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Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:
Report: $5.3B was invested in cybersecurity companies in 2018, up 81% from 2016, with California alone accounting for 46% of VC investments worldwide   —  2018 wasn't all bad.  It turned out to be a record year for venture capital firms investing in cybersecurity companies.
Jan 19, 2019, 11:20 AMIn context
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
HyperScience, which uses AI to extract structured data from hand-filled and other business forms, raises $30M Series B, bringing its total raised to $50M   —  HyperScience, the machine learning company that turns human readable data into machine readable data, has today announced the close …
Jan 18, 2019, 8:05 PMIn context
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
Indonesian e-commerce startup Bukalapak, which was valued at $1B last year, raises $50M Series D   —  Chances are you may be familiar with Tokopedia, especially after it commanded a $7 billion valuation last November when it raised $1.1 billion from investors like Alibaba and SoftBank's Vision Fund.
Jan 18, 2019, 3:55 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook confirms it is testing LOL, a feed of funny videos and GIF-like clips pulled from News Feed posts by top meme Pages   —  How do you do fellow kids?  After Facebook Watch, Lasso, and IGTV failed to become hits with teens, the company has been quietly developing another youthful video product.
Jan 18, 2019, 1:22 PMIn context
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Max Schrems files GDPR complaints against Amazon, Apple, Netflix, Spotify, YouTube, others for failing to provide required info about data they collect on users   —  European privacy campaigner Max Schrems has filed a fresh batch of strategic complaints at tech giants, including Amazon, Apple, Netflix, Spotify and YouTube.
Jan 18, 2019, 11:30 AMIn context
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Zipwhip, which provides a platform for businesses to interact with customers by text message, raises $51.5M Series D, bringing the total raised to $92.5M   —  A surge of audio services using AI are giving voice a boost in customer service, but when it comes to communications in the age of mobile …
Jan 18, 2019, 9:25 AMIn context
Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
Hands-on with Nike's $350 Bluetooth-enabled Adapt BB shoe with automated power-lacing, which will allow basketball players to change shoe tightness via an app   —  Nike's Adapt BB shoe has utility for pros, but is also a lens into a connected future  —  Why does the world need a self-lacing shoe?
Jan 18, 2019, 5:00 AMIn context
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Twitter says a bug led to the “Protect your Tweets” setting being disabled for some Android users for almost five years, making their tweets public   —  Twitter accidentally revealed some users' “protected” (aka, private) tweets, the company disclosed this afternoon.
Jan 17, 2019, 2:55 PMIn context
Kate Clark / TechCrunch:
April Underwood, promoted to the role of chief product officer at Slack 10 months ago, is leaving the company to focus on investing   —  Slack is losing its chief product officer April Underwood ahead of a direct listing expected in 2019.  —  Underwood joined Slack, the provider …
Jan 17, 2019, 2:10 PMIn context
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Home improvement platform Pro.com raises $33M Series B, bringing the total raised to $60M   —  Pro.com is basically a general contractor for the age of Uber and Prime Now.  While the company started out as a marketplace for hiring home improvement professionals, it has now morphed …
Jan 17, 2019, 12:30 PMIn context

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