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BuzzFeed acquires HuffPost

HuffPost has a new owner, with its current parent company Verizon Media reaching an agreement to sell the site to BuzzFeed. The Wall Street Journal broke the news anddescribed this as a stock deal. Verizon Media is also making an investment in BuzzFeed and becoming a minority shareholder in the digital media company. The deal []

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Facebook details AI advances in catching misinformation and hate speech

Facebook‘s battle against misinformation will never be over at this rate, but that doesn‘t mean the company has given up. On the contrary it is only by dint of constant improvement to its automated systems that it is able to keep itself even remotely free of hate speech and misinformation. CTO Mike Schroepfer touted the []

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Astra targets December for next orbital launch attempt

Astra is set to launch it‘s next orbital rocket, with a window that opens on December 7 and lasts for 12 days following, with an 11 AM to 2:30 PM PT block each day during which the launch could occur, depending on weather and conditions on the ground. This is the startup‘s Rocket 3.2, a []

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Tech in the Biden era

President-elect Biden may have spent eight years in an administration that doted on the tech industry, but that long honeymoon, punctuated by four years of Trump, looks to be over. Tech is on notice in 2020. The Russian election interference saga of the 2016 election opened the floodgates for social media‘s ills. The subsequent years []

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Is the internet advertising economy about to implode?

Advertising drives the modern digital economy. Whether it‘s reading news sites like this one or perusing your social media feeds, advertising is the single most important industry that came out of the development of the web. Yet, for all the tens of billions of dollars poured into online advertising just in the United States alone, []

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Verizon partners with Apple to launch 5G Fleet Swap

Apple and Verizon today announced a new partnership that will make it easier for their business partners to go all-in on 5G. Fleet Swap, as the program is called, allows businesses to trade in their entire fleet of smartphones no matter whether they are currently a Verizon customer or not and move to []

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GM ups electric and autonomous vehicle spending to 27 billion through 2025

General Motors said it will spend 27 billion over the next five years on the development of electric vehicles and automated technology, a 35% percent increase that exceeds the automaker‘s investment and gas and diesel and is an effort bring products to market faster. More than half of GM‘s capital spending and product development team []

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‘Wonder Woman 1984‘ is coming to HBO Max (and some US theaters) on Dec. 25

Although COVID-19 is surging in the United States and around the world, Warner Bros. still plans to release Wonder Woman 1984 on Christmas Day - but its plans are are no longer limited to a theatrical release. Director Patty Jenkins and star Gal Gadot both posted tweets last night announcing that in in the United []

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48 hours left to save 100 on passes to TC Sessions: Space 2020

T-minus two days and counting. That‘s how much time you have left to score early-bird passes to TC Sessions: Space 2020. If you‘re part of this global startup community, don‘t miss a two-day deep dive focused on the intrepid visionaries pushing the boundaries of technology and forging the future of space. And don‘t miss the []

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Google Stadia and GeForce Now are both coming to iOS as web apps

Google and Nvidia both had some news about their respective cloud gaming service today. Let‘s start with Nvidia. GeForce Now is now available on the iPhone and the iPad as a web app. The company says it‘s a beta for now, but you can start using it by heading over to play.geforcenow.com on your iOS []

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‘Wonder Woman 1984‘ is coming to HBO Max (and some U.S. theaters) on Dec. 25

Although COVID-19 is surging in the United States and around the world, Warner Bros. still plans to release Wonder Woman 1984 on Christmas Day - but its plans are are no longer limited to a theatrical release. Director Patty Jenkins and star Gal Gadot both posted tweets last night announcing that in in the United []

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Microsoft brings new shopping tools to its Edge browser

Microsoft announced a few updates to its Edge browser today that are all about shopping. In addition to expanding the price comparison feature the team announced last month, Edge can now also automatically find coupons for you. In addition, the company is launching a new shopping hub in its Bing search engine. The timing here []

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Inside Affirm‘s IPO filing: a look at its economics, profits and revenue concentration

Last night Affirm filed to go public, herding yet another unicorn into the end-of-year IPO corral. The consumer installment lending service joins DoorDash and Airbnb in filing recently, as a number of highly-valued, venture-backed private companies look to float while the public markets are more interested in growth than profits. TechCrunch took an initial dive []

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Google rolls out iOS widgets for Gmail, Drive and Fit; says Calendar and Chrome coming soon

Google has updated its flagship iPhone apps with support for home screen widgets, a new feature of iOS 14. The company announced today it‘s rolling out new widgets for Gmail, Google Drive, Google Fit and soon, Google Calendar and Google Chrome, in order to put useful information on the home screen or to provide quick []

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Against all odds: The sheer force of immigrant startup founders

Niko Bonatsos Contributor Share on Twitter Niko Bonatsos is a managing director at General Catalyst Partners. More posts by this contributor As VCs enroll the startup class of 2016, it‘s RIP for ‘me too‘ companies I‘ve long said that I don‘t care where you come from, if your name is hard to say, or you []

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Head of the US Space Force, Gen. John W. ‘Jay‘ Raymond, joins us at TechCrunch Sessions: Space

Space Force is at a critical part of its young life, and Gen. John W. Jay Raymond leads the service forward as its commanding officer. We‘re thrilled to have him join us for a fireside chat at our TC Sessions: Space event on December 16 17. Since its founding in 2019, Gen. Raymond quickly []

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Autodesk CEO Andrew Anagnost explains the strategy behind acquiring Spacemaker

Autodesk, the U.S. publicly listed software and services company that targets engineering and design industries, acquired Norway‘s Spacemaker this week. The startup has developed AI-supported software for urban development, something Autodesk CEO Andrew Anagnost broadly calls generative design. The price of the acquisition is 240 million in a mostly all-cash deal. Spacemaker‘s VC backers included []

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Amazon‘s smart glasses get an upgrade, as its smart ring is discontinued

As strange as they are, you would be forgiven for getting about the existence of Echo Frames. Amazon announced the smart glasses among a deluge of Alexa-focused products at an event last year that also included an even stranger smart ring. The experimental product was Day 1 Edition device - meaning it was available to []

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Amazon S3 Storage Lens gives IT visibility into complex S3 usage

As your S3 storage requirements grow, it gets harder to understand exactly what you have, and this especially true when it crosses multiple regions. This could have broad implications for administrators, who are forced to build their own solutions to get that missing visibility. AWS changed that this week when it announced a new product []

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Medable raises 91 million for its clinical trial management software

The clinical trial management software developer Medable has raised 91 million in a new round of financing as life sciences companies struggle with how to conduct the necessary validation studies of new drugs and devices in a pandemically challenged environment. Digital and decentralized clinical trials are becoming a necessity given the health and safety guidelines []

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Google plans to test end-to-end encryption in Android messages

For the past year and a half, Google has been rolling out its next-generation messaging to Android users to replace the old, clunky, and insecure SMS text messaging. Now the company says that rollout is complete, and plans to bring end-to-end encryption to Android messages next year. Google‘s Rich Communications Services is Android‘s answer to []

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PayPal launches a new crowdsourced fundraising platform, the Generosity Network

PayPal is expanding its fundraising efforts with today‘s launch of the Generosity Network. Unlike the PayPal Giving Fund, which helps people support charities through online donations, the new Generosity Network lets people raise money for themselves, other individuals in need, or organizations like a small business or a charity. This puts the network more directly []

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Near acquires Teemo to expand its data business into Europe

Two companies in the data business are teaming up, with Near announcing that it has acquired French startup Teemo. Near founder and CEO Anil Mathews told me that his company processes data around the online and offline behavior of 1.6 billion consumers each month: We marry these two worlds and fill in the gap. Teemo, []

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Investors including Microsoft‘s climate fund back hyperlocal environmental monitoring tech developer Aclima

Mitigating the effects of climate change and pollution is a global problem, but it‘s one that requires local solutions. While that seems like common sense, most communities around the world don‘t have tools that can monitor emissions and pollutants at the granular levels they need to develop plans that can address these pollutants. Aclima, a []

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