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Home Chef confirms breach after 8 million user records found on the dark web

Meal delivery service Home Chef has confirmed a data breach, two weeks after a data breach seller listed a database of 8 million customer records on a dark web marketplace. The Chicago-based company said customer names, email addresses and phone numbers were taken in the breach, along with scrambled passwords. The hackers also took the []

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Shopify announces a new merchant debit card and support for payment installment plans

Shopify is announcing several new products and features today at Reunite, a virtual conference for the one million merchants using the company‘s e-commerce platform. The additions include Shopify Balance, which Chief Product Officer Craig Miller described as an attempt to rethink the bank account in a way that‘s better suited to a business‘ needs. The []

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EdSights raises money to help schools reduce their drop-out rates

While the idea of baring your soul to a chatbot might seem uncomfortable, sisters Claudia and Carolina Recchi think that might be exactly what college students across the United States need right now. The duo co-founded EdSights in 2017 to support high and medium-risk students to stay in school, and increase university retention rates. EdSights []

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Google Cloud earns defense contract win for Anthos multi-cloud management tool

Google dropped out of the Pentagon‘s JEDI cloud contract battle fairly early in the game, citing it was in conflict with its AI principals. However, today the company announced a new 7 figure contract with DoD‘s Defense Innovation Unit (DIU), a big win for the cloud unit and CEO Thomas Kurian. While the company would []

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Daily Crunch: Facebook unveils its Shops e-commerce platform

Facebook and Instagram are making a bigger push into e-commerce, MasterClass raises 100 million and Microsoft launches a new project management tool called Lists. Here‘s your Daily Crunch for May 20, 2020. 1. Facebook and Instagram roll out Shops, turning business profiles into storefronts Both Facebook and Instagram already supported a degree of e-commerce - []

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The Midnight is the new synth pop you need in your life, here‘s the world premiere of their new video

If you follow me on Twitter you may have seen me waxing poetic about The Midnight, an LA-based synthwave band that has been putting out modern nostalgia for the 80‘s set since 2012. Yeah yeah, why is this on TechCrunch? Because I love it and I know a good chunk of our audience will too, []

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Mammoth Biosciences partners with GSK to develop handheld CRISPR-based COVID-19 test

California-based Mammoth Biosciences has signed a powerful partner for its development of a CRISPR-based test for COVID-19, which would aim to delivery accurate, fast results using a handheld, disposable testing platform. Mammoth Biosciences will be using its DETECTR platform to develop the test, which recently received validation through a peer-reviewed study published in Nature. Already, []

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Hulu‘s biggest redesign in years offers a more standardized experience, improved navigation and discovery

Hulu today will begin rolling out its largest redesign in years. The company is moving towards a more standardized, even Netflix-like user interface featuring collections laid out vertically within the Home screen, while tiles within the collections are laid out horizontally, in scrollable rows. However, the end result is not a Netflix clone, as Hulu []

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Watch Mitsubishi Heavy Industries launch a milestone Space Station resupply mission live

Japan‘s Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is launching a Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) H-IIB rocket carrying the last of its H-II transfer vehicles. This cargo spaceship has enjoyed a long career of delivering supplies, payloads and experiments to the International Space Station, but MHI is working on a successor that will aim to begin flying in []

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What to do when your VC writes your startup off

The novel coronavirus has been devastating for many people, families and communities - and the consequences are still being calculated. The tech world has seen wave after wave of layoffs, sometimes multiple waves at one company only weeks apart. Some startups have lost nearly all their revenue, and depending on their cash reserves, have little []

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Remote operators in Mexico are driving scooters to riders in this Atlanta suburb

In one Atlanta suburb, finding and returning an electric shared scooter will be taken care of by teleoperators some 1,700 miles away in Mexico City. Riders in the enclave of Peachtree Corners will be able to use an app beginning this week to hail a GoX scooter equipped with tech from teleoperations startup Tortoise. Using []

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Plaid launches Plaid Exchange to help banks manage their API

Plaid, the fintech company that is in the process of being acquired by Visa for 5.3 billion, is launching Plaid Exchange this week. Plaid is mostly known for its range of APIs that let developers access banking information. This time, with Plaid Exchange, the company wants to help financial institutions directly so that they can []

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Human Interest tacks on 10M more to its Series C

The COVID-19 pandemic is making life worse for many startups, but not all. Those benefiting are often taking advantage of the market updraft to add more capital to their accounts. Robinhood, for example, saw usage of its consumer fintech product rise rapidly. Then the company raised a Series F worth 280 million at a new, []

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Color receives FDA authorization for COVID-19 test tech that speeds up results

Color has received an Emergency Use Authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use of a testing method for detecting COVID-19 that provides accuracy it says is on par with currently approved best-in-class methods, but that can also produce results around 50 percent faster and with different supply requirements. That means more []

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GE‘s soft robot bores holes like a giant earthworm

A giant earthworm robot was not on the list of things I expected to see when I logged in this morning. But it‘s here, and I‘m here for it. Designed by a team at GE Research, the robot in question nabbed a 2.5 million award as part of DARPA‘s Underminer. The program was created to []

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Former Stitch Fix COO Julie Bornstein just took the wraps off her app-only e-commerce startup, The Yes

After teasing the launch of their new startup last year, e-commerce veteran Julie Bornstein and her technical co-founder, Amit Aggarwal, are today launching The Yes, a women‘s shopping platform that they‘ve been quietly building for 18 months and they say will create tailor-made experiences for each user, courtesy of its sophisticated algorithms. Bornstein‘s experience and []

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Despite COVID-19, optimism reigns in the Midwest‘s startup scene

Hello and welcome back to our regular morning look at private companies, public markets and the gray space in between. Startups in the Midwest are optimistic despite the fact that a fair number of companies in the region are suffering from economic impacts stemming from COVID-19, recently collected data shows. The global pandemic has shaken []

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LA-based Brainbase raises another 8 million for IP-licensing management

Brainbase, the rights management platform that‘s helping Hollywood studios manage the licensing rights to their cultural icons, has picked up another 8 million in financing. Behind every popular story is an attempt to make money off of it, and Brainbase helps Hollywood find new ways to make money off of consumer tastes. The money came []

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Headless CMS company Strapi raises another 10 million

Strapi, the company behind the popular open-source headless CMS also called Strapi, has raised a 10 million Series A round led by Index Ventures. The company previously raised a 4 million seed round led by Accel and Stride.vc in October 2019. Strapi is a headless content management system, which means that the back end and []

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Why micromobility may emerge from the pandemic stronger than before

Since its inception, shared micromobility services have been in a precarious position - one supported by millions of dollars in venture capital. But the COVID-19 pandemic has brought even more turmoil upon an industry that has long struggled with unit economics. It has led to mass layoffs, operation shutdowns across several markets and more consolidation. []

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Cybersecurity insurance startup Coalition raises 90M Series C

This morning, Coalition announced that it has closed a 90 million Series C. The funding comes around a year after the cybersecurity insurance startup raised a 40 million Series B that TechCrunch covered at time. The startup‘s new, larger funding round was led by Valor Equity Partnersand included participation from Greyhound Capital and Felicis, along []

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Sphero appoints new CEO, spins off robotics startup for first responders

Sphero just announced that it has spun off another company. Once again, the new startup has a decidedly different focus from its parent company‘s core of education-focused products. While still a robotics company at its heart, the underwhelmingly named Company Six will create robotic systems designed for first responders and other humans whose work requires []

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Directly, which trains customer service chatbots with expert advice, raises 11M more

Directly, a startup whose mission is to help build better customer service chatbots by using experts in specific areas to train them, has raised more funding as it opens up a new front to grow its business: APIs and a partner ecosystem that can now also tap into its expert network. Today Directly is announcing []

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MasterClass just raised 100 million for celebrity-fueled content

MasterClass, a startup that sells celebrity-taught classes to people, has raised 100 million in a Series E round. The round was led by Fidelity Management Research Company with participation from new investors including Owl Ventures, 01 Advisors and existing investors NEA, IVP, Atomico and NextEquity Partners. The new financing brings MasterClass‘ valuation to 800 []

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