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Judge denies Parler‘s bid to make Amazon restore service

A federal judge has denied an attempt by conservative social network Parler to force Amazon to host it on AWS. As expected by most who read Parler‘s ramshackle legal arguments, the court found nothing in the lawsuit that could justify intervention, only faint and factually inaccurate speculation. In the order, filed in the Western Washington []

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Forsaking funding at a 1 billion valuation, Solugen preps a new green chemical product and a big 2021

Late last year, Solugen, a startup using synthetic biology to take hydrocarbons out of the chemicals industry, decided against pursuing a new round of funding that would have valued the company at over 1 billion, TechCrunch has learned. Instead, the Houston-based bio-manufacturing company raised an internal round of roughly 30 million from existing investors and []

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The FCC has a new acting Chairwoman in Jessica Rosenworcel

The Biden administration has officially appointed Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel acting FCC Chairwoman, and she will likely be nominated to fill the position formally later in the year, which would make her the first woman to hold the position. With her record of standing for equal access, industry accountability, and net neutrality, Rosenworcel‘s FCC will be []

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The FCC has a new Chairwoman in Jessica Rosenworcel

The Biden administration has officially appointed Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel acting FCC Chairwoman, and she will likely be nominated to fill the position formally later in the year, which would make her the first woman to hold the position. With her record of standing for equal access, industry accountability, and net neutrality, Rosenworcel‘s FCC will be []

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How Bitcoin is helping middle-class users survive the pandemic

Regulators may still want to imply Bitcoin is merely a tool for criminals, but for many middle-class users, it‘s proving to be a lifeline.

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The FCC has its first Chairwoman in Jessica Rosenworcel

The Biden administration has officially appointed Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel acting FCC Chairwoman, making her the first woman to hold the position, and she will likely be nominated to fill the position formally later in the year. With her record of standing for equal access, industry accountability, and net neutrality, Rosenworcel‘s FCC will be very different []

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Instacart is eliminating the jobs of unionized workers

Instacart plans to lay off nearly 2,000 of its workers, including the ten workers from the Kroger-owned Mariano‘s who unionized early last year, Vice reports. These workers are responsible for in-store shopping and packing of groceries. According to Vice, ten of the workers affected unionized with the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1546 in []

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Omnipresent raises 15.8M Series A for its platform to employ remote-workers globally

Omnipresent, which helps companies employ remote-working local teams worldwide, has closed a 15.8M Series A funding round. The fundraise was led by an undisclosed investor with participation from existing investors, Episode 1, Playfair Capital and Truesight Ventures. The company said it closed the round five months after it‘s July 2020 2m in seed round. Founders []

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AI-powered transcription service Otter.ai can now record from Google Meet

Otter.ai, the A.I.-powered voice transcription service that already integrates with Zoom for recording online meetings and webinars, is today bringing its service to Google Meet‘s over 100 million users. However, in this case, Otter.ai will provide its live, interactive transcripts and video captions by way of a Chrome web browser extension. Once installed, a Live []

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Walking Duck is a digital news startup trying to find middle ground in US politics

Can any news organization bridge the separate realities that the left and right seem to occupy in U.S. politics? A new startup with the odd-yet-memorable name Walking Duck is going to try. Walking Duck (an inversion of a lame duck president - a phrasing that has earned criticism as ableist - and a reference to []

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Decrypted: With more SolarWinds fallout, Biden picks his cybersecurity team

All change in the capital as the Biden administration takes charge, and thankfully without a hitch (or violence) after the attempted insurrection two weeks earlier. In this week‘s Decrypted, we look at the ongoing fallout from the SolarWinds breach and who the incoming president wants to lead the path to recovery. Plus, the news in []

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Spotify announces an exclusive podcast deal with filmmaker Ava DuVernay

Spotify continues to enlist big names for its podcasting efforts. The latest: Filmmaker Ava DuVernay and her arts collective Array. DuVernay has directed theatrically-released films including Selma and A Wrinkle in Time, but she also made 13th and When They See Us for Netflix, and she‘s been an eloquent proponent for streaming as a more []

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Facebook‘s Oversight Board will review the decision to suspend Trump

Facebook announced Thursday that its newly-established external policy review group will take on one of the company‘s most consequential acts: the decision to suspend former President Trump. On January 7, Facebook suspended Trump‘s account indefinitely. That decision followed the president‘s actions the day prior, when he incited a violent mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol, []

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Bodyguard is a mobile app that hides toxic content on social platforms

If you‘re somewhat famous on various social networks, chances are you are exposed to hate speech in your replies or in your comments. French startup Bodyguard recently launched its app and service in English so that it can hide toxic content from your eyes. It has been available in French for a few years and []

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These are the 20 companies presenting at Alchemist Accelerator‘s 26th Demo Day today

The enterprise-focused Alchemist Accelerator is hosting its 26th Demo Day today, with twenty companies expected to debut. This is Alchemist‘s third Demo Day to be fully virtual due to the ongoing pandemic. Alchemist Accelerator Director Ravi Belani tells me that this virtual format has thus far outperformed the in person Demo Day format, with []

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Why you should add TechCrunch Early Stage 2021 to your must-attend list

As 2020 fades into the rearview mirror of history (huzzah!), it‘s time to map out strategies to transform your early-stage startup dream into reality. If there‘s one thing every early founder needs it‘s information, and you‘ll find it in abundance at TechCrunch Early Stage 2021. Introduced last year - and one of the most popular []

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Walking Duck is a digital news startup trying to find middle ground in U.S. politics

Can any news organization bridge the separate realities that the left and right seem to occupy in U.S. politics? A new startup with the odd-yet-memorable name Walking Duck is going to try. Walking Duck (an inversion of a lame duck president and a reference to the duck test) was founded by journalist Mark Halperin, as []

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8 VCs agree: behavioral support and remote visits make digital health a strong bet for 2021

We asked some of our favorite health tech VCs from The TechCrunch List where we are headed in the next year, what they‘re most excited about and where they might be investing.

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A.I.-powered transcription service Otter.ai can now record from Google Meet

Otter.ai, the A.I.-powered voice transcription service which already integrates with Zoom for recording online meetings and webinars, is today bringing its service to Google Meet‘s over 100 million users. However, in this case, Otter.ai will provide its live, interactive transcripts and video captions by way of a Chrome web browser extension. Once installed, a Live []

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Porsche and Axel Springer increase investment into early-stage fund APX to 55M

Berlin-based early-stage fund APX today announced that its two investors, European publisher Axel Springer and sports car maker Porsche, have increased their investment in the fund to a total of 55 million. With this, APX, which launched in 2018, is now able to deploy up to 500,000 in pre-Series A seed funding per company. That‘s []

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Plaid launches FinRise, an incubator for underrepresented fintech founders

Plaid is launching FinRise, a nine-month incubator for early-stage fintech founders from underrepresented backgrounds. Inspired by an internal hackathon amid Black Lives Matter protests last summer, the accelerator is explicitly looking at startups led by Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC). Plaid Growth Manager Nell Malone and Design Manager Bhargavi Kamakshivalli are spearheading the []

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Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra review: Camera refinements are nice, but the price drop‘s the thing

The Galaxy S21 is a tank. It‘s a big, heavy (8.04 ounces versus its predecessor‘s 7.7), blunt instrument of a phone. It‘s quintessential Samsung, really the handset you purchase when too much isn‘t quite enough. In fact, it even goes so far as adopting S-Pen functionality perhaps the largest distinguishing factor between the []

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YouTube launches hashtag landing pages to all users

YouTube is embracing the hashtag. The company has been quietly working on a new feature that allows users to better discover content using hashtags either by clicking on a hashtag on YouTube or by typing in a hashtag link directly. Before, these actions would return a mix of content related to the hashtag, but []

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Hot IPOs hang onto gains as investors keep betting on tech

How many recent tech IPOs are down from their opening price? We looked at 14 debuts from the last year to find out.

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