October 24, 2020, 3:55 PM

October 24, 2020

3:35 PM  •
Bloomberg:  Sources: Big data analytics service Databricks is planning an IPO in H1, 2021; the company raised about $900M and was valued in 2019 at $6.2B
1:40 PM  •
Daniel Zuidijk / Bloomberg:  Patreon says it will remove accounts that actively spread QAnon's beliefs and will warn those that spread some QAnon ideas but are not dedicated to such content
12:30 PM  •
Kim Lyons / The Verge:  Italy launches an investigation into Telegram bots that make fake nudes from women's photos, after researchers found 100K+ images shared on its public channels
9:40 AM  •
Murray Stassen / Music Business Worldwide:  Output, which develops software and virtual instruments for musicians, composers, producers, and sound designers, raises $45M Series A led by Summit Partners
8:10 AM  •
Takashi Nakano / Nikkei Asia:  Singapore now has 1,000+ B2B fintech startups, up 70%+ YoY, after the city-state started luring foreign entrepreneurs with special visas and monetary support
5:05 AM  •
Martin Mou / Wall Street Journal:  The number of telemedicine providers in China went from less than 150 to nearly 600 between late 2019 to summer 2020, as the government eased regulations
2:00 AM  •
Tim Anderson / The Register:  Survey of 17K developers in 159 countries: JavaScript is the most popular language with 12.4M active developers, followed by Python at 9M, and then Java at 8.2M
1:35 AM  •
Yujing Liu / South China Morning Post:  Alibaba is investing $3.6B in Sun Art Retail Group, which operates 484 hypermarkets across China, to double its effective stake in the company to 72%
12:30 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Google removes three Android apps for children, with 20M+ downloads between them, after a nonprofit watchdog raises concerns about their data practices

October 23, 2020

9:00 PM  •
Justin Phillips / San Francisco Chronicle:  DoorDash is investing in a restaurant, Oakland's Burma Bites, for the first time, says the investment will help it build a more permanent delivery model
7:40 PM  •
Sahil Patel / Wall Street Journal:  Rokt, which helps e-commerce companies make personalized marketing offers during and after transactions, raises $80M Series D, at a valuation of $450M+
7:20 PM  •
Jay Peters / The Verge:  Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Nov. 17 on their platforms' handling of NY Post story and the election
6:55 PM  •
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:  GitHub removes 18 projects related to YouTube download library youtube-dl after RIAA sent a letter saying it enabled infringement
6:45 PM  •
Tony Romm / Washington Post:  Sources: state and federal investigators are expected to file antitrust charges against Facebook as soon as November
6:35 PM  •
Jeff Horwitz / Wall Street Journal:  Facebook asks NYU Ad Observatory, which analyzes political ad targeting using data collected from a browser extension, to cease the practice for violating TOS
6:20 PM  •
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:  FCC won't punish T-Mobile for its nationwide 12-hour outage on June 15, instead merely issuing a public notice to “remind” carriers of best practices
5:55 PM  •
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:  US Treasury imposes sanctions against Russian research institute for its role in developing the Triton malware
4:45 PM  •
Nicole Perlroth / New York Times:  Officials say Russian hacking group Energetic Bear breached the system that SFO staff and travelers use to access the airport's Wi-Fi, in an attack in March
2:50 PM  •
Christopher Bing / Reuters:  Sources: the Louisiana National Guard was called in to stop cyberattacks aimed at small government offices in recent weeks, after a similar case in Washington
1:35 PM  •
Alex Hern / The Guardian:  Facebook moderators working for CPL in Ireland say they are being forced to go into the office after the contractor categorized them as “essential workers”
12:55 PM  •
Help Net Security:  Arctic Wolf, which provides security experts to act as an extension of a company's internal cybersecurity team, raises $200M Series E at a valuation of $1.3B
12:05 PM  •
Mark Bergen / Bloomberg:  Political strategists say they are struggling to find enough space on YouTube for ads as campaigns flood the service, with particular shortages in swing states
11:00 AM  •
Jonathan Shieber / TechCrunch:  RV rental marketplace RVshare raises $100M from private equity firms KKR and Tritium Partners, says its bookings rose 166% YoY
10:10 AM  •
Los Angeles Times:  Vietnamese activists and former Facebook officials say the company has repeatedly censored dissent in the country to placate its repressive government
9:30 AM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Spotify debuts its first daily morning show, The Get Up, a combination of pre-recorded news, pop culture, and personalized music, available as a playlist
8:55 AM  •
Karissa Bell / Engadget:  Instacart will start accepting food stamps as a form of payment in coming weeks, beginning with a pilot program with Aldi in Georgia
7:50 AM  •
Steve O'Hear / TechCrunch:  Nordic digital challenger bank Lunar raises €40M Series C from existing investors, bringing its total raised to €104M
7:25 AM  •
Hartley Charlton / MacRumors:  Apple iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPad Air 4 are now available in stores and arriving to customers around the world
5:40 AM  •
Ashley Carman / The Verge:  Live shopping in the US on Amazon, Instagram, and Google is imminent, following its explosive growth in China, which saw 560M live-stream viewers in March
2:50 AM  •
Arjun Kharpal / CNBC:  Huawei's growth slowed sharply due to US sanctions with Q3 revenue of $32.5B, up 3.7% YoY; revenue growth for 2020 so far is 9.9% compared to 24.4% in 2019

October 22, 2020

11:15 PM  •
Matt Burns / TechCrunch:  Lyft says riders will have the option to pay for and split fares using Venmo in the coming weeks
11:00 PM  •
Katie Deighton / Wall Street Journal:  A look at Google's Next Billion Users team, tasked with building products and apps for people who have yet to use the internet, often in developing markets
10:30 PM  •
Biz Carson / Protocol:  Expensify's CEO emailed all users to encourage them to vote for Biden, says “anything less than a vote for Biden is a vote against democracy”
9:35 PM  •
Jay Peters / The Verge:  Google announces a Fi subscription program where users can buy a Pixel 4a for $9/month for two years, costing a total of $216 instead of the $349 upfront price
8:40 PM  •
Cyrus Farivar / NBC News:  As voters weigh Prop 22, a California appeals court upheld a lower court ruling ordering Uber and Lyft to stop classifying drivers as independent contractors
8:15 PM  •
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:  Microsoft, IBM, Nvidia, and others released an open framework to help security analysts detect, counter, and remediate threats against machine learning systems
7:40 PM  •
Sean Hollister / The Verge:  TikTok will now specify which content policy a removed video violated, after testing the notification feature and seeing a 14% reduction in user appeals
6:30 PM  •
Bloomberg:  Sources: PayPal is exploring acquisitions of cryptocurrency companies, including holding talks with BitGo, which makes multi-signature cryptocurrency wallets
6:05 PM  •
Todd Spangler / Variety:  Quibi says it will shut down “on or about” December 1 and does not know if its original content will be made available elsewhere after it shuts down
5:50 PM  •
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:  Enterprise software provider Tibco acquires data and analytics firm Information Builders to expand its analytics portfolio and customer base
5:20 PM  •
Adi Robertson / The Verge:  Twitter and the White House deny claims that a Dutch researcher logged in to Trump's Twitter account, as experts scrutinize screenshots
4:20 PM  •
Jordan Novet / CNBC:  Intel reports Q3 revenue of $18.3B, down 4% YoY, vs $18.24B est., and Data Center Group revenue of $5.9B, down 7% YoY
3:50 PM  •
Sean Lyngaas / CyberScoop:  US says Russia-linked group targeted IT systems used by state and local officials, but there was no evidence “integrity of elections data has been compromised”
3:35 PM  •
Donald G. McNeil Jr / New York Times:  WHO grants Wikipedia free use of its published data, allowing it to be reposted widely in almost 200 languages and starting with COVID-19 information
2:05 PM  •
Joseph Cox / VICE:  How Phantom Secure, which started as a privacy-focused phone company in Canada, became a network for the Sinaloa Cartel before being shut down by the FBI
1:30 PM  •
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:  EU imposes sanctions against GRU and two of its officers for their involvement in the 2015 German Parliament hack
12:15 PM  •
Daniel Cooper / Engadget:  Hands-on with Huawei's new Mate 40 Pro: incredible cameras and powerful processors, but the app selection is atrocious and makes the handset hard to recommend
12:05 PM  •
Stephen Nellis / Reuters:  Apple says it is expanding its COVID-safe “Express” retail stores, with a counter protected by plexiglass at the front of a store, ahead of the holiday season
11:55 AM  •
Alex Konrad / Forbes:  Applied Intuition raises $125M Series C for its autonomous vehicle testing software, sources say at a valuation of $1.25B
11:45 AM  •
Elizabeth Culliford / Reuters:  Facebook's Oversight Board says it is now accepting cases for review, both from users who have exhausted the company's appeals process and from Facebook itself
11:40 AM  •
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:  Lili, which offers bank accounts and associated products designed for freelancers, raises $15M Series A, a few months after raising $10M in seed funding
11:30 AM  •
Huib Modderkolk / de Volkskrant:  A Dutch security researcher says he logged into Trump's Twitter account, which didn't have 2FA, using the password “maga2020!”; the account has now been secured
11:10 AM  •
Sebastian Sinclair / CoinDesk:  The Central Bank of the Bahamas has officially launched Sand Dollar, its national digital currency, the first of its kind in the world to be fully deployed
10:45 AM  •
Jon Porter / The Verge:  Huawei debuts €1,199 Mate 40 Pro and €1,399 Pro Plus, with 5nm Kirin 9000 chip, 6.76" display, 50 MP main camera, 50W wireless charging, available Nov. 13 in UK
10:30 AM  •
Ryan Hoover / Product Hunt:  Product Hunt announces founder of Mino Games and angel investor Josh Buckley as its new CEO
10:10 AM  •
Dan Seifert / The Verge:  Amazon Echo (2020) review: has loud, room-filling sound with bass you can hear and feel, good voice response, but music can sometimes sound overly processed
10:00 AM  •
Manuel Vonau / Android Police:  Google adds price insights for comparisons with typical prices and deal alerts to Google Shopping
9:50 AM  •
Lauren Feiner / CNBC:  Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to authorize subpoenas for Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey to testify about their handling of NY Post story
9:40 AM  •
Wall Street Journal:  Sources: Palantir is helping the US government track the manufacture, distribution, and administration of COVID-19 vaccines
9:35 AM  •
Annie Musgrove /  DANCE, an invite-only e-bike subscription service in Berlin from the founders of SoundCloud, raises €15M Series A led by HV Holtzbrinck Ventures
9:20 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Facebook says it will start charging for WhatsApp Business and add hosting services for businesses' online assets and shopping features
8:50 AM  •  Canalys: India's smartphone market grew 8% YoY in Q3 2020 to 50M units; Xiaomi led with 13.1M units, Samsung was second with 10.2M, and Vivo was third with 8.8M
8:30 AM  •
Mother Jones:  Former Facebook employees describe tests of News Feed algorithm changes and their impact on left- and right-leaning news sites, with tweaks to favor the right
8:00 AM  •
John Koetsier / Forbes:  MediaRadar: Quibi spent $63M on TV, web, and print ads during its six-month lifespan, in fifth place behind other players in the streaming video category
7:40 AM  •
Reuters:  China-based Yuanfudao, which offers online courses and homework plans to students, has raised $2.2B in two recent rounds, raising its valuation to $15.5B
6:30 AM  •
David Uberti / Wall Street Journal:  Contact tracing in the US has been hampered by the lack of a single national app, with 10 states and DC creating their own and most having no app at all
2:50 AM  •
Kashmir Hill / New York Times:  Activists around the world are building facial recognition tools to identify police officers using off-the-shelf image recognition software

October 21, 2020

11:20 PM  •
Kenrick Cai / Forbes:  Robust Intelligence, which helps developers deploy AI models in a secure manner, comes out of stealth with $14M in seed and Series A funding led by Sequoia
10:55 PM  •
Vikas SN / The Economic Times:  Snap executive says Snapchat's DAU in India grew 150% YoY in Q3, as Snap announces a slate of new India-specific original series and mini games
10:35 PM  •
Isabelle Kirkwood / BetaKit:  Federal district court approves the settlement between Kik and the SEC where Kik will pay a $5M fine to settle dispute over a 2017 token sale that raised ~$100M
10:05 PM  •
Crystal Tse / Bloomberg:  McAfee raises $740M in its IPO at $20 per share in its return to the public market, valuing the company at $8.6B
9:20 PM  •
Sam Shead / CNBC:  Facebook Dating launches in Europe, after an Irish regulator forced a delay of its planned February debut, and claims it made 1.5B matches across 20 countries
8:20 PM  •
Kevin Collier / NBC News:  US intelligence director says Iran was behind threatening emails to FL Democratic voters demanding they vote for Trump; voter info was likely publicly available
8:00 PM  •
Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:  Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky says Jony Ive will collaborate with Airbnb as a design consultant, as part of a multi-year partnership with Ive's firm LoveFrom
7:55 PM  •
Hugh Son / CNBC:  JPMorgan launches QuickAccept, a smartphone card reader and payments service for SMBs providing instant deposits of POS transactions for free, unlike Square
7:10 PM  •
Nathan Grayson / Kotaku:  Twitch sent DMCA notices to streamers on Tuesday, deleting content without allowing counterclaims; Twitch says “thousands” of music rights holders complained
6:30 PM  •
Medium:  Meg Whitman and Jeffrey Katzenberg confirm Quibi is shutting down: “Our failure was not for lack of trying; we've considered and exhausted every option”
5:30 PM  •
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:  FCC's top lawyer defends its authority to interpret Section 230, saying 1996 legislation that included Section 230 amended a 1934 act that created the FCC
4:20 PM  •
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:  Israeli startup Mine, which helps users control their data, raises $9.5M Series A led by Google's Gradient Ventures and has helped send 1.3M deletion requests
4:10 PM  •
New York Times:  A look at the well-funded Big Tech opponents, from lawyers to academics, that have helped guide potential government regulation like Google's antitrust suit
3:55 PM  •
The Intercept:  Documents show Google Cloud will be used for its AI capabilities by the CBP in conjunction with Anduril Industries' surveillance tech on the US-Mexico border
3:38 PM  •
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:  Sources: Quibi decided to shut down and return $350M to investors rather than try and prolong the life of the company through another big investment
3:15 PM  •
Robert Stevens / Decrypt:  CasperLabs, which develops the proof-of-stake blockchain Casper Network, raises $14M in a private token sale and says its mainnet launch is slated for Q1 2021
2:30 PM  •
Jared Newman / Fast Company:  Descript, which offers a simple podcast editing tool, expands into video editing, letting users edit videos by rearranging a transcript
2:00 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  App Annie survey of Gen Z smartphone users in Q3 finds they spend an average of over 4.1 hours/month in non-gaming apps, 10% longer than older demographics
1:45 PM  •
Christine Hall / Crunchbase News:  Pulley, which offers a cap table management service to help startup founders and employees work out equity, raises $10M Series A led by Stripe
1:35 PM  •
Faiz Siddiqui / Washington Post:  Elon Musk says Tesla is rolling out a Full Self-Driving “beta” in an “extremely slow and cautious” way; critics remain worried about Tesla's bet against lidar
12:45 PM  •
Dina Bass / Bloomberg:  Microsoft releases its 2020 US diversity report: workforce was 4.9% Black and 6.6% Latinx and Hispanic, both up just 0.3% YoY, and 6.1% identify as disabled
12:15 PM  •
Sam Byford / The Verge:  Chinese manufacturer Vivo says it is bringing its smartphones to Europe, including the flagship Vivo X51 5G
12:10 PM  •
Saritha Rai / Bloomberg:  Tekion, which offers a service that connects car makers, dealers, and buyers, raises $150M Series C led by Advent at a $1B+ valuation
12:00 PM  •
Lauren Feiner / CNBC:  Filings for Q3 lobbying: Facebook spent $4.9M, up 1.5% QoQ, Google spent $1.9M, up 14.2%, Microsoft spent $1.9M, down 35.4%, Apple spent $1.6M, up 5.4%
11:37 AM  •
Bloomberg:  ThredUp, an online marketplace for secondhand clothes, files for a US IPO, reportedly looking to raise $200M-$300M
11:20 AM  •
Nat Ives / Wall Street Journal:  Cameo, which lets fans request custom videos from celebrities, integrates with Sendoso, a service that lets businesses send gifts to clients
11:05 AM  •
Sam Shead / CNBC:  TikTok says it will do more to tackle coded language and symbols that promote hate speech, after reports found viral anti-Semitic videos
11:00 AM  •
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:  HPE says it has been awarded $160M in EU funds to build a supercomputer in Finland, with theoretical 550 petaflops peak performance
10:50 AM  •
Steve Lohr / New York Times:  DOJ's case against Google relies on proving restrictive contracts protected its dominant position, a similar move to the antitrust case against Microsoft
10:45 AM  •
Gregor Stuart Hunter / Bloomberg:  Study: companies are increasingly tailoring their financial statements to cater to algorithms parsing text and speech and avoiding phrases perceived as negative
10:35 AM  •
Jack Nicas / New York Times:  Report: at least 2,000 US law enforcement agencies, including 49 of the 50 largest police departments, have the tools to access locked, encrypted phones
10:25 AM  •
Ben Thompson / Stratechery:  DOJ's lawsuit against Google is appropriately narrow, focusing on search and providing a template for congressional action against Big Tech even if it fails
10:12 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Anyscale, which offers tools to securely and efficiently run apps built with the Ray open source distributed programming framework, raises $40M Series B
9:55 AM  •
Bloomberg:  Sources: Chinese tech companies including Huawei have expressed strong concerns to local regulators about Nvidia's proposed acquisition of Arm
9:40 AM  •
Mariella Moon / Engadget:  Dropbox launches a shared family plan with 2TB for up to six people for $17 per month
9:25 AM  •
Catherine Shu / TechCrunch:  Syte, which offers visual search tech to e-commerce companies, raises $30M Series C led by Viola Ventures and $10M in debt, bringing its total raised to $71M
9:10 AM  •
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:  iPad Air (2020) review: has an excellent screen, very fast processor, and is compatible with iPad Pro accessories, but it's expensive and has no 128GB option
8:15 AM  •
Anna Irrera / Reuters:  PayPal will let users buy and sell cryptocurrency using its online wallets in the coming weeks and shop at merchants on its network starting in early 2021
7:20 AM  •
Kurt Wagner / Bloomberg:  Facebook confirms it is testing a feature for users to connect with their neighbors, as rival Nextdoor considers options for going public
6:45 AM  •
Anna Wiener / New Yorker:  Profile of Moxie Marlinspike, CEO of Signal, as he defends centralization as a necessary condition for Signal's widespread adoption, and for its ease of use
4:55 AM  •
Sara Fischer / Axios:  VENN, a linear TV and esports network available on various streaming services like Roku, Twitch, YouTube, Facebook Gaming, and Plex, raises $26M Series A
1:30 AM  •
Karl Bode / Techdirt:  DOJ's antitrust suit against Google is being driven by cronyism and election season politics, not by a serious concern about monopoly power

October 20, 2020

11:55 PM  •
Ina Fried / Axios:  Over 430,000 viewers tuned in simultaneously to watch Rep. Ocasio-Cortez play Among Us on Twitch, the third highest ever for an individual Twitch stream
11:20 PM  •
Janko Roettgers / Protocol:  Netflix plans to test a 48-hour free weekend in India, dubbed StreamFest and scheduled for Dec. 4, and may bring the promotion to other countries later
11:00 PM  •
David Gargaro / IT PRO:  eVisit, a SaaS startup that helps hospitals and health care systems provide telehealth services, raises $14M Series A led by TVC Capital
10:40 PM  •
Todd Spangler / Variety:  WarnerMedia debuts WarnerMedia RIDE, a free video service for smartphones and tablets connected to in-car WiFi via AT&T's unlimited data connected-car plans
10:00 PM  •
Rest of World:  Facebook moderators in India, working for a third-party contractor, say they felt pressured to return to the office this summer, even as the pandemic surged
9:30 PM  •
Reuters:  US officials offer Brazil telecoms financing to buy equipment from Huawei competitors, in an effort to keep China out of Brazil's 5G market
8:15 PM  •
Jake Tapper / CNN:  Sources: WH is seeking to fast-track a no-bid contract to lease DOD mid-band 5G spectrum to Rivada Networks, which has Peter Thiel and Karl Rove as investors
7:50 PM  •
The Information:  Sources: Jeffrey Katzenberg tried to sell Quibi's catalog to NBCUniversal and Facebook, but both passed
7:05 PM  •
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:  Amazon's Luna in early access: streaming performance can be spotty without a strong connection, iOS web app support is decent, channel groups silo game choice
6:30 PM  •
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:  NSA publishes a report of the top 25 vulnerabilities with patches available that are currently being found and exploited by “Chinese state-sponsored hackers”
6:15 PM  •
Kurt Wagner / Bloomberg:  Pinterest adds Salaam Coleman Smith, former top exec of Disney's ABC Family and president of NBCUniversal's Style Media, to its board of directors
5:55 PM  •
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:  Intel launches PhiSat-1 satellite into space, aiming to use its built-in Movidius Myriad 2 Vision Processing Unit to analyze cloud cover using AI
5:40 PM  •
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:  In lawsuit, DOJ says nearly half of Google search traffic in 2019 came from Apple products and estimates Google pays Apple $8B to $12B per year
5:20 PM  •
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:  Google releases Chrome update to deploy security fixes, including a patch for an actively exploited zero-day vulnerability
4:28 PM  •
Salvador Rodriguez / CNBC:  Snap reports Q3 revenue of $679M, up 52% YoY, vs $555.9M est., DAUs were up ~18% YoY to 249M, average number of daily Snaps up 25% YoY; stock up 25%+
4:14 PM  •
Lauren Feiner / CNBC:  Netflix reports Q3 revenue of $6.44B, up 22.7% YoY, vs $6.38B est., and 2.2M paid net adds in Q3 vs 6.8M in Q3 2019 and 10.1M in Q2 2020
3:50 PM  •
Jay Peters / The Verge:  From today until “at least” the end of election week, Twitter will show the Quote Tweet composer when you click or tap the retweet icon, discouraging basic RTs
3:31 PM  •
Mark Bergen / Bloomberg:  The DOJ's antitrust complaint against Google alleges it paid US mobile carriers $1B+ last year in search advertising revenue sharing deals to box out rivals
2:35 PM  •
CoinDesk:  Kik and the SEC propose a $5M fine to settle their dispute over a 2017 token sale that raised ~$100M; the settlement still needs approval from a judge
2:25 PM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Boston-based Perch, which acquires D2C businesses that sell products on Amazon, raises $123.5M led by Spark Capital
2:00 PM  •
Chris Welch / The Verge:  Beats Flex review: the basics of the earbuds are done right, with improved battery life, USB-C connector, easy to use controls, but it lacks sweat resistance
1:55 PM  •
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:  Researcher discovers address bar spoofing bugs in Safari, Opera, and Yandex, all now fixed, but other popular browsers, like UC Browser, have not issued a patch
1:45 PM  •
Richard Milne / Financial Times:  Sweden bans Huawei and ZTE from 5G networks, giving telecoms operators until 2025 to remove equipment made by the companies from their existing infrastructure
1:33 PM  •
Juli Clover / MacRumors:  Apple releases iOS and iPadOS 14.1 with multiple bug fixes ahead of the iPhone 12 launch and adds support for 10-bit HDR video playback and editing in Photos
1:25 PM  •
Tom Warren / The Verge:  Parallels launches Parallels Desktop for Chromebook Enterprise, available at $69.99 per user, letting Windows apps run on Chromebooks
12:56 PM  •
BuzzFeed News:  Source: in an all-hands, Zuckerberg said recent content rules banning hate and conspiracy content were added following concerns about violence amid US elections
12:35 PM  •
Isabelle Lee / Bloomberg:  Retool, a low-code tool for creating enterprise apps, raises $50M in Sequoia-led round, valuing it at $925M, with GitHub CEO and Stripe founders among investors
12:15 PM  •
Kent Walker / The Keyword:  Google calls DOJ's case deeply flawed: “People use Google because they choose to, not because they're forced to, or because they can't find alternatives”
12:00 PM  •
James Vincent / The Verge:  Researchers find a bot that generates fake nudes from photos of women; by July, 100K+ images of women had been transformed, shared in public Telegram channels
11:35 AM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Instagram rolls out premium badges on Instagram Live, giving fans a way to support creators and stand out in the comments
11:25 AM  •
Adi Robertson / The Verge:  Adobe is adding its “content authenticity” tool to the latest Photoshop beta, to help users build trustworthy attribution directly into a picture
10:40 AM  •
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:  4iQ, which uses AI to counter the trade of stolen digital identities, raises $30M Series C led by ForgePoint Capital, bringing its total raised to $63M+
10:35 AM  •
Juli Clover / MacRumors:  Adobe debuts improvements to Creative Cloud, with Neural Filters in Photoshop, Illustrator coming to iPad, Adobe Fresco coming to iPhone, and more
9:55 AM  •
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:  Microsoft partners with SpaceX for satellite-powered internet connectivity on Azure and debuts Azure Space, a set of products for the space-related cloud market
9:35 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Handshake, a diversity-focused LinkedIn for college students, raises $80M Series D led by GGV, source says at a $550M-$600M valuation
9:20 AM  •
Nilay Patel / The Verge:  iPhone 12 Pro review: excellent camera and performance, Dolby Vision video is great, 5G can be very fast, but 5G usage noticeably affects battery life
9:10 AM  •
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:  iPhone 12 review: excellent camera, display, and design, promising MagSafe ecosystem, but battery life regresses a little from iPhone 11 and it's more expensive
9:00 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  LearnUpon, which develops an online learning management system for enterprises, raises $56M from Summit Partners
8:25 AM  •
Wall Street Journal:  DOJ and 11 state AGs, all Republican, file a suit alleging that Google acted anticompetitively to preserve monopolies in search and search advertising
7:50 AM  •
Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:  GravityRAT malware, known for checking the CPU temperature of Windows PCs to detect virtual machines or sandboxes, now also targets Android and macOS devices
6:30 AM  •
Reuters:  Major founder-led tech companies have seen their share prices double in 2020 vs. 7.8% gain for the S&P 500, while outperforming non-founder led tech companies
4:30 AM  •
Christopher Mims / Wall Street Journal:  New mathematical model-based research suggests that exposing US social media users to viewpoints different than their own furthers political polarization
2:15 AM  •
Reuters:  Sources: Didi Chuxing is considering Hong Kong for an IPO in the first half of 2021, rethinking its previous aims of NYSE, and targeting a valuation of $60B+

October 19, 2020

11:25 PM  •
Amrith Ramkumar / Wall Street Journal:  Technology companies now account for nearly 40% of the S&P 500 and are set to end the year eclipsing a record of 37% from 1999
10:35 PM  •
Mary Ann Azevedo / FinLedger:  Billtrust, which makes cloud-based software for processing B2B payments, is going public on Nasdaq through a SPAC merger in a deal valued at $1.3B
10:00 PM  •
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:  EU enables cross-border interoperability between contact tracing apps from Germany, Ireland, and Italy, with plans to add at least 18 others in the coming weeks
9:45 PM  •
Bloomberg:  Intel agrees to sell its NAND memory unit to SK Hynix for about $9B; the acquisition includes Intel's solid-state drive, NAND flash, and wafer businesses
9:10 PM  •
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:  Dhaka-headquartered ShopUp, which aims to digitize neighborhood stores in Bangladesh, raises $22.5M Series A led by Sequoia Capital India and Flourish Ventures
8:05 PM  •
Cristiano Lima / Politico:  Senate Judiciary Committee plans to vote Thursday on whether to subpoena Twitter and Facebook CEOs after some Republicans expressed reservation about the move
7:45 PM  •
Corbin Davenport / Android Police:  Google confirms it's discontinuing Nest Secure, a home security system it introduced in 2017, but will continue to support existing users
6:55 PM  •
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:  Unit21, which helps businesses monitor fraudulent activities via a simple API and dashboard, raises $13M Series A led by A.Capital Ventures
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Kollen Post / Cointelegraph:  US FinCEN says the operator of cryptocurrency mixers Helix and Coin Ninja must pay $60M in fines, after his arrest in Feb., notes this is its first “mixer” fine
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Larry Dignan / ZDNet:  IBM reports Q3 revenue of $17.6B, down 2.6% YoY, vs $17.54B est, total cloud revenue of $6.0B, up 19% YoY, with Red Hat revenue rising 17% YoY
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Dan Seifert / The Verge:  Google Assistant smart displays, including 3rd-party devices, get a revamp this week with dark mode, multiple account calendar support, a new home screen, more