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CEO of fintech app Eco alleges that Y Combinator-backed Pebble copied its business model, materials

Andy Bromberg, CEO of a16z-backed Eco, is claiming that Pebble, another fintech startup that came out of stealth this morning, “plagiarized” Eco’s materials and business model. Bromb

Vibes hold steady at crypto conferences amid bearish market

It’s been a hard month for the global cryptocurrency market. And yet, community members continue to gather nonstop to network, learn and party at what feels like endless crypto conferences.

A group of Activision Blizzard workers vote to unionize

After months of organizing, the quality assurance testers at Raven Software, a division of gaming giant Activision Blizzard, have voted to unionize. This marks the first union at a major gaming compan

eBay launches its first collection of NFTs in partnership with web3 platform OneOf

eBay is the latest company to enter the NFT business, as the online marketplace announced today that it’s launching its first collection of NFTs in partnership with web3 platform OneOf. The comp

Hyundai plans to spend $10B on EVs, AVs and robotics in the US by 2025

Hyundai said it plans to invest more than $10 billion toward accelerating electrification and autonomous vehicle technology in the U.S. by 2025. Part of that pot includes the $5.5 billion Hyundai has

Why in the world would chipmaker Broadcom be interested in VMware?

VMware expanded into cloud-native technologies over the years and has a diversified business, much related to the cloud. Broadcom isn’t involved in much of that, which makes it seem like a poor matc

Take-Two completes $12.7B acquisition of mobile games giant Zynga

Take-Two has completed its $12.7 billion acquisition of mobile games giant Zynga, the company announced on Monday. Under the terms of the merger agreement, Zynga shareholders received $3.50 in cash an

Reddit partners with Netflix to give Redditors ‘Stranger Things’ custom avatars

The social network Reddit unveiled new custom avatars inspired by Netflix’s “Stranger Things” characters ahead of the anticipated season four premiere this Friday, May 27. This is the first part

TikTok to launch LIVE creator subscriptions this week

TikTok is ramping up its competition with Twitch, YouTube and others with this week’s launch of TikTok LIVE subscriptions, a new program that will allow creators to generate recurring revenue vi

Klarna lays off 10% of its workforce

Swedish payment giant Klarna is going to cut hundreds of jobs in the coming days. Today’s news comes a few days after the Wall Street Journal reported that the company was going to cut its valuation

Arclight deserves a medal for how it meddles with the bike pedal

If I were to make a list of things that I didn’t think needed to get smarter, bike pedals would be somewhere near the top of the list. And yet, when Redshift Sports showed me its shiny (literall

Latch, a proptech meets SaaS play, conducts two consecutive weeks of layoffs

Latch, a proptech smart lock company that raised $152 million in known private capital before debuting on the stock market through a SPAC last year, is conducting another round of layoffs. Earlier thi

MainStreet’s valuation could fall 60% to $200 million amid investor recapitalization pursuit

Weeks after laying off about 30% of its staff, MainStreet is said to be raising another round of funding at a $200 million valuation, sources tell TechCrunch. The news is significant in that MainStree

GitLab expands its DevOps platform with new observability and security tools

GitLab, the popular open source DevOps service, today announced version 15 of its platform. As usual, GitLab is basically announcing its roadmap for the entirety of the GitLab 15 release cycle here, w

Microsoft claims its new tools make language models safer to use

Timed to align with Build 2022, Microsoft today open sourced tools and datasets designed to audit AI-powered content moderation systems and automatically write tests highlighting potential bugs in AI

Berkeley and Stanford scientists to talk science, health and tech at TC Sessions: Climate next month

It’s appropriate that the first panel of the first TechCrunch Sessions: Climate event begins with climate science. Establishing a shared understanding of the global crisis and what the future holds

Washington, DC’s AG is suing Mark Zuckerberg over Cambridge Analytica

The District of Columbia has just announced fresh litigation targeting Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, for his role in the Cambridge Analytica Facebook data misuse episode — alleging it has e

Google Assistant arrives on Samsung’s Galaxy Watch 4 (for real, this time)

Google Assistant’s arrival on the Galaxy Watch 4 has been like a look time coming, for a variety of reasons. First, Samsung’s attempt at its own in-house assistant, Bixby, was essentially a non-st

Didi’s delisting now done deal

Chinese ride-hailing giant Didi has voted to delist from the U.S. stock market, a long-expected result of Didi finding itself in hot water with the Chinese government after a troubled U.S. debut.

TechCrunch Memorial Day Event Sale: 2-for-1 tickets to all TC events

We love early-stage startups, Memorial Day weekend, summer and a great deal. So we’re celebrating the convergence of our favorite things with a two-for-one sale on tickets to all of our upcoming eve
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