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X1 gets 50% valuation boost, aims to give consumers a way to buy stocks via credit card reward points

X1, a consumer fintech startup which recently launched an income-based credit card to the public, has raised an additional $15 million in funding.  This round caught our attention for a few reasons.

Google’s Reading Mode app helps visually impaired people read long-form content

Along with its Android update for December, Google has launched a new app called Reading Mode today. It helps people with visual imparities and dyslexia read the content on the screen — especially

Android’s December update features includes accessible reading mode and sharable car keys

Google is rolling out its Android feature updates for December across phones, watches, and Google TV. These updates include an accessible reader mode, a new YouTube Search widget, shareable digital ca

No one seemed to see Bret Taylor stepping away from Salesforce (even Marc Benioff)

Salesforce co-CEO Bret Taylor's resignation was a shock, and it’s safe to say that few if any saw this coming — even his mentor, Marc Benioff.

Google’s latest Doodle lets you create your own mini arcade game

Today’s Google Doodle lets you make, play and share your own mini arcade game to honor the memory of videogame pioneer Jerry Lawson. Lawson led the team that developed the first home video gamin

Twitter alternative Hive shuts down its app to fix critical security issues

The team at the newly popular Twitter alternative Hive is in over its head. The company has now taken the fairly radical step of fully shutting down its servers for a couple of days in response to con

Mozilla acquires the team behind Pulse, an automated status updater for Slack

Firefox developer Mozilla is making a rare foray into the world of mergers and acquisitions, with news that it has snapped up recently shuttered California-based productivity startup Pulse. Terms of t

How Up.Labs threads the needle between corporate venture capital and accelerators

Up.Labs thinks its pitch to founding teams is attractive: It has a known problem, a customer waiting, and capital to help get things going.

LinkedIn rolls out focused inbox and messaging safety tools as it gets to grip with spam and scams

LinkedIn, the social platform for the working world for networking and recruitment, hasn’t been the biggest name in headlines when it comes to how social media is leveraged for spam, scams, toxi

Frore secures $100M, collabs with Intel to create a new way to cool processors

One of the top problems facing device manufacturers today is overheating hardware. The chips inside PCs generate heat, which — when allowed to build up — majorly hurts performance. Cooling

Lumen raises $62M for its handheld weight loss hardware

Losing weight sucks. It’s a deeply invidualized experience that’s bogged down by all sorts of societal expectations and fly-by-night promises. Many have amassed fortunes promising silver bullet so

5 methods for leveraging digital advertising during a downturn

For the remainder of 2022 and beyond, the decision is not whether to advertise, but where, how much and how to augment performance.

On-demand car rental company Kyte is now offering car subscriptions

Car rental delivery startup Kyte said it’s on a mission to disrupt the auto industry by making people think twice about buying a car. Starting Wednesday, Kyte will now offer a car subscription s

Shield, a communication compliance platform for financial institutions, raises $20M

Two months ago, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) said it had fined 16 Wall Street firms more than $1.1 billion for “widespread recordkeeping failures” regarding maintaining ele

Web3 developer platform Fleek raises $25M led by Polychain Capital

Web3 developer platform Fleek has raised $25 million in Series A funding led by Polychain Capital, the company shared exclusively with TechCrunch. Additional investors in the round include Coinbase Ve

Zoe, which went viral with its Covid-reporting app, raises $30M to track nutrition and health

Zoe, a startup founded by doctors and researchers out of London and Boston, made its name during the pandemic with a popular — dare we say viral? — self-reporting Covid-19 app. Embraced bo

Was Sam Bankman-Fried’s appearance a performance?

FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried talked from an undisclosed location in the Bahamas today with reporter Andrew Ross Sorkin for a DealBook event, a discussion that his legal team “very much” d

Smartphone re-commerce startup Badili raises $2.1M pre-seed funding

Badili, a Kenya-based smartphone re-commerce startup, has raised $2.1 million pre-seed funding to scale its operations within Africa; one of the fastest-growing mobile phone market in the world. The V

Plant-based food brand Huel valued at $560M following Idris Elba-backed round

Much of the company’s sales are outside the UK today, with U.S. “Hueligans,” the company’s loyal fans, representing Huel’s second-biggest market.

Twitter is going to show you more tweets from people you don’t follow

As new Twitter owner Elon Musk tinkers around with the social network’s feature set, more algorithmic recommendations are apparently on the way. Twitter’s support account tweeted about the
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