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1. HQ Trivia lays off ~20% as it preps subscriptions
The cuts hit HQ’s HR, marketing and product engineering teams, according to LinkedIn profiles of employees let go. The cuts could further hamper morale at the startup following a tough first half of the year.
It also could leave the company short-handed as it attempts to diversify revenue with the upcoming launch of monthly subscriptions.
2. Tesla shows off next-gen automated emergency braking stopping for pedestrians and cyclists
The upcoming features include automatically engaging the brakes on a vehicle when the system detects a pedestrian crossing the car’s path, and doing the same for a cyclist.
3. Internet group brands Mozilla ‘internet villain’ for supporting DNS privacy feature
The trade group for U.K. internet service providers nominated Mozilla for the title because of a proposed security feature that ISPs say will allow users to “bypass U.K. filtering obligations and parental controls, undermining internet safety standards in the U.K.”
4. Apple reportedly shifting to new keyboard design in 2019/2020 MacBooks
Apple is set to replace the technology underlying the keyboards found in its MacBook Air and MacBook Pro computers, according to a new report from Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.
5. Sony’s new wireless earbuds pack great noise-canceling and battery life
Brian Heater has only had a limited time with Sony’s WF-1000XM3, but he says they seem custom-built for long flights.
6. Waresix hauls in $14.5M to advance its push to digitize logistics in Indonesia
Like others in its industry — which include Chinese unicorn Manbang and BlackBuck in India — Waresix is focused on optimizing logistics by making the process more transparent for clients and more efficient for haulage companies and truckers.
7. What everyone at a startup needs to know about immigration
Over the past three years, immigration policies and procedures have been in a state of flux and the process has become more unforgiving for even the smallest mistakes. (Extra Crunch membership required.)