October 1, 2020, 8:15 AM

October 1, 2020

7:50 AM  •
Sara Fischer / Axios:  Google to pay publishers $1B+ through 2023 to create and curate high-quality journalism for the new Google News Showcase, starting in Germany and Brazil
7:35 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  French startup Sendinblue, which helps SMBs run all their marketing tasks, from email to Facebook ads, raises $160M Series B
6:45 AM  •
Traf:  A designer shares how he generated $100K+ selling custom app icon sets via a simple website when iPhone home screen customization exploded after iOS 14 release
5:15 AM  •
Liam Tung / ZDNet:  Microsoft Outlook and Exchange Online recover after a major outage that affected users globally for several hours
2:55 AM  •
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:  A look at the potential vulnerabilities in electronic poll books, which pollworkers use to verify voter eligibility, and have caused delays in Georgia elections
12:15 AM  •
The Economic Times:  Indian startups blame Google for “unfair exploitation” of Play Store's monopoly after Google began to enforce its in-app purchasing policy with 30% commission

September 30, 2020

9:20 PM  •
Karissa Bell / Engadget:  Facebook says, as part of its recent crackdown on QAnon and “militia” movements, it has removed 6,500 groups belonging to 300 organizations
8:10 PM  •
Salvador Rodriguez / CNBC:  Facebook says it will ban Facebook and Instagram ads that seek to delegitimize the outcome of an election, including calling specific voting methods fraudulent
8:00 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Google introduces a new Android feature called Hold for Me, which uses Assistant to monitor held phone calls and notify the user when taken off hold
7:15 PM  •
Jeff Benson / Decrypt:  US judge rules that Kik violated securities law in its $100M ICO from 2017, grants the SEC's motion for summary judgment against Kik
6:25 PM  •
Te-Ping Chen / Wall Street Journal:  Women founders of AI startups talk about gender disparity in tech, how they are trying to build diverse workplaces, and addressing potential biases in AI
5:15 PM  •
MarketWatch:  Asana, Palantir debut up more than 30%, well above reference prices in dual direct listings
4:10 PM  •
NBC News:  Interviews with 40 Amazon employees and government documents: Amazon's COVID-19 response lacks oversight and transparency with inadequate worker safety policies
3:10 PM  •
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:  Google is rolling out an updated Google Photos editor on Android with a Suggestions tab, recommending edits like Color Pop and Enhance
2:58 PM  •
Sophia Kunthara / Crunchbase News:  Golden, which aims to map all human knowledge using AI alongside humans to collect public information, raises $14.5M Series A led by a16z
2:55 PM  •
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:  Google's Chromecast with Google TV won't support Stadia, its game streaming service, or Apple TV+ at launch; Stadia support will arrive in first half of 2021
2:50 PM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Papaya Global, which offers cloud-based payroll and HR services, raises $40M Series B led by Scale Venture Partners, following $45M Series A in 2019
2:45 PM  •
Chris Welch / The Verge:  Google Chromecast (2020) review: excellent value for a 4K device and Google TV is great, but performance sometimes dips and home screen isn't customizable
2:32 PM  •
Nathan Ingraham / Engadget:  Google unveils Pixel 5 with a 6-inch 90Hz OLED display, ultrawide rear-facing camera instead of zoom lens, 5G, 8GB RAM, and fingerprint sensor on back for $699
2:24 PM  •
Brian Heater / TechCrunch:  Google announces Chromecast with Google TV streaming dongle and remote, available in the US today for $50
2:18 PM  •
Kyle Bradshaw / 9to5Google:  Google announces Nest Audio, a revamp to its discontinued Google Home speaker, available today for $99
2:16 PM  •
Brian Heater / TechCrunch:  Google announces a new Google TV service that brings streaming apps, a unified search, and live TV, through YouTube TV, into a single interface
2:14 PM  •
Damien Wilde / 9to5Google:  Google unveils Pixel 4a 5G with a 6.2" display, 6GB of RAM, 128GB storage, Qualcomm's 765G chipset, and 18W USB-C fast charging for $499
2:00 PM  •
The Verge:  Live blog of Google's Pixel event, where Pixel 5 and 4a 4G, Chomecast, and Nest speaker are expected
1:59 PM  •
YouTube:  Livestream of Google's Launch Night In event
1:50 PM  •
Ari Levy / CNBC:  Palantir closed at $9.50 following its direct listing on the NYSE, after opening at $10, giving it a market cap of roughly $20.9B
1:45 PM  •
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:  Twilio debuts an app for frontline workers, a free 1:1 video connection toolkit called Twilio Video WebRTC Go, and an IoT service to help keep devices updated
1:25 PM  •
Crystal Tse / Bloomberg:  Asana stock closed up 6.7% at $28.80, after opening at $27/share on NYSE, valuing the company at about $5.5B
1:20 PM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  VTEX, which offers e-commerce tools for giant companies like Walmart, Coca-Cola, and Nestlé, raises $225M at a $1.7B post-money valuation
1:10 PM  •
Casey Newton / The Verge:  Brian Armstrong's apolitical goal for Coinbase is wishful thinking, limiting its politics to what he deems acceptable during a time of strife in America
12:45 PM  •
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:  GitHub begins rolling out its code-scanning tool, designed to help identify vulnerabilities before public deployment
12:40 PM  •
Rich Woods / Neowin:  Microsoft says Windows 10 on ARM will get support for x64 emulation, letting users run 64-bit Intel apps, later this year
12:30 PM  •
Sharon Weinberger / New York Magazine:  Former US military and intel officials express concerns about Palantir, arguing its success is largely down to its software having a friendlier UI than rivals
12:15 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Twitch launches Soundtrack by Twitch, which lets creators add licensed music to streams from an initial lineup of partners including SoundCloud
11:55 AM  •
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:  Google says merchants globally can list items on Google Shopping for free starting in mid-October, after bringing free listings to US merchants in April
11:40 AM  •
Nikkei Asian Review:  Sources: Google is planning to produce as little as ~800,000 Pixel 5 handsets, taking total production of Pixel 4a, 4a 5G, and 5 to 3M units
11:30 AM  •
Chris Stokel-Walker / Bloomberg:  Internal TikTok presentation: 17M Britons spend over an hour on the app daily, while France has 11M DAUs, Germany has 10.7M, Spain has 8.8M, and Norway has 1.2M
11:25 AM  •
Amy Martyn / OneZero :  Bird's Fleet Manager program, effectively a franchise model, has saddled some contract workers with debt on scooters they do not own amid the pandemic downturn
11:00 AM  •
Bloomberg:  With just an estimated 1.4M users in Africa, Netflix is testing cheaper, mobile-only subscriptions and commissioning local shows to attract new subscribers
10:50 AM  •
Max Weinbach / Android Police:  Xiaomi announces a range of new flagship devices: €499 Mi 10T, €599 Mi 10T Pro, and €279 Mi 10T Lite, all with 6.67-inch displays, and €99 Mi Watch
10:20 AM  •
Natalia Drozdiak / Bloomberg:  Internal docs: EU may ban big tech companies from preferencing their own services or exclusively pre-installing their own apps as part of Digital Services Act
9:45 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Homer, which builds educational apps for kids between the ages of two and eight, raises $50M Series C from LEGO Ventures, Sesame Workshop, and others
9:30 AM  •
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:  Coralogix, which analyzes software logs with AI, raises $25M, bringing its total raised to $41.2M, and launches a real-time analytics feature
9:15 AM  •
Julia Fioretti / Bloomberg:  Sources: Chinese data center operator Chindata, which is backed by private equity firm Bain Capital, has raised $540M in its US IPO
9:00 AM  •
Jay Peters / The Verge:  Twitter says it is expanding voice tweets to more iOS users and plans to add transcriptions to voice tweets to improve accessibility
8:25 AM  •
Harry McCracken / Fast Company:  A look at how Facebook is weaving Facebook, Instagram, Messenger, and WhatsApp together even as it comes under increasing scrutiny from watchdogs and regulators
8:10 AM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Facebook unveils cross-app communication between Messenger and Instagram, which works even for users without accounts on the other service, rolling out now
7:30 AM  •
Samidha Sharma / The Economic Times:  India-based news aggregator Inshorts raises $35M led by Lee Fixel's Addition to promote Public, its new location-based social network
7:05 AM  •
Reuters:  Sources: China is considering an antitrust probe into Google, after allegations by Huawei that Google leveraged the dominance of Android to stifle competition
6:30 AM  •
Emily Birnbaum / Protocol:  Some Black restaurant owners say initiatives announced by delivery apps, like Uber Eats and DoorDash, to support Black-owned businesses have fallen short
5:30 AM  •
Christopher Harland-Dunaway / The Verge:  Profile of Tron founder and BitTorrent CEO Justin Sun, whose controversial reputation is built on a non-traditional leadership style and marketing stunts
4:30 AM  •
Shakeel Hashim / Protocol:  Q&A with Etsy CTO Mike Fisher on moving Etsy's infrastructure to Google Cloud, handling a huge spike in demand during the pandemic, improving search, and more
2:55 AM  •
Arjun Kharpal / CNBC:  Baidu's Smart Living Group division, which focuses on voice assistants and smart devices, raises an undisclosed sum at a $2.9B valuation
2:40 AM  •
Debby Wu / Bloomberg:  Taipei-based travel startup KKday raises $75M Series C, says a pivot to domestic package tours has helped after sales plunged 90% in March
2:25 AM  •  Yevgeniy Nikulin, a Russian national convicted by a San Francisco federal jury in July for hacking LinkedIn and Dropbox in 2012, sentenced to 7+ years in prison
1:50 AM  •
Frank Chaparro / The Block:  Coinbase offers an exit package with four to six months severance pay and six months COBRA for employees who are not comfortable with its apolitical mission
1:30 AM  •
Nilay Patel / The Verge:  Sonos files another patent lawsuit against Google, alleging infringement of five wireless audio patents across the entire line of Nest and Chromecast products
1:05 AM  •
Reuters:  Sources: DOJ is expected to sue Google as soon as next week and is currently urging state attorneys general to sign onto the lawsuit
12:50 AM  •
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:  LG says its Wing smartphone will be available in the US beginning October 15 from Verizon and later this fall from AT&T and T-Mobile, starting at $1,000
12:15 AM  •
David Meyer / Fortune:  Cloudflare launches a free “privacy-first” analytics tool to rival Google Analytics that records how users engage with websites without invasive tracking

September 29, 2020

11:40 PM  •
Bloomberg:  Clubhouse courted fresh controversy after a conversation with hundreds of listeners devolved into a platform for anti-Semitic comments on a Jewish holy day
11:00 PM  •
Mikey Campbell / AppleInsider:  Apple and Epic Games stated in a court filing on Tuesday that their coming court battle should be decided in a bench trial by a judge, not a jury
10:20 PM  •
Juli Clover / MacRumors:  Apple says several of its services including App Store, Apple Music, Apple TV+, and Apple Arcade are back online after facing outages on Tuesday evening
10:05 PM  •
Reuters:  Tencent to take NYSE-listed Chinese search engine Sogou private in a $3.5B deal; Tencent previously revealed that it had a 39.2% stake in Sogou in July
9:30 PM  •
Christina Farr / CNBC:  DivvyDose, an online pharmacy competing with Amazon's PillPack and Walmart's CareZone, is acquired by UnitedHealth; source says deal was worth $300M+
9:00 PM  •
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:  Twitter hires Rinki Sethi as its new CISO following its July 15 hack; Sethi previously worked at cloud data management company Rubrik
8:45 PM  •
Wall Street Journal:  Prior to their Wednesday direct listing debuts, the NYSE set reference prices for Palantir at $7.25 and Asana at $21 per share
8:20 PM  •
Monica Nickelsburg / GeekWire:  Seattle unanimously approved new regulations that would ensure Uber and Lyft drivers earn minimum wage, the second US city to establish the standard after NYC
7:45 PM  •
Steve O'Hear / TechCrunch:  UK-based Huboo, which offers an end-to-end fulfillment service for online retailers, raises £14M Series A led by Stride.VC
6:45 PM  •
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:  Amazon launches a beta of its live virtual experiences service, Amazon Explore, allowing US customers to book one-on-one remote tours led by local experts
6:00 PM  •
Abner Li / 9to5Google:  Google extends free access to Meet's unlimited call times for Gmail accounts through March 2021
5:50 PM  •
Jeanne Whalen / Washington Post:  Sources: CFIUS is stepping up scrutiny of past Chinese tech investments in US startups, sending inquiries to some companies about years-old deals
5:05 PM  •
Jeremy Burge / Emojipedia:  A look at the new emojis coming in iOS 14.2, including bubble tea, people bottle-feeding a baby, a transgender flag, a seal, a feather, and more
4:02 PM  •
Bloomberg:  Facebook promotes longtime growth executive Alex Schultz to take over as chief marketing officer following Antonio Lucio's departure last month
3:30 PM  •
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:  Smart intercom manufacturer ButterflyMX raises $35M led by Volition Capital, bringing its total raised to $58M+, as its products raise privacy concerns
3:20 PM  •
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:  Online learning company, Thinkific, which lets anyone list courses and serve them from their own site, raises $22M led by Rhino Ventures
2:50 PM  •
Will Evans / Reveal:  Investigation into Amazon's warehouse safety, based on data from 150 warehouses between 2016-2019, finds rising injury rates, which Amazon has attempted to hide
2:35 PM  •
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:  French shipping giant CMA CGM says it has been hit by ransomware; the four biggest maritime shipping companies globally have suffered cyberattacks since 2017
2:00 PM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Rally raises $17M from Porsche Ventures, Alexis Ohanian, and others for its service that lets users list and invest in, but not buy, collectibles
1:00 PM  •
Kevin Roose / New York Times:  Analysis shows that QAnon supporters' move to hijack #SaveTheChildren in July, following 8chan's disappearance, has substantially increased followers and reach
12:50 PM  •
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:  Arm unveils new chip designs for autonomous systems for both automotive and industrial use, with built-in safety that ensures each calculation is double-checked
12:45 PM  •
Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:  Sources: EU is set to approve Google's Fitbit acquisition
12:40 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Facebook introduces Accounts Center, a tool for managing the growing number of settings across Facebook, Instagram, and Messenger
12:35 PM  •
Hans Nichols / Axios:  Biden campaign calls Facebook the “nation's foremost propagator of disinformation about the voting process” as Trump keeps attacking the election's integrity
11:45 AM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  TikTok launches a US elections guide in its app, partnering with BallotReady, SignVote, and others to provide info on candidates, how to vote, and more
11:20 AM  •
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:  D-Wave launches Advantage, a cloud service that offers access to 5,000+ qubit quantum computing and a hybrid solver service that can handle 1M variables
9:55 AM  •
Frank Pallotta / CNN:  Disney launches GroupWatch on Disney+, letting up to seven people watch in sync; viewers can react using emoji but can't chat
9:45 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  PayCargo, which develops cloud-based payment and financing services for the cargo industry, raises $35M from Insight Partners
9:35 AM  •
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:  Seismic, which develops sales enablement and market orchestration software, raises $92M Series F led by Permira at a $1.6B valuation
9:25 AM  •
Ron Miller / TechCrunch:  Axis Security, which helps companies stay secure when employees work from home, raises $32M Series B led by Canaan Partners, bringing its total raised to $49M
9:05 AM  •
Aoife White / Bloomberg:  Microsoft's Bing search app will appear as a download prompt on new Android phones in Germany, UK, and France, after it won slots in a Google auction for rivals
8:45 AM  •
Monica Chin / The Verge:  Lenovo debuts foldable ThinkPad X1 Fold with a 13-inch OLED screen, 11th-gen Intel processors, and 8GB RAM, available for pre-order now, starting at $2,499
8:05 AM  •
Swetha Gopinath / Bloomberg:  Polish e-commerce platform Allegro raised ~$2.3B in Warsaw's largest ever IPO, valuing the company at $11.2B
7:40 AM  •
Leigh Cuen / CoinDesk:  Vienna-based crypto brokerage Bitpanda raises $52M Series A led by Peter Thiel's Valar Ventures, bringing its total raised to ~$100M
7:25 AM  •
Jason Del Rey / Vox:  Amazon unveils Amazon One, a biometric technology that lets shoppers pay using their palm, coming first to two Amazon Go stores in Seattle
7:10 AM  •
Kara Swisher / New York Times:  Wide-ranging interview with Elon Musk on Neuralink and the future of brain chip implants, his thoughts on AI being an existential threat to humanity, and more
6:35 AM  •
Mike Murphy / Protocol:  Interviews with small retailers, restaurants, and other SMBs in the US on how they are leveraging tech and e-commerce to see themselves through the pandemic
4:30 AM  •
Billy Perrigo / TIME:  A deep dive into Signal, whose downloads surged in the US amid BLM protests, as it becomes an app of choice among protesters, dissidents, and journalists
2:50 AM  •
Rita Liao / TechCrunch:  Russian startup NtechLab, which helps analyze footage captured by large number of surveillance cameras in real time, raises $13M
1:25 AM  •
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:  French startup Exotec, which builds autonomous industrial robots for warehouses, raises $90M Series C led by 83North
12:10 AM  •
Bloomberg:  McAfee has filed for a Nasdaq IPO in a filing with the SEC, listing the size of the offering as $100M which is a placeholder likely to change

September 28, 2020

11:20 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Pew survey of 12K+ US adults: 26% said they get news from YouTube while only 23% of those said they “often” get news from channels of established news orgs
9:30 PM  •
Sahil Patel / Wall Street Journal:  Disney sells TrueX, an ad-tech company it absorbed as part of its acquisition of 21st Century Fox assets in 2019, to Gimbal, a source says for less than $100M
8:40 PM  •
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:  Boston- and Shenzhen-based XtalPi, which uses AI for drug discovery and development, raises $319M Series C led by SoftBank's Vision Fund
7:55 PM  •
Chris Duckett / ZDNet:  Multiple Microsoft 365 services including Office, Teams, Power Platform, and Dynamic365 are restored after major global outage for several hours
7:30 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Amazon launches Personal Shopper for men's fashion for $4.99 per month, expanding on its similar offering for women rivalling Stitch Fix
6:35 PM  •
Brian Armstrong / The Coinbase Blog:  Coinbase publishes a “clarification” of its mission, stating it won't take on activism outside of its focus or debate causes or political candidates internally
6:25 PM  •
Jeff John Roberts / Fortune:  Former Amazon exec and her family settle with SEC over insider trading scheme that led to profits of $1.4M, agree to penalties of $1M+ and to pay back profits
6:10 PM  •
Abner Li / 9to5Google:  Google Meet adds noise cancellation on Android and iOS for G Suite Enterprise and Enterprise for Education customers, and adds attendance reports for schools
4:00 PM  •
Malcolm Owen / AppleInsider:  Judge proposes a jury trial for the Apple vs Epic case, likely to start in July 2021, while seemingly pushing back on some of Epic's key points in the hearing
3:35 PM  •
Tawnell D. Hobbs / Wall Street Journal:  After Las Vegas-area school officials refuse to pay a ransom, hackers publish information on students, including social security numbers and grades
2:15 PM  •
Daisuke Wakabayashi / New York Times:  With Netflix, Spotify, and others bypassing Google's 30% cut of IAPs, Google now says all Play Store apps must use its billing system, giving a year to comply
2:10 PM  •
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:  Google says it's working on making it easier for Android users to install and use third-party app stores, starting with Android 12 next year
1:35 PM  •
Channel 4 News:  A leak of data used by Trump's 2016 campaign, spanning 5,000+ files and ~5TB, details ~200M Americans, with a “Deterrence” label applied to 3.5M Black Americans
12:40 PM  •
Jess Joho / Mashable:  A look back at HOTorNOT, created in 2000 by two UC Berkeley grads on a lark, which was one of the first popular sites to let users create a public profile
10:35 AM  •
New York Times:  Social media platforms need to publicly declare a unified strategy to combat election misinformation, including Trump prematurely claiming victory via tweet
10:05 AM  •
Sam Schechner / Wall Street Journal:  Sources: DuckDuckGo failed to win Google's Q4 auction for placement on Android's default search engine choice screen in big EU countries
9:55 AM  •
Ashley Gold / Axios:  ITIF analysis of Trump and Biden's tech policies shows Biden offers a concrete agenda while Trump has focused on tax cuts, deregulation, and alleged bias
9:45 AM  •
Natalie Obiko Pearson / Bloomberg:  Amazon plans to add 5,300 jobs in Vancouver by 2023, where it currently employs 2,700 people, capitalizing on lower wages and skilled graduates
9:35 AM  •
Kris Holt / Engadget:  Dell announces updated XPS 13 and XPS 13 2-in-1 with Intel's Tiger Lake CPUs, Thunderbolt 4, and more, shipping on Sept. 30 starting at $999
9:20 AM  •
Jon Porter / The Verge:  Roku launches $130 Streambar, which combines a compact soundbar with a 4K and HDR streaming device, shipping in mid-October
9:15 AM  •
Todd Spangler / Variety:  Roku launches a redesigned $100 Ultra with Dolby Vision, shipping in Oct., with plans to add AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support to some 4K Roku models later in 2020
9:05 AM  •
Jennifer Smith / Wall Street Journal:  ShipBob, which helps e-commerce businesses streamline fulfillment and manage inventory, raises $68M Series D led by SoftBank's Vision Fund
8:50 AM  •
Javier Espinoza / Financial Times:  Study: Google's online shopping search still disadvantages EU rivals despite an EU crackdown three years ago, sending <1% of traffic to rival services
8:30 AM  •
Peter Elstrom / Bloomberg:  China's Sina Corp., which operates Weibo, agrees to go private in a $2.59B deal, after an entity led by its chairman boosted its offer to $43.30 per share
8:15 AM  •
Alex Wilhelm / TechCrunch:  Noyo, which provides APIs that link health insurance companies, brokers, employers, and more, raises $12.5M Series A led by Costanoa Ventures and Spark Capital
8:00 AM  •
Kosaku Narioka / Wall Street Journal:  Kioxia Holdings, the chipmaker spun out of Toshiba in 2018, calls off $16B IPO after saying that export restrictions on Huawei were hurting its business
7:40 AM  •
Catherine Shu / TechCrunch:  Philippines payment processing startup PayMongo raises $12M Series A led by Stripe, says it has processed almost $20M in payments since launching
7:05 AM  •
Tim McDonald / BBC:  Singapore is the first country to use facial verification in a national identity scheme, to be part of SingPass for access to government and business services
5:35 AM  •
Ryan Browne / CNBC:  Uber wins legal fight to regain London license as a judge overturned a ban by the city's transport regulator TfL
4:35 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  LinkedIn rolls out its own version of Stories and adds Zoom, BlueJeans, and Teams video integrations as part of wider redesign
2:05 AM  •
Annie Palmer / CNBC:  Amazon says its Prime Day annual sale will take place on October 13 and 14 after the original summer date was delayed by the coronavirus pandemic

September 27, 2020

11:00 PM  •
Eudora Wang / DealStreetAsia:  Fiture, a Chinese startup that offers smart home fitness equipment, raises $65M Series A led by Tencent
8:25 PM  •
New York Times:  Federal judge grants a preliminary injunction against a Trump administration order that would have banned TikTok from US app stores
7:20 PM  •
Anne-Marie Brady / Washington Post:  A look at the Zhenhua database, created by a Chinese tech company with government ties, that compiles personal info on ~2.4M people globally, most from the US
5:00 PM  •
Biz Carson / Protocol:  A look at VC Guide, which lets startup founders post reviews on VCs anonymously, as critics say it is focused on individuals rather than on firm-level feedback
3:55 PM  •
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:  Parts of Amazon's law enforcement request portal that are visible on the web provide a rare glimpse into how the company handles law enforcement requests
1:55 PM  •
Bloomberg:  Winklevoss Twins' cryptocurrency exchange Gemini expands to UK after receiving an electronic-money license from the country's Financial Conduct Authority
10:15 AM  •
Matt Leonard / Supply Chain Dive:  FedEx CEO says the company is working with Reliable Robotics to pilot the use of an unmanned single-engine aircraft for cargo delivery
6:10 AM  •
New York Times:  Amazon, which had struggled to gain a foothold in Italy, benefited from a shift to online shopping during pandemic lockdown as 75% of Italians shopped online
2:05 AM  •
Mark Sullivan / Fast Company:  Interviews with Michael Abrash and Andrew Bosworth on the tech behind Facebook's AR glasses, how Facebook will use the personal data from the glasses, more
1:20 AM  •
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:  Pastebin adds two new features, Burn After Read and Password Protected Pastes, that experts say will make it easier to disguise malware operations
12:45 AM  •
Isobel Asher Hamilton / BusinessInsider:  Elon Musk voiced his discontent on Twitter that OpenAI is exclusively licensing GPT-3 to Microsoft saying “OpenAI is essentially captured by Microsoft”
12:10 AM  •
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:  Singapore-based cryptocurrency exchange KuCoin discloses hack that emptied its hot wallets, with the minimum loss currently estimated at $150M

September 26, 2020

11:10 PM  •
Michael Hytha / Bloomberg:  Poshmark, an online clothes resale marketplace, says it has confidentially filed its draft S-1 with the SEC for an IPO
9:40 PM  •
Danny Crichton / TechCrunch:  SEC filing: Postmates posted a loss of $32.2M in Q2, compared to a loss of $73M in Q1; Postmates lost $105.2M in H1 2020 vs. $239M in the same period of 2019
7:45 PM  •
Forbes:  Interview with Visa's Terry Angelos and Cuy Sheffield on the future of blockchain networks, partnering with crypto payment firms, and the Libra Association
4:55 PM  •
Ben Schoon / 9to5Google:  Fitbit says its OS 5.0 has been developed exclusively for the new Versa 3 and Sense smartwatches, and older devices, including last year's Versa 2, won't get it
3:35 PM  •
New York Times:  Putin calls for a “reboot” between the US and Russia in cyberspace, offering “nonintervention into internal affairs of each other” including in elections
1:50 PM  •
David Streitfeld / New York Times:  Inside eBay's alleged plot that targeted a blogging duo and a Twitter gadfly using cockroaches, porn, death threats, physical surveillance, and pizza deliveries
12:10 PM  •
Alex Thompson / Politico:  Facebook exec says right-wing drives more engagement because its “populism is always more engaging” as it speaks to “an incredibly strong, primitive emotion”
11:05 AM  •
Sara Castellanos / Wall Street Journal:  CB Insights: cloud computing startups raised almost $3B across 97 deals in Q2 2020, up from 76 deals in Q2 2019, with deal volume reaching a three-year high
9:50 AM  •
Financial Times:  US sets export restrictions on China's biggest chipmaker SMIC, saying exports to SMIC posed an “unacceptable risk” of being diverted to “military end use”

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