SaaS kicks off 2020 with an extra billion in VC funding as round count halves – TechCrunch thumbnail

SaaS kicks off 2020 with an extra billion in VC funding as round count halves – TechCrunch

The venture capital world is investing more capital into software-as-a-service companies (SaaS), despite cutting the number of deals it executes within the startup category, according to Crunchbase data. The results echo other venture data we’ve explored rece… Continue reading SaaS kicks off 2020 with an extra billion in VC funding as round count halves – TechCrunch

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A US House candidate says she was hacked — now she’s warning others

“I cannot think of a reason not to share this with the public,” Brianna Wu tweeted. “Two of my non-campaign Google accounts were compromised by someone in Russia,” she said. Wu isn’t just any other target. As a Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Rep… Continue reading A US House candidate says she was hacked — now she’s warning others

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Trump Administration slashes basic science research while boosting space, AI and quantum tech funding

The new fiscal year 2021 budget proposal from the Trump Administration would increase funding for research and development by $142 billion over the Administration’s previous year’s budget, but will still reduce overall spending for science and technology from… Continue reading Trump Administration slashes basic science research while boosting space, AI and quantum tech funding

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Activist gig workers seek to form nonprofit to support fellow workers

Vanessa Bain (pictured above), a well-known gig worker-activist, has teamed up with fellow gig worker-activist Sarah Clarke (pseudonym) to form the Gig Workers Collective. It’s early days for the organization, which is a pending 501(c)(3) organization, but it… Continue reading Activist gig workers seek to form nonprofit to support fellow workers

Nearly 70% of U.S. smart speaker owners use Amazon Echo devices – TechCrunch thumbnail

Nearly 70% of U.S. smart speaker owners use Amazon Echo devices – TechCrunch

Amazon’s dominant position in the U.S. smart speaker market will continue through this year and the next, with rivals like Google and Apple only making slight dents in Amazon Echo market share, according to a report published today by eMarketer. The analyst f… Continue reading Nearly 70% of U.S. smart speaker owners use Amazon Echo devices – TechCrunch

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Politically charged Oscars hit all-time low rating, plummet almost 6 million viewers from 2019

ABC’s politically charged Oscar telecast averaged 23.6 million viewers on Sunday night, the smallest audience ever, according to The Hollywood Reporter. THR noted that total was “well below the 29.56 million and 7.7 for last year’s awards,” and down 20 perce… Continue reading Politically charged Oscars hit all-time low rating, plummet almost 6 million viewers from 2019