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WaveOne aims to make video AI-native and turn streaming upside down

Video has worked the same way for a long, long time. And because of its unique qualities, video has been largely immune to the machine learning explosion upending industry after industry. WaveOne hopes to change that by taking the decades-old paradigm of video codecs and making them AI-powered - while somehow avoiding the pitfalls that []

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AWS launches SageMaker Data Wrangler, a new data preparation service for machine learning

AWS launched a new service today, Amazon SageMaker Data Wrangler, that makes it easier for data scientists to prepare their data for machine learning training. In addition, the company is also launching SageMaker Feature Store, available in the SageMaker Studio, a new service that makes it easier to name, organize, find and share machine learning []

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AWS announces high resource Lambda functions, container image support & millisecond billing

AWS announced some big updates to its Lambda serverless function service today. For starters, starting today it will be able to deliver functions with up to 10MB of memory and 6 vCPUs (virtual CPUs). This will allow developers building more compute-intensive functions to get the resources they need. Starting today, you can allocate up to []

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AWS launches Glue Elastic Views to make it easier to move data from one purpose-built data store to another

AWS has launched a new tool to let developers move data from one store to another called Glue Elastic Views. At the AWS:Invent keynote CEO Andy Jassy announced Glue Elastic Views, a service that lets programmers move data across multiple data stores more seamlessly. The new service can take data from disparate silos and move []

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AWS goes after Microsoft‘s SQL Server with Babelfish for Aurora PostgreSQL

AWS today announced a new database product that is clearly meant to go after Microsoft‘s SQL Server and make it easier and cheaper for SQL Server users to migrate to the AWS cloud. The new service is Babelfish for Aurora PostgreSQL. The tagline AWS CEO Andy Jassy used for this service in his []

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Find out how we‘re working toward living and working in space at TC Sessions: Space 2020

The idea of people going to live and work in space, outside of the extremely unique case of the International Space Station, has long been the strict domain of science fiction. That‘s changing fast, however, with public space agencies, private companies and the scientific community all looking at ways of making it safe for people []

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AWS brings ECS, EKS services to the data center, open sources EKS

Today at AWS re:Invent, Andy Jassy talked a lot about how companies are making a big push to the cloud, but today‘s container-focussed announcements gave a big nod to the data center as the company announced ECS Anywhere and EKS Anywhere, both designed to let you run these services on-premises, as well as in the []

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Floww raises 6.7M for its data-driven marketplace matching founders with investors, based on merit

Floww - a data-driven marketplace designed to allow founders to pitch investors, with the whole investment relationship managed online - says it has raised 6.7M / 5M to date in Seed funding from angels and family offices. Investors include Ramon Mendes De Leon, Duncan Simpson Craib, Angus Davidson, Stephane Delacote and Pip Baker (Google‘s Head []

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Softbank, Volvo back Flock Freight with 113.5M to help shippers share the load

Everyday thousands of trucks carry freight along U.S. highways, propelling the economy forward as consumer goods, electronics, cars and agriculture make their way to distribution centers, stores and eventually households. It‘s inside these trucks - many of which sit half empty - where Flock Freight, a five-year-old startup out of San Diego believes it can []

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SoftBank takes a 690M stake in cloud-based Swedish customer engagement company Sinch

On the heels of Facebook taking a big step into customer service with the acquisition of Kustomer for 1 billion, another big move is afoot in the world of customer relationship management and engagement. Sinch, a Swedish company that provides cloud-based omnichannel voice, video and messaging services to help enterprises communicate with customers, has announced []

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AWS launches Trainium, its new custom ML training chip

At its annual re:Invent developer conference, AWS today announced the launch of AWS Trainium, the company‘s next-gen custom chip dedicated to training machine learning models. The company promises that it can offer higher performance than any of its competitors in the cloud, with support for TensorFlow, PyTorch and MXNet. It will be available as EC2 []

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US shopping app downloads on Black Friday reached a record 2.8M installs

Many U.S. consumers spent this year‘s Black Friday sales event shopping from home on mobile devices. That led to first-time installs of mobile shopping apps in the U.S. to break a new record for single-day installs on Black Friday 2020, according to a report from Sensor Tower. The firm estimates that U.S. consumers downloaded approximately []

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China‘s Chang‘e-5 lunar lander successfully lands on the Moon

Chinese state news agencies are reporting a successful landing of the Chang‘e-5 lunar robotic lander, which will seek to return lunar rock samples back to Earth. The launch took off on November 23, and attained lunar orbit on November 28. It launched the lander vehicle on November 30, and the reports today from the China []

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Lucid Motors completes 700M factory to produce its first electric vehicles

Electric automaker Lucid Motors has completed the initial phase of its 700 million factory, a milestone required to begin production of its first luxury all-electric Air sedan this spring. The factory, which is located about halfway between Tucson and Phoenix off Interstate 10, has the capacity to produce 30,000 vehicles a year. If Lucid, led []

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Join us for a live Q&A with Sapphire‘s Jai Das today at 2 pm EST/11 am PST

The conversation is part of the second season of our Extra Crunch Live series that has seen all sorts of investors and founders join TechCrunch for a dig into their work.

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U.S. shopping app downloads on Black Friday reached a record 2.8M installs

Many U.S. consumers spent this year‘s Black Friday sales event shopping from home on mobile devices. That led to first-time installs of mobile shopping apps in the U.S. to break a new record for single-day installs on Black Friday 2020, according to a report from Sensor Tower. The firm estimates that U.S. consumers downloaded approximately []

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Facebook‘s self-styled ‘oversight‘ board selects first cases, most dealing with hate speech

A Facebook -funded body that the tech giant set up to distance itself from tricky and potentially reputation-damaging content moderation decisions has announced the first bundle of cases it will consider. In a press release on its website the Facebook Oversight Board (FOB) says it sifted through more than 20,000 submissions before settling on six []

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BlackBerry shares rocket upwards on AWS deal to integrate sensor data in vehicles

BlackBerry shares shot up in early trading on news that the company will partner with Amazon Web Servicesto jointly develop and market its vehicle data integration and monitoring platform, IVY. BlackBerry stock was up 35% or 2.11 at the opening bell on the New York Stock Exchange. It‘s a sign of both the potential market []

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Novakid‘s ESL app for children raises 4.25M Series A led by PortfoLio and LearnStart investors

With the pandemic playing havoc with children‘s education EdTech startups have been on a roll. A new fundraising seems to come almost every week at this point. Today it‘s Novakid‘s turn. This EdTech startup is yet another learning English as a second language for children‘ startup. But it at least has a chance among the []

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BlackBerry shares rocket upwards AWS deal to integrate sensor data in vehicles

BlackBerry shares shot up in early trading on news that the company will partner with Amazon Web Servicesto jointly develop and market its vehicle data integration and monitoring platform, IVY. BlackBerry stock was up 35% or 2.11 at the opening bell on the New York Stock Exchange. It‘s a sign of both the potential market []

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In first IPO price range, Airbnb‘s valuation recovers to pre-pandemic levels

Is Airbnb expensive or not?

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Qualcomm announces the new Snapdragon 888 chip

Qualcomm kicked off an all-virtual version of its annual summit this morning by announcing the launch of the the Snapdragon 888 platform. The chipmaker is clearly saving some key information for later in the virtual event, because it has yet to reveal a ton about its next SoC. We do, however, have an extremely modest []

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Thousands of U.S. lab results and medical records spilled online after a security lapse

NTreatment, a technology company that manages electronic health and patient records for doctors and psychiatrists, left thousands of sensitive health records exposed to the internet because one of its cloud servers wasn‘t protected with a password. The cloud storage server server was hosted on Microsoft Azure and contained 109,000 files, a large portion of which []

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Fundr, launching its first portfolio, uses an algorithm to remove bias from investing

For all the ways that the Silicon Valley scene excels, diversity and inclusion is not one of them. But a new startup called Fundr is looking to do the heavy lifting to help investors diversify their portfolio. Fundr is an investment marketplace founded by Lauren Washington, Boris Moyston, and Jean-Philippe Desmontils. The platform is aimed []

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