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NASA selects four companies for Moon material collection as it seeks to set precedent on private sector outer space mining

NASA has selected the winning candidates that they’ve decided to tap to collect lunar resources for eventual Earth return, from a number of commercial companies who applied. The four companies all have rides booked on future commercial lunar lander missions, and the agency is using this as a demonstration of what kinds of efficiencies it can realize by piggybacking on private industry for serving its needs – and a precedent-setting event for NASA paying private companies to retrieve materials...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Europe, Space, Japan, Science, Colorado, Gold, Tech, Nasa, Moon, Mars, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Artemis, Blue Origin

Now anyone can share their world with Street View

When people find out that I work on Street View, the first thing they ask is, "How can I drive the Street View car?" Sadly, we don’t loan out those iconic vehicles, but what if any car could become a Street View car? Better yet, what if anyone could contribute to Street View, using only their phone?With our updated Street View app on Android, it’s now easier than ever to collect your own Street View imagery and put it in the right place on Google Maps. Using our new connected photos tool in the ...
Tags: Google, Japan, Maps, Nigeria, Toronto, Brazil, Google Maps, Costa Rica, Tonga, Zanzibar, Bermuda, Austin TX, Brazil Japan, Nigeria Indonesia, Stafford Marquardt, Pegman

Neuroglee gets $2.3 million to develop digital therapeutics for neurodegenerative diseases

There are now about 50 million people with dementia globally, a number the World Health Organization expects to triple by 2050. Alzheimer’s is the leading cause of dementia and caregivers are often overwhelmed, without enough support. Neuroglee, a Singapore-based health tech startup, wants to help with a digital therapeutic platform created to treat patients in the early stages of the disease. Founded this year to focus on neurodegenerative diseases, Neuroglee announced today it has raised $2.3 ...
Tags: Health, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Asia, Japan, Southeast Asia, Singapore, Tech, United States, World Health Organization, Alzheimer's, U S Food and Drug Administration, Eisai Co, Digital Therapeutics, Kuldeep Singh Rajput

Gift Guide: The best books for 2020 recommended by VCs and TechCrunch writers (Part 1)

Welcome to TechCrunch’s 2020 Holiday Gift Guide! Need help with gift ideas? We’re here to help! We’ll be rolling out gift guides from now through the end of December. You can find our other guides right here. This is Part 1 of the Best Books gift guide. Part 2 with even more selections will be posted shortly. 2020 was a tough year for all of us, but a strong one for books (how often do you get to say that?). Sales are up, driven by lockdowns, boredom, and the need for escape. Yet, 2020 also felt...
Tags: Google, Amazon, TC, Spotify, Japan, England, London, Snowden, France, Stanford, Nsa, China, America, Book Review, Tech, Nike

How does Stadia work? How to stream games on Google's cloud-gaming platform

Google's gaming service, Stadia, is a cloud-gaming platform. Chesnot / Contributor/Getty Images Google Stadia works by allowing you to stream games without a console or gaming PC. You need a Google-capable device like an Android or browser with Chrome, or a Google Chromecast Ultra for big-screen streaming. The platform relies on Google's servers and a fast internet connection for an optimal cloud-based gaming experience. Visit Business Insider's Tech Reference library for more stories....
Tags: Google, Amazon, Gaming, Japan, Microsoft, US, Trends, Nintendo, Gamescom, Luna, Cologne Germany, Cloud Gaming, Stadia, Tech Insider, Getty Images Google, Epic Games Store

Researchers Calculate Earth is 2,000 Light-years Closer to the Milky Way's Black Hole

"Earth just got 7 km/s faster and about 2000 light-years closer to the supermassive black hole in the center of the Milky Way Galaxy," reports But don't worry, this doesn't mean that our planet is plunging towards the black hole. Instead the changes are results of a better model of the Milky Way Galaxy based on new observation data, including a catalog of objects observed over the course of more than 15 years by the Japanese radio astronomy project VERA. CNET explains: Over the last...
Tags: Japan, Tech, Earth, Cnet, Milky Way Galaxy, Vera

UK to set up new Big Tech regulator to address Google, Facebook dominance

The United Kingdom (UK) government will set up a new body exclusively for the purpose of regulating Big Tech companies. The country’s competition regulator Competition and Markets Authority’s (CMA) new dedicated Digital Markets Unit (DMU) will enforce a new statutory code to ensure “acceptable behaviour” by technology companies such as Google and Facebook. It will begin operating from April 2021. The new code, the UK government claims, will support the sustainability of the news publishing indus...
Tags: Travel, Google, Facebook, Japan, UK, News, Microsoft, US, Eu, European Union, Competition, United States, United Kingdom, Antitrust, Biden, Competition And Markets Authority

As Silicon Valley gets disrupted by the pandemic, this CEO says tech companies should look to Canada to expand

Yung Wu is the CEO of MaRS Discovery District, an innovation hub located in Toronto, Canada. Yung Wu Yung Wu is an entrepreneur, VC, and the CEO of MaRS Discovery District, a startup innovation hub located in Toronto. Amid the pandemic and surge in remote work options, Wu says tech founders and workers should look beyond Silicon Valley to expand their businesses. In Canada, Wu says private and public sectors are able to collaborate for effectively, and that various funding programs, pandem...
Tags: Business, Japan, Opinion, White House, US, Toronto, America, Trends, Strategy, Tech, Canada, United States, Sony, Logitech, Nintendo, Silicon Valley

Currency risk and ETFs, trackers, and other funds

Note: Exchange rates between different currencies fluctuate all the time, and the currency pairs used below are purely illustrative from the time of writing. Today’s numbers aren’t relevant to understanding currency risk. O ne area where investors and even experts get themselves into a muddle is currency risk – specifically when it comes to the currency that a fund is priced or denominated in. Currency risk itself is pretty straightforward. It will be familiar to anyone who has ever been on ho...
Tags: Google, Japan, UK, Marketing, US, Investing, Don, Morningstar, Vanguard, Google Finance, Updated, Christopher Biggins, Financial glossary, Currency Risk, Investing Overseas, BP Tesco Lloyds

The Beatles Create an Abstract Collaborative Painting, Images of a Woman, During Three Days of Lockdown in Japan (1966)

One of the earliest known non-human visual artists, Congo the chimpanzee, learned to draw in 1956 at the age of two. Moody, fiercely protective of his work, and particular about his process, he made around 400 drawings and paintings in a style described as “lyrical abstract impressionism.” He appeared several times on British television before his death in 1964. He counted Picasso among his fans and, in a 2005 auction, outsold Warhol and Renoir. One wonders if whoever gave the four-headed beast...
Tags: Google, Art, Music, Japan, England, London, College, Congo, Tokyo, Warhol, John, Candlestick Park, Ringo, Monterrey, Picasso, George

13 tech gifts dads will actually love to get this holiday season

When you buy through our links, we may earn money from our affiliate partners. Learn more. Amazon The holidays are right around the corner, and there are lots of fun and helpful tech products that make excellent presents.Regardless of what your dad is into, we're confident we've found at least one tech gift for them.For instance, almost any dad could use a Bosch Go Smart Electric Screwdriver Set, or a nifty TurboGrafx-16 Mini retro game console.Need more gift ideas? Check out our list of...
Tags: Reviews, Apple, Google, Japan, TV, Audio, US, Trends, Tech, Gifts, Headphones, Cameras, Sony, Nintendo, Tablets, Apple Watch

Pro Tips for an Entrepreneur to Go Global

Moving a business to another market is something that many entrepreneurs dream of. And not without reason; global expansion has become one of the milestones in every successful business owner’s career due to the plethora of benefits it brings to a company.  Of course, the financial aspect of expanding your business on a global scale is one of its most prominent advantages. However, there are also many more: worldwide recognition, independence from fluctuations of the local market, the rap...
Tags: Google, Japan, Usa, Germany, Sales, Entrepreneur, Tips, Brazil, Blog & Grow, Go Global, Pro Tips, Malgorzata, Tips for an Entrepreneur

This Week in Apps: Apple slashes commissions, Twitter launches Fleets, warnings about Parler

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the TechCrunch series that recaps the latest OS news, the applications they support and the money that flows through it all. The app industry is as hot as ever, with   204 billion downloads and $120 billion in consumer spending in 2019. People are now spending three hours and 40 minutes per day using apps, rivaling TV. Apps aren’t just a way to pass idle hours — they’re a big business. In 2019, mobile-first companies had a   $544 billion valuation, 6.5x higher ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, TC, Facebook, Apps, Twitter, Japan, Instagram, Supreme Court, Australia, Washington Post, Youtube, Ipo, Tech, Eu

ORIX invests $60M in Israeli crowdfunding platform OurCrowd

Japan-based financial services group ORIX Corporation today announced that it has made a $60 million strategic investment into the Israeli crowdsourcing platform OurCrowd. In return, the crowdfunding platform will provide the firm with access to its startup network. OurCrowd also says that the two groups will collaborate to create financial products and investment opportunities for the Japanese and global market, including access to its venture funds and specific companies in the OurCrowd por...
Tags: Japan, Real Estate, Crowdfunding, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Israel, Tech, Investment, Banking, United States, Tokyo, Private Equity, Financial Services, Ourcrowd, Jon Medved, Beyond Meat

Can artificial intelligence give elephants a winning edge?

Adam Benzion Contributor Share on Twitter Adam Benzion is a serial entrepreneur, writer, tech investor, co-founder of and the CXO of Edge Impulse. Images of elephants roaming the African plains are imprinted on all of our minds and something easily recognized as a symbol of Africa. But the future of elephants today is uncertain. An elephant is currently being killed by poachers every 15 minutes, and humans, who l...
Tags: Column, Internet Of Things, Japan, Science, Microsoft, Developer, Africa, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, John Legend, GreenTech, Natalie Portman, Western Digital, Sara, Tim

Affirm revealed its IPO paperwork. Here's a look inside the buy now, pay later frenzy, the new twist on financing that is a must have for everyone.

Klarna markets itself as a 'smoooth shopping' experience. Thomas Concordia/Getty Images Point-of-sale financing isn't new, but it's gotten renewed attention as a wave of startups like Affirm, Afterpay, and Klarna acquired millions of new users during the coronavirus pandemic. On Wednesday, Affim published its S-1, the paper detailing its planned initial public offering.  These fintechs offer consumers the ability to buy now, pay later, both online and in-store. And now, incumbents ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Japan, UK, Etsy, Australia, France, Finance, China, US, Trends, Paypal, David, Canada, Tencent

Pfizer and BioNTech to submit request for emergency use approval of their COVID-19 vaccine today

Two of the companies behind one of the leading COVID-19 vaccine candidates will seek approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for emergency use authorization (EUA) of their preventative treatment with an application to be delivered today. Pfizer and BioNTech, who revealed earlier this week that their vaccine was 95% effective based on Phase 3 clinical trial data, are submitting for the emergency authorization in the U.S., as well as in Australia, Canada, Europe, Japan and the U....
Tags: Health, TC, Europe, Japan, Medicine, Australia, Tech, Medical Research, Canada, United States, United Kingdom, Vaccination, Fda, Pfizer, Biotech, Vaccines

Taron Egerton’s ‘Tetris’ Movie Lands at Apple

After slowly dropping from a great height and rotating in the air a few times, the Tetris movie has fit snugly into place at Apple. To be clear: this isn’t a film based on the game itself. Rather, it’s about the creation of the game and its licensing around the world. Taron Egerton is set to star as Henk Rogers, the Dutch video game designer who was the first to secure the rights to distribute Tetris on consoles. Deadline has the scoop on the Tetris movie heading to Apple. Jon S. Baird is di...
Tags: Apple, Japan, Movies, Tetris, Moscow, True Story, Robert, Martin Scorsese, Antoine Fuqua, Britain America, Taron Egerton, Alexey Pajitnov, Henk Rogers, Henk, Noah Pink, Marv Films

Japan To Begin Experiments Issuing Digital Yen

More than 30 major Japanese firms will begin experiments next year towards issuing a common, private digital currency to promote digitalisation in one of the world's most cash-loving countries, the group's organising body said on Thursday. From a report: The move follows the Bank of Japan's recently announced plan to experiment with issuing a digital yen, underscoring a growing awareness of the need for Japan to catch up to rapid global advances in financial technology. The group, consisting of ...
Tags: Japan, Tech, Bank of Japan, BOJ, Yamaoka, Hiromi Yamaoka

Massive, China-State-Funded Hack Hits Companies Around the World, Report Says

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Researchers have uncovered a massive hacking campaign that's using sophisticated tools and techniques to compromise the networks of companies around the world. The hackers, most likely from a well-known group that's funded by the Chinese government, are outfitted with both off-the-shelf and custom-made tools. One such tool exploits Zerologon, the name given to a Windows server vulnerability, patched in August, that can give attackers instant...
Tags: Japan, Microsoft, Tech, Fbi, United States, Symantec, Department Of Homeland Security, DLL, Zerologon, Massive China State

A call to advance women entrepreneurs

When I joined Google more than a decade ago, I was one of the only working mothers at Google Tokyo. I spoke with other women at the office, and was surprised to find that for many of my female colleagues, the cultural stigma of being a working mom was still hard to overcome, even at a company as supportive as Google. I was especially struck by conversations with younger women who had yet to start families, but who had already decided that when the time came, work and family would be too hard to ...
Tags: Google, Asia, Japan, Entrepreneurs, Asia Pacific, Korea, Tokyo, UN Women, Diversity and Inclusion, Grow With Google, Hanna Kim, Miki Iwamura, Africa Kenya Nigeria South Africa

Sony, Microsoft Consoles Struggle With Thin Launch-Day Stock

Sales of Sony and Microsoft's new gaming consoles fell short of their predecessors during their first week in Japan, suggesting persistent supply bottlenecks will hamper the debut of two of this holiday season's most hotly anticipated gadgets. From a report: Sony sold 118,085 PlayStation 5 consoles from its debut on Nov. 12 to Nov. 15, roughly a third of the PS4's performance over launch weekend, Famitsu estimated. Microsoft tallied 20,534 units of its Xbox Series X and S during the six days fro...
Tags: Japan, Microsoft, Tech, Sony, Tokyo, Sony Microsoft, Famitsu

Masayoshi Son says SoftBank now has “$80 billion in cash on hand” just in case

Masayoshi Son, the founder and CEO of the Japanese conglomerate SoftBank, has had a topsy turvy year or two, but the story he is eager to tell is that he is back and in the black. Such was the overarching message delivered at a virtual Dealbook conference earlier today, with Son joining from Tokyo and sounding sanguine about a wide range of issues, from TikTok’s future (SoftBank is an investor in its parent company, Bytedance); to the future of ousted WeWork cofounder Adam Neumann, a company on ...
Tags: TC, Japan, Softbank, Tech, Walmart, Tokyo, WeWork, Son, Oracle, Trump, Lehman Brothers, Elliott, Sorkin, Adam Neumann, India Japan, Masayoshi Son

Visit 100 cultural sites in Search

If travelling is on your mind, Google Search might be your starting place to research, find inspiration, and learn about sites from all over the world. And even though many of us have had to change or cancel our travel plans, it’s still a great time to seek inspiration for our next great adventure. That's why, with Google Arts & Culture, we’re launching a new virtual tour feature on Google Search for over 100 global museums and cultural sites. You can drop in and explore the Palace of Versailles...
Tags: Google, Japan, Washington, Search, Rio De Janeiro, Sicily, Arts And Culture, Versailles, Valley, Amaral, Google Arts Culture, Marzia Niccolai, Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, Museu Nacional de Belas Artes

Twitter rolls out Stories, aka ‘Fleets,’ to all users; will also test a Clubhouse rival

Twitter this morning is launching its own version of Stories — aka “Fleets” — to its global user base. The product, which allows users to post ephemeral content that disappears in 24 hours, had already rolled out to select markets including Brazil, India, Italy, South Korea, and most recently, Japan. The company, in a press briefing on Monday, also revealed its plans to test an audio-based social networking feature similar to the controversial app Clubhouse. Like Clubhouse, Twitter’s new a...
Tags: Social, TC, Apps, Twitter, Japan, Audio, Tweets, Social Media, Tech, New York Times, Stories, Brazil, Jack Dorsey, Elliott, Joshua Harris, Christine Su

How Soy Sauce Has Been Made in Japan for Over 220 Years: An Inside View Soy sauce has figured into the cuisine of east Asia for more than two millennia. By that standard, the two-century-old Fueki Shoyu Brewing hasn’t been in the game long. But in running the operation today, Masatsugu Fueki can hardly be accused of failing to uphold tradition: he adheres to just the same practices for making soy sauce (shoyu, in Japanese) as the company’s founders did back in 1879. You can see the entire process in the Eater vide...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Asia, Japan, College, United States, Food & Drink, Seoul, Facebook Twitter, Colin Marshall, Saitama Prefecture, 21st Century Los Angeles, Fueki, Masatsugu Fueki, Fueki Shoyu Brewing, Tokyo Fueki

Australian parliamentary committee summons Facebook, Google over abuse on platforms

Indian Parliamentary Committees are not the only ones that are taking American tech giants to the task. Earlier today, the Australian House of Representatives’ Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs heard from representatives of Google and Facebook during its inquiry into family, domestic and sexual violence. As the parliamentarians grilled the two companies about whether their measures to protect users from abusive content were adequate, both Google and Facebook defended their da...
Tags: Travel, Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Japan, UK, News, Australia, India, US, End-to-end Encryption, Herald, Grant, Department of Home Affairs, WhatsApp Facebook, Pacific Islands

Japan's ARM-Based Supercomputer Leads World In Top500 List; Exascale Expected In 2021

dcblogs writes: Japan's Fugaku ARM-based supercomputer is the world's most powerful in the latest Top500 list, setting a world record of 442 petaflops. But this was otherwise an unremarkable year for supercomputers, with a "flattening performance curve," said Jack Dongarra, one of the academics behind the twice-a-year ranking and director of the Innovative Computing Laboratory at the University of Tennessee. This is a result of Moore's Law slowing down as well as a slowdown in the replacement of...
Tags: Japan, China, Tech, Eu, Tennessee, Finland, Sierra, Moore, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore Calif, TechTarget, IBM Power Systems, Jack Dongarra, University of Tennessee This, Innovative Computing Laboratory

Ride Vision raises $7M for its AI-based motorcycle safety system

Ride Vision, an Israeli startup that is building an AI-driven safety system to prevent motorcycle collisions, today announced that it has raised a $7 million Series A round led by crowdsourcing platform OurCrowd. YL Ventures, which typically specializes in cybersecurity startups but also led the company’s $2.5 million seed round in 2018, Mobilion VC and motorcycle mirror manufacturer Metagal also participated in this round. The company has now raised a total of $10 million. In addition to this n...
Tags: Startups, TC, Transportation, Europe, Japan, Greece, Australia, France, China, Germany, India, Israel, Tech, Spain, Artificial Intelligence, Austria

The World Is Watching More Anime -- and Streaming Services Are Buying

An anonymous reader shares a report: The pandemic is helping Japan's demon slayers, monsters and robots make the leap to the global market. Animated video in the Japanese style -- aka anime -- has long been a niche taste for fans in the U.S. and elsewhere, and some anime films such as those by Hayao Miyazaki have become mainstream hits. Now, with the pandemic putting a premium on escapist video content, the business is getting hotter. Streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime are scour...
Tags: Amazon, Japan, Tech, Netflix, Tokyo, Hulu, Hayao Miyazaki, Toei Animation, Taiki Sakurai Netflix

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