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Gift Guide: The best tech gifts for plant geeks

Welcome to TechCrunch’s 2021 Holiday Gift Guide! Need help with gift ideas? We’ve got lots of them. We’re just starting to roll out this year’s gift guides, so check back from now until the en

Engage with aerospace companies at TC Sessions: Space 2021

We’re almost ready to initiate the launch sequence for TC Sessions: Space 2021, which takes flight on December 14-15. This is a global space conference extraordinaire and as such, you’ll find aero

Einride founder Robert Falck on his moral obligation to electrify autonomous trucking

Einride CEO and founder Robert Falck talks about his strategy for scaling revenue, why autonomous vehicles should be built on electric platforms and why the future is in startups' hands.

Reddit is shutting down Dubsmash and integrating video tools into its own app

Reddit is shutting down Dubsmash, its short-form TikTok-like video platform, on February 22, 2022. The company says after February, Dubsmash will no longer be available for download in the Apple App S

Apple files lawsuit against NSO Group over Pegasus spyware

Apple has launched a lawsuit against NSO Group, the maker of the nation-state spyware Pegasus, seeking a permanent injunction to prevent the spyware maker from using any Apple product or service. In a

Astra, Rocket Lab and Redwire will talk SPACs and going public at TC Sessions: Space 2021

Commercial space companies are increasingly seeking out paths to the public markets, and mergers with special purpose acquisition corporations (SPACs) are a popular mechanism for doing so. This year a

With his first re:Invent looming, what will AWS’s new boss bring to the table?

It’s that magical time of year. No, I’m not talking about the upcoming holiday season. Instead, it’s time for AWS’s annual customer extravaganza re:Invent, which starts next we

European Parliament’s IMCO backs limits on tech giants’ ability to run tracking ads

In what looks like bad news for adtech giants like Facebook and Google, MEPs in the European Parliament have voted for tougher restrictions on how internet users’ data can be combined for ad tar

Dent Reality raises $3.4M to bring augmented reality into the grocery store

Despite Apple and Facebook investing billions into a “metaverse” future, in recent years there’s been a distinct drop-off in venture deals for startups focused on finding opportuniti

Volvo Cars Tech Fund invests $2M in optics and imaging startup Spectralics

The venture arm of Volvo Cars, an automaker long synonymous with safety, has invested in an optics and imaging startup developing technology that can be integrated into a car’s windshield or win

Netflix’s gaming service adds two more titles, including the return of Gameloft’s Asphalt Xtreme

Earlier this month, Netflix’s new gaming service became globally available across both iOS and Android with a debut lineup that included two “Stranger Things”-themed games and a few

‘Armageddon’ now: NASA’s asteroid-deflecting DART mission launches tonight

Update: Successful launch and NASA has acquired DART’s signal. One of NASA’s most exciting and unusual missions in years, the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART), is scheduled to launc

$10B is the new $1B, and we need a new framework for startup valuations

We need a new framework for us to use to sort private-market companies.

Tidal is investing in direct artist payments, a step toward fair streaming payouts

Tidal and DistroKid, a popular independent music distributor, teamed up last week to introduce a direct artist payments system. This partnership foreshadows a larger pivot from Tidal toward experiment

UK-based mental health provider ieso raises $53M armed with an ‘unprecedented’ data set

U.K.-based digital therapy company ieso announced a $53 million Series B round on Tuesday. The round is the funding the company needs to move in a brand new direction: creating more intuitive autonomo

StepZen’s API management vision begins to take shape with free GraphQL tools

StepZen stepped onto the scene at the end of last year with an $8 million seed round and a vision for unifying APIs. Today that vision came into clearer focus as the company announced two new free Gra

Spotify debuts a ‘Netflix Hub’ featuring music and podcasts tied to Netflix shows and movies

Looking for the soundtrack from your favorite Netflix show? Now, it will be easier to find thanks to an expanded partnership between Netflix and Spotify. The streaming music service today introduced a

Verbit lands $250M Series E at a $2B valuation to expand its AI-powered transcription platform

Less than six months after raising a $157 million Series D round, AI-powered transcription and captioning platform Verbit announced today it has closed $250 million in a Series E round that values the

Suborbital raises $1.6M for its WebAssembly platform

Suborbital, the company behind the open source Atmo WebAssembly-centric project for building scalable server applications, today announced that it has raised a $1.6 million seed round led by Amplify P

India plans law that will prohibit ‘all private cryptocurrencies,’ with ‘certain exceptions’

India plans to introduce, evaluate and enforce a bill to prohibit “all private cryptocurrencies” in the country, according to a legislative agenda for the winter session. The Indian govern
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