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SpaceX‘s first crewed spacecraft launch is officially cleared to proceed for May 27 target

SpaceX has received approval on its mission to launch NASA astronauts for the first time ever on May 27, having passed a key Flight Readiness Review (FRR) conducted by the agency to ensure everything is go for launch. This final stretch check, conducted over the past few days after the Crew Dragon spacecraft was mounted []

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How to make the most of your at-home videoconference setup: Microphone edition

Working from home isn‘t going anywhere anytime soon, and a slew of companies just announced longer-term initiatives to make their remote work practices either extend or permanent. That means for some it‘s the perfect time to take their at-home videoconferencing setup even further, so we‘re going to take a closer look at various core elements []

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Scale AI releases free lidar dataset to power self-driving car development

High quality data is the fuel that powers AI algorithms. Without a continual flow of labeled data, bottlenecks can occur and the algorithm will slowly get worse and add risk to the system. It‘s why labeled data is so critical for companies like Zoox, Cruise and Waymo, which use it to train machine learning models []

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Box will let employees work from home until at least 2021

Another tech company is joining the list of those planning on going remote for the long haul: Box . Box CEO Aaron Levie announced this morning that the company will remain a digital-first organization moving forward. While it sounds like they‘re still working out exactly what that entails, one key aspect is that Box employees []

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First major GDPR decisions looming on Twitter and Facebook

The lead data regulator for much of big tech in Europe is moving inexorably towards issuing its first major cross-border GDPR decision saying today it‘s submitted a draft decision related to Twitter‘s business to its fellow EU watchdogs for review. The draft decision focusses on whether Twitter International Company has complied with Articles 33(1) []

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Minecraft Dungeons has charm and potential, but needs lot more time in the furnace

Minecraft is one of the popular games on the planet, so it‘s natural that Microsoft, after buying creator Mojang some years back, would attempt to apply the genre‘s playful, blocky aesthetic to other genres. After modest success with the Story Mode adventure game and Minecraft Earth Pokemon GO-like, they‘ve tried their hand at a light []

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SpaceX‘s first crewed spacecraft launch is officially cleared to proceed on May 27

SpaceX has received approval on its mission to launch NASA astronauts for the first time ever on May 27, having passed the final Flight Readiness Review (FRR) conduced by the agency to ensure everything is go for launch. This final check, conducted over the past few days after the Crew Dragon spacecraft was mounted on []

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3 views on the life and death of college towns, remote work and the future of startup hubs

The global pandemic has halted travel, shunted schools online and shut down many cities, but the future of college-town America is an area of deep concern for the startup world. College towns have done exceedingly well with the rise of the knowledge economy and concentrating students and talent in dense social webs. That confluence of []

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Netflix‘s beloved animated series Tuca & Bertie is getting a second life on Adult Swim

Tuca Bertie was wonderful. It was a hilarious and heartfelt examination of adult relationships, coupled with whimsical animated visuals. And like most good things in this world, it was simple too beautiful to live. The Netflix series, which starred comedians Tiffany Haddish and Ali Wong and two mismatched bird best friends was canceled after []

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Startup Battlefield is going virtual with TechCrunch Disrupt 2020

You read that right. The big announcement came yesterday - TechCrunch Disrupt is now fully virtual. What does this mean for Startup Battlefield? More opportunity. The best companies from across the globe, an even bigger launch platform, the eyes of more investors from around the world and press exposure at the biggest conference TechCrunch has []

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Thriva raises 4M from Target in an era when at-home blood testing is more crucial than ever

Thriva emerged in 2016 asan at-home blood-testing startup allowing people to check, for instance, cholesterol levels. In the era of a pandemic,however, at-home blood testing isabout to become quite a big deal, alongside the general trend towards people pro-actively taking control of their health. It‘s now has secured a 4 million extension to its Series []

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Steve Case and Clara Sieg on how the COVID-19 crisis differs from the dot-com bust

Steve Case and Clara Sieg of Revolution recently spoke on TechCrunch‘s new series, Extra Crunch Live. Throughout the hour-long chat, we touched on numerous subjects, including how diverse founders can take advantage during this downturn and how remote work may lead to growth outside Silicon Valley. The pair have a unique vantage point, with Steve []

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Daily Crunch: Facebook embraces remote work

Facebook takes more steps to support and expand a remote workforce, IBM announces layoffs and TechCrunch‘s big annual conference is going virtual. (I know, I know - I have mixed feelings about it, too.) Here‘s your Daily Crunch for May 22, 2020. 1. Facebook makes big remote work moves with plan for new hubs in []

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New nonprofit from Google Maps co-creator offers temporary ‘safe‘ passes to aid COVID-19 reopening effort

There are a number of different technologies both proposed and in development to help smooth the reopening of parts of the economy even as the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic continues. One such tech solution launching today comes from Brian McClendon, co-founder of Keyhole, the company that Google purchased in 2004 that would form the []

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Strategies for surviving the COVID-19 Series B squeeze

The next few quarters will be the most challenging time that many founders have experienced. More so than ever, survival is not a given.

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Cake brings a Swedish take on e-motorcycle design to the US

Cake has crafted the Swedish edition of electric motorcycle design starting in the dirt. The Stockholm-based mobility startup‘s debut, the Kalk OR, is a 150-pound, battery-powered two-wheeler engineered for agile off-road riding and available in a street-legal version. In appearance, Cake‘s Kalk has a minimalist stance and doesn‘t evoke motorcycle in any conventional sense. That []

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IBM confirms layoffs are happening, but won‘t provide details

IBM confirmed reports from over night that it is conducting layoffs, but wouldn‘t provide details related to location, departments or number of employees involved. The company framed it in terms of replacing people with more needed skills as it tries to regroup under new CEO Arvind Krishna. IBM‘s work in a highly competitive marketplace requires []

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Apple‘s handling of Siri snippets back in the frame after letter of complaint to EU privacy regulators

Apple is facing fresh questions from its lead data protection regulator in Europe following a public complaint by a former contractor who revealed last year that workers doing quality grading for Siri were routinely overhearing sensitive user data. Earlier this week the former Apple contractor, Thomas le Bonniec, sent a letter to European regulators laying []

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Statespace, the platform that trains gamers, raises 15 million

Statespace has today raised a 15 million Series A financing round led by Khosla, with partner Samir Kaul joining the board. Existing investors, such as FirstMark Capital, Lux and Expa, also participated in the round, as well as newcomer June Fund. Statespace launched out of stealth in 2017 with a product called Aim Lab, which []

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API startups are so hot right now

Hello and welcome back to our regular morning look at private companies, public markets and the gray space in between. A cluster of related companies recently caught our eye by raising capital in rapid-fire fashion. TechCrunch covered a few of them, and I read coverage of others. Looking back through my notes and the media []

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New non-profit from Google Maps co-creator offers temporary ‘safe‘ passes to aid COVID-19 reopening effort

There are a number of different technologies both proposed and in development to help smooth the reopening of parts of the economy even as the threat of the global COVID-19 pandemic continues. One such tech solution launching today comes from Brian McClendon, co-founder of Keyhole, the company that Google purchased in 2004 that would form []

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Clubhouse proves that time is a flat circle

Hello and welcome back toEquity, TechCrunch‘s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. First, a big thanks to everyone who took part in the Equity survey, we really appreciated your notes and thoughts. The crew is chewing over what you said now, and we‘ll roll up the best feedback into show []

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Cake brings a Swedish take on e-motorcycle design to the U.S.

Cake has crafted the Swedish edition of electric motorcycle design starting in the dirt. The Stockholm based mobility startup‘s debut, the Kalk OR, is a 150 pound, battery powered two-wheeler engineered for agile off-road riding and available in a street-legal version. On appearance, Cake‘s Kalk has a minimalist stance and doesn‘t evoke motorcycle in any []

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Xiaomi‘s investment house of IoT surpasses 300 companies

Xiaomi, the Chinese comapny famous for its budget smartphones and a bevy of value-for-money gadgets, said in a filing on Thursday that it has backed more than 300 companies as of March, totaling 32.3 billion yuan (4.54 billion) in book value and 225.9 million yuan (32 million million) in net gains on disposal of investments []

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