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Equity Podcast: Facebook says ‘oops’ and Dropbox with a wave of enterprise IPOs

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 13:00:40 +0000

Welcome to “Equity,” TechCrunch’s venture capital and tech business podcast. For this week, we talked about the wave of enterprise IPOs. And we were joined by Dharmesh Thakker, general partner at Battery Ventures. He was the perfect guest because he specializes in enterprise and Battery is pretty good at it.  We also talked about Facebook’s […]

Saga is the thinking person’s cryptocurrency

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 12:59:00 +0000

As we enter the third age of crypto – the first being Satoshi’s White Paper phase and the second being the exchange phase – we find ourselves in a maze of twisty tokens, all different. Enter Saga. Created by Israeli VC Ido Sadeh Man and investor Moshe Hogeg, Saga a token connected to a cash […]

Nissan targets sales of 1 million EVs annually by 2022

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 12:54:40 +0000

Nissan is hoping to achieve a target of selling 1 million electrified vehicles across its portfolio by its fiscal 2022, the automaker announced today. The target is part of its overarching strategic mid-term plan leading up to 2022. To be included in the sales total, models sold by Nissan need to either be pure electric […]

Telegram chalks up 200M MAUs for its messaging app

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 12:44:11 +0000

Another usage milestone for messaging platform Telegram: It’s announced passing 200M monthly active users “within the last 30 days”. The platform passed 100M MAUs back in February 2016, when it held a lavish party at the Mobile World Congress tradeshow in Barcelona to celebrate the metric. At the time it said it was adding 350k new […]

Apple could be announcing a new cheap iPad

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 12:42:43 +0000

According to a new report from Bloomberg, Apple could be unveiling a new version of its entry-level iPad at its event next week. The company is holding a press event on March 27 in Chicago. And the only thing that we know is that the event is going to be focused on the education market. […]

Facebook hit with shareholder lawsuits over data misuse crisis

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 12:02:28 +0000

The lawsuits are piling up against Facebook in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica data misuse and political ad targeting scandal. According to SF Gate the company has been hit with four suits in federal courts so far this week following fresh revelations about how Facebook’s app permissions were abused to surreptitiously suck out vast amounts […]

Southern California needs to find its hub for it to develop its own tech ecosystem

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 01:40:14 +0000

Recognizing the tens of billions of dollars that the Southern Californian region leaves on the table, because it hasn’t taken its rightful place in the American technology industry, a new group called  the Alliance for Southern California Innovation has just released a report to analyze how SoCal can work to assume its pole position. Through interviews with […]

John Bolton is Trump’s new National Security Advisor

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 01:03:53 +0000

With one fell swoop, President Trump just swapped out the “warrior scholar” for the warmonger. I am pleased to announce that, effective 4/9/18, @AmbJohnBolton will be my new National Security Advisor. I am very thankful for the service of General H.R. McMaster who has done an outstanding job & will always remain my friend. There […]

Tapas Media aims to turn digital comics into the next big entertainment franchise

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 23:19:09 +0000

Tapas Media has its own platform for digital comics — but like a lot of publishers, CEO Chang Kim has ambitions beyond the comics world. Comixology is the big name in digital comics. The company, which was acquired by Amazon in 2014, is focused on selling print comics from major publishers in web- and mobile-friendly […]

Hold this beam for me, friend robot, and let us construct a house together

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 21:48:51 +0000

Being a neophyte in the world of woodworking — I've made a shabby but sturdy shed — I can appreciate the value of a good partner who can help measure, cut, hold stuff, and generally be a second pair of hands. The usual drawback with humans is you have to pay them or feed them in return for this duty. So imagine my delight in finding that ETH Zurich is pioneering the art of robot-assisted woodworking!

Snapchat’s new feature is aiming to turn Snap Map into a next-gen newsfeed

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 21:21:37 +0000

Snapchat may still be getting a lot of heat for their redesign, but the company is continuing to devote resources to build out Snap Map, the map-based feature it introduced last year. A new feature called Map Explore will let you thumb through Snap Map updates in a more methodical way, so that you can see […]

Sheryl Sandberg says Facebook leadership should have spoken sooner, is open to regulation

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 21:20:58 +0000

The days of silence from Facebook’s top executives after the company banned the political advisory service Cambridge Analytica from its platform were a mistake, according to Sheryl Sandberg. In a brief interview on CNBC, Sandberg said that the decision for her and company chief executive and founder Mark Zuckerberg to wait before speaking publicly about […]

Dropbox prices above its original range at $21 as it heads toward an IPO

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 21:14:16 +0000

Dropbox today said it is pricing above the range it originally set ahead of its public listing tomorrow, handing the company a valuation inching ever-closer to its original $10 billion valuation. Dropbox earlier this week said it would price its initial public offering in a range between $18 and $20 per share, settling on a […]

Water Abundance XPRIZE finalists compete in gathering water from thin air

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 20:14:26 +0000

Despite being a necessity for life, clean, drinkable water can be extremely hard to come by in some places where war has destroyed infrastructure or climate change has dried up rivers and aquifers. The Water Abundance XPRIZE is up for grabs to teams who can suck fresh water straight out of the air, and it just announced its five finalists.

Medium is now paying partners cash bonuses for quality work

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 20:06:40 +0000

A year ago, publishing platform Medium debuted a new business model where readers could pay a monthly fee to access exclusive, curated content, and would reward participating partners by offering a revenue share based on a metrics like time spent reading and the more explicit “claps” – Medium’s form of the “Like.” Now, Medium will […]

Bird adds a former Lyft VP of Government Relations as chief legal officer

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 19:04:40 +0000

Bird has made another key hire as it looks to spread its electric scooter rental business across the nation. The company has brought on former Lyft vice president of government relations, David Estrada, to be its chief legal officer. He’s going to take over the company’s compliance and government relations efforts just as Bird seems […]

Ben is a chatbot that lets you learn about and buy Bitcoin

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 18:46:17 +0000

It’s generally a given that whenever a new technology takes off people rush into the space to build everything under the sun, and eventually natural selection kicks in and only the truly useful remain. For example, chatbots became trendy last year and we quickly began seeing chatbots for weather, movie recommendations, personal finance, etc. Some of […]

Meet the startups that pitched at EF’s 9th Demo Day in London

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 18:43:50 +0000

Entrepreneur First (EF), the company builder and “talent first” investor, held its ninth London Demo Day this afternoon. Once again, the pitches took place in front of a packed crowd at King’s Place in London’s King Cross area, seeing 19 startups pitch their wares to investors, press and other actors in the European tech scene. […]