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Crunch Report | Tesla and Rollercoasters

Waymo is suing Otto and Uber for allegedly stealing its trade secrets, Layer gets more funding and acquires Cola, a major Cloudflare bug leaked sensitive data from customers' websites and Elon Musk addresses unionization concerns at Tesla. All this on Crunch Report.

How to secure your data after the Cloudflare leak

Cloudflare revealed yesterday that a bug in its code caused sensitive data to leak from some of the major websites that use its performance enhancement and security services. Uber, Fitbit, OkCupid and 1Password are among Cloudflare's millions of clients, and it's possible that personal data such as ...

Super Smash Borg Melee: AI takes on top players of the classic Nintendo fighting game

You can add the cult classic Super Smash Bros Melee to the list of games soon to be dominated by AIs. Research at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory has produced a computer player superior to the drones you can already fight in the game. It's good enough that it held its ...

The NBA gets high-tech with VR, drones and futuristic dreams

This past weekend, something kind of incredible happened; basketball aficionados from across the globe were able to don high-tech goggles to live-stream stereoscopic virtual reality of a highly paid athlete receiving a bounce pass from a custom-designed drone to perform a highly technical slam ...

Announcing the Startup Battlefield Scholarship Fund for Disrupt NY 2017

After the success of the Startup Battlefield Scholarship Fund at Disrupt SF and Disrupt London, we are pleased to announce that we will once again be offering scholarships to Startup Battlefield companies at Disrupt NY 2017, taking place May 15-17. Startup Battlefield is TechCrunch Disrupt's ...

Uber says it's 'absolutely not' behind a smear campaign against ex-employee Susan Fowler Rigetti

Uber is under attack once again today as the Twittersphere quickly concluded it was behind a smear campaign against a former engineer for the company, Susan Fowler Rigetti, who dropped a scathing blog post earlier this week detailing sexual harassment claims while working at Uber over the course of ...

DARTdrones pitches Shark Tank to build a flight school for drone pilots

Entrepreneurs who pitch on ABC's Shark Tank typically make packaged goods and apparel. Occasionally, the high tech breaks through. XCraft, the company behind the PhoneDrone Ethos, scored a rare investment from all of the judges on the ABC show last spring, for example. And tonight, drones are ...

Smart cities must be people-centered, equitable cities

Technology has always been a critical force deeply intertwined with the evolution of cities. The development of smart cities builds upon this strong historical foundation with a digital foundation that allows cities to function more efficiently, be more responsive to community members and ultimately ...

Extra early-bird ticket deadline extended until March 3

Want to attend Disrupt NY 2017 but missed the early bird ticket deadline? You're in luck! We're giving you a few extra days to get your hands on deeply-discounted extra early-bird Disrupt tickets, so you now have until Friday, March 3 to purchase. Extra early-bird tickets will set you back just ...

Any headphones can be Bluetooth headphones with Jack

When Apple decided to strip its flagship phones of the headphone jack, certain people were angry. Those relying on the headphone jack for non-music things were grumpy, but so were those of us who had recently dropped hundreds of dollars on new, high-end headphones. Jack , a Kickstarter campaign in ...

Tech companies are filing a brief supporting transgender youth in upcoming SCOTUS case

Tech companies are preparing to go to bat for transgender rights when the Supreme Court takes on the issue next month. As Axios reports, led by Apple, a number of prominent companies will file a court brief arguing in favor of the 17-year-old lead plaintiff, transgender Virginia high school student ...

Facebook's mobile prodigy launches video charades game

Michael Sayman was just 17 when Facebook hired him, but he'd already built 5 apps. Now 7 years after his first launch, the Facebook product manager has just released Show and Tell, which turns selfies and visual communication into a game. You're given an emotion to act out, you send the video to ...

VR social productivity app Bigscreen raises $3M in round led by Andreessen Horowitz

While there is much ink spilled over the hunt for VR's “killer app,” over the past year a number of social apps have emerged out of the VR community that seek to highlight the unparalleled opportunities for collaboration offered by VR. One of the first to balance the potential for fun ...

FCC prepares to pull broadband privacy rules adopted last year

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced his intention today to block a privacy rule adopted by the Commission late last year. Citing its disharmony with existing FTC rules, Pai intends to prevent its coming into force as planned on March 2.

Self-driving care

U.S. healthcare might learn a thing or two from the modus operandi of Google's fleet of autonomous vehicles , the information and skills that self-driving vehicle systems must share represent compelling models and lessons that might be adapted to healthcare.

SoFi confirms $500 million in new funding as it pushes beyond lending

Online finance startup SoFi got its start refinancing student loans but gradually has been adding other services to members. To expand into new regions and move closer to becoming a full-service financial services company, SoFi has confirmed that it raised an additional $500 million in equity ...

Communication platform Layer raises $15M and acquires interactive messaging startup Cola

Layer, the messaging platform that won TechCrunch's Startup Battlefield back in 2013, is making two big announcements today: It's raised $15 million in Series B funding, and it's acquiring another startup, Cola. Layer makes it easy for businesses to add messaging capabilities to their iOS, ...

Elon Musk addresses working condition claims in Tesla staff-wide email

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has shared the results of his own investigation into factory working conditions at the carmaker, following accusations by employee and union advocate Jose Moran made in a Medium post earlier this month. Musk's lengthy email was sent to all Tesla employees, and addresses all areas ...

Weekly Roundup: Uber responds to sexual harassment claim, NASA discovers Earth-like planets

Tech news was heavy this week. Uber is facing a sexual harassment claim as well as a lawsuit from Google, NASA discovered planets with what could prove to be Earthlike conditions, and more information was revealed about Apple's new Apple Park campus. These are the top stories of the week. 1. Last ...

While tech giants hire, startups fret — Has Brexit Britain become La La Land?

If you've read the latest headlines about Britain's tech industry, you'd think the country hadn't been rocked by the greatest political and economic uncertainty since the Second World War. Not only are UK startups raising record amounts of funding year on year, but tech giants like Amazon are ...

Communication platform Layer raises $15M and acquires interactive messaging startup Cola

Layer, the messaging platform that won TechCrunch's Startup Battlefield back in 2013, is making two big announcement today: It's raised $15 million in Series B funding, and it's acquiring another startup, Cola. Layer makes it easy for businesses to add messaging capabilities to their iOS, ...

While tech giants hire, startups fret — Has Brexit Britain become La La Land?

If you've read the latest headlines about Britain's tech industry, you'd think the country hadn't be rocked by the greatest political and economic uncertainty since the Second World War. Not only are UK startups raising record amounts of funding year on year, but tech giants like Amazon are ...

Communication platform Layer raises $15M and acquires interactive messaging startup Cola

Layer, the messaging platform that won TechCrunch's Startup Battlefield back in 2013, is making two big announcement today: It's raised $15 million in Series B funding, and it's acquiring another startup, Cola. Layer makes it easy for businesses to add messaging capabilities to their  iOS, ...

Volkswagen's e-Golf gets a range boost to 125 miles for 2017

The e-Golf, Volkswagen's electric version of its popular compact car, officially gets around 50 percent more range this year than it did in the previous model. That means it now has an EPA rating of 125 miles on a single charge , compared to 83 miles before. The 125-mile range is still a far cry ...

Today is the last day to save $1,200 on Disrupt NY Tickets

If you're looking to attend the hottest startup show in the Big Apple, you're going to want to act fast. Today is the final day to get extra early-bird Disrupt tickets for just $1,795 apiece, a full $1,200 off the final retail price. You can get your tickets here. Go on, we'll wait. Still ...

Embark's self-driving truck is ready to assist human drivers

Self-driving trucking startup Embark is revealing its tech for the first time, showing off a competitor for Uber's Otto that uses neural networks and deep learning to teach trucks how to drive themselves through their own processes of practice and trial and error. Embark's trucks are also approved ...

Uber female engineers to Travis: 'there's a systemic problem with sexism here'

Following accusations of sexism being ingrained into the culture of ride-hailing company Uber, after a female ex-employ detailed her experience in a blog post earlier this week, CEO Travis Kalanick held a meeting yesterday with a group of 100+ Uber female engineers to listen to their concerns , and ...

Here are the startups pitching at the MWC TechCrunch Meetup next week

TechCrunch is holding a Mini-Meetup during Mobile World Congress, on Tuesday Feb. 28. We will hold a “Pitch-Off” of startups at the event. Tickets are sold out but you can go on the waiting list here. You can apply to pitch your Barcelona-based startup here. We've selected nine great ...

Shine gives up on mobile network ad-block threats, wants to play nice

So much for sticking “nuclear weapons” in carriers' dumb pipes. Shine, last year's enfant terrible of mobile ad blocking is pivoting , in both tone of voice and business model. It's also rebranding to, er, Rainbow.

Stayzilla, India's Airbnb for homestays, closes its service

Stayzilla, an Airbnb for homestays in India, is closing down its service. The company was founded six years ago and had raised $34 million from investors, including a $20 million Series B in 2015. Now is the time to pause and “reboot” however, CEO and co-founder Yogendra Vasupal ...

RCS, Google's answer to iMessage, expands to 27 more carriers and OEMs

While messaging apps like WhatsApp, Messenger, Snapchat and WeChat rake in ever more users, features and relationships with key brands, and Apple's iMessage continues to play strong with iPhone users, Google today announced a big step forward in its own strategy to bring a native, enhanced, ...

Rocket Internet's Zalora is retreating from two more countries in Asia

Zalora, the Rocket Internet-backed online fashion store, is continuing its retreat from Asia. The firm sold off its businesses in Vietnam and Thailand last year, and now it is withdrawing from the Philippines and Indonesia. Yesterday it transpired that Zalora sold 49 percent of its Philippines-based ...

RCS, Google's answer to iMessage, expands to 27 more carriers and OEMs

While messaging apps like WhatsApp, Messenger, Snapchat and WeChat rake in ever more users, features and relationships with key brands, and Apple's iMessage continues to play strong with iPhone users, Android and search giant Google today announced a big step forward in its own strategy to bring ...

Crunch Report | DeviantArt Acquired by Wix

DevianArt gets acquired by Wix, AirMap raises $26 million, Airbnb buys Tilt, Google releases perspective for comment toxicity rating and more. All this on Crunch Report.

Major Cloudflare bug leaked sensitive data from customers' websites

Cloudflare revealed a serious bug in its software today that caused sensitive data like passwords, cookies, authentication tokens to spill in plaintext from its customers' websites. The announcement is a major blow for the content delivery network, which offers enhanced security and performance for ...

How a political strategist and former NAACP advisor became Silicon Valley's Olivia Pope

People in government are organizers and hustlers with deep industry knowledge and skills that are applicable across a variety of roles in tech.

World View's 'stratollites' and new spaceport aim to change the business of space

At World View's new headquarters in Tucson, Arizona, the paint is barely dry on a gleaming new structure located near the airport, and just down the road from defense contractor Raytheon. The facility dominates the landscape, and reflects the enormity of World View's main goal, which is nothing ...

FCC weakens net neutrality rule in a prelude to larger rollbacks

The FCC ordered today to reduce the reach of a net neutrality rule that requires broadband providers to share data on their services. Originally, providers with less than 100,000 subscribers were exempt; the order raises that number to 250,000 , potentially allowing far more companies to escape ...

Apple says iOS 10.2.1 has reduced unexpected iPhone 6s shutdown issues by 80%

Apple has been working on a very annoying iPhone shutdown bug and it says it has come up with a fix of sorts that should mitigate the problem on a majority of iPhone 6 and 6s devices.

The price of Bitcoin just hit an all-time high

Wow , Bitcoin just hit an all-time high. The digital currency is currently trading at around $1,186 , which is about $20 more than its previous all-time high of ~$1,165, which it hit in November 2013, at the height of Bitcoin-mania.

Waymo sues Uber and Otto for theft of trade secrets

Waymo, the Alphabet-owned self-driving company that began life as Google's self-driving car project, has filed suit against self-driving trucking company Otto, and its parent company, Uber. Waymo says that Uber “misappropriated” its trade secrets, and infringed upon its held patents by ...

HP's Spectre 15 makes 4K on a laptop a livable experience

What makes it better than other 4K laptops is its decent battery life and healthy selection of ports. If Windows is your jam and you need full-size screen, this is the notebook to get. The latest edition of the 15-inch Spectre x360 is only offered with a 4k screen. HP is that committed to providing ...

Google's iOS Keyboard gets the one feature it really lacked: voice typing

I really like Gboard. It's been my primary iOS keyboard since Google launched it back in May of 2016, and it's pretty much the only third party iOS keyboard that I've stuck with for more than a week. But it was missing one glaring feature that iOS' own keyboard has offered for years: voice ...

MyKronoz reveals a full-color smartwatch with mechanical watch arms

This is a first. MyKronoz just introduced the ZeTime, a hybrid smartwatch with arms like those found on traditional watches. Essentially the company put a watch movement behind the touchscreen, drilled a hole, and let gears stick through. At this point, the watch is not available for purchase ...

Early Uber investors say they're 'disappointed' in the company's response to sexual harassment claims

Freada Kapor Klein and Mitch Kapor, two early investors in Uber, are feeling “disappointed” and “frustrated” in light of Uber's response to claims of sexual harassment at the company, the two wrote on Medium today. Earlier this week, Uber said it had hired US Attorney ...

Thistle launches meal kits to make nutritious baby food at home

Food delivery startup Thistle was never in the business of making meal kits, those boxes of pre-measured ingredients and recipes to help customers cook at home. The startup's married cofounders, Ashwin Cheriyan and Shiri Avnery, thought that prepared meals, ready-to-heat or raw and ready-to-eat, ...

Why we need diverse founder and funding teams and how to find them

Diverse teams perform better. First Round Capital found that, over 10 years, teams with at least one female co-founder performed 63 percent better than male-only teams. Racially diverse teams also perform 35 percent better than their industry peers. Yet only 8 percent of venture capital money is ...

Facebook's new profile photo flags and Zuck's idea of 'community'

Mark Zuckerberg believes we should be “coming together not just as cities or nations, but also as a global community.” That's why Facebook's latest feature feels a bit confusing. Facebook has added nearly 200 flags to its Profile Frames feature, which lets you overlay imagery filters ...

Apple, Google and more speak out against Trump revoking guidelines protecting trans students

Once again, tech companies are again finding themselves in the midst of a culture war in response to action by the Trump administration. On Wednesday, the administration rescinded guidance for transgender students in public schools, repealing a similar letter which the Obama administration had ...

Facebook's new profile photo flags and Zuck's idea of community'

Mark Zuckerberg believes we should be “coming together not just as cities or nations, but also as a global community.” That's why Facebook's latest feature feels a bit confusing. Facebook has added more than 200 flags to its Profile Frames feature, which lets you overlay imagery filters ...