With BlizzCon 2019 set to kick off on Friday, fans plan to ramp up their campaign against Blizzard over its decision to punish competitive players for expressing solidarity with the ongoing protests in Hong Kong.The nonprofit organization Fight for the Future formed a new campaign called Gamers for Freedom and said Thursday that plans to protest outside of the Anaheim Convention Center in California, where the gaming convention will take place.The goal is to put pressure on Blizzard Entertainment in the hopes that the company will reevaluate its stances concerning its recent business decisions that were allegedly made to appease China, most notably the company’s decision to ban competitive Hearthstone player, Chung Ng Wai after he voiced his support for the Hong Kong protesters.The group plans to protest outside the arena for approximately three hours, starting from noon PT until 3 p.m. PT.Even before the protest, the organization hopes to hand out 4,000 pro-Hong Kong protester T-shirts to BlizzCon attendees and protesters alike.TheT-shirt’s design, which you can see below, features Overwatch character Mei with the caption “Mei with Hong Kong.” According to Fight for the Future, the T-shirts were donated by Freedom Hong Kong to “raise awareness of the series of Hong Kong protests against totalitarianism.”
Hello and welcome back to Startups Weekly, a weekend newsletter that dives into the week’s noteworthy news pertaining to startups and venture capital.Remember, you can send me tips, suggestions and feedback to [email protected] or on Twitter @KateClarkTweets.If you don’t subscribe to Startups Weekly yet, you can do that here.Travis Kalanick’s notorious journey to CEO of Uber and subsequent ouster was made for television.This week, news broke that Showtime’s Brian Koppelman and David Levien, the creators and showrunners of “Billions,” would develop the project, with Isaac himself on board to executive produce.All Raise, an 18-month-old nonprofit organization that seeks to amplify the voices of and support women in tech, announced new chapters in Los Angeles and Boston this week.
As the atmosphere warms, however, that ice has shrunk to historically low levels, according to satellite data.What if you could rev up the Arctic ice maker and build new layers of sea ice to counteract the warming effects of climate change?The idea is to kick off a positive feedback loop, says Leslie Field, founder and CEO of Ice911 Research, a nonprofit organization based in Menlo Park, California.Making the surface more reflective during the spring and summer months could prevent sea ice from absorbing as much heat and reduce its melting.She also holds dozens of patents and has worked at HP Labs and Agilent Labs.The Ice911 project is one of several geoengineering projects being considered by researchers who fear political leaders aren’t doing enough to force necessary cutbacks in emissions of planet-warming greenhouse gases.
Anyone unfortunate enough to fall victim to a burglary or natural disaster understands just how frustrating it feels to deal with insurance companies.We spend thousands of dollars each year to ensure our property will be reimbursed in case of an emergency, so why does it take so long to receive reimbursement when we need it most?If you’ve had a poor experience waiting weeks or months for your reimbursement, or if you want to rest assured that your claims will be paid out quickly in case of a future emergency, Lemonade has you covered with rates as low as $5 per month for renter’s insurance and $25 per month for homeowner’s insurance.Lemonade is able to offer you quick reimbursements and low monthly rates by changing the way we think about insurance.To file a claim, all you need to do is hit the Claim button in the Lemonade app and follow the on-screen instructions.Lemonade then uses modern AI to authenticate your claim and pay you within minutes.
Anyone unfortunate enough to fall victim to a burglary or natural disaster understands just how frustrating it feels to deal with insurance companies.We spend thousands of dollars each year to ensure our property will be reimbursed in case of an emergency, so why does it take so long to receive reimbursement when we need it most?If you’ve had a poor experience waiting weeks or months for your reimbursement, or if you want to rest assured that your claims will be paid out quickly in case of a future emergency, Lemonade has you covered with rates as low as $5 per month for renter’s insurance and $25 per month for homeowner’s insurance.Lemonade is able to offer you quick reimbursements and low monthly rates by changing the way we think about insurance.To file a claim, all you need to do is hit the Claim button in the Lemonade app and follow the on-screen instructions.Lemonade then uses modern AI to authenticate your claim and pay you within minutes.
GoFundMe has made its name primarily as a platform for individuals to create fundraisers for personal causes — a service that has seen hundreds of campaigns go viral through social media to raise collectively well over $5 billion in funding to date.Now, the startup is taking the next step in its ambition to build what CEO Rob Solomon calls the “giving layer of the internet”.GoFundMe is launching a new free-to-use fundraising platform for nonprofits of all sizes called GoFundMe Charity; and for the first time, it has created a button that can be integrated into any site to donate money wherever people want to do so.Both will roll out in November, but the charity platform already counts nonprofits like the American Cancer Society and the Boston Marathon among its customers.With this latest launch, teams fundraising remains, but GoFundMe will be sunsetting CrowdRise the brand and transitioning the platform’s nonprofit customers (which include high profile events like the Boston Marathon) to GoFundMe Charity.While its individual causes-based campaigns continue to be created and disseminated across social platforms, it is facing competition of two kinds: that of the platforms themselves (specifically, Facebook, which is using its billions of users to grow its own causes-donations platform rapidly: in September it passed the $2 billion mark in fundraising for causes); and that of user ennui, where people have been facing up to kind of fatigue when it comes to too many individuals asking for money, and sometimes not for the most worthy of causes.
The news seems to be going from bad to worse for Facebook’s cryptocurrency project, as online travel company Booking Holdings has stepped away from the nonprofit Libra Association.As Bloomberg reports, that means seven of Libra’s original 28 members have exited the project.Facebook announced in June that it would launch Libra, an ambitious entry into the cryptocurrency business made with the support of major financial institutions.But the plan soon faced scrutiny from regulators around the world, who have questioned the influence Facebook would wield with a currency of its own.In the face of the backlash, PayPal left the project earlier last month.The situation came to a boil last week, as two senators questioned three other companies about partnering on the project, saying “key questions remain unanswered about the risks the project poses to consumers, regulated financial institutions, and the global financial system.” Visa, Mastercard, Stripe, Mercado Pago, and eBay quickly bailed on the plan as well.
Those old Lego sets collecting dust in your closet could end up making some kid's day.Lego on Tuesday announced a pilot program called Lego Replay that encourages people to donate their used Lego bricks to children's nonprofits in the US.To participate, take any loose Lego bricks, sets, or accessories you no longer want, put them into a cardboard box, and visit Lego.com/Replay to print out a free UPS shipping label.The package will be sent to the Give Back Box facility, where your toy donation will be sorted, inspected and cleaned."We know people don't throw away their Lego bricks," Tim Brooks, vice president of environmental responsibility at the Lego Group, said in a statement."But others have asked us for a safe way to dispose of or to donate their bricks.
Got too many Lego pieces scattered throughout the house?“This is something we’ve had on our mind for a while now,” says Tim Brooks, vice president of environmental responsibility at Lego.The mass redistribution is being facilitated by Give Back Box, a logistics company started in an effort to reuse discarded shipping materials.The biggest challenge in the process, says Give Back Box founder Monika Wiela, will be sorting and cleaning all the pieces.Her company will collect the bricks at its facility in Alabama, where workers will then separate out the broken bricks and machine wash the rest.“When you look at the world, you don't see lack of resources, there's only a problem with moving the resources,” says Wiela.
Stephen Curry, along with SC 30, Inc. President Bryant Barr, just announced an investment in Guild Education, which helps Fortune 1000 companies, like Disney and Lowe’s, offer debt-free degrees to their employees.“We pioneered what we call education as a benefit,” Guild Education co-founder and CEO Rachel Carlson told TechCrunch.“We’re the tech platform and network of nonprofit and public universities.We built those things together so that every employee at those companies has access to go back to school with the support of their employer.”Guild Education aligns with Curry’s recently announced nonprofit organization Eat.Play Foundation, Curry told TechCrunch.
Nonprofits employ 10% of the U.S. workforce and generate some $2 trillion in revenue each year and yet, many charitable organizations are still using pen and paper to track their volunteers.Civic Champs, a startup that presented onstage at TechCrunch Disrupt SF, has developed a platform that aims to give non-profits the tech tools they need to better manage volunteers.“The nonprofit market is underserved by technology companies,” co-founder and CTO Mike Jeffery told TechCrunch.The feature will integrate a number of payment options, including Stripe, Apple Pay, and Plaid/Dwolla for ACH donations.The seemingly simple task of checking volunteers into events and tracking their time can take a small nonprofit 10 hours per month to manage, according to the company.Civic Champs co-founder and CEO Geng Wang says their platform can slash that task down to an hour per month.
Locast -- a nonprofit startup that grabs over-the-air channels and streams them free over the internet -- said late Thursday that the four giant US broadcasters' "sham litigation" against it is an antitrust conspiracy to drive it out of business and threaten its supporters.Locast's first official answer to the copyright suit goes beyond simply rejecting the companies' accusations of copyright infringement to accuse them of collusion.Locast said executives at YouTubeTV -- a paid service that streams live TV channels -- met with the Big Four broadcasters suing Locast in April.According to Locast, the YouTube executives were told that if YouTubeTV provided access to Locast, then YouTubeTV would be "punished" by the media giants when YouTube renegotiated the licensing deals allowing its streaming service to carry media giants' cable networks.Disney's ABC, CBS, Fox and Comcast's NBCUniversal sued Locast in July.Representatives for the broadcast networks didn't immediate respond to a message seeking comment.
How would you feel if your product held a top-selling place in a successful e-commerce site?By registering as a seller you can put your product up amongst the likes of million-dollar investment products.Under the guidance of its founder Jeff Bezos, the company has evolved into an online Wallmart, breaking the rules and bounds of an e-commerce business.E-commerce has gained a new direction, all thanks to the Amazon boom in India.The name of your registered business as mentioned with the Government bodies (Registrar of Companies or Local Municipal Authority) is required.In case of Private Limited Company (PLC) or One Person Company (OPC) or Limited Liability Company (LLP) or Section 8 Company (Not-for-Profit company like trust, society or NGO), in all these cases, you need to have your business registered with Registrar of Companies (ROC) which comes under MCA (Ministry of Corporate Affairs)
There is no doubt we love our furry friends in spite of the messes they make.Caring for them brings quite a slew of responsibilities, but we can’t neglect our own need for clean and breathable spaces.Before your pet’s shedding gets out of hand, its best to equip yourself with a competent vacuum.Bissell, a pro-pet company, equips pet parents with just the right cleaning tools for their homes, with the added satisfaction of helping to give rescued pets a home through Bissel’s non-profit organization.Usually priced at $400, Walmart gets it down to $300 with a 25% discount.Not all vacuums are created equal and Bissell simply sets the standard higher with this cordless vac’s ability to transform into a handheld vac for an extended reach.
Facebook wants to remind you that it's still making an impact for charities even as it battles a series of scandals.The social media giant said Thursday that since 2015, its users have raised more than $2 billion on Facebook for the causes they care about.About half of that total comes from fundraising that happens on people's birthdays.The money has helped fund a variety of nonprofits, including those that help children with cancer, feed the hungry or fuel research to cure diseases.Facebook's latest milestone illustrates how social media sites are playing a bigger role in how nonprofits spread the word and raise money for their causes.Still, the amount raised is a small fraction of the amount of charitable giving that happens every year.
People have raised over $2 billion on Facebook to support people and causes that matter to them since the social network’s debut of fundraising tools in August 2015, including some $1 billion from birthday fundraisers alone.The social network reached the $1 billion mark last November.Vice president of product management Naomi Gleit said in a Newsroom post, “By dedicating their special day to a nonprofit organization, people rally their friends and family to support important causes.From birthdays and Giving Tuesday to anytime throughout the year, over 45 million people have donated to or created a fundraiser on Facebook.”She added that the donation stickers for Instagram that debuted in the U.S. in April were recently rolled out in Europe, as well, with 100% of the money raised going to the target organizations, just as with Facebook’s nonprofit fundraisers.Gleit wrote, “Five years ago, many of us drenched ourselves in ice water to raise awareness and money for ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), spurring major developments to fight the disease.
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Come join us at our Serverless Computing London conference this NovemberEvent Serverless Computing London hits Westminster again this November, and if you’re a charity or similar non-profit, we’d love for you to join us.We’ve got 20 conference tickets to give away, on a first come first served basis, for those who qualify.These passes will get you into all the keynotes and conference sessions on November 6 and 7, giving you a great opportunity to hear from an array of incredibly smart people who’ve been doing incredible things with serverless technology.Whether you’re looking to make your first steps into serverless infrastructure, or are looking to supercharge your serverless application development, we can promise you oodles of information, and plenty of time to connect with the speakers and other attendees.All we want from you is proof that you’re from a genuine non-profit organisation, with a genuine interest in benefiting from the topics we’ll be discussing.
HACKENSACK, NJ, September 5, 2019 -- Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD), a nonprofit organization leading the fight to end Duchenne muscular dystrophy (Duchenne), announced that they will co-host the first Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Platform Trial Community Meeting, along with collaborators I-ACT for Children and Critical Path Institute (C-Path) on September 9, 2019 at the Sheraton Silver Spring in Silver Spring, Maryland.More rapid completion of testing and approval of new Duchenne therapiesReduced clinical trial start-up and execution timeEnhanced patient experience, reduced number on placeboPotential for rapidly testing combination therapiesSince 2016, PPMD has been closely examining the potential of a platform trial for Duchenne, including studying the history of this concept in other diseases and having in-depth discussions with clinical trial experts who have developed platform trials.
Twice the body parts, twice the cuteness.A two-headed spotted turtle hatchling was found on Hilton Head Island, S.C. on Wednesday, Fox 46 Charlotte reports.Non-profit Sea Turtle Patrol Hilton Head Island posted the adorable picture to Facebook Wednesday, adding in the caption that although the mutation is more common in reptiles, it's still very rare."We thought we had seen it all during this very busy season on Sea Turtle Patrol!Yesterday on patrol during a nest inventory this bicephalic hatchling was discovered," Sea Turtle Patrol wrote.The organization added that the two-headed baby sea turtle was found during nest inventory.
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