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Facebook launches a global version of its Community Help feature in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Facebook launches a global version of its Community Help feature in response to the COVID-19 pandemic Facebook first launched its Community Help feature in 2017, to give users a way to offer assistance, search for and receive help in the wake of a crisis. The feature has since been used to connect Facebook users after […]

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Pratilipi, a ‘YouTube for writers’ storytelling platform in India, raises $15 million

Pratilipi, a ‘YouTube for writers’ storytelling platform in India, raises million Pratilipi, an app that is uniting writers in India and encouraging others to try their hand at storytelling, has just raised $15 million to expand its network in the nation. The Series B financing round was led by Qiming Venture Partners. Existing investors Nexus […]

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The ethics of internet culture: a conversation with Taylor Lorenz

The ethics of internet culture: a conversation with Taylor Lorenz Taylor Lorenz was in high demand this week. As a prolific journalist at The Atlantic and about-to-be member of Harvard’s prestigious Nieman Fellowship for journalism, that’s perhaps not surprising. Nor was this the first time she’s had a bit of a moment: Lorenz has already […]

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Flickr says all Creative Commons photos are protected from deletion, not just past uploads

Flickr says all Creative Commons photos are protected from deletion, not just past uploads Flickr announced today that all Creative Commons images will remain protected on its site – including those uploaded in the past and those that will be added in the future. The news follows Flickr’s November 2018 announcement where it had stated […]

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Has the fight over privacy changed at all in 2019?

Has the fight over privacy changed at all in 2019? Few issues divide the tech community quite like privacy. Much of Silicon Valley’s wealth has been built on data-driven advertising platforms, and yet, there remain constant concerns about the invasiveness of those platforms. Such concerns have intensified in just the last few weeks as France’s […]

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TechCrunch Conversations: Direct listings

TechCrunch Conversations: Direct listings Last April, Spotify surprised Wall Street bankers by choosing to go public through a direct listing process rather than through a traditional IPO. Instead of issuing new shares, the company simply sold existing shares held by insiders, employees and investors directly to the market – bypassing the roadshow process and avoiding at […]

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For SoftBank, no majority stake in WeWork as it scales down talks from a new $16 billion investment to $2 billion

For SoftBank, no majority stake in WeWork as it scales down talks from a new billion investment to billion Several weeks after it was reported by the WSJ that two of the biggest investors in SoftBank’s massive Vision Fund vehicle were cool on its planned $16 billion investment in the coworking company WeWork, those plans […]

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K Health raises $25m for its AI-powered primary care platform

K Health raises m for its AI-powered primary care platform K Health, the startup providing consumers with an AI-powered primary care platform, has raised $25 million in series B funding. The round was led by 14W, Comcast Ventures and Mangrove Capital Partners, with participation from Lerer Hippeau, BoxGroup and Max Ventures – all previous investors from the company’s […]

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The limits of coworking

The limits of coworking It feels like there’s a WeWork on every street nowadays. Take a walk through midtown Manhattan (please don’t actually) and it might even seem like there are more WeWorks than office buildings. Consider this an ongoing discussion about Urban Tech, its intersection with regulation, issues of public service, and other complexities […]

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The nation-state of the internet

The nation-state of the internet The internet is a community, but can it be a nation-state? It’s a question that I have been pondering on and off this year, what with the rise of digital nomads and the deeply libertarian ethos baked into parts of the blockchain community. It’s clearly on a lot of other […]

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