September 30, 2020

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France’s Sendinblue, an all-in-one digital marketing platform, raises $160M
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As more companies and brands put the internet at the core of how they run their businesses these days, it’s giving a strong push to the growth of startups that are building tools to help them. In the latest development, Sendinblue, an eight-year-old French startup that has built a platform to help small and medium organizations run all of their marketing — from email, SMS and chat marketing through to automation services, Facebook ads and retargeting — has picked up $160 million in funding.Bridgepoint, Bpifrance, Blackrock, and previous investor Partech (which led Sendinblue’s $35 million in Series A in 2017) all invested in the round.
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Google skipped Motion Sense on the Pixel 5, but it still has a future
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Google is not done with its Soli radar chip and Motion Sense feature, even though it skipped them both on the Pixel 5. In an interview with The Verge, Google’s hardware chief Rick Osterloh said that Project Soli and Motion Sense gestures would return in the future.Google introduced Motion Sense assisted by its Soli radar chip on the Pixel 4. The feature enables a bunch of hand gestures on the phone that allow you to control it without touching the screen. It may have seemed like a gimmick to some users, but our very own Jimmy Westenberg thought it a great addition.The Soli chip also helped the Pixel 4 recognize your presence and quickly unlock the screen by engaging the necessary biometric sensors. Thanks to this, the Pixel 4 has one of the fastest face unlock systems in the market.Also read:Soli on the Google Pixel 4: Here’s why it’s a good thing
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Sendinblue raises $160 million to automate repetitive marketing tasks
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Sendinblue, a marketing automation startup founded in 2012, today announced that it raised $160 million. A company spokesperson says it will be put toward accelerating Sendinblue’s go-to-market efforts as the company experiences growth during the pandemic.Lockdowns and shelter-in-place orders aimed at beating back the novel coronavirus have forced marketers to fully embrace digital. According to a report published by The CMO Survey, some 60.8% of respondents indicated they’ve “shifted resources to building customer-facing digital interfaces” and 56.2% transformed their businesses to focus on digital opportunities. Moreover, marketers reported increased openness among customers to new digital offerings introduced during the pandemic and greater perceived value in digital experiences.
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How To Read BP’s Projection Of Energy Rationing
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BP’s “Delayed and Disorderly” scenario for the energy sector suggests that energy rationing may be necessary to prevent climate catastrophe, but that doesn’t mean BP expects energy rationing to take place.
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Google Pixel 5 vs Google Pixel 4: which flagship Android phone is for you?
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The Google Pixel 5 is the latest flagship from Google, and the successor to 2019’s Google Pixel 4. But the new phone isn’t as much of an upgrade as you might expect – in fact, it's arguably not an upgrade at all, as the chipset is mid-range and the price is temptingly low.As such, you might be wondering whether it’s better to just pick up a Pixel 4 instead, or if it’s worth upgrading from the Pixel 4 to the Pixel 5. To help you answer those questions we’ve compared the two phones based on their core specs and features and – in the case of the Pixel 4 – our hands-on experiences. So read on to see how the new Google Pixel 5 stacks up against the older Google Pixel 4 in all the areas that matter – from the screen to the camera, and the all-important price.From the back the Google Pixel 4 and Google Pixel 5 look quite similar. They both have a square camera block in the top-left corner and a Google logo near the bottom, and are otherwise near featureless single-color slabs.
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The biggest movie of 2020 is a blockbuster from China you haven’t heard of
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Chinese filmmakers are doing it again.Early last year, a surprise sci-fi blockbuster out of China exploded onto the global box office, with that movie (Wandering Earth) eventually performing so strongly that it put the film on par with some of the biggest big screen titles to emerge from the US in recent years, like Black Panther and Avengers: Endgame. No surprise, Netflix snapped up the movie, which tells the story of people trying to save earth from being destroyed by the sun, and which easily set records as one of the highest-grossing films in China ever. And now, more than a year after Wandering Earth become one of the biggest films in the world, a new epic out of China has similarly dominated the global box office. Its name? The Eight Hundred, a war movie depicting a fight between Chinese and Japanese soldiers set in the late 1930s that has become the biggest movie of 2020.
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Twitter removes 130 accounts disrupting public conversation during Trump-Biden debate
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Twitter Inc removed 130 accounts, which appeared to originate in Iran, as they were attempting to disrupt the public conversation during the first 2020 U.S. Presidential election debate, the company said Wednesday.
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eFounders unveils its next batch of enterprise SaaS startups
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Since 2011, European startup studio eFounders has launched 27 companies with a focus on software-as-a-service companies trying to improve the way we work. Some of them have been quite successful, such as Front and Aircall.And the company is working on its next batch of startups. “We're particularly inspired by the new wave of productivity tools, that is ever more collaborative and flexible,” eFounders co-founder Thibaud Elziere said in a statementIn exchange for financial and human resources, eFounders keeps a significant stake in its startups. Ideally, startups raise a seed round and take off on their own after a year or two.
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Best Black Friday iPad deals 2020: The lowest prices on Apple tablets
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Pumpkins, hot cocoa, and leaves falling off trees. Fall is finally here and this year it’s jam-packed with sales. With Back Friday only a few months away we’re expecting to see some of the biggest tech sales of the season. If you’ve been waiting for the right time to invest in a new high-end tablet to make work from home easier, Black Friday season is the time to invest. Whether it’s the standard iPad that’s caught your eye, the pint-sized iPad Mini, or the productivity workhorse that is the iPad Pro, there will be deals available across the range. Keep checking this page the closer we get to the event as we’ll be updating this page pretty regularly to give you the best available Black Friday iPad deals of the season.Apple recently announced the release of a new version of the iPad Air which will be available in Octobers. That means that all of its predecessors like the iPad Air 3 will be heavily discounted during Black Friday. We also expect to see big discounts on the iPad Pro and the 10.2-inch Apple iPad with the 10.2 iPad seeing up to $100 off. If you’re looking for a portable, budget-friendly option, the iPad Mini should also be seeing discounts, anywhere up to $50 off. iPad accessories will also be on sale so if you’re looking for a new cover or a Bluetooth-enabled keyboard for your iPad we expect to see a lot of deals. Apple products like the Magic Keyboard will also see discounts anywhere between $20-$30, maybe even more.
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Björn Öste, Inventor Of Oat Milk, On The Road To Number One
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In recent months, oat milk has experienced dramatic growth and is likely to surpass almond milk as the most popular substitute for dairy while setting the stage to steal market share from the overall dairy category. Björn Öste, the inventor of oat milk, discusses his reaction.
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Twitter removed 130 Iran-linked accounts during last night's debate
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Twitter has removed 130 accounts that appeared to originate from Iran and were attempting to disrupt public conversation around the 2020 US Presidential debate. The social network’s Support account has revealed the deletion on the platform. It also posted sample tweets that show support for Trump and question whether moderator Chris Wallace truly is nonpartisan. According to the announcement, Twitter found the accounts based on intel provided by the FBI. In a statement provided to CNET, the federal agency confirmed that it does share information with social networks but refused to discuss details about this specific deletion: “Although we cannot discuss the specific information provided, the FBI regularly shares information with social media companies so they can better protect their platforms. The FBI is actively engaged with our federal partners, election officials and the private sector to mitigate foreign threats to our nation's security and our elections.”
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To Keep Morale In Check For Defense Orgs Fighting A Global Pandemic, Tech Is Necessary
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Defense is an industry in which communication is key to keeping being ready for anything. Although chain of command is well-established in these organizations, COVID-19 has eliminated the typical face to face conversations that typically keep everyone aligned.
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Google just gave away the Pixel 4a India launch date
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Google has finally announced the India launch date for the Pixel 4a. The mid-range Google phone that debuted in the US back in August will reach Indian shores on October 17. Google confirmed the Pixel 4a India launch while replying to a query on Twitter.It’s possible that Google’s Twitter account jumped the gun because we were initially expecting the company to announce the India availability of the Pixel 4a during the Pixel hardware event that concluded a few hours back. When that didn’t happen, we thought Google would put out an official Pixel 4a India launch announcement at a later date. Looks like the cat is finally out of the bag. The Google Pixel 4a will be made available in India through Flipkart. The e-commerce platform has already put up a dedicated page for the phone on its website. However, it doesn’t mention the October 17 launch date just yet.
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Allbirds CEO Joey Zwillinger on the startup’s $100 million round, profitability, and SPAC mania
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As people spend less time out in the world and more time daydreaming about when a vaccine will arrive, lifestyle shoes are only gaining traction.One obvious beneficiary is Allbirds, the San Francisco-based maker of comfortable, sustainable kicks that launched in 2016 and quickly became a favorite in Silicon Valley circles before taking off elsewhere.Though the company saw its business slow this year because of the pandemic, its products are now available to purchase in 35 countries and its 20 brick-and-mortar stores are sprinkled throughout the U.S. and Europe, with another outpost in Tokyo and several shops in China.
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'Bloomberg Technology' Full Show (09/30/2020)
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Sep.30 -- The only daily news program focused exclusively on technology, innovation and the future of business from San Francisco.
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Google's 'Hold for Me' Assistant feature appears first on new Pixel phones
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When the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G arrive, they’ll include an early preview of Google’s new feature for the Phone app, the Duplex-powered “Hold for Me.” Mentioned during the Launch Night presentation and explained in a blog post, it lets Google Assistant wait around and wait for someone to pick up when a business is keeping you on hold.It follows Call Screen and Verified Calls as new features that use Assistant to make phone calls less annoying, and repurposes the Duplex developments to let AI detect hold music and produce a notification once someone actually picks up. According to Google, you’ll see captions produced in real-time on your phone’s screen to let you know what’s happening, as Duplex can tell when it’s picking up a recorded message vs. a live representative.Also worth noting, it doesn’t share the audio with Google or save it to your account unless you choose to have it shared for quality control. The audio processing is actually done on-device and not in the cloud, with recorded audio and transcripts deleted within 48 hours.
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Indian startups explore forming an alliance and alternative app store to fight Google’s ‘monopoly’
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Google, which reaches more internet users than any other firm in India and commands 99% of the nation’s smartphone market, has stumbled upon an odd challenge in the world’s second largest internet market: Scores of top local entrepreneurs.Dozens of top startups and firms in India are working to form an alliance and toying with the idea of launching an app store to cut their reliance on Google, five people familiar with the matter told TechCrunch.The list of entrepreneurs include high-profile names such as Vijay Shekhar Sharma, co-founder and chief executive of Paytm (India’s most valuable startup), Deep Kalra of travel ticketing firm MakeMyTrip, and executives from PolicyBazaar, Sharechat and many other firms.
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Social Media App Loosid Sees An Uptick In Sober Dating Numbers
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In the Covid-19 era when reports suggest more Americans subjected to lockdowns are struggling with excessive alcohol consumption, one social media app is welcoming users looking to date in a world sobriety.
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Microsoft Security Report Highlights New Sophisticated Threats From Nation State Actors
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If it wasn’t clear that cybersecurity is the new frontier in our evermore-connected world, a recent report from Microsoft entitled the “Digital Defense Report” details how rapidly escalating security threats are growing in sophistication and pervasiveness from nation state actors.
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Every free PS4 game coming to PlayStation Plus in October 2020
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We’re just over a month out from the launch of the PS5, but it’s business as usual for Sony in October as two more titles are added to the free library of games available to all PlayStation Plus subscribers. Need for Speed Payback is arguably the highlight this month, although it received middling reviews when it launched in 2017. That said, if you’re looking for an open-world racing game with plenty of content, this should last you a few weeks. Here’s the complete lineup of free PlayStation 4 games available for PS Plus subscribers in October:Both games listed above will be free to download on Tuesday, October 6th. As always, you will need to have an active subscription to PlayStation Plus in order to download them for free. You’ll also need to either keep paying for or restart your subscription in order to keep them, even if you downloaded them for free. And don’t forget — all the free games from August are still available until the new Instant Game Collection arrives next week.
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ExpressVPN offers exclusive one-month trial to LastPass password manager customers
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ExpressVPN has a long history of partnerships with other tech companies (HP, Mozilla, Dynabook to name a few) and has now teamed up with popular password manager LastPass.The VPN firm will provide a one-month trial to users of LastPass Premium and Family packages, which can be activated by logging into the LastPass Vault and accessing the Security Dashboard on the left hand menu.The move, while unexpected, is logical for two of the biggest players in their respective fields. Rival password manager Dashlane, for example, already offers a VPN service from Anchorfree, the company behind HotspotShield. The combo package costs $60 per year and offers credit monitoring, identity restoration support and identity theft insurance.NordVPN, meanwhile, also offers a password management solution called NordPass and has quietly added cloud storage and encryption services to its roster too. It has also partnered with BlackBerry Cylance in the past for antivirus protection.
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