Elon Musk said Thursday via a tweet that he will donate $100 million towards a prize for the best carbon capture technology. Am donating $100M towards a prize for best carbon capture technology — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 21, 2021The broad definition of...
Facebook's disinformation problem is not the result of a few bad apples. So argue two members of Congress in a scathing letter aimed at the tech giant. Addressed directly to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, the letter makes clear that the Representatives hold...
eSports “total solutions provider” VSPN (Versus Programming Network) has closed a $60 million Series B+ funding round, joined by Prospect Avenue Capital (PAC), Guotai Junan International and Nan Fung Group. VSPN facilitates esports competitions in China, wh...
Google’s parent firm Alphabet is done exploring with the idea of using giant balloons to beam high-speed internet in remote parts of the world. The firm said on Thursday evening that it was winding down Loon after it could not find a sustainable business mo...
There are way more options for people who menstruate today than there were when I first started my period — everything from period underwear and reusable pads to menstrual discs and cups. In my search to find the best alternatives to tampons, I tried out se...
TC: You’re a Bay Area-based company selling to a mostly U.S. audience. AD: We break down lifetime value projections by quarter cohorts, and quarter over quarter, year over year, we’re monetizing each of these cohorts better, with high margin profiles. As of...
The only take about the future of media is that media is the futureHello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This week we — Natasha and Danny and Alex and Grace — had mo...
A new report suggests there’s a pricey Apple VR headset in the works, Facebook’s Oversight Board will examine one of the social network’s most consequential decisions and we review the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra. This is your Daily Crunch for January 21, 2021...
A couple of months ago at CNBC’s Transform conference, IBM CEO Arvind Krishna painted a picture of a company in the midst of a transformation. He said that he wanted to take advantage of IBM’s $34 billion 2018 Red Hat acquisition to help customers manage a...
A federal judge has denied an attempt by conservative social network Parler to force Amazon to host it on AWS. On the question of antitrust, Parler fell far short of demonstrating anything at all, let alone collusion in breach of the Sherman Act. The eviden...
Through the newly launched app, Beeper, users can connect with 15 different messaging services, including WhatsApp, Telegram, Signal, Instagram and Twitter DMs, Messenger, Skype, Hangouts and others — even, through a few tricks, iMessage. Migicovsky says he...
The U.S. is no longer acting like an insolent child peeing in a swimming pool. On Nov. 4, 2020, the Trump administration quit the Paris Agreement, becoming the only nation to leave the world's most important effort to curb Earth's relentless warming. Crucia...
Late last year, Solugen, a startup using synthetic biology to take hydrocarbons out of the chemicals industry, decided against pursuing a new round of funding that would have valued the company at over $1 billion, TechCrunch has learned. If Solugen can get...
The Biden administration has officially appointed Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel acting FCC Chairwoman, making her the first woman to hold the position, and she will likely be nominated to fill the position formally later in the year. With her record of s...
Regulators may still want to imply Bitcoin is merely a tool for criminals, but for many middle-class users, it’s proving to be a lifeline. Until 2020, Saeed, who asked to be identified only by his first name, was a software engineer in Iran whose salary bar...
Remember when Michael Scott ordered pizza from Pizza by Alfredo's instead of Alfredo's Pizza Cafe? It was mistake of epic proportions, and not just because Pizza by Alfredo's pizza tastes like a circle of hot garbage. The mixup also ended with a coupon disa...
Omnipresent, which helps companies employ remote-working local teams worldwide, has closed a $15.8M Series A funding round. The fundraise was led by an undisclosed investor with participation from existing investors, Episode 1, Playfair Capital and Truesigh...
Donald Trump was banned from Facebook after his supporters stormed the Capitol. Now the company's CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, is outsourcing the decision on whether the former president will stay that way. Facebook announced Thursday that its "Oversight Board" wo...
Instacart plans to lay off nearly 2,000 of its workers, including the ten workers from the Kroger-owned Mariano’s who unionized early last year, Vice reports. According to Vice, ten of the workers affected unionized with the United Food and Commercial Worke...
Spotify continues to enlist big names for its podcasting efforts. The latest: Filmmaker Ava DuVernay and her arts collective Array. DuVernay has directed theatrically released films including “Selma” and “A Wrinkle in Time,” but she also made “13th” and “Wh...