- Daily Crunch: Zoom adds end-to-end encryption to free callsby Anthony Ha on October 27, 2020 at 10:22 pm
Zoom adds a much-requested feature (but with a catch), TikTok partners with Shopify and Jack Dorsey lays out his argument for tomorrow’s Senate hearing. This is your Daily Crunch for October 27, 2020. The big story: Zoom adds end-to-end encryption to free calls Zoom was criticized earlier this […]
- The GOP Makes an Unlikely Closing Pitch: Amend Section 230by Gilad Edelman on October 27, 2020 at 8:54 pm
Mark Zuckerberg, Sundar Pichai, and Jack Dorsey will testify Wednesday on a niche internet law less than a week before Election Day. How did we get here?
- The Backbone One Takes iPhone Gaming to New Levelsby Louryn Strampe on October 27, 2020 at 4:00 pm
This iPhone controller and its app are so immersive and well designed, I forgot I was playing on my phone.
- Rockset announces $40M Series B as data analytics solution gains momentumby Ron Miller on October 27, 2020 at 3:50 pm
Rockset, a cloud-native analytics company, announced a $40 million Series B investment today led by Sequoia with help from Greylock, the same two firms that financed its Series A. The startup has now raised a total of $61.5 million, according to the company. As co-founder and CEO Venkat […]
- Lightyear scores $3.7M seed to digitize networking infrastructure procurementby Ron Miller on October 27, 2020 at 2:00 pm
Lightyear, a New York City startup that wants to make it easier for large companies to procure networking infrastructure like internet and SD-WAN, announced a $3.7 million seed round today. Amplo led the round with help from Susa Ventures, Ludlow Ventures, Mark Cuban, David Adelman and Operator […]
- Vimeo introduces free video messaging with Vimeo Recordby Anthony Ha on October 27, 2020 at 2:00 pm
Vimeo Record is a new product that allows teams to communicate through video messages. Vimeo CEO Anjali Sud said that while the pandemic has prompted many offices to embrace digital communication tools like Zoom, “There’s a whole host of work communication that needs asynchronous messaging.” […]
- The Science That Spans #MeToo, Memes, and Covid-19by C. Brandon Ogbunu on October 27, 2020 at 1:00 pm
The theory underlying network science predates the internet. But in 2020, it became essential to understanding our interconnected world.
- The Queer Appeal of Dead by Daylightby Reece Rogers on October 27, 2020 at 1:00 pm
Is the LGBTQIA+ community a driving force behind the popularity of this asymmetrical multiplayer horror game?
- SimilarWeb raises $120M for its AI-based market intelligence platform for sites and appsby Ingrid Lunden on October 27, 2020 at 12:11 pm
Israeli startup SimilarWeb has made a name for itself with an AI-based platform that lets sites and apps track and understand traffic not just on their own sites, but those of its competitors. Now, it’s taking the next step in its growth. The startup has raised $120 million, funding it will use […]
- These Oceanographers Want to Turn Marine Slime Into Drugsby Eric Niiler on October 27, 2020 at 12:00 pm
A California team will use a robotic vehicle to study tiny seafloor creatures, hoping they might yield new compounds to fight viruses and cancer.
- The Chromecast With Google TV Is a Welcome Streaming Upgradeby Medea Giordano on October 27, 2020 at 12:00 pm
The newest Chromecast comes with a remote and has Google TV built in—which makes it way easier to navigate a sea of streaming apps.
- AMD grabs Xilinx for $35 billion as chip industry consolidation continuesby Ron Miller on October 27, 2020 at 11:59 am
The chip industry consolidation dance continued this morning as AMD has entered into an agreement to buy Xilinx for $35 billion, giving the company access to a broad set of specialized workloads. AMD sees this deal as combining two companies that complement each other’s strengths without […]
- What Comes After the International Space Station?by Daniel Oberhaus on October 27, 2020 at 11:00 am
Funding for the world's premiere orbital laboratory won't last forever. Its end could usher in a new era of commercial space stations.
- Why So Many Esports Pros Come From South Koreaby Jonathan Lee on October 27, 2020 at 11:00 am
If there’s a competitive mode, you'll find Korean players at the top of the charts. But the reasons have less to do with esports and more to do with culture and class.
- To Save the Planet, Get More EVs Into Used Car Lotsby Aarian Marshall on October 27, 2020 at 11:00 am
To reduce carbon emissions, electric vehicles need to stay on the road as long as possible. That means developing a robust trade in secondhand cars.
- A Hacker Is Threatening to Leak Patients' Therapy Notesby Lily Hay Newman on October 26, 2020 at 9:48 pm
An extortionist has turned a breach of Finland's Vastaamo mental health services provider into a nightmare for victims.
- The Russian Hackers Playing 'Chekhov's Gun' With US Targetsby Andy Greenberg on October 26, 2020 at 8:41 pm
Berserk Bear has had plenty of opportunity to cause serious trouble. So why hasn't it yet?
- Freshworks (re-)launches its CRM serviceby Frederic Lardinois on October 26, 2020 at 6:56 pm
Freshworks, the customer and employee engagement company that offers a range of products, from call center and customer support software to HR tools and marketing automation services, today announced the launch of its newest product: Freshworks CRM. The new service, which the company built on top […]
- DataFleets keeps private data useful and useful data private with federated learning and $4.5M seedby Devin Coldewey on October 26, 2020 at 6:40 pm
As you may already know, there’s a lot of data out there, and some of it could actually be pretty useful. But privacy and security considerations often put strict limitations on how it can be used or analyzed. DataFleets promises a new approach by which databases can be safely accessed and […]
- Anatomy Opens the Creaking Door to Haunted House Talesby Julie Muncy on October 26, 2020 at 6:09 pm
Kitty Horroshow’s game dissects why a home can feel so familiar—and terrifying.
- The No-Code Generation is arrivingby Danny Crichton on October 26, 2020 at 4:26 pm
In the distant past, there was a proverbial “digital divide” that bifurcated workers into those who knew how to use computers and those who didn’t. Young Gen Xers and their later millennial companions grew up with Power Macs and Wintel boxes, and that experience made them native users on […]
- There May Be Far More Water on the Moon Than NASA Thoughtby Daniel Oberhaus on October 26, 2020 at 4:00 pm
A new pair of studies reveals that the resource isn’t limited to large shadowy craters. That's good news for the upcoming crewed missions.
- SAP shares fall sharply after COVID-19 cuts revenue, profit forecast at software giantby Ron Miller on October 26, 2020 at 2:44 pm
SAP announced its Q3 earnings yesterday, with its aggregate results down across the board. And after missing earnings expectations, the company also revised its 2021 outlook down. The combined bad news spooked investors, crashing its shares by more than 20% in pre-market trading, and the stock […]
- Upon My Death, Play the Following Messagesby Arielle Pardes on October 26, 2020 at 2:13 pm
A startup called Memories lets you record videos to be sent posthumously—one of many companies seeking to give you more control over your ending.
- Dropbox begins shift to high-efficiency Western Digital Shingled Magnetic Recording disksby Ron Miller on October 26, 2020 at 1:26 pm
Last year, Dropbox talked about making a shift to Shingled Magnetic Recording, or SMR disks for short, because of the efficiency they can give a high-volume storage platform like theirs. Today, Western Digital announced that Dropbox was one of the first companies to qualify their Ultrastar® DC […]
- Boston Dynamics’ Robots Won’t Take Our Jobs … Yetby Lauren Goode on October 26, 2020 at 1:22 pm
On this week’s Get WIRED podcast, writer Matt Simon talks about Spot the dog and SpaceX with Marc Raibert.
- Pandemic Quiet Is Helping Humans Eavesdrop on Rare Dolphinsby Ronan O'Connell on October 26, 2020 at 1:00 pm
Researchers are hoping to use the opportunity to get a better handle on the language of Australia’s endangered Burrunan dolphins.
- Wikipedia's Plan to Resist Election Day Misinformationby Noam Cohen on October 26, 2020 at 1:00 pm
The encyclopedia is determined to emerge from the insanity of a pandemic and a polarizing election with its information and reputation intact.
- How to Get the Most Out of Virtual Doctors' Visitsby Julie Charnet on October 26, 2020 at 1:00 pm
Online health care has become a part of pandemic life—and your remote appointments can be easier to navigate than you'd think.
- How to Carve a Pumpkin—From a Pro Sculptorby Adrienne So on October 26, 2020 at 12:00 pm
We asked a master sculptor and puppeteer how to make a scary-good jack-o-lantern.
- Google's Lower-Cost Pixel Gets a 5G Upgrade. Here's Our Takeby Julian Chokkattu on October 26, 2020 at 12:00 pm
The company's two Pixel 4A options are the top Android phones to buy if you don't want to splurge.
- Extra Crunch Partner Perk: Get 6 months free of Zendesk Support and Sales CRMby J.M. Donaldson on October 22, 2020 at 10:44 pm
We’re excited to announce an update to the Extra Crunch Partner Perk from Zendesk. Starting today, annual and two-year Extra Crunch members that are new to Zendesk, and meet their startup qualifications, can now receive six months of free access to Zendesk’s Sales CRM, in addition to Zendesk […]
- Customer experience and digital transformation concepts are merging during the pandemicby Ron Miller on October 22, 2020 at 4:32 pm
Customer experience and digital transformation are two terms we’ve been hearing about for years, but have often remained nebulous in many organizations — something to aspire to perhaps, but not take completely seriously. Yet the pandemic has been a forcing event for both concepts, thrusting the […]
- Harness delivers enterprise continuous integration on heels of Drone.io acquisitionby Ron Miller on October 22, 2020 at 4:00 pm
In August, Harness made its first acquisition when it bought open-source continuous integration startup Drone.io. The company didn’t waste any time building on that purchase, announcing a new enterprise continuous integration tool today to go alongside the open-source project Drone has been […]
- Facebook adds hosting, shopping features and pricing tiers to WhatsApp Businessby Ingrid Lunden on October 22, 2020 at 1:00 pm
Facebook has been making a big play to be a go-to partner for small and medium businesses that use the internet to interface with the wider world, and its messaging platform WhatsApp, with some 50 million businesses and 175 million people messaging them (and more than 2 billion users overall) has […]
- Secureframe raises $4.5M to help businesses speed up their compliance auditsby Frederic Lardinois on October 21, 2020 at 5:00 pm
While certifications for security management practices like SOC 2 and ISO 27001 have been around for a while, the number of companies that now request that their software vendors go through (and pass) the audits to be in compliance with these continues to increase. For a lot of companies, that’s […]
- Contrast launches its security observability platformby Frederic Lardinois on October 21, 2020 at 5:00 pm
Contrast, a developer-centric application security company with customers that include Liberty Mutual Insurance, NTT Data, AXA and Bandwidth, today announced the launch of its security observability platform. The idea here is to offer developers a single pane of glass to manage an application’s […]
- Wrike launches new AI tools to keep your projects on trackby Frederic Lardinois on October 21, 2020 at 4:00 pm
Project management service Wrike today announced at its user conference a major update to its platform that includes a lot of new AI smarts for keeping individual projects on track and on time, as well as new solutions for marketers and project management offices in large corporations. In addition, […]
- Lessons from Datto’s IPO pricing and revenue multipleby Alex Wilhelm on October 21, 2020 at 3:56 pm
Last night Datto priced its IPO at $27 per share, the top end of its range that TechCrunch covered last week. The data and security-focused software company had targeted a $24 to $27 per-share IPO price range, meaning that its final per-share value was at the top of its estimates. The Exchange […]
- Egnyte introduces new features to help deal with security/governance during pandemicby Ron Miller on October 20, 2020 at 5:28 pm
The pandemic has put stress on companies dealing with a workforce that is mostly — and sometimes suddenly — working from home. That has led to rising needs for security and governance tooling, something that Egnyte is looking to meet with new features aimed at helping companies cope with file […]
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