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Cities that didn’t win HQ2 shouldn’t be counted out  TechCrunch · 3 hours
Brooks Rainwater Contributor Share on Twitter Brooks Rainwater is the director of the Center for City Solutions and Applied Research at the National League of Cities. More posts by this... more
Microsoft to shut down HockeyApp  TechCrunch · 5 hours
Microsoft announced plans to shut down HockeyApp and replace it with Visual Studio App Center. The company acquired the startup behind HockeyApp back in 2014. And if you’re still using HockeyApp, the service will officially shut down on... more
How cities can fix tourism hell  TechCrunch · 6 hours
A steep and rapid rise in tourism has left behind a wake of economic and environmental damage in cities around the globe. In response, governments have been responding with policies that attempt to limit the number... more
WhatsApp could wreck Snapchat again by copying ephemeral messaging  TechCrunch · 6 hours
WhatsApp already ruined Snapchat’s growth once. WhatsApp Status, its clone of Snapchat Stories, now has 450 million daily active users compared to Snapchat’s 188 million. That’s despite its 24-hour disappearing... more
China’s hottest news app Jinri Toutiao announces new CEO  TechCrunch · 6 hours
You may not have heard of ByteDance, but you probably know its red-hot video app TikTok, which gobbled up Musical.ly in August. The Beijing-based company also runs a popular news aggregator called... more
Quantum computing, not AI, will define our future  TechCrunch · 6 hours
William ("Whurley") Hurley Contributor Share on Twitter William Hurley, commonly known as whurley, is an American entrepreneur and the founder of Chaotic Moon Studios, Honest Dollar, and Equals: The Global Partnership for... more
Microsoft could release a disc-less Xbox One  TechCrunch · 7 hours
According to a new report from Thurott, Microsoft has been working on a new console in the Xbox One family. This cheaper model could play regular Xbox One games, but there would be no... more
SparkLabs Taipei closes initial $4.25M for its first fund, adds Jeremy Lin as an advisor  TechCrunch · 10 hours
SparkLabs Taipei, part of SparkLabs Group, the global network of accelerator programs and funds that works with emerging... more
Blockchain gaming gets a boost with Mythical Games’ $16M Series A  TechCrunch · 19 hours
Mythical Games is betting user-generated content and intimate ties between players, content creators, brands and developers is the future of entertainment. more
YouTube quietly added free, ad-supported movies to its site  TechCrunch · 19 hours
YouTube quietly added around 100 ad-supported Hollywood movies to its site, beginning last month, according to a new report from AdAge. The titles include a mix of classics like “Rocky”... more
Walmart passes Apple to become No. 3 online retailer in U.S.  TechCrunch · 20 hours
Walmart has overtaken Apple to become the No. 3 online retailer in the U.S., according to a report this week from eMarketer. While Amazon still leads... more
The Boring Company goes brick-and-mortar with The Brick Store  TechCrunch · 22 hours
Elon Musk has shot out some crazy, unbelievable tweets over the last year, but he wasn’t joking about the bricks. Musk has started a company called The Brick Store LLC... more
Unicorns aren’t special anymore  TechCrunch · 23 hours
There are 145 "active unicorns" today worth an aggregate valuation of $555.9 billion. In 2013, there were just 39. more
Kairos founder countersues his own company for $10 million  TechCrunch · 1 day
The turmoil continues at facial recognition startup Kairos . Last night, Kairos founder Brian Brackeen filed a counter lawsuit against Kairos and its interim CEO Melissa Doval that seeks $10... more
Pitching a $99 tax advisory service for the masses, Visor has raised $9 million  TechCrunch · 1 day
The only sure things in this life, according to Ben Franklin, are death and taxes. And a new startup called Visor has... more
The Criterion Collection is launching its own streaming service  TechCrunch · 1 day
When WarnerMedia announced last month that it would be shutting down its streaming service FilmStruck, the team at the Criterion Collection said it would be looking for a new digital... more
Tesla has opened up Model 3 orders to customers in China  TechCrunch · 1 day
Tesla is now taking orders for the Model 3 from customers in China, according to its website. Reuters was the first to report that Tesla is... more
Gift Guide: The best gear for that friend who wants to start a podcast  TechCrunch · 1 day
“How do I start a podcast?” As the producer of the TechCrunch podcast Equity, I get this question all the... more
Cryptocurrency chill causes mining speculator Nvidia’s stock to plunge  TechCrunch · 1 day
The cryptocurrency market is an exciting one, but it's also unpredictable — and when things go south, they take related businesses with them. Nvidia, a hardware giant that has been... more
Reading List: Podcasting  TechCrunch · 1 day
I argued in my recent post What’s Next for Podcasting? that we’re at a pivot point where podcasting is becoming a mainstream content format for all types of shows and creators as Hollywood enters the fray. There’s a surge of... more
Former Oracle Exec Thomas Kurian to replace Diane Greene as head of Google Cloud  TechCrunch · 1 day
Diane Greene announced in a blog post today that she would be stepping down as CEO of Google Cloud and... more
Weather Up’s app can give you forecasts for your calendar events  TechCrunch · 1 day
There are plenty of weather apps to choose from on the App Store, but the newly released Weather Up app is doing something different. Instead of... more
Airbnb made more than $1 billion in revenue last quarter  TechCrunch · 1 day
Ahead of Airbnb’s expected initial public offering next year, the home-sharing startup announced more than $1 billion in revenue during Q3 2018. Airbnb says this was its strongest... more
UN warns over human rights impact of a ‘digital welfare state’  TechCrunch · 1 day
The UN special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights has raised concerns about the UK’s rush to apply digital technologies and data tools to socially... more
CodeStream lets you collaborate and talk directly in VS Code  TechCrunch · 1 day
Adding comments to your code is nothing new. But what if you could @-mention your coworkers and start a thread about a specific part of your code? Meet... more
MailChimp teams up with Square to launch shoppable landing pages  TechCrunch · 1 day
MailChimp, the popular email newsletter service and marketing platform, today announced a partnership with Square that will allow its users to create landing pages with built-in e-commerce features. These... more
Popular Chinese selfie app Meitu now includes 3D editing  TechCrunch · 1 day
You’ve probably had the experience of posing awkwardly for a photo while everyone else looks great. Now China’s top photo-editing firm Meitu has a solution that helps you resist the... more
Uber’s financials, Qualtric’s $8B exit and what’s going on at WeWork  TechCrunch · 1 day
Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This week we had the excellent Connie Loizos on... more
Facebook Messenger is building a “Watch Videos Together” feature  TechCrunch · 1 day
Netflix and chill from afar? Facebook Messenger is now internally testing simultaneous co-viewing of videos. That means you and your favorite people could watch a synchronized video over group chat... more
BlackBerry is buying Cylance for $1.4 billion to continue its push into cybersecurity  TechCrunch · 2 days
BlackBerry was best known for keyboard-totting smartphones, but their demise in recent years has seen the Canadia firm pivot towards enterprise services... more
Facebook has other ties to Definers, the GOP-led opposition research group  TechCrunch · 2 days
In the wake of a fairly catastrophic behind the scenes glimpse into Facebook’s high-level decision making, one question remains: Who brought a controversial Republican opposition research... more
China’s Craigslist continues growth after netting 100 million small-town users  TechCrunch · 2 days
58.com, the Craiglist of China, is making a massive push to pick up rural users as it hedges China’s economic uncertainties. During the third quarter, revenues grew 33.2 percent to... more
Musca is the winner of TechCrunch Battlefield Tokyo 2018  TechCrunch · 2 days
TechCrunch is in the heart of Japan and we’ve been hearing from some of Tokyo’s brightest entrepreneurs competing to win the Battlefield startup competition here. We’ve whittled down the group... more
Court filings accidentally reveal charges against Julian Assange  TechCrunch · 2 days
In a turn of events that reads like a plot point from an unreleased Coen Brothers script, information has surfaced revealing that prosecutors have charged embattled Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange. The information... more
Africa’s agtech wave gets $10 million richer as Twiga Foods raises more capital  TechCrunch · 2 days
Jake Bright Contributor Jake Bright is a writer and author in New York City. He is co-author of The Next Africa. More... more
Alibaba and Amazon move over, we visited JD’s connected grocery store in China  TechCrunch · 2 days
The arms race to build the future of grocery stores is heating up in China. To no one’s surprise, the main contestants are... more
The Orbital 2 is like a Surface Dial that works with Mac  TechCrunch · 2 days
This little peripheral is one of the more interesting new pieces of hardware floating around the halls of TC Tokyo this week. The product,... more
Hong Kong is adding QR code payments to its subway stations  TechCrunch · 2 days
A new dispatch from our ‘QR Codes Are Very Much Alive In Asia’ reporting program: Hong Kong’s subway system will soon allow its commuters to pay... more
Alibaba and Amazon move over, we visited JD.com connected grocery store in China  TechCrunch · 2 days
The arms race to build the future of grocery stores is heating up in China. To no one’s surprise, the main contestants are... more
The Timbuk2 Never Check sold me on the importance of a good travel backpack  TechCrunch · 2 days
For some who travels a lot, I can be downright reckless when it comes to packing sometimes. I’ve found myself... more
Sheryl Sandberg claims she didn’t know Facebook hired agency behind ‘abhorrent’ anti-Soros campaign  TechCrunch · 2 days
Sheryl Sandberg has denied that she obstructed early investigations into election meddling and claimed that she was unaware Facebook was involved with an agency that... more
Tinder tests ‘Swipe Surge’ in US to connect users during peak times  TechCrunch · 2 days
Tinder today announced the test of a new in-app experience it’s calling “Swipe Surge,” that will send notifications to users when there’s a spike... more
Tidal arrives on the Amazon Echo  TechCrunch · 2 days
One key thing the HomePod has on the competition: streaming service synergy. It’s an important advantage at the heart of the premium smart speaker. While both Amazon and Google have their own streaming options, they pale... more
Shyft raises $6.5M to help retail and service workers swap shifts  TechCrunch · 2 days
Ignition Partners and Madrona Venture Group have invested in the app for workers. more
Amazon launches ‘Alexa-hosted skills’ for voice app developers  TechCrunch · 2 days
Amazon on Thursday launched a new service aimed at Alexa developers that automatically provisions and helps them to manage a set of AWS cloud resources for their Alexa skill’s backend service. The... more
Walmart and Target embrace in-store mobile checkout for the holidays  TechCrunch · 2 days
Two of the U.S.’s largest brick-and-mortar retailers, Walmart and Target, are launching new mobile checkout systems in their stores to accommodate the influx of shoppers expected during the... more
A leaky database of SMS text messages exposed password resets and two-factor codes  TechCrunch · 2 days
A security lapse has exposed a massive database containing tens of millions of text messages, including password reset links, two-factor codes, shipping... more
E3 slouches towards irrelevance again as Sony announces it’s skipping the show  TechCrunch · 2 days
I like E3. I really do. But it's also monumentally dumb: game companies spending millions to show off essentially faked content to an increasingly... more
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In defense of The Star Wars Holiday Special as it turns 40 - CNET
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How the hell do you say Eevee’s name?
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How the hell do you say Eevee’s name?
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14 DIY holiday projects that'll make your home smarter - CNET
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Google app 8.55 reveals Google Search comments, preps Collection sharing, more [APK Insight]
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Friday 5: Some great OnePlus 6T case options [Video]
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US airport security is slowly getting just a bit better - CNET
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Review: 2018 MacBook Air with Retina display – mainstream Mac [Video]
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The internet is celebrating Danny DeVito this week
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The internet is celebrating Danny DeVito this week
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