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Henry Pickavet

Learn about creating equity in tech with Rep. Barbara Lee at TechCrunch Sessions: Justice

Rep. Barbara Lee, who has represented the East Bay of California since 1998, is one of Congress’s staunchest proponents of diversity in tech. Representing Oakland, Emeryville and other cities nestled around the hills of the East Bay, she knows all too well about the benefits reaped by those in Silicon Valley, San Francisco and beyond.

We are happy to announce that Rep. Lee will be joining us for a fireside chat at TechCrunch Sessions: Justice in just a few days.

By focusing on racial...


Darrell Etherington

Blue Origin pushes New Glenn orbital rocket’s first flight to Q4 2022

Jeff Bezos’ space company Blue Origin published an updated timeline for the first flight of New Glenn, the orbital rocket it’s building to complement its existing New Shepard suborbital space launch vehicle. The company is now targeting Q4 2022 – a slippage of roughly a year from the prior stated timeline of sometime towards the end of 2021. The main cause, per Blue Origin? Space Force passing on using New Glenn to launch national security payloads during a recent contract bid...


Frederic Lardinois

Docyt raises $1.5M for its ML-based accounting automation platform

Accounting isn’t a topic that most people can get excited about — probably not even most accountants. But if you’re running any kind of business, there’s just no way around it. Santa Clara-based Docyt wants to make the life of small and medium business owners (and their accounting firms) a bit easier by using machine learning to handle a lot of the routine tasks around collecting financial data, digitizing receipts, categorization and — maybe most importantly —...


Haley Henschel

This Peloton Bike+ alternative ships for free in a matter of days, not months

SAVE $200: As of Feb. 25, the $1,999 NordicTrack Commercial S22i Studio Cycle ships for free from Amazon with scheduled delivery date availability in as soon as four days.

From the MYX to the Bowflex C6, the Schwinn IC4, the Cyclace, and the Echelon Smart Connect Bike EX3, there's no shortage of excellent Peloton alternatives out there. But most of them come with a catch: The mid-pandemic demand for spin bikes and another home gym equipment is so high that they're backordered for weeks,...


Emma Ockerman

Cops Keep Getting Accused of Sharing Racist George Floyd Memes

Yet another police officer is in hot water over accusations that they shared a derogatory meme about George Floyd, joining the ranks of others who have allegedly made fun of the Black man’s death at the hands of law enforcement. 

A cop in Sterling Heights, Michigan, was quickly placed on administrative leave this week after WXYZ-TV, an ABC affiliate in Detroit, reported that they’d allegedly posted an image to Facebook of ex-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s...

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Pam Belluck

New Findings on 2 Ways Children Become Seriously Ill From the Coronavirus

A large study found that young people hospitalized with acute Covid-19 have symptoms and characteristics that differ from those with a Covid-linked inflammatory syndrome.

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Sharon Otterman

‘Everything Seems So Tenuous’: Variants Threaten N.Y.C.’s Progress on Virus

Cases have fallen more slowly in New York City than nationwide, and highly contagious variants are causing concern.


Kofie Yeboah

Secret Base Reviews: Fan Controlled Football

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Fan Controlled Football season is underway. Is it good?

On February 13th, a new football league came into our lives. It’s one of the most creative, interest-piquing ideas I’ve seen in a while: A football league where the fans call the plays and make decisions.

That might sound great, but is the league making a quality product? Over the past two weeks, I’ve been analyzing the play on my twitch channel, and it’s time to get these notes off.

Let’s take a look.


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Zlati Meyer

If you’ve been employed during the pandemic, the IRS says beware of this identity-theft scam

Did you get a tax form for unemployment you never received? You’re not alone.

If you’ve managed to stay employed throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, count yourself as lucky, but identity scammers may see you as easy prey.

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Ainge backs Celtics stars despite 'major funk'

Danny Ainge says the Celtics are in a "major funk" after their third straight loss. Although he isn't blaming young stars Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown for all of Boston's struggles, Ainge also said "it's on them" to help the Celtics turn things around.


Former USA gymnastics coach faces 24 charges

Prosecutors in Michigan filed 24 charges Thursday against John Geddert, a former U.S. Olympics gymnastics coach with ties to disgraced sports doctor Larry Nassar.

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Jen Chaney

No, They Weren’t Dead the Whole Time

Photo-Illustration: by Vulture; Photo by Mario Perez/ABC

An oral history of Lost’s daring, divisive finale, our last truly communal broadcast TV experience.

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Sean O'Kane

Just 10 percent of the new Postal Service fleet will be electric

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Only 10 percent of the United States Postal Service’s new fleet of mail trucks will be battery-powered despite President Biden’s desire to convert the entire government fleet, USPS head Louis DeJoy revealed in Congressional testimony on Wednesday. The other 90 percent will be gas-powered, though the trucks — which are being built by defense contractor Oshkosh — are supposedly designed to be converted into electric vehicles down the road.

When DeJoy was asked why it...

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Zoe Schiffer

Mailchimp employees have complained about inequality for years — is anyone listening?

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Behind the claims of sexism and racism at Atlanta’s premier tech startup

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Ashley Carman

Spotify will let you filter your liked songs by mood and genre


Spotify’s making it easier to parse your liked songs. The company is rolling out a new feature today that’ll let users filter their liked songs by genre and mood. This way, you can enjoy more of what you like without compromising on the vibe. I, for example, have songs that would be fun in the club but also folky songs for relaxation time, both of which are under my liked songs umbrella. This new feature would let me decide what mood I’m in and then listen.

To access the...

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Cameron Faulkner

Oculus reapproved Virtual Desktop’s native PC streaming feature for Quest headsets

The Virtual Desktop app for the Oculus Quest has been updated to enable the wireless streaming of PC VR games natively over Wi-Fi, eliminating the need to go through the complex multistep sideloading process I outlined here. Oddly enough, this isn’t the first time the app has sported this feature. Its developer introduced it in the app in 2019 but claims it was forced to remove it because Oculus was developing its own wireless streaming solution.

According to an interview with UploadVR,...


Eric Eldon

How top startup lawyer Dawn Belt thinks about company-building in the age of SPACs

Dawn Belt has been working with top tech companies for two decades, most recently helping commercial electric vehicle company Proterra go public as a SPAC in January.

Now she’ll be joining us at TC Early Stage in April to talk about building a company in 2021, from however you incorporate to however you decide to maybe go public one day.

As a partner at Fenwick & West, a top Silicon Valley law firm, Belt works with startups of all ages, sizes and industries (two of her past IPOs include...


Alex Wilhelm

Five takeaways from Coinbase’s S-1

The Coinbase S-1 is out! And hot damn, did the company have a good fourth quarter.

TechCrunch has a first look at the company’s headline numbers. But in case you’ve been busy, the key things to understand are that Coinbase was an impressive company in 2019 with more than a half-billion in revenue and a modest net loss. In 2020, the company grew sharply to more than $1.2 billion in revenue, providing it with lots of net income.

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Manish Singh

Former top Paytm exec is building his own financial services startup

The executive who built the financial services boutique for Paytm, India’s most valuable startup, from the ground is ready to do something similar all over again.

Pravin Jadhav, the former chief executive of Paytm Money, revealed on Thursday his own startup, Raise Financial Services.

This time, Jadhav — under whose leadership, Paytm had amassed over 6 million Money customers — is focusing on serving a different set of the population.

Hundreds of millions of users in India today don’t...

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