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Buttigieg defends safety agency appointment after Musk claims ‘bias’

Elon Musk voiced concerns on Twitter over the recent appointment of Missy Cummings to a key advisory role at the country’s top traffic authority, but U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg sug

Olympus US hack tied to sanctioned Russian ransomware group

An “ongoing” cyberattack against the Japanese technology giant Olympus was caused by a Russian ransomware group sanctioned by the U.S. government, according to two people with knowledge of

Dear Sophie: Any suggestions for recruiting international tech talent?

My early-stage startup is having a really tough time recruiting engineering talent, but we’re open to hiring internationally. Any suggestions on strategies and how to help our company stand out?

Make it your mission to buy your pass to TC Sessions: Space 2021 today

Prepping to go into space takes a long time and a metric ton of money (we measured). Lucky for you, attending TC Sessions: Space 2021 on December 14-15 requires far less time and a lot less money. Thi

Mark Zuckerberg named as defendant in Facebook privacy suit

Washington D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine has added Mark Zuckerberg to a lawsuit against Facebook over consumer privacy violations related to the Cambridge Analytica scandal. “Our continuing

Announcing the startups exhibiting at TC Sessions: SaaS 2021

You have less than a week to go before you dive headlong into TC Sessions: SaaS 2021. Expect a full day packed with presentations, panel discussions breakout sessions, Q&As, networking … and dem

Udemy targets valuation of $4B in major edtech IPO

Udemy's slowing revenue growth is not bullish for edtech valuations more broadly; the company's modest resulting revenue multiple is also somewhat beige.

Facebook to penalize rule-breaking Groups’ members by demoting them in News Feed

Facebook has been steadily rolling out updates to Facebook Groups aimed at giving admins better ways to manage and moderate their online communities. Recently, this has included a combination of produ

SoftBank-backed Flock Freight is the freight industry’s newest unicorn

The global shipping and freight industry has never been more in the spotlight, as the pandemic and other disruptions have led to enormous supply chain bottlenecks. While trucking logistics company Flo

Amazon’s Fire TV news app now offers local channels in 60 more cities

Amazon announced on Wednesday that its news app on Fire TV is expanding local coverage to 158 cities across the U.S. The app, which launched last year, is a customizable news aggregator preinstalled o

Twilio delves more deeply into marketing with new tool built on $3.2B Segment acquisition

When Twilio bought Segment last year for a hefty $3.2 billion, you knew it was going to put it to work. Today at the company’s Signal customer conference, it announced a new omni-channel marketi

Microsoft starts testing Android apps on Windows 11

When Microsoft announced Windows 11, it didn’t mention anything about how it wanted to annoy users with a less functional taskbar, but it did talk quite a bit about how its new operating system

Twitter acquires group chat app Sphere

Twitter has acquired London-based Sphere, which operates an eponymous groups chat app, the latest in a series of recent moves from the social network as it looks to aggressively broaden and improve it

4 ways to make DEI a key component of customer service and culture

Truly effective customer service is rooted in empathy, because it’s people who reach other people.

Vibe Capital is a new venture firm built for scrappy international founders

Entrepreneur Ankur Nagpal spent seven years building up Teachable, a marketplace for teachers to make their online courses into full-fledged businesses. He raised only $12.5 million in funding before

Pilot’s Jessica McKellar and Index’s Mark Goldberg will outline how to become a unicorn on TechCrunch Live

Pilot, a unicorn fintech company looking to bring bookkeeping into the 21st century, has raised more than $160 million in funding from investors that include Stripe, Sequoia, Index and more. On an upc

US government bans sale of hacking tools to China and Russia

The U.S. Department of Commerce has announced that it will ban the export of hacking tools to authoritarian governments in an effort to curb violations of human rights and other malicious cyber activi

PayPal said to be exploring potential acquisition of Pinterest

In what would be a blockbuster acquisition, PayPal is reportedly exploring the purchase of social media company Pinterest, according to Bloomberg. According to the publication, San Jose, California-ba

The red flag meme is a red flag for accessibility

If you’ve been on Twitter lately, you’ve probably seen the red flag meme that’s going around — you quote a phrase that would be a “red flag” for someone to say to y

Muse’s latest meditation headband is designed to lull wearers back to sleep

Meditation hardware is a tricky thing. Anyone who’s been frustrated in the pursuit of mindfulness has no doubt longed for some way to short circuit — or, at very least, jumpstart — a pra
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