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Watch Boeing try its pivotal crew spacecraft orbital demonstration launch for the second time
Boeing is all set to make a second attempt at flying its Starliner CST-100 commercial crew spacecraft to the International Space Station, performing a key demonstration ahead of actually putting astronauts on board for the final big launch before it can claim the spacecraft is certified for regular
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Why Draper Esprit doubled down on its status as a publicly listed VC
We cover a lot of venture capital news here at TechCrunch. New funds, partner changes, the funding rounds themselves — the list is long. Lately, we’ve had to touch on rolling funds, solo GPs and a faster-than-ever investing cadence that has rewritten the rules of venture investing. Gone are the
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Apple’s Touch ID-enabled keyboard is finally available on its own
Three-and-half months after launching the Magic Keyboard with Touch ID, Apple is finally breaking it out from its iMac bundle. The accessory is now available as a standalone, through Apple Stores and the company’s site.There are two versions: the standard and a longer model with a numeric keypad (
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Controversial crime app Citizen launches $20/month Protect service
After months of testing with upwards of 100,000 beta testers, Citizen today is launching its premium Protect offering for all users. The subscription service runs $20 a month and opens up a number of features on the app.Chief among the new paid features is a “Get Agent” button, which offers acce
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Wireless charging firm Aira raises $12M
Founded in 2017, Arizona-based Aira didn’t waste any time proving out its technology. We’ve written about the company’s wireless charging a few times over the years, including the “FreePower” technology it has baked into Nomad’s charging pads, which brings a more streamlined version of t
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Moderne Ventures closes second fund with $200M, targets industry digital transformation
Since 2015, Constance Freedman, founder and managing partner of Moderne Ventures, and partner Liza Benson have built up a network of more than 700 executives across the real estate, finance, insurance and home services industries.Today, their early-stage venture capital firm buttoned up an oversubsc
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Kenya’s Wapi Pay raises $2.2M pre-seed for cross-border payments between Africa and Asia
According to the World Bank, it is more expensive to send money to sub-Saharan African than to any region in the world. It is also the most expensive region to send money from. In Q1 2020, people spent an average of 8.9% to send money to the region, much higher than the global average of 6.8%.There
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Rapyd raises $300M on $8.75B valuation as fintech-as-a-service continues to boom
Neobanks, other financial startups, and the basic concept of “finance anywhere” are seeing huge gains at the moment, and today one of the key companies building the infrastructure that powers services like these is announcing a major growth round of funding to double down on the opportunity.Rapy
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Revery gets $2M to improve mental health with mobile gaming techniques
In “Macbeth,” Shakespeare described sleep as the “chief nourisher in life’s feast.” But like his titular character, many adults aren’t sleeping well. Revery wants to help with an app that combines cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for insomnia with mobile gaming concepts.Founded in Marc
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Gapsquare, a pioneer of machine learning into gender pay disparity, is acquired by XpertHR
Inequalities between women and men in the workplace have been exacerbated during the COVID-19 pandemic and are likely to persist in the near future, according to the International Labour Organization (ILO). The World Economic Forum estimates globally it will take 267.6 years to close the gender gap
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India’s Infra.Market valued at $2.5B in Tiger Global-led $125M funding
Infra.Market, an Indian startup that is helping construction and real estate companies in the world’s second-most populated nation procure materials and handle logistics for their projects, said on Tuesday it has secured its third financing round in the past nine months.Tiger Global, which led the
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South Africa’s Khula closes $1.3M seed to scale its software-for-agriculture platform
The myriad challenges faced by farmers in Africa — inadequate financing, education and input distribution — persist and greatly affect the agricultural output on the continent. But startups are providing innovative solutions to these problems, and South Africa’s Khula is an example. The startu
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Independent retailer platform Creoate raises $5M Seed led by Fuel Ventures
Creoate is a startup, which lets independent retailers buy sustainable products from brands and wholesalers, has raised a $5m Seed round led by Fuel Ventures with participation from Vinted founder, Justas Janauskas. Its competitors include traditional wholesalers who’ve supplied independent retai
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Health and wellness apps maker Palta raises $100M Series B led by VNV Global
Health and wellness apps startup Palta, has raised $100 million in a Series B round led by Per Brillioth at VNV Global, with the participation of Target Global and other existing and new investors. The cash will be used to generate more products, such its existing products Flo.Health, Simple Fasting
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Daily Crunch: Zoom will pay $85M to settle lawsuit over ‘Zoombombing,’ user privacy
To get a roundup of TechCrunch’s biggest and most important stories delivered to your inbox every day at 3 p.m. PDT, subscribe here.Hello and welcome to Daily Crunch for Monday, August 2, 2021. What a day. Square kicked off this week’s news cycle with a megadeal, Google popped up with new hardwa
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You can’t afford to make poor decisions about incentive stock options
Pam KreugerContributor Share on TwitterWealthramp.comMoneyTrackJohn ChapmanContributor Share on TwitterWealthrampOne of the big reasons you’re giving 110% of your talent and effort to your private company is because you’re hoping to eventually cash in on all those vested incentive stoc
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Twitter partners with AP and Reuters to address misinformation on its platform
Twitter announced today it’s partnering with news organizations The Associated Press (AP) and Reuters to expand its efforts focused on highlighting reliable news and information on its platform. Through the new agreements, Twitter’s Curation team will be able to leverage the expertise of the par
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Novakid’s investors bet $35M that it can teach kids English
If you’re trying to develop fluency in a non-native tongue, language immersion is a crucial part of the learning process. Surrounding yourself with native speakers helps with pronunciation, context building, and most of all, confidence.But what if you’re an eight-year-old kid in Spain learning E
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Demand Curve: Questions you need to answer in your paid search ads
Stewart HillhouseContributor Share on Twitter Demand Curve Top Of Mind stewarthillhouse.comMore posts by this contributorDemand Curve: 7 ad types that increase click-through rates Demand Curve: Email marketing tactics that convert subscribers into customers Around 15% of website traf
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Planted raises another $21M to expand its growing plant-based meat empire (and add schnitzel)
Swiss alternative protein company Planted has raised its second round of the year, a CHF 19 million (about $21 million at present) “pre-B” fundraise that will help it continue its growth and debut new products. A U.S. launch is in the cards eventually, but for now Planted’s exclusively Europea
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