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Zopa raises $300M at a $1B valuation to expand its P2P lending and savings neobank in the UK

Another big infusion of cash from a major investor is making its way to a fintech out of the UK on the heels of strong growth. Today Zopa — a neobank with some 500,000 users in the UK where it p

Deep tech startups in need of funding should consider federal grants

Applying for a federal grant doesn’t preclude you from accepting VC. What it does is diversify your fundraising mix and add a layer of credibility, which in the end helps you reach viability faster.

Alaska Airlines launches new venture arm, with first investment in UP.Partners’ $230M fund

Alaska Airlines has become the latest major airline to enter corporate investing with the launch of a new venture capital arm, dubbed Alaska Star Ventures, as the aviation industry looks to emerging t

Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai calls for federal tech regulation, investments in cybersecurity

In a wide-ranging interview at the WSJ Tech Live conference that touched on topics like the future of remote work, A.I. innovation, employee activism, and even misinformation on YouTube, Alphabet CEO

WhatsApp is integrating its joinable calls feature directly into group chats

WhatsApp announced on Monday that it’s expanding its joinable calls feature to group chats. Joinable calls, which were first introduced in July, allow users to join an ongoing group call after it ha

Saildrone catches a $100M C breeze to build more robo-boats

The ocean economy is growing in importance, and with it grows the need to map, understand, and track the ocean itself. Saildrone has been doing just that with its fleet of autonomous science vessels,

What you should know about prepping your startup for the public markets

Many founders aspire to an IPO, even if the average time horizon has now stretched as capital flows into the market. But how to get a company ready for an IPO isn't usual fare in startup conversations

Apple wows tech crowd with new chips, Wall Street yawns

Hello again, and welcome back to TechCrunch’s running series of posts discussing how the public markets rarely give even half of a spare fuck concerning what Apple announces at its events. Indee

Apple notched the new MacBook Pro

Apple has backpedaled on years of questionable design choices with its MacBook Pros, unceremoniously retiring the universally disliked Touch Bar and adding back the ports and Magsafe users have missed

Apple to release macOS Monterey on October 25

Apple has unveiled some new MacBook Pro models at a virtual conference today. And the company is timing the release of the next major release of macOS with the new laptop. Mac users will be able to up

Here’s everything Apple announced at its “Unleashed” event this morning

It’s only been a few weeks since Apple’s last big announcement event, but they’re already at it again. The last one focused on iPhones and Apple Watches. This time around? They were

Apple brings back the MagSafe connector – MagSafe 3

Apple sure loves taking us on a rollercoaster of connectivity. The new MacBooks Pro computers are power-hungry enough that the USB-C connectors the MacBook line has been relying on for a while isn&#82

Google eyes TaskMate global launch after Kenya rollout

Google has today launched TaskMate in Kenya, a crowdsourcing app that lets people use smartphones to do tasks and get paid, tapping the growing gig economy. The tech giant said it has rolled out the b

Leveraging customer feedback and data to iterate on your product

We held a panel during Disrupt with Jean-Denis Grèze of Plaid, Stephanie Mencarelli of InVision and Pete Thompson of eBay on being data driven, segmenting your user base, iteration speed and more.

Apple launches flagship M1 Max processor

With its new M1 Pro and M1 Max chips, Apple declares all-out war on PCs, with a huge boost in performance, while sending battery consumption to the basement. The M1 Max is clearly gunning for the grap

Apple’s MacBook Pro get a redesign, new chips and MagSafe charging

It’s been less than year since the release of the first-gen Apple silicon-powered MacBook Pro, and here the company is already returning with a follow up. Of course, the 2020 version of the pro-focu

Apple launches the M1 Pro

As expected, Apple today announced a new chip — though with a name few people expected: the M1 Pro, a more powerful version of the M1 chip, which made its debut last November and has since start

Apple debuts a $4.99 per month Apple Music Voice plan, designed mainly for HomePod or AirPods use

In 2019, Amazon introduced a more affordable way to stream Amazon Music in their home with the launch of a free, ad-supported music service that streamed over its Echo speakers. Today, Apple is catchi

Apple announces third-generation AirPods with new design, spatial audio

AirPods are nearly five years old, and while the product line has seen some major additions over the years, things have looked pretty similar for the entry-level product. Today, Apple debuted the thir

Our Next Energy closes $25M Series A for battery tech with backing from Bill Gates, BMW

Michigan-based startup Our Next Energy (ONE) has closed a $25 million Series A for tech that it says can double the range of EVs, as more and more startups take aim at surpassing the pitfalls of conve
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