Netflix exams a free promotional providing, Amazon’s drone supply will get trial flight approval from the FAA and Neuralink reveals off its human-brain tech. This is your Daily Crunch for August 31, 2020.
The massive story: Netflix units some content material free
Netflix has taken a few of its best-known Originals out from behind the paywall.
The firm has already been testing out making choose titles free in sure markets, and right now it expanded that take a look at throughout the globe, with a library of Netflix content material, together with “Stranger Things,” “Bird Box,” “When They See Us” and “Our Planet” now obtainable free to non-subscribers (solely the primary episode, within the case of collection). A skippable 30-second advert for Netflix performs earlier than you watch.
“We’re taking a look at completely different advertising promotions to draw new members and provides them an important Netflix expertise,” the corporate mentioned in a press release.
The tech giants
Amazon’s Prime Air drone supply fleet positive aspects FAA approval for trial business flights — While this doesn’t imply that Amazon can instantly begin working a shopper drone supply service, it does signify a major step towards that aim.
Apple will now permit builders caught in App Store jail to push bug fixes to their apps — Developers at present in standoffs with Apple’s app overview crew nonetheless gained’t be capable to submit updates with new options or content material updates, nevertheless.
Google launches Google Kids Space, a ‘children mode’ characteristic for Android, initially on Lenovo tablets — The characteristic will launch first on the Lenovo Smart Tab M10 HD Gen 2, however Google goals to convey Kids Space to extra units in time.
Startups, funding and enterprise capital
Elon Musk demonstrates Neuralink’s tech reside utilizing pigs with surgically implanted brain-monitoring units — The firm’s know-how is supposed to function a brand new type of interface between the human mind and computing units.
There’s a rising motion the place startup founders look to exit to neighborhood — This is a collaborative working venture led by the University of Colorado Boulder’s Media Enterprise Design Lab and Zebras Unite, exploring methods to assist startups transition from investor-owned to neighborhood possession.
On the matter of who was actually behind @VCBrags — This is actually the one publish you want on the weekend’s Twitter kerfuffle.
Advice and evaluation from Extra Crunch
In a post-NDA world, does transparency assist founders establish conflicts of curiosity? — Today, everyone seems to be a fintech investor and nobody indicators NDAs, which places founders in a tough place.
What pandemic? Inside Boston’s scorching VC summer season — Boston-area startups raised extra non-public capital throughout summer season 2020 than they did in summer season 2019.
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Original Content podcast: Netflix’s ‘High Score’ is a selective tour by means of online game historical past — For older players, the collection offers some nice jolts of nostalgia.
Some of the brightest minds in Europe are becoming a member of us at Disrupt — A roundup of all of the audio system we’ve received lined up in periods specifically timed for European attendees.
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