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  • Volkswagen to bring self-driving electric shuttles to Qatar by 2022 December 14, 2019
    Volkswagen Group and Qatar have agreed to develop a public transit system of autonomous shuttles and buses by 2022 for the capital city of Doha. The agreement signed Saturday by VW Group and the Qatar Investment Authority is an expansive project that will involve four brands under VW Group, including Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, Scania, its […]
    Kirsten Korosec
  • Fortnite gets lightsabers, courtesy of ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ promo December 14, 2019
    The final installment of the sequel trilogy is getting a lot of creative promotion — even by Star Wars standards. With The Rise of Skywalker out in just under a week, J.J. Abrams (and some spotty server issues) paid a visit to Fortnite. The director showed off an exclusive clip from the upcoming film featuring […]
    Brian Heater
  • Let’s talk Samsung Galaxy S11 December 14, 2019
    We’ve officially entered the mid-December hardware doldrums. Obviously no major hardware maker in its right mind is going to be announcing anything major in the next few weeks, for fear of preemptively cannibalizing holiday sales. Things will, however, heat up immediately after the new year with the kick off of CES. Then, a little over […]
    Brian Heater
  • New Orleans declares state of emergency following ransomware attack December 14, 2019
    New Orleans declared a state of emergency and shut down its computers after a cyber security event, the latest in a string of city and state governments to be attacked by hackers. Suspicious activity was spotted around 5 a.m. Friday morning. By 8 a.m., there was an uptick in that activity, which included evidence of […]
    Kirsten Korosec
  • Gift Guide: Gifts for the commuters in your life December 14, 2019
    Remote working has become a new normal in the life of an employee. Spurred by ubiquitous broadband and mobile connectivity, lighter and smaller computers, and everything you need in the cloud, a lot of people have felt a lot less of a need to be in the same physical space as everyone else, day in […]
    Ingrid Lunden
  • FBI secretly demands a ton of consumer data from credit agencies. Now lawmakers want answers December 14, 2019
    Recently released documents revealed the FBI has for years secretly demanded vast amounts of Americans’ consumer and financial information from the largest U.S. credit agencies. The FBI regularly uses these legal powers — known as national security letters — to compel credit giants to turn over non-content information, such as records of purchases and locations, […]
    Zack Whittaker
  • Wearable band shipments grew globally, driven by Xiaomi December 14, 2019
    Apple may dominate the wearable conversation here in the States, but things look a fair bit different on the other side of the world. In Asia, Xiaomi is the giant in the room. According to new numbers form Canalys, the Chinese manufacturer was the key driver in global growth. Wearable band shipments grew 65%, year […]
    Brian Heater
  • Startups Weekly: This year in startups December 14, 2019
    In this week's newsletter: The moments that defined venture capital and startups in 2019.
    Kate Clark
  • Apple and Spotify’s podcasts come to Echo devices in the US December 13, 2019
    Amazon Alexa can now play podcasts from Apple, making Amazon’s line of Echo devices the first third-party clients to support the Apple Podcasts service without using AirPlay. Before, this level of support was limited to Apple’s HomePod. According to Amazon, the addition brings to Alexa devices Apple’s library of more than 800,000 podcasts. It also […]
    Sarah Perez
  • Grading the final tech IPOs of 2019 December 13, 2019
    As the holiday slowdown looms, the final U.S.-listed technology IPOs have come in and begun to trade. Three tech, tech-ish or venture-backed companies went public this week: Bill.com, Sprout Social and EHang. Let’s quickly review how each has performed thus far. These are, bear in mind, the last IPOs of the year that we care […]
    Alex Wilhelm
  • This Week in Apps: Apple Arcade’s new franchise, Fortnite takes on Google Play, the Disney+ app footprint December 13, 2019
    Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the Extra Crunch series that recaps the latest OS news, the applications they support and the money that flows through it all. The app industry is as hot as ever, with 194 billion downloads last year and more than $100 billion in consumer spending. People spend 90% of their mobile time in […]
    Sarah Perez
  • Consumer sous vide startup Nomiku is winding down operations December 13, 2019
    Founded in 2012, Nomiku became a plucky Silicon Valley darling by bringing affordable sous vide cooking to home kitchens. A Kickstarter project that same year generated $750,000, several times its $200,000 goal. The company scored a glowing TechCrunch profile the following year, as well, thanks in part to a great backstory. Today, however, the company […]
    Brian Heater
  • Adobe turns it up to 11, surpassing $11B in revenue December 13, 2019
    Yesterday, Adobe submitted its quarterly earnings report — and the results were quite good. The company generated a tad under $3 billion for the quarter, at $2.99 billion, and reported that revenue exceeded $11 billion for FY 2019, its highest-ever mark. “Fiscal 2019 was a phenomenal year for Adobe as we exceeded $11 billion in […]
    Ron Miller
  • India shuts down internet once again, this time in Assam and Meghalaya December 13, 2019
    India maintained a shutdown of the internet in the states of Assam and Meghalaya on Friday, now into 36 hours, to control protests over a controversial and far-reaching new citizen rule. The shutdown of the internet in Assam and Meghalaya, home to more than 32 million people, is the latest example of a worrying worldwide […]
    Manish Singh
  • When and how to build out your data science team December 13, 2019
    Contrary to popular belief, successfully implementing AI to drive impactful decisions requires a diverse team with expertise in several skill sets.
    Walter Thompson
  • The newest members of the $100M ARR club December 13, 2019
    Hello and welcome back to our regular morning look at private companies, public markets and the grey space in between. Today we’re taking stock of a cohort of special companies: still-private startups that have reached $100 million in annual recurring revenue (ARR). Our goal is to understand which startup companies are actually exceptional. This late […]
    Alex Wilhelm
  • Bonobos founder Andy Dunn to leave Walmart in 2020 December 13, 2019
    Andy Dunn, the founder of menswear site Bonobos which sold to Walmart in 2017 for $310 million, is now parting ways with the retail giant. The executive, who joined Walmart as SVP of digital consumer brands at the time of the acquisition, officially announced his departure in a LinkedIn post titled “A Love Letter to […]
    Sarah Perez
  • Chicago’s Sprout Social prices IPO mid-range at $17 per share, raising $150M December 13, 2019
    On the heels of Bill.com’s debut, Chicago-based social media software company Sprout Social priced its IPO last night at $17 per share, in the middle of its proposed $16 to $18 per-share range. Selling 8.8 million shares, Sprout raised just under $150 million in its debut. Underwriters have the option to purchase an additional 1.3 […]
    Alex Wilhelm
  • Equity Dive: Direct Listings December 13, 2019
    Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines.
    Kate Clark
  • Porsche and Lucasfilm co-designed a new starfighter for the Star Wars universe December 13, 2019
    Porsche typically concerns itself with terrestrial vehicle designs, but for a new project it worked with Lucasfilm designers in collaboration on a new starfighter for the Star Wars universe. The starfigher, called the Tri-Wing S-91x Pegasus, obviously doesn’t exist in full-scale flyable form, but it is being built out as a five-foot-long highly-detailed sub-scale model, […]
    Darrell Etherington