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Hyundai to bring three new EVs to market under spinoff brand Ioniq

Hyundai has launched a dedicated EV brand called Ioniq with plans to bring three all-electric vehicles to market over the next four years. The Ioniq brand is part of the Korean automaker‘s broader strategy to sell 1 million battery electric vehicles - and take a 10% share of the EV market - by 2025. If []

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Apple watchOS 7 preview

Of the big three Apple operating systems, watchOS arguably gets the least love. That goes double in a year that sees macOS getting its biggest overhaul in recent memory. On the whole, the Apple Watch‘s software is often overlooked, as smartwatch users tend to focus attention on the addition of new hardware sensors and the []

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Extra Crunch Partner Perk: Members save 20% on Canva Pro

We‘re excited to announce an update to an existing Partner Perk from design platform Canva . Starting today, annual and two-year members of Extra Crunch can receive 20% off an annual plan for Canva Pro. Canva empowers users to create social media graphics, presentations, posters and other visual content. Featuring a simple drag-and-drop user interface []

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Creators need better community tools - Circle wants to fill the gap

Entrepreneurial creators have to do a lot with limited time. They need to, well, create, but then they also need to build their marketing funnels, convert users to their paid products and manage business operations. Yet, perhaps the most important task they face is keeping their existing fans engaged, because ultimately, that engagement ties directly []

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A Faraday Future prototype hits the auction block

Faraday Future has yet to produce a production vehicle. The company burst out of nowhere in 2015 with wild claims of upsetting the electric vehicle market ruled by Tesla. That hasn‘t happened yet, either. Instead, the company has fallen flat with its founder declaring personal bankruptcy, the company losing most of its founding team, and []

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US gaming industry records another excellent quarter as pandemic fuels sales

The COVID-19 pandemic has utterly decimated a number of industries over the past several months, but the U.S. gaming industry continues to benefit as people continue to be stuck at home. Yet another report from NPD highlights an excellent quarter, with spending hitting a new Q2 record in the States. According to the figures, gamers []

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Polestar 1 Review: A hybrid grand tourer worthy of its 155,000 price

The Polestar 1 is stunning inside and out. But it drives even better than it looks. This is a driver‘s car. The Polestar 1 is an electric hybrid sports car, and yet it doesn‘t feel like a hybrid. The power plant in the Polestar 1 is fascinating and delivers power in a way that‘s different []

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Nikola stock surges on order for 2,500 electric garbage trucks

Electric truck maker Nikola announced an order for 2,500 garbage trucks, which sent the startup‘s stock soaring today. The order is expected to begin construction in 2023, with on-road testing scheduled for 2022. Republic Services placed the order, which is expandable up to 5,000 trucks. The company is said to be the second-largest recycling and []

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Mux raises 37M Series C as its API-based video streaming service scales

This morning, Mux, a startup that provides API-based video streaming tooling and analytics, announced that it has closed a 37 million Series C round of capital. Andreessen Horowitz led the round, which included participation from Accel and Cobalt. Prior to this funding round, Mux most recently raised a roughly 20 million round in mid-2019. In []

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The Station: Uber eats rides, the next micromobility trend, Levandowksi‘s day in court

The Station is a weekly newsletter dedicated to all things transportation.Sign up here - just click The Station - to receive it every Saturday in your inbox. Hello and welcome back to The Station, a newsletter dedicated to all the present and future ways people and packages move from Point A to Point B. A []

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Google Maps comes to Apple‘s watchOS and CarPlay dashboard

Google Maps is now also available on the Apple Watch so you can get your walking, biking and driving directions right on your wrist. Don‘t expect to get a full-blown Maps app on your wrist, though. The new app is mostly focused on giving you directions to know places (think home, work, etc.). To start []

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Mux raises 37M Series C as its API-based video-streaming service scales

This morning, Mux, a startup that provides API-based video-streaming tooling and analytics, announced that it has closed a 37 million Series C round of capital. Andreessen Horowitz led the round, which included participation from Accel and Cobalt. Prior to this funding round, Mux most recently raised a roughly 20 million round in mid-2019. In total, []

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Unpacking Duck Creek Technologies‘ IPO and hoped-for 2.7B valuation

Tech stocks retain their highs as the second quarter‘s earnings season begins to fade into the rearview mirror, and there are still a number of companies looking to go public while the times are good. It looks like a smart move, as public investors are hungry for growth-oriented shares - which is just what tech []

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Amazon relaunches Twitch Prime as Prime Gaming

Amazon Prime is highlighting its offerings for gamers today with the launch of a service called Prime Gaming. This is a new version of Twitch Prime, a service that Amazon launched four years ago tied to the popular game streaming service that it acquired in 2014. In both its old and new incarnations, Twitch Prime/Prime []

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Three growth marketing experts share their best tools and strategies for 2020

At last month‘s Early Stage virtual event, channel growth experts joined TechCrunch reporters and editors for a series of conversations covering the best tools and strategies for building startups in 2020. For this post, I‘ve recapped highlights of talks with: Ethan Smith, founder and CEO, Graphite Susan Su, startup growth advisor, executive-in-residence, Sound Ventures Asher []

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ByteDance valuation under huge pressure as TikTok sale nears

As it reached an estimated valuation of 100 billion this year, TikTok‘s parent company ByteDance solidified its status as the most valuable startup in private markets. Its success outside China has also become a source of envy and inspiration among its local peers. Now, the company‘s price tag is under tremendous pressure as it‘s set []

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Creators need better community tools. Circle wants to fill the gap

Entrepreneurial creators have to do a lot with limited time. They need to, well, create, but then they also need to build their marketing funnels, convert users to their paid products, and manage business operations. Yet, perhaps the most important task they face is keeping their existing fans engaged, since ultimately, that engagement ties directly []

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Beware bankers talking TikTok

The next few weeks is going to be a critical time for ByteDance-owned TikTok. The company is weeks away from a ban signed by President Trump, and while the company is expected to sue the U.S. federal government this week to block it, clearly the company‘s future has at least storm clouds on the horizon. []

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U.S. gaming industry records another excellent quarter as pandemic fuels sales

The COVID-19 pandemic has utterly decimate a number of industries over the the past several months, but the U.S. gaming industry continues to benefit as people continue to be stuck at home. Yet another report from NPD highlights an excellent quarter, with spending hitting a new Q2 record in the States. According to the figures, []

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Rep. Zoe Lofgren to talk privacy and policy at Disrupt 2020

We‘re excited to announce that Rep. Zoe Lofgren is coming to Disrupt 2020 this September 14-18. Lofgren, a Democrat congresswoman and California native, has served at the heart of Silicon Valley since she was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1995, under which she‘s served four presidents - and impeached exactly half []

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Watch the trailer for Netflix‘s new family space drama about a mission to Mars

As deep space missions and Mars colonies continue to shift from science fiction to potential near future reality, it‘s not surprising to see Hollywood think about different types of stories to tell about space exploration. Away, a new series from Netflix premiering on September 4, looks like that kind of story. The show stars Oscar-winner []

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Equity Monday: The TikTok saga rolls on as earnings season starts to wrap

Hello and welcome back toEquity, TechCrunch‘s venture capital-focused podcast where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This is Equity Monday, our weekly kickoff that tracks the latest big news, chats about the coming week, digs into some recent funding rounds and mulls over a larger theme or narrative from the private markets. You can []

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With a renewed focus on creative skills, online learning company Skillshare raises 66M

Skillshare CEO Matt Cooper said 2020 has been a year of rapid growth - even before the pandemic forced large swaths of the population to stay home and turn to online learning for entertainment and enrich. Cooper (who became CEO in 2017) told me that the company decided last year to focus on our strength, []

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IFA cancels Global Markets event, but organizers say rest of show planning is in ‘full swing‘

Late last-month, CES‘s organizers called an audible, canceling the in-person tech show for 2020. The news seemingly cause the forces behind Berlin-based IFA to double down on the messaging for their upcoming event. Ahead of the September show, IFA has been particularly aggressive in attempting to get the word out. Take the August 4 press []

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