Techmeme
December 22, 2020, 3:20 AM

Top News

Reuters:
Sources: Apple is planning to manufacture a car by 2024 which may include self-driving tech, internally developed lidar sensors, and “breakthrough” battery tech  —  (Reuters) - Apple Inc is moving forward with self-driving car technology and is targeting 2024 to produce …
Jeff John Roberts / Fortune:
Ripple CEO says the SEC will file a suit against the company over the alleged sale of unlicensed securities, calls it a parting shot by the Trump administration  —  Ripple, one of the most important companies in the cryptocurrency industry, said Monday evening that the Securities …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
The omnibus funding bill Congress is set to vote on contains the controversial CASE Act, which may ratchet up copyright trolling, and the Felony Streaming Bill  —  from the but-why?  dept  —  As we warned about earlier this month, it appears that Congress has in fact put …
Margaret Harding McGill / Axios:
Wall Street Journal:
Draft lawsuit filed by ten US states last week says Facebook and Google agreed to “cooperate and assist one another” against possible antitrust action  —  Draft lawsuit quotes Facebook's Sandberg saying Google pact was a ‘big deal strategically’
Raphael Satter / Reuters:
Microsoft, Alphabet, Cisco, LinkedIn, GitHub, VMware, and the Internet Association file an amicus brief in support of WhatsApp in the WhatsApp v. NSO Group case  —  (Reuters) - Tech giants Microsoft, Alphabet , Cisco, and VMware on Monday joined Facebook's legal battle against hacking company NSO …
New York Times:
Wall Street Journal:
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
Electronic Frontier Foundation:
The US government's proposal for crypto exchanges to collect identity data from users with self-hosted crypto wallets will expand the US' financial surveillance  —  One of the most important aspects of cryptocurrencies from a civil liberties perspective is that they can provide privacy protections for their users.
Lawrence Abrams / BleepingComputer:
Personal info including emails, home addresses, and phone numbers of 272K+ users of hardware cryptocurrency wallet Ledger are freely available on hacker forums  —  A threat actor has leaked the stolen email and mailing addresses for Ledger cryptocurrency wallet users on a hacker forum for free.
BBC:
Facebook says it had to remove some features in EU, including some child abuse detection tools, due to new rules banning automatic scanning of private messages  —  Facebook has switched off some of its child abuse detection tools in Europe in response to new rules from the EU.
The Information:
Sources: Ironclad, which helps companies create and manage business contracts, raises $100M+ Series D led by Bond Capital, valuing it at $950M+  —  Ironclad, which develops software that helps companies such as Dropbox and Mastercard create and manage business contracts …
More: TechCrunch
Vikas SN / The Economic Times:
India-based VerSe Innovation, the company behind news app Dailyhunt and short video app Josh, raises $100M+ at $1B+ valuation from Google, Microsoft, and others  —  Dailyhunt parent VerSe Innovation has raised more than $100 million funding from tech giants Google and Microsoft …
Zach Dorfman / Foreign Policy:
Interviews with 36+ current and former US officials describe China's strategy of analyzing vast quantities of stolen US personal data to identify CIA operatives  —  Around 2013, U.S. intelligence began noticing an alarming pattern: Undercover CIA personnel, flying into countries in Africa …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Indian startup InMobi raises $145M led by Google for its divisions Glance, a lock-screen content tool and Roposo, a TikTok-style short video social service  —  Google led an investment of $145 million in InMobi's social media startups Glance and Roposo, which are division's InMobi's mobile app marketing business.
Simon Parkin / New Yorker:
Q&A with Nintendo designer Shigeru Miyamoto on what excites him about his work, his strengths and weaknesses as a boss, not abusing power, ambitions, and more  —  The legendary designer on rejecting violence in games, trying to be a good boss, and building Nintendo's Disneyland.

Sponsor Posts

Tribe AI:
You don't have to be Google to have your own AI lab  —  Find out how Tribe's community of top engineers can build core machine learning technology for your company.
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!
Zoho:
Does payroll processing fall under the HR department?  —  Payroll processing is one of the major responsibilities of the HR department.  However, it's not just restricted to them.
Oura:
Studying How Humans Adapt to NASA's Undersea Extreme Environment  —  You find yourself having to live trapped underwater in 400sq ft for 10 days — how would your body respond?
Techmeme Leaderboards:
Find out who the top reporters are in 43 different tech categories  —  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. 02/26 - Twitter Does ALL The Things (Even $$$ For Tweets) Subscribe via Apple Podcasts, Google Play, or RSS.
 

About This Page

This is a Techmeme archive page. It shows how the site appeared at 3:20 AM ET, December 22, 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

Sam Biddle / The Intercept:
Nandita Bose / Reuters:
Cecilia D'Anastasio / Wired:

Earlier Picks

Pranshu Verma / New York Times:
Andrés Arrieta / Electronic Frontier Foundation: