• Eero acqui-hires smart home management startup Thington

    Eero acqui-hires smart home management startup Thington

    Mesh Wi-Fi router company Eero wants to provide an easy way for consumers to connect and connect with all the smart devices in their home. As it looks to build more intelligence around how those devices interact, the company has acqui-hired the team behind smart home management app Thington. Read More

  • Sandsifter checks your processor for secrets

    Sandsifter checks your processor for secrets

    Are you sufficiently paranoid? If you’re not, there’s now Sandsifter. This project, just announced at Defcon 2017, tests your x86 processor for hidden instructions and bugs. “Sandsifter has uncovered secret processor instructions from every major vendor; ubiquitous software bugs in disassemblers, assemblers, and emulators; flaws in enterprise hypervisors; and both benign… Read More

  • AWS won’t be ceding its massive market share lead anytime soon

    AWS won’t be ceding its massive market share lead anytime soon

    Now that all the major cloud players have reported their earnings, we have seen some eye-popping growth numbers, particularly from Microsoft. Yet in spite of that, AWS maintains a significant market share lead, according to the latest analysis from Synergy Research Group, released last night after Amazon reported its earnings. AWS, the cloud arm of Amazon.com reported a $4.1 billion… Read More

  • Laurene Powell Jobs’ Emerson Collective is buying a majority stake in The Atlantic

    Laurene Powell Jobs’ Emerson Collective is buying a majority stake in The Atlantic

    Emerson Collective, the organization founded by Laurene Powell Jobs, has agreed to purchase a majority stake in The Atlantic. In a memo to the staff of The Atlantic, chairman and owner David Bradley writes that he started looking for a buyer when he realized his sons were not interested in owning a media company. (Axios, which was backed by both the Emerson Collective and Bradley, obtained… Read More

  • Wattpad takes ‘chat fiction’ beyond text with launch of Tap Originals

    Wattpad takes ‘chat fiction’ beyond text with launch of Tap Originals

    Chat fiction apps are among some of the most popular in the App Store, thanks to their highly engaged, largely teenage to young adult fan base who enjoy reading thrilling stories told in the form of text messages. Today, one competitor in this space, Wattpad, is rolling out an upgrade to its chat stories to differentiate its app from others, and further addict its readers. The company is… Read More

  • The Information launches a media startup accelerator

    The Information launches a media startup accelerator

    Jessica Lessin’s The Information has found success with a focus on cultivating a dedicated, narrow audience willing to pay a premium for quality content, and now it wants to help other young media companies build similar, sustainable subscription-based news organizations. The Information Accelerator begins accepting applications for its first batch  of companies today, and the goal will… Read More

  • How to watch Tesla’s Model 3 handover event live

    How to watch Tesla’s Model 3 handover event live

    If you want to check out the Tesla Model 3 special handover event, where the carmaker will provide its first 30 production vehicles to a group of early buyers (mostly staff), then you’re in luck: It’s happening tonight at 9 PM PT, with a live stream kicking off at 8:45 PM PT. The stream will be carried live on Tesla.com, which is where you can tune in to enjoy the show. Read More

  • Equity podcast: Facebook good, everyone else bad

    Equity podcast: Facebook good, everyone else bad

    Update from Executive Producer Henry Pickavet: “We’re aware that Alex inexplicably stopped talking mid-sentence towards the end of the episode. We’re working with him to improve his struggles in the art of conversation.” Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s running social science experiment concerning the memorization of esoteric numbers and venture… Read More

  • HotelFlex lets you check in and out of a hotel at whatever time you want

    HotelFlex lets you check in and out of a hotel at whatever time you want

    Most would agree that the worst part of traveling is timing the hotel check in. Either you get off a redeye and have to figure out what to do all day while waiting to check in, or you arrive late at night and waste money paying for a room you didn’t get to use all day. Enter HotelFlex. Part of Y Combinator’s summer 2017 batch, the startup wants to change the way hotels operate… Read More

  • Expedia invests $350M in Traveloka to create Southeast Asia’s newest unicorn

    Expedia invests $350M in Traveloka to create Southeast Asia’s newest unicorn

    Expedia is deepening its focus on Southeast Asia after it invested $350 million in Traveloka, an online travel portal based out of Indonesia. A source close to the deal confirmed that the investment values Traveloka at more than $1 billion. That means the startup has joined the likes of Grab, Sea (formerly Garena), Go-Jek and Lazada in the region’s unicorn club. Expedia said it has picked… Read More

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