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April 21, 2021, 6:45 PM
 

April 21, 2021

6:40 PM  •
David McLaughlin / Bloomberg:  During Senate hearing, Spotify and Match said Apple abuses its power over app developers, leveraging its user base; Spotify said the goal is to hurt rivals
5:20 PM  •
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:  Twitter rolls out the option to upload and view 4K images on Android and iOS to all users, after testing the feature earlier this year
4:30 PM  •
Ryan Tracy / Wall Street Journal:  FTC nominee Lina Khan appeared on track to be confirmed after she signaled support for an aggressive approach to Big Tech during her hearing
4:20 PM  •
Ari Levy / CNBC:  UiPath closes at $69 on its debut, valuing the company at $35.8B, after pricing shares at $56 and raising $1.34B
3:50 PM  •
Ben Thompson / Stratechery:  Unlike Apple's App Store IAPs and subscriptions, Podcast Subscriptions competes with other podcast players and ways to consume premium feeds in the Podcasts app
3:10 PM  •
Juli Clover / MacRumors:  Files from REvil, which is extorting Apple supplier Quanta, appear to confirm new MacBook Pros with MagSafe, USB-C, HDMI, SD card slot, and no Touch Bar
2:30 PM  •
Senate Judiciary Subcommittee:  Recording of the Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing to examine competition in app stores, with testimony from Apple, Google, Spotify, Tile, and others
2:25 PM  •
Craig Welch / National Geographic:  An in-depth look at Project CETI, a research effort that seeks to use AI to understand the vocalizations of sperm whales off the coast of Dominica
2:10 PM  •
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:  Collaborative design service Figma launches whiteboarding tool FigJam and adds voice chat to all of its products
2:05 PM  •
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / VICE:  Signal's CEO says he analyzed a Cellebrite device, used to extract data from phones, that fell off a truck, and it is full of easily exploitable security flaws
1:35 PM  •
Bloomberg:  Sources: Google's Ethical AI group was in turmoil long before the ouster of Gebru and Mitchell, after friction over handling of harassment and bias allegations
1:30 PM  •
Heather Somerville / Wall Street Journal:  PitchBook: US startups raised $69B in Q1 2021, up 41% from the previous record in Q4 2018, as the average late stage valuation tripled to $1.6B from last year
1:05 PM  •
Evelyn Douek / The Atlantic:  Facebook's recent steps to curb toxic content in Minneapolis following Derek Chauvin's trial raises the question of why the company doesn't do so all the time
12:55 PM  •
Filipe Espósito / 9to5Mac:  Apple Support article says lost AirTags will be readable by any NFC-enabled device, including Android devices, when in Lost Mode
12:40 PM  •
Tim Culpan / Bloomberg:  Charts show TSMC's challenges: unstable output, need for more debt, higher costs hurting margins, foreign currency swings, droughts, and more
12:15 PM  •
Tom Warren / The Verge:  Google announces updates to Meet, rolling out next month on desktop, including a new UI, improved presentation features, and background replacement
12:05 PM  •
Christine Hall / Crunchbase News:  Welcome Tech, which offers digital tools for immigrants to navigate financial and other services in the US, raises $35M Series B, bringing total raised to $50M
11:55 AM  •
Ronan Shields / Adweek:  Outbrain confidentially files for an IPO, seeking a $2B valuation, after the abandonment of its earlier attempted merger with rival Taboola
11:50 AM  •
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:  Aisera, which helps companies automate operations across IT, sales, and customer service, raises $40M Series C, bringing its total raised to $90M
11:40 AM  •
Joseph Cox / VICE:  Bipartisan lawmakers introduce Fourth Amendment Is Not For Sale Act to address police surveillance, including banning warrantless location data purchases
11:00 AM  •
Dustin Volz / Wall Street Journal:  Internal memo: DOJ has formed a taskforce to combat the proliferation of ransomware attacks, targeting the entire ecosystem with prosecutions and more
10:50 AM  •
Jason Snell / Macworld:  The new iPads have great hardware, led by M1 and mini-LED, but iPadOS lacks proper second display support and pro apps like Final Cut Pro, Xcode, and Logic Pro
10:25 AM  •
Wall Street Journal:  Researchers: fraudsters spoofed an average of 650M online ad placements per day by infecting ~1M mobile devices with software that mimicked streaming apps
10:20 AM  •
Gillian Tan / Bloomberg:  Mavenir, which makes tools for 250+ wireless service providers in 120+ countries, raises $500M from Koch Strategic Platforms for a minority stake
10:10 AM  •
Sami Fathi / MacRumors:  Tim Cook says Apple is now selling more M1 Macs than Intel-based models, despite them only being released in November
9:55 AM  •
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:  RapidAPI, an API marketplace that covers everything from file storage to COVID-19 statistics, raises $60M Series C led by Green Bay Ventures
9:50 AM  •
Matt Novak / Gizmodo:  Amazon brings its palm reader payment system to a Whole Foods location in Seattle and will roll it out to seven more stores in the coming months
9:45 AM  •
Chris O'Brien / VentureBeat:  Hive, which offers cloud-hosted machine learning models that interpret unstructured data, raises $85M over two rounds at a $2B valuation
9:40 AM  •
Katie Roof / Bloomberg:  Deel, which helps companies comply with local hiring laws around the world, raises $156M at a $1.25B valuation, up from $225M last year
9:35 AM  •
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:  AppOmni, which offers SaaS app management and security tools, raises $40M Series B led by Scale Venture Partners, bringing its total raised to $53M+
9:30 AM  •
Duncan Riley / SiliconANGLE:  Perception Point, which offers interception of content-based attacks in collaboration channels like email, raises $28M Series B, bringing total raised to $38M
9:25 AM  •
Deena Shanker / Bloomberg:  Misfits Market, an online grocer specializing in delivering food that would otherwise be wasted, raises $200M Series C, source says at a $1.1B valuation
9:20 AM  •
Alina Tugend / New York Times:  Researchers and therapists say VR has shown great promise for physical and occupational therapy, including pain management and relieving PTSD
9:00 AM  •
Matthew Leising / Bloomberg:  Digital Asset Holdings, which develops blockchain-based apps for banks and other businesses, raises $120M from 7Ridge and Eldridge
8:50 AM  •
Wall Street Journal:  EU proposes strict AI rules, regulating “high-risk” uses such as loan applications, with noncompliant companies to be fined up to 6% of annual global revenues
8:40 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  ActiveCampaign, which helps businesses automate email marketing, CRM, and ad campaigns, raises $240M Series C led by Tiger Global at a $3B+ valuation
8:15 AM  •
Sean Hollister / The Verge:  How Kosta Eleftheriou became a one-man App Store fraud squad, by looking for top grossing apps with fake user reviews and ridiculously high subscription prices
7:45 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Belgium-based Deliverect, which helps restaurants manage orders from various delivery services in one app, raises $65M, bringing its total raised to $90M
7:30 AM  •
Haroon Siddique / The Guardian:  Former children's commissioner for England sues TikTok, alleging that it illegally collects the personal info of child users because “kids can't give consent”
7:10 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Instagram is rolling out tools to filter out abusive DMs based on keywords and emojis, and to block users along with any new accounts they may create
6:00 AM  •
Stack Overflow Blog:  Stack Overflow: 25% of its visitors copy text within 5 minutes of hitting one of its pages and 40.6M copies were made across 7.3M posts from March 26 to April 9
4:40 AM  •
Anna Kramer / Protocol:  Google data center contractors say they sign up for two year contracts, but to keep the same job they are required to leave for six months before reapplying
2:35 AM  •
Rita Liao / TechCrunch:  Beijing-based Laiye, which develops robotic process automation software, raises $50M Series C+

April 20, 2021

11:20 PM  •
Joseph Cox / VICE:  Facebook said a vulnerability that let attackers find a Facebook profile given an email address was still active after being “erroneously closed out”
10:35 PM  •
Rebecca Szkutak / Forbes:  Archipelago, an AI-driven data analytics company focused on commercial property risk management, raises $34M Series B led by Scale Venture Partners
9:20 PM  •
Tom Warren / The Verge:  Microsoft introduces new settings in Outlook to allow breaks between back-to-back meetings after its own research showed that “digital overload is real”
8:05 PM  •
Bloomberg:  Sources: UiPath priced its IPO at $56 per share, above its target range, raising $1.3B and giving it a $29B valuation
7:45 PM  •
Abner Li / 9to5Google:  Google says it will audit WebView and implement a WebView “Safe Mode” after a bug impacting WebView and Chrome caused many Android apps to crash last month
7:00 PM  •
Catalin Cimpanu / The Record:  REvil ransomware gang says it has hacked Apple contractor Quanta Computer; source says it's demanding $50M ransom or it will leak more Apple product schematics
6:50 PM  •
Jon Porter / The Verge:  Apple's new Siri Remote will be sold separately from the new Apple TV 4K for $59 and is backwards compatible with previous Apple TV 4Ks and Apple TV HD
6:00 PM  •
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:  French startup BlaBlaCar, known for its long distance carpooling marketplace, raises $115M led by VNV Global and has added a bus marketplace
5:35 PM  •
Juli Clover / MacRumors:  Apple tells developers that on April 26 all iPhone, iPad, and Watch apps submitted to the App Store must adhere to Apple's App Tracking Transparency rules
4:50 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Ahead of its congressional testimony, Tile shares concerns of unfair competition regarding AirTag, which is tightly integrated with Apple's Find My network
4:20 PM  •
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:  Cerebras Systems launches the Wafer Scale Engine 2 processor for supercomputing with 2.6T transistors and 850K AI-optimized cores, made with a 7nm process
4:13 PM  •
Netflix - Investors:  Netflix reports Q1 revenue of $7.16B, up 24% YoY, and 208M paid memberships, up 14% YoY but below its forecast of 210M; stock down 8%+
3:35 PM  •
David Katzmaier / CNET:  12.9" iPad Pro's mini-LED display features 1.6K nits peak brightness, 1K nits full-screen brightness, and 2,596 local dimming zones for a 1M-to-1 contrast ratio
3:10 PM  •
Bloomberg:  Sources: Discord has ended talks to sell itself, including rejecting a $12B bid from Microsoft, as it resumes planning for a potential IPO
3:05 PM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Apple debuts Apple Card Family to let spouses build credit together and extend access to family members over 13, with optional controls, coming to US in May
3:00 PM  •
Peter Kafka / Vox:  Apple will take a 30% cut of revenue generated through Podcasts Subscriptions, dropping to 15% after a year; pricing options start at 49 cents a month in the US
2:50 PM  •
Issie Lapowsky / Protocol:  FTC warns companies over “the sale or use of ... racially biased algorithms”, which could violate federal laws, including the fair credit acts FCRA and ECOA
2:30 PM  •
Michael Potuck / 9to5Mac:  Apple announces accessories for the M1 iMac, including a Magic Keyboard with Touch ID, Magic Mouse, and Magic Trackpad, all available in seven color options
2:15 PM  •
Apple:  Apple says the updated M1 iPad Pro starts at $799 for the 11-inch and $1,099 for the 12.9-inch; pre-orders open April 30, shipping in second half of May
2:10 PM  •
Zac Hall / 9to5Mac:  Apple says iOS 14.5 is coming to iPhone and iPad “next week” with app tracking protections, new Siri voices, redesigned Podcasts, and more
1:55 PM  •
Ben Lovejoy / 9to5Mac:  Apple unveils AirTag accessories that cost more than the device itself, including an AirTag Hermès line starting at $299 with handcrafted leather holders
1:50 PM  •
Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:  Apple updates 11" and 12.9" iPad Pros with M1, 8-core GPU, Thunderbolt, up to 2TB storage, 5G, 1080p FaceTime HD camera, and a mini-LED screen on 12.9" model
1:44 PM  •
Apple:  iMac with M1 starts at $1,299 for 8-core CPU/7-core GPU in four colors and $1,499 for 8-core GPU in seven colors with Touch ID keyboard, shipping late May
1:33 PM  •
Hartley Charlton / MacRumors:  Apple updates iMac with M1, slimmer design with two small fans, seven colors, 1080p webcam, six speakers, beamforming three-mic array, and 24-inch 4.5K display
1:30 PM  •
Wall Street Journal:  Discord Ends Deal Talks With Microsoft
1:25 PM  •
Dan Seifert / The Verge:  Apple refreshes Apple TV 4K with A12 Bionic, high frame rate HDR video, revamped remote with new click pad and buttons, coming in May for $179 and $199
1:17 PM  •
Filipe Espósito / 9to5Mac:  Apple officially announces Apple Card Family for sharing with family members
1:13 PM  •
Tom Warren / The Verge:  Apple officially launches AirTag, an item tracker that works with Apple's Find My app, with one unit for $29 and four units for $99, launching April 30
1:13 PM  •
Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:  Apple announces a purple iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini, arriving on April 30 with pre-orders starting on Friday
1:10 PM  •
Zac Hall / 9to5Mac:  Apple announces Podcasts Subscriptions for new premium and ad free content and a new Podcasts app design with channels, launching next month in 170 regions
12:57 PM  •
Apple:  Livestream of Apple's “Spring Loaded” event
12:53 PM  •
The Verge:  Spring Loaded live blog: Apple announces new iPad Pro models, iMac, AirTag, new TV 4K, new remote, Podcasts Subscriptions, purple iPhone 12 models, Card Family
12:40 PM  •
Dan Taylor / Tech.eu:  DataRails, which offers financial planning and analysis tools that integrate with Excel, raises $18.5M Series A, bringing its total raised to $28.5M
12:33 PM  •
Benjamin Powers / CoinDesk:  Aleo, a data privacy service for app developers that leverages a cryptographic technique known as zero-knowledge proofs, raises $28M led by a16z
12:22 PM  •
Michael McSweeney / The Block:  Andreessen Horowitz leads $28 million round for zero-knowledge private applications platform
12:10 PM  •
Reuters:  FireEye and networking company Pulse Secure say two China-linked hacking groups used a flaw in its VPN devices to target customers in the US defense industry
12:00 PM  •
Adam Janofsky / The Record:  Biden launches a 100-day plan to boost electric utilities' cybersecurity; officials say more cyber initiatives for other key infrastructure sectors will follow
11:30 AM  •
Wall Street Journal:  An in-depth look at the reasons behind the chip shortage, including a focus on higher-margin, cutting-edge chips, and stockpiling due to US-China trade tensions
11:00 AM  •
Janko Roettgers / Protocol:  Q&A with Magic Leap CEO on its enterprise pivot and Magic Leap 2, 50% smaller and 20% lighter than its last AR headset, coming Q4 via an early adopter program
10:40 AM  •
Zac Bowden / Windows Central:  Sources: Microsoft is revamping its Store app on Windows 10 and will let devs submit unpackaged Win32 apps, use third-party commerce platforms in apps, and more
10:30 AM  •
Sohini Podder / Reuters:  Classy, which builds fundraising software for non-profit institutions, raises $118M led by Norwest Venture Partners
10:00 AM  •
Linda Sui / Strategy Analytics:  Strategy Analytics: global smartphone shipments rose to 340M units in Q1 2021, up 24% YoY, representing the highest growth since 2015
9:55 AM  •
Patience Haggin / Wall Street Journal:  Daily Mail owner files antitrust suit against Google alleging it punishes publishers in search if they don't sell enough ad space through Google's marketplace
9:45 AM  •
Natasha Mascarenhas / TechCrunch:  Clearbanc, which provides capital to e-commerce companies for a share of their revenue, rebrands as Clearco, and raises $100M Series C at a $2B valuation
9:35 AM  •
Charlie Osborne / ZDNet:  Internal Facebook emails, accidentally sent to a journalist, show its “long-term strategy” for data scraping incidents, framing it as a “broad industry issue”
9:30 AM  •
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:  Era Software, which created EraDB to help enterprises manage hyperscale, cloud-native workloads, raises $15.25M led by Playground Global
9:25 AM  •
Ron Miller / TechCrunch:  Cape Privacy, which helps companies share sensitive data in a secure and encrypted way, raises $20M Series A led by Evolution Equity Partners
9:20 AM  •
Nikkei Asia:  Taiwan's leading DRAM maker Nanya Technology announces plans to build a $10B chip plant to alleviate global chip shortage and capture demand for 5G components
9:10 AM  •
Monica Chin / The Verge:  Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 (15-inch) review: big performance gains, excellent battery life, and very light, but not many ports and no Thunderbolt support
9:05 AM  •
New York Times:  Governments around the world are moving to limit the power of tech companies with an urgency and breadth that no single industry has experienced before
9:00 AM  •
Mary Ann Azevedo / TechCrunch:  Mantl, which helps customers open accounts digitally at community banks and credit unions, raises $40M Series B led by CapitalG
8:55 AM  •
Ryan Browne / CNBC:  Source: Facebook-backed Diem is aiming to launch a pilot with a single stablecoin pegged to the US dollar later this year
8:45 AM  •
Catherine Shu / TechCrunch:  Octopus Deploy, which develops a deployment automation tool, raises $172.5M from Insight Partners
8:40 AM  •
Saqib Shah / Engadget:  Amazon is opening a hair salon in London, where customers can try on virtual hair colors using an AR color bar and shop beauty products using QR codes
8:20 AM  •
Joanna Ossinger / Bloomberg:  Dogecoin rose ~10% in the past 24 hours driven by the #DogeDay hashtag for 4/20; it jumped 400%+ in the past week and now has a market cap of $53B+
8:10 AM  •
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:  Chargebee, which helps enterprises with billing, subscriptions, revenue operations, and compliance, raises $125M at a $1.4B valuation
7:55 AM  •
Alexander Osipovich / Wall Street Journal:  Binance hires Brian Brooks as CEO, starting May 1; he was previously acting head of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency under the Trump administration
7:50 AM  •
Mitchell Clark / The Verge:  Nextdoor is introducing an anti-racism notification, which asks users to reconsider posting content if the app thinks it may be offensive
7:40 AM  •
Avaaz:  Research: 56% of fact-checked COVID-19 misinformation content in major non-English European languages is not acted upon by Facebook
7:35 AM  •
John Seabrook / New Yorker:  As NYC selects Bird, Lime, and Veo for its e-scooter pilot program, a look at why NYC is seen as an invaluable proving ground for the scooter-sharing concept
7:20 AM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Venmo adds support for buying, holding, and selling four types of cryptocurrencies: Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, and Bitcoin Cash
6:30 AM  •
Ed Caesar / New Yorker:  An in-depth look at North Korea's extensive and expanding hacking operations, almost always focused on generating revenue for the closed-off country
5:55 AM  •
Kit Gillet / Sifted:  Bucharest-based FintechOS, which helps digitize legacy banks and insurers, raises €51M Series B led by Draper Esprit
4:35 AM  •
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:  European on-demand scooter service Dott raises $85M Series B in a mix of equity and debt financing, led by Belgium-based investment company Sofina
2:50 AM  •
Rachel Levin / Outside Online:  As a disproportionate number of people who purchased homes in Tahoe in 2020 were tech employees from the Bay Area, locals worry about “Aspenification of Tahoe”
1:45 AM  •
Arjun Kharpal / CNBC:  PayPal to launch a local wallet in China focused on cross-border payments; PayPal is the first foreign firm with 100% ownership of a payments platform in China
12:45 AM  •
E.B. Solomont / The Real Deal New York:  Boston-based HqO, which offers a SaaS platform to connect office buildings' tenant-facing tech and amenities, raises $60M Series C

April 19, 2021

11:35 PM  •
Liz Lee / Reuters:  Microsoft to establish its first data center region in Malaysia as part of its Bersama Malaysia initiative, which aims to skill 1M Malaysians by the end of 2023
8:36 PM  •
Joe Walsh / Forbes:  Project Veritas founder James O'Keefe, whose account Twitter blocked last week, sues Twitter in NY accusing the company of “false and defamatory” statements
8:20 PM  •
Kat Tenbarge / Insider:  YouTube says it has temporarily demonetized James Charles' channel, which has 25.5M+ subscribers, after 15+ sexual misconduct accusations from men and boys
7:40 PM  •
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:  Payhawk, a SaaS startup helping businesses issue corporate cards, manage invoices, and track payments, raises a $20M round led by QED Investors
6:50 PM  •
Sean Burch / The Wrap:  Sensor Tower: Clubhouse was downloaded 2.7M times in March, a 72% decline from February's 9.5M+
5:30 PM  •
Dustin Volz / Wall Street Journal:  President Biden's decision to punish Russia for the SolarWinds hack broke with years of US foreign policy that tolerated cyber espionage
5:20 PM  •
Cameron Faulkner / The Verge:  Fitbit unveils Luxe, a $150 fashion-focused fitness tracker coming this spring with a wide range of bands, up to 5 days of battery life, and an OLED touchscreen
4:30 PM  •
Jordan Novet / CNBC:  IBM reports Q1 revenue of $17.73B, up 1% YoY, vs. $17.35B est., after four quarters of declines; total cloud revenue was $6.5B, up 21% YoY, Red Hat was up 17%
4:20 PM  •
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:  Geico, the 2nd-largest US auto insurer, says hackers could steal customer driver's license numbers from its site from Jan. 21 through March 1; bug now patched
3:10 PM  •
Catalin Cimpanu / The Record:  Researchers find a malvertising operation nicknamed Tag Barnakle has breached 120+ ad servers in the past year, potentially pushing malicious ads to 100M+ users
2:40 PM  •
About Facebook:  Facebook says it will start testing Live Audio Rooms in Groups and expects to roll out the feature to everyone on the Facebook app by the summer
2:10 PM  •
Salvador Rodriguez / CNBC:  Zuckerberg says Facebook is working with Spotify on a music integration project codenamed Project Boombox
2:00 PM  •
Sara Fischer / Axios:  Zuckerberg says Facebook is planning a short-form audio product called Soundbites, a podcast discovery tool, and more audio products for the next 3 to 6 months
1:15 PM  •
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:  Sony backtracks on removing PS3 and Vita digital stores, saying it was “the wrong decision”; PSP store will still shut down on July 2
12:25 PM  •
Jay Peters / The Verge:  Reddit shares a preview of Reddit Talk, a Clubhouse-like social audio feature for subreddits coming to iOS and Android; moderators can join a waitlist to try it
11:50 AM  •
Amy Lewin / Sifted:  Alan, a health insurance company with 155K members using its “healthcare super app” in France, Belgium, Spain, raises €185M led by Coatue at a €1.4B valuation
11:25 AM  •
Katie Jennings / Forbes:  Virta, a telehealth startup that helps people manage diabetes with frequent monitoring and dietary counseling, raises $133M Series E, valuing the startup at $2B
11:00 AM  •
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:  Mastercard says it will buy digital identity verification company Ekata for $850M
10:55 AM  •
Paresh Dave / Reuters:  Researchers say Google Translate and other tools could be contributing to misunderstandings of legal terms with conflicting meanings such as “enjoin”
10:44 AM  •
Brian Fung / CNN:  In a letter to Congress, Apple says it has approved Parler's return to the App Store, following moderation improvements by Parler
10:35 AM  •
Tom Warren / The Verge:  Microsoft says xCloud game streaming service will launch on iOS and PC Tuesday as an invite-only beta via browsers, available to Game Pass Ultimate subscribers
10:32 AM  •
Adi Robertson / The Verge:  Facebook details moderation steps around the trial of Derek Chauvin, accused of murdering George Floyd, including designating Minneapolis a “high-risk location”
10:15 AM  •
Reuters:  How US banks are using AI to analyze customer preferences, monitor workers, identify people sleeping near ATMs, and more, despite civil liberties concerns
9:50 AM  •
Bloomberg:  As antitrust scrutiny grows, Tencent founder Pony Ma pledges $7.7B for tackling societal ills and lifting China's countryside out of poverty
9:35 AM  •
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:  Druva, which provides SaaS tools for data protection and management, raises $147M at a $2B+ post-money valuation, bringing its total raised to $475M
9:30 AM  •
Alex Kantrowitz / OneZero:  Q&A with a former vendor manager at Amazon on what her job was like and how vendor managers moved into different roles after their jobs were automated by ML
9:20 AM  •
Jay Greene / Washington Post:  Union that lost its bid to represent Amazon workers in AL files objections with NLRB, claiming the company improperly pressured workers to oppose unionization
9:15 AM  •
Ron Miller / TechCrunch:  Zoom announces a $100M investment fund, which will invest $250K to $2.5M each in promising startups that use Zoom's toolkits
9:10 AM  •
Neil Cybart / Above Avalon:  How Apple supply chain is evolving, gradually reducing its dependence on China, and expanding in countries like Vietnam, India, and Malaysia
8:55 AM  •
Julia Fioretti / Bloomberg:  Leaked terms: Meituan seeks to raise $10B via share placement, $400M from Tencent, about $3B from convertible bonds for R&D of autonomous vehicles, and more
8:50 AM  •
Reuters:  UK says it will intervene in SoftBank's sale of ARM to Nvidia on national security grounds
8:35 AM  •
Nina Nanji / BBC:  Facebook says employees can continue permanently working from home, even after July 2021, subject to approval from managers
8:20 AM  •
Lauren Feiner / CNBC:  Facebook expands a tool to let users export posts and notes to Blogger, Google Docs, and WordPress and calls for new guidelines on data flows between services
8:00 AM  •
Niclas Rolander / Bloomberg:  Volvo will provide hundreds of SUVs with driverless tech for Didi Chuxing's fleet of robo-taxis and will integrate with Didi's self-driving hardware platform
7:25 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  UK-based Zilch, a buy now pay later service, raises $80M Series B at a $500M+ valuation from Gauss Ventures, M&F Fund, and others
7:05 AM  •
Yogita Khatri / The Block:  The Bank of England and the UK Treasury jointly create a taskforce to explore a potential central bank digital currency
2:50 AM  •
Dr. Ian Cutress / AnandTech:  Interview with Intel's VP of Xeon, Lisa Spelman, on the new features in its 10nm Ice Lake Xeon Scalable chips, its data center processor roadmap, and more

April 18, 2021

10:46 PM  •
Laura Saunders / Wall Street Journal:  How popular brokerage services like Robinhood, Webull, SoFi, and Uphold can make tax-minimizing strategies difficult or impossible to implement
7:55 PM  •
Juli Clover / MacRumors:  What to expect from Apple's April 20 event: refreshed iPads, including Pro model with mini-LED display, 3rd-gen Pencil, AirTags, iMacs in different colors, more
7:15 PM  •
Lawrence Abrams / BleepingComputer:  WordPress to automatically disable Google FLoC on websites
7:00 PM  •
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:  Bangalore-based Razorpay, which helps SMBs manage digital payments, raises $160M Series E led by GIC and Sequoia Capital India at a valuation of $3B
4:50 PM  •
Elizabeth Culliford / Reuters:  Source: Clubhouse's latest round values the startup at $4B
4:35 PM  •
Peter Kafka / Vox:  Sources: Facebook will announce a suite of audio products on Monday, including a Clubhouse-like app, a podcast discovery product connected to Spotify, and more
1:25 PM  •
Clubhouse:  Clubhouse has raised a Series C led by Andreessen Horowitz, with DST Global, Tiger Global, and Elad Gil participating
12:35 PM  •
Todd Feathers / The Markup:  A look at lobbying efforts by Facebook, Apple, Google and others in Connecticut, Texas, and other US states crafting consumer privacy bills
10:10 AM  •
Nilay Patel / The Verge:  A look back at the netbook explosion of the late 2000s and how iPads, Chromebooks, and appliance-like computers took the netbook's place
6:05 AM  •
Cade Metz / New York Times:  A former alt-right YouTuber details how he tailored videos for the “echo chamber”, including focusing squarely on confrontations to drive views on YouTube
2:00 AM  •
Julie Jargon / Wall Street Journal:  Roblox is working on content ratings for games and on ways to make parental controls easier to find and use, to address sexual content issues on its platform
12:35 AM  •
Fiona Kelliher / Mercury News:  Charles “Chuck” Geschke, who co-founded Adobe in 1982 with John Warnock and helped develop PDF technology, has died at 81

April 17, 2021

9:40 PM  •
Will Goodbody / RTÉ:  Newly filed Google Ireland Holdings accounts show $75B+ in profits moved through the subsidiary in 2019, the last year Google used the “double Irish” tax scheme
7:25 PM  •
Raphael Satter / Reuters:  US investigators probing a breach at Codecov, a software auditing company, that affected some of its 29K customers; the breach was in Jan. but detected in April
5:20 PM  •
Dina Temple-Raston / NPR:  Company officials, victims, experts, and intel officials discuss the SolarWinds hack, which successfully compromised ~100 companies and a dozen govt. agencies
3:15 PM  •
Ira Boudway / Bloomberg:  How Aurora, now the owner of Uber's ATG, is moving to bring its self-driving tech to market via deals with Volvo in trucking, Uber and Toyota in taxis, more
1:10 PM  •
Julie Zhu / Reuters:  Sources: Ant Group is exploring options for founder Jack Ma to divest his stake and give up control to appease Chinese regulators
12:10 PM  •
Kim Lyons / The Verge:  Twitter says it is “investigating a possible system irregularity” which affected all API v2 endpoints and has been causing issues for some users since Friday
10:20 AM  •
Issie Lapowsky / Protocol:  Big tech whistleblowers describe the severe emotional toll that standing up to gigantic companies takes and how it sets them on the path to advocacy
8:15 AM  •
Rest of World:  Internet blackouts following a military coup have shut down swathes of the online economy in Myanmar, where internet penetration had surged to around 43%
6:10 AM  •
James Vincent / The Verge:  As the EU considers new regulations for AI, 60+ NGOs ask the EC to ban automatic gender recognition systems, which rely on outmoded understandings of gender
4:05 AM  •
Shen Lu / Protocol:  How Weibo helps Chinese authorities quash the feminist movement by deleting activist accounts, while also profiting from their nationalist harassers
2:00 AM  •
Kristin Robinson / Variety:  As Spotify turns 15, a look at the ways in which it changed how people listen to music, like breaking down boundaries between genres through “mood playlists”
1:10 AM  •
Nikkei Asia:  Sources: at least four types of equipment vital to chip production are in short supply and lead times for wire bonding machines have grown to 10-12 months
12:20 AM  •
Abner Li / 9to5Google:  Google is moving FeedBurner to a “more stable, modern infrastructure” later this year, but is shutting down email subscriptions and other non-core features

April 16, 2021

11:30 PM  •
Natasha Mascarenhas / TechCrunch:  Outschool, a marketplace for online after-school classes, raises $75M Series C led by Coatue and Tiger Global at a $1.3B valuation, up from $320M in Sep. 2020
10:25 PM  •
Alex Konrad / Forbes:  Interview with Initialized Capital's Garry Tan on the firm's seed investment in Coinbase, Ohanian's departure, building a presence on social media, and more
8:05 PM  •
Ian Hamilton / UploadVR:  Andrew Bosworth says Facebook will not release an Oculus Quest Pro in 2021 and expects the Quest 2 to be in the market “for a long while”
7:40 PM  •
Annie Palmer / CNBC:  Sources detail Amazon's tactics during the Alabama union campaign, including “captive audience meetings”, as workers explain why the union was unconvincing
7:05 PM  •
Jem Aswad / Variety:  Looking at payment per stream metrics for music streaming services can be misleading when considering artist pay, as many factors determine streaming royalties
6:45 PM  •
Zheping Huang / Bloomberg:  Internal memo: ByteDance seeks to increase China-based ad revenue from ~$28B in 2020 to $39.8B in 2021; TikTok's Chinese twin Douyin had 610-620M DAUs in March

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