Daily Crunch: VMware completes Pivotal acquisition

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here. 1. VMware completes $2.7 billion Pivotal acquisition VMware is closing the year with a significant new weapon in its arsenal. (I restrained ...

Just how good was 2019 for wireless headphones? Very, very good.

Just how good was 2019 for wireless headphones? Very, very good.
Companies sold a lot of wireless headphones in 2019. You already knew that though, right? What you probably didn’t know was precisely how many constitutes the aforementioned “a lot.” New numbers from Canalys shed light on those successes. The research firm’s classification of audio products is a little wonky, but it drives the point home ...

What’s beyond Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods in the future of food?

What’s beyond Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods in the future of food?
The age of alternative meats is upon us.  Beyond Meat is a $5 billion public company selling burgers in Canadian McDonald’s and American Carl’s Jr., breakfast sausages in Dunkin, and even chicken in a limited trial at KFC. Meanwhile, Impossible Foods has become a runaway hit at Burger Kings around the country. And the company ...

Typeform Premium is now 25% off for Extra Crunch members

We’re excited to announce a new Extra Crunch community perk from Typeform. Starting today, annual and two-year members of Extra Crunch can get 25% off an annual Typeform Premium plan. Typeform lets you create beautiful, interactive experiences across your most important customer touchpoints. Everything from slick surveys, friendly forms and quizzes can all be easily ...

While other tech giants fund housing initiatives, Amazon is opening a homeless shelter — inside its HQ

As big tech gets bigger, industry leaders have begun making more noise about helping homeless populations, particularly in those regions where high salaries have driven up the cost of living to heights not seen before. Last January, for example, Facebook and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, among other participants, formed a group called the Partnership for the ...

China-based NIO’s shares skyrocket as the Tesla rival beats investor expectations

Shares of NIO, a China-based electric car manufacturer, are soaring this morning after the company’s Q3 2019 earnings beat investor expectations. NIO’s surprise win comes directly on the heels of Tesla, a competitor, announcing the delivery of its first cars made in China, NIO’s home market. NIO went public on the New York Stock Exchange ...

2019 tech verdict: Mercedes proves its class once again

Six years of F1’s hybrid-turbo era and a dozen titles – drivers’ and constructors’ each time – safely stowed in the trophy cabinet. Mercedes’ race form in 2019 was as strong as expected, yet its pre-season didn’t quite kick off as intended – with an aerodynamic revamp required to overcome winter world champions Ferrari.It rocketed ...

Buy your tickets to the 3rd Annual TechCrunch Winter Party

We love parties almost as much as we love startups, but we go absolutely bonkers for a hot startup/party mashup. That’s why we’re returning to host our 3rd Annual TechCrunch Winter Party in San Francisco on Friday, February 7. Even better news, party-goers — additional (the second batch) coveted tickets to this wild winter romp ...

Seed investors favor enterprise over consumer for first time this decade

Hello and welcome back to our regular morning look at private companies, public markets and the gray space in between. It’s the second to last day of 2019, meaning we’re very nearly out of time this year; our space for repretrospection is quickly coming to a close. Before we do run out of hours, however, ...

Google Pixel 4a renders include a headphone jack and hole-punch display

Google Pixel 4a renders include a headphone jack and hole-punch display
It’s the slowest week of the year for gadget news. Christmas is in the rearview, and it’s a few days until the new year. After that, it’s a straight shot to CES and then MWC. Meantime, best we’ve got going for us are a handful of rumors, including a peek at what Google’s next budget ...