March 3, 2021, 12:25 PM

March 3, 2021

12:25 PM  •
Kari Paul / The Guardian:  Avaaz study: while 70% of misinformation in English on Facebook ends up flagged with warning labels, just 30% of comparable misinformation in Spanish is flagged
11:45 AM  •
Todd Spangler / Variety:  Netflix launches Fast Laughs, a TikTok-like feed in its mobile apps that presents a string of comedy clips from its stand-up specials, TV series, and movies
11:30 AM  •
Joseph Cox / VICE:  Emails show US surveillance company Flock has rolled out a nationwide network of cameras with AI-powered license plate reading tech via 500+ police departments
10:00 AM  •
Chris Metinko / Crunchbase News:  Open source SQL database developer Yugabyte raises $48M Series C led by Lightspeed Venture Partners, nine months after a $30M Series B
9:55 AM  •
Chris O'Brien / VentureBeat:  Cutover, which lets teams plan, orchestrate, and analyze complex work, raises $35M led by Eldridge, bringing its total funding to $55M
9:45 AM  •
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:  Brave unveils a privacy-focused search engine, as it acquires an open source search engine developed by the team behind the Cliqz anti-tracking browser
9:40 AM  •
Mitchell Clark / The Verge:  Google promises it will not build alternate identifiers to track users after phasing out third-party tracking cookies
9:35 AM  •
Katie Roof / Bloomberg:  Clari, which develops software for sales management, finance, marketing and revenue operations, raises $150M led by Silver Lake, at a $1.6B valuation
9:05 AM  •
Alex Wilhelm / TechCrunch:  DTC health insurance provider Oscar Health prices IPO at $39 per share, raising $1.44B at a valuation of $9.5B
8:45 AM  •
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:  Identiq, an anonymous identity validation network, raises $47M Series A led by Insight Partners and Entrée Capital, bringing its total raised to $50M+
8:15 AM  •
Russell Brandom / The Verge:  Parler drops its antitrust lawsuit against Amazon, ending its two-month effort to force the company to reinstate its AWS hosting account
7:35 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Dooly, which builds AI-based tools to let salespeople automate their workflows, raises $3.3M seed round led by boldstart and $17M Series A led by Addition
6:35 AM  •
Patrick Howell O'Neill / MIT Technology Review:  Brandon Wales, the acting director of the CISA, says that fully recovering from the SolarWinds hack could take the US government as long as 18 months
4:10 AM  •
Dave Gershgorn / OneZero :  A look at “Sharp Eyes”, a computerized video surveillance program that aims to surveil 100% of Chinese public spaces and relies largely on reports from citizens
2:15 AM  •
New York Times:  Colleges requiring virus-screening tech, from virus symptom-checking apps to temperature check stations and wearables, have not rigorously studied if it works
12:00 AM  •
LPE Project:  How a SCOTUS decision from 1946 can be used to ensure that users on platforms like Facebook enjoy basic due process protections against removal/deplatforming

March 2, 2021

9:50 PM  •
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:  Review of Gab's open source code shows that the critical vulnerability that led to its recent breach might have been introduced by a code change made by its CTO
8:25 PM  •
Michael Novinson / CRN:  TPG Capital to buy privileged access management vendor Thycotic and merge Thycotic with its recently acquired competitor Centrify; report values deal at $1.4B
7:45 PM  •
Cecilia D'Anastasio / Wired:  In its first transparency report, Twitch says it saw a 40% rise in the number of channels in 2020, a 70% drop in reports of harassment via Twitch DMs, and more
7:25 PM  •
Kia Kokalitcheva / Axios:  Mobile ad tech company AppLovin files S-1, revealing a net loss of $126M on $1.45B in revenue in 2020 and reporting its software reached 410M+ DAUs in Q4 2020
7:20 PM  •
Michael Novinson / CRN:  Report: TPG Capital to buy privileged access management vendor Thycotic for $1.4B; TPG will merge Thycotic with its recently acquired competitor Centrify
7:00 PM  •
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:  Amazon quietly updated its app icon, changing the appearance of the ripped packaging tape after some drew comparisons of it to Adolf Hitler's mustache
6:50 PM  •
Dell Cameron / Gizmodo:  Facebook Oversight Board member told UK Parliament that the panel feels constrained when reviewing decisions on a case-by-case basis, may seek algorithm access
5:55 PM  •
Kate Andrews / Virginia Business:  Virginia's governor signs the Consumer Data Protection Act into law, effective Jan. 2023, making it the second US state to pass a comprehensive data privacy law
5:45 PM  •
Mary Ann Azevedo / TechCrunch:  Real estate startup Doma, formerly States Title, which uses ML to reduce title processing time, will go public via SPAC, in a deal valued at $3B, including debt
5:10 PM  •
Ed Garsten / Forbes:  Denver-based Fluid Truck, a peer-to-peer truck sharing platform company, raises $63M Series A led by Bison Capital
4:55 PM  •
Jon Swartz / MarketWatch:  HPE reports Q1 with revenue of $6.8B vs estimates of $6.75B, down 2% YoY, net earnings of $223M, down from $333M YoY, storage sales of $1.2B, down 5% YoY
4:40 PM  •
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:  Retail Zipline, which helps retailers manage sales, COVID protocols, and more with its communication tools, raises $30M, says revenue rose 2.5x amid pandemic
4:35 PM  •
Ian Allison / CoinDesk:  Sources: PayPal is in talks to buy New York-based Curv, which facilitates secure storage of cryptocurrency
4:20 PM  •
CNBC:  Lyft says it just had its best week for rides since pandemic lockdowns began, expects March to show YoY growth in rideshare volume, forecasts narrower losses
4:00 PM  •
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:  Microsoft warns users a new Chinese state-sponsored threat actor is exploiting four previously undisclosed zero days in Exchange Server; patches are available
3:10 PM  •
Kim Lyons / The Verge:  Twitter users on Android can now join and talk in its Clubhouse-like live audio Spaces and will be able to create their own Spaces in an upcoming update
3:00 PM  •
Bloomberg:  Intel ordered to pay $2.18B after a federal court jury in TX found it infringed two patents once owned by NXP Semiconductors and now owned by VLSI Technology
2:25 PM  •
Kirsten Korosec / TechCrunch:  Uber spins out Postmates X, the robotics unit of the delivery startup it acquired last year for $2.65B, as an independent company now called Serve Robotics
2:10 PM  •
Todd Spangler / Variety:  Sony says the PlayStation Store will stop offering movie and TV show purchases and rentals on Aug. 31, citing users' preference for video streaming services
1:35 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  eMarketer: Spotify is on track to reach US monthly podcast listenership of 28.2M by the end of this year and surpass Apple's Podcasts for the first time
1:15 PM  •
Vjeran Pavic / The Verge:  DJI launches a $1,299 first person view drone bundle, which includes FPV Goggles V2 with crisp 810p resolution, controller, and a drone with ~20-min flight time
12:55 PM  •
Mary Ann Azevedo / TechCrunch:  Payments infrastructure startup Xendit, the first Indonesian company to go through Y Combinator's accelerator program, raises $64.6M Series B led by Accel
12:50 PM  •
Stephen Shankland / CNET:  Microsoft debuts Temporary Access Pass to help sign up for services without using passwords, says ~200M users have enabled passwordless login for its services
12:35 PM  •
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:  Microsoft debuts Power Fx, a new open source low-code language that takes its cues from Excel formulas and will become a standard for Microsoft's Power Platform
12:35 PM  •
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:  A look at web proxy service Infatica, part of a growing industry of firms offering to buy browser extensions or pay their developers to include some extra code
12:15 PM  •
Tom Warren / The Verge:  Microsoft unveils Microsoft Mesh, a mixed-reality platform on Azure, and demos a meeting service to let users join virtual rooms using devices like HoloLens 2
11:25 AM  •
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:  Microsoft's Power Automate Desktop, an enterprise tool for creating automated desktop-centric workflows, is now free for all Windows 10 users
11:15 AM  •
Alex Konrad / Forbes:  Utah-based TaxBit, which provides cryptocurrency tax and accounting services, raises $100M Series A led by Paradigm and Tiger Global
11:00 AM  •
Hannah Beech / New York Times:  Myanmar's repressive military relies on a variety of Western tech, including Swedish iPhone cracking software and Israeli drones, despite stated export bans
10:35 AM  •
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:  Microsoft launches Azure Percept, a hardware and software platform to implement its Azure AI services for use cases, including object detection, at the edge
10:20 AM  •
CNBC:  Instacart raises $265M in a round valuing the company at $39B, after raising $200M at a $17.7B valuation in October
10:00 AM  •
Harry McCracken / Fast Company:  Flipboard expands its local news coverage to more than 1,000 cities and towns in the US and Canada
9:55 AM  •
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:  Nuvolo, a cloud-based workplace management software company, raises $31M Series C led by Insight Partners
9:45 AM  •
Tom Warren / The Verge:  Microsoft unveils Intelligent Speakers, which can automatically transcribe Teams meetings and use AI to identify up to 10 unique voices
9:40 AM  •
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:  Microsoft to add end-to-end encryption for one-to-one calls, channel sharing, and webinar and presentation features to Teams
9:20 AM  •
Stephanie Condon / ZDNet:  Cisco Webex gets free, real-time translation from English into 100+ languages, available in preview this month and generally in May
9:00 AM  •
Steve O'Hear / TechCrunch:  Berlin-based grocery delivery startup Flink, which operates its own delivery-only stores, raises $52M led by Target Global, bringing its total funding to $64M
8:40 AM  •
José Adorno / 9to5Mac:  Data from fintech company FIS: payments using digital wallets overtook cash payments for in-store purchases on a global basis for the first time ever in 2020
8:10 AM  •
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:  Beam Dental, a digital dental insurer that uses AI to reward members for good dental hygiene, raises $80M Series E led by Mercato Partners
7:50 AM  •
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:  TikTok launches a Safety Advisory Council for Europe to help it with content moderation, bringing external experts in fields like child safety and extremism
7:35 AM  •
Charlotte Tucker / EU-Startups:  Dutch online supermarket Crisp raises €30M Series B led by Target Global, bringing its total raised to €46M
7:15 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Czech on-demand grocery delivery startup Rohlik raises $230M led by Partech, sources say at a valuation of ~$600M
6:20 AM  •
Matthew Blake / HousingWire:  Compass, which runs an online marketplace for buying, selling, and renting real estate, files for S-1, reveals loss of $270M in 2020 on revenue of $3.7B
5:35 AM  •
Patrick Howell O'Neill / MIT Technology Review:  Researchers point out that Apple's walled garden approach on iOS makes it virtually impossible to detect the presence of malware on iPhones, which still exists
4:05 AM  •
Bloomberg:  In updated filing, South Korean e-commerce giant Coupang seeks to raise as much as $3.6B from a New York IPO at a potential valuation of $51B
2:25 AM  •
Wall Street Journal:  A look at the remote work issues companies are facing, including who should shoulder tax costs and whether to cut salaries of staff leaving high-cost cities
12:25 AM  •
Bloomberg:  Interviews with 16 Amazon workers offer an inside look at the unionization vote in Bessemer, AL, where $15/hour is double the minimum wage for entry-level jobs

March 1, 2021

11:00 PM  •
Mila Jasper / Nextgov:  A report from the National Security Commission on AI, which is chaired by Eric Schmidt, finds that the US is not fully prepared for AI competition with China
9:10 PM  •
Katie Roof / Bloomberg:  Qomplx, a risk analytics provider helping companies protect against cybersecurity threats and more, merges with Casper CEO's SPAC to go public; deal worth $1.4B
8:10 PM  •
Mary Ann Azevedo / TechCrunch:  Square says Square Financial Services, its industrial bank, has started operations after getting FDIC approval last year
7:05 PM  •
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:  Unc0ver releases a jailbreak that works on iPhones running iOS 11 through iOS 14.3, using a now-fixed flaw that Apple said may have been exploited in the wild
5:51 PM  •
Emily Birnbaum / Protocol:  How Apple ramped up its lobbying in AZ, including hiring Gov. Ducey's ex-chief of staff, amid a proposed bill to let app devs use 3rd-party payment systems
5:10 PM  •
Ashley Gold / Axios:  Twitter to label tweets with misleading information about COVID vaccines and debut a strike system that can lead to permanent account suspension after 5 strikes
4:23 PM  •
Jordan Novet / CNBC:  Zoom Q4: revenue of $882M, up 369% YoY, vs. $812M est., 467K customers with 10+ employees, projected Q1 revenue of $900M-$905M, vs. $829M est.
3:35 PM  •
Grace Kay / Insider:  The singer Grimes made $5.8M selling ~10 pieces of NFT-based artwork within 20 minutes of debuting her collection on trading platform Nifty Gateway on Sunday
2:30 PM  •
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:  Clue, known for its period tracking app used by ~13M, gets FDA clearance to debut a digital contraceptive that gives users a statistical prediction of ovulation
2:15 PM  •
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:  Google launches new Workspace features, including a Focus Time event type that limits notifications, support for using secondary displays in Google Meet, more
2:00 PM  •
Reuters:  Source: Goldman Sachs is restarting its cryptocurrency trading desk amid the crypto boom and will begin dealing bitcoin futures and more starting next week
1:45 PM  •
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:  Sports and esports betting service Rivalry raises $20M ahead of a potential IPO this year, to help it expand to the US
1:25 PM  •
Reuters:  From NBA highlights on Top Shot to Christie's first-ever sale of digital art, a collage fetching $3M bids, the use of NFTs to certify asset ownership is booming
1:15 PM  •
Zoe Schiffer / The Verge:  The Medium Workers Union is pausing organizing efforts after falling one vote short in an online vote to gain recognition from management as a bargaining unit
12:55 PM  •
Michael Steeber / 9to5Mac:  Every Apple Store in the US is open for the first time since March 2020, with many starting to offer in-store shopping after operating as Express storefronts
12:00 PM  •
New York Times:  China's electronic yuan or eCNY is now being tested in Shenzhen, Shanghai, and Beijing; no major country is as far along with a homegrown digital currency
11:40 AM  •
Zac Hall / 9to5Mac:  Kuo: high-end 2022 iPhones and maybe the entire lineup, if production permits, will lose the notch in favor of a hole-punch design; iPhone SE 5G coming in 2022
11:30 AM  •
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:  Kuo: iPhone 13 to have smaller notch, larger battery, no USB-C; 120Hz display on the Pro; iPhone mini to return; he has “no visibility” of power button Touch ID
11:08 AM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Instagram launches Live Rooms for live broadcasts with up to four creators, up from two, and says it will roll out new audio features in coming months
10:40 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Dream Games, which develops mobile puzzle games, raises $50M Series A led by Index Ventures, the largest Series A raised by a Turkish startup to date
10:10 AM  •
Connor Perrett / Business Insider:  Transgender creators say they originally found TikTok to be a positive experience, but the app's design has created a culture of transphobia and harassment
9:00 AM  •
Catherine Shu / TechCrunch:  Sydney-based HR software developer Employment Hero raises $45M AUD Series D at a $250M+ AUD valuation led by SEEK
8:40 AM  •
Andrew J. Hawkins / The Verge:  Lime says it will spend $50M to expand its network, doubling the number of cities in which it operates, and roll out a new e-bike
8:25 AM  •
TechCrunch:  Bessemer Venture Partners closes on $3.3B across two funds to back early-stage startups as well as growth-stage companies
7:45 AM  •
Tim Bradshaw / Financial Times:  Online reviews site Trustpilot unveils plans for London IPO with plans to raise $50M and hopes for a market value of ~£1B
7:25 AM  •
Natalia Drozdiak / Bloomberg:  Swedish payments startup Klarna raises $1B at a valuation of $31B, triple its valuation in its last funding round in September
7:15 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Axonius, a security startup developing an end-to-end device management platform, raises $100M Series D led by Stripes, at a $1.2B post-money valuation
6:00 AM  •
Soraya Permatasari / Bloomberg:  Grab is setting up a drive-through vaccination service across Indonesia with the government, plans to vaccinate 2,500 drivers and 5K people/week in Bali center
4:05 AM  •
Mark Serrels / CNET:  Escort sex workers, from countries where their profession is legal, say they are being banned from sites like OnlyFans that are bound by the US FOSTA-SESTA law
2:30 AM  •
Antonio Garcia-Martinez / The Pull Request:  Q&A with Lambda School's Austen Allred on how the company helps bridge the class divide for students, like setting up bank accounts for those who don't have one
1:35 AM  •
Andy Greenberg / Wired:  The WikiLeaks-style group DDoSecrets claims that Parler-like site Gab has been breached and is now set to share 70GB of passwords, private posts, and more
12:05 AM  •
Jennifer Epstein / Bloomberg:  Biden says there should be “no coercion, no threats, no anti-union propaganda” by Amazon amid its warehouse workers' vote on whether to form a union in Alabama

February 28, 2021

11:45 PM  •
Bob Davis / Wall Street Journal:  A look at Biden's efforts to partner with allies to boost key tech sectors and counter China, going beyond Trump-era measures like restricting sales of SMIC
11:30 PM  •
Tom Krazit / Protocol:  An oral history of #hugops and the growing community of operations engineers who offer support for their peers before and during major cloud service outages
9:30 PM  •
Will Oremus / OneZero :  Twitter Super Follows and Clubhouse portend a shift from algorithmic, scale-focused, low-attention feeds to low-volume, high-attention relationships with users
8:15 PM  •
Ben Smith / New York Times:  Profile of Discovery+, which has hit 12M paid subscriptions globally and offers a reality TV-focused catalog with 55K episodes, rivaling Netflix in sheer volume
6:35 PM  •
Ed Siddons / The Guardian:  Profile of lawyer and activist Cori Crider who is suing Facebook and outsourcing company CPL in Ireland's High Court on behalf of traumatized content moderators
4:50 PM  •
Mario Gabriele / The Generalist:  How Reddit, at ~$6B arguably one of the most undervalued companies in world, can unlock the next step-change in valuation and protect against niche competitors
3:25 PM  •
Patrick McGee / Financial Times:  Skydio raises $171M led by a16z at a valuation of $1B+, the first significant fundraising by a US-based drone maker after China's DJI was blacklisted by the US
2:25 PM  •
Kim Lyons / The Verge:  Verizon support advised its users in a now-deleted tweet to “turn on LTE”, which would turn off 5G, to preserve battery life
12:20 PM  •
Naomi Klein / The Intercept:  Big tech is aiding India's govt-led crackdown on climate activists, from banned social media accounts, to sharing data and allowing state officials' hate speech
10:05 AM  •
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:  Report: the number of malware strains written in Go have increased by around 2,000% since 2017, after APTs and cybercrime groups adopted the language
6:00 AM  •
Liat Kaplan / New York Times:  The person behind “Your Fave Is Problematic” Tumblr blog, which listed regrettable actions by celebrities, says she looks back on her blog with shame and regret
1:55 AM  •
Tatiana Cirisano / Billboard:  How platforms like Spotify and tools like Community, Audigent, and Unitea help artists find their superfans and target them for monetization opportunities

February 27, 2021

11:55 PM  •
Jason Aten /  A look at Clubhouse's privacy flaws: room audio is “temporarily” saved for trust and safety purposes, user accounts or personal data can't be deleted, and more
9:30 PM  •
Kashmir Hill / New York Times:  How ACLU and activist Kade Crockford convinced Massachusetts lawmakers to pass a police reform bill banning the use of facial recognition tech in criminal cases
6:15 PM  •
NBC News:  Google, Salesforce, and Microsoft are having mixed results in building statewide vaccination sign-up websites, due to difficulties in integrating county systems
4:35 PM  •
Chris Dixon / Andreessen Horowitz:  NFTs are great for creators because they remove intermediaries, enable granular price tiering, and eliminate customer acquisition costs by making users owners
3:10 PM  •
Arielle Pardes / Wired:  An ecosystem of startups, features, and tools has sprung up around Clubhouse, and some, like the Clubhouse analytics tool Direcon, are already monetizing
1:35 PM  •
Andrew Jacobs / New York Times:  Critics say the policies of Amazon, Google, and Facebook from the early days of the pandemic to restrict the sale of medical-grade masks are now outdated
12:30 PM  •
Financial Times:  Sources: UK is preparing to announce a new tech visa and a £375M fund, with matching VC funding, to be made available to some promising tech startups
11:40 AM  •
Sarah E. Needleman / Wall Street Journal:  Profile of Roblox, which outsources game development to its own players and says more than 300 of such developers earned $100K+ in 2020, ahead of its March IPO
10:25 AM  •
Marguerite Reardon / CNET:  Mississippi is using some of its $1.2B COVID stimulus on high-speed broadband, which could make it one of the most connected states in the US within six years
8:15 AM  •
Meaghan Tobin / Rest of World:  Experts say lessons marketed by digital education platforms like Byju's and Yuanfudao are more an innovation in test-prep delivery than in learning outcomes
6:10 AM  •
Tage Kene-Okafor / TechCrunch:  Interview with co-CEO of Jumia, whose stock is up 3,000%+ in the last year, on African e-commerce, the company's path to profitability, and more
4:05 AM  •
John Beck / Rest of World:  Social media platforms are struggling with how to handle ISIS-related fundraising campaigns, which are often slipping through by disguising as humanitarianism
2:00 AM  •
Cade Metz / New York Times:  How Anduril and other startups are building military ready, self-piloted drones, away from Silicon Valley, where such projects have become politically untenable
1:30 AM  •
Todd Feathers / VICE:  Some schools and organizations are abandoning exam monitoring software made by Proctorio amid a barrage of complaints from students over privacy
12:50 AM  •
CNN:  In a hearing with US lawmakers, ex-SolarWinds CEO blamed an intern for the “solarwinds123” password leak discovered in 2019 that had exposed a SolarWinds server

February 26, 2021

11:55 PM  •
Andrew Liszewski / Gizmodo:  Genealogy tracker MyHeritage releases Deep Nostalgia, a Live Photo-like feature for old photos, which uses AI to show subjects prepping for their portrait
11:30 PM  •
Drew Harwell / Washington Post:  Public docs show that ICE used private database run by Thomson Reuters with 400M+ names, addresses, and utility service records to pursue immigration violations
9:45 PM  •
John D. McKinnon / Wall Street Journal:  Sources: Biden admin plans to allow a Trump-era rule in March enabling Commerce Dept. to ban tech business transactions with China it deems security threats
9:17 PM  •
Bloomberg:  Sources: Robinhood is planning to confidentially file for an IPO as soon as next month
9:00 PM  •
Cecilia D'Anastasio / Wired:  Sources detail Google's troubles with game development as the company couldn't stomach the complicated creative process amid Stadia's poor streaming numbers
7:45 PM  •
Bloomberg:  Sources: SentinelOne, which develops AI-based endpoint security for all devices and services in a network, is preparing for an IPO that could value it at $10B+
7:40 PM  •
Justine Calma / The Verge:  Google is sharing data about distortions in light waves passing through its undersea cables with seismologists to help them detect earthquakes
7:35 PM  •
Bloomberg:  The SEC suspends trading of 15 lesser-known stocks after suspicious social media promotion raised concerns that their stock prices were artificially inflated
6:50 PM  •
Michelle Price / Reuters:  Analysis finds bots programmatically hyping “meme” stocks across Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube, but did not measure their influence
6:05 PM  •
Tiffany Hsu / New York Times:  The use of “+” to name on-demand services was fine when streaming was new but has become a cliché and a minus
4:55 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Facebook's NPE division launches BARS, a TikTok-like app for rappers to create and share their raps using professionally created beats, in closed beta
4:15 PM  •
Marlow Stern / The Daily Beast:  Advanced deepfakes of Tom Cruise are going viral on TikTok, with the account deeptomcruise amassing 200K+ followers in a few days
3:25 PM  •
Financial Times:  Treasury secretary Janet Yellen told G20 ministers that the US will drop its “safe harbor” provision for tech companies, allowing a global deal on digital tax
2:40 PM  •
Jason Schreier / Bloomberg:  Inside Google Stadia's failure as sources say it missed targets for controller sales and MAUs by hundreds of thousands after spending tens of millions on games
1:40 PM  •
Brian Heater / TechCrunch:  Fi, whose connected dog collars send users notifications when their dogs travel out of AI-determined geofenced areas, raises $30M Series B at a $200M valuation
12:50 PM  •
Casey Newton / Platformer:  Twitter's Super Follows represent a surge of interest in tools that let individuals create real economic value for themselves on social networks
12:30 PM  •
Nathaniel Meyersohn / CNN:  Best Buy says it laid off 5,000 workers and will close more stores as it expects 40% of sales to come from online purchases this year, up from 19% two years ago

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