We’ve got a barrage of news related to the COVID-19 pandemic, while Comscore partners with Twitch and the ACLU sues over facial recognition in airports. Here’s your Daily Crunch for March 12, 2020.
Let’s see if I can fit all the recent COVID-19-related news into one entry. The big one is President Donald Trump’s decision to institute a 30-day ban on travel from Europe — not tech news per se, but it’s going to have a huge impact on tech companies and the broader economy. In fact, stocks were falling again this morning.
The deal will see Comscore measuring video streaming activity across Twitch, including gaming and esports, as well as other audience viewing metrics. This will allow advertisers to get a better understanding of video viewing behavior on Twitch, which helps them target their campaigns to reach key demographics.
The American Civil Liberties Union filed the lawsuit in a New York federal court on Thursday, demanding that the agency turn over records to understand the scope of its airport face recognition system. The group wants to know who Homeland Security works with — including private companies and airlines — as well as internal policies and guidance on how the system is used.
More generally, the European Commission wants to restrict single-use products, tackle “premature obsolescence” and ban the destruction of unsold durable goods, in order to make sustainable products the norm.
Speedinvest broadly targets fintech, deep tech, marketplaces, industrial tech, digital health and consumer tech startups, writing first checks between €50,000 and €1.5 million. A few days before the new fund was unveiled, we interviewed Speedinvest’s CEO Oliver Holle. (Extra Crunch membership required.)
Deep North’s AI currently measures such parameters as daily entries and exits, occupancy, queue times, conversions and heat maps — a product roadmap that it’s planning to continue growing with this latest investment.
AWS has launched its own open-source operating system for running containers on both virtual machines and bare metal hosts. Bottlerocket, as the new OS is called, is basically a stripped-down Linux distribution that’s akin to projects like CoreOS’s now-defunct Container Linux and Google’s container-optimized OS.