• Apple pushes HomePod release to early 2018

    Apple pushes HomePod release to early 2018

    So much for the holiday rush. Apple announced this morning that its premium HomePod smart speaker won’t be making the company’s initial December ship date. According to a brief statement issued by the company, the production process needs “a little more time” to bake. A spokesperson told TechCrunch, “We can’t wait for people to experience HomePod… Read More

  • Food delivery upstart Deliveroo adds $98M to its Series F, now totals $480M

    Food delivery upstart Deliveroo adds $98M to its Series F, now totals $480M

    The food-delivery-on-demand space continues to heat up in Europe. Today, Deliveroo, the London-based startup that at the end of September announced a Series F of $385 million at a valuation of over $2 billion, today announced it is adding another $98 million into the round, led by T. Rowe Price Associates and Fidelity Management & Research Company. The brings the total amount in the round… Read More

  • Stitch Fix gets a pop in its public trading debut

    Stitch Fix gets a pop in its public trading debut

    Stitch Fix revised where it would price its IPO lower last night ahead of trading, and it looks like it helped approach the right sweet spot as a result when it made its debut today. The company saw around a 15% pop in its stock when it began trading this morning — the benchmark companies tend to look to hit when they go public is around 20% — and fell around the lower bounds of… Read More

  • Deliv to power same-day grocery delivery for Walmart in San Jose

    Deliv to power same-day grocery delivery for Walmart in San Jose

    Walmart is further expanding into same-day delivery with the help of its existing delivery partner, Deliv. The companies today announced they will now be working together to power same-day grocery delivery in the San Jose area, where users will be able to shop online then schedule deliveries from 8 AM to 8 PM, seven days a week. Deliv and Walmart have been working together for some time… Read More

  • Watch Tesla’s new Roadster show off its record-breaking speed

    Watch Tesla’s new Roadster show off its record-breaking speed

    Tesla has delivered the ultimate fan car – a revamped version of its original Roadster, with crazy fast acceleration of 0 to 60 mph in just 1.9 seconds, 0 to 100 mph times of only 4.2 seconds, a top speed north of 250 mph and 621 miles of estimated range on a single charge. There’s nothing quite like seeing the car peel out in person, which I got a chance to do at the Tesla… Read More

  • Spotify acquires online music studio Soundtrap as it goes after creators

    Spotify acquires online music studio Soundtrap as it goes after creators

    Spotify has made another acquisition as it continues to build out the services it offers to artists beyond basic streaming. It has acquired online music studio startup Soundtrap, the company announced via a blog post this morning. The three year-old company, based in Stockholm, is the maker of a freemium (paid and free) cloud-based, collaborative music and podcast recording studio that… Read More

  • Equity podcast: Musical.ly, Bumble, SendGrid and not Uber

    Equity podcast: Musical.ly, Bumble, SendGrid and not Uber

    Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This week, the crew — Katie Roof and Alex Wilhelm — were joined by David Pakman, a partner at Venrock, who helped us dig through the news. And news there was. We first dug into the big Musical.ly deal, working to understand why the company was… Read More

  • ‘Justice League’ looks ugly and rushed, but I liked it anyway

    ‘Justice League’ looks ugly and rushed, but I liked it anyway

    Justice League, the DC cinematic universe’s answer to The Avengers, is finally here. It comes at the end of a terrific year for superhero movies. Logan was genuinely great, while Wonder Woman‘s success should have demolished any lingering Hollywood skepticism about action movies directed by and starring women. Plus, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Thor: Ragnarok were pretty… Read More

  • Why now is the time to join Startup Alley at Disrupt Berlin

    Why now is the time to join Startup Alley at Disrupt Berlin

    (Hint: Free stuff) TechCrunch Disrupt is coming to Arena Berlin on 4-5 December, and we’re looking for a few more rockstar startups to be a part of our massive menagerie of innovation, Startup Alley. If you’ve never been to a Disrupt before, Startup Alley is where hundreds of early-stage companies (who have raised less than $2.5m and are less than 2 years old) showcase their… Read More

  • Hours before launch, EA strips micro-transactions from ‘Star Wars: Battlefront II’

    Hours before launch, EA strips micro-transactions from ‘Star Wars: Battlefront II’

    Just hours before the full launch of Battlefront II, Electronic Arts has announced that they’re removing in-game micro-transactions entirely from the title for the time being as they look to rethink their pricing strategy. What drove EA to take micro-transactions out of one of the company’s biggest releases this year? A backlash that was rippling through the online gaming community… Read More

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