Trump returns to Twitter with what sounds like a concession speech


It’s been a long couple of days for the country, but President Trump only had to wait 12 hours before returning to his social network of choice. In an uncharacteristically scripted three-ish minute speech, the president denounced the “heinous attack” on the Capitol. “The demonstrators who infiltrated the Capitol have defiled the seat of American … Read more

Detroit’s Ludlow Ventures goes for fund four


Ludlow Ventures, an 11-year-old, Detroit-based seed-stage venture firm, is in the process of closing on $65 million in capital commitments for its fourth and newest fund, shows SEC paperwork filed this week. We reached out to firm founder Jonathan Triest, who declined to comment, citing SEC regulations. Ludlow closed its previous fund, a $45 million … Read more

RedHat is acquiring container security company StackRox


RedHat today announced that it’s acquiring container security startup StackRox . The companies did not share the purchase price. RedHat, which is perhaps best known for its enterprise Linux products has been making the shift to the cloud in recent years. IBM purchased the company in 2018 for a hefty $34 billion and has been … Read more

Connecting employer healthcare plans to surgical centers of excellence nets Carrum Health $40 million


Six years after launching its service linking employer-sponsored insurance plans with surgical centers of excellence, the Carrum Health has raised $40 million in a new round of financing to capitalize on tailwinds propelling its business forward.  As the COVID-19 pandemic exposes cracks in the U.S. healthcare system, one of the ways that employers have tried … Read more

Twitch disables Trump’s channel until end of his term to ‘minimize harm’ during transition


Following a slate of temporary and permanent bans from a number of the top online platforms, popular video streaming service Twitch today confirmed that it has disabled the President of the United States’ account. A spokesperson for the site told TechCrunch, In light of yesterday’s shocking attack on the Capitol, we have disabled President Trump’s … Read more

YouTube will start penalizing channels that post election misinformation


YouTube just announced that channels publishing “false claims” about the U.S. presidential election will be penalized with a strike, which would temporarily suspend them from posting videos. If you’re wondering why it took this long, YouTube announced last month (a full month after the presidential election, but right after the “safe harbor” deadline for audits … Read more

The tech-powered wave of smart, not slow, tutoring sessions


While starting a tutoring marketplace is easy, scaling is often where the troubles begin. Tutoring marketplaces require a base of tutors that have the bandwidth and empathy to work with students across different learning styles, goals and comprehension levels. The nuance means that fast scale isn’t foolproof and can lead edtech startups into a classic … Read more

Twitter will reinstate Trump’s account following his deletion of tweets


A Twitter spokesperson has confirmed with TechCrunch this morning that Trump has deleted three tweets that led to the temporarily suspension of this account last night. Twitter locked the account pending deletion of the offending tweets on Wednesday following the riot and siege of the Capitol building in Washington, D.C., and said that the suspension … Read more