Zillow, Other Tech Firms Are In an 'Arms Race' To Buy Up American Homes

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Zillow is doing a $450 million bond deal to get the money it needs. Opendoor went public via a Chamath Palihapitiya-backed SPAC deal to scale as quickly as it can. Even Rocket Homes is getting into the action. The race is on among tech firms to gobble up U.S. housing stock and dominate the increasingly competitive high-tech house-flipping market, otherwise known as the fast-growing "iBuyer" industry. "There's almost an arms race to get the mo...
Tags: Tech, Zillow, Chamath Palihapitiya, SPAC, University of Colorado Boulder, Daren Blomquist, Opendoor, Mike Delprete

Jury tells Apple to cough up two days of annual profit in 4G/LTE patent damages retrial

And US trade judge reckons Google ripped off Sonos's tech This week ended with two separate patent-related blows against Apple and Google in the United States.…
Tags: Apple, Google, US, Software, United States, Sonos

Sonos Claims Tiny Victory In Its Patent Infringement Case Against Google

Sonos just won a small victory in its battle against Google. According to the New York Times, a trade judge has ruled preliminarily in favor of the speaker maker, saying that Google should not import products that violate Sonos’s intellectual property.Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, New York Times, Sonos

Mozilla Tests If 'Firefox/100.0' User Agent Breaks Websites

Mozilla has launched an experiment where they change the Firefox browser user agent to a three-digit "Firefox/100.0" version to see if it will break websites. Bleeping Computer reports: A user agent is a string used by a web browser that includes information about the software, including its name, version, and technologies that it uses. When a new version of a browser is released, the developers also increment the version number in the user agent string. When visiting a website, the user agent s...
Tags: Firefox, Tech, Mozilla, Gecko, UA, Bleeping Computer, Chris Peterson

San Francisco Becomes First Major US City To Mandate Proof of Full Vaccinations For Certain Indoor Activities

"San Francisco became the the first major US city to mandate proof of full vaccinations for certain indoor activities Thursday," reports CNN. Earlier this month, New York City announced a similar requirement, but it's only requiring workers and patrons have at least one vaccine dose administered. CNN reports: City residents age 12 and older will now be required to show proof they have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 in order to enter indoor restaurants, bars, gyms and theaters, as well as...
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Could ‘CODA’ and Marlee Matlin Bring Joyful Storytelling and Family-Friendly Movies Back to the Oscar Race?

One year after “Sound of Metal” made a significant impact at the Oscars, Sian Heder’s “CODA” shows itself as an outstanding example for representation in the disability community, and could be one of the heartwarming family films of the year that finds its way to Academy attention. Distributed by Apple TV Plus, which bought the […]
Tags: Apple, News, Awards, Oscars, Academy, Sian Heder, Coda, Marlee Matlin, Apple TV Plus, Marlee Matlin Bring Joyful Storytelling

Extra Crunch roundup: 3 lies VCs tell, betting big on Kubernetes, NYC’s enterprise boom

Although older adults are one of the fastest-growing demographics, they’re quite underserved when it comes to consumer tech. The global population of people older than 65 will reach 1.5 billion by 2050, and members of this cohort — who are leading longer, active lives — have plenty of money to spend. Still, most startups persist in releasing products aimed at serving younger users, says Lawrence Kosick, co-founder of GetSetUp, an edtech company that targets 50+ learners. “If you can provide a va...
Tags: Google, Startups, TC, Entrepreneurship, China, Softbank, New York City, Tech, Getty Images, Venture Capital, Anna, Alex, Accel Partners, Kubernetes, Alex Wilhelm, Aesop

Daily Crunch: 3 US Senators ask Amazon how biometric payment system will handle customers’ palm prints

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 13, 2021. We made it to Friday, everyone. Congratulations! Despite it being the end of the week, we still have lots to talk about. Reddit taking on TikTok. Valuation changes in a key startup sector. And what it may really mean for a workplace to be apolitical. So read on, friends — there’s a lot to talk about! — Alex Th...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Facebook, Twitter, Congress, India, Softbank, Tech, Reddit, States, Salesforce, Equity, Latin America, Doordash, Natasha, U S company

How to delete your LinkedIn account, or temporarily deactivate it

When you delete your LinkedIn account, all your contacts and information will be wiped from the site. 10'000 Hours/Getty Images You can delete your LinkedIn account from the Settings & Privacy page. When you delete your account, LinkedIn will remove your account information within seven days. Your public LinkedIn profile may still be visible on search engines until caches are refreshed. Visit Insider's Tech Reference library for more stories. LinkedIn is a social media site that...
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Apple Will Keep Clarifying This CSAM Mess Until Morale Improves

Last week, Apple announced new tools to detect and report child pornography and sexually explicit materials. It’s a noble mission and no one’s going to argue against catching child predators. That said, the rollout has turned into a debacle of epic proportions.Read more...
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What is Google Play? The online store for Android devices, explained

Google Play is your Android device's online store. Getty Images Google Play is the official online store for Android devices. You can download various forms of media onto your Android devices through Google Play. Google Play contains apps and games, Google Play Books, and Google Play Movies & TV. Visit Insider's Tech Reference library for more stories. If you're new to Android devices, you might be wondering: What is Google Play, and do I actually need it?The short answer: Goog...
Tags: Google, Android, Google Play, Google Play Store, Trends, Google Play Services, Google Play Books, Tech Insider, Tech Reference, Software & Apps (Reference, Tech How To, Devon Delfino, Getty Images Google Play, Google Play Services Google Play Services

WHO Expert 'Had Concerns' About Lab Close To 1st COVID Cases

When a World Health Organization-led team traveled to China earlier this year to investigate the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic, a top official said he was worried about safety standards at a laboratory close to the seafood market where the first human cases were detected, according to a documentary released Thursday by Danish television channel TV2. The Associated Press reports: The Wuhan branch of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention was handling coronaviruses "without poten...
Tags: China, Tech, Who, World Health Organization, Associated Press, Wuhan, U N, Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Tedros, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Wuhan Institute of Virology, COVID, Chinese CDC, Peter Ben Embarek, Ben Embarek

Poly Network Offers $500,000 Reward to Hacker Who Stole and Then Returned $611 Million in Crypto

A cryptocurrency platform that was hacked and had hundreds of millions of dollars stolen from it has now offered the thief a “reward” of $500,000 after the criminal returned almost all of the money.Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Articles, Hacking, Computing, Crypto, Hacker, Cryptocurrencies, Ethereum, Blockchain, Tom Robinson, White Hat, Security Hacker, Hackers Heroes Of The Computer Revolution

Gig Economy Companies Are Having To Spend More Than Ever To Find Hosts and Drivers

"The combination of a massive labor shortage in the U.S. coming out of the pandemic and an increasingly crowded market of app-based share-everything companies is raising the prices for freelance and contract work," writes CNBC's Ari Levy. "Companies have to find new ways to bolster the supply-end of their platforms to meet consumer demand and continue growing at a rapid clip." From the report: Far from taking the number to zero, Airbnb said in its second-quarter earnings report on Thursday that ...
Tags: Lyft, Uber, Tech, Airbnb, Doordash, Dara Khosrowshahi, Khosrowshahi, CNBC s Ari Levy Companies

The Galaxy Watch 4 Injects Samsung's Capable Hardware With Google Software (slashdot)

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...
Tags: Google, News, Samsung, Tizen, BeauHD, Becca Farsace

AirPods Max get a rare price cut today — hurry!

Ready to upgrade your earbuds? Amazon is offering a great deal on the Apple AirPods Max today, as well as the AirPods Pro! Take a look!
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Deals, Trends, Wireless Headphones, Home Theater, Apple deals, True Wireless Earbuds, Apple AirPods Pro, Home Theater Deals, AirPods Max, Apple AirPods Max, Amazon 2021, Apple Airpods Deals, Amazon Q3

Growth roundup: Storytelling for startups, early-stage influencers, retail media spend

“I like to think of successful brand-building as creating a company that customers would be upset to separate from their identity,” growth marketing expert Julian Shapiro told us earlier this week. “For example, they’d cease to be the man with Slack stickers all over his laptop. Or the woman who no longer wears Nike shoes every day. And that bugs them.” Shapiro comes from a technical background, as a repeat startup founder and open-source web developer. But these days, as the co-founder of growt...
Tags: TC, India, Tech, Nike, Experts, Salesforce, Jack, Neo, Influencer Marketing, TechCrunch, Eric Eldon, Martinez, Wang, Shapiro, Luo, Srivastava

Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Nathan Johnson on the Music of ‘Mr. Corman’: ‘Let’s Make It Weirder’

The opening shot of Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s 10-part “Mr. Corman,” which debuted on Apple TV+ with its first two episodes last week, finds the creator/producer/director/writer/star beating out a rhythm on his chest with his hands, a harbinger of the musical piece he will have completed by the season’s close. The eclectic soundtrack album, featuring Nathan Johnson’s […]
Tags: Apple, News, Joseph Gordon Levitt, Nathan Johnson, Corman, Mr. Corman

You can finally buy LG’s first OLED monitor, but you won’t believe the price

LG announced the UltraFine Pro OLED 4K monitor earlier this year as an alternative to Apple's pricey Pro Display XDR, and now you can finally buy one.
Tags: Apple, News, Trends, Computing, Lg, Oled, Monitors, UltraFine

A judge has ruled that Google infringed on Sonos’ patents

The initial decision says Google infringed on five patents.
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The Demise of Google Reader Did Not Kill RSS and RSS Readers

“Falling in love with Google Reader and then giving up on open RSS-based news after it was cancelled is like falling in love with The Monkees, and giving up on music when their show was cancelled.”This from the inventor of RSS and blogs, Dave WinerGoogle Reader went went away eight years. I still use RSS and a RSS reader and so do hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of people. 90% of law firm blogs still use RSS so that their content reaches content aggregators, including Google, and prospe...
Tags: Google, Law, Uncategorized, Monkees, Feedly, Zenith, Google Reader, Dave WinerGoogle Reader, Google Reader Google

Google infringed on five Sonos patents, according to preliminary ruling

Way back in January 2020, Sonos sued Google over patent infringement. Today, the streaming speaker company scored an early victory with the U.S. International Trade Commission. A preliminary ruling penned by ITC chief administrative law judge Charles Bullock finds that Google infringed on five patents. “Today the ALJ has found all five of Sonos’ asserted patents to be valid and that Google infringes on all five patents,” Sonos Chief Legal Officer Eddie Lazarus said in a statement to TechCrunch. ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Hardware, Tech, Patents, Sonos, Itc, Patent, Patent Infringement, ALJ, U S International Trade Commission, Charles Bullock, Patrick Spence, Jose Castaneda, Eddie Lazarus

You'll Have to Wait Until 2022 for Smart Home Gadgets That Work Together

Matter is a new standard that’s supposed to make your smart home gadgets play nicely together. Apple, Amazon, Google, Samsung SmartThings, and Signify, the team behind the Philips Hue smart bulbs, already committed to it earlier this year. Matter will make it easier to pick out gadgets that work with one another, but…Read more...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Internet Of Things, Science, Technology, Samsung, Home Automation, Computing, Philips Hue, Mesh Networking, Science and Technology, Zigbee, Matter, ZigBee Alliance, Emerging Technologies

Religious liberty and patent validity

This week we highlight cert petitions that ask the Supreme Court to consider, among other things, the autonomy of faith-based nonprofits to hire only candidates who share their religious beliefs, and Apple’s attempt to shake up the process for contesting patent validity by expanding the jurisdiction of federal courts to hear appeals. The First Amendment establishes that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” The establi...
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Cryptomining Botnet Alters CPU Settings To Boost Mining Performance

Uptycs Threat Research Team has discovered malware that not only hijacks vulnerable *nix-based servers and uses them to mine cryptocurrency but actually modifies their CPU configurations in a bid to increase mining performance at the cost of performance in other applications. Tom's Hardware reports: Perpetrators use a Golang-based worm to exploit known vulnerabilities like CVE-2020-14882 (Oracle WebLogic) and CVE-2017-11610 (Supervisord) to gain access to Linux systems, reports The Record. Once ...
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Building a growth community in India with Ayush Srivastava of Growth Folks

Indian startups of all sizes are raising record amounts of investment funding this year and getting public exits, as we’ve been covering in recent months. To hear more about the growth behind the numbers we caught up with Ayush Srivastava, a cofounder of growth marketing group Growth Folks (and a growth marketer at Zynga by day). The organization, which describes itself as “India’s largest community of growth enthusiasts,” began as in-person events for growth marketers across major cities, but m...
Tags: Facebook, Microsoft, India, Tech, Zynga, Ayush Srivastava, SEMRush Baremetrics Zynga Indigo Airlines

Twitter’s web redesign isn’t as accessible as it should be, experts say

After teasing its new font in January, Twitter made some major changes to its website and app design this week. But while Twitter framed these updates as making the platform “more accessible,” some accessibility experts say that these changes missed the mark. Most noticeably, tweets now appear in “Chirp,” Twitter’s proprietary typeface, and the display has even more visual contrast between the background and text. Other updates made the interface less cluttered, removing unnecessary divider line...
Tags: Apps, Twitter, Design, Adobe, W3c, Tech, Ui, Accessibility, Disability, Fonts, Ux, Disabilities, User Interfaces, Henry, Massachusetts Institute Of Technology, WCAG

U.S. Trade Judge Finds Google Infringed Five Sonos Patents

By Jonathan Stempel(Reuters) - A U.S. trade judge ruled on Friday that Alphabet Inc's Google infringed five patents belonging to Sonos Inc that...
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U.S. Trade Agency Finds Google Infringed Five Sonos Patents

(Reuters) - A judge at a U.S. trade agency on Friday found that Google audio players infringed five patents belonging to Sonos Inc.Charles Bullock,...
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What is SaaS? Understanding the distribution method companies use to host software on the internet

You more than likely interact with SaaS, or Software as a Service, in your daily work. RUNSTUDIO/Getty Images SaaS is a distribution model for software licensing that lets companies host their software on the internet. Users don't have to download anything to their device to access the software. SaaS platforms come in two forms: verticals and horizontals. Visit Insider's Tech Reference library for more stories. Depending on what you do and who you talk to, you've either never ...
Tags: Google, Trends, Software, SaaS, Software As A Service, Tech Insider, Tech Reference, Software & Apps (Reference, Tech How To, Devon Delfino, Disadvantages Customers

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