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Trump promotes Michael Kratsios to US Chief Technology Officer

More than two years into the Trump administration, the long-vacant post of U.S. chief technology officer will be filled. Bloomberg first reported that today Trump is elevating Michael Kratsios, curren

Tech regulation in Europe will only get tougher

European governments have been bringing the hammer down on tech in recent months, slapping record fines and stiff regulations on the largest imports out of Silicon Valley. Despite pleas from the world

To fund Y Combinator’s top startups, VCs scoop them before Demo Day

Meet the startups that raised venture capital, or got acquired, before Demo Day.

Gig workers need health & benefits — Catch is their safety net

One of the hottest Y Combinator startups just raised a big seed round to clean up the mess created by Uber, Postmates and the gig economy. Catch sells health insurance, retirement savings plans and ta

Facebook’s AI couldn’t spot mass murder

Facebook has given another update on measures it took and what more it’s doing in the wake of the livestreamed video of a gun massacre by a far right terrorist who killed 50 people in two mosque

Robotics process automation startup UiPath raising $400M at more than $7B valuation

The company, which is more than doubling its valuation, is expected to do $450 million in ARR in 2019, TechCrunch has confirmed.

How to develop a brand identity system (like Intercom)

[Editor’s note: This is the first of a series of articles that we’re writing about branding for startups. It’s part of our latest initiative to find the best brand designers and agencies in

Why it’s no surprise that pro rata rights don’t mean what they used to

Yesterday, renowned investor Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures observed in a blog post that fewer founders in today’s go-go market have been honoring what are called pro rata rights, or the r

How to save the third wave of technology from itself

The next wave of technology is arriving, transforming cities, healthcare and finance. But the regulatory landscape has become difficult to navigate. Regtech will ease these burdens.

Streaming site Kanopy exposed viewing habits of users, researcher says

On-demand video-streaming site Kanopy has fixed a leaking server that exposed the detailed viewing habits of its users. Security researcher Justin Paine discovered the leaking Elasticsearch database l

MoviePass parent’s CEO says its rebooted subscription service is already (sort of) profitable

Two days after MoviePass announced the return of the company’s unlimited ticket plan, Ted Farnsworth, CEO of its parent company Helios and Matheson Analytics, sat down with TechCrunch to offer insig

Tesla sues former employees, Zoox for alleged trade secret theft

Tesla has filed a pair of lawsuits against a handful of former employees who went to work at self-driving vehicle startup Zoox and Chinese EV automaker Xiaopeng. The separate lawsuits filed late Wedne

This is what the Huawei P30 will look like

You can already find many leaked photos of Huawei’s next flagship device — the P30 and P30 Pro. The company is set to announce the new product at an event in Paris next week. So here’s what you

Introducing the Extra Crunch Stage at Disrupt SF 2019

Every year we dig deep to make the next TechCrunch Disrupt bigger, bolder and better than before. Disrupt San Francisco 2019, on October 2-4, is no exception. One of the many upgrades we’re proud to

Rent the Runway hits a $1 billion valuation

Rent the Runway just closed a $125 million round led by Franklin Templeton Investments and Bain Capital Ventures. This round values the company at $1 billion. In total, Rent the Runway has raised $337

Aurora’s Sterling Anderson, Uber ATG’s Raquel Urtasun to discuss self-driving cars and AI at TC Sessions

We’re just weeks away from our TC Sessions: Robotics + AI event at UC Berkeley on April 18. Some of the best and brightest minds are joining us for the day-long event, including Marc Raibert,

Daily Crunch: The new iPad mini, reviewed

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe her

Paris to tax scooter and bike services

According to the City of Paris, there are 15,000 free-floating vehicles of all forms and shapes in the city, from electric scooters to fluorescent bikes and motorcycle-like scooters. And the City of P

How Amazon and Walmart are putting robots to work behind the scenes

This week Brian Heater, fresh off a trip to Pittsburgh to visit a handful of robotics companies, led a discussion about the current state of robotics and how startups are integrating the machines into

Marqeta files to raise $250M on a $1.9B valuation

The world of digital payments continues to power ahead — fuelled by the continuing growth of e-commerce and fintech — and now one of the bigger startups making waves in the sector is raisi
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