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How WeChat Became China’s App For Everything

A centuries-old tradition gave rise to China’s most valuable company and captured the attention of everyone from teens to Silicon Valley.<p>A little over a year ago, my roommate Mike said something strange. He’s a theater director and was working on a production in China. Mike complained that the …

World Energy Hits a Turning Point: Solar That's Cheaper Than Wind

A transformation is happening in global energy markets that’s worth noting as 2016 comes to an end: Solar power, for the first time, is becoming the …

This Startup Uses A Particle Accelerator To Make Solar Panels Much, Much Cheaper

Using a particle accelerator–a machine that speeds up sub-atomic particles to nearly the speed of light–Rayton Solar slices up ultra-precise pieces …

Clean Energy

I listened to 82 finance startup pitches — here's what I learned about where Wall Street is heading

They're gaining customers at a pace and have been making a lot of noise.<p>According to UBS Evidence Lab, the use of financial services from nonbank providers is set to surge by as much as 150% over the next year. A recent PricewaterhouseCoopers global fintech survey found that 60% of asset and wealth …

Startups

Meet The Man Building A Plastic Bottle Village In Panama

Surrounded by piles of bottles, Bezeau started wondering if they could be used for something new—a building material for houses in what he calls the …

UC Berkeley

Artist Truck Torrence makes pop culture's wildest moments incredibly cute

Mass Hysteria is back for a second run<p>Last year artist Truck Torrence, who also goes by the pen name 100% Soft, kicked off a new series of illustrations called "Mass Hysteria." The goal was to take some of the wildest, most crowded scenes in film history — from the news channel gang war of <i>Anchorman</i> …

Online freight marketplace Freightos acquires Spain’s WebCargoNet

Online freight marketplace Freightos has acquired Spain’s WebCargoNet to help expand its database of air, ocean, and land freight rates.<p>Terms of the deal acquisition remain undisclosed, though a source close to the deal tells me it is in the seven-figure euro range and is a mixture of cash and …

Facebook open sources Zstandard compression algorithm and MyRocks storage engine

Today, Facebook is releasing its Zstandard compression algorithm into the wild as open source. The lossless compression technology is aimed at replacing existing libraries like zlib that are powered by the outdated Deflate compression algorithm. In addition to Zstandard, Facebook is also dropping …

4 UI Design Lessons For Underserved Markets

The Ammunition-backed microlending startup Branch is a great study in how to design user experiences for the developing world.<p>About a year ago, Matt Rolandson, partner at the design firm Ammunition was driving his car through San Francisco on his way to work when he saw Matt Flannery, cofounder of …

Low-key loans startup raises $75m in 2016’s largest fintech round yet

InCred is banking on the fact that India’s small and medium businesses are looking for loans.

All 44 startups that launched at Y Combinator S16 Demo Day 1

Farm drones, autonomous security guards and next-generation tampons were among the products presented at today’s Y Combinator startup accelerator Summer 2016 Demo Day 1. You can check out write-ups of all 44 below. And here are TechCrunch’s picks for “The top 7 startups from YC Demo Day 1”, plus …

Startups

Roll your own business cards with this 3D-printed embosser

While we all know the best business cards are printed on bone paper with lettering in Silian Rail, the second best business cards are the ones you roll yourself right in front of your intended recipient. This wild 3D printed card roller lets you do just that.<p>Built by maker Paul Myers, the embosser …

21 Awesome Products From Amazon To Put On Your Wish List

Giant flower pillows, a book for horror-movie fans, sticker machines, and 18 other things you’ll want to add to your wish list ASAP.<p>To see what people were wishing for last week, click here.<p><i>The comments for this post have been edited for length and clarity.</i>

This startup just raised funding to help make your apps more secure

Photo credit: leowolfert / 123RF Stock Photo.As an app maker, how sure are you about your app’s security? As a user, how big of a concern is security …

Apps

Metapacket analyzes outbound network traffic to flag and block malware

Metapacket, one of YC’s current batch of startups, is hoping to get its SaaS on corporates’ list of essential threat detection software with a technique to stop malware attacks by analyzing outbound network traffic to determine whether it’s human or not.<p>Rather than by trying to assess where data is …

Test the security of your apps with Verify.ly

It’s not easy for the average user to determine whether or not the apps on his or her iPhone are trustworthy. Some apps scoop up contact lists, others unnecessarily harvest your location data, and some even send your login credentials over insecure HTTP connections.<p>But, if you’re not a developer, …

iTank: “A three-wheeled scooter is the future”

The Kickstarter campaign for the Doohan EV3 iTank three-wheeled scooter began this week. It’s brought to you by Kartik Ram, the same guy behind the Zeitgeist electric bike that debuted this spring.<p>Before we get into the question of whether a three-wheeled scooter really is the future, as Ram said …

Indian logistics firm receives $125m in support

Private equity firm Warburg Pincus invested in Stellar Value Chain.

Venture Capital

Looking beyond the hype at fintech in Southeast Asia

Christiaan Kaptein Contributor<p>Christiaan Kaptein is a principal at Dymon Asia.<p>From the offices of Venture Capital firms to the financial services districts, you may not be able to escape the promising whispers of fintech startups. Take a structural shift to mobile, an ever decreasing cost of …

MIT researchers develop a low-cost device to monitor home power consumption

A team of researchers at MIT has developed a device designed to give home owners a better picture of how much power their individual appliances are eating up. The gadget, which was outlined in a paper published in a recent edition of the <i>IEEE Sensors Journal</i>, offers a simple installation process …

A glimpse inside Tesla’s super secretive Gigafactory

Even having grown up in California, I’m realizing I’m not built for this heat.<p>We’re 30 minutes or so outside of Reno, but it feels like I’m on the sun. I can feel my sunscreen baking off. Why the <i>hell</i> did I wear black today?<p>It’s okay; it’s worth it. I’m out here for a glimpse inside Tesla’s …

Indonesia will be Asia’s next biggest e-commerce market

Indonesia presents much opportunity for e-commerce among other emerging Asian economies, with current projections putting this archipelago nation’s e-market at $130 billion by 2020 (coming third behind China and India). With an estimated annual growth rate of 50 percent and strong mobile-first …

eCommerce

Kanopi Hadirkan Layanan Mobile Terpadu untuk Perusahaan Finansial Mikro

Di Indonesia permasalahan untuk memudahkan transaksi finansial dan pernak-perniknya masih menjadi hal yang coba dipecahkan banyak pihak. Salah satu …

Shiv App Sajikan Layanan Transfer Antar Bank Gratis

Startup <i>fintech</i> dengan layanan <i>mobile wallet</i> mulai bermunculan di tanah air. Setelah sebelumnya Flip hadir dengan solusi yang memudahkan pengguna …

Street artist creates beautiful, 3D-effect graffiti around Beijing

A Chinese artist from Beijing is being hailed as the next Banksy after his raw and moving graffiti work was spotted around the capital city.<p>Qi …

No grades, no timetable: Berlin school turns teaching upside down

Pupils choose their own subjects and motivate themselves, an approach some say should be rolled out across Germany<p>Anton Oberländer is a persuasive speaker. Last year, when he and a group of friends were short of cash for a camping trip to Cornwall, he managed to talk Germany’s national rail …

Teaching

50 incredible hotels you should sleep in during your lifetime

From ice palaces in Canada to underwater rooms in Africa, we've come up with 50 of the world's most incredible hotels that will take any vacation to the next level.<p>Here's our ultimate bucket list of 50 hotels everyone should stay in at least once in their lives.<p><i>Did we miss your dream hotel? Let us</i> …

Art series unlocks the hidden superhero in every child's imagination

A child's imagination can be as boundless as a superhero leaping from rooftop to rooftop.<p>Graphic artist Jason Ratliff brings that imagination to life …

The World Could Run Entirely On Wind, Solar, And Hydro Power By 2050

“These are basically plans showing it’s technically and economically feasible to change the energy infrastructure of all of these different …