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---Rihanna's iconic makeup tips---73 questions with Anna Wintour---basically, anything to do with Anna Wintour---video clips from movies like The Devil Wears Prada that show off the scary power of Anna Wintour---Guy Debord's "The Society of the Spectacle", which reminds me of the general derangement of Youtube---the new Vivarium trailer---this doomsday bunker video---free associating about the mise en scene of music videos with the help of Google---"Sunday links" by Illuminations---watching Sho...
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Amazon Halts Activity At French Warehouses After Court Order

Amazon said it will stop activity at its fulfillment centers in France for five days after a court order banned the sale of non-essential goods. Bloomberg reports: The world's largest online retailer is "temporarily" suspending sales from April 16 through April 20, a spokeswoman for the company said. The court concluded the retailer isn't doing enough to protect staff from the Covid-19 pandemic. The $1.1 trillion company was given 24 hours on Tuesday to comply with the ruling to sell only essent...
Tags: Amazon, France, Tech, Bloomberg, Bloomberg News

Google to slow hiring for rest of 2020, CEO tells staff

Alphabet Inc's Google will slow hiring for the rest of the year, Chief Executive Officer Sundar Pichai told the company's staff in a memo on Wednesday.
Tags: Google, Money, businessNews, Sundar Pichai, Alphabet Inc

View, the dynamic glass company that raised $1.1 billion from SoftBank in 2018, is laying people off

View, a 13-year-old, Milpitas, Calif.-based company that makes dynamic glass designed to reduce heat and glare as well as lessen eyestrain, has cut an unknown number of employees, including at a plant in Olive Branch, Mississippi. One employee of several years, an IT manager, wrote on LinkedIn that he was laid off owing to the pandemic. Another employee of the company for the better part of decade — an engineer and project manager — wrote on LinkedIn that he has also been laid off and that the c...
Tags: TC, Utah, Saudi Arabia, Softbank, Tech, Bloomberg, View, New York Times, New Zealand, Silicon Valley, Commercial Real Estate, Corning, Los Angeles Police Department, Milpitas Calif, Olive Branch Mississippi, SoftBank Vision Fund

Fiona Apple’s Essential Songs

In anticipation of “Fetch the Bolt Cutters,” her first new album in almost a decade, hear a quick trip through some of her best tracks.
Tags: Apple, News, Fiona, Fiona Apple, Pop and Rock Music

Mayfield raises $750 million across two funds

Silicon Valley mainstay the Mayfield Fund has raised $750 million across two new funds, the firm said today. The venture capital firm said its Mayfield XVI will continue to invest in early-stage companies, while its Mayfield Select II will invest in later-stage rounds of breakout portfolio companies. One difference in the new Select fund will be its ability to invest in growth-stage companies outside of its portfolio.  Navin Chaddha In its blog post announcing the new funds, Mayfield ma...
Tags: TC, Funding, Tech, Venture Capital, Silicon Valley, Kleiner Perkins, Mayfield, Navin Chaddha, Mayfield Fund, Chaddha, Mammoth Biosciences, Mayfield XVI, Lyft Marketo ServiceMax

Check out these gorgeous visualizations of popular neural networks

OpenAI today released ‘Microscope,’ a database of complex AI visualizations designed to aid researchers in developing techniques to reverse-engineer neural network nodes. All that’s well and fine, but the real sell here is how dazzling the images are. Microscope, so named because it puts neural networks under a metaphorical microscope to expose their inner workings, is a visual method for showing what a neural network’s expansive system of layers and nodes looks like. According to OpenAI’s Micro...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Neural

Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt says people should 'be a little bit grateful' for companies like Amazon that have 'really helped us out' in the coronavirus fight (GOOG, GOOGL, AMZN, FB, AAPL)

Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt says tech companies like Amazon have provided a "profound benefit" during the coronavirus pandemic and people should "be a little bit grateful." "Think about what your life would be like in America without Amazon," Schmidt said during a video interview hosted by The Economic Club of New York on Tuesday. Schmidt argued that having to navigate the pandemic without the tools offered by tech companies would be much more difficult. Google, Amazon, and others in the te...
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Google's former CEO Eric Schmidt says people should 'be a little bit grateful' for companies like Amazon that have 'really helped us out' in the coronavirus fight (GOOG, GOOGL, AMZN, FB, AAPL)

Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt said tech companies like Amazon have provided a "profound benefit" during the coronavirus and that people should "be a little bit grateful." "Think about what your life would be like in America without Amazon," Schmidt said during a video interview hosted by The Economic Club of New York on Tuesday. Schmidt argued that having to go through the pandemic without the tools offered by tech companies would be much more difficult. Google, Amazon and others in the tech ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, New York, Jay Z, US, America, Trends, Linkedin, Seattle, Wall Street Journal, Eric Schmidt, SCHMIDT, Facebook YouTube Twitter, Google Amazon

General Motors' First Ventilators Are Ready For Delivery

On Tuesday, General Motors revealed that its first ventilators are ready for delivery. "The automaker has a contract with the US Department of Health and Human Services to license-build 30,000 Ventec Life Systems V+ Pro critical care ventilators," reports Ars Technica. "These ventilators are designed to treat the most critically ill patients, who need invasive intubation (tubes inserted into the lungs) as opposed to non-invasive machines like CPAP or BiPAP devices, which are also often referred ...
Tags: Tech, General Motors, Ars Technica, Gm, CPAP, US Department of Health and Human Services, Ventec Life Systems V Pro

Amazon to Shut Down for 5 Days in France After Court Finds Its Coronavirus Response Inadequate

Amazon will temporarily shut down in France after a court there ruled it had to stop delivering all products outside of food, medicine, and hygienic categories because of poor safety conditions at its warehouses during the coronavirus pandemic, the New York Times reported on Wednesday.Read more...
Tags: Health, Amazon, Science, Technology, Unions, Labor, France, New York Times, E Commerce, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Sars Cov 2

Financial tech startup Previse raises $11 million to help suppliers get paid faster

Previse, a fintech focused on helping suppliers get faster payment, announced that it has raised $11 million in new funding led by Reefknot Investments and Mastercard. Returning investors Bessemer Venture Partners, Hambro Perks and Augmentum Fintech also participated. Founded in 2016, Previse says it currently processes about 100,000 invoices a day, and its goal is to handle payments for five million suppliers within the next five years. This round brings Previse’s total raised so far to more...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Asia, Southeast Asia, Singapore, Supply Chain, Tech, Logistics, Mastercard, Christensen, Kuehne Nagel, Temasek Holdings, Paul Christensen, Previse, Augmentum Fintech

Hackers Are Selling a Critical Zoom Zero-Day Exploit for $500,000

Hackers are selling two critical vulnerabilities for the video conferencing software Zoom that would allow someone to hack users and spy on their calls, Motherboard reported Wednesday. From the report: The two flaws are so-called zero-days, and are currently present in Zoom's Windows and MacOS clients, according to three sources who are knowledgeable about the market for these kinds of hacks. The sources have not seen the actual code for these vulnerabilities, but have been contacted by brokers ...
Tags: Tech, Adriel Desautels, Netragard

Apple’s new $399 iPhone SE couldn’t have come at a worse time

Apple today released its long-awaited iPhone SE, a $399 smartphone with bells and whistles for days, but none of which are likely to force an upgrade. The launch wasn’t the spectacle we’re all used to. Apple quietly dropped the news to a handful of news outlets and then added a new page to the website. There were no black turtlenecks, no talks about a lack of diversity on stage, and no beautiful teasers meant to showcase its quality design. Oh, and one more thing… there was no “one more thing.” ...
Tags: Apple, Startups, Opinion

Cheap smartphone guide: From iPhone to Google Pixel or Samsung Galaxy, here's what $399 and less will get you

Samsung's Galaxy A01 is the lowest-priced phone but has very little storage. Google's Pixel is $100 off through April 18, and the new iPhone SE rivals the old iPhone 8.         [Author: USA TODAY]
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Intel Launches NUC 9 Extreme Ghost Canyon Small Form Factor PC Platform

MojoKid writes: Intel unveiled its NUC 9 Ghost Canyon platform back at CES earlier this year, but the company has just announced general availability and lifted the embargo on full product reviews. An array of NUC 9 systems are launching today, with the top-end Intel NUC9i9QNX featuring a Core i9-9980HK Comet Lake-H 8-core CPU. The NUC 9 is built around Intel's NUC Compute Element, which essentially places the CPU, chipset, IO, and cooler onto a removable add-in card in a chassis that measures o...
Tags: Asus, Tech, Intel, Gpu, NUC, Intel NUC, Kingston SSD, Intel Optane, Intel Launches NUC

Medopad rebrands as Huma, acquires BioBeats and TLT to expand its biomarker platform

Some big changes are underway for London-based Medopad, a startup that builds software for medical practitioners to monitor patients remotely based on digital biomarkers — measurable indicators of the progression of illnesses, diseases or overall health that are picked up not with blood samples or in-doctor visits but using apps and wearables. The company is rebranding to Huma and appointing its first chairman, the former U.K. Health Minister Alan Milburn. And alongside that, Huma is announcing ...
Tags: Health, Fundings & Exits, TC, Europe, London, Tech, Tencent, Kings, Fda, Johns Hopkins, Bayer, Babylon Health, Huma, Janssen, Vahdat, Alan Milburn

Court Rules Photographer Gave Up Exclusive Licensing Rights by Posting on Instagram

When it comes to appropriating images found online, the situation is understandably confusing. If an individual posts something on social media, does that give someone else the right to use it in a different forum? Most lawyers would likely answer, "Not so fast," and yet on Monday came a suggestive ruling perhaps otherwise from a New York federal court. From a report: The plaintiff in the case is Stephanie Sinclair, a professional photographer known for exploring gender and human rights issues a...
Tags: New York, Instagram, NFL, Tech, Tom Brady, Guatemala, Goldman, Mashable, Breitbart, Sinclair, Stephanie Sinclair, Kimba Wood, New York Times TIME, Instead U S District Court

School District Deploys Over 100 School Buses Equipped With Wi-Fi For Students Without Internet Access

An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNN: As schools across the country shut their doors indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic, millions of students are now adjusting to online learning. But for low income families who may not have access to WiFi, this transition is a problem. That's why the Austin Independent School District (ISD) has deployed 110 school buses now equipped with WiFi to neighborhoods and apartment complexes where the district identified the highest need for internet a...
Tags: Tech, Austin Independent School District ISD, Kajeet

Google Does the Bare Minimum to Keep Industry It Destroyed on Life Support

Despite surging traffic and readership as coronavirus keeps people in their homes and on the internet, the media layoffs and pay cuts just keep coming. Now, here to save journalism in its hour of need, Google has launched the Journalism Emergency Relief Fund to “deliver urgent aid to thousands of small, medium and…Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Ok Google, Ad Tech, Coronavirus, Covid 19

Tech Companies Step Up Fight Against Coronavirus Misinformation Online

CHICAGO (AP) — Potentially dangerous coronavirus misinformation has spread from continent to continent like the pandemic itself, forcing the world’s largest tech companies to take unprecedented action to protect public health. Facebook, Google and others have begun using algorithms, new rules and factual warnings to knock down harmful coronavirus conspiracy theories, questionable ads and unproven remedies that regularly crop up on their services — and which could jeopardize lives. Health offi...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Twitter, News, Cdc, Ap, Chicago, Arizona, World Health Organization, Fox News, North Carolina, Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani, Trump, Oakland Calif, Laura Ingraham

Quibi Drops Out of the Top 40 Free Apps on U.S. App Store Charts

Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman bet big on Quibi, locking down a billion dollars in funding, the support of every major Hollywood studio, and hiring some of the biggest names in entertainment to make content for the mobile-only streaming service. But what they couldn’t have foreseen was a global pandemic coinciding with the launch of their service. Just a little more than a week after its debut, the Quibi app has already fallen out of the top 40 free apps on Apple’s U.S. app store. Today, ...
Tags: Apple, Hollywood, Movies, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Peacock, Whitman, Meg Whitman, Katzenberg, Tech Stuff, Quibi, HBO Max

There isn't really anything new about Apple's latest iPhone — and that could be the best thing about it (AAPL)

Apple's $400 iPhone SE, announced on Wednesday,  looks like the iPhone 8 but is powered by the same chip as the iPhone 11 and 11 Pro. The iPhone SE is meant to serve as a low-cost alternative to Apple's pricier smartphones that offers similar processing power and features as its flagship offerings. The iPhone SE may not feel new since it has so much in common with the more than two-year-old iPhone 8. But at a time when consumers can't visit stores to learn about new devices and try them out in...
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Apple Announces New iPhone SE With 4.7-Inch Display, A13 Chip, and Touch ID, Pricing Starts at $399 (mac rumors)

Apple today announced the second-generation iPhone SE with a 4.7-inch display, A13 Bionic chip, Touch ID home button, up to 256GB of storage, and more. The new iPhone SE sports a single-lens 12-megapixel wide-angle camera with Portrait mode support. With a glass-backed design like the iPhone 8, the new iPhone SE is also capable of Qi-certified wireless charging. The new iPhone SE comes in black, white and (PRODUCT)RED and will be available for pre-order beginning at 5 a.m. Pacific Time o...
Tags: Apple, News, United States, Qi, Phil Schiller, Joe Rossignol, Pacific Time, Apple Authorized Resellers

Developer platform Glitch debuts $10/mo tier for power users

Glitch is building a premium tier for power users of its user-created micro apps. The rather eccentric developer tools platform launched in 2017, combining a coding workspace with a community of users sharing and customizing web apps. With more than 5 million apps and bots now on its platform, the team is launching paid subscriptions today, eliminating some of the barriers that plagued coders that were pushing the platform’s limits. The $10 per month (or $96 annually) service is geared towards j...
Tags: TC, New York, Tech, Anil Dash, Dash, Glitch

Extra Crunch members save money with Partner Perks and event discounts

Last fall we launched a series of new benefits for annual and two-year Extra Crunch members. Called Partner Perks, the idea with the program was to find products or services that could benefit our readers, and then collaborate with the makers of the products to offer discounts to our members. Because many of our members are building companies from scratch on tight budgets, we felt that the Partner Perks program would be a great way for our community to save a few bucks on products and services t...
Tags: TC, Tech, Aws, Canva, Zendesk, Crunchbase, Typeform, Chargebee, DocSend, Brex, Osano, Extra Crunch

E-book viewer: "Lookup words" window

Hi, Kovid. Could it be possible to add some features to "Lookup words" window: 1. adjusting font size more precisely than right-clicking and selecting between ZoomIn or ZoomOut 2. apply color scheme so this window could match overall style of the viewer's main window as now it's weird to read in black/sepia mode with extremely white "Lookup words" window nearby 3. solve an issue while trying to sign in Google account since now there is only one result: "Couldn't sign you in This browser or...
Tags: Google, Books, Calibre

Coronavirus rattles NASA, but Commercial Crew and Mars Perseverance rover are on track

Most of NASA’s facilities around the country have been shut down, and while some teams can work (and drive a Mars rover) from home, others are knuckling down to get some crucial missions out the door — or face a half-billion dollar late fee, said agency head Jim Bridenstine. In an interview with the Planetary Society published today, Bridenstine discussed a variety of interesting topics, but none more immediately salient than the effect of the coronavirus pandemic on NASA’s work. With project...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Hardware, Government, Russia, Tech, Nasa, International Space Station, Mars, Iss, Boeing, Commercial Crew Program, Planetary Society, James Webb Telescope, Perseverance

Original Content: Netflix’s ‘Tigertail’ tells a melancholy immigrant story

“Tigertail,” a new film on Netflix, weaves together the past and the present to tell the life story of Pin-Jui, who we first meet as a Taiwanese boy dreaming of moving to America. We soon see that he eventually made it to New York. In the present-day sequences, he struggles to connect with his adult daughter Angela, while also reflecting on his past — a past illustrated in vibrant flashbacks that show his hardscrabble childhood, followed by blossoming romance. In many ways, “Tigertail” marks ...
Tags: Apple, New York, Media, Podcasts, Entertainment, America, Tech, Netflix, Tigertail, Angela, Alan Yang, Original Content Podcast, Pin Jui

With no passengers to transport, Silicon Valley's tech bus drivers are being paid to stay home. But it's unclear how long Google, Apple and Facebook will keep them on for the ride. (GOOG, GOOGL)

Shuttle drivers for Google, Apple, Facebook and more are being paid to stay home, but as contractors don't get a direct line to these tech companies, they're now relying on their employers and unions to fight for their wages. 'Sometimes we don't get a straight answer from our company': Drivers are worried that payments might stop if they're made to work from home into May and beyond. Tesla has flat-out refused to pay for its contracted drivers. For smaller tech companies, the future is even le...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Trends, Tesla, Silicon Valley, Mountain View, Cupertino, Teamsters, Bay Area, San Francisco Bay Area, Google Apple, Metropolitan Transportation Commission, Facebook Google, Google Apple Facebook, Calfornia

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