Twitter is giving customers instruments to keep away from abusive or annoying replies, MakeSpace raises $55 million and Sphero will get a brand new CEO and a brand new spinoff.
Here’s your Daily Crunch for May 21, 2020.
1. Twitter is testing a function that limits who can reply to your tweets
Users can decide from considered one of three choices: Everyone, People You Follow and Only People You Mention. If you go for both of the latter, the reply operate can be greyed out for all who don’t match the outline. They can view, like and retweet the factor, however they received’t be capable of reply on to the sender.
After all, considered one of Twitter’s biggest advantages and disadvantages is its openness relative to platforms like Facebook. Anyone and everybody can reply on to a tweet — and that’s not all the time perfect for the sender.
2. On-demand storage startup MakeSpace picks up one other $55M
On-demand storage startups have sprung up everywhere in the world, hopeful that their new tackle an antiquated, fragmented and invaluable market would result in massive returns in a courageous, new, Uberified world. But the trade has seen plenty of ups and downs, with numerous startups merging, closing, transferring and making an attempt to pivot within the course of. That’s left a consolidated area with fewer — hopefully higher capitalized and higher organized — rivals remaining.
3. Sphero appoints new CEO, spins off robotics startup for first responders
While nonetheless a robotics firm at its coronary heart, the underwhelmingly named Company Six will create robotic methods designed for first responders and different people whose work requires them to place themselves in hurt’s method — permitting its mum or dad firm to proceed its give attention to education-related merchandise.
4. Salesforce Commerce Cloud releases 4 quick-start pandemic enterprise packs
Salesforce determined to construct 4 packages of companies for patrons, particularly designed to assist conduct enterprise throughout COVID-19. The firm even has methods integration companions who will run every little thing for the primary three months.
5. Why VCs say they’re open for enterprise, even when they’re pausing new offers
This week, former TechCrunch editor Alexia Bonatsos of Dream Machine and Niko Bonatsos of General Catalyst swung by Extra Crunch Live to debate the place they’re investing in the present day and what the long run may appear to be. (Extra Crunch membership required.)
6. Facebook introduces new Messenger safeguard geared toward combating scams and faux pals
The social community scans accounts for suspicious exercise, leveraging machine studying to select up anomalies like accounts sending numerous requests in a brief timespan or quite a few message requests to customers underneath 18.
7. Amazon launches meals supply service in India
The e-commerce big, which has invested greater than $6.5 billion in India, in the present day launched its meals supply service Amazon Food in choose components of Bangalore. The firm had initially deliberate to launch the service in India final yr.
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