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Announcing the first tranche of Startup Battlefield judges

The Startup Battlefield at TechCrunch Disrupt on October 18–20 is set to be our most epic yet. This year’s competitors, selected from our handpicked cohort, the Startup Battlefield 200, are some o

What you might have missed at Black Hat and Def Con 2022

Hackers, researchers, cybersecurity companies, and government officials descended on Las Vegas last week for Black Hat and Def Con, a cybersecurity double-bill that’s collectively referred to as “

Galaxy Digital calls off $1.2 billion acquisition of BitGo

Crypto sector’s first $1 billion deal, announced at the height of record surge in token prices, is disbanding as the market reverses much of the gains. Galaxy Digital said Monday it has terminat

U.K. government pushes ‘social tariffs’ to bring cheaper broadband to hard-up households

The U.K. government is rolling out a new scheme designed to create and promote cheaper broadband for lower-income households across the country. Several internet service providers (ISPs) in the U.K.,

Unity rejects AppLovin’s $20 billion merger offer

Unity announced this morning that it is committed to its merger with ironSource and will reject AppLovin’s $20 billion proposal. Last month, the news broke that Unity — a widely-used game

When the dam breaks, IPOs are going to flow like fucking crazy

No one expects every startup worth $1 billion to be ready to go public, but the collection of billion-dollar startups that are ready to list is larger than you might think.

Gorgias’ valuation rises to $710M with $30M Series C for e-commerce customer support

Gorgias' technology brings all of the channels that shoppers use to contact online stores into one feed for each company.

Your future shrimp meal could come from Atarraya’s farming technology

The company's three-pronged technology includes creating ideal environment for the shrimp, remote operations management and AI-powered automation to monitor and feed them.

Snap says Snapchat+ now has 1 million subscribers, introduces new features

Snap said today that the company’s paid subscription plan Snapchat+, which launched in June, now has more than 1 million users across the globe. The firm also introduced new features like priori

Mobot secures capital to grow its fleet of robots that bug-test mobile apps

Mobile apps have to be bug-tested across countless devices to ensure they work as intended. Users don’t look kindly on poor experiences — 88% say they’ll abandon apps based on minor

The Station: Arrival slashes EV targets, more Tesla FSD controversy and NHTSA loses its captain

The Station is a weekly newsletter dedicated to all things transportation. Sign up here — just click The Station — to receive it every weekend in your inbox. Welcome back to The Station, your cen

Porsche signs 25-year solar energy deal

Apparently, solar power is hot right now. Porsche said Monday that it plans to build and operate a solar power microgrid at its U.S. headquarters in Atlanta, reducing its annual carbon emissions by 3.

Tencent veterans secure $13M to build cross-chain decentralized identities

There is a host of startups working on decentralized identities for the next generation of the internet. Four Tencent veterans want their offering .bit, an identity protocol built on the blockchain, t

Meta invests in Take App, a Singaporean startup that helps merchants sell via WhatsApp

WhatsApp has long transcended its roots as a simple messaging app for friends, and is now a core communication tool for businesses seeking a direct channel to their customers’ pockets — bo

Pastel, a Nigerian bookkeeping and digital platform for merchants, raises $5.5M led by TLcom

There’s no end to digitizing the operations of small and medium businesses (SMBs) in the traditional retail sector across sub-Saharan Africa. In Nigeria alone, this industry, worth more than $200 bi

Uber to sunset free loyalty program in favor of subscription membership

Ride-hailing giant Uber is shutting down its free loyalty program, Uber Rewards, so it can focus on its subscription-based Uber One membership. Uber first launched the rewards program in 2018 as a sor

VinFast says pre-orders “will get a $7,500 rebate,” federal tax credit or not

We wrote that the Vietnamese EV car company Vinfast is bringing its EV companies to the US. Since then, congress announced it is making changes to the $7,500 federal electric vehicle tax credit, meani

As companies fight to retain talent, employee benefits startups might escape cost cuts

How do employee benefits startups fare when their corporate customers start slashing costs amid a volatile market? We're going to find out if the market continues on the track it's on.

Uniswap Labs COO MC Lader on the incentives behind DeFi

Crypto lending and financial services companies have been at the forefront of the industry’s latest controversies ever since the collapse of the Terra stablecoin, with many drawing parallels bet

Battery investment moves onshore to kick-start US EV production

Here’s a look at some of the major U.S. battery projects underway.
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