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Behold, Slack’s new logo  TechCrunch · 29 minutes
New year, new you, new Slack. The popular workplace chat service’s resolution clearly involved a bit of a facelift, starting with a new logo. A redesigned version of the familiar grid logo launched this week, and appears to have rolled... more
Robots learn to grab and scramble with new levels of agility  TechCrunch · 1 hour
Robots are amazing things, but outside of their specific domains they are incredibly limited. So flexibility — not physical, but mental — is a constant area... more
Lance Amstrong just wrote his first check as VC  TechCrunch · 1 hour
Lance Armstrong revealed last month that an early investment in Uber — courtesy of a $100,000 check that he funneled into the company in 2009 through Lowercase Capital —  “saved”... more
Driving down the cost of preserving genetic material, Acorn Biolabs raises $3.3 million  TechCrunch · 2 hours
Acorn Biolabs wants consumers to pay them to store genetic material in a bet that the increasing advances in targeted genetic therapies will... more
Ubiquity6 acquires AR music startup Wavy  TechCrunch · 2 hours
Today, Ubiquity6 has announced that it is acquiring Wavy, a small AR music startup founded last year. In a blog post, the Wavy team confirmed that they’ll be joining the Ubiquity6 team and won’t be continuing... more
Apple reportedly looking to subsidize Watch with Medicare plans  TechCrunch · 2 hours
If nothing else, the addition of ECG/EKG reinforced Apple’s commitment to evolving the Watch into a serious medical device. The company has long looked to bring its best selling wearable... more
Sprint customers can now use Apple Business Chat to reach an agent  TechCrunch · 2 hours
Sprint today announced it will support Apple’s Business Chat – the new platform that allows businesses and customers to interact over iMessage. According to... more
BlueRun Ventures closes on $130M, ups Cheryl Cheng to GP  TechCrunch · 2 hours
PayPal, Kabbage and Waze investor BlueRun Ventures invests in early-stage mobile software and fintech startups. more
Anchor says it’s ‘powering’ 40 percent of new podcasts  TechCrunch · 3 hours
Podcasting’s greatest asset has always been its accessibility — for consumer and creator alike. But even the simplest medium requires a little know-how, and Anchor’s overarching goal has long been... more
Tinder is testing the ability to share Spotify music clips in chat  TechCrunch · 3 hours
Tinder has already developed a fairly robust chat platform within its dating app, with support for sharing things like Bitmoji and GIFs, and the... more
Nvidia’s T4 GPUs are now available in beta on Google Cloud  TechCrunch · 3 hours
Google Cloud today announced that Nvidia’s Turing-based Tesla T4 data center GPUs are now available in beta in its data centers in Brazil, India, Netherlands, Singapore, Tokyo and... more
Daily Crunch: Snap CFO departs  TechCrunch · 3 hours
The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here: 1. Snap CFO Tim Stone... more
We Company CEO in hot water over being both a tenant and a landlord  TechCrunch · 3 hours
The company formerly known as WeWork has come under scrutiny for potential conflict of interest issues regarding CEO Adam Neumann’s... more
Byju’s buys Osmo for $120M to add blended learning to its $4B digital education business  TechCrunch · 3 hours
Weeks after it raised a massive $540 million funding round, Indian education unicorn Byju’s is on the M&A... more
Infor lands $1.5 billion investment ahead of IPO  TechCrunch · 3 hours
Infor, a NYC-based enterprise software company, announced a massive $1.5 billion investment today that could be the precursor to an IPO in the next 12-24 months. One analyst is estimating that the... more
Niantic finalizes its Series C at $245M with a valuation of nearly $4B  TechCrunch · 3 hours
We’ve known since around December that Niantic (the creators of Pokémon GO and the soon to be released Harry Potter Wizards Unite)... more
Get a TechCrunch Sessions: Robotics + AI demo table while you can  TechCrunch · 3 hours
Innovation’s leading-edge lives at the intersection of robotics and AI. What could possibly be more exciting than attending TechCrunch Sessions: Robotics + AI on... more
Infor lands $1.5 billion investment ahead of possible IPO  TechCrunch · 4 hours
Infor, a NYC-based enterprise software company, announced a massive $1.5 billion investment today that could be the precursor to an IPO down the road. One analyst is estimating that the... more
DoorDash is officially live in all 50 states  TechCrunch · 5 hours
You can now order meals via DoorDash in Alaska, Montana and South Dakota. more
Techstars will build and launch startups with new venture studio  TechCrunch · 5 hours
Techstars is announcing Techstars Studio, its latest attempt to bring corporations closer to the startup ecosystem. more
HyperScience, the machine learning startup tackling data entry, raises $30 million Series B  TechCrunch · 5 hours
HyperScience, the machine learning company that turns human readable data into machine readable data, has today announced the close of a $30... more
EVs and online marketplaces thrive despite slump in Chinese car sales  TechCrunch · 5 hours
China’s massive auto market hit the brakes last year as trade tensions and a softening economy dampened consumer confidence, but one segment soared on account of... more
The Motorola Razr could return as a $1,500 foldable smartphone  TechCrunch · 5 hours
Motorola has revived the Razr name a few times over the years, but the once mighty brand has failed to regain the heights of its early days as... more
Alexa gets a professional ‘newscaster’ voice for reading the day’s news  TechCrunch · 5 hours
Amazon already gave Alexa the ability to whisper, and now it’s rolling out another way to change the assistant’s speaking style – it’s giving Alexa a... more
YC-backed Upsolve is automating bankruptcy for everyone  TechCrunch · 6 hours
The popular image of a Chapter 7 bankruptcy might be a large company like Enron failing, or maybe some lazy drifter trying to shirk their financial responsibilities. The reality is anything but those sorts... more
Instamojo raises $7M to help SMEs and ‘micro-entrepreneurs’ in India sell online  TechCrunch · 6 hours
In India, startups are quietly building the tools and platforms to enable a different kind of gig economy: one that allows ‘micro-entrepreneurs’ to tap... more
Fiserv is buying First Data in a $22B fintech megadeal  TechCrunch · 7 hours
While we will continue to see a lot of consolidation among smaller startups in the area of financial technology, or fintech, there are also some much bigger combinations... more
Apple expands its reach with free Apple Music on Verizon Wireless  TechCrunch · 7 hours
Verizon Wireless is now offering free access to Apple Music. The music streaming service is available on select Verizon Wireless plans starting on January 17, 2019.... more
Consolidation is coming to gaming, and Jam City raises $145 million to capitalize on it  TechCrunch · 7 hours
A slew of banks are coming together to back a new roll-up strategy for the Los Angeles-based mobile... more
Tesla unveils first home charging station that can be plugged into a wall outlet  TechCrunch · 8 hours
Tesla today is launching a new home charging station designed for the modern home. The new Wall Connector is the... more
Fortnite bugs put accounts at risk of takeover  TechCrunch · 8 hours
With one click, any semi-skilled hacker could have silently taken over a Fortnite account, according to a cybersecurity firm who says the bug is now fixed. Researchers at Check Point say the... more
Wrest control from a snooping smart speaker with this teachable “parasite”  TechCrunch · 9 hours
What do you get when you put one Internet connected device on top of another? A little more control than you otherwise would in the case... more
Researcher shows how popular app ES File Explorer exposes Android device data  TechCrunch · 11 hours
Why is one of the most popular Android apps running a hidden web server in the background? ES File Explorer claims it has over... more
BeMyEye acquires Streetbee, a Russian crowdsourcing and image recognition provider  TechCrunch · 11 hours
London-headquartered BeMyEye has made another acquisition, its third in a little over three years. This time the retail execution monitoring service is purchasing Russian crowdsourcing and image recognition... more
Doctolib details how telemedicine appointments work  TechCrunch · 11 hours
French startup Doctolib announced back in September that it would open up telemedicine appointments on its platform in 2019. The company is taking advantage of recent legal changes that finally make telemedicine legal in France. Doctolib... more
YouTube will “ramp up” enforcement of its policies against dangerous challenges and pranks  TechCrunch · 15 hours
YouTube announced several policy updates today, including more stringent enforcement of its ban on videos of dangerous challenges and pranks. In a... more
Grab moves to offer digital insurance services in Southeast Asia  TechCrunch · 15 hours
Grab is Southeast Asia’s top ride-hailing firm, thanks in no small part to its acquisition of Uber’s local business last year, but the company also houses an ambitious... more
Roku now deleting Infowars from its platform after customer outcry  TechCrunch · 18 hours
Roku is deleting the Infowars channel from its platform, a couple days after adding it as a supported channel. In a tweet, Roku said after the channel became available,... more
CERN’s plan for 100-km collider makes the LHC look like a hula hoop  TechCrunch · 19 hours
The Large Hadron Collider has produced a great deal of incredible science, most famously the Higgs Boson — but physicists at CERN,... more
Transparency-seeking OPEN Government Data Act signed into law  TechCrunch · 21 hours
The federal government produces one hell of a lot of data, but despite desultory lurches towards usability there's little guarantee that it's available in a way that makes it useful to anyone.... more
The Square Off chess board melds the classical with the robotic  TechCrunch · 21 hours
CES crowds can be tough — especially toward the end of the week. You’re physically and emotionally drained, and you’re pretty sure you’ve seen everything the... more
How the new VR screen could end the smartphone  TechCrunch · 21 hours
The only way to get more information from a smartphone screen is to bring the pixels closer to our eyes, with the device somehow mounted on our heads rather than... more
Sofia Coppola and Bill Murray will reunite for Apple and A24  TechCrunch · 21 hours
The director and star of “Lost in Translation” are working together again, with Bill Murray starring alongside Rashida Jones in “On The Rocks,” a new film... more
The Sims gets its own in-game Alexa-style assistant, Lin-Z  TechCrunch · 21 hours
There’s nothing like The Sims to log off from reality for a bit. Getting away from the increasingly ubiquitous world of smart assistants, on the other hand, is a different... more
Snap CFO Tim Stone is resigning  TechCrunch · 21 hours
Snap CFO Tim Stone is leaving the company, according to documents Snap filed with the SEC today. “Tim has made a big impact in his short time on our team and we are very grateful for... more
Apple’s battery cases return for the iPhone XS and XR  TechCrunch · 22 hours
There’s no shortage of iPhone cases out there, of course. But for those who absolutely must have Apple’s stamp on their accessories, the company just dropped a couple... more
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