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The return of text is inevitable Welcome to Startups Weekly, a fresh human-first take on this week’s startup news and trends. To get this in your inbox, subscribe here. On Equity this week, we discussed the value of the written word. You can imagine that the resulting argument is inherently …

This Week in Apps: Google Play lowers commissions, Apple drops anti-steering rule, Pinterest clones TikTok, Android 12 arrives Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the weekly TechCrunch series that recaps the latest in mobile OS news, mobile applications and the overall app economy. The app industry continues to grow, with a record 218 billion downloads and $143 billion in global consu…

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Employees are designing the workplace of the future What factors would make people want to come into the office? SAP research found four: peer-to-peer learning, collaboration, community-building and intention.

The rapidly changing investor calculus on China's tech giants As wave after wave of regulatory crackdowns have dominated China tech news in 2021, one can be excused for losing track of what is being regulated, who is doing the regulating, and what exactly the regulations are. From fintech to data management to education…

Introducing the TechCrunch Global Affairs Project Technology has never agreed with boundaries. Even the most detailed satellite snapshots of Earth show no borders. From the printing press to the airplane, the telephone to social media, technological progress has helped us transcend time and place. And when i…

I founded Nest. Here's how startups can help solve climate change Matt Rogers Contributor Share on Twitter Matt Rogers built the first machine-learning thermostat as the co-founder of Nest. He was previously an engineer at Apple, where he helped build ten generations of the iPhone and the first iPad. He currently splits his…

Decoupling tech supply chains would do more harm than good Phil Levy Contributor Share on Twitter Dr. Phil Levy is Chief Economist for Flexport. Earlier in his career, he held international economic policy positions at the White House and the Department of State. For a technology sector that would much prefer to focu…

Digital ID tech is moving fast. #GoodID will ensure it doesn’t break things Robert Karanja Contributor Share on Twitter Robert Karanja is a Director of Responsible Technology and Africa Lead for Omidyar Network and is based in Nairobi, Kenya.  The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated many technological shifts – how many of us knew what …

Software product company Arbisoft on the growing startup market in Pakistan Over the past two weeks, Anna Heim has interviewed Bashir from Arbisoft. They were recommended to us through our survey; we'd love to know which software consultants you'd recommend to other startups.

International Operation Knocks Notorious REvil Ransomware Group Offline Plus: Data theft in Argentina, a Sinclair Broadcast Group hack, and more of the week’s top security news.

This Prairie Grassland Project Collects Native Seeds Young members of the Fort Belknap Indian Community are learning how to identify and save local grasses as part of an effort to restore the land.

'EVE Online' Gamers Role-Play as Covid-19 Researchers A citizen science project based in this MMO space opera has saved scientists almost 500 years of mind-numbing data crunching.

14 Best Deals: iPads, TVs, Headphones, and More Every retailer thinks it's already time for post-Thanksgiving sales. Get your holiday shopping done early with scores on all the electronics on your list.

New Booster Approvals, Data on Kids' Shots, and More Coronavirus News Catch up on the most important updates from this week.

The Troubled Fate of 'Y: The Last Man' It took more than a decade to get the comics series adapted. Now it’s been canceled before even finishing its first season.

I Used Facebook Without the Algorithm, and You Can Too Making your News Feed chronological is an enlightening look at what's really happening on the platform.

'Dune' Review: An Exercise in Delayed Gratification Denis Villeneuve’s take on Frank Herbert’s classic novel is a long time coming—and also incomplete.

The Best Places to Buy Halloween Costumes in 2021 Should you match your mask? Can you thrift online? Here are our tips for buying or making costumes, including adaptable and accessible ones.

The 8 Best Reusable Water Bottles: Insulated and Non-Insulated Forget those one-and-done landfill cloggers. Upgrade your hydration with these insulated and non-insulated alternatives.

Tests aren’t enough: Case study after adding type hints to urllib3 Since Python 3.5 was released in 2015 including PEP 484 and the typing module type hints have grown from a nice-to-have to an expectation for popular packages. To fulfill this expectation our team...

bigscience/T0pp · Hugging Face We’re on a journey to advance and democratize artificial intelligence through open source and open science.

Sequoia PGP is now LGPL 2.0+ Sequoia is a modular OpenPGP implementation in Rust.

Code CAD – Use code to create CAD models A community hub for CodeCAD parts, OpenSCAD, CadQuery, JSCAD and more

Opening up a physics simulator for robotics As part of DeepMind's mission of advancing science, we have acquired the MuJoCo physics simulator and are making it freely available for everyone, to support research everywhere.

My Framework for Building Side Projects as a Solo Developer – Rauno Metsa When you work full-time, it's certain that you'll get paid. When you freelance, it's almost certain that you'll get paid. When you start a side project, it's uncertain if you'll ever get paid. And this can make it hard to start a side project. But what if yo…

What =delete means In my C++ training classes, I often explain the meaning of =delete as The library author is saying, “I know what you’re trying to do, and what you’re trying to do is wrong.”

Eating the Cloud from Outside In ∊ AWS is playing Chess. Cloudflare is playing Go.

Facebook Services Are Used to Spread Religious Hatred in India, Internal Documents Show Company researchers say anti-Muslim material is rife and calls to violence coincided with deadly riots last year. Facebook says it’s working to improve enforcement.

Trump’s Social-Media Platform Joins Crowded Conservative Media Field The former president’s son, Donald Trump Jr., has been closely involved in creation of new company

In Trying Times, a Kansas Community Faced Down its Fear of Outsiders Rural residents along Interstate 70 expected caravans of troublemakers from big cities and formed a self-defense group against the nation’s ills

The U.S. Is Turning Green. What Will This Climate Plan Cost and Who Will Pay? Washington and the private sector are expected to pledge to spend trillions of dollars to reduce carbon emissions

When Teens Question Their Gender, Social Media Can Provide Support—and Pressure Teens exploring gender and sexual identity often seek safe spaces on platforms such as Discord, but some walk away feeling more confused

As Hedge Funds Endure Rocky Year, Private-Company Bets Ease the Pain Soaring valuations and a hot U.S. IPO market have boosted private wagers, helping to offset poor performance in public markets

High Inflation Creates Tax Winners and Losers. What Are You? While take-home pay could climb for many in January, some taxpayers will feel the pinch of tax provisions that don’t change as prices rise

Saudi Arabia Pledges ‘Net Zero’ Carbon Emissions by 2060 Goal doesn’t include emissions from the massive amounts of oil the kingdom exports to other countries

The Unlikely Outsiders Who Won the Race for a Covid-19 Vaccine Uğur Şahin and Stéphane Bancel were long underestimated by investors and scientists. But when Covid-19 threatened the globe, these two unknowns had a solution.

Alec Baldwin Expresses Anguish and Shock About Prop Gun Death Actor speaks out about misfire of prop gun on the set of his Western film ‘‘Rust’ being shot in New Mexico

States mostly defer to union guidance for on-set gun safety Safety standards developed by film studios and labor unions are the primary protection for actors and film crews when a scene calls for using prop guns. The industry-wide guidance is clear: “Blanks can kill.

Vaccine mandates create conflict with defiant workers BATH, Maine (AP) — Josh “Chevy” Chevalier is a third-generation shipbuilder who hasn't missed a day of work during the pandemic in his job as a welder constructing Navy warships on the Maine coast.

EXPLAINER: How wildfires impact wildlife, their habitat FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The porcupines were walking slow and funny, more so than they usually do.Their stride concerned some residents in a South Lake Tahoe neighborhood who called a rehabilitation center.

No 'blank slate' jurors in county shaken by Arbery slaying BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — No. 218 joined a bike ride supporting Ahmaud Arbery's family after the young Black man was chased down and shot dead. No. 236 was a longtime co-worker of one of the white men charged in the killing.

Erdogan orders removal of 10 ambassadors, including US envoy ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Saturday that he had ordered 10 foreign ambassadors who called for the release of a jailed philanthropist to be declared persona non grata.

Is there a constitutional right to food? Mainers to decide PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Depending on whom you ask, Maine’s proposed “right to food” constitutional amendment would simply put people in charge of how and what they eat — or would endanger animals and food supplies, and turn urban neighborhoods into cattle past…

GOP uses voters to push election reforms in unlikely states HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Republicans have succeeded this year in passing a range of voting restrictions in states they control politically, from Georgia to Iowa to Texas. They're not stopping there.Republicans in at least four states where Democrats control the…

Deal on Biden's $2T plan edges closer; Harris is `confident' WASHINGTON (AP) — A deal within reach, President Joe Biden and Congress’ top Democrats edged close to sealing their giant domestic legislation, though the informal deadline appeared to slip as they worked to scale back the measure and determine how to pay for…

Film crew voiced complaints before fatal on-set shooting SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Alec Baldwin fatally shot a cinematographer on a New Mexico film set with a gun a crew member had assured the actor was safe, a tragic mistake that came hours and days after some workers walked off the job to protest safety conditions an…

Amid the Capitol riot, Facebook faced its own insurrection WASHINGTON (AP) — As supporters of Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6th, battling police and forcing lawmakers into hiding, an insurrection of a different kind was taking place inside the world’s largest social media company.

Logistics CEO: Port of Long Beach is 'overflowing with containers' The City of Long Beach said on Friday that it will temporarily permit additional container stacking to free up space and alleviate port congestion.

Walmart touts 'flexible' work, asks employees to return to the office Walmart's decision comes as many companies grapple with whether to make a return to the office mandatory for employees who transitioned to remote work early in the pandemic.

911 caller on 'Rust' set blames assistant director for gun mishap "He's responsible for what happened," script supervisor Mamie Mitchell said into the phone, referring to the film's assistant director.

A new cryptocurrency called worldcoin wants to scan 1 billion people's iris by 2023 to speed up digital currency adoption Worldcoin has scanned more than 100,000 people from different countries through a device called the Orb. The firm is currently valued at $1 billion.

Halloween candy, costumes, decor sales soar to $10 billion in 2021 Halloween may have taken a bit of a hiatus last year amid pandemic lockdowns, but it's come back in full force in 2021.

Intel earnings: Intel funds chip factories, but investors spooked Intel wants to compete against other manufacturers like Taiwan Semiconductor and Samsung by building foundries to supply chips.

Facebook's metaverse, name change could save it, experts say Experts told Insider Facebook's rebranding and focus on the metaverse is "genius" and could distance the company from toxicity on its social platform.

Photos: NASA stacks new SLS moon rocket taller than Statue of Liberty NASA's Space Launch System is finally standing tall at the Kennedy Space Center, after years of delays.

Trump merger prompts hedge funds Saba, Lighthouse to dump SPAC stake Investors in Digital World Acquisition Corp. reportedly sold their shares after finding out the SPAC was merging with Trump Media & Technology Group.

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