D2C companies deliver customer delight and simplicity – TechCrunch

D2C companies deliver customer delight and simplicity – TechCrunch

Ashwin Ramasamy Contributor Ashwin Ramasamy is the cofounder of PipeCandy, which provides algorithm-generated insights and predictions about ecommerce and…

Facebook machine learning aims to modify faces, hands, and… outfits – TechCrunch

Amazon to open its first non-Whole Foods grocery store in 2020 – TechCrunch

Instagram to test hiding Like counts in US, which could hurt influencers – TechCrunch

I ran digital ads for a presidential campaign, and Twitter is right to ban them – TechCrunch

Legislators from ten parliaments put the squeeze on Facebook – TechCrunch

AWS announces new savings plans to reduce complexity of reserved instances – TechCrunch

Yandex is now testing a self-driving sidewalk cargo delivery robot – TechCrunch

California accuses Facebook of ignoring subpoenas in state’s Cambridge Analytica investigation – TechCrunch

Amazon is planning a $40M robotics hub near Boston – TechCrunch

Echo Studio is Amazon’s lower-cost answer to the HomePod – TechCrunch

Neo4j introduces new cloud service to simplify building a graph database – TechCrunch

Amperity acquires Custora to improve its customer data platform – TechCrunch

Seismic acquires Percolate to expand its marketing tools – TechCrunch

Chronosphere launches with $11M Series A to build scalable, cloud-native monitoring tool – TechCrunch

Google launches OpenTitan, an open-source secure chip design project – TechCrunch

Workday to acquire online procurement platform Scout RFP for $540M – TechCrunch

Ben Horowitz on shocking rules and dramatic object lessons – TechCrunch

Volterra announces $50M investment to manage apps in hybrid environment – TechCrunch

Microsoft launched Endpoint Manager to modernize device management – TechCrunch

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A look at the top trends exciting NYC’s consumer VCs – TechCrunch

A look at the top trends exciting NYC’s consumer VCs – TechCrunch

To learn more about the next wave of consumer startup investment outside Silicon Valley, I’m speaking to leading B2C-focused…

How Microsoft is trying to become more innovative – TechCrunch

Former Twitter employees charged with spying – TechCrunch

Older Samsung smart TVs to lose Netflix support next month – TechCrunch

Saudi Arabia reportedly recruited Twitter employees to steal personal data of activists – TechCrunch

Microsoft has big plans for its new Edge browser – TechCrunch

Veterans can now use an iPhone to pull up their health records – TechCrunch

Twitter suspends accounts affiliated with Hamas and Hezbollah – TechCrunch

An interview with economist Thomas Philippon, author of ‘The Great Reversal’ – TechCrunch

Microsoft Azure gets into agtech with the preview of FarmBeats – TechCrunch

Microsoft’s Chromium-based Edge browser gets new privacy features, will be generally available January 15 – TechCrunch

Microsoft’s Azure Synapse Analytics bridges the gap between data lakes and warehouses – TechCrunch

Apple commits $2.5 billion to address California’s housing crisis and homelessness issues – TechCrunch

Microsoft launches managed meeting rooms as a service – TechCrunch

Adobe is bringing Illustrator to the iPad in 2020 – TechCrunch

Adobe Photoshop arrives on the iPad – TechCrunch

TikTok stumbles in the US and Huawei shipments continue to surge – TechCrunch

Airbnb to ban ‘party houses’ in wake of Halloween shooting that left 5 dead – TechCrunch

Apple TV+ now live, with one year free for new iOS, Apple TV and Mac purchases – TechCrunch

Twitter says government demands for user data continue to rise – TechCrunch

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The Pixel 4’s power-plunging puzzle

The Pixel 4’s power-plunging puzzle

Fountains of virtual ink have been spilled over the Pixel 4’s stamina and how the phone’s battery life isn’t…

Google hires former Disney and Star executive to head its India business – TechCrunch

Disappearing Windows Update deferral pane suddenly reappears

Kepler achieves a world first for satellite broadband with 100Mbps connection to the Arctic – TechCrunch

Windows 7 to Windows 10 migration guide

Google enlists mobile security firms to help rid Google Play of bad Android apps – TechCrunch

Living on the Edge Chromium browser

Microsoft sets Jan. 15 launch for its second-chance Edge

Shopping Ads come to YouTube’s home feed and search results – TechCrunch

Pigeon, a ‘Waze for public transit’ from Google’s Area 120, expands across the US – TechCrunch

Google announces open-source chip project – TechCrunch

ZenHub adds roadmapping to its GitHub project management tool – TechCrunch

Google’s Chrome OS upgrade changes are a solid start

How Europe overtook the U.S. in championing free markets – TechCrunch

The 7 most important announcements from Microsoft Ignite – TechCrunch

Windows by the numbers: Windows 7 hits the accelerator as support cliff nears

The Google News mobile app now supports bilingual users – TechCrunch

Do you really need a Chief Mobility Officer? (Spoiler alert: nope)

You can now ask Excel questions about your data – TechCrunch

Cortana wants to be your personal executive assistant and read your emails to you, too – TechCrunch

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Ex-Facebook CPO Chris Cox now advises on climate & campaign tech – TechCrunch

Ex-Facebook CPO Chris Cox now advises on climate & campaign tech – TechCrunch

Chris Cox’s motivational speeches were at the heart of Facebook’s new employee orientation. But after 14 years at the social network, the Chief Product Officer left in March amidst an executive shake-up and Facebook’s new…

Vape lung ‘breakthrough’ suggests lethal culprit in THC products could be vitamin E acetate – TechCrunch

Vape lung ‘breakthrough’ suggests lethal culprit in THC products could be vitamin E acetate – TechCrunch

Official word has come down from federal authorities on one potential cause of the mystery illness affecting vape users: Vitamin E acetate, a chemical found in some vaping products that has been demonstrated to linger…

Banning digital political ads gives extremists a distinct advantage – TechCrunch

Banning digital political ads gives extremists a distinct advantage – TechCrunch

Jessica Alter Contributor Jessica Alter is co-founder and chairman of Tech for Campaigns, an organization building the lasting tech and digital arm for Democrats and has helped over 200 campaigns on this front since 2017.…

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T-Mobile sugar-coats Sprint merger with promises of free data — but only if it’s approved – TechCrunch

T-Mobile sugar-coats Sprint merger with promises of free data — but only if it’s approved – TechCrunch

The planned $26 billion merger between T-Mobile and Sprint has been approved by the Justice Department and the FCC, but…

Spotify’s podcasting app Anchor now helps you make trailers – TechCrunch

Spotify’s podcasting app Anchor now helps you make trailers – TechCrunch

Spotify’s simple podcasting suite, Anchor, is today introducing a new feature designed to help creators promote their podcast: trailers. On…

With $6.5M in funding, Aircam offers a fast, easy way to share photos at events – TechCrunch

With $6.5M in funding, Aircam offers a fast, easy way to share photos at events – TechCrunch

Aircam is a new startup that allows anyone to get instant access to pictures taken by professional photographers at weddings,…

Tinder’s interactive video series ‘Swipe Night’ is going international next year – TechCrunch

Tinder’s interactive video series ‘Swipe Night’ is going international next year – TechCrunch

Tinder’s big experiment with interactive content — the recently launched in-app series called Swipe Night — was a success. According to Tinder parent company…

Apple refreshes its privacy site with new technical whitepapers – TechCrunch

Apple refreshes its privacy site with new technical whitepapers – TechCrunch

For the fourth year in a row, Apple has updated its privacy pages. Every year the tech giant’s refreshes the…

FCC approves T-Mobile/Sprint merger despite serious concerns – TechCrunch

FCC approves T-Mobile/Sprint merger despite serious concerns – TechCrunch

The FCC has given its stamp of approval to T-Mobile and Sprint’s proposed merger, saying the deal will “enhance competition”…

AT&T will pay $60 million over fake unlimited data ‘bait and switch scam’ – TechCrunch

AT&T will pay $60 million over fake unlimited data ‘bait and switch scam’ – TechCrunch

AT&T is being punished at last for its shady claims of plans with “unlimited data” but were in reality nothing…

Huawei calls hackers to Munich for secret bug bounty meeting – TechCrunch

Huawei calls hackers to Munich for secret bug bounty meeting – TechCrunch

Chinese tech giant Huawei has asked some of the world’s best phone hackers to a secret meeting in Munich later…

Brazilian mobile phone insurance technology startup Pitzi is now worth over $100 million – TechCrunch

Brazilian mobile phone insurance technology startup Pitzi is now worth over $100 million – TechCrunch

With roughly one million customers across Brazil and a new round of financing, the mobile phone insurance provider Pitzi now…

Gradeup raises $7M to expand its online exam preparation platform to smaller Indian cities and towns – TechCrunch

Gradeup raises $7M to expand its online exam preparation platform to smaller Indian cities and towns – TechCrunch

Gradeup, an edtech startup in India that operates an exam preparation platform for undergraduate and postgraduate level courses, has raised…

Adobe’s Photoshop Camera is an AI-powered photo editor for your phone – TechCrunch

Adobe’s Photoshop Camera is an AI-powered photo editor for your phone – TechCrunch

Instagram and Snapchat have changed the way people look at photo editing. What was once a task limited to those…

Adobe launches Photoshop for iPad – TechCrunch

Adobe launches Photoshop for iPad – TechCrunch

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TikTok expands its influence to third-party apps with new developer program – TechCrunch

TikTok expands its influence to third-party apps with new developer program – TechCrunch

TikTok is looking to expand its influence by integrating with popular third-party video creation and editing apps. The company today…

AI in E-Commerce: Risk or Competitive Advantage?

AI in E-Commerce: Risk or Competitive Advantage?

If AI lets you implement discriminatory pricing or restrict access to a product based on a customer’s race, age or…

Mario Kart Tour will test real-time multiplayer in December – TechCrunch

Mario Kart Tour will test real-time multiplayer in December – TechCrunch

The mobile version of Nintendo’s iconic racing franchise, Mario Kart Tour, will soon support multiplayer races, bringing the game closer…

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

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

The world of phone-based AR has involved a lot of promises, but the future that’s developed has so far been…

Apple Card users can now finance iPhone purchases for 24 months, interest-free – TechCrunch

Apple Card users can now finance iPhone purchases for 24 months, interest-free – TechCrunch

It’s not quite an “Apple Prime” subscription, but it’s compelling. Apple on Wednesday introduced a new program that will allow…

Spotify launches a dedicated Kids app for Premium Family subscribers – TechCrunch

Spotify launches a dedicated Kids app for Premium Family subscribers – TechCrunch

In a move to boost family subscriptions to its app, Spotify this morning announced the launch of a dedicated Kids…

Samsung teases a clamshell foldable form factor – TechCrunch

Samsung teases a clamshell foldable form factor – TechCrunch

Last year at its developer conference, Samsung showed off an early glimpse of its upcoming foldable. In hindsight, the Galaxy…

LA-based gaming studio Scopely raises $200M at a $1.7B valuation – TechCrunch

LA-based gaming studio Scopely raises $200M at a $1.7B valuation – TechCrunch

The Los Angeles-based mobile game development studio Scopely has become America’s newest unicorn thanks to a $200 million financing, which…

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Robocorp announces $5.6M seed to bring open source option to RPA – TechCrunch

Robocorp announces $5.6M seed to bring open source option to RPA – TechCrunch

Robotic Process Automation (RPA) has been a hot commodity in recent years as it helps automate tedious manual workflows inside…

Microsoft Teams gets Yammer integration, secure private channels, and more – TechCrunch

Microsoft Teams gets Yammer integration, secure private channels, and more – TechCrunch

You’re forgiven if you thought Yammer, Microsoft’s proto-Slack, not quite realtime, chat application was dead. But it’s actually still alive…

Twitter’s political ads ban is a distraction from the real problem with platforms – TechCrunch

Twitter’s political ads ban is a distraction from the real problem with platforms – TechCrunch

Sometimes it feels as if Internet platforms are turning everything upside down, from politics to publishing, culture to commerce, and…

Amazon now sells movie tickets in India – TechCrunch

Amazon now sells movie tickets in India – TechCrunch

Amazon has set its eye on the next business it wants to disrupt in its key overseas market India: online…

Lightspeed’s Jeremy Liew is on the hunt for always-on media startups – TechCrunch

Lightspeed’s Jeremy Liew is on the hunt for always-on media startups – TechCrunch

Perhaps best known for a career-making seed investment in Snapchat, Lightspeed partner Jeremy Liew is a leading investor across media…

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You Can Now Control Roku With Your Apple Watch

You Can Now Control Roku With Your Apple Watch

The Roku app now supports Apple Watch. This means you can use your Apple Watch to…

Dalai Lama Triumphantly Names Successor After Discovering Woman With ‘The Purpose Of Our Lives Is To Be Happy’ Twitter Bio

First-Grader Celebrates 7th Birthday With White House Protest

The 'indestructible' robots who can do backflips

Australia declares state of emergency as ‘catastrophic’ wild bushfires spread – World News

Police officer arrested after body of his chief found in hotel room they were sharing

Earthquake today: Hawaii hit by earthquake sending shocks along Ring of Fire | World | News

Disney+ Updates Marvel Movies Available to Stream at Launch

Australia’s east coast girds for ‘catastrophic’ fires

Russian professor suspected in grisly death of former student

Guinea president replaces security minister following deadly protests

FBI Joins Investigation Into Killing Of 9 Members Of Mormon Family In Mexico : NPR

Marks & Spencer Makes Christmas Sweaters Cool – Adweek

Q&A with Cisco on the growing collaboration market and Webex

Czar’s Rare Liquor Shipment Recovered From WWI Wreck

Three performers stabbed at Saudi entertainment event: state TV

Klobuchar: A woman with Buttigieg’s record would miss debate

Rudy Giuliani poised to break silence with ‘impeachment podcast’

Mercury transit 2019: The planet closest to the sun puts on rare show as it passes directly between Earth and the sun today

Vox Media Makes the Jump to OTT with Eater Food Channel – Adweek

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Facebook staff demand Zuckerberg limit lies in politcal ads – TechCrunch

Facebook staff demand Zuckerberg limit lies in politcal ads – TechCrunch

Submit campaign ads to fact checking, limit microtargeting, cap spending, observe silence periods, or at least…

Why Design Thinking Will Save Businesses From Themselves

GameClub offers mobile gaming’s greatest hits for $5 per month – TechCrunch

Here’s what the Pixel 4’s radar chip looks like – TechCrunch

Mobile banking app Current raises $20M Series B, tops half a million users – TechCrunch

Netflix launches $4 mobile-only monthly plan in Malaysia – TechCrunch

India to spend $6 billion to revive telecom operators BSNL and MTNL – TechCrunch

OnePlus’ second 5G phone will be a T-Mobile exclusive – TechCrunch

Streaming service Quibi sells out of its $150M in first-year ad inventory – TechCrunch

Lowlights from Zuckerberg’s Libra testimony in Congress – TechCrunch

Huawei’s foldable Mate X is launching in China next month – TechCrunch

Snapchat beats in Q3, adding 7M users & revenue up 50% – TechCrunch

Todoist releases major update to simplify task management – TechCrunch

YouTube founder secretly building sports fan game GreenPark – TechCrunch

IT Challenge: Pace of Change with Infrastructure

MediaLab acquires messaging app Kik, expanding its app portfolio – TechCrunch

HTC releases a cheaper blockchain phone – TechCrunch

Tilting Point acquires game monetization startup Gondola – TechCrunch

T-Mobile partners with Jeffrey Katzenberg’s mobile streaming service Quibi – TechCrunch

No Wonder the Chatbots are Sad

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Turning Google traffic into leads, and what’s new in SEO – TechCrunch

Turning Google traffic into leads, and what’s new in SEO – TechCrunch

Julian Shapiro Contributor Julian Shapiro is the founder of BellCurve.com, the growth marketing team that trains…

Facebook shares rise on strong Q3, users up 2% to 2.45B – TechCrunch

Google launches TensorFlow Enterprise with long-term support and managed services – TechCrunch

Facebook agrees to pay UK data watchdog’s Cambridge Analytica fine but settles without admitting liability – TechCrunch

New startup Capital wants to reintroduce founders to venture debt – TechCrunch

Yext Answers helps businesses provide better site search – TechCrunch

Amazon Echo Buds review – TechCrunch

WeFarm rakes in $13M to grow its marketplace and network for independent farmers – TechCrunch

Amazon axes $14.99 Amazon Fresh fee, making grocery delivery free for Prime members to boost use – TechCrunch

Israeli seed fund Remagine is financing media’s AI revolution – TechCrunch

Facebook unveils its first foray into personal digital healthcare tools – TechCrunch

International Astronautical Congress 2019 recap edition – TechCrunch

Stealthy search startup, Searchable.ai snags $2M seed – TechCrunch

Mark Zuckerberg makes the case for Facebook News – TechCrunch

Facebook launches its News section – TechCrunch

Here’s where top gaming VCs are looking for startup opportunities – TechCrunch

Facebook starts testing News, its new section for journalism – TechCrunch

Apple TV app comes to Amazon’s Fire TV Stick and other devices – TechCrunch

After its first earnings miss in two years, Amazon shares get walloped in after-hours trading – TechCrunch

Stewart Butterfield says Microsoft sees Slack as existential threat – TechCrunch

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

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

Apple’s iPhone sales  still make up over half of its quarterly revenues but they are slowly…

Jack Dorsey says Twitter will ban all political ads – TechCrunch

Apple TV+ will be free with an Apple Music student subscription – TechCrunch

A week-long iOS App Store bug wiped out over 20M ratings – TechCrunch

Samsung ramps up its B2B partner and developer efforts – TechCrunch

Wearable spending forecasted to increase 27% in 2020 – TechCrunch

Github removes Tsunami Democràtic’s APK after a takedown order from Spain – TechCrunch

Apple’s AirPods Pro set a pricey new standard for earbuds – TechCrunch

Tech giants still not doing enough to fight fakes, says European Commission – TechCrunch

Samsung’s new laptops charge phones with their touchpad – TechCrunch

Apple releases iOS 13.2 with Deep Fusion – TechCrunch

In a victory over Amazon, Microsoft wins $10B Pentagon JEDI cloud contract – TechCrunch

Twitter Q3 misses big on revenues of $824M and EPS of $0.05 on the back of adtech glitches – TechCrunch

Twitter revenue disappoints – TechCrunch

Just 6% of U.S. adults on Twitter account for 73% of political tweets…and they disapprove of Trump – TechCrunch

Should we rethink the politics of ‘blocking’? – TechCrunch

Apple’s control over the App Store is no longer sustainable – TechCrunch

League of Legends goes mobile, Tim Cook talks to China and more – TechCrunch

Apple’s China stance makes for strange political alliances, as AOC and Ted Cruz slam the company – TechCrunch

Samsung confirms glaring S10 fingerprint reader flaw, promises fix – TechCrunch