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 2020-05-30 19:56 

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Director Ani Acopian breaks down her drone-shot video, 'A World Artists Love'...

"A drone is a camera," Ani Acopian begins simply. "And it can fly. It's basically a flying super-camera! I'd love to see more film and TV productions embrace the nimble and magical nature of drones and use them for more than bird's...

 2020-05-30 00:44 

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Zuckerberg explains why Facebook won't take action on Trump's recent posts...

In a statement posted to Facebook late Friday afternoon, Mark Zuckerberg offered up an explanation of why his company did not contextualize or remove posts from the accounts associated with President Donald Trump that appeared to incite violence against A...

 2020-05-29 17:59 

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Daily Crunch: Trump takes aim at social media companies...

President Trump follows through on his threat to challenge the legal protections enjoyed by social media and internet companies, Magic Leap's CEO is stepping down and China sees its biggest autonomous driving round yet. Here's your Daily Crunch fo...

 2020-05-29 09:31 

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Twitter screens Trump's Minneapolis threat-tweet for glorifying violence...

After applying a fact-checking label Tuesday to a misleading vote-by-mail tweet made by US president Donald Trump, Twitter is on a roll and has labeled another of the president's tweets — this time screening his words from casual view with what ...

 2020-05-28 20:46 

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Trump signs an executive order taking direct aim at social media companies...

On Thursday, President Trump signed an executive order targeting the legal shield that internet companies rely on to protect them from liability for user-created content. That law, known as Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act is essential to lar...

 2020-05-28 17:40 

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Going to war with Twitter, Trump threatens critical social media legal protections...

Accusing Twitter of censorship for adding a contextual label to false claims he made about the 2020 election process, President Trump has again declared war on social media companies. After the White House told reporters that the president would soon anno...

 2020-05-28 17:04 

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Daily Crunch: Twitter vs. Trump...

Tensions escalate between President Trump and his favorite social media platform, Google and Microsoft considering investing in the Indian telecom market and the Raspberry Pi foundation announces a new Raspberry Pi. Here's your Daily Crunch for May 28...

 2020-05-28 16:00 

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Presso shifts focus to clothing disinfecting for film studios amid COVID-19 concerns...

The Presso team first piqued my interest in a trip to Hong Kong last summer. The startup promised a clever approach to dry cleaning that involved setting up robotic kiosks in hotel hallways. The product is aimed at traveling business people looking for a ...

 2020-05-28 04:44 

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Jack Dorsey explains why Twitter fact-checked Trump's false voting claims...

After Twitter flagged a pair of President Trump's tweets with a fact-checking label on Tuesday, tensions between the president and his favored social media platform are running high. On Wednesday night, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey—rarely one to pick...

 2020-05-27 22:17 

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Appeals court rules in favor of Google, Apple, Facebook and Twitter in anti-conservative bias suit...

The same day Donald Trump took to Twitter to threaten to regulate or shut down social media sites, the U.S. appeals court in Washington, D.C. dismissed a lawsuit accusing top tech companies of silencing conservative voices. Filed in 2018 by nonprofit Free...

 2020-05-27 17:28 

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CryptoKitties developer launches NBA TopShot, a new blockchain-based collectible collab with the NBA...

When Dapper Labs launched CryptoKitties back in November 2017, the company's take on Tamagotchi was seen as the first popular use of blockchain-based applications. It was the first popular use case outside of Bitcoin as a speculative investment. Like ...

 2020-05-27 16:10 

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Daily Crunch: HBO Max launches in the US...

WarnerMedia unveils its new streaming service, Donald Trump is mad at Twitter and GE Lighting has a new owner. Here's your Daily Crunch for May 27, 2020. 1. HBO Max launches today, here's what you need to know At $14.99 per month, the service &mda...

 2020-05-26 22:18 

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D-ID, the Israeli company that digitally de-identifies faces in videos and still images, raises $13 million...

If only Facebook had been using the kind of technology that TechCrunch Startup Battlefield alumnus D-ID was pitching, it could have avoided exposing all of our faces to privacy destroying software services like Clearview AI. At least, that's the pitch...

 2020-05-26 22:15 

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AI can battle coronavirus, but privacy shouldn't be a casualty...

Introduced as short-term fixes to the immediate threat of coronavirus, widespread data-sharing, monitoring and surveillance could become fixtures of modern public life....

 2020-05-26 21:12 

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YouTube says that an error caused comments critical of China's government to auto-delete...

YouTube responded to reports that it is automatically deleting comments criticizing the Chinese government, explaining that the seeming censorship is actually an error in its automated moderation systems. As the Verge reported, comments on the platform us...

 2020-05-26 17:50 

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Twitter plans to expand its misinformation labels—but will they apply to Trump?...

President Trump is again testing Twitter's stomach for misinformation flowing from its most prominent users. In a flurry of recent tweets, Trump floated conspiracy theories about the death of Lori Klausutis, an intern for former congressman Joe Scarbo...

 2020-05-26 14:06 

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India's contact tracing app is going open source...

India said it will publicly release the source code of its contact tracing app, Aarogya Setu, in a relief to privacy and security experts who have been advocating for this ever since the app launched in early April. Ajay Prakash Sawhney, secretary in the ...

 2020-05-26 13:00 

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Benepass raises $2.4 million to help employees get the most out of their tax-advantaged benefits...

Tax-advantaged benefits, like flexible spending accounts, can save employees in the United States thousands of dollars annually, and reduce the amount of payroll taxes companies pay. But those benefits are often underutilized, simply because they can be c...

 2020-05-26 04:04 

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China's food delivery giant Meituan hits $100B valuation amid pandemic...

Meituan's shares hit a record high on Tuesday, bringing its valuation to over $100 billion. The Hong Kong-listed giant, which focuses on food delivery with smaller segments in travel and transportation, is the third Chinese firm to reach the landmark ...

 2020-05-23 20:42 

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UK government reverses course on Huawei's involvement in 5G networks...

Conservative members of the United Kingdom's government have pushed Prime Minister Boris Johnson to draw up plans to remove telecom equipment made by the Chinese manufacturer Huawei from the nation's 5G networks by 2023, according to multiple repo...

 2020-05-22 21:33 

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The FBI is mad because it keeps getting into locked iPhones without Apple's help...

The debate over device encryption isn't dead, it was merely resting. And it just won't go away....

 2020-05-22 19:30 

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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 fo...

 2020-05-22 13:00 

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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 McClen...

 2020-05-21 16:00 

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Skyflow raises $7.5M to build its privacy API business...

Skyflow, a Mountain View-based privacy API company, announced this morning that it has closed a $7.5 million round of capital it describes as a seed investment. Foundation Capital's Ashu Garg led the round, with the company touting smaller checks from...

 2020-05-21 12:29 

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Aspiration, the LA-based fintech focused on conscious consumerism, raises $135 million...

When former Bill Clinton speechwriter and political wunderkind Andrei Cherny launched Aspiration four years ago, the upstart fintech startup was one of Los Angeles' early entrants into a financial services market dominated by players from Europe and t...

 2020-05-20 19:32 

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HBO Max will release Zack Snyder's cut of 'Justice League'...

WarnerMedia announced today that director Zack Snyder's version of "Justice League" will be released on HBO Max in 2021. Snyder is the only credited director on the 2017 superhero film, but he left the film during post-production, after his da...

 2020-05-19 23:18 

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NASA's Chief of Human Spaceflight Doug Loverro resigns days before historic crewed mission...

Doug Loverro, NASA's Associate Administrator for Human Exploration and Operations, has abruptly and unexpectedly resigned from his post, just days before a historic launch. Commercial Crew Demo-2 will take astronauts to the ISS aboard an American spac...

 2020-05-19 15:16 

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Xiaomi releases MIUI 12 global update with more privacy controls, revamped user interface...

Xiaomi on Tuesday unveiled the global version of MIUI 12, the latest update to its Android -based operating system, for hundreds of millions of smartphones as the Chinese electronics giant pushes to broaden its services ecosystem. The world's fourth l...

 2020-05-19 12:03 

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Europe to Facebook: Pay taxes and respect our values -- or we'll regulate...

A livestreamed "debate" yesterday between Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and a European commissioner shaping digital policy for the internal market, Thierry Breton, sounded cordial enough on the surface, with Breton making several chummy references ...

 2020-05-18 22:58 

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36M Americans have filed for unemployment, but (some) tech firms are still hiring...

Last week, U.S. unemployment claims hit 36 million over a two-month period. The results of pandemic-led closures have been devastating to innumerable industries, as the timeline to reopen remains uncertain in many areas. Indeed noted in a recent report th...

 2020-05-18 16:39 

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As Jack Ma and SoftBank part ways, the open and globalized era of tech comes ever closer to an end...

It would be one of the greatest startup investments of all time. Masayoshi Son, riding high in the klieg lights of the 1990s dot-com bubble, invested $20 million dollars into a fledgling Hong Kong-based startup called Alibaba. That $20 million investment ...

 2020-05-18 02:29 

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Fitbit's Chinese rival Amazfit mulls a transparent, self-disinfecting mask...

The COVID-19 pandemic has ushered in a wave of Chinese companies with manufacturing operations to produce virus-fighting equipment: Shenzhen-based electric vehicle giant BYD quickly moved to launch what it claims to be the world's largest mask plant; ...

 2020-05-16 18:00 

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The real threat of fake voices in a time of crisis...

We must adopt better technological defenses to ensure that deepfake text doesn't further threaten American democracy during a time of crisis....

 2020-05-16 01:11 

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With pandemic-era acquisitions, big tech is back in the antitrust crosshairs...

With many major sectors totally frozen and reeling from losses, tech's biggest players are proving themselves to be the exception to the rule yet again. On Friday, Facebook confirmed its plans to buy Giphy, a popular gif search engine, in a deal belie...

 2020-05-15 14:32 

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U.S.-China trade enters new era after overnight Huawei, Foxconn, and TSMC announcements...

There has been a steady drumbeat of news on the U.S.-China trade front since the start of the Trump administration. President Trump has made decoupling from China's economy on on-again, off-again proposition. There was the trade conflict with weekly c...

 2020-05-15 13:00 

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Sorrento finds a coronavirus antibody that blocks viral infection 100% in preclinical lab experiments...

Therapeutics company Sorrento has made what it believes cold be a breakthrough in potential treatment of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that leads to COVID-19. The company released details its preclinical research on Friday, announcing that it has found an antibod...

 2020-05-14 19:24 

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USPS reportedly reassessing last-mile delivery deals with companies like Amazon...

In a time when package deliveries are more essential than ever, the future of the United States Postal Service is very much in limbo. The president of the United States has waged a one-man war on America's most-liked government agency, calling it a &#...

 2020-05-14 17:46 

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Trump adds another year to Huawei/ZTE ban...

Donald Trump this week signed an extension of last year's national emergency declaration aimed at barring commercial trade with certain foreign telecom companies. The extension comes nearly a year to the day after the first order, this time extending ...

 2020-05-14 15:07 

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Are stable SaaS valuations driven by logic, or hope?...

Hello and welcome back to our regular morning look at private companies, public markets and the gray space in between. The resilience of the American stock market in the face of near-record unemployment (there were nearly three million more unemployment c...

 2020-05-14 04:55 

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Singapore-based data protection startup Dathena raises $12 million Series A...

Dathena, a Singapore-based company that provides AI-based data protection and privacy solutions, announced it has raised a $12 million Series A. Part of the funding will be used to expand Dathena's co-sell partnership with Microsoft in the United Stat...

 2020-05-13 22:22 

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Tesla employees who don't return to work could lose unemployment benefits...

Furloughed Tesla employees who are called back to work could lose unemployment benefits if they choose to stay at home due to COVID-19 concerns, the company's head of human resources Valerie Workman wrote in an email sent to workers Wednesday. The int...

 2020-05-13 16:10 

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Daily Crunch: Facebook will pay $52M to content moderators...

Facebook strikes a deal to compensate content moderators with PTSD, Tesla might reopen its factory next week and Twitter says some employees can work from home indefinitely. Here's your Daily Crunch for May 13, 2020. 1. Facebook to pay $52M to content...

 2020-05-13 15:46 

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FalconX raises $17M to power its crypto trading service...

Over the last few weeks all eyes in the crypto world have been glued to the halvening, a nigh-religious moment in the blockchain realm. Every once in a while, the amount of new bitcoin mined — distributed to miners, the folks with fleets of computer...

 2020-05-13 14:51 

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FBI and DHS accuse Chinese hackers of targeting U.S. COVID-19 research...

The two federal agencies warned U.S. research firms to do more to protect their infrastructure....

 2020-05-13 10:01 

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Twilio tapped for Zocdoc's expansion into telehealth video consultations...

Twilio's video player will be used as the backbone for the new video consultation service that Zocdoc is launching for its customers today, the two companies said in a statement. As the COVID-19 epidemic reshapes healthcare in the U.S. more service pr...

 2020-05-12 19:31 

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Decrypted: Contact-tracing privacy, Zoom buys Keybase, Microsoft eyes CyberX...

As the world looks to reopen after weeks of lockdown, governments are turning to contact tracing to understand the spread of the deadly coronavirus. Most nations are leaning toward privacy-focused apps that use Bluetooth signals to create an anonymous pro...

 2020-05-12 18:27 

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India's contact tracing app tops 100 million users in 41 days...

As most countries across the globe scramble to build an app to trace the spread of coronavirus, India's solution is growing at an unprecedented scale — despite being dogged by privacy concerns. New Delhi's contact tracing app, called Aarogya...

 2020-05-12 16:36 

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Daily Crunch: LinkedIn doubles down on virtual events...

LinkedIn adds new features to support virtual events, Elon Musk escalates his battle with Alameda County and Banjo's CEO resigns after some disturbing revelations. Here's your Daily Crunch for May 12, 2020. 1. LinkedIn adds polls and live video-ba...

 2020-05-12 11:00 

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Nanit raises $21 million for its baby monitor, app, and new line of wearables for infants...

The developer of a machine learning enhanced baby monitor, Nanit, has managed to nab $21 million in financing even amid the teeth of an epidemic that has slowed venture financing across the board. The round came from existing investors including: Jerusale...

 2020-05-11 20:55 

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American Idol is shooting on iPhones amid stay at home orders...

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced a lot of otherwise traditional industries to become creative and flexible in ways that might have seemed entirely out of the realm of possibility only a few months ago. With most of the county at home, social distancing, a...

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