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Bear Robotics is raising big bucks for robots that deliver food to restaurant patrons

By |August 30th, 2019|

Some days, it feels like there’s almost no end to the number of jobs that might be replaced altogether or in some part by smart machines, from radiologists to truck drivers to, gulp, journalists. You might be tempted to sob about it to your friendly restaurant server, but wait! It’s a robot, too! So it --> READ MORE

At-home blood testing startup Baze rakes in $6 million from Nature’s Way

By |August 30th, 2019|

By now, the venture world is wary of blood testing startups offering health data from just a few drops of blood. However, Baze, a Swiss-based personal nutrition startup providing blood tests you can do in the convenience of your own home, collects just a smidgen of your sanguine fluid through an MIT manufactured device, which, --> READ MORE

A hacker has compromised Jack Dorsey’s Twitter account

By |August 30th, 2019|

A hacker has compromised Jack Dorsey’s Twitter account. A stream of rogue tweets — including racial slurs — were posted to the Twitter chief executive’s own Twitter account just after 3:30pm ET. One of the tweets posted a Twitter handle for someone who purported to take credit for the account takeover. That account was quickly suspended. --> READ MORE

…or you can always buy a $40 wood case for your Apple Card

By |August 30th, 2019|

Apple really unleashed the spoofs and goofs when the care instructions were spotted online for its new credit card. Of particular note were warnings against contact with denim and leather— common materials for people who own wallets and/or wear pants. In the intervening week and change, I’m sure more than one entrepreneur had the thought --> READ MORE

Xbox Live is down for many (Update: It’s back up)

By |August 30th, 2019|

If you were trying to sneak in a quick game on Xbox Live during your Friday afternoon lunch break and found that you can’t get online: don’t worry, you’re not alone. While Microsoft’s Xbox Live Status page still says all things are good to go (Update: Microsoft’s status page has now caught up with the outage, --> READ MORE

Skype upgrades its messaging feature with drafts, bookmarks and more

By |August 30th, 2019|

Skype is best known for being a video calling app and, to some extent, that’s because its messaging feature set has been a bit underdeveloped. Today, the company is working to change that image with a series of improvements to Skype’s chatting features aimed at further differentiating it from rival apps. One of the most --> READ MORE

Credit Sesame, a platform for managing loans and credit scores, picks up $43M en route to IPO

By |August 30th, 2019|

Household debt in the U.S. continues to rise and as of this year now stands at nearly $14 billion. Now, one of the startups that’s building tools to help consumers better cope with that is announcing a round of funding and plans for an IPO — signs of the demand for its services, and its --> READ MORE

Gmail can now tell your co-workers you’re on vacation BEFORE they email you

By |August 30th, 2019|

Emailing a co-worker without realizing they’re on vacation is a bummer for everyone involved. The second you get that “out of office” auto-reply, you suddenly remember the 20-minute conversation you had about their upcoming trip to Hawaii and feel like a goober. Meanwhile, they come back to a thousand “Hey, can you help with this? --> READ MORE

Fitbit, Andela, AfricaTech, startups and Brexit, plus content moderation

By |August 30th, 2019|

Programming note: Happy Labor Day! To our U.S.-based readers, happy Labor Day weekend. Extra Crunch will be off on Monday and will resume publishing next Tuesday. Reminder: EC ticket discounts for Enterprise Sessions and Disrupt SF Next week, we will be hosting our Enterprise Sessions event at Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco. It’s a --> READ MORE

Daily Crunch: Apple will unveil the next iPhone on Sept 10

By |August 30th, 2019|

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here. 1. Apple will unveil the next iPhone September 10 Apple has sent out invites confirming rumors that its next major press event --> READ MORE