Jeff Bezos has been awarded $218,000 in legal fees after fighting off a defamation suit brought by his girlfriend’s brother. Here’s how the Amazon CEO became embroiled in a tangled web of lawsuits and family drama. (AMZN)

Summary List Placement Jeff Bezos has been awarded $218,000 in legal fees, the latest development in the high-profile legal drama surrounding the Amazon CEO.  What began as a tabloid scoop two years ago revealing the relationship between Bezos and his girlfriend, Lauren Sanchez, has since resulted in investigations into her brother, Michael, the National Enquirer, and even the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, as well as a protracted legal battle between Michael Sanchez and Bezos. Here’s where the conflict began and everything that’s happened since.  SEE ALSO: Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and his girlfriend, Lauren Sanchez, have weathered a tabloid scandal, a lawsuit, and maybe even interference from a foreign government.… Read More

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Announcing the agenda for TC Early Stage – Operations & Fundraising

As an early-stage founder, how do you identify the right investors? Or know how to hire the best possible team to set up your company for growth? Should you bootstrap, and if so, how do you do it successfully? How do you nail virtual pitch meetings? What about product market fit? Board construction and good governance? How do you make sound financial decisions both for your company and yourself? You’ve got questions. TechCrunch Early Stage will have answers for you on April 1 & 2. At the virtual event, we’re bringing together some of the most seasoned operators in the fields of legal, recruiting, product, data security, and sales to… Read More

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Deena Pierott works hard for underrepresented youth in STEM, but funding her nonprofit isn’t easy

iUrban Teen founder Deena Pierott, left, received some funding for her nonprofit from Seattle Seahawks player Bobby Wagner, right. The two are pictured with sister and brother Amiya and Clay Brasley, who both attended iUrban Teen programs. (Photo courtesy of Deena Pierott) Deena Pierott answered the phone and remarked about how glad she was that it was Friday. “I don’t know why I say that because I work seven days a week,” Pierott quickly sighed. Such is life for what appears to be one of the busier people in Seattle-area tech. Pierott is the founder and managing director for iUrban Teen, a nationally recognized STEM+Arts program for underrepresented teens that… Read More

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Waymo simulated real-world crashes to prove its self-driving cars can prevent deaths

Photo by Andrej Sokolow / picture alliance via Getty Images In a bid to prove that its robot drivers are safer than humans, Waymo simulated dozens of real-world fatal crashes that took place in Arizona over nearly a decade. The Google spinoff discovered that replacing either vehicle in a two-car crash with its robot-guided minivans would nearly eliminate all deaths, according to data it publicized today. The results are meant to bolster Waymo’s case that autonomous vehicles operate more safely than human-driven ones. With millions of people dying in auto crashes globally every year, AV operators are increasingly leaning on this safety case to spur regulators to pass legislation allowing… Read More

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Programmable optical quantum computer arrives late, steals the show

Enlarge (credit: Xanadu) Excuse me a moment—I am going to be bombastic, overexcited, and possibly annoying. The race is run, and we have a winner in the future of quantum computing. IBM, Google, and everyone else can turn in their quantum computing cards and take up knitting. OK, the situation isn’t that cut and dried yet, but a recent paper has described a fully programmable chip-based optical quantum computer. That idea presses all my buttons, and until someone restarts me, I will talk of nothing else. Love the light There is no question that quantum computing has come a long way in 20 years. Two decades ago, optical quantum technology… Read More

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From electric charging to supply chain management, InMotion Ventures preps Jaguar for a sustainable future

Since InMotion Ventures, the independent investment and incubation initiative set up by Jaguar Land Rover, launched in 2016 the firm has focused on backing companies across the mobility space broadly. Its 15 active investments run the gamut from autonomous vehicles, to car insurance tech, to ride-sharing, and travel planning, but increasingly the firm is focusing its efforts on vehicle electrification and sustainable supply chains. As the mobility market moves to embrace electrification, InMotion wants to make sure its portfolio is in the mix. That’s evident from its most recent investment in Circulor, a company that monitors supply chains from raw material inputs to finished outputs with an eye toward sustainable… Read More

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From electric charging to supply chain management, InMotion Ventures preps Jaguar for a sustainable future

Since InMotion Ventures, the independent investment and incubation initiative set up by Jaguar Land Rover, launched in 2016 the firm has focused on backing companies across the mobility space broadly. Its 15 active investments run the gamut from autonomous vehicles, to car insurance tech, to ride-sharing, and travel planning, but increasingly the firm is focusing its efforts on vehicle electrification and sustainable supply chains. As the mobility market moves to embrace electrification, InMotion wants to make sure its portfolio is in the mix. That’s evident from its most recent investment in Circulor, a company that monitors supply chains from raw material inputs to finished outputs with an eye toward sustainable… Read More

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19 media startups that VCs say are poised to take off in 2021, as trends like newsletters and sports betting surge

Summary List Placement Audio-only chat room apps. Twitch livestreaming tools. Virtual events platforms.  It’s hard to look at this year’s high-flying media startups without seeing the many ways that life in a global pandemic has transformed the media world. Some upstarts, like the audio company Clubhouse, launched just as shelter-in-place policies were put into effect in the US and abroad. The app has since garnered millions of users and raised over $100 million from investors like Andreessen Horowitz. Other businesses, like Fable, the social-reading app that Padmasree Warrior launched this year, are creating new online communities to help people connect when they can’t gather in person.  Insider asked 11 venture… Read More

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Egyptologists translate the oldest-known mummification manual

Enlarge (credit: University of Copenhagen) Egyptologists have recently translated the oldest-known mummification manual. Translating it required solving a literal puzzle; the medical text that includes the manual is currently in pieces, with half of what remains in the Louvre Museum in France and half at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark. A few sections are completely missing, but what’s left is a treatise on medicinal herbs and skin diseases, especially the ones that cause swelling. Surprisingly, one section of that text includes a short manual on embalming. For the text’s ancient audience, that combination might have made sense. The manual includes recipes for resins and unguents used to dry and… Read More

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The OnePlus 9 will ship with a charger in the box

The OnePlus 9 will be formally announced March 23rd. | Image: OnePlus Along with a confirmed release date, we got our first official look at the OnePlus 9 today and another tidbit of information: it will come with a charger, unlike recent flagships including the Galaxy S21 and iPhone 12. In a message thread on the company’s community forum, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau said that the 9 will ship with a charger in the box. Recently, Apple and Samsung stopped including chargers with their flagship devices, citing environmental benefits and saying that customers already had the adaptors anyway. The jury’s still out on the environmental impact of the move, but… Read More

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Report: Tesla is secretly building a giant 100 MW battery in Texas

A sign reads “Gambit Construction Entrance” at a construction site outside Angleton, Texas, on March 4, 2021. [credit: Mark Felix/Bloomberg via Getty Images ] Tesla is best known as an electric car company, but the firm also has a thriving business in battery storage—including utility-scale battery installations to support the electric grid. Bloomberg …read more Source:: Ars Technica       

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