March 25, 2019, 2:50 AM

March 25, 2019

1:00 AM  •
Rita Liao / TechCrunch:  Xiaomi reports Q4 revenue of ~$6.62B, up 26.5% YoY, as its sales outside of China grow to 40% of its total revenue from 28% last year

March 24, 2019

9:35 PM  •
South China Morning Post:  Transsion, which reportedly makes ~59% of feature phones and ~34% smartphones sold in Africa, files for IPO on China's upcoming Nasdaq-like exchange in Shanghai
6:40 PM  •
Alex Wilhelm / Crunchbase News:  WorkBoard, a SaaS platform that helps companies assess their strategic plans, raises $23M Series B led by GGV after it more than tripled total revenue last year
2:35 PM  •
Robert Peck / Wired:  A moderator for the /r/aww, a cute animal subreddit with 19M subscribers, details his processes for identifying and banning bots, trolls, and propagandists
1:10 PM  •
Yasmin Yablonko / Globes Online:  Alibaba acquires Israel-based startup InfinityAR, sources say for $10M+; in 2016, Alibaba invested $15M in the startup at an implied valuation of $80M
12:10 PM  •
Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:  Report: Apple will charge $9.99/mo each for HBO, Showtime, and Starz subscriptions, and will monetize its own content; premium news service will cost $9.99/mo
10:38 AM  •
Bloomberg:  Sources: Uber to announce the $3.1B acquisition of Dubai-based Careem soon, paying $1.4B in cash and $1.7B in convertible notes at a price of $55 per Uber share
8:05 AM  •
Emma Best:  In-depth profile of Maksym Igor Popov, an infamous Ukrainian hacker whose stated goal was to create conflict and cyberwar between nations using disinformation
5:00 AM  •
Norihiko Isawa /  An overview of Japan's startup ecosystem, which ranked sixth globally in venture funding in 2017, as interest in deep tech startups ramps up
1:55 AM  •
Stephen O'Grady / Redmonk:  A Redmonk study, combining GitHub and Stack Overflow data, finds TypeScript, Kotlin, and Julia usage is up, while Go, R, Scala, Clojure, Groovy usage is down
1:05 AM  •
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:  New York-based Jitjatjo, an on-demand staffing marketplace that matches service and hospitality businesses with temp workers, announces $11M Series A
12:30 AM  •
Ron Miller / TechCrunch:  Iterable, a startup that helps companies build marketing campaigns, raises $50M Series C to expand cross-channel marketing platform

March 23, 2019

11:55 PM  •
Alfred Ng / CNET:  LA to limit scooter companies that don't share GPS data with the city to 30-day permit and 3K scooter fleet, while those that do can have fleets of up to 10.5K
11:20 PM  •
Reuters:  Alibaba, Tencent, Suning, and several Chinese carmakers have set up a ~$1.5B joint venture to invest in a ride-hailing company focusing on new energy vehicles
8:20 PM  •
Chavie Lieber / Vox:  Toy brands increasingly develop packaging and prepare surprises so that toy unboxing, popular among kids on YouTube, will look good on camera
5:15 PM  •
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:  Popular people-tracking app Family Locator left real-time location data of more than 238,000 users exposed online for weeks via an unprotected database server
4:10 PM  •
Ashley Rodriguez / Quartz:  Pinterest had 250M MAUs in 2018, two thirds of them female; avg. US user generated $9.04, up 47% YoY, while avg. international user generated $0.25, up 22% YoY
3:10 PM  •
New York Times:  A look at the battle between hacking tool vendors such as NSO Group and UAE-based DarkMatter as they compete for business from authoritarian governments
1:05 PM  •
Alissa Greenberg / Pacific Standard:  A profile of PC4R, a crowdfunded charity that is helping refugees request funds for their pay-as-you-go mobile accounts via a Facebook group with 60K+ members
11:55 AM  •
Tom Warren / The Verge:  Early version of Microsoft's new Chromium-powered Edge browser shows support for Chrome extensions, limited sync, a mixed Chrome/Edge UI, and dark mode support
10:55 AM  •
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:  Source: Apple's planned game subscription service for iOS will only include paid titles, not freemium ones, and will pay developers based on user play time
8:10 AM  •
John Herrman / New York Times:  A profile of Citizen, a crime tracking app that notifies users in NYC, SF Bay Area, Baltimore, and LA when a crime or a major incident is reported near them
5:05 AM  •
Clay Chandler / Fortune:  Inside the rivalry between Southeast Asia's Grab and Go-Jek, the ride-hailing services evolving to provide everything from groceries to mortgages
2:00 AM  •
Ashley Rodriguez / Quartz:  What to expect from Apple on March 25: a paid news service, a video service with original content, a content hub in the TV app, a credit card, and no hardware
12:50 AM  •
New York Times:  In its lawsuit over JEDI contract, Oracle claims an Amazon staffer who had a stint at Pentagon, and is now at AWS, shaped the $10B contract in Amazon's favor

March 22, 2019

10:30 PM  •
Zheping Huang / South China Morning Post:  A look at Chinese tech workers' struggle with burnout and work-life balance, as many are expected to work a “996” schedule, or 9am to 9pm six days a week
9:30 PM  •
Edmund Lee / New York Times:  Netflix's absence from Apple's media bundle portends a fight in content distribution; Goldman Sachs says the bundle could add $12B+ to Apple's Services business
8:50 PM  •
Reuters:  Finland to investigate HMD after report found some Nokia 7 Plus phones sent user data to a Chinese server; HMD says it was a software packaging error, now fixed
7:50 PM  •
Washington Post:  DHS watchdog report says FEMA exposed personal info of ~2.3M US disaster survivors, including some personal addresses and banking info, to a federal contractor
7:40 PM  •
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:  Mozilla announces a new version of Firefox for iOS that has been optimized for iPad with support for split screen and keyboard shortcuts
7:20 PM  •
Nick Statt / The Verge:  Microsoft details xCloud tools to bring Xbox games to mobile, including a way to apply touchscreen controls to a game made for controllers or mouse and keyboard
7:00 PM  •
Dustin Childs / Zero Day Initiative:  Researchers hacked Mozilla's Firefox, a VMware Workstation client, and Microsoft Edge on the second day of Pwn2Own Vancouver 2019, earning $270K in cash awards
6:15 PM  •
Natasha Mascarenhas / Crunchbase News:  Berlin-based Spark Networks to acquire San Francisco-based dating startup Zoosk for ~$255M
5:32 PM  •
Crunchbase News:  Pinterest S-1: in Q4 2018, the company had $273.2M in revenue and $47M in profit and had $628M in cash and equivalents at the end of last year
4:56 PM  •
Corbin Davenport / Android Police:  IFTTT says all Gmail triggers, except “Send an email” and “Send yourself an email”, will stop working on March 31
4:38 PM  •
Axios:  Pinterest generated $756M in revenue and $63M net loss in 2018, compared to $473M in revenue and $130M million net loss in 2017, according to public IPO filing
4:30 PM  •
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:  Shopify and Mailchimp remove integration between their platforms after failing to agree about how to share customer data, blame each other for the breakup
3:35 PM  •
CNBC:  Video-conferencing software company Zoom files for an IPO, says it had $330.5M in revenue, up 118% YoY, and $7.6M in profits in its last fiscal year
2:50 PM  •
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / Motherboard:  A consumer spyware vendor has left a server with 95K+ images and 25K+ audio recordings exposed, and has not fixed the leak yet, despite being warned weeks ago
2:35 PM  •
Anna Vodopyanova / CapitalWatch:  China-based social commerce platform Yunji files for $200M US IPO, says it had 23.2M users, 7.4M paying members, and ~$3.4B in gross merchandise volume in 2018
2:00 PM  •
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:  Indonesia-based trucking logistics startup Kargo comes out of stealth, raises a $7.6M seed round led by Sequoia with Travis Kalanick's 10100 participating
1:25 PM  •
Julia Arciga / The Daily Beast:  GoFundMe says fundraising campaigns promoting misinformation about vaccines violate its ToS and will be removed
1:15 PM  •
Arjun Panchadar / Reuters:  World's biggest asset manager BlackRock to buy French investment software provider eFront for $1.3B to integrate with its own investment platform, Aladdin
12:15 PM  •
Oliver Darcy / CNN:  Twitter is inserting tweets into the feeds of users that do not follow the accounts which posted them, sometimes inadvertently amplifying extremist rhetoric
11:45 AM  •
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:  OpenSignal: AT&T's “5G E” phones get average speeds of 28.8Mbps, compared to T-Mobile's 29.4Mbps and Verizon's 29.9Mbps which use similar 4G LTE-Advanced tech
10:55 AM  •
Jai Vardhan / Entrackr:  Sources: Tencent has partnered with three Indian banks to enter the country's payments market with WeChat Pay, to be launched by the end of May or June
10:50 AM  •
Emma Hinchliffe / Fortune:  Cleo, a parenting support app for working parents offered through employers, raises $27.5M Series B, says its app now reaches 475,000+ families in 50+ countries
10:35 AM  •
Isabel Woodford / The Block:  Sources: Intercontinental Exchange subsidiary Bakkt is being valued at around $740M following its $182.5M Series A
9:40 AM  •
Andrew E. Freedman / Tom's Hardware:  Intel confirms it will not develop new Compute Card products
6:30 AM  •
Monojoy Bhattacharjee / What's New in Publishing:  Report: YouTube is now responsible for 37% of all mobile internet traffic, ahead of Facebook's 8.4%; media time spent on mobile in US rose from 21% to 24% YoY
2:50 AM  •
Anand Murali / FactorDaily:  With the global market for AI data preparation expected to reach $1.2B by the end of 2023, India is emerging as a hub for data labelling and annotation work
12:45 AM  •
Ali Breland / Mother Jones:  Since the Christchurch shooting, Reddit's r/CringeAnarchy and r/The_Donald have hosted anti-Muslim hate speech justifying the attack and violence toward Muslims

March 21, 2019

11:05 PM  •
Dami Lee / The Verge:  Hands-on with Nintendo's fourth Labo kit, which allows users to build their own VR games with six Toy-Con creations and will be available April 12 for $79.99
10:25 PM  •
Joe Carlson / Star Tribune:  DHS warns of two vulnerabilities affecting about 750,000 Medtronic implantable defibrillators worldwide, which could allow hackers to take control of devices
9:45 PM  •
Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:  Report: Apple acquires Italian startup Stamplay, which specializes in backend automation, for about €5M
9:25 PM  •
Julia Carrie Wong / The Guardian:  Court filing by DC AG: Facebook knew about Cambridge Analytica data misuse months before it was first reported; Facebook says it did not mislead about timeline
8:40 PM  •
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:  Source: Apple has signed up Vox for its upcoming news subscription service; other Vox Media properties will not participate initially
8:26 PM  •
Wolfie Zhao / CoinDesk:  Sources: Bitmain plans to deploy ~$80M of mining equipment in China to take advantage of excess hydropower and low electricity costs in the summer rainy season
8:00 PM  •
Max Chafkin / Bloomberg:  Trump to nominate Michael Kratsios to be his first US CTO; Kratsios is currently US deputy CTO and was formerly chief of staff at Thiel Capital
7:30 PM  •
Maureen Farrell / Wall Street Journal:  Sources: Pinterest has sped up the timing of its IPO, plans to make its filing public as early as Friday and list its shares on the NYSE in mid-April
7:20 PM  •
Eric Newcomer / Bloomberg:  Source: Uber picks the NYSE for its upcoming IPO; Lyft will start trading next week on Nasdaq
6:55 PM  •
Kate Clark / TechCrunch:  A look at some of Y Combinator's Winter 2019 cohort who secured funding before Demo Day due to early interest from those connected to the YC network
6:40 PM  •
Alex Heath / Cheddar:  Q&A with Vishal Shah, Instagram's head of product who previously ran Instagram's business products, on e-commerce as a revenue driver, IGTV, and more
6:10 PM  •
Michael McWhertor / Polygon:  Valve announces a Steam game library redesign and Steam Events, which developers can use to communicate in-game events, entering open beta in the coming months
5:35 PM  •
Casey Newton / The Verge:  Houseparty promotes co-founder and COO Sima Sistani to CEO; co-founder and CEO Ben Rubin will move to the company's board and continue to advise product teams
5:15 PM  •
Kate Clark / TechCrunch:  Sources: UiPath, a process automation platform targeting IT businesses, is raising $400M+ at a $7B+ valuation; it closed a $265M Series C in November
5:05 PM  •
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:  Hacker groups are creating backdoor admin accounts and redirecting users to tech support scams using a zero-day vulnerability in a popular WordPress plugin
4:45 PM  •
Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed News:  An ad fraud scheme that runs video ads behind banner images targeted popular Android apps, including many using Twitter's MoPub ad platform
4:00 PM  •
Mark Sweney / The Guardian:  Report: for the first time, music streaming accounted for more than half, at 54%, of UK record label income as it hit £468M in 2018, up 35% YoY
2:45 PM  •
Andrew Liptak / The Verge:  MPAA: streaming video subscriptions surpassed those for cable TV for the first time in 2018 globally, rising 131.2M or 27% YoY to 613.3M, as cable fell to 556M
2:25 PM  •
Richard Lawler / Engadget:  Comcast's Xfinity Flex, a $5/month service for its broadband customers, comes with a 4K set-top box and access to paid and free, ad-supported streaming services
2:00 PM  •
Sapna Maheshwari / New York Times:  Rent the Runway raises $125M, led by Franklin Templeton Investments and Bain Capital, at a $1B valuation as it expands its subscription clothing business
1:45 PM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Delaware filing: payment card services startup Marqeta is raising $250M Series E at a valuation of $1.9B
1:25 PM  •
Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:  Jared Kushner's lawyer told the House Oversight Committee late last year that Kushner uses WhatsApp for official WH business, including with foreign contacts
1:20 PM  •
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:  HoneyBook, which offers a financial and business management platform for freelancers and “solopreneurs”, raises $28M Series C, bringing the total raised to $74M
1:00 PM  •
Peter Kafka / Recode:  Sources: Apple's new TV service to be unveiled Monday will be a storefront for other streaming services, with Apple hosting and serving the streams
12:05 PM  •
Ron Miller / TechCrunch:  LogRocket raises $11M Series A, led by Battery Ventures, for its software tool that records a user's activity for engineering teams to review and resolve issues
11:55 AM  •
Jez Corden / Windows Central:  Internal documents: disc-less Xbox One S, a cheaper alternative with a 1TB HDD, will launch globally on May 7
11:50 AM  •
Spencer Soper / Bloomberg:  Sources: Amazon is beta testing video ads on its shopping app on iOS with plans for a similar product for Android later in 2019
11:42 AM  •
Pedro Canahuati / Facebook:  Facebook says it will notify hundreds of millions of Facebook users and thousands of Instagram users after it found passwords were stored in a readable format
11:30 AM  •
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:  Facebook admits it inadvertently stored some user passwords in plain text, searchable by employees; source says it may have been between 200M and 600M passwords
11:06 AM  •
Taylor Lorenz / The Atlantic:  Instagram, which has largely escaped scrutiny, is teeming with conspiracy theories, misinformation, and extremist memes, boosted by its recommendation algorithm
10:25 AM  •
Sean O'Kane / The Verge:  Tesla files two lawsuits against multiple former employees and the self-driving car startup Zoox alleging misappropriation of the company's trade secrets
9:55 AM  •
Vikas SN / The Economic Times:  Sources: Netflix is testing a low-cost, mobile-only subscription with select users in India, for half the price of its entry-level plan in the country
9:45 AM  •
Guy Rosen / Facebook:  Facebook says it blocked 800+ distinct variants of New Zealand shooting video, in contrast to ISIS-style propaganda which is not rebroadcast or reshared widely
9:30 AM  •
James Vincent / The Verge:  Four European Wikipedia sites are blocking access and directing users to contact their EU representatives on March 21 to protest the copyright directive
9:00 AM  •
Dustin Childs / Zero Day Initiative:  Researchers hacked Apple's Safari, Oracle VirtualBox, and VMware Workstation in Pwn2Own Vancouver 2019 contest, earning $240K in cash awards
8:45 AM  •
Iris Deng / South China Morning Post:  Tencent misses Q4 profit estimates with net income falling 32% YoY to $2.1B on revenue of $12.6B, partially due to China's gaming freeze
8:20 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Israeli startup Guesty, which provides tools for property managers who list on Airbnb and other rental sites, raises $35M Series C led by Viola Growth
7:45 AM  •
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:  Microsoft launches Windows Virtual Desktop in public preview and Microsoft Defender ATP for macOS in limited preview
7:15 AM  •
Nilay Patel / The Verge:  Apple iPad mini (2019) review: same specs as larger iPad Air, headphone jack, and solid performance, but has huge bezels and a Lightning port instead of USB-C
7:05 AM  •
Alfred Ng / CNET:  US retailers are deploying facial recognition tech to fight shoplifters, raising privacy concerns due to lack of legal restrictions or rules to prevent abuse
6:40 AM  •
Jamie Rigg / Engadget:  A look at the history of game-playing AI and how it often beats humans, from IBM's Deep Blue to AlphaGo
4:50 AM  •
Katie Notopoulos / BuzzFeed News:  A look at an automated Instagram influencer account made to garner free meals from NYC restaurants in exchange for posts
2:55 AM  •
Mark Bergen / Bloomberg:  YouTube faces legal and ethical minefield from unmarked “kidfluencer” sponsored marketing, which targets kids under 13, who are barred from creating accounts
1:20 AM  •
Laura M. Holson / New York Times:  After Rep. Devin Nunes sued Twitter and the @DevinCow account claiming defamation, the parody account gained 465K+ followers, surpassing his own follower count
12:00 AM  •
Yogita Khatri / CoinDesk:  Two crypto indices from CoinMarketCap, CMC Crypto 200, which includes bitcoin, and CMC Crypto ex BTC, which doesn't, launch on Nasdaq, Bloomberg, and Reuters

March 20, 2019

11:15 PM  •
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:  Microsoft says support for Windows 7, which makes up 40% of desktop market, will end Jan. 14, 2020; enterprise customers can pay for extended support until 2023
10:10 PM  •
Rita Liao / TechCrunch:  In its first quarter since going public, Tencent Music posts net loss of $127M on $785M revenue, mainly due to a one-off share-based charge to label partners
7:55 PM  •
Nikhilesh De / CoinDesk:  Square CEO Jack Dorsey introduces Square Crypto, a new initiative for open source contributions to the “bitcoin/crypto ecosystem”
7:15 PM  •
Eugene Kim / CNBC:  Amazon vendors say Amazon is more aggressively blocking ads of unprofitable products and telling them to lower wholesale prices for ads to be reinstated
6:45 PM  •
Scott Stein / CNET:  Qualcomm says it is developing Snapdragon-powered VR and AR headsets that will double as wireless VR for PCs, with hardware arriving this year
6:10 PM  •
Jessica Conditt / Engadget:  Epic says Fortnite has 250M registered players, up from 200M in December, releases a free cross-platform SDK to help developers launch, operate, and scale games
5:35 PM  •
Sara Salinas / CNBC:  Google's stock rose 2% by the end of trading, adding nearly $17B to its market value, the same day it was fined €1.49B by the EU Commission
5:20 PM  •
Mike Isaac / New York Times:  Sources: WSJ plans to join the new paid tier of Apple News to be announced on Monday, expected to cost $10/month; NYT and The Washington Post have opted out
4:18 PM  •
CNBC:  Walmart's CTO Jeremy King is leaving the company to start a “new adventure”, to be replaced by Senior VP of Customer Technology Fiona Tan
4:10 PM  •
Caroline Haskins / Motherboard:  Interviews detail the ongoing battle on YouTube between children-focused channels making animated videos and those featuring humans
3:15 PM  •
Vlad Savov / The Verge:  By integrating Stadia into YouTube, Google plans to cement YouTube's dominance, as 200M users already watch gaming content there every day
2:50 PM  •
Ben Fox Rubin / CNET:  Case reports shed light on how deputies in the Washington County Sheriff's Office in Oregon are using Amazon's facial recognition software to investigate crimes
2:25 PM  •
Paris Martineau / Wired:  Inside Airbnb's “guerrilla war” against US local governments, which often face a slew of lawsuits from the company when they try to collect occupancy taxes
2:10 PM  •
Kirsten Korosec / TechCrunch:  Uber says Freight, which connects truck drivers to shipping companies, is expanding to Europe, starting in the Netherlands
1:50 PM  •
Patrick Howell O'Neill / Gizmodo:  AT&T and Comcast say they successfully tested anti-robocall protocol SHAKEN/STIR, which adds a verified status to calls authenticated across networks
1:00 PM  •
Nick Statt / The Verge:  Epic Games will give away $100M in grants, varying between $5,000 and $500,000, to fund creative projects that use its Unreal Engine 4 toolset
12:45 PM  •
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:  Facebook begins rolling out threaded messages to Messenger users around the world, activated by long-pressing on a message
12:40 PM  •
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:  Atlanta-based Movius, which lets companies assign a separate phone number to any phone, raises $45M Series D, bringing total raised to $100M
12:35 PM  •
Jason Del Rey / Recode:  Instagram's new in-app shopping feature could help customers make serendipitous impulse buys, something Amazon is not especially strong at
12:25 PM  •
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:  Las Vegas-based NS8, which develops a SaaS solution to combat e-commerce fraud, raises $26M Series B led by Edison Partners
12:15 PM  •
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:  Audio sample marketplace Splice, which charges $7.99/month for access, raises $57.5M Series C co-led by USV and True Ventures
12:10 PM  •
Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:  Report: Apple approved production of its wireless charging AirPower mat earlier this year, after announcing it in 2017 with a 2018 launch date
12:05 PM  •
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:  Skedulo, a service that helps companies manage their mobile employees, raises $28M Series B led by Microsoft's M12
11:50 AM  •
Andrew J. Hawkins / The Verge:  Boston-based Optimus Ride says it will deploy its autonomous shuttle service in NYC from Q2 2019, running in closed loops at the Brooklyn Navy Yard
11:40 AM  •
Chris Dolmetsch / Bloomberg:  Lithuanian Evaldas Rimasauskas pleads guilty to wire fraud related to fake invoices that tricked Facebook and Google employees into sending him over $100M
11:25 AM  •
Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:  Apple updates App Store guidelines to mandate new apps are built on iOS 12.1 SDK or later and support iPhone XS Max and 12.9-inch iPad Pro, starting March 27
11:20 AM  •
Sam Machkovech / Ars Technica:  Hands-on with Oculus Rift S: nice hardware design by Lenovo, display has double the pixels but isn't AMOLED, and it lacks eye tracking and wireless tech
11:03 AM  •
Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:  Oculus announces $399 Rift S, developed alongside Lenovo, with higher-res 1280x1440 displays and improved optics, available in spring
10:45 AM  •
Tom Warren / The Verge:  Google's Stadia could be the future of gaming but the announcement left questions unanswered, like cost and subscription, launch date, or available games
10:10 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Opendoor, which buys homes from sellers directly to sell at a profit, raises $300M led by General Atlantic, sources say at a $3.8B valuation
9:55 AM  •
Michelle Toh / CNN:  Profile of Connie Chan, a16z's first partner promoted from within, who has built a reputation for sourcing deals with startups like Pinterest and Lime
9:30 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Abstract, which provides a versioning platform for designers, raises $30M Series C led by Lightspeed Venture Partners, sources say at a $190M valuation
9:15 AM  •
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:  Amazon adds a built-in light to its entry-level Kindle, now available to preorder for $89.99, shipping April 10
9:10 AM  •
Ron Miller / TechCrunch:  Blameless, which offers a site reliability engineering (SRE) platform for enterprises, comes out of stealth with $20M from investors including Accel
8:45 AM  •
Apple:  Apple launches new AirPods with hands-free “Hey Siri” and more talk time for $159, with wireless charging case for $199, available to order today
8:25 AM  •
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:  Portworx, which provides a cloud-native data management platform for enterprises, raises $27M Series C led by Sapphire Ventures
8:05 AM  •
Manish Singh / VentureBeat:  Opera adds unlimited VPN service to its Android browser for free, with 256-bit encryption and no data logging
7:40 AM  •
Marie Mawad / Bloomberg:  Paris-based Doctolib, which books doctor appointments and related services on mobile, raises $170M led by General Atlantic, at a $1.1B valuation
7:15 AM  •
EU Press Room:  The European Commission has fined Google €1.49B for “abusive practices in online advertising” and breaching EU antitrust rules
6:45 AM  •
Alex Konrad / Forbes:  Profile of Eduardo Saverin's B Capital VC firm, which has made ~20 investments since launching in 2015 with a $360M fund, as it prepares to raise a larger fund

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