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  • Philippines payment processing startup PayMongo lands $12 million Series A led by Stripe
    by Catherine Shu on September 28, 2020 at 1:02 am

    Stripe has led a $12 million Series A round in Manila-based online payment platform PayMongo, the startup announced today. PayMongo, which offers an online payments API for businesses in the Philippines, was the first Filipino-owned financial tech startup to take part in Y Combinator’s accelerator program. Y Combinator and Global Founders Capital, another previous investor, […]

  • Trump administration’s TikTok ban has been delayed
    by Zack Whittaker on September 28, 2020 at 12:25 am

    A U.S. federal court has said a ban on TikTok will not go into effect on Monday as scheduled. The move to delay the anticipated ban will allow Americans to continue using the app while the court considers the ban’s legality and whether the app poses a risk to national security as the Trump administration claims. […]

  • This is how police request customer data from Amazon
    by Zack Whittaker on September 27, 2020 at 1:00 pm

    Anyone can access portions of a web portal, used by law enforcement to request customer data from Amazon, even though the portal is supposed to require a verified email address and password. Amazon’s law enforcement request portal allows police and federal agents to submit formal requests for customer data along with a legal order, like […]

  • Is your startup the next TikTok?
    by Eric Eldon on September 26, 2020 at 6:00 pm

    Editor’s note: Get this free weekly recap of TechCrunch news that any startup can use by email every Saturday morning (7 a.m. PT). Subscribe here. And I don’t mean building an app that gets the world addicted to short-form videos. I mean, where you build a huge company that spans the world and then get turned into […]

  • This Week in Apps: Redesigning the iOS 14 home screen, app makers form ‘fairness’ coalition, latest on TikTok ban
    by Sarah Perez on September 26, 2020 at 4:26 pm

    Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the TechCrunch series that recaps the latest OS news, the applications they support and the money that flows through it all. The app industry is as hot as ever, with a record 204 billion downloads and $120 billion in consumer spending in 2019. People are now spending three hours and 40 minutes per day […]

  • Postmates cuts losses in Q2 as it heads towards tie-up with Uber
    by Danny Crichton on September 25, 2020 at 10:53 pm

    Popular food delivery service Postmates is in the process of merging with Uber in a blockbuster $2.65 billion deal that would see it join forces with its food delivery competitor, Uber Eats. The deal remains under antitrust scrutiny, and has not yet been approved for closing. The deal is expected to close in the first […]

  • Daily Crunch: Reviewing the new Apple Watch
    by Anthony Ha on September 25, 2020 at 10:10 pm

    We’ve got an in-depth review of the Apple Watch Series 6, Apple gives Facebook a temporary break on App Store fees and Alexis Ohanian is raising a new fund. This is your Daily Crunch for September 25, 2020. The big story: Reviewing the new Apple Watch Brian Heater has already been writing about the Apple […]

  • Black founders face a unique set of challenges
    by Megan Rose Dickey on September 25, 2020 at 10:06 pm

    The notion that Black people in America need to work twice as hard as others to succeed may be a depressing sentiment, but it has been deeply ingrained into the psyches of many African-Americans. At TechCrunch Disrupt, several Black founders spoke about some of the burdens that come along with being a Black person in […]

  • NASA commissions report to show its economic impact: $64B and 312K jobs
    by Devin Coldewey on September 25, 2020 at 8:59 pm

    Perhaps anticipating budget pushback from the federal government, NASA has released its first-ever agency-wide economic report, documenting the agency’s impact on the nation’s jobs and cash flow. Everyone knew NASA was impactful, but now we know exactly how impactful it is, some $64 billion and more than 300,000 jobs’ worth in FY2019. It seems clear […]

  • 4 things to remember when adapting AI/ML learning models during a pandemic
    by Walter Thompson on September 25, 2020 at 8:43 pm

    The progress seen in AI/machine learning leading up to and during the pandemic cannot be ignored, but this crisis brings with it a unique opportunity for updates and innovation in modeling. […]

  • Here’s where scientists think the next epidemic is most likely to start
    by The Conversation on September 27, 2020 at 6:00 pm

    Viruses jumping from animals to humans have been the starting point of numerous outbreaks, from Ebola to Zika. Given the similarity of SARS-CoV-2 to coronaviruses found in bats, this probably marked the beginning of COVID-19 too. We know that viruses have passed from animals to humans throughout history, and will continue to do so. But the factors that influence the geographical origin of these events is less clear, despite being highly important. Knowing where they occur can help us understand the factors behind a virus crossing species, in particular, by looking at the traits of viruses circulating in the ecosystem… This story continues at The Next Web […]

  • TimeSync Pro makes sure your schedule doesn’t waste your time or screw up your day
    by TNW Deals on September 27, 2020 at 2:00 pm

    TLDR: TimeSync Pro saves you time and headaches by taking full control of your scheduling and contacts. Decentralized remote workforces have quickly become the routine. While eradicating the commute and never having to wear pants to work in your home office are huge upsides, there are a couple of drawbacks too.  In many cases, workers no longer enjoy the in-house computer network of their workplace, which means everybody is doing their own thing when it comes to stuff like scheduling. If you thought it was tough to corral everybody in the sales team for a meeting when you were all… This story continues at The Next Web […]

  • The high privacy cost of a ‘free’ website
    by The Markup on September 27, 2020 at 2:00 pm

    Kara Zajac said SPART*A, a small nonprofit serving transgender military service members and veterans, helped her begin her transition while in the Navy. To give back, she volunteered to build the group’s website in her spare time after leaving the military—and kept her eye on a key value: privacy. “I don’t track users,” Zajac said. “Not everyone in the military is wanting to be known for being trans. They might not be out yet. So any time we can protect privacy in that way, we try to do it.” She said she only allowed three trackers on spartapride.org: cookies from… This story continues at The Next Web […]

  • The 4 most promising worlds for alien life in the solar system
    by The Conversation on September 27, 2020 at 9:00 am

    The Earth’s biosphere contains all the known ingredients necessary for life as we know it. Broadly speaking these are liquid water, at least one source of energy, and an inventory of biologically useful elements and molecules. But the recent discovery of possibly biogenic phosphine in the clouds of Venus reminds us that at least some of these ingredients exist elsewhere in the solar system too. So where are the other most promising locations for extra-terrestrial life? [Read: Are EVs too expensive? Here are 5 common myths, debunked] Mars Mars is one of the most Earth-like worlds in the solar system.… This story continues at The Next Web […]

  • SEO and Google Ads aren’t just web magic. Businesses need to know them. This training can make them all clear
    by TNW Deals on September 26, 2020 at 2:00 pm

    TLDR: The Ultimate Google Ads and SEO Certification Bundle offer all web business owners insight into how to take control of their digital marketing fate. There’s a reason why Google’s parent company is the fifth richest company in the world. Because when you virtually control huge swathes of internet commerce, you’re bound to end up with some stunningly large coffers. Google accounts for 75 percent of all desktop search traffic and 95 percent of all mobile search traffic on the web. Search engine optimization (SEO) drives over 1,000 percent more traffic than organic social media. And over 80 percent of… This story continues at The Next Web […]

  • Facebook’s VR isn’t about gaming, it’s about data — surprise, surprise
    by The Conversation on September 26, 2020 at 11:00 am

    Facebook has announced the latest version of its successful standalone virtual reality (VR) headset, the Oculus Quest 2. The new device packs more computing power and a sharper screen than its predecessor, and is also US$100 cheaper. In the video above, Facebook’s Oculus Quest 2 (from AUD$479) — a powerful wireless VR headset for gaming and, Facebook hopes, much more.The Oculus Quest 2 is the latest step in Facebook’s long-term strategy of making VR more accessible and popular. Facebook recently brought all its VR work under the umbrella of Facebook Reality Labs, it has announced new applications like the Infinite… This story continues at The Next Web […]

  • How to solve any design problem by understanding its roots
    by José Torre on September 26, 2020 at 11:00 am

    In this article, you’ll learn (or remember) what is the one thing you need to start solving any problem. I wrote this originally for a talk I gave a while ago, and I also posted a video on my youtube channel, but I adapted it so you can read it. Ok… let’s start with a story. The drill saga I lived in Amsterdam for 3 years. When I moved there I was very lucky to find an apartment in a building that was recently finished. My wife and I were the first people to ever live in our apartment, and the building even… This story continues at The Next Web […]

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