TikTok Star Charli D’Amelio Invests In Mobile Banking Service For Teens

KEY POINTS

  • Charli D’Amelio has invested in a mobile banking service called Step that is aimed at teens aged 13 to 19
  • She joins Justin Timberlake, the Chainsmokers, Kelvin Beachum, Eli Manning and more
  • Step has welcomed over 500,000 users only two months after its official launch

TikTok’s most popular user Charli D’Amelio has invested in Step, a mobile banking service aimed specifically at teens.

Step announced Wednesday that it has raised over $50 million in Series B funding, TechCrunch reported. D’Amelio, 16, is excited about her first startup investment and is optimistic about the future of the company.

“As a Step partner and customer, I’ve been able to see firsthand how easy Step makes it to manage your money while providing the educational resources that today’s teens need but have largely been unable to find—myself included,” the TikTok star said in a statement.

“I’m excited to be able to

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AutoX’s robo-taxi service in Shenzhen leaves out the human driver

Self-driving car startup AutoX today announced that a portion of its robo-taxi fleet in Shenzhen, China is ferrying customers without teleoperators or safety drivers behind the wheel. The company claims it’s the first set of fully driverless cars to be deployed in China and perhaps only the second in operation following the launch of Waymo’s fully driverless program in Phoenix, Arizona last year.

Driverless vehicle technology has already begun to transform whole industries. TuSimple, Einride, and others have raised tens of millions of dollars for autonomous systems that transport logs, shipping containers, customers, and other precious cargo. Some experts predict the coronavirus outbreak will hasten adoption of autonomous delivery solutions. Despite the public’s misgivings about self-driving cars and the vehicles’ need for regular disinfection, they promise to minimize the spread of disease by limiting driver-rider contact.

AutoX, which has been conducting driverless tests in Shenzhen and Shanghai for the past

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Animal Planet, HGTV enter streaming arena as Discovery launches new service

Discovery Communications, the cable TV home of Shark Week, the Oprah Winfrey Network and reality hits “90 Day Fiancé,” “Property Brothers” and “Dr. Pimple Popper,” is launching a direct-to-consumer streaming service that will make its programming available to consumers without a pay TV subscription.



Beau Henderson, Jonathan Silver Scott standing in a kitchen: A couple see their new kitchen for the first time as Drew and Jonathan Scott give them a tour on HGTV's "Property Brothers." (Caitlin Cronenberg)


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A couple see their new kitchen for the first time as Drew and Jonathan Scott give them a tour on HGTV’s “Property Brothers.” (Caitlin Cronenberg)

The service, called Discovery+, will launch Jan. 4, the New York-based company announced Wednesday. It will carry programming from Discovery’s wide range of channels, which include TLC, OWN, Investigative Discovery, Animal Planet and Food Network.

Through a partnership deal with A&E Television Networks, Discovery+ also will offer nonfiction shows from Lifetime, History Channel and A&E.

Discovery is entering a crowded field as media conglomerates such as the Walt Disney Co., WarnerMedia and Comcast have made their programs and

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Oracle takes a new twist on MySQL: Adding data warehousing to the cloud service

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MySQL, the open source relational database that came to Oracle through the Sun Microsystems acquisition, originated as a relatively simple relational database that was known for one task: transaction processing. In an announcement today, Oracle is unveiling an extended version of MySQL that takes it into data warehousing territory. It is releasing a new managed MySQL database service on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) that will support both transaction and analytic processing workloads.

That creates a key change for MySQL users. With few if any analytic options open, MySQL users typically resorted to ETL to move data to a separate database if they needed a data warehouse. In the new Oracle cloud service, it’s part of the same offering, and thanks to liberal use of in-memory technology, eliminates the need to run ETL.

Until now, MySQL has been primarily restricted to transaction processing as it lacks features, such as support for

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Salesforce to acquire Slack messaging service for $27.7 billion

Business software maker Salesforce will acquire work-chat service Slack for $27.7 billion in a deal aimed at giving the two companies a better shot at competing against longtime industry powerhouse Microsoft.

The acquisition, announced Tuesday, is by far the largest in the 21-year history of Salesforce. The San Francisco company was one of the first to begin selling software as a subscription service that could be used on any internet-connected device instead of the more cumbersome process of installing the programs on individual computers.

Salesforce’s outspoken founder and CEO Marc Benioff hailed the “cloud computing” concept as the wave of the future to much derision initially. But software as a service has become an industry standard that has turned into a gold mine for longtime software makers. Microsoft for one has developed its own thriving online suite of services, known as Office 365, which includes a Teams messaging app that

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Cambridge Technology and JetPatch announce Strategic Partnership to launch Patch Management as a Service (PMaaS)

ATLANTA and BOSTON, Dec. 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Cambridge Technology and JetPatch are pleased to announce they have entered into a global partnership, to launch Patch Management as a Service (PMaaS), combining Cambridge Technology’s business & technology services expertise and JetPatch’s Intelligent vulnerability remediation and patch automation platform.

Data has shown that 60% of breaches in 2019 involved unpatched vulnerabilities. Also during Covid-19, two-thirds of businesses have suffered an increase in endpoint and IoT security incidents, with experts citing malware, insecure networks, and remote access issues as employees everywhere are forced to work remotely. With these increases in new and evolving cybersecurity threats, organizations today have to be prepared to ensure their heterogeneous infrastructure is securely configured and patched thereby eliminating any unforeseen cyber events. 

“We are extremely delighted to partner with JetPatch and launch Patch Management as a Service. With this new service, we aim to offer CISO/CIO’s

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Salesforce buying work-chat service Slack for $27.7 billion

SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — Business software pioneer Salesforce.com is buying work-chatting service Slack for $27.7 billion in a deal aimed at giving the two companies a better shot at competing against longtime industry powerhouse Microsoft.

The acquisition announced Tuesday is by far the largest in the 21-year history of Salesforce. The San Francisco company was one of the first to begin selling software as a subscription service that could be used on any internet-connected device instead of the more cumbersome process of installing the programs on individual computers.

Salesforce’s flamboyant founder and CEO Marc Benioff hailed the “cloud computing” concept as the wave of the future to much derision initially.

But software as a service has become an industry standard that has turned into a gold mine for longtime software makers. Microsoft for one has developed its own thriving online suite of services, known as Office 365, which includes

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Paradigm Shift in the Future of Field Service Delivery

TechSee explores the reasons for the shift towards remote support in the field service industry
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Field service delivery is undergoing a transformation. This paradigm shift has effectively taken the “field” out of field services, with the industry focused on servicing customers in the most efficient way possible. The result of this shift is an explosion of remote service delivery. Gone is the traditional model of technicians dispatched to a customer’s location, toolbox in hand. Instead, technicians can now be found in their homes, cars or back offices, smartphones in hand, providing customers with remote support from a safe distance. Instead of waiting for a technician to arrive on site, customers have their issues resolved faster as a technician can now be “on site” with a click of the mouse. 

5 drivers for remote support in field services 

Here are five key drivers that are steering field service organizations towards introducing and building on their remote support offerings:

  1. Pandemic-driven need for safety
  2. Growing focus
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Ryder Honors Carriers for Service and Excellence; Announces New Award Category for Innovation and Technology

Ryder Honors Carriers for Service and Excellence; Announces New Award Category for Innovation and Technology

 

Ryder System, Inc. (NYSE: R), a leader in supply chain, dedicated transportation, and commercial fleet management solutions, announces its top carrier selections for the 23rd Annual Ryder Carrier Quality Awards. The award recognizes U.S. and Canadian carriers for service quality and operational excellence based on a variety of metrics, including on-time performance, economic value, claims handling, customer service, technology applications, and innovation.

This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20201201006085/en/

At Ryder’s Transportation Management Center near Dallas, the logistics and transportation company manages thousands of top-quality carriers on behalf of its customers. (Photo: Business Wire)

Additionally, Ryder will add a new category to the awards program next year to recognize the most innovative carrier of the year.

“For many years, we’ve scored our carrier award winners based on overall service quality

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Google is retiring the Cloud Print service this month: what to do next

Google Cloud Print is going to be deprecated in 30 days and users are urged to migrate before the deadline.  

First introduced back in 2010, Google Cloud Print allows users to connect to classic printers via the Google Chrome browser on their PC or mobile device, or to a cloud-based printer directly through the Internet. 

However, despite being a decade old, the service never left the beta stage. In a quiet update in 2019, the tech giant said the cloud-based printing solution “will no longer be supported as of December 31, 2020.”

As of January 1, 2021, no device on any operating system will be able to access Google Cloud Print. 

This may cause some disruption to organizations and individuals that use the printing system frequently, and so Google recommends that users “find an alternative print solution with your respective platform’s printing infrastructure.”

See also: ACCC consulting on Google’s pending

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