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'Nuclear Football' Safety Procedures To Be Reassessed

quonset writes: Wherever the president goes, so goes the nuclear football, a 45 pound case which allows the president to to confirm his identity and authorize a nuclear strike. The Football also provides the commander in chief with a simplified menu of nuclear strike options -- allowing him to decide, for example, whether to destroy all of America's enemies in one fell swoop or to limit himself to obliterating only Moscow or Pyongyang or Beijing. During the attempted insurrection on January 6t...
Tags: Congress, America, Tech, Reagan, Beijing, United States, Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter, Moscow, Pentagon, Pyongyang, Mike Pence, Carter, Denny, Satchel, Bill Clinton Col Buzz Patterson


Indonesian B2B marketplace GudangAda raises more than $100M in new funding

GudangAda founder and chief executive officer Stevensang GudangAda, a Jakarta-based marketplace that brings wholesalers closer to retail stores and other buyers, announced it has closed a Series B of more than $100 million. The company says the round was oversubscribed, passing its initial target of $75 million. The funding was led by Asia Partners and Falcon Edge, with participation from Sequoia Capital India, Alpha JWC and Wavemaker Partners. This brings GudangAda’s total raised so far to a...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Asia, Indonesia, Southeast Asia, Supply Chain, Tech, Reckitt Benckiser, Ula, Jakarta, SMEs, Sasa, B2B Marketplace, Sequoia Capital India, Falcon Edge


Indonesia “sea-to-table” platform Aruna hooks $35M led by Prosus and East Ventures Growth Fund

When Aruna’s founders first met at university, they wanted to find a way to use their studies in information technology to help family members who were running small fisheries. Indonesia is one of the world’s largest fisheries producers, but the industry is very fragmented. This means fisheries, especially small ones, deal with fluctuations in demand and price instability. Aruna was created to bring them closer to customers like restaurants and exporters, the way farm-to-table startups are aggre...
Tags: Food, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Asia, Indonesia, Southeast Asia, Tech, Sustainability, Maritime, United States, United Nations, Fishing, World Bank, Agritech, Fisheries


16-Year-Old HP Printer-Driver Bug Impacts Millions of Windows Machines

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Threatpost: Researchers have released technical details on a high-severity privilege-escalation flaw in HP printer drivers (also used by Samsung and Xerox), which impacts hundreds of millions of Windows machines. If exploited, cyberattackers could bypass security products; install programs; view, change, encrypt or delete data; or create new accounts with more extensive user rights. The bug (CVE-2021-3438) has lurked in systems for 16 years, researchers a...
Tags: Microsoft, Samsung, Tech, Xerox, SentinelOne, CVSS, Input Output Control IOCTL


Audacity's New Owner Is In Another Fight With the Open Source Community

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Muse Group -- owner of the popular audio-editing app Audacity -- is in hot water with the open source community again. This time, the controversy isn't over Audacity -- it's about MuseScore, an open source application that allows musicians to create, share, and download musical scores (especially, but not only, in the form of sheet music). The MuseScore app itself is licensed GPLv3, which gives developers the right to fork its source and mod...
Tags: Disney, Tech, Ars Technica, MuseScore, Daniel Ray, Muse Group, Wenzheng Tang Xmader, GitHub Ars, Muse Group Head of Strategy, Xmader


Steve Jobs' 1973 Job Application Once Again Up For Auction, In Physical and NFT Form

A London-based entrepreneur is putting a 1973 job application filled out by Steve Jobs up for auction. "The form Jobs apparently filled out for an unspecified position at an unspecified company will be available to buy either as a purportedly authenticated physical good or in digital form, as a nonfungible token, or NFT," reports CNET. From the report: The job application's gone up for auction several times before, selling in 2017 for $18,750, in 2018 for $174,757, and just this last March for a...
Tags: London, Steve Jobs, Tech, Cnet, NFT, Joshi, Olly Joshi


Rivian plans to install EV chargers in Tennessee’s 56 state parks

Rivian electric vehicle charging stations are coming to yet another state park system. The EV startup said it would install its so-called “waypoint” chargers at all of Tennessee’s 56 state parks, just four months after announcing a similar agreement with the state of Colorado. It’s the next step in Rivian’s plans to build out its network of more than 10,000 Level 2 AC chargers by the end of 2023. Installing chargers at state parks and other far-flung locales is a key facet of Rivian’s brand stra...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Colorado, Tech, Tesla, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, Tennessee, Electric Vehicle Charging Station, AC chargers, Rivian, RJ Scaringe, Kirsten Korosec, Adventure Network


Netflix’s Foray Into Video Games Sure Sounds Like the Opening Shot in a War Against Apple and Microsoft

More details have emerged after news broke recently that Netflix was moving into video game territory. Plans could change, but as of right now whenever Netflix does implement its video game component it will be without ads or in-app purchases and come at no additional cost to Netflix subscribers, per The Hollywood Reporter. This info was announced in a shareholder letter and it makes sense. Publicly, Netflix head honchos have never batted an eye at their streaming competition like Disney+ or ...
Tags: Apple, Movies, News, Microsoft, Halo, Disney, Netflix, Fortnite, Tim Robinson, Greg Peters, Netflix COO


FTC Formally Adopts Right To Repair Platform

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: The Federal Trade Commission unanimously voted Wednesday to pursue policies that will make it easier for people to repair their own things. In a vote of 5-0 during a Commission Meeting, the FTC agreed to adopt a policy paper outlining how it planned to enforce rules that keep manufacturers from restricting aftermarket repair. It plans to enforce existing warranty law, coordinate with state and local lawmakers to ensure open markets, and inves...
Tags: Tech, Joe Biden, Commission, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc, Nathan Proctor U S PIRG


Daily Crunch: India’s most valuable startup buys US-based digital reading platform Epic for $500M

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 Extra Crunch for July 21, 2021. It’s been a good day for crypto fans, with major coins seeing some recovery from recent lows. Bitcoin and ether remain depressed on a seven-day time frame, however. And the stock market is up today. What more can we ask for on a Wednesday? Well, how about a huge run of startup and tech news? We can do that! — Ale...
Tags: Google, Amazon, TC, Verizon, Lyft, Yahoo, California, India, US, America, Tech, Eu, Ford, Sydney, Miami, Tumblr


Serial Swatter Who Caused Death Gets Five Years In Prison

A 18-year-old Tennessee man who helped set in motion a fraudulent distress call to police that lead to the death of a 60-year-old grandfather in 2020 was sentenced to 60 months in prison today. Krebs on Security reports: Shane Sonderman, of Lauderdale County, Tenn. admitted to conspiring with a group of criminals that's been "swatting" and harassing people for months in a bid to coerce targets into giving up their valuable Twitter and Instagram usernames. At Sonderman's sentencing hearing today,...
Tags: Instagram, Tech, Tennessee, Norris, Krebs, Twitter and Instagram, Sonderman, Shane Sonderman, Lauderdale County Tenn


So. Much. More To the Tom Barrack Scandal: Just Wait For It

A lot of things happened. Here are some of the things. Barrack Allegedly Came Up Big For UAE Okay, let's jump right into the Tom Barrack scandal. We'll break it into two parts: key takeaways from the unsealing of the case + what the implications might be. Still a lot to unpack on this story. Key takeaways from the criminal filings: Trump Role? President-elect Trump was directly touched by the scandal, with Barrack allegedly succeeding in arranging calls between Trump and UAE official...
Tags: Google, News, Cbs News, Saudi Arabia, Alabama, Qatar, Fbi, Ben Rhodes, Mitch McConnell, Michigan, DEA, Biden, Justice Department, Uae, Trump, David Kurtz


Amazon Promises Most Echo Speakers Will Support the Matter Smart Home Platform

Today, Amaon said it will be upgrading almost every plug-in Echo smart speaker to support Matter, a cross-platform open-source standard coming later this year. This includes most Echo and Echo Dot speakers and every Echo Studio, Echo Show, Echo Plus, and Echo Flex. "In fact, the only Echo smart speakers that won't get upgraded to Matter are the first-gen Echo, first-gen Echo Dot and Echo Tap," reports The Verge. From the report: While the company doesn't provide a timeline for those upgrades, th...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Tech, Max, Amaon, Thread Amazon


Tesla likely to start accepting bitcoin as payment again, says Elon Musk

The founder of the electric carmaker says coins are mined using at least 50% renewable power, sending the price up sharplyTesla will most likely restart accepting bitcoin as payment once it conducts due diligence on the amount of renewable energy used to mine the currency, the founder and boss of the electric carmaker, Elon Musk, has said.Musk sent the price of bitcoin into freefall in May when he said that Tesla would stop accepting the cryptocurrency for payment because it the so-called mining...
Tags: Elon Musk, Technology, Tesla, Bitcoin, Cryptocurrencies, Musk


Apple Releases Safari Technology Preview 128 With Bug Fixes and Performance Improvements

Apple today released a new update for Safari Technology Preview, the experimental browser Apple first introduced in March 2016. Apple designed the ‌Safari Technology Preview‌ to test features that may be introduced into future release versions of Safari. ‌Safari Technology Preview‌ release 128 includes bug fixes and performance improvements for Web Inspector, CSS, JavaScript, Live Text, Media, Performance API, and Web API. The current ‌Safari Technology Preview‌ release is built on the new S...
Tags: Apple, Safari, Monterey, Blurb, Safari Technology Preview


Michael Arrington’s next act

As longtime TechCrunch readers know well, Michael Arrington cofounded TechCrunch and Crunchbase, as well as the venture fund CrunchFund, which was later renamed Tuesday Capital. But In 2017, Arrington announced that he was shifting gears and becoming a full-time crypto investor, and despite a volatile ride since, he isn’t looking back, seemingly. As he said during an interview late last week, “I like reinventing myself and I think more people should do that.” On the heels of new fund announcemen...
Tags: TC, Asia, Europe, New York, California, Russia, San Francisco, Tech, Aol, Miami, SEC, Silicon Valley, Einstein, Michael Arrington, Sand Hill Road, Crunchbase


FTC puts hardware makers on warning for potential ‘unlawful repair restrictions’

As phones and other consumer devices have gained feature after feature, they have also declined in how easily they can be repaired, with Apple at the head of this ignoble pack. The FTC has taken note, admitting that the agency has been lax on this front but that going forward it will prioritize what could be illegal restrictions by companies as to how consumers can repair, repurpose, and reuse their own property. Devices are often built today with no concessions made towards easy repair or refur...
Tags: Apple, Gadgets, Facebook, Hardware, Government, Massachusetts, US, Tech, Commission, Ftc, Kyle Wiens, Right To Repair, iFixit, Lina Khan


Elon Musk says Tesla will ‘most likely’ accept Bitcoin again when it becomes more eco-friendly

Tesla will ‘most likely’ resume accepting bitcoin as a form of payment once the mining rate for the cryptocurrency reaches 50% renewables, CEO Elon Musk said Wednesday at a virtual panel discussion hosted by the Crypto Council for Innovation, remarks that are in line with statements he made last month on Twitter. Tesla started accepting bitcoin as a form of payment in February, the same time that the company purchased a historic $1.5 billion in bitcoin – before reneging on its decision just thre...
Tags: TC, Spacex, Elon Musk, China, Tech, Tesla, Bitcoin, Automotive, Jack Dorsey, Cryptocurrencies, Ethereum, Coinbase, Btc, Musk, Dogecoin, Crypto Council for Innovation


FTC Unanimously Backs New Policy Supporting Your Right to Repair Your Own Devices

Following an executive order from President Biden, today the Federal Trade Commission voted unanimously to adopt a new a policy designed to support the growing right to repair movement.Read more...
Tags: Apple, Science, Microsoft, Government, Samsung, Regulation, Biden, Consumer Protection, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc, Lina Khan, Corporate Crime, Ftc Regulation Of Behavioral Advertising


Google’s new crowd predictions for Maps may coax me back onto subways

Subways have never been my favorite mode of transit, but the onset of the pandemic made them even less appealing. Sixteen months later, Google Maps may finally have found a way to lure me back underground. The service is now piloting the option to see live data on the crowdedness of individual train carriages. Up front: Google initially launched transit crowdedness predictions in 2019, when people were more worried about finding a seat than catching a potentially fatal infection. The feature use...
Tags: Google, Startups, Google Maps, Insider, Neural


Square To Create New Bitcoin Platform for Financial Services

Payments services company Square will open a new business focused on creating an "open developer platform" to make it easier to provide non-custodial, decentralized financial services, CEO Jack Dorsey said Thursday in a series of tweets. From a report: The still to-be-named division's "primary focus" would be bitcoin, he added. The initiative, which will be led by Mike Brock, would feature "open roadmap, open development and open source," Dorsey tweeted. Brock heads the company's strategic devel...
Tags: Tech, Square, Jack Dorsey, Dorsey, Brock, Square Crypto, Mike Brock, Create New Bitcoin Platform for Financial Services


Australia's Giant Carbon Capture Project Fails To Meet Key Targets

The world's largest carbon capture and storage project has failed to meet a crucial target of capturing and burying an average of 80% of the carbon dioxide produced from gas wells in Western Australia over five years. From a report: The energy giant Chevron agreed to the target with the West Australian government when developing its $54 billion Gorgon project to extract and export gas from fields off the WA coast. The five year milestone passed on Sunday. In a statement the energy giant Chevron ...
Tags: Australia, Tech, Scott Morrison, Western Australia, Chevron, WA, Peter Milne


China Rejects Hacking Charges, Accuses US of Cyberspying

China has rejected an accusation by Washington and its Western allies that Beijing is to blame for a hack of the Microsoft Exchange email system and complained Chinese entities are victims of damaging U.S. cyberattacks. From a report: A foreign ministry spokesman demanded Washington drop charges announced Monday against four Chinese nationals accused of working with the Ministry of State Security to try to steal U.S. trade secrets, technology and disease research. The announcement that the Biden...
Tags: Washington, China, Russia, US, Tech, Beijing, United States, Biden, Ministry of State Security, Zhao, Microsoft Exchange, Zhao Lijian This


Ransomware attack threatens closings, sensitive client data

A ransomware attack on Cloudstar, which provides cloud hosting for title insurance applications, is threatening to derail mortgage closings and put sensitive client information at risk.
Tags: Technology, Ransomware, Radio, Mortgage, Data Security, Streamline, Impact, Select, Title Insurance, Double Time, Settlement Services, RamQuest, Resware, SoftPro, Closer’s Choice, GreenFolders


How to Use Tech to Achieve a Balanced Portfolio

Your investment portfolio is one of your most important financial assets. Depending on your goals and where you are in your career development, it could be a nest egg you’re planning to use to buy a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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DraftKings shares plans for launch of NFT collectibles marketplace

DraftKings is charging into the NFT game, announcing a marketplace aimed at curating sports and entertainment-themed digital collectibles for its audience of enthusiasts. The platform is “debuting later this summer,” and showcases another potentially lucrative expansion for the fantasy sports betting company. DraftKings is entering a market that is both crowded and sparse — with plenty of NFT marketplace options for today’s niche group of collectors though offerings are still light when consider...
Tags: Startups, TC, Gaming, Games, Tech, Nba, Tom Brady, National Basketball Association, Tony Hawk, Player, Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, Derek Jeter, Draftkings, Daily Fantasy Sports, NFT


Konami Renames PES to eFootball, Makes Game Fully Free-to-Play

Konami officially announced on Wednesday a few changes for its soccer series. It will be renaming the Pro Evolution Soccer series to eFootball and turn it into a digital-only, free-to-play experience that will launch later this year on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC. Android and iOS will follow later. RELATED: Netflix Games Will Be Free For Subscribers By winter, the plan is to have all versions of the game feature cross-play. This is a huge move for the game, an...
Tags: Ios, Android, Games, Movies, Xbox One, Pc, Playstation 4, Konami, ComingSoon, Video Game News, PlayStation 5, Pro Evolution Soccer, FC Barcelona Arsenal, Xbox Series X/S, eFootball, Manchester United Later


Group discounts let you take the whole team to TC Sessions: SaaS 2021

If you want to get the most value out of attending TC Sessions: SaaS 2021, a day-long deep dive into the rapidly changing and expanding world of software-as-a-service, don’t go it alone — take your team. It’s a smart way to cover more ground on October 27, make more connections and increase your ROI. We’re talking a sweet group discount, people. The early-bird pricing won’t remain in play forever, so get your group passes now and cross that money-saving task off your to-do list before the prices...
Tags: TC, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Software, Ford, Computing, Gm, Databricks, Software As A Service, Business Models, Ali Ghodsi, As-a-service, Melika Jahangiri, Karin Maake, FlashParking, TC Sessions: SaaS 2021


The best back to school sales & deals in 2021

When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. Target Right now, retailers across the internet are having back to school sales with major discounts. We've rounded up all of the best sales to shop for clothing, shoes, tech, and more. Table of Contents: Masthead Sticky While there is still time for students to soak up the summer sun, plenty of retailers are taking the opportunity to host back-to-school sales. To save you the trouble of having to...
Tags: Reviews, Apple, Amazon, Deals, Nordstrom, Parenting, Sales, Trends, Nike, Features, Back To School, Backpacks, Lenovo, Bedding, Macy, Kohl


How to Install Apple's Beta Firmware on AirPods Pro

Apple in July 2021 began offering beta firmware for the AirPods Pro, with the software available for Apple Developer program members. ‌AirPods Pro‌ firmware betas are limited to developers and are quite tricky to install, with an installation guide available below. Note: Installing the firmware in an unauthorized way can put the ‌AirPods Pro‌ into an unusable state that necessitates an out-of-warranty repair, so non-developers should not attempt to install the software. Install the AirPo...
Tags: Apple, Lightning, Xcode, AirPods Pro



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