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Reddit CEO defends allowing Trump ads ahead of presidential election

Reddit is gearing up to run ads for President Donald Trump ahead of the 2020 presidential election despite concerns from employees, TechCrunch has learned. Reddit CEO Steve Huffman addressed some of these employee concerns during an all-hands meeting last week, viewed by TechCrunch. “I know for many of you, [Trump] is simply a symbol of hate and there’s no getting around that — what he represents,” Huffman said. “And as a result, many of you have very real anger towards him or fear of where t...
Tags: TC, Tech, Diversity, Policy, Reddit, Alexis Ohanian, Donald Trump, Steve Huffman, Trump, Huffman, Michael Seibel, Techcrunch Include


CA Judge grants preliminary injunction forcing Uber and Lyft to reclassify drivers as employees

California Superior Court Judge Ethan Schulman has granted a preliminary injunction forcing Uber and Lyft to reclassify its drivers as employees. This order is set to go into effect in ten days. “The Court is under no illusion that implementation of its injunction will be costly,” Judge Schulman wrote in the order. “There can be no question that in order for Defendants to comply with A.B. 5, they will have to change the nature of their business practices in significant ways, such as by hiring...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Lyft, Uber, Abc, California, Court, San Francisco, Tech, Superior Court, AB, Los Angeles San Diego, Xavier Becerra, Schulman, California Superior Court, Dynamex


SpaceX reveals plans for a Texas spaceport resort in new job ad

SpaceX has big plans for its Boca Chica, Texas site – where it’s currently building and testing Starship, the company’s next-generation passenger and cargo spacecraft. A new job posting spotted by CNBC’s Micheal Sheetz seeks a “Resort Development Manager” to be based out of Brownsville, the nearest neighboring town to the small Boca Chica area where SpaceX has built out its existing test and development site. The job posting seeks a manger to “oversee the development of SpaceX’s first reso...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Texas, Tech, Ceo, Nasa, Earth, Space Tourism, Virgin Galactic, Commercial Spaceflight, New Mexico, Spaceflight, Aerospace


SpaceX takes a big hop forward in Starship development

Max Q is a weekly newsletter all about space. Sign up here to receive it weekly on Sundays in your inbox. It wasn’t the busiest week in space tech news – much like a lot of the industry, it feels like we’re entering into a bit of a summer doldrums period where things slow down considerably. That’s probably especially true right now, with a lot of companies coming off some Herculean efforts and big successes. This down time will lead to big developments to come, including the first official Inter...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Tech, Broadband, Netflix, Mars, Hilary Swank, Astronaut, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Hyperloop, Spacecraft, Blue Origin, Outer Space, SpaceX SpaceX


iOS 14 redirects web links from News+ publishers directly to the Apple News app

Apple’s still-in-beta operating systems will automatically redirect News+ subscribers to the Apple News app when they click on links from a News+ publisher. In other words, if you click or tap on a link to a paywalled story published by a News+ partner — including stories from our own Extra Crunch membership program — iOS 14, iPadOS 14 and macOS Big Sur will take you straight to the article page in the News+ app, even when the link ostensibly points to the publisher’s own website. Tony Haile ...
Tags: Apple, Google, TC, Mobile, News, Media, Tech, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Cnbc, Apple News, Ny Times, Haile, Tony Haile


Seed funding tips and tricks from Uncork Capital founder Jeff Clavier

Angel funding, seed investing and generally focusing on earlier stage investing is a huge business in the world of startups these days — it helps investors get in early to the most promising companies, and (because of the smaller size of the checks) allows for even the less prolific to spread their bets. There was a time when it was immensely difficult for a founder to get a first check, not least because there were fewer people writing them. However, Jeff Clavier was an exception to that rul...
Tags: Startups, TC, Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneur, Tech, Fundraising, Venture Capital, Private Equity, Jeff Clavier, CRM, Keith Rabois, Seed Round, Clavier, Uncork Capital, Extra Crunch, Consumer Hardware


Extra Crunch Partner Perk: Members save 20% on Canva Pro

We’re excited to announce an update to an existing Partner Perk from design platform Canva . Starting today, annual and two-year members of Extra Crunch can receive 20% off an annual plan for Canva Pro. Canva empowers users to create social media graphics, presentations, posters and other visual content. Featuring a simple drag-and-drop user interface and a vast library of templates and design ingredients such as fonts, illustrations, stock photography, video and audio content, and the power t...
Tags: Google, TC, Design, Tech, Canva, Extra Crunch, Canva Pro


Max Q: SpaceX takes a big hop forward in Starship development

Max Q is a weekly newsletter all about space. Sign up here to receive it weekly on Sundays in your inbox. It wasn’t the busiest week in space tech news — much like a lot of the industry, it feels like we’re entering into a bit of a summer doldrums period, when things slow down considerably. That’s probably especially true right now, with a lot of companies coming off some Herculean efforts and big successes. This down time will lead to big developments to come, including the first official Inter...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Tech, Broadband, Netflix, Mars, Hilary Swank, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Hyperloop, Spacecraft, Blue Origin, Outer Space, SpaceX SpaceX, NDA


A Faraday Future prototype hits the auction block

Faraday Future has yet to produce a production vehicle. The company burst out of nowhere in 2015 with wild claims of upsetting the electric vehicle market ruled by Tesla. That hasn’t happened yet, either. Instead, the company has fallen flat with its founder declaring personal bankruptcy, the company losing most of its founding team, and has yet to secure enough capital to produce production vehicles. Along the way, Faraday Future managed to produce several prototypes and one of them is availabl...
Tags: TC, Tech, Tesla, Epa, Faraday Future, Tesla The California


Unpacking Duck Creek Technologies’ IPO and hoped-for $2.7B valuation

Tech stocks retain their highs as the second quarter’s earnings season begins to fade into the rearview mirror, and there are still a number of companies looking to go public while the times are good. It looks like a smart move, as public investors are hungry for growth-oriented shares — which is just what tech and venture-backed companies have in spades. The companies currently looking to go public are diverse. China-based real-estate giant KE Holdings — a hybrid listings company and digital tr...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, China, Boston, Tech, Tesla, Software, SaaS, Initial Public Offering, Software As A Service, Exchange, Temasek, Apax Partners, Duck Creek, Market Analysis


Polestar 1 Review: A hybrid grand tourer worthy of its $155,000 price

The Polestar 1 is stunning inside and out. But it drives even better than it looks. This is a driver’s car. The Polestar 1 is an electric hybrid sports car, and yet it doesn’t feel like a hybrid. The power plant in the Polestar 1 is fascinating and delivers power in a way that’s different from any other electric or hybrid sports car I’ve driven. It feels like a proper gas-powered grand tourer that can keep up with the best from BMW, Mercedes, and Audi . You’ll swear there’s a V8 in the Pole...
Tags: Energy, TC, Europe, Tech, Tesla, Bmw, Electric, Audi, Mercedes, Volvo, BMW Mercedes, Porsche BMW, Polestar, Roadster Tesla, Tesla Roadster the Polestar


Nikola stock surges on order for 2,500 electric garbage trucks

Electric truck maker Nikola announced an order for 2,500 garbage trucks, which sent the startup’s stock soaring today. The order is expected to begin construction in 2023, with on-road testing scheduled for 2022. Republic Services placed the order, which is expandable up to 5,000 trucks. The company is said to be the second-largest recycling and waste service provider in the United States. News of the order caused Nikola’s stock to surge 22% on open and is currently trading at 14%, as of writ...
Tags: TC, Tech, United States, Mark Russell, Nikola, Nikola Motor, Nikola 's Tre, Tre powertrain Nikola


Rep. Zoe Lofgren to talk privacy and policy at Disrupt 2020

We’re excited to announce that Rep. Zoe Lofgren is coming to Disrupt 2020 this September 14-18. Lofgren, a Democrat congresswoman and California native, has served at the heart of Silicon Valley since she was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1995, under which she’s served four presidents — and impeached exactly half of them. As one of the most prominent lawmakers in Silicon Valley, Lofgren has a unique insights into the wants and needs of the world’s biggest tech giants that...
Tags: Security, TC, California, Events, Tech, Silicon Valley, Capitol Hill, U S House of Representatives, Zoe Lofgren, Lofgren, Silicon Valley Lofgren


Watch the trailer for Netflix’s new family space drama about a mission to Mars

As deep space missions and Mars colonies continue to shift from science fiction to potential near future reality, it’s not surprising to see Hollywood think about different types of stories to tell about space exploration. Away, a new series from Netflix premiering on September 4, looks like that kind of story. The show stars Oscar-winner Hilary Swank, and is created by the people behind Parenthood and Friday Night Lights. It’s a show about an astronaut mission to Mars – but it’s clearly a...
Tags: TC, Science Fiction, Space, Hollywood, Tech, Netflix, Oscar, Mars, Hilary Swank, Astronaut, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Outer Space, Josh Charles


Equity Monday: The TikTok saga rolls on as earnings season starts to wrap

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This is Equity Monday, our weekly kickoff that tracks the latest big news, chats about the coming week, digs into some recent funding rounds and mulls over a larger theme or narrative from the private markets. You can follow the show on Twitter here, and myself here, and don’t forget to check out last Friday’s episode. This morning was a bit of a grab-bag of news...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Microsoft, Tech, Equity, Trump, Palmetto, Equity podcast, Silverfort, Tiktok


Minecraft: Education Edition comes to Chromebooks

Microsoft today announced that Minecraft: Education Edition is now available on Chromebooks. Now, if you were hoping that this means that the standard Minecraft game is now available on Chromebooks, too, I’m afraid I’ll have to disappoint you. The Education Edition not only requires a Microsoft 365 for Education (A3 or A5) license, it’s also meant to more of an educational tool than a game, with lessons that focus on math, science, language arts, history and visual arts. The company says that...
Tags: Google, Android, TC, Education, Microsoft, Video Games, Tech, Software, Chrome Os, Chromebook, Minecraft, Microsoft Windows, Google Education, Minecraft Earth, Minecraft Dungeons


CakeResume, which wants to become Asia’s largest tech talent pool, raises $900,000 seed round

CakeResume is a startup creating an alternative for the tech industry to job search platforms like LinkedIn. The Taipei-based company, founded in 2016, announced today that it has raised $900,000 in seed funding from Mynavi, one of the largest staffing and public relations companies in Japan. The round will be used to expand CakeResume’s operations in other countries, including Japan and India. Founder and chief executive officer Trantor Liu, who was a full-stack web developer at Codementor befo...
Tags: Google, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Facebook, Asia, Japan, India, Linkedin, Tech, Tesla, Taiwan, United States, Recruitment, Taipei, South Asia


VPN booms as countries around the world mull TikTok bans

As countries around the world ban or threaten to restrict TikTok, interest in virtual private networks has spiked. The use of VPNs can let users access an online service from an encrypted tunnel and thus bypass app blocks. “We are seeing an increasing number of governments around the world attempting to control the information their citizens can access,” observes Harold Li, vice president of ExpressVPN, which claims to have over 3,000 servers across 94 countries. “For this reason, VPNs are us...
Tags: TC, Asia, Hong Kong, Japan, Australia, Government, China, India, Censorship, Tech, Vpn, Signal, Pavel Durov, Li, Josh Constine, Tiktok


Abandoned mall department stores may become Amazon’s next fulfillment centers

One of the largest owners of shopping mall real estate in the United Stages, Simon Property Group, has been talking to Amazon about transforming its anchor department stores into Amazon distribution hubs, according to the Wall Street Journal. In the case of Simon Property, the anchor tenants like J.C. Penney and Sears that used to be stable sources of revenue are now weights around the neck of the retail real estate manager, and transforming their ghostly halls of pale mannequins into ware...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Real Estate, Electronics, Tech, Ohio, The Wall Street Journal, Retailers, DHL, Sears, Journal, Hot Topic, Fedex, Simon, Jc Penney, Penney


Gillmor Gang: Tic Talks

The Gillmor Gang — Frank Radice, Michael Markman, Keith Teare, Denis Pombriant, Brent Leary, and Steve Gillmor . Recorded live Sunday, August 2, 2020. For more, subscribe to the Gillmor Gang Newsletter and join the notification feed here on Telegram. Produced and directed by Tina Chase Gillmor @tinagillmor @fradice, @mickeleh, @denispombriant, @kteare, @brentleary, @stevegillmor, @gillmorgang The Gillmor Gang on Facebook The latest G3:
Tags: TC, Video, Tech, Gillmor Gang, Steve Gillmor, Keith Teare, Frank Radice, Gillmor, Tina Chase Gillmor, Denis Pombriant, Brent Leary, Michael Markman, Gillmor Gang Newsletter


Apple goes to war with the gaming industry

Most gamers may not view Apple as a games company to the same degree that they see Sony with PlayStation or Microsoft with Xbox, but the iPhone-maker continues to uniformly drive the industry with decisions made in the Apple App Store. The company made the news a couple times late this week for App Store approvals. Once for denying a gaming app, and the other for approving one. The denial was Microsoft’s xCloud gaming app, something the Xbox folks weren’t too psyched about. Microsoft xC...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Ios, Google, Android, Ipad, TC, Gaming, Facebook, Microsoft, Tech, Ceo, Smartphones, Software, Itunes, Tim Cook


VenoStent has a new technology to improve outcomes for dialysis patients

Timothy Bouré and his co-founder Geoffrey Lucks were both near broke when they moved to Dallas to join the first accelerator they entered after forming VenoStent, a company that aims to improve outcomes for dialysis patients. Failed dialysis surgeries occur in roughly 55% to 65% of patients with end-stage renal disease, according to the company. Caring for these patients can cost the Medicare and Medicaid Services system roughly $2 billion per year — and Bouré and Lucks believed that they’d come...
Tags: TC, Y Combinator, Medicine, Tech, United States, Medicare, Dallas, Nashville, Houston, Johnson, Core, Chief, National Science Foundation, Vanderbilt University, Medicaid Services, Department of Health and Human Services


New bidders reportedly emerge for TikTok in the US as powerful critics assail the process

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that TikTok and Twitter have held talks about a potential merger, even as the video sharing company defends itself against President Donald Trump’s pressure to force the sale of the business or potentially ban it. As the internationally distributed video streaming version of Chinese technology developer Bytedance’s social media app, TikTok has amassed a global user of avid consumers for its short form videos, including at least 100 million users in the US. Ac...
Tags: TC, Twitter, Microsoft, US, Tech, Bill Gates, New Zealand, Npr, Donald Trump, Wall Street Journal, Gates, Journal, Trump, National Public Radio, US Australia Canada, Tik Tok


TikTok is reportedly planning to challenge the Trump Administration ban

TikTok, the video-sharing app that’s moved to the center of the economic conflict between the US and China, is planning to challenge the executive order issued by President Donald Trump that would force the sale or ban the service in the United States. According to a report from National Public Radio yesterday, TikTok could file a federal lawsuit challenging the order as soon as Tuesday. The lawsuit is expected to be filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, where...
Tags: TC, Twitter, Microsoft, White House, China, Satya Nadella, US, Tech, Iran, United States, Tencent, Npr, Donald Trump, National Public Radio, United States Treasury, Trump Administration


IPO mistakes, fintech results, and the Zenefits ‘mafia’

Welcome back to The TechCrunch Exchange , a weekly startups-and-markets newsletter for your weekend enjoyment. It’s broadly based on the weekday column that appears on Extra Crunch , but free. And it’s made just for you. You can sign up for the newsletter here .  With that out of the way, let’s talk money, upstart companies and the latest spicy IPO rumors.  (In time the top bit of the newsletter won’t get posted to the website, so do make sure to sign up if you want the whole th...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Texas, Ipo, Tech, Bigcommerce, Nasdaq, Rackspace, Bill Gurley, SPAC, Dan Primack, Wrike, Danny Crichton, Brent Bellm, The Exchange


Startups Weekly: What countries want your startup?

Editor’s note: Get this free weekly recap of TechCrunch news that any startup can use by email every Saturday morning (7am PT). Subscribe here. They say business needs certainty to succeed, but new tech startups are still getting funded aggressively despite the pandemic, recession, trade wars and various large disasters created by nature or humans. But before we get to the positive data, let’s spend some time reviewing the hard news — there is a lot of it to process. TikTok is on track to get ba...
Tags: Apple, Startups, TC, Facebook, Hong Kong, Europe, Microsoft, Etsy, China, India, US, America, Tech, Tencent, Silicon Valley, South America


Share Ventures, an LA-based studio for company creation, is MoviePass co-founder Hamet Watt’s next act

Nearly eight years ago, Hamet Watt and Stacy Spikes launched MoviePass, the subscription-based movie ticketing service that captured the minds and dollars of investors and brought thousands of cinephiles a too-good-to-be-true deal for all-you-can watch movie passes. Watt, who came to MoviePass as an entrepreneur in residence at True Ventures, previously founded the brand and product placement startup NextMedium and also spent time as a board partner at Upfront Ventures. Now, the serial ent...
Tags: TC, Entrepreneurship, La, Los Angeles, Tech, Bill Gross, True Ventures, Upfront Ventures, Moviepass, Watt, Pasadena Calif, Stacy Spikes, Hamet Watt, Hamet Watt and Stacy Spikes, Upfront Ventures Alpha Edison, Share Ventures


Extra Crunch members get 20% off an annual Canva Pro plan

Extra Crunch is excited to announce an update to our Partner Perk from design and publishing platform Canva. Starting today, annual and two-year members of Extra Crunch can receive 20% off an annual Canva Pro plan. You must be new to Canva to claim this offer, and reside in the U.S., Canada or U.K.  Canva empowers users to create social media graphics, presentations, posters and other visual content. Featuring a simple drag-and-drop user interface and a vast library of templates and design in...
Tags: Google, TC, Tech, Canada, Aws, Canva, U K Canva


Human Capital: Uber and Lyft’s ongoing battle with the law and a brief history of diversity at Snap

Welcome back to Human Capital (formerly known as Tech at Work) that looks at all-things labor in tech. This week presented Uber and Lyft with a fresh labor lawsuit as a judge heard arguments from Uber, Lyft and lawyers on behalf of the people of California in a separate suit brought forth by California’s attorney general. Meanwhile, Snap recently released its first-ever diversity and inclusion report — something the company had been holding off on doing for years.  Below, we’ll explore the nua...
Tags: Google, TC, Lyft, Uber, California, San Francisco, Tech, Diversity, Evan Spiegel, Bob Marley, Human Capital, Snap, SPIEGEL, O'Connor, Los Angeles San Diego, Uber and Lyft


R&D Roundup: Supercomputer COVID-19 insights, ionic spiderwebs, the whiteness of AI

I see far more research articles than I could possibly write up. This column collects the most interesting of those papers and advances, along with notes on why they may prove important in the world of tech and startups. This week: supercomputers take on COVID-19, beetle backpacks, artificial spiderwebs, the “overwhelming whiteness” of AI and more. First off, if (like me) you missed this amazing experiment where scientists attached tiny cameras to the backs of beetles, I don’t think I have to ex...
Tags: Apple, TC, Science, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Ucla, Shyam Gollakota, Extra Crunch



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