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Fitbit gains FDA authorization for its low-cost emergency ventilator - techcrunch

Fitbit gains FDA authorization for its low-cost emergency ventilator

Fitbit has secured an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its Fitbit Flow emergency ventilator. The ventilator hardware is low-cost, and doesn’t require very much training or expertise to use, making it a good solution for deployment in scenarios where healthcare systems are overwhelmed by resource strain stemming […]
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Nanox, maker of a low-cost scanning service to replace X-rays, expands Series B to $51M - techcrunch

Nanox, maker of a low-cost scanning service to replace X-rays, expands Series B to $51M

A lot of the attention in medical technology today has been focused on tools and innovations that might help the world better fight the COVID-19 global health pandemic. Today comes news of another startup that is taking on some funding for a disruptive innovation that has the potential to make both COVID-19 as well as […]
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Amazon reportedly considering $2 billion stake in Indian telecom operator Bharti Airtel - techcrunch

Amazon reportedly considering $2 billion stake in Indian telecom operator Bharti Airtel

Amazon .com may follow its American peer Facebook’s footsteps in securing a slice of India’s booming telecom market. The e-commerce giant, which has invested over $6.5 billion in India, is in early-stage talks to buy a 5% stake worth at least $2 billion in Bharti Airtel, the third-largest telecom operator in India, according to unnamed […]
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Anti-phishing startup Inky raises $20M to ramp up enterprise adoption - techcrunch

Anti-phishing startup Inky raises $20M to ramp up enterprise adoption

Anti-phishing startup Inky has raised $20 million in its Series B round of funding, led by Insight Partners . The funding will help the company push for greater enterprise adoption and expand to international markets including Europe, Asia and Latin America. Inky started out a decade ago with a bold mission to reinvent email with […]
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Bryter raises $16M for a no-code platform for non-technical people to build enterprise automation apps - techcrunch

Bryter raises $16M for a no-code platform for non-technical people to build enterprise automation apps

Automation is the name of the game in enterprise IT at the moment: we now have a plethora of solutions on the market to speed up your workflow, simplify a process, and perform more repetitive tasks without humans getting involved. Now, a startup that is helping non-technical people get more directly involved in how to […]
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Amazon Air adds 12 new aircraft to its cargo fleet, expands its ground operations - techcrunch

Amazon Air adds 12 new aircraft to its cargo fleet, expands its ground operations

Amazon announced today it has added 12 new cargo aircraft to Amazon Air, bringing its total fleet to more than 80 aircraft, in part because of increased demand for shipments during the COVID-19 pandemic. The converted Boeing 767-300 were leased from the Air Transport Services Group. Amazon said one of the planes will begin transporting […]
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Singapore-based caregiving startup launches Homage Health for online and home medical consultations - techcrunch

Singapore-based caregiving startup launches Homage Health for online and home medical consultations

Homage, the Singapore-based startup that matches families and caregivers, has launched a new service that provides home medical visits, telehealth consultations and medication delivery. Called Homage Health, the service was already being developed before the COVID-19 pandemic, but co-founder and CEO Gillian Tee told TechCrunch that its launch was accelerated because many of the company’s […]
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Prosecutors seek arrest warrant against Samsung heir Jay Lee - techcrunch

Prosecutors seek arrest warrant against Samsung heir Jay Lee

South Korean prosecutors said on Thursday that they have filed an arrest warrant for Samsung’s vice chairman and anointed heir Jay Y. Lee and two other former company executives over an alleged accounting fraud and a controversial merger back in 2015. Lee, whose father is Samsung’s chairman, has previously denied charges. Samsung cannot be immediately […]
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SpaceX launches 60 more Starlink satellites and achieves a reusability record for a Falcon 9 booster - techcrunch

SpaceX launches 60 more Starlink satellites and achieves a reusability record for a Falcon 9 booster

SpaceX launched its second Falcon 9 rocket in the span of just four days on Wednesday at 9:25 PM EDT (6:25 PM PDT). This one was carrying 60 more satellites for its Starlink constellation, which will bring the total currently in operation on orbit to 480. The launch took off from Florida, where SpaceX launched […]
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RiskIQ adds National Grid Partners as securing data becomes a strategic priority for utilities - techcrunch

RiskIQ adds National Grid Partners as securing data becomes a strategic priority for utilities

RiskIQ, a startup providing application security, risk assessment and vulnerability management services, has added National Grid Partners as a strategic investor.  The funding from the investment arm of National Grid, a multinational energy provider, is part of a $15 million new round of financing designed to take the company’s technology into critical industrial infrastructure — […]
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Decentralized identity management platform Magic launches from stealth with $4M - techcrunch

Decentralized identity management platform Magic launches from stealth with $4M

For developers looking to quickly build identity management into their platforms, the most readily available options don’t stray far from the internet’s biggest, most data-hungry platforms. Magic, a small SF startup building a decentralized blockchain-based identity solution, wants to create a seamless experience that feels similar to login workflows from apps like Slack and Medium […]
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For more equitable startup funding, the “money behind the money” needs to be accountable, too - techcrunch

For more equitable startup funding, the “money behind the money” needs to be accountable, too

As protests continue across the U.S. and beyond, there has been chatter this week in Silicon Valley and the venture industry more broadly about race and which venture firms have done a better job of diversifying their ranks and founder bets. There have been mea culpas, promises by firms to hold themselves more accountable, vows […]
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Paperwork automation platform Anvil raises $5 million from Google’s Gradient Ventures - techcrunch

Paperwork automation platform Anvil raises $5 million from Google’s Gradient Ventures

Remote work has changed the tools offices need for communicating asynchronously across meetings and chat, but not all collaboration takes place in neat little chat bubbles. Anvil is a San Francisco startup that’s aiming to transform how businesses collaborate around the humble PDF. Anvil’s automation platform levels up Google Forms and allows customers to digitize […]
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A COVID-19 resilience test for B2B companies - techcrunch

A COVID-19 resilience test for B2B companies

While we are seeing lower valuations, we believe certain B2B technology companies may be uniquely poised to thrive, and are pursuing investment opportunities in this space with a renewed focus.
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Andreessen Horowitz launches $2.2M fund to invest in underserved founders - techcrunch

Andreessen Horowitz launches $2.2M fund to invest in underserved founders

Andreessen Horowitz announced today in a blog post that it is launching a fund designed to invest in underrepresented and underserved founders. The Talent x Opportunity (TxO) fund, which a16z says was in the works for six months, starts with $2.2 million in donations from the firm’s partners. TxO will be invested in a small […]
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NetApp to acquire Spot (formerly Spotinst) to gain cloud infrastructure management tools - techcrunch

NetApp to acquire Spot (formerly Spotinst) to gain cloud infrastructure management tools

When Spotinst rebranded to Spot in March, it seemed big changes were afoot for the startup, which originally helped companies find and manage cheap infrastructure known as spot instances (hence its original name). We had no idea how big at the time. Today, NetApp announced plans to acquire the startup. The companies did not share […]
techcrunch - 16 hours ago
Join us to watch five startups pitch off at Pitchers and Pitches on June 10th - techcrunch

Join us to watch five startups pitch off at Pitchers and Pitches on June 10th

If you want to capture investor attention, you need a killer pitch. And that’s under normal circumstances. You’ve probably noticed that circumstances are anything but normal. With a global pandemic and the ensuing economic crisis, you’ll need to up your pitching game and get ready to bring the heat. We can help. Register today for […]
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Challenger bank Varo, soon to become a real bank, raises $241M Series D - techcrunch

Challenger bank Varo, soon to become a real bank, raises $241M Series D

Mobile banking startup Varo Money has raised an additional $241 million in Series D funding, the company announced today. The investment was co-led by new investor Gallatin Point Capital and existing investor The Rise Fund, co-founded by TPG. Also participating in the round were Bono (yes, that one), along with entrepreneur, impact investor, and movie […]
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Monzo to lay off up to 120 employees as the ‘economic situation’ remains challenging - techcrunch

Monzo to lay off up to 120 employees as the ‘economic situation’ remains challenging

Monzo, the U.K. challenger bank, continues to be faced with tough decisions linked to the coronavirus crisis and resulting economic downturn. Following the shuttering of its Las Vegas-based customer support office and almost 300 staff being furloughed in U.K., the company has announced internally that up to 120 U.K. staff are being made redundant. Reuters […]
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Snapchat no longer promoting Trump’s posts - techcrunch

Snapchat no longer promoting Trump’s posts

Snap announced this morning that it will not be promoting content from President Trump’s Snapchat account in its Discover tab following statements from Trump last week on Twitter, which threatened that protestors could be met with “vicious dogs” and “ominous weapons.” The move is notable for many reasons, but particularly interesting because social media platforms […]
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An eighth Amazon warehouse employee has died from COVID-19

An eighth Amazon warehouse employee has died from COVID-19

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An eighth Amazon employee has died of COVID-19. The news comes as the company is under scrutiny for failing to be more transparent about the wider number of infections among its warehouse workers.

A spokesperson confirmed the reports of the death, telling TechCrunch, We are saddened by the loss of an associate who had worked at our site in Randall, Ohio. Her family and loved ones are in our thoughts, and we are supporting her fellow colleagues.

According to the company, the worker in North Randall, a village outside of Cleveland, was sent home from work on April 30. She received a positive test a little over a week later, on May 8. Amazon says it notified fellow employees of the death and has provided counseling to colleagues.

The overall number of Amazon workers who have tested positive for the virus remains a mystery. The company stands by its decision not to disclose such information. We dont think that number is super valuable, it has said previously. In a statement provided to TechCrunch, it added: 

Our rates of infection are at or below the rates of the communities where we operate. We see that in our quarantine rates as well. Quarantine rates are a critical part to understanding whats happening in the workplace it shows that our hard work around social distancing is paying off. Unlike others who hide beyond HIPAA, we alert every person at the site anytime there is a confirmed diagnosis. This alert to employees is a direct text message noting when the person with the confirmed diagnosis was last in the building.

The lack of transparency is one of a number of sources of criticism surrounding Amazons COVID-19 response.

While the company has repeatedly maintained that it has done all it can to protect the employees in its fulfillment centers, potential exposure to the virus among warehouse workers is difficult to avoid, even with the proper PPE. Earlier this month, a letter from 13 state attorneys general demanded that Amazon disclose the number of workers who have been impacted by the virus.

We have requested but not received information on how many of the Companies workers have been infected with COVID-19, and how many have died from it, the letter reads. Please provide a state-by-state breakdown for each Company with this information.

Earlier this week, The New York Times noted one particularly hard hit warehouse in northeastern Pennsylvania, where more than 100 workers have apparently tested positive for the virus. The exact figure is unknown, as Amazon will not disclose it. Yesterday, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel noted that at least 30 workers at the nearby Kenosha warehouse have tested positive for the virus.

As more housebound Americans rely on Amazon for deliveries, workers have largely fallen under the essential services guidelines issued by many states. In mid-May, the company extended its $2 an hour hazard pay bonuses through the end of the month. Amazon confirmed that it will return to standard salaries, come June, stating: 

To thank employees and help meet increased demand, weve paid our team and partners nearly $800 million extra since COVID-19 started while continuing to offer full benefits from day one of employment. With demand stabilized, next month well return to our industry-leading starting wage of $15 an hour.

The company has been subject to additional scrutiny over the firing of several employees that have raised public concerns over its treatment of workers during the crisis. While Amazon has repeatedly denied the firings were retaliation, the reports were enough to warrant another letter, this time from a number of high-profile senators, including Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders.

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