Katharine Schwab / Fast Company:
Survey of 37 tech giants: $3.8B committed to diversity efforts in 2020 and 2021, ~2/3 had made some kind of DEI policy change after the summer 2020 protests — One year after protests against police brutality shook much of the corporate world awake to the problems of racial equity in the workplace …
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
HPE says it has acquired Determined AI, which is developing an open source platform for building machine learning models; terms of the deal were not disclosed — Elevate your enterprise data technology and strategy at Transform 2021. — Hewlett Packard Enterprise . …
Noor Zainab Hussain / Reuters:
Filing: cybersecurity company SentinelOne will sell 32M shares at $26-$29, aiming for a $7B+ valuation and raising $928M at the top end, when it floats on NYSE — (Reuters) - Cybersecurity firm SentinelOne Inc, backed by billionaire investor Daniel Loeb´s hedge fund Third Point …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Facebook rolls out Live Audio Rooms, available to verified public figures and select Groups, and its podcast service, available to select partners, in the US — In April, Facebook announced a series of planned investments in new audio products, including a Clubhouse live audio competitor as well as new support for podcasts.
Brian Heater / TechCrunch:
Wristcam, which makes a $299 Apple Watch band with a camera capable of taking 4K images and recording 1080p video, raises $25M led by Marker LLC — Last week word got out that Facebook was taking another big step into first-party hardware with the planned launch of its own smartwatch.
Matt Dougherty / KHOU-TV:
Some power companies in Texas are remotely adjusting the smart thermostats of users enrolled in their energy saving programs to reduce strain on power grids — Some said they didn´t know their thermostats were being accessed from afar until it was almost 80 degrees inside their homes.
Christopher Mims / Wall Street Journal:
Pandemic boosted the “phone-ization” of PCs, which are adopting power efficient CPUs and thin designs, a trend which will accelerate with broader adoption of 5G — Apple is dragging Microsoft, Google and the entire PC industry into the 21st century
Betsy Ladyzhets / MIT Technology Review:
An analysis of the usage of COVID-19 contact tracing apps in 25 US states and DC finds that only 13 have enough usage to benefit from exposure notification — A year ago, engineers built apps to track potential virus exposure. Our research shows the impact has been mixed—but there´s still potential.
Chuq Von Rospach / 6FPS:
Apple, whose arrogance and sense of entitlement let it treat developers as a hassle for two decades, will find few allies as it fights looming regulation — 6FPS V3#6 - Photography and More A Newsletter by Chuq Von Rospach — Welcome to the new issue of 6FPS. — If this issue seems late, believe it or not, it´s not.
Todd Feathers / VICE:
Some US unemployment applicants say facial recognition models used by ID verification service ID.me are failing to identify them, locking them out of benefits — ID.me´s CEO says unemployment fraud is costing taxpayers $400 billion, but his own company is denying claims because of problems with its tech, users say.