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New report finds VC investment into climate tech growing five times faster than overall VC

VC and corporate investment into climate tech grew at a faster rate than overall VC investment as a whole between 2013-2019, according to a major new report — to the tune of $60 billion of early-stage capital.

The new research by PwC (“The State of Climate Tech 2020”) found that although it’s still early days for climate tech in terms of the overall VC market (approximately 6% of total capital invested in 2019), VC investment into the space is growing at a clip: it increased from $418 million per annum in 2013 to $16.3 billion in 2019. According to the report, that is approximately three times the growth rate of VC investment into AI over the same period, and five times the average growth in VC.

The reasons are, predictably, to do with market economics. It’s quickly becoming more capitally efficient to prove and scale the technologies involved, and carbon-neutral

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Sony Will Give Some Youtubers Hands-On Time With The PS5

Sure, you might already have purchased a PS5, but it never hurts to know a little more about the thing that you’ve spent $499 on (maybe $399, but lord knows those digital editions were hard to find). Hands-on time is the sort of thing we usually would have gotten at events like E3 and Tokyo Game Show but, well, things have gone a little bit wrong here in 2020. Now, however, it does look like some Japanese Youtubers will actually get to play this thing before launch.

A post on the PlayStation Blog, translated by Gematsu, says that Sony will be participating in Youtube gaming week Japan, and that several Youtubers will get some hands-on time with the machine itself. That means we’ll likely get a look at the user interface, something that seems like a big deal but winds up being a hugely important

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Twitter resurfaces Costco co-founder’s alleged threat over food deal: ‘Absolutely losing my mind’

A resurfaced interaction between Costco’s co-founder and CEO has sent Twitter into hysterics and turned the co-founder into an icon.

According to a Mental Floss article from 2018, current Costco president and CEO W. Craig Jelinek was in a meeting and complaining to Costco co-founder Jim Sinegal about how the company was losing money from sticking with Costco’s legendary quarter-pound hot dog and 20-ounce soda special.

As any real Costco enthusiast knows, the store’s deals aren’t limited to just the shopping aisles — the meal costs only $1.50. Costco hasn’t changed the price of the combo since 1984, when it was first introduced.

“I came to [Sinegal] once and I said, ‘Jim, we can’t sell this hot dog for a buck fifty. We are losing our rear ends,’” Jelinek said during a speech at the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce’s luncheon in 2018. “He said, ‘If you raise the effing hot

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Trump eyes ‘concrete legal steps’ against social media sites for alleged bias against conservatives

Such attacks aren’t new for Trump, who for years has charged that Facebook, Google, Twitter and other popular Web platforms limit the reach of prominent conservative users and news sites. He often has provided scant evidence for his claims, which tech companies vehemently deny.

But the president has ratcheted up his attacks in recent months, as social media companies increasingly take more active, aggressive steps to limit Trump’s most controversial tweets and posts — particularly out of concern they may seed doubts about the legitimacy of the 2020 election and in some cases carry the potential to incite violence.

The president delivered his broadside Wednesday alongside nine Republican state attorneys general, some of whom echoed Trump’s belief that technology companies exhibit political bias against conservatives. U.S. Attorney General William P. Barr later appeared to encourage the GOP leaders in attendance to take action, stressing that the federal government does not

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Real estate tech company Porch adds five new directors to board ahead of public stock listing

Seattle-based Porch today named five directors that will join the company’s board when it goes public later this year.



a large brick building with a clock: Porch’s Seattle headquarters. (Porch Photo)


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Porch’s Seattle headquarters. (Porch Photo)

The real estate technology venture and home improvement marketplace announced plans in July to become publicly traded through a merger that values the Seattle company at $523 million. Porch will combine with PropTech Acquisition Corp., a special purpose acquisition company, or SPAC.

The board members will join on Porch’s first day of public trading. They include:

  • Javier Saade, founder and managing partner of Impact Master Holdings; venture partner at Fenway Summer Ventures; former associate administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration.
  • Chris Terrill, former CEO of HomeAdvisor and Angie’s List; board member of Realogy Holdings Corp. and Infogroup.
  • Regi Vengalil, CFO of Egencia (Expedia’s corporate travel division); former global head of corporate development and strategy at Expedia Group. He will serve as
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CDRLabs.com – Western Digital Announces Expanded Family Of WD Purple Storage Solutions

wd purple 18tb hdd microsdxcEnabling customers to design and build solutions for a variety of smart video workloads, Western Digital Corp. today announced its expanded family of WD Purple storage solutions, including the industry’s highest capacity 18TB surveillance HDD for DVRs, NVRs and analytics appliances, and the 1TB WD Purple SC QD101 microSD card for AI-enabled cameras. Setting the bar for smart video applications, all WD Purple drives are optimized to help reduce frame loss and pixelation, improve overall video playback and enhance streaming for 24×7 workloads – from ingest to backup and long-term storage – as the industry broadens the use of deep learning and analytics.

From commercial buildings to municipalities, businesses are accelerating adoption of AI and deep learning to enable automation and better efficiencies that ultimately help create a safer and better experience for employees, customers and communities. Deep learning algorithms, hungry for data generated by IoT and edge ecosystems, demand

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Standard Chartered Bank SL appoints Ajanthan Sivathas as Country Technology Manager

Standard Chartered Bank has announced the appointment of Ajanthan Sivathas as the Country Technology Manager, Sri Lanka to lead the Digital and Data Strategy of the Sri Lankan office as part of the country management team.

Ajanthan joins Standard Chartered from Unilever Sri Lanka, where he was the Head of Information Technology for Sri Lanka. He worked across many digital transformation projects involving technologies related to Cloud Computing, Microsoft Office 365 tools, RPAs and Data Analytics in a career spanning over a decade.

Bingumal Thewarathanthri, CEO, Standard Chartered Sri Lanka welcomed the appointment. “Ajanthan brings vigour and focus to the digital journey of Standard Chartered bank Sri Lanka, at a time when the new normal has permeated the way we do things, and where the digital advantage is crucial for growth and development. We welcome Ajanthan to the country management team and will be working closely with him as he

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Google adds a COVID-19 layer to Maps app to show health status at county and state levels

The new layer is color-coded, includes a count of new cases per 100,000 people, and indicates whether the count is going up or down.

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A new layer in Google maps shows coronavirus case levels at the county and state levels.

Google Maps now has a COVID-19 layer that tracks how cases are trending at a county level on the mobile version of the app. You can see how cases are increasing or decreasing in your area as well as any places you may be visiting.

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Google Maps added a COVID-19 data layer to the mobile app.

To see COVID-19 data for a particular location, tap the layers button on the top right-hand corner and click on COVID-19 Info. You’ll see a number and “increasing” or “decreasing.” 

SEE: COVID-19 workplace policy (TechRepublic Premium)

This number is the seven-day average for the number of new cases per 100,000 people. The layer’s colors

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The Latest: Arkansas State postpones game against Tulsa


The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:

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Arkansas State postponed Saturday’s home football game against Tulsa because of positive COVID-19 tests.

The school made the announcement Wednesday.

Arkansas State said it could not assemble a two-deep depth chart at one position group that would allow the game to be played safely.

“This is a result of a combination of positive tests on Monday and other players still displaying symptoms, as well as having time to safely reacclimate prior to the game,” Arkansas State athletic director Terry Mohajir said in a statement.


A makeup date has not been determined.

Arkansas State previously had to move its Sept. 19 home game against Central Arkansas to Oct. 10. The school did not say if that postponement was COVID-19 related, but the program said at the time that the “health and safety of our student-athletes will

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Wide-Bandgap Power Semiconductor Devices Market 2020 – 2024: Post-Pandemic Industry Planning Structure

Shape strategic responses through the phases of industry recovery.

STMicroelectronics NV, Texas Instruments Inc., Toshiba Corp., and Transphorm Inc. will emerge as major wide-bandgap power semiconductor devices market participants during 2020-2024.

The wide-bandgap power semiconductor devices market is expected to grow by USD 2.86 billion during 2020-2024, according to Technavio. The report offers a detailed analysis of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the wide-bandgap power semiconductor devices market in optimistic, probable, and pessimistic forecast scenarios.

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Technavio has announced its latest market research report titled Global Wide-Bandgap (WBG) Power Semiconductor Devices Market 2020-2024 (Graphic: Business Wire)

The wide-bandgap power semiconductor devices market will witness Negative and Inferior impact during the forecast period owing to the widespread growth of the COVID-19 pandemic. As per Technavio’s pandemic-focused market research, market growth is likely to Increase as compared to 2019.

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