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European AI needs strategic leadership, not overregulation

Mark Minevich Contributor Share on Twitter Mark Minevich is president of Going Global Ventures, an adviser at Boston Consulting Group, a digital fellow at IPsoft and a leading global AI expert and digital cognitive strategist and venture capitalist. More posts by this contributor Use AI responsibly to uplift historically disenfranchised people during COVID-19 Using AI responsibly to fight the coronavirus pan...
Tags: Column, Europe, Opinion, China, Tech, Eu, European Union, Artificial Intelligence, Policy, United States, European Commission, World Bank, North America, Margrethe Vestager, EU Commission, Boston Consulting Group


TSMC Is Considering a 3nm Foundry In Arizona

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Reuters reports that TSMC -- Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, the chip foundry making advanced processors for Apple, AMD, and Qualcomm -- is beefing up its plans to build factories in Arizona while turning away from an advanced plant in Europe. Last year, TSMC announced that it would invest $10-$12 billion to build a new 5 nm capable foundry near Phoenix, Arizona. According to Reuters' sources, TSMC officials are considering trebl...
Tags: Europe, US, Tech, Ars Technica, Asia Pacific, Middle East, Arizona, North America, TSMC, Qualcomm, Reuters, Phoenix, PHOENIX Arizona, Apple AMD, TSMC Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company


Roadside apples

In here on my Transatlantic Gardener blog – ten years and 861 posts ago – I commented on the number of apple trees growing by the roadside. Since then there seem to be more and more, as passengers throw apple cores out of their car windows although, unfortunately, some of the best British examples have been destroyed by road widening. Now, having not really paid attention (I have to say), I find that an apple found by a roadside in 2003 was introduced in 2010. I spotted the story in the lates...
Tags: Apple, Gardening, England, Featured, Britain, North America, Roadside, Somerset, Pomona, Freeway, Cox, Royal Horticultural Society, Motorway, Edibles, Graham Rice, Aliens and Invasives


Xbox teams up with Tencent’s Honor of Kings maker TiMi Studios

TiMi Studios, one of the world’s most lucrative game makers and is part of Tencent’s gargantuan digital entertainment empire, said Thursday that it has struck a strategic partnership with Xbox. The succinct announcement did not mention whether the tie-up is for content development or Xbox’s console distribution in China but said more details will be unveiled for the “deep partnership” by the end of this year. Established in 2008 within Tencent, TiMi is behind popular mobile titles such as Honor ...
Tags: Gadgets, Gaming, Asia, Microsoft, Video Games, China, Los Angeles, Tech, Alibaba, Sony, Xbox, Tencent, Nintendo, Virtual Reality, Call Of Duty, North America


Colonial Pipeline Sought Cyber Chief Months Before Criminal Hack

The company targeted in the biggest pipeline hack in history began searching for a cyber-security chief two months ago. From a report: Colonial Pipeline sought someone with a master's degree in computer science to develop and maintain "an incident response plan and processes to address potential threats," according to the company's website. The ad also was posted on LinkedIn and job-seeking sites. A criminal hack paralyzed North America's biggest fuel pipeline late last week choking off almost h...
Tags: Linkedin, Tech, North America, Colonial Pipeline


Electric Vehicles May Drive a Lithium Supply Crunch

A carbon-free future "will require many millions of batteries, both to drive electric vehicles and to store wind and solar power on the grid," reports IEEE Spectrum. Unfortunately, today's battery chemistries "mostly rely on lithium — a metal that could soon face a global supply crunch." Recently, Rystad Energy projected a "serious lithium supply deficit" in 2027 as mining capacity lags behind the EV boom. The mismatch could effectively delay the production of around 3.3 million battery-powered...
Tags: Europe, Australia, California, Tech, Chile, Argentina, Rochester, North America, Economic Times, Salton Sea, Rystad Energy, Germany Vulcan Energy, Sophie Lu, United States China Europe


What is BritBox? A brief guide to the British television and movie streaming service

BritBox is a streaming service for anglophiles that features new and classic British shows and movies. Maskot/Getty Images BritBox is a subscription streaming service in the UK and US, focused solely on British movies and TV. The BritBox library includes both popular and classic titles, including "Downton Abbey" and "Doctor Who." After a 30-day free trial, BritBox is available for $6.99 a month in the US and £5.99 a month in the UK. Visit Insider's Tech Reference library for more sto...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, UK, Downton Abbey, Movies, Entertainment, US, Trends, Bbc, Canada, Streaming, North America, Hulu, Streaming Service, Amazon Prime Video, Jennifer


From bootstrapped to a $2.1B valuation, ReCharge raises $227M for subscription management platform

ReCharge , a provider of subscription management software for e-commerce, announced today that it has raised $227 million in a Series B growth round at a $2.1 billion valuation.  Summit Partners, ICONIQ Growth and Bain Capital Ventures provided the capital. Notably, Santa Monica, California-based ReCharge was bootstrapped for several years before raising $50 million in a previously undisclosed Series A from Summit Partners in January of 2020. And, it’s currently cash flow positive, accordi...
Tags: Food, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Cloud, Ecommerce, Europe, California, Funding, Startup, Tech, E-commerce, Software, SaaS, Venture Capital, Harry


Lucid Motors taps Waymo, Intel veterans ahead of public listing

Lucid Motors is beefing up its executive and technical leadership team, hiring people from Waymo, Intel and Xperi as it prepares to become a publicly listed company. The automaker said Wednesday that Sherry House, who formerly worked at Waymo, will be its new chief financial officer. House was at Waymo for four years, most recently as its as treasurer and head of investor relations. Prior to Waymo, she was vice president of corporate development at Visteon Corporation and managing director of te...
Tags: Apple, TC, Transportation, Europe, Saudi Arabia, China, Tech, Tesla, Intel, Information Technology, Automotive, Ferrari, Electric Vehicles, House, Jaguar, Air


Uber and Arrival partner to create an EV for ride-hail drivers

Arrival, the electric vehicle manufacturer that’s attempting to do away with the assembly line in favor of highly automated microfactories, is partnering with Uber to create an EV for ride-hail drivers.  Arrival expects to reveal the final vehicle design before the end of the year and to begin production in the third quarter of 2023. Uber drivers have been invited to contribute to the design process to ensure the vehicles are built to suit their needs. Uber is trying to make good on a prom...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Uber, Europe, London, US, Tech, General Motors, UPS, Canada, United States, Electric Vehicles, North America, SPAC, Arrival, Ride Hail


Roc Nation’s VC Neil Sirni lays out his investment strategy

Jay-Z’s Roc Nation announced in 2017 that it was forming a venture investment arm called Arrive. And the firm has been busy since then — co-founder and President Neil Sirni said Arrive has made 29 investments thus far. At the same time, Sirni hasn’t really said much about those investments publicly, or about the broader strategy. So he reached out to me a few months ago, suggesting that he was ready to provide more details about Arrive. “We’re now three years, 29 investments in and expanding – s...
Tags: Asia, Europe, New York, Jay Z, Southeast Asia, US, Tech, Brooklyn, Venture Capital, Goldman Sachs, Arrive, Vietnam, North America, Jay, Barclays Center, Singapore Indonesia


Riot Games updates its Privacy Notice to start developing voice comms moderation

Anyone who has played a video game with voice chat in the past decade knows that there is some risk involved. You might be greeted by friendly teammates, but you may also hear some of the most toxic language you’ve ever heard in your life. Riot Games, the game developer behind ultra popular titles like League of Legends and Valorant, is thinking hard about this. And taking action. The developer is today announcing changes to its Privacy Notice that allow for it to capture and evaluate voice comm...
Tags: TC, Tech, North America, Riot Games, Hart, Hymes, Valorant, Weszt Hart, Chris Hymes


AirTags and Purple iPhone 12 Models Start Arriving to Customers in New Zealand and Australia

It's April 30, aka AirTags launch day, and customers who purchased ‌AirTags‌ or a purple iPhone 12 from Apple when orders went live last week are now beginning to receive their new devices. Apple fans in Australia and New Zealand are always the first to get their hands on new devices due to time zone differences, and are now sharing photos and first impressions on social media networks. @MacRumors ‌AirTags‌ and accessories starting to arrive in New Zealand pic.twitter.com/vVbh7DPc3m— Kimbal...
Tags: Apple, Featured, Australia, United States, New Zealand, North America, Apple Stores, Middle East Asia Europe, Airtags, Kimball Fink Jensen, Apple Following New Zealand


Fintech startups set VC records as the 2021 fundraising market continues to impress

While waiting for full first-quarter venture capital results for fintech startups to drop, we knew that they were going to be outsized. The Exchange previously explored the pace at which huge venture rounds were invested into the startup niche, noting that by mid-March the fintech market had already recorded a record number of $100 million rounds. But the largest venture capital rounds are only part of the fintech investing picture, so we were looking forward to getting a deeper look into what h...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, Asia, Africa, Tech, North America, Fintech, Exchange, Cb Insights, Insurtech, The Exchange, CapitalG, Shiyan Koh, Ventures Platform, Kola Aina, Jesse Wedler


Stewart Brand and Brian Eno on “We Are As Gods”

In March 02021, We Are As Gods, the documentary about Long Now co-founder Stewart Brand, premiered at SXSW. As part of the premiere, the documentary’s directors, David Alvarado and Jason Sussberg, hosted a conversation between Brand and fellow Long Now co-founder Brian Eno. (Eno scored the film, contributing 24 original tracks to the soundtrack.) The full conversation can be watched above. A transcript follows below.   David Alvarado: Hi. My name is David Alvarado. I’m one of the directors fo...
Tags: Art, Video, Hollywood, Stanford, Singapore, India, Future, Mit, David, Army, Siberia, Brian, Volkswagen, West Coast, North America, Brian Eno


Near acquires the location data company formerly known as UberMedia

Data intelligence company Near is announcing the acquisition of another company in the data business — UM. In some ways, this echoes Near’s acquisition of Teemo last fall. Just as that deal helped Singapore-headquartered Near expand into Europe (with Teemo founder and CEO Benoit Grouchko becoming Near’s chief privacy officer), CEO Anil Mathews said that this new acquisition will help Near build a presence in the United States, turning the company into “a truly global organization,” while also ta...
Tags: Startups, TC, Europe, Enterprise, Advertising Tech, Singapore, Tech, Data, United States, North America, Yale University, Kong, Mathews, UberMedia, Near, Benoit Grouchko


Ivorian startup Afrikrea partners with DHL and Visa to launch SaaS e-commerce platform ANKA

In 2016, Ivorian e-commerce startup Afrikrea started as a marketplace for African-based and inspired clothing, accessories, arts, and crafts . Over the past five years, Afrikrea has served more than 7,000 sellers from 47 African countries and buyers from 170 countries . Per the company’s data, it records more than 500,000 visits monthly, with the majority of its customers from Europe and North America recording over $15 million in transactions . But while Afrikrea presents African merc...
Tags: Europe, Nigeria, Africa, America, Tech, Kenya, Euromonitor, North America, Gumroad, DHL, Caribbean, Visa, McKinsey Company, ARR, Jumia, Anka


Robotic vision startup Plus One raises $33M

San Antonio-based Plus One Robotics today announced a $33 million Series B. The round follows an $8.3 million Series A announced in 2018 and brings the company’s total funding to north of $40 million. The round, led by McRock Capital and TransLink Ventures, features BMWi Ventures, Kensington Capital Partners and Ironspring Ventures, along with existing investors. Launched in 2016, the company is primarily focused on computer vision software for robotics in logistics and warehouse settings — clea...
Tags: Startups, Asia, Funding, Tech, Eu, North America, Robotics, San Antonio, Exit, Kensington Capital Partners, Whitney Rockley, McRock Capital, Plus One Robotics, Erik Nieves, Ironspring Ventures, TransLink Ventures


Qualcomm said it saw productivity surge during the pandemic as the business world embraces remote work

A startup office on March 24, 2021 in San Francisco, California. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Qualcomm and Lenovo leaders voiced their support for high-quality tech amid a shift to remote work. Both agreed that employees have proven they can be productive while working from home. But with more workers opting for home offices, we'll need smart technology and better connectivity. Because of his work, Insider named Twitter CEO, Jack Dorsey, to our annual list of the 10 leade...
Tags: News, Washington Post, Office, San Francisco, Trends, Strategy, Remote Work, North America, Jack Dorsey, Lenovo, Qualcomm, Dorsey, San Francisco California, Butler, Tech Insider, Lisa Eadicicco


India recorded more than 350,000 new COVID-19 cases in 24 hours, setting a devastating world record for the 5th day in a row

A COVID-19 patient gets admitted to a government hospital in Kolkata, India, 22 April, 2021. Indranil Aditya/NurPhoto via Getty Images India recorded more than 350,000 daily COVID-19 cases on Sunday. This is the fifth day in a row India has broken the world record for daily COVID-19 cases. Hospitals in India are full and oxygen is running low. Other nations, including the US, have pledged to help. See more stories on Insider's business page. India has set a world record for the most ne...
Tags: Health, Google, Microsoft, China, India, US, Trends, Joe Biden, New York Times, Healthcare, National Security Council, North America, Mumbai, Maharashtra, Johns Hopkins University, Kolkata India


Honda To Stop Selling Combustion Engines Globally By 2040

Honda will end production of combustion motors by 2040 as it embarks on a wide-reaching drive to achieve total carbon neutrality by 2050 and to advance the development of its zero-emission powertrain solutions. AutoCar reports: Company president Toshihiro Mibe detailed a series of ambitious objectives at a press conference in Japan today, where he solidified the brand's commitment to leading "advancements which will be made in the areas of mobility, the power unit, energy and robotics." By 2050,...
Tags: Europe, Japan, US, Tech, General Motors, Shanghai, Honda, North America, FCEV, Toshihiro Mibe


Honda targets 100% EV sales in North America by 2040

Honda’s new goal is to achieve 100% EV sales in North America by 2040 as part of its broader target of being carbon neutral by 2050. CEO Toshihiro Mibe announced planned shift away from internal combustion engines at a news conference on Friday, his first since taking over executive leadership of the company in early April. This is the latest in a stream of pledges from legacy car manufacturers to introduce high percentages of zero-emissions vehicles into their fleets and achieve carbon neutrali...
Tags: Transportation, Japan, Tech, General Motors, Electric Vehicles, Gm, Honda, North America, Nissan, EVs, Automakers, Acura, Mazda Mitsubishi, Toshihiro Mibe


Light pollution map of the world

Light pollution map is exactly as promised, and works like Google Earth: scroll, zoom and bring up various different datasets and legends to make sense of it all. I'm always stuck by that dead-straight transition between light and dark in North America, from Winnipeg to Austin. — Read the rest
Tags: Google, Post, Maps, News, Websites, North America, Winnipeg, Austin Read, Light Pollution


Citi Bike rival JOCO brings shared, docked e-bikes to NYC

Move over Citi Bike, there’s a new docked, shared bike service in town — only this one is all electric. Next week, JOCO will be the first shared operator in New York City to launch a network of e-bike stations on private property for public use. The service, powered by shared mobility platform Vulog, will start with 30 stations and 300 e-bikes located around Manhattan, expanding to 100 stations and 1,000 bikes by June. This is not the first new shared operator to hit the streets of New York this...
Tags: TC, Lyft, New York, London, NYC, New York City, Tech, Manhattan, Mobility, Bronx, North America, Citi Bike, Bike Share, Citi, Bike Sharing, Jo


Google Fi turns 6 and gets a new unlimited plan

Google Fi, Google’s cell network, is turning six today and to celebrate, the team is launching a new pricing plan, dubbed “Simply Unlimited” starting at $60 per month for a single line (down to $30 per line for three lines or more). The new plan features unlimited calls and texts in the U.S., plus unlimited data and texting in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Image Credits: Google You may recall that Fi’s original promise was a single, affordable pay-as-you-go plan where you would pay a fixed pri...
Tags: Google, Mobile, Free, Mexico, Tech, Canada, United States, Telecommunications, Wireless, North America, Text Messaging, Tethering, Google Fi, Google Fi Google


All the electric vehicles that stood out at the Shanghai Auto Show

The 19th annual Shanghai Auto Show delivered a bevy of electric and tech-centric vehicles this year. Chinese, European and U.S. automakers showed off their latest offerings in every price segment, from the budget-minded ​​Wuling Hong Guang Mini via a joint venture between SAIC Motor Corp., General Motors Co. and Liuzhou Wuling Motors Co. to the luxury Mercedes EQS  — and everything in between. Several automakers touted the capabilities of their driver assistance systems, using terminology that s...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Europe, Japan, China, Tech, Tesla, Hungary, Automotive, Vw, Electric Vehicles, Shanghai, Toyota, Getty, Volkswagen, North America


Apple's Digital Car Key Feature Set to Gain U1 Ultra Wideband Support With Mid-2021 Spec Update

The Car Connectivity Consortium today announced that its Digital Key 3.0 specification with support for Ultra Wideband and Bluetooth LE connectivity will be made available to members like Apple by the middle of 2021. At WWDC 2020, Apple introduced a new NFC-based digital Car Key feature that allows users to unlock and start their vehicle by holding a compatible iPhone or Apple Watch near the driver-side door. Similar to credit cards and boarding passes, digital car keys are stored in the Wal...
Tags: Apple, Europe, Nfc, Bmw, North America, Bluetooth Low Energy, Digital Key, Digital Key Release, CarKey, Ultra Wideband, Ultra Wideband Digital Key, Car Connectivity Consortium Apple


The Station: A chat with Scale AI’s Alexandr Wang, the NYC scooter winners and TuSimple goes public

The Station is a weekly newsletter dedicated to all things transportation. Sign up here — just click The Station — to receive it every weekend in your inbox. Hi there, new and returning readers. This is 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. Just as I was getting ready to ship this newsletter, I spotted that there was a fatal crash involving a Tesla, in which no one was in the driver’s seat. There was...
Tags: Transportation, Lyft, Europe, New York, Microsoft, California, Washington, France, Ipo, Berlin, Southeast Asia, New York City, Samsung, San Francisco, Linkedin, Tech


Yes, 'Among Us' is cross-platform - here's how to play it with all your friends

As long as you're using the same server, "Among Us" is cross-platform. InnerSloth "Among Us" is a cross-platform game, so you can play with all your friends even if you don't own the same system. To play "Among Us" across different platforms, each player will need to be logged into the same server region. Visit Insider's Tech Reference library for more stories. "Among Us" is one of the most popular multiplayer video games available right now. Although it was originally only ava...
Tags: Ios, Android, Gaming, Asia, Europe, Trends, Nintendo, Minecraft, North America, North America Europe, Cross-platform, Tech Insider, Windows Pc, Nintendo Switch, BI-freelancer, Tech Reference


Missing Arctic Ice Fueled the 'Beast of the East' Winter Storm

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Extreme weather has become the new normal -- whether it's precipitation, drought, wind, heat, or cold. The question of how the ever-shrinking layer of Arctic sea ice has contributed to any of these changes has prompted some lively discussion over the past few years. Researchers have proposed that a weakened jet stream driven by vanishing Arctic sea ice might play a large role in extreme winter events like the descending polar vortex that str...
Tags: Europe, Tech, Arctic sea ice, North America, East, Arctic sea, Barents Sea



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