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TechCrunch | July 24, 2021, 3 p.m.

As college students at Berkeley, Spencer Kimball and Peter Mattis created a successful open-source graphics program, GIMP, which got the attention of Google. The duo ultimately joined Google, and even personally got kudos from Sergey Brin and Larry Page. Kimball and Mattis quickly rose to prominence within the company, and then chose to leave it […]

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Man Gets 5 Years in ‘Swatting’ Death of Tennessee Grandfather

New York Times | July 24, 2021, 10:10 a.m.

Mark Herring had a fatal heart attack after the police swarmed his house following a fake emergency call. He had been targeted because of his coveted Twitter handle, @Tennessee.

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Should we be worried about insurtech valuations?

TechCrunch | July 24, 2021, 2 p.m.

Welcome back to The TechCrunch Exchange, a weekly startups-and-markets newsletter for your weekend enjoyment.

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Start-ups will suffer from antitrust bills meant to target Big Tech, VCs charge

CNBC | July 24, 2021, 10:44 a.m.

Congress is considering a slate of new antitrust laws to rein in Big Tech power, including merger restrictions on the largest firms.

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Porn Showed Upon on Legit News Sites Thanks to Internet Rot

Wired | July 24, 2021, 10:37 a.m.

Plus: China's pipeline probing, a Chromebook debacle, and more of the week's top security news.

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How AI Will Help Keep Time at the Tokyo Olympics

Wired | July 24, 2021, 10 a.m.

Omega, the official timekeeper of the Games, is now using computer vision and motion sensors for events like swimming, gymnastics, and beach volleyball.

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We just got our best-ever look at the inside of Mars

Technology Review | July 23, 2021, 5 p.m.

NASA’s InSight robotic lander has just given us our first look deep inside a planet other than Earth.  More than two years after its launch, seismic data that InSight collected has given researchers hints into how Mars was formed, how it has evolved over 4.6 billion years, and how it differs from Earth. A set of three new studies, published in Science this week, suggests that Mars has a…

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Zoom's lightning-fast ascent to $100 billion made big acquisitions a sudden priority

CNBC | July 24, 2021, 10:10 a.m.

Zoom's $14.7 billion acquisition of Five9, one of the largest cloud transactions on record, is the first sign of the company using its hefty market to do deals.

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China’s digital yuan could pose challenges to the U.S. dollar

CNBC | July 24, 2021, 10 a.m.

Researchers are digging into Central Bank Digital Currencies and what a CBDC could look like in the U.S.

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Buildings are a bigger contributor to climate change than cars — these start-ups are trying to help

CNBC | July 24, 2021, 10 a.m.

If we're going to solve climate change, we need to rapidly decarbonize buildings. Here are the companies working to get buildings off of fossil fuels for good.

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Your Kid Survived Summer Camp Without Screens. Now What?

Wall Street Journal | July 24, 2021, 10 a.m.

Many children have to give up digital devices and social media at summer camp, cold turkey—providing an excellent opportunity to reset the tech rules at home.

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Cities Aren't the Wildlife 'Deserts' Scientists Once Feared

Wired | July 24, 2021, 9 a.m.

As more animals are spotted in urban areas, researchers recognize how cities can play a significant role in fostering biodiversity.

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How to Upgrade Your Home Audio for Music or Movies

Wired | July 24, 2021, 9 a.m.

No one ever regrets investing in a better home sound system. Our advice and gear recommendations can help.

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The 16 Best Weekend Deals on Headphones, Soundbars, and More

Wired | July 24, 2021, 8 a.m.

We found discounts on a MacBook Pro, an Instant Pot, and the newest Amazon Fire tablet.

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Space Jam and the Fury of an Algorithm Scorned

Wired | July 24, 2021, 8 a.m.

The reboot—along with Netflix’s The Mitchells vs. the Machines—portray vengeful AIs as jilted geniuses. That revolution shouldn’t be televised.

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Biden Has to Play Hardball with Internet Platforms

Wired | July 24, 2021, 8 a.m.

The president needs to prioritize Americans' wellbeing over Big Tech's whims to begin a path to restoring democracy, privacy, and competition.

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China Roundup: Kai-Fu Lee’s first Europe bet, WeRide buys a truck startup

TechCrunch | July 24, 2021, 1 p.m.

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. Despite the geopolitical headwinds for foreign tech firms to enter China, many companies, especially those that find a dependable partner, are still forging ahead. For this […]

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Cloudflare Complaint Pinpoints Amazon’s Antitrust Weak Spot

The Information | July 23, 2021, 9 p.m.

Today’s blog post from top executives at Cloudflare blasting Amazon Web Services for the “egregious” fees it charges customers who move their data out of AWS’ servers raises an interesting question. Could the most fertile ground for pursuing antitrust action against Amazon lie in its cloud business, not the ecommerce business that gets all the attention from business media and politicians?Amazon’s outrageously high “egress” fees, as they’re known, are no secret. We’ve written about them in the past and last year’s House Judiciary Committee report into competition in digital markets dug into the subject as well. That report noted that these fees are one of “several common techniques” used by cloud providers to “lock in customers.” Cloudflare’s blog, written by CEO Matthew Prince and a senior Cloudflare executive named Nitin Rao, note that Amazon doesn’t charge for data transferred into its network, only for transfers out. Their conclusion is that AWS’ rationale is “locking customers into the cloud and making it prohibitively expensive to get customer data back out.”

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Low code: A promising trend or a Pandora’s Box?

VentureBeat | July 24, 2021, 10:21 a.m.

The analyst community is having a field day hyping “low code," but several low-code downsides will become clear with time.

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The F.T.C. asks for an extension to refile its Facebook antitrust suit.

New York Times | July 23, 2021, 7:52 p.m.

The F.T.C. said in its request that it had reached an agreement with Facebook over the proposed extension.

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Boxed, BuzzFeed Debt Deals Show New Financing Option for SPAC Mergers

The Information | July 23, 2021, 3:24 p.m.

In early March, when online retailer Boxed decided to go public through a merger with a special purpose acquisition company, it expected to raise $150 million by selling equity. But the company failed to attract investors, according to securities filings.To raise cash for its business—which Boxed estimated would lose $200 million before reaching profitability—the company instead got an $87.5 million loan from public stock investors by issuing convertible notes. That arrangement didn’t come cheap. Boxed agreed to pay 7% interest on the debt plus give holders of the note the right to potentially buy its future shares at a discounted price. The financing helped seal the deal for Boxed and illustrates how some companies are dealing with a more jittery SPAC market.

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