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Section 230 barely rates a mention in Senate’s hasty pre-election flogging of tech CEOs Today’s Senate hearing on immensely important legal protections for online platforms quickly proved to be little more than an excuse for Senators to accuse the CEOs of Twitter, Facebook and Google of partisan interference with next week’s election. The actual law being considered for revision was mentioned only a handful of times in the nearly […]

Ford will reveal its all-electric Transit van in November Ford plans to reveal in November an all-electric version of its Ford Transit cargo van, the company said Wednesday as part of its broader third-quarter earnings report. The unveiling will showcase an electric van for all of the company’s global addressable markets. The company has been talking about producing an electric Transit van for more […]

We need new business models to burst old media filter bubbles It’s time for us to think critically about how we can build business models that reunite information bubbles, so that people consistently get access to all sides of the story.

Daily Crunch: Apple seems pretty interested in search Apple might be building a Google competitor, Audible adds more podcasts and an ad measurement company raises $350 million. This is your Daily Crunch for October 28, 2020. The big story: Apple seems pretty interested in search Apple has a growing interest in search technology and might even be working on a product to compete […]

Rocket Lab successfully launches 10 Earth observation satellites in 15th commercial mission New Zealand launch provider Rocket Lab has put its 15th commercial payload into space, delivering ten Earth observation satellites each to their own orbit. The company is getting back into its stride after an upset in July dampened plans to set a record for launch turnaround time. Aboard the latest Electron launch vehicle to leave […]

US online holiday sales to reach $189B this year, up 33% from 2019 The accelerated shift to e-commerce due to the pandemic will have a significant impact on U.S. online holiday sales, according to a new forecast from Adobe Analytics. Adobe Analytics predicts that U.S. online sales for the months of November and December 2020 will reach $189 billion, representing a 33% year-over-year increase and setting a new record. […]

Fiat Chrysler plans to bring an Ram electric pickup truck to market Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Mike Manley confirmed Wednesday the automaker’s Ram brand will bring an electric pickup truck to market. The remarks, made in response to an analyst question during the company third-quarter earnings call, puts to rest rampant speculation, which was fueled by previous comments from Manley, that the automaker was planning to join […]

True, the social networking app that promises to ‘protect your privacy,’ exposed private messages and user locations True bills itself as the social networking app that will “protect your privacy.” But a security lapse left one of its servers exposed — and spilling private user data to the internet for anyone to find. The app was launched in 2017 by Hello Mobile, a little-known virtual cell carrier that piggybacks off T-Mobile’s network. […]

Dear Sophie: Any upgrade options for E-2 visa holders interested in changing jobs? My employer, a company based in Slovakia, moved me to the U.S. to help establish our U.S. operations. What are my options if I want to look for other job opportunities here in the U.S. with a different company?

Apple search crawler activity could signal a Google competitor, or a bid to make Siri a one-stop-shop Encouraged by the spate of antitrust activity brewing in both the Justice Department and on Capitol Hill, Apple may be developing a search competitor to Google, according to a report in the Financial Times. That would be a move ripe with irony as the push for an end to anti-competitive practices is seemingly creating greater […]

Outrider raises $65 million to bring its autonomous tech to distribution yards Outrider, a startup aiming to bring its autonomous technology to the nerve center of the supply chain, has raised $65 million in funding just eight months after coming out of stealth. The Series B round was led by Koch Disruptive Technologies and brings its total funding raised to $118 million. Other existing investors increased their […]

App management startup AppFollow raises $5M Series A round led by Nauta Capital AppFollow, an app management startup, has raised a $5 million Series A round led by Barcelona’s Nauta Capital, alongside existing investors Vendep Capital and RTP Global participating. The Helsinki-headquartered company says benefitted during the pandemic and even in April 2020 as the desire for automation and apps exploded. It says it now has 70,000 clients […]

Joe Rogan, Alex Jones and Spotify’s illusion of neutrality Social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter have taken a messy beating from critics unhappy with how they handle questionable content on their platform, with some complaining they don’t do enough to rein in misinformation, and others decrying censorship. But what about Spotify? The company is never mentioned in this context, and with its traditional […]

Robust.AI raises a $15M Series A to improve problem solving for collaborative robots Robust.AI today announced that it has raised a $15 million Series A, led by Jazz Venture Partners. Existing partners Playground Global, Liquid2, Fontinalis, Jaan Tallinn and Mark Leslie also participated in the round, which brings the Bay Area-based robotics AI startup’s funding up to $22.5 million. Founded mid-2019, the company counts Rodney Brooks among its […]

Apple eyes the TikTok generation with an updated version of Clips Apple is today rolling out an update to its video creation app, Clips, which brings much-needed support for vertical videos, allowing for sharing to TikTok and the “Stories” feature in other social apps. The addition is one of several arriving with the release of Clips 3.0, which also introduces support for horizontal video, as well […]

Qualtrics CEO Ryan Smith is buying majority stake in the Utah Jazz for $1.6B The Utah Jazz, an NBA basketball team based in Salt Lake City, announced today that Qualitrics CEO and co-founder Ryan Smith was buying a majority stake in the team along other properties. ESPN is reporting the deal is worth $1.6 billion. Smith can afford it. He sold Qualtrics, which is based in Provo, Utah, in […]

Current and upcoming trends in Latin America’s mobile growth Mobile companies that seize on the progress already taking place and learn from or integrate trends like digital wallets, QR codes, on-demand delivery and 5G will be poised for the biggest success in LATAM — and quite possibly, on a global stage.

As venture capital rebounds, what’s going on with venture debt? The American venture capital world has staged an impressive comeback from the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic. For a moment, there was worry that startups would struggle to raise for quarters, leading to layoffs, slowed hiring and budget cuts. But as the pandemic accelerated plans to shift operations online, many startups wound up more […]

How is the Air Force looking to spend its $60 billion R&D budget? Dr. Will Roper, the man in charge of the purse strings for the Air Force’s $60 billion research and development and acquisition budget, oversees some 550 programs for the Air Force. It’s a huge responsibility that has massive implications for the future of the American military, and as the priorities for the military’s air and […]

Audible further expands into podcasts Audible, the Amazon-owned audiobook company, is further expanding into podcasts with the addition of approximately 100,000 of podcasts, totaling 5 million episodes to its service. The shows will be offered for free streaming to Audible members and non-subscribers alike, Audible says. Included in the new lineup are top podcasts like Pod Save America, You’re Wrong […]

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