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Google faces $5 billion lawsuit over tracking users in incognito mode

Google is facing a $5 billion class action lawsuit over tracking Chrome users — even in incognito mode. The lawsuit, which was filed in the federal court in San Jose, California on Tuesday, accuses the company of collecting information about what people view and what pages they visit online despite claiming incognito mode is private, Reuters reports. The complaint further alleges gathering data through Google Analytics, Google Ad Manager, and various mobile apps helps the company learn about use...
Tags: Google, Startups, Apps, Reuters, San Jose California, Google Analytics Google


Satoshi Nakaboto: ‘Traders accuse Coinbase of pulling the plug when Bitcoin makes sharp moves’

Our robot colleague Satoshi Nakaboto writes about Bitcoin every fucking day. Welcome to another edition of Bitcoin Today, where I, Satoshi Nakaboto, tell you what’s been going on with Bitcoin in the past 24 hours. As Locke used to say: Whip it, whip it, whip it! Bitcoin price We closed the day, June 03 2020, at a price of $9,656. That’s a minor 1.28 percent increase in 24 hours, or $122. It was the highest closing price in one day. We’re still 51 percent below Bitcoin‘s all-time high of $20,089 ...
Tags: Startups, Bitcoin, Locke, Hard Fork, Satoshi Nakaboto


Bryter raises $16M for a no-code platform for non-technical people to build enterprise automation apps

Automation is the name of the game in enterprise IT at the moment: we now have a plethora of solutions on the market to speed up your workflow, simplify a process, and perform more repetitive tasks without humans getting involved. Now, a startup that is helping non-technical people get more directly involved in how to make automation work better for their tasks is announcing some funding to seize the opportunity. Bryter — a no-code platform based in Berlin that lets workers in departments like a...
Tags: Travel, Startups, TC, Europe, London, Enterprise, Berlin, US, Deloitte, Accel, Sequoia, Notion Capital, Dawn Capital, Grupp, Recent Funding, Luca Bocchio


Astronomers found an Earth-like exoplanet orbiting the solar system’s nearest star

Proxima b an Earth-like exoplanet orbiting in the habitable zone of the nearest star to our own in the Proxima Centauri solar system — located just 4.2 light-years from Earth — has been confirmed by an international team of astronomers from the University of Geneva. The team used the Echelle SPectrograph for Rocky Exoplanets and Stable Spectroscopic Observations (ESPRESSO) spectrograph, attached to the Very Large Telescope (VLT) located in the Chilean desert to make their observation. The team’s...
Tags: Startups, Space, Science, Earth, Proxima, Proxima Centauri, University of Geneva, VLT, Syndication, Astrophysics Proxima


7 experience architecture trends your organization can’t afford to ignore

There’s a big difference between having a creative idea and actually bringing that idea to life. Marketing, sales, commerce, and service delivery systems must be built with careful, deliberate attention to every step in the process of designing and implementing the idea. Miss a key step or ignore a key process, data, or technology component in the architecture, and the entire experience might fail. Enter the need for ‘experience architecture’ — a new frontier that blends the capabilities and com...
Tags: Startups, Podium, Growth Quarters


How to blur faces and remove metadata from your photos

Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff. People all over the world have taken to the streets to support the Black Lives Matter movement and many of you might be taking photos to spread the word. However, images may have a lot of personally identifiable data attached to them, such as faces of people or location stored in its metadata with device information. So it’s important to remove this metadata a...
Tags: Startups, Basics


Protesting? Here’s how to turn off location services on iOS and Android

Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff. Following the murder of George Floyd by the US police, protests have erupted across America. While this is a legally protected right, Trump’s attempt to label Antifa as “domestic terrorists” and the police’s brutal responses suggests this isn’t a given. Which is why you need to protect yourself when protesting. And, specifically, why you must turn off location...
Tags: Startups, US, America, Basics, Trump, Antifa, Plugged, George Floyd


UK launches yet another vehicle-to-grid charging trial — but only for 100 Nissan drivers

Powering your home using the energy stored in your electric vehicle (vehicle-to-grid) isn’t commonplace yet, but it could be if trials are successful. Speaking of which, a UK power distribution firm, that manages the energy grid across West England and Wales, has just launched a V2G trial and is giving away free smart chargers to Nissan EV drivers to test its platform, but there’s a catch. [Read: The future of electric motorbikes according to post-war inspired BMW concept art] In an announcement...
Tags: Startups, UK, Wales, Cars, Tech, World, Bmw, Nissan, Shift, West England


Amazon Air adds 12 new aircraft to its cargo fleet, expands its ground operations

Amazon announced today it has added 12 new cargo aircraft to Amazon Air, bringing its total fleet to more than 80 aircraft, in part because of increased demand for shipments during the COVID-19 pandemic. The converted Boeing 767-300 were leased from the Air Transport Services Group. Amazon said one of the planes will begin transporting cargo this month, and the rest will be delivered next year. The company is also expanding Amazon Air’s ground network, starting this month with regional air hu...
Tags: Amazon, Startups, TC, Florida, Logistics, Boeing, Austin Texas, SAN JUAN Puerto Rico, Luis Munoz, Cincinnati Northern Kentucky International Airport, Marín International Airport, Austin Bergstrom International Airport, Amazon Air, COVID, Sarah Rhoads, Amazon Global Air


Only you can turn every pointless meeting into a productive session

There are very few things I hate more than emails but meetings are one of them. I know we all need to have the occasional meeting to discuss project specifics or brainstorm new ideas — and this really isn’t an issue. The problem arises when you’re constantly being pulled into countless (and pointless) meetings, where everyone sits around talking about doing stuff but nothing of substance gets agreed or there are no real action points follow. With this in mind, I’ve put together a few pointers th...
Tags: Startups, Growth Quarters


The Best Features Included In Conference Calling Services

Conference calling services are changing the way teams meet. No longer is sitting in a stuffy room with no A/C for two hours a requirement. Now, you can meet with up to 1,000 people in some cases with web-based conference calling services. From video chat to 24/7 customer service, these are some of the best features you’ll find in conference calling services. 24/7 Support. When it comes to technology, there’s always a chance it will malfunction. Even the most expertly-designed apps and softwa...
Tags: Startups, Others, Business Communication, Team Communication, Conference Calling Services


Why It’s Important To Decide On The Ideal Customer Profile When In Business

Your target audience is one of the crucial decisions you can make when running a business. In fact, before you start to develop concepts for your business, it’s a necessity to know your potential customers. Such an understanding will guide your future decisions ahead, which can make it much easier for you to connect with your customers. Unfortunately, despite this fact, some businesses fail to create an ideal customer profile or ICP which results in missing out the chance to foster growth and b...
Tags: Startups, Marketing, ICP, Others, Customer Management, Ideal Customer Profile, Customer Profile, Customer Profiling, Beneficial For Account Based Marketing Account, Creates Alignment Across Organization


Signal can now automatically blur faces in photos — and you can use the images in any app

Thousands of people are protesting against police brutality and to support the Black Lives Matters cause. If you are a part of the protests, you might post photos of the demonstration around you on social media or send them to your friends — and that’s not entirely safe, because it could help identify people there and put them in danger. While its important to share these moments, it’s also important to use tools that might stop authorities from snooping on people in those photos. So, privacy-fo...
Tags: Security, Startups, Signal


Singapore-based caregiving startup launches Homage Health for online and home medical consultations

Homage, the Singapore-based startup that matches families and caregivers, has launched a new service that provides home medical visits, telehealth consultations and medication delivery. Called Homage Health, the service was already being developed before the COVID-19 pandemic, but co-founder and CEO Gillian Tee told TechCrunch that its launch was accelerated because many of the company’s caregiving recipients are elderly or have long-term health conditions, and are at higher risk for the dise...
Tags: Health, Startups, TC, Asia, Southeast Asia, Singapore, Tech, Caregiving, Seniors, Homage, SGD, Gillian Tee, Homage Health, HealthXCapital Alternate Ventures, KDV Capital Homage, Singapore Medical Council


How To Make Data-Driven Marketing Decisions

Effective digital marketing campaigns are driven by data. Traffic sources, conversions, cost per click, and many other metrics have a wide range of potential variables to analyze, so it’s essential that you are able to identify that data that is the most crucial to your business. Data-driven decisions in marketing can have a number of benefits, providing you with better, faster results, and increasing your return on investment. Here’s what you can do to make better business decisions with your ...
Tags: Startups, Marketing, Others, Emerson College, Data-driven Marketing, New Opportunities Using Data Data


SpaceX launches 60 more Starlink satellites and achieves a reusability record for a Falcon 9 booster

SpaceX launched its second Falcon 9 rocket in the span of just four days on Wednesday at 9:25 PM EDT (6:25 PM PDT). This one was carrying 60 more satellites for its Starlink constellation, which will bring the total currently in operation on orbit to 480. The launch took off from Florida, where SpaceX launched astronauts for the first time ever on Saturday for the final demonstration mission of its Crew Dragon to fulfill the requirements of NASA’s Commercial Crew human-rating process. Today’s...
Tags: Startups, TC, Space, Spacex, Florida, Nasa, Earth, Broadband, Falcon 9, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Spacecraft, Internet Connectivity, Falcon, Outer Space, StarLink


How To Have A More Efficient Small Business

Now that you’ve put in the hard work to create your small business, you’ll want to ensure that it lasts a long time. To do so, your organization must have efficient operations. That involves changing with the times and adapting to trends, as well as adjusting how you do certain activities as your business grows. Here are ways to have a more efficient small business than your competitors. Create a Powerful Website. A business website is something that you need, no matter the size o...
Tags: Startups, Others, Business Advice, Business Efficiency


Review: The Burley Travoy is an almost-perfect bike trailer for city life

If you ask me, every e-bike should be able to carry some cargo. Some cyclists do everything to minimize the weight and maximize the aerodynamics of their two-wheel machines. But as someone who uses e-bikes as veritable car (and subway) replacements rather, I need to be able to run most of the errands I’d regularly do using a larger vehicle. The Burley Travoy makes it so I needn’t have to choose. An ingenious cross between a bike trailer, a handtruck, and a granny cart, the Travoy has helped me h...
Tags: Startups, Shift, Plugged, Burley Travoy, Travoy


Survival Mode: Small Businesses Strategies To Weather The Coronavirus Pandemic

by Eddie Davis, VP of Business Development for FINSYNC What happens to us is not nearly as important as our reaction to what happens. This adage feels particularly pertinent these days, as we all face daunting uncertainty about how the business landscape will be reshaped. While the coronavirus pandemic and the massive economic disruption caused by the broad shutdowns and mandates for social distancing have hurt all manner of companies, startups and other small businesses are shouldering the wor...
Tags: Startups, Small Business, Business Success, Small Business Administration, SBA, Eddie Davis, Business Advice, Professionalisms, VP of Business Development, Paycheck Protection Program, FINSYNC


Snapchat refuses to promote Trump’s account over his controversial tweets

Snapchat, of all things, today joined the debate among social media platforms about the words of President Donald Trump — and it’s taken the side of Twitter, putting the Trump account on notice for his words. Evan Spiegel, CEO of Snapchat parent company Snap, said in a memo to his employees over the weekend (which was published on the company blog on Wednesday) that “we simply cannot promote accounts in America that are linked to people who incite racial violence, whether they do so on or off ou...
Tags: Startups, Politics, America, Social Media, Snapchat, United States, Evan Spiegel, Donald Trump, Snap, Trump


How to make STEM a safe place for trans and non-binary people

Welcome to TNW Pride 2020! All throughout June we’ll highlight articles that focus on representation for LGBTQPIA+ people in the STEM communities. It feels weird to talk about trans and non-binary people right now. It feels odd to celebrate Pride while the US government attacks its own citizens. But it also feels necessary because these are not separate struggles. Black trans women are among the most at-risk communities in the world. In 2018 one agency tracked the murders of 26 trans people in t...
Tags: Startups, US, Tech


Facebook now allows you to swiftly delete your most embarrassing posts

Facebook today announced a new feature that will finally let you get rid of your embarrassing old posts en masse. Manage Activity essentially lets you select posts from your Activity Log and trash them if you wish. The company frames the feature as a way to tailor your Facebook when you go through a major life change, such as a breakup or a job hunt. Personally, I don’t think the impetus needs to be quite that much. Goodness knows we all go through that Facebook-awkward phase where we post aimle...
Tags: Startups, Facebook


NetApp to acquire Spot (formerly Spotinst) to gain cloud infrastructure management tools

When Spotinst rebranded to Spot in March, it seemed big changes were afoot for the startup, which originally helped companies find and manage cheap infrastructure known as spot instances (hence its original name). We had no idea how big at the time. Today, NetApp announced plans to acquire the startup. The companies did not share the price, but Israeli publication CTECH pegged the deal at $450 million. NetApp would not confirm that price. It may seem like a strange pairing, a storage company and...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Cloud, Storage, Enterprise, Tel Aviv, Tech, SaaS, M&a, Mergers and Acquisitions, Netapp, Crunchbase, Exit, Spot, Amiram Shachar


NodThera Adds $55M to Advance Drugs to Better Regulate Inflammation

Our immune systems are designed to monitor for signs of foreign molecules, and among the first responses to such signals of potential danger are the formation of structures called inflammasomes.But the innate immune system’s natural inflammatory reaction, a protective mechanism meant to tackle any impending infection or injury, may also cause damaging inflammation in people with a wide range of diseases in which that lingering response causes chronic health problems.NodThera, one of a handful o...
Tags: Startups, Sofinnova Partners, Boston, Trends, Venture Capital, Biotech, Life Sciences, Inflammation, Seattle blog main, Seattle top stories, Boston blog main, Boston top stories, 5AM Ventures, F-Prime Capital, Clinical Trial, Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis


A COVID-19 resilience test for B2B companies

TX Zhuo Contributor TX Zhuo is the managing partner of Fika Ventures, focusing on fintech, enterprise software and marketplace opportunities. More posts by this contributor Discovering that deckhands make great waiters — and why this matters Winning deals as a new venture capital fund Colton Pace Contributor Colton Pace is an investor at Fika Ventures. He previously held roles investing ...
Tags: Startups, Column, Congress, Funding, Marketing, Tech, United States, Venture Capital, B2b, Twilio, Analyst, Customer Relationship Management, Cloudera, Vulcan Capital, LTV, Collaboration Tools


Paperwork automation platform Anvil raises $5 million from Google’s Gradient Ventures

Remote work has changed the tools offices need for communicating asynchronously across meetings and chat, but not all collaboration takes place in neat little chat bubbles. Anvil is a San Francisco startup that’s aiming to transform how businesses collaborate around the humble PDF. Anvil’s automation platform levels up Google Forms and allows customers to digitize tiresome PDFs through dynamic forms that unify processes customers might have typically needed to use several pieces of software to a...
Tags: Google, Startups, TC, San Francisco, Tech, NG, PPP, Anvil, Gradient Ventures, Sunrise Bank, Recent Funding, Mang Git Ng, Paycheck Protection Program PPP Ng


This $350M ‘quant fund’ played the stock market using real-time data — then 2020 happened

Coatue’s $350 million data-driven ‘quant fund’ made a swift exit from the market in early April — having realised the coronavirus pandemic had rendered its algorithm unreliable, Business Insider reports. The tech-focused fund, launched by billionaire Philippe Laffont just over one year ago, joins a growing list of “quant funds” to have failed to turn a profit due to 2020’s unpredictable nature. Quant funds use complex algorithms to find hidden trade signals in a hyperconnected web of data. While...
Tags: Startups, Coatue, Philippe Laffont, Hard Fork


Join us to watch five startups pitch off at Pitchers and Pitches on June 10th

If you want to capture investor attention, you need a killer pitch. And that’s under normal circumstances. You’ve probably noticed that circumstances are anything but normal. With a global pandemic and the ensuing economic crisis, you’ll need to up your pitching game and get ready to bring the heat. We can help. Register today for the second installment of our Pitchers and Pitches series. This interactive elevator pitch feedback session will take place on June 10 at 4pm ET / 1pm PT. Pour yoursel...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Jordan Crook, Startup Battlefield, Darrell Etherington, Pitchers and Pitches, Disrupt Digital Startup Alley Package, First Mark Capital


Join us to watch five startups pitch off at Pitchers & Pitches on June 10th

If you want to capture investor attention, you need a killer pitch. And that’s under normal circumstances. You’ve probably noticed that circumstances are anything but normal. With a global pandemic and the ensuing economic crisis, you’ll need to up your pitching game and get ready to bring the heat. We can help. Register today for the second installment of our Pitchers & Pitches series. This interactive elevator pitch feedback session will take place on June 10 at 4pm ET / 1pm PT. Pour yourself ...
Tags: Startups, Events, Tech, Jordan Crook, Startup Battlefield, Darrell Etherington, Pitchers and Pitches, Disrupt Digital Startup Alley Package, First Mark Capital


Monzo to lay off up to 120 employees as the ‘economic situation’ remains challenging

Monzo, the U.K. challenger bank, continues to be faced with tough decisions linked to the coronavirus crisis and resulting economic downturn. Following the shuttering of its Las Vegas-based customer support office and almost 300 staff being furloughed in U.K., the company has announced internally that up to 120 U.K. staff are being made redundant. Reuters first reported the news just moments ago — which I have now confirmed based on my own sources. According to an internal memo written by new CE...
Tags: Startups, TC, Europe, Tech, Las Vegas, Reuters, Anil, Tom Blomfield, Monzo, TS Anil