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Why now is the time to join Startup Alley at Disrupt Berlin

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What to expect from Tesla’s big electric truck reveal

Tesla is set to take the lid off of its electric truck tomorrow for the first time, after months of teasing the big rig. Tesla CEO Elon Musk is still doing some teasing of his own, posting a short video clip of the truck all draped in shadow to his Instagram account – but we’re still going to learn a lot tomorrow. Here’s a quick breakdown of what we know, what we think we know, and what gaps we hope Tesla will fill at its big unveiling. A T...
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N26 adds Apple Pay support in France, Spain, Italy and Finland

Fintech startup N26 just launched Apple Pay support in European countries where Apple already launched Apple Pay. Starting today, you can now add your N26 card to the Wallet app if you live in Spain, Italy and Finland. The feature has been live in France for a few weeks already . If you live in one of those countries and have an N26 card, open the Wallet app on your iOS device. Tap the plus sign in the top right corner. You can then scan or...
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Uber confirms SoftBank has agreed to invest billions

The paperwork’s done! The long-anticipated SoftBank Group investment into Uber has been agreed upon, a spokesperson confirms to TechCrunch. We’ve been provided the following statement. “We’ve entered into an agreement with a consortium led by SoftBank and Dragoneer on a potential investment. We believe this agreement is a strong vote of confidence in Uber’s long-term potential. Upon closing, it will help fuel our investments in technology a...
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Alibaba smashes its Single’s Day record once again as sales cross $25 billion

Alibaba has set another Single’s Day record after the e-commerce giant sold over $25 billion of product on the Chinese biggest online shopping date. The full number comes in at 163.8 billion RMB, that’s roughly $25.4 billion, in GMV — that’s “gross merchandise volume” which is used to measure a dollar value for all sales on a platform. In Alibaba’s case, that predominantly means its Taobao marketplace and Tmall brand store although it does ...
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ESPN’s new streaming service will launch in the spring and be called “ESPN Plus”

Today on Disney’s Q3 earnings call CEO Bob Iger gave a preview of ESPN’s upcoming direct to consumer streaming service. The announcement comes after another disappointing quarter for ESPN, with decreased ad revenue and higher programing costs compared to the prior year. The service will be called ESPN Plus, and live inside a new app that will be launched by the sports broadcasting network in spring 2018 – much earlier than  Disney’s more ge...
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Are flying cars the future of transportation or an inflated expectation?

It seems like flying-car startups are finally taking over the “140-character” kinds of tech companies we are used to. With EU-based startup  Lilium working on an all-electric autonomous flying taxi, garnering a $90 million Series B led by Tencent and supported by a number of well-known VCs (including Atomico), it’s clear that flying cars are transitioning from a fascinating concept to a quite-mature technology and promising investment thesi...
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Shape Security introduces tool to blunt impact of stolen password caches

Shape Security is a company you may never heard of, yet it’s been around for five years and its founders include former Googlersand DoD officials. Their products provide the primary line of defense for applications at some of the top companies the world and they’ve raised $106 M. Today, the company released Blackfish , a product that could help blunt the impact of stolen password caches from massive breaches like Yahoo (the mother of all br...
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Covert influence is the new money laundering

Cortney Weinbaum Contributor Cortney Weinbaum is a national security researcher with the Cyber and Intelligence Policy Center at the nonprofit, nonpartisan RAND Corporation and a former intelligence officer in the U.S. intelligence community. Google is the most recent company known to have discovered evidence of Russian covert influence on  its books . As more media companies realize Russia bought advertising space or promoted news stories ...
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Amazon to add second Vancouver office and 1,000 more jobs by 2020

While Amazon has yet to reveal where in North America its second headquarters will be, the Seattle headquartered ecommerce behemoth has got Canadians excited by announcing it’s opening a second corporate office in Vancouver — and planning to double its staff headcount in the city, adding 1,000 additional jobs by 2020. Reuters suggests the move is in response to the US tightening immigration conditions — noting that Canada launched a fast-tr...
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DoubleDutch CEO Bryan Parker is out after a couple of months

Live engagement marketing platform DoubleDutch has replaced CEO Bryan Parker, who was appointed from COO to CEO just two months ago, TechCrunch has learned. Lawrence Coburn, founder of DoubleDutch, has since been reinstated as CEO. DoubleDutch’s board made the decision to replace Parker with Coburn today, according to a source familiar with the situation. Parker first joined the company earlier this year in June. DoubleDutch has confirmed t...
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Facebook beats in Q3 with $4.7B profit and 2.07B users despite Russia’s shadow

Facebook is still in the middle of its House Intelligence Committee hearing about Russian election interference , but the looming concerns over misuse haven’t dampened its business. Facebook announced Q3 2017 earnings today, continuing its streak of beating estimates. Facebook earned $10.3 billion in revenue and $1.59 GAAP actual EPS, compared to estimates of $9.84 billion in revenue and $1.28 EPS. Revenue growth was 47% year-over-year comp...
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Review: The iPhone X Goes To Disneyland

Alan Dye, who was responsible for leading the software design teams that had to decide how to handle the sensor package, says that it felt the most honest. “We’ve got this amazing True Depth camera system packed into this space at the upper center of the display. And we thought a lot about how to design for that. And ultimately we felt really comfortable with this notion of being really honest about it and allowing for the content to push o...
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The Toyota TJ Cruiser concept is a fun-filled toolbox on wheels

SUVs are on the rise as a category, in many regions but particularly in the U.S., and Toyota’s new TJ Cruiser concept aims to address that growing demand in a way that other vehicles in its lineup doesn’t. Toyota’s TJ Cruiser project lead Mai Takeiuchi explained that Toyota believes that in terms of SUV buyers, their are urbanites who value style, and on-the-go consumers who want long-lasting products with convenience. The on-the-go consume...
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Crunch Report | Hey Dillon Francis, iPhone X Is Now Available For Pre-Order

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Crunch Report | Twitter Bans Two Russian Companies from Advertising

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Where venture capital has peaked

Jason Rowley is a venture capital and technology reporter for Crunchbase News . More posts by this contributor: “Peak startup” is a phrase that no doubt strikes terror in the hearts of entrepreneurs and startup investors alike. But saying “peak startup” is not the same as saying that the market is at the very height of a bubble. Indeed, with  SoftBank driving  late-stage valuations to the  chagrin of IPOs , worldwide early and late-stage ro...
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The Cloud Native Computing Foundation adds two security projects to its open source stable

The Cloud Native Computing Foundation  (CNCF) is probably best known for being the home of the Kubernetes container orchestration project, but there plenty of other projects that now fall under the organization’s umbrella. All of them focus on bringing the kind of modern cloud-native tooling that companies like Google, Microsoft, Facebook and others take for granted to a wider range of users. Today, the CNCF is expanding its stable with the...
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Oliver Cabell raises $1.2 million to slip into the shoe business

Oliver Cabell , a Los Angeles-based startup selling bags and other accessories, has raised $1.2 million to slip into the shoe business. The company’s high end canvas and leather bags caused a bit of a stir around TechCrunch’s offices a few years ago (we were too busy using the bags to review them) — and now the company’s ready to try on footwear to see how the new product line will fit. With the new cash, raised from an undisclosed angel in...
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Redesigning the TechCrunch app

Angela Medina Contributor Angela Medina is a product designer who led the redesign of TechCrunch's mobile apps. She's now based in New York City. Over the last two years we have been working hard to improve the experience of TechCrunch products for our readers. Our tiny-but-mighty product team launched the brand new TechCrunch mobile app  for Android and iOS earlier this month and we couldn’t be more excited. It has been completely redesign...
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Madison Reed just raised another $25 million to open hair color bars across the U.S.

You get to a certain age, and if you’re remotely vain (and let’s face it, you are), you need to have your hair colored fairly frequently. You’re hardly alone. Roughly 75 percent of women in the United States color their hair, which today adds up to an $18 billion  opportunity for brands like L’Oréal and Clairol. It did, anyway. Eating into a growing percentage of their market share is Madison Reed , a four-year-old, 85-person, San Francisco...
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Toyota’s ‘Fine-Comfort Ride’ fuel cell concept aims for long-range flexibility

Toyota is debuting a new concept vehicle for the forthcoming Tokyo Motor Show, and it’s a fuel cell vehicle that’s designed to get around 1,000 km (around 621 miles) on a single hydrogen pack that can be refuelled in about 3 minutes total. The concept looks like an aggressively future-styled minivan, though it’s billed as a “premium saloon,” and it’s got an interior design that emphasizes second row seating space. The Fine-Comfort Ride is d...
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Google Maps ditches automatic calorie estimates after users say it’s not helpful and even potentially harmful

Google Maps will remove a widely criticized experimental iOS feature that estimated how many calories its users could potentially burn by walking a route. A Google rep told TechCrunch that the decision was “based on strong user feedback” and the calorie estimator will no longer appear in Google Maps for iOS starting this evening. The feature, which began rolling out to some users about a week ago, not only displayed the amount of calories u...
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Russia may soon issue its own official blockchain-based currency, the CryptoRuble

Russia will issue its own official cryptocurrency, the CryptoRuble, capping months of speculation about the country’s approach to the technology. While in a way it indicates an embrace of the likes of Bitcoin and Ethereum, the CryptoRuble is unlikely to share the truly decentralized nature of other coins. The news, first reported by CoinTelegraph , cites local news reports, which in turn cite Nikolay Nikiforov, the Russian government’s mini...
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Crunch Report | Steve Wozniak Launches Education Platform

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Uber product lead Daniel Graf explains Uber’s shifted approach to building tech

Uber’s Head of Product Daniel Graf thinks that the company’s recent problems may end up being good for the ride hailing provider’s product development in the long term; in some ways, it’s brought collaboration to the fore in a company structure that previously preferred work being done in relatively discrete silos, walled off from the potential to do more by combining the efforts of the maps team with, say, the driver product team. Now, how...
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Mattel releases biologically inspired foldable robot bugs

Mattel’s been taking great pains to update its product lines for plugged in generation of kids. Last month, the toy maker teamed up with Osmo for an iPad-ready update to its popular Hot Wheels line, and now the company is enlisting the help of another tech startup, Dash Robots . The pair’s first collaboration   is Kamigami, a robotics platform that lets kids build their own robotic bugs. Due out on Target store shelves today, the toy featur...
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Crunch Report | RIP Windows Phone

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Why Freada Kapor Klein thinks there’s a moral crisis in Silicon Valley

Andrew Keen is the author of three books: Cult of the Amateur, Digital Vertigo and The Internet Is Not The Answer. He produces Futurecast, and is the host of Keen On. More posts by this contributor: Every week, it seems, brings new ethical questions about Silicon Valley. A seemingly endless rash of  sexual scandals  in the venture community. Twitter  supposedly  used by anonymous Russian trolls to rig the American election. A straight-faced...
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Crunch Report | AOL Instant Messenger Is Shutting Down

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