September 5-7

TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco 2018

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TechCrunch Disrupt is the world’s leading authority in debuting revolutionary startups, introducing game-changing technologies and discussing what’s top of mind for the tech industry’s key innovators. Disrupt SF 2018 gathers the best and brightest entrepreneurs, investors, hackers, and tech fans for on-stage interviews and a lot more. Full schedule and more information: https://techcrunch.com/events/disrupt-sf-2018/

  • Cities that didn’t win HQ2 shouldn’t be counted out
    TechCrunch6 hours ago

    Cities that didn’t win HQ2 shouldn’t be counted out

    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. Blockchain technology could be the great equalizer for American cities Scott Andes Contributor Share on Twitter Scott Andes is

  • Microsoft to shut down HockeyApp
    TechCrunch8 hours ago

    Microsoft to shut down HockeyApp

    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. HockeyApp was a service that let you distribute beta versions of your app, get crash reports and analytics.

  • China's hottest news app Jinri Toutiao announces new CEO
    TechCrunch9 hours ago

    China's hottest news app Jinri Toutiao announces new CEO

    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 Jinri Toutiao, which means "today's headlines" in Chinese, and the app just assigned a new

  • WhatsApp could wreck Snapchat again by copying ephemeral messaging
    TechCrunch9 hours ago

    WhatsApp could wreck Snapchat again by copying ephemeral messaging

    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. A good enough version of Stories conveniently baked into the messaging app beloved in the developing world where Snapchat

  • Microsoft could release a disc-less Xbox One
    TechCrunch10 hours ago

    Microsoft could release a disc-less Xbox One

    According to a new report from Thurott, Microsoft has been working on a new console in the Xbox One family. An Xbox One S officially starts at $299 but you can currently find it for around $250 on Amazon. If you already have an Xbox One and physical games, you could imagine going to an official retailer

  • SparkLabs Taipei closes initial $4.25M for its first fund, adds Jeremy Lin as an advisor
    TechCrunch13 hours ago

    SparkLabs Taipei closes initial $4.25M for its first fund, adds Jeremy Lin as an advisor

    SparkLabs Taipei, part of SparkLabs Group, the global network of accelerator programs and funds that works with emerging startup ecosystems, has raised $4.25 million in an initial close led by CTBC Group, along with individual investors, for its first venture capital fund. SparkLabs Taipei also announced

  • Ocasio-Cortez’s Instagram is the young person’s guide to Congress
    Quartz16 hours ago

    Ocasio-Cortez’s Instagram is the young person’s guide to Congress

    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has mastered a powerful political tool: Instagram Stories. As she grapples with the workaday details of becoming a US representative, as well as the big ideas she campaigned on, the 29-year-old congresswoman-elect from New York is offering Americans an unprecedented look into

  • YouTube quietly added free, ad-supported movies to its site
    TechCrunch22 hours ago

    YouTube quietly added free, ad-supported movies to its site

    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" and "The Terminator," as well as other family fare like "Zookeeper," "Agent Cody

  • Blockchain gaming gets a boost with Mythical Games' $16M Series A
    TechCrunch22 hours ago

    Blockchain gaming gets a boost with Mythical Games' $16M Series A

    Fortnite, the free multi-player survival game, has earned an astonishing $1 billion from in-game virtual purchases alone. Now, others in the gaming industry are experimenting with how they too can capitalize on new trends in gaming. Mythical Games, a startup out of stealth today with $16 million in

  • Walmart passes Apple to become No. 3 online retailer in U.S.
    TechCrunch23 hours ago

    Walmart passes Apple to become No. 3 online retailer in U.S.

    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 by a wide margin, accounting for 48 percent of e-commerce sales in 2018, Walmart - including also Sam's Club and Jet.com - is poised to capture 4

  • The Boring Company goes brick-and-mortar with The Brick Store
    TechCrunchyesterday

    The Boring Company goes brick-and-mortar with The Brick Store

    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 to produce and sell bricks, according to public documents obtained by TechCrunch. The new company, which was founded in July, will

  • Unicorns aren't special anymore
    TechCrunchyesterday

    Unicorns aren't special anymore

    When Aileen Lee, the former Kleiner Perkins partner and founder of the seed-stage venture capital firm Cowboy Ventures, coined the term "unicorn" in 2013 on this very site, there were just 39 companies that had earned the title.

  • Feeling left out of a hot market? This new outfit has a fund with shares of 30 top 'unicorns' to sell you
    TechCrunchyesterday

    Feeling left out of a hot market? This new outfit has a fund with shares of 30 top 'unicorns' to sell you

    As startups linger ever longer as private companies, more people are looking to lock up shares wherever they can find them. In addition to Equidate, other companies that match investors with "pre-IPO" company shares include EquityZen, SharesPost, and Seedrs. Among few exceptions to this rule

  • Kairos founder countersues his own company for $10 million
    TechCrunchyesterday

    Kairos founder countersues his own company for $10 million

    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 million in damages. Kairos is a facial recognition startup that has become well-known for its stance to never

  • Pitching a $99 tax advisory service for the masses, Visor has raised $9 million
    TechCrunchyesterday

    Pitching a $99 tax advisory service for the masses, Visor has raised $9 million

    The only sure things in this life, according to Ben Franklin, are death and taxes. Unlike Nectome, Visor won't kill anyone, but it may ring the death knell for the high end tax advisors that most Americans can't even access to get help filing and paying their taxes.  It's like having a personalized

  • Facebook's Top Brass Say They Knew Nothing About Definers. Don't Believe Them.
    HuffPostyesterday

    Facebook's Top Brass Say They Knew Nothing About Definers. Don't Believe Them.

    Sweet, wide-eyed Mark Zuckerberg swears he didn't know anything.

  • The Criterion Collection is launching its own streaming service
    TechCrunchyesterday

    The Criterion Collection is launching its own streaming service

    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 home. Today, Criterion announced that it will be building that home itself — namely, launching a streaming service called

  • Tesla has opened up Model 3 orders to customers in China
    TechCrunchyesterday

    Tesla has opened up Model 3 orders to customers in China

    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 taking orders in China. Tesla won't confirm or comment on the information published on its own China-focused website.

  • Gift Guide: The best gear for that friend who wants to start a podcast
    TechCrunchyesterday

    Gift Guide: The best gear for that friend who wants to start a podcast

    Welcome to TechCrunch’s 2018 Holiday Gift Guide! Need more gift ideas? As the producer of the TechCrunch podcast Equity, I get this question all the time. As interest sky rockets, the barrier to entry is getting lower, with more microphones, gadgets and services hitting the market all the time.

  • Facebook quiere que veas videos al mismo tiempo con tus amigos en Messenger
    Digital Trendsyesterday

    Facebook quiere que veas videos al mismo tiempo con tus amigos en Messenger

    Facebook acaba de lanzar una nueva opción para ver videos a través de Messenger, y quiere que compartas esa experiencia al mismo tiempo con tus amigos. Te explicamos de qué se trata.

  • Stoop aims to improve your news diet with an easy way to find and read newsletters
    TechCrunchyesterday

    Stoop aims to improve your news diet with an easy way to find and read newsletters

    To do that, it's launched an iOS and Android app where you can browse through different newsletters based on category, and when you find one you like, it will direct you to the standard subscription page. Well, he argued that they're one of the key ways for publishers to develop a direct relationship

  • Cryptocurrency chill causes mining speculator Nvidia's stock to plunge
    TechCrunchyesterday

    Cryptocurrency chill causes mining speculator Nvidia's stock to plunge

    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 riding the cryptocurrency wave, saw its stock price take a double-digit hit as it reported vanishing demand for GPUs

  • Benzingayesterday

    Uber And Lyft: Revenue Growth In Line As Companies Eye IPOs

    With 2019 just a few months away, investors' interest in the third quarter financials of Uber and Lyft has been sky-high, as the cab-hailing companies are entangled in a high stakes game towards going public next year. Revenue growth increased by 9 percent from Q2 to $2.95 billion, with the year-on-year

  • Reading List: Podcasting
    TechCrunchyesterday

    Reading List: Podcasting

    Timeline of Podcasting | October 2015 | Vanessa Quirk created an interactive timeline to highlight the development of the podcast as a new content medium (on behalf of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University). The Future of Podcasting: A History Lesson | July 2017 | Justine Moore

  • Facebook May Be Bringing Group Video Viewing to Messenger
    Varietyyesterday

    Facebook May Be Bringing Group Video Viewing to Messenger

    Facebook has been testing social video co-viewing in Messenger, according to code snippets discovered by Twitter user Ananay Arora. The feature seems to be similar to Facebook’s Watch Party, which launched globally this summer. .@Facebook is testing watch party for @messenger! pic.twitter.com/30Hpuo9Ccp