Ford’s 2020 Escape plug-in hybrid takes aim at Toyota RAV4 PRIME – TechCrunch

[ad_1] The 2020 Ford Escape plug-in hybrid — a first for the SUV — comes with an EPA-estimated 37 miles of all-electric driving range and 100 miles per gallon equivalent, stats that will put the redesigned model into competition with the new Toyota RAV4 PRIME. The Toyota RAV4 PRIME has an estimated 42-mile EV rang…

M17 sells its online dating assets to focus on live streaming – TechCrunch

[ad_1] M17 Entertainment announced today that it has sold its online dating assets to focus on its core live streaming business in Asia and other markets. Paktor Pte, which operates Paktor dating app and other services, was acquired by Kollective Ventures, a venture capital advisory firm. The value of the deal was undisclosed. In its…

Mapbox and SoftBank form joint venture to provide mapping tech to Japanese developers – TechCrunch

[ad_1] SoftBank Corp. and Mapbox, the mapping data company that competes with Google and Here, announced that they have established a joint venture called Mapbox Japan. The JV will provide Mapbox’s mapping platform, including APIs and data services, to developers in Japan. Between June 1 and September 30, Mapbox Japan will also provide up to…

Otonomo raises $46 million to expand its automotive data marketplace – TechCrunch

[ad_1] New vehicles today can produce a treasure trove of data. Without the proper tools, that data will sit undisturbed, rendering it worthless. A number of companies have sprung up to help automakers manage and use data generated from connected cars. Israeli startup Otonomo is one such player that jumped on the scene in 2015…

SpaceX and NASA break down what their historic first astronaut mission will look like – TechCrunch

[ad_1] NASA and SpaceX’s most defining moment of our current space era is coming up at the end of this month, with its Demo-2 mission on May 27. The mission will be the first-ever launch for SpaceX with humans on board, and for NASA, it’ll mark the first return to U.S.-based astronaut launches since the…

Tesla’s newest board member has a long stance against short selling – TechCrunch

[ad_1] Tesla has added Hiromichi Mizuno as a new member to its board of directors and audit committee — the former chief investment officer of Japan’s $1.5 trillion pension fund and a longtime opponent of common market practices like short selling. With Mizuno’s appointment the Tesla board now has 10 members, including Oracle founder, chairman…