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Protestware on the rise: Why developers are sabotaging their own code

If combating attacks and hijackings of legitimate software on open source registries like npm weren’t challenging enough, app makers are increasingly experiencing the consequences of software self-sabotage. A developer can, on a whim, change their mind and do whatever they want with their open source code that, most of the time anyway, comes “as is”…

10:00 am PDT • July 27, 2022
Protestware on the rise: Why developers are sabotaging their own code

Our startup will be sponsoring my co-founders and me for O-1A visas. How do we qualify for each of the O-1A criteria?

Dear Sophie: How do we qualify for each of the O-1A criteria?

Any book lover knows the feeling: The incredible novel you’re reading ends with a vicious cliffhanger, and all you want to do is gab with other fans about what might…

Copper is building ‘the Instagram for book lovers’

In the world of crypto, where vast amounts of investment are pouring into young and scrappy teams building uncharted technology, it’s increasingly the VC firms who are investing heavily in…

a16z debuts new crypto research team led by Columbia, Stanford researchers

Last year we covered the $3.3 million seed round for NUE Life Health, a US-based telemedicine startup in the US, which was building out a mental wellness platform that combined…

Nue Life Health raises $23M Series A Led by Obvious Ventures for psychedelics platform

As an interactive storytelling platform, Dorian is building a new way for writers to make money off of their fiction by turning their tales into choose-your-own-adventure mobile games. As users…

Dorian’s no-code, interactive storytelling app turns fiction writers into game developers

Oprah, Reese and now…Apple? The iPhone maker has just launched its own book club directly in its Apple Books app for readers in the U.S., Canada, U.K. and Australia, where…

Apple launches its own book club, ‘Strombo’s Lit,’ in the Apple Books app

Elizabeth Holmes’ fraud trial has been the talk of the town (both in Silicon Valley and, you know, on Twitter). The four-month trial was so popular that the journalists who…

What’s left to learn from Theranos? Have friends.

Andrew Chen has long been a student, and teacher, of how startups engage their users while managing to amass a slew of new ones. Today, he espouses his learnings —…

Andrew Chen of a16z on how startups get past a ‘cold start’ to survive, then thrive

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Inside the Realms of Ruin

“The Ruin stirs, and the Five Realms rumble,” a now-archived web announcement read on Thursday morning. “You are cordially invited to join New York Times bestselling and award-winning authors Marie Lu, Tahereh Mafi, Ransom Riggs, Adam Silvera, David Yoon, and Nicola Yoon in Realms of Ruin, a collaborative fantasy epic filled with dark magic, intrigue,…

6:58 am PDT • October 26, 2021
Inside the Realms of Ruin

Book sales during the pandemic went up, and it seems the amount we are reading did, too. Now Inkitt, the startup that operates a free, popular platform of the same…

Inkitt books $59M investment, wants to turn its data-driven, self-publishing platform into a multimedia powerhouse

Prioritizing individual profiles is far from the most effective way to understand and address customers’ intentions, needs and struggles. Brands don’t need to know who; they need to know what…

The death of identity: Knowing your customer in the age of data privacy

Cent was founded in 2017 as an ad-free creator network that allows users to offer each other crypto rewards for good posts and comments — it’s like gifting awards on…

Cent, the platform that Jack Dorsey used to sell his first tweet as an NFT, raises $3M

Yes Virginia, there are advantages to exhibiting in (the sold-out) Startup Alley at TC Disrupt 2021. Out of all the early-stage startups ready to exhibit on September 21-23, Team TechCrunch…

Dan Olsen leads a product-market fit master class for the Startup Alley+ cohort

Adobe today announced the launch of a new asset management tool, Adobe Experience Manager Assets Essentials. That’s a mouthful, but while the company didn’t necessarily simplify the name, the idea…

Adobe launches a new, simplified digital asset manager

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A software bug let malware bypass macOS’ security defenses

Apple has spent years reinforcing macOS with new security features to make it tougher for malware to break in. But a newly discovered vulnerability broke through most of macOS’ newer security protections with a double-click of a malicious app, a feat not meant to be allowed under Apple’s watch. Worse, evidence shows a notorious family of…

10:00 am PDT • April 26, 2021
A software bug let malware bypass macOS’ security defenses

Mighty Networks, a platform designed to give creators and brands a dedicated place to start and grow communities, has closed on $50 million in a Series B funding round led…

Mighty Networks raises $50M to build a creator economy for the masses

Pearpop, the marketplace for social collaborations between the teeming hordes of musicians, craftspeople, chefs, clowns, diarists, dancers, artists, actors, acrobats, aspiring celebrities and actual celebrities, has raised $16 million in…

Pearpop raises from The Chainsmokers, Alexis Ohanian, Amy Schumer, Kevin Hart, Mark Cuban, Marshmello, and Snoop Dogg

Enticing the enterprise world to embrace augmented reality has proven a more difficult task than many startups in the AR space anticipated, but as the hardware and software behind the…

Scope AR launches a browser-based AR creation platform for the enterprise

Today a group of academics, researchers and civil rights leaders go live on with ‘The Real Facebook Oversight Board’ which is designed to criticize and discuss the role of the…

‘The Real Facebook Oversight Board’ launches to counter Facebook’s ‘Oversight Board’

TechCrunch is out hunting for bright spots in the startup world as we all come to grips with the pandemic — particularly where checks are actually being written despite everything.…

Startups Weekly: A new era for consumer tech

Computer scientists agree that artificial intelligence will have a stunning impact on the future of humanity. And more often than not, futurists depict a dystopian outcome – a world where…

AI expert Stuart Russell to join TC’s Robotics+AI 2020 at UC Berkeley

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Bodega, once dubbed ‘America’s most hated startup,’ has quietly raised millions

The startup — now Stockwell — is backed by GV, NEA and DCM Ventures.

2:10 pm PDT • September 25, 2019
Bodega, once dubbed ‘America’s most hated startup,’ has quietly raised millions

In this week’s newsletter: Part & Parcel is bringing plus-sized clothing out of the dark corners of department stores.

Startups Weekly: Part & Parcel plans plus-sized fashion empire

With 12 offices and 350 employees around the world, 3Q Digital is a giant among growth marketing agencies. They’ve worked with companies like Brandless, Opendoor, and Warby Parker, but they…

Verified Expert Growth Marketing Agency: 3Q Digital

Founders need to get smart quickly about the many nuanced aspects of building a company, from understanding weird language in a big term sheet to hiring a key software developer.…

Holloway launches in-depth startup guides, aims to rewrite publishing with $4.6M from NYT, tech VCs

With new money from Kleiner Perkins, Cameo plots a global expansion.

Cameo raises $50M to deliver personalized messages from celebrities & influencers

Netflix has released a new teaser trailer for its collaboration with The Jim Henson Company on “The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance,” and wow, is it a doozy. For a…

Netflix releases new trailer for ‘The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance’

Even as Quibi, the short form video platform from Jeffrey Katzenberg’s WndrCo, reportedly looks to raise another $1 billion, rival service Fiction Riot continues to steadily build out its pipeline…

As Quibi reportedly seeks another $1 billion, Fiction Riot fills the programming slate for its rival service

After spending a decade working at international design and branding agencies, Kristine Arth launched her own independent branding agency called Lobster Phone last April. Since then, she’s launched 22 brands…

Verified Expert Brand Designer: Kristine Arth