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The savage genius of SoftBank funding competitors

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Venture financiers aren’t supposed to make their portfolio fellowships duel to the death. There’s a long-standing but unofficial principle that investors shouldn’t fund several opponents in the same space. Conflicts in the best interests could develop, information about one startup’s strategy could be improperly shared with the other, and the companies could become questionable of…

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Having trouble with Amazon Alexa? You’re not the only one. [Update: It’s fixed.]

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Update: An Amazon spokesperson told TechCrunch” This afternoon we had an issue that impacted some Alexa customers’ ability to interact with the service. The Alexa service is now operating normally .” If your requests to Alexa are being met with reactions like “I’m having some agitate, satisfy try again last-minute, ” you are not alone.…

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Indiegogo hires Reddit’s Andy Yang as new CEO

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Indiegogo has a brand-new manager. Andy Yang will take over for outgoing CEO David Mandelbrot who is stepping down. According to beginnings close to the company, several other Indiegogo employees are also leaving. Indiegogo has yet to confirm this claim or mood the count or intellect for their departure. Mandelbrot announced the move on LinkedIn,…

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Documentary series Foundation is back with a season 2

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Paris startup campus Station F and Le Studio Next have teamed up once again for a second season of Foundation, a documentary series about improving a startup. If you liked the first season, you’ll is all right at home. A video team obeyed the entrepreneurs working for three startups through their work issues, their personal…

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How to avoid PR disasters, the new web, and who owns Huawei?

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Soon: Live conference call with Anthony Ha on TED At 2pm EST/ 11 am PST, we will have TechCrunch novelist Anthony Ha talking live with Extra Crunch readers about all things TED meet, which was last week in Vancouver. Come forearmed with your questions, or send us an email if you want us to ask…

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Fearing an escalation of the trade war with China, stock markets plummet… then rally

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Stock business declined today as investors worried about the potential for an escalating trade war with China sold off shares. Markets had been trading near or above all-time high-flowns before President Donald Trump threatened to significantly increase tariffs on Chinese goods. The bulletin sent stock market into a free-fall in mid-day trading, but world markets…

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Samsung made a vertical TV for watching smartphone videos

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So it’s come to this. After years of letter boxes and enraged commenters, the electronics life is eventually giving in and developing hardware designed to view vertical videos. Time to pack it in, the portrait-mode crap-shooters have won, and their honour is this ridiculous 43 -inch TV from Samsung. The Sero joins a handful of…

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The curious case of Slack’s missing $162 million

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Slack has filed its S-1 registration statement with the SEC in preparation for its direct register. One interesting dataset that usually comes out of these S-1s is the company’s actual fundraising biography. Slack has raised eight primary rounds( successions -AH ), and 15 rounds total when including individual tranches since it incorporated on February 25,…

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Hong Kong insurance tech startup OneDegree extends its Series A to a total of $30 million

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OneDegree, an guarantee technology startup based in Hong Kong, has announced it has extended its Series A round to $30 million, up from the $25.5 million it announced in September. Its increase, which the company is calling its “A2” round, was led by BitRock Capital, an investment firm that focuses on business tech. Cyberport Macro…

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Qualcomm stock skyrockets 23% as Apple legal battle concludes

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Qualcomm asset tided after the announcement that the company has decided its multi-billion-dollar disputes with Apple. At busines close Qualcomm’s stock cost agreed at $70.45 after opening at $57.46. The stock surge showcases just how surprising the resolution is, especially given how wholeheartedly Apple appeared to be moving forward with Intel to keep Qualcomm tech…

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