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07/17/2018 05:43 AM
It’s official: Brexit campaign broke the law — with social media’s help
The UK’s Electoral Commission has published the results of a near nine-month-long investigation into Brexit referendum spending and has found that the official Vote Leave campaign broke the law by breaching election campaign spending limits. Vote Leave broke the law including by channeling money to a Canadian data firm, AggregateIQ, to use for targeting political […]

07/17/2018 04:17 AM
Travel giant Booking invests $500M in Chinese ride-hailing firm Didi Chuxing
Didi Chuxing, China’s largest ride-hailing company, has pulled in some strategic capital after Booking Holdings invested $500 million into its business. The deal will see Booking Holdings — which was formerly known as Priceline — work closely with Didi to offer its on-demand car services through its Booking.com apps via an integration. Likewise, Didi customers […]

07/17/2018 04:00 AM
Mention Me, the referral marketing platform, raises $7M led by Eight Roads Ventures
Mention Me, the London-headquartered referral marketing platform, has raised $7 million in further funding. The round is led by Eight Roads Ventures and is the first time the five and a half year old company has raised venture capital, having only ever done a small angel round in 2015. That’s noteworthy given the company’s two […]

07/16/2018 11:48 PM
Online learning platform Unacademy gets $21M Series C from Sequoia India, SAIF and Nexus
Bangalore-based Unacademy will add more educators to its online learning platform, which claims to be India’s largest, after closing a $21 million Series C. The funding comes from Sequoia India, SAIF Partners and Nexus Venture Partners, with participation from Blume Ventures (all four firms are returning from Unacademy’s Series B last year). Originally a YouTube […]

07/16/2018 10:54 PM
ClassPass is headed to Asia via an imminent launch in Singapore
U.S fitness startup ClassPass is headed to Asia after it announced plans to go live in Singapore, its first city in the continent. Four-year-old ClassPass allows its users to book fitness classes and packages across a multitude of gyms. The company claims to work with more than 10,000 fitness partners across over 50 cities globally. That’s […]

07/16/2018 08:21 PM
Coinbase reportedly gets approval from U.S. regulators to start listing tokenized securities
Coinbase shared big news Monday that federal regulators are allowing the popular cryptocurrency exchange to proceed with plans to sell cryptocurrency tokens that are deemed securities. Last month, Coinbase acquired Keystone Capital, a California-based FINRA-registered broker-dealer that operates as an alternative trading system. With the announcement, the SF-based cryptocurrency exchange disclosed that it would still need […]

07/16/2018 08:03 PM
Aiming to make billboard advertising more programmatic, Adquick raises $2.1 million
Alexis Ohanian, the co-founder of Initialized Capital and an investor in Adquick, a new service that’s looking to bring billboard advertising into the internet age, bought his last billboard ad just this year. For several years, the Reddit founder had turned to outdoor advertising as a tool to troll politicians and advocate for various positions […]

07/16/2018 05:29 PM
This fan-made Uncharted movie starring Nathan Fillion proves video game movies don’t have to be awful
It’s not exactly a controversial statement: Movies based on video games are, generally, bad. See Assassins Creed. Or that weird mess that was Mortal Kombat: Annihilation. Or that Super Mario movie where Bowser (renamed “President Koopa” for some reason) was basically just a dude with bad hair for half the movie. Turns out, as this live […]

07/16/2018 04:57 PM
Putin proposes a joint cybersecurity group with the US to investigate Russian election meddling
Over the course of Monday’s controversial Helsinki summit, Russian President Vladimir Putin pushed an agenda that would ostensibly see the U.S. and Russia working side by side as allies. The two countries make stranger bedfellows than ever as just days prior, Trump’s own Department of Justice indicted 12 Russian intelligence officials for the infamous 2016 […]

07/16/2018 03:36 PM
Netflix is falling off a cliff
Netflix didn’t add as many subscribers as expected by a bunch of people on Wall Street who, on a quarterly basis, govern whether or not it’ll be more valuable than Comcast — and that is probably a bad thing, as it’s one of the primary indicators of its future potential for said finance folk. While it’s […]

07/16/2018 03:11 PM
Uber is being investigated for gender discrimination in a federal probe
As Uber tries to chart a new course, it still can’t manage to outrun news that paints its corporate culture in an ugly light. As The Wall Street Journal reports, Uber is being investigated by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) for gender disparities pertaining to hiring practices and pay. The EEOC probe began in August […]

07/16/2018 03:06 PM
0x lets any app be the Craigslist of cryptocurrency
Centralized crypto exchanges like Coinbase are easy but expensive because they introduce a middleman. Not-for-profit project 0x allows any developer to quickly build their own decentralized cryptocurrency exchange and decide their own fees. It acts like Craigslist, connecting traders without ever holding the tokens itself. And instead of having to bootstrap their way to enough […]

07/16/2018 02:35 PM
Lyft outlines bike and scooter plans
On the heels of its acquisition of bike-share company Motivate, Lyft is gearing up to fully integrate bicycle and scooter sharing into its app. There’s no word on exactly when this will happen, but it’s likely it will happen soon. Lyft is also investing $1 million to advance transportation equity to people in underserved communities. […]

07/16/2018 02:15 PM
Prime Down: Amazon’s sale day turns into fail day
Update: Here’s how to get around Amazon’s error. Use smile.amazon.com. TechCrunch confirmed this workaround works. It’s not just you. Amazon Prime Day started 15 minutes ago, and so far, it’s not going well for Amazon. The landing page for Prime Day does not work. When most links are clicked, readers are sent to an error […]

07/16/2018 02:00 PM
Nuraphones get active noise cancelling via software update
I like the Nuraphones a lot. In fact, I named the sound-adapting headphones one of my favorite things of 2017. Clearly I’m not alone in that enthusiasm, either — the Melbourne-based startup scored $4.7 million to expand its market early last year. Nura announced this week that it’s making its headphones even better, courtesy of […]

07/16/2018 01:56 PM
CRISPR DNA editing may cause serious genetic damage, researchers warn
CRISPR-Cas9, the gene editing tool that is currently the darling of biotech and many other fields, may not be quite as miraculous as early tests suggested. A new study finds that what scientists thought of as a scalpel may be more like a felling axe, causing damage hundreds of times what was previously observed.

07/16/2018 01:23 PM
Hear BMW’s Dieter May explain the connected car at Disrupt SF 2018
Mobility is undergoing a radical transformation and the topic will be thoroughly examined at Disrupt SF this September. We’re excited to have BMW’s Dieter May speak on the main stage about how the German car company is addressing the connected car while still building, what they say is, the ultimate driving machine. And bonus! May […]

07/16/2018 01:21 PM
Apple’s App Store revenue nearly double that of Google Play in first half of 2018
Apple’s App Store continues to outpace Google Play on revenue. In the first half of the year, the App Store generated nearly double the revenue of Google Play on half the downloads, according to a new report from Sensor Tower out today. In terms of dollars and cents, that’s $22.6 billion in worldwide gross app […]

07/16/2018 01:13 PM
Uber’s head of policy for flying taxis and autonomous vehicles leaves for self-driving car startup Voyage
Uber’s head of policy for autonomous vehicles and urban aviation, Justin Erlich, has left the company to join self-driving car startup Voyage, TechCrunch has learned. “I was really excited at the prospect of joining such a great early stage team, and by its initial focus on deploying in communities who stand to benefit among the […]

07/16/2018 12:56 PM
‘Serious concerns’ at FCC threaten to halt Sinclair-Tribune merger
The FCC has been under serious scrutiny by citizens, advocates, and politicians alike due to its laissez-faire attitude towards, in particular, the proposed Sinclair Broadcasting merger with Tribune. But the agency is showing some backbone today with a no-nonsense declaration that the merger can't go through unless a few "serious concerns" are addressed.