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Daily Crunch: Away's CEO is stepping down

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here. 1. Away CEO is stepping down in light of reports of toxic culture Steph Korey is stepping down f…

Anthony Ha | 2019-12-10T18:33:06Z
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An iOS bug in AirDrop let anyone temporarily lock-up nearby iPhones

Apple fixed the bug in iOS 13.3.

Zack Whittaker | 2019-12-10T18:31:22Z
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Is your startup protected against insider threats?

We’ve talked about securing your startup, the need to understand phishing risks and how not to handle a data breach. But we haven’t yet discussed one of the more damaging threats that all businesses large and small face: the insider threat. The insider threat is exactly as it sounds — s…

Zack Whittaker | 2019-12-10T18:31:15Z
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Microsoft announces public preview of Microsoft Teams for Linux

Today, Microsoft announced a public preview of Microsoft Teams for Linux, the first Office 365 tool that’s available for the open source operating system. The hope is that by making it available for preview, the company can get feedback from the community and improve it before it becomes gene…

Ron Miller | 2019-12-10T18:29:24Z
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'Plundervolt' attack breaches chip security with a shock to the system

Today's devices have been secured against innumerable software attacks, but a new exploit called Plundervolt uses distinctly physical means to compromise a chip's security. By fiddling with the actual amount of electricity being fed to the chip, an attacker can trick it into giving up its innermost…

Devin Coldewey | 2019-12-10T18:01:49Z
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Facebook's video calling Portal devices add WhatsApp login, new features and content

Facebook is making its line of Portal-branded smart video calling devices more relevant to consumers, including those who don’t even have a Facebook account. The company today says its Portal family of products will now work with just a WhatsApp account, allowing users to make video calls to …

Sarah Perez | 2019-12-10T17:06:25Z
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Y Combinator will now run its online Startup School multiple times per year

Back in 2017, Y Combinator began offering a 10 week, once-a-year online course called Startup School. Part forum community and part video classroom, the program offers up a variety of lectures on topics like raising money or evaluating startup ideas, as led by YC partners and other entrepreneurs fr…

Greg Kumparak | 2019-12-10T17:01:56Z
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Google Assistant gets a customized alarm, based on weather and time

Alarm clocks were one of the most obvious implementations since the introduction of the smart screen. Devices like Lenovo’s Smart Clock and the Amazon Echo Show 5 have demonstrated some interesting in the bedside display form factor, and Google has worked with the former the refine the experience. …

Brian Heater | 2019-12-10T17:00:49Z
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xs:code launches subscription platform to monetize open source projects

Open source is a great source of free tools for developers, but as these projects proliferate, and some gain in popularity, the creators sometimes look for ways to monetize successful ones. The problem is that it’s hard to run a subscription-based, dual-license approach and most developers do…

Ron Miller | 2019-12-10T17:00:12Z
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Pear, whose seed-stage bets are followed closely, just raised $160 million for its third fund

Pear, a six-year-old, Palo Alto, Ca.-based seed-stage firm whose bets on nascent startups are closely watched by early stage investors, has closed on $160 million in capital commitments from a wide array of backers, including a previous investor, the University of Chicago. It’s more than twic…

Connie Loizos | 2019-12-10T15:54:39Z
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