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SpaceX aborts second launch attempt for Intelsat 35e launch at T-10 seconds

Jul 04, 12:06AM

 Update 8:35 PM EDT: The launch was once again aborted at T-10 seconds, which is the same time it cut off during yesterday’s attempt. That suggests it was again halted by an automated computer cut-off, though SpaceX said on the launch broadcast that the issue from yesterday was definitely looking fixed. The cause of yesterday’s abort was a reading that showed the rocket’s… Read More

Employee email claims 500 Startups leadership delayed acknowledging McClure's harassment, as new allegations surface

Jul 03, 10:45PM

 An email circulated to 500 Startups staffers by its Mountain View accelerator lead and partner Elizabeth Yin makes several claims that contradict the narrative presented by leadership so far. In the email, Yin resigns effective Friday, citing the lack of transparency and ‘several untruths’ presented by 500 Leadership. This email makes claims that there were allegations yet to be… Read More

500 Startups LPs Mitch Kapor and Freada Kapor Klein react to Dave McClure's resignation

Jul 03, 10:24PM

 Earlier today, TechCrunch reported that 500 Startups co-founder Dave McClure, who had already stepped down as CEO, has resigned from his general partner role. Now, Mitch Kapor and Freada Kapor Klein, who are limited partners in 500 Startups, have spoken out about his resignation in light of allegations of sexual misconduct. “The events of 2017 in the tech ecosystem depict a sector… Read More

The Kaarta Contour handheld scanner uses LIDAR to map spaces in real time

Jul 03, 10:07PM

 The Contour looks a bit like an oversized portable gaming console. There’s a seven-inch touchscreen display in the center, with two large handles on either side. A circular LIDAR scanner juts out in front, scanning the space as you go. As it reads the room, a 3D mapping image develops on the screen, displaying what looks to be a bird’s eye view infrared map of the space and all… Read More

Amazon's Alexa passes 15,000 skills, up from 10,000 in February

Jul 03, 10:00PM

 Amazon’s Alexa voice platform has now passed 15,000 skills – the voice-powered apps that run on devices like the Echo speaker, Echo Dot, newer Echo Show and others. The figure is up from the 10,000 skills Amazon officially announced back in February, which had then represented a 3x increase from September. The new 15,000 figure was first reported via third-party analysis from… Read More

Six months after acquisition, SoFi is shutting down Zenbanx

Jul 03, 9:22PM

 Online lending company SoFi is closing down Zenbanx, the online banking provider it bought earlier this year. In an email sent to Zenbanx customers, the company announced that it will close all accounts at the end of next month. Read More

As public markets test new highs, Dropbox said to commence IPO prep

Jul 03, 7:30PM

 After quite a lot of time, a business pivot, two different credit lines, buckets of capital and a refocus on cost-control, Dropbox may be finally on the path to going public. Read More

VC Aileen Lee just offered some very specific advice to female founders looking for funding

Jul 03, 7:21PM

 Researchers from HBR discovered that investors tend to ask men questions about the potential for gains at their startups, while they ask women about the potential for losses. At Y Combinator’s Female Founders Conference in San Francisco last week, Aileen Lee talked about that HBR study and the bias she sees every day. She also shared very specific advice for female founders. Read More

Tesla delivered 22K vehicles in Q2, 47K in the first half of 2017

Jul 03, 7:19PM

 Tesla has delivered 22,000 cars during the second quarter of 2017, the company revealed today. That includes 12,000 Model S vehicles and 10,000 Model X SUVs, adding up to a 53 percent increase over its delivery numbers for the same period in 2016. Read More

Dave McClure has resigned as GP of 500 Startups

Jul 03, 6:41PM

 Dave McClure has resigned as general partner of 500 Startups, TechCrunch has learned. We have confirmed co-founder Christine Tsai asked for his resignation and he accepted, according to a letter sent to limited partners today. We reached out to 500 Startups for comment and they also confirmed the resignation. McClure had already stepped down as CEO. In the letter sent to LPs, Tsai says that… Read More

Automattic's Matt Mullenweg on facing exclusion in design with actions

Jul 03, 5:42PM

 Automattic, MIT Center for Civic Media and my company, The Mash-Up Americans, have been working together to have honest dialogues, build empathy and help make the world a more inclusive and compassionate place with technology and design. So far, we’ve laid out the problem, explored our assumptions, and talked about how we engage with one another online. In this, our… Read More

Apply for Startup Battlefield at Disrupt SF

Jul 03, 5:00PM

 You’ve questioned the status quo; you’re ready to shake things up. But does your innovative startup have what it takes to be the next Dropbox, Mint or Trello? It’s time to put your hard work to the ultimate test and apply to Startup Battlefield at Disrupt SF. And frankly, who wouldn’t want to launch from a stage in San Francisco, the very heart and soul of tech startups? Read More

Curve now lets you 'go back in time' and switch the card you paid with retroactively

Jul 03, 4:02PM

 Curve, the mobile wallet and all-your-cards-in-one app, is rolling out a nifty new feature today that lets you retroactively switch the card you used to pay. Read More

AdHawk aims to take the complexity out of Facebook and Google advertising

Jul 03, 3:30PM

AdHawk team After more than a year in beta testing, AdHawk has opened its doors to all advertisers. AdHawk brings the data from your different campaigns together in a single dashboard. Read More

Taxis get Square in DC

Jul 03, 3:05PM

Taxi meter Washington, D.C. has taken a step to help the city’s taxis remain relevant and compete with ride-hailing apps like Uber and Lyft. As of August 31, 2017, all taxi drivers in the city will have to make the switch from the old meters we all know and hate to new digital meters with payments powered by Square. Read More

Designer Fund co-director on how designers can become successful founders

Jul 03, 3:00PM

 Ben Blumenfeld is a co-director at Designer Fund. In our 21st episode, he explains how designers can become successful founders, how to best develop a learning mindset, and what makes for an effective pitch to the investors at Designer Fund. Designers don’t have to be stuck using only pixels and pencils. Blumenfeld explains how, with the right skillset and curiosity, any designer can… Read More

Grab a ticket to the TechCrunch Summer Party at August Capital

Jul 03, 2:31PM

 The TechCrunch Summer Party is a thing of tradition and we hope you can make it out this year. As in years 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. The deck around August Capital’s office is large but cannot hold all of Silicon Valley, so tickets are very limited and released on… Read More

Announcing the new TechCrunch Podcast

Jul 03, 2:00PM

 Today we’re happy to announce the imminent launch of our newest show on the TechCrunch Podcast Network. Each episode of The TechCrunch Podcast will treat you to an in-depth conversation between leaders of industry and one of your favorite writers or editors. These will be the stories behind the stories you read every day on the site. The big ideas that often get missed in the crush of… Read More

UK data regulator says DeepMind's initial deal with the NHS broke privacy law

Jul 03, 1:15PM

 The U.K.’s data protection watchdog has finally shared the results of its lengthy investigation into DeepMind’s original deal with the NHS. According to the Information Commissioner’s Office, the Royal Free NHS Foundation Trust failed to comply with the Data Protection Law with its deal with Google’s DeepMind. Read More

SpaceX's first re-flown Dragon capsule successfully returns to Earth

Jul 03, 12:59PM

 SpaceX has another historic achievement under its belt — being first to re-fly a commercial spacecraft to the International Space Station and back. The Dragon capsule it used on its most recent ISS resupply mission was used during a previous trip to ferry supplies and materials for scientific experiments to the orbital facility. Read More

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