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PayFit raises $79 million for its payroll service  TechCrunch · 20 minutes
French startup PayFit is raising a new $79 million funding round (€70 million) from Eurazeo and Bpifrance. The company first started with a payroll service for small and medium companies in France.... more
Huawei Ban: US Chipmakers Said to Be Quietly Lobbying to Ease Restrictions  Gadgets 360 · 2 hours
American chip suppliers, including Qualcomm and Intel, are quietly pressing the US government to ease its ban on sales to Huawei, people familiar with... more
Progressive climate policy poised to pass in Oregon  ABC NEWS · 2 hours
Progressives laud Oregon's cap-and-trade bill for prioritizing investments in low-income and rural communities, but some aren't sure the program will work as intended. more
Report: Huawei expects international smartphone shipments to plummet  TechCrunch · 2 hours
A month after being placed on a trade blacklist by the Trump administration, Huawei is reportedly steadying itself for international shipments of its smartphones to decline by 40% to 60%. According to... more
China’s housing unicorn Danke appoints ex-Baidu exec as new COO  TechCrunch · 6 hours
A few months after nabbing a handsome $500 million funding round, China’s shared housing startup Danke Apartment got a talent boost. On Monday, Danke announced the appointment of... more
Walmart launched an unlimited grocery delivery subscription service  THE VERGE · 15 hours
Walmart has introduced an unlimited grocery delivery service called Delivery Unlimited, as spotted by TechCrunch. The service is an expansion... more
LucidSound announces rose gold LS35X Xbox Wireless Headset  Windows Central · 1 day
It's so pretty. What you need to know LucidSound is releasing a new rose gold LS35X Xbox Wireless Headset this fall. It connects wirelessly to your Xbox One without any additional dongles.... more
Shyp is preparing for a comeback under new management  TechCrunch · 1 day
Fifteen months after shutting down, Shyp is getting ready to launch again. The startup tweeted today that “We are back! We’re hard at work to rebuild an unparalleled shipping experience.... more
Target's tech trouble clogs stores with long checkout lines  ABC NEWS · 1 day
Target suffered a technological glitch that stalled checkout lines at its stores worldwide Saturday, exasperating shoppers and eating into sales at a prime time for retailers more
Getting remote work working, A16Z in LatAm, transferring H-1Bs, and Uber Air taxis  TechCrunch · 1 day
How to make remote work work TechCrunch columnist Jon Evans has an Extra Crunch-exclusive look on what it takes to get remote... more
Where is the EU going on tech and competition policy?  TechCrunch · 2 days
Huge technology policy questions are looming for whoever takes the top jobs at the European Union in the coming months. Decisions that could radically reshape tech business models,... more
Startups Weekly: #CodeCon, the ‘techlash’ and ill-prepared CEOs  TechCrunch · 2 days
In this week's newsletter: Epic Games throws a houseparty, CrowdStrike soars and a VR startup raises fresh funds. more
Election hacking has never been cheaper, easier or more profitable - CNET  CNET · 2 days
Cybercrime could be a $6 trillion business by 2022. Emerging tech like AI might be the only way to one step ahead. more
Amazon executive Werner Vogels on the ethics of facial recognition  BBC · 2 days
Amazon executive Werner Vogels tells the BBC's Dave Lee that the firm is can not be held responsible for how its artificial intelligence technology is used. more
Walmart Grocery is now offering a $98 per year ‘Delivery Unlimited’ subscription  TechCrunch · 2 days
Walmart is taking aim at Instacart, Target’s Shipt, and Amazon Prime Now/Whole Foods with a new grocery delivery subscription service called simply, “Delivery Unlimited.”... more is shutting down and that’s a damn shame  THE VERGE · 2 days
After 20 years of serving the nerds of the internet with a wide variety of geek-related merchandise, ThinkGeek... more
The Elder Scrolls Online: Elsweyr exhibits performance issues on Xbox One X  Windows Central · 2 days
Bethesda needs to fix this. What you need to know The Elder Scrolls Online: Elsweyr recently launched on Xbox One. The expansion adds a... more
Thousands of medical injury claim records exposed by ad agency  TechCrunch · 3 days
An internet advertising company specializing in helping law firms sign up potential clients has exposed close to 150,000 records from a database that was left unsecured. The database... more
Smart Fitness Device Activ5 Now Available From Apple  MacRumors · 3 days
Apple retail stores and the Apple online store are now carrying the Activ5, a fitness device designed by Activbody. Described... more
How to negotiate term sheets with strategic investors  TechCrunch · 3 days
Three years ago, I met with a founder who had raised a massive seed round at a valuation that was at least five times the market rate. I asked what firm made... more
TikTok hit $9M in in-app purchases last month, up 500% over last year  TechCrunch · 3 days
Popular short-form video app TikTok has been slowly ramping up its advertising strategy this year as it increases its focus on monetization.... more
Cyberpunk 2077 doesn’t look weird enough to be edgy  THE VERGE · 3 days
At E3 2019, there are two versions of Cyberpunk 2077. First, there’s the version that developer CD Projekt... more
Sanyo Launches Nebula Series Smart TVs on Amazon, Starting Rs. 12,999  Gadgets 360 · 3 days
Sanyo, the Japanese consumer electronics brand, in association with Amazon India, has launched two variants of Smart LED TVs under its Nebula series. more
Flipkart, Goqii Settle Dispute Over Sharp Discounting  Gadgets 360 · 3 days
Walmart unit Flipkart has settled a legal dispute with an Indian startup that alleged it suffered losses because its products were sharply discounted on the global retailer's website. more
Huawei Phones Display Ads From on Lock Screen, Some Users Report  Gadgets 360 · 3 days
Huawei P30 Pro, P20, P20 Pro, P20 Lite, and Honor 10 among others are reportedly the phones displaying ads on the lock screen. more
Facebook Backs Indian E-Commerce Startup Meesho  Gadgets 360 · 3 days
Facebook is buying a stake in Indian e-commerce start-up Meesho, the head of the Facebook’s Indian business said on Thursday. more
How China’s first autonomous driving unicorn Momenta hunts for data  TechCrunch · 3 days
Cao Xudong turned up on the side of the road in jeans and a black T-shirt printed with the word “Momenta,” the name of his startup. Before founding... more
Google creates performance test for ad blocking Chrome extensions  9to5Google · 3 days
Since January, we’ve been following a set of major changes to extensions on Google Chrome, called Manifest V3,... more
Google says Chrome isn't killing ad-blocking extensions - CNET  CNET · 3 days
It's just trying to make extensions safer. But Google still has a lot of convincing to do. more
VMware announces intent to buy Avi Networks, startup that raised $115M  TechCrunch · 3 days
VMware has been trying to reinvent itself from a company that helps you build and manage virtual machines in your data center to one that helps... more
Huawei is apparently showing ads on lockscreens for some of its phones  THE VERGE · 3 days
A number of Huawei phone owners have noticed that their devices have suddenly begun displaying ads in their lockscreens, according to Android Police. Users... more
Demo your early-stage startup at the TechCrunch Summer Party  TechCrunch · 3 days
Nothing says summer in Silicon Valley better than the TechCrunch Summer Party. In its 14th year, we’re celebrating the startup spirit and culture at the Park Chalet, San Francisco’s coastal... more
Tyson Foods launches its take on alternative proteins with new “Raised & Rooted” brand  TechCrunch · 3 days
Earlier today, Tyson Foods announced the launch of its first foray into the meat replacement market with the unveiling of... more
A widely used infusion pump can be remotely hijacked, say researchers  TechCrunch · 3 days
A hospital infusion pump widely used in hospitals and medical facilities has critical security flaws that allow it to be remotely hijacked and controlled, according to... more
Google creates ad blocker Chrome extension for performance testing  9to5Google · 3 days
Since January, we’ve been following a set of major changes to extensions on Google Chrome, called Manifest V3,... more
Review: Why Lenovo's IdeaPad S940 is the new king of the Ultrabooks  Windows Central · 4 days
The super-slim IdeaPad S940 wowed our senses but left our palms a bit sore. Laptop PCs are undergoing a similar transformation as smartphones, with... more
Why is Andreessen Horowitz (and everyone else) investing in Latin America now?  TechCrunch · 4 days
Investments by U.S. venture capital firms into Latin America are skyrocketing and one of the firms leading the charge into deals is none other... more
Palmer Luckey’s defense firm is partnering with the UK’s Royal Marines  THE VERGE · 4 days
The UK’s Royal Navy is partnering with Palmer Luckey’s defense technology firm Anduril Industries... more
Amazon sued over Alexa child recordings in US  BBC · 4 days
Two complaints claim the firm lacks the required consent to build and store youngsters' voice profiles. more
Airbnb launches ‘Adventures’ for tourists seeking more thrills  TechCrunch · 4 days
Airbnb has debuted a new extension of its growing business in providing travel experiences in addition to temporary housing – it’s called Airbnb Adventures, and it’s effectively a collection of tours and... more
Publishing startup Serial Box is resurrecting Orphan Black  THE VERGE · 4 days
The BBC’s Orphan Black ran for five years on television, and it’s set to return later this summer on a... more
Target Circle and TapHeaven team up in a mobile marketing merger  TechCrunch · 4 days
Target Circle and TapHeaven have announced that they’re merging into a single company under the Target Circle brand. TapHeaven co-founder and CEO Chris Hoyt, who is becoming chief... more
VidMob raises $25M for its video advertising tools  TechCrunch · 4 days
Video advertising company VidMob is announcing that it has raised $25 million in Series B funding. When I wrote about VidMob’s seed funding back in 2015, it was focused on building a... more
Tyson Foods is getting into the fake meat business  THE VERGE · 4 days
Tyson Foods, the biggest meat producer in America, is getting into the fake meat business. The company announced... more
VidMob raises raises $25M for its video advertising tools  TechCrunch · 4 days
Video advertising company VidMob is announcing that it has raised $25 million in Series B funding. When I wrote about VidMob’s seed funding back in 2015, it was focused on... more
Facebook backs social commerce startup Meesho in first India investment  TechCrunch · 4 days
As Facebook explores ways to generate revenue from WhatsApp, the company is now turning to a startup that already has a lead. The social juggernaut said today it... more
Zava bags $32M to expand its AI-free telehealth service in Europe  TechCrunch · 4 days
More money is being injected into the telehealth space in Europe. Zava, a long-time player that bills its online service as offering a “discreet and convenient”... more
Google Claims Chrome 'Isn't Killing Ad Blockers', But 'Making Them Safer'  Gadgets 360 · 4 days
Google Chrome is switching from WebRequest API to DeclarativeNetRequest API to restrict ad blockers. more
Lifen raises $22.7 million for its healthcare messaging platform  TechCrunch · 4 days
French startup Lifen is raising a $22.7 million (€20 million) funding round. Partech is leading the round with Idinvest Partners and Majycc eSanté Invest also participating. Existing investors Serena and... more
Revolut launches in Australia as a beta release  TechCrunch · 4 days
Fintech startup Revolut is expanding beyond Europe for the first time. The service is going live for some users in Australia starting today. Revolut isn’t opening its doors to all customers at... more
Man sues body preservation firm and wants dad's head returned  Sky News · 4 days
A US man is suing a cryonics company for $1m (£790,000) and wants his father's head returned, claiming it wrongly cremated his father's body and sent the remains... more
Walmart announces it will fully integrate Jet’s teams, but Jet will remain a standalone brand  TechCrunch · 4 days
Three years after acquiring Jet for $3 billion, Walmart announced today that it is now more fully integrating... more
N26 shares some metrics  TechCrunch · 4 days
Fintech startup N26 just issued an update on its main metrics. The bank now has 3.5 million customers across 24 European markets. The company is about to expand to new countries, such as the U.S. and Brazil but it sounds... more
Hyundai takes minority stake in self-driving car startup Aurora  TechCrunch · 4 days
Hyundai Motor Group has invested in Aurora, the latest sign that the scope of the year-old partnership between the automaker and self-driving car startup has expanded. Aurora and Hyundai didn’t... more
Laundry startup FlyCleaners confirms major layoffs  TechCrunch · 4 days
FlyCleaners, a New York startup offering on-demand laundry pickup and delivery, has laid off “a large number” of its employees, co-founder and CEO David Salama told TechCrunch. This confirms a story earlier this week in Crain’s... more
We ride along in Tesla Mobile Service's customized Model S video - Roadshow  CNET · 4 days
Tesla has transformed a fleet of Model S's, giving them a second life as mobile service centers for the brand's electric cars... more
Simpo raises $4.5M seed to help drive software adoption  TechCrunch · 4 days
Simpo is a startup with a simple idea. It wants to help product managers at large companies get software into the hands of its employee users faster. Today, the company... more
Creative Destruction Lab’s second Super Session is an intense two-day startup testbed  TechCrunch · 4 days
Canadian startup program Creative Destruction Lab (CDL) escapes succinct description in some ways — it’s an accelerator, to be sure, and an incubator. Startups... more
London’s LocalGlobe just closed on two funds totaling $295 million  TechCrunch · 4 days
Seven months ago, TechCrunch’s Steve O’Hear reported that LocalGlobe had begun the fundraising process for two separate funds. The London-based seed-stage venture firm was raising yet another seed-stage... more
Do VC associates matter, women’s fertility, online auto marketplaces, and Salesforce + Tableau  TechCrunch · 5 days
Editor’s Note: New feedback buttons You might have noticed at the top and bottom of this newsletter that we have added new... more
Against Gravity is building a VR world that won’t stop growing  TechCrunch · 5 days
The quest to create a social auditorium in virtual reality has eaten many VC dollars over the years. While plenty of contenders have emerged, it’s likely... more
Simpo raises $4.5M Seed to help install software faster and more efficiently  TechCrunch · 5 days
Simpo is a startup with a simple idea. It wants to help project managers at large companies get software into the hands of its... more
Bird confirms acquisition of Scoot  TechCrunch · 5 days
Bird is acquiring electric scooter and moped startup Scoot, confirming TechCrunch’s previous report that the two companies were in acquisition talks. “We are thrilled to welcome Scoot to the Bird ecosystem and look forward to working with the... more
RealityEngines.AI raises $5.25M seed round to make ML easier for enterprises  TechCrunch · 5 days
RealityEngines.AI, a research startup that wants to help enterprises make better use of AI, even when they only have incomplete data, today announced that it has... more
Fundraising 101: Do VC associates matter?  TechCrunch · 5 days
Building a company is fueled by highs and lows, but one of the few moments of potential ecstasy (or perhaps for grizzled veterans, deep annoyance) is the VC outreach email. You are building your startup on... more
Apollo raises $22M for its GraphQL platform  TechCrunch · 5 days
Apollo, a San Francisco-based startup that provides a number of developer and operator tools and services around the GraphQL query language, today announced that it has raised a $22 million growth funding round co-led... more
Uber Air’s plan to get you from a skyport to an airport  TechCrunch · 5 days
Uber trips to and from the airport account for a significant number of rides. Uber doesn’t disclose the exact amount, but Uber Elevate Infrastructure... more
KKR leads $300M investment in phishing training company KnowBe4  TechCrunch · 5 days
You might not have known about KnowBe4 before, but you should now because this morning, the company announced a massive $300 million investment led by private equity firm KKR. The... more
Huawei cancels laptop launch because of US trade blacklist  BBC · 5 days
The firm said it was unable to manufacture a planned laptop because the US had put it on a blacklist. more
Argo AI is taking its new generation of self-driving vehicles into downtown Detroit  TechCrunch · 5 days
Argo AI, the Pittsburgh-based autonomous vehicle startup that Ford invested $1 billion in 2017, has expanded its testing to downtown Detroit with... more
Orca Security scores $6.5M seed round to solve cloud native security  TechCrunch · 5 days
Orca Security, a startup based in Israel, announced a healthy $6.5 million seed round today led by YL Ventures, a firm that makes a living investing... more
Alibaba’s Ant Financial and Hellobike team up on $145M e-bike battery JV  TechCrunch · 5 days
Shared e-scooters aren’t just gaining popularity in the United States; they’re hitting the streets of China, too. Recognizing the possibility that some people just... more
Go-Jek doubles down on India with yet another talent acquisition  TechCrunch · 5 days
Go-Jek may be based in Southeast Asia, but the multi-billion-dollar ride-hailing firm continues to tap India for engineering talent. The Indonesia-headquartered firm announced today that it has acquired... more
LG's 5G Phones in Doubt as Chip Deal With Qualcomm Set to Expire  Gadgets 360 · 5 days
LG's new 5G smartphone looked uncertain on Wednesday after the firm said it was unable to narrow differences with Qualcomm to renew... more
India’s Jumbotail raises $12.7 million to digitize convenience stores with its wholesale marketplace  TechCrunch · 5 days
With most small grocery stores in India yet to get online, startups racing to digitize them continue to see promising backing from... more
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