Apple announces new devices, Amazon opens a hair salon, and Venmo adds support for cryptocurrencies. This is your daily loading for April 20, 2021.
Big story: Apple announces new iPad Pro and more
Apple unveiled a bunch of new products at today’s press event. As expected, a new iPad Pro will appear which should represent a 50% performance increase over the previous model, and prices would start at $ 799 for the 11-inch model.
In addition, Apple has announced a redesigned Podcast app with paid subscription support, a new purple iPhone 12, long-awaited AirTag devices for finding lost items, a new Apple TV 4K with a new remote control (you can also buy separately) and a vibrant new iMacs with M1 chips.
Amazon is opening a London hair salon to test AR and other retail technologies – the salon will occupy more than 1,500 square meters on Brushfield Street in Spitalfields, London.
Venmo adds support for buying, holding and selling cryptocurrencies – This is similar to the support that Venmo’s parent company PayPal added late last year.
Netflix blames “lighter content” for slowing subscriber growth – but the company said production continued “in all major markets except Brazil and India.”
Startups, financing and venture capital
Discord has moved away from Microsoft talks, it may seek an IPO – Before Discord left, talks estimated the company at about $ 10 billion.
Clearbanc has been renamed the Unicorn – Fintech has raised a $ 100 million C-Series.
Tom Brady and Salesforce Ventures pour millions into Class, Zoom-friendly edtech launch – The product integrates exclusively with Zoom to make distance learning more elegant.
Extra Crunch tips and analysis
Who funds privacy technology? – New regulations, stricter rules on cross-border data transfer and growing calls for data sovereignty have helped grow the space for privacy.
Insurtech startups are using rapid growth to raise big money – since the end of the first quarter, we’ve seen several players from the broad startup category announce new capital, including Clearcover, Alan, Next Insurance and The Zebra.
In-depth science: Introspective, detail-oriented disaster-prone AI – our latest analysis.
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The Cannabis Banking Act is being passed by the US House with bipartisan support – There could not have been a better day!
We are announcing our TC sessions: SaaS Virtual Event to be held on October 27 – The one-day event will be held virtually 100% and will feature helpful tips, questions and answers with some of SaaS ’biggest names and a host of networking opportunities.
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