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Chamath launches SPAC, SPAC, and SPAC as he SPACs the World with SPACs

SPACs are going to rule the world, or at least, Chamath’s future portfolio. Chamath Palihapitiya, the founder of Social Capital, has already tripled down on SPACs, the so-called “blank check” vehicle that takes private companies and flips them onto the public markets.

Daily Crunch: Partial US TikTok ban is imminent

The Trump administration moves forwards with plans to ban TikTok and WeChat (although TikTok gets a partial extension), Unity goes public and we announce the winner of this year’s Startup Battlefield. This is your Daily Crunch for September 18, 2020. The big story: US TikTok ban is imminent The U.

6 returning TV shows to keep us sane this fall

There's a new season of PEN15, Fargo, and some surprising new picks. Read more...More about Entertainment, Mashable Video, Pen15, Fall Shows, and Entertainment

SaaS Ventures takes the investment road less traveled

Most venture capital firms are based in hubs like Silicon Valley, New York City and Boston. These firms nurture those ecosystems and they’ve done well, but SaaS Ventures decided to go a different route: it went to cities like Chicago, Green Bay, Wisconsin and Lincoln, Nebraska.

How 'Julie and the Phantoms' gave a voice to diverse actors

Executive producer and director Kenny Ortega talks about how he set out to make a show with a Latinx lead and a diverse cast. Read more...More about Entertainment, Music, Netflix, Mashable Video, and Dirty Dancing

Gaming companies are reportedly the next targets in the US government’s Tencent purge

Some of the biggest names in online gaming in the United States have received letters from the U.S. government requesting information about their relationship with the multibillion-dollar Chinese technology company, Tencent, according to reports. Even as the U.S.

Check out this never-before-seen clip from HBO’s The Perfect Weapon

At Disrupt 2020, we got a chance to see some never-before-seen footage from HBO’s upcoming documentary The Perfect Weapon. The documentary, which was executive produced by John Maggio, is based on the book by the same(ish) name written by David Sanger,

Scientists discovered these sea anemones use their food to grow limbs — Future Blink

The scientists believe this trait helps the creature adapt and survive and hope to define key nutrients for growth.  Read more...More about Science, Animals, Mashable Video, Sealife, and Future Blink

4th graders made their own clickbait headlines and they're way better than ours

It's a strange world online and Ingrid Conley-Abrams — a school library director in New York City — wanted to prep her students as best she could. As a part of a lesson on media literacy and bias, Conley-Abrams created an optional assignment where kids made their own versions of clickbait.

Salesforce announces 12,000 new jobs in the next year just weeks after laying off 1000

In a case of bizarre timing, Salesforce announced it was laying off 1000 employees at the end of last month just a day after announcing a monster quarter with over $5 billion in revenue, putting the company on a $20 billion revenue run rate for the first time. The juxtaposition was hard to miss.

And the winner of Startup Battlefield at Disrupt 2020 is… Canix

We started this competition with 20 impressive startups. After five days of fierce pitching in a wholly new virtual Startup Battlefield arena, we have a winner.

Up your photography game with this camera device — Future Blink

The Arsenal 2 can set up optimal settings for your shot by using AI and computational photography. Read more...More about Tech, Photography, Mashable Video, Ai, and Future Blink

Are high churn rates depressing earnings for app developers?

It’s great to improve your subscription app’s retention rates, but don’t do it for the 85/15 split.

MIT engineers develop a totally flat fisheye lens that could make wide-angle cameras easier to produ

Engineers at MIT, in partnership with the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, have devised a way to build a camera lens that avoids the typical spherical curve of ultra-wide-angle glass, while still providing true optical fisheye distortion. The fisheye lens is relatively specialist,

'Sopranos' memes are having a real moment in 2020

More than 13 years ago, America's television screens inexplicably cut to black — The Sopranos was finished, just like that. Twitter was barely a thing on June 10, 2007, the day the episode, "Made in America," aired. About a quarter of the country still used dial-up internet. And yet,

Watch JerryRigEverything attempt to bend the Surface Duo in half (and fail at doing so)

In his latest video, JerryRigEverything attempted to bend the Surface Duo in half and fail at doing so. The device survived the bend test and the hinge mechanism protected it from becoming toast.

Microsoft’s next Surface Event could come in the next two weeks on September 30

Microsoft could be planning a new Surface event in two weeks where the 2nd-gen Surface Pro X and a cheaper 12.5" Surface Laptop could be revealed.

Battery tech superstars JB Straubel of Redwood Materials, Celina Mikolajczak of Panasonic coming to

It was a trickle at first that has evolved into a slow and steady stream. Now, a wave of new electric vehicles is building, promising to deliver an unprecedented number of models to North America, Europe and China over the next two to three years. There might not be a better time to dig into […]

Zoox becomes fourth company to land driverless testing permit in California

Zoox, the automated vehicle technology startup that was acquired by Amazon this year, has been issued a permit from California regulators that will allow it to test driverless vehicles on public roads. The permit is not for all public roads in the state,

Amid layoffs and allegations of fraud, the FBI has arrested NS8’s CEO following its $100+ million su

The tagline from today’s announcement from the United States Attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York says it all: “Adam Rogas Allegedly Raised $123 Million from Investors Using Financial Statements that Showed Tens of Millions of Dollars of Revenue and Assets that Did Not Exist”.

The stages of traditional fundraising

What you think when you hear "seed funding" and "A rounds" might be different from what investors think. You both need to be on the same page as you move forward.

Windows 10 October 2020 Update (20H2) is now rolling out to the Release Preview ring

Microsoft has just announced that the October 2020 Update, the next major update for Windows 10 is now available to download for Windows Insiders in the Release Preview Ring.

Remember Andromeda? New reports reveals more about the Windows-based Surface Duo prototype

If Microsoft worked with Google to optimize Android for the dual-screen Surface Duo, we had never seen how the previous Windows-based “AndromedaOS" looked like.

How the NSA is disrupting foreign hackers targeting COVID-19 vaccine research

The headlines aren’t always kind to the National Security Agency, a spy agency that operates almost entirely in the shadows. But a year ago, the NSA launched its new Cybersecurity Directorate, which in the past year has emerged as one of the more visible divisions of the spy agency. At its core,

Instagram CEO, ACLU slam TikTok and WeChat app bans for putting US freedoms into the balance

As people begin to process the announcement from the U.S. Department of Commerce detailing how it plans, on grounds of national security, to shut down TikTok and WeChat — starting with app downloads and updates for both, plus all of WeChat’s services, on September 20,

Chime adds $485M at a $14.5B valuation, claims EBITDA profitability

In the midst of IPO week we have to add another name to our future debuts’ list, namely Chime, which announced a huge new round of capital today. The $485 million Series F values the consumer fintech giant at $14.5 billion, a huge figure given that Chime was most recently worth $5.

The livestreaming boom isn't slowing down anytime soon

Mashable's series Tech in 2025 explores how the challenges of today will dramatically change the near future. Whether people are creating or consuming it, streaming content has been a prime source of escapism for many during the pandemic. But is the livestreaming boom temporary?

The Oculus Quest 2 is 'VR finally done right' — here's where to pre-order

TL;DR: As of Sept. 18, Oculus Quest 2 VR headsets, accessories, and bundles are available to pre-order at Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart, Target, GameStop, and at Oculus.com; the headset itself starts at $299 for 64GB of storage.Between the Nintendo Switch, the Xbox Series X, and the Playstation 5,

TikTok throws shade at Facebook and Instagram for not standing up to Trump

TikTok just tagged Facebook into its ongoing battle with Donald Trump.Earlier this morning, the Trump administration announced it would follow through with its ban on TikTok starting this Sunday. (Note: A deal between TikTok and U.S.-based Oracle is still waiting to be finalized,

Hulu's October content was just announced. You'll want a 4K TV for it.

Another Friday, another chance to encourage everyone to buy a nice TV because 1. It's spooky season and 2. It's a socially-distant spooky season, and scary movies might be the only way to celebrate Halloween (aside from dressing up to play drinking games on Zoom). 

It’s game on as Unity begins trading

Unity Software, which sells a game development toolkit primarily for mobile phone app developers, raised $1.3 billion in its initial public offering. The company, which will begin trading today with the ticker symbol “U”, priced its shares at the top end of its expected range,

Outschool, newly profitable, raises a $45M Series B for virtual small group classes

Outschool, which started in 2015 as a platform for homeschooled students to bolster their extracurricular activities, has dramatically widened its customer base since the coronavirus pandemic began.

Hurricane Teddy's eye looks like a giant stadium

Storm investigators flew through Hurricane Teddy on Thursday, capturing impressive imagery of the cyclone's stadium-like eye.A big, clear eye is indicative of a powerful hurricane (on Friday morning, Teddy packed 130 mph winds). At the storm's core, violent thunderstorms, feeding on warm moist air,

Microsoft Teams is rolling out new Spotlight feature to highlight select meetings participants

Microsoft has finally started rolling out the new Spotlight feature in Microsoft Teams, which was initially announced in August 2020.

The TikTok train wreck – US rejects Oracle’s bid, could Microsoft be back in play?

(Quick update: TikTok has vowed to fight the ban) Even though Microsoft’s bid for the popular short video sharing service TikTok was rejected last week, news has been churning on the fate of TikTok’s US operations. Yesterday, it seemed as though there may be a resolution in hand,

Microsoft Edge Canary can now save resources by putting idle tabs to sleep

Microsoft is testing a new feature for Microsoft Edge that lets the browser freeze tabs when they’re not being used to free up memory.

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