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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...
Tags: Food, Travis Vanderzanden, Europe, New York, Australia, Washington, China, New York City, Tech, Austin, Munich, Automotive, House Of Representatives, Healthcare, Venture Capital, Tencent


The coronavirus crisis is putting Amazon's cloud to the test like never before. Here's how it keeps its massive data centers running smoothly, helping apps like Netflix and Zoom stay reliable. (AMZN)

As coronavirus spreads around the world, more people are being required to stay home, and they often rely on apps that run on Amazon Web Services, like Zoom, Slack, WebEx, Netflix, and Hulu. AWS's network of data centers around the work are designed to handle peak demands, and they're routinely tested to make sure applications can stay running, even if some data centers go down. If there were to be a lockdown, AWS's data center sites would likely stay open, and it has processes in place to res...
Tags: Google, Amazon, US, America, Trends, Cisco, Spain, Dhs, Netflix, United States, Aws, North America, Hulu, Department Of Homeland Security, Oracle, Amazon Web Services


TuSimple partners with supplier ZF to mass produce self-driving truck tech

Self-driving truck startup TuSimple is partnering with automotive supplier ZF to develop and produce autonomous vehicle technology, such as sensors, on a commercial scale. The partnership, slated to begin in April, will cover China, Europe and North America. The two companies will co-develop sensors needed in autonomous vehicle technology such as cameras, lidar, radar and a central compute. As part of the partnership, ZF will contribute engineering support to validate and integrate TuSimple’s...
Tags: Transportation, Europe, Texas, China, Tech, UPS, Automotive, United States, Electric Vehicles, Arizona, Automotive Industry, Self-driving Cars, North America, Trucking, Emerging-technologies, TUCSON Ariz


From Gmail to Gfail: Google's G-Suite topples over for unlucky netizens, rights itself

East Coast looks to be hardest hit. C'mon, Chocolate Factory, we're relying on you to pull us through A bunch of Google services, from Gmail and Google Drive to Hangouts and Classroom, fell offline for unlucky netizens in North America today.…
Tags: Google, Google Drive, Software, North America, East Coast


Major automakers Toyota, Honda, FCA extend factory closures

Toyota, Honda and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will not reopen North American factories at the end of the month as planned, as the COVID-19 disease spreads and dampens demand for new cars, trucks and SUVs. FCA said Thursday that plants across the U.S. and Canada, as well as headquarters operations and construction projects, are intended to remain closed until April 14, dependent upon the various states’ stay-in-place orders and the readiness of each facility to return to production. FCA’s Mop...
Tags: TC, Europe, Texas, Mexico, Kentucky, China, Alabama, Tech, Indiana, Canada, Automotive, United States, Missouri, Ford, Tennessee, Fca


Leafly lays off 91 employees with funding on pause

Cannabis giant Leafly cut 91 staffers this week in response to the coronavirus outbreak. The company said in a released statement that the workforce reduction allows the company to be financially self-sufficient while still being able to operate during the global pandemic. The 91 employees represented 39% of the company’s workforce and came from all departments within the company. In January, the company cut 54 employees (18% of its workforce at the time). Then in February, the company closed...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Germany, Tech, Cannabis, North America, Tim Leslie, Privateer Holdings, Leafly, COVID, Scott Scott Vickers Brian Wansolich, Leafly Holdings


Groupon axes CEO and COO as company looks to mount a recovery during a crisis

While plenty of tech stocks have seen their market caps dive in the past month, Groupon has taken a harder hit than most. The company’s share price has dropped more than 70% in the past five weeks. The reckoning came for Groupon’s leadership today with both CEO Rich Williams and COO Steve Krenzer ousted. In an announcement, Groupon shared that both execs would be pushed out of their roles and that Groupon’s President of North America Aaron Cooper would serve as interim CEO. While the impac...
Tags: TC, Groupon, Marketing, Tech, North America, Operating Systems, Rich Williams, Cooper, Personnel, Steve Krenzer, Aaron Cooper, COVID


Google will move its summer internship program to a virtual format this year in response to coronavirus

Google will be moving its summer internship to an online-only format in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Interns will instead take part in virtual replications of the company's usual summer internship events. The move comes as Google manages its vast and sprawling workforce in response to COVID-19. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Google has one of the most coveted summer internships in tech, but this year's interns will be swapping the "Noogler" hats for webcams as th...
Tags: Google, Trends, North America


Online marketplace OfferUp raises $120M, acquires top competitor letgo

OfferUp, a top online and mobile marketplace app, announced this morning it’s raising $120 million in a new round of funding led by competiting marketplace letgo’s majority investor, OLX Group, and others. As a part of the deal, OfferUp will also be acquiring letgo’s classified business, with OLX Group gaining a 40% stake in the newly combined entity. Other investors in the new round include existing OfferUp backers Andreessen Horowitz and Warburg Pincus. The funds will be put towards continu...
Tags: Google, Fundings & Exits, TC, Mobile, Ecommerce, Apps, Marketplace, Funding, America, Selling, Tech, E-commerce, Online Shopping, Andreessen Horowitz, North America, Buying


Kry launches free service for doctors to do video consultations during COVID-19 crisis

Swedish telehealth startup Kry has launched a tool for healthcare professionals to conduct remote consultations during the coronavirus pandemic. Calls for EU citizens to self isolate to reduce the spread of COVID-19 is driving major demand for video appointments, it said. The platform — Care Connect by Kry — is launching in Europe, with ten languages supported initially, but will shortly be opening up worldwide. CEO and co-founder, Johannes Schildt, told us it’ll be launching in North America w...
Tags: Health, Europe, UK, US, Tech, Eu, Canada, United States, NHS, Healthcare, National Health Service, North America, Digital Healthcare, Livi, Spain Italy, Pandemic


Volvo’s Polestar begins production of the all-electric Polestar 2 in China

Polestar has started production of its all-electric Polestar 2 vehicle at a plant in China amid the COVID-19 pandemic that has upended the automotive industry and triggered a wave of factory closures throughout the world. The start of Polestar 2 production is a milestone for Volvo Car Group’s standalone electric performance brand  — and not just because it began in the midst of global upheaval caused by COVID-19, a disease that stems from the coronavirus. It’s also the first all-electric car ...
Tags: Google, Android, Google Play Store, TC, Europe, China, Cars, Los Angeles, Tech, Tesla, Ceo, Smartphones, Automotive, Ford, Shanghai, Gm


Ford won’t restart North American plants on March 30

Ford said Tuesday it won’t restart its factories in the U.S., Canada and Mexico on Monday, March 30 as the automaker had originally planned. The company, which suspended production at its North American factories due to the continued spread of COVID-19, has decided not to restart operations in light of various governments’ orders to stay and work from home, Kumar Galhotra, Ford’s president of North America said in a statement. “We are assessing various options and working with union leaders –...
Tags: Transportation, Mexico, Germany, Tech, Cologne, Canada, Automotive, United States, Ford, Fca, Transport, Gm, Automotive Industry, North America, Fiat Chrysler, Craiova


Ford won’t restart North American plants March 30

Ford said Tuesday won’t restart its factories in the U.S., Canada and Mexico on Monday, March 30 as the automaker had originally planned. The company, which suspended production at its North American factories due to the continued spread of COVID-19, has decided not to restart operations in light of various governments’ orders to stay and work from home, Kumar Galhotra, Ford’s president of North America said in a statement. “We are assessing various options and working with union leaders – in...
Tags: Transportation, Mexico, Germany, Tech, Companies, Cologne, Canada, Automotive, United States, Ford, President, Fca, Transport, Gm, Automotive Industry, North America


Xiaomi overtaking Huawei shows how the coronavirus could change logistics for smartphone vendors

Chinese smartphone vendor Xiaomi bested its home-market rival Huawei to become the world's third-largest smartphone vendor by shipments in February 2020, according to Strategy Analytics data cited by GSMArena. Xiaomi shipped 6 million phones globally in February, compared with Huawei's 5.5 million smartphone shipments. February shipments from Xiaomi and Huawei were 30% and 70% lower year-over-year, respectively, but Xiaomi's smaller decline highlights the strength of the brand outside of China,...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, China, India, US, Samsung, Trends, Xiaomi, North America, Huawei, Strategy Analytics, Western Europe, US China, India Indonesia, Business Insider Intelligence


Coronavirus, declining stocks and alternative investments crimp pension systems

The new bear market in stocks is bad news for CalPERS, CalSTRS, and the governments and taxpayers responsible for funding these pension systems. Aside from the obvious investment return damage inflicted by sharp declines in the Dow Jones, the seemingly-impending recession is also likely to impact the “alternative investment” portfolios public pension systems maintain. This month’s market-inflicted punishment should be a teachable moment about taking risks with pension investments. Most pension s...
Tags: Apple, Texas, California, Opinion, France, Senate, Sport, Soccer, Italy, North America, Carlyle, Calpers, California Public Employees Retirement System, CVC Capital Partners, CalSTRS, Marc Joffe


The 15 hottest influencer-marketing agencies that make deals happen between major brands and Instagram, YouTube, and TikTok stars

Business Insider is recognizing the leading agencies, platforms, and marketplaces in the influencer-marketing industry.  In this power list, we are highlighting the companies that connect top brands with social-media creators across YouTube, Instagram, and TikTok.  These 15 companies, including Mediakix, BEN, and Viral Nation have helped both top influencers and leading brands in developing innovative and effective campaigns.  Click here for more BI Prime stories. Influencer marketing is big ...
Tags: Google, New York, London, Youtube, La, Los Angeles, Trends, Unilever, Ukraine, EA, Chicago, United States, Maine, Arizona, Ubisoft, Sony Pictures


What Are the Best Free Streaming Services?

An anonymous reader shares some free streaming media options: There's over 10,000 public domain audiobooks at LibriVox.org, created by volunteers reading public domain works. (If you've got time, why not record yourself reading your own favorite public domain poem or novel?) And there's also a lot of free audiobooks (and ebooks) available through Hoopla, a free "digital media" service that's partnering with many public libraries across North America. They're not just offering books; there's al...
Tags: Amazon, Tech, Nasa, Aaron Swartz, North America, Grateful Dead, Tom, Freddy Pharkas, Popeye, Grace Potter, LibriVox, Robert Randolph, Mah Jong, Jerry Betty Boop, Persia Donkey Kong, Stratego Hearts


The top 15 influencer-marketing agencies and marketplaces that connect Instagram, YouTube, and TikTok stars with major brands for sponsorship deals

Business Insider is recognizing the leading agencies, platforms, and marketplaces in the influencer-marketing industry.  In this power list, we are highlighting the companies that connect top brands with social-media creators across YouTube, Instagram, and TikTok.  These 15 companies, including Mediakix, BEN, and Viral Nation have helped both top influencers and leading brands in developing innovative and effective campaigns.  Click here for more BI Prime stories. Influencer marketing is big ...
Tags: Google, New York, London, Youtube, La, Los Angeles, Trends, Unilever, Ukraine, EA, Chicago, United States, Maine, Arizona, Ubisoft, Sony Pictures


Big Rigs Begin To Trade Diesel For Electric Motors

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The New York Times: Two years ago, the eCascadia [the electric version of the Freightliner Cascadia] was nothing more than a PowerPoint presentation -- a virtual rendering to expedite a diesel stalwart into a zero-emissions future for goods movement. Now it's one of several competing models, from start-ups as well as established truck makers, that are gearing up for production next year with real-world testing. Orders have poured in, from companies eager ...
Tags: Washington, Los Angeles, Tech, Tesla, New York Times, North America, Daimler, Southern California, Daimler Trucks, Kenworth, Freightliner Cascadia, Volvo Trucks North America, Penske Truck Leasing, Trade Diesel For Electric Motors, Long Beach The, Environmental Protection Agency Electrics


Stocks rise after mixed day, with tech leading and SaaS outperforming

The wild ride that has been U.S. stock market over the past couple of weeks may be settling down — at least for the moment — from the whiplash-like swings that helped set global markets on edge. The new economic normal that the pandemic has brought to countries across the world seems to be settling on weary investors as the extent of COVID-19 becomes more clear and as proper testing begins to roll out along with massive trillion dollar aid packages. Wall Street responded to reports of possible b...
Tags: TC, California, Wall Street, Tech, Tesla, Companies, United States, Ford, President, Fca, Gm, Chrysler, Fiat, Automotive Industry, Volkswagen, Honda


The top 15 influencer-marketing agencies and creator marketplaces that connect major brands with Instagram, YouTube, and TikTok stars

Business Insider is recognizing the leading agencies, platforms, and marketplaces in the influencer-marketing industry.  In this power list, we are highlighting the companies that connect top brands with social-media creators across YouTube, Instagram, and TikTok.  These 15 companies, including Mediakix, BEN, and Viral Nation have helped both top influencers and leading brands in developing innovative and effective campaigns.  Click here for more BI Prime stories. Influencer marketing is big ...
Tags: Google, New York, London, Youtube, La, Los Angeles, Trends, Unilever, Ukraine, EA, Chicago, United States, Maine, Arizona, Ubisoft, Sony Pictures


Mya Systems gets $18.75M to keep scaling its recruitment chatbot

Hiring chatbot Mya Systems — which uses a conversational AI to grease the recruitment pipeline by automating sourcing for agencies and large enterprises needing to fill lots of vacancies in areas such as retail and warehouse jobs — has closed an $18.75 million Series C. The funding round was led by Notion Capital with participation from earlier investors, Foundation Capital and Emergence Capital, along with Workday Ventures . The 2012-founded company, which was previously known as FirstJob, ra...
Tags: Europe, US, Tech, Eu, North America, Sap, Notion Capital, EMEA, Anheuser Busch, APAC, Mya, Oreal, Mya Systems, Eyal Grayevsky, Workday Ventures, Data Protection Officer


Ford temporarily suspends production in North American factories

Ford said Wednesday it will temporarily suspend production at its North American factories through March 30 in response to COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus. “We’re continuing to work closely with union leaders, especially the United Auto Workers, to find ways to help keep our workforce healthy and safe — even as we look at solutions for continuing to provide the vehicles customers really want and need,”  Kumar Galhotra, Ford’s president of North America said in a statement. “In these ...
Tags: Germany, Tech, Cologne, Automotive, Ford, President, Romania, Automotive Industry, North America, Henry Ford, Fiat Chrysler, Craiova, Afl-cio, Saarlouis, UAW, GM Ford


Honda to shut down North American factories for six days

Honda said Wednesday it will shutter all of its North American factories for six days due to an expected decline in the market related to the economic fallout from the spread of COVID-19, a disease caused by coronavirus. The stoppage will affect about 27,600 Honda employees in North America, all of whom will continue to be paid, Honda said. Production will be reduced by about 40,000 vehicles during these six days across its 12 plants. The temporary suspension will begin March 23 with plans to re...
Tags: Mexico, Alabama, Tech, Indiana, Canada, Automotive, United States, Ford, Gm, Ohio, Automotive Industry, Honda, North America, United Auto Workers, Ohio Indiana Alabama Canada


Lime and Bird halt e-scooter services in Europe and US — guess why…

E-scooter rental companies Lime and Bird are putting their services on hold for an indefinite period of time in cities across Europe, the Financial Times reports. [Read: UK takes next step toward world of e-scooters, self-driving cars, and autonomous drones] Lime is reportedly also taking the same action across North America, as the coronavirus (COVID-19) has lead to a drop in user numbers. Following the increase in public self-isolation, to slow the spread of the virus, demand for e-scooter ren...
Tags: Startups, Europe, UK, California, Washington, US, Tech, World, Bird, North America, Financial Times, Shift, Lime and Bird, Coronavirus


SpaceX breaks a Falcon 9 rocket re-use record with successful Starlink launch

SpaceX has successfully launched and deployed its sixth batch of 60 Starlink satellites, further growing its constellation for the internet broadband system it plans to launch for customers starting later this year in the U.S. and Canada. This brings SpaceX’s total Starlink constellation size to 360 spacecraft, extending the company’s lead as the world’s largest private satellite operator. The launch this morning used a Falcon 9 first stage booster that flew for its fifth time, marking a reco...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Texas, Science, Tech, Earth, Canada, United States, North America, Falcon 9, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Spacecraft, Falcon Heavy, Falcon


Watch SpaceX launch 60 more Starlink satellites and attempt a Falcon 9 re-use record

SpaceX is launching its latest Starlink mission today, with a takeoff time of 8:16 AM EDT (5:16 AM PDT) currently scheduled to take place at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The launch will carry 60 more Starlink broadband internet satellites to their low Earth orbit destination, using a Falcon 9 rocket with a booster that flew four times previously, including twice in 2018 and twice last year, most recently in November for another Starlink mission. This is the second launch attempt for th...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Florida, Tech, Nasa, Earth, Broadband, North America, Falcon 9, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Spacecraft, Falcon, Outer Space, Kennedy Space Center


All the companies from Y Combinator’s W20 Demo Day, Part IV: Healthcare, Biotech, Fintech and Nonprofits

Y Combinator’s Demo Day was a bit different this time around. As concerns grew over the spread of COVID-19, Y Combinator shifted the event format away from the two-day gathering in San Francisco we’ve gotten used to, instead opting to have its entire class debut to invited investors and media via YC’s Demo Day website. In a bit of a surprise twist, YC also moved Demo Day forward one week citing accelerated pacing from investors. Alas, this meant switching up its plan for each company to have ...
Tags: Startups, TC, Y Combinator, Asia, Instagram, Indonesia, California, Mexico, India, Africa, America, San Francisco, Tech, Mit, United States, Healthcare


Instacart shopper ratings won’t affect access to orders during COVID-19 pandemic

As a way to try to ease some of the pressure and low ratings gig workers may face from panicked customers, Instacart has made some changes to its app. The first is that shopper ratings won’t affect their access to orders during the pandemic. Instacart will also forgive all ratings under five stars. Instacart, in a blog post, said it made this change based on feedback from shoppers. 2. Every delivery app is overwhelmed with orders. If your order shows up outside your original delivery windo...
Tags: Health, Google, California, Tech, North America, Instacart, Instacart DoorDash, COVID-19


The 12 investors betting millions on the Call of Duty League — from the LA Rams owners to a group including Gary Vaynerchuk

Activision Blizzard's Call of Duty League is an esports competition for one of the most popular video games in the world, with professional gamers representing 12 teams based in cities across North America and Europe. The "Call of Duty" franchise is an perennial best-seller, and the newest entry into the series recorded more than six million players in 24 hours. The 12 founding franchises in the Call of Duty League paid $25 million each to play in the inaugural season, according to ESPN. Ten o...
Tags: Google, Europe, Minnesota, Youtube, Berlin, New York City, US, NFL, Toronto, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Trends, Georgia, Spain, Nba, Dallas



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