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/

  • Swiping right on virtual relationships
    TechCrunch6 hours ago

    Swiping right on virtual relationships

    There's an episode in the latest season of the Hulu original series Casual, where the main character, Alex, tries his hand at dating in virtual reality. The season takes place around 2021 or 2022, when technological advances have made dating in VR both possible and socially acceptable. We're

  • White House says a draft executive order reviewing social media companies is not "official"
    TechCrunch10 hours ago

    White House says a draft executive order reviewing social media companies is not "official"

    A draft executive order circulating around the White House "is not the result of an official White House policymaking process," according to deputy White House press secretary, Lindsay Walters. According to a report in The Washington Post, Walters denied that White House staff had worked

  • Cinematic train wreck, "The Room", is now on YouTube in its entirety
    TechCrunch12 hours ago

    Cinematic train wreck, "The Room", is now on YouTube in its entirety

    The Room has been ranked with Plan 9 From Outer Space as a strong contender for the "best" worst movie ever made -- and it's now available in its entirety on YouTube. Written, directed, and starring Tommy Wiseau, The Room belongs in the same category as Plan 9, and Coven(which was immortalized

  • Comcast outbids Fox in $40B battle for Sky
    TechCrunch12 hours ago

    Comcast outbids Fox in $40B battle for Sky

    Comcast has outbid Twenty-First Century Fox for the UK's Sky, a final step in what's been a years-long takeover battle between the two media conglomerates. Comcast's final offer gives Sky a roughly $39 billion price tag.

  • Fintech startups: Apply to exhibit for free as a TC Top Pick at Disrupt Berlin 2018
    TechCrunch14 hours ago

    Fintech startups: Apply to exhibit for free as a TC Top Pick at Disrupt Berlin 2018

    Fintech promises to be one of the hottest topics at Disrupt Berlin 2018, and you can take that to the bank — see what we did there? On 29-30 November thousands of attendees will descend on Berlin, and what better way to get your fintech business in front of them than to exhibit in Startup Alley? Oh

  • Understanding Renaud Laplanche's next Upgraded act
    TechCrunch14 hours ago

    Understanding Renaud Laplanche's next Upgraded act

    Renaud Laplanche spent ten years building LendingClub. Circumventing conventional banking channels for consumer credit began in 1996 when Chris Larsen started E-LOAN, which ultimately led to Prosper Marketplace. While LendingClub has struggled in the public markets since their late 2014 IPO, they have

  • I spent 6 weeks in China — here are 5 things the country does infinitely better than the US
    Business Insider15 hours ago

    I spent 6 weeks in China — here are 5 things the country does infinitely better than the US

    After traveling in China for six weeks, I realized there were certain things the country does unquestionably better than the US. Few people speak English, and many of China's most convenient services, like mobile payments, won't work for foreigners.

  • A Lime scooter rider died this morning in Washington, D.C., marking the second fatality this month
    TechCrunchyesterday

    A Lime scooter rider died this morning in Washington, D.C., marking the second fatality this month

    Lime, the 18-month-old, San Francisco-based company whose bright green bicycles and scooters now dot cities throughout the U.S., launched a pilot program in Tacoma, Washington, today, but that tiny victory might have felt short-lived. The reason: on the opposite side of the country, a Lime rider was

  • CNBCyesterday

    Top VC Deals: Eventbrite and Farfetch go public, IndigoAg notches $3.5 billion valuation

    Luxury online marketplace Farfetch made its market debut Friday, after selling 44.2 million shares and raising $885 million in the IPO with a valuation around $6.2 billion (factoring in shares already held by employees). Founded in 2008 by José Neves, Farfetch began as a platform to help local high-end

  • Quartzyesterday

    The luxury e-commerce startup Farfetch was just valued at over $8 billion

    Luxury online fashion retailer Farfetch (FTCH) made its debut on the New York Stock Exchange today (Sept. 21) and saw shares jump over 50% in the first hours of trading. The London-based tech unicorn hit a high of $30.60, well above its initial offering of $20 (paywall), which topped its expected range

  • Japan's Hayabusa 2 mission lands on the surface of a distant asteroid
    TechCrunchyesterday

    Japan's Hayabusa 2 mission lands on the surface of a distant asteroid

    The coolest mission you haven't heard of just hit a major milestone: the Japanese Hayabusa 2 probe has reached its destination, the asteroid Ryugu, and just deployed a pair of landers to its surface. Soon it will touch down itself and bring back a sample of Ryugu back to Earth! Are you kidding me

  • Instagram says it’s not working on a regram feature
    Engadgetyesterday

    Instagram says it’s not working on a regram feature

    Rumors of an Instagram regram function have circulated a number of times, and they were renewed this week when The Verge reported that the company was working on a reshare feature. The Verge reported on Thursday that Instagram appeared to be working on a way for users to easily share others' posts

  • Mithril Capital Management, cofounded by Ajay Royan and Peter Thiel, is leaving the Bay Area
    TechCrunchyesterday

    Mithril Capital Management, cofounded by Ajay Royan and Peter Thiel, is leaving the Bay Area

    From its glass-lined offices in San Francisco's leafy Presidio national park, six-year-old Mithril Capital Management has happily flown under the radar. Now it's leaving altogether and relocating its team to Austin, a spot that has "enough critical mass of a technical culture, an artisanal

  • VCs say Silicon Valley isn’t the gold mine it used to be
    TechCrunchyesterday

    VCs say Silicon Valley isn’t the gold mine it used to be

    The author outlined reasons why the Valley has "peaked." Venture capital investors are deploying capital outside the Bay Area more than ever before. Needless to say, the future of Silicon Valley was top of mind on stage at Disrupt. "It's hard to make a difference in San Francisco

  • FCC’s Ajit Pai labels California net neutrality law 'illegal'
    Engadgetyesterday

    FCC’s Ajit Pai labels California net neutrality law 'illegal'

    FCC head honcho, Ajit Pai, didn't mince words in comments regarding California's recent passing of a tough net neutrality bill. Pai also hinted that he'd be coming for California should SB 822, seen as the toughest net neutrality law in the nation, receive the governor's signature, as

  • Polestar unveils first production EV with aim to overtake Tesla
    TechCrunchyesterday

    Polestar unveils first production EV with aim to overtake Tesla

    Jake Bright Contributor Jake Bright is a writer and author in New York City. Polestar debuted its first production EV and previewed its electric car line in New York with the CEO squarely taking aim at Tesla. The Volvo subsidiary pulled the cover off its Polestar 1, which it positioned less as a

  • Twitter says bug may have exposed some direct messages to third-party developers
    TechCrunchyesterday

    Twitter says bug may have exposed some direct messages to third-party developers

    "The issue has persisted since May 2017, but we resolved it immediately upon discovering it," the message said, which was posted on Twitter by a Mashable reporter. Twitter said discovered the exposure on September 10, but took almost two weeks to inform users. Twitter said in a notice that

  • Instagram denies it's building Regramming. Here's why it'd be a disaster
    TechCrunch2 days ago

    Instagram denies it's building Regramming. Here's why it'd be a disaster

    Instagram tells me Regramming, or the ability to instantly repost someone else's feed post to your followers like a retweet, is "not happening", not being built, and not being tested. The denial comes after it initially issued a "no comment" to The Verge's Casey Newton,

  • Early-bird tickets close today, 9/21
    TechCrunch2 days ago

    Early-bird tickets close today, 9/21

    TC Sessions: AR/VR on October 18 at UCLA is gearing up to be a great show.Early-bird sales end after today, September 21. Don't miss out on the biggest savings for this event -- book your $99 tickets here before prices go up by $100.

  • Amazon’s New Microwave Has Your Number
    Bloomberg2 days ago

    Amazon’s New Microwave Has Your Number

    More and more appliances feature technology that eavesdrops on your home. That could be the end of privacy.

  • Interiors startup Clippings raises $15.4M Series B with Advance Venture Partners
    TechCrunch2 days ago

    Interiors startup Clippings raises $15.4M Series B with Advance Venture Partners

    Back in April we saw that eporta, a London-based B2B interiors marketplace startup, had raised $8 million in a Series A funding round led by US investor Canvas Ventures. Eport has digitized the catalogues of furnishing manufacturers and allowed businesses to order direct, cutting out the middle-men.

  • Luxury fashion marketplace Farfetch closes at $28.45, up 42% on its first day of trading on NYSE
    TechCrunch2 days ago

    Luxury fashion marketplace Farfetch closes at $28.45, up 42% on its first day of trading on NYSE

    It's been a strong year for tech IPOs so far, and it looks like today's debut of Farfetch -- a UK-based shopping site for luxury fashion -- is on trend, so to speak. This is generally a strong showing for Farfetch, for e-commerce, and also for those who are working in the area of online sales

  • On-demand trucking app Convoy raises $185M at $1B valuation
    TechCrunch2 days ago

    On-demand trucking app Convoy raises $185M at $1B valuation

    CapitalG, the growth equity arm of Alphabet, has led the $185 million round in Convoy, its first investment in the Seattle-based tech-enabled trucking network. The round brings Convoy's total raised to $265 million and values the company at $1 billion. New investors T. Rowe Price and Lone Pine

  • Trump's new cyber strategy eases rules on use of government cyberweapons
    TechCrunch2 days ago

    Trump's new cyber strategy eases rules on use of government cyberweapons

    In the 40-page document, the government set out its plans to improve cybersecurity, incentivizing change, and reforming computer hacking laws. “Our presidential directive effectively reversed those restraints, effectively enabling offensive cyber-operations through the relevant departments," said