Apple acquires sleep tracking company Beddit, but its site will stay live

 Apple has acquired a sleep tracking hardware and software company, TechCrunch has confirmed. News of the acquisition was first reported by CNBC. In a post on Beddit‘s privacy policy...

Citing FBI handling of Clinton emails, Donald Trump fires James Comey

 President Donald Trump has fired FBI Director James Comey. In his letter to Comey, Trump said the move was recommended by Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General...

The real promise of regulatory technology

 The future of banking is algorithmic. Bringing together big data and predictive analytics is already enabling financial service providers to make better real-time decisions on loans and other products,...

Shape-shifting fog display ushers in a whole new world of holograms

Researchers at the U.K.’s University of Sussex have developed an interactive, shape-changing fog display that projects 3D-looking images directly onto a thin wall of mist floating in midair. The post...

These are the three things one Silicon Valley VC wants to hear on Snap’s...

 Goodwater Capital, a two-year-old, San Mateo, Ca.-based early-stage venture firm, has been trying to stake out new territory for itself by publishing a steady stream of research and tools that...

Don’t worry about this court case the FCC is so excited about

 Just a quick PSA. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai just issued a statement in support of a federal court agreeing to re-hear a certain case that does, in fact, have...

Guesty raises $3M to be a Salesforce for property managers

 Growth and consolidation in vacation marketplaces has driven investment into the short-term rentals market. Some analysts are even projecting the short-term rentals market to hit $169.7B by 2019 and $193.9B by 2021 due to changes in the travel industry...

Axon (formerly Taser) grows like a weed as it refocuses on body cams

 Taser’s decision to relaunch itself as Axon and give away thousands of body cameras could have been interpreted either as a growing company looking to expand or a desperate...

After leaving Accel, Fred Destin is raising seed fund with Twenty Minute VC host...

 In a move that is bound to raise more than a few eyebrows in the London VC community and beyond, TechCrunch has learned that the ex-Accel VC is joining...

Social music startup Smule raises $54M for Asian expansion

 Smule, maker of Sing! Karaoke and other social music apps, announced yesterday that it has raised $54 million in a round by Chinese company Tencent. Adams Street Partners, Bessemer...

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Nyansa lands $15 million led by Intel Capital to grow user performance management

 Companies like New Relic and AppDynamics have been offering applications performance management solutions to help operations teams track external performance issues for years. Nyansa (pronounced...

BeMyEye, the startup that lets companies crowdsource in-store data, acquires rival Task360

 In a move that represents further consolidation in the crowdsourced in-store data gathering space, London-headquartered BeMyEye has acquired U.K. rival Task360. Similar to BeMyEye,...

WhatsApp reportedly testing anti-chain letter spam warning

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