Published On: Fri, Feb 19th, 2021

Daily Crunch: Facebook’s Australian news anathema is flattering broad

We try a fallout of Facebook’s news ban, WhatsApp addresses remoteness concerns and Perseverance lands on Mars. This is your Daily Crunch for Feb 18, 2021.

The large story: Facebook’s Australian news anathema is flattering broad

Yes, this was a lead story in yesterday’s newsletter, though 24 hours later, we have a improved clarity of how things are personification out.

A discerning refresher: As a Australian supervision is debating a law that would need tech platforms to compensate media companies for related content, Facebook has left forward and started restraint a pity or observation of news. The pierce has been criticized as censorship and even “an attack on a emperor nation,” though also praised as a reasonable mount opposite a “link tax.” (Google done a identical hazard though has instead been distinguished deals with Australian publishers.)

Regardless of how we feel about a preference in theory, a initial doing has left something to be desired, with a Facebook Pages of hospitals, universities, unions, supervision departments and a business of meteorology all wiped clean. When reached for comment, Facebook reliable that it practical an intentionally extended clarification of news, designed to simulate a law “as drafted.”

The tech giants

Following backlash, WhatsApp to hurl out in-app ensign to improved explain a remoteness refurbish — If users select to examination a changes, they’ll be shown a deeper summary, including combined sum about how WhatsApp works with Facebook.

Apple TV+ arrives on Google TV devices, starting with Chromecast — It will also turn accessible on Google TVs from both Sony and TCL, with expansions to other Android TV-powered inclination in a months to come.

Microsoft announces a subsequent incessant recover of Office — If we use Office, Microsoft would really, really, unequivocally like we to buy a cloud-enabled subscription to Microsoft 365, though it will continue to make a standalone, incessant permit for Office available, too.

Startups, appropriation and try capital

Robinhood goes to Congress — Alex Wilhelm did not suffer watching.

Math training app Photomath raises $23M as it reaches 220 million downloads — Chances are, we competence already know about a app if we have a teen in your household.

Wholesale marketplace Abound raises $22.9M — The marketplace helps eccentric retailers batch their shelves with new products from up-and-coming brands.

Advice and research from Extra Crunch

Why do SaaS companies with usage-based pricing grow faster? — Public SaaS companies that have adopted usage-based pricing grow faster since they’re improved during alighting new customers, flourishing with them and gripping them as customers.

Creating a prophecy appurtenance for a financial markets — Data is a fortitude of any prophecy machine.

Check out a implausible speakers fasten us on Extra Crunch Live in Mar — Our Mar line-up starts with Sarah Kunst of Cleo Capital and Julia Collins of Planet FWD.

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Everything else

Perseverance lands safely on Mars and sends behind a initial images of a aspect — Perseverance landed after a white-knuckle skirmish that concerned picking a alighting mark only moments before creation a rocket-powered sky-crane landing.

Tired of ‘Zoom University’? So is edtech — A call of startups is perplexing to interrupt a practical propagandize day.

California DMV warns of information crack after a executive was strike by ransomware — Automatic Funds Transfer Services, that a DMV pronounced it has used for verifying changes of address, was strike by an vague aria of ransomware progressing this month.

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