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Ron Miller

Parabola no-code platform raises $8M Series A as it focuses on eCommerce

Many workers today are still stuck doing a bushel of manual tasks, copying and pasting data into spreadsheets, sending out the same emails every morning and generally lacking any kind of automation because they lack coding skills. Parabola wants to change that with a simple drag and drop workflow set up, and today the startup announced an $8 million Series A investment.

Matrix Partners led the round with participation from Thrive Capital and various individual investors. Ilya Sukhar from...


Danny Crichton

Join Extra Crunch Live today for a fintech extravaganza with Wealthfront’s Andy Rachleff at 1pm EDT / 10am PDT

Fintech is quite possibly the hottest investment area in the venture world these days, and that is why we are so excited to have one of the world’s leading operators and investors talk more about the future of fintech, wealth management, neobanks, infrastructure and more later today on Extra Crunch Live at 1pm EDT / 10am PDT / / 5pm GMT.

For more than a decade, Andy Rachleff has been the founder and CEO of Wealthfront, an algorithmic wealth management app that has also been adding new...

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Where Do You Stand On These Controversial "Avatar: The Last Airbender" Opinions?

Katara belongs with Aang. That's just a fact. [SPOILERS]

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31 Stylish Dresses From Target You Can Literally Wear All Year

Because who has time, or room, to be switching their closets over each season?

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Ricky O'Donnell

Our simulated video game basketball team attempts a historic comeback in the NCAA tournament

The Leathernecks enter the 2026 NCAA tournament as a No. 12 seed against Cal in our College Hoops 2K8 simulation.

Welcome back to our simulated dynasty with the Western Illinois Leathernecks in College Hoops 2K8. You can find a full explanation of this project + spoiler-free links to previous seasons here. For more context on the re-introduction of this series, check out our most recent post.

We pick up with our Leathernecks in the first round of the 2026 NCAA tournament in Year 19 of Coach...

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Sara Harrison

A New Survey Links Vaping to Higher Covid-19 Risk

A Stanford University report shows that teens and young adults who use e-cigarettes are five to seven times more likely to test positive for the virus.


Matt Laslo

Musicians Are Begging Mitch McConnell to Save Venues Before It's Too Late

An estimated 40 million Americans face eviction if Congress doesn’t act on another stimulus bill soon. But there’s another group potentially facing an existential crisis without federal assistance during the pandemic: America’s live-music venues.

Roughly 90% of smaller, independent music venues – most of which weren’t eligible for federal stimulus funds – have been warning for months that they’re on the brink of closing permanently if they don’t get direct support from...

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Cameron Faulkner

Sony’s WH-1000XM3 wireless noise-canceling headphones are $100 off

Photo by James Bareham / The Verge

Sony’s WH-1000XM3 over-ear wireless headphones normally cost $350, but they’re down to $248, which is the cheapest that we’ve seen them at Amazon, Walmart, and Best Buy. Other sites have sold refurbished models for around $200, but this is a great deal for a new set. These are now Sony’s previous-generation flagship noise-canceling headphones, making way just last week for the WH-1000XM4 to take their place as the model for all other brands to...

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James Vincent

Pinterest improves and expands its skin tone search feature

Pinterest is upgrading its skin tone search feature, which uses machine vision to sort pins in the site’s beauty category by skin tone. The feature launched in the US in 2018 and is now available in the UK, Canada, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand as well.

The feature is designed to make it easier for users to find content relevant to them, says Pinterest. It’s a common problem in the search world that certain queries default to show white faces. By giving users the option to refine...

Fast Company

Mark Reyes

Millennials, use this uneventful summer to get your money habits on track

With no more FOMO and the absence of tempting summer vacations, there is more time to start saving, investing, and tackling debt.

The summer of 2020 will go down in history. Financial advisers have long encouraged young people to skip happy hours, coffee dates, and other frivolous outings in order to build up savings. Now, continued social distancing guidelines have enforced this frugality on almost everyone at a time when ?spending usually reaches its peak?.

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Jonathan Shieber

Focusing on human and climate health, S2G Ventures launches ocean fund with $100 million in commitments

S2G Ventures, the Chicago-based investment firm focusing on startups developing technology and services for human and planetary health, is launching a new investment vehicle focused on seafood and oceanic cultivation.

The firm was an investor in Beyond Meat, the $9 billion-valued publicly traded meat replacement startups that’s been one of the biggest recent success stories in the market for food science startups. It also holds stakes in companies like the healthy food chain, Sweetgreen,...


Alex Wilhelm

Building a fintech giant is very expensive

Venture capitalists and other investors have poured capital into fintech startups around the world in recent years, including a record number of rounds worth $100 million or more in the second quarter of 2020. In Q2 2020 venture-backed fintech startups raised 28 nine-figure rounds, underscoring the scale of the bet investors are making on fintech’s long-term success.

The Exchange explores startups, markets and money. You can read it every morning on Extra Crunch, or get The Exchange...


Natasha Lomas

TikTok is being investigated by France’s data watchdog

More worries for TikTok: A European data watchdog that’s landed the biggest blow on a tech giant to date — slapping Google with a $57M fine last year (upheld in June) — now has an open investigation into the social video app du jour, TechCrunch has confirmed.

A spokeswoman for France’s CNIL told us it opened an investigation into how the app handles user data in May 2020, following a complaint related to a request to delete a video. Its probe of the video sharing platform was...

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Pick Out An Outfit And We'll Guess Your Favorite Food

High Heels = Steak?

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41 Ways To Decorate Your Home Like A Bonafide Adult

It's time you stopped using T-shirts as pillowcases — says the girl who married a man despite going to his house and seeing him use T-shirts as pillowcases.

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James Dator

The Pirates gave a season ticket holder a foul ball that landed in their seat

via u/dboyr, Reddit

This is how you support your fans!

The absence of live sports is difficult for all of us, but especially those who pay for season tickets every year. For these people they lost not only live entertainment, but an established way of life. The Pittsburgh Pirates went above and beyond to make this time a little easier for a fan.

via u/dboyr, Reddit

The fan opened his mail to find a foul ball and a letter from the Pirates, saying the ball landed in his seat during a...


Katie MacBride

Masks Alone Don’t Make You Invincible

Michael Osterholm wears a cloth mask when he goes outside. He supports their use and believes they may help slow the spread of tide of the coronavirus. But his organization, the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, or CIDRAP, has dealt with a deluge of hate mail recently from people who believe it doesn't believe in them enough. Some have even accused Osterholm and others of contributing to the "death of thousands of humans"—something he has a...


Paul Blest

Seattle Just Defunded Its Police — Sort Of

After a summer of explosive demonstrations that saw protesters take over several city blocks for weeks, the Seattle City Council approved a budget “revision” package on Monday that will cut $3 million from its police budget and eliminate up to 100 positions from the department. The move both fell far short of the demands of activists, and was so forcefully opposed by the city’s establishment that the police chief resigned almost immediately. 

Seattle police chief Carmen Best wrote a...

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Chaim Gartenberg

Fantastical adds a $7.99 per month family plan for its subscription service

Image: Flexibits

Apple-focused calendar app Fantastical has announced a new family plan for its Fantastical Premium subscription service, which lets up to five family members share a paid subscription at a cheaper cost.

The new Fantastical Premium for Families costs $7.99 per month, or $64.99 per year (which is a more considerable annual discount than typically gets offered on services like this), and allows up to five users to get full access to Fantastical’s apps on Mac, iPhone, iPad,...

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