• The TC Meetup + Pitch-off is heading to D.C. and Miami! Apply now!

    The TC Meetup + Pitch-off is heading to D.C. and Miami! Apply now!

    The clock is ticking down, and you only have a few more days to submit an application to participate in the TC Meetup + Pitch-offs in D.C. and Miami. The events go down on February 21 (Washington D.C.) and February 23 (Miami) respectively, and only ten companies will be competing, so don’t tarry! If you’re wondering what I’m talking about, let me get you up to speed. The… Read More

  • Obama’s parting message on whistleblowers: It’s The Daily Crunch

    Obama’s parting message on whistleblowers: It’s The Daily Crunch

    Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday our daily guided tour of the biggest tech stories from the past 24 hours will appear here on TechCrunch.com. To get The Daily Crunch in your inbox every day of the week, sign up here. Obama’s clemency, the true size of Facebook’s bet on VR and Theranos in trouble again. All that and more in The Daily Crunch for January 18, 2017. And if a… Read More

  • Mastercard launches 2KUZE agtech platform in East Africa Crunch Network

    Mastercard launches 2KUZE agtech platform in East Africa

    Small-plot farmers in Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania can now go digital―coordinating sales, payments, and distribution of crops thanks to a pilot program called 2KUZE launched by Mastercard. The agricultural technology app was announced this week. 2KUZE, which means “let’s grow together” in Swahili,  was developed at Mastercard’s Nairobi Labs for Financial Inclusion… Read More

  • Laugh.ly grabs $2.25 million for its stand-up comedy streaming service

    Laugh.ly grabs $2.25 million for its stand-up comedy streaming service

    A streaming service for stand-up comedy called Laugh.ly, which publicly launched this past August, has now closed on $2.25 million in seed funding led by New York Angels, the company announced today. Available for both iOS and Android devices, Laugh.ly is the first to offer an extensive library of comedians’ stand-up sets, with content from top names in the biz, including Kevin Hart… Read More

  • DataSift connects with LinkedIn as its latest social marketing partner

    DataSift connects with LinkedIn as its latest social marketing partner

    DataSift, which taps and structures data from social networks to provide more insights into it, has added a new partner to its own network. The company has linked up with LinkedIn — the social network for the working world with 467 million users that was acquired by Microsoft recently for $26.2 billion — to help develop a stronger marketing profile for LinkedIn by parsing its… Read More

  • ComiXology launches original comics with Adventure Time spin-off

    ComiXology launches original comics with Adventure Time spin-off

    Amazon’s ComiXology is delivering on the promise it made last year to create original content exclusively for users of its platform and Kindle customers, with Adventure Time Marshall Lee Spectacular, an Adventure Time tale focusing on the Vampire King from the franchise’s alternate gender-swapped story universe. The Marshall Lee story is available as a $3.99 one-time purchase… Read More

  • Iris Automation raises $1.5 million to help drones sense and avoid obstacles

    Iris Automation raises $1.5 million to help drones sense and avoid obstacles

    Iris Automation Inc. has raised $1.5 million to bring “sense and avoid” technology, and truly self-flying capabilities, to drones used for industrial tasks. Even for human pilots, identifying obstacles and deciding precisely how to maneuver a fast-flying aircraft around them poses a serious challenge. Iris’ technology analyzes and draws insights from videos captured by… Read More

  • Hulu launches user profiles on mobile

    Hulu launches user profiles on mobile

    In December, Hulu announced the debut of user profiles in order to make its streaming TV service more personalized to end users, offering each user their own Watchlist, viewing history and recommendations based on their activity and interests. At the time of launch, the feature wasn’t broadly available, however. That’s now changing, as Hulu has just rolled out user profiles to… Read More

  • Microsoft to double its Montreal AI R&D office and invest $7M in academic research

    Microsoft to double its Montreal AI R&D office and invest $7M in academic research

    Microsoft is following its acquisition of Montreal-based Maluuba with additional investment in the city that’s become quite the artificial intelligence hotbed. Microsoft announced in Davos on Wednesday that it will be growing its research and design office there (which is what Maluuba will be, post-acquisition) to double the size over the course of the next two years. Microsoft will also… Read More

  • A new CEO for DocuSign

    A new CEO for DocuSign

    DocuSign, the electronic signature company, has ended its search for a permanent CEO. Effective this week, Daniel Springer is taking the reigns and former CEO Keith Krach is moving to a chairman role. With a reported valuation of more than $3 billion, 14-year-old DocuSign is said to be scaling, with speculation that it’s nearing its long-awaited IPO. Though he couldn’t comment… Read More

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