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Snapchat seeks salvation in long-form and hands-on' AR ads

Snap Inc's stock tanked after missing revenue expectations by $30 million last quarter, so Snapchat is looking to win over businesses with immersive new ads formats. This week it introduced two new forms of ads: Promoted Stories which string together multiple Snaps into a longer-form slideshows ...

Black Eyed Peas' graphic novel, 'Masters of the Sun,' gets the AR treatment

Black Eyed Peas frontman will.i.am took heed of Steve Jobs' “think different” but perhaps more so, he has kept it all the way 100 by being fresh and original , the core values of golden-age hip-hop. Today, the group released an augmented reality app, available on iOS and Android, to go ...

Mattress startup Purple launches in 13 Mattress Firm store locations

A number of bed-in-a-box startups have taken different approaches to selling their mattresses and bed ware in the last year. Casper and Tuft and Needle, for instance, launched their own branded physical store locations. However, Purple, a mattress startup out of Utah that recently merged with a New ...

Original Content podcast: 'The Punisher' arrives with a bang

Marvel and Netflix's latest show The Punisher stars Jon Bernthal as the bloodthirsty superhero. Bernthal first took on the role in the second season of Daredevil, but now he's the headliner in a story exploring the aftermath of war and a broader government conspiracy. In the latest episode of ...

OK Go lets printers do the dancing in new music video

The band OK Go is known for its insanely creative music videos. From scooters, to cars, to planes, to treadmills, these guys have perfected the art of unique choreography. But this time, the band is going for something a bit old school. In the new video for “Obsession”, OK Go has created ...

Amazon German, Italian workers protest on Black Friday, dubbed 'Strike Friday'

Amazon has been one of the strongest driving forces behind the surge of e-commerce holiday sales around Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and the rest of the days leading to the end of the new year. Now, some of its workers in Europe have picked one of the biggest shopping days of the year to protest the ...

Shopify's live streaming the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales frenzy

Ever wonder what Black Friday's consumerist rush looks like in real time? Now you can see it visualized in the stream above, which is a visualization of sales occurring on Shopify's platform across its many merchants globally. Those dots represent sales in actual merchant stores, and the lines ...

Equity podcast: Stitch Fix and Sailpoint get their IPOs done

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch's venture capital-focused podcast where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This week we assembled the full crew , Matthew Lynley, Katie Roof and Alex Wilhelm , along with Stephanie Palmeri from Uncork Capital. Palmeri has invested in Poshmark, ...

Twitter testing a feature that shows how many are 'talking about' tweets

Twitter is experimenting with a new feature that will show how many people are “talking about” individual, popular tweets. The metric shows up under some embedded tweets when they appear elsewhere on the web, and seems to replace both the retweet and replies totals with one, cumulative ...

Can a cryptocurrency be used to fight hate speech, fake news and divisive politics?

Effectively, they want to fight radicalization by “mapping ideologies”, providing a compass to navigate belief systems and using cryptocurrency to reward contributors. The UK-based new charitable foundation plans to create a platform which works by creating an infrastructure that allows ...

Uber data breach includes UK users — but it's still not clear how many

The UK's digital minister has said the October 2016 data breach that Uber disclosed this week does affect UK users , though it's still unclear how many are impacted at this stage.

Black Friday sale – Disrupt Berlin tickets are buy-one-get-one free for one day only

We here at TechCrunch love a good holiday sale as much as the next person , maybe even more. So, we're jumping on the Black Friday bandwagon to offer an outstanding deal on Disrupt Berlin tickets. Today only, we're going BOGO on Berlin. Yup, buy one general admission ticket to Disrupt Berlin today, ...

Revolut now has a million customers for its banking alternative

Fintech startup Revolut has reached a big milestone. The company now has over a million customers across Europe two years and a half after launch. The company says that customers have saved $160 million in foreign exchange fees compared to a traditional bank account . The startup tries to match ...

The Moto Z's Alexa Smart Speaker is mostly useless

The Moto Z is a phone built around a strong gimmick, but it's a gimmick nonetheless. A little over a year after release, the company has added some interesting Mods to its selection, but none have offered an entirely compelling justification for the phone's modular system. That certainly applies to ...

Thanksgiving e-commerce sales pass $1.5B, up 17% year-on-year

Black Friday, the day after a quiet Thanksgiving Thursday, traditionally has been thought of as the start of the holiday sales season, but the rise of e-commerce in the last few years has changed all that, and the action is already kicking off today. Early numbers from Adobe and IBM, two of the ...

Tesla's electric Semi truck starts at $150,000, reservations now live

The Tesla Semi, the automaker's all-electric transport truck, will retail starting at $150,000 for a version with 300 miles of range, and will also be available in a $180,000 version with 500 miles of range. Interested parties can pre-order them with a base reservation price of $20,000 - ...

Co-founder of unicorn InMobi is launching a bike-sharing startup in India

Over in India, there are a handful of startups working to get the country's billion-person population on bikes. One of them is Yulu, co-founded by Amit Gupta, who formerly co-founded profitable, billion-dollar startup InMobi. In the next three to four weeks, Yulu will launch its bike-sharing service ...

Tesla's electric Semi truck starts at $150,000, reservations now live

The Tesla Semi, the automaker's all-electric transport truck, will retail starting at $150,000 for a version with 300 miles of range, and will also be available in a $150,000 version with 500 miles of range. Interested parties can pre-order them with a base reservation price of $20,000 - ...

Putting the AI' in ThAInksgiving

Welcome to Thanksgiving table talk circa 2017. It's true that AI and machine learning are changing the world, and in a few years, it will be embedded in all of the technology in our lives. So maybe it makes sense to help folks at home better understand machine learning. After all, without deep ...

In Israel, a blockchain and crypto hyper-cluster is just getting started

The lunch took place just after well-known tech investor Moshe Hogeg announced he would invest in every Israeli blockchain that approached him. That investor group, called Alignment, consisted of the Singulariteam Technology Group, together with CoinTree Capital, and BlockchainIL. Held at ...

Lyft raising additional $500 million on top of recent $1 billion round

Lyft is seeking to raise an additional $500 million, over and above the $1 billion it raised in a round led by Alphabet venture arm CaptialG last month. The $500 million is an extension of that round, the company told Axios, and is not yet closed. But it should add to Lyft's overall ...

ProtonMail bolts on an encrypted contacts manager and digital signing for contacts

Another neat addition to end-to-end encrypted email client ProtonMail: It's added a zero-access encrypted contacts manager that also digitally signs the contact info you store in it. 

Twitter is testing Bookmarks, a feature to privately flag Tweets for later

Last month, Twitter started work on a new “save for later” feature for Tweets in your timeline that you wanted to flag to refer back to in the future. Now it's given the feature a name , it will be called Bookmarks , and is running tests with it. The news was made public last night in a ...

Tesla completes the world's largest battery for Australian wind farm

Tesla has managed to deliver something on time, even if it \'s falling behind its projections for the Model 3 electric car: It has completed production of a massive battery farm in South Australia, which is designed to capture and store energy produced by a wind farm and distribute it to the grid ...

Let's talk about commercial drones at TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin

Everyone loves drones, including companies with very specific needs. Drones once were the hot new thing and the perfect birthday gift. But drone makers are now realizing that there's a bigger opportunity with commercial use cases, from farming to inspection. That's why we're excited to announce that ...

FTC evaluating serious issues' raised by Uber breach

The FTC has now put out a statement regarding the Uber data breach which the company concealed for the best part of a year before finally disclosing it, under new CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, on Tuesday by passing details to Bloomberg.

Mobile payment and loyalty platform Yoyo Wallet integrates with Starling Bank

In another example of Starling Bank jumping on the Open Banking/PSD2 train before legislation in the U.K. and Europe next year will force banks to do so, it is launching its latest API partnership: this time with Yoyo Wallet, the U.K.-based mobile payment and loyalty platform.

Indian home healthcare platform Portea Medical raises $26M Series C

Portea Medical, one of India's biggest platforms for home healthcare visits, has raised $26 million in Series C funding to expand its service range. The round was led by Sabre Partners and MEMG CDC, with participation from returning investors Accel , the World Bank Group's International Finance ...

Crunch Report | Uber's data breach and Apple's self-driving cars

Today's stories: Uber's big data breach, Facebook to single out election trolls, Apple's self-driving car research and FCC issues final draft of plan to kill net neutrality. That's it for this week. Tito's back on Monday. A very Happy Thanksgiving to everyone attempting to explain net neutrality and ...

AWS ramps up in AI with new consultancy services and Rekognition features

Ahead of Amazon's big AWS division Re:invent conference next week, the company has announced two developments in the area of artificial intelligence. AWS is opening a machine learning lab, ML Solutions Lab, to pair Amazon machine learning experts with customers. And it's releasing new features ...

YouTube tightens rules on kid-related content

YouTube, that strange stew of the best and worst content on the web, is cracking down on abuse and error relating to kid-focused video. Jokers and questionably ethical creators who targeted kids or used them in their videos will have a harder time getting viewers and getting money.

The rise of SPACs

Every few years efforts to redefine the IPO emerge, and as night follows day, investors get hurt and calls for tighter regulatory reform echo in legislative chambers and cable TV studios. The last significant “re-invention” emerged in the height of the dot-com boom when online brokers ...

Apple's Thanksgiving ad is mostly about the AirPods

Every year, Apple airs a new ad in the U.S. for Thanksgiving. Compared to other Apple ads, this is less about showing product features and more like a greeting card. This year is no different , you still see a lot of AirPods. Apple's new ad is called “Sway” and takes place in the streets ...

AltSchool wants to change how kids learn, but fears have surfaced that it's failing students

Business Insider recently reported that numerous families have grown frustrated with the education their children are receiving at AltSchool, an ambitious San Francisco-based edtech company that four years ago began opening physical grade schools and promising a personalized learning approach that ...

Net Neutrality advocates plan protests for December 7 at Verizon stores

On December 14, the FCC will vote on whether or not to roll back Obama-era policies protecting a free and open internet. In fact, during yesterday's announcement of the upcoming vote, the FCC neglected to mention the historic 22 million comments on the issue, the majority of which were opposed to ...

Snips lets you build your own voice assistant to embed into your devices

French startup Snips is now helping you build a custom voice assistant for your device. Snips doesn't use Amazon's Alexa Voice Service or Google Assistant SDK , the company is building its own voice assistant so that you can embed it on your devices. And the best part is that it doesn't send ...

Net Neutrality advocates plan protests for December 7 at Verizon stores

On December 14, the FCC will vote on whether or not to roll back Obama-era policies protecting a free and open internet. In fact, during yesterday's announcement of the upcoming vote, the FCC neglected to mention the historic 22 million comments on the issue, the majority of which were negative. In ...

FCC releases final draft of 'Restoring Internet Freedom,' which would not do that

The FCC yesterday announced a December 14 vote on “Restoring Internet Freedom,” an order that, far from restoring freedom to the internet, would allow it to be restricted in new and harmful ways. Actually, when you think of it as restoring internet freedom to ISPs and cable companies, it ...

Facebook will show which Russian election troll accounts you followed

Facebook is building out a tool to show which Facebook Pages or Instagram accounts associated with Russia's Internet Research Agency election troll farm you Liked or followed. Launching by the end of the year as part of the Facebook Help Center, the tool will show a list of all the IRA accounts you ...

Apple could use machine learning to shore up LiDAR limitations in self-driving

Apple has a new paper published in Cornell's arXiv open directory of scientific research, describing a method for using machine learning to translate the raw point cloud data gathered by LiDAR arrays into results that include detection of 3D objects, including bicycles and pedestrians, with no ...

Minted rolls out an on-demand photography service for around $100 per session

When you go through a big life event , say a milestone birthday for a parent or a wedding , there are probably going to be a lot of mini-events that happen before and after the big one. But you might not think to hire a professional photographer for them and stick with a couple phone cameras because ...

Salesforce keeps rolling with another monster quarter, as it sets $20 billion revenue goal

Ho hum, Salesforce announced its quarterly earnings yesterday and the news was all good once again with revenue up 25 percent to $2.68 billion. The company has blown through its $10 billion yearly revenue goal and has boldly set one for $20 billion by FY2022. I wouldn't put it passed ...

With Ethereum wallets under constant attack, Jibrel Network decided to build their own

Since blockchain technologies appeared people have been trying to figure out how to put traditional assets like currencies, bonds and other financial instruments onto it in a way which has regulatory compliance and is secure. If you could do that you could sell securities in a legitimate way, thus ...

Salesforce keeps rolling with another monster quarter, as it sets $20 billion revenue goal

Ho hum, Salesforce announced its quarterly earnings yesterday and the news was all good once again with revenue up 25% to $2.68 billion. The company has blown through its $10B yearly revenue goal and has boldly set one for $20B by FY2022. I wouldn't put it past them. The company also ...

With Ethereum wallets under constant attack, Jibrel Network decided to build their own

Since blockchain technologies appeared people have been trying to figure out how to put traditional assets like currencies, bonds and other financial instruments on to it in a way which has regulatory compliance and is secure. If you could do that you could sell securities in a legitimate way, thus ...

UK Budget courts tech sector with $663M in investments in AI, 5G networks and more

With the UK government continuing to face down criticism over how it is handling plans to remove the UK from the European Union, today the country's Chancellor Philip Hammond delivered an annual Autumn Budget that underscored its continuing push to win over the tech world. In a wide-ranging ...

Senator Schatz on net neutrality: This has to be a real political movement'

Following the news yesterday morning that the FCC will be voting on the proposal to kill net neutrality come December 14, officials and advocacy organizations have been issuing statements left and right decrying the impending upending of the internet as we know it. Senator Brian Schatz is among ...

Early-bird ticket pricing for Disrupt Berlin ends at midnight tonight

All good things, as they say, must come to an end. That definitely holds true for early-bird pricing on Disrupt Berlin tickets. In just a few short hours , at midnight tonight, local Berlin time to be precise , the general admission ticket price increases 30 percent.

Lyft gets approval to test self-driving cars on public roads in California

Lyft is the latest company to be added to the ever-growing list of those permitted to test their self-driving technology on California state public roads. The California Department of Motor Vehicles added Lyft to the list recently , following Lyft's foundation of a self-driving technology ...

PacketZoom lands $5M Series A investment to speed up mobile apps

PacketZoom, a startup that helps app developers speed up and optimize app delivery on mobile devices, announced a $5M Series A today. The round was led by Baseline Ventures with participation from First Round Capital, Tandem Capital and Arafura Ventures. Today's investment brings the total ...