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  • How the Coronavirus Revealed Authoritarianism’s Fatal Flaw
    China is in the grip of a momentous crisis. The novel coronavirus that emerged late last year has already claimed three times more lives than the SARS outbreak in 2003, and it is still spreading. More than 50 million people (more than the combined metro populations of New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and San Francisco) remain under historically unprecedented lockdown, unable to leave their city—and in many cases, even their apartment. Many countries no longer accept visiting Chinese nationals, or if they do, quarantine them for weeks. Big companies are pulling out of trade shows. Production is suffering. Profound economic consequences are bound to ensue, not just in China but around the world.How did Xi Jinping—the general secretary of the Communist Party of China, who has been consolidating his power since taking over the post in 2012—let things get to this point?It might be that he didn’t fully know what… ..... Read More.
    THE ATLANTIC – Technology | Internet & TechnologySat, February 22, 2020
    39 mins ago
  • Study finds quarter of climate change tweets from bots
    Researchers at Brown University found bots were far more likely to post tweets denying climate change. ..... Read More.
    BBC NEWS – Technology | Internet & TechnologyFri, February 21, 2020
    11 hours ago
  • Investors in LatAm get bitten by the hotel investment bug as Ayenda raises $8.7 million
    Some of Latin America’s leading venture capital investors are now backing hotel chains. In fact, Ayenda, the largest hotel chain in Colombia, has raised $8.7 million in a new round of funding, according to the company. Led by Kaszek Ventures, the round will support the continued expansion of Ayenda’s chain of hotels in Colombia and beyond. The hotel operator already has 150 hotels operating under its flag in Colombia and has recently expanded to Peru, according to a statement. Financing came from Kaszek Ventures and strategic investors like Irelandia Aviation, Kairos, Altabix and BWG Ventures. The company, which was founded in 2018, now has more than 4,500 rooms under its brand in Colombia and has become the biggest hotel chain in the country. Investments in brick and mortar chains by venture firms are far more common in emerging markets than they are… ..... Read More.
    TECHCRUNCH – General | Internet & TechnologyFri, February 21, 2020
    15 hours ago
  • SpaceX said to be seeking around $250 million in funding, boosting valuation to roughly $3...
    SpaceX is looking to raise around $250 million in new funding according to a new report from CNBC’s Michael Sheetz. The additional cash would bring SpaceX’s total valuation to around $36 billion, according to CNBC’s sources — an increase of more than $2.5 billion versus its most recently reported valuation. The rocket launch company founded and run by Elon Musk is no stranger to raising large sums of money — it added $1.33 billion during 2019 (from three separate rounds). In total, the company has raised more than $3 billion in funding to date — but the scale of its ambitions provides a clear explanation of why the company has sought so much capital. SpaceX is also generating a significant amount of revenue: Its contract to develop the Crew Dragon spacecraft as part of the NASA commercial crew program came with $3.1 billion in contract award money from… ..... Read More.
    TECHCRUNCH – General | Internet & TechnologyFri, February 21, 2020
    15 hours ago
  • Trump’s Election Day YouTube takeover plan feels very different in 2020
    According to a report from Bloomberg, the Trump campaign called dibs on some of the most prized ad space online in the days leading up to the 2020 U.S. election. Starting in early November and continuing onto Election Day itself, the campaign will reportedly command YouTube’s masthead, the space at the very top of the video sharing site’s homepage. YouTube is now the second most popular website globally after the online video platform overtook Facebook in web traffic back in 2018. Bloomberg didn’t report the details of the purchase, but the YouTube masthead space is reported to cost as much as a million dollars a day. The Trump campaign’s ad buy is likely to rub the president’s many critics the wrong way, but it isn’t unprecedented. In 2012, the Obama campaign bought the same space before Mitt Romney landed the Republican nomination. It’s also not a first for the… ..... Read More.
    TECHCRUNCH – General | Internet & TechnologyFri, February 21, 2020
    16 hours ago
  • Dear Sophie: I need the latest details on the new H-1B registration process
    Sophie Alcorn Contributor Share on Twitter Sophie Alcorn is the founder of Alcorn Immigration Law in Silicon Valley and 2019 Global Law Experts Awards’ “Law Firm of the Year in California for Entrepreneur Immigration Services.” She connects people with the businesses and opportunities that expand their lives. More posts by this contributor Dear Sophie: My H-1B was renewed, but I’m getting laid off Dear Sophie: I live in Europe but want to move my startup to the US Today we bring you another edition of “Dear Sophie,” an advice column that answers readers’ questions about immigration for tech. “Your questions are vital to the spread of knowledge that allows people all over the world to rise above borders and pursue their dreams,” says Sophie Alcorn, Silicon Valley immigration attorney. “Whether you’re in people ops, a founder,… ..... Read More.
    TECHCRUNCH – General | Internet & TechnologyFri, February 21, 2020
    17 hours ago
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