OnePlus unveils new hardware, Apple updates its educational offerings and Facebook reveals plans for its next developer conference. This is your Daily Crunch for March 23, 2021.
The big story: OnePlus announces its first smartwatch
The Chinese smartphone maker announced the OnePlus Watch today, a $159 smartwatch with a minimalist design and a new operating system. It also comes with a number of different sensors to measure things like heart rate and blood oxygen level.
In addition, the company also announced its OnePlus 9 series of phones, its first phone built in partnership with legendary camera company Hasselblad, with a primary camera that includes a 48-megapixel Sony sensor. Pricing starts at $729, with pricing for the Pro starting at $969.
The tech giants
Apple launches the Apple Teacher Portfolio recognition, updates Schoolwork and Classroom apps Teachers who complete a total of nine lessons will be able to submit their portfolio of lesson examples to earn the Apple Teacher Portfolio designation.
Facebook will bring back F8 on June 2 as a pared-back, single-day, virtual-only conference for developers There will be no Mark Zuckerberg keynote this year.
New Yorks Department of Financial Services says Apple Card program didnt violate fair lending laws This follows an investigation triggered by online complaints back in November 2019.
Startups, funding and venture capital
Robinhood files confidentially to go public The company may be closer to a public debut than we anticipated.
Instant needs delivery startup goPuff raises $1.15B at an $8.9B valuation Last fall, delivery startup goPuff made a big splash by raising $380 million in funding and acquiring West Coast beverage retailer BevMo shortly afterwards.
Roll still doesnt know how its hot wallet was hacked Move fast, break things, get hacked.
Advice and analysis from Extra Crunch
Discords reported $10B exit; Compass and Intermedia Cloud Communications set IPO price ranges Discord is a well-financed unicorn that has raised significant capital and reportedly sports rapidly expanding revenues.
Pre-seed round funding is under scrutiny: Is VC pandemic posturing here to stay? New data from the DocSend Startup Index show that for early-stage fundraising, particularly in the pre-seed round, founders need to approach VCs with much more than a great idea to secure funding.
Clubhouse UX teardown: A closer look at homepage curation, follow hooks and other features Most startups would kill for hockey-stick growth, but it also means that UX problems can only be addressed while in full flight.”
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Top tech CEOs will testify about social medias role in the Capitol attack this week Facebooks Mark Zuckerberg, Twitters Jack Dorsey and Googles Sundar Pichai will all appear virtually before a joint House committee Thursday at 12 p.m. Eastern Time.
Black Widow and Cruella will get Premier Access releases on Disney+ That means Disney+ subscribers will have the option to pay an additional, one-time $29.99 fee to watch the live action remake of Cruella at home on May 28, or to do the same for Black Widow on July 9.
Extra Crunch Lives April slate features speakers from Forerunner, Accel, Fifth Wall and more April showers bring May flowers, and by “flowers” I mean actionable insights and advice from some of the top minds in tech.
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