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  • It’s time for tech startups to get political

    We’ve found that when you have a clear message and a clear mission, even a startup can make a big difference.

  • Twitter DMs now have emoji reactions

    Twitter is pouring a little more fuel on the messaging fire. It has added a heart+ button to its direct messaging interface, which lets users shortcut to a pop-up menu of seven emoji reactions so they can quickly express how they’re feeling about a missive. Emoji reactions can be added to text or media messages […]

  • TechCrunch’s Top 10 investigative reports from 2019

    Facebook spying on teens, Twitter accounts hijacked by terrorists, and sexual abuse imagery found on Bing and Giphy were amongst the ugly truths revealed by TechCrunch’s investigating reporting in 2019. The tech industry needs more watchdogs than ever as its size enlargens the impact of safety failures and the abuse of power. Whether through malice, […]

  • Venture Highway announces $78.6M second fund to invest in early-stage startups in India

    Venture Highway, a VC firm in India founded by former Google executive Samir Sood, said on Thursday it has raised $78.6 million for its second fund as it looks to double down on investing in early-stage startups. The firm, founded in 2015, has invested in more than two dozen startups to date, including social network […]

  • Dating and fertility apps among those snitching to ‘out of control’ ad tech, report finds

    The latest report to warn that surveillance capitalism is out of control — and “free” digital services can in fact be very costly to people’s privacy and rights — comes courtesy of the Norwegian Consumer Council, which has published an analysis of how popular apps are sharing user data with the behavioral ad industry. It suggests […]

  • Cross-border investments aren’t dead, they’re getting smarter

    In recent years, the venture capital and startup worlds have seen a significant shift towards globalization. More and more startups are going global and breaking borders.

  • Daily Crunch: Twitter will let you limit replies

    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. Farewell, don’t @ me. Twitter will test a way to let you limit replies to your tweets Twitter users will soon […]

  • Facebook won’t ban political ads, prefers to keep screwing democracy

    It’s 2020 — a key election year in the U.S. — and Facebook is doubling down on its policy of letting people pay it to fuck around with democracy. Despite trenchant criticism — including from U.S. lawmakers accusing Facebook’s CEO to his face of damaging American democracy — the company is digging in, announcing as […]

  • Twitter is bringing twttr’s experiments in threaded conversations to its main app

    At last year’s CES, Twitter introduced its first public prototype app, twttr — dubbed “little T” internally at Twitter. The app allows Twitter to develop and experiment with new features in the public, to see what works and what does not. The app’s main focus, to date, has been on making threaded conversations easier to […]

  • Twitter’s new reply blockers could let Trump hide critics

    What if politicians could only display Twitter replies from their supporters while stopping everyone else from adding their analysis to the conversation? That’s the risk of Twitter’s upcoming Conversation Participants tool it’s about to start testing that lets you choose if you want replies from everyone, only those your follow or mention or no one. […]