• Airbnb now lets users pay less up front for bookings

    Airbnb now lets users pay less up front for bookings

    Airbnb has today announced a new feature that will help users manage their payments on the platform. The feature, aptly albeit unimaginatively named Pay Less Up Front, lets users pay for a part of their trip upon booking and the rest near the time of check-in. Before now, Airbnb users had to pay 100 percent of their booking up front. For weekend trips, that wasn’t such a big deal. But… Read More

  • AngelList launches Syndicates in India

    AngelList launches Syndicates in India

    AngelList has expanded its syndicates program to India in the latest overseas move for the US crowdfunding platform. The launch comes some 18 months after we reported that AngelList had hired Utsav Somani to launch the service and develop its business generally in India, where it also offers its hiring product. Syndicates was launched in the US in 2013 with the purpose of giving… Read More

  • Twitter hits back again at claims that its employees monitor direct messages

    Twitter hits back again at claims that its employees monitor direct messages

    Twitter is pushing back against claims made by conservative activist group Project Veritas that its employees monitor private user data, including direct messages. In a statement to media outlets, it said “We do not proactively review DMs. Period. A limited number of employees have access to such information, for legitimate work purposes, and we enforce strict access protocols for… Read More

  • Startup events platform Tech.co acquired by digital marketing firm MVF

    Startup events platform Tech.co acquired by digital marketing firm MVF

    Tech.co, an online platform and events organizer for startups, announced today that it has been acquired by digital marketing firm MVF. The deal’s terms were undisclosed. Read More

  • Apple’s MacBook Air turns 10

    Apple’s MacBook Air turns 10

    Ten years ago today, Steve Jobs triumphantly held up a manilla interoffice mail envelope to a round of applause at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco. It was a silly gimmick, but it got the point across. A year after introducing the Macworld crowd to the iPhone, the company was about to add another cornerstone product to its repertoire. Ten years and seven generations later… Read More

  • The best gadgets we saw at CES 2018

    Another CES is in the books. The country’s biggest consumer electronics show featured some 3,900 exhibitors spread out over 2.75 million square feet, making it the largest floor in the show’s history, according to the CTA. Our bodies and brains are exhausted from all the new gadgets, but before we cast off the show for good, let’s take a look at some of the best things we saw… Read More

  • A modest primer for Ethereum programming Crunch Network

    A modest primer for Ethereum programming

    The world is full of web programmers, but there’s a real paucity of cryptocurrency developers, and the chasm between the two fields is hard to cross. So I thought I’d take what I’d learned from architecting and building out our own Ethereum-based projects, and turn it into an open-sourced tutorial for web devs, in the hopes of encouraging a little more actual development… Read More

  • PSA: No, you can’t order a Batman toy by yelling ‘Batman’ at your Echo

    PSA: No, you can’t order a Batman toy by yelling ‘Batman’ at your Echo

    There are a number of reasons why one may take issue with White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders using the official @PressSec Twitter to register a personal complaint about a consumer product in her household, as she recently did with a tweet about Amazon Alexa and Echo speakers. But the one issue we’re going to mention here on TechCrunch is that she’s incorrectly characterizing… Read More

  • The portion of VC-backed startups founded by women stays stubbornly stagnant Crunch Network

    The portion of VC-backed startups founded by women stays stubbornly stagnant

    It was a tumultuous year for the technology industry, with sexual harassment, pay gaps and under-representation of women often dominating the headlines. And while sexism was not born in Silicon Valley, sexual harassment is proving to be toxic for business. As part of our larger Q4 and 2017 coverage, let’s see how the venture industry invested in women last year. Read More

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