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Italic launches its marketplace for affordable luxury goods from top manufacturers

Thursday • November 15, 2018 • 14:26 GMT
Anthony Ha
A new startup called Italic says it’s already received more than 100,000 signups for a marketplace where you can buy handbags, eyewear and other luxury products directly from the manufacturers who work with the world’s best-known brands. The marketplace is officially launching today. Italic is also announcing that it’s raised $13 million in funding from […]

Spotify alums create Canopy content suggester that won’t steal your data

Thursday • November 15, 2018 • 14:05 GMT
Josh Constine
Personalization comes at a steep price. All your data gets sucked up into a company’s servers where they can do whatever they want with it. But Canopy is a new content discovery startup that’s invented impressive technology that lets it learn about you anonymously while all your data stays on your device. Built by the […]

These Bluetooth earbuds double as a charging cord

Thursday • November 15, 2018 • 14:00 GMT
Brian Heater
As I write this, I’m somewhere in Asia, with a bag full of assorted cables and devices. I’ve gotten better at packing light, but I’ve still got a ways to go. Certainly there’s something to be said for those products that can pull double duty — take the new Huawei phone or most recent iPad […]

WeWork hires Prabhdeep Singh to lead operations for its startup program WeWork Labs

Thursday • November 15, 2018 • 14:00 GMT
Anthony Ha
WeWork has hired Prabhdeep Singh to serve as the first global head of operations for its startup program WeWork Labs. It’s a program that relaunched earlier this year, providing early-stage startups with desk space, educational programs and mentorship. Since the relaunch, the company says it’s opened in more than 24 locations in 14 cities across […]

Apex.ai raises $15.5 million for autonomous vehicle software

Thursday • November 15, 2018 • 14:00 GMT
Megan Rose Dickey
Apex.ai is emerging out of stealth today with quite the claim — an operating system for autonomous vehicles that will never fail Founded by long-time automated systems engineers Jan Becker and Dejan Pangercic, Apex.ai develops operating systems for various types of autonomous mobility platforms. Today, Apex.ai is also announcing a $15.5 million Series A round led […]

Roku’s voice-powered wireless speakers and tabletop remote start shipping

Thursday • November 15, 2018 • 14:00 GMT
Sarah Perez
In July, Roku unveiled its entry into the voice-powered speaker market, with a pair of Roku TV Wireless Speakers designed to work with the company’s lineup of partner-built smart TVs. Those speakers will now begin to ship to customers starting on Friday, November 16. They’ll also go on sale in advance of Black Friday at […]

Docker inks partnership with Mulesoft as Salesforce takes a strategic stake

Thursday • November 15, 2018 • 13:33 GMT
Ron Miller
Docker and Mulesoft have announced a broad deal to sell products together and integrate their platforms. As part of it, Docker is getting an investment from Salesforce, the CRM giant that acquired Mulesoft for $6.5 billion last spring. Salesforce is not disclosing the size of the stake it’s taking in Docker, but it is strategic: […]

LocalGlobe, the London seed-stage VC, is raising a new fund aimed at Series B

Thursday • November 15, 2018 • 13:05 GMT
Steve O'Hear
LocalGlobe, the seed-stage venture capital firm founded by father and son duo Robin and Saul Klein, and one of the most active firms in the U.K., is gearing up to launch a new separate fund aimed at Series B. According to sources — and since confirmed by LocalGlobe — the VC firm is raising a […]

Tech giants take seats on Homeland Security’s new supply chain task force

Thursday • November 15, 2018 • 13:00 GMT
Zack Whittaker
Homeland Security’s supply chain task force is finally off the ground.. The public-private coalition, set up earlier this year, now has representatives from more than two dozen companies and industry groups signed up to help the government try to combat risks faced by tech companies from threats in the supply chain. Called the ICT Supply […]

Bunch scores $3.8M to turn mobile games into video chat LAN parties

Thursday • November 15, 2018 • 13:00 GMT
Josh Constine
The best parts of gaming are the jokes and trash talk with friends. Whether it was four-player Goldeneye or linking up PCs for Quake battles in the basement, the social element keeps video games exciting. Yet on mobile we’ve lost a lot of that, playing silently by ourselves even if we’re in a squad with […]

Standard Cognition raises $40M to replace retailers’ cashiers with cameras

Thursday • November 15, 2018 • 12:30 GMT
Josh Constine
The Amazon Go store requires hundreds of cameras to detect who’s picking up what items. Standard Cognition needs just 27 to go after the $27 trillion market of equipping regular shops with autonomous retail technology. Walk into one of its partners’ stores and overhead cameras identify you by shape and movement, not facial recognition. Open […]

EnduroSat CEO to talk about making satellites more affordable at Disrupt Berlin

Thursday • November 15, 2018 • 12:27 GMT
Romain Dillet
It has never been easier to launch a satellite into space. But EnduroSat wants to make it even easier by making CubeSats more affordable thanks to a unique platform. That’s why I’m excited to announce that EnduroSat CEO Raycho Raychev is coming to TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin to talk about his platform. Many industries have gone […]

Online SWATer will face 20 years in prison

Thursday • November 15, 2018 • 11:40 GMT
John Biggs
Tyler Barriss aka SWAuTistic caused almost 100 SWATing attacks by calling the police on perceived online enemies and claiming that they were holding hostages and were heavily armed. One of these, in SWATs, launched in Wichita, Kansas last year, led to the death of a father of two named Andrew Finch. Now Barriss is facing […]

Mozilla adds website breach notifications to Firefox

Thursday • November 15, 2018 • 11:17 GMT
Natasha Lomas
Mozilla is adding a new security feature to its Firefox Quantum web browser that will alert users when they visit a website that has recently reported a data breach. When a Firefox user lands on a website with a breach in its recent past they’ll see a pop up notification informing them of the barebones […]

Airtable, maker of a coding platform for non-techies, raises $100M at a $1.1B valuation

Thursday • November 15, 2018 • 11:06 GMT
Ingrid Lunden
If data is the new oil, you might think of apps are the cars that need it to move. Now, a startup that has built a platform to let everyone — not just those with technical expertise — make and drive their own “cars” has raised a significant round of funding to grow its business. […]

Google’s annual Thanksgiving report tells you the best times to avoid traffic jams

Thursday • November 15, 2018 • 11:00 GMT
Catherine Shu
Google has released its annual Thanksgiving traffic and search trends report, created by analyzing data from last year’s holiday season. It breaks down the best and worst times to travel by state and also throws in information about when popular places, like grocery and liquor stores, are the most crowded. Even if you can’t avoid […]

Ezra raises $4M to diagnose cancer with MRIs, not painful biopsies

Thursday • November 15, 2018 • 10:30 GMT
Josh Constine
1 in 41 men will die of prostate cancer. But sticking a needle through your rectum into your prostate to screen for cancer brings along a ton of bacteria and terrible side effects like pain, infection, urinary trouble, and even erectile dysfunction. It turns out you can detect cancer with Magnetic Resonance Imaging…it’s just prohibitively […]

Bitcoin and the crypto market is once again crashing hard

Thursday • November 15, 2018 • 10:26 GMT
Jon Russell
It’s not been a pretty year for anyone who owns Bitcoin, but the last 24 hours has been a period to forget as the cryptocurrency dropped below $100 billion in market cap for the first time in more than a year. You have to go back to the end of October — the 29th to […]