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  • VCs give us their predictions for startups and tech in Southeast Asia in 2019
    by Jon Russell on January 23, 2019 at 5:00 am

    The new year is well underway and, before January is out, we polled VCs in Southeast Asia to get their thoughts on what to expect in 2019. The number of VCs in the region has increased massively in recent years, in no small part due to forecasts of growth in the tech space as internet

  • Google launches clean energy project in Taiwan, its first in Asia
    by Catherine Shu on January 23, 2019 at 4:54 am

    Google has launched its first clean energy project in Asia. The company announced today that it struck a long-term agreement to buy the output of a 10-megawatt solar array in Tainan City, Taiwan, about 100 km south of its data center in the country. Google already has solar and wind projects across North and South

  • Uber Rewards is rolling out. Here’s how the perks work
    by Josh Constine on January 23, 2019 at 3:13 am

    Did you blow enough money on Uber to get Diamond status? A lot of users are finding out tonight as Uber rolls out its rider loyalty Rewards program to San Francisco and a slew of other cities. The feature calculates how much you’ve spent on Uber and Uber Eats in the last six months awards

  • Juniper Networks invests $2.5M in enterprise tech accelerator Alchemist
    by Kate Clark on January 23, 2019 at 12:42 am

    Alchemist, which began as an experiment to better promote enterprise entrepreneurs, has morphed into a well-established Silicon Valley accelerator. To prove it, San Francisco-based Alchemist is announcing a fresh $2.5 million investment ahead of its 20th demo day on Wednesday. Juniper Networks, a networking and cybersecurity solutions business, has led the round, with participation from

  • Watch Blue Origin’s 10th New Shepard mission launch a science-loaded capsule to space
    by Devin Coldewey on January 23, 2019 at 12:32 am

    Blue Origin, the rocket company founded by Amazon's Jeff Bezos, is about to undertake the 10th launch of its New Shepard launch vehicle, with its capsule chock full of experiments. The launch, which was originally scheduled for a month ago but delayed for various reasons, will be take place at 6:50 AM Pacific time.

  • Elon Musk says Tesla vehicles will soon get a ‘Sentry Mode’
    by Kirsten Korosec on January 23, 2019 at 12:01 am

    Tesla owners may soon have a way to see (and record) damage that happens to their vehicles when they’re unattended. Tesla will roll out “Tesla Sentry Mode” for all cars with Enhanced Autopilot, CEO Elon Musk said in a tweet Tuesday. Musk didn’t provide any more information about when this feature might be available and

  • Viacom buys the free video streaming service Pluto.tv for $340 million
    by Jonathan Shieber on January 22, 2019 at 11:58 pm

    Viacom is bucking the trend of launching new premium subscription-based entertainment offerings with its bid to acquire Pluto TV for $340 million in cash. It’s a way to distribute the company’s once mighty-with-millennial properties like Cartoon Network, Comedy Central, MTV and BET to an audience that doesn’t pay for cable and boost the audience and reach for

  • Rocket Lab snags DARPA launch contract for first 2019 mission
    by Devin Coldewey on January 22, 2019 at 11:41 pm

    Launch startup Rocket Lab is following the success of its first couple commercial launches by adding a prestigious (and deep-pocketed) new client: DARPA. The New Zealand-based company will send an experimental satellite called R3D2 into low Earth orbit sometime in late February if all goes well. DARPA is of course the Defense Department’s research wing,

  • Police license plate readers are still exposed on the internet
    by Zack Whittaker on January 22, 2019 at 11:26 pm

    Smile! You’re on camera. At least, your license plate is. You might have heard of automatic license plate recognition — known as ALPR (or ANPR in the U.K. for number plates). These cameras are dotted across the U.S., and are controlled mostly by police departments and government agencies to track license plates — and people —

  • Netflix joins the Motion Picture Association of America
    by Anthony Ha on January 22, 2019 at 11:15 pm

    Hollywood’s highest-profile lobbying group, the Motion Picture Association of America, has announced the addition of a new member: Netflix. The trade group’s membership includes the major Hollywood studios, including Disney, Paramount, Sony, Fox, Universal and Warner Bros. Netflix is the first internet streaming service to join. To regular moviegoers, the MPAA is probably best-known (to the

  • Video game revenue tops $43 billion in 2018, an 18% jump from 2017
    by Jonathan Shieber on January 22, 2019 at 11:00 pm

    Video game revenue in 2018 reached a new peak of $43.8 billion, up 18 percent from the previous years, surpassing the projected total global box office for the film industry, according to new data released by the Entertainment Software Association and The NPD Group. Preliminary indicators for global box office revenues published at the end

  • Oracle allegedly withheld $400 million in wages from underrepresented employees
    by Megan Rose Dickey on January 22, 2019 at 10:30 pm

    Oracle has allegedly withheld $400 million in wages from racially underrepresented workers (black, Latinx and Asian) as well as women, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs said in a filing today. The OFCCP is the office within the DOL that enforces equal pay and ensures government contractors comply with anti-discrimination regulation. In

  • Okta appoints former Charles Schwab exec to board of directors
    by Kate Clark on January 22, 2019 at 10:06 pm

    Former Charles Schwab chief marketing officer Becky Saeger becomes Okta's third female board member.

  • Lessons from SpaceX: How to build the next Toyota Camry for space
    by David Riggs on January 22, 2019 at 10:00 pm

    In case you missed it, space is being democratized -- and quickly. But it’s not just students and hobbyists in their garages toying with model rockets anymore.

  • To rebuild satellite communications, Ubiquitilink starts at ground level
    by Devin Coldewey on January 22, 2019 at 8:36 pm

    Communications satellites are multiplying year by year as more companies vie to create an orbital network that brings high-speed internet to the globe. Ubiquitilink, a new company headed by Nanoracks co-founder Charles Miller, is taking a different tack: reinventing the Earthbound side of the technology stack.

  • Google.org donates $2 million to Wikipedia’s parent org
    by Megan Rose Dickey on January 22, 2019 at 8:30 pm

    Google, as well as many other companies, has long relied on Wikipedia for its content. Now, Google and Google.org are giving back. Google.org President Jacquelline Fuller today announced a $2 million contribution to the Wikimedia Endowment. An additional $1.1 million donation went to the Wikimedia Foundation, courtesy of a campaign where Google employees decided where

  • Get ready for TC Sessions: Robotics + AI with highlights from last year’s event
    by Emma Comeau on January 22, 2019 at 8:00 pm

    As we get ready for TechCrunch Sessions: Robotics + AI on April 18 at UC Berkeley, we can’t help but look back at last year’s robotics event. With more than 1,000 attendees, thought-provoking panels and cutting-edge demos, 2018’s TC Sessions: Robotics was pretty great. We’ve compiled some highlights of some of our favorite moments from last

  • Gmail gets a strikethrough button
    by Frederic Lardinois on January 22, 2019 at 7:51 pm

    This is not earth-shattering news by any means, but Google today announced that Gmail is getting a strikethrough button in its formatting bar. In addition, it’s also getting Undo/Redo options and the ability to download emails as .EML files. There really isn’t much more to be said about this, but if you ever wanted to

  • A private equity bet in Latin America proves the strength of fintech investments there
    by Jonathan Shieber on January 22, 2019 at 7:49 pm

    Latin America is getting another fintech unicorn thanks to Advent International’s acquisition of a 51 percent stake of Prisma Medios de Pago, an Argentine payments company formed as a joint venture between Visa International and local banks. The deal, which values Prisma at $1.42 billion, is yet another sign of Latin America’s growing prominence for

  • Report: Zynga founder Mark Pincus is raising up to $700 million for an investment fund
    by Connie Loizos on January 22, 2019 at 7:42 pm

    Zynga founder Mark Pincus is raising up to $700 million for a new investment fund that will focus on publicly traded tech companies in need of strategic restructuring, according to a new report in Axios. It says his new firm is called Reinvent Capital and that Pincus is founding the outfit with hedge fund manager