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France‘s data protection watchdog reviews contact-tracing app StopCovid

Frances data protection watchdog CNIL has released its second review of StopCovid, the contact-tracing app backed by the French government. The CNIL says there‘s no major issue with the technical implementation and legal framework around StopCovid, with some caveats. France isn‘t relying on Apple and Google‘s contact-tracing API. Instead, a group of research institutes and []

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Facebook launches CatchUp, an audio-only calling app that shows who‘s ready to chat now

Facebook‘s internal RD group, NPE Team, has today launched a new app called CatchUp that makes it easier for friends and family in the U.S. to coordinate phone calls or set up group calls with up to 8 people. While there are a number of group chat apps available to users today, what makes CatchUp []

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Facebook launches CatchUp, an audio-only group calling app that shows who‘s ready to chat now

Facebook‘s internal RD group, NPE Team, has today launched a new app called CatchUp that makes it easier for friends and family in the U.S. to coordinate phone calls or set up group calls with up to 8 people. While there are a number of group chat apps available to users today, what makes CatchUp []

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Facebook rebrands Libra wallet Calibra to Novi

When Facebook unveiled Libra, its cryptocurrency project, there were two distinct entities -the Libra Association, a not-for-profit that oversees all things Libra, and Calibra, a Facebook subsidiary that is building a Libra-based wallet with integrations in WhatsApp and Messenger. Today, Facebook announced that Calibra has a new name, Novi. By rebranding Calibra to Novi, Facebook []

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Where these 4 top VCs are investing in manufacturing

Even though it‘s a vast sector in the midst of transformation, manufacturing is often overlooked by early-stage investors. We surveyed top VCs in the industry to gather their perspectives on the challenges and opportunities facing manufacturing. Traditionally, manufacturing companies are capital-intensive and can be slow to implement new technology and processes. The investors in the []

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Looking Glass starts shipping its 8K holographic display

When Looking Glass Factory showed of its first holographic display way back on August 2018, it felt more like a proof of concept than anything - though it was immediately an impressive concept. In November of last year, the Brooklyn-based startup showed off an 8K display that used its holographic tech. The feeling wasn‘t quite []

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Spectrm raises 3M Series A from Runa Capital for its conversational marketing platform

In the ‘Age of Corona‘ - as some like to call it, the roboticization of industry and business has been super-charged by the pandemic. So while companies using messaging platforms to drive customers towards purchases was always on a long term trend, the sheer volume of people staying online 24/7 during global lockdowns has led []

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Spotify removes cap from users‘ libraries, letting you save unlimited songs, albums and podcasts

Spotify announced this morning it‘s removing the content cap on the app‘s Your Library, allowing users to now save an unlimited number of songs, albums, and podcasts to their collection of favorites. The change addresses a top user complaint since 2014 which, to date, had received over 12,500 votes on Spotify‘s Community Ideas Exchange forum. []

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Omidyar-backed Spero Ventures invests in Mexico City‘s Mati, a startup pitching ID-verification

Spero Ventures, the venture capital firm backed by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar, has gone to Mexico City for its latest investment, backing the identity verification technology developer Mati. Launched in San Francisco, the two co-foundersFilip Victor and Amaury Soviche, decided to relocate to Mexico because of its proximity to big, untapped markets in Mexico, Brazil, []

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Apple fixes bug that stopped iOS apps from opening

Apple has now resolved the bug that was plaguing iPhone and iPad apps over the weekend, causing some apps to not launch at all. The issue was related to a bug with Apple‘s Family Sharing system, it appears, as users reported error messages which said This app is no longer shared with you, and directed []

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Extra Crunch Live: Join Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg for a live Q&A today at 2pm EDT/11am PDT

As the leader of a publicly traded corporation with 135,000 employees, Verizon Communications CEO Hans Vestberg has a unique perspective on the state of the world. When he appears today on Extra Crunch Live, our virtual speaker series for Extra Crunch members, we‘ll ask him about this extraordinary moment in history and his plans for []

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India‘s contact tracing app is going open source

India said it will publicly release the source code of itscontact tracing app, Aarogya Setu, in a relief to privacy and security experts who have been advocating for this ever since the app launched in early April. Ajay Prakash Sawhney, secretary in the ministry of electronics and information technology, made the announcement on Tuesday, slating []

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Baton raises 10M Series A to organize post-sale implementation

Baton, an early-stage startup that wants to help customers organize the post-sales implementation process, emerged from stealth today with a 10 million Series A investment. Activant Capital led the round with help from Global Founders Capital and Hybris founder Carsten Thoma. Like so many startups, the idea for Baton stemmed from a pain point that []

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Equity Morning: Remote work startup fundings galore, plus a major court decision

Good morning and welcome back to TechCrunch‘s Equity Monday, a brief jumpstart for your week. This is a messed-up edition, because we are both hosting Equity Monday on Tuesday (because that makes sense) and our normal host Alex Wilhelm is on vacation, leaving (editor‘s note: poor and massively underpaid) managing editor Danny Crichton to wake []

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Consumer hardware device shipments are on track for a 14% decline in 2020, courtesy of COVID-19

New numbers from Gartner show a sizable - if not unexpected - decline in device shipments for 2020. According to the analyst firm, the category (including phones, tablets and PCs) is currently on track to decline 13.6% for the year. An already struggling smartphone market takes a big hit from COVID-19 COVID-19 is, naturally, largely []

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Benepass raises 2.4 million to help employees get the most out of their tax-advantaged benefits

Tax-advantaged benefits, like flexible spending accounts, can save employees in the United States thousands of dollars annually, and reduce the amount of payroll taxes companies pay. But those benefits are often underutilized, simply because they can be confusing to navigate. Benepass wants to make the process easier with a mobile app that centralizes all of []

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Preventing food waste nets Apeel 250 million from Singapore‘s government, Oprah, and Katy Perry

Food waste and the pressures on the global food supply chain wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic have captured headlines around the world, and one small startup based in the coastal California city of Santa Barbara has just announced 250 million in financing to provide a solution. The company is called Apeel Sciences and over the []

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A new Android bug, Strandhogg 2.0, lets malware pose as real apps and steal user data

Security researchers have found a major vulnerability in almost every version of Android, which lets malware imitate legitimate apps to steal app passwords and other sensitive data. The vulnerability, dubbed Strandhogg 2.0 (named after the Norse term for a hostile takeover) affects all devices running Android 9.0 and earlier. It‘sthe evil twin to an earlier []

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Bluecore raises 50M for its first-party, AI-based marketing automation tools

As more online brands look for ways to move beyond third-party cookies as a way of gaining more direct insights about their users and customers, a startup that has developed a platform to help them has raised a big round of funding. Bluecore, a marketing technology firm that uses data gained from direct marketing like []

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Cloud canteen startup Feedr has been acquired by Compass Group for ~24M

Feedr, the food tech startup that delivers personalised meals to office workers as an alternative to companies setting up their own canteens, has been acquired by Compass Group, the publicly-listed foodservice company. The price is described as in the region of 24 million, while I understand the the deal between the two companies was completed []

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Scandit raises 80M as COVID-19 drives demand for contactless deliveries

Enterprise barcode scanner company Scandit has closed an 80 million Series C round, led by Silicon Valley VC firm G2VP. Atomico, GV, Kreos, NGP Capital, Salesforce Ventures and Swisscom Ventures also participated in the round which brings its total raised to date to 123M. The Zurich-based firm offers a platform that combines computer vision []

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Bolt, the European on-demand transport company, raises 109M on a 1.9B valuation

Bolt, a rival to Uber and others providing on-demand ridesharing, scooters and other transportation services across some 150 cities in Europe and Africa, is today announcing another capital raise as it weathers a difficult market climate where, because of COVID-19, many are staying in place and avoiding modes of transport that put them into contact []

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Cathay Innovation‘s first investment in Germany is healthcare startup Medwing

Medwing, a German startup with an ambition to tackle Europe‘s shortage of healthcare workers, said on Tuesday that it has secured 28 million (30 million) in a Series B financing round. Global venture capital firm Cathay Innovation led the round, marking its first investment in a German company. Other participating investors include Northzone, Cherry Ventures []

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China‘s food delivery giant Meituan hits 100B valuation amid pandemic

Meituan‘s shares hit a record high on Tuesday, bringing its valuation to over 100 billion. The Hong Kong-listed giant, which focuses on food delivery with smaller segments in travel and transportation, is the third Chinese firm to reach the landmark valuation. Tencent and Alibaba respectively topped the number back in 2013 and 2014. Tencent-backed Meituan []

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