• Brazilian pet-sitting marketplace DogHero raises $3.1 million

    Brazilian pet-sitting marketplace DogHero raises $3.1 million

    The Brazilian Airbnb for pet-sitting, DogHero, has raised $3.1 million in financing as pet care spending in Brazil starts to take bigger and bigger bites out of consumers’ wallets. Brazil already accounts for $8.16 billion in global spending for pets, according to Brazilian pet care association Abinpet. And the country’s pet-owners are beginning to open their wallets for more… Read More

  • Leak points to refreshed Roku devices sporting new names, HDR support

    Leak points to refreshed Roku devices sporting new names, HDR support

    Roku’s popular media players will be getting a refresh later this fall, according to a new report, as well as a rebranding which will see the device models renamed from those sporting numerical characters (e.g. Roku 1, Roku 2, Roku 3, Roku 4) to names like “Premiere,” “Ultra,” “Express,” and others. It appears that select devices will also receive… Read More

  • The last thing the API economy needs is copyright friction Crunch Network

    The last thing the API economy needs is copyright friction

    The Oracle versus Google verdict set a positive precedent for the future of the API economy, but will it last? What is at stake if the decision is reversed? While on the surface Oracle versus Google might seem like a battle for profit between two tech giants, the implications are much more significant. This is a battle for interoperability and the merit-based making of entire markets. Read More

  • HBO’s new Westworld trailer shows AI ethical questions made flesh

    HBO’s new Westworld trailer shows AI ethical questions made flesh

    HBO has what looks like an expansive new epic TV series on the way, only this time it’s swapping fantasy, swords and castles for androids, AI and western duds. Westworld is a new sci-fi series coming to the cable network beginning in October, based on the Michael Crichton film from 1973. In the original, a high-tech theme park with western, medieval and ancient Roman-themed sections… Read More

  • Square brings payment and capital offerings to TouchBistro and Vend customers

    Square brings payment and capital offerings to TouchBistro and Vend customers

    Square is turning point-of-sale companies that at one time could’ve been considered enemies into allies, with two new partnerships with Vend and TouchBistro. Square will now offer Vend and TouchBistro‘s restaurant, retail and other business owner clients full access to Square’s platform, including its hardware, payments infrastructure and financial service offerings (like… Read More

  • Fitbit shows off sequels to the Charge and Flex, updates Blaze and Alta software

    Fitbit shows off sequels to the Charge and Flex, updates Blaze and Alta software

    Fitbit is kicking the week off right with a slew of announcements that affect a large number wearable company’s offerings. The biggest updates are coming to the company’s best selling lines, the Charge and Flex, both of which are getting sequels. The Charge 2 brings a larger display to the manufacturer’s most popular offering, along with a more modular design that makes… Read More

  • Microsoft teases what looks like a black Surface Book 2

    Microsoft teases what looks like a black Surface Book 2

    Generally, you don’t see the first spy shots of a new device coming from the company itself, but Microsoft isn’t really following all that many of the rules with its Surface lineup of house-built Windows hardware. That’s why it makes a certain kind of sense that the first look at what could be a Surface Book 2 comes from none other than Microsoft’s own official… Read More

  • Helix Sleep raises $7.4 million to sell made-to-order mattresses online

    Helix Sleep raises $7.4 million to sell made-to-order mattresses online

    A New York City startup called Helix Sleep Inc. raised $7.35 million in Series A funding to grow its bespoke mattress business, according to cofounder Adam Tishman. With 20 full-time employees today, the company sells directly to consumers online, and via its office and showroom in Manhattan’s Flatiron District. Helix’s mission is to “deliver unprecedented comfort to people… Read More

  • Chemi Peres makes predictions for Israel’s tech scene

    TechCrunch had the opportunity to speak with Chemi Peres, co-founder of Pitango Venture Capital, about Israel’s tech scene. In the above video, Peres explained why he believes digital health, drones and autonomous driving startups will emerge in the region. “The digital wave is disrupting industry one after another,” said Peres. Israel has long been known for its work in… Read More

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