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eStreamly blends physical, digital shopping with the video as the star

eStreamly offers business-to-business video commerce software to enable livestreams and videos to be shoppable across platforms.

Salesforce to acquire Airkit.ai, a low-code platform for building AI customer service agents

Salesforce has announced plans to acquire Airkit.ai, a low-code platform that helps e-commerce companies build AI-powered customer service agents. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Founded in 2017

AvantGuard wants to turn chlorine into the best antiseptic you’ve ever seen

AvantGuard, a Battlefield 200 company, is making a polymer version of chlorine-based disinfectants.

Meredith Whittaker reaffirms that Signal would leave UK if forced by privacy bill

Onstage at TechCrunch Disrupt 2023, Meredith Whittaker, the president of the Signal Foundation, which maintains the nonprofit Signal messaging app, reaffirmed that Signal would leave the U.K. if the c

OnePlus confirms its first foldable is officially ‘coming soon’

OnePlus is officially gearing up to launch its first foldable phone “soon,” the company told TechCrunch on Thursday. The company previously revealed that the device, tentatively called the

Don’t want that commuter stipend? Bundl enables employees to choose their own company benefits

Bundl provides a total rewards software that enables employees to build and customize their own rewards package that best fits their wants and needs.

AppCyclers wants to fight e-waste pollution across Africa

Most electronic waste isn’t recycled; instead, our dumped devices (and the toxic metals within) pile up in landfills, polluting the air and contaminating nearby soil and groundwater. Ghana-based

GGV splits off China business following congressional panel probe

GGV, the 23-year-old U.S. venture capital firm with a storied track record in China, is splitting into two branches as escalating geopolitical tensions continue to push for decoupling between the worl

The copyright issues around generative AI aren’t going away anytime soon

Generative AI has brought a host of copyright issues to the fore. Just this week, authors including George R.R. Martin, led by the Authors Guild, filed a lawsuit against OpenAI, alleging that the star

Kindo aims to take the security stress out of AI workflows

Ron Williams, co-founder and CEO of Kindo, knows a thing or two about cybersecurity, having previously led security teams at League of Legends developer Riot Games, shared scooter startup Bird and Alp

Here’s the crypto news you missed at Disrupt 2023

Welcome back to Chain Reaction. This week I’ve been in San Francisco for TechCrunch Disrupt 2023. It's been a three-day journey jam-packed with panels, booths and conversations.

Anthropic’s Dario Amodei on AI’s limits: ‘I’m not sure there are any’

As Anthropic takes on OpenAI and other challengers in the growing artificial intelligence industry, there is also an existential question looming: Can large language models and the systems they enable

GitHub launches passkey support into general availability

GitHub is formally launching its passkeys security feature into general availability, two months after first debuting it in beta. Passkeys offer cloud-synced authentication using cryptographic key pai

FireBot is designed to scout burning builders before sending in firefighters

Stanley Wilson died a decade ago, battling a six-alarm fire at a Dallas, Texas, condominium complex. Two additional firefighters were taken to a hospital and two residents were treated on site for smo

Roblox cuts 30 on talent acquisition team as hiring slows

Roblox, the community-focused gaming platform popular amongst kids, has downsized a substantial portion of its talent acquisition team, signaling a shift in the company’s focus from expansion to

Qruise wants to build AI to automate quantum device development

Can software work alongside human physicists and engineers in R&D labs to develop new quantum computers? That’s the question Qruise, a startup in TechCrunch’s Battlefield 200 competiti

Artifact co-founder Kevin Systrom doesn’t believe in AI doomerism

News aggregation startup Artifact co-founder Kevin Systrom doesn’t believe in AI doomerism, even as he’s developing a new app that’s embracing novel AI technologies. The Instagram co

Diligent raises $25 million to triple its nursing robot’s reach

The pandemic had a profound impact on countless careers, but few jobs were hit quite like nursing. As hospitals overflowed, staff was forced to take on impossible long shifts, risking their own health

Secoda secures $16M to expand its data cataloging platform

Secoda, a startup developing what it describes as an AI-powered data search and cataloging platform, today announced that it raised $16 million in a funding round led by Craft Ventures with participat

New Forethought tool lets you build workflows with natural language

For years, Forethought and other vendors have been selling chatbots to help answer common customer service questions without a human agent. With the growing popularity of generative AI, the company se
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