Drone-deployed sterile mosquitoes could check spread of insect-borne illnesses

Drone deployment of sterile mosquitoes could accelerate efforts to control their populations and reduce insect-borne disease, according to a proof of concept experiment by an multi-institutional research team. The improved technique could save thousands of lives. Mosquitoes are a public health hazard around the world, spreading infections like malaria to millions and causing countless deaths […]

San Francisco DA sues DoorDash for classifying delivery workers as independent contractors

DoorDash is facing a lawsuit from San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin for “illegally misclassifying employees as independent contractors,” Boudin tweeted today. In the complaint, Boudin argues DoorDash misclassified its workers and in doing so, engages in unfair labor practices. “Misclassifying workers deprives them of the labor law safeguards to which they are entitled, denying […]

Google kicks The Federalist and ZeroHedge off its ad platform for racist protest content

Google is booting online far-right website The Federalist from its ad platform for publishing content about the ongoing protests against police brutality that violated the company’s rules around content that promotes hate. As NBC News reports, Google determined that both The Federalist and right-wing website ZeroHedge violated its policy against monetizing content that “promotes hatred, […]

Exhibit for free at Disrupt 2020: Apply to TC Top Picks

Looking for a way to get your early-stage startup the massive attention it deserves? Of course, you are. One of the best ways to get in front of thousands of influencers is by exhibiting in Startup Alley during Disrupt 2020. An even better way is to exhibit for free. Take the first step and apply […]

Etsy adds an AR shopping feature on iOS designed for use with wall art

Retailers like Target, Home Depot, Wayfair, IKEA, and others have embraced augmented reality to help shoppers make decisions about products they’re interested in by visualizing the items in their own homes. Today, Etsy is hopping on the AR bandwagon as well, with the launch of an updated iOS app that uses augmented reality features to […]

Degreed lands new cash for upskilling in a down market

While the pace of layoffs might be slowing down, an extended recession is forcing companies to get smarter about the way they grow. One way to stay lean and stealthy? Have a team that is constantly learning and equally flexible. Degreed helps employers do exactly that by connecting employees to learning resources to master new […]

72 hours left to apply to Startup Battlefield at Disrupt 2020

Want to launch your early-stage startup in front of the largest Disrupt audience in history? The opportunity clock is ticking, and you have just 72 hours left for a chance to compete head-to-head against top startups from around the world at Disrupt 2020. Beat the deadline — apply to compete in Startup Battlefield before June […]

Volkswagen sinks another $200 million into solid-state battery company QuantumScape

Volkswagen said Tuesday it has invested another $200 million into QuantumScape, a Stanford University spinout developing solid-state batteries as the automaker bets on a next-generation technology that will unlock longer ranges and faster charging times in electric vehicles. Volkswagen’s relationship with QuantumScape, which had early backing from Kleiner Perkins and Khosla Ventures, actually stretches back to […]

Salt Security closes $20M Series A to help protect APIs

Today Salt Security, a startup that helps companies protect APIs, announced that it has closed a $20 million Series A. The Palo Alto-based company secured the new funds from Tenaya Capital, bringing its total capital raised to around $30 million. The Salt round caught TechCrunch’s eye as it fits reasonably well into a growing trend […]

After merger, T-Mobile lays off hundreds of Sprint employees

In a conference call on Monday lasting under six minutes, T-Mobile vice president James Kirby told hundreds of Sprint employees that their services were no longer needed. He declined to answer his employees’ questions, citing the “personal” nature of employee feedback, and ended the call. TechCrunch obtained leaked audio of that call, which was said […]

How Reliance Jio Platforms became India’s biggest telecom network

It’s raised $5.7 billion from Facebook. It’s taken $1.5 billion from KKR, another $1.5 billion from Vista Equity Partners, $1.5 billion from Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund, $1.35 billion from Silver Lake, $1.2 billion from Mubadala, $870 million from General Atlantic, $750 million from Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, $600 million from TPG, and $250 million from […]

European VC firm Pale Blue Dot plans to fund 40 ‘planet-positive’ startups

Pale Blue Dot, a newly outed European venture capital firm focused on climate tech, announced this week the first closing of its debut fund at €53 million. Targeting pre-seed and seed stage startups, the firm says it will consider software and technology investments with a strong positive climate impact. Current areas of focus include food/agriculture, […]

New sessions announced at TC Early Stage from Dell, Perkins Coie and SVB

Early-stage founders have about a zillion questions and face a battalion of challenges to get their businesses up and running. That’s why we created TechCrunch Early Stage, a two-day, virtual and highly interactive conference that takes place on July 21 – 22. At TC Early Stage, early founders — from pre-seed through Series A — can […]

YouTube’s FameBit rebrands as YouTube BrandConnect, shuts down its self-service program

FameBit, YouTube’s influencer marketing platform acquired by Google in 2016, is today undergoing a rebranding. The new platform will now be called YouTube BrandConnect, and will remain open to eligible creators in the U.S. with over 25,000 subscribers. The update follows FameBit’s recent announcement regarding the closure of its self-service website which allowed creators to […]

Laravel v7.16.0 released

Laravel v7.16.0 is released in 2020/06/16, here are the changes we`ve merged into this release. ## [v7.16.0 (2020-06-16)](https://github.com/laravel/framework/compare/v7.15.0...v7.16.0) ### Added - Added `makeVisibleIf` and `makeHidd...

Daily Crunch: European regulators examine Apple App Store

Apple’s App Store faces antitrust scrutiny, a private space company plans to install a satellite for lunar communication and Boston Dynamics expands availability of its iconic Spot robot. Here’s your Daily Crunch for June 16, 2020. 1. Apple Pay and iOS App Store under formal antitrust probe in Europe The European Commission confirmed that it’s […]

As SaaS stocks retrace highs, a glance at today’s cloud fundamentals

The domestic stock market is advancing today on the back of some better-than-anticipated economic recovery data in the United States. While retail spending is still lower compared to the year-ago period, gains in May from April were better than anticipated. The American stock market, ready to trade higher on any scrap of good news — […]

Dropbox introduces slew of new features for business and home users

Dropbox has always been about file storage, sharing and collaboration, but it wants to stretch beyond those roots and provide customers, especially those using the Dropbox Plus paid tier with a set of additional capabilities that typically would have involved using third-party products. This includes password management, an online vault and full computer backup. While […]

Jupiter wants to put grocery delivery on autopilot

Amid shelter-in-place, grocery delivery has had a huge spike in popularity, leading investors to take a look at services that approach the market differently than incumbents like Instacart. Jupiter is a grocery delivery and meal planning startup that’s approaching the market with an eye towards convenience and automation. The startup is announcing that they’ve raised […]