Sri Lanka blocks social media sites after deadly explosions

The government of Sri Lanka has temporarily blocked access to several social media services following deadly explosions that ripped through the country, killing at least 207 people and injuring hundreds more. Eight bombings were reported, including during Easter services at three … | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 4 hours ago

Security flaw in French government messaging app exposed confidential info

The French government just launched its own messaging app called Tchap in order to protect conversations from hackers, private companies and foreign entities. But Elliot Alderson, also known as Baptiste Robert, immediately found a security flaw. He was able to create an account e … | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 8 hours ago

Marcus Hutchins (a.k.a. Malwaretech) pleads guilty to creating banking malware

Malware researcher Marcus Hutchins has pleaded guilty to two counts of creating and selling a powerful banking malware, ending a long and protracted battle with U.S. prosecutors. Hutchins, a British national who goes by the online handle MalwareTech, was arrested in August 2017 a … | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 1 day ago

Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs is developing visual cues to indicate monitoring tech

Alphabet’s subsidiary focused on urban tech development, Sidewalk Labs, is now trying to reinvent signage for smart cities. These signs aren’t to direct the flow of traffic, or to point the way to urban landmarks — they’re designed to let citizens know when they’re bei… | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 2 days ago

Industrial robotics giant using AI to make automation even more automated

Industrial automation is already streamlining the manufacturing process, but first those machines must be painstakingly trained by skilled engineers. Industrial robotics giant Fanuc wants to make robots easier to train, therefore making automation more accessible to a wider range … | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 2 days ago

AI Winter Is Coming

Even with the support of AI frameworks like TensorFlow or OpenAI, artificial intelligence still requires deep knowledge and understanding compared to a mainstream web developer. If you have built a working prototype, you are probably the smartest guy in the room. Congratulations, … | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 2 days ago

Instagram hides Like counts in leaked design prototype

“We want your followers to focus on what you share, not how many likes your posts get. During this test, only the person who share a post will see the total number of likes it gets.” That’s how Instagram describes a seemingly small design change test with massive potential impact … | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 2 days ago

Index, Stripe back bookkeeping service Pilot.com with $40M

The round values Pilot at $355 million. | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 2 days ago

Sift’s ‘news therapy’ app aims to promote understanding, not anxiety

Is reading the news feeling a little stressful today? Can’t imagine why. Don’t worry: you’re not alone. A Pew Research study found that seven of 10 Americans today suffer from “news fatigue” — meaning they feel worn out and like they can’t keep up. Meanwhil… | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 2 days ago

Mueller Report says encryupted messaging apps stalled some lines of inquiry

A single paragraph in the Mueller report out Thursday offers an interesting look into how the Special Counsel’s investigation came head-to-head with associates of President Trump who used encrypted and ephemeral messaging to hide their activities. From the report: Further, the Of … | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 2 days ago

Microsoft Delves Deeper into IoT with Express Logic Acquisition

Microsoft has never been shy about being acquisitive, and today it announced it’s buying Express Logic, a San Diego company that has developed a real-time operating system (RTOS) aimed at controlling the growing number of IoT devices in the world. The companies did not share the … | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 3 days ago

Facebook now says its password leak affected ‘millions’ of Instagram users

Facebook has confirmed its password-related security incident last month now affects “millions” of Instagram users, not “tens of thousands” as first thought. The social media giant confirmed the new information in its updated blog post, first published on March 21. “We… | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 3 days ago

Amazon China to close local marketplace and place more focus on cross-border

Amazon has finally given up the fight with Chinese online shopping giants to capture the domestic market. On Thursday, the Seattle-based ecommerce company announced it will shut down its marketplace on Amazon.cn, which connects mainland Chinese buyers and sellers, while other uni … | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 3 days ago

Unfolding the Samsung Galaxy Fold

The Galaxy Fold is real. I’ve held it in my hands — a few of them, actually. Samsung’s briefing this morning was littered with the things, in different colors and different states of unfolded. A month or so ago, this was anything but a given. After eight years of teasing a foldin … | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 3 days ago

Co-Star raises $5M to bring its astrology app to Android

Nothing scales like a horoscope. If you haven’t heard of Co-Star, you might just be in the wrong circles. In some social scenes it’s pretty much ubiquitous. Wherever conversations regularly kick off by comparing astrological charts, it’s useful to have that info at hand. The tren … | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 3 days ago

100 Car2go Mercedes hijacked in Chicago crime spree

Car2go, free-floating car-sharing service owned by Daimler, temporarily shut down its service in Chicago on Wednesday after dozens of Mercedes-Benz vehicles were stolen using the app. The Chicago Police Department was alerted by Car2Go that some of their vehicles may have been re … | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 3 days ago

Pinterest prices IPO above range

Pinterest will begin trading on the NYSE tomorrow. | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 3 days ago

Salesforce is buying MapAnything, a startup that raised over $84M

Salesforce announced today it’s buying another company built on its platform. This time it’s MapAnything, which as the name implies, helps companies build location-based workflows, something that could come in handy for sales or service calls. The companies did not reveal the sel … | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 3 days ago

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What it means to be an 'undercorn' and should we care? | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 3 days ago

Twitter acquihires highlight sharing app Highly

Quotes from articles are much more eye-catching than links on Twitter, so the social giant is scooping up the team behind highlight sharing app Highly. This talent could help Twitter build its own version of Highly or develop other ways to excerpt the best content from websites a … | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 4 days ago

Apple and Qualcomm settle their dispute

The years-long legal battle between Apple and Qualcomm appears to be coming to an end. In a standoff that has been brewing since 2017, Apple argued that Qualcomm was charging too much for patent licensing. After Apple shifted to using Intel chips, Qualcomm moved to get iPhone imp … | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 4 days ago

Lyric raises $160M Series B led by Airbnb

Lyric, a platform for folks who struggle to decide between a hotel and an Airbnb, has today announced the close of a $160 million Series B financing led by none other than Airbnb . Other investors who participated in the round include Tishman Speyer, RXR Realty, Obvious Ventures, … | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 4 days ago

Stripe Acquires Touchtech

Stripe, the payments powerhouse that is now valued at $22.5 billion, has made an acquisition to help it gear up for new regulations in Europe that will be rolled out later this year to improve security in online transactions. It has acquired Touchtech Payments, a startup out of I … | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 4 days ago

Evernote fixes macOS app bug that allowed remote code execution

Evernote has fixed a vulnerability that could have allowed an attacker to run malicious code on a victim’s computer. Dhiraj Mishra, a security researcher based in Dubai, reported the bug to Evernote on March 17.  In a blog post showing his proof-of-concept, Mishra showed TechCrun … | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 4 days ago

What would it mean to eradicate the mosquito?

Paul Orlando Contributor Share on Twitter Paul Orlando has operated startup accelerators on three continents and teaches entrepreneurship and runs the on-campus incubator at the University of Southern California. He writes about unintended consequences and startups. From “blitzsc … | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 4 days ago

Waymo Launches Taxi App in Phoenix Area

Waymo is making its ride-hailing app more widely available by putting it on the Google Play store as the self-driving car company prepares to open its service to more Phoenix residents. The company, which spun out to become a business under Alphabet, launched a limited commercial … | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 4 days ago

Xbox One does away with discs in new $249 All-Digital Edition

Discs! What are they good for? Well, if they're nice if you don't want to be tied to an online-only ecosystem. But if you don't mind that, Microsoft's latest Xbox One S "All-Digital Edition" might be for you. With no slots to speak of, the console is limited to downloading games … | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 4 days ago

Google expands its container service with GKE Advanced

With its Kuberntes Engine (GKE), Google Cloud Google has long offered a managed service for running containers on its platform. Kubernetes users tend to have a variety of needs, but so far, Google only offered a single tier of GKE that wasn’t necessarily geared toward the high-en … | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 5 days ago

Dropbox challenger pCloud just became profitable

Between Dropbox, Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive and iCloud Drive, consumer cloud storage is a crowded space. And yet, a small company called pCloud has managed to attract over 9 million users over the past five years. The company recently reached profitability with a team of 32 … | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 5 days ago

François-Henri Pinault Pledges More Than 100m Euros to Rebuild Notre Dame

The Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris has been saved after fire broke out in the early hours of Monday evening, but not before extensive damage was inflicted on the 856-year-old building, with much of its roof collapsing into itself, along with its main spire. The fire had blazed for … | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 5 days ago

Airbnb Officially Owns HotelTonight

Airbnb has completed its largest acquisition yet. | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 5 days ago

YouTube’s algorithm added 9/11 facts to the Notre-Dame Cathedral fire livestream

Some viewers following live coverage of the Notre-Dame Cathedral broadcast on YouTube were met with a strangely out of place info box offering facts about the September 11 attacks. BuzzFeed first reported the appearance of the misplaced fact-check box on at least three live strea … | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 5 days ago

Skip is way more popular than Scoot in San Francisco

San Francisco has hit the mid-point for its one-year electric scooter pilot program. In a slide deck to be presented at the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s board of directors meeting tomorrow, the SFMTA reports that there were 242,398 electric scooter trips betwee … | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 6 days ago

IAM Robotics puts a unique spin on warehouse automation

Before robots get to do the fun stuff, they’re going to be tasked with all of the things humans don’t want to do. It’s a driving tenet of automation -- developing robotics and AI designed to replace dull, dirty and dangerous tasks. It’s no surprise, then, that warehouses and fulf … | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 6 days ago

Mutiny at Trivia HQ Fails to Oust CEO

This week’s banishment of host Scott Rogowsky was merely a symptom of the ongoing struggle to decide who will lead HQ Trivia. According to multiple sources, over half of the startup’s staff signed an internal petition to depose CEO Rus Yusupov who they saw as mismanaging the comp … | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 6 days ago

Tesla is raising the price of its full self driving option

In a few weeks, Tesla buyers will have to pay more for an option that isn’t yet completely functional, but that CEO Elon Musk promises will one day deliver full autonomous driving capabilities. Musk tweeted Saturday that the price of its full self-driving option will “increase su … | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 6 days ago

Mutiny at HQ Trivia fails to oust CEO

This week’s banishment of host Scott Rogowsky was merely a symptom of the ongoing struggle to decide who will lead HQ Trivia. According to multiple sources, over half of the startup’s staff signed an internal petition to depose CEO Rus Yusupov who they saw as mismanaging the comp … | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 6 days ago

How do startups get their content marketing to work

Even the best growth marketers fail to get content marketing to work. Many are unwittingly using tactics from 4 years ago that no longer work today. | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 7 days ago

Spy on your smart home devices with open source IoT Inspector

Researchers at Princeton University have built a web app that lets you (and them) spy on your smart home devices to see what they’re up to. The open source tool, called IoT Inspector, is available for download here. (Currently it’s Mac OS only, with a wait list for Windows or Lin … | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 7 days ago

Zuckerberg ousts critical board members, install loyalist, at Facebook

Facebook’s board is undergoing its biggest shakeup in memory. On Friday, the company announced that Peggy Alford would be nominated to join the company’s board of directors. “Peggy is one of those rare people who’s an expert across many different areas — from business manage… | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 8 days ago

Microsoft: Hackers compromised support agent's credentials to access customer email accounts

On the heels of a trove of 773 million emails, and tens of millions of passwords, from a variety of domains getting leaked in January, Microsoft has faced another breach affecting its web-based email services. Microsoft has confirmed to TechCrunch that a certain “limited” number … | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 8 days ago

Microsoft: Hackers compromised support agent’s credentials to access emails

On the heels of a trove of 773 million emails, and tens of millions of passwords, from a variety of domains getting leaked in January, Microsoft has faced another breach affecting its web-based email services. Microsoft has confirmed to TechCrunch that a certain “limited” number … | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 8 days ago

Hackers publish data on thousands of US police officers and federal agents

A hacker group has breached several FBI-affiliated websites and uploaded their contents to the web, including dozens of files containing the personal information of thousands of federal agents and law enforcement officers, TechCrunch has learned. The hackers breached three sites … | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 8 days ago

Pitching your product will kill your fundraising

Hint: investors want to know why you are the team to build your product now, and more data from DocSend. | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 8 days ago

Facebook accidentally shipped VR hardware with conspiratorial messages

In the almost weekly tradition of Facebook talking about something embarrassing they did on a Friday, the company is now fessing up to the fact that thousands of their next-gen virtual reality headset controllers have “easter-egg” messages inscribed on internal components that we … | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 8 days ago

Homeland Security warns of security flaws in enterprise VPN apps

Several enterprise virtual private networking apps are vulnerable to a security bug that can allow an attacker to remotely break into a company’s internal network, according to a warning issued by Homeland Security’s cybersecurity division. An alert was published Friday by the go … | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 8 days ago

Dashlane Password Manager Raises $30M

Dashlane, a popular password manager and all-round identity management solution, has raised another $30 million in funding, the company announced today. The funding – this time a round of debt financing from Hercules Capital – follows prior investment from FirstMark Capital, Rho … | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 9 days ago

Walmart acquires adtech startup Polymorph Labs to scale up its ad business

Amazon has a large and growing advertising business, but rival Walmart’s own ad business is much smaller. It’s now working to change that. Earlier this year, the retailer consolidated ad sales for its stores and websites and said it was ready to start monetizing its shopper data … | Continue reading


@techcrunch.com | 9 days ago