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Last Build Date: Fri, 20 Oct 2017 18:26:42 +0000


Flexible car ownership marketplace nabs up to $1B from BMW, Penske and Sherpa cars on black ground, Aerial Viewingridlunden

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 18:26:39 +0000

(image) — an all-digital car marketplace that was co-founded by car industry vets Georg Bauer of BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Tesla; Scott Painter of TrueCar; and Fedor Artiles of Mercedes-Benz, Chrysler, Volkswagen, and Tesla — has been largely operating under the radar since quietly launching its business earlier this year. But today, it’s coming roaring down the street,… Read More(image)

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Fri, 20 Oct 2017 17:50:58 +0000

(image)  Business is looking for good for subscription-based tech news site The Information. This summer it announced plans for an accelerator program to encourage others to leap into paid media and today, at its summit event, it revealed the five successful applicants in batch one as well as its own hiring plans. The accelerator has a pretty diverse bunch which cover subjects that include tech —… Read More(image)

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Sneaker and streetwear reseller Stadium Goods just launched their first appSneaker%20and%20streetwear%20reseller%20Stadium%20Goods%20just%20launched%20their%20first%26nbsp%3Bappjordans-iosfitztepper

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 17:39:24 +0000

(image)  Stadium Goods, the online (and brick and mortar) marketplace for highly sought after sneakers and streetwear, is launching its first app. Live today to coincide with the startup’s two year anniversary, the first iteration of the app is basically just a mobile marketplace. But Stadium Goods plans to eventually build out this functionality and take advantage of location services and… Read More(image)

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Commuter shuttle bus Chariot halts services in SFCommuter%20shuttle%20bus%20Chariot%20halts%20services%20in%26nbsp%3BSFchariotmdickey

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 17:13:14 +0000

(image)  Chariot, the commuter shuttle bus network that Ford Smart Mobility acquired in 2016, has halted its services in San Francisco, the San Francisco Business Times first reported. On Wednesday, the California Public Utilities Commission suspended Chariot’s operating permit after the service didn’t pass three consecutive California Highway Patrol inspections. Read More(image)

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Jaybird’s Run totally wireless earbuds are wire-free wonders for everyoneJaybird%26%238217%3Bs%20Run%20totally%20wireless%20earbuds%20are%20wire-free%20wonders%20for%26nbsp%3Beveryone147A9994etherin

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 16:44:39 +0000

(image)  The market for totally wireless earbuds is really maturing fast, with many entries from both new and established companies. Jaybird recently joined the crowd, with its own Run earbuds. The Logitech-owned company has long been a really solid competitor when it comes to Bluetooth headphones, and its Freedom and X-line, and in fact made some of the very first wireless sport earbuds that proved… Read More(image)

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Nike is using its new digital studio to build a community of sneakerheadsNike%20is%20using%20its%20new%20digital%20studio%20to%20build%20a%20community%20of%26nbsp%3BsneakerheadsNike MomofukuanthhaSNKRS found em

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 16:00:54 +0000

(image)  A year after acquiring Virgin Mega, Nike is revealing some of the early results of its experiments with augmented reality and community-building. Virgin Mega was a startup backed by Richard Branson’s Virgin Group that focused on fan communities and shopping. Ron Faris, who led the startup, told me that Nike acquired Virgin Mega in order to explore those same ideas. Since then, the team… Read More(image)

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Watch a tiny turtle get a 3D-printed maskWatch%20a%20tiny%20turtle%20get%20a%203D-printed%26nbsp%3Bmaskpatchesjohn

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 14:34:10 +0000

(image)  Today is your lucky day because, in my mind, it’s Terrapin Friday! In today’s episode we present Patches, a black-breasted leaf turtle who lives at the Knoxville Zoo. This 30-year-old turtle was living high on the hog for a number of years until she developed a hole near her nostril, probably caused during mating (“Male turtles are very rambunctious when they are trying to woo… Read More(image)

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BlackBerry’s KEYone ‘Black Edition’ offers more than just good looksBlackBerry%26%238217%3Bs%20KEYone%20%26%238216%3BBlack%20Edition%26%238217%3B%20offers%20more%20than%20just%20good%26nbsp%3Blooks147A9984etherin

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 14:05:57 +0000

(image)  BlackBerry’s most interesting phone in years – if not an entire decade – is the KEYone, an Android device with a classic BlackBerry hardware keyboard that finally answers the needs of truly dedicated thumb typists with a modern mobile OS. Now, the KEYone ‘Black Edition’ has arrived, and it’s more than just a fresh coat of paint on an older gadget. In fact,… Read More(image)

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Apple reportedly isn’t producing enough iPhone X units for first weekend salesApple%20reportedly%20isn%E2%80%99t%20producing%20enough%20iPhone%20X%20units%20for%20first%20weekend%26nbsp%3BsalesiPhone Xromaindillet

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 14:05:16 +0000

(image)  According to a new report from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple is still facing supply chain constraints for the upcoming iPhone X. The company will have around 2 to 3 million units before the launch on November 3rd, which shouldn’t be enough to meet demand. While Apple didn’t disclose exact numbers for first-weekend sales last year, the company sold 13 million iPhone… Read More(image)

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Spotify launches a RISE, a new emerging artist programSpotify%20launches%20a%20RISE%2C%20a%20new%20emerging%20artist%26nbsp%3Bprogramspotify-icon-iossarahintampa

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 14:04:07 +0000

(image)  Spotify already has a reputation of being a hitmaker for new artists and other up-and-comers, but now the company is turning its prowess into a product. Today, Spotify announced the launch of RISE, a new program designed to “identify and break the next wave of music superstars,” the company says. The idea here is that Spotify will leverage its platform and its sizable reach… Read More(image)

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Grab raises $700M in debt to add more drivers to its ride-hailing service in Southeast AsiaGrab%20raises%20%24700M%20in%20debt%20to%20add%20more%20drivers%20to%20its%20ride-hailing%20service%20in%20Southeast%26nbsp%3BAsiagrab grabtaxi officeJon

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 13:56:09 +0000

(image)  Grab is in the process of raising $2.5 billion for it ride hailing service in Southeast Asia, but that hasn’t stopped the Uber rival from tapping banks for $700 million in debt facilities to develop its business. The Singapore-based company said it had pulled in the financing from “leading global and regional banks” to expand its car rental fleet in Singapore and Indonesia,… Read More(image)

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Fri, 20 Oct 2017 13:32:30 +0000

(image)  Legend tells of a programmer named Martin Kirkholt Melhus who worked at a client site where there was no Internet. Realizing most of his work involved cutting and pasting from StackOverflow, he needed a way to get online. And so he turned his speaker and microphone into a working (in theory) modem. “This was only ever intended as a gimmick and a proof of concept – not something that… Read More(image)

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Original Content podcast: Marvel’s ‘Inhumans’ are here, and they’re very cheesyLOCKJAWanthha

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 13:30:34 +0000

(image)  We’re breaking the rules a little for this one. While TechCrunch’s Original Content podcast is focused on new shows and movies from streaming services like Hulu and Netflix, we’ve also gone out of our way to remind listeners that Inhumans, the new Marvel series airing on ABC, looks very bad. This week, your hosts Darrell Etherington and Anthony Ha decided to take the plunge… Read More(image)

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Equity podcast: IPOs for Stitch Fix, MongoDB and SendGrid, and Alphabet’s Lyft investmentEquity%20podcast%3A%20IPOs%20for%20Stitch%20Fix%2C%20MongoDB%20and%20SendGrid%2C%20and%20Alphabet%26%238217%3Bs%20Lyft%26nbsp%3Binvestmenttc-equity-podcast-iosroofkatie

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 13:10:44 +0000

(image)  Welcome to Equity, TechCrunch’s podcast about venture capital and the tech business. On the latest episode, we were joined by Barry Eggers, co-founder and a general partner at Lightspeed Venture Partners. There was a lot of IPO news this week. MongoDB debuted and we saw filings on Thursday for both Stitch Fix and SendGrid. And, of course, there was the inevitable ridesharing news.… Read More(image)

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Serial entrepreneur Ben Metcalfe joins newly independent VC Ridge VenturesSerial%20entrepreneur%20Ben%20Metcalfe%20joins%20newly%20independent%20VC%20Ridge%26nbsp%3BVenturesBen-metcalfemike-butcher

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 13:08:41 +0000

(image)  Ridge Ventures, which is the new incarnation of the old IDG Ventures USA, has made a significant new hire in its path towards its future as a newly independent VC firm. It’s brought on Ben Metcalfe, formerly of WP Engine and Uber, as its first-ever Principal. He brings a very broad experience as an entrepreneur, angel investor, software engineer, product developer and operator, said… Read More(image)

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Because someone had to make the first Cortana smart speakerBecause%20someone%20had%20to%20make%20the%20first%20Cortana%20smart%26nbsp%3BspeakerDSCF2864bheater

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 13:00:25 +0000

(image)  People often stop after Alexa, Siri and Google Assistant when rattling off the list of smart assistants. Cortana really gets no love at all. The oversight can be chalked up, in part, to the fact that AI has been mostly desktop-bound. No one’s really bothered to take Cortana to the next level — Microsoft certainly isn’t taking the initiative. Read More(image)

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You can now PayPal friends in Messenger and get help via chatYou%20can%20now%20PayPal%20friends%20in%20Messenger%20and%20get%20help%20via%26nbsp%3Bchatfacebook-messenger-paymentssarahintampa

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 13:00:24 +0000

(image)  PayPal users in the U.S. will now be able to send and receive person-to-person payments over Facebook Messenger, the company announced this morning. The deeper integration with Messenger’s platform, which will also include PayPal’s first customer service bot for handling customer questions and requests for help, follows a series of tie-ups between the two companies. Last year,… Read More(image)

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Southeast Asia’s Sea, formerly Garena, to raise upwards of $884M in US IPOSoutheast%20Asia%26%238217%3Bs%20Sea%2C%20formerly%20Garena%2C%20to%20raise%20upwards%20of%20%24884M%20in%20US%26nbsp%3BIPOsea group officeJon

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 11:52:47 +0000

(image)  Sea, the Singapore-based digital entertainment firm formerly known as Garena, is set to raise upwards of $884 million when it lists on the New York Stock Exchange Friday under ‘SE’. The company, which specializes in publishing games but also offers payment and e-commerce services, has priced its shares at $15 — above the $12-$14 range it previously set out. Sea originally… Read More(image)

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When $100BN is not enough… Softbank is planning Vision Fund sequelsWhen%20%24100BN%20is%20not%20enough%26%238230%3B%20Softbank%20is%20planning%20Vision%20Fund%26nbsp%3BsequelsSoftbank CEO Masayoshi Son Press Conferencenelomas

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 08:03:05 +0000

(image)  Softbank looks to be preparing follow on raises to its first ~$100BN Vision Fund. Speaking to Nikkei today CEO Masayoshi Son said: “The Vision Fund was just the first step, 10 trillion yen is simply not enough… Read More(image)

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Let CrunchMatch curate your Disrupt Berlin experienceLet%20CrunchMatch%20curate%20your%20Disrupt%20Berlin%26nbsp%3Bexperienceberlin-crunchmatchmike-butcher

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 08:01:37 +0000

(image)  TechCrunch Disrupt events are famous for attracting the best and brightest minds the tech world has to offer. This December, Disrupt Berlin will be rife with opportunity both for startup founders and venture capitalists. The tricky bit is finding the right fit amidst hundreds of companies and thousands of attendees. That’s why we created CrunchMatch. Read More(image)

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