Come to TechCrunch’s SXSW panels and party Josh Constine @JoshConstine / 11 hours Meet TechCrunch’s writers at our annual Crunch By Crunch Fest party in Austin, Texas. RSVP here to join us on Sunday March 10th from 1pm to 4pm at the Swan Dive at 615 Red River St @ E.7th st, just 3 blocks from the convention center. Hang out with TechCrunchers and fellow readers, enjoy free drinks, and check out a live performance by electro-RnB musician Elderbrook. With over 200 million Spotify plays and a sound familiar to fans of Hot Chip and Passion Pit, Elderbrook will make this the weekend’s best dance party.
RSVP here for your free ticket (required for entry, first-come first-serve, 21+, please only sign up if you’ll come)
A squad of TechCrunch’s editorial team will be there to hear what you’re working on. Swan Dive’s back yard plus indoor bar combo means we’ll be partying rain or shine. There’ll be a cash bar plus free drin..
SpaceX launches first Crew Dragon capsule mission in preparation for astronaut flights Jordan Crook @jordanrcrook / 13 hours SpaceX caught itself a “W” early this morning with a successful launch of the Falcon 9 rocket with Crew Dragon capsule. Crew Dragon represents SpaceX’s first spacecraft meant to transfer humans to and from the International Space Station. This flight is the final test check for the spacecraft, and will include launch, docking with the ISS, and reentry into the Earth’s atmosphere for recovery.
Thus far, SpaceX has completed a successful launch of the Crew Dragon, complete with a test dummy and a very high-tech zero-g indicator.
Earth floats gently in zero gravity pic.twitter.com/XUH3KeDPVe
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 2, 2019
Tomorrow morning, the craft will attempt to dock with the International Space Station, and after that, it will attempt re-entry.
NASA gave SpaceX approval for the la..
Startups Weekly: Lyft’s S-1, cash for fertility startups and litigious VCs Kate Clark @kateclarktweets / 14 hours Startups reporters everywhere rejoiced Friday morning when the first unicorn S-1 of 2019 emerged from under lock and key for us all to unpack, analyze and enjoy. The TechCrunch office, at least Megan Rose Dickey’s and my corner, was buzzing with excitement, and Crunchbase News editor-in-chief, (my Equity co-host), apparently had to make himself a cup of Earl Grey tea to calm down post-S-1 deep dive.
I’ve already said a lot about the filing on Equity’s latest episode, available here, and in my story on the document, so I will keep this short. Here are the nuts and bolts:
Lyft’s revenue grew from $1.06 billion to nearly $2.2 billion from 2017 to 2018. Lyft’s costs rose dramatically during 2018, compared to the year prior. In fact, Lyft’s total cost profile rose from $1.77 billion in 2017 to a staggering ..
As noted in a Reddit thread, FaceBook has added a „hidden” setting in FaceBook Messenger that allows you to toggle Dark Mode on and off.
How to Turn on Dark Mode in FaceBook MessengerSend just the ? emoji to anyone (or even yourself).
Tap on the moon emoji in the chat after you send it.
A pop up should appear saying you found dark mode.
Go to settings and you should see it here.
Per the thread instructions, you may have to force quit the FaceBook Messenger app and relaunch it before tapping on the Moon emoji will work.
It appears that FaceBook is testing dark mode on a more limited basis with some users having reported to have seen this mode before. The secret method to enable dark mode works in both Android and iOS. Apple is widely rumored to be adding a dark mode in iOS 13 which is expected to be debuted at WWDC 2019.
Related Roundup: iOS 13Tag: Dark Mode
This article, „Facebook Messenger Adds Hidden 'Dark Mode' Ahead of iOS 13” first appeared on MacR..
In the wake of the launch of the Galaxy Fold, Samsung has begun shopping around its foldable display technology to other companies. ETNews (Translate) reports that they have specifically provided samples to Apple and Google:According to the industry on the 27th, Samsung Display made a set of foldable display and delivered it to Apple. This set, which is actually powered like a smartphone, has a 7.2-inch size foldable panel. 7.2 inches is 0.1 inches smaller than the Samsung Folder 'Galaxy Fold'.
Samsung has historically been both supplier and competitor to Apple and other smartphone manufacturers and provides the OLED screens for Apple's top of the line iPhones. According to the report, Samsung doesn't intend to keep foldable technology to itself and is instead working to dominate as a supplier for the technology. Samsung is said to be able to produced about 2.4 million units a year at this time but is considering moving up to 10 million units a year depending on de..
Equity Shot: Lyft files to go public and we’re stoked Alex Wilhelm Kate Clark 24 hours Hello and welcome to an Equity Shot, a short-form episode of the show where we dive into a single breaking news story. Guess what we’re talking about today?! It’s Lyft . You guessed correctly.
The Lyft S-1 is the very first major S-1 event of 2019. As you might recall, the government shutdown gummed the IPO process by halting the Securities and Exchange Commission, an agency that plays the most active role in helping a company go public. Now the government is open, and Lyft’s formerly private filing is now a public filing.
You can read Kate’s deep dive here or mine here, but what follows is an overview of what we chatted about on the show. Here’s the SEC filing if you want to follow along.
Up top are revenue and growth. Lyft’s revenue grew from $1.06 billion to nearly $2.2 billion from 2017 to 2018. That’s impressive.
Next is costs..
Facebook sues four Chinese companies over trademark infringement Taylor Hatmaker @tayhatmaker / 24 hours Facebook is taking legal action against a cluster of Chinese websites that sell fake accounts, likes and followers both on Facebook itself and on Instagram. The company announced the legal action in a short blog post late Friday afternoon (a move unusual enough to pique our curiosity a little). Of course, the fact that Facebook isn’t allowed in China might be a complexifier, in Bezos-speak.
The lawsuit, filed with the Northern District of California, alleges that starting in 2017 four Chinese companies and three individuals based in China “operated a series of websites promoting the sale of fake accounts (e.g. using fake names or other false identifiers) and inauthentic accounts (e.g. used for inauthentic activity),” infringing on Facebook and Instagram’s trademarks and terms of service in the process.
NEA is raising its biggest fund ever – – again Connie Loizos @Cookie / 1 day New Enterprise Associates, the 41-year-old venture firm with offices in Menlo Park; San Francisco; Boston; New York; Chevy Chase, Md.; and Washington, D.C., is raising its biggest fund ever, shows a new SEC filing that shows target of $3.6 billion.
The fund, its seventeenth, is just slightly bigger than the $3.3 billion fund the firm closed in 2017, which was its biggest fund at the time. Indeed, NEA has been known for many years for raising among the biggest funds in the industry, though these once brow-raising amounts have become somewhat less remarkable in a world where venture firms routinely close on record-breaking pools of capital.
It wasn’t always that way. NEA closed its very first fund with $16 million in 1978. It has since come to manage more than $18 billion in assets altogether.
The filing lists the firm’s 10 general partner..
Ava Duvernay releases the first trailer for her Netflix series about the Central Park Five Jonathan Shieber @jshieber / 1 day
Celebrated director Ava DuVernay has released a harrowing first teaser trailer for her highly anticipated Netflix series about the Central Park rape case from the 1980s.
The true story of the five African American and Hispanic teens who were wrongfully accused and convicted of the rape of a jogger in Central Park made headlines in 1989 in the wake of the attack and over the course of the subsequent trial.
Now, with When They See Us, DuVernay will tell the stories of Anton McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana and Korey Wise, who were accused of the rape and assault of Trisha Ellen Meili in the spring of 1989.
In development since 2017, the five-part series will cover the 25 years from their trial and conviction to their exoneration and the $41 million settlement they re..
Koala-sensing drone helps keep tabs on drop bear numbers Devin Coldewey @techcrunch / 1 day It’s obviously important to Australians to make sure their koala population is closely tracked — but how can you do so when the suckers live in forests and climb trees all the time? With drones and AI, of course.
A new project from Queensland University of Technology combines some well-known techniques in a new way to help keep an eye on wild populations of the famous and soft marsupials. They used a drone equipped with a heat-sensing camera, then ran the footage through a deep learning model trained to look for koala-like heat signatures.
It’s similar in some ways to an earlier project from QUT in which dugongs — endangered sea cows — were counted along the shore via aerial imagery and machine learning. But this is considerably harder.
“A seal on a beach is a very different thing to a koala in a tree,” said study..