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Google raises its G Suite prices

Google today announced that it is raising the price of its G Suite subscriptions for the first time. In the U.S., the prices of G Suite Basic and G Suite Business editions will increase by $1 and $2 per user/month, respectively, while increases in other regions will be adjusted according to the local currency and market. G Suite Enterprise pricing will remain the same. The new pricing will go into effect on April 2; those on annual plans will pay the new price when their contract renews after...
Tags: Cloud, TC, Cloud Applications, G Suite, Google, Google Hangouts, Mobile Software, Pricing, Technology, Video Conferencing


Resolute Ventures sticks to its knitting with $75 million fourth fund

Resolute Ventures, an early-stage firm with offices in San Francisco and Boston, just closed its fourth fund with $75 million. It’s an almost shockingly conservative amount of capital in today’s era of big-is-better funds. And with valuable companies like the real estate startup OpenDoor, the applicant tracking system company Greenhouse, and the dog products company BarkBox in its portfolio, one imagines that seven-year-old Resolute could have raised more. It didn’t want to do that, says firm fo...
Tags: Google, TC, New York, Microsoft, Boston, San Francisco, Tech, Venture Capital, Barkbox, Resolute Ventures, Greenhouse Software, Greenhouse, Polaris Partners, Daniel, Jonathan, Matt


US will reportedly seek criminal case against Huawei for stealing tech secrets

According to a , U.S. federal prosecutors are preparing a criminal indictment against Huawei for stealing trade secrets. The report, which cites sources with knowledge of the indictment, specifically mentions Huawei’s actions surrounding a T-Mobile smartphone testing tool known as “Tappy.” The report notes that the current investigation is far enough along that an indictment may come soon. This isn’t the first we’ve heard of Tappy. In 2014, T-Mobile sued Huawei for allegedly gaining access to a...
Tags: Apple, TC, Mobile, Business, US, Samsung, Tech, Smartphone, Canada, T-mobile, The Wall Street Journal, Seattle, Huawei, Mobile Device, Meng, Tappy


U.S. will reportedly seek criminal case against Huawei for stealing tech secrets

According to a , U.S. federal prosecutors are preparing a criminal indictment against Huawei stealing trade secrets. The report, which cites sources with knowledge of the indictment, specifically mentions Huawei’s actions surrounding a T-Mobile smartphone testing tool known as “Tappy.” The report notes that the current investigation is far enough along that an indictment may come soon. This isn’t the first we’ve heard of Tappy. In 2014, T-Mobile sued Huawei for allegedly gaining access to a com...
Tags: Travel, Apple, TC, Mobile, Business, Samsung, Smartphone, Canada, T-mobile, The Wall Street Journal, Seattle, Huawei, Mobile Device, Meng, Tappy, Trump Administration


SpaceX opts for Texas over LA for Starship work

SpaceX will center its largest-scale operations not in its Los Angeles-area headquarters but in south Texas facilities, the company said today. Development of its next-generation Starship and Super Heavy launch vehicle will take place in Texas, while Falcon 9 and Dragon work will remain at Hawthorne. The L.A. Times first reported the news. The decision spells trouble for workers at the Hawthorne, CA facility where many of SpaceX’s work has been done heretofore — however it may also come as li...
Tags: TC, Spacex, Texas, California, Los Angeles, Tech, Port Of Los Angeles, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Falcon, Hawthorne, South Texas, Starship, Hawthorne CA, Vandenberg Air Base, Super Heavy, SpaceX Starship


TV broadcaster Sinclair launches STIRR, a free streaming service with local news and sports

Local TV broadcasting company Sinclair Broadcast Group today announced the launch of a new streaming service called STIRR that aims to bring local TV news and other content to the growing number of cord cutters across the U.S. The company today owns over 190 TV stations, which it’s leveraging in order to create its own “skinny bundle.” However, unlike TV streaming services such as Sling TV, PlayStation Vue, Hulu with Live TV, or YouTube TV, for example – STIRR will be free and ad-supported in...
Tags: Amazon, TC, TV, Television, Life, Disney, Tech, Netflix, Streaming, Seattle, Hulu, Cord Cutting, Streaming Service, Sinclair, Sinclair Broadcast Group, Ware


Steve Carell is coming to Netflix in a new comedy about the US government’s new Space Force

Steve Carell is coming back to small-screen comedy for a new Netflix series about the people tasked with creating the “Space Force” — the proposed sixth branch of the military. Details about the new show from Carell and Greg Daniels, who was the mind behind the American version of “The Office,” are sketchy. Netflix hasn’t given any specifics about the number of episodes or potential release date. What’s certain is that this Space Force is less likely to draw criticism and condemnation than...
Tags: Apple, TC, Television, Reese Witherspoon, US, Tech, Netflix, Jennifer Aniston, President, The Office, Steve Carell, Donald Trump, Pence, Carell, US Armed Forces, Greg Daniels


Steve Carrell is coming to Netflix in a new comedy about the U.S. government’s new Space Force

Steve Carell is coming back to small screen comedy for a new Netflix series about the people tasked with creating the “Space Force” — the proposed sixth branch of the military. Details about the new show from Carrell and Greg Daniels, who was the mind behind the American version of “The Office”, are sketchy. Netflix hasn’t given any specifics about the number of episodes or potential release date. What’s certain is that this Space Force is less likely to draw criticism and condemnation tha...
Tags: Apple, Startups, TC, Television, Reese Witherspoon, Netflix, Jennifer Aniston, President, The Office, Steve Carell, Donald Trump, Carell, Steve Carrell, US Armed Forces, Greg Daniels, Carrell


Email security company Tessian is closing in on a $40M round led by Sequoia Capital

Continuing a trend that VCs here in London tell me is seeing an increasing amount of deal-flow in Europe attract the interest of top-tier Silicon Valley venture capital firms, TechCrunch has learned that email security provider Tessian is the latest to raise from across the pond. According to multiple sources, the London-based company has closed a Series B round led by Sequoia Capital. I understand that the deal could be announced within a matter of weeks, and that the round size is in the regio...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Europe, Balderton Capital, London, Tech, Silicon Valley, Sequoia Capital, Imperial College, Tim Sadler Tom Adams, Tessian, Ed Bishop Tessian


Lance Armstrong just wrote his first check as VC

Lance Armstrong revealed last month that an early investment in Uber — courtesy of a $100,000 check that he funneled into the company in 2009 through Lowercase Capital —  “saved” his family from financial ruin. This was after evidence surfaced in 2012 that he used performance-enhancing drugs, and he was stripped not only of his seven consecutive Tour de France titles but also lost the many lucrative endorsement deals he enjoyed at the time. Armstrong, talking with CNBC in December, declined t...
Tags: TC, Uber, Colorado, Tech, Lance Armstrong, Cnbc, Aspen, Lowercase Capital, Architectural Digest, Armstrong, Andrew Ross Sorkin, Carlsbad CA, Powerdot, Next Ventures


Lance Amstrong just wrote his first check as VC

Lance Armstrong revealed last month that an early investment in Uber — courtesy of a $100,000 check that he funneled into the company in 2009 through Lowercase Capital —  “saved” his family from financial ruin after evidence surfaced in 2012 that he used performance-enhancing drugs and he was stripped not only of his seven consecutive Tour de France titles but the many lucrative endorsement deals he enjoyed at the time. Armstrong, talking with CNBC in December, declined to say how big a retur...
Tags: TC, Uber, Colorado, Tech, Lance Armstrong, Cnbc, Aspen, Lowercase Capital, Architectural Digest, Armstrong, Andrew Ross Sorkin, Carlsbad CA, Powerdot, Lance Amstrong, Next Ventures


Robots learn to grab and scramble with new levels of agility

Robots are amazing things, but outside of their specific domains they are incredibly limited. So flexibility — not physical, but mental — is a constant area of research. A trio of new robotic setups demonstrate ways they can evolve to accommodate novel situations: using both “hands,” getting up after a fall, and understanding visual instructions they’ve never seen before. The robots, all developed independently, are gathered together today in a special issue of the journal Science Robotics dedic...
Tags: TC, Gadgets, Science, Hardware, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Robots, Ikea, Robotics, Berkeley, Eth Zurich, Goldberg, Ken Goldberg, ETHZ, Science Robotics, Ikea Assembly


Driving down the cost of preserving genetic material, Acorn Biolabs raises $3.3 million

Acorn Biolabs wants consumers to pay them to store genetic material in a bet that the increasing advances in targeted genetic therapies will yield better healthcare results down the line. The company’s pitch is to “Save young cells today, live a longer, better, tomorrow.” It’s a gamble on the frontiers of healthcare technology that has managed to net the company $3.3 million in seed financing from some of Canada’s busiest investors. For the Toronto-based company, the pitch isn’t just around bank...
Tags: TC, Biology, Toronto, Tech, Banking, Genetics, Canada, Healthcare, Genome, Genomics, Taylor, Chairman, Biotechnology, Emerging-technologies, Healthcare Technology, ACORN


Ubiquity6 acquires AR music startup Wavy

Today, Ubiquity6 has announced that it is acquiring Wavy, a small AR music startup founded last year. In a blog post, the Wavy team confirmed that they’ll be joining the Ubiquity6 team and won’t be continuing their work on the Wavy app. “When we met the team at Ubiquity6, it became apparent that joining the team there would be a leap forward towards our shared mission of enabling creators to edit reality,” the post reads. Wavy’s app had sought to give musicians an outlet to bring concerts ...
Tags: Startups, TC, Disney, Tech, Augmented Reality, Anjney Midha, Exit, Index Ventures, SFMOMA, Wavy, Ubiquity6, The Wavy


We Company CEO in hot water over being both a tenant and a landlord

The company formerly known as WeWork has come under scrutiny for potential conflict of interest issues regarding CEO Adam Neumann’s partial ownership of three properties where WeWork is (or will be) a tenant. TechCrunch has seen excerpts of the company’s prospectus for investors that details upwards of $100 million in total future rents WeWork will pay to properties owned, in part, by Adam Neumann. In March 2018, The Real Deal reported that Neumann had purchased a 50 percent stake in 88 Unive...
Tags: Startups, TC, Enterprise, Softbank, Tech, University, Chelsea, Ibm, San Jose, WeWork, WSJ, Neumann, Adam, Adam Neumann, Tahari, University Place


Nvidia’s T4 GPUs are now available in beta on Google Cloud

Google Cloud today announced that Nvidia’s Turing-based Tesla T4 data center GPUs are now available in beta in its data centers in Brazil, India, Netherlands, Singapore, Tokyo and the United States. Google first announced a private test of these cards in November, but that was a very limited alpha test. All developers can now take these new T4 GPUs for a spin through Google’s Compute Engine service. The T4, which essentially uses the same processor architecture as Nvidia’s RTX cards for consu...
Tags: Google, TC, Cloud, Enterprise, Developer, Tech, Nvidia, Machine Learning, Gpu, Google Cloud Platform, Vms, PCI Express, GPGPU, Tensor Cores, United States Google, Brazil India Netherlands Singapore Tokyo


Daily Crunch: Snap CFO departs

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here: 1. Snap CFO Tim Stone is resigning This marks Snap’s second CFO departure in the last 12 months. In a memo to employees, CEO Evan Spiegel said Stone’s departure is not related to any disagreements pertaining to company finances. “Tim has made a big impact in his short time on our team and we are very gratef...
Tags: Apple, TC, Tech, Roku, Evan Spiegel, Apple Maps, Coo, App Annie, First Data, Tim, Stone, Fiserv, SPIEGEL, Frank Bisignano, Infor, Infowars


China accounted for nearly half of app downloads in 2018, 40% of consumer spend

Global app downloads topped 194 billion in 2018, up 35 percent from 2016, according to App Annie’s annual “State of Mobile 2019” report released today. Consumer spending across app stores was up 75 percent to reach $101 billion. The report, which analyzes trends across iOS, Android and the third-party Android stores in China combined, follows the company’s , which looked at downloads and spending across just iOS and Google Play. It also shows how significant China’s role has become in terms of ...
Tags: Travel, Google, Google Play, TC, Apps, Indonesia, Australia, China, Tencent, Tencent Video, App Annie, Youku, South Korea Japan, Japan South Korea, India Brazil, State of Mobile


Niantic finalizes its Series C at $245M with a valuation of nearly $4B

We’ve known since around December that Niantic (the company behind Pokémon GO and the soon to be released Harry Potter Wizards Unite) was in the middle of raising a ton of money for its Series C round. At the time, it looked like it’d come in around $200M dollars. The company has just officially announced the round, disclosing the final amount: $245 million. Niantic says that the round was led by IVP, and backed by aXiomatic Gaming, Battery Ventures, Causeway Media Partners, CRV, and Samsung ...
Tags: TC, Tech, Pokemon, IVP, Niantic, Wizards Unite, Harry Potter Wizards Unite, Samsung Ventures They


Infor lands $1.5 billion investment ahead of IPO

Infor, a NYC-based enterprise software company, announced a massive $1.5 billion investment today that could be the precursor to an IPO in the next 12-24 months. One analyst is estimating that the valuation could be at least $60 billion. The investment is being led by Koch Industries’ investment arm, Koch Equity Development, and Golden Gate Capital. Today’s investment comes on top of a $2 billion+ cash infusion from Koch in 2017, bringing the total raised to at least more than $3.5 billion along...
Tags: TC, Cloud, New York, Enterprise, Ipo, Funding, Tech, ERP, Sap, CRM, Enterprise Software, Koch Industries, Newman, Koch, Wang, Infor


Infor lands $1.5 billion investment ahead of possible IPO

Infor, a NYC-based enterprise software company, announced a massive $1.5 billion investment today that could be the precursor to an IPO down the road. One analyst is estimating that the valuation could be at least $60 billion. The investment is being led by Koch Industries’ investment arm, Koch Equity Development, and Golden Gate Capital. Today’s investment comes on top of a $2 billion+ cash infusion from Koch in 2017, bringing the total raised to at least more than $3.5 billion. That’s a lot of...
Tags: TC, Cloud, New York, Enterprise, Ipo, Funding, Tech, ERP, Sap, CRM, Enterprise Software, Koch Industries, Newman, Koch, Wang, Infor


Byju’s buys Osmo for $120M to add blended learning to its $4B digital education business

Weeks after it raised a massive $540 million funding round, Indian education unicorn Byju’s is on the M&A path. The company announced today it has snapped up U.S-based Osmo, a startup that develops apps for kids that use offline input, in a deal worth $120 million. Osmo has raised over $30 million from investors that include Mattel, Sesame Workshop, Upfront Ventures, K9 Ventures and Accel. They were offered a cash option but elected for an all-stock payout, Osmo CEO Pramod Sharma told T...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, TC, Asia, Technology, Education, India, Funding, Kindle, Tech, Ceo, Ipads, United States, Tencent, Bank, Cosmo, TechCrunch


On-demand telehealth company Tyto Care adds Sanford Health, Itochu and Shenzhen Capital Group as strategic investors

Tyto Care, a telehealth company that enables physicians to conduct on-demand remote exams, announced today that it has added $9 million to its Series C, bringing the round’s total to $33.5 million. The new funding comes from strategic investors Sanford Health, Itochu, and Shenzhen Capital Group. First announced last year, the oversubscribed Series C was led by Ping An Global Voyager Fund, run by the Chinese financial conglomerate. Itochu, Shenzhen Capital Group, and Sanford Health, the largest r...
Tags: TC, Asia, Europe, Japan, New York, China, Medical, Tech, Canada, United States, Healthcare, Food And Drug Administration, On-demand, Japan China, Sanford Health, Gilad


Fiserv is buying First Data in a $22B fintech megadeal

While we will continue to see a lot of consolidation among smaller startups in the area of financial technology, or fintech, there are also some much bigger combinations at play to help tap into economies of scale against current and future competition. Today, Fiserv announced that it would acquire First Data — respectively giants in financial services and e-commerce payments — in a deal worth $22 billion. It is a merger, but Fiserv will be getting the upper hand in the deal: its CEO Jeffery Yab...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, TC, Tech, Paypal, First Data, Frank, Fiserv, Frank Bisignano, Jeffery Yabuki, Specifically First Data, Stripe Square


Consolidation is coming to gaming, and Jam City raises $145 million to capitalize on it

A slew of banks are coming together to back a new roll-up strategy for the Los Angeles-based mobile gaming studio, Jam City and giving the company $145 million in new funding to carry that out. There’s no word on whether the new money is in equity or debt, but what is certain is that JPMorgan Chase Bank, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and syndicate partners including Silicon Valley Bank, SunTrust Bank and CIT Bank are all involved in the deal. “In a global mobile games market that is consolida...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Europe, Disney, Toronto, Los Angeles, Tech, Bank Of America, Software, United States, Zynga, Computing, Harry Potter, Pixar, King, Silicon Valley Bank


Instamojo raises $7M to help SMEs and ‘micro-entrepreneurs’ in India sell online

In India, startups are quietly building the tools and platforms to enable a different kind of gig economy: one that allows ‘micro-entrepreneurs’ to tap growing access to the internet to sell goods and services online. One such figure helping this burgeoning economy is Instamojo, a seven-year-old Bengaluru-based startup, has pulled in a $7 million Series B as it aims to grow its reach to over one million SMEs and micro-SMEs in India. Founded in 2012 as a side-project, Instamojo offers independ...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, TC, Facebook, Ecommerce, Asia, Southeast Asia, India, Funding, Africa, Tech, Economy, King, UPI, Bengaluru, Paytm, Kalaari Capital


BeMyEye acquires Streetbee, a Russian crowdsourcing and image recognition provider

London-headquartered BeMyEye has made another acquisition, its third in a little over three years. This time the retail execution monitoring service is purchasing Russian crowdsourcing and image recognition provider Streetbee. The acquisition will see BeMyEye launch “Perfect Shelf,” which will use image recognition technology to lower the cost for consumer goods companies wanting to get “objective and actionable” in-store insights. These will typically include share of shelf and planogram compli...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Europe, London, Russia, Tech, CIS, BeMyEye, Streetbee, Luca Pagano, Andrey Elisev, Kirill Nepomnyashchiy, Vladimir Lyzo


YouTube will “ramp up” enforcement of its policies against dangerous challenges and pranks

YouTube announced several policy updates today, including more stringent enforcement of its ban on videos of dangerous challenges and pranks. In a FAQ posted to its support site, YouTube wrote “we’ve updated our external guidelines to make it clear that challenges like the Tide Pod challenge or the Fire challenge, that can cause death and/or have caused death in some instances, have no place on YouTube.” Its policies also extend to pranks “with a perceived danger of serious physical injury,” ...
Tags: Videos, TC, Safety, Youtube, Tech, Netflix, Pranks, Mike, Martins, Alford, Heather Martin


Roku now deleting Infowars from its platform after customer outcry

Roku is deleting the Infowars channel from its platform, a couple days after adding it as a supported channel. In a tweet, Roku said after the channel became available, “we heard from concerned parties and have determined that the channel should be removed from our platform. Deletion from the channel store and platform has begun and will be completed shortly.” After the InfoWars channel became available, we heard from concerned parties and have determined that the channel should be removed f...
Tags: Apple, TC, Tech, Streaming, Roku, Sandy Hook, Jones, Alex Jones, Infowars


Snap CFO Tim Stone is resigning

Snap CFO Tim Stone is leaving the company, according to documents Snap filed with the SEC today. “Tim has made a big impact in his short time on our team and we are very grateful for all of his hard work,” Snap CEO Evan Spiegel wrote in a memo, obtained by TechCrunch, to employees. “I know we have all benefitted from his customer focus and the way he has encouraged all of us to operate as owners.” This marks Snap’s second CFO departure in the last twelve months. “Mr. Stone has confirmed that ...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Finance, Tech, SEC, Evan Spiegel, Cfo, Snap, Tim, EBITDA, Stone, SPIEGEL, Tim Stone, Michael O Sullivan, Snap Tim, Drew Vollero Vollero



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