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September 24, 2021

9:47 PM  •
Kif Leswing / CNBC:  Production crew union says Apple claimed less than 20M TV+ subscribers in the US and Canada as of July 1, allowing Apple to pay workers lower rates
9:05 PM  •
Bloomberg:  Financial software maker Clearwater Analytics closed up 41% at $25.37 per share in its debut, giving it a market cap of $5.9B, after raising $540M in its IPO
7:30 PM  •
Alexandra S. Levine / Politico:  Documents show Clearview AI subpoenaed internal docs and correspondence from advocacy groups and civil society coalitions that first exposed its activities
6:40 PM  •
Ian Carlos Campbell / The Verge:  Twitter is seeking feedback for two potential new features, “Filter” and “Limit”, both of which will hide offensive or harmful replies
6:10 PM  •
Matt Day / Bloomberg:  Whole Foods will charge a $9.95 grocery delivery fee across the US beginning October 25, rolling back an Amazon Prime perk
6:00 PM  •
Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:  iPhone 13 Pro runs 3rd-party apps at 120Hz for scrolling and screen transitions but limits them to 60Hz for animations; Apple says it is working on a fix
4:10 PM  •
Steve Lohr / New York Times:  As the pandemic and chip shortages delay equipment upgrades, some worry emergency alert services may stop working if AT&T phases out 3G in Feb. 2022 as planned
2:35 PM  •
Lucinda Shen / Fortune:  Jeremy Liew, Bijan Sabet, and Roger Ehrenberg stepping back from active roles at their firms reflects a broader generational shift in the VC industry
2:15 PM  •
Kate Clark / The Information:  Source: online course provider Udemy is preparing to file for an IPO as soon as October, targeting a valuation of between $6B and $8B
1:20 PM  •
Tatiana Cirisano / Billboard:  Roblox introduces music listening parties, starting with a new album from Poppy, the project of multimedia artist Moriah Pereira
12:55 PM  •
Washington Post:  How Facebook is using its metaverse push to rehabilitate its reputation with policymakers and reposition itself to shape regulation of future technologies
12:10 PM  •
Jenny Leonard / Bloomberg:  US Commerce Sec says US is considering using a Cold War-era national security law to force semiconductor companies to provide information on inventory and sales
11:30 AM  •
Catalin Cimpanu / The Record:  EU formally accuses Russian government and its state hackers for Ghostwriter, a hack-and-leak operation active in some EU states since 2017
11:10 AM  •
Wall Street Journal:  US DOJ allowed Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou to return to China in a deferred prosecution agreement; in exchange, Wanzhou admitted to some wrongdoing
10:25 AM  •
The Information:  Sources: Google is in talks with ByteDance and Facebook to index and rank TikTok and Instagram videos
9:50 AM  •
Bopha Phorn / Rest of World:  Cambodia's prime minister Zoombombs opposition meetings; the country plans to create a “national internet gateway” with a state-appointed operator in February
8:50 AM  •
Chris Stokel-Walker / Wired UK:  UK study of the last mile gig sector: job allocation is a major issue and carriers should coordinate so drivers can move between delivering meals and parcels
8:15 AM  •
Denis Tokarev / Habr:  Researcher discloses three iOS zero-days, says they were reported to Apple before May 4 and are still exploitable in iOS 15 after Apple failed to fix them
7:40 AM  •
Bloomberg:  Sources: Amazon is working on a larger Echo with a wall-mountable 15" screen, a TV sound bar, wearables for seniors, new speakers, and more
7:25 AM  •
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:  Amazon launches Prime Video Channels in India, offering eight streaming services in one hub at discounted prices for one year
7:10 AM  •
Ryan Browne / CNBC:  China's central bank says all cryptocurrency-related activities are prohibited and overseas crypto exchanges providing services in mainland China are illegal
6:30 AM  •
Andy Greenberg / Wired:  Interview with DeSnake, the self-proclaimed co-founder of dark web market AlphaBay taken down by the DOJ in 2017, on relaunching, security, and more
4:30 AM  •
FinSMEs:  Hayden AI, an AI-powered autonomous traffic management service, raises $20M Series A led by TYH Ventures
2:10 AM  •
Jon Porter / The Verge:  EU's proposal forces companies to make fast-charging standards interoperable and “unbundles” charger sales; if adopted, companies will have 24 months to comply
1:35 AM  •
JD Alois / Crowdfund Insider:  OY! Indonesia, an offline and online payments service, raises $30M Series A led by SoftBank Ventures Asia at a $100M valuation

September 23, 2021

10:45 PM  •
Clara Molot / Bloomberg:  Opentrons, whose robots help life scientists automate experiments and processes, raises $200M Series C led by SoftBank Vision Fund 2 at a $1.8B valuation
9:55 PM  •
Sara Fischer / Axios:  Livestream shopping platform NTWRK raises $50M led by Goldman Sachs Asset Management and Kering, bringing its total raised to $60M
8:30 PM  •
Davey Alba / New York Times:  Interview with Maryana Iskander, Wikimedia Foundation's next CEO, on the org's transparency, handling misinformation on Wikipedia pages, and more
7:00 PM  •
Wall Street Journal:  A look at the opposition by South African indigenous groups to Amazon's planned $350M Cape Town HQ, which some say is being built on sacred land
5:30 PM  •
Lauren Feiner / CNBC:  Facebook says its global head of safety, Antigone Davis, will testify before the Senate Commerce subcommittee on consumer protection on September 30
4:55 PM  •
Bloomberg:  New York City passes bills establishing minimum pay and worker protections for app-based couriers, including those working for Grubhub, Uber, and DoorDash
4:10 PM  •
Yong Jun Yuan / The Business Times:  Advance Intelligence, the Singapore-based owner of buy now, pay later service Atome, raises $400M Series D led by SoftBank Vision Fund 2 at a $2B valuation
3:30 PM  •
Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:  Apple releases iOS 12.5.5 and a macOS Catalina security update to fix zero-day vulnerabilities in CoreGraphics, WebKit, and XNU
3:02 PM  •
The Information:  Sources: German grocery delivery startup Gorillas raised $950M Series C led by delivery company Delivery Hero, at a valuation of $3B
1:40 PM  •
Lauren Feiner / CNBC:  In a memo, Lina Khan encourages FTC staff to prioritize addressing “dominant intermediaries”, unfair contracts, and mergers that are “illegal on their face”
1:11 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Twitter integrates Strike's wallet to let users receive tips in bitcoin, rolls out Tips globally on iOS, and will explore support for NFT authentication
12:35 PM  •
Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:  Syng, founded by an ex-Apple designer to build “triphonic” audio hardware with spatial audio, raises $48.75M Series A led by Eclipse Ventures
12:25 PM  •
Florence Ion / Gizmodo:  Google announces a range of features for Android, Google TV, Assistant, and Gboard, including some that were previously Pixel exclusives
12:20 PM  •
Jon Porter / The Verge:  Google details several accessibility features coming to Android 12, including facial gesture controls, handwriting recognition, and an app for low-vision users
12:15 PM  •
Ben Schoon / 9to5Google:  Google expands its Google TV app beyond the US to 14 countries, including the UK and Germany, and adds an in-app Android TV remote
11:45 AM  •
John D. McKinnon / Wall Street Journal:  Poll of 2,016 US voters: 80% say the government should do “everything it can” to curb tech giants; 84% are “very nervous” about impact of social media on kids
11:35 AM  •
James Spiro / CTech:  Blue White Robotics, which “retrofits” existing farming infrastructure with autonomous systems, raises $37M Series B, bringing its total raised to $60M
10:45 AM  •
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:  Tel Aviv-based Panorays, which offers security risk management software, raises $42M Series B led by Greenfield Partners, bringing its total raised to $62M
10:25 AM  •
Nandita Bose / Reuters:  Memo ahead of Sept. 29 trade meeting shows the US and EU plan to unify around regulating Big Tech, in hate speech, algorithmic amplification, and data access
9:45 AM  •
Mary Ann Azevedo / TechCrunch:  New York-based Ocrolus, which offers automated tools for businesses to process documents, raises $80M Series C at a $500M+ valuation led by Fin VC
9:37 AM  •
Cristiano Lima / Washington Post:  Sen. Marsha Blackburn says WSJ's Facebook Files whistleblower has turned over documents and plans to reveal their identity “at some point down the line”
9:20 AM  •
Stephen Nellis / Reuters:  IPC, which represents Foxconn, Intel, and others, says a survey found ~80% of manufacturers are struggling to find workers, compounding chip shortage issues
9:10 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  London-based Vyne, which works with merchants to build open banking payment services, raises $15.5M seed from Hearst and others
9:00 AM  •
Casey Newton / Platformer:  WSJ's Facebook Files, which uses Facebook's own data and research to highlight its impact on users, is Facebook's biggest crisis since Cambridge Analytica
8:45 AM  •
Martha Muir / Financial Times:  Researchers: as social networks clamp down on disinformation, Russia has begun spreading propaganda in comments sections on news outlets, such as Daily Mail
8:20 AM  •
Jack Kennedy / Silicon Republic:  Chinese autonomous driving startup Momenta raises $300M from GM, following $500M Series C in March; Momenta has a license for detailed geographic data in China
7:50 AM  •
Christine Hall / TechCrunch:  Spotnana, which offers SaaS tools for the travel industry, emerges from stealth with $34M Series A and $7M seed funding
7:45 AM  •
Washington Post:  Researchers: despite Apple's ATT changes, at least three popular iOS apps are sending identifying info to third-parties even when users opt-out of tracking
7:28 AM  •
Associated Press:  European Commission proposes legislation mandating USB-C charging for mobile devices, citing electronic waste; Apple is the main USB-C holdout
7:10 AM  •
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:  London-based grocery delivery startup Jiffy raises $28M Series A led by Heartland, bringing total funding to $35M
7:05 AM  •
Alex Heath / The Verge:  Facebook details the types of posts that get demoted in News Feed, such as clickbait and spam, but stops short of saying exactly how a demotion works
6:45 AM  •
Keith Naughton / Bloomberg:  Research: automakers globally will produce 7.7M fewer cars this year due to the chip shortage, costing them $210B in sales, as chip lead times slip to 21 weeks
6:10 AM  •
Adam Satariano / New York Times:  Despite passing a tough online abuse law, researchers say social networks in Germany are full of hate speech and harassment ahead of a September 26 election
5:45 AM  •
Ian Carlos Campbell / The Verge:  Apple releases StoreKit 2 with iOS 15, iPadOS 15, and watchOS 8, letting devs access a user's purchase history, letting users request a refund in-app, and more
5:35 AM  •
Arjun Kharpal / CNBC:  Chinese AR glasses maker Nreal raises $100M, source says at a $700M valuation, to develop its Nreal Light glasses that connect with smartphones
5:25 AM  •
Jay Greene / Washington Post:  California Gov. Gavin Newsom signs a bill requiring Amazon and other employers to disclose the use of productivity quotas and more, starting January 1
5:10 AM  •
Austin Carr / Bloomberg:  A look at efforts to close the digital divide in states like Arkansas, as a Microsoft study finds around 120M Americans don't have access to high-speed internet
2:50 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  LG is acquiring Israeli startup Cybellum, which detects and assesses vulnerabilities in connected vehicles, for around $240M
2:30 AM  •
Aruna Viswanatha / Wall Street Journal:  US federal judge orders Facebook to hand over records on posts removed for promoting violence against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar
2:10 AM  •
Kate Park / TechCrunch:  Singapore-based Cobo, which provides crypto custody and financial services, raises $40M Series B co-led by DST Global, A&T Capital, and IMO Ventures
1:25 AM  •
Taylor Soper / GeekWire:  Seattle-based Remitly, which lets users send and receive money across borders, raises $300M+ in its IPO at a valuation of nearly $7B
12:30 AM  •
Ben Bajarin / Creative Strategies:  Analysis: Apple Silicon averaged 19% GPU gains YoY for the past five years, and A15 grew 52%; since iPhone 5s, performance has grown 133% every four years

September 22, 2021

10:40 PM  •
Kyt Dotson / SiliconANGLE:  Iron Ox, an autonomous farming startup, raises $53M Series C led by Breakthrough Energy Ventures, bringing its total raised to $98M
9:50 PM  •
Catherine Shu / TechCrunch:  Spenmo, a Singapore-based provider of automated bill payments software and corporate cards for SMBs, raises $34M Series A led by Insight Partners
9:00 PM  •
Igor Bonifacic / Engadget:  Twitter plans to stop tweets from disappearing when the timeline auto-refreshes, in a series of updates over the next two months
8:05 PM  •
Bloomberg:  Sources: Biden plans to nominate Cornell law professor and cryptocurrency critic Saule Omarova to run the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
7:40 PM  •
Tom Warren / The Verge:  Discord is testing Watch Together, a feature that lets members broadcast YouTube videos, after Google forced the shutdown of two popular music bots on Discord
7:20 PM  •
Jessica Guynn / USA Today:  Industry groups representing Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter sue Texas over a law that lets residents sue social networks that ban them for their political views
6:40 PM  •
Catalin Cimpanu / The Record:  Researchers say an Exchange Autodiscover bug can be used to obtain Windows users' domain and app credentials; Microsoft is investigating
6:15 PM  •
John Loeffler / TechRadar:  Microsoft announces the Surface Adaptive Kit, with tactile labels for locating keycaps and ports, and device opener support, for laptop users with disabilities
5:20 PM  •
Maria Armental / Wall Street Journal:  CRM software maker Freshworks closed up 32% at $47.55 per share in its debut, giving it a market cap of $15.3B after raising over $1B in its IPO
4:55 PM  •
Ari Levy / CNBC:  Toast shares closed up 56% at $62.51 in its NYSE debut, giving it a market cap of $31B+, after raising ~$870M in its IPO
4:45 PM  •
Kurt Wagner / Bloomberg:  Facebook CTO Mike Schroepfer says he will step down next year and shift into a part-time adviser role; Andrew Bosworth will become CTO
4:00 PM  •
Zoe Schiffer / The Verge:  Leaked email: Tim Cook says recent leakers of info about Apple products and internal meetings “do not belong here” and the company is tracking them down
3:40 PM  •
David Pierce / Protocol:  Read-later apps, pioneered by Instapaper and Pocket, are having a resurgence led by Matter, Upnext, and others, which improve discoverability and other features
2:40 PM  •
Washington Post:  A look at the strengths and weaknesses of US and Chinese tech industries, including China's supremacy in network equipment, commercial drones, and batteries
1:50 PM  •
Michael Crider / Android Police:  YouTube is testing letting Premium subscribers download videos from its desktop site through October 19
12:45 PM  •
The Verge:  Tim Sweeney says Apple told Epic that it will not consider reinstating Epic's developer account until all legal appeals have concluded, likely years from now
12:40 PM  •
Cameron Faulkner / The Verge:  Microsoft announces $130 Surface Slim Pen 2 with a custom Microsoft G6 chip, haptic feedback, up to 15 hours battery life, and more, now available for preorder
12:22 PM  •
Todd Spangler / Variety:  Comcast unveils XiOne, its first streaming device, available to Sky Q customers in Italy and Germany and rolling out to Xfinity Flex customers in the US
12:17 PM  •
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:  Hands-on with Microsoft Surface Duo 2: addresses obvious problems with the first model, adding modern specs and a far better camera system, but starts at $1,500
12:12 PM  •
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:  Hands-on with Surface Laptop Studio, which starts at $1,600: new hinge offers three modes, under-device pedestal is strange, and screen is very nice
12:10 PM  •
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:  Hands-on with Surface Pro 8: Thunderbolt is welcome, familiar design, new keyboard is great, but base model is underpowered; starts at $1,099 without a keyboard
11:43 AM  •
Tom Warren / The Verge:  Microsoft unveils Surface Laptop Studio, replacing Surface Book, with 14.4" 120Hz display that can slide into new positions, Thunderbolt 4, and haptic trackpad
11:35 AM  •
Dan Seifert / The Verge:  Microsoft unveils Surface Duo 2 with 8.3" 90Hz dual displays, three 12MP rear cameras, Snapdragon 888, 5G, Android 11, curved screen for exterior notifications
11:25 AM  •
Monica Chin / The Verge:  Microsoft announces 10.5-inch Surface Go 3 with updated Intel CPUs for up to 60% better performance, Windows Hello, and more
11:15 AM  •
Tom Warren / The Verge:  Microsoft announces Surface Pro 8 with a 13-inch edge-to-edge 120Hz display, Thunderbolt 4, Surface Slim Pen 2, up to 32GB of RAM, and more
10:58 AM  •
Microsoft:  Livestream of Microsoft's Surface event
10:55 AM  •
The Verge:  Live blog of Microsoft's Surface event, where Surface Duo 2, Surface Book 4, Surface Go 3, refreshed Surface Pro X, and more are expected
10:50 AM  •
Cory Doctorow:  Review of the Framework, a $999 modular 13.5" laptop that pulls off a relatively sleek design while also being easy to repair and upgrade
10:35 AM  •
Aria Alamalhodaei / TechCrunch:  FLYR Labs, which uses machine learning to help airlines better predict ticket prices, raises $150M Series C led by WestCap
10:30 AM  •
Monica Chin / The Verge:  Teachers say many students, brought up with search features on their computers, are unfamiliar with directories and folders, forcing a rethink of lesson plans
10:10 AM  •
Rachel Lerman / Washington Post:  The automatic tipping screen in Square's app disappeared for three hours on Saturday due to a bug, costing restaurant workers and others hundreds of dollars
9:55 AM  •
ProPublica:  Investigation details how safeguards for Facebook's Marketplace, which has 1B MAUs, can fail to protect buyers and sellers from scams, fake accounts, and more
9:50 AM  •
Andrew Asmakov / Decrypt:  Orca, a decentralized crypto exchange built on the Solana blockchain, raises $18M Series A led by Polychain, Placeholder, and Three Arrows Capital
9:45 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  StreamElements, which builds production and analytics tools for streamers, raises $100M led by SoftBank Vision Fund 2 and says 1.1M people use its services
9:40 AM  •
Caitlin McGarry / Gizmodo:  Apple iPad (2021) review: solid performance and battery life, True Tone, upgraded front camera, and a reasonable price, but the design now feels boring
9:35 AM  •
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:  Sunday, which offers tools for a faster restaurant checkout process, raises $100M Series A led by Coatue, following $24M seed in April
9:30 AM  •
Vildana Hajric / Bloomberg:  Dapper Labs, maker of NFT-focused NBA Top Shot, raises $250M led by Coatue Management and says it is partnering with Spain's LaLiga soccer league
9:25 AM  •
Scott Stein / CNET:  Apple iPad mini (2021) review: A15, Pencil 2 support, better cameras, and USB-C, but no keyboard case support and the screen feels too small for some apps
9:15 AM  •
Sara Fischer / Axios:  Facebook says Apple's ATT changes will continue to cause headwinds in Q3 and reveals it under-reported iOS web conversions by 15% on average; stock drops 3%+
9:10 AM  •
CNBC:  Robinhood says it will test crypto wallets with select users starting next month, letting investors trade, send, receive, and hold digital currencies
8:50 AM  •
Catalin Cimpanu / The Record:  Microsoft uncovers a massive phishing operation offering “Phishing-as-a-Service” subscriptions or one-time tools based on over 120 templates for $80-$100
8:35 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Enterprise document management startup PandaDoc raises Series C at a $1B valuation but is not disclosing the amount raised due to Belarus' political situation
8:15 AM  •
Jing Yang / Wall Street Journal:  Ant Group's Huabei consumer lending service says user data will be made available to China's central bank credit reporting system
7:55 AM  •
Horace Dediu / Asymco:  With 2B iPhones sold, Apple has avoided disruption by adding unexpectedly useful features and avoiding overshooting on performance
7:35 AM  •
Christopher Palmeri / Bloomberg:  How FanDuel outpaced DraftKings to take an estimated 42% share of the US sports wagers market after its sale to Flutter
7:05 AM  •
Faseeh Mangi / Bloomberg:  Rawalpindi-based TAG Innovation, which builds financial tools for Pakistan's 100M unbanked adults, raises $12M at a $100M valuation led by Liberty City
6:15 AM  •
Wall Street Journal:  FCC says it is reviewing Zoom's proposed $15B acquisition of cloud-based call center software maker Five9, citing Zoom's ties to China
5:25 AM  •
Kate Park / TechCrunch:  Shenzhen-based Hai Robotics, which develops autonomous hardware for warehouses, raises $200M across a Series C and Series D, following a $15M Series B+ in March
5:20 AM  •
Angelina Rascouet / Bloomberg:  French online secondhand fashion marketplace Vestiaire Collective raises $209M at a $1.7B valuation led by SoftBank Vision Fund 2, after raising $216M in March
4:55 AM  •
Naman Ramachandran / Variety:  Netflix agrees to acquire the Roald Dahl Story Company, expanding on a three-year deal to make animated shows, with plans to create TV, movies, games, and more
3:01 AM  •
Cathrin Schaer / Wired UK:  Profile of Johannes Caspar, who was Hamburg's data protection commissioner for over a decade and investigated Facebook, WhatsApp, Clearview, PimEyes, and Amazon
2:30 AM  •
Mary Ann Azevedo / TechCrunch:  Kavak, a Mexico-based marketplace for used cars, raises $700M Series E led by General Catalyst, doubling its valuation from April to $8.7B
2:20 AM  •
Soumyarendra Barik / Entrackr:  ZestMoney, an Indian buy now, pay later startup, raises $50M Series C from Australian buy now, pay later company Zip
1:50 AM  •
Bloomberg:  Overview of the market for NFTs, where the majority of assets sold on OpenSea in the past 90 days have not seen another deal
1:05 AM  •
Simon Sharwood / The Register:  VMware urges customers to immediately patch a critical arbitrary file upload vulnerability in its flagship vCenter and vSphere products
12:50 AM  •
Vikas Sn / Moneycontrol:  Freshworks boosts its IPO offering to $36 per share, after originally pricing it at $28-$32, to raise $1.03B at a $10B+ valuation; trading to begin September 22

September 21, 2021

11:30 PM  •
Dan Taylor / Tech.eu:  Turkey-based Intenseye, which uses computer vision and AI to monitor workplaces and staff for safety violations, raises $25M Series A led by Insight Partners
11:00 PM  •
Garrison Wells / FierceHealthcare:  eVisit, a SaaS startup helping hospitals and health care systems provide telehealth services, raises $45M Series B led by Goldman Sachs Asset Management
10:45 PM  •
AlleyWatch:  Pager, a virtual healthcare platform for helping patients from initial triage to follow-up care, raises $70M Series C, as a mix of equity and debt
10:30 PM  •
Jim Dallke / Chicago Business Journal:  Provi, an online marketplace that lets bars and restaurants order beverages from distributors in one central location, raises $75M Series C at a $750M valuation
10:15 PM  •
Catherine Shu / TechCrunch:  Indonesia-based Evermos, a halal-focused social commerce startup catering to small businesses, raises $30M Series B led by UOB Venture Management
9:10 PM  •
Andrius Sytas / Reuters:  Lithuanian government recommends ditching Chinese phones after finding Xiaomi devices with censorship capabilities that can be activated remotely
8:35 PM  •
Ari Levy / CNBC:  Source: ahead of its NYSE debut, Toast prices its IPO at $40 per share, above its original $30-$33 range, which would give it a market cap of ~$20B
8:00 PM  •
James Rubin / CoinDesk:  Blockdaemon, which offers blockchain staking infrastructure, raises $155M Series B led by SoftBank Vision Fund 2 at a $1.26B valuation
7:50 PM  •
Tory Newmyer / Washington Post:  SEC's Gary Gensler says stablecoins are a risk to consumers, like “poker chips at the casino”, and equates crypto boom to “wildcat banking” in the 1830s
7:30 PM  •
Ari Notis / Kotaku:  Blizzard's chief legal officer Claire Hart leaves Activision Blizzard amid a series of high-level departures
6:45 PM  •
Leah Nylen / Politico:  Facebook shareholders allege Facebook conditioned its $5B Cambridge Analytica settlement on the FTC dropping plans to sue and depose Mark Zuckerberg
5:55 PM  •
New York Times:  Sources: last month, Mark Zuckerberg agreed to show users positive stories about Facebook via News Feed; Facebook says it ran a small test with labeled posts
5:45 PM  •
Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:  macOS is susceptible to running arbitrary code when a user opens a malicious .inetloc file, and Apple's first attempt to silently fix the issue failed
5:35 PM  •
Wallace Witkowski / MarketWatch:  Adobe Q3: record revenue of $3.94B, up 22% YoY, Digital Media revenue of $2.87B, up 23% YoY, but ARR figures barely exceed estimates; stock down ~4% after hours
5:25 PM  •
Tatiana Cirisano / Billboard:  Twitch and NMPA reach deal after tensions over takedown notices; sources: deal doesn't include music licenses, and Twitch will warn users before suspending them
4:50 PM  •
Juli Clover / MacRumors:  iOS 15.1 beta lets users store their verifiable health records, including COVID-19 vaccination cards and test results, in the Health app
4:45 PM  •
Washington Post:  Sources: FBI refrained from sharing a ransomware decryptor with businesses for almost three weeks, as it carried out an operation to disrupt the REvil gang
4:20 PM  •
Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:  Almanac, which offers a collaborative doc editor, raises $34M Series A led by Tiger Global, following its $9M seed round earlier this year
3:35 PM  •
Ranjan Roy / Margins:  How Reddit's business model change, hiring of COO Jen Wong, and UX tweaks after raising $200M in 2017 laid the foundations for this year's meme stock mania
3:35 PM  •
Danny Nelson / CoinDesk:  Genesis Digital Assets raises $431M led by Paradigm with NYDIG and FTX among investors, to expand its bitcoin mining in North America and the Nordic region
3:15 PM  •
Karissa Bell / Engadget:  Facebook's Oversight Board wants the company to explain its “cross-check” system, which reportedly lets celebrities, politicians, and others break its rules
3:10 PM  •
Hugh Son / CNBC:  Revolut plans to debut commission-free stock trading in the US in a few months, after spending 16 months working to secure a US broker-dealer license
2:05 PM  •
Erik Schatzker / Bloomberg:  One River Digital Asset Management, a crypto-fund management startup, raises $41M Series A at a $186M valuation, with Coinbase and Goldman Sachs participating
1:45 PM  •
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:  Mirakl, which develops e-commerce tools to help companies build their online stores, raises $555M Series E at a $3.5B valuation, up from $1.5B last year
1:07 PM  •
Nicole Lee / Engadget:  Facebook announces the Portal Go, a $199 10" portable device, and a new $349 Portal+ device with a 14" tilting display and stereo speakers, shipping October 19
12:35 PM  •
Matt Day / Bloomberg:  An in-depth look at Amazon's flagship BFI4 warehouse, located in Kent, WA and capable of processing over 1M items/day, which is run almost entirely by software
11:45 AM  •
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:  Supply chain visibility company Project44 acquires Convey, a last-mile delivery startup that had raised $25.7M, for $255M
11:35 AM  •
Catalin Cimpanu / The Record:  Russian telecom giant Rostelecom says it sinkholed part of the Meris DDoS botnet, the world's largest; researchers say the botnet is tied to Windows malware
10:42 AM  •
Lauren Feiner / CNBC:  Treasury Department sanctions cryptocurrency exchange Suex for helping facilitate and launder transactions from at least eight ransomware variants
10:30 AM  •
Freedom House:  Report finds global internet freedom has declined for the 11th consecutive year including in the US, tech giants clashed with governments over data, and more
10:10 AM  •
Jay Peters / The Verge:  Fitbit Charge 5 review: lightweight design, bright color screen, and long battery life, but no physical buttons, screen feels too small, and UI can be confusing
9:50 AM  •
Kurt Wagner / Bloomberg:  Following WSJ's investigation series, Facebook says it has spent over $13B on safety and security since the 2016 election and 40K employees work on these issues
9:17 AM  •
Todd Haselton / CNBC:  Amazon introduces three new Kindle Paperwhites: $140 Paperwhite with 6.8" display and USB-C, $190 Signature Edition with 32GB of storage, and $160 Kids Edition
9:13 AM  •
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:  iPhone 13 review: excellent cameras and battery life, more base storage, but front camera is unchanged, refresh rate is standard, and iPhone 12 cases don't fit
9:09 AM  •
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:  Apple iPhone 13 Pro review: incredible cameras, improved battery, and high refresh display, but front camera is average, no USB-C, and Cinematic Mode is limited
8:45 AM  •
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:  HP announces refreshed consumer devices, including Spectre x360 16" 2-in-1 for $1,639+, Envy 34" 5K all-in-one desktop for $1,999+, and Tablet PC 11" for $499+
8:40 AM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  PayPal updates its app to include more services, such as direct deposits, crypto tools, peer-to-peer payments, and a digital wallet
8:35 AM  •
Konrad Putzier / Wall Street Journal:  Google says it will buy St. John's Terminal, a 1.3M square foot office building it is leasing on Manhattan's West Side, for $2.1B in Q1 2022
8:30 AM  •
Corin Faife / The Markup:  Analysis: Facebook appears to be adding code to interfere with automated data collection of News Feed posts by researchers, such as NYU's Ad Observatory
8:15 AM  •
Tom Warren / The Verge:  Slack announces Clips, short video voicemail messages for channels, rolling out today for paid accounts, changes to Connect, GovSlack, and more
7:55 AM  •
Yogita Khatri / The Block:  BitClout creator raises $200M for “Decentralized Social”, a blockchain project with social tools such as profiles, from a16z, Sequoia, Coinbase, and others
7:25 AM  •
Florence Ion / Gizmodo:  What to expect from Microsoft's Surface event tomorrow: Surface Duo 2, Surface Book 4 with a tethered display, Surface Pro 8, refreshed Surface Pro X, and more
7:00 AM  •
Pádraig Belton / The Guardian:  As TSMC pledges to reach net zero emissions by 2050, a look at how the semiconductor industry is tackling its huge carbon footprint and resource consumption
6:50 AM  •
Dan Taylor / Tech.eu:  Amsterdam-based Recharge, which offers digital vouchers for big brands like Apple and Xbox, raises $35M Series B and says it has over 3M customers
6:45 AM  •
Paul Bischoff / Comparitech:  Researcher finds data on 106M international visitors to Thailand, including passport numbers and travel records dating back a decade, were exposed on a database
6:30 AM  •
Rolfe Winkler / Wall Street Journal:  Sources: Apple is working with UCLA and Biogen to identify depression, cognitive decline, and other issues using sensor data, such as typing behavior and sleep
5:50 AM  •
Harry Baker / UploadVR:  Netflix releases Eden Unearthed, a free VR game for Oculus Quest that appears to be related to a Netflix anime series
4:45 AM  •
Pew Research Center:  Survey: 47% of US Facebook users regularly get news on the platform, down from 54% in 2020; 29% of US TikTok users regularly get news from the app, up from 22%
2:50 AM  •
Ryan Weeks / The Block:  Paris-based Sorare, a soccer-focused NFT trading platform, raises $680M Series B led by SoftBank Vision Fund 2 at a $4.3B valuation
2:25 AM  •
Telis Demos / Wall Street Journal:  As the SEC mulls a ban on payment for order flow, a look at some alternative revenue streams for commission-free trading apps like Robinhood
1:00 AM  •
Amit Gurbaxani / Billboard:  Gaana, India's leading music streaming service, has seen low paid sub growth; India's audio streaming market is 38% ad-supported, below only China and Venezuela

September 20, 2021

10:50 PM  •
Max Chafkin / New York Magazine:  Sources: Thiel told a confidant that Zuckerberg made a deal with Kushner in 2019 to not fact-check political speech in exchange for laying off harsh regulations
9:45 PM  •
FinSMEs:  ClickHouse, which provides an online analytical processing database management system, raises $50M Series A led by Index Ventures and Benchmark
8:55 PM  •
Alexandra Garrett / CNET:  DoorDash will now deliver alcoholic beverages to customers in 20 US states and DC, Canada, and Australia
8:25 PM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  London-based TrueLayer, which lets fintech apps connect with customers' bank accounts, raises $130M led by Tiger Global at a $1B+ post-money valuation
7:45 PM  •
Lisa Richwine / Reuters:  Netflix launches a free plan in Kenya with a quarter of the content from its paid plans, available only on Android phones
7:25 PM  •
Michael Novinson / CRN:  Cloud identity management provider Saviynt raises $130M led by HPS Investment Partners and PNC Bank, bringing its total raised to $170M
5:30 PM  •
Bloomberg:  A beta version of Robinhood's iOS app shows code and a waitlist page related to an unannounced cryptocurrency wallet feature
4:51 PM  •
Jeran Wittenstein / Bloomberg:  Tech stocks drop amid broader market selloff, similar to Sept. 2020's slump; Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Alphabet, and Microsoft lost $500B+ in value since Sept. 7
4:00 PM  •
Wall Street Journal:  Sources: the SEC has launched an investigation into Activision Blizzard, including how it handled employees' allegations of sexual misconduct and discrimination
2:50 PM  •
Annie Palmer / CNBC:  Analysis: Amazon has doubled sponsored product ads at the top of some search results, from two or three to as many as six
2:15 PM  •
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:  Amazon announces its next hardware and services event will be on September 28 at 9am PT
1:30 PM  •
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:  Review of iOS 15 and iPadOS 15, which are now available: focus modes are great, Safari update is an acquired taste, and iOS' Dark Sky-style Weather is excellent
12:22 PM  •
Benjamin Bain / Bloomberg:  Coinbase quietly updates its blog to say it is tabling the launch of Lend, a product intended to pay users interest for lending out tokens, after SEC pressure
11:40 AM  •
José Adorno / 9to5Mac:  Kuo revises forecast and says an under-display Touch ID for iPhone will not arrive until H2 2023 and a foldable iPhone is not expected until 2024
11:33 AM  •
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:  Kuo: an iPhone SE with 5G is coming in H1 2022; a cheaper 6.7" iPhone and two high-end models with a punch-hole display and 48MP wide camera are due in H2 2022
11:05 AM  •
Federico Viticci / MacStories:  In-depth iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 review: many quality-of-life updates, especially to core apps, but few bold new features and no big iPad productivity leaps
11:00 AM  •
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / VICE:  Europol, alongside Italian and Spanish police, arrest 106 people accused of working for the Italian Mafia and laundering over €10M made through cybercrimes
10:30 AM  •
Ricky Ben-David / The Times of Israel:  Jerusalem-based Lightricks, which makes 11 subscription photo and editing apps, including Facetune, raises $130M Series D at a $1.8B valuation
10:25 AM  •
Reuters:  Sources: Didi co-founder and president Jean Liu says she plans to step down and expects China's government will take control of the company; stock down 6%+
10:18 AM  •
Bloomberg:  Data integration startup Fivetran raises $565M Series D led by a16z at a $5.6B valuation and acquires enterprise data company HVR for $700M in cash and stock
9:55 AM  •
Ben Woods / Telegraph:  Raspberry Pi Foundation, which develops the Raspberry Pi, raises $45M at a ~$500M valuation as sales rose to a record 7.1M units in 2020
9:45 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Australia-based Airwallex, which helps businesses manage cross-border payments, raises $200M Series E at a $4B valuation, bringing total funding to $700M
9:37 AM  •
Todd Spangler / Variety:  Filing: Twitter agrees to pay $809.5M to resolve claims from 2016 that it provided misleading engagement information to investors
9:35 AM  •
Yogita Khatri / The Block:  As bitcoin falls to ~$43K, El Salvador's President Nayib Bukele says the country “bought the dip” and acquired 150 more BTC, taking its total holding to 700
9:10 AM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Roku announces $50 Streaming Stick 4K and $70 Streaming Stick 4K+, which adds a Voice Remote Pro, and Roku OS 10.5 with improved voice support
8:55 AM  •
Michael Kozlowski / Good e-Reader:  Amazon leaks updated Kindle Paperwhite devices with larger 6.8-inch displays in two variants: 8GB for $149 CAD and 32GB for $209.99 CAD, both with 17 LEDs
8:35 AM  •
Soumyarendra Barik / Entrackr:  Indian startup FloBiz, a mobile billing app for small and medium businesses, raises $31M Series B led by Sequoia Capital India
8:10 AM  •
Kim Lyons / The Verge:  ByteDance says Douyin, the Chinese version of TikTok, will limit users under 14 years old to 40 minutes per day, between 6am and 10pm, in China
7:50 AM  •
Wall Street Journal:  French cloud services provider OVHcloud says it plans to launch an IPO, raising up to €400M, sources say at a valuation of more than €4B
7:35 AM  •
Lily Hay Newman / Wired:  A look at Nahoft, an Iran-focused text encryption tool for Android that can turn up to 1,000 characters of Farsi text into a jumble of random words
7:05 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Indian used-car marketplace Cars24 raises $450M, made up of $340M Series F and $110M in debt, at a $1.84B valuation
4:55 AM  •
Avi Greengart / Techsponential:  Analysis of the products announced during Apple's California Streaming event, the carrier and upgrade outlook, and possible responses from competitors
1:40 AM  •
The Economic Times:  Facebook India appoints former Uber executive Rajiv Aggarwal as head of public policy, a post that has been vacant for nearly a year since Ankhi Das quit
1:15 AM  •
Eric Benjamin Seufert / Mobile Dev Memo:  The Epic v. Apple ruling shows gaming apps account for ~70% of App Store revenue; in Q3 2017, <0.5% of Apple accounts made up 53.7% of all App Store billings

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