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PSA: Is your iPhone suddenly crashing? Here’s why (and how to fix it)

Posted: 01 Dec 2017 11:13 PM PST

 Is your iOS device rebooting itself seemingly at random this morning? You’re not alone. Apple is having a pretty rough week when it comes to nasty software bugs. First there was that crazy admin login bypass in macOS – now a glitch is causing iOS devices around the world to crash. Read More

Crunch Report | Tinder is using AI to get you hooked up

Posted: 01 Dec 2017 08:00 PM PST

Tinder tests a new feature that uses AI to suggest who to “super like,” BlackBerry will pay Nokia $137 million over a contract dispute and Alibaba is looking to acquire technology and talent from Visualead in Tel Aviv. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

Elon Musk is putting his personal Tesla into Mars’ orbit

Posted: 01 Dec 2017 07:34 PM PST

 SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy, its most powerful reusable rocket to date, might have its first launch before the end of the year after all — and it’s going to include Elon Musk’s very own Tesla. Following reports that time was up for the launch in 2017 — it had originally been schedule for November — SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has seemingly confirmed that it will take… Read More

COMB+ announces a $77M fund to help AI startups enter China

Posted: 01 Dec 2017 07:14 PM PST

 Artificial intelligence is a hot topic in the tech industry with China — alongside the U.S. — emerging as a key market for talent, innovation and companies. While many AI firms head to the U.S. or set up operations Stateside, China is a harder market to crack for overseas companies. That’s where a new fund wants to help. China-based accelerator firm COMB+ is launching… Read More

Three Uber security managers reportedly resigned today

Posted: 01 Dec 2017 04:23 PM PST

 Three senior-level security managers resigned from Uber today, Reuters reported earlier today. One of the three who resigned, Pooja Ashok, was chief of staff to now-former Chief Security Officer Joe Sullivan. Sullivan was fired last week for trying to hide the security breach that affected about 57 million riders and 600,00 drivers. The other two who resigned were Prithvi Rai, a senior… Read More

A prescription for healing the healthcare industry

Posted: 01 Dec 2017 02:40 PM PST

 The year is 1900. Life expectancy is 47 years. Almost all hospitals in the U.S. are nonprofit institutions founded by religious organizations. Fast-forward to today. Healthcare in the U.S. has ballooned into a massive industry worth $3 trillion. The U.S. spends roughly three times more than most other first-world countries, yet, all that spending has not resulted in superior outcomes. Read More

Netflix has officially renewed ‘Stranger Things’ for a third season

Posted: 01 Dec 2017 12:40 PM PST

 What pleasant news to end the week on. Netflix announced today its plans to renew the hit Stranger Things for a third season. The announcement came shortly after Netflix asked the Twitterverse if the streaming media company should make another season. Read More

Mapbox acquires augmented reality activity tracking app Fitness AR

Posted: 01 Dec 2017 12:38 PM PST

 Open-source mapping platform Mapbox has acquired activity tracking app Fitness AR, which allows users to view runs, hikes or cycling routes from Strava superimposed on a 3D map of the terrain. Read More

Twitter changes reason for not removing anti-Muslim videos retweeted by Trump

Posted: 01 Dec 2017 12:19 PM PST

 Twitter is standing by its earlier decision to keep up a series of graphic anti-Muslim videos retweeted by President Trump earlier this week — though it’s attempting to reframe its reason for doing so. CEO Jack Dorsey took to the site to retract an earlier statement that Twitter support had left the videos live due to their being “newsworthy for public interest,” a… Read More

Shervin Pishevar responds to allegations of sexual misconduct, calling it a ‘smear campaign’

Posted: 01 Dec 2017 11:20 AM PST

 Early yesterday evening, a story broke on Bloomberg alleging Uber investor and Hyperloop One co-founder Shervin Pishevar had used his position of power to make unwanted sexual advances to at least five women. Pishevar, through his lawyer, now says these allegations are part of a “smear campaign” against him. Read More

A look through TransferWise’s early pitch deck

Posted: 01 Dec 2017 10:26 AM PST

 Nearly seven years ago, TransferWise was readying the launch of its international money transfer service with bated breath. Co-founder Taavet Hinrikus would later tell me that he wasn’t entirely sure at the time if anyone would use the product. It certainly put the minimal in MVP. The startup’s first media coverage (on TechCrunch, of course) led to the first $1,000 being transferred. Read More

Tencent CEO joins Breakthrough Prize as founding sponsor

Posted: 01 Dec 2017 09:34 AM PST

 Tencent founder and CEO Ma Huateng (Pony Ma) is joining the Breakthrough Prize, sometimes referred to as “the Oscars of Science,” as a founding sponsor. He joins the likes of co-sponsors Sergey Brin of Google, Yuri Milner of DST Global, Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, Anne Wojcicki of 23andMe and others. “Fundamental science is the bedrock of technological advancement,”… Read More

BlackBerry will pay Nokia $137 million over a contract dispute

Posted: 01 Dec 2017 09:23 AM PST

 It’s been a while since Nokia and BlackBerry were bitter smartphone rivals, but there’s plenty of bad blood left between the two companies. This morning, BlackBerry threw in the towel on the battle, agreeing to pay $137 million to the Finnish company. The award stems from a 2016 dispute over patent licensing contract. The details of the contract aren’t clear, but the… Read More

Apple’s hand is down and its $1 trillion dream now rests with consumers

Posted: 01 Dec 2017 08:37 AM PST

 As we head into the end of 2017, it’s pretty safe to say that Apple’s fate — barring any major issue with its phones — is now in the hands of its consumers. With the iPhone X now in stores (if you catch them at the right time), Apple has now laid down its hand and waits to see where consumer demand lands. Read More

Flowspace is AWS for warehouses

Posted: 01 Dec 2017 08:26 AM PST

 Got too much internet traffic? Get servers on demand from Amazon Web Services. Got too many pallets of physical goods? Well now you can get on-demand warehousing from Flowspace. The startup aims to become the next critical logistics service by making atoms as easy to store and ship as bits. Read More

Uber’s Indian rival Ola begins offering a bicycle-sharing service

Posted: 01 Dec 2017 08:00 AM PST

 Ola, the company battling Uber in India, has turned to pedal power after it introduced a bike-sharing service. China’s Didi Chuxing and Grab in Southeast Asia have invested in bike-sharing companies, which offered dock-less bikes that users can pick up across a city and leave anywhere they want when they’re done, and now Ola — which recently raised $1.1 billion in fresh… Read More

Periscope expands virtual tipping via Super Hearts beyond the U.S.

Posted: 01 Dec 2017 07:54 AM PST

 Twitter’s big push to draw in more live video stars to its Periscope streaming service is now expanding beyond the U.S. The company announced today the Periscope Super Broadcaster program, which allows video stars to earn revenue from their streams through a virtual tipping mechanism, is now available in Canada, Ireland, and the U.K. Other countries will be added to the program soon,… Read More

Amazon’s Treasure Truck is hitting the road in the U.K.

Posted: 01 Dec 2017 07:42 AM PST

 After slowly rolling out across the U.S. over the past two years, Amazon’s Treasure Truck is ready for a bit of international expansion. As with its Stateside introduction, the company’s taking baby steps toward bringing the deal-sporting vehicle to U.K. shores, kicking things off in London and Manchester. The company’s not really giving specifics about the timeframe here… Read More

Tinder tests a new feature that uses A.I. to suggest who to ‘Super Like’

Posted: 01 Dec 2017 07:27 AM PST

 If you’ve ever quickly swiped through Tinder, you know that sometimes your fingers can get away from you – and, all of a sudden, you’ve Super Liked someone without meaning to. Oops! Tinder today is addressing that problem with a new feature now testing in select markets that will make Super Liking a more intentional experience. Called “Super Likeable,” the… Read More

Equity podcast: Uber’s big discount, more money for Pokémon, and Jeff Bezos is worth how much?

Posted: 01 Dec 2017 06:10 AM PST

 Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-themed podcast where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This week Katie Roof and Alex Wilhelm were joined by Heather Hartnett of Human Ventures. It has been a surprisingly newsy November, so we narrowed ourselves to just a few topics: Uber, Niantic, Meetup, and Jeff Bezos’ checking account. First up, Uber.… Read More