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Relatable and Neighbours: There goes the neighborhood - FML

Today, our neighbors have the most beautiful garden, with hundreds of crocuses in spring. Actually, that was our former neighbors. The new owners have since dug up all the flower bulbs, thrown them out, and replaced them with some lovely decorations made of old car tires. FML

Alphabet-backed primary care startup One Medical files to go public
Sarah Buhr

One Medical, a San Francisco-based primary care startup with tech-infused, concierge services filed for an IPO with the Securities and Exchange Commission today. Internal medicine doctor Tom Lee founded the startup, now valued at well-over $1 billion dollars, in 2007. Lee exited his company in 2017, leaving it in the hands of former UnitedHealth group […]

Google reportedly suspends select business with Huawei over U.S. ban
Brian Heater

The Trump administration Huawei ban is sure to have wide-ranging and long lasting effects for all parties. In the meantime, it seems, a number of those involved in the periphery are treading lightly in hope of not burning bridges on either side. Google has taken accidental center stage, in its role providing Android and a […]

Earios is a new podcast network for women creators
Anthony Ha

It might seem like you’ve now got podcasts covering any and every conceivable topic, but comedy writer and actor Maria Blascucci argued that there’s still “this whole untapped market” — namely, podcasts created by women. Certainly, some of the most successful shows are hosted by women — but if you look at a list of […]

Podimo, the podcast and short form audio subscription service, picks up €11.2M in new funding
Steve O'Hear

Podimo, the Copenhagen-founded subscription service for short form audio stories and podcasts, has raised an additional €11.2 million in funding. The round is led by Chr. Augustinus investment fund, and comes just 8 months after announcing its €6 million Series A. Existing investors, and the Spanish VC Aldea Opportunity Fund also participated. Founded in 2019, […]

Chinese podcasting and audio content app Lizhi debuts on Nasdaq
Catherine Shu

Lizhi, one of China’s biggest audio content apps, is debuting on Nasdaq today under the ticker symbol LIZI. It is the first of its major competitors, Ximalaya and Dragonfly, to go public (though Ximalaya is expected to also list in the United States later this year). Lizhi is offering 4.1 million shares at an IPO […]

Zuckerberg defends political ads that will be 0.5% of 2020 revenue
Josh Constine

As Jack Dorsey announced his company Twitter would drop all political ads, Facebook CEO Zuckerberg doubled-down on his policy of refusing to fact check politicians’ ads. “At times of social tension there has often been an urge to pull back on free expression . . . We will be best served over the long term […]

Amazon assembles video streaming apps to fight with Netflix and Disney in India
Manish Singh

Amazon has launched Prime Video Channels in India, allowing its customers to subscribe to eight streaming services including Discovery+ and Mubi from one hub, the latest in a series of efforts by the U.S. giant to win customers in the South Asian nation. The new offering makes it easier for users to login and pay […]

Scarlett Johansson files suit over Disney+ ‘Black Widow’ release
Brian Heater

With Scarlett Johansson’s time as an Avenger seemingly in the rearview, the “Black Widow” star has filed a breach of contract suit against Marvel-owner Disney. The lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court this week, alleges that the studio breached its agreement with the star when it released the film on Disney+ alongside its theatrical […]

Delivery, Relatable and Awkward: I'm normal, I swear - FML

Today, I was doing weird voice impressions for my friend right before the doorbell rang and I had the front window open. The postman looked at me strangely, handed me my parcel and didn't say a word. FML

GoPro makes stopping and starting simpler with motion, power, QR triggers
Devin Coldewey

GoPro may have started out at the intersection of capability and affordability in the action cam space, but since then it has increasingly leaned towards use by professionals or deployment by businesses. The latest features, announced at CES, underline that priority, making the cameras simpler and more automated for rentals and hands-free operation. If you’ve […]

Pixel 5 and 4a 5g get the same, improved cameras with rear ultrawide lens, Night Sight portraits and more
Darrell Etherington

Google made its newest smartphones official today, unveiling the much-leaked Pixel 4a 5g and Pixel 5. Both smartphones will get the same, improved cameras, despite a $200 price different between the models, which is great news for people who are specifically coming to Google for their excellent mobile camera tech. Here’s an overview of what […]

The Positive Grid Spark is a versatile smart amp perfect for guitarists stuck at home
Darrell Etherington

Powered amps for electric guitars have gotten some neat tricks powered by modern mobile tech over the years, but the new Positive Grid Spark ($299) might be the one that packs the most intelligence and versatility into a single package. From a companion app, to voice commands, to tunable modeling and home recording — on […]

Apple Music is using Shazam to solve the streaming industry’s problem with DJ mixes
Amanda Silberling

Apple Music announced today that it’s created a process to properly identify and compensate all of the individual creators involved in making a DJ mix. Using technology from the audio-recognition app Shazam, which Apple acquired in 2018 for $400 million, Apple Music is working with major and independent labels to devise a fair way to […]

Many Canon cameras can now automatically back up pictures to Google Photos
Darrell Etherington

Canon and Google today announced a new software integration that enables automatic Google Photos backup of pictures taken with select Canon cameras – a full list is available here, but it’s most of their recent interchangeable lens cameras dating back basically to when they started getting wifi on board. The auto backup feature will work via […]

Apple could reportedly announce Mac shift to its own ARM-based chips this month
Darrell Etherington

For years now, analysts and unconfirmed reports have suggested Apple was working on transitioning its Mac line of computers away from Intel -based chips, and to its own, ARM-based processors. Now, Bloomberg reports that the company could make those plans official as early as later this month, with an announcement potentially timed for its remote […]

TikTok launches a U.S. elections guide in its app
Sarah Perez

Though TikTok is in the middle of fighting off the Trump administration’s attempt to ban its app in the U.S. over data privacy concerns, the company today is launching a new feature focused on the 2020 U.S. elections. TikTok announced this morning it’s introducing an in-app guide to the elections offering its 100 million U.S. […]

Love and Awkward: Flip-flopping - FML

Today, my girlfriend, who I've been living with for the last month, told me she's not attracted to me and wants to see other people. She told me this after months of dating and telling me she was thinking about having a child with me. FML

Buy a Startup Alley Exhibitor Package at Disrupt Berlin 2019
Emma Comeau

We’re opening the doors for you to showcase your tech and talent to the international startup community at TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin 2019 on 11-12 December. How? Buy a Startup Alley Exhibitor Package. Disrupt Berlin attracts thousands of attendees from more than 50 countries around the world — including hundreds of investors and international media outlets. Plant […]

With $9.3M in fresh funding, Zestworld plans a newsletter service for creator-owned comics
Brian Heater

The comics world has seemingly been waiting for a digital revolution since the birth of the internet. Launched in 2007, ComiXology has come the closest to delivering such a play to the medium, so naturally, Amazon went and purchased the service and messed it up. Its most recent offering left subscribers in the lurch, finally […]

GoPro debuts the HERO10 Black action camera
Darrell Etherington

GoPro today announced a new flagship action camera for its lineup, the HERO10 Black. The main update for the camera is a brand new processor inside, called the GP2, which enables big improvements to image quality and video captures, including recording at 5.3K revolution at up to 60 frames per second, 4K video capture bumped […]

Sencrop predicts weather conditions at a microclimate level for farmers
Romain Dillet

French startup Sencrop just raised an $18 million Series B funding round led by JVP. The company helps farmers mitigate all sorts of risks, from extreme weather events to diseases that affect various crops. It is both a hardware and software play with a forecasting service that you can access through a subscription product. Weather […]

YouTube upgrades search with chapter previews and better recommendations for translated videos
Amanda Silberling

YouTube announced two feature updates today to make it easier for people to find the content they’re looking for on the platform. This includes visual search features and easier discovery of foreign language videos that have captions in the user’s local language. On desktop, YouTube users can hover over a video’s thumbnail and watch a […]

Meta says it will now pay creators for original content in Facebook Reels
Sarah Perez

Meta recently said it would prioritize original content in its algorithms. Now, it’s going to pay for it. To help fend off the TikTok threat, Meta announced this week it now dole additional bonuses to Reels creators who are publishing original content on Facebook. The company warned that this change to payouts could see some […]

Podchaser raises $4m to build a comprehensive podcast database
Anthony Ha

Podchaser, a startup building what it calls “IMDB for podcasts,” recently announced that it has raised $4 million in a funding round led by Greycroft. In other words, it’s a site where — similar to the Amazon-owned Internet Movie Database — users can look up who’s appeared in which podcasts, rate and review those podcasts […]

Mevo Multicam is a great livestreaming studio-in-a-box, if you can learn to trust it
Haje Jan Kamps

The Mevo Start 3-pack with the Mevo Multicam App three-camera kit costs $999. Add some good lights and a half-decent microphone, and you have a full multi-cam streaming setup for less than $2,000. That would have been completely unthinkable just a few years ago, and let’s just take a minute to consider how absolutely astonishing […]

Marxism intensifies - FML

Today, after three weeks of suffering from COVID, I returned to work. I met with my boss, and was written up for absenteeism. Oh, and we're closing early because there are ongoing riots. Oh, and we lost the contract and I'm unemployed in three weeks. FML

Spotify launches a virtual concert series with The Black Keys and more
Brian Heater

The past year has been utterly devastating to the music industry generally, and live music in particular. Artists who make a living touring have been forced to find alternative ways to make ends meet, while those among us who once frequented live events have been looking for ways to plug the hole created by wide-scale […]

Roommate, Relatable, Awkward and Farts: Gas giant - FML

Today, while laying in bed, I let out a huge fart. I then heard my roommate yell from outside my room, "Did you think you were alone?" FML

MIT engineers develop a totally flat fisheye lens that could make wide-angle cameras easier to produce
Darrell Etherington

Engineers at MIT, in partnership with the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, have devised a way to build a camera lens that avoids the typical spherical curve of ultra-wide-angle glass, while still providing true optical fisheye distortion. The fisheye lens is relatively specialist, producing images that can cover as wide an area as 180 degrees […]