Jumat, 20 Oktober 2017

Lyft gets a $1B lift. It's The Daily Crunch.

THE DAILY CRUNCH
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20 2017 By Darrell Etherington

Lyft raises $1 billion, Stich Fix files to go public and Amazon finally revises its Echo. All that and more in The Daily Crunch for October 20, 2017.

1. Lyft raises $1 billion

Lyft raised a new $1 billion in funding, thanks to a new round led by Alphabet's CapitalG investment fund. That's at least the third ride sharing startup the Google parent has invested in through its funding arms.

It's also a lot of added runway for Lyft to continue pressing the leader in the space, Uber, and to keep its work going with signing up partners for its autonomous driving platform.

2. Stitch Fix files for IPO

A startup that's mostly profitable filing to go public? Crazy. Yet that's what Stitch Fix is, on the back of its ecommerce model that aims to take the stress and choice out of clothes shopping.

3. Amazon's Echo upgrade is a good one

Listen, I have an Echo and I love it but the sound is awful. Per Brian, the new Echo has better sound, and a stylish new exterior. That's good enough for me, I'm sold.

4. All of Adobe's news from its annual MAX conference

Adobe had its annual conference this week, and it changed a lot of stuff, including bringing some products out of beta and putting Lightroom (mostly) in the cloud.

5. Palmer Luckey's new company wants to bring AR and VR to the battlefield

I don't really understand how you can get more dystopian than this. I'm sure Palmer will show me over the next months and years.

6. Harman Kardon's Cortana speaker is actually pretty good

Turns out, all smart speakers are pretty much okay in this modern era. Amazing how quickly the smart in smart speakers got commoditized. Just buy the one you like the looks of best, basically.

7. It's podcast time.

Yes, you heard it here first – it's Friday and that means official TechCrunch podcasts. There's a brand new Original Content where we watched Inhumans so you don't have to, and a new Equity where goes Barry Eggers helps cover off a bunch of IPOs.


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Kamis, 19 Oktober 2017

Snap pivots to Hot Dog costume sales. It's The Daily Crunch

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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 19 2017 By Darrell Etherington

Snap's new business focus, Silicon Valley's principles vs. profit, and Gmail tests a great new feature. It's The Daily Crunch for October 19, 2017.

1. Snap is becoming an animated hot dog company

Snap, Inc. is facing some tough times, in terms of its main business, but everyone fell in love with its animated augmented reality dancing hotdog filter. Now, the company is selling its second ever hardware product – and it's also the hot dog.

Snap surprised us all with an Amazon listing for the Hot Dog costume, which is probably going to do pretty well this Halloween season. And then we'll forget all about it and why we ever cared.

2. Facebook and Google wanted those sweet, sweet anti-immigration ad dollars

Left-leaning Silicon Valley has right-leaning inclinations when it comes to making money, it turns out – both Google and Facebook fought hard to get contracts for scare-mongering anti-immigration ads from a conservative special interest group. Blargh.

3. Gmail launches public iOS beta for third-party accounts

Gmail now has a pubic beta client for iOS, with the added ability of supporting third-party email accounts. It could be the best email client for iOS as a result. Anyone remember Inbox?

4. Bixby's back

Samsung wants a second chance at creating a good virtual assistant. Bixby 2.0 made its debut on stage at the company's annual developer conference, now with Vivi introduction, the smart assistant Samsung acquired from the creators of Siri. So, like maybe it'll have some real smarts finally.

5. August Home sells to Assa Abloy

You may not have heard of Assa Abloy but they make a ton of locks – like a whole lot. Also they just acquired August Home, the smart lock startup. It's probably a timely exit for August, since making hardware is hard for a startup, and costly.

6. Blue Apron laying off hundreds

Blue Apron had one of the worst IPOs this year, and it's laying off a bunch of people. This business was probably never viable, to be fair.

7. This rocket company wants to undercut SpaceX using 3D printing

Let's make rocket launching so affordable even minor billionaires can afford to send stuff up – that's what Relativity Space wants to do, by taking people out of the equation when it comes to rocket production, using 3D printing.


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