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Steve Carell, Reese Witherspoon Jennifer Aniston speak at the Apple Spring Event on March 25th, 2019. Source: Apple Apple found its role in the streaming wars. Former HBO CEO Plepler announced on Thursday that he signed an exclusive, five-year deal with Apple to produce TV shows, movies and documentaries for the company’s fledgling streaming service,
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Even when Apple telegraphs its hardware strategy, it’s proving to be nearly impossible for startups to beat them. The company’s executives have been motioning interest in following their runaway success on mobile with hefty investments in augmented reality, something that has led to the rise of dozens of venture-backed startups hoping to beat Apple to
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“We were in the back washing blenders so they could keep taking Snackpass orders” recalls co-founder and CEO Kevin Tan. The team from order-ahead food startup Snackpass was willing to get their hands dirty to keep up with demand at one of their first restaurant partners, Tropical Smoothie Cafe on the Yale college campus. Why were
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Two employees of Google riding company bicycles. Smith Collection/Gado | Getty Images As Sundar Pichai faces his first full year leading Alphabet, the job comes with challenges, including a workforce that has grown eight-fold from a decade ago. Long-tenured Alphabet employees recently told CNBC they no longer recognize Google as the company they first joined,
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Larry Page Getty Images Google’s former top diplomat now blames the company’s “disengaged” founders and earnings-driven leadership for Google’s departure from its core value, “Don’t be evil.” Ross LaJeunesse, who joined Google in 2008 and was head of international relations until last May, according to his LinkedIn profile, said in a Medium post Thursday that
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A lawsuit filed by Uber, Postmates and other parties against a forthcoming California law regulating gig-economy work makes a feeble case, U.S. Rep. Ro Khanna told CNBC on Tuesday. “I think their argument is very weak,” Khanna, the Democratic representative of California’s 17th Congressional District, said in a “Power Lunch” interview. His district includes parts
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Getty Images When it came to biomedical breakthroughs, this past decade represented a lot more hype than substance. We were promised a new era of “precision medicine,” where every patient would receive highly personalized treatments to target specifics fault in their genes. But in recent months, reports surfaced that these experimental therapies were failing most
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Tesla founder Elon Musk speaks at the unveiling event by “The Boring Company” for the test tunnel of a proposed underground transportation network across Los Angeles County, in Hawthorne, California, December 18, 2018. Robyn Beck | Pool | Reuters Elon Musk, founder of tunnelling enterprise Boring Company, said in a tweet that a commercial tunnel
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Susan Wojcicki, chief executive officer of YouTube Inc., introduces the company’s new television subscription service. Patrick T. Fallon | Bloomberg | Getty Images Examining millions of YouTube recommendations over the course of a year, two researchers have determined that the platform in fact combats political radicalization. The researchers said that, as of late 2019, YouTube’s
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LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner participates in a question-and-answer interview during the seventh annual Washington Ideas Forum at the Harman Center for the Arts October 1, 2015 in Washington, DC. Chip Somodevilla | Getty Images News | Getty Images Microsoft told investors what it could do with LinkedIn in a PowerPoint presentation it showed on the
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Don Imus answered questions from Rev. Al Sharpton on Sharpton’s radio show. Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images Radio shock jock Don Imus, one of the early pioneers of his genre, died Friday less than two years after retiring, according to a family statement given to NBC New York. He was 79. The controversial
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In September 2019, President Emmanuel Macron was about to wrap up a speech on late-stage investment in France. According to a press briefing and some discussions with a source, everything that he was supposed to announce had been announced. But he dropped an unexpected number. “I’ll leave you with a goal: there should be 25
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Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive officer and founder of Facebook, speaks during a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, April 11, 2018. Andrew Harrer | Bloomberg | Getty Images Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg had made it about an hour into his two-day marathon testimony in front of Congress before the
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Social media influencers have been known to promote events around the world for the right price — decisions that sometimes prove to be mistakes. Bella Hadid, who’d promoted the failed Fyre Festival with a gaggle of other models who’d vacationed in the Bahamas for a video designed to help sell tickets, later apologized for her
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American automotive technology startup Rivian has raised $1.3 billion in new funding, the company announced today. The new investment is the fourth round of capital announced by the company in 2019 alone, following prior announcements of $700 million led by Amazon, $500 million from Ford (which includes a collaboration on electric vehicle technology) and $350
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MeWe, the subscription-based social network that emphasizes privacy and bills itself as the anti-Facebook, is launching a premium tier of its service and spinning up a business-focused product to take on enterprise networking and communication tools like Slack. Founded by Mark Weinstein, a gregarious serial entrepreneur who credits himself with being an early developer of
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Artificial intelligence is a powerful tool, but it’s not a magic wand. Applying the technology requires thought and dedication, especially with legacy industries like law and insurance, which are being taken on in this way by Luminance and Omnius respectively. The companies’ founders, Emily Foges and Sofie Quidenus-Wahlforss, spoke with great insight on this on
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Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This week Kate was in SF, Alex was in Providence, and there was a mountain of news to shovel through. If you’re here because we mentioned linking to a certain story in the show notes, that’s here. For
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