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September 8, 2017

Spotify is starting a music event as Apple ends its music festival

 Last week, Apple announced it would stop its annual music festival in the U.K. While it seems like a coincidence, Spotify just announced it is launching its own music event later this year called Who We Be, named after a popular playlist on Spotify with 143,000 subscribers. The event will take place on November 30th […]

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September 8, 2017

Silicon Valley mockumentary ‘Bubbleproof’ will premiere at Disrupt SF

 Reputation.com founder Michael Fertik is ready to give up on startup life. To lure him back, venture capitalist David Cowan raises a $200 million early-stage fund, with Cowan serving as both partner and mentor. Naturally, things go off the rails pretty quickly. That’s the setup for Bubbleproof, a new mockumentary from Femtofilm. We’re excited to premiere the […]

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September 8, 2017

Zelle, the U.S. banks’ Venmo rival, will launch its mobile app next week

 Zelle, the PayPal rival backed by more than 30 U.S. banks, is preparing to launch its standalone mobile app on Tuesday, September 12th. The move is meant to give the U.S. banking industry a foothold in the person-to-person payments business, where they’re losing ground to services like PayPal, Venmo, Square Cash and, very soon, Apple’s […]

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September 8, 2017

Equifax’s stock is plummeting after it reported a massive security breach

 Shares of credit reporting service Equifax are collapsing — down more than 13% — in the morning trading hours after the company reported a security breach yesterday that could involve 143 million customers. That breach included sensitive data like social security numbers, date of birth, addresses, and potentially drivers license numbers. All in all, this is […]

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September 8, 2017

Here comes the class action lawsuit after Equifax’s massive hack

 Yesterday, Equifax announced that a hacker obtained information about 143 million consumers. This data included Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some cases, driver’s license numbers. Equifax customers are obviously really, really mad. So it’s not surprising that Bloomberg discovered that a class action lawsuit was filed against Equifax. Hacks have become… Read […]

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September 8, 2017

Original Content turns a ‘Little Evil’

 It’s a familiar story: Woman joins satanic cult, woman becomes mysteriously pregnant, child kills one boyfriend after another, child is probably the Antichrist. For the latest episode of TechCrunch’s Original Content podcast, we take a break from superheroes and review Little Evil, a Netflix film offering a comedic twist on Rosemary’s Baby and The Omen. […]

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September 8, 2017

It’s time to build our own Equifax with blackjack and crypto

 The private data of 143 million Equifax “customers” is now available for download. Have no doubt: This means you will be hacked. This means your SIM card can be spoofed. This means someone will try to get into your email and online accounts. This means someone will try to open a credit card in your […]

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September 8, 2017

Facebook plans to spend up to $1B on original shows in 2018

 Facebook could spend as much as $1 billion to fund original content initiatives for its new Watch video platform, according to a new report from the Wall Street Journal. The amount might seem familiar – it’s the same investment Apple is said to have earmarked for original shows and movies through 2018. Facebook’s spend could […]

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September 8, 2017

Equity podcast: Roku is going public, 23andMe raises $200M and Juicero is dead

 Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-themed podcast. This week Matthew Lynley, Katie Roof, and myself — Alex! — sat down with Micah Rosenbloom, an investor with Founder Collective to sit down and chew over the week’s news. We managed to not talk about Uber this episode, which was a welcome respite from the last […]

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