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Facial recognition software used to verify unemployment recipients reportedly doesn’t work well
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Facial recognition software used to verify unemployment recipients reportedly doesn’t work well

The facial recognition program used by nearly two dozen US states to to verify people seeking unemployment benefits is working inconsistently, leading to many people being denied benefits or having their applications put on hold, Motherboard reported. The identity verification service ID.me is intended to help reduce unemployment fraud, and uses biometric data and official...

Hyped Pizza Robot Company Is Now Tackling Our Plastic Waste Problem
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Hyped Pizza Robot Company Is Now Tackling Our Plastic Waste Problem

Softbank-funded Zume, formerly a robotic pizza start-up, is now making compostable packaging out of agricultural waste, creating a closed-loop system for customers. The $274.2 billion dollar sustainable packaging market is expected to grow to $413.8 billion by 2027, according to Grand View Research. Zume has re-commissioned its fleet of robots to compete in this growing...

AI & GPT-3 in Content Creation: How Will This Affect Your Job as a Writer?
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AI & GPT-3 in Content Creation: How Will This Affect Your Job as a Writer?

June 19, 2021 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Artificial intelligence (AI) is taking over just about every aspect of communication. From Siri answering your vocalized questions to Amazon recommending products based on your browsing history, AI has permeated our lives in ways we don’t even think about anymore. AI is...

Dollars, deals and the importance of nondilutive capital
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Dollars, deals and the importance of nondilutive capital

Today, on Juneteenth, we recognize the efforts this nation still needs to put toward addressing structural racism and disparities, including in the world of tech. This week, HBCUvc, a nonprofit that aims to diversify the world of venture capital, launched a million-dollar fund. Founder Hadiyah Mujhid told me that the capital would provide nondilutive financing...

The slow transitions of a lingering pandemic
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The slow transitions of a lingering pandemic

With COVID-19 restrictions lifting in some places and outbreaks popping up in others, the pandemic has officially entered the weird zone. Okay, there’s nothing official about it, but the entire world is in a strange transition time right now — and likely will be for a while. Unlike the jump-cut into the pandemic, or even...

PayPal raising merchant fees on some of its transactions
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PayPal raising merchant fees on some of its transactions

PayPal said Friday it is raising fees for some of its newer products “to better align our pricing with the value that our products and services provide,” according to a blog post by senior vice president Dan Leberman. The changes will affect how much PayPal merchants pay per transaction, and take effect August 2nd. “PayPal...

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This Week in Apps: Spotify debuts a Clubhouse rival, Facebook tests Audio Rooms in US, Amazon cuts Appstore commissions

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the weekly TechCrunch series that recaps the latest in mobile OS news, mobile applications and the overall app economy. The app industry continues to grow, with a record 218 billion downloads and $143 billion in global consumer spend in 2020. Consumers last year also spent 3.5 trillion minutes using apps on Android devices...

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Investors say Eindhoven poised to become Netherlands’ No. 2 tech hub

Eindhoven might not immediately spring to mind as a high-tech hub, but the Netherlands city is keen to position itself as a center for deep tech in Europe. The Technical University of Eindhoven, High Tech Campus Eindhoven, and locally based corporates like ASML and Philips have been eyeing initiatives across Europe and applying what they’ve...

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Daily Crunch: Spotify and Ford make acquisitions

To get a roundup of TechCrunch’s biggest and most important stories delivered to your inbox every day at 3 p.m. PDT, subscribe here. Welcome back to the Daily Crunch for Friday, June 18. Congratulations! You’ve made it to the end of the week without Alexander, who will return bright-eyed on Monday. TechCrunch has the day...

Extra Crunch roundup: influencer marketing 101, spotting future unicorns, Apple AirTags teardown
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Extra Crunch roundup: influencer marketing 101, spotting future unicorns, Apple AirTags teardown

With the right message, even a small startup can connect with established and emerging stars on TikTok, Instagram and YouTube who will promote your products and services — as long as your marketing team understands the influencer marketplace. Creators have a wide variety of brands and revenue channels to choose from, but marketers who understand...