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WHO Africa hosts hackathons, offers seed funds to fight COVID-19

The World Health Organization in Africa is holding virtual hackathons and offering up to $20,000 in seed-funds to finalists with digital solutions to stem COVID-19. The r

TechCrunch 6 Apr 2020 12:33 pm

Startek to boost sales, management ranks to speed turnaround

Startek has been focusing on improving profitability. In the fourth-quarter, it did not renew an low-margin engagement with an Indian telco and has been closing a few cen

The Economic Times 6 Apr 2020 12:18 pm

Kuwaiti investment company commits up to $100 million to Startup Battlefield alum Pure Harvest

Pure Harvest Smart Farms, a startup developing technology-enhanced greenhouses for agricultural developments across the Middle East, has received a commitment of up to $1

TechCrunch 6 Apr 2020 11:30 am

Open banking fintech Yapily raises $13M Series A

Yapily, one of a number of fintech startups that offer an opening banking API to let enterprises, such as financial service providers and merchants, connect to banks, has

TechCrunch 6 Apr 2020 10:30 am

Quibi launches its mobile streaming service in the middle of the quarantine era

Quibi, the much-hyped mobile app promising to deliver “quick bites” of video entertainment, is finally here. The company has been in the headlines for more th

TechCrunch 6 Apr 2020 9:30 am

Amidst Covid-19 lockdown, a Mumbai-based startup is providing emergency rides in the city

Lockdown isnt easy, especially for healthcare professionals, essential service providers and even those who need to visit hospitals frequently. Dedicated to help those in

The Economic Times 6 Apr 2020 9:20 am

Co-working companies offer sops, waive rents to retain clients

Several companies said that clients plan to invoke the force majeure, or 'Act of God', clause in their agreements.

The Economic Times 6 Apr 2020 9:04 am

Zoom CEO seeks redemption as trolls invade coronavirus haven

Zoombombing -- where unauthorized people get access to a meeting and share hate-speech or pornographic images -- started trending on social media. Security experts found

The Economic Times 6 Apr 2020 8:52 am

eGaming companies have a field day as virus keeps millions home

Paytm First Games reported a 200% increase in users in the past month as people stayed indoors.

The Economic Times 6 Apr 2020 8:11 am

Startups demand liquidity lifeline to stay afloat amidst Covid-19 crisis

Startup industry writes to FM seeking loans free of interest or linked to tax, GST refunds

The Economic Times 6 Apr 2020 7:42 am

Apple has sourced over 20 million protective masks, now building and shipping face shields

As it mobilizes its supply chain, employees, and partners to provide personal protective equipment to medical workers and others working to stop the spread of the COVID-1

TechCrunch 6 Apr 2020 6:09 am

Tesla shows how its building ventilators with car parts

Tesla is among a group of automakers retooling facilities to build ventilators for the Covid-19 crisis. In the following video, the company provides a behind-the-scene lo

TechCrunch 6 Apr 2020 6:03 am

Internet of Elephants launches Wildeverse, an AR game about endangered animals and conservation

On Friday, the Kenyan augmented reality game developer Internet of Elephants launched its latest game in partnership with the conservation science experts from the Borneo

TechCrunch 6 Apr 2020 3:25 am

GrubHub/Seamlesss pandemic initiatives are predatory and exploitative, and its time to stop using them

Times are exceptionally hard, especially for local restaurants, which were always in a precarious business even before the COVID-19 pandemic hit. But when times are hard,

TechCrunch 6 Apr 2020 1:30 am

Tech for good during COVID-19: Texts for frontline workers, a crisis prevention hotline and more

What do a heating filter company, a robotics startup and an architecture startup have in common? Usually, nothing. But right now, as COVID-19 sweeps the world and jeopard

TechCrunch 5 Apr 2020 11:07 pm

New York City bans Zoom in schools citing security concerns

As schools lie empty, students still have to learn. But officials in New York City say schools are not permitted to use Zoom for remote teaching, citing security concerns

TechCrunch 5 Apr 2020 10:44 pm

Original Content podcast: The Platform offers a gruesome metaphor for capitalism

“The Platform” is not a subtle movie. That’s true of its approach to horror, with intense, bloody scenes that prompted plenty of screaming and pausing f

TechCrunch 5 Apr 2020 12:48 am

Startups Weekly: SaaS companies feel the churn but hope for a brighter tomorrow

[Editors note: Want to get this free weekly recap of TechCrunch news that startups can use by email? Subscribe here.] There are a few online productivity stocks booming,

TechCrunch 4 Apr 2020 11:30 pm

New guidance on SBA loans means most startups are still excluded from $349 billion stimulus

Under new guidance issued by the Small Business Administration it seems non-profits and faith-based groups can apply for the Paycheck Protection Program loans designed to

TechCrunch 4 Apr 2020 11:23 pm

Why telehealth cant significantly flatten the coronavirus curveyet

Eli Cahan Contributor Share on Twitter Eli Cahan is a medical student at NYU on leave to complete a masters in health policy at Stanford as a Knight-Hennessy Scholar. His

TechCrunch 4 Apr 2020 10:37 pm

Cultivating adaptability is a pandemic coping skill

Its clear that the people who can let go of their past plans and embrace the new environment ahead will thrive.

TechCrunch 4 Apr 2020 8:29 pm

This Week in Apps: Zoom has issues, Pinterest founders new COVID-19 research app, record Q1 spending

This week... how the COVID-19 outbreak is impacting apps and the wider mobile app industry, more leaks about the new version of iOS, Apple bought Dark Sky, and more.

TechCrunch 4 Apr 2020 8:18 pm

The nudge factor: Parts of ecommerce industry will be likely winners of Covid-19 pandemic

Segments across e-commerce are helping ease peoples anxieties by helping bring solutions both virtually as well as to your doorstep. These testing times are bringing to f

The Economic Times 4 Apr 2020 11:28 am

View: Impact of COVID-19 on exports will be worse than the financial crisis of 2008

One fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic is that countries are increasingly likely to adopt more and more protectionist measures.

The Economic Times 4 Apr 2020 11:07 am

BigBasket and Grofers to hire 12,000 staff to meet demand surge

E-commerce companies have been facing a major manpower shortage, as migrant workers have returned to their native places, amid the virus outbreak.

The Economic Times 4 Apr 2020 10:39 am

Zomato, Swiggy orders drop 70% in 10 Days

Swiggy said about 60 to 70% of its cities are still shut for food delivery including few prominent ones like Vizag, Vadodara, Guwahati, Indore.

The Economic Times 4 Apr 2020 10:26 am

Zoom admits some calls were routed through China by mistake

Hours after security researchers at Citizen Lab reported that some Zoom calls were routed through China, the video conferencing platform has offered an apology and a part

TechCrunch 4 Apr 2020 5:42 am

Before suing NSO Group, Facebook allegedly sought their software to better spy on users

Facebook's WhatsApp is in the midst of a lawsuit against Israeli mobile surveillance outfit NSO Group. But before complaining about the company's methods, Facebook seems

TechCrunch 4 Apr 2020 5:07 am

As tech layoffs surge, some support emerges for those without a job

The massive surge of COVID-19-related layoffs has put tech in a unique position. While the startup world is facing layoffs itself, it is also trying to help get people ba

TechCrunch 4 Apr 2020 4:34 am

Zelos is like a cross-game battle pass, rewarding you for completing challenges in games you already play

People seem to love the concept of the battle pass. Largely popularized by Fortnite, battle passes reward players for playing well, and playing often. The better you do,

TechCrunch 4 Apr 2020 4:06 am

ZmURL customizes Zoom link previews with images & event sites

Sick of sharing those generic Zoom video call invites that all look the same? Wish your Zoom link preview’s headline and image actually described your meeting? Want

TechCrunch 4 Apr 2020 3:48 am

Google research makes for an effortless robotic dog trot

As capable as robots are, the original animals after which they tend to be designed are always much, much better. That's partly because it's difficult to learn how to wal

TechCrunch 4 Apr 2020 3:38 am

Want to survive the downturn? Better build a platform

When you look at the most successful companies in the world, they are almost never just one simple service. Instead, they offer a platform with a range of services and an

TechCrunch 4 Apr 2020 3:07 am

Pandemic puts the brakes on micromobility

As of this writing, nearly a million people globally have been infected with the novel coronavirus and 50,322 have died. Healthcare systems are overwhelmed, consumers and

TechCrunch 4 Apr 2020 2:36 am

Zoom will enable waiting rooms by default to stop Zoombombing

Zoom is making some drastic changes to prevent rampant abuse as trolls attack publicly-shared video calls. Starting April 5th, it will require passwords to enter calls vi

TechCrunch 4 Apr 2020 2:35 am

Stocks drop as unemployment spikes

Stocks fell in regular trading Friday, as all major American indices fell in the wake of a broadly negative jobs report. With more than 700,000 jobs lost in the March dat

TechCrunch 4 Apr 2020 1:44 am

The pandemic is already reshaping techs misinformation crisis

Since 2016, social media companies have faced an endless barrage of bad press and public criticism for failing to anticipate how their platforms could be used for dark pu

TechCrunch 4 Apr 2020 1:41 am

Artemis Fowl is skipping theaters for Disney+

With movie theaters largely closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Disney is pushing back its slate of upcoming films. And at least one movie won’t be making it into

TechCrunch 4 Apr 2020 1:40 am

How Homage is tackling Southeast Asias growing eldercare need

The worlds population is aging, but the needs of elderly people are still being underserved. A United Nations report found that older people make up more than one-fifth o

TechCrunch 4 Apr 2020 12:06 am

GM and Honda are co-developing two new electric vehicles due to arrive in 2024

GM and Honda will jointly develop two new electric vehicles slated for 2024, the latest move by the two automakers to deepen their existing partnership. Under the plan, t

TechCrunch 4 Apr 2020 12:04 am

Insight closes $9.5B fund to help support portfolio companies through the pandemic crunch

We’re now several weeks into what is has become a very big dip for the global economy due to the coronavirus pandemic, but amidst that, we are seeing are some notab

TechCrunch 4 Apr 2020 12:03 am

Sleep apnea retrofit designed by doctors and engineers could help address ventilator shortage

The FDA has been working to adapt its policies and restrictions to respond to the growing need for unconventional solutions like shortages of medical equipment needed for

TechCrunch 3 Apr 2020 10:59 pm

Germanys Xpension pension platform raises 25M in a Series C growth round

The German pension and insurance industry was a laggard in the world of online a few years ago, but in recent times it has quickly caught up. Theres further evidence of t

TechCrunch 3 Apr 2020 10:44 pm

Daily Crunch: Google publishes coronavirus mobility reports

Google uses its ad-tracking data to provide a glimpse at how the world is responding to coronavirus, the CDC changes its tune on face masks and Apple accidentally reveals

TechCrunch 3 Apr 2020 10:29 pm

Emergent BioSolutions gets $14.5M in federal funding to expedite COVID-19 plasma therapy development

Last week, we spoke to the head of Emergent BioSolutions’ Therapeutics Business Unit Dr. Laura Saward about her company’s work developing plasma-based potenti

TechCrunch 3 Apr 2020 10:24 pm

Bustle Digital Group lays off staff of The Outline as part of broader cuts

Bustle Digital Group, owner of a portfolio of digital media properties including Bustle itself, says it laid off two dozen staffers today. That includes eliminating the e

TechCrunch 3 Apr 2020 10:20 pm

Join prolific enterprise/SaaS seed investor Jonathan Lehr April 6 at 2pm EDT for a live conference call

Its a tough fundraising environment out there, but one of the few glimmers of hope lies in the enterprise and SaaS markets. Critical customer problems + recurring revenue

TechCrunch 3 Apr 2020 9:47 pm

OctoML raises $15M to make optimizing ML models easier

OctoML, a startup founded by the team behind the Apache TVM machine learning compiler stack project, today announced it has raised a $15 million Series A round led by Amp

TechCrunch 3 Apr 2020 8:30 pm

NASA details how it plans to establish a sustained human presence on the Moon

NASA’s Artemis program aims to bring humans back to the Moon, with the goal of staying there for good in the interest of pursuing additional science and exploration

TechCrunch 3 Apr 2020 7:55 pm

27 TV show recommendations from TechCrunch while youre stuck at home

With shelter-in-place orders worldwide, it’s never been a better time to curl up on the couch and loss oneself in a TV show. That’s what we’re doing. So

TechCrunch 3 Apr 2020 7:52 pm