• Here’s everything AWS will announce today

    Here’s everything AWS will announce today

    Amazon is hosting the second of two major keynotes at its re:Invent developer conference in Las Vegas today. TechCrunch has received detailed notes on the contents of today’s keynote, which will be delivered by Amazon CTO, Werner Vogels. We already knew he was going to talk about DevOps and containers today, but here are a few more details of what to expect. The keynote is scheduled to… Read More

  • Facebook’s advice to students interested in artificial intelligence

    Facebook’s advice to students interested in artificial intelligence

    Math. Math. Oh and perhaps some more math. That’s the gist of the advice to students interested in AI from Facebook’s Yann LeCun and Joaquin Quiñonero Candela

 who run the company’s Artificial Intelligence Lab and Applied Machine Learning group respectively. Tech companies often advocate STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), but today’s tips… Read More

  • Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures moves into video game publishing

    Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures moves into video game publishing

    Annapurna Pictures, the production company behind films including Zero Dark Thirty and Her, is launching a new division focused on video game development and publishing. Annapurna was founded by Megan Ellison, daughter of Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison, and has developed a reputation for writing relatively large checks for arty, director-driven films — though it’s also faced… Read More

  • White House AR app puts the nation’s most prestigious address on a $1 bill

    White House AR app puts the nation’s most prestigious address on a $1 bill

    A new app called 1600 will build a virtual White House on a real one dollar bill before your very eyes using augmented reality – and it’s the product of the White House itself. Created by the product team headed by ex-Facebook employee and current White House product director Joshua Miller, the free app for iOS and Android contains a history lesson as well as interactive… Read More

  • AngelList acquires Product Hunt

    AngelList acquires Product Hunt

    AngelList, the LinkedIn for startups, just bought Product Hunt, the platform where people vote up or down on startup products. Product Hunt declined to comment on the selling price but a source close to the matter tells us it was about $20 million. Recode first reported that same price.  Product Hunt was rumored to be raising its next round for the past several months but, as founder… Read More

  • Geenee picks up $4.4 million Series A to make Instagram more shoppable

    Geenee picks up $4.4 million Series A to make Instagram more shoppable

    There is a huge disconnect between the way users engage with content on platforms like Instagram and the way that they shop online. Without native links in Instagram posts, influencers are looking for other ways to monetize their posts through services like RewardStyle and now, Geenee. Geenee is a platform that lets users shop on Instagram by simply taking a snapshot of the post they like… Read More

  • Remember when GZA performed at the Crunchies?

    Remember when GZA performed at the Crunchies?

    Way back in 2012, at the 6th Annual Crunchies Awards, GZA presented an award with then-writer Drew Olanoff. And then he performed. The video is above. Excuse the audio. It’s really bad for some reason. This February TechCrunch will host another Crunchies award show. This is the 10th year. A lot has changed about the show over the years so we’re going to spend some time looking back… Read More

  • Entrepreneurs sense power shift back to VCs in annual First Round Capital survey

    Entrepreneurs sense power shift back to VCs in annual First Round Capital survey

    First Round Capital just published its second-ever State of Startups report, and it’s chock full of interesting sentiments from a survey of more than 700 founders — some of whom have ties to the early-stage venture firm and some who operate outside it. Taken altogether, it suggests that founders remain highly optimistic about their chances of success, but they also sense that… Read More

  • Announcing the Disrupt London Hackathon sponsor prizes, and last chance for tickets

    Announcing the Disrupt London Hackathon sponsor prizes, and last chance for tickets

    This year’s TechCrunch Disrupt London Hackathon is set to be the best yet. We’re mere days away from the main event and are bursting with excitement. As we’ve been releasing information about the event this week, we wanted to whet our hacker’s appetites with details about spectator tickets, our sponsors, and their awesome prizes. Hackathon tickets The last round… Read More

  • Nokia-branded Android smartphones will arrive in the first half of next year

    Nokia-branded Android smartphones will arrive in the first half of next year

    It’s been a rough decade or so for Nokia’s smartphone business. In 2011, then-CEO Stephen Elop famously described the company’s situation as a “burning platform” in a memo to his staff. That same year, the company plunged into the icy waters of a deal to make Windows Phone 7 its primary operating system. The partnership didn’t do much to curb the… Read More

  • Apple could be using drones to improve Apple Maps data

    Apple could be using drones to improve Apple Maps data

    Apple is putting a lot of effort to improve its Apple Maps data and design. According to a new report from Bloomberg, the company plans to use drones to track changes and improve mapping data over time. It would apparently be faster to use a fleet of drones rather than vans with sensors. Apple already admitted that mapping data is a harder problem than the company first anticipated. You need… Read More

  • Amazon Channels adds HBO and Cinemax

    Amazon Channels adds HBO and Cinemax

    It’s getting a lot easier to live outside the loving embrace of a cable or satellite TV subscription – Amazon just added HBO and Cinemax to its Amazon Channels selection of add-on packs for Prime video members. HBO is an additional $14.99 per month, and Cinemax is $9.99 monthly, with both offering 30-day free trials. Amazon Channels offers over 70 additional add-on packs for… Read More

  • iHeartRadio launches on-demand music plans starting at $4.99 a month

    iHeartRadio launches on-demand music plans starting at $4.99 a month

    A few months ago, iHeartRadio announced that it would be adding paid subscriptions for on-demand music. Today it’s releasing more details about its plans — and launching beta versions of those paid offerings. iHeartMedia, the company behind iHeartRadio, has its roots in traditional radio (it owns 858 stations), and until now, the app was largely a way for you to listen to radio on… Read More

  • VR tie-in invites movie fans to live the Assassin’s Creed life

    VR tie-in invites movie fans to live the Assassin’s Creed life

    Assassin’s Creed is basically a story about a guy plugged into VR doing crazy thing in his own family’s long-dead past, so it’s only fitting that the movie would come with a VR experience which puts fans and viewers themselves in the middle of the action. Assassin’s Creed’s movie VR experience will arrive on both Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear VR, as well as in… Read More

  • SuperAwesome’s PopJam Platform lets developers add kid-friendly social feed to apps

    SuperAwesome’s PopJam Platform lets developers add kid-friendly social feed to apps

    When SuperAwesome acquired Mind Candy’s PopJam — a sort of ‘Instagram for kids’ — last year, the stated plan was to marry SuperAwesome’s expertise and reach in kid-friendly advertising with PopJam’s growing user base of kids and brands in order to monetize the app. But actually the vision that SuperAwesome founder Dylan Collins had for PopJam was… Read More

  • Hyperloop Transportation Technologies claims more than $100 million in total investment

    Hyperloop Transportation Technologies claims more than $100 million in total investment

    Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT), the counterpart startup to Hyperloop One, which is also building a prototype of Elon Musk’s hyperloop system, says it has raised a little over $108 million dollars to build the tech aiming to zip us from San Francisco to Los Angeles in under half an hour. To be clear, the company has raised a total of $31.8 million in cash from investors… Read More

  • The TechCrunch Disrupt London Brexit Sentiment Survey — Uncertainty sucks!

    The TechCrunch Disrupt London Brexit Sentiment Survey — Uncertainty sucks!

    What is going to be the impact of Brexit on UK startups and the wider European tech ecosystem as a whole? TechCrunch wanted to find out. So, in the last 3 weeks TechCrunch has polled 300 members of the startup community in London and the wider UK, 150 startups and 150 investors. The survey has been sent out three times in the last four weeks asking the same questions weekly, but adding any… Read More

  • New leaf-like nano surface could boost solar panel efficiency

    New leaf-like nano surface could boost solar panel efficiency

    We often look to nature for tips on how to build better tech, and few things in nature are better at harnessing the power of the sun than the leaves of ordinary plants. Researchers at the University of Oulu in Finland have discovered a way to build coatings that can mimic the surface of the leaves of plants, which could eventually lead to solar panels that lose less of their captured energy… Read More

  • Smartglasses-maker ODG scores $58M in Series A led by 21st Century Fox

    Smartglasses-maker ODG scores $58M in Series A led by 21st Century Fox

    Even as the broader public (okay, maybe just the tech press) waits patiently for announcements from the mixed reality mirage known as Magic Leap, there’s an augmented reality company that’s already been shipping smartglasses for years and it’s designing them right in the heart of San Francisco. Today, the Osterhout Design Group announced that it has closed a $58 million Series… Read More

  • YC grad Workramp lands $1.8 million seed round

    YC grad Workramp lands $1.8 million seed round

    Workramp, a startup that wants to change the way companies onboard and train their employees, announced a $1.8 million seed round today. Investors include Susa Ventures, Initialized Capital, Haystack, Liquid 2, Wei Fund, Elad Gil, Adrian Aoun, Charlie Songhurst, and Y Combinator. The company is a graduate of the Y Combinator Summer 2016 class and previously raised $120,000. Workramp… Read More

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