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Lending Club shares are crashing after its CEO resigns
Lending Club shares are down more than 25% — shaving off hundreds of millions of dollars off the company’s roughly $2.5 billion market cap — after it announced its CEO would resign...
Meet the robot that pretends to listen
We’ve all done it. Cornered at a party by some bore talking about his unimaginative app that will “change the world.” All seemingly convincing excuses to leave have already been...
Twitter’s dysfunctional Wall Street relationship
Twitter’s stock is cratering this week following its earnings report on Tuesday, down around 15% and shaving more than a billion dollars off its market cap — again. This isn’t even...
A wild week for tech on Wall Street
This week was completely loaded with earnings reports from some of the biggest tech companies in the world — and it was a crazy week of swings for most of the companies that reported. There’s...
Can tech teach kids to teach themselves? XPRIZE, Google, and the UN team up to find out
Hundreds of millions of kids around the world lack access to, among other things, basic education — much less organized school systems with adequate teaching resources. XPRIZE is hoping that...
TechCrunch Disrupt NY will be the first major media conference to stream on Facebook Live in full
We’re excited to announce that we’re using Facebook Live to make Disrupt NY the first major media conference live streamed in its entirety — with TV-quality production — on...
ToyTalk renames to PullString, repositions as authoring tool for bots
ToyTalk, the startup that mashed together Barbie and the Internet of Things and let your kids chat away with Thomas the Tank Engine for hours on end, is cashing out on the bot craze with a slight...
YouTube introduces six-second Bumper ads
YouTube announced a new ad format today that’s all about brevity. In a blog post, Product Manager Zach Lupei said YouTube has been exploring formats that are better-suited for smartphone video...
The driverless truck is coming, and it’s going to automate millions of jobs
A convoy of self-driving trucks recently drove across Europe and arrived at the Port of Rotterdam. No technology will automate away more jobs — or drive more economic efficiency — than the...
Match-fixing comes to the world of e-sports
In the world of professional eSports these days, money doesn’t rain — it pours. The stakes are high and the competition can be cut-throat, especially given the payday waiting at the end...
The Next New Thing: Women VCs
Few — though not most — see what’s coming next, too, and that’s women VCs, taking their place alongside men, in equal, or nearly equal, numbers. In fact, we’d argue...
Beepi lets you buy, sell, and now lease a car with an app
There are lots of apps that help you research prices for buying or selling a car, and they’ll even hook you up with a dealership when you’re ready to buy. But Beepi lets you buy and sell...
Stuart, the delivery startup backed by Le Groupe La Poste, launches last-mile logistics service
After what I’m told has been a successful 6 month trial in Paris — racking up “hundreds of thousands of deliveries” — Stuart, the on-demand delivery app and platform...
GoDadddy CTO and cloud VP heads to Google
GoDaddy’s chief technology officer — amid a time when the company is expanding its cloud-computing operations — is departing, according to a regulatory filing. Elissa Murphy will...
RebelMouse’s new Discovery tool helps publishers find the right people to promote their stories
Social media startup RebelMouse has created a new tool for publishers — Rebel Discovery, which helps those publishers identify the social media accounts that they should be sharing stories...
Hitch wants to help you grow and manage your API community
Hitch — not to be confused with the dating app of the same name — is a new product from the team behind API Changelog and plays in roughly the same space. It promises to offer Software-as-a-Service...
European privacy watchdogs unhappy with draft EU-US data transfer deal
If you were under the impression that a new data transfer agreement had been locked down between Europe and the US — to restore legal confidence in commercial data flows across the Atlantic...
Classpass rolls out new pricing structure
Classpass made its name — and picked up 17 million reservations — around a services that let people take an unlimited number of fitness classes for a flat $100 monthly payment. Today,...
Habito is another London startup aiming for a slice of UK’s lucrative mortgage market
Habito, founded by Daniel Hegarty, pitches itself as the UK’s “first digital mortgage broker” — though Trussle may disagree — and offers an ‘fully automated’...
Can this video parody get Brits to care about online privacy?
After John Oliver used humor to tackle the U.S. surveillance reform debate last year, to try to get Americans to care about online privacy — via the mass medium of, er, dick pics — U.K....
Why it’s so easy to ignore your to-do list app but get distracted by Twitter
I’ve spent the past month in a daze, trying to make sense of my own tasks and responsibilities while forcing myself to adhere to a system I came up with that simply doesn’t work. You...
New Model 3 will extend Tesla’s reach into India, Brazil and other global markets
Tesla finally unveiled its Model 3 today. The $1,500 car drew a staggering 115,000 orders — $115 million in deposits and $4 billion in potential sales — before it had even been unveiled,...
Task management app Asana raises $50M at a $600M valuation led by YC’s Sam Altman
Asana, an enterprise app that lets people set and track projects and other goals, has hit a goal of its own: today, the company is announcing that it has raised $50 million. The Series C round —...
Will capitalism survive the robot revolution?
Economic experts are trying to figure out a question that just two decades ago seemed ridiculous: If 90 percent of human jobs are replaced by robots in the next 50 years — something now considered...
Now you can impress your friends with bold, italics and strikethrough in WhatsApp
If you’re a WhatsApp user — and the chances are high since more than a billion people open the app each month — you might be interested to know that the chat app just added some...
The 50-year digital relationship
I occasionally meet people who think the Internet is going to go away someday. Yes, some of its pieces do move around a bit. Bye, Friendster! Hello, Peach!* But its core benefit — your ability...
Why every household is about to get a brand-new fridge
Today’s retail economy is focused on acquisition and retention costs. Getting into people’s homes and turning them into long-term brand buyers is the goal, and appliance makers control...
Verdigris takes $9M to power its AI energy consumption analytics b2b startup
We hear a lot about the Internet of Things on the consumer side. The oft trotted out example of the ‘smart’ refrigerator that tells consumers when they’ve run out of the milk, and...
Online lender Kreditech closes out Series C at $103M after getting $11M from the IFC
Kreditech — the German startup that offers loans and other financial services to consumers who have little or no credit history by using some 20,000 data points online to assess their suitability...
Checkr nabs $40m to expand its background screening platform beyond the Valley
Back in October, we reported that Checkr — a San Francisco startup that runs employee background checks and vets potential hires by way of an API — was raising north of $30 million as...
How robots will reshape the U.S. economy
Few doubt that our future — both immediate and long term — will be heavily impacted by robots. With flashy AI technology like IBM’s Watson and Google’s driverless cars stealing...
Evernote brings in new product, marketing, design and China heads in exec overhaul
We’ve been documenting some of the chapters of Evernote’s surprising decline in the last several months, but today comes some news that points to how the startup is hoping to rebuild...
Atomico is raising a $750M fourth fund
Atomico, a 10-year-old, London-based venture firm that invests across sectors and stages in startups that are largely located in Europe’s fastest growing tech hubs — particularly London,...
Google’s GV leads $21M Series B in bioscience firm Cambridge Epigenetix
VC firm GV (né Google Ventures) has made another investment in Europe — its seventh — leading a $21 million Series B round for epigenetic sequencing tech company and Cambridge University...
Broadcaster Sky jumps into virtual reality, launches new content studio and readies VR app
European pay-tv broadcaster Sky — a long-time investor in virtual reality startup Jaunt — today positioned itself as a more direct content player in the VR world. Today the company —...
Ask.fm founders back dating app Mint
The founders of Ask.fm — the popular social Q&A app that became embroiled in a cyberbullying media storm before being acquired by IAC — have backed new dating app Mint. Read More...
Usermind emerges from stealth with a plan to integrate business operations
Borrowing a page from the information technology playbook, Usermind — a newly launched startup backed by Andreessen Horowitz and Menlo Ventures — is selling a service that aims to provide...
Mobile portfolio app takes Moo beyond business cards
As a creative, you’re most likely to get hired for a job off the back of your portfolio of past clients and work. Aimed squarely at this market, Moo — the company better known for their...
This new Star Wars Virtual Reality experiment looks beautiful and insane
Around June of last year, Lucasfilm and its usual cohorts — Industrial Light and Magic, Skywalker Sound — announced that they were banding together to form the ILM Experience Lab, or...
YouTube block comes and goes in Georgia amid government sex tape allegations
Google’s YouTube, the world’s biggest video site, is no stranger to getting blocked in some countries when content uploaded by users runs against state policies on media and public information....
FinLeap’s solarisBank to offer Banking-as-a-Platform so startups can ride fintech gravy train
This time the Berlin-based company builder (to use the preferred terminology) is investing and betting on the underlying regulatory and financial technology infrastructure — the picks ‘n’...
UK surveillance powers bill needs “substantial changes”, warns opposition Labour party
The UK government is continuing to try to push much criticized surveillance powers legislation through parliament, with the bill in question — the Investigatory Powers bill — getting...
Alibaba secures $3B loan to finance more investments and acquisitions
It looks like Alibaba is in the mood for more acquisitions. The company’s recent investment spree — which includes the ongoing $3.5 billion purchase of Youku Tudou and new stakes in Groupon,...
Google surprises with early preview of Android N
Google unexpectedly launched the Android N Developer Preview today. And to make things even easier for developers — and adventurous users — the preview is available as an over-the-air...
Google’s DeepMind chalks up AI landmark after beating Go world champion Lee Sedol
There’s a notable moment in the development of artificial intelligence (AI) today, after DeepMind — the London-based company from Google — used its technology to defeat Go world...
Meet the 25 startups that pitched at Entrepreneur First’s latest Demo Day
By all accounts, the London startup scene was abuzz with Entrepreneur First‘s latest Demo Day today, as 25 startups — up from 9! — took to the stage to pitch their wares. The so-called...
Square launches payments in Australia, its first country expansion in nearly three years
It’s been almost two years since Square expanded its mobile payments service into a new country — it most recently hit Japan, its first foray outside of North America, in May 2013 —...
UK’s Atom Bank makes first acquisition, Grasp, to hone its youth-focused user experience
A day after Finnish oline bank Holvi got acquired by BBVA, here comes yet more consolidation in Europe’s fintech landscape. Today, Atom Bank — a still stealth, online-only startup, coincidentally...
SoundCloud hires its first revenue chief, NBCU’s Alison Moore
SoundCloud — the audio streaming startup approaching 200 million users whose catalogue is based around user-generated content — has struggled with mounting losses and label licensing,...
Property Partner lands £15.9M to scale up real estate crowdfunding platform
In any conversation I have about London’s fintech space, property crowdfunding platform Property Parter is almost certain to come up. The startup which lets you invest from as little as £50...
Docker acquires Conductant as it looks to help businesses run large-scale systems
Docker today announced that it has acquired Conductant, a small startup that focused on orchestration. While you have probably never heard of Conductant — and as far as we can see, the company...
RingCentral opens its WebRTC API to developers
RingCentral, which focuses on providing VoIP services to businesses, today announced the beta launch of its WebRTC-based API and developer kit for developers. RingCentral’s one-year-old Connect...
Evertoon wants you to build funny 3D cartoon videos on your phone
Niniane Wang was watching the infamous “iPhone vs. Evo” video — a short animated film of two creatures poking fun at the iPhone — on YouTube and was thinking of all the ways...
Apple creates a general support channel on Twitter
Apple has expanded its presence on Twitter, adding an English-language general support channel — called simply @AppleSupport — which it says will be tweeting out tips and tricks, as well...
3 gadgets not quite ready for prime time
If flying cars and personal assistants that live inside your light bulbs sound far-fetched, think again. The high-tech apps and devices that debuted at CES 2016 this year prove we’re living...
SugarCRM acquires Contastic for natural language-based predictive sales tools
Following its acquisition of Stitch last year, SugarCRM — a CRM and open source competitor to Salesforce — has picked up another startup to enhance the arsenal of intelligent sales tools...
What Entrepreneurs Can Learn from Blizzard Entertainment
This editorial was originally published in the SitePoint Entrepreneur newsletter. Sign up here to receive updates on our Entrepreneur coverage every two weeks. In November of last year, Blizzard Entertainment...
Pro-ISIS Hacker Group Video Threatens Twitter, Facebook CEOs Over Account Suspensions
Twitter and Facebook have recently claimed to be stepping up their fights against extremist content being hosted on their platforms. Indeed, there is some evidence that certain tactics to counter...
Xiaomi To Release New Mi 5 Smartphone In China, India And “Other Global Markets”
Xiaomi is ready to do it again. The company just introduced its latest smartphone and it looks fantastic. Xiaomi is no longer a company that looks to others for inspiration. Xiaomi is no longer an...
Branded.me Adds Social Features And Blogging To Its Personal Website Builder
Branded.me* isn’t just a website builder anymore — it’s adding tools allowing users to connect with other users and publish their own content. CEO Nick Macario said that the site’s...
I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its component fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken-down computers. That is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark