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Ford will reveal its all-electric Transit van in November (jeu., 29 oct. 2020)
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 […]
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Section 230 barely rates a mention in Senate’s hasty pre-election flogging of tech CEOs (Wed, 28 Oct 2020)
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 […]
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Rocket Lab successfully launches 10 Earth observation satellites in 15th commercial mission (Wed, 28 Oct 2020)
New Zealand launch provider Rocket Lab has put its 15th commercial payload into space, delivering 10 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 […]
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Daily Crunch: Apple seems pretty interested in search (Wed, 28 Oct 2020)
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 […]
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We need new business models to burst old media filter bubbles (Wed, 28 Oct 2020)
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.
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Fiat Chrysler plans to bring a Ram electric pickup truck to market (Wed, 28 Oct 2020)
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’s third-quarter earnings call, puts to rest rampant speculation, which was fueled by previous comments from Manley, that the automaker was planning to join […]
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US online holiday sales to reach $189B this year, up 33% from 2019 (Wed, 28 Oct 2020)
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. […]
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True, the social networking app that promises to ‘protect your privacy,’ exposed private messages and user locations (Wed, 28 Oct 2020)
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. […]
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Dear Sophie: Any upgrade options for E-2 visa holders interested in changing jobs? (Wed, 28 Oct 2020)
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?
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Apple search crawler activity could signal a Google competitor, or a bid to make Siri a one-stop-shop (Wed, 28 Oct 2020)
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 […]
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Joe Rogan, Alex Jones and Spotify’s illusion of neutrality (Wed, 28 Oct 2020)
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 […]
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App management startup AppFollow raises $5M Series A round led by Nauta Capital (Wed, 28 Oct 2020)
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 it benefitted during the pandemic and even in April 2020 as the desire for automation and apps exploded. It says it now has 70,000 […]
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Outrider raises $65 million to bring its autonomous tech to distribution yards (Wed, 28 Oct 2020)
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 […]
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Qualtrics CEO Ryan Smith is buying majority stake in the Utah Jazz for $1.6B (Wed, 28 Oct 2020)
The Utah Jazz, an NBA basketball team based in Salt Lake City, announced today that Qualtrics CEO and co-founder Ryan Smith was buying a majority stake in the team, along with 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, […]
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Apple eyes the TikTok generation with an updated version of Clips (Wed, 28 Oct 2020)
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 […]
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Robust.AI raises a $15M Series A to improve problem solving for collaborative robots (Wed, 28 Oct 2020)
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 […]
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Microsoft announces its first Azure data center region in Taiwan (Wed, 28 Oct 2020)
After announcing its latest data center region in Austria earlier this month and an expansion of its footprint in Brazil, Microsoft today unveiled its plans to open a new region in Taiwan. This new region will augment its existing presence in East Asia, where the company already runs data centers in China (operated by 21Vianet), Hong […]
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Hebbia wants to make Ctrl-F (or Command-F) actually useful through better AI (Wed, 28 Oct 2020)
Deep learning has made tremendous strides in recent years, with new systems and models like GPT-3 offering higher-quality interpretations of human language, empowering developers to use these concepts in more diverse applications. We can see these developments in our text-to-speech voice recorders and dual language translation apps, which have gotten shockingly good these days. But […]
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Jackery’s solar generator system helps you collect and store more than enough juice for off-grid essentials (Wed, 28 Oct 2020)
Portable power is a very convenient thing to have on hand, as proven by the popularity of pocket power banks for providing backup energy for smartphones and tablets. Jackery’s lineup of battery backups offer an entirely different, much greater level of portable energy storage, and when combined with the company’s durable and portable solar panels, […]
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How is the Air Force looking to spend its $60 billion R&D budget? (Wed, 28 Oct 2020)
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 […]
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