While not entirely non-existent, the union has been an elusive phenomenon in Silicon Valley. More recently, however, big names like Google and Kickstarter have taken key steps toward forming unions, as have smaller startups like Glitch, which made history this week by signing a collective bargaining agreement — the first team of software engineers to […]

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Amazon said on Monday it has expanded its food delivery service, called Amazon Food, across 62 zip codes in Bangalore in what is the first public update since entering the new category in India last May. The American e-commerce group said Amazon Food now reaches key localities in Bangalore such as Whitefield, HSR, Sarjapur, Koramangala, […]

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The clock has officially started ticking on Deliveroo’s plans to go public in April. After announcing last week that it planned to list on the London Stock Exchange, today the on-demand food delivery company backed by Amazon and others published selected updated financials for the previous fiscal year, along with its Expected Intention to Float (EITF) […]

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There has been a rapid proliferation of roll-up companies armed with wallets full of money to consolidate promising smaller merchants that sell on Amazon and other marketplaces, the idea being to create economies of scale to help them sell more effectively and grow. Today, a company that is somewhat doing the opposite — building tools […]

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Amazon is rolling out a new experience for its Fire TV platform that puts more focus on subscription-free streaming and other live content. The company today announced several new services are being integrated into its suite of Live features, including Xumo and its own IMDb TV and Amazon news app. The company also soon plans […]

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Netflix said on Wednesday it will roll out 41 Indian films and shows this year, its biggest annual roster of Indian content to date, as the American giant makes a further push to win subscribers in the world’s second-largest internet market. The streaming giant, which committed to spending about $420 million on locally produced Indian […]

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Sometimes the smallest innovations can have the biggest impacts on the world’s efforts to stop global climate change. Arguably, one of the biggest contributors in the fight against climate change to date has been the switch to the humble LED light, which has slashed hundreds of millions of tons of carbon dioxide emissions simply by […]

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Mobile gaming hasn’t seen the same demand for streaming content in the past as desktop has, but Amazon sees a market there to extend Twitch’s dominance. After launching on Android back in November, the company’s mobile streaming centric app has just launched on Apple’s App Store. The app lets users record short clips (anywhere from […]

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Amazon on Tuesday issued a rare apology to users in India for an original political drama series over allegations that a few scenes in the nine-part mini series hurt religious sentiments of some people in the key overseas market. The series, called “Tandav,” has faced criticism from some people in India — including a few […]

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At its Ignite conference today, Microsoft announced the launch of Azure Managed Instance for Apache Cassandra, its latest NoSQL database offering and a competitor to Cassandra-centric companies like Datastax. Microsoft describes the new service as a ‘semi-managed offering that will help companies bring more of their Cassandra-based workloads into its cloud. “Customers can easily take […]

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AWS launched the DeepRacer League in 2018 as a fun way to teach developers machine learning, and it’s been building on the idea ever since. Today, it announced the latest league season with two divisions: Open and Pro. As Marcia Villalba wrote in a blog post announcing the new league, “AWS DeepRacer is an autonomous […]

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In a move designed to directly challenge Amazon, Walmart today announced it’s dropping the $35 minimum order requirement for its two-hour “Express” delivery service, a competitor to Amazon’s “Prime Now.”  With Walmart Express Delivery, customers can order from Walmart’s food, consumables or general merchandise assortment, then pay a flat $10 fee to have the items […]

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The Station is a weekly newsletter dedicated to all things transportation. Sign up here — just click The Station — to receive it every weekend in your inbox.  Hi friends and new readers, welcome back to The Station, a newsletter dedicated to all the present and future ways people and packages move from Point A to […]

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Play this song [Intro] Ayy, woah Ayy, ayy Yeah [Refrain] I’m makin’ a change today The liquor been takin’ the pain away I heard you was givin’ your chain away That’s kinda like givin’ your fame away What’s wrong with you? I sit in a box where the owners do A boss is a role […]

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Bobby Shmurda gets a glow in the dark chain from his right hand man Rowdy Rebel. Just a few days out of prison and with three songs hitting platinum, Bobby Shmurda is flaunting it all. He recently posted several pictures on his Instagram wearing a myriad of jewelry, with the highlight being a gold chain […]

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And it’s a long road to redemption Back to the life I’ve left in disrepair It’s a long hard climb Till your lips meet mine But I swear, sweet darling, I’ll get there Oh it’s a far cry to forgiveness So much in this world to set square Lots of voices too many Till I […]

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I find like, I have some beliefs that are too inflammatory to even discuss Unfortunately [Chorus] Because there are certain things in society, that you're not allowed to believe Or speak publicly And so I'll just never say them And I'll just leave them in my little head Because there are certain things in society, […]

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Les yeux battus la mine triste Et les joues blêmes Tu ne dors plus Tu n'es plus que l'ombre de toi-même Seul dans la rue tu rôdes comme une âme en peine Et tous les soirs sous sa fenêtre On peut te voir Curre 'mbraccio addu mamma,,(Bambino bambino) Nun fa 'o scemo picceri'……(Guaglio Guaglio) Dille […]

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Je me sers de mes galères pour transmettre de l’espoir Je  regarde mon miroir, est-ce moi ? Miraculé,  mon cœur est immaculé Mon rap répand les cendres de cette vie que j’adulais Je mène cette vie nouvelle, sans nouvelle allure Intérieurement  J’ai fait du Christ mon Cordula pour mon salut Depuis  je vis et dis […]

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Hear the train whistle blow rolling down the line Come to rescue this heart of mine Hear the rumble and roar of the moonlight express Our one last chance at a better world than this (All aboard) A better world than this (All aboard) Every traveler sat silent as a stone A lot like but […]

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Because I’m talking with the person who gave us the A and B Game, Blue Church, Jordan Hall, and part of that is this idea which is a religion that’s not a religion and coming – trying to come up with a post religious faith Because here is the idea, this is probably in some ways my most radical […]

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Robotics roundup

  • Feb 25, 2021

Robotics took a small step into the wild world of SPACs this week, as Berkshire Grey announced its plan to go public by Q2. Setting aside some of the bigger issues with using the reverse merger route we’ve discussed plenty, BG is an ideal candidate for this next major step for a number of reasons. […]

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We check out Amazon’s new smart home device, Airbnb adds flexible search and Hopin is raising even more money. This is your Daily Crunch for February 24, 2021. The big story: We review the Amazon Echo Show 10 Brian Heater spent some time with Amazon’s new smart home device, paying particular attention to the screen […]

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Amazon Echo Show 10 review: Unmoved

  • Feb 24, 2021

Every new smart home device invites new questions. Questions of privacy, security and what we’re willing to give up for the sake of convenience. It’s not an anti-technology stance to welcome these conversations and assess new products as we invite them into our homes. For my part, my apartment is fairly limited when it comes […]

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India’s Flipkart said on Wednesday it will deploy more than 25,000 electric vehicles in its supply chain by 2030 as the Walmart-owned e-commerce giant looks to achieve a 100% transition to electric mobility in the next 10 years. The Bangalore-headquartered firm said it has partnered with leading EV makers including Hero Electric, Mahindra Electric and […]

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Zomato has raised $250 million, two months after closing a $660 million Series J financing round, as the Indian food delivery startup builds a war-chest ahead of its IPO later this year. Kora (which contributed $115 million), Fidelity ($55 million), Tiger Global ($50 million), Bow Wave ($20 million) and Dragoneer ($10 million) pumped the new […]

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The COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech now has less stringent and extreme transportation requirements than when it debuted. Originally, the mRNA-based vaccine had to be maintained at ultra-low temperatures throughout the transportation chain in order to remain viable — between -76°F and -112°F. New stability data collected by Pfizer and BioNTech, which has […]

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An influential India trader group that represents tens of millions of brick-and-mortar retailers called New Delhi to ban Amazon in the country after a report claimed that the American e-commerce group had given preferential treatment to a small group of sellers in India, publicly misrepresented its ties with those sellers, and used them to circumvent […]

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New York Attorney General Letitia James has filed a lawsuit alleging that Amazon failed to provide adequate safety health and safety measures in two New York facilities, and that it unlawfully disciplined and fired employees who complained. James opened an investigation into Amazon in March of last year, which her office says initially focused on conditions […]

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Amazon’s Day 1 Edition program pulled back the curtain ever-so-slightly on the company’s hardware development process. The initial class featured its Echo Frames smart glasses and Loop smart ring. Based on early user feedback, the company only opted to continue production on the former. But it takes the idea even further. The program is akin […]

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