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An exciting display upgrade is coming to more phones this year

If you want a new smartphone right now, you only have a few design options to choose from. Every iPhone other than the iPhone SE has the same notch at the top. Similarly, most Android handsets have hole-punch screens. There’s also a limited third category that includes foldable phones. But they’re all Android devices, and…

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Trusted leaker says Apple mixed reality glasses will launch in 2022

Reports from several sources claim that Apple is working on various smart glass products that will deliver augmented (AR) and virtual reality (VR) experiences — a mixed reality (MR) device would combine AR and VR features. The MR headset should be the first to launch, featuring a design similar to other VR glasses available in…

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Spotify might crush an exciting new Apple service before it even launches

During its Spring Loaded special event on April 20th, Apple announced that paid subscriptions would be coming to the Podcasts app, allowing podcasters to charge listeners money for access to their shows. Starting this May, all creators will be able to sell premium subscriptions to their shows that can include benefits such as ad-free listening,…

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Bobby Goodlatte has designs on how to succeed in venture, and so far, so good

Bobby Goodlatte has only been an investor for about a decade, but he appears to have already made tens of millions of dollars, contrary to the expectations of some traditional VCs who have privately, and publicly, griped that too many novice investors have flooded into the industry. “I remember a very prominent investor saying at…

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Apple’s AirTags are selling out, but use this trick to get yours on time

Apple unveiled plenty of new hardware this week, but the new iPad Pro, iMac, and Apple TV are refreshes of existing products in Apple’s lineup. The only exception is the AirTag, Apple’s first brand new product since the first-gen AirPods. Apple’s tracker works just like similar smartphone-connected devices from competitors, helping you find missing items…

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Mozilla spins out Pyodide Python-in-the-browser project

Pyodide has been spun out by Mozilla into an independent, community-driven project. Consisting of the CPython 3.8 interpreter compiled to WebAssembly, Pyodide allows Python to run in web browsers. The Pyodide project has a new home in a separate GitHub organization, at github.com/pyodide, with documentation at pyodide.org. The project will be maintained by volunteers. A…

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Honda targets 100% EV sales in North America by 2040

Honda’s new goal is to achieve 100% EV sales in North America by 2040 as part of its broader target of being carbon neutral by 2050. CEO Toshihiro Mibe announced the planned shift away from internal combustion engines at a news conference on Friday, his first since taking over executive leadership of the company in…

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Filing: Snap paid $124M for Fit Analytics as it gears up for a bigger e-commerce push

Earlier this year we reported on how Snap had acquired Berlin-based Fit Analytics, an AI-based fitting technology startup, as part of a wider push into e-commerce services, specifically to gain technology that can help prospective online shoppers get a better sense of how a particular item or size would fit them. A 10-Q filing from…

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Daily Crunch: Meet Disney Imagineering’s new robot

We get up close with a robotic Groot, SpaceX has a successful astronaut launch and cryptocurrency prices tumble. This is your Daily Crunch for April 23, 2021. The big story: Meet Disney Imagineering’s new robot Disney Imagineering’s Project Kiwi represents a real robotics milestone — a free-walking robot that seems to fully capture the personality…

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Passwordstate users warned to ‘reset all passwords’ after attackers plant malicious update

Click Studios, the Australian software house that develops the enterprise password manager Passwordstate, has warned customers to reset passwords across their organizations after a cyberattack on the password manager. An email sent by Click Studios to customers said the company had confirmed that attackers had “compromised” the password manager’s software update feature in order to…

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Apple has yet to fix a scary security flaw that hackers can use in AirDrop

Apple has made user privacy a priority for years, pushing even further with its latest iOS update by forcing all app developers to ask iPhone owners if they want to be tracked. These are positive steps toward putting users in control of their data, but according to a new report from security researchers at Germany’s…

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Hawke Ventures raises $5.6M to back digital marketing startups

Hawke Ventures, the investment arm of marketing consultancy Hawke Media, is announcing that it has closed its first $5.6 million venture fund. Managing Partner Drew Leahy acknowledged that the firm’s focus on marketing technology isn’t exactly in high demand among other VCs right now. “People are running away from martech […] but that’s our circle…

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Two investors weigh in: is your SPAC just a PIPE dream?

Hope Cochran Contributor Hope Cochran is an investor at Madrona Venture Group, where she invests in early stage Fintech and ML/AI Applications for the business environment. Ishani Ummat Contributor Share on Twitter Ishani Ummat is an investor at Madrona Venture Group who focuses on sourcing and evaluating new investment opportunities, as well as supporting the…

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Amazon holding vaccination event for thousands of workers at fulfillment center south of Seattle

An Amazon employee is handed a mask while entering a fulfillment center in Kent, Wash., before a shift in the massive package handling warehouse. (GeekWire File Photo / Kurt Schlosser) Amazon is expecting thousands of its operations employees at a COVID-19 vaccination event on Monday at the company’s fulfillment center in Kent, Wash. It’s the…

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2021 should be a banner year for biotech startups that make smart choices early

Michael B. Gray Contributor Share on Twitter Michael B. Gray is partner and leader of the private equity, venture capital and growth companies practice, Neal Gerber Eisenberg. John Flavin Contributor Share on Twitter John Flavin is founder and CEO of Portal Innovations, LLC. Last year was a record 12 months for venture-backed biotech and pharma…

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Extra Crunch roundup: Klaviyo EC-1, micromobility’s second wave, UiPath CFO interview, more

Origin stories are satisfying because we already know the hero will overcome the odds — and in doing so, they’ll reveal their core strengths. This week, we published a four-part series about how Klaviyo co-founders Andrew Bialecki and Ed Hallen bootstrapped their startup into an e-commerce marketing automation platform now valued at $4.15 billion. Neither…

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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….

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Engineered earworms on TikTok aren’t that far off from disinfo campaigns

Ever since I read this Bloomberg story about how songs are engineered to go viral on TikTok, I’ve had one thought in my head – if you can call it that – it’s more of a noise, or impression:  AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH Yes, it’s the sound of internally screaming. Just when I thought I understood how deeply…

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Why are There so Many Techno-Optimists?

Spanning from Silicon Valley to Upper Manhattan and everywhere in between, it seems this country is overflowing with tech-optimists. As you know — a techno-optimist is someone who is generally optimistic about the current state of technology and its potential future. These people believe that technological developments will do more good for humanity than harm…

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