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Autonomous cars will bring a moveable feast of products and services

Jul 03, 1:30AM

Autonomous Vehicle Would you be comfortable buying glasses sight-unseen? Despite the undeniable rise in online shopping, there are still products we are concerned to buy online. Touching, feeling, wearing, and testing out physical products are where the value of brick and mortar retail truly shines. On high-end purchases, the shopping experience is part of what we pay for. In-store stylists, personal shoppers,… Read More

Watch SpaceX launch a communications satellite live right here

Jul 02, 11:24PM

 Update 7:37 PM EDT: SpaceX aborted the countdown at T-9 seconds. More info about the cause of the abort, and whether that’s a wash for today’s launch, should be available shortly. Update 7:41 PM EDT: SpaceX has confirmed that the computer triggered an abort at T-10 seconds because something wasn’t within limits. They still aren’t sure what caused the computer to trigger… Read More

When even due diligence can be biased

Jul 02, 11:00PM

 The venture capital industry’s corrosive gender bias, on full display in the past few months, has already cost one of its most valuable new companies billions of dollars; brought about the dissolution of one partnership; and forced the resignation of one of its most public spokesmen. It’s also been on display at our own TechCrunch Disrupt New York conference (more on that later).… Read More

Need jobs? Get robots, and education right.

Jul 02, 10:30PM

 How engineers and regulators can accelerate robots and create amazing jobs in the process Read More

The B-Shoe hopes to prevent seniors from falling down

Jul 02, 10:06PM

Each second in the U.S., an older adult takes a fall, accounting for more than 27,000 deaths from falling among older individuals, according to the CDC. A company based in Haifa, Israel, however, is working on a way to prevent those falls in the first place. B-Shoe Technologies is working on a prototype for a shoe that senses imbalance in every step and uses a mini treadmill-like system to… Read More

7 robots that were inspired by nature

Jul 02, 9:54PM

 Nature has inspired robotics since its earliest days. In 1739, French artist Jacques de Vaucanson gave the world the Digesting Duck, a surreal automaton that appeared to eat — and, yes, poop out — grain. In the middle of the 20th century, British neuroscientist William Grey Walter invented turtle and tortoise robots, so-named for their slow movement and shell shapes. In modern… Read More

Apple continues Asia expansion with its first retail store in Taiwan

Jul 02, 6:06PM

 Apple has continued to expand its retail footprint in Asia after the iPhone-maker opened its first store in Taiwan this weekend. The inaugural Apple Store is located in Taipei 101, a landmark skyscraper in Taipei, and it is staffed with an initial workforce of 130 employees, Apple said. Doors in Taiwan opened at 11am local time on Saturday, but eager fans had queued for as long as 68 hours… Read More

Microsoft is laying off 'thousands' of staff in a major global sales reorganization

Jul 02, 5:36PM

 Microsoft is poised to layoff thousands of employees worldwide in a move to reorganize its salesforce. A source with knowledge of the planned downsizing told TechCrunch that the U.S. firm would lay off “thousands” of staff across the world. The restructuring is set to include an organizational merger that involves its enterprise customer unit and one or more of its SME-focused… Read More

How this year's tech IPOs have fared so far

Jul 02, 5:13PM

 Blue Apron has finally gone public, and we’re at about the halfway point of the year. We’ve seen a lot of IPOs for the first half of 2017, which followed a huge drought last year. All this started when Snap opened up the so-called “IPO window” when it made its debut with a bang, popping the normally-expected 20% or so on its first day of trading. But since then… Read More

The Silicon Valley blacklist

Jul 02, 4:19PM

 What a year (life?) it’s been for white women, people of color and nonbinary people in tech. First, engineer Susan Fowler came forward about her time at Uber, where she says the company ignored her numerous reports of sexual harassment. Then, 3 female founders came forward about their experiences of sexual harassment and unwanted advances with Justin Caldbeck, co-founder of Binary Capital. Read More

Cry 'Havoc!', and let slip the dogs of lulz

Jul 02, 1:00PM

 Well, why not? I mean, you know, what the hell. Dave Aitel’s proposal over at The Hill for “a cyber investigatory setup funded by private industry” to react to hacks into the American government may not be a good idea, per se, but who can afford that kind of cost-benefit analysis when we’re already in the throes of de-facto high-seas Internet warfare? Let’s just… Read More

500 Startups' Dave McClure apologizes for 'multiple' advances toward women and being a 'creep'

Jul 02, 12:34AM

 Taking an alternative approach to Chris Sacca’s pre-publication statement on the New York Times’ story of his alleged misconduct, Dave McClure waited a day to respond to the allegations made in yesterday’s article. In a Medium post published Saturday evening, McClure neither denies nor defends the actions that he says have cost him the executive position at the firm he founded. Read More

Someone just bought R2-D2 for over $2 million

Jul 01, 11:40PM

 Sorry, Luke — but it looks like both your lightsaber and R2-D2 have new owners. In an auction that I’d like to pretend took place in front of a Sandcrawler in the middle of a desert, someone reportedly just dropped over $2 million dollars on R2-D2. Read More

Invisible unicorns: 35 big companies that started with little or no money

Jul 01, 7:00PM

Jar of loose change by Tom Small There’s a widespread belief among founders that venture capital is a precursor to success. VC is a common denominator of the most successful tech startups, but it isn’t a prerequisite. To help illustrate this, here are 35 companies that started with a few thousand dollars, or even just sweat equity, and went on to become exemplars of what I call “efficient… Read More

Gaming firm Razer seeks to raise over $600M in Hong Kong IPO

Jul 01, 6:39PM

 Gaming firm Razer has filed to go public through an IPO in Hong Kong as it looks to raise more than $600 million to go after growth opportunities. The U.S.-based company, which traces its origins back to Singapore, filed initial paperwork on Friday. Certain details — such as how much Razer is looking to raise, its valuation and the timing of the IPO — are not disclosed in the… Read More nabs $2 million to match cancer patients with the latest clinical trials

Jul 01, 5:30PM

 Dr. Karim Galil was tired of losing patients to cancer. He was tired of messy medical records. And he was tired of trying to stay on top of all the clinical trials touting one solution or another. Losing patience and patients, Galil decided to create an organized and artificially intelligent system to match those under his care with the best diagnostic and treatment methods available. Read More

These cities in California's East Bay are raking in venture capital

Jul 01, 4:00PM

 San Francisco Bay Area companies raise so much venture capital relative to other places that a lot of little-known cities in the region outrank major metropolises in total funding. In this two-part series, we’ll look at nine under-the-radar places in the Bay Area that punch above their weight class when it comes to attracting startup funding. For today, we’ll focus on the East Bay. Read More

A walk around Station F with Emmanuel Macron

Jul 01, 9:47AM

 “We called this building Station F, like Station France, Station Femmes [ed. note: women in French], Station Founders or Station Freyssinet because Freyssinet was a great architect and a great entrepreneur,” French billionaire and Iliad founder Xavier Niel told Macron. While Station F was originally built in the 1920s by Eugène Freyssinet, it was supposed to be destroyed in 2011.… Read More

Crunch Report | Facebook Helps You Find Wi-Fi

Jul 01, 12:00AM

Crunch Report June 30 Today’s Stories Facebook is rolling out its ‘Find Wi-Fi’ feature worldwide Delivery Hero’s valuation surpasses $5B following successful IPO Chat app Kakao raises $437M for its Korean ride-hailing service Cabin secures $3.3M for its ‘moving hotel’ Credits Written and Hosted by: Anthony Ha Filmed by: Matthew Mauro Edited by: Chris Gates Notes: Tito… Read More

McClure steps back at 500 Startups after internal sexual misconduct investigation

Jun 30, 11:44PM

 Dave McClure, the founder and public face of 500 Startups — one of the most prolific and best-known accelerator programs for early stage companies — has stepped away from managing the firm he set up and largely built in his own image. McClure is the latest venture capitalist to be ensnared in the industry’s investigations into alleged sexual misconduct by investors with… Read More

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