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Facebook civil rights audit says white supremacy policy is ‘too narrow’

By |June 30th, 2019|

Facebook’s second progress report pertaining to the civil rights audit conducted by former ACLU Washington Director Laura Murphy is here. Over the last six months, Facebook has made changes around enforcing against hate, fighting discrimination in ads and protecting against misinformation and suppression in the upcoming U.S. presidential election and 2020 Census, according to the --> READ MORE

Adopting a ratings system for social media like the ones used for film and TV won’t work

By |June 30th, 2019|

Gail Ann Hurd Contributor Share on Twitter Gale Anne Hurd is a producer of films and television shows, including the "Terminator" trilogy, "Aliens", "Armageddon", and "The Walking Dead”. Ruth Vitale Contributor Share on Twitter Ruth Vitale, who has held top executive posts at indie film outfits including Paramount Classics, Fine Line Features, and New Line --> READ MORE

It’s the end of movies as we know them (and I feel fine)

By |June 30th, 2019|

“How Will The Movies Survive The Next Ten Years?” demands the New York Times, in a series of interviews with 24 major Hollywood figures. Good question! I’ve been asking it myself, here, for six years now. Very unlike music, television, books, and home video, the theatrical movie experience has proved remarkably resistant to online disruption… --> READ MORE

Cozycozy is an accommodation search service that works with hotels and Airbnb

By |June 30th, 2019|

French startup Cozycozy.com wants to make it easier to search for accommodation across a wide range of services. This isn’t the first aggregator in the space and probably not the last one. But this time, it isn’t just about hotels. When you plan a trip with multiple stops, chances are you end up with a --> READ MORE

Week-in-Review: Auditing a dark age in Apple design

By |June 30th, 2019|

Hello, weekend readers. This is Week-in-Review where I give a heavy amount of analysis and/or rambling thoughts on one story while scouring the rest of the hundreds of stories that emerged on TechCrunch this week to surface my favorites for your reading pleasure. Last week, I talked about how YouTube was letting its commenting system --> READ MORE

Equity transcribed: SoftBank-backed startup cracks under pressure to scale

By |June 29th, 2019|

Welcome back to the transcribed edition of the popular podcast Equity. This week, TechCrunch writers Kate Clark and Connie Loizos were joined in the studio by Canvas Ventures’ general partner Rebecca Lynn. This week, the crew talked about the big rounds raised by shoe resale marketplace StockX, which raised  $110 million at a $1 billion --> READ MORE

Researchers developed a sensing system to constantly track the performance of workers

By |June 29th, 2019|

Researchers have come up with a mobile-sensing system that can track and rate the performance of workers by combining a smartphone, fitness bracelets and a custom app. The mobile-sensing system, as the researchers call it, is able to classify high and low performers. The team used the system to track 750 U.S. workers for one --> READ MORE

The IPO’d learn investing at First Round’s Angel Track

By |June 29th, 2019|

Startups depend on the angel lifecycle. A few flush post-exit individuals put the first cash into a fresh venture. With some skill and plenty of luck, the early team grows the company into a big success. It sells or goes public and those team members earn a fortune. They then pay it forward by investing --> READ MORE

What’s up with Lidar, crypto mafias, influencer marketing, Shuttl, and assistive tech

By |June 29th, 2019|

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Softbank and Toyota-backed mobility venture gains five more automakers

By |June 29th, 2019|

MONET Technologies, a joint venture launched by Softbank and Toyota to provide on-demand mobility services eventually with an autonomous module bus, has five new partners. Five Japanese automakers including Isuzu Motors, Suzuki Motor Corp., Subaru, Daihatsu and Mazda will each invest 2% in the venture. Softbank and Toyota each own 35% of the company. Honda --> READ MORE