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Feds Claim the Patriot Act Allowed Them to Log Visitors to Websites

Letters produced by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and obtained by the New York Times show that the U.S. government has interpreted Section 215 of the Patriot Act as giving it the power to monitor who visits certain websites and when, with minimal oversight.


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China's Chang'e 5 Probe Lifts Off From Moon Carrying Lunar Samples

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Daily Crunch: Google fires co-lead of its Ethical AI team Google fires a leading researcher, Stripe launches a new banking service and WarnerMedia shakes up the theatrical business model. This is your Daily Crunch for December 3, 2020.

The big story: Google fires co-lead of its Ethical AI team

Timnit Gebru, a leading researcher in the field of ethics and artificial intelligence, tweeted last night that Google fired her in response to a message she sent to an internal email list.

Casey Newton obtained the email in question, in which Gebru expressed frustration with her treatment at Google and disappointment at its diversity and inclusion efforts: “We just had a Black research all hands with such an emotional show of exasperation. Do you know what happened since? Silencing in the most fundamental way possible.”

Google declined to comment, except to point to an email from Jeff Dean, the head of Google Research, in which he said Gebru had threatened to resign unless certain conditions were met. (“I hadn’t resigned — I had asked for simple conditions first and said I would respond when I’m back from vacation,” Gebru said.)

The tech giants

YouTube introduces new feature to address toxic comments — The feature appears when users are about to post something offensive in a video’s comments section and warns them to “Keep comments respectful.”

Developers can now enroll in Apple’s ‘Small Business Program’ for reduced App Store fees — Just a few weeks back, we learned that Apple would be launching a program to reduce its fees from 30% to 15% for developers earning less than $1 million per year from the App Store.

— One of the more fun bits in the winter update will be a dramatic expansion of the Emoji Kitchen.

Startups, funding and venture capital

Stripe announces embedded business banking service Stripe Treasury — The company is partnering with banks to offer a banking-as-a-service API.

Everlywell raises $175M to expand virtual care options and scale its at-home health testing — Earlier this year, Everlywell launched an at-home COVID-19 test collection kit, the first test of its kind to receive an emergency authorization from the FDA.

VSCO acquires mobile app Trash to expand into AI-powered video editing — The deal will see Trash’s technology integrated into the VSCO app.

Advice and analysis from Extra Crunch

VCs who want better outcomes should use data to reduce founder team risk — Using an objective, data-backed process to evaluate teams will help VCs make better investment decisions.

This is a good time to start a proptech company — At least, it’s a good time according to Colton Pace of Fika Ventures.

Boost ROI with intent data and personalized multichannel marketing campaigns — More mass email blasts are not going to get you the connections with prospects you crave.

(Extra Crunch is our membership program, which aims to democratize information about startups. You can sign up here.)

Everything else

All of Warner Bros.’ theatrical movies will get simultaneous releases on HBO Max next year — This includes movies like “Godzilla vs. Kong,” “Mortal Kombat,” “In the Heights,” “Space Jam: A New Legacy” “The Suicide Squad,” “Dune,” the “Sopranos” prequel “The Many Saints of Newark” and “The Matrix 4.”

NASA selects four companies for moon material collection as it seeks to set precedent on private sector outer space mining — The four companies all have rides booked on future commercial lunar lander missions.

Bill Gates just released a plan for US leadership on climate change, including $35B in funding — Gates wrote that we “need to revolutionize the world’s physical economy.”

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Google Researcher Says She Was Fired Over Paper Highlighting Bias in A.I Thu, 03 Dec 2020 18:01:00 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Google Hands-On With Apple's New MagSafe Duo Charger for iPhone 12 and Apple Watch released the MagSafe Duo Charger, which is a $129 charger that combines an iPhone 12 MagSafe charger with an Apple Watch charging puck.
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We picked up one of the new ‌MagSafe‌ Duo chargers to see if it's worth Apple's super high asking price.
Apple first introduced the ‌MagSafe‌ Duo alongside the new ‌iPhone 12‌ models in October, but until its surprise release on Tuesday, there was no word on when it would come out. It's available from the Apple online store now, and also some retail stores in the United States.

The ‌MagSafe‌ Duo is made from a white material with a book-style design. One half has a ‌MagSafe‌ charger that attaches magnetically to ‌iPhone 12‌ models, while the other half has an Apple Watch charging puck. The Apple Watch charging puck can be used flat or it can pop up so you can charge the Apple Watch in Nightstand mode, but the ‌MagSafe‌ charger remains flat. The design is simple and clean, and it folds over neatly, something that will be great for future travel.

On the surface, the ‌MagSafe‌ Duo looks like a decent charging option, but at its price point, there are compromises to be aware of. It does not ship with a power adapter so you need to purchase one or use one that you already own, and there are charging limitations.

The ‌MagSafe‌ Charger on its own can charge an ‌iPhone 12‌ at up to 15W with Apple's 20W USB-C charger, but if you use that same 20W USB-C charger with the ‌MagSafe‌ Duo, an ‌iPhone 12‌ will be limited to a maximum of 11W. You can use a 27W+ charger instead and it will charge at up to 14W, but it is not able to hit that 15W maximum. Apple's 20W USB-C Power Adapter costs $19, and the 30W version is $49, so adding on a charger raises the cost of the ‌MagSafe‌ Duo quite a bit.
There have also been some ‌MagSafe‌ Charger charging limitations with certain power adapters that are PD 3.0 compatible, and that may also be a concern with the ‌MagSafe‌ Duo.

At the $129 price point, the ‌MagSafe‌ Duo really should have come with a power adapter rather than just a USB-C to Lightning cable. A standalone Apple Watch charging puck is $29 and a ‌MagSafe‌ Charger is $39 for a total of $68, but Apple is charging close to twice that to connect them together.

There are plenty of wireless charging options that are well over $100, but most of those include power adapters. There aren't any other multi-device ‌MagSafe‌ charging options that are available at the current time, but third-party manufacturers are working on solutions that might be better than what Apple is offering.

So who should buy this? Apple fans who have an Apple Watch and an ‌iPhone 12‌ and who plan to travel often will likely find the ‌MagSafe‌ Duo useful, but it's not a must-have accessory nor is it any kind of deal, which is worth keeping in mind. We recommend waiting to see what kind of third-party accessories come out in the next few months. Tags: MagSafe, MagSafe Accessories
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Gift Guide: Games on every platform to get you through the long, COVID winter Welcome to TechCrunch’s 2020 Holiday Gift Guide! Need help with gift ideas? We’re here to help! We’ll be rolling out gift guides from now through the end of December. You can find our other guides right here.

It’s a great time to be a gamer — I mean, what else is there to do? And with the prospect of a long winter and lonely holiday season ahead of us, here’s a list of games on all the major platforms that you can really sink your teeth — and a few dozen hours — into.

Buying for a gamer and have no idea what’s worthwhile? Once you’ve figured out which gaming system is their platform of choice, any of these should be guaranteed wins.

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All major platforms: Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla

Image Credits: Ubisoft

I genuinely enjoyed AC: Odyssey’s gorgeous landscapes and main characters, but the game systems felt disconnected and arbitrary. That’s much less the case with AC: Valhalla, which tells a similarly sprawling tale of vikings in England but works a little harder to put it together into a cohesive whole. It’s still very much “Ubisoft Game, but with Vikings” but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

Price: $50 from Amazon

Minecraft Dungeons

I thought this game was a bit limited when it first came out, but since then it has gotten several new areas and cross-platform multiplayer. Between that and its simplified systems and PG-level violence, Minecraft: Dungeons is a great option for families that want to fight monsters together.

Price: $20-30 (depending on platform) from Mojang

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War

Reviewers agree: the new CODBLOPS is definitely more CODBLOPS. The latest in the gritty military series is the one everyone will be playing for the next year, so it’s definitely a must-have for quite a few people.

Price: $50-60 (depending on platform) from Amazon

Cyberpunk 2077

Image Credits: CD Projekt Red

Cyberpunk 2077, the futuristic RPG from the creators of the Witcher, isn’t out yet, but it’s one of the most anticipated titles in recent years and your special someone might like the idea that they’re getting it day one. Of course if it’s anything like The Witcher 3, they’re probably going to want to wait a few months for the bugs to get ironed out. But hey, it’s an option.

Price: $50 from Amazon

PS4 and PS5 Spider-Man: Miles Morales

Image Credits: Sony

This semi-sequel to the much-lauded 2018 Spider-Man is smaller in scale but plays even better. Plus it has a wonderfully inclusive cast and tone and feels authentic where the original, for all its strengths, had a pretty flat take on New York. Bonus: If you buy the PS5 version of Miles Morales, you get the remastered 2018 game for free. I’d argue you’re simply not going to find a better bang for your buck right now with any other new game.

Price: $50 on Amazon

Demon’s Souls

Image Credits: Sony

The only “true” next-generation game out there right now is a remake of a PlayStation 3 game, and in many ways it feels like it. But in other ways, it’s the most amazing game on the market right now. If your loved one has enjoyed Dark Souls, Bloodborne, Sekiro, and other incredibly hard games, this is the one to get.

Price: $70 on Amazon

Ghost of Tsushima

Between Nioh 2, Sekiro, and Ghost of Tsushima, there’s a real bumper crop of samurai and ninja action to be had. But Ghost is the broadest and most beautiful of them all — if not necessarily the deepest.

What it lacks in challenge… first of all, is more than made up by the difficulty of those other two games I mentioned, give me a break. But Ghost’s draw is in the unity and beauty of its game world and systems. For example, instead of a quest marker or arrow pointing towards your objective, the wind is just always blowing in that direction. Amazing, right? The single player campaign is remarkably well acted, and a free update has brought a surprisingly extensive multiplayer co-op mode as well. This is truly a game you can lose yourself in. Just don’t start trying to collect everything or you’ll never leave the first area.

Price: $40 on Amazon

13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim

Image Credits: Vanillaware

This totally unique game came out of left field and obsessed me for two solid weeks. A combination of adventure game, visual novel, and tactical action game, 13 Sentinels puts you in charge of a bunch of high school kids piloting giant robots to save the world from alien invaders. (In case you can’t tell, it’s a Japanese production.)

Sound familiar? That’s the idea — and then it starts pulling rugs out from under you and doesn’t stop until the last few minutes. The labyrinthine story, which progresses simultaneously through 13 interwoven narratives, is the very best kind of sci-fi mind-boggler and a pleasure to unravel from start to finish. The combat is also compelling and satisfying, if not particularly deep or challenging. There’s simply nothing else like this out there.

Price: Currently $30 from GameStop

Xbox One and Series X Halo: The Master Chief Collection

Image Credits: Microsoft

If your loved one is a Halo fan, they’re likely very sad since Halo: Infinite, once a launch title for the new console, won’t be coming out until next year. But it can’t hurt to have the original games all updated and beautified to play through as an appetizer. Plus there’s the famous Halo multiplayer to get everyone through the winter.

Price: $30 from Amazon

Yakuza: Like a Dragon

Image Credits: Sega

The latest in the long-running and beloved Yakuza series of character-driven adventures of Japanese gangsters set in a fictional Tokyo neighborhood, this one changes up the style with a turn-based combat system and new protagonist — but some are calling it the best yet.

Price: $35 from Amazon

Gears Tactics

Image Credits: Microsoft

No one really expected that the Gears of War series would lend itself to a tactics game in the style of XCOM — let alone that it would leapfrog others in the genre and become one of the best you can get, period. Naturally it isn’t quite the urgent, visceral experience that Gears normally is, but this is a surprisingly deep and engrossing game.

Price: $38 from Amazon

Ori and the Will of the Wisps

The sequel to the lauded “metroidvania” Ori and the Blind Forest is technically on several platforms, but the Series X seems to be the absolute best one on which to play it. With beautifully updated art and a silky-smooth framerate, this will look better on that new 4K HDR TV than many “real” next-generation games. But don’t let the beautiful yet cute art style make you think this is will be a cakewalk. Like the first in the series, you’ll need some serious dexterity to complete this platformer.

Price: $30 from Moon Studios

Risky move: Preorder Halo: Infinite

No one is quite sure whether the first Halo of the next generation is going to be as good as everyone hopes, and a delay to early next year didn’t allay anyone’s fears. That said, many a gamer will cherish the idea of playing the latest in this venerable series day one, so pre-ordering a copy is a possibility if none of the other games really ring their bell.

Price: $60 from Amazon

Switch Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit

Technically this is also a “toy,” because it’s real-life RC carts zooming around your home on an augmented-reality racetrack. We thought it was tons of fun, and it’s a great way to take video games off the TV and into real life… kind of. Just be aware that every player needs their own cart and their own Switch.

Price: $99 from Best Buy

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity

Don’t go into this game expecting a full-on new Zelda title, and you’ll do just fine. This is definitely an action game, and a big, rather mindless one at that. But it’s hard to resist the concept of playing as Link, Zelda, or any of the champions from Breath of the Wild and dispatching enemies by the hundreds.

Price: $50 on Amazon

Super Mario 3D All-Stars

Image Credits: Ninendo

Okay, I gave Nintendo some guff over the perfunctory nature of this collection of amazing games. I’ve wanted to replay Mario 64 for years and was waiting for Nintendo to touch it up just a bit — but it, and Super Mario Sunshine, and Super Mario Galaxy, are virtually unchanged in this retro package. Really, you couldn’t make it widescreen? But for most, the chance to play these games again (or for the first time) on the Switch is worth the price of admission, period.

Price: $60 from Amazon

PC Spelunky 2 and/or Hades

The “roguelite” genre, with its randomly generated levels and complex interlocking systems, has grown in popularity and sophistication for years — and here we have two fine examples that take the genre in different directions.

Spelunky 2 is the most traditional, in a way. Sequel to one of the best games out there, this one adds more variety, more weirdness, and more challenge to the unforgiving platforming of the original. Like before, every death (and there will be a lot) is avoidable and while some runs may last only seconds, it’s hard to be deterred when you know that if you just paid a little more attention, or saved your bombs, or went over that other way… just one more game. (Pro tip: Buy a couple copies for friends and indulge in jolly cooperation.)

Hades combines the procedurally generated levels with an incredibly beautiful art style and an ingenious story and progression system. Escaping from the ever-shifting landscape of Hades, you’re going to die over and over, but as a young god that’s more inconvenience than obstacle. Meanwhile every death and every inch of progress moves you closer to the mystery of your birth in a clever modern take on Greek mythology. It’s honestly hard to imagine how Hades could be improved in almost any way.

Price: $20 for Spelunky 2 on Steam | $25 for Hades on Steam

Crusader Kings III

Image Credits: Paradox

This long-awaited strategy title puts you in the throne room of a European medieval dynasty, where you can do… pretty much anything to get ahead. Assassinations, proxy wars, brutal taxes, religious cannibalism, strategic marriages… it’s all on the table. This is a story-telling engine that’s remarkably robust and, once you get past the initial learning curve, very fun. It’s also very, very nerdy, and proud of it.

Price: $50 on Steam

Other options Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros

Image Credits: Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch

This little gadget has the original Super Mario Bros, its sequel (not the weird one — what we knew as “The Lost Levels”), and a remade LCD game all built in. It’s a charming device and the games play well, plus you can turn it off and resume progress later, making it that much easier to get through the whole game.

Price: $50 (but finding one in stock can be challenging.)

Backbone One for iPhone

Image Credits: Backbone

Got a friend who prefers to game on their phone? The Backbone is built for them. This snap-on controller brings buttons and analog triggers (and good ones, at that!) into the iOS gaming world, along with a surprisingly solid companion app that can do things like record your gameplay and help you edit and post your highlight reels. It only works with select iOS titles, but the library is growing. TechCrunch Editor-In-Chief Matthew Panzarino reviewed it in October and gave it his stamp of approval with very little reservation.

Price: $99 from Backbone


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Drone Footage Shows the Shocking Collapse of the Arecibo Observatory

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‘Earth at Night in Color’ Exclusive Clip: “Refuge in the Darkness” Shows Brown Bears After Dark Earth at Night in Color Exclusive Clip

Earth at Night in Color is not your average nature docuseries. The new Apple TV+ show uses special cameras and a unique editing process to capture crystal-clear footage of animals at night. Normally when shows want to do this sort of thing they rely on night vision, but the Earth at Night in Color process has bright, clear footage that would be pitch-black in other circumstances. Below, check out an Earth at Night in Color exclusive clip featuring some brown bears waking up for the evening.

Earth at Night in Color Exclusive Clip

Behold: animals at night! And in color! This clip from Earth at Night in Color really lives up to the hype – it looks like it was shot at twilight, but in fact, it’s late at night. And yet it looks sharp and clear thanks to the methods used to capture – and then edit – the footage. Here are some details:

Using cutting-edge cameras and a revolutionary editing process, “Earth At Night In Color” presents nature’s previously unseen marvels with striking new clarity. Captured across six continents, from the Arctic Circle to the African grasslands, this pioneering work follows the moonlit lives of animals at night, revealing new insights and never-before-seen behaviors into some of our favorite species’ nocturnal habits. The show will also introduce relatively unknown creatures who are sure to become new icons of the animal kingdom.

And hey, if none of that appeals to you, Tom Hiddleston is the narrator! You can hear his very fancy voice describing the actions of animals as they move about in the dark. And that’s really what mother nature is all about, right? The first six episodes of Earth at Night in Color premiere globally on Apple TV+ tomorrow, December 4. An additional six episodes will arrive in 2021. The series is produced by the BAFTA-nominated Offspring Films and executive produced by Alex Williamson and Isla Robertson.

Earth At Night In Color is part of a group of new Apple TV+ docuseries. The list includes the already-released Tiny World, narrated by Paul Rudd, which offers “a unique perspective on the natural world, exploring the ingenuity and resilience of the smallest animals on the planet,” and Becoming You, narrated by Olivia Colman, described as ” global child development series that explores how the first 2,000 days on Earth shape the rest of our lives.” There’s also Long Way Up, the docuseries about the road trip adventures of Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman.

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Warner Bros. movies are coming to HBO Max Hi! Welcome to the Insider Advertising daily for December 4. I'm Lauren Johnson, a senior advertising reporter at Business Insider. Subscribe here to get this newsletter in your inbox every weekday. Send me feedback or tips at

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In a major blow to US theaters, Warner Bros. announces that all of its movies in 2021 will debut on HBO Max the same day they arrive in cinemas
  • Warner Bros. announced on Thursday that all of its 2021 theatrical movies would debut on HBO Max the same day they hit theaters.
  • The movies include "The Suicide Squad," "Godzilla vs. Kong," and "The Matrix 4."
  • The move is likely to boost HBO Max, which has struggled to convert HBO customers into subscribers.
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Family Sharing for App Store Subscriptions Now Available iPhone and iPad users who share apps with their families through Apple's Family Sharing feature can now share subscription apps as well.

In the App Store settings under "Subscriptions," there's a "Share New Subscriptions" setting that appears to be enabled automatically, allowing subscription apps to be shared among family members. The new option is available on the current release version of iOS, iOS 14.2.
Apple announced subscription sharing options as part of iOS 14, iPadOS 14, and macOS Big Sur. Developers are able to decide whether subscriptions should be available to members of a Family Sharing group. Some apps have been implementing the feature, as noted by Ryan Jones on Twitter.

Family Sharing for Subscriptions just went live.

— Ryan Jones (@rjonesy) December 3, 2020

Prior to today, if one member of a family purchased an app that included a subscription benefit, there was no built-in way for those subscription features to be shared with other family members. Tag: App Store
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What about $30 billion under 30

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast (now on Twitter!), where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines.

We’re back with not an Equity Shot or Dive of Monday, this is just the regular show! So, we got back to our roots by looking at a huge number of early stage rounds. And a few other things that we were just too excited about to not mention.

So from Chris and Danny and Natasha and I, here’s the rundown:

That was a lot, but how could we leave any of it out? We’re back Monday with more!

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Henry picks up cash to be a Lambda School for Latin America Latin America’s startup scene has attracted troves of venture investment, lifting highly-valued companies such as Rappi and NuBank into behemoth businesses. Now that the spotlight has arrived, those same startups need more talent than ever before to meet demand.

That’s where one seed-stage Buenos Aires startup wants to help. Henry has created an online computer science school that trains software developers from low-income backgrounds to understand technical skills and get employed. The company was founded by brother-sister duo Luz and Martin Borchardt, as well as Manuel Barna Ferrés, Antonio Tralice and Leonardo Maglia.

The Henry team.

The company claims that there’s an estimated 1 million software engineering job openings in Latin America, but fewer than 100,000 professionals that have training suitable for those roles.

“Higher education is only for 13% of the population in Latin America,” says Martin Borchardt, CEO and co-founder of Henry . “It’s very exclusive, very expensive, and has very low impact skills. So we’re giving these people an opportunity.”

With 90% of graduates coming from no formal higher education background, Henry seeks to help bring more back-end junior developers and full-stack developers into startups. Henry offers a five-month course that goes from Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., which focuses on software developer skills. Beyond technical training, Henry gives participants job coaching, resume workshops and up-skilling opportunities post-graduation.

To make the school more affordable, Henry looks to take on the same strategy used by Lambda School, a YC-graduate that has raised over $122 million in known funding: income-share agreements. The set-up would allow for boot camp participants to join the program at zero upfront costs, and then only pay once they get hired at a job.

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Lambda School’s ISA terms ask students to pay 17% of their monthly salary for 24 months once they earn $4,167 monthly. The students pay a maximum of $30,000. Henry takes a much smaller slice of the pie, partly because salaries are lower in Latin American than in the United States. Henry asks students to pay 15% of their monthly salary for 24 months once students earn $500 a month.

If a Henry student doesn’t get employed in a job that allows them to make $500 a month within five years after the program completes, they are off the hook for paying back the boot camp.

Henry is also focused on helping more women get into the field of software development. Internally, Henry’s remote team is 20% women, 64% men. The current students reflect the same breakdown.

One issue with coding boot camps is that while it might help a student go from unemployed to employed, the lack of credential and degree might limit career mobility past that first job. For that reason, Henry has created a database of alumni resources, including up-skilling and reskilling opportunities in the latest skill, which will be free of charge for graduates.

Henry needs to execute on job placement to be successful in its field. Currently, more than 80% of students in Henry’s first cohort have found jobs, but it’s too soon in the startups’ trajectory to get a stronger metric on that front. About four Henry graduates have been employed by the startup.

The need for more talent in emerging countries has not gone unnoticed. Microverse, also funded by Y Combinator, is similarly using income-sharing agreements to bring education to the masses in developing countries, including spaces in Latin America. Henry thinks the competitor is approaching the dynamic too broadly.

VCs bet millions on Microverse, a Lambda School for the developing world

“They’re focusing on all emerging markets and don’t teach to Spanish speakers,” Borchardt said. Henry, alternatively, focuses on Spanish speakers, over 60% of its market in Latin America.

What if Lambda School, the source of Henry’s inspiration, was to break into Latin America? The founder added that the richly funded company has tried, and failed, to expand into international geographies, including China and Europe, due to fragmentation.

Currently, Henry has graduated 200 students and is working with 600 students across Colombia, Chile, Uruguay and Argentina. It plans to expand into Mexico and to bring on Portuguese instruction.

Now, VCs are giving Henry some cash to do so. After going through Y Combinator’s Summer batch, Henry announced today that it has raised $1.5 million in seed funding in a round led by Accion Venture Lab, Emles Venture Partners and Noveus VC. There were also a number of edtech angel investors from Latin American that participated in the round.

“I love the human interaction within instructors and our staff and students,” Borchardt said. “That is something very powerful of Henry compared to a MOOC. The biggest challenge is how do you scale maintaining those assets that bring you that?”

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Amazon iOS Users Can Now Text Alexa Questions and Requests
In a statement provided to The Verge, Amazon says that Type with Alexa is a new feature that's available as of today in public preview capacity in the United States. Alexa iOS users can type anything that would normally require a voice command into the app.
Type to Alexa can be accessed by tapping on the keyboard icon in the top left of the main menu in the app. Amazon says that the feature is still in beta, so there could be some errors. Customers will need to be a part of the public preview program to access the type to Alexa feature.
Apple's built-in Siri assistant has had a type to Siri option since iOS 11, allowing users to type in requests rather than having to speak them aloud, and Google Assistant has a similar feature. Tags: Amazon, Alexa
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NASDAQ Proposes Rule To Diversify Boards. Will It Accomplish Diversity?

The experience of some high-profile tech companies calls into question whether a diverse board leads to a more diverse workforce. Straight white men are a minority on the boards at Apple, Microsoft, Facebook, and Google parent Alphabet. None of the four would have to make changes to comply with Nasdaq’s rule. But none has shown big progress in diversifying its workforce. – Wired

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Fantasy startup Esports One raises $4M more Esports One, a startup bringing the fantasy approach to esports, is announcing that it has raised an additional $4 million in funding.

When I first wrote about Esports One in April, co-founder and COO Sharon Winter described it as the first “all-in-one fantasy platform” in the esports world, allowing you to research players, create fantasy teams and watch games, with an initial focus on the North American and European divisions of League of Legends.

According to the Esports One team, creating this platform required building out a set of data and analytics products, as well as using computer vision technology that can track game activity (and update player stats) without relying on a publisher’s API.

The startup says its user base has been growing by more than 25% month-over-month. It may also have benefited from the pause in professional sports earlier this year, while CEO and co-founder Matt Gunnin told me recently that he also sees fantasy as a way to make video games accessible to a broader audience — he recalled one Esports One user who introduce his sister to League of Legends using the fantasy platform.

“I use the example of growing up and sitting there with my dad, watching a baseball game, he’s telling me everything that’s happening,” Gunnin said. “Now it’s the opposite — parents are sitting and watching their kids.”

Many parents, he suggested, are “never going to pick up a mouse and keyboard and play League of Legends,” but they might play the fantasy version: “That’s an entry point … if we can make it easily accessible to individuals both that are hardcore gamers playing video games and watching League of Legends their entire life, as well as someone who has no idea what’s going on.”

The new funding was led led by XSeed Capital, Eniac Ventures, and Chestnut Street Ventures, bringing Esports One to a total of $7.3 million raised. The company also recently signed a partnership deal with lifestyle company ESL Gaming.

Gunin said the money will allow the company to grow its Bytes virtual currency, which players use to enter contests and buy customizations — starting next year, players will be able to spend real money to purchase Bytes. In addition, it’s working on native iOS and Android apps (Esports One is currently accessible via desktop and mobile web).

Gunnin and his team also plan to develop fantasy competitions for Rainbow Six: Siege, Rocket League, Valorant and Fortnite.

“As a fairly new player in the esports world, we’ve seen immense determination and grit from Matt, Sharon, and the whole Esports One team to grow into a household name, ” said XSeed’s Damon Cronkey in a statement. “I’m excited to be partnering with a company that will deliver new perspectives and features to an evolving industry. We’re eager to see how Esports One grows in 2021.”

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  • The Department of Justice has filed a lawsuit against Facebook, accusing the company of reserving over 2,600 high-paying jobs for foreign workers with temporary work visas instead of hiring US residents.
  • The lawsuit alleges that Facebook did not adequately advertise the positions before hiring foreign workers.
  • Trump administration officials have said they would stop foreign workers from taking jobs away from Americans.
  • The government blocked foreign H-1B holders from entering the country in June and proposed restrictions on H-1B visas in October.
  • Tech companies like Facebook largely hire skilled foreign workers and have pushed back on Trump's H-1B restrictions as being harmful to the US economy.
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The Department of Justice is suing Facebook, accusing the tech company of reserving high-paying job positions for foreign workers and discriminating against US residents, according to a Thursday press release. The first reported the news.

The lawsuit alleges that Facebook overlooked US workers and failed to adequately advertise over 2,600 positions between 2018 and 2019. As the WSJ notes, companies that sponsor workers for green cards must first show that they were not able to find qualified US workers to fill the job.

The DOJ alleges that the jobs were reserved for temporary H-1B visa holders that Facebook sponsored while it worked to establish green cards, or permanent residency, for them. The positions in question offer an average salary of about $156,000, according to the DOJ.

"The Department of Justice's lawsuit alleges that Facebook engaged in intentional and widespread violations of the law, by setting aside positions for temporary visa holders instead of considering interested and qualified U.S. workers," Eric S. Dreiband, Assistant Attorney General of the DOJ's Civil Rights Division, said in the press release.

Facebook did not immediately respond to Business Insider's request for comment. A DOJ spokesperson pointed Business Insider to its press release.

The Trump administration has long said that it will stop the "replacement" of US employees by highly-skilled foreign workers.

President Donald Trump proposed restrictions on H-1B work visas in October, a move that would heavily impact the likes of Facebook, Google, and others as their workforces include immigrant workers. And in June, the Trump administration blocked foreign workers that held H-1B visas from entering the country until the end of the year. A federal judge blocked the ban for some companies.

Read more: Amazon criticizes Trump's temporary ban of immigrant working visas: 'We oppose the Administration's short-sighted action'

Tech companies like Amazon, Apple, and Twitter have spoken out against the ban and said barring H-1B visa holders from working would crush the US economy's edge in the competition.

Alphabet and Google CEO Sundar Pichai, who is an immigrant himself, tweeted in June that "immigration has contributed immensely to America's economic success, making it a global leader in tech, and also Google the company it is today."

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  • With long battery life, a fairly new Apple processor, and a high-quality screen, Apple's $329 iPad is the best value in its tablet lineup. 
  • It lacks some of the more premium features found on the iPad Air, like a nearly borderless design and more colorful screen, but it nails the basics.
  • The biggest drawback is that the iPad only comes with 32GB at the base level, which probably isn't enough for most people. 
  • See where the latest iPad stacks up against our list of the best tablets.

It's been a big year for the iPad. 

Apple's thin-and-light iPad Air now has a nearly borderless screen and the same processor as the new iPhone 12, while the iPad Pro became Apple's first mobile device to include an all-new sensor for measuring depth.

Don't expect such dramatic changes from the entry-level $329 iPad, which Apple also announced alongside the new Air in September. The 8th-generation iPad looks and feels almost exactly like its predecessor, and for a good reason: because for the most part, it is. 

However, there's a major difference between the two, and it's a very important one. The latest iPad runs on a much newer chip, the same one found in the iPhone XS and XS Max from 2018, while the older 7th-generation iPad uses Apple's aging A10 Fusion chip from the iPhone 7. It's a seemingly small discrepancy, but one that makes Apple's newest iPad much more capable.

By paying significantly less - the iPad is just a little more than half the price of the iPad Air -  you're sacrificing perks like a thinner design, a bigger and more colorful screen, a clearer camera for video calls and photos, and a top-notch processor compared to Apple's mid-tier tablet.

But, for most people that just want to watch Netflix, manage email, browse Facebook, and read books on a screen that's larger than their phone, Apple's cheapest iPad is more than enough. It also supports Apple's first-generation Pencil and its Smart Keyboard for those who want to get some work done, too.

Table of Contents: Masthead Sticky Apple iPad (8th generation) specifications
  • Display: 10.2-inch Retina display with a 2,160 x 1,620 resolution with 264 pixels per inch
  • Processor: Apple A12 Bionic with Neural Engine
  • Main camera: 8-megapixel sensor with f/2.4 aperture
  • Front camera: 1.2 megapixel sensor
  • Storage: 32GB or 128GB
  • Weight: 1.08 lbs
  • Battery life: Up to 10 hours on Wi-Fi only
  • Ports: Lightning charging port, 3.5mm headphone jack, Smart Connector for Apple's Smart Keyboard case
  • Authentication: Touch ID
Design and display

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The 8th-generation iPad has a look that's quickly becoming vintage in Apple's product lineup. It has thick borders framing its screen on the top and bottom, much like Apple's older iPads and iPhones, and a Touch ID home button below the display. 

That differs from the iPad Air and iPad Pro, which both have a newer and sleeker design with borderless screens and flat edges that more closely resembles the latest iPhones. The iPad may not feel as premium as the much pricier Air, but it still has the polished design and build quality you'd expect from an iPad. 

The iPad's 10.2-inch screen is slightly smaller than that of the 10.9-inch iPad Air, but it's still big enough for those who prefer a full-sized tablet over the iPad Mini. Overall picture quality is great; the iPad renders crisp images and  and vibrant colors. It's certainly more than enough for anyone just looking to watch Netflix, read the news, and browse photos. 

But it lacks some of the extra perks I've come to appreciate on Apple's pricier tablets like the iPad Air, which is to be expected given the gap in price. Apple's cheapest iPad doesn't come with the company's TrueTone technology, for example, an optional feature that adjusts the screen's color temperature to match the lighting in your surroundings. In other words, TrueTone is what makes your iPad's screen look less blue, and I've found it to be especially useful when reading. 

Otherwise, the iPad also foregoes the P3 wide color support, full lamination, and antireflective coating found on the iPad Air, but these missing qualities aren't as noticeable in everyday use. If you're interested in using the Apple Pencil, however, you should note that this iPad is only compatible with the older first-generation model, which is a bit bigger than the newer version and plugs into the iPad's Lightning connector to charge. 


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The 8th-generation iPad has Apple's A12 Bionic processor from 2018, making it powerful enough for most casual tasks. It's the right choice for those in search of a general purpose tablet for watching movies, browsing the web, and reading the news, and it can hold its own when it comes to gaming and light photo editing, too.

Just don't expect it to be quite as speedy as the iPad Air, which runs on Apple's newest and most powerful mobile processor. The iPad Air was able to process changes made to an image in Pixelmator Photo that uses machine learning to increase the photo's resolution more than twice as fast as the regular iPad.

Playing the racing game Asphalt 9 and the first-person shooter Shadowgun Legends also felt smoother on the iPad Air. When playing Shadowgun Legends, for example, actions like panning the camera and running to the next area of the stage felt slightly lighter and quicker on the iPad Air.

That's not to say that the iPad can't run these apps well. It certainly can, but the iPad Air just performs these tasks a bit faster.

Benchmarking tests yielded similar results. The iPad Air scored much higher in simulated tests meant to measure how the CPU performs when running-real world apps and graphics performance. 

The iPad Air scored 4,307 on the CPU test that evaluated how the multiple cores in Apple's processor perform together, and 1,601 on the single-core test. The regular iPad, by comparison, scored 2,837 and 1,119 on the same respective tests. During the graphics test, the iPad Air scored 12,412 compared to the iPad's 5,403. 

Of course, these numbers don't mean much alone. But, the results do underscore the differences I've experienced in everyday use between the two tablets. 

Although it's not as fast as the Air, the iPad has the right blend of performance and affordability for most people. 

Battery life and webcam

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If battery life is your top priority in a tablet, the iPad won't disappoint. Apple estimates that the iPad should last for 10 hours on a single charge, but I found that it lasted for much longer than that. After more than 12 hours of use, the iPad still had 15% of its battery left.

Battery life will always vary depending on how you use your device, so your results might not match mine. During my time with the iPad, I streamed TV shows on Netflix for most of the day and also played mobile games occasionally. 

Apple's entry-level iPad doesn't come with many noticeable compromises for its low price, except for its front-facing camera. The iPad's selfie camera only has a 1.2-megapixel sensor for photos and supports 720p video, which is far less sharp than the seven megapixel, 1080p cameras found on Apple's iPad Mini and iPad Air. 

That might not have mattered much in the past. But, now that many people are relying on devices like tablets, laptops, and smartphones for keeping up their professional and personal lives over video calls, it's a big deal.

The main camera has an 8-megapixel camera that's fine for general photography, but still lags behind the more advanced 12-megapixel sensor on the Air. But, unless you're planning to take a lot of photos with your iPad, this probably won't make a big difference. 

The bottom line

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The $329 iPad may seem basic compared to the other tablets in Apple's lineup. But, it remains the best choice for Apple fans that want an affordable way to indulge in smartphone-like activities, such as reading and watching Netflix, on a larger and more suitable screen. It has a fairly recent Apple processor that's plenty powerful for casual tasks and should remain that way for years to come.

The iPad's biggest downside, other than its low-quality selfie camera, is the limited amount of storage you get with the base model. The $329 iPad only comes with 32GB of storage space, which is low for a tablet in that price range. That's also half the storage space available on Apple's entry-level iPhones. So if you store a lot of photos, apps, and downloaded movies on your iPad, you'll probably have to pay $429 for the 128GB model. 

Should you buy it?

Yes. These shortcomings aside, the 8th-generation iPad is the best choice for Apple fans looking for a general purpose tablet that's much more budget-friendly than the expensive iPad Air. 

What are your alternatives?

For Apple fans, the $600 iPad Air and $400 iPad Mini are your closest alternatives.

The Air offers a better screen, sleeker desgin, more powerful performance, and a better webcam, but it's pricey at nearly twice the cost of the iPad.

The iPad Mini runs on the same A12 Bionic chip and offers other benefits to justify that $50 price difference compared to the iPad, like more storage and a better screen. But it's also smaller than the iPad at 7.9-inches, and doesn't come with Apple's smart connector for attaching to its Smart Keyboard.

For those open to Android, Samsung's similarly-priced Galaxy Tab S6 Lite is probably your best option. Samsung is currently offering it for $274.99, down from its usual $349.99 price, and it comes with a larger 10.4-inch screen,  twice the storage as the iPad, a sharper 4-megapixel front camera, and an included S Pen stylus. 

Pros: Long battery life; Affordable; Solid performance for the price
Cons: Only comes with 32GB at the base level; Lackluster selfie camera

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This is a good time to start a proptech company Colton Pace is an investor at Fika Ventures. He previously held roles investing at Vulcan Capital and Madrona Venture Labs. More posts by this contributor

Like many things in life, building great businesses is all about timing. We’ve seen multibillion dollar failures from the dot-com era such as and Webvan be reincarnated a decade later as Chewy and Instacart — this time as runaway successes.

The same could be said about real estate technology companies, but startups in this category have not gotten the same opportunity and attention as their peers in other sectors.

For decades, proptech has received the short end of the stick. Real estate is the world’s largest asset class worth $277 trillion, three times the total value of all publicly traded companies. Still, fintech companies have received seven times more VC funding than real estate companies.

These lower levels of investment were previously attributed to the slow rate of technology adoption and digitalization within the real estate industry, but this is no longer the case. Companies in real estate are adopting innovation faster than ever. Now, 81% of real estate organizations plan to use new digital technologies in traditional business processes and spending on tech and software is growing at over 11% per year. Technological adoption has even accelerated throughout the pandemic as enterprises were forced to quickly adapt.

Historically, the strength or weakness of the broader economy and the real estate industry have been tightly coupled and correlated. While some may point to COVID-19’s negative impact on certain parts of real estate as evidence that proptech can only thrive in boom times, I believe building a successful proptech company is less about anticipating economic upswings and markets and more about timing and taking advantage of the right technological trends. In short, this is as good of a time as any to start a proptech company if you know where to look.

History is littered with examples of companies that have done just this. Let’s take a look at three:

  • Founded: 2002.
  • Early traction: Used by celebrity housing projects in California.
  • Inflection point: 2012 (people start using iPads and smartphones on job sites).
  • Today: $5 billion valuation as of May 2020.

Procore was founded in 2002 in the aftermath of the dot-com bust, well before widespread WiFi and five years before the iPhone. The company saw the capability for software and technology to transform the construction industry long before practitioners did. Its team faithfully and stubbornly kept at it through the financial crisis, but only had $5 million in revenue by 2012. Here’s where the timing kicks in: At this time, iPads and smartphones had become more common on worksites, enabling widespread adoption.

Realizing this change in-market and adapting to it, Procore strategically priced its product as a subscription, rather than based on headcount, as was typical in the industry. In this way, early customers like Wieland and Mortenson got their subcontractors and temp employees to use the product, which then created a flywheel effect that spread Procore to other projects and clients. Fast forward to today, Procore now has more than $290 million in ARR and is valued over $5 billion.

Procore’s persistence and agility ultimately enabled it to capitalize on the right technological trends and shifts, despite what initially seemed like a poorly timed decision to start a software company in a recession. Procore is now on a venture exit path as it continues to acquire new-age proptech companies like Avata Technologies, Honest Buildings and BIMAnywhere.

  • Founded: 2006.
  • Early traction: Launched with 1 million website visits.
  • Inflection point: 2009 (financial crisis mindset).
  • Today: Public — $27 billion market capitalization.

Zillow was founded by the co-founders of Hotwire and Expedia. While that might not seem relevant, the vision to bring transparency to consumers is the connecting line, the mission being to provide access to siloed data and knowledge to previously convoluted industries. Before Zillow, homeowners did not know how much their house was worth. With Zillow’s Zestimate, consumers can put a price tag on every roof across North America. ]]> Thu, 03 Dec 2020 15:15:36 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs California Tech Zillow Instacart Webvan Expedia ARR Hotwire Vulcan Capital Mortenson Wieland Fika Ventures Colton Pace Contributor Colton Pace Madrona Venture Labs More Avata Technologies Honest Buildings Trump Administration Claims Facebook Improperly Reserved Jobs for H-1B Workers

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Good deal on a 5-pack of Lightning Cable

These inexpensive Lightning cables are advertised as being MFi-certified. I just bought a pack after my newish Lighting cable made by Apple suddenly stopped working. Why won't Apple make phones with a USB-C connector?

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Developers can now enroll in Apple’s “Small Business Program” for reduced App Store fees Just a few weeks back, we learned that Apple would be launching an “App Store Small Business Program” that would reduce its fees from 30% to 15% for developers earning less than $1M per year from the App Store.

That program is starting to roll out now, with Apple opening up the enrollment process just this morning.

Apple outlines the program here, with a few things standing out:

  • It’s open to both new developers and existing developers who made less than $1M this year across all of their apps combined.
  • Once a developer surpasses $1M for the year, the rate goes back up to the standard rate.
  • Once the program kicks in after December 31st, participating developers won’t be able to transfer apps to/from other accounts — presumably so that people don’t go “Oh, this app is making too much money. Quick, switch it to another account!”. “If you initiate an app transfer after December 31, 2020, or accept a transfer of an app that was initiated after December 31, 2020,” Apple writes, “you will no longer be eligible to participate in program.”
  • If you oversee multiple developer accounts, Apple wants you to identify them.

Apple says that if you enroll by December 18th, reduced fees should be active by January 1st of 2021. Existing developers can still enroll after that cutoff, but things get a bit more complicated, with reduced fees generally kicking in midway through the next fiscal calendar month.

Apple dropping App Store fees to 15% for users with under $1 million in revenues


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Big wave of applicants crashes LA County restaurant aid website A surge of applicants has crashed a Los Angeles County website used to process  restaurant assistance grant applications on Thursday, Dec. 3, as county officials say they are working to solve the problem and get the site back online.

The Keep L.A. County Dining Program application portal crashed on Thursday morning, hours after it initially opened.

The $5.6 million program is meant to provide $30,000 grants to 2,500 Los Angeles County restaurants — just a fraction of the tens of thousands of eateries across the county — days after public health officials moved to shutter all outdoor dining as the coronavirus continues to spread across the region at an alarming rate.

Pasadena, which operates its own health department, is the only city that has not closed outdoor dining.

Any applications received before the system went down will be considered, but new applications will have to wait until it’s back online and running, according to a Thursday news release.

While officials say they’re working to get the website back online, they haven’t offered a timeline and it’s unclear when it will be running again.

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“Clearly the need is great and we are working diligently to bring the application back online,” Acting Executive Director Emilio Salas said in a statement. “Restaurant owners and operators should be assured that this grant program is still available and we are committed to supporting our small, local businesses during this difficult time.”

The application window will be open until Sunday, or when 2,500 applications have been received, whichever comes first. Restaurants in the cities of Los Angeles and Pasadena are not eligible to apply, but it’s open to the rest of the county, as long as the businesses haven’t received assistance from other Los Angeles County-based financial assistance programs, such as the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act programs, otherwise known as CARES Act, administered through the county.

For more information, business owners and operators may contact LACDA at (626) 943-3833.

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Donate Online This Year With The Salvation Army’s Virtual Red Kettle Each holiday season, there’s no mistaking the sound of the Salvation Army’s bell and iconic red kettle on street corners and outside local retailers. It’s a symbol of goodwill and a reminder of what Christmas is all about.

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Last holiday season, The Salvation Army raised more than $126 million nationally through red kettles. But this year, with stores closed, people staying indoors, and those who venture out carrying less cash and coins — all because of COVID-19 — there could be a 50 percent decrease in donations. This decrease would mean limited daily services for the most vulnerable and a reduction in help during disasters.

In order to prevent this, The Salvation Army is going digital with its first-ever Virtual Red Kettle. This new donation tool allows the community to support their neighbors in need and help them participate in the traditional red kettle experience — all from the comfort of their homes.


Visit and scroll down to the directory of 31 Virtual Red Kettles in Northern California, then click on a city or county name. Donations given to a particular location stay in that community.

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A gift of $25 provides a toy for two children this Christmas. A gift of $100 provides three people with a warm place to sleep. When you click the donate button, you’ll hear an actual Salvation Army bell ring!

Here are some other ways you can donate right now:

  • Give cash, change or use Apple Pay or Google Pay at an in-person red kettle beginning in mid-November
  • Sign up to become a bell ringer at (The Salvation Army has adopted nationally mandated COVID-19 safety protocols)
  • Give any amount by texting “KETTLES” to 91999
  • Make a donation to The Salvation Army at


  • Helps more than 23 million Americans overcome poverty, addiction, and economic hardships through a range of social services.
  • Provides food for the hungry, emergency relief for disaster survivors, rehabilitation for those suffering from drug and alcohol abuse, and clothes and shelters people in need
  • Operates at 7,600 centers of operation around the country

For more information about America’s largest privately funded, direct-service nonprofit, visit Follow them on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS and #DoingTheMostGood.


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Stripe announces embedded business banking service Stripe Treasury Fintech startup Stripe has announced an ambitious new product today called Stripe Treasury. The company is partnering with banks to offer a banking-as-a-service API. In other words, Stripe clients will be able to provide bank accounts to their customers — the service is invite-only for now.

This is part of a bigger trend called embedded finance. Essentially, instead of separating banking services from other services that you use, embedded finance products provide financial services as close as possible to the end customer in the services that they already use.

Other companies have been working on embedded business banking products, such as Wise. Stripe could take advantage of its existing user base to convince them to use Stripe Treasury for new banking products.

For example, Shopify will use Stripe Treasury for Shopify Balance. If a Shopify merchant wants to hold money, pay bills and spend money from their Shopify account, they can open a bank account in Shopify Balance directly. This way, they can skip the traditional bank account. Behind the scenes, Stripe Treasury powers that feature.

And yet, Stripe doesn’t want to become a bank. As usual, the company is focused on infrastructure and payments. It partners with banks, such as Evolve Bank and Goldman Sachs in the U.S. Eventually, Stripe also plans to launch Stripe Treasury in other countries thanks to partnerships with Citibank and Barclays.

Stripe turns everything into API calls. An API is a programming interface that lets you interact with third-party services using simple instructions. For instance, a developer can take advantage of Stripe Treasury to open bank accounts directly from their service by triggering Stripe’s API.

Similarly, you can move money or pay bills using API calls. Combined with Stripe Issuing, you can also issue a virtual or physical card and connect it to a bank account. Slowly, Stripe is building products that cover a bigger chunk of the payment chain.

Shopify announces a new merchant debit card and support for payment installment plans

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