Daily Crunch: Apple Card launches in the US
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1. Apple Card launches today for all US customers, adds 3% cash back for Uber and Uber Eats
Customers can apply for Apple Card through the Wallet app on their iPhones, then start using it via Apple Pay before the physical card arrives in the mail.
Why use the card? One benefit is the ability to track your purchases in an app. Plus, there’s cash back — 2% for Apple Pay purchases, 1% for non-Apple Pay purchases and 3% for purchases on Uber and Uber Eats.
2. Twitter blocks state-controlled media outlets from advertising on its social network
The new policy was announced just hours after the company identified hundreds of accounts linked to China as part of an effort to “sow political discord” around protests in Hong Kong.
3. All 84 startups from Y Combinator’s S19 Demo Day 1
There are 197 companies (!) in the summer YC batch, and TechCrunch wrote up all 84 of the ones that presented yesterday.
4. Starship Technologies raises $40M, crosses 100K deliveries and plans to expand to 100 new universities
Starship Technologies invented the category of rolling autonomous sidewalk delivery robots.
5. Facebook unveils new tools to control how websites share your data for ad-targeting
Just to be clear: Facebook isn’t deleting the data that a third party might have collected about your behavior. Instead, it’s removing the connection between that data and your personal information on the social network.
6. Without evidence, Trump accuses Google of manipulating millions of votes
The president’s accusation appears to be based on little more than supposition in an old paper reheated by months-old congressional testimony.
7. Revenue-based investing: A new option for founders who care about control
There’s a new wave of investors who use creative deal structures with some of the upside of traditional VC, but some of the downside protection of debt. (Extra Crunch membership required.)