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Salesforce keeps rolling with another monster quarter, as it sets $20 billion revenue goal

Ho hum, Salesforce announced its quarterly earnings yesterday and the news was all good once again with revenue up 25% to $2.68 billion. The company has blown through its $10B yearly revenue goal and has boldly set one for $20B by FY2022. I wouldn’t put it past them.<p>The company also announced some …

CRM

With Ethereum wallets under constant attack, Jibrel Network decided to build their own

Since blockchain technologies appeared people have been trying to figure out how to put traditional assets like currencies, bonds and other financial instruments on to it in a way which has regulatory compliance and is secure. If you could do that you could sell securities in a legitimate way, thus …

Bitcoin

UK Budget courts tech sector with $663M in investments in AI, 5G networks and more

With the UK government continuing to face down criticism over how it is handling plans to remove the UK from the European Union, today the country’s Chancellor Philip Hammond delivered an annual Autumn Budget that underscored its continuing push to win over the tech world.<p>In a wide-ranging speech …

Senator Schatz on net neutrality: “This has to be a real political movement”

Following the news yesterday morning that the FCC will be voting on the proposal to kill net neutrality come December 14, officials and advocacy organizations have been issuing statements left and right decrying the impending upending of the internet as we know it. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) …

Early-bird ticket pricing for Disrupt Berlin ends at midnight tonight

All good things, as they say, must come to an end. That definitely holds true for early-bird pricing on Disrupt Berlin tickets. In just a few short hours — at midnight tonight, local Berlin time to be precise — the general admission ticket price increases 30 percent.<p>Buy your tickets today, before …

Disrupt NY

Lyft gets approval to test self-driving cars on public roads in California

Lyft is the latest company to be added to the ever-growing list of those permitted to test their self-driving technology on California state public roads. The California Department of Motor Vehicles added Lyft to the list recently (via Axios), following Lyft’s foundation of a self-driving …

Transportation

PacketZoom lands $5M Series A investment to speed up mobile apps

PacketZoom, a startup that helps app developers speed up and optimize app delivery on mobile devices, announced a $5M Series A today.<p>The round was led by Baseline Ventures with participation from First Round Capital, Tandem Capital and Arafura Ventures. Today’s investment brings the total raised to …

Startups

Ten years on: Seedcamp outs new £41M seed fund and says it’s ready to invest in tokens

“The maturity of founders is just exponentially better and different from when we started in ‘07,” says Seedcamp co-founder and Managing Partner Reshma Sohoni. “[They are] so much more knowledgeable, so much more practiced in the art of starting up”.<p>I’m on a conference call with Sohoni, Seedcamp’s …

Startups

Uber data breach “raises huge concerns”, says UK data watchdog

The fallout from Uber’s disclosure yesterday of a massive data breach affecting 57 million users and drivers that it concealed for a year continues: The UK’s data protection watchdog has put out a strongly worded statement saying the company’s announcement “raises huge concerns around its data …

Privacy

Facebook’s ad system shown failing to enforce its own anti-discriminatory policy

Can Facebook be trusted to abide by even its own stated standards? In the case of Internet political advertising the social giant wants to be allowed to continue to self regulate — despite the scandal of Russian bought socially divisive ads which (we now know) were tainting democratic discussion …

Medicine

Announcing our Disrupt Berlin Hackathon judges and the third release of free hack tickets

The third time could be the charm if you haven’t yet scored your free tickets to the Disrupt Berlin Hackathon. Today, we’ve released a third batch of tickets to the most exciting, grueling, 24-hour test of a developer’s chops. Tickets are available on a first-come-first-served basis, so get your …

Startups

New York attorney general slams the FCC for ignoring net neutrality comments investigation

If the FCC’s refusal to acknowledge the vast public outcry against its plan to gut net neutrality isn’t enough of an outrage, its total disinterest in investigating how that same comment system may have been gamed by fake users posing as real Americans adds a bit more insult to injury.<p>Suspicions …

Net Neutrality

AppLovin scraps acquisition and takes debt financing instead

The story of AppLovin‘s acquisition has taken another turn.<p>We first reported that the mobile ad startup was in acquisition talks in August of last year, and the announcement came a month later: AppLovin would sell a majority stake Chinese private equity firm Orient Hontai Capital.<p>Today, however, …

Donald Trump

The FCC sets vote to kill net neutrality and Bitcoin hits $8,000

Today’s Stories<p>FCC highlights plan to kill net neutrality<br>• Android secretly sending location data<br>• Bitcoin just passed $8,000<br>• Toyota’s new robot can be controlled in VR<p>Credits<p><b>Written by:</b> Brian Heater<b>Hosted by:</b> Brian Heater<b>Filmed by:</b> Veanne Cao <b><br>Edited by:</b> John Murillo<p>Notes:<p>Tell your congressperson you …

Net Neutrality

New York Attorney General launches investigation of Uber’s $100,000 hack cover-up

The revelation that Uber concealed a major 2016 data breach affecting 57 million users and paid hackers to destroy the evidence is yet another PR nightmare from Uber’s darkest era, but it’s also a major problem when it comes to state laws around data breach disclosure practices. In light of …

Uber

Lightform raises $5M to turn old projectors into augmented reality machines

In Blade Runner 2049, one of the more interesting stylistic choices was how the film imagined futuristic augmented reality. While the Microsofts and Googles of our real dystopian world are currently approaching AR tech with headsets and smart glasses, Blade Runner 2049 relied entirely on external …

Augmented Reality

Apple acquired augmented reality headset startup Vrvana for $30M

As Apple reportedly ramps up work to ship an augmented reality headset in 2020, it has acquired a startup from Montreal, Canada that could help it get there. TechCrunch has learned that Apple has acquired Vrvana, maker of the Totem headset — which had rave reviews but never shipped. The deal was …

Augmented Reality

ADAY aims to simplify your wardrobe with $2M in funding

ADAY, a fresh entrant in the highly competitive world of direct-to-consumer fashion, has raised $2 million in new funding for its mission to simplify wardrobes with a line of durable, technical, and chic womenswear.<p>The company is the latest in an ever-expanding movement of startups that offer …

Startups

Divergent 3D taps a Chinese-led investment syndicate for up to $107 million in new funding

On a lonely stretch of road just off the highway in Torrance, Calif. employees at Divergent 3D are hard at work plotting a revolution in vehicle manufacturing.<p>Inside the nondescript office building across the street from a branch of the Los Angeles Housing Authority and California Highway Patrol, …

Startups

You can now request to join someone’s Instagram live stream

Instagram just rolled out a neat feature for its live product. Users can now request to join a live stream that they’re watching and if accepted, can start broadcasting live as the host’s guest.<p>To request to join a live video a viewer can tap a request button in the comments section. Hosts see the …

Neat

This website will generate apologies for men accused of sexual harassment

Are you a celebrity who’s sexually harassed a bunch of people and are now in need of an apology to subdue an angry mob? Look no further than the Celebrity Perv Apology Generator.<p>The desktop app packages all the usual elements of several recent non-apologies that have come up when other fellow …

Feminism

Google Lens in the Assistant starts rolling out to all Pixel users

We knew this was only a matter of time, but Google today confirmed that Google Lens as part of the Google Assistant is now rolling out to all Pixel phone owners. That’s something Google already announced at its hardware event, but until now, the timing was unclear.<p>If you don’t see it when you call …

Google

The FCC sets vote to kill net neutrality | Crunch Report

Uber data breach from 2016 affected 57 million riders and drivers

Uber faced a data breach in 2016 that affected some 57 million customers, including both riders and drivers, revealing their names, email address and phone numbers. That affected group included 50 million riders, and 7 million drivers, and around 600,000 driver’s license numbers for US drivers were …

Uber

Salesforce appoints Bret Taylor as chief product officer

Salesforce has named Bret Taylor, the former chief technology officer at Facebook and founder of Quip, as president and chief product officer.<p>“We are fortunate to have two such exceptional technology leaders in Alex and Bret to help lead Salesforce’s next wave of growth, innovation and customer …

CRM

10 excellent battery pack gifts for your friend whose phone always dies

1/10<p>Aukey 7,000 mAh<p>If you’re looking for a battery pack you can slip in a pocket, this one will do the trick. This Aukey Portable 7,000 mAh charger is the same lipstick-like shape as the cheap generic chargers you’re handed for free at career fairs, but with an actually worthwhile battery. At 7,000 …

Batteries

Pixar’s John Lasseter taking a six-month leave of absence amid reports of inappropriate behavior

John Lasseter, the chief creative officer of both Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios, is the latest media executive to face allegations of inappropriate behavior.<p>In a memo to employees, Lasseter acknowledged “missteps” and said he will be taking a six month sabbatical. He added that after “a …

John Lasseter

Meg Whitman out as CEO of HPE early next year

Six years after taking the helm as head of HP, Meg Whitman will step down from her role as CEO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise in February 2018. Whitman’s spot will be filled by the company’s current President, Antonio Neri.<p>Neri has been with HP since 1995, starting as a customer service engineer at …

Meg Whitman

U.S. charges Iranian hacker for stealing unaired episodes of hit HBO shows

While it didn’t dampen enthusiasm for everyone’s favorite dragon-oriented political drama, HBO certainly wasn’t happy when the major twists from the seventh season of its hottest show popped up online before they aired.<p>According to newly released indictment, an Iranian man named Behzad Mesri faces …

Security

The Boring Co.’s ‘Initial Hat Offering’ raises $300K for digging in hat sales

Do you like hats? If you do, maybe you already contributed to The Boring Company’s ability to dig a network of underground tunnels. Since Elon Musk started selling The Boring Co. hats, featuring the logo on the front (which he once claimed was designed by director J.J. Abrams), the company has …

Elon Musk