Google tries out new ad targeting technology, PayPal adds cryptocurrency support, and Substack This is your Daily Crunch for March 30, 2021.funding.
today that it has begun rolling out a new technology called Federated Learning of Cohorts (FLoC) in a developer trial. FLoC is meant to serve as an alternative to cookies (which are being phased out by Google and other platforms), with Google analyzing your web browsing behavior and grouping you with other people who have similar interests for ad-targeting purposes.
The trial starts in several geographies, including the United States — but not in Europe, where there are concerns about compliance with Europe’s GDPR privacy regulations.
The tech giants
hiding dislike counts on videos — The company says it will run a “small experiment” with different designs that hide dislike counts but not the “dislike” button itself.
Ballot counting for Amazon’s historic union vote starts today — Amazon’s warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama, has become ground zero for one of the most important labor efforts in modern.
PayPal’s new feature allows US consumers to check out using cryptocurrency — The part expands on PayPal’s current investments in the cryptocurrency market.
Startups, funding, and venture capital
Celebrity video request site Cameo reaches unicorn status with a. Cameo has been building a lot of steam in , but it also got a significant boost amidst the pandemic.
Substack confirms a $65M raise, and promises to ‘rapidly’ expand itsbacking of newly independent writers. Substack did not provide material new growth metrics, instead of saying that it has “more than half a million people” paying for writers on its network.
NFT art marketplace SuperRare closes $9Min 2018; since then, it has differentiated by maintaining a closed early access platform, closely curating the art sold.
Advice and analysis from Extra Crunch
The Tonal EC-1 — Remember ourinto the history, businesses, and growth of Patreon, Niantic, Roblox, Kobalt, and Unity? We’re with an in-depth, multi-part look at fitness startup Tonal.
Is Substack$650M? — More thoughts on Substack’s finances.
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A trove of imported console games vanishes from Chinese online stores — A handful of grey market videogame console vendors on Taobao stopped selling and shipping this.
Applications for Startup Battlefield at TC Disrupt 2021 are now open — TechCrunch is on the hunt for game-changing and ground-breaking startups from around the globe to feature in Startup Battlefield during TechCrunch Disrupt 2021 this.
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