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Courtney Chow Contributor Share on Twitter Courtney Chow is an associate with Battery Ventures in San Francisco who focuses on early and growth-stage internet, software and services companies. Justin Da Rosa Contributor Justin Da Rosa is a vice president with Battery Ventures in San Francisco. He focuses on consumer internet, online marketplace and software investments. Telehe...
Tags: Health, Google, Startups, TC, Column, San Francisco, Tech, Smartphone, Meditation, Depression, Hypertension, United States, Healthcare, Venture Capital, Health Insurance, Talkspace

Apple Removes Fortnite From App Store

Just hours after Epic Games introduced a new direct payment option for Fortnite that skirts Apple's in-app purchase rules, Apple has pulled the Fortnite app from the App Store. Fortnite is no longer available for download on the iPhone or the iPad, and Apple provided a statement to MacRumors on Fortnite's removal:Today, Epic Games took the unfortunate step of violating the ‌App Store‌ guidelines that are applied equally to every developer and designed to keep the store safe for our users. As ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Featured, United States, Epic, United Kingdom, Antitrust, App Store, Stubhub, Epic Games, Fortnite, Fortnite Party Royale, Canada Australia France Germany Spain

95% of Chinese Users Surveyed Would Rather Give Up Their iPhones Than Lose WeChat

As a ban on WeChat and other apps originating in China looms, companies who do business in China and iPhone users in the country are concerned about how the ban could impact device sales and daily device usage. It's still unclear whether the ban applies to the WeChat app only in the United States or if it will result in the removal of the WeChat app from iPhones across the globe. Tencent, which owns WeChat, said it believes the ban applies only in the U.S., but it is seeking clarity. The word...
Tags: Apple, White House, China, Disney, Bloomberg, United States, Tencent, WeChat, App Store, Wall Street Journal, Trump, Commerce Department, Ming Chi Kuo, Ding, Craig Allen, U S China Business Council

Six Toronto VCs discuss COVID-19 and the post-pandemic era

As North America’s fourth-largest city, Toronto is one of the world’s top startup ecosystems. After spawning companies like Eventbrite and Crowdmark, Ontario’s capital has attracted international talent that complements its homegrown population of entrepreneurs and technical talent. Six investors we surveyed who work and live in the area said they believe Toronto will continue to thrive after the COVID-19 storm passes. Some of them focus exclusively on the region, while others invest elsewhere a...
Tags: Startups, TC, Ecommerce, Advertising Tech, Toronto, Tech, Remote Work, Artificial Intelligence, Canada, United States, SaaS, Gm, Venture Capital, North America, Fintech, Shopify

Twitter pledges to dial up efforts to combat election misinformation

In the latest sign of US platforms bracing for the 2020 US presidential election in November, Twitter has said it will step up efforts to prevent its service from being used to target voters with false information around election participation. Earlier today Facebook announced the launch of a voting hub aimed at combating election misinformation on its platform by gathering together genuine election resources. Twitter is spinning a bolder message — saying its aim is to “empower every eligi...
Tags: Security, Social, Facebook, Twitter, Elections, Voting, US, Tech, United States, President, Presidential Election, Civic Technology, Trump, Reuters, Donald J Trump, NASS

Fortnite Introduces Direct Payment Option on iOS Despite Apple's App Store Review Guidelines [Updated]

Epic Games today announced that it has introduced a new direct payment option in the Fortnite app for iPhone and iPad, allowing players to purchase 1000 V-Bucks for $7.99 rather than $9.99 through Apple's in-app purchase mechanism. It is unclear how Epic Games is managing to offer this option, as Apple's App Store Review Guidelines indicate that apps offering in-game currencies must use Apple's in-app purchase mechanism. Apps are also not allowed to include buttons, links, or other calls to a...
Tags: Apple, Google, Europe, Featured, United States, United Kingdom, App Store, Stubhub, Epic Games, Peter Kafka, Fortnite, Epic Games Store Epic, Canada Australia France Germany Spain, Xbox One Nintendo Switch Mac, Amazon Grubhub Nike

Fortnite Introduces Direct Payment Option on iOS Despite Apple's App Store Review Guidelines

Epic Games today announced that it has introduced a new direct payment option in the Fortnite app for iPhone and iPad, allowing players to purchase 1000 V-Bucks for $7.99 rather than $9.99 through Apple's in-app purchase mechanism. It is unclear how Epic Games is managing to offer this option, as Apple's App Store Review Guidelines indicate that apps offering in-game currencies must use Apple's in-app purchase mechanism. Apps are also not allowed to include buttons, links, or other calls to a...
Tags: Apple, Google, Europe, Featured, United States, United Kingdom, App Store, Stubhub, Epic Games, Peter Kafka, Fortnite, Epic Games Store Epic, Canada Australia France Germany Spain, Xbox One Nintendo Switch Mac, Amazon Grubhub Nike

Pompeo Says Trump's Executive Orders Are 'Broader' Than Just TikTok and WeChat, Hinting at More Action

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said President Donald Trump's executive orders against TikTok and WeChat could be "broader" than just those two apps. From a report: Pompeo did not elaborate, but his comments could be hinting at action against other Chinese apps or even TikTok's parent company ByteDance, or WeChat owner Tencent. "So when President Trump made his announcement about not only TikTok, but about WeChat -- and if you read it, it's broader even still than that -- is that we're going...
Tags: Tech, United States, Tencent, Chinese communist party, Donald Trump, Trump, State, Prague Czech Republic, Pompeo, Mike Pompeo, Western China, ByteDance Ltd Beijing China, Commerce Another, Tencent Holdings Ltd Shenzhen China

Apple Shipped 15 Million iPhones in the U.S. in Q2 2020, a New Domestic Record

Apple shipped approximately 15 million iPhones in the United States in the second quarter of 2020, according to a new report shared by Canalys, setting a new domestic record. Apple shipped 15 percent more iPhone 11 devices than last year's equivalent, iPhone XR. Most strikingly, iPhone SE was responsible for growing Apple's quarterly market share to 47 percent. Overall, Apple shipped 10 percent more devices compared to the same quarter of last year. Vendors shipped 31.9 million smartphones ...
Tags: Apple, China, Samsung, United States, Lg, 5g, Canalys, Thielke, Overall Apple, Vincent Thielke, Wiko Google

United States: Google Has Removed Ads From 600,000 Pages And 16,000 Domains In Brazil - Global Advertising Lawyers Alliance (GALA)

Google has announced the removal of ads from 600,000 pages and 16,000 domains in Brazil between April and June, 2020.
Tags: Google, News, United States, Brazil

Silicon Valley Game-Plans For a Messy Election Night

Google, Facebook, Twitter and other major social media companies are working together to scenario-plan for the last three months before Election Day in the United States -- including gaming out what to do if there's no quickly declared winner in the contest between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden on election night. From a report: The close collaboration between Silicon Valley companies in the run-up to election day is detailed in an unusual cross-industry statement put...
Tags: Microsoft, Tech, Joe Biden, Fbi, United States, Reddit, Silicon Valley, Donald Trump, Google Facebook Twitter, Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, Wednesday Pinterest LinkedIn

The 24 power players using TikTok to transform the music industry, from marketers and record execs to artists

TikTok has transformed the music industry in recent months as tracks that go viral on the app have taken over the Billboard 100 and Spotify Viral 50 charts. TikTok's music-friendly interface and its users' penchant for dance challenges have made it an indispensable promotional tool for the music industry. Business Insider compiled a power list of the 24 music marketers, artists, digital creators, record labels, and other industry insiders who are using TikTok to help define popular music in 20...
Tags: Apple, Spotify, Europe, Hbo, New York, Instagram, Rihanna, Youtube, Jay Z, La, US, Trends, Eu, Ceo, United States, Justin Bieber

Australians could’ve saved $716,320,000 in fuel if CO2 legislation had come 3 years earlier

When it comes to road transport, Australia is at risk of becoming a climate villain as we lag behind international best practices on fuel efficiency. Road transport is one of the main sources of greenhouse gas emissions and represented 16% of Australia’s total carbon dioxide emissions in 2000, growing to 21% in 2016. Total CO₂ emissions from road transport increased by almost 30% in the period 2000-16. Fuel efficiency (CO₂ emission) standards have been adopted in around 80% of the global light v...
Tags: Startups, Australia, Tech, World, United States, Shift, Syndication, European Union Canada This

UK eyeing disclosure labels for online political campaigning

The UK government is considering changes to the law that would require online political campaign material to carry labels disclosing who is promoting and funding the messaging . The , which is being put through a public consultation until November, follows years of warnings over the lack of regulation around online political ads. The government said the measures would mean voters get the same transparency from online campaign material as they do from leaflets posted through their letterbox. ...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Europe, UK, Government, Russia, Marketing, US, Tech, European Union, United States, United Kingdom, General Election, Boris Johnson, Conservative Party, Chloe Smith

Adaptive Shield raises $4M for its SaaS security platform

Adaptive Shield, a Tel Aviv-based security startup, is coming out of stealth today and announcing its $4 million seed round led by Vertex Ventures Israel. The company’s platform helps businesses protect their SaaS applications by regularly scanning their various setting for security issues. The company’s co-founders met in the Israeli Defense Forces, where they were trained on cybersecurity, and then worked at a number of other security companies before starting their own venture. Adaptive Shiel...
Tags: Security, Startups, TC, Enterprise, Cloud Computing, Tel Aviv, Tech, Software, United States, SaaS, Computing, Salesforce, Github, Bin, Software As A Service, Successfactors

TikTok found to have tracked Android users’ MAC addresses until late last year

Until late last year social video app TikTok was using an extra layer of encryption to conceal a tactic for tracking Android users via the MAC address of their device which skirted Google’s policies and did not allow users to opt out, The Wall Street Journal reports. Users were also not informed of this form of tracking, per its report. Its analysis found that this concealed tracking ended in November as US scrutiny of the company dialled up, after at least 15 months during which TikTok had b...
Tags: Google, Android, Security, Social, TC, Apps, Privacy, Mac, US Government, France, China, US, Tech, Eu, European Union, Encryption

Trump Administration Considers Global TikTok App Store Ban

A new document outlining the potential scope of President Trump's TikTok ban suggests Apple could be forced to remove the short-form video sharing platform from its App Store in China. Trump last week signed an executive order that would officially ban any U.S. transactions with TikTok if its Chinese parent ByteDance does not reach a deal to divest it to a U.S. company in 45 days. According to a White House document sent out to supporters and seen by Reuters, the ban aims to cut off U.S. b...
Tags: Apple, Microsoft, White House, China, US, United States, Tencent, App Stores, Trump, Reuters, Trump Administration, Tiktok, ByteDance Twitter, App Store in China Trump, Ming Chi Kuo TikTok

Can VR help us understand layers of oppression?

Often thought of first as gaming tech, virtual reality has been increasingly used in research as a tool for mimicking real-life scenarios and experiences in a safe and controlled environment. Focusing on issues of oppression and the ripple affect it has throughout America's political, educational, and social systems, Dr. Courtney D. Cogburn of Columbia University School of Social Work and her team developed a VR experience that gives users the opportunity to "walk a mile" in the shoes of a black...
Tags: Technology, Education, Film, Race, America, Empathy, United States, Innovation, Virtual Reality, Emotions, Inequality, Justice System, Cogburn, Future Of Learning, Courtney D Cogburn, Columbia University School of Social Work

Kamala Harris brings a view from tech’s epicenter to the presidential race

Joe Biden’s decision to name California Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate in the quest to unseat President Trump means that the next White House could be occupied not only by a Black woman — a historic milestone by any account — but also by someone who built a career in the tech industry’s front yard. Born in Oakland, Harris served as San Francisco district attorney and later as the attorney general for California before being elected to the state’s Senate in 2016. And while the newly...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Colorado, California, Government, Senate, White House, Elizabeth Warren, San Francisco, Tech, Joe Biden, United States, New York Times, Silicon Valley

Suspects Can Be Forced to Provide Smartphone Passcodes, Rules New Jersey Supreme Court

Compelling a suspect to unlock a smartphone doesn't violate Fifth Amendment rights, New Jersey's Supreme Court ruled today (via, adding a new argument to the ongoing debate on whether those arrested can be forced to unlock their devices with biometrics or passcodes. Courts around the United States have been split on the issue, with some determining that suspects cannot be forced to unlock an iPhone, while others have said it's not a rights violation. Most of these arguments h...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Ios, Ipad, Mac, Court, United States, New Jersey, Rumors, State, Andrews, New Jersey Supreme Court, United States Supreme Court, Essex County, NorthJersey, Robert Andrews

With technology to perfect product pitches in digital marketplaces Pattern raises $52 million

Pattern, a Lehi, Utah-based reseller that offers large and small brands a way to optimize their sales on marketplaces like Amazon, eBay, Walmart and Google Shopping, has raised $52 million in growth funding, the company said. The money, from Ainge Advisory and KSV Global, will be used to expand the company’s business worldwide. Founded in 2013, the e-commerce reseller uses analytics to lock down market specific keywords in advertising and has managed to reach a run-rate that should see it hit $5...
Tags: Google, Amazon, TC, Asia, Europe, Utah, Japan, Ebay, Germany, India, US, Brand, Tech, Walmart, E-commerce, United States

Nurx has $22.5 million in new money, a path to profitability, and new treatments for migraines on the way

As the COVID-19 epidemic spread across the US earlier this year, Nurx, like most other digital providers of healthcare and prescription services saw a huge spike in demand. Now, with $22.5 million in new financing and a surging annual run rate that could see the company hit $150 million in revenue, the company is emerging as the largest digital practice for women’s health. “We saw this tremendous surge in need for our contraception and sensitive health services,” says Nurx chief executive Var...
Tags: TC, US, Insurance, Tech, Canada, United States, New-York-Times, Healthcare, Advisor, Comcast Ventures, Chelsea Clinton, Rao, Nurx, Varsha Rao, Health Services, Hims

Google, Nokia, Qualcomm are investors in $230M Series A2 for Finnish phone maker, HMD Global

Mobile device maker HMD Global has announced a $230M Series A2 — its first tranche of external funding since a $100M round back in 2018 when it tipped over into a unicorn valuation. Since late 2016 the startup has exclusively licensed Nokia’s brand for mobile devices, going on to ship some 240M devices to date. Its latest cash injection is notable both for its size (HMD claims it as the third largest funding round in Europe this year); and the profile of the strategic investors ploughing in ca...
Tags: Google, Android, Fundings & Exits, Mobile, Europe, Microsoft, US Government, Indonesia, China, India, Nokia, Africa, US, Tech, Eu, European Union

Deals: AirPods Pro Available for $219.99 on Verizon

Verizon's popular deal on the AirPods Pro has returned this week, allowing you the chance to get Apple's Bluetooth headphones for $219.99, down from an original price of $249.99. We've occasionally seen the AirPods Pro dip to lower prices at smaller retailers, but this remains the most consistent sale on the noise-cancelling headphones and is the best around online right now. Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with Verizon. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small ...
Tags: Apple, Deals, Verizon, United States, MacRumors, AirPods Pro

Amazon, Apple, Google, and a bunch of other tech giants are rallying against President Trump's visa freeze (AAPL, GOOG, AMZN, MSFT)

Tech giants including Apple, Amazon, Google, and Facebook have backed an amicus brief in support of trade organizations suing Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf over Trump's freeze on nonimmigrant visa programs. The tech companies argue that the move would stifle American innovation and force companies to hire abroad. The amicus brief comes after Apple CEO Tim Cook and Google parent Alphabet CEO Sundai Pichai spoke out against the proclamation when ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, US, Trends, United States, Tim Cook, Ibm, Homeland Security, Chamber of Commerce, Sap, Trump, State, Apple Google, Facebook Apple, National Association of Manufacturers

Vitesse, a fintech providing real-time cross-border payments for businesses, scores £6.6M Series A

Vitesse, the London-based fintech that offers real-time cross-border payments for businesses, has raised £6.6 million in Series A funding. The round is led by Octopus Ventures, with participation from existing backers including Hoxton Ventures and various angel investors. The company says the new investment will be used for growth, including building out its sales and marketing functions, and expanding Vitesse’s footprint in the U.S. market. It will also further invest in the “reach and speed” o...
Tags: TC, Europe, London, Money, Finance, Tech, Banking, Economy, United States, Bank, Vitesse, Octopus Ventures, Worldpay, Financial Technology, Hoxton Ventures, Paul Townsend

Planet Ceres Is An 'Ocean World' With Sea Water Beneath Surface, Mission Finds

The dwarf planet Ceres -- long believed to be a barren space rock -- is an ocean world with reservoirs of sea water beneath its surface, the results of a major exploration mission showed on Monday. The Guardian reports: Ceres is the largest object in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter and has its own gravity, enabling the Nasa Dawn spacecraft to capture high-resolution images of its surface. Now a team of scientists from the United States and Europe have analyzed images relayed from the ...
Tags: Europe, US, Tech, Rome, United States, Mars, Ceres, Jupiter, Afp, De Sanctis, Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica, Nasa Dawn, Maria Cristina De Sanctis, Julie Castillo Rogez

Global Coronavirus Cases Hit 20 Million

Global coronavirus cases pushed past 20 million on Monday, according to a Reuters tally, with the United States, Brazil and India accounting for more than half of all known infections. From a report: The respiratory disease has infected at least four times the average number of people struck down with severe influenza illnesses annually, according to the World Health Organization. The death toll from COVID-19, meanwhile, at more than 728,000 has outpaced the upper range of annual deaths from the...
Tags: Russia, India, Tech, United States, South Africa, Brazil, World Health Organization, Reuters, Wuhan China, United States Brazil, COVID

Russia's Anti-Monopoly Watchdog Says Apple Abused Dominant App Store Position

Apple is facing App Store scrutiny in Russia as the Russian Federal Anti-Monopoly Service (FAS) today said (via Interfax) that Apple abused its dominant ‌App Store‌ position and limited competition in the iOS app market by banning parental control apps. The FAS began investigating Apple's ‌App Store‌ policies back in August 2019 after Apple cracked down on parental control apps using Mobile Device Management functionality. Cybersecurity company Kaspersky Lab lodged an antitrust complaint wit...
Tags: Apple, Russia, United States, Tim Cook, Antitrust, App Store, Interfax, Kaspersky Lab, FAS, Kaspersky Safe Kids, U S House Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee, Russian Federal Anti Monopoly Service

Trump administration announces major midband spectrum auction for 5G

5G is increasingly coming into focus as a set of technologies that has the potential to dramatically expand the quality, bandwidth, and range of wireless connectivity. One of the major blocks to actually rolling out these technologies though is simply spectrum: there just isn’t enough of it available for private use. 5G needs spectrum at very low frequencies to penetrate buildings and increase range, and it also needs high frequencies to support the huge bandwidth that future applications will r...
Tags: Mobile, Hardware, Fcc, Congress, Government, White House, China, Defense, America, Tech, Policy, United States, Iowa, Wireless, Aws, Nebraska

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