This is how police request customer data from Amazon
Sun, 27 Sep 2020 13:00:32 +0000
Anyone can access portions of a web portal, used by law enforcement to request customer data from Amazon, even though the portal is supposed to require a verified email address and password. Amazon’s law enforcement request portal allows police and federal agents to submit formal requests for customer data along with a legal order, like […]
Is your startup the next TikTok?
Sat, 26 Sep 2020 18:00:29 +0000
Editor’s note: Get this free weekly recap of TechCrunch news that any startup can use by email every Saturday morning (7 a.m. PT). Subscribe here. And I don’t mean building an app that gets the world addicted to short-form videos. I mean, where you build a huge company that spans the world and then get turned into […]
This Week in Apps: Redesigning the iOS 14 home screen, app makers form ‘fairness’ coalition, latest on TikTok ban
Sat, 26 Sep 2020 16:26:46 +0000
Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the TechCrunch 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 a record 204 billion downloads and $120 billion in consumer spending in 2019. People are now spending three hours and 40 minutes per day […]
Postmates cuts losses in Q2 as it heads towards tie-up with Uber
Fri, 25 Sep 2020 22:53:18 +0000
Popular food delivery service Postmates is in the process of merging with Uber in a blockbuster $2.65 billion deal that would see it join forces with its food delivery competitor, Uber Eats. The deal remains under antitrust scrutiny, and has not yet been approved for closing. The deal is expected to close in the first […]
Daily Crunch: Reviewing the new Apple Watch
Fri, 25 Sep 2020 22:10:34 +0000
We’ve got an in-depth review of the Apple Watch Series 6, Apple gives Facebook a temporary break on App Store fees and Alexis Ohanian is raising a new fund. This is your Daily Crunch for September 25, 2020. The big story: Reviewing the new Apple Watch Brian Heater has already been writing about the Apple […]
Black founders face a unique set of challenges
Fri, 25 Sep 2020 22:06:25 +0000
The notion that Black people in America need to work twice as hard as others to succeed may be a depressing sentiment, but it has been deeply ingrained into the psyches of many African-Americans. At TechCrunch Disrupt, several Black founders spoke about some of the burdens that come along with being a Black person in […]
NASA commissions report to show its economic impact: $64B and 312K jobs
Fri, 25 Sep 2020 20:59:02 +0000
Perhaps anticipating budget pushback from the federal government, NASA has released its first-ever agency-wide economic report, documenting the agency’s impact on the nation’s jobs and cash flow. Everyone knew NASA was impactful, but now we know exactly how impactful it is, some $64 billion and more than 300,000 jobs’ worth in FY2019. It seems clear […]
4 things to remember when adapting AI/ML learning models during a pandemic
Fri, 25 Sep 2020 20:43:35 +0000
The progress seen in AI/machine learning leading up to and during the pandemic cannot be ignored, but this crisis brings with it a unique opportunity for updates and innovation in modeling.
Human Capital: Moving away from ‘master/slave’ terminology
Fri, 25 Sep 2020 20:00:59 +0000
TGIF, am I right? Welcome back to Human Capital, where we explore some of the latest news in labor, diversity and inclusion in tech. This week, we’re looking at the use of “master/slave” terminology in computer programming and the current state of gig workers in California. Human Capital will soon be available as a weekly […]
Alexis Ohanian files for a new $150M fund, with a nod to his Olympian family
Fri, 25 Sep 2020 18:54:56 +0000
According to an SEC filing, Alexis Ohanian, the co-founder of Reddit and early-stage VC firm Initialized Capital, is raising a new fund, named 776, with a target of $150 million. The filing comes three months after the entrepreneur left Initialized Capital and a month after The Information first reported on his plans. Ohanian declined to […]
Apple Watch Series 6 review
Fri, 25 Sep 2020 18:27:17 +0000
When it comes to smartwatches, it’s Apple against the world. It’s not that there aren’t plenty of other products to choose from — it’s more that the company has just utterly dominated the space to such a point that any other device is relegated to the realm of “Apple Watch alternatives.” The company has been […]
Nikola chairman, VectoIQ CEO Steve Girsky eyes his next transportation investment
Fri, 25 Sep 2020 17:58:42 +0000
Steve Girsky, the former GM vice chairman, consultant and investor whose special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) merged with hydrogen electric startup Nikola this summer, is in talks to back self-driving trucks startup TuSimple, according to four people familiar with the deal. The capital would come from Girsky’s VectoIQ LLC, a consulting and investment company he […]
Privacy data management innovations reduce risk, create new revenue channels
Fri, 25 Sep 2020 17:57:24 +0000
Investments in privacy tools and management practices now are almost certain to deliver major business dividends in the future.
Want to hire and retain high-quality developers? Give them stimulating work
Fri, 25 Sep 2020 17:11:13 +0000
Not only is it the right way to treat your team, but when developers are more stimulated, the standard of their work goes up, along with productivity levels and general morale.
HumanForest suspends London e-bike sharing service, cuts jobs after customer accident
Fri, 25 Sep 2020 16:03:52 +0000
U.K.-based startup HumanForest has suspended its nascent “free” e-bike service in London this week, after experiencing “mechanical” issues and after a user had an accident on one of its bikes, TechCrunch has learned. The suspension has also seen the company make a number of layoffs with plans to re-launch next spring using a different e-bike. […]
Apple is (temporarily) waiving its App Store fee for Facebook’s online events
Fri, 25 Sep 2020 16:00:03 +0000
Last month, Facebook introduced support for paid online events — and because many of the businesses offering those events have struggled during the coronavirus pandemic, the company also said it would not collect fees for the next year. At the same time, it complained that Apple had “dismissed” its requests to waive the App Store’s […]
Don’t miss the Q&A sessions at TC Sessions: Mobility 2020
Fri, 25 Sep 2020 15:48:23 +0000
It’s nearly October, startup fans, and that means TC Sessions: Mobility 2020 is right around the corner. On October 6 & 7, you’ll experience an incredible two-day agenda packed with the top leaders, visionaries, makers and investors, and they’re ready to drop serious knowledge about crucial trends, issues and challenges related to mobility and transportation […]
Twitter warns developers that their private keys and account tokens may have been exposed
Fri, 25 Sep 2020 15:27:50 +0000
Twitter has emailed developers warning of a bug that may have exposed their private app keys and account tokens. In the email, obtained by TechCrunch, the social media giant said that the private keys and tokens may have been improperly stored in the browser’s cache by mistake. “Prior to the fix, if you used a […]
The highest valued company in Bessemer’s annual cloud report has defied convention by staying private
Fri, 25 Sep 2020 13:56:29 +0000
This year’s Bessemer Venture Partners’ annual Cloud 100 Benchmark report was published recently and my colleague Alex Wilhelm looked at some broad trends in the report, but digging into the data, I decided to concentrate on the Top 10 companies by valuation. I found that the top company has defied convention for a couple of […]
Calling Helsinki VCs: Be featured in The Great TechCrunch Survey of European VC
Fri, 25 Sep 2020 12:10:48 +0000
TechCrunch is embarking on a major new project to survey the venture capital investors of Europe, and their cities. Our survey of VCs in Helsinki will capture how the city is faring, and what changes are being wrought amongst investors by the coronavirus pandemic. (Please note, if you have filled out the survey already, there […]