekule hopes to clear the air with $58 million in Series C funding and Berkeley Lab’s seal of approval (Tue, 25 Feb 2020)
Silicon Valley air purifier startup Molekule was born out of an idea Dr. Yogi Goswami had back in the ’90s using photo-voltaic technology to kill air pollutants. His son, a young boy at the time, suffered from severe allergies and Dr. Goswami wanted to build something those like him could use in their home to […]
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Relativity Space CEO Tim Ellis talks 3D-printed rockets at TC Sessions: Space in LA (Tue, 25 Feb 2020)
The launch industry is undergoing a number of major changes, among them the shift from traditional manufacturing to 3D printing — which Relativity Space is spearheading. The company plans to build 95% of its rocket using the world’s biggest 3D printers, and could launch as early as next year. Co-founder and CEO Tim Ellis will […]
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Africa e-tailer Jumia reports first full-year results post-NYSE IPO (Tue, 25 Feb 2020)
Pan-African e-commerce company Jumia got into the black (by a small amount) on its gross profit versus fulfillment expenses, expanded financial services and still posted losses. The online sales company, with an operations center in China, also anticipates some negative impact on 2020 growth from the coronavirus outbreak, CEO Sacha Poignonnec said. These were highlights […]
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When that ‘AI company’ isn’t really an AI company (Tue, 25 Feb 2020)
Artificial intelligence is one of the most important fields in technology right now, which makes it ripe for buzzword-savvy startups to leverage for attention. But while machine learning and related technologies are now frequently employed, it’s less common that it’s central to a company’s strategy and IP. It’s important to note that this sort of […]
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Cityscoot raises another $25.6 million for its electric moped service (Tue, 25 Feb 2020)
French startup Cityscoot is raising a $25.6 million (€23.6 million) funding round from Allianz France, Demeter as well as existing investors Groupe RATP and Banque des Territoires. The startup is also raising at least $6.5 million (€6 million) in debt in order to finance its service. Cityscoot is a free-floating electric scooter service (moped scooters). […]
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Daily Crunch: Amazon opens its first cashier-less grocery store (Tue, 25 Feb 2020)
Amazon expands its Just Walk Out technology beyond convenience stores, Intuit acquires Credit Karma in its biggest acquisition ever and Grab raises hundreds of millions of dollars. Here’s your Daily Crunch for February 25, 2020. 1. Amazon opens its first cashierless grocery store Amazon is opening its first grocery store to pilot the use of […]
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Disney blocks John Oliver’s new episode critical of India’s PM Modi (Tue, 25 Feb 2020)
Disney-owned Hotstar, India’s largest on-demand video streaming service with more than 300 million users, has blocked the newest episode of HBO’s “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” that was critical of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The move has angered many of its customers ahead of Disney+’s launch in one of the world’s largest entertainment markets next […]
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HP offers its investors billions in shareholder returns to avoid a Xerox tie-up (Tue, 25 Feb 2020)
To ward off a hostile takeover bid by Xerox, which is a much smaller company, HP (not to be confused with Hewlett Packard Enterprise, a separate public company) is promising its investors billions and billions of dollars. All investors have to do to get the goods is reject the Xerox deal. In a letter to […]
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Startup malaise, startup ambition (Tue, 25 Feb 2020)
Recapped. Layoffs. Slowdown. CEO transition. Budget cuts. Downsizing. In spite of a spate of massive startup exits the last few months, culminating in fintech’s shining moment yesterday with Intuit’s $7.1 billion acquisition of Credit Karma, it’s been a tough period for the startup world. Layoffs abound, centered perhaps on SoftBank’s Vision Fund portfolio but hardly […]
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Opera’s new browser can tame your tabs (Tue, 25 Feb 2020)
A new web browser from Opera launching today aims to help users get their chaotic mess of open tabs back under control. In the latest release of Opera’s desktop browser (codenamed R2020), the company is introducing a new feature called “Workspaces” that allows you to organize your tabs based on different contexts — for example, […]
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Announcing the TC Pitch Night: Robotics + AI startups (Tue, 25 Feb 2020)
The night before the Robotics + AI event at UC Berkeley, TechCrunch is hosting a private Pitch Night, featuring innovative startups in robotics and artificial intelligence. After reviewing hundreds of applications, TechCrunch selected the early-stage startups below to pitch in front of industry executives, TC writers and our expert panel of judges: Brian Heater (TC’s […]
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Troubled Eaze finally closes $35M funding to roll out a new vertical model selling its own cannabis (Tue, 25 Feb 2020)
Six weeks after we broke the news that cannabis startup Eaze was running out of money, laying off more employees and scrambling to pay its bills and stay afloat as it worked on a pivot to selling its own supply rather than just that of third-party providers, the company has finally closed some funding and […]
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App Samurai closes a $2.4M Series A funding round led by 212 Ventures (Tue, 25 Feb 2020)
App Samurai, a platform to market mobile apps, has closed an investment of $2.4 million in Series A funding, led by 212 Ventures and co-invested by Collective Spark, 500 Startups and Degerhan Usluel. It has now raised a total of $4.6 million, which will be used to develop the mobile advertising group’s product portfolio and […]
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Games already are social networks (Tue, 25 Feb 2020)
Video games are only getting more popular. Roughly 2.5 billion people around the world played games last year, double the number of players in 2013. Gaming is a $149 billion industry, growing 7% year over year, with the U.S. as its largest market. In America, the average gamer is 33 years old and 46% of […]
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A multiverse, not the metaverse (Tue, 25 Feb 2020)
Following web forums, web platforms and mobile apps, we are entering a new stage of social media — the multiverse era — where the virtual worlds of games expand to become mainstream hubs for social interaction and entertainment. In a seven-part Extra Crunch series, we will explore why that is the case and which challenges […]
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For investors, late-stage fintech startups are a lucrative bet (Tue, 25 Feb 2020)
Between two rounds at $500 million and two exits in the billions of dollars, financial technology and financial services startups, and the capital backing them, have been on fire.
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Amazon opens its first cashierless grocery store (Tue, 25 Feb 2020)
Today Amazon is opening its first grocery store to pilot the use of the retailer’s cashierless “Just Walk Out” technology that has previously powered 25 Amazon Go convenience stores in a handful of major U.S. metros. Based in Amazon’s hometown of Seattle, the new Amazon Go Grocery store allows customers to shop for everyday grocery […]
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Blockchain security startup CoolBitX raises $16.75M Series B (Tue, 25 Feb 2020)
CoolBitX, a blockchain security startup based in Taiwan, announced today it has raised a $16.75 million Series B led by returning investor SBI Holdings, a Japanese financial group. Korean cryptocurrency exchange Bitsonic, Monex Group, another Japanese financial group and Taiwan’s National Development Fund also participated. Founded in 2014, CoolBitX makes two products. One is CoolWallet […]
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