August 13, 2020, 9:35 AM

August 13, 2020

9:35 AM  •
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:  Keeper Security, which offers software to prevent password-related data breaches and cyberthreats, raises $60M round led by Insight Partners
9:25 AM  •
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:  Intel offers a first look at its next-gen Tiger Lake processors and Xe graphics, both of which promise to offer higher performance and lower power consumption
9:00 AM  •
Charlie Osborne / ZDNet:  Researchers say a now-patched Alexa vulnerability could have been exploited to hand over users' personal data, voice recordings, banking data history, and more
8:45 AM  •
Bloomberg:  A Weibo survey asking users to choose between WeChat and iPhones drew 1.2M responses, with ~95% saying they would rather give up their devices
8:30 AM  •
New York Times:  Israel says it thwarted an attack on its defense industry by North Korea-linked hacking group Lazarus, but researchers say classified data was likely stolen
7:50 AM  •
Connie Loizos / TechCrunch:  Stream, whose APIs enable product teams to build chat and activity feeds for their applications, raises $15M Series A led by GGV Capital
7:30 AM  •
Wall Street Journal:  Sources: companies including Apple and Disney participated in a White House call over the WeChat ban, saying it could undermine their competitiveness in China
7:07 AM  •
Bloomberg:  Sources: Apple is readying tiered subscription bundles, starting with a basic package that will include Apple Music and Apple TV+, launching as early as Oct.
6:30 AM  •
Brian J Barth / OneZero :  A look at how Alphabet subsidiary Sidewalk Labs' bet on making Toronto a smart city failed, driven by intense resistance from residents and civic leaders
3:05 AM  •
Naomi Gleit / About Facebook:  Facebook launches a Voting Information Center on Facebook and Instagram, a one-stop-shop for information on how to register and vote
1:15 AM  •
Christine Hall / Crunchbase News:  Reify Health, which makes cloud-based tools for clinical trial research, raises $30M Series B led by Battery Ventures, bringing total raised to almost $40M

August 12, 2020

11:15 PM  •
Steve O'Hear / TechCrunch:  London-based Habito, which offers mortgages online, raises £35M Series C led by Augmentum Fintech, SBI Group and
10:25 PM  •
CNBC:  Blend, which develops a SaaS platform for lenders, raises $75M Series F led by Canapi Ventures at a valuation of ~$1.7B, up more than 70% from a year earlier
10:05 PM  •
Bloomberg:  Sources: Palantir is planning to go public through a direct listing of its shares in late September
9:30 PM  •
Bloomberg:  Apple's pledge to go carbon neutral by 2030 relies in large part on its Taiwanese suppliers TSMC and Foxconn, which use around 90% non-renewable sources
7:45 PM  •
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:  Sources: ByteDance has been in talks with India's Reliance for investment in TikTok's India operations since late last month, after India banned the app in June
7:25 PM  •
Nathan DiCamillo / CoinDesk:  Coinbase says it will offer fiat loans to US retail customers, backed by as much as 30% of a customer's bitcoin holdings, in 17 states this fall
7:10 PM  •
Abrar Al-Heeti / CNET:  Canalys: 31.9M smartphones shipped in the US in Q2, down 5% YoY; Apple shipped 15M iPhones in the US, up 10% YoY, and Samsung shipped 7.4M units, down 1% YoY
6:15 PM  •
Nick Statt / The Verge:  Michael “Shroud” Grzesiek returned to Twitch on Wednesday, following Mixer's shutdown; his return stream attracted ~500K active viewers at its peak
5:20 PM  •
Alex Heath / The Information:  Source: Facebook and Snap recently approached Dubsmash, a lip-syncing video app, about an acquisition, with discussions including a possible nine-figure deal
5:05 PM  •
Stephanie Condon / ZDNet:  Cisco reports Q4 revenue of $12.2B, down 9% YoY, net income of $2.6B, up 19% YoY, says more than half its revenue is from software and services
4:25 PM  •
Lora Kolodny / CNBC:  Lyft reports Q2 revenue of $339M, above expectations but down 61% YoY, as active riders drop 60% YoY to 8.7M; revenue per active rider was $39.06, down 2% YoY
4:08 PM  •
Nancy Scola / Politico:  Google, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and others partner to scenario-plan for the last three months before US Election Day, including slow election results
4:05 PM  •
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:  Square says it is testing a short-term loan feature, giving between $20 and $200, repayable over a month, with around 1,000 users
3:20 PM  •
Bloomberg:  Sources: Airbnb reported Q2 revenue of $335M, down from $842M in Q1 and over $1B in Q2 2019, as its adjusted loss rose to $400M, up from $341M in Q1
2:20 PM  •
Leah Nylen / Politico:  Profile of Jim Hood, who tussled with Google during his 16 years as Mississippi's AG and, sources say, is now advising the AG-led multistate antitrust probe
2:00 PM  •
Alex Kantrowitz / Big Technology:  Facebook rolls out an interstitial screen that pops up when users try sharing COVID-19 content, showing the source and date created, adding much-needed friction
1:45 PM  •
Kevin Roose / New York Times:  QAnon followers are hijacking #SaveTheChildren, an anti-human-trafficking movement, and joining parenting Facebook Groups in order to gain new followers
1:25 PM  •
James Vincent / The Verge:  Twitter launches API v2, the first complete rebuild of its API since 2012, in a bid to improve relations with third-party developers
1:05 PM  •
Cheng Ting-Fang / Nikkei Asian Review:  Sources: Chinese state-backed chip firms QXIC and HSMC, which are led by ex-TSMC execs, have each hired 50+ veteran engineers and managers from TSMC since 2019
1:01 PM  •
Dale Beran / The Atlantic:  Anonymous is having something of a resurgence, after becoming largely inactive following its 2012 peak, following the George Floyd protests and social unrest
12:40 PM  •
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:  Google launches new tools to make developing Android apps on Chrome OS easier, including a new resource website and a native Android Emulator
12:00 PM  •
Terry Nguyen / Vox:  “Social justice slideshows” that use Instagram's 10-image carousel format to educate about societal issues have used popular branding techniques to go viral
11:15 AM  •
Joseph Cox / VICE:  A look at so-called Russian, encrypted, or “white” SIMs, used by criminals to spoof phone numbers, add voice manipulation to calls in real-time, and more
11:05 AM  •
New York Times:  Hands-on with Instagram's Reels: confusing, frustrating, impossible to navigate, and lacking TikTok's editing features
10:55 AM  •
Lauren Feiner / CNBC:  Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi says it will likely need to shut down for several months in California if it is forced to re-classify drivers as employees
10:50 AM  •
Robert Burnson / Bloomberg:  After a $650M settlement in a biometric data collection case last month, Facebook faces a new suit alleging Instagram collects biometric data without consent
10:10 AM  •
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:  Gong, which uses AI to provide insights on customer behavior and improve sales, raises $200M Series D, at a $2.2B valuation, led by Coatue
9:55 AM  •
Leo Schwartz / Rest of World:  Interview with Jorge Ríos, co-founder and CEO of Bridgefy, a popular protest app which uses mesh-networking tech for messaging without an internet access
9:40 AM  •
Scott Stein / CNET:  Hands-on with a non-functioning Surface Duo prototype, which has two 5.6-inch OLED screens forming a 8.1-inch display, bound together by a unique hinge
9:30 AM  •
Becky Ferreira / New York Times:  As Amazon joins SpaceX and OneWeb in launching satellite constellations, astronomers worry about the effects on astronomical observations and image quality
8:35 AM  •
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:  Finnish startup Varjo, which develops high resolution VR/XR headsets and VR technologies for enterprise applications, raises $54M Series C
8:10 AM  •
Arjun Kharpal / CNBC:  Tencent Q2 profit beat estimates, surging to $4.7B, up 37% YoY, on revenue of $16.53B, up 29% YoY; online game revenue was $5.5B, up 40% YoY
7:45 AM  •
Tom Warren / The Verge:  Microsoft is launching its Surface Duo dual-screen Android phone on September 10 for $1,399, with preorders starting today in the US
7:30 AM  •
Debby Wu / Bloomberg:  Foxconn says it plans to split supply chain between the Chinese and US markets as trade ties fracture and declares that China's time as world's factory is over
7:20 AM  •
Yimou Lee / Reuters:  Foxconn reported a better-than-expected Q2 quarterly profit of $778.54M, up 34% YoY, on $38B revenue, and says smartphone revenue dropped ~15% YoY
6:20 AM  •
Martha Pskowski / VICE:  A look at growing movements by gig economy workers in Brazil, Mexico, Chile, Argentina, and Ecuador, protesting the conditions at UberEats, Rappi, and iFood
4:30 AM  •
Taylor Soper / GeekWire:  Routable, a startup focused on streamlining B2B payments, comes out of stealth with $12M Series A from Y Combinator, Founders' Co-Op, and others
1:40 AM  •
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:  Microsoft fixes 17 critical and two zero-day flaws, including an actively-exploited RCE flaw in IE that can compromise PCs when users visit malicious sites
1:30 AM  •
Francoise Brougher:  Former Pinterest COO provides a detailed account of her claims about gender discrimination and toxic workplace culture with recommendations for the company

August 11, 2020

11:15 PM  •
Theodore Schleifer / Vox:  Biden's VP pick Kamala Harris, who has close ties with tech execs and has dodged questions about breaking up Big Tech, is likely to generate excitement in SV
10:35 PM  •
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:  Simpplr, which develops AI-powered intranet software for employee directories, raises $10M Series B led by Norwest Venture Partners
8:55 PM  •
Sara Harrison / The Markup:  While US adoption of the Google-Apple Exposure Notification API has been slow, 16 nations have used it in apps; Ireland's has 1.4M downloads since early July
7:45 PM  •
Andrei Frumusanu / AnandTech:  Samsung Display reveals new generation of variable refresh rate mobile display panels, making its debut in the Note20 Ultra, helping lower device power usage
7:30 PM  •
Bloomberg:  CuriosityStream, a streaming service for documentaries on science and history, has agreed to go public through a ~$330M merger with Software Acquisition Group
7:15 PM  •
Russell Brandom / The Verge:  Trump's executive order to ban TikTok by Sept. 20 is a gross abuse of power and sets an alarming precedent for the executive branch's control over software
6:50 PM  •
Erin Griffith / New York Times:  Former Pinterest COO accuses the company of gender bias in a new lawsuit, alleging she was fired in April after complaining about sexist treatment
6:35 PM  •
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:  NJ Supreme Court ruled that compelling a suspect to unlock their cell phone doesn't violate Fifth Amendment, following opposite ruling by Indiana SC in June
5:50 PM  •
Wall Street Journal:  Analysis: TikTok used an Android security hole to collect MAC addresses, possibly for ad tracking, without an ability to opt out; the practice ended in November
5:15 PM  •
Tom Warren / The Verge:  Microsoft commits to launching the Xbox Series X in November and will delay Halo Infinite until 2021
4:40 PM  •
Dani Kass / Law360:  A Texas federal jury said Apple should pay PanOptis and related companies $506M+ for willfully infringing patents covering 4G LTE technology
4:00 PM  •
James Vincent / The Verge:  Pinterest says it is expanding its skin tone search tool, which debuted in US in 2018 and uses machine vision to sort beauty-related pins, to five more markets
3:30 PM  •
Ari Levy / CNBC:  Sources: about a month before BigCommerce's successful IPO, Intuit offered to buy the company for $1.5B
3:15 PM  •
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:  LinkedIn says it has sold presentation-sharing service SlideShare to Scribd, which will take over its operation on September 24
3:00 PM  •
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:  Filing breaks down Microsoft's revenue by product line and shows it made 15 acquisitions for a total amount of $2.4B in FY 2020, down from $9B the previous year
2:05 PM  •
Christine Hall / Crunchbase News:  RevenueCat, a startup offering in-app subscription tools, raises $15M Series A led by Index Ventures, says over 3,000 apps are using its services
2:00 PM  •
Jonathan Roeder / Bloomberg:  Kroger says it is working with Mirakl to develop an e-commerce marketplace for third-party vendors, in a bid to compete with Amazon and Walmart
1:45 PM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Twitter says it is now letting anyone limit who can reply to their tweets to just those that follow the author or just the accounts that are tagged in the tweet
1:42 PM  •
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:  US judge sides with Google in a lawsuit brought by Genius, which alleged that Google scraped lyrics in violation of copyright law
1:30 PM  •
Jonathan Shieber / TechCrunch:  Pattern, a Utah-based reseller that offers brands a way to optimize their sales on marketplaces like Amazon, has raised $52M from Ainge Advisory and KSV Global
1:20 PM  •
Bloomberg Law:  US appeals court throws out a 2019 antitrust ruling against Qualcomm and its licensing practices in a case brought by the FTC
1:10 PM  •
Jonathan Shieber / TechCrunch:  Arevo, a 3D printing tech startup led by Sonny Vu, founder of wearable startup Misfit, raises $25M Series B co-led by Defy Partners and GGV Capital
1:04 PM  •
Wall Street Journal:  Sources: Airbnb plans to confidentially file for IPO this month, a step toward a potential listing before the end of the year
12:40 PM  •
Kurt Wagner / Bloomberg:  Facebook says it removed 22.5M posts for violating hate speech policies in Q2, up 2x from Q1, and that 95% of the violations were caught using automated systems
12:33 PM  •
Amy Feldman / Forbes:  Parsable, whose digital interface helps increase safety and efficiency for industrial workers, raises $60M Series D, bringing its total raised to $133M
12:15 PM  •
Bloomberg:  France's privacy watchdog CNIL says it has opened a probe into TikTok, as part of an investigation into ByteDance's plans to open an EU HQ for data purposes
12:00 PM  •
Sam Rutherford / Gizmodo:  Google announces new features in its computer vision Lookout app, like document scanning, an Android Auto refresh, and Bedtime mode is no longer Pixel-exclusive
11:50 AM  •
Jessica Bursztynsky / CNBC:  Walmart partners with Instacart to test offering same-day delivery, starting in four markets across California and Oklahoma
11:15 AM  •
David Jeans / Forbes:  Collaborative document editor Coda raises $80M led by Kleiner Perkins, valuing the company at $636M
10:40 AM  •
Joseph Cox / VICE:  Mozilla says it plans to lay off around 250 employees and is closing the company's current operations in Taipei, Taiwan
9:55 AM  •
Yogita Khatri / The Block:  MicroStrategy buys ~$250M in bitcoin, becoming the first publicly traded company to buy the currency as part of its capital allocation strategy
9:45 AM  •
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:  HMD Global, maker of Nokia-branded phones, raises $230M Series A2 from strategic investors including Google, Nokia, and Qualcomm
9:35 AM  •
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:  Google is partnering with USGS and creating a worldwide, Android phone-powered opt-in earthquake alert system using phone accelerometers
9:25 AM  •
Jonathan Shieber / TechCrunch:  Atomwise, which develops a machine learning-based drug discovery service, raises $123M Series B led by B Capital and Sanabil Investments
9:15 AM  •
Kashmir Hill / New York Times:  Clearview AI has hired pre-eminent First Amendment lawyer Floyd Abrams, who plans to assert a free-speech right to disseminate publicly available photos
8:50 AM  •
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:  K2View, whose “micro-database” tech helps automate enterprise data unification, raises $28M led by Forestay Capital
8:30 AM  •
Samuel Axon / Ars Technica:  Parallels Desktop 16 adds support for Big Sur, 3D in Metal, and zoom and rotate gestures on multitouch trackpads, and claims 20% faster DirectX performance
8:05 AM  •
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:  Incomlend, which operates a trading platform to connect exporters and importers with investors, raises $20M Series A led by Sequoia Capital India
7:50 AM  •
Sam Nussey / Reuters:  SoftBank reports quarterly net profit of ~$12B, up 12% YoY, and a $2.8B gain in Vision Fund; by July, Vision Fund's $75.2B in investments was worth $71.5B
7:10 AM  •
Lauren Clark / Official Google India Blog:  Google rolls out virtual business cards for Google Search in India with links to user's website, social media profiles and, optionally, phone number and email
4:35 AM  •
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:  Report: since January, a group has been hijacking Tor exit relay nodes to perform SSL stripping attacks, peaking in May when the group ran 23.95% of all nodes
1:20 AM  •
Adi Robertson / The Verge:  Nreal, which fought off IP theft suit from Magic Leap, will start shipping AR glasses in S. Korea this month for ~$586 or $295 when bundled with Galaxy Note 20

August 10, 2020

9:25 PM  •
Megan Rose Dickey / TechCrunch:  In an all-hands meeting last week, Reddit's CEO defended allowing Trump election ads including homepage takeovers, and said Reddit won't allow auctions
8:30 PM  •
Sean O'Kane / The Verge:  Gogo says it's trying to sell its commercial in-flight internet business amid COVID-19, CEO says company has had “extensive discussions with multiple parties”
7:45 PM  •
Matthew Keys / The Desk:  According to an email sent to podcast producers, Amazon says it will add free podcasts in Amazon Music, for both free and paid tiers, and on Audible
7:00 PM  •
Bloomberg:  Source: AmEx is in advanced talks to buy SoftBank-backed online lender Kabbage for as much as $850M in an all-cash deal as soon as this month
6:35 PM  •
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:  Amazon says that 1M+ Prime subscribers in India shopped from SMB partners in the 14 days leading up to Prime Day
4:40 PM  •
NBC News:  Sources: an internal Facebook probe into QAnon shows the size of the conspiracy theory's community: millions of members and followers across thousands of Groups
4:23 PM  •
Bloomberg:  In a lawsuit by CA's AG, judge issues a preliminary injunction ordering Uber and Lyft to classify their drivers as employees, paused for 10 days for appeals
4:00 PM  •
Jeremy Horwitz / VentureBeat:  US announces it will reallocate the 3.45GHz to 3.55GHz spectrum reserved for military use for consumer 5G instead, slated to be up for auction in December 2021
3:20 PM  •
Juli Clover / MacRumors:  In iOS 14, Apple News+ publishers' web links are opened in the Apple News app by default for Apple News+ subscribers, though this feature can be turned off
2:55 PM  •
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / VICE:  In the wake of a widely protested presidential election in Belarus, nonprofits and companies including Twitter are reporting parts of the internet being blocked
2:30 PM  •
Sonali Basak / Bloomberg:  Robinhood says its daily average revenue trades were 4.31M in June, about 4x E*Trade's fee-generating trades and higher than other publicly traded rivals
2:05 PM  •
Reuters:  Russian competition watchdog FAS says Apple abused its dominance of the mobile apps market and must resolve issues with iOS App Store; Apple says it will appeal
1:50 PM  •
Alex Wilhelm / TechCrunch:  Mux, an API-based video streaming and analytics service, raises $37M Series C led by a16z, following its $20M Series B in 2019
12:50 PM  •
Jay Peters / The Verge:  Amazon rebrands Twitch Prime as Prime Gaming; the service will still give Prime subscribers perks, including free games, on the live streaming platform
12:42 PM  •
Abner Li / 9to5Google:  Google announces that Google Maps now has CarPlay Dashboard support and a simple version of the app will be rolling out to Apple Watch in the coming weeks
12:25 PM  •
Kurt Wagner / Bloomberg:  Facebook says it has created a new group to run all of its payments projects with David Marcus at the helm; hires former Upwork CEO as VP of Facebook Payments
11:25 AM  •
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:  Skillshare, a subscription marketplace for online courses, raises $66M led by OMERS Growth Equity and says it has 12M registered members
10:35 AM  •
Reuters:  Sources: TikTok's separation from ByteDance could take over a year, well beyond Trump and Microsoft's Sept. 15 timeline, as Microsoft negotiates the transition
10:25 AM  •
John Koetsier / Forbes:  Apple Advertising seems to be on by default in iOS 14, while other advertisers and ad networks will have to ask for permission to track users
10:05 AM  •
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:  Google expands developer tools for Android TV, including instant apps and speech-to-text support, and says monthly active devices have grown more than 80% YoY
9:45 AM  •
New York Times:  A look at the tight links between employees at big tech companies and Joe Biden's campaign, despite his criticism of the Silicon Valley giants
9:35 AM  •
Alex Barker / Financial Times:  With 2,500 claims of improper use of unlicensed music on Twitch in June, the Artists Rights Alliance, a trade body, criticizes Jeff Bezos' “wilful blindness”
9:25 AM  •
Cade Metz / New York Times:  Frances Allen, who conducted groundbreaking work on software compilers in the 1960s and won the Turing Award in 2006, has died at 88
9:20 AM  •
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:  McAfee report: NetWalker ransomware operators have made ~$25M from ransom payments since March, putting them in the same league as Ryuk, Dharma, REvil groups
9:07 AM  •
Dara Khosrowshahi / New York Times:  Uber CEO defends treating gig workers as contractors, suggesting gig economy companies should be required to establish funds that give workers cash for benefits
8:50 AM  •
Christopher Mims / Wall Street Journal:  Amid an explosion in demand for home-delivered goods, shippers like FedEx are increasingly adopting industrial robot arms equipped with computer vision and AI
7:05 AM  •
Steve Evans /  Buckle, an insurer for ridesharing platforms with coverage in 47 US states, raises $31M Series A led by HSCM Bermuda and Eos
6:10 AM  •
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:  Apple responds to AirPods patent infringement suit by countersuing Koss Corporation for breach of contract and breaking a confidentiality agreement
3:00 AM  •
FinSMEs:  Charleston, SC-based startup Palmetto, which helps consumers calculate potential energy costs and savings by using green tech like solar, raises $29M Series B
1:35 AM  •
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:  Kuo: iPhone shipments could decline by 25-30% if Apple is forced to remove WeChat from its App Stores around the world under Trump's EO

August 9, 2020

11:05 PM  •
Lucas Kunce / Pro Market:  While Facebook claims its size helps it defend the US against Chinese companies like TikTok, history shows TikTok succeeded partly due to FB's corporate goals
10:15 PM  •
Wall Street Journal:  Sources: Sequoia, which first invested in ByteDance in 2014 and holds a 10%+ stake, has been pressing its White House contacts to help land a deal for TikTok
9:30 PM  •
Ben Smith / New York Times:  Facebook, Google, and Twitter are making the same mistakes big news outlets made decades ago, trying to placate hyperpartisan critics who are “working the refs”
7:50 PM  •
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:  Expert System, an enterprise NLP vendor founded in 1989, raises $29.4M in post-IPO financing for its AI-powered text extraction and analysis tools
7:38 PM  •
Maria Siow / South China Morning Post:  A look at China's AI telemarketing software market, which touts “voice bots” that dial ~3,000 numbers/day, even blocked ones, and flexibly respond to questions
4:55 PM  •
Meir Orbach / CTech:  Israel-based Silverfort raises $30M Series B for its multi-factor authentication tech that can help enterprises secure their data on premises and in the cloud
3:55 PM  •
Wall Street Journal:  Sources: Simon Property, the biggest US mall owner, and Amazon explored turning stores formerly occupied by J.C. Penney and Sears into fulfillment centers
1:10 PM  •
Gary Ng / iPhone in Canada Blog:  Apple files a notice of opposition with USPTO against a startup trying to trademark a logo which resembles a pear for its recipe search app called Prepear
11:10 AM  •
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:  Toronto-based Thriver, formerly known as Platterz, raises $33M Series B to expand beyond a B2B marketplace for corporate meal plans to virtual wellness programs
8:05 AM  •
Tim Bradshaw / Financial Times:  As Zynga buys Istanbul-based Rollic Games for $168M, a look at the rapid growth of hyper-casual mobile games, where publishers may launch a new title every week
5:00 AM  •  iwoca, an online lending startup for SMBs, raises £100M to support SMBs looking for financing via the UK's Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme
1:55 AM  •
Ana Swanson / New York Times:  The language in Trump's EOs on WeChat and TikTok may be vague deliberately, as some argue the uncertainty may dissuade more US companies from operating in China
1:05 AM  •
Joe Mcdonald / Associated Press:  Huawei says that production of its high-end Kirin smartphone chips will stop Sept. 15 and, more broadly, its smartphone production has “no chips and no supply”
12:35 AM  •
Kim Lyons / The Verge:  Twitter says it is testing showing quote tweet counts directly under tweets to see whether that makes the Retweets with Comments metric “more understandable”

August 8, 2020

11:55 PM  •
AnnaMaria Andriotis / Wall Street Journal:  US bank regulator fines Capital One $80M over a 2019 hack that compromised personal info of ~106M card customers and applicants between 2005 and early 2019
11:20 PM  •
Mike Wheatley / SiliconANGLE:  Linux Foundation launches Open Source Security Foundation to bring some of the world's most important OSS security initiatives under one umbrella
9:45 PM  •
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:  Rapidly escalating tensions, including WeChat ban, may devastate Apple's business due to its huge exposure on everything, from manufacturing to sales, to China
7:40 PM  •
Wall Street Journal:  Sources: Twitter had preliminary talks with TikTok about combining with TikTok's US operations, expecting it would face less antitrust scrutiny than Microsoft
7:25 PM  •
Turner Novak / Turner's Blog:  Profile of Pinduoduo founder Colin Huang, from his early startup endeavors to creating a $100B+ social commerce giant successfully challenging Alibaba and JD
5:20 PM  •
Tripp Mickle / Wall Street Journal:  How Tim Cook turned Apple into a corporate colossus and delivered one of the most lucrative business successions in history
4:25 PM  •
Wall Street Journal:  A presentation that's been circulating around DC shows Qualcomm is lobbying the Trump administration for permission to sell its chips for Huawei's 5G phones
3:30 PM  •
Washington Post:  Inside the efforts to sell TikTok as Trump keeps sending contradictory signals, amid shouting matches between Mnuchin and Navarro in the Oval Office
2:20 PM  •
Bobby Allyn / NPR:  Source: TikTok will sue the Trump administration as soon as Tuesday over the executive order banning the service
12:30 PM  •
Steven Levy / Wired:  An inside look at Hawkfish, a Mike Bloomberg-funded tech company that helped his 2020 campaign, which is still working behind the scenes to help elect Joe Biden
10:25 AM  •
Elamin Abdelmahmoud / BuzzFeed News:  Companies like Facebook and Twitter, which have positioned themselves as the new public square, should absolutely be questioned on their role in cancel culture

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