Tucker Carlson Rallies to Demon Sperm Doc’s Defense

Fox News host Tucker Carlson continued his contrarian stance on the coronavirus pandemic on Tuesday night, defending a viral video of fringe doctors peddling COVID-19 falsehoods and claiming the group was only attacked because they criticized the “sainted” Dr. Anthony Fauci.Hours after President Donald Trump doubled down on his support for the doctors—including eccentric pediatrician Dr. Stella Immanuel, who has previously said “demon sperm” causes gynecological ailments—Carlson kicked off his p...
Tags: Google, Facebook, News, White House, Africa, America, Joe Biden, Fox, Fox News, Houston, Biden, Donald Trump, Anthony Fauci, Trump, Tucker Carlson, Breitbart

Scientists Solve Mystery Behind Body Odor

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Researchers at the University of York traced the source of underarm odor to a particular enzyme in a certain microbe that lives in the human armpit. To prove the enzyme was the chemical culprit, the scientists transferred it to an innocent member of the underarm microbe community and noted -- to their delight -- that it too began to emanate bad smells. The work paves the way for more effective deodorants and antiperspirants, the scientists b...
Tags: Tech, University of York, Scientific Reports the York

Offshore Wind In Europe Won't Need Subsidies Much Longer

AmiMoJo shares a report from Ars Technica: Once renewable sources of electricity meet or beat the costs of fossil fuel generation, everything changes. With the immediate financial benefit just as clear as the long-term environmental benefit, utilities turn their attention to how to make it work rather than debating whether it's worth the investment. Solar and onshore wind technologies have hit this point in recent years, but the unique challenges presented by offshore wind have required differen...
Tags: Europe, Germany, Tech, Ars Technica, Netherlands, Imperial College London, Malte Jansen, Nature Energy Read

Peter Thiel, Trump's biggest supporter in Silicon Valley, is reportedly pumping nearly $1 million into a US Senate race in Kansas as he seeks new allies in Congress

Tech billionaire Peter Thiel has given $850,000 to a super PAC that's backing Kris Kobach's US Senate run in Kansas, Recode reported Tuesday. Thiel previously donated money to pro-Kobach groups during his failed 2018 bid for governor, and is closely aligned with his anti-immigration policies, according to Recode. Thiel has been looking for congressional candidates to put his money behind since abandoning Trump's reelection campaign earlier this month, saying the president faces slim prospects ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Congress, Washington, Senate, China, New York City, US, Trends, Tech, Gop, Peter Thiel, PAC, Muslim, Kansas, US Senate

After India and US, Japan looks to ban TikTok and other Chinese apps

A group of Japanese lawmakers is seeking to restrict the use of TikTok and other apps developed by Chinese firms, following the footstep of India, which has already blocked dozens of Chinese apps, and the U.S., which is floating the idea of a ban. The decision was first reported by the Japanese national broadcaster NHK. The lawyers shared the same concern as officials in the U.S. and India that their domestic user data could end up in the hand of Beijing, and planned to submit the proposal to...
Tags: Asia, Japan, Government, China, Singapore, India, Tech, Beijing, Baidu, US Japan, NHK, West Japan, Kinoshita, Bytedance, Tiktok, Kinoshita Yukina

Read how Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Google plan to defend themselves to Congress

With their big day before lawmakers just around the corner, previews of Google (well, Alphabet), Facebook, Amazon and Apple’s opening statements are now available on the House Judiciary Committee’s site. On Wednesday, the CEOs of each company will appear in an unusually executive-packed Congressional hearing focused on antitrust concerns over the business practices. While the opening statements are just a glimpse of the hearing’s potential topics, they do provide a useful outline for the strateg...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, TC, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Cook, Instagram, Congress, China, Google Search, Tech, Walmart, Policy, Tim Cook, App Store

How to track your sleep with an Apple Watch

Want to track your sleep using the Apple Watch? Our handy guide will help you get started with the basics.
Tags: Apple, Mobile, Apps, Wearables, Trends, How-to, Apple Watch, Sleep Tracking

Trump's Plan To Regulate Social Media

Esther Schindler writes: A 55-page proposal to make the FCC rewrite a law through administrative rulemaking would threaten small social sites and generate vast amounts of new business for trial lawyers. Expect some of the people who denounced net-neutrality regulations to cheer it on. The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) would have the FCC rewrite Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. "Instead of protecting social platforms when they moderate users' post...
Tags: Fcc, Tech, Trump, NTIA, CDA, Esther Schindler

Sundar Pichai will tell Congress that Google's search and advertising business faces plenty of competition, and that its free products benefit the 'average American.' Read his prepared remarks in full (GOOG, GOOGL)

On Wednesday, Google CEO Sundar Pichai will testify before Congress alongside the CEOs of Apple, Amazon, and Facebook in a grilling on antitrust. In his opening remarks, Pichai will argue that Google operates in a "highly competitive market" and make the point that users have access to search tools outside of Google's own. He'll also argue that competition in ads from the likes of Twitter has driven down costs that benefit consumers. He'll also say that free Google services like Search, Gmail,...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Texas, Instagram, Congress, Youtube, India, New York City, America, Trends, Google Analytics, Austin, Silicon Valley, Sundar Pichai, Committee, Alexa

Apple CEO Tim Cook: 'We Want to Get Every App We Can on the Store, Not Keep Them Off'

As Apple CEO Tim Cook prepares to testify in front of the U.S. House Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee tomorrow, Bloomberg has shared details on Cook's opening statement. Cook will say that Apple does "not have a dominant market share" in any market where it does business, and that consumers have many other choices when it comes to smartphones. "As much as we believe the iPhone provides the best user experience, we know it is far from the only choice available to consumers," reads Cook's testi...
Tags: Apple, Google, Cook, Bloomberg, Tim Cook, Antitrust, Jeff Bezos, App Store, Eastern Time, App Store Cook, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Amazon, U S House Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee, Sundar Pichai Bloomberg, App Store Tim Cook

India Is Reportedly Looking To Ban 275 More Chinese Apps -- Including PUBG, Zili and AliExpress

schwit1 writes: India has drawn up a list of 275 Chinese apps that it will examine for any violation of national security and user privacy, signaling heightened scrutiny and the possibility of more Chinese internet companies being banned in the country, according to people aware of the developments. This follows the high-profile ban of 59 Chinese apps last month, including short video app TikTok, amid simmering geopolitical tensions between the two Asian giants. The list, reviewed by ET, inclu...
Tags: China, India, Tech, Alibaba, Resso, PUBG Zili

The Formula For Business Model Innovation

A business model consists of four things. First, it’s a description of how you make money, as it tells why and how your customers pay for your products and services. But even more important, a business model provides an experience, and that experience is essential to what people pay for. The difference between Saks Fifth Avenue and Walmart isn’t just the quality of the merchandise and the prices, it’s the way a customer feels because of the service they get, the atmosphere, the vibe. Similarl...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Walmart, Starbucks, Southwest Airlines, Branding, Saks Fifth Avenue, Business Strategy, Blake Project

Apple CEO Tim Cook releases opening statement ahead of historic congressional antitrust hearing: 'We make no concession on the facts'

Apple CEO Tim Cook released his opening statement ahead of the historic tech antitrust hearing before House Judiciary's Antitrust subcommittee on Wednesday. Cook is set to appear alongside Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and CEO Sundar Pichai of Alphabet, the parent company of Google, as part of an investigation into the companies' power and influence on the tech industry. Cook's opening statement defended Apple, asserting that the company "does not have a dominant market ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Mark Zuckerberg, Cook, London, Congress, Trends, Tim Cook, App Store, Sundar Pichai, Google Facebook, Apple Google Facebook, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Facebook, Aaron Holmes, Hugh Langley

The Covid-19 Tax Return

Less than 1% of ALL startups get venture funding with only 20% of those startups with a woman founder. The number gets smaller if you’re a…Continue reading on Austin Startups »
Tags: Startups, Startup, Tech, Fundraising, Female-founders, Covid19

Thanks to COVID-19, everybody wants Density’s technology tracking building occupancy and use

Before the COVID-19 epidemic, Density was being used by companies like TechCrunch’s parent company, Verizon, to see how it could better use office space after the Yahoo!/Aol merger. Now, thanks to the COVID-19 epidemic everyone wants the company’s technology to track building and room occupancy and use. It’s one reason why the company managed to raise $51 million in a new round of funding led by Kleiner Perkins with participation from previous investors like Dick Costolo’s 01 Advisors and the Lo...
Tags: TC, Verizon, Dick Costolo, Los Angeles, Tech, TechCrunch, Kleiner Perkins, Mark Suster, Density, Kleiner, Farah, Yahoo AOL, Ilya Fushman, Andrew Farah, Suster, Fushman

Apple CEO Tim Cook releases opening statement ahead of historic congressional antitrust hearing: 'We make no concession on the facts'

Cook will testify alongside CEOs from Amazon, Facebook, and Google as part of an investigation into the companies' influence on the tech industry.
Tags: Google, Cook, News, Tim Cook, Amazon Facebook

Hevo draws in $8 million Series A for its no-code data pipeline service

Hevo founders Manish Jethani and Sourabh Agarwal According to data pipeline startup Hevo, many small- to medium-sized companies juggle more than 40 different applications to manage sales, marketing, finance, customer support and other operations. All of these applications are important sources of data that can be analyzed to improve a company’s performance. That data often remains separate, however, making it difficult for different teams to collaborate. Hevo enables its clients’ employees to...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Asia, Hong Kong, Enterprise, Singapore, India, Tech, United States, TechCrunch, Bangalore, Grofers, Data Analytics

New Werner Herzog Documentary ‘Fireball’ to be Released on Apple TV+

Werner Herzog‘s next documentary is heading straight to Apple TV+. Apple announced that it has landed the rights to the new Herzog documentary, Fireball, which it will debut on its Apple TV+ platform. The documentary will explore how shooting stars, meteorites, and deep impacts on Earth have shaped human mythology. After a stint in a galaxy far, far away, Werner Herzog is turning his head (and his camera lens) to the stars. Perhaps inspired by his brief appearance on The Mandalorian, where t...
Tags: Apple, Movies, Documentary, Apple TV, Earth, Netflix, Fireball, University of Cambridge, Bruce Chatwin, Werner-Herzog, Oppenheimer, Herzog, Apple TV Apple, Richard Melman, Appletv, Clive Oppenheimer

The CEOs of Apple, Google, Facebook, and Amazon are set to testify before Congress in a historic antitrust hearing. Here's what's at stake for each company. (GOOG, APPL, AMZN, FB)

The tech CEOs of Apple, Google, Amazon, and Facebook will appear before Congress in a first-of-its-kind hearing on Wednesday. They'll be testifying as part of an antitrust investigation into the dominance of digital platforms that has been running since last June. The CEOs, who will likely appear remotely over video, will have to defend the growing power of their tech companies to skeptical lawmakers. Here's why each CEO has been asked to appear, the types of questions they will likely be aske...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Spotify, John Lewis, Instagram, Congress, California, Washington Post, Youtube, China, Trends, Bloomberg, Jeff Bezos

Rite Aid Deployed Facial Recognition Systems In Hundreds of US Stores

Rite Aid installed facial recognition technology across 200 stores in the U.S. "In the hearts of New York and metro Los Angeles, Rite Aid deployed the technology in largely lower-income, non-white neighborhoods," reports Reuters. "Among the technology the U.S. retailer used: a state-of-the-art system from a company with links to China and its authoritarian government." From the report: Over about eight years, the American drugstore chain Rite Aid Corp quietly added facial recognition systems to ...
Tags: New York, China, Los Angeles, Tech, United States, Reuters, Rite Aid Corp, Rite Aid, US Stores

Theoretical Physicists Say 90% Chance of Societal Collapse Within Several Decades

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Two theoretical physicists specializing in complex systems conclude that global deforestation due to human activities is on track to trigger the "irreversible collapse" of human civilization within the next two to four decades. If we continue destroying and degrading the world's forests, Earth will no longer be able to sustain a large human population, according to a peer-reviewed paper published this May in Nature Scientific Reports. They sa...
Tags: London, Tech, Earth, Alan Turing Institute, Gerardo Aquino, Mauro Bologna, Department of Electronic Engineering, University of Tarapaca in Chile Calculations

Apple's iPhone 12 is in a battle with the coronavirus. On Thursday, Apple will give a big clue about who won. (AAPL)

Apple will report its fiscal third-quarter earnings on Thursday, many analysts are already fixated on the company's next major iPhone launch expected for the fall. That launch will serve as a better indicator of the company's long-term performance and value rather than recent quarterly financials given the economic impact and uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic. As has been the case in recent quarters, some analysts see Apple's services business as being a potential bright spot in i...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Wall Street, US, Trends, Bloomberg, Tim Cook, Cupertino, Munster, Aapl, Davidson, Ives, Apple Apple, RBC Capital Markets, Gene Munster, Wedbush Securities

Decimal Point Error Causes Etsy To Massively Overcharge For Shipping Labels

A decimal point error at e-commerce site Etsy briefly caused the company to overcharge for shipping labels by thousands of dollars. PCMag reports: Etsy sellers took to social media on Monday to notify the company about the problem. Apparently, the e-commerce site's accounting system failed to notice the decimal point when charging for the total cost for shipping labels. As a result, one merchant who thought they were paying $11.64 for postage ended up being billed $1,164. In other cases, the gli...
Tags: Etsy, Tech

Cybersecurity experts warn that it may take weeks or months after the presidential election for a winner to be decided, thanks to the threats of security issues and litigation around the results (MSFT, GOOG)

Election cybersecurity experts said Tuesday that "the electorate may not be prepared for how long it's going to take" for winners to be declared after the general election on November 3rd. A panel that included two cybersecurity experts who served in the White House agreed that simply counting ballots may take a week or two.  Any litigation that follows that counting could postpone results for much longer in a scene reminiscent of the 2000 election, when results were delayed until January.  Th...
Tags: Google, Florida, Microsoft, Obama, White House, US, America, Barack Obama, Dnc, Trends, Joe Biden, Department Of Homeland Security, Splunk, Daniel, Democratic National Committee, Harrod

With the US election coming up, when better to petition regulators for a controversial way to chill online speech?

Guess what? Literally everyone thinks this is a terrible idea The US Department of Commerce (DoC) has formally asked the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to review a critical law that provides blanket liability to online platforms such as Google and Facebook.…
Tags: Google, Facebook, US, Software, Federal Communications Commission FCC, US Department of Commerce DoC

TransferWise confirms new $5B valuation following $319M secondary share sale

TransferWise, the London-headquartered international money transfer service, is disclosing that it is now valued at $5 billion by private investors, confirming an earlier Sky News report. The new valuation represents an increase of 43% since May 2019, and has been triggered by a further $319 million in secondary share sales. Leading the “secondary” share round — which sees existing shareholders, including employees, permitted to sell a portion of their holdings to other new and existing investor...
Tags: TC, London, Tech, Sky News, Revolut, Klarna, Kristo Käärmann, Käärmann, D1 Capital Partners, Europe Klarna, Lone Pine Capital Vulcan Capital, Baillie Gifford Fidelity Investments

Luddite lawmakers villainize ‘Big Tech’ for no good reason

Washington, D.C. has caught a fever, and no, it’s not (just) COVID-19. Lawmakers have been whipped up into an antitrust frenzy, with yet another hearing targeting “Big Tech” slated for July 29. The Verge editor Casey Newton predicts that this, “tech antitrust hearing is shaping up to be one for the ages,” and the “outcome could be legislation that seeks to rein in the market power of these giants.” That outcome wouldn’t be particularly surprising, given Sens. Lindsey Graham and Josh Hawley’s rep...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Twitter, California, Opinion, Washington, Samsung, Sport, European Union, Soccer, Xiaomi, Fitbit, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc

LG UltraFine 5K Display 'Currently Unavailable' From Apple

Apple is sold out of the $1,300 LG UltraFine 5K Display, which is listed as "Currently Unavailable" from the online Apple Store and is unavailable for pickup from Apple retail stores. The LG UltraFine 5K Display is not available for purchase in the United States, the UK, Canada, and Brazil, as noted by 9to5Mac. Prior to when the monitor was listed as unavailable, there were long shipping times after purchase, which suggests there could be possible supply issues. If supply issues are indeed a...
Tags: Apple, United States, Brazil, Lg, Apple Store, Apple Retail, UK Canada

Jeff Bezos will tell Congress that Amazon's size is a good thing, and that it faces plenty of competition from rivals like Walmart: 'Just like the world needs small companies, it also needs large ones' (AMZN)

Amazon posted CEO Jeff Bezos' prepared testimony Tuesday on its blog ahead of his appearance at the historic Congressional tech antitrust hearing on Wednesday. Bezos plans to argue that Amazon's size benefits consumers, sellers, and the economy, and that it faces plenty of competition from rivals including Walmart, Instacart, and Shopify. "Just like the world needs small companies, it also needs large ones," Bezos is expected to say. Bezos along with the top executives of Apple, Facebook, and ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Mark Zuckerberg, Congress, US, Trends, Walmart, Jeff Bezos, Boeing, Sundar Pichai, Shopify, Kroger, Bezos, Congressional, Apple Facebook, Walmart Target Costco

Mark Zuckerberg will tell Congress that Facebook's acquisitions are good for competition, according to a copy of his prepared remarks (FB)

Mark Zuckerberg will argue before Congress that Facebook's acquisitions of companies like Instagram and WhatsApp are good for competition, according to a copy of his prepared remarks obtained by Business Insider. Zuckerberg is set to testify on Wednesday before the House Antitrust Subcommittee, which is investigating whether the company engaged in anticompetitive behavior. The CEOs of Amazon, Apple, and Google's parent company Alphabet will also face questions from members of Congress at the h...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Congress, China, US, America, Trends, Tim Cook, Jeff Bezos, Sundar Pichai, Giphy, Alphabet

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