Video creation and editing platform InVideo raises $15 million

Tue, 27 Oct 2020 08:34:47 +0000
InVideo, a Mumbai-based startup that has built a video creation and editing platform, has raised $15 million as it looks to court more users and customers worldwide. The startup offers a freemium web-based editing tool that allows users to create videos for all the popular social media platforms (such as Twitter, Facebook, YouTube). It has […]
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Apeel gets more cash to fight poverty and food insecurity in emerging markets with its food-preserving tech

Tue, 27 Oct 2020 07:46:18 +0000
In the first real test of the potentially transformative power of its food-preserving technology, the Santa Barbara, Calif.-based Apeel Sciences is bringing its innovative food treatment and supply chain management services to distribution centers in select markets in Asia, Africa and Latin America. The goal is to alleviate food insecurity among farmers, who comprise one […]
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Former Facebook and Pinterest exec Tim Kendall traces “extractive business models” to VCs

Tue, 27 Oct 2020 03:36:49 +0000
Last month, former Facebook and Pinterest executive Tim Kendall told Congress during a House hearing on the dangers of social media that Facebook made its products so addictive because its ad-driven business model relies on people paying attention to its product longer every day. He said much the same in the Netflix documentary “The Social […]
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Gillmor Gang: Unsuppressed

Mon, 26 Oct 2020 23:55:39 +0000
Not just the future of civilization is up for grabs this November. In this age of mobile social computing, we’re figuring out how to vote, entertain, teach, learn, and commit to meaningful change. Thanks to the pandemic emergency, our plans for transforming our country and planet are subject to immediate recall. Much of the current […]
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Microsoft Office gets mouse and trackpad support for the iPad

Mon, 26 Oct 2020 22:10:47 +0000
As promised, Microsoft announced that it has added full trackpad and mouse support for the iPadOS version of Microsoft 360. That includes Word, Excel and PowerPoint, marking another important step in Apple’s longstanding push to blur the line between tablet and desktop, making iPads more well-rounded productivity machines. Apple laid the foundation back in March, […]
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Daily Crunch: Facebook launches cloud gaming service

Mon, 26 Oct 2020 22:10:06 +0000
Facebook gets into cloud gaming while continuing its public dispute with Apple, Ant Group prepares for a massive IPO and Pinterest embraces iOS widgets. This is your Daily Crunch for October 26, 2020. The big story: Facebook launches cloud gaming service Facebook is launching a cloud gaming service of its very own, although the focus […]
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Fragomen, a law firm used by Google, confirms data breach

Mon, 26 Oct 2020 21:31:19 +0000
Immigration law firm Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy has confirmed a data breach involving the personal information of current and former Google employees. The New York-based law firm provides companies with employment verification screening services to determine if employees are eligible and authorized to work in the United States. Every company operating in the […]
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Teaching robots through positive reinforcement

Mon, 26 Oct 2020 20:51:44 +0000
There likely isn’t a robotics teacher institute in the world actively pursuing robotic learning. The field, after all, holds the key to unlocking a lot of potential for the industry. One of the things that makes it so remarkable is the myriad different approaches so many researchers are taking to unlock the secrets of helping […]
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Dallas’ ShearShare has a marketplace connecting stylists with available seats at salons and $2.3 million in funding

Mon, 26 Oct 2020 20:21:20 +0000
Courtney Caldwell and her husband Tye have been building the Dallas-based startup ShearShare, which provides a marketplace service connecting stylists with open seats at hair salons, since 2017. Since their launch the two co-founders have been committed to the humble hustle of starting their own business — including flying between San Francisco and Dallas weekly […]
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Twitter starts showing all US users election misinformation warnings

Mon, 26 Oct 2020 19:41:27 +0000
Starting today, Twitter users in the U.S. will see two large notices at the top of their feeds that aim to “preemptively debunk” misinformation related to voting. The striking messages are designed to push back against the deluge of false claims about the 2020 election. One notice warns users that they “might encounter misleading information” […]
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Max Q: NASA makes key discovery for future of deep space exploration

Mon, 26 Oct 2020 19:19:30 +0000
Max Q is a weekly newsletter from TechCrunch all about space. Sign up here to receive it weekly on Sundays in your inbox. This past week, we unveiled the agenda for TC Sessions: Space for the first time. It’s our inaugural event focused on space startups and related technologies, and it’s happening December 16 and […]
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Good and bad board members (and what to do about them)

Mon, 26 Oct 2020 19:11:04 +0000
Ryan Caldbeck, co-founder and former CEO of consumer-brands-focused crowdfunding site CircleUp, recently published an email he’d written to a former director on the board of the company. According to Caldbeck, he wrote the letter after CircleUp had bought out the investor’s firm because he wanted to provide constructive feedback, given that this individual’s “involvement was […]
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Freshworks (re-)launches its CRM service

Mon, 26 Oct 2020 18:56:21 +0000
Freshworks, the customer and employee engagement company that offers a range of products, from call center and customer support software to HR tools and marketing automation services, today announced the launch of its newest product: Freshworks CRM. The new service, which the company built on top of its new Freshworks Neo platform, is meant to […]
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DataFleets keeps private data useful and useful data private with federated learning and $4.5M seed

Mon, 26 Oct 2020 18:40:29 +0000
As you may already know, there’s a lot of data out there, and some of it could actually be pretty useful. But privacy and security considerations often put strict limitations on how it can be used or analyzed. DataFleets promises a new approach by which databases can be safely accessed and analyzed without the possibility […]
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Decrypted: How Twitter was hacked, GitHub DMCA backfires

Mon, 26 Oct 2020 18:27:38 +0000
One week to the U.S. presidential election and things are getting spicy. It’s not just the rhetoric — hackers are actively working to disrupt the election, officials have said, and last week they came with a concrete example and an unusually quick pointing of blame. On Wednesday night, Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe blamed […]
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Mailman’s new Gmail assistant aims to tame your inbox

Mon, 26 Oct 2020 17:02:30 +0000
A new startup, Mailman, recently launched an email assistant that helps Gmail users to get better control over their inbox. Unlike many email startups, which require users to switch to a new platform or even adopt a new email address, Mailman works along with your existing Gmail account to do things like block annoying emails, […]
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Hubilo raises $4.5 million, led by Lightspeed, to focus on virtual events

Mon, 26 Oct 2020 17:00:46 +0000
Earlier this year, the founders of event analytics platform Hubilo pivoted to become a virtual events platform to survive the impact of COVID-19. Today, the startup announced it has raised a $4.5 million seed round, led by Lightspeed, and says it expects to exceed $10 million bookings run rate and host more than one million […]
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NASA discovers water on the surface of the sunlit portion of the moon

Mon, 26 Oct 2020 16:44:30 +0000
NASA has made a groundbreaking discovery — confirming the presence of water on the surface of moon in the area that is exposed to sunlight. Previously, we knew that water was present as ice on the dark part of the moon, and that’s part of the reason that the next mission to the moon is […]
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The No-Code Generation is arriving

Mon, 26 Oct 2020 16:26:11 +0000
In the distant past, there was a proverbial “digital divide” that bifurcated workers into those who knew how to use computers and those who didn’t.[1] Young Gen Xers and their later millennial companions grew up with Power Macs and Wintel boxes, and that experience made them native users on how to make these technologies do […]
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This startup wants to fix the broken structure of internships

Mon, 26 Oct 2020 16:23:41 +0000
Internships are an opportunity for students to experiment with new career paths and land a full-time offer ahead of graduation. For companies, the weeks-long programs help recruit and train job-ready hires. While the stakes are high, the coronavirus-spurred office closures and market volatility made a number of tech companies slim down or cancel their internship […]
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