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Hej! Amazon opens Amazon.se in Sweden to expand in Europe

Amazon is the biggest online retailer in Europe, and today it took the next step in making that effort more localized. The company has launched a dedicated portal for Sweden at Amazon.se — giving Swedish shoppers, third-party merchants, and itself, a local URL — and a local logistics system, and a local marketing push —…

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    Sidekick Health scores $20M for its gamified digital care platform

    Nordic digital therapeutics company, Sidekick Health, has closed a $20 million Series A led by pan-European VC Wellington Partners and healthcare focused VC Asabys Partners. Existing investors, Novator and Frumtak Ventures, also participated in the oversubscribed round. The 2014-founded startup has built a gamified digital care platform that targets chronic and lifestyle disease management via…

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        Scientists Deconstruct the “Biological Clock” That Regulates Precise Timing of Complex Birdsong

        A team of researchers from Penn State and New York University has deconstructed an important “biological clock” in the zebra finch brain and found that the “wires” between neurons, called axons, play a critical role in the precise timing of the birds’ courtship song. Credit: Christopher Auger-Dominguez The precise timing of a bird’s complex song…

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          Harley-Davidson is getting into the electric bicycle business

          Harley-Davidson has spun out a new business dedicated to electric bicycles and plans to bring its first line of products to market in spring 2021. The new business called Serial 1 Cycle Company started as a project within the motorcycle manufacturer’s product development center. The name comes from “Serial Number One,” the nickname for Harley-Davidson’s oldest…

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              Contagion Transmission Model: Estimating Risk of Airborne COVID-19 With Mask Usage, Social Distancing

              Large-eddy simulation results of the aerosol “clouds” generated by the breathing of an infected host in a turbulent boundary layer. Credit: Rajat Mittal, Charles Meneveau and Wen Wu The Contagion Airborne Transmission inequality model illustrates correlation between physical distancing and protection, the efficacy of face masks and the impact of physical activity on transmission. The…

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                    Fab founder Jason Goldberg is back with Moxie, a new live-streaming fitness marketplace

                    Amid a pandemic that has closed down fitness centers worldwide, a spate of companies has muscled their way into the booming at-home fitness market. In just the last two weeks, three-year-old Future, which promises at-home customers access to elite training, closed on $24 million in Series B funding; and Playbook, a nearly five-year-old fitness platform…

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                        Trump’s campaign website hacked by cryptocurrency scammers

                        President Trump’s campaign website was briefly and partially hacked Tuesday afternoon as unknown adversaries took over the “About” page and replaced it with what appeared to be a scam to collect cryptocurrency. There is no indication, despite the hackers’ claims, that “full access to trump and relatives” was achieved or “most internal and secret conversations…

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                        Daily Crunch: Zoom adds end-to-end encryption to free calls

                        Zoom adds a much-requested feature (but with a catch), TikTok partners with Shopify and Jack Dorsey lays out his argument for tomorrow’s Senate hearing. This is your Daily Crunch for October 27, 2020. The big story: Zoom adds end-to-end encryption to free calls Zoom was criticized earlier this year for saying it would only offer…

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                        How to address inequality exposed by the COVID-19 pandemic

                        Darrell M. West Contributor Darrell M. West is Vice President and Director of Governance Studies at The Brookings Institution. John R. Allen Contributor John R. Allen is President of The Brookings Institution. The novel coronavirus has accelerated the use of many digital technologies. Forced in the spring to close their doors, most K-12 schools and…

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                        Launch next-level networking with CrunchMatch at our TC Sessions: Space event

                        TC Sessions: Space 2020, our first space technology event, launches December 16-17, and you won’t want to miss our virtual conference focused on this fast-emerging startup category. You’ll hear from the space industry’s top movers, shakers and decision makers, including Space Command’s General John W. Raymond, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine and Tess Hatch of Bessemer…

                        Upstream aims to be the new home for your professional social life

                        Last fall, social analytics startup SocialRank sold its product and business to Trufan, allowing the team to focus on something new: a professional social network. Today, they’re officially unveiling Upstream to the public. To be clear, CEO Alex Taub told me that he’s not trying to replace LinkedIn — he acknowledged that thanks to network effects,”If you…

                        Panoply raises $10M for its cloud data platform

                        Panoply, a platform that makes it easier for businesses to set up a data warehouse and analyze that data with standard SQL queries, today announced that it has raised an additional $10 million in funding from Ibex Investors and C5 Capital. This brings the total funding in the San Francisco- and Tel Aviv-based company to…

                        NASA and SpaceX Finally Choose Date for Historic Astronaut Launch

                        21 hours ago__Victor Tangermann__Filed Under: Off WorldMark Your CalendarsNASA and SpaceX have officially set the launch date for Crew-1, the first-ever operational “shift-change” mission involving SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft, for November 14.The original launch date has shifted around several times. Following the successful Demo-2 mission this summer, NASA had tentatively set the date for late…

                        These Oceanographers Want to Turn Marine Slime Into Drugs

                        Photograph: ALEX DECICCIO/OETOn Wednesday, a crew of technicians will hoist a remotely operated vehicle dubbed Hercules from its berth on an oceanographic research vessel down into a patch of ocean about 150 miles off the Southern California coast. After being released from the crane, the tethered craft will slowly sink to the seafloor between 2,000…

                        The war against plastic is distracting us from pollution that can’t be seen

                        Home News (Image: © Shutterstock) The war against plastic may be overshadowing greater threats to the environment. In a collaboration with experts from the environmental sciences, engineering, industry, policy and charities, we have written a paper in the journal WIREs Water which highlights concerns that relatively easy action against plastic pollution can conveniently mask environmental apathy, and…

                        What does ‘close contact’ for COVID-19 really mean? Epidemiologist explains.

                        Home News (Image: © Shutterstock) The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has new guidance clarifying what exactly “close contact” means when it comes to transmission of SARS-Cov-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.The previous guidance suggested that a close contact occurred when a person was within six feet of an infectious individual for 15 consecutive minutes. Now,…

                        Leading Edge Equipment has a technology to improve solar manufacturing and $7.6 million to go to market

                        Only a few weeks after the successful public offering of Array Technologies proved that there’s a market for technologies aimed at improving efficiencies across the solar manufacturing and installation chain, Leading Edge Equipment has raised capital for its novel silicon wafer manufacturing equipment.  The $7.6 million financing came from Prime Impact Fund, Clean Energy Ventures and…

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