Techmeme
February 8, 2021, 3:30 PM

Top News

Kurt Wagner / Bloomberg:
Sources: Twitter is building subscription products to ease its dependence on ads, including “tipping” for exclusive content and charging for TweetDeck  —  - Internal groups are researching options users might pay for  — Social network says ‘revenue durability’ is now top priority
Steve Kovach / CNBC:
Filing: Tesla has bought $1.5B worth of bitcoin and says it will start accepting bitcoin as a payment method for its products in the future  —  - Tesla announced in an SEC filing Monday that it has bought $1.5 billion worth of bitcoin.  — The company also said it would start accepting bitcoin as a payment method for its products.
Wall Street Journal:
TechCrunch:
Clubhouse is now blocked in China after an uncensored period during which it grew rapidly  —  Thousands of Chinese users suddenly found themselves unable to access Clubhouse on early Monday evening as the country prepared to start the week-long Lunar New Year holiday.
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
A dev whose own app was targeted by a scam ripoff finds that scam apps are flourishing on Apple's App Store, fueled by lax enforcement of rules and fake reviews  —  Over the last several weeks, developer Kosta Eleftheriou has been highlighting many apparent scam applications on the App Store.
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple's Dan Riccio is focusing on future VR and AR devices, and the group working on in-house screens and cameras is now under chip chief Johny Srouji  —  - Apple moves team working on own screens, cameras to Srouji  — Riccio left top hardware job recently to work on ‘new project’
Bloomberg:
Hyundai and its affiliate Kia say they are not in talks with Apple to develop an autonomous vehicle; Hyundai shares fell ~8.4% in Seoul, while Kia dropped 14%  —  - Apple's plans for own-branded EV are being intensely watched  — Hyundai's new EV platform can charge cars to 80% in 18 minutes
Taha Broach / The 8-Bit:
In the iOS 14.5 beta, Apple has finally added the ability to set a default music streaming service, including Spotify, when using Siri to play songs  —  Apple launched the initial beta versions of iOS 14.5 to developers and public beta testers last week.  Among the list of new features …
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
Sources: Mark Cuban is co-founding Fireside, a podcast app where hosts can talk to fans live and monetize their conversations, with plans to launch this year  —  Fireside is launching this year  —  Mark Cuban is getting in on the audio and podcasting hype.
Mike Isaac / New York Times:
Facebook expands policies to take down more posts with vaccine-related misinformation, including assertions that vaccines cause autism  —  Facebook said on Monday that it plans to remove posts with erroneous claims about vaccines from across its platform, including taking down assertions …
Hannah Murphy / Financial Times:
Sources: TikTok has briefed advertisers on new e-commerce tools launching in 2021, including letting popular users add links and earn commission  —  Viral video app set to unveil a suite of new online shopping tools  —  TikTok is planning an aggressive expansion into ecommerce in the US …
Sam Byford / The Verge:
Xiaomi unveils global version of its Mi 11 flagship with Snapdragon 888, 6.8-inch 1440p OLED 120Hz display, and up to 265GB storage, starting at €749  —  The latest Xiaomi flagship to leave China  —  Xiaomi is announcing the international version of its Mi 11 flagship phone today after an earlier release in China.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Automattic's enterprise-focused WordPress VIP says it is acquiring content analytics service Parse.ly  —  WordPress VIP (WPVIP), the enterprise arm of WordPress.com, is acquiring Parse.ly, a content analytics platform that's used by thousands of digital publishers.
Pavel Alpeyev / Bloomberg:
SoftBank's Vision Fund posts $8B profit in Q3; Son says 15 companies have gone public from the fund, and its $680M investment in DoorDash is now worth ~$9B  —  - Vision Fund booked a third-quarter profit of $8 billion  — SoftBank continued to lose money on derivatives trading

Sponsor Posts

Google Workspace:
See how it's done with Google Workspace  —  Whether you're a team of 10 or 10,000, Google Workspace has all the tools you need to connect, create and collaborate.
Clubhouse:
Try project management that's fast, intuitive, and built for software teams  —  Clubhouse is made for developers and PMs, providing speedy task management, reporting, and collaboration.  Try it free today.  Or tomorrow.
Oura:
7 Tips for a Good Night's Sleep  —  Want to improve your sleep and build healthy habits that can last a lifetime?  Put these 7 tips to the test.
Zoho:
What makes Zoho Inventory the best alternative to QuickBooks Commerce  —  QuickBooks Commerce, previously referred to as TradeGecko, recently announced that they will be sunsetting their standalone product by June 10 …
Intel:
See how Ericsson boosts network performance with Intel  —  The long-standing partnership enters an exciting new phase with the shared goal of unleashing richer user experiences with 5G.
Modern Finance Podcast:
Zeta - DeFi Options Platform and Solana Season Hackathon Grand Prize Winner
Kevin Rose covers all things cryptocurrency, DeFi, NFTs, stock picks, and more.
Subscribe via Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or RSS.
Techmeme Ride Home:
(Spc Cst) The Zoom Platform Road Map With @ross
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 3:30 PM ET, February 8, 2021.

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

Bloomberg:
Charles Fitzgerald / Platformonomics:
Thomas Brewster / Forbes: