September 20th, 2019
06:16 PM
Sources: Procore has hired Goldman Sachs in preparation for an IPO that could value the construction-management software platform at more than $4B (Bloomberg)
05:24 PM
Sources: Tinder will release a six-episode choose-your-own-adventure series in October and intends to use viewers' choices to make matches (Matt Donnelly/Variety)
04:58 PM
Vianai, a startup launched by former Infosys CEO Vishal Sikka that wants to simplify building AI products for the enterprise, raises $50M seed funding (Ron Miller/TechCrunch)
04:06 PM
UK supermarket Tesco shuts down its parking validation web app after tens of millions of photos of cars with visible license plates were left unsecured online (Gareth Corfield/The Register)
04:06 PM
Google updates Chrome with customizable themes on desktop and tab grouping on Android (Babu Mohan/Android Central)
03:14 PM
Twitter suspends more state-backed accounts for information operations; this batch originated in China, UAE, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Spain, and Ecuador (Twitter)
02:48 PM
On-demand storage and removals company Clutter acquires The Storage Fox, which offers self-storage services in urban areas, for $152M (Ingrid Lunden/TechCrunch)
01:56 PM
Google says it will invest €3B over the next two years to expand its data centers across Europe, and €600M in 2020 to expand its data center in Hamina, Finland (Sundar Pichai/The Keyword)
09:10 AM
Survey: 47% of enterprises across a variety of industries now have cyber insurance, up from 34% in 2017, as execs concerns over cyberattacks increase (Liam Tung/ZDNet)
06:08 AM
Identity management company Ping Identity closes up 30% on its first day of trading after raising $188M in its IPO, which valued the company at $1.16B (Abhishek Manikandan/Reuters)
03:58 AM
Court dismisses the sex-abuse lawsuit against Michael Goguen, which was the reason the venture capitalist was fired from Sequoia Capital back in 2016 (Peter Blumberg/Bloomberg)
03:33 AM
French court rules that European consumers can resell games they bought on Steam, just as they are able to resell packaged, physical games (Colin Campbell/Polygon)
03:33 AM
Twitter's controversial "Hide Replies" feature launches today in the US and Japan after earlier tests in Canada (Sarah Perez/TechCrunch)
02:15 AM
Mark Zuckerberg met with President Trump during his visit to Washington, where the Facebook CEO also met with a number of members of Congress (Bloomberg)
12:57 AM
HappyOrNot, a Finland-based customer survey platform, raises $25M Series A led by Verdane, bringing its total raised to $40M (Ingrid Lunden/TechCrunch)
12:31 AM
A Facebook employee has died in an apparent suicide at the company's Menlo Park headquarters; Facebook says it is cooperating with the police (Business Insider)
September 19th, 2019
11:40 PM
Datadog, an app performance monitoring and analytics platform, closes up 39% on its first day of trading, after raising $648M in an IPO at a $7.8B valuation (Kenrick Cai/Forbes)
10:48 PM
Postmates, which confidentially filed for an IPO in February, raises $225M from private equity firm GPI Capital at a $2.4B valuation, up from $1.85B in January (Biz Carson/Forbes)
09:56 PM
Skout Cybersecurity, a NYC-based cloud-native cybersecurity provider for SMBs, raises $25M Series B (FinSMEs)
09:30 PM
A look at the new privacy features in iOS 13, including reminders about app location track, one-time location sharing, and removing metadata from images (Zack Whittaker/TechCrunch)
09:04 PM
YouTube to tighten creator verification in October, focusing on channels with a need for proof of authenticity and clarifying verification isn't an endorsement (Sarah Perez/TechCrunch)
08:12 PM
Alphabet's Wing says it will test drone delivery in Christiansburg, Virginia with Walgreens, FedEx, and local retailer Sugar Magnolia (Greg Kumparak/TechCrunch)
08:12 PM
Huawei announces Watch GT 2, available in two sizes, running its LiteOS with Kirin A1 chipset and claimed two week battery life, shipping in October for €229 (The Verge)
08:12 PM
Extensive iOS 13 and iPadOS review: Apple clearly considers iOS to be a platform, not just an OS, and is building upon that with updates for everyone (Federico Viticci/MacStories)
08:12 PM
YouTube tightens its verification program for creators, now emphasizes verifying prominent channels with a "clear need for proof of authenticity" (Julia Alexander/The Verge)
08:11 PM
Groww, a Bangalore-based investment app for millennials, raises $21.4M Series B led by Ribbit Capital, bringing its total raised to $29M (Manish Singh/TechCrunch)
08:11 PM
Apple brings the release date of iOS 13.1 and iPadOS forward by six days to September 24 (Chaim Gartenberg/The Verge)
07:46 PM
Apple releases watchOS 6 with new watch faces and built-in app including Calculator, Noise, Cycle Tracking, and Audiobooks (Zac Hall/9to5Mac)
07:46 PM
Stripe raises $250M from Sequoia Capital, General Catalyst, and a16z at a $35B valuation, up about 50% from an early 2019 funding round (Peter Rudegeair/Wall Street Journal)
07:46 PM
iOS 13 review: has some much needed quality-of-life improvements, Dark Mode and new Photos app are great, but it's buggy and there are few truly new features (Chaim Gartenberg/The Verge)
07:46 PM
Apple releases iOS 13 with Dark Mode, QuickPath swipe keyboard, a redesigned Reminders app, and more (Tom Warren/The Verge)
07:20 PM
Checkr, which runs background checks for companies that use gig economy workers, raises $160M Series D at a $2.2B valuation, bringing its total raised to $310M (Biz Carson/Forbes)
06:54 PM
GroupM forms New Majority Ready Coalition with media and tech companies, excluding Facebook, to help brands adapt to US's changing demographics in advertising (Katie Deighton/The Drum)
06:28 PM
An in-depth look at Apple's six-core A13 Bionic processor, found in the new iPhones, which promises 30% more efficiency than last year's A12 chip (Om Malik/Wired)
06:28 PM
Hamburg-based Wunder Mobility, a platform for municipalities and companies like BMW to create urban mobility services, extends its Series B by $30M to $60M (Paul Sawers/VentureBeat)
06:02 PM
Nintendo Switch Lite review: streamlined, sturdier design, excellent directional pad, and improved battery life, but no TV connectivity or kickstand (Andrew Webster/The Verge)
05:36 PM
Airbnb, which generated revenue of more than $1B in Q2, says it intends to go public in 2020 (Patrick Whyte/Skift)
05:36 PM
A day before global climate strikes, Jeff Bezos announces the Climate Pledge for businesses to commit to achieve zero carbon emissions by 2040 (Kyle Wiggers/VentureBeat)
05:10 PM
Google announces Vodafone-Idea Phone Line, a free phone number for the carrier's feature phone users in India to talk to Google Assistant in Hindi or English (Pranav Dixit/BuzzFeed News)
04:44 PM
New Relic updates its app monitoring platform with programmability features that enable developers to build native apps on it, new AI troubleshooting tool, more (Mike Wheatley/SiliconANGLE)
04:44 PM
Built Robotics, which makes autonomous construction equipment, raises $33M Series B led by Siemens-backed Next47, bringing its total raised to $48M (Greg Kumparak/TechCrunch)
03:52 PM
Roku unveils smaller $29.99 Express, a faster $99.99 Ultra with a customizable remote, and Roku OS 9.2 with new content discovery tools and voice capabilities (Chris Welch/The Verge)
03:26 PM
Automattic raises $300M Series D from Salesforce Ventures at a post-money valuation of $3B (Romain Dillet/TechCrunch)
03:26 PM
Huawei unveils flagship 6.53-inch Mate 30 Pro without Google-licensed apps, with Kirin 990 chipset, 8GB RAM, 4,500mAh battery, and fast 27W wireless charging (Damien Wilde/9to5Google)
02:34 PM
Google says Google Pay has 67M monthly active users and has processed transactions worth $110B+ in India in the last 12 months, unveils Google Pay for Business (Official Google India Blog)
11:06 AM
Book excerpt: as he exits Apple's board, Disney's Bob Iger recounts talks with Steve Jobs before Disney bought Pixar, and how their friendship grew (Robert Iger/Vanity Fair)
06:46 AM
Datadog, an app performance monitoring and analytics platform, raises $648M in US IPO, valuing the company at $7.83B, after rejecting Cisco's acquisition offer (Crystal Tse/Bloomberg)
04:11 AM
Sources: Cisco approached Datadog recently with a takeover offer significantly higher than the $7B valuation it is aiming for in an IPO expected this week (Bloomberg)
03:19 AM
Dental Intelligence, a Utah-based analytics and workflow automation platform for dental practices, raises $34M Series A (FinSMEs)
02:27 AM
GitHub buys code analysis tool Semmle, which helps identify security vulnerabilities and has Microsoft, Google among clients; Semmle raised $31M in VC funding (Frederic Lardinois/TechCrunch)
01:35 AM
Nielsen acquires a minority stake in OpenSlate, which evaluates brand safety of video content on YouTube and Facebook; source: deal values OpenSlate at $100M+ (Sahil Patel/Wall Street Journal)
01:09 AM
DCVC, which focuses on early-stage "deep" technology startups, closes a $725M fifth fund; the fourth DCVC fund, raised in 2016, topped out at $212M (Jason D. Rowley/Crunchbase News)
12:43 AM
Sources: AT&T is considering parting ways with its DirecTV unit, including spinning it off into a separate public company or combining assets with Dish (Wall Street Journal)
September 18th, 2019
11:26 PM
Medium adds a "Save to Medium" bookmarking feature that lets users save articles to a reading list via sharing extensions on mobile and in Chrome (Jay Peters/The Verge)
10:34 PM
Another push by tech giants to weaken the California Consumer Privacy Act, set to go into effect Jan. 1, has failed as it survives legislative sessions intact (Hayley Tsukayama/Electronic Frontier ...)
10:34 PM
Apple's VP of communications Steve Dowling is leaving the company after five years in the role; Dowling joined the company 16 years ago (Kara Swisher/Vox)
10:08 PM
Inside the growing split between Silicon Valley and the Democratic Party, once allies, as leading presidential candidates express extreme worries about Big Tech (Gabriel Debenedetti/New York Magazine)
09:42 PM
Roundup of everything that is known about Google's Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL, set to be announced on October 15, after weeks of non-stop leaks (The Verge)
09:16 PM
Congress grills Google, Facebook, and Twitter again as lawmakers weigh creating a commission with subpoena power to study and monitor social media weaponization (Washington Post)
08:50 PM
Profile of WeWork CEO Adam Neumann and his sometimes chaotic lifestyle, as sources detail worrying stories, like his wife firing multiple employees she just met (Eliot Brown/Wall Street Journal)
08:24 PM
Amazon will begin rolling out Alexa Political Contributions, which lets users donate $5-$200 to participating US presidential candidates, starting next month (Kyle Wiggers/VentureBeat)
07:32 PM
Google begins rolling out new features for its Family Link parental control tool, including app-specific screen time and the ability to grant extra time (Sarah Perez/TechCrunch)
07:06 PM
Repo men are scanning and uploading locations of cars they drive into DRN, a surveillance database of 9B license plate scans accessible by private investigators (Joseph Cox/VICE)
06:40 PM
Amazon says it is bringing Amazon PayCode, which allows customers to checkout using cash at Western Union locations, to the US (Sarah Perez/TechCrunch)
06:40 PM
How data from the victim's Fitbit and a neighbor's Ring surveillance camera played a crucial role in the arrest of a 90-year-old suspect in a murder trial in CA (Lauren Smiley/Wired)
06:14 PM
Documents found on an unprotected backup drive of a Nokia Networks employee shed light on Russia's secret network surveillance system, known as SORM (Zack Whittaker/TechCrunch)
06:14 PM
Researchers: many streaming dongles and TVs, including those made Amazon, Roku, Samsung, and LG, are sending user data to firms such as Netflix and Facebook (Madhumita Murgia/Financial Times)
06:14 PM
PlayVS, a platform that provides esports infrastructure for US schools, raises $50M Series C led by NEA, bringing its total raised to $96M (Jordan Crook/TechCrunch)
05:48 PM
Facing mounting antitrust pressure, Google and Facebook have been cozying up to publishers, offering oft-requested fees and news-ranking changes (Lukas I. Alpert/Wall Street Journal)
05:48 PM
Researchers discover a weakness in the WS-Discovery protocol, found in over 800,000 IoT devices, that lets hackers amplify DDoS attacks (Dan Goodin/Ars Technica)
05:22 PM
Toronto-based TouchBistro, which offers a payments platform and more for restaurants globally, raises $158M Series E led by OMERS Growth Equity (Sean Silcoff/Globe and Mail)
05:22 PM
Salesforce announces Sustainability Cloud, a platform that helps companies track and analyze their environmental footprint, which began as an in-house tool (Justine Calma/The Verge)
05:22 PM
IBM unveils a 53-qubit quantum computer, scheduled to arrive next month, making it the largest universal quantum computer available for external use (Frederic Lardinois/TechCrunch)
04:30 PM
Instagram's Close Friends feature proves controversial as both an influencer revenue stream and superficial gateway to intimacy (Kaitlyn Tiffany/The Atlantic)
04:30 PM
Sonos Move review: loud and full sound that is great indoors or out, reliable wireless connectivity, but too big and heavy for travel, significant setup bugs (Dan Seifert/The Verge)