Tiger Global leads $30 million investment in Indian Twitter rival Koo

Investors are backing Koo, an Indian alternative to Twitter, with large size checks at a time when tension is brewing between the American social network and New Delhi. The Indian startup said on Wednesday it has raised $30 million in a financing round led by Tiger Global Management. Mirae Asset, IIFL’s venture capital fund and existing investors 3one4 Capital, Blume Ventures, and Accel also participated in the round, which valued the Bangalore-based startup at over $100 million, up from about $...
Tags: Google, Social, TC, Facebook, Apps, Asia, Twitter, Singapore, India, Funding, Narendra Modi, San Francisco, Tech, Delhi, Tiger Global, New Delhi

US removes Xiaomi’s designation as a Communist Chinese Military Company

Xiaomi, one of China’s high-profile tech firms that fell in the crosshairs of the Trump administration, has been removed from a U.S. government blacklist that designated it as a Communist Chinese Military Company. The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has vacated the Department of Defence’s designation of Xiaomi as a CCMC in January, a filed on May 25 shows. In February, Xiaomi sued the U.S. government over its inclusion in the military blacklist. In March, the D.C. court grante...
Tags: Gadgets, Asia, Government, China, US, Tech, United States, Telecommunications, Xiaomi, Huawei, U.s. Government, Trump, The Company, Department of Defence, Trump Administration, Communist Chinese Military Company

Russia Makes Good On Its Threat To Fine Google Over 'Illegal' Internet Content

Russian authorities on Tuesday fined Google 6 million rubles, or just under $82,000, after the company failed to comply with Moscow's demands to delete prohibited online content. Engadget reports: On Monday, Russia's internet watchdog, Roskomnadzor, gave Google 24 hours to delete more than 26,000 instances of online media considered to be illegal in the country. If their demands weren't met, authorities threatened to slow down Google's services in Russia and levy fines of up to 10 percent of the...
Tags: Google, Russia, Tech, Moscow, Kremlin, Alexei Navalny, Reuters, Engadget, Roskomnadzor

Samsung 15W Fast Charge 2.0 Wireless Charger Stand For $40.98 Shipped From Amazon

Samsung 15W Fast Charge 2.0 Wireless Charger Stand For $40.98 Shipped From Amazon This was selling for $77.80 before the price started to drop and is now the lowest price ever from Amazon. Charge a Galaxy or Apple iPhone – Compatible with Galaxy Note10, S10, other select Galaxy smartphones and select Apple iPhone devices Fast […]
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Joe Biden Opens Up California Coast To Offshore Wind

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Offshore wind is headed west. The Biden administration announced today that it will open up parts of the Pacific coast to commercial-scale offshore renewable energy development for the first time. The geography of the West Coast poses huge technical challenges for wind energy. But rising to meet those challenges is a big opportunity for both President Joe Biden and California Governor Gavin Newsom to meet their clean energy goals. There are two...
Tags: California, White House, Tech, Department Of Defense, Joe Biden, West Coast, Biden, Humboldt County, East Coast, Pacific, Department Of Energy, Gavin Newsom, Northern California, Morro Bay, National Renewable Energy Laboratory NREL, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

We Owe a Debt of Gratitude to the Net and Its Tycoons

“…I thank the net for what it made possible. I thank the people who had the vision to see what it could do and made it work for us in a time of crisis. I am eager to see what we can do next.”This from veteran blogger and journalism professor, Jeff Jarvis, this morning on just how much the Internet did for us during the pandemic.As Jarvis points out, we’re all quick to jump on the evils of Facebook and Zuckerberg, Bezos and Amazon, Google and Apple, for any number of reasons. Lawyers included.We...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Law, Uncategorized, Jarvis, Jeff Jarvis, Amazon Google, Zuckerberg Bezos

Valve Is Making a Switch-Like Portable Gaming PC

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Video game and hardware studio Valve has been secretly building a Switch-like portable PC designed to run a large number of games on the Steam PC platform via Linux -- and it could launch, supply chain willing, by year's end. Multiple sources familiar with the matter have confirmed that the hardware has been in development for some time, and this week, Valve itself pointed to the device by slipping new hardware-related code into the latest v...
Tags: Tech, Intel, Nintendo, Valve, Amd, Neptune, Pavel Djundik

We Owe a Debt of Gratitude to the Net and It’s Tycoons

“…I thank the net for what it made possible. I thank the people who had the vision to see what it could do and made it work for us in a time of crisis. I am eager to see what we can do next.”This from veteran blogger and journalism professor, Jeff Jarvis, this morning on just how much the Internet did for us during the pandemic.As Jarvis points out, we’re all quick to jump on the evils of Facebook and Zuckerberg, Bezos and Amazon, Google and Apple, for any number of reasons. Lawyers included.We...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Law, Uncategorized, Jarvis, Jeff Jarvis, Amazon Google, Zuckerberg Bezos

How to Add a Watermark in Google Documents

Microsoft Word includes a useful “Insert Watermark” feature to help you easily add your brand’s logo image or a text stamp that fades behind the content of every page in the document. A company’s policy may require employees to add watermarks to indicate if any document is in draft stage or if the document is confidential and not meant for external distribution. Insert Watermarks in Google Docs Unlike Microsoft Word, there’s no built-in support for Watermarks in Go...
Tags: Google, Microsoft, Seo, Google Docs, Google Forms

Google deploys a Jaguar I-Pace as its first all-electric Street View car

It's taken a while, but Google has finally gotten around to deploying its first all-electric car for capturing Street View imagery.
Tags: Google, News, Environment, Cars, Trends, Web, Pollution, Jaguar, Electric Cars, Street View, Ev

Bitcoin Mining Council To Report Renewable Energy Usage

A new Bitcoin Mining Council has been created to improve the crypto-currency's sustainability, following a meeting of "leading" Bitcoin miners and Elon Musk. The BBC reports: It's hoped the council will "promote energy usage transparency" and encourage miners to use renewable sources. According to a tweet by MicroStrategy CEO Michael Saylor, who convened the meeting of the group and Elon Musk, the council includes "the leading Bitcoin miners in North America." But research from a group of univer...
Tags: Kentucky, China, US, Tech, Bbc, North America, Argo, MicroStrategy, Alex De Vries, Michael Saylor, Digiconomist, Peter Wall, Bitcoin Mining Council, Elon Musk the council

How Purchase Decisions Are Made

The chart shown above is an evolution of one that I helped create at Kantar. It is my attempt to summarize as clearly and simply as possible the process by which people choose between brands based on their intuitive and deliberative thinking. I would love to hear your thoughts about it, good, bad, or indifferent. But first, let me lay out my thinking behind the chart. Two Modes Of Thinking By now, everyone in marketing, advertising, and related disciplines, has probably read something about t...
Tags: Google, Branding, Brand Management, Nigel Hollis

‘The Battersea Poltergeist’ Podcast is Becoming a Blumhouse Scripted Series and Docuseries

The haunting of Shirley Hitchings is getting made into not one, but two Blumhouse TV series. BBC Radio 4’s The Battersea Poltergeist, which tells the story of the “strange events focused around Shirley Hitchings in 1956,” will be adapted into both a scripted series and a documentary series by Blumhouse, which is teaming up with Michael Seitzman’s Maniac Productions to adapt the longest documented poltergeist haunting in history. Blumhouse TV and Michael Seitzman’s Maniac Productions announce...
Tags: Apple, London, Television, Movies, Documentary, Horror, Bbc, Madeleine McCann, Robins, Michael, BBC Radio, Danny, Toby Jones, JAMES CLARK, Blumhouse, Emma Cooper

Amazon's Ad Revenue Is Now Twice As Big As Snap, Twitter, Roku and Pinterest Combined

The major growth in Amazon's advertising unit means its revenue contribution is now 2.4 times larger than Snap, Twitter, Roku and Pinterest combined, and it's growing 1.7 times as quickly, according to Loop Capital. CNBC reports: Amazon's "Other" unit, which is primarily made up of advertising but also includes sales related to other service offerings, grew revenue a whopping 77% year-over-year to more than $6.9 billion in the first quarter, the company reported last month. "Performance ads on t...
Tags: Amazon, Pinterest, Tech, Iab, Twitch Amazon, Snap Twitter Roku, Loop Capital CNBC

Microsoft CEO promises next-gen Windows will be revealed ‘very soon’

While Google I/O and Apple’s WWDC are aimed at developers, they also tend to reveal some of the biggest consumer news of the year. Microsoft’s Build has tended to be the nerdier and more developer-centric one of the big three spring tech conferences, but today’s keynote was the most sparse I’ve seen yet, barely lasting 15 minutes. In the keynote, CEO Satya Nadella focused on developer and cloud news, and barely mentioned updates to Windows 10 at all. It turns out there was a good reason for that...
Tags: Apple, Google, Startups, Microsoft, Satya Nadella, Insider, Nadella Microsoft, Plugged

Synopsys Claims Chip Design Breakthrough With AI Engineering

MojoKid writes: Mountain View, CA silicon design tools heavyweight Synopsys is claiming a breakthrough in chip design automation that it claims will usher in a new level of semiconductor innovation that will take the industry above and beyond the limits of Moore's Law (Gordon Moore's observation that the number of transistors in chips double roughly every two years), which is now considered by many to be plateauing. Synopsys' tool called is the world's first autonomous AI tool set for chi...
Tags: Tech, Moore, DSO, Synopsys, Law Gordon Moore, Synopsys DSO

Roku Is Plotting to Take Over Your Smart Home

Roku isn’t exactly a little-known brand, but when it comes to market share and platform dominance, it’s still a David amongst Goliaths like Amazon and Google. However, the streaming company has made some strategic moves lately that indicate it’s attempting a more significant play for space in your home—outside of the…Read more...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Science, Apple TV, David, Digital Media, Roku, Multimedia, Internet Television, Internet Radio, Netgear, Arlo, Information and Communications Technology, Now, Mass Media, Streaming Television

Google is testing its Fuchsia OS on the original Nest Hub - news

Fuchsia OS will replace Cast OS on the smart home device, but won't change much.
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Senate Preparing $10 Billion Bailout Fund For Jeff Bezos Space Firm

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Intercept: Now that Jeff Bezos's space flight company Blue Origin has lost a multibillion contract to Elon Musk's SpaceX, Congress is prepping the ground for Bezos to win a contract anyway, ordering NASA to make not one but two awards. The order would come through the Endless Frontier Act, a bill to beef up resources for science and technology research that's being debated on the Senate floor this week. An amendment was added to that legislation by Se...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Congress, Senate, America, Tech, Nasa, Jeff Bezos, Blue Origin, Sanders, Bezos, Sen Bernie Sanders, Cantwell, Sen Maria Cantwell D Wash, SpaceX Congress, Dynetics

57 clever gifts you can get on Amazon for under $50

If you buy through our links, we may earn money from affiliate partners. Learn more. Wake up early and make mini heart-shaped waffles for a breakfast together. Amazon Affordable gifts can be just as useful and thoughtful as expensive gifts. We rounded up 57 gifts on Amazon for under $50 that anyone would love to receive. For more gift ideas, check out all Insider Reviews gift guides. Your friends and family may not want an expensive gift, and it's a myth that a higher price tag mea...
Tags: Reviews, Apple, Google, Amazon, Gift Guide, New York, California, US, Trends, Bbc, Gifts, Macbook, New York Times, North Carolina, National Geographic, Cvs

Getty Images leads $16M investment in, a social video template tool

The social video tool just raised $16 million in a Series B round led by Getty Images, the company synonymous with stock imagery. Brands, creators or whoever else might need some quick and dirty video content can search for what they need, just like they would use a stock photography service. Getty offers its own library of stock videos as well, but provides both the video clips and the tools for non-editors to craft a basic edit with a little bit of customization. ...
Tags: Social, TC, Israel, Tech, Getty-Images, Vimeo, Stock Photography, Getty, Canva, Video Hosting, Adobe Photoshop, Mizrahi Tefahot Bank, Biteable, Magisto, Video Editor

Daily Crunch: Before the pandemic, Expensify made remote work cool and profitable

To get a roundup of TechCrunch’s biggest and most important stories delivered to your inbox every day at 3 p.m. PDT, subscribe here. Welcome to Daily Crunch for May 25, 2021. Whether you are a developer, a startup fanatic or merely someone with wanderlust, we have something for everyone today. Well, except for disappointed investors in Lordstown Motors. They are stuck holding the bag today after the American electric vehicle company announced a pretty awful set of earnings. But for the rest of u...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Microsoft, Africa, Newsletter, Tech, Silicon Valley, Airbnb, Salesforce, North America, Brian Chesky, Kubernetes, Expensify, Jordan Crook, Frederic, Lordstown

Apple made Shortcuts run faster on iPhone and iPad with iOS 14.6

Apple has quietly made improvements to the Shortcuts app, which now runs actions faster on the iPhone and iPad with iOS 14.6.
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Redditors Aim to 'Free Science' From For-Profit Publishers

A group of Redditors came together in a bid to archive over 85 million scientific papers from the website Sci-Hub and make an open-source library that cannot be taken down. Interesting Engineering reports: Over the last decade or so, Sci-Hub, often referred to as "The Pirate Bay of Science," has been giving free access to a huge database of scientific papers that would otherwise be locked behind a paywall. Unsurprisingly, the website has been the target of multiple lawsuits, as well as an invest...
Tags: Apple, Tech, Fbi, United States Department of Justice, Sci Hub, Alexandra Elbakyan, Pirate Bay of Science, DataHoarder

WarnerMedia execs mourn the Disney deal that never happened

Hi and welcome to the Insider Advertising newsletter, where I go over the big news in advertising and media news, including:TimeWarner's alternate scenario.Apple's new ad reviewed.Advertisers battle misinformation.First, if you got this newsletter forwarded, sign up for your own here. Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images WarnerMedia dreams of Disney While the media world awaits an announcement of an Amazon-MGM deal, some WarnerMedia are pondering their history under AT&T ownership and...
Tags: Apple, Hollywood, Media, Time Warner, Advertising, Disney, Newsletter, Trends, Cnn, Discovery, AT T, New York Times, Philips, Andrew Cuomo, Publicis, Cnbc

Emotion-detection software startup Affectiva acquired for $73.5M

Smart Eye, the publicly traded Swedish company that supplies driver monitoring systems for a dozen automakers, has acquired emotion-detection software startup Affectiva for $73.5 million in a cash-and-stock deal. Affectiva, which spun out of the MIT Media Lab in 2009, has developed software that can detect and understand human emotion, which Smart Eye is keen to combine with its own AI-based eye-tracking technology. The companies’ founders see an opportunity to expand beyond driver monitoring sy...
Tags: TC, Boston, Tech, Nasa, Automotive, Machine Learning, Bmw, Ai, Affectiva, Cairo, Cadillac, Martin, MIT Media Lab, Rana el Kaliouby, OEMS, Chongqing China

 What is Native Video Advertising?

. {display:none !important;} .code-block {display:none !important;} .sovrn_ad_unit {display:none !important;} Video advertising is one of the most effective ways of advertising today. It increases sales for brands and attracts over 3.8 billion social media users worldwide. Video has a way of appealing to the human brain. It grabs the attention of potential customers with audio and visual display, making it easy to connect with people through storytelling. Videos attract people to ...
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Tesla is no longer using radar sensors in Model 3 and Model Y vehicles built in North America

Tesla Model Y and Model 3 vehicles bound for North American customers are being built without radar, fulfilling a desire by CEO Elon Musk to only use cameras combined with machine learning to support its advanced driver assistance system and other active safety features. Like many of Tesla’s moves, the decision to stop using the sensor runs counter to the industry standard. For now, the radar-less cars will only be sold in North America. Tesla didn’t state when or if it might remove the radar se...
Tags: TC, Elon Musk, Tech, Tesla, Automotive, North America, Musk, Tesla Vision, North America Tesla, FSD Tesla

Valve Reportedly Making Its Own PC Switch Clone Called SteamPal

After the runaway success of the Nintendo Switch, rival gadget makers are keen to make their own handheld consoles. According to a new report, Valve is the latest to jump on the portable gaming bandwagon.Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Intel, Ars Technica, Steam, Computing, Nintendo, Dell, Amd, Qualcomm, Steam Machine, GPD, Gabe Newell, Valve Corporation, Video Game Consoles, Video Game Publishers

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