Twitter acquires screen-sharing social app Squad

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Today, Twitter announced that it is acquiring Squad and that the team from the screen-sharing social app will be joining Twitter’s ranks. Squad’s co-founders, CEO Esther Crawford and CTO Ethan Sutin, and the rest of the team will be coming aboard inside Twitter’s design, engineering and product departments, Twitter tells us. Crawford specifically notes that … Read more

FDA grants emergency use authorization for Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine, distribution to begin within days

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer and its partner BioNTech, the New York Times first reported on Friday night, and later supported by The Wall Street Journal. This EUA follows a recommendation by an independent panel of experts commissioned by the … Read more

Cloud-gaming platforms were 2020’s most overhyped trend

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It was an unprecedented year for [insert anything under the sun], and while plenty of tech verticals saw shifts that warped business models and shifted user habits, the gaming industry experienced plenty of new ideas in 2020. However, the loudest trends don’t always take hold as predicted. This year, Google, Microsoft, Facebook and Amazon each … Read more

Benchmark fills out its, yes, bench, with Miles Grimshaw

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Benchmark, the storied venture firm, has brought aboard a fifth general partner: 29-year-old Miles Grimshaw, a Yale graduate who joins the outfit from Thrive Capital, where he similarly joined a team of four other partners back in 2013, helping them raise the firm’s fourth and fifth funds (per Forbes). From his post as a general … Read more

Daily Crunch: Hyundai acquires 80% stake in Boston Robotics

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Hyundai takes a controlling stake in an iconic robotics company, Twitter acquires a screen-sharing startup and we round up some security-themed gift ideas. This is your Daily Crunch for December 11, 2020. The big story: Hyundai acquires 80% stake in Boston Robotics Boston Robotics is behind a number of impressive robots, including the dog-like quadruped … Read more

Oracle is headed to Texas now, too

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Austinites, watch out; another tech company is headed into town. Just days after Tesla CEO Elon Musk revealed during an interview that he has moved to Texas, and less than two weeks after HP Enterprises, a spin-out of one of the iconic Silicon Valley company Hewlett-Packard, announced that it is separately moving to Texas, yet … Read more

Give the gift of Extra Crunch for 25% off

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This holiday season, TechCrunch readers can send an Extra Crunch annual membership as a gift to a friend, family member or co-worker for 25% off.  The gifting feature can be found here. Extra Crunch is our membership program that helps you spot technology trends and opportunities, build better startups and stay connected. It features thousands … Read more

Here comes the Faraday fabric

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You don’t have to buy into 5G conspiracy theories to think that you could do with a little less radiation in your life. One way of blocking radiation is a Faraday cage, but this is usually a metal mesh of some kind, making everyday use difficult. Researchers at Drexel University have managed to create a … Read more

What to expect while fundraising in 2021

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Russ Heddleston Contributor Share on Twitter Russ is the co-founder and CEO of DocSend. He was previously a product manager at Facebook, where he arrived via the acquisition of his startup Pursuit.com, and has held roles at Dropbox, Greystripe and Trulia. Follow him here: @rheddleston and @docsend More posts by this contributor What Q2 fundraising … Read more