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Mastodon founder rejects investment offers – Business Insider

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The Twitter competitor should remain non-profit. Also: Instacart lowers its valuation to ten billion dollars and Chinese tech companies still rely on the USA.

According to the founder, the microblogging site does not want to make the same mistakes as Twitter.
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Good morning! While you slept, work continued elsewhere in the digital scene.

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mastodona microblogging site that since the Twitter-Take over by Elon Musk Crowded in late October, has turned down more than five investment offers from Silicon Valley venture capital firms in recent months. This is what their founder and CEO said Eugene Rochko the Financial Times. According to the German-*text muted*n software developer, these investors have offered to invest “hundreds of thousands of dollars” to support the site’s rapid growth. Rochko said he turned down all of the offers because he wanted Mastodon to remain a nonprofit. The platform is currently financed by donations. The founder did not disclose which VC companies had made him offers.

The founding scene reported last week that Mastodon was one of the biggest beneficiaries of Elon Musk’s chaotic takeover of Twitter. Sign-ups to the site were nearing 10,000 an hour at the height of the Twitter chaos in November. However, this also appears to have caused performance issues as the servers struggled to cope with the increased traffic. Twitter itself also struggled with an international outage on Wednesday and Thursday. [Mehr bei Financial Times und The Guardian]

on Founder Scene: After the rain of money comes the dry season – is that the sad annual balance sheet for German startups, which were still setting investment records in 2021? Investors are more cautious today due to the uncertain market situation, but there was also 2022 triple-digit million financing. Our editor Maybrit Martschin wrote down for you who got the most money. [Mehr bei Gründerszene+]

And here are the other headlines of the night:

instacart, a US grocery delivery startup that is expected to go public next year, has cut its internal valuation to around $10 billion. The new valuation is 20 percent lower than in October and nearly 75 percent lower than the price quoted last year when investors wanted to buy shares. At that time, the valuation was still 39 billion dollars. [Mehr bei The Information]

pinduoduo and Full Truck Alliance are said to have given up their plans to have their shares listed in Hong Kong. The two Chinese tech companies, whose shares have so far been traded in New York, no longer seem to see the need to hedge against future regulatory conflicts between the US and China. [Mehr bei The Information]

Crypto News: Kraken will cease operations in Japan next month. The move by the San Francisco-based crypto exchange is another sign of consolidation in the struggling industry. It’s the second time Kraken exits the Japanese market. The first time was in 2018. Kraken then tried again in 2020. [Mehr bei CNBC]

The insolvent crypto exchange FTX has used $200 million in client funds to invest in two companies, according to the US Securities and Exchange Commission. $100 million poured in dave, a fintech company that went public through a special purpose vehicle two months earlier. At the time of the deal, the companies said they would “work together to expand the digital asset ecosystem.” The second deal was an investment round for Mysten Labs, a Web3 company. FTX clients, meanwhile, have filed a class action lawsuit to assert their claims over the firm’s dwindling assets. [Mehr bei CNBC und Reuters]

Galaxy Digital has agreed the Bitcoin-Mining area Helios from Argo Blockchain to take over for 65 million US dollars. New York-based Galaxy will also provide Argo with a $35 million loan. Not only will the deal grow Galaxy’s mining operations, it will also help British company Argo avoid impending bankruptcy. [Mehr bei Techcrunch]

Our reading tip on Gründerszene: 250,000 euros and more: Five headhunters report what is currently being paid in startups and companies in the digital industry – from beginners to CEOs. [Mehr bei Gründerszene+]

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Routers with top WiFi: The best devices with fast WiFi 6

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The wireless standard IEEE 802.11ax, which is often simply called WLAN 6, WLAN ax or Wi-Fi 6, is in principle not that new, as the first devices came onto the market as early as 2019. However, Wi-Fi 6 is only now starting to become widespread enough to make an upgrade worthwhile. So far, there have simply been too few remote stations (clients) that could benefit from a fast WLAN 6 router.

In the meantime, however, almost every mid-range smartphone offers the wireless standard, as do notebooks and high-quality tablets. And even older PCs and laptops could be connected to the WLAN 6 network inexpensively using an adapter.
In the list below, we show you the five best Wi-Fi 6 routers sorted according to the measured practical performance in the WLAN 6 network (Practical conditions, average, measured with the Asus PCE-AX58BT). You can find all of the routers in the test in our full leaderboard.
If, on the other hand, you want to know what Wi-Fi 6 actually is and why it offers a clear advantage over Wi-Fi 5, you should take a look at our practical tip.
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Tactical Foodpack: Food for the next hike or as an emergency ration

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Who longer trips or multi-day hikes in nature undertakes, may have already tried trekking food. With the mostly freeze-dried meal, the most important thing is to supply the body with energy. The food packets are therefore often rich in fats, carbohydrates and proteins.

The advantages over the well-known reserve cans clearly outweigh the disadvantages: on the one hand, the packs are space-saving and can be folded again in many cases. In addition, they are significantly lighter and are therefore also suitable for transport over longer distances. In the meantime, there are also rations for a wide range of requirements: Hearty main meals with fish, meat, without meat or even vegan, sweet desserts, breakfast or small snacks in between. Depending on the manufacturer and storage, the packs even last for several years and are therefore also suitable as emergency rations.

What you should note, however: Like instant food, freeze-dried products are prepared with hot or boiling water. The packs alone are not enough for a full meal. Cans, on the other hand, can sometimes be eaten cold in an emergency. Apart from that, you should follow the recommendations of the Federal Office for Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance for real emergency situations. Here we show you what you should always have at home. One difference between trekking and crisis food, for example, is that the trekking products should not only be nutritious but also tasty.

We present popular trekking food in the following table:

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Perfect for weight loss: you can also enjoy potatoes and pasta

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Starch from pasta is one of the complex carbohydrates – and one of the real fatteners. For example, those who are on a diet are happy to do without it. This is only partially true, because even if you want to lose some weight, you can still rely on pasta – but you should pay attention to a trick. It sounds surprising, but it’s true: when pasta gets cold, it has fewer calories. This also applies to potatoes, rice and other starchy foods.

Of course, it is not enough to lose weight just to rely on potatoes, pasta and Co. from the day before. In any case, these foods from the day before can help to lose weight in the long term. The reason: when cooked pasta cools, some of the starch it contains becomes indigestible. Consequently, they also provide no calories. The pasta from the day before contains about ten percent less digestible starch than freshly cooked pasta. This also applies if you heat them up again and fry the noodles, for example. However, the process takes about twelve to 24 hours, so you should let the noodles rest for that long – preferably in the refrigerator, so that no unwanted bacteria can settle.

Briefly explained: What is resistant starch?

Starch is one of the carbohydrates and is the most important nutritional and reserve carbohydrate in many foods. Briefly explained, it is a natural polysaccharide that is found in pasta, potatoes and cereals, among other things.

When these starchy foods cool down, resistant starch is produced as a degradation product. The indigestible starch becomes a type of fiber as it passes through the small intestine without being utilized. In the body, resistant starch behaves in a similar way to dietary fiber. Dietary fiber keeps you full for longer due to its indigestible or resistant starch.

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