Android phones become earthquake detectors – ClearTips
Google Using accelerometers in a new way, Twitter allows everyone to limit tweet replies and Mozilla announces major layoffs. This is your daily crunch for August 11, 2020.
Big Story: Android Phones become earthquake detectors
Google said that smartphone accelerometers are sensitive enough to detect P-waves, which are the first waves to occur during an earthquake. So if your Android phone thinks it has detected an earthquake, it will communicate with a central server to confirm it.
In California, Google is partnering with the United States Geological Survey and the California Governor’s Office to provide earthquake alerts. If you search for “earthquake” or similar words, for everyone else, you will see this earthquake data.
It is part of a broader set of Android-related announcements today, including updates for Android Auto and Android’s emergency location service, new accessibility features, and improved sleep through the Android Clock app.
Twitter now allows everyone to limit responses to their tweets – a small globe icon will begin to appear below your tweet, and if you tap it, you can limit replies to only those who Follow you, or tweet only to those you tag.
Dell’s latest Chromebook mixes enterprise security with premium specs – once for consumer or education use, Chromebooks are gaining traction in enterprise environments.
Tencent and Universal Music, to take Chinese artists globally under a joint label – Tencent Music Entertainment, which is far from Tencent, command the lion’s share of China’s music streaming industry.
Startup, Funding and Venture Capital
Google, Nokia, for Finnish phone manufacturer HMD Global are investors in Qualcomm $ 230M Series A2 – Since late 2016, the startup has exclusively licensed the Nokia brand to mobile devices, which to date have some 240 million devices Is shipping to
AtomWise’s machine learning-based drug discovery service raises $ 123 million – AtomWise has already signed contracts with corporate partners including Eli Lilly & Company, Bayer, Hanso Pharmaceuticals and Bridge Biotherapeutics.
Scribbard acquires presentation-sharing service SlideShare from LinkedIn – According to LinkedIn, Scribb will conduct the slideshare business on 24 September.
Additional crisis advice and analysis
How Moovit went from a $ 900M exit opportunity in 8 years – Private investor (and former Moovit president) Omar Télelez shares the inside story.
No Pen Required: The Digital Future of Real Estate Closing – A Potential Silver Layer of Epidemics, at least for the real estate world, which could be a coercion with the mortgage closing process.
Jason Green of Emergence still sees plenty of opportunities for venture SaaS startups – a coherent thread runs through Emergence’s portfolio: they focus on cloud and enterprise, a thesis that has paid off big time.
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Mozilla loses to 250 – a move that comes after the organization laid off about 70 employees earlier this year.
The EU-US Privacy Shield is dead. Long Live Privacy Shield – The EU executive body and the US Department of Commerce have begun negotiations to create a new “privacy shield”.
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