Whatsapp Apple offers support for in-app payments, updates the MacBook Pro and Mac Pro desktops, and we’re arguing about the future of the start hubs.
Here is your daily crisis for June 15, 2020.
1. WhatsApp is finally starting payments, starting in Brazil
After months of talking and trying, WhatsApp finally pulled the trigger for payments. Brazil users can be the first to send and receive money via Facebook Pay using the messaging app.
According to WhatsApp, the payment service, which is currently free for consumers, comes with a 3.99% processing fee for companies that receive payments, via a six-digit PIN or a fingerprint to complete transactions.
2. Apple adds a new MacBook Pro graphics option and a Mac Pro SSD upgrade kit
A week before the launch of WWDC, Apple introduced two upgrades for its pro-level hardware lines. Both the 16-inch MacBook Pro and the Mac Pro desktop are getting selected internal upgrades starting today.
3. 3 perspectives on the future of SF and NYC as startup hubs
Three ProWellTech authors address one of the big questions for the future: Will technology continue to be centralized in hubs like San Francisco and New York City, or will remote work and all other second-order effects lead to a more decentralized startup ecosystem? (Additional crunch membership required.)
4. The privately developed MOMO-5 rocket from Interstellar Technologies does not reach space
The company started a vehicle for the first time in 2017, but the launch didn’t go exactly as planned and didn’t reach space. In 2019, the MOMO-3 missile broke through the Karman line, albeit barely, and unfortunately the MOMO-5 missile fired at the weekend didn’t make room as planned.
5. With The Exchange, you immerse yourself in private markets every day
The stock exchange is Alex Wilhelm’s regular insight into the financial side of the startup world and how public markets exert the gravity (or lift) of private companies. These topics may seem familiar to Daily Crunch readers as we are linked to many pieces by Alex, but now it is an official column with an official name.
6. Tesla’s Model 3 made in the USA is now equipped with wireless charging and USB-C ports
Tesla Model 3 vehicles manufactured at the Fremont, California facility will reportedly come with a wireless charging pad and USB-C ports as standard. These upgrades were first discovered by Drive Tesla Canada.
7. This week’s ProWellTech podcasts
The latest full-length equity episode discusses Facebook’s new startup venture fund, while the Monday news summary highlights the latest issues at Quibi. Over at Original Content, we’re looking at the latest season of “Queer Eye”.
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