Category: Startups

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January 21, 2021

Bodyguard is a mobile app that hides toxic content on social platforms

If you’re somewhat famous on various social networks, chances are you are exposed to hate speech in your replies or in your comments. French startup Bodyguard recently launched its app and service in English so that it can hide toxic content from your eyes. It...


by Romain Dillet in Apps
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January 15, 2021

Bumble files to go public

The dating and networking service Bumble has filed to go public. The company, launched by a former co-founder of the IAC-owned Tinder, plans to list its share on the Nasdaq stock exchange, using the ticker symbol “BMBL.” Bumble’s planned IPO was first reported in December. Whitney...


by Alex Wilhelm in Apps
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January 14, 2021

Medium acquires social book reading app Glose

Medium is acquiring Paris-based startup Glose for an undisclosed amount. Glose has been building iOS, Android and web apps that let you buy, download and read books on your devices. The company has turned reading into a multiplayer experience as you can build a bookshelf,...


by Romain Dillet in Apps
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January 11, 2021

Snap acquires location data startup StreetCred

Snapchat’s parent company Snap has acquired StreetCred, a New York City startup building a platform for location data. Snap confirmed the news to TechCrunch and said the acquisition will result in four StreetCred team members — including co-founders Randy Meech and Diana Shkolnikov — joining...


by Anthony Ha in bowery capital
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January 8, 2021

Roku acquires Quibi’s content

Quibi is dead, but its shows will live on. The Wall Street Journal reported last week that Roku was in talks to acquire the short-form video service’s content. And this morning, Roku announced that it has indeed reached a deal for the exclusive distribution rights...


by Anthony Ha in Entertainment
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January 7, 2021

Local news app News Break raises $115M

The popular news app News Break is announcing that it has raised $115 million in new funding. The press release claims this round makes News Break “one of the first new unicorns of 2021,” but the startup declined to disclose its actual valuation. Founder and...


by Anthony Ha in Apps
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December 23, 2020

TechCrunch’s top stories of 2020

As the year comes to a close, some of our editors share their top stories from 2020. Read more: For Seattle’s cop-free protest zone, tech is both a revolutionary asset and disastrous liability Uber in talks to sell ATG self-driving unit to Aurora Uber sells...


by Veanne Cao in Apps
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December 23, 2020

Video: TechCrunch editors choose their top stories of 2020

As the year draws to a close, a few members of our edit staff shared stories that defined the last 12 months for their beat.   Devin Coldewey: Technology played a pivotal role in the coverage of protests against police violence over the summer. Disinformation...


by Veanne Cao in Apps
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December 23, 2020

Video: TechCrunch editors share their top stories of 2020

As the year draws to a close, a few members of our edit staff shared stories that defined the last 12 months for their beat.   Devin Coldewey: Technology played a pivotal role in the coverage of protests against police violence over the summer. Disinformation...


by Veanne Cao in Apps
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December 17, 2020

Gawq wants to burst your ‘echo chamber’ with its smarter news app

A new startup called Gawq wants to tackle the problem of fake news and the “echo chamber” problem created by social media, where our view of the world is shaped by manipulative algorithms and personalized feeds. Through Gawq’s newly launched mobile news app, it aims...


by Sarah Perez in App