November 2017

Thanksgiving e-commerce sales pass $1.5B, up 17% year-on-year

By | November 24th, 2017|Technology|

Black Friday, the day after a quiet Thanksgiving Thursday, traditionally has been thought of as the start of the holiday sales season, but the rise of e-commerce in the last few years has changed all that, and the action is already kicking off today. Early numbers from Adobe and IBM, two of the companies that [...]

The Moto Z’s Alexa Smart Speaker is mostly useless

By | November 23rd, 2017|Technology|

The Moto Z is a phone built around a strong gimmick, but it’s a gimmick nonetheless. A little over a year after release, the company has added some interesting Mods to its selection, but none have offered an entirely compelling justification for the phone’s modular system. That certainly applies to the new Alexa Smart Speaker. [...]

Co-founder of unicorn InMobi is launching a bike-sharing startup in India

By | November 23rd, 2017|Technology|

Over in India, there are a handful of startups working to get the country’s billion-person population on bikes. One of them is Yulu, co-founded by Amit Gupta, who formerly co-founded profitable, billion-dollar startup InMobi. In the next three to four weeks, Yulu will launch its bike-sharing service in Bangalore with a few hundred bicycles. Yulu [...]

Let’s talk about commercial drones at TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin

By | November 23rd, 2017|Technology|

Everyone loves drones, including companies with very specific needs. Drones once were the hot new thing and the perfect birthday gift. But drone makers are now realizing that there’s a bigger opportunity with commercial use cases, from farming to inspection. That’s why we’re excited to announce that three founders of three amazing companies in the [...]

Crunch Report | Uber’s data breach and Apple’s self-driving cars

By | November 23rd, 2017|Technology|

 Today’s stories: Uber’s big data breach, Facebook to single out election trolls, Apple’s self-driving car research and FCC issues final draft of plan to kill net neutrality. That’s it for this week. Tito’s back on Monday. A very Happy Thanksgiving to everyone attempting to explain net neutrality and bitcoin to their loved ones this holiday. [...]

AWS ramps up in AI with new consultancy services and Rekognition features

By | November 22nd, 2017|Technology|

Ahead of Amazon’s AWS division big Re:invent conference next week, the company has announced two developments in the area of artificial intelligence. AWS is opening a machine learning lab, ML Solutions Lab, to pair Amazon machine learning experts with customers looking to build solutions using the AI tech. And it’s releasing news feature within Amazon [...]

FCC releases final draft of ‘Restoring Internet Freedom,’ which would not do that

By | November 22nd, 2017|Technology|

The FCC yesterday announced a December 14 vote on “Restoring Internet Freedom,” an order that, far from restoring freedom to the internet, would allow it to be restricted in new and harmful ways. Actually, when you think of it as restoring internet freedom to ISPs and cable companies, it makes a lot more sense. At [...]

Facebook’s ad system shown failing to enforce its own anti-discriminatory policy

By | November 22nd, 2017|Technology|

Can Facebook be trusted to abide by even its own stated standards? In the case of Internet political advertising the social giant wants to be allowed to continue to self regulate — despite the scandal of Russian bought socially divisive ads which (we now know) were tainting democratic discussion during the 2016 US presidential election [...]

AppLovin scraps acquisition and takes debt financing instead

By | November 22nd, 2017|Technology|

The story of AppLovin‘s acquisition has taken another turn. We first reported that the mobile ad startup was in acquisition talks in August of last year, and the announcement came a month later: AppLovin would sell a majority stake Chinese private equity firm Orient Hontai Capital. Today, however, CEO Adam Foroughi revealed that the deal [...]

Apple acquired augmented reality headset startup Vrvana for $30M

By | November 21st, 2017|Technology|

As Apple reportedly ramps up work to ship an augmented reality headset in 2020, it has acquired a startup from Montreal, Canada that could help it get there. TechCrunch has learned that Apple has acquired Vrvana, maker of the Totem headset — which had rave reviews but never shipped. The deal was for around $30 million, two sources [...]