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  • Pew: mobile and social media users in emerging markets have more diverse social networks August 22, 2019
    The latest study from Pew Research Center takes a look at the impact mobile technology, including the use of smartphones and social media, is having on the diversity of people’s social network in emerging markets. For the purpose of the study, Pew surveyed mobile users in eleven key markets: Mexico, Venezuela, Colombia, South Africa, Kenya, […]
    Sarah Perez
  • Amazon is acquiring 49% stake in India’s Future Coupons August 22, 2019
    Amazon, which has invested over $6 billion in India’s growing internet market, just invested a little more to expand its foothold in the the world’s second largest internet market. The U.S. e-commerce giant is acquiring a 49% stake in Future Coupons, a group entity owned by India’s second largest retail chain Future Group, the latter said […]
    Manish Singh
  • Tumblr’s next step forward with Automattic CEO Matt Mullenweg August 22, 2019
    After months of rumors, Verizon finally sold off Tumblr for a reported $3 million — a fraction of what Yahoo paid for the once might blogging service back in 2013. The media conglomerate (which also owns TechCrunch) was clearly never quite sure what to do with the property after gobbling it up as part of […]
    Brian Heater
  • Mobile gaming is a $68.5 billion global business, and investors are buying in August 22, 2019
    By the end of 2019, the global gaming market is estimated to be worth $152 billion with 45% of that, $68.5 billion, coming directly from mobile games. With this tremendous growth (10.2% YoY to be precise) has come a flurry of investments and acquisitions, everyone wanting a cut of the pie. In fact, over the last […]
    Jonathan Shieber
  • Hey students, launch your startup this year with this special Extra Crunch discount August 22, 2019
    Entrepreneurship is on the rise, and nowhere is that more true than on college campuses. Students are ditching boring office jobs to seek out their own opportunities, whether that is launching a bootstrapped app, contributing to an open-source project, or building a venture-scalable startup. Here at Extra Crunch, our mission is to go behind the […]
    Danny Crichton
  • Reliability concerns raised over pi-top’s STEM learning laptop August 22, 2019
    TechCrunch has learned of a safety issue and a number of product reliability questions being raised about a modular computer made by a London edtech startup that’s intended for children to learn coding and electronics. The product, called the pi-top 3, is a Raspberry Pi-powered laptop with a keyboard that slides out to access a […]
    Natasha Lomas
  • US cell carriers team up to combat robocalls — but no deadline set August 22, 2019
    Twelve cell carriers, including the four largest — AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon — have promised to make efforts to prevent spoofed and automated robocalls. Announced Thursday, the pledge comes after 51 U.S. attorneys general brokered a deal that would see the telecom giants roll out anti-robocalling technologies, including a way of cryptographically signing callers […]
    Zack Whittaker
  • The fight for seed August 22, 2019
    Seed funds beware, today's fight for equity in Bay Area startups requires muscle and a whole lot of cash.
    Kate Clark
  • Overstock CEO resigns after ‘deep state’ comments August 22, 2019
    Overstock .com announced today that CEO Patrick Byrne has resigned from his role as chief executive and board member. Another board member, Jonathan Johnson, will be taking over as Overstock’s interim CEO. This follows the company’s eyebrow-raising press release earlier this month titled “ CEO Comments on Deep State, Withholds Further Comment,” in which Byrne […]
    Anthony Ha
  • Daily Crunch: Apple plans Pro iPhones August 22, 2019
    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. Apple reportedly launching new iPhone Pro and iPads with better cameras, 16-inch MacBook Pro and new AirPods Here come the leaks […]
    Anthony Ha
  • Verified Expert Growth Marketing Agency: 3Q Digital August 22, 2019
    With 12 offices and 350 employees around the world, 3Q Digital is a giant among growth marketing agencies. They’ve worked with companies like Brandless, Opendoor, and Warby Parker, but they also have an internal business unit called 3Q Incubate to work with startups in their pre-launch phase. 3Q Digital gets tech and that’s a testament […]
    Yvonne Leow
  • Justice Department indicts 80 individuals in a massive business email scam bust August 22, 2019
    The Justice Department has indicted dozens of individuals accused of involvement in a massive business email scam and money laundering scheme. Thom Mrozek, a spokesperson for the U.S. Attorneys Office for the Central District of California, confirmed more than a dozen individuals had been arrested during raids on Thursday — mostly in the Los Angeles […]
    Zack Whittaker
  • Lenovo’s Smart Clock gets more useful with latest Google update August 22, 2019
    I liked the Lenovo Smart Clock when I reviewed it back in June. It’s a pretty minimalist take on the smart screen designed for the very specific purpose of living next to your bed. The streamlined features are very much by design — rather than the kitchen sink approach, the clock is built around a […]
    Brian Heater
  • How do you build a secure startup? Find out at TechCrunch Disrupt SF August 22, 2019
    Security is everything — more so than ever in startup land. But with the constant pressures to launch and scale, how do you build a secure startup from the ground up without slowing growth? Whether you’re starting out small or you’re a multinational unicorn, your customers and their data will be your greatest asset. We’re […]
    Zack Whittaker
  • AmazonFresh expands to three key markets: Houston, Minneapolis and Phoenix August 22, 2019
    AmazonFresh, one of two main grocery delivery services Amazon operates, is expanding to new markets, the retailer announced this morning. The service will now be available to Prime members in Houston, Minneapolis and Phoenix. Notably, this list includes a test market for Walmart’s new grocery subscription service, Delivery Unlimited; Target’s corporate headquarters; and an early […]
    Sarah Perez
  • Enterprise software is hot — who would have thought? August 22, 2019
    Once considered the most boring of topics, enterprise software is now getting infused with such energy that it is arguably the hottest space in tech.
    Frederic Lardinois
  • Verizon is teaming with Boingo to bring 5G inside August 22, 2019
    We’ve long known that 5G rollout wouldn’t happen overnight. But now that carriers have gotten things started, they’ve been confronted with pushback against the next-gen wireless technology’s limitations. Among the bigger issues is spotty coverage indoors — you know that place where most of us spend most of our time? Verizon’s looking to address the […]
    Brian Heater
  • Densify update helps finance make more intelligent cloud buying decisions August 22, 2019
    Densify has been a company that helps engineers buy cloud resources in a cost-effective way, but the company wanted to show this cloud spending data to finance as well. This week it announced a new product called Cloud Cost Intelligence (CCI), which has been designed to give finance teams greater visibility into a company’s cloud […]
    Ron Miller
  • On-demand parking startup SpotHero raises $50 million August 22, 2019
    SpotHero, the Chicago-based company that has developed an on-demand parking app, has raised $50 million in a Series D round led by Macquarie Capital. Union Grove Venture Partners participated in the round, along with existing investors, including Insight Venture Partners, Global Founders Capital, OCA Ventures, AutoTech Ventures and others, according to the company. SpotHero has […]
    Kirsten Korosec
  • Bose’s new portable home speaker sports Alexa and Google Assistant August 22, 2019
    Bose’s portable speaker offerings have tended toward the cheaper end of the spectrum — bringing colorful competition for companies like JBL. With the dryly named Portable Home Speaker, however, the company looks to split the difference between portable and premium. And it’s certainly priced for the latter. The $349 speaker looks to be something of […]
    Brian Heater