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  • Jeremy Conrad left his own VC firm to start a company, and investors like what he’s building
    by Connie Loizos on May 29, 2020 at 7:49 pm

    When this editor first met Jeremy Conrad, it was in 2014 in San Francisco, at the 8,000-square-foot former fish factory that was home to Lemnos, the hardware-focused venture firm Conrad co-founded three years earlier. Conrad — who’d studied mechanical engineering at MIT — was excited in that moment about investing in hardware startups, having just

  • Cisco to acquire internet monitoring solution ThousandEyes
    by Ron Miller on May 29, 2020 at 12:30 pm

    When Cisco bought AppDynamics in 2017 for $3.7 billion just before the IPO, the company sent a clear signal it wanted to move beyond its pure network hardware roots into the software monitoring side of the equation. Yesterday afternoon the company announced it intends to buy another monitoring company, this time snagging internet monitoring solution

  • Join GGV’s Hans Tung and Jeff Richards for a live Q&A: June 4 at 3:30 pm EDT/12:30 pm PDT
    by Natasha Mascarenhas on May 28, 2020 at 6:10 pm

    What does a global mindset look like in a world where most of us no longer travel? And what does it mean to be local when everyone is connected? Those are the first questions we had in mind when we read GGV Capital’s Twitter bio, which asserts that the investing shop with offices in five

  • BeeHero smartens up hives to provide ‘pollination as a service’ with $4M seed round
    by Devin Coldewey on May 28, 2020 at 5:33 pm

    Vast monoculture farms outstripped the ability of bee populations to pollinate them naturally long ago, but the techniques that have arisen to fill that gap are neither precise nor modern. Israeli startup BeeHero aims to change that by treating hives both as living things and IoT devices, tracking health and pollination progress practically in real

  • Truthset raises $4.75M to help marketers score their data
    by Anthony Ha on May 28, 2020 at 4:57 pm

    Data, the cliché goes, is the new oil of the digital economy. But Truth{set} co-founder and CEO Scott McKinley wants to know: “Why does no one care about the quality of that fuel?” That’s an issue McKinley saw in his seven years as an executive at Nielsen, where he said he realized that marketing data

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  • 4 views on the future of retail and the shopping experience
    by Natasha Mascarenhas on May 29, 2020 at 7:32 pm

    While the present is largely bleak, preparing for the future has retailers adopting technologies faster than ever. Their resilience and innovation means retail will look and fee different when the world reopens.

  • Daily Crunch: Trump takes aim at social media companies
    by Anthony Ha on May 29, 2020 at 5:59 pm

    President Trump follows through on his threat to challenge the legal protections enjoyed by social media and internet companies, Magic Leap’s CEO is stepping down and China sees its biggest autonomous driving round yet. Here’s your Daily Crunch for May 29, 2020. 1. Trump signs an executive order taking direct aim at social media companies

  • Facebook takes on Twitter with Venue, a ‘second screen’ companion for live events
    by Sarah Perez on May 29, 2020 at 1:00 pm

    Facebook’s R&D group, NPE Team, is launching Venue, a new app for engaging fellow fans around live events. This is the third new app to launch this week from Facebook’s internal team focused on experimenting with new concepts in social networking. With Venue, the company aims to offer a digital companion for live events, starting

  • Twitter screens Trump’s Minneapolis threat-tweet for glorifying violence
    by Natasha Lomas on May 29, 2020 at 9:31 am

    After applying a fact-checking label Tuesday to a misleading vote-by-mail tweet made by U.S. President Donald Trump, Twitter is on a roll and has labeled another of the president’s tweets — this time screening his words from casual view with what it calls a “public interest notice” that states the tweet violated its rules about glorifying

  • Trump signs an executive order taking direct aim at social media companies
    by Taylor Hatmaker on May 28, 2020 at 8:46 pm

    On Thursday, President Trump signed an executive order targeting the legal shield that internet companies rely on to protect them from liability for user-created content. That law, known as Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, is essential to large social platforms like Twitter, YouTube and Facebook, the kind of companies the president has long

  • Going to war with Twitter, Trump threatens critical social media legal protections
    by Taylor Hatmaker on May 28, 2020 at 5:40 pm

    Accusing Twitter of censorship for adding a contextual label to false claims he made about the 2020 election process, President Trump has again declared war on social media companies. After the White House told reporters that the president would soon announce an executive order “pertaining to social media,” the draft of that order is out

  • Daily Crunch: Twitter vs. Trump
    by Anthony Ha on May 28, 2020 at 5:04 pm

    Tensions escalate between President Trump and his favorite social media platform, Google and Microsoft considering investing in the Indian telecom market and the Raspberry Pi foundation announces a new Raspberry Pi. Here’s your Daily Crunch for May 28, 2020. 1. Jack Dorsey explains why Twitter fact-checked Trump’s false voting claims After Twitter flagged a pair

  • Jack Dorsey explains why Twitter fact-checked Trump’s false voting claims
    by Taylor Hatmaker on May 28, 2020 at 4:44 am

    After Twitter flagged a pair of President Trump’s tweets with a fact-checking label on Tuesday, tensions between the president and his favored social media platform are running high. On Wednesday night, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey — rarely one to pick a political fight — took to his own platform to clarify the company’s decision. Fact

  • Investors say emerging multiverses are the future of entertainment
    by Jonathan Shieber on May 28, 2020 at 12:04 am

    The COVID-19 pandemic is accelerating the adoption of new technologies and cultural shifts that were already well underway. According to a clutch of heavy-hitting investors, this dynamic is particularly strong in gaming and extended reality. Unlike other segments of the startup and tech world, where valuations have been slashed, early-stage companies focused on building new

  • Instagram to test new revenue streams, including badges and IGTV ads
    by Sarah Perez on May 27, 2020 at 4:03 pm

    Instagram today is launching new tools that enable video creators to make money, including badges that viewers can purchase during Instagram Live videos and the introduction of IGTV ads. Both launches are considered a test, as the company is limiting the features’ availability during its experimentation phase, it says. Badges will give viewers a way

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  • 5G, AI, cybersecurity and renewable energy set for investment boost under EU coronavirus recovery plan
    by Natasha Lomas on May 27, 2020 at 4:21 pm

    The European Commission is proposing to direct billions of euros of financial relief into high tech and green investments to help the bloc recover from the coronavirus crisis. Technologies such as 5G, AI, cloud, cybersecurity, supercomputing and renewable energy look set to benefit from a €750BN pan-EU support package set out today — aligning with

  • Scandit raises $80M as COVID-19 drives demand for contactless deliveries
    by Natasha Lomas on May 26, 2020 at 10:10 am

    Enterprise barcode scanner company Scandit has closed an $80 million Series C round, led by Silicon Valley VC firm G2VP. Atomico, GV, Kreos, NGP Capital, Salesforce Ventures and Swisscom Ventures also participated in the round — which brings its total raised to date to $123M. The Zurich-based firm offers a platform that combines computer vision

  • Google highlights accessible locations with new Maps feature
    by Devin Coldewey on May 21, 2020 at 10:20 pm

    Google has announced a new, welcome and no doubt long-asked-for feature to its Maps app: wheelchair accessibility info. Businesses and points of interest featuring accessible entrances, bathrooms and other features will now be prominently marked as such. Millions, of course, require such accommodations as ramps or automatic doors, from people with limited mobility to people

  • The Trash app’s new features can create AI-edited music videos and more
    by Anthony Ha on May 21, 2020 at 4:30 pm

    The team behind Trash, an app that uses artificial intelligence to edit your video footage, launched a number of new features this week that should make it more useful for anyone — but especially independent musicians. I wrote about the startup last summer, when CEO Hannah Donovan told me that her work as Vine’s general

  • Extra Crunch Live: Join Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg for a live Q&A May 26 at 2pm ET/11am PT
    by Jordan Crook on May 20, 2020 at 1:08 pm

    Hans Vestberg, CEO of Verizon Communications, is a busy man. He’s also a business man. He’s a busy businessman, but has graciously made time to join us for an episode of Extra Crunch Live, our ongoing speaker series for Extra Crunch members. We’re thrilled to have Vestberg as a guest on the show! The episode

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  • Bunq adds donations to charities and tests redesign
    by Romain Dillet on May 29, 2020 at 4:00 pm

    Challenger bank Bunq is adding a new feature that lets you donate to charities directly from the app. In addition to that, Bunq is also in the process of redesigning its app. The company is launching a public beta test to get feedback from its users. Other fintech startups, such as Revolut and Lydia, have

  • Uber UK launches Work Hub for drivers to find other gig jobs during COVID-19
    by Natasha Lomas on May 29, 2020 at 12:07 pm

    Uber U.K. has launched a Work Hub for drivers to view a selection of temporary work opportunities with other companies as a way to supplement pandemic-hit ride-hailing earnings during the coronavirus crisis. The Work Hub sits within the Uber driver app and displays offers of work from third party providers — including jobs that involve

  • Existing backers put another £40M into UK challenger bank Starling
    by Steve O'Hear on May 28, 2020 at 4:16 pm

    Starling Bank, the U.K.-based challenger bank founded by banking veteran Anne Boden, has raised an additional £40 million in funding, TechCrunch has learned. The round is led by existing backers Harry McPike’s JTC and Merian Chrysalis Investment Company Limited, and adds to the £60 million raised in February this year. Now boasting 1.4 million accounts,

  • German federal court squashes consent opt-outs for non-functional cookies
    by Natasha Lomas on May 28, 2020 at 2:34 pm

    Yet another stake through the dark-patterned heart of consentless online tracking. Following a key cookie consent ruling by Europe’s top court last year, Germany’s Federal Court (BGH) has today handed down its own ‘Planet49’ decision — overturning an earlier appeal ruling when judges in a district court had allowed a pre-checked box to stand for

  • Italy’s Commerce Layer raises $6M led by Benchmark for its headless e-commerce platform
    by Ingrid Lunden on May 28, 2020 at 1:00 pm

    In the world of commerce, the last few months have underscored the fact that every retailer, brand and entity that sells or distributes something needs to have a digital strategy. Today, one of the startups that’s built a platform aimed at giving them more control in that process is announcing a Series A to continue

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GreenTech – TechCrunch Startup and Technology News

  • As wildfire season approaches, AI could pinpoint risky regions using satellite imagery
    by Devin Coldewey on May 29, 2020 at 9:36 pm

    The U.S. has suffered from devastating wildfires over the last few years as global temperatures rise and weather patterns change, making the otherwise natural phenomenon especially unpredictable and severe. To help out, Stanford researchers have found a way to track and predict dry, at-risk areas using machine learning and satellite imagery. Currently the way forests

  • BeeHero smartens up hives to provide ‘pollination as a service’ with $4M seed round
    by Devin Coldewey on May 28, 2020 at 5:33 pm

    Vast monoculture farms outstripped the ability of bee populations to pollinate them naturally long ago, but the techniques that have arisen to fill that gap are neither precise nor modern. Israeli startup BeeHero aims to change that by treating hives both as living things and IoT devices, tracking health and pollination progress practically in real

  • Greyparrot bags $2.2M seed to scale its AI for waste management
    by Natasha Lomas on May 28, 2020 at 9:25 am

    London-based Greyparrot, which uses computer vision AI to scale efficient processing of recycling, has bagged £1.825 million (~$2.2M) in seed funding, topping up the $1.2M in pre-seed funding it had raised previously. The latest round is led by early stage European industrial tech investor Speedinvest, with participation from UK-based early stage b2b investor, Force Over

  • 5G, AI, cybersecurity and renewable energy set for investment boost under EU coronavirus recovery plan
    by Natasha Lomas on May 27, 2020 at 4:21 pm

    The European Commission is proposing to direct billions of euros of financial relief into high tech and green investments to help the bloc recover from the coronavirus crisis. Technologies such as 5G, AI, cloud, cybersecurity, supercomputing and renewable energy look set to benefit from a €750BN pan-EU support package set out today — aligning with

  • Oxwash bags $1.7M for a cleaner spin on laundry
    by Natasha Lomas on May 4, 2020 at 8:00 am

    Oxwash, a UK-based laundry startup that’s aiming to disrupt traditional but environmentally costly washing and dry-cleaning processes by using ozone to sterilize fabrics at lower temperatures, along with electric cargo bikes for hyper local pick ups and deliveries, has bagged a £1.4 million (~$1.7M) seed. Backers in the funding round include TrueSight Ventures, Biz Stone