Nintendo is bringing Mario Kart to mobile


This post is by Jon Russell from TechCrunch


Click here to view on the original site: Original Post




 In news that will excite every Nintendo fan on the planet, the Japanese gaming giant just announced that it will bring its hugely popular Mario Kart series to mobile. Nintendo teased the upcoming development of ‘Mario Kart Tour’ which it said will be released sometime before March 2019. A long wait, indeed, and for now we have no additional details. But, for most enthusiasts,… Read More

Elon Musk sold all 20K Boring flamethrowers, bringing in $10M


This post is by Darrell Etherington from TechCrunch


Click here to view on the original site: Original Post




 Elon Musk’s flamethrower, branded and sold via The Boring Company, his new tunnel digging venture, is now all sold out. That means 20,000 buyers have secured pre-orders, and at $500 per, that adds up to $10 million in committed funds heading to The Boring Co’s coffers.
Musk started selling these via The Boring Company’s website just a few short days ago, on Saturday, January 27. Read More

Nextdoor is expanding to France to connect neighbors


This post is by Romain Dillet from TechCrunch


Click here to view on the original site: Original Post




 After a slow and steady expansion across the U.S., social platform Nextdoor is now launching its fourth country outside of its home country. Nextdoor is a sort of tiny Facebook for neighborhoods. It’s a good way to connect with your neighbors, exchange tips, buy and sell things and more.
“The launch of Nextdoor in France represents a critical step in our continued European expansion. Read More

A new study of Airbnb paints an ugly picture of the company’s impact on New York City housing


This post is by Taylor Hatmaker from TechCrunch


Click here to view on the original site: Original Post




 For anyone who knows their city well, it’s easy to see that the short-term rental boom spurred by Airbnb’s massive popularity is changing things. Figuring out what exactly is changing and how quickly is trickier. In New York, those changes are have kept Airbnb and city regulators engaged in a multi-year war over what’s really good for the city. A new deep dive into the… Read More

CrapFi


This post is by Om Malik from Om Malik


Click here to view on the original site: Original Post




A few years ago, the very idea of internet access in an aluminum tube hurling at hundreds of miles an hour through the stratosphere, was jaw dropping. These days, the very same idea is jaw-clinching, instead. As the number of folks who have opted to stay connected increases, the in-air internet service providers have failed to meet the necessary bandwidth requirements. It is virtually impossible to do any real work — emails and basics web lookups — on the plane.

I usually use flying as my time to sleep and meditate, because deep down I know not to bother with GoGo or UnitedWiFi. I might as well light up a cigar with a $20 bill. Today, I needed to send an urgent email and download a google doc. Two hours and $8.99 later, it hasn’t happened. The irony isn’t lost on me: above the cloud, the cloud dies a Continue reading “CrapFi”

SpaceX’s rocket booster survived descent despite no landing attempt


This post is by Darrell Etherington from TechCrunch


Click here to view on the original site: Original Post




 SpaceX flew a mission today that didn’t include a controlled recovery attempt of the Falcon 9 booster involved in the launch. Even still, the first stage survived the return to Earth pretty much intact, and the company will now try to recover it from the Atlantic Ocean to see what kind of shape it’s in. Read More

Mobile delivers high exit multiples despite broader market slowdown


This post is by Jason Rowley from TechCrunch


Click here to view on the original site: Original Post




 In the world of mobile apps, numbers come in two sizes: big and bigger. More than one billion people use Facebook’s mobile app every day. But what about the financial side of the mobile business; specifically, venture investment and returns? By looking at the numbers behind two different ends of the startup life cycle, a reasonable understanding of the mobile market today can be had. Read More

Watch what it actually looks like when CRISPR snips a strand of DNA


This post is by Devin Coldewey from TechCrunch


Click here to view on the original site: Original Post




 The CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing technique is an important concept to know about in these days of biotech advances, but it can be pretty difficult to visualize properly. Is it really like molecular scissors? Where does the DNA go? Is it a big molecule or a small one? Fortunately a group has created a 3D animation of the process that shows it at the molecular level. Read More

Equifax launches its credit locking app and extends free credit freezes through June


This post is by Taylor Hatmaker from TechCrunch


Click here to view on the original site: Original Post




 Today was supposed to be the deadline for Equifax’s free credit freeze offering, but the company has decided to extend the service to consumers for another five months. Now, Equifax customers can request a credit freeze through June 30. Still, January 31 is the last day to cash in on free credit monitoring through Equifax’s TrustedID Premier program. Read More

Engine Biosciences raises $10 million in Southeast Asia’s largest institutional seed round


This post is by Jonathan Shieber from TechCrunch


Click here to view on the original site: Original Post




 Life sciences startups in Asia are getting another boost with the $10 million investment in Engine Biosciences — a biotech company that’s applying machine learning to genomics for drug discovery. With its headquarters in both Singapore and San Francisco, the company has managed to attract some impressive investors from both the U.S. and Asia. The round was co-led by Danhua… Read More

Pandora is laying off about 5 percent of workforce


This post is by Megan Rose Dickey from TechCrunch


Click here to view on the original site: Original Post




 Streaming music service Pandora is laying off about five percent of its employee base and taking “other cost-saving measures” in an attempt to save about $45 million annually. According to Pandora’s 8-K filing, employees were notified today of the plan and the company expects the staff reduction to be complete by the end of Q1 2018. Read More

Soraa’s new light bulbs skip the smart home and focus on the science of the color spectrum


This post is by Brian Heater from TechCrunch


Click here to view on the original site: Original Post




 Everyone’s trying to build a better light bulb. These days, that means things like adjustable colors and smart home connectivity. Bay Area startup Soraa is skipping all the noise for the moment, instead making color its primary focus. For five years, the company’s been producing products for places like art galleries and hotels, where color balance is a big part of the experience. Read More

EBay Q4 falls slightly short on sales of $2.6B, EPS in line at $0.59, full year revenues of $9.6B


This post is by Ingrid Lunden from TechCrunch


Click here to view on the original site: Original Post




 EBay reported its Q4 and full-year earnings after market close today, where it reported sales of $2.6 billion and adjusted earnings per share of $0.59 for the quarter (versus $0.54 a year ago), and $9.6 billion in revenues for the year. While the holiday season, which fell into the quarter that ended December 31, is traditionally a huge time for e-commerce companies, in the case of this… Read More

WhatsApp hits 1.5 billion monthly users. $19B? Not so bad.


This post is by Josh Constine from TechCrunch


Click here to view on the original site: Original Post




 Facebook’s $19 billion acquisition of WhatsApp sounds smarter and smarter. CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced on the Q4 2017 earnings call today that WhatsApp now has 1.5 billion users and sees 60 billion messages sent per day. That’s compared to 1.3 billion monthly users and 1 billion daily active users in July. Read More

Shutterfly stock hits all-time high after snapping up the leader in kids’ class photos


This post is by Jonathan Shieber from TechCrunch


Click here to view on the original site: Original Post




 One day after announcing strong earnings and the massive strategic acquisition of the leader in yearbook and school photos, Shutterfly is watching its shares soar.
It’s quite a turn for a company that just over a year ago was staring at a massive new market competitor in Amazon, whose entry into the personalized photo sharing market caused Shutterfly’s stock to tumble.
By… Read More

SpaceX successfully launches GovSat-1 on a flight proven Falcon 9


This post is by Darrell Etherington from TechCrunch


Click here to view on the original site: Original Post




 SpaceX has launched a Falcon 9 rocket loaded with a geocommunications satellite commissioned by the Government of Luxembourg. The satellite, created by Orbital STK and to be operated by SES, will support humanitarian and military operations for Luxembourg, among other communications functions.
The rocket took off from Cape Canaveral on Wednesday, a day after its initial planned launch. The… Read More

PayPal sees 24% revenue growth in its latest quarter


This post is by Katie Roof from TechCrunch


Click here to view on the original site: Original Post




 PayPal impressed Wall Street when it reported fourth-quarter earnings after the bell on Wednesday. The global payments giant beat analyst expectations for both sales and profit. PayPal reported $3.71 billion in revenue on a foreign-exchange neutral basis, or 24% growth from the same period last year. Analysts were expecting $3.63 billion in revenue for the quarter. Adjusted earnings per… Read More

Facebook reduces time spent by 2 min/user/day to push well-being


This post is by Josh Constine from TechCrunch


Click here to view on the original site: Original Post




 Facebook is putting its short-term money where it’s mouth is, reducing the presence of viral videos in an effort to boost well-being of users of its site. Today in Facebook’s Q4 2017 earnings report CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that “Already last quarter, we made changes to show fewer viral videos to make sure people’s time is well spent. In total, we made changes… Read More