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Join TechCrunch at our 1st Annual Winter Party

1 hour 9 min ago
 If you’re based in the SF Bay Area, you’re likely familiar with the annual party we host with August Capital every summer. After 12 years, that event still sells out fast and gathers top investors and founders in Silicon Valley for an evening of networking and fun.  In keeping with that spirit, TechCrunch will be hosting our 1st Annual Winter Party in San Francisco and add a… Read More

Company builder Entrepreneur First is expanding to Berlin

1 hour 13 min ago
 Entrepreneur First (EF), the London-headquartered company builder that invests in individuals “pre-team, pre-idea” to help create new technology startups, is continuing to expand internationally. Following adding an outpost and program in Singapore, in addition to London, the so-called talent-first investor is setting up shop in Berlin, kicking off its first German program this April. Read More

Google will make page speed a factor in mobile search ranking starting in July

1 hour 24 min ago
 Google today announced a significant change in how it ranks websites for mobile searches: it will now take page speed into consideration as one of its signals, the company says. The change, which Google is referring to as the “Speed Update,” will go into effect in July 2018, and will downrank very slow websites under certain conditions. Though speed will become more of a factor… Read More

Planning your startup’s acquisition just got easier with Slack’s private shared channels

1 hour 43 min ago
 A few months ago Slack launched a beta feature called Shared Channels, which let two organizations share a common channel. So for example a startup could have a channel that it shared with its PR firm or lawyers. But sometimes discussions between two companies are too sensitive for the entire company to see, so today slack is rolling out Private Shared Channels. Also still in beta, the… Read More

Facebook “Watch Party” lets Groups view videos simultaneously

1 hour 43 min ago
 Facebook’s turning its push for well-being through active, not passive, content consumption into a feature with its new test of “Watch Party”. It allows Group admins to pick any public video on Facebook and show it to their members at the same time with a dedicated comment reel to create a “shared viewing experience”. Live videos on Facebook generate six times… Read More

Natural home products startup Grove Collaborative bets niche wins over the Amazonization of everything

1 hour 58 min ago
 Who needs Amazon when you can make your own online distribution channel? At least, that’s the idea behind Grove Collaborative, a natural home care products company that ships natural cleaning brands like Method and Mrs. Meyer’s. Co-founder Stuart Landesberg started the company in 2014 after working with retail brands during his time as an investor at TPG. He noticed how limited… Read More

Mark Zuckerberg wants you to call your congressperson in support of DACA

2 hours 3 min ago
 Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wants you to call your congressperson to act on DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). Since 2012, 800,000 undocumented immigrants have received DACA status. “Every day that Congress doesn’t act more DACA recipients are losing their status,” Zuckerberg wrote in a Facebook post this morning. If President Donald Trump has his way, DACA… Read More

The Ocean Solutions Accelerator will nurture companies looking to keep our planet blue

2 hours 15 min ago
 You can’t swing a cat in the Bay Area without hitting some startup accelerator or another, but it can be hard to find one with a mission. That’s the easy part with the Ocean Solutions Accelerator, a new program that aims to help advance startups in tech and conservation relating to… you guessed it, the big blue. They’re now accepting applications for their first wave… Read More

CircleCI raises $31M Series C for its DevOps platform

2 hours 22 min ago
 CircleCI was recently in the news because its founder, Paul Biggar, wrote about his experience at the now infamous Silicon Valley sex party that was also attended by the likes of Elon Musk (who said it was just nerds on a couch). In less salacious news, CircleCI also today announced that it has raised a $31 million Series C round for its software automation platform. Top Tier Capital Partners… Read More

Sketchfab launches a store to become a stock photo site for 3D models

2 hours 23 min ago
 Sketchfab just launched a store so that you can buy and sell 3D models and reuse them in commercial projects. This is a major new feature for Sketchfab, which has become one of the biggest repositories of 3D models on the web. It feels like Sketchfab is becoming a sort of stock photography site, except that it’s all about 3D models. While Sketchfab already has 2 million 3D models on… Read More

Google and Salesforce unveil first elements of partnership

2 hours 36 min ago
 Last fall at Dreamforce, Google and Salesforce announced a partnership. Today, the two companies unveiled the first pieces of that agreement. For starters, Google Analytics 360 users can now import data from the Salesforce CRM tool such as leads and opportunities, among other pieces. This could allow marketers to have a more complete view of the customer journey from first contact to sale… Read More

Google’s Project Fi now caps data bills at $60

2 hours 43 min ago
 Google’s Project Fi cell service never played the “unlimited data” game that most carriers in the U.S. like to play (and which is never truly unlimited). Instead, Google simply offered data at $10/GB/month and would give you a refund for any data you paid for but didn’t use. Now, however, it’s taking its own stab at what is essentially an unlimited data plan. With… Read More

Google’s new G Suite security center gives admins a new perspective on their organization’s security

2 hours 43 min ago
 Google today launched a new tool for G Suite admins that gives them a better view of the state of their organization’s security. The new G Suite Security Center, which is only available to G Suite Enterprise users, features two main components. The first is a dashboard that gives admins an overview of current security metrics across services like Gmail (think incoming phishing emails)… Read More

Amazon takes on Wish with an “Under $10” selection of products that ship for free

2 hours 46 min ago
 Amazon has quietly launched a new feature that’s seemingly aimed at helping the retailer better compete with discount shopping apps such as Wish and others. In the Amazon iOS app and on the web, Amazon recently added a new section offering products under $10 that ship for free. Some of the products are also available on Prime, but the feature doesn’t appear to be limited to… Read More

Arkadium brings its interactive content to the Associated Press

2 hours 51 min ago
 The Associated Press is partnering with Arkadium to use InHabit, an interactive content tool launched last year. Arkadium’s goal for InHabit is to automatically add interactive polls, quizzes and games into relevant stories, hopefully making those stories more engaging in the process. The technology was initially designed for sports content, so the AP is starting its integration on its… Read More

Thinknum is remixing data to create cool content

3 hours 33 min ago
 Archimedes once said “Give me a place to stand, and I shall move the world.” For Thinknum, a data startup, that saying should go “Give me statistics, and I shall measure the world.” The company, whose bread and butter is the collection and analysis of public data, has launched a new blog dedicated to finding fascinating trends in boring numbers. Led by journalist… Read More

Global app downloads topped 175 billion in 2017, revenue surpassed $86 billion

4 hours 21 min ago
 Global app downloads topped 175 billion and consumer spending exceeded $86 billion in 2017, thanks to growth in emerging markets including China, India, Brazil and Russia, according to a new report from App Annie out this morning. Notably, India has now become the number two country by downloads, passing the U.S., which is now third. China has long since been in the lead. The difference… Read More

This small robotic stingray could be the future of biological bots

4 hours 33 min ago
 What do you get when you smush a bunch off live heart cells, specialized biomaterials, and electrodes into a tiny, stingray-shaped package? If you said “lunch” than you’re wrong. Instead, you get the first example of bioinspired robotic systems that can imitate nature using both electrical and organic components. The resulting project – a 10mm long robot that can swim… Read More

Amazon Studios greenlights second season of The Tick

4 hours 45 min ago
 Amazon Studios has today announced that it has greenlit The Tick Season 2. The series is yet another rendition of the animated version that ran in the 90s, as well as Fox’s live action version that starred Patrick Warburton. It follows superhero, the Tick, and his sidekick Arthur through half-hour long adventures. The shows original creator, Ben Edlund, is returning for Amazon’s… Read More

Aptiv and Lyft’s Vegas self-driving pilot to expand beyond CES

4 hours 59 min ago
 Self-driving technology provider Aptiv and ride-hailing company Lyft ran a pilot program of self-driving, on-demand ride hailing during CES in Las Vegas this year, offering transit between 20 different locations in the city including major hotels and casinos. Now, both are announcing that they’re definitely extending the project beyond the timeframe of CES in Las Vegas, and that… Read More

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