Coinbase loses its first CTO after just one year in the job

Coinbase, the $8 billion-valued crypto exchange, has lost its CTO after Balaji Srinivasan announced his departure from the company. Srinivasan became the U.S. company’s first CTO one year ago after it acquired Earn.com, where he was CEO and co-founder. Given the tenure — one year and one day — it …

Zwipe tops up with $14M to bring biometric payment cards to market this year

Biometric payment card startup Zwipe has swiped $14M to add to an earlier Series B round as it continues to work towards commercializing technology that embeds a fingerprint reader in payment plastic for an added layer of security. “We are not commercially rolled out yet, we expect that to happen in …

Sears Is Closing Another 40 Stores, With Liquidation Sales Starting Next Week. Here’s the Full List of Locations

The Sears store closing list keeps getting bigger. This week, Sears Holdings, which owns Kmart alongside its flagship retail brand, announced 40 more Kmart and Sears stores will close in the near future. The latest Sears store closures come during a brutal period for the iconic retailer, which filed for …

Jack Ma Is Quitting His $420 Billion Company to Become a Teacher. Here’s Everything to Know About China’s Richest Man

Earlier this month, on his 54th birthday, China’s richest man announced that he would step down as executive chairman of e-commerce giant Alibaba. Jack Ma, the rags-to-riches entrepreneur behind China’s biggest tech company isn’t going to retire. He wants to be a teacher again. With a net worth of $40.5 …

AppZen nabs $35M for AI that audits expenses in real time for non-compliance and fraud

The march to add more artificial intelligence-powered tools into the enterprise stack continues apace, and today another startup has raised a growth round to position itself as one of the leaders in is particular niche. AppZen, which has developed an AI platform that analyses employees’ expenses to sniff out when …

Alibaba’s alternative to the app store reaches 230M daily users

WeChat isn’t the only one doubling down on lite apps. Ever since China’s messaging titan introduced “mini programs” two years ago, a handful of its peers including Alibaba and Baidu have followed with their own manifestations. Alipay, the payments solution affiliated with China’s ecommerce juggernaut Alibaba, today announced it surpassed 230 …

Robert Kirkman confirms Skybound will finish Telltale’s The Walking Dead: The Final Season

At New York Comic-Con, über creator Robert Kirkman confirmed that Skybound has taken ownership of Telltale’s The Walking Dead: The Final Season, and his company will now finish the season. Skybound will work with members of the original Telltale team to finish the story in a way the fans deserve. …

Lyft’s IPO is hot, YC demo day, two new unicorns, and what’s Boy Brow?

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This week Kate Clark and Alex Wilhelm took us through an IPO, a big round, 943 startup pitches, two new unicorns, and some scooter news. A very 2019 mix, really. Up first we …

City of Cambridge to digitally clone itself in bid to tackle congestion and pollution

Smart Cambridge and researchers from the Cambridge Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction (CSIC) at Cambridge University have announced plans to create a digital clone of the city to explore how congestion and commuting times can be reduced and air quality improved. Researchers at the University of Cambridge-based CSIC and …

6 places to find stock photos of real, powerful women

Looking for realistic stock photos of women and feeling frustrated by the lack of choices? You’re not alone. Sadly, the selection of stock photos featuring women has been dominated by cliché and unnatural poses for many years. You’ve seen them: young women (usually Caucasian) smiling vapidly at the camera in …

Germany’s competition regulator to investigate Amazon’s marketplace

Germany’s competition regulator (Bundeskartellamt) is opening an investigation against Amazon . In particular, the regulator is going to look at the relationship between Amazon and third-party sellers on the platform. “Its double role as the largest retailer and largest marketplace has the potential to hinder other sellers on its platform,” …