Tom Cruise talks to SpaceX about the ultimate step to outdoing his crazy movie stunts. The Apple and Google exposure notification API does not provide access to detailed location data, and we interview seven VCs about the new media landscape.
Here is your daily crisis for May 5th, 2020.
1. Tom Cruise is said to have spoken to SpaceX about making a film in space
Multi-year action star Tom Cruise, who has a penchant for ever bigger and stormier stunts and set pieces, may aim to crown the action film: filming a film in space.
Deadline reports that Cruise is in early talks with Elon Musk's SpaceX about being able to make a feature film in space, with NASA also involved in the early chats. (Somehow, the film in question isn't the next sequel to Mission Impossible.)
2. Apple and Google publish sample code, user interface and detailed guidelines for COVID-19 exposure notification apps
The first version of the Exposure Notification API was released last week along with beta updates from iOS and Xcode for developers. Today, Apple and Google are providing developers with new sample resources and guidelines (such as a ban on access to detailed geolocation data) that developers working with the API must adhere to before their apps are approved.
3. Seven VCs discuss how COVID-19 is changing the media launch landscape
We have informed various top VCs about the new media landscape, where they are investing and what kind of advice they are giving to their portfolio companies. The consensus? You can't count on the advertising business to recover in the coming months, but there are still opportunities for startups to explore new formats and new business models. (Additional crunch membership required.)
4. N26 will raise another $ 100 million for the Series D expansion
Series D of N26 appears to be an endless list of large numbers. In January 2019, the company announced a $ 300 million Series D valued at $ 2.7 billion. In July 2019, the company added $ 170 million based on a valuation of $ 3.5 billion. And now another $ 100 million is coming.
5. While Uber (supposedly) presses lime, the scooter startups run out of juice
The recently released information reported that Uber may invest in lime at a dramatically lower valuation and have the option to buy the company at a later date. Alex Wilhelm discusses why Uber could do this, especially if Uber already has its own micromobility bet. (Additional crunch membership required.)
6. Back Market brings in $ 120 million for its outdated device market
Back Market does not repair devices in-house. Instead, it works with certified sellers and lets them list their items on the website.
7. Watch the first trailer for Netflix & # 39; Space Force with Steve Carell from The Office
The show comes on May 29 (coincidentally, just two days after NASA and SpaceX return to US manned space with their first commercial crew astronaut demonstration mission) and stars Steve Carell alongside John Malkovich, Diana Silvers, Tawny Newsome and Lisa Kudrow and Ben Schwartz.
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