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Democratic bill would suspend Section 230 protections when social networks boost anti-vax conspiracies

Two Democratic senators introduced a bill Thursday that would strip away the liability shield that social media platforms hold dear when those companies boost anti-vaccine conspiracies and other kinds of health misinformation. The Health Misinformation Act, introduced by Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Ben Ray Luján (D-NM), would create a new carve-out in Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act to hold platforms liable for algorithmically-promoted health misinformation and conspiracies. ...
Tags: Social, TC, Medicine, Congress, White House, Articles, Social Media, Tech, President, Reddit, Vaccination, Amy Klobuchar, Department Of Justice, Biden, Justice Department, Federal Trade Commission


Venmo removes its global, public feed as part of a major redesign

PayPal-owned payments app Venmo will no longer offer a public, global feed of users’ transactions, as part of a significant redesign focused on expanding the app’s privacy controls and better highlighting some of Venmo’s newer features. The company says it will instead only show users their “friends feed” — meaning, the app’s social feed where you can see just your friends’ transactions. Venmo has struggled over the years to balance its desire to add a social element to its peer-to-peer payments...
Tags: Apps, Buzzfeed, Finance, Tech, Paypal, United States, President, Mobile Payments, Online Payments, Biden, Cryptocurrencies, Venmo, Federal Trade Commission, Peer To Peer, Ftc, Venmo Venmo


Venmo removes its global, public feed in a significant app redesign

PayPal-owned payments app Venmo will no longer offer a public, global feed of users’ transactions, as part of a significant redesign focused on expanding the app’s privacy controls and better highlighting some of Venmo’s newer features. The company says it will instead only show users their “friends feed” — meaning, the app’s social feed where you can see just your friends’ transactions. Venmo has struggled over the years to balance its desire to add a social element to its peer-to-peer payments...
Tags: Apps, Buzzfeed, Finance, Tech, Paypal, United States, President, Mobile Payments, Online Payments, Biden, Cryptocurrencies, Venmo, Federal Trade Commission, Peer To Peer, Ftc, Venmo Venmo


GSA blocks senator from reviewing documents used to approve Zoom for government use

The General Services Administration has denied a senator’s request to review documents Zoom submitted to have its software approved for use in the federal government. The denial was in response sent by Democratic senator Ron Wyden to the GSA in May, expressing concern that the agency cleared Zoom for use by federal agencies just weeks before a major security vulnerability was discovered in the app. Wyden said the discovery of the bug raises “serious questions about the quality of FedRAMP’s aud...
Tags: Apple, Security, Apps, Technology, Internet, Congress, Government, China, Cloud Computing, Tech, Spokesperson, Department Of Defense, Software, United States, Internet Security, President


Cybereason raises $275M at Series F, adds Steven Mnuchin to board

Cybereason, a US-Israeli late-stage cybersecurity startup that provides extended detection and response (XDR) services, has secured $275 million in Series F funding.   The investment was led by Liberty Strategic Capital, a venture capital fund recently founded by Steven Mnuchin, who served as U.S. Treasury Secretary under the Trump administration. As part of the deal, Mnuchin will join Cybereason’s board of directors, along with Liberty advisor Gen. Joseph Dunford, who was chairman of the Joint...
Tags: Security, Softbank, Funding, US, Tech, Companies, Artificial Intelligence, United States, Liberty, President, Computing, Blackberry, Dior, Lockheed Martin, Donald Trump, Cylance


An Appreciation of One of the Best: Ralph Monaco

Many years ago, I wrote about the passing of a lawyer named Palmer McGee.  He was from a different generation, one who viewed the practice of law as a profession and someone who had a small but important role in my life.  But perhaps the best thing about him was what my mother (who had worked with him) told me: He was a lovely man. I don’t know if Ralph Monaco ever met Palmer but they were cut from the same cloth. Ralph was a lawyer’s lawyer and a gentleman in every sense of the word. He was th...
Tags: Law, Connecticut, President, Remembrance, Palmer, Obituary, Anna, Aba, CBA, Gentleman, Ralph, Dina, Abby, Connecticut Bar Association, Connecticut Bar, Baby Bjorn


Trump’s new lawsuits against social media companies are going nowhere fast

Trump’s spicy trio of lawsuits against the social media platforms that he believes wrongfully banned him have succeeded in showering the former president with a flurry of media attention, but that’s likely where the story ends. Like Trump’s quixotic and ultimately empty quest to gut Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act during his presidency, the new lawsuits are all sound and fury with little legal substance to back them up. Going to war with Twitter, Trump threatens critical social m...
Tags: Google, Social, TC, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, New York, Supreme Court, Congress, Cdc, Youtube, Government, Articles, Social Media, Tech, Ceo


Hear top VCs Albert Wegner, Jenny Rooke, and Shilpi Kumar talk green bets at the Extreme Tech Challenge finals

This year, TechCrunch is proudly hosting the Extreme Tech Challenge Global Finals on July 22. The event is among the world’s largest purpose-driven startup competitions that are aiming to solve global challenges based on the United Nations’ 17 sustainability goals. If you want to catch an array of innovative startups across a range of categories, all of them showcasing what they’re building, you won’t want to miss our must-see pitch-off competition. You can also catch feature panels hosted by Te...
Tags: Energy, TC, Money, Yahoo, Etsy, Finance, Tech, Investment, USV, President, United Nations, Tumblr, GreenTech, Genetic Engineering, Gates Foundation, TechCrunch


Microsoft says a third of its government data requests have secrecy orders

Microsoft’s customer security chief says as many as one-third of all government demands that the company receives for customer data are issued with secrecy clauses that prevents it from disclosing the search to the subject of the warrant. The figure was disclosed in testimony by Microsoft’s Tom Burt ahead of a House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, as lawmakers weigh a legislative response to efforts by the Justice Department under the Trump administration to secretly obtain call and email reco...
Tags: Apple, Google, Security, Technology, Microsoft, Tech, Companies, United States, President, Computing, The New York Times, Department Of Justice, Biden, The Washington Post, Justice Department, Trump


German identity verifier IDnow acquires France’s ARIADNEXT for $59 million, hits M&A road

IDnow, a German-based identity verification startup is acquiring ARIADNEXT, a French equivalent, specializing in remote identity verification and digital identity creation. A price was not released by either party but TechCrunch understands from sources that the deal was approximately $59 million / €50 million. Sources say IDnow is looking to do similar acquisitions. IDnow says the combined entity will be able to provide a comprehensive identity verification platform, ranging from AI-driven to h...
Tags: TC, Europe, Business, UK, France, Articles, Tech, Spain, Ceo, Economy, Artificial Intelligence, German, United Kingdom, Paris, President, Poland


How WesternUnion is fighting back against fintech startups

The saying goes that, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” That may or may not be true, but at least one “old dog” is working hard to disprove that saying. Western Union has been operating in the cross-border payments space for nearly 150 years (yes, you read that right – 150 years) and today, globally, it serves almost 150 million customers – representing senders and receivers. In recent years, a number of fintech startups have emerged to challenge Western Union in the massive sp...
Tags: Google, TC, Europe, Business, Finance, Marketing, Digital, Supply Chain Management, Tech, Banking, E-commerce, Economy, Artificial Intelligence, Online Shopping, Philippines, Nepal


Zero trust unicorn Illumio closes $225M Series F led by Thoma Bravo

Illumio, a self-styled zero trust unicorn, has closed a $225 million Series F funding round at a $2.75 billion valuation.   The round was led by Thoma Bravo, which recently bought cybersecurity vendor Proofpoint by $12.3 billion, and supported by Franklin Templeton, Hamilton Lane, and Blue Owl Capital.   The round lands more than two years after Illumio’s Series E funding round in which it raised $65 million, and fueled speculation of an impending IPO. The company’s founder, Andrew Rubin, stil...
Tags: Security, California, White House, Funding, America, Tech, Joe Biden, Information Technology, President, Computing, Formation 8, Andreessen Horowitz, Salesforce, Morgan Stanley, General Catalyst, Cyberwarfare


Honeywell and Cambridge Quantum form joint venture to build a new full-stack quantum business

Honeywell, which only recently announced its entry into the quantum computing race, and Cambridge Quantum Computing (CQ), which focuses on building software for quantum computers, today announced that they are combining Honeywell’s Quantum Solutions (HQS) business with Cambridge Quantum in the form of a new joint venture. Honeywell has long partnered with CQ and invested in the company last year, too. The idea here is to combine Honeywell’s hardware expertise with CQ’s software focus to build wh...
Tags: TC, Technology, Enterprise, Tech, Ceo, President, Ibm, Cqc, Chairman, Operating System, Emerging-technologies, Quantum Computing, Honeywell, Ilyas Khan, Adamczyk, Darius Adamczyk




Caption 99: Talk of Trump's Pants is on Fire

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Tags: Fashion, Usa, Funny, Funny Caption, Humour, President, Francis, Joke, Trump, Potus, Malfunction


In search of a new crypto deity

Hello friends, and welcome back to Week in Review! Last week, I wrote about tech taking on Disney. This week, I’m talking about the search for a new crypto messiah. If you’re reading this on the TechCrunch site, you can get this in your inbox from the newsletter page , and follow my tweets @lucasmtny . The Big Thing Elon has worn out his welcome among the crypto illuminati, and the acolytes of Bitcoin are searching out a new emperor god king. This weekend, thousands of crypto acolytes and...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Twitter, Spotify, Spacex, Elon Musk, Technology, Supreme Court, Steve Jobs, India, Nigeria, US, Tech, Tesla, Ceo, Bitcoin


Cybersecurity unicorn Exabeam raises $200M to fuel SecOps growth

Exabeam, a late-stage startup that helps organizations detect advanced cybersecurity threats, has landed a new $200 million funding round that values the company at $2.4 billion. The Series F growth round was led by the Owl Rock division of Blue Owl Capital, with support from existing investors Acrew Capital, Lightspeed Venture Partners and Norwest Venture Partners. The announcement of Exabeam’s latest funding, which the company says will help it on its mission to become “the number one trusted ...
Tags: Security, Cloud, Okta, Funding, Tech, Ceo, Intel, Companies, Software, President, Leader, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Chairman, Executive, Crowdstrike, Lightspeed


Indivisible is training an army of volunteers to neutralize political misinformation

The grassroots Democratic organization Indivisible is launching its own team of stealth fact-checkers to push back against misinformation — an experiment in what it might look like to train up a political messaging infantry and send them out into the information trenches. Called the “Truth Brigade,” the corps of volunteers will learn best practices for countering popular misleading narratives on the right. They’ll coordinate with the organization on a biweekly basis to unleash a wave of progress...
Tags: Energy, TC, Facebook, Twitter, Colorado, Government, Social Media, Tech, Georgia, Policy, House, President, Biden, Operating Systems, Social Media Platforms, Trump


Facebook changes misinfo rules to allow posts claiming COVID-19 is man-made

Facebook made a few noteworthy changes to its misinformation policies this week, including the news that the company will now allow claims that COVID was created by humans — a theory that contradicts the previously prevailing assumption that humans picked up the virus naturally from animals. “In light of ongoing investigations into the origin of COVID-19 and in consultation with public health experts, we will no longer remove the claim that COVID-19 is man-made from our apps,” a Facebook spokesp...
Tags: Social, TC, Facebook, Government, White House, China, Tech, United States, News Feed, President, Astrazeneca, Intelligence Community, Biden, Misinformation, Wuhan China, COVID-19


Only 3 startup demo booths left at TC Sessions: Mobility 2021

Listen up mobility mavericks. TC Sessions: Mobility 2021 is right around the corner of your calendar (June 9). If you want to place your ground-breaking, edge-cutting, envelope-pushing (no extra charge for clichés) early-stage startup in front of the world’s leading mobility movers, shakers and makers you gotta hustle. You have just one week left to buy one of our remaining three Startup Exhibitor Packages. Here’s what the $380 package includes, plus a few suggestions on ways to take full advant...
Tags: TC, Technology, Entrepreneurship, Tech, Economy, AV, Artificial Intelligence, Automation, President, Private Equity, Robotics, Hyundai, Science and Technology, TechCrunch, Self-driving Car, Startup Company


White House teams up with dating apps to give vaccinated users free perks

With vaccination rates slowing in the U.S., the White House is getting creative about getting shots in arms. Beyond protecting yourself and others from a deadly disease, the latest incentive to get vaccinated could help you find love (or get laid). The White House COVID-19 response team announced Friday that a number of popular dating apps would offer new perks for users who get vaccinated, with Tinder, Bumble, Hinge, Match, OkCupid, BLK, Chispa, Plenty of Fish and Badoo all participating in the...
Tags: Health, Social, TC, Tinder, White House, Tech, Software, United States, President, Vaccination, Disease, Vaccine, IAC, Biden, Nascar, Irl


Roger Stone said Michael Flynn should be 'drafted' by Trump supporters for 2024 run if Trump decides not to

Roger Stone. AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais Roger Stone said if former President Donald Trump doesn't run for office again, Michael Flynn should be drafted by his supporters. "I think we need one candidate who can galvanize the America First movement," Stone told right-wing news outlet Newsmax. Flynn is a former national security advisor who Trump pardoned in November 2020. See more stories on Insider's business page. Roger Stone said if former president Donald Trump does not r...
Tags: Senate, Russia, Trends, Fbi, Gop, President, Mitch McConnell, Fox News, Donald Trump, Trump, Flynn, Roger Stone, NewsMax, Stone, Dwight Eisenhower, Michael Flynn


For Trump and Facebook, judgment day is around the corner

Facebook unceremoniously confiscated Trump’s biggest social media megaphone months ago, but the former president might be poised to snatch it back. Facebook’s Oversight Board, an external Supreme Court-like policy decision making group, will either restore Trump’s Facebook privileges or banish him forever on Wednesday. Whatever happens, it’s a huge moment for Facebook’s nascent experiment in outsourcing hard content moderation calls to an elite group of global thinkers, academics and political f...
Tags: Social, TC, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Supreme Court, Social Networks, Minneapolis, Stanford, Social Media, Tech, Ceo, Software, Nick Clegg, President, Computing


Biden’s labor secretary thinks many gig workers should be reclassified as employees

Biden Labor Secretary Marty Walsh charged into the white hot issue of the gig economy Thursday, asserting that many people working without benefits in the gig economy should be classified as employees instead. In an interview with Reuters, Walsh said that the Department of Labor is “looking at” the gig economy, hinting that worker reclassification could be a priority in the Biden administration. “… In a lot of cases gig workers should be classified as employees,” Walsh said. “In some cases they ...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Labor, Congress, Government, Employment, America, Tech, Economy, United States, President, Biden, Federal Government, Gig Economy, Walsh, Marty Walsh


Biden proposes ARPA-H, a health research agency to ‘end cancer’ modeled after DARPA

In a joint address to Congress last night, President Biden updated the nation on vaccination efforts and outlined his administration’s ambitious goals. Biden’s first 100 days have been characterized by sweeping legislative packages that could lift millions of Americans out of poverty and slow the clock on the climate crisis, but during his first joint address to Congress, the president highlighted another smaller plan that’s no less ambitious: to “end cancer as we know it.” “I can think of ...
Tags: Health, TC, Congress, Government, White House, Cancer, Tech, Joe Biden, Diabetes, United States, President, Darpa, Silicon Valley, National Institutes of Health, Biden, Nih


Crypto market takes a dive with Bitcoin leading the way

Cryptocurrency prices continued to tumble Friday with Bitcoin leading the charge, with prices for the internet currency dipping below $50,000 for the first time since early March. Bitcoin is down roughly 20% week-over-week, around 30% from its all-time-high of nearly $65,000 early last week. The market cap of the coin has dipped below $1 trillion. The tumble has been less severe for Ethereum which hit an all-time-high just yesterday but has since dropped 13% as the broader market has crawled bac...
Tags: Tech, Cryptography, Bitcoin, President, Currency, Crypto, Biden, Cryptocurrencies, Ethereum, Coinbase, Cryptocurrency, Dogecoin


Longevity startup Longevica plans to launch supplements based on long-term research

A biotech company, that has spent 11 years researching supplements to increase human longevity, plans to launch its supplements later this year. Longevica says it has attracted a total of $13 million from investors including, Alexander Chikunov, a longevity investor, who is also president of the company. Longevica says it created a biotechnology platform for longevity after researching the life-span of laboratory mice. It now aims to produce medicines, dietary supplements, and food products. The...
Tags: Google, Food, Startups, TC, Europe, Boston, US, Articles, Ceo, Paypal, Artificial Intelligence, United States, President, Population, Peter Thiel, World Health Organization


Triller owner gets a new CEO with acquisition of Amplify.AI; also acquires live streaming service FITE TV

Would be TikTok competitor Triller, operated by parent company TrillerNet, is gaining a new CEO, the company announced today. The short-form video app said it’s acquiring an A.I.-based customer engagement platform, Amplify.AI, whose co-founder Mahi de Silva will now become TrillerNet’s CEO. Existing CEO Mike Lu will transition to President of TrillerNet and will focus on investor relations. The company separately announced the acquisition of FITE TV, a live event and pay-per-view combat sports s...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Apps, Tech, Ceo, Sms, SSL, Software, United States, Digital Media, President, Computing, Timbaland, Rsa, Financial Services, Biden, Internet Culture


I can’t believe it’s not meat! Mycelium meat replacement company aims for summer launch of first products

Meati, a company turning mycelium (the structural fibers of fungi) into healthier meat replacements for consumers, is prepping for a big summer rollout. Co-founder Tyler Huggins expects to have the first samples of its whole-cut steak and chicken products in select restaurants around the country — along with their first commercial product, a jerky strip. For Huggins, the product launch is another step on a long road toward broad commercial adoption of functional fungi foods as a better-for-you a...
Tags: Meat, TC, Biology, White House, Barack Obama, Tech, Beef, Chicago, President, Alinea, Michelle Obama, Food And Drink, Trinity, Steel, Silicon Valley Bank, Mycelium