Apple CFO Luca Maestri and Jony Ive Reportedly Candidates for Ferrari CEO Position

Apple Chief Financial Officer Luca Maestri and former Chief Design Officer Jony Ive are reportedly candidates to be Ferrari's next CEO, reports Reuters, citing Italian media. Former Ferrari CEO Louis Camilleri departed the company last week citing personal reasons, and potential successors have since emerged, among those reportedly being Maestri and Ive. Additionally, former Vodafone CEO Vittorio Colao was allegedly in the running for the position, but Reuters says a source close to Colao has...
Tags: Apple, Intel, Ferrari, Vodafone, Jony Ive, Reuters, Ive, Luca Maestri, Vittorio Colao, Maestri, Colao, Bob Swan, Louis Camilleri, Johny Srouji Apple, Luca Maestri Jony Ive

Brighten Up Your Pandemic Life With One of Google Search’s 50 New AR Animals

Ever since I was young, I’ve always been a cat fan (although dogs are lovely, too). Nonetheless, my current landlord doesn’t allow me to have a cat, so I just settle for following cute ones on Instagram. Considering that I live alone, there have been many times during the pandemic where I’ve thought, “Wouldn’t this be…Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Animals, Google Search, Search, Augmented Reality

America's Covid-19 Deaths Likely to Exceed 9/11's Death Toll Every Day, For Two Months

Just today in America there were 223,365 new Covid-19 cases. The Hill notes that's "the worst it has ever been." Long-time Slashdot reader smooth wombat also highlights this quote from Robert Redfield, the director of America's Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: "We are in the timeframe now that probably for the next 60 to 90 days we're going to have more deaths per day than we had at 9/11 or we had at Pearl Harbor," Redfield said during an event hosted by the Council on Foreign Rela...
Tags: America, Tech, Gettysburg, Redfield, Antietam, Robert Redfield, COVID, Galveston Hurricane

Drug Reverses Age-Related Mental Decline Within Days

The University of California San Francisco issued this glowing announcement of some new research: Just a few doses of an experimental drug can reverse age-related declines in memory and mental flexibility in mice, according to a new study by UC San Francisco scientists. The drug, called ISRIB, has already been shown in laboratory studies to restore memory function months after traumatic brain injury, reverse cognitive impairments in Down Syndrome, prevent noise-related hearing loss, fight certa...
Tags: Tech, Forbes, Rosi, UC San Francisco, University of California San Francisco, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Peter Walter, ISRIB, UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences, Susanna Rosi PhD Lewis, Ruth Cozen, UCSF Department of Biochemistry, UCSF Brain and Spinal Injury Center

Gillmor Gang: Strange Days Indeed

The place we’re in, the valley of the dolls between the vote and the Inauguration, is overshadowed by the battle to save our lives. The vaccines look promising, and so does the persistence of the Trumpster to play his games. Somehow we have to live with that, on both sides. In the business we’re in, the technology industry, broadband has penetrated to the point we can survive with a reasonable degree of fidelity to the world COVID erased. This week’s move by WarnerMedia to release all 2021 pi...
Tags: TC, Hollywood, Supreme Court, Abc, John Lennon, Disney, Tech, Netflix, New York Times, Gillmor Gang, Biden, David Fincher, MGM, Steve Gillmor, Keith Teare, Frank Radice

Here’s our first look at the OnePlus 9 in person

Leaked details and composite CAD renders are fun, but seeing a phone in person is so much better. Here's our first look at the OnePlus 9.
Tags: Android, Mobile, Trends, Oneplus, OnePlus 9

Human Capital: Dr. Timnit Gebru says Google’s memo was ‘dehumanizing’

Welcome back to Human Capital, where I break down the latest in diversity, equity and inclusion, and labor in tech. This week, Twitter dropped its latest diversity report and Tesla released its first one ever. Meanwhile, Google CEO Sundar Pichai apologized for the way things went down with Dr. Timnit Gebru, a prominent researcher in artificial intelligence ethics. Sign up here to get this as a weekly newsletter in your inbox every Friday at 1 p.m. Google’s Sundar Pichai will investigate events t...
Tags: Apple, Google, Uber, Twitter, Labor, China, Tech, Diversity, Tesla, United States, Human Capital, Sundar Pichai, Pichai, Hispanic, Latina, Dara Khosrowshahi

Open Source Developers Say Securing Their Code Is 'Insufferably Boring' and 'Soul-Withering'

"A new survey of the free and open-source software (FOSS) community conducted by the Linux Foundation suggests that contributors spend less than 3% of their time on security issues and have little desire to increase this," reports TechRepublic: Moreover, responses indicated that many respondents had little interest in increasing time and effort on security. One respondent commented that they "find the enterprise of security a soul-withering chore and a subject best left for the lawyers and proc...
Tags: Tech, Linux Foundation, Foss

NextMind's Brain-Computer Interface Kit Begins Shipping To Developers

"Don a headset which places a sensor on the back of your head, and it'll detect your brainwaves which can then be translated into digital actions," writes Engadget. VentureBeat reports that NextMind "has started shipping its real-time brain computer interface Dev Kit for $399." The device translates brain signals into digital commands, allowing you to control computers, AR/VR headsets, and IoT devices (lights, TVs, music, games, and so on) with your visual attention. Paris-based NextMind is...
Tags: Facebook, Elon Musk, Tech, Paris, Engadget, Kouider, NextMind, Sid Kouider

Google adds more AR animals to mobile Search and most of them are pretty cute

Welcome wild creatures into your home using your mobile phone
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How to find your next VC

Welcome back to The TechCrunch Exchange, a weekly startups-and-markets newsletter. It’s broadly based on the daily column that appears on Extra Crunch, but free, and made for your weekend reading. Want it in your inbox every Saturday? Subscribe here.  Ready? Let’s talk money, startups and spicy IPO rumors. Welcome to the depths of December, a time in which the news cycle should be slowing down. Instead it’s accelerating, giving me the firm worry that our holiday cycle is going to be mostly w...
Tags: TC, New York, San Francisco, Tech, Chicago, Airbnb, Denver, Sequoia, Doordash, Alfred Lin, Midwest, CSO, GAAP, Lin, ARR, Magnuson

Hackers Are Selling More Than 85,000 MySQL Databases On a Dark Web Portal

An anonymous Slashdot reader writes: For the past year, hackers have been breaking into MySQL databases, downloading tables, deleting the originals, and leaving ransom notes behind, telling server owners to contact the attackers to get their data back. If database owners don't respond and ransom their data back in nine days, the databases are then put up on auction on a dark web portal. "More than 85,000 MySQL databases are currently on sale on a dark web portal for a price of only $550/databa...
Tags: Tech, Reddit, Zdnet

Google Plans to Calculate 'Criticality' Scores for Open Source Projects

Programming columnist Mike Melanson writes: As part of its involvement in the recently announced Open Source Security Foundation (OpenSSF), Google has penned a blog post outlining one of the first steps it will take as part of this group, with an attempt at finding critical open source projects. "Open source software (OSS) has long suffered from a 'tragedy of the commons' problem," they write. "Most organizations, large and small, make use of open source software every day to build modern pro...
Tags: Google, Tech, Oss, Arya, Mike Melanson, Open Source Security Foundation OpenSSF Google, Abhishek Arya

Virgin Galactic Unexpectedly Aborted a Test Flight of Its Space Plane

CNN reports: Virgin Galactic's supersonic rocket plane was scheduled to fire into the upper atmosphere Saturday, but after climbing more than 40,000 feet over New Mexico attached to its mothership, the space plane made an unexpected turn toward home rather than shooting skyward. The company confirmed that the space plane, which was carrying test pilots CJ Sturckow and Dave Mackay, safely landed. "The ignition sequence for the rocket motor did not complete," the company said via Twitter. "Veh...
Tags: US, Tech, Cnn, Virgin Galactic, New Mexico, Spaceport America, Dave Mackay, VSS Unity, CJ Sturckow

Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch M1 review: The iPhone of laptops

Featuring the M1 chip, the new MacBook Pro 13-inch is the best Mac in years.
Tags: Apple, Mac, Trends, Computing, Macbook Pro 13-inch, Apple M1

Investors double down on tech stocks in massive DoorDash, Airbnb, IPOs

Editor’s note: Get this free weekly recap of TechCrunch news that any startup can use by email every Saturday morning (7 a.m. PT). Subscribe here. Maybe it is a stock market bubble, or a tech-stock bubble at least. And maybe DoorDash, Airbnb and and their bankers should have priced higher regardless to take advantage of all of the enthusiasm. It’s hard to avoid reactions like that, after DoorDash, for example, doubled its final private share price to $102 for its public debut on Wednesday ...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Startups, TC, Facebook, Microsoft, California, China, US, San Francisco, Tech, Airbnb, EC, Alex, Adyen, Federal Trade Commission

He is Google's most-searched for athlete of 2020

NASCAR driver Ryan Newman, who survived a horror crash earlier this year, was the most-searched for athlete of 2020, according to Google.
Tags: Google, News, Stories, Nascar, Ryan Newman

The best history podcasts for Android and iOS

Listen to our pick of the best history podcasts for bizarre true histories that put fiction to shame and in-depth analysis of famous events and characters.
Tags: Apple, Android, Mobile, Music, Podcasts, Trends, Web, History, Best Of, American History, Best Podcasts, Tier 4

'Save Europe from Software Patents', Urges Nonprofit FFII

Long-time Slashdot reader zoobab shares this update about the long-standing Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure, a Munich-based non-profit opposing ratification of a "Unified Patent Court" by Germany: The FFII is crowdfunding a constitutional complaint in Germany against the third attempt to impose software patents in Europe, calling on all software companies, independent software developers and FLOSS authors to donate. The Unitary Patent and its Court will promote patent trolls,...
Tags: Europe, UK, Germany, Court, Tech, Eu, Munich, European Court Of Justice, Slashdot, UPC, Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure, FFII

10 Tips to Help New Business Owners Get Off to a Solid Start

When you’re getting a new business off the ground, it can be tough to find what areas to focus on. From networking to branding, there are plenty of tasks that require your attention. Luckily, members of the online small business community have been there. So they have insights to share that can help those just starting out. See their top tips from this week below. Use These Networking Strategies to Realize Big Dividends Connecting with other professionals can give you a leg up in the business...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Sales, Startup, Content Marketing Institute, Jodi Harris, Ileane Smith, Martin Zwilling, Ivan Widjaya, Erik Emanuelli, Ross Kimbarovsky, Startup Professionals Musings, These Branding Insights Minority, Andrew Arkley, Kai Moon, Alan Ridgell

Apple CEO Tim Cook Urges Action on Climate Change at United Nations Summit

Apple CEO Tim Cook today delivered a brief speech during the 2020 Climate Ambition Summit, stressing that leaders of nations and companies around the world have a "burden to act" to address climate change during this "moment of historic urgency." The summit is co-hosted by the United Nations, United Kingdom, and France. In his prepared remarks, Cook highlighted Apple's environmental initiatives, including its global facilities being powered by 100% renewable energy and its ambitious goal of a...
Tags: Apple, UK, Cook, France, United Nations, Tim Cook, Tim Cook Apple, Apple environment, Environmental Audit Committee, Parliament s Environmental Audit Committee, United Nations United Kingdom

Disney Stock Skyrockets 13% Friday to New All-Time High

CNN reports: If it wasn't abundantly clear that content is king, especially in the Covid-19 era, Disney hammered that point home Thursday when it previewed dozens of new series and movies for its Disney+ streaming service. And investors are loving it. Shares of Disney jumped 13% Friday to a new all-time high. The stock is now up more than 20% this year, an impressive feat given that the pandemic has wreaked havoc on Disney's theme park business and forced its movie studios to delay big releases ...
Tags: Disney, Tech, Cnn, Tom Hanks, Samuel L Jackson, Don Cheadle, Hawkeye, Mighty Ducks, House of Mouse, Disney Wall Street, Disney Stock Skyrockets, New All Time High, Emilio Estevez Read

Verge Weekender: Disney’s big day, Cyberpunk 2077, latest at Google, and our favorite gadgets

And a coronavirus vaccine is finally approved for emergency use in the US
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How to Source Talent in Japan

How to Source Talent in Japan If you are an absolute beginner to step foot in the Japanese market for recruiting, it helps to understand some basic things about Japanese culture. Japan is one of the toughest markets to find, attract, and hire talent. Both hiring and firing are difficult in Japan. Let’s see some of […]
Tags: Japan, Technology, Featured, News, Social Media, Tech, Recruiting, Guest Post, Candidates, Branding, Blog Posts, Sourcing, Talent Acquisition

Kuo: iPhone 13 Models Won't Face Mass Production Delays Like iPhone 12 Lineup

While the iPhone 12 lineup launched later than usual due to the COVID-19 pandemic, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo today forecasted that mass production of so-called iPhone 13 models with a new A15 chip will revert back to Apple's usual timeframe. In a typical year, Apple begins mass production of iPhones in the early summer, but reports indicated that mass production of iPhone 12 models did not begin until September, leading Apple to postpone its usual iPhone event in September until October for the fi...
Tags: Apple, Featured, TSMC, Ming Chi Kuo, Kuo, TF International Securities, Ming Chi Kuo TF International Securities, iPhone 13

Twitter Disabled 'Likes' and 'Replies' on False Trump Tweets. Inadvertently.

Business Insider reports: Twitter on Saturday briefly took new action to stem the spread of President Donald Trump's false tweets about his loss in the 2020 election. Replies and likes were disabled on several of Trump's tweets Saturday morning before Twitter the company reversed course hours later, telling Business Insider the change was made "inadvertently...." "We try to prevent a Tweet like this that otherwise breaks the Twitter Rules from reaching more people, so we've disabled most of t...
Tags: Tech, Donald Trump, Business Insider, Trump

Virgin Galactic aborts first crewed flight of its rocket-powered spaceship in New Mexico

SpaceShipTwo and its mothership on the runway in New Mexico on Saturday. Quinn Tucker for Virgin Galactic Virgin Galactic on Saturday aborted a manned flight of a rocket-powered spaceship from a New Mexico spaceport.  "Take off! VMS Eve and SpaceShipTwo Unity have taken to the skies above Spaceport America, New Mexico," the company said on Twitter at about 8.30am local time. The company posted updates, saying it was about to launch, but then abruptly said: "SpaceShipTwo Unity is headed for...
Tags: Amazon, Space, Spacex, Technology, Trends, Nasa, Bbc, BBC News, Virgin Galactic, Tourism, Virgin, Richard Branson, New Mexico, Jeff Bezos, Branson, Vms

Kuo: iPhone 13 to be produced and launched on regular schedule in 2021

Apple faced several challenges in the development and manufacturing process of the iPhone 12 models in 2020 due to the COVID-19...
Tags: Apple, Kuo

Amazon has the best AirPods 2 deal today — save $30

These are the top of the heap when it comes to earbuds. Apple, as always, was innovative with these Airpods.
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Deals, Mobile, Trends, Apple deals, Apple AirPods 2 with Wireless Charging Case, Amazon 2020, Earbuds Deals, Airpod deals, Apple Airpods 2 Deals

MacBook Air vs. Surface Laptop 3

The venerable MacBook Air is one of the first to feature Apple's new M1 chip. How does it stack up to Microsoft Surface Laptop 3? Here's how the two compare.
Tags: Apple, Microsoft, Trends, Computing, MacBook Air, Laptops, Versus, Surface Laptop 3, Tier 4

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