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Galaxy S21: Samsung copies Apple again, and both Android and iPhone fans suffer - CNET

Commentary: Samsung dropping a few features makes sense, but there would be real courage in keeping at least some of them. Show more
Stoke Space wants to take reusable rockets to new heights with $9M seed
Stoke Space wants to take reusable rockets to new heights with $9M seed
💬TechCrunch . |

Many launch providers think reusability is the best way to lower the cost and delay involved in getting to space. SpaceX and Rocket Lab have shown reusable first stages, which take a payload to the edge of space — and now Stoke Space Technologies says it is making a reusable second stage, which will take

Twitter reveals Super Follow, a feature that will let users get exclusive content, deals, and community access to creators for $4.99/month, and a groups feature (Michael Potuck/9to5Mac)
Twitter reveals Super Follow, a feature that will let users get exclusive content, deals, and community access to creators for $4.99/month, and a groups feature (Michael Potuck/9to5Mac)
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Michael Potuck / 9to5Mac: Twitter reveals Super Follow, a feature that will let users get exclusive content, deals, and community access to creators for $4.99/month, and a groups feature  —  During an Analyst event today, Twitter revealed at least part of the paid subscription service it's been working on for some time.

Cybersecurity experts and US lawmakers criticize Amazon for a lack of public transparency about the SolarWinds hack, which was likely launched using AWS (Wall Street Journal)
Cybersecurity experts and US lawmakers criticize Amazon for a lack of public transparency about the SolarWinds hack, which was likely launched using AWS (Wall Street Journal)
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Wall Street Journal: Cybersecurity experts and US lawmakers criticize Amazon for a lack of public transparency about the SolarWinds hack, which was likely launched using AWS  —  Tech giant says it wasn't breached, but it is seen as having valuable data on the attack  —  As lawmakers and security researchers continue …

BMW 2 Series Gran Coupes recalled for a sunroof issue     - Roadshow
BMW 2 Series Gran Coupes recalled for a sunroof issue - Roadshow
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Around 14,000 vehicle are impacted by a noncompliance problem, which the automaker will correct free of charge.

Crypto startup Anchorage, which recently became the first federally chartered digital asset bank, raises $80M Series C led by GIC (Yogita Khatri/The Block)
Crypto startup Anchorage, which recently became the first federally chartered digital asset bank, raises $80M Series C led by GIC (Yogita Khatri/The Block)
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Yogita Khatri / The Block: Crypto startup Anchorage, which recently became the first federally chartered digital asset bank, raises $80M Series C led by GIC  —  Cryptocurrency custodian and banking company Anchorage announced Thursday that it raised $80 million in a Series C funding round.

Can Clubhouse Move Fast Without Breaking Things?
Can Clubhouse Move Fast Without Breaking Things?
💬NYT > Technology . |

The 11-month-old audio social network is compelling. It also has some very grown-up problems.

Payments startup Klarna reports 2020 results: operating income rose 40% YoY to $1B, net loss widens to $167M; 18M app MAUs and 87M shoppers used its services (Robin Wauters/Tech.eu)
Payments startup Klarna reports 2020 results: operating income rose 40% YoY to $1B, net loss widens to $167M; 18M app MAUs and 87M shoppers used its services (Robin Wauters/Tech.eu)
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Robin Wauters / Tech.eu: Payments startup Klarna reports 2020 results: operating income rose 40% YoY to $1B, net loss widens to $167M; 18M app MAUs and 87M shoppers used its services  —  Klarna, the Swedish payments company that was Europe's most valuable private fintech firm until Checkout.com overtook it late last year …

Virtual work parties: the good, the bad and the plain peculiar
Virtual work parties: the good, the bad and the plain peculiar
💬Technology News & Reviews | New York Post . |

Stockholm – Virtual work parties? You can’t really mingle with colleagues or dance with them and it’s tough to get in the disco mood in your home office. On the other hand, you can’t spread disease, you don’t have to traipse home and there’s no chance of an ill-advised amorous encounter. In the COVID-19 era...

BetterUp, which helps clients provide employees with career coaches and mental health counseling, raises $125M Series D at a $1.73B valuation (Katie Roof/Bloomberg)
BetterUp, which helps clients provide employees with career coaches and mental health counseling, raises $125M Series D at a $1.73B valuation (Katie Roof/Bloomberg)
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Katie Roof / Bloomberg: BetterUp, which helps clients provide employees with career coaches and mental health counseling, raises $125M Series D at a $1.73B valuation  —  - $125 million Series D funding round led by Iconiq Growth  — BetterUp offers coaching, counseling as well as mentorship

Why are people spending hours on Clubhouse? It's not (usually) the money
Why are people spending hours on Clubhouse? It's not (usually) the money
💬Technology . |

Influencers of all stripes are racing to build up their followings on Clubhouse, spending hours a day on the audio app. Why are people doing this?

Texas' Icy Disaster Makes the Case for Uniting the US Grid
Texas' Icy Disaster Makes the Case for Uniting the US Grid
💬Wired . |

The national grid is split into sections that can't share much power. Connecting them won't be cheap or easy, but it will help usher in the future of energy.

How to check your Intel and M1 Mac’s SSD health using Terminal
How to check your Intel and M1 Mac’s SSD health using Terminal
💬PCWorld . |

Learn how to set up the Terminal in macOS so you can install and run smartmontools, a utility that provides data on the health of your SSD.

Stockholm-based Memmo.me, which allows users to pay celebrities for personalized video messages, raises $10M Series A (Anthony Ha/TechCrunch)
Stockholm-based Memmo.me, which allows users to pay celebrities for personalized video messages, raises $10M Series A (Anthony Ha/TechCrunch)
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Anthony Ha / TechCrunch: Stockholm-based Memmo.me, which allows users to pay celebrities for personalized video messages, raises $10M Series A  —  Memmo.me, a startup allowing users to pay celebrities for personalized video messages, is announcing that it has raised $10 million in Series A funding.

Smart TVs running Google TV will come with a Basic mode that strips smart features from the TV (Ben Schoon/9to5Google)
Smart TVs running Google TV will come with a Basic mode that strips smart features from the TV (Ben Schoon/9to5Google)
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Ben Schoon / 9to5Google: Smart TVs running Google TV will come with a Basic mode that strips smart features from the TV  —  Google TV is the company's next effort to rule the living room, picking up on the progress that Android TV made over half a decade.  The first smart TVs running on top

Terminus, a B2B marketing service that combines sales and marketing functions, raises $90M Series C, sources say at a valuation of around $400M (Ingrid Lunden/TechCrunch)
Terminus, a B2B marketing service that combines sales and marketing functions, raises $90M Series C, sources say at a valuation of around $400M (Ingrid Lunden/TechCrunch)
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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: Terminus, a B2B marketing service that combines sales and marketing functions, raises $90M Series C, sources say at a valuation of around $400M  —  Sales and marketing are often considered a single category on a business plan, but ironically, when it comes to building apps and services to help with them

Armorblox, which protects enterprise communications using AI, raises $30M Series B led by Next47, bringing its total raised to $46.5M (Kyle Wiggers/VentureBeat)
Armorblox, which protects enterprise communications using AI, raises $30M Series B led by Next47, bringing its total raised to $46.5M (Kyle Wiggers/VentureBeat)
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Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat: Armorblox, which protects enterprise communications using AI, raises $30M Series B led by Next47, bringing its total raised to $46.5M  —  Armorblox, a cybersecurity startup using natural language understanding to protect enterprise communications, today announced that it raised $30 million in series B venture capital funding.

Sources: Parler investor Rebekah Mercer, who controlled 2 of 3 board seats in early February, is increasingly exerting control since the founding CEO's exit (Rachel Lerman/Washington Post)
Sources: Parler investor Rebekah Mercer, who controlled 2 of 3 board seats in early February, is increasingly exerting control since the founding CEO's exit (Rachel Lerman/Washington Post)
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Rachel Lerman / Washington Post: Sources: Parler investor Rebekah Mercer, who controlled 2 of 3 board seats in early February, is increasingly exerting control since the founding CEO's exit  —  Mercer, whose family also invested in right-wing news site Breitbart, controls two of the three board seats at the company

Facebook launches a TV, radio, and digital ad campaign in support of personalized ads called Good Ideas Deserve to be Found, ahead of Apple's IDFA changes (Megan Graham/CNBC)
Facebook launches a TV, radio, and digital ad campaign in support of personalized ads called Good Ideas Deserve to be Found, ahead of Apple's IDFA changes (Megan Graham/CNBC)
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Megan Graham / CNBC: Facebook launches a TV, radio, and digital ad campaign in support of personalized ads called Good Ideas Deserve to be Found, ahead of Apple's IDFA changes  —  - Facebook is launching a new ad campaign called “Good Ideas Deserve to be Found,” which makes a case for personalized advertising.

Otter.ai, which offers an AI-based transcription service, raises $50M Series B, including $10M in convertible notes, led by Spectrum Equity (Kyle Wiggers/VentureBeat)
Otter.ai, which offers an AI-based transcription service, raises $50M Series B, including $10M in convertible notes, led by Spectrum Equity (Kyle Wiggers/VentureBeat)
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Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat: Otter.ai, which offers an AI-based transcription service, raises $50M Series B, including $10M in convertible notes, led by Spectrum Equity  —  AI transcription startup Otter.ai today announced it has raised $50 million in a series B round that includes $10 million in convertible notes and was led by Spectrum Equity.

Sorare, an ethereum-powered marketplace for creating and trading football NFTs, raises $50M Series A led by Benchmark (Yogita Khatri/The Block)
Sorare, an ethereum-powered marketplace for creating and trading football NFTs, raises $50M Series A led by Benchmark (Yogita Khatri/The Block)
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Yogita Khatri / The Block: Sorare, an ethereum-powered marketplace for creating and trading football NFTs, raises $50M Series A led by Benchmark  —  Quick Take  — NFT marketplace Sorare has raised $50 million in Series A.  — The round was led by Benchmark, with participation from Accel, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian …