AppWorks closes third fund with $150M for Taiwan and Southeast Asia startups

AppWorks, the Taipei-based venture capital firm focused on Taiwan and Southeast Asia, announced today it has closed its oversubscribed third fund, raising $150 million. AppWorks Fund III’s limited partners include Taiwan Mobile, Axiom Asia Private Capital, Fubon Life, TransGlobe Life, Hongtai Group, Wistron, Cathay Life, Phison Electronics and Taiwan’s National Development Fund. Many of these LPs also participated in AppWorks’ $50 million second fund in 2014. AppWorks’ total assets under managem...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Indonesia, Southeast Asia, Tech, Taiwan, Venture Capital, Fund, Taipei, Lalamove, Lin, IRR, AUM, Splinterlands, Jamie Lin

Start11 Brings a Classic Start Menu Back To Windows 11

Stardock has a new app for Windows 11 that brings back the classic appearance of the Windows Start menu. The Verge reports: "This first beta is designed to regain some of the lost functionality in the current Windows 11 Start menu," says Brad Wardell, Stardock CEO. "We have a lot of exciting new features planned to make the Start menu not just more accessible but also more useful to companies and power users." Start11 includes a configuration UI that will support future Start menu designs, accor...
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The Need for New Tech in Commercial Real Estate Lending

When we think of different industries as disruptive in today’s economy, we typically think about how Uber completely changed the game in terms of taxis and black cars service as well as how AirBnb changed the way we think about hotels, bed and breakfasts, and the hospitality industry. Financial markets have been disrupted with such innovations such as Stripe and RobinHood. Commercial Real Estate Lending: Need for An Upgrade Industry disruptors have walked into unsuspecting industries, only...
Tags: Technology, Featured, Money, Digital, US, Development, Lifehacks, General Electric, Fundrise, Jack Welch, Welch, CrowdStreet, Forbes Real Estate Council, Commercial Real Estate in Covid Pandemic Times

Capitol riot suspect who wore Navy hat and camouflaged shirt during the Jan. 6 insurrection never actually served in the military, FBI says

Trump supporters clash with police and security forces as people try to storm the US Capitol on January 6 Brent Stirton/Getty Images A suspected Capitol rioter wore a Navy hat and a camouflage shirt with an American flag on it on January 6. But federal investigators could not find evidence that the accused rioter actually served in the military. One in 10 people charged in the riots are veterans or current service members, CNN reported. See more stories on Insider's business page. A Fl...
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Europe's All-Time Heat Record Set In Sicily At Nearly 120 Degrees

A weather station in Sicily may have set an all-time high temperature record for all of Europe on Wednesday, when the temperature climbed to a scorching 48.8C (119.8F) amid a regional heat wave that has shown few signs of relenting. Axios reports: Numerous monthly and national temperature records have fallen during the heat wave, including in Greece, Turkey and Tunisia, but if verified through an examination of the weather instruments, the Sicily observation would be the most noteworthy. The pre...
Tags: Europe, Greece, Tech, Ipcc, Spain, Canada, Portugal, Tunisia, East Coast, British Columbia, Pacific Northwest, Northwest, Sicily, World Meteorological Organization, Greece Turkey

‘A Journal for Jordan’ Trailer: Denzel Washington Directs Michael B. Jordan in a True-Story Drama

Denzel Washington is back in the director’s chair for A Journal for Jordan, and this time, he’s putting Michael B. Jordan in front of the camera. Jordan stars as Charles Monroe King, a real-life U.S. soldier, sent to Iraq, who sought to distill his accumulated life wisdom in a journal for his son, Jordan. Sony Pictures Entertainment has released the first trailer for A Journal for Jordan and you can see it below. A Journal for Jordan is based on the book A Journal for Jordan: A Story of Love...
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NortonLifeLock and Avast PLC To Merge In $8.4 Billion Transaction

Antivirus vendor NortonLifeLock this afternoon said it will merge with Britain's Avast PLC in a transaction combining cash and stock in two different options, totaling between $8.1 billion and $8.6 billion in stock. ZDNet reports: That value is roughly equivalent to the value in U.S. dollars of Avast's enterprise value, which takes into account its cash and debt, of 6.5 billion pounds, based on the closing price of Avast stock Tuesday of 5.68 pounds on the London Stock Exchange. The two companie...
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Big Telecom Comes Out On Top In $65 Billion Upgrade

The White House-backed infrastructure bill now moving toward Senate approval divvies up $65 billion in broadband funding in ways that largely please the big cable and telecom companies. Axios reports: The bipartisan infrastructure bill would devote funding to both broadband deployment and adoption. The deployment side includes: - $42.45 billion in grants to states to be used for broadband projects with speeds of at least 100/20 mbps, to be first spent in locations without high-speed internet. -...
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This outdoor recyclable cooler uses wool insulation to keep your drinks cool, and comes with its own charcuterie board lid!

Wool has a pretty good reputation as an insulating material, but you don’t instantly think of wool being used to keep something cool. Sure, woolen sweaters, mitts, socks, caps, they’re all used to trap your body heat and keep you warm, but with insulation, the inverse is true too! Meet the Wooly Eco-Friendly Cooler, an outdoor cooler that uses eco-friendly wool (as opposed to chemical insulants) to keep your cool drinks cool… and as an added bonus, it comes with a lid that doubles up a...
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Google staff could see pay cut if they opt to work from home

Pay calculator suggests workers who commute long-distance could see salary drop if they shun the office in wake of pandemicSee all our coronavirus coverageGoogle employees could see their pay cut if they switched to working from home permanently in the wake of the pandemic, according to a company pay calculator seen by Reuters.It is an experiment taking place across Silicon Valley, which often sets trends for other large employers. Facebook and Twitter cut pay for remote employees who moved to l...
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How to Install Google Chrome on Rocky Linux 8

Google Chrome is the most used Internet Explorer software on the earth, with a recent update in 2021 that Chrome is currently the primary browser of more than 2.65 billion internet users. As you would know, installing Rocky Linux 8, like most Linux distributions, only install Mozilla Firefox. However, installing Google Chrome on Rocky Linux 8 is a straightforward task.In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install Google Chrome on Rocky Linux 8.
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No EV Tax Credit If You Earn More Than $100,000 Says US Senate

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: On Tuesday night, the US Senate passed an amendment that would limit the plug-in vehicle federal tax credit. Currently, tax payers are eligible for a tax credit of up to $7,500 based on the size of the vehicle's battery for the first 200,000 plug-in vehicles from a given automaker. But Republican Senator Deb Fischer of Nebraska introduced a non-binding amendment to the $3.5 trillion budget bill that would means-test this tax credit, restrict...
Tags: Tech, US Senate, Nebraska, Chevrolet, Fischer, Deb Fischer, Hyundai Ioniq Electric, Hyundai Kona EV

How Instagram and Facebook are intentionally designed to mimic addictive painkillers

"Painkiller apps" increase the likelihood of addiction. Thomas Trutschel/Getty Images Americans check their phones 262 times a day on average. Much of this time is spent on social media. Several ex-employees of Apple, Google, and Facebook apps are deliberately designed to be addictive. App developer Peter Mezyk says Facebook and Instagram users can become dependent on apps as one would painkillers. See more stories on Insider's business page. Earlier this year, surveyed 1,0...
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Mushroom-based meat alternative startup Fable Food raises $6.5M AUD, will launch in the US

Sydney, Australia-based Fable Food is the latest plant-based food startup to announce funding. The company, which uses mushrooms in its meat alternatives, has raised $6.5 million AUD (about $4.8 million USD) in a seed round led by Blackbird Ventures, the Australian venture capital firm whose portfolio also includes Canva, Culture Amp and SafetyCulture. Other participants included agriculture and food tech venture firm AgFunder, sustainability-focused Aera VC and Better Bite Ventures, along with ...
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The Galaxy Watch 4 Injects Samsung's Capable Hardware With Google Software

Today, Samsung launched the Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch 4 Classic -- two new wearables that are "the fruits of Samsung's smartwatch collaboration with Google," writes Becca Farsace via The Verge. From the report: The Watch 4 Classic starts at $349 for the Bluetooth model, rising to $399 for the LTE model, while the Watch 4 is a little less expensive with a starting price of $249 (or $299 with LTE). Both are available to preorder today, and ship August 27th. The big difference between the two...
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This new AirPods Pro case takes on a barrel shape to fit in pockets with your other EDC items!

Antón visualized an AirPods Pro case concept that holds each AirPods Pro in vertical placement, swapping out a rectangular build for a barrel-shaped case. The new case for AirPods Pros is even wider than the previous generation of AirPods. Wedging that case into your pocket between your keys, wallet, and other EDC items is uncomfortable and makes our pockets too bulky. Iván Antón, a product and graphic designer based in Madrid, recently visualized an AirPods Pro Case concept that gives the case...
Tags: Apple, Design, Wearable, Madrid, Product Design, Edc, Apple Accessories, Portable Audio, Anton, AirPods, Airpod, Airpods Case, AirPods Pro, 3D visualization, AirPods Accessories, Apple concepts

It Happened Again: Antipiracy Outfit Asks Google To Delist On Behalf Of Ukrainian TV Station (techdirt)

We've made this point before, but the moment you attempt to scale up copyright enforcement, you run into problems. Collateral damage from automated systems mistaking non-infringing content for infringing, the possibility of fraud and abuse, the blind eye towards Fair Use all become problems. But sometimes those problems are so silly that they expose what a pure fiasco this has become. Several years back, we discussed Universal Pictures asking Google to delist a bunch of supposedly infringing sit...
Tags: Google, News, Dmca, Universal Pictures, Timothy Geigner, TKR, Vindex, On Behalf Of Ukrainian TV Station, Ukrainian TV

The best Google Home commands in 2021

Ready to expand how you use your Google Home or Nest device? Here are the best Google Assistant voice commands to use if you have a smart speaker ready to help.
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Why Chromebooks are still the go-to student laptop after a year of remote school

After a year of remote learning, Chromebooks are still a top choice for students over WIndows laptops and there are many reasons why.
Tags: Google, Trends, Features, Back To School, Chrome Os, Chromebook, Computing

Video app OneDay raises $19M shortly after entering apartment industry

OneDay, a company that helps senior care facilities, funeral homes and apartment communities create marketing videos, announced in a press release the closing of $19 million in Series B funding.
Tags: Apps, Technology, Radio, Venture Capital, Rentals, Mobile Video, Video Marketing, Video Production, Leasing, Select, News Brief, Leasing Agents, Apartment Marketing, OneDay Convey, OneDay video

US Lawmakers Introduce Bill To Rein In Apple, Google App Stores

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: A bipartisan trio of senators introduced a bill that would rein in app stores of companies they said exert too much market control, including Apple and Alphabet's Google. Democratic Senators Richard Blumenthal and Amy Klobuchar teamed up with Republican Senator Marsha Blackburn to sponsor the bill, which would bar big app stores from requiring app providers to use their payment system. It would also prohibit them from punishing apps that offer di...
Tags: Apple, Google, US, Tech, House Of Representatives, Amy Klobuchar, Reuters, Richard Blumenthal, Blumenthal, Marsha Blackburn, Apple Google App Stores

Tinder’s interactive ‘Swipe Night’ stories return after a 20 million user turnout

Over the last year, Tinder has experimented with creative ways for people to connect beyond just swiping right. Pandemic or not, it’s hard to make the first move — so why not break the ice by weathering a virtual apocalypse with a potential date? Today, Tinder announced that it will launch its second “Swipe Night” series after its first installment garnered engagement from over 20 million users. Tinder launched Swipe Night in 2019 as an interactive “choose your own adventure” story at a time whe...
Tags: Apps, Hbo, Tinder, Social Media, Tech, Software, IAC, Drake, Gossip Girl, Match Group, Social Software, Swipe, Karena Evans

A New Bipartisan Bill Aims to Crack Apple and Google's 'Ironclad Grip' on App Stores

In the latest chapter to the ongoing reckoning over Apple and Google’s tight-gripped app store practices, two senators introduced a bipartisan bill on Wednesday that seeks to loosen the stranglehold these companies have over the major app ecosystems.Read more...
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Apple releases new developer tool to test iOS 15 feature that prioritizes 5G over Wi-Fi

Apple has released a new tool for developers to allow them to test a new iOS 15 feature that prioritizes 5G over Wi-Fi.
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Daily Crunch: FEMA tests national emergency alert system for first time since pandemic began

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 August 11, 2021. If you are a Twitter user, today has proven to be a divisive day, thanks to some design changes. We also have hardware news, mobility news, a few very neat funding rounds and even some startup media news. It’s a great day for a roundup. Also, if you are in the United States, you may have noticed a missive from ...
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Apple says it pays everyone fairly—employees want receipts (ars technica)

Enlarge (credit: Felix Wong/South China Morning Post) Apple employees want to know whether they’re being paid equitably. So some of them have been sending surveys to their colleagues to collect compensation information. The surveys are all opt-in, and several hundred people have participated so far. The surveys stem in part from the fact that, in 2016, Tim Cook told investors that Apple had largely tackled pay inequality at the company. Women at Apple made 99.6 cents for every dollar men made,...
Tags: Apple, News, Tim Cook, Tim De Chant, Felix Wong South China Morning Post Apple

NYPD Secretly Spent $159 Million On Surveillance Tech Since 2007

The New York City Police Department has spent over $159 million on surveillance systems and maintenance since 2007 without public oversight, according to newly released documents. Engadget reports: The Legal Aid Society (LAS) and the Surveillance Technology Oversight Project (STOP) obtained the documents from the NYPD, which include contracts with vendors. They show that the NYPD has spent millions on facial recognition, predictive policing tech and other surveillance systems. The NYPD made the ...
Tags: Tech, New York City Police Department, Engadget, NYC Council, Public Oversight of Surveillance Technology POST, Legal Aid Society LAS, Surveillance Technology Oversight Project STOP, Palantir American Science and Engineering, Idemia Solutions, KeyW Corporation for Stingray

Lordstown will deliver its Endurance truck to “select early customers” early next year

The beleaguered EV startup Lordstown Motors is on track to begin production of its flagship electric truck Endurance, but only select customers will begin to receive vehicles early next year, executives said during a second quarter earnings call. Executives struck a cautious tone in the second-quarter earnings call as they tried to assuage shareholder concerns and address the near-term realities of bringing its first vehicle to market without any revenue to offset its costs. Lordstown’s approach...
Tags: Transportation, Tech, General Motors, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, Securities And Exchange Commission, Burns, SPAC, Lordstown, Lordstown Ohio, Strand, Steve Burns, Workhorse Group, Julio Rodriguez, Becky Long, Lordstown Motors

'Hey Sonos,' Do We Really Need a New Voice Assistant?

Apple has Siri, Amazon has Alexa, and Google has its Assistant. Even Samsung has Bixby, which for whatever reason it’s still very much committed to. It doesn’t seem that far off, then, that Sonos, the company behind a popular line of connected premium speakers and other home entertainment accessories, would create a…Read more...
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‘The New York Times at Special Bargain Rates’ is the Latest Stephen King Story To Get the Adaptation Treatment

Believe it or not, there are many great Stephen King stories and books that have yet to be adapted into films or TV shows. And yet, producers keep turning to either remakes or King’s B-side material — stuff that fails to pack the punch of his more powerful work. The latest example is “The New York Times at Special Bargain Rates,” a rather ho-hum part of King’s 2008 short story collection Just After Sunset. The story is being adapted into a TV series from Alex Kurtzman‘s Secret Hideout label and...
Tags: Apple, TV, Movies, News, Stephen King, New York Times, Cbs, Annie, King, Epix, CBS Studios, Alex Kurtzman, Mike Flanagan, Jim Dunn, Kyle Chandler, ABC Signature

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