Facebook blocks hashtags for #sharpiegate, #stopthesteal election conspiracies

Facebook today began to block select hashtags which were being used to share misinformation related to the 2020 U.S. presidential election. Now, searches for the hashtags #SharpieGate is being blocked on the social network. Another election conspiracy hashtag #stopthesteal is also blocked on Facebook, with a note saying some of its content goes against the […]

Email creation startup Stensul raises $16M

Email creation startup Stensul raises $16M

Stensul, a startup aiming to streamline the process of building marketing emails, has raised $16 million in Series B funding. When the company raised its $7 million Series A two years ago, founder and CEO Noah Dinkin told me about how it spun out of his previous startup, FanBridge. And while there are many products focused […]

Cloud infrastructure revenue grows 33% this quarter to almost $33B

Cloud infrastructure revenue grows 33% this quarter to almost $33B

The cloud infrastructure market kept growing at a brisk pace last quarter, as the pandemic continued to push more companies to the cloud with offices shut down in much of the world. This week the big three — Amazon, Microsoft and Google — all reported their numbers and, as expected, the news was good, with […]

Apple's Q4: Mac, iPad, Apple Watch sales, services shine

Apple's Q4: Mac, iPad, Apple Watch sales, services shine

Apple’s fourth quarter sales were in line with expectations, but earnings came out ahead as Mac, iPads and Apple Watch delivered strong revenue growth. The company reported fourth quarter earnings of 73 cents a share, on revenue of $64.7 billion. Wall Street was expecting Apple to report fiscal fourth quarter revenue of $64.7 billion with […]

Samsung chairman dies at age 78

Lee Kun-hee, the long-time chairman of Samsung Group who transformed the conglomerate into one of the world’s largest business empires, died today at the age of 78, according to reports from South Korean leading news agency Yonhap. The story of Samsung is deeply intertwined with the history of its home country, which is sometimes dubbed […]

Daily Crunch: Zoom launches its events marketplace

Zoom has a new marketplace and new integrations, Spotify gets a new format and we review Microsoft’s Surface Laptop Go. This is your Daily Crunch for October 14, 2020. The big story: Zoom launches its events marketplace Zoom’s new OnZoom marketplace allows anyone to host and sell tickets for virtual events. It’s also integrating the […]

Microsoft and partners aim to shrink the ‘data desert’ limiting accessible AI

Microsoft and partners aim to shrink the ‘data desert’ limiting accessible AI

AI-based tools like computer vision and voice interfaces have the potential to be life-changing for people with disabilities, but the truth is those AI models are usually built with very little data sourced from those people. Microsoft is working with several nonprofit partners to help make these tools reflect the needs and everyday realities of […]

Watch Apple unveil the new iPhone live right here

Watch Apple unveil the new iPhone live right here

Apple is set to announce new iPhone models today. The company is holding a (virtual) keynote at 10 AM PT (1 PM in New York, 6 PM in London, 7 PM in Paris). And you’ll be able to watch the event right here as the company is streaming it live. Rumor has it that there […]

What to expect from Apple’s ‘Hi Speed’ iPhone event

What to expect from Apple’s ‘Hi Speed’ iPhone event

Four versions of the iPhone 12 and some additions to the Apple audio family Brian Heater @bheater / 23 hours For starters, iPhones, of course. That one was easy. The company skipped out on new mobile devices during its recent Apple Watch event, owing to COVID-19-related delays. And, of course, the fact that the events […]

Apple Event 2020: All the iPhone 12 models, prices, and release dates we expect

Apple Event 2020: All the iPhone 12 models, prices, and release dates we expect

Apple In a normal year, Apple would have already announced and started shipping the latest iPhone models, but this isn’t a normal year. Instead, Apple still held its annual September event where the company announced new Apple Watch and iPad models, but no iPhone. And now we know that Apple will hold an event tomorrow, Oct. […]