• Google makes big changes to its ad products

    Google makes big changes to its ad products

    Google’s AdWords is getting a makeover. The search giant announced today that they have made several updates to make its advertising tools more suitable for mobile. With an emphasis on location-related mobile searches, a category that Google says is growing 50 percent faster than other searches, the company is introducing new local search ads across Google.com and Google Maps. If a… Read More

  • Fast-growing online dollar store Hollar launches its own private label goods

    Fast-growing online dollar store Hollar launches its own private label goods

    Amid the shift of commerce to online stores like Amazon, one huge segment of the industry has been overlooked: dollar stores. Many assumed that’s because with retail price points that low, there’s little room for profitability – after all, if dollar stores could be a successful online business, wouldn’t they already be hugely popular? Actually, they might be heading… Read More

  • Scoop raises $5.1 million seed round for enterprise carpooling service 

    Scoop raises $5.1 million seed round for enterprise carpooling service 

    Scoop, a corporate carpooling service that works with companies like Tesla, Twitter and Cisco, has raised a $5.1 million round of funding led by Signia Venture Partners with participation from Index Ventures, BMW i Ventures and Workday Corporate Ventures. Scoop was founded by brothers Jonathan and Robert Sadow (pictured above), who respectively worked at Google and Bain &… Read More

  • Student tickets to Disrupt SF 2016 are now available

    Student tickets to Disrupt SF 2016 are now available

    While it may seem like we just wrapped up in the Big Apple, TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2016 will be here before you can say “how do you do, fellow kids?” We will once again be giving college students the chance to buy deeply discounted tickets to Disrupt SF, so all you undergrad and graduate students out there can check out the hottest startup show in Silicon Valley, even on a ramen budget. Read More

  • Ex-­Googlers raise $2.5 million for Pattern, a friendly “workspace” for salespeople

    Ex-­Googlers raise $2.5 million for Pattern, a friendly “workspace” for salespeople

    Pattern, a year-old, Redwood City, Ca.- based startup, wants to become a kind of external brain that lightens the load of managing customer relationships for salespeople. Felicis Ventures, SoftTech VC, and First Round Capital have just furnished the company with $2.5 million in seed funding toward that end, too. You can kind of see why, given the problem Pattern is trying to… Read More

  • VW invests $300M in Uber rival Gett in new ride-sharing partnership

    VW invests $300M in Uber rival Gett in new ride-sharing partnership

    The on-demand transportation service continues to heat up, and today the spotlight is shining on a New York startup whose business is based primarily in Europe. Gett, a cab-hailing startup with operations across some 60 cities, is getting a $300 million investment from German car giant Volkswagen. VW plans to use the investment to spearhead its own move into ride-sharing, on-demand… Read More

  • A VHS-era privacy law in the Digital Age Crunch Network

    A VHS-era privacy law in the Digital Age

    As demonstrated by the overwhelming bipartisan support to overhaul the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, privacy laws passed in the 1980s are difficult to apply to today’s technology. Nowhere is this difficulty more evident than in cases dealing with the Video Privacy Protection Act. Read More

  • Dear startups, focus on the steak, not the sizzle Crunch Network

    Dear startups, focus on the steak, not the sizzle

    We are once again learning the old lesson that if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it probably shouldn’t get a SaaS multiple. Read More

  • Twitter moves away from 140 characters, ditches confusing and restrictive rules

    Twitter moves away from 140 characters, ditches confusing and restrictive rules

    Partially confirming earlier reports, Twitter announced this morning plans that will begin to distance it from its strict adherence to the rule that tweets can only contain 140 characters. The company says that, among other changes designed to welcome new users to its service, it will no longer count media attachments and @names in replies toward your 140 allowed characters. However, links… Read More

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