• CNote looks to upend traditional savings with the help of good timing

    CNote looks to upend traditional savings with the help of good timing

    Believe it or not, the money you have in your savings account right now is probably losing you money. In today’s economy, inflation outpaces the interest rates that banks pay to encourage saving money — this makes penny pinching less prudent than many might think. Catherine Berman, a former Managing Director at Charles Schwab and founder of a new YCombinator Fellowship backed… Read More

  • Niantic confirms new Pokémon are coming

    Niantic confirms new Pokémon are coming

    Niantic, the creator of the massively popular smartphone game, Pokémon Go, has confirmed that new Pokémon characters will be unveiled this Monday. “Keep an eye out on our social media channels on December 12th for details about the first addition of more Pokémon into Pokémon GO,” said the company statement.   The augmented reality game, which allows people to catch Pokémon in… Read More

  • Trakz is a Fitbit with GPS tracking technology for your dog or cat

    We love our pets and want to keep track of them, make sure they’re eating well and getting the exercise they need and U.K.-based Trakz wants to help us do that with technology products for keeping track of your dog and cat. The startup has a GPS and fitness tracking device that can be inserted in your pooch’s or kitty’s collar and a feeding bowl tracker to keep track of how… Read More

  • Sequoia-backed video chat app Tribe spammed its customers’ address books

    Sequoia-backed video chat app Tribe spammed its customers’ address books

    Can mobile app startups please stop building SMS invite systems into their apps already? The latest example of a venture-backed startup getting dinged by customers for having spammed their entire address book without permission is Sequoia portfolio company Tribe. The video chat app hit the App Store last year, and had been well-received until now. With a number of clever twists on standard… Read More

  • Circle removes ability to buy and sell Bitcoin as it doubles down on mobile payments

    Circle removes ability to buy and sell Bitcoin as it doubles down on mobile payments

    Launched in 2013, Circle is a consumer finance company originally built with the goal of using the Bitcoin blockchain as a payments platform. Part of that was achieved by offering customers the ability to buy and sell Bitcoin on the platform. Since then, the company has raised over $70M and slowly but surely turned in the direction of social payments. But today the company is fully… Read More

  • Google, HTC, Oculus, Samsung, Sony join forces to create Global VR Association

    Google, HTC, Oculus, Samsung, Sony join forces to create Global VR Association

    After a couple years of being driven primarily by the startups, the virtual reality industry is growing to be one increasingly dominated by the big dogs. There’s still a sizable amount of fragmentation in the industry as well a high chance of failure for many of the efforts currently being undertaken. For these reasons some of the biggest names in the industry, Google, HTC, Oculus… Read More

  • T-Mobile’s Digits calling service is designed to make phone numbers device agnostic

    T-Mobile’s Digits calling service is designed to make phone numbers device agnostic

    T-Mobile’s pitch is simple, “We’re dragging the phone number into the internet age.” The actual functionality is a bit trickier, which is why the carrier looked to do a little bit of analyst handholding and a consumer Twitter Q&A (at 10:30AM PT today) ahead of launch. The underlying idea is to tie user identity to a single phone number, available across devices… Read More

  • Watch Pitch@Palace Global Now

    Watch Pitch@Palace Global Now

    TechCrunch is pleased to bring you the Pitch@Palace Global, live from St. James’s Palace. Established by The Duke of York in 2014, Pitch@Palace offers entrepreneurs the opportunity to present their business in front of an audience of influencers. During 2016, the initiative has expanded internationally, with the aim of developing links between U.K. and overseas entrepreneurs in a number… Read More

  • Slack and Google announce partnership focused on better integrating their services

    Slack and Google announce partnership focused on better integrating their services

    Slack announced a strategic partnership with Google Cloud this morning, which will bring a number of new features, including deeper integrations with Google services, to its collaboration platform for teams. Among the additions are new bots for notifications, as well as support for Google’s recently launched Team Drives, document previews, permissioning and more. The move comes at a… Read More

  • November 2016 was the best month ever for App Store sales

    November 2016 was the best month ever for App Store sales

    Apple’s SVP of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller announced today that the App Store had hit a new milestone. According to a statement he posted to Twitter, the App Store had a record-breaking month in terms of sales this November. Sales and download numbers were not provided, however, which makes it more difficult to put this announcement into perspective compared with prior… Read More

  • Unity poaches Uber’s machine learning head to tackle AI in AR/VR

    Unity poaches Uber’s machine learning head to tackle AI in AR/VR

    Unity has hired Dr. Danny Lange to take on the next generation of AI and machine learning problems at the game engine startup. For Lange, this comes after just over a year as Uber’s head of machine learning. Previously Lange worked on machine learning products for Amazon and Microsoft. Lange joins Unity at a time of particularly high growth for the company. Unity raised $181 million… Read More

  • Pebble confirms it’s shutting down, devs and software going to Fitbit

    Pebble confirms it’s shutting down, devs and software going to Fitbit

    RIP Pebble… The wearable maker that pioneered wrist-based notifications before Apple and many others waded into the smartwatch space has confirmed it’s closing its doors as an independent entity. Read More

  • DST leads $80M round in Brazil’s Nubank to take on the big boys in financial services

    DST leads $80M round in Brazil’s Nubank to take on the big boys in financial services

    As Brazil continues to reel as a result of its economic turmoil and its worst recession in 80 years, one of the country’s first financial tech startups has raised significant funding. Sao Paulo-based Nubank, whose first (and to-date only) product has been a “no-fee” credit card that is managed only through a mobile app, has raised $80 million in a Series D round of… Read More

  • Pandora’s Spotify competitor launches next year

    Pandora’s Spotify competitor launches next year

    Pandora’s Spotify competitor is on its way. Announced this week at press event in New York, Pandora Premium, as the service is called, offers on-demand listening of millions of songs, streamed ad-free, and supports offline access to music. But the company is aiming to make personalization its biggest differentiator from rivals including Apple Music, Spotify and others. The new service… Read More

  • Apple Music reaches the 20 million subscriber mark

    Apple Music reaches the 20 million subscriber mark

    Apple Music’s growth has been nothing if not steady since launching in June of last year. The streaming service hit 13 million paid subscribers in April and beat the 17 million mark in September. This week, the company announced a nice round milestone, telling Billboard that it now counts 20 million paid members among its ranks, making that a 15-percent increase in three months. Read More

  • GE puts Amazon Alexa inside a funky table lamp

    GE puts Amazon Alexa inside a funky table lamp

    Seems Alexa’s made her way into everything these days. Between Amazon’s own Echo offerings and an ever-growing array of third-party participation, the steady home automation takeover of the company’s AI assistant appears to be going about as well as could be expected. Between Alexa connected washing machines and a detergent ordering Dash-enabled dishwasher, GE’s… Read More

  • SnapLogic snaps up another $40 million

    SnapLogic snaps up another $40 million

    SnapLogic solves a big problem for companies. It helps them connect legacy data sources to the cloud or to an in-house data lake. Today, it announced a $40 million round, almost exactly a year after announcing a $37.5 million round. The round was led by European private equity firm Vitruvian Partners with participation from previous investors Andreessen Horowitz, Capital One, Ignition… Read More

  • Hands-on with VR Sports Challenge, the Oculus Touch version of Wii Sports

    Hands-on with VR Sports Challenge, the Oculus Touch version of Wii Sports

    When the Wii launched, no one knew what motion controllers were or why we even needed them. So to get people excited about the new input method, Nintendo released Wii Sports as a free game to anyone who bought the Wii. The game came with Boxing, Bowling, Golf, Tennis and Baseball – all mini games designed to show off the motion controller. It proved to be extremely popular – to… Read More

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