We interview the Senator from Minnesota about fitness trackers, Sony brings "Cyberpunk 2077" from the PlayStation Store and the Indian delivery startup Zomato throws a massive round. This is your daily crisis for December 18, 2020.
The big story: Amy Klobuchar talks about Amazon Halo concerns
Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar recently wrote an open letter to Alex Azar of the Department of Health and Human Services in Speaking on Amazon's Halo fitness tracker, she expressed concern that "the Halo appears to be collecting an unprecedented level of personal information."
Klobuchar addressed these issues in an interview with TechCrunch. HHS, she said, "should play a bigger role in ensuring privacy-related health" and work with the FTC "to develop some rules to protect private health information."
Klobuchar added, "I think the Amazon Halo is just the ultimate example of this, but there are a number of other devices that have the same issues."
The technology giants
CD Projekt Red, Sony, Microsoft offer Cyberpunk 2077 customers a refund after bug complaints – Sony has removed “Cyberpunk 2077” from its PlayStation Store after a flood of complaints.
The big Google DOJ antitrust case is unlikely to go on trial until 2023. In a status hearing on Friday, US District Judge Amit Mehta set a preliminary date for the case.
Twitter bots and reminder users will become "new account types" in 2021. Twitter plans to add a way to differentiate between bots and other automated accounts.
Startups, Financing and Venture Capital
Indian grocery supplier Zomato raises $ 660 million – The 12-year-old startup is currently closing a $ 140 million secondary transaction.
Bumble allegedly filed for an IPO in confidence – The news that Bumble is considering an IPO comes as no surprise.
Unfold launches lightweight, link-centric profiles called Bio Sites – Squarespace acquired social media startup Unfold last year.
Advice and analysis of extra crunch
From India's Richest Man to Amazon to Hundreds of Startups: The Big Rush to Win Convenience Stores – After spending more than a decade disrupting convenience stores in the US and other markets, Amazon and Walmart are pursuing a different strategy in India .
Watch as the Space Force Commander Gen. John Raymond explains public-private partnerships for space defense. The Space Force commander explained how the new military service works like a startup and how startups can learn from the Space Force.
Unboxing Poshmark's IPO filing – From posting regular losses in 2019 to generating a net income in 2020.
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TechCrunch Early Stage returns in a big way in 2021 – TC Early Stage is about giving founders access to top experts in all core competencies of entrepreneurship.
Tips on Applying an Intersectional Framework to AI Development – What can we do to deviate from using AI / ML models that have an unfair bias?
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