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Lots of happy people as Palantir and Asana spike on first day of trading

By |September 30th, 2020|

The markets are closed and the verdicts are in: investors liked what they saw in Palantir and Asana . The two companies, which debuted this morning in dual (and duel) direct listings, continued to prove that enterprise tech companies without the brand recognition of Spotify (which conducted its own direct listing back in 2018) can --> READ MORE

Dustin Moskovitz discusses Asana’s first trading day

By |September 30th, 2020|

It’s a big day for Asana, the work management tool that debuted on the NYSE this morning in a direct listing. Founded back in 2009 by Dustin Moskovitz and Justin Rosenstein, the company has assiduously grown over the years, taking in about $213 million in venture capital the past decade and reaching almost $100 million --> READ MORE

Everything Google announced at its hardware event

By |September 30th, 2020|

This year, Google’s annual hardware event consisted of a brisk 30 minutes of pre-recorded promotional videos, but the company managed to pack a number of new product announcements into that time. To make things easy for you, here’s a quick rundown of everything that Google announced, including the Google Pixel 5, a new TV interface --> READ MORE

How 3 remote-friendly tech companies plan to return to the office

By |September 30th, 2020|

Six months ago, millions of workers left their offices for the last time without realizing it. Many would be laid off because of the pandemic, but for those fortunate to keep their jobs, some of their employers still haven’t determined whether they will open their workplaces again. Some of the biggest tech employers in the --> READ MORE

Investors give Baltimore’s Facet Wealth $25 million to sell businesses on financial planning as a benefit

By |September 30th, 2020|

Yesterday, Baltimore-based fintech company Facet Wealth said it raised $25 million in financing as it readies a new business line pitching financial planning as an employment benefit to businesses looking to recruit top talent. Employment benefit packages are expanding beyond the basic gym membership and healthcare to include subscriptions to Netflix, discounts on delivery and --> READ MORE

A new Google Assistant feature, ‘Hold for Me,’ waits on hold so you don’t have to

By |September 30th, 2020|

Google has been pushing forward the capabilities of what a smartphone can do when it comes to one of the device’s most basic — if these days, often overlooked — features: phone calls. In previous years, the company launched Call Screen to vet your incoming calls, Duplex for restaurant reservations, and just this month, a --> READ MORE

AOC flagged ‘material risks’ to Palantir investors in letter to SEC

By |September 30th, 2020|

In a newly released letter, New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez issued words of warning to the SEC over Palantir’s efforts to take the company public, cautioning the regulatory body over details the progressive congresswoman says were “omitted” in the company’s disclosures. Illinois Rep. Jesús “Chuy” García co-authored the letter, embedded below, which was submitted to --> READ MORE

Pixel 5 and 4a 5g get the same, improved cameras with rear ultrawide lens, Night Sight portraits and more

By |September 30th, 2020|

Google made its newest smartphones official today, unveiling the much-leaked Pixel 4a 5g and Pixel 5. Both smartphones will get the same, improved cameras, despite a $200 price different between the models, which is great news for people who are specifically coming to Google for their excellent mobile camera tech. Here’s an overview of what --> READ MORE

Google unveils the $99 Nest Audio smart speaker

By |September 30th, 2020|

Four years after the introduction of the Google Home smart speaker, Google showcased its successor to the company’s mid-range smart speaker. In keeping with the broader rebranding of the company’s smart home products, the device is now called Nest Audio. The smart speaker will retail for $99 and come in a variety of colors including --> READ MORE

Google launches the $499 Pixel 4a 5G

By |September 30th, 2020|

As expected, Google today officially launched the 5G version of its Pixel 4a phone at its annual hardware event. Given all the previous leaks, there were no real surprises left and Google had already announced the $499 price. We now have a launch date, though. It’ll launch in Japan on October 15 and then come --> READ MORE