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Coinbase disables margin trading following guidance from Commodity Futures Trading Commission

Just a few months after launching margin trading on Coinbase Pro, the company is disabling the feature. Margin trading lets you trade on leverage. But it works both ways - margin trading lets you multiply your gains and your losses. Starting on November 25, 2pm PT, users won‘t be able to place new margin trades. []

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The FCC rejects ZTE‘s petition to stop designating it a ‘national security threat‘

The Federal Communications Commission has rejected ZTE‘s petition to remove its designation as a national security threat. This means that American companies will continue to be barred from using the FCC‘s 8.3 billion Universal Service Fund to buy equipment and services from ZTE . The Universal Service Fund includes subsidies to build telecommunication infrastructure across []

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Talking tech‘s exodus, Twitter‘s labels, and Medium‘s next moves with founder Ev Williams

Earlier today, we had the chance to talk with Twitter and Medium cofounder Ev Williams, along with operator-turned investor James Joaquin, who helps oversee the day-to-day of the mission-focused venture firm they separately cofounded six years ago, Obvious Ventures. We collectively discussed lot of venture-y things, some of which we‘ll publish next week, so stayed []

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Talking tech‘s exodus, Twitter‘s new labels, and Medium‘s next moves with founder Ev Williams

Earlier today, we had the chance to talk with Twitter and Medium cofounder Ev Williams, along with operator-turned investor James Joaquin, who helps oversee the day-to-day of the mission-focused venture firm they separately cofounded six years ago, Obvious Ventures. We collectively discussed lot of venture-y things, some of which we‘ll publish next week, so stayed []

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Talking tech‘s exodus, Twitter‘s new labels, and Medium‘s future with founder Ev Williams

Earlier today, we had the chance to talk with Twitter and Medium cofounder Ev Williams, along with operator-turned investor James Joaquin, who helps oversee the day-to-day of the world-positive venture firm they separately cofounded six years ago, Obvious Ventures. We collectively discussed lot of venture-y things, some of which we‘ll publish next week, so stayed []

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SpaceX successfully launches a Falcon 9 booster for a record seventh time

SpaceX has launched yet another Starlink mission, adding 60 more Starlink satellites to its low-Earth orbit constellation. That‘s good news for its efforts to blanket the globe in high-speed broadband, and today‘s flight is even better news for its equally important ambition of developing more reusable rocket systems, since the first-stage booster that helped launch []

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Pinterest tests online events with dedicated ‘class communities‘

Pinterest is getting into online events. The company has been spotted testing a new feature that allows users to sign up for Zoom classes through Pinterest, while creators use Pinterest‘s class boards to organize class materials, notes, and other resources, or even connect with attendees through a group chat option. The company confirmed the test []

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Police case filed against Netflix executives in India over ‘A Suitable Boy‘ kissing scene

Netflix, which has invested more than 500 million to gain a foothold in India in recent years, is slowly finding out just about what all could upset some people in the world‘s second-largest internet market: Apparently everything. A police case has been filed this week against two top executives of the American streaming service in []

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SpaceX targeting next week for Starship‘s first high-altitude test flight

SpaceX looks ready to proceed to the next crucial phase of its Starship spacecraft development program: A 15km (50,000 feet) test flight. This would far exceed the max height that any prior Starship prototype has achieved so far, since the current record-setting hop test maxed out at around 500 feet. Elon Musk says that SpaceX []

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New venture firm The-Wolfpack takes a fresh approach to D2C startups

The COVID-19 pandemic has hit the consumer, leisure and media companies hard, but a new venture firm called The-Wolfpack is still very upbeat on those sectors. Based in Singapore, the firm was founded by former managing directors at GroupM, one of the world‘s largest advertising and media companies, and plans to work very closely with []

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How Verge Aero‘s drones pulled off an Election Day win as big as Biden‘s

Intel may be the household name, but Verge Aero is hot on their heels with a product that‘s more nimble, easier to execute and much more dynamic.

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Noise-canceling headphones that pair big sound with sweet silence

I never thought I‘d need a pair of serious noise-canceling headphones. I don‘t mind hours of droning white noise on international flights and generally I don‘t like feeling like my head‘s been locked in an airless tomb. But 2020 broke me. Or rather, working from home while my wife, whose work requires her to Zoom []

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Daily Crunch: Twitter will bring back verification

Twitter prepares to hand out more blue checkmarks, YouTube suspends OANN and Discord is raising a big funding round. This is your Daily Crunch for November 24, 2020. The big story: Twitter will bring back verification Twitter paused its blue checkmark verification system in 2017 as it faced controversy over who gets verified - specifically []

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Gift Guide: Smart cooking gadgets for the smart cookies on your list

If you‘re spending a lot of time at home this holiday season, you might as well spend at least some of that time in the kitchen and making delicious meals. There are plenty of smart kitchen gadgets out there, but it feels like the best among them are really delivering standout experiences for smarter, better and more connected cooking options.

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Netflix removes ‘Chappelle‘s Show‘ at Dave Chappelle‘s request

Netflix started streaming Chappelle‘s Show at the beginning of November - but barely more than three weeks later, it has taken the Comedy Central sketch show off its service. Co-creator Dave Chappelle offered some context for the decision in an Instagram clip of what appears to be a recent standup set, in which described any []

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Gift Guide: Smart exercise gear to hunker down and get fit with

Home exercise gear is always a nice holiday gift choice for anyone who has expressed interest in staying healthy and getting more fit, but during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic it‘s more relevant than ever.

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Working to understand C3.ai‘s growth story

The end-of-year IPO wave continues, this time with C3.ai moving closer to its own formal debut by updating its S-1 filing with third-quarter data. The new data provides the market with a much better look into how the unicorn AI company‘s business has progressed during the COVID-19 era, and should help public investors price the []

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YouTube suspends and demonetizes One America News Network over COVID-19 video

YouTube today confirmed that it has suspended right-wing cable channel One America News Network (OAN or OANN for short). The penalty comes after a violation of YouTube‘s stated COVID-19 misinformation guidelines. As a result, the network will be barred from posting new videos for a week, while its existing videos will also be demonetized for []

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Pay-per-mile auto insurer Metromile is heading to public markets via SPAC

Metromile, the pay-per-mile auto insurer that earlier this year laid off a third of its staff due to economic uncertainties caused by COVID-19, is taking the SPAC path to the public markets. The company, which was founded in 2011 and is led by CEO Dan Preston, said it has reached a merger agreement with special []

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‘Complete Success‘: Rocket Lab‘s booster recovery is a big step toward reusability

Rocket Lab has successfully recovered the first stage of an Electron launch vehicle after it made a controlled splashdown in the Atlantic, marking a major milestone in the company‘s quest for a reusable rocket. CEO Peter Beck, speaking to press shortly after the operation, called the mission a complete success - and it raised 286,092 []

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‘Complete Success‘: Rocket Lab‘s booster recovery is a big step towards reusability

Rocket Lab has successfully recovered the first stage of an Electron launch vehicle after it made a controlled splashdown in the Atlantic, marking a major milestone in the company‘s quest for a reusable rocket. CEO Peter Beck, speaking to press shortly after the operation, called the mission a complete success - and it raised 286,092 []

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Discord is close to closing a round that would value the company at up to 7B

Discord, the communications service that‘s become the 21st century‘s answer to MUD rooms, is close to closing a new round of financing that would value the company at up to 7 billion, according to sources with knowledge of the round. The new funding comes just months after a 100 million investment that gave the company []

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Instagram businesses and creators may be getting a Messenger-like ‘FAQ‘ feature

Instagram is developing a new product, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), that will allow people to start conversations with businesses or creators‘ accounts by tapping on a commonly asked question within a chat. Those who already have the feature available report they‘re able to create set of up to four questions which can optionally be displayed []

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Dija, a new delivery startup from former Deliveroo employees, is closing in on a 20M round led by Blossom

Dija, a new U.K. based startup founded by senior former Deliveroo employees, is closing in on 20 million funding, TechCrunch has learned. According to multiple sources, the round, which has yet to close, is being led by Blossom Capital, the early stage venture capital firm founded by ex-Index and LocalGlobe VC Ophelia Brown. It‘s not []

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