Published On: Tue, Aug 4th, 2020

Daily Crunch: Microsoft-TikTok merger inches closer to reality

A probable Microsoft -TikTok merger is causing copiousness of drama, we examination Google’s new bill Pixel and SpaceX’s Crew Dragon earnings to Earth. Here’s your Daily Crunch for Aug 3, 2020.

Microsoft-TikTok merger inches closer to reality

This weekend, Microsoft reliable reports that it’s in talks to acquire TikTok, a renouned mobile video app now owned by Chinese association ByteDance. It sounds like a outcome of those talks might eventually have reduction to do with Microsoft and some-more with President Donald Trump.

“Following a examination between Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and President Donald J. Trump, Microsoft is prepared to continue discussions to try a squeeze of TikTok in a United States,” a association pronounced in a statement. “Microsoft entirely appreciates a significance of addressing a President’s concerns. It is committed to appropriation TikTok theme to a finish confidence examination and providing correct mercantile advantages to a United States, including a United States Treasury.”

And indeed, Trump pronounced currently that he’s not against to an acquisition, though that “a really estimable apportionment of that cost is going to have to come into a Treasury of a United States.” Meanwhile, Chinese internet users are job ByteDance’s CEO a traitor.

The tech giants

Google’s bill Pixel 4a addresses a reward predecessor’s biggest problem — Brian Heater reviews a new $349 handset.

Facebook launches commerce and connectivity-focused accelerator programs — Facebook’s Commerce Accelerator will name 60 startups from a EMEA and LATAM regions, while Connectivity will underline 30 startups from LATAM and North America.

Adobe’s skeleton for an online calm detrimental customary could have large implications for misinformation — The plan was initial announced final November, and now a group has a whitepaper going into a nuts and bolts about how a complement would work.

Startups, appropriation and try capital

YC-backed Artifact looks to make podcasts some-more personal — Using professionally engaged interviewers, Artifact conducts brief interviews with a person’s closest friends or family and turns them into a personal podcast.

Founded by a lifelong house-flipper, Inspectify is a marketplace for home inspections and repairs — Through a platform, buyers can now book inspections and accept correct estimates.

Mobile banking startup Varo is apropos a genuine bank — The association announced that it has been postulated a inhabitant bank licence from a Office of a Comptroller of a Currency and cumulative regulatory approvals from a FDIC and Federal Reserve to open Varo Bank, N.A.

Advice and research from Extra Crunch

The essential income module smoke-stack — Tim Porter and Elise La Cava of Madrona Ventures outline a set of services used by sales, selling and expansion teams opposite their portfolio to brand and conduct their prospects and revenue.

Is a 2020 SPAC bang an relate of a 2017 ICO craze? — Alex Wilhelm looks during dual new pieces of SPAC news.

After Shopify’s outrageous quarter, BigCommerce raises a IPO cost operation — BigCommerce now intends to cost a IPO between $21 and $23 per share.

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

Everything else

SpaceX and NASA successfully lapse Crew Dragon booster to Earth with astronauts on house — SpaceX’s Crew Dragon appears to have achieved accurately as dictated via a mission, doing a launch, ISS docking, undocking, de-orbit and splashdown in a entirely programmed routine that kept a astronauts protected and secure throughout.

Original Content podcast: Netflix’s ‘Say we Do’ offers a wedding-focused turn on a ‘Queer Eye’ regulation — I’m not someone who cares about weddings, though this uncover done me cry. Multiple times!

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