gives users a new look at a changing planet, Facebook tests new business discovery features, and Autodesk acquires Up chain. This is your Daily Crunch for April 15, 2021.
The big story: Google Earth gets an update
since 2017. However, there’s one considerable addition: A time-lapse mode that combines satellite photos from the past 37 years in 3D. Beyond being a new feature, this model can has reshaped our planet. guided tours focused on forest change, urban growth, warming temperatures, and more.
The tech giants
Facebook to test new business discovery features in US News Feed — Users will be able to tap on topics they’re interested in underneath posts and ads in their News Feed, allowing them to explore related content from businesses.
Autodesk acquires Up chain — Up chain, a Toronto-basedlife cycle management service. Consumer groups and child development experts petition Facebook to drop the ‘Instagram for kids’ plan — The Campaign wrote the letter for a Commercial-Free Childhood, an advocacy group that often and its targeting of children.
Startups, funding, and venture capital
Polestar raises $500M from outside investors as the EV market grows — This is the first external round for startup Olist — Olist connects small businesses to more significant product marketplaces, helping entrepreneurs sell their products to a more extensive customer base. Substack announces a $1M initiative to fund local journalists — The newsletter independent writers creating local news publications.Group’s standalone electric performance brand. Goldman Sachs leads $23M in funding for Brazilian e-commerce
Advice and analysis from
Coinbase’salters the landscape for fintech and crypto startups. In Alex Wilhelm’s view, Coinbase reaching a valuation north of $100 billion during its first day of trading was the .
Billion-dollar B2B: cloud-first enterprise tech behemoths have massive potential — Dharmesh Thakker of Battery Ventures writes that a new class of cloud-first, enterprise-tech behemoths can reach $1 billion in ARR.
How startups can ensure CCPA and GDPR compliance in 2021 — It’s essential to enact bestpractices before a legal situation arises. (Extra Crunch is our membership program, which helps teams get ahead. You can sign up here.)
Detroit’s native son, billionaire Dan Gilbert, makes a case for his town — The Quicken Loans founder has poured at least $2.5 billion into rehabilitating buildings in the city’s heart. Can the tech trade show return in 2021? — IFA promises a “full-scale, real-life event” for Berlin in September, while MWC reels from losing marquee names.
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