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  • SAIF Partners rebrands as Elevation Capital, secures $400 million for its new India fund

    SAIF Partners rebrands as Elevation Capital, secures $400 million for its new India fund

    SAIF Partners has raised $400 million for a new fund and rebranded the 18-year-old influential venture capital firm as it looks to back more early-stage startups in the world’s second largest internet market. The new fund is SAIF Partners’ seventh for early-stage startups in India. Its previous two funds were each $350 million in size, […] More

  • Lee Fixel burnishes his reputation, raising his second massive fund in 2020

    Lee Fixel burnishes his reputation, raising his second massive fund in 2020

    On Friday, former Tiger Global Management investor Lee Fixel registered plans for the second fund of his new investment firm, Addition, just four months after closing the first. But investors who were shut out of that $1.3 billion debut fund and who might have hoped to write a check this time around are already too […] More

  • TikTok’s QAnon ban has been ‘buggy’

    TikTok’s QAnon ban has been ‘buggy’

    TikTok has been cracking down on QAnon-related content, in line with similar moves by other major social media companies, including Facebook and YouTube, which focus on reducing the spread the baseless conspiracy theory across their respective platforms. According to a report by NPR this weekend, TikTok had quietly banned several hashtags associated with the QAnon […] More

  • Daily Crunch: Pakistan un-bans TikTok

    Daily Crunch: Pakistan un-bans TikTok

    TikTok returns to Pakistan, Apple launches a music-focused streaming station and SpaceX launches more Starlink satellites. This is your Daily Crunch for October 19, 2020. The big story: Pakistan un-bans TikTok The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority blocked the video app 11 days ago, over what it described as “immoral,” “obscene” and “vulgar” videos. The authority said […] More

  • 'This is fine' Halloween decoration perfectly nails 2020

    'This is fine' Halloween decoration perfectly nails 2020

    Nothing screams 2020 quite like the “This is fine” meme, which is why the image of that distressed little dog surrounded by flames makes the perfect Halloween decoration. The “This is fine” meme, from artist KC Green’s 2013 webcomic “On Fire,” has become a symbol for especially troubling times, such as the entire year 2016. […] More

  • Does monogamy work? This new book explores the controversial question.

    Does monogamy work? This new book explores the controversial question.

    Unlike what you may have been told, monogamy isn’t inherent to human biology. Moreover, it’s not inherent to many animals in nature: Less than three percent of mammals in the animal kingdom are reported to be monogamous.  This is just one fascinating fact of many in Luke Brunning’s , publishing in the U.S. on Oct. […] More

  • Amazon Echo Dot with Clock review: A mostly aesthetic update

    Amazon Echo Dot with Clock review: A mostly aesthetic update

    It’s been a busy few weeks for smart speakers. Amazon kicked things off in late September with newer, rounder versions of both the Echo and Echo Dot. Less than a week later, Google updated the Home, after four years, with the rebranded Nest Audio. And then, last week, Apple unveiled the long-awaited $99 HomePod Mini, […] More

  • TikTok makes it clear: QAnon is prohibited on the platform

    TikTok makes it clear: QAnon is prohibited on the platform

    QAnon is running out of major online platforms where it can spread its conspiracies. In a statement to , the viral video app TikTok has confirmed that it bans accounts spreading QAnon disinformation.  QAnon is a far right conspiracy theory based on the unfounded belief that President Donald Trump is secretly battling a satanic global […] More

  • Russian hackers charged with attacking Olympics, U.S. hospitals

    Russian hackers charged with attacking Olympics, U.S. hospitals

    The U.S. Department of Justice plays the long game.  That much was made clear Monday as the DOJ announced charges against six Russian military officers accused of launching a string of damaging cyberattacks dating back to 2015. The men, all members of the Russian Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU), are allegedly behind the notoriously destructive NotPetya […] More

  • TFW Even Fox News Won't Swallow Your Senile Russian Disinfo Bullsh*t

    TFW Even Fox News Won't Swallow Your Senile Russian Disinfo Bullsh*t

    Wonkette’s Liz Dye has been ably curating the hilarious story of the Russian disinformation campaign that blew its wad a little too late, the caper of Hunter Biden and the laptop he allegedly abandoned thousands of miles from home, and … yeah, we don’t have the energy to rehash it all right now. It’s a […] More

  • Who regulates social media?

    Who regulates social media?

    Social media platforms have repeatedly found themselves in the United States government’s crosshairs over the last few years, as it has been progressively revealed just how much power they really wield, and to what purposes they’ve chosen to wield it. But unlike, say, a firearm or drug manufacturer, there is no designated authority who says […] More

  • White House TV Radiologist Leads Nation Toward Miraculous Quarter Million Dead From Coronavirus

    White House TV Radiologist Leads Nation Toward Miraculous Quarter Million Dead From Coronavirus

    Scott Atlas is not helping. The neuroradiologist from Stanford brought in to balance out the White House’s Covid-19 task force with his Fox-News-approved Covid happytalk has unfailingly steered the president toward the worse, more dangerous option. Take for instance Trump’s insistence during the town hall with Savannah Guthrie that “85 percent of the people wearing […] More

  • Pizza Turkey Burgers

    Pizza Turkey Burgers

    Pizza and burgers all wrapped up into one delicious dish. The ground turkey is combined with bell peppers, sweet onions, garlic, and Italian seasoning then topped with marinara sauce and cheese. It’s a great meal that kids love. I love experimenting with burgers. There’s so many ways you can make them beyond the basic beef […] More

  • Juniper Networks acquires Boston-area AI SD-WAN startup 128 Technology for $450M

    Juniper Networks acquires Boston-area AI SD-WAN startup 128 Technology for $450M

    Today Juniper Networks announced it was acquiring smart wide area networking startup 128 Technology for $450 million. This marks the second AI-fueled networking company Juniper has acquired in the last year and a half after purchasing Mist Systems in March 2019 for $405 million. With 128 Technology, the company gets more AI SD-WAN technology. SD-WAN […] More

  • It's A GOP Clown Car Sunday!

    With just 15 days before Election Day and early voting happening in many states, it seems the GOP got desperate and sent out a lot of its monthly quota of stupid to the Sunday shows. So let’s dive right in! We’ll start with Fox’s “Sunday Morning Futures” hosted by Maria Bartiromo, which Liz already covered […] More

  • It's A GOP Clown Car Sunday!

    It's A GOP Clown Car Sunday!

    With just 15 days before Election Day and early voting happening in many states, it seems the GOP got desperate and sent out a lot of its monthly quota of stupid to the Sunday shows. So let’s dive right in! We’ll start with Fox’s “Sunday Morning Futures” hosted by Maria Bartiromo, which Liz already covered […] More

  • Lockheed picks Relativity’s 3D-printed rocket for experimental NASA mission

    Lockheed picks Relativity’s 3D-printed rocket for experimental NASA mission

    Relativity Space has bagged its first public government contract, and with a major defense contractor at that. The launch startup’s 3D-printed rockets are a great match for a particularly complex mission Lockheed is undertaking for NASA’s Tipping Point program. The mission is a test of a dozen different cryogenic fluid management systems, including liquid hydrogen, […] More

  • Joe Biden Made Actual Profit Selling House, And Eric Trump Is STUMPED

    Joe Biden Made Actual Profit Selling House, And Eric Trump Is STUMPED

    The last time Donald Trump’s second most useless son, Eric, tried to go after the president’s enemies on social media, he wound up reminding everyone his father used to pal around with pedophiles. Trump should’ve shipped Eric off to Las Vegas to learn the casino business, but instead he kept the goofball nearby to screw […] More

  • Grandmother Seeks Justice For Child Born In Prison Toilet Bowl

    Grandmother Seeks Justice For Child Born In Prison Toilet Bowl

    Two years ago, 20-year-old Tianna Laboy gave birth in York Correctional Institution in Connecticut, the only women’s prison in the state. She entered prison at 19, pregnant, diagnosed with bipolar disorder and charged with stabbing her partner (non-fatally). Giving birth in prison is already horrible in the “best” of circumstances. In 23 states, it is […] More

  • Disney+ UX teardown: Wins, fails and fixes

    Disney+ UX teardown: Wins, fails and fixes

    Disney announced earlier this month that it’s going all-in on streaming media. As part of this new strategy, the company is undergoing a major reorganisation of its media and entertainment business that will focus on developing productions that will debut on its streaming and broadcast services. This will include merging the company’s media businesses, ads […] More

  • Late-stage deals made Q3 2020 a standout VC quarter for US-based startups

    Late-stage deals made Q3 2020 a standout VC quarter for US-based startups

    Remember back in March when the VC game was done for the year, checkbooks were snapping shut and startup layoffs led the headlines? So much for all that. Q3’s venture capital numbers are in and they are anything but weak. In retrospect, the Q2 VC slowdown looks more like a short-lived recharge ahead of a […] More

  • Raspberry Pi Foundation launches Compute Module 4 for industrial users

    Raspberry Pi Foundation launches Compute Module 4 for industrial users

    The Raspberry Pi Foundation is launching a new product today — the Compute Module 4. If you’ve been keeping an eye on the Raspberry Pi releases, you know that the flagship Raspberry Pi 4 was released in June 2019. The Compute Module 4 features the same processor, but packed in a compute module for industrial […] More

  • Sorry, No Lifeboats For Cowardly Republicans Fleeing Sinking S.S. Trump

    Sorry, No Lifeboats For Cowardly Republicans Fleeing Sinking S.S. Trump

    Congressional Republicans are starting to distance themselves from Donald Trump, whose reelection prospects are delightfully grim. Some are even claiming they were vocal critics of the president all along, opposing his worst policies and impulses while failing in any measurable way to stop them. Nebraska GOP Senator Ben Sasse, a repeat winner of the Talking […] More

  • Stitcher’s podcasts arrive on Pandora with acquisition’s completion

    Stitcher’s podcasts arrive on Pandora with acquisition’s completion

    SiriusXM today completed its previously announced $325 million acquisition of podcast platform Stitcher from E.W. Scripps, and has now launched Stitcher’s podcasts on Pandora across all tiers of the streaming service. The deal brings top Stitcher titles to Pandora, including Freakonomics Radio, My Favorite Murder, SuperSoul Conversations from the Oprah Winfrey Network, Office Ladies, Conan […] More

  • EU switches on cross-border interoperability for first batch of COVID-19 contacts tracing apps

    EU switches on cross-border interoperability for first batch of COVID-19 contacts tracing apps

    The European Union has switched on cross-border interoperability for a first batch of COVID-19 contacts tracing apps that use Bluetooth proximity to calculate the exposure risk of smartphone users after a pilot of the system last month. National apps whose backends are now linked through the gateway service are Germany’s Corona-Warn-App, the Republic of Ireland’s […] More

  • Trump Claims Lifelong Catholic Joe Biden Will Steal Christmas

    Trump Claims Lifelong Catholic Joe Biden Will Steal Christmas

    Donald Trump, speaking at a rally in Nevada yesterday — yes, another rally! he is doing very many of them! in a state he has only a 13 percent chance of winning! — told a crowd of future Typhoid Marys all about all of the dreadful things Joe Biden will do if elected 0resident of […] More

  • Are VCs cutting checks in the closing days of the 2020 election?

    Are VCs cutting checks in the closing days of the 2020 election?

    Before the 2016 election, Vice Ventures founder and general partner Catharine Dockery was bullish about the future of recreational cannabis in the United States. “We saw quite a bit more optimism around national legalization, with the feeling that a wave of states legalizing recreational use would be the final push needed” to see drug reform, […] More

  • The OpenStack Foundation becomes the Open Infrastructure Foundation

    The OpenStack Foundation becomes the Open Infrastructure Foundation

    This has been a long time coming, but the OpenStack Foundation today announced that it is changing its name to “Open Infrastructure Foundation,” starting in 2021. The announcement, which the foundation made at its virtual developer conference, doesn’t exactly come as a surprise. Over the course of the last few years, the organization started adding […] More

  • AMC offers private theater rentals starting at $99, as cinemas continue to struggle

    AMC offers private theater rentals starting at $99, as cinemas continue to struggle

    Like countless other sectors of the entertainment industry, movie theaters have been devastated by a global pandemic with seemingly no end in sight. Initial closings stretched on for months, as distributors have delayed their biggest films, or simply cut out the middle man by skipping straight to video-on-demand services. Even as theaters have begun to […] More

  • Yes, We’re Gonna ‘86’ The MFer. WITH VOTES.

    Yes, We’re Gonna ‘86’ The MFer. WITH VOTES.

    Donald Trump is big on projection, so it’s not surprising, though still repulsive, that his campaign would accuse Democratic Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer of putting a hit on him. Trump has joined his followers in calling for Whitmer’s imprisonment because she actually governed during COVID-19 instead of ignoring the pandemic. These morons have started chanting […] More

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