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  • newHow one founder build a startup around compassion and care facilitated by AI

    How one founder build a startup around compassion and care facilitated by AI

    In the second episode of our new podcast Found, our guest is Brie Code. Code is the founder and CEO of TRU LUV, a startup based out of Toronto that has its roots in the game industry, but that is taking a radically different approach to designing interactive experiences based on a historically-overlooked motivating paradigm […]
    - 4 hours ago 17 Apr 21, 10:07pm -
  • newHear how StockX brought the sneaker scene to Detroit

    Hear how StockX brought the sneaker scene to Detroit

    At TechCrunch’s Detroit City Spotlight this week, I sat down with Rae Witte, the journalist behind the StockX EC-1. TechCrunch’s EC-1 push allows individual authors to go deep on a particular company. And as StockX has been headquartered in Detroit since its inception, we took the chance to dig into our reporting in front of […]
    - 5 hours ago 17 Apr 21, 9:00pm -
  • newOutdoor startups see supercharged growth during COVID-19 era

    Outdoor startups see supercharged growth during COVID-19 era

    After months of shelter-in-place orders, widespread shutdowns and physical distancing, outdoors became the only location for safe socializing.
    - 6 hours ago 17 Apr 21, 7:45pm -
  • newThis Week in Apps: A surprising report on App Tracking, Apple event predictions, Instagram for kids

    This Week in Apps: A surprising report on App Tracking, Apple event predictions, Instagram for kids

    Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the weekly TechCrunch series that recaps the latest in mobile OS news, mobile applications and the overall app economy. The app industry is as hot as ever, with a record 218 billion downloads and $143 billion in global consumer spend in 2020. Consumers last year also spent 3.5 trillion minutes using apps on Android […]
    - 7 hours ago 17 Apr 21, 7:30pm -
  • newDaily Crunch: Squarespace files to go public

    Daily Crunch: Squarespace files to go public

    Squarespace is going public, Apple shares some music payment details and Twitter bans the founder of the right-wing media organization Project Veritas. This is your Daily Crunch for April 16, 2021. The big story: Squarespace files to go public Squarespace has filed to go public via direct listing on the New York Stock Exchange, under […]
    - 22 hours ago 17 Apr 21, 3:40am -
  • newPeloton responds to concerns over Apple GymKit integration

    Peloton responds to concerns over Apple GymKit integration

    Third-party hardware integration can be a tricky thing. Peloton this week raised some eyebrows by dropping Apple GymKit compatibility for its Bike Bootcamp program. Users were, naturally, quick to react. The situation left some wondering whether the move was a direct response to Apple’s recent entry into the home exercise market with Fitness+. A Peloton […]
    - 23 hours ago 17 Apr 21, 2:48am -
  • newBusiness continuity planning is a necessity for your fund and portfolio

    Business continuity planning is a necessity for your fund and portfolio

    A business continuity plan does not have to be complicated or long, but it needs to tell you or your senior team how to keep big things moving forward and what's needed to get things done.
    - 23 hours ago 17 Apr 21, 2:48am -
  • newKatie Haun on saying yes to Coinbase and where a16z’s crypto fund is placing its bets now

    Katie Haun on saying yes to Coinbase and where a16z’s crypto fund is placing its bets now

    Coinbase, the newly public cryptocurrency exchange, has had it share of ups and downs. Still, the nearly nine-year-old, San Francisco-based outfit got a lot right ahead of its highly successful direct listing this week, including, seemingly, inviting in former federal prosecutor Katie Haun to join its board in 2017. At the time, Haun had just […]
    - 24 hours ago 17 Apr 21, 2:20am -
  • SpaceX wins NASA contract to develop human landing system for returning to the moon

    SpaceX wins NASA contract to develop human landing system for returning to the moon

    The winner of NASA’s Human Landing System (HLS) contract award is SpaceX, which bid $2.9 billion for the privilege of developing the means by which NASA astronauts will return to the lunar surface for the first time since the Apollo program. SpaceX was in the running alongside Blue Origin and Dynetics, but reportedly undercut both […]
    - 1 day ago 17 Apr 21, 1:41am -
  • Extra Crunch roundup: UiPath’s IPO filing, predicting revenue, how to pivot properly, much more

    Extra Crunch roundup: UiPath’s IPO filing, predicting revenue, how to pivot properly, much more

    Thanks again to Bryce Durbin for creating my favorite TechCrunch illustration of all time.
    - 1 day ago 17 Apr 21, 1:11am -
  • AI-driven audio cloning startup gives voice to Einstein chatbot

    AI-driven audio cloning startup gives voice to Einstein chatbot

    You’ll need to prick up your ears for this slice of deepfakery emerging from the wacky world of synthesized media: A digital version of Albert Einstein — with a synthesized voice that’s been (re)created using AI voice cloning technology drawing on audio recordings of the famous scientist’s actual voice. The startup behind the “uncanny valley” […]
    - 1 day ago 17 Apr 21, 12:54am -
  • Data scientists: Bring the narrative to the forefront

    Data scientists: Bring the narrative to the forefront

    Data alone doesn’t spur innovation — rather, it’s data-driven storytelling that helps uncover hidden trends, powers personalization, and streamlines processes.
    - 1 day ago 17 Apr 21, 12:20am -
  • Squarespace files for a direct listing on the NYSE

    Squarespace files for a direct listing on the NYSE

    Today Squarespace, a well-known software-and-hosting provider for SMB websites, released its S-1 filing. The company is pursuing a direct listing on the New York Stock Exchange, or NYSE. It will trade under the ticker symbol “SQSP.” The company’s financial results paint the picture of a rapidly growing company that has a history of profitability. Squarespace […]
    - 1 day ago 16 Apr 21, 11:34pm -
  • Tesla owners can now see how much solar or coal is powering their EVs

    Tesla owners can now see how much solar or coal is powering their EVs

    Tesla owners can now see exactly what kind of energy is powering their electric vehicles. TezLab, a free app that’s like a Fitbit for a Tesla vehicle, pushed out a new feature this week that shows the energy mix — breaking down the exact types and percentages of fossil fuels and renewable energy — coming […]
    - 1 day ago 16 Apr 21, 11:32pm -
  • Apple Music streaming revenue detailed in letter to artists

    Apple Music streaming revenue detailed in letter to artists

    Streaming revenue has been a longtime concern for musicians, especially those scraping by in the wake of an industry-wide implosion of record labels. Of course, a year that has made touring an impossibility has only brought those issues into starker relief as the primary revenue source for many has completely dried up. Apple is hoping […]
    - 1 day ago 16 Apr 21, 11:15pm -
  • Enterprise security attackers are one password away from your worst day

    Enterprise security attackers are one password away from your worst day

    IT organizations must shift their enterprise security strategy to detect credential-based attacks before they become a problem.
    - 1 day ago 16 Apr 21, 10:50pm -
  • BrandProject expands beyond the studio model with a new $43M fund

    BrandProject expands beyond the studio model with a new $43M fund

    BrandProject — a firm that’s backed successful direct-to-consumer commerce startups like Freshly (acquired by Nestlé), Persona (also acquired by Nestlé) and Chef’s Plate (acquired by Hello Fresh) — is announcing that it has raised $43 million for what it says is its first traditional venture fund. Founded by Andrew Black, who previously co-founded Virgin Mobile […]
    - 1 day ago 16 Apr 21, 10:42pm -
  • Soona raises $10.2M to make remote photo and video shoots easy

    Soona raises $10.2M to make remote photo and video shoots easy

    Soona, a startup aiming to satisfy the growing content needs of the e-commerce ecosystem, is announcing that it has raised $10.2 million in Series A funding led by Union Square Ventures. When I wrote about Soona in 2019, the model focused on staging shoots that can deliver videos and photos in 24 hours or less. […]
    - 1 day ago 16 Apr 21, 9:51pm -
  • Nelo raises $3M to grow ‘buy now, pay later’ in Mexico

    Nelo raises $3M to grow ‘buy now, pay later’ in Mexico

    Buy now, pay later is a way of paying for purchases via installment loans that generally have no interest. The concept has grown in popularity in recent years, especially in markets such as the United States, Europe and Australia. Numerous players abound, all fighting for market share — from Affirm to Klarna to Afterpay, among […]
    - 1 day ago 16 Apr 21, 8:30pm -
  • Reform the US low-income broadband program by rebuilding Lifeline

    Reform the US low-income broadband program by rebuilding Lifeline

    The U.S. Lifeline program, a monthly subsidy designed to help low-income families afford telephone services, needs to be polished to ensure all Americans have access to broadband internet.
    - 1 day ago 16 Apr 21, 8:27pm -

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  • newNASA reschedules Ingenuity helicopter’s first flight on Mars for Monday
    An artists’ rendering of the Ingenuity and its parent rover Perseverance | NASA/JPL-CaltechNASA has rescheduled the first flight of its Ingenuity Mars helicopter to April 19th at 3:30AM ET, the agency announced Saturday.The four-pound helicopter that arrived on Mars on February 18th with its parent rover Perseverance has seen its first flight delayed a few times. It touched the surface of Mars on April 4th, and has been undergoing tests and checkouts. It survived its first night alone on Mars…
    - 2 hours ago 18 Apr 21, 12:34am -
  • newCPSC urges people with children at home to stop using Peloton Tread Plus treadmill ‘immediately’
    Photo by Ethan Miller / Getty ImagesThe Consumer Product Safety Commission on Saturday issued a warning about Peloton Tread Plus treadmills, saying the machines pose “serious risks to children for abrasions, fractures, and death.” In a March blog post by CEO John Foley, the company said it was aware that a child had died in an accident on the treadmill.The agency says it is aware of 39 incidents with the Tread Plus, including one death. “In light of multiple reports of children becoming e…
    - 4 hours ago 17 Apr 21, 10:14pm -
  • newDuring Indianapolis shooting, FedEx cell phone policy meant some family members couldn’t reach workers
    Police caution tape blocks the entrance to the site of a mass shooting at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis. | Photo by JEFF DEAN/AFP via Getty ImagesDuring a mass shooting at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis on Thursday, a company policy barring some employees from having their cell phones on them while working prevented family members from being able to contact workers inside the facility, The New York Times reported.Authorities said the gunman, a former employee, fired into the warehouse kill…
    - 5 hours ago 17 Apr 21, 9:20pm -
  • newTwitter having a partial outage Saturday morning
    Illustration by Alex Castro / The VergeIt looks like problems on Twitter that began Friday night are persisting Saturday morning. People on the east coast of the US were reporting that while the page would load, they were unable to send tweets and DMs. As of 11 AM ET Saturday, the site was still experiencing issues for many users.There’s no official word on how widespread the outage is, but Twitter said Saturday it was “fixing an issue” with its servers. Twitter Support posted a brief me…
    - 5 hours ago 17 Apr 21, 8:53pm -
  • newPeloton is fighting a recall request on its treadmill after a child died last month
    Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The VergePeloton is resisting a request from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to recall its Tread Plus treadmill, which was involved with the death of a child last month, the Washington Post is reporting tonight. At the time of the incident, the CPSC issued a statement that it was investigating. The agency is reportedly planning on issuing a consumer alert about the Tread Plus and may do so as early as Saturday, according to officials who spoke to…
    - 6 hours ago 17 Apr 21, 8:14pm -
  • newJudge in Australia finds Google misled Android users about location data collection
    Illustration by Alex Castro / The VergeA judge in Australia found Google misled users about personal location data the company collected via Android devices, a violation of Australian law, the Associated Press reported. According to Federal Court Judge Thomas Thawley, the violations occurred between January 2017 and December 2018. Users creating a new Google account while setting up a new Android device were led to believe that the “Location History” setting was the only Google account set…
    - 6 hours ago 17 Apr 21, 8:00pm -
  • newGoogle Project Zero will give a 30-day grace period before disclosing security issues
    Illustration by Alex Castro / The VergeGoogle’s Project Zero, a team of dedicated security engineers tasked with reducing the number of “zero day” vulnerabilities around the entire internet, says it will give developers an extra 30 days before disclosing vulnerability issues, in order to give end-users time to patch their software.Developers will still have 90 days to fix bugs, but Project Zero will wait another 30 days before it discloses the details of the bug publicly. If a flaw is bei…
    - 7 hours ago 17 Apr 21, 7:06pm -
  • newWashington state lawmakers vote to phase out gasoline cars by 2030
    Traffic JamWashington state lawmakers have passed a measure that would phase out the sale of gas-powered vehicles starting in 2030. The Clean Cars 2030 initiative passed Thursday as an amendment to a bill that requires state utilities prepare for an electric-vehicle future. The bill now awaits Gov. Jay Inslee’s signature. That’s five years earlier than planned gas vehicle bans in California and Massachusetts, and the first ban on gas cars passed by legislators, rather than by an executive o…
    - 8 hours ago 17 Apr 21, 6:27pm -
  • newCamera footage from wolf’s collar reveals a very good boy
    Have you ever wanted to watch a wolf hunt freshwater fish? Thanks to the Voyageurs Wolf Project from the University of Minnesota, you can see it on YouTube any time you like.The researchers with the project trapped V089, a lone wolf, sedated him, and then strapped on the Vectronic-Aerospace camera collar. The collar recorded video in 30 second bursts during daylight hours, for a total of 7 minutes a day. The wolf is a regular neckbeard, it turns outThe footage is very cool, though some of it…
    - 21 hours ago 17 Apr 21, 5:20am -
  • newEdward Snowden NFT sells for more than $5.4 million
    Sarah Stacke / NYPLToday, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden’s NFT sold for about $5.4 million, or 2,224 ETH. The NFT is of an artwork that shows an image of Snowden’s face made from pages of a US appeals court decision that ruled the mass surveillance program Snowden exposed had violated US law.The image is called “Stay Free.”The profits won’t go to America’s most famous exiled whistleblower, however. Instead, the sale is meant to benefit the Freedom of the Press Foundation, where S…
    - 21 hours ago 17 Apr 21, 4:49am -

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