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November 20, 2019, 1:25 AM
 

November 20, 2019

12:30 AM  •
Mary Ann Azevedo / Crunchbase News:  Neon, which operates a digital bank in Brazil with nearly 2M accounts, has raised $94M in a round led by Banco Votorantim and General Atlantic

November 19, 2019

11:10 PM  •
Luana Pascu / Biometric Update:  Israel-based Viisights, which develops a video intelligence service that uses AI to analyze and manage video surveillance streams, raises $10M Series A
10:00 PM  •
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:  CyCognito, a cybersecurity platform that analyzes a company's entire spectrum of internet-connected devices for vulnerabilities, raises $18M Series A
9:15 PM  •
FinSMEs:  CyberCube Analytics, a cyber risk analytics platform for cybersecurity insurance underwriters, raises $35M Series B
8:25 PM  •
Brad Templeton / Forbes:  NTSB finds Uber's safety driver the primary cause of fatal Tempe crash, also blames lack of “safety culture” at Uber; AI not detecting jaywalkers played no role
6:45 PM  •
Jon Porter / The Verge:  Facebook quietly releases Whale, a meme-making iOS app, in Canada
6:15 PM  •
Jennifer Elias / CNBC:  Sources: ~20 Google employees staged a protest at Google offices during the interrogation of two staffers who have now been placed on administrative leave
5:15 PM  •
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:  The Indian government says it is “empowered” to intercept, monitor, or decrypt any digital communication on a citizen's device in India, citing a law from 2000
4:00 PM  •
Drew Harwell / Washington Post:  Amazon's Ring says police can request 12 hours of video footage from users near suspected crime scenes, keep the video forever, and share it with anyone
3:00 PM  •
Janko Roettgers / Variety:  Patreon says it has paid out $1B+ to creators since its 2013 launch, up from $500M in Q4'18, has 4M+ members, up from 3M in Jan., and plans European expansion
2:20 PM  •
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:  Antivirus vendors and non-profits including Avira, the EFF, and Kaspersky form the Coalition Against Stalkerware to fight secretly installed snooping apps
2:00 PM  •
Garett Sloane / Ad Age:  Snap pledges $750,000 to its top AR creators in 2020, 3x its 2019 commitment; 600,000+ Lenses, used 15B+ times, have been created by Snapchat creators
1:45 PM  •
Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:  Malware that steals cryptocurrency found embedded in some versions of Monero's official client app available on its site; Monero team says it is investigating
1:35 PM  •
Robert Hackett / Fortune:  Abnormal Security, whose product detects fraudulent emails that impersonate company employees via hacked or spoofed accounts, raises $24M Series A from Greylock
1:20 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Facebook says its F8 developer conference will take place on May 5-6 in San Jose
1:03 PM  •
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:  Google announces Your News Update, an Assistant-powered audio feature that chooses stories based on interests, location, and more, available first in the US
12:50 PM  •
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:  Clumio, which makes cloud data backup and recovery tools, raises $135M Series C led by Sutter Hill Ventures, after exiting stealth in Aug. with $51M in funding
12:45 PM  •
Robert Stevens / Decrypt:  Blockchain startup Bison Trails, a founding member of Libra Association, raises $25.5M Series A led by Blockchain Capital with Coinbase, Consensys participating
12:41 PM  •
Danny Nelson / CoinDesk:  Brooklyn-based ICO promoter behind REcoin, charged by the SEC in 2017, is sentenced in federal court to 18 months for conspiring to commit securities fraud
12:10 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Apple launches a dedicated mobile app for its developer community, replacing the existing WWDC app, with video resources, news, account management, and more
11:55 AM  •
Richard Vega / The Streamable:  Amazon unveils $34.99 Fire TV Blaster, a new infrared device that brings more TV voice commands for those with a Fire TV and Echo
11:50 AM  •
Charlie Osborne / ZDNet:  WhatsApp says a recently-patched flaw in the way the messaging app handled video files could have let attackers remotely execute code on users' devices
11:40 AM  •
Lauren Feiner / CNBC:  DC attorney general brings charges against DoorDash, accusing it of pocketing tips meant for workers and misleading customers about where their money was going
11:30 AM  •
Lawrence Abrams / BleepingComputer:  Researchers find bugs in Google and Samsung camera apps from before July 2019 that could record video, take pictures, and extract GPS data without permission
11:17 AM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Spotify launches Your Daily Podcasts, a personalized podcast playlist, featuring trailers, older evergreen episodes, and more, to help listeners discover shows
10:55 AM  •
Jordan Novet / CNBC:  Microsoft claims 20M DAUs for Teams, up from 13M in July, extending its lead over Slack, which in October said it had 12M; Slack closes down 8.35%
9:55 AM  •
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:  Salesforce launches Cloud Voice, which integrates telephony inside Service Cloud, a revamped Einstein Voice Assistant, and a voice app development toolkit
9:25 AM  •
Ashley Carman / The Verge:  Spotify thinks its algorithm can find your next favorite podcast
8:50 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  BlueVine, which offers financing and other banking services to SMBs, raises $102.5M Series F, bringing its total raised to between $240M and $250M
7:45 AM  •
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:  DeepMind outlines collaboration with Google on the Play Store's recommendation engine, claims app recommendations are now more personalized than they used to be
6:30 AM  •
Ben Thompson / Stratechery:  Apple's integrated approach is fostering monopolistic behavior and has started to stifle innovation resulting in user-hostile keyboards and no NFC based apps
4:05 AM  •
FinSMEs:  Berlin-based Enway, which is developing autonomous street-sweeping machines and other special purpose vehicles, raises €6M in seed funding led by Redalpine

November 18, 2019

11:15 PM  •
Jason D. Rowley / Crunchbase News:  Aerospike, which provides a high-scale NoSQL database platform for processing data queries really quickly, raises $32M Series D, bringing total raised to $78M
8:55 PM  •
Bloomberg Law:  A look at Facebook and Google's funding of nonprofits shaping the privacy debate; together they gave $960K+ to Center for Democracy and Technology alone in 2018
5:55 PM  •
Jason Hovet / Reuters:  Czech government approves a proposal for a 7% digital tax covering revenue from large companies gained via targeted ads, user data sales, and more
5:25 PM  •
Craig Lloyd / iFixit News:  16" MacBook Pro teardown shows a new thermal system, keyboard similar to the standalone Magic Keyboard, a six-speaker system, and a high-performance mic array
5:15 PM  •
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:  Home insurance startup Luko raises $22M Series A led by Accel for its home protection tech that monitors doors, pipes, and meters, using AI to detect anomalies
5:15 PM  •
Tim Ingham / Music Business Worldwide:  Amazon expands its free ad-supported version of Amazon Music to its mobile apps, FireTV, and the web, with access to select playlists and radio-like stations
4:40 PM  •
Megan Rose Dickey / TechCrunch:  Uber Chief Product Officer Manik Gupta, who joined from Google in 2015, says he is leaving the company
4:38 PM  •
Todd Haselton / CNBC:  Apple announces press event on December 2 in NYC, focusing on “honoring our favorite apps and games of 2019”
4:05 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Twitter adds a way to report abusive use of Lists, like when users get added to public lists with derogatory titles, which has been a problem for years
3:55 PM  •
William Feuer / CNBC:  Evan Spiegel says Snapchat has a team that fact checks all political advertising on the platform, in stark contrast to Facebook
3:25 PM  •
CNBC:  Google buys Microsoft-backed CloudSimple to help its customers run VMware workloads on the Google Cloud Platform, after partnering with the company in July
2:10 PM  •
Financial Times:  Investigation finds that, once adjusted for duplicate and fake accounts, Facebook users grew 7% in the past two years, rather than 18% as calculated by Facebook
1:15 PM  •
Sam Machkovech / Ars Technica:  Facebook launches Oculus Link software for Oculus Quest in beta, allowing users to access Rift PC games using a USB-C cable
1:10 PM  •
Margaret Harding McGill / Axios:  GOP Sen. Josh Hawley debuts a bill targeting Apple and other US tech companies that prohibits them from storing user data or encryption keys in China and Russia
12:58 PM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Israeli ride-hailing service Gett to shut down operations in NYC, known there as Juno, says Lyft will take on its 15,000 enterprise clients starting next year
12:42 PM  •
Sean Hollister / The Verge:  Google Stadia review: works well and has a clearer picture than early rivals but 4K games do not look 4K, tons of features are missing, and it feels like a beta
12:25 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Google Maps tests a social networking feature with the ability to “Follow” Local Guides, which will surface their recommendations to their followers
12:20 PM  •
Colin Lecher / The Verge:  Filings show that the US Commerce Department is giving Huawei another reprieve of three months before the US ban takes effect, now slated for February 16, 2020
10:35 AM  •
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:  AI-powered news aggregation app SmartNews raises $92M, including a $28M raise in August, at a valuation of $1.2B, bringing its total raised to $182M
10:15 AM  •
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:  Salesforce launches redesigned Salesforce Mobile App alongside Trailhead GO, a mobile version of its training platform, and a new version of its mobile SDK
10:00 AM  •
Bloomberg:  Chinese government data suggests Apple shipped 10M iPhones in the country during Sept. and Oct., up 6% YoY, as overall smartphone shipments dropped 5% to 69.3M
9:55 AM  •
Olivia Solon / NBC News:  Inside Facebook's efforts to fight revenge porn using AI and a 25-person team; source: Facebook gets about 500K reports of revenge porn per month
9:10 AM  •
Tim Copeland / Decrypt:  How Binance survived China's crypto crackdown, a $40M hack, and the bursting of the crypto bubble to become one of the most successful crypto exchanges
9:05 AM  •
Bloomberg:  Palantir unveils a $150M joint venture with Japanese financial services firm Sompo Holding, with an initial focus on health and cybersecurity clients in Japan
8:40 AM  •
Kirsten Korosec / TechCrunch:  Bolt Bikes, which operates an e-bike subscription platform for gig workers in Sydney and Melbourne, expands to San Francisco and London
8:40 AM  •
Lauren Feiner / CNBC:  T-Mobile President and COO Mike Sievert to succeed John Legere as CEO on May 1, 2020
7:55 AM  •
Thomas Brewster / Forbes:  Huawei launched an invite-only bug bounty program last week for its Android devices, with a maximum payout of $220,000
7:35 AM  •
Raymond Zhong / New York Times:  Musical.ly founder Alex Zhu, who now heads TikTok, claims that TikTok doesn't share data with China or ByteDance and doesn't censor videos at China's behest
6:55 AM  •
Paul Hill / Neowin:  Microsoft updates its privacy rules for commercial cloud contracts, after a EU probe found that it failed to protect data under EU law
5:50 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Elavon, the payments subsidiary of US Bancorp, to acquire Sage Pay, a payment processor operating in the UK and Ireland, for £232M in cash
4:15 AM  •
Jake Bright / TechCrunch:  Opera's Africa focused fintech startup OPay raises $120M Series B from Meituan-Dianping, SoftBank Asia, others, will expand to Kenya, Ghana, and South Africa
2:35 AM  •
Steve O'Hear / TechCrunch:  Northzone raises a new $500M fund to invest primarily in Series A and B rounds of European and East Coast US startups, amid a slew of new European VC funds
12:30 AM  •
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:  Chrome, Edge, Safari hacked at elite hacking contest Tianfu Cup, which is now China's top event after CCP ban on researcher participation in foreign events

November 17, 2019

8:20 PM  •
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:  Self-driving startup Wayve, which considers sophisticated sensor tech like lidar unnecessary for safe autonomous driving systems, raises $20M Series A
8:07 PM  •
Nikkei Asian Review:  Line and SoftBank's Yahoo Japan announce merger plan, aim to sign a deal by December 2019, and integrate the businesses by October 2020
7:47 PM  •
Anna Nicolaou / Financial Times:  Sources: ByteDance is in talks with record companies to launch a music streaming service as soon as December, initially in Brazil, India, and Indonesia
7:30 PM  •
Dylan Martin / CRN:  Intel unveils plans for a 7nm Xe GPU, codenamed Ponte Vecchio, meant to rival Nvidia in handling datacenter AI workloads, but fails to give a release window
6:35 PM  •
Andrew Allemann / Domain Name Wire:  After ICANN lifted price caps on .org domains in June, the Internet Society has sold Public Interest Registry, the top level domain's operator, to PE firm Ethos
6:00 PM  •
Eric Rosenbaum / CNBC:  The White House confirms that President Trump will tour Apple's manufacturing plant in Austin on November 20
4:35 PM  •
Abrar Al-Heeti / CNET:  Sensor Tower: TikTok has passed 1.5B downloads worldwide on the App Store and Google Play, with 614M downloads in 2019 so far, up 6% YoY
2:30 PM  •
Emma Newburger / CNBC:  HP board unanimously rejects Xerox's ~$33B cash and stock offer to acquire the company
12:10 PM  •
Jim Salter / Ars Technica:  How the mesh Wi-Fi router startup Plume is winning partnerships with some of the biggest ISPs worldwide, despite Eero's fire sale to Amazon
7:05 AM  •
Mike Murphy / Quartz:  Profile of Mixhalo, an app which aims to improve sound quality at concerts by sending Hi-Fi audio directly from the soundboard to attendees' phones
2:00 AM  •
Mark Harris / MIT Technology Review:  New research shows that thousands of ships in Shanghai, the world's busiest port, are falling victim to spoofing of GPS systems that has left experts baffled
1:30 AM  •
Derek Wallbank / Bloomberg:  Enlitic, which is working on an AI-aided medical diagnostic tool that can read radiology scans, announces $25M Series B-1, following a $15M Series B in April
1:05 AM  •
NoCamels:  Israel-based Pcysys, which has developed a cybersecurity risk assessment service that uses automated penetration testing, closes $10M Series A
12:40 AM  •
Katherine Davis / AmericanInno:  Chicago-based Apervita raises $22M for its cloud-based platform that enables insurers and healthcare providers to share clinical and insurance claims data
12:15 AM  •
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:  Loop Returns, which helps stores on Shopify handle online returns, raises $10M Series A led by FirstMark Capital

November 16, 2019

11:50 PM  •
Annie Musgrove / Tech.eu:  pureLiFi, which is developing optical Gigabit Li-Fi components that can be integrated into mobile devices, raises $18M Series B from Temasek, others
11:20 PM  •
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:  DroneDeploy, a drone mapping and analytics platform, raises $35M Series D, bringing its total raised to $90M, says it now has over 5,000 enterprise customers
9:00 PM  •
Kevin Roose / New York Times:  As millions pay for premium subscriptions to have a “clean” digital media experience, privacy and freedom from advertising are gradually becoming luxury goods
5:55 PM  •
Mary Ann Azevedo / Crunchbase News:  Qualia, which streamlines closing of real estate deals and claims to handle 15%+ of all US transactions, raises $55M Series C, bringing its total raised to $95M
3:45 PM  •
Pew Research Center:  Survey: ~60% US adults believe they can not avoid data collection by corporations or govt., 81% think the risks of corporate data collection outweigh benefits
2:05 PM  •
Josh Dzieza / The Verge:  A look at Roundup, Montana, which has become a hub in Amazon's supply chain with prep centers that repackage sellers' goods according to Amazon's specifications
12:30 PM  •
Taylor Lorenz / New York Times:  Profile of FaZe Clan, an esports and gaming lifestyle media org with 34 content creators, 15 pro esports players, 11 players/entertainers, and over 214M viewers
11:15 AM  •
Anmol / MSPoweruser:  Microsoft to end Cortana support for iOS and Android apps in eight countries including UK, China on Jan. 31; Cortana content, like reminders, will stop working
8:10 AM  •
The Verge:  Creators say YouTube's new labeling policy for kids' content that holds creators solely accountable are murky, as some video categories fall in a gray area
5:05 AM  •
Tiernan Ray / ZDNet:  Facebook's AI team details XLM-R, a natural language model which translates between 100 languages, but struggles with the limits of existing computing power
2:00 AM  •
Bill Wasik / New York Times:  A look at how the internet deviated from its sunny, American, all-devouring vision of mass empowerment, and why today it doesn't mean the same thing to everyone
1:15 AM  •
Janko Roettgers / Variety:  Verizon releases a Stream TV device running Android TV, heavily featuring YouTube TV, with none of Verizon Media's properties promoted and Netflix app blocked
12:30 AM  •
Tim Bradshaw / Financial Times:  Jimmy Wales' WikiTribune, which launched as a crowdfunded news site in 2017, relaunches as WT:Social, a donor-funded social networking and “news sharing” site

November 15, 2019

11:45 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Spotify confirms it is testing real-time lyrics synced to music in its mobile app for some users; the feature appears below the playback controls during testing
11:20 PM  •
Tony Wan / EdSurge:  Guild Education, which helps companies connect their employees to online higher-ed programs offered by universities, raises $157M Series D at a $1B+ valuation
10:55 PM  •
Duncan Riley / SiliconANGLE:  Cybrary, a crowdsourced freemium cybersecurity training platform for enterprises that says it has 3M individual users, raises $15M Series B
9:55 PM  •
Christina Farr / CNBC:  PillPack adds “Amazon Pharmacy” to its logo and says it has filed paperwork that adds “Amazon Pharmacy” to the licensed name of its pharmacy fulfillment centers
8:45 PM  •
Olivia Solon / NBC News:  Microsoft hires former AG Eric Holder to determine if AnyVision complies with the ethical principles stipulated during the facial recognition company's Series A
7:45 PM  •
Sophia Kunthara / Crunchbase News:  Filing: Bill.com, which makes payments software, aims to raise $100M in its IPO, says Q3 revenue was ~$35.2M, up 57% YoY, and losses were ~$5.7M, up 544% YoY
6:55 PM  •
Mary Ann Azevedo / Crunchbase News:  Mexico's first online-only supermarket Justo raises $10M seed round led by Foundation Capital, with 500 Startups, others participating
5:50 PM  •
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch:  Let's Do This, a platform that lists ~30K races and provides personalized recommendations for participants in events like marathons, raises $15M Series A
5:05 PM  •
Alex Sherman / CNBC:  Sources: John Legere has no plans to leave T-Mobile and take the CEO job at WeWork
4:50 PM  •
The Information:  Sources: after exploring partnerships with banks in 2018 to offer an Amazon-branded checking account, Amazon scrapped those plans in their early stages
4:20 PM  •
Emily Stewart / Vox:  Twitter acknowledges that its new guidance on political and cause-based ads is essentially a rough policy outline with lots of details still to be worked out
3:30 PM  •
Bloomberg:  Sources: SoftBank Group completed the first close of $2B for the Vision Fund 2 so it can start backing startups; SoftBank initially targeted $108B for this fund
2:50 PM  •
Todd Spangler / Variety:  Hulu to raise its Hulu + Live TV price by 22%, from $44.99/month to $54.99/month, for all subscribers starting on December 18
2:25 PM  •
Tucker Higgins / CNBC:  The Supreme Court says it will hear Google's appeal in the copyright lawsuit brought by Oracle over Java APIs
1:53 PM  •
CNBC:  Twitter bans political ads globally, will allow some “cause-based” ads with limited targeting and promotion of issue-related fact-based reporting from news orgs
1:05 PM  •
Colin Lecher / The Verge:  Email: Sundar Pichai says Google is scaling back weekly all-hands “TGIF” meetings to once a month; meetings will focus only “on product and business strategy”
12:20 PM  •
Steve Dent / Engadget:  In a Reddit AMA, Google demos Stadia, which is set to launch on Nov. 19 but without key features like Family Sharing, Buddy Passes, Stadia Connect, and more
11:30 AM  •
Stephen Nellis / Reuters:  NUVIA, founded by three former Apple chip execs, raises $53M Series A from Dell and others to develop a new CPU for data center servers
10:55 AM  •
Jason Ronald / Xbox Wire:  Microsoft rolls out its November 2019 Xbox Update with support for Google Assistant in English, improved gamertags, text-based content filters, and more
10:20 AM  •
TechCrunch:  Report finds toxic content on Giphy, including child abuse, depictions of rape, and imagery associated with white supremacy, despite its ban on illicit content
10:01 AM  •
Holger Hansen / Reuters:  Germany passed a law on Thursday that could force Apple to open up the iPhone's NFC chip to rival mobile payment platforms in the country
9:40 AM  •
Washington Post:  Source: NIH and Google planned to release a dataset of 100K chest X-rays in 2017, but scrapped the project after finding personal info on some images
8:05 AM  •
Axios:  Apple says it will remove all 181 vaping-related apps from its App Store, after experts attribute a variety of lung injuries and fatalities to e-cigarettes
7:20 AM  •
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:  TikTok says it has started allowing some users to add links to their profile bios and send their viewers to shopping sites
1:35 AM  •
Maya Shwayder / Digital Trends:  The maker of viral deepfakes of Mark Zuckerberg and Boris Johnson says they show how all personal data, even of those in power, can be used in unexpected ways

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