Union Square Ventures and Learn Capital file paperwork indicating new funds

As 2020 comes to a long-awaited end, a series of filings indicate that venture capitalists are ending the year with fresh money. According to SEC paperwork, Learn Capital and USV have filed paperwork that shows the firms have raised new, multimillion-dollar funds. If you’ve been paying attention to news this past year, it’s clear that ...

Bose’s latest sleep-centric earbuds mostly do the trick

Bose’s latest sleep-centric earbuds mostly do the trick
It’s been a strange year for sleep. For me, levels have fluctuated between too little and too much, but have – more often than not – tended toward the former. 2020 gave most of us no shortage of excuses for sleep deprivation, from personal stresses to larger societal concerns. And, thankfully, the past few years ...

BadVR is using government grants to build a business that’s independent of venture capital

BadVR is using government grants to build a business that’s independent of venture capital
When the Los Angeles-based extended reality data visualization company, BadVR, first heard that one of its earliest benefactors, Magic Leap, was about to shed 1,000 jobs and was fighting for its life, the young startup was unfazed. Despite the very public ties that BadVR had to Magic Leap, as one of the enterprise applications on ...

Goodbye Flash, goodbye FarmVille

While much of what made 2020 such an absolute nightmare will still be with us on January 1 (sorry!), we will really, truly be leaving Adobe Flash and FarmVille behind as we enter the new year. The end of Flash has been a long time coming. The plugin, which was first released in 1996 and ...

NYC MTA’s contactless fare system completes rollout, will phase out MetroCard in 2023

On the last day of 2020, New York City’s Metro Transit Authority announced that it has finished its roll out of contactless payment systems. With the addition of a final stop in Brooklyn, every MTA subway station and bus in the five boroughs now sports the OMNY “Tap and Go” system. We got an early ...

Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge get major Windows 10 antivirus update

New Chromium update will allow Chrome and Edge to run smoothly on Windows 10 systems running antivirus software. Source: Techradar

Extra Crunch’s top 10 stories of 2020

Extra Crunch’s top 10 stories of 2020
I edited hundreds of stories in 2020, so choosing my favorites would be an exercise in futility. Instead, I’ve tried to gather a sample of Extra Crunch stories that taught me something new. (Which means this top 10 list betrays my ignorance, a humbling admission for a know-it-all like myself.) While narrowing down the field ...

After burning through $2 billion, Katerra gets a $200 million SoftBank lifeline to escape bankruptcy

SoftBank Group is reportedly investing $200 million to bail out Katerra, a startup that had hoped to remake the construction industry with a vertically integrated approach, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. Katerra’s shareholders reportedly approved the new investment on Wednesday, with the new lifeline from SoftBank coming on top of roughly ...

How battery life could be the major mobile computing fight of 2021

When it comes to mobile computing, battery life is going to become a major differentiator in 2021. Here’s how Intel, AMD, Apple, and Microsoft are looking to outlast the competition. Source: Techradar

New Intel 11th-gen leak threatens AMD's new Ryzen 5000 single-core crown

A new Intel Core i9-11900K leak has appeared, and Intel might just reclaim its single-core crown from AMD. Source: Techradar