When TrackR raised $50 million from investors that included Amazon a year ago, the Santa Barbara startup made a big splash in the growing market for small connected dongles that you could attach to “dumb” objects like keys to keep tabs on their location. But times for the company have been challenging since then. It's weathered layoffs; a succession of natural disasters; and its co-founders stepping away from exec roles as CEO and president. Those [...]
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I miss the old MacBook Pro. Remember when the MacBook Pro had a good keyboard? Or an SD Card slot? Or an escape key? I miss the time when the MacBook Pro was 2mm thicker than the current version but had a full-size USB port. Remember the wonder of MagSafe? Or the glory that was using a MacBook Pro outside because of the matte screen? Remember when the power adapter for Apple's laptops had little fold-out [...]
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Investigators are looking into the possibility that the missing journalist's remains may have been taken to a forest outside Istanbul or to another city. [...]
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The bot operation reportedly urged people to question news accounts suggesting Saudi involvement in the journalist's disappearance. [...]
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One of France's top ministers joins a list of politicians and business executives no longer visiting the country for an investment summit. [...]
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Startup funding hasn't changed much in the past decade. Funderbeam is an interesting company trying to turn everything upside down using a marketplace approach, a modern syndication system and a blockchain-based platform. I'm excited to announce that Funderbeam founder and CEO Kaidi Ruusalepp will come to TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin. The first boom of venture capital of the 1980s changed everything in the tech industry. Countless of tech startups managed to get funding, grow and make [...]
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Want to pitch a venture capitalist? You'll need a “warm introduction” first. At least that's what most in the business will advise. Find a person, typically a man, who made the VC you're interested in pitching a whole bunch of money at some point and have them introduce you. Why? Because VCs love people who've made them money; naturally, they'll be willing to hear you out if you've got at least one money maker on your [...]
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Brisbane, California based e-motorcycle startup Alta Motors has ceased operations, TechCrunch has confirmed. Earlier today Asphalt and Rubber — and several subsequent outlets — reported the company stopped operating this morning, fired its staff, and may be looking for a buyer. Alta has yet to comment on the situation. “As of this morning I no longer represent Alta Motors so I'm not in a position to speak on it,” a former Alta Motors spokesperson told TechCrunch [...]
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Everyone knows about the space pen. NASA spent millions on R&D to create the ultimate pen that would work in zero gravity and the result was this incredible machine. Well, no. In fact it was made by a pen manufacturer in 1966 — but it wasn't until October of 1968 that it went into orbit and fulfilled its space pen destiny. The pen was created by pen maker (naturally) Paul Fisher, who used $1 million [...]
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The proposed ban would prevent teachers, police officers, judges and certain other public servants from wearing religious clothing on the job. [...]
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