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Vista Equity Partners invests $ 1.5 billion in Indian telecommunications giant Reliance Jio Platforms – TechCrunch

Private equity firm Vista Equity Partners said on Friday it would invest $ 1.5 billion in Reliance Jio Platforms that join the social conglomerate Facebook and private equity firm Silver Lake, which have made similar bets on the Indian telecommunications giant in recent weeks. The planned announcement that Vista Equity Partners, a software-based buyout company headquartered in the United States, …

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Platforms crawl while the conspiracy video “Plandemic” spreads misinformation like wildfire – TechCrunch

A coronavirus conspiracy video featuring a well-known vaccine conspirator is spreading like wildfire on social media this week, even though platforms are talking hard about misinformation in the middle of the pandemic. In the professionally produced video, a solemn interviewer named Mikki Willis interviews Judy Mikovits, a character best known for her anti-vaccine activism in recent years. The video addresses …

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Owkin raises $ 25 million to build a secure network for healthcare analytics and research – TechCrunch

Imagine a model for collaborative research and development between hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, universities and other research institutions where no one has actually exchanged data. This is the dream of the New York startup Owkin. The company has raised $ 25 million in new funds from investors, including Bpifrance Large Venture, Cathay innovation and MACSF (the French pension fund for clinicians), …

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Lyft needs driver and driver face masks – TechCrunch

Lyft today announced a new health initiative that requires drivers and drivers to wear face masks or covers while driving. Lyft also provides drivers with cleaning supplies and masks. Drivers and drivers must all confirm that they cover their faces and do not drive or drive with Lyft if they have COVID-19 or any symptoms. Drivers must also agree to …

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A passwordless server run by NSO Group sparks contact-tracing privacy concerns – TechCrunch

As countries work to reopen after weeks of lockdown, contact-tracing apps help to understand the spread of the deadly coronavirus strain, COVID-19. While most governments lean toward privacy-focused apps that use Bluetooth signals to create an anonymous profile of a person’s whereabouts, others, like Israel, use location and cell phone data to track the spread of the virus. Israel-based private …

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