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US Committee Is Reviewing Zoom's $14.7 Billion Deal For Five9 On National-Security Grounds

A U.S. government committee is reviewing Zoom's agreement to acquire cloud contact center software company Five9 for $14.7 billion on national-security grounds. CNBC reports: According to a letter dated Aug. 27, the Federal Communications Commission was asked to refer the case to the Committee for the Assessment of Foreign Participation in the United States Telecommunications Service Sector. Attorney General Merrick Garland is chair of the committee. Zoom announced the deal with Five9 in July, m...
Tags: California, China, US, Tech, United States, House, Federal Communications Commission, Commission, Nancy Pelosi, Msnbc, Justice Department, Cnbc, Committee, San Jose California, Merrick Garland, Eric Yuan


All the iOS 15 Features You Won't Get Until Later

There are multiple features that Apple wasn't able to get ready for launch prior to the debut of iOS and iPadOS 15, which is not atypical. There are usually some iOS features that take a little more time to prepare for primetime, and Apple releases these features in iOS updates. Below, we've rounded up iOS 15 additions that weren't ready when iOS 15 launched and will be implemented in ‌iOS 15‌ updates coming later this year and next year. SharePlay A FaceTime feature, SharePlay was availa...
Tags: Apple, Utah, Featured, Siri, Georgia, United States, Arizona, Tsa, Monterey, Facetime, JSON, Digital Legacy, Siri zwnj, iOS 15, Universal Control, Connecticut Iowa Kentucky Maryland Oklahoma


United States: Google v. Oracle: Use Of Copyrightable Computer Code Is A Fair Use - Porter Wright Morris & Arthur

In a highly awaited software copyright decision, the U.S. Supreme Court recently held that Google LLC's copying of Oracle's Java application programming interface (API) is a fair use as a matter of law.
Tags: Google, News, United States, Oracle, U S Supreme Court, Arthur, Google LLC, Porter Wright Morris


Mercedes-Benz prices its flagship EQS electric vehicle below the S Class

The Mercedes-Benz has priced the flagship EQS electric vehicle more than $8,700 below its gas-powered S-Class counterpart, a strategic move by the German automaker aiming to ensure a successful rollout of the luxury EV in North America. The EQS, which will arrive in U.S. dealerships in fall 2021, will start at $103,360, including the $1,050 destination charge. The federal tax credit will provide another $7,500 off of the sticker price. Mercedes-Benz will start with two models: the EQS 450+ and t...
Tags: Transportation, Tech, Automotive, United States, Electric Vehicles, North America, Mercedes Benz, Mercedes, Pinnacle, EQC, Mercedes Benz EQS


Tumblr’s subscription product Post+ enters open beta after much scrutiny from users

Tumblr is entering open beta for its subscription product Post+, meaning that all U.S. users can now try out the monetization feature. The product launched in closed beta in July, allowing users hand-picked by Tumblr to place some of their content behind a monthly paywall. This marked the first time that Tumblr allowed bloggers to monetize their content directly on the platform, but the feature was met with backlash from users who worried about how the feature would change the site’s culture. No...
Tags: Apps, Post, Wordpress, Social Media, Tech, Blogging, Website, Monetization, United States, Computing, Tumblr, Patreon, World Wide Web, Automattic, Paywall


Really, this market isn’t good enough?

It’s the first day of Disrupt, so things are a bit busy here at TechCrunch. In honor of that fact, entries from The Exchange concerning NFT volume viz recent marketplace valuations and how an accelerating pace of change helps startups by exposing more market voids will have to wait. But we do have time this morning for a little incredulity, so let’s indulge. The Exchange explores startups, markets and money. Read it every morning on Extra Crunch or get The Exchange newsletter every Saturday. ...
Tags: Amazon, Fundings & Exits, Startups, Tech, Paypal, United States, Square, Cnbc, Affirm, Deliveroo, Exchange, Klarna, NFT, Sebastian Siemiatkowski, Siemiatkowski, Peloton


America’s innovators will solve climate change, not regulators

Quill Robinson Contributor Share on Twitter Quill Robinson is the American Conservation Coalition's vice president of government affairs. President Joe Biden has pledged to cut U.S. greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030. He intends to meet this ambitious target through a wave of new federal spending and government programs. But our best hope for reducing carbon emissions isn’t new government spending. It’s a technological ...
Tags: Column, Opinion, Government, Singapore, America, Tech, Joe Biden, Policy, United States, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Sustainable Food, Biden, GreenTech, Arizona State University, Carbon Sequestration, Cultured Meat


Building community and funding Black founders

One of the unspoken truths of entrepreneurship is that it can be extremely lonely. When COVID-19 hit last year, I saw firsthand how the founders in our programs were affected. Office closures kept their employees apart, event cancellations kept founders from connecting, and many needed to pivot their startups to keep businesses afloat. Since our mission is to level the playing field for underrepresented startup founders, I knew we would have to show up in a new way to ensure these founders did n...
Tags: Google, Africa, Entrepreneurs, United States, Black, Gerald, Google Cloud, Diversity and Inclusion, Jewel Burks, Tankee, Gerald Youngblood, Google for Startups Black Founders Fund, U S Black Founders Fund, Brazil Europe, Goodie Nation, Joey Womack


PayPal launches its ‘super app’ combining payments, savings, bill pay, crypto, shopping and more

PayPal has been talking about its “super app” plans for some time, having recently told investors its upcoming digital wallet and payments app had been given a go for launch. Today, the first version of that app is officially being introduced, offering a combination of financial tools including direct deposit, bill pay, a digital wallet, peer-to-peer payments, shopping tools, crypto capabilities and more. The company is also announcing its partnership with Synchrony Bank for its new high-yield s...
Tags: TC, Mobile, Apps, Finance, Germany, Tech, Customers, Paypal, United States, Payments, Venmo, Chime, Synchrony Bank, Varo, Facebook Fundraisers, Generosity Network


Post-pandemic shifts means Patch will take co-working to UK small towns and suburbs

It would be fair to say the pandemic has had enormous effects on the world of work, but it has come at a time when other factors were already ongoing. The decline of main-street shopping due to e-commerce has only been hastened. The shift to remote working has sky-rocketed. And people no longer want to commute 8am-6pm anymore. But we’ve also found that working from home isn’t all its cracked up to be. Plus, they don’t see the point of commuting into a big city, only to have to co-work in someth...
Tags: TC, Europe, UK, London, US, San Francisco, Entrepreneur, Tech, E-commerce, Ceo, United States, United Kingdom, Commuting, WeWork, Kingston, Founder


Apple Begins Selling Refurbished iPhones in Canada

Apple has begun selling iPhones on its Certified Refurbished online store in Canada, offering residents in the country a more affordable way to purchase iPhones from Apple online. Apple has been selling different refurbished iPhone models in the United States online since 2016. While Apple has long offered iPads and Macs in its Canadian refurbished store, this is the first time customers in the country have been able to benefit from the discounts that come with buying an Apple refurbished sma...
Tags: Apple, Canada, United States, Anthony, Apple refurbished products


Forgot to Pre-Order Your iPhone 13 or 13 Pro? Apple Store Pickup Remains an Option for Launch Day

iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro pre-orders began last Friday at 5:00 a.m. Pacific Time, and soon after, shipping estimates for select models began slipping to late September or early October for some models. If you weren't prepared to get up at an early hour or you haven't got round to pre-ordering for another reason, there's still a chance to get an ‌iPhone 13‌ mini, ‌iPhone 13‌, ‌iPhone 13 Pro‌, or ‌iPhone 13 Pro‌ Max in your hands when they launch on Friday. In the United States and other cou...
Tags: Apple, Featured, Australia, Canada, United States, United Kingdom, Max, Pacific Time, Personal Pickup, iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro


Alternative financing startup Pipe snaps up Stripe and HubSpot execs, expands to UK

Pipe, a two-year-old startup that aims to be the “Nasdaq for revenue,” announced today it has snagged former Stripe EIC Sid Orlando and HubSpot’s ex-Chief Strategy Officer Brad Coffey to serve on its executive team. The Miami-based fintech also revealed today its first expansion outside of the United States with its entry into the U.K. market. It’s been a good year for Pipe. The buzzy startup has raised $300 million in equity financing this year from a slew of investors, such as Shopify, Sl...
Tags: Startups, TC, UK, London, Finance, Tech, United States, United Kingdom, SaaS, Miami, Alexis Ohanian, Pipe, Fintech, Orlando, Marc Benioff, U K


VC Mark Suster: “The bet we’re making now is on founder skills,” instead of customers or products

We recently caught up with longtime VC Mark Suster of L.A.-based Upfront Ventures, which last raised both an early-stage fund and a growth stage fund several years ago and, according to regulatory filings, is in the market right now, though Suster couldn’t discuss either owing to SEC regulations. We did talk about a wide range of things, from his firm’s big bet on the micromobility business Bird (which could be publicly traded soon), to his views on decentralized finance, to his fitness regime (...
Tags: Facebook, Disney, Tech, United States, Bird, SEC, Upfront Ventures, Mark Suster, Suster, Apeel Sciences


VC Mark Suster: “The bet we’re making now is on founder skills,” not customers or products

We recently caught up with longtime VC Mark Suster of L.A.-based Upfront Ventures, which last raised both an early-stage fund and a growth stage fund several years ago and, according to regulatory filings, is in the market right now, though Suster couldn’t discuss either owing to SEC regulations. We did talk about a wide range of things, from his firm’s big bet on the micro mobility business Bird (which could be publicly traded soon), to his views on decentralized finance, to his fitness regime ...
Tags: Facebook, Disney, Tech, United States, Bird, SEC, Upfront Ventures, Mark Suster, Suster, Apeel Sciences


Study finds half of Americans get news on social media, but percentage has dropped

A new report from Pew Research finds that around a third of U.S. adults continue to get their news regularly from Facebook, though the exact percentage has slipped from 36% in 2020 to 31% in 2021. This drop reflects an overall slight decline in the number of Americans who say they get their news from any social media platform — a percentage that also fell by 5 percentage points year-over-year, going from 53% in 2020 to a little under 48%, Pew’s study found. By definition, “regularly” here means ...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Twitter, News, Media, Instagram, Youtube, Social Media, Linkedin, Tech, Website, Reading, Snapchat, Software, United States, Computing


US COVID-19 Death Toll Surpasses That of 1918 Pandemic

The U.S. death toll from COVID-19 has surpassed that of the 1918 flu pandemic, according to a tracker from Johns Hopkins University. The Hill reports: The U.S. has passed 675,000 deaths, the estimated toll from the 1918 pandemic, which for a century had been the worst pandemic to hit the country. "The number of reported deaths from Covid in the US will surpass the toll of the 1918 flu pandemic this month," Tom Frieden, the former head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, tweeted ea...
Tags: US, Tech, United States, New York Times, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Virginia Tech, Tom Frieden, The Hill, Johns Hopkins University, Thomas Ewing, COVID


The Station: Gogoro scoots into a SPAC, a Rivian milestone and Tesla prepares to unleash FSD beta software

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. Hello readers: Welcome to The Station, your central hub for all past, present and future means of moving people and packages from Point A to Point B. The future of transportation beat was flooded with news this week as per ushe. There are two stories that I want to highlight here. First up, is that the first Rivian R1T electric pickup truck...
Tags: Transportation, Japan, Elon Musk, UK, New York, London, Supreme Court, Congress, California, Washington, Senate, China, India, Tech, General Motors, Tesla


Roku debuts new Streaming Stick 4K bundles, software update with voice and mobile features

Weeks after Amazon introduced an updated Fire TV lineup that included, for the first time, its own TVs, Roku today is announcing its own competitive products in a race to capture consumers’ attention before the holiday shopping season. Its updates include a new Roku Streaming Stick 4K and Roku Streaming Stick 4K+ — the latter which ships with Roku’s newer hands-free voice remote. The company is also refreshing the Roku Ultra LT, a Walmart-exclusive version of its high-end player. And it announce...
Tags: Amazon, Gadgets, Mobile, Spotify, Hardware, Media, Wi Fi, Tech, Walmart, Smartphone, Netflix, United States, Telecommunications, Computing, Wireless Headphones, Speaker


9am.health launches with $3.7M to tackle virtual diabetes care

Founders like to create companies around what they know, and Frank Westermann and Anton Kittelberger know diabetes. They met and bonded over both having type 1 diabetes — Westermann was diagnosed over 25 years ago — and started the MySugr app for diabetes self-management in 2012 (they won a TC pitch-off back in 2011). Four years later, Westermann moved to the U.S. from Austria to introduce MySugr stateside before the company was acquired by Roche for $100 million in 2017. The pair moved on to th...
Tags: Health, Startups, TC, Ecommerce, Apps, Texas, Medicine, California, Funding, Tech, Diabetes, Hypertension, Austria, Vienna, United States, Healthcare


United States: Mixed Ruling On Epic's Antitrust Challenge To Apple's App Store - Fenwick & West LLP

On September 10, 2021, a federal judge in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California ruled that Fortnite developer Epic Games failed to adequately prove its antitrust allegations relating to Apple's App Store practices.
Tags: Apple, News, United States, U S District Court, Northern District of California, West LLP, App Store Fenwick


At Least 20 Americans Have Been Hospitalized for Ivermectin Overdoses This Year

Oregon Health & Science University reported Friday that in the 45 days before September 14, five Oregonians had to be hospitalized "because they consumed a potent antiparasitic drug despite there being no clinical data supporting its use for COVID-19... "Two people were so severely ill that they had to be admitted to an intensive care unit." The Oregon Poison Center has managed 25 cases involving Oregonians intentionally misusing ivermectin to treat or prevent COVID-19 between Aug. 1 and Sept...
Tags: Tech, Merck, United States, Arizona, Food And Drug Administration, National Institutes of Health, Fda, University Of Arizona, Brooks, Daniel Brooks, Oregon Health Science University, Oregon Poison Center, Arizona Republic Banner Health, Drug Information Center, Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center, Steve Dudley


iPhone 13 Orders Begin Shipping From Apple Ahead of Friday Launch

Apple has started shipping out iPhone 13, ‌iPhone 13‌ mini, iPhone 13 Pro, and ‌iPhone 13 Pro‌ Max orders to customers who pre-ordered one of the new devices on Friday, September 17. Many orders will still say "Preparing to Ship" in Apple's ordering system and will continue to do so until later this week, but customers in the United States who are receiving their devices through UPS can use the UPS My Choice feature for tracking purposes or can track through a reference number like a phone nu...
Tags: Apple, Featured, China, United States, Max, iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro


United States: Ongoing Strife Between Studios And Talent Continues As Christopher Nolan Ends Nearly Two-Decade-Long Relationship With Warner Bros. - Foster Garvey

Apple has announced it has created a new process that can properly identify rights holders of the music used in DJ mixes and will be able to directly pay them.
Tags: Apple, Christopher Nolan, News, United States, Warner Bros, Garvey


What we can learn from edtech startups’ expansion efforts in Europe

Rhys Spence Contributor Share on Twitter Rhys Spence is head of research at Brighteye Ventures, a European edtech-focused fund, where he works with portfolio companies to help address priorities, with a focus on internationalization. More posts by this contributor The 2021 edtech avalanche has just begun It’s a story common to all sectors today: investors only want to see ‘uppy-righty’ charts in a pit...
Tags: Startups, Column, Europe, Sweden, Education, France, Tech, Spain, United States, United Kingdom, Venture Capital, Switzerland, Finland, Norway, Edtech, Owl Ventures


Elon Musk praises Chinese automakers amidst regulatory scrutiny

An unusually scripted Elon Musk issued conciliatory and complimentary comments to Chinese automakers during a pre-recorded appearance at China’s World New Energy Vehicle Congress, striking a pose that is worlds away from his commentary style in the United States. “I have a great deal of respect for the many Chinese automakers for driving these [EV and AV] technologies,” he said, the reflection of a ring light just visible in the window over his left shoulder. The entire tableau was enough to mak...
Tags: Transportation, Asia, Elon Musk, China, Tech, Tesla, Bloomberg, Automotive, United States, Ford, Electric Vehicles, Shanghai, Bmw, Baidu, Musk, Global Times


Renewable AppleCare+ Coverage Now Available in France, Italy, and Spain [Updated]

Apple this week expanded the option to extend an expiring AppleCare+ plan for iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch to additional countries, including France, Italy, and Spain. Prior to now, extended ‌AppleCare‌+ coverage options for ‌iPhone‌, ‌iPad‌, and Apple Watch were limited to the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Germany, and Japan. The three new countries have been added in an updated version of Apple's ‌AppleCare‌+ support document. In all eligible countries, if you paid upfr...
Tags: Apple, Japan, China, Spain, United States, United Kingdom, Apple Watch, France Italy, AppleCare, Australia Canada France Germany Italy Japan Spain


Renewable AppleCare+ Coverage for Mac Now Available in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, and the UK

Apple this week expanded the option to extend an expiring AppleCare+ plan to additional countries, including France, Italy, and Spain. In addition, Apple has also expanded the Mac coverage renewal option to all countries where extended ‌AppleCare‌+ coverage is offered: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Prior to now, extended ‌AppleCare‌+ coverage options for iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch were limited to the U.S., UK, Australia,...
Tags: Apple, Japan, UK, China, Spain, United States, United Kingdom, Apple Watch, Mac Apple, France Italy, AppleCare, Australia Canada France Germany Italy Japan Spain, U S UK Australia Canada Germany


Deals: A Look at the iPhone 13 Sales Offered by AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Best Buy, and More

iPhone 13, ‌iPhone 13‌ mini, iPhone 13 Pro, and ‌iPhone 13 Pro‌ Max pre-orders went live on Apple.com earlier today, and now you can also pre-order the newest Apple smartphones across many carriers and retailers in the United States. Carriers typically offer numerous deals and bonuses to ordering through them instead of Apple, and that's no different for the ‌iPhone 13‌ launch. Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with some of these vendors. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may ...
Tags: Apple, Verizon, Walmart, United States, Max, T Mobile, AT amp, iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro, T Mobile Sprint T Mobile, Magenta Max, Verizon T Mobile Best, Sprint MAX, AT T Verizon T Mobile Best


Website Maintenance Tips Every Entrepreneur Should Know

The majority of business owners are in charge of website upkeep every month. They’re neck-deep in the business, attempting to keep it going without addressing the most critical aspect of it: a website that was developed a long time ago and receives little or no visitors. And If They Don’t Find What They’re Looking For, They’re Not Going To Engage Your Services in Any Way Either your website isn’t working correctly, hasn’t been updated, the database hasn’t been optimized, WordPress Security has...
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