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Major Ocean-Observing Satellite Starts Providing Science Data

After six months of check-out and calibration in orbit, the Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite will make its first two data streams available to the public on June 22. It launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on Nov. 21, 2020, and is a U.S.-European collaboration to measure sea surface height and other key ocean features, such as ocean surface wind speed and wave height. Phys.Org reports: One of the sea surface height data streams that will be released is accurate to 2.3 inche...
Tags: California, Tech, Jason, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Sentinel, Copernicus Sentinel, Michael Freilich, NASA Earth Science Division, Jason CS Continuity of Service


Hamburger-flipping robotics company Miso introduces an automated beverage dispenser

How do you follow up a burger-flipping robot? If you’re Miso Robotics (which you likely are, if you’ve created a burger-flipping robot), the answer is simple: beverages. The robotics startup continues to focus on the fast food service industry with the planned launch of an automated beverage-dispensing robot. The system, which is being created as part of a partnership with beverage dispenser manufacturer Lancer, brings an added level of automation to your standard fast food fountain. It has a po...
Tags: Food, Robotics, Beverages, Fast Food, Lancer, Miso Robotics


EU puts out final guidance on data transfers to third countries

The European Data Protection Board (EDPB) published its final recommendations yesterday setting on guidance for making transfers of personal data to third countries to comply with EU data protection rules in light of last summer’s landmark CJEU ruling (aka Schrems II). The long and short of these recommendations — which are fairly long; running to 48 pages — is that some data transfers to third countries will simply not be possible to (legally) carry out. Despite the continued existence of legal...
Tags: Europe, Policy, Privacy, Andrea Jelinek, China, Data Controller, Data Protection, Data Security, EDPB, Edward Snowden, EU-US Privacy Shield, European Data Protection Board, European Union, Facebook, General Data Protection Regulation, Germany


Transmit Security raises $543M Series A to kill off the password

Transmit Security, a Boston-based startup that’s on a mission to rid the world of passwords, has raised a massive $543 million in Series A funding. The funding round, said to be the largest Series A investment in cybersecurity history and one of the highest valuations for a bootstrapped company, was led by Insight Partners and General Atlantic, with additional investment from Cyberstarts, Geodesic, SYN Ventures, Vintage, and Artisanal Ventures.   Transmit Security said it has a pre-money valuat...
Tags: Funding, Security, Access Control, Authenticator, Banking, Boston, Ceo, Computer Security, Cryptography, General Atlantic, Identification, Insight Partners, Lowes, Microsoft, Microsoft Windows, Password


10 things in tech: Bezos in space (forever?), Instacart hires, Shopify exodus

Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos. Isaiah J. Downing/Reuters Good morning and welcome to 10 Things in Tech. If this was forwarded to you, sign up here. Let's get started.1. More than 70,000 people want Jeff Bezos to stay in space. Thousands of people have signed petitions to stop the Amazon exec from returning to Earth after his trip to space next month. Why they're signing a petition titled "Do not allow Jeff Bezos to return to Earth."2. Texas power companies raised customers' ...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Newsletter, Trends, Tech, Earth, WeWork, Jeff Bezos, Instacart, Shopify, Bezos, NFT, Newsletters, Tech Insider, 10 Things In Tech, Jordan Erb


The best Amazon Prime Day 2021 speaker deals include 50% off an Echo Dot

If you buy through our links, we may earn money from affiliate partners. Learn more. Amazon's latest Echo Dot is 50% off for Prime Day 2021. Amazon Table of Contents: Masthead Sticky Amazon Prime Day 2021 has arrived, and there are plenty of deals on speakers of all shapes and sizes.Smart speakers, soundbars, Bluetooth speakers, and home theater systems from a variety of brands, including Sony and Bose, are all on sale right now. Prime Day is also one of the best times to snag an Ama...
Tags: Reviews, Amazon, Deals, Speakers, Trends, Tech, Amazon Prime, Tech Deals, Sony, Amazon Echo, Soundbars, Alexa, Amazon Prime Day, Dolby Atmos, Tech Insider, Amazon Devices


The best Prime Day smartphone deals include discounts on phones from Apple, Google, and Samsung

If you buy through our links, we may earn money from affiliate partners. Learn more. Amazon Prime Day 2021 is here, and we're seeing big discounts on phones from Google, OnePlus, and more. Amazon; Alyssa Powell/Business Insider Table of Contents: Masthead Sticky Amazon Prime Day is here, and the sales event is a great time to buy a new phone, especially if you're an Android fan. This year's annual shopping event takes place on June 21 and 22, and we're seeing some great d...
Tags: Reviews, Apple, Google, Amazon, Deals, Verizon, Motorola, Samsung, Trends, Tech, Amazon Prime, Phone, Smartphone, Tech Deals, Best Buy, Macbook


Jeff Bezos-Backed Company General Fusion To Build Nuclear Fusion Facility In UK

Last Thursday, a Canadian company backed by Jeff Bezos, called General Fusion, announced it's building a nuclear fusion facility in the UK. Insider reports: General Fusion and the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) announced the project together, which will see General Fusion build a fusion demonstration plant in the village of Culham, near Oxford. The facility will be a proof-of-concept, allowing General Fusion to demonstrate its Magnetized Target Fusion (MTF) technology before going on to buil...
Tags: UK, Tech, Bbc, Oxford, Jeff Bezos, Bezos, General Fusion, Culham, Amanda Solloway, UK Atomic Energy Authority UKAEA


Chinese sellers on Amazon in hot demand by VCs and e-commerce roll-ups

Chinese merchants selling on Amazon are having a moment. The scruffy exporters are used to roaming about suburban factory areas and dealing with constant cash flow strain, but suddenly they find themselves having coffee with top Chinese venture capital firms and investment representatives from internet giants, who come with big checks to hunt down the next Shein or Anker. While VCs can provide the money for them to scale quickly, many lack the expertise to help on the strategic side. This is whe...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Ecommerce, Asia, Europe, France, China, Southeast Asia, Brand, Tech, E-commerce, Online Shopping, Netherlands, Poland, Silicon Valley, Online Retail


Dutch payments startup Mollie raises another $800M at a $6.5B valuation

A payments startup whose backend was originally built by the founder while still living with his parents and bootstrapping the company is today announcing a massive round of funding that catapults it into being one of the most valuable startups in Europe. Mollie, an Amsterdam-based startup that provides a way for businesses to integrate payments into sites, documents and other services by way of an API, is today announcing that it has raised €665 million ($800 million) in an all-equity round tha...
Tags: TC, Europe, Tech, Paypal, Amsterdam, Blackstone, Worldpay, Mollie, Mol, Paul Morrissey, Adriaan Mol, Europe Mollie, Blackstone Growth BXG Blackstone, Deliveroo Unicef Acer, Shane Happach, Happach


The problem isn’t remote working – it’s clinging to office-based practices

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/jun/21/remote-working-office-based-practices-offices-employers Do we need to go to offices? Work 9 to 5? At this unique moment in history, employers can rethink everything, says researcher Alexia Cambon. How about the “where” of work? It is apparent just from the language we use that the office is still viewed as the headquarters for work. Even the term “remote” implies that you are away from the place work is usually done. The dominance of the offi...
Tags: Business, Tech, Alexia Cambon


Vienna’s GoStudent raises $244M at a $1.7B valuation for its online tutor marketplace

Online teaching came into the spotlight for many students and parents in the last year, and today one of the companies that saw a big lift during that rush of activity is announcing a big round of funding to carry it into what has emerged as a more permanent change of habits for many learners. GoStudent, a marketplace where K-12 students (and their parents) can find and engage with one-to-one video-based tutors in a variety of subjects, has raised €205 million ($244 million), in a Series C round...
Tags: Europe, Education, Mexico, Softbank, Funding, Tech, Vienna, Canada, Edtech, Tutoring, DST Global, Online Education, Vienna Austria, DN Capital, Tutors, Vision Fund


Gillmor Gang: Who Knew

The Gillmor Gang recording session is nestled on Friday midday on the East Coast and midmorning out West. Streamed live on Twitter, Facebook Live, and Youtube embed, the show is then edited, sweetened with titles and music, and released on Techcrunch. It’s a kind of hybrid between podcast, Zoom collaboration meeting, and work-from-anywhere encounter group. The Gang grew out of the early days of podcasting, now undergoing rescaffolding from social, drop-in, or just plain fast following from a ...
Tags: Apple, TC, Facebook, Video, Tech, Intel, Netflix, Gang, Gillmor Gang, Andreessen Horowitz, Salesforce, Hulu, East Coast, Facetime, Steve Gillmor, Keith Teare


Tesla backs vision-only approach to autonomy using powerful supercomputer

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has been teasing a neural network training computer called ‘Dojo’ since at least 2019. Musk says Dojo will be able to process vast amounts of video data to achieve vision-only autonomous driving. While Dojo itself is still in development, Tesla today revealed a new supercomputer that will serve as a development prototype version of what Dojo will ultimately offer.  At the 2021 Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition on Monday, Tesla’s head of AI, Andrej Karpa...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Instagram, San Francisco, Tech, Tesla, Artificial Intelligence, Nvidia, North America, Musk, Nvme, Dojo, Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Andrej Karpathy, Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, Karpathy


The best Prime Day deals on smart thermostats include big discounts on Google Nest and more

If you buy through our links, we may earn money from affiliate partners. Learn more. The Nest thermostat is on sale for Prime Day 2021. Nest Smart thermostats are a great way to save money on heating and cooling costs. They use remote sensors, automation, scheduling, and machine learning to help run your home's climate system more efficiently. The best ones are also easy to install and many can be operated manually as well as through an app or with voice control. Amazon Prime Day 2021...
Tags: Reviews, Amazon, Deals, Trends, Tech, Amazon Prime, Tech Deals, Voice Control, Google Nest, Amazon Home, Tech Insider, Smart Thermostat, Nest Thermostat, Insider Picks, IP Graphics, Product Card


Apple Developing a Whole New Kind of MacBook Air

Bloomberg's Mark Gurman, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, and leaker Jon Prosser say Apple is working on a completely new, high-end version of the MacBook Air. MacRumors reports: The high-end MacBook Air will feature two USB-C ports and a more powerful Apple silicon chip, according to Gurman. The chip will apparently be a direct successor to Apple's M1 chip, featuring the same number of computing cores, but it will run faster. It is also expected to see an increase in graphics cores from seven or eig...
Tags: Apple, Tech, Bloomberg, MacBook Air, Mark Gurman, Ming Chi Kuo, Prosser, Gurman, Jon Prosser, MacBook Air MacRumors, MacBook Pro Prosser


Scientists Might Have Spotted Tectonic Activity Inside Venus

Venus might be hell, but don't call it a dead planet. Amid surface temperatures of up to 471C and surface pressures 100 times greater than those on Earth, new research suggests the planet might still be geologically active. That's encouraging news to people who think it could once have hosted life (or that it might still be able to). From a report: Earth's lithosphere (its crust and upper mantle) is made of "plates" that move around and crash into each other, resulting in mountains, deep ocean t...
Tags: Tech, Alaska, Venus, Magellan, PNAS, Archean Eon


Fintech veteran Jitendra Gupta is ready for his new inning — now he is going after banks in India

For most people in India, having to engage with banks doesn’t instill a sense of joy. Banks in the South Asian market are notorious for making unannounced spam calls to upsell customers loans and credit cards, even when they have been explicitly asked not to do so. Moreover, when a customer does reach out to a bank with a query, it can take forever to get the job done. Take ICICI Bank, India’s third largest bank and until recently my only banking partner for over six years, for an example. It is...
Tags: Amazon, Startups, Apps, Asia, Finance, India, Tech, Banking, Jupiter, Fintech, UPI, Nubank, Naspers, Axis Bank, Gupta, CitrusPay


Hyundai Acquires Boston Dynamics, Company Most Famous For Robot Police Dogs

Boston Dynamics has been purchased by Hyundai in a deal valued at $1.1 billion. According to Motherboard, the deal "sees Hyundai assume an 80 percent controlling stake in the robot company. Softbank will retain a 20 percent stake." From the report: It is hard to tell what Hyundai wants out of Boston Dynamics from the press release, which is laden with technobabble. Robots in car manufacturing are nothing new, but Hyundai says the acquisition is "another major step toward its strategic transforma...
Tags: Softbank, Tech, Hyundai, Boston Dynamics


The best tablet deals on Amazon Prime Day 2021 include $80 off the newest iPad Air

If you buy through our links, we may earn money from affiliate partners. Learn more. Tablets from Apple, Samsung, and more are on sale for Prime Day 2021. Amazon; Gilbert Espinoza/Business Insider Table of Contents: Masthead Sticky Amazon Prime Day 2021 is here, and that means there are plenty of deals to be had on tech devices - especially tablets. This year's annual shopping holiday takes place on June 21 and 22 and includes many tech deals in addition to discounts on kitchen, home...
Tags: Reviews, Apple, Amazon, Ipad, Samsung, Trends, Tech, Tech Deals, Tablets, Ipad Pro, Amazon Fire, Apple Samsung, Amazon Samsung, Tech Insider, Amazon Prime Video Netflix, Lisa Eadicicco


Engineer Builds Self-Balancing Autonomous Bicycle In Spare Time

Hardware engineer Zhi Hui Jun built a bicycle that avoids obstacles and self-balances. Interesting Engineering reports: The engineer, who worked on the bicycle project in his spare time over the course of four months, crafted a self-balancing bicycle using an accelerometer and gyroscope sensors that allow the bike's front wheel to compensate and quickly change direction if it's going to fall. The system generates just the right amount of angular momentum in the right direction to stop the bike f...
Tags: Tech, Interesting Engineering, Zhi Hui Jun, Zhi Hui Jin


German Watchdog Probes Apple's Market Dominance

An anonymous reader quotes a report from the BBC: Apple is under investigation by the German competition watchdog. The Federal Cartel Office (FCO) said the initial investigation will look at whether the company is of "paramount significance across markets." Apple said it looked forward to "having an open dialogue" with the FCO about any of its concerns. In a statement, Andreas Mundt, President of the FCO, said it would examine whether with iOS Apple had created "a digital ecosystem around its iP...
Tags: Apple, Germany, Tech, Bbc, European Commission, App Store, Fco, Andreas Mundt, Federal Cartel Office FCO


Daily Crunch: Facebook rolls out podcasts and Live Audio Rooms for US listeners

To get a roundup of TechCrunch’s biggest and most important stories delivered to your inbox every day at 3 p.m. PDT, subscribe here. Hello and welcome to Daily Crunch for June 21, 2021. The tech industry is skipping any sort of a summer slowdown. Facebook is taking on Clubhouse and Spotify, India is still figuring out how to manage its burgeoning technology industry, and everyone is raising money. Plus, we have notes on a new VC fund that has quite a twist. Let’s get into it! — Alex The TechCru...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, TC, Facebook, Germany, India, US, Tech, Walmart, Cms, New Zealand, Cupertino, Flipkart, Postmates, Clubhouse, Ludacris


Amazon reportedly evaluates its office workers with a tiered system that targets 6% of them leaving every year

Kyodo News via Getty Images Amazon ranks office workers in evaluations to cut 6% of them yearly, the Seattle Times reports. One reviewed document mandates considering workers' "future contributions compared to others." Insider has reported that Amazon grades workers on a curve, but it has denied stack-ranking workers. See more stories on Insider's business page. Amazon reportedly pits office workers against each other in evaluations in order to eliminate 6% of their jobs each year...
Tags: Amazon, News, Microsoft, Trends, Tech, The Times, Times, General Electric, Seattle Times, Jack Welch, Kyodo News, Tech Insider, Sarah Jackson, GETTY IMAGES Amazon, Several Amazon, Seattle Times Amazon


Falling GPU Pricing in Europe Suggests Shortage Is Easing

According to ComputerBase, graphics card prices have begun to drop as much as 50% in Europe. From a report: Availability has also improved significantly, with sales of most GPU models from both AMD and Nvidia doubling month-over-month. This report comes on the heels of ASRock, a GPU maker, noting that GPU pricing is easing as demand from Chinese cryptocurrency miners wanes. More budget-oriented cards like the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 and AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT are seeing the most positive results,...
Tags: Europe, Tech, United States, Nvidia, Amd, Gpu, AMD Radeon


Mobile commerce startup Via rounds up $15 million in Series A funding

Mobile commerce is where it’s at, and rising investment in so-called conversational commerce startups underscores the opportunity. Via, a two-year-old, Bay Area-based startup, is among those riding the wave, having identified some trends that are becoming clearer by the month. First, more e-commerce sales will be on mobile phones this year than desktops (as much as 70% by some estimates), people tend to read text messages almost immediately and consumers spend upwards of 30 minutes a day engagin...
Tags: India, Tech, Ryan Smith, Qualtrics, Shasta Ventures, Mike Smith, Bay Area, Brigham Young, Peterson Ventures, Lattice, Shopfiy, Jack Altman, Tejas Konduru, Konduru, Facebook Messenger Via, Stitch Fix COO


Facebook’s entry into VR advertising isn’t going too well

Facebook’s efforts to bring advertising to the Oculus virtual reality platform it has spent billions of dollars building out doesn’t seem to be off to a great start. The company announced last week that they were planning to roll out their first in-game ads inside the title Blaston from the prolific VR game developer Resolution Games, and just days later the game studio has shared that after hearing an earful from users they’ve decided to abandon the ad rollout. “After listening to player feedba...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Tech, Software, Computing, Vr, Oculus, Virtual Reality, Player, Wearable Devices, Mixed Reality, Oculus Quest, Facebook Horizon, Blaston


The Relatives Frozen in Time on Google Street View

An anonymous reader shares a report : Social-media users are sharing Google Street View images featuring friends and relatives who have since died. It was sparked by a post on the Twitter account Fesshole, which asks followers to submit anonymous confessions -- many of which are explicit. The original poster said they had searched the map platform for images taken before their father had died. Launched in the US in 2007, Google Street View has since rolled out worldwide. The BBC's Neil Henderson...
Tags: Google, Twitter, US, Tech, Bbc, Paris, Neil Henderson, Karim Palant, Bernard Baker Others, Charles Palant


Walmart's Deals for Days sale features big discounts on TVs from Sony, Vizio, and more

If you buy through our links, we may earn money from affiliate partners. Learn more. Walmart's Deals for Days sale includes a discount on Sony's 75-inch X750H TV. Walmart Table of Contents: Masthead Sticky This is a perfect time for bargain hunters to find a deal on a big-ticket TV with Amazon Prime Day 2021 sparking a range of competing events from other big retailers, including Walmart's Deals for Days. There's no need for a subscription to snag one of Walmart's dea...
Tags: Reviews, TV, Electronics, Samsung, Trends, Tech, Walmart, Amazon Prime, Tech Deals, Sony, Hdr, Amazon Best, Tech Insider, TV deals, Insider Picks, Sony Vizio


The best Amazon Prime Day headphone deals - save big on headphones from Apple, Bose, Sony, and more

If you buy through our links, we may earn money from affiliate partners. Learn more. The Bose 700 headphones are down to their lowest price for Prime Day. Best Buy Table of Contents: Masthead Sticky Amazon Prime Day 2021 has begun, and you can snag several deals on a variety of headphones right now. Whether you prefer wired or wireless models, you can save on headphones of all shapes and sizes from big brands like Apple, Bose, and Sony.Quality headphones can improve your music-listening,...
Tags: Reviews, Apple, Amazon, Deals, Electronics, Audio, Trends, Tech, Walmart, Amazon Prime, Tech Deals, Headphones, Macbook, Sony, Earbuds, Bose