Here’s everything you need to know about this year’s Viva Technology conference

Third time is a charm. Viva Technology (or “VivaTech” for short) hosted its kick-off press conference to present this year’s event. And this year is going to be quite special for TechCrunch as well because we’re hosting a Startup Battlefield Europe at VivaTech and a Hackathon. Hosted at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the press conference …

[First Cut] Xiaomi Mi TV 4 (55-inch): Spectacles on a Spectacle

Xiaomi’s competitive foray into the smartphone market has swiftly allowed it to transition into a household brand. The kind of brand even your technology muggle family members would be familiar with. But the company is not just about phones and in India as well, it is finally building up its product lineup to establish a …

Announcing Startup Battlefield Europe at VivaTech this May

TechCrunch Startup Battlefield is headed to VivaTech in Paris on May 24th to find and feature the best early-stage startup across Europe! In partnership with VivaTech, Startup Battlefield Europe will feature startups from across continental Europe working on the cutting-edge technologies blooming this Spring. VivaTech is the perfect spot to host our Startup Battlefield Europe …

5 powerful stories by girls whose lives were forever changed by child marriage

For most of us, a wedding day is something to look forward to. To plan and prepare. Or something to look back with fond memories of a choice once made.  For millions of young girls and boys around the world, however, marriage is not a choice. It interrupts their childhood, forcing them into perilous cycles …

JD.com’s logistics business raises $2.5B from Hillhouse, Sequoia China and others

JD.com, the Chinese e-commerce giant that is Alibaba’s closest rival, is raising giving its logistics spin-out business a huge boost after it announced that the unit is raising $2.5 billion. JD Logistics, which became a standalone business last April, is raising the investment capital from a range of backers who include Hillhouse Capital, Sequoia China, China …

Former homeless man hands out roses for Valentine's Day, because it makes people happy

Valentine’s Day might suck for single people, but for some, it’s an opportunity to share a little bit of love. Like for a formerly homeless man named Cameron, who pledged to hand out roses to people at Nobby Beach, on the Gold Coast in Australia. It’s a tale that’s been written about in a Facebook …