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Extra Crunch roundup: influencer marketing 101, spotting future unicorns, Apple AirTags teardown

With the right message, even a small startup can connect with established and emerging stars on TikTok, Instagram and YouTube who will promote your products and services — as long as your marketing team understands the influencer marketplace. Creators have a wide variety of brands and revenue channels to choose from, but marketers who understand how to court these influencers can make inroads no matter the size of their budget. Although brand partnerships are still the top source of revenue for ...
Tags: Apple, Startups, TC, Transportation, Education, California, Entrepreneurship, US, Tech, Diversity, Joe Biden, Iran, Artificial Intelligence, Rebecca, United States, Venture Capital

Festival Pass: Fill up your calendar with Splash House, KISS and a roller disco with plants

Festival Pass is a newsletter that lands in your inbox weekly. But during prime festival season you get bonus editions, too! Subscribe now. Nile Rodgers is one of the all-time greats, not only as a songwriter and a musician but as a producer. He’s responsible for albums including David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance” and Madonna’s “Like a Virgin,” not to mention a ton of chart-topping singles. Seeing Rodgers play with Chic at Coachella in 2018 was a bucket list item. And one of my favorite days at this j...
Tags: Apple, California, Boston, Sport, Netflix, Things To Do, Soccer, David Bowie, Madonna, Music Festivals, Dropkick Murphys, Coachella, Riviera, Nile Rodgers, Palm Springs, Southern California

Stop the excuses and pass a police decertification bill

SACRAMENTO – If you’re a Realtor, contractor or insurance agent who engages in serious misbehavior, the state can strip you of the license that allows you to practice your profession. Occupational-licensing rules often are strict. They include “moral turpitude” clauses that deny licenses to those with convictions – even for crimes that have little to do with the specific work license. These rules mostly apply to private-sector workers. But many government employees – especially police officers, ...
Tags: Google, California, Opinion, Senate, Sacramento, Sport, Fbi, Soccer, Bill, EMS, Bill Of Rights, Legislature, McFarland, Senate Bill, Fullerton, Newsom

What’s Open And Closed On Friday Now That Juneteenth Is A Federal Holiday

(CNN) — Most federal government employees across the country will have Friday off after President Joe Biden signed legislation establishing Juneteenth as a US federal holiday. But the introduction of a new federal holiday to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States has created a patchwork of responses — leaving some government offices, schools and businesses open, while others close to observe the holiday. “Agencies should direct such employees to not report to work on Friday — unless...
Tags: Apple, Google, Texas, News, California, Washington, US, Alabama, Holiday, Bloomberg, Joe Biden, United States, Washington Dc, Usps, States, Dc

US lawmakers want to restrict police use of ‘Stingray’ cell tower simulators

Igor Bonifacic Contributor Share on Twitter Igor Bonifacic is a contributing writer at Engadget. According to BuzzFeed News, Democratic Senator Ron Wyden and Representative Ted Lieu will introduce legislation later today that seeks to restrict police use of international mobile subscriber identity (IMSI) catchers. More commonly known as Stingrays, police frequently use IMSI catchers and cell-site simulators to collect informat...
Tags: Column, Technology, Mobile Security, California, Montana, US, Tech, Sms, Surveillance, Law Enforcement, Mobile Phones, United States, Telecommunications, Judge, District Of Columbia, Mobile Phone

Following lawsuits, Snapchat pulls its controversial speed filter

Lately, Snapchat’s 3D Cartoon lens has been all the buzz, making all of our friends look like Pixar characters. But since 2013, a staple filter on the ephemeral photo sharing app has been the speed filter, which shows how fast a phone is moving when it takes a photo or video. Today, Snapchat confirmed that it will pull the filter from the app. NPR first reported this today, calling it a “dramatic reversal” of Snap’s earlier defense of the feature. Over the years, there have been multiple car acc...
Tags: Apps, Lawsuit, Technology, Selfie, California, Tech, Snapchat, Instant Messaging, Software, Computing, Npr, Bob Marley, Lawyer, Driver, Car Accidents, Snap

MacRumors Giveaway: Nomad Celebrates International Surf Day With an Apple Watch Prize

In honor of International Surfing Day, we're teaming up with Nomad to offer MacRumors readers a chance to win an Apple Watch Series 6 and a $200 Nomad gift card. Nomad is celebrating International Surfing Day by highlighting just how useful the Apple Watch is when surfing. In fact, Nomad believes that the Apple Watch is the ultimate surf watch. The Apple Watch is highly water resistant, and it's more than durable enough to stand up to sand and sea water. It can be worn in the water while surfin...
Tags: Apple, Featured, California, Apple Watch, Quebec, Giveaway, Nomad, Maui, Mavericks, Pacific Time, Dawn Patrol, Sport Strap, Apple Watch Nomad, No AMP, MacRumors Facebook, Matt Bromley

'Cash is king': Buyers who can liquidate high-yield assets are boxing first-time homeowners out of the hectic real estate market, real estate agents say

Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images Waiving appraisal contingencies has become a popular tactic for winning a bidding war. That means if an appraisal falls short, the buyer is on the hook for coming up with the extra cash. This is making it more challenging for first-time homebuyers to find a house, realtors say. See more stories on Insider's business page. If you want to nab a home in today's wild real estate market, you better have tons of cash, realtors say. Prices have risen, i...
Tags: Google, New York, California, Washington Post, Trends, Austin, Silicon Valley, San Jose, Northern California, South Florida, Pierre, Facebook Apple, Sereno, Avery Hartmans, Getty Images Prior, West Hempstead New York

Dear Sophie: Is it possible to expand our startup in the US?

Sophie Alcorn Contributor Share on Twitter Sophie Alcorn is the founder of Alcorn Immigration Law in Silicon Valley and 2019 Global Law Experts Awards’ “Law Firm of the Year in California for Entrepreneur Immigration Services.” She connects people with the businesses and opportunities that expand their lives. More posts by this contributor Dear Sophie: What is a diversity green card and how do I apply for one? ...
Tags: Startups, Column, California, US, Tech, Diversity, Joe Biden, Iran, Policy, United States, Silicon Valley, State Department, Lawyers, Biden, Tehran, H-1b Visa

Thanks to capitalism, the poor get richer

Everywhere, people trash capitalism. But what they think they know about capitalism is usually wrong. “No one ever makes a billion dollars,” complains Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. “You take a billion dollars.” In other words, capitalists get rich by taking money from others. That’s nonsense, and Myth No. 1. People believe that myth if they think that when one person wins, someone else must lose. It’s natural to believe that if you think there is a finite amount of money in the world. But there...
Tags: Apple, Labor, California, Steve Jobs, Opinion, Research, Sport, Soccer, Jeff Bezos, Mitchell, Robert Reich, John Stossel, Census Bureau, Michell, Center for Freedom and Prosperity, Dan Mitchell

EV battery swapping startup Ample charges up operations in Japan, NYC

EV battery swapping startup Ample has locked in two partnerships this month that will help fuel an expansion into Japan and New York City after years of working on the technology. The startup, which was founded in 2014 and came out of stealth in March, said Tuesday it has partnered with Japanese petroleum and energy company Eneos to jointly deploy and operate battery swapping infrastructure  in Japan. Over the next year, the two companies will pilot Ample’s fully automated swapping technolo...
Tags: Startups, Transportation, Japan, California, New York City, San Francisco, Tech, Toyota, Bay Area, Sally, Better Place, AMPLE, Levi Tillemann, Hassounah, Eneos, Ev Battery Swapping

Chinese startup plans to launch a driverless robotaxi service in California in 2022, the robotaxi startup that operates in China and the United States, has started testing driverless vehicles on public roads in California ahead of plans to launch a commercial service there in 2022. The company said the driverless vehicle testing, which means the autonomous vehicles operate without human safety drivers behind the wheel, is happening daily on public roads in Fremont and Milpitas, California. is also testing its driverless vehicles in Guangzhou, China. said...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Asia, California, China, Tech, Cruise, Automotive, United States, Electric Vehicles, DMV, Toyota, Autonomous Vehicles, Baidu, Guangzhou, FREMONT

Why are there antitrust cases against Google? Ask the lawyer

Q: Two questions: First, Google is being sued on a number of fronts for so-called antitrust violations, but in my view, Google provides a lot of really good services and employs a lot of people. Is “just too big” the issue? -B.G., Torrance Ron Sokol A: Antitrust prohibitions are found in federal and state laws that seek to regulate the conduct and organization of business entities, with the focus on promoting competition and preventing monopolies. Google, the well-known search engine, faces ...
Tags: Google, News, California, Sport, Soccer, Fda, Pfizer, U S Department of Justice, U S Food and Drug Administration, U S Congress, Manhattan Beach, House Judiciary Subcommittee, First Google, Moderna, Amazon Apple Google, Top Stories LADN

Android announces six new features, emphasizing safety and accessibility

Android shared information today about six features that will roll out this summer. Some of these are just quality of life upgrades, like starring text messages to easily find them later, or getting contextual Emoji Kitchen suggestions depending on what you’re typing. But other aspects of this update emphasize security, safety, and accessibility. Last summer, Google added a feature on Android that basically uses your phone as a seismometer to create “the world’s largest earthquake detection netw...
Tags: Apple, Google, Android, Google Play, Apps, Spotify, Greece, Yahoo, Etsy, California, Ebay, Siri, Tech, Nike, Walmart, Turkey

Elisity raises $26M Series A to scale its AI cybersecurity platform

Elisity, a self-styled innovator that provides behavior-based enterprise cybersecurity, has raised $26 million in Series A funding. The funding round was co-led by Two Bear Capital and AllegisCyber Capital, the latter of which has invested in a number of cybersecurity startups including Panaseer, with previous seed investor Atlantic Bridge also participating. Elisity, which is led by industry veterans from Cisco, Qualys, and Viptela, says the funding will help it meet growing enterprise demand f...
Tags: Security, Technology, Mac, California, Cloud Computing, Funding, Tech, Cisco, Ceo, Artificial Intelligence, Computing, Computer Security, Qualys, Cloud Infrastructure, Atlantic Bridge, Viptela

Mayor Bill Peduto will be speaking at TechCrunch City Spotlight: Pittsburgh on June 29

Last week we announced that Carnegie Mellon University President Farnam Jahanian will be speaking at our upcoming City Spotlight: Pittsburgh event. Today, we’re excited to announce another big guest: Mayor Bill Peduto. The event will be held on June 29. You can register here for free to listen to our conversations with Mayor Peduto and Jahanian, among others. An alumni of both Carnegie Mellon University and Pennsylvania State University, Peduto served on Pittsburgh’s City Council for a dozen yea...
Tags: Startups, New York, California, San Francisco, Events, Tech, City Council, West Coast, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, CMU, Pennsylvania State University, Matt Burns, Peduto, Bill Peduto, Farnam Jahanian

Messaging social network IRL hits unicorn status with SoftBank-led $170M Series C

Social calendar app IRL has been busy building a messaging-based social network, or what founder and CEO Abraham Shafi calls a “WeChat of the West.” Following its pandemic-fueled growth and further push into the social networking space with group chat and other features, IRL is today announcing a sizable $170 million Series C growth round, led by SoftBank’s Vision Fund 2. The fundraise also mints IRL as a new unicorn with a $1.17 billion valuation. Besides SoftBank, new investor Dragoneer also p...
Tags: Social, Startups, TC, Facebook, Apps, Instagram, Social Networks, California, Softbank, Funding, San Francisco, Tech, United States, WeChat, Twitch, Social Network

Buried Apple Privacy Scandal Undermines Its Attacks On Right To Repair Legislation (techdirt)

Apple has never looked kindly upon users actually repairing their own devices. The company's ham-fisted efforts to shut down, sue, or otherwise imperil third-party repair shops are legendary. As are the company's efforts to force recycling shops to shred Apple products (so they can't be refurbished and re-used). As is Apple's often comical attacks on essential right to repair legislation, which usually involves the company insisting that allowing broader independent and consumer repair of their ...
Tags: Apple, News, California, Oregon, Ftc, Cory Doctorow, John Deere, Karl Bode, Paul Roberts, Pegatron Technology Service, SecuRepairs

The Station: Robotaxi apps on the rise, an AI pioneer’s new startup and mobility event highlights

Hello and welcome back to The Station, a weekly newsletter dedicated to all the ways people and packages move (today and in the future) from Point A to Point B. Welp, the mobility event is over and we had loads of interesting interviews and anyone with an Extra Crunch subscription can access the videos. For instance, Rita Liao moderated a panel with executives from three Chinese robotaxi companies — WeRide, AutoX and Momenta — that also test and develop in Europe and the United States. One inter...
Tags: Google, Transportation, Asia, Twitter, Europe, Indonesia, California, Senate, White House, China, Russia, Softbank, America, Tech, Tesla, Bloomberg

Europe needs to back browser-level controls to fix cookie consent nightmares, says privacy group

European privacy group noyb, which recently kicked off a major campaign targeting rampant abuse of the region’s cookie consent rules, has followed up by publishing a technical proposal for an automated browser-level signal it believes could go even further to tackle the friction generated by endless ‘your data choices’ pop-ups. Its proposal is for an automated signal layer that would enable users to configure advanced consent choices — such as only being asked to allow cookies if they frequently...
Tags: Apple, Google, Europe, UK, California, US, Tech, Eu, European Union, Council, European Parliament, Max Schrems, European Council, Competition and Markets Authority CMA, Europe Google, ADPC

Elon Musk says he's selling his last remaining house, a 'special place' in California that he wants a large family to buy

Tesla CEO Elon Musk says he's selling his final house. Pool/Getty Images Elon Musk tweeted that he planned to sell his last remaining house, located in California's Bay Area. Musk said that he has already sold all his other houses to fund a Mars colony. Musk called the property a "special place" and said he wanted to sell it to a large family. See more stories on Insider's business page. Tech billionaire Elon Musk said Monday that he planned to sell his "last remaining house."...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Real Estate, Texas, News, California, Trends, Tech, Tesla, Mars, Axel Springer, Musk, Bay Area, Mars Colony, Mars Colonization, Mathias Döpfner

Apple will reportedly let vaccinated customers go maskless in many of its stores from Tuesday

Apple CEO Tim Cook Christopher Polk/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images Apple plans to drop mask mandates for vaccinated customers at many stores from Tuesday, sources told Bloomberg. Apple staff at the stores will still have to wear masks, the sources said. Apple employees in some California offices will also be allowed to drop their masks, Bloomberg reported. See more stories on Insider's business page. Apple plans to allow vaccinated customers to go without masks at many of its US...
Tags: Apple, California, US, Trends, Bloomberg, Joe, Center for Disease Control and Prevention CDC, Cupertino California, Bloomberg Apple, Walmart Costco, NBC NBCU Photo Bank, Getty Images Apple, Deidre O Brien Apple, Anna Cooban, Tim Cook Christopher Polk, Bloomberg Staff

'Dozens' of Companies are Now Trying to Build Flying Cars

The New York Times shares footage from a flying car's test flight in California — "a single-person aircraft for use in rural areas — essentially a private flying car for the rich — that could start selling this year." (You can read the text of the article here.) "It may look like a strange beast, but it will change the way transportation happens," they're told by Marcus Leng, the Canadian inventor who designed the aircraft (which he named BlackFly): BlackFly is what is often called a flying c...
Tags: Google, California, Tech, New York Times, Silicon Valley, Stanford University, Sebastian Thrun, Kitty Hawk, Thrun, Leng, Marcus Leng

Apple told former White House counsel Don McGahn that his and his wife's records were subpoenaed by Trump DOJ in 2018: NYT

Donald McGahn, lawyer and Trump advisor, exits following a meeting of U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's national finance team at the Four Seasons Hotel in New York City, U.S., June 9, 2016. Reuters/Brendan McDermid Apple told Don McGahn last month that the DOJ subpoenaed information on an account in February 2018, according to the NYT. The action occurred while McGahn was still serving under then-President Donald Trump. According to the NYT, it is unclear what FBI a...
Tags: Apple, Politics, Congress, California, White House, Russia, New York City, US, Trends, Fbi, New York Times, Department Of Justice, Times, House Intelligence Committee, Donald Trump, Doj

Apple told former White House counsel Don McGahn that his records were subpoenaed by DOJ in 2018: NYT

Donald McGahn, lawyer and Trump advisor, exits following a meeting of U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's national finance team at the Four Seasons Hotel in New York City, U.S., June 9, 2016. Reuters/Brendan McDermid Apple told Don McGahn last month that the DOJ subpoenaed information on an account in February 2018, according to the NYT. The action occurred while McGahn was still serving under then-President Donald Trump. According to the NYT, it is unclear what FBI a...
Tags: Apple, Politics, Congress, California, White House, Russia, New York City, US, Trends, Fbi, New York Times, Department Of Justice, Times, House Intelligence Committee, Donald Trump, Doj

Apple Repair Tech Posted Woman's Explicit iPhone Photos to Facebook

"Apple paid a multimillion dollar settlement to a woman after iPhone repair techs posted risque pictures from her phone to Facebook," reports the Washington Post, citing legal documents obtained by the Telegraph. An unnamed Oregon college student "sent her phone to Apple for repairs after it stopped working" in 2016, and the iPhone ended up at Apple-approved repair contractor Pegatron... Two iPhone repair technicians in Sacramento, uploaded "10 photos of her in various stages of undress and a ...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, California, Washington Post, Oregon, Sacramento, Tech, Telegraph, Brisbane Australia, Pegatron, Telegraph An

Nuclear waste recycling is a critical avenue of energy innovation

Tristan Abbey Contributor Share on Twitter Tristan Abbey is President of Comarus Analytics LLC. He served as senior policy advisor at the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources and as director for strategic planning at the National Security Council. No single question bedevils American energy and environmental policy more than nuclear waste. No, not even a changing climate, which may be a wicked problem but none...
Tags: Energy, Column, New York, California, Opinion, Washington, Oregon, Senate, Alabama, Tech, Georgia, United States, Wyoming, San Diego, National Security Council, Biden

Top Justice Department officials Sessions, Barr and Rosenstein all deny knowledge of secret subpoenas targeting Democratic lawmakers

Attorney General William Barr, left, stands with former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, right, following a farewell ceremony for Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in the Great Hall at the Department of Justice in Washington, Thursday, May 9, 2019. AP Photo/Andrew Harnik Former attorney generals Jeff Sessions and Bill Barr have denied knowledge of secret DoJ subpoenas. The subpoenas targeted Democratic lawmakers as part of a leaks probe. The DoJ has not revealed who authorized the ph...
Tags: Apple, Politics, California, Washington, Politico, Russia, Trends, Cnn, House, New York Times, Nancy Pelosi, Department Of Justice, House Intelligence Committee, Donald Trump, Doj, Justice Department

Watergate figure John Dean described the Trump DOJ's surveillance of House Democrats as 'Nixon on stilts and steroids'

John Dean is seen testifying before the House Judiciary Committee hearing about Lessons from the Mueller Report on June 10, 2019. Saul Loeb/AFP John Dean described the Trump DOJ's surveillance of Democrats as "Nixon on stilts and steroids." Dean criticized Bill Barr, alleging that the former attorney general was committed to serving Trump. Rep. Adam Schiff of California has called for "a full accounting of the Trump DOJ's abuse of power." See more stories on Insider's business ...
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Nearly $1 Billion in Funding Restored for California Bullet Train

Back in 2009, then-governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger requested $4.7 billion in federal stimulus money to help build an 800-mile bullet train system from San Diego to San Francisco. "We're traveling on our trains at the same speed as 100 years ago," the governor said. "That is inexcusable. America must catch up." Nearly 12 years later, "a $929-million federal grant for the California bullet train project was restored Thursday," reports the Los Angeles Times, "reversing a decision by ...
Tags: Transportation, Obama, California, America, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tech, House, San Diego, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Times, Los Angeles Times, Bay Area, Southern California, Trump, Bakersfield

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