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Mic adds 6.5M from WPP to build out its news brand for millennials

Millennials remain a hot target for digital marketing and advertising, and so perhaps unsurprisingly, a startup building news and other publishing services targeted specifically at that demographic has raised some money from one of the world‘s biggest ad agencies. Mic, the New York-based site and publisher of branded content aimed at 20- and early 30-somethings with an Read More

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Petasense emerges from stealth to help companies monitor machine health

Industrial IoT startup Petasense emerged from stealth today, officially announcing 1.8 million in seed funding and a hardware/software solution designed to help industrial customers understand when equipment needs maintenance by listening to its vibrations. As it turns out, machines vibrate at a certain frequency when they are operating smoothly, but as parts begin to wear down, Read More

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Textio raises 20 million to help companies do English good

As it looks to expand beyond recruiting and job postings, Textio has raised 20 million in new funding led by Scale Venture Partners, with participation from existing investorsBloomberg Beta, Cowboy Ventures, Emergence Capital, and Upside Partnership. Read More

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Swift creator departs Tesla after just six months

Chris Lattner has built a solid reputation after working for 11 years at Apple on low-level software technologies. In particular, he developed Apple‘s most recent programming language, Swift. In January, Tesla announced that it had recruited Lattner as VP of Autopilot Software. Six months later, he announced on Twitter that he was leaving the car company. Turns out that Tesla Read More

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Oscar Health is headed back to New Jersey and branching out to Ohio and Tennessee

Oscar Health seems to be expanding rather than shrinking in the next year. Despite worriesthat the Affordable Care Act wasn‘t working out for health insurance companies, Oscar has filed to expand in 2018, adding the states of Ohio and Tennessee, expanding in Texas and California and heading back to New Jersey, where it pulled out at the beginning of this year. Some of the expansion has Read More

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Twist is Slack without the annoying distractions

When Slack implemented threaded conversations, it seemed like the holy grail for internal communications. Slack finally lets you talk about multiple things in separate conversations. But Slack remains a real-time messaging service at heart, so threads don‘t feel native. It works well for many teams, but some companies would prefer something a bit more asynchronous and focused. At the Read More

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TrueLayer raises 3M Series A to provide fintech companies with easy access to bank APIs

TrueLayer, a London startup that‘s built a developer platform to make it easy for fintech companies to access bank APIs and ride the PSD2 gravy train has raised 3 million in Series A funding. Read More

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Spotify now lets you build playlists with friends inside Messenger

Earlier this year, Spotify introduced a new Messenger bot that let users share song clips with friends. Today, the company is expanding on that bot‘s functionality to now allow a group of friends to build a playlist together via Messenger - even if not everyone in the group is on Spotify. The feature, called simply Group Playlists for Messenger, is accessed through Read More

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Uber CEO Travis Kalanick resigns

Uber‘s embattled CEO Travis Kalanick is resigning from the company he helped found in 2009 following a shareholder revolt led by some of Uber‘s most prominent investors, the New York Times reported. Kalanick announced last week that he was taking a leave of absence from the company following the release of a report into Uber‘s toxic company culture. TechCrunch Read More

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Language learning startup Lingokids scores 4M funding and partners with Oxford University Press

Madrid, Spain-based (and U.S. incorporated) edtech startup Lingokids is on a mission to get young kids learning a second language. The company, previously known as Monkimun, offers language lessons in the form of interactive games for children aged 2-6 and delivered via an online subscription and parental portal. It currently provides English and simplified Chinese, with Spanish to be Read More

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China‘s Mobike plans move into services and aggressive international expansion

Mobike, the Chinese bike-sharing company that raised 600 million last week, has lifted the lid on its plans to expand beyond rides and move into services. The Beijing-based company announced last week that it plans to expand to reach 200 cities before the end of the year, many of which are expected to be outside of China. But, as if that ambitious target wasn‘t enough, the company is Read More

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Crunch Report | Uber Adds Tipping

Netflix launches a choose your own adventure style cartoon for children, Uber adds tipping as the first change in its 180 days of change campaign, Skype outage causes connectivity issues and Boom has 76 pre-orders for its supersonic Jet. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

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Tesla hires deep learning expert Andrej Karpathy to lead Autopilot vision

Tesla has hired deep learning and computer vision expert Andrej Karpathy in a key Autopilot role, Karpathy most recently held a role as a researcher at OpenAI, the artificial intelligence non-profit backed by Elon Musk. He has an extensive background in Ai-related fields, having completed a PhD at Stanford University in computer vision. Karpathy also created one of the original, and most Read More

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This device will automatically enter how much you chew

Eating too much? A Dartmouth researcher thinks he may have a solution for all those who hate manually writing into an app all the foods they eat throughout the day a wearable system that detects how much you chew and enters it for you. Read More

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Twitch nabs exclusive streaming deal with Blizzard for 20+ major e-sports events

Twitch, the popular game-streaming site owned by Amazon, just inked a deal with one of the most popular game developers to broadcast a host of game tournaments exclusively on the service. The two-year deal between Twitch and Blizzard surrounds some of thebiggest titles in e-sports.More than 20 events will be hosted exclusively on Twitch as part of this deal. Read More

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Uber is implementing tipping, but how well it works will be critical

On the heels of what must feel to employees like the longest six months in Uber‘s eight-year history, the company last week tried punctuating a seemingly endless stream of news about its corporate misbehavior by encouraging its CEO, Travis Kalanick, to take a leave of absence. (He has obliged, for now.) This morning, Uber took things a step further, introducing an initiative that Read More

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Twitch nabs exclusive streaming deal with Blizzard for 20+ major esports events

Twitch, the popular game-streaming site owned by Amazon, just inked a deal with one of the most popular game developers to broadcast a host of game tournaments exclusively on the service. The two-year deal between Twitch and Blizzard surrounds some of thebiggest titles in esports, including Overwatch, World of Warcraft and Starcraft.More than 20 events will be hosted exclusively on Twitch Read More

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Google Cloud Platform launches in Sydney

Nobody can accuse Google of not moving as fast as it can to make up the considerable gap in available cloud regions between its Google Cloud Platform (GCP) and its two biggest competitors: AWS and Microsoft Azure. Today, the company is launching its previously announced Sydney region. This marks yet another step in Google‘s expansion of GCP‘s footprint in the Asia Pacific region. Read More

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Tickets are now available for the TechCrunch Summer Party at August Capital

The TechCrunch Summer Party is a thing of tradition and we hope you can make it out this year. Like in year‘s past we‘ll gather on the spacious grounds of August Capital in Menlo Park and enjoy an evening of cocktails and the spirit of entrepreneurship. Read More

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Soldo, a London fintech startup that offers a multi-user spending account, raises 11M led by Accel

Soldo, the London-based fintech startup that offers a multi-user spending account, first launched for consumers and since tailored to businesses too, has raised 11 million in Series A funding. Read More

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This device will automatically enter how much you chew for you

Eating too much? A Dartmouth researcher thinks he may have a solution to all those who hate manually writing in all the foods they eat throughout the day into an app - a wearable system that detects how much you chew and enters it for you. The device, created by graduate studentShengjie Bi uses two off-the-shelf sensors todetect the type of eating you do in real-time and claims an Read More

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These undergrads built a Generative Adversarial Net that creates art

I can‘t tell you for sure if we have reached peak GAN but there are far more people messing around with them than there were a year ago and that‘s a great thing. Two undergraduates at William‘s College taught themselves introductory machine learning and read about 50 papers on the now almost mainstream Generative Adversarial Network (GAN) before embarking on a project with Read More

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Fetch launches self-service truck rentals to help you move the big stuff

Moving furniture generally sucks. Fetch wants to be there for those moments where you need to transport something that won‘t fit in the trunk of an Uber XL. The service, which allows users to easily rent trucks or vans for hours or days at a time, is launching in Atlanta to help people move whatever they need to. The company that‘s renting trucks today is a bit different than the Read More

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Zenefits will pay 3.4 million in unpaid overtime to 743 employees

Insurance software startup Zenefits has agreed to pay 3.4 million in unpaid overtime to 743 of its account executives and sales representatives in California and Arizona, according to the Department of Labor. Zenefits has also agreed to let the DOL monitor its practices to ensure the company does not violate the Fair Labor Standards Act. This agreement comes after the DOL‘s Wage and Read More

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