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August 3, 2021, 10:10 PM
 

August 3, 2021

10:10 PM  •
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:  India-based BharatPe, which helps offline merchants accept digital payments, raises $370M Series E led by Tiger Global at a $2.85B post-money valuation
8:50 PM  •
Bloomberg:  Facebook says it has disabled the accounts, apps, Pages, and access to its APIs for researchers running NYU's Ad Observatory Project, citing TOS violations
8:40 PM  •
Mike Dano / Light Reading:  T-Mobile confirms that it will shut down Sprint's LTE network by June 30, 2022, following its decision to shut down Sprint's 3G CDMA network on January 1, 2022
8:10 PM  •
Catalin Cimpanu / The Record:  Report finds attacks on 5 Southeast Asian telcos since 2017 are linked to 3 Chinese cyber-espionage groups, but found no signs of collaboration among the groups
6:55 PM  •
Mitchell Clark / The Verge:  WhatsApp is rolling out a View Once feature for photos and videos that disappear from the chat after the recipient opens it
6:10 PM  •
Abner Li / 9to5Google:  Google consolidates its sign-in offerings with a new family of Identity APIs called Google Identity Services, including a new “One Tap” sign in prompt
5:20 PM  •
Sean Hollister / The Verge:  Activision Blizzard says that Blizzard's head of global human resources, Jesse Meschuk, has also left the company
5:15 PM  •
Emily Bary / MarketWatch:  Match Group reports Q2 revenue of $708M, up from $555M YoY, vs $694M estimated, and Tinder direct revenue of $399M, up 26% YoY, with 9.6M payers, up 17%
4:55 PM  •
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:  Apple and Affirm's PayBright will launch a “buy now, pay later” program for iPhone, Mac, and iPad purchases in Canada on Aug. 11, according to a staff message
4:32 PM  •
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:  Activision beats expectations in Q2 with revenue of $2.29B, up 19% YoY, and net bookings of $1.92B, down only 7% YoY, notes risks of the sexual harassment suit
4:17 PM  •
Maggie Fitzgerald / CNBC:  Robinhood's stock closes at $46.80, up 24.2% on the day's trading, blowing past its IPO price of $38 and becoming the day's “top traded stock” on Fidelity
4:17 PM  •
Jessica Bursztynsky / CNBC:  Lyft reports Q2 revenue of $765M, up 125% YoY and 26% QoQ, vs $696.9M est., active riders of 17.14M, vs 15.45M est., and a net loss of $251.9M vs $437M in Q2'20
3:30 PM  •
Lauren Kaori Gurley / VICE:  Sources: NLRB probe found Amazon illegally interfered with workers organizing in Staten Island, NY; NLRB officer recommends election rerun for Alabama warehouse
2:30 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Apptopia: anonymous messaging app Sendit, which uses Snap Kit to work with Snapchat features, surges with 3.5M installs, two months after Snap banned Yolo, LMK
1:45 PM  •
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:  Apple rolls out three new AMD Radeon Pro graphic card modules for Intel-based Mac Pros; the options range from $2,400 to $5,600 in build-to-order configurations
1:10 PM  •
Laurel Deppen / GeekWire:  Hootsuite says it has acquired Montreal-based conversational AI startup Heyday, which offers a unified messaging platform for retailers, for ~$48M
12:45 PM  •
Nilay Patel / The Verge:  Q&A with YouTube chief product officer Neal Mohan on monetizing Shorts, content moderation with Content ID, YouTube TV, competing with TikTok, and more
12:40 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  YouTube will pay creators up to $10K/month for making original videos on YouTube Shorts, starting in 10 regions this month and paid out of its $100M Shorts Fund
12:05 PM  •
Jay Peters / The Verge:  Microsoft tells employees it will require proof of vaccination to enter a Microsoft building in the US starting September, with medical and religious exceptions
11:50 AM  •
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:  Researchers were able to quickly circumvent security protections of a laptop that followed virtually all NIST recommendations, including TPM and UEFI SecureBoot
11:00 AM  •
Antoine Gara / Forbes:  How Michael Dell oversaw Dell's expansion after taking it private, growing the company to $75B, by focusing on providing infrastructure to businesses and others
9:40 AM  •
Sami Fathi / MacRumors:  Apple makes Magic Keyboard with Touch ID available as a standalone product for $149; the keyboard is only compatible with Apple silicon Macs
9:35 AM  •
Yael Eisenstat / Washington Post:  A former Facebook elections integrity head criticizes it for using preemptive non-disparagement clauses to silence employees, shutting avenues for transparency
9:25 AM  •
Brian Heater / TechCrunch:  Citizen launches Protect, a $20/month service that offers access to a Citizen operator and other features, after a 100,000-user beta test
9:18 AM  •
The Information:  Facebook confirms it is building a team of AI researchers to study ways of analyzing encrypted data without decrypting it, potentially helping better target ads
9:00 AM  •
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:  Ahana, a cloud data lake services provider built around open-source Presto, raises $20M Series A led by Third Point Ventures
8:55 AM  •
Stephen Nellis / Reuters:  Marvell Technology says it will acquire network chip startup Innovium for $1.1B in an all-stock deal
8:43 AM  •
Richard Lawler / The Verge:  Activision Blizzard says President J. Allen Brack is leaving the company, replaced by Jen Oneal and Mike Ybarra, as the fallout from CA lawsuit continues
8:35 AM  •
Martin Matishak / The Record:  A bipartisan Senate investigation finds that, despite years of warnings, many US government agencies have not established effective cybersecurity programs
8:25 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Rapyd, which offers APIs to add financial services like payments, raises $300M Series E led by Target Global, sources say at a $8.75B valuation
8:05 AM  •
Stephanie Yang / Wall Street Journal:  Without naming any companies, China's market watchdog says it is investigating auto chip dealers suspected of driving up prices during the global shortage
8:01 AM  •
Saritha Rai / Bloomberg:  Titan, which offers email tools for SMBs, raises $30M Series A from Automattic at a $300M valuation
7:55 AM  •
Tracy Qu / South China Morning Post:  China's top state propaganda outlets jointly call for limits on the role of algorithms in content distribution to help improve “culture and art reviews”
7:50 AM  •
Lulu Yilun Chen / Bloomberg:  After Chinese regulators halted its IPO, Alibaba's Ant Group reported its Q3 profit fell to $2.1B, down 37% from the previous quarter
7:40 AM  •
Dave Lee / Financial Times:  Amazon is growing its shipping service for companies like Etsy and Walmart using its efficient logistics network, gaining a slice of its competitors' businesses
7:30 AM  •
Zheping Huang / Bloomberg:  Alibaba misses in Q1, reporting revenue of $31.8B, below estimates of ~$32.4B, as net income rebounds to $7B from a loss in Q4 2020 due to an antitrust fine
7:20 AM  •
Rob Price / Insider:  UK-based Emojipedia, an encyclopedia for emoji founded in 2013, says it has been acquired by smartphone software company Zedge
6:45 AM  •
Boris Metodiev / Strategy Analytics:  Xiaomi became Europe's top smartphone vendor in Q2 with 12.7M units shipped, up 67.1% YoY, followed by Samsung with 12M, down 7% YoY, and Apple with 9.6M
6:10 AM  •
Andrew Kersley / Wired UK:  Sources: well over 100 UK-based employees at Amazon's Prime Air drone delivery unit have lost their jobs since 2019, as the company scales back its ambitions
6:00 AM  •
Dmitry Smilyanets / The Record:  Interview with BlackMatter, a new ransomware group that only targets companies with $100M+ revenue and says it will avoid certain industries like healthcare
5:40 AM  •
Bloomberg:  Q&A with SEC chair Gary Gensler on protecting cryptocurrency investors from fraud, regulating the industry, Bitcoin ETFs, and other SEC priorities like GameStop
5:30 AM  •
Jon Porter / The Verge:  Spotify is testing Spotify Plus, a low-cost tier that includes ads but doesn't impose limits on track skipping and lets users pick specific songs to play
5:15 AM  •
Chong Koh Ping / Wall Street Journal:  After Chinese state media criticized online gaming as “opium for the mind” in a now-deleted article, Tencent announces stricter rules for young users
4:35 AM  •
Russell Brandom / The Verge:  A look at a community of libertarian-leaning Bitcoin enthusiasts in New Hampshire raided in March by the feds, who allege an unlicensed money transmittal scheme
2:50 AM  •
Saritha Rai / Bloomberg:  Nykaa, an Indian e-commerce startup for beauty products, files for an IPO, seeking to raise as much as $70.6M at a valuation of $4B
2:05 AM  •
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch:  London-based Palta, which develops health and wellness apps, raises $100M Series B led by Per Brillioth at VNV Global
1:55 AM  •
Rainey Reitman / Electronic Frontier Foundation:  The confusing language in the infrastructure bill's crypto provision suggests that nearly any entity in crypto is a broker and must collect their users' data
12:30 AM  •
Joanna Glasner / Crunchbase News:  Latin America now has at least 23 unicorns, which collectively have raised $15B+, with 15 raising VC this year; 40% of all VC funding in 2020 went into fintech

August 2, 2021

11:20 PM  •
Simon Sharwood / The Register:  Australian court rules AI can be considered an inventor on patent filings, days after South Africa granted a patent in which AI was designated as the inventor
10:45 PM  •
Natasha Mascarenhas / TechCrunch:  Novakid, an app that offers online English language classes to kids aged 4-12, raises $35M Series B led by Owl Ventures and Goodwater Capital
7:30 PM  •
Joyce Lee / Reuters:  South Korean game developer Netmarble says it will acquire Hong Kong-based SpinX Games, which develops social casino games, for $2.19B
6:15 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Twitter partners with Reuters and the AP, who will provide context and highlight links from trusted sources for Trends, Moments, Search, and more
5:30 PM  •
Kim Willsher / The Guardian:  The French government found proof of Pegasus malware on three French journalists' phones and has referred its findings to the Paris public prosecutor's office
5:10 PM  •
Taylor Lorenz / New York Times:  A look at Fuck You Pay Me, a Glassdoor-like service where creators can review brands they have worked with and share ad rates
4:10 PM  •
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:  Microsoft's desktop-as-a-service Windows 365 Cloud PC is generally available and costs between $20 to $162 per user per month, based on cores, RAM, and storage
4:10 PM  •
Salvador Rodriguez / CNBC:  Facebook to require all US on-campus staff to wear masks starting on Aug. 4, regardless of vaccination status, citing rising COVID cases and local regulations
3:05 PM  •
Carly Page / TechCrunch:  Finite State, a supply chain security startup that helps uncover security flaws in device firmware, lands $30M Series B led by Energize Ventures
2:00 PM  •
Bloomberg:  An in-depth look at the political motivations behind China's tech crackdown, as Xi pursues progressive authoritarianism at the expense of international capital
12:38 PM  •
Sam Rutherford / Gizmodo:  Google's Rick Osterloh demos Pixel 6's Tensor SoC, which enables real-time object detection and HDR in videos as well as real-time translation and live captions
12:22 PM  •
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:  Google unveils Pixel 6, with 6.4" 90Hz display, and Pixel 6 Pro, with 6.7" 120Hz display and 4x optical zoom, with a Google-designed Tensor SoC, coming in fall
12:01 PM  •
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:  Tire maker Bridgestone acquires Azuga, a San Jose-based company that offers vehicle fleet tracking, including GPS and dual-facing dashcam setups, for $391M
11:30 AM  •
Sifted:  Current and former employees at German grocery delivery startup Gorillas describe arbitrary firings and exploitation of riders and warehouse workers
11:00 AM  •
New Statesman:  Investigation: in the last five years, six EU academic institutes received tens of millions of pounds in funding from Google, Facebook, Amazon, and Microsoft
10:47 AM  •
Aoife White / Bloomberg:  Following the UK's CMA, European Commission is launching an investigation into Facebook's acquisition of Kustomer with a deadline of December 22 for a ruling
10:25 AM  •
Leah Nylen / Politico:  Sources: FTC's lead economics expert in its antitrust case against Facebook, Carl Shapiro, has parted ways with the agency as it prepares to refile its case
10:10 AM  •
Laura Forman / Wall Street Journal:  New York City Council passes five bills aimed at reducing the power of food delivery platforms, including extending a cap on restaurant commissions to Feb. 2022
9:50 AM  •
Stephen Jewkes / Reuters:  Italy's Lazio region, which surrounds Rome, says hackers have shut down its IT systems used to manage COVID-19 vaccinations
9:25 AM  •
Marie Beaudette / Wall Street Journal:  Robinhood says 301,573 users participated in its IPO, representing about 1.3% of its 22.5M funded accounts as of June 30
9:05 AM  •
Politico:  Pro-Trump social network GETTR is awash with Islamic State propaganda, including graphic videos of beheadings and memes of a militant executing Trump
9:00 AM  •
Catalin Cimpanu / The Record:  Researchers say a collection of nine vulnerabilities impact pneumatic tube systems installed in ~80% of all major US hospitals
8:50 AM  •
Financial Times:  SPACs are being forced to fund deals with more expensive financing, like issuing convertible bonds, due to cash from institutional investors drying up
8:40 AM  •
Dr. Ian Cutress / AnandTech:  A now-deleted tweet by an Intel executive suggests Thunderbolt 5 could double the bandwidth of existing Thunderbolt 4 and USB 4 connections to 80 Gbps
8:30 AM  •
The Economic Times:  Fashinza, a B2B marketplace for apparel manufacturing, raises $20M Series A from Accel, Elevation Capital, and others
8:20 AM  •
Jennifer Elias / CNBC:  Filings: Larry Page and Sergey Brin have sold a combined $1B+ in Google stock since May 2021, the most since 2017; Google's share price has tripled since 2017
8:10 AM  •
Christine Hall / TechCrunch:  Mixlab, which helps veterinarians prescribe and deliver medications to pet owners, raises $20M Series A led by Sonoma Brands
7:50 AM  •
Olivia Solon / NBC News:  Female journalists and activists share how they were targeted and harassed by authoritarian regimes through hack-and-leak attacks using Pegasus spyware
7:35 AM  •
Dan Taylor / Tech.eu:  Snoop, which uses open banking and analytics to help customers manage their money, raises £15M Series A at a post-money valuation of £47M
7:20 AM  •
Jon Porter / The Verge:  YouTube trials a Premium Lite tier for €6.99/month in Europe, giving viewers ad-free viewing on the web, iOS, Android, smart TVs, and game consoles
7:05 AM  •
Carly Page / TechCrunch:  Nozomi Networks, which aims to shield critical infrastructure from cyberattacks, raises $100M Series D led by Triangle Peak Partners as it prepares for an IPO
6:35 AM  •
Heather Somerville / Wall Street Journal:  Non-VC funds invested in a record 42% of tech startup funding deals in Q2 2021; H1 '21 US startup funding was $150B, with FY 2021 on pace to double 2020's total
5:45 AM  •
Ryan Browne / CNBC:  Estonian ride hailing startup Bolt, formerly known as Taxify, raises $713M at a ~$4.75B valuation, led by Sequoia, Tekne, and Ghisallo
5:25 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  London-based Kuda, which offers mobile-first banking services in Nigeria, raises $55M Series B at a $500M valuation co-led by Valar Ventures and Target Global
4:40 AM  •
Emmanuel Akinwotu / The Guardian:  Analysis: Nigeria is second only to the US in bitcoin trading volume, hitting $2.4B in May from $684M in Dec. 2020, as the government tries to curb its use
3:00 AM  •
Daniela Hernandez / Wall Street Journal:  A look at technology's role in professional surfing, as ML-based wave forecasting and biomechanics data help improve riders' performance and prevent injuries
1:55 AM  •
Zheping Huang / Bloomberg:  Matrixport, led by Bitmain founder Wu Jihan, which offers crypto financial services, raises $100M+ Series C, and says a second tranche is to come
1:35 AM  •
Greg Ahlstrand / CoinDesk:  Square reports Q2 revenue of $4.68B, up 143% YoY; Cash App's bitcoin yearly revenue was $2.72B, up 200%, as Square's bitcoin holdings had a $45M impairment loss
1:20 AM  •
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:  Indian online insurance aggregator Policybazaar files for IPO, seeks to raise $809M and says it may raise about $100M in a pre-IPO round
12:55 AM  •
Brent Lang / Variety:  Profile of Netflix's head of movies Scott Stuber, who has grown original film output from 21 in 2016 to 70+ in 2021, as it makes deals with Spielberg and others

August 1, 2021

10:05 PM  •
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:  Bangalore-based online learning startup Unacademy raises $440M led by Temasek at a $3.44B valuation
9:00 PM  •
Francis Agustin / Insider:  Filings: Starlink has secured a license to build a satellite ground station on the Isle of Man, aiming to provide “blanket coverage” across Great Britain
6:45 PM  •
Maya Wolfe-Robinson / The Guardian:  Report: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and TikTok failed to act on 84% of posts spreading anti-Semitism reported via their own complaint systems
6:35 PM  •
Reuters:  Square says it's buying Australia-based buy now, pay later service Afterpay for $29B in an all-stock deal, paying a 30% premium on Afterpay's last closing
4:35 PM  •
Stitch / The Verge:  Some K-pop stars are bypassing Twitter and Facebook to create platforms for fans, like Universe, which features AI-generated voice calls with the idols
2:05 PM  •
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:  Zoom agrees to pay $85M and bolster its security practices to settle a class action lawsuit over alleged user privacy violations and Zoombombing
11:55 AM  •
Kyle Chayka / New Yorker:  Profile of Bored Ape Yacht Club, an NFT collection that sold for $2M+ in April, spawned a collector community, and has since seen ~$100M in trading activity
8:05 AM  •
Stephen K. Hirst / Ars Technica:  How the radical environmental themes of the game Final Fantasy VII, released in 1997 for the original PlayStation, influenced a generation of environmentalists
2:00 AM  •
John Herrman / New York Times:  After a decade of online identities coming under increasingly centralized control, online anonymity is starting to look like a threatened privilege than a right
1:45 AM  •
Stephen Nellis / Reuters:  Qualtrics to acquire Virginia-based Clarabridge, which offers AI-powered customer experience management tools, for $1.125B in stock
1:30 AM  •
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:  SolCyber, which offers endpoint detection and response services, comes out of stealth with $20M Series A led by ForgePoint Capital
1:20 AM  •
Vishal Singh / Silicon Canals:  FRISS, which provides automated fraud and risk detection technology for property and casualty insurance companies, raises $65M Series B led by Accel-KKR
1:05 AM  •
Mike Wheatley / SiliconANGLE:  Replicated, which sells tools that help software makers create and deploy on-premises versions of their applications, raises $50M Series C led by Owl Rock
12:40 AM  •
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:  Cyolo, which is developing zero trust security tech to enable users to securely access their organization's apps, servers, and files, raises $21M Series A
12:25 AM  •
Christine Hall / TechCrunch:  Medical imaging startup Exo, which aims to commercialize its AI-powered point-of-care workflow software and handheld ultrasound device, raises $220M Series C

July 31, 2021

11:25 PM  •
Joe Burns / FinLedger:  Mercury, which offers banking services to startups, raises $120M Series B, including a $5M allotment for crowdfunding, led by Coatue at a $1.62B valuation
9:55 PM  •
Rashi Shrivastava / Forbes:  Rey, which uses VR-based tools powered by OxfordVR to provide on-demand mental health care services, raises $26M Series A, three months after launching
7:35 PM  •
Molly Wood / The Atlantic:  Microsoft is avoiding antitrust scrutiny by rebranding itself as nice and boring, even as it reverts to some of the behaviors that led to prosecution the '90s
5:30 PM  •
Tatum Hunter / Washington Post:  Many viewers are experiencing the Olympics primarily through TikTok, with some of the most-watched videos coming not from NBC but from athletes themselves
3:20 PM  •
Josh Centers / TidBITS:  How Apple became an “antifragile” company, by building a diverse portfolio of products and performing even stronger during the pandemic than it did before
2:00 PM  •
Jaime Llinares Taboada / MarketWatch:  UK's CMA launches an inquiry into Facebook's acquisition of Kustomer, investigating whether the deal violates the UK's Enterprise Act 2002
1:00 PM  •
Anna Nicolaou / Financial Times:  A look at the debate over Spotify's Discovery Mode, whereby artists are prioritized for reduced royalties, a key way for Spotify to improve margins
11:45 AM  •
Jackie Davalos / Bloomberg:  Apple removes Unjected, a social app for “unvaxxed friendly”, citing COVID-19 misinfo; Unjected removed social feed from its Android app after a Google warning
10:00 AM  •
Mark Harris / Wired:  Analysis: since August 2020, 100+ warships from 16+ countries have had GPS-based location data faked to make it look like they crossed into disputed territory
8:15 AM  •
Teddy Nykiel / Milwaukee Business Journal:  Wisconsin-based Veda, which uses AI to automate data processing for healthcare payers and providers, raises $45M Series B led by Oak HC/FT
5:10 AM  •
Paul Smith / Australian Financial Review:  Australia-based IntelligenceBank, a marketing software provider for brands, raises $37M from Five Elms Capital to help speed up its expansion in the US
2:05 AM  •
Brian Merchant / VICE:  Metaverse, as Zuckerberg and others imagine, is an odd vision built from a compendium of juvenile fantasies, perceived market opportunities, and overt dystopias
1:50 AM  •
Shiri Habib-Valdhorn / Globes Online:  Riskified, an Israeli e-commerce fraud protection company, began trading on the NYSE on Thursday after raising $363M in its IPO, at a valuation of $3.3B
1:40 AM  •
Nicholas Megaw / Financial Times:  Digital bank Monzo reveals a loss of £130M on £66M revenue for the year ending Feb., says UK FCA is investigating it over potential money laundering violations
12:35 AM  •
Digbijay Mishra / The Economic Times:  B2B commerce and financing startup OfBusiness raises $160M led by SoftBank Vision Fund 2 at a valuation of $1.5B, becoming the 18th Indian unicorn for the year
12:05 AM  •
Nikkei Asia:  Vietnam-based VNLife, the parent company of VNPay, which helps banks provide mobile payment apps and other digital services, raises $250M at a valuation of $1B+

July 30, 2021

11:40 PM  •
Financial Times:  Educational publisher Pearson says it is switching to a subscription model for all of its 1,500 titles, available for $14.99/month through its new Pearson+ app
11:20 PM  •
Associated Press:  DOJ: 27 US Attorney offices had at least one staffer's Microsoft email account breached from May to Dec. 2020 by Russian hackers as part of the SolarWinds hack
9:05 PM  •
Kurt Schlosser / GeekWire:  Wyze Labs, which makes devices like smart security cameras, robot vacuums, and smartwatches, raises $110M Series B led by Marcy Venture Partners
8:40 PM  •
Brian Heater / TechCrunch:  Google contract workers in Pittsburgh have ratified a three-year deal with their employer HCL, for higher wages and more, nearly two years after unionizing
7:30 PM  •
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:  A look at Intel's dismal 2020, which saw the delay of its 7nm architecture, Apple's switch to Arm-based chips, and the departure of Jim Keller and other execs
7:05 PM  •
Telegram:  Telegram's latest update adds group video calls of up to 1,000 users with 30 simultaneous broadcasts, video messages, screen sharing during video calls, more
7:00 PM  •
Igor Bosilkovski / Forbes:  Modern Animal, a pet care service offering 24/7 telemedicine and a more “intelligent” labor model for veterinarians, raises $40M Series B led by Founders Fund
5:50 PM  •
Dan Wang / Foreign Affairs:  How US sanctions forced Chinese companies to develop key tech themselves, aligning the companies' incentives with China's goal of economic self-sufficiency
5:40 PM  •
Peter Guest / Rest of World:  As Southeast Asian governments introduce “fake news” laws to fight COVID-19 misinformation, conspiracists thrive on Telegram and other non-public platforms
5:10 PM  •
Jasper Jolly / The Guardian:  Deliveroo says it plans to pull out of Spain, citing limited market share; Spain unveiled a “rider law” in March to reclassify couriers as employees
4:40 PM  •
Eric Seufert / @eric_seufert:  [Thread] Facebook's future prospects remain strong as the secular rise of digital advertising blunts any headwinds from regulators, Apple, critics, and others
3:50 PM  •
Eva Dou / Washington Post:  China's top court issues new guidelines that hotels, airports, and other commercial venues must get consent from customers to use facial recognition from Aug. 1
3:00 PM  •
Tim Perry / HTTP Toolkit:  Safari's extremely slow pace in adopting popular features and fixing showstopping bugs, and refusal to engage with contentious API proposals, is harming the web
1:55 PM  •
Stephan Kahl / Bloomberg:  Germany to allow institutional funds, which currently manage a total of ~$2.1T, to hold up to 20% of their holdings in Bitcoin and other crypto assets
1:15 PM  •
Stephen Shankland / CNET:  Twitter offers bug bounty of up to $3,500 to spot bias in its photo cropping algorithm, which was shown to favor white people over Black people
12:40 PM  •
Russ Mitchell / Los Angeles Times:  New book claims Elon Musk demanded to be made Apple CEO during Tesla buyout talks in 2016, before Tim Cook cursed and hung up; Musk says he never spoke to Cook
12:05 PM  •
Natalie Wolchover / Quanta Magazine:  Physicists say they used Google's quantum computer to demo a time crystal, which forever cycles between states without consuming energy, for the first time
11:15 AM  •
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:  MoEngage, a customer engagement service that enables personalization across email, SMS, and more, raises $32.5M, bringing its total raised to $72M+
10:40 AM  •
Greg Ip / Wall Street Journal:  How the US and allies, which long pressed China to stop subsidies for favored industries, are now embracing subsidies of their own to fund chip manufacturers
9:50 AM  •
Ashley Carman / The Verge:  In an email to creators, Mark Cuban-funded Fireside, which hosts live audio chats, says it is accepting investments through August from anyone interested
8:55 AM  •
Nathaniel Taplin / Wall Street Journal:  China's crackdown on its tech giants could backfire, leaving Beijing with a seriously damaged consumer sector and slow-growing chip and robotics companies
8:40 AM  •
Davey Alba / New York Times:  A look at the development of an Amazon warehouse in Windsor, CT, where the discovery of multiple nooses on site raises questions about Amazon's responsibilities
8:15 AM  •
Tage Kene-Okafor / TechCrunch:  Airtel Mobile Commerce, which offers mobile money services in 14 African countries, raises $200M from the Qatar Investment Authority
7:50 AM  •
Stephanie Bodoni / Bloomberg:  In a filing, Amazon disclosed EU privacy regulators fined the company a record $888M for violating GDPR data storage rules in a July 16 decision
7:35 AM  •
Bloomberg:  China orders 25 tech companies, including Alibaba and Tencent, to do internal inspections to rectify issues from data security to consumer rights protections
7:30 AM  •
Reuters:  SEC has stopped processing IPO and other registrations by Chinese companies as it crafts guidance for companies about the risks they face in China
7:00 AM  •
Tom Wilson / Reuters:  Amid regulatory pressure, Binance says it will wind down its futures and derivatives products in Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands
6:25 AM  •
Catherine Stupp / Wall Street Journal:  Faced with rising ransomware risks, companies seeking cybersecurity professionals are paying higher salaries and offering more autonomy
1:40 AM  •
Edward Ongweso Jr / VICE:  48 civil rights and advocacy groups ask the FTC to ban corporate facial surveillance technology and continuous corporate surveillance of public space
12:15 AM  •
Jay Peters / The Verge:  Snap says it resolved an issue that prevented some Snapchat users from logging in and advises users to manually update the app if the issue persists

July 29, 2021

11:35 PM  •
Daniel Estrin / NPR:  Source: NSO Group has temporarily blocked several government clients globally from using its technology as the company investigates their possible misuse
11:30 PM  •
Ian Carlos Campbell / The Verge:  Amazon Kindle devices with built-in 3G won't be able to download e-books via cellular connection in the US starting in December as carriers switch off 2G and 3G

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