A Black Lotus from the original release of Magic: The Gathering sold this week on online auction site eBay for $87,672. That’s a lot of money for a little bit of cardboard. There are three official printings of Black Lotus in Magic: Alpha, Beta, and Unlimited. Alpha was comprised of 295 Magic cards printed with black
Joanna Glasner Contributor More posts by this contributor While tech waffles on going public, biotech IPOs boom Shoe startups aren’t dragging their feet Startup exit tallies commonly underestimate biotech returns. Unlike most tech deals, the biggest profits in bio often come long after an IPO or acquisition. Take Juno Therapeutics, a publicly traded cancer immunology company
Danny, fighting with… somebody.Image: Netflix Slowly, Iron Fist is inching toward an honest-to-god costume for Danny Rand. In the most recent, still pretty brief teaser for Marvel’s second season of Iron Fist, we get menace and a little bit of fanservice: flashbacks to villainous figures that Danny refers to as “bad memories,” interspersed with a
Image: Google It might come as no surprise to you that Google has launched something that isn’t really finished: YouTube Music is available now in the U.S. and several other countries, but it barely qualifies as a music streaming service today. After using the platform for several days, here are the biggest problems we want
We plough through the rumour mill to see what we can expect from Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Note 9, Rich takes us through the best and worst of Comic Con …
As part of Twitter’s attempted crackdown on abusive behavior across its network, the company announced on Friday afternoon a new policy facing those who repeatedly harass, threaten or otherwise make abusive comments during a Periscope broadcaster’s live stream. According to Twitter, the company will begin to more aggressively enforce its Periscope Community Guidelines by reviewing
Screenshot: Youtube To anyone whose YouTube pages started to look strange today, you’re not alone: with little fanfare, the site pushed a change that now adapts its video player to match the aspect ratio of your content. Until now YouTube forced all videos into a 16:9 ratio by windowboxing them, meaning surround them with black
Image: LinkedIn LinkedIn, a social network for people who enjoy soul-crushing banality, knows you get more than a few emails from randos wanting to add you to their “professional network.” Sick of reading messages from these random acquaintances looking to discuss synergy-based solutions and B2B services? Well, now you can listen to them instead, thanks
Photo: AP Days after the ACLU released a damning report on Amazon’s face recognition product Rekognition, Amazon’s general manager of AI, Dr. Matt Wood, countered its findings in a blog post. The ACLU used Rekognition to scan the faces of all 535 members of Congress, finding the software mistook 28 of them for suspected criminals.
Back at Google I/O, Google announced two new features for Google Assistant: custom routines and schedules — both focusing on automating things you do regularly, but in different ways. The first lets you trigger multiple commands with a single custom phrase — like saying “Hey Google, I’m awake” to unsilence your phone, turn on the
Magic Leap’s homescreen.Image: Magic Leap Magic Leap has promised it’ll start shipping its mixed-reality headset by the end of the summer, and it’s going to need developers to get cranking on content. New additions to developer guide show us what its operating system will look like. The verdict: It looks pretty nice. It’s impossible to
A multi-year NASA contest to design a 3D-printable Mars habitat using on-planet materials has just hit another milestone — and a handful of teams have taken home some cold hard cash. This more laid-back phase had contestants designing their proposed habitat using architectural tools, with the five winners set to build scale models next year.
Prepare for the invasion of the unskippables. If the Stories social media slideshow format is the future of mobile TV, it’s going to end up with commercials. Users won’t love them. And done wrong they could pester people away from spending so much time watching what friends do day-to-day. But there’s no way Facebook and
More bad news for subscription movie ticket service MoviePass, which acknowledged yesterday that there was an unidentified issue preventing people from using their MoviePass credit cards to get tickets. A regulatory filing from parent company Helios & Matheson offers more insight about what happened. The filing (first spotted by Business Insider) announces a “demand note”
Photo: Getty For weeks, Facebook has faced tough questions for allowing Alex Jones’ InfoWars page to spread conspiracy theories that incite harassment while simultaneously pledging to fight misinformation. The situation has led to Jones taunting Facebook, and Mark Zuckerberg seemingly excusing Holocaust deniers. On Thursday, the company finally took some confusing action that probably won’t satisfy anyone. InfoWars
Opera is now a public company. The Norway-based company priced its initial public offering at $12 a share — the company initially expected to price its share in the $10 to $12 price range. Trading opened at $14.34 per share, up 19.5 percent. The company raised over $115 million with this IPO. Opera Ltd. filed
Twitter has no intention of easing up on its fight against spam users and other factors that jeopardize the “health” of its service, despite the approach costing it three million in ‘lost’ monthly active users. Investor panic sent Twitter’s stock price down by nearly 20 percent in early trading today following its latest financial report.
Hello, old friend.Image: Legendary Disney’s live-action Mulan, and the Child’s Play and Charlie’s Angels reboots all pick up familiar faces. The CW’s superhero stars all hang out and answer burning questions. And our minds are reeling over Godzilla: King of Monsters’ connection to Kong: Skull Island in Legendary’s “Monsterverse.” Spoilers stomping this way! Charlie’s Angels
Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This was one hell of a week. Happily, we had our own Connie Loizos, Matthew Lynley, and Alex Wilhelm on hand, along with Initialized Capital’s Alexis Ohanian to pick over the mix. First up we had zero choice but
After weeks of speculation around how it plans to handle conspiracy website Infowars, its creator Alex Jones and others that spread false information, Facebook finally gave us an answer: inconsistently. The company hit Jones with a 30-day ban after it removed four videos that he shared on the Infowars Facebook Page. The move is Facebook’s
Days after defending its decision to give a voice to conspiracy theory peddler Alex Jones and his Infowars site, Facebook has removed four of his videos for violating its community standards. But one of the four had already been allowed to slip through the firm’s review system. A source within Facebook told TechCrunch that one of
WeWork’s China business is getting a fresh injection of capital after it raised $500 million. The company entered China two years ago and today it covers Beijing, Shanghai and Chengdu with nearly 40 locations. It claims 20,000 members, and it is also active in Hong Kong, which technically falls under ‘Greater China.’ The new capital
Salto is a jumping robot that is all heart (and legs). A project originally launched in 2017 this tiny robot thrusts itself up and down and back and forth like a crazed grasshopper, jumping with absolute precision and loads of speed. Created by the UC Berkeley’s Biomimetic Millisystems Lab, this little robot uses rotor-based thrusters
Editor’s note: This post originally appeared on TechNode, an editorial partner of TechCrunch based in China. From Alibaba to JD, China is not short of e-commerce powerhouses. Although the country’s e-commerce market is highly consolidated, it’s not impossible for startup teams to crack this market as long as they are solving the right problems for
Photo: Richard Drew (AP) Following an apparent change to Twitter’s auto-populating search dropdown first discovered by Gizmodo over the weekend, the platform has responded to a wave of angry, uninformed criticism on its official blog. Twitter May Be Demoting Controversial Accounts in Search Results In what appears to be new ranking behavior, Gizmodo has identified
Nintendo has just announced the latest in its Labo series of whimsical cardboard accessories for the Switch gaming console, and this one looks like a must-have. Called the Vehicle Kit for obvious reasons, the flat-pack, assemble-it-yourself add-ons include a steering wheel, gas pedal, “keys” that activate different vehicles, all of which work inside a cool-looking
What is shadow banning, and why is President Trump attacking Twitter for ‘shadow banning’ republicans? Bridget Carey sheds some light on the subject.
Starting today and all through August, Earthlings will enjoy planetary posturing that includes a Mars opposition, a rare blood moon and the fantastic annual …
Photo: Getty In a letter this May, Senator Ron Wyden called on FCC Chairman Ajit Pai to recuse himself from an ongoing FCC investigation into companies gathering real-time location data on cellphones users. As an attorney six years ago, Pai represented one of the firms now central to the investigation. The firm, Securus, a major