Tech news 26 Jan, 2021
Early-stage African VC firm, Microtraction reports portfolio boom despite the weight of COVID-19TechCrunch
In a year marred by the coronavirus pandemic, it seems that early-stage startups on the African continent are continuing to see some notable growth, both in terms of their business and from investors looking to back them. Microtraction, an early-stage ventur…
Proving voicemail doesn’t have to be wack, the Slack-backed startup Yac raises $7.5 millionTechCrunch
Yac, the Orlando, Fla.-based startup that’s digitizing voice messages for remote offices, has raised $7.5 million in a new round of funding. The company’s service has garnered enough attention to pick up a pretty sizable new round from investors led by GGV Ca…
Autonomous driving startup Uisee attracts Chinese state investor in $150M roundTechCrunch
There is no lack of state funding for China’s smart driving startups nowadays as the country advances its goal to become a global leader in artificial intelligence in a decade’s time. The latest to get a financial boost is Uisee, a Beijing-based company found…
Melio raises $110M on a $1.3B valuation to bring B2B payments for SMBs into the 21st centuryTechCrunch
Payments for consumers have made a huge shift to the online world in the last year, a time when they have moved more of their purchasing to the internet to minimize in-person transactions in the midst of a virus-based health pandemic. Today, a startup that ha…
Facebook will let researchers study its election ad targeting dataEngadget
Facebook is attempting to increase transparency around ads that ran in the lead up to November’s US elections. Starting on February 1st, researchers will have access to targeting data on more than 1.3 million social issues, electoral and political ads that ap…
Google Continues To Promise Its Bid To End Cookies Isn't An Enormous Power GrabGizmodo.com
On Monday, Google released a few more details on its proposed tracking alternative to third-party cookies, a “privacy-first” technology that, from any angle, seems like just another way for the company to maintain its stranglehold on digital ad sales.Read mor…
FOCUS-Online merchants linked to QAnon down, but not out, following platform bans - ReutersReuters
Since last year, entrepreneur Dustin Krieger has faced bans by an expanding list of big tech companies: four blocked PayPal accounts, half a dozen Twitter deactivations, de-listed merchandise by Shopify and most recently Amazon's removal of his widely reviewe…
UPDATE 1-Finnish food delivery startup Wolt says raised $530 mln - ReutersReuters
Finnish food delivery startup Wolt said on Monday it had raised $530 million from a number of investment firms to finance its expansion beyond the delivery of restaurant food.
Browser Makers Launch New Project For Writing Documentation For Web APIsSlashdot.org
Hear leading voices discuss workplace organizing in tech at TC Sessions: Justice on March 3TechCrunch
In a year defined by economic and civil unrest, it should come as little surprise that workplace organizing has been on the upswing. The COVID-19 pandemic in particular (coupled with the ever-present effects of late capitalism) has brought longstanding questi…
The Windows startup and other sounds, performed acapellaBoing Boing
Performed for your Monday morning appreciation by Maytree. See also: Tetris. Do not watch "Hi Stranger" while high
How to Set Up Google Calendar's 'Offline Mode'Lifehacker.com
Google is bringing back “offline mode” to its web-based version of Google Calendar—at least, for Workspace users. Most of you shouldn’t need this, assuming you’ve previously connected your Google Calendar to one of the many smartphone or desktop apps availabl…
How to Use YouTube's 'Stats for Nerds'Lifehacker.com
Despite its name, YouTube’s “Stats for Nerds” feature isn’t just for nerds. The option is turned off by default in all YouTube videos, but when enabled, a small window appears over your video with information like current video quality, buffering information,…
How to Virtually Attend Sundance This YearLifehacker.com
The annual Sundance Film Festival kicks off this Thursday, Jan. 28, and for the first time, you don’t have to travel to Utah or stand in line in the cold to take part. The Sundance Institute is screening films, Q&A panels, and special events virtually so you …
No-code startup Unqork says the expertise of its older C-suite is the secret to its $2 billion valuationBusiness Insider
Summary List PlacementBack in 2017, "no-code" software startup Unqork was in the thick of pitches to venture capitalists when the company's founding team began to hear a certain refrain. "You're too old, you're not entrepreneurial enough, you don't know how …
S.Africa's Woolworths expects first-half profit to soar as retail demand improves - ReutersReuters
South African retailer Woolworths Holdings Ltd said on Monday it expected its first-half headline earnings per share (HEPS) to jump 50-60%, boosted by improved business environment in the final six weeks of the period.
Food delivery startup Wolt raises $530mSifted
The Finnish delivery startup plans to expand its growing network of retail partners — and help them take on Amazon.
Bitwarden Extension disabled due to new permissionsGithub.com
Describe the Bug This is not strictly a bug. Since the latest update the browser has automatically disabled the extension due to the addition of a new permission needed to communicate with native a...
The Ultimate Guide to Event MarketingHubspot.com
Think back to the last event you attended. Was it a conference or trade show? An intimate seminar or startup launch party hosted online? How about a fun, socially-distanced 5K or golf outing?
Paro, a startup looking to disrupt the Big 4, just tapped a former Groupon exec as CEO as it grows a marketplace for accounting and finance professionalsBusiness Insider
Summary List PlacementA former Groupon executive has been tapped to lead a startup that's aimed at helping companies outsource their finance and accounting needs via a network of subject-matter experts. Paro announced the promotion of Anita Samojednik to chi…
Rumor Has It the Next Samsung, Apple Smartwatches Might Monitor Blood GlucoseGizmodo.com
Smartwatches have added incredibly sophisticated health features in recent years, with the ability to take electrocardiograms to diagnose atrial fibrillation and monitor your blood oxygen levels. But if rumors are to be believed, the next iteration of Samsung…
After 28 Years, Tucows Finally Closes Its Downloads SiteSlashdot.org
"We have made the difficult decision to retire the Tucows Downloads site," writes CEO Elliot Noss in a blog post at Tucows.com/retired: We're pleased to say that much of the software and other assets that made up the Tucows Downloads library have been transf…
Here’s how Firefox’s “Proton” redesign will tweak the browser UIXDA Developers
Mozilla is working on a major redesign for its desktop Firefox browser. But before the final product is released to consumers — sometime in mid-May — we have an early glimpse of what the updated browser will look like. Code-named “Proton,” the Firefox redesig…
Limetree Bay oil refinery begins producing transportation fuel -sources - ReutersReuters
Limetree Bay refinery in St. Croix, United States Virgin Islands, recently began producing transportation fuel, people familiar with the matter said, clearing one of the hurdles that had disrupted a facility restart and jeopardized its crude supply contract.
7 jobs that can earn you a 6-figure salary in the booming cannabis industryBusiness Insider
Summary List PlacementThough cannabis sales soared during the pandemic, the industry —like many others — froze hiring for a large chunk of 2020, as companies were reluctant to increase their headcount amid a turbulent economy and a deadly pandemic. But since …
Andreessen Horowitz hired another former journalist as executive editor, 'doubling down' on its in-house media strategyBusiness Insider
Summary List PlacementRenowned firm Andreessen Horowitz (a16z) is "doubling down" on its in-house media operations by hiring another journalist, Maggie Leung, as executive editor. A16z announced the hire in a blog post, citing its goal of building "a new and …
New campaign targeting security researchersBlog.google
Over the past several months, the Threat Analysis Group has identified an ongoing campaign targeting security researchers working on vulnerability research and development at different companies and organizations. The actors behind this campaign, which we att…
U.S. new COVID cases down 21% in past week, deaths fall from peak - ReutersReuters
The United States reported a 21% drop in new cases of COVID-19 last week, as all but one state reported declines in new infections, and the number of coronavirus patients in hospitals also fell.
Amazon removes militia groups from Smile charitable giving program - CNETCNET
Groups related to the Oath Keepers and the Three Percent are no longer eligible to receive a small portion of shoppers' payments.
SpaceX breaks India’s record by launching 143 satellites on a single rocketThe Next Web
SpaceX created a unique world record of launching 143 satellites on a single vehicle on Sunday night. The firm broke the record previously held by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), which launched 104 satellites in 2017. The US-based space compan…
Microsoft Edge Now Has A Bunch Of Game-Related Browser ThemesGameSpot
Microsoft is mixing some of its most popular game properties with its significantly less popular Microsoft Edge browser, offering a number of custom browser themes designed around games including Halo, Sea of Thieves, and Microsoft Flight Simulator. The theme…
Discover reports upswing in Q4 volume as it continues pushing its pandemic recovery forwardBusiness Insider
Discover's total network volume in Q4 grew 6% year over year (YoY), with proprietary network volume experiencing a 5% YoY increase. The total network volume growth in Q4 represents a slight slowdown from Q3 , when it grew 7% annually; however, its Q4 propr…
German startup Wingcopter, which develops fixed-wing drones capable of vertical take-off and landing, raises $22M Series A led by Xplorer Capital (Darrell Etherington/TechCrunch)Techmeme.com
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch: German startup Wingcopter, which develops fixed-wing drones capable of vertical take-off and landing, raises $22M Series A led by Xplorer Capital — After bootstrapping for four years, this drone startup is ready to scale fa…
Even Shopify Can Be a Penny Stock With Fractional SharesMotley Fool
A single share of Shopify costs about $1,200, but there's an easy way to invest for less.
French startup Alma, which offers Klarna-like payment installment tools for retailers, raises €49M Series B (Romain Dillet/TechCrunch)Techmeme.com
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch: French startup Alma, which offers Klarna-like payment installment tools for retailers, raises €49M Series B — French startup Alma is raising a $59.4 million Series B funding round (€49 million). The company has been building a n…
One Thing Well – A weblog about simple, useful softwareOnethingwell.org
A weblog about simple, useful software (on any platform).
Report: Brexit could help China and the US in the global AI raceThe Next Web
The EU is falling further behind the US and China in the AI race, and will lose more ground after Brexit, according to a new report. The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation assessed the trio’s AI capabilities by analyzing data across six categori…
[$] The endless browser warsLwn.net
The term "browser wars" typically refers to Microsoft's attempts to dominate the World Wide Web with its Internet Explorer browser in the 1990s. That effort was thwarted by antitrust efforts and the rise of the free browser now known as Firefox; ever since, t…
You can now switch profiles in PWAs on Edge Dev and CanaryWindows Central
Progressive web apps have a new profile switching option on Microsoft Edge Dev and Canary. What you need to know Microsoft is testing a feature for switching profiles within Microsoft Edge PWAs. The feature is currently available in Microsoft Edge Dev an…
Cybersecurity startup SpiderSilk raises $2.25M to help prevent data breachesTechCrunch
Dubai-based cybersecurity startup SpiderSilk has raised $2.25 million in a pre-Series A round, led by venture firms Global Ventures and STV. In the past two...
Kenyan insurtech startup Pula raises $6M Series A to derisk smallholder farmers across AfricaTechCrunch
Pula, a Kenyan insurtech startup that specialises in digital and agricultural insurance to derisk millions of smallholder farmers across Africa, has closed a...
Alma raises $59.4 million for its Klarna-like payment optionTechCrunch
French startup Alma is raising a $59.4 million Series B funding round (€49 million). The company has been building a new payment option for expensive goods....
Sano Genetics, a startup helping with Long COVID research, raises £2.5M in seed fundingTechCrunch
Sano Genetics, a startup with a broad mission to support personalised medicine research by increasing participation in clinical trials, has raised £2.5...
In a trial run, Google Chrome to corral netizens into groups for tailored web ads rather than target individualsTheregister.com
The third-party advertising cookie: Barely tolerated anymore. We can rebuild it, internet titan insists, we have the technology. Analysis Google on Monday said it will make some of its Privacy Sandbox proposals available for testing with the release of Chrome…
Microsoft announces support for Open Web Docs, a project to improve web platform technology documentationMSPoweruser
Microsoft today announced support for Open Web Docs, a collective project designed to support a community of technical writers for long-term maintenance of web platform technology documentation that is high-quality and browser-agnostic. Open Web Docs is not a…
Smart lock maker Latch says it will go public by merging with a SPAC at a $1.56B valuation, expecting to raise ~$450M in cash (Wall Street Journal)Techmeme.com
Wall Street Journal: Smart lock maker Latch says it will go public by merging with a SPAC at a $1.56B valuation, expecting to raise ~$450M in cash — Deal between startup and SPAC sponsored by property firm values Latch at $1.56 billion — Latch Inc., a mak…
Melio, a B2B payments startup focused on small businesses, raises $110M Series C2, following an $80M Series C in Sept. 2020, at a $1.3B valuation (Christine Hall/Crunchbase News)Techmeme.com
Christine Hall / Crunchbase News: Melio, a B2B payments startup focused on small businesses, raises $110M Series C2, following an $80M Series C in Sept. 2020, at a $1.3B valuation — Melio, a fintech company with a presence in New York and Israel, is giving …
Autonomous driving startup Uisee raises $150M from investors including Chinese state-backed National Manufacturing Transformation and Upgrade Fund (Rita Liao/TechCrunch)Techmeme.com
Rita Liao / TechCrunch: Autonomous driving startup Uisee raises $150M from investors including Chinese state-backed National Manufacturing Transformation and Upgrade Fund — There is no lack of state funding for China's smart driving startups nowadays as the…
Shopee to scale ecommerce venture in Brazil, sources sayTech in Asia
The company first launched an online store in the country in October 2019.
Privacy Sandbox in 2021: Testing a more private webChromium.org
A year ago we announced our intention to phase out third-party cookies and replace them with new browser features that are fundamentally mo...
AirPods with Wireless Charging Case for $130 and 4 more great Monday deals - CNETCNET
That's a historic low on those Apple earbuds. Plus: Add Bluetooth to your Nintendo Switch for $13.50 and a wireless mouse and keyboard to your PC for $17.
Turn your tablet into a PC monitor with DeskreenXDA Developers
Having a secondary screen has its benefits, but buying a second monitor may not always be a feasible solution. If you have a smart device lying around, say like an older tablet, you can now turn it into a secondary monitor for your PC using Deskreen. A free o…
Early-stage African VC firm, Microtraction reports portfolio boom despite the weight of COVID-19TechCrunch
In a year marred by the coronavirus pandemic, it seems that early-stage startups on the African continent are continuing to see some notable growth, both in ...
Making Remote Work Work: Useful Tools And ResourcesSmashingmagazine.com
How to stay creative, focused, and organized when working remotely? We’ve collected some useful tools and resources that we use daily — to help you get most out of your remote work.
5 recommendations to strengthen the relationship with your buyersEntrepreneur
The world created by COVID-19 will force you to adapt shopping experiences to meet new consumer expectations.
Reflect (no-code test automation platform) is hiring our first Account ExecutiveWorkatastartup.com
[Reflect](https://reflect.run) [(https://reflect.run)](https://reflect.run) is a no-code testing platform for web applications. Developers and QA testers use Reflect to create end-to-end tests for their web apps, and we let them do it 10x-100x faster than tr…
How to Launch Successfully on Product HuntEntrepreneur
A few tips to help you make a big impact on launch day.
Doordash execs' proptech company Darwin Homes raises $15 million series A to equip investors in single-family homes with institutional real-estate management toolsBusiness Insider
Summary List PlacementDarwin Homes, a single-family rental property management startup founded by two ex-DoorDash executives, has raised $15 million in Series A funding, Insider can reveal exclusively. The round, led by early-stage venture firm Canvas Venture…
Vote Now! Pick Your Favorite Startup For ABA TECHSHOW’s Startup AlleyAbove the Law
Read their pitches, check out their websites, then vote.
Social Commerce: What Is It and Why Should It Concern You?Business 2 Community
Let me begin this with a cliché – The future of business is on the internet. We’re all out there…
Shopify Theme Lab - Modern Shopify theme development environmentGithub.com
Shopify theme development environment using Liquid, Vue and Tailwind CSS - uicrooks/shopify-theme-lab
Police Raid Homes Following Shutdown of World’s Largest Darknet MarketplaceVice News
Less than a fortnight since DarkMarket was taken offline, authorities seized laptops, phones, hard drives and bank cards from several Australian properties.
The European startups hacking the ageing processSifted
Longevity is an up-and-coming area for venture capital. Sifted lists 13 European startups trying to slow down or stop our rate of ageing.
Forget TikTok. Clubhouse is social media’s next starThe Indian Express
The next killer smartphone app has arrived — and it offers the potential to transform how we communicate, share knowledge and even make new friends. I am talking about voice-and-audio-based social networking startup Clubhouse.
BlackCart raises $8.8M Series A for its try-before-you-buy platform for online merchantsTechCrunch
A startup called BlackCart is tackling one of the key challenges with online shopping: an inability to try on or test out the merchandise before making a purchase. That company, which has now closed on $8.8 million in Series A funding, has built a try-before-…
7 Boss Tips for Converting Leads & Improve RankingsVisual.ly
A lot of ecommerce sites are conceived using PHP, there remain some minor lacunae that a PHP developer ignores. Since PHP websites are easy to maintai
Google says it's confident about alternatives to browser cookies that track you for adsUpstract.com
In the latest update on its plans to replace third-party cookies for advertising, Google says tests on one proposal look promising.
Philippine mediatech startup Podcast Network Asia secures $750k seed fundingTech in Asia
Podcast Network Asia is eyeing markets in Indonesia, Thailand, and Malaysia.
Indian social commerce app Kiko TV scores SOSV backingTech in Asia
The startup also said that the pre-series A round was still open and that a few other investors are expected to participate.
Samsung’s next smartwatch could bring diabetes monitoring to your wristAndroid Authority
The feature could appear on the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 or the Galaxy Watch Active 3.
Avelo Airlines: New US Budget Airline?One Mile at a Time
Even during these unprecedented times, several entrepreneurs are looking to launch new airlines in the US. Breeze Airways will be the first airline startup to launch operations, as the airline will start flying in a couple of months. There's another startup w…
Firefox Nightly starts faster on Windows with skeleton UINeowin
Firefox Nightly on Windows 10 has a new feature called skeleton UI. Launching Firefox for the first time after boot can be slow but the skeleton UI shows a window to show the browser is loading. Read more...
Search and Manage tabs from multiple windows with ease using Tab Manager V2 for Firefox and ChromeGhacks Technology News
Do you have too many tabs open in your browser? Sometimes it can get really difficult to locate the tab you need, and the more tabs you have, the worse it becomes. […] Thank you for being a Ghacks reader. The post Search and Manage tabs from multiple windows …
Firefox Nightly uses a new skeleton UI on start on WindowsGhacks Technology News
If you are using Firefox Nightly on Windows 10, you may have noticed a new more-or-less blank user interface that gets loaded on the very first start of the browser. Mozilla calls […] Thank you for being a Ghacks reader. The post Firefox Nightly uses a new sk…
GameStop stock hits new highs as Redditors and stock market short sellers wage warGamasutra
The past few years have been a wild ride for GameStop, but the past week or so has been an absolute rollercoaster for the company's stock prices. ...
8 Commercial Drone Delivery CompaniesPractical Ecommerce
The development of autonomous drone technologies has surged in the last five years. New FAA rules anticipate a commercial drone industry in the U.S. Here is a list of companies spearheading the advancement of drone delivery. The post 8 Commercial Drone Deliv…
Kroger and Ocado Announce Location of High-Tech Customer Fulfillment Center in Phoenix, Arizona - MarTech SeriesMarTech Series
The Kroger Co., America's largest grocery retailer, and Ocado, a world leader in technology for grocery ecommerce, announced Phoenix, Arizona, as the latest location for a Customer Fulfillment Center (CFC). The location confirms a previous announceme
Emirati and Israeli bosses cannot wait to do businessThe Economist
Thanks to the peace deal between their countries, they can now do so out in the open
Long-term employee well-being hinges on this one employee benefitFast Company
The more your workers “skill up,” the better their morale. Here’s how to prepare your workforce for individual growth. Employee well-being was front of mind for organizations long before the pandemic. Now, after 11 months of remote working and public health a…
Institutional Investors and Redditors in Standoff Over GameStop StockVice News
The WallStreetBets subreddit tells investors to hold for bigger gains while GME stock price is on a rollercoaster.
REUTERS NEWS SCHEDULE AT 11 a.m. GMT/6 a.m. ET - ReutersReuters
Here are the top stories and upcoming coverage plans for Reuters text service as of 11 a.m. GMT/6 a.m. ET. For a full schedule of news and events, go to our editorial calendar on Reuters Connect https://www.reutersconnect.com/planning.
Georgia Tech graduates raise $3M for STEM education startup Inspirit Learning - Atlanta Business ChronicleTriangle Business Journal
Georgia Tech graduates raise $3M for STEM education startup Inspirit Learning Atlanta Business Chronicle
NYC investment firm acquires controlling interest in Reston tech startup - Virginia Business MagazineVirginia Business Magazine
NYC investment firm acquires controlling interest in Reston tech startup Virginia Business Magazine
The Kibo Code Quantum Review & Bonus: Does It Really Work? 2021 Review by ABusinessInABoxYahoo Entertainment
eCommerce marketing is a highly useful skill in today's modern world. After all, it's no good having the best product unless you know how to market it online...
Chinese self-driving startup nets $154m in investment from state-backed fundTech in Asia
With the new funds, Uisee will further develop its autonomous driving technology and accelerate its monetization.
VinFast unveils VF32 and VF33 electric SUVsSlashGear
Vietnamese carmaker and electric vehicle startup VinFast is on a mission. The brand intends to become a global high-tech automotive brand by unveiling three new all-electric vehicles, two of which are coming to the USA: VF31, VF32, and VF33. VinFast began mak…
Microsoft Edge Canary and Dev make it easier to switch between profiles in PWAsOnMSFT
Microsoft is experimenting with a new feature that should make it easier to switch between multiple profiles in Edge progressive web apps (PWAs). The company has announced that the profile switcher is enabled by default for Edge Insiders running Windows 10 ve…
Effective Social Media Marketing For A Real Estate BrandVisual.ly
Social media influences greatly a buyer's decision-making journey when looking for a house. A rock-solid social media strategy can get you amazing res
Malaysian fintech startup CapBay bags $20m in series A round led by KK FundTech in Asia
With the fresh capital, CapBay will further strengthen its technological and funding capabilities.
Why iCloud Keychain may prompt you for a device password used with other Apple hardware you ownMacworld
Apple lets you sync passwords via iCloud through a clever mechanism that keeps your secrets safe from all snoopers—including Apple. iCloud Keychain syncs passwords among all iPhones, iPad, and Macs associated with the same iCloud account for which Keychain is…
BlackCart raises $8.8M Series A for its try-before-you-buy platform for online merchantsTechCrunch
A startup called BlackCart is tackling one of the key challenges with online shopping: an inability to try on or test out the merchandise before making a...
Covington offering small business loans for renovating exteriors, paying startup rent - User-generated contentUser-generated content
Small businesses in Covington have until Friday, Jan. 29, to apply for the next round of City help in paying first-year rent or fixing up their exteriors.Since the start of 2017, Covington has pro
From Zero To Mach 2 In Months, How HPC In The Cloud Helped Startup Sensatek Land An Air Force ContractForbes
Sensatek, in need of high-performance computing, turned to Rescale, whose platform mixes and matches HPC resources from the major cloud providers, taking the research – and guesswork – out of picking the right high-performance computing cluster.
Copy.ai Revolutionizes Digital Marketing By Augmenting Human Creativity With AIForbes
Chris Lu and Paul Yacoubian realize that artificial intelligence can augment human creativity, instead of replacing it as some may fear, creating Copy.ai to enhance digital marketers ad copy.
Why Your TV Spies on YouNew York Times
Selling consumer electronics is hard, forcing companies to resort to shady tactics to make money.
YouTube can now be installed as a progressive web app: Here#39;s all you need to knowMoneycontrol
This is different from the browser#39;s manual overflow menu âInstallâ button, which has been available for users.
PWAs Now Support Profiles in Microsoft EdgeThurrott.com
Microsoft announced today that it has added support for user profiles Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) that are installed as apps through the Edge web browser. The post PWAs Now Support Profiles in Microsoft Edge appeared first on Thurrott.com.
Zeal - simple offline documentation browserLinuxlinks.com
Zeal is billed as a simple offline documentation browser. It offers easy access to a huge database of documentation, API manuals, and code snippets.
Business Brief: Top legislative issues for Colorado's business community - 9News.com KUSA9News.com KUSA
Host Ryan Frazier talks with Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Kelly Brough on the top legislative issues for Colorado's business community.
What’s the Future of Traditional Retail?Practical Ecommerce
The combination of Covid-19 lockdowns, supply chain problems, and economic woes accelerated the adoption of digital retailing in several areas of the economy. While some experts believe this will result in more individual retail businesses, it may be an indic…