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FCC chair proposes upgrading broadband standard to 100Mbps down, 20Mbps up

Jul 17, 2022

In context: Currently, the minimum connection speeds required to classify as broadband in the US are 25Mbps downstream and 3Mbps upstream. The FCC chair recently proposed increasing that standard to 100/20Mbps, while also mentioning plans to upgrade it to a whopping 1Gbps/500Mbps in the future. Unfortunately, it's unknown if her proposal will move forward. FCC chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel has proposed raising the definition of broadband speeds to 100Mbps for downloads and 20Mbps up. She als ...read more

The Internet Archive is fighting publishers over the right of lending digital books

Jul 20, 2022

In context: A two-year court case between a group of book publishers and the Internet Archive heated up this month after both sides asked a New York court for a summary judgment. The legal battle could decide the fate of the Internet Archive and influence how US libraries lend out books. The legal case over the Internet Archive's digital lending program enters a new stage as both parties request a summary judgment in a Manhattan court. The Internet Archive maintains that buying and scanning b ...read more

Prime Day 2022 was Amazon's biggest shopping event ever with over 300 million items sold

Jul 20, 2022

In brief: The 2022 edition of Prime Day is in the history books, and Amazon couldn't be happier with the results. The e-commerce giant said this year's two-day savings event was the biggest ever. Customers from around the globe collectively purchased more than 300 million items, which averages out to more than 100,000 items bought per minute over the course of the sale. In 2021, Amazon said it sold more than 250 million items during Prime Day. According to early data from market research firm ...read more

Young Internet users are increasingly turning to TikTok and Instagram to start web searches

Jul 17, 2022

In a nutshell: YouTube isn't the only Google-owned service attempting to remain relevant in an age dominated by social media. Two of the company's core products – Search and Maps – are increasingly falling out of favor with youth using social media in ways you might never have considered. During the recent Fortune Brainstorm Tech 2022 conference in Aspen, Colorado, Google SVP Prabhakar Raghavan said they keep learning that new Internet users don't have the same expectations and mindset th ...read more

Daily Crunch: After developers complain, Microsoft clarifies new policy on open source monetization

Jul 17, 2022

To get a roundup of TechCrunch’s biggest and most important stories delivered to your inbox every day at 3 p.m. PDT, subscribe here . Time to do the Friday dance! We’ve mentioned our virtual TC Sessions: Robotics event a few times, but we’ve got some good news for events fans. Hang on to your blockchains and sharpen those crypto wallets — we’re doing a TechCrunch Sessions: Crypto in November as well! Happy weekend! See y’all on Monday. — Christine and Haje The TechCrunc ...read more

Corsair's latest mechanical keyboard is its most customizable yet

Jul 20, 2022

Why it matters: The new K70 Pro Mini wireless mechanical gaming keyboard sports a 60 percent form-factor, meaning it doesn't include "extras" like a number pad, arrows and navigation key cluster. The reduced functionality may not appeal to everyone, but those with limited desk space or people who travel frequently often find the tradeoff worthwhile. Corsair's latest comes with your choice of 100 percent Cherry MX Red (linear, 45 cN operating force, 4.0mm total travel) or MX Speed Silver (line ...read more

Microsoft’s layoffs, Airlift’s shutdown and Lofi Girl’s unplanned study break

Jul 20, 2022

Hey, everyone! Welcome back to Week in Review, the newsletter where we recap the most read TechCrunch stories from the last seven days. Want it in your inbox? Sign up here! The most read story on the site this week was, once again, unfortunately, about layoffs — this time at Microsoft. While the company plans to grow its headcount in the months ahead, for now it’s cutting “less than 1%” of its 180,000-person workforce as it focuses on “realigning business groups and roles.” ...read more

Once a key driver of global venture activity, fintech investment slows around the world

Jul 20, 2022

As venture capital grew around the world, tracking the fintech market was a fine way to understand the general health of the VC world; when venture was getting bigger, so too was fintech fundraising. Worth around a fifth of all venture dollars invested last year, fintech startups raised nearly unfathomable sums of capital but with good reason. While companies around the world turned to software during the pandemic to ensure that they could keep operating, accelerating the digital transfo ...read more

Steam Deck replacement parts are in stock at iFixit

Jul 17, 2022

In a nutshell: iFixit has nearly two dozen Steam Deck components currently in stock including replacement back panels, bumper and trigger button assemblies, speakers, and replacement displays. While there's not enough to build your own console from scratch, iFixit does have most of the parts that are likely to wear out over time. Valve partnered with teardown specialist iFixit earlier this year to offer a variety of replacement parts for its Steam Deck handheld game console. Inventory on high ...read more

You can now turn your old Mac or PC into a Chromebook with the public release of ChromeOS Flex

Jul 20, 2022

In a nutshell: Chromebooks aren't for everyone. Their limited functionality makes them less than ideal for use as daily drivers. However, for those with an old out-of-service low-end laptop or PC, Google's stable version of ChromeOS Flex might be the answer to putting that hardware back to work, even for enterprise users. On Thursday, Google announced that it has moved ChromeOS Flex from "early access" to "general availability." Flex is a fork of the Chromebook operating system that is compat ...read more

Big tech companies in the spotlight as South Africa investigates dominance abuse

Jul 20, 2022

Big tech companies are facing increased scrutiny in South Africa for dominance abuse and anti-competitive behavior, just months after the country’s competition regulator, the Competition Commission (CompCom), started an inquiry into the conduct of online intermediation (b2c) platforms. In its initial findings, the regulator has established that Apple, Google, UberEats, Airbnb, Booking.com, and South Africa’s Mr Delivery; a food ordering and delivery platform, Takealot; an e-commerce site, P ...read more

Intel's Arc A750 outperforms the RTX 3060, according to Intel

Jul 20, 2022

Why it matters: As Intel rolls out its freshman line of dedicated graphics cards, the first benchmarks are emerging. The company's latest official test tries to make the case for the A750 against Nvidia's midrange GPU, but many questions remain as both companies and AMD prepare to launch new cards in the second half of this year. This week, Intel published a brief benchmark of its upcoming Arc A750 graphics card, claiming it compares favorably with Nvidia's RTX 3060 in a few popular games. Pr ...read more