• Mystery startup Wonder actually thinks it can make a phone

    Mystery startup Wonder actually thinks it can make a phone

    Hubris is both the fuel for great disruption, and meteoric failure. Wonder is betting big. The stealth startup funded by Joe Lonsdale’s 8VC, Atari founder Nolan Bushnell, and actor Kevin Spacey wants to challenge Apple for the high-end phone market. According to sources close to the team, Wonder plans to create a smartphone for gamers. Apparently the goal is to build an object so… Read More

  • Gett CEO claims his ride-share company is beating Uber in Europe

    It is a very competitive landscape for on-demand rides. While Uber dominates the market in the U.S., Didi Chuxing is the leader in China. And in Europe, there is another player that is making headway. Gett, formerly known as GetTaxi, is the “number one on-demand mobility company operating in Europe,” according to CEO Shahar Waiser. TechCrunch sat down with him for a video interview… Read More

  • Investors realize Nintendo didn’t develop Pokémon Go and shares plummet

    Investors realize Nintendo didn’t develop Pokémon Go and shares plummet

    Nintendo’s shares plunged after the company said late Friday that the worldwide success of Pokémon Go will not significantly impact its financial results. Nothing Nintendo disclosed about the ownership of the game was new information, but markets were shocked anyway. The stock sank 18 percent to 23,220 yen at the close in Tokyo, the maximum one-day move allowed by the exchange… Read More

  • French startup Stuart partners with Just Eat to let restaurants outsource delivery

    French startup Stuart partners with Just Eat to let restaurants outsource delivery

    It’s Groundhog Day in the world of European restaurant delivery. Despite Delivery Hero-owned Valk Fleet’s spectacular failure, another startup is trying its hand at letting quick service restaurants or take-outs outsource delivery. Stuart, the heavily-funded “last-mile” delivery startup backed by Le Groupe La Poste, is partnering with take-out marketplace Just Eat in… Read More

  • How to live stream the Democratic National Convention

    How to live stream the Democratic National Convention

    The Democratic National Convention kicks off this week in Philadelphia, in the wake of the GOP convention and a massive leak of Democratic National Committee emails that’s been widely attributed to Russian hackers. It should be an interesting event, and not just because of all the DNC drama in the news this week — there’s a lineup of heavy-hitting speakers and panels as… Read More

  • The giant’s fall

    The giant’s fall

    One of the saddest scenes in the Lord Of The Rings trilogy is watching the slow-moving Ents – the massive tree shepherds that took days to decide whether or not to react Sauron’s onslaught – are cut down by the wily Orcs. Only a few fall in the battle but when they do the giants of the forests that at first seemed so powerful are exposed to be easily vanquished. They won… Read More

  • Ericsson’s CEO steps down as the company begins search for a replacement

    Ericsson’s CEO steps down as the company begins search for a replacement

    After a half-dozen years heading the company, Hans Vestberg is out as Ericsson’s CEO. The Swedish telecommunications giant announced today that the exec is stepping down from his post effective immediately. Jan Frykhammar, who has been working for the company since 1991 will be stepping in as interim CEO as Ericsson searches for a full-time replacement. Vestberg joined the company the… Read More

  • Audi setting up a subsidiary dedicated to self-driving car tech

    Audi setting up a subsidiary dedicated to self-driving car tech

    Audi is joining others like Daimler in focusing future investment on emerging tech categories like electric vehicles and self-origin cars, according to CEO Rupert Stadler. Speaking to German newspaper Stuttgarter Zeitung (via Reuters) this past weekend, Stadler said that in addition to targeting up to 30 percent electric vehicle sales for Audi overall by 2025, the company is going to create… Read More

  • Windows 10’s Anniversary update is just what everyday users need

    Windows 10’s Anniversary update is just what everyday users need

    It can’t be disputed: Windows 10 has been a wild success for Microsoft, after being installed on more than 350 million devices. To mark this, August 2nd is the release of the Anniversary Update which brings a slew of tweaks, fixes and new features. Read More

  • A Tinder bot scam is promising users Verified accounts

    A Tinder bot scam is promising users Verified accounts

    A new bot scam on Tinder is tapping into users’ desire to become “verified” on the popular dating service – a process that would allow them to confirm their identity, and legitimize their account for the purposes of trust and safety. According a recent report from security researchers at Symantec, scammers are now using verification as a lure to sign up people to… Read More

  • Apple’s car project to be led by Bob Mansfield

    Apple’s car project to be led by Bob Mansfield

    Apple has reportedly enlisted the help of long-time Apple executive Bob Mansfield to lead its automobile project. This comes by way of the Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. Mansfield stepped down from the Apple executive board in 2013, yet stayed around the company to work on, what Apple called, special projects. In this role he was reporting directly to Apple CEO… Read More

  • Netflix gets ‘The People v. O.J. Simpson’ in 2017

    Netflix gets ‘The People v. O.J. Simpson’ in 2017

    Netflix has signed its first global licensing deal for streaming video rights with 20th Century Fox, and viewers are in luck because the first show coming to Netflix exclusively for streaming is American Crime Story. Netflix will be the place to watch season one of the FX show starting in 2017, and for those who haven’t been keeping up with the cultural pulse, that means The People v. Read More

  • CrunchFund has a new partner: Susan Hobbs

    CrunchFund has a new partner: Susan Hobbs

    CrunchFund has a new partner, and it didn’t need to look far for her, either. Last week, Susan Hobbs joined the five-year-old, seed-stage outfit from Y Combinator, where she spent the last 15 months as Y Combinator’s director of programming and events. But as readers may recall, Hobbs had spent the previous four years as director of global programming right here at TechCrunch… Read More

  • Ask Donald Trump anything on Reddit this Wednesday

    Ask Donald Trump anything on Reddit this Wednesday

    This Wednesday at 6:30PM ET, log into your Reddit account and ask Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump anything. Anything. Granted, he’s not actually required to answer every question that comes his way, but it’s sure to be a fun fireworks show of sorts nonetheless, from a candidate who’s never been one shy away from speaking his mind. Trump’s AMA will… Read More

  • Dashlane brings an enterprise password management tool to mobile devices

    Dashlane brings an enterprise password management tool to mobile devices

    The popular password management utility Dashlane is going after the larger enterprise market today with the announcement of a new tool that will allow mobile employees to switch access between both their personal passwords, as well as those assigned to them by their workplace, in the company’s mobile app. The tool, which is known as “Spaces,” first launched on the desktop… Read More

  • Gillmor Gang: Trumpathon

    Gillmor Gang: Trumpathon

    The Gillmor Gang — Frank Radice, Kevin Marks, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor. Recorded live Friday, July 22, 2016. The Gillmor Gang survives the Trump National Convention and its subsequent Trump Bump with the inaugural live session from Gillmor Gang Studios East. As the saying goes, it always gets darker just before it gets even worse. Produced and directed by Tina Chase Gillmor… Read More

  • The diagnosis and the cure of automation Crunch Network

    The diagnosis and the cure of automation

    I was challenged recently to “name one job in the future that won’t be automated.” I was stumped. I couldn’t think of one job that someday won’t be dehumanized. That got me thinking about the process of automation. How does it happen? Are we running down hill trying to eliminate one job at a time, or are we walking down hill trying to eliminate them all? Read More

  • Twitter tries to explain itself – again! – via a new marketing campaign aimed at attracting users

    Twitter tries to explain itself – again! – via a new marketing campaign aimed at attracting users

    Do you have to tweet to use Twitter? Is Twitter a social network? Many people still think so because the company has failed to properly position itself – and its broader use cases – to the general public throughout the years. And one could argue that it has also failed to provide essential tools for those who want to passively participate on Twitter, instead of actively… Read More

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