CommerceDNA wins the TechCrunch Hackathon at VivaTech

Saturday • May 26, 2018 • 15:40 GMT
Romain Dillet
It’s been a long night at VivaTech. The building hosted a very special competition — the very first TechCrunch Hackathon in Paris. Hundreds of engineers and designers got together to come up with something cool, something neat, something awesome. The only condition was that they only had 24 hours to work on their projects. Some […]

What President Trump Doesn’t Know About ZTE

Saturday • May 26, 2018 • 13:30 GMT
Jonathan Shieber
David Kline Contributor David Kline is a journalist, author and intellectual property strategist. More posts by this contributor Where human intelligence outperforms AI A new (old) way for product makers to defeat patent roadblocks After meeting with Chinese Vice Premiere Liu He this week, President Trump is still considering easing penalties on Chinese telecommunications giant […]

Trump says ZTE will pay $1.3B fine and overhaul its management to continue US business

Saturday • May 26, 2018 • 6:27 GMT
Jon Russell
U.S. President Donald Trump has claimed that Chinese telecom firm ZTE will pay a $1.3 billion fine and undergo a significant overhaul of its management team in order to remain operational in North America. ZTE looked to be in dire straits when it ceased its business in the U.S. earlier this month after a Department […]

Twitter will give political candidates a special badge during US midterm elections

Friday • May 25, 2018 • 23:13 GMT
Taylor Hatmaker
Ahead of 2018 U.S. midterm elections, Twitter is taking a visible step to combat the spread of misinformation on its famously chaotic platform. In a blog post this week, the company explained how it would be adding “election labels” to the profiles of candidates running for political office. “Twitter has become the first place voters […]

Apple will add government App Store takedown requests to transparency reports

Friday • May 25, 2018 • 22:07 GMT
Brian Heater
Apple’s set to up the ante with its transparency report. The same day it dropped the latest version of the twice-yearly document, the company committed to including in future updates government takedown requests for the App Store. The report covering July 1 through December 31 of this year, which is due out in 2019, should […]

Former journo Alexia Bonatsos unveils her new venture fund, Dream Machine

Friday • May 25, 2018 • 20:19 GMT
Connie Loizos
Five years ago, Alexia Bonatsos, née Tsotsis, was co-editor of TechCrunch, a job that made her renowned in startup circles and familiar with a wide number of startups and their founders. What she really longed to do, in fact, was invest in some of them. “I was among the first people to write about Pinterest […]

Collections is a better way to organize those photos you snap as mental notes

Friday • May 25, 2018 • 19:58 GMT
Sarah Perez
Wi-Fi password sticker on your router? Snap. Cute sweater in a store’s window display? Snap. Party invitation? Snap. Cool gift idea for mom? Snap. If any of this sounds familiar to you, then you probably also use your iPhone’s camera to take photos of the things you want to remember – maybe even more often than […]

Tesla brings on new VP of engineering from Snap

Friday • May 25, 2018 • 19:32 GMT
Megan Rose Dickey
Tesla announced a number of new hires today, including Stuart Bowers, who is joining as VP of engineering. Bowers is joining Tesla from Snap, where he worked as VP of monetization engineering. Other new hires include Neeraj Manrao, who left Apple to become Tesla’s director of energy manufacturing, and Kevin Mukai, who is now director of […]

Facebook has a very specific Pepe the Frog policy, report says

Friday • May 25, 2018 • 19:08 GMT
Lucas Matney
Facebook doesn’t ban fictional characters with hateful content as a rule, but interestingly Pepe the Frog is well enough established as a hate speech symbol that Facebook has a very particular policy devoted only to the cartoon frog. Motherboard got their hands on some content moderation policy documents from Facebook that show Pepe, a cartoon […]

Fortnite had a $296 million April

Friday • May 25, 2018 • 18:39 GMT
Brian Heater
Just how big is Fortnite? Very big. Very, very big. $296 million in April, big. That’s according to SuperData Research (via The Verge), a service that tracks digital game sales. The number, which includes sales from the console, mobile and PC versions of the game, is up $73 million from just last month. The sandbox’s […]

Yahoo shuts down social savings app Tanda only months after launch

Friday • May 25, 2018 • 18:28 GMT
Sarah Perez
Well, that didn’t take long. Yahoo Finance’s new social savings app Tanda, which launched just this January, is already shutting down. The company announced the news of the app’s closure via a blog post, which vaguely hinted at a lack of traction. That appears to be true – the app isn’t even in the top […]

US news sites are ghosting European readers on GDPR deadline

Friday • May 25, 2018 • 17:42 GMT
Taylor Hatmaker
A cluster of U.S. news websites has gone dark for readers in Europe as the EU’s new privacy laws went into effect on Friday. The ruleset, known as General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), outlines a robust set of requirements that internet companies collecting any personal data on consumers must follow. The consequences are considerable enough […]

Riminder raises $2.3 million for its AI recruitment service

Friday • May 25, 2018 • 17:31 GMT
Romain Dillet
French startup Riminder recently raised a $2.3 million funding round from various business angels, such as Xavier Niel, Jean-Baptiste Rudelle, Romain Niccoli, Franck Le Ouay, Dominique Vidal, Thibaud Elzière and Fred Potter. The company has been building a deep learning-powered tool to sort applications and resumes so you don’t have to. Riminder participated in TechCrunch’s […]

Tesla settles class action suit over Autopilot claims for $5M

Friday • May 25, 2018 • 17:26 GMT
Devin Coldewey
Tesla has paid out $5 million to settle a 2017 class action lawsuit that originally alleged that the Autopilot feature shipped in 2016 in the company’s cars was “essentially unusable and demonstrably dangerous.” The settlement does not admit this, but rather compensates owners for delays in delivering the promised functionality; owners who paid $5,000 for […]

Gravy’s new mobile game show is ‘Price is Right’ mixed with QVC

Friday • May 25, 2018 • 17:18 GMT
Sarah Perez
Following the success of the live mobile game show HQ Trivia, a team of serial entrepreneurs have begun testing the market to see if another game show concept can work, too. Their new game show-inspired app, Gravy, is meant to be a riff on the “Price is Right” combined with a QVC-style shopping experience. That […]

Mobility startups: Apply to exhibit for free as a TC Top Pick at Disrupt SF ‘18

Friday • May 25, 2018 • 17:00 GMT
Emma Comeau
Mobility is one of the most rapidly advancing technologies going, and we’re searching for the rising stars of early-stage mobility startups to apply as a TC Top Pick for Disrupt San Francisco 2018 on September 5-7 at Moscone Center West. It’s a competitive application process, but if TechCrunch editors designate your company as a Top […]

HTC adds some bells and whistles to the Vive Focus ahead of Western rollout

Friday • May 25, 2018 • 16:48 GMT
Lucas Matney
As HTC gears up for a stateside launch of their Vive Focus standalone headset, the company announced a number of changes that they’re bringing to the device currently available in China. The company has long fancied itself the “premium” brand of VR, but at its annual developer conference it was tasked with showing off features […]

Snips announces an ICO and its own voice assistant device

Friday • May 25, 2018 • 16:34 GMT
Romain Dillet
French startup Snips has been working on voice assistant technology that respects your privacy. And the company is going to use its own voice assistant for a set of consumer devices. As part of this consumer push, the company is also announcing an initial coin offering. Yes, it sounds a bit like Snips is playing […]

Spotify is reportedly rethinking its ‘hateful conduct’ policy

Friday • May 25, 2018 • 16:11 GMT
Brian Heater
Spotify caused a stir when it unveiled its “hateful conduct” policy earlier this month. Now, a few weeks later, it’s reportedly already rethinking the tact, after pushback from artists and inside the company itself. According to a new report from Bloomberg, the streaming service has been in discussions to reinstate at least one of the […]

Google’s Duo and Cisco’s Webex Teams among the VoIP apps pulled from the China App Store

Friday • May 25, 2018 • 14:43 GMT
Sarah Perez
Earlier this week, it came to light that Apple had removed a number of VoIP-based calling apps from the App Store, at the request of the Chinese government. The apps had been using CallKit, Apple’s new developer toolset that provides the calling interface for VoIP apps, freeing up developers to handle the backend communications. China’s […]