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A global community for news product experts

Digital products for news consumers are becoming increasingly more important for the success of news organizations, whether you're a well-established publisher like The New York Times, or a relatively new player like Nexo Jornal in Brazil. As more users shift their news habits to digital platforms, a growing number of journalists are learning how to become product experts to help their organizations diversify revenue. A product expert in a newsroom can help disparate areas work together with the...
Tags: Google, Brazil, The New York Times, Google News Initiative, William Vambenepe, Marco Túlio Pires, Nexo Jornal, News Product Alliance

All 270 US Apple Stores Are Open For the First Time Since March 2020

An anonymous reader quotes a report from 9to5Mac: Every Apple Store in the United States is open for the first time in nearly a year. It was 353 days ago -- March 13, 2020 -- that Apple closed all of its retail stores outside of Greater China. While some Apple Stores offer in-store shopping appointments and others can accept Express pickup of online orders only, all 270 US locations are now open in some capacity as of March 1, 2021. Apple Stores in Texas around Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio w...
Tags: Apple, Utah, Texas, Mexico, France, US, Tech, United States, Brazil, San Antonio, Houston Dallas, Greater China, Express, Apple Stores, California Kentucky New Jersey New York

Apple Reopens All 270 Retail Stores in the United States

All 270 Apple retail stores in the United States have been reopened as of today, marking the first time that Apple has had all locations operational since stores began closing in March 2020. When the first shutdowns occurred on March 14, 2020, Apple initially planned to reopen stores starting on March 27th, but that did not happen and stores have been opening and closing on a rotating basis as the pandemic has continued. Some stores began reopening in May 2020, but until today, not all locat...
Tags: Apple, Texas, Featured, France, United States, Brazil, Dallas, Houston, Apple Store, Apple Retail, Retail Stores, Apple Stores

Amazon Rainforest Plots Sold via Facebook Marketplace Ads

Parts of Brazil's Amazon rainforest are being illegally sold on Facebook, the BBC is reporting. From the report: The protected areas include national forests and land reserved for indigenous peoples. Some of the plots listed via Facebook's classified ads service are as large as 1,000 football pitches. Facebook said it was "ready to work with local authorities", but indicated it would not take independent action of its own to halt the trade. "Our commerce policies require buyers and sellers to co...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Tech, Brazil, Facebook Marketplace Ads, Amazon Rainforest Plots Sold, Facebook the BBC, Ivaneide Bandeira

Has a startup finally found one of food science’s holy grails with its healthy sugar substitute?

A little less than three years ago at the Computer Science Museum in Mountain View, Calif. the founders of a young company hailing from Cambridge, England addressed a crowd of celebrities, investors and entrepreneurs at Y Combinator’s August Demo Day promising a revolution in food science. Over the years, the event has become a relatively low-tech, low-budget showcase for a group of tech investors and billionaire industry insiders to take a look at early stage businesses that could be their next...
Tags: Food, TC, Y Combinator, Europe, Chef, New York, Colorado, California, China, India, New York City, Tech, European Union, Taiwan, United States, United Kingdom

From managing Google Poland to leading Google for Startups

Welcome to the latest edition of “My Path to Google,” where we talk to Googlers, interns and alumni about how they got to Google, what their roles are like and even some tips on how to prepare for interviews.Today’s post is all about Agnieszka Hryniewicz-Bieniek, the Global Director of Google for Startups. She shares what it was like to first serve as Country Manager for Google Poland and eventually move to a new team focused on supporting startups in the region and around the world.Can you tell...
Tags: Google, Europe, United States, Poland, Brazil, Googlers, Eastern Europe, Turkey Germany, Central Eastern Europe, Google for Startups, Agnieszka Hryniewicz Bieniek, Google for Startups Black Founders Fund, Life at Google, My Path to Google, Bill Reeve, Google Poland

Plant-based food startup Next Gen lands $10M seed round from investors including Temasek

Singapore is quickly turning into a hub for food-tech startups, partly because of government initiatives supporting the development of meat alternatives. One of the newest entrants is Next Gen, which will launch its plant-based “chicken” brand, called TiNDLE, in Singaporean restaurants next month. The company announced today that it has raised $10 million in seed funding from investors including Temasek, K3 Ventures, EDB New Ventures (an investment arm of the Singapore Economic Development Board...
Tags: Food, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Asia, Europe, Southeast Asia, Singapore, Tech, United States, Alibaba, Ubs, Brazil, TechCrunch, Temasek, China Brazil

Our efforts to fight child sexual abuse online

Across Google and YouTube, we are always working to protect our users from harmful content, especially the kind of horrific, illegal content referred to as child sexual abuse material (CSAM). Since our earliest days, we’ve been committed to fighting online child sexual exploitation and abuse both on our platforms and in the broader online ecosystem. We have invested in the teams, tools, and resources to deter, remove, and report this kind of content, and to help other companies do so. But we kno...
Tags: Google, Facebook, UK, Youtube, Colombia, Brazil, CSAM, Internet Watch Foundation, Across Google, Safety & Security, Ncmec, Kristie Canegallo, CSAI, CSAM NCMEC, Yubo Along, Canadian Center for Child Protection

YouTube to launch parental control features for families with tweens and teens

YouTube announced this morning it will soon introduce a new experience designed for teens and tweens who are now too old for the schoolager-focused YouTube Kids app, but who may not be ready to explore all of YouTube. The company says it’s preparing to launch a beta test of new features that will give parents the ability to grant kids more limited access to YouTube through a “supervised” Google Account. This setup will restrict what tweens and teens can watch on the platform, as well as what the...
Tags: Google, Social, Apps, Family, Video, Kids, Families, Media, Parents, Youtube, Tech, Brazil, Machine Learning, Parental Controls, Youtube Kids, Video Hosting

RecargaPay closes a $70 million Series C

RecargaPay, a Brazil-based fintech that allows users to top off their prepaid cell phones online, announced this morning that they’ve closed their $70 million Series C. The company, which operates solely in Brazil, was launched in 2010 by Miami-based serial entrepreneur Rodrigo Teijeiro, who is co-founder and CEO.  Unlike in the U.S. where most people have a cell phone plan through a major carrier, in Brazil — a country where the minimum wage is currently $1,100 reals per month (roughly $202 ...
Tags: Startups, Mobile, Tech, CMO, Spain, Brazil, Miami, Madrid, Latin America, Nubank, Cto, EBITDA, Alvaro, Fuel.Ventures, Gustavo Victorica, Rodrigo Teijeiro

Rokk3r acquires AdMobilize and Matrix Labs for $19.5M

Miami-based AdMobilize and its spin-off, Matrix Labs , announced this morning that they are being acquired for $19.5 million. The buyer is Rokk3r, a Miami-based holding company that invests in creating, acquiring and integrating companies. AdMobilize quantifies digital advertising in the physical world, so marketers can better reach their target audiences. “If you’re walking on 5th Avenue and you pass by a bus shelter that has a digital screen, AdMobilize analyzes [peoples’] age, g...
Tags: London, Advertising Tech, Tech, Google Analytics, Colombia, M&a, Brazil, Miami, Mergers and Acquisitions, Cornell, Alexa, Axel Springer, Admobilize, Adtech, Sao Paulo, Digital Innovation

Better Origin, which turns flies into food for chickens, raises $3M from Fly Ventures

Better Origin is a startup that converts waste food into essential nutrients using insects fed to chickens inside a standard shipping container. It’s now raised a Seed Series $3 million funding round led by Fly Ventures and solar entrepreneur Nick Boyle, while previous investor Metavallon VC is also participating. Its competitors include Protix, Agriprotein, InnovaFeed, Enterra, Entocycle. Better Origin’s product is an “autonomous insect mini-farm.” Its X1insect mini-farm is dropped on site. A f...
Tags: TC, Europe, UK, China, US, Tech, Cambridge, Brazil, Cambridge University, Nick Boyle, Better Origin, Metavallon VC, Green House Gas GHG, Fotis Fotiadis, Miha Pipan

Netflix launches ‘Downloads for You,’ a new feature that automatically downloads content you’ll like

Netflix today is launching a new feature that aims to bring more offline content to users who opt in automatic downloads. With “Downloads for You” enabled, the Netflix app will download recommended TV shows and movies to your mobile device based on your tastes, as determined by your Netflix watch history. After turning on the feature for the first time, you’ll be able to select the amount of storage space you want to dedicate to saving these recommended downloads on your device: either 1GB, 3GB,...
Tags: Mobile, Apps, Media, India, Tech, Netflix, Asia Pacific, Brazil, Patrick Flemming Netflix

Experian Challenged Over Massive Data Leak in Brazil

Experian may be in trouble again — this time in Brazil. ZDNet reports on "the emergence of a leak that exposed the personal data of more than 220 million citizens and companies, which is being offered for sale in the dark web." After receiving feedback from Experian over a massive data leak in Brazil, São Paulo state consumer rights foundation Procon described the company's explanations as "insufficient" and said it is likely that the incident was initiated in a corporate environment... Secu...
Tags: Tech, Brazil, Experian, Paulo, Procon, Serasa Experian, ZDNet Serasa Experian, Brazilian Institute for Consumer Protection

With over 1.3 million users, Nigerian-based fintech FairMoney wants to replicate growth in India

There are over 1.7 billion underbanked people globally, the majority of which are from emerging markets. For them, accessing loans can be difficult, which is a problem fintechs try to solve. One way they do this is by promoting financial inclusion by underwriting credit via a proprietary algorithm. One such company is FairMoney, which describes itself as “the mobile banking revolution for emerging markets.” FairMoney, founded by Laurin Hainy, Matthieu Gendreau and Nicolas Berthozat, is a license...
Tags: Startups, TC, Asia, UK, Sweden, Microsoft, Indonesia, Mexico, Finance, Germany, India, Nigeria, Africa, Tech, Paris, Brazil

Google is reportedly close to a $30 million annual deal with Australian media titan Nine Entertainment

Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai Stephanie Keith/Getty Images Google has signed a $30 million deal licensing deal with Australia's Nine Entertainment.  As part of the deal, users can access paywalled content for free via the Google News app. The agreement follows a tense few months of wrangling between Google execs and Aussie lawmakers. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Google has reportedly struck a $30 million deal with Australian broadcaster Nine Entertainment amid growi...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Technology, Australia, Trends, Brazil, Google News, Reuters, Nine Entertainment, Sydney Morning Herald, UK Germany, Nine, Australia Google, Tech Insider, Martin Coulter, Mel Silva

Trafi takes its mobility-as-a-service platform to LatAm, starting with Bogota

Trafi, the Lithuanian startup that created a platform that lets users plan, book and pay for various modes of transportation within a city, is expanding beyond the European market where it got its start to tackle one of the most congested urban areas in the world. The company said it has reached an agreement to provide its mobility-as-a-service platform in Bogota, Colombia. Trafi’s platform is a white label product. But underneath the name — whether it’s Yuomov in Zurich, Jelbi in Berlin or MVG ...
Tags: Transportation, Asia, Berlin, Tech, Munich, Automotive, Brazil, Latin America, TechCrunch, Bogota, Sao Paulo, Trafi, Bogota Colombia Trafi, Yuomov, Zurich Jelbi, Google Lyft Dott

Google signs multimillion-dollar deal with major Australian publisher as it tries to signal cooperation on news payments

Sundar Pichai is now CEO of both Google and its parent company Alphabet. REUTERS/Brandon Wade/File Photo Google signed up a major Australian news publisher, Seven West, to its News Showcase platform.  Showcase lets Google users access news and paywalled content free of charge.  The deal indicates Google wants to sign deals ahead of laws that would force payments to media outlets. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Google has signed a multimillion dollar deal with Seven...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Technology, Media, Australia, Trends, Search, Brazil, Scott Morrison, Google News, Sundar Pichai, Alphabet, Reuters, UK Germany, Seven West Media, Kerry Stokes

Should You Block Connections to Your Network From Foreign Countries?

Slashdot reader b-dayyy quotes the Linux Security blog: What if you could block connections to your network in real-time from countries around the world such as Russia, China and Brazil where the majority of cyberattacks originate? What if you could redirect connections to a single network based on their origin? As you can imagine, being able to control these things would reduce the number of attack vectors on your network, improving its security. You may be surprised that this is not only poss...
Tags: Tech, Brazil, Russia China, Mike Baxter

Treinta announces $500k+ in funding for its microbusiness financial app

Treinta, a startup that is part of the Winter 2021 Y Combinator cohort, announced this morning that it has raised north of half a million dollars for its bookkeeping and inventory management software aimed at Latin American small businesses. The capital was raised between a small friends-and-family round, Y Combinator’s investment in Treinta, and another $220,000 that it closed in in early 2021. The company, based in Bogotá, Colombia and currently sporting a team of 13, is working to bring digit...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Y Combinator, Tech, Colombia, Brazil, Latin America, Bogota Colombia, Treinta, Lluís Cañadell Treinta, Cañadell

Facebook to test downranking political content in News Feed

After years of optimizing its products for engagement, no matter the costs, Facebook announced today it will “test” changes to its News Feed focused on reducing the distribution of political content. The company qualified these tests will be temporary, impact a small percentage of people, and will only run in select markets, including the U.S., Canada, Brazil, and Indonesia. The point of the experiments, Facebook says, is to explore a variety of ways it can rank political content in the News Fee...
Tags: Social, TC, Facebook, Politics, News, Media, Indonesia, Cdc, Social Media, Tech, News Feed, Brazil, Myanmar, Pew Research Center, Axios, Political Content

InEvent raises $2M for its virtual conference platform

InEvent, a startup powering virtual and hybrid events, is announcing that it has raised $2 million in seed funding from Storm Ventures. That’s just tiny fraction of the $125 million that online events platform Hopin raised last fall — in fact, a recent Equity episode suggested that Hopin might be the fastest growth story of the current startup era. CEO Pedro Góes told me that even in a world of more established and better-funded platforms, his team sees an opportunity to break out by focusing on...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, Funding, Tech, Atlanta, Brazil, Santander, Storm Ventures, Goes, Salesforce Marketo, Hopin, InEvent, Pedro Góes, Mauricio Giordano, Vinicius Neris, InEvent Góes

Brazil’s Monkey nabs $6M Series A for financial marketplace

Monkey , a financial marketplace for receivables in Latin America, has raised $6 million in Series A funding. Quona Capital and Kinea Ventures co-led the round. The São Paulo-based startup was founded in 2016 by a trio that includes former Citi investment banker Gustavo Müller, Bruno Oliveira (who worked in strategic planning for Telefonica) and Felipe Adorno, an ex-senior developer for Netshoes and Infracommerce. Monkey has developed what it describes as Supply Chain Finance (SCF) pro...
Tags: US, Tech, Monkey, Brazil, Telefonica, Petrobras, Latin America, Sao Paulo, Fiat Chrysler, Citi, Müller, Whittle, Netshoes, Quona Capital, Supply Chain Finance, Itaú Unibanco

What we’re looking forward to in 2021 for news

While 2020 is behind us, the challenges facing the news industry are still very much in front of us. Ensuring that people have access to quality news is a core part of our work here at Google — and so is finding ways to support the news industry, whether that is supporting new ways publishers can reach and engage their audience or supporting exploration of new funding models. Every month we send 24 billion visits to news sites for free, enabling those publishers to monetize this audience through...
Tags: Google, News, Germany, United States, Italy, Brazil, Google News, Ford Foundation, Oakland Tribune, POC, The Star Tribune, Farai Chideya, LaToya Drake, Google News Initiative, COVID, Meghann Farnsworth

The world was a lot different the first time Tom Brady won a Super Bowl

Sporting News/Sporting News via Getty Images A lot has changed since Tom Brady's first Super Bowl appearance - and win - in 2002.The #1 song on the charts was "X," "A Beautiful Mind" won the Academy Award for Best Picture, and the iPhone had yet to be invented.Check out what the world was like when Brady won his first Super Bowl and read all of INSIDER's Super Bowl 2019 coverage here.No quarterback in the history of the NFL has been more dominant than Tom Brady.Brady made his first Super B...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Nbc, Steve Jobs, Germany, Berlin, Ben Affleck, Sports, NFL, San Francisco, Trends, Ap, Dhs, Features, Getty Images, United States

Google Arts & Culture turns 10

Time flies when working on something you are passionate about. On this day 10 years ago, our team was beginning a 20 percent project and taking the first step toward making more art and culture more accessible. Together, with 17 cultural institutions from 11 countries, we took a leap into the unknown without quite knowing where this journey would lead us. Today, millions of people from across the world have come to Google Arts & Culture to learn more about our shared history as humanity. They ex...
Tags: Google, Japan, France, Germany, Nasa, Paris, Brazil, Kenya, Van Gogh, Arts And Culture, Amit Sood, Es Devlin, Brandenburg Gate, Frida Kahlo, US National Parks, Mary Anning

English learning app ELSA lands $15 million Series B for international growth and its B2B platform

Speaking is one of the hardest parts of learning a new language, especially if you don’t have someone to practice with regularly. ELSA is an app that helps by using speech recognition technology to correct pronunciation. Based in San Francisco and Ho Chi Minh City, ELSA announced today it has raised a $15 million Series B, led by VI (Vietnam Investments) Group and SIG. Other participants included returning investors Google’s AI-focused fund Gradient Ventures, SOSV and Monk’s Hill Ventures, along...
Tags: Google, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Apps, Asia, Elsa, Japan, Southeast Asia, San Francisco, Tech, Intel, Speech Recognition, Brazil, Vietnam, Edtech

Answering your top questions about the News Media Bargaining Code

We know many of you still have questions about the News Media Bargaining Code and its impact on the Google services you use after Mel Silva, Managing Director for Google Australia, appeared at a public hearing of the Senate Economics Legislation Committee last week. We want to address some key questions to help clarify our position.  Question 1: What is Google’s position on this new law? We are not against being regulated by a Code and we are willing to pay to support journalism—we are doing tha...
Tags: Google, Australia, Youtube, France, Senate, Wikipedia, Germany, Google Search, Brazil, Google News, Mel, Le Monde, Atlassian, Tim Berners Lee, Reuters Germany, Senate Committee

Fintech darling Nubank raises blockbuster $400M Series G at $25B valuation

While the pandemic has left some startups strapped for cash, the aptly-named Brazilian neobank Nubank is swimming in it. This morning, the company announced that it has raised a $400 million Series G round, putting their total funding to date at $1.2 billion. But even more remarkable, in addition to their new $25 billion valuation (up from $10 billion in 2019), is their customer base of 34 million users, which they’ve built up since the fintech’s launch in 2013. “We’ve gone from 12 million cu...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Mexico, Finance, Singapore, Funding, Tech, Colombia, DMV, Brazil, Latin America, Stanford University, Nubank, David Velez, Sequoia, Sao Paulo, Invesco

Why Scientists Are Very Worried About the Variant From Brazil

An anonymous reader quotes a report from NPR: New coronavirus variants seem to be cropping up everywhere. There's one from the U.K., which is more contagious and already circulating in the United States. There's one from South Africa, which is forcing Moderna and Pfizer to reformulate their COVID-19 vaccines and create "booster" shots, just to make sure the vaccines maintain their efficacies. But for some scientists, the most worrying variant might be the newest one. A variant called P.1, which ...
Tags: England, Tech, United States, South Africa, Harvard University, Brazil, Npr, Pfizer, Manaus, Gupta, University of KwaZulu Natal, Ravi Gupta, Manaus Brazil, National Institute for Communicable Diseases, Moderna, Penny Moore

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