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On his way out the door, President Donald Trump reappears a former Gogler, Jack Ma, and Wattpad is acquired. This is your daily crunch for January 20, 2021.

Big story: Trump forgives Anthony Lewandowski

Although I am not the President of Donald Trump United States as I write this, he played the role on Tuesday evening, when he Former Gogler Anthony Lewandowski included (Who was sentenced to 18 months in prison for stealing trade secrets) in his final set of 73 pardons. The pardon was supported by Peter Thiel of the Founders Fund and Palmer Lucky, founder of Oculus.

Today, of course, Joe Biden was inaugurated quickly. White House website changes immediately. And Amazon wasted no time Offer to help new president With the commissioning of COVID-19 vaccines.

In addition, we have A piece from former White House staff deputy chief Jim Messina Regarding the connection between the Biden administration and Silicon Valley.

Tech giants

Alibaba shares jump to Jack Ma’s first appearance in 3 months – The billionaire founder of Alibaba is revived after talking to 100 rural teachers through a video call.

Valve and five PC game publishers fined $ 9.4M for illegal land blocking In addition to Valve, there are five approved sports publishers: Bandai Namco, Capcom, Focus Home, Coach Media and Xenimax.

Tiktok’s new Q&A feature lets creators answer fan questions using text or video – This feature is currently available only to select creators who have opted into the test.

Startup, Funding and Venture Capital

Wattpad, the narrative platform, is selling to Naver, South Korea for $ 600M – Never plans to include at least part of the business in its platform, publishing platform WebToon.

SpaceX delivers 60 more Starlink satellites at first launch of 2021, and sets new Falcon 9 rocket reusable records – It keeps the total Starlink constellations at about 1,000.

Landbot Closes $ 8M Series A for its ‘no code’ chatbot builder – The startup has grown to nearly 2,200 paying customers.

Additional crisis advice and analysis

Fintech Startups and Unicorn had Stellar Q4 2020 – The fourth quarter of 2020 was as busy as you imagined.

Dear Sophie: What are Biden’s immigration changes? – The latest edition of Dear Sophie, the advice column that answers immigration-related questions about working in technology companies.

Hello, Extra Crunch Community! – What else do you need from Extra Crunch.

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Everything else

MIT develops methodologies for laboratory-grown plants that eventually lead to alternatives to forestry and farming – This process will allow wood and fiber to be produced in the laboratory environment.

First consider all-virtual CES – We have long questioned whether person-trade shows are a thing of the past. This year, we put it to the test.

Remote workers are greener, but their technology still has a real carbon cost – A new study examines temporary carbon costs on connectivity and data infrastructure that make it possible to work from home.

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