Stimulus bill increases penalties for illegal streaming services – TechCrunch

The incentive bill includes significant changes to copyright law and enforcement, the Biden administration may have to build a presidential Twitter following from scratch and we can round up the startups that have closed this year. This is your daily crunch for December 22, 2020.

Big story: Stimulus bill increases penalties for illegal streaming services

While we have written many stories about the technical implications of the new stimulus bill yesterday (and highlighted in yesterday’s Daily Crunch), more details are emerging – like the fact that it will Illegal Streaming for Profit a Felony, Fine or imprisonment up to 10 years.

The bill’s language seems to focus on commercial piracy services rather than individuals or twitch streamers – a point that one of its sponsors, Senator Thom Tillis, emphasized in a statement that claimed “any personal dreams The viewer need not worry about fear. Prosecution. “

On the copyright front, the bill also creates a new copyright claims board to handle claims of copyright infringement of up to $ 30,000.

Tech giants

Google, Cisco and VMware join Microsoft to oppose NSO group in WhatsApp spyware case – A coalition of companies has filed an amicus brief in support of a legal case brought by WhatsApp, accusing the NSO group of using an undisclosed vulnerability to hack at least 1,400 devices.

Twitter’s POTUS account will be reset to zero followers when Biden takes over – Twitter, meanwhile, states that it is “in ongoing discussions with the Biden transition team on many aspects related to white transfer account transfers.”

Startup, Funding and Venture Capital

Recalling the startups we lost in 2020 – A look back at the big and small startups that didn’t make it through the hellish year.

Horizon Robot, a Chinese rival to Nvidia, wants to raise more than $ 700M – Horizon Robotics is a five-year-old unicorn specializing in AI chips for robots and autonomous vehicles.

Austin-based Returns Raises $ 3.25M for its Employee Health Management Tools – Management toolkits that track employee health are accumulating in the market.

Additional crisis advice and analysis

To win the epidemic, edtech needs to start thinking big – After a noisy 2020, can the sector keep pace?

An ultimate $ 100M ARR company and startup we want to meet in 2021 – Let’s talk about Nexthink.

With a $ 50B run rate in reach, can anyone stop AWS? – AWS has leveraged first-to-market position to become the most successful player in the space.

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Everything else

Gift Guide: TechCrunch’s 2020 Favorite Things – Many podcasts, songs, movies, people and more that got us through this year.

NASA has opened new launchpads at Kennedy Space Center to serve many commercial launch customers The purpose of the LC-48 is very clearly “to fill the need for new, low-cost launch systems with very rapid changes.”

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