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Twitter announced today it’s partnering with news organizations The Associated Press (AP) and Reuters to expand its efforts focused on highlighting reliable news and information on its platform....
Novakid’s investors bet $35M that it can teach kids English
Today 16:28 EDT
If you’re trying to develop fluency in a non-native tongue, language immersion is a crucial part of the learning process. Surrounding yourself with native speakers helps with pronunciation, context...
Around 15% of website traffic comes through paid search ads. But to turn passive searchers into active shoppers, your ads should answer their question and entice them to click.
Planted raises another $18M to expand its growing plant-based meat empire (and add schnitzel)
Today 15:18 EDT
Swiss alternative protein company Planted has raised its second CHF 17M (about $18.5M at present) round of the year, a “pre-B” fundraise that will help it continue its growth and debut new products. A...
MGA Thermal raises $8M AUD led by Main Sequence for its modular energy storage blocks
Today 15:00 EDT
MGA Thermal wants to help utility companies transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources with shoebox-sized thermal energy storage blocks. The company says a stack of 1,000 blocks is about...
Amazon will pay you $10 in credit for your palm print biometrics
Today 14:49 EDT
How much is your palm print worth? If you ask Amazon, it’s about $10 in promotional credit if you enroll your palm prints in its checkout-free stores and link it to your Amazon account. Last year,...
Can your startup support a research-based workflow?
Today 14:29 EDT
Most startups and scaleups are used to fast-paced resourcing and R&D cycles designed specifically for product development. However, there is no rushing academic-style research.
Google is building its own chip for the Pixel 6
Today 13:50 EDT
Google just dumped a whole bunch of news about its upcoming Pixel 6 smartphone. Maybe the company was looking to get out in front of August 11’s big Samsung event — or perhaps it’s just hoping to keep...
Over the last couple of years, Robotic Process Automation or RPA has been red hot with tons of investor activity and M&A from companies like SAP, IBM and ServiceNow. UIPath had a major IPO in April and...
All-electric 2022 Audi e-tron GT and RS e-tron GT provide a pop of tech in understated packaging
Today 13:36 EDT
Luxury, technology and a whole lot of flash often go hand in hand. In the age of space-faring billionaires, we all expect the latest wiz-bang gadget to look like something from the future, right? Not...
Google gives the world its first official glimpse of the Pixel 6
Today 13:25 EDT
While the company isn’t revealing everything about it just yet, this morning Google gave the world its first official peek at its next flagship phone: the Pixel 6. Here’s what we know so far: It’ll...
Pokémon GO influencers threaten a boycott after Niantic removes COVID safety measures
Today 13:04 EDT
The creators of Pokémon GO, Niantic developed one of the first mainstream augmented reality games, boasting 166 million users and over a billion dollars in revenue last year. Taking inspiration from...
The next generation of global payments: Afterpay + Square
Today 12:26 EDT
Sunday was a big day in fintech: Afterpay has agreed to merge with Square. This agreement sets two of the most admired financial technology companies in recent history on a path to becoming one.
Lilium in talks with Brazilian airline for $1B order
Today 12:14 EDT
German electric aircraft startup Lilium is negotiating the terms for a 220-aircraft, $1 billion order with one of Brazil’s largest domestic airlines, the companies said Monday. Should the deal with...
Cloud infrastructure market kept growing in Q2 reaching $42B
Today 12:09 EDT
It’s often said in baseball that a prospect has a high ceiling, reflecting the tremendous potential of a young player with plenty of room to get better. The same could be said for the cloud...
Over the past few years, we have seen an uptick in organizations setting long-term sustainability goals. However, CEOs and CSOs typically forecast these often long-term and aspirational goals.
Hello Sunshine, Reese Witherspoon’s media company that has produced content for streaming services like Hulu, Apple and HBO, among others, has been sold to a yet-unnamed new media firm run by former...
Why Square is shelling out $29B to snag BNPL player Afterpay
Today 11:29 EDT
With PayPal, Klarna, Afterpay, Affirm and a host of smaller BNPL providers proving that customers like fee-based installment loans for online purchases, Square had to join the fight or miss a trick
The tale of two edtech IPOs
Today 10:00 EDT
Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. Last week, Natasha and Alex jumped on Twitter Spaces to discuss the tale...
Zoom reaches $85M settlement in ‘Zoombombing’ lawsuit
Today 9:13 EDT
Zoom has agreed to pay $85 million to settle a lawsuit that accused the video conferencing giant of violating users’ privacy by sharing their data with third parties without permission and enabling...
It’s no secret that the technology for easy business-to-business payments has not yet caught up to its peer-to-peer counterparts, but Yaydoo thinks it has the answer.
Early-stage venture capital fund Newtopia VC launched Monday with $50 million to invest in tech startups based in Latin America.
Columbus, Ohio-based Finite State, a startup that provides supply chain security for connected devices and critical infrastructure, has raised $30M in Series B funding. The funding lands amid increased...
How one founder turned her extensive retail experience into an entirely new kind of shopping
Today 8:55 EDT
The Yes founder and CEO Julie Bornstein helped some of the world’s biggest and best-loved brands develop industry leading e-commerce operations, and also served as COO at Stitch Fix, arguable one of...
With the rise of Open Banking, Psd2 Regulation, InsurTech, and the whole, general Fintech boom, tech investors have realized that there is an increasing place for dedicated funds which double down on...
BoxGroup has quietly, yet diligently, been funding companies at the early stage for over a decade. The 11-year-old firm in fact was the first investor in Plaid, a fintech company that nearly got sold...
Pet pharmacy Mixlab has developed a digital platform enabling veterinarians to prescribe medications and have them delivered — sometimes on the same day — to pet parents.
Singapore-based Nektar.ai gets $6M to help B2B sales team collaborate more effectively
Today 7:30 EDT
Organizing information about prospective deals is a challenging task for B2B sales teams, since salespeople usually rely on multiple tools (email, Zoom, WhatsApp, etc) to talk with buyer committees. It...
The Station: The script for Elon Musk’s Loop drivers, Redwood snags $700M and a chat with Kodiak Robotics’ co-founder
Today 7:00 EDT
The Station is a weekly newsletter dedicated to all things transportation. Sign up here — just click The Station — to receive it every weekend in your inbox. Hello readers: Welcome to The Station, your...
Abu Dhabi-based micromobility company Fenix has acquired Palm, a shared e-scooter company in Turkey, for $5 million – the exact amount the company raised last November and this past February during its...