Techmeme
January 27, 2020, 3:50 PM

Top News

Joseph Cox / VICE:
Documents reveal that Avast has sold its users' internet browsing data, through a subsidiary called Jumpshot, to clients like Pepsi, Google, and Microsoft  —  An antivirus program used by hundreds of millions of people around the world is selling highly sensitive web browsing data …
Tara Duggan / San Francisco Chronicle:
Grubhub admits to adding restaurants without their permission, after restaurateur found her Thai restaurant had a page on Grubhub and its subsidiary Seamless  —  Pim Techamuanvivit was managing her Michelin-starred Thai restaurant in San Francisco, Kin Khao, around 8:30 p.m. on Saturday when she got an unexpected call.
Jeremy Horwitz / VentureBeat:
FCC unlocks 3.5GHz band of spectrum used by Citizens Broadband Radio Service, enhancing connectivity via “OnGo” services in the latest iOS and Android phones  —  Following six years of private and public collaboration to open up some of the United States' most valuable wireless spectrum …
More: Engadget
Jean-Louis Gassée / Monday Note:
Consumer IoT is in trouble because normal people can't be expected to manage a house full of smart things or keep track of their bugs and looming obsolescence  —  The everything-computerized-and-always- connected smarthome is a work in progress.  This slow pace is a good thing because it gives us …
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Gravyty, a Massachusetts-based fundraising platform that uses AI to analyze donor behavior in order to help nonprofits reach fundraising goals, raises $21M  —  Nonprofit organizations send an average of 3 email newsletters and 2 donation appeals monthly, and for every 1,000 emails sent to subscribers, they raise an average of only $42.
Gary Marcus / The Gradient:
A critical look at OpenAI's GPT-2 text generation AI and why the knowledge acquired by systems like the GPT-2 has been superficial and unreliable  —  OpenAI's GPT-2 has been discussed everywhere from The New Yorker to The Economist.  What does it really tell us about natural and artificial intelligence?
Alex Wilhelm / TechCrunch:
Mural, a visual collaboration platform for enterprises, raises $23M Series A led by Radian Capital, with Gradient Ventures and Endeavor Catalyst participating  —  This morning Mural, a software startup focused on visual collaboration1, announced that it closed a $23 million Series A round of capital.
More: FinSMEs
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Currencycloud raises $80M Series E from Visa, BNP Paribas, and others for cross-border payment APIs that have transferred $50B+ and are used by ~350 companies  —  Sending money from one country to another — either because you are a business paying someone for a service …
Amazon Employees for Climate Justice:

Sponsor Posts

Smartsheet:
The nature of work has changed.  —  Gartner: “Collaborative work management plays a prominent role in the new work nucleus.”  Read the free report.
Mattermost:
#1 Slack alternative for DevOps and IT teams.  Open source and self-managed.  —  Learn why Mattermost is the #1 open source Slack alternative.
Zoho:
Ask an Expert: How sales and marketing teams can drive growth with data  —  Data is king when it comes to powering organizations' sales, marketing, and customer relationships.  But you may be wondering how exactly teams …
CircleCI:
How we re-designed our engineering career paths  —  Access our free, open engineering competency matrix for a framework on skills and values for engineers at all levels.
Techmeme Leaderboards:
PR pros: identify the top reporters on 43 different tech beats  —  Who are the most influential writers on topics like AI, VR, IoT, or e-commerce?  We've analyzed Techmeme's news crawl data to find out.

Listen to Techmeme's Podcast:

Techmeme Ride Home: Fri. 02/21 - Libra Gets A (Shopify) Win! Subscribe via Apple Podcasts, Google Play, or RSS.
 

About This Page

This is a Techmeme archive page. It shows how the site appeared at 3:50 PM ET, January 27, 2020.

The most current version of the site as always is available at our home page. To view an earlier snapshot click here and then modify the date indicated.

More News

Earlier Picks

Angela Strange / Andreessen Horowitz:
Eric Niiler / Wired: