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Smartphone sales down 6% as chip shortages begin to impact market

Canalys reported this morning that global smartphone sales are off 6% this quarter, and it’s not because of lack of demand. It’s due to the worldwide chip shortage. The pandemic has had a

Founded by ex-Braintree and PayPal execs, Pagos raises $10M to offer API-driven payment intelligence

Pagos, a payment intelligence infrastructure startup founded by former Braintree and PayPal execs, has raised $10 million in seed funding. Started earlier this year, the remote-first Pagos is building

NFX-backed Pepper Bio Emerges from stealth with tools to hone in on complex diseases

There’s a clear pain point when it comes to drug discovery: Depending on which study you cite, creating an approved drug costs anywhere from $985 million to $2.6 billion. And R&D returns have re

An interview with Visionary Founder/CEO on Large Unicorn’s IPO day

"We're going to unlock the potential of the power, the power of potentiality, and, potentially, power itself."

Clarifai moves beyond computer vision to manage companies’ unstructured data

Clarifai enables customers to make sense of the 90% of unstructured data they have using artificial intelligence.

TechCrunch+ roundup: Mixpanel’s reset, smart growth, $100K referral bonuses

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3 steps tech innovators can take to create a more equal society

Tech accessibility is critical to social connection, professional proliferation and civic engagement. That's why we can't stop now. Here are three ways to build better technology for everyone.

Instacart shopper activists are going on strike

On Saturday, some Instacart shoppers will go on strike, protesting the company’s low pay and lack of communication with its laborers. The action is led by the Gig Workers Collective, formed in e

Continuum unveils its on-demand access marketplace for top-tier executive talent

Continuum’s model does the outbound work for companies and presents a list of executives, within 48 hours, who are available to start that day, working 15 or 20 hours per week.

Tesla debuts new car insurance that uses Texans’ real-time driving behavior

Tesla now offers car insurance in Texas, its new home state, after first launching the product in California. It calculates a customer's insurance premium using their real-time driving behavior.

Clubhouse gives musicians a new high-quality audio mode

Clubhouse added a new “music mode” this week, doubling down on its commitment to centering social audio in all its permutations. The new music mode will give musicians who play live on the

The venture bull market is great for founders, but not in the way they might expect

Venture firms have more dry powder, deal sizes are growing rapidly and valuations are soaring. But a closer look reveals that these trends apply very unequally across the funding continuum.

Core might be the Vegas of the metaverse

A self-described “endless arcade,” Core feels like a 90s cyberpunk fever dream come to life. Half playable game library, half no-code game creator, all neon lights, the new platform is a surprisin

Daily Crunch: Citing regulatory restrictions, Microsoft shuts down LinkedIn in China

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McDonald’s will serve Beyond Meat McPlant burgers in select US locations next month

After announcing a deal with Beyond Meat back in February, McDonald’s this morning announced that it is set to start selling plant-based Beyond Meat burgers in select locations next month. Starting

Reliable Robotics lifts $100M to take autonomous cargo planes where none have gone before

When flying cargo from one part of the world to another, you typically need a pilot for two parts: The take-off and the landing. As so elegantly outlined in the 1980 Jim Abrahams movie !Airplane &#821

Female Founders Alliance raises a $10M fund, renames to Graham & Walker

Starting as a Facebook support group for founders, the Female Founders Alliance community has done a lot of evolving and changing since its inception. Today, it announces a name change and the fact th

Google brings its 3D ‘Pocket Gallery’ art exhibition experiences to the web

Google’s Arts & Culture team launched its “Pocket Gallery” experiences in 2018 to allow AR-enabled smartphone users to view artwork from artists like Johannes Vermeer for the first t

What we can learn from China’s mobile gaming economy

Last year was a big one for China’s mobile scene as app publishers found new audiences and explored new advertising channels, many of which are here to stay.

We’re not in competition with China; we’re at war, argues a provocative new book

If China once seemed to be committed to the free market economy, over the course of 2021, it has shattered that illusion entirely by abruptly disempowering its own tech companies and turning up the di
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