Parler is back online – TechCrunch

Parler returns from Limbo, Uber Lobby Europe and we have more details about Noyan’s outage. This is your daily crunch for February 15, 2021.

Big story: Parler is back online

The social network, known for its far-flung user base, was dropped by infrastructure provider Amazon Web Services for posts advocating violence. Now it’s back online, All old posts and are currently unclear, with content removed for reasons.

The company says the new site “does not rely on sustainable, independent technology and the so-called ‘Big Tech’ for its operations.”

In addition to a new website, Parler also has a new chief executive. After the removal of John Matz, the parlor is now led by interim CEO Mark Mechler, founder of Tea Party Patriots – one of the groups involved in organizing the January 6 Trump demonstration, which turned into a storm for the US Capitol.

Tech giants

Uber lobby for ‘Prop 22’-style gig working standards in EU – The ride-hailing and on-demand food delivery giant has published a white paper, in which it advocates European policy makers describing it as a “new standard” for platform work.

GM unveils a refreshed Chevy Bolt EV and its larger, yet compact crossover sibling – Newer vehicles share more of the same DNA but have their own distinct differences.

Google slaps France for star ratings of misleading hotels – Google has agreed to pay a € 1.1 million fine on misleading star ratings for hotels.

Startup, Funding and Venture Capital

Notion caused hours-long outage due to phishing complaints – With the company’s domain offline, users were unable to access their files, calendars and documents.

Delivery company goPuff is in talks to acquire UK’s Fancy – Fancy has a similar model to its potential buyer, causing some to describe it as a mini goof.

Private equity firm Marlin snatches e-commerce optimization platform Lango – For merchants using Lego, the platform is the glue that makes all the moving parts of the e-commerce stick together.

Additional crisis advice and analysis

Investors’ SPAC push may reshape the money game of the private market – Is this the natural development of venture capital?

From the dorm room to the board room: how universities are promoting entrepreneurship – Earlier this year, 15 top US universities joined forces to start a one-stop shop, where corporations and startups can search and license patents.

The series began with a deal that went to the Unicorn: Steve Axlin of Meat Excel and Jason Boehmig of Ironclad – His episode of Extra Crunch live stream on Wednesday at 3 pm EST / 12 pm PST.

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Everything else

‘Pipeline problem’ investigation – An AI Now researcher analyzes the history behind a common excuse for lack of diversity in technology.

India bans mapping and survey to help local firms – The Government of India stated that local firms would no longer require a license or other permission to collect, generate, store and share the country’s geospatial data.

Meet TC’s black female founders in TC session: Justice 2021 – Don’t miss your chance to meet some of the founders currently participating in TechCrunch’s program.

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