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Secret documents from US antitrust probe reveal big tech’s plot to control or crush the competition

By |July 31st, 2020|

Nearly 500 pages of evidence were made public during the House Judiciary’s marathon hearing this week on potential anti-competitive actions by Amazon, Facebook, Google and Apple . We’ve collected them here with added context and an omnibus, searchable version for anyone who’d rather not juggle four dozen documents. The emails, chat logs and other communications --> READ MORE

Cisco acquires Modcam to make Meraki smart camera portfolio even smarter

By |July 31st, 2020|

As the Internet of Things proliferates, security cameras are getting smarter. Today, these devices have machine learning capability that helps the camera automatically identify what it’s looking at — for instance, an animal or a human intruder? Today, Cisco announced that it has acquired Swedish startup Modcam and is making it part of its Meraki --> READ MORE

Australia now has a template for forcing Facebook and Google to pay for news

By |July 31st, 2020|

Australia is closing in on a legally binding framework to force adtech giants Facebook and Google pay media companies for monetizing their news content when it’s posted to their social media platforms or otherwise aggregated and monetized. Back in April the country’s government announced it would adopt a mandatory code requiring the tech giants to --> READ MORE

Facebook will launch officially licensed music videos in the US starting this weekend

By |July 31st, 2020|

Facebook today confirmed it will begin rolling out official music videos across its platform in the U.S., as TechCrunch first reported, as well as introduce a new Music destination within Facebook Watch. The changes, which will go into effect starting this weekend, will allow Facebook users to discover, watch and share music videos from a --> READ MORE

It’s not an Apple Watch, it’s an Oppo Watch

By |July 31st, 2020|

Behold, the Opple Watch. Many have borrowed heavily from Apple’s wearable, but few, if any, have done so as brazenly as Oppo. Sure Fitbit received some guff for the squircle hardware design of its Versa line, but it’s not useful to get too hung up on those vague similarities — there are, notably, relatively few --> READ MORE

Mammoth Biosciences’s CRISPR-based COVID-19 test receives NIH funding through RADx program

By |July 31st, 2020|

CRISPR tech startup Mammoth Biosciences is among the companies that revealed backing from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx) program on Friday. Mammoth received a contract to scale up its CRISPR-based SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic test in order to help address the testing shortages across the U.S. Mammoth’s CRISPR-based approach could potentially --> READ MORE

Genomics startup Helix receives $33 million in NIH funding to scale COVID-19 testing

By |July 31st, 2020|

The U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) is revealing the first beneficiaries of its Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx) program, and San Mateo-based Helix is on the receiving end of $33 million in federal funding as a result. Helix is a health tech startup founded in 2015 that focuses on insights derived from personal genomics, --> READ MORE

Working to understand Affirm’s reported IPO pricing hopes

By |July 31st, 2020|

News broke last night that Affirm, a well-known fintech unicorn, could approach the public markets at a valuation of $5 to $10 billion. The Wall Street Journal, which broke the news, said that Affirm could begin trading this year and that its IPO options include debuting via a special purpose acquisition company, also known as --> READ MORE

Ford Bronco reservations surpass 150,000

By |July 31st, 2020|

The reception to Bronco 2021 — Ford’s flagship series of 4×4 vehicles that were revealed earlier this month — surpassed expectations of the company’s most optimistic initial projections, CEO Jim Hackett said in an earnings call Thursday.  More than 150,000 customers have plunked down $100 to reserve a spot to order one of the vehicles, --> READ MORE

Self-driving startup Argo AI hits $7.5 billion valuation

By |July 31st, 2020|

Autonomous vehicle technology startup Argo AI is valued at $7.5 billion, just a little more than three years after the company burst on the scene with a $1 billion investment from Ford. The official valuation was confirmed Thursday nearly two months after VW Group finalized its $2.6 billion investment in Argo AI. Under that deal, --> READ MORE