10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Wednesday. Sign up here to get this email in your inbox every morning. Palantir Technologies is preparing to go public but behind the cloak-and-dagger image, insiders and investors say, it’s struggled to build a steady revenue model. As its long-awaited public listing approaches, […]

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Inside the world’s first AI-focused university in Abu Dhabi, which opens in January 2021 and will offer all students full scholarships

The world’s first university dedicated to the field of artificial intelligence is set to open its doors to students in Abu Dhabi in January 2021. The Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence is part of the Emirati city state’s 50-point plan to diversify its economy for the future. Trustees includes Dr Kai-Fu Lee, previously […]

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Berlin-based VC fund La Famiglia raises fresh $59 million fund to invest in early-stage enterprise startups

Berlin-based VC fund La Famiglia has raised a new €50 million ($59 million) vehicle to invest in early-stage B2B startups. The company’s previous fund invested in Berlin’s freight forwarding platform Forto, modular production platform Arculus, contractor payment platform Deel, and data collaboration platform Graphy. “We’re proud of our achievements from last couple of years, we’ve […]

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Fauci said he thinks it’s ‘inconceivable’ that he’s received death threats ‘when you are trying to promote public health principles to save people’s lives’

Top US health infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci said it seems “inconceivable” that he is receiving death threats as a result of the “political tone” of the virus. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, serves on the White House coronavirus task force. Fauci’s remarks and recommendations have at times […]

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Fauci says he ‘seriously doubts’ that Russia has developed a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine after Putin approved of the world’s first vaccine

Top US infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci said he hopes, but “seriously doubts,” that Russia has developed a safe and effective vaccine that is ready for use. Russian President Vladimir Putin announced earlier this week that the country approved of the world’s first coronavirus vaccine — months before a vaccine is expected to be […]

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COVID-19 is engulfing prisons like San Quentin and it shows how letting the virus spread unchecked may only accelerate the death count and prolong the illness for those who manage to survive it

The coronavirus has run rampant in prisons, especially San Quentin State Prison in the Bay Area, and the unchecked spread may suggest that herd immunity without a vaccine is highly unlikely, The Los Angeles Times reported. At least 2,200 cases have been reported out of the 3,260 people at the facility, with 25 deaths. The […]

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Trump campaign tweeted mugshots of released Black inmates in a callous attempt to smear the Biden campaign, which some said channeled the racially stoked Bush campaign “Willie Horton” ad

The Trump campaign tweeted four headshots of released Minnesotan defendants, blaming the Biden campaign and its staffers for their release. Many saw comparisons between the Trump campaign’s tweets and the infamous “Willie Horton” ads run in support of President George H.W. Bush’s campaign for president against then-Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis in 1988. Visit Business Insider’s […]

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Former Democratic presidential candidates and other VP contenders rallied to support Sen. Kamala Harris as Joe Biden’s running mate

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden announced his much-anticipated pick for his running mate: Sen. Kamala Harris of California. Prominent political figures, including former President Barack Obama, former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, and a number of other women who appeared on Biden’s VP shortlist, congratulated Harris on the selection and praised the choice. Biden’s […]

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