Lyft reaches adjusted profitability milestone despite continuing net losses – TechCrunch

Reading Time: 9 minutes Today after the bell, U.S. ride-hailing company Lyft reported its second quarter financial performance. In aggregate the company’s performance was a rebound from the year-ago second quarter, which was heavily impacted by the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting lockdowns in the United States. Lyft also managed to produce positive adjusted EBITDA in the … Read more

Demand Curve: Tested tactics for growing newsletters – TechCrunch

Reading Time: 19 minutes Stewart Hillhouse Contributor Stewart Hillhouse writes actionable growth marketing insights as senior content lead at Demand Curve. By night, he interviews marketers and creatives on his podcast, Top Of Mind. Before getting into marketing, Stewart was a semi-professional lumberjack. He also writes at More posts by this contributor Demand Curve: Questions you need to … Read more

Embodied AI, superintelligence and the master algorithm – TechCrunch

Reading Time: 5 minutes What will take us from potential to reality in the next 18 months? Chris Nicholson Contributor More posts by this contributor UPDATED: Machine learning can fix Twitter, Facebook, and maybe even America Superintelligence, roughly defined as an AI algorithm that can solve all problems better than people, will be a watershed for humanity and tech. … Read more

India’s BharatPe valued at $2.85 billion in Tiger Global-led $370 million funding – TechCrunch

Reading Time: 6 minutes Indian fintech startup BharatPe has raised $370 million in a new round of financing as it looks to aggressively scale its business in the next two years. It’s the nineteenth Indian startup to become a unicorn this year (up from 11 last year) as several high-profile global investors double down in the South Asian market. … Read more

Security flaws found in popular EV chargers – TechCrunch

Reading Time: 10 minutes U.K. cybersecurity company Pen Test Partners has identified several vulnerabilities in the APIs of six home electric vehicle charging brands and a large public EV charging network. While the charger manufacturers resolved most of the issues, the findings are the latest example of the poorly regulated world of Internet of Things devices, which are poised … Read more

Fleet your last Fleet — The Twitter feature vanishes today – TechCrunch

Reading Time: 5 minutes You don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone. After a fittingly fleeting time in the wild, Twitter is banishing its ephemeral stories feature known as Fleets, which debuted in November 2020. Twitter began testing Fleets back in March of last year. The company thought that it might be able to lure people who were … Read more

A Silicon Valley VC firm with $1.8B in assets was hit by ransomware – TechCrunch

Reading Time: 5 minutes Advanced Technology Ventures, a Silicon Valley venture capital firm with more than $1.8 billion in assets under its management, was hit by a ransomware attack in July that saw cyber-criminals steal personal information on the company’s private investors, or limited partners (LPs). In a letter to the Maine attorney general’s office, ATV said it became … Read more

Anonymous Snapchat app Sendit surges with 3.5M installs after Snap bans Yolo and LMK – TechCrunch

Reading Time: 10 minutes In May of this year, Snap banned two Snapchat platform apps that allowed users to send anonymous messages, Yolo and LMK, following a lawsuit filed on behalf of a mother whose son died by suicide after being bullied through messages on the apps for many months. In the wake of Snap’s ban, another anonymous messaging … Read more

Google Maps on iOS adds live location sharing in iMessage, home screen widget, and dark mode – TechCrunch

Reading Time: 6 minutes Google Maps announced today three feature updates to its iOS app. With live location sharing in the iMessage app, a traffic widget for the home screen, and dark mode, Google Maps is poising itself as a stronger competitor against iOS’ native Apple Maps. Live location sharing was already possible in Google Maps — by tapping … Read more

FandangoNOW and Vudu merge into a new streaming service with titles to rent, buy or stream free – TechCrunch

Reading Time: 6 minutes Last year, movie ticketing and discovery business Fandango, a division of NBCUniversal, bought the on-demand video streaming service Vudu from Walmart, after the retailer had failed to capitalize on the service it had first acquired in 2010 for $100 million. Today, Fandango is taking the next steps with Vudu by merging the service with its … Read more