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Apple AirTags used to show possessions of unhoused people taken to dump

Ethically, the power to covertly track things with AirTags is a doubled-edged sword.The tiny Bluetooth devices from Apple are notoriously creepy. However, according to the Portland Tribune, they also helped one Portland, Oregon, lawyer prove that a city contractor was illegally sending unhoused people's property to the landfill. Michael Fuller, a lawyer working to stop city-sponsored sweeps of homeless encampments, reportedly attached 16 AirTags to personal items belonging to people living in Portland's Laurelhurst Park. He did so with the people's permission, hoping to show that a city contractor conducting the sweeps was dumping those possessions at the Recology Oregon… [...]

TikTok is testing Stories and time is a flat circle

In the internet is eating itself news, TikTok is apparently launching a new feature: Stories.Yep, the app that has caused every other social media company to scramble and create short-form video TikTok clones is now copying the last thing those other apps really had going for them. As spotted by social media consultant Matt Navarra, some TikTok influencers appear to have gotten access to the ephemeral "Stories" feature. The screengrabs of the new feature posted by Navarra describe stories as "a new way to interact with your fans," prompting users to "share daily highlights that disappear after 24 hours." What.… [...]

Netflix's 'Cooking with Paris' is a self-aware fantasy you'll just fall into

Seeing a dozen different types of cheese congeal between the rhinestones on Paris Hilton’s serving spoon, I felt closer to the heiress-turned-influencer than ever before. Not only did I learn we both have an affinity for overly decadent macaroni and cheese, but using an obviously decorative utensil in a way sure to ruin it is the kind of kitchen shenanigan I relate to deeply. And watching Paris shrug off the incident like it hadn’t happened at all? That’s just pure fantasy. In Netflix’s Cooking with Paris, an unconventional cooking show that sees Hilton invite guests over for meals she only… [...]

Move over, Bezos: NASA is sending baby squid to space

Wait, is everyone going to space now? NASA sent dozens of baby squid into space in order to collect information for improving human health in space during long missions. [...]

TikTok star Addison Rae crosses over to acting in Netflix's 'He's All That' trailer

Ready to feel old?He's All That, Netflix's gender-swapped reimagining of She's All That (1999) will star TikTokker Addison Rae. Rae plays Padgett, a high schooler and beauty influencer who catches her boyfriend cheating on her mid-livestream. To recover from her viral humiliation, Padgett takes on a bet: make over unpopular classmate Cameron (Tanner Buchanan) and get him to win prom king. Of course, hijinks ensue when Padgett finds herself falling for her pet project. He's All That's first trailer puts Rae front and center and includes an unfortunate (but maybe romantic?) trip to a stable, a whole lot of social… [...]

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The first woman has passed Naval Special Warfare's selection course. Here's the grueling 72-hour final test it took to do it.

The sailor will become a Special Warfare Combatant-Craft crewman, one of the smallest special-operations career fields. [...]

A TikTok user came across a strange Amazon ad, but the e-commerce giant says it has nothing to do with it

YouTuber Eddy Burback spotted a strange video on TikTok that appeared to be an Amazon ad, but Amazon says it wasn't involved with the video. [...]

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale ends August 8 - here are the best deals you can still shop

Check out all of the best deals on fashion, beauty, and home goods still available during the second week of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. [...]

What is a limit order?

Limit orders help establish limits on buying and selling securities to offer investors greater control over their investments. [...]

US aircraft saw suspected Iranian gunmen take something from a hijacked tanker during 7-hour incident: official

A US official said that the situation looked like a shakedown and had "all the hallmarks of international piracy." [...]

TechCrunch

- Annie Siebert
5 factors founders must consider before choosing their VC

At a time when we are witnessing record VC activity, founders would be well served to go back to the basics and focus on the principles of fundraising when determining who sits on their cap table. [...]

- Richard Dal Porto
Daily Crunch: Second-day trading surge launches Robinhood stock into meme territory

Hello friends and welcome to Daily Crunch, bringing you the most important startup, tech and venture capital news in a single package. [...]

- Annie Siebert
What’s the board’s role in an early-stage startup?

Investors often ask founders about their board: It says a lot about their character, their judgment and their willingness to be challenged. [...]

- Ron Miller
HubSpot CEO moving to exec chairman role as company promotes Yamini Rangan to CEO

Boston-based CRM company HubSpot announced today that co-founder and CEO Brian Halligan would be stepping into the executive chairman role and CMO Yamini Rangan would be taking over as CEO next month (on September 7). Rangan joined the company in January 2020 after stints at Dropbox, Workday and SAP. Her strong background in engineering, sales […] [...]

- Sarah Perez
TikTok confirms pilot test of TikTok Stories is now underway

Twitter may have shut down its Stories features known as Fleets, but the Stories format will continue to invade other social platforms. TikTok today confirmed it’s piloting a new feature, TikTok Stories, which will allow it to explore additional ways for its community to bring their creative ideas to life. The company notes the new […] [...]

VentureBeat

Key subscription model strategies for an increasingly competitive landscape (VB Live)

 By 2023, 75% of DTC brands will have a subscription offering, but the days of one-size-fits-all are long gone. [...]

Mass Effect: Legendary Edition outperformed expectations

Mass Effect: Legendary Edition is a major hit for Electronic Arts and BioWare as it helps rekindle love for the franchise. [...]

Prompt-based learning can make language models more capable

Prompt-based learning, a relatively new way of training large language models, is potentially quite powerful. [...]

Apex Legends averaged 13 million weekly active players during Season 9

As part of EA's financial report today, the publisher revealed that Apex Legends averaged 13 million weekly active players during Season 9. [...]

Electronic Arts beats expectations with 3% drop in bookings to $1.34B

Electronic Arts reported better-than-expected earnings today for the first fiscal quarter ended June 30, thanks to Apex and FIFA results. [...]