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January 20, 2022

5:05 PM  •
New York Times:  DeepMind co-founder Mustafa Suleyman is leaving Google to join Greylock Partners; Suleyman was stripped of some duties in 2019 for allegedly bullying staff
4:20 PM  •
Todd Spangler / Variety:  Netflix reports Q4 revenue of $7.71B, up 16% YoY, net income of $607M, 222M paid subscribers, and $30B in 2021 revenue, up 19%; stock down 15%+ on weak guidance
3:01 PM  •
Jeff Cox / CNBC:  The US Federal Reserve releases its long-awaited report on a digital dollar but doesn't take a position on issuing one, and seeks public feedback for 120 days
2:40 PM  •
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:  Prophecy, which lets data engineers build workflows by switching between a visual interface and a code editor, raises a $25M Series A led by Insight Partners
2:30 PM  •
John Paczkowski / BuzzFeed News:  Apple names longtime company spokesperson Kristin Huguet as VP of worldwide communications, replacing Stella Low, who is leaving after joining Apple in May 2021
1:45 PM  •
Lauren Feiner / CNBC:  The Senate Judiciary votes 16-6 to advance the American Innovation and Choice Online Act, which would stop platforms from favoring their products over rivals'
1:37 PM  •
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / VICE:  Several services that rely on OpenSea's APIs, including Twitter and MetaMask, are having trouble displaying NFTs as the marketplace suffers a “database outage”
1:25 PM  •
Salvador Rodriguez / Wall Street Journal:  Twitter will let iOS users of its Blue subscription service use NFTs as their profile pictures
12:35 PM  •
Lydia Moynihan / New York Post:  Sources: TikTok ousted its marketing chief Nick Tran for “going rogue” with plans like TikTok Kitchen, NFTs by Lil Nas X and others, and TikTok Resumes
12:30 PM  •
Nico Grant / Bloomberg:  Current and former members of Google's site reliability group Borg SRE say managers, including the team's leader Pierre Aubert, fostered a toxic environment
12:25 PM  •
Kirsten Korosec / TechCrunch:  Mercedes-Benz plans to use Luminar's lidar tech in future vehicles in exchange for data and services, and takes a small 1.5M share stake in Luminar
12:12 PM  •
Alex Heath / The Verge:  Sources: Google's AR headset could launch in 2024, powered by a custom processor, resembling ski goggles, and no need for an external power connection
11:45 AM  •
Kim Lyons / The Verge:  Meta launches gamified activities on Messenger Kids to help kids learn how to safely use the internet, developed with guidance from online safety experts
11:30 AM  •
Mike Wheatley / SiliconANGLE:  Atom Computing, which aims to build a quantum computer based on neutral atom tech that uses lasers to manipulate individual qubits, raises a $60M Series B
11:10 AM  •
Eric Newcomer / Newcomer:  Profile of Hemant Taneja, who became the sole managing partner of General Catalyst in 2021, as the firm raises a seed, venture, and growth fund totaling $4.6B
11:00 AM  •
Andrew Asmakov / Decrypt:  Crypto.com says its breach affected 483 users, resulting in unauthorized cryptocurrencies withdrawals worth ~$33.84M, and all users were reimbursed the same day
10:35 AM  •
Reuters:  Sources: ByteDance revenue grew by 70% YoY to around $58B in 2021, slower than a year earlier when its revenue grew by 100%+ to $34.3B
10:30 AM  •
Mahira Dayal / The Information:  TikTok says it is testing letting creators charge subscriptions for their content
10:25 AM  •
Kyle Alspach / VentureBeat:  Virtru, which offers encryption for data shared over email, SaaS apps, and more, raises a $60M Series C, bringing its total funding to $136.8M
10:25 AM  •
Mark Mulligan / MIDiA Research:  Research: global music subscribers hit 523.9M in Q2 2021, up 26.4% YoY; Spotify had 31% market share; Apple Music, 15%; Amazon Music, 13%, and YouTube Music, 8%
9:40 AM  •
Katie Roof / Bloomberg:  6sense, which offers AI-based sales prediction and marketing tools, raises $200M co-led by Blue Owl and MSD Partners at a $5.2B valuation
9:25 AM  •
Josh Scott / BetaKit:  Montreal-based Shakepay, which lets Canadians buy and sell bitcoin, raises a ~$35M Series A at a $313M valuation led by QED Investors
8:40 AM  •
Jamie Crawley / CoinDesk:  Chicago-based BlockFills, which helps financial institutions build digital asset trading businesses and finances crypto miners, raises a $37M Series A
8:20 AM  •
Reuters:  Russia's central bank proposes banning cryptocurrency use and mining, citing threats to financial stability, citizens' wellbeing, and monetary sovereignty
8:05 AM  •
Maija Palmer / Sifted:  Swiss startup Terra Quantum, which offers cloud-based quantum computing as a service, raises a $60M Series A
8:00 AM  •
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:  Apple countersues Ericsson, seeking a US import ban on mobile base stations and proposes that both parties withdraw all patent infringement actions
7:55 AM  •
Kate Park / TechCrunch:  South Korea's Greenlabs, which wants to digitize the entire value chain of agriculture space from crop production to distribution, raises a $140M Series C
7:50 AM  •
Patricia Allen / EU-Startups:  Berlin-based EMnify, which offers a cloud platform for cellular connectivity in the IoT stack, raises €50M from One Peak, bringing its total funding to €70M
7:45 AM  •
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch:  Vienna-based PlanRadar, which digitizes construction and real estate documents and communication, raises a $70M Series B
7:40 AM  •
Swetha Gopinath / Bloomberg:  File sharing service WeTransfer is seeking to raise €125M, less than the €160M initially targeted, in an Amsterdam IPO at up to a €716M valuation
7:35 AM  •
Kurt Schlosser / GeekWire:  Amazon Style, the company's first physical fashion store, will launch in LA later this year, with an app that lets shoppers send items to the fitting room
7:25 AM  •
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:  Chennai-based M2P Fintech, which provides payment infrastructure to legacy banks and fintech startups in India, raises a $56M Series C at a ~$605M valuation
7:20 AM  •
Financial Times:  Sources: Meta plans to let users create and sell NFTs on Facebook and Instagram, display NFTs on user profiles, and is considering an NFT marketplace
6:50 AM  •
Miles Kruppa / Financial Times:  Sources: by March, a16z plans to raise $3.5B for its latest cryptocurrency fund and up to $1B for a fund focused on seed investments in digital asset startups
5:25 AM  •
TechCrunch:  CB Insights: global fintech funding in 2021 jumped to a record $131.5B across 4,969 deals, up from $49B raised across 3,491 deals in 2020
4:15 AM  •
Reuters:  Investing app Acorns cancels its proposed $2.2B SPAC merger announced in May 2021, and plans to instead raise private capital at a higher pre-money valuation
1:45 AM  •
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:  SaaS Labs, which offers business automation tools for sales and support teams at SMBs, raises a $42M Series B, and acquires CallPage and Atolia
12:55 AM  •
Farah Elbahrawy / Bloomberg:  Saudi Arabia-based Lean Technologies, which enables companies to access bank data and make payments, raises $33M led by Sequoia Capital India
12:05 AM  •
Dave Muoio / FierceHealthcare:  Big Health, which makes cognitive behavioral therapy apps Sleepio and Daylight to help users improve sleep, raises a $75M Series C led by SoftBank Vision Fund 2

January 19, 2022

11:40 PM  •
Aisha Malik / TechCrunch:  Mantra Health, which provides virtual mental health care services to college and university students in the US, raises a $22M Series A led by VMG Partners
11:25 PM  •
Alexandra Wilson / Forbes:  Spekit, which helps companies train remote employees by adapting and integrating their training manuals within apps that employees use, raises a $45M Series B
11:15 PM  •
Rebecca Torrence / FierceHealthcare:  Lyra Health, a mental health service used by employees at companies like Uber and Morgan Stanley, raises a $235M Series F led by Dragoneer at a $5.85B valuation
11:00 PM  •
Ryne Hager / Android Police:  Google launches a limited beta of Google Play Games for PC, which brings Android games to Windows 10 and Windows 11, in Hong Kong, South Korea, and Taiwan
10:15 PM  •
Mack DeGeurin / Gizmodo:  This summer the IRS will require users to log in via ID.me, which uses facial recognition in its authentication process, to file taxes, make payments, and more
8:00 PM  •
Mark Bergen / Bloomberg:  Internal email: Google is creating a unit under its Labs division for blockchain and other distributed tech, led by engineering VP Shivakumar Venkataraman
7:05 PM  •
Sean Lyngaas / CNN:  Red Cross says a cyberattack on a vendor for over 60 Red Cross and Red Crescent societies compromised the personal data of 515,000+ “highly vulnerable people”
6:15 PM  •
Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:  POAP, or Proof Of Attendance Protocol, which issues NFTs as “mementos” to attendees of real-world events, raises a $10M seed led by Archetype and Sapphire Sport
5:25 PM  •
Emma Roth / The Verge:  AT&T begins its 5G C-band rollout in eight US metro areas, including Austin and Chicago, after delaying rollouts around airports due to safety concerns
4:50 PM  •
Abner Li / 9to5Google:  Google says it will transition organizations using G Suite legacy free edition to an upgraded Google Workspace paid subscription starting on July 1
4:10 PM  •
Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:  Autograph, an agency co-founded by Tom Brady that helps celebrities get involved with NFTs, raises a $170M Series B co-led by a16z and Kleiner Perkins
3:30 PM  •
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:  Clari, which helps companies generate more predictable revenue through big data insights, raises a $225M Series F led by Blackstone at a $2.6B valuation
2:55 PM  •
Alex Wilhelm / TechCrunch:  Australian user research software startup Dovetail raises a $63M Series A led by Accel at a $700M+ valuation, bringing its total funding to $70M+
2:25 PM  •
Bloomberg:  Crypto.com confirms it suffered a cybersecurity breach, says it reimbursed the ~400 affected customer accounts, and plans to share more in the coming days
1:30 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Instagram Subscriptions launches as an alpha, initially letting 10 US creators offer their followers paid access to exclusive Instagram Live videos and Stories
1:10 PM  •
Dustin Volz / Wall Street Journal:  Biden signs a memorandum expanding the NSA's role in protecting sensitive government networks, and mandating cybersecurity practices at DoD and spy agencies
12:50 PM  •
Katie Roof / Bloomberg:  Handshake, a diversity-focused recruitment network aimed at college students, raises a $200M Series F at a $3.5B valuation, up from $1.5B in May 2021
11:50 AM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Filmhub, which lets filmmakers distribute their work to over 100 streaming channels, including Amazon Prime Video and Apple TV, raises a $6.8M seed led by a16z
11:15 AM  •
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:  South Africa-based mobile games publisher Carry1st raises a $20M Series A extension led by a16z, the firm's first investment in an Africa-headquartered startup
10:40 AM  •
Emma Betuel / TechCrunch:  Gale Healthcare, which matches nurses with available work shifts at hospitals or clinics, raises $60M from FTV Capital and says 40K nurses use its service
9:55 AM  •
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:  Ambient.ai, which uses AI to process live video footage from security cameras and alert users of breaches, raises $52M led by a16z
9:50 AM  •
Arjun Kharpal / CNBC:  Chinese government data shows domestic smartphone shipments grew 15.9% YoY to 342.8M units in 2021, below the 371.7M smartphones shipped in 2019
9:40 AM  •
Rebecca Bellan / TechCrunch:  Parallel Systems, which builds autonomous battery-powered rail vehicles, comes out of stealth, with a $49.55M Series A, bringing its total funding to $53.15M
9:35 AM  •
Brandy Betz / CoinDesk:  iTrustCapital, which lets users with an individual retirement account invest in cryptocurrencies, raises a $125M Series A at a $1.3B+ post-money valuation
9:25 AM  •
Natasha Mascarenhas / TechCrunch:  Wheel, which provides tools that let health providers and employers offer telehealth services, raises a $150M Series C, bringing its total funding to $216M
9:15 AM  •
Hannah Lang / Reuters:  Revolut launches commission-free stock trading in the US, letting users trade shares of 1,100+ securities listed on the NYSE and the Nasdaq
9:05 AM  •
Carly Page / TechCrunch:  Password management service 1Password raises a $620M Series C led by Iconiq Growth at a $6.8B valuation and says it now has 100K+ paying customers
8:45 AM  •
Steve Dent / Engadget:  Opera unveils Crypto Browser Project, a beta browser for Windows, Mac, and Android, with a crypto wallet, access to crypto/NFT exchanges, dApps, and more
8:05 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Tel Aviv-based Personetics, which helps incumbent banks compete with neobanks by personalizing their customer offerings, raises $85M led by Thoma Bravo
7:30 AM  •
Reuters:  China denies reports that it plans to require large internet companies with 100M+ users or $1.58B+ in revenue to obtain an approval before making investments
7:10 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Lattice, which builds workforce people management tools including for performance reviews and tracking career goals, raises a $175M Series F at a $3B valuation
6:50 AM  •
Wall Street Journal:  Sources: in recent weeks, CEO Bobby Kotick suggested Activision Blizzard make an acquisition, including of trade publications like Kotaku and PC Gamer
6:45 AM  •
Bloomberg:  Sony's stock fell 13% on Wednesday, its biggest drop since October 2008, wiping $20B off its valuation, after Microsoft announced its Activision Blizzard deal
6:20 AM  •
Clive Cookson / Financial Times:  The Royal Society finds social media sites banning misleading content is ineffective and can drive misinformation to “harder-to-address corners of the internet”
5:35 AM  •
Jennifer Conrad / Wired:  A look at crowdsourced juries in China, like Meituan's “kangaroo jury” made up of volunteers who adjudicate disputes between buyers and sellers on its platform
4:30 AM  •
Keith Romer / New York Times:  AI tools can generate an optimal poker strategy, balancing bluffing and playing it straight, which some professional players are using to augment their play
2:55 AM  •
Tage Kene-Okafor / TechCrunch:  Kenya-based Copia Global, which uses proprietary logistics to offer middle- and low-income African users a mobile e-commerce service, raises a $50M Series C
2:45 AM  •
Aditya Hadi Pratama / Tech in Asia:  BukuKas, an e-commerce enabler for SMBs that also makes a bookkeeping app, raises an $80M Series C led by Tiger Global and Sequoia India, and rebrands as Lummo
2:35 AM  •
Christine Hall / TechCrunch:  Pyxis One, which offers no-code AI models to companies for targeted marketing, raises a $100M Series C led by SoftBank Vision Fund 2 and renames itself to Pixis
2:05 AM  •
Madhumita Murgia / Financial Times:  Survey finds that 76% of Chinese citizens and 68% of Indians say they trust AI companies compared to only 35% in France, the UK, and the US
1:10 AM  •
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:  Ericsson sues Apple over 5G and other patents, following the expiration of the cross-license agreement between the two companies and no renewal deal
12:45 AM  •
CNBC:  Apple and Google warn of harmful consequences to user privacy and security from two proposed Senate antitrust bills scheduled to be considered this week
12:20 AM  •
NBC News:  Snapchat's friend recommendation feature will no longer suggest users under 18, unless they have a certain number of friends in common, to curb drug dealing

January 18, 2022

11:30 PM  •
Chris Stokel-Walker / MIT Technology Review:  A look at Tonga's internet blackout following the volcano blast, which initial investigations suggest destroyed the country's single undersea internet cable
11:10 PM  •
Aastha Maheshwari / DealStreetAsia:  Indonesia's Moladin, which pivoted to a used car and motorbike marketplace in mid-2021, raises a $42M Series A led by Northstar Group and Sequoia Capital India
10:45 PM  •
Bloomberg:  Sources: Activision Blizzard tried to find other buyers, including Meta, while weighing a potential Microsoft takeover after the WSJ's exposé in November
10:20 PM  •
Charlize Alcaraz / BetaKit:  Financial data and analytics startup Canalyst raises a $70M Series C led by Dragoneer Investment Group, bringing its total funding to over $100M
9:55 PM  •
Saritha Rai / Bloomberg:  Reliance buys a majority stake in Indian startup Addverb, which uses robots to make e-commerce warehouses and energy production more efficient, for $132M
9:15 PM  •
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:  Proton.ai, which offers AI-powered tools for wholesale distributors to help sales reps and customers manage products across channels, raises a $20M Series A
8:35 PM  •
Noah Kirsch / The Daily Beast:  Internal memo: Better.com CEO Vishal Garg resumes full-time duties over a month after taking time off following his controversial firing of ~900 staff on Zoom
8:15 PM  •
Kate Rooney / CNBC:  The US OCC and Federal Reserve approve SoFi's bid to become a bank holding company via its Golden Pacific Bancorp acquisition; SoFi stock jumps 16%+ after hours
5:55 PM  •
Kyle Alspach / VentureBeat:  Banyan Security, which offers a zero trust remote access client and saw a 300% increase in users in 2021, raises a $30M Series B led by Third Point Ventures
5:30 PM  •
Makena Kelly / The Verge:  Democratic lawmakers unveil the Banning Surveillance Advertising Act, which would ban targeted ads but allow broad location-based and contextual ads
4:55 PM  •
Andrew Hayward / Decrypt:  The Metaplex Foundation, developer of an NFT protocol behind 5.7M+ minted Solana NFTs, raises $46M with Michael Jordan and Allen Iverson among 90+ investors
4:35 PM  •
Wall Street Journal:  AT&T and Verizon temporarily restrict 5G expansion near US airports, but a few airlines will still suspend some flights on Wednesday amid Boeing's guidance
4:15 PM  •
Kenrick Cai / Forbes:  Ironclad, which helps companies create and manage business contracts, raises a $150M Series E entirely from existing investors at a $3.2B valuation
3:55 PM  •
Peter Kafka / Vox:  Following several game studio acquisitions, Microsoft's Activision Blizzard deal faces a big regulatory hurdle with Lina Khan's antitrust-focused FTC
3:35 PM  •
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:  Walnut, a personalized product demo and analytics service, raises a $35M Series B and says its ARR has grown 700% since its $21M Series A in August 2021
2:30 PM  •
Ben Thompson / Stratechery:  As Intel pushes ahead with its IDM 2.0 strategy, a look at the motivations behind its TSMC partnership that is giving its competitor better scale and economics
1:45 PM  •
Lauren Feiner / CNBC:  The FTC and DOJ seek public comment on how to rewrite “the antitrust laws regarding mergers”, signaling a potentially tougher stance toward Big Tech deals
1:40 PM  •
Todd Spangler / Variety:  YouTube says it's winding down YouTube Originals after six years and will only fund programs that are part of its Black Voices and YouTube Kids Funds
1:30 PM  •
Frank Chaparro / The Block:  OpenSea acquires crypto lending APIs startup Dharma Labs, which will shutter its wallet in 30 days; source says the deal was valued between $110M and $130M
12:50 PM  •
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:  Clockwise, which offers enterprise time tracking and scheduling tools, raises a $45M Series C led by Coatue and says 10K organizations are paying subscribers
12:35 PM  •
Stephen Graves / Decrypt:  Coinbase partners with Mastercard to let users pay with a credit card in its upcoming NFT marketplace, solve “pain points”, and classify NFTs as “digital goods”
11:10 AM  •
Tomer Ganon / CTech:  Source: Israeli police used NSO's Pegasus to monitor citizens, mayors, political protesters, and former government employees without warrants or court oversight
10:50 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Appcues, which offers analytics and no-code tools for user onboarding, raises a $32.1M Series B led by NewSpring and says it has ~1,500 customers including Lyft
9:45 AM  •
Canalys:  Apple shipped an estimated 22% of global smartphones in Q4 2021, down from 23% in Q4 2020, followed by Samsung at 20%, Xiaomi at 12%, Oppo at 9%, and Vivo at 8%
9:30 AM  •
Financial Times:  An in-depth look at Sony's ambition to become the world's most fully integrated entertainment company across movie blockbusters, music catalogs, and PlayStation
9:20 AM  •
Tom Warren / The Verge:  Microsoft says Xbox Game Pass has 25M subscribers, up from 18M in January 2021
8:45 AM  •
Alexandra Alper / Reuters:  Sources: the US government is reviewing Alibaba's cloud business to determine potential national security risks, with a focus on how it stores US clients' data
8:27 AM  •
Microsoft:  Microsoft plans to acquire Activision Blizzard for $68.7B in cash, or $95/share, in FY 2023; Activision's stock, which closed last week at $65.39, jumps 25%+
8:15 AM  •
Anita Ramaswamy / TechCrunch:  Pinwheel, which offers APIs for payroll, income, and other data, raises a $50M Series B at a $500M valuation led by GGV, following a $20M Series A in June 2021
8:10 AM  •
Joanna Ossinger / Bloomberg:  Animoca Brands, which publishes NFTs and games tied to blockchain platforms, raises $359M led by Liberty City at a $5B valuation, up from $2.2B in October 2021
8:05 AM  •
Arjun Kharpal / CNBC:  Shopify partners with JD.com to help US merchants sell goods in China, letting them set up Chinese shops in three to four weeks instead of the typical 12 months
8:00 AM  •
Jeffrey Knockel / The Citizen Lab:  China's MY2022 Olympics app, mandatory for attendees to report travel and health data, has serious encryption flaws and contains a censorship keyword list
7:20 AM  •
Lucy Harley-Mckeown / The Block:  The UK government will increase its scrutiny of crypto advertising, bringing the marketing in line with other financial promotions, to avoid “misleading claims”
6:20 AM  •
Ryan Browne / CNBC:  Istanbul-based mobile game developer Dream Games, which makes Royal Match, raises $255M led by Index Ventures at a $2.75B valuation, up from $1B in June 2021
6:15 AM  •
Andrew Asmakov / Decrypt:  Crypto.com halted withdrawals on Monday and required users to sign back in and reset 2FA; research shows it lost 4,600+ ETH, worth ~$15M, in a presumed hack
6:10 AM  •
Stephanie Bodoni / Bloomberg:  The EU levied €1.1B in GDPR fines during 2021, up from €158.5M in 2020, led by Luxembourg's €746M fine on Amazon and Ireland's €225M fine on WhatsApp
5:35 AM  •
Tage Kene-Okafor / TechCrunch:  Finclusion Group, which uses AI to provide credit-based financial services across Africa, raises a $20M pre-Series A in debt and equity
5:25 AM  •
Omkar Godbole / CoinDesk:  Binance conducted its first Binance Coin (BNB) auto-burn last quarter, removing over 1.6M BNB tokens, worth $750M, from circulation
4:05 AM  •
Hannah Murphy / Financial Times:  Analysis: Meta has filed dozens of patents to monetize its metaverse, including a virtual store with sponsored items, eye and face tracking in headsets, more
2:55 AM  •
Morgan Meaker / Wired:  Just Eat outsources 6,000 of its riders and drivers working across six UK cities to Dutch staffing agency Randstad, to comply with stricter UK employment rules
1:50 AM  •
Trung Phan / SatPost:  Despite “cringe content”, LinkedIn is the only good social network because it is less dependent on ads and is willing to stunt virality for healthier engagement
12:55 AM  •
Brandy Betz / CoinDesk:  Bahrain-based cryptocurrency exchange Rain Financial raises a $110M Series B co-led by Paradigm and Kleiner Perkins, following a $6M Series A in January 2021
12:35 AM  •
Tom Simonite / Wired:  Despite high hopes, AI in health care hasn't been effective because medical data is more complex and scarcer than web data, causing misleading results

January 17, 2022

11:50 PM  •
Kate Park / TechCrunch:  South Korean startup flex, which makes tools for automating HR processes and workflows, raises a $32M Series B led by Greenoaks at a $287M valuation
11:01 PM  •
Cat Zakrzewski / Washington Post:  The Tech Oversight Project, mainly funded by Pierre Omidyar and Chris Hughes' organizations, launches Tuesday to push for Big Tech antitrust regulation
10:35 PM  •
Cho Mu-Hyun / ZDNet:  Samsung unveils its 4nm Exynos 2200 SoC with an Xclipse GPU using AMD's RDNA 2 architecture, offering hardware-accelerated ray tracing and variable rate shading
9:25 PM  •
Bloomberg:  How Netflix succeeded in South Korea, including by developing ideas considered too risky for broadcasters and licensing local content overseas
9:00 PM  •
Sam Shead / CNBC:  Autonomous driving startup Wayve, which relies on machine learning to teach a car how to drive instead of hardware like lidar sensors, raises a $200M Series B
8:40 PM  •
Benoit Berthelot / Bloomberg:  Paris-based Spendesk, which offers spend management software to SMBs, raises $114M at a $1.5B valuation, after raising the same amount in July 2021
7:00 PM  •
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:  India-based agritech startup Arya, which helps farmers in South Asia store and sell their produce and secure credit, raises a $46M Series C and $14M as debt
4:15 PM  •
Ashley Rodriguez / Insider:  Social Capital founder and CEO Chamath Palihapitiya says the “ugly truth” is “nobody cares about what's happening” to Uyghurs in China, himself included
1:10 PM  •
New York Times:  Game publishers' plans to add NFTs to games have sparked a fierce backlash from gamers, who have long resented the growing number of micro transactions in games
11:40 AM  •
Eric Benjamin Seufert / Mobile Dev Memo:  Apple clarifies it will still collect a commission from Dutch developers using third-party payments; Google will too in South Korea, just lowering its fee by 4%
11:00 AM  •
Olga Kharif / Bloomberg:  BitPay says Bitcoin use by its merchants fell to ~65% of crypto payments, down from 92% in 2020, as Ether purchases rose to 15% and stablecoins grew to 13%
10:30 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Istanbul-based Spyke, which builds multiplayer social games, raises a $55M seed from Griffin Gaming Partners, the largest Turkish seed round yet
10:10 AM  •
Kirsten Grind / Wall Street Journal:  Activision Blizzard says 37 employees have “exited” and 44 have been disciplined since July as part of its investigation over workplace misconduct allegations
9:25 AM  •
Annie Njanja / TechCrunch:  Uganda-based Asaak, which uses behavioral and financial data to assess loans for motorbikes and smartphones for African gig workers, raises a $30M pre-Series A
8:35 AM  •
Financial Times:  In February, Spain will start requiring influencers and sponsors promoting cryptocurrencies to pre-notify authorities and warn of investing risks or face fines
8:05 AM  •
Arjun Kharpal / CNBC:  Chinese startup Axera, which makes AI chips for computer vision in smart cities and smart homes, raises ~$126M from Meituan and others
8:00 AM  •
Max Seddon / Financial Times:  Ukraine's digital transformation ministry says “all evidence points to Russia being behind the attack”, which took down about 70 government websites
7:00 AM  •
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:  Indian startup INDmoney, which is building a “one-stop shop” finance app for investments and expenses, raises a $75M Series D at a ~$600M valuation
6:35 AM  •
Alberto Nardelli / Bloomberg:  Amazon reverses its plan to ban the use of Visa credit cards in the UK, set to start on January 19; the company had cited high transaction fees
4:10 AM  •
Noah Smith / Washington Post:  A look at preserving video games for research, including the legal challenges mounted by game companies and the technical challenges of playing old games
12:40 AM  •
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:  French startup Exotec, which builds autonomous industrial warehouse robots, raises a $335M Series D led by Goldman Sachs Asset Management at a $2B valuation

January 16, 2022

9:30 PM  •
Mihai Maganu / CrowdStrike Blog:  Malware targeting Linux-based operating systems, commonly used in IoT devices, rose 35% YoY in 2021; three malware families accounted for 22%+ of total threats
7:10 PM  •
Lauren Thomas / CNBC:  Recent filings from Walmart, including seven US trademark applications, indicate a possible plan to develop and offer virtual goods, NFTs, and a cryptocurrency
6:30 PM  •
Ofir Dor / Globes Online:  Israeli startup Pentera, formerly Pcysys, which helps find cybersecurity risks, raises a $150M Series C led by K1 at a $1B valuation, bringing funding to $190M
4:50 PM  •
FingerprintJS Blog:  A flaw in Safari 15's IndexedDB API can leak browser activity and user identifiers, like Google ID, to other sites; Apple was alerted of the flaw on November 28
4:25 PM  •
Emma Roth / The Verge:  Safari 15 bug can leak your recent browsing activity and personal identifiers
3:05 PM  •
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:  Sources: Apple will expand CarKey availability beyond BMW by this summer, starting with Hyundai's Genesis line; a look at potential Apple headset names
12:50 PM  •
José Adorno / 9to5Mac:  Gurman: Apple's headset will likely cost $2,000+ and have two CPUs, one on par with the M1 Pro, two 8K displays, and an interchangeable prescription lens option
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James Ball / Rolling Stone:  The UK government hires ad agency M&C Saatchi to run a publicity campaign criticizing Meta's plans to make Messenger end-to-end encrypted by default
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Charles McDermid / New York Times:  A look at Cambodia's embrace of China's authoritarian internet surveillance model, as the country is set to launch a National Internet Gateway on February 16
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Becky Sullivan / NPR:  A month-old ransomware attack on Kronos' workforce management software has disrupted ~8M US employees' payroll; Kronos is aiming for a fix by the end of January
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Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:  Researchers detail SysJoker, backdoor malware targeting Windows, macOS, and Linux, that remained undetected by virtually all malware scanning engines
12:50 AM  •
Andrea Park / FierceBiotech:  Verana Health, which offers an AI-powered data analytics engine for medical research, raises a $150M Series E co-led by J&J Innovation and Novo Growth
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Microsoft Security Blog:  Microsoft identifies a destructive malware operation targeting Ukrainian organizations; the malware looks like ransomware but lacks a ransom recovery mechanism

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