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Monthly enlists experts and celebrities to teach 30-day online classes

By |September 30th, 2019|

You may know Max Deutsch from Month to Master, his yearlong self-improvement program where he tried to master one “expert-level” skill each month — such as solving a Rubik’s Cube in 20 seconds, holding a 30-minute conversation in a foreign language and even challenging world champion Magnus Carlsen to a game of chess (Deustch lost). Now, --> READ MORE

Twitter launches its anti-abuse filter for Direct Messages

By |September 30th, 2019|

Twitter is rolling out its spam and abuse filter for Direct Messages, a month and a half after the company announced it had started testing the feature. The filter will be available on Twitter’s iOS, Android and Web apps. The filter adds a new view to the Additional Messages inbox, where DMs from people you --> READ MORE

Upstart banking company Dave is now worth $1 billion, as Norwest puts in $50 million

By |September 30th, 2019|

Two years after the Los Angeles-based fintech startup Dave launched with a suite of money management tools to save consumers from overdraft fees, the company is now worth $1 billion thanks to a nascent banking practice that had investors lining up. The company used its overdraft protection service and money management display to shift customers’ --> READ MORE

Rocket Lab launch switcheroo shows the flexibility of the new orbital economy

By |September 30th, 2019|

New Zealand-based launch provider Rocket Lab has announced its next commercial mission, “As The Crow Flies,” taking an Astro Digital satellite to orbit in October. Interestingly, this launch originally had a different payload, but was switched out on fairly short notice — not exactly a common practice in this business. The launch, scheduled for a --> READ MORE

AWS IQ matches AWS customers with certified service providers

By |September 30th, 2019|

AWS has a lot going on, and it’s not always easy for customers to deal with the breadth of its service offerings on its own. Today, the company announced a new service called AWS IQ that is designed to connect customers with certified service providers. “Today I would like to tell you about AWS IQ, --> READ MORE

SpaceX details Starship and Super Heavy in new website

By |September 30th, 2019|

After CEO Elon Musk shared new details about its in-development Starship spacecraft on Saturday, SpaceX has updated its website with a new section dedicated to the fully reusable cargo and passenger vehicle. The new Starship website also provides a bunch of info about Super Heavy, the first-stage booster that will propel Starship to orbital altitudes --> READ MORE

European early-stage VC firm ‘Project A’ on Europe’s startup scene taking the next step

By |September 30th, 2019|

Project A, the Berlin-based VC, just raised a new $200 million fund (€180 million) to continue backing European startups at Seed and Series A stage. In addition, the firm — whose investments include WorldRemit, Catawiki, Voi and Uberall — announced it will now have a presence in London and Stockholm in order to put people --> READ MORE

Microsoft OneDrive Personal Vault rolls out worldwide, launches expandable storage

By |September 30th, 2019|

Earlier this summer, Microsoft introduced an extra layer of security to its Dropbox competitor, OneDrive. The security features, called OneDrive Personal Vault, allow users to protect their files with two-step verification, like a fingerprint or facial recognition, PIN code or a one-time code sent through email, SMS or Microsoft Authenticator. At the time of launch, --> READ MORE

Daily Crunch: Facebook faces VR challenges

By |September 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. Not all is predictable on Facebook’s social Horizon Last week, Facebook unveiled Horizon, a massively multiplayer VR world that’s scheduled to --> READ MORE

Verizon picks up the assets of Disney-backed VR startup Jaunt

By |September 30th, 2019|

After raising $100 million, virtual reality content startup Jaunt has been in a precarious position for a few years now. It seems like the saga has finally come to a close as the startup announced that Verizon has purchased the company’s technology. The studio rode the wave of VR hype following Facebook’s acquisition of Oculus, --> READ MORE