July 2018

CrunchMatch at Disrupt SF 2018 opening soon for founders and investors

By | July 17th, 2018|Technology|

Excuse us as we mangle U.S. history (apologies to Paul Revere), but “CrunchMatch is coming! CrunchMatch is coming! CrunchMatch is TechCrunch’s free business match-making service that connects early-stage startup founders and investors who share similar business interests and profiles. And if you bought — or plan to buy — Founder, Investor or Insiders passes to [...]

Travel giant Booking invests $500M in Chinese ride-hailing firm Didi Chuxing

By | July 17th, 2018|Technology|

Didi Chuxing, China’s largest ride-hailing company, has pulled in some strategic capital after Booking Holdings invested $500 million into its business. The deal will see Booking Holdings — which was formerly known as Priceline — work closely with Didi to offer its on-demand car services through its Booking.com apps via an integration. Likewise, Didi customers [...]

Online learning platform Unacademy gets $21M Series C from Sequoia India, SAIF and Nexus

By | July 17th, 2018|Technology|

Unacademy founders Roman Saini, Gaurav Munjal and Hemesh Singh Bangalore-based Unacademy will add more educators to its online learning platform, which claims to be India’s largest, after closing a $21 million Series C. The funding comes from Sequoia India, SAIF Partners and Nexus Venture Partners, with participation from Blume Ventures (all four firms are returning [...]

Putin proposes a joint cybersecurity group with the US to investigate Russian election meddling

By | July 16th, 2018|Technology|

Over the course of Monday’s controversial Helsinki summit, Russian President Vladimir Putin pushed an agenda that would ostensibly see the U.S. and Russia working side by side as allies. The two countries make stranger bedfellows than ever as just days prior, Trump’s own Department of Justice indicted 12 Russian intelligence officials for the infamous 2016 [...]

Apple emoji will soon include people with curly hair, white hair and superpowers

By | July 16th, 2018|Technology|

In honor of World Emoji Day (yes, that’s a thing), Apple is previewing some of its upcoming emoji. Later this year, Apple’s emoji set will feature people with a variety of hairstyles and colors, including curly hair, red hair and white hair. What you’re about to see are simply Apple’s take on emoji that were [...]

Hong Kong’s GoGoVan raises $250M from investors including Alibaba’s logistics subsidiary

By | July 16th, 2018|Technology|

Logistics on-demand service GoGoVan became Hong Kong’s first billion-dollar startup via a merger last year, and now is doubling down on growth after raising $250 million in new capital. The new round was led by InnoVision Capital, with participation from the Russia-China Investment Fund, Hongrun Capital and Qianhai Fund of Funds. Two other notable investors include [...]

Elon Musk tweets he’ll “bet ya a signed dollar” that Thai cave rescuer is a “pedo”

By | July 16th, 2018|Technology|

Elon Musk seems not only intent on burning all the goodwill he earned for trying to help last week’s Thai cave rescue, but rolling around in its ashes, too. In a series of extraordinarily offensive, now deleted tweets, the SpaceX and Tesla CEO called a British diver who participated in last week’s dangerous rescue mission [...]

A list of ten things that billionaire owners of EV, clean energy and rocket companies should and should not tweet

By | July 15th, 2018|Technology|

So… apparently there’s been another kerfuffle on the Twitter about some asinine things that a certain wealthy, rocket-building, payment-revolutionizing, electric vehicle company-creating entrepreneur has written in tweets to millions of followers. This billionaire is, by all accounts, incredibly difficult to work for, very visionary and … a bit thin-skinned for someone with such a habit [...]

Coinbase teases new cryptocurrency assets for which it’s ‘exploring’ support

By | July 15th, 2018|Technology|

Coinbase is taking a look at some new cryptocurrencies to add to its exchange. The list is kind of a pre-announcement, with the startup saying that it’s “exploring” adding the assets and is working with local banks and regulators to make them happen. On the list are… Coinbase is one of the most popular exchange [...]

iFixit finds dust covers in latest MacBook Pro keyboard

By | July 15th, 2018|Technology|

Apple released a refreshed MacBook Pro this week and top among the new features is a tweaked keyboard. Apple says its quieter than the last version and in our tests, we agree. But iFixit found something else: thin, silicone barriers that could improve the keyboard’s reliability. This is big news. Users have long reported the [...]