The rules of VC are being broken

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast (now on Twitter!), where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. As ever, I was joined by TechCrunch managing editor Danny Crichton and our early-stage venture capital reporter Natasha Mascarenhas. We had Chris on the dials and a pile of news to get through, so we were pretty hyped heading into the show. But before we could truly get started we had to discuss Cincinnati, and TikTok. Pleasantries and extortion out of the way, we got busy: E-commerce and fintech stay hot as Square reported big earnings, Shopify and Etsy do well, and more. We tied this to recent VC results in the fintech space, which saw a record number of …

Kanye West Basically Confirms His ‘Campaign’ For President Only Exists To Help Donald Trump! F**k This Guy!

Just as we suspected earlier this week… Kanye West isn’t in it to win it, he’s in it to help Donald Trump! Days ago we reported on some of the super-shady operatives behind Yeezy’s “campaign” for President, and noted how even the New York Times had been openly questioning the rapper’s motivations for seeking the White House. And now, based on this new report out Friday morning, we pretty much know for sure: the Chicago native’s entire “campaign” is nothing more than a front to get Trump re-elected! Related: Kim Is NOT Happy Kanye Is Still Running For President The thesis of our reporting earlier this week was that the College Dropout rapper’s strategy has been to pull some of the Black votes, as …

A new technique can detect newer 4G ‘stingray’ cell phone snooping

Security researchers say they have developed a new technique to detect modern cell-site simulators. Cell site simulators, known as “stingrays,” impersonate cell towers and can capture information about any phone in its range — including in some cases calls, messages and data. Police secretly deploy stingrays hundreds of times a year across the United States, often capturing the data on innocent bystanders in the process. Little is known about stingrays, because they are deliberately shrouded in secrecy. Developed by Harris Corp. and sold exclusively to police and law enforcement, stingrays are covered under strict nondisclosure agreements that prevent police from discussing how the technology works. But what we do know is that stingrays exploit flaws in the way that cell …

Roy Hackett: the civil rights hero who stood in front of a bus – and changed Britain for ever

When he arrived in the UK in 1952, he faced vicious racism – and decided to fight back. In the first of a new series, he tells the story of the Bristol boycott One day in early 1963, Roy Hackett was walking in Broadmead, Bristol, when he saw a man crying. The man was outside the Bristol Omnibus Company. He told Hackett he was weeping because the company had told him he could not get an interview for a job there solely because he was black. Almost 60 years later, and despite all he has seen in his 92 years, it still sticks in Hackett’s throat – “not because he was a Jamaican, or foreign, but because he was black. …