Meet Mobike, a billion-dollar bike-sharing startup from China

 Bike-sharing is the year’s hottest tech trend in China. The two biggest startups in the space have pulled in more than $1 billion cumulatively from VCs this year alone, and at valuations that exceed $1 billion — yet their businesses, and the bikes themselves, are not well known in the U.S. and other parts of the world outside of China. During our recent TechCrunch China event… Read More

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How to find the ‘right’ contacts at Disrupt SF

 Everyone who has ever been to a tech conference knows the feeling: You’re excited to walk into a giant hall buzzing with people, but a heartbeat later you’re anxious and wondering, “Nuts, how am I ever going to find the people I really want to know?” At many shows, there is no good answer except to walk and talk fast. At TechCrunch Disrupt SF we have a better answer… Read More

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Google Play Movies & TV rolls out support for HDR video on Chromecast Ultra

 Google Play Movies & TV today becomes the latest video provider to roll out support for HDR (high dynamic range) video, Google announced today. HDR video is designed to improve picture quality, as it’s able to produce richer colors and offer better contrast between the bright areas of the screen and darker parts of the image. That means HDR video looks more like real life, when… Read More

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Nodle.io uses Bluetooth to build delay-tolerant IoT networks

 As the number of Internet of Things (IoT) devices continues to grow at an exponential rate, it’s becoming clear that we also need the right networks to connect these devices to each other and the wider internet. Standard procedure these days is to use either a built-in 3G or 4G card, which makes devices bulky, or a low-power wide area network like LoRa or Sigfox. Nodle.io, which is… Read More

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Bitly sells a majority stake to Spectrum Equity for $63M

Bitly Bitly is announcing that it has raised $63 million in additional funding from Spectrum Equity — a deal that gives the growth equity firm a majority stake in Bitly.
Founded in 2008, the company was initially known for providing a handy link shortening tool for anyone with a Twitter account, but it’s now focused on using link shortening as a way to provide more control and data to… Read More

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Roku hits 15 million monthly users, 7 billion hours streamed in first half of 2017

 The trend towards cord cutting has helped streaming media device maker Roku reach a new milestone, the company announced this morning. Roku now has 15 million monthly active users across its platform, as of June 30, 2017 – a figure that’s up by 43 percent over the same time last year, and up from the 13 million accounts it announced in January. The figure isn’t a proxy for… Read More

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