Over 10,000 Amazon Rainforest Species Risk Extinction, Landmark Report Warns

An anonymous reader quotes a report from More than 10,000 species of plants and animals are at high risk of extinction due to the destruction of the Amazon rainforest -- 35 percent of which has already been deforested or degraded, according to the draft of a landmark scientific report published on Wednesday. Produced by the Science Panel for the Amazon (SPA), the report brings together research on the world's largest rainforest from 200 scientists from across the globe. It is the most de...
Tags: Amazon, Tech, Brazil, Cbc, Amazonia, INPE, Science Panel, Amazon SPA, Luciana Gatti

EU Proposes World's First Carbon Border Tax

WindBourne writes: EU is going to put a slowly increasing carbon tax on their own goods (source paywalled; alternative source) and is now applying that tax to a limited number of imported items, with more to come. It is expected to have an initial impact on goods from China, India, and Russia, but as this expands, it will likely hit other nations. All of these nations are saying that they will protest at the WTO. While the EU is not as large of an importer as say America, this will have an impac...
Tags: Russia, America, Tech, Eu, Commission, WTO, China India, WindBourne, Reuters Importers

Google updating the default Pixel ringtone, notification, and alarm sounds with Android 12

Google lets owners customize Pixel phones with a large collection of ringtones, notification, and alarm sounds, and new defaults are...
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YC-backed Deskimo, an on-demand coworking space app, launches in Singapore and Hong Kong

Arcc, a coworking space in Singapore available for bookings on Deskimo Part of Y Combinator’s current batch, Deskimo wants to make finding coworking spaces easier. Its on-demand booking app is currently available in Singapore and Hong Kong, with plans to enter more markets after Demo Day. Its founders are former Rocket Internet executives who say that their main competition aren’t spaces like WeWork or other hot desk booking apps. Instead, its Starbucks, since Deskimo caters to people who usu...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Asia, Hong Kong, Southeast Asia, Singapore, Tech, Starbucks, Foodpanda, Yc, Mckinsey, Arcc, Cohen, Coworking, Mischer

Am I #3 or #1?

Earlier today, Steve, N8GNJ, sent me this email: You’re number 3 in this list of Amateur Radio bloggers! You’re the top rated solo blogger! I replied: Thanks for the link, Steve! :) I often joke that I am the #1-rated ham radio blogger because when you Google “ham radio blog” or “amateur radio blog,” I usually come up #1. In this case, I could argue that neither the ARRL nor eHam are blogs like mine, so even in this ranking, I’m #1. ...
Tags: Google, Blogs, Radio, Steve, Feedly, Bob K0NR, On the Internet, Steve N8GNJ

Twitter Sees Jump In Government Demands To Remove Content of Reporters, News Outlets

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: Twitter saw a surge in government demands worldwide in 2020 to take down content posted by journalists and news outlets, according to data released by the social media platform. In its transparency report published on Wednesday, Twitter said verified accounts of 199 journalists and news outlets on its platform faced 361 legal demands from governments to remove content in the second half of 2020, up 26% from the first half of the year. Twitter ult...
Tags: Twitter, India, Tech, United States, Reuters, Russia India, Turkey Pakistan

iOS Zero-Day Let SolarWinds Hackers Compromise Fully Updated iPhones

The Russian state hackers who orchestrated the SolarWinds supply chain attack last year exploited an iOS zero-day as part of a separate malicious email campaign aimed at stealing Web authentication credentials from Western European governments, according to Google and Microsoft. Ars Technica reports: In a post Google published on Wednesday, researchers Maddie Stone and Clement Lecigne said a "likely Russian government-backed actor" exploited the then-unknown vulnerability by sending messages to ...
Tags: Google, Microsoft, US, Tech, Usaid, Maddie Stone, Shane Huntley, Clement Lecigne, Google s Threat Analysis Group, Microsoft Ars Technica, LinkedIn Attacks

Netflix Moving Into Video Game Territory Because Why Not?

Despite big gains made by Disney+ and a dozen other new competitors, Netflix is still the biggest streaming fish in the pond and they aim to keep it that way. The plan to continue their dominance? Video games, of course. Bloomberg has the story that Netflix has hired Mike Verdu to be their Vice President of Game Development. Verdu’s background includes time at EA and Facebook where he worked with developers as they made content for the Oculus. His role is expected to be similar for Netflix a...
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White House May Work With Carriers To Screen Anti-Vax Messages

According to Politico, "Biden allied groups, including the Democratic National Committee, are [...] planning to engage fact-checkers more aggressively and work with SMS carriers to dispel misinformation about vaccines that is sent over social media and text messages." The White House is also planning to work with social media platforms and traditional media outlets to combat misinformation and ultimately improve vaccination rates. TmoNews reports: The White House could ask carriers like T-Mobile...
Tags: White House, Tech, Biden, Democratic National Committee, T Mobile Verizon, Kevin Munoz

US says 50,000 Bolt owners should park cars outside

By David Shepardson | Reuters WASHINGTON – U.S. auto safety regulators on Wednesday urged about 50,000 owners of General Motors electric Chevrolet Bolt vehicles that were recalled last year to park outside and away from homes and other structures after charging because of fire risks. Earlier on Wednesday, GM made the same recommendation and added owners should not leave vehicles charging overnight. The recommendation was prompted after the largest U.S. automaker said it was investigating reports...
Tags: Technology, News, Washington, US, General Motors, Sport, Soccer, United States, Gm, Nhtsa, Reuters, Chevrolet Bolt, David Shepardson, LG Chem Ltd, National News, Chevrolet Bolt EVs

Apple Arcade Facing More Competition as Netflix Plans Expansion Into Video Games

Netflix is planning to add to its TV and movie offerings by breaking into video game content, reports Bloomberg. Netflix has hired former Electronic Arts and Facebook executive Mike Verdu as vice president of game development, and he will report to Netflix chief operating officer Greg Peters. At Facebook, Verdu worked with developers to bring games and other content to the Oculus VR headset. It is not clear how Netflix's gaming offering will work nor if the company plans to develop original ...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Netflix, Microsoft Google, Bloomberg Netflix, Greg Peters, Mike Verdu, Electronic Arts and Facebook, Facebook Verdu

Android 12 Beta 3: Google gives Pixel phones a revamped setup experience [Gallery]

Google is redesigning the setup experience on Google Pixel smartphones alongside Android 12, with new design live in Beta 3.
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GM says some Bolt owners should park cars outside

By David Shepardson | Reuters WASHINGTON – General Motors Co said on Wednesday it wants some U.S. owners of Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicles to park their vehicles outdoors immediately after charging and not leave them charging overnight after reports of two fires. GM said the mandate should apply to owners of model-year 2017-2019 Chevrolet Bolt EVs that were part of a November 2020 recall, as the largest U.S. automaker investigates the incidents. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administrati...
Tags: Technology, News, Sport, Soccer, Gm, Chevrolet Bolt, David Shepardson, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, National News, Reuters WASHINGTON General Motors Co

United and Mesa To Buy Electric Planes For Short Trips

United and a regional airline partner are hoping to use a new electric plane to revitalize short-haul flying. The Wall Street Journal reports: United's venture fund and Mesa Air Group Inc. are investing in Heart Aerospace, a Swedish company developing a 19-seat electric aircraft. Tuesday's deal is the latest in a series of bets on new aircraft concepts yet to be tested but that United said could help it reduce carbon emissions. Each airline has agreed to order 100 of the planes, once they have b...
Tags: Tech, Wall Street Journal, United, Mesa, Palo Alto Calif, Mesa Air Group Inc, Heart Aerospace, Archer Aviation, Mesa To Buy Electric Planes For Short Trips, Boom Technology Inc

Daily Crunch: Citing data storage violations, India blocks Mastercard from onboarding new customers

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 14, 2021. We have a jam-packed newsletter for you today, so we’re getting something out of the way up top. We’ve covered India’s technology regulatory market often in recent weeks. Why? Because the Indian startup scene is crazy busy. How India’s government handles the boom is going to be critical for a host of founders, in...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft, India, Tech, Twilio, Mastercard, Mitch, Lucas, Midwest, Frederic, Redmond, Facebook Facebook, Newsletters

NHTSA urges some Chevy Bolt owners to park their car away from home, citing fire risk

Chevrolet Bolts are back in the news — this time for another consumer alert issued by the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration, less than a year after the agency issued a recall for a similar issue. NHTSA is recommending owners of Model Year 2017-2019 park their Bolts away from homes due to the risk of fire. Those are the same vehicles that were recalled in November 2020, due to the possibility of fire from the battery pack underneath the backseat’s cushion. The recall affected 50,...
Tags: Transportation, Tech, General Motors, Recall, Automotive, Gm, Chevrolet, Nhtsa, Chevy Bolt, Chevrolet Bolt, National Highway Traffic And Safety Administration, Chevrolet Bolts

UK To Ban Online Racists From Soccer Games

An anonymous reader quotes a report from PBS: U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson says the government plans to ban anyone guilty of online racist abuse from soccer matches as authorities continue to respond to the lawlessness connected to England's loss in the final of the European soccer championship. Johnson on Wednesday told lawmakers that it was time to act after three Black members of England's national team were targeted by racist abuse on social media after they failed to score during the p...
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Google tones down Android 12 ripple effect in Beta 3; what do you think of the sparkle now? [Poll]

Following the first beta, early Android 12 users immediately complained about how the ripple effect looked like a graphical bug. Google...
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The 3 best air purifiers we tested in 2021

Table of Contents: Masthead Sticky An air purifier can help clean your indoor air of pollutants, dust, and smoke. We tested and researched more than 30 air purifiers to determine the best for your needs and budget. The Honeywell PowerPlus Air Purifier did the best in our air purifying tests and has a high CADR. We spend 90% of our time indoors, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, and our indoor environment can have all sorts of allergens and other irritants. That includes...
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Semiconductor wafer producer SK Siltron CSS to invest $300M in US to boost EV supply chain

The United States has fallen behind China and Europe in the production and adoption of electric vehicles, especially from 2017 to 2020, according to a study by the International Council on Clean Transportation. One important piece of the puzzle that the U.S. does have supremacy in, however, is the production of semiconductors, which are used in everything from smartphones to computers to electric vehicles. Now, it might be strengthening that hold. SK Siltron CSS, a unit of South Korean semicondu...
Tags: TC, Transportation, South Korea, Europe, China, US, Tech, General Motors, Tesla, Automotive, United States, Ford, Electric Vehicles, Auburn, Michigan, Biden

‘Anonymous’ Mobile Advertising IDs Aren’t So Anonymous, And They Are Everywhere

A new investigation from Motherboard shows that the anonymous marketing IDs assigned to smartphone users are not nearly as anonymous as they seem. Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Instagram, Software, Operating Systems, Ring, Terms Of Service, FullContact, Internet Privacy, Zach Edwards, Technology Internet

ElevationLab's 'MagBase' Docks Your MagSafe Charger to Your Desk

ElevationLab, known for its range of useful accessories for Apple's devices, today introduced the MagBase, which is designed to increase the functionality of Apple's MagSafe Charger. Priced at $9.95, the MagBase is a small attachment that fits onto the ‌MagSafe‌ Charger. It has a micro air suction surface at the bottom, which ElevationLab has used in prior products. This micro air suction is not adhesive, but it's quite strong and is able to keep the MagBase securely attached to a desk or a t...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Ios, Ipad, Mac, Rumors, ElevationLab

PC Market Growth Slows Amid Global Chip Shortages

The PC market is showing early signs of its growth slowing down, after an impressive run of shipments throughout 2020. From a report: Both IDC and Gartner conclude that growth in the second quarter of PC shipments has slowed this year. Demand for new PCs is still above what we saw before the pandemic hit, but a mixture of softer demand and the effects of the global chip shortage mean it's not growing as quickly. "The market faces mixed signals as far as demand is concerned," says Neha Mahajan, a...
Tags: Tech, Chromebook, Gartner, Idc, Neha Mahajan

AT&T Hypes 5G Future: Faster Airport Internet, Better Cloud Gaming

After the FCC held a big spectrum auction earlier this year in which AT&T spent $23 billion to build out its 5G network, the carrier says it will begin deploying 40MHz of its new 80MHz spectrum holdings later this year, as soon as its new C-band is officially available.Read more...
Tags: Google, Verizon, Internet Of Things, Science, Technology, Fcc, Telecommunications, Deutsche Telekom, Att, Science and Technology, Mobile telecommunications, 5g, Spectrum Auction, T Mobile, Daffy Duck, T Mobile US

Ricoh360 Tours releases beta phase of virtual staging product

With its Theta line of compact, high-resolution cameras, Ricoh was one of the first major brands to introduce a product specifically for creating online real estate tours.
Tags: Technology, Marketing, Radio, Matterport, Ricoh, Select, News Brief, Pandemic, Virtual Tours, Staging, 360 Cameras, Ricoh Theta, Virtual Staging, Listing Marketing, COVID-19, Online Tours

Khosla’s Adina Tecklu breaks down how to nail your pitch

Pitching is perhaps the single most important skill that any founder needs to hone, so not surprisingly, we kicked off our TechCrunch Early Stage 2021 — Marketing & Fundraising event with a deep dive on all the tips and tricks required to get the most out of pitching and slide decks. On hand was Adina Tecklu, a principal at Khosla Ventures, and who formerly built out Canaan Beta, the consumer seed practice at Canaan Partners. We talked about the importance of knowing your customer (aka your pote...
Tags: Startups, Events, Tech, Fundraising, Venture Capital, Silicon Valley, Khosla, Khosla Ventures, Pitching, Canaan, Canaan Partners, Adina Tecklu, Pitch Decks, Early Stage 2021, EC How To, Event Recap

Could Cloud PCs be Microsoft’s gateway to Chromebook-like hardware?

When Microsoft announced that it was releasing a cloud PC service called Windows 365 this morning, it got me thinking. While Windows 365 is about packaging a virtual Windows business desktop in a cloud context, if you think about the announcement in a different way, perhaps it could herald the beginning of a lightweight, cloud-based version of Windows — something that has been talked about for some time. To be clear, the cloud PC announcement wasn’t related to hardware at all. It’s taking a Wind...
Tags: Google, TC, Cloud, Hardware, Microsoft, Office, Satya Nadella, Windows, Tech, Walmart, Chromebook, Pcs, Lenovo, Chromebooks, Redmond, Nadella

4 Things To Consider Before Expanding The Use Of Virtual Meetings In Your Practice

Setting up virtual meetings is not as simple as it seems. If you don’t get it right, you can screw up meetings which can leave a bad impression with a potential client.
Tags: Technology, Law, Small Law Firms, Virtual Meetings, Steven Chung

Semiconductor wafer producer SK Siltron to invest $300M in US to boost EV supply chain

The United States has fallen behind China and Europe in the production and adoption of electric vehicles, especially from 2017 to 2020, according to a study by the International Council on Clean Transportation. One important piece of the puzzle that the U.S. does have supremacy in, however, is the production of semiconductors, which are used in everything from smartphones to computers to electric vehicles. Now, it might be strengthening that hold. SK Siltron CSS, a unit of South Korean semicondu...
Tags: TC, Transportation, South Korea, Europe, China, US, Tech, General Motors, Tesla, Automotive, United States, Ford, Electric Vehicles, Auburn, Michigan, Biden

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