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Facebook‘s latest ad tool fail puts another dent in its reputation

Reset yer counters: Facebook has had to fess up to yet another major ad reporting fail. This one looks like it could be costly for the tech giant to put right not least because it‘s another dent in its reputation for self reporting. (For past Facebook ad metric errors check out our reports from []

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Thanksgiving on track for a record 6B in US online sales, says Adobe

As people prepare and eat their Thanksgiving meals, or just work on relaxing for the day, some consumers are going online to get a jump on holiday shopping deals. Adobe, which is following online sales in real time at 80 of the top 100 retailers in the US, covering some 100 million SKUs, says that []

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AstraZeneca says it will likely do another study of COVID-19 vaccine after accidental lower dose shows higher efficacy

AstraZeneca‘s CEO told Bloomberg that the pharmaceutical company will likely conduct another global trial of the effectiveness of its COVID-19 vaccine trial, following the disclosure that the more effective dosage in the existing Phase 3 clinical trial was actually administered by accident. AstraZeneca and its partner the University of Oxford reported interim results that showed []

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Bigblue wants to automate e-commerce fulfillment in Europe

Meet Bigblue, a French startup that just raised a 3.6 million seed round (3 million) to build an end-to-end fulfillment solution in Europe. If you sell products on your own website and across multiple marketplaces, you can use Bigblue to handle everything that happens after a transaction. Bigblue doesn‘t try to reinvent the wheel. Instead, []

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Foxconn could move some iPad and MacBook production to Vietnam

Following a request from Apple, Foxconn could be shifting production out of China for some iPad and MacBook models according to a report from Reuters. The new assembly lines would be based in Vietnam. As a recent investigation from The Information highlighted, both companies are intrinsically connected. The Taiwanese manufacturer is Apple‘s main production partner. []

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US Fertility says patient data was stolen in a ransomware attack

U.S. Fertility, one of the largest networks of fertility clinics in the United States, has confirmed it was hit by a ransomware attack and that data was taken. The company was formed in May as a partnership between Shady Grove Fertility, a fertility clinic with dozens of locations across the U.S. east coast, and Amulet []

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Equity Dive: Edtech‘s 2020 wakeup call

Hello and welcome back toEquity, TechCrunch‘s venture capital-focused podcast (now on Twitter!), where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This week, we‘re doing a first-ever for the show and taking a deep dive into one specific sector: Edtech. Natasha Mascarenhas has covered education technology since Stanford first closed down classes in the wake of []

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GDPR enforcement must level up to catch big tech, report warns

A new report by European consumer protection umbrella group Beuc, reflecting on the barriers to effective cross-border enforcement of the EU‘s flagship data protection framework, makes awkward reading for the regional lawmakers and regulators as they seek to shape the next decades of digital oversight across the bloc. Beuc‘s members filed a series of complaints []

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TikTok‘s epic rise and stumble

TikTok‘s rise in the West is unprecedented for any Chinese tech company, and so is the amount of attention it has attracted from politicians worldwide. Below is a timeline of how TikTok grew from what some considered another copycat short video app to global dominance and eventually became a target of the U.S. government. 2012-2017: []

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Rockstar programmer: Rivers Cuomo finds meaning in coding

‘Hi, I‘m Rivers from the band, Weezer,‘ Rivers Cuomo says with a slight smile and a wave. He turns away from the camera for a bit, before launching into his best infomercial pitch. ‘Imagine you‘re on tour, and you‘re sitting in your dressing room or your tour bus. You‘re backstage. You have stage fright, you‘re []

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Rock-star programmer: Rivers Cuomo finds meaning in coding

‘Hi, I‘m Rivers from the band, Weezer,‘ Rivers Cuomo says with a slight smile and a wave. He turns away from the camera for a bit, before launching into his best infomercial pitch. ‘Imagine you‘re on tour, and you‘re sitting in your dressing room or your tour bus. You‘re backstage. You have stage fright, you‘re []

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Daily Crunch: Amazon Web Services stumble

An Amazon Web Services outage has a wide effect, Salesforce might be buying Slack and Pinterest tests new support for virtual events. This is your Daily Crunch for November 25, 2020. And for those of you who celebrate Thanksgiving: Enjoy! There will be no newsletter tomorrow, and then Darrell Etherington will be filling in for []

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Gift Guide: 5 solid tech gifts to help decrease stress and increase sleep

Even in a normal year, the holidays can be an anxiety-inducing hellscape. In 2020, though - honestly, it‘s hard to say what manner of climactic finale this historically rough year might have on tap. In honor of the one of the most epically rotten years on record, we‘ve cobbled together a list of gifts that could go a ways toward helping folks make it triumphantly across the finish line.

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Enterprise investor Jason Green on SPAC hopefuls versus startups bound for traditional IPOs

Jason Green has pretty solid reputation as venture capitalists go. The enterprise-focused firm the cofounded 17 years ago, Emergence Capital, has backed Saleforce, Box, and Zoom, among many other companies, and even while every firm is now investing in software-as-a-service startups, the firm remains a go-to for many top founders selling business products and services. []

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Flexible expressions could lift 3D-generated faces out of the uncanny valley

3D-rendered faces are a big part of any major movie or game now, but the task of capturing and animated them in a natural way can be a tough one. Disney Research is working on ways to smooth out this process, among them a machine learning tool that makes it much easier to generate and []

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Gift Guide: 7 Smart Home gift ideas that go beyond the usual Google/Amazon smart speakers

It‘s never been easier to build a smart home. Beyond the same Google/Amazon/Apple/etc. voice-powered assistant speakers you‘ve probably seen on every gift guide for years, there‘s a world of wonderful smart home products that can delight, surprise, and maybe make your life a little easier.The following list is void of those usual suspects and features unique products that would be perfect for anyone trying to make their home jus

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Remote-controlled delivery carts are now working for the local Los Angeles grocer

Robots are no longer the high-tech tools reserved for university labs, e-commerce giants and buzzy Silicon Valley startups. The local grocer now has access too. Tortoise, the one-year-old Silicon Valley startup known for its remote repositioning electric scooters, has taken its tech and adapted it to delivery carts. The company recently partnered with online grocery []

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As IBM shifts to hybrid cloud, reports have them laying off 10,000 in EU

As IBM makes a broad shift in strategy, Bloomberg reported this morning that the company would be cutting around 10,000 jobs in Europe. This comes on the heels of last month‘s announcement that the organization will be spinning out its infrastructure services business next year. While IBM wouldn‘t confirm the layoffs, a spokesperson suggested that []

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France starts collecting tax on tech giants

France is going forward with its plan to tax big tech companies. The government has sent out notices to tech giants, as reported by the Financial Times, Reuters and AFP. There could be retaliation tariffs on French goods in the U.S. For the past couple of years, France‘s Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire has been []

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What will tomorrow‘s tech look like? Ask someone who can‘t see

Will Butler Contributor Share on Twitter Will Butler is a writer, producer and podcast host from California. Legally blind since age of 19, Will has written and produced numerous stories about adjusting to vision loss. Will joined Be My Eyes as its VP in 2019 after four years at Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually []

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Insurtech‘s big year gets bigger as Metromile looks to go public

In the wake of insurtech unicorn Root‘s IPO, it felt safe to say that the big transactions for the insurance technology startup space were done for the year. After all, 2020 had been a big one for the broad category, with insurtech marketplaces raising lots, rental insurance startup Lemonade going public, Root itself debuting even []

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Join us for a live Q&A with Sapphire‘s Jai Das on Tuesday at 2 pm EST/11 am PST

Sure, we‘re heading into a holiday weekend here in America, but that doesn‘t mean that the good ship TechCrunch is going to slow down. We‘re diving right back in next week with another installment in season two of Extra Crunch Live, our regular interview series with startup founders, venture capitalists and other leaders from the []

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Amazon Web Services outage takes a portion of the internet down with it

Amazon Web Services is currently having an outage, taking a large swathes of the internet down with it. Several AWS services are down at the as of early Wednesday, according to its status pages. That means any app, site or service that relies on AWS might also be down, too. (As I found out the []

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Slack‘s stock climbs on possible Salesforce acquisition

News that Salesforce is interested in buying Slack, the popular workplace chat company, sent shares of the smaller firm sharply higher today. Slack shares are up just under 25% at the moment, according to Yahoo Finance data. Slack is worth 36.95 per share as of the time of writing, valuing it at around 20.8 billion. []

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