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Direct-to-consumer startups — making products that leverage the internet to bypass third-party marketplaces and retailers to engage with and sell directly to their customers — have been one of the…

ThirdLove, the direct-to-consumer lingerie startup, gets a $55M boost

A privacy complaint targeting the behavioral advertising industry has a new piece of evidence that shows the Internet Advertising Bureau (IAB) shedding doubt on whether it’s possible to obtain informed consent from…

Even the IAB warned adtech risks EU privacy rules

We’ve got a double dose of exciting news for you, startup fans. First, we’re thrilled to announce that investment firms August Capital, SV Angel and Uncork Capital have partnered with…

Fresh tickets and New VC partners for the TechCrunch Winter Party

There are just three short weeks until Silicon Valley’s startup community takes a night off to relax, connect and get down at the 2nd Annual TechCrunch Winter Party at Galvanize.…

Reserve your demo table today for the TechCrunch Winter Party at Galvanize

Coinbase is continuing its push to suck up talent after the $8 billion-valued crypto business snapped up Blockspring, a San Francisco-based startup that enables developers to collect and process data…

Coinbase acqui-hires San Francisco startup Blockspring

TechCrunch’s Verizon-owned parent, Oath, an ad tech division made from the merging of AOL and Yahoo, has agreed to pay around $5 million to settle charges that it violated a…

Oath agrees to pay $5M to settle charges it violated children’s privacy

Africa’s VC landscape is becoming more African with an increasing number of investment funds headquartered on the continent and run by locals, according to Crunchbase data summarized in this TechCrunch feature.…

Africa Roundup: Local VC funds surge, Naspers ramps up and fintech diversifies

Friends, readers, internet browsers, lend me your ears; I come to bury Oath, not to praise it. The subsidiary brands that companies own live after them; Their terrible rebranding is oft…

Oath is dead. Long live Verizon Media Group/Oath

At a price typically reserved for semiconductor companies, telecoms, and pharmaceutical giants, IBM announced today it would pay a record $34 billion in cash and debt to acquire enterprise open…

The largest software acquisition ever: IBM to buy Red Hat for $34B

Many entrepreneurs assume that an invention carries intrinsic value, but that assumption is a fallacy.

Building a great startup requires more than genius and a great invention

KZen, a company run by former TC editor Ouriel Ohayon, has raised $4 million in seed to build a “better wallet,” obviously the elusive Holy Grail in the crypto world.…

KZen raises $4 million to bring sanity to crypto wallets

Today in lovely Beirut, Lebanon TechCrunch held its first Startup Battlefield in the country. Over 700 people watched the show on site, which featured speakers from throughout the Middle East…

Here are the companies that pitched in Startup Battlefield MENA

We’re kicking off Startup Battlefield MENA here in Beirut, where 15 startups will be taking the stage, along with speakers from Facebook (our partner on the event through its FB…

We’re kicking off Startup Battlefield MENA, here are the startups and agenda

Earlier this month, media startup Tech In Asia surprised its readers when it announced plans to implement an $18 per month paywall. That puts it in line with packages for the…

Tech In Asia lays off staff after canceling planned ICO

Investment firm SparkLabs has run accelerator programs across APAC, now it has announced its first that’ll be based on U.S. soil and it’s a cybersecurity and blockchain program that’ll be…

SparkLabs is launching a cybersecurity and blockchain accelerator program in the US

Mary Meeker is leaving Kleiner Perkins to build a new fund and she’s taking the firm’s growth team with her, as first reported by Recode. Meeker, widely known for her…

Mary Meeker, author of the Internet Trends Report, is leaving Kleiner Perkins

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Tim Armstrong is in talks to leave Verizon as soon as next month. Armstrong heads up the carrier giant’s digital and advertising division,…

Verizon declines to comment on WSJ report saying Tim Armstrong is in talks to leave Oath

You’re not the only one reading your emails. A deep dive in The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday dug out new details on a massive email scanning operation by Oath,…

Yahoo still scans your emails for ads — even if its rivals won’t

One Medical has confirmed to TechCrunch it has closed on funding from the Carlyle Group for a new cash infusion worth $350 million. This announcement follows an earlier report this…

One Medical raises $350 million from Carlyle Group to help double up offices and offerings

Japan-based accounting software company Freee, one of the country’s most-prominent startups, has raised a $60 million Series E funding round as it bids to expand its services into other areas of…

Japan’s Freee raises $60M to grow its cloud accounting business

TechCrunch is heading to Latin America for the first time and staging its first-ever Startup Battlefield Latin America on November 8 in São Paulo to find the next wave of…

Announcing TechCrunch meetups in Buenos Aires and Santiago next week

Everyone knows there are thriving startup communities outside of obvious hubs like San Francisco, Berlin, Bangalore and Beijing, but they don’t always get the support they deserve. Last year, TechCrunch…

TechCrunch’s Startup Battlefield is coming soon to Beirut, São Paulo and Lagos

Sprint and T-Mobile, after years of going back and forth as to whether they are going to tie up two of the largest telecom providers in the U.S., have announced…

T-Mobile and Sprint have finally announced a merger agreement

I’ll be helping build a larger meetup focused on pre-ICO companies in New York on April 23 and I’d love to see you there. It will be held at Knotel…

Let’s meet today in New York for some ICO talk

See you on Monday for some crypto talk

5:48 am PDT • April 21, 2018

I’ll be helping build a larger meetup focused on pre-ICO companies in New York on April 23 and I’d love to see you there. It will be held at Knotel…

TechCrunch Disrupt’s Main Stage always features interviews with the best and brightest tech founders, innovators and investors from around the world. As good as those interviews are, past attendees tell…

All your questions answered at Disrupt SF’s Q&A Sessions

In the endless hunt to gain credibility for token products, founders are resorting to some shady – and ridiculous – tactics. After researching the weird world of pay-for-play recently and…

Need a post on Harvard.edu about your ICO? $500, please

As Lydia Polgreen sees it, society is currently divided into media haves and have nots, and it’s important for HuffPost to remain mostly free for its readers so that it…

HuffPost editor-in-chief Lydia Polgreen wants HuffPost to remain mostly free

If you were an early Internet kid you’ll recall a little app called WinAmp that was, in short, the best MP3 player ever made ever. The little program looked like…

Whip the llama’s ass with this Javascript WinAmp emulator

TechCrunch is holding an informal meetup during the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland. Grab a free ticket here. The event precedes our TechCrunch Meetup the week after…

Join the TechCrunch Meetup in Davos #TCDavos