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  • newWhat to make of Stripe’s possible $100B valuation

    What to make of Stripe’s possible $100B valuation

    This is The TechCrunch Exchange, a newsletter that goes out on Saturdays, based on the column of the same name. You can sign up for the email here. Welcome to a special Thanksgiving edition of The Exchange. Today we will be brief. But not silent, as there is much to talk about. Up top, The Exchange noodled […]
    - 8 hours ago 29 Nov 20, 2:30am -
  • newHow Ryan Reynolds and Mint Mobile worked without becoming the joke

    How Ryan Reynolds and Mint Mobile worked without becoming the joke

    In the past decade, celebrity interest and investment in tech companies has significantly increased. But not all celebrity investments are created equally. Some investors, like Ashton Kutcher, have prioritized the VC pursuits. Some have invested casually without getting overly involved. Others have used their considerable platforms to market their portfolio to varying degrees of success. […]
    - 14 hours ago 28 Nov 20, 8:30pm -
  • newOriginal Content podcast: Just don’t watch Netflix’s ‘Holidate’ with your parents

    Original Content podcast: Just don’t watch Netflix’s ‘Holidate’ with your parents

    You might think that a new Netflix film called “Holidate” offers holiday-themed romance that’s perfect for a family watch party. You’d be wrong. The film stars Emma Roberts and Luke Bracey as a pair of strangers who agree (in classic romantic comedy style) to keep each other company on holidays. And while the movie can’t […]
    - 15 hours ago 28 Nov 20, 7:30pm -
  • newBlack Friday online shopping comes in $9B, $3.6B on smartphones

    Black Friday online shopping comes in $9B, $3.6B on smartphones

    Black Friday — the day that launched 1,000 other shopping holidays — may have lost its place as the “start” of the Christmas shopping season by now (it gets bigger and earlier with each passing year). But the day after Thanksgiving still pulls in a crowd of buyers looking for a bargain and remains a major […]
    - 16 hours ago 28 Nov 20, 5:42pm -
  • newTony Hsieh, iconic Las Vegas tech entrepreneur, dies aged 46

    Tony Hsieh, iconic Las Vegas tech entrepreneur, dies aged 46

    Tony Hsieh, the former head of Zappos who catapulted the shoe company into the big leagues with a sale to Amazon and then used the proceeds of his success in a huge project kickstarting regeneration of a run-down part of Las Vegas, Nevada, with tech and wider business investments, has died at the age of […]
    - 20 hours ago 28 Nov 20, 2:04pm -
  • Facebook’s Libra could launch in January

    Facebook’s Libra could launch in January

    According to a report from the Financial Times, Facebook-backed cryptocurrency Libra could launch in January. More interestingly, the Libra Association, the consortium created by Facebook, could scale back its ambitions once again. When it was first unveiled, the Libra cryptocurrency was supposed to be a brand new currency tied to a basket of fiat currencies […]
    - 1 day ago 27 Nov 20, 10:31pm -
  • India sets rules for commissions, surge pricing for Uber and Ola

    India sets rules for commissions, surge pricing for Uber and Ola

    Ride-hailing firms such as Ola and Uber can only draw a fee of up to 20% on ride fares in India, New Delhi said in guidelines on Friday, a new setback for the SoftBank-backed firms already struggling to improve their finances in the key overseas market. The guidelines, which for the first time bring modern-age […]
    - 2 days ago 27 Nov 20, 9:53pm -
  • There’s no ‘hacker house’ geared toward undergraduate women, so they created one of their own

    There’s no ‘hacker house’ geared toward undergraduate women, so they created one of their own

    Hacker houses are making a comeback for entrepreneurs as remote work drags on. While founders are adapting to quarantine in style, a group of college women in their 20s aren’t waiting until they are done with undergraduate work to plunge into the lifestyle themselves. Started by college juniors Coco Sack and Kendall Titus, Womxn Ignite […]
    - 2 days ago 27 Nov 20, 9:30pm -
  • No Google-Fitbit merger without human rights remedies, says Amnesty to EU

    No Google-Fitbit merger without human rights remedies, says Amnesty to EU

    Human rights NGO, Amnesty International, has written to the EU’s competition regulator calling for Google’s acquisition of wearable maker Fitbit to be blocked — unless meaningful safeguards can be baked in. The tech giant announced its intent to splash $2.1 billion to acquire Fitbit a year ago but has yet to gain regulatory approval for […]
    - 2 days ago 27 Nov 20, 7:47pm -
  • Is Slack overpriced now that the market knows Salesforce might buy it?

    Is Slack overpriced now that the market knows Salesforce might buy it?

    The Exchange is technically off today, but we’re here anyway because there’s neat stuff in the world of startups and money to talk about. So, let’s yammer this morning about Slack’s new valuation and what the market is telling us about what the venerable SaaS company is really worth. The Exchange explores startups, markets and […]
    - 2 days ago 27 Nov 20, 7:46pm -
  • Wall Street needs to relax, as startups show remote work is here to stay

    Wall Street needs to relax, as startups show remote work is here to stay

    We are hearing that a COVID-19 vaccine could be on the way sooner than later, and that means we could be returning to normal life some time in 2021. That’s the good news. The perplexing news, however, is that each time some positive news emerges about a vaccine — and believe me I’m not complaining […]
    - 2 days ago 27 Nov 20, 4:47pm -
  • UK to set up ‘pro-competition’ regulator to put limits on big tech

    UK to set up ‘pro-competition’ regulator to put limits on big tech

    The U.K. is moving ahead with a plan to regulate big tech, responding to competition concerns over a “winner-takes-all” dynamic in digital markets. It will set up a new Digital Market Unit (DMU) to oversee a “pro-competition” regime for internet platforms — including those funded by online advertising, such as Facebook and Google — the […]
    - 2 days ago 27 Nov 20, 3:40pm -
  • Alibaba vies for a piece of China’s booming EV market

    Alibaba vies for a piece of China’s booming EV market

    There’s no lack of news these days on China’s tech giants teaming up with traditional carmakers. Companies from Alibaba to Huawei are striving to become relevant in the trillion-dollar auto industry, which itself is seeking an electric transition and intelligent upgrade as 5G comes of age. State-owned automaker SAIC Motor, a major player in China, […]
    - 2 days ago 27 Nov 20, 9:26am -
  • Gift Guide: Black Friday tech deals that are actually worth checking out

    Gift Guide: Black Friday tech deals that are actually worth checking out

    Black Friday approaches! In a year where asking Alexa what day today is feels totally normal, this Black Friday seems like it came out of nowhere. As we say pretty much every year, a lot of Black Friday deals are … not that good. While there are certainly deals to be found, there’s also a […]
    - 2 days ago 27 Nov 20, 5:39am -
  • Facebook’s latest ad tool fail puts another dent in its reputation

    Facebook’s latest ad tool fail puts another dent in its reputation

    Reset yer counters: Facebook has had to ‘fess up to yet another major ad reporting fail. This one looks like it could be costly for the tech giant to put right — not least because it’s another dent in its reputation for self-reporting. (For past Facebook ad metric errors check out our reports from 2016 […]
    - 2 days ago 27 Nov 20, 1:56am -
  • Thanksgiving online shopping hits record $5.1B, up 21.5% on 2019, 47% of sales via mobile

    Thanksgiving online shopping hits record $5.1B, up 21.5% on 2019, 47% of sales via mobile

    Thanksgiving for many is about eating, seeing family, reflecting and relaxing for the day. But for an increasing number of us, it also seems to be about shopping. Collectively, consumers in the U.S. spent a record $5.1 billion buying goods online yesterday, according to analytics from Adobe. The company’s marketing technology division is following online […]
    - 2 days ago 26 Nov 20, 11:14pm -
  • AstraZeneca says it will likely do another study of COVID-19 vaccine after accidental lower dose shows higher efficacy

    AstraZeneca says it will likely do another study of COVID-19 vaccine after accidental lower dose shows higher efficacy

    AstraZeneca’s CEO told Bloomberg that the pharmaceutical company will likely conduct another global trial of the effectiveness of its COVID-19 vaccine trial, following the disclosure that the more effective dosage in the existing Phase 3 clinical trial was actually administered by accident. AstraZeneca and its partner the University of Oxford reported interim results that showed […]
    - 2 days ago 26 Nov 20, 10:28pm -
  • Bigblue wants to automate e-commerce fulfillment in Europe

    Bigblue wants to automate e-commerce fulfillment in Europe

    Meet Bigblue, a French startup that just raised a $3.6 million seed round (€3 million) to build an end-to-end fulfillment solution in Europe. If you sell products on your own website and across multiple marketplaces, you can use Bigblue to handle everything that happens after a transaction. Bigblue doesn’t try to reinvent the wheel. Instead, […]
    - 2 days ago 26 Nov 20, 10:24pm -
  • Foxconn could move some iPad and MacBook production to Vietnam

    Foxconn could move some iPad and MacBook production to Vietnam

    Following a request from Apple, Foxconn could be shifting production out of China for some iPad and MacBook models according to a report from Reuters. The new assembly lines would be based in Vietnam. As a recent investigation from The Information highlighted, both companies are intrinsically connected. The Taiwanese manufacturer is Apple’s main production partner. […]
    - 3 days ago 26 Nov 20, 9:40pm -
  • US Fertility says patient data was stolen in a ransomware attack

    US Fertility says patient data was stolen in a ransomware attack

    U.S. Fertility, one of the largest networks of fertility clinics in the United States, has confirmed it was hit by a ransomware attack and that data was taken. The company was formed in May as a partnership between Shady Grove Fertility, a fertility clinic with dozens of locations across the U.S. East Coast, and Amulet […]
    - 3 days ago 26 Nov 20, 8:54pm -

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  • newThe best Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals on games
    The Last of Us Part IILet’s be honest: gaming is expensive, but the holiday season is a good time to take advantage of deals and sales and buy more than one game. Whether you are adding games to your personal library for your backlog, or you are planning to buy some games for a friend or family member, retailers like Amazon, GameStop, and Target have various discounts on titles.If you are planning to buy a PS5 or an Xbox Series X / S during this time, please keep in mind that both are in high…
    - 7 hours ago 29 Nov 20, 3:12am -
  • newThe best Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals under $50
    Things have been tough this year for many of us, and while everyone loves giving great gifts to friends and family, you also don’t want to spend more than you’ve got. Well, don’t worry — we’ve got your back. There are loads of great gifts being discounted to under $50, and we’re letting you know where you can get them and for how much. We’ll be scouring the sales for games, gadgets, and other tech that can put a smile on your loved ones’ faces and keep your bank balance in a reas…
    - 7 hours ago 29 Nov 20, 3:10am -
  • newThe best Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals on Apple devices
    iPhone 12. | Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The VergeIt’s rare that Apple slashes the prices on its own products. Fortunately, other retailers are putting a lot of Apple products on sale for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. A bunch of retailers like Amazon, Best Buy, B&H Photo, Walmart, and Woot are slashing the prices on everything from wearables to its wireless earbuds.Additionally, the online Apple store will have a special promotion on Friday, November 27th, and running until Monday, November 30th…
    - 7 hours ago 29 Nov 20, 2:43am -
  • newThe best Black Friday and Cyber Monday tech deals happening at Walmart
    Like some of its competitors, Walmart has started offering a ton of discounts on tech products in the weeks leading up to Cyber Monday. Fortunately, Walmart has some interesting Black Friday deals going on right now, including the lowest price we have seen yet on Apple’s AirPods Pros. Below, we have highlighted the best Cyber Monday tech deals across different subcategories that Walmart is currently offering. For more Cyber Monday deals, check out our roundup of the best deals across all the…
    - 7 hours ago 29 Nov 20, 2:43am -
  • newBest Black Friday and Cyber Monday tech deals for students
    Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The VergeIf you’re heading off to high school or college next year (or shopping for someone who is), Black Friday and Cyber Monday are great times to start looking for the gadgets you’ll need for school. And if you’re a current student who just needs to upgrade their tech, why not take advantage of this week’s deals and sales?Here are some of the best deals that students should consider for tablets, laptops, speakers, and more. The gadgets listed here are afforda…
    - 8 hours ago 29 Nov 20, 2:40am -
  • newThe best Black Friday and Cyber Monday tech deals happening at Newegg
    Intel’s 10th-gen processorsNewegg sells a ton of tech, ranging from computer parts to gaming laptops and even gaming-friendly televisions. We have compiled some of the best deals going on right now at Newegg. Of course, some of these deals may also be available at other retailers like Amazon and Best Buy, so you should check out our roundups to compare prices before making a buying decision. If you are looking for more general tech deals, we have compiled the best tech deals you can get right…
    - 8 hours ago 29 Nov 20, 2:24am -
  • newThe best Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals on PC accessories
    Logitech’s G502 gaming mouse | Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The VergeWhen it comes to PC accessories, I always felt that Black Friday and Cyber Monday were some of the best times of the year to buy new PC-related products. If you are planning to upgrade or even build your very own PC, Black Friday is a good time to save money on the parts you need for your rig. Several retailers are also discounting PC accessories such as gaming headsets and monitors. If you are looking for some PC games…
    - 9 hours ago 29 Nov 20, 1:02am -
  • newThe best Black Friday and Cyber Monday tech deals at Amazon
    The Pixel 5 is $50 off at Amazon | Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The VergeAmazon is hosting a wide variety of tech deals for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The company started its deal festivities early by knocking down prices for many of its own devices, including some of its newer products that hadn’t yet seen any discounts. The fourth-generation Echo smart speaker, the latest Eero 6 mesh Wi-Fi routers, and more are all discounted right now, in addition to several other Amazon devices, s…
    - 11 hours ago 28 Nov 20, 11:14pm -
  • newThe best Black Friday and Cyber Monday phone deals
    Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The VergeBlack Friday and Cyber Monday are each a good time of the year to consider upgrading your phone. Whether you’re looking for a deal through a carrier or you’d rather get an unlocked phone, you can save during the holiday season. The best deals on phones for Black Friday are on Android devices, including newer models from Google, Samsung, OnePlus, and more. Predictably, these big price cuts don’t apply to iPhones. Nothing new there, but there is a g…
    - 11 hours ago 28 Nov 20, 11:10pm -
  • newThe best Black Friday deals that are still happening
    Black Friday is here. You know the deal: it’s the biggest shopping day of the year, followed closely by Cyber Monday, which is happening first thing next week. As you’re expecting, there are some great deals on tech, including TVs, laptops, gadgets, video games, and much more — we have it all below. Unlike most years, the ongoing pandemic saw retailers releasing some of their best Black Friday deals earlier than ever, giving shoppers more opportunities to snag gifts. With that, a few deals…
    - 11 hours ago 28 Nov 20, 11:08pm -

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