Lucas Matney
Lucas Matney
Lucas Matney is a reporter at TechCrunch and has been covering emerging technologies and startups since 2015. He lives in San Francisco and can be reached via email at lucas@techcrunch.comSource
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Microsoft gets contract worth up to $22 billion to outfit US Army with 120,000 AR headsets – TechCrunch

Microsoft gets contract worth up to $22 billion to outfit US Army with 120,000 AR headsets – TechCrunch

The killer use case for AR/VR might just be warfare.Today, Microsoft announced that it has received a contract to outfit the United States Army with tens of thousands of augmented reality headsets based on the company’s HoloLens tech. This contract could be worth as much as $21.88 billion over 10 years, the company says.Microsoft will be fulfilling an order for 120,000 AR headsets for the Army based on their Integrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS) design. The modified design upgrades the capabilities of the HoloLens 2 for the needs of soldiers in the field.“The program delivers...

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Twitter’s ‘Super Follow’ creator subscription takes shots at Substack and Patreon – TechCrunch

Twitter’s ‘Super Follow’ creator subscription takes shots at Substack and Patreon – TechCrunch

It’s been an all-around more ambitious year for Twitter. Following activist shareholder action last year that aimed to oust CEO Jack Dorsey, the company has been making long overdue product moves, buying up companies and aiming to push the envelope on how it can tap its network and drive new revenue streams. Things seem to be paying off for the company, as their share price sits at an all-time high — double that of its 2020 high.Today, the company shared early details on its first ever paid product, a feature called “Super Follow” which aims to combine the community trends of Discord, the...

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A Dallas-based founder looks to tackle the student loan crisis with his startup, College Cash – TechCrunch

A Dallas-based founder looks to tackle the student loan crisis with his startup, College Cash – TechCrunch

Demetrius Curry has spent the last couple years chasing a dream.His startup, , allows brands to petition users to create photo and video marketing content highlighting their product or service, with the wrinkle being that content creators are paid by the brands in the form of credits that go directly toward paying down their student loan debt. This model awards the brands involved a level of social good will and tax benefits.The Dallas-area founder was inspired to tackle the student loan debt crisis after talking with his daughter about the prospect of eventually paying down her own loan...

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WallStreetBets goes dark – TechCrunch

WallStreetBets goes dark – TechCrunch

After a wild day for public markets driven by Reddit traders commandeering stocks and combatting hedge fund short sellers, the community at r/wallstreetbets no longer has a home on Discord and its Reddit community has been locked down as an invite-only subreddit for the time being.Update: 4:49pm PT: The r/wallstreetbets subreddit returned claiming that the group was “suffering from success,” and needed more help from Reddit to deal with the new flow of attention it has received while also calling out Discord for banning their chat community, “Discord did us dirty and I am not impressed with...

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Parler removed from Google Play store as Apple App Store suspension reportedly looms – TechCrunch

Parler removed from Google Play store as Apple App Store suspension reportedly looms – TechCrunch

Image Credits: Drew Angerer/Getty Images / Getty ImagesShortly after Twitter announced Friday afternoon that they were permanently suspending the account of President Trump, Google shared that they were removing Parler, a conservative social media app, from their Play Store immediately, saying in a statement that they were suspending the app until the developers committed to a moderation and enforcement policy that could handle objectionable content on the platform.In a statement to TechCrunch, a Google spokesperson said:“In order to protect user safety on Google Play, our longstanding...

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Niantic buys competitive gaming platform Mayhem – TechCrunch

Niantic buys competitive gaming platform Mayhem – TechCrunch

was in Y Combinator’s winter 2018 batch and went on to raise $5.7 million in funding, according to . Other backers include Accel, which led the startup’s Series A in 2018, Afore Capital and NextGen Venture Partners.The startup’s focus has shifted quite a bit since its initial YC debut, when it announced a service called Visor that would analyze video of esports gameplay and coach users on how they could improve their performance. The company has seemed to shift its focus wholly to community tools to help gamers find matches and organize tournaments for games like Overwatch on its...

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XRP cryptocurrency crashes following announcement of SEC suit against Ripple – TechCrunch

XRP cryptocurrency crashes following announcement of SEC suit against Ripple – TechCrunch

The value of one of the world’s most valuable cryptocurrencies is crashing and a recently filed SEC complaint is at the root of the free fall. According to , the XRP token’s value has declined more than 42% in the past 24 hours and is down more than 63% from its 30-day high of $0.76. It now sits at just $0.27.XRP’s price volatility has rivaled the most capricious of cryptocurrencies. Since reaching an all-time-high of $3.84 back in January of 2018, the coin has spent much of the past two years drifting closer and closer to pennies. In the past month, on the back of major rallies from other...

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Twitter acquires screen-sharing social app Squad – TechCrunch

Twitter acquires screen-sharing social app Squad – TechCrunch

Today, announced that it is acquiring and that the team from the screen-sharing social app will be joining Twitter’s ranks. co-founders, CEO Esther Crawford and CTO Ethan Sutin, and the rest of the team will be coming aboard inside Twitter’s design, engineering and product departments, Twitter tells us. Crawford specifically notes that she will be leading a product in the conversations space.What isn’t coming aboard is the actual Squad app, which allowed users to share their screens on mobile or desktop and simultaneously video chat, a feature that aimed to find the friend use case in...

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L’Oréal rolls out a line of ‘virtual makeup’ – TechCrunch

L’Oréal rolls out a line of ‘virtual makeup’ – TechCrunch

Selfie filters have improved immensely over the past several years, but companies on the forefront of the tech see plenty of room to grow.The cosmetics world has also seen some rapid change in the past several years as makeup has proven particularly ripe for up-and-coming direct-to-consumer and influencer-endorsed brands to take hold. Plenty of legacy brands have seen their revenues decimated, while others have proven resilient by leaning into new tech and sales channel trends.Back in 2018, L’Oréal made the interesting decision to buy an augmented reality filter company called Modiface....

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One of the broader trends of the pandemic has been the unbundling of Zoom, with startups pulling out a feature or two and designing entire products centered around a specific vision of remote work. One of the more tempting product ideas has been the development of the omnipresent always-on video workspace, where managers can always see their directs onscreen and team members are only a shout away from getting someone else’s attention. While it has seemed like an exciting product for the founders building those startups amid the remote work boom, it also sounded awful for the workers using...

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