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Elon Musk gets permission to begin Boring Co. digging in Maryland

1 hour 33 min ago
 Elon Musk’s week is going pretty great thus far, between meeting the creators of Rick & Morty and now gaining permission to dig even more tunnels – besides the one he already got the OK to begin digging back closer to home in Hawthorne. The new tunnel will be a 10.3-mile one that undercuts a state-owned operation of the Baltimore-Washington Parkway in Maryland,and could… Read More

Shopkick lays off about 10 percent of staff

2 hours 4 min ago
 Shopkick, a shopping rewards app owned by SK Telecom, laid off a little more than 10 percent of its staff (about 30 people) yesterday, TechCrunch has learned. Shopkick CEO Bill Demas confirmed the layoffs to TechCrunch, saying they were part of a broader restructuring of the business. Read More

Disputed DNA analysis software’s code open for inspection after court order

2 hours 30 min ago
 If you’re going to convict or acquit based on evidence provided by a piece of software, you’d better be damn sure that software is reliable. One such program, a DNA analysis tool used in over a thousand cases, has been called unreliable by critics — and a federal judge has just ordered that its code be opened for all to see so we can find out one way or the other. Read More

Rebecca Kaden joins Union Square Ventures as general partner

4 hours 21 sec ago
 Rebecca Kaden has announced that she’s leaving Maveron to join Union Square Ventures as a general partner on the investment team. She’ll be the first female partner at USV. She said that her faith in the team and also a return to her native NYC were motivating factors in joining the firm. Read More

Twitch unveils a suite of new tools to help creators grow their channels and make money

4 hours 11 min ago
 Amazon-owned video game streaming site Twitch today announced a number of new features for streamers aimed at helping their grow their online communities and generate revenue from their online channels. Notably, the company will soon debut several features that will allow video creators to better track their path towards achieving either Affiliate or Partner status – a designation… Read More

Google says 64% of Chrome traffic on Android now protected with HTTPS, 75% on Mac, 66% on Windows

4 hours 31 min ago
 Google’s push to make the web more secure by flagging sites using insecure HTTP connections appears to be working. The company announced today that 64 percent of Chrome traffic on Android is now protected, up 42 percent from a year ago. In addition, over 75 percent of Chrome traffic on both ChromeOS and Mac is now protected, up from 60 percent on Mac and 67 percent on ChromeOS a year ago. Read More

Flexible car ownership marketplace Fair.com nabs up to $1B from BMW, Penske and Sherpa Capital

4 hours 45 min ago
 Fair.com — an all-digital car marketplace that was co-founded by car industry vets Georg Bauer of BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Tesla; Scott Painter of TrueCar; and Fedor Artiles of Mercedes-Benz, Chrysler, Volkswagen, and Tesla — has been largely operating under the radar since quietly launching its business earlier this year. But today, it’s coming roaring down the street,… Read More

The Information reveals the startups in its first media accelerator and plans hiring spree

5 hours 20 min ago
 Business is looking for good for subscription-based tech news site The Information. This summer it announced plans for an accelerator program to encourage others to leap into paid media and today, at its summit event, it revealed the five successful applicants in batch one as well as its own hiring plans. The accelerator has a pretty diverse bunch which cover subjects that include tech —… Read More

Sneaker and streetwear reseller Stadium Goods just launched their first app

5 hours 32 min ago
 Stadium Goods, the online (and brick and mortar) marketplace for highly sought after sneakers and streetwear, is launching its first app. Live today to coincide with the startup’s two year anniversary, the first iteration of the app is basically just a mobile marketplace. But Stadium Goods plans to eventually build out this functionality and take advantage of location services and… Read More

Commuter shuttle bus Chariot halts services in SF

5 hours 58 min ago
 Chariot, the commuter shuttle bus network that Ford Smart Mobility acquired in 2016, has halted its services in San Francisco, the San Francisco Business Times first reported. On Wednesday, the California Public Utilities Commission suspended Chariot’s operating permit after the service didn’t pass three consecutive California Highway Patrol inspections. Read More

Jaybird’s Run totally wireless earbuds are wire-free wonders for everyone

6 hours 27 min ago
 The market for totally wireless earbuds is really maturing fast, with many entries from both new and established companies. Jaybird recently joined the crowd, with its own Run earbuds. The Logitech-owned company has long been a really solid competitor when it comes to Bluetooth headphones, and its Freedom and X-line, and in fact made some of the very first wireless sport earbuds that proved… Read More

Nike is using its new digital studio to build a community of sneakerheads

7 hours 10 min ago
 A year after acquiring Virgin Mega, Nike is revealing some of the early results of its experiments with augmented reality and community-building. Virgin Mega was a startup backed by Richard Branson’s Virgin Group that focused on fan communities and shopping. Ron Faris, who led the startup, told me that Nike acquired Virgin Mega in order to explore those same ideas. Since then, the team… Read More

Watch a tiny turtle get a 3D-printed mask

8 hours 37 min ago
 Today is your lucky day because, in my mind, it’s Terrapin Friday! In today’s episode we present Patches, a black-breasted leaf turtle who lives at the Knoxville Zoo. This 30-year-old turtle was living high on the hog for a number of years until she developed a hole near her nostril, probably caused during mating (“Male turtles are very rambunctious when they are trying to woo… Read More

BlackBerry’s KEYone ‘Black Edition’ offers more than just good looks

9 hours 5 min ago
 BlackBerry’s most interesting phone in years – if not an entire decade – is the KEYone, an Android device with a classic BlackBerry hardware keyboard that finally answers the needs of truly dedicated thumb typists with a modern mobile OS. Now, the KEYone ‘Black Edition’ has arrived, and it’s more than just a fresh coat of paint on an older gadget. In fact,… Read More

Apple reportedly isn’t producing enough iPhone X units for first weekend sales

9 hours 6 min ago
 According to a new report from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple is still facing supply chain constraints for the upcoming iPhone X. The company will have around 2 to 3 million units before the launch on November 3rd, which shouldn’t be enough to meet demand. While Apple didn’t disclose exact numbers for first weekend sales last year, the company sold 13 million iPhone… Read More

Spotify launches a RISE, a new emerging artist program

9 hours 7 min ago
 Spotify already has a reputation of being a hitmaker for new artists and other up-and-comers, but now the company is turning its prowess into a product. Today, Spotify announced the launch of RISE, a new program designed to “identify and break the next wave of music superstars,” the company says. The idea here is that Spotify will leverage its platform and its sizable reach… Read More

Grab raises $700M in debt to add more drivers to its ride-hailing service in Southeast Asia

9 hours 15 min ago
 Grab is in the process of raising $2.5 billion for it ride hailing service in Southeast Asia, but that hasn’t stopped the Uber rival from tapping banks for $700 million in debt facilities to develop its business. The Singapore-based company said it had pulled in the financing from “leading global and regional banks” to expand its car rental fleet in Singapore and Indonesia,… Read More

This hack connects you to the Internet via a virtual modem

9 hours 39 min ago
 Legend tells of a programmer named Martin Kirkholt Melhus who worked at a client site where there was no Internet. Realizing most of his work involved cutting and pasting from StackOverflow, he needed a way to get online. And so he turned his speaker and microphone into a working (in theory) modem. “This was only ever intended as a gimmick and a proof of concept – not something that… Read More

Original Content podcast: Marvel’s ‘Inhumans’ are here, and they’re very cheesy

9 hours 41 min ago
 We’re breaking the rules a little for this one. While TechCrunch’s Original Content podcast is focused on new shows and movies from streaming services like Hulu and Netflix, we’ve also gone out of our way to remind listeners that Inhumans, the new Marvel series airing on ABC, looks very bad. This week, your hosts Darrell Etherington and Anthony Ha decided to take the plunge… Read More

Equity podcast: IPOs for Stitch Fix, MongoDB and SendGrid, and Alphabet’s Lyft investment

10 hours 1 min ago
 Welcome to Equity, TechCrunch’s podcast about venture capital and the tech business. On the latest episode, we were joined by Barry Eggers, co-founder and a general partner at Lightspeed Venture Partners. There was a lot of IPO news this week. MongoDB debuted and we saw filings on Thursday for both Stitch Fix and SendGrid. And, of course, there was the inevitable ridesharing news.… Read More

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