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March 23, 2021, 10:35 AM

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Bloomberg:
Sources: Microsoft is in talks to buy Discord for more than $10B; one source says Discord is more likely to go public than sell itself  —  Microsoft Corp. is in talks to acquire Discord Inc., a video-game chat community, for more than $10 billion, according to people familiar with the matter.
Bloomberg:
Sources: Nintendo will use new Nvidia graphics chip in its 2021 Switch upgrade, helping the console deliver 4K on TVs via Nvidia's DLSS  —  - The Nvidia system-on-chip will also add memory and CPU upgrade  — Nintendo's console refresh targeting year-end shopping season
João Carrasqueira / Neowin:
Microsoft, Google, and others partner to improve browser compatibility, focusing on five areas, including CSS Flexbox, CSS Grid, and CSS sticky positioning  —  Google and Microsoft have announced that they're joining forces with other companies such as Igalia, as well as the “broader web community” …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft rebrands Xbox Live as Xbox network and says the change is to distinguish the online service from Xbox Live Gold membership  —  Xbox network is the future  —  Microsoft is rebranding Xbox Live to Xbox network.  Instances of the new branding started appearing in the Xbox dashboard recently …
Jay Peters / The Verge:
Niantic announces a new partnership with Nintendo to develop mobile games built on Niantic's AR tech, starting with a game based on Nintendo's Pikmin franchise  —  Niantic and Nintendo announced a new partnership  —  Niantic, developer of the smash hit Pokémon Go, has announced a new partnership with Nintendo.
Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
The controversies around Substack miss the point that it is just a tool for sovereign writers, who are in control as they are paid directly by subscribers  —  Manage your Stratechery subscription.  —  There has been a bit of controversy around Substack over the last week …
Joe Light / Bloomberg:
Boston Fed officials and MIT researchers, who have been developing prototypes for a digital dollar platform, plan to unveil their research as soon as July  —  - Boston Fed, MIT researchers plan to unveil platform work soon  — Project could threaten banks, credit cards, cryptocurrencies
Makena Kelly / The Verge:
Biden announces his intent to nominate Lina Khan, a legal scholar and leading voice in the growing tech antitrust movement, to serve as an FTC commissioner  —  Khan brought Big Tech scrutiny mainstream  —  President Joe Biden has announced his intent to nominate Lina Khan …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Facebook announces F8 Refresh on June 2, a single-day, virtual-only conference for developers without a Mark Zuckerberg keynote  —  After a few twists and turns and then ultimately cancelling its F8 developer conference last year over Covid-19 concerns, Facebook today announced a return …
More: Developer NewsTweets: @quinnypig
Kim Lyons / The Verge:
Jack Dorsey's first tweet sold as an NFT for $2,915,835.47 on a service called Valuables; Dorsey says he sent all proceeds to GiveDirectly's Africa fund as BTC  —  The winning bidder for the Twitter CEO's first tweet was Sina Estavi  —  After it spent just over two weeks on the market …
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Dataminr, which analyzes public data in real-time, raises $475M at a post-money valuation of $4.1B, bringing its total raised to $1.05B+  —  Join Transform 2021 for the most important themes in enterprise AI & Data.  Learn more.  —  Dataminr, a New York-based company specializing in AI …
More: TechCrunch and FinSMEs
Andrei Frumusanu / AnandTech:
Wall Street Journal:
Analysis of 3,100 sites shows that hospitals are using code to hide pages containing pricing data from being crawled by search engines, violating US federal law  —  Webpages for hundreds of hospitals require users to click through to find prices, undermining federal transparency rule, Journal analysis shows
Rand Fishkin / SparkToro:
SimilarWeb: in 2020, ~65% of Google searches ended without a click, up from ~50% in June 2019; mobile searches are far more likely to end without a click  —  In August of 2019, I published research from now-defunct clickstream data provider, Jumpshot, showing that 50.33% of all Google searches ended without …
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Customer data service ActionIQ, which helps companies offer personalized experiences, raises $100M Series C, bringing its total raised to $145M  —  ActionIQ, which helps companies use their customer data to deliver personalized experiences, is announcing that it has extended its Series C funding …
Katie Roof / Bloomberg:
Lattice, which helps companies track, reward, and set goals in the workplace, raises $60M led by Tiger Global at a $1B valuation, up from $450M last year  —  - Human resources tech startup raises $60 million in new funds  — CEO says it helps fix the dreaded employee performance review
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Jumio, which provides digital identity services, raises $150M from Great Hill Partners and says it has verified 300M+ identities  —  Digital identity services — used as a key link between organizations to verify that you are who you say you are online and individuals logging into those services …
More: VentureBeatThanks:@ingridlunden
Bloomberg:
In 2020, 60% to 70% of 9-year-old YouTuber Ryan Kaji's $30M annual revenue came from merchandise licensing deals, passing YouTube ad revenue for the first time  —  Ryan Kaji is one of the most popular YouTube creators in the world, with a main channel that's drawn 29 million subscribers interested …
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
goPuff, which charges a flat $1.95 fee to deliver products in under 30 minutes in 650+ US cities, raises $1.15B at an $8.9B valuation, up from $3.9B in October  —  Last fall, delivery startup goPuff made a big splash by raising $380 million in funding and acquiring West Coast beverage retailer BevMo shortly afterwards.
More: Axios and CNBC
R. Lawler / Engadget:
Google says it has fixed a WebView problem that caused Gmail, Google Play, and other apps to crash  —  This afternoon, a number of Android users (self included) suddenly saw notifications pop up on their devices saying that apps had stopped running.  Many of the apps throwing errors suddenly …

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