February 2019

Daily Crunch: Stop repeating this privacy lie

By | February 18th, 2019|Technology|

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here. 1. Stop saying, ‘We take your privacy and security seriously’ Zack Whittaker says that in his years covering cybersecurity, there’s one variation [...]

Alan raises another $45 million for its health insurance product

By | February 18th, 2019|Technology|

Paris-based startup Alan has raised a Series B round of funding of $45 million (€40 million). Index Ventures is once again leading the round, with partners of DST Global also participating. The company had raised a $28 million funding round only ten months ago. Alan is a software-as-a-service startup tackling a very specific industry — [...]

Razer is closing its game store after less than a year

By | February 18th, 2019|Technology|

Razer is one of the dominant brands in gaming when it comes to buying equipment to play, but one of its biggest efforts to own a larger slice of digital spending hasn’t gone according to plan. After less than a year, the company announced that it will close its digital game store at the end of [...]

UK parliament calls for antitrust, data abuse probe of Facebook

By | February 18th, 2019|Technology|

A final report by a British parliamentary committee which spent months last year investigating online political disinformation makes very uncomfortable reading for Facebook — with the company singled out for “disingenuous” and “bad faith” responses to democratic concerns about the misuse of people’s data. In the report, published today, the committee has also called for [...]

SeaBubbles shows off its ‘flying’ all-electric boat in Miami

By | February 17th, 2019|Technology|

We were promised flying cars but, as it turns out, flying boats were easier to build. SeaBubbles, a “flying” boat startup that uses electric power instead of gas, hit Miami this weekend to show off one of its five prototype boats — or six, if you count an early, windowless white boat they’ve lovingly dubbed [...]

Even years later, Twitter doesn’t delete your direct messages

By | February 17th, 2019|Technology|

When does “delete” really mean delete? Not always, or even at all, if you’re Twitter . Twitter retains direct messages for years, including messages you and others have deleted, but also data sent to and from accounts that have been deactivated and suspended, according to security researcher Karan Saini. Saini found years-old messages in a [...]

Startups Weekly: Is Y Combinator’s latest cohort too big?

By | February 17th, 2019|Technology|

Greetings from Chittorgarh, one of my stops on a two-week excursion through Goa and Rajasthan, India. I’ve been a little too busy exploring, photographing cows and monkeys and eating a lot of delicious food to keep up with *all* the tech news, but I’ve still got the highlights. For starters, if you haven’t heard yet, [...]

Investor momentum builds for construction tech

By | February 17th, 2019|Technology|

Mary Ann Azevedo Contributor Mary Ann Azevedo covers startups and tech at Crunchbase News. More posts by this contributor Austin in January: Cash rich and maturing Although it’s not the sexiest of industries, the hefty construction sector in 2018 attracted not only the attention but, more importantly, the dollars of investors. Historically, the multi-trillion-dollar sector has been [...]

Transportation Weekly: Didi woes, how Nuro met Softbank, Amazon’s appetite

By | February 16th, 2019|Technology|

Welcome back to Transportation Weekly; I’m your host Kirsten Korosec, senior transportation reporter at TechCrunch. This is the second edition and seriously people, what happened this week? Too much. Too much! Never heard of TechCrunch’s Transportation Weekly? Catch up here. As I’ve written before, consider this a soft launch. Follow me on Twitter @kirstenkorosec to ensure you [...]

GoTrendier raises $3.5 million to take on Spanish-language fashion marketplaces

By | February 16th, 2019|Technology|

Thanks to environmentally conscious young buyers, throwaway culture is dying not only in the U.S., but also in Latin America — and startups are poised to jump in with services to help people recycle used clothing. GoTrendier, a peer-to-peer fashion marketplace operative in Mexico and Colombia, has raised $3.5 million USD to do just that. [...]


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