software upgrade brings a significant change, Roku accuses Google of anti-competitive behavior, and Brex raises a significant funding round. This is your Daily Crunch for April 26, 2021.
The big story: iOS 14.5 brings privacy changes and more.
Today, Apple released the latest version of its mobile operating system, including the much-discussed, allowing users to control which apps share their data with third parties for ad-targeting purposes. Other new features include Watch unlocking (which could help users avoid the annoying “I can’t with my masked face!” phenomenon), new emojis, and more.
The tech giants
Apple commits to 20,000 US jobs, new North Carolina campus — Apple announced a sweeping plan to invest north of $430 billion over the next five years this morning. Roku alleges Google is using its monopoly power in YouTube TV carriage negotiations — Roku is alerting its customers that they may lose access to the YouTube TV channel on its platform after talks with Google went south. Lyft sells a self-driving unit to Toyota’sfor $550M — Under the acquisition agreement, Lyft’s so-called Level 5 division will be folded into Woven Planet Holdings.
Startups, funding, and venture capital
Brexit raises $425M at a $7.4B valuation, as the corporate spend war rages on — The company has also put together a new service called Brex Premium that costs $49 monthly. Founded by Australia’s national science agency, Main Sequence launches an AUD 250M deep Main Sequence’s second fund will look at issues including healthcare accessibility, increasing the world’s food supply, industrial productivity, and space. Mighty Networks raises $50M to build a for the masses — The company is led by Gina Bianchini, the co-founder and former CEO of Ning.
Advice and analysis from Extra Crunch
Founders who don’t correctly vet VCs set up both parties for failure — Due diligence isn’t a one-way street, and founders must do their homework to make sure they’re not jumping intoto their value-add. How — An interview with CEO Henrique Dubugras about that big funding round. There is no cybersecurity , but CISOs must think creatively — Netskope’s Lamont Orange doesn’t buy the idea that millions of cybersecurity jobs are going unfilled because there aren’t enough qualified candidates. (Extra Crunch is our membership program, which helps teams get ahead. You can sign up here.)
How one founder partnered with NASA to make tires puncture-proof and more sustainableepisode of Found features The SMART Tire Company co-founder and CEO Earl Cole.
What the— MasterClass copycats are raising plenty of funding.
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