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January 16, 2021

2:00 AM  •
Tom Roston / OneZero :  On its 20th anniversary, Wikipedians recount how it began and how it grew to become the definitive digital encyclopedia and the default resource for everything
12:20 AM  •
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:  Parler is not down due to a single company but because the market chose not to do business with it because it's toxic, which is the nature of a free market

January 15, 2021

11:45 PM  •
Emily Birnbaum / Protocol:  Biden's COVID-19 relief bill earmarks $9B to beef up the CISA and $200M to hire technology and cyber experts to support the federal CISO and US Digital Service
10:20 PM  •
South China Morning Post:  A look at the rise and fall of Xiami, Alibaba's discontinued music streaming service, which only had 22.4M MAUs by Oct. vs. 450M+ for Tencent's three music apps
9:35 PM  •
Calum Marsh / New York Times:  Profile of New Zealand-based Letterboxd, a social network for reviewing movies, which has grown to 3M member accounts during the pandemic
9:00 PM  •
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:  A security researcher was able to purchase one of the Democratic Republic of Congo's top-level domains, potentially preventing malicious use by attackers
8:00 PM  •
Wall Street Journal:  FAA approves the first fully automated commercial drone flights, letting Massachusetts-based American Robotics operate its drones in rural areas below 400 feet
7:35 PM  •
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:  Israel-based social casino game developer Playtika closes up 17.1% on its first day of trading, valuing the company at $14.5B, after raising $1.88B in its IPO
7:25 PM  •
Tom Warren / The Verge:  Microsoft is planning to fix a Windows 10 vulnerability that could corrupt a NTFS-formatted hard drive simply by viewing a folder with a malicious shortcut
6:45 PM  •
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:  Oqton, which is developing a factory OS that combines several fabrication processes like CNC and polymer 3D printing, raises $40M Series A
6:20 PM  •
Megan Graham / CNBC:  Ahead of Biden's inauguration, Facebook blocks users from creating new events near the White House and Capitol, restricting features for some users
6:05 PM  •
Shannon Vavra / CyberScoop:  Rob Joyce will replace Anne Neuberger as the director of NSA's Cybersecurity Directorate; Neuberger will join the Biden admin as deputy adviser on the NSC
5:40 PM  •
Zoe Schiffer / The Verge:  Leaked screenshots show GitHub employees using the term “Nazi” in its internal Slack to protest the unexplained firing of an employee that used the same word
5:35 PM  •
Shoshana Wodinsky / Gizmodo:  A deep dive into the WhatsApp privacy policy change that prompted an exodus of users from the app and why Facebook struggled to communicate what was in it
4:50 PM  •
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:  Sources: Apple has begun preliminary work on an iPhone model with a foldable screen, while testing an in-screen fingerprint reader for 2021
4:25 PM  •
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:  Apple has started to block the sideloading of unsupported iOS and iPadOS apps using third party software on M1 Macs
3:15 PM  •
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:  Federal judge denies Apple's appeal of a $502.8M patent infringement verdict favoring VirnetX; Apple's total payout in two lawsuits could cross $1.1B
2:55 PM  •
Abner Li / 9to5Google:  Google says it will remove the inadvertent ability for Chromium browsers to access Chrome bookmarks and other sync features when users are logged into Google
2:45 PM  •
Ari Levy / CNBC:  GitLab is considering going public after an employee share sale valued it at $6B; GitLab revenue crossed $150M annually after growing 74% in the latest quarter
2:36 PM  •
Nick Statt / The Verge:  WhatsApp to delay new privacy policy by three months following widespread confusion over whether the policy would mandate data sharing with Facebook
1:41 PM  •
Alex Wilhelm / TechCrunch:  Bumble files for an IPO, says it had 42M MAUs, 2.4M total paying users, and lost $117M on revenue of $417M in the first nine months of 2020
1:35 PM  •
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:  Sources: Apple to launch redesigned iMacs this year with a Pro Display XDR-like design, and is working on two new Mac Pros, one of which may use Intel CPUs
12:45 PM  •
The Information:  Sources: Apple is discussing launching a new subscription service that would charge people to listen to podcasts
12:15 PM  •
Mike Rogoway / Oregonian:  Sources: at an all-hands staff meeting, incoming CEO says Intel has to deliver better products for PCs than what a “lifestyle company in Cupertino” makes
11:55 AM  •
Lauren Feiner / CNBC:  Twitter outlines its plans for Wednesday's Inauguration Day, including transitioning @POTUS and other handles to Biden and archiving several official accounts
11:30 AM  •
Jason Del Rey / Vox:  Interview with Walmart's e-commerce chief Marc Lore, who is leaving the company at the end of the month to build “a city of the future”
10:50 AM  •
Alex Kantrowitz / OneZero :  Services like Substack, Spotify, and Clubhouse are coming under scrutiny now that platforms like Facebook and YouTube have warmed to aggressive moderation
10:20 AM  •
Taylor Lorenz / New York Times:  As Snapchat starts competing with TikTok via its Spotlight program, some creators begin earning small fortunes and look for ways to expand
9:40 AM  •
Mikey Campbell / AppleInsider:  Kuo: Apple is “aggressively” testing vapor chamber thermal systems to cool its upcoming iPhones
8:55 AM  •
Financial Times:  US commerce department finalizes powers for commerce secretary to issue licenses or block imports of foreign tech including drones and surveillance cameras
8:20 AM  •
Nick Statt / The Verge:  Amazon launches Alexa Custom Assistant, which will let car makers build their own custom AI assistants with their own wake words, custom voices, and more
7:15 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  OneWeb, which to date launched 110 out of a planned constellation of 648 satellites to provide internet access, raises $1.4B with $400M from SoftBank and Hughes
6:50 AM  •
Casey Newton / Platformer:  New research outlines how insights into thriving public spaces in the physical world can help social media platforms in building healthy online communities
4:10 AM  •
Sujeong Lim / Counterpoint Research:  238M units of true wireless stereo hearables were shipped in 2020, up 83% YoY, with Apple devices comprising 29% market share, Xiaomi 13%, and Samsung 5%
1:00 AM  •
Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:  Kuo: 14" and 16" MacBook Pros coming in Q3 2021 with Apple Silicon, MagSafe charging, no Touch Bar, new design with squared-off sides and more built-in IO ports
12:05 AM  •
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:  Nayya, which uses AI to help guide employees in selecting a health plan offered by their employers, raises $11M Series A led by Felicis Ventures

January 14, 2021

11:15 PM  •
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:  X1 Card, which offers a credit card with limits based on current and future income instead of credit score, raises $12M funding round led by Spark Capital
10:55 PM  •
FinSMEs:  Computational diagnostics startup Paige raises $100M Series C led by Casdin Capital and Johnson & Johnson Innovation
10:35 PM  •
Rebecca Klar / The Hill:  Hagens Berman files suit against Amazon alleging collusion with Big Five big publishers to fix eBook prices; they successfully sued Apple in 2011 for the same
10:00 PM  •
Adam Satariano / New York Times:  After Facebook and Twitter suspended Trump's account, activists and human rights groups have urged the companies to apply their policies evenly around the world
9:50 PM  •
Mitchell Clark / The Verge:  Intel updates its NUC desktop line with 11th-gen processors, adds a gaming-focused model called NUC 11 Enthusiast, and a NUC Pro line that can drive 8K displays
8:40 PM  •
Andy Boxall / Digital Trends:  Samsung debuts the Galaxy Book Flex2 5G, its first 5G laptop, featuring a 2-in-1 design, 11th-gen Intel CPUs, S Pen stylus, for preorder in the UK from £1,649
7:35 PM  •
Kate Clark / The Information:  Source: Sequoia Capital recently bought shares of online automation firm Zapier from its founders on the secondary market, with the sale valuing Zapier at $4B+
7:25 PM  •
Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:  Facebook says it has filed a suit against the makers of four malicious Chrome extensions used for scraping user data and other info from Facebook's website
6:25 PM  •
Jared Council / Wall Street Journal:  IBM says it will acquire Taos, an IT firm that helps companies migrate from in-house servers to cloud infrastructure; terms of the deal were not disclosed
5:50 PM  •
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:  Apple has removed a controversial feature in macOS 11.2 beta 2 that allowed its own apps to bypass third-party firewalls, security tools, and VPNs
5:40 PM  •
Mike Stone / Reuters:  The Trump admin adds Xiaomi, along with 8 other Chinese firms, to a blacklist of alleged Chinese military companies, forcing US investors to divest by Nov. 11
5:20 PM  •
Hugh Son / CNBC:  Accolade, a health care service for employees to manage benefits, is buying telemedicine startup 2nd.MD for up to $460M, in a split cash and stock deal
4:30 PM  •
Bloomberg:  Netflix diversity report: women make up 47.1% of its global workforce; 8% of US staff are Black, more than 2x the share in 2017; 8.1% of employees are Hispanic
3:50 PM  •
Ryne Hager / Android Police:  Samsung confirms Galaxy S21 series and future devices will not support MST for Samsung Pay, which enabled it to be used with legacy magnetic strip terminals
3:45 PM  •
Financial Times:  Researchers: Telegram, which had 11.9M downloads the week of the Capitol riot, began shutting down public white supremacist groups for the first time Wednesday
3:05 PM  •
Kerry Flynn / CNN:  Medium is acquiring Glose, a digital platform for buying, reading, and discussing books; Glose's 20 employees, most of whom are based in Paris, will join Medium
2:55 PM  •
Wall Street Journal:  TSMC says it will raise capital expenditures to between $25B and $28B in 2021, an increase of at least 47% YoY
2:45 PM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Israeli startup Carbyne, which is developing a cloud-based service to improve emergency response times, raises $25M Series B1
2:05 PM  •
Sarah E. Needleman / Wall Street Journal:  Cisco says it has struck a new deal to buy Acacia Communications for around $4.5B, boosting the original purchase price by 64%
2:00 PM  •
Sarah Emerson / OneZero :  The far-right is flocking to MeWe, a privacy-focused Facebook alternative that has Tim Berners-Lee on its board, with membership growing to 15M in recent months
1:40 PM  •
Chris Sanders / Reuters:  DOJ antitrust chief Makan Delrahim to resign effective Jan 19, a day before the Biden administration takes over
1:25 PM  •
Axios:  Silicon Valley's leading lobby, the Internet Association, is struggling to manage the competing interests of member companies like Facebook, Google, and Amazon
1:00 PM  •
Bloomberg:  Norway's consumer protection agency details how Amazon riddles the process of canceling Prime with “dark patterns,” calls on regulators to investigate
12:45 PM  •
Sam Shead / CNBC:  A coalition of health and tech companies, including Microsoft, Salesforce, and Oracle, says it is developing a digital COVID-19 vaccination “passport”
12:20 PM  •
David Jeans / Forbes:  Sources: TPG invested $47M in HR software startup Greenhouse and spent around $450M buying shares from existing investors including Benchmark and Thrive Capital
12:05 PM  •
Annie Palmer / CNBC:  Poshmark closed up more than 141% on its first day of trading, valuing the company at more than $3B, after raising $277M in its IPO
12:00 PM  •
Bloomberg:  Customer service software provider LiveVox to go public through a merger with a SPAC in a transaction valued at $840M
11:50 AM  •
Tom Warren / The Verge:  A leak of a near-final version of Windows 10X shows a strong similarity to Chrome OS, with the Start button centered on the taskbar, lack of Live Tiles, more
11:40 AM  •
Mary Ann Azevedo / FinLedger:  LendingPoint, which provides lending software tools for e-commerce, merchants, lending institutions, and other customers, raises $125M from Warburg Pincus
11:25 AM  •
Jon Porter / The Verge:  BMW announces Digital Key Plus, a keyless access system that uses the UWB chip in iPhones to let users unlock select BMW cars without taking out their phones
11:20 AM  •
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:  Ring says it has fixed a security flaw in its Neighbors app that was exposing the precise locations and home addresses of users who had posted to the app
11:10 AM  •
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:  Axios says it will launch AxiosHQ, which lets companies write internal memos styled like Axios newsletters, next month, starting at $10K a year
10:50 AM  •
Igor Bonifacic / Engadget:  Samsung's entire lineup of Galaxy S21 phones will not include a power adapter in the box; Samsung to reduce the price of its 25W adapter to $20, down from $35
10:45 AM  •
Ron Miller / TechCrunch:  Harness, a continuous app delivery and integration platform for engineering and DevOps teams, raises $85M Series C led by Alkeon at a $1.7B valuation
10:40 AM  •
Cherlynn Low / Engadget:  Samsung's Galaxy S21 Ultra has a 6.8" 120Hz AMOLED screen, a quad-rear camera with dual telephoto lenses for 100x zoom, and supports S Pen stylus
10:35 AM  •
David Carnoy / CNET:  Samsung announces Galaxy Buds Pro with a new design, active noise cancelation, an Ambient mode, and 360 Audio, available now to order for $200
10:20 AM  •
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:  Samsung announces Galaxy SmartTag, a $29.99 Tile competitor that works only with Samsung Galaxy devices, available on January 29
10:17 AM  •
Jason Cipriani / CNET:  Samsung announces Galaxy Buds Pro with a new design, active noise cancelation, an Ambient mode, and 360 Audio, available now for $200
10:08 AM  •
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:  Samsung unveils the $799 Galaxy S21, $999 Galaxy S21+, and $1,199 Galaxy S21 Ultra, available now to preorder and launching on January 29
9:55 AM  •
YouTube:  Samsung Galaxy Unpacked January 2021 live stream, where it's expected to unveil the Galaxy S21, S21 Plus, S21 Ultra, and more
9:45 AM  •
New York Times:  Review of public posts of dozens of Facebook users sharing extreme right-wing views shows how Facebook rewards their lies and helped incubate the insurrection
9:30 AM  •
Arjun Kharpal / CNBC:  Chinese driverless car startup WeRide raises $310M led by commercial vehicle manufacturer Yutong Group
9:20 AM  •
Reuters:  PayPal has become the first foreign operator with 100% control of a payment platform in China, after buying the remaining 30% stake in GoPay on December 31
9:08 AM  •
Rick Osterloh / The Keyword:  Google completes Fitbit acquisition, vows to protect users' privacy, says “deal has always been about devices, not data”
8:50 AM  •
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:  Sana Labs, which uses AI to personalize training courses for professionals, raises $18M Series A led by EQT Ventures
8:25 AM  •
Jonathan Shieber / TechCrunch:  DecisionLink, which develops software for cost-benefit analyses of business services, raises an $18.5M round led by Accel Partners
8:05 AM  •
Shaun Walker / The Guardian:  After denouncing Trump's social media bans, Poland says it plans to make it illegal for tech companies to take similar actions in the country
7:55 AM  •
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:  Lumiata, which provides AI-powered predictive analytics for managing health care costs, raises $14M Series B led by Defy.vc, bringing its total raised to $45M+
7:45 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Xentral, which develops enterprise resource planning software for online SMBs, raises $20M Series A led by Sequoia Capital
7:35 AM  •
Annie Musgrove / Tech.eu:  Swedish startup Minna, developer of a subscription management app, raises €15.5M Series B round led by Element Ventures, bringing its total funding to €23M+
7:25 AM  •
Sifted:  Berlin-based Sennder, which connects commercial businesses with freight carriers, raises $160M Series D at a $1B+ valuation
7:00 AM  •
Lily Hay Newman / Wired:  New research details iOS and Android issues that may allow third parties and law enforcement to access user data and suggests mitigation techniques
5:35 AM  •
Asa Fitch / Wall Street Journal:  Experts say widespread adoption of RISC-V, which was partly developed with DARPA's backing, could help China reduce its dependence on Western chip technology
4:10 AM  •
Wall Street Journal:  Internal docs: in hours ahead of Capitol riot, user reports of violent content on Facebook jumped 10x, and false news surged to ~40K reports/hour, 4x daily peak
2:30 AM  •
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:  Microsoft Cloud for Retail opens for preview, combining services and features from Microsoft Advertising, Azure, Microsoft 365, Dynamics 365, and Power Platform
1:55 AM  •
Elizabeth Dwoskin / Washington Post:  Sandberg deflected blame for Capitol riot, but fliers and hashtags promoting the pro-Trump rally circulated on Facebook and Instagram weeks beforehand
1:10 AM  •
John Callaham / Android Authority:  Asus announces Chromebook Flip CX9 for enterprises, with Titan C security, and CX5 for students, both equipped with Intel 11th-gen Core i7 and Iris Xe graphics
12:50 AM  •
Jay Peters / The Verge:  What to expect from Samsung's Galaxy Unpacked event: Galaxy S21, S21 Plus, and S21 Ultra, with S Pen support, Galaxy Buds Pro, SmartTag, and more
12:05 AM  •
Isabelle Kirkwood / BetaKit:  Ontario-based Prodigy Education, which offers an e-learning platform and math-focused games for elementary and middle school students, raises $159M CAD Series B

January 13, 2021

11:20 PM  •
Lizette Chapman / Bloomberg:  Report: VC funding in the US reached a record high of $130B in 2020, up 14% YoY, but the total number of deals fell to 6,022, down for the second year in a row
10:57 PM  •
Mercedes Ruehl / Financial Times:  Grab raises $300M led by Hanwha Asset Management for its financial services business, which spun out of Grab in 2018 and is now valued at $3B
10:35 PM  •
The Guardian:  Audio and chat logs of walkie-talkie app Zello reveal some Capitol rioters communicated via the app; Zello says it has now deleted 2K+ militia-related channels
9:20 PM  •
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:  Telehealth startup NeuroFlow, which uses applied AI to treat patients with behavioral health conditions, raises $20M Series B led by Magellan Health
9:05 PM  •
Elizabeth Dwoskin / Washington Post:  Jack Dorsey says Trump ban was the right decision for Twitter but reflects a “failure” to promote healthy conversation and sets a dangerous precedent
8:40 PM  •
Catherine Shu / TechCrunch:  Japan-based SODA, which operates sneaker reselling marketplace SNKRDUNK, raises $22M Series B led by SoftBank Ventures Asia
7:40 PM  •
Kurt Wagner / Bloomberg:  Facebook says it's removing posts of fliers promoting events leading up to Biden's inauguration, echoing warnings from law enforcement about another attack
7:15 PM  •
Sara Fischer / Axios:  Snapchat says it will permanently ban Trump's account on January 20 in the interest of public safety and based on repeated violations of Snapchat's guidelines
7:10 PM  •
Megan Graham / CNBC:  Google says it will pause political ads, and those referencing “impeachment, inauguration or protests at the US Capitol” on all its platforms starting Jan. 14
6:55 PM  •
Elizabeth Culliford / Reuters:  In an interview, Parler CEO John Matze says he is not sure whether the social network will ever return after being cut off by service providers
6:20 PM  •
Bloomberg:  Sources: Poshmark is pricing its IPO at $42 per share, raising $277M, up from its $35-$39 price initially noted in an earlier filing
5:35 PM  •
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch:  UK-based Weezy, whose grocery delivery app claims delivery in 15 minutes, raises $20M Series A led by Left Lane Capital
3:50 PM  •
Gené Teare / Crunchbase News:  Global VC report 2020: overall funding rose 4% YoY to ~$300B, despite a slow Q1, with ~$13.6B seed, $88.4B early-stage, and $198.4B late-stage and growth
3:00 PM  •
Makena Kelly / The Verge:  Some moderators say Nextdoor's policies don't adequately address QAnon and aren't well communicated to users; Nextdoor says it classifies QAnon as a hate group
2:50 PM  •
Jeff John Roberts / Fortune:  Crypto startup Anchorage says it has received a federal bank charter, making it easier for big banks to use Anchorage to offer cryptocurrencies to customers
2:20 PM  •
Rest of World:  Profile of Russian online retail giant Wildberries, owned by Russia's richest woman, which grew by catering to low-income shoppers via offline collection points
1:55 PM  •
Monica Chin / The Verge:  Asus unveils 14- and 15-inch ZenBook Duo dual-screen laptops with a second display built into the keyboard; the 14-inch version ships this month from $1,000
1:40 PM  •
Benjamin Powers / CoinDesk:  Ledger offers a 10 bitcoin bounty for details on the hacker who stole info on 272K crypto wallet device owners and says 20K more user records have been exposed
1:30 PM  •
Ben Thompson / Stratechery:  Actions taken by Big Tech after violence at the Capitol may have sowed the seeds for Internet 3.0, which will be defined by open protocols and decentralization
1:10 PM  •
Anthony Capaccio / Bloomberg:  Internal report: DoD halts deployment on classified networks of its $2B+ cybersecurity system for detecting intrusions and stopping attacks, citing poor results
1:01 PM  •
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:  E-commerce optimization startup Tradeswell raises $15.5M Series A led by SignalFire
12:40 PM  •
Jessica Bursztynsky / CNBC:  Affirm began trading at $90.90 and closed at $97.24, up 98% after pricing shares at $49; the company raised $1.2B after pricing shares above its $41-$44 range
12:30 PM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Israeli startup Vdoo, which helps detect and fix vulnerabilities in IoT devices, extends its Series B by $25M to $57M
12:15 PM  •
Jessica Bursztynsky / CNBC:  Airbnb says it is canceling and blocking reservations made for the week of Biden's inauguration in the Washington, DC metro area
12:05 PM  •
Reuters:  Polish parcel locker company InPost, widely used by sellers on Allegro, says it is planning an Amsterdam IPO as early as February
11:45 AM  •
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:  Ring says it is adding opt-in end-to-end encryption for eight cameras in technical preview for US users
11:30 AM  •
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:  Molecula, which is developing a cloud-based feature store for AI and machine learning workloads, raises $17.6M Series A led by Drive Capital
11:21 AM  •
Christine Hall / Crunchbase News:  MX, which develops analytics tools for financial institutions, raises $300M Series C led by TPG Growth at a $1.9B valuation, taking total raised to $475M
11:10 AM  •
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch:  NYC-based Rho, a startup bank aimed at high-growth businesses, raises $15M Series A led by M13 Ventures
11:05 AM  •
Bloomberg:  Online therapy service Talkspace agrees to merge with a SPAC in a deal worth $1.4B that provides Talkspace with $250M in funding
10:55 AM  •
Phuong Nguyen / Reuters:  Vietnam's biggest e-wallet company MoMo raises $100M+ from Warburg Pincus and five others
10:30 AM  •
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:  Stacklet, which is commercializing the Cloud Custodian open-source cloud governance project, raises $18M Series A, bringing its total raised to $22M
10:10 AM  •
Mary Ann Azevedo / FinLedger:  Blend, which provides tech to banks for facilitating loans, raises $300M Series G at a $3.3B valuation led by Coatue and Tiger Global Management
10:05 AM  •
Sara Fischer / Axios:  Scoop: Google pausing all political ads following Capitol siege
9:55 AM  •
Sam Shead / CNBC:  German online car trading service Auto1 plans to raise $1.2B in an IPO on Frankfurt Stock Exchange, aiming to go public in Q1
9:45 AM  •
Alex Wilhelm / TechCrunch:  Webflow, which helps businesses build no-code websites, raises $140M Series B led by Accel and Silversmith at a $2.1B+ valuation
9:35 AM  •
Jessica Bursztynsky / CNBC:  Dropbox says it will cut about 11% of its global workforce, affecting about 315 employees, and COO Olivia Nottebohm will leave on February 5
9:25 AM  •
Tony Connelly / RTÉ:  EU's top court says a GDPR complaint against Facebook can be handled in any EU member state, which could lead to a flood of complaints against tech giants
9:06 AM  •
Lauren Feiner / CNBC:  Intel CEO Bob Swan will step down on February 15 and VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger will replace him; Intel's stock is up 6%+, VMware's stock is down 6%+
9:00 AM  •
Tom Warren / The Verge:  Google says it has issued a fix for Android's Exposure Notifications System for COVID-19; users worldwide reported apps had slowed down significantly
8:40 AM  •
Stephen Nellis / Reuters:  Qualcomm acquires chip startup Nuvia for $1.4B, with plans to put the company's tech into its smartphone, laptop, and automotive processors
8:25 AM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  App Annie: mobile app downloads grew 7% YoY to 218B in 2020, while consumer spending grew ~20% to $143B; app usage in US surged ahead of time spent on live TV
8:15 AM  •
Karissa Bell / Engadget:  TikTok makes accounts of users aged 13 to 15 private by default, limiting who can comment on the videos and how other users can download or remix their videos
8:05 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Rapyd, which provides an API-based “fintech-as-a-service” platform, raises $300M Series D at a $2.5B post-money valuation
7:55 AM  •
Annie Musgrove / Tech.eu:  France-based iziwork, which helps temporary workers find jobs, raises $43M from Cathay Innovation and Bpifrance, bringing its total raised to $68M
7:42 AM  •
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:  Apple announces new projects related to its $100M pledge for racial equity and justice, including a developer academy focused on Black entrepreneurs
7:30 AM  •
Gaurav Laghate / The Economic Times:  Amazon launches a mobile-only Prime Video plan in India starting at Rs. 89, or ~$1.30, per month, in partnership with Bharti Airtel
7:10 AM  •
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:  Amazon launches Academy, a preparation app with curated learning material for admission to engineering colleges in India, available free for “next few months”
6:55 AM  •
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:  A look at Spotify's push into podcasting as it seeks profitability: ~2M podcasts are available, up from 2,500 in 2017, and 20% of its users listen to podcasts
6:20 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Report: Intel, Apple, and Qualcomm made the top 10 patent recipients list in 2020; IBM received the most with 9,130, Samsung Electronics came second with 6,415
4:05 AM  •
Deepti Sri / Tech in Asia:  Report: Grab led SE Asia's food delivery market in 2020, which grew 183% YoY to $11.9B, with $5.9B of gross merchandise value; Foodpanda had $2.5B+, Gojek $2B
2:25 AM  •
Catherine Shu / TechCrunch:  Ajaib, an Indonesia-based stock trading and investment app that claims to have 1M monthly active users, raises $25M Series A led by Horizons Ventures

January 12, 2021

11:17 PM  •
Axios:  YouTube says it has taken down newly posted videos from Trump for violating its policies against inciting violence and bans new uploads for a week
10:52 PM  •
Arjun Kharpal / CNBC:  Source: Chinese video platform Bilibili files for a secondary Hong Kong listing, which could raise over $2B
9:05 PM  •
Will Oremus / OneZero:  Facebook has long embraced a “view from nowhere”, favoring political neutrality, but comments from Instagram's head suggest that agnostic stance is changing
8:35 PM  •
Dr. Ian Cutress / AnandTech:  Interview with Dr. Lisa Su, AMD's CEO, on the new Ryzen 5000 Series Mobile lineup, Apple's M1 chip, supply shortages, AMD's acquisition of Xilinx, and more
7:55 PM  •
Billy Steele / Engadget:  Outdoor grill company Weber has acquired smart oven startup June for undisclosed sum; June worked previously to help develop Weber's smart grilling system
7:40 PM  •
Maggie Miller / The Hill:  European Medicines Agency says that hackers leaked third-party documents on COVID-19 vaccines and medicines as part of a breach discovered late last year
7:20 PM  •
Bloomberg:  Sources: Affirm priced its IPO at $49 per share, above the marketed range of $33 to $38 set earlier this week, raising roughly $1.2B
7:10 PM  •
Gavin Bonshor / AnandTech:  AMD says it will now directly sell Threadripper Pro CPUs to consumers, which support up to 128 PCIe 4.0 lanes and eight-channel memory, starting in March
6:30 PM  •
Dave Nyczepir / FedScoop:  White House launches the National AI Initiative Office, which will implement national AI strategy and coordinate research across gov., industry, and academia
5:55 PM  •
Zoe Schiffer / The Verge:  Report: GitHub fired an employee who used the term “Nazis” in an internal Slack during the US Capitol riot; ~200 staff signed a letter questioning the firing
5:45 PM  •
Anna Schecter / NBC News:  How right-wing extremists are using Telegram channels, including some affiliated with Proud Boys, to call for violence against government officials on Jan. 20
5:40 PM  •
Sean O'Kane / The Verge:  Sources: Apple held talks with EV startup Canoo in 2020; Apple was largely interested in Canoo's unique scalable electric vehicle platform
5:10 PM  •
Pew Research Center:  Survey of 9,220 US adults: 53% get news from social media at least sometimes; 36% regularly get news from Facebook, 23% from YouTube, 15% from Twitter
4:40 PM  •
Wall Street Journal:  Visa is abandoning its $5.3B planned acquisition of fintech firm Plaid after the DOJ sued over antitrust concerns in November
4:15 PM  •
Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:  E-commerce infrastructure startup Nacelle closes $18M Series A led by Inovia, after closing a $4.8M seed round in mid-2020
3:55 PM  •
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:  Google details a sophisticated hacking operation first detected in early 2020 that used several novel Chrome exploits to compromise users on Android and Windows
3:30 PM  •
Gizmodo:  GPS metadata from videos posted to Parler on Jan. 6 shows several users deep inside the Capitol; source: FBI has expressed interest in examining the data
3:25 PM  •
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:  CrowdStrike details Sunspot, a newly discovered malware strain that was the first to be used in the SolarWinds supply chain attack, beginning in September 2019
3:10 PM  •
Jeff Stone / CyberScoop:  Europol says it has shut down DarkMarket, the largest online marketplace for illicit goods with 2,400+ vendors, and apprehended a suspect, an Australian man
3:00 PM  •
Faiz Siddiqui / Washington Post:  Gig workers and unions sue in CA Supreme Court to have Prop 22 overturned, alleging it violates the state constitution and limits the power of legislators
2:40 PM  •
Nathaniel Popper / New York Times:  A look at those unlucky enough to forget the password to access their bitcoin; Chainalysis says 20% of all bitcoin, or ~$140B, appears to be lost or stranded
2:20 PM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Gett, a ride-hailing platform focused on business users, raises $115M, bringing its total raised to $965M, says it's now “operationally profitable”
1:55 PM  •
Swetha Gopinath / Bloomberg:  UK online greeting cards company Moonpig says it will list on London's stock exchange, sources say with an expected valuation of over £1B
1:50 PM  •
Freya Pratty / Sifted:  Finnish startup M-Files, which helps businesses organize and track internal documents and data, raises $80M, bringing total raised to $127M
1:40 PM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Descript, which offers smart video and audio editing tools, raises $30M Series B led by Spark Capital
1:32 PM  •
Nick Statt / The Verge:  WhatsApp clarifies its new data sharing policy with Facebook, which mostly concerns businesses, after recent backlash and surge in Telegram and Signal downloads
1:30 PM  •
Shibani Mahtani / Washington Post:  Chinese authorities are ramping up the use of digital tools to clamp down on Hong Kong activists, including website blocking, as some fear broader surveillance
1:20 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Facebook expands its Access Your Information tool, adding six new categories of data, a search tool, and more, available now on its Android and iOS apps
1:15 PM  •
Andy Greenberg / Wired:  After reports of all of Parler's data being downloaded by third parties, analysis shows Parler lacked basic security measures to prevent such a data breach
1:10 PM  •
Bloomberg:  Zoom says it is seeking to raise $1.5B through a new stock offering
1:05 PM  •
Jeff Grubb / VentureBeat:  Nvidia unveils RTX 3060, 3070, and 3080 GPUs, suited for mobile gaming, and says laptops with the RTX 3070 and 3080 will start rolling out this month
1:00 PM  •
Will Knight / Wired:  After an outcry, HireVue, which offers automated assessments of job applicants, will stop using facial analysis but will still analyze intonation and behavior
12:45 PM  •
Brianna Sacks / BuzzFeed News:  GoFundMe has banned fundraisers for traveling to political events “where there's risk of violence by the attendees”, following the violence at the Capitol
12:18 PM  •
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:  AMD unveils its Ryzen 5000 Series, 8-core x86 chips for gaming laptops and thin-and-light notebooks coming in February, alongside third-gen Epyc server chips
11:30 AM  •
Andrei Frumusanu / AnandTech:  Samsung unveils the Exynos 2100 flagship SoC, produced on a 5nm process node, touting 19% better single core and 33% better multi-core performance than last gen
11:25 AM  •
Reuters:  Memo: Uganda has blocked all social media in the country ahead of its election; source says ban is retaliation for Facebook removing pro-government accounts
11:10 AM  •
Bijan Stephen / The Verge:  Spanish gamer David “TheGrefg” Martínez had 2M+ concurrent viewers on Twitch watching him reveal Icon series Fortnite skin, breaking the previous record of 635K
11:00 AM  •
Mike Dano / Light Reading:  AT&T, Verizon, Airbnb, Comcast, and others are halting donations to lawmakers who opposed certifying election results, such as Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley
10:36 AM  •
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:  Workato, provider of app integration and workflow automation services for businesses, raises $110M Series D at a post-money valuation of $1.7B
10:25 AM  •
Tony Romm / Washington Post:  House Democrats plan to investigate the role of Facebook, Twitter, and other social media in the Capitol riot as part of broad inquiry into disinformation
9:55 AM  •
Ron Miller / TechCrunch:  Cockroach Labs, which develops the cloud-native SQL database CockroachDB, raises $160M Series E at a $2B valuation led by Altimeter Capital
9:40 AM  •
Alex Heath / The Information:  Memo: following its Trump ban, Facebook has told employees to avoid wearing company-branded apparel in public as it might put staff at risk
9:35 AM  •
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:  Jellyfish, which develops software engineering management tools, raises $31.5M Series B led by Insight Partners
9:25 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Jedox, which develops financial modeling and analytics software, raises $100M+ led by Insight Partners, bringing its total raised to ~$150M
9:15 AM  •
David Z. Morris / Fortune:  Modern Treasury, which develops software to help integrate direct banking services with online services, raises $38M led by Altimeter Capital
8:55 AM  •
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:  AirSlate, which automates repetitive business processes, raises $40M, bringing its total raised to $80M
8:40 AM  •
Sam Schechner / Wall Street Journal:  Video-sharing site Rumble, popular among conservatives, sues Google, accusing it of diverting traffic to YouTube
8:25 AM  •
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:  JumpCloud, a cloud-native directory service for enterprises, raises $100M Series E led by BlackRock, bringing its total raised to $191M
8:05 AM  •
Patrick Frater / Variety:  Study: Asia's online video market passed $30B in 2020 as subscription revenue overtook ads for the first time; avg. growth/year is projected at 12% until 2025
7:45 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Jobber, which makes management software for home services professionals, raises $60M led by Summit Partners
7:30 AM  •
Jim Wilson / Safety Detectives:  Chinese startup Socialarks leaked 400GB of scraped data of 200M+ Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn users
7:10 AM  •
Nick Carey / Reuters:  Aptiv announces its next-gen self-driving platform, which it claims could save up to 20%-30% of costs for carmakers compared to its earlier system
6:35 AM  •
Jason Koebler / VICE:  Salesforce said it had “taken action” against RNC to stop it from sending emails that may lead to violence; RNC says it has stopped all online fundraising
4:00 AM  •
Jay Greene / Washington Post:  Amazon says it will begin removing QAnon products from its site and third-party merchants attempting to list QAnon goods may have selling privileges revoked
2:25 AM  •
Ryan Browne / CNBC:  Curve, which combines all of a customer's debit and credit cards into one app and a linked “smart” card which they can use for payments, raises $95M Series C
12:00 AM  •
Catherine Shu / TechCrunch:  Indonesia-based BukuKas raises $10M Series A led by Sequoia Capital India to digitize SMBs with an “end-to-end software stack”, bringing total raised to $22M

January 11, 2021

11:15 PM  •
Katie Roof / Bloomberg:  London-based payments company Checkout.com raises $450M in funding led by Tiger Global at a $15B post-money valuation, up from $5.5B last year
10:40 PM  •
Dr. Ian Cutress / AnandTech:  Intel previews 14nm Rocket Lake Core i9-11900K, its next consumer flagship processor, coming in Q1, promising up to 50% better integrated graphics performance
10:25 PM  •
Monica Chin / The Verge:  Lenovo announces ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga: less than half an inch thick, 2K touch display with 450 nits of brightness, 11th-gen Intel i7 vPro, starts at $1,899
9:05 PM  •
Twitter:  Twitter says it has suspended over 70K accounts involved in spreading harmful QAnon-associated content since Friday
8:30 PM  •
Emily Czachor / Newsweek:  North Idaho ISP Your T1 WIFI will block Facebook and Twitter for customers that request it after it received complaints over censorship
8:00 PM  •
Joseph Cox / VICE:  Muslim prayer app Salaat First, with 10M+ Android downloads, tracks users' location in the UK, Germany, France, and Italy and sells it to data broker Predicio
7:15 PM  •
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:  Mobileye announces autonomous vehicle pilot programs in Tokyo, Shanghai, and Paris for early this year, after commencing in Detroit and Munich last year
6:55 PM  •
Melissa Repko / CNBC:  Walmart says it will launch a fintech startup, with Ribbit Capital owning a minority share in the new company
5:12 PM  •
Dr. Ian Cutress / AnandTech:  Roundtable interview with Intel CEO Bob Swan on ramping up 10nm production, possibly sub-licensing leading process node technology from other foundries, more
5:00 PM  •
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:  Intel unveils four chip families, including Intel Core H-series for laptop gaming and Core vPro focused on hardware-based security, for the enterprise market
4:55 PM  •
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:  Parler is suing Amazon after its AWS suspension, leveling far-fetched antitrust allegations, including that Amazon hoped to reduce competition for Twitter
4:50 PM  •
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:  Qualcomm announces the next generation of its ultrasonic in-display fingerprint sensor, saying it's 77% larger and 50% faster than the previous gen
4:14 PM  •
About Facebook:  Facebook says it is now removing content containing the phrase “stop the steal”, under Facebook and Instagram's Coordinating Harm policy
3:45 PM  •
Tom Warren / The Verge:  IDC: PC shipments for 2020 were up 13.1% YoY, the most annual growth in the market since 2010's 13.7% increase
2:55 PM  •
Dan Gallagher / Wall Street Journal:  As tensions rise, China has found a subtle way to make life difficult for US tech companies: slowing down regulatory approval for acquisitions and other deals
2:30 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Following Trump's ban on Facebook and Twitter, alternative social apps and private messengers top the app stores, including Signal, Telegram, MeWe, and CloutHub
2:25 PM  •
Evelyn Douek / Lawfare:  Facebook should refer its decision to indefinitely block Trump to its Oversight Board, even though the board typically reviews individual pieces of content
1:55 PM  •
Jessica Guynn / USA Today:  Facebook hires Roy L. Austin, Jr., a renowned civil rights attorney and advocate, to establish a new civil rights organization inside Facebook
1:25 PM  •
Bloomberg:  Angela Merkel says social media's ban of the president's accounts is “problematic” and rules governing speech should happen by law, a sentiment echoed by France
1:00 PM  •
Chase / Legendary Live Streaming:  Livestreaming report: Twitch had 17B watch hours in 2020, up 83% YoY, and Facebook Gaming had 3.59B, up 166%; YouTube had 100B watch hours across live and VOD
12:30 PM  •
Kathrin Hille / Financial Times:  Hundreds of thousands of Taiwanese companies, including contract electronics manufacturers, are moving away from China over trade tensions and rising costs
12:20 PM  •
Katie Roof / Bloomberg:  Enfusion, a fintech startup specializing in software for asset managers, says Iconiq Growth has invested $150M in the company at a $1.5B valuation
11:58 AM  •
Ashley Gold / Axios:  Facebook says it's freezing all contributions from its PAC through at least Q1 as it reviews its political spending, joining Microsoft and Google
10:55 AM  •
Heather Somerville / Wall Street Journal:  Airbnb, often forgotten in the Section 230 debate, has relied on the law to avoid responsibility for some listings and is lobbying to reshape it
10:40 AM  •
Reuters:  Chinese government data shows domestic smartphone shipments dropped to 296M in 2020, down 20.4% from 372M in 2019
10:15 AM  •
Wall Street Journal:  Amazon, Walmart, and others are using AI to decide whether it makes economic sense to skip returns and let customers keep the products, which is often cheaper
9:45 AM  •
Chris Welch / The Verge:  LG says Google Stadia and Nvidia's GeForce Now are coming to its latest TVs in the second half of 2021
9:30 AM  •
Alexander Osipovich / Wall Street Journal:  Intercontinental Exchange says its crypto venture Bakkt will go public via a SPAC merger at a $2.1B valuation
9:10 AM  •
Dell Cameron / Gizmodo:  A researcher says she archived 99.9% of posts on Parler, many with users' location data, as Apple, Google, and Amazon took the service offline
8:55 AM  •
Julie Zhu / Reuters:  Sources: China will push tech giants, including Ant Group, Tencent, and JD.com, to share consumer credit data in a bid to prevent excess borrowing and fraud
8:50 AM  •
Thomas Seal / Bloomberg:  Twitter stock fell 7%+ in first trading since permanently banning Trump; one analyst says Twitter could be inviting regulation by making editorial decisions
8:25 AM  •
Wilson Rothman / Wall Street Journal:  As CES kicks off, a look at how the mammoth trade show pivoted to a virtual event this year with ~1,900 exhibitors participating, far shy of 2020's 4,500
7:55 AM  •
FinSMEs:  Italian grocery delivery service Cortilia raises €34M Series C led by Red Circle Investments
7:35 AM  •
Peter W. Singer / Defense One:  After years of dodging the issue, social media platforms finally seem to acknowledge that they are not just a communication space but a conflict space
7:20 AM  •
Bloomberg:  Turkey starts an antitrust investigation into Facebook and WhatsApp over new data sharing terms that have sparked privacy concerns
7:10 AM  •
France 24:  Facebook says it has shut down a slew of accounts run by Ugandan government officials accused of seeking to manipulate public debate ahead of elections
6:10 AM  •
Jillian C. York:  A list of things pundits are getting wrong about content moderation for precedent-setting events like deplatforming Trump, online purges, and banning Parler

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