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SpaceX‘s first operational version of Dragon successfully ends its 20th and final mission

SpaceX has been resupplying the International Space Station (ISS) since it began flying cargo missions on behalf of NASA in 2012. Now, the version of the Dragon capsule that SpaceX first employed to fly those missions is retiring, after one of the spacecraft based on that design splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean on Tuesday []

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TechCrunch Live: Join execs from Roblox, SuperAwesome, and Fingerprint tomorrow at 11:15am PDT to discuss kids media

With large majorities of all children (70% in the U.S. and U.K.) staying home from school during the COVID-19 crisis, use of digital media properties popular with kids has soared. Screen time among kids in the U.S. is up 50% according to research by SuperAwesome . This adds momentum to a space that has already []

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Relativity Space‘s focus on 3D printing and cloud-based software helps it weather the COVID-19 storm

Just like in almost every other industry, there‘s been a rash of layoffs among newer space startups and companies amid the novel coronavirus crisis. But Relativity Space has managed to avoid layoffs and is even hiring, despite the global pandemic. Relativity CEO and founder Tim Ellis cites the company‘s focus on large-scale 3D printing, []

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Movies Anywhere launches movie-sharing feature ‘Screen Pass‘ into open beta

Last month, it was reported that digital locker service Movies Anywhere was working to launch a movie-sharing feature called Screen Pass. At the time, the feature was only available in limited, private beta testing with a plan to fully roll it out late summer or early fall. But as a result of increased demand from []

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Google Cloud makes it cheaper to run smaller workloads on Bigtable

Cloud Bigtable has long been Google Cloud‘s fully-managed NoSQL‘s database for massive, petabyte-sized analytical and operational workloads. At 0.65 per hour and node, it was never a cheap service to run, especially because Google Cloud enforced a minimum of three nodes per cluster for production workloads. Today, however, it is changing that and you can []

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A payments provider for paying court fines and utility bills exposed years of transactions

A payments processor used by local governments to collect court fines and utility bill payments from residents across Arkansas and Oklahoma mistakenly left a cache of data, representing years of transactions, exposed on its website. Security researcher Ashot Oganesyan found a cache of database files in a public and unprotected web directory on the website []

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Five CEOs on their evolution in the femtech space

Rae Witte Contributor Share on Twitter Rae Witte is a New York-based freelance journalist covering music, style, sneakers, art and dating, and how they intersect with tech. You can find her writing on i-D, The Wall Street Journal, Esquire and Forbes, among others. More posts by this contributor Nike is making footwear to improve athletes‘ []

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Mobile website builder Universe raises 10M from GV as it ventures into commerce

A startup that has framed itself as an Instagram for websites is now squaring up against Shopify as it nabs new funding from Google‘s venture capital arm. Brooklyn-based Universe has just closed a 10 million Series A from GV. The funding round was well in the works before the COVID-19 pandemic took hold stateside, nevertheless, []

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GV‘s M.G. Siegler on portfolio management, crisis fundraising and his latest investment

The pandemic crisis has pushed entrepreneurs and investors into unknown territory. Google‘s GV just led a 10 million investment in Universe, a low-friction website builder that‘s venturing into the world of commerce. The investment was in the works before the COVID-19 pandemic hit America in force, but things were finalized for the Brooklyn startup in []

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Samsung earnings guidance stays upbeat despite global macro crisis

Samsung overnight released its earnings guidance for the first quarter of 2020, stating that it expected sales of 45.4 billion and an operating profit of roughly 5.3 billion. The company‘s fiscal year is aligned to the standard calendar year, and it will announce official earnings results on April 23. Those numbers are slightly up from []

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Hims launches group therapy services as first foray into broader mental health initiative

Hims, the startup consumer health brand providing out-of-pocket physician services online, has launched group therapy services through its Hims and Hers brands as part of an initial push into mental health services. The company first began exploring opportunities to expand into the mental health category around eight months ago, and accelerated its pace to respond []

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NASCAR retains sponsors for esports series as Bubba Wallace loses his

NASCAR drivers can now lose real-world sponsors for conduct in virtual competition. That‘s what happened to Bubba Wallace on April 5 when he rage-quit a race in theeNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational - a substitute for the sport‘s live rubber-to-pavement action during the COVID-19 pandemic. As live audience sports organizations have paused playoffs and closed stadiums, []

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Borderlands 3 bridges the gap between citizen science and blockbuster games

The Borderlands series has long-offered players a chaotic loot scramble of explosive cel-shaded cartoon violence and intricately-tuned shooting that leaves anything that isn‘t the fun part on the cutting room floor. It‘s like the gaming equivalent of a very large, very rich dessert-and what if, by eating dessert, you could also make the world better? []

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CNN preps NewsCo launch by acquiring personalization engine Canopy

Last year, The Information reported that CNN was working on a new digital news service to compete with the likes of Apple and Facebook. Today, some of those plans are taking shape. The Turner-owned news broadcaster has acquired Canopy, an all-purpose content personalisation that uses human curation, on-device machine learning and differential privacy to help []

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Another major fintech exit as SoFi acquires banking and payments platform Galileo for 1.2B

The fintech wars continue to heat up with another major exit in the space. Consumer financial services platform SoFi announced today that it is acquiring payments and bank account infrastructure company Galileo for 1.2 billion in total cash and stock. The acquisition is dependent on customary closing conditions. Salt Lake City-based Galileo was founded in []

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Shippo raises a 30M Series C after posting rapid 2019 growth

Early this afternoon Shippo, a shipping software and services company, announced that it has closed a 30 million Series C. The funding round roughly doubles the capital that the firm has raised to-date, from a little over 29 million to just under 60 million. The round, however, wasn‘t put together recently. As is often the []

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Investor survey results: Upcoming trends in social startups

Voice-based social networks and gaming as a new form of identity were amongst the top emerging trends in consumer social startups, according to an Extra Crunch survey of top social tech investors. Meanwhile, anonymity and dating apps with a superfluous twist were spaces where investors were most pessimistic. Extra Crunch assembled a list of the []

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Daily Crunch: Airbnb raises another 1B

Airbnb turns to private equity for new funding, WhatsApp takes new steps to fight disinformation and another potential COVID-19 vaccine enters human trials. Here‘s your Daily Crunch for April 7, 2020. 1. Airbnb turns to private equity to raise 1 billion Airbnb said Monday that it has raised 1 billion in debt and equity from []

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Pinterest adds new ‘Shop‘ tabs connected to in-stock inventory, style guides and more

Given the rise in online shopping attributed to the coronavirus outbreak which has forced consumers to stay home from stores, Pinterest today is launching a new way to shop on its platform. Now, Pinterest users will be able to browse in-stock inventory from newly added Shop tabs on Search and on Pinterest boards. The company []

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Spot & Tango, with 4.2M in seed funding, launches UnKibble

Spot Tango, the D2C pet food brand, has today announced the launch of a new line of pet food called UnKibble. Alongside the announcement of the launch, the company has also closed on a 4.2 million seed funding round led by Guild Capital. Spot Tango launched 2018 with a line of fresh, wet []

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With 8 million to consolidate Amazon‘s top marketplace sellers, Perch makes its first deals

After raising 8 million in November to roll up top Amazon marketplace companies, the new New York-based startup Perch has begun putting that money to work in its first few deals. The brainchild of Chris Bell, formerly Wayfair‘s head of logistics and a Bain Co. analyst, Perch is pretty well-positioned to serve as unifier []

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Securitization platform Cadence surpasses 125M deal volume and raises 4M

Securitization is a critical function of the modern financial system. Banks ‘package‘ individual loans, say a mortgage or an auto loan, into a group with similar characteristics and sell them to other investors. That gets the debt off the originator‘s balance sheet so that they can offer more loans, while also offering private investors alternative []

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Spot & Tango, with 4.2 million in seed funding, launches UnKibble

Spot Tango, the D2C pet food brand, has today announced the launch of a new line of pet food called UnKibble. Alongside the announcement of the launch, the company has also closed on a 4.2 million seed funding round led by Guild Capital. Spot Tango launched 2018 with a line of fresh, wet []

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Quibi gains 300K launch day downloads, hits No. 3 on App Store

Quibi, the oddly-named mobile streaming service founded by Jeffrey Katzenberg, was downloaded over 300,000 times on launch day, according to preliminary data from app store intelligence firm Sensor Tower. That‘s only 7.5% of the approximately 4 million installs Disney+ saw when it launched in the U.S. and Canada on November 12, 2019. However, it was []

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