Kobalt, Apple and smartwatches, Hadoop, customer support, and social work and AI

The Kobalt EC-1: How a Swedish saxophonist well-developed Kobalt, the world’s next music unicorn My favorite pieces we host on Extra Crunch are our EC-1 sequence of in-depth charts and examinations of high-flying, fascinating startups. We launched Extra Crunch with…

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Space X’s Launch Tonight, An Illegal Airbnb Empire, and More News

SpaceX is taking on its most complicated mission yet; an illegal Airbnb ring has been uncovered in New York City; and WIRED wants to free you from streaming due hell. Now &# x27; s the word you need to know,…

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Man Arrives In Amsterdam Only To Find Out His Airbnb Is Actually A Shipping Container

It seems that no matter how hard Airbnb’s staff tries to secure and guarantee a welcoming event for their clients and legions, the Internet still prevents on post the most absurd and sometimes even shocking Airbnb legends. In knowledge, there…

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Startups Weekly: All these startups are raising big rounds

TechCrunch’s Connie Loizos published some interesting stats on seed and Series A financings the coming week, kindnes of data collected by Wing Venture Capital. In short-lived, seed is the new Series A and Series A is the new Series B….

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The Wing poaches Snaps comms director

Women-focused co-working space The Wing has hired Rachel Racusen as vice president of communications. Racusen has been the director of communications at Snap, the developer of Snapchat, since late 2016. Racusen’s exit represents the latest in a series of departures…

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Airbnb Is Offering The Chance To Spend A Night In The Louvre Glass Pyramid With A Private Show In The Museum, For Free

Have you ever wondered what would you do if you had all of the money in the world and anything was possible? Would you take a lavish expedition to the most beautiful private island in the world? Would you buy…

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Startups Weekly: Whats up with YC? Plus, mobility layoffs and Airbnbs grand plans

Where to begin … Netflix darling Marie Kondo is hitting up Sand Hill Road in search of $40 million to fund an ecommerce pulpit, Y Combinator is returning $150,000 to a startup constructing a $380,000 flying motorcycle( because why not)…

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Lightspeed announces new $560 million fund for China

Global investor Lightspeed is starting 2019 with its largest-ever fund for China, where it has backed a number of brand-new internet challengers. The firm announced the coming week that its fourth China fund has shut with a total fund commitment…

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Airbnb’s Newest Weapon Against Regulation: The Real Estate Industry

Everywhere you look, regulators are cracking down on Airbnb. In Paris, the company’s largest marketplace, multitudes must now cross-file with the city government and can only roll their dwellings for 120 darkness each year. In Amsterdam, new powers, which go…

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Bad Actors Are Using Social Media Exactly As Designed

When Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller announced criminal charges against Russian operatives for intervening with the 2016 presidential election, descriptions of how the Russians expended modern communications technologies were all too familiar. Journalists referred to the ways in which…

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