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 2021-09-15 05:52 

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India's Groww in talks to raise funds at a $3 billion valuation...

Groww, an Indian startup that is helping millennials invest in mutual funds and stocks, is in advanced stages of talks to raise a new financing round at a $3 billion valuation, according to six people familiar with the matter. The Bangalore-based startup ...

 2021-09-15 05:00 

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Index leads $12.2M seed in Sourceful, a data play to make supply chains greener...

Supply chains can be a complex logistical challenge. But they pose an even greater environmental challenge. And it's that latter problem — global supply-chain sustainability — where UK startup Sourceful is fully focused, although it argues...

 2021-09-15 03:59 

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Glassdoor acquires Fishbowl, a semi-anonymous social network and job board, to square up to LinkedIn...

While LinkedIn doubles down on creators to bring a more human, less manicured element to its networking platform for professionals, a company that has built a reputation for publishing primarily the more messy and human impressions of work life has made a...

 2021-09-15 01:49 

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Rivian vehicles are now ready for sale in all 50 states, following key certifications...

Rivian vehicles have received certifications from three agencies, the final hurdle that allows the electric automaker to sell and deliver its R1T pickup truck and R1S SUV in all 50 U.S. states. Rivian confirmed to TechCrunch in an email that the vehicles ...

 2021-09-15 00:32 

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Casper cuts its CMO, CTO and COO amid further layoffs...

Casper has laid off dozens of employees, including three C-Level executives: its chief marketing officer, chief technology officer and chief operating officer, sources say. The mattress company declined to comment. The round of layoffs, communicated to em...

 2021-09-14 22:56 

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Rivian's first-production R1T electric pickup truck rolls off the line...

The first-production Rivian R1T electric pickup truck in "Rivian blue" rolled off the assembly line Tuesday morning at the company's factory in Normal, Illinois, marking a milestone more than a decade in the making for the automaker and its fo...

 2021-09-14 22:10 

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Daily Crunch: Here's what happened at Apple's virtual 2021 fall event...

Hello friends and welcome to Daily Crunch, bringing you the most important startup, tech and venture capital news in a single package....

 2021-09-14 21:55 

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Logistics startup Stord raises $90M in Kleiner Perkins-led round, becomes a unicorn and acquires another company...

When Kleiner Perkins led Stord's $12.4 million Series A in 2019, its founders were in their early 20s and so passionate about their startup that they each dropped out of their respective schools to focus on growing the business. Fast-forward two years...

 2021-09-14 21:45 

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Creative ad tech is on the cusp of a revolution, and VCs should take note...

Here are five reasons why VCs should consider ratcheting up their investment into ad tech startups building the next generation of creative tools:...

 2021-09-14 21:35 

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App Annie and co-founder charged with securities fraud, will pay $10M+ settlement...

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has charged App Annie, a leading mobile data and analytics firm, as well as its co-founder and former CEO and Chairman Bertrand Schmitt, with securities fraud. App Annie and Schmitt have agreed to pay over...

 2021-09-14 21:28 

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SpaceX, Blue Origin awarded NASA contracts to develop moon lander concepts for future Artemis missions...

NASA has awarded a combined $146 million in contracts to five companies, including SpaceX, Blue Origin and Dynetics, to develop lander concepts as part of the agency's Artemis program. The awards include $26.5 million to Blue Origin; $40.8 million to ...

 2021-09-14 21:28 

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Intuit's $12B Mailchimp acquisition is about expanding its small business focus...

At first blush, the $12 billion Intuit-Mailchimp deal might not make a heck of a lot of sense. But people tend to pigeonhole companies, and in this case they might see Intuit as purely a financial software company and Mailchimp as an email marketing firm ...

 2021-09-14 20:31 

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Xbox and Special Olympics hold first 'Gaming for Inclusion' esports event...

Gaming in general is moving towards accessibility, but that's not as much the case in esports, which like other sports are competitive and by nature somewhat exclusive. Xbox and the Special Olympics are working together on a new event that combines co...

 2021-09-14 19:31 

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Apple brings macro, low light and cinema-focused updates to the iPhone 13 Pro camera...

Apple continues its tradition of improving the photography capabilities of consumer devices with today's announcement of the iPhone 13 and 13 Pro, available on September 24. Last year's iPhone 12 had two rear camera lenses, while the iPhone 12 Pro...

 2021-09-14 19:13 

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Spaceflight will be ferrying payloads from Orbit Fab, GeoJump to lunar orbit next year...

Space rideshare service provider Spaceflight Inc. is going to be shuttling customers on a lunar flyby mission next year, part of its long-term vision of giving companies easy access to lunar orbits and beyond. The Seattle-based company will be delivering ...

 2021-09-14 19:00 

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Canva raises $200 million at a $40 billion valuation...

Canva is now valued at $40 billion following a fresh capital injection of $200 million (USD) in a round led by T. Rowe Price. New and existing investors participated in the round, including Franklin Templeton, Sequoia Capital Global Equities, Bessemer Ven...

 2021-09-14 18:47 

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Apple sheds value during iPhone event...

The TechCrunch crew is hard at work writing up the latest from Apple's iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch event. They have good notes on the megacorp's hardware updates. But what are the markets saying about the same array of products? For those of us m...

 2021-09-14 18:42 

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Biden's new FTC nominee is a digital privacy advocate critical of Big Tech...

President Biden made his latest nomination to the Federal Trade Commission this week, tapping digital privacy expert Alvaro Bedoya to join the agency as it takes a hard look at the tech industry. Bedoya is the founding director of the Center on Privacy & ...

 2021-09-14 18:35 

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Here's everything Apple announced at its event this morning...

It's that time again! It's September, which generally means two things: We're blasting Earth, Wind, and Fire on repeat, and Apple will announce a new iPhone (or four). Right on schedule, Apple held a remote event this morning, streaming kinda-...

 2021-09-14 18:21 

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iPhone users will receive iOS 15 update on September 20...

Shortly after today's virtual conference, Apple announced that the next major version of iOS will be ready for prime time very soon. iPhone users will be able to update to iOS 15 on September 20. The company first unveiled iOS 15 earlier this year at ...

 2021-09-14 18:17 

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The iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max feature 120Hz display, better cameras...

Apple has announced its new lineup of phones at its virtual conference. In addition to the regular iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini, the company has two Pro models with some premium features that you won't find in the regular iPhone 13. Of course, the Pro...

 2021-09-14 18:09 

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Apple's new MagSafe wallet works with 'Find My' app for when it goes missing...

Alongside the introduction of the new iPhone 13, Apple introduced a few new accessories to complement its upgraded flagship devices. One of the more interesting additions in the accessories in the lineup is a new MagSafe wallet that works with Apple "...

 2021-09-14 17:52 

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Apple adds Fitness+ updates, including a group workout feature...

After unveiling the Apple Watch Series 7, Apple shared updates that are coming to Fitness+, its fitness service designed around Apple Watch. Currently, the $9.99/month service is available in six countries, like the United States, Canada and the United Ki...

 2021-09-14 17:52 

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Extra Crunch roundup: BNPL bonanza, scraping Toast's S-1/A, early-stage SaaS pricing...

Are founders in fundraising mode short-sighted when it comes to working with Chinese venture funds? Runa Capital's Asia business development manager Denis Kalinin studied data from iTjuzi, a database of Chinese venture capitalists, and found: "......

 2021-09-14 17:45 

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This is the iPhone 13...

The rumors were right. The centerpiece of today's big Apple event is the latest iPhone. The latest device lands less than a year after its predecessor, now that things have settled down somewhat on the supply chain side for Apple. Last year's iPho...

 2021-09-14 17:37 

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The network effect is anti-competitive...

Social networks and online marketplace providers have become digital dictators with complete control over their territories....

 2021-09-14 17:35 

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Apple Watch will now detect biking workouts, falls from bike when riding...

Apple Watch users who ride bikes will get a handful of new features designed just for them. Announced during today's Apple iPhone press event, the company says that Apple Watch will now begin to detect when users begin a bike ride to remind you to sta...

 2021-09-14 17:31 

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As UK Gov reaches out to tech, investors threaten to 'pull capital' over M&A regulator over-reach...

UK competition regulators are spooking tech investors in the country with an implied threat to clamp down on startup M&A, according to a new survey of the industry. As the UK's Chancellor of the Exchequer engaged with the tech industry at a 'Chath...

 2021-09-14 17:27 

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Apple Watch Series 7 arrives with a larger, more rugged display...

Big day for hardware over at Apple HQ. In addition to all of a pair of new iPads, the company just launched the latest version of the wearable-dominated Apple Watch. As anticipated, the Apple Watch Series 7 marks one of the biggest design changes in the s...

 2021-09-14 17:18 

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Apple refreshes iPad Mini with a new design, 5G and an 8.3-inch display...

As expected, we're going to be seeing a LOT of hardware at today's Apple event. The company has already unveiled a refresh to the iPad and here's a new version of the Mini that looks to be the small tablet's biggest refresh to date. The ne...

 2021-09-14 17:15 

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Apple updates the entry-level $329 iPad...

Apple is launching a new iPad model. This is the most affordable iPad model in the lineup, it's cheaper than the iPad Air and iPad Pro. Today's new iPad replaces the existing $329 iPad in the lineup. It features Apple's A13 chip. Apple origina...

 2021-09-14 16:49 

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TikTok expands mental health resources, as negative reports of Instagram's effect on teens leak...

TikTok announced this morning that it is implementing new tactics to educate its users about the negative mental health impacts of social media. As part of these changes, TikTok is rolling out a "well-being guide" in its Safety Center, a brief pri...

 2021-09-14 16:47 

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Atlanta's sundry startups join in global VC funding boom...

With around $3 billion invested in the first half of 2021, already around a 50% gain on 2020's full-year figures, it's clear Atlanta is seeing an unprecedented wave of venture investment....

 2021-09-14 16:32 

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Gig workers with smartphones can help set infrastructure priorities...

Even if a U.S. infrastructure bill is passed, where do we begin? You might be surprised to learn that the gig economy has an app for that....

 2021-09-14 16:21 

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Twitter reopens its account verification process after another pause...

Twitter has again restarted its account verification process, the company said on Monday evening by way of a post to its Twitter Verified account, where it publishes updates about the system's status. Since launching the revamped verification program ...

 2021-09-14 15:52 

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The Disrupt Desk will help you catch everything you missed at Disrupt 2021...

This year at TechCrunch Disrupt (happening just next week), there is more to explore than ever before. From the scores of Startup Alley companies to the Startup Battlefield presentations to the Disrupt Stage, Extra Crunch Stage and beyond. We'll hear ...

 2021-09-14 15:32 

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LinkedIn is launching its own $25M fund and incubator for creators...

When LinkedIn first launched Stories format, and later expanded its tools for creators earlier this year, one noticeable detail was that the Microsoft-owned network for professionals hadn't built any kind of obvious monetization into the program &mdas...

 2021-09-14 15:00 

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Tonal adds live classes to its strength training workouts...

Wall-mounted fitness startup Tonal this morning announced that it's bringing live courses to it portfolio of strength training workouts. The company did a soft launch of the live offering back in December of last year, though at the time, it wasn'...

 2021-09-14 14:36 

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JB Straubel's Redwood Materials is expanding into the battery materials business...

Redwood Materials, the company started by former Tesla co-founder JB Straubel that aims to create a circular supply chain for batteries, is expanding its business. While it has been known primarily as a recycling firm, Redwood plans to simplify the supply...

 2021-09-14 14:28 

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Amazon partners with AXS to install Amazon One palm readers at entertainment venues...

Amazon's biometric scanner for retail, the Amazon One palm reader, is expanding beyond the e-commerce giant's own stores. The company announced today it has acquired its initial third-party customer with ticketing company AXS, which will implement...

 2021-09-14 14:08 

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Toyota, Honda urge Congress to reject expanded tax incentive that would benefit Ford, GM, Stellantis...

Toyota Motor and Honda are urging legislators to reject a bill that would expand tax incentives for union-made electric vehicles that are built in the United States. The proposal which Toyota blasted as "blatantly biased" and "exorbitant" ...

 2021-09-14 14:03 

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Live from Apple's virtual 2021 iPhone event...

It's that time of year again. Summer is winding down, the leaves are starting to change color and Apple's getting ready to drop a brand new iPhone on the world. Today's big event arrives less than a year after the last big iPhone event, as App...

 2021-09-14 14:01 

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1047 Games raises $100M on the runaway success of its debut title, Splitgate...

When you're hot, you're hot. And 1047 Games is making the most of the heat generated by Splitgate, its first game and a now a breakout success. After working on a shoestring for years, the team has since May raised three rounds, the latest for a m...

 2021-09-14 14:00 

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Grammarly SDK beta lets developers embed automated text editing in any web app...

Grammarly, the popular auto editing tool, announced the release of Grammarly for Developers today. The company is starting this effort with the Text Editor SDK (software development kit), which enables programmers to embed Grammarly text editing functiona...

 2021-09-14 14:00 

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Going after social commerce for sportspeople, Millions gets $10M...

Millions.co, a social commerce platform geared towards professional and semi-professional athletes wanting help to monetize their fanbase by selling merch and/or on-demand video, has grabbed $10 million in funding led by Boston-based Volition Capital. The...

 2021-09-14 13:41 

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Sonos' second-gen Beam soundbar supports Dolby Atmos...

Today, the Sonos Beam is getting a major upgrade. The new, second-generation Beam goes on sale today for $449 and will be available on October 5th, and includes Dolby Atmos support....

 2021-09-14 13:23 

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Xiaomi launches its own smart glasses, of course...

Xiaomi is challenging Facebook in the wearables arena by launching its own smart glasses. The device won't only be capable of taking photos, but also of displaying messages, notifications and more....

 2021-09-14 13:04 

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Here's what your BNPL startup could be worth...

What would you pay for $1 of BNPL GMV?...

 2021-09-14 13:03 

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EverAfter closes $13M to help companies ride off into the sunset with their customers...

EverAfter's customer-facing tool streamlines onboarding and retention and enables B2B clients to embed personalized customer portals within any product....

 2021-09-14 13:00 

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Locus Robotics just raised another $50M...

Seems Locus Robotics is striking while the iron is hot. Seven months after raising a sizable $150 million Series E, Tiger Global is investing another $50 million in the Massachusetts firm. The last round made Locus a unicorn, and this one brings the compa...

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