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Human Capital: Uber’s Black employee base shrinks

Welcome back to Human Capital, where I break down the latest in diversity, equity and inclusion, and labor in tech. TL;DR: This week, Apple announced its third head of diversity and inclusion in four years, Uber’s Black employee base shrunk despite the comp

AWS launches Trainium, its new custom ML training chip

At its annual re:Invent developer conference, AWS today announced the launch of AWS Trainium, the company’s next-gen custom chip dedicated to training machine learning models. The company promises that it can offer higher performance than any of its com

Softbank, Volvo back Flock Freight with $113.5M to help shippers share the load

Everyday thousands of trucks carry freight along U.S. highways, propelling the economy forward as consumer goods, electronics, cars and agriculture make their way to distribution centers, stores and eventually households. It’s inside these trucks — ma

Find out how we’re working toward living and working in space at TC Sessions: Space 2020

The idea of people going to live and work in space, outside of the extremely unique case of the International Space Station, has long been the strict domain of science fiction. That’s changing fast, however, with public space agencies, private companie

AWS brings ECS, EKS services to the data center, open sources EKS

Today at AWS re:Invent, Andy Jassy talked a lot about how companies are making a big push to the cloud, but today’s container-focussed announcements gave a big nod to the data center as the company announced ECS Anywhere and EKS Anywhere, both designed

Floww raises $6.7M for its data-driven marketplace matching founders with investors, based on merit

Floww – a data-driven marketplace designed to allow founders to pitch investors, with the whole investment relationship managed online – says it has raised $6.7M / £5M to date in Seed funding from angels and family offices. Investors include Ramo

Brandon Marshall: Goff is the only thing in the way of a Rams Super Bowl run | FIRST THINGS FIRST

Nick Wright & Brandon Marshall dive into the state of the Los Angeles Rams and whether or not they can make a Super Bowl run this season. Brandon feels they have the blueprint for a Super Bowl run and could easily do it, but Jared Goff and his turnover proble

Vikings Snap Counts: Receivers, tight ends fill in for Thielen

Chad Beebe, Olabisi Johnson and a closer look at the Minnesota Vikings' snap counts from Week 12.

2021 first-round NFL mock draft: Four QBs in the top 10

We're heading toward the final stretches of both the NFL and college football seasons, so both the draft order and draft big board are becoming clearer.

Rockets viewed James Harden’s attempt to force Nets trade as ‘improper’

James Harden’s future with the Houston Rockets remains as uncertain as it was when whispers surfaced last month that the superstar had demanded a trade.

Steiner responds to Mazepin pay driver criticism

Mazepin was announced as a Haas driver for 2021 earlier on Tuesday, and while there has been no confirmation of the commercial arrangements, the logos of his father's Uralkali concern are expected to be seen on the car.With several other sons of wealthy fathe

Suzuki felt no added pressure by «perfect» bike label

Joan Mir won the premier class title for Suzuki for the first time since 2000 when he wrapped up the championship with a round to spare last month in Valencia.Mir proved to be the most consistent force this season, scoring seven podiums from 14 races, with te

US: mountain pine tree that feeds grizzlies is threatened

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Climate change, voracious beetles and disease are imperiling the long-term survival of a high-elevation pine tree that's a key source of food for some grizzly bears and found across the U.S. West, U.S, officials said Tuesday. A Fish an

Biden unveils economic team at critical moment for recovery

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - President-elect Joe Biden is set to unveil his economic team Tuesday amid growing concerns about the pace of the nation's economic recovery as governments reimpose restrictions to curtail the surging coronavirus pandemic. Biden has ass

Consumers protest new measure of 'unfair' airline practices

Consumer advocates are protesting a move by the Trump administration that they say will make it harder for the government to punish airlines that treat passengers unfairly. On the Friday during a four-day Thanksgiving weekend, the Transportation Department ma

France's Macron warns against going skiing in Switzerland

PARIS (AP) - France will apply restrictions to prevent vacationers from going to Swiss ski resorts, and French slopes will remain closed during the Christmas period amid the coronavirus pandemic, President Emmanuel Macron said Tuesday. “If there are countri

Biden planning massive stimulus, flurry of executive actions to start erasing stain of Trump

President-elect Joe Biden has ambitious plans for addressing the COVID-19 crisis immediately upon taking office, already developing executive actions that will kickstart the economic recovery and undo Trump's sabotage across government. It's the tallest orde

The hidden deplorables don't care about Republicans, their crap world revolves around Trump

It’s hard to fully grasp the massive increase in voter participation this general election. This graph, on Georgia’s turnout, does a pretty good job of visualizing it:  xI'm trying a new type of visualization here: this is three decades of Geor

Is Doug Pederson on the hot seat?

Less than three years ago, Pederson looked like one of the best coaches in the league after out-dueling Bill Belichick in the Super Bowl.

SP 500, Nasdaq start December at peak on COVID-19 vaccine optimism

Investors overlooked data showing U.S. manufacturing activity slowed in November amid a rise in COVID-19 infections that has prompted state-wise restrictions, with California considering new «stay-at-home» orders.

Cheating just because she’s winning? Russian ski official reacts furiously to ‘idiot’ journalist after suggestions of doping

President of the Russian Cross-Country Ski Association Elena Vyalbe has refused to comment on accusations of doping against Tatiana Sorina, voiced by a Swedish journalist who she has branded an “idiot.” Read Full Article at RT.com

Nasdaq threatens 75% of listed companies with order to appoint women & LGBT or other 'diverse' directors to board – or else

US stock exchange Nasdaq has warned listed companies they must appoint at least two “diverse” directors to their board – a ‘self-identified’ female and an “underrepresented minority” or LGBTQ person – or possibly face delisting. Read Full Arti

After years of research, top Moscow health official reveals Russia may be close to unveiling prototype 'HIV vaccine'

Russia's research into the development of a HIV vaccine appears to be bearing fruit with progress reported in relation to a number of prototypes, the head of the country's health regulator said on Tuesday. Read Full Article at RT.com

Children with dyslexia show stronger emotional responses

Children diagnosed with dyslexia show greater emotional reactivity than children without dyslexia, according to a new collaborative study.

Transportation of water into the deep Earth by Al-phase D

Researchers have recently measured the propagation speed of ultrasonic waves in an aluminum-rich hydrous mineral called Al-phase D at pressure conditions relevant to the Earth's deep mantle. Their results suggest that seismic shear anomalies observed locally

Post-COVID pain or weakness? Request an ultrasound or MRI

A new study shows how advanced imaging technology can pinpoint what may have caused patients' nerve damage and help determine the best course of treatment.

China's Chang'e 5 lands on the moon to collect the 1st fresh lunar samples in decades

China has landed on the moon again — and this time the country plans to bring home some souvenirs.

Brian Westbrook: Arians now allowing Brady to call plays is a cop-out as head coach | FIRST THINGS FIRST

Brian Westbrook joins the show to discuss the latest news around the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and head coach Bruce Arians saying Tom Brady is 'picking all plays now' for the Bucs' offense. Westbrook feels this is passing the buck and a cop-out for Arians as head

Portuguese restaurant owners hold HUNGER STRIKE in front of parliament, as Covid lockdown cripples hospitality sector

Restaurant, bar, and nightclub owners staged a protest against the Portuguese government and its crushing Covid restrictions outside the national parliament on Tuesday – the fifth day of their ongoing hunger strike. Read Full Article at RT.com

World’s most powerful radio telescope COLLAPSES in Puerto Rico, after decades of hunting alien signals from space (PHOTOS)

The gigantic radio telescope at Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico has come crashing down, ending decades of extraterrestrial discoveries. The telescope was previously damaged, and was due to close. Read Full Article at RT.com

US offers $5mn reward for evidence of NK sanctions evasion, accuses China of failing to meet enforcement obligations

The US State Department has accused China of a “flagrant violation” of its UN Security Council obligation to enforce international sanctions on North Korea, with Washington offering up to $5 million for evidence of evasion. Read Full Article at RT.com

Earth May Be Surrounded by Hairy Dark Matter

This illustration shows Earth surrounded by theoretical filaments of dark matter called «hairs.»

The battle is on at NXT TakeOver: WarGames this Sunday

The battle is on at NXT TakeOver: WarGames this Sunday

Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project: Shot in the arm for domestic firms

Two major contract packages, worth Rs 32,000 crore and covering 325 kilometres length of viaduct and five stations in Gujarat have already been awarded

Johnson urges MPs to back UK’s regional tiered system amid criticism within his own party

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson called on British lawmakers to support his new system of Covid-19 restrictions by English region, despite a rebellion within his own Conservative Party against the “draconian” measures. Read Full Article at RT.com

U.S. shopping app downloads on Black Friday reached a record 2.8M installs

Many U.S. consumers spent this year’s Black Friday sales event shopping from home on mobile devices. That led to first-time installs of mobile shopping apps in the U.S. to break a new record for single-day installs on Black Friday 2020, according to a r

Join us for a live Q&A with Sapphire’s Jai Das today at 2 pm EST/11 am PST

The conversation is part of the second season of our Extra Crunch Live series that has seen all sorts of investors and founders join TechCrunch for a dig into their work.

China’s Chang’e-5 lunar lander successfully lands on the Moon

Chinese state news agencies are reporting a successful landing of the Chang’e-5 lunar robotic lander, which will seek to return lunar rock samples back to Earth. The launch took off on November 23, and attained lunar orbit on November 28. It launched th

Lucid Motors completes $700M factory to produce its first electric vehicles

Electric automaker Lucid Motors has completed the initial phase of its $700 million factory, a milestone required to begin production of its first luxury all-electric Air sedan this spring. The factory, which is located about halfway between Tucson and Phoeni

Broken Arecibo telescope collapses, ending an era of alien-hunting

After two snapped cables damaged Arecibo Observatory's radio telescope beyond repair, the iconic instrument has collapsed.
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