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Planning for the uncertain future of work

In a recently published, roughly 75-page report, British non-profit organization The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts (RSA) outlined several scenarios for how the UK labor market will be impacted by frontier technologies such as automation, AI, AVs and more. The analysis titled “The Four Futures of Work” was conducted in collaboration with design and consulting firm Arup and was spearheaded by the RSA’s “Future Work Centre”, which focuses on the impact of new technologies on work ...
Tags: Artificial Intelligence, Asia, Europe, Finance, Government, Personnel, Philanthropy, Policy, TC, Automation, China, Climate Change, Energy, Executive, Future Of Work, Global Warming


Trump promotes Michael Kratsios to US Chief Technology Officer

More than two years into the Trump administration, the long vacant post of U.S. Chief Technology Officer will be filled. Bloomberg first reported that today Trump is elevating Michael Kratsios, current deputy U.S. CTO, to the nation’s top tech position. Prior to his experience within the Trump administration, Kratsios served as chief of staff at Peter Thiel’s investment firm Thiel Capital and as chief financial officer at another Thiel project, the hedge fund Clarium Capital. The U.S. CTO role w...
Tags: Government, TC, Peter Thiel, Trump administration


Slowdown or not, China’s luxury goods still seeing high-end growth

Despite well-documented concerns over an economic slowdown in China, the country’s luxury goods market is still seeing opulent growth according to a new study. Behind secular and demographic tailwinds, the luxury sector is set to continue its torrid expansion in the face of volatility as it’s quickly becoming a defensive economic crown jewel. Using proprietary analysis, company data, primary source interviews, and third-party research, Bain & Company dug into the ongoing expansion of China’s hig...
Tags: Social, TC, Ecommerce, Asia, Shopping, Advertising Tech, Government, China, Study, Tech, Research, Economy, Policy, Software, Report, Alibaba


21 Expert Tips to Take Your Business to the Next Level

It’s not unusual for business owners to feel stuck at times. Sales are leveling off, it’s gotten hard to find employees to staff up, or you just feel like you’re in a rut. When this happens, you may need a new set of eyes to help you find ways to reenergize and grow your business. Your local Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is a great place to turn, as it offers free consulting, along with training that is often free or low-cost. SBDCs work with a variety of small business owners and...
Tags: Google, Post, Florida, Minnesota, Government, Sales, Wisconsin, Operations, University of Central Florida, West Michigan, SBA, ESOP, Arkansas Tech University, Louis County, UW La Crosse, Florida Gulf Coast University


Election Commission urges “voluntary restraint”; asks FB, Twitter, Google, ShareChat, TikTok and BigoTV to lay down code of ethics for elections

Social media platforms Facebook, Whatsapp, Twitter, Google, ShareChat, TikTok and BigoTV and the IAMAI will lay down a code of ethics for election-related operational details by today evening. In a meeting, Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora “exhorted the Social Media Organizations, who... ...
Tags: Travel, Google, Mobile, Facebook, Twitter, Elections, News, Internet, Government, India, Social Media, Regulation, Eci, Misinformation, Election Commission, Fake News


21 Expert Tips to Take Your Business to the Next Level

It’s not unusual for business owners to feel stuck at times. Sales are leveling off, it’s gotten hard to find employees to staff up, or you just feel like you’re in a rut. When this happens, you may need a new set of eyes to help you find ways to reenergize and grow your business. Your local Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is a great place to turn, as it offers free consulting, along with training that is often free or low-cost. SBDCs work with a variety of small business owners and...
Tags: Google, Post, Florida, Minnesota, Government, Sales, Wisconsin, Operations, University of Central Florida, West Michigan, SBA, ESOP, Arkansas Tech University, Louis County, UW La Crosse, Florida Gulf Coast University


Why a top antitrust lawmaker thinks it’s time to break up Facebook

When the newly-minted chair of a congressional antitrust committee calls you out, it’s probably time to start worrying. In an op-ed for the New York Times, Rhode Island Representative David N. Cicilline has called on the Federal Trade Commission to look into Facebook’s behavior for potential antitrust violations, citing TechCrunch’s own reporting that the company collected data on teens through a secret paid program among many other scandals. “After each misdeed becomes public, Facebook alter...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Congress, Government, Tech, Bloomberg, House, Antitrust, Silicon Valley, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc, Democratic Party, Cicilline, David N Cicilline


Snap is under NDA with UK Home Office discussing how to centralize age checks online

Snap is under NDA with the UK’s Home Office as part of a working group tasked with coming up with more robust age verification technology that’s able to robustly identify children online. The detail emerged during a parliamentary committee hearing as MPs in the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) questioned Stephen Collins, Snap’s senior director for public policy international, and Will Scougal, director of creative strategy EMEA. A spokesman in the Home Office press o...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Apps, Europe, UK, Government, Social Media, Tech, Policy, United Kingdom, Home Office, Photo Sharing, Collins, Stephen Collins, UK Government, Social Media Platforms


Visa policies threaten innovation but aren’t stopping hiring abroad

The growing intensity of the US visa approval process has made it more difficult for companies to attract, support and retain foreign talent. However, recruiters are still sourcing talent from abroad at an increasing clip. According to a recent, roughly 30-page, report published by Envoy – the corporate workforce immigration management platform – US corporate demand for foreign talent has remained resilient in the face of a stricter stance on immigration taken by the current government. With hel...
Tags: Apple, TC, Asia, Europe, Money, Talent Gap, Microsoft, US Government, Government, Immigration, US, Tech, Diversity, Economy, Policy, Canada


Intel and Cray are building a $500 million ‘exascale’ supercomputer for Argonne National Lab

In a way, I have the equivalent of a supercomputer in my pocket. But in another, more important way, that pocket computer is a joke compared with real supercomputers — and Intel and Cray are putting together one of the biggest ever with a half-billion-dollar contract from the Department of Energy. It’s going to do exaflops! The “Aurora” program aims to put together an “exascale” computing system for Argonne National Laboratory by 2021. The “exa” is prefix indicating bigness, in this case 1 qu...
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Hardware, Government, China, Tech, Intel, Ibm, Supercomputers, Department Of Energy, Aurora, Cray, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne National Lab


ECI to talk to Google, FB, Twitter, WhatsApp, ShareChat and TikTok India heads about taking down offending content

The Election Commission of India (EC) has asked to meet with Google, Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, ShareChat and TikTok’s India heads to talk about taking down content which violates its guidelines during the upcoming elections, reports the Indian Express. It is interesting that the EC has now... ...
Tags: Travel, Google, Facebook, Twitter, Elections, News, Internet, Government, India, Social Media, Whatsapp, Policy, Content, EC, Google Facebook Twitter, Content Moderation


Apple addresses Spotify’s claims, but not its demands

Two days after Spotify announced that it had filed a suit against Apple with the European Commission over anticompetitive practices, Apple today issued its own response of sorts. In a lengthy statement on its site called “Addressing Spotify’s Claims”, Apple walks through and dismantles some of the key parts of Spotify’s accusations about how the App Store works, covering app store approval times, Spotify’s actual cut on subscription revenues, and Spotify’s rise as a result of its presence ...
Tags: Apple, TC, Apps, Spotify, Europe, Media, Government, Tech, Competition, Regulation, European Commission, Antitrust, App Store, Apple Music, US Copyright Royalty Board


Bipartisan bill proposes oversight for commercial facial recognition

On Thursday, Hawaii Senator Brian Schatz and Missouri Senator Roy Blunt introduced a bill designed to offer legislative oversight for commercial applications of facial recognition technology. Known as the Commercial Facial Recognition Privacy Act, the bill would obligate companies to inform consumers about any use of facial recognition and proposes limiting companies from freely sharing facial recognition data with third parties without first obtaining explicit user consent. “Consumers are incre...
Tags: TC, Microsoft, Congress, Government, Tech, Surveillance, Missouri, Hawaii, Facial Recognition, Hill, Brad Smith, Blunt, Roy Blunt, Schatz, Brian Schatz


Kamala Harris wants to quadruple the US Digital Service budget and bring it to states

Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA), who has already announced her presidential campaign, has introduced a bill that would double down on one of the rare successful tech upgrade programs in the government today: the U.S. Digital Service. Ultimately she wants this quietly effective program to go from federal to state and local level, and command a much larger $65 million yearly budget. If you haven’t heard of the USDS, don’t worry — it’s not exactly flashy. Founded under Obama’s tenure after the Heal...
Tags: Obama, Government, Senate, Tech, Healthcare, Medicare, Kamala Harris, HARRIS, USDS, U S Digital Service, U.S. Senate, US Digital Service


UK asks competition watchdog to put adtech market review top of its to-do list

The UK government has written to the country’s competition authority to ask the watchdog to respond to concerns about the lack of transparency in the digital advertising market and carry out a formal market study “as soon as possible”. In a to the Competition and Markets Authority, chancellor Philip Hammond writes that the online ad sector “has been widely described as lacking transparency”. “A Market Study would provide greater understanding of the existence, nature and potential solutions to...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Europe, UK, Advertising Tech, Government, Marketing, Social Media, Tech, Eu, European Union, Competition, United Kingdom, Philip Hammond, Competition And Markets Authority, Cma


The adversarial persuasion machine: a conversation with James Williams

James Williams may not be a household name yet in most tech circles, but he will be. For this second in what will be a regular series of conversations exploring the ethics of the technology industry, I was delighted to be able to turn to one of our current generation’s most important young philosophers of tech. Around a decade ago, Williams won the Founder’s Award, Google’s highest honor for its employees. Then in 2017, he won an even rarer award, this time for his scorching criticism of the ent...
Tags: Google, Social, TC, Facebook, Twitter, Media, Advertising Tech, Youtube, Democracy, Government, Samsung, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Williams, Oxford, Oxford University


Opportunity’s last Mars panorama is a showstopper

The Opportunity Mars Rover may be officially offline for good, but its legacy of science and imagery is ongoing — and NASA just shared the last (nearly) complete panorama the robot sent back before it was blanketed in dust. After more than 5,000 days (or rather sols) on the Martian surface, Opportunity found itself in Endeavour Crater, specifically in Perseverance Valley on the western rim. For the last month of its active life, it systematically imaged its surroundings to create another of its ...
Tags: Startups, TC, Gadgets, Space, Science, Hardware, Government, Nasa, Mars, Opportunity, Mars Rover, Jpl, Mars rovers, Perseverance Valley


The FDA proposes further restrictions to sales of flavored e-cig products

The FDA has drafted for the regulation of e-cigarettes, particularly with regards to flavored nicotine products. The first big change is that the FDA has bumped up the application due date by one year for FDA approval of flavored products. Manufacturers of all flavored ENDS (electronic nicotine delivery system) products will now have to submit premarket applications by August 8, 2021. The second change is introducing a new compliance policy with regards to flavored ENDS products. At the time t...
Tags: Health, Startups, TC, Facebook, Government, Tech, Fda, Juul, Altria, National Cancer Institute, Sharpless, Gottlieb, Ecig, Juul Labs, Ned Sharpless


National Cancer Institute chief tapped as acting FDA Commissioner

In the wake of FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb’s abrupt resignation, Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex M. Azar III announced that Dr. Ned Sharpless will serve as interim commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration. Since October 2017, Dr. Sharpless served as director of the National Cancer Institute and, before that, worked as a researcher and hematologist-oncologist at the University of North Carolina. He is also a co-founder of G1 Therapeutics, a biotech firm focused on cancer t...
Tags: Health, TC, Government, Tech, Rest, Food And Drug Administration, Nyt, Fda, Juul, Altria, Ned, National Cancer Institute, Sharpless, Gottlieb, Scott Gottlieb, Personnel


Democracy is good for business

Matthew Douglass Contributor Matthew Douglass is a board member of the nonpartisan Business for America and previously co-founded digital health company Practice Fusion in 2007. More posts by this contributor A Digital Healthcare Argument For Net Neutrality In America, democracy and capitalism go hand in hand. Watching our democracy function (or, more accurately, malfunction) over the past few years, I have come to the conclusion that t...
Tags: Column, Florida, Colorado, Opinion, Democracy, Government, America, Tech, Pennsylvania, House, Amy Klobuchar, Michigan, Nevada, Gulf of Mexico, Digital Healthcare, Practice Fusion


NVIDIA and OpenAI’s capped returns

Editor’s note: Starting as a trial, the Extra Crunch Daily newsletter is going to be delivered Tuesday-Saturday, in order to faithfully analyze the happenings in the startup and financial world Monday-Friday. Open AI’s capped returns OpenAI announced yesterday that they are going to be offering a “capped return” security for investors as part of the for-profit/non-profit split the organization is creating: As mentioned above, economic returns for investors and employees are capped (with the ca...
Tags: Startups, Facebook, Asia, Hong Kong, New York, Hardware, Microsoft, Government, China, Ipo, US, Linkedin, Beijing, Shanghai, Nvidia, Silicon Valley


NAMA Digest: Developments at Zoho, Netflix, Facebook, OLX and more

A quick roundup of the developments in the Indian and international digital, tech and business ecosystem. Developments in the digital ecosystem NPCI has issued 64 million RuPay global cards on the Discover Network, reports the Economic Times. The cards are accepted by 41 million merchants across... ...
Tags: Travel, Health, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Ecommerce, Smart City, News, Government, India, Policy, Netflix, Regulation, Airbnb, Flipkart, Paytm


US threatens to reduce intelligence sharing if Germany doesn’t ban Huawei

The U.S. government is threatening to reduce the amount of intelligence it shares with Germany if Huawei wins a contract to build the country’s next-generation 5G network. That’s the takeaway from a letter sent by the U.S. ambassador to Germany, Richard Grenell, to Germany’s economics minister, as reported by The Wall Street Journal. Grenell, appointed by President Trump last year, said the U.S. would not be able to continue sharing the same level or amount of classified intelligence over fears ...
Tags: Security, Mobile, Europe, Government, China, Germany, US, Tech, Beijing, Telecommunications, Nato, Edward Snowden, European Commission, Huawei, National Security Agency, 5g


Who are the next billion users and what do they want?

Entrepreneurs and tech executives are widening their gazes outside of developed nations for their next source of growth. Ubiquitous cheap phones and increasingly affordable phone plans such as Jio in India are helping another billion users join the internet. What do those users want though, and how are they the same and different than existing internet users? That’s the subject of a critical book by Payal Arora, entitled The Next Billion Users: Digital Life Beyond the West. The compact thesis en...
Tags: Facebook, Asia, Europe, New York, Education, California, Government, India, Tech, Infrastructure, West, Netherlands, Brazil, Silicon Valley, Detroit, Wall


SpaceX makes history by completing first private crew capsule mission

SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule has safely splashed down in the Atlantic, making it the first privately built crew-capable spacecraft ever to complete a mission to the International Space Station. It’s one of several firsts SpaceX plans this year, but Boeing is hot on its heels with a crew demonstrator of its own — and of course the real test is doing the same thing with astronauts aboard. This mission, Demo-1, had SpaceX showing that its Crew Dragon capsule, an evolution of the cargo-bearing Dr...
Tags: Gadgets, Space, Spacex, Hardware, Government, Tech, Nasa, Atlantic, International Space Station, West Coast, Iss, Demo, Boeing, Falcon, Ripley, Commercial Crew


FCC ‘looking into’ reported error throwing broadband deployment numbers off by millions

It’s the FCC’s official duty to promote connectivity throughout the U.S., and as part of that it issues a yearly report on improvements to broadband deployment. The latest report, however, seems to contain an error large enough to throw its numbers completely off what Chairman Ajit Pai has already claimed. His office says that they are “looking into the matter.” The information comes from advocacy organization Free Press, already a thorn in this administration’s side for having pointed out th...
Tags: Verizon, Fcc, Government, Senate, Tech, Ars Technica, Broadband, Policy, Commission, Isps, Pai, Starks, Free Press, Ajit Pai, Jessica Rosenworcel, Geoffrey Starks


Huawei sues America as SoftBank spends more money

Today, a bunch of analysis on stories we have been covering the last few weeks. You’re reading the Extra Crunch Daily. Like this newsletter? Subscribe for free to follow all of our discussions and debates. SoftBank wants to spend more billions Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg via Getty Images Three inter-related stories today on SoftBank and its Vision Fund. First, an analysis from my Bangkok-based colleague Jon Russell, who notes that controversies surrounding the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi ...
Tags: Transportation, Lyft, Asia, Europe, Japan, New York, Congress, Saudi Arabia, Finance, Government, China, Southeast Asia, India, Softbank, Africa, US


Huawei is suing the US government over ‘unconstitutional’ equipment ban

Huawei has decided to go on the legal offence against the United States government after defending itself against alleged espionage and bank frauds linked to American sanctions on Iran. During a press conference late Wednesday, Huawei announced that it has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. government, arguing that a ban on the use of its products by federal agencies and contractors violated due process and is unconstitutional. The company is the world’s largest maker of telecommunications equipme...
Tags: Apple, Startups, TC, Mobile, Congress, Government, China, US, Iran, United States, Huawei, 5g, Ren, U S Justice Department, Guo, U S government


Trump called Apple’s CEO ‘Tim Apple’ by mistake

The president has to remember a lot of names! Some he remembers, some he forgets. But we will never forget today in the Year of Our Lord 2019 when President Trump called Apple CEO Tim Cook “Tim Apple.” Maybe we’re just losing our minds waiting for a good meme, but there’s something relentlessly good and pure about calling the executive formerly known as Tim Cook “Tim Apple.” Tim Cook: Great guy, great phones. Tim Apple though? Man, where do we start! In the video from Cook’s appearance wit...
Tags: Apple, TC, Cook, Mexico, Government, Tech, Tim Cook, Lockheed Martin, Trump, Trump Administration, American Workforce Policy Advisory Board Trump, Tim Apple, Tim Cook Tim Apple Maybe, Tim Cook Tim Apple Tim Cook, Tim Apple Trump, Marillyn Lockheed


Intel Reveals Ideas on Promoting AI in U.S. as Chinese Growth Looms

Even as the executive order President Trump issued last month on artificial intelligence furthered the conversation about a developing national strategy for the sector, it was met with certain criticism. A common complaint was that the plan won’t implement itself.“The administration’s American AI Initiative includes all of the right elements; the critical test will be to see if they follow through in a vigorous manner,” Jason Furman, who helped compile a report on AI for the Obama administratio...
Tags: Startups, Technology, Education, Obama, Climate Change, President Obama, Government, Immigration, San Francisco, Barack Obama, Trends, Startup, Tech, Legislation, Intel, IP



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