TechCrunch Disrupt London Hackathon is tomorrow, get your tickets and meet our MCs

The Hackathon begins tomorrow and we are thrilled to announce that Claire Donoghue and Marily Nika will be joining us as MCs. Here’s a little bit more about the dynamic duo who will be running our Hackathon.

Marily Nika received a PhD from the Dpt. of Computing Science at Imperial College London, where she created a model for predicting internet-based phenomena, such as as virality. Read More

Reports of a Facebook fake news detector are apparently a plugin

fb-arbiter-of-truth Update: The feature appears to be an implementation of the Chrome plugin B.S. Detector, which some users took as a test by Facebook itself. We’ll continue to investigate but for now it looks like this is not a Facebook feature. Yes, the irony is rich. 
Facebook is showing red warning labels above fake news links in the News Feed for some users in what appears to be a limited test. Read More

Snapchat Spectacles, Oculus Touch and Product Hunt: Listen to TCBC 10 with Fitz Tepper

tcbc-draft5c Spectacles are all the rage, but me and this week’s guest Fitz Tepper have already stopped using ours pretty much. Maybe we’re just not cool. Still, the hardware from Snapchat parent Snap, Inc. is the most interesting gadget created in recent memory, and Snap’s future plays in hardware should be exciting to watch. Fitz is also set to get Oculus Touch next week at launch,… Read More

Twitter buys startup Yes, Inc. and scores a new VP of product in the process

screen-shot-2016-12-01-at-7-10-50-pm One-hundred and forty-three. That’s not the new character limit or the number of heads of product Twitter has employed over the few years (though close). That, rather, is the amount of times the new fellow filling that role has tweeted over the course of the past nine years — a number that includes two recent updates from the past couple of hours acknowledging the gig, one of… Read More

Bullpen closes its third fund at $75 million to back post-seed stage startups

moneygrowth Bullpen Capital, a venture firm that specializes in post-seed stage deals, has closed its third fund at $75 million. The firm invests in companies that previously closed a seed round of investment and showed solid signs of traction, but have been dubbed too early for traditional VCs. Bullpen founder Paul Martino said, “Our rounds get the CEOs real coverage. We put founders in bootcamp… Read More

The Cancer Moonshot needs a heavy dose of computational infrastructure

Lung cancer cell Top cancer researchers recently reported their findings and recommendations to President Obama and Vice President Biden’s Cancer Moonshot task force. All 10 recommendations in the report heavily concentrate on enabling computational infrastructure, and included these key words: sharing data, engaging patients, precision medicine, genetic understanding, interdisciplinary, ecosystem and… Read More

Honest Co. is reformulating its soaps after ingredients controversy

Jessica Alba of The Honest Company The consumer products startup founded by Jessica Alba, The Honest Co., on Friday told The Wall Street Journal that it plans to reformulate its dish soap, laundry detergent and other cleaners after an earlier controversy over their ingredients.
The Honest Co. markets its products as gentler, healthier and more environmentally sustainable than those of mainstream brands in the U.S.
However… Read More