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Join fintech legend Max Levchin for a live Q&A on August 6 at 4pm ET/1pm PT – TechCrunch


We’ve got a great Extra Crunch Live chat coming up on Thursday, August 4, that you won’t want to miss. The one and only Max Levchin, is Silicon Valley icon and entrepreneur extraordinaire, is joining us to talk all things tech and fintech. You might know him as the CEO of Affirm, one of the hottest finance startups around right now, but he’s actually been a significant figure in tech in the Valley — and globally — for decades, making his name back in the first dot-com boom, as one of the co-founders of a little startup that you might have heard of called PayPal. Join us this week as we talk about all the many ways that fintech has evolved, what Levchin thinks about the current state of play, and what he thinks is coming next. ear from the one and only Max Levchin . Read More

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Check out our August webinar series for Digital Startup Alley exhibitors – TechCrunch


There’s no better way to expose your early-stage startup to global opportunities — we’re talking thousands of potential investors, customers, tech journalists and other mighty influencers — than by exhibiting in Digital Startup Alley at Disrupt 2020. The Alley may be virtual this year, but the benefits of exhibiting are very real. More on those in a minute.

And, because supporting early-stage startup founders is our main jam, we’re offering an exclusive series of interactive webinars in August to help exhibitors make the most of their time in Startup Alley. Want in? Simply purchase your Disrupt Digital Startup Alley Package now, mark your calendar and get ready to expand your empire. Read More

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Wired

One Free Press Coalition Spotlights Journalists Under Attack – August 2020


In May 2019, WIRED joined the One Free Press Coalition, a united group of preeminent editors and publishers using their global reach and social platforms to spotlight journalists under attack worldwide. Today, the coalition is issuing its eighth monthly “10 Most Urgent” list of journalists whose press freedoms are being suppressed or whose cases demand justice.

During the pandemic, the One Free Press Coalition has also called for the worldwide release of journalists in detention. Last month, David Romero Ellner died from complications related to Covid-19 while serving a prison sentence in Honduras. Read More

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Tech Radar

Xiaomi annual event on August 11 could see the Mi 10 Pro Plus – here’s what we know

Chinese technology giant Xiaomi is celebrating ten years of its existence and it looks like the big plans for a celebration have been stymied by the Covid-19 pandemic. So, the company is going virtual with an event on August 11 and speculation is rife that its 2020 flagship Mi 10 Pro Plus could get unveiled.

According to a report published in Android Headlines, Xiaomi’s CEO Lei Jun would unveil a slew of products at the virtual event to be held at 0730 hours (ET). Given the challenges that Xiaomi is facing due to the anti-China sentiment in India, it would be interesting to see whether the company would be making any major policy announcements around the issue.  Read More

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Engadget

Rocket Lab will resume missions in August following launch failure


In its announcement, Rocket Lab said that it was able to gather the data it needs, because the vehicle was unharmed and was able to continue sending information to its ground team. It also explained that it wasn’t able to detect the issue before the flight, because the electrical connection remained secure throughout testing. However, its now knows that the issue can be avoided through additional tests. Rocket Lab founder and CEO Peter Beck said in a statement:

“The issue occurred under incredibly specific and unique circumstances, causing the connection to fail in a way that we wouldn’t detect with standard testing. Our team has now reliably replicated the issue in test and identified that it can be mitigated through additional testing and procedures.” Read More

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Engadget

Sony will announce new audio gear on August 6th


Sony just shared that it plans to unveil new devices during an upcoming live stream. The event will take place on August 6th at 11AM ET. That’s one day after Samsung is likely to announce the Galaxy Live Buds at its Note 20 event. “Something exciting is coming your way,” says the video. Based on the accompanying hashtag, #ListenWithSony, it’s probably fair to say we’ll see the company announce new audio products.

Save the date 👉 8.6.2020 👈 Join Sony Electronics’ Live Stream event to watch the unveiling of our latest innovation. #ListenWithSony https://t.co/gLe9EF1hUC pic.twitter.com/9I6Q3DJiEg Read More

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Engadget

‘Hyper Scape’ is coming to PS4 and Xbox One on August 11th


Season 1 of Hyper Scape is called “The First Principle” and it’ll also start on August 11th. It’ll introduce more limited-time modes, along with a new gun called the Dragonfly and hack (or ability) named Magnet. Those will bring the total number of hacks and weapons to 11 each. You’ll be able to try an event in which all melee attacks result in an instant kill. There will be free and premium 100-tier battle passes, as well as additional lore about this futuristic universe. Read More

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The Verge

Google teases August 3rd launch for long-awaited Pixel 4A


Google’s next budget phone, the Pixel 4A, is likely just days away from going on sale. The company has posted a teaser on its online store, saying that “the Google just what you’ve been waiting for phone” will be revealed on August 3rd. 9to5Google spotted the page.

Indeed, the wait for the sequel to last year’s Pixel 3A has gone longer than expected. In May, Google canceled its I/O developer conference, expected to mark the Pixel 4A’s announcement, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But earlier this month, the device turned up on Google’s website after the company mistakenly posted an image to its store. That was the first real hint that the 4A is really, actually coming soon — and now Google has confirmed that it’s less than a week away. Read More

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Engadget

HBO app replaces HBO Now on Fire TV devices August 1st


The HBO Now app will become simply HBO on Amazon Fire TVs as of August 1st, Varietyreports. Existing HBO Now subscribers will have access to the rebranded app. HBO Max is still not available on Fire TVs, and HBO Go will be discontinued across all platforms on July 31st.

This is part of HBO’s ongoing attempt to clear up confusion around its streaming services. For those just tuning in, or understandably a bit lost, HBO Go is an on-demand streaming service for cable subscribers that offers every season and episode of HBO shows. HBO Now is the same on-demand streaming service for cord cutters. HBO Max, which arrived in May, is an on-demand streaming service that offers all the content of Go and Now, plus movies and TV specials, exclusive originals and a selection of non-HBO shows and movies. Read More

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Tech Radar

Redmi 9 Prime India launch on August 4 – here’s what we know

Ever since the lockdown was eased and the world is getting used to the new normal, Xiaomi appears to have gone into overdrive. The Chinese smartphone maker is ona launching spree, having introduced multiple smartphones under brands like Mi, Redmi, Poco and smart home devices like Mi TV Box, Robot Vaccum cleaner etc.

The company has yet another launch event scheduled on August 4 and it has revealed that Mi TV Stick, Redmi 9 Prime smartphone apart from a couple of other products, will be announced during the event. Read More