• Twitter’s latest feature prompts you to tweet your updated profile picture

    Twitter’s latest feature prompts you to tweet your updated profile picture

    Twitter is rolling out a new feature designed to increase the amount of visual content in users’ timelines and encourage more tweets and replies: it’s prompting users who have just updated their profile picture to post a hashtagged tweet about the change. The tweet will be appended with #NewProfilePic, which can then be seen by all the users’ Twitter… Read More

  • Joe Lonsdale moves forward with 8VC’s new fund and more

    Joe Lonsdale moves forward with 8VC’s new fund and more

    Lonsdale declined to comment on 8VC’s fundraising last year. But last week, we spoke with him about the new fund and, to a much lesser extent, about Formation 8 Partners, which Lonsdale famously cofounded in 2011 with Stanford classmate Brian Koo and longtime venture investor Jim Kim before the three abruptly disbanded in 2015. One oft-cited reason for the firm’s demise… Read More

  • Understanding our new President’s priorities through Twitter Crunch Network

    Understanding our new President’s priorities through Twitter

    While President-elect Donald Trump built a campaign around making America great again, his public statements don’t seem to reflect a similar focus. Since Twitter seems to be the primary source of communication, it’s worth taking a look to see what Mr. Trump prioritizes for the public. Read More

  • How tech companies are honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

    How tech companies are honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

    Happy Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day! In celebration of Dr. King’s birthday and his major contributions to the civil rights movement, Twitter, Asana, Etsy, Google, Box, Slack, GitHub and several other tech companies have closed their offices in honor of MLK Day, according to their employees. Some tech employees are taking that time to march in MLK Day parades. At Salesforce, the… Read More

  • SpaceX sticks the landing – and the launch: It’s The Daily Crunch

    SpaceX sticks the landing – and the launch: It’s The Daily Crunch

    Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday our daily guided tour of the biggest tech stories from the past 24 hours will appear here on TechCrunch.com. To get The Daily Crunch in your inbox every day of the week, sign up here. SpaceX shows us a thing or two, Facebook fights fraudulent facts in German and drones are fulfilling their long-told prophecy. All that and more in The Daily Crunch for… Read More

  • London startup launches chatbot to help renters exercise their rights

    London startup launches chatbot to help renters exercise their rights

    London-based startup RentersUnion has created what it’s hoping will be a socially useful chatbot, pitching their web-based bot as a robot replacement for (expensive) housing lawyers. Read More

  • It’s on like (a) Donkey Kong (watch)

    It’s on like (a) Donkey Kong (watch)

    If you’re familiar with the watch company Romain Jerome you’d know that they do the best kind of pandering. The brand, which was once known for its odd watches made of moon rocks and metal from the Titanic, his created a series of nostalgic video game watches that are wildly overpriced but also wildly desirable. Their latest? A Donkey Kong watch that features the monkey and the… Read More

  • Jimmy Iovine confirms Apple Music’s plans to offer original video content

    Jimmy Iovine confirms Apple Music’s plans to offer original video content

    Earlier this month, The Wall St. Journal reported how Apple is working to bring in veteran producers to help create original content, including TV series and movies for an expanded Apple Music service. Now, Apple Music head Jimmy Iovine has offered additional insight about Apple’s plans in this space, as well as how it hopes to differentiate itself from existing streaming competitors… Read More

  • Qonto wants to become N26 for business banking

    Qonto wants to become N26 for business banking

    French startup Qonto has some ambitious goals and wants to become the best bank account you can get when you start a company in France. Just like N26 wants to be a more modern bank for everyone, Qonto wants to do the same thing, but for business accounts. The company recently raised $1.7 million (€1.6 million) from Peter Thiel’s Valar Ventures and Alven Capital. Valar Ventures is also… Read More

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