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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A new breed of startups is acquiring and growing small but promising third-party merchants, and building out their own economies of scale. And while there are a number of such startups based in the U.S. and Europe, none had emerged in the Latin American market. Until now. Valoreo, a Mexico City-based acquirer of e-commerce businesses, […]

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Indian conglomerate Tata Group has reached an agreement to acquire a majority stake in grocery delivery startup BigBasket, two sources familiar with the matter told TechCrunch. The salt-to-software giant is buying over 60% stake in BigBasket in a deal that values the Indian startup between $1.8 billion to $2 billion, sources said, requesting anonymity as […]

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Coupang files for mega US IPO

  • Feb 12, 2021

Coupang’s offering, coming amidst the public debut of a number of well-known technology brands, will be a massive affair.

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Amazon, Microsoft and IBM have each elevated people who ran their cloud divisions to the CEO role.

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LanzaJet, the renewable jet fuel startup spun out from the longtime renewable and synthetic fuel manufacturer LanzaTech, has inked a supply agreement with British Airways to supply the company with at least 7,500 tons of fuel additive per year. The deal marks the second agreement between the U.K.-based airline and a renewable jet fuels manufacturer […]

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U.K.-based Isotropic Systems has raised a $40 million funding in an “oversubscribed” round that the startup says will help it get its next-generation broadband terminal to the production phase by its 2022 target. The funding, a Series B that brings the company’s total raised to $60 million, was led by SES and included participation form […]

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On Friday, the National Labor Relations Board rejected Amazon’s attempt to delay a union vote set to begin on Monday, February 8. For many, the online giant’s bid was seen as a stalling tactic, including a motion to demand votes take place in-person — a clear health risk, as the COVID-19 virus still poses a […]

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The cloud infrastructure market in 2020 reflected society itself, with the richest companies getting richer and the ones at the bottom of the market getting poorer. It grew to $129 billion for the year, according to data from Synergy Research Group. That’s up from around $97 billion in 2019. Synergy also reported that the cloud […]

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Amazon has started making deliveries to customers in Los Angeles using electric vans designed and built by Rivian. The electric vans, which are part of Amazon’s 2040 climate pledge, won’t go into series production until the end of the year, according to an update Wednesday by the company. Amazon declined to reveal how many electric […]

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The Bezos era is ending, Uber acquires Drizly and Tesla recalls 135,000 vehicles. This is your Daily Crunch for February 2, 2021. The big story: Jeff Bezos will step down as Amazon CEO Amazon announced today that founder Jeff Bezos will be transitioning from CEO to executive chair in the third quarter of this year. […]

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Blockbuster news struck late this afternoon when Amazon announced that Jeff Bezos would be stepping back as CEO of Amazon, the company he built from a business in his garage to worldwide behemoth. As he takes on the role of executive chairman, his replacement will be none other than AWS CEO Andy Jassy. With Jassy […]

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Amazon founder and current CEO Jeff Bezos will be transitioning to executive chair of the company sometime in Q3 of this year, with current AWS CEO Andy Jassy taking over the top executive role at the commerce company. Amazon announced the news alongside its earnings results on Tuesday. Amazon initially rose after-hours as the market […]

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[Coro] Vete pa’ tu casa, vete pa’ tu casa No te da la cuenta no Vete pa’ tu casa Dedicado a todo aquel que le guste el rap [Verso 1] Yo vengo del tiempo de cuando no habían estudios, equipos y flyer De cuando no había ni Facebook, ni iTunes, ni Youtube, ni Twitter, ni Empire De cuando la […]

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[Refrão 1] Vento solar e estrelas do mar A terra azul da cor do seu vestido Vento solar e estrelas do mar Você ainda quer morar comigo? [Verso 1] Se eu cantar não chore não É só poesia Eu só preciso ter você Por mais um dia Ainda gosto de dançar Bom dia Como vai […]

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Just a word to the black-and-white Hungry for the latest fight When you draw lines in the sand Take a look at where you stand Tough talk (bad words) Rough talk (mad nerds) I'm not somebody's sheep to herd What we are is who we hate Who we castigate for all the rest of time […]

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Ons het goed begin Ek wil net by voorbaat Dit duidelik maak Dat ek het nie ‘n punt het nie Lief vir my mense Probeer om nie te haat nie Nog nooit gewens my pa’t minder geld gemaak nie Vir eeue en eeue Het ons in die donker rondgekak Elektrisiteit herontdek En nou sit hulle […]

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[Intro] Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah (Woah) Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah (Woah) Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah (Woah) Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah [Chorus] Five bad boys in [?] I been on the road now the boy went Tootsie Tryna swim in that, ain't talking that p*ssy Grindin', skatin' [?] like I'm in [?] […]

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[Paroles de "Femme forte"] [Couplet 1] Viens on parle comme des adultes Tu la voulais, tu l'as eu Combien t'as pleuré pour elle T'aurais décroché la lune Mal luné chaque seconde, salut devant la mille-f' c'est mal vu Tu fais la caille' de cité tu connais l'code de la rue Ouais c'est une femme forte, […]

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Ich traf sie in 'nem Imbiß in Dortmund-Nord Es roch stark nach Schaschlik und 'n bißchen nach Abort Und sie hieß Lola L.O.L.A. Lola Ich sagte: Darf ich bitten oder woll'n wir erst tanzen? Sie wurde rot und rührte wie ertappte Emanzen In ihrer Cola C.O.L.A. Cola lalalala Lola Nun seh ich nicht grad aus […]

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[Songtext zu „E.V.J.M.F.“] [Intro] Aha Yeah, yeah, mhh Jo, jo Seltsam, aber so steht’s geschrieben [Strophe: Farin] Die Ärzte 1.0 Jetzt endlich auch in Stereo Unser Streben nach Schönheit und Perfektion Führt uns wieder zurück ans Mikrofon Führt uns wieder zurück ins Rampenlicht, aber eigentlich brauchen wir die Lampe nicht Denn wir leuchten im Dunkeln, […]

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Adolescence – what’s it like? It’s a psychedelic motorbike You smash it up ten times a day Then you walk away It’s moonlight on the balcony It’s pure hormonal agony Bad poetry its greeting card – Will the Bard Adolescence – why is it so? Ask someone else, how should I know? It’s a song […]

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