Apps

Twitter Spaces arrives on Android ahead of Clubhouse

Twitter announced today it’s opening up its live audio chat rooms, known as Twitter Spaces, to users on Android. Previously, the experience was only open...

West Tenth’s app encourages women to start home businesses, not join MLMs

A new digital marketplace called West Tenth, now backed by $1.5 million in seed funding, wants to give women a platform to start and grow...

Flipboard expands its local coverage to more than 1,000 cities and towns

News aggregator Flipboard‘s local coverage is making what product lead Brian Gottesman described as a “quantum leap,” expanding from 60 topics (a.k.a. cities, towns and...

Apple alum’s jobs app for India’s workers raises $12.5 million

A startup by an Apple alum that has become home to millions of low-skilled workers in India said on Tuesday it has raised an additional...

Cappuccino lets you share short, intimate audio stories with your friends

You might call Cappuccino the anti-Clubhouse, but the company has been iterating on its app concept for a couple of years — its CEO doesn’t...

Instagram’s new Live Rooms lets you go live with three other people — too bad you don’t have any followers

Instagram today launched Live Rooms, a new feature that lets you go live with up to three other people. Instagram users could previously only go live...

Gadgets News

SkyMul’s drones secure rebar on the fly to speed up construction

There are many jobs in the construction industry that fall under the “dull, dirty, and dangerous” category said to be ripe for automation — but...

Tonal triples its physical stores with Nordstrom partnership

Tonal, maker of the smart home fitness trainer, announced it is more than tripling the number of physical locations it sells devices in through a...

The keyboards of TechCrunch’s editorial staff

Few things are more personal than a keyboard and yet they are often overlooked by Work From Home guides. Why use the standard issue keyboard...

Orca wants to give boating navigation its ‘iPhone moment’

Boating is a hobby steeped in history and tradition — and so is the industry and those that support it. With worldwide connectivity, electric boats,...

Stoke Space wants to take reusable rockets to new heights with $9M seed

Many launch providers think reusability is the best way to lower the cost and delay involved in getting to space. SpaceX and Rocket Lab have...

Xiaomi further localizes India supply chain via BYD, DBG partnerships

China’s Xiaomi had dominated the Indian smartphone market for three consecutive years until recently losing the top spot to Samsung. It has played by the...

Mobile News

Twitter Spaces arrives on Android ahead of Clubhouse

Twitter announced today it’s opening up its live audio chat rooms, known as Twitter Spaces, to users on Android. Previously, the experience was only open...

West Tenth’s app encourages women to start home businesses, not join MLMs

A new digital marketplace called West Tenth, now backed by $1.5 million in seed funding, wants to give women a platform to start and grow...

These are the best Apple deals available today – AirPods, MacBook, Apple Watch

Apple fans are always on the lookout for discounts to the company’s most popular products, including AirPods deals, MacBook deals, and Apple Watch deals. You...

Realme’s next cheap flagship phone will use Samsung’s 108MP camera

Realme has shared a look at its upcoming flagship smartphones, which comprise the Realme 8 series. Following the Realme 7 series, the company is looking...

Apple iPhone 12 buying guide: Everything you need to know

Apple unveiled the iPhone 12 a little later than usual, but it turns out that it was worth the wait. The new device offers an...

Samsung Galaxy S21 5G buying guide: Everything you need to know

The Samsung Galaxy S21 is here. With a clean design, camera upgrades, a new processor, and more, the devices in the Galaxy S21 series will likely...

Social

TikTok calls in outside help with content moderation in Europe

TikTok is bringing in external experts in Europe in fields such as child safety, young people’s mental health and extremism to form a Safety Advisory...

Facebook will pay $650 million to settle class action suit centered on Illinois privacy law

Facebook was ordered to pay $650 million Friday for running afoul of an Illinois law designed to protect the state’s residents from invasive privacy practices. That...

Twitter rolls out vaccine misinformation warning labels and a strike-based system for violations

Twitter announced Monday that it would begin injecting new labels into users’ timelines to push back against misinformation that could disrupt the rollout of COVID-19...

Instagram launches ‘Live Rooms’ for live broadcasts with up to four creators

Instagram today announced it’s adding a much-requested feature to its app with the launch of “Live Rooms,” which allow up to four people to broadcast...

Daily Crunch: Facebook launches rap app

Facebook unveils another experimental app, Atlassian acquires a data visualization startup and Newsela becomes a unicorn. This is your Daily Crunch for February 26, 2021....

Facebook launches BARS, a TikTok-like app for creating and sharing raps

Facebook’s internal R&D group, NPE Team, is today launching its next experimental app, called BARS. The app makes it possible for rappers to create and...

Software News

Reprise raises $17 million to create and host software product demos

Reprise, a software demo platform for enterprise sales and marketing teams, today announced that it has raised $17 million in series A funding led by...

Reducing the spread of misinformation on social media: What would a do-over look like?

Evelyn Gosnell Contributor Evelyn Gosnell is a managing director at Irrational Labs, a behavioral research and design consultancy. Richard Mathera Contributor Richard Mathera is a...

Reddit raises $250 million in Series E funding

Reddit has raised a new funding round, totalling $250 million. This is the company’s Series E round of financing, and it comes hot on the...

Vivino raises $155 million for wine recommendation and marketplace app

If you’re at all interested in wine, chances are you’ve turned to Vivino at least a few times for recommendations. The app and the company...

Facebook Messenger lands on Oculus Quest

Facebook spent more time than usual talking about their success with VR in their quarterly earnings call, taking time to note developer success and their...

Flowhaven raises $16M to evolve brand licensing management beyond emails and spreadsheets

The media licensing business is a massive market, but much of the work involved is still handled manually through emails and spreadsheets. A startup called Flowhaven...

Startups

SpineZone is the latest health tech startup to raise millions in the musculoskeletal space

SpineZone is a startup that creates personalized exercise programs and treatment for neck and back pain. The company uses an online platform and in-person clinics...

Six tips for SaaS founders who don’t want VC money

Bootstrapping is a more sustainable way to build and scale Aytekin Tank 8 hours Aytekin Tank Contributor Aytekin Tank is the founder of JotForm, an...

Retail Zipline raises $30M as it helps retailers adapt to the pandemic

When I first wrote about Retail Zipline in 2019, the startup was focused on building communication platform that would help corporate decision-makers in retail communicate...

West Tenth’s app encourages women to start home businesses, not join MLMs

A new digital marketplace called West Tenth, now backed by $1.5 million in seed funding, wants to give women a platform to start and grow...

SkyMul’s drones secure rebar on the fly to speed up construction

There are many jobs in the construction industry that fall under the “dull, dirty, and dangerous” category said to be ripe for automation — but...

What to expect tomorrow at TC Sessions: Justice 2021

Get ready to engage in essential conversations about some of the most important issues facing the tech industry — diversity, equity, inclusion and labor. TC...

Technology

New research indicates the whole universe could be a giant neural network

The core idea is deceptively simple: every observable phenomenon in the entire universe can be modeled by a neural network. And that means, by extension,...

National security commission led by ex-Google CEO urges US to ignore calls to ban autonomous weapons

An official report created for President Biden and Congress has urged the US government to reject calls for a global ban on AI-powered autonomous weapons, as any...

The Samsung Galaxy A52 5G will get monthly security updates

Samsung’s upcoming midrange device, the Galaxy A52 5G, appears to be in line to receive monthly security updates. First spotted by Galaxy Club, the yet-to-be...

6 steps to build a data-driven company, according to experts

Over the past year, businesses have had to quickly adapt and adjust to new and varied patterns of customer behavior as their previous models were...

Volvo pledges to go ‘all-electric by 2030,’ following other manufacturers

Volvo has become the latest car giant to commit to making only electric vehicles. The Swedish automaker said on Tuesday that it plans to exclusively...

Surprising growth strategies to boost your digital marketing campaigns in 2021

We’re still reeling from 2020, a year that came in and bulldozed over perfectly crafted consumer behavior insights, trampled over forecasts and projections, and made...

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