Day: June 27, 2020

Alexis Ohanian is leaving Initialized Capital – TechCrunch

Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian is leaving Initialized Capital, the investment firm he co-founded in 2011 with Garry Tan, as first reported by Axios and confirmed by TechCrunch. The move comes weeks after Ohanian publicly stepped down from the Reddit board of directors, with Y Combinator president Michael Seibel taking his spot.

Ohanian launched Initialized Capital back in 2011 with a $7 million investment vehicle. Since then, the San Francisco-based firm has grown immensely and made early-stage bets in companies like Flexport, Instacart, Cruise, Coinbase and Codecademy. Most recently, it closed a $225 million investment vehicle in 2018, its fourth fund to date.

Ohanian is leaving Initialized Capital to work on “a new project that will support a generation of founders in tech and beyond,” the firm said in a statement to TechCrunch. According to the Axios story, Ohanian is leaving Initialized to work more closely on pre-seed efforts.

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Safari refinements justify setting the browser as default in macOS Big Sur

If Safari isn’t your default Mac web browser, it should be when Apple releases macOS Big Sur. Here’s how Apple developers have readied the browser for adulthood and the demands of the workplace.

Although it’s just 17 years old, Apple’s Safari web browser sure is looking like a full-grown adult. With macOS Big Sur improvements on the way, there’s no doubt that Safari can handle responsibility. Safari should be your default browser if you’re using a Mac. Here’s why.

Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering, confirmed Apple’s commitment to its web browser at 2020’s digital-due-to-the-pandemic WWDC. “This year we’re building on Safari’s amazing performance, elegant design, and pioneering privacy protections to deliver the biggest update to Safari since it was first introduced.”

Safari is a performance beast, as Federighi noted. Apple reported performance running JavaScript is better than ever, and the browser boasts 50% faster page

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Esri geospatial COVID-19 mapping tools help with community contact tracing

As communities and businesses begin to reopen amid an ongoing pandemic contact tracing becomes the first line of defense. Leveraging location information can enhance these efforts.

IMAGE: Esri

Months into the coronavirus pandemic, COVID-19 continues to take its toll on populations and economies around the globe. In recent weeks, lockdown measures have lifted in many states, and businesses have reopened amid a strange new normal. To help mitigate the spread of the coronavirus, we’ve seen the development of a host of contact-tracing protocols from apps to manual boots-on-the-ground efforts.

With no vaccine or cocktail of treatments available, contact tracing at the community level becomes the first line of defense. Geographic information system (GIS) software company Esri released information detailing an analytical capability system known as Community Contact Tracing, a sophisticated spatially enabled approach to contact tracing.

SEE: Life after lockdown: Your office job will never be the same–here’s what

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Microsoft to permanently close all of its retail stores

The company will also “reimagine” three of its existing stores, specifically the ones in London, New York City, and Sydney, as Microsoft Experience Centers.

The Microsoft Store in midtown Manhattan in New York City. 

Image: Nicolas Economou/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Microsoft is pulling the plug on its retail store experience. After launching its first physical store more than 10 years ago, the company is permanently closing all its physical retail outlets across the world, David Porter, corporate VP for Microsoft Store, said in a LinkedIn post on Friday.

SEE: Cheat sheet: Windows 10 PowerToys (free PDF) (TechRepublic) 

“As part of our business plan, we announced a strategic change in our retail operations, including closing Microsoft Store physical locations,” Porter said. “Our retail team members will continue to serve customers working from Microsoft corporate facilities or remotely and we will continue to develop our diverse team in support of the

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