Elon Musk Said It Was 'Not A Flamethrower.'

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Wattpad, the storytelling platform, is selling to South Korea's Naver for $600 million: Connie Loizos


Wattpad, a 14-year-old, Toronto-based, venture-backed storytelling platform with reach into a number of verticals, is being acquired Naver, the South Korean conglomerate, in a $600 million cash-and-stock deal. Naver plans to incorporate at least part of the b…

Reflections on the first all-virtual CES: Brian Heater


I’ve spent more time than I care to mention over the last several years wondering aloud about the value of in-person trade shows. There’s something seemingly antiquated in the idea of jamming a bunch of people in a room, walking from booth to booth. Sure, the…

Brave web browser adds native support for peer-to-peer IPFS protocol: Lucas Matney


The decentralized tech community is aiming to find support for technologies that go beyond cryptocurrency support. In a blog post, today the team at Brave announced that they have worked with Protocol Labs to integrate native support for the InterPlanetary Fi…

Elon Musk said it was 'Not a Flamethrower.': Mark Harris


After two days locked up in an Italian prison, American Max Craddock was finally able to make his case to a judge. “It’s not a weapon of war,” his lawyer told the investigating magistrate. “It’s a toy they sell to children.” Craddock had been arrested in the …

Daily Crunch: Microsoft backs Cruise: Anthony Ha


Autonomous vehicle company Cruise raises a $2 billion new round, Netflix keeps growing and WhatsApp faces more privacy concerns. This is your Daily Crunch for January 19, 2021. The big story: Microsoft backs Cruise Cruise announced today that it has raised $2…

Podchaser raises $4m to build a comprehensive podcast database: Anthony Ha


Podchaser, a startup building what it calls “IMDB for podcasts,” recently announced that it has raised $4 million in a funding round led by Greycroft. In other words, it’s a site where — similar to the Amazon-owned Internet Movie Database — users can look up …

Adthena acquires Kantar's paid search business: Anthony Ha


Adthena is expanding its partnership with market research company Kantar by acquiring Kantar’s paid search business. The two companies announced an agreement earlier this month, through which Adthena data will be integrated into Kantar’s ad intelligence produ…

Drone-focused construction startup TraceAir raises $3.5M: Brian Heater


Bay Area-based construction startup TraceAir today announced a $3.5 million Series A. Led by London-based XTX Ventures, this round brings the company’s total funding up to $7 million. The raise includes existing investor Metropolis VC, along with new addition…

Facebook and Instagram's AI-generated image captions now offer far more details: Devin Coldewey


Every picture posted to Facebook and Instagram gets a caption generated by an image analysis AI, and that AI just got a lot smarter. The improved system should be a treat for visually impaired users, and may help you find your photos faster in the future. Alt…

Netflix's 'Shuffle Play' feature will roll out to all users worldwide this year: Sarah Perez


Netflix is always in search of a better way to instantly connect users to something to watch, instead of having them waste time unsuccessfully scrolling through all the available programming options. Now, the company says a recent test focused on solving this…


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