Tesla to recall 14,000 Model S cars in China over faulty Takata airbags – TechCrunch

From Techcrunch China’s top market regulator said on Friday that Tesla will recall a total of 14,123 imported Model S vehicles in the country over potentially deadly airbags. The recall is part... Read more »

BlueRun Ventures closes on $130M, ups Cheryl Cheng to GP – TechCrunch

From Techcrunch Silicon Valley venture capital firm BlueRun Ventures has lassoed $130 million in capital commitments for its sixth fund. The firm invests in early-stage mobile software and financial services companies, including... Read more »

WeChat is quietly ranking user behavior to play catch-up with Alibaba – TechCrunch

From Techcrunch Over one billion people leave behind trails of information on WeChat every day as they use the messenger to chat, read, shop, hail rides, rent umbrellas and run many other... Read more »

Testing times for second wave scooter startups – TechCrunch

From Techcrunch Investors are still pouring millions into scooter startups, albeit sometimes at flat valuations. At the same time a little cash is flowing the other way, in cases where cities have realized... Read more »

Mental well-being took center stage at CES 2019 – TechCrunch

From Techcrunch This week, the Las Vegas Convention Center was packed with many of the year’s biggest new devices. But over the last several years, The Sands has become the place where... Read more »

The next phase of WeChat – TechCrunch

From Techcrunch Thousands of people gathered Wednesday night in a southern Chinese city for Zhang Xiaolong, Tencent’s low-key executive who built WeChat eight years ago. It’s no longer adequate to call the... Read more »

Baidu announces Apollo Enterprise, its new platform for mass-produced autonomous vehicles – TechCrunch

From Techcrunch Baidu made several big announcements about Apollo, its open-source autonomous vehicle technology platform, today at CES. The first is the launch of Apollo Enterprise for vehicles that will be put... Read more »

Torc Robotics and Transdev are launching autonomous shuttles to deliver people to public transit – TechCrunch

From Techcrunch Self-driving technology company Torc Robotics is partnering with Transdev, the public transportation giant, to deploy fully autonomous electric shuttles designed to provide free connections to existing transit like trains and buses.... Read more »

audio will be “titanically important” and VR will be “1,000” times bigger than AR – TechCrunch

From Techcrunch In a new a16z podcast with the venture firm’s founders Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz, there’s a lot to enjoy, from Andreessen’s TV show recommendations to Horowitz’s secret to excellent... Read more »

Marriott now says 5 million unencrypted passport numbers were stolen in Starwood hotel data breach – TechCrunch

From Techcrunch Starwood’s data breach just got both better and worse at the same time. Marriott, the parent company of hotel chain giant Starwood, said it has revised down the number of customers... Read more »