Published On: Wed, Aug 12th, 2020

Daily Crunch: Android phones turn trembler detectors

Google is regulating accelerometers in an engaging new way, Twitter allows everybody to extent twitter replies and Mozilla announces vital layoffs. This is your Daily Crunch for Aug 11, 2020.

The large story: Android phones turn trembler detectors

Google pronounced that smartphone accelerometers are supportive adequate to detect P-waves, that are a initial waves to arrive during an earthquake. So if your Android phone thinks it has rescued an earthquake, it will promulgate with a executive server to confirm.

In California, Google is also partnering with a United States Geological Survey and California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services to yield trembler alerts. For everybody else, you’ll usually see this trembler information if we hunt for “earthquake” or a identical term.

This is partial of a broader set of Android-related announcements today, including updates to Android Auto and Android’s puncture plcae service, new accessibility facilities and improved nap by a Android Clock app.

The tech giants

Twitter now lets everybody extent replies to their tweets — A tiny creation idol will start to seem during a bottom of your tweets, and if we daub it, we can extent replies only to those who follow you, or only to those who we tab in a twitter itself.

Dell’s latest Chromebook blends craving confidence with reward specs — Once relegated to consumer or preparation use, Chromebooks are gaining traction in craving environments.

Tencent and Universal Music to take Chinese artists tellurian underneath corner tag — Tencent Music Entertainment, that spun off from Tencent, commands a lion’s share of China’s song streaming industry.

Startups, appropriation and try capital

Google, Nokia, Qualcomm are investors in $230M Series A2 for Finnish phone maker, HMD Global — Since late 2016, a startup has exclusively protected Nokia’s code for mobile devices, going on to boat some 240 million inclination to date.

Atomwise’s appurtenance learning-based drug find use raises $123 million — Atomwise has already sealed contracts with corporate partners that embody Eli Lilly Co., Bayer, Hansoh Pharmaceuticals and Bridge Biotherapeutics.

Scribd acquires presentation-sharing use SlideShare from LinkedIn — According to LinkedIn, Scribd will take over operation of a SlideShare business on Sep 24.

Advice and research from Extra Crunch

How Moovit went from event to a $900M exit in 8 years — Private financier (and former Moovit president) Omar Téllez shares a inside story.

No coop required: The digital destiny of genuine estate closings — One intensity china backing of a pandemic, during slightest for a genuine estate world, might be a forced tab with a debt shutting process.

Emergence’s Jason Green still sees copiousness of opportunities for craving SaaS startups — One unchanging thread runs by Emergence’s portfolio: They concentration on a cloud and enterprise, a topic that has paid off large time.

(Reminder: Extra Crunch is a subscription membership program, that aims to democratize information about startups. You can pointer adult here.)

Everything else

Mozilla lays off 250 — This pierce comes after a classification already laid off about 70 employees progressing this year.

EU-US Privacy Shield is dead. Long live Privacy Shield — The EU’s executive physique and a US Department of Commerce have begun talks toward creation a new “Privacy Shield.”

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