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  • Sphero lays off dozens as it shifts focus to education

    1h By Brian Heater
     Sphero was ready to conquer the world last year. The company quintupled its product release schedule, flying high with the help of a Disney licensing deal that gave the world several Star Wars droids and talking Spider-Man and Lightning McQueen robots. But…
  • Startups, high-speed rail and California’s infrastructure future

    4h By Danny Crichton
     California is home to two very different innovation worlds. For the readers of TechCrunch, there is the familiar excitement of the startup world, with startups working on longevity and age extension, rockets to Mars, and cars that drive themselves. Hundreds…
  • Diversifying the blockchain

    12:54pm By Megan Rose Dickey
     “The consensus is that because blockchain is so niche and it’s mostly early adopters who come from tech and finance, that it’s actually less diverse than those industries that are already struggling to be representative of the population at large,”…
  • 2018 might be Amazon’s year to take a leading role in online advertising

    12:30pm By Andrew Keen
     With WPP’s over 200,000 employees and a $75 billion media book, Sir Martin Sorrell has a uniquely privileged insight into the future of the online advertising industry. And he believes that 2018 might be the year that a third company joins what he calls…
  • Inside Amazon’s surveillance-powered no-checkout convenience store

    10:01am By Devin Coldewey
     By now many have heard of Amazon’s most audacious attempt to shake up the retail world, the cashless, cashierless Go store. Walk in, grab what you want, and walk out. I got a chance to do just that recently, as well as pick the brain of one of its chief…
  • Sex, the final frontier: Cindy Gallop raises $2M from mysterious investor for social sex tech

    9:00am By Jon Evans
     “Everything’s a battle,” Cindy Gallop sighs, although it’s clear she relishes those battles. What she means is that the entire Internet has long been divided into two separate, walled fiefdoms: one labelled “pornography,” the other marked with…
  • Why inclusion in the Google Arts & Culture selfie feature matters

    8:00am By Catherine Shu
     When Google Arts & Culture’s new selfie-matching feature went viral earlier this week, many people of color found that their results were limited or skewed toward subservient and exoticized figures. In other words, it pretty much captured the experience of…
  • The Chinese think Palo Alto is dumpy

    Sat 4:09pm By Danny Crichton
     Good news! The great Raw Water Story of 2017 is finally over. Google tells me that searches went up ten-fold over the raw water craze, but thankfully, humans seem to have filtered out any more stories or follow ups. Silicon Valley can rest easy. But wait!…
  • Mike Moritz and the declining America worker

    Sat 3:17pm By Danny Crichton
     Storied Sequoia investor Mike Moritz threw fire into the tech Twitter gumbo with his observations of hard-working Chinese workers and slothful Silicon Valley engineers. Moritz, a billionaire, clearly needs page views to fund his retirement. The major money…
  • Katalyst.Ventures, a new firm led by Susan Choe, has raised $34 million

    Sat 2:59pm By Connie Loizos
     There aren’t a lot of venture funds that are led by a single general partner who happens to be a woman. Sonja Hoel Perkins is one. The longtime Menlo Ventures managing director founded her own venture firm two years ago. Cindy Padnos, who spent four years…
  • Startup fundraising and exits look bullish for bio and health

    Sat 1:10pm By Joanna Glasner
     After nearly a year, venture capitalists nabbed their first U.S. acquisition for more than a billion dollars. And it wasn’t a tech startup. Nor was it a company on the list of known unicorns. And it had nothing to do with blockchain. Read More
  • Women’s March embraces collaborative social app Crunchet

    Sat 12:05pm By Josh Constine
     Today’s nationwide Women’s March attendees will advocate for voter registration through every conceivable social network, so one of its planning organizations has allied with a new app that lets you combine posts from across apps. Crunchet will help the…
  • WTF is GDPR?

    Sat 12:00pm By Natasha Lomas
     Within a matter of months, the General Data Protection Regulation will apply across the EU and business processing citizens’ data will need to be sure they’re compliant. We explain the major changes incoming and take a look at some possible impacts……
  • CTRL+T podcast: From Tide Pods to the blockchain

    Sat 11:30am By Henry Pickavet,Megan Rose Dickey
     Blockchain has become the latest buzzword in the technology industry, but many people are still in the dark about just what exactly it means. Thanks to Raine Revere, we have a bit of a better grasp on what the blockchain entails as well as some of its…
  • Apple’s enterprise evolution

    Sat 9:30am By Ron Miller
     Back in 2010, Apple’s iconic co-founder Steve Jobs was not entirely enthralled with the enterprise. In fact, Jobs is famously quoted as saying, “What I love about the consumer market, that I always hated about the enterprise market, is that we come up…
  • Scammers are cashing in on Telegram’s upcoming ICO

    Sat 5:12am By Jon Russell
     Desperate for an opportunity to jump aboard in the next big thing, cryptocurrency owners are losing money by investing blindly in fake Telegram ICO websites. Chat app Telegram’s upcoming ICO promises to break records with a target raise of $1.2 billion,…
  • Join the TechCrunch Meetup in Davos #TCDavos

    Sat 5:00am By Mike Butcher,Samantha Stein
     TechCrunch is holding an informal meetup during the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland. Grab a free ticket here.…
  • Crunch Report | Google and Tencent ink patent agreement

    Fri 11:00pm By Khaled "Tito" Hamze
    Google inks a patent deal with Tencent, Tile lays off 30 people and Apple hires the tech team from Silicon Valley Data Science (SVDS). All this on Crunch Report. Read More
  • Yes, cities should indeed fight for tech jobs

    Fri 9:15pm By Danny Crichton
     Few events have jolted the urban planning crowd quite like Amazon’s process for selecting the company’s new second headquarters (dubbed HQ2). The company put up a massive carrot of 50,000 jobs and $5 billion in investment, and then proceeded to demand…
  • Spend a week fielding sensitive HR complaints in ‘Grayscale’ web game

    Fri 7:18pm By Devin Coldewey
     If you’re looking for a way to close out your week that’s entertaining, edifying, and looks like you’re doing real work, check out Chimeria:Grayscale, a game where you act as an HR person dealing with everyday office problems via email. Okay, maybe it…