Daily Archives: March 24, 2020

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Snapchat’s Zenly launches coronavirus Stay Home leaderboard

Snapchat’s location sharing app acquisition Zenly has gamified shelter-in-place during the COVID-19 outbreak. Today the app launched its Stay At Home challenge that shows a leaderboard of which friends have spent the most percentage of the last three days in their homes. Users can see who’s social distancing the best […]

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Apple Card gets updated privacy policy on new data sharing and more transaction detail

Apple is updating its privacy policy for Apple Card to enable sharing more anonymized data with Goldman Sachs, its financial partner. Apple’s reasoning here is that this will make it able to do a better job of assigning credit to new customers. The data is aggregate and anonymized, and there […]

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Ford won’t restart North American plants on March 30

Ford said Tuesday it won’t restart its factories in the U.S., Canada and Mexico on Monday, March 30 as the automaker had originally planned. The company, which suspended production at its North American factories due to the continued spread of COVID-19, has decided not to restart operations in light of […]

Watchworthy’s personalized TV recommendation app will help you find your next binge

Ranker, an online publisher that turns crowdsourced lists and fan rankings into a data business, is now turning its attention to the world of streaming services. The company this week launched a new app, Watchworthy, that helps you find something new to watch across TV networks and more than 200 […]

Google’s travel search now highlights travel advisories and airline cancellation policies

Google today announced a small but important addition to its travel search site on both mobile and desktop. When you search for flights, hotels and activities, the site will now highlight active travel advisories for your destination. In addition, now that most airlines have changed their flight change and cancellation […]

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Former Slack exec April Underwood has joined Obvious Ventures as a venture partner

April Underwood, who until early last year was Slack’s chief product officer, has joined Obvious Ventures as a venture partner, she announced on Twitter today. Underwood said that as part of the firm’s team, she will “invest in great companies seeking to solve the big problems facing humanity: our climate, […]

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With the real estate industry facing headwinds, SoftBank-backed Compass lays off 15% of staff

Compass, the real-estate brokerage startup backed by roughly $1.6 billion in venture funding, has laid off 15% of its staff as a result of the shifting economic fortunes created by the global response to the novel coronavirus pandemic, according to an internal email seen by TechCrunch. Citing economic fallout that […]

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Join our conference call with immigration attorney Sophie Alcorn Tuesday at 1pm PDT

The world has been turned upside-down the past few weeks, with flight cancellations, global travel bans and a massive slowdown of worldwide commerce. For immigrants to the United States here on work visas, these are particularly ambiguous and challenging times. We’ve had prominent Silicon Valley immigration attorney Sophie Alcorn of […]

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Oura partners with UCSF to determine if its smart ring can help detect COVID-19 early

Startups continue to find new ways to contribute to ongoing efforts to fight the global spread of COVID-19 during the current global coronavirus pandemic, and personal health hardware-maker Oura is no exception. The smart ring startup is working with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) on a new study […]