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Volvo creates a car sharing unit

Jan 12, 7:14PM

Volvo Cars digital key Volvo announced that it’s joining other automakers in creating a business unit devoted to car sharing. The new shared mobility unit will be based on Sunfleet, a car sharing service that Volvo has run since 1998. So after nearly two decades, Volvo should be pretty comfortable with the service. The new unit will expand Sunfleet globally. Right now, it only operates in 50 cities in Sweden,… Read More

eBay takes on fashion resale startups with launch of authentication program

Jan 12, 7:07PM

ebay-authenticate Ebay is not taking the rise of fashion resale businesses targeting high-end clientele lying down. The over 20-year old marketplace today announced the launch of a new authentication program, called simply eBay Authenticate, which will allow sellers to opt in to have their goods verified. Buyers will be able to see that the items will be authenticated when viewing listings – a move… Read More

What Facebook's European payment license could mean for banks

Jan 12, 7:00PM

Image: yuliabikirova/iStock/Getty Images Early in December, Facebook finally unveiled their newly acquired licenses for e-money and payment services out of Ireland. The rumors of Facebook entering the payment space in Europe have been going on ever since it was reported that Facebook applied for a money transfer license a while ago. Read More

Marissa Mayer, Sebastian Thrun, and Troy Carter to present awards at 10th Annual Crunchies

Jan 12, 6:45PM

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - FEBRUARY 08:  Members of Slack accept the award for Fastest Rising Startup at War Memorial Opera House on February 8, 2016 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Steve Jennings/Getty Images for TechCrunch) Each year, the startup community comes together in the name of innovation to celebrate the highlights and accomplishments of the tech community and to poke some fun at ourselves. There is an incredible group of finalists vying for the coveted Crunchies award in eleven award categories. This is TechCrunch’s 10th Annual Crunchies Award Show and attendees are in for a treat. Chelsea… Read More

Elon Musk teases potential 2.34 second 0 to 60 mph time via Tesla Ludicrous+ mode

Jan 12, 6:36PM

2120x920_ms-bluesunset When will our thirst for speed be sated? Perhaps when Tesla CEO Elon Musk makes good on his most recent “achievable” max speed claim of just 2.34 seconds for 0 to 60 mph. Musk teased this might be possible from a new Ludicrous+ easter egg being pushed out over-the-air to Tesla vehicles, which can already boost the Model S P100D time to 2.4 seconds, just about on par with Faraday… Read More

Bitcoin booster Pantera Capital stays the course, targeting a new $25 million fund

Jan 12, 6:33PM

Bitcoin The digital currency bitcoin began 2017 with a bang, soaring to its highest level in more than three years to reach $1,150 — a record high. Since then, its price has fallen more than 30 percent as nervous Chinese authorities put local bitcoin exchanges on notice that more regulations may be coming. To Dan Morehead — a former head of macro trading at Tiger Global who today runs his… Read More

Google Maps' redesigned ridesharing feature lets you hail an Uber without ever leaving the app

Jan 12, 6:29PM

Taxi app Uber has this week announced its development of a feature which will allow customers to plan rides 30 days ahead free of charge. Competitor app Lyft already has a plan ahead function, which Uber calls Scheduled Rides which it is currently testing in San Francisco. (Photo by Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto via Getty Images) Google today announced a small update to Google Maps that makes it easier to hail a ridesharing service like Uber, Lyft, Gett or Hailo from the app. With this update, Google Maps now feels a bit more like the native apps those services already offer. Instead of showing you a list with only a few ride options, the app now shows a map with the location of nearby cars and a larger list… Read More

Eric Schmidt-backed HouseCanary raises $33 million

Jan 12, 6:00PM

Castle house The total U.S. housing market is worth $30 trillion, but the data to value individual properties is still imprecise, according to HouseCanary. The real estate startup thinks it has better analysis and counts believers like Eric Schmidt and Kobe Bryant, who are participating in its $33 million funding round. “We’re probably 25 years behind the stock market in terms of… Read More

The mobile app gold rush may be over

Jan 12, 5:30PM

messaging-apps Ten years ago, Apple announced the iPhone, which soon gave birth to the App Store and the resulting broader app ecosystem. That industry has now matured, having reached critical mass, according to a new report from Flurry out this morning. While there’s still some growth to be seen — app usage is up 11 percent over last year, for example — that growth is slowing. And many… Read More

Media blog Techdirt fights for its life in frivolous lawsuit

Jan 12, 5:26PM

techdirt-cat Techdirt, a blog about the intersections of law, media and technology, is fighting a defamation suit brought by Shiva Ayyadurai, a man who claims to have invented email. The site posted on the claim multiple times and Ayyadurai took offense to the tune of $15 million. “Defamation claims like this can force independent media companies to capitulate and shut down due to mounting legal… Read More

Global PC shipments keep declining, according to Gartner

Jan 12, 5:26PM

Photo: Getty Images/Eternity in an Instant/The Image Bank In news that should come as absolutely no surprise to anyone who’s been following the industry even peripherally, Gartner notes in a new study that global PC shipments have continued to decline for a fifth straight year. The numbers mark a 3.7 percent year-over-year drop for the fourth quarter of 2016. The analyst group notes that the consistent decline comes even as laptop makers… Read More

Kayrros is like a weather forecast, but for oil and gas consumption

Jan 12, 5:14PM

goa Last year, I was on vacation in Goa in India with my brother. We ended up renting a motor scooter and buying exactly two liters of gas in the middle of nowhere (pictured above). The shop gave us two plastic water bottles filled with gasoline. Ever since, I’ve wondered how a remote village in the middle of a rural area in India manages to get oil and gas. There are some interesting… Read More

EPA accuses Fiat Chrysler of using software to skirt emissions standards

Jan 12, 5:12PM

jp015_036gc__mid The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a notice to Fiat Chrysler (FCA), informing the automaker that approximately 104,000 vehicles, including specific models of 2014, 2015 and 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokees and Dodge Ram 1500 trucks, included “at least eight” pieces of engine management software that helped them “skirt” EPA rules regarding emissions… Read More

Microsoft launches StaffHub, a new Office 365 app aimed at shift workers

Jan 12, 5:00PM

staffhub Microsoft today unveiled the newest addition to its Office 365 suite with the debut of an application for shift workers and management, called StaffHub. The program is aimed at those who don’t tend to work from desktop computers and have different schedules from week to week, such as in retail, hospitality, restaurants and other industries. The program was originally introduced in… Read More

Yoshi raises $2.1 million to fill up your car, or wash it, anywhere

Jan 12, 4:59PM

A Yoshi truck delivers gas to a driver's vehicle. A startup that refuels your car wherever it’s parked, Yoshi Inc. has raised $2.1 million in a new round of venture funding to expand its gas delivery service into new towns, and to add different auto-related services to its menu. According to CEO and co-founder Nick Alexander, “Anything you usually need to get done at a gas station or auto shop, we want to bring to you at a… Read More

Daimler leads $17.2M round in rolling delivery drone startup Starship Technologies

Jan 12, 4:51PM

lieferroboter-6 Daimler has led a new $17.2 million funding round in Starship Technologies, a startup created by Skype founders Ahti Heinla and Janus Friis, the WSJ reports. The round will help U.K.-based Starship expand its efforts to bring rolling drone deliveries to city sidewalks around the world. Starship’s six-wheeled autonomous delivery bots are essentially coolers on wheels, keeping contents hot… Read More

SoundCloud co-founder takes product role, Yahoo alum steps in as CTO

Jan 12, 4:41PM

soundcloudcribs On the heels of losses that appear to be growing faster than revenues, and reported acquisition interest from Google, the music streaming service SoundCloud today announced some executive movements. Eric Wahlforss, who co-founded the audio streaming startup with Alexander Ljung, is stepping away from the role of CTO and taking a new position as chief product officer. Meanwhile, SoundCloud… Read More

Verifone, FIS and Modo are creating a new way for consumers to pay with loyalty points

Jan 12, 4:07PM

modo Verifone, FIS and digital payments startup Modo announced a new system that will enable customers to pay for any merchandise they want using only accrued credit/debit loyalty points. The novel part of this system is that consumers can purchase anything they want… not just select merchandise available at e-commerce portals or specific to single brands. Read More

Fitbit reportedly tried to buy Jawbone late last year

Jan 12, 4:03PM

fitbit jawbone It’s been a busy few months for Fitbit. The company has been snatching up startups left and right and announced partnerships galore at CES last week. It’s also engaged in public sniping with Jawbone, one of its chief competitors, in a series of statements and filing tied to patent lawsuits – a company it apparently tried to buy just ahead of the holidays. That latest bit… Read More

NYC's Citi Bikes piloting Blaze's biking safety projection lights

Jan 12, 3:47PM

blaze-nyc Hardware Battlefield competitor Blaze is continuing to score deals that see big deployments of its tech across large urban fleets, this time with New York’s Citi Bikes. The new U.S. partnership (via Engadget) follows an arrangement with London’s Santander bike share program, which saw all 11,500 of those operating in London kitted out with Blaze’s tech. Blaze’s bike… Read More

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