We’re testing Apple’s lost object search engine, Google Fi is getting a new unlimited plan, and Facebook is testing new video ad targeting features. This is your Daily Crunch for April 22, 2021.
The Big Story: First Impressions of Apple AirTags
AirTags are Apple’s new Tile competitor designed to help homeowners locate lost items. They use Bluetooth technology to announce their presence to nearby devices with iOS 14.5 or higher.
Matthew Panzarino tried them out and reported that it could take 30 seconds or more to locate an AirTag. But once located, Apple was able to provide directions that were “extremely precise down to a few centimeters. “
Matthew also got his hands on the purple iPhone and was extremely excited.
The giants of technology
Google Fi Turns 6, Gets New Unlimited Plan – New “Simply Unlimited” plan starts at $ 60 per month for a single line.
Apple plays down complaints about App Store scams at antitrust hearing – Apple was asked about its inability to contain subscription scammers on its App Store during yesterday’s Senate antitrust hearing.
Facebook is testing topic targeting for InStream video ads – The company says 2 billion people watch videos eligible for InStream ads each month.
Startups, financing and venture capital
Tiger Global Backs Over $ 500 Million Indian Crypto Startup – CoinSwitch Kuber Enables Young Users in India to Invest in Cryptocurrencies.
Universal Hydrogen Raises $ 20.5 Million Series A to Help Launch Hydrogen Aviation – Universal Hydrogen aims to develop hydrogen storage solutions and conversion kits for commercial aircraft.
Outlier.org, Co-Founder of MasterClass, Raises $ 30 Million for Affordable Virtual University Courses – Like MasterClass, Outlier offers beautifully shot online courses; unlike MasterClass, students can actually earn college credits.
Advice and analysis from Extra Crunch
How do VCs handle due diligence in a world where deals open and close in days, not months? – For venture capitalists, the timeline for achieving conviction around a startup’s thesis and for performing due diligence has become compressed.
Five Emerging Use Cases for Productivity Infrastructure in 2021 – Cloud Communication Services, API Platforms, Low-Code Development Tools, Business Process Automation, and Development Kits AI software has grown exponentially in 2020.
Customer Service as a Service: Outsourcing can help your startup impress its customers 24/7 – Your customers may not yet be asking for 24/7 customer service, but they certainly hope so.
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Check Out This Little New Polaroid Camera Can You Believe It – The company claims its latest camera, the Polaroid Go, is the world’s smallest analog instant camera.
To ensure inclusiveness, the Biden administration must double its AI development initiatives – EqualAI’s Miriam Vogel argues that without control, seemingly neutral AI tools can and will perpetuate inequality.
Alexa von Tobel will join Disrupt 2021 as a Startup Battlefield judge – Battlefield nominations are now open, so don’t hesitate to throw your hat in the ring!
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