Techmeme
September 1, 2021, 6:55 PM

Top News

Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:
Apple says Arizona and Georgia will be first to support adding IDs to Wallet in iOS 15, with six states, including Utah, Maryland, and Iowa, expected to follow  —  Apple's plan to digitize your wallet is slowly taking shape.  What started with boarding passes and venue tickets later became credit cards …
Kait Sanchez / The Verge:
Twitter launches Super Follows for iOS users, allowing a select group of US test users to charge either $2.99, $4.99, or $9.99 per month for their tweets  —  Select users in the US can now charge for tweets  —  Twitter is starting to roll out Super Follows, its new feature that lets users charge for subscriber-only content.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft announces an online-only Surface hardware event for September 22, where an updated Surface Duo and Laptop are expected  —  New Surface hardware is on the way  —  Microsoft is holding a special Surface hardware event on September 22nd.  The software maker has started sending media invites …
Cheng Ting-Fang / Nikkei Asia:
Sources: Google is developing Arm-based chips for laptops and tablets that run on Chrome OS, set to launch around 2023  —  US software giant ramps up hiring blitz for semiconductor and hardware ambitions  —  TAIPEI — Google is developing its own central processors for its notebook and tablet computers …
Jarrod Doherty / Twitter:
Twitter introduces Safety Mode, which blocks harassing accounts for seven days, in beta for some English-language accounts  —  Feeling safe on Twitter looks different for everyone.  We've rolled out features and settings that may help you to feel more comfortable and in control of your experience …
Jeffrey Dastin / Reuters:
Andy Jassy says Amazon plans to hire over 55,000 corporate employees globally, including over 40,000 in the US, a 20% increase in tech and corporate staff  —  Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) is planning to hire 55,000 people for corporate and technology roles globally in the coming months, Chief Executive Andy Jassy told Reuters.
Joe Williams / Protocol:
Sources: Andy Jassy overruled an internal recommendation to fire a top AWS executive after a probe of claims the executive made discriminatory comments in 2019  —  Amazon CEO Andy Jassy intervened to prevent the firing of a top executive after an internal HR report recommended …
More: The VergeThanks:@tomkrazit
Rolfe Winkler / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Apple is planning to add health features, including a blood pressure monitor and thermometer to track fertility, to Watch as soon as 2022  —  Tech giant seeks to push past obstacles in adding health features on your wrist  —  Apple Inc. is working on new health-related features for its smartwatch …
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Apple says it has asked all of its US employees to report their vaccination status voluntarily by mid-September, but stops short of mandating COVID-19 vaccines  —  - Company is still stopping short of mandating Covid-19 shots  — It previously ramped up an optional virus testing program
Taylor Lorenz / New York Times:
Profile of Li Jin, an aggressively pro-worker VC who founded Atelier Ventures, which manages $13M, to invest in influencer-related startups  —  Li Jin, 31, began backing creators years ago.  She has raised her own fund to invest in influencer-related start-ups.
James Vincent / The Verge:
Analysis: governments intentionally blocked internet access nearly 850 times in the past decade, including 213 shutdowns in 2019, 155 in 2020, and 50 in 2021  —  A favorite tactic for stifling dissent in the 21st century  —  The number of government-led internet shutdowns has exploded …
Lauren Feiner / CNBC:
FTC bans “stalkerware” company Support King, whose Android app allegedly secretly harvested users' location and other data, from the surveillance business  —  - The Federal Trade Commission voted unanimously to ban what it called a “stalkerware app company” and its CEO …
Makena Kelly / The Verge:
Texas Senate passes bill banning social media companies with 50M+ users from censoring users' political views; Gov. Abbott is expected to sign it into law  —  But experts argue it's unconstitutional  —  Texas is one step closer to enacting a law that would make it more difficult …
Oscar Gonzalez / CNET:
Reddit bans r/NoNewNormal, its largest anti-vax subreddit, for harassing other communities, following weeks of user moderators asking Reddit admins to ban it  —  It's also putting 54 other subreddits in quarantine. … Last week, more than a thousand subreddit's posted the same message calling …
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Financial Times:
Jonathan Greig / ZDNet:
Asana beats in Q2 with revenue of $89.5M, up 72% YoY, net loss of $68.4M, up from $41.1M last year, and says it has over 107K paying customers  —  Asana brought in a revenue of $89.5 million in Q2, an increase of 72% year over year.  —  Team management software provider Asana reported better …
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Amazon says it will stop showing autocomplete search suggestions for horse de-worming drug ivermectin; the drug remains easy to purchase on the site  —  Amazon claims it will fix autocomplete search suggestions  —  Earlier this week, I started a search on Amazon and mistyped, entering just two letters in: “iv.”
Hannah Miller / The Information:
Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao says Binance.US is set to close a large private fundraising round in the next two months, and could go public in the next three years  —  Binance, the world's largest cryptocurrency exchange, has run into a stream of regulatory and legal problems.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
A look at the implications of South Korea's alternative app store payment law: confusion for non-technical users, difficulty managing subscriptions, and more  —  Apple, in a statement to MacRumors (and other media outlets), regarding South Korea's just-passed “Google power-abuse-prevention law” …
Jon Porter / The Verge:
Telegram releases an update that removes the cap on live stream viewers, from 1,000 to unlimited, introduces more options for forwarding messages, and more  —  Along with more forwarding options  —  Telegram, the messaging app that's becoming more and more like a fully-fledged social media network …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Facebook launches Facebook Fantasy Games, a fantasy sports and reality show prediction feature, available for free on the Facebook app in the US and Canada  —  Facebook is getting into fantasy sports and other types of fantasy games.  The company this morning announced the launch …
Mary Ann Azevedo / TechCrunch:
Insurify, which has built an ML-based virtual insurance agent to help people get better rates, raises $100M Series B led by Motive Partners  —  How many of us have not switched insurance carriers because we don't want to deal with the hassle of comparison shopping?  —  A lot, I'd bet.
Zinnia Lee / Forbes:
Malaysian used car marketplace Carsome Group raises $170M from MediaTek and others at a $1.3B valuation, making it Malaysia's largest tech startup  —  Carsome Group, an online platform for buying and selling used cars, said on Wednesday that it had become Malaysia's largest tech unicorn …
Matthew Monks / Bloomberg:
Samsara, a cloud-based fleet vehicle management service, says it has confidentially filed for an IPO; Samsara raised $400M at a $5.4B valuation last year  —  Samsara Inc., a software company valued at $5.4 billion last year, has filed confidentially for an initial public offering.
More: Reuters
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Code Climate, which offers software engineering project management tools, raises $50M Series C from PSG, USV, and others  —  The Transform Technology Summits start October 13th with Low-Code/No Code: Enabling Enterprise Agility.  Register now!  —  Code Climate, a platform …

Sponsor Posts

Tribe AI:
“Data science is the last mile innovation for almost every industry on the planet.”  —  Turn your data into key insights with a handpicked team of top ML engineers, flexible engagements, and projects scoped for max impact.
Zoho:
Choosing the right chart type for your presentation  —  Using charts in a presentation is an effective way to get your audience to analyze and understand the relationship between various data sets.
Climate Draft:
Join, advise, or invest in climate startups in 2022  —  We're mobilizing top tech talent to work with leading climate startups.  Sign up to be the first to know about future Climate Drafts and how you can participate.
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.
Techmeme Ride Home:
Mon. 12/06 - DoorDash Tries Something Radical: Employees
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 6:55 PM ET, September 1, 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

The Tutanota Blog: