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Hey, people! Chromecasts have been a favorite of hackers and nerds for a while or two, and we’re pretty excited to see the price (with remote). down to $30. Appropriate hardware, Brian: and: Kirsten just published our Apple Watch Ultra first look review, so we enjoyed that too. – Christine and: Right?
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- Do you love gadgets? You’ll love today’s newsletterGoogle’s new Chromecast is a quadruple threat. 4K HDR support, 10,000 apps, costs $30 and has a remote control, Ivan writes. Yes please.
- The first cut is the deepestJust when Indian hotel chain Oyo thought it was safe to go public, SoftBank slashed its value by 73% to $2.7 billion. Manish reports.
- There is no closing time hereE-commerce company acquirer OpenStore is defying the e-commerce aggregator’s odds by both doing well in this economy and raising funds. Christine writes. The 1-year-old company, founded by Founders Fund’s Keith Rabus and Atomic’s Jack Abraham, has raised $32 million in a funding round that values the company at $970 million.
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Anyone who must use a wheelchair on a regular basis is at risk for injuries from poor circulation. Kalogon believes it can alleviate this common but potentially life-threatening condition with a smart pillow that prevents any part of the body from being compressed for long periods of time, and it has already caught the attention of the VA, Devin reports.
Keeping up with tax compliance for cryptocurrency can be tricky, especially since many laws are new (or haven’t been written yet). That’s why Binocs was founded. Users integrate their exchanges and wallets, and Binocs provides tax reporting and other accounting details. Today, the startup announced that it has raised $4 million to expand, Catherine reports.
And some more around the world (around the world):
When it comes to startup board participation, VCs and CEOs have their work cut out for them
“You had one job” can be fun if the birthday cake design goes wrong, but when we’re talking about executives who don’t attend board meetings, the stakes are much higher, writes Matt Bloomberg, co-founder and CEO. Bolster:
“Disengaged or dysfunctional boards aren’t just bad for CEOs and LPs; they’re bad for everybody,” Bloomberg says, prompting him to adopt a new meeting format that includes follow-up questions.
“It’s a lot of exciting things to manage, but I find it keeps the meeting fresh and well-paced.”
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Get ready to bite into the big Apple. Brian: put on his reviewer’s hat and looked at him AirPods Pro, which he said were “some really welcome additions to one of the best headphones out there.” And Brian: and: Kirsten tried Apple Watch Ultrawhere one of their final points was that “Ultra is much more than an Apple Watch in a rough case.”
- Adam Levine wishes this already existed: Ivan reports that Instagram is testing a nudity protection filter for direct messages so that users of the social media application do not have to see unsolicited nude messages. Too bad there isn’t a feature yet that warns you against sending certain messages…
- Don’t shut yourself in: Natasha L writes about Mozilla research about the ability to choose our own web browser on the devices we like to use, as opposed to the preinstalled ones.
- Not playing gamesThe Indian Department of Telecom proposes to regulate internet connection services which will require platforms to acquire a license before they can operate in the market. Jagmeet: has more.
- Single and ready to mingleAlibaba Cloud has plans to double its operations cloud service offered abroad and is willing to spend $1 billion on “upgrading the global partner ecosystem,” Rita writes.
- It’s a big piece of “chain”.South Korean authorities have discovered another “abnormal” sum of 680 million dollars. crypto-related currency transactions, Kate: reports. If you’re keeping score at home, that’s now a total of $7.2 billion as of June.