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Day: July 3, 2023

Day: July 3, 2023

Stop using Google Analytics, warns Sweden’s privacy watchdog, as it issues over $1M in fines

Sweden’s data protection watchdog has issued a couple of fines in relation to exports of European users’ data via Google Analytics which it found breach the bloc’s privacy rulebook owing to risks posed by US government surveillance. It has also warned other companies against use of Google’s tool. The fines — just over $1.1 million for Swedish telco Tele2 and less than $30k for local online retailer CDON — are notable as they are the first such fines following a raft of strategic privacy complaints targeting Google Analytics (and Facebook Connect) back in August 2020. The regulator found that so-called

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Google’s Gradient backs YC alum Infisical to solve secret sprawl

Secret sprawl, where companies store authentication credentials and similar sensitive data across multiple locations, is a real and growing problem for any company wanting to avert a security breach. Companies might have hundreds of secrets — such as API keys, passwords, or database access tokens — spread across their infrastructure, making it difficult to keep tabs on what is stored where, who has access to it, and whether any of this data has inadvertently found its way into the public realm. By way of example, back in 2017, Uber revealed a major breach that exposed the personal data of some

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Valve responds to claims it has banned AI-generated games from Steam

Valve has issued a rare statement after claims it was rejecting games with AI-generated assets from its Steam games store. The notoriously close-lipped developer of the Half-Life series and de facto gatekeeper of PC gaming distribution said its policy was evolving and not a stand against AI. Steam has a review and approval process much like any app platform, and its rules on content aren’t always clear until developers test them with edge cases. So it was with one indie dev who posted in a subreddit for like-minded game developers using AI, saying Valve “is no longer willing to publish

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The M4 robot transforms to roll, fly and walk across various terrains

If you’ve followed robots with any frequency, you’ve no doubt encountered the wheel versus leg debate. Why, for instance, should a warehouse opt for a legged Digit robot instead of a rolling Locus system? The explosive popularity of drones has led to similar debates with flying. Recent interest in inventory automation has prompted similar debates between UAVs and rolling systems when it comes to dealing with tall shelves. Robots tend to be built with a single purpose in mind. That means they do one thing exceptionally well (hopefully), but teaching an existing robot new tricks is tough. Software and AI

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Netflix adds ‘Insecure’ as more HBO shows, including ‘Six Feet Under,’ are on the way

Comedy-drama TV series “Insecure” is the first HBO title heading to Netflix, with more on the way. Netflix announced today that all five seasons of Insecure, which aired on HBO between 2016 and 2021, are now available on its streaming platform. The launch comes a few weeks after reports indicated that Warner Bros. Discovery (WBD) was in talks to license HBO titles to Netflix. All five seasons of Issa Rae’s Peabody and NAACP award winning series Insecure are now on Netflix! pic.twitter.com/6hpNcw4ja2 — Netflix (@netflix) July 3, 2023 A Netflix spokesperson told TechCrunch that “Band of Brothers,” “The Pacific,” “Six

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AudioPen is a great web app for converting your voice into text notes

There are many note-taking apps, ranging from Apple Notes and Google Keep to Obsidian and Notion. Most of them use text as the primary input method and provide features around it. Developer Louis Pereira’s AudioPen app focuses on converting your voice to neat text-based notes. AudioPen is a web app, so don’t expect a native mobile experience. But this means it’s pretty lightweight and available across platforms. The interface is bare bones. You can tap or click on the mic button to start recording. Once you hit the stop button, the app transcribes the audio using OpenAI’s APIs — namely

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Anthony Padilla and Ian Hecox usher in the new era of Smosh

In their first YouTube video together in seven years, Ian Hecox and Anthony Padilla summoned a demon to score Taylor Swift tickets.  The sketch was gently absurd, infused with pop culture references, and above all, goofy as hell — all the markers of classic Smosh comedy.  “We were just approaching it from this place of excitement and passion, and like, ‘Let’s see how much we can make each other laugh,’” Padilla told TechCrunch in an interview at a VidCon. “It was the exact same feeling that I felt when we were creating stuff in those earliest days.”  Padilla spoke of

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Lina Zakarauskaite is elevated from principal to partner at London’s Stride VC

London-based VC Stride has appointed Lina Zakarauskaite, formerly a principal at the firm, as its newest partner. The move follows the departure of partner Cleo Sham a month ago to pursue new ventures. Zakarauskaite joined Stride in October 2021. Prior to that she was head of Growth at travel firm Secret Escapes. She has led Stride’s investments into DeSci Labs at seed, co-led the Knowunity Series A and worked on smaller pre-seed checks. A scientist by education, Zakarauskaite holds a BSc in pharmacology from the University of Edinburgh. In a statement, Stride co-founder Fred Destin said: “Lina is a natural

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Rivian shares pop on better-than-expected Q2 deliveries

Rivian delivered 12,640 electric vehicles in the second quarter, a nearly three-fold increase from the same period last year when the EV upstart was in the thick of supply chain problems. Rivian also reported that it produced 13,992 vehicles in the second quarter. Both results were far better than Wall Street’s expectations, sending shares flying up more than 16%. Shares are now up more than 12% at $18.70. Rivian said it believes it is on track to deliver on the 50,000 annual production guidance previously provided. Rivian has produced 9,395 vehicles in the first quarter, bringing its total production through

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Kenya’s MyDawa aims to be an all-in-one health platform backed by $20 million funding

Kenyan e-health startup MyDawa has raised $20 million from private equity investor Alta Semper Capital to expand its regional reach and product offerings with the aim of becoming an all-in-one health platform for users. MyDawa, which launched in 2016, has diversified from an e-pharmacy to include online and in-person consultations, as well as laboratory services at its expanding network of walk-in pharmacies and health centers. It has also launched its own branded products, and plans to open up its technology infrastructure from telehealth to fulfillment, helping other businesses in the health sector to scale. It claims to have already inked

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