How a Bet on Virtual Events Is Paying Off for TechCrunch

Reading Time: < 1 minute In January, the operations team at TechCrunch made a difficult call: no matter how tempting, all events would remain virtual for the remainder of the year. Now, the fruits of that decision have become evident. The Yahoo-owned publisher is on track to record its best year of revenue in company history, an achievement in which… … Read more

Docs startup Almanac raises $34 million from Tiger as remote work shift hardens – TechCrunch

Reading Time: 5 minutes As companies continue to delay their returns to the office and find temporary remote work policies becoming permanent, the startups building tooling for remote work-first cultures are finding a seemingly endless supply of customers. “Companies are finding the shift to remote work is not a one-time aberration due to Covid,” Almanac CEO Adam Nathan tells … Read more

Facebook adds a battery-powered smart screen to the Portal line – TechCrunch

Reading Time: 6 minutes The Portal line has always been a kind of odd duck in the world of smart screens. Facebook’s most significant contribution to the category is almost certainly Smart Camera, which uses AI to track a subject and pan and zoom accordingly to keep them in frame. It was the first big line to bring the … Read more

Roblox to add opt-in age verification for players and developers – TechCrunch

Reading Time: 7 minutes Roblox is introducing an optional age verification for its users that will combine an ID check with a selfie scan. While the system will not be needed to play most Roblox games, it will be required for those who want to gain early access to Roblox’s upcoming voice chat features when they roll out later … Read more

Marketplace platform Mirakl raises $555 million at $3.5 billion valuation – TechCrunch

Reading Time: 5 minutes French startup Mirakl has closed a new Series E funding round of $555 million. Following this round, the company is now valued at $3.5 billion. Mirakl helps you launch a marketplace on your online store for your end customers or for your B2B clients. It’s a software-as-a-service marketplace, meaning that Mirakl manages the marketplace for … Read more

Rippling launches computer inventory management as more workers remain remote – TechCrunch

Reading Time: 5 minutes Rippling, a startup building a platform to manage all aspects of employee data, from payroll and benefits through to device management, launched Rippling Inventory Management, what founder and CEO Parker Conrad is touting as the “world’s first cloud IT closet.” The dashboard enables businesses to automatically store, ship and retrieve employee computers in a way … Read more

The iPhone 13 Pro goes to Disneyland – TechCrunch

Reading Time: 44 minutes This year’s iPhone review goes back to Disneyland for the first time in a couple of years for, uh, obvious reasons. I’m happy to report that the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 performed extremely well and the limited testing I was able to do on the iPhone mini and iPhone 13 Pro Max showed … Read more

Raspberry Pi gets $45M to meet demand for low cost PCs and IoT – TechCrunch

Reading Time: 6 minutes Turns out COVID-19 lockdowns have been good for the indoor hobby of hardware hacking: The UK-based foundational behind the low price microprocessor, Raspberry Pi, announced close of a $45 million funding round yesterday. The cash injection into the trading arm of the (non-profit) Raspberry Pi Foundational values it at $500M (pre-money), founder Eben Upton confirmed. … Read more

Just raises $8M in its effort to beat Root at the car insurance game – TechCrunch

Reading Time: 8 minutes Just Insure, a pay-per-mile insurance technology company, has raised $8 million in a funding round.  CrossCut Ventures, ManchesterStory and Western Technology Investments co-led the investment, which brings its total raised to $15.3 million since its January 2019 inception. Los Angeles-based Just says it uses telematics “to reward safe drivers and reduce insurer bias” by looking … Read more

America’s innovators will solve climate change, not regulators – TechCrunch

Reading Time: 7 minutes Quill Robinson Contributor President Joe Biden has pledged to cut U.S. greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030. He intends to meet this ambitious target through a wave of new federal spending and government programs. But our best hope for reducing carbon emissions isn’t new government spending. It’s a technological sea change — one that … Read more