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Rebecca Kaden joins Union Square Ventures as general partner

Rebecca Kaden has announced that she‘s leaving Maveron to join Union Square Ventures as a general partner on the investment team. She‘ll be the first female partner at USV. While their investments in many category-defining businesses speak for themselves, I quickly learned that their passion around entrepreneurs and innovation, deep curiosity, hunger, and belief in Read More

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Spotify launches RISE, a new emerging artist program

Spotify already has a reputation of being a hitmaker for new artists and other up-and-comers, but now the company is turning its prowess into a product. Today, Spotify announced the launch of RISE, a new program designed to identify and break the next wave of music superstars, the company says. The idea here is that Spotify will leverage its platform and its sizable reach Read More

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Twitch unveils a suite of new tools to help creators grow their channels and make money

Amazon-owned video game streaming site Twitch today announced a number of new features for streamers aimed at helping their grow their online communities and generate revenue from their online channels. Notably, the company will soon debut several features that will allow video creators to better track their path towards achieving either Affiliate or Partner status - a designation Read More

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Google says 64% of Chrome traffic on Android now protected with HTTPS, 75% on Mac, 66% on Windows

Google‘s push to make the web more secure by flagging sites using insecure HTTP connections appears to be working. The company announced today that 64 percent of Chrome traffic on Android is now protected, up 42 percent from a year ago. In addition, over 75 percent of Chrome traffic on both ChromeOS and Mac is now protected, up from 60 percent on Mac and 67 percent on ChromeOS a year ago. Read More

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Flexible car ownership marketplace Fair.com nabs up to 1B from BMW, Penske and Sherpa Capital

Fair.com an all-digital car marketplace that was co-founded by car industry vetsGeorg Bauer of BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Tesla;Scott Painter of TrueCar; andFedor Artiles of Mercedes-Benz, Chrysler, Volkswagen, and Tesla has been largely operating under the radar since quietly launching its business earlier this year. But today, it‘s coming roaring down the street, Read More

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The Information reveals the startups in its first media accelerator and plans hiring spree

Business is looking for good for subscription-based tech news site The Information. This summer it announced plans for an accelerator programto encourage others to leap into paid media and today, at its summit event, it revealed the five successful applicants in batch one as well as its own hiring plans. The accelerator has a pretty diverse bunch which cover subjects that include tech Read More

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Sneaker and streetwear reseller Stadium Goods just launched their first app

Stadium Goods, the online (and brick and mortar) marketplace for highly sought after sneakers and streetwear, is launching its first app. Live today to coincide with the startup‘s two year anniversary, the first iteration of the app is basically just a mobile marketplace. But Stadium Goods plans to eventually build out this functionality and take advantage of location services and Read More

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Commuter shuttle bus Chariot halts services in SF

Chariot, the commuter shuttle bus network that Ford Smart Mobility acquired in 2016, has halted its services in San Francisco. On Wednesday, the California Public Utilities Commission suspended Chariot‘s operating permit after the service didn‘t pass three consecutive California Highway Patrol inspections. On three separate inspections of Chariot Transportation, Inc. it Read More

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Jaybird‘s Run totally wireless earbuds are wire-free wonders for everyone

The market for totally wireless earbuds is really maturing fast, with many entries from both new and established companies. Jaybird recently joined the crowd, with its own Run earbuds. The Logitech-owned company has long been a really solid competitor when it comes to Bluetooth headphones, and its Freedom and X-line, and in fact made some of the very first wireless sport earbuds that proved Read More

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Nike is using its new digital studio to build a community of sneakerheads

A year after acquiring Virgin Mega, Nike is revealing some of the early results of its experiments with augmented reality and community-building. Virgin Mega was a startup backed by Richard Branson‘s Virgin Group that focused on fan communities and shopping. Ron Faris, who led the startup, told me that Nike acquired Virgin Mega in order to explore those same ideas. Since then, the team Read More

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Watch a tiny turtle get a 3D-printed mask

Today is your lucky day because, in my mind, it‘s Terrapin Friday! In today‘s episode we present Patches, a black-breasted leaf turtle who lives at the Knoxville Zoo. This 30-year-old turtle was living high on the hog for a number of years until she developed a hole near her nostril, probably caused during mating (Male turtles are very rambunctious when they are trying to woo Read More

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Spotify launches a RISE, a new emerging artist program

Spotify already has a reputation of being a hitmaker for new artists and other up-and-comers, but now the company is turning its prowess into a product. Today, Spotify announced the launch of RISE, a new program designed to identify and break the next wave of music superstars, the company says. The idea here is that Spotify will leverage its platform and its sizable reach Read More

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Apple reportedly isn‘t producing enough iPhone X units for first weekend sales

According to a new report from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple is still facing supply chain constraints for the upcoming iPhone X. The company will have around 2 to 3 million units before the launch on November 3rd, which shouldn‘t be enough to meet demand. While Apple didn‘t disclose exact numbers for first weekend sales last year, the company sold 13 million iPhone Read More

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BlackBerry‘s KEYone ‘Black Edition‘ offers more than just good looks

BlackBerry‘s most interesting phone in years - if not an entire decade - is the KEYone, an Android device with a classic BlackBerry hardware keyboard that finally answers the needs of truly dedicated thumb typists with a modern mobile OS. Now, the KEYone Black Edition‘ has arrived, and it‘s more than just a fresh coat of paint on an older gadget. In fact, Read More

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Grab raises 700M in debt to add more drivers to its ride-hailing service in Southeast Asia

Grab is in the process of raising 2.5 billion for it ride hailing service in Southeast Asia, but that hasn‘t stopped the Uber rival from tapping banks for 700 million in debt facilities to develop its business. The Singapore-based company said it had pulled in the financing from leading global and regional banks toexpand its car rental fleet in Singapore and Indonesia, Read More

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This hack connects you to the Internet via a virtual modem

Legend tells of a programmer named Martin Kirkholt Melhus who worked at a client site where there was no Internet. Realizing most of his work involved cutting and pasting from StackOverflow, he needed a way to get online. And so he turned his speaker and microphone into a working (in theory) modem. This was only ever intended as a gimmick and a proof of concept - not something that Read More

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This hack turns connects you to the Internet via a virtual modem

Legend tells of a programmer named Martin Kirkholt Melhus who worked at a client site where there was no Internet. Realizing most of his work involved cutting and pasting from StackOverflow, he needed a way to get online. And so he turned his speaker and microphone into a working (in theory) modem. This was only ever intended as a gimmick and a proof of concept - not something that Read More

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Original Content podcast: Marvel‘s ‘Inhumans‘ are here, and they‘re very cheesy

We‘re breaking the rules a little for this one. While TechCrunch‘s Original Content podcast is focused on new shows and movies from streaming services like Hulu and Netflix, we‘ve also gone out of our way to remind listeners that Inhumans, the new Marvel series airing on ABC, looks very bad. This week, your hosts Darrell Etherington and Anthony Ha decided to take the plunge Read More

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Equity podcast: IPOs for Stitch Fix, MongoDB and SendGrid, and Alphabet‘s Lyft investment

Welcome to Equity, TechCrunch‘s podcast about venture capital and the tech business. On the latest episode, we were joined by Barry Eggers, co-founder and a general partner at Lightspeed Venture Partners. There was a lot of IPO news this week. MongoDB debuted and we saw filings on Thursday for both Stitch Fix and SendGrid. And, of course, there was the inevitable ridesharing news. Read More

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Serial entrepreneur Ben Metcalfe joins newly independent VC Ridge Ventures

Ridge Ventures, which is the new incarnation of the old IDG Ventures USA, has made a significant new hire in its path towards its future as a newly independent VC firm. It‘s brought on Ben Metcalfe, formerly of WP Engine and Uber, as its first-ever Principal. He brings a very broad experience as an entrepreneur, angel investor, software engineer, product developer and operator, said Read More

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You can now PayPal friends in Messenger and get help via chat

PayPal users in the U.S. will now be able to send and receive person-to-person payments over Facebook Messenger, the company announced this morning. The deeper integration with Messenger‘s platform, which will also include PayPal‘s first customer service bot for handling customer questions and requests for help, follows a series of tie-ups between the two companies. Last year, Read More

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Because someone had to make the first Cortana smart speaker

People often stop after Alexa, Siri and Google Assistant when rattling off the list of smart assistants. Cortana really gets no love at all. The oversight can be chalked up, in part, to the fact that AI has been mostly desktop-bound. No one‘s really bothered to take Cortana to the next level Microsoft certainly isn‘t taking the initiative. Read More

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Southeast Asia‘s Sea, formerly Garena, to raise upwards of 884M in US IPO

Sea, the Singapore-based digital entertainment firm formerly known as Garena, is set to raise upwards of 884 million when it lists on the New York Stock Exchange Friday under SE‘. The company, which specializes in publishing games but also offers payment and e-commerce services, has priced its shares at 15 above the 12-14 range it previously set out.Sea originally Read More

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When 100BN is not enough Softbank is planning Vision Fund sequels

Softbank looks to be preparing follow on raises to its first ~100BN Vision Fund. Speaking to Nikkeitoday CEOMasayoshi Son said:The Vision Fund was just the first step, 10 trillion yen is simplynot enough Read More

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