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Quick notes on the DoorDash IPO filing

Earlier today, during an eye-popping market selloff, DoorDash announced that it has privately filed to go public. The decision to file privately will allow the high-valued startup to get its S-1 documents in good order with the SEC before showing the rest of us what it has up its sleeve. The move to announce its private ...

Microsoft withdraws from GDC gaming conference over coronavirus concerns

Xbox-maker Microsoft announced today that it will not have a presence at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco this year, highlighting concerns surrounding the coronavirus outbreak. The company made the announcement on its Game Stack Blog: After a close review of guidance by global health authorities and out of an abundance of caution, we’ve ...

Facebook cancels F8 conference, citing coronavirus concerns

Facebook has confirmed that it has canceled its annual F8 developers conference, over growing concerns over the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. More specifically, the company says it’s canceling the “in-person component,” but though there may still be video presentations, along with livestreamed and local events, under the F8 umbrella. “Celebrating our global developer community at F8 ...

James Currier, Sarah Nahm, Arun Mathew and Vlad Magdalin to speak at Early Stage SF

Early Stage SF goes down on April 28 and we are more excited than ever to introduce this brand new event to the community. The day-long event is meant to give early stage founders the chance to pick their own adventure, hearing from a wide variety of experts in fundraising, marketing and operations in a ...

Daily Crunch: DoorDash files to go public

DoorDash prepares to go public, Roblox raises $150 million and Reddit’s CEO takes aim at TikTok. Here’s your Daily Crunch for February 27, 2020. 1. DoorDash, the $13B on-demand food delivery startup, says it has confidentially filed for an IPO The company said that its Form S-1 (a draft registration statement) was filed with the ...

With better recall of our photos and videos, will our ability to forgive disappear?

We’re cruising through the short stories in Ted Chiang’s collection Exhalation. Today, we read one of the most popular from the set, The Truth of Fact, the Truth of Feeling, which Lux Capital’s Josh Wolfe described in our end-of-year books guide a few weeks ago: This year for me it was Ted Chiang’s “Exhalation”. The ...

Newlab and The Boston Globe team up to launch AI tools startup Applied XLabs

Applied XLabs is a new startup building tools that can automate data-gathering for journalists — and eventually, for knowledge workers in other industries. The company is emerging from Brooklyn-based Newlab, with The Boston Globe as its launch partner. It will be led by Francesco Marconi (pictured above), who was previously R&D chief at The Wall ...

Magma Partners scores $50M to build the a16z of Latin America

Magma Partners has more than doubled the size of its investable capital with the close of its latest $50 million fund. The Santiago, Chile-based venture firm founded in 2013 had secured $21 million that made up the outfit’s second fund, which it raised after closing its debut fund with just $2.5 million. The firm’s largest ...

Amazon Transcribe can now automatically redact personally identifiable information

Amazon Transcribe, the AWS-based speech-to-text service, launched a small but important new feature this morning that, if implemented correctly, can automatically hide your personally identifiable information from call transcripts. One of the most popular use cases for Transcribe is to create a record of customer calls. Almost by default, that involves exchanging information like your ...

NBCU’s Peacock streaming service adds hundreds of hours of A&E shows

Peacock, NBCU’s upcoming streaming service, is expanding its unscripted lineup thanks to a new deal with A&E Networks. The licensing pact will allow NBCU to stream hundreds of hours of A&E and History’s most popular shows, including “First 48,” “Storage Wars,” “Cold Case Files,” “**** Stars,” “American Pickers,” “Ancient Aliens,” “Curse of Oak Island” and ...