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US plans to rollback special status may erode Hong Kong’s startup ecosystem

Depending on the extent of the United States’ rollbacks on special status, a lot of Hong Kong’s appeal to American tech companies and talent may be eroded.

Daily Crunch: Apple and Google block banned apps in India

Banned Chinese apps are beginning to disappear from India’s app stores, Palantir is raising more funding and Venmo starts testing Business Profiles. Here’s your Daily Crunch for July 2, 20

VCs see much to like in Democrats’ $1.5 trillion Moving Forward Act

“The Moving Forward Act reads like a $1.5 trillion validation of our fund’s thesis — that upgrading cities and related infrastructure is key to fighting the existential threat of climate

Dear Sophie: Is immigration happening? Who can I hire?

Despite the administration’s efforts, immigration is STILL possible during this pandemic.

US suspends export of sensitive tech to Hong Kong as China passes new national security law

The United States government began measures today to end its special status with Hong Kong, one month after Secretary of State Michael Pompeo told Congress that Hong Kong should no longer be considere

Trump suspended from Twitch, as Reddit bans the ‘The_Donald’ and additional subreddits

Two big new pieces of news today from the ongoing battle between social media and politics. Both Twitch and Reddit have made moves against political content, citing violations of terms of service. Twi

Blackbaud’s cloud for ‘social good’ serves customers that work against human rights

Blackbaud offers enterprise tools ostensibly in a campaign to support social good, but the company also provides services to far-right organizations the Heritage Foundation and the Center for Security

Daily Crunch: Facebook faces an advertiser revolt

Facebook takes (small) steps to improve its content policies as advertisers join a broad boycott, founder Alexis Ohanian is leaving Initialized Capital and Waze gets a new look. Here’s your Dail

Four views: How will the work visa ban affect tech and which changes will last?

Four TechCrunch staffers discuss the potential impacts of the government's decision to halt all new work visas through the end of the year.

As advertisers revolt, Facebook commits to flagging ‘newsworthy’ political speech that violates policy

As advertisers pull away from Facebook to protest the social networking giant’s hands-off approach to misinformation and hate speech, the company is instituting a number of stronger policies to

Unilever and Verizon are the latest companies to pull their advertising from Facebook

Advertiser momentum against Facebook’s content and monetization policies continues to grow. Last night, Verizon (which owns TechCrunch) said it will be pausing advertising on Facebook and Instag

Volcker Rule reforms expand options for raising VC funds

One the more nuanced changes is that the reform could help smaller funds in cities outside of major hubs like San Francisco and New York raise capital.

Privacy not a blocker for ‘meaningful’ research access to platform data, says report

European lawmakers are eyeing binding transparency requirements for Internet platforms in a Digital Services Act (DSA) due to be drafted by the end of the year. But the question of how to create gover

PACT Act takes on internet platform content rules with ‘a scalpel rather than a jackhammer’

The PACT Act is a new bipartisan effort to reform Section 230, the crucial liability shield that enables internet platforms to exist, approaching the law’s shortcomings “with a scalpel rat

China’s GPS competitor is now fully launched

For decades, the United States has had a monopoly on positioning, navigation and timing technology with its Global Positioning System (GPS), a constellation of satellites operated by the military that

GDPR’s two-year review flags lack of ‘vigorous’ enforcement

It’s more than two years since a flagship update to the European Union’s data protection regime moved into the application phase. Yet the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has been

Trump’s worker visa ban will hit Silicon Valley hard

"This would be a blow to very early-stage tech companies trying to get off the ground."

How will EC plans to reboot rules for digital services impact startups?

There's a chance for broader perspectives on platform power to shape the next decades online, and much more besides.

Dear Sophie: What does the Supreme Court’s DACA decision mean for employers?

Your company’s ability to recruit and retain Dreamers has largely returned to the way things were, but the DACA program remains in jeopardy.

French contact-tracing app StopCovid has been activated 1.8 million times but only sent 14 notifications

France released StopCovid three weeks ago. The government is holding a press conference today to give an update on the app. In particular, this conference is a good opportunity to share some numbers.
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