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Geek+, the Amazon Kiva of China, lands $200 million Series C

Geek+, a Beijing-based startup that makes warehouse fulfillment robots similar to those of Amazon’s Kiva, said Thursday that it has closed over $200 million in a Series C funding round. That bumps total capital raised by the 5-year-old company to date to nearly $390 million. The new round, completed in two parts, was separately led by GGV Capital and D1 Capital Partners in the summer of 2019, and V Fund earlier this year. Other participants included Warburg Pincus, Redview Capital and Vertex ...
Tags: Amazon, Asia, China, US, Tech, Geek, Artificial Intelligence, Beijing, Alibaba, North America, Robotics, Logistics, Kiva, Robot, Warburg Pincus, Ggv Capital


Scientists Find Way To Pollinate Plants With Soap Bubbles As Bees Decline

Researchers have found that soap bubbles can carry pollen grains and deposit them on flowers. CNET reports: "It sounds somewhat like fantasy, but the functional soap bubble allows effective pollination and assures that the quality of fruits is the same as with conventional hand pollination," said Eijiro Miyako, associate professor at the Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology and lead author of a study published in the journal iScience on Wednesday. The researchers first worked out...
Tags: Tech, Cnet, Cell Press, Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Eijiro Miyako


UC Berkeley Study Finds Diluting Blood Plasma Reverses Aging In Mice

schwit1 shares a report from Berkeley News: In 2005, University of California, Berkeley, researchers made the surprising discovery that making conjoined twins out of young and old mice -- such that they share blood and organs -- can rejuvenate tissues and reverse the signs of aging in the old mice. The finding sparked a flurry of research into whether a youngster's blood might contain special proteins or molecules that could serve as a 'fountain of youth' for mice and humans alike. But a new stu...
Tags: Tech, University Of California Berkeley, UC Berkeley, Berkeley News


DroneBase nabs $7.5 million in a slight down round to double down on its work in renewable energy

DroneBase, a Los Angeles-based provider of drone pilots for industrial services companies, has raised $7.5 million during the pandemic to double down on its work with renewable energy companies. While chief executive Dan Burton acknowledged that the company was fundraising prior to the pandemic, the industrial lockdown actually accelerated demand for the company’s services. Even with the increased demand, the company had to make some changes. It laid off six employees and refocused its business....
Tags: Energy, TC, Europe, Germany, Articles, Los Angeles, Tech, Renewable Energy, Dji, Upfront Ventures, Union Square Ventures, Dronebase, Burton, Dan Burton, PrecisionHawk, Valor Equity Partners


Australian regulator says Google's $2.1 billion Fitbit deal could harm competition

Australia's antitrust regulator warned Google's planned $2.1 billion acquisition of fitness tracker maker Fitbit may give it too much of people's data, potentially hurting competition in health and online advertising markets.
Tags: Google, Money, Australia, businessNews


Google’s Fitbit lift strains competition laws says Australian regulator

Worries that wearable and web combo makes for unbeatable diagnostics duo Australia’s Competition and Consumer Commission has flagged “preliminary competition concerns” with Google’s acquisition of wearables-for-fitness-tracking business Fitbit.…
Tags: Google, Australia, Software, Competition and Consumer Commission


Google, Fitbit deal may hamper competition - Australian regulator

Australia's consumer watchdog said on Thursday it had concerns that Alphabet Inc-owned Google's planned $2.1 billion (£1.6 billion) acquisition of fitness tracker company Fitbit may hinder competition in digital advertising and health markets.
Tags: Google, Money, Australia, businessNews, Fitbit, Alphabet Inc


Google sets 2025 leadership diversity goal, ends 'tailgater' ID checks

Alphabet Inc's Google on Wednesday announced a new hiring goal and security policy to address racial issues at its offices, as protests over police brutality against African Americans have carried into discussions about corporate culture.
Tags: Google, Money, businessNews, Alphabet Inc


AMD's Upcoming Ryzen 3000XT Brings 7nm Improvements, Higher Boost

AMD has announced three new additions to its desktop Ryzen CPU line: Ryzen 9 3900XT, Ryzen 7 3800XT, and Ryzen 5 3600XT. Ars Technica reports on the technical details: The new CPU designs take advantage of newly optimized 7nm process technology to offer higher performance at the same TDPs as Ryzen 3000 designs. The new 3000XT CPUs are drop-in replacements on AM4 motherboards that supported Ryzen 3000 CPUs and offer small (up to 4 percent) single-threaded performance improvements over their Ryzen...
Tags: Tech, Intel, Amd, Cinebench, RYZEN


Was That So Hard, Zoom?

Video chat service Zoom will finally add end-to-end encryption to calls placed by users on the free version of its service, weeks after announcing it would only be available to premium users who shelled out for the privilege.Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Privacy, China, Cybersecurity, Encryption, Video Chat, Zoom, End To End Encryption, Teleconferencing


FBI Used Etsy, LinkedIn To Make Arrest In Torching of Philadelphia Police Vehicles

Authorities used popular websites including Etsy, Poshmark and LinkedIn to identify a woman who has since been charged for the arson of two Philadelphia police vehicles during the unrest that followed peaceful protests on May 30. From a report: Lore-Elisabeth Blumenthal, 33, of Philadelphia, is currently in federal custody and had her initial court appearance on Tuesday. According to United States Attorney William M. McSwain, on May 30, two vehicles, one PPD sedan (number 2514) and one PPD SUV (...
Tags: Etsy, Tech, Fbi, United States, Philadelphia, City Hall, Blumenthal, Elisabeth, William M McSwain, Etsy Poshmark, Elisabeth Blumenthal


6 hot apps that Silicon Valley insiders are buzzing about

To be part of the in-crowd in Silicon Valley, you have to know about and use the latest hot new apps. Years ago, that was Gmail; this week it's Hey, a new email service. Below is a list of six of the hottest apps in the Valley. Unfortunately, most of them are invitation-only, so there's good chance you won't be able to join the hip crowd. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Silicon Valley can be a cliquey place. Every so often, a new app or service launches that only the in-cr...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Trends, Silicon Valley, Jared Leto, Marc Andreessen, Lowercase Capital, Valley, Troy Wolverton, Paul Davison, Rapportive, Brian Wagner, Matt Mazzeo, Collab, Rahul Vohra, Ivan Zhao


For years, the internet giants have held on dear to their get-out-of-jail-free card. Here are those trying to take that away

Soon it'll be known as Section 230 because there are 230 suggested solutions to overhaul it Analysis The simmering debate over legal immunity given to online platforms like Facebook and Google in America has grown hotter with a new report from the Department of Justice outlining changes it hopes to make to the rules.…
Tags: Google, Facebook, America, Software, Department Of Justice


Pacific data cable not safe from China if Hong Kong included, says US

Justice department says ‘recent actions’ by China towards its territory indicate landing station could expose US communications to spyingThe US government wants a high-capacity undersea data cable system proposed by Google and Facebook to bypass Hong Kong, citing potential national security concerns following China’s moves to exert greater control in the territory.The Pacific Light Cable Network, pending approval by the federal communications commission (FCC), should connect the US, Taiwan and t...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Hong Kong, Technology, Fcc, Justice, China, US, World news, US news, Asia Pacific, US politics, Philippines, Data Protection, US Congress, Pacific


Twitch launches its own free broadcasting software for Mac users

Back in November of last year, Twitch rolled out a beta build of Twitch Studio — a free, straightforward broadcasting app meant to be the first step for anyone curious about streaming on the service. At launch, it was PC only. Today, however, they’re opening up the beta to Mac users. Twitch is pretty open about its intended audience here; in an FAQ on the Mac beta release, they note that while it should be enough to get the ball rolling for new folks, they’re not looking to convert anyone who...
Tags: TC, Tech, Twitch


John Bolton: Trump Last Year 'Offered To Reverse Criminal Prosecution' Against Chinese Telecom Giant Huawei if it Would Help the US-China Trade Deal

John Bolton, a former U.S. ambassador to the U.N. and who served as national security adviser from April 2018 to September 2019, writing for the Wall Street Journal: Take Trump's handling of the threats posed by the Chinese telecommunications firms Huawei and ZTE. Ross and others repeatedly pushed to strictly enforce U.S. regulations and criminal laws against fraudulent conduct, including both firms' flouting of U.S. sanctions against Iran and other rogue states. The most important goal for Chin...
Tags: US, Tech, Iran, Huawei, Ross, Trump, John Bolton, Commerce Department


Why gender-swap photo filters are still problematic

Welcome to TNW Pride 2020! All throughout June we’ll highlight articles that focus on representation for LGBTQPIA+ people in the STEM communities. Can we have a grown-up conversation about those “gender swap” filters you can find in photo apps? I bring it up because this image is going viral today: Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing inherently wrong with it. It’s just an image of Elon Musk wearing lipstick and a wig. We can clearly see that it was made using FaceApp – a selfie editor that, amon...
Tags: Startups, Apps, Science, Social Media, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Pride, Neural


A Medical Device Maker Threatens iFixit Over Ventilator Repair Project

STERIS Corporation, a company that makes sterilization and other medical equipment, sent a letter to iFixit claiming their online database of repair manuals for ventilators and medical equipment violates their copyrights. Motherboard reports: "It has come to my attention that you have been reproducing certain installation and maintenance manuals relating to our products, documentation which is protected by copyright law," the letter said. The letter then went on to tell [Kyle Wiens, CEO of iFixi...
Tags: Tech, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Kyle Wiens, Wiens, Steris Corporation, STERIS, Steris Wiens


Spotify and Kim Kardashian West are teaming up for a podcast that will be exclusive to the streaming service (SPOT)

Kim Kardashian West and streaming service Spotify have struck a deal for a podcast that will feature the celebrity's work with the Innocence Project. The Innocence Project is a nonprofit legal organization that works to exonerate those who have been wrongly convicted. The deal is yet another move by Spotify to round out its offerings and venture into podcasting. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Celebrity and entrepreneur Kim Kardashian West and Spotify have struck a deal fo...
Tags: Apple, Spotify, White House, Trends, Daniel Ek, Business Insider, Kim Kardashian West, Trump, Joe Rogan, Kardashian West, Alice Johnson, Gimlet Media, Innocence Project


Nikola Founder Exaggerated the Capability of His Debut Truck

An anonymous reader shares a report: After half an hour of promotional videos and big promises, Nikola's 13-foot-tall prototype parked atop a rotating stage began to spin. The dramatic music reached a crescendo, lights flicked on and a partially translucent white sheet lifted off the Nikola One. Founder Trevor Milton walked up to applause, put his hands on his side and admired the big rig. "Oh, that thing is so awesome," he said. "We've been waiting so long to show this to the world, you have no...
Tags: Tech, Bloomberg News, Milton, Nikola, Trevor Milton, Nikola One, Zero Emission Hydrogen Electric


La Haus is bringing US tech services to Latin America’s real estate market

The alchemy for a successful startup can be hard to parse. Sometimes, it’s who you know. Sometimes it’s where you go to school. And sometimes it’s what you do. In the case of La Haus, a startup that wants to bring US tech-enabled real estate services to the Latin American real estate market, it’s all three. The company was founded by Jerónimo Uribe and Rodrigo Sánchez Ríos, both graduates of Stanford University who previously founded and ran Jaguar Capital, a Colombian real estate development...
Tags: TC, Business, Entrepreneurship, Mexico, Finance, US, Tech, Ceo, Colombia, United States, President, Venture Capital, Zillow, Latin America, Stanford University, Kaszek Ventures


All bets are off as Hertz pulls plan to issue $500 million in new stock

Hertz, which filed for bankruptcy last month, halted its $500 million stock offering Wednesday after the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission told the rental company it would review its controversial plan to sell shares that could soon be wiped out completely. Hertz disclosed Monday that it would issue a $500 million stock offering following approval from the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware . Last week, the court gave Hertz permission to sell up to 246.8 million unissu...
Tags: Money, Finance, Tech, Automotive, Commission, ATM, SEC, Stock Market, Hertz, Stock, Robinhood, Delaware, Advisors, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, U S Bankruptcy Court, Jefferies LLC


Bird launches navigation app to help riders stay in the right lane

Bird is rolling out a new standalone app called Bird Maps in Paris and Tel Aviv that will provide turn-by-turn navigation for riders who want to use bike or micromobility lanes for their entire trip. The app, which will be available on iOS and Android, was created using navigation software from Trailze, a Israeli startup that has mapped the urban grid with micromobility in mind. Bird has not determined how long it will pilot Bird Maps. The results of the pilot will determine testing in oth...
Tags: Transportation, France, Israel, Tel Aviv, Tech, Ceo, Paris, Sharing Economy, Bird, Leader, Here, Operating Systems, Head, Micromobility, Bicycle Sharing, Scooter Sharing


Waze vs. Google Maps: Which one is right for you?

Waze and Google Maps are among the most popular travel navigation apps. We help you decide which one is best.
Tags: Apple, Android, Mobile, Cars, Trends, Waze, Google Maps, Navigation Apps, Tier 4


Bug-Ridden Tablets Behind Glacial Lines at Voting Sites in Los Angeles County, Report Finds

Shitty tablets helped screw up California’s March 3, 2020 primary election in big time, according to a previously unpublicized Los Angeles County report flagged by Politico on Wednesday.Read more...
Tags: Politics, Elections, Science, Technology, Voting, California, Politico, Los Angeles, Cybersecurity, Los Angeles County, Election Security, Pollpads, Knowink


Netflix CEO Reed Hastings Gives $120 Million To Historically Black Colleges

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The New York Times: Reed Hastings, the co-founder of Netflix, and his wife, Patty Quillin, donated $120 million to the United Negro College Fund, Spelman College and Morehouse College, the largest-ever individual gift to support scholarships at historically black colleges and universities. The record donation comes amid protests after the police killing ofGeorge Floyd, and the national conversation about how to end systemic racism. That conversation has i...
Tags: Tech, Netflix, United States, Harvard University, New York Times, Ivy League, Black, Reed Hastings, Hastings, Floyd, Morehouse College, Spelman, Quillin, Patty Quillin, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings Gives, United Negro College Fund Spelman College


FCC Commissioner disparages Trump’s social media order: ‘The decision is ours alone’

FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks has examined the President’s Executive Order that attempts to spur the FCC into action against social media companies and found it wanting. “There are good reasons for the FCC to stay out of this debate,” he said. “The decision is ours alone.” The Order targets Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which ensures that platforms like Facebook and YouTube aren’t liable for illegal content posted to them, as long as they are making efforts to take them do...
Tags: Social, TC, Facebook, Fcc, Congress, Youtube, Government, White House, Censorship, Tech, Policy, Commission, Executive Order, Justice Department, Trump, Carr


Facebook To Let Users Turn Off Political Ads

Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg says users will be able to turn off political adverts on the social network in the run-up to the 2020 US election. The BBC reports: In a piece written for USA Today newspaper, he also says he hopes to help four million Americans sign up as new voters. "For those of you who've already made up your minds and just want the election to be over, we hear you -- so we're also introducing the ability to turn off seeing political ads," Mr Zuckerberg wrote. Facebook and its s...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, US, Tech, Bbc, Usa Today, Zuckerberg, Voting Information Center


Apple doubles down on its right to profit from other businesses

Apple this week is getting publicly dragged for digging in its heels over its right to take a cut of subscription-based transactions that flow through its App Store. Almost unbelievably, it’s doing so so in the middle of antitrust investigations both in the E.U. and the U.S. — the latter which CEO Tim Cook may decide to skip— in which lawmakers will attempt to determine if Apple abuses its market position and power to disadvantage its competitors. This is not a new complaint, but one that came ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Mobile, Apps, Spotify, Congress, Tech, Developers, Ben Thompson, Tim Cook, European Commission, Antitrust, App Store, TechCrunch, Epic Games



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