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Google makes it easier to find hotels with free cancelation amid coronavirus

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, the travel industry is changing a lot. People are staying home more, and because of various restrictions, international travel is limited....

Stream, whose APIs help product teams build chat and activity feeds fast, just raised a $15 million Series A round

Earlier this year, the founders of Stream,  a five-year-old, 60-person startup with offices in Boulder and Amsterdam, weren’t feeling so great about their prospects. As...

ByteDance in talks with India’s Reliance for investment in TikTok

Chinese giant ByteDance is engaging with India’s Reliance Industries Limited, the parent firm of telecom giant Jio Platforms, for investment in TikTok’s India operations in...

Personal training sessions come to ClassPass

As the coronavirus hampers the fitness industry, leading to a rapid evolution toward digital classes, ClassPass is pressing onward with its product roadmap, albeit a...

TikTok found to have tracked Android users’ MAC addresses until late last year

Until late last year social video app TikTok was using an extra layer of encryption to conceal a tactic for tracking Android users via the...

How Moovit went from opportunity to a $900M exit in 8 years

Private investor (and former Moovit president) Omar Téllez shares the inside story Omar Téllez 8 hours Omar Téllez Contributor Omar Téllez is a private investor...

Gadgets News

The Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box makes any home theater a bit more theatrical

Philips has steadily expanded its Hue line of smart lighting products to cover the entire home, inside and out. But while the ability to remotely...

The Oura Ring is the personal health tracking device to beat in 2020

The Oura Ring has been getting a lot of attention lately because of its role in a number of COVID-19 studies, as well as its...

The Oura Ring is the personal health tracking device to beat in 2020

The Oura Ring has been getting a lot of attention lately because of its role in a number of COVID-19 studies, as well as its...

Zin Boats reinvents the electric speedboat in a bid to become the Tesla of the sea

The automotive industry is knee deep in the vast transition to electric, but one place where gas is still going strong is out on the...

Google’s Lookout app for vision-impaired now scans food labels and long documents

Google has updated its Lookout app, an AI toolkit for people with impaired vision, with two helpful new capabilities: scanning long documents and reading out...

Power electronics and wireless charging startup Eggtronic raises $10M Series A

Eggtronic, the Italy-founded startup developing power electronics, wireless charging and data over power technology and products, has closed around $10 million in Series A funding....

Mobile News

How the pandemic is influencing robotics research

The pandemic has upended the lives of workers around the world. Since February, many businesses deemed “non-essential” have been forced to close their doors for...

Keeper Security raises $60 million to protect companies from data breaches

Keeper Security, whose platform promises to prevent password-related data breaches and cyberthreats, today closed a $60 million growth financing round. The company says it will...

Apple 2020 iPhone event

Apple’s next big event is coming! Every fall, the Cupertino company takes the stage to show off its latest iPhone devices and Apple Watches, and...

Check Point researchers uncovered Alexa flaw that exposed personal information and speech histories

Researchers at Check Point say they identified an exploit in Amazon’s Alexa voice platform that could have given attackers access to users’ personal information, speech...

Uber could stop ride-hailing service in California if court ruling takes effect

(Reuters) — Uber would be forced to shut down its ride-hailing operations in California if a court ruling that blocks it from classifying its drivers...

Apple iOS update eliminates green tint on some newer iPhones

A month after Apple rolled out version 13.6 of its mobile operating system, the tech company has just issued an update to deal with a...

Social

Twitter pledges to dial up efforts to combat election misinformation

In the latest sign of US platforms bracing for the 2020 US presidential election in November, Twitter has said it will step up efforts to...

Bracing for election day, Facebook rolls out voting resources to U.S. users

Eager to avoid a repeat of its disastrous role as a super-spreader of misinformation during the 2016 election cycle, Facebook is getting its ducks in...

ByteDance in talks with India’s Reliance for investment in TikTok

Chinese giant ByteDance is engaging with India’s Reliance Industries Limited, the parent firm of telecom giant Jio Platforms, for investment in TikTok’s India operations in...

Digitizing Burning Man

For decades, Burning Man has represented an escape from the current reality. An event for free-er spirits to rethink new age ideals inside a stateless...

When you need content to build links, use social proof of concept

Ryan Sammy Contributor Ryan Sammy is director of strategy at Fractl, a growth marketing agency that helps Fortune 500s and boutique businesses improve backlink portfolios,...

UK eyeing disclosure labels for online political campaigning

The UK government is considering changes to the law that would require online political campaign material to carry labels disclosing who is promoting and funding...

Software News

Adaptive Shield raises $4M for its SaaS security platform

Adaptive Shield, a Tel Aviv-based security startup, is coming out of stealth today and announcing its $4 million seed round led by Vertex Ventures Israel....

IBM, Grillo, and the Linux Foundation partner on early earthquake detection systems

The Linux Foundation — in partnership with IBM and startup Grillo — today announced an initiative called OpenEEW to accelerate the deployment of open source...

Unpacking Duck Creek Technologies’ IPO and hoped-for $2.7B valuation

Tech stocks retain their highs as the second quarter’s earnings season begins to fade into the rearview mirror, and there are still a number of...

Google Maps comes to Apple’s watchOS and CarPlay dashboard

Google Maps is now also available on the Apple Watch so you can get your walking, biking and driving directions right on your wrist. Don’t...

TikTok says it’s “not planning on going anywhere” in response to pending U.S. ban

TikTok’s U.S. General Manager Vanessa Pappas has posted a video message to the platform that appears to be a response to reports from Friday that...

Atlassian acquires asset management company Mindville

Atlassian today announced that it has acquired Mindville, Jira-centric enterprise asset management firm based in Sweden. Mindville’s over 1,7000 customers include the likes of NASA,...

Startups

Ready, set, network: CrunchMatch is open for Disrupt 2020

We’re so excited about today’s news that we’re stealing, ahem, borrowing boxing announcer Michael Buffer’s famous catchphrase, “Let’s get ready to rumble!” CrunchMatch, our free...

Cube closes $5M Seed round to scale its financial planning software

This morning Cube announced that it has closed a Seed round worth just over $5 million. The software startup, focused on financial planning and analysis...

Waymo COO Tekedra Mawakana is coming to TC Sessions: Mobility 2020

In the past two years, Waymo has scaled up a robotaxi service in the Phoenix area, locked in or expanded partnerships with Volvo and Fiat...

A stampede of unicorn news

It's been a hell of a week; here's what we need to know Alex Wilhelm 7 hours With a hot IPO market and a world...

Root AI raises $7.2M seed round to deploy its harvesting robot amid COVID-19-fueled demand

By all accounts, the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the adoption of robotics and automation by months, if not years. The reasons are fairly clear —...

Extra Crunch Live: Join Eric Hippeau for a live Q&A today at 11am PT/2pm ET

While you may have heard this phrase several hundred too many times this year, it remains true: These are unprecedented times. At least a dozen...

Technology

Treat your ex-employees better!

Boris is the wise ol’ CEO of TNW who writes a weekly column on everything about being an entrepreneur in tech — from managing stress...

Intel shows off Tiger Lake and Willow Cove. Now it must make sure customers understand the products

Intel's Raja Koduri, the company's chief architect, is one of the senior executives who remains after a shake up of Intel's operational structure announced July...

HP’s latest 15-inch Omen gaming laptop is $300 off at Best Buy

HP’s redesigned 15.6-inch Omen gaming laptop is $300 off at Best Buy when you’re signed in with a free account. This configuration is normally $1,450,...

Algorithm downgrades nearly 40% of English exam results, hitting poorer students hardest

An algorithm used to determine school-leaving grades in England has downgraded 39% of the results predicted by teachers — with disadvantaged students suffering the biggest drop....

Apple to Launch Discounted Subscription Bundles With TV and Music Services in Base Package, Report Says

Apple is angling to drive up services revenue through a bundling strategy tying together different subscription services at a discount, which could debut as soon...

Google makes it easier to find hotels with free cancelation amid coronavirus

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, the travel industry is changing a lot. People are staying home more, and because of various restrictions, international travel is limited....

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