TechCrunch

Even the world’s largest bitcoin exchange couldn’t handle this week’s cryptocurrency boom
tonyrocha.com






 For those operating a bitcoin exchange — where people can buy cryptocoins — you’d imagine that the current surge in value for bitcoin and others like Ethereum’s ether coin is a dream come true. The answer is yes and no. Coinbase, the world’s most funded bitcoin exchange, was dragged offline by the massive increase in interest in the space. Users […]






77
Like
Save
Funding for real estate challenger Spruce shows New York’s startup scene is thriving
tonyrocha.com






 Spruce, a new startup looking to speed up the mortgage, has raised $4.5 million in its series A financing from Bessemer Venture Partners, Omidyar Network, and Third Prime Capital along with a slew of private angel investors. Founded by two former employees of the robo-advisory wealth management company Betterment, the new startup is notable for […]






52
Like
Save
Judge orders Uber to hand over to Waymo unredacted term sheet with Otto
tonyrocha.com






 Magistrate Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley ordered Thursday that Uber needs to hand over to Waymo the full, unredacted term sheet between Uber and Otto. By the end of the day. Corley ultimately decided there was no basis for Uber to redact the information because there was no privileged information shared with Otto prior to the […]






30
Like
Save
Watch Mark Zuckerberg’s Harvard commencement speech here
tonyrocha.com






 College dropout-turned-Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg finally got his degree today, and now he’s about to give Harvard’s 366th commencement speech. You can watch him speak here when he starts between 3pm and 3:30 Eastern Time, or just past noon on the west coast. We’ll embed the Facebook Live broadcast right here on TechCrunch, and provide […]






68
Like
Save
Tips for mastering Magikarp Jump, the next Pokémon masterpiece
tonyrocha.com






 Nearly two decades after the release of the original Pokémon Red and Blue in the U.S., the Pokémon company has come out with another true masterpiece. It’s called Magikarp Jump, which came out for iOS and Android earlier today. It’s about training Magikarp, the most beloved Pokémon in the universe, to jump as hard as […]






41
Like
Save
Rulai launches “low-code” chatbot development tool and raises $6.5 million
tonyrocha.com






 Customer experience chatbot developer Rulai has launched a new “low code” chatbot development tool and raised $6.5 million to roll it out. The development team at Rulai, with offices in Beijing and Campbell, Calif., is helmed by the renowned University of California, Santa Cruz, computer science professor Yi Zhang. Professor Zhang, the company’s chief technologist, […]






71
Like
Save
A U.S. senator has introduced the first bill to give gig workers benefits
tonyrocha.com






 While some in Silicon Valley indulge in free meals, laundry service and egg freezing, an estimated fifty percent of the workforce won’t even have basic benefits by 2020 — and Virginia Senator Mark Warner wants to do something about that. While legislators in Washington state have proposed a bill requiring a benefits program for gig workers, […]






80
Like
Save
Foursquare data shows international tourism to the U.S. is down
tonyrocha.com






 International tourism to the U.S. is down, according to Foursquare location data. Using data from 13 million users (who have opted in to always-on location trails), Foursquare can examine who walks in and out of 93 million public places across the globe. According to the firm, the U.S. market share of international tourism started to […]






71
Like
Save
R.I.P. Imzy
tonyrocha.com






 Imzy, the kinder, gentler online community platform, will be shutting down on June 23rd. Company co-founder Dan McComas made the announcement in a blog post today, stating his apologies and explaining to the community Imzy just couldn’t find its place in the market. Read More






43
Like
Save