The Electric Scooter Wars Of 2019


After delays, noise-adapting NuraLoop earbuds are coming soon and sound great: Brian Heater



A few buffet mistakes aside, NuraLoop were the biggest disappointment of my 2019 CES. When the headphones showed up at the show as dummy units, it hurt my heart a little. The original Nuraphones made an appearance on my 2017 best of the year list, and the ide…

This Week in Apps: Apple's record holiday, Pokémon Go's staying power, a spying tool gets the boot: Sarah Perez



Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the Extra Crunch series that recaps the latest OS news, the applications they support and the money that flows through it all. The app industry is as hot as ever with a record 203 billion downloads in 2019 and $119 billion i…

The electric scooter wars of 2019: Megan Rose Dickey



Throughout 2019, a number of mobility companies launched in additional markets, while many pulled out of areas that no longer served them. Meanwhile, transportation startups continued to raise more money even as they laid off employees, a sign that industry c…

At CES, companies slowly start to realize that privacy matters: Romain Dillet



Every year, Consumer Electronics Show attendees receive a branded backpack, but this year’s edition was special; made out of transparent plastic, the bag’s contents were visible without the wearer needing to unzip. It isn’t just a fashion decision. Over the y…

Shapemeasure’s lasers and automation let carpenters measure once and cut never – TechCrunch:



It would be nice in construction jobs if everything was perfectly squared off in standard sizes, but it rarely is. Shapemeasure uses a custom-built lidar unit to very precisely measure the dimensions of a project, like stairs or cabinets, including nearly inv…

Waymo's Anca Dragan and Ike Robotics CTO Jur van den Berg are coming to TC Sessions: Robotics + AI: Kirsten Korosec



The road to “solving” self-driving cars is riddled with challenges from perception and decision making to figuring out the interaction between human and robots. Today we’re announcing that joining us at TC Sessions: Robotics+AI on March 3 at UC Berkeley are t…

In the future, everyone will be famous for 15 followers: David Teten



Celebrities or influencers with millions of followers have a large service industry and tech stack to serve their needs. But the standard toolkit of a microinfluencer is still evolving.

Amazon fires employees for leaking customer email addresses and phone numbers: Zack Whittaker



Amazon has fired a number of employees after they shared customer email address and phone numbers with a third-party “in violation of our policies.” The email to customers sent Friday afternoon, seen by TechCrunch, said an employee was “terminated” for sharin…

A billion medical images are exposed online, as doctors ignore warnings: Zack Whittaker



Despite warnings from security researchers, the number of exposed images has risen.

Cross-border investments aren’t dead, they’re getting smarter: Yohei Nakajima



In recent years, the venture capital and startup worlds have seen a significant shift towards globalization. More and more startups are going global and breaking borders.



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