August 2, 2019

MaC Ventures, the new Los Angeles-based investment firm formed from the merger of Cross Culture Ventures and M Ventures, has quietly started deploying capital from its fund. One of the…

MaC Ventures, the brainchild of Adrian Fenty and Marlon Nichols, is quietly making its first investments

Nearly three years ago, TechCrunch reported on suspected fraud committed by Mike Rothenberg, a self-described “millennial venture capitalist” who’d made a name for himself not only by eponymously branding his…

The SEC wants disgraced VC Mike Rothenberg to cough up more than $30 million

In an era of massive data breaches, most recently the Capital One fiasco, the risk of a cyberattack and the costly consequences are the top existential threat to corporations big…

United Airlines CISO Emily Heath joins TC Sessions: Enterprise this September

VCs double down on fintech.

Nyca Partners raises $210M to invest in fintech startups

Northrop Grumman is going to be working on the U.S. Army’s long-planned drone-killing lasers. The Army wants to mount 50 kilowatt laser systems on top of its General Dynamics-designed Stryker…

Northrup Grumman is among the companies tapped to make the US Army’s drone-killing lasers

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Daily Crunch: Apple responds to Siri privacy concerns

Here are five words you’ll never hear spring from the mouth of an early-stage startupper. “I don’t mind paying more.” We feel you, and that’s why we’re letting you know…

Early-bird pricing ends next week for TC Sessions: Enterprise 2019

Grab popcorn. As internet fights go, this one deserves your full attention — because the fight is over your attention. Your eyeballs and the creepy ads that trade data on…

Don’t miss this epic Twitter fight between the IAB’s CEO and actual publishers

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The evolving airspace ecosystem

Potential drone applications are limited only by our imaginations… and our ability to operate them safely.

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The evolving airspace ecosystem

Samsung’s never been particularly good at keeping things under wraps. That’s no doubt, at least in part, by design. The company loves priming the rumor pump ahead of product announcements,…

What to expect from Samsung’s Galaxy Note event

There have been millions of words written about the story of how Cambridge Analytica (CA) was employed by the Trump campaign to affect the 2016 U.S. election and the U.K.’s…

Journalist behind Cambridge Analytica story launches crowd-funder after libel threat

In February 2013, China surpassed the United States to become the world’s largest smartphone market. More than half a decade on, it still proves an elusive target for international sellers.…

A closer look at China’s smartphone market

Approximately 20% of construction costs are wrapped up in fixing errors. Barcelona-based Scaled Robotics wants to minimize the rework by automating progress monitoring with autonomous mobile robots.  Leveraging lidar and…

Digitizing construction sites with Scaled Robotics

Starting early next year Google will present Android users in Europe with a search engine choice screen when handsets bundle its own search service by default. In a blog post…

Google to auction slots on Android default search ‘choice screen’ in Europe next year, rivals cry ‘pay-to-play’ foul

Yesterday, Tyler “Ninja” Blevins announced that he’s leaving Twitch, moving his streaming career over to Microsoft’s Mixer platform. This morning, Mixer has shot to the top of the App Store’s…

Following Ninja’s news, Mixer pops to top of the App Store’s free charts

Late last week, the DOJ greenlit T-Mobile and Sprint’s $26 billion deal to become the nation’s No. 3 carrier. The deal isn’t officially official just yet, with some prominent opposition…

Texas joins growing list of AGs looking to block T-Mobile/Sprint merger

SpaceX has prepared a draft environmental assessment around its plans for the new Starship and Super Heavy spacecraft launches it intends to begin, in a test capacity, very soon. Preparing…

SpaceX details launch and landing plans for Starship and Super Heavy in new document

Plans to open a new spaceport in Sutherland in Scotland have moved closer to final approval: The real estate companies working on the deal have signed a 75-year lease for…

Scottish spaceport closer to launch after land lease signed

A German privacy watchdog has ordered Google to cease manual reviews of audio snippets generated by its voice AI.  This follows a leak last month of scores of audio snippets…

Google ordered to halt human review of voice AI recordings over privacy risks

The agriculture industry faces huge problems of sustainability. The world’s population is increasing, leading to higher food demand, but this then threatens increasing deforestation, pesticide use and some fertilizers that…

Biome Makers closes $4M to assess the quality of the ‘gut bacteria’ of a farm’s soil

Early-stage startuppers around the world are getting ready for Disrupt Berlin 2019, which takes place on 11-12 December. Our premier tech conference attracts an international startup community from more than…

Bring your team to Disrupt Berlin 2019 and save big

Babylon Health, the U.K.-based startup that has developed a number of AI-based health services, including a chatbot used by the U.K’.s National Health Service to help diagnose ailments, has confirmed…

Babylon Health confirms $550M raise at $2B+ valuation to expand its AI-based health services

Yoti, the London startup offering a digital identity platform and app that lets you prove who you say you are when accessing services or making age-verified purchases, has raised £8…

Digital identity startup Yoti raises additional £8M at a valuation of £82M