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Jun 5, 2020 6:24 PM ET

The Trojan Horse in Trump’s anti-Twitter executive order

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 5, 2020 - Think outside the censorship box. Approximately 100 years ago (May 28, 2020) the White House put social media websites in its (very crowded) crosshairs. This was in the form of an executive order to regulate what Mr. Trump believes to be online censorship, specifically calling Twitter out by name. The order cited a list of Mr. Trump's personal grievances, set off by events a few days prior when Twitter attached a fact check. [more...]

Jun 5, 2020 6:22 PM ET

Atmospheric CO2 hits a record high while emissions drop

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 5, 2020 - Lower emissions haven't affected what’s already up there. New data published by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography shows that the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere has reached a record monthly high of 417 parts per million (ppm). This two ppm change since last May’s reading is in line with the average annual increase. While many predictions strongly suggested that behavior changes due to COVID-19 would affect the atmosphere, temporary shutdowns and. [more...]

Jun 5, 2020 6:20 PM ET

Slack drops 10%+ after its revenue growth, guidance fail to impress

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 5, 2020 - Today Slack  reported its earnings results for the three months ending April 30, 2020, the first quarter of its fiscal 2021. The well-known SaaS chat service posted revenue of $201.7 million, up 50% compared to its year-ago period. Slack also reported an adjusted per-share loss of $0.02, and per-share losses of $0.13 when counting all costs. Analysts aggregated by Yahoo Finance expected the company to lose $0.06 per share against $188.12 million in revenue. Immediately. [more...]

Jun 5, 2020 6:18 PM ET

Signal now has built-in face blurring for photos

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 5, 2020 - Apps like Signal  are proving invaluable in these days of unrest, and anything we can do to simplify and secure the way we share sensitive information is welcome. To that end Signal has added the ability to blur faces in photos sent via the app, making it easy to protect someone’s identity without leaving any trace on other, less secure apps. After noting Signal’s support of the protests occurring all over the. [more...]

Jun 5, 2020 6:16 PM ET

Mercato Partners just launched Savory, a $90 million fund focused on fueling fast-casual restaurant concepts

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 5, 2020 - Mercato Partners,  a 13-year-old, Salt Lake City, Utah-based investment firm that oversees a growth fund, a secondary investment fund and a venture fund, has launched yet another fund — this one a $90 million vehicle that the firm says will be used to invest in restaurant concepts that are gaining traction. Its timing is interesting, given the devastating impacts of the coronavirus on the restaurant industry. As it happens, deeper-pocketed chains. [more...]

Jun 5, 2020 6:14 PM ET

OTTO Motors raises $29M to fill factories with autonomous delivery robots

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 5, 2020 - When Clearpath Robotics  CEO and co-founder Matthew Rendall looks at the “miles” of roads inside industrial factories, he sees them filled with autonomous vehicles. And in the past five years, the company has inched toward that goal through its industrial division OTTO Motors. The division, which launched in 2015, has landed a number of customer contracts to bring its autonomous mobile robot platform into factories, including GE, Toyota, Nestlé and Berry Global.. [more...]

Jun 5, 2020 6:14 PM ET

FTC fines kids’ app developer HyperBeard $150K for use of third-party ad trackers

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 5, 2020 - The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) today announced a settlement of $150,000 with HyperBeard, the developer of a collection of children’s mobile games over violations of U.S. Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act Rule (COPPA Rule). The company’s applications had been downloaded more than 50 million times on a worldwide basis to date, according to data from app intelligence firm Sensor Tower. A complaint filed by the Dept. of Justice on behalf of the FTC. [more...]

Jun 5, 2020 6:12 PM ET

Ethena raises $2 million in seed funding for smarter anti-harassment software

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 5, 2020 - Corporate harassment training is often defined by mandatory annual workshops, stock photo-ridden curricula and, often, outdated scenarios. Harvard graduates Roxanne Petraeus and Anne Solmssen think there’s a business in doing better than that. The duo co-founded Ethena, a software-as-a-service startup that sells anti-harassment training software that is more comprehensive and flexible than the status quo. Ethena  sends “nudges,” or personalized short-form bits of training content, to employees throughout the year. One nudge could be about office. [more...]

Jun 5, 2020 6:10 PM ET

Here’s what is driving GM’s reported plans to develop a commercial electric van

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 5, 2020 - GM’s electric offensive to bring at least 20 new EVs to market by 2023 reportedly includes a commercial van. Reuters reported Thursday that the company is developing an electric van for the commercial market. Code-named BV1, the vehicle is expected to start production in late 2021 and will use the Ultium battery system that was revealed in March, according to the report. When, and if, GM delivers on that goal in. [more...]

Jun 5, 2020 6:08 PM ET

India’s Reliance Jio Platforms to sell $1.2 billion stake to Mubadala

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 5, 2020 - Abu Dhabi-based sovereign firm Mubadala has become the latest investor in Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Jio Platforms, joining five American firms, including Facebook and Silver Lake, that have secured stakes in India’s biggest telecom operator at the height of a once-in-a-century global pandemic. Mubadala said it had agreed to invest $1.2 billion in Reliance  Jio Platforms for a 1.85% stake in the firm. The deal valued the Indian telecom operator, which launched in the. [more...]

Jun 5, 2020 6:04 PM ET

PhotoRoom automagically removes background from your photo

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 5, 2020 - Meet PhotoRoom, a French startup that has been working on a utility photography mobile app. The concept is extremely simple, which is probably the reason why it has attracted a ton of downloads over the past few months. After selecting a photo, PhotoRoom removes the background from that photo and lets you select another background. When you’re done tweaking your photo, you can save the photo and open it in another. [more...]

Jun 5, 2020 6:02 PM ET

YC-backed Tajir raises $1.8M to help mom-and-pop stores source inventory in Pakistan

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 5, 2020 - A number of high-profile firms and startups have set up logistics networks in India in the last decade as they attempt to digitize neighborhood stores. Bangalore-headquartered startup Udaan, for instance, works directly with brands and sellers to source inventory and sells and delivers it to stores through its business-to-business marketplace. It’s a big opportunity. Most neighborhood stores that dot tens of thousands of cities and towns in India are still. [more...]

Jun 5, 2020 6:00 PM ET

Budget devices are still the heart of Motorola’s portfolio

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 5, 2020 - People were already buying fewer handsets well before COVID-19 came into our lives. Now that the pandemic has impacted most of the world, however, those figures have taken an even more sizable dip — with shipments down 12% by the latest count. Budget devices have managed to hold firm in some markets, however, as consumers turn away from $1,000 devices. As other manufacturers have turned toward cheaper flagship alternatives, Motorola has experimented. [more...]

Jun 5, 2020 5:40 PM ET

Slack’s new integration deal with AWS could also be about tweaking Microsoft

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 5, 2020 - Slack and Amazon announced a big integration late yesterday afternoon. As part of the deal, Slack will use Amazon  Chime for its call feature, while reiterating its commitment to use AWS as its preferred cloud provider to run its infrastructure. At the same time, Amazon has agreed to offer Slack as an option for all internal communications. “Some parts of Amazon had licensed Slack  before, but this is the first time it will be offered as an. [more...]

Jun 5, 2020 5:38 PM ET

As Bandcamp waives fees again, labels donate their portion to justice programs

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 5, 2020 - There’s a decent chance buying music is the furthest thing from your mind right now, and I can’t say I blame you. Here in the States, 108,000 people are dead due to COVID-19, and protests against the killing of George Floyd raged on for an eighth night. Neither of these society-shaping events are set to stop any time soon. Personally, music has been a lifesaver throughout the lockdowns and some. [more...]

Jun 5, 2020 5:36 PM ET

15 things founders should know before accepting funding from a corporate VC

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 5, 2020 - More than $50 billion of corporate venture capital (CVC) was deployed in 2018 and new data indicates that nearly half of all venture rounds will include a corporate investor. The CVC trend is heating up and the need for founders and startup executives to stay informed is higher than ever. We’ve covered the basics in this series, including how to approach CVCs and what to know before the investment, what to look. [more...]

Jun 5, 2020 5:34 PM ET

Big tech should create a national service program to make the US more united

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 5, 2020 - Facebook posts and tweets won’t sew the tears in our social fabric. Zoom meetings will similarly fall short. No form of modern technology can replace what’s needed to bridge divides that have deepened during decades of disruption in which few have prospered and many have languished. What’s needed is a voluntary, but expected, national service program that allows people to walk a mile in another American’s shoes. This program —. [more...]

Cboe Global Markets Lists for Trading the First Proxy Model, Semi-Transparent ETFs with Fidelity
Jun 5, 2020 5:33 PM ET

Cboe Global Markets Lists for Trading the First Proxy Model, Semi-Transparent ETFs with Fidelity

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 5, 2020 - - Trio of Fidelity's active equity ETFs employ an innovative tracking basket methodology - With launch of these ETFs, Cboe expands the suite of actively managed, semi-transparent ETFs listed on its exchange Cboe Global Markets, Inc. (Cboe: CBOE), one of the world's largest exchange holding companies, today announced it has listed for trading three actively managed, semi-transparent exchange traded funds (ETFs) from Fidelity Investments: the Fidelity Blue Chip Value ETF. [more...]

Jun 5, 2020 5:32 PM ET

UK’s COVID-19 health data contracts with Google and Palantir finally emerge

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 5, 2020 - Contracts for a number of coronavirus data deals that the U.K. government inked in haste with U.S. tech giants, including Google  and Palantir, plus a U.K.-based AI firm called Faculty, have been published today by openDemocracy and law firm Foxglove — which had threatened legal action for withholding the information. Concerns had been raised about what is an unprecedented transfer of health data on millions of U.K. citizens to private tech companies,. [more...]

Peoples Security Bank & Trust Company Promotes Thomas P. Tulaney to President and Chief Operating Officer
Jun 5, 2020 5:30 PM ET

Peoples Security Bank & Trust Company Promotes Thomas P. Tulaney to President and Chief Operating Officer

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 5, 2020 - On Friday, May 29, 2020, the Board of Directors appointed Thomas P. Tulaney to President and Chief Operating Officer of Peoples Security Bank and Trust Company and Peoples Financial Services Corp. (NASDAQ: PFIS). Mr. Tulaney was also appointed to the Bank's Board of Directors.  Mr. Craig W. Best, former President and Chief Executive Officer, will continue to serve as CEO of Peoples Security Bank and Trust.  Mr. Best will continue to focus on the bank's strategy. [more...]

Jun 5, 2020 5:30 PM ET

Daily Crunch: Twitter has a record week

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 5, 2020 - Twitter  sees record downloads, Signal adds a new face-blurring feature and Facebook rethinks its approach to government-backed media. Here’s your Daily Crunch for June 5, 2020. 1. Twitter has a record-breaking week as users looked for news of protests and COVID-19 Civil unrest due to the nationwide George Floyd protests drove Twitter to a record number of new installs this week, according to data from two app store intelligence firms, Apptopia and. [more...]

Jun 5, 2020 5:28 PM ET

Alexis Ohanian steps down from Reddit board, asks for his seat to go to a black board member

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 5, 2020 - Alexis Ohanian,  the founder and former CEO of Reddit,  stepped down from his position on the company’s board Friday as the U.S. roils with nationwide protests against police brutality after Minneapolis police killed George Floyd, an unarmed black man. Ohanian is calling on the company he founded to fill his position with a black board member, a high-profile step for a company with its own rocky track record around issues of race. Many. [more...]

Jun 5, 2020 5:26 PM ET

And that’s really it for Google+

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 5, 2020 - Last year, Google launched the beta of Currents, which was essentially a rebrand of Google+ for G Suite users, since Google+ for consumers went to meet its maker in April 2019. While Google+ was meant to be an all-purpose social network, the idea behind current is more akin to what Microsoft is doing with Yammer or Facebook with Workplace. It’s meant to give employees a forum for internal discussions and announcements. To complicate matters,. [more...]

At Spohrer Dodd, Founding Partner Robert Spohrer and Senior Partner Roger Dodd Selected to Super Lawyers List in 2020
Jun 5, 2020 5:25 PM ET

At Spohrer Dodd, Founding Partner Robert Spohrer and Senior Partner Roger Dodd Selected to Super Lawyers List in 2020

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 5, 2020 - Noted Jacksonville trial law firm Spohrer Dodd has often been recognized for a powerful tradition of success, which includes over $1 billion recovered on behalf of injury victims across the country. Now, the firm is once again pleased to share that founding partner Robert Spohrer and senior partner Roger Dodd have both been selected to the 2020 Super Lawyers list for another consecutive year. Using a rigorous multiphase selection process, the Super Lawyers team takes peer. [more...]

Jun 5, 2020 5:24 PM ET

Silicon Valley can fight systemic racism by supporting Black-owned businesses

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 5, 2020 - As the United States sees its second week of large-scale protests against police brutality, it’s painfully clear that the country’s racial divide requires significant short- and long-term action. But most of these calls for change gloss over the role Silicon Valley can and should play in mending the racial divide. Right now, activists are rightfully urging the public to take two crucial steps: vote out state and local government leaders. [more...]

Jun 5, 2020 5:22 PM ET

The Square Off robotic chess board gets a video calling component for remote games

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 5, 2020 - The Square Off robotic chess board was already a great device for these times. The system makes it possible to play a solo game using 20 different degrees of difficulty or challenge someone remotely through chess.com. I met with the Mumbai-based startup a couple of CESes ago, and was quite impressed with the execution. Now, in the face of massive global isolation courtesy of the COVID-19 pandemic, the company has introduced. [more...]

Jun 5, 2020 5:22 PM ET

Rocket Report: Falcon 9 leaps forward; a gator and a Dragon

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 5, 2020 - “We knew the test-stand was nearing its end-of-life.” Welcome to Edition 3.03 of the Rocket Report! We just passed a week of the highest of highs, with Saturday's Crew Dragon launch, and the lowest of lows, as this country's racial prejudice was laid bare. Jeff Manber, the CEO of Nanoracks, said it well: "The space community can, and must, do better to become part of the solution to the horrific challenges. [more...]

Jun 5, 2020 5:20 PM ET

Command & Conquer Remastered Collection review: Loving the smell of Tiberium

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 5, 2020 - This 4K-ready return hews tightly to the original games, and that's mostly good news. The strategy, the explosions, the FMV sequences, the ripping guitars, and the Kane-fueled cheese—they're all back. The original 1995 game Command & Conquer: Tiberian Dawn and its 1996 prequel Red Alert have returned in today's launch of the C&C: Remastered Collection on Windows 8/10 (Amazon, Steam, Origin). In good news, the package is right for the price: $20 gets you both original games, all of. [more...]

Jun 5, 2020 5:18 PM ET

Business services giant Conduent hit by Maze Ransomware

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 5, 2020 - The Maze Ransomware operators are claiming to have successfully attacked business services giant Conduent, where they stole unencrypted files and encrypted devices on their network. Conduent is a New Jersey, USA based business services firm with 67,000 employees and a 2019 business revenue of $4.47 billion. Today, Maze Ransomware posted a new entry to their data leak site that states that they breached the network for Conduent in May 2020. When conducting. [more...]

Jun 5, 2020 5:16 PM ET

Twitter has a record-breaking week as users looked for news of protests and COVID-19

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 5, 2020 - Civil unrest due to the nationwide George Floyd protests drove Twitter to see a record number of new installs this week, according to data from two app store intelligence firms, Apptopia and Sensor Tower. While the firms’ exact findings differed in terms of the total number of new downloads or when records were broken, the firms agreed that Twitter’s app had its largest-ever week, globally. Twitter’s usage is on the rise because of. [more...]