GitHub Breaking the downgrade sequence, Strava raises a big round and Moderna says the COVID-19 vaccine promises results. This is your daily crisis for November 16, 2020.
The big story: GitHub reinstalls the YouTube download program
In October, the Recording Industry Association of America sent a TMCA complaint to GitHub about a project called YouTube-DL, which allows viewers to download YouTube videos for offline viewing. According to the trade group, both YouTube-DL are DRM. Beyond that, in its documentation, it encouraged the theft of many popular songs.
However, the Electronic Frontier Foundation sent a letter to GitHub criticizing RIAA’s argument and, among other things, misrepresenting how the YouTube-DL code actually works.
In response, GitHub retrieved the project code. It also says it will review how to handle future downgrade notices, in response to the new $ 1 million developer protection fund and the technical and legal review of future claims filed under Section 1201 of the TMCA.
You can now embed Apple podcasts on the web – Apple makes it easy to find and listen to podcasts over the web.
Apple’s IDFA Strategy Targets EU Privacy Complaints – Complaints lodged with German and Spanish data protection authorities allege that Apple’s IDFA setting violates regional privacy laws.
Spotify adds a built-in podcast playlist creation tool called ‘Your Episodes’ – this feature allows you to bookmark individual episodes from any podcast and then add them to the new “Your Episodes” playlist.
Startups, Finance and Venture Capital
Strava M raises 110 million, raising the growth rate to 2 million new users per month by 2020 – Strava already has 70 million members, according to the company, in 195 countries worldwide.
Adds support for Squarespace membership and paid content – New member areas of Squarespace allow businesses to charge for access to exclusive content.
Computer Vision Startup Choch.ai Scores M 20M Series A – Choch.ai hopes to help companies follow computer vision more broadly.
Advice and analysis from additional crisis
Will EDEC improve or eliminate the need for higher education? – Campuses are closed, games are suspended, understandably, students do not want to pay the same education for a part of the service.
Three growth tricks that surpass Noom and Weight Supervisors – Over the past year, nutritional utilization has gained Lifesum users twice as fast as Noom and Weight Supervisors.
C3.ai Opening IPO Filing – C3 is in really good financial shape, generating steady software revenue and making money in a few quarters.
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Moderna reports that its Covid-19 vaccine is 94.5% effective in the first data from the Phase 3 test – following the speed with which Pfizer announced its COVID-19 vaccine efficacy, Moderna also shares positive results from its Phase 3 test.
HBO Max comes on Amazon Fire TV devices – as part of the new deal, HBO subscribers on Amazon will be able to use the HBO Max app at an additional cost.
Original Content Podcast: ‘The Vow’ gives a confusing look at NXIVM worship – a fascinating documentary blocked by some unfortunate storytelling choices.
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