­

Roblox follows Minecraft into the education market

By |May 31st, 2018|

Roblox, the massively multiplayer online game favored by the under 13 crowd, is following in Minecraft’s footsteps with a move into the education market. The company this morning announced a new education initiative, Roblox Education, that will offer a free curriculum to educators, along with international summer coding camps, and a free online “Creator Challenge” in --> READ MORE

Come mix your realities at our AR/VR event in LA in October

By |May 31st, 2018|

TechCrunch is hosting one of our single-topic Sessions events centered on AR/VR and mixed reality in Los Angeles on October 18th at UCLA’s Royce Hall. We’re going to be doing some very cool stuff that we’re not quite ready to talk about, but at the core we’re looking to have incredible discussions with the best --> READ MORE

Steve Case and JD Vance are speaking at Disrupt SF on startup opportunities outside of Silicon Valley

By |May 31st, 2018|

We’re excited to announce Steve Case and JD Vance will sit down for a fireside chat at Disrupt SF this September. There’s plenty to talk about, too, including the pair’s latest venture: A massive $150 million seed fund backed by an impressive group of investors that are targeted at startups outside of Silicon Valley. As The --> READ MORE

The Microsoft Launcher for Android now lets you track your kids’ whereabouts

By |May 31st, 2018|

Microsoft is launching an update to its Android launcher today that gives parents the ability to track their kids’ location. This is one out of a number of parent- and kid-focused announcements the company made today. Others include the ability to block sites in Microsoft Edge on Android and the launch of MSN Kids, a --> READ MORE

Spotify’s CEO says company botched ‘hateful conduct’ policy roll out

By |May 31st, 2018|

Two weeks after his company attempted to impose a policy targeted at curbing “hate content and hateful conduct,” Spotify’s CEO admitted the company mishandled its roll out. During an interview at this week’s Code Conference, Daniel Ek told the crowd, “The whole goal with this was to make sure that we didn’t have hate speech --> READ MORE

Klaxoon gets $50M to try to make boring meetings more interactive and productive

By |May 31st, 2018|

If you’ve ever been in a pointless meeting at work, odds are you’ve spent part of the time responding to messages or just putzing around on the Internet — but Klaxoon hopes to convert that into something a bit more productive with more interactive meetings. The French startup today said it’s raised $50 million in --> READ MORE

This newly funded startup wants to help women gauge their reproductive health a lot sooner in life

By |May 31st, 2018|

It’s often the case that women don’t think much about their reproductive health until they have to. Sometimes it begins with an aside from a well-meaning gynecologist — or one’s impatient parents. Sometimes, it’s because a couple is ready to try conceiving and it’s proving harder than they imagined it would be. A San Francisco-based --> READ MORE

Uber is looking at adding benefits and insurance for drivers

By |May 31st, 2018|

At the Code Conference tonight, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi spoke about the company’s relationship with drivers, autonomous driving, uberEATS having a $6 billion bookings run rate, taking over as CEO and flying taxis, obviously. Just this week, San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera sent subpoenas to Uber and Lyft seeking information on driver pay, benefits --> READ MORE

China’s SenseTime, the world’s highest-valued AI startup, closes $620M follow-on round

By |May 31st, 2018|

SenseTime, the world’s highest-valued AI company with a valuation of over $4.5 billion, is back in the money again. The company raised $600 million in an Alibaba-led financing round announced last month, and now it has added a further $620 million to that with a “Series C+” round announced today. Alibaba led the previous deal, --> READ MORE

Google brings its FilesGo Android device management app to China

By |May 31st, 2018|

Google has continued its slow and steady China strategy after it launched Files Go, a files management service for Android devices. The app launched to global markets last year but today it landed in China via four third-party app stores. Named ‘Google 文件极客’ in China, the app helps users keep within the storage limits of --> READ MORE