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Weird Halloween horror films and TV shows you may have overlooked – CNET

Vengeful witches, killer cults, evil dolls and tentacled sea creatures. Watch these unusual scary films and TV shows, streaming now, to get your spook on.
Source: CNET

How to watch World Series Game 5 between the Astros and Nationals live without cable – CNET

You don’t need a cable subscription to stream the Fall Classic tonight on Fox.
Source: CNET

Facebook pulls false political ad about Sen. Graham – CNET

Move shows that falsehood exemption doesn’t apply to political groups.
Source: CNET

How to get Amazon's 99-cent Echo Dot deal – CNET

If you’re willing to pay $8 for one month of Amazon Music Unlimited, the $1 Dot is yours.
Source: CNET

Best AirPods accessories – CNET

The AirPods are another Apple accessory that have spurred a cottage industry of more accessories. Here are some of our top picks.
Source: CNET

Meet Utah’s next unicorn

Weave, a developer of patient communications software focused on the dental and optometry market, was the first Utah-headquartered company to graduate from Y Combinator in 2014. Now, it’s poised to enter a small but growing class startups in the ‘Silicon Slopes’ to garner ‘unicorn’ status.

The business announced a $70 million Series D last week at a valuation of $970 million. Tiger Global Management led the round, with participation from existing backers Catalyst Investors, Bessemer Venture Partners, Crosslink Capital, Pelion Venture Partners and LeadEdge Capital.

The company was founded in 2011 and fully bootstrapped until enrolling in the Silicon Valley accelerator program five years ago. Since then, it’s raised a total of $156 million in private funding, tripling its valuation with the latest infusion of capital.

Weave

“Our aim with this funding round is to exceed our customers’ expectations at every touchpoint, investing heavily in the products we create, the markets we serve and the overall customer experience we provide,” Weave co-founder and chief executive officer Brandon Rodman said in a statement. “We will continue to invest in our customers, our products and our people to build a solid, sustainable, and scalable business.”

Weave charges its customers, small and medium-sized businesses, upwards of $500 per month for access to its Voice Over IP-based unified communications service. Rodman previously launched a scheduling service for dentists and realized the opportunity to integrate texting, phone service, fax and reviews to facilitate the patient-provider relationship.

While his second effort, Weave, has long been targeting the dentistry and optometry market, Rodman told Venture Beat last year the opportunities for the company are endless: “Ultimately, if a business needs to communicate with their customer, we see that as a possible future customer of Weave.”

Based in Lehi, Weave added 250 employees this year with total headcount now reaching 550. The company claims to have doubled its revenue in 2018, too. While we don’t have any real insight into its financials, given the interest it’s garnered amongst Bay Area investors, we’re guessings it’s posting some pretty attractive numbers.

“Weave has some of the best retention numbers we’ve ever seen for an SMB SaaS company,” Catalyst partner Tyler Newton said in a statement. “We’re continually impressed by their accelerated growth and results.”


Source: TechCrunch

I Tracked Everything My Baby Did Until Nothing Made Sense Anymore

Has a baby pooped at all if it can’t be viewed as part of a Poop Frequency Trend Chart going back three months?
Source: Wired

Adobe left millions of Creative Cloud user records exposed online

Subscribers to any of Adobe’s Creative Cloud apps are being advised to keep a look out for phishing scams after some users’ account information ended up exposed online.
Source: Digital trends

Week in Review: You break it, you buy it

Hey everyone. Thank you for welcoming me into you inbox yet again.

Last week, I talked about Zuckerberg’s quest to tell us that Facebook has governing principles when he’s really just building the stairs one step at a time.

If you’re reading this on the TechCrunch site, you can get this in your inbox here, and follow my tweets here.


The big story

Plenty of ink has been spilled on WeWork and SoftBank and WeWork’s Adam Neumann, and yet it still feels like not nearly enough people are talking about it.

The startup’s post-S1 saga has just been just so messy that it’s understandable one could only grab a sneaking glance of headlines before having to look way.

One reason everyone is talking about it because Neumann’s maneuverings have created an anthology of sketchy founder dealings that’s nearly cartoon villain worthy. He’s got the eccentricities of Jack Dorsey, the frattiness of Evan Spiegel and the “change the world” delusions of Elizabeth Holmes. Critiques of WeWork weren’t all that sparse preceding its S-1, and yet many of venture capital’s talking heads had some kind of founder-friendly admiration for someone that seemed to had bent the world’s heftiest venture capital fund to his will.

It’s far beyond the pleasantries now, what happens to WeWork could deeply shape how late-stage venture capital operates. SoftBank was raising the second vision fund just as WeWork’s shit hit the fan and now it’s the fund’s deepest embarrassment and a financial commitment they’ve poured $18.5 billion into. If WeWork craters, that second vision could fall far short of its aspirations. Plenty of Silicon Valley’s investors would be happy to see control shift to more even-handed institutional forces who did not have capital commands that could set terms with a glance. Nevertheless, there are an awful lot of unicorns that have depended on SoftBank’s growth capital up to this point who would be in danger of being left high and dry.

At this point, SoftBank’s sunk costs have led the desperate fund to go all-in on a sans-Neumann WeWork. They will have to shape the business on their own. They enabled Neumann and now they are left with the task of reverse engineering a disaster into a great turnaround story.

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On to the rest of the week’s news.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Testifies Before The House Financial Services Committee

(Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Trends of the week

Here are a few big news items from big companies, with green links to all the sweet, sweet added context:

  • Extra! Extra!
    Facebook is getting into the news game once again, paying publishers and building an Apple News-like product called Facebook News that is determined to give America access to trusted news. Facebook is doing great fresh out of the gate by giving Breitbart the distinction as a trusted news source. Kudos, Mark. What could go wrong?
  • Netflix keeps racking up the bills
    Hit TV shows don’t feel like they should be as expensive as building a quantum computer and yet Netflix’s hefty original content spending is still chugging along. The streaming company announced this week they’re raising $2 billion in debt to fund its next efforts, which may or may not include another 14 seasons of Stranger Things.
  • Antitrust attorneys general
    This week was another rough one for Facebook, a New York antitrust investigation picked up the support of a whole lot of other states as the probe seeks out anticompetitive practices. There are now 47 attorneys general taking part.

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GAFA Gaffes

How did the top tech companies screw up this week? This clearly needs its own section, in order of badness:

  1. Facebook is still publisher enemy #1:
    [Why the Facebook News Tab shouldn’t be trusted]
  2. Google’s emoji puritanism:
    [Google’s Play Store is giving an age rating finger to Fleksy, a Gboard rival]

Disrupt Berlin

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It’s hard to believe it’s already that time of the year again, but we just announced the agenda for Disrupt Berlin and we’ve got some all-stars making their way to the stage. I’ll be there this year, get some tickets and come say hey!

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Amazon Echo Dot (3rd Gen) with Clock review: The time is now

Amazon’s latest entry-level smart speaker may seem like a lazy update, but don’t dismiss the conveniences that the Amazon Echo Dot (3rd Gen) with Clock brings to the table.
Source: Digital trends

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