07h42 18  janvier
Goama lets developers integrate a social gaming platform into their apps
Catherine Shu
Goama (also known as Go Games) lets developers quickly integrate social games into their apps. Some of Goama’s clients have used it for promotional campaigns, while others rely on the platform, which introduces new games every week, to add a full-fledged gaming function to their app. The startup,...
07h29 18  janvier
Twitter is bringing Moments to Indian social app Dailyhunt
Manish Singh
Five years after its launch, Twitter Moments is growing beyond the American social networking platform. On Monday, Twitter said it had partnered with Dailyhunt to bring Moments to the Indian social app. Dailyhunt app now has a dedicated tab called Twitter Moments India’ to showcase curated tweets...
07h01 18  janvier
Flipkart doubles down on rewards program, partners with 5,000 retail outlets in India
Manish Singh
Flipkart on Monday launched SuperCoin Pay that its customers will be able to use across thousands of retail stores across the country as Walmart-owned e-commerce giant bets on its loyalty program to win and sustain its user base in the world’s second largest internet market. The Bangalore...
07h00 18  janvier
Personio raises 125M on a 1.7B valuation for an HR platform targeting SMEs
Ingrid Lunden
With the last year changing how (and where) many of us work, organizations have started to rethink how well they manage their employees, and what tools they use to do that. Today, one of the startups that is building technology to address this challenge is announcing a major round of funding that...
06h41 18  janvier
Startups at CES showed how tech can help elderly people and their caregivers
Catherine Shu
The COVID-19 pandemic shined a harsh spotlight on the challenges many elderly people face. Older adults are among the highest-risk groups for developing cases that need hospitalization and nursing homes were especially vulnerable to outbreaks. While dealing with COVID-19, the elderly have also...
06h24 18  janvier
Signal and Telegram are also growing in China - for now
Rita Liao
As fears over WhatsApp’s privacy policies send millions of users in the West to Signal and Telegram, the two encrypted apps are also seeing a slight user uptick in China, where WeChat has long dominated and the government has a tight grip on online communication. Following WhatsApp’s pop-up...
00h02 18  janvier
UK’s Bloom & Wild raises 102M to seed its flower delivery service across Europe
Ingrid Lunden
Bloom & Wild, a London-based startup that takes an updated and online approach to the very traditional business of ordering and delivering flowers, has seen business blossom in the last year. And today, it is announcing a big round of funding to help it double down on the opportunity ahead. The...
19h53 17  janvier
Virgin Orbit reaches orbit for the first time
Darrell Etherington
Virgin Orbit launched its LauncherOne rocket to orbit for the first time today, with a successful demonstration mission that carried a handful of satellites and delivered them successfully to low Earth orbit on behalf of NASA. It’s a crucial milestone for the small satellite launch company, and the...
18h44 17  janvier
GitHub’s head of HR resigns in light of termination of Jewish employee
Megan Rose Dickey
A GitHub internal investigation has revealed the company made significant errors of judgment and procedure in the firing of the Jewish employee who cautioned his coworkers about the presence of Nazis in the DC area on the day of insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. In a blog post today, GitHub COO...
17h53 17  janvier
Threat of inauguration violence casts a long shadow over social media
Taylor Hatmaker
As the U.S. heads into one of the most perilous phases of American democracy since the Civil War, social media companies are scrambling to shore up their patchwork defenses for a moment they appear to have believed would never come. Most major platforms pulled the emergency break last week,...
15h35 17  janvier
Original Content podcast: Martin Scorsese and Fran Lebowitz have a good time in Pretend It’s A City’
Anthony Ha
The concept behind the new Netflix documentary series Pretend It’s A City is pretty straightforward: Author Fran Lebowitz talks, while Martin Scorsese (who’s both director and an on-camera presence) listens and laughs. Lebowitz’s musings across seven episodes are organized by loose themes, such...
22h30 16  janvier
After a record year for Israeli startups, 16 investors tell us what’s next
Mike Butcher
Israel’s startup ecosystem raised record amounts of funding and produced 19 IPOs in 2020, despite the pandemic. Now tech companies across industries are poised for an even better year, according to more than a dozen investors we talked to in the country. Mainstay sectors like cybersecurity continue...
21h00 16  janvier
No one knows what anything is worth
Alex Wilhelm
Welcome back to The TechCrunch Exchange, a weekly startups-and-markets newsletter. It’s broadly based on the daily column that appears on Extra Crunch, but free, and made for your weekend reading. Click here if you want it in your inbox every Saturday morning. Ready? Let’s talk money, startups and...
21h00 16  janvier
Human Capital: Labor issues at GitHub, Facebook’s new civil rights exec and a legal battle against Prop 22
Megan Rose Dickey
This week kicked off with a report of a GitHub worker who was fired after cautioning his coworkers in the DC area to stay safe from Nazis during the assault on the U.S. Capitol. Meanwhile, Facebook created a new executive role pertaining to civil rights and California’s Proposition 22 faced its...
19h00 16  janvier
Stay gold, Plaid for X’ startups
Natasha Mascarenhas
A failed acquisition usually triggers the same series of questions: What does this mean for early-stage startups in the sector? Will a chilling effect occur and hurt valuations? Will VCs stop funding this category? How will the exit environment look going forward? This week gave that narrative a...
17h15 16  janvier
Startups look beyond lidar for autonomous vehicle perception
Devin Coldewey
Last CES was a time of reckoning for lidar companies, many of which were cratering due to a lack of demand from a (still) non-existent autonomous vehicle industry. The few that excelled did so by specializing, and this year the trend has pushed beyond lidar, with new sensing and imaging methods...
16h00 16  janvier
This Week in Apps: Parler deplatformed, alt apps rise, looking back at 2020 trends
Sarah Perez
Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the weekly TechCrunch series that recaps the latest in mobile OS news, mobile applications and the overall app economy. The app industry is as hot as ever, with a record 218 billion downloads and 143 billion in global consumer spend in 2020. Consumers last year...
12h00 16  janvier
Checkout wants to be Rapyd and Fast
Natasha Mascarenhas
Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture-capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. We’re back on this lovely Saturday with a bonus episode Again There is enough going on that to avoid failing to bring you stuff that we think matters, we are back yet...
01h09 16  janvier
Extra Crunch roundup: Antitrust jitters, SPAC odyssey, white-hot IPOs, more
Walter Thompson
Some time ago, I gave up on the idea of identifying a thread that could connect each story in this weekly roundup. There are no unified theories for technology news.
00h28 16  janvier
Facebook blocks new events around DC and state capitols
Taylor Hatmaker
As a precaution against coordinated violence as the U.S. approaches President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, Facebook announced a few new measures it’s putting in place. In a blog post and tweets from Facebook Policy Communications Director Andy Stone, the company explained that it would block any...