• FOSSA scores $2.2M to help developers manage open source licenses

    FOSSA scores $2.2M to help developers manage open source licenses

    FOSSA wants to help developers manage the tricky terrain of open source license management, and today it announced a $2.2 million seed round. The company also announced that its license management product by the same name was available in open Beta. Let’s start with the funding, which was led by Bain Capital Ventures along with an all-star list of participants including Salesforce… Read More

  • Facebook tests ad breaks in all types of videos, giving creators a 55% cut

    Facebook tests ad breaks in all types of videos, giving creators a 55% cut

    Facebook today announced it has begun testing ad breaks that interrupt on-demand video, using a small set of partners who will earn a 55 percent ad revenue share while Facebook keeps 45 percent. That could change the way creators make video content so they tease viewers enough to sit through the ads, while luring more producers to Facebook. On-demand video publishers will get to select where… Read More

  • Hiatus raises $1.2M in seed funding to track and negotiate your reoccurring bills

    Hiatus raises $1.2M in seed funding to track and negotiate your reoccurring bills

    Hiatus, a New York-based startup that helps you identify (and potentially cancel) your monthly reoccurring subscriptions, has raised $1.2M in seed funding. Founded in 2015, Hiatus first connects to your bank account and identifies your paid reoccurring subscriptions, some of which you may have forgotten you’re even paying for. Each month it will notify you before an auto-payment happens… Read More

  • Spotify expands its push into original content with new podcasts

    Spotify expands its push into original content with new podcasts

    Spotify is expanding its podcast selection today, with the announcement that it’s adding three new original podcast series on its service, with plans for more originals to arrive later this year. The series, which are produced in partnership with other media partners like Slate spin-off Panoply Studios, Gimlet Media, and Loudspeaker Network, aim to help further differentiate… Read More

  • Amazon cites First Amendment protection for Alexa in Arkansas murder case

    Amazon cites First Amendment protection for Alexa in Arkansas murder case

    Late last year, it was revealed that Amazon’s Echo had become a key piece of evidence in an on-going murder investigation in Arkansas dating back to 2015, as police sought access to voice recordings from the smart home assistant. Now the tech giant is firing back, arguing that both user commands and Alexa’s responses constitute protected speech. In a lengthy filing issued late… Read More

  • Security researchers announce “first practical” SHA-1 collision attack

    Security researchers announce “first practical” SHA-1 collision attack

    Security researchers at the CWI institute in Amsterdam working with a team from Google Research say they have found a faster way to compromise the SHA-1 hash algorithm — announcing what they describe as “the first practical technique for generating a SHA-1 collision” in a blog post today. Read More

  • Rethinking contributors on TechCrunch Crunch Network

    Rethinking contributors on TechCrunch

    After a very successful two-year run, we’re going to be changing the way that contributions work on TechCrunch. When we started the Crunch Network experiment, the goal was to bring a wide array of voices to the site that were delivering deep domain-related experience that augmented the work of our staff writers. The startup community is rich with people thinking hard about a lot of… Read More

  • Politwoops adds realtime stats for politicians’ deleted tweets across 54 countries

    Politwoops adds realtime stats for politicians’ deleted tweets across 54 countries

    Today Politwoops, the service that tracks politicians’ deleted tweets in an effort to hold elected officials accountable for the statements they’ve made on social media, announced it’s now up-and-running in 54 countries worldwide and has added the ability to show realtime statistics. That is, you’re able to see how fast a tweet has been deleted by a politician or… Read More

  • This is your last chance to buy tickets to the Miami Meetup + Pitch-off!

    This is your last chance to buy tickets to the Miami Meetup + Pitch-off!

    Tonight is the night! The Miami Meetup + Pitch-off kicks off at 6pm and this is your last chance to get in on the fun! If you have no idea what I’m talking about, then please let me explain: The Meetup + Pitch-off is a regional event we hold to get to know the local community. As part of the program, we’ll be joined on stage by ten startups. Each of these startups will have… Read More

  • Google’s new project aims to clean up comment sections

    Google’s new project aims to clean up comment sections

    If you read stuff on the internet (and obviously you do because hi, you’re reading a blog) then you know the golden rule: never read the comments. Scrolling past the end of a story is an adventure into a realm of racism, conspiracy theories and ad hominem attacks that will quickly make you lose your faith in humanity. But instead of encountering Godwin’s Law in the comments, you… Read More

  • SocialWall aims to be a smarter way for brands to display social media mentions

    SocialWall aims to be a smarter way for brands to display social media mentions

    Born out of technology designed to help price a musician or band’s live performance, based on their social media presence, SocialWall aims to be a smarter way for brands to display social media mentions at events or in venues. Like so many social media management products, the promise is less noise and more signal. Read More

  • Google.org is committing $11.5 million to racial justice

    Google.org is committing $11.5 million to racial justice

    There is generally a lack of data in the criminal justice system. At the national level, for example, there is very little data about police behavior and criminal sentencing. That’s why Google.org is re-upping its commitment to racial justice through its $11.5 million in new grant money to ten racial justice organizations. This comes after Google.org awarded $3 million to… Read More

  • Samsung to unveil massive Galaxy S8 handset

    Samsung to unveil massive Galaxy S8 handset

    Samsung is about to release a version of the S8 with an even bigger screen than the Note 7. According to this leaked spec page, the S8+ will have a 6.2-inch curved screen. That’s about the size of a phone book. The phone is apparently called the S8+ and is said to be a variant of the S8 — sort of like what Apple offers with the iPhone and iPhone Plus. Samsung, always the creative… Read More

  • Lyft launches in 54 more cities across the U.S.

    Lyft launches in 54 more cities across the U.S.

    Lyft said it was going to grow fast in 2017, and on Thursday it doubled down on that promise with a launch across 54 cities in the U.S. The launch is the largest simultaneous expansion for the ride-hailing company, second to its earlier kick-off in 40 U.S. cities announced in January, which is also when it first made clear that this would be the year it sought to grow to 100 new… Read More

  • SpaceX’s Dragon cargo spacecraft successfully attaches to the ISS

    SpaceX’s Dragon cargo spacecraft successfully attaches to the ISS

    SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft, which launched on Sunday and is filled with 5,500 pounds of supplies and experiment materials for the crew of the International Space Station has successfully docked. The Dragon craft had missed its first attempt at meeting up with the station, due to a GPS error. It’s the first time since 2012 that SpaceX has had to abort an attempt to dock one of… Read More

  • Indoor farming startup Bowery raises $7.5 million from investors including ‘Top Chef’ Tom Colicchio

    Indoor farming startup Bowery raises $7.5 million from investors including ‘Top Chef’ Tom Colicchio

    As pollution, extreme weather, and over-population threaten the viability of large, outdoor farms, a startup called Bowery Farming Inc. has raised $7.5 million in total venture funding to grow food indoors, even in the middle of a city. The startup’s high-tech approach uses robotics, LED lighting, computer vision, sensors and data analytics to grow leafy greens with no pesticides and… Read More

  • Now part of Nielsen, Gracenote has unified its video, music and sports databases

    Now part of Nielsen, Gracenote has unified its video, music and sports databases

    Media metadata company Gracenote is looking to be the one-stop data provider for TV providers, device manufacturers and various media distribution services. To do so, the company has unified its vast stores of music, TV and sports data into a single database with a common schema and set of APIs to access it. Read More

  • ColorWare will paint your Apple AirPods any color

    ColorWare will paint your Apple AirPods any color

    White AirPods are fine. I guess. If you like boring. But for the rest of us, ColorWare is now offering its aftermarket painting service for Apple’s wireless earbuds and there’s a multitude of color options. The company will even paint the case for an extra few dollars. ColorWare has been around since the early 2000s. These folks know what they’re doing, offering a variety… Read More

  • Website builder Wix acquires art community DeviantArt for $36M

    Website builder Wix acquires art community DeviantArt for $36M

    Wix.com has made another acquisition to build out the tools that it provides to users to build and administer websites: it has acquired DeviantArt, an online community for artists, designers and art/design enthusiasts with some 325 million individual pieces of original art and more than 40 million registered members, for $36 million in cash, including $3 million of assumed… Read More

  • AirMap raises $26 million to manage air traffic as drone use surges

    AirMap raises $26 million to manage air traffic as drone use surges

    Lower airspace isn’t crowded with drones quite yet. But as drones become more pervasive, a startup called AirMap is building software and systems to help drone operators fly only where it’s safe and legal to do so. The task will prove completely different from that of managing airliners as we do today, says AirMap CEO and cofounder Ben Marcus who is also serving as the co-chair for… Read More

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