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UPS seeks government approval for ‘advanced’ drone delivery service

UPS is seeking permission from the federal government to operate an extensive network of commercial drones in the US. If approved, the delivery giant could be permitted to fly drones over populated areas, at night, and out of the operator’s line of sight. UPS is seeking what’s known as Part 135 certification under the Federal…

New York City could ban the unauthorized sale of phone location...

New York City might effectively ban the controversial practice of selling consumers’ phone location data, if a new bill proposed this week passes the city council. Fines up to $10,000 The bill, believed to be the first of its kind, would require wireless carriers and apps to get explicit permission before giving third parties geolocation…

Starbucks will soon expand its delivery service via Uber Eats

Starbucks is gearing up to bring its on-demand delivery service, in partnership with Uber Eats, throughout the nation early next year. Starbucks first partnered with Uber Eats in 2018 with a pilot in Miami and expanded to cover 11 markets. “We are driven to create new and unique digital experiences that are meaningful, valuable and…

Buy a demo table at TC Sessions: Enterprise 2019

Early-stage enterprise startup founders listen up. That sound you hear is opportunity knocking. Answer the call, open the door and join us for TC Sessions: Enterprise on September 5 in San Francisco. Our day-long conference not only explores the promises and challenges of this $500 billion market, it also provides an opportunity for unparalleled exposure. How’s…

Embedded finance, or why fintech mega VC rounds have become so...

How dozens of fintech companies finally found the formula for profits Another day, another monster fintech venture round. This morning, it was personalized banking app MoneyLion, which raised $100 million at a near unicorn valuation. Last week, it was N26, which raised another $170 million on top of its $300 million round earlier this year.…

TikTok owner may have bought Jukedeck, an AI music startup

ByteDance, the company behind TikTok, appears to have acquired a startup that develops AI-generated music software. The company, Jukedeck, made a tool that could automatically generate music and then let users adjust the length, tempo, and where it climaxed. While breakout TikTok videos tend to be based around licensed music — like “Old Town Road”…

Spacecraft designed to ride on sunlight deploys its reflective solar sail

On July 23rd, a tiny spacecraft in orbit around Earth unfurled a thin sheet of mylar that’s the area of a boxing ring. The result is a reflective sail that rides not on wind, but on light from the Sun to propel the vehicle through space. The spacecraft that’s now sporting a shiny new accessory…

The Planetary Society’s crowdfunded LightSail 2 deploys its solar sail in...

Crowdfunded spacecraft LightSail 2 is making good on its name, after successfully unfurling its solar sail in orbit so that it can begin propelling itself using the force of light alone. The sail’s mylar surface reflects photons from the Sun, accumulating velocity gradually thanks to the additive effect of countless sub-atomic impacts. The team confirmed…

MIT develops a new sensor that could help diagnose sepsis in...

Researchers at MIT have developed a new type of sensor that could make diagnosing sepsis much quicker, easier and more affordable than ever before. This could have a huge potential impact, since sepsis is one of the leading causes of death in hospitals, and is responsible for almost 250,000 patient deaths per year in the…

Daily Crunch: Apple in talks to buy Intel modem biz

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here. 1. Apple reportedly in talks to acquire Intel’s modem business for $1B+ Apple is in “advanced talks” to buy Intel’s smartphone modem…