Amazon makes a giant podcast acquisition, a Chinese robotic maker raises $100 million and we assessment a robotic cat pillow. This is your Daily Crunch for December 30, 2020.

The huge story: Amazon acquires Wondery

Amazon is the newest firm to make a giant acquisition within the podcast market — it’s buying Wondery, the podcast community behind exhibits like “Dirty John” and “Doctor Death.”

Although Wondery is turning into a part of Amazon Music (which added podcast assist in September), the corporate additionally says that “nothing will change for listeners” and that Wondery’s podcasts will proceed to be accessible from “quite a lot of suppliers.”

The monetary phrases of the deal weren’t disclosed.

Startups, funding and enterprise capital

China’s adaptive robot maker Flexiv raises over $100M — Wang Shiquan, an alumnus of Stanford’s Biomimetics and Dexterous Manipulation Lab, based Flexiv with a deal with constructing adaptive robots for the manufacturing business.

Biteable raises a $7M Series A for its template-based online video builder — The product is designed for creating video belongings which have extra endurance than non permanent social movies.

An earnest review of a robotic cat pillow — It’s cute!

Advice and evaluation from Extra Crunch

On the diversity front, 2020 may prove a tipping point — VCs have talked about variety for eons with out doing a lot about it.

2020 will change the way we look at robotics — From logistics to meals prep, robots are custom-built to assist mankind survive a pandemic.

Dear Sophie: Tips for getting a National Interest green card by myself? — The newest version of Dear Sophie, legal professional Sophie Alcorn’s recommendation column answering immigration-related questions on working at expertise corporations.

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Everything else

Section 230 is threatened in new bill tying liability shield repeal to $2,000 checks — The transfer appears extra like a political maneuver than an actual stab at tech regulation.

NSO used real people’s location data to pitch its contact-tracing tech, researchers say — Researchers say NSO’s use of actual knowledge “violated the privateness” of 1000’s of unwitting folks.

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