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Google Play Music will officially abdicate to YouTube Music by December

So this is farewell: Google is officially killing off Play Music in favor of YouTube Music at the end of this year. While we’ve known for a while that the shutdown was coming, this is the first time we’ve had a concrete timeline on its imminent demise. By the end of the year, YouTube Music is replacing Google Play Music as Google’s home for music listening & discovery ➡️ https://t.co/6pnCjH29ez To make the transition as easy as possible for Google Play Music members, we’re walking you through ev...
Tags: Google, Startups, Youtube Music


Watch: Deepfakes Jay-Z raps the Navy SEAL copypasta meme to live jazz music

My editor-in-chief dared me to pull a bunch of random topics out of a hat and write a compelling tech story about them. Here’s what I got: Jay-Z, neural networks, the US Navy SEALs, and jazz music. Luckily for me, I happened across this video featuring a group of talented jazz musicians interpreting a Deepfake AI-generated version of Jay-Z rapping the infamous Navy SEAL copypasta meme. Natch. Adam Neely, a popular music YouTuber with over a million subscribers, released the video as part of a Cu...
Tags: Startups, Music, Navy, Jay Z, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, US Navy, Jay, Neural, Deepfakes Jay Z, Natch Adam Neely


The kids aren’t alright

Coronavirus in Context is a weekly newsletter where we bring you facts that matter about the COVID-19 pandemic and the technology trying to stop its spread. You can subscribe here. Hola Pandemic Pals, I took a walk on the beach this morning before work. Everyone has a story about what they were going to do in 2020 if COVID-19 hadn’t shown up. Back in late January, when things started going sour, the year was young and full of potential.  We moved to a bungalow right on the beach at the end of Fe...
Tags: Startups, Science, Newsletter, Tech, Pacific Ocean, Coronavirus, COVID


Apple just gave the 27-inch iMac a major spec bump and a matte display option

Apple today made a surprise update to its line of iMacs — in more ways than one. While we were expected an upgraded iMac sometime this year, rumors had pointed to an all-new design that would be more akin to an iPad Pro than the iMacs of yore. Instead, these new iMacs look the same as the old iMacs, but with some substantial improvements to the internals. The key upgrades for the popular 27-inch model include: 10th Gen Intel Comet Lake processors, up to a 5.0GHz 10-core i9 Double the memory thro...
Tags: Apple, Startups, Insider, 10th Gen Intel Comet Lake


Intercom hires a CFO as it ramps toward an IPO

Today Intercom announced that it has hired a chief financial officer (CFO) as it ramps toward an IPO. The unicorn also promoted its COO to the CEO role earlier this year. The company’s recent CEO, Karen Peacock, told TechCrunch that her new CFO Dan Griggs was a strong candidate thanks to his experience helping take Rocket Fuel public, and for helping execute a “whole business transformation” at Sitecore, where he worked immediately before coming to Intercom. Intercom is a software startup tha...
Tags: Startups, TC, Enterprise, Ipo, Tech, Intercom, Crunchbase, Cfo, Peacock, ARR, Rocket Fuel, Sitecore, Eoghan McCabe, Griggs, Intercom Intercom, Karen Peacock


Intercom hires a CFO as it ramps towards an IPO

Today Intercom announced that it has hired a chief financial officer (CFO) as it ramps towards an IPO. The unicorn also promoted its COO to the CEO role earlier this year. The company’s recent CEO, Karen Peacock, told TechCrunch that her new CFO Dan Griggs was a strong candidate thanks to his experience helping take Rocket Fuel public, and for helping execute a “whole business transformation” at Sitecore, where he worked immediately before coming to Intercom. Intercom is a software startup th...
Tags: Startups, TC, Enterprise, Ipo, Tech, Intercom, Crunchbase, Cfo, Peacock, ARR, Rocket Fuel, Sitecore, Griggs, Intercom Intercom, Karen Peacock, Dan Griggs


Hey Google, can you sort out the Docs iPad app please?

You want niché content? Then damn, you’ve got it — because this is a call for Google to sort out the Docs iPad app. Look, it’s not bad. It works. But it’s driving me mad. Why? Because it’s not completely compatible with iPad Magic Keyboard. Yes, I can type, but selecting text is a nightmare. And this isn’t on. Let’s backtrack though. Recently, I’ve been on a bit of a tablet renaissance. After using an iPad properly for the first time in years, my whole opinion on the technology changed and, sinc...
Tags: Apple, Google, Startups, Plugged


Get your early bird pass to Disrupt 2020 — only 4 days left

You have just four days left to access the complete Disrupt 2020 experience for best possible price. You can save up to $300 with early bird pricing, but that’s a fleeting opportunity. Get it in gear and buy the Disrupt pass of your choice before the deadline expires August 7 at 11:59 p.m. (PT). We’re celebrating 10 years of Disrupt, and while the need to take this milestone online changes things a bit, we’re stoked that this virtual Disrupt, which runs September 14-18, will be the largest and m...
Tags: Startups, Hollywood, Kerry Washington, Washington, Tech, Hax, Chrysalis, Kate Whitcomb, Steven Yang, Hollywood Washington, Ann Miura, Disrupt 2020, Lo Toney Plexo Capital, Wing Community, Byte Washington, Startup Battlefield Digital Startup Alley


GreyNoise announces $4.8M seed investment to filter harmless security alerts

Security professionals are constantly dealing with an onslaught of information as their various tools trigger alerts, some of which require their attention and some which don’t. Unfortunately, it requires addressing the alert to find that out. GreyNoise wants to help by filtering out benign security alerts, leaving security pros to deal with the ones that matter. Today, the company announced a $4.8 million seed investment led by CRV with participation from Paladin Capital Group and several in...
Tags: Security, Startups, TC, Cloud, Washington, Funding, Tech, Morris, Andrew, CRV, Paladin Capital Group, Andrew Morris, Security Alerts, GreyNoise, Security Alert Filtering, Reid Christian


AgentSync raises $4.4M for its insurtech compliance service

Today AgentSync announced that it has closed a $4.4 million Seed round, co-led by Elad Gil and Caffeinated Capital. Other well-known names from the Silicon Valley scene took part in its funding round, including Affirm’s Max Levchin and the podcaster turned VC Harry Stebbings, among others. The round caught our eye because AgentSync is working in a space that has seen a notable wave of venture interest in 2020 — insurtech, which we’ve covered somewhat extensively — and because it shared hard r...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Tech, Zenefits, Silicon Valley, Max Levchin, Parker Conrad, David Sacks, Cto, Conrad, ARR, Sacks, Harry Stebbings, Elad Gil, Sabharwal


Vectrix is developing cloud security marketplace built for and by security pros

In a typical security team, engineers write one-off scripts to track a particular problem on a cloud vendor such as an unauthorized user on your GitHub account, and while engineers are capable of writing such scripts, it’s not exactly an efficient or scalable way to deal with the range of security problems these pros need to track. Vectrix, a member of the Y Combinator Summer 2020 cohort started by three security veterans, wants to fix that problem. It has created a security marketplace where fe...
Tags: Security, Startups, TC, Cloud, Y Combinator, Tech, Silicon Valley, Marketplaces, Cloud Security, Coo, Cto, Jira, Matthew Lewis, Vectrix, YC Summer 2020, Alex Dunbrack


Yotpo raises $75M for its e-commerce marketing cloud

“Marketing Cloud” has become an increasingly popular concept in the world of marketing technology — used by the likes of Salesforce, Adobe, Oracle and others to describe their digital toolsets for organizations to identify and connect with customers. Now, a startup that is building its own take on the idea aimed specifically at e-commerce companies is announcing some funding after seeing a surge of business in the last few months. Yotpo, which provides a suite of tool to help direct-to-comsumer ...
Tags: Startups, TC, Europe, New York, Enterprise, Advertising Tech, Tel Aviv, Tech, Patagonia, Shopify, Yotpo, Zendesk, Temasek, Marketing Tech, Warner Music Group, Martech


Alphabet raises $10B with the biggest, cheapest bond sale in its history

Google parent Alphabet borrowed $10 billion via its biggest — and cheapest — corporate bond sale ever on Monday. The company pledged to use $4.5 billion for corporate moves, like acquisitions, and funnel the other $5.5 billion into environmental and social initiatives. Alphabet said the latter represents “the largest sustainability or green bond by any company in history.” “Although a number of companies have issued green bonds (directed solely to environmental uses), sustainability bonds differ...
Tags: Google, Startups, Congress, Alphabet, Hard Fork


Ewan McGregor will ride an electric Harley length of South America in new Apple TV+ show

Apple TV+ has just officially announced a new show from actors Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman, which will document their trip as they ride electric Harley-Davidson LiveWires all the way from the tip of South America to Mexico. The trip, called Long Way Up, will see the motorbiking duo cover 21,000 km (13,000 miles) over 100 days. Starting from the city of Ushuaia, McGregor and Boorman will encounter 13 countries and cross 16 borders on their way to the finish in Mexico. I’ve no doubt that Boo...
Tags: Apple, Startups, Electric Vehicle, Mexico, Apple TV, South America, Ewan McGregor, Shift, Motorcycle, Harley, McGregor, Charley Boorman, Boorman, Harley Davidson LiveWires, Ushuaia McGregor


Ewan McGregor will ride an electric Harley through South America in a new Apple TV+ show

Apple TV+ has just officially announced a new show from actors Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman, which will document their 2019 trip as they ride electric Harley-Davidson LiveWires all the way from the tip of South America to Mexico. The show, called Long Way Up, will see the motorbiking duo cover 21,000 km (13,000 miles) over 100 days. Starting from the city of Ushuaia, McGregor and Boorman will encounter 13 countries and cross 16 borders on their way to the finish in Mexico. I’ve no doubt tha...
Tags: Apple, Startups, Electric Vehicle, Mexico, Apple TV, South America, Ewan McGregor, Shift, Motorcycle, Harley, McGregor, Charley Boorman, Boorman, Harley Davidson LiveWires, Ushuaia McGregor


Apple hit with $1.43B Siri patent lawsuit from Chinese AI firm

A Chinese AI firm is suing Apple for alleged patent infringement involving the voice assistant Siri. Shanghai Zhizhen — also known as Xiao — is seeking $1.43 billion (10 billion yuan) in damages from Apple. It also wants the firm to stop selling products in China that breach the patent, which would mean most iPhones, iPads, and Macs would no longer be available in Apple‘s second-largest market. “As a tech person, I have a lot of respect for Apple, whose products and services bring a lot of value...
Tags: Apple, Startups, China, Siri, Artificial Intelligence, Xiao, Neural, Plugged, Siri Shanghai Zhizhen, Yuan Hui


Ewan McGregor rides an electric Harley length of South America in new Apple TV+ show

Apple TV+ has just officially announced a new show from actors Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman, which will document their 2019 trip as they ride electric Harley-Davidson LiveWires all the way from the tip of South America to Mexico. The show, called Long Way Up, will see the motorbiking duo cover 21,000 km (13,000 miles) over 100 days. Starting from the city of Ushuaia, McGregor and Boorman will encounter 13 countries and cross 16 borders on their way to the finish in Mexico. I’ve no doubt tha...
Tags: Apple, Startups, Electric Vehicle, Mexico, Apple TV, South America, Ewan McGregor, Shift, Motorcycle, Harley, McGregor, Charley Boorman, Boorman, Harley Davidson LiveWires, Ushuaia McGregor


Facebook has been barely impacted by big advertisers’ boycott — here’s why

Facebook has faced a lot of criticism over the years for failing to moderate hate speech. Its policies have come under increasing scrutiny in recent weeks thanks to the Stop Hate for Profit campaign. Started by civil rights groups in the US, the campaign has led to some of Facebook’s biggest customers pulling their ads from the social media platform for the month of July. As much as 99% of Facebook’s US$70.7 billion (£55 billion) in revenues come through advertising and the boycott initially res...
Tags: Startups, Facebook, US, Social Media, Tech, Syndication


Why sustainable startups should consider corporate venture capital first

Urgent issues like the climate crisis, environmental degradation threatening millions of species, social inequality and other challenges mean that the global economy needs to immediately transform itself to become sustainable. Sustainable startups are showing us the way with smart business models having economic, social, and environmental value. Toronto’s Ripple Farms is an example demonstrating the power of aquaponics to sustainably produce organic greens and seafood throughout the year. To con...
Tags: Startups, Toronto, Tech, Syndication, Growth Quarters, Waterloo Energy Products


Why sustainable start-ups should consider corporate venture capital first

Urgent issues like the climate crisis, environmental degradation threatening millions of species, social inequality and other challenges mean that the global economy needs to immediately transform itself to become sustainable. Sustainable start-ups are showing us the way with smart business models having economic, social and environmental value. Toronto’s Ripple Farms is an example demonstrating the power of aquaponics to sustainably produce organic greens and seafood throughout the year. To con...
Tags: Startups, Toronto, Tech, Syndication, Growth Quarters, Waterloo Energy Products


EventGeek relaunches as Circa to help marketers embrace virtual events

EventGeek was a Y Combinator-backed startup that offered tools to help large enterprises manage the logistics of their events. So with the COVID-19 pandemic essentially eliminating large-scale conferences, at least in-person, it’s not exactly surprising that the company had to reinvent itself. Today, EventGeek relaunched as Circa, with a new focus on virtual events. founder and CEO Alex Patriquin said that Circa is reusing some pieces of EventGeek’s existing technology, but he estimated that 80%...
Tags: Startups, Enterprise, Okta, Events, Tech, North America, Marketo, EventGeek, Alex Patriquin, Patriquin, Liz Kokoska, Kokoska


Google confirms the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G are coming this fall

The Pixel 4a‘s reveal was Google‘s biggest news of the day, but that technically wasn’t the only device the company announced today. It also confirmed the existence of the upcoming Pixel 5, as well as a 5g edition of the Pixel 4a. That’s not surprising given all the rumors so far, but it shouldn’t be taken for granted considering the wealth of delays and cancellations due to coronavirus. The company says the new devices will arrive ‘this fall,’ and will be avaible in the US, Canada, the UK, Irel...
Tags: Google, Startups, Australia, Insider, US Canada, Plugged, UK Ireland France Germany Japan Taiwan


Extra Crunch Live: Join fintech legend Max Levchin for a live Q&A on August 6 at 4pm ET/1pm PT

We’ve got a great Extra Crunch Live chat coming up on Thursday, August 4, that you won’t want to miss. The one and only Max Levchin, is Silicon Valley icon and entrepreneur extraordinaire, is joining us to talk all things tech and fintech. You might know him as the CEO of Affirm, one of the hottest finance startups around right now, but he’s actually been a significant figure in tech in the Valley — and globally — for decades, making his name back in the first dot-com boom, as one of the co-f...
Tags: Startups, TC, Finance, Tech, Silicon Valley, EC, Max Levchin, Affirm, Sequoia, Roelof Botha, Valley, Levchin, Homebrew, Hunter Walk, Join Max


After Shopify’s huge quarter, BigCommerce raises its IPO price range

When BigCommerce, the Texas-based Shopify competitor, first announced an IPO price range, the numbers looked a little light. With a range of just $18 to $20 per share, it appeared that the firm was targeting a valuation of around $1.18 billion to $1.31 billion. Given that BigCommerce had revenue of “between $35.5 million and $35.8 million” in Q2 2020, up a little over 30% from the year-ago period (and better margins than Shopify) its implied revenue multiple that its IPO price range indicated...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Texas, Softbank, Tech, Bigcommerce, Shopify, Ggv Capital


SaaS securitization will disrupt VC’s biggest returns this coming decade

SaaS investing has been on fire the past decade and the returns have been gushing in, with IPOs like Datadog, and acquisitions like Qualtrics (which is now being spun back out) creating billions of wealth and VC returns. Dozens more SaaS startups are on deck to head toward their exits in the same way, and many VC funds — particularly those with deep portfolios in the SaaS space — are going to perform well. Yet, the gargantuan returns we are seeing today for SaaS portfolios are unlikely to r...
Tags: Startups, TC, Facebook, Tech, Fundraising, SaaS, Venture Capital, Shopify, Slack, Datadog, Qualtrics, Alex Danco, Market Analysis, Extra Crunch


Register for Disrupt to take part in our content series for Digital Startup Alley exhibitors

There’s no better way to expose your early-stage startup to global opportunities — we’re talking thousands of potential investors, customers, tech journalists and other mighty influencers — than by exhibiting in Digital Startup Alley at Disrupt 2020. The Alley may be virtual this year, but the benefits of exhibiting are very real. More on those in a minute. And, because supporting early-stage startup founders is our main jam, we’re offering an exclusive series of interactive online content serie...
Tags: Startups, TC, Tech, Alley, PitchBook, Natasha Lomas, Ingrid Lunden, Nicola Corzine, Sarah Kunst, Felicia Jackson, Cleo Capital, Digital Startup Alley, Brett Berson, Disrupt Digital Startup Alley Package, Disrupt 2020, Greg Kumparak Anthony Ha


The essential revenue software stack

Tim Porter Contributor Share on Twitter Tim Porter is a managing director at Madrona Venture Group and invests in the areas of intelligent applications and SaaS, cloud native software, ML and data analytics and security. Elisa La Cava Contributor Share on Twitter Elisa La Cava is a senior associate at Madrona Venture Group, focused on intelligent ap...
Tags: Startups, TC, Column, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Marketing, Sales, Tech, Customer Experience, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, CRM, Madrona Venture Group, Customer Relationship Management, Madrona, Highspot


We charted the screen-to-body ratio of Google Pixel phones

One of the most noticeable differences between today’s phones and those of five years ago is the screen-to-body ratio. Bezel sizes have dropped and we now have a lot more screen. The other week I looked at how this had changed on iPhones, but I’m currently intrigued about other phone manufacturers. Specifically, I wanted to learn about the screen-to-body ratio of Google Pixel phones over time. Before we go on though, a definition. The screen-to-body ratio is simply a number that shows what perce...
Tags: Google, Startups, Plugged


Google’s $349 Pixel 4a is finally here — but is it too little too late?

After waits of eons and tons of rumors, Google‘s mid-range Pixel 4a is finally here. The company announced the device today with a starting price of $349. Google’s naturally banking on its renowned camera tech along with nifty and clean Android experience to entice users. Before we talk more about the device, let’s have a look at the device’s not-so-impressive spec sheet. Specifications Screen: 5.81-inch full HD+ display Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G RAM: 6GB Rear camera: 12-megapixel sing...
Tags: Google, Startups, Qualcomm Snapdragon, Plugged


Is the 2020 SPAC boom an echo of the 2017 ICO craze?

I wanted to write an essay about Microsoft and TikTok today, because I was effectively a full-time reporter covering the software giant when it hired Satya Nadella in 2014. But, everyone else has already done that and, frankly, there’s a more pressing financial topic for us to parse. Let’s take a minute to take stock of SPAC (special purpose acquisition companies) which have risen sharply to fresh prominence in recent months. Also known as blank-check companies, SPACS are firms that are sent pub...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Microsoft, Finance, Satya Nadella, Tech, Tesla, Automotive, Payments, Electric, SPAC, Nikola, NIO, Market Analysis, Porch.com



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