October 24, 2021, 5:10 PM

October 24, 2021

3:30 PM  •
Chris O'Brien / The French Tech Journal:  Profile of France-based BlaBlaCar, a long distance carpooling marketplace with 80% of its riders outside of France and 60% outside of Europe
12:30 PM  •
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:  Indian startup Clear, which helps individuals and businesses file tax returns and more, raises a $75M Series C from Kora Capital, Stripe, and others
11:00 AM  •
Kenrick Cai / Forbes India:  Profile of Databricks CEO and co-founder Ali Ghodsi, who turned the data analytics startup into a company worth $28B, on track to reach ~$1B in sales in 2022
8:05 AM  •
Danny Palmer / ZDNet:  Researchers detail how hackers are using FiveSys, a rootkit with a Microsoft-issued digital signature, to steal the login credentials of gamers in China
2:00 AM  •
Lizzy Lawrence / Protocol:  A look at productivity influencers who center their content around apps like Notion, Excel, and Asana, offering advice on how to stay organized

October 23, 2021

11:45 PM  •
Tom Warren / The Verge:  Microsoft reverses its decision to remove code editing feature Hot Reload in its upcoming .NET 6 SDK, after backlash from the open source community
11:20 PM  •
Catalin Cimpanu / The Record:  CISA warns of malware discovered in npm package UAParser.js, which has 6M-7M downloads weekly, that installs a password stealer and a crypto miner
10:00 PM  •
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:  Tel Aviv and Palo Alto-based, which is developing a data management service, raises a $22M seed led by Grove Ventures
7:15 PM  •
Christine Hall / TechCrunch:  Embrace, a mobile data intelligence startup, raises a $45M Series B led by NEA
5:55 PM  •
New York Times:  Internal docs detail Facebook's struggles with violence-inciting content in India, including failure to designate some politically-connected groups as dangerous
12:25 PM  •
Drew Harwell / Washington Post:  A look at the bitter privacy debate in a Colorado neighborhood over the use of license plate scanners made by Flock, whose customer base has risen 4x since 2019
8:05 AM  •
Sam Shead / CNBC:  PitchBook: the number of European VC deals with US investor participation rose from 359 deals totaling €2.7B in 2011 to 1,434 deals worth €50.8B so far in 2021
2:00 AM  •
Matt Murray / Wall Street Journal:  Q&A with Sundar Pichai on the future of work after lockdowns, unionization push by Google employees, changing perceptions of privacy, and more
12:55 AM  •
Todd Spangler / Variety:  Mobile game maker Scopely to buy GSN Games, which makes free-to-play games like Bingo Bash, from Sony Pictures Entertainment for ~$1B in cash and stock
12:30 AM  •
Catalin Cimpanu / The Record:  Facebook files a lawsuit against a Ukrainian national for allegedly scraping and selling the personal data of 178M+ users on a cybercrime forum

October 22, 2021

8:25 PM  •
Washington Post:  Docs: Facebook user reports of “false news” hit ~40K per hour on January 6; the Instagram account reported most often for inciting violence was @realdonaldtrump
8:12 PM  •
Michael Riley / Bloomberg:  Internal docs show Facebook staff faulted the company for failing to thwart the proliferation of Groups, like Stop The Steal, that fomented January 6 violence
7:55 PM  •
New York Times:  Internal docs show the extent of Facebook's knowledge of extremist Groups on its site but don't offer a complete picture of its decision-making in response
7:25 PM  •
Brandy Zadrozny / NBC News:  Internal docs: Facebook employees created a test account in 2019 and within days it was recommended extreme and conspiratorial content, including QAnon Groups
6:40 PM  •
The Information:  Sources: over 12 news outlets, including AP and Fox Business, formed a consortium to sift leaked Facebook docs from Frances Haugen, reporting stories separately
6:00 PM  •
Erik Larson / Bloomberg:  US court rules Texas AG can seek internal docs in limited discovery from Twitter, Google, and Facebook, regarding how they moderate content
5:50 PM  •
Leah Nylen / Politico:  Docs from 16 AGs' Google suit: Google sought help from Apple, Facebook, and Microsoft to stall federal efforts to strengthen an online privacy law for children
5:15 PM  •
Steve Kovach / CNBC:  A 2019 email confirms Google asked Roku for preferential treatment for YouTube in Roku's search results, despite Google's claims to the contrary
4:45 PM  •
Victoria Guida / Politico:  Sources: during the final days of the Trump presidency, OCC quietly determined that banks can legally trade cryptocurrencies on behalf of clients
4:15 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Apple updates App Store Guidelines, including to let developers contact users about other payment methods as part of an earlier agreement with US developers
3:30 PM  •
Bob Van Voris / Bloomberg:  A group of US states say Google takes up to 42% of the money paid for online ads, in a newly unsealed court filing from their lawsuit against Google
3:07 PM  •
Craig Timberg / Washington Post:  A new whistleblower, a former member of Facebook's Integrity team, files an SEC complaint alleging Facebook prized profits over fighting hate speech and misinfo
2:10 PM  •
Marty Swant / Forbes:  Braze, a marketing campaign management software startup, files for an IPO, says its FY 2021 revenue was $150.2M, up from $96.4M in 2020, with a net loss $31.43M
12:45 PM  •
Adi Robertson / The Verge:  Software Freedom Conservancy says TRUTH Social violates Mastodon's open source code licensing terms by not sharing its source code, gives it 30 days to comply
11:25 AM  •
Ian Allison / CoinDesk:  Walmart is testing letting shoppers buy bitcoin at 200 Coinstar kiosks in its US stores through a Coinme partnership
10:25 AM  •
Tracy Qu / South China Morning Post:  ByteDance's Douyin adds a five-second mandatory pause between videos to curb binge-viewing in China, following Beijing's focus on addictive online behavior
9:00 AM  •
Zheping Huang / Bloomberg:  Tencent says a now-fixed vulnerability made some WeChat content available to Google and Bing, which are blocked in China
8:40 AM  •
Bloomberg:  Vodafone sues the UK, claiming Fujitsu was unfairly awarded a contract to upgrade the secure network connecting 532 embassies and other government locations
8:20 AM  •
New York Times:  Russia says its deep packet inspection tech is now installed at 500 telco locations, covering 100% of mobile traffic and 73% of broadband
7:55 AM  •
Kate O'Keeffe / Wall Street Journal:  US Commerce Department data: ~$103B worth of export licenses issued for chips and other products to suppliers of Huawei and SMIC from Nov. 2020 to April 2021
7:30 AM  •
Bloomberg:  Source: South Korea's online payment service Kakao Pay raised $1.3B in its Seoul IPO after pricing shares at $76.60, the top of the marketed range
6:55 AM  •
New York Times:  Nobel peace prize winner Maria Ressa discusses the role of social media in polarization, interactions with Zuckerberg and Sandberg in 2017, Frances Haugen, more
6:15 AM  •
Cristiano Lima / Washington Post:  Snap and TikTok testifying for the first time before Congress next week shows how lawmakers' oversight has fixated on a few major platforms thus far
4:35 AM  •
Tim De Chant / Ars Technica:  A look at the cultural and investment shifts Intel undertook to build a leading-edge foundry business, which some say could take five years to fully appraise
2:55 AM  •
Shiyin Chen / Bloomberg:  China hints its regulatory crackdown on tech may be ending as its financial regulator says he expects significant progress in regulation of fintech by year end
2:35 AM  •
Shane Shifflett / Wall Street Journal:  A look at efforts by bitcoin miners to use green energy sources, including the voluntary Crypto Climate Accord framework signed by 180 companies in April
1:50 AM  •
Tonya Riley / CyberScoop:  FTC study on the six largest ISPs finds that some fail to fully inform consumers on how their data is monetized, such as using browsing history to serve up ads
1:20 AM  •
Faiz Siddiqui / Washington Post:  Lyft releases its first safety report, says it received 4,000+ reports of sexual assault, including 360 reports of rape, on its app from 2017 through 2019
12:20 AM  •
Catherine Shu / TechCrunch:  Hong Kong-based XanPool, whose software facilitates faster crypto and fiat settlements, raises a $27M Series A led by Valar Ventures

October 21, 2021

10:25 PM  •  Olo, a white label restaurant ordering service, acquires Wisely, which offers restaurant-focused customer intelligence products, for $187M in cash and stock
10:00 PM  •
Alexandra Bruell / Wall Street Journal:  VideoAmp, which offers audience and ad measurement tools across digital platforms and traditional TV, raises a $275M Series F at a $1.4B valuation
9:35 PM  •
Mary Ann Azevedo / TechCrunch:  Pomelo, which was founded earlier this year to make fintech-as-a-service infrastructure for LatAm businesses, raises a $35M Series A led by Tiger Global
8:45 PM  •
Paul Alcorn / Tom's Hardware:  Windows 11 update fixes AMD CPU latency issues that reduced performance 3-5% for some apps and 10-15% for esports games
7:55 PM  •
Mary Ann Azevedo / TechCrunch:  Sources: Brex, which offers credit cards tailored to startups, raises $300M at a $12.3B valuation, following a $425M Series D at a $7.4B valuation in April
7:10 PM  •
Tom Warren / The Verge:  Microsoft fixes Windows 11 AMD CPU performance issues with new update
6:25 PM  •
Reuters:  Sources: ransomware gang REvil was hacked and forced offline this week by an active multi-country operation that includes US law enforcement
5:35 PM  •
The Markup:  Analysis of 23K+ websites of nonprofits: about 86% had third-party cookies or trackers, with some, like Planned Parenthood, tracking user keystrokes
4:40 PM  •
Kif Leswing / CNBC:  Intel reports Q3 revenue of $18.1B, up 5% YoY, vs. $18.2B est., Client Computing Group revenue fell 2% to $9.7B due to component shortages; stock down 10%+
4:26 PM  •
Salvador Rodriguez / CNBC:  Snap Q3: $1.07B revenue, up 57% YoY, vs. $1.10B est., DAUs up 23% to 306M, net loss down 64% to $72M, blames iOS ATT changes for revenue miss; stock down 20%+
4:00 PM  •
Sami Fathi / MacRumors:  Apple says the 16-inch MacBook Pro with M1 Max will feature a High Power Mode for intensive, sustained workloads
3:35 PM  •
Drew Harwell / Washington Post:  The TOS for TRUTH Social shows it bans “excessive use of capital letters”, reserves the right to ban users, and hopes to benefit from Section 230 protections
3:10 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Twitter rolls out the ability for all Android and iOS users to host a Space, after previously limiting access to accounts with at least 600 followers
3:00 PM  •
Anna Kramer / Protocol:  Twitter says its research shows its algorithms amplify right-leaning content more than left-leaning content, but doesn't know what causes the amplification
1:45 PM  •
Alan Rappeport / New York Times:  Austria, France, Italy, Spain, and UK reach a deal with the US to drop digital services taxes on Big Tech companies as part of a global tax overhaul in 2023
1:20 PM  •
Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:  Parallel, which is making a sci-fi NFT card game based on the Ethereum blockchain, raises $50M from Paradigm at a $500M valuation
12:55 PM  •
MK Manoylov / The Block:  Mojito, which lets clients like Sotheby's sell NFTs from their own storefronts or websites, raises $20M at a $100M valuation
12:35 PM  •
Kyle Bradshaw / 9to5Google:  Google begins offering Stadia as a white label product, starting with letting AT&T customers play Batman: Arkham Knight for free in Chrome or Edge
12:25 PM  •
Bloomberg:  Sources: Intel's talks with chip designer SiFive ended without a deal and the startup instead plans to pursue outside investment and an IPO
12:15 PM  •
Annie Palmer / CNBC:  Amazon rolls out Local Selling, an in-store pickup option for items from local businesses in the US
12:05 PM  •
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:  Google lowers Play Store subscription fees to 15% and fees for ebooks and on-demand music streaming services to “as low as 10%”; IAP cut seems to be unaffected
11:40 AM  •
Joseph Cox / VICE:  Mastodon founder says Trump's TRUTH Social seems to be using a Mastodon fork, based on a screenshot of an error message featuring Mastodon's elephant mascot
11:30 AM  •
Ryan Browne / CNBC:  Sam Altman's Worldcoin launches its cryptocurrency that it gives in exchange for users' eye scans, says it has 100K users globally and is valued at $1B
11:05 AM  •
Jason Nelson / Decrypt:  The Associated Press partners with crypto company Chainlink to authenticate data about elections, sports, and more via its blockchain
10:45 AM  •
Connie Loizos / TechCrunch:  Rippling, an employee data management company led by Parker Conrad, raises $250M at a $6.5B valuation, bringing its total raised to $450M
9:55 AM  •
Jabari Young / CNBC:  Sports NFT service Candy Digital, owned by sports e-commerce company Fanatics, raises a $100M Series A at a $1.5B valuation from Vision Fund 2 and others
9:35 AM  •
Christine Hall / TechCrunch:  Venezuelan delivery app Yummy raises an $18M Series A led by Anthos Capital and says it has over 200,000 registered users
9:25 AM  •
Sam Rutherford / Gizmodo:  Nvidia's GeForce Now cloud gaming service adds a $100/month tier with RTX 3080 GPUs, hosted inside a bespoke SuperPod server, offering 1440p games at 120fps
9:05 AM  •
Dan Seifert / The Verge:  Microsoft Surface Duo 2 review: futuristic design, excellent multitasking, and useful pen support, but buggy, lousy camera, expensive, and awkward form factor
8:33 AM  •
Danny Nelson / CoinDesk:  Bahamas-based crypto exchange FTX raises a $420.69M Series B-1 at a $25B valuation from 69 investors, including BlackRock and Tiger Global
8:26 AM  •
Wall Street Journal:  US Consumer Financial Protection Bureau launches a broad investigation into the user data practices at Amazon, Facebook, Apple, Google, and other tech companies
8:20 AM  •
Oversight Board:  Facebook's Oversight Board releases a report demanding more transparency, including for the company's “cross-check” system, and says 524K appeals were submitted
8:15 AM  •
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:  Apple product orders, including iPad mini, MacBook Pro, and $19 cleaning cloth, are delayed into November and December due to supply chain issues
7:50 AM  •
Wall Street Journal:  Sources: China suggested Didi, Full Truck Alliance, and online recruitment service Kanzhun explore Hong Kong listings, as Beijing wraps up its investigations
7:10 AM  •
Benoit Berthelot / Bloomberg:  French labor union-commissioned report: Amazon shipped 258M packages in France in 2020, up from 229M in 2019 but below 419M target, following warehouse closures
6:35 AM  •
Peter Rudegeair / Wall Street Journal:  Plaid partners with Square, Stripe, and others to help consumers and businesses make payments funded by their bank accounts after its acquisition by Visa failed
6:25 AM  •
Mercedes Ruehl / Financial Times:  Sources: Indonesia's GoTo is raising $1.5B at a $28.5B valuation, including $400M from the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, ahead of an IPO next year
6:20 AM  •
Jinshan Hong / Bloomberg:  Analysis: Chinese livestream salesman Li Jiaqi, known for trying on makeup on his show, sold $1.9B in goods on Alibaba's Taobao during its Singles' Day festival
6:15 AM  •
Liya Su / DealStreetAsia:  Chinese chipmaker Clounix, which builds network chips and cloud software, raises $63M across angel and seed, the latter led by China Internet Investment Fund
6:10 AM  •
Benoit Berthelot / Bloomberg:  Paris-based collaborative learning service 360learning raises $200M from Sumeru Equity, Vision Fund 2, and others to fund a US expansion
6:00 AM  •
Wall Street Journal:  Over 2,000 hourly workers at Amazon's Staten Island facilities sign union cards and plan to file with the NLRB by October 25; Amazon opposes the move
5:25 AM  •
Bloomberg:  Sources: Susquehanna, which owns ~15% of ByteDance, is looking to sell a stake worth ~$500M; source says a shareholder recently sold at a $360B-$370B valuation
5:15 AM  •
Ben Sisario / New York Times:  PleasrDAO, a group of digital asset collectors, says it created an NFT that will stand as an ownership deed for Wu-Tang Clan's one-of-a-kind physical album
2:55 AM  •
Alex Webb / Bloomberg:  Apple's product design has improved since Jony Ive left, as it seems to be putting the emphasis back on function over form and is less obsessed with thinness
2:45 AM  •
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:  Batch, a startup founded by the team behind AppGratis to let companies manage push notifications at scale, raises $23M led by Expedition Capital
2:30 AM  •
Mikey Campbell / AppleInsider:  Report: Yahoo Finance's mobile app disappeared from Apple's App Store in China, days after republishing a Bloomberg story critical of China's tech crackdown
1:45 AM  •
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:  SkyHive, which develops workforce planning software that lets customers benchmark against competitors by analyzing labor market data, raises a $40M Series B

October 20, 2021

11:30 PM  •
Abner Li / 9to5Google:  YouTube Music's free tier will transition to audio-only with background listening next month, with videos reserved for Premium subscribers
11:20 PM  •
Sophia Yan / Telegraph:  Report: Yahoo Finance's mobile app disappeared from Apple's App Store in China, days after republishing a Bloomberg story critical of China's tech crackdown
11:05 PM  •
Sylvia Varnham O'Regan / The Information:  Internal memo: Facebook has quietly killed the “Hey Facebook” wake word for Portal, as customers were confused by the phrase and it was affecting usage
10:50 PM  •
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:  Honeycomb, which develops a software observability tool used by companies including Stripe and Slack, raises a $50M Series C led by Insight Partners
10:40 PM  •
Tom Warren / The Verge:  A first look at Android app support on Windows 11: the apps are nicely integrated, run well, and installing them is simple, only requiring Amazon's Appstore app
9:15 PM  •
ABC News:  Trump announces the Trump Media & Technology Group and TRUTH Social, a social network coming in Nov. to “stand up” to Big Tech, in the App Store for preorder
9:10 PM  •
Casey Newton / Platformer:  Sources: Mark Zuckerberg has not settled on a new name for Facebook, which could be announced as early as Monday
7:20 PM  •
Ron Miller / TechCrunch:  Hex, which simplifies storing and sharing large data sets with integrations for Snowflake, BigQuery, and others, raises a $16M Series A led by Redpoint Ventures
6:50 PM  •
Adi Robertson / The Verge:  Facebook will start demoting all Groups content from users who have violated policies elsewhere on the site, and will let admins review flagged content
6:05 PM  •
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:  Internal email: Apple will test unvaccinated corporate staff each time they enter offices starting Nov. 1, and asks US staff to report vaccine status by Oct. 24
5:45 PM  •
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:  Twitter acquires London-based Sphere, which develops a group chat app and has raised $30M to date
5:25 PM  •
Taylor Hatmaker / TechCrunch:  Superplastic, which owns an animated collab house of “synthetic superstars” on social media, raises a $20M Series A, bringing its total funding to $38M
4:55 PM  •
Stephen Nellis / Reuters:  SAP's Qualtrics reports Q3 revenue of $271.6M, up 41% YoY, subscription revenue of $220.3M, up 49% YoY, Q4 projected sales of $297M, vs $264M est.; stock up 5%+
4:40 PM  •
Jordan Novet / CNBC:  IBM reports Q3 revenue of $17.62B, vs. $17.77B est., Global Technology Services revenue of $6.15B, down ~5% YoY, vs $6.25B est.; stock drops 4%+
3:45 PM  •
Yogita Khatri / The Block:  Sommelier Finance, which offers an automated DeFi portfolio manager, raises a $23M Series A led by Polychain Capital
3:18 PM  •
Emily Birnbaum / Politico:  Source: Pierre Omidyar's philanthropic organization Luminate handles Frances Haugen's PR in Europe; Omidyar donated $150K to Whistleblower Aid in 2020
2:40 PM  •
Aisha Counts / Protocol:  Since May, Google says it has blocked 1.6M messages and restored ~4,000 YouTube influencer accounts affected by a phishing campaign offering fake collaborations
1:45 PM  •
Catalin Cimpanu / The Record:  DC-based exploit broker Zerodium is now seeking to buy 0-days in ExpressVPN, NordVPN, and Surfshark's PC apps, namely those disclosing user info or allowing RCE
12:55 PM  •
Benedict Evans / @benedictevans:  [Thread] Analysis of FTC's report on Big Tech's startup M&A between 2010 and 2019: half of the deals were <$10M, most had <10 people and were US-based, and more
11:55 AM  •
Tom Warren / The Verge:  Microsoft begins letting Windows 11 beta testers try Android apps from the Amazon Appstore, starting with 50 apps including Kindle, Apple Music, and Signal
11:45 AM  •
William Turton / Bloomberg:  Sources: the recent ransomware attack against Sinclair is linked to Russian group Evil Corp., which changed names to avoid 2019 US sanctions
11:35 AM  •
Bloomberg:  Sources: PayPal has approached Pinterest about an acquisition, potentially valuing it at $39B; Pinterest stock had dropped 16% this year but is up 10%+ today
11:25 AM  •
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:  US Commerce Department announces rules banning the export or resale of hacking tools to China, Russia, and other countries of concern
11:10 AM  •
Harry McCracken / Fast Company:  Profile of Asana as it announces an Enterprise Work Graph, Workflow Builder, APIs for integrating with CRM tools, and more
11:05 AM  •
The Information:  Analysis: Andreessen Horowitz's investment team has grown to 70 in the past four years, up by 170%, outpacing Sequoia, Accel, Lightspeed, and others
10:50 AM  •
James Vincent / The Verge:  A look at Ask Delphi, a research project by the Allen Institute for AI that offers answers to ethical dilemmas, often with bewildering responses
10:40 AM  •
Ian Bremmer / Foreign Affairs:  How Facebook, Apple, Google, Amazon, and others increasingly rival states for geopolitical influence and are reshaping the global order as we know it
10:25 AM  •
Ben Schoon / 9to5Google:  Samsung updates Galaxy Watch4 with Fall Detection, new watch faces, gesture controls, and more, rolling out in the US and South Korea
10:05 AM  •
CoinDesk:  Bitcoin crosses $66K, an all-time high, after the ProShares Bitcoin Strategy ETF rose by nearly 5% on the NYSE
9:15 AM  •
Todd Spangler / Variety:  Spotify partners with Shopify to let artists list merch on profiles for $29/month to $299/month, starting in the US, UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand
8:45 AM  •
Mike Wheatley / SiliconANGLE:  Invicti Security, which helps companies secure web apps, raises $625M led by Summit Partners; Invicti was created by merging Netsparker and Acunetix in 2017
8:35 AM  •
BBC:  UK's Royal Mint partners with Canadian startup Excir to extract and recycle gold and precious metals from old smartphones and laptops
7:45 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Tel Aviv-based Deci, which helps build AI models that can work with available data and compute power, raises a $21M Series A led by Insight Partners
7:35 AM  •
Eli Tan / CoinDesk:  Animoca Brands, which lets players own in-game items as NFTs, raises $65M at a $2.2B valuation, up from $1B in May
7:30 AM  •
Lydia O'Neal / Wall Street Journal:  Flock Freight, which uses AI to help shippers pool goods, raises a $215M Series D at a $1.3B valuation led by Vision Fund 2, bringing its total raised to $399M
7:05 AM  •
Queenie Wong / CNET:  Pinterest redesigns its home feed, adding a Watch tab for short videos and photo albums
6:30 AM  •
Bloomberg:  Egypt's state-run e-payments company, E-Finance, rises 40% on its market debut, after raising $370M
6:15 AM  •
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:  HR Acuity, which develops employee relations and investigations management software, raises $47M from K1 Investment Management
6:05 AM  •
Bloomberg:  Draft EU document: finalization of the Digital Markets Act and Digital Services Act has been delayed from spring 2022 to “as soon as possible”
5:50 AM  •
Naman Ramachandran / Variety:  UK's CMA fines Facebook £50.5M for breaching an order imposed during its ongoing Giphy acquisition investigation, saying Facebook refused to report information
5:40 AM  •
Financial Times:  Sources: China tells McDonald's to expand its e-renminbi payments system ahead of the Beijing Winter Olympics; source says Visa and Nike are also under pressure
5:30 AM  •
Keith Zhai / Wall Street Journal:  Sources: Jack Ma has left China for the first time since Alibaba came under regulatory pressure last November, traveling to Europe to see friends
5:20 AM  •
Cecilia Kang / New York Times:  District of Columbia AG Karl Racine adds Mark Zuckerberg to an ongoing privacy lawsuit, which began in 2018 following the Cambridge Analytica scandal
4:45 AM  •
Reuters:  Report: US memory chip maker Micron Technology to build a $7B plant in Hiroshima to make DRAM chips, with production set to begin in 2024
4:30 AM  •
Nikkei Asia:  Sources: China's Oppo is developing high-end mobile chips, using TSMC's 3nm tech, for its premium handsets due out in 2023 or 2024
2:55 AM  •
Chris Stokel-Walker / Wired UK:  A look at the use of drones and online “in-play” betting at UK horse racing venues to gain a gambling advantage, which has angered many in the racing industry
2:20 AM  •
Paul Thurrott / Thurrott:  Brave now uses its own privacy-centric Brave Search instead of Google as the default search engine in its browser
1:50 AM  •
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:  Prague-based Rossum, which uses AI to automate document processing, raises a $100M Series A led by General Catalyst, sources say at a $500M-$1B valuation
1:25 AM  •
Todd Spangler / Variety:  Comcast unveils XClass smart TVs starting at $298, available at Walmart, and offering 12 months of ad-supported Peacock Premium for free in the US
12:55 AM  •
Bill Toulas / BleepingComputer:  Despite its years-long opposition to foreign VPNs, China says foreign entities can now invest in VPN services in the country, limited to a 50% stake
12:00 AM  •
Meir Orbach / CTech:  Israel-based SeaLights, whose tech lets customers spot potential quality risks associated with their software changes in real time, raises a $30M Series B

October 19, 2021

11:20 PM  •
Annie Palmer / CNBC:  Amazon says third-party US sellers averaged $200K in sales in the year ended August 31, up YoY from $170K, amid scrutiny of boosting its own brands
10:33 PM  •
Alex Heath / The Verge:  Source: Facebook is planning to change its company name to reflect its focus on the metaverse as soon as next week
7:50 PM  •
Adi Robertson / The Verge:  Activision Blizzard says 20+ employees, including developers and supervisors, “exited” the company and 20+ faced disciplinary action after misconduct complaints
6:55 PM  •
Abram Brown / Forbes:  Snap, TikTok, and YouTube execs to testify at an October 26 Senate hearing about social media's impact on children convened by Senators Blumenthal and Blackburn
6:45 PM  •
Michael Wursthorn / Wall Street Journal:  ProShares Bitcoin Strategy ETF gained nearly 5% in its NYSE debut, with ~$981M in trading volume, making it the second most traded ETF debut ever per FactSet
5:40 PM  •
Aisha Malik / TechCrunch:  Snap launches a global creative studio called Arcadia to help brands develop AR ads and experiences, partnering with companies like Verizon and WWE
5:15 PM  •
Nico Grant / Bloomberg:  Google says it updated its image search algorithms to show more racially diverse results, with the aim of promoting greater skin tone diversity

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