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Juul Labs reveals its plan to combat underage vape use

Juul will be removing non-tobacco flavored pods from all stores, including convenience stores and vape shops, according to a new plan the company released today. This comes exactly 60 days after the FDA demanded a more comprehensive plan from big e-cig makers to deal with the growing problem of underage use of these products. Juul’s plan is slightly more aggressive than the plan reportedly outlined by the FDA, which demands that all non-tobacco flavored products be removed from convenience store...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Facebook, Twitter, Bluetooth, Instagram, Youtube, Tech, Fda, Juul, eBay Alibaba, Juul Labs, Mango Juul, Virginia Tobacco Classic Tobacco Mint, Creme Fruit Cucumber


Lime is debuting its line of shareable vehicles in Seattle this week

Lime, the well-funded startup known for its fleet of brightly colored dockless bicycles and electric scooters, has a new way for its customers to get around: cars. Beginning this week, Lime users in Seattle will be able to reserve a “LimePod,” a Lime-branded 2018 Fiat 500, within the Lime mobile app. There will be 50 cars available to start as part of the company’s initial rollout. Lime plans to increase that number at the end of the month. “LimePods, Lime’s car-sharing product line, a conven...
Tags: Startups, TC, Transportation, Uber, Australia, California, Tech, Venture Capital, Fiat, Andreessen Horowitz, Seattle, Berkeley, Alphabet, Ggv Capital, Lime, Peter Dempster


Metacert’ Cryptonite can catch phishing links in your email

Metacert, founded by Paul Walsh, originally began as a way to watch chat rooms for fake Ethereum scams. Walsh, who was an early experimenter in cryptocurrencies, grew frustrated when he saw hackers dumping fake links into chat rooms, resulting in users regularly losing cash to scammers. Now Walsh has expanded his software to email. A new product built for email will show little green or red shields next to links, confirming that a link is what it appears to be. A fake link would appear red while...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Startups, TC, Money, Gmail, Email, Finance, Samsung, Social Media, Bank Of America, E-commerce, Ceo, Economy, Paypal, Outlook


Facebook takes on LinkedIn as a career portal with e-learning, expanded mentorship and jobs features

Over the last year or so, Facebook has slowly been encroaching on LinkedIn’s territory as the go-to platform for people who want to leverage their networks of contacts to expand their career prospects with the launch of a way for people to connect with each other in mentoring relationships, and to look for jobs. Now, with one million jobs now secured through the social network, Facebook today took the next step in that strategy: it has launched a new education portal, Learn with Facebook; and it...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Europe, US, Linkedin, Tech, Lynda, US Canada, Goodwill Industries International, Sean O Reilly, Fatima Saliu


Canonical’s Mark Shuttleworth says he has no plans to sell anytime soon

After IBM announced its plans to acquire Red Hat for $34 billion, pundits quickly started speculating about when Red Hat competitors like Suse and Canonical would sell, as well. Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth, though, doesn’t seem to have any interest in selling — at least for the time being. “I value my independence,” he told me during a brief chat on the outskirts of the OpenStack Summit in Berlin today. In part, that’s because he simply doesn’t personally need the money but also...
Tags: TC, Enterprise, Ipo, Berlin, Tech, Ibm, Linux, Ubuntu, Canonical, Red Hat, Don, Mark Shuttleworth, Shuttleworth, VeriSign, Ubuntu Phone and Unity


Live streaming studio, Culture Genesis, launches its first show, the quiz-based Trivia Mob

A new generation of entrepreneurs is emerging to refashion the Los Angeles studio system for the digital age forming companies that combining live-streamed video, podcasts, and the newfound social media celebrities to craft entertainment for a new breed of consumer. Two of those startup founders, longtime Apple executive Cedric Rogers and former developer for VEVO and MLB digital Shaun Newsum, are now pulling the curtains back on the first fruit of their production studio, Culture Genesis, wi...
Tags: Apple, TC, Gaming, Hollywood, Los Angeles, Tech, Netflix, United States, Mlb, Jeopardy, Player, Qi, Executive, Rogers, Vevo, Silicon


Former Beats Music CEO is back with an electric scooter startup

About a year ago, David Hyman, former Beats Music CEO and co-founder of music startup Mog that eventually sold to Beats Music, did something that was “very abnormal for me — career-wise,” he told TechCrunch. Hyman was an entrepreneur in residence at a giant real estate company. Because the music industry has changed so much, he said he didn’t want to do another music company. While at this real estate company, Hyman said he started riding electric scooters everywhere, realizing that “it was s...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Transportation, China, San Francisco, Tech, Ford, Electric Scooter, Alibaba, Kickstarter, Oakland, Trump, Unagi, BART Bay Area Rapid Transit, Hyman, David Hyman


In one of Latin America’s largest deals, Movile raises $400 million for its iFood delivery business

The Brazilian technology conglomerate Movile has just raised one of the largest rounds ever recorded for a Latin American startup, pulling in an additional $400 million for its iFood subsidiary from existing investors including Naspers and Innova Capital. Founded roughly 20-years ago by chief executive officer Fabricio Bloisi, the company which began as a digital content studio for mobile device has grown into a mobile services and content empire with aspirations of reaching 1 billion people. ...
Tags: TC, China, Tech, Tencent, Brazil, Silicon Valley, Latin America, Movile, Naspers, TechCrunch s Startup Battlefield, Innova Capital Jorge Paulo Lemann, Rapiddo ChefTime, Fabricio Bloisi, Bloisi, Nathan Lustig, Innova Capital Founded


WeWork picks up ANOTHER $3B from SoftBank

WeWork has picked up another $3 billion in financing from SoftBank Corp, not to be confused with SoftBank Vision Fund. The deal comes in the form of a warrant, allowing SoftBank to pay $3 billion for the opportunity to buy shares before September 2019 at a price of $110 or higher, ultimately valuing WeWork at $42 billion minimum. In August, SoftBank Corp invested $1 billion in WeWork in the form of a convertible note. According to the Financial Times, SoftBank will pay WeWork $1.5 billion on ...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Enterprise, Microsoft, Softbank, Tech, WeWork, Softbank Corp, SoftBank Vision Fund, Recent Funding, Financial Times Softbank


Atolla uses machine learning to address your skin care needs

Atolla, a skin care startup that got its roots at MIT, is launching a Kickstarter campaign to help people achieve their skin goals. Atolla uses machine learning to identify skin health issues and then recommend the right skin care products based on what affects your skin. Atolla comes as a monthly subscription, with the idea being that you test your skin every month to see how it changes depending on the season. The kit allows you to test for oil, moisture and pH. Every month, you receive a cust...
Tags: Startups, TC, Tech, Mit, Delta, New York City Fast, Atolla, Meghan Maulpin, Maulpin, Sid Salvi


Pandora brings its Genome technology to podcast recommendations

Earlier this year, Pandora challenged Spotify’s personalization capabilities by using its Music Genome technology to create dozens of customized playlists for its users. Today, it will begin leveraging similar technology to do the same for podcasts. The Podcast Genome Project, as it’s called, is now powering a new recommendation system that will be combined with human editorial oversight to offer content suggestions for Pandora users. Like the Music Genome – the music information database cap...
Tags: Startups, TC, Spotify, Podcasts, Artificial Intelligence, Pandora, Mpaa, Personalization, Ai, Roger Lynch Pandora, Podcast Genome Project


Snapchat launches Bitmoji merch and comic strips starring your avatar

Snapchat is doubling down on its biggest differentiator by turning its personalized avatar Bitmoji into a revenue stream and a new source of content. Snapchat is launching a Bitmoji merchandise store you can customize with you and your friends’ cartoonified faces, Bitmoji Stories comic strips featuring you and friends’ avatars in fun scenes, and a new Friendship profile that collect all the content you and a friend have saved from your Snap message thread. The new features could help earn Snapch...
Tags: Google, Social, Startups, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Ecommerce, Apps, US, Snapchat, Snap, Nick Bell, Jacob, Blackstock, Bitstrips, Bitmoji


Cognigo raises $8.5M for its AI-driven data protection platform

Cognigo, a startup that aims to use AI and machine learning to help enterprises protect their data and stay in compliance with regulations like GDPR, today announced that it has raised an $8.5 million Series A round. The round was led by Israel-based crowdfunding platform OurCrowd, with participation from privacy company Prosegur and State of Mind Ventures. The company promises that it can help businesses protect their critical data assets and prevent personally identifiable information from lea...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Europe, Enterprise, Crowdfunding, Finance, Funding, Israel, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Data Protection, Data Security, Ourcrowd, Regulatory Compliance, General Data Protection Regulation


Amazon confirms NYC and Arlington, VA as the site of its dual new HQ

After months of deliberations, data dumps, short lists and wish-lists, Amazon has finally announced the location of its second headquarters, HQ2, and as it has been widely reported, “2” is the important detail here: Amazon has named not one, but two different cities, New York (specifically, Long Island City in Queens) and Arlington, Virginia, as the sites for its new major offices, which will sit alongside its current Seattle, WA location — making three global headquarters for the e-commerce and...
Tags: Google, Amazon, TC, Facebook, New York, Washington Post, Washington, New York City, US, Tech, Washington Dc, Queens, Nashville, Jeff Bezos, Seattle, Trump


Amazon confirms NYC and Arlington, VA as the site of its new dual HQ

After months of deliberations, data dumps, short lists and wish-lists, Amazon has finally announced the location of its second headquarters, HQ2, and as it has been widely reported, “2” is the important detail here: Amazon has named not one, but two different cities, New York (specifically, Long Island City in Queens) and Arlington, Virginia, as the sites for its new major offices, which will sit alongside its current Seattle, WA location — making three global headquarters for the e-commerce and...
Tags: Google, Amazon, TC, Facebook, New York, Washington Post, Washington, New York City, US, Tech, Washington Dc, Queens, Nashville, Jeff Bezos, Seattle, Trump


Netskope raises $168.7M at a $1B+ valuation for its cloud security platform

As organizations continue to grapple with security risks posed by employees using a range of apps and devices in the workplace, a startup that has built a platform to help them to this has raised a significant round of funding. Netskope, which provides a cloud security platform to help set and run policies around different apps and devices, has closed a round of $168.7 million to grow its business, expand its R&D, and bring on more global data centers. The valuation was not disclosed in Netskope...
Tags: Startups, TC, Microsoft, Netskope, McAfee, Social Capital, Beri, Sanjay Beri, Adallom Blue Coat


Sustainable clothing startup For Days raises $2.8M for its closed-loop manufacturing process

For Days, a clothing startup that wants to reduce the enormous amount of textile waste created annually, announced today that it has raised $2.8 million in  seed funding. The round led by Rosecliff Ventures joined by Collaborative Fund, with participation from Congruent Ventures, Third Prime Capital, Closed Loop Ventures, Bleu Capital, Gramercy Fund, and Ride Ventures. For Days’ makes its clothing with a closed-loop manufacturing and recycling process enabled by a T-shirt membership programs ...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Usa, Clothing, Los Angeles, Supply Chain, Tech, United States, Epa, Apparel, Environmental Protection Agency, Textiles, Collaborative Fund, Sustainable Clothing, Kristy Caylor


Calm heads to the airport, invests $3 million in XpresSpa

Wellness app Calm has today announced a $3 million equity investment in XpresSpa Group, a fast-spa service you may have noticed in your local airport. Calm sees the investment as a way to expand its offline presence, growing awareness of the app as well as its retail products like Sleep Mist and the Calm Book. Calm subscribers will have access to a variety of in-store benefits and treatments at one of 52 XpresSpa locations in cities like Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami and New York. As i...
Tags: Startups, TC, Apps, New York, Tech, Ashton Kutcher, People Magazine, Michael Acton Smith, Insight Venture Partners, Calm, Farrah Fawcett, Sound Ventures, XpresSpa Group, Atlanta Chicago Los Angeles Miami, Dun Wang


Sojern raises another $120M led by TCV to expand its travel marketing platform

Travel continues to be one of the biggest verticals online, projected to be worth over $1 trillion by 2022, and today a startup that helps travel-related businesses connect the dots between their products and would-be customers is raising a large round of funding to capitalise on that. Sojern, a company that works with businesses in the travel industry — hotels, airlines, tourist agencies, booking portals and others — to build and run campaigns to find and market their services to people as they...
Tags: Google, TC, Tech, US Airways, Rabe, Marshall, Sojern, Technology Crossover Ventures, Ariba, TCV, Mark Rabe, Norwest Venture Partners Trident Treeptop, Adara Rabe, Woody Marshall


How machine learning systems sometimes surprise us

This may not look like much but it’s a fascinating exploration of how machines “think.” The list, compiled by researcher Victoria Krakovna, describes various situations in which robots followed the spirit and the letter of the law at the same time. For example, in the video below a machine learning algorithm learned that it could rack up points not by taking part in a boat race but by flipping around in a circle to get points. In another simulation “where survival required energy but giving bi...
Tags: Energy, TC, Gadgets, Learning, Neuroscience, Tech, Machine Learning, Simulation, Spreadsheet, Cognitive Science, Victoria Krakovna, Krakovna


Announcing the agenda for TechCrunch Startup Battlefield Africa

We’re bringing Startup Battlefield back to Africa on December 11, and we’re excited to announce our jam-packed agenda that highlights the best and brightest startups in the region. For months we’ve been poring through hundreds of applications looking for innovative startups based in Africa. It was tough; the competition was fierce. But we were able to find 15 innovative companies to compete for the top prize.  Each company will present a six-minute pitch in front of a panel of judges, vy...
Tags: Startups, TC, Africa, US, Tech, West Africa, Silicon Valley, Battlefield, Startup Battlefield, Lexi Novitske, TechCrunch Startup Battlefield Africa, Startup Battlefield Africa 2018, Omobola Johnson, Olaoluwa Samuel Biyi, Africa Watch, Chris Folayan Mall


Fluidly, the ‘intelligent’ cashflow management SaaS for SMEs, picks up £5M Series A

Fluidly, the London-based fintech that offers an “intelligent” cashflow management SaaS for SMEs, has raised £5 million in Series A funding. The round is led by New-York based Nyca Partners, with participation from other investors including Octopus Ventures, Anthemis, and angel investors Simon Murdoch, and Charlie Songhurst. Claiming to define a new software category, namely “Intelligent Cash,” Fluidly want to significantly improve small and medium-sized businesses’ cashflow management. To do th...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Europe, New York, London, SMEs, Xero, SME, Nyca Partners, NYCA, Open Banking, Charlie Songhurst, Simon Murdoch, Caroline Plumb, Hans Morris


Universal Robots snags 20 Rethink refugees after bot maker goes belly up

A mind is a terrible thing to waste, they say, and in the aftermath of Rethink Robotics shutting down last month there were plenty of good minds looking avoid that fate. Fortunately Universal Robots has picked up 20 of the engineers and others who contributed to Rethink’s well-liked but ultimately ill-fated Baxter and Sawyer robots. Rethink was an early entrant into the collaborative robotics space, and the two-handed Baxter and its one-handed successor Sawyer, with their animated eyes and smoot...
Tags: Startups, TC, Boston, Robotics, Sawyer, Baxter, Teradyne, Rethink, Personnel, Rethink Robotics


Anorak raises £5M Series A for its life insurance advice platform

Anorak Technologies, the U.K. startup building a life insurance advice platform, has raised £5 million in Series A funding. Notably, the round is led by previous backer Kamet Ventures, the tech incubator funded by insurance giant AXA. It brings the total raised by Anorak to £9 million. In a call, co-founder and CEO David Vanek told me the startup’s mission is to build the world’s “smartest” automated life insurance advice platform. It wants to offer insurance advice at the most appropriate time ...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Europe, Axa, Starling, Vanek, Starling Bank, Anorak, David Vanek, Kamet Ventures, Anorak Moving


11/11 shows biometrics are the norm for payments in China

Chinese consumers were quick to adopt digital payments, and a recent shopping binge showed they are ready for another leap: biometric payments. On November 11, Alibaba wrapped up Singles’ Day – the world’s largest shopping event – and hauled in $30.8 billion in total transactions, a staggering amount bigger than Cyber Monday and Black Friday combined. Instead of frantically inputting payment passwords to grab deals, Chinese users jumped on new technologies to shop in the blink of an eye. This ye...
Tags: Startups, TC, China, Smartphones, Artificial Intelligence, Alibaba, Singles' Day, Tencent, WeChat, Mobile Payments, Alipay, Payments, Alibaba Group, Ant Financial, Online Payments, Hangzhou


Report: NYC and Arlington, VA win the contest for Amazon’s split East Coast headquarters

New York City and Arlington, Virginia have reportedly won Amazon’s lengthy and highly-publicized pageant for the locations of its new headquarters, beating out 238 other contestants. According to the Wall Street Journal, which broke the news, an official announcement may come as early as Tuesday. The offices will be located in Long Island City, across the East River from Manhattan, and Crystal City, a neighborhood in Arlington, which is a 15-20 minute drive from Washington D.C. Last week, mor...
Tags: Amazon, TC, New York, Washington, Virginia, New York City, Tech, Manhattan, Seattle, East Coast, Wall Street Journal, WSJ, Arlington VA, Arlington, East River, Arlington Virginia


Analysts weighing in on $8B SAP-Qualtrics deal don’t see a game changer

SAP CEO Bill McDermott was jacked up today about his company’s $8 billion Qualtrics acquisition over the weekend. You would expect no less for such a big deal. McDermott believes the data Qualtrics provides could bridge the gap between his company’s operational data and customer, data wherever that resides. The idea behind Qualtrics is to understand customer sentiment as it happens. McDermott sees this as a key piece to the company’s customer management puzzle, one that could propel it into b...
Tags: TC, Cloud, Enterprise, Tech, ERP, M&a, Salesforce, Sap, Customer Experience Management, Mergers And Acquisitons, Qualtrics, McDermott, Greenberg, Martech, Paul Greenberg, Bill McDermott


What’s next? The top media executives on the job market

Keep an eye out for the next moves by these entrepreneurs and executives. A number of the biggest names in media left their jobs over the last year (or announced they will be leaving soon), including a handful of now-billionaires who have resources, ambition, and time on their hands to explore something new. We are experimenting with new content forms at TechCrunch. This is a rough draft of something new —provide feedback directly to the author, Eric Peckham (@epeckham), our columnist foc...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Verizon, Hong Kong, Spotify, Video, London, Media, Instagram, Entertainment, Washington Post, La, Germany, Amc, US, Tech


These antique phones are precious, private Alexa vessels

Amazon’s Alexa may be in ten thousand different devices now, but they all have one other thing in common: they’re new. So for those of us that prefer old things but still want to be able to set timers and do metric-imperial conversions without pulling out our phones, Grain Design is retrofitting these fabulous old telephones to provide Alexa access with no other hints of modernity. There’s even a privacy angle! The phones themselves (spotted by a BoingBoing tipster) are genuine antiques, and not...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Gadgets, Hardware, Diy, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Retro, Whitney, Vintage, Alexa, Dick Whitney, Alexaphones


GM is going to allow Ford vehicles and other competitors on its Maven car-sharing platform

GM’s car-sharing subsidiary Maven is undergoing another expansion. This time, it’s not just to a new city. Maven plans to open up its new peer-to-peer car rental service to allow owners to rent out non-GM vehicles. It is also setting its sights on bigger changes in the future, according to Julia Steyn, vice president of GM Urban Mobility and Maven, said Monday during a presentation at the UBS Global Technology Conference in San Francisco. By mid-2019, Maven will allow non-GM branded vehicles ...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Lyft, Uber, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tech, Canada, Automotive, Ford, Gm, Getaround, Zipcar, Ann Arbor, General-motors, Maven