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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 in what virtual reality projects they tackle in-house. It’s clear that Oculus pumped an awful lot of money into Medium over […] → Read More

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. → Read More

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 clinch that investment with some pretty troubling sales numbers for their only device on the market. The Information‘s Alex Heath is reporting that Magic Leap managed to sell just […] → Read More

Why Notion is staying small as its valuation gets bigger –

COO Akshay Kothari says the startup has "never felt like if we had more money we could grow faster." → Read More

Week in Review: Apple’s rebirth as a content company has a forgettable debut –

Hey everyone. Thank you for welcoming me into you inboxes yet again. Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. After dodging your inboxes for a couple weeks as I ventured off to China for a TechCrunch event in Shenzhen, I am rested up and ready to go. If you’re reading this on the TechCrunch site, […] → Read More

Facebook buys the VR studio behind Beat Saber –

Virtual reality doesn’t have many hit games yet, but Facebook is buying the studio behind one of the platform’s biggest titles. Facebook announced today that it will be buying Beat Games, the game studio behind Beat Saber, a rhythm game that’s equal parts Fruit Ninja and Guitar Hero — with light sabers of course. Terms […] → Read More

Cocoon’s social app for close friends gets VC backing to chase Path’s dream –

You may have heard the pitch before, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram aren’t homes for your real friends anymore because they’re too big, too commercial and too influencer-y, the result is that your most important relationships have been relegated to the lowest common denominator tool on your phones: your texting app. Cocoon, a startup from a […] → Read More

In wake of Sprint/T-Mobile deal, Ryan Reynolds has an announcement –

In other news, Deadpool actor Ryan Reynolds has invested an undisclosed amount in a company selling prepaid phone plans called Mint Mobile. It all sounds like a weird sponsored Instagram post, but a source tells TechCrunch that Reynolds now owns more than 25% of the company with this recent investment. What he invested is thoroughly […] → Read More

Work collaboration startup Notion cozies up to Silicon Valley’s top accelerators –

Startups building work software for other startups have been a huge focus of investment in Silicon Valley as eager VCs hope to grab a piece of the next Slack. Notion Labs, a profitable work tools startup that recently hit a reported $800 million valuation, isn’t making it easy for VC firms to give them money, […] → Read More

And the winner of Hardware Battlefield at TechCrunch Shenzhen 2019 is… Okra –

We started the competition with ten hardware startups vying to take home the Disrupt Hardware Battlefield cup at TechCrunch Shenzhen 2019. They all pitched their hearts out to our team of judges who deliberated at length and chose their 4 favorites who came back on day 2 of the event to pitch to a brand […] → Read More

Week in Review: Airbnb is just the beginning –

Hey everyone. Thank you for welcoming me into you inbox yet again. I got some awesome responses to the #DeleteLinkedIn newsletter last week, a few dozen emails (some of them angry) and plenty of tweets. Looking forward to chatting with some of you soon. On that note, I’m currently in China for a TechCrunch event […] → Read More

Week in Review: #DeleteLinkedIn –

Hey everyone. Thank you for welcoming me into you inbox yet again. Last week, I talked about SoftBank’s big embarrassment and how it could impact venture capital. If you’re reading this on the TechCrunch site, you can get this in your inbox here, and follow my tweets here. The big story #DeleteLinkedIn Before you dial […] → Read More

8th Wall’s new Cloud Editor helps customers quickly build mobile AR experiences –

The world of phone-based AR has involved a lot of promises, but the future that’s developed has so far been more iterative and less platform shift-y. For startups exclusively focused on mobile AR, there’s been some soul-searching to find ways to bring more lightweight experiences to life that don’t require as much friction or commitment […] → Read More

Apple beats on Q4 earnings after strong quarter for wearables, services –

Apple’s stock remained largely unchanged after-hours following the release of its Q4 earnings. The company delivered earnings per share $3.03 versus the street’s estimate of $2.84 Est. on revenue of $64 billion compared with expectation at $62.99 billion. The big story continues to be major growth in Services, iPad and Wearables while iPhone and Mac […] → Read More

Choco raises $33.5M to bring restaurants and suppliers a modern ingredient ordering platform –

Sourcing ingredients in the restaurant industry is a dirty process that still relies heavily on voicemails and fax orders. More tech-forward solutions have been pushed but getting restaurants and suppliers to uniformly sign on to a platform has been a relatively daunting challenge. Choco is a young startup with plenty of momentum that’s aiming to […] → Read More

Week in Review: You break it, you buy it –

Hey everyone. Thank you for welcoming me into you inbox yet again. Last week, I talked about Zuckerberg’s quest to tell us that Facebook has governing principles when he’s really just building the stairs one step at a time. If you’re reading this on the TechCrunch site, you can get this in your inbox here, […] → Read More

YC grad Taskade raises $5M to take on Notion with a more collaborative productivity platform –

Enterprise software tool startups are so often birthed to either un-bundle or re-bundle what came before them. In an age where “consumerization of the enterprise” is a trendy phrase for investors, it was natural a startup would come along to bundle its take on some of the trendiest startup tools. Taskade appears to be the […] → Read More

To scale subscription startups, get to know your customers –

The crowded world of subscription businesses offers ongoing opportunities to screw up your relationship with subscribers. At Disrupt San Francisco 2019, I spoke with Forerunner Ventures’ Eurie Kim, Lola CEO Alex Friedman and KiwiCo CEO Sandra Oh Lin about key issues and priorities for scaling a subscription service post-launch. A primary theme: building relationships with […] → Read More

Facebook commits $1B to tackle affordable housing in California, other locations –

California is in the midst of a serious housing crisis that’s ramifications stretch across the state. In the Bay Area, the crisis is often at its most visible due to the presence of tech mega-corps and the influx of highly paid tech workers that have exacerbated the problem. It hasn’t been uncommon for some of […] → Read More

New York’s Facebook antitrust investigation now has 46 other attorneys general onboard –

New York Attorney General Letitia James is turning up the heat on the state’s antitrust investigation into Facebook, which i seeking “to determine whether Facebook’s actions may have endangered consumer data, reduced the quality of consumers’ choices, or increased the price of advertising.” Her coalition previously consisted of attorneys general from a total of 8 […] → Read More