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Amazon’s Whole Foods now offers one-hour pickup to Prime members at all locations - techcrunch

Amazon’s Whole Foods now offers one-hour pickup to Prime members at all locations

Amazon is now offering Prime members one-hour grocery pickup at all Whole Foods Market locations across the U.S., the company announced this morning. Prime members can use the Amazon app or website to place orders from the Whole Foods Market tab to shop, then select their one-hour pickup window at checkout on orders of $35 […]
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Landing AI launches new visual inspection platform for manufacturers - techcrunch

Landing AI launches new visual inspection platform for manufacturers

As companies manufacturer goods, human inspectors review them for defects. Think of a scratch on smartphone glass or a weakness in raw steel that could have an impact downstream when it gets turned into something else. Landing AI, the company started by former Google and Baidu AI guru Andrew Ng, wants to use AI technology […]
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How Yext reinvented itself on its way to going public - techcrunch

How Yext reinvented itself on its way to going public

Last week, Yext CEO Howard Lerman dropped by Extra Crunch Live for a chat about his former startup, pivoting and becoming the CEO of a public company. Yext, which focuses on business information and enterprise search products, went public in 2017, making it one of the first companies to demo at a TechCrunch event and […]
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TikTok details how it’s taking further action against hateful ideologies - techcrunch

TikTok details how it’s taking further action against hateful ideologies

TikTok said on Wednesday it’s strengthening its enforcement actions against hate speech and hateful ideologies to include “neighboring ideologies,” like white nationalism and others, as well as statements that emerge from those ideologies. In a blog post, TikTok explained that it regularly evaluates its enforcement processes with the help of global experts to determine when […]
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SoftBank’s $100 million diversity and inclusion fund makes its first bet … in health Vitable Health - techcrunch

SoftBank’s $100 million diversity and inclusion fund makes its first bet … in health Vitable Health

SoftBank’s Opportunity Growth Fund has made the health insurance startup Vitable Health the first commitment from its $100 million fund dedicated to investing in startups founded by entrepreneurs of color. The Philadelphia-based company, which recently launched from Y Combinator, is focused on bringing basic health insurance to underserved and low-income communities. Founded by Joseph Kitonga, […]
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GamesBeat and Facebook partner on the next big gaming event - venture beat

GamesBeat and Facebook partner on the next big gaming event

From major ad ecosystem changes to the imminent arrival of the metaverse, the gaming world is flush with change that industry folk need to pay attention to. That's why GamesBeat, VentureBeat’s dedicated gaming channel, is excited to partner with Facebook Gaming and Facebook Audience Network to bring an important new gaming industry event to life.
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AOC’s Among Us stream topped 435,000 concurrent viewers - techcrunch

AOC’s Among Us stream topped 435,000 concurrent viewers

Last night, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez went live on Twitch to stream Among Us with a handful of superstar streamers. The purpose of the stream, which drew a massive crowd, was to get out the vote as we head into the general election. At its peak, the stream drew a concurrent viewership of 435,000+ people, and […]
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Anyscale adds $40M to bring its Ray-based distributed computing tech to the enterprise masses - techcrunch

Anyscale adds $40M to bring its Ray-based distributed computing tech to the enterprise masses

The world of distributed computing took on a new profile this year when Folding@home, a 20-year-old distributed computing project, found itself picking up thousands of new volunteers to help Covid-19 researchers generate more computing power to fold proteins and run other calculations needed for screening potential drug compounds to fight the novel coronavirus. Today, a […]
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PayPal to let you buy and sell cryptocurrencies in the US - techcrunch

PayPal to let you buy and sell cryptocurrencies in the US

PayPal has partnered with cryptocurrency company Paxos to launch a new service. PayPal users in the U.S. will soon be able to buy, hold and sell cryptocurrencies. More countries are coming soon. PayPal plans to support Bitcoin, Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash and Litecoin at first. You’ll be able to connect to your PayPal account to buy […]
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Ford outs 4th-gen self-driving platform with better sensors, cleaning tech, and improved batteries - techcrunch

Ford outs 4th-gen self-driving platform with better sensors, cleaning tech, and improved batteries

Ford and Argo AI today released details about its fourth-generation self-driving test vehicle. Built on the 2020 Ford Escape Hybrid, the vehicle has everything needed to standup a self-driving service, the Detroit automaker said. It’s equipped with an improved battery system, new sensors, and sensor cleaning technology. The previous three generations of test vehicles used […]
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Adobe’s Project Sharp Shots uses AI to deblur your videos with one click - techcrunch

Adobe’s Project Sharp Shots uses AI to deblur your videos with one click

Every year at its MAX user conference, Adobe shows off a number of research projects that may or may not end up in its Creative Cloud apps over time. One new project that I hope we’ll soon see in its video apps is Project Sharp Shots, which will make its debut later today during the […]
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Syte, an e-commerce visual search platform, gets $30 million Series C to expand in the U.S. and Asia - techcrunch

Syte, an e-commerce visual search platform, gets $30 million Series C to expand in the U.S. and Asia

Tel Aviv-based visual search and product discovery platform Syte, already used by brands like Farfetch and Fashion Nova, plans to expand in the United States and Asia-Pacific region after its latest funding. The startup announced today it has raised a $30 million Series C, with an additional $10 million in debt. The round was led […]
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June’s third-gen smart oven goes up for pre-order, starting at $599 - techcrunch

June’s third-gen smart oven goes up for pre-order, starting at $599

2020 is June’s time to shine. With an increasing number of people stuck and home, trying (and often failing) to fend for themselves in their kitchen, the smart oven startup has a solid opportunity to considerably expand its users base. “The rise in at-home cooking has caused us to reevaluate June’s cook-programs to achieve more […]
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Road trippers can rejoice as RVShare raises over $100 million to grow its RV rental business - techcrunch

Road trippers can rejoice as RVShare raises over $100 million to grow its RV rental business

As continentally confined Americans look for domestic vacation options that won’t expose them to too much risk of infection from the pandemic that’s still raging across the country, the RV rental company RVshare has raised over $100 million to capitalize on its historic opportunity. The company’s new cash has come from the private equity firms […]
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Study finds most big open-source startups outside Bay Area, many European, and avoiding VC - techcrunch

Study finds most big open-source startups outside Bay Area, many European, and avoiding VC

Over 90% of the fastest-growing open-source companies in 2020 were founded outside the San Francisco Bay Area, and 12 out of the top 20 originate in Europe, according to a new study. The “ROSS Index”, created by Runa Capital lists the fastest-growing open-source startups with public repositories on Github every quarter. Interestingly, the company judged […]
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Watch the trailer for ‘First Person,’ a climate-focused series shot on Snapchat Spectacles - techcrunch

Watch the trailer for ‘First Person,’ a climate-focused series shot on Snapchat Spectacles

Snapchat is about to launch “First Person,” the first of its original series to be shot on Snapchat Spectacles. The idea of filming a documentary using AR-centric eyewear might sound gimmicky, but “First Person” is tackling a weighty topic: climate change. The series is produced by journalist Yusuf Omar (who said he’s been wearing Spectacles […]
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Political strategist turned tech investor Bradley Tusk on SPACs as a tool for VCs - techcrunch

Political strategist turned tech investor Bradley Tusk on SPACs as a tool for VCs

Bradley Tusk has become known in recent years for being involved in what’s about to get hot, from his early days advising Uber, to writing one of the first checks to the insurance startup Lemonade, to pushing forward the idea that we should be using the smart devices in our pockets to vote. Indeed, because […]
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Watch GM unveil the $80,000 GMC Hummer EV right here - techcrunch

Watch GM unveil the $80,000 GMC Hummer EV right here

GM just took the wraps off the Hummer EV and it looks great. The vehicle is coming to dealers in 2022, with pre-orders starting in 2021. You can watch the unveiling here. The vehicle is detailed here. With 1,000 HP, 350 mile range, and autonomous drive modes, it’s an impressive vehicle though still significantly more […]
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AOC aims to get out the vote by streaming Among Us with pokimane and HasanAbi - techcrunch

AOC aims to get out the vote by streaming Among Us with pokimane and HasanAbi

We are about seven months into a pandemic and just two weeks from a presidential election. At this point, surprises are a dime a dozen. So it should feel very 2020 that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is about to stream Among Us, the hit game of 2020, on Twitch alongside mega-streamer pokimane and political analyst HasanAbi. […]
techcrunch - 14 hours ago
Feast your eyes on the all-new, all-electric GMC Hummer EV - techcrunch

Feast your eyes on the all-new, all-electric GMC Hummer EV

GMC has a new all-electric version of its classic Hummer oversized SUV. This thing is a beast, as you might expect, with an advertised 350-mile range and a 3-second zero to 60 mph time. It’s a bit ridiculous to be honest, which is kind of what the Hummer has always been about so that makes […]
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Three views on the future of media startups

Three views on the future of media startups

techcrunch - 4 days ago

The Equity crew this week chewed through a trio of media stories, each dealing with private companies and their successes. The Wall Street Journal recently reported that Axios was growing rapidly and near profitability. The paper also broke news that Morning Brew might exit to Business Insider for a hefty $75 million potential payout. Meanwhile, we covered the news that The Juggernaut raised $2 million for its paywalled publication focused on South Asian news.

The conversation, as a result, was a fairly indulgent and nerdy affair. Its always fun to celebrate other journalists finding success in different ways, and this week felt like a moment for the media news landscape. Because the topic is so near to our hearts, for better or worse, were fitting our broader thoughts into this post about the future of media.

Our own Natasha Mascarenhas writes about how inequity in media and who gets to succeed, Danny Crichton has some pretty strong feelings about digital advertising and Alex Wilhelm writes about how the varied methods of recent media success are themselves heartening.

So this weekend lets pause for a minute to ruminate on the upstart media world, a place where too often private capital and media economics have had a falling out.

Natasha Mascarenhas

This week, it was announced that advertising might not be a bad idea after all. Axios is reportedly expected to become profitable this year, and Morning Brew, a free newsletter about business insights, could get acquired for between $50 million to $75 million by Business Insider. Both of these media companies make money off of newsletters. And if you end the story there, its clear that news isnt simply a fundamental aspect of our democracy — it makes money, too.

But, the story shouldnt end there.

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