How Kobalt is betting on music’s middle class and DIY stars

Streaming services have made music ubiquitous, driving more exploration by consumers who dont have to pay for each song or album individually. Musicians are correspondingly able to find their own niche of fans scattered around the world. (This is the third i… [+1937 chars]

Tonic launches a personalized news reader that respects user privacy

Personalization technology can lead to better experiences as it allows apps to customize their content for each individual user. But it can also chip away at user privacy. A company called Canopy wants to change that. It has developed a personalization engine… [+3560 chars]

At TechCrunch Disrupt, insights into key trends in venture capital

At TechCrunch Disrupt, the original tech startup conference, venture capitalists remain amongst the premier guests. VCs are responsible for helping startups — the focus of the three-day event — get off the ground and as such, they are often the most familiar… [+3614 chars]

Beats headphones will get iOS 13 audio sharing next week

Audio sharing is among the more delightful features arriving as part of Apples iOS 13 update. With it, users will be able to share songs across nearby device a sort of 2019 version of buying a headphone splitter or handing someone your earbud. Beats pinged … [+1068 chars]

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries resets ISS mission H-IIB rocket launch for September 24

After a setback last week due to a fire on the launch pad, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) is ready to take another shot at its HTV-8 mission to deliver supplies and other payloads to the International Space Station. The launch was originally scheduled for … [+1587 chars]

Lookiero closes $19M led by MMC Ventures to be the Stitch Fix for Europe

Lookiero, the online personal shopping service for clothes and accessories, has closed a $19 million funding round led by London-based VC MMC Ventures with support from existing investor All Iron Ventures, and new investors Bonsai Partners, 10x and Santander … [+2434 chars]

Vianai emerges with $50M seed and a mission to simplify machine learning tech

You don’t see a startup get a $50 million seed round all that often, but such was the case with Vianai, an early stage startup launched by Vishal Sikka, former Infosys managing director and SAP executive. The company launched recently with a big check and a v… [+3999 chars]

Alchemist Accelerator is launching a European program

Enterprise-focused startup accelerator Alchemist is expanding its footprint this morning with the launch of an initiative focused on European startups. While Alchemist was happy to accept European companies into their US program before they tell me they’ve h… [+1726 chars]

Google is investing $3.3B to build clean data centers in Europe

Google announced today that it was investing 3 billion euro (approximately $3.3 billion USD) to expand its data center presence in Europe. What’s more, the company pledged the data centers would be environmentally friendly. This new investment is in addition… [+2481 chars]

An Indian startup that uses WhatsApp to serve thousands with chronic disease raises $5.5M seed round

Another startup in India is cashing in on the popularity of WhatsApp, the most popular app in the country with more than 400 million users, to build a business around it. Digi-Prex is a seven-month old startup that runs an eponymous online subscription pharm… [+2277 chars]