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After not being invited to perform for former President Donald Trump's inauguration in 2017, Charlie Brotman once again served on Wednesday as the "Inaugural Parade Announcer." It marked his 16th time, for 11 different Presidents. Brotman’s first inaugural parade announcer appearance was in 1949 when, as a student at a broadcasting school in his ho…
 
Barcelona-based Landbot, a ‘no-code’ chatbot builder, has bagged a $8M Series A led by the Spanish-Israeli VC firm Swanlaab, alongside support from Spain’s innovation-focused public agency, CDTI. Previous investors Nauta Capital, Encomenda and Bankinter also participated in the round. We last chatted to Landbot back in 2018 when it raised a $2.2M s…
 
Bay Area-based construction startup TraceAir today announced a $3.5 million Series A. Led by London-based XTX Ventures, this round brings the company’s total funding up to $7 million. The raise includes existing investor Metropolis VC, along with new additions Liquid 2 Ventures, GEM Capital, GPS Ventures and Andrew Filev. We first noted the company…
 
These are the top stories the Cheat Sheet team is watching right now: The United States gets a new president; A woman finally takes a leading role in running the country; Twitter has no shame in immediately awarding Joe Biden with a POTUS account; A young poet shakes the inaugural crowd with her moving words; Former President Trump is still in deni…
 
Included in this episode:1. Hours Before Inauguration, Biden Looks Ahead to a New American Dawn 2. President Trump Pardons Steve Bannon, Lil Wayne and Convicted Politicians in Final Hours in Office 3. Congress Remains as Divided as Ever After Deadly Capitol Attack 4. Pompeo Says China Has Committed ‘Genocide’ in Xinjiang Province .…
 
It’s Wednesday, January 20th. I’m Mary Regalado, and here’s your local news from The Los Angeles Times. Today will be partly sunny, with a high of 72 and a low tonight of 53. Our top story: Los Angeles County opened 5 large-scale coronavirus vaccination sites yesterday. The plan is to inoculate 20,000 people daily. The sites are at the Forum, Six F…
 
On a cold and cloudless Tuesday afternoon, through the dusk of the last day of a dark chapter in American history, Joseph R. Biden Jr, spent his final few hours as President-in-waiting pointing towards the light. These were the dwindling moments of Biden's life as an ordinary citizen — but not many other ordinary citizens have served in the Senate …
 
(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump pardoned former chief strategist Steve Bannon as part of a flurry of clemency action in the final hours of his White House term that benefited more than 140 people, including rap performers, ex-members of Congress and other allies of him and his family.
 
When President-elect Joe Biden takes the oath of office today, he will face a country in turmoil. But first, military aides will need to get creative about handing over the nuclear "football." Click here to subscribe now to When Katty Met Carlos, OZY’s newest podcast: https://www.ozy.com/pg/podcast/when-katty-met-carlos…
 
Americans and their representatives in Congress might have found an opportunity to come together after a deadly mob stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, threatening lives and upending the prospect for a peaceful transfer of power this week. But even while polling shows most Americans condemn the attack, the divided nation can’t agree on much else ab…
 
In today's top tech stories, Joe Biden is set to be sworn in as the 46th president of the United States, whose policies are sure to greatly affect the tech industry. In other news, Parler website is back online in limited form after Amazon cut hosting ties and Facebook improves alt text photo descriptions for blind, visually impaired users.…
 
Netflix is always in search of a better way to instantly connect users to something to watch, instead of having them waste time unsuccessfully scrolling through all the available programming options. Now, the company says a recent test focused on solving this problem, Shuffle Play, has proven popular enough to roll out to all users […]…
 
When a system outage happens, chaos can ensue as the team tries to figure out what’s happening and how to fix it. StackPulse, a new startup that wants to help developers manage these crisis situations more efficiently, emerged from stealth today with a $28 million investment. The round actually breaks down to a previously unannounced […]…
 
These are the top stories the Cheat Sheet team is watching right now: In the final moments of his presidency, Donald Trump rolls out pardons in the wee hours of Wednesday; National Guards members have ties to extremist right-wing views; Trump wants to maintain an influence in national politics even after he leaves the White House; The woman who all…
 
Good morning from Fast Company. Here's our daily look into what’s driving today’s creative business leaders. COVID-19 has been good for the streaming industry in general, but it’s been really, really good for Netflix. On Tuesday, January 19, the company announced that in the last quarter of 2020—i.e., when countries around the world were locking th…
 
Good morning from Skift It’s Wednesday, January 20, in New York City. For daily updates in your inbox, subscribe to the Skift Daily newsletter at skift.com/daily. And now, here’s what you need to know about the business of travel today. U.S. travel executives will watch with hope along with the rest of the world at noon Wednesday as Joe Biden and K…
 
(WASHINGTON) — On his way out the door, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has hit China with new sanctions by declaring that China’s policies on Muslims and ethnic minorities in western Xinjiang Province constitute a “genocide.” Pompeo made the determination on Tuesday just 24 hours before President-elect Joe Biden takes office. There was no immediate…
 
India has asked WhatsApp to withdraw the planned change to its privacy policy, posing a new headache to Facebook-owned service that identifies the South Asian nation as its biggest market by users. In an email to WhatsApp head Will Cathcart, the nation’s IT ministry said WhatsApp’s planned update to its data-sharing policy raised “grave concerns [……
 
French startup Alan is generating 100% of its revenue from health insurance products — and that isn’t going to change. But the company wants to start a conversation with a bigger use base. Alan is going to launch multiple mobile apps that let you learn more about health topics, contact a doctor and chat with […]…
 
These are the top stories the Cheat Sheet team is watching right now: Service members are removed from their Inauguration Day duties due to ties with extremist organizations; The woman who has been accused of stealing Nancy Pelosi’s laptop has been arrested by the FBI; President-elect Biden chooses the first openly-transgender federal official to b…
 
Included in this episode:1. Joe Biden Will Propose an Eight-Year Citizenship Path for Immigrants 2. Column: After the COVID-19 Pandemic We Need to Build More Resilient Countries 3. What FBI's Surveillance of Martin Luther King Gave History 4. Peloton Is Offering a 60-Day Free Trial Right Now — and Other Ways to Work Out for Free at Home .…
 
WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden plans to unveil a sweeping immigration bill on Day One of his administration, hoping to provide an eight-year path to citizenship for an estimated 11 million people living in the U.S. without legal status, a massive reversal from the Trump administration's harsh immigration policies.…
 
In 2020, the world witnessed what happens when a global risk becomes reality. Confirmed cases of COVID-19 have now passed 95 million globally, with more than 2 million deaths. Millions more face the economic effects of the pandemic, with the world’s most vulnerable facing the worst consequences. Yet the pandemic – devastating in itself – also exace…
 
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