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Chan Zuckerberg Initiative hires to donate tech, not just money

A cell atlas. AI that reads science papers. Personalized learning software.Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan‘s 45 billion philanthropy organization wants to build technology that can do good at scale rather than just trying to drown problems in cash. Now 2.5 years after its launch, CZI has finally filled out its tech leadership team. Today CZI []

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Apple picks up the immigrant anthology series ‘Little America‘ for its streaming service

Apple‘s latest addition to its upcoming video streaming service is a timely one. The company has picked up Little America, a half-hour anthology series which looks at the funny, romantic, heartfelt, inspiring, and surprising stories of immigrants in America. The series comes from Oscar-nominated screenwriters of The Big Sick, Kumail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley) and Emily []

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The best home Wi-Fi and networking gear

Makula Dunbar Contributor Makula Dunbar is a writer with Wirecutter. More posts by this contributor Worthwhile gadget upgrades for the tech-obsessed Durable speakers you can buy without overspending Editor‘s note:This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter‘s independently chosen editorial picks, Wirecutter and TechCrunch earn affiliate commissions. It‘s safe []

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GoFundMe now allows team fundraising, where multiple people collaborate to raise money for causes

GoFundMe, the popular service for raising money for causes with some 5 billion raised to date, is expanding its platform to serve more community efforts: today the company is launching GoFundMe Team Fundraising, which lets groups of people collectively raise money for a single effort. The idea is that it will make it possible for []

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Atul Gawande, the doctor and writer, named CEO of Amazon‘s employee healthcare JV

Amazon, BerkshireHathaway and JPMorgan Chase have not been especially public about their plans for how they plan to take on employee healthcare in the US with their new joint venture, but now they have announced a big move that could see all of that change. The trio have announced that Dr Atul Gawande, the noted []

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Amazon Prime Wardrobe officially launches to all U.S. Prime members

Prime Wardrobe, Amazon‘s ‘try before you buy‘ shopping service firstannounced last summer, is officially out of beta and open to all Prime members in the U.S. as of today. The service has been gradually opening up to more customers over the course of the year, so many Prime members may have already had access before []

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Blinkist raises 18.8M for its condensed reading platform for non-fiction books

We are living in the information age, but that doesn‘t mean that we have all the time in the world to ingest everything that we want. A startup that is aiming to help with that has raised a round of funding to grow its business. Blinkist, a Berlin-based startup that presentscondensed versions of non-fiction literature []

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Bag Week 2018: Chrome‘s MXD Pace Tote is the perfect little hybrid backpack

I admit I was a little reluctant to try this pack out, but in the end it was my favorite of the Chrome bags I tested for TechCrunch Bag Week 2018, perhaps not coincidentally, one of the least Chrome-like. If you‘re familiar with Chrome‘s bike messenger bag roots, the Pace feels like an abrupt departure, []

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Nginx lands 43 million Series C to fuel expansion

Nginx, the commercial company behind the open source web server, announced a 43 million Series C investment today led by Goldman Sachs Growth Equity. NEA, which has been on board as an early investor is also participating As part of the deal, David Campbell, managing director at Goldman Sachs‘ Merchant Banking Division will join the []

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Hired raises 30M to build an easy subscription pipeline for company hiring

Recruiting is one of the latest industries to get a data science makeover through companies like Hired and Triplebyte, but the former hopes to turn it into a subscription business just like other enterprise software companies - and has raised a new pile of funding to do that. Hired looks to serve as a one-stop []

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You aren‘t alone; U.S. adults broadly think around 40 percent of the news is misinformation

A new survey underscores what you already know. People don‘t trust traditional media as they once did. They trust social media even less. And certain groups in particular, including Republicans and people with a high school education or less, are the most suspicious that what they read isn‘t accurate. The Gallup/Knight Foundation breaks it down []

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Facebook launches Workplace for Good, a free version of its enterprise product for non-profits

Workplace is making a push into the non-profit segment. Todaythe enterprise communications app from Facebook is launching a new tier of the product called Workplace for Good, which will let non-profits use the product for no fee. To be completely clear, Facebook hasnever charged non-profits to use Workplace, and it‘s already used by over 2,500 []

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Taiwan-based media startup The News Lens raises Series C for its international growth plans

The News Lens launched in 2013 as an independent news site for Taiwanese readers disenchanted with the country‘s tabloid-ridden media. Now it has 9 million monthly unique readers, offices in Taipei and Hong Kong and just announced it has raised a Series C. The Taipei-based startup did not disclose the exact amount of the round, []

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Aaptiv raises 22M from Amazon, Disney and more for its ‘Netflix for fitness‘, now valued over 200M

Health and wellness has been one of the biggest categories for development in the tech industry, with huge range of wearable devices and connected equipment being built to track how we are moving and helping us stay fit. Now, a startup whose app offers users a selection of audio-based, personal-trainer-led workouts that also monitors users []

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India‘s budget hotel network unicorn OYO expands into China

The tech world sees plenty of Chinese companies move into India including the likes ofAlibaba and Xiaomi but few expand the other way. OYO Rooms, the billion-dollar Indian startup that pioneered budget hotel networks, is looking to buck the trend, however, after it launched operations in China. Today the company officially announced its []

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Meditation app Calm hits a 250M valuation amid an explosion of interest in mindfulness apps

Just a few years ago, it might have been a bit of a challenge to convince investors that a mindfulness app would end up being a big business - but thanks to an increasing focus on mental health from both startups and larger companies, companies like Calm are now capturing the excitement of investors. From []

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Canaan Partners gives 20 million to its two youngest employees to invest in consumer startups

Canaan Partners, the venture capital firm that has backed companies like Skybox Imaging, Match.com and Lending Club, has a new investment strategy. Called Canaan Beta, it entails setting aside 20 million of its 800 million fund to its two youngest employees, and then empowering them to make their own investment decisions as a duo. The []

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Europe takes another step towards copyright pre-filters for user generated content

In a key vote this morning the European Parliament‘s legal affairs committee has backed the two most controversial elements of a digitalcopyright reform package which critics warn could have a chilling effect on Internet norms like memes and also damage freedom of expression online. In the draft copyright directive, Article 11; Protection of press publications []

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BBVA and Repsol to build blockchain finance apps, BBVA issues record 325M credit line on its blockchain network

Spanish banking giant BBVA has an early adopter when it comes to exploring and using blockchain in its legacy business, being the first global bank to use its blockchain network, built with distributed ledger architecture, to issue a corporate loan earlier this year. Now it is taking the next step: BBVA has inked a partnership []

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Google teams with the CIJ in the UK for free workshops for journalists on investigative journalism

Google has been the target of many an investigative journalism scoop, but today in the UK it‘s sitting on the other side of the table. The search giant‘s Digital News Initiative the division that was created to give millions infundingto startups and new projects that are pushing the boundaries of digital news has announced []

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Blockchain browser Brave starts opt-in testing of on-device ad targeting

Brave, anad-blocking web browser with a blockchain-based twist, has started trials of ads that reward viewers for watching them the next step in its ambitious push towards a consent-based, pro-privacy overhaul of online advertising. Brave‘s Basic Attention Token (BAT) is the underlying micropayments mechanism it‘s using to fuel the model.The startup was founded in []

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Feed raises 17.4 million for its Soylent-like food products

French startup Feed is raising a 17.4 million funding round (15 million) from Alven and Otium Brands. Feed has been selling meal replacement products in Europe and now plans to expand to other countries. There are multiple variations of Feed. The company started with a powder-based product that represents the equivalent of one meal. You []

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Italian grocery delivery service Supermercato24 picks up 13M Series B

Supermercato24, an Italian same-day grocery delivery service, has raised 13 million in Series B funding. Leading the round is FII Tech Growth, with participation from new investor Endeavor Catalyst, and current investors 360 Capital Partners, and Innogest. Similar to Instacart in the U.S. and claiming to the leader in Italy, Supermercato24 lets customers order from []

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Porsche just took a 10% stake in electric car maker Rimac Automobili

Porsche AG is taking a 10% stake in Rimac Automobili, the Croatian hypercar and electric vehicle components company behind the world‘s fastest electric car. This isn‘t just a big-storied-automaker-takes-an-interest-in-a-startup kind of story. Rimac has street cred and not just because of its latest electric hypercar, the C Two, which debuted at the Geneva Motor Show []

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