RosieReality, a Swiss startup using AR to get kids interested in robotics and programming, scores $2.2M seed

RosieReality, a startup out of Zürich developing consumer augmented reality experiences, has raised $2.2 million in seed funding led by RedAlpine. Other backers include Shasta Ventures, Atomico Partners Mattias Ljungman and Siraj Khaliq (both of whom invested in a personal capacity), and Akatsuki Entertainment Fund. Founded in early 2018, RosieReality’s first AR experience is designed … Read moreRosieReality, a Swiss startup using AR to get kids interested in robotics and programming, scores $2.2M seed

Twitter makes ‘likes’ easier to use in its twttr prototype app. (Nobody tell Jack.)

On the one hand, you’ve got Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey lamenting the “like” button’s existence, and threatening to just kill the thing off entirely for incentivizing the wrong kind of behavior. On the other hand, you have twttr — Twitter’s prototype app where the company is testing new concepts including, most recently, a way to … Read moreTwitter makes ‘likes’ easier to use in its twttr prototype app. (Nobody tell Jack.)

Facebook hit with three privacy investigations in a single day

Third time lucky — unless you’re Facebook . The social networking giant was hit Thursday by a trio of investigations over its privacy practices following a particularly tumultuous month of security lapses and privacy violations — the latest in a string of embarrassing and damaging breaches at the company, much of its own doing. First … Read moreFacebook hit with three privacy investigations in a single day

Facebook has quietly removed three bogus far-right networks in Spain ahead of Sunday’s elections

Facebook has quietly removed three far right networks that were engaged in coordinated inauthentic behavior intended to spread politically divisive content in Spain ahead of a general election in the country which takes place on Sunday. The networks had a total reach of almost 1.7M followers and had generated close to 7.4M interactions in the … Read moreFacebook has quietly removed three bogus far-right networks in Spain ahead of Sunday’s elections

Talk media and TED2019 key takeaways with TechCrunch’s Anthony Ha

Anthony just returned from Vancouver, where he was covering the TED2019 conference — a much-parodied gathering where VCs, executives and other bigwigs gather to exchange ideas. This year, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey got the biggest headlines, but the questions raised in his onstage interview kept popping up throughout the week: How has social media warped … Read moreTalk media and TED2019 key takeaways with TechCrunch’s Anthony Ha

GoT: We debate Dany vs. Jon

It’s the season finale of Nope, Sorry, so Jeff is going head-to-head with Giant Bomb’s Abby Russell one last time. First up: Who truly deserves the Iron Throne? Daenerys Targaryen or the dead guy they brought back, Jon Snow? We’ll also compare our PlayStation 5 wish lists and butt heads over which fantasy world would … Read moreGoT: We debate Dany vs. Jon