• Google takes on AWS and Azure in India with Airtel cloud deal
    by Manish Singh on January 20, 2020 at 10:00 am

    Google has inked a deal with India’s third-largest telecom operator as the American giant looks to grow its cloud customer base in the key overseas market that is increasingly emerging as a new cloud battleground for AWS and Microsoft . Google Cloud announced on Monday that the new partnership, effective starting today, enables Airtel to […]

  • France improves stock options policies for startup employees
    by Romain Dillet on January 20, 2020 at 8:00 am

    A couple of weeks ago, France’s digital minister Cédric O announced some changes when it comes to stock options in France. President Emmanuel Macron is going to talk about the new policy today ahead of the World Economic Forum. While I don’t want to be too technical, here’s a quick overview of the changes. First, […]

  • Catalyst Fund gets $15M from JP Morgan, UK Aid to back 30 EM fintech startups
    by Jake Bright on January 20, 2020 at 5:09 am

    The Catalyst Fund has gained $15 million in new support from JP Morgan and UK Aid and will back 30 fintech startups in Africa, Asia, and Latin America over the next three years. The Boston based accelerator provides mentorship and non-equity funding to early-stage tech ventures focused on driving financial inclusion in emerging and frontier […]

  • Open banking platform Tink raises €90M at a post-money valuation of €415M
    by Steve O'Hear on January 20, 2020 at 5:00 am

    Tink, the European open banking platform, is disclosing €90 million in new funding, just 11 months after the Sweden-headquartered company announced a €56 million round of funding. Co-leading this new round is Dawn Capital, HMI Capital and Insight Partners. The round also includes the incumbent postal operator and Italy’s largest financial services network Poste Italiane […]

  • Samsung invests $500M to set up a smartphone display plant in India
    by Manish Singh on January 19, 2020 at 11:00 pm

    Samsung, which once led India’s smartphone market, is investing $500 million in its India operations to set up a manufacturing plant on the outskirts of New Delhi to produce displays. The company disclosed the investment and its plan in a filing to the local regulator earlier this month. The South Korean giant said the plant […]

  • In Los Angeles, the Women’s March embraces technology to organize and inspire
    by Jonathan Shieber on January 19, 2020 at 8:30 pm

    The roughly 300,000 marchers that filled the streets of downtown Los Angeles for the third annual Women’s March received more than just an opportunity to hear from some of the state’s high powered politicians, they were also part of a new experiment from local March organizers in bringing technology into the movement. Using an organizational […]

  • China Roundup: Tencent’s new US gaming studio and WeChat’s new paywall
    by Rita Liao on January 19, 2020 at 7:03 pm

    Hello and welcome back to TechCrunch’s China Roundup, a digest of recent events shaping the Chinese tech landscape and what they mean to people in the rest of the world. The spotlight this week is back on Tencent, which has made some interesting moves in gaming and content publishing. There will be no roundup next […]

  • SpaceX could catch future Crew Dragons with astronauts onboard using ships at sea
    by Darrell Etherington on January 19, 2020 at 5:36 pm

    SpaceX demonstrated a safety system that will protect astronauts in the case of any unfortunate unforeseen accidents in future Crew Dragon flights, which included the spacecraft splashing down in the Atlantic Ocean. But during a post-mission press conference, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk suggested future return trips for the human-rated spacecraft could look very different. Musk […]

  • First crewed SpaceX Dragon spacecraft launch could happen in Q2 this year
    by Darrell Etherington on January 19, 2020 at 5:14 pm

    SpaceX and NASA hosted a press conference following their successful test of the Crew Dragon’s in-flight abort system on Sunday to discuss the mission and next steps. The first question asked by media in attendance was about what this means for the timeline for a mission with actual crew on board, and SpaceX CEO Elon […]

  • Shadows’ Dylan Flinn and Kombo’s Kevin Gould on the business of ‘virtual influencers’
    by Eric Peckham on January 19, 2020 at 4:24 pm

    In films, TV shows and books — and even in video games where characters are designed to respond to user behavior — we don’t perceive characters as beings with whom we can establish two-way relationships. But that’s poised to change, at least in some use cases. Interactive characters — fictional, virtual personas capable of personalized […]

  • Australian bushfires didn’t just destroy specific species, but entire ecosystems
    by The Conversation on January 20, 2020 at 11:02 am

    The sheer scale and intensity of the Australian bushfire crisis have led to apocalyptic scenes making the front pages of newspapers the world over. An estimated 10 million hectares (100,000 sq km) of land have burned since 1 July 2019. At least 28 people have died. And over a billion animals are estimated to have been killed to date. Of course, the actual toll will be much higher if major animal groups, such as insects, are included in these estimates. The impacts of climate change – in particular, the consequences of the increasing frequency of extreme weather events on all… This story continues at The Next Web […]

  • Moonday Mornings: It’s 2020 and the OneCoin scam is still alive
    by Matthew Beedham on January 20, 2020 at 10:12 am

    Welcome to Moonday Mornings, Hard Fork’s wrap-up of the weekend’s cryptocurrency and blockchain headlines you shouldn’t miss. Take a look what happened over the last few days. 1. Canadian authorities issue new guidance for cryptocurrency exchanges The Canadian Securities Administration (CSA) issued new terms, which seek to determine which digital asset exchanges fall under derivatives law, last week. The “Guidance on the Application of Securities Legislation to Entities Facilitating the Trading of Crypto Assets” draws a line between exchanges that pay out to users immediately and those that hold assets for users. Those that hold the assets will fall under… This story continues at The Next Web […]

  • Satoshi Nakaboto: ‘Crypto Twitter explodes over sceptic Peter Schiff losing all his Bitcoin’
    by Satoshi Nakaboto on January 20, 2020 at 10:10 am

    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 Machiavelli used to say: To infinity, and beyond! Bitcoin price We closed the day, January 19 2020, at a price of $8,706. That’s a notable 2.63 percent decline in 24 hours, or -$235.20. It was the lowest closing price in five days. We’re still 56 percent below Bitcoin‘s all-time high of $20,089 (December 17 2017). Bitcoin market cap Bitcoin’s market cap ended the day… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Bitcoin,Twitter […]

  • Sundar Pichai says AI should be regulated, asks governments to step up
    by Ivan Mehta on January 20, 2020 at 8:44 am

    Alphabet and Google CEO Sundar Pichai wrote an op-ed in the Financial Times today outlining the need for regulating AI. Pichai highlighted that deepfakes and “repressive uses of facial recognition” are of great concern at the moment. He added companies like Google can’t just build technology without regulation: Companies such as ours cannot just build promising new technology and let market forces decide how it will be used. It is equally incumbent on us to make sure that technology is harnessed for good and available to everyone. In 2018, Google published its AI principles outlining its moral values in the field.… This story continues at The Next Web […]

  • Elon Musk: SpaceX will send NASA astronauts to space in Q2
    by Ivan Mehta on January 20, 2020 at 5:51 am

    Elon Musk said last night that SpaceX plans to send NASA astronauts to space between April and June. The mission, dubbed as Demo-2, will see the crew rocket up to the International Space Station for several days. SpaceX just completed a successful uncrewed test of its Crew Dragon capsule’s in-flight launch escape capabilities last night. Watch live as SpaceX tests Crew Dragon’s in-flight launch escape capabilities — SpaceX (@SpaceX) January 19, 2020 [Read: SpaceX aims to provide consumers broadband through Starlink by next year] Speaking with the press after the test, Musk said the company expects the crewed mission’s hardware… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: NASA,SpaceX […]

  • The next big privacy scare is a face recognition tool you’ve never heard of
    by Abhimanyu Ghoshal on January 20, 2020 at 5:36 am

    The global debate on the use of facial recognition by governments and law enforcement just got a lot more intense. Over the weekend, the New York Times’ Kashmir Hill published an eye-opening piece detailing a relatively unknown firm offering facial recognition services to roughly 600 US law enforcement agencies, with an image library more than seven times larger than that of the FBI. It’s a Peter Thiel-funded company called Clearview AI, and its service matches faces from images you upload with those in its database of some three billion photos. These pictures have been scraped from ‘millions’ of websites, including… This story continues at The Next Web […]

  • AirPods can damage your hearing — here’s how Apple could prevent it
    by Hiroo Aoyama on January 19, 2020 at 5:00 pm

    I want you to pause for a moment and think about how much time you spent listening to music today. Maybe it’s 30 minutes? Or an hour? According to Nielsen Music, on average, Americans now spend just slightly more than 32 hours a week listening to music — that’s approximately 4.5 hours per day. Now, I want you to think about how often you’ve noticed that your music is too loud. According to a study in 2019, many of you will probably answer never. Without much awareness of the music volume for that many hours, AirPods could lead to hearing loss. In this article, I… This story continues at The Next Web […]

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