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Tracking Fintech and Crypto at TechCrunch Disrupt

We said we’re coming back big for the first IRL TechCrunch Disrupt since 2019, and we’re not kidding. When the doors open October 18-20, you’ll find more than 100 interviews, panel discussions,

YC batch shows founders remain optimistic about fintech

Taking another look at the recent cohort of startups that went through the American accelerator Y Combinator, you wouldn’t really be able to tell that fintech had lost much of its founder favor.

Argo AI kicks into high gear to build a business out of AV tech

Argo AI, the autonomous vehicle developer backed by Ford and VW Group, revealed this week an ecosystem of products and services designed to support commercial delivery and robotaxi operations. The pro

I’ve missed this feature since OmniWeb was shuttered — Safari 16 just brought it back

Sidebar tabs aren’t a new idea, but they've been sorely lacking among modern browsers.

Apple’s in-app purchase prices jumped 40% year over year, likely tied to privacy changes

It’s become increasingly difficult to estimate how much money Apple’s App Store business makes, as it’s lumped in with other services on Apple’s balance sheet — and becau

TechCrunch+ roundup: Dotcom crash history lessons, post-M&A strategies, climate tech heats up

Today at noon PT/3 pm ET, Anna Barber, partner at M13, will join us on a Twitter Space to talk about how today's startup operators can avoid many of the missteps founders made in past downturns.

What we learned when Twitter whistleblower Mudge testified to Congress

A ticking bomb of security vulnerabilities. Covering up security failures. Duping regulators and misleading lawmakers. These are just some of the allegations when Twitter’s ex-security lead turn

Can this startup solve the HR headache that is digital nomads? It just raised $12M to try

In the new era of remote and hybrid working, companies need to manage people who either relocate or work remotely. For obvious reasons, that has created a huge headache for HR directors. Back in 2014,

HBO and HBO Max nabbed the most wins at this year’s Emmy Awards

HBO and its streaming service HBO Max cleaned up at last night’s Emmy awards, pulling in a dozen wins in the Primetime Emmys, compared with its next nearest rival, Netflix, which had just three.

Maven’s a16z-backed live learning platform pivots from creators to experts

Maven, co-founded by Udemy’s Gagan Biyani and AltMBA’s Wes Kao, began in 2020 with a startup idea that perfectly combined two booming sectors: the creator economy and edtech. The startup sold coho

KKR dives into Avalanche blockchain to tokenize and ‘democratize’ financial services

KKR & Co. is tokenizing a part of one of its private equity funds — a step that may provide institutional private market strategies to more individual investors.

Goldsky raises $20M to bring real-time, on-chain data to crypto companies

Despite well-known volatility in the crypto market, crypto startups building infrastructure to support the industry’s long-term growth have seemed to fare better than their peers. This is especi

Nintendo’s ‘Breath of the Wild’ sequel ‘Tears of the Kingdom’ comes out next May

Nintendo finally revealed a name and a release date for the sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, a game that defined the Nintendo Switch and quickly became one of best-loved, most critic

Lease-to-own fintech startup Kafene raises $18M to battle BNPL

Kafene, a lease-to-own startup aimed at underbanked consumers who don’t have access to traditional credit, raised $18 million in a Series B funding round. While there are similarities to the buy now

4 days left to save up to $1,100 on passes for Disrupt

If you live and breathe the startup life, you can’t afford to miss out on TechCrunch Disrupt October 18–20 in San Francisco. The grand matriarch of tech conferences features revolutionary startups

Nintendo announces new Zelda, Fire Emblem and Pikmin games

This morning’s Nintendo Direct was full of upcoming game announcements, but one in particular stood out to fans: the long-awaited sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is coming to t

Apple releases iOS and macOS fixes to patch a new zero-day under attack

Apple has released another round of security updates to address vulnerabilities in iOS and macOS, including a new zero-day flaw that is being actively exploited by attackers. The zero-day flaw, track

Enterprise e-commerce in 2022: As TAM expands, the platform wars are heating up

2022 is turning out to be a phenomenal year for enterprise e-commerce platforms. The pandemic was a reckoning for corporations ambivalent about e-commerce, and the result of that is evident.

Meta announces Discord-like ‘Community Chats’ on Messenger

Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced this morning that “Community Chats” are coming to Messenger and Facebook Groups. The feature allows large Messenger groups to organize chats into categor

As Apple’s WeatherKit launches, Dark Sky for iOS to wind down operations by year-end

Bad news for Dark Sky users: The popular weather app Apple acquired in March 2020 now has an official shutdown date. According to a notification appearing on the app’s home screen, Dark Sky will
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