Category: Technobabble

Space Photos of the Week: Salt of the Jupiter Moon

Europa, a moon in Jupiter’s orbit, is one of the most interesting places in the solar system. Below its thick crust of ice, the moon has an ocean layer that holds more water than we have here on Earth, making...

/ June 15, 2019

New York City Flexes Again, Extending Cap on Uber and Lyft

In many ways, New York stands apart from other American cities. It’s got yellow cabs and Broadway and these goofy things called boroughs. It has a sprawling subway system. Another way the city differs: New York regulates ride hailing more...

/ June 15, 2019

Amazon Spark, the retailer’s two-year-old Instagram competitor, has shut down

Amazon’s two-year-old Instagram competitor, Amazon Spark, is no more. Hoping to capitalize on the social shopping trend and tap into the power of online influencers, Amazon in 2017 launched its own take on Instagram with a shoppable feed of stories...

/ June 15, 2019

TikTok hit $9M in in-app purchases last month, up 500% over last year

Popular short-form video app TikTok has been slowly ramping up its advertising strategy this year as it increases its focus on monetization. However, the company still generates a smaller of its revenue from in-app purchases — and that number hit...

/ June 14, 2019

Remembering Gabriele Grunewald, Who Ran For Herself and Others

The image is hard to look at now without crying: a thick red scar, carved across Gabriele Grunewald’s midriff as she flies around the track. At first it looks like it shouldn’t be there; perhaps it’s just an out-of-place shadow....

/ June 14, 2019

Nintendo: we’re ‘evaluating’ streaming

Game streaming loomed large as the biggest story of E3. Between Google’s Stadia news late last week, Microsoft’s Game Pass additions, a Ubisoft announcement and even the presence of Netflix, the writing is clearly on the wall. Nintendo, of course,...

/ June 13, 2019

How Kevin Durant Got Hurt, Why Coffee May Soon Be Gone, and More News

We talked to medical experts about what really happened with Kevin Durant's Achilles tendon, we learned what foods you can kiss goodbye thanks to climate change, and we put together a list of Father's Day deals you can still get...

/ June 13, 2019

China opens Nasdaq-style board to lure tech firms back home

China’s much-anticipated Science and Technology Innovation board officially launched in Shanghai today, marking Beijing’s major step in drawing high-potential tech companies to list at home. The new Star Market, first announced by President Xi Jinping in November, is expected to...

/ June 13, 2019

The Strange Mating Rituals of Self-Driving Car Companies

The autonomous vehicle industry is looking a lot like a middle-school dance. Monday, Aurora and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles announced they would work together to put the startup’s self-driving tech, called Aurora Driver, into FCA’s commercial vehicles, including cargo vans and...

/ June 12, 2019

Creative Destruction Lab’s second Super Session is an intense two-day startup testbed

Canadian startup program Creative Destruction Lab (CDL) escapes succinct description in some ways – it’s an accelerator, to be sure, and an incubator. Startups show up and present to a combined audience of investors, mentors, industry players (some of whom,...

/ June 12, 2019

Bitcoin’s Climate Impact Is Global. The Cures Are Local.

The operators of the only bitcoin mine in Missoula County, Montana, thought they were doing everything right. They set up shop in an abandoned mill on the edge of town, made a plan to recycle the computers when they conked...

/ June 12, 2019

VW’s partnership with self-driving car startup Aurora has ended

A partnership between Volkswagen and self-driving vehicle startup Aurora has ended, according to a report by the Financial Times, citing three people familiar with the matter.  A spokesperson from VW confirmed the news, telling TechCrunch that “activities under our partnership...

/ June 12, 2019

A Top Voting-Machine Firm Is Finally Taking Security Seriously

Election Systems & Software, which describes itself as the nation’s leading elections-equipment provider, has vowed to stop selling paperless electronic voting systems—at least as the "primary voting device in a jurisdiction." And the company is calling on Congress to pass...

/ June 11, 2019

Relativity is building a 3D printing rocket manufacturing hub in Mississippi

The future of rocket manufacturing has touched down in Mississippi. At NASA’s John C. Stennis Space Center, nestled in Hancock County, Miss. right on the border of Louisiana, the Los Angeles-based 3D printed spacecraft manufacturer, Relativity Space, is planning a...

/ June 11, 2019

Keanu Reeve’s E3 Surprise, a Government Photo Hack, and More News

Keanu Reeves left the internet breathless, hackers stole photos of travelers and license plates, and we have advice on how to ditch those annoying robocalls. Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less.Want to receive this...

/ June 10, 2019

Apple is making corporate ‘BYOD’ programs less invasive to user privacy

When people bring their own devices to work or school, they don’t want I.T. administrators to manage the entire device. But until now, Apple only offered two ways for I.T. to manage its iOS devices: either device enrollments, which offered...

/ June 10, 2019

Spacemaker scores $25M Series A to let property developers use AI

Spacemaker, a Norway-based startup that’s created AI software to help property developers and architects make better design decisions, has picked up $25 million in Series A funding. The round is jointly led by Atomico and Northzone, with participation from investors...

/ June 10, 2019

Original Content podcast: Netflix’s ‘Always Be My Maybe’ is a surprisingly sweet romantic comedy

“Always Be My Maybe” — a new film starring and co-written by Ali Wong and Randall Park — continues Netflix’s streak of solid romantic comedies. That said, anyone expecting it to match Wong’s delightfully dirty stand-up (showcased in the Netflix...

/ June 9, 2019

Trump’s Visit to the UK Tops This Week’s Internet News Roundup

Greetings, dear friends, and welcome to this week's installment of While You Were Offline. What did you miss on the interent last week? First, you might have missed Jared Kushner giving a pretty good demonstration of why he doesn't do...

/ June 9, 2019

Equity transcribed: What happens to late-stage VC if the Vision Fund goes away?

Welcome back to the transcribed edition of the wildly popular TechCrunch podcast, Equity. This week Kate Clark and Alex Wilhelm convened in the new studio to discuss the biggest venture capital news of the week. There was a lot of...

/ June 8, 2019

Space Photos of the Week: X-rays, Binary Stars, and Mars Moles

NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope captured two stars in an epic family portrait. Stars are born from clouds of dense dust and gas. Cepheus C and Cepheus B were created in the same nebula and now are making waves of their...

/ June 8, 2019