Online platforms take action against President Trump, Lenovo tries a swiveling screen and Roblox raises $ 250 million. This is your daily crunch for January 7, 2021.
Big story: Facebook Trump banned for two weeks
A pro-Trump mob stormed the US Capitol yesterday, moving several online platforms to suspend accounts linked to the outgoing president.
for example, Twitter locked Trump’s account After 12 hours he posted several (later deleted) tweets that repeated his unfounded claims of electoral fraud and expressed support for the rioters (while also calling for an end to the violence). Twitch too Disabled your channel By the end of his term and Shopkeepers pull down shops Tied to the president and his campaign.
But the most notable step is Came from facebook, Which banned Trump from both Facebook and Instagram for “at least the next two weeks” by the end of his term. Mark Zuckerberg wrote that “it was necessary to use our platform to incite violent rebellion against a democratically elected government.”
Waymo is dropping the word ‘self-driving’, but not everyone in the industry is on board – Alphabet-owned Waymo will no longer use the term “self-driving” to describe its technology.
Lenovo’s new all-in-one features a swiveling screen, because sure, why not? – When it comes to staging product categories, why not do something strange?
Samsung Simplifies with Low-Cost Premium Chromebook With the arrival of the Galaxy Chromebook 2, Samsung definitely dropped one of its biggest pieces for the CES.
Startup, Funding and Venture Capital
Sophie to go public in merger with Chamath Palihipitiya’s latest SPAC – The deal, confirmed by SoFi, will give Fintech a value of $ 8.65 billion to the company.
Roblox reaches $ 29.5B valuation, redesign for direct listing – Roblox is now one of the most valuable private companies in the world.
Local news app News Break raises $ 115M – CEO Jeff Zheng said that there is “strong user demand” for local news but “weak supply.”
Additional crisis advice and analysis
Decrypt: How Bad was US Capital Breach for Cyberspace? – Violations will probably be a major task for the IT departments of Congress.
Smart’s technology-driven wave, not slow, tuition session – It is easy to start a tutoring market, while scaling is often where troubles start.
There are 5 new units in the first week of 2021, are we in a stampede this year? – The pace at which new unicorns are being announced feels incredibly fast.
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Hopin may be the fastest development story of this era. – The equity team discussed Hopin’s acquisition of livestreaming company Streamyard.
Elon Musk has a new title: world’s richest man – He reached the peak on Thursday due to Tesla’s skyrocketing share price as well as a substantial pay package.
TechCrunch Recalls Japan’s Hiroid Yoshida (1971-2020) – On New Year’s Eve, Hiroid Yoshida, editor-in-chief of TechCrunch Japan, died at the age of 49.
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