SpaceX Apple is launching new radio stations and we are reviewing the Samsung Galaxy Note 20. This is your daily crisis for August 18, 2020.
The big story: SpaceX is increasing its biggest lap yet
The $ 1.9 billion round was made public in an SEC filing. Bloomberg had previously reported that the round was in the works and valued the Elon Musk-led space company at $ 46 billion.
This comes after SpaceX successfully completed the first private human space mission launched from US soil. It is also in the middle of a likely capital-intensive process to deploy its massive Starlink satellite constellation.
The technology giants
Amazon will add 3,500 tech and corporate jobs in six US cities. The list of cities includes Dallas, Detroit, Denver, New York, Phoenix, and San Diego, which total around 900,000 square feet of office space.
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra Review – Brian Heater says it's great hardware with a great camera at a really great price.
Apple launches Apple Music Radio with a renamed Beats 1 and two other stations. The change ties the broadcaster more closely to the company's subscription-based streaming music service, Apple Music.
Startups, Financing and Venture Capital
Chamath Palihapitiya's Next Big Bang – The investor announces to theinformationsuperhighway that it has acquired Hustle, a startup backed by Insight Venture Partners, Google's GV and Salesforce Ventures.
Attabotics is raising a $ 50 million Series C for its warehouse fulfillment robots – The round was led by the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan Board, Canada's largest retirement plan.
Movable Ink raises $ 30 million as it expands its personalization technology beyond email marketing. The company said it now works with more than 700 brands. Customers ahead of the 2020 election include the Democratic National Committee.
Advice and analysis of extra crunch
The "right" way to downsize – Isaac Roth shares what he has learned from years of working with startups.
Despite booming consumer demand, VC's interest in ecommerce startups will decline in 2020 – while Q2 2020 was slightly better than Q1 in ecommerce VC results, it wasn't a big comeback.
Diagnosing and Treating Machine Learning Models Affected by COVID-19 – The impact of the pandemic has been particularly important to many machine learning models that companies use to predict human behavior.
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The pandemic helped Walmart's ecommerce sales jump 97% in the second quarter. Walmart's investments in e-commerce, including online grocery delivery and collection, continue to pay off.
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