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Wine Marketing 101: 5 Tips to Sweeten Your Wineries Sales

by Robert Clough Marketing a winery and making it stand out in a crowded field is a tough ask.  There are over 10,000 wineries in the United States. Your marketing needs to be flawless to sell your wines. Read on to learn the top wine marketing tips that you can implement right away to boost your wine sales. 1. Have a Great Story People are naturally drawn to stories. Stories are the reason why some wineries do so much better than others. People care about where and how the grapes are ...
Tags: Google, Small Business, Marketing, Seo, United States, Niche Markets, Robert Clough

Dear Sophie: I need the latest details on the new H-1B registration process

Sophie Alcorn Contributor Share on Twitter Sophie Alcorn is the founder of Alcorn Immigration Law in Silicon Valley and 2019 Global Law Experts Awards’ “Law Firm of the Year in California for Entrepreneur Immigration Services.” She connects people with the businesses and opportunities that expand their lives. More posts by this contributor Dear Sophie: My H-1B was renewed, but I’m getting laid off Dear Sophi...
Tags: Column, Europe, California, Government, US, Tech, Policy, United States, Silicon Valley, Lawyer, H-1b Visa, Sophie, USCIS, Alcorn, Immigration Law, Sophie Alcorn

Canada investigating facial recognition company Clearview AI over privacy, security concerns

Canada's privacy authorities on Friday said they are investigating New York-based Clearview AI over concerns the facial recognition technology may not comply with Canadian privacy law. “Clearview AI bills itself as a tool for law enforcement, scraping the internet for publicly available photos and using facial recognition to identify potential suspects,” reports Moira Warburton at Reuters, “Critics in both Canada and the United States have raised concerns about the lack of consent of those s...
Tags: Security, Post, Business, New York, News, Privacy, US, Tech, World news, US news, Tech News, Canada, United States, Facial Recognition, Quebec, Ontario

Hot Wheels made two remote-controlled Tesla Cybertruck toys

Hot Wheels will ship you a Cybertruck long before Tesla is likely to make any deliveries on their electric retro-future wheeled trapezoid: The toy maker just unveiled two different RC Cybertruck models, including a 1:64 scale model at just $20, and a much larger 1:10 scale version for $400. These are available to pre-order now, but like most of Tesla’s cars, just because they’re introduced doesn’t mean you can go out and buy one immediately. They’re set to ship in time for the holidays, howev...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Toys, Metal, Cars, Tech, Tesla, Sport, Canada, Automotive, United States, Mobility, Engineers, EVs, Hot Wheels, Mattel

California Home Sales Maintain Last Year’s Momentum in January, C.A.R. Reports

– Existing, single-family home sales totaled 395,550 in January on a seasonally adjusted annualized rate, down 0.7 percent from December and up 10.3 percent from January 2019. – January’s statewide median home price was $575,160, down 6.5 percent from December and up 7.1 percent from January 2019. – The statewide Unsold Inventory Index was 3.4 months in January, up from 2.5 months in December but down from 4.6 months in January 2019. Los Angeles, CA – Feb. 19, 2020 (PRNewswire) Continue...
Tags: Google, Real Estate, News, California, Sacramento, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Radio, United States, San Diego, Kings, Nevada, Napa, Orange, Santa Clara, Sonoma

Friday round-up

As the justices reconvene today for their first private conference in several weeks, Kimberly Robinson reports at Bloomberg Law that “[t]he second half of the Supreme Court’s current term will be chock-full of high-profile arguments and blockbuster opinions, and court watchers say it’s going to be explosive.” Mark Sherman reports at AP (via How Appealing) that “[t]he court is poised to issue campaign-season decisions in the full bloom of spring in cases dealing with President Donald Trump’s tax ...
Tags: Google, Supreme Court, Law, Eric Holder, Ap, United States, Tennessee, Louisiana, Donald Trump, Forest Service, Turner, ABA Journal, Trump, Round-up, Mark Sherman, John Roberts

EV fleet management gets another venture-backed contender as Electriphi raises $3.5 million

Electriphi, a provider of charging management and fleet monitoring software for electric vehicles, has joined the scrum of startups looking to provide services to the growing number of electric vehicle fleets in the U.S. The San Francisco-based company has just raised $3.5 million in seed funding from investors including Wireframe Ventures, the Urban Innovation Fund, and Blackhorn Ventures. Lemnos Labs and Acario Innovation also participated in the round. Electriphi’s pitch has resonated with...
Tags: Energy, TC, Electric Vehicle, California, San Francisco, Tech, United States, Electric Vehicles, Software Development, North America, Charging Stations, Sacramento Calif, Twin Rivers Unified School District, Sybase, Tibco, Versata

Gaming-focused investment firm Bitkraft closes in on at least $140 million for its second fund

Esports, video games and the innovations that enable them now occupy a central space in the cultural and commercial fabric of the tech world. For the investment firm Bitkraft Esports Ventures, the surge in interest means a vast opportunity to invest in the businesses that continue to reshape entertainment and develop technologies which have implications far beyond consoles and controllers. Increasingly, investors are willing to come along for the ride. The firm, which launched its first fund in ...
Tags: TC, New York, Money, Finance, Tech, Spokesperson, Economy, United States, Venture Capital, Virtual Reality, Ibm, Goldman Sachs, Dell, Driver, Goldman, Esports

AT&T is joining IBM in pulling out from one of the biggest cybersecurity conferences of the year over coronavirus fears (IBM, MSFT, T)

AT&T has become the second big company to withdraw from one of cybersecurity's largest events, the annual RSA Conference, which is set to open next week in San Francisco. Other big companies like Microsoft and Cisco say they are still in, but monitoring updates.  San Francisco has no confirmed cases of the virus, but security conference cancellations follow Facebook pulling a marketing summit in the city.  The RSA conference organizers have said that it will provide "ample hand sanitizers" and...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Asia, Microsoft, California, China, Singapore, US, San Francisco, Trends, Cisco, Barcelona, United States, Bill Gates, Ibm, Rsa

Coronavirus concerns push Facebook and Sony to skip the year's biggest gathering for video game makers (FB, SNE)

Facebook, the Facebook-owned Oculus, and Sony will no longer attend the 2020 Game Developers Conference due to health and travel concerns caused by the coronavirus outbreak. GDC 2020 is scheduled to be held in San Francisco's Moscone Center from March 16 to 20. Facebook had already cancelled an event it had planned at the Moscone Center one week earlier. A statement from GDC said the event would include additional on-site measures to prevent the spread of disease, and the organizers said they ...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Cdc, France, China, Boston, US, San Francisco, Trends, United States, Sony, GDC, Moscone Center, Facebook The Facebook, FB SNE, Department of Public Health WHO

France Shuts Down Oldest Reactors, But Nuclear Power Still Reigns

An anonymous reader shares a report from Agence France-Presse (AFP): France will start closing its oldest atomic power plant on Saturday after 43 years in operation, the first in a series of reactor shutdowns but hardly a signal the country will reduce its reliance on nuclear energy anytime soon. Unplugging the two reactors at Fessenheim, along the Rhine near France's eastern border with Germany and Switzerland, became a key goal of anti-nuclear campaigners after the catastrophic meltdown at Fuk...
Tags: Japan, France, Germany, Tech, United States, Francois Hollande, Switzerland, Fukushima, EDF, Rhine, Emmanuel Macron, Alsace, Agence France Presse AFP, Flamanville, Fessenheim

What if we fuck up the Moon too?

US Vice President Mike Pence yesterday gave a speech at NASA’s Langley research center in Virginia where he told employees that President Donald Trump was committed to putting humans back on the Moon by 2024 through “any means necessary.” We’re not sure exactly what that means. It was likely intended to be an inspirational quip indicating that the employees of NASA have the President‘s full support. But it feels a bit ominous coming from the administration that had to be convinced that we should...
Tags: Startups, Space, Politics, Virginia, US, Insights, Tech, Nasa, United States, Donald Trump, Mike Pence, Langley

UCLA Abandons Plans To Use Facial Recognition After Backlash

Ahead of a national day of action led by digital rights group Fight for the Future, UCLA has abandoned its plans to become the first university in the United States to adopt facial recognition technology. From a report: In a statement shared with Fight for the Future's Deputy Director Evan Greer, UCLAâ(TM)s Administrative Vice Chancellor Michael Beck said the university "determined that the potential benefits are limited and are vastly outweighed by the concerns of the campus community." Since l...
Tags: Amazon, Tech, United States, Ucla, Evan Greer, Michael Beck

HungryPanda, a food delivery app for Chinese communities, raises $20 million

HungryPanda, a food delivery service for Chinese communities in cities around the world, announced today it has raised $20 million in funding. The round was led by investors 83North and Felix Capital and will be used on hiring, product development and global expansion, particularly in the United States. The startup, which did not disclose its current valuation, said its goal is to reach an annual run rate of $200 million by May. Founded in the United Kingdom, where its service first launched in ...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Europe, China, New York City, Tech, United States, United Kingdom, Alipay, Food Delivery, Felix Capital, Helsinki, U S Census Bureau, Eric Liu, Wolt

Apple's rare revenue warning left out something major — and it's a sign of how difficult it is to predict the coronavirus' impact on business (AAPL)

Apple said its revenue for the March quarter would be lower than the guidance range it provided in January because of the coronavirus, a rare move for the company. It didn't provide a new estimate, however, underscoring how difficult it can be for companies to predict the fallout stemming from public health issues like the coronavirus, which has killed at least 2,014 people and infected more than 75,000 as of Wednesday evening. Reports have suggested that upcoming products, like the low-cost i...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, China, Trends, Bloomberg, United States, World Health Organization, Apple Store, Munster, Aapl, Nikkei Asian Review, Müller, RBC Capital Markets, Robert Muller, Gene Munster

Social media makes breakups worse, study says

According to a 2017 study, 71% of people reported feeling better (rediscovery of self and positive emotions) about 11 weeks after a breakup. But social media complicates this healing process.Even if you "unfriend", block, or unfollow, social media algorithms can create upsetting encounters with your ex-partner or reminders of the relationship that once was.Researchers at University of Colorado Boulder suggest that a "human-centered approach" to creating algorithms can help the system better unde...
Tags: Programming, Facebook, Technology, Media, Internet, Sex, Relationships, Love, Social Media, Mental Health, United States, Innovation, Machine Learning, Emotions, Meyer, Interface Design

These specialized Africa VC funds are welcoming co-investors

For global venture capitalists still on the fence about entering Africa, a first move could be co-investing with a proven fund that’s already working in the region. Africa’s startup scene is performance-light — one and a handful of exits — but there could be greater returns for investors who get in early. For funds from Silicon Valley to Tokyo, building a portfolio and experience on the continent with those who already have expertise could be the best start. VC in Africa Africa has one of th...
Tags: Food, TC, London, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Nigeria, Africa, Tech, Economy, Smartphone, United States, South Africa, Venture Capital, Retail, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe

Canadian online pharmacy, PocketPills has raised $7.35 million as it expands into Quebec

PocketPills, which bills itself as the sole online pharmacy operating in Canada, has raised $7.35 million in new financing as it expands across the country. Through partnerships with insurers like Pacific Blue Cross the company provides co-insurance reductions for prescriptions. “We have an option for you to come and join our platform just like any pharmacy,” says company co-founder and chief operating officer, Harj Samra. Samra launched the company in 2018 with Raj Gulia, a fellow proprietor of...
Tags: Health, TC, Articles, Tech, Canada, United States, Nova Scotia, Quebec, Pharmacy, Gupta, Samra, Gulia, Online pharmacy, WaterBridge, Managing Partner, Waterbridge Ventures

IRS Sues Facebook For $9 Billion, Says Company Offshored Profits To Ireland

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Fox Business: Facebook is slated to begin a tax trial in a San Francisco court on Tuesday, as the Internal Revenue Service tries to convince a judge the world's largest social media company owes more than $9 billion linked to its decision to shift profits to Ireland. The trial, which Facebook expects will take three to four weeks, could see top executives including hardware chief Andrew Bosworth and Chief Technology Officer Mike Schroepfer called to testi...
Tags: Facebook, San Francisco, Tech, United States, Ireland, Javier Olivan, Irs, Andrew Bosworth, Fox Business, Internal Revenue Service, Mike Schroepfer, Naomi Gleit, David Fischer, Facebook Ireland, Facebook U S, IRS Sues Facebook For 9 Billion Says Company

Snap accelerator names its latest cohort

Yellow, the accelerator program launched by Snap in 2018, has selected ten companies to join its latest cohort. The new batch of startups coming from across the U.S. and international cities like London, Mexico City, Seoul and Vilnius are building professional social networks for black professionals and blue collar workers, fashion labels, educational tools in augmented reality, kids entertainment, and an interactive entertainment production company. The list of new companies include: Brightly ...
Tags: TC, London, Media, Social Networking, Social Networks, California, Massachusetts, Marketing, Los Angeles, Tech, Snapchat, Artificial Intelligence, Software, United States, Animation, Mexico City

Zero Motorcycles unveils new SR/S — a full-fairing 124 mph sport EV

California-based mobility startup Zero Motorcycles has a new e-moto in its lineup — the fully-faired SR/S, unveiled today in New York. The company’s CEO Sam Paschel pulled the cover off the two-wheeled EV, which is based on the platform of the company’s SR/F, released last year. The new SR/S has similar stats to the SR/F: a 124 mph top-speed, up to 200 miles of range, 140 ft-lbs of torque and charge-time of 60 minutes to 95%, Paschel told TechCrunch at the debut. Zero’s latest EV is an IoT motor...
Tags: TC, New York, California, Time, Tech, Tesla, Ceo, United States, Motorcycles, Harley Davidson, Motorcycle, Harley, Damon, Mission Motors, Brammo, Livewire

Announcing the final agenda for Robotics + AI — March 3 at UC Berkeley

TechCrunch is returning to U.C. Berkeley on March 3 to bring together some of the most influential minds in robotics and artificial intelligence. Each year we strive to bring together a cross-section of big companies and exciting new startups, along with top researchers, VCs and thinkers. In addition to a main stage that includes the likes of Amazon’s Tye Brady, U .C. Berkeley’s Stuart Russell, Anca Dragan of Waymo, Claire Delaunay of NVIDIA, James Kuffner of Toyota’s TRI-AD, and a surpris...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Y Combinator, Softbank, Disney, Samsung, Tech, Nasa, Artificial Intelligence, Software, United States, Olympics, Nvidia, Machine Learning, Tokyo, Toyota

What are the Best Sites for Finding People Online?

Finding colleagues or an old high school friend is easier than ever. Social networks, search engines, email platforms, and online directories make the task of finding people online very simple. The first and most common choice is a Google search. Because Google indexes sites such as social media platforms, it is the easiest way to find publicly available information. As a result of privacy settings, some information displayed on social media may not appear on a search engine query. If you have n...
Tags: Google, Sales, More, United States, CRA, Credit Reporting Agencies

Autonomous yard trucking startup Outrider comes out of stealth with $53 million in funding

The 400,000 distribution yards located in the U.S. are critical hubs for the supply chain. Now one startup is aiming to make the yard truck — the centerpiece of the distribution yard — more efficient, safer and cleaner, with an autonomous system. Outrider, a Golden, Colo. startup previously known as Azevtec, came out of stealth Wednesday to announce that it has raised $53 million in seed and Series A funding rounds led by NEA and 8VC. Outrider is also backed by Koch Disruptive Technologies, ...
Tags: Startups, TC, Texas, Technology, Colorado, Trailer, Tech, Automotive, United States, Vehicles, Transport, Trucks, Smith, Nea, Self-driving Car, Andrew Smith

Use the “Eisenhower Matrix” to Manage Your Time & Increase Your Productivity: The System Designed by the 34th President of the United States

"What is important is seldom urgent," said Dwight D. Eisenhower, "and what is urgent is seldom important." Or a t least many believe Eisenhower said that, even if he might have been quoting someone else. Whether or not the 34th President of the United States of America ever spoke those exact words, he must have had a highly effective method of dealing with life's tasks. During Eisenhower's two terms in office, writes Atomic Habits author James Clear, "he launched programs that directly ...
Tags: Google, Productivity, Facebook, Europe, College, Life, White House, Germany, Nasa, United States, Seoul, Eisenhower, Richard Feynman, James Clear, United States of America, Facebook Twitter

Tracking China’s astounding venture capital slowdown

Hello and welcome back to our regular morning look at private companies, public markets and the gray space in between. Heading into the new year, it wasn’t known that the coronavirus, known as COVD-19, would shutter much of China, slowing its industrial output, its services industry and more. But heading into 2020, China’s venture capital world was already in steep decline. This morning we’re exploring the country’s Q4 2019 venture capital results and pulling in fresh data from 2020 to get a han...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, TC, China, Tech, United States, Kpmg, Crunchbase, United State, PitchBook

United States: Nota Bene Episode 46: America's Existential Antitrust Crisis With Thomas Dillickrath - Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton

Some of the world's biggest tech companies, like Apple, Facebook, and Google, are facing much criticism about their size and behavior.
Tags: Google, News, America, United States, Hampton, Apple Facebook, Thomas Dillickrath Sheppard Mullin Richter

GGV Capital says mom-and-pop shops can boost e-commerce in emerging markets

Despite the rapid growth of e-commerce in India, Southeast Asia and other emerging markets, the vast majority of retail transactions there still happen offline in small stores that also serve as neighborhood hubs. The central role these stores play in their communities led GGV Capital to develop what the firm refers to as its mom-and-pop shop investment thesis. This means backing startups that help small retailers digitize operations, tap into better supply chains and serve as delivery points...
Tags: Startups, TC, Ecommerce, Asia, Indonesia, China, Southeast Asia, India, Tech, United States, Vietnam, Latin America, Ggv Capital, Tung, India Southeast Asia, Hans Tung

Max Q: Spacex gets ready for first human flight

Max Q is a new weekly newsletter all about space. Sign up here to receive it weekly on Sundays in your inbox. This week turned out to be a surprisingly busy one in space news – kicked off by the Trump administration’s FY 2021 budget proposal, which was generous to U.S. space efforts both in science and in defense. Meanwhile, we saw significant progress in SpaceX’s commercial crew program, and plenty of activity among startups big and small. SpaceX’s Crew Dragon arrives in Florida The spacec...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Florida, Science, Alabama, Los Angeles, Tech, Nasa, Earth, Flight, United States, Space Tourism, Virgin Galactic, Satellite

Watch SpaceX attempt a rocket reusability record with another Starlink launch live

SpaceX is launching another batch of 60 Starlink satellites to join its existing constellation, which will bring the total to 300 and be the third Starlink launch this year already. The launch will also be a potentially record-setting demonstration of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 reusability, with the shortest turnaround time for a Falcon 9 first stage between its previous mission and its next. The Falcon 9 booster being used today has already flown three times before, including in May, July and t...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Tech, Broadband, Canada, United States, Ships, Falcon 9, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Falcon, Outer Space, StarLink

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