Techmeme
January 21, 2021, 11:20 AM

Top News

Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple's first VR headset, planned for 2022 with a focus on gaming, video, and communication but with limited AR features, faces development hurdles  —  Apple Inc.'s first crack at a headset is designed to be a pricey, niche precursor to a more ambitious augmented reality product …
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Google signs an agreement with French media to create a framework for payment for publisher content and has reached agreements with three major newspapers  —  Google has reached an agreement with an association of French publishers over how it will be pay for reuse of snippets of their content.
Taylor Soper / GeekWire:
Amazon says it wants to help the Biden administration's vaccination efforts, says non-WFH Amazon staff should be vaccinated “at the earliest appropriate time”  —  Amazon says it is ready to turn its facilities into COVID-19 vaccination sites and is offering other resources to the U.S. government.
Jon Porter / The Verge:
Pebble founder launches Beeper, a $10/month universal chat app, promising to bring 15 chat service into a single UI, including iMessage on Android and Windows  —  Beeper brings 15 chat apps together into one interface  —  Beeper is a new universal chat app that's an attempt …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Curtsy, which makes an app allowing women to list their clothes, shoes, and accessories for resale, raises $11M Series A led by Index Ventures  —  Curtsy, a clothing resale app and competitor to recently IPO'd Poshmark, announced today it has raised $11 million in Series A funding for its startup focused on the Gen Z market.
Monica Chin / The Verge:
A large number of laptop flagships in H1 2021 will ship with 16:10 or 3:2 displays, signalling an industry-wide shift toward laptops with taller aspect ratios  —  For lovers of tall screens, it's a great time to be alive  —  One of the biggest trends coming out of this year's CES …
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra review: beautiful screen with high refresh rate and a great camera system but let down by software with ads and subpar Bixby  —  Samsung's “Ultra” phones are meant to be the absolute pinnacle of the company's (non-folding) mobile technology.
Mitchell Clark / The Verge:
The Biden administration updates WhiteHouse.gov with several new accessibility features, including dark mode, a large text mode, and more  —  From dark times to dark mode  —  The official website of the White House, WhiteHouse.gov, has been completely replaced with a new version …
Catherine Stupp / Wall Street Journal:
EU regulators are scrutinizing how employers monitor workers, including via video surveillance or key logger tech, and whether such actions violate GDPR  —  Remote work adds surveillance risks, privacy experts say  —  European privacy regulators are scrutinizing how employers collect workers' personal data …
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Donald Trump pardons ex-Waymo and Uber engineer Anthony Levandowski; Peter Thiel and Palmer Luckey were among those supporting a pardon for Levandowski  —  Last year Anthony Levandowski pleaded guilty to one count of stealing materials from Google, where he was an engineer for its self-driving car efforts …

Sponsor Posts

O'Reilly:
How are your competitors using the cloud?  —  Curious how other companies are using the cloud, microservices, and other critical technologies?  Find out in this free ebook.
DataStax:
Global scale on a startup budget?  —  Go with the original planetary scale database — DataStax Astra built on Apache Cassandra™.  Start for free and pay only for what you use with serverless!
Zoho:
What makes a remote employee successful?  —  After transitioning to remote work last year, many organizations have decided to adopt a long-term remote work strategy.  While this can bring several benefits to your organization …
Oura:
Ten Tips to get Better, Deeper Sleep  —  Want to feel more rested in the morning?  This weekend, try these strategies and see what works for you.
Tribe AI:
You don't have to be Google to have your own AI lab  —  Find out how Tribe's community of top engineers can build core machine learning technology for your company.

Listen to Techmeme's Podcast:

Techmeme Ride Home: (Bonus) What Are NFTs? With CoinDesk's Brady Dale Subscribe via Apple Podcasts, Google Play, or RSS.
 

About This Page

This is a Techmeme archive page. It shows how the site appeared at 11:20 AM ET, January 21, 2021.

The most current version of the site as always is available at our home page. To view an earlier snapshot click here and then modify the date indicated.

More News

Dan De Luce / NBC News:
Chainalysis Blog:
Drew FitzGerald / Wall Street Journal:

Earlier Picks

Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Jon Porter / The Verge:
Bloomberg:
Ina Fried / Axios:
Alexandra Alper / Reuters:
Zoë Bernard / The Information:
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: