Amazon acquires Wondery – TechCrunch

Adventuress A big podcast takes over, a Chinese robot manufacturer raises $ 100 million and we review a robotic cat pillow. This is your daily crunch for December 30, 2020.

Big story: Amazon acquired Wondery

Amazon is the latest company to make a major acquisition in the podcast market – This is buying Wondery, Behind the podcast network are shows like “Dirty John” and “Doctor Death”.

Although Wonderzi is becoming part of Amazon Music (which added podcast support in September), the company also says that “nothing will change for listeners” and that Wonderley’s podcasts will be available from “a variety of providers”.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Startup, Funding and Venture Capital

China’s adaptive robot manufacturer Flexive exceeds $ 100M – Wang Wrinken, an alumnus of Stanford’s Biomatics and Dextrous Manipulation Lab, founded Flexive with a focus on building adaptive robots for the construction industry.

Biteable raises $ 7M Series A for its template-based online video builder – This product is designed to produce video assets that have more staying power than temporary social videos.

An earnest review of a robotic cat pillow – It’s lovely!

Additional crisis advice and analysis

On the diversity front, 2020 may prove to be the tipping point – Chancellors have talked about diversity for Econ without doing much about it.

2020 we will change the way we look at robotics Robots from Logistics to Food Prep are designed to help save mankind from an epidemic.

Dear Sophie: Tips for getting a national interest green card by yourself? – Advice questions about working in technology companies are answered in the advice column of Attorney Sophie Alcorn, the latest edition of Dear Sophie.

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Everything else

New bill tying liability shield in section 230 poses threat to $ 2,000 check – The move seems more like a political maneuver than a real impasse in technical regulation.

The NSO used the location data of real people to pitch its contact-tracing technology, researchers say – Researchers say the NSO has “breached confidentiality” of the actual data of thousands of unsuspecting people.

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