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One day left to apply for a FREE Startup Alley Exhibition Package at Disrupt SF 2018

All good things, as the saying goes, must come to an end. And to which good thing do we refer? Your chance to exhibit for FREE as a TC Top Pick at Disrupt San Francisco 2018 on September 5-7. The application window slams shut tomorrow, June 29 at 5 p.m. (PST). Don’t miss out on your chance to showcase your early-stage startup to all the right people at a price anyone can afford: free. Apply right here, right now. Granted, not just any pre-Series A startup can qualify to be a TC Top Pick. For starters, your company must fall into one of these categories: AI, AR/VR, Blockchain, Biotech, Fintech, Gaming, Healthtech, Privacy/Security, Space (as in “outer”), Mobility, Retail or Robotics/Hardware. Still with us? Great. Next, our team of TechCrunch editors will review every eligible application and select up to five startups to represent each category. Several companies will earn the coveted TC Top Pick designation and each team receives a free Startup Alley Exhibitor Package. Here’s what that gets you: A one-day exhibit space in Startup Alley Three Founder passes (good for all three days of the show) Full use of CrunchMatch  — our investor-to-startup matching platform Access to the full event press list TC Top Pick Media Bonus: A three-minute video interview on the Showcase Stage with a TechCrunch editor — promoted across our social media platforms Exhibiting in Startup Alley at a Disrupt event offers founders tremendous networking, collaboration and investment opportunities. Luke Heron, the CEO of TestCard.com , had this to say about the benefits of exhibiting in Startup Alley at Disrupt: “TechCrunch uses a curation process regarding the companies it accepts

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Sprint announces highest profit ever after saying it needs T-Mobile merger

Enlarge / Sprint retail location in Cleveland, Tennessee, on June 19, 2016. (credit: Getty Images | TennesseePhotographer) Sprint yesterday announced "the best profitability in company history" thanks to growth in its customer base, just days after saying it needed to merge with T-Mobile USA in order to improve its network. If Sprint was doing worse, the merger might not have happened. Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure said that the company's successful turnaround "positioned Sprint for strategic opportunities which led to our proposed merger with T-Mobile." Sprint's profitability and free cash flow was key in giving Sprint the chance to combine with T-Mobile, he said. In the just-ended fiscal year, Sprint said it had "its highest annual retail phone net additions in five years and the best profitability in company history with its highest annual operating income at $2.7 billion and annual net income for the first time in 11 years, even when excluding the one-time favorable impact from tax reform." Read 15 remaining paragraphs | Comments

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WhatsApp starts digital payment tests in India

WhatsApp has finally started testing the digital payments feature it's been working on since early 2017. The Facebook-owned chat app is currently giving a limited number of users in India the chance to give its built-in payments feature a spin. Based...

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