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January 18, 2020

2:10 AM  •
Cameron Faulkner / The Verge:  The latest panic that the EU may force Apple to abandon Lightning is based on a fundamental misunderstanding of both the EC's intent and how charging works
1:40 AM  •
Sarah E. Needleman / Wall Street Journal:  Airbnb to tie metrics like guest safety to employee bonuses, says it has created dedicated teams to serve all “stakeholders”, which include hosts and guests
1:20 AM  •
Sean Gallagher / Ars Technica:  FBI seizes the domain of WeLeakInfo, a site offering usernames and passwords from data breaches for sale; WeLeakInfo claims to have 12B+ usernames and passwords

January 17, 2020

10:55 PM  •
Asif Iqbal Shaik / MySmartPrice:  Sources: Samsung Galaxy S20 5G, S20+ 5G, S20 Ultra 5G will have 6.2", 6.7", 6.9" displays respectively; S20 Ultra gets 108MP camera and 10X optical zoom camera
10:05 PM  •
CNBC:  Second Measure: DoorDash led the 2019 US food delivery market with 33% of total sales, followed by GrubHub with 32%, Uber Eats with 20%, and Postmates with 10%
9:30 PM  •
The Information:  Sources: SoftBank's Vision Fund led a $750M investment last August in Philadelphia-based goPuff, an on-demand delivery service for convenience products
9:20 PM  •
Tony Romm / Washington Post:  Massachusetts Superior Court orders Facebook to turn over data about tens of thousands of apps from ~400 developers company said it suspended last September
8:40 PM  •
TechCrunch:  Sources: Eaze, an on-demand pot delivery startup with $166M in funding, raises $15M bridge round, amid struggles with cash and a pivot to selling its own brands
7:40 PM  •
Usman Pirzada / Wccftech:  Report: Intel CPU supply shortages are expected to persist through the end of 2020, giving a likely boost to AMD market share
6:50 PM  •
Wall Street Journal:  Sources: Spotify in early talks to buy The Ringer, founded by Bill Simmons, which has a podcast network that had revenue of $15M+ in 2018
5:18 PM  •
Tony Romm / Washington Post:  Tile accused Apple of acting anti-competitively at a House antitrust hearing on Friday, while Sonos testified against Google, and PopSockets against Amazon
5:00 PM  •
Mary Ann Azevedo / Crunchbase News:  Payments processing and automation company AvidXchange raises $260M Series F from TPG Sixth Street Partners and others
4:00 PM  •
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:  Phenom People, which helps customers like Microsoft build career websites with personalized job recommendations and chatbots, raises $30M Series C
3:15 PM  •
Tom Warren / The Verge:  BT, the biggest ISP in the UK, partners with Google to offer a free Stadia Premiere Edition with some of its broadband plans
2:40 PM  •
Samuel Stolton / EURACTIV.com:  Leaked white paper: European Commission is considering a 3-5 year ban on the use of facial recognition technology by private or public actors in public spaces
2:00 PM  •
Amy Chozick / New York Times:  Profile of Adam Mosseri, who sees Project Daisy, which will eliminate public display of Instagram Likes later this year, as a way to “depressurize the app”
1:05 PM  •
Laura Pitel / Financial Times:  Istanbul-based Getir, which promises an average grocery delivery time of 10 minutes, raises $38M Series A led by Michael Moritz, starts raising $100M Series B
12:25 PM  •
Kia Kokalitcheva / Axios:  Cargo, which sold snack boxes and other amenities to ride-hail passengers, lays off “fewer than 30” employees and pivots to car-top advertising
11:45 AM  •
Ron Miller / TechCrunch:  Cyral, which helps protect data stored in cloud repositories, announces $11M Series A and reveals a previously undisclosed $4.1M angel investment
11:00 AM  •
Wall Street Journal:  Sources: some FBI officials were stunned by AG Barr's use of the Pensacola case to rebuke Apple as they believe Apple had already provided ample assistance
10:45 AM  •
CNBC:  Investigation finds illicit THC products are being openly hawked on Instagram and Facebook; Facebook removed 19 groups and Instagram removed posts and hashtags
10:10 AM  •
New York Times:  In a Q&A, Joe Biden says Section 230 should be immediately revoked for Facebook and other platforms and that Zuckerberg should be submitted to civil liability
9:45 AM  •
David Ruddock / Android Police:  Kan Liu, the Director of Product Management for Chrome OS, says Google is working to bring Steam support to Chrome OS
9:05 AM  •
Steve O'Hear / TechCrunch:  Funnel, which offers tools to help businesses prepare their marketing data for better reporting and analysis, raises $47M Series B led by Eight Roads Ventures
6:15 AM  •
Alex Hern / The Guardian:  Study finds the world's biggest brands, including Samsung and L'Oreal, are unwittingly running ads alongside climate misinformation videos on YouTube
2:25 AM  •
Sam Byford / The Verge:  Renders of Huawei's P40 Pro show a camera bump with Leica branding that has five lenses at the back and two selfie cameras at the front, but no headphone jack

January 16, 2020

11:05 PM  •
Yuliya Chernova / Wall Street Journal:  LaunchDarkly, a feature management platform for developers, raises $54M led by Bessemer Venture Partners; sources say the company is now valued at $800M+
10:30 PM  •
Monica Nickelsburg / GeekWire:  Microsoft, Reddit, Twitter, and over 100 others, sign amicus brief to block Trump's “public charge” rule which sets high bar for immigrants to get legal status
10:05 PM  •
Sean Endicott / Windows Central:  Microsoft partners with T-Mobile to provide 4G SIM cards to students in underserved areas of the US
9:00 PM  •
#PayUp:  DoorDash pay data analysis: the average contractor earns $1.45/hour, nearly 33% of jobs pay less than $0 after expenses, and only 11% pay more than minimum wage
8:40 PM  •
Sarah Dai / South China Morning Post:  Shanghai reportedly is trialing facial recognition at pharmacies to flag potential abusers and prevent pharmacists from helping patients obtain illegal drugs
7:25 PM  •
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:  FBI: nation-state hackers breached the networks of two US municipalities last year, targeting a Microsoft SharePoint vulnerability that was patched in February
7:00 PM  •
Rachel Metz / CNN:  How the increasing use of AI to vet job applications is forcing career counselors at universities to prepare students on how to impress the AI algorithms
5:45 PM  •
Yolanda Redrup / Australian Financial Review:  Australia-based hotel booking tech company SiteMinder raises A$100M at a valuation of A$1.1B, says it now has 35,000 hotels worldwide as clients
4:40 PM  •
Dustin Volz / Wall Street Journal:  FBI says it will notify state officials when local election systems are hacked, after criticism that it wasn't doing enough to inform states of election threats
4:30 PM  •
Julia Alexander / The Verge:  NBC says Peacock will launch on July 15 and have a free tier with limited programming and two premium tiers, at $4.99/month with ads and $9.99/month with no ads
4:20 PM  •
Wall Street Journal:  Sources: Facebook puts off its effort to build ads into WhatsApp as it focuses on B2C communications, but will sell ads in WhatsApp's Status at some point
3:55 PM  •
Ryan Gallagher / Bloomberg:  How spyware from eSurv, which was helping police hack suspects' phones in Italy, was allegedly used by its employees to hack the phones of innocent Italians
3:05 PM  •
Reuters:  Canadian auto supplier Magna ends partnership with Lyft to develop and manufacture autonomous car systems, will focus on “the assisted driving part of autonomy”
2:50 PM  •
Ben Schoon / 9to5Google:  Xiaomi says it resolved the issue of Google Nest Hubs connected to its security cameras showing feeds from random homes; Google integrations are now enabled
2:45 PM  •
Katie Kasunic / vpnMentor:  Porn cam network PussyCash leaves ~20GB of personal data, including government IDs, of over 4,000 models exposed in an Amazon S3 bucket for days
2:15 PM  •
Abner Li / 9to5Google:  Google says that 120 Stadia titles are coming in 2020, including 10 exclusives, and outlines new features coming soon, including increased Assistant support
1:55 PM  •
Kim Lyons / The Verge:  Subscription podcast startup Luminary lowers monthly US subscription prices, from $7.99 a month to $4.99, and also cuts international rates
1:00 PM  •
Brad Smith / The Official Microsoft Blog:  Microsoft pledges to be carbon negative by 2030, remove all carbon it has ever emitted by 2050, and launch a $1B climate innovation fund
12:50 PM  •
New York Times:  Analysis: US-China “phase one” trade deal has wins for both sides, but areas like cybersecurity aren't covered and questions surround China's commitment
12:35 PM  •
Lauren Feiner / CNBC:  Nancy Pelosi slams Facebook's “shameful” behavior, saying it doesn't “care about truth” and its execs “schmooze” Trump's admin to avoid taxes, antitrust action
12:30 PM  •
Joe Tidy / BBC:  Following a BBC investigation, Twitter apologizes for letting ads be micro-targeted using keywords like “transphobic”, “white supremacists”, and “anti-gay”
12:25 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  New report finds Twitch viewership dropped 9.8% in Q4 compared with Q3 after its top streamers left; YouTube Gaming Live hours watched increased 46% over 2019
11:55 AM  •
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:  Epsagon, which offers a microservices application monitoring service, raises $16M Series A, says it has quadrupled its customer roster in the past 12 months
11:35 AM  •
Alex Wilhelm / TechCrunch:  WorkBoard, a SaaS startup that makes goal setting and management software, raises $30M Series C led by a16z, less than a year after a $23M Series B
11:25 AM  •
Chris Welch / The Verge:  Bose to close all 119 of its retail stores in N. America, Europe, Japan, and Australia due to the shift to online shopping but will maintain stores elsewhere
10:30 AM  •
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:  Nanox, which says it has digitized traditional X-rays using low-cost scanners and wants to offer an AI-based pay-per-scan service, raises $26M led by Foxconn
9:55 AM  •
Mike Wheatley / SiliconANGLE:  Google announces Premium Support plan for enterprise cloud customers, starting at $12.5K per month with 15-minute response times for mission-critical situations
9:05 AM  •
New York Times:  Turkey lifted a two-and-a-half year ban on Wikipedia on Wednesday, restoring access after the country's top court ruled that blocking it was unconstitutional
8:05 AM  •
Jason D. Rowley / Crunchbase News:  Research: in 2019, there were 455 $100M+ VC rounds, totaling ~$108B or 47% of dollar volume, which is down from 467 such rounds totaling ~$148B in 2018
7:00 AM  •
Adam Bluestein / Marker:  A look at Utah's “Silicon Slopes” tech startup scene, where Mormonism defines the training and business ethics of CEOs but makes attracting diverse talent hard
5:55 AM  •
Tom Schmidt / Dragonfly Research:  A look at the role of liquidators in the decentralized finance ecosystem, who make money by liquidating under-collateralized loans on crypto lending platforms
2:25 AM  •
Financial Times:  A look at India's food delivery market, where the prospect of continued cash-burn is forcing market leaders Swiggy and Zomato to explore other business areas

January 15, 2020

11:55 PM  •
Alexis C. Madrigal / The Atlantic:  As tech becomes the dominant force in the modern economy, Silicon Valley's culture since 1970s of nimble startups successfully challenging incumbents is fading
9:20 PM  •
Kim Hart / Axios:  PitchBook: West Coast's share of total US VC deal value dropped to 50.2% in 2019 vs. 62.3% in 2018; 78% of funding went to CA, NY, and MA, up from 75% in 2018
8:15 PM  •
Jon Fingas / Engadget:  Fitbit confirms it has begun the rollout of blood oxygen monitoring feature to some of its wearables
6:50 PM  •
Kirsten Korosec / TechCrunch:  NextNav raises $120M for its positioning system that uses a cellular signal to determine vertical position of smartphones inside multi-story buildings
5:35 PM  •
Abner Li / 9to5Google:  Google sets timeline for phasing out support for Chrome Apps across all operating systems by July 2022; the change won't affect Chrome extensions
4:40 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  App Annie: consumers downloaded 204B apps in 2019, up 6% YoY, and spent $120B on apps, subscriptions, and in-app features globally
4:00 PM  •
Ellen Zavian / Washington Post:  The e-sports industry is increasingly coming under tax scrutiny by US states, amid ever-rising sums of prize money and an uptick in interstate competitions
3:23 PM  •
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:  Internal memo: Mozilla lays off ~70 after its 2019 plans to boost revenue streams outside of search, like new subscription products, did not pan out
2:45 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  YouTube launches Profile cards that show user's public information and comment history on the current channel, starting with Android
2:30 PM  •
Alex Konrad / Forbes:  Productboard, a platform for product managers, raises $45M Series B led by Sequoia and Bessemer Venture Partners, source says at a $350M post-money valuation
2:20 PM  •
Kashmir Hill / New York Times:  As companies comply with privacy laws like GDPR and CCPA, many have insecure practices for giving users their data and some outsource user identity verification
2:05 PM  •
Alan Boyle / GeekWire:  Apple confirms it acquired Seattle-based Xnor.ai, which develops low-power, edge-based AI image recognition tools, sources say for around $200M
1:36 PM  •
Annie Palmer / CNBC:  US and China trade deal will clamp down on counterfeit and pirated goods, some of which end up on Amazon and other platforms
1:23 PM  •
Bloomberg:  US and China sign a “phase one” trade deal that seeks to limit theft of American tech and trade secrets by Chinese companies, such as through joint ventures
1:05 PM  •
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:  Sophos researchers find 25 “fleeceware” apps on the Play Store, installed by 600M+ users, that abuse the apps' free trial mechanic to charge obscene fees
12:15 PM  •
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:  Microsoft begins rolling out its Chromium-based Edge browser, available now for Windows and macOS
11:35 AM  •
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:  French mobile payments app Lydia raises $45M Series B led by Tencent and says it has 3M users in France
11:20 AM  •
Sophia Kunthara / Crunchbase News:  Austin-based startup FlashParking, which develops a parking management platform, raises $60M from L Catterton
11:05 AM  •
Yuan Yang / Financial Times:  A look at how US pressure, driven by national security and trade concerns, has led to China seeking increased technological self-sufficiency
10:50 AM  •
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:  Amid an antitrust probe and protests by small merchants, Jeff Bezos travels to India to announce a further $1B investment into Amazon's operations over 5 years
10:10 AM  •
James Vincent / The Verge:  In a Q&A, Jack Dorsey discusses Twitter's thinking around an edit button and says “we'll probably never do it”
9:55 AM  •
Jonathan Lai / Andreessen Horowitz:  How cloud-native gaming on platforms like Google's Stadia has the potential to usher in entirely new gameplay experiences and business models
9:45 AM  •
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:  Verbit, which provides AI-assisted transcription and captioning services to professional users, raises $31M Series B led by growth equity firm Stripes
9:25 AM  •
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:  6Sense, which helps automate B2B sales processes with AI, raises $40M Series C led by Insight Partners, bringing its total raised to $105M
9:05 AM  •
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:  Cloudflare says it will provide free security services for US political campaigns, including DDoS mitigation, load balancing, and anti-bot protections
8:55 AM  •
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:  Zinier, which provides workplace automation tools, raises $90M Series C led by ICONIQ Capital, bringing its total raised to $120M+
8:30 AM  •
Steve O'Hear / TechCrunch:  Anyline, which develops optical character recognition tech that developers can use to build OCR functions in their apps, raises $12M Series A led by Project A
8:20 AM  •
Nicholas Thompson / Wired:  Interview with US CTO Michael Kratsios on the government's recent regulatory framework for AI, the potential for an AI cold war with China, and more
7:25 AM  •
Steve O'Hear / TechCrunch:  Oviva, which provides a tech-based approach for Type 2 diabetes treatment in Europe, raises $21M Series B led by MTIP, bringing its total raised to $34M
6:00 AM  •
Blake Hester / Polygon:  Former Microsoft employees and third-party developers reflect on the rise and fall of Microsoft Kinect, which was once billed as the future of Xbox
4:05 AM  •
Crunchbase News:  Analysis: European startups raised over $36B from VCs in 2019, up 25% from 2018 to reach a five-year high, and more than double the amount raised in 2015
2:30 AM  •
Abner Li / 9to5Google:  Google Smart Lock on iOS now leverages Secure Enclave to enable the iPhone's use as a physical 2FA key to sign in to Google apps via Chrome on nearby devices
12:15 AM  •
Mariella Moon / Engadget:  Facebook will now notify users via email and the Facebook App when their account is used to log in to a third-party app or website

January 14, 2020

11:57 PM  •
Abner Li / 9to5Google:  YouTube for iOS adds filters for its Subscriptions tab, letting users sort videos via tags like All, Today, Unwatched, Continue Watching, Live, and Posts
9:50 PM  •
Michael Thomsen / Daily Mail:  Toyota launches Kinto in Europe, a package of four separate mobility programs including car sharing, car pooling, and subscription-based leasing
9:20 PM  •
Jeff Stone / CyberScoop:  Equifax to pay $380.5M to members of a class action suit whose data was compromised in 2017 breach, after a federal judge approved the final settlement Monday
9:15 PM  •
Ben Thompson / Stratechery:  Visa's Plaid acquisition will pay off if Visa can leverage Plaid's fintech network and make it worthwhile for banks to build out the APIs Plaid needs
8:50 PM  •
New York Times:  Sources: Apple is preparing for a legal fight with the DOJ, similar to San Bernardino, which was not legally resolved before FBI dropped the case
7:35 PM  •
Kif Leswing / CNBC:  In a tweet, Trump criticizes Apple for refusing to unlock phones of violent criminals and says his administration helps Apple “all of the time” on trade
6:30 PM  •
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:  Cellebrite, whose tech was likely used to unlock the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone, buys BlackBag for $33M to expand its capabilities beyond smartphones
5:40 PM  •
Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:  Hotel and flight search service Hipmunk says it's shutting down on January 23, over three years after SAP Concur acquired it
4:50 PM  •
Garett Sloane / Ad Age:  Twitter suspends Grindr from its ad platform as it investigates report that the dating app shared sensitive data with ad tech partners including Twitter's MoPub
4:25 PM  •
Max Weinbach / XDA Developers:  Source: hands-on with a leaked Samsung Galaxy S20+ shows it has a 120Hz 3200 x 1440 display, ultrasonic under-display fingerprint scanner, and no headphone jack
4:15 PM  •
Ron Miller / TechCrunch:  US data center giant Equinix announces it is acquiring bare metal cloud provider Packet, a NYC startup that has raised over $36M
3:50 PM  •
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:  KeyMe, which uses AI to duplicate keys at 3,000+ locations in 49 states, supporting ~85% of all auto keys, raises $35M following its $50M raise in 2019
2:53 PM  •
Annie Palmer / CNBC:  Amazon reinstates FedEx's ground delivery for Prime shipments, saying the shipper has consistently met its delivery requirements, after suspending it last month
2:51 PM  •
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:  Google acquires no-code app development platform AppSheet, which had raised ~$19M to date, with plans to migrate AppSheet services to Google Cloud
2:30 PM  •
David Cohen / Adweek:  Pandora debuts Test & Tune, a suite of audience measurement tools in open beta that provide insights into campaigns' effectiveness while they are underway
2:21 PM  •
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:  Passwordless authentication platform Trusona raises $20M led by Georgian Partners, with participation from Microsoft's M12, Kleiner Perkins, Akamai, others
1:35 PM  •
Juli Clover / MacRumors:  Gartner: global Mac shipments in Q4 dropped by 3% YoY, to 5.26M units, as the overall PC market saw growth for the first time since 2011
1:00 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Sensor Tower: Disney+ was downloaded 30M+ times in the US in Q4 2019, besting TikTok; Disney+ now has 41M+ installs and generated ~$97M in revenue to date
12:55 PM  •
Margaret Harding McGill / Axios:  Tech companies, from IBM and Microsoft to Etsy and Reddit, file amicus briefs in support of Google ahead of its Supreme Court battle with Oracle
12:40 PM  •
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch:  Tradeshift, which builds private marketplaces for businesses and facilitates supply chain payments, raises $240M in equity and debt, appearing to delay its IPO
12:20 PM  •
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:  Verizon Media debuts OneSearch, a privacy-focused search engine that claims to serve ads based only on contextual info related to individual searches
12:05 PM  •
Axios:  Internal memo: Uber's Rachel Holt, a longtime executive and chief of New Modalities, which includes scooters and bikes, is leaving to launch a VC firm
12:00 PM  •
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:  Google plans to phase out support for user-agent strings in Chrome, opting for a new technology called Client Hints, as part of its Privacy Sandbox project
11:54 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Google acquires Dublin-based Pointy, a startup helping brick-and-mortar retailers track which products they have in stock, a source says for $163M
11:40 AM  •
Ashley Carman / The Verge:  Instagram says it is testing letting some users access DMs from its website
11:35 AM  •
Stephen Shankland / CNET:  Google says it will phase out support for third-party cookies in Chrome within two years
11:20 AM  •
Thomas Germain / Consumer Reports:  New study shows how popular apps including Grindr, OkCupid, Tinder, and the period-tracking apps Clue and MyDays share intimate user data with data brokers
10:50 AM  •
Shona Ghosh / Business Insider:  Google is buying an Irish retail search startup called Pointy
10:40 AM  •
Nick Statt / The Verge:  Epic says its PC game store, which serves as Fortnite's launcher, has 108M users and generated $251M in 3rd-party game sales since its debut in December 2018
9:55 AM  •
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:  A look at tech catering to the needs of the elderly showcased at CES; US citizens over 50 are projected to spend $84B on tech products over the next decade
9:20 AM  •
Mars W. Mosqueda Jr. / Deal Street Asia:  aCommerce, which helps brands sell their products online in Southeast Asia, raises $15M from Indies Capital Partners, bringing its total raised to ~$118.8M
8:45 AM  •
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:  Spotify signs global licensing agreement with Warner Music's publishing firm, making its music available in India, ending a year-long dispute
7:45 AM  •
Mike Minotti / VentureBeat:  Sensor Tower: mobile players spent $61.7B on games in 2019, up 12.8% YoY, with games making up 68% of total iOS App Store revenue vs 84% for the Play Store
6:30 AM  •
Isabel Woodford / Sifted:  A look at Islamic fintechs, which adhere to halal finance rules, but still face challenges, like convincing people to switch from traditional to digital banks
4:10 AM  •
Saritha Rai / Bloomberg:  A look at India's upcoming “account aggregator” system, aimed at giving citizens easy access to their financial data, which they can share to get loans and more
2:05 AM  •
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:  Microsoft pushes a fix for a critical flaw in a cryptographic component present in all versions of Windows; NSA says it alerted Microsoft to the bug

January 13, 2020

10:55 PM  •
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:  In Q4, Gartner estimates global PC shipments grew 2.3% to 70.6M units; IDC estimates 4.8% growth to 71.8M units; both say Lenovo and HP lead PC shipment growth
10:15 PM  •
Scott Lucas / BuzzFeed:  After AG Barr called on Apple to unlock Pensacola shooter's iPhones, Apple releases statement rejecting backdoors but highlighting its help in the investigation
9:20 PM  •
Christopher Dring / GamesIndustry.biz:  Sony Interactive Entertainment says it won't participate in E3 again this year, will instead attend “hundreds of consumer events” globally ahead of PS5 launch
7:55 PM  •
New York Times:  Security experts say Russia's GRU phished login credentials, accessed servers for Burisma, a gas company on whose board Hunter Biden served, starting Nov. 2019
7:25 PM  •
Jordan Novet / CNBC:  Cloudera names former Hortonworks CEO Rob Bearden as its new CEO; Cloudera's market cap is $3.4B, less than its $5.2B valuation when it merged with Hortonworks
6:40 PM  •
Annie Musgrove / Tech.eu:  London-based higher ed startup Jolt raises $14.1M Series A to expand its modular, self-designed, pay-as-you-go curriculum across the UK, Israel, and the US
5:50 PM  •
Steve Crowe / The Robot Report:  Hesai Technology, a China-based LiDAR manufacturer with customers like Bosch, Lyft, and TuSimple, raises $173M Series C co-led by the Bosch Group and Lightspeed
5:15 PM  •
Helen Warrell / Financial Times:  Ahead of Boris Johnson's expected decision on Huawei equipment in the UK, the US showed his government a dossier with allegedly damning info on the company
4:43 PM  •
Kate Rooney / CNBC:  Visa is buying Plaid, which helps popular fintech apps connect to users' bank accounts, for $5.3B
4:32 PM  •
Wall Street Journal:  Sources: Visa is nearing a deal to buy Plaid, which helps popular fintech apps connect to users' bank accounts and was valued around $2.65B in 2018
3:20 PM  •
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:  Researchers: AT&T, T-Mobile, Tracfone, US Mobile, and Verizon use vulnerable procedures for customer support that put users at risk of SIM swapping attacks
2:01 PM  •
Valentina Palladino / Ars Technica:  HP Spectre x360 13 (2019) review: an excellent high-end laptop with nice port selection, good performance, and great battery life, but its trackpad is narrow
1:10 PM  •
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:  Report from Intrusion Truth, a group of anonymous analysts known for doxxing APTs, claims it has found 13 front companies that China is using to recruit hackers
12:40 PM  •
Kia Kokalitcheva / Axios:  Justin Kan's legal tech startup Atrium, which has raised $75M, is laying off most of its lawyers and will now focus on tech it made for attorneys and law firms
11:30 AM  •
Nicholas Thompson / Wired:  Q&A with Twitter's head of product Kayvon Beykpour about how Twitter is trying to stop incentivizing toxic behavior, giving users a “troll score”, more
10:25 AM  •
Financial Times:  Sources: TikTok is considering a Snapchat Discover-style curated feed, which could allow it to charge more for ads by giving brands a safe space
9:30 AM  •
Chris O'Brien / VentureBeat:  Naïo Technologies, a France-based maker of autonomous farming robots, raises $15.5M Series A, as it plans to expand to the US later this year
9:15 AM  •
Alfred Liu / Bloomberg:  Source: ZA Bank, one of eight firms granted a Hong Kong digital banking license, starts a pilot with a 6% rate for deposits, twice above the market rates
8:36 AM  •
Reuters:  India's competition commission orders antitrust probe against Amazon and Walmart-owned Flipkart citing exclusive arrangements with mobile phone brands
8:05 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  ToursByLocals, which helps tourists search for and book local guides, raises $33M from Tritium Partners, says it has ~4K guides and 30K tours in 162 countries

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