• Week-in-Review: YouTube’s awful comments and Google’s $1B tech-free investment

    Hello, weekend readers. This is Week-in-Review where I give a heavy amount of analysis and/or rambling thoughts on one story while scouring the rest of the hundreds of stories that emerged on TechCrunch this week to surface my favorites for your reading pleasure. Last week, I talked about how the top gaming industry franchises were […]

  • Nissan’s zero-emission ice cream van uses old EV batteries to keep things cool

    File ice cream vans under “things I never thought posed a significant risk to the environment but might actually.” Nissan has developed a new concept vehicle that addresses the problem of all the emissions generated by conventional ice cream vans, and older models in particular, which pump out a lot of greenhouse gases while idling […]

  • Postman raises $50 million to grow its API development platform

    Postman, a five-year-old startup that is attempting to simplify development, tests and management of APIs through its platform, has raised $50 million in a new round to scale its business. The Series B for the startup, which began its journey in India, was led by CRV and included participation from existing investor Nexus Venture Partners […]

  • Still in stealth mode, Duffel raises $21.5M in Series A from Benchmark for its travel platform

    Ten months ago London startup Duffel hinted that it would be “a new way to book travel online, aiming at the booking experience ‘end to end,’ ” and announced a healthy $4.7 million funding round, but not much else. Today it goes further, announcing a $21.5 million in Series A funding from U.S. VC giant […]

  • Twitter will remove precise location tagging in tweets, citing lack of use

    Update: An earlier version of this post said Twitter is removing location tagging in tweets. In fact, it is only removing the ability to share precise location details like latitude and longitude. In an announcement today from its support account, Twitter said it is removing the option to tag precise locations in tweets. The feature […]

  • Twitter Developer Labs opens to all with release of first APIs

    In May, Twitter announced plans to launch its Twitter Developer Labs program, a way for app developers to sign up to experiment with pre-released beta APIs. The idea, the company explained at the time, is to allow developers to test new API products early and offer feedback. Today, Twitter says it’s introducing its first Twitter […]

  • Weighing Peloton’s opportunity and risks ahead of IPO

    Exercise tech company Peloton filed confidentially for IPO this week, and already the big question is whether their last private valuation at $4 billion might be too rich for the appetites of public market investors. Here’s a breakdown of the pros and cons leading up to the as-yet revealed market debut date. Risk factors The […]

  • Twitter’s updated T&Cs look clearer — yet it still can’t say no to Nazis

    Twitter has taken a pair of shears to its user rules, shaving almost 2,000 words off of its T&Cs — with the stated aim of making it clearer for users what is not acceptable behaviour on its platform. It says the rules have shrunk from 2,500 words to just 600 — with each of the […]

  • Daily Crunch: Twitter acquires Fabula AI

    The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here. 1. Twitter bags deep learning talent behind London startup, Fabula AI Fabula AI has been developing technology to identify online disinformation by […]

  • Twitter bags deep learning talent behind London startup, Fabula AI

    Twitter has just announced it has picked up London-based Fabula AI. The deep learning startup has been developing technology to try to identify online disinformation by looking at patterns in how fake stuff vs genuine news spreads online — making it an obvious fit for the rumor-riled social network. Social media giants remain under increasing […]