Facebook and Twitter are taking a stronger stand in opposition to pandemic misinformation, we preview the newest model of macOS and a psychological well being startup raises $50 million. Here’s your Daily Crunch for August 6, 2020.
The massive story: Twitter, Facebook take motion in opposition to Trump misinformation
Facebook and Twitter each took motion in opposition to a publish from President Donald Trump and his marketing campaign that includes a clip from a Fox News interview wherein he misleadingly described youngsters as “virtually immune” to COVID-19. Facebook took down the offending publish, whereas Twitter went additional and locked the Trump marketing campaign out of its account (separate from Trump’s private account).
“The @GroupTrump Tweet you referenced is in violation of the Twitter Rules on COVID-19 misinformation,” Twitter’s Aly Pavela mentioned in an announcement. “The account proprietor shall be required to take away the Tweet earlier than they will Tweet once more.”
Meanwhile, Twitter additionally introduced at present that will probably be labeling accounts tied to state-controlled media organizations and authorities officers (however not heads of state).
The tech giants
macOS 11.0 Big Sur preview — Big Sur is the working system’s first major quantity improve in 20 years, and Brian Heater says it represents an enormous step ahead in macOS’ evolution.
Apple 27-inch iMac evaluate — This shall be one of many final Macs to incorporate Intel silicon.
Uber picks up Autocab to push into locations its personal app doesn’t go — Uber plans to make use of Autocab’s expertise to hyperlink customers with native suppliers once they open the app in areas the place Uber doesn’t supply rides.
Startups, funding and enterprise capital
On-demand psychological well being service supplier Ginger raises $50 million — Through Ginger’s providers, sufferers have entry to a care coordinator who serves as the primary level of entry into an organization’s psychological well being plans.
Mode raises $33 million to supercharge its analytics platform for knowledge scientists — Mode has additionally been introducing instruments for much less technical customers to construction queries that knowledge scientists can subsequently execute extra rapidly and with extra full responses.
Crossbeam declares $25 million Series B to continue to grow partnerships platform — Crossbeam is a Philadelphia startup that automates partnership knowledge integration.
Advice and evaluation from Extra Crunch
Can studying pods scale, or are they widening edtech’s digital divide? — In current weeks, the idea has taken off all throughout the nation.
Eight developments accelerating the age of commercial-ready quantum computing — Venrock’s Ethan Batraski writes that within the final 12 months, there have been significant breakthroughs in quantum computing from academia, venture-backed firms and trade.
5 VCs on the way forward for Michigan’s startup ecosystem — According to the Michigan Venture Capital Association (MVCA), there are 144 venture-backed startup firms in Michigan, up 12% over the past 5 years.
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More Chinese cellphone makers may lose US apps underneath Trump’s Clean Network — The Trump administration’s five-pronged Clean Network initiative goals to strip away Chinese cellphone makers’ means to pre-install and obtain U.S. apps.
UK reported to be ditching coronavirus contact tracing in favor of ‘danger score’ app — Reports recommend a launch of the much-delayed software program will occur this month, but additionally that the app will not be capable to mechanically perform contact tracing.
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