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Old Amazon Kindle devices will soon lose 3G access –

If you have an older Amazon Kindle with 3G internet, take note that you may not be able to wirelessly access and download new content anymore starting in December. → Read More

Rocket Lab returns to flight after failed May mission with successful launch for U.S. Space Force –

Rocket Lab is back in business launching rockets, after an issue during its last launch in May caused a total loss of the payloads on board. The company was quick to investigate the issue, and announced just over a week ago that it had completed that work, identified the problem and implemented corrective action to […] → Read More

BioNTech founder Uğur Şahin and Mayfield’s Ursheet Parikh are coming to Disrupt –

It’s hard to argue that any technology company has had a greater impact in the past decade than BioNTech, the mRNA-based therapeutics pioneer behind the world’s most widely-used COVID-19 vaccine. Developed in record time in partnership with Pfizer, thanks to an existing partnership to work on immunization for the common flu, BioNTech’s mRNA inoculation is […] → Read More

1910 Genetics’ Jen Nwankwo and Playground Global’s Jory Bell are joining us for Extra Crunch Live –

Our Extra Crunch Live series continues with some heavy hitters in August, including Jen Nwankwo, founder and CEO at 1910 Genetics, and Playground Global General Partner Jory Bell. They’ll be with us live on August 11 at 12 PM PT (3 PM ET) to tell us all about how Nwankwo and her startup won over […] → Read More

How one founder aims to make money management a mutiplayer game –

Aditi Shekar’s path to entrepreneurship was a very intentional one, and while it wasn’t quite a childhood dream, it was the real-world version of the goals she did have as a kid. Fast forward to today, and Aditi’s company Zeta is on a rocket ship ride in fintech, having recently jumped from being a money […] → Read More

Watch Blue Origin launch Jeff Bezos to space live, along with the youngest and oldest astronauts ever –

Blue Origin is set to launch its fully reusable New Shepard spacecraft with humans on board for the first time on Tuesday, and it’s sending Amazon founder and billionaire Jeff Bezos up along with his brother and two record-setting astronauts. The launch livestream above is scheduled for 6:30 a.m. CDT (7:30 a.m. EDT/4:30 a.m. PDT), […] → Read More

Switch raises $20M for a personalized engagement system designed to boost health outcomes –

You’ve just sat down to dinner, and your wearable device reminds you to get up and get in your steps for the day. Maybe the app has a point, but odds are, you’ll push the notification to the side. The founders of Sweetch, an Israeli company creating its own AI-driven behavior change app, are betting […] → Read More

How one founder pivoted a startup designed for in-person interaction in light of the pandemic –

When Ashley Sumner designed and launched Quilt, it was meant to be a response to digital social networking, preferring creating authentic in-person interactions between people who didn’t necessarily know each other before. The app would match members for in-person conversations and informal meetups in their own homes — but when COVID-19 arrived, the fundamentals of […] → Read More

Blue Origin’s final passenger for its first human spaceflight will be 18-year-old Oliver Daemen –

The mystery of who will occupy the final seat on Blue Origin’s debut human spaceflight next week is a mystery no longer: The company revealed today that the winning bidder who forked over $28 million for the privilege is actually going to fly on a later mission, and instead the final seat on the debut […] → Read More

Superhuman’s Rahul Vohra explains how to optimize your startup’s products for lasting growth –

Superhuman worked to optimize and refine their product early to create a version of 'growth hacking' that would not only help the company attract users, but serve them best and retain them, too. → Read More

Mmhmm raises $100M, which is a fun thing to say to people who don’t follow tech –

If you’re a frequent TechCrunch reader, you probably already know about mmhmm, the startup with the name you likely either love or hate. It’s Phil Libin’s second act after Evernote, and it’s a startup born of the pandemic maybe more so than any other, providing improved video chat tools including automatic background removal and advanced […] → Read More

Satellite operator Planet to go public in $2.8B SPAC merger –

Planet, which operates a network of around 200 satellites that provides Earth imaging, as well as analytics of the data derived from that observation, is going public in a merger with special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) dMY Technology Group IV. The deal has a post-transaction equity value of $2.8 billion, and will provide Planet with […] → Read More

Max Q: Billionaire Blast-off Boys Club –

Max Q is a weekly newsletter from TechCrunch all about space. Sign up here to receive it weekly on Mondays in your inbox. It’s a space race of the most indulgent kind, plus there’s a new commercial launch enterprise in the games and another is prepping for production at a massive scale. Also, Starlink aims […] → Read More

Satellite imagery startup Satellogic to go public via SPAC valuing the company at $850M –

The space SPAC frenzy might’ve died down, but it isn’t over: Earth observation startup Satellogic is the latest to go public via a merger with CF Acquisition Corp. V, a special purpose acquisition company set up by Cantor Fitzgerald. Satellogic already has 17 satellites in orbit, and aims to scale its constellation to over 300 […] → Read More

Virgin Orbit successfully launches its first commercial payloads to space –

Virgin Orbit had a successful first commercial launch, meaning there’s now officially another small satellite launch provider in operation with a track record of delivering payloads to space. Virgin Orbit’s LauncherOne rocket took off from its carrier aircraft at around 11:45 AM EDT today, and the spacecraft had a successful series of engine fires and […] → Read More

Watch Virgin Orbit’s first rocket launch live stream –

Virgin Orbit is set to launch a payload that includes satellites it’s delivering for tis first commercial customers. The launch is set to happen sometime within a launch window that opens at 6 AM PT (9 AM ET) and continues through 8 AM PT (11 AM ET), taking off from the Mojave Air and Space […] → Read More

Max Q: Licensed to space –

Max Q is a weekly newsletter from TechCrunch all about space. Sign up here to receive it weekly on Mondays in your inbox. Space this week was all about preparatory steps — and it’s looking more and more like we’re setting up for an out-of-this-world July, with just a few days left before the month […] → Read More

How one founder navigated a highly personal product category and a major shift in focus –

ON this week’s episode of Found, we speak to Rob Schutz, co-founder and Chief Growth Officer at Ro. Ro recently raised $500 million, bringing its total raised to date to near $1 billion. The digital healthcare startup now does everything from telehealth primary care, to operating physical pharmacies, but it originally began life as Roman, […] → Read More

SpaceX aiming for first orbital test launch of Starship in July –

SpaceX is hoping to attempt to fly its in-development spacecraft Starship to orbit for the first time in July, according to company president Gwynne Shotwell. Shotwell shared the timeline at the International Space Development conference during a virtual speaking engagement. Starship has been in development for the past several years, and it has been making […] → Read More

FAA clears Virgin Galactic for commercial astronaut spaceflight –

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has given Virgin Galactic the green light to begin transporting commercial passengers to space aboard its VSS spacecraft. This is an expansion of the company’s existing license, which had granted it permission to fly professional test pilots and astronauts to space using its spaceplane. The updated license comes on […] → Read More