January 28, 2021, 12:25 AM

January 28, 2021

12:20 AM  •
TechCrunch:  Apple says its App Tracking Transparency feature will be enabled by default, can be toggled on an app-by-app basis, and will arrive in early spring

January 27, 2021

11:15 PM  •
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:  US and Bulgarian authorities seize a dark web site used to publish data stolen from victims of NetWalker, which has among the most rapacious ransomware strains
11:00 PM  •
Danny Palmer / ZDNet:  Europol, the FBI, and other law enforcement agencies worldwide have seized control of malware botnet Emotet's infrastructure and disrupted it from the inside
10:15 PM  •
Ron Miller / TechCrunch:  SAP to acquire Signavio, a Berlin-based business process automation company, reportedly for $1.2B
9:15 PM  •
Kif Leswing / CNBC:  IDC says Apple has shipped 90.1M iPhones in Q1, the largest number of shipments in a single quarter since IDC started tracking smartphones
9:10 PM  •
Emma Lee / TechNode:  Tencent-backed Chinese online education startup Huohua Siwei, which offers K-12 math and science courses, closes its $400M Series E at a $1.5B valuation
8:15 PM  •
Reuters:  Samsung reports Q4 earnings with total revenue of ~$55.2B, up 3% YoY, and operating profit of ~$8.2B, up 26% YoY, but sees mobile sales drop 11% YoY to $19.3B
7:03 PM  •
Jay Peters / The Verge:  r/WallStreetBets was made private by moderators for about an hour, but is back online; Discord banned r/WallStreetBets' server, claiming hate speech violations
7:00 PM  •
Megan Graham / CNBC:  Zuckerberg says Apple is one of Facebook's “biggest competitors” and uses its dominant position to preference apps like iMessage against WhatsApp and Messenger
5:55 PM  •
Salvador Rodriguez / CNBC:  Zuckerberg says Facebook will stop recommending civic and political groups to users permanently and is considering reducing political content in News Feeds
5:45 PM  •
Stephen Nellis / Reuters:  In an interview, Tim Cook says Apple has an active installed base of 1.65B devices, up from 1.5B a year ago, including an installed base of over 1B iPhones
4:57 PM  •
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:  Apple's Q1 net income was $28.8B, up from $22.2B YoY; revenue for iPhone was $65.6B, up from $56B YoY, Mac was $8.7B, up from $7.2B, and Services grew to $15.8B
4:33 PM  •
Apple:  Apple reports Q1 revenue of $111.4B, up 21% YoY, with international sales making up 64% of Q1 revenue; iPhone, Wearables, and Services set new revenue records
4:30 PM  •
Bloomberg:  Squarespace says it filed confidentially for an IPO in the US; the company was valued at $1.7B in December 2017
4:27 PM  •
Salvador Rodriguez / CNBC:  Facebook says it has authorized an additional $25B share buyback, ARPU was $10.14, and reiterates that Apple's iOS 14 privacy changes could impact ad targeting
4:07 PM  •
Facebook:  Facebook reports Q4: $28.1B revenue, up 33% YoY, 1.84B DAUs, up 11% YoY, 2.6B people used a Facebook service daily, up 15% YoY; headcount up 30% YoY to 58,604
2:50 PM  •
Sarah Jaffe / Wired:  Behind the rise of Game Workers Unite, one of the first video game workers unions aimed at remedying grueling working conditions across the industry
2:00 PM  •
Ashley Carman / The Verge:  Instagram updates its interface for Stories on desktop, adding a carousel that shows upcoming previews and what just played
1:25 PM  •
Cory Weinberg / The Information:  Sources: Bird is finalizing a deal to raise $100M in convertible debt, led by Sequoia Capital and Valor Equity, amid discussions about going public via SPAC
1:15 PM  •
Will Oremus / OneZero :  How the social network Nextdoor is replacing local newspapers as a news and opinion hub, letting governments bypass the media and present a one-sided picture
12:55 PM  •
Pippa Stevens / CNBC:  As Reddit's r/WallStreetBets pushes GameStop's stock to record levels, other stocks mentioned in the subreddit surge, like AMC, which closed up 300%+
12:50 PM  •
Nikkei Asia:  Source: Apple is expanding production of iPhones, iPads, Macs, and other products in Vietnam and India, as the company increasingly shifts away from China
12:20 PM  •
Tony Romm / Washington Post:  Pressure is rising on Biden's administration to revive net neutrality, which may be difficult while the FCC is deadlocked with two Democrats and two Republicans
12:00 PM  •
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:  Tel Aviv-based Classiq, which is building tools to develop quantum algorithms and apps, raises $10.5M Series A led by Team8 Capital and Wing Capital
11:55 AM  •
Bloomberg:  A wide range of online brokerage services, including Robinhood, E*Trade, and Fidelity, experienced service outages on Wednesday during GameStop trading frenzy
11:50 AM  •
Stef W. Kight / Axios:  Survey of 852 US college students shows 51% say the government should do more to regulate major tech companies and 77% think social media has “too much” power
11:30 AM  •
Ron Miller / TechCrunch:  Pinecone, which is developing a vector database to help build machine learning apps faster, raises $10M seed led by Wing Venture Capital
11:25 AM  •
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:  Maryland-based SparkPost, an email delivery, optimization, and analytics service, raises $180M from LLR Partners and others
11:10 AM  •
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:  After saying on Jan. 5 that it would add Apple's privacy labels to its apps “this week or the next week”, Google's flagship apps still do not have the labels
11:00 AM  •
Swetha Gopinath / Bloomberg:  Polish postal locker service InPost raised €2.8B in its IPO, Europe's biggest since 2018, selling shares at €16 and valuing the company at over €8B
10:50 AM  •
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:  Google details the impact of Apple's upcoming IDFA ad privacy changes, including reducing visibility into app install metrics and affecting bidding on some ads
10:30 AM  •
David Z. Morris / Fortune:  Check, a startup building software tools for digitizing business payrolls, raises $35M led by Stripe, bringing its total raised to $44M
10:25 AM  •
Ryan Browne / CNBC:  As r/WallStreetBets causes GameStop, BlackBerry, and others to surge, online trading platforms like Robinhood and WeBull have rapidly climbed US app store ranks
10:15 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  TCV closes a $4B fund, its largest to date, with a focus on e-commerce, education, and cloud tools; over its 25-year history, TCV has invested $14B
10:10 AM  •
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:  Amazon's Ring announces $60 Video Doorbell Wired, its cheapest and smallest doorbell, arriving on February 24
10:00 AM  •
Catherine Shu / TechCrunch:  Lynk, which uses AI to connect clients, like governments, with 840K+ experts in a variety of fields, raises $24M, bringing its total raised to $30M
9:45 AM  •
Tom Warren / The Verge:  Reddit's r/WallStreetBets, which pushed GameStop stock to record levels, is now turning its attention to AMC stock, up 200%, Nokia, BlackBerry, and others
9:35 AM  •
Ryan Gallagher / Bloomberg:  Profile of PE firm Francisco Partners, whose portfolio includes companies like Sandvine and NSO Group, which have both pursued deals with authoritarian regimes
9:05 AM  •
Ron Miller / TechCrunch:  Playvox, which makes software to monitor quality of customer service, raises $25M Series A from Five Elms, and acquires Agyle Time, a workforce monitoring tool
8:35 AM  •
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:  Splashtop, a remote access and support service for businesses, raises $50M led by Sapphire Ventures at a $1B valuation
8:20 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  DriveNets, which provides software-based routing tools to service providers, raises $208M Series B at a $1B+ valuation
8:00 AM  •
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:  Sitetracker, a multi-site project management suite designed to manage critical infrastructure projects, raises $42M Series C
7:45 AM  •
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch:  Booksy, a salon appointment app that also runs a marketplace for beauty products, raises $70M Series C led by Cat Rock, bringing its total raised to $119M
7:30 AM  •
Jai Vardhan / Entrackr:  Sources: ByteDance has decided to wrap up its India operations and is laying off 90%, or over 1,800 employees, following India's permanent ban on TikTok
7:15 AM  •
Maziar Motamedi / Al Jazeera:  Iran blocks Signal after Iranians flocked to the messaging service due to privacy concerns about WhatsApp
6:25 AM  •
Alex C. Engler / Fast Company:  Algorithmic audits alone won't provide the accountability needed for AI systems because they lack the necessary market incentives and real government oversight
5:30 AM  •
Zheping Huang / Bloomberg:  Profile of XD Inc., which runs a Steam-like service for games that bypasses dominant app stores in China, and whose stock is up 480% since listing in HK in 2019
2:25 AM  •
Joe Williams / Protocol:  Oracle and SAP target startups with cloud offerings and favorable contract terms; Oracle's startup business grew 400% YoY while SAP added 773 startups in 2020
1:20 AM  •
Michael Schwirtz / New York Times:  Telegram, which helped fuel democracy movements in Iran and Belarus, faces scrutiny as far-right extremists flock to it amid crackdowns by Facebook and Twitter
12:35 AM  •
Anna Kramer / Protocol:  Profile of Tracy Chou, diversity activist and founder of Block Party, which lets users filter out trolling and harassing Tweets so they can be reviewed later

January 26, 2021

11:50 PM  •
Natasha Mascarenhas / TechCrunch:  ClassDojo, a school communications app for teachers, students and families, raises $30M, says it became profitable in 2019, and tripled its revenue in 2020
11:25 PM  •
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:  New docs from Epic vs. Apple lawsuit reveal internal Apple discussions on fees to charge paid TV and streaming channels and how that may affect the App Store
11:15 PM  •
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:  Counterpoint and CyberMedia say that Apple has shipped 1.5M iPhone units in India last quarter, doubling its market share in the country to 4%
10:50 PM  •
Jay Bonggolto / Neowin:  Sony announces Xperia Pro 5G, which has an HDMI input that lets content creators turn the smartphone into an external monitor, shipping now for $2,500
10:00 PM  •
Wall Street Journal:  Sources reveal that sidelining of Mustafa Suleyman, co-founder of DeepMind, from management responsibilities in 2019 was because he bullied staff
9:15 PM  •  Albert, which helps people automate their finances and connect subscribers to financial advisers, raises $100M Series C led by General Atlantic
9:05 PM  •  Pilot, an automated accounting service for SMBs and startups, raises $60M Series C led by Sequoia, bringing its total funding to $120M
8:55 PM  •
Rebecca Klar / The Hill:  House Energy and Commerce Committee head details the GOP Big Tech Accountability Platform to address issues like Section 230, deplatforming, app stores, more
8:05 PM  •
Mitchell Clark / The Verge:  Plex is launching game subscription service Plex Arcade, starting at $3 per month, which features classic Atari games and requires users run a Plex media server
7:25 PM  •
Financial Times:  Sources: Ant Group plans to sell its Missouri-based biometric security firm EyeVerify ahead of potential fines and restructuring costs following its aborted IPO
7:00 PM  •
Penelope Blackwell / Protocol:  At the World Economic Forum, 13 tech companies, including Facebook, Google, and Microsoft, join coalition to improve racial and ethnic justice in the workplace
6:35 PM  •
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:  In today's iOS 14.4 update, Apple fixes three 0-days, tipped by an anonymous researcher, and acknowledges a report that they may have been exploited in the wild
6:25 PM  •
Thomas Wilde / GeekWire:  Microsoft reports Xbox content and service revenue increased to $3.5B, up 40% YoY, as Xbox Game Pass subscribers hit 18M, up from 15M in September
5:55 PM  •
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:  Firefox 85 launches with network partitioning, a new feature to block supercookies by partitioning Firefox's browser cache on a per-website basis
5:45 PM  •
Tom Warren / The Verge:  Intel launches its first Iris Xe desktop graphics cards targeting SMBs and mainstream PCs, after debuting its Iris Xe Max laptop cards in October
5:10 PM  •
Richard Nieva / CNET:  YouTube says it is extending its suspension of Trump from posting videos to his channel, but did not say how long the extension would last
4:36 PM  •
Tiernan Ray / ZDNet:  AMD reports Q4 revenue of $3.24B, up 53% YoY, with its Enterprise, Embedded, and Semi-Custom segment revenue up 176% YoY to $1.28B
4:24 PM  •
Jordan Novet / CNBC:  Microsoft reports Q2 revenue of $43B, up 17% YoY, vs. $40.18B est., and Azure revenue growth of 50% YoY, vs. 42% est.; stock up 4%+ after hours
4:09 PM  •
Microsoft:  Microsoft reports Q2 net income of $15.5B, up 33% YoY, Intelligent Cloud revenue of $14.6B, up 23% YoY, More Personal Computing revenue of $15.1B, up 14% YoY
3:30 PM  •
Ellen Huet / Bloomberg:  A look at content moderation on Clubhouse, where discussions have included homophobia, anti-Semitism, harassment, and the like, as media increases its scrutiny
2:45 PM  •
Nick Statt / The Verge:  Twitter announces it is opening up its full tweet archive to academic researchers for free and ups the monthly tweet volume cap for approved applicants to 10M
2:30 PM  •
Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:  Google announces it is shutting down internal development of Tilt Brush VR and is open sourcing it, a month after shutting down Poly, a 3D object library
2:10 PM  •
Sean Lyngaas / CyberScoop:  Chris DeRusha, an ex-Obama staffer and Biden campaign's CISO, announces he has been appointed as the US CISO, responsible for coordinating cybersecurity policy
1:10 PM  •
Dan Berthiaume / Chain Store Age:  Amazon says it reviewed ~10K product listings each day in 2020 and removed 2M+ in total for violating its policies and guidelines, 1.5M+ via automated tools
12:25 PM  •
Mariella Moon / Engadget:  Samsung says its latest OLED screen tech, launching in the Galaxy S21 Ultra, reduces the display's power consumption by up to 16%
12:20 PM  •
Ron Miller / TechCrunch:  Vectorized launches Redpanda, an open source tool to help developers build streaming data applications, and announces $3M seed and $12.5M Series A
12:15 PM  •
Swetha Gopinath / Bloomberg:  UK-based online greetings card retailer Moonpig plans to raise £384M in its London IPO, pricing shares at £3.10 to £3.50 and valuing the company at £1B-£1.2B
12:05 PM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Calendly, a popular meeting scheduling service, raises $350M from OpenView Venture Partners and Iconiq at a $3B+ valuation
11:25 AM  •
Pranav Dixit / BuzzFeed News:  As farmers protested reforms in India, on Twitter, supporters of Modi encouraged police brutality against them, with “Shoot” trending for hours
11:17 AM  •
Taylor Lorenz / New York Times:  Clash acquires Byte and announces plans to release the companies' short-form video apps together as one product, alongside monetization tools for creators
10:55 AM  •
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:  Tealbook, a supplier intelligence startup that crawls and aggregates procurement data from across the web, raises $14.4M Series A led by RTP Global
10:30 AM  •
Rita Liao / TechCrunch:  SoftBank-backed travel booking service Klook raises $200M led by Aspex Management, says bookings have reached near pre-COVID levels in Singapore, HK, and Taiwan
10:00 AM  •
The Information:  Sources: ByteDance revenue more than doubled last year to $37B, of which $7B was operating profit, up from $4B in 2019, despite India's TikTok ban
9:55 AM  •
Ron Miller / TechCrunch:  Bloomreach, which helps e-commerce customers with search and website creation, raises $150M led by Sixth Street Growth at a $900M valuation
9:50 AM  •
Coco Liu / Bloomberg:  Source: Didi Chuxing's on-demand trucking unit Didi Freight is close to raising $1.5B from Temasek, Jack Ma's Yunfeng Capital, IDG Capital, and others
9:45 AM  •
Julia Alexander / The Verge:  In letter to creators, CEO Susan Wojcicki says YouTube has paid more than $30B to creators, artists, and media organizations over the last three years
9:40 AM  •
Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:  TikTok has fixed a vulnerability that would have allowed hackers to access users' private information, including phone numbers, avatar pictures, and user IDs
9:30 AM  •
Kate Rooney / CNBC:  Fast, which enables one-click checkouts across numerous e-commerce sites for logged-in users, raises $102M Series B led by Stripe and Addition Capital
9:16 AM  •
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:  Run:AI, which helps businesses orchestrate and optimize their AI compute infrastructure, raises $30M Series B led by Insight Partners
9:00 AM  •
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:  Ringover, a SaaS-based cloud service for voice, video, messaging, and SMS customer communication, raises €10M Series A led by Expedition Growth Capital
8:20 AM  •
Cat Zakrzewski / Washington Post:  Survey of 73 tech experts shows 93% approve of tech platforms' decision to suspend Trump's accounts following Capitol violence
7:30 AM  •
Sara Fischer / Axios:  Twitter acquires newsletter publishing company Revue; the five-year-old Dutch company has six employees and has raised ~$318K
5:30 AM  •
Laurens Cerulus / Politico:  Deutsche Telekom, Telefónica, Vodafone, and Orange pledge to prioritize the development of Open RAN tech to help smaller equipment makers enter the 5G market
2:25 AM  •
Matthew Keys / The Desk:  Survey: the average American household spent $47 a month on streaming in 2020, up from $34 a month in 2019; 81% of US households used Netflix at the end of 2020
12:00 AM  •
Alaphia Zoyab / Rest of World:  Twitter and Facebook have done little to stop the spread of anti-Muslim messages from Indian politicians, amplifying incendiary voices in pursuit of profit

January 25, 2021

11:15 PM  •
Filipe Espósito / 9to5Mac:  Twitter unveils a new “standalone, flexible” open source text editor API for iOS developers, similar to what's used in tweet and Fleet composers on its iOS app
10:40 PM  •
Devindra Hardawar / Engadget:  Sundance Film Festival is going virtual in 2021, and is building an extensive VR platform for all attendees which can be accessed with or without a VR headset
10:10 PM  •
Crystal Tse / Bloomberg:  Qualtrics says, in an amended filing, that it plans to price its IPO at $27-$29/share, raising $1.5B and valuing the company at $14.6B at the top of the range
9:45 PM  •
Ashley Gold / Axios:  Google says it will not make any donations via its PAC this cycle to members of Congress who voted against certifying results of presidential election
9:20 PM  •
Casey Newton / The Verge:  Sources: Signal's rapid growth following WhatsApp privacy changes has raised concerns from Signal staff who worry the service's new features will be misused
8:35 PM  •
Karissa Bell / Engadget:  Instagram adds a new “professional dashboard” for creator and business accounts, a dedicated space for analytics, business tools, monetization features, more
7:55 PM  •
Adam Weidemann / The Keyword:  Google Threat Analysis Group details a suspected North Korean specialized campaign targeting infosec researchers with fake profiles, blogs and backdoor software
7:35 PM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Facebook News launches in the UK, partners with Axel Springer and Samsung-owned Upday for curation, and announces partnerships and payments for some publishers
7:05 PM  •
Ian Carlos Campbell / The Verge:  Amazon launches a feature for allowing Alexa to proactively complete smart home tasks, an energy dashboard, and a $4.99/month ADT-like service, Alexa Guard Plus
6:30 PM  •
New York Times:  Norwegian Data Protection Authority fines Grindr ~$11.7M for disclosing user location data to advertisers and effectively tagging users as LGBTQ without consent
5:30 PM  •
Brody Ford / Bloomberg:  Vimeo raises $300M at a valuation of $6B, nearly doubling in value in less than three months, ahead of the unit's scheduled spinoff from IAC in Q2
5:10 PM  •
Apple:  Apple says John Ternus will now lead its Hardware Engineering org as a member of the executive team; Dan Riccio to move to a role focusing on a “new project”
3:55 PM  •
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:  W3C, Google, Microsoft, Mozilla, and others launch Open Web Docs, a new project for Web API documentation that will support MDN Docs following Mozilla's layoffs
2:00 PM  •
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:  Investment firm Carlyle Group confirmed it acquired UK-based game publisher Jagex, which develops RuneScape, reportedly for at least $530M
1:55 PM  •
Issie Lapowsky / Protocol:  Facebook says it will give researchers targeting data on 1.3M social issue, electoral, and political ads from August 3 through November 3, 2020
1:40 PM  •
Margit Wennmachers / Andreessen Horowitz:  a16z plans to launch a “new and separate media property” later this year focused on “the future” and names ex-CNN editor Maggie Leung executive editor
1:16 PM  •
NBC News:  Twitter debuts Birdwatch, in testing since last year, which lets select users flag and add notes about tweets they think are misleading or false
12:15 PM  •
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:  French startup Alma, which offers Klarna-like payment installment tools for retailers, raises €49M Series B
11:00 AM  •
Cecilia D'Anastasio / Wired:  A look at r/WallStreetBets, a 2M-member subreddit that helped push GameStop's stock to record highs and is now facing allegations of harassment
10:50 AM  •
Dan Primack / Axios:  Source: Clubhouse raised around $100M from a16z at a $1B post-money valuation
10:35 AM  •
Sara Fischer / Axios:  Google details its work on a privacy-conscious cookie substitute, called Federated Learning of Cohorts, claims ~95% effectiveness compared to cookie-based ads
10:05 AM  •
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:  Apple launches Time to Walk for Apple Watch and Fitness+, offering 25- to 40-minute episodes of original audio from influential people, available today
10:00 AM  •
Christine Hall / Crunchbase News:  Melio, a B2B payments startup focused on small businesses, raises $110M Series C2 at a $1.3B valuation, following an $80M Series C in Sept. 2020
9:50 AM  •
Wall Street Journal:  Smart lock maker Latch says it will go public by merging with a SPAC at a $1.56B valuation, expecting to raise ~$450M in cash
9:25 AM  •
Rita Liao / TechCrunch:  Autonomous driving startup Uisee raises $150M from investors including Chinese state-backed National Manufacturing Transformation and Upgrade Fund
9:15 AM  •
Jessica Bursztynsky / CNBC:  NBCUniversal and Twitter announce a multi-year global content partnership to bring live, trending content, like sports highlights, to Twitter
8:50 AM  •
Steve Dent / Engadget:  Google pledges $150M in grants to promote COVID-19 vaccine distribution and converts some of its facilities into vaccination sites
8:15 AM  •
Reuters:  Sources: Huawei is in early stage talks to sell its premium smartphone brands P and Mate to a Chinese consortium led by state-backed investment firms
7:50 AM  •
Steve O'Hear / TechCrunch:  Wolt, a Helsinki-based online ordering and delivery company, raises $530M led by Iconiq Growth
7:25 AM  •
Sara Fischer / Axios:  Content recommendation company Taboola says it has agreed to go public via a SPAC, valuing the company at $2.6B and raising $545M
7:05 AM  •
Zoe Schiffer / The Verge:  Google workers across the world announce Alpha Global, an international alliance of 13 unions representing workers in 10 countries
6:50 AM  •
Eliza Haverstock / Forbes:  Brigit, a personal finance app offering overdraft coverage, emergency loans, and budgeting tools, says it raised $35M Series A in early 2020 led by Lightspeed
2:15 AM  •
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:  German startup Wingcopter, which develops fixed-wing drones capable of vertical take-off and landing, raises $22M Series A led by Xplorer Capital

January 24, 2021

10:50 PM  •
Wall Street Journal:  Research shows that hundreds of SPACs are looking to acquire tech companies in the coming months, heating up competition for startups and inflating deal values
7:40 PM  •
Bloomberg:  Source: Kuaishou Technology, ByteDance's main rival in China, is seeking to raise as much as $5.4B through an IPO in Hong Kong and is slated to list on Feb. 5
6:20 PM  •
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:  Hacker leaks data of 2.28M+ users of dating site MeetMindful, including real names, Facebook user IDs, email addresses, and geolocation information
4:25 PM  •
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:  In an interview, Waymo CEO dismissed Tesla as a competitor and argued that Tesla's current strategy, without lidar, wouldn't produce a fully self-driving system
3:25 PM  •
Nikkei Asia:  After Huawei spinoff, Honor confirms partnerships with key chip suppliers such as AMD, Intel, Qualcomm, and MediaTek, launches new smartphone and notebooks
1:00 PM  •
Clubhouse:  Clubhouse raises Series B led by a16z, says it has 180+ investors, and will test options for paying creators and begin work on an Android app soon
12:05 PM  •
Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:  Apple warns magnets in iPhone 12 models and MagSafe devices may affect pacemakers and should be kept at least 6" away from medical devices or 12" while charging
8:45 AM  •
Foreign Policy:  As platforms race to purge harmful content after the Capitol attack, police race to gather evidence, showing the need for international data preservation laws
5:20 AM  •
Dave Gershgorn / OneZero :  Research: GPT-3 frequently creates sentences associating Muslims with shooting, bombs, murder, and violence; OpenAI acknowledged the bias while announcing GPT-3
1:55 AM  •
Christopher Mims / Wall Street Journal:  A look at the current state of industrial and service robotics, a century after the Czech play “R.U.R.” introduced the word “robot” to the English language
1:10 AM  •
Annie Palmer / CNBC:  What's in store for Amazon during Biden admin: more unions, labor protection and oversight, antitrust actions, privacy and facial recognition regulations, more
12:35 AM  •
Robin Wauters /  Custom parts manufacturer Protolabs buys 3D Hubs, an online on-demand service providing access to ~240 manufacturing partners, for up to $330M in cash and stock
12:00 AM  •
Microsoft On the Issues:  Microsoft confirms it halted all donations of its PAC while it decides by Feb. 15 whether to suspend donations to those who voted against election certification

January 23, 2021

11:10 PM  •
Conor Hale / FierceBiotech:  Philips acquired Capsule Technologies, a provider of data platforms to connect all medical devices and record systems within a hospital, for $635M in cash
8:05 PM  •
Mike Isaac / New York Times:  Uber laid off ~185 Postmates staff, about 15% of the division's workforce; sources: most Postmates execs including CEO Bastian Lehmann will leave the company
6:55 PM  •
Cromwell Schubarth / Silicon Valley Business Journal:  Globality, whose AI-based sourcing software connects companies with service providers, raises $138M Series E from Sienna Capital and SoftBank's Vision Fund
4:40 PM  •
Dana Hull / Bloomberg:  As Starlink builds out its satellite constellation, it is enjoying a very warm reception from the early adopters of its internet service in remote areas
2:45 PM  •
Will Oremus / OneZero :  Despite the influx of tech veterans into Biden's administration, the latest appointments and developments show Biden will be tougher on tech than predecessors
12:50 PM  •
Crispian Balmer / Reuters:  Italy tells TikTok to block all unverified user accounts after a 10-year-old girl dies while allegedly participating in the “blackout challenge” on the app
10:35 AM  •
The Information:  Sources: VCs have approached Clubhouse about investing in its next round at ~$1B valuation, a 10X increase from the previous round; a16z is expected to lead
8:25 AM  •
Mary Ann Azevedo / FinLedger:  Interview with Chase CIO Rohan Amin on managing Chase's $4B tech budget, API integrations, and this year's rise in digital mortgage applications and banking
5:20 AM  •
Will Knight / Wired:  A look at the Beijing Academy of Artificial Intelligence, a government-sponsored research lab, and its work on a new language model similar to GPT-3
2:15 AM  •
USA Today:  Facebook said a “configuration change” caused some users to be logged out of their apps on Saturday morning; issue is now fixed
2:00 AM  •
William Boston / Wall Street Journal:  How Volkswagen's ID.3, the automaker's long-awaited answer to Tesla, was beset by faulty in-car software, prompting a reboot of the company's software business
1:30 AM  •
Joanna Glasner / Crunchbase News:  Analysis of US-based venture-backed companies that went public in roughly the past two years shows that top 40 companies are now valued at around $1.1T
12:50 AM  •
Sam Byford / The Verge:  Microsoft backtracks on price hike for Xbox Live Gold subscriptions announced Friday and says free-to-play games will also no longer require a Gold subscription
12:30 AM  •
Song Jingli / KrASIA:  4Paradigm, a Beijing-based AI software startup focused on enterprise clients, raises $700M Series D led by Boyu Capital, Primavera Capital, and Hopu Fund