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On-demand shuttle startup Via hits $2.25 billion valuation on latest funding round led by Exor

On-demand shuttle startup Via has hit a $2.25 billion valuation following a Series E funding round led by Exor, the Agnelli family holding company that owns stakes in PartnerRe, Ferrari and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. The Series E funding round, which included other investors, totaled $400 million, according to a source familiar with the deal. Exor invested $200 million into Via as part of the round, both companies said in an announcement. Noam Ohana, who heads up Exor Seeds, the holding compa...
Tags: Transportation, UK, New York, Berlin, Tech, Chicago, Austin, Automotive, Ferrari, Ohio, Malta, Fiat Chrysler, Arriva, Macquarie Capital, VIA, Ohana

Daily Crunch: Amazon warehouse workers walk out

Amazon faces worker complaints over its response to the COVID-19 pandemic, General Motors says it’s moving fast to manufacture face masks and we’ve got some numbers quantifying the video conferencing boom. Here’s your Daily Crunch for March 31, 2020. 1. Amazon warehouse workers are walking out and Whole Foods workers are striking Yesterday, warehouse workers on Staten Island in New York walked off the job in protest of Amazon’s treatment amid the crisis. Meanwhile, workers at Whole Foods, whi...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, TC, Facebook, Europe, New York, Whole Foods, India, Disney, Tech, General Motors, Staten Island, App Annie, Garrett Camp, Niantic, Houseparty

Microsoft launches Edge Zones for Azure

Microsoft today announced the launch of Azure Edge Zones, which will allow Azure users to bring their applications to the company’s edge locations. The focus here is on enabling real-time low-latency 5G applications. The company is also launching a version of Edge Zones with carriers (starting with AT&T) in preview, which connects these zones directly to 5G networks in the carrier’s data center. And to round it all out, Azure is also getting Private Edge Zones for those who are deploying priv...
Tags: Google, Internet Of Things, New York, Technology, Enterprise, Microsoft, Developer, Cloud Computing, Articles, Tech, Telecommunications, AT&T, Vodafone, Miami, Telstra, Private

That home office may be your office for a while. These accessories can bring it to life.

There are definite benefits to the whole work from home thing. The commute is a breeze. The dress code is supremely casual. And your boss has to work a lot harder to actually find you. Despite the joys, there are still some clear downsides to the whole home office thing as well. Job focus can suffer. Boundaries between work life and home life can blur. And sometimes, working from your dining room table just doesn’t put you in the right frame of mind to do the job. We can help with that one. Belo...
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10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Tuesday. Amazon fired a New York warehouse worker who helped lead a protest on Monday against its coronavirus response. The worker, Chris Smalls, said he was fired in retaliation for his activism. Electric scooter startup Bird laid off 30% of staff as it tries to keep enough cash to last until the end of 2021. Bird said it is providing four weeks of pay, three months of health coverage and an extended time frame of 12 months for laid-of...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, UK, New York, Softbank, Trends, Bloomberg, Beverly Hills, Bird, Airbnb, Iger, Jeff Bezos, Electric, Rudy Giuliani, Bangalore, Alexa

Rebecca Minkoff has some advice for e-commerce companies right now

When Rebecca Minkoff first moved to New York City, the then-18-year-old was making $4.75 an hour. “I just kept working for this designer and someone was telling me what to do every day. I just didn’t like that. And I thought if I’m going to work as hard, it’s going to be for myself and I want to call my own shots,” she said. “I didn’t want to be told what to do, frankly.” Self-employment for Minkoff turned out just fine; in 2001, she redesigned the iconic “I Love New York” shirt and it appear...
Tags: Startups, TC, Ecommerce, Fashion, New York, Instagram, New York City, Tech, E-commerce, Designer, Fundraising, Retail, Apparel, Rebecca Minkoff, Growth, Minkoff

A top Wall Street analysis firm says the coronavirus pandemic upended its projections for the next decade in just 3 months. Here are 4 industries that may be forever altered by the outbreak.

Corporate America will likely be reeling from the impact of the coronavirus for years to come.  While some ramifications will be short-term, others will be more profound and could force industries like healthcare and manufacturing to drastically change their operations.  The outbreak is also leading companies to accelerate digital overhauls or pivot more quickly to new technology to meet the new reality of social isolation that could last for months.  UBS analysts wrote to investors that they ...
Tags: Apple, New York, London, China, Disney, US, America, Trends, General Motors, Tesla, Netflix, Ford, Nbcuniversal, Tim Cook, Ubs, James Bond

Former Sun Micro CEO Scott McNealy, known for his provocative quotes, says Trump is doing a 'spectacular job' amid the coronavirus crisis. That's not how many tech experts see it.

Scott McNealy, former CEO of Sun Microsystems who was famous for his provocative statements, praised President Trump's handling of the coronavirus crisis saying, "He's doing a spectacular job." McNealy also said he is glad a business leader is in charge, arguing that, "The worst CEO is 1,000 times better than the best politician." McNealy also expressed concerns about the duration of the shelter-in-place policy in California where he lives, arguing it could lead to the erosion of individual ri...
Tags: Apple, New York, Hollywood, Microsoft, California, Stanford, White House, New York City, US, Trends, Bill Gates, Larry Ellison, Steve Ballmer, Peter Thiel, US Senate, Silicon Valley

The Station: Bird and Lime layoffs, pivots in a COVID-19 era and a $2.2 trillion deal

Hello folks, welcome back (or hi for the first time) to The Station, a weekly newsletter dedicated to the all the ways people and packages move around this world. I’m your host, Kirsten Korosec, senior transportation reporter at TechCrunch. I also have started to publish a shorter version of the newsletter on TechCrunch . That’s what you’re reading now. For the whole enchilada — which comes out every Saturday — you can subscribe to the newsletter by heading over here, and clicking “The Stat...
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How Devs Can Help Beat the COVID-19 Pandemic

The state of New York hopes to "amplify" its response to COVID-19 by launching tech-driven products with top companies, and it's looking for professional volunteers with experience in software development, hardware deployment/end-user support, and data science (as well as areas like product management, design, operations management). Meanwhile, IBM's 2020 "Call for Code Global Challenge" is a virtual hackathon with a $200,000 prize, and they've now "expanded its focus" to include the effects of...
Tags: New York, Tech, World Health Organization, Ibm, Erlang, Golang, Mike Melanson, COVID, AWS Facebook Giphy Microsoft, Global Hackathon, U S Digital Response

Which US Cities Will Have the Largest Coronavirus Outbreaks in April

Which are the US cities that will have the most serious problems with coronavirus COVID-19 after New York? Newark, New Jersey is included with the New York Metro area. Detroit has 1000 cases with... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: New York, Science, Medicine, Future, US, World, Public Health, Cities, United States, Innovation, Disease, Detroit, Predictions, Newark New Jersey, New York Metro, Coronavirus

ANALYSIS: Tag-team chief executives Newsom and Garcetti face fiercest common foe yet: coronavirus

With a backdrop of a massive Navy hospital ship behind them, the leader of the nation’s most populous state and his counterpart at the nation’s second-largest city faced cameras on Friday, March 27. The common goal: “Bend the curve” for COVIC-19. Defeat it. As Gov. Gavin Newsom met with L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti on Friday in Los Angeles, they came together in the midst of an unprecedented crisis. It is not, however, the first crisis the two have faced. In Newsom’s relatively short tenure as gover...
Tags: Apple, Google, Politics, New York, News, Navy, California, La, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sport, Public Health, Soccer, Fox News, Getty, Disneyland

Newsom Takes New Tone With Trump As He Steers California During Coronavirus Crisis

(CNN) — For Gavin Newsom, the call that triggered California’s full crisis response came in the middle of the night on March 6, and he was waiting for it. The state’s lab had been working through the night, and one of his cabinet secretaries was on the line telling him 21 of the 42 crewmembers and passengers tested for coronavirus aboard the Grand Princess Cruise Ship, which was idling in international waters off California’s coast, had tested positive. Newsom hung up and immediately called Dona...
Tags: Apple, Politics, New York, News, Abc, California, Washington, New York City, US, California News, Sacramento, America, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Bank Of America, Cnn

How I've been using free, virtual Alcoholics Anonymous meetings to connect and stay sober while under COVID-19 isolation

Hundreds of online AA meetings are now available from all over the world, connecting people in some of the hardest-hit areas of the COVID-19 outbreak.   The meetings address a vulnerability for alcoholics – isolation – and help to recreate the community that keeps many sober.  AA meetings were held online previously, but never this many, with this many people attending. The only requirement for AA membership is a desire to stop drinking. You can find online meetings here.  In accordance with A...
Tags: Apple, Google, New York, China, San Francisco, Trends, Cisco, Spain, Italy, New Orleans, Seattle, Business Insider, Sam Malone, Castro District of San Francisco

How I've been using free virtual Alcoholics Anonymous meetings to connect and stay sober while in COVID-19 isolation

Hundreds of online AA meetings are now available from all over the world, connecting people in some of the hardest-hit areas of the COVID-19 outbreak. The meetings address a vulnerability for alcoholics — isolation — and help to recreate the community that keeps many sober. AA meetings were held online previously, but never this many, with this many people attending. The only requirement for AA membership is a desire to stop drinking. You can find online meetings here. In accordance with AA's ...
Tags: Google, New York, San Francisco, Trends, Cisco, Beverly Hills, New Orleans, Jeff Bezos, Seattle, Business Insider, Sam Malone, Castro District of San Francisco, China Italy Spain

Watch a Sweet Film Adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut’s Story, “Long Walk to Forever”

Shame, shame to have lived scenes from a women’s magazine. —Kurt Vonnegut In his introduction to Welcome to the Monkey House, a collection of his short fiction published in 1968, Kurt Vonnegut shows no compunction about throwing its most mainstream entry under the bus: In honor of the marriage that worked I include in this collection a sickeningly slick love story from The Ladies Home Journal, God help us, entitled by them “Long Walk to Forever.” The title I gave it, I think, was “Hell to G...
Tags: Google, Books, New York, Film, College, Indianapolis, New York Times, Catherine, Dresden, Rockefeller, Kurt Vonnegut, Cox, Facebook Twitter, Hoosier State, Westchester County, Indiana School

The Veronese Riddle.

From Giulio Lepschy, “History of the Italian Language,” in Gaetana Marrone, Encyclopedia of Italian Literary Studies, Vol. 1 (New York: Routledge, 2007): Frequently collections of Early Italian texts begin with documents for which it is difficult to say if they are in Latin or in Italian, such as the Indovinello veronese (Veronese Riddle), penned at the beginning of the ninth century (or possibly earlier) on a page of a prayer book prepared in the seventh or eighth century and now preserved in t...
Tags: Google, New York, Uncategorized, Linguistics, Verona, Giulio Lepschy, Veronese Riddle, Lepschy

How to book a flight on Google Flights for your next trip

You can book a flight on Google Flights up to one year in advance, and even monitor prices for your flight to buy at the best time. Google Flights usually finds the cheapest fare for your flight, but it's still a good idea to cross-reference other sites like Expedia to get the best deal. Google Flights also suggests trips for the cheapest flights from your city for the next six months. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. I travel by air about once a month, and several times a...
Tags: Google, New York, Trends, Italy, Beverly Hills, New Orleans, Jeff Bezos, Expedia, Google Flights, Best Buy Microsoft

US now has the world’s most coronavirus cases

On Thursday, the United States crossed an unfortunate milestone in the global fight against the novel coronavirus: leading the world in confirmed cases. By Thursday afternoon around 3 p.m. PT, the U.S. reports 82,404 confirmed cases of the coronavirus to China’s 81,782 according to a popular COVID-19 tracking tool from Johns Hopkins. Italy, regarded as the world’s emerging hotspot in recent weeks, dropped to third with 80,589 cases. Image Credits: Johns Hopkins As the scientific community wa...
Tags: Health, TC, New York, China, US, Tech, United States, Queens, Johns Hopkins, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Johns Hopkins Italy

Elon Musk Says Tesla's New York Factory Will Make Ventilators 'As Soon As Humanly Possible'

140Mandak262Jamuna writes: Elon Musk announced that the Gigafactory in Buffalo, New York, making solar roof tiles and battery packs for home energy storage is switching to making ventilators in collaboration with Medtronic. "Days after offering 1,255 free ventilators to help deal with the coronavirus outbreak, Tesla boss Elon Musk said the company's New York factory will restart to make more," reports CNET. "Giga New York will reopen for ventilator production as soon as humanly possible. We wil...
Tags: Elon Musk, New York, Tech, Tesla, Andrew Cuomo, Buffalo New York, Elon Musk Says Tesla s New York Factory, Medtronic Days, CNET Giga New York

Internal Emails Show How Chaos at the CDC Slowed the Early Response to Coronavirus

This article first appeared at ProPublica. ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for The Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox. On Feb. 13, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sent out an email with what the author described as an “URGENT” call for help. The agency was struggling with one of its most important duties: keeping track of Americans suspected of having the novel coronavirus. It had “an ongoing issue” wit...
Tags: Google, New York, News, California, Cdc, Washington, China, United States, Nevada, Seattle, Lax, United States of America, U S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Los Angeles International Airport, Redfield, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Private tech companies mobilize to address shortages for medical supplies, masks and sanitizer

Startups across the nation and around the world are looking for ways to relieve shortages of much-needed personal protective equipment and sanitizers used to halt the spread of COVID-19. While some of the largest privately held technology companies, like SpaceX and Tesla, have shifted to manufacturing ventilators, smaller companies are also trying to pitch in and relieve scarcity locally. Supplies have been difficult to come by in some of the areas hardest hit by the outbreak of the novel corona...
Tags: Food, TC, Spacex, New York, Technology, Kentucky, Massachusetts, New York City, Articles, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tech, Tesla, Canada, United States, 3d Printing

Tesla email reveals two employees have tested positive for COVID-19

Two Tesla employees, who had been working at home for nearly two weeks, have tested positive for COVID-19, according to an internal email sent Thursday morning by the company’s head of environmental, health, and safety department and viewed by TechCrunch . The employees were not symptomatic in the office, and both are quarantined at home and recovering well, according to the email from Tesla’s EHS department head Laurie Shelby. Their co-workers, who were already working from home for nearly...
Tags: TC, Twitter, Spacex, Elon Musk, New York, Email, California, Cars, Tech, Tesla, Supply Chains, Ceo, Automotive, United States, Transport, Buffalo

Don’t Worry, America, Jared Kushner Is Going to Save You From COVID-19

Wednesday, during the latest installment of his daily briefings that have become must-see TV, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he spoke with Jared Kushner. You know Kushner—the president’s son-in-law. The president's son-in-law is a member of the president’s COVID-19 taskforce, but he is not a doctor or an elected official. In fact, Jared has no experience handling pandemics, or any medical background whatsoever. Jared Kushner doesn’t know about science or medicine but Cuomo must appeal to hi...
Tags: Google, Facebook, New York, News, White House, New York City, America, Harvard, Middle East, Times, Andrew Cuomo, Donald Trump, Peter Dutton, Anthony Fauci, Vanity Fair, Jared

Zindi taps 12,000 African data scientists for solutions to COVID-19

Since its inception, Cape Town based crowdsolving startup Zindi has been building a database of data scientists across Africa. It now has 12,000 registered on its its platform that uses AI and machine learning to tackle complex problems and will offer them cash-prizes to find solutions to curb COVID-19. Zindi has an open challenge focused on stemming the spread and havoc of coronavirus and will introduce a hackathon in April. The current competition, sponsored by AI4D, tasks scientists to cre...
Tags: Food, TC, New York, Microsoft, Nigeria, Africa, San Francisco, Tech, E-commerce, Ceo, Artificial Intelligence, South Africa, Cape Town, Machine Learning, Kenya, World Health Organization

10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Thursday. Ticketing platform StubHub has placed hundreds of its employees on temporary unpaid leave until at least June, Business Insider has learned. Around 450 StubHub employees have been asked to take an unpaid leave of absence that could last until June. Andreessen Horowitz-backed Wonderschool laid off 75% of staff on a Zoom call, telling employees the coronavirus could dry up any more funding for 2 years. Wonderschool also laid off...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Spacex, Elon Musk, UK, New York, Trends, Tesla, Fbi, Portugal, Public Health England, Alexa, Stubhub, The World Health Organization, Amazon Alexa, Hawthorne California

Tesla CEO Elon Musk: New York gigafactory will reopen for ventilator production

Tesla CEO Elon Musk said Wednesday that the company’s factory in Buffalo, New York will open “as soon as humanly possible” to produce ventilators that are in short supply due to the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. His comments, which were made Wednesday via Twitter, follows previous statements by the CEO outlining plans to either donate ventilators or work to increase production of the critical piece of medical equipment needed for patients who are hospitalized with COVID-19, a respirator...
Tags: Health, Transportation, Elon Musk, New York, California, Cars, Tech, Tesla, Automotive, United States, Ford, United Kingdom, Fca, Gm, Nyt, Buffalo

Elon Musk says Tesla's New York Gigafactory will reopen and start producing ventilators 'as soon as humanly possible' (TSLA)

Tesla CEO Elon Musk says the company's New York Gigafactory will reopen "as soon as humanly possible" to begin ventilator production. Musk made the remarks on Twitter after previously tweeting that his company would help make ventilators if there were to be a shortage. New York has been hit particularly hard by the coronavirus, with 285 deaths and more than 30,000 cases. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Tesla CEO Elon Musk says the electric car maker's Gigafactory facility...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Elon Musk, New York, California, White House, New York City, US, Trends, Tesla, Tim Cook, Bill De Blasio, Andrew Cuomo, Musk, Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Watch Google

Read the internal letter sent by Amazon employees asking the company to protect its warehouse workers and take a stand against ICE amid the coronavirus pandemic (AMZN)

On Wednesday, a group of Amazon employees called We Won't Build It sent an internal letter denouncing the company's work with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and calling on the company to better protect its workers at data centers, fulfillment centers, and Whole Foods amid the coronavirus pandemic. Employees have already tested positive for coronavirus at Whole Foods and some warehouses, and the letter says Amazon should offer them unconditional paid sick leave. "Local and national govern...
Tags: Google, Amazon, New York, Taylor Swift, Microsoft, US, Trends, Ice, Palantir, Immigration And Customs Enforcement, Amazon Web Services, Customs Enforcement, Customs Enforcement ICE, Amazon Microsoft, COVID, Palantir Amazon

88 out of top 200 US cities have seen internet speeds decline this past week, 3 cities by more than 40%

The impacts of telecommuting, shelter-in-place laws and home quarantines resulting from the COVID-19 outbreak are starting to impact broadband speeds across a number of U.S. cities, a new report has found. According to broadband analysis site BroadbandNow, 88 out of the top 200 most populous U.S. cities analyzed have now experienced some form of network degradation over the past week, compared with the 10 weeks prior, as more people are going online to work from home, video chat and stream movie...
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