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Grenfell Tower fire: Firms 'knew cladding would fail in fire'

Companies involved in the refurbishment of Grenfell Tower knew a planned cladding system would fail in the event of a fire, emails suggest. The evidence was presented to the public inquiry into the fire at the London high-rise block. The 2017 disaster killed 72 people. The inquiry's second phase, which began on Monday, will look at how the building came to be covered in flammable cladding during its refurbishment between 2012 and 2016. The ... Full story scores $50M Series B to modernize data governance – TechCrunch , a San Jose startup, is working to bring a modern twist to data governance and security. Today the company announced a $50 million Series B led by General Catalyst with participation from Mayfield. The company, which only launched in 2018, reports it has already raised $81 million. What is attracting all of this investment in such a short period of time is that the company is going after a problem that is an increasing pain point ... Full story

72 hours left to save $150 on tickets to TC Sessions: Robotics + AI 2020 – TechCrunch

We’re counting the days (35 to be precise) until TC Sessions: Robotics + AI 2020 takes place on March 3 in Berkeley, Calif. But we’re also counting the days that you can save on the price of admission. The early-bird pricing ends in just three days on January 31. Buy your ticket right here before that bird flies south, and you’ll save $150. This single-day conference features interviews, panel discussions, Q&As and demos with the leaders, ... Full story

A Personal Account Of Apple’s Macintosh​ Launch-36 Years Ago

1st Apple Macintosh (Mac) 128K computer, released January​ 24, 1984 by Steve Jobs (Photo by ... [+] Apic/Getty Images) Getty Images. On January 24, 1984, Apple introduced the Macintosh. That was 36 years ago last Friday, and, with the introduction of the Mac, Apple started on a path that has given them a market value of $1.3 trillion today. I was at the Macintosh launch, and it was an amazing event. I still remember where I sat. Third row back, ... Full story

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Chinese Resident Evil Fans Think This Biotech Company's Logo Looks Familiar

Kotaku East East is your slice of Asian internet culture, bringing you the latest talking points from Japan, Korea, China and beyond. Tune in every morning from 4am to 8am. In Resident Evil , the Umbrella Corporation is an evil biotechnology and pharmaceutical conglomerate. Shanghai Ruilan Bao Hu San Biotech Limited is also in biotechnology and, as Chinese Resident Evil fans point out, has a similar logo. Of course, Capcom’s Umbrella ... Full story

Basketball legend dies in helicopter crash - BBC News

US basketball legend Kobe Bryant was among five people killed in a helicopter crash in the city of Calabasas, California. Bryant, 41, was travelling in a private helicopter when it crashed and burst into flames, according to reports. The five-time NBA champion was widely considered one of the greatest players in the game's history. Tributes from celebrities and fellow sports stars have been pouring in, many expressing shock at his sudden death. ... Full story

Gianna Bryant: Young basketball talent killed alongside father

Image caption Gianna Bryant died alongside her father Kobe Bryant in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California. The 13-year-old daughter of Kobe Bryant was among nine people who were killed in a helicopter crash in California. Like her father, Gianna Bryant was a prodigiously talented basketball player. She also held ambitions of becoming a professional. Her death on Sunday means that aspiration will never be realised. Bryant and Gianna were ... Full story

Passenger plane crashes in Afghanistan

A passenger plane has crashed in eastern Afghanistan, officials have said. The aircraft came down in the Deh Yak district of Ghazni, to the south west of Kabul, a provincial spokesman told local media. The plane crashed and caught fire due to technical reasons, the spokesman said. The plane was initially reported to have belonged to Ariana Airlines but they have now denied this. No details about casualties have been given. This breaking news ... Full story

Filmic’s DoubleTake app brings simultaneous camera shooting to the iPhone 11 – TechCrunch

Filmic had a solid cameo at the iPhone launch event in Cupertino last September. Such an appearance is always a vote of confidence from Apple. In this particular case, the company was most interested in the ways in which the pro-focused camera app maker was planning to harness the iPhone 11 Pro’s triple-camera setup. The feature arrives on the App Store today in the form of DoubleTake. It’s launching as an iOS exclusive tailored specifically to ... Full story