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Just raises $8M in its effort to beat Root at the car insurance game

Just Insure , a pay-per-mile insurance technology company, has raised $8 million in a funding round.  CrossCut Ventures, ManchesterStory and Western Technology Investments co-led the investment, which brings its total raised to $15.3 million since its January 2019 inception. Los Angeles-based Just says it uses telematics “to reward safe drivers and reduce insurer bias” by looking at factors such as how, when and where customers drive, rather than factors such as ZIP code or marital status ...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, MetroMile, Transportation, Apps, Finance, Funding, Los Angeles, Startup, Tech, Georgia, Arizona, Venture Capital, Ohio, Crosscut Ventures, Just


Tumblr’s subscription product Post+ enters open beta after much scrutiny from users

Tumblr is entering open beta for its subscription product Post+, meaning that all U.S. users can now try out the monetization feature. The product launched in closed beta in July, allowing users hand-picked by Tumblr to place some of their content behind a monthly paywall. This marked the first time that Tumblr allowed bloggers to monetize their content directly on the platform, but the feature was met with backlash from users who worried about how the feature would change the site’s culture. No...
Tags: Apps, Post, Wordpress, Social Media, Tech, Blogging, Website, Monetization, United States, Computing, Tumblr, Patreon, World Wide Web, Automattic, Paywall


Alan acquires Jour and launches mental health service Alan Mind

French startup Alan is better known for its health insurance products — they now insure 200,000 people. But it has been slowly building a superapp for your health and expanding with new services. Today, the company announced its first acquisition ever with the acquisition of Jour for $20 million. This is going to be the foundation for a new service called Alan Mind. “More than 13 million people in France are facing a mental health issue. If you look at people under 35, it’s 3 out of 4 people — s...
Tags: Startups, TC, Apps, Europe, France, Tech, Mental Health, Paris, France Newsletter, Alan, Rhone Alpes, Alan Alan, Jour, COVID, Jean Charles Samuelian Werve, Samuelian Werve


PayPal launches its ‘super app’ combining payments, savings, bill pay, crypto, shopping and more

PayPal has been talking about its “super app” plans for some time, having recently told investors its upcoming digital wallet and payments app had been given a go for launch. Today, the first version of that app is officially being introduced, offering a combination of financial tools including direct deposit, bill pay, a digital wallet, peer-to-peer payments, shopping tools, crypto capabilities and more. The company is also announcing its partnership with Synchrony Bank for its new high-yield s...
Tags: TC, Mobile, Apps, Finance, Germany, Tech, Customers, Paypal, United States, Payments, Venmo, Chime, Synchrony Bank, Varo, Facebook Fundraisers, Generosity Network


iOS 15 adds all the little features that were missing

The release of iOS 15 should be a major event for mobile operating systems. And yet, this year, there’s no breakthrough feature or overarching theme that makes this release stand out. Apple has focused on quality-of-life updates as well as new features for its own apps. The result is a solid update that is not going to be controversial. Some people are going to take advantage of the new Focus feature. They’ll spend a lot of time customizing their phone to make it as personal as possible. Other p...
Tags: Apple, Ios, Google, TC, Gadgets, Mobile, Apps, London, San Francisco, Siri, Tech, Safari, Focus, Facetime, Siri You, San Francisco Los Angeles New York


iOS 15 is now available to download

Apple has just released the final version of iOS 15, the next major version of the operating system for the iPhone. It is a free download and it works with the iPhone 6s or later, both generations of iPhone SE and the most recent iPod touch model. iPad users will also be able to update to iPadOS 15 and watchOS 8 today. The biggest change of iOS 15 is a new Focus mode. In addition to “Do not disturb,” you can configure various modes — you can choose apps and people you want notifications from and...
Tags: Apple, Ios, Gadgets, Mobile, Apps, Tech, Facetime, iOS 15


Facetune maker Lightricks raises $130 million ahead of M&A plans

Facetune developer Lightricks, which operates over a dozen subscription-based photo and video editing apps across iOS and Android, now has $130 million in new funding to further grow its business. The company’s newly announced Series D round includes $100 million in primary and $30 million in secondary funding, and now values the company at $1.8 billion. To date, Lightricks has raised $335 million. The new round was co-led by New York-based VC firm Insight Partners and Hanaco Venture Capital and...
Tags: Startups, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, New York, London, Media, Funding, Israel, Jerusalem, Tech, Shenzhen, Greycroft, Lightricks, Facetune, Haifa


9am.health launches with $3.7M to tackle virtual diabetes care

Founders like to create companies around what they know, and Frank Westermann and Anton Kittelberger know diabetes. They met and bonded over both having type 1 diabetes — Westermann was diagnosed over 25 years ago — and started the MySugr app for diabetes self-management in 2012 (they won a TC pitch-off back in 2011). Four years later, Westermann moved to the U.S. from Austria to introduce MySugr stateside before the company was acquired by Roche for $100 million in 2017. The pair moved on to th...
Tags: Health, Startups, TC, Ecommerce, Apps, Texas, Medicine, California, Funding, Tech, Diabetes, Hypertension, Austria, Vienna, United States, Healthcare


Amazon bets on Hindi voice shopping to reach wider India

Speaking of Amazon — which is reportedly conducting an investigation to find whether its lawyers bribed government officials in India — the company announced today it plans to roll out the voice shopping experience feature in the Hindi language in the South Asian market ahead of the Diwali festival in early November. The e-commerce giant, which rolled out the voice shopping experience in English last year, said the feature in the Hindi language — which will roll out in “coming weeks” — will enab...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Ecommerce, Apps, Asia, India, Tech, Flipkart, Alexa, Amazon India, Diwali, Ken, Marathi, Kishore Thota


Cameo launches Cameo Calls, a service for fans to video chat with celebs

If you really want to video chat tonight with William Hung of retro American Idol fame… got twenty bucks to spare? Yesterday, Cameo launched its Cameo Calls products, which lets fans video chat for up to 15 minutes one-on-one with their favorite influencers and celebrities. The talent sets the duration, time, and price of their call, which Cameo says averages around $31. To book a call, users can go to Cameo’s website or app to see a schedule of upcoming Cameo Calls that they can buy. These also...
Tags: Social, Mobile, Apps, Celebs, Hollywood, Messaging, Social Media, Tech, Stars, Cameo, Disney Channel, James, Calls, Weasley, William Hung, David Henrie


Apple and Google bow to pressure in Russia to remove Kremlin critic’s tactical voting app

Apple and Google have removed a tactical voting app created by the organization of jailed Kremlin critic, Alexei Navalny, from their respective mobile app stores in Russia. Earlier this week Reuters reported that the Russian state had been amping up the pressure on foreign tech giants ahead of federal elections — appropriating the language of “election interference” to push US companies to censor the high profile political opponent to president Putin. On Twitter today, a key Navalny ally, Ivan Z...
Tags: Apple, Google, TC, Apps, Europe, Politics, UK, Activism, Putin, Russia, US, Tech, United States, President, Moscow, Vpn


Tile secures $40 million to take on Apple AirTag with new products

Tile, the maker of Bluetooth-powered lost item finder beacons and, more recently, a staunch Apple critic, announced today it has raised $40 million in non-dilutive debt financing from Capital IP. The funding will be put towards investment in Tile’s finding technologies, ahead of the company’s plan to unveil a new slate of products and features that the company believes will help it to better compete with Apple’s AirTags and further expand its market. The company has been a longtime leader in the...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Android, Startups, TC, Gadgets, Mobile, Apps, Spotify, Technology, Hardware, Bluetooth, Funding, Tech, Ceo, Intel


OnLoop launches with $2M to inject some fun into performance reviews

Performance reviews eat up a lot of a manager’s time and are often the most dreaded part of work. OnLoop aims to bring some joy into the process by enabling information-gathering to happen behind the scenes and be easier for hybrid workforces. The Singapore-based company designed a mobile-first product that consistently gathers employee feedback and goals so that the company has better insights into how both individuals and teams are doing. The feedback is also captured and converted into auto-g...
Tags: Startups, TC, Uber, Apps, Hong Kong, Enterprise, Workplace, Labor, Southeast Asia, Singapore, Funding, Tech, Square Peg Capital, Human Resource Management, Gallup, Andrew MacDonald


Self Financial raises $50M to help the subprime consumer build credit and savings at the same time

Self Financial, a fintech company that aims to help consumers build credit and savings at the same time, announced today it has raised $50 million in Series E funding. Altos Ventures led the financing, which also included participation from Meritech Capital and Conductive Ventures and brings the Austin-based startup’s total raised to $127 million since its 2015 inception. The company, as many fintechs these days, aims to make building credit and savings more accessible, regardle...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Apps, California, Finance, Funding, Tech, Austin, Venture Capital, Fintech, James, Lee, Garvey, Silverton Partners, Altos Ventures


A16z in talks to back CoinSwitch Kuber in first India investment

A16z is inching closer to making its first investment in a startup in India, the world’s second largest internet market that has produced over two dozen unicorns this year. The Menlo Park-headquartered firm is in final stages of conversations to invest in Indian crypto trading startup CoinSwitch Kuber, three sources familiar with the matter told TechCrunch. The proposed deal values the Bangalore-based firm at $1.9 billion, two sources said. Coinbase is also investing in the new round, one of the...
Tags: TC, Apps, Asia, India, Funding, Tech, Andreessen Horowitz, Tiger Global, Coinbase, Bangalore, Reserve Bank of India, Menlo Park, Kalaari, Coatue, A16z, Sequoia Capital India


Tiger Global-led $100M investment makes Apna India’s fastest unicorn

A 22-month-old startup that is helping millions of blue- and gray-collar workers in India learn new skills and find jobs has become the youngest firm to join the coveted unicorn status in the world’s second-largest internet market. Apna announced on Thursday that it has raised $100 million in a round led by Tiger Global. The new round — a Series C — valued Apna at $1.1 billion. TechCrunch reported last month that Tiger Global, an existing investor in Apna, was in talks to lead a $100 million fin...
Tags: Apple, Startups, Apps, Asia, India, Funding, Africa, Tech, Middle East, Tiger Global, Bangalore, Parikh, Owl Ventures, Griffin Schroeder, Recent Funding, GSV Ventures


News aggregator SmartNews raises $230 million, valuing its business at $2 billion

SmartNews, a Tokyo-headquartered news aggregation website and app that’s grown in popularity despite hefty competition from built-in aggregators like Apple News, today announced it has closed on $230 million in Series F funding. The round brings SmartNews’ total raise to date to over $400 million and values the business at $2 billion — or as the company touts in its press release, a “double unicorn.” (Ha!) The funding included new U.S. investors Princeville Capital and Woodline Partners, as well...
Tags: Google, Android, Startups, Mobile, Apps, Japan, News, Media, Funding, Tech, Software, United States, Machine Learning, Tokyo, Ai, Mobile Devices


Onin is trying to fix event planning by combining calendar and chat

What would happened if your go-to calendar and messaging apps were in fact one and the same thing? That’s the thinking behind Onin — a UK startup that wants to simplify event planning by, well, making a more organized app for organizing stuff. If that sounds a little niche, it pays to remember that calendars have been having a bit of a moment (ha!) of late (ho!) — what with the pandemic parceling our work lives into endless virtual meeting slots. Aka: How many Zoom calls can one human survive in...
Tags: TC, Apps, Europe, UK, Microsoft, Tech, United Kingdom, Calendar, Product Hunt, Yc, Calendar Apps, Matt Clifford, Ryan, Time Management Tools, Brodie, Calendly


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 $10 million to settle the fraud charges which are related to “deceptive practices and making material misrepresentations about how App Annie’s alternative data was derived,” the SEC said. App Annie is one of the largest sellers of mobile app pe...
Tags: Apps, China, Tech, Ceo, Software, Beijing, Computing, SEC, App-store, Annie, Director, Officer, App Annie, Mobile App, Beijing China, Bertrand Schmitt


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 its Worldwide Developer Conference. The biggest change of iOS 15 is a new Focus mode. In addition to “Do not disturb,” you can configure various modes — you can choose apps and people you want notifications from and change your focus depending on wh...
Tags: Apple, Ios, Gadgets, Mobile, Apps, Tech, Facetime, iOS 15, Apple Fall Event 2021


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 “Find My” service. That means if you accidentally lose your wallet when it becomes unattached from your iPhone, you can launch the Find My app to locate it as you can with other Apple devices or items attached to your Apple AirTags. In this case, the...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Ios, Apps, Technology, Tech, Mobile Phones, Nfc, Apple Inc, Magsafe, Find My, Iphone 12, AirTag, iPhone 12 Pro, Apple Fall Event 2021


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 Kingdom. But at its press event today, Apple announced that the service will become available in many more countries this fall, including Brazil, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, France, Italy, Russia and more. Content will be subtitled in six languages. ...
Tags: Apple, Apps, Fitness, Tech, United Kingdom, Apple Watch, Facetime, United States Canada, Apple Fall Event 2021, Brazil Saudi Arabia Indonesia France Italy Russia


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 this spring, Twitter had hit a few snags which have forced it to shut down verifications more than once. The most recent of these pauses was announced on August 13, when the company said it need to make improvements to both the application and revie...
Tags: Social, Apps, Twitter, Tech, Charlottesville Virginia, Matt Navarra, Jason Keller


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 primer on eating disorders, expanded search interventions, and opt-in viewing screens on potentially triggering searches. Developed in collaboration with International Association for Suicide Prevention, Crisis Text Line, Live For Tomorrow, Samaritans of ...
Tags: Social, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Instagram, Singapore, Social Media, Tech, Mental Health, Wall Street Journal, Johns Hopkins Hospital, International Association, National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, Safety Center, Tiktok, Samaritans UK


Glovo bags two grocery picking and delivery startups

More startup swapping in the food delivery space: Spain’s Glovo, an on-demand delivery platform which operates a network of dark stores focused on urban convenience shopping, is pushing deeper into planned grocery shopping — announcing the acquisition of two regional ‘Instacart-style’ grocery picking and delivery startups, Madrid-based Lola Market and Portugal’s Mercadão. Terms of the acquisitions are not being disclosed. 2015-founded Lola Market had raised around €3M, per Crunchbase. It’s not c...
Tags: Food, Apps, Europe, Africa, Tech, Eu, Spain, European Union, Italy, Portugal, Poland, Delivery Hero, Food Delivery, Madrid, Instacart, Eastern Europe


South Korean antitrust regulator fines Google $177M for abusing market dominance

The Korea Fair Trade Commission (KFTC) said on Tuesday it fined Google $177 million for abusing its market dominance in the Android operating system (OS) market. The U.S. tech company has restricted market competition by prohibiting local smartphone makers like Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics from customizing their Android OS, through Google’s anti-fragmentation agreements (AFA), according to the antitrust regulator statement. Under the AFA, smartphone developers are not allowed to instal...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, TC, Gadgets, Mobile, Apps, Asia, South Korea, Hardware, Government, China, Samsung, Tech, Italy, Antitrust


Watch Apple unveil the new iPhone live right here

Apple is set to announce new iPhone models today. The company is holding a (virtual) keynote at 10 AM PT (1 PM in New York, 6 PM in London, 7 PM in Paris). And you’ll be able to watch the event right here as the company is streaming it live. Rumor has it that there will be a new generation of iPhone models. Reports suggest that the company is going to call it the iPhone 13 and that there will be four different models just like last year. Today, you can expect to learn more about the iPhone 13...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Google, Gadgets, Mobile, Apps, New York, London, Tech, Paris, Apple Events, iPhone 13, Apple Fall Event 2021, Safari Mozilla Firefox Microsoft


Epic Games appeals last week’s ruling in antitrust battle with Apple

Fortnite maker Epic Games is appealing last week’s ruling in its court battle with Apple, where a federal judge said Apple would no longer be allowed to block developers from adding links to alternative payment mechanisms, but stopped short of dubbing Apple a monopolist. The latter would have allowed Epic Games to argue for alternative means of serving its iOS user base, including perhaps, through third-party app stores or even sideloading capabilities built into Apple’s mobile operating system,...
Tags: Apple, Google, Android, Mobile, Apps, Spotify, Technology, Tech, Ceo, Software, Netflix, Itunes, United States, Computing, App-store, Judge


Spotify’s Clubhouse clone adds six new weekly shows, some that tie to Spotify playlists

This summer, Spotify launched its live audio app and Clubhouse rival, Spotify Greenroom, with the promises of more programming to come in the months ahead to augment its then primarily user-generated live content. Today, the company is making good on that earlier commitment, with the launch of six new shows on Spotify Greenroom focused on pop culture and music, in addition to what Spotify calls “playlist-inspired shows” — meaning those that are inspired by Spotify’s own playlists. This includes ...
Tags: Mobile, Apps, Spotify, Media, Social Networks, Tech, Software, Internet Culture, Clubhouse, Xavier, LGBTQIA, Jernigan, Mobile Applications, Garrett Clayton, Greenroom, Jon Gabrus


MarginEdge, a restaurant management software company, raises $18M

MarginEdge announced Monday it raised $18 million in Series B funding to give restaurant operators a real-time view into their costs. Co-founder and CEO Bo Davis founded the company with Roy Phillips and Brian Mills in 2015. Both Davis and Phillips are veterans of the restaurant industry: Davis was previously the founder of conveyor belt sushi restaurant chain Wasabi, while Phillips was an executive at Bloomin Brands. What they recognized with independent restaurants was that they struggled with...
Tags: Startups, TC, Mobile, Apps, Enterprise, Virginia, Funding, Supply Chain Management, Tech, Restaurant, SaaS, Davis, Restaurant Management, Menu, Point-of-sale, Inventory



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