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December 3, 2020

11:10 PM  •
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:  Digital health startup Everlywell has raised $175M Series D at a $1.3B valuation to expand its virtual care options, after a $25M funding round in February
10:20 PM  •
Reuters:  In an internal email, Google's head of AI says that Gebru threatened to resign unless she was told which colleagues deemed her draft paper as unpublishable
10:15 PM  •
Pranav Dixit / BuzzFeed News:  Twitter starts applying its Synthetic and Manipulated Media policy in India, as it labels a video tweeted by BJP's head of social media as “manipulated media”
9:00 PM  •
Arjun Kharpal / CNBC:  JD Health, the digital health care unit of JD.com, has raised $3.5B in a Hong Kong IPO; the company is expected to start trading on December 8
8:00 PM  •
Campbell Kwan / ZDNet:  White House issues another executive order aiming to guide federal development of AI, focusing on nine principles to build public trust in the technology
7:40 PM  •
M.G. Siegler / 500ish:  Despite Microsoft's present-day sales power, a wave of product-focused enterprise companies inspired by Slack and its peers will ultimately disrupt the giant
7:15 PM  •
Wall Street Journal:  Sources: the DOJ is in talks with Huawei's CFO Meng Wanzhou that would allow her to return to China in exchange for admitting wrongdoing in ongoing case
7:00 PM  •
Reuters:  The DOD has added China's largest chipmaker SMIC to its blacklist of alleged Chinese military companies
6:30 PM  •
David McLaughlin / Bloomberg:  Sources: Facebook's VR business practices have attracted the attention of the DOJ, which is talking to developers about their interactions with Facebook
5:55 PM  •
Juli Clover / MacRumors:  Users can now share in-app purchases and subscriptions via Apple's iCloud Family Sharing, if developers enable the option in their apps
5:15 PM  •
Alex Heath / The Information:  Facebook is reorganizing its unit focused on its role in global elections, moving staff into a larger organization called Central Integrity, led by Guy Rosen
3:35 PM  •
Charlie Savage / New York Times:  In a letter to Sen. Wyden, ODNI says FBI used Section 215 of the Patriot Act to collect website visitor logs without a warrant, but not keywords from searches
3:20 PM  •
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:  Apple opens enrollment for its App Store Small Business Program with a reduced commission of 15%; deadline is Dec. 18 to qualify for a reduced rate on Jan. 1
3:10 PM  •
Washington Post:  Parler's lax moderation policies have helped it become a magnet for porn and escort services, which might complicate its hopes of expanding into advertising
3:00 PM  •
Wall Street Journal:  DOJ sues Facebook, accusing it of improperly reserving jobs for H-1B workers by not sufficiently advertising open positions and overlooking US residents
2:30 PM  •
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:  Report: data of 243M Brazilians was exposed for at least six months after the password for a database was left inside source code of a health ministry website
2:05 PM  •
Ron Miller / TechCrunch:  Thoma Bravo buys Flexera, a Chicago-based IT asset management company, sources say for $2.85B; Thoma Bravo previously bought Flexera in 2008 and sold it in 2011
1:55 PM  •
Julia Alexander / The Verge:  Warner Bros. says it will release every single movie in 2021 simultaneously in theaters and on HBO Max in the US and stream them for one month
1:45 PM  •
Julia Alexander / The Verge:  YouTube will warn users before they post comments that “may be offensive to others” and adds better content filter systems for creators
1:40 PM  •
Meagan Simpson / BetaKit:  Affirm to acquire Canada-based PayBright, which offers a buy-now, pay-later service for both e-commerce and in-store transactions, for around $340M CAD
1:25 PM  •
Jay Peters / The Verge:  Twitter says it is turning off threaded replies because they made conversations hard to read, and shuts down its prototype twttr app
1:10 PM  •
Casey Newton / Platformer:  Timnit Gebru says she was fired as co-lead of Ethical AI at Google due to an email to colleagues; leaked email details her struggles as a Black leader at Google
12:40 PM  •
Natasha Mascarenhas / TechCrunch:  SF-based Shop-Ware, which offers cloud-based management software for independent repair shops, raises $15M Series A led by Insight Partners
12:25 PM  •
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:  Amazon introduces a feature that lets users text Alexa on iOS to ask for things instead of only using their voice, now available in public preview
11:35 AM  •
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:  Microsoft launches Azure Purview, a unified data governance service that automates the discovery, cataloging, mapping, and tracking of data, in public preview
10:55 AM  •
Peter Rudegeair / Wall Street Journal:  Stripe launches Treasury to let its customers offer checking accounts and other business-banking services; Shopify will offer the services from early next year
10:15 AM  •
Anna Irrera / Reuters:  S&P Dow Jones Indices says it will launch cryptocurrency indices in 2021, using data from crypto company Lukka on more than 550 of the top traded coins
10:05 AM  •
Ryan Browne / CNBC:  Facebook says it will start removing false claims about coronavirus vaccines that have been debunked by public health experts
9:55 AM  •
Tom Warren / The Verge:  Google will let users with ARCore-compatible Android phones submit Street View imagery, starting in Toronto, NYC, Austin, Nigeria, Indonesia, and Costa Rica
9:45 AM  •
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch:  Pigment, which builds a dashboard in real-time through charts, simulations, and continuous modeling for business forecasting, raises $25.9M Series A
9:20 AM  •
Brian Barrett / Wired:  IBM researchers say a sophisticated global phishing campaign is targeting the companies involved in the “cold chain” needed to distribute COVID-19 vaccines
8:25 AM  •
Washington Post:  Leaked docs: Facebook to start policing anti-Black hate speech more aggressively than anti-White comments, reversing years of “race-blind” practices
8:15 AM  •
Andrei Frumusanu / AnandTech:  Interview with Qualcomm's Alex Katouzian on the launch of Snapdragon 888, working with mmWave and Sub-6 5G networks, Apple's M1, Windows on Snapdragon, and more
7:55 AM  •
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch:  Bizay, which has created a marketplace for highly customized products for SMBs, raises €32M Series C co-led by Indico Capital and the European Investment Bank
7:45 AM  •
Khari Johnson / VentureBeat:  GitHub: JavaScript, Python, and Java remain the most popular languages on GitHub in 2020, followed by TypeScript; open source project creation jumped up 40% YoY
7:20 AM  •
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:  Ultimate.ai, which develops virtual customer service agents to automate customer service interactions, raises $20M Series A led by Omers Ventures
6:15 AM  •
Nick Statt / The Verge:  Alphabet transitions its navigation system for its fleet of Loon high-altitude balloons to one controlled by AI, a first for commercial aerospace systems
4:05 AM  •
Lily Hay Newman / Wired:  A look at MANRS, a group of ~600 participants including Google, which aims to add safeguards to the Border Gateway Protocol, improving internet routing security
2:15 AM  •
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:  PhonePe is partially spinning off, reducing Flipkart's stake from 100% to 87%, and raises $700M led by Walmart at a post-money valuation of $5.5B
1:20 AM  •
Caitlin Dewey / OneZero :  How Americans are using Cash App and Venmo to practice direct giving to one another in a new way, as an alternative to giving through charitable institutions

December 2, 2020

11:25 PM  •
Casey Newton / Platformer:  Slack's struggles to succeed as a standalone company mirror the fortunes of other one-time innovators in enterprise productivity who struggled with distribution
11:15 PM  •
Reuters:  Source: a group of more than 40 US states, led by New York, plans to file an antitrust suit against Facebook next week
10:45 PM  •
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:  Microsoft buys Smash.gg, a company that organizes esports tournaments, founded in 2015 by a team of amateur players and esports fans
9:00 PM  •
Thomas Black / Bloomberg:  FedEx has agreed to buy e-commerce shipping service ShopRunner, which will operate as a subsidiary of FedEx Services, for an undisclosed sum
8:15 PM  •
Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:  Google is shutting down its Poly 3D object library for AR/VR development platforms on June 30, 2021, after discontinuing most of its other AR/VR tools
7:40 PM  •
Nikhilesh De / CoinDesk:  Three Democratic lawmakers introduce a bill that would require stablecoin issuers to obtain a banking charter, approval from the Federal Reserve and FDIC, more
7:25 PM  •
Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:  ESET researchers detail Crutch malware, used by Russian APT Turla to steal sensitive docs from an EU foreign ministry and exfiltrate them via Dropbox accounts
6:15 PM  •
Chris Welch / The Verge:  Amazon adds webcam support to the 2nd-gen Fire TV Cube, enabling video calls with Alexa-enabled devices, rolling out in the coming weeks in US, UK, elsewhere
5:30 PM  •
Suzanne Vranica / Wall Street Journal:  GroupM expects marketers to spend $110.1B on digital ads in the US this year, accounting for more than half of the year's total ad spend for the first time
4:20 PM  •
Abner Li / 9to5Google:  Google Authenticator for iOS gets dark theme redesign and the ability to transfer 2FA accounts in bulk, useful when migrating to a new phone
3:55 PM  •
Karissa Bell / Engadget:  Twitter expands its hate speech policies to “prohibit language that dehumanizes people on the basis of race, ethnicity, or national origin”
3:40 PM  •
Chris Welch / The Verge:  Hulu's Watch Party feature is now expanding to all subscribers, allows up to seven other subscribers to join, and will have a “click to catch up button”
2:50 PM  •
Chris Velazco / Engadget:  TikTok appears to be experimenting with allowing three-minute videos, up from its current 60-second limit
2:40 PM  •
David Bloom / Forbes:  GreenPark Sports, a mobile game and sports fan “world” from Chad Hurley and Zappos founder Nick Swinmurn, raises $14M Series A and announces NBA partnership
1:50 PM  •
Tom Krazit / Protocol:  AWS quietly makes a multicloud push with new versions of AWS' managed containers services, ECS Anywhere and EKS Anywhere, that can work on Azure or Google Cloud
1:40 PM  •
Katie Roof / Bloomberg:  Insight Partners says it has acquired a majority stake in CommerceHub, which connects retailers like Walmart to suppliers, in a deal valuing it at $1.9B
1:30 PM  •
Manuel Vonau / Android Police:  Google begins rolling out the ability to schedule sending messages in its Google Messages app
1:25 PM  •
Hartley Charlton / MacRumors:  Telegram tests letting iOS users listen and reply to new messages via Siri, seemingly the first 3rd-party dev to support the Siri API announced over a year ago
1:11 PM  •
Zoe Schiffer / The Verge:  NLRB says in a complaint that Google violated US labor laws by spying on workers who organized staff protests before firing two of them in late 2019
1:10 PM  •
Wall Street Journal:  Sources: Amazon is in exclusive talks to buy Wondery, in a deal valuing the podcast network at $300M+; Wondery's on track to increase revenue to $40M+ this year
12:30 PM  •
Byron Tau / Wall Street Journal:  DHS' IG says it's probing the department's practice of tracking people without a warrant by buying brokered cellphone data, after Democratic senators' request
12:10 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  YouTube upgrades Premieres, which gives scheduled videos a landing page, with trailers, themes, and live stream pre-shows that later redirect to the main event
11:40 AM  •
Mary Ann Azevedo / FinLedger:  Amount, which helps banks modernize and provide mobile experiences, raises $81M Series C led by Goldman Sachs Growth, after being spun off from Avant this year
11:30 AM  •
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:  Google says News Showcase will soon add free access to select paywalled articles, and it has doubled publisher partners to ~400 since its launch in October
11:25 AM  •
Michael del Castillo / Forbes:  Visa says it's connecting its global network of 60M merchants to the US Dollar Coin, a stablecoin created by Circle Internet Financial on ethereum's blockchain
11:18 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Google announces it is acquiring Actifio, a data management and continuity company that was valued at over $1B in 2014 and has raised over $460M
11:10 AM  •
John Tozzi / Bloomberg:  Virta Health, a telehealth startup that helps people manage diabetes with frequent monitoring and dietary counseling, raises $65M, valuing the company at ~$1.1B
11:05 AM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Step, a mobile banking service aimed at teens, raises a $50M Series B led by Coatue after growing to 500,000+ users only two months after its official launch
10:45 AM  •
Ashley Carman / The Verge:  Spotify says Anchor powered 80% of its new podcasts, or 1M+ shows, in 2020; overall, Anchor powers 70% of Spotify's total podcast catalog of over 1.9M shows
10:41 AM  •
Mike Wuerthele / AppleInsider:  Ming-Chi Kuo: Apple to release two new MacBook Pros with an all-new design in 2021 and a more affordable MacBook Air in 2022, all with mini LED panels
9:55 AM  •
Jonathan Shieber / TechCrunch:  ShipMonk, which provides fulfillment services and inventory management software to small and midsized ecommerce businesses, raises $290M led by Summit Partners
9:45 AM  •
Michelle Gao / CNBC:  Discovery to launch its streaming service, Discovery+, in Jan. 2021, with a $4.99 per month ad-supported tier and a $6.99 per month ad-free tier
8:40 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Israel-based Bizzabo, which helps organizers plan and run both virtual and in-person events, raises $138M Series E led by Insight Partners
8:15 AM  •
João Carrasqueira / Neowin:  Nvidia unveils RTX 3060 Ti, the cheapest member of the RTX 30 family, available Dec. 2 for $399, claims it is faster than the $699 RTX 2080 SUPER
7:10 AM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Apple announces Best of 2020 apps and most downloaded apps: home workout app Wakeout! won App of the Year for iPhone, Zoom for iPad, Disney+ for Apple TV
6:20 AM  •
Adi Robertson / The Verge:  Varjo unveils new VR/XR headsets promising 115° field of view; VR-3 costs $3,195 with $795/year subscription and XR-3 costs $5,495 with $1,495/year subscription
4:00 AM  •
Gene Park / Washington Post:  Rival Peak, a new Facebook cloud game which incorporates adventure and reality TV, will debut on Wednesday, and let users decide what “contestants” will do
2:20 AM  •
PYMNTS.com:  Stripe extends its business lending service Stripe Capital to online platforms, offering an “end-to-end lending API” to provide customers with financing options

December 1, 2020

11:35 PM  •
Tony Romm / Washington Post:  Trump threatened in a tweet on Tuesday to veto the annual defense bill, which authorizes nearly $1T in military spending, unless Congress repeals Section 230
10:55 PM  •
Ryan McMorrow / Financial Times:  Chinese food delivery giant Meituan had sales of $5.4B in Q3, up 29% YoY; Meituan's stock has nearly tripled in 2020, bringing its market value to ~$220B
10:10 PM  •
Sam Byford / The Verge:  Apple's MagSafe Duo charger is now available to order online for $129, charging brick not included
9:05 PM  •
Sean Hollister / The Verge:  Researcher details a zero-click iOS device exploit using Apple's AWDL protocol, now patched, which could have granted access to device hardware and data
8:25 PM  •
Tom Warren / The Verge:  Microsoft is testing smaller feature updates with Windows Insiders, giving Microsoft a new way to update parts of Windows 10 not directly controlled by the OS
7:50 PM  •
The Citizen Lab:  Report details the use of telecom snooping tools provided by Circles, an NSO Group affiliate, by 25 nations, some of which have a history of human rights abuses
7:40 PM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Adobe: Cyber Monday online spending in the US was at the lower end of expectations at $10.8B, but 15.1% higher YoY, with 37% of sales made on smartphones
7:25 PM  •
Patrick McGee / Financial Times:  Advocacy group Euroconsumers sues Apple in Belgium and Spain over the iPhone throttling, with additional lawsuits in Italy and Portugal planned
7:20 PM  •
TechCrunch:  Massachusetts lawmakers have voted to pass a police reform bill banning the use of facial recognition technology by police departments and public agencies
7:05 PM  •
Chris Davies / SlashGear:  Waymo is opening two new autonomous vehicle R&D facilities, one in Menlo Park, and one in East Liberty, Ohio in partnership with Transportation Research Center
6:35 PM  •
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:  Payments software company Lightspeed POS says it has acquired restaurant software company Upserve for $430M, in a mixed stock and cash deal
6:20 PM  •
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:  Slack reports Q3 revenue of $234.5M, up 39% YoY, added 12K net new paid customers, up 140% YoY, has over 520K connected endpoints on Slack Connect, up 240% YoY
5:45 PM  •
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:  IT security company Ivanti has acquired enterprise mobile security firm MobileIron for $872M in stock and corporate VPN provider Pulse Secure for an unknown sum
5:20 PM  •
Igor Bonifacic / Engadget:  Google Maps rolls out a new community feed section within Explore tab, featuring posts from local experts, food and drink merchants, and publishers you follow
4:55 PM  •
Tiernan Ray / ZDNet:  HPE beats estimates with Q4 revenue of $7.2B, flat YoY, vs. est. of $6.88B, High Performance Compute and Mission Critical Systems revenue of $975M, up 25% YoY
4:50 PM  •
Wallace Witkowski / MarketWatch:  Salesforce reports Q3 revenue of $5.42B, up 20% YoY, vs. $5.23B est., net income of $1.08B vs. a $109M loss YoY, ups FY21 revenue guidance to $21.1B, up 23% YoY
4:30 PM  •
Jessica Bursztynsky / CNBC:  HPE announces it will relocate its headquarters from San Jose, CA, to Houston, TX, that it's constructing a new campus there, and no layoffs come with the move
4:25 PM  •
Dave Lee / Financial Times:  Amazon unveils Monitron, a service that uses ML and low-cost sensors to monitor industrial machinery, as it looks to push into the industrial sector
4:11 PM  •
TechCrunch:  Salesforce announces it's buying Slack in a $27.7B deal
4:05 PM  •
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:  Roku hires Brian Pinkerton, who was Apple's chief architect of Siri until November and was previously the CTO of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
3:40 PM  •
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:  AWS launches a range of new services for contact and call centers, including Amazon Connect real-time analytics, customer profiles, and machine learning tools
3:30 PM  •
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:  AWS announces Babelfish for Aurora PostgreSQL, which aims to make it easier and cheaper for Microsoft SQL Server users to migrate to the AWS cloud
3:25 PM  •
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:  Amazon unveils DevOps Guru, which spots and recommends fixes for issues that might cause outages, such as missing or misconfigured alarms and code changes
3:10 PM  •
Jonathan Shieber / TechCrunch:  AWS unveils an appliance called AWS Panorama, which can transform existing on-premises cameras into computer vision-enabled surveillance devices
2:55 PM  •
John Cook / GeekWire:  Tanium, a cybersecurity company valued at $9B+, is moving its HQ from just outside Oakland, CA to Kirkland, WA near Seattle, after going remote first in June
2:40 PM  •
Ron Miller / TechCrunch:  AWS debuts Lambda functions with access to up to 10GB of memory and 6 virtual CPUs, ability to deploy Lambda functions as container images, millisecond billing
2:30 PM  •
Jon Porter / The Verge:  Wyze unveils a $20 smartwatch with nine-day battery life and heart rate and blood oxygen tracking but no GPS support, slated to ship in February 2021
2:10 PM  •
Jonathan Shieber / TechCrunch:  AWS adds natural language search capabilities, now in preview as QuickSight Q, to its business intelligence service QuickSight
2:00 PM  •
Simon Sharwood / The Register:  AWS releases statement saying that it remains Zoom's preferred cloud provider, after Oracle boasted it would meet Zoom's core infrastructure needs in April
1:40 PM  •
Steve O'Hear / TechCrunch:  Voi, the Stockholm-headquartered micromobility company known for e-scooter rentals, raises $160M in new funding, about two thirds equity and one third debt
1:28 PM  •
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:  Microsoft will remove user names from Productivity Score feature after a privacy backlash, says Microsoft 365 will only aggregate data at the organization level
1:25 PM  •
Natalie Gagliordi / ZDNet:  AWS launches preview of its Proton container management service for infrastructure provisioning and code deployment for serverless and container-based apps
12:55 PM  •
Abner Li / 9to5Google:  Google debuts Android Enterprise Essentials device management service geared at SMBs, which can enforce policies like device encryption and ban app sideloading
12:50 PM  •
Natalie Gagliordi / ZDNet:  AWS unveils new compute instances like the compute heavy C6gn powered by Arm-based Graviton2 that it says performs 40% better on price vs comparable x86 options
12:25 PM  •
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:  AWS unveils its new custom ML training chip Trainium with support for TensorFlow, PyTorch, and MXNet, coming 2021; AWS claims it outperforms rival cloud chips
12:15 PM  •
Tom Warren / The Verge:  Microsoft Teams adds support for answering calls via Apple CarPlay, transferring calls between mobile and desktop, and adding call recordings to OneDrive
11:45 AM  •
Christine Hall / Crunchbase News:  Olive, which says 600+ hospitals use its AI-powered bots to automate healthcare admin tasks, raises $225.5M led by Tiger Global, valuing it at $1.5B
11:35 AM  •
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:  Flock Freight, an AI-driven marketplace helping shippers and SMBs find freight truckers, raises $113.5M Series C led by Softbank, after a $50M Series B in Feb.
11:15 AM  •
Jonathan Shieber / TechCrunch:  BlackBerry shares jump 50%+ on news that it will partner with AWS to jointly develop and market its vehicle data integration and monitoring platform, IVY
10:45 AM  •
Shara Tibken / CNET:  Qualcomm unveils its upcoming flagship chipset Snapdragon 888, including a 5G modem with both mmWave and sub-6GHz 5G support and an AI engine capable of 26 TOPS
10:15 AM  •
Nikhilesh De / CoinDesk:  Libra Association changes its name to the Diem Association, distancing itself from Facebook, plans to launch the “Diem dollar” when the new entity is licensed
10:10 AM  •
Jordan Novet / CNBC:  Scale, which helps companies label data for use in artificial intelligence models, raises $155M led by Tiger Global at a $3.5B+ valuation
10:00 AM  •
BBC:  Facebook's Oversight Board details its first six cases, from 20K submitted, opens them to public comment, and announces the appointment of five more trustees
9:45 AM  •
Taylor Soper / GeekWire:  Flexe, which operates a marketplace to buy warehousing space on demand, raises $70M Series C led by T. Rowe Price, bringing its total raised to $134M
9:30 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  SoftBank takes a $690M stake in Sinch, which provides cloud-based “omnichannel” voice, video, and messaging services to help businesses communicate with users
9:05 AM  •
CNBC:  Amazon says 2020's holiday shopping season has been its biggest ever, with independent sellers reaching $4.8B+ in worldwide sales over the weekend, up 60% YoY
8:50 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Databand, a developer of AI-based observability software for data pipelines, raises $14.5M Series A led by Accel, bringing its total raised to ~$18.5M
8:40 AM  •
James Rundle / Wall Street Journal:  Report: 3.1M professionals are needed to bridge the global cybersecurity talent gap; experts urge companies to adjust hiring requirements for cybersecurity jobs
8:25 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  GoSite, which helps small and medium enterprises build websites and run other business functions online, raises $40M Series B led by Left Lane Capital
8:10 AM  •
Steve Kovach / CNBC:  Filing: Airbnb seeks to raise ~$2.5B in its IPO at a valuation of up to $35B, after pricing its shares at $44 to $50
8:00 AM  •
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch:  Vivenu, which offers an event ticketing API for venues and promoters, customized to their needs, raises $15M Series A led by Balderton Capital
7:55 AM  •
Reuters:  Sources: Samsung may discontinue Galaxy Note next year, reflecting the sharp drop in demand for high-end smartphones due to the pandemic
7:45 AM  •
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:  Sources: India-based CRED, which helps users improve their financial behavior, raises $80M Series C at a $800M valuation, up from $450M in August 2019
7:35 AM  •
Sahil Patel / Wall Street Journal:  Reddit says it averaged 52M DAUs in October, up 44% YoY, disclosing the metric for the first time; ad revenue hit $100M+ in 2019, on track to rise 70%+ in 2020
7:25 AM  •
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:  French startup Ankorstore, which is building a wholesale marketplace connecting independent shop owners with brands, raises $29.9M Series A
5:50 AM  •
New York Times:  E-commerce is in a flux for luxury brands, with Amazon on one side and a new alliance, including LVMH, Kering, Farfetch, and Richemont, on the other
4:05 AM  •
Jeff Grubb / VentureBeat:  Report: in the past six months 79% of US consumers played a video game, with time spent playing games up 26% YoY, and user spending up 33% YoY
2:15 AM  •
Matt Richtel / New York Times:  Members of rehab groups like Alcoholics Anonymous say moving meetings online was helpful due to the convenience of virtual sessions, which feel more intimate

November 30, 2020

11:55 PM  •
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:  Amazon launches EC2 Mac instances, bringing Intel-based Mac minis to its cloud for $1.083 per hour billed by the second
10:25 PM  •
Nickie Louise / TechStartups.com:  Totum Labs, which is developing low earth orbit nanosatellites for global IoT connectivity, raises $13M Series A led by Heroic Ventures and Space Capital
9:50 PM  •
Lee Clifford / Fortune:  Mursion, which offers VR training to practice conflict resolution and emotional intelligence in the workplace, announces $20M Series B led by Leeds Illuminate
9:15 PM  •
Wall Street Journal:  S&P Global has agreed to acquire IHS Markit for about $44B in an all-stock deal, which would merge two of the biggest providers of financial data and analysis
8:10 PM  •
Ari Levy / CNBC:  Sources: GitLab is letting employees sell equity in a secondary share sale that values the company over $6B, up from a valuation of $2.7B in September 2019
7:45 PM  •
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:  Facebook to launch Facebook News in the UK in Jan. 2021, says it will pay publishers for news not already on its platform; most big UK publishers have signed up
5:48 PM  •
Eric Geller / Politico:  SCOTUS worries about CFAA's sweeping nature, with Justice Gorsuch saying that the US government's view of the law risks “making a federal criminal of us all”
5:43 PM  •
Jordan Novet / CNBC:  Zoom reports Q3 revenue of $777.2M, up 367% YoY, vs. $694M est., and customers with 10+ employees rose to ~433,700, up 485% YoY, higher than Q2's 355% growth
4:35 PM  •
Ana Swanson / New York Times:  Sources: Apple suggested edits to a draft of Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act, extending some deadlines, limiting release of some info to the public, and more
4:20 PM  •
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch:  Infogrid, which uses AI to help plan the retrofitting of buildings with IoT sensors, raises $15.5M Series A led by Northzone
3:05 PM  •
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:  Apple hires Josh Elman, former VC at Greylock Partners and ex-VP of product at Robinhood, to work on app discovery in the App Store
1:55 PM  •
Surojit Chatterjee / The Coinbase Blog:  Coinbase says that, starting in early 2021, it will begin supporting Ethereum 2.0, letting users convert ETH into ETH2 and earn staking rewards
1:35 PM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Gartner: global Q3 smartphone sales dropped 5.7% YoY to 366M; Samsung led with 80.8M units, Huawei fell 21% to 51.8M, and Xiaomi grew ~35% YoY, surpassing Apple
12:50 PM  •
Alex Konrad / Forbes:  Vista Equity Partners is acquiring a majority stake in CRM startup Gainsight, valuing it at $1.1B; Gainsight says it's on pace to hit $100M in ARR this year
12:25 PM  •
Kurt Wagner / Bloomberg:  Facebook says it has agreed to acquire Kustomer, which specializes in customer service tools and chatbots, reportedly for $1B+
11:32 AM  •
Nathaniel Popper / New York Times:  Bitcoin price sets a record, passing $19,783, with more investors seemingly in it for the long haul, unlike 2017's boom driven by Asian investors new to crypto
11:16 AM  •
Todd Spangler / Variety:  Ajit Pai, the Trump-appointed Republican chairman of the FCC, announces he will leave the agency on Jan. 20, when president-elect Joe Biden is sworn into office
11:00 AM  •
Cade Metz / New York Times:  Alphabet's DeepMind says it has solved the key “protein folding problem”, cutting the job down from months to hours, which could speed up drug discovery
10:50 AM  •
Wall Street Journal:  Facebook to Acquire Startup Valued at $1 Billion
10:45 AM  •
Ron Miller / TechCrunch:  Materialize, a SQL streaming database built atop the open source Timely Dataflow project, raises $32M Series B led by Kleiner Perkins
10:35 AM  •
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:  Aurora Solar, which combines lidar sensors, computer vision, and computer-assisted design to streamline solar panel installations, raises $50M Series B
10:25 AM  •
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:  SCOTUS heard oral arguments that may lead to changes to the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, signed in 1986, a law critics say is outdated and vague
10:20 AM  •
Nikkei Asia:  Japan says it will partner with India to let Japanese companies build 5G networks and submarine fiber-optic cables
10:05 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Cloud-based IT services company ServiceNow is acquiring Montreal-based Element AI, which helps companies use AI to improve operations
10:00 AM  •
Michel Rose / Reuters:  France says Google, Facebook, and Microsoft agreed to principles like paying their fair tax share; sources say Amazon declined and Apple is negotiating
9:40 AM  •
Dylan Loh / Nikkei Asia:  While OECD works on digital taxation framework with 130+ countries, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore implemented their own digital tax rules in 2020
9:22 AM  •
Lauren Feiner / CNBC:  Sources: Salesforce's deal to buy Slack is expected to be announced on Tuesday after markets close; Salesforce reports Q3 earnings on Tuesday
9:10 AM  •
John D. McKinnon / Wall Street Journal:  Sources: US federal and state authorities are preparing as many as four antitrust cases targeting Facebook and Google by the end of January 2021
8:55 AM  •
Tim Hardwick / MacRumors:  Italy's antitrust watchdog fines Apple €10M for alleged misleading iPhone water resistance claims in its promotional messages
8:45 AM  •
Jessica Bursztynsky / CNBC:  Filing: DoorDash is looking to raise up to $2.8B in its IPO, at a valuation of up to $32B, and plans to list shares at $75 to $85
8:10 AM  •
Bloomberg:  Sources: in its IPO this week, Airbnb will target a valuation of $30B-$33B, up from the expected $30B
7:45 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  HungryPanda, which develops a Mandarin-language food delivery app for overseas Chinese consumers, raises $70M Series C led by Kinnevik
7:10 AM  •
Ars Technica:  Best 2020 Cyber Monday deals on gaming consoles, laptops, monitors, Apple, Sonos, and Amazon devices, smartphones, headphones, speakers, and more
5:25 AM  •
Bill Bostock / Business Insider:  A look at several clinically effective apps that treat mental illness directly with CBT and other therapy courses, as the FDA expedites the app approval process
4:20 AM  •
Shakeel Hashim / Protocol:  Q&A with CEO of Ocado Solutions on selling its grocery delivery tech to retailers like Kroger, the pandemic's impact on Ocado, plans for robotic pickers, more

November 29, 2020

11:35 PM  •
Raphael Tsavkko Garcia / MIT Technology Review:  A look at crowdsourced public safety apps growing amid rising violence in Brazil; Fogo Cruzado, which warns of shootings in Río and Recife, has 250K+ downloads
10:20 PM  •
Masha Borak / South China Morning Post:  JD Digits, JD.com's big data unit, unveils its plans to build an AI-powered smart city “operating system” for China's smart city project in Xiongan, China
9:14 PM  •
Scott Pelley / CBS News:  Interview with former director of US CISA Chris Krebs on being fired by Trump via tweet, why paper ballots are key to ensuring election security, and more
9:00 PM  •
Steve O'Hear / TechCrunch:  UK-based Primer, which aims to help merchants future-proof and consolidate their payment stack, raises a £14M Series A led by Accel
7:31 PM  •
Thomas Seal / Bloomberg:  The UK will ban the installation of new Huawei 5G network equipment starting September 2021, after initially announcing a 2027 timeframe in July
6:50 PM  •
Alizeh Kohari / Rest of World:  How students in a remote part of Pakistan mobilized during the pandemic to demand better internet from the military-run unit controlling it
4:20 PM  •
Zoe Schiffer / The Verge:  Experts say Facebook's implementation of its ban on selling historical artifacts eliminates evidence of crimes and hinders the tracking of art traffickers
3:20 PM  •
Debby Wu / Bloomberg:  As China gets more expensive and US politics less predictable, Foxconn, Pegatron, and others are increasing production in places like India, Vietnam, and Mexico
2:00 PM  •
Oscar Lopez / New York Times:  A look at Cartel TikTok, viral videos showcasing drug cartel culture, that experts say is a propaganda tool designed to mask the violence and attract recruits
12:30 PM  •
Mercedes Ruehl / Financial Times:  Google, Temasek, and Bain & Company report: investments in Indonesia's tech sector in the first half of 2020 totaled $2.8B, up 55% from the same period in 2019
10:10 AM  •
Nikkei Asia:  Report: China accounted for 23% of cross-border data flows in 2019, nearly twice the share of the US, which ranked second with 12%, followed by the UK and India
7:00 AM  •
Wall Street Journal:  Pandemic has deepened the digital education divide in India, where ~38% of households with students had no smartphone in the house, according to a recent survey
1:55 AM  •
Anna Kramer / Protocol:  Profile of Christine Su, Twitter's senior PM for conversational safety, who is a queer Asian-American “activist-entrepreneur” with an MBA and MA in agriculture

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