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Amy Klobuchar's Big Antitrust Bill Wants To End the Age of Megamergers

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: On Thursday, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, the incoming Democrat head of the Senate Antitrust Subcommittee, introduced an omnibus bill signaling a pitched battle over the future of antitrust law. The law takes aim not just at big tech companies, but potentially all large companies. According to experts Motherboard spoke with, some parts of the bill offer ambitious changes to antitrust law, but others adhere to a framework that has undermined enforcing ...
Tags: Senate, Tech, Amy Klobuchar, Justice Department, Federal Trade Commission, Klobuchar, Senate Antitrust Subcommittee


Two new efforts could widen the pool of people investing directly in venture funds

Venture funds have historically counted on a few types of investors — or limited partners — for their investing capital. One of these groups is institutional investors — think pension funds, university endowments, hospital systems and the like. Another is corporations. A third bucket centers on wealthy individuals and often their family offices. It’s a fairly small universe, in other words, but two new initiatives, both announced this week and both very different, are looking to change the equat...
Tags: TC, Crowdfunding, Senate, San Francisco, Tech, Diversity, Palo Alto, Venture Capital, SEC, Republic, Biden, Goldman, Hamilton, Securities And Exchange Commission, Gary Gensler, Lauren Kolodny


Two new efforts push to help a wider pool of people invest directly in venture funds

Venture funds have historically counted on a few types of investors — or limited partners — for their investing capital. One of these groups is institutional investors — think pension funds, university endowments, hospital systems and the like. Another is corporations. A third bucket centers on wealthy individuals and often their family offices. It’s a fairly small universe, in other words, but two new initiatives, both announced this week and both very different, are looking to change the equat...
Tags: TC, Crowdfunding, Senate, San Francisco, Tech, Diversity, Palo Alto, Venture Capital, SEC, Republic, Biden, Goldman, Hamilton, Securities And Exchange Commission, Gary Gensler, Lauren Kolodny


The best iPhone 11 screen protectors for 2021

The iPhone 11's display deserves protecting. Here are our top picks for effective iPhone 11 screen protectors.
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Mobile, Trends, Buying Guides, Screen Protectors


Apple Ups DTK Mac Mini Return Credit to $500 After Developer Complaints

Prior to the release of the M1 Macs, Apple offered developers a $500 Developer Transition Kit (DTK) that included a Mac mini equipped with an A12Z Bionic chip first used in the iPad Pro, 16GB RAM, a 512GB SSD, two USB-C ports, two USB-A ports, and an HDMI 2.0 port. The DTKs were available on a temporary basis, and earlier this week, Apple said that it would soon begin asking developers to return the Mac minis in exchange for a $200 credit. Since developers shelled out $500, many were unhappy...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Ios, Ipad, Mac, Rumors, Apple Ups DTK Mac Mini Return Credit


IBM Quantum Computers Now Finish Some Tasks In Hours, Not Months

IBM has found a way to combine a new program execution environment, Qiskit, with a balance of "classical" and quantum computing to deliver a 100 times speedup for tasks that depend on iterative circuit execution. Computations that take months now will take mere hours, IBM said. Engadget reports: Qiskit by itself allows more circuits to run at a "much faster" rate, and can store quantum programs so that other users can run them. However, it also uploads programs to conventional hardware sitting n...
Tags: Tech, Ibm, Engadget, IBM Quantum Computers Now, Qiskit


Apple Has Reportedly Hit Pause on Electric Car Talks with Hyundai and Kia

For Apple fans eagerly waiting for the long-rumored Apple car to become a reality, I have some good news and bad news. The good news: Word is Apple has been chatting with Hyundai and Kia about collaborating on an electric vehicle. The bad news: Those talks have apparently stalled. Read more...
Tags: Apple, Science, Cars, Transport, Electric, Hyundai, Kia, Apple Inc, Kia Motors, Hyundai Motor Company, Motor Vehicles, Business Finance, Apple Electric Car Project, Technology Internet


Daniel Kahneman on Conducting Better Interviews

Ample research documents the shortcomings of interviews in predicting performance. [1] The core problem is that interviewers are subject to cognitive biases that allow subjective preferences to overshadow objective assessments, which means that less qualified candidates can be hired on the basis of "good" interviews, while more qualified candidates are rejected on the basis of "bad" ones. Some candidates benefit from random data points that they share with their interviewers: hometowns, schoo...
Tags: Google, Books, Leadership, Management, New York Times, Don, Daniel Kahneman, Kahneman, Dylan Walsh, Edbatista, Jason Dana, Jason Dana Robyn Dawes, Nathanial Peterson, Paul Meehl, Internal Research, Amir Goldberg


How to unlock your Android phone automatically with Smart Lock

Tired of unlocking your Android phone the normal, boring way? There's an easy way to gain access without entering a PIN by using Smart Lock. Here's how.
Tags: Android, Mobile, Trends, How-to, Smart Lock, On-body detection, Trusted devices, Trusted Voice, Tier 4


Parler wanted Donald Trump, who demanded an ownership stake, which didn't happen

A scoop from Buzzfeed News: "Parler wanted Donald Trump on its site. Trump's company wanted an ownership stake. Here's the exclusive story of their negotiation." Parler is the chat app founded in 2018 by former college roommates John Matze and Jared Thomson, and Rebekah Mercer, the right-wing political donor and daughter of hedge fund magnate Robert Mercer. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, Technology, News, Tech News, Donald Trump, Trump, Robert Mercer, Rebekah Mercer, Parler, John Matze, Jared Thomson


SoundCloud To Let Fans Pay Artists Directly

According to Billboard, SoundCloud is preparing to introduce a new payment system that would allow fans to pay artists directly. From the report: The move would make SoundCloud the first major music streaming service to embrace a direct payment model, a strategy that has been popular with Chinese streaming services like Tencent Music's QQ Music for years, and one that subscription services like Patreon and OnlyFans have built their businesses around, as musicians and fans around the world clamor...
Tags: Tech, Tencent Music


Customized Apple-Themed Game Boy Color Doubles As An Apple TV Remote

Italian YouTuber Otto Climan modded an original Game Boy Color handheld to act as an Apple TV remote. Gizmodo reports: Otto Climan started with an original Game Boy Color handheld that they upgraded with a backlit LCD display because the GBC arrived well before Nintendo stopped using dim screens that strained your eyes. For the custom white case adorned with Apple's older rainbow logo, Climan turned to a company called Retro Modding that supplied him with matching white buttons and, more importa...
Tags: Apple, Tech, Nintendo, Gizmodo, GBC, Climan, YouTuber Otto Climan, Otto Climan, Retro Modding


How to back up your Android smartphone

You should always back up your Android device in case of damage or loss. We'll walk you through how to do it.
Tags: Google, Android, Mobile, Trends, How-to, Computing, Tier 4


Oops we did it again! Google admits failing to wipe X-Mode SDKs from its Play Store

For best results, take a second dose of privacy cleanse Google on Friday removed 25 Android apps from the Google Play Store after missing them during a prior purge. The apps contained the X-Mode SDK that the Chocolate Factory previously banned for selling location data.…
Tags: Google, Google Play Store, Software


Oops: Google admits failing to wipe all Android apps with location-selling X-Mode SDK from its Play Store

For best results, take a second dose of privacy cleanse Google on Friday removed 25 Android apps from the Google Play Store after missing them during a prior purge. The apps contained the X-Mode SDK that the Chocolate Factory previously banned for selling location data.…
Tags: Google, Google Play Store, Software


Oops: Google admits failing to wipe all Android apps with location-tracking X-Mode SDKs from its Play Store

For best results, take a second dose of privacy cleanse Google on Friday removed 25 Android apps from the Google Play Store after missing them during a prior purge. The apps contained the X-Mode SDK that the Chocolate Factory previously banned for selling location data.…
Tags: Google, Google Play Store, Software


Daily Crunch: Myanmar blocks Twitter and Instagram

Myanmar’s government extends its internet crackdown, Microsoft’s lobbying arm blacklists presidential election objectors and Dublin’s Frontline Ventures raises a new fund. This is your Daily Crunch for February 5, 2021. The big story: Myanmar blocks Twitter and Instagram The military government in Myanmar recently told telecom operators and internet service providers to block access to Facebook. Now it’s doing the same thing to Twitter and Instagram. This comes after the military staged a coup...
Tags: Social, Twitter, Instagram, Microsoft, India, Tech, Eu, Paypal, Policy, House, Myanmar, Dublin, Republican, Robinhood, Lightspeed, Alex Wilhelm


How to draw freely on Microsoft Word or insert shapes to customize documents

It's easy to create your own drawings in Microsoft Word. JAG IMAGES/Getty Images You can draw freely in Microsoft Word using the "Draw" feature whether you have Word for Mac or Windows. You can also insert customizable shapes into your document, or draw using the "Scribble" feature. The process of drawing in Word varies based on which version of Word and device you're using. Visit Insider's Tech Reference library for more stories. If you've ever wanted to express an idea visually rathe...
Tags: Google, Microsoft, Mac, Trends, Pc, Microsoft Office, Pen, Microsoft Word, Microsoft 365, Tech Insider, Ryan Ariano, Product Card, BI-freelancer, Tech Reference, Laptops & Tablets (Reference, Software & Apps (Reference


Parler offered Trump's company 40% ownership of the app to make it his go-to social media platform

Parler ex-CEO John Matze and former President Donald Trump. Fox News, Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images The Trump Organization held failed talks with Parler to become a part-owner, BuzzFeed News reported. Parler offered a 40% stake in exchange for Trump making the app his go-to social media platform. The talks could have violated anti-bribery laws, ethics experts told BuzzFeed. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Parler and the Trump Organization, negotiating on behalf o...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Trends, Joe Biden, Ethics, Donald Trump, Trump, Capitol, BuzzFeed News, Trump Organization, Jared Kushner, Dan Bongino, Rebekah Mercer, Brad Parscale, Parscale


Microsoft Offers To Break The Web In A Desperate Attempt To Get Somebody To Use Its Widely-Ignored Bing Search Engine (techdirt)

One of the key battles surrounding the EU Copyright Directive involves the threshold at which upload filters will block the use of copyright material in things like memes and mashups. A year ago, Germany was proposing ridiculously tight restrictions: 128-by-128 pixel images, and three-second videos. Now, it is framing the issue in terms of uses that aren't "automatically" blocked by upload filters. The proposed limits here are 15 seconds of video or audio, 125K graphics, and 160 -- yes, 160 -- c...
Tags: Google, Facebook, News, Microsoft, Australia, Germany, Eu, Scott Morrison, Rupert Murdoch, Bing, Sundar Pichai, Tim Berners Lee, Brad Smith, Australia New Zealand, Glyn Moody, Bing Microsoft


Mac Utility Homebrew Finally Gets Native Apple Silicon and M1 Support

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Homebrew now supports Apple Silicon natively, albeit not with every package. The volunteer Homebrew team made the announcement on the Homebrew blog alongside today's release. While the native support is not yet comprehensive, it bridges the gap significantly, and users can still run Terminal via Rosetta 2 to do what they can't yet while running natively on Apple Silicon. The Homebrew blog post says "we welcome your help" in providing bottles...
Tags: Tech, Intel, Ars Technica, Rosetta, Homebrew, Apple Silicon


Zoombombing countermeasures are ineffective in the vast majority of cases (ars technica)

Enlarge As the COVID-19 pandemic forced schools, colleges, and businesses to limit in-person meetings, the world quickly adopted video conferencing from services such as Zoom and Google Meet. That, in turn, gave way to "zoombombing," the term for when Internet trolls join online meetings with the goal of disrupting them and harassing their participants. Meeting services have adopted a variety of countermeasures, but a new research paper finds that most of them are ineffective. The most common...
Tags: Google, News, Dan Goodin, Boston University, State University of New York, Binghamton


Extra Crunch roundup: 500 Startups’ demo day, smart SaaS pricing and much more

Demo days at startup accelerators are a pretty big deal around here. These events aren’t just a chance to review the latest cohort of hopeful entrepreneurs — they also showcase the technology, products and services that will compete for VC and consumer attention over the next few years. You never know where a hit will come from, which is why these events capture our attention. Here’s just one example from Y Combinator’s Summer 2013 Demo Day: Positioning itself as the “FedEx of today,” it hopes...
Tags: Startups, TC, Europe, Education, Okta, Tech, Best, Artificial Intelligence, SaaS, Venture Capital, Public, Alex, Robinhood, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Union Square Ventures, Databricks


Weekend reading: Common Sense for crazy times

What caught my eye this week. I enjoyed Ben Carlson’s response to the GameStop ferment this week. He could have dived into the minutia of gamma squeezes and Reddit lore. But instead the Wealth of Common Sense blogger and Weekend Reading favourite dived into his archives. Ben decided to reprint a chapter of his book Everything You Need To Know About Saving For Retirement. In it he explains how he helped his then-girlfriend (miraculously now his wife) to get familiar with market volatility with...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, UK, Israel, Marketing, US, America, Earth, Bbc, House, New York Times, Fca, Reddit, Jeff Bezos, Ofgem


Robinhood Stops Limiting GameStop Shares

Robinhood has lifting all the buying curbs imposed at the height of the battle between amateur investors and Wall Street hedge funds. The change comes one week after the online broker limited clients to only buying a single share of GameStop and expanded its list of restricted stocks from 13 to 50. Reuters reports: The videogame retailer, the initial trigger for the market slugfest, was up 8.4% in U.S. pre-market trading although the wild gyrations seen in the past two weeks appeared to have fiz...
Tags: Tech, Reddit, Robinhood, Gamestop, Reuters, AMC Entertainment, Ortex


How to create and set custom ringtones for your Android phone

Making a ringtone of a song you own isn't difficult, and getting it on your Android phone is just as easy.
Tags: Android, Mobile, Trends, How-to, Computing, Garageband, Ringtones


How to make a group chat on Snapchat

Even if your friends aren’t nearby, you can get together on a Snapchat group chat. Here’s how to get started.
Tags: Apple, Ios, Android, Mobile, Trends, Social Media, Snapchat, How-to, Tier 4


Automakers respond to GM's #NoWayNorway Super Bowl spot with... pizza and fish?

Filed under: Auto News,Celebrities,Green,Marketing/Advertising,Audi,Ford,GM,Green Automakers,Electric,Future Continue reading Automakers respond to GM's #NoWayNorway Super Bowl spot with... pizza and fish? Automakers respond to GM's #NoWayNorway Super Bowl spot with... pizza and fish? originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 5 Feb 2021 17:18:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink |  Email this |  Comments
Tags: Celebrities, Future, Green, Ford, Gm, Autos, Electric, Audi, Auto News, Green Automakers, Marketing/Advertising


A look at how proptech startup Knotel went from a $1.6B valuation to filing for bankruptcy

This week, flexible workspace operator (and one-time unicorn) Knotel announced it had filed for bankruptcy and that its assets were being acquired by investor and commercial real estate brokerage Newmark for a reported $70 million . Knotel designed, built and ran custom headquarters for companies. It then managed the spaces with “flexible” terms. In March 2020, it was reportedly valued at $1.6 billion . At first glance, one might think that the WeWork rival, which had raised abo...
Tags: Startups, Real Estate, New York, Berlin, New York City, Tech, Customers, Rio De Janeiro, WeWork, Kuwait, Amol Sarva, Edward Shenderovich, Forbes, Pasternak, Bloomberg Beta, New York San Francisco


Russian Campaign Promotes Homegrown Vaccine and Undercuts Rivals

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The New York Times: Russian news outlets connected to election disinformation campaigns in the United States have set their sights on a new target: convincing Spanish-speaking countries that the Russian coronavirus vaccine works better than its American competitors, according to researchers and State Department officials. The Russian campaign has focused on Latin American nations, including Mexico, which this week signed a deal to acquire millions of dose...
Tags: Facebook, Mexico, Russia, Tech, United States, Argentina, Pfizer, The New York Times, State Department, Latin America, First Draft, Soviet Union, Alliance for Securing Democracy, Bret Schafer, Jaime Longoria



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