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Hasura snares 1.6 M seed for developer-focused Kubernetes solution

Kubernetes has gained in popularity quickly over the last 18 months, but like many highly technical solutions it requires a level of expertise many companies are lacking. A Bangalore/San Francisco startup called Hasura hopes to simplify all of that with a managed Kubernetes solution built with developers in mind. Today, the company announced a 1.6 []

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BigCommerce raises 64 million to power e-commerce sites

Austin, Texas-based BigCommercehas completed a big round of funding. The growth stage startup, which builds e-commerce sites for Sony, Toyota and 60,000 other merchants, has raised 64 million to accelerate its business. The investment was led by Goldman Sachs, with participation from General Catalyst, GGV Capital and Tenaya Capital. And it brings BigCommerce‘s total raised []

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Podcast app Castbox raises 13.5 million, launches its own original programming

Riding high on the growing consumer demand for podcasts, a startup called Castbox this morning announced the close of 13.5 million in Series B funding for its technology-fueled podcast app. The round was led by SIG China, and includes participation from existing investorsIDG Capital, Qiming Venture Partners, and GSR Ventures. To date, Castbox has raised29.5 []

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Twitter revoked API access for 142k apps covering 130M ‘low-quality‘ Tweets in 1 week under new terms

Twitter is making good on its pledge to fight the persistent problems of spam, bots, harassment, and misinformation that have plagued the social platform for years. Today, in its generally positive Q1 earnings report, the company announced that changes that it has made related to TweetDeck and its API two of the most common []

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Video consultation service Doctor on Demand raised 74 million so everyone can see a doctor anytime

Healing America‘s broken healthcare industry has been at the top of the priority list for almost every politician, entrepreneur, and inventor for at least the past forty years. Costs continue to climb (roughly 5% this year) and spending is already 20% of the nation‘s GDP. For the trillions of dollars Americans spend on healthcare they‘re []

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BigCommerce raises 64 million to build e-commerce sites

Austin, Texas-based BigCommercehas completed a big round of funding. The growth stage startup, which builds e-commerce sites for Sony, Toyota and 60,000 other merchants, has raised 64 million to accelerate its business. The investment was led by Goldman Sachs, with participation from General Catalyst, GGV Capital and Tenaya Capital. And it brings BigCommerce‘s total raised []

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Overflow error shuts down token trading

A recently discovered programming error can make some crypto tokens susceptible to hackers . The exploit allows a hacker to pass an unusually high value to the exchange and get a ridiculous number of tokens in exchange, a problem that has caused the Okex exchange shut down all token trading including one called BeautyChain (BEC). []

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Twitter axed 142k spammy apps and 130M ‘low-quality‘ Tweets in 1 week of Q1

Twitter is making good on its pledge to fight the persistent problems of spam, bots, harassment, and misinformation that have plagued the social platform for years. Today, in its generally positive Q1 earnings report, the company announced that changes that it has made related to TweetDeck and its API two of the most common []

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India‘s Jugnoo adopts a unique take on ride-hailing to help fill Singapore‘s Uber void

Another contender is throwing its hat into the ring to replace Uber in Southeast Asia after India‘s Jugnoo, a startup that specializes in offering autorickshaws on-demand in India, revealed it plans to enter Singapore. Uber announced its exit from Southeast Asia last month in a deal that sees Grab buy its regional business, and since []

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Twitter axed 142k apps and 130M ‘low-quality‘ Tweets 1 week of Q1 in its fight against spam

Twitter is making good on its pledge to fight the persistent problems of spam, bots, harassment, and misinformation that have plagued the social platform for years. Today, in its generally positive Q1 earnings report, the company announced that changes that it has made related to TweetDeck and its API two of the most common []

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Twitter axed 142k apps violating ToS in Q1, accounting for 130M ‘low-quality‘ Tweets

Twitter is making good on its pledge to fight the persistent problems of spam, bots, harassment, and misinformation that have plagued the social platform for years. Today, in its generally positive Q1 earnings report, the company announced that changes that it has made related to TweetDeck and its API in in the past quarter have []

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Alexa is going kid-friendly

In a briefing earlier this week, Amazon told TechCrunch that it was surprised by how Alexa has been embraced by families. But while the smart assistant isn‘t exactly risqu (with a couple of notable exceptions), there are certainly things you don‘t necessarily want your kid getting access to - shopping and explicit music among them. []

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There‘s an Echo Dot for kids now

This was nothing if not inevitable. Alexa‘s steady home takeover just found its way into your kids‘ rooms - and it‘s doing so with a brightly colored case. Amazon just unveiled the Echo Dot Kids Edition - the first time the company‘s popular smart speaker line has targeted children directly. From a hardware perspective, there‘s []

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Aion launches first public blockchain network

If you believe blockchains will proliferate in the coming years, it stands to reason that you will need some sort of mechanism to move information between them, a network of blockchains with bridges and processes for sharing information between entities. That is exactly what The Aion Network is providing with a new blockchain network released []

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Challenger bank Starling adds investment service Wealthify to its in-app marketplace

Starling, the U.K. challenger bank founded by Anne Boden, continues to execute on its marketplace banking vision, adding integration with Aviva-backed online investment service Wealthify. Starling already has an existing partnership with digital investing service Wealthsimple meaning that the Starling Marketplace is getting a little more competitive along with mortgage broker Habito, travel []

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Twitter beats expectations with 665M in revenue amid its turnaround hopes

It looks like Twitter, the oft-beleaguered social network that‘sstill worth more than Snap, will still hold that status for a little longer after delivering a stronger-than-expected quarter this morning. Twitter‘s monthly active users barely grew - though it did, indeed, grow - by around 3% worldwide year-over-year, and is now at around 336 million monthly []

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Xiaomi promises to give money back to customers if its profits get too high

Xiaomi, the Chinese smartphone maker tipped for a public listing this year, has made a unique pledge: if it makes too much money, it‘ll give a chunk of its profits back to its customers. Yes, that‘s right. The company said today it will forever limit the net profit margins after tax for smartphones, smart home []

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WhatsApp raises minimum age to 16 in Europe ahead of GDPR

Tech giants are busy updating their TCs ahead of the EU‘s incoming data protection framework, GDPR. Which is why, for instance, Facebook-owned Instagram is suddenly offering a data download tool. You can thank European lawmakers for being able to take your data off that platform. Facebook -owned WhatsApp is also making a pretty big change []

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New Harry Potter game, launching today, lets players enroll in Hogwarts

In the first step of what could be an endless exploration of the wizarding world of Harry Potter, the Los Angeles mobile games studioJam City is releasing itsHarry Potter: Hogwarts Mysterygame on the App Store and Google Play. Developed in partnership with Warner Bros., the game will launch under Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment‘s Portkey []

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Former Google China head targets AI opportunities with new 900M Sinovation fund

SinovationVentures, one of China‘s prominent funds which is helmed by former Google China head Kaifu Lee, has announced a new investment fund that‘s targeted at a total raise of 900 million. This newest fund is the firm‘s fourth, and it promises to be its largest to date. Sinovationis a little different from other firms in []

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Sign up for Startup Alley in Tel Aviv

Hey startups! TechCrunch Tel Aviv 2018 is just about 6 weeks away, and we‘re coming back to the Mediterranean for our inaugural day-long conference at the Tel Aviv Convention Center on 7 June. The agenda is now released and this year‘s event will be bigger and better than ever. The conference is focused on mobility, []

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Opera launches a new mobile browser

Opera today announced a new mobile browser, Opera Touch, that shows that there‘s still plenty of room for a competitor in the mobile browsing world. Opera Touch takes some ideas from the company‘s experimental Opera Neon desktop browser and packages it into a highly usable package for Android, with an iOS version coming soon. It‘s []

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Fat Lama, the online marketplace for renting out things you own, raises 10M

Fat Lama, the startup that offers a fully insured peer-to-peer rental marketplace for almost anything, is getting a little fatter. The London-based company has raised 10 million in Series A funding in a round led by Ophelia Brown‘s recently outed Blossom Capital, with participation from Niklas Zennstrm‘s Atomico and existing backer Y Combinator. Aiming to []

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Say hello to the new Gmail with self-destructing messages, email snoozing and more

Today, Google is launching the biggest revamp of Gmail in years. The company is bringing to the flagship Gmail service many (but not all) of the features it trialed in Inbox for Gmail, and adding a few new ones, too. With those new features, which we first reported earlier this month, the company is also []

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