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It’s been a tumultuous year for OnlyFans, the popular subscription-based social media platform best known for hosting explicit content and offering an online safe haven to the sex workers who…

OnlyFans’s Ami Gan and Keily Blair join us at Disrupt for a SFW fireside chat

Yahoo announced six new members of its board of directors today, about a year after the internet brand was acquired by private equity firm Apollo for $5 billion [Disclosure: TechCrunch…

Yahoo appoints six new board members, including Jessica Alba

While the likes of Pipe are reaching multi-billion valuations, European revenue-based financing is experiencing as much of a boom as it is in the U.S. U.K.-based startup platform Bloom has…

Revenue-based financing platform Bloom secures $377M Series A led by Credo and Fortress

TechCrunch Live is thrilled to shine the spotlight on Columbus, Ohio. On June 1, our crew is virtually heading to Columbus to explore the region’s growing startup ecosystem. We have…

Register now for TechCrunch Live’s event in Columbus, Ohio!

Tofino Capital, a venture capital firm targeting early-stage startups in emerging markets, has launched its $10 million fund. It is announcing the first close of this fund at $5 million…

Tofino Capital reaches first close of $10M fund to back startups in frontier markets

Africa-focused payments startup PalmPay raised a $100 million Series A round last year. TechCrunch spotted this news in Partech Africa’s latest end-of-year report on venture capital investments in Africa. Further…

PalmPay raised $100M Series A last August, claims to have 5 million users

Founded back in 2012, the LoopMe adtech/martech startup focused on brand-based mobile advertising, using AI to deliver measurable outcomes for its users. At its height, it had raised $25 million…

Mayfair Equity Partners aquires UK adtech platform LoopMe for $120M

The pandemic hasn’t been easy for anyone, but the food service industry has been hit particularly hard. More than 90,000 restaurants and bars have closed, leaving workers unemployed in an…

Castiron serves up a $6M seed round to support ‘food artisans’

Storing great pools of data is an increasingly figured-out challenge. Between public clouds, and data lakes more specifically, you can stick oceans of corporate data in any number of places.…

How startups are turning data into software gold

Private equity firm Apollo Global Management this morning announced that it has completed its acquisition of Yahoo (formerly known as Verizon Media Group, itself formerly known as Oath) from Verizon.…

Apollo completes its $5B acquisition of Verizon Media, now known as Yahoo

AOL founder Steve Case was there in Dulles, Virginia, just outside of Washington, D.C., when in 1996 the Communications Decency Act was passed as part of a major overhaul of…

AOL founder Steve Case, involved early in Section 230, says it’s time to change it

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Steve Case and Clara Sieg on how the COVID-19 crisis differs from the dot-com bust

Steve Case and Clara Sieg of Revolution recently spoke on TechCrunch’s new series, Extra Crunch Live. Throughout the hour-long chat, we touched on numerous subjects, including how diverse founders can take advantage during this downturn and how remote work may lead to growth outside Silicon Valley. The two have a unique vantage point, with Steve…

9:33 am PDT • May 22, 2020
Steve Case and Clara Sieg on how the COVID-19 crisis differs from the dot-com bust

This afternoon, we’re chatting with Steve Case and Clara Sieg of Revolution as part of our new interview series, Extra Crunch Live. Topping our agenda, we will talk about jobs…

Extra Crunch Live: Discuss work and raising cash in a downturn with Revolution’s Steve Case and Clara Sieg right now

Couchbase, the Santa Clara-based company behind the eponymous NoSQL cloud database service, today announced that it has raised a $105 million all-equity Series G round “to expand product development and…

Couchbase raises $105M Series G funding round

Boasting a technology that can dramatically increase the capacity of existing polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing used to identify people infected with COVID-19 and other illnesses, ChromaCode has attracted new funding…

ChromaCode’s tech to boost COVID-19 testing gets Bill Gates’s backing

The new Extra Crunch Live series is taking flight this week. Today we’re talking to Cowboy Ventures’ Aileen Lee and Ted Wang. This Thursday we’re keeping the parade of well-known…

Extra Crunch Live: Join Precursor’s Charles Hudson for a Q&A this Thursday

Those looking outside of Silicon Valley as a potential hub for their startup might want to take a gander at Utah, at least that’s the kind of trend the new…

Utah tech magnates create new Silicon Slopes Venture Fund to boost startups in the state

The Midwest may not be known as the fashion capital of the world (or even the U.S.), but its place in the consumer retail firmament is secure through L Brands…

St. Louis-based Summersalt raises $17.3 million for its direct-to-consumer clothing line

Late last night the Financial Times reported that HuffPost, arguably one of the crown jewels of Verizon Media Group’s remaining network of media properties (which includes TechCrunch), is up for…

HuffPost is reportedly on the auction block

Revolution Ventures raises another $215 million to invest outside of the hotbeds.

With its third fund, Revolution Ventures stays true to its mission

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The portrait of an avatar as a young artist

In this episode of Flux I talk with LaTurbo Avedon, an online avatar who has been active as an artist and curator since 2008.

9:30 pm PDT • September 17, 2019
The portrait of an avatar as a young artist

After months of rumors, Verizon finally sold off Tumblr for a reported $3 million — a fraction of what Yahoo paid for the once mighty blogging service back in 2013.…

Tumblr’s next step forward with Automattic CEO Matt Mullenweg

In this second of my two-part conversation on the ethics of technology with Jessica Powell, the former head of PR at Google turned author of the wonderful satirical novel, The…

Dissecting value systems and exclusion in ‘big tech’, with Jessica Powell (Part Two)

Where are all the biotechnology companies raising these days? We crunched some numbers to arrive at an answer.

Where are all the biotech startups raising?

For more than 100 years, entrepreneurs have come to Hollywood to try their luck in the dream factory and build an empire in the business of storytelling. Propelled by new…

Backed by LG, AmazeVR is hoping to resurrect virtual reality’s consumer dreams

Tunisia-based private equity firm Africinvest has teamed up with Cathay Innovation — the venture sub of Paris-based private equity firm Cathay Capital — to launch a new Africa tech fund…

Cathay Innovation and AfricInvest to raise $168M Africa VC fund

Bye-bye, Altaba. The Yahoo spin-out created to house Yahoo’s lucrative stake in Alibaba and Yahoo Japan announced today that it will sell its lucrative stake in Alibaba and shut up…

Yahoo spin-out Altaba is selling its entire Alibaba stake and closing down

Tim Armstrong will leave Verizon Communications with an awards and benefits package worth more than $60 million. The Wall Street Journal calculated the total amount based on a securities filing…

Former Oath CEO Tim Armstrong is exiting Verizon with a payout worth more than $60 million

A study of tracking cookies running on government and public sector health websites in the European Union has found commercial adtech to be operating pervasively even in what should be…

EU gov’t and public health sites are lousy with adtech, study finds

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Fifty years of the internet

When my team of graduate students and I sent the first message over the internet on a warm Los Angeles evening in October, 1969, little did we suspect that we were at the start of a worldwide revolution.

4:30 am PDT • March 18, 2019
Fifty years of the internet