America Used Fewer Fossil Fuels In 2020 Than It Has In Three Decades

Americans gobbled up fewer fossil fuels in 2020 than they have in three decades, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). The Verge reports: Consumption of petroleum, natural gas, and coal dropped by 9 percent last year compared to 2019, the biggest annual decrease since the EIA started keeping track in 1949. The COVID-19 pandemic was responsible for much of the fall as people stayed home to curb the spread of the virus and used less gas. In April 2020, oil prices nosedived...
Tags: America, Tech, Joe Biden, Earth, Paris, EIA, International Energy Agency, U S Energy Information Administration EIA

A lawsuit that ignores choice on Android and Google Play

We built Android to create more choices in mobile technology. Today, anyone, including our competitors, can customize and build devices with the Android operating system — for free.  We also built an app store, Google Play, that helps people download apps on their devices. If you don’t find the app you’re looking for in Google Play, you can choose to download the app from a rival app store or directly from a developer’s website. We don’t impose the same restrictions as other mobile operating ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Google Play, Amazon Fire, Public Policy, Wilson White, Google Play Store Consumers

Bitcoin Power Plant Is Turning a 12,000-Year-Old Glacial Lake Into a Hot Tub

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The fossil fuel power plant that a private equity firm revived to mine bitcoin is at it again. Not content to just pollute the atmosphere in pursuit of a volatile crypto asset with little real-world utility, this experiment in free marketeering is also dumping tens of millions of gallons of hot water into glacial Seneca Lake in upstate New York. "The lake is so warm you feel like you're in a hot tub," Abi Buddington, who lives near the Green...
Tags: New York, Tech, Department of Environmental Conservation, Seneca Lake, Greenidge, Atlas Holdings, Abi Buddington, National Lake Trout Derby, Keuka Lake Outlet

Microsoft Issues Emergency Patch for Critical Windows PrintNightmare Vulnerability

Microsoft has shipped an emergency out-of-band security update to address a critical zero-day vulnerability — known as "PrintNightmare" — that affects the Windows Print Spooler service and can permit remote threat actors to run arbitrary code and take over vulnerable systems. Tracked as CVE-2021-34527 (CVSS score: 8.8), the remote code execution flaw impacts all supported editions of Windows. [Author: [email protected] (Ravie Lakshmanan)]
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Debit Card Apps For Kids Are Collecting a Shocking Amount of Personal Data

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: The fintech company Greenlight says that its app and debit card for kids is a financial literacy tool that gives parents "superpowers" to set strict controls on their children's spending. Parents can use the app to pay allowances, choose which stores the connected debit cards work at, set spending limits, and receive instant notifications whenever their child makes a purchase. But there's one thing Greenlight makes it very hard for parents to...
Tags: Tech, Atlanta, Greenlight, Debit Card Apps For Kids

How to Find and Replace Text in Google Docs with RegEx Search Patterns

It is easy to search and replace text in Google Documents with the DocumentApp service of Google Apps Script. You can use use findText method with simple regular expressions to find text elements in the document that match a pattern and replace them with the specified text.Here’s a simple code sample that replaces the first occurrence of the “GSuite” with “Google Workspace” in the active Google Document. const searchAndReplaceInGoogleDocs = ( ) => { const searchText = "GSuite...
Tags: Google, Seo, Google Workspace

VW Offloads Bugatti To Rimac To Form New EV Company Bugatti-Rimac

According to the Financial Times, Croatian electric supercar startup Rimac Automobili is taking over Bugatti. Rimac will own a controlling 55% share in the new company, Bugatti-Rimac, with VW's Porsche owning the remaining 45%. TechCrunch reports: "Rimac and Bugatti are a perfect match in terms of what we each bring to the table," said founder and CEO of Rimac, Mate Rimac, in a statement. "As a young, agile and fast-paced automotive and technology company, we have established ourselves as an ind...
Tags: Tech, Vw, Porsche, Financial Times, Bugatti, Bugatti Chiron, Rimac Automobili, Rimac, Bugatti Rimac, Rimac Mate Rimac, Rimac Group, Rimac Technology

Google app beta loses built-in browser and returns to Chrome Custom Tabs for now

Google has been working on an in-app browser for Search on Android for sometime now. After wide testing, Google Chrome Custom Tabs are...
Tags: Google, Chrome Custom Tabs, Google Chrome Custom Tabs

Hackers Scrape 90,000 GETTR User Emails, Surprising No One

Just days after its launch, hackers have already found a way to take advantage of GETTR's buggy API to get the username, email address, and location of thousands of users. Motherboard reports: Hackers were able to scrape the email addresses and other data of more than 90,000 GETTR users. On Tuesday, a user of a notorious hacking forum posted a database that they claimed was a scrape of all users of GETTR, the new social media platform launched last week by Trump's former spokesman Jason Miller, ...
Tags: Tech, Motherboard, Cto, Trump, Jason Miller, Hudson Rock, Gettr, GETTR Motherboard

Can NCAA players start making money off their name? Ask the lawyer

Q: I am not quite sure what to make of the U.S. Supreme Court decision about NCAA athletes. Can they now freely make money while amateurs in college? -G.R., Inglewood Ron Sokol A: The NCAA long prohibited college athletes from accepting any outside money. The justification was to preserve “amateurism” (in other words, college athletes are not professionals so they do not need to be compensated). Instead, stipends and scholarships would suffice. At the same time, however, colleges often have ...
Tags: Google, News, Supreme Court, Congress, Sport, Soccer, Ncaa, Usc, Bush, U S Supreme Court, Carson, Manhattan Beach, USC Trojans, Reggie Bush, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories OCR

Extra Crunch roundup: Video pitch decks, Didi’s regulatory struggles, Nothing CEO interview

The numbers don’t lie. According to DocSend, the average pitch deck is reviewed for just three minutes. And if you think a senior VC is studying the presentation your team crafted for months as if it were a Fabergé egg — well, you might be disappointed. Even if you are lucky enough to land a meeting, it’s more likely that a junior person went through your pitch and ran it up the chain. “The biggest lie in venture capital is: ‘Yes, I read through your deck,’” says Evan Fisher, founder of Unicorn ...
Tags: Startups, TC, Transportation, Hardware, Entrepreneurship, China, Marketing, US, Tech, Ppc, CRO, United States, Venture Capital, Brian, Biotechnology, Alex Wilhelm

Daily Crunch: Nothing sets July 27 rollout for noise-canceling Ear (1) earbuds

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. Hello and welcome to Daily Crunch for July 6, 2021. We’re back after a holiday here in the United States. Not that that stopped global technology news, mind, so there’s a lot to get into. Before we do, one more reminder about TechCrunch Early Stage later this week — your humble servant is running a session with venture capitalist Sarah Kunst about fundraising. It’s...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, TC, Verizon, Microsoft, China, India, US, America, San Francisco, Tech, Austin, United States, Mexico City, Brian, Pei

EU Device-Cracking Platform To Receive Major Upgrade

The European Union has allocated $4.7 million in funding to upgrade Cerberus, a platform used by EU law enforcement agencies to crack passwords and access encrypted devices. From a report: Developed in 2019 for an initial cost of $2.7 million, Cerberus stands for Child Exploitation Response by Beating Encryption and Research to Unprotect Systems. The platform is a collection of finely tuned algorithms that utilize high-performance computers to crack passwords for devices seized during law enforc...
Tags: Tech, Eu, European Union, Cerberus, The Record

Google could finally address this huge frustration with Chrome tabs

Chrome will now instantly reload tabs on an accidentally closed window.
Tags: Chrome, Google, News, Trends, Computing, Chrome Google

Spiders eating snakes, oh my! Here are the photographs to prove it (ars technica)

Enlarge / A brown widow spider feeding on a Brahminy blindsnake in a garden house in Zaachila, Oaxaca, Mexico. (credit: Matias Martinez) What's a spider with a discriminating palate to do when it gets tired of chowing down on its usual insect-heavy fare? A few nibbles of fresh snake might do the trick. Yes, some species of spider do indeed occasionally feast on snakes, according to a recent paper published in the American Journal of Arachnology. And that paper is chock-full of pictures to prov...
Tags: Google, News, Gibbons, Jennifer Ouellette, University Of Georgia, University of Basel, Martin Nyffeler, Matias Martinez, Zaachila Oaxaca Mexico, American Journal of Arachnology, J Whitfield Gibbons

Searching For Digital Publishing Corporate Counsel [Sponsored]

Looking for a candidate with at least five (5) years of in-house experience ideally with a technology company, or a mix of in-house and top law firm experience representing technology, media, or similarly nimble enterprises.
Tags: Asia, Technology, Law, Remote Work, Sponsored Content, Kinney Recruiting, Asia Chronicles, Digital Publishing Corporate Counsel

Bumble Is Opening a Restaurant To Help People Date IRL Again

Dating app Bumble is opening up a restaurant in New York City where single folks can meet up for dates. Engadget reports: Bumble Brew is scheduled to open for breakfast service on July 24th. Lunch and dinner service will start at the Nolita spot in the coming weeks. Along with an 80-seat dining room, there will be a cocktail bar, patio dining and private dining space. The restaurant, which is decked out in the app's recognizable shade of yellow, can be used for events as well. It has an Italian-...
Tags: New York City, Tech, Bumble, Engadget, Nolita, Bumble Brew

Apple Considering Purchasing Reese Witherspoon's 'Hello Sunshine' Media Company

Reese Witherspoon-owned media company Hello Sunshine is considering a sale, and Apple is one of the interested parties, reports The Wall Street Journal. Apple already works with Hello Sunshine on popular Apple TV+ series "The Morning Show," which stars Witherspoon. Hello Sunshine is also involved in several upcoming ‌Apple TV+‌ shows like "Surface" starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw, "The Last Thing He Told Me" with Julia Roberts, and country music reality series "My Kind of Country." Hello Sunshine r...
Tags: Apple, Reese Witherspoon, Julia Roberts, Jake Gyllenhaal, Leonardo Dicaprio, Will Smith, Martin Scorsese, Gugu Mbatha, Wall Street Journal Apple, Flower Moon, Hello Sunshine, Apple TV shows, Apple TV Plus, Witherspoon Hello Sunshine, Apple Studios, Apple TV Shows Apple

iPadOS 14 Apple Pencil Features Expand to French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish Languages

Apple has expanded several iPadOS 14 Apple Pencil features to additional languages, improving ‌Apple Pencil‌ functionality for those who write in French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish. According to Apple's iOS and iPadOS Feature Availability page, these languages can now be used when copying handwriting as text and there's also data detector support. That means if you write something in French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish, you can now copy the handwritten text and pas...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Ios, Ipad, Mac, France, Spain, Canada, Portugal, Switzerland, Brazil, Rumors, Latin America, Mexico Apple

Russian State Hackers Breached Republican National Committee

Russian government hackers breached the computer systems of the Republican National Committee last week, around the time a Russia-linked criminal group unleashed a massive ransomware attack, Bloomberg News reported Tuesday, citing two people familiar with the matter. From the report: The government hackers were part of a group known as APT 29 or Cozy Bear, according to the people. That group has been tied to Russia's foreign intelligence service and has previously been accused of breaching the D...
Tags: Microsoft, Vladimir Putin, Russia, Tech, Joe Biden, Dhs, Fbi, Miami, Republican National Committee, Rnc, Bloomberg News, Democratic National Committee, Mike Reed, Synnex, SolarWinds Corp, Kaseya Ltd

The best Apple AirPods deals you can get now, including $60 off the Apple AirPods Max

Apple; Alyssa Powell/Insider When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. Apple's AirPod lineup makes listening to audio on iPhones easy. Right now, a refurbished Airpods Pro pair is only $185 from Best Buy. Check out our best headphones deals for more options. Apple's AirPods are popular for a reason: they're among the most convenient, and best options for wireless earbuds. They automatically pair with your Apple devices the moment you ...
Tags: Reviews, Apple, Amazon, Deals, Trends, Siri, Walmart, Best, Tech Deals, Sony, Lightning, Costco, Max, Tech Insider, Lisa Eadicicco, Wireless Earbuds

How to schedule an Uber ride in advance, or cancel a scheduled ride if you no longer need it

It's easy to schedule an Uber ride in advance right from the Uber mobile app. Willie B. Thomas/Getty Images You can schedule an Uber ride for hours, days, and even weeks ahead of time on the Uber mobile app. For a scheduled ride, Uber sets a price range that you don't pay until later. It's possible to cancel a scheduled Uber ride and get money back if it's early enough. Visit Insider's Tech Reference library for more stories. Scheduling an Uber ride for later is incr...
Tags: Iphone, Android, Ipad, Uber, Iphone Apps, Trends, Android Apps, Uber app, Steven John, Tech Insider, Ride Share, Tech Reference, Software & Apps (Reference, Tech How To, Willie B Thomas Getty, Eliza Goodwin

Sarah Guo, Kobie Fuller & Casey Aylward headline investor panel at TC Sessions: SaaS

While SaaS has become the default way to deliver software in 2021, it still takes a keen eye to find the companies that will grow into successful businesses, maybe even more so with so much competition. That’s why we’re bringing together three investors to discuss what they look for when they invest in SaaS startups. For starters, we’ll have Sarah Guo, who has been a partner at Greylock since 2013 where she concentrates on AI, cybersecurity, infrastructure and the future of work — all in a SaaS ...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Enterprise, Tech, Palo Alto, SaaS, Goldman Sachs, Upfront Ventures, Greylock, Accel, McAfee, Kobie Fuller, Casey Aylward, Costanoa Ventures, Sarah Guo, TC Sessions: SaaS 2021

iOS 15: How to Copy and Paste Text From Photos

In iOS 15, Apple has added a new feature called Live Text that can recognize text when it appears in your camera's viewfinder or in a photo you've taken and let you perform several actions with it. For example, if you take a picture of a storefront that displays a phone number, you can capture that number to place a call or add to your contacts. You can also copy Live Text from your photos for making use of elsewhere. It's an incredibly simple, useful feature, and here's how it works in its s...
Tags: Apple, Photos, iOS 15

To stay ahead of your competitors, start building your narrative on day one

Having a unique product used to give you at least a few months of lead time over other players, but that advantage seems to matter less and less – just think of how Twitter Spaces managed to land on Android ahead of Clubhouse. In this context, how do you stay ahead of your competition when you know it’s only a matter of time before they copy your best features? The solution is messaging, says conversion optimization expert Peep Laja. Unlike features that can be copied and commoditized, a strateg...
Tags: Startups, TC, Brand, Tech, David, Wynter, Chris Herd, Lattice, Peep Laja, Growth Marketing, Laja, CXL Speero, David Cancel the CEO of Drift

Yandex Self-Driving Group partners with GrubHub to bring robotic delivery to college campuses

Yandex Self-Driving Group, a unit of Yandex, the publicly-traded Russian tech giant, has announced a partnership with food delivery service GrubHub to be its multi-year robotic delivery provider across American college campuses. Yandex will begin operating this fall with dozens of vehicles, according to Dmitry Polishchuk, CEO of Yandex Self-Driving Group, and hopes to reach over 250 campuses. Last September, Yandex’s self-driving unit spun out from a joint venture with Uber. In May this year, th...
Tags: TC, Transportation, New York, Russia, Tech, Moscow, Autonomous Vehicles, Yandex, Ann Arbor Michigan, Tel Aviv Israel, GrubHub, Waymo, Dmitry Polishchuk, Innopolis Russia, Yandex Self Driving Group, Self Driving Robots

Biden Sets Up Tech Showdown With 'Right-to-Repair' Rules for FTC

President Joe Biden will direct the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to draft new rules aimed at stopping manufacturers from limiting consumers' ability to repair products at independent shops or on their own, Bloomberg reported Tuesday, citing a person familiar with the plan. From the report: While the agency will ultimately decide the size and scope of the order, the presidential right-to-repair directive is expected to mention mobile phone manufacturers and Department of Defense contractors as p...
Tags: Apple, Microsoft, Tech, Department Of Defense, Bloomberg, Joe Biden, Biden, Ftc, U S Federal Trade Commission

How to set up dual monitors on your Windows PC or Mac computer

Setting up dual monitors can boost your productivity and free space. Nisian Hughes/Getty Images To set up dual monitors on your computer, you'll need to connect all your monitors with HDMI or VGA cables. Once you've connected the dual monitors to your computer, open your PC or Mac's "Displays" menu. You can set up your dual monitors to display the same image, or work separately. Visit Insider's Tech Reference library for more stories. In an office, it's common to see pe...
Tags: Apple, Microsoft, Mac, Windows, Trends, Pc, Windows 10, Dual Monitors, Multitasking, Mac Mini, Monitors, Tech Insider, macOS, Tech Reference, Tech How To, William Antonelli

Nextdoor’s SPAC investor deck paints a picture of sizable scale and sticky users

The SPAC parade continues in this shortened week with news that community social network Nextdoor will go public via a blank-check company. The unicorn will merge with Khosla Ventures Acquisition Co. II, taking itself public and raising capital at the same time. Per the former startup, the transaction with the Khosla-affiliated SPAC will generate gross proceeds of around $686 million, inclusive of a $270 million private investment in public equity, or PIPE, which is being funded by a collection ...
Tags: Social, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Tech, ExxonMobil, United States, Khosla, Social Network, Khosla Ventures, Nextdoor, SPAC, Sarah Friar, Special-purpose Acquisition Company, EC Media, Khosla Ventures Acquisition Co

Gettr, the latest pro-Trump social network, is already a mess

Well, that was fast. Just days after a Twitter clone from former Trump spokesperson Jason Miller launched, the new social network is already beset by problems. For one, hackers quickly leveraged Gettr’s API to scrape the email addresses of more than 85,000 of its users. User names, names and birthdays were also part of the scraped data set, which was surfaced by Alon Gal, co-founder of cybersecurity firm Hudson Rock. “When threat actors are able to extract sensitive information due to neglectful...
Tags: Google, Security, Social, TC, Facebook, Twitter, Washington Post, Tech, Bloomberg, App-store, Api, Donald Trump, Social Network, Data Security, Computer Security, Miller

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