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The comic book ‘Bone’ is getting an animated Netflix series –

Bone, one of the finest comic series to ever hit the shelves, is getting a Netflix series. Word of the project comes from Netflix’s official “See What’s Next” account: Jeff Smith’s award-winning comic book series “Bone” is being adapted into an animated kids series pic.twitter.com/ioT98OPm1O — See What's Next (@seewhatsnext) October 16, 2019 Sadly, […] → Read More

a16z’s Andrew Chen on the opportunities today for consumer tech startups –

What’s happening in consumer tech? At TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco last week, Extra Crunch managing editor Eric Eldon sat down with Andrew Chen, a general partner at Andreessen Horowitz. Andrew focuses on consumer tech, with investments in companies like Barkbox, Boba Guys, Tinder, Substack and more. They talked about everything from design trends, to marketing, […] → Read More

Here’s everything Google just announced at the Made By Google 2019 event –

Google held its annual “Made By Google” hardware event this morning in New York City, where they launched all sorts of new gear back to back to back. Didn’t have time to watch the whole stream, but still want to know the bulletpoints of what’s new? We’ve got you covered. Stadia Launch Stadia, Google’s […] → Read More

Google’s cloud gaming service Stadia will launch on November 19th –

Google dropped a bit of news right off the bat at this morning’s Made by Google event: Stadia, its on-demand cloud game streaming service, will launch on November 19th. Stadia is Google’s experiment in changing up the way we play video games; rather than rendering video games on a console or a powerful local PC, […] → Read More

EBay, Stripe and Mastercard drop out of Facebook’s Libra Association –

Oof — a week after PayPal announced plans to part ways with Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency project and the related association of the same name, three more names are reportedly breaking away: eBay, Stripe and Mastercard. (Update: and now Visa!) In a comment to TechCrunch, a Stripe spokesperson leaves the door open for them to potentially […] → Read More

Steam will soon let you play local-only multiplayer games with far off friends –

Co-op video games are wonderful. Alas, it’s not always possible to get everyone in front of the same TV — and not all co-op games have online play, so playing across the Internet is out. With that in mind, Valve has been working on something it calls “Remote Play Together” that it’s planning on […] → Read More

Avalow wants to be your gardening coach –

What’s the opposite of a green thumb? Whatever it is, I have that. My house and yard are full of succulents not because they’re trendy, but because anything else I try to plant dies within a month. When I turn to Google to figure out why my zucchini plant randomly turned white and fell over […] → Read More

Delos uses satellite imagery and AI to help homeowners in wildfire areas get insurance –

If your home is in a wildfire area, insurance companies tend to not want to go anywhere near it. But “wildfire areas” tend to be pretty broad. What if companies could evaluate the risk on a more granular level — tapping things like satellite imagery and machine learning combined with wind, weather, and topology […] → Read More

These are the top Y Combinator companies of all time, based on valuation –

In October of 2018, Y Combinator published a mega list of the top 101 companies to have gone through the accelerator, as sorted by each company’s valuation. This morning they updated the list. Valuation as a ranking metric has its faults, of course. It’s a measurement largely of perception; a projection of a company’s […] → Read More

Rune raises $2M to help you find new friends in mobile games, starting with Brawl Stars –

Multiplayer games are more fun when you get to play with the same crew regularly. Playing with the same people means better cooperation, deeper strategies, and, if all goes well, more wins. But what if none of your friends play the game you want to play? Rune, a company out of Y Combinator’s Winter 2019 […] → Read More

Cloosiv raises $1M to bring mobile ordering to every coffee shop –

A few months back we took a look at Cloosiv, a company aiming to provide smaller coffee shops a mobile ordering solution that can compete with those of the mega coffee chains. Today the Cloosiv team is announcing that they’ve raised a $1M seed round. Most coffee shops want to be able to offer […] → Read More

Why is Dropbox reinventing itself? –

According to Dropbox CEO Drew Houston, 80% of the product’s users rely on it, at least partially, for work. It makes sense, then, that the company is refocusing to try and cement its spot in the workplace; to shed its image as “just” a file storage company (in a time when just about every big […] → Read More

Logitech acquires popular game streaming tool Streamlabs for around $89M –

If you’re into livestreaming video games, you’ve probably heard of Streamlabs. They make a popular, free software tool for overlaying content on top of whatever game you’re playing, allowing streamers to pop everything from sponsorship logos to donation alerts on top of their video. Logitech has acquired the company for roughly $89M, plus $29M […] → Read More

At the sixth annual Pear Demo Day, weather balloons, branded credit cards, and lots of top degrees –

Pear, a Palo Alto-based seed stage fund that has made its name through early bets on Guardant Health, DoorDash, Memebox, and Gusto, among others, hosted its sixth annual demo day this week in what proved to be a scorchingly hot afternoon in Woodside, California — not that invitees were put off by the heat. Hundreds […] → Read More

Dropbox will start rolling out the new Dropbox app to everyone today –

Back in June, Dropbox debuted a preview version of the “new Dropbox”. Built around a standalone app interface and focused on integrating all of your work tools (your Slack, G Suite, Zoom calls, etc) into one place, it’s a pretty dramatic overhaul from the simple shared folders that Dropbox has always been known for. Not […] → Read More

Here are the 22 companies from Alchemist Accelerator’s Demo Day XXII –

Alchemist Accelerator, a startup incubator which focuses on enterprise companies, held a demo day yesterday for its 22nd batch. Each company got 5 minutes to tell a theater full of investors who they are, what they’re building, and why they might be the best to build it. We saw companies working on everything from industrial […] → Read More

Alchemist Accelerator is launching a European program –

Enterprise-focused startup accelerator Alchemist is expanding its footprint this morning with the launch of an initiative focused on European startups. While Alchemist was happy to accept European companies into their US program before — they tell me they’ve had about 25 European startups go through Alchemist already — it hasn’t been a focus. With the […] → Read More

Wing will test drone delivery in the US with Walgreens and FedEx –

Wing, the drone delivery company that started its life within the Google X lab before spinning out into its own thing under the Alphabet umbrella, is prepping for takeoff. The company announced this morning that it’s launching a test program in Virginia with Walgreens, FedEx, and local retailer Sugar Magnolia. As part of the program, […] → Read More

Marissa Mayer and Alfred Lin are coming to Disrupt SF 2019 –

Twenty+ startups, each with six minutes to tell the world what they’re about. If they can prove to our panel of judges that they’re the best of the best, they’ll walk away with $100,000 and their name forever etched on the Disrupt cup. That’s the core idea behind the Startup Battlefield, a pillar of TechCrunch […] → Read More

Built Robotics raises $33M for its self-driving construction equipment –

Built Robotics, a company aiming to make construction equipment autonomous, is announcing a $33M Series B round this morning. With the construction industry facing a global labor shortage, Built’s aim is to allow one equipment operator to oversee a fleet of vehicles working autonomously in parallel, hopping in the cab only for tasks the […] → Read More