We interview the senior senator from Minnesota about health trackers, Sony pulls “Cyberpunk 2077” from the PlayStation Retailer and Indian supply startup Zomato raises an enormous spherical. That is your Day by day Crunch for December 18, 2020.
The massive story: Amy Klobuchar discusses Amazon Halo issues
Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar not too long ago wrote an open letter to Alex Azar of the Division of Well being and Human Companies, in which she mentioned Amazon’s Halo health tracker and expressed concern that “the Halo seems to gather an unprecedented stage of non-public data.”
Klobuchar elaborated on these issues in an interview with TechCrunch. HHS, she stated, “ought to play a bigger position in making certain information privateness in the case of well being” and work with the FTC “to give you some guidelines to safeguard non-public well being data.”
Klobuchar added, “I feel the Amazon Halo is simply the last word instance of it, however there’s various different gadgets which have the identical points.”
The tech giants
CD Projekt Red, Sony, Microsoft offer refund to Cyberpunk 2077 customers after bug complaints — Sony has pulled “Cyberpunk 2077” from its PlayStation Retailer after a flood of complaints.
The big Google DOJ antitrust case probably won’t go to trial until 2023 — In a standing listening to Friday, U.S. District Choose Amit Mehta set a tentative date for the case.
Twitter bots and memorialized users will become ‘new account types’ in 2021 — Twitter plans so as to add a manner of distinguishing bots and different automated accounts.
Startups, funding and enterprise capital
Indian food delivery giant Zomato secures $660M — The 12-year-old startup can be within the means of closing a $140 million secondary transaction.
Bumble reportedly filed confidentially for an IPO — The information that Bumble is pursuing an IPO isn’t a shock.
Unfold launches lightweight, link-centric profiles called Bio Sites — Squarespace acquired social media startup Unfold final 12 months.
Recommendation and evaluation from Additional Crunch
From India’s richest man to Amazon and 100s of startups: The great rush to win neighborhood stores — After spending greater than a decade disrupting neighborhood shops within the U.S. and different markets, Amazon and Walmart are using a unique technique in India.
Watch Space Force commander Gen. John Raymond explain public-private partnerships for space defense — The House Drive commander defined how the brand new army service operates like a startup and the way startups can study from the House Drive.
Unpacking Poshmark’s IPO filing — From posting common losses in 2019 to producing internet revenue in 2020.
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Every part else
TechCrunch Early Stage is coming back in a big way in 2021 — TC Early Stage is all about offering founders entry to the highest specialists throughout the core competencies concerned in entrepreneurship.
Tips for applying an intersectional framework to AI development — What can we do to maneuver away from utilizing AI/ML fashions that show unfair bias?
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