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Talking diversity, going global at the TC Meetup + Pitch-off in Seoul

You might have already read about our forthcoming TC Meetup + Pitch-off in Seoul next week. But what you might not know is that we’re integrating more content into the program so you can hear from some of the most intelligent minds in the industry. As per usual, we’ll be holding the TC Pitch-off, where 10 companies will have exactly 60 seconds to pitch their …

Swarms of tiny, cute robots will one day bring you your phone, like this

Robots are taking over factories and warehouses, but their next stop might be your desktop or kitchen counter. These tiny “Zooids” work together at high speed to act as tools, display information, or move things around like little ants. The bots, named after the individual creatures that make up colonial organisms, were presented earlier this week at the Association for Computing Machinery’s UIST conference. Their …

Opternative sues South Carolina for the right to give online eye exams there

A telehealth startup called Opternative filed a suit against South Carolina today over a state’s law that bars consumers there from getting a prescription for new glasses or contacts there with an online eye exam. Technically, the lawsuit is a constitutional challenge to the state’s statute. As TechCrunch has previously reported, Opternative’s app generally allows users to take an eye exam from the comfort of …

What Tim Cook thinks the digital you will do

Andy is dedicated to building a better reality while working in augmented reality since before AR was a thing. He is CMO of Wikitude. How to join the network In Tim Cook’s recent exclusive interview with ABC, he gave us insight into what he thinks the “digital you” will do. He specifically mentions real-time meetings in real spaces — “this gives the capability for both of …

Online VC FundersClub launches Network Search to better connect its 17,000 members

Network effects in venture capital are no joke. Sure, people want to close rounds with brand name funds like Sequoia and Andreessen Horowitz because they validate startups. But perhaps more importantly, companies become more likely to succeed after closing high profile rounds because of their newfound access to the friends and connections of prominent investors. Alex Mittal, CEO of FundersClub, has spent a lot of …

Sample Focus lets you create block-rocking beats with DRM-free samples

Does your ghost need more “Oooooo?” Does your zombie need a foot scraping against a dirty floor? Do you need some ambient sounds to cover up the screams of the damned? Sample Focus has what you need for free. The interface is simple: you look for a sound – baby, drumbeat, crickets – and download it. You’ve got normal sounds like this one and then …

India’s Wipro buys cloud services consultancy Appirio for $500M

Some more consolidation afoot in the cloud services industry, specifically around integration services. Wipro, a IT services company originally founded in India, announced that it has acquired Appirio — a consultancy focused on cloud services and cloud integration — for $500 million. The deal confirms earlier reports of the acquisition that said it would be for a price closer to $400 million. Appirio, which is based out of Indianapolis …

Verizon silent on potential Yahoo discount, sees another quarter of revenue decline

Verizon, the largest carrier in the U.S. and owner of a large set of media properties via AOL (including TechCrunch), today reported third-quarter earnings that both missed and beat expectations and saw growth in subscriber numbers. But it was light on a detail about the big elephant in the room: would it ask for a discount on its original, recent $4.83 billion offer to buy Yahoo? Verizon reported $30.9 billion in revenues for the quarter with non-GAAP earnings at …

Anarchy or ecstacy in the UK? Study to reveal Brexit impact at Disrupt London, Dec 5-6

TechCrunch Disrupt in London is on 5-6 December. Today we’re delighted to say James Wise, Partner with Balderton Capital is also joining our panel on the theme of the impact of Brexit on startups in the UK and Europe. Wise will reveal results of a custom study on the fallout Brexit could have on the UK and European talent and startup ecosystems, as part of …