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Microsoft and Alphabet trounce investor growth expectations

The two companies put up solid growth numbers, made a zillion dollars between them and spent a collected $23.5 million on shareholder-friendly activities. It's a good time to be a tech giant.

TechCrunch+ roundup: Midwest VC boom, advice for CISOs, Facebook’s next chapter

Healthcare spending accounts for almost 18% of U.S. GDP, so it’s no surprise that digital health is attracting record levels of investment. This year, VCs invested $14.7 billion in healthtech startu

YouTube and Snapchat were asked to defend their apps’ age ratings in Senate hearing

YouTube and Snapchat were asked by lawmakers to defend whether or not their respective social media apps were appropriately rated on the U.S. app stores, given the nature of the content they hosted. I

Salesforce’s Kathy Baxter and Amazon’s Nashlie Sephus talk keeping AI ethical at enterprise scale

AI and big data are an important part of most enterprise-scale companies now, but that very scale can make it difficult to employ them safely and ethically. Kathy Baxter at Salesforce and Nashlie Seph

Speechmatics pushes forward recognition of accented English

Speech recognition has gone from convenient to crucial over the last few years as smart speakers and driving assist modes have taken off — but not everyone’s voice is recognized equally well.

In hearing with Snap, TikTok and YouTube, lawmakers tout new rules to protect kids online

Fallout from revelations around teen mental health on Instagram continues — and not just for Facebook. On Tuesday, policy reps from YouTube, Snap and TikTok faced Congress to talk about kids and onl

TikTok dodges questions about biometric data collection in Senate hearing

In its first-ever Congressional hearing, TikTok successfully dodged questions about what it plans to do with the biometric data its privacy policy permits it to collect on the app’s U.S. users.

DeHaat raises $115 million in the largest agritech round in India

DeHaat, an online platform that offers full-stack agricultural services to farmers in India, has raised $115 million in what is the largest funding round for an agritech startup in India, where farm p

Sequoia dramatically revamps its fund structure as it looks to rethink venture capital model

Sequoia Capital is debuting a big shift in strategy as they look to boost their returns amid increased competition in the market for startup financing. The storied venture capital firm announced in a

UK driver shortage could steer grocery retailers toward bigger profits

The increasing prices as a result of today’s driver shortage could create a far more profitable e-grocery opportunity for British retailers by driving click-and-deliver customers to click-and-collec

Jessica Rosenworcel becomes the first woman to chair the FCC, and Gigi Sohn is nominated for 5th spot

The FCC has its first-ever woman as chair of the agency, Jessica Rosenworcel, who has been serving as acting chair since the beginning of the year. President Biden officially appointed her to the posi

Apple One’s Premier subscription tier is rolling out in 17 new countries on November 3

Apple is expanding its all-in-one Apple One Premier subscription bundle to 17 new countries on November 3. The service will be available in Brazil, Colombia, France, Germany, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy

UserGems raises $20M to take on ZoomInfo to help with prospecting and sales intelligence

Finding a way to connect with people who might buy from you, while spending less time pursuing those who will never be interested, is something akin to a holy grail of the world of sales and marketing

Heavily VC-backed salad chain Sweetgreen heads toward public markets

Sweetgreen is an incredibly well-backed unicorn that just happens to make salads instead of, say, enterprise software.

Vercel brings new dynamic features to its Next.js framework

Vercel, the well-funded company behind the popular Next.js React framework, today announced the launch of Next.js 12 during a keynote at its annual conference. While Next.js, by default, mostly focuse

Blaseball is back for more absurdist, browser-based fun with Short Circuits

Major League Baseball is experimenting with robot umpires to make games more interesting, but when it comes to sporty shenanigans, Internet League Blaseball has got you more than covered. After going

Tasseled wants to help college students get their lives, and credits, together

When Vipul Patel lost half of his college credits while transferring from Florida Institute of Technology to Boston University, he began digging for answers. Patel soon stumbled upon equivalency table

Check out what’s happening tomorrow at TC Sessions: SaaS 2021

It’s officially TC Sessions: SaaS 2021 eve, and tomorrow is a big, busy day for everyone involved with or interested in building the next generation of SaaS startups. Top-line industry experts will

Tiger and Falcon look to double down on Indian social commerce startup DealShare

Tiger Global and Falcon Edge Capital are looking to double down on their bets on DealShare, becoming the latest high-profile investors to go all-in on India’s nascent but growing social commerce

Logicbroker taps into $135M to advance cloud-based drop-ship software

The company closed last year with $2 billion in GMV and is on target to do close to $6 billion this year. To maintain its status as a global leader, that meant going after some new capital.
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