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Berlin-based Wind Mobility raises 22M for its e-scooter rental service

Wind Mobility, a Berlin-based mobility startup that offers dockless e-scooter (and electric bicycle) rentals, has raised 22 million in seed funding, throwing its hat into the European competitor to Bird and Lime ring. It follows recent raises by Sweden‘s VOI (50 million Series A led by Balderton) and Germany‘s Tier (25 million Series A led []

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As the FDA moves to ban most flavored e-cigs sold in stores, Juul pushes back harder on copycats

Love Juul or hate it, you can probably appreciate why the e-cigarette company is frustrated. It has grown like gangbusters since the first Juul vaporizer was introduced in 2015, leaving competitors including traditional tobacco companies with their own e-cigarettes gagging on its smoke.Yet now, a meaningful percentage of that business is being threatened []

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Walmart in China is now testing same-day grocery delivery from Dada via WeChat

Walmart has just begun testing same-day grocery delivery called Walmart To Go in one of its stores in China, months after the American retail titan expanded grocery delivery in its homeland. The service is accessed through a mini-program within WeChat the Tencent-owned messaging platform Walmart partnered with earlier this year, in order to better []

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Internal Facebook memo sees outgoing VP of comms Schrage take blame for hiring Definers

TechCrunch has attained an internal memo published by Facebook‘s outgoing head of public policy Elliot Schrage in which he blames himself for hiring PR firm Definers. He admits to having the company push negative narratives about competitors, but says Facebook did not ask or pay Definers to publish fake news. COO Sheryl Sandberg left a []

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Internal Facebook memo sees outgoing head of policy Schrage take blame for hiring Definers

TechCrunch has attained an internal memo published by Facebook‘s outgoing head of public policy Elliot Schrage in which he blames himself for hiring PR firm Definers. He admits to having the company push negative narratives about competitors, but says Facebook did not ask or pay Definers to publish fake news. COO Sheryl Sandberg left a []

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Internal Facebook memo sees Elliot Schrage take responsibility for hiring Definers

TechCrunch has attained an internal memo published by Facebook‘s outgoing head of public policy Elliot Schrage in which he blames himself for hiring PR firm Definers. He admits to having the company push negative narratives about competitors, but says Facebook did not ask or pay Definers to publish fake news. COO Sheryl Sandberg left a []

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LinkedIn launches its own Snapchat Stories. Here‘s why it shouldn‘t have

The social media singularity continues with the arrival of Snapchat Stories-style slideshows on LinkedIn as the app grasps for relevance with a younger audience. LinkedIn confirms to TechCrunch that it plans to build Stories for more sets of users, but first it‘s launching Student Voices just for university students in the U.S. The feature appears []

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Zuckerberg won‘t step down as Facebook chairman

In a short but amply-hyped interview with CNN, Facebook‘s founder and chief executive again responded to criticism over the company‘s most recent crisis. The interview, excerpted from a longer QA for a CNN series called Human Code, hit most of the main questions that critics have raised about Facebook‘s failings and Zuckerberg‘s unilateral control over []

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Autodesk agrees to buy PlanGrid for 875 million

Autodesk announced plans to acquire PlanGridfor 875 million today. The San Francisco startup helped move blueprints from paper to the iPad when it launched in 2011. This digitization of construction fits with Autodesk‘s vision of digitizing design in general, and CEO Andrew Anagnost certainly recognized the transformational potential of the company he was buying. There []

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11 moments from the International Space Station‘s first 20 years

It was November 20, 1998, when an unprecedented international coalition of astronomers, engineers, and rocket scientists saw years of collaboration come to fruition with the launch of the International Space Station‘s first component. Since then the largest spacecraft ever built has hosted innumerable astronauts, experiments, and other craft. Here are a few notable moments in the history of this inspiring and decades-spanning mission.

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Our 3 favorite startups from Morgan Stanley‘s 2nd Multicultural Innovation Lab Demo Day

The Morgan StanleyMulticultural Innovation Lab,Morgan Stanley‘s in-house accelerator focused on companies founded by multicultural and female entrepreneurs, hosted its second Annual Showcase and Demo Day.The event also featured companies from accelerators HearstLab, Newark Venture Partner Labs and PS27 Ventures. (Note: I was formerly employed by Morgan Stanley and have no financial ties.) The showcase represented []

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Five years and one pivot later, Trueface emerges with a promise for better facial recognition tech

Shaun Moore and Nezare Chafni didn‘t initially intend to develop a new standalone facial recognition technology, when they first got started developing the technology that would become their new company, Trueface.ai. When the two serial entrepreneurs were planning their next act five years ago, they wanted to ride the wave of smart home technologies with []

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Kindred‘s robots help retailers handle fulfillment centers - and take on Amazon

Since taking the reins as chief executive of Kindred at the beginning of the year, Jim Liefer has been focused on commercializing his company‘s autonomous robots. But unlike forward-projecting use-cases for robots that may (or may not) one day take over for human beings in a wide swath of functions, Kindred‘s current robots are purpose-built []

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Can Bitcoin find its practical use case as a currency in Latin America?

Eduardo Gomez started with Bitcoin in 2012, though he didn‘t quite understand what he was getting himself into nor how it would change his life.

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How a small French privacy ruling could remake adtech for good

A ruling in late October against a little known French adtech firm that popped up on the national data watchdog‘s website earlier this month, is causing ripples of excitement to run through privacy watchers in Europe who believe it signals the beginning of the end for creepy online ads. The excitement is palpable. Impressively so, []

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Apple‘s holiday ad is an animated short film

Apple always has an interesting ad for the holiday season. This time, it‘s a cute little animated short film. It feels like a hybrid between a Pixar movie and a Wed Anderson creation. Named ‘Share Your Gifts‘, the ad focuses on a dreamy teenager who spends a lot of time on her MacBook. She regularly []

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Piano teams up with True[x] to combine advertising and paywalls

Nearly every online publisher has launched or announced a paywall - but of course, even the ones who are successful won‘t convince every reader, or even the majority of readers, to sign up. Now Piano and True[x] say they‘ve found more effective way to monetize the rest of the audience, without threatening crucial subscription revenue. []

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WTF is happening to crypto?

Four days ago the crypto markets were crashing hard. Now they‘re crashing harder. Bitcoin, which hasn‘t fallen past 6,000 for months, has dumped to 4,413.99 as of this morning, and nearly everything else is falling in unison. Ethereum, flying high at 700 a few months ago, is at 140. Coinbase, that bastion of crypto stability, []

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Elon Musk‘s extracurricular antics reportedly spark a NASA safety probe at SpaceX

Elon Musk‘s dabble with the doobage in a September radio interview may have sparked more than just an outpouring of adulation from his acolytes (and a fairly interesting conversation around artificial intelligence, social media, invention, and space). The Washington Postreports that the folks at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration were less than amused with []

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LinkedIn launches its own Snapchat Stories: ‘Student Voices‘

The social media singularity continues with the arrival of Snapchat Stories-style slideshows on LinkedIn as the app grasps for relevance with a younger audience. LinkedIn confirms to TechCrunch that it plans to build Stories for more sets of users, but first it‘s launching Student Voices just for university students in the US. The feature appears []

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Half a million Android users tricked into downloading malware from Google Play

More than half-a-million users have installed Android malware posing as driving games - from Google‘s own app store. Lukas Stefanko, a security researcher at ESET, tweeted details of 13 gaming apps- made by the same developer - which were at the time of his tweet downloadable from Google Play. Two of the apps were trending []

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The highest-flying consumer tech stocks have lost 1 trillion

Another day, another stock market setback for once high-flying technology companies,which have lost roughly 1 trillion in the latest stock market slide. Shares of the core group of consumer technology companies, including Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Alphabet and Netflix, are falling again contributing to the big indexes like the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the []

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Gift Guide: Black Friday tech deals that are actually pretty good

Black Friday is, for the most part, bad. People are awful, retailers pull all sorts of shenanigans to make it seem like you‘re getting a better deal than you are, and a lot of people end up buying junk they don‘t need to make the day feel like a success. But you know that. If []

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The highest flying consumer tech stocks have lost 1 trillion

Another day, another stock market setback for once high-flying technology companies,which have lost roughly 1 trillion in the latest stock market slide. Shares of the core group of consumer technology companies including Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Alphabet, and Netflix are falling again contributing to the big indexes like the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the []

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