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Google Is Pushing Zoom Out Of Gmail By Default Starting Today

Google is pushing its Zoom competitor, Google Meet, on as default in Gmail calendar invites November 16th, but notifying users that they can make this feature live now. November 16th the switch is flicked for them. The new setting will be on by default for all organizations from today. The aggressive move is probably why some big Zoom news is coming out later today.

Google is seeing more than 100m users use Google Meet a day and adding about 3m users a day on top of that. A lot less than Zoom’s +500m but with more than 1.5 billion Gmail users that figure can shift fast. Default from November 16th, users are being urged to change the settings in an email sent to Gsuite users, the move will be on 100% by November 16th.

How to set Google Meet as your default videoconferencing tool now:

Go to Apps > GSuite > Calendar > Sharing Settings > Video conferencing and look for ‘“Make Google Meet the default video conferencing provider’

Google says it is introducing this new setting to ‘…provide you with better tools to encourage Google Meet usage within your organization, given that it is included in your Google Workspace license.” The email also contained a subtle sting about costs; “[changing Google Meet to default]…now makes it possible to nudge users to create Google Meet conferences instead of other conferencing solutions that may incur additional IT costs.” Google Meet

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10 things in tech you need to know today

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a group of people standing in front of a store: Fortnite parodied Apple's famous 1984 ad Epic Games

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Fortnite parodied Apple’s famous 1984 ad Epic Games

  1. A judge ruled Apple doesn’t have to bring Epic Games’ ‘Fortnite’ back to the iPhone App Store. Epic sued Apple in August over allegations of anticompetitive behavior.
  2. 60 employees voluntarily resigned from Coinbase over its new ‘apolitical’ policy. Tensions came to a head in a company-wide meeting when employees demanded CEO Brian Armstrong say the words “Black lives matter”. 
  3. Peloton removed QAnon hashtags from its platform as tech companies continued to grapple with the conspiracy theory movement. “Peloton was built on community, inclusivity, and being the best version of yourself,” a spokesperson said.
  4. Leaked audio revealed Google CEO Sundar Pichai saying he plans to expand ‘hub’ offices for a more flexible working future. Pichai said Google would expand the number of offices it considers “hubs” so that Googlers will have “more choice in their lives.”
  5. Strict Facebook NDAs reveal how the company bars some of its ad agencies from speaking about it – and even confirming public information. The broad language shows how Facebook wields its massive power over the ad industry.
  6. Jeff Bezos has bet on a self-driving startup run by former heads of Google, Tesla, and Uber’s AV projects. Mark Norman, a partner at Fraser McCombs Capital, said he has “deep respect” for the Aurora team.
  7. Twilio is reportedly getting ready to acquire data startup Segment for $3.2 billion. Segment was last valued at $1.5 billion in an April 2019 funding round, and counts Accel, Y Combinator, and Alphabet’s GV (formerly Google Ventures) among its investors.
  8. An Arm president said the chip design company’s clients shouldn’t worry about the $40 billion Nvidia
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Everything We Know About AMD’s Ryzen 5000 Zen 3 Announcement Today

We’re just hours away from AMD’s Dr Lisa Su taking to the stage at 09:00 PST/18:00 CET/17:00 BST to detail the company’s highly-anticipated Zen 3 architecture. Here’s what we can expect ahead of the announcement, which you can watch here.

What is Zen 3?

Zen 3 is the successor to Zen 2, which is currently making up the majority of AMD’s Ryzen 3000 or 3rd Gen Ryzen CPUs. It saw a huge leap over Zen+ and really closed the gap between it and Intel in games, and extended leads elsewhere. It’s expected to remain a 7nm architecture, which AMD introduced with Zen 2 last year, but various leaks and rumors point at some significant performance gains in a number of areas.

TSMC’s enhanced 7nm process node

One area AMD really has an advantage is lithography and its 7nm CPUs have proven to be very power frugal, easily cramming 16 cores into the likes of the Ryzen 9 3950X and cooling it with modest hardware as well as drawing low amounts of power compared to Intel’s 14 and 18-core CPUs. The process has been refined so announcements that Zen 3 CPUs will offer lower still power draw or higher frequencies or perhaps a bit of both are widely expected, adding to AMD’s advantage in this area.

IPC and latency improvements

AMD has already dropped numerous hints here but the clearest is that we’ll see something you’d expect from an entirely new architecture. This could signal 10-15 percent improvement in IPC, which will undoubtedly mean more performance in areas such as content creation but also gaming, where Intel still pips AMD to the post in numerous titles. Latency is also expected to be cut, perhaps by creating higher core-count core complexes and unifying

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Here’s what’s happening today at TC Sessions: Mobility 2020

Mobility enthusiasts from around the world, welcome to Day One of TC Sessions: Mobility 2020! Get ready for two days of programming dedicated to the people and technology behind the transformation of transportation.

Mobility’s a rapidly evolving revolution, and we’re thrilled to have the community’s best founders, investors and technologists standing by ready to help you build your startup, expand your portfolio or take your career to the next level.

Ready to get your mobility mojo moving? Here’s a brief taste of today’s events — speakers, interviews and breakout sessions. Visit the TC Sessions: Mobility agenda, plan your day and don’t forget about the world-class networking — we built time for it into the schedule. Opportunity’s pounding on the door…fling it open, people!

Timing is everything: Check the agenda for exact times. It will automatically reflect the time zone in which you’re currently located. Okay, let’s get to the good stuff.

If autonomous vehicles drive you wild, don’t miss the conversation with Waymo COO Tekedra Mawakana. She’ll talk about plans for scaling the company’s commercial deployment, directing fleet operations and developing its business path (Main stage).

Not much happens in tech without serious cash infusions. Cue leading VCs Reilly Brennan, Amy Gu and Olaf Sakkers and get ready for a great debate — the uncertain future of mobility tech and whether VC dollars are enough to push the industry forward (Main stage).

Investing’s a hot issue that generates lots of questions. Ask yours during the interactive Q&A Session with Reilly Brennan, Amy Gu and Olaf Sakkers (Breakout).

Micromobility’s a big topic, and an even bigger industry. What opportunities exist in a saturated market? Find out during a discussion with Danielle Harris, director of mobility innovation at Elemental Excelerator; Dmitry Shevelenko, founder at Tortoise; and Avra van der Zee, head

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Watch live today! SpaceX to launch 60 Starlink internet satellites

a plane sitting on top of a grass covered field: A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying 60 Starlink internet satellites stands atop Pad 39A of NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida during a Sept. 28, 2020 launch attempt.

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A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying 60 Starlink internet satellites stands atop Pad 39A of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida during a Sept. 28, 2020 launch attempt.

SpaceX will launch 60 new Starlink internet satellites Tuesday (Oct. 6) in the company’s 13th mission dedicated to the space-based broadband megaconstellation and you can watch the launch live here. Liftoff is set for 7:29 a.m. EDT (1129 GMT)

A veteran Falcon 9 rocket will launch the mission, referred to as Starlink 12, from the historic Pad 39A of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. SpaceX typically begins launch webcasts 10 minutes before liftoff. 

You can watch the launch directly from SpaceX here.

The Falcon 9 rocket for this mission has launched twice before. On May 30, it launched the Demo-2 astronaut mission for NASA and the South Korean military satellite ANASIS-II in July.

SpaceX is targeting Thursday, October 1 at 9:17 a.m. EDT for a Falcon 9 launch of 60 Starlink satellites from Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Falcon 9’s first stage previously supported launch of Crew Dragon’s first flight to the International Space Station with NASA astronauts onboard and the ANASIS-II mission. Following stage separation, SpaceX will land Falcon 9’s first stage on the “Of Course I Still Love You” droneship, which will be stationed in the Atlantic Ocean. One of Falcon 9’s fairing halves supported two previous Starlink launches.

The Starlink satellites will deploy approximately 1 hour and 1 minute after liftoff.

If you would like to receive updates on Starlink news and service availability in your area, please visit starlink.com.

Delayed: SpaceX GPS satellite launch for US Space Force

Update for 9:57 p.m. EDT, Oct. 2: The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the GPS III SV04