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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Instagram confirms it's testing a feature that allows cross-posting of Stories to WhatsApp as a Status   —  Last October, Facebook extended the usage (and flexibility) of Instagram Stories — the Snapchat-like feature that lets you patch together photos and videos into a slide show …
Jan 4, 2018, 12:35 PMIn context
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
WordPress host WP Engine raises $250M from Silver Lake to fund international expansion, says it has $100M in annual revenue and 75K users, up 30% YoY   —  While apps continue to grow in popularity as a primary route for people to interface with the digital world, there remains a very significant role …
Jan 4, 2018, 12:10 PMIn context
Megan Rose Dickey / TechCrunch:
Mesh Wi-Fi startup Eero lays off 20% of its workforce, or ~30 staff, as it shifts priorities to its core business; Eero was launched in 2015, has raised $90M   —  Eero, the mesh Wi-Fi router startup, has laid off 20 percent of its workforce (about 30 employees), TechCrunch has learned.
Jan 4, 2018, 1:50 AMIn context
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Apple announces that its $99 developer program membership is now available at no cost to nonprofits, accredited educational institutions, government entities   —  Apple announced today it will begin allowing select publishers to waive the membership fees associated with its App Developer Program.
Jan 3, 2018, 9:00 PMIn context
Ron Miller / TechCrunch:
Rubikloud, which builds SaaS products to help retailers modernize, raises $37M Series B led by Intel Capital   —  The retail industry is one that's rife for disruption by technology.  Under intense pressure from giants like Amazon and Walmart, retailers are often stuck using legacy systems …
Jan 3, 2018, 2:45 PMIn context
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Reports: China's Didi is in talks to buy Brazil's ride-hailing service 99 in deal that values it at $1B   —  A year ago, Didi made a big move into Brazil when it laid down over $100 million to take a stake in 99, a local competitor to Uber in the app-based ride hailing market.
Jan 3, 2018, 10:45 AMIn context
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Roku launches licensing program for manufacturing partners to use its voice assistant with smart speakers, smart soundbars, and other home audio systems   —  Roku, which sells the most popular brand of streaming media players in the U.S., is now aiming to carve out a niche for itself as the voice control platform for home entertainment.
Jan 3, 2018, 9:20 AMIn context
Alice Lloyd George / TechCrunch:
Q&A with CEO of Zipline, the Sequoia and a16z-backed startup delivering 20% of national blood supply via drones in Rwanda, as it expands operations to Tanzania   —  Alice Lloyd George  —  It's that time of year again.  Sleigh bells overhead and our jolly, bearded benefactor wafting gifts …
Jan 2, 2018, 10:05 PMIn context
Brian Heater / TechCrunch:
Apple buys buddybuild, an app development service with about 40 employees based in Vancouver, and will roll its product into Xcode   —  Apple continues to ramp up its efforts to court developers by making it easier to create and iterate their apps for its platforms.
Jan 2, 2018, 3:30 PMIn context
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Amazon says it shipped 5B+ items with Prime in 2017 and that more new members joined Prime worldwide in 2017 than any other year   —  Amazon still won't officially reveal how many consumers worldwide participate in its Amazon Prime membership program, but it did today offer a few new stats related to that program's adoption and growth.
Jan 2, 2018, 1:10 PMIn context

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