SoftBank-backed Ola follows Uber with job cuts as revenue sinks

SoftBank-backed Ola follows Uber with job cuts as revenue sinks

FILE PHOTO – A policeman speaks to an Ola employee outside its office in Mumbai, India October 29, 2018. REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas BENGALURU (Reuters) – SoftBank Group-backed Indian ride-hailing company Ola will cut 1,400 jobs, or about 35% of its workforce, as it navigates a strict coronavirus lockdown that has halted 95% of its business, company … Read more

Emerging from stealth, Octant is bringing the tools of synthetic biology to large scale drug discovery – News Brig

Emerging from stealth, Octant is bringing the tools of synthetic biology to large scale drug discovery – TechCrunch

Octant, a company backed by Andreessen Horowitz just now unveiling itself publicly to the world, is using the tools of synthetic biology to buck the latest trends in drug discovery. As the pharmaceuticals industry turns its attention to precision medicine — the search for ever more tailored treatments for specific diseases using genetic engineering — … Read more

Webby Awards 2020: the complete winners list

Webby Awards 2020: the complete winners list

Lil Nas X’s “Panini,” NASA’s social media presence, Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty line, and John Krasinski’s Some Good News YouTube show are among the winners of this year’s Webby Awards. The annual awards show celebrates the wide variety of things that happen online, from websites and podcasts to design and data visualizations to video series and … Read more

The first remote-controlled electric scooters arrive at an office park in Georgia

The first remote-controlled electric scooters arrive at an office park in Georgia

A different kind of shared electric scooter has landed in a small suburb outside Atlanta, Georgia. These scooters look bulkier than your average shared two-wheelers, with extra components attached to the deck and handlebars. And they’re also not technically two-wheelers, but rather four-wheelers with an added set of training wheels in the middle of the … Read more

Factbox: Where do Trump and Biden stand on tech policy issues?

Factbox: Where do Trump and Biden stand on tech policy issues?

(Reuters) – The regulation of big technology companies such as Facebook Inc and Alphabet Inc’s Google has been a hot button issue ahead of the U.S. presidential election on Nov. 3. U.S. President Donald Trump speaks about the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic response during a Cabinet meeting in the East Room at the White House … Read more

Twitter won’t add ‘misleading’ label to bad science shared by Trump advisor

Twitter won’t add ‘misleading’ label to bad science shared by Trump advisor

Twitter’s misinformation policy doesn’t cover a widely shared article claiming without evidence that the antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine has a “90 percent chance of helping” COVID-19 patients. No treatment, including hydroxychloroquine, has been proven to effectively treat COVID-19. Initially posted on April 28th, the press release has been widely shared in the wake of President Trump’s … Read more