You can listen to Apple Music on your Google Apple is working to outperform Intel with its next chips, and Cisco is acquiring Slido. This is your daily crisis for December 7th, 2020.
The big story: Google Smart Speakers offer Apple Music support
Google announced this morning that devices like Nest Audio, Nest Hub Max, and Nest Mini can now play Apple Music using voice commands.
Google's speaker ecosystem already supports a number of streaming audio services, including Spotify and Pandora. So far, however, Apple Music has been a big exception. (The HomePod and HomePod mini from Apple have of course already supported the service, as have the Alexa-enabled smart speakers from Amazon.)
To set this up, Google device owners need to link their Apple Music accounts in their Google Home app and set it as the default music service. Then they can use commands like “Hey Google, play the daily new music playlist” or “Hey Google, play the Rap Life playlist”.
The technology giants
Apple has reportedly been testing high-core Intel silicon chips for high-end Macs. According to Bloomberg, the new chips contain designs with 16 power cores and four high-performance cores.
Cisco acquires Slido to improve Q&A, polls, and engagement for Webex video conferencing. With Slido, users can moderate questions and interactions with a larger group, be it at virtual conferences or in-person events.
Tinder makes it easier to report bad actors by using "Unmatch" to hide from victims. Tinder notes that anytime users could report someone on the app, even if the person used the unmatch feature, most users likely didn't. I do not know how.
Startups, Financing and Venture Capital
SpaceX Receives $ 885 Million From The FCC To Serve Rural Areas With Starlink – This funding is part of the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund's Phase I auction, which is distributing billions to broadband providers to bring the Internet to underserved rural areas can.
Tech Growth Fund Highland Europe is raising € 700 million to double the team. The new fund means Highland Europe’s assets under management have grown to € 1.8 billion.
Luko raises $ 60 million for its home insurance products – Luko sells home insurance products for both homeowners and renters.
Advice and analysis of extra crunch
The IPO market looks hot as Airbnb and C3.ai raise price targets – so much for a slowdown in December.
Three Questions to Ask Before Adopting Microservice Architecture – Vertex Ventures' Madison Friedman examines "the multi-headed hydra that is microservice overhead."
Why does TechCrunch cover so many early-stage funding rounds? – TechCrunch authors and editors discuss why sponsorship stories are our bread and butter.
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California's CA Notify App Provides Nationwide Exposure Notification Using the Apple and Google Frameworks – The state of California has now expanded access to its CA Notify app to everyone in the state.
Original Content Podcast: Hulu's "Happiest Season" brings fresh characters into a familiar story – I'm a simple film scout, but man, this one made me cry.
Mixtape Podcast: Making Technology Available to All – Featuring a panel on how advances in AI and related technologies will change the landscape of assistive technology.
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