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Decrypted: As tech giants rally against Hong Kong security law, Apple holds out
by Zack Whittaker on 2020-07-14 at 17:45
It’s not often Silicon Valley gets behind a single cause. Supporting net neutrality was one, reforming government surveillance another. Last week, Big Tech took up its latest: halting any cooperation with Hong Kong police. Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Twitter, and even China-headquartered TikTok said last week they would no longer respond to demands for user data
Social Construct’s computer-optimized buildings could shake construction industry’s foundations
by Devin Coldewey on 2020-07-14 at 17:33
Construction is one of the largest industries still resisting the call of the 21st century, its practitioners opting for decades-old but tried and true methods. Ben Huh, of Cheezburger fame, aims to modernize the planning and assembly of buildings with software-generated floorplans and rooms that fit together like LEGO bricks. Huh’s new company, Social Construct,
The IPO market stays hot, as nCino prices above range and Jamf targets a ~$2B valuation
by Alex Wilhelm on 2020-07-14 at 16:57
Despite some market chop, the U.S. IPO market is still active, with fresh debut nCino pricing above its elevated price range, and Jamf moving to start its pricing process after filing to go public at the end of June. In addition to the pricing news, yesterday evening saw e-commerce software company BigCommerce commence its own
ClassPass co-founder Sanjiv Sanghavi joins Arcadia, bringing consumer marketing savvy to clean energy
by Jonathan Shieber on 2020-07-14 at 16:46
“Helping navigate the elusiveness of product market fit” is how Sanjiv Sanghavi, the co-founder of ClassPass and itinerant startup executive describes his roles at different companies. From ClassPass through Knotel, Sanghavi has shepherded several businesses to growth and over a billion dollar valuations, now he’s looking to bring that branding and marketing savvy to the
OpenCV AI Kit aims to do for computer vision what Raspberry Pi did for hobbyist hardware
by Devin Coldewey on 2020-07-14 at 16:45
A new gadget called the OpenCV AI Kit, or OAK, looks to replicate the success of Raspberry Pi and other minimal computing solutions, but for the growing fields of computer vision and 3D perception. Its new multi-camera PCBs pack a lot of capability into a small, open-source unit and are now seeking funding on Kickstarter.
Announcing The TechCrunch List, a founder-friendly directory of first check and lead VCs
by Danny Crichton on 2020-07-14 at 16:15
Nothing is more important for founders than finding their first check or the investor who will lead their round, and yet, finding the right VCs to invest in their startups is an arduous and agonizing prospect. By some counts, there are now tens of thousands of VCs scattered across all corners of the globe, investing
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Microsoft Warns of a 17-Year-Old ‘Wormable’ Bug
by Andy Greenberg on 2020-07-14 at 17:51
The SigRed vulnerability exists in Windows DNS, used by practically every small and medium-sized organization in the world.
Your Car Is Spewing Microplastics That Blow Around the World
by Matt Simon on 2020-07-14 at 15:00
When you drive, tiny bits of plastic fly off your tires and brakes. Now scientists have shown how all that road muck is blowing into “pristine” environments like the Arctic.
Kano's New Kid-Friendly Laptop Is Cheap and Repairable
by Scott Gilbertson on 2020-07-14 at 13:00
Kano's partnership with Microsoft brings the Kano PC to schools, and it still retains the colorful, hands-on, DIY-spirit of earlier models.
Google Moves to Secure the Cloud From Itself
by Lily Hay Newman on 2020-07-14 at 12:00
Confidential Virtual Machines allows Google Cloud Services Customers to keep data secret—even when it's being actively processed.
Urban Arrow Family Review: The Best Electric Cargo Bike
by Adrienne So on 2020-07-14 at 12:00
This light, maneuverable front-loader comes with padded seats that make it the best electric cargo bicycle for a family.
Could Trump Win the War on Huawei—and Is TikTok Next?
by Garrett M. Graff on 2020-07-14 at 11:00
In a plot twist, the administration’s assault on the Chinese telecom giant is gaining traction. At heart, the US has an interest in its own electronic surveillance capabilities.