• Only 48 hours left to apply for Startup Battlefield Dubai

    Only 48 hours left to apply for Startup Battlefield Dubai

    Update: The event will now take place in January 2019, the following post has been updated with postponement information. The clock is running out on your chance to compete in the very first TechCrunch Startup Battlefield Dubai hosted by Area 2071 in January 2019. The application window closes on January 25th, 2018 at 9 p.m. PST. That means you have just 48 hours left to get the job… Read More

  • Uber has hired a chief diversity officer

    Uber has hired a chief diversity officer

    Uber has hired Bo Young Lee, the former global diversity and inclusion leader of insurance company Marsh LLC, to be its first-ever chief diversity officer. Lee will begin in March, Recode first reported. This means Uber’s global head of diversity and inclusion, Bernard Coleman, will now be reporting to her. “As I was interviewing for this role, it became very clear that Uber is… Read More

  • Google brings audiobooks to its Play store

    Google brings audiobooks to its Play store

    Google’s Play store now features audiobooks. There is a good chance that you only think of the Play store as Google’s app store for Android, but it has long features support for movies, TV shows, magazines and ebooks, too. The new audiobooks feature is launching in 45 countries and nine languages. The addition of audiobooks feels like a natural progression, but I was actually… Read More

  • Elon Musk’s Boring Co. pitches plan to build a tunnel under Culver City to LA

    Elon Musk’s Boring Co. pitches plan to build a tunnel under Culver City to LA

    The Boring Company, Elon Musk’s most unassumingly named tech venture, has presented a plan to build a 6.5 mile tunnel between Hawthorne (where SpaceX HQ is located) and West Los Angeles, undercutting Culver City in between to link the two. Boring Co. executives presented the plan to the Culver City city council on Monday night, trying to sell the local regulators on the idea of a… Read More

  • Netflix’s ‘Mudbound’ scores four Oscar nominations

    Netflix’s ‘Mudbound’ scores four Oscar nominations

    Amazon and Netflix both got some good news in this morning’s Oscar nominations. Mudbound, a Netflix original that tells the story of two families (one black, one white) farming on the Mississippi Delta, got four nominations — including best supporting actress (Mary J. Blige), best adapted screenplay (Dee Rees and Virgil Williams) and best original song (“Mighty River”). Read More

  • DJI’s $799 ‘smartphone-size’ Mavic Air drone starts shipping January 28

    DJI’s $799 ‘smartphone-size’ Mavic Air drone starts shipping January 28

    DJI hasn’t done a great job keeping its drones under wraps. As with the last couple of devices, the Mavic Air leaked out just ahead of today’s official unveiling. The drone is more or less what we expected, falling somewhere between the Mavic Pro and Spark and rounding out the company’s current line of consumer-focused quadcopters. DJI says it “went back to the… Read More

  • Elon Musk’s new Tesla compensation plan only pays if he delivers

    Elon Musk’s new Tesla compensation plan only pays if he delivers

    Elon Musk’s new Tesla compensation package is the CEO equivalent of putting your money where your mouth is: He’ll only be paid out if he manages to raise the value of Tesla as a company to certain milestones, kind of like Kickstarter project stretch goals on a grand scale. Per the New York Times, Musk’s compensation will start at zero, and will increase based on… Read More

  • Investing in tech for hospitality and food, Almanac Investments raises $30 million

    Investing in tech for hospitality and food, Almanac Investments raises $30 million

    David Barber, the storied owner of the Blue Hill restaurant, farm, and hospitality consulting mecca (a favorite of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama), has long been an angel investor in startup companies. Individually, he’s backed companies like Sweetgreen, the fast casual farm-to-table restaurant chain, that share Blue Hill’s focus on sustainable products… Read More

  • Twitter COO Anthony Noto resigns to become SoFi CEO

    Twitter COO Anthony Noto resigns to become SoFi CEO

    Twitter COO Anthony Noto has left the company, Twitter announced Tuesday. Noto’s leaving because he accepted a CEO role elsewhere, according to the release. Just last week, the WSJ reported that Noto was mulling the top executive job at finance startup SoFi, and indeed SoFi confirmed today that he’s joining effective March 1. Regarding Noto’s Twitter departure, CEO Jack… Read More

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