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  • New report finds VC investment into climate tech growing five times faster than overall VC
    VC and corporate investment into climate tech grew at a faster rate than overall VC investment as a whole between 2013-2019, according to a major new report — to the tune of $60 billion of early-stage capital. The new research by PwC (“The State…
    - 4 hours ago, 23 Sep 20, 11:00pm -
  • Peterson Ventures, a firm that quietly backed Allbirds and Bonobos, just closed a $65 million fund
    Peterson Ventures, a 12-year-old, Salt Lake City, Utah-based seed-stage fund, has long operated fairly quietly, but many of its bets have become known brands in the respective worlds of consumer and enterprise software investing. Among these is the s…
    - 5 hours ago, 23 Sep 20, 10:49pm -
  • Daily Crunch: Shopify confirms data breach
    Shopify blames “rogue” employees for a data breach, Google Maps adds COVID-19 data and China pushes back against the TikTok deal. This is your Daily Crunch for September 23, 2020. The big story: Shopify confirms data breach The e-commerce platfor…
    - 5 hours ago, 23 Sep 20, 10:09pm -
  • The eighth-generation iPad is a fine choice for casual users
    It happens to the best of us. Some newer, flashier model comes along and we’re no longer the latest and greatest new thing. The iPad’s had a plenty good run, of course. Ten years ago, the device redefined what a tablet is and has maintained a dom…
    - 5 hours ago, 23 Sep 20, 9:57pm -
  • Sneaker culture staple GOAT hits $1.75 billion valuation on new $100 million round
    In this case, money, it really is the shoes. GOAT, the proprietor of online and physical retail locations for reselling the collectible kicks and kits that are the currency of street cred and cultural cool among the youths, is now worth a whopping $1…
    - 6 hours ago, 23 Sep 20, 9:48pm -
  • Sling TV launches a co-watching feature for live TV, Sling Watch Party
    Live TV streaming service Sling TV is joining in on the co-watching trend. The company today announced the launch of its own version of a co-viewing feature, which allows friends and family in different locations to watch live TV together at the same…
    - 7 hours ago, 23 Sep 20, 8:51pm -
  • TikTok files for injunction against pending Trump app ban
    TikTok’s fight with the Trump administration doesn’t yet appear to be over, regardless of what the deal that was signed between its parent company ByteDance and Oracle says. Earlier today, the company filed a motion to stop the Commerce Departmen…
    - 7 hours ago, 23 Sep 20, 8:38pm -
  • Shopify says two support staff stole customer data from sellers
    Shopify has confirmed a data breach, in which two “rogue members” of its support team stole customer data from at least 100 merchants. In a blog post, the online shopping site said that its investigation so far showed that the two employees, who…
    - 7 hours ago, 23 Sep 20, 8:19pm -

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  • So long, and thanks for all the tofu!
    Thanks for joining us here on Tapastic these past few months. We are no longer publishing here, so please visit us at our main website:
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  • It's the thought that counts.
    We hope you have a very, merry Christmas!
    - 24 Dec 13, 11:47pm -
  • The real reasons Google is getting into robots
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    - 16 Dec 13, 4:17am -
  • Hungry for iBeacon
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    - 9 Dec 13, 2:53am -
  • What are friends for?
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    - 24 Nov 13, 8:52pm -
  • Muzzling YouTube
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    - 18 Nov 13, 2:15am -
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  • Your personal NSA Agent!
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  • 'Amnesia: The Dark Descent' and its sequel go open source
    A little after its tenth anniversary, Amnesia: The Dark Descent is now open-source, allowing modders and aspiring game developers to delve into the title's codebase to see how the horror masterpiece was created. You can download the source code for b…
    - 5 hours ago, 23 Sep 20, 10:08pm -
  • Sling's 'Watch Party' group streaming feature works with live TV
    Sling TV just launched a “Sling Watch Party” feature in beta, meaning you can now connect with friends and family via video or text chat while you watch live TV together. The streaming service is the latest to offer a “watch party” feature --…
    - 6 hours ago, 23 Sep 20, 9:34pm -
  • Twitter follows up voice tweets by testing voice DMs
    It turns out audio tweets were only the beginning of Twitter's newfound interest in letting users communicate with more than just the written word. On Wednesday, the company told The Verge it’s testing a new feature, starting in Brazil, that will…
    - 7 hours ago, 23 Sep 20, 8:49pm -
  • Facebook will block ads claiming victory ahead of official results
    Contrary to previous reports, a Facebook rep has confirmed that the social media site will not, in fact, allow ads claiming victory for either the Trump or Biden campaigns to run on election night.In a September 3rd blog post, Facebook’s Mark Zucke…
    - 8 hours ago, 23 Sep 20, 7:34pm -
  • TikTok bans ads for fasting apps and weight loss supplements
    TikTok is introducing a new policy that cracks down on ads that “promote a harmful or negative body image.” The app’s new rules ban companies from advertising fasting apps and weight loss supplements. Advertisers also have to adhere to new, tou…
    - 8 hours ago, 23 Sep 20, 7:32pm -
  • Report highlights blindspots in Facebook's fight against voting misinformation
    A tool that Facebook says can help state officials monitor voting misinformation doesn’t give users a complete picture of Facebook activity, according to a report from the Tech Transparency Project (TTP). CrowdTangle, the tool in question, can’t…
    - 8 hours ago, 23 Sep 20, 7:05pm -
  • California to ban sale of new gas-powered vehicles by 2035
    As California continues to battle ever more deadly and destructive wildfires up and down the state, California governor Gavin Newsom has issued a sweeping executive order that will effectively ban the sale of new gasoline and diesel-driven vehicles b…
    - 9 hours ago, 23 Sep 20, 6:03pm -
  • Google Maps now shows you COVID-19 stats
    Google has already released a number of COVID-related features on its Maps app, including noting potential transit delays due to the outbreak, the relative busyness of local businesses and tagging the locations of nearby COVID testing sites. On Wedne…
    - 10 hours ago, 23 Sep 20, 5:33pm -