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Trump didn‘t concede, but he will move Biden‘s transition forward

With an unprecedented number of mail-in ballots, election results took a bit longer this year than usual. But if Americans were expecting an election week, November stretched on into a month of election drama, with President Trump mounting an unprecedented effort to undermine election results and stall the transition process, even as states certified Biden‘s []

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Gift Guide: 22 STEM toy gift ideas for every little builder

In 2020, parents and guardians are super spoilt for choice in the STEM toys gift department which is great news in the midst of a pandemic that‘s supercharging homeschooling needs. The category has matured to offer an interesting range of options for children across a wide span of ages, shedding some of its earlier []

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Gift Guide: 7 perfect gifts for podcasters and streamers

So, this one is going to be a different from last year. Because everything is different from last year. I know 2020 has been a pretty big change for my own personal podcast. I always prefer conducting interviews in person when I‘m able - in fact, around 400 or so episodes were done exactly like []

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Daily Crunch: Snapchat adds Spotlight

Snapchat introduces a TikTok-style feed, Amazon Echo Buds add fitness tracking and Vettery acquires Hired. This is your Daily Crunch for November 23, 2020. The big story: Snapchat adds Spotlight Snapchat has introduced a dedicated feed where users can watch short, entertaining videos - pretty similar to TikTok. This comes after the app also added []

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Netflix commits 1 billion to make New Mexico home to one of the world‘s largest studios

Netflix is committing 1 billion in production spend at its ABQ Studios in Albuquerque, New Mexico along with plans to expand those studios, the company said. In an announcement alongside New Mexico‘s Governor, Michelle Lujan Grisham, and Albuquerque Mayor, Tim Keller, Netflix‘s chief executive Ted Sarandos said the company would add 300 acres to []

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Despite pandemic, forecasts predict US online holiday sales increase of 20%-30% or more

Strong e-commerce sales are predicted to help lift overall holiday retail spending in the U.S., according to forecasts released today by the National Retail Federation (NRF) and eMarketer. Both firms expect to see overall retail sales growth during November and December, though the market may be impacted by slowing brick-and-mortar sales. Of the two, NRF []

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Gift Guide: 7 great gifts for anyone working from home

Let‘s just get this out of the way: for the past several years, I‘ve contributed the ‘Best Gifts for Frequent Travelers‘ segment to TechCrunch‘s annual gift guide. I love it. It was easily my favorite gift guide to write, and it was an audience favorite, as well. But I am no longer a frequent traveler. []

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Will Brazil‘s Roaring 20s see the rise of early-stage startups?

The capital market boom might be temporary, but the emergence of a new economy in Brazil supported by new local investors and new players is a trend that has been building up for some time

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Vettery acquires Hired to create a ‘unified‘ job search platform

Two large job search and recruiting platforms are coming together, with Vettery acquiring Hired. The news follows a report last week in The Information claiming that Hired had begun to sell off its assets and wind down the company. The report also stated that Hired CEO Mehul Patel abruptly resigned via Zoom in early October. []

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GM dumps Trump to side with California in emissions rules fight

General Motors is changing sides in a battle over whether states - and specifically California - can set tailpipe emissions regulations and other rules meant to mitigate climate change that are stricter than the federal government. The automaker said Monday it will no longer back the Trump Administration‘s lawsuit to prevent California from setting its []

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The downfall of adtech means the trust economy is here

Richard Jones Contributor Share on Twitter Richard is CMO of Cheetah Digital, a cross-channel customer engagement solution provider. As an expert in zero-party data, he is committed to helping brands provide a value exchange with consumers through the lifecycle in return for consumer attention, engagement and loyalty. 2020 has brought about much-needed social movements. In []

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Approaching commercialization for its autonomous radar nav system, Lunewave raises 7 million

Lunewave, the Arizona-based startup developing a novel technology for radars for autonomous vehicles, has raised 7 million in financing as it gets ready for the commercial rollout of its systems. The company‘s latest financing came from Proeza entures, Blue 9 Capital, Tsingyuan Ventures and Intact Ventures, the company said. With the latest funding Lunewave will []

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Relativity Space raises 500 million as it sets sights on the industrialization of Mars

3D-printed rocket startup Relativity Space has closed 500 million in Series D funding (making official the earlier reported raise), the company announced today. This funding was led by Tiger Global Management, and included participation by a host of new investors including Fidelity Management Research Company, Baillie Gifford, Iconiq Capital, General Catalist and more. This []

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Amazon‘s Echo Buds get new fitness tracking features

I wasn‘t super impressed when I reviewed the Echo Buds around this time last year, but Amazon‘s first shot at Alexa-powered fully wireless earbuds was passable. And while they‘ve already been on the market for a while now, the company‘s continuing to deliver some key updates, including today‘s addition of new fitness features. Say ‘Alexa, []

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The downfall of ad tech means the trust economy is here

Richard Jones Contributor Share on Twitter Richard is CMO of Cheetah Digital, a cross-channel customer engagement solution provider. As an expert in zero-party data, he is committed to helping brands provide a value exchange with consumers through the lifecycle in return for consumer attention, engagement and loyalty. 2020 has brought about much-needed social movements. In []

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7 things we just learned about Sequoia‘s European expansion plans

Sequoia Capital, the renowned Silicon Valley venture capital firm that has backed companies like Apple, Google, Dropbox, Airbnb and Stripe, recently disclosed that it had opened its first office in Europe. To staff up, it hired partner Luciana Lixandru away from rival Accel Partners. Even without an official European presence, Sequoia has quietly operated in []

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Despite pandemic, forecasts predict U.S. online holiday sales increase of 20%-30% or more

Strong e-commerce sales are predicted to help lift overall holiday retail spending in the U.S., according to forecasts released today by the National Retail Federation (NRF) and eMarketer. Both firms expect to see overall retail sales growth during November and December, though the market may be impacted by slowing brick-and-mortar sales. Of the two, NRF []

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Gift Guide: Which next-gen console is the one your kid wants?

This holiday season the next generation of gamers, bless their hearts, will be hoping to receive the next generation of gaming consoles. But confusing branding by the console makers - not to mention a major shortage of consoles - could lead to disappointment during the unwrapping process. Before making any big promises this year, you‘ll []

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Facebook launches ‘Drives,‘ a US-only feature for collecting food, clothing and other necessities for people in need

Facebook today is introducing a new feature that will allow users in the U.S. to collect food, clothing, and other necessities for people in need. The feature, called Drives, is being made available through Facebook‘s existing Community Help hub, which is the place where Facebook centralizes requests and offers for help within a local community. []

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LA-based Boulevard raises 27 million for its spa management software

Boulevard, a spa management and payment platform, has raised 27 million in a new round of funding despite a business slowdown caused by the COVID0-19 pandemic. Founded four years ago by Matt Danna and Sean Stavropoulos, Boulevard was inspired by Stavropoulos‘ inability to book a haircut and Danna‘s hunch that the inability of salons and []

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Netflix says ‘The Queen‘s Gambit‘ is setting viewership records

The Queen‘s Gambit is setting viewership records at Netflix, the streaming service said today. Like all the viewership data that Netflix has released this year, these new numbers reflect how many people chose to watch- in other words, how many people watched at least two minutes of a given show or movie. In the case []

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Founders seeking their first check need a fundraising sales funnel

CEO and co-founder of music tech startup Stem Milana Lewis explains how she landed several superstar investors and raised a little under 22 million.

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Watch live as SpaceX tests the limits of Falcon 9 reusability with sixteenth Starlink satellite launch

SpaceX is set to launch its sixteenth Starlink mission on Monday at 9:34 PM EST (6:34 PM PST). This launch will carry 60 of the company‘s broadband internet satellites to low-Earth orbit, where they‘ll join the existing constellation and contribute to its growing network of eventually global coverage. The launch is also significant because it []

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Equity Monday: Good vaccine news, three rounds and why IPOs are trending

Hello and welcome back toEquity, TechCrunch‘s venture capital-focused podcast where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This is Equity Monday, our weekly kickoff that tracks the latest big news, chats about the coming week, digs into some recent funding rounds and mulls over a larger theme or narrative from the private markets. You can []

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