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  • What you missed in cybersecurity this week April 21, 2019
    It’s been a busy week — it’s tough to keep up with all the cybersecurity news. We’ve collected some of the biggest cybersecurity stories from the week — from TechCrunch and afar — to keep you up to date with the latest hacks, privacy breaches and security stories you need to know. Facebook now says […]
    Zack Whittaker
  • Notes from the Samsung Galaxy Fold: day six April 21, 2019
    I’m starting to get that thing where my iPhone XS screen feels super tiny when I switch back from the Fold to send a text message from my number. Someone recently asked me if I’m going to have trouble giving the device back to Samsung in a few days, and while the answer is a […]
    Brian Heater
  • Sri Lanka blocks social media sites after deadly explosions April 21, 2019
    The government of Sri Lanka has temporarily blocked access to several social media services following deadly explosions that ripped through the country, killing at least 207 people and injuring hundreds more. Eight bombings were reported, including during Easter services at three churches, on the holiest weekend of the Christian calendar. In a brief statement, the […]
    Zack Whittaker
  • Week-in-Review: Is Samsung unfolding another flop? April 21, 2019
    Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. Samsung tries to deliver a big innovation and fails miserably. A big story this week on TechCrunch was that in the buildup to the release of the Samsung Galaxy Fold, potentially one of the weirdest, most innovative, most expensive phones shipped in the past decade, there are […]
    Lucas Matney
  • The UK’s latest list of most hacked passwords is as bad as you’d think April 21, 2019
    Names, soccer players, musicians and fictional characters make up some of the worst passwords of the year, according to the U.K. government’s National Cyber Security Center. But nothing beats “123456” as the worst password of all. It’s no shock to any seasoned security pro. For years, the six-digit password has been donned the worst password […]
    Zack Whittaker
  • The rules of the Game Of Oligarchs April 21, 2019
    Technology shrinks the world, makes geography less relevant. People find kinship, common cause, and community on the Internet, across nations and sometimes even languages. When the Internet began to erupt, when its connections began to draw such people closer together, this was anticipated with great hope and excitement. And with reason. At their best, the […]
    Jon Evans
  • No one knows how to hire, plus brand design and African tech April 20, 2019
    Editor’s Note: No one knows how to hire Hiring is the lifeblood of the world. Few people do truly singular work; instead, nearly every facet of our civilization is built by groups of humans (and increasingly machines) working in tandem. That presents quite the puzzle though: if teamwork is so critical to the functioning of, […]
    Danny Crichton
  • Original Content podcast: On ‘Guava Island,’ Donald Glover mixes music and politics April 20, 2019
    It was hard to know what to expect from “Guava Island.” Last year, Donald Glover and Rihanna filmed the mysterious project with director Hiro Murai (who’s also directed multiple episodes of “Atlanta” and the music video for “This is America”, then they said almost nothing about it until debuting the film at Coachella and releasing […]
    Anthony Ha
  • From lab-grown meat to fermented fungus, here’s what corporate food VCs are serving up April 20, 2019
    We put together a list of venture funds operated by some of the larger food and beverage producers, covering literally everything from soup to nuts (plus lunch meat and soda, too!).
    Joanna Glasner
  • Acquisitions, more than IPOs, will create Africa’s early startup successes April 20, 2019
    Africa has made its global IPO debut. Pan-African e-commerce company Jumia—a $1 billion-valued company—began trading live on the NYSE last week. The stock offering made Jumia the first upstart operating in Africa to list on a major global exchange. This raises expectations for unicorns and IPOs to create the continent’s first wave of startup moguls. […]
    Jake Bright
  • 3 fixes for Netflix’s “What to watch?” problem April 20, 2019
    Wasting time every night debating with yourself or your partner about what to watch on Netflix is a drag. It burns people’s time and good will, robs great creators of attention, and leaves Netflix vulnerable to competitors who can solve discovery. A ReelGood study estimated that the average user spends 18 minutes per day deciding. […]
    Josh Constine
  • Startups Weekly: Zoom CEO says its stock price is ‘too high’ April 20, 2019
    In this week's newsletter: More IPOs, Boston Dynamics dog-like robot makes its debut and Ro raises $85M.
    Kate Clark
  • Notes from the Samsung Galaxy Fold: day four April 20, 2019
    Apologies for skipping day three. This kept me extremely busy yesterday. Though the Galaxy Fold remained a constant companion. Before you ask (or after you ask on Twitter without having read beyond the headline), no it’s hasn’t broken yet. It’s actually been fairly robust, all things considered. But here’s the official line from Samsung on […]
    Brian Heater
  • Boston Dynamics showcases new uses for SpotMini ahead of commercial production April 20, 2019
    Last year at our TC Sessions: Robotics event, Boston Dynamics announced its intention to commercialize SpotMini. It was a big step for the secretive company. After a quarter of century building some of the world’s most sophisticated robots, it was finally taking a step into the commercial realm, making the quadrupedal robot available to anyone […]
    Brian Heater
  • If you watch one celebrity-filled, anally obsessed charity video before Earth Day, make it this one April 19, 2019
    Lil Dicky, the white comedy rapper with questionable taste but an impressive rolodex, has come up with a millennial’s Earth Day answer to the 80s celebrity-studded, charity hit “We are the World“. Dicky isn’t tackling African famine, instead he’s come up with an oddly anally-fixated paean to the Earth’s climate and the disaster the world […]
    Jonathan Shieber
  • Caterina Fake is known for her trend-spotting; here’s some of what she’s chasing now April 19, 2019
    Roughly a year ago, entrepreneurs Caterina Fake and Jyri Engeström decided to form a traditional venture outfit called Yes VC. Fast forward, and the duo has nearly closed on $50 million for their debut fund, including backing from Supercell founder Ilkka Paananen, former Etsy CEO Chad Dickerson and the family office of Nokia Chairman Risto […]
    Connie Loizos
  • Tesla’s board is about to get a lot smaller April 19, 2019
    Tesla is cutting its board down by more than one-third, to seven directors, by 2020, a move that includes the loss of some of CEO Elon Musk’s early advisers and allies, according to regulator filings posted Friday. The filing comes days before a busy week for Tesla that will include an April 22 event meant […]
    Kirsten Korosec
  • Fastly, the content delivery network, files for an IPO April 19, 2019
    Fastly, the content delivery network that’s raised $219 million in financing from investors (according to Crunchbase), is ready for its close up in the public markets. The eight-year-old company is one of several businesses that improve the download time and delivery of different websites to internet browsers and it has just filed for an IPO. […]
    Jonathan Shieber
  • Equity Shot: Pinterest zooms into the public markets (and yet another tech company files for an IPO) April 19, 2019
    Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines.
    Alex Wilhelm
  • Malware researcher Marcus Hutchins pleads guilty, ending his legal case April 19, 2019
    Malware researcher Marcus Hutchins has pleaded guilty to two counts of creating and selling a powerful banking malware, ending a long and protracted battle with U.S. prosecutors. Hutchins, a British national who goes by the online handle MalwareTech, was arrested in August 2017 as he was due to fly back to the U.K. following the […]
    Zack Whittaker