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There Aren’t Enough Medical Masks to Fight Coronavirus. Here’s Why It’s Not Going to Get Better Anytime Soon

If you’re worried about the coronavirus and are having trouble getting hold of medical masks, these numbers will explain why: China is the world’s largest producer of them, with a reported daily capacity of 20 million pieces, but by the estimate of its manufacturers domestic demand alone is around 50 to 60 million per day. No wonder you can’t find medical masks at your local pharmacy. Some experts doubt the effectiveness of such masks for stopping transmission of the virus, officially named...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Hong Kong, Texas, London, News, Congress, Australia, Mexico, China, Germany, India, New York City, Uncategorized, Global, Beijing


Our Long Bets and Predictions about 02020

The year 02020, like 02000 before it and 02050 after it, has long captivated the popular imagination as a kind of shorthand for “the future.” Some predictions about life in 02020 are remarkably prescient: In 02004, the National Intelligence Council predicted that an “America first” movement would rise in the United States; In Ray Bradbury’s 01953 dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451, he that people would listen to “little seashells” filling their ears with “an electronic ocean of sound, of musi...
Tags: Usa, Australia, China, Germany, Future, Ray Bradbury, US, NFL, America, European Union, Turkey, Iran, Nasa, Cnn, Chicago, Britain


Revolut raises $500 million at a $5.5 billion valuation

Fintech startup Revolut is raising a large Series D round of funding. TCV is leading the $500 million round, valuing the company at $5.5 billion. Over the past few years, Revolut has raised $836 million in total. Some existing investors are also participating in today’s funding round, but Revolut isn’t sharing names. Previous investors include DST Global, Index Ventures, Balderton Capital and many others. If you’re not familiar with Revolut, the company is building a financial service to repl...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Europe, Japan, Australia, Tech, Fintech, Revolut, TCV, Europe SINGAPORE, Recent Funding, Revolut Metal, Nik Storonsky, Neobank, DST Global Index Ventures Balderton Capital


Revolut raises $500 million at $5.5 billion valuation

Fintech startup Revolut is raising a large Series D round of funding. TCV is leading the $500 million round, valuing the company at $5.5 billion. Over the past few years, Revolut has raised $836 million in total. Some existing investors are also participating in today’s funding round, but Revolut isn’t sharing names. Previous investors include DST Global, Index Ventures, Balderton Capital and many others. If you’re not familiar with Revolut, the company is building a financial service to repl...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Europe, Japan, Australia, Tech, Fintech, Revolut, Challenger Bank, TCV, Europe SINGAPORE, Revolut Metal, Nik Storonsky, Neobank, DST Global Index Ventures Balderton Capital


#climatestrike vs my brain: i am struggling with pessimism and hopelessness

I started writing this post in September, after the global Climate Strike.It was exciting to see that so many people -- millions around the globe -- understand the urgency and are willing to take to the streets. I thought, This is beautiful! This is amazing! ... and This won't change anything. Both at the same time.I hate writing that. I hate feeling this way.Along with Climate Strike, there are other positive developments -- extinction rebellion, for example, and an increasing number of civil ...
Tags: Travel, Google, Activism, Australia, Environment, Canada, Socialism, Beckett, Gandhi, Laura K, David Suzuki Foundation


#climatestrike vs my brain: i am struggling with pessimism and hopelessness

I started writing this post in September, after the global Climate Strike.It was exciting to see that so many people -- millions around the globe -- understand the urgency and are willing to take to the streets. I thought, This is beautiful! This is amazing! ... and This won't change anything. Both at the same time.I hate writing that. I hate feeling this way.Along with Climate Strike, there are other positive developments -- extinction rebellion, for example, and an increasing number of civil ...
Tags: Travel, Google, Activism, Australia, Environment, Canada, Socialism, Allan, Beckett, Gandhi, David Suzuki Foundation


Here’s our pick of the top six startups from Pause Fest

We’ve been dropping into the Australian startup scene increasingly over the years as the ecosystem has been building at an increasingly faster pace, most notably at our own TechCrunch Battlefield Australia in 2017. Further evidence that the scene is growing has come recently in the shape of the Pause Fest conference in Melbourne. This event has gone from strength to strength in recent years and is fast becoming a must-attend for Aussie startups aiming for both national international attention. I...
Tags: Startups, TC, Electric Vehicle, Asia, Technology, Electronics, Australia, Articles, Artificial Intelligence, Autism, Electric Vehicles, Healthcare, Machine Learning, Angel, Fda, Melbourne


Apple TV’s ‘Shantaram’ Halts Production Pending Writing, Directing Attachments

Production of Apple TV Plus’ Charlie Hunnam-starring “Shantaram” has been halted in Australia due to a writing backlog. Only two of 10 episodes shot so far, Variety has confirmed. Though all episodes had been outlined in the writers’ room, it is understood that showrunner and high-profile screenwriter Eric Warren Singer (“Top Gun: Maverick,” “American Hustle”) […]
Tags: Apple, Asia, News, Australia, Global, Apple TV, Charlie Hunnam, Shantaram, Eric Warren Singer, Apple TV Plus


WHO urges calm as China coronavirus death toll reaches 2000

The death toll from the new coronavirus outbreak surged to 2000 on Wednesday, as Chinese and international health officials warned against excessive measures to contain the epidemic. More than 74 000 people have now been infected by the virus in China, with hundreds more cases in some 25 countries. The situation remains serious at the […] The post WHO urges calm as China coronavirus death toll reaches 2000 appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Apple, South Korea, Hong Kong, Australia, China, European Union, World, Article, Canada, World Health Organization, Boris Johnson, World Health Organisation, Wuhan, Top Six, Coronavirus, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome


Dentist fights to uncover ID of person who left negative Google review

A dental surgeon is battling Google to find out precisely who who posted a negative review about his clinic.
Tags: Reviews, Google, News, Small Business, Australia, Trends, Web, Google Reviews


China accuses Australia of discriminating against Huawei

Chinese ambassador says consumers not being served well by ‘politically motivated’ ban on tech firm’s entry into 5G networkThe Australian government’s ban on Huawei’s participation in building the nation’s 5G network remains a “sore point or thorny issue” between the two countries, the Chinese ambassador said on Monday, as he criticised the government for discriminating against a Chinese company.Cheng Jingye dismissed concerns Huawei may pose a threat to Australia’s national security given its l...
Tags: Technology, Australia, China, World news, Australia news, Asia Pacific, Australian politics, Huawei, Cheng Jingye


27 easy ways to live sustainably in 2020 (and why you should)

It’s time to make a tiny sacrifice and live sustainably with the planet. Since she gives us everything we need to survive, it seems so stupid to actually say those words. Humans have come to that point. Yosemite Valley I get it. Life is crazy busy, and your comforts and conveniences help you to manage and get through your day. When you have immediate pressing issues like paying the bills, getting your kids to school on time, helping them solve an endless run of problems, and managing a house...
Tags: Travel, Google, Amazon, Instagram, Australia, New York City, US, prAna, Gmo, United States, Travel Inspiration, Ford, Italy, B Corp, Un, Monsanto


Google could be forced to hand over data on someone who left a bad review

A court in Australia has ruled that a dentist who claims he was defamed in a Google review can serve the tech giant with an order to unmask the post's author.
Tags: Google, News, Australia, Stories


Someone left a bad review about an Australian dentist. Now Google could be forced to hand over their data

A court in Australia has ruled that a dentist who claims he was defamed in a Google review can serve the tech giant with an order to unmask the post's author.
Tags: Google, Australia, Cnn


Data from Spotify Suggest That Listeners Are Gloomiest in February

Around the world, the most popular tunes this month will be depressing ones [Editor's note: the link may be paywalled.]. From a report: Residents of the northern hemisphere might think that their moods are worst in January. Christmas is over, the nights are long and summer is a distant prospect. Newspapers often claim that "Blue Monday," in the third week of January, is the most depressing day. To create a quantitative measure of seasonal misery, The Economist has analysed music consumption. Our...
Tags: Spotify, Europe, Australia, Aretha Franklin, Singapore, Tech, Radiohead, Finland, Economist


Zuckerberg’s Priority; BackRub & Burbn; 3 Strategies for Women

Dear ScaleUps,  Hope it’s been a productive and purposeful week. Here are some insights/opportunities to help you outlearn/outthink the competition. …while I’m glad I did annual challenges over the last decade, it’s time to do something different. This decade I’m going to take a longer-term focus.   Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook CEO 3 Strategies Women Can Use to Be Heard at Work -- This Fortune article details three ways women can deal with mansplaining, bropr...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Leadership, Instagram, Australia, Sydney, Shark Tank, Odeo, Zuckerberg, Max, Ben, Bill Gallagher, Better Book Club, John Ratliff


Notes on Bengaluru (The Garden City) – Old city mayhem, transport apps, and fancy airports

Bengaluru is the third largest city in India, located in the middle of the Deccan Plateau in South India. I was in Bengaluru on the way to somewhere else. I visited Bengaluru in 2007 during my first trip to India, so I would have preferred to visit a new city. 13 years between visits is long enough to warrant a revisit, so instead of flying straight through I made a stopover here. With a population of over 10 million people Bengaluru qualifies as a megacity, and that qualifies me to have anoth...
Tags: Travel, Google, Asia, Australia, Singapore, India, Shanghai, Silicon Valley, Starbucks, Vietnam, Madrid, Lonely Planet, Bengaluru, Bangalore, Travel Blog, Kolkata


1 in 10 card transactions could be done with Apple Pay by 2025, providing Apple a revenue boost amid iPhone sales slump (AAPL)

Apple Pay currently makes up 5% of global card transactions, and could account for 10% by 2025, according to data by researchers at Bernstein cited in a report by Quartz.  The revenue from Apple Pay could help the company offset slowing sales of physical devices like the iPhone. Apple launched the mobile payment feature in October 2014. In 2019, Apple and Goldman Sachs launched the Apple Card, which incentivizes cardholders to use Apple Pay to earn cash back. Apple is looking to grow its Servi...
Tags: Apple, Elon Musk, New York, Australia, China, India, US, Los Angeles, Trends, Alibaba, Portland, Goldman Sachs, Nfc, Huawei, Bain, Business Insider


A bet Apple made in 2014 appears to be paying off as the iPhone company looks to define its next decade (AAPL)

Apple Pay currently makes up 5% of global card transactions, and could account for 10% by 2025, according to data by researchers at Bernstein cited in a report by Quartz.  The revenue from Apple Pay could help the company offset slowing sales of physical devices like the iPhone. Apple launched the mobile payment feature in October 2014. In 2019, Apple and Goldman Sachs launched the Apple Card, which incentivizes cardholders to use Apple Pay to earn cash back. Apple is looking to grow its Servi...
Tags: Apple, New York, Australia, China, India, US, Los Angeles, Trends, Alibaba, Portland, Goldman Sachs, Nfc, Huawei, Bain, Business Insider, Aapl


Bitcoin rockets past $10,000 after the Fed says it's 'taking a deep look' at digital currency

Bitcoin surged past $10,000 on Wednesday after Fed Chair Jerome Powell said the central bank was exploring a digital currency. "Every major central bank is currently taking a deep look," Powell said on Tuesday, although he emphasized the value of the US dollar. Bitcoin jumped 5% to a five-month high as Wuhan coronavirus fears boosted demand.  The "halving" event in May will also halve bitcoin payouts to miners. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Bitcoin jumped 5% to over $10,...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Gavin Smith, Australia, US, Trends, Netflix, Bitcoin, Starbucks, Wuhan, Fed, Powell, Congressional, Federal Reserve Chair, Jerome Powell, Simon Peters


31 DIY Marketing Tools To Create Remarkable Experiences

Sifting through thousands of available tools is a hit and — more often than not — a miss proposition, but we’ve got you covered with 31 do-it-yourself marketing tools that are perfect for helping you create remarkable campaign experiences. It can be overwhelming even deciding which new tools to start trying out to see if they’re helpful, so to jump-start your marketing efforts in 2020 we’ve gathered a varied selection of innovative and helpful tools that can significantly enhance your marketi...
Tags: Google, Instagram, Australia, Seo, B2b Marketing, Google Analytics, Mobile Apps, Alexis Hall, Vennli, Melanie Perkins, Marketing Tools, Easelly, Lane R Ellis, Martech Tools Platform Features, Interactive Content Tools, Smart Question Research Tools


Bitcoin rockets past $10,000 after the Fed says it's 'taking a deep look' at a government cryptocurrency

Bitcoin surged past $10,000 on Wednesday after Fed Chair Jerome Powell said the central bank was exploring a government cryptocurrency. "Every major central bank is currently taking a deep look," Powell said on Tuesday, although he emphasized the value of the US dollar. Bitcoin jumped 5% to a five-month high as Wuhan coronavirus fears boosted demand.  The "halving" event in May will also halve bitcoin payouts to miners. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Bitcoin jumped 5% to ...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Gavin Smith, Australia, US, Trends, Netflix, Bitcoin, Starbucks, Wuhan, Fed, Powell, Congressional, Federal Reserve Chair, Jerome Powell, Simon Peters


Free streaming service Tubi claims 25M monthly users as of December

Free streaming service Tubi is growing. The company announced today it reached 25 million monthly active users as of December, up from the 20 million it reported in mid-2019. In addition, it claims users watched 163 million hours in December, up 160% year-over-year. The company says markets outside the U.S. saw significant growth in 2019, as well, with Canada and Australia seeing a 357% increase in total view time. Tubi says it determined the user numbers and view time by the number of unique de...
Tags: Media, Lionsgate, Australia, Tech, Walmart, Netflix, Canada, Comcast, Roku, Pluto TV, Nbcu, Hisense, Cox, Tubi, Warner Bros Paramount, Farhad Massoudi


Weekly Roundup, Friday 7 February 2020

Glorious Chambord Castle in France’s Loire Valley. Come visit it with us in May. Good morning News came out on Thursday that because of New York state’s policies shielding the state records of illegal aliens from federal organizations, the Department of Homeland Security announced that no-one in New York state will now be eligible for any of their Trusted Traveler programs (the best known of which is Global Entry), and those currently enrolled will not be able to renew when their current membe...
Tags: Travel, Google, Amazon, New York, Congress, Australia, California, Washington, Mexico, France, Scotland, Hotels, China, Berlin, Miscellaneous, US


Oldest companies in the world

Amazon, Google , and Apple may be the biggest names in business right now, but they are only a few decades old, and have not proven that they can stand the test of time. Some companies, however, have been around for over 1,000 years, as shown on this map of the oldest (currently operational) company in almost every country in the world. Photo: BusinessFinancing.co.uk St. Peter Stiftskulinarium is the oldest company in Europe. Opened in 803 in Salzburg, Austria, the restaurant is the oldest ...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Asia, Europe, Maps, UK, Australia, France, Africa, Canada, United Kingdom, South America, North America, Bogota, Oceania, All


A Months-Long Investigation Reveals Pornhub's Terrible Moderation Practices

samleecole shares a report: On May 1, 2016, in the middle of final exams, a young woman got a text message that would change her life forever. It included a screenshot of a pornographic video posted online, featuring her. Panicking, she quickly tried to justify what she had done. "They said it would only be in Australia," she told her friend, according to court documents. "I only did it for money." The video spread like wildfire. Jane Doe 11 -- one of 22 women who sued porn production company Gi...
Tags: Australia, Tech, Pornhub, Jane Doe, Michael Pratt, Girls Do Porn


Moteefe, the e-commerce platform for on-demand merchandise, raises $5M Series A

Moteefe, the e-commerce platform for on-demand production of merchandise has raised $5 million in Series A funding. Leading the round is Gresham House, and Force Over Mass Capital. It brings total funding to date to $12.5 million, and will be used to expand into new geographies including Australia and LATAM. The U.K. company also plans to launch new products for large retailers and invest in scaling its operations. Launched in early 2016, Moteefe provides an “end-to-end” technology solution for ...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Europe, Australia, Tech, Moteefe, Gresham House, LATAM The U K company, Eefting


Porsche NA CEO Klaus Zellmer is coming to TC Sessions: Mobility

The name Porsche has been synonymous with gas-powered high performance sports cars and racing for nearly three quarters of a century. Now, the sports car manufacturer that is owned by Volkswagen Group, is trying to build a new legacy starting with its first all-electric vehicle, the Porsche Taycan. Porsche has said that the Taycan, which was first unveiled in September, is just the beginning. It has committed to invest more than $6 billion into electric mobility through 2025 — a goal that...
Tags: TC, Uber, Australia, California, Tech, Canada, United States, Porsche, President, Korea, Automotive Industry, Volkswagen Group, SAN JOSE Calif, Australia Japan, Porsche Cars North America, Klaus Zellmer


Doing Western Students' Homework is Big Business in Kenya

An anonymous reader shares a report: It was 5 p.m. on a Thursday in Nairobi, Kenya, and the streets were crowded with people rushing to get home for dinner. But Philemon, a 25-year-old science researcher, was just getting ready for his second job as an academic writer. Philemon is part of the global industry of contract cheating in which students around the world use websites to commission their homework assignments. He asked that his full name not be used for privacy reasons due to the sensitiv...
Tags: Australia, US, Tech, Kenya, Imperial College London, Nairobi Kenya, Philemon, Thomas Lancaster


N26’s head of product is building a better bank

Fintech startup N26 recently reached a new milestone as it now has five million customers. The company launched onstage at TechCrunch Disrupt five years ago. The premise was simple. A young startup wanted to build a bank that didn’t suck. Given the company’s impressive growth rate and its 4.8-star rating in the App Store, it’s clear that N26 is on the right path. Some people finally found a bank that they like interacting with. I interviewed N26’s Chief Product Officer Georgina Smallwood abou...
Tags: Startups, Hong Kong, Europe, Australia, Finance, Ipo, Germany, Tech, Fintech, N26, Georgina Smallwood



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