Facebook and Twitter We're fighting pandemic misinformation, looking at the latest version of macOS, and a mental health startup is raising $ 50 million. Here's your daily crunch for August 6, 2020.
The big story: Twitter and Facebook take action against Trump misinformation
Facebook and Twitter both acted against a post by President Donald Trump and his campaign with a clip from an interview with Fox News in which he misleadingly described children as "almost immune" to COVID-19. Facebook removed the offensive post while Twitter went on and blocked the Trump campaign from its account (separate from Trump's personal account).
"The @ TeamTrump tweet you referenced violates the Twitter rules for COVID-19 misinformation," said Aly Pavela of Twitter in a statement. "The account owner must remove the tweet before tweeting again."
Meanwhile, Twitter also announced today that it will label accounts that are tied to state-controlled media organizations and government officials (but not to heads of state).
The technology giants
Preview of macOS 11.0 Big Sur – Big Sur is the first upgrade of the primary number of the operating system in 20 years. According to Brian Heater, this is a big step forward in the development of macOS.
Apple 27-inch iMac test – This is one of the last Macs with Intel silicon.
Uber uses Autocab to get to places where its own app doesn't work. Uber plans to use Autocab technology to connect users to local providers when they open the app in places where Uber does not offer rides.
Startups, funding and venture capital
On-Demand Mental Health Service Provider Ginger Raises $ 50 Million – Ginger's services provide patients with access to a care coordinator who serves as the first point of entry into a mental health company's plans.
Mode raises $ 33 million to charge its analytics platform for data scientists. Mode also introduced tools for less technical users to structure queries that data scientists can then run faster and with more complete answers.
Crossbeam Announces $ 25 Million Series B to Expand Partnership Platform Crossbeam is a startup in Philadelphia that automates the integration of partnership data.
Advice and analysis of extra crunch
Can learning pods be scaled or do they expand edtech's digital divide? – In the past few weeks, the concept has been adopted across the country.
Eight trends are accelerating the era of commercial quantum computing – Venan Ethan Batraski writes that there have been major breakthroughs in quantum computing by science, venture capital, and industry in the past 12 months.
5 VCs on the future of the Michigan startup ecosystem – According to the Michigan Venture Capital Association (MVCA), there are 144 venture-backed startups in Michigan, up 12% over the past five years.
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More Chinese Phone Manufacturers May Lose Trumps Clean Network U.S. Apps – The Trump Administration's five-tier Clean Network initiative aims to deprive Chinese phone makers of the ability to pre-install and download U.S. apps.
The UK has reportedly dropped coronavirus contact tracking in favor of the Risk Assessment app. The much belated software is reported to be launched this month, but the app can no longer do contact tracking automatically.
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