• GDPR has led to $126 million in fines over data privacy
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    GDPR has led to $126 million in fines over data privacy

    It's been a year and nearly eight months since the EU's data privacy law, the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), came into force and 114 million euros ($126 million) in fines have been imposed so far, according to a new report.The law firm DLA Piper also said that 160,000 data breaches

  • Uber sells food delivery business in India to Zomato
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    Uber sells food delivery business in India to Zomato

    Uber said on Tuesday it has sold its food delivery business, Uber Eats, in India to local rival Zomato as the American ride-hailing giant races to shed lossmaking operations to become profitable by next year. As part of the deal, Uber would own 9.99% of Zomato and its Eats users would become part

  • Google's Pixelbook Go is finally available in 'Not Pink'
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    Google's Pixelbook Go is finally available in 'Not Pink'

    It took three months, but Google is finally offering its "Not Pink" version of the Pixelbook Go. The internet giant has started selling its more colorful Chromebook through its official store, Best Buy and other channels. It's functionally the same as the black laptop, of course, but decidedly

  • 'Dying Light 2' is delayed indefinitely
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    'Dying Light 2' is delayed indefinitely

    Yet another Square Enix-published game is facing a delay, and this might not be a short wait. Techland has delayed its zombie title Dying Light 2 indefinitely to allow "more development time to fulfill our vision." It didn't say what led to the company missing its spring 2020 target. And

  • Tesla says unintended acceleration claims are 'completely false'
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    Tesla says unintended acceleration claims are 'completely false'

    Tesla just rejected any notion that its cars are prone to unintended acceleration. In a blog post, the EV maker claimed that a petition describing unexpected acceleration was "completely false" and the product of a "Tesla short-seller" hoping to make a quick buck. Every case where

  • Tesla calls claims of unintended acceleration in NHTSA petition 'completely false'
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    Tesla calls claims of unintended acceleration in NHTSA petition 'completely false'

    Tesla also questions the validity of the petition, noting that it was submitted by a Tesla short-seller. Last week, the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration said it would review a defect petition that cited 127 consumer complaints of alleged unintended acceleration of Tesla electric vehicles

  • What we're listening to: Big|Brave and Beloved
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    What we're listening to: Big|Brave and Beloved

    In this installment of our audio IRL, managing editor Terrence O'Brien sings... er, types the praises of a band and a genre that isn't for everyone. Senior news editor Billy Steele gets nostalgic for his glory days as one of his favorite bands is back together.

  • Why super-fast 5G iPhones might not power a 'supercycle' for Apple
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    Why super-fast 5G iPhones might not power a 'supercycle' for Apple

    Apple's upcoming iPhones are expected to offer 5G wireless connectivity. But that might not be enough to power a selling supercycle.

  • Court rules Mike Rothenberg must fork over more than $31 million to settle SEC allegations
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    Court rules Mike Rothenberg must fork over more than $31 million to settle SEC allegations

    Mike Rothenberg, the once high-flying VC bent on bringing the party to Silicon Valley, must now pay a whopping $31.4 million to settle a California federal court ruling in favor of Security and Exchange Commission allegations. TechCrunch deemed Rothenberg a 'virtual gatsby' back in 2016, when

  • Rocket Lab's first launch of 2020 is a mission for the National Reconnaissance Office
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    Rocket Lab's first launch of 2020 is a mission for the National Reconnaissance Office

    Rocket Lab has announced its first mission for 2020 – a dedicated rocket launch on behalf of client the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) with a launch window that opens on January 31. The Electron rocket Rocket Lab is using for this mission will take off from its Launch Complex 1 (LC-1) in

  • Diligent’s Vivian Chu and Labrador’s Mike Dooley will discuss assistive robotics at TC Sessions: Robotics+AI
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    Diligent’s Vivian Chu and Labrador’s Mike Dooley will discuss assistive robotics at TC Sessions: Robotics+AI

    Assistive robotics, on the other hand, are among one of the primary real-world tasks existing technology can seemingly address almost immediately. Vivian Chu is the cofounder and CEO of Diligent Robotics. Mike Dooley is the cofounder and CEO of Labrador Systems.

  • Soft Robotics raises $23 million from investors including industrial robot giant FANUC
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    Soft Robotics raises $23 million from investors including industrial robot giant FANUC

    Robotics startup company Soft Robotics has closed its Series B round of funding, raising $23 million led by Calibrate Ventures and Material Impact, and including participation from exiting investors including Honeywell, Yahama, Hyperplane and more. This round also brings in FANUC, the world's largest

  • Save $65 on an 8TB Western Digital Elements external drive
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    Save $65 on an 8TB Western Digital Elements external drive

    If you're looking for an affordable way to store your files locally, Amazon is currently selling the 8TB Western Digital Elements external drive for $115, down from $180. That's the lowest price Amazon has offered this particular model for, according to price tracker Camelcamelcamel. If you want

  • Maze raises $2 million and adds Figma support to enable user testing at scale
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    Maze raises $2 million and adds Figma support to enable user testing at scale

    Maze wants to reinvent usability tests by letting you turn design prototypes into tests in just a few clicks. The startup just raised a $2 million funding round and launched a couple of new features. Since I first covered the company, Maze founders Jonathan Widawski and Thomas Mary still have the same

  • Radiohead's online 'library' hosts rarities, art and merch
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    Radiohead's online 'library' hosts rarities, art and merch

    It's been difficult to track down all things Radiohead on the web for a while. Even though the group recently posted its entire catalog to YouTube, you've still had to search fan sites and other sources for every last little bit of art, video or merch. Now, however, you effectively have a one-stop

  • Discovery shows early galaxies could have very short lives
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    Discovery shows early galaxies could have very short lives

    You'd think that galaxies from the young universe would still be thriving, but that's not necessarily the case. Researchers at the Niels Bohr Institute and the National Observatory of Japan have discovered the farthest known dying galaxy (that is, with greatly suppressed star formation) known

  • Google's Sundar Pichai doesn't want you to be clear-eyed about AI's dangers
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    Google's Sundar Pichai doesn't want you to be clear-eyed about AI's dangers

    Alphabet and Google CEO, Sundar Pichai, is the latest tech giant kingpin to make a public call for AI to be regulated while simultaneously encouraging lawmakers towards a dilute enabling framework that does not put any hard limits on what can be done with AI technologies. In an op-ed published in today

  • Google CEO Sundar Pichai calls for 'sensible regulation' of AI
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    Google CEO Sundar Pichai calls for 'sensible regulation' of AI

    Google and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai takes his sweet time getting to the point in a new Financial Times editorial. But when he gets there, he leaves little room for interpretation: "...there is no question in my mind that artificial intelligence needs to be regulated. It is too important not to

  • Max Q: SpaceX succeeds with a spectacular Crew Dragon test launch
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    Max Q: SpaceX succeeds with a spectacular Crew Dragon test launch

    Max Q is a new weekly newsletter all about space. If that's not enough to get you pumped about the space sector in 2020, we also have a great overview of 2019 in space tech investment, and a look forward at what's happening next year from Space Angels' Chad Anderson. Plus, we announced

  • The Morning After: Apple teams up with the creator of 'Bob's Burgers'
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    The Morning After: Apple teams up with the creator of 'Bob's Burgers'

    Hey, good morning! Apple is here to remind you that its TV+ service is still here. Ahead of a SAG award to Jennifer Aniston for her part in the streaming service's flagship series, The Morning Show, Apple has announced its latest addition: a musical animated series.But back to awards, because companies

  • FBI seizes site dedicated to selling data breach information
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    FBI seizes site dedicated to selling data breach information

    Following an international operation, the FBI has seized and shut down a website called WeLeakInfo that sold private user data from over 10,000 data breaches. As part of the operation, police in the Netherlands and Northern Ireland arrested two 22-year old believed to be connected to the site. Meanwhile

  • Google takes on AWS and Azure in India with Airtel cloud deal
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    Google takes on AWS and Azure in India with Airtel cloud deal

    Google has inked a deal with India’s third-largest telecom operator as the American giant looks to grow its cloud customer base in the key overseas market that is increasingly emerging as a new cloud battleground for AWS and Microsoft . Google Cloud announced on Monday that the new partnership, effective

  • Samsung appoints Roh Tae-moon as its new smartphone CEO
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    Samsung appoints Roh Tae-moon as its new smartphone CEO

    Samsung Electronics has named Roh Tae-moon CEO of its key smartphone division, according to Bloomberg. He'll take over the position from DJ Koh, who will continue to head up Samsung's IT and mobile and communication arms. Roh is Samsung's third CEO in the last dozen years, as Koh was appointed

  • Jennifer Aniston lands Apple TV+ a SAG award for 'The Morning Show'
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    Jennifer Aniston lands Apple TV+ a SAG award for 'The Morning Show'

    Jennifer Aniston won the Screen Actor's Guild (SAG) award for best female actor in a drama series (The Morning Show). That netted Apple TV Plus a second major awards season prize after its breakthrough Critic's Choice win. Pundits expected the SAG prize to go to Olivia Colman for The Crown, so

  • Catalyst Fund gets $15M from JP Morgan, UK Aid to back 30 EM fintech startups
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    Catalyst Fund gets $15M from JP Morgan, UK Aid to back 30 EM fintech startups

    The Catalyst Fund has gained $15 million in new support from JP Morgan and UK Aid and will back 30 fintech startups in Africa, Asia, and Latin America over the next three years. The Boston based accelerator provides mentorship and non-equity funding to early-stage tech ventures focused on driving financial