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Google pitches free trials of its enterprise G Suite conferencing tools as part of a coronavirus response

Google said in a blog post that it would roll out free access to advanced Hangouts Meet video-conferencing capabilities to all G Suite and G Suite for Education customers globally as the company pitches its remote work tools as an option for companies looking to let employees work from home. Chief executive Sundar Pichai announced …

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Zoom earnings, remote work and a terrible but possibly bright moment for startups

It’s a bit gauche to talk about positive economic impacts of what may become a global pandemic, but the novel coronavirus hasn’t been bad news for every company. Video conference provider Zoom appears to be one beneficiary; after going public in 2019, its share price rose from around $68 at the start of the year …

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Rebranding as Anagram, software for out-of-network billing for healthcare providers raises $9.1 million

As it rebrands from Patch to Anagram, the healthcare billing platform making it easier for providers to accept out-of-network patients has raised $9.1 million in new financing. The round was led by ManchesterStory, with participation from CareCredit (a Synchrony solution), Waterline Ventures, Rogue Venture Partners, Launchpad Digital Health, KEC Ventures and Healthy Ventures. According to a …

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The BMW Concept i4 gets us closer to what’s coming in 2021

BMW unveiled Tuesday a concept version of its upcoming i4, an all-electric four-door Gran Coupe with an estimated EPA range of 270 miles and the ability to produce 530 horsepower, pushing it past its high-performance M3 combustion vehicle. The i4 concept vehicle, which was unveiled online because the Geneva International Motor Show was cancelled due …

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Argument analysis: Justices divided in challenge to CFPB structure

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is headed by a single director, who is appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate to serve a five-year term. Once that director is in office, she can only be removed by the president for “inefficiency, neglect of duty, or malfeasance in office.” This morning both a California …

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Boston Dynamics unveils OTTO Motors collaboration to bring our robot overlords to the warehouse

[embedded content] Boston Dynamics, the undisputed heavyweight of technical robotics wizardry, unveiled a new collaboration with the warehouse autonomous material handling and transportation technology developer, OTTO Motors. Over the past year Boston Dynamics has moved from building the stuff of robotic uprising nightmares to more mundane warehouse automation technologies with its Handle robot and Pick computer vision …

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The future of gig work could involve unions and co-ops

The classification of gig workers for companies like Uber, Lyft, Instacart, DoorDash and Postmates has long been a topic of debate. Since California worker-protection bill AB 5 became law, some companies have gone to great lengths to continue classifying workers as independent contractors. Uber and Postmates, for example, unsuccessfully sued to try to prevent the …

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Startup Battlefield applications for TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2020 are now open

Founders, it’s time to launch your company on the most famous stage in tech media. Startup Battlefield applications are now open. TechCrunch is scouring the globe to find the most innovative and game-changing startups to compete for the famous Disrupt Cup and a $100,000 equity-free prize at TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco 2020. Startups will gain …

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