GitHub defies a takedown order, Strava raises a giant spherical and Moderna experiences promising COVID-19 vaccine outcomes. This is your Daily Crunch for November 16, 2020.
The large story: GitHub reinstates YouTube downloading venture
Back in October, the Recording Industry Association of America despatched a DMCA grievance to GitHub over a venture known as YouTube-dl, which permits viewers to obtain YouTube movies for offline viewing. According to the commerce group, YouTube-dl each circumvented DRM and, in its documentation, promoted the piracy of a number of widespread songs.
However, the Electronic Frontier Foundation despatched GitHub a letter criticizing the RIAA’s argument and suggesting that, amongst different issues, it mischaracterizes how YouTube-dl’s code truly works.
In response, GitHub has restored the venture’s code. It additionally says it’s rethinking the way it will deal with takedown notices sooner or later, with a brand new $1 million developer protection fund and the response of technical and authorized evaluation of any future claims filed beneath part 1201 of the DMCA.
The tech giants
You can now embed Apple Podcasts on the net — Apple is making it simpler to find and hearken to podcasts through the net.
Apple’s IDFA will get focused in strategic EU privateness complaints — The complaints, lodged with German and Spanish knowledge safety authorities, contend that Apple’s setting of the IDFA breaches regional privateness legal guidelines.
Spotify provides a built-in podcast playlist creation device, ‘Your Episodes’ — The function allows you to bookmark particular person episodes from any podcast, that are then added to a brand new “Your Episodes” playlist.
Startups, funding and enterprise capital
Strava raises $110M, touts development fee of two million new customers monthly in 2020 — Strava has 70 million members already in keeping with the corporate, with presence in 195 nations globally.
Squarespace provides help for memberships and paywalled content material — Squarespace’s new Member Areas permit companies to cost for entry to unique content material.
Computer imaginative and prescient startup Chooch.ai scores $20M Series A — Chooch.ai hopes to assist corporations undertake pc imaginative and prescient extra broadly.
Advice and evaluation from Extra Crunch
Will edtech empower or erase the necessity for larger training? — Campuses are closed, sports activities have been paused and, understandably, college students don’t need to pay the identical tuition for a fraction of the providers.
Three development ways that helped us surpass Noom and Weight Watchers — Over the previous yr, diet app Lifesum has acquired customers at almost twice the speed of each Noom and Weight Watchers.
Unpacking the C3.ai IPO submitting — C3 is definitely in fairly good monetary form, producing each rising recurring software program revenues and money in some quarters.
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Moderna experiences its COVID-19 vaccine is 94.5% efficient in first knowledge from Phase three trial — Following quick on the heels of Pfizer’s announcement of its COVID-19 vaccine efficacy, Moderna can also be sharing constructive outcomes from its Phase three trial.
HBO Max arrives on Amazon Fire TV gadgets — As part of the brand new deal, current HBO subscribers on Amazon will be capable to use the HBO Max app at no extra value.
Original Content podcast: ‘The Vow’ presents a muddled have a look at the NXIVM cult — It’s an interesting documentary hampered by some unlucky storytelling decisions.
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