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Ben Horowitz is coming to Disrupt SF

By |June 29th, 2018|

It’s been more than four years since “The Hard Thing About Hard Things” was published, and it remains — including to minds of many of us at TechCrunch — one of the best, most authentic, most instructive business books ever written. It’s partly for this reason that we’re so excited to announce its author, Ben --> READ MORE

Questions about Apple’s new Maps, answered

By |June 29th, 2018|

Earlier today we revealed that Apple was re-building maps from the ground up. These are some questions from readers that came up when we went live. You can ask more questions here and I’ll try to add them. What part of Maps will be new? The actual map. Apple is building them from scratch, with --> READ MORE

Business analytics firm Domo closes at $27.30/share, up 30% after raising $193M in its muted IPO

By |June 29th, 2018|

Domo, the business analytics company based out of Utah, today became the latest enterprise tech company to go public, and it did so with a small pop. Trading on Nasdaq as DOMO, the company opened at $23.80/share, up 13 percent on its initial pricing of $21. Last night, the company announced that it had raised --> READ MORE

TMGcore is running high-efficiency crypto mines in Texas

By |June 29th, 2018|

Out on the plains of East Texas, not far from Dallas, a company called TMGcore is mining crypto. The company, funded to the tune of $70 million, will be mining multiple cryptocurrencies and is using some unique technology to ensure that it doesn’t eat up an entire city’s worth of energy. “TMGcore will be one --> READ MORE

Big tech companies are looking at Hollywood as the next stage in their play for the cloud

By |June 29th, 2018|

This week, both Microsoft and Google made moves to woo Hollywood to their cloud computing platforms in the latest act of the unfolding drama over who will win the multi-billion dollar business of the entertainment industry as it moves to the cloud. Google raised the curtain with a splashy announcement that they’d be setting up --> READ MORE

India’s Cashify raises $12M for its second-hand smartphone business

By |June 29th, 2018|

Cashify, a company that buys and sells used smartphones, is the latest India startup to raise capital from Chinese investors after it announced a $12 million Series C round. Chinese funds CDH Investments and Morningside led the round which included participation from Aihuishou, a China-based startup that sells used electronics in a similar way to Cashify and --> READ MORE

Tesla opens the Model 3 reservation floodgates

By |June 28th, 2018|

Tesla has opened the Model 3 waitlist floodgates, inviting all reservation holders in the U.S. and Canada to order the electric sedan that’s inextricably tied to its survival. As of Thursday, existing reservation holders in the United States and Canada can log onto the Tesla website and complete their order in the company’s online design studio. --> READ MORE

Bank says Ticketmaster knew of breach months before taking action

By |June 28th, 2018|

Ticketmaster UK announced on its site yesterday that it identified malicious malware on June 23rd that had affected nearly five percent of their customers, allowing an unknown third-party access to customers’ names, email addresses, telephone numbers, payment details and login information between February 2017 and June 23rd, 2018. The company says the breach can be --> READ MORE

Hands on with the Echo Dots Kids Edition

By |June 28th, 2018|

Earlier this year, Amazon introduced an Echo Dot for kids, with its $80 Echo Dot Kids Edition device, which comes in your choice of a red, blue, or green protective case. The idea is to market a version of Amazon’s existing Dot hardware to families by bundling it with an existing subscription service, and by throwing --> READ MORE

Researchers train bipedal robots to step lightly over rough terrain

By |June 28th, 2018|

Researchers at the Hybrid Robotics Group at UC Berkeley and CMU are hard at work making sure their robots don’t fall over when tiptoeing through rough terrain. Using machine learning and ATRIAS robots, the teams are able to “teach” robots to traverse stepping stones they’ve never seen before. Their robots, described here, are unique in --> READ MORE