Techmeme
October 4, 2020, 5:00 PM

Top News

Jeff Horwitz / Wall Street Journal:
A document from Facebook's law firm shows how the company might fight an antitrust lawsuit and any attempts to force a divestiture of WhatsApp or Instagram  —  Social giant prepares defense against antitrust scrutiny from federal enforcers  —  A government effort to break up Facebook Inc …
Liam Frost / Decrypt:
DappRadar: Ethereum's transaction volume skyrocketed to $119.5B in Q3 2020, growing nearly 1,200% from Q2, while DeFi apps accounted for 99% of that volume  —  Transaction volume on the Ethereum blockchain reached $119.5 billion in Q3 2020, surging by nearly 1,200% compared to the previous quarter …
Sriram Krishan / The Observer Effect:
Q&A with Daniel Ek on his pledge to invest €1B in European moonshots, Spotify's impact on the world, and learning by shadowing CEOs like Zuckerberg and Hastings  —  Welcome to the second interview on ‘The Observer Effect’.  We are lucky to have one of the most influential founders/CEOs …
Kif Leswing / CNBC:
Ten US states, including NY and NJ, that account for ~21% of the US population have released a COVID-19 contact tracing app based on Apple and Google's API  —  - New York and New Jersey both released Covid-19 apps this week, bringing the total to 10 states which have published alert apps using technology …
Raymond Zhong / New York Times:
How Taiwan's biggest chip maker TSMC is caught in a tough spot, forced to heed the dictates of Trump's tech policy, while trying to keep many customers in China  —  The island's biggest chip maker has been a coveted partner to both battling giants.  But rising nationalism is making it harder to keep the middle ground.
Pearl Liu / South China Morning Post:
A look at Alibaba's Tmall Haofang, a new sales channel on Tmall for buying homes online; Tmall Haofang says it'll use 3D tech and live streaming to help buyers  —  Developers are listing their home projects on Tmall Haofang, a new sales channel by world's largest e-commerce platform Selected projects sold …
Neil Cybart / Above Avalon:
As the installed base of Apple Watch approaches 100M, with an estimated 35% of US iPhone users wearing one, rivals are yet to make a credible competing device  —  In a few months, the number of people wearing an Apple Watch will surpass 100 million.  While the tech press spent years infatuated …
Aarian Marshall / Wired:
Library checkouts of ebooks are up 52% YoY since March as libraries pay an average of $40 per copy due to publisher restrictions limiting library lending  —  Checkouts of digital books from a popular service are up 52 percent since March.  Publishers say their easy availability hurts sales.
Rebecca Jennings / Vox:
An inside look at the world of TikTok “collab houses” in Los Angeles, amid allegations of exploitative talent managers withholding money from influencers  —  The Girls in the Valley was supposed to be a collective of Instagram baddie best friends.  Then it self-destructed.
Jason Koebler / VICE:
Twitter says it will take action against tweets that openly wish or hope for Trump's death, citing an existing “abusive behavior” rule  —  “Content that wishes, hopes or expresses a desire for death, serious bodily harm, or fatal disease against an individual is against our rules.”

Sponsor Posts

DataStax:
Global scale on a startup budget?  —  Go with the original planetary scale database — DataStax Astra built on Apache Cassandra™.  Start for free and pay only for what you use with serverless!
Mixing Board:
A new way to get smart comms advice  —  Mixing Board now has a community of 100 top comms and marketing leaders in tech at your fingertips.
Oura:
Oura in The Age of Ownership  —  An update on funding, the business, and the future of health as a daily practice.
Zoho:
Embracing long-term remote work in your organization  —  In light of recent events, many organizations are considering long-term remote work.  With the right planning, implementing remote work either permanently …
Secureframe:
Secureframe helps companies get enterprise-ready by streamlining SOC 2 security compliance.  —  Secureframe allows companies to get secure within weeks, rather than months and monitors 40+ services.  Get started today!
Modern Finance Podcast:
How Safe Is My Crypto Yield? with Zac Prince (CEO, BlockFi) and Matt Ballensweig (Genesis)
Kevin Rose covers all things cryptocurrency, DeFi, NFTs, stock picks, and more.
Subscribe via Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or RSS.
Techmeme Ride Home:
Fri. 05/14 - Now Ransomware Is Shutting Down The Irish Health Service
The day's tech news, every day at 5pm ET. Fifteen minutes and you're up to date.
Subscribe via Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or RSS.
 

About This Page

This is a Techmeme archive page. It shows how the site appeared at 5:00 PM ET, October 4, 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

ProPublica:

Earlier Picks

John McCormick / Wall Street Journal:
John Hendel / Politico:
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:
CNBC: