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Yuan Yang / Financial Times:
As China ramps up scrutiny of its tech companies, experts say its antitrust regulator SAMR lacks resources; SAMR only had a staff of about 50 people as of March   —  The country's previously dormant antitrust regulators are fighting for power to discipline the sector
Jun 19, 2021, 3:30 AMIn context
Andrea Park / FierceBiotech:
Synchron, which is developing a brain-computer interface that helps paralysis patients text, email, and shop online, raises $40M Series B led by Khosla Ventures   —  After years of focusing on all things artificial intelligence, the buzziest buzz in medtech now centers not on robots and algorithms …
Jun 4, 2021, 9:10 PMIn context
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Instagram launches a new shopping section called Drops, helping users find limited supply products, and will temporarily waive fees due to COVID-19   —  Instagram today announced it's adding a new feature to help connect online shoppers to product drops through its app.
May 26, 2021, 12:20 PMIn context
Christoph Rauwald / Bloomberg:
Inside Volkswagen's $30B plan to boost its software efforts, to compete with Tesla, hampered by internal battles, technical glitches, and a complex structure   —  Internal battles, technical glitches and a complex structure have hampered the German auto giant's software efforts
Mar 15, 2021, 9:40 AMIn context
Kia Kokalitcheva / Axios:
Source: Dispo, a retro photo sharing app co-founded by YouTube star David Dobrik, raises $20M Series A led by Spark Capital at a $200M valuation   —  Dispo, a retro photo-sharing app co-founded by YouTube star David Dobrik, recently raised $20 million in Series A funding led by Spark Capital …
Feb 24, 2021, 2:25 PMIn context
Arthur Holland Michel / Wired:
A look at surveillance data fusion, which happens when thousands of disparate devices and tools become one all-seeing surveillance platform   —  Security cameras.  License plate readers.  Smartphone trackers.  Drones.  We're being watched 24/7.  What happens when all those data streams fuse into one?
Feb 5, 2021, 4:25 PMIn context
Beth DeCarbo / Wall Street Journal:
How drone deliveries may impact the design of homes, apartment complexes, and neighborhoods, with possibilities like drone landing pads on mailboxes or rooftops   —  Landing pads, special mailboxes and more: A future where delivery drones buzz through neighborhoods could prompt architects and builders to rethink
Dec 6, 2020, 5:10 PMIn context
John Herrman / New York Times:
TikTok users in the US are experiencing something long familiar to much of the world: a flourishing online social space existentially threatened by politics   —  Banned apps, nefarious theories, trade wars, voiceless users.  The case of TikTok isn't news to most of the world.
Sep 24, 2020, 6:35 AMIn context
New York Times:
Sources: Facebook and Zoom worked since January to launch a video call product on Portal in May, but stopped after Zoom decided to pause new feature development   —  Facebook, Google and other behemoths are training their sights on Silicon Valley's company of the moment.
Apr 24, 2020, 2:45 PMIn context
Jason D. Rowley / Crunchbase News:
Analysis of 15K+ funding rounds raised by 12K+ startups shows seed rounds getting bigger: 3M+ rounds were 7.8% of total in period 2015-17, and 17% for 2018-20   —  Like our yellow stripey friends, the bees, seed funding rounds are small and numerous.  And, like bees, an individual seed round is likely to create only just a little buzz.
Feb 28, 2020, 5:05 PMIn context

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