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The world is changing fast. With the number of startups that are growing rapidly, there are also those which are failing before they make an appearance on the scene. Though the age belongs to Startup Unicorns, innovation, and alternate ways of thinking, building a company often does not meet its desired end. 

The crux of the newspaper headlines contains startup stories that inspire you to think, innovate and build differently. But most of these businesses do not outlive their expectations. The numbers are conflicting. With more than 400 startup unicorns worldwide, 70% of startups fail.

Startup Genome analysts declare that 90% of all the startups under operation will fizz out sooner or later. But don’t let these stats demotivate you. If you want to succeed comprehensively as an entrepreneur, then it is time that you learn from the mistakes of your peers and not repeat the same. According to a … Read More

Exclusive: EU’s Vestager warns Apple to treat all apps equally amid privacy dispute

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Europe’s antitrust chief, Margrethe Vestager, has warned Apple Inc to give equal treatment to all apps on its platform amid the iPhone maker’s privacy changes that have drawn charges of anti-competitive practices from rival Facebook Inc.

Apple will in the spring ask iPhone users for consent to track their data for personalized ads in what it says is a move to protect users’ privacy but which will limit apps’ ability to gather data from people’s phones that can be used for targeted advertising.

Facebook has been among the most vocal of the critics which stand to lose a substantial part of their revenue from Apple’s move.

Facebook in a December blog post called it anti-competitive behaviour, saying that Apple’s own personalized ad platform would be exempt from the new requirement giving users a choice of whether to opt in to tracking by third parties.

Vestager said while

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Singapore working to plug gaps in government IT systems

Singapore is in the midst of rolling out tools and measures to plug several “IT weaknesses” highlighted in a report, including weak controls and an inadequate review process of privileged user activities. The report also stressed the need to mitigate new risks and vulnerabilities that are brought about by the accelerated rate of digital transformation amidst the global pandemic. 

Efforts have been underway to address the IT loopholes since last year, with automation tools taking centrestage, according to the latest report by the Public Accounts Committee. These measures were planned in January last year, when the committee chided the public sector for recurring IT lapses in its 2020 report. It also pointed to a lack of good standard operating procedures in user access rights management, with the logging and review of privileged user activities carried out manually. 

The committee added that controls over third-party vendors and partners could be beefed

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Seattle’s Porch marks new era as public company with first Super Bowl ad touting home services tech

Editor’s note: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated the amount Porch paid for a Super Bowl ad. The story and headline have been updated.

Porch has been on quite a run the past several weeks, and it culminated Sunday night with a surprise Super Bowl ad for the Seattle-based tech company.

The 30-second spot aired right after the game ended and was a rapid-fire display of the various ways people can love their homes using Porch’s home services tech. National ads that ran during the game were reportedly priced at $5.5 million for 30-second units. Porch’s ad ran in the extended Seattle area and was much less expensive.

Porch went public at the end of 2020, raising more than $322 million through a merger with PropTech Acquisition Corp., a publicly traded special purpose acquisition corporation, and a private investment from Wellington Management Company.

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Forza Horizon 4 Is Coming To Steam In March

Microsoft’s gorgeous British countryside racer Forza Horizon 4 is coming to Steam on March 9, the company announced today. It marks the latest in a long line of first-party Microsoft games coming to rival platforms, and the first time a Forza game has ever appeared on Valve’s storefront.



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The Steam version of Forza Horizon 4 will feature cross-play with all of the other versions, including on console and on smartphones via xCloud streaming. It’ll also continue getting upgraded like the console version has, starting with a Hot Wheels Legends car pack coming sometime in the near future.

Forza Horizon 4 has received a bunch of updates since it was originally on Xbox One and PC through the Microsoft Store, including the dull but scenic Fortune Island expansion back in 2018 and a brick-smashing Lego expansion in 2019. Forza Horizon 4 makers Playground Games even added

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CORRECTED-Facebook, Twitter outpaced by smaller platforms in fight against harmful content -agency

(Corrects headline and first paragraph to show Facebook, Twitter and Alphabet fell short of the progress of smaller companies, not that they failed to curb hate speech and misinformation altogether, according to the study)

Feb 8 (Reuters) – Facebook, Twitter and Alphabet’s YouTube made smaller strides battling harmful content such as hate speech and misinformation during the second half of 2020 than their smaller social media rivals including TikTok and Reddit, a study released on Monday showed.

Advertising agency IPG Mediabrands conducted an audit examining how the top social media platforms performed across 10 categories that encompass what it calls “media responsibility,” including protecting children’s wellbeing and providing more transparency for advertisers.

Facebook showed improvements in clamping down on false and misleading content, for instance removing pages and groups related to the QAnon conspiracy theory. YouTube made no significant changes to its misinformation policies, leading to a lower score in

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