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Week in Review: Forget cord cutting, here comes the stream slashing –

Hey everyone, welcome back to Week in Review where I dive deep into a bit of news from the week or just share some thoughts and go over some of the more interesting stories of the week. If you’re reading this on the TechCrunch site, you can get this in your inbox here, and follow […] → Read More

Copilot is a subscription personal finance tracker aiming to kill Mint –

When Intuit acquired Mint more than a decade ago, mobile was in a different place — as were tech-enabled financial services. There hasn’t been much progress for the personal finance tracker app category in the meantime. Mint has stumbled along with with integration issues and tiresome data misclassifications. For many, the best alternative has been […] → Read More

Accel-backed Clockwise launches an AI assistant for Google Calendar –

Startups are paying for more subscription services than ever to drive collaboration during working hours, but–whether or not the Slack-lash is indeed a real thing–the truth is that filling your day with meetings can sometimes be detrimental to actually… working. Time management software and daily planners put the accountability on the individual, but when you’re […] → Read More

Obvious Ventures closes an irrationally-sized third fund –

Obvious Ventures, the firm co-founded by Medium CEO and Twitter co-founder Ev Williams, announced today that it has closed its third fund “OV3” at $271,828,182, a number that the graphing calculator-owning among us may recognize as e or Euler’s number. When asked whether the firm had to return any LP money just so it could […] → Read More

Paper-rich startup employees look for ‘pre-wealth’ help to lock down stock options –

For Silicon Valley’s potential startup millionaires, compensation packages staked on future promises of wealth are where the action is, but what happens when these employees get laid off or have to leave before an exit? When Wouter Witvoet left a startup that he had joined as employee #4, he felt relatively prepared, having set aside […] → Read More

Ubiquity6 launches a studio editor built for the real-world –

“The time is over for Unity,” Ubiquity6 CEO Anjney Mdiha says. “It’s just not the future.” Even though 2019 was a rough year for augmented reality startups, Ubiquity6 remains ambitious as one of the better-capitalized players in the space. In 2018, the startup closed $27 million from Benchmark and Index Ventures; they’ve raised $37.5 million […] → Read More

Building long-tail success after a breakout game –

For many gamers, Pokémon GO was an exciting fad that ate up their summer and was just another chapter in a franchise. A lot of these people would already treat the game like some sort of nostalgic mid-2010s hit, but the game is minting cash from users at a more expansive rate that ever. A […] → Read More

Week in Review: The old Vision Fund heave-ho –

Hey everyone, welcome back to Week in Review where I dive deep into a bit of news from the week or just share some thoughts and go over some of the more interesting stories of the week. If you’re reading this on the TechCrunch site, you can get this in your inbox here, and follow […] → Read More

Getaround is latest Softbank portfolio company to announce layoffs –

Silicon Valley’s top valued car rental startup, Getaround, announced layoffs today, making it the latest SoftBank-backed entity of late to pare down its workforce. The Information, which first reported the news, pegs the layoffs at 150 employees, amounting to around a quarter of the company. In the report, CEO Sam Zaid seemed to lay at […] → Read More

Sonos sues Google over alleged patent infringement on smart speaker tech –

Following what the company described as years of back-and-forth, Sonos has filed suit against Google for alleged patent infringements related to the company’s smart speakers. Sonos said that Amazon was also infringing on their IP, but that they can only afford to take on one tech titan. The lawsuit filed in Federal District Court in […] → Read More

Three years later, Sony is still hitting sales milestones for its VR headset –

Sony hasn’t had much to say about their virtual reality platform lately, but the company’s PlayStation VR headset, which was released more than three years ago, has still been racking up sales. At the company’s CES press conference this evening, they announced they have now sold 5 million PS VR units. In regards to this […] → Read More

Week in Review: Selling out in the Instagram age –

Hey everyone, happy 2020. Welcome back to Week in Review where I dive deep into a bit of news from the week or just share some thoughts and go over some of the more interesting stories of the week. If you’re reading this on the TechCrunch site, you can get this in your inbox here, […] → Read More

Cloud gaming is the future of game monetization, not gameplay –

When you look at all of the tech trend stories of the past decade, one important saga that’s likely to be overlooked is the platformization of gaming. In the 2010s, the value of video games was realized in a way that completely transformed how the majority of users experienced sitting down with their favorite FPS […] → Read More

The sorry state of AR startups in 2019 –

Even when Apple telegraphs its hardware strategy, it’s proving to be nearly impossible for startups to beat them. The company’s executives have been motioning interest in following their runaway success on mobile with hefty investments in augmented reality, something that has led to the rise of dozens of venture-backed startups hoping to beat Apple to […] → Read More

Google buys game developer Typhoon Studios –

Google seems to be shopping for game studios as it courts consumer interest for its Stadia game-streaming platform, announcing Thursday that they had acquired Montreal-based Typhoon Studios. The young studio with 26 employees hasn’t released its first title yet, after being founded nearly three years ago, but their upcoming game “Journey to the Savage Planet” […] → Read More

Week in Review: Pet startups will be the death of Silicon Valley –

Hey everyone. Thank you for welcoming me into your inboxes yet again. I’m in Berlin. where TechCrunch just pulled off another great Disrupt event — we’ve got a lot of great Europe-focused startup content on the site, so get to scrolling if your interest is piqued. If you’re reading this on the TechCrunch site, you […] → Read More

Gmelius wants to fit all of your startup’s software needs right into Gmail –

Few spaces are hotter right now than enterprise SaaS and tools that streamline communications in the workplace have been some of the more popular investments for savvy VCs. The workplace email inbox is a nightmare, but there are plenty of wrong ways to kill it. Gmelius is building a workspace platform that lives inside Gmail, […] → Read More

Nyxo is building an app-based, sleep-coaching program –

Few areas of health tech appear as untapped as the technology around how we sleep. Far too many people spend much of their waking hours obsessed with how to maximize their hours in bed. Nyxo is building an app-based sleep-coaching program to help users track and improve their quality of sleep in a four-week program. […] → Read More

Facebook sells off Oculus Medium to Adobe –

Facebook is selling Oculus Medium — a 3D virtual reality sculpting tool for creatives — to Adobe. The team was an expensive effort for Oculus and its sale signifies a broader rethinking within Facebook about which virtual reality projects they tackle in-house. It’s clear that Oculus pumped an awful lot of money into Medium over […] → Read More

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Gift Guide: VR gear you won’t feel stupid for buying There have been holiday gift guides for VR for the past five years or so and for most of that time, buying a VR headset was generally a bad call. Report: Magic Leap’s early device sales aren’t looking good Magic Leap just announced that they’re in the midst of closing a Series E round of funding, but it sounds like they’re going to have to… → Read More