Porsche Unveils Taycan Interior

Porsche has taken the wraps off the interior of the all-new, all-electric Porsche Taycan ahead of its world debut September 4. Gone are the buttons and the clutter. This is a sleek interior for the modern digital age. Porsche released several images of the interior on Thursday. E … | Continue reading

@techcrunch.com | 11 hours ago

Google Says China Used YouTube to Meddle in Hong Kong Protests

Google has disabled 210 YouTube accounts after it said China used the video platform to sow discord among protesters in Hong Kong. The search giant, which owns YouTube, followed in the footsteps of Twitter and Facebook, which earlier this week said China had used their social med … | Continue reading

@techcrunch.com | 15 hours ago

Oracle directors give blessing to shareholder lawsuit against Larry Ellison

Three years after closing a $9.3 billion deal to acquire NetSuite, several Oracle board members have written an extraordinary letter to the Delaware Court, approving a shareholder lawsuit against company executives Larry Ellison and Safra Catz over the 2016 deal. Reuters broke th … | Continue reading

@techcrunch.com | 16 hours ago

Hundreds of Uber and Lyft drivers to launch a protest caravan across California

If you’re like me, chances are good you just distractedly clicked on this article while scrolling through your feed in, or while waiting for, a Lyft. Maybe, like me, you need that app to get to back-to-back meetings in different locations today, as you’re well on your way to at l … | Continue reading

@techcrunch.com | 16 hours ago

VMware Acquires Carbon Black for $2.1B and Pivotal for $2.7B

VMware today announced that it is acquiring Carbon Black, a publicly traded security company that focuses on securing modern cloud-native workloads. The price of the acquisition is about $2.1 billion. In addition, VMware also confirmed the acquisition of Pivotal, which will have … | Continue reading

@techcrunch.com | 17 hours ago

The Fight for Seed

Seed funds beware, today's fight for equity in Bay Area startups requires muscle and a whole lot of cash. | Continue reading

@techcrunch.com | 21 hours ago

Overstock CEO resigns after ‘deep state’ comments

Overstock .com announced today that CEO Patrick Byrne has resigned from his role as chief executive and board member. Another board member, Jonathan Johnson, will be taking over as Overstock’s interim CEO. This follows the company’s eyebrow-raising press release earlier this mont … | Continue reading

@techcrunch.com | 21 hours ago

Challenger Bank N26 Launches in the US

Challenger bank N26 is announcing two things this week. First, the company lets you share sub-accounts with other N26 users in just a few taps. Second, after a limited beta test, the company is officially launching in the U.S. with open registration. Shared Spaces could be seen a … | Continue reading

@techcrunch.com | 21 hours ago

Justice Department indicts 80 individuals in business email scam bust

The Justice Department have indicted dozens of individuals accused of their involvement in a massive business email scam and money laundering scheme. Thom Mrozek, a spokesperson for the U.S. Attorneys Office for the Central District of California, confirmed more than a dozen indi … | Continue reading

@techcrunch.com | 23 hours ago

Andrew Ng’s AI Companies Expand to Medellin, Colombia

After his tenure as chief scientist at Baidu, Andrew Ng, the founder of the Google Brain project and former CEO of Coursera, set up a number of different projects that all focus on making AI more approachable. These include the education startup Deeplearning.ai, the AI Fund start … | Continue reading

@techcrunch.com | 1 day ago

Apple warns against storing the Apple Card in leather and denim

First of all, keep it out of the light. It hates bright light, especially sunlight, it’ll kill it. Second, don’t give it any water, not even to drink. But the most important rule, the rule you can never forget, no matter how much it cries, no matter how much it begs, never feed i … | Continue reading

@techcrunch.com | 1 day ago

Google denies changing app review policy

Multiple reports this week claimed Google had quietly rolled out a more in-depth app review process to all developers — changes designed to keep the Play Store safer from spam, malware and copycat apps. Those reports are inaccurate, Google tells TechCrunch. Instead, the company i … | Continue reading

@techcrunch.com | 1 day ago

Splunk acquires cloud monitoring service SignalFx for $1.05B

Splunk, the publicly traded data processing and analytics company, today announced that it has acquired SignalFx for a total price of about $1.05 billion. Approximately 60% of this will be in cash and 40% in Splunk common stock. The companies expect the acquisition to close in th … | Continue reading

@techcrunch.com | 1 day ago

YouTube is closing its private messages feature

People love to share YouTube videos among their friends, which is why in mid-2017 YouTube launched a new in-app messaging feature that would allow YouTube users to private-send their friends videos and chat within a dedicated tab in the YouTube mobile app. That feature is now bei … | Continue reading

@techcrunch.com | 1 day ago

Europe’s top data protection regulator, Giovanni Buttarelli, has died

Europe’s data protection supervisor, Giovanni Buttarelli, has died. His passing yesterday, aged 62, was announced by his office today — which writes: It is with the deepest regret that we announce the loss of Giovanni Buttarelli, the European Data Protection Supervisor. Giovanni … | Continue reading

@techcrunch.com | 1 day ago

Workspace provider Knotel secures $400M, putting it in WeWork’s rear-view mirror

While some analysts are calling WeWork’s IPO filing as a ‘masterpiece of obfuscation’ and the esteemed tech observer Professor Scott Galloway simply calls it “WeWTF” There is another company which is coming up fast in the “WeViewMirror” – if you will – and that’s Knotel. Als… | Continue reading

@techcrunch.com | 1 day ago

Waymo releases self-driving open data set for free use by research community

Waymo is opening up its significant stores of autonomous driving data with a new ‘Open Data Set’ it’s making available for the purposes of research. The data set isn’t for commercial use, but its definition of ‘research’ is fairly broad, and includes researchers … | Continue reading

@techcrunch.com | 1 day ago

Volocopter reveals its first commercial aircraft, the VoloCity air taxi

It’s a race to the skies in terms of which company actually deploys an on-demand air taxi service based around electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft – for its part, German startup Volocopter is taking another key step with the revelation of its first aircraft designed f … | Continue reading

@techcrunch.com | 2 days ago

Startups from Y Combinator’s S19 Demo Day 1

tY Combinator, the genesis for many of the companies that have shaped Silicon Valley including Airbnb, PagerDuty and Stripe, has minted another 200 some graduates. Half of those companies made their pitch to investors today during Day 1 of Y Combinator’s Summer 2019 Demo Day even … | Continue reading

@techcrunch.com | 2 days ago

Google, Mozilla team up to block Kazakhstan’s browser spying tactics

Google and Mozilla have taken the rare step of blocking an untrusted certificate issued by the Kazakhstan government, which critics say it forced its citizens to install as part of an effort to monitor their internet traffic. The two browser makers said in a joint statement Wedne … | Continue reading

@techcrunch.com | 2 days ago

YC S19 Day 2

Team TechCrunch was back for Day 2 of Y Combinator’s Summer 2019 Demo Days where we heard from another massive chunk of startups that are taking disruption very seriously, even if they’re aiming to upend companies that only launched in Y Combinator a few classes ago. The total cl … | Continue reading

@techcrunch.com | 2 days ago

MoviePass exposed thousands of unencrypted customer card numbers

Movie ticket subscription service MoviePass has exposed tens of thousands of customer card numbers and personal credit cards because a critical server was not protected with a password. Mossab Hussein, a security researcher at Dubai-based cybersecurity firm SpiderSilk, found an e … | Continue reading

@techcrunch.com | 2 days ago

DigitalOcean launches managed MySQL and Redis database services

Half a year after launching its managed PostgreSQL service, upstart hosting and cloud services platform DigitalOcean today announced the launch of its managed MySQL and Redis database offerings, too. Like most of the company’s latest releases, this move exemplifies DigitalOcean’s … | Continue reading

@techcrunch.com | 2 days ago

Sensor that can work underwater without a battery and send back data

MIT researchers have created a new underwater sensor and communication system that doesn’t require batteries, and barely uses any power at all. This could help set up an underwater ‘internet of things’ according to MIT, which would allow for real-time sea temperature and marine l … | Continue reading

@techcrunch.com | 2 days ago

States to launch antitrust investigation into big tech companies, reports say

The state attorneys in more than a dozen states are preparing to begin an antitrust investigation of the tech giants, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times reported Monday, putting the spotlight on an industry that is already facing federal scrutiny. The bipartisan group … | Continue reading

@techcrunch.com | 2 days ago

PressReader Acquires News360

A pair of digital news companies are teaming up, with PressReader acquiring News360. PressReader was founded back in 1999 as Newspaper Direct. It now operates a platform that converts newspapers and magazines into digital formats, while offering a $29.99 monthly subscription that … | Continue reading

@techcrunch.com | 3 days ago

Waymo self-driving cars head to Florida for rainy season

Waymo is taking some of its autonomous vehicles to Florida just in time for hurricane season to begin testing in heavy rain. The move to Florida will focus on testing how its myriad of sensors hold up during the region’s rainy season as well as to collect data. All of the vehicle … | Continue reading

@techcrunch.com | 3 days ago

Yubico launches its dual USB-C and Lightning two-factor security key

Almost two months after it was first announced, Yubico has launched the YubiKey 5Ci, a security key with dual support for both iPhones, Macs and other USB-C compatible devices. Yubico’s latest Yubikey is the latest iteration of its security key built to support a newer range of d … | Continue reading

@techcrunch.com | 3 days ago

SpotQA picks up $3.25M seed funding for its automated software testing

SpotQA, a new automated software testing platform that claims to be significantly faster than either manual testing or existing automated QA solutions, has raised $3.25 million in seed funding. Leading the round is Crane Venture Partners, the newly-outed London venture capital fi … | Continue reading

@techcrunch.com | 3 days ago

Porsche is integrating Apple Music into the all-electric Taycan

Porsche said Monday it will integrate Apple Music into its upcoming all-electric Taycan sports car, the first time the music streaming service has been offered as a standalone app within a vehicle. The announcement illustrates the latest efforts by Porsche to focus on digital ent … | Continue reading

@techcrunch.com | 3 days ago

All 84 Startups from Y Combinator’s S19 Demo Day 1

It’s that time of year, Silicon Valley’s investor technocrati and advice-giving Twitter celebrities descended upon Pier 48 in San Francisco to judge the latest summer batch of Y Combinator startups. TechCrunch was there, as well, and we were tapping away feverishly as co-founders … | Continue reading

@techcrunch.com | 3 days ago

Developers accuse Apple of anti-competitive behavior with changes in iOS 13

A group of app developers have penned a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook, arguing that certain privacy-focused changes to Apple’s iOS 13 operating system will hurt their business. In a report by The Information, the developers were said to have accused Apple of anti-competitive behav … | Continue reading

@techcrunch.com | 3 days ago

Twitter is blocked in China, but its state news agency is buying promoted tweets

Twitter is being criticized for running promoted tweets by China’s largest state news agency that paint pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong as violent, even though the rallies, including one that drew an estimated 1.7 million people this weekend, have been described as most … | Continue reading

@techcrunch.com | 3 days ago

The TC Top Picks for Disrupt SF 2019

Honestly, the creativity and quality of early-stage startups and their founders never ceases to amaze us. When we issued the call for applications to our TC Top Picks program for Disrupt San Francisco 2019, the response was overwhelming — and the competition was off the hook. Our … | Continue reading

@techcrunch.com | 3 days ago

Privacy researchers devise noise-exploitation attack on dynamic anonymity

Privacy researchers in Europe believe they have the first proof that a long-theorised vulnerability in systems designed to protect privacy by aggregating and adding noise to data to mask individual identities is no longer just a theory. The research has implications for the immed … | Continue reading

@techcrunch.com | 4 days ago

Tesla pitches a solar rental program to boost its renewable energy business

Tesla is pitching customers on a new rental offering for solar power as a way to revive the flagging fortunes of its renewable energy business. Once among the largest installers of renewables in the country through SolarCity, Tesla has seen its share of the market decline signifi … | Continue reading

@techcrunch.com | 4 days ago

Xiaomi tops Indian smartphone market for eighth straight quarter

Xiaomi has now been India’s top smartphone seller for eight straight quarters. The company has become a constant headache for Samsung in the world’s second largest smartphone market as sales have slowed pretty much everywhere else in the world. The Chinese electronics giant shipp … | Continue reading

@techcrunch.com | 6 days ago

Machine learning to build better batteries

For a long, long time, renewable energy proponents have considered advancements in battery technology to be the Holy Grail of the industry. Advancements in energy storage has been among the hardest to achieve economically, thanks to the incredibly tricky chemistry that’s involved … | Continue reading

@techcrunch.com | 6 days ago

The renaissance of silicon will create industry giants

With the end of Moore’s Law, new semiconductors are required for a cloud-native, data-dominated, AI-powered, IoT world. The rise of new players will put silicon back into Silicon Valley. | Continue reading

@techcrunch.com | 6 days ago

SmileDirectClub Files to Go Public

SmileDirectClub, the at-home teeth-straightening service, is on its way to becoming a public company. SmileDirectClub is seeking to raise up to $100 million in its IPO, according to its S-1 filed today. The number of shares and price range for the offering have yet to be determin … | Continue reading

@techcrunch.com | 6 days ago

YC-backed Lokal wants to bring local news to 900M Indians in regional languages

Each month millions of Indians are coming online for the first time, making India the last great growth market for internet companies worldwide. But winning them presents its own challenges. These users, most of whom live in small cities and villages in India, can’t speak English … | Continue reading

@techcrunch.com | 6 days ago

YouTube shuts down music companies’ use of manual copyright claims

YouTube is making a change to its copyright enforcement policies around music used in videos, which may result in an increased number of blocked videos in the shorter term — but overall, a healthier ecosystem in the long-term. Going forward, copyright owners will no longer be abl … | Continue reading

@techcrunch.com | 7 days ago

Twitter leads $100M round in top Indian regional social media platform ShareChat

Is there room for another social media platform? ShareChat, a four-year-old social network in India that serves tens of million of people in regional languages, just answered that question with a $100 million financing round led by global giant Twitter . Other than Twitter, Trust … | Continue reading

@techcrunch.com | 7 days ago

Apple Is Suing Corellium

Apple is suing virtualization software company Corellium, according to documents filed today in Florida. Corellium allows customers to create and interact with virtual iOS devices — a software iPhone, for example, running actual iOS firmware, all within the browser. Apple says th … | Continue reading

@techcrunch.com | 7 days ago

Toolkit for digital abuse could help victims protect themselves

Domestic abuse comes in digital forms as well as physical and emotional, but a lack of tools to address this kind of behavior leaves many victims unprotected and desperate for help. This Cornell project aims to define and detect digital abuse in a systematic way. | Continue reading

@techcrunch.com | 7 days ago

Gradjoy wants to help the 45M student debt borrowers in the U.S.

The right people to solve the trillion dollar student debt crisis might be the ones who are suffering from it the hardest. If you’re a recent college graduate, there’s a 50 percent chance you took on debt when you moved off campus. If you’re like the average student borrower, you … | Continue reading

@techcrunch.com | 7 days ago

Series (A)Ggregate

We spend a lot of time around here covering the latest startup fundraises, and for good reason. While capital is certainly an input and not an output, there is nothing quite like the closing of a round of several million in venture capital to prove that yes, the startup I’m worki … | Continue reading

@techcrunch.com | 7 days ago

Spotify will reportedly test price hike for its premium service in some markets

Spotify is set to test a price increase for its family plan, upping the cost by around 13 percent in some Scandinavian markets, Bloomberg reports. The price increase is designed as a limited test to figure out whether it might be able to roll out higher pricing for its service gl … | Continue reading

@techcrunch.com | 8 days ago