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February 25, 2020, 11:45 AM

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Kurt Schlosser / GeekWire:
Amazon opens Amazon Go Grocery in Seattle, its first full sized grocery store without cashiers or checkout lines  —  Amazon Go is going full grocery.  —  Two years after launching a chain of convenience stores without cashiers or checkout lines, Amazon is opening its first “Amazon Go Grocery” …
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Firefox begins rollout of encrypted DNS over HTTPS (DoH) by default for US-based users to thwart snooping ISPs  —  US-based Firefox users get encrypted DNS lookups today or within a few weeks.  —  Firefox will start switching browser users to Cloudflare's encrypted-DNS service today and roll …
Sarah Emerson / OneZero :
Survey of 11,500+ H-1B visa holders at US tech companies finds discomfort with Trump's policies, with many feeling their place in the US is highly conditional  —  OneZero conducted a 10,000-person poll to shed light on the plight of H-1B workers  —  This article is part of Into the Valley …
Andrew Chung / Reuters:
U.S. Supreme Court refuses to hear Apple's appeal to avoid paying ~$440M in damages to VirnetX in longstanding patent infringement case  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear Apple Inc's bid to avoid paying about $440 million in damages …
Ryan Browne / CNBC:
Revolut, a UK-based digital bank and payments company, raises $500M led by TCV at a $5.5B valuation, up 3x from April 2018, bringing its total raised to $836M  —  - Revolut has raised $500 million in a funding round led by TCV, an early investor in Facebook and Netflix.
Nick Turner / Bloomberg:
Netflix says it will launch top 10 lists to rank the most popular shows and movies, updated daily, after testing the feature in Mexico and the UK  —  - Top 10 lists will be rolled out after tests in U.K. and Mexico  — New feature will appear in the service and be updated daily
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Intuit confirms that it is buying Credit Karma for $7.1B in cash and stock and says it plans to keep Credit Karma as a standalone operation  —  The week is kicking off with a major piece of M&A in the world of financial technology startups.  Today Intuit — the accounting …
Gareth Corfield / The Register:
Samsung discloses website breach after some users see strangers' data and says an unrelated glitch caused push notifications to users from Find My Mobile app  —  Tight-lipped chaebol still won't talk about the dodgy app, though  —  Samsung has admitted that what it calls a “small number” …
Taylor Soper / GeekWire:
Expedia is laying off ~3,000 employees, 12% of its workforce, says it has been “pursuing growth in an unhealthy and undisciplined way” in email to employees  —  Expedia Group is laying off 12 percent of its workforce, about 3,000 employees, in an effort to “streamline and focus” …
More: CNBC and Seeking AlphaThanks:@cskuhlman
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Apple, TikTok decline to testify in a March congressional hearing probing their ties with China; both firms had declined to testify in a similar hearing in Nov.  —  Apple and TikTok each have declined a request to testify at a March congressional hearing that would have probed their relationships with China …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Graphcore, which designs processors for AI applications, raises $150M extension to its Series D at a $1.95B valuation  —  The UK has a strong history when it comes to processors, but the global chip market has seen some ups and downs of late.  Today comes some big news that underscores …
David Gilbert / VICE:
As China ramps up efforts to control the narrative around the coronavirus outbreak, it is leveraging platforms like WeChat and Twitter to track down critics  —  Joshua Left, a 28-year-old entrepreneur who runs a self-driving car startup in Wuhan, China, arrived in San Francisco in mid-January for a vacation …
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Ripcord, which is developing robots that can digitize paper records, raises $45M Series B2, bringing its total raised to $120M+  —  Staff at a California school district reportedly spent 20% of their time searching for lost documents until they retained the services of a records management company.
Thanks:@jferrary

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