Published On: Sat, Jun 20th, 2020

Daily Crunch: WhatsApp launches payments

WhatsApp is adding support for in-app payments, Apple is upgrading a MacBook Pro and Mac Pro desktop and we disagree about a destiny of startup hubs.

Here’s your Daily Crunch for Jun 15, 2020.

1. WhatsApp finally launches payments, starting in Brazil

After months of talks and trials, WhatsApp has finally pulled a trigger on payments. Users in Brazil will be a initial to be means to send and accept income by a messaging app, regulating Facebook Pay.

WhatsApp says that a payments use — that now is giveaway for consumers to use, yet comes with a 3.99% estimate price for businesses receiving payments — will work by approach of a six-digit PIN or fingerprint to finish transactions.

2. Apple adds new MacBook Pro graphics choice and Mac Pro SSD ascent kit

A week before kicking off WWDC, Apple introduced a span of upgrades to a pro-level hardware lines. Both a 16-inch MacBook Pro and a Mac Pro desktop are removing name inner upgrades, starting today.

3. 3 perspectives on a destiny of SF and NYC as startup hubs

Three TechCrunch writers residence one of a large questions about a future: Will tech continue to centralize in hubs like San Francisco and New York City, or will remote work and all a other second-order effects lead to a some-more decentralized startup ecosystem? (Extra Crunch membership required.)

4. Interstellar Technologies’ secretly grown MOMO-5 rocket falls brief of reaching space

The association initial launched a car in 2017, yet a launch didn’t go accurately as designed and unsuccessful to strech space. In 2019, a MOMO-3 sounding rocket did mangle a Karman line, yet only barely, and unfortunately a MOMO-5 sounding rocket launched over a weekend did not make space, as planned.

5. Introducing The Exchange, your daily dive into a private markets

The Exchange is Alex Wilhelm’s unchanging dive into a financial side of a startup world, and how a open markets strive sobriety (or lift) on private companies. These themes competence sound informed to Daily Crunch readers, given we’ve related to copiousness of Alex’s pieces, yet now it’s an central mainstay with an central name.

6. Tesla’s US-made Model 3 vehicles now come versed with wireless charging and USB-C ports

Tesla Model 3 vehicles constructed during a Fremont, Calif. bureau will reportedly come customary with a wireless charging pad and USB-C ports, upgrades that were initial speckled by Drive Tesla Canada.

7. This week’s TechCrunch podcasts

The latest full-length part of Equity discusses Facebook’s new startup try fund, while a Monday news roundup covers a latest problems during Quibi. Over during Original Content, we examination a latest deteriorate of “Queer Eye.”

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