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March 9, 2021, 12:40 PM

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Ron Miller / TechCrunch:
Dropbox announces plans to acquire secure document sharing startup DocSend for $165M; DocSend had raised $15.3M and has 17K customers  —  Dropbox announced today that it plans to acquire DocSend for $165 million The company helps customers share and track documents by sending a secure link instead of an attachment.
Kif Leswing / CNBC:
In an interview, Mark Zuckerberg discusses AR/VR and says that by 2030, he expects people with smart glasses to “teleport” to locations for in-person meetings  —  - Mark Zuckerberg said on Monday that by 2030, people could use advanced smart glasses to “teleport” to other people's homes …
Sidney Fussell / Wired:
Current and former tech workers of color say companies' “diversity theater” and pledges of support provide cover for hypocritical actions by their superiors  —  Companies pledged money and support for people of color.  But some say they still face a hostile work environment for speaking out or simply doing their jobs.
Politico:
Sources: Biden plans to nominate Lina Khan, a legal scholar championed by anti-Big Tech activists who wrote “Amazon's Antitrust Paradox”, as an FTC commissioner  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  FIRST IN PLAYBOOK — President JOE BIDEN has decided to nominate LINA KHAN …
Chris O'Brien / Sifted:
Leading French startup association files a privacy complaint against Apple alleging that the latest iOS is collecting users' data without their permission  —  The allegations would seem to contradict not just Apple's image as a privacy-friendly company, but also the widespread praise iOS 14 has received
Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica:
Google TV adds support for kids profiles with kid-friendly recommendations, screen-time limits, and parental controls, starting in the US this month  —  You get fun designs, kid-friendly recommendations, and screen-time limits.  —  It sure sounds like Google is recommitting to the TV space with Google TV …
Michael McSweeney / The Block:
Ripple says its partnership with MoneyGram has ended; MoneyGram suspended its use of Ripple's platform in February amid SEC's lawsuit against Ripple  —  Distributed ledger company Ripple said Monday that its partnership with money transfer firm Moneygram is coming to an end.
Mary Ann Azevedo / TechCrunch:
Pipe, which helps SaaS companies turn their monthly or quarterly subscriptions into upfront cash flow, raises $50M  —  A little over one year ago, Pipe raised a $6 million seed round led by Craft Ventures to help it pursue its mission of giving SaaS companies a funding alternative outside of equity or venture debt.
Issie Lapowsky / Protocol:
How Facebook, Twitter, Google, and other tech giants let their work on domestic terrorism threats, like QAnon, lag behind foreign threats, like ISIS  —  On a Friday in August 2017 — years before a mob of armed and very-online extremists took over the U.S. Capitol — a young Black woman …
Packy McCormick / Not Boring:
A deep dive into the history of Excel, how it inspired early no-code practitioners of programming, its impact on B2B SaaS market and lessons from its resilience  —  The Spreadsheet That Launched A Million Companies … This week's Not Boring is brought to you by ... Michael Bolton
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
WorkFusion, which automates repetitive workplace tasks, raises $220M Series F led by Georgian, bringing its total raised to $340M  —  Join Transform 2021 for the most important themes in enterprise AI & Data.  Learn more.  —  Intelligent process automation provider WorkFusion today announced …
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Igor Bonifacic / Engadget:
Apple releases iOS 14.4.1 and macOS 11.2.3 to address a WebKit flaw that could allow hackers to run arbitrary code on devices via malicious web content  —  Apple has released a set of updates it recommends all iPhone, iPad and Mac users download as soon as possible.  No,  —  iOS 14.5 and
Vikas SN / The Economic Times:
Facebook is testing a new opt-in feature for select users in India that will promote their Instagram Reels on Facebook  —  India is the first market where this feature is being piloted with select creators  —  Facebook is doubling down on short-form videos by launching the ability to create …
Noah Smith / Noahpinion:
Q&A with Stripe's Patrick Collison on the future of technology, speeding up innovation, how research funding can be reformed, US-China competition, and more  —  In addition to being a friend and a Noahpinion subscriber, Patrick Collison is one of the world's most successful founder-CEOs.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
ActZero emerges from stealth with $40M seed from Point72 Hyperscale and announces a suite of cybersecurity tools aimed at SMBs  —  The world of cybersecurity has seen a huge proliferation of new technology and services over the years.  But with the primary focus being on solutions for larger enterprises …
Natasha Mascarenhas / TechCrunch:
Preply, a tutoring marketplace for language learning, raises $35M Series B co-led by Full In Partners and Owl Ventures and now touts a network of 40,000 tutors  —  Preply, a tutoring marketplace for language learning, has raised a $35 million Series B co-led by Full In Partners and Owl Ventures …
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Monica Chin / The Verge:
Leaks suggest Microsoft will release Surface Laptop 4 in both AMD and Intel variants; AMD models will come with Ryzen 4000 and Intel models with 11th-gen chips  —  You can choose your CPU fighter  —  For a while, Microsoft's Surface Laptop 3 was one of the best laptops you could buy.
Alex Konrad / Forbes:
Interview with Zapier CEO on Sequoia and Steadfast Financial's January investment via secondary market, acquiring no-code education business Makerpad, and more  —  Zapier CEO Wade Foster avoids thinking about fundraising as much as possible.  Profitable for years, his startup …
Paul Thurrott / Thurrott:
Harman Kardon is removing Cortana from Invoke, the only Cortana-powered smart speaker, after Microsoft ended support in January  —  Harman Kardon will soon release a software update for its Invoke smart speaker which removes Cortana and turns it into a standard Bluetooth speaker.

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