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  • Google makes converting VMs to containers easier with the GA of Migrate for Anthos November 20, 2019
    At its Cloud Next event in London, Google today announced a number of product updates around its managed Anthos platform, as well as Apigee and its Cloud Code tools for building modern applications that can then be deployed to Google Cloud or any Kubernetes cluster. Anthos is one of the most important recent launches for […]
    Frederic Lardinois
  • India’s Swiggy bets big on cloud kitchens November 20, 2019
    Can cloud kitchens take off in India? Swiggy, one of the country’s largest food delivery startups, is betting on it. The Prosus Ventures-backed startup said on Wednesday it has established 1,000 cloud kitchens for its restaurant partners in the country — more than any of its local rivals. The Bangalore-headquartered firm said it has invested […]
    Manish Singh
  • Dream Games raises $7.5M seed to develop ‘high-quality’ puzzle games November 20, 2019
    Dream Games, a Turkish mobile gaming company founded by former Peak Games employees who worked together on hit puzzle games Toy Blast and Toon Blast, has raised $7.5 million in seed funding. Leading the round is Makers Fund, with co-investment from London’s Balderton Capital. The funding will be used to increase headcount within the Dream […]
    Steve O'Hear
  • Robinhood launches… UK waiting list November 20, 2019
    It is approaching a year since TechCrunch broke news that Robinhood was stealthily recruiting for a London office ahead of plans to expand to the U.K. And in August the U.S.-based company, which pioneered “commission-free” stock-trading states-side, announced it had received regulatory approval to operate this side of the pond, signalling that a U.K. launch […]
    Steve O'Hear
  • Volkswagen’s new all-electric concept wagon could be coming to the U.S. by 2022 November 20, 2019
    Volkswagen revealed Tuesday evening a new concept vehicle called the ID Space Vizzion, and despite the crazy Frank Zappaesque name, this one might actually make it into production in Europe and North America. The ID Space Vizzion is the seventh concept that VW has introduced since 2016 that uses its MEB platform, a flexible modular system — […]
    Kirsten Korosec
  • Audi’s next all-electric vehicle, the e-tron Sportback, is a “coupé” SUV November 20, 2019
    Audi revealed Tuesday evening in Los Angeles the e-tron Sportback as the German automaker begins to chip away at its plan to launch more than 30 electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids by 2025. The e-tron Sportback reveal ahead of the LA Auto Show follows the launch earlier this year of Audi’s first all-electric vehicle, the […]
    Kirsten Korosec
  • Former Casper execs are building a direct-to-consumer dog food startup called Jinx November 19, 2019
    With Jinx, three former members of the Casper team are looking to bring what CEO Terri Rockovich called “the Casper playbook” to selling dog food. The startup has raised $5.65 million from an all-star list of investors including Alexis Ohanian of Initialized Capital, Align Ventures, Brand Foundry, Wheelhouse Group, Will Smith and his family, the […]
    Anthony Ha
  • How Airbnb handles discrimination claims November 19, 2019
    When disability rights lawyer Haben Girma, who is blind and deaf, booked an apartment in London via Airbnb last month, she says the host cancelled her reservation after she disclosed that her guide dog would be joining her. Prior to the cancellation, Girma and the host, Kirk Truman, had a lengthy exchange over the course […]
    Megan Rose Dickey
  • Sundance Institute’s Co//ab offers online education and feedback for filmmakers November 19, 2019
    The Sundance Institute is looking to reach a broader community of up-and-coming filmmakers with a new website called Co//ab. The institute’s chief product officer Tara Hein-Phillips told me that a small pilot version of the site first launched early in 2018, before beginning a “proper beta” in November of that year. And it spent a […]
    Anthony Ha
  • Lucence raises $20 million Series A for its non-invasive cancer screening technology November 19, 2019
    Lucence Diagnostics, a genomic medicine startup that develops non-invasive tests for cancer screening, announced today that it has raised a $20 million Series A led by IHH Healthcare, one of the world’s largest integrated private healthcare groups. Other participants included SGInnovate and returning investors Heliconia Capital (a subsidiary of Temasek Holdings), Lim Kaling and Koh […]
    Catherine Shu
  • Scooter maker Superpedestrian raises $20 million as it gears up to launch November 19, 2019
    Superpedestrian, the startup working with a handful of scooter operators to deploy vehicles that can perform self-diagnostics, just raised a $20 million round from Spark Capital, General Catalyst, Hanaco Ventures and Empire Angels. This brings Superpedestrian’s total funding to $64 million. Superpedestrian has yet to announce its operating partners, but is on track to launch […]
    Megan Rose Dickey
  • In the heated cloud kitchens race, Kitchen United aims to kill with kindness; here’s its playbook November 19, 2019
    Cloud kitchens, ghost kitchens, dark kitchens. No doubt by now you know a little about these businesses that are moving into underused or more affordable properties that can be turned into shared workspaces for the purposes of cooking up meals exclusively for delivery. You probably also know that former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has been […]
    Connie Loizos
  • Is this Niantic’s next game? November 19, 2019
    First came Ingress. Then came Pokemon GO, and Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. Then came… Catan? It’s starting to look like the next property to get Niantic’s “real world game” treatment will be Catan — the namesake island from the popular Settlers Of Catan board game series. Late last month, the company behind Catan said during […]
    Greg Kumparak
  • Karma’s new electric hinge-winged hypercar concept goes 0 to 60 mph in 1.9 seconds November 19, 2019
    Karma Automotive took the wraps off Tuesday of a new electric concept car called the SC2 that produces a heart-thumping 1,100 horsepower and can travel from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 1.9 seconds. The concept is a showpiece and an integral part of the Chinese-backed California-based startup’s new strategy to become a technology […]
    Kirsten Korosec
  • Facebook’s latest experiment is a meme creation app, Whale November 19, 2019
    Facebook’s NPE Team, a division inside the social networking giant that will build experimental consumer-facing social apps, has now added a third app to its lineup with the launch of meme creation app Whale. Currently, the app allows users to decorate photos with text and stickers in order to create memes that can be shared […]
    Sarah Perez
  • Luna is a new kind of space company helping biotech find its footing in microgravity November 19, 2019
    Toronto-based startup Luna Design and Innovation is a prime example of the kind of space company that is increasingly starting up to take advantage of the changing economics of the larger industry. Founded by Andrea Yip, who is also Luna’s CEO, the bootstrapped venture is looking to blaze a trail for biotechnology companies who stand […]
    Darrell Etherington
  • Macy’s said hackers stole customer credit cards — again November 19, 2019
    For the second time in as many years, Macy’s customers have been hit by a data breach involving countless numbers of credit cards. In a filing with the California attorney general, the retail giant said hackers siphoned off customers’ names, addresses, and phone numbers, but also credit card numbers, card verification codes, and expiration dates […]
    Zack Whittaker
  • Build trust with remote users to get qualitative feedback November 19, 2019
    Developers and marketers have automated most user feedback and testing, but what about communities like patients or senior citizens who may be more challenging to reach?
    Walter Thompson
  • Karma Automotive unveils its faster next act, the Revero GTS November 19, 2019
    Karma Automotive’s second act is a gasoline-electric luxury vehicle that aims to deliver more performance and tech inside a sleek and sporty $149,950 package. The 2020 Revero GTS unveiled Tuesday during AutoMobility LA, the press and trade days of LA Auto Show, shares some of the same bits as its sibling Revero GT. Both vehicles […]
    Kirsten Korosec
  • Linode launches its Kubernetes Engine into beta November 19, 2019
    Before the hyperclouds, there were Linode, Mediatemple, HostGator and seemingly a million other hosting services that let you rent affordable virtual private servers for your development needs. And while we don’t talk about them all that much these days, with maybe the exception of Digital Ocean, which disrupted that market a few years ago thanks […]
    Frederic Lardinois