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Governments Can Push EVs & Rooftop Solar To Tipping Points & Social Contagion

The climate crisis may seem like such a vast and complex problem that mankind is simply incapable of addressing it. However, a new study offers hope that transformational change in just a couple of key sectors could bring about “tipping points” that have outsize effects


28 January 2021 0

Ireland-based “buy now, pay later” service Scalapay raises $48M in seed led by Fasanara Capital (Christine Hall/Crunchbase News)

Christine Hall / Crunchbase News:Ireland-based “buy now, pay later” service Scalapay raises $48M in seed led by Fasanara Capital  —  Fintech startup Scalapay secured $48 million in a seed round that included debt and convertible notes to roll out its “buy now, pay later” platform in Europe.  —  Subscribe to the Crunchbase Daily


28 January 2021 0

UK’s CMA launches a formal investigation into Facebook’s $400M Giphy acquisition over competition in the supply of video clips and animated images (Jonathan Browning/Bloomberg)

Jonathan Browning / Bloomberg:UK’s CMA launches a formal investigation into Facebook’s $400M Giphy acquisition over competition in the supply of video clips and animated images  —  – CMA to look at how $400 million takeover changes market  — Agency sets March 25 deadline for initial decision in review


28 January 2021 0

HR software company Workday acquires Peakon, which provides SaaS tools for employee retention, in a $700M all-cash deal (Paul Sawers/VentureBeat)

Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:HR software company Workday acquires Peakon, which provides SaaS tools for employee retention, in a $700M all-cash deal  —  Enterprise cloud software giant Workday has announced plans to acquire data-driven human resources (HR) startup Peakon in an all-cash deal worth $700 million.


28 January 2021 0

Researcher: ability to target US military with Facebook ads could let nation states run influence operations on personnel; Facebook says it’s not an issue (Lily Hay Newman/Wired)

Lily Hay Newman / Wired:Researcher: ability to target US military with Facebook ads could let nation states run influence operations on personnel; Facebook says it’s not an issue  —  Researchers warn that an advertising platform with categories like “Army” and “United States Air Force Security Sources” could be abused.


28 January 2021 0

Biden Orders End To Fossil Fuel Subsidies, Promotes Equity For Underserved Communities

President Biden this week issued an executive order mandating the government to reduce or eliminate all subsidies for fossil fuels and make climate justice a central focus of his adminisatration.


28 January 2021 0

Kelly Speakes-Backman appointed to leadership position in US government

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) last week announced new Biden-Harris Administration senior leadership appointees. The new leaders will direct policy at DOE, coordinate across the Administration, and enact President Joe Biden’s vision for bold action on the climate crisis and on safeguarding the Americans most affected by it. Among the appointed include Kelly Speakes-Backman,…
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28 January 2021 0

OwnBackup, which builds tools for the Salesforce ecosystem, raises $167.5M led by Salesforce Ventures and others, at a valuation of almost $1.4B (Katie Roof/Bloomberg)

Katie Roof / Bloomberg:OwnBackup, which builds tools for the Salesforce ecosystem, raises $167.5M led by Salesforce Ventures and others, at a valuation of almost $1.4B  —  – OwnBackup receives $167.5 million in fresh fundraising round  — Salesforce Ventures, Insight Partners, Sapphire among backers


28 January 2021 0