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Summer sales are in full swing, which means there are tons of opportunities to save on all the items you need for the season — or are simply coveting for year-round use. See below for tech, style and home discounts to shop this weekend. Happy browsing!

Tech and electronics

Best Buy

The major retailer’s Dads & Grads 3-Day Sale is on through Sunday, with big savings on everything from MacBooks, AirPods and Apple Watch to TVs and smart home products.

Echo Dot and Amazon Music

For a limited time, you can score an Echo Dot for the very low price of $10.98 ($8.98 for Prime members) — along with one month of Amazon Music Unlimited. Just note: Current subscribers aren’t eligible for this deal.

NordVPN

If you’re working from home, it may be time to invest in a VPN. Luckily, NordVPN is running a major deal, featuring a lower price on a shorter subscription. For a limited time, score a 70% discount on the two-year plan, so it costs as low as $3.49 per month — that’s normally the price on a three-year subscription.

Home and health

Wayfair

Be on the lookout for Wayfair’s 72-Hour Clearance Event. Beginning on June 13, this promo will be offering up discounts on tons of furniture, decor, bedding, storage solutions, kitchen must-haves and much more.

Arhaus

Furniture for every room in your house (and for your outdoor space, too) is an extra 15% off at Arhaus. The savings will last through this weekend only and can be applied to everything from sectionals and dining tables to bookcases and patio furniture.

23andMe Health + Ancestry DNA Testing

If you have yet to investigate your ancestry via an at-home DNA test, now’s as good a time as ever. Right now, 23andMe’s Health + Ancestry DNA Testing Kit is down to $149 at Amazon. Not only will this test provide reports on your ancestry composition and where in the world your DNA originates, but it will also tell you more about traits you may have and provide information about your chances of developing certain health conditions.

Cricut

Crafters, rejoice! Cricut’s Summer Flash sale is on, and fans of the ultra handy cutting machine can enjoy up to 40% off equipment, bundles and accessories. Get ready to take all your crafts to the next level.

Ace Hardware

Pick up some new items for your patio at this Ace Hardware sale. Umbrellas, some sets, loungers and even gliders are among the mark downs. It’s the perfect opportunity to snag what you need to spend your summer outdoors.

Fashion and beauty

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Adidas

The activewear brand is back with yet another promotion that will have you looking especially stylish this summer. Now through June 16, use code STRIPES to take up to 30% off full-price and sale items for Creators Club members (it’s free to join) or 20% off for non-members.

Jachs New York

Get ready for summer heat by stocking up on ultra comfy three-pocket, pull-on shorts for men from Jachs. They come in a range of colors and eye-catching prints, and with promo code DKS, they’re under $30 — down from their regular $79 price tag.

Cole Haan

If you need some new shoes, outerwear or accessories, Cole Haan’s the place to be. Right now, the brand is offering up to 70% off sale styles, plus when you purchase two or more items, you’ll score an additional 25% off your purchase for a total savings of up to 95%. That’s a discount that’s tough to beat.

Jack Rogers

You know Jack Rogers for those famed summer sandals, and now, you can score a pair of your own for less. The brand is offering 30% off sitewide with promo code JUNE30, so browse through all the styles to find the shoes that suit you best.

Levi’s

New jeans are within reach at Levi’s sale on sale. Now through June 21, clearance styles are an extra 40% off with code HELLOSUMMER. You’ll find discounts on denim, tees and everything in between.

Stuart Weitzman

A selection of the brand’s high quality shoes (plus a few trendy bags!) are on sale in advance of the new season. New sandals, pumps, flats and other styles are 50% off — you’ll definitely be sporting this footwear all summer long.

Philosophy

Summer weather tends to do a number on skin, so ensure you’re prepared by shopping Philosophy’s latest sale. The Summer Kickoff Event offers 30% off the brand’s beloved products with promo code SUMMER, so you can stock up on all the skincare you’ll need for the season.

Vineyard Vines

Vineyard Vines’ pastel-hued apparel fits right in at summer parties and outings, and right now, you can save on some of the brands’ summer favorites. To snag 40% off select styles, use code SUMMER40 at checkout.

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Note: The prices above reflect the retailer’s listed price at the time of publication.

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Google Assistant’s driving mode for Android is nearly ready, one year later

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Google promised an Assistant driving mode for phones would arrive in mid-2019, but that clearly didn’t happen — over a year passed without any sign of it. It appears to be ready, though. XDA-Developers has discovered (via Android Police) that Google Assistant’s driving mode is at least partially enabled for Android users. The interface has changed considerably from the I/O 2019 demo you see above, but the concept remains the same with large buttons and text that let you chat, message and play music while keeping your driving distractions to a minimum.

The rollout appears to be server-side, and might be part of a test. It’s not attached to any particular versions of Google’s Maps or search apps, and also works on a variety of devices. Your access might depend on your account.

We’ve asked Google for comment.

It’s rare for Google to have Android feature delays this long, and it’s not certain what prompted the extended wait. However, the redesign suggests that Google wasn’t completely satisfied with the Assistant driving mode it showed at I/O. Whatever the reasoning, this gives you one more way to handle common tasks during your trips.

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Cloud leak exposed sensitive data from over 200,000 voicemails

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Some data leaks contain more sensitive info than most. Security researcher Bob Diachenko and Comparitech discovered (via Threatpost) that Broadvoice, a cloud VoIP provider for businesses, left over 350 million records exposed online in an unprotected cluster, including 2 million voicemail records with 200,000 transcripts. Many of those transcripts included sensitive data, and not just common elements like names and phone numbers — medical conditions, mortgages and insurance policies were all left open.

The largest general data collection, 275 million records, typically included full names, phone numbers, and cities.

The company told Comparitech that the data had been stored on September 28th and was locked down October 2nd, a day after Diachenko notified Broadvoice. There hasn’t been evidence of “misuse” so far, the company said. Marketing VP Rebecca Rosen told Threatpost that it believed “less than 10,000” businesses were impacted, although that doesn’t say how many of those companies’ customers were at risk.

The practical damage appears to have been limited as a result. Even so, this illustrates the dangers of insecure data. The wrong decision can expose vast amounts of info, and it can only take a subset of that data to create serious problems.

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VCs reload ahead of the election as unicorns power ahead

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This is The TechCrunch Exchange, a newsletter that goes out on Saturdays, based on the column of the same name. You can sign up for the email here.

It was an active week in the technology world broadly, with big news from Facebook and Twitter and Apple. But past the headline-grabbing noise, there was a steady drumbeat of bullish news for unicorns, or private companies worth $1 billion or more.

A bullish week for unicorns

The Exchange spent a good chunk of the week looking into different stories from unicorns, or companies that will soon fit the bill, and it’s surprising to see how much positive financial news there was on tap even past what we got to write about.

Databricks, for example, disclosed a grip of financial data to TechCrunch ahead of regular publication, including the fact that it grew its annual run rate (not ARR) to $350 million by the end of Q3 2020, up from $200 million in Q2 2019. It’s essentially IPO ready, but is not hurrying to the public markets.

Sticking to our theme, Calm wants more money for a huge new valuation, perhaps as high as $2.2 billion which is not a surprise. That’s more good unicorn news. As was the report that “India’s Razorpay [became a] unicorn after its new $100 million funding round” that came out this week.

Razorpay is only one of a number of Indian startups that have become unicorns during COVID-19. (And here’s another digest out this week concerning a half-dozen startups that became unicorns “amidst the pandemic.”)

There was enough good unicorn news lately that we’ve lost track of it all. Things like Seismic raising $92 million, pushing its valuation up to $1.6 billion from a few weeks ago. How did that get lost in the mix?

All this matters because while the IPO market has captured much attention in the last quarter or so, the unicorn world has not sat still. Indeed, it feels that unicorn VC activity is the highest we’ve seen since 2019.

And, as we’ll see in just a moment, the grist for the unicorn mill is getting refilled as we speak. So, expect more of the same until something material breaks our current investing and exit pattern.

Market Notes

What do unicorns eat? Cash. And many, many VCs raised cash in the last seven days.

A partial list follows. It could be that investors are looking to lock in new funds before the election and whatever chaos may ensue. So, in no particular order, here’s who is newly flush:

All that capital needs to go to work, which means lots more rounds for many, many startups. The Exchange also caught up with a somewhat new firm this week: Race Capital. Helmed by Alfred Chuang, formerly or BEA who is an angel investor now in charge of his own fund, the firm has $50 million to invest.

Sticking to private investments into startups for the moment, quite a lot happened this week that we need to know more about. Like API-powered Argyle raising $20 million from Bain Capital Ventures for what FinLedger calls “unlocking and democratizing access to employment records.” TechCrunch is currently tracking the progress of API-led startups.

On the fintech side of things, M1 Finance raised $45 million for its consumer fintech platform in a Series C, while another roboadvisor, Wealthsimple, raised $87 million, becoming a unicorn at the same time. And while we’re in the fintech bucket, Stripe dropped $200 million this week for Nigerian startup Paystack. We need to pay more attention to the African startup scene. On the smaller end of fintech, Alpaca raised $10 million more to help other companies become Robinhood.

A few other notes before we change tack. Kahoot raised $215 million due to a boom in remote education, another trend that is inescapable in 2020 as part of the larger edtech boom (our own Natasha Mascarenhas has more).

Turning from the private market to the public, we have to touch on SPACs for just a moment. The Exchange got on the phone this week with Toby Russell from Shift, which is now a public company, trading after it merged with a SPAC, namely Insurance Acquisition Corp. Early trading is only going so well, but the CEO outlined for us precisely why he pursued a SPAC, which was actually interesting:

  • Shift could have gone public via an IPO, Russell said, but prioritized a SPAC-led debut because his firm wanted to optimize for a capital raise to keep the company growing.
  • How so? The private investment in public equity (PIPE) that the SPAC option came with ensured that Shift would have hundreds of millions in cash.
  • Shift also wanted to minimize what the CEO described as market risk. A SPAC deal could happen regardless of what the broader markets were up to. And as the company made the choice to debut via a SPAC in April, some caution, we reckon, may have made some sense.

So now Shift is public and newly capitalized. Let’s see what happens to its shares as it gets into the groove of reporting quarterly. (Obviously, if it flounders, it’s a bad mark for SPACs, but, conversely, successful trading could lead to a bit more momentum to SPAC-mageddon.)

A few more things and we’re done. Unicorn exits had a good week. First, Datto’s IPO continues to move forward. It set an initial price this week, which could value it above $4 billion. Also this week, Roblox announced that it has filed to go public, albeit privately. It’s worth billions as well. And finally, DoubleVerify is looking to go public for as much as $5 billion early next year.

Not all liquidity comes via the public markets, as we saw this week’s Twilio purchase of Segment, a deal that The Exchange dug into to find out if it was well-priced or not.

Various and Sundry

We’re running long naturally, so here are just a few quick things to add to your weekend mental tea-and-coffee reading!

Next week we are digging more deeply into Q3 venture capital data, a foretaste of which you can find here, regarding female founders, a topic that we returned to Friday in more depth.

Alex

Source: https://techcrunch.com/2020/10/17/vcs-reload-ahead-of-the-election-as-unicorns-power-ahead/

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