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Twitter survey reveals the subscription options it’s eyeing, including an ‘Undo Send’ button

By |July 31st, 2020|

Earlier this month, Twitter told investors it’s considering a subscription model as a means of generating additional revenue to support its business. Now we know what sort of value-add features Twitter may be eyeing. In a new survey, the company asks users to evaluate paid features like “undo send” (an alternative to an edit button), --> READ MORE

Daily Crunch: Florida teen arrested in Twitter hack

By |July 31st, 2020|

Three arrests are made following this month’s celebrity Twitter hack, Microsoft may be working to acquire TikTok’s U.S. business and Facebook launches licensed music videos. Here’s your Daily Crunch for July 31, 2020. The big story: Florida teen arrested in Twitter hack In a hack earlier this month, high-profile Twitter accounts like Apple, Elon Musk, --> READ MORE

Even as cloud infrastructure growth slows, revenue rises over $30B for quarter

By |July 31st, 2020|

The cloud market is coming into its own during the pandemic as the novel coronavirus forced many companies to accelerate plans to move to the cloud, even while the market was beginning to mature on its own. This week, the big three cloud infrastructure vendors — Amazon, Microsoft and Google — all reported their earnings, --> READ MORE

How one moonshot VC approaches investing in the COVID-19 era 

By |July 31st, 2020|

Take one glance at Playground Global’s portfolio and a theme emerges: The firm’s investments are forward-looking, longer-term plays, a strategy that runs counter to the fast-return ethos that permeates certain Silicon Valley sectors. The Palo Alto-based VC firm is banking on the future with investments in capital-intensive and technically complex pursuits, including robotics, autonomous driving, --> READ MORE

Rocket Lab clear to launch again after first mission failure attributed to electrical fault

By |July 31st, 2020|

Rocket Lab has received clearance to launch from the FAA following the failure of its Electron rocket on July 4 and the loss of the half-dozen satellites on board. “This was a very, very sneaky and tricky issue,” said CEO Peter Beck. “However, the issue is well understood by the team. We’re really looking forward --> READ MORE

The leading arguments for a Microsoft-TikTok tie-up

By |July 31st, 2020|

Here they are, ranked by how much weight we put behind them:   Source: News

Florida teen accused of being ‘mastermind’ behind celebrity Twitter hack

By |July 31st, 2020|

Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew Warren announced today that he has filed 30 felony charges against a 17-year-old resident of Tampa, Florida, who was described by Warren’s office as “the mastermind of the recent hack of Twitter .” The hack in question occurred earlier this month and involved high-profile Twitter users like Apple, Elon Musk, Joe --> READ MORE

First US apps based on Google and Apple Exposure Notification System expected in ‘coming weeks’

By |July 31st, 2020|

Google Vice President of Engineering Dave Burke provided an update about the Exposure Notifications System (ENS) that Google developed in partnership with Apple as a way to help public health authorities supplement contact-tracing efforts with a connected solution that preserves privacy while alerting people of potential exposure to confirmed cases of COVID-19. In the update, --> READ MORE

Delightree raises $3M to help franchise business owners simplify their operations

By |July 31st, 2020|

Owning one brick-and-mortar business seems complicated enough. But running multiple locations? For many owners, that’s a constant juggling act of phone calls, check lists and driving back and forth from store to store. In the middle of a pandemic, it gets all the more complex. Delightree, a company out of the previous Alchemist Accelerator class, --> READ MORE

Report: Microsoft in talks to buy TikTok’s US business from China’s ByteDance

By |July 31st, 2020|

President Trump has plans to order China’s ByteDance, the owner of hit social video app TikTok, to divest from the company, according to new reporting from Bloomberg. The app is increasingly a target of U.S. security concerns over its Chinese ownership. After the initial news, reports bubbled up that Microsoft is in talks to buy --> READ MORE