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Day: June 21, 2023

Day: June 21, 2023

Dyson’s Gen5outsize is an excellent home vacuum

You don’t need a $1,050 home vacuum. Nobody does. No one spends $1,050 on a vacuum because it’s the only way to get the job done. But that doesn’t mean you don’t want one. I don’t blame you if you don’t, however. I never particularly wanted a Dyson vacuum. I always saw them as over-engineered and wildly expensive. And then I tried one. Now I find them over-engineered, wildly expensive and extremely cool. It was a bit like the first time I ever drove a sports car. Pressing that gas pedal, you suddenly get it. It just feels different from

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Launcher’s Orbiter glitches in orbit, forcing emergency deployment of space startups’ payloads

Launcher’s Orbiter spacecraft experienced an anomaly after reaching orbit that will likely result in the premature end of its customer’s missions, including Starfish Space’s Otter Pup demonstration mission. Launcher and its customer Starfish Space released a joint statement Wednesday detailing what happened in the hours after the Orbiter spacecraft lifted off on SpaceX’s Transporter-8 mission earlier this month. While the spacecraft successfully separated from the launch vehicle, it experienced a software-related issue that induced a high rate of rotation. This issue, in addition to critically low fuel and battery levels, forced Launcher to make the “emergency decision” to deploy customer

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Bumble is testing a separate BFF app for finding friends

Dating app Bumble said that it is testing a separate BFF app in select markets to let people find friends. The company added that it plans to release this app in the U.S. this year. Earlier this week, Mashable reported that Bumble is trying out a new app in select geographies. The company confirmed to TechCrunch that it is testing the app in the UK and select other Asian markets. While it didn’t specify the countries, TechCrunch found out that the app is available in Australia, New Zealand, and Philipines both on Android and iOS. “With Bumble For Friends, you

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Artists are rightfully upset that ‘Secret Invasion’ used AI Art for opening credits

Marvel’s latest series, “Secret Invasion,” made its debut on Disney+ today, sparking tons of backlash after it was confirmed the intro sequence was AI-generated. “Secret Invasion” director Ali Selim admitted to Polygon that the opening credits were designed by VFX company Method Studios using artificial intelligence. Selim didn’t say which AI tool was used. Method Studios was not immediately available to comment to TechCrunch. We will update this story if we hear back. Selim described the generative AI tool to Polygon, however, confessed that he didn’t “really understand” how it works. He said the team would feed the system “ideas and

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Codenotary brings its immutable database to the cloud

Codenotary‘s focus is on software supply chain security and monitoring Kubernetes deployments, but at the heart of these services is the company’s popular open source immudb immutable database. At this point, the playbook for commercializing popular open source projects seems pretty immutable, too, so it’s maybe no surprise that Codenotary today announced immudb Vault, a tamper-proof database cloud service. “Immudb Vault has the potential to transform the way businesses store, share and access data securely with cryptographic verification of integrity,” said Dennis Zimmer, CTO and co-founder of Codenotary. “Before immudb Vault, businesses sometimes resorted to using ledger technologies and blockchains

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Ask Sophie: Do I need 2 visas to work at 2 different startups?

Sophie Alcorn Contributor Share on Twitter Sophie Alcorn is the founder of Alcorn Immigration Law in Silicon Valley and 2019 Global Law Experts Awards’ “Law Firm of the Year in California for Entrepreneur Immigration Services.” She connects people with the businesses and opportunities that expand their lives. More posts by this contributor Ask Sophie: How much time and money will we need for an H-1B transfer? Ask Sophie: Why is there no movement in the June Visa Bulletin for India EB-3? Here’s another edition of “Ask Sophie,” the advice column that answers immigration-related questions about working at technology companies. “Your

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There’s a growing desire in the UK for more Black specialty venture funds

Between 2009 and 2019 in the U.K., just 30 Black people received VC funding, equating to less than 0.4% of all funds allocated to founders. Though the latest figures haven’t been released, it’s safe to say that plenty of work needs to be done to ensure that more people receive funding. One way to do this would be to launch more funds that specialize in backing diverse founders. There is an increasing number of funds saying they are dedicated toward backing diverse founders, and around five are known to be dedicated specifically to Black founders. While funds targeting members of

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Elon Musk triples down on making Twitter terrible for trans people

Elon Musk, world’s richest person and ostensible champion of free speech, took to Twitter late Tuesday to stoop to a fresh low. Responding to a tweet complaining about being called “cis” — the shorthand version of the word “cisgender,” which simply means “not transgender” — Musk declared that from here on out both terms are now considered slurs on the social network. Repeated, targeted harassment against any account will cause the harassing accounts to receive, at minimum, temporary suspensions. The words “cis” or “cisgender” are considered slurs on this platform. — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 21, 2023 The Twitter owner’s

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Rocket Factory Augsburg aims to launch from French Guiana in 2025

Rocket Factory Augsburg will build a dedicated launch pad at the Guiana Space Center (GSC) in French Guiana, with launches commencing in 2025, the company said Wednesday. RFA signed a binding agreement with France’s national space agency CNES for use of the launch site at GSC, located in Korou, French Guiana. The launch complex had historically been home to a small French launcher known as Diamant, which was retired in the 1970s. Currently, the only launch vehicles that fly from GSC are ArianeGroup’s Ariane 5 and the Italian aerospace company Avio’s Vega. “By launching from Kourou, the European Spaceport, we can

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Quick commerce startup Getir plans to exit France amid regulatory issues

In a press release sent to AFP, Getir has announced that it plans to exit France. As a reminder, Getir pioneered the concept of quick commerce. Those services allow you to order groceries without picking a delivery slot. Instead, companies like Getir start working on your order right away and can usually deliver your groceries in less than 30 minutes. Originally from Turkey, Getir is one of the biggest players in this relatively new space. At the height of the instant grocery bubble, Getir reached a valuation of $11.8 billion and expanded to several European countries. Quick commerce requires some

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