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Today we celebrate some oversight of an industry long allowed to prey on those less fortunate — German report says FCC is stepping up oversight of prison phone systems In a simple bill, the regulator is given the power to “ensure fair and reasonable charges for telephone and advanced communications services in correctional and detention facilities.”
In other fascinating news, the Daily Crunch will return next week in a slightly reduced form, as both Christine and Haje disappeared over the holidays. The full newsletter will be back soon, and if you celebrate, the two of us wish you a Merry Christmas, and if you don’t, a Merry Christmas, and if you don’t, a prosperous 2023, whatever the case may be. I like it very much, Christine with Hadj
TechCrunch Top 4
- meta-solve: After years of opposing lawsuits, Meta has agreed to a $725 million settlement to resolve a class action lawsuit against Cambridge Analytica over its collection of data from Facebook users. Paul There are more.
- breathe that fresh air: Smart air purifier maker Mila came from humble beginnings on Kickstarter, raising $10 million in a round led by Electrolux. That gives it a $52 million valuation and the ability to add some smarts to new products — humidifiers, Hadj Write.
- Charge: Looks like Tesla is in #winning territory, and Apple can’t get the job done. The automaker has unveiled a $300 charging pad that can charge three devices at once, Matt report.
- result in: Dominique Madori Surveyed three Black investors on how they are preparing for 2023. Read the full release on TechCrunch+.
Holiday shipping is easier this year, but technology still lags behind
Global supply lines are in better shape than a year earlier, but that doesn’t bode well for the future, Flexport CEO Ryan Petersen wrote.
“The improvement in shipping this year largely reflects a pullback in consumption rather than any improvement in infrastructure,” he said, noting labor shortages, global instability and high fuel prices created persistent bottlenecks.
“Fortunately, the data available today is plentiful, and we also have the tools to leverage it in ways that increase efficiency.”
Three more from the TC+ team:
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we enjoy IngridAn in-depth look at how decentralized social media players Mastodon is expanding When Twitter users turned to finding other ways to tweet whatever was on their minds. TechCrunch+ Subscriber – If you’re not a subscriber, you can easily – read her articles too Q&A with Mastodon creator Eugen Rochko.
If you’re a LastPass user like many of us at TechCrunch, you might want to check your email (if you haven’t already). LastPass says hackers stole some customers’ password vaults. zack Say it’s time to change your password.
Google did not ignore the latest fine in India. Manish The search engine giant is reportedly appealing the hundreds of millions of dollars in fines levied against it About Business Practices on Android.
We have four more for you:
- Can there be fair elections in the realm of social media?: annie “Bungled content moderation” during Kenyan elections last year has left other countries questioning what social media companies including Facebook, Twitter and TikTok will do, writes Safeguarding electoral integrity in Africa With their election happened.
- Persist or worry?: @ElonJet creator Jack Sweeney now has a new Twitter account that still follows Elon Musk’s plane, but now delaywrote Connie. Meanwhile, if you’re Twitter Blue, you 60 minutes of video can now be uploaded, ivan report. Not sure if any of us will stick around long enough to watch one, good luck with those new view counts.
- divided: Indian e-commerce giant Flipkart no longer owns stake in PhonePe, Manish Write.
- The move has Tesla investors shaking their heads: Tesla’s $7,500 discount ‘disgusting investors’ Write rebeccaleading to lower price targets for automakers.