Brazilian proptech startup QuintoAndar lands $300M at a $4B valuation

Fintech and proptech are two sectors that are seeing exploding growth in Latin America, as financial services and real estate are two categories in particular dire need of innovation in a region. Brazil’s QuintoAndar, which has developed a real estate marketplace focused on rentals and sales, has seen impressive growth in recent years. And today, the São Paulo-based proptech has announced it has closed on $300 million in a Series E round of funding that values it at an impressive $4 billion. The...
Tags: Softbank, US, Tech, Brazil, Silicon Valley, Fintech, Latin America, Stanford University, Cto, Accel, Sao Paulo, Braga, Huber, Ribbit Capital, Nick Huber, Kevin Efrusy

Cities Have Their Own Distinct Microbial Fingerprints

sciencehabit shares a report from Science Magazine: When Chris Mason's daughter was a toddler, he watched, intrigued, as she touched surfaces on the New York City subway. Then, one day, she licked a pole. "There was a clear microbial exchange," says Mason, a geneticist at Weill Cornell Medicine. "I desperately wanted to know what had happened." So he started swabbing the subway, sampling the microbial world that coexists with people in our transit systems. After his 2015 study revealed a wealth ...
Tags: New York City, Tech, Baltimore, Seoul South Korea, Mason, Bogota Colombia, University of Colorado Boulder, Chris Mason, Science magazine, Weill Cornell Medicine, Noah Fierer

More People Are Buying Wearables Than Ever Before

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The wearables category of consumer devices -- which includes smartwatches, fitness trackers, and augmented reality glasses -- shipped more than 100 million units in the first quarter for the first time, according to research firm IDC. Q2 2021 saw a 34.4 percent increase in sales over the same quarter in 2020. To be clear: wearables have sold that many (and more) units in a quarter before, but never in the first quarter, which tends to be a s...
Tags: Apple, Samsung, Tech, Xiaomi, Huawei, Idc

German Scientists Identify Possible Cause of Vaccine Blood Clots

Hmmmmmm shares a report from The Telegraph: Scientists in Germany believe they have discovered why the Oxford-AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccines cause potentially fatal blood clots in rare cases, and claim the issue can be fixed with a minor adjustment. The authors of a new study claim their findings show that it is not the key component of the vaccines that cause the clotting, but a separate vector virus that is used to deliver them to the body (Warning: source paywalled; al...
Tags: Germany, Tech, Astrazeneca, Johnson Johnson, EDTA, Oxford AstraZeneca, Ulm University Medical Centre, Andreas Greinacher, Greinacher, Greifswald University Hospital, Stefan Kochanek

Gillmor Gang: Nothing Was Delivered

Somehow it’s Bob Dylan’s 80th birthday this week. Some of you may not think that’s a big deal, but I do. The fact of his talent pretty much drowns out most other ideas of what to write about, but here’s to the birthday boy. Keep up the good work. Back then, we wondered why Dylan kept changing, refusing to be pinned down, going electric, photographed at the Wailing Wall, you name it. We sure were hungry for direction, it seemed. Growing up in the Sixties, everything was possible. After Trump, ...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Facebook, Video, Hollywood, Abc, California, Tech, Netflix, Comcast, Bob Dylan, Crypto, Gillmor Gang, Steve Gillmor, Keith Teare, Frank Radice

Epic Games Launches Unreal Engine 5 Early Access, Shows Massive 3D Scenes

After years of work, Epic Games is launching early access for game developers for Unreal Engine 5, the latest version of the company's tools for making games with highly realistic 3D animations. VentureBeat reports: Unreal Engine 5, which will officially ship in 2022, is the company's crowning technical achievement. The early access build will let game developers start testing features and prototyping their upcoming games. Epic isn't saying how long this took or how many employees are working on...
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Firefox to adopt Chrome's new approach to extensions – sans the part that threatens ad blockers

Mozilla says Google's content-filter API doesn't meet developer needs, others agree Firefox maker Mozilla on Thursday said it plans to mostly adopt Manifest v3, a controversial revision of the Chrome browser extension framework that Google undertook to address the glaring security problems in the browser.…
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How to get a virtual pet on your MacBook Touch Bar with Touchbar Pets

Touchbar Pets gives you a cute animal without any of the shedding. Steve Kovach/Business Insider Touchbar Pets is an app that lets you raise virtual pets that live in your MacBook's Touch Bar. Once you download Touchbar Pets and launch it, you can adopt a dog, cat, rabbit, or hamster. You can walk, feed, and play with your virtual pets using the Touch Bar. You need a MacBook with a Touch Bar, an iPad set up with Sidecar, or a Touch Bar emulator to use Touchbar pets. Visit Insider'...
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The Boring Company Tests Its 'Teslas In Tunnels' System In Las Vegas

Rei_is_a_dumbass shares a report from The Verge: Elon Musk's Boring Company started shuttling passengers through the twin tunnels it built underneath the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) this week, as part of a test to get the system ready for its full debut in June. Videos, images, and accounts shared around the internet by the people who showed up for the test offer the most coherent glimpse yet at Musk's solution for traversing the LVCC campus. It is quite literally just Teslas being driven...
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The 5 best outdoor security cameras of 2021

Table of Contents: Masthead Sticky Outdoor security cameras can help you to safeguard your property. The most important features to look for are high-quality video and reliable connectivity. After extensive testing, we recommend the Arlo Pro 4 as the best outdoor security camera. A good outdoor security camera system helps you to keep tabs on your property from anywhere and can act as a deterrent to unwelcome visitors. Motion detection will trigger the camera to start recording and send a notif...
Tags: Reviews, Google, Trends, Features, Cameras, Buying Guide, Smart Home, Amazon Echo, Hdr, Cnet, Alexa, Arlo, Simon Hill, Wirecutter, Tech Insider, EZVIZ

Daily Crunch: Saving-investing app Acorns files to go public in $2.2B SPAC deal

Hello and welcome to Daily Crunch for Thursday, May 27. From the home desk, TechCrunch has a few notes to share. First, we’re hosting a virtual meetup in Pittsburgh as part of our national tour spotlighting neat startup markets. And if you are a super early-stage founder, you can still apply to take part in the upcoming Battlefield competition at Disrupt. Do it. It’s going to be a blast. See you at both! — Alex The TechCrunch Top 3 Lots of people are working on NFTs: Whether you’re a crypto f...
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Apple Watch Series 3 Owners Now Required to Perform Restore When Updating Due to Storage Constraints

Following the iOS 14.6 and watchOS 7.5 updates, Apple Watch Series 3 owners who update their devices to a new version of watchOS are prompted to unpair and re-pair the Apple Watch from the iPhone during the update process because of storage space constraints. The GPS-only version of the Apple Watch Series 3 only has 8GB of internal storage, which limits the amount of space available for software updates, and Apple's solution to this problem is to wipe the Apple Watch Series 3 and start fresh ...
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Tech Liability Shield Has No Place in Trade Deals, Groups Say

A coalition of internet accountability groups is warning the Biden administration against including liability protections for tech companies in future trade agreements, saying that could hamstring efforts to hold platforms responsible for user content. From a report: In a letter sent to President Joe Biden on Thursday, the organizations said including a legal shield in trade deals like the 2018 U.S.-Mexico-Canada accord "reflects a broad effort by the big tech platforms to use 'trade negotiation...
Tags: Tech, Joe Biden, Biden, Harper, Center for Digital Democracy, U S Mexico Canada, Morgan Harper, American Economic Liberties Project, Public Citizen Color of Change

Cox Appeals $1 Billion Piracy Liability Verdict To 'Save the Internet'

Late 2019, Internet provider Cox Communications lost its legal battle against a group of major record labels. Now it's appealing it. From a report: Following a two-week trial, a Virginia jury held Cox liable for its pirating subscribers. The ISP failed to disconnect repeat infringers and was ordered to pay $1 billion in damages. Heavily disappointed by the decision, Cox later asked the court to set the jury verdict aside and decide the issue directly. In addition, the company argued that the "sh...
Tags: Virginia, Tech, Cox, Fourth Circuit, Napster, Cox Communications, Cox Appeals

Colorado Ditches SAT, ACT and Legacy Admissions For Public Colleges

Colorado has become the first state to ban "legacy" admissions, a practice that gives preference to certain applicants based on their familial relationship to alumni of that institution. "The governor also signed a bill that removes a requirement that public colleges consider SAT or ACT scores for freshmen, though the new law still allows students to submit test scores if they wish," adds NPR. From the report: Both moves are aimed at making higher education access more equitable. According to th...
Tags: Colorado, California, Tech, University Of California, California State University

Google’s 80-acre megacampus will take over a chunk of San Jose (ars technica)

Google's rendering of "The Meander," which will be "a central social gathering place with shops and local food." I assume there are office buildings in there somewhere. Google has gotten approval to build a "multi-billion dollar megacampus" in San Jose, California, just 10 miles away from the other giant campus the company is building in Mountain View. CNBC reports that city officials approved Google's "Downtown West" project on Tuesday night. Google's sa...
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Tesla has activated its in-car camera to monitor drivers using Autopilot

Tesla has enabled the in-car camera in its Model 3 and Model Y vehicles to monitor drivers when its Autopilot advanced driver assistance system is being used. In a software update, Tesla indicated the “cabin camera above the rearview mirror can now detect and alert driver inattentiveness while Autopilot is engaged.” Notably, Tesla has a closed loop system for the data, meaning imagery captured by the camera does not leave the car. The system cannot save of transit information unless data sharing...
Tags: Transportation, Elon Musk, Tech, Tesla, Automotive, Ford, Gm, Autonomous Vehicles, Musk, Kevin Smith, National Highway Traffic And Safety Administration, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, FSD, ADAS, Jake Fisher, Tesla Vision

The latest version of Google Chrome is now up to 23% faster

New in Chrome version 91 are some under-the-hood changes to Javascript that Google claims make the browser up to up to 23% faster. 
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Dismantling the myths around raising your first check

As startups and venture capital grow in tandem, fundraising has gone from a formal affair on Sand Hill Road to a process that can happen anywhere from Twitter to Zoom. While fundraising may no longer require a trip to California, it might depend on whether you got an invite to a private audio app. And while you may not need to be an insider, second-time founders — largely male and white — still have a competitive advantage. If your intention is to build a company that you want to own an...
Tags: California, Tech, Sand Hill Road, Yin, Elizabeth Yin, Hustle Fund, Leslie Feinzaig

A Disturbing, Viral Twitter Thread Reveals How AI-Powered Insurance Can Go Wrong

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Vox: Lemonade, the fast-growing, machine learning-powered insurance app, put out a real lemon of a Twitter thread on Monday with a proud declaration that its AI analyzes videos of customers when determining if their claims are fraudulent. The company has been trying to explain itself and its business model -- and fend off serious accusations of bias, discrimination, and general creepiness -- ever since. [...] Over a series of seven tweets, Lemonade claime...
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Industry Groups Sue To Stop Florida's New Social Media Law

Two tech industry organizations are suing Florida over its newly passed rules for social networks, claiming it violates private companies' constitutional rights. The Verge reports: SB 7072, which Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed earlier this week, restricts how large social apps and websites can moderate user-generated content. It makes banning any Florida political candidate or "journalistic enterprise" unlawful, lets users sue if they believe they were banned without sufficient reason, req...
Tags: Florida, Tech, Plaintiffs, Ron DeSantis, CCIA, DeSantis, Disney Comcast

Citizen CEO Personally Directed Innocent Man's Manhunt, Reports Motherboard

Citing leaked internal chats logs of the night Citizen falsely accused a California man of intentionally setting a wildfire, Motherboard on Thursday offered readers an inside look into the company’s self-inflicted blunder, even as it was blindly executed, logs show, at the emphatic direction of its chief executive,…Read more...
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Disney Plus costs $8 a month on its own, but you can bundle it with Hulu and ESPN+ for an extra $6

If you buy through our links, we may earn money from affiliate partners. Learn more. Alyssa Powell/Business Insider Disney Plus costs $8 a month or $80 a year, following a slight price increase on March 26. Disney Plus, Hulu, and ESPN+ bundles start at $14 a month. Read our full breakdown of Disney Plus, including upcoming shows and features. Table of Contents: Masthead Sticky Monthly Subscription Service (small) Yearly Subscription (small) Disney Plus costs $8 a month, making it che...
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Darryl Finkton Jr. closes $200M to go from asset management to poverty eradication

Darryl Finkton Jr. is a man on a mission. He believes there’s enough money in the world to help put an end to poverty. But only if it’s distributed differently than it is today. Earlier this year, the investor left a career in asset management to launch a $1 billion venture fund aimed at eradicating poverty. It’s an ambitious goal, but Finkton Jr. has a plan. And now he’s raised $200 million as an initial close to help execute that plan. Finkton aims to raise $1 billion with the fund to provid...
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What happens when a security hole is fixed in WebKit's source but not released as a patch by Apple? Let's find out

Three weeks and counting for Cupertino to update Safari's engine A vulnerability in the open-source WebKit rendering engine used by Apple's Safari browser remains unfixed three weeks after a patch repaired the flaw in the WebKit source code.…
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Disney Expands Board of Directors With Election of Lululemon CEO and Google Alum

Disney has expanded its board of directors to 12 seats with the election of Lululemon CEO Calvin McDonald and former Cisco and Google executive Amy Chang. McDonald and Chang were elected to the board on Thursday, Disney said. “Amy Chang and Calvin McDonald are highly-respected leaders with a deep understanding of the nexus between technology […]
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Box beats expectations, raises guidance as it looks for a comeback

Box executives have been dealing with activist investor Starboard Value over the last year, along with fighting through the pandemic like the rest of us. Today the company reported earnings for the first quarter of its fiscal 2022. Overall, it was a good quarter for the cloud content management company. The firm reported revenue of $202.4 million up 10% compared to its year-ago result, numbers that beat Box projections of between $200 million to $201 million. Yahoo Finance reports the analyst co...
Tags: TC, Cloud, Enterprise, Tech, SaaS, Earnings, Box, KKR, Aaron Levie, GAAP, Yahoo Finance, Starboard Value, Levie, Perhap, SignRequest, Cloud Content Management

Google Nears Settlement of French Antitrust Case -Wall Street Journal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -Alphabet Inc's Google is nearing a settlement of an antitrust case in France over allegations it abused its power in online...
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Inside Google’s Vision for Privacy-Safe Advertising

Google Marketing Live kicked off earlier today, and the prevailing themes were online commerce and developing new ways of measuring marketing effectiveness in an increasingly privacy-centric world. The virtual event telegraphed several upcoming features, some of which will let retailers promote their discounted wares through a "deals results page" via the Google search engine and...
Tags: Google, General, Advertising, The Future of Identity, Vision for Privacy Safe Advertising

Achieved? Google Executives' Appraisals Sought in U.S. Antitrust Case

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Lawyers for the Justice Department and Alphabet's Google tangled on Thursday over whether the company should hand over...
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