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New York State Attorney General reportedly investigating WeWork

WeWork is reportedly being investigated by the New York State Attorney General. According to Reuters, the NYAG’s questions include if WeWork founder and former CEO Adam Neumann engaged in self-dealing. A WeWork spokesperson said in an email that “we have received an inquiry from the office of the New York State Attorney General and are […]

Posted on 19 November 2019 | 4:58 am

Earth is headed for its second warmest year in recorded history (the record was three years ago)

Data from the U.S. government sure seems to indicate that the Earth is warming (despite what the current leadership may say). Apparently, the globe just experienced the second-hottest October ever recorded and is on track for the second-hottest year to date on record, according to data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Not only […]

Posted on 19 November 2019 | 2:02 am

The coming fight over who controls digital health data

Spending for consumer digital healthcare companies is set to explode in the next few years; the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology is currently reviewing the requirements for data sharing with the Department of Health and Human Services, and their initiatives will unlock a wave of data access never before seen in […]

Posted on 19 November 2019 | 1:04 am

Mubi launches streaming service in India

Mubi, a 12-year-old on-demand movie streaming and rental service, has arrived in India. Like other streaming services giants such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV+ and Disney’s Hotstar, Mubi is offering its service at a slightly lower price in the key overseas entertainment market. The London-headquartered firm is offering a three-month subscription in India […]

Posted on 19 November 2019 | 1:00 am

This room-sized LED egg captures amazing 3D models of the people inside it

Capturing human performances in high-definition 3D is a complicated proposition, and among the many challenges is getting the lighting right. This impressive new project from Google researchers puts the subject in the center of what can only be described as an prismatic LED egg, but the resulting 3D models are remarkable — and more importantly, […]

Posted on 19 November 2019 | 12:30 am

The House Fund closes its second fund with $44 million to pour into UC Berkeley grads, alums and faculty

In 2016, we profiled a then-24-year-old named Jeremy Fiance who had managed to pool together $6 million for a fund focused on his alma mater, UC Berkeley, where as a student he’d brought to campus Kairos Society, an organization for budding entrepreneurs, as well as created a student accelerator called Free Ventures. Fiance wasn’t waiting […]

Posted on 19 November 2019 | 12:24 am

Apple launches a dedicated mobile app for its developer community

Apple today is introducing a new resource for the over 23 million registered members of its developer community, with the launch of a dedicated Apple Developer mobile app. The new app is an expansion on the existing WWDC app for Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference, which it will now replace. Instead of only including information about […]

Posted on 19 November 2019 | 12:03 am

18 months after acquisition, MuleSoft is integrating more deeply into Salesforce

A year and a half after getting acquired by Salesforce for $6.5 billion, MuleSoft is beginning to resemble a Salesforce company — using its language and its methodologies to describe new products and services. This week at Dreamforce, as the company’s mega customer conference begins in San Francisco, MuleSoft announced a slew of new services […]

Posted on 19 November 2019 | 12:00 am

Valve confirms it’s making a ‘flagship’ Half-Life VR game

After what feels like years of rumors, it’s official: Valve is making a virtual reality Half-Life game. Official word of the new title comes via Valve’s (brand new, but verified) Twitter account, where the company is promising more details later this week: Tweets by valvesoftware While it’s a bit curious to drop news like this […]

Posted on 18 November 2019 | 11:40 pm

Ubiquity6’s Display.land is part 3D scanner, part social network

The world is being mapped in 3D — one brick, one bench, one building at a time. For things like hyper-accurate augmented reality, autonomous robots and self-driving cars, 2D maps and GPS only get you so far. Apple is building its map with lasers strapped to the tops of cars. Niantic has talked about building […]

Posted on 18 November 2019 | 10:15 pm

Luko raises $22 million to improve home insurance

French startup Luko has raised a $22 million Series A round led by Accel (€20 million). Founders Fund and Speedinvest are also participating in today’s funding round. When you rent a place in France, you have to provide a certificate to your landlord saying that you are covered with a home insurance product. And, of […]

Posted on 18 November 2019 | 10:00 pm

NASA adds SpaceX, Blue Origin and more to list of companies set to make deliveries to the surface of the Moon

NASA has added five companies to the list of vendors that are cleared to bid on contracts for the agency’s Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) program. This list, which already includes nine companies from a previous selection process, now adds SpaceX, Blue Origin, Ceres Robotics, Sierra Nevada Corporation and Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems. All of these […]

Posted on 18 November 2019 | 9:30 pm

Uber’s chief product officer is stepping down

Uber Chief Product Officer Manik Gupta announced today he is leaving the company. Gupta’s last day will be December 13, he wrote in a note to Uber’s product team today. “After a few discussions with Dara as well as with my family—and now that we’ve made it through the IPO and an important year for […]

Posted on 18 November 2019 | 9:09 pm

Twitter launches a way to report abusive use of its Lists feature

Like many things found on today’s social media platforms, Twitter’s Lists feature was introduced without thinking about the impact it could have on marginalized groups, or how it could otherwise be used for abuse or surveillance if put in the hands of bad actors. Today, Twitter is taking a step to address that problem with […]

Posted on 18 November 2019 | 8:29 pm

Top VCs in Paris share their investment interests

Since the election of president Emmanuel Macron in 2017, Paris has experienced a surge of momentum as a startup hub. Investor interest had been building for years, but Macron’s government has aggressively focused on adopting more business-friendly regulations and heavily courted the startup and VC community. In September, he announced a €5 billion initiative to […]

Posted on 18 November 2019 | 7:48 pm

Google acquires CloudSimple

Just a few months back, Google announced a partnership with a company called CloudSimple to help more enterprise teams move their on-site operations to the cloud. Now Google is outright acquiring them. So what is CloudSimple? It lets businesses run VMware vSphere workloads on the cloud, allowing them to take their existing on-premises tools and […]

Posted on 18 November 2019 | 7:42 pm

Daily Crunch: John Legere is leaving T-Mobile

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. John Legere is stepping down as CEO of T-Mobile, succeeded by deputy Mike Sievert on May 1 Sievert, who’s currently T-Mobile’s […]

Posted on 18 November 2019 | 7:28 pm

Nanoracks just booked a SpaceX launch to demo tech that turns used spacecraft into orbital habitats

SpaceX is going to launch a payload for client Nanoracks aboard one of its new rideshare missions, currently targeting late 2020, that will demonstrate a very ambitious piece of tech from the commercial space station company. Nanoracks is sending up a payload platform that will show off how it can use a robot to cut […]

Posted on 18 November 2019 | 7:21 pm

Intel and Argonne National Lab on ‘exascale’ and their new Aurora supercomputer

The scale of supercomputing has grown almost too large to comprehend, with millions of compute units performing calculations at rates requiring, for first time, the exa prefix — denoting quadrillions per second. How was this accomplished? With careful planning... and a lot of wires, say two people close to the project.

Posted on 18 November 2019 | 7:17 pm

Gremlin brings Chaos Engineering as a Service to Kubernetes

The practice of Chaos Engineering developed at Amazon and Netflix a decade ago to help those web scale companies test their complex systems for worst-case scenarios before they happened. Gremlin was started by a former employee of both these companies to make it easier to perform this type of testing without a team of Site […]

Posted on 18 November 2019 | 6:26 pm