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September 12, 2019, 10:10 AM

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Andrew J. Hawkins / The Verge:
Uber says drivers will remain contractors under AB5, as they aren't core to its business which serves as a platform for several types of digital marketplaces  —  The ride-hail company shrugs off a new bill in California, but legal challenges loom  —  Uber won't be reclassifying its drivers …
New York Times:
California passes landmark bill that requires gig economy workers to be treated as employees, going into effect Jan 1, affecting companies like Uber and Lyft  —  SACRAMENTO — California legislators approved a landmark bill on Tuesday that requires companies like Uber and Lyft to treat contract workers …
Salvador Rodriguez / CNBC:
Sources: Palmer Luckey's border surveillance tech startup Anduril Industries has raised a funding round at a $1B+ valuation from Andreessen Horowitz and others  —  KEY POINTS  — Anduril has secured a funding round with participation from Andreessen Horowitz that values the defense company at more than $1 billion.
Alex Konrad / Forbes:
Profile of Daniel Dines, the CEO of robotic process automation company UiPath, which has 3,000+ employees around the world and generated $155M revenue in 2018  —  The man who at once epitomizes the hottest new growth area in tech and the burgeoning hopes for entrepreneurship in Eastern Europe twirls …
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Healthy.io, which helps patients analyze urine samples with a testing kit and smartphone app, raises $60M Series C led by Corner Ventures  —  Roughly six years ago, former Israel chief technology officer Yonatan Adiri cofounded Healthy.io, a digital health care startup leveraging AI …
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Simbe Robotics, which builds autonomous inventory robots for the retail industry, raises $26M Series A led by Venrock  —  Robots are coming for the grocery aisle, and that's because they promise to save storeowners invaluable time by inventorying shelves of stock quickly and accurately.
Nicole Lee / Engadget:
Hands-on with the HTC Vive Cosmos VR headset, which ships on October 3 for $699 with a trial subscription to Viveport Infinity, HTC's unlimited game service  —  In 2016, HTC revealed the Vive VR headset to the world.  In the years since, HTC has released several versions, like the Vive Pro …
Jordan Novet / CNBC:
Oracle says co-CEO Mark Hurd is taking a leave of absence for health reasons, releases its earnings a day early, reporting $9.2B in revenue, flat YoY  —  KEY POINTS  — Oracle's Mark Hurd, who was hired by founder Larry Ellison in 2010, is taking a leave of absence, the company said on Wednesday.
Jared Newman / Fast Company:
Amazon launches Alexa Answers, a crowdsourcing platform that lets any user answer questions asked by other users, in the US  —  The Alexa Answers crowdsourcing platform is now open to everyone in the United States.  Amazon says it has measures in place to prevent misuse.
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Lacework, which helps protect cloud environments from data breaches, raises $42M from Sutter Hill Ventures and Liberty Global Ventures  —  Lacework, a four-year-old Mountain View, California-based developer of automated containerized workload defense, intrusion detection, and compliance solutions …
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:
Akeneo, which develops a product information service to manage all information about products in stores and online, raises $46M Series C led by Summit Partners  —  French startup Akeneo has raised a $46 million Series C round led by Summit Partners, with existing investors Alven, Partech …
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Blake Montgomery / The Daily Beast:
Filing: ICE will pay Cellebrite, an Israeli hacking tools vendor, between $30M to $35M over the next one to five years, more than ten times their 2017 contract  —  The agency's previous contract with Cellebrite was worth $2.2 million.  —  ICE wants to hack more phones.  A lot more.
Devindra Hardawar / Engadget:
Apple debuts iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max, with 5.8" and 6.5" screens, no 3D Touch, better battery life, triple camera system with zoom and wide angle, in 4 colors  —  As usual, Apple's latest batch of iPhones aren't exactly surprising, thanks to plenty of detailed leaks throughout the year.
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Zoho:
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AWS Startups:
How Daivergent Is Helping Autistic People with Careers in Tech  —  Founded in 2017 by Byron Dai and Rahul Mahida, Daivergent's platform connects AI companies with high-volume data needs to a remote workforce comprised of people with autism.
Google Fi:
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TechCrunch Disrupt SF:
Lockheed Martin CEO Marillyn Hewson joins Disrupt SF to talk about US crewed spaceflight  —  The space race is back on, but this time it's closer to home: A number of U.S. companies are vying to become …
Intel:
Here's how Intel is powering breakthrough research in astronomy, medicine, AI and beyond  —  Fastest supercomputer in academia - Frontera, is based on 2nd generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors.

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