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China Roundup: Tencent’s NBA test, TikTok parent deepens education push

China Roundup: Tencent’s NBA test, TikTok parent deepens education push Welcome to TechCrunch’s China roundup, a digest of events that happened at major Chinese tech companies and what they mean to tech founders and executives around the world. The talk about U.S.-China relationships over the past two weeks has centered heavily on […]

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Apple’s China stance makes for strange political alliances, as AOC and Ted Cruz slam the company

Apple’s China stance makes for strange political alliances, as AOC and Ted Cruz slam the company In a rare instance of bipartisanship overcoming the rancorous discord that’s been the hallmark of the U.S. Congress, senators and sepresentatives issued a scathing rebuke to Apple for its decision to take down an app at […]

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Chinese firms Tencent, Vivo, and CCTV suspend ties with the NBA over Hong Kong tweet

Chinese firms Tencent, Vivo, and CCTV suspend ties with the NBA over Hong Kong tweet Smartphone maker Vivo, broadcaster CCTV, and internet giant Tencent said today they are suspending all cooperation with the National Basketball Association, becoming the latest Chinese firms to cut ties with the league after a tweet from a […]

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The dreaded 10x, or, how to handle exceptional employees

The dreaded 10x, or, how to handle exceptional employees The “10x engineer.” Shudder. Wince. I have rarely seen my Twitter feed unite against an idea so loudly, or in such harmony. I refer of course to the thread last month by Accel India’s Shekhar Kirani, explaining “If you have a 10x engineer […]

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UnitedMasters releases iPhone app for DIY cross-service music distribution

UnitedMasters releases iPhone app for DIY cross-service music distribution Alphabet-backed UnitedMasters, the music label distribution startup and record label alternative that offers artists 100 percent ownership of everything they create, launched its iPhone app today. The iPhone app works like the service they used to offer only via the web, giving artists […]

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Apple snuck a Raptors tribute into its Canadian home page

Apple snuck a Raptors tribute into its Canadian home page The Toronto Raptors won the 2019 NBA Championship last night, which is probably not news to you if you’re A) Canadian (like me) or B) a basketball fan. But unless you’ve starting your Friday off shopping for Apple gear on their Canadian […]

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Supercross to debut first EV class and tap startups to go digital

Supercross to debut first EV class and tap startups to go digital Motorcycle racing series Supercross will add e-motos and more digitization to its franchise (aided by startups) in the near future, according to Director of Operations David Prater. The sport—where riders race high-performance machines on jump filled stadium dirt tracks—currently fields […]

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Startups net more than capital with NBA players as investors

Startups net more than capital with NBA players as investors Mary Ann Azevedo Contributor Share on Twitter Mary Ann Azevedo covers startups and tech at Crunchbase News. More posts by this contributor It’s not so obvious that this VC firm is focused on impact With these numbers, it’s no surprise SoftBank is […]

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Delane Parnell’s plan to conquer amateur esports

Delane Parnell’s plan to conquer amateur esports Most of the buzz about esports focuses on high-profile professional teams and audiences watching live streams of those professionals. What gets ignored is the entire base of amateurs wanting to compete in esports below the professional tier. This is like talking about the NBA and […]

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Palmetto gets $20 million credit line for its solar and energy efficiency installation marketplace

Palmetto gets million credit line for its solar and energy efficiency installation marketplace For homeowners that want to go green, but have trouble figuring out how to do it, Palmetto Clean Technologies has the answer. The company has an army of salespeople to pitch the benefits of solar power and energy efficiency, and […]

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