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DJI is out-GoProing GoPro with its own action camera

For a brief time, DJI and GoPro were partners — or at least uncomfortable allies. Way back in 2014, the companies were joined together with the intention of building a drone designed to capture athletes in motion. It must have seemed like a perfect piece of synergy from two players at the top of their respective games. Of course, things didn’t shake out that way. The best laid plans and all that. GoPro went all in on its own drone, but Karma’s launch was wobbly, to say the least. Sixteen days...
Tags: Startups, TC, Gadgets, California, Mexico, Karma, Brooklyn, Dji, Gopro, Hdr, Action Cameras, Shenzhen, Lucas, Lucas Matney, Osmo, Gregory


Digging into key takeaways from our 2019 Robotics+AI Sessions Event

Extra Crunch offers members the opportunity to tune into conference calls led and moderated by the TechCrunch writers you read every day. This week, TechCrunch’s Brian Heater and Lucas Matney shared their key takeaways from our Robotics+AI Sessions event at UC Berkeley last week. The event was filled with panels, demos and intimate discussions with key robotics and deep learning founders, executives and technologists. Brian and Lucas discuss which companies excited them most, as well as which ve...
Tags: Tech, Brian, Berkeley, UC Berkeley, Boston Dynamics, Lucas, Lucas Matney, Brian Heater


Startups Weekly: Zoom CEO says its stock price is ‘too high’

When Zoom hit the public markets Thursday, its IPO pop, a whopping 81 percent, floored everyone, including its own chief executive officer, Eric Yuan. Yuan became a billionaire this week when his video conferencing business went public. He told Bloomberg that he actually wished his stock hadn’t soared quite so high. I’m guessing his modesty and laser focus attracted Wall Street to his stock; well, that, and the fact that his business is actually profitable. He is, this week proved, not your aver...
Tags: Softbank, Tech, Bloomberg, Berkeley, Yuan, Boston Dynamics, Bessemer Venture Partners, Lucas Matney, Alex Wilhelm, McDonald, ATG, Danny Crichton, Co Star, Adam Fisher, Marc Raibert, Raibert


The Exit: an AI startup’s McPivot

Five years ago, Dynamic Yield was courting an investment from The New York Times as it looked to shift how publishers paywalled their content. Last month, Chicago-based fast food king McDonald’s bought the Israeli company for $300 million, a source told TechCrunch, with the purpose of rethinking how people order drive-thru chicken nuggets. The pivot from courting the grey lady to the golden arches isn’t as drastic as it sounds. In a lot of ways, it’s the result of the company learning to say ...
Tags: Food, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Ecommerce, Enterprise, Funding, Israel, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Chicago, New York Times, Venture Capital, M&a, Machine Learning, Mcdonalds


Google Cloud, McDonald’s big tech acquisition, and motivating an engineering team

Our live conference call on Google Cloud Next Last week at its conference in San Francisco, Google Cloud unveiled a bevy of new features, and we also got to hear for the first time from its head honcho, Thomas Kurian . TechCrunch was on the scene, with enterprise editor Frederic Lardinois and enterprise reporter Ron Miller covering all aspects of this major conference. They conducted a live conference call with Extra Crunch members last week. In case you missed it, we’ve posted the transcript...
Tags: Google, TC, Uber, San Francisco, Tech, Mcdonalds, CircleCI, Lucas Matney, Bessemer, Greenberg Traurig, McDonald, Ron Miller, Frederic Lardinois, Douglas Rushkoff, Google Cloud, Adam Fisher


Talk all things robotics and AI with TechCrunch writers

This Thursday, we’ll be hosting our third annual Robotics + AI TechCrunch Sessions event at UC Berkeley’s Zellerbach Hall. The day is packed start-to-finish with intimate discussions on the state of robotics and deep learning with key founders, investors, researchers and technologists. The event will dig into recent developments in robotics and AI, which startups and companies are driving the market’s growth and how the evolution of these technologies may ultimately play out. In preparation fo...
Tags: Tech, Brian, Berkeley, UC Berkeley, Lucas, Lucas Matney, Zellerbach Hall, Brian Heater


New experiments with transcripts, plus game streaming and social platforms

From Extra Crunch Apologies – yesterday’s daily got stuck on a plane from LAX and never sent out. This is your combined Tuesday + Wednesday editions. New Experiment: The Bold Italic’s popular podcast This is Your Life in Silicon Valley is a mainstay on playlists in the Bay Area. Given the popularity of Equity’s transcripts, we are experimenting with transcribing non-TechCrunch podcasts as a member benefit of Extra Crunch. The transcript of the first episode is an interview with Oakland mayor L...
Tags: Tech, Silicon Valley, Game Streaming, Oakland, Lucas Matney, Apple News, Eric Eldon, Bay Area, Cooley LLP, Copyright Reform, Taylor Lorenz, Vipkid, Eric Peckham, The Extra Crunch Daily, Greg Epstein, Getty Images Stories


Taxes on VC and electric buses harming oil prices

From Extra Crunch A lot of subscribers got to hear from TechCrunch hardware guru Brian Heater, who has been meeting with (too many) robotics companies as we prepare for TechCrunch Sessions: Robotics. If you weren’t able to join us, a transcript will be available in the next 48 hours. We have Lucas Matney and Eric Peckham on the horn this Friday at noon PDT to talk about all things Game Developers Conference (GDC). Be sure to check your emails for details. Wide Angle zssp via Getty Images ...
Tags: Google, China, India, Tech, Airbnb, Travis Kalanick, Lucas Matney, Brian Heater, Eric Peckham, The Extra Crunch Daily, Getty Images Stories


Daily Crunch: 85+ startups launch at YC Demo Day 1

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. Here are the 85+ startups that launched at YC’s W19 Demo Day 1 With more than 200 companies, the Winter 2019 class is by far YC’s largest yet. It’s so large, in fact, the accelerator had to change the way it does Demo Day — rather than all pitches happening on one stage, they were split across two stages ...
Tags: Apple, Startups, Y Combinator, Instagram, Tech, Intel, Nvidia, Warby Parker, Lucas Matney, Devin Nunes, Nunes, AgileCraft, Daily Crunch, Adidas Kylie Cosmetics


Simulations, SAFEs, and China beats America in AI patents

Editor’s Note The most consistent feedback we have gotten from Extra Crunch members is that I write too much, and the Daily emails are too long for mortals (and apparently my mother) to read. This is great feedback: a huge focus for Extra Crunch is to create signal from noise. To that end, we are experimenting with a new format of the Daily starting today that’s focused on keeping you up-to-date on Extra Crunch, as well as broadening your perspective outside the Silicon Valley bubble. Have ques...
Tags: Japan, China, Russia, US, America, Tech, Mit, Artificial Intelligence, National Health Service, Silicon Valley, Qualcomm, Lucas Matney, The Matrix, Getty Images China, Eric Peckham, Hiroshi Watanabe


Startups Weekly: Uber’s headline-grabbing week and sextech at SXSW

I spent the week at SXSW, Austin’s really, really huge technology, music, comedy and film festival. It’s my first year making the trek down here for the event, which I did to interview sextech entrepreneur Lora DiCarlo founder Lora Haddock, whose robotics innovation reward was infamously revoked at this year’s CES. “I brush my teeth and I masturbate. It’s all normal,” she said, addressing the stigma surrounding female-focused pleasure tech. Haddock, during our chat, also announced the first-ever...
Tags: Startups, Uber, Y Combinator, Money, Finance, India, Funding, US, Tech, Austin, United States, Venture Capital, Aws, Sam Altman, Airbnb, Tiger Global


Transportation Weekly: Waymo unleashes laser bear, Bird spreads its wings, Lyft tightens its belt

Welcome back to Transportation Weekly; I’m your host Kirsten Korosec, senior transportation reporter at TechCrunch . This is the fifth edition of our newsletter and we love the reader feedback. Keep it coming. Never heard of TechCrunch’s Transportation Weekly? Catch up here, here and here. As I’ve written before, consider this a soft launch. Follow me on Twitter @kirstenkorosec to ensure you see it each week. (An email subscription is coming).  This week, we explore the world of light detec...
Tags: Google, Transportation, Lyft, Uber, Travis Vanderzanden, Elon Musk, UK, Technology, California, France, China, Samsung, Sacramento, Articles, Tech, Tesla


Daily Crunch: Google tries to explain that secret microphone

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. Google says Nest’s secret microphone was ‘never intended to be a secret’ When Google announced earlier this month that its Nest Secure smart home hub would double-up as a Google Assistant, the news sparked anger, since Google hadn’t told anyone that the security hub had a microphone inside to begin wit...
Tags: Google, Security, London, Hardware, Instagram, Samsung, Tech, Finland, Nest, Pacific, Soundcloud, Lucas Matney, Ef, Varjo, Daily Crunch, Amazon Music Apple


Startups Weekly: Is Y Combinator’s latest cohort too big?

Greetings from Chittorgarh, one of my stops on a two-week excursion through Goa and Rajasthan, India. I’ve been a little too busy exploring, photographing cows and monkeys and eating a lot of delicious food to keep up with *all* the tech news, but I’ve still got the highlights. For starters, if you haven’t heard yet, TechCrunch launched Extra Crunch, a paid premium subscription offering full of amazing content. As part of Extra Crunch, we’ll be doing deep dives on select businesses, beginning...
Tags: Startups, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Y Combinator, Indonesia, Germany, Softbank, Tech, Xiaomi, Venture Capital, Silicon Valley, Sam Altman, Goa, Kpcb, General Catalyst, Patreon


Mark Zuckerberg sent a 2,500-word email in 2015 laying out his big plan for Facebook to dominate virtual-reality

A new book about Facebook's acquisition of virtual-reality firm Oculus has revealed an almost 2,500-word email from Mark Zuckerberg from 2015 detailing his grand vision for AR/VR. Zuckerberg's email was about Facebook's potential acquisition of gaming startup Unity — a deal which never came off. In the email, he says that Facebook's biggest weakness is "innovation." A new book contains a nearly 2,500-word email from Mark Zuckerberg in which he lays out his grand plans to dominate virtual-real...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Trends, Netflix, Oculus, Brendan Iribe, Lucas Matney, Zuckerberg, Blake Harris, HARRIS, Unity, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, VR Zuckerberg


References to next-gen Oculus ‘Rift S’ headset reportedly found in internal code

After we broke the news in November that Oculus’s former CEO had left the company partially due to disagreements on the company’s PC hardware direction, including the cancellation of a high-end “Rift 2” in favor of a more iterative “Rift S” headset, new details are emerging that confirm Facebook’s directional shift for its flagship headset. UploadVR found some supporting files that back up my November report that Oculus is releasing a new headset with inside-out tracking called the Rift S ...
Tags: Startups, Facebook, Oculus, Virtual Reality, Lucas Matney


Startups Weekly: Even Gwyneth Paltrow had a hard time raising VC

I spent the week in Malibu attending Upfront Ventures’ annual Upfront Summit, which brings together the likes of Hollywood, Silicon Valley and Washington, DC’s elite for a two-day networking session of sorts. Cameron Diaz was there for some reason, and Natalie Portman made an appearance. Stacey Abrams had a powerful Q&A session with Lisa Borders, the president and CEO of Time’s Up. Of course, Gwyneth Paltrow was there to talk up Goop, her venture-funded commerce and content engine. “I had ...
Tags: Startups, Y Combinator, Pinterest, Entertainment, La, Softbank, Funding, Africa, Time, Tech, Washington Dc, Munchery, Joseph Gordon Levitt, Cameron Diaz, Venture Capital, Brazil


Snap’s exec team continues to shrink as more reports of internal drama surface

Days after Snap announced the departure of its CFO, reports have emerged that the company’s HR chief was asked to leave following an internal investigation late last year that had led to the firing of its global security head. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Snap fired global security head Francis Racioppi late last year after an investigation uncovered that he had engaged in an inappropriate relationship with an outside contractor he had hired. After the relationship ended, Raciopp...
Tags: TC, Tech, Evan Spiegel, Wall Street Journal, Lucas Matney, Snap, Halbert, Personnel, Jason Halbert, Francis Racioppi, Racioppi


Improbable, Epic Games Establish $25 Million Fund To Help Devs Move To 'More Open Engines' After Unity Debacle (slashdot)

Lucas Matney writes via TechCrunch: Improbable is taking a daring step after announcing earlier today that Unity had revoked its license to operate on the popular game development engine. The U.K.-based cloud gaming startup has inked a late-night press release with Unity rival Epic Games, which operates the Unreal Engine and is the creator of Fortnite, establishing a $25 million fund designed to help game developers move to "more open engines." This is pretty bold on Improbable's part and seems ...
Tags: News, Lucas Matney, Unity, Tim Sweeney, BeauHD


Improbable, Epic Games Establish $25 Million Fund To Help Devs Move To 'More Open Engines' After Unity Debacle

Lucas Matney writes via TechCrunch: Improbable is taking a daring step after announcing earlier today that Unity had revoked its license to operate on the popular game development engine. The U.K.-based cloud gaming startup has inked a late-night press release with Unity rival Epic Games, which operates the Unreal Engine and is the creator of Fortnite, establishing a $25 million fund designed to help game developers move to "more open engines." This is pretty bold on Improbable's part and seems ...
Tags: Tech, Lucas Matney, Unity, Tim Sweeney


Startups Weekly: VCs celebrate the new year the only way they know how

Venture capitalists swore in the new year the only way they know how… by submitting SEC paperwork for new funds! insert party hat/confetti emoji here. As many of us brainstormed our New Year’s resolutions and let our hangovers wear off, several firms began this week what for some is a long and arduous process of raising a VC fund and for others is as simple as a few phone calls to LPs. What else happened this week? Pokémon GO creator Niantic secured $190 million, Mary Meeker announced the name o...
Tags: Startups, Spacex, Elon Musk, China, India, Tech, Tesla, Venture Capital, SEC, Mary Meeker, Union Square Ventures, Dfj, Lucas Matney, Niantic, Connie Loizos, Atlas Venture


HTC had a truly terrible 2018

If you think times are bad at Apple, spare a thought for HTC, the once king-of-hill phone maker that continues to struggle very badly. The Taiwanese smartphone company, which offloaded a portion of its business to Google for $1.1 billion and is pivoting to VR, laid off yet more staff in 2018 and had its worst year of sales ever. According to its own figures — and as noted by Bloomberg’s Tim Culpan — the company brought in just 23.74 billion TWD ($770 million) in revenue over the entire year. Tha...
Tags: Apple, Google, TC, Tech, Bloomberg, Htc, Htc Vive, Shenzhen, Lucas Matney, Max, Cher Wang, Wang, Tim Culpan, Matney


TechCrunch’s Favorite Things of 2018

2018! We did it! Way to go, Earth! We’re number one! We’re number one! As we do each year, the TechCrunch Staff — our writers, our illustrators, our editors and more — have gathered together and come up with a mega list of our favorite things of 2018. “Things” here is intentionally defined rather loosely. “Things” here can be a book, or a game, or a concept, or a thought, or an album, or anything else. It can be something that popped up for the first time in 2018, or it can be something we’ve ha...
Tags: Apple, Google, TC, Facebook, Twitter, Hong Kong, Hbo, Instagram, Russia, Siri, Tech, Paris, Justin Theroux, Showtime, Nintendo, Harry Potter


Google Lens arrives in iOS search app (techcrunch)

Google is bringing its Lens visual search feature to the iOS Google app, giving iPhone users a new way to search the web on mobile. By tapping on the Google Lens icon, you dive straight into the camera at which point if Google recognizes something in the space that you tap on, the app will automatically populate search results for those objects. You’ve always wanted to know what type of that is. With Google Lens in the Google app on iOS, now you can → https://t.co/xGQysOoSug pic.twitter.com/...
Tags: Google, News, Google Photos, Lucas Matney, Lens, Google Lens


Magic Leap loses two women from top executive positions

Magic Leap’s executive team is pretty heavy on the dudes these days. The augmented reality startup’s two female C-suite executives, Chief Marketing Officer Brenda Freeman and Chief Business Officer Rachna Bhasin have recently both stepped back into advisory roles at the company, TechCrunch has learned. Freeman joined the startup two years ago from National Geographic. Bhasin joined the company as Chief Business Officer in October of 2015. With the two executives, both women of color, taking a...
Tags: TC, Microsoft, Tech, Augmented Reality, Magic Leap, National Geographic, TechCrunch, Lucas Matney, Freeman, Brenda Freeman, Rony Abovitz, Bhasin, Rachna Bhasin, Magic Leap Problems, VP of Marketing Tannen Campbell


JBL’s smart display combines Google smarts with good sound

If you’re looking for a smart display that’s powered by the Google Assistant, you now have two choices: the Lenovo Smart Display and the JBL Link View. Lenovo was first out of the gate with its surprisingly stylish gadget, but it also left room for improvement. JBL, given its heritage as an audio company, is putting the emphasis on sound quality, with stereo speakers and a surprising amount of bass. In terms of the overall design, the Link View isn’t going to win any prizes, but its pill shap...
Tags: Google, Android, TC, Gadgets, Tech, Chromecast, Speaker, Lenovo, Assistant, Lucas Matney, Jbl, Smart Speaker, Google Assistant, Google Home, Google Homes, JBL Link View Lenovo


Unity CEO says half of all games are built on Unity

Unity CEO John Riccitiello came to TechCrunch Disrupt SF to give everyone an update on the world’s most popular game engine. You might not be aware that most of the games you’re playing, especially mobile games, are built using Unity. For those not familiar with game engines, Riccitiello started by describing game engines very clearly. Back in the days, “[game developers] would write out a game program that had lots of art assets, lots of animation, lots of sounds. But they also had to write ...
Tags: Startups, Gaming, Tech, Epic, Sony, Nintendo, AAA, Lucas Matney, Unity, John Riccitiello, Riccitiello, Oculus Rift etc Unity, Valve Amazon


Magic Leap Offers a First Look At Its Mixed Reality OS

TechCrunch's Lucas Matney describes the Lumin operating system that will power Magic Leap's upcoming Magic Leap One mixed reality headset: Alright, first, this is what the Magic Leap One home screen will apparently look like, it's worth noting that it appears that Magic Leap will have some of its own stock apps on the device, which was completely expected but they haven't discussed much about. Also worth noting is that Magic Leap's operating system by and large looks like most other operating sy...
Tags: Tech, Magic Leap, Lucas Matney


‘Arrested Development’ struggles to shake off recent controversies

Netflix’s revival of Arrested Development may have had a mixed reception from critics and fans, but the dysfunctional Bluth family isn’t done yet. Five years after the premiere of the much-anticipated fourth season, Arrested Development is back for season five — or rather, the first eight episodes of the season, with more to follow later this year. On the latest episode of the Original Content podcast, we’re joined by TechCrunch’s Lucas Matney to discuss our thoughts on the show. For many fan...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Media, Podcasts, Entertainment, Tech, Netflix, New York Times, Arrested Development, Lucas Matney, Walter, Jeffrey Tambor, Bluth, Tambor, Lucille Jessica Walter, Original Content Podcast


Come mix your realities at our AR/VR event in LA in October

TechCrunch is hosting one of our single-topic Sessions events centered on AR/VR and mixed reality in Los Angeles on October 18th at UCLA’s Royce Hall. We’re going to be doing some very cool stuff that we’re not quite ready to talk about, but at the core we’re looking to have incredible discussions with the best and brightest in reality creation. The goal is to get folks into one room to see some demos, hear some talks and take part in a salon of sorts about the state of AR/VR. We’ll talk shop, p...
Tags: La, Los Angeles, Tech, Vr, Virtual Reality, Ar, Augmented Reality, Ucla, Lucas Matney, TechCrunch: Sessions, TechCrunch Sessions: AR/VR