This Week in Apps: Period tracking app privacy, Snapchat’s paid subscription, calls for TikTok ban

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the weekly TechCrunch series that recaps the latest in mobile OS news, mobile applications and the overall app economy. The app industry continues to grow, with a re

China’s EV upstarts are building their own investment powerhouses

The investment game going after automotive startups is getting more competitive in China with not only established venture capital firms joining the fray but also industry veterans. Two mobility-focus

Committing to a fully zero-emission fleet by 2040, Uber is dedicating $800 million to electrifying its drivers

Ride hailing giant Uber is committing to becoming a fully zero-emission platform by 2040 and setting aside $800 million to help get its drivers using electric vehicles by 2025. The company said that i

SirionLabs raises $44M to scale its contract management software

SirionLabs, a startup that provides contract management software to enterprises, has raised $44 million in a new financing round as it looks to expand and handle surge in demand from clients. Tiger Gl

Didi Chuxing and oil giant BP team up to build electric vehicle charging infrastructure in China

Ridesharing and transportation platform Didi Chuxing announced today that it has formed a joint venture with BP, the British gas, oil and energy company, to build electric-vehicle charging infrastruct

Looking Beyond Meat, the future of food investment looks pretty cheesy

As Beyond Meat continues its reign as one of the kings of this year’s IPO mountain, and Impossible Foods serves up impossibly good numbers for Burger King, venture capitalists seem ready to feas

With its Greenlots acquisition, Shell is moving from gas stations to charging stations

In a bid to show that it’s getting ready for the electrification of American roads, Royal Dutch Shell is buying Greenlots, a Los Angeles-based developer of electric vehicle charging and energy m

VNTANA CEO Ashley Crowder will talk holograms at TechCrunch Sessions: AR/VR

VNTANA CEO Ashley Crowder calls the company’s technology, “the world’s first scalable, affordable and interactive hologram.” The startup’s tech has certainly wowed crowds in recent years. In

MIT's Solar-Powered Robot Prototype Ready To Swarm Upon Oil Spills

<img src="http://tctechcrunch.files.wordpress.com/2010/08/seaswarm.jpg"> <a href="http://www.mit.edu">MIT</a> researchers tested the first prototype of the Seaswarm, a pack of robots that use nanotec

Yet another poorly photoshopped BP stock photos is found [update: make that 2]

This is amazing. First, this BP pic was found to be photochopped a few days back and now Gizmodo discovered yet another. I doubt this company could mess up any more. Actually, no, I fully expect them

BP Buys Verenium's Biofuel Business For $98 Million

<img src="http://tctechcrunch.files.wordpress.com/2010/07/verenium.gif"> As oil continues to spill in the Gulf of Mexico, <a href="http://www.crunchbase.com/company/british-petroleum">BP</a> is looki

Facebook Disabled The Massively Popular Boycott BP Page "In Error"

<img src="http://tctechcrunch.files.wordpress.com/2010/06/boycott-bp.png" class="shot2" /> This morning, there was some ruckus on the Web when <a href="http://www.facebook.com/">Facebook</a> seemingl

Oil Spill Still Too Slippery To Solve (But Here Are Some Videos)

<img src="http://tctechcrunch.files.wordpress.com/2010/06/waterworld.jpg"> So far, an estimated <a href="http://www.google.com/crisisresponse/oilspill/">82 million gallons</a> of oil have leaked into

When Social Media Becomes The Message: The Gulf Oil Spill And @BPGlobalPR

<img class="border" src="http://tctechcrunch.files.wordpress.com/2010/06/bp-protest.jpg" alt="" /> Nearly everyone has something to say about BP's oil spill, and from a public relations perspective,

Central Command Turns To Twitter To Solve The Gulf Oil Spill. Uh Oh.

<img class="alignright size-full wp-image-180856" title="o" src="http://tctechcrunch.files.wordpress.com/2010/05/o.jpg" alt="" />As you're probably well aware, there's a massive oil spill in the Gulf