We did an in-depth review of the Apple Watch Series 6, Apple gives Facebook a temporary hiatus on App Store fees, and Alexis Ohanian raises a new fund. This is your daily crisis for September 25, 2020.
The big story: review of the new Apple Watch
Brian Heater has previously written about the Apple Watch Series 6, but now he's posted his full review.
His verdict? Well, the core product hasn't changed dramatically, but he notes that the biggest innovation, blood oxygen monitoring, requires a good fit, which makes size issues with the Solo Loop particularly cumbersome. He also suggests that what we see now is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to monitoring functionality.
Overall, the Series 6 isn't a big leap forward over the Series 5 – and not really worth the upgrade for those who already own this latest vintage. But there are consistently nice improvements, complemented by good upgrades to watchOS, that make the best-selling smartwatch so much better and at the same time lay the foundation for Apple watches of the future.
The technology giants
Apple (temporarily) waived the App Store fee for Facebook online events. This agreement lasts until December 31st and does not apply to game developers.
Twitter warns developers that their private keys and account tokens may have been exposed. Twitter emailed developers to warn of a bug that may have disclosed sensitive data.
Google Meet and Other Google Services Down – Yesterday was a tough day for Google engineers.
Startups, Financing and Venture Capital
Alexis Ohanian applies for a new $ 150 million fund with a nod to his Olympic family – Ohanian is raising a new fund called 776 (the first Olympics reportedly took place in 776 BC), according to an SEC filing
Indonesian cloud kitchen startup Yummy receives $ 12 million for Series B, led by SoftBank Ventures Asia. Yummy Corporation's cloud kitchen network, launched in June 2019, now includes more than 70 facilities in Jakarta, Bandung and Medan.
HumanForest discontinues the London e-bike sharing service and cuts jobs after a customer accident – The service suspension comes just a few months after HumanForest started the test in north London.
Advice and analysis of extra crunch
Are you looking to hire and retain high quality developers? Give Them Exciting Work – With the demand for developers increasing, companies are under pressure to do whatever it takes to attract and retain talent.
Innovations in Privacy Data Management Reduce Risk and Create New Revenue Channels – A new generation of Infosec tools is required to address the unique risks associated with privacy data management.
4 things to consider when adapting AI / ML learning models during a pandemic – New machine learning and AI-powered tools reveal some ubiquitous challenges that both machines and the people who create them must face.
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The former head of Cambridge Analytica is banned from becoming a director for seven years. Alexander Nix signed a disqualification agreement earlier this month that the UK government accepted yesterday.
NASA Commissions Report on Economic Impact: $ 64 Billion and 312,000 Jobs – NASA may have released its first agency-wide economic report in anticipation of a budget setback from the federal government.
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