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October 27, 2021, 8:15 AM
 

October 27, 2021

8:15 AM  •
Dr. Ian Cutress / AnandTech:  Interview with Mike Clark, AMD's Chief Architect of Zen, on the history Zen and Ryzen branding, x86 limitations, future design considerations, and more
8:10 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Workplace productivity and project management service ClickUp raises a $400M Series C at a $4B post-money valuation led by a16z and Tiger Global
7:45 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Gluware, which offers orchestration and automation tools to prevent network outages, raises $43M led by Bain Capital, source says at a $700M valuation
7:15 AM  •
Aisha Counts / Protocol:  A look at SoftBank's $100M Opportunity Fund for diverse founders, which launched after George Floyd's murder and has invested ~$50M in 60 companies so far
7:00 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  London-based Attest, which offers no-code tools for research surveys across 110M participants, raises $60M, bringing total funding to $85M
6:55 AM  •
The Economic Times:  Snap says it has 100M MAUs in India and partners with Flipkart, Zomato, and others to boost e-commerce offerings
6:50 AM  •
Bloomberg:  Informatica, which offers enterprise cloud data management tools, raises $841M in its IPO after pricing shares at the low end, valuing the company at $7.9B
6:45 AM  •
Wall Street Journal:  Sources: FTC staff are investigating whether Frances Haugen's documents show Facebook violated a 2019 privacy settlement, which resulted in a $5B fine
6:35 AM  •
Todd Spangler / Variety:  Spotify reports Q3 revenue of $2.9B, up 27% YoY; MAUs rose 19% YoY to 381M as Premium users rose 19% YoY to 172M; ad sales rose 75% YoY to $374M
5:40 AM  •
Brenda Goh / Reuters:  China's cyberspace regulator says it will strengthen efforts to build a “civilized” internet, using the platform to disseminate party theories
5:05 AM  •
Dan Strumpf / Wall Street Journal:  Senate GOP report: Seagate violated US export rules by continuing to sell hard drives to Huawei after export restrictions were tightened in September 2020
4:40 AM  •
Alexander Sazonov / Bloomberg:  Russian IT services and security provider Softline raises $400M in London and Moscow IPOs, valuing the company at about $1.5B
4:25 AM  •
Casey Newton / Platformer:  Ex-Facebook integrity member says articles on Haugen leaks are based on internal posts and comments, making it hard to assign credibility as names are redacted
2:30 AM  •
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:  AWS launches new EC2 instances powered by AI accelerators from Intel's Habana, claims 40% better price-performance to train ML models over latest GPU instances
2:05 AM  •
Bloomberg:  Rent the Runway raises $357M in its Nasdaq IPO, valuing the company at about $1.5B
12:35 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  UserGems, whose AI-based data mapping tech helps companies identify prospective customers for B2B sales, raises a $20M Series A led by Craft Ventures

October 26, 2021

11:25 PM  •
Ofir Dor / Globes Online:  Israel-based Augury, which uses AI to monitor industrial machine health, raises a $180M Series E at a $1B+ valuation, bringing its total funding to $286M
11:05 PM  •
Christine Hall / TechCrunch:  Medable, a developer of clinical trial management software, raises a $304M Series D led by Blackstone Growth and Tiger Global at a $2.1B valuation
10:45 PM  •
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:  FCC orders China Telecom Americas to stop providing services in the US within 60 days, says the US unit is subject to Chinese government control and influence
8:25 PM  •
Abner Li / 9to5Google:  Alphabet's “Other Bets” had a Q3 operating loss of $1.29B, up from $1.1B YoY, on revenue of $182M primarily generated by Verily and Fiber, up from $178M YoY
8:10 PM  •
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:  Bangalore-based neobank Zolve, which aims to help immigrants in the US access financial services, raises a $40M Series A at a $210M valuation
7:20 PM  •
Tom Warren / The Verge:  Microsoft reports overall gaming revenue of $3.6B in Q1, up 16% YoY, with hardware revenue up 166% YoY on continued demand for Xbox Series X and S consoles
7:15 PM  •
Kyle Orland / Ars Technica:  Amid harassment fallout, Blizzard says it will pause plans for next year's BlizzCon event to focus on supporting its teams and game development
6:20 PM  •
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:  Home Depot, Lowe's, Best Buy stop selling Chinese surveillance cameras from Lorex and Ezviz, called out for human rights abuses; Walmart, Costco still sell them
5:00 PM  •
Dina Bass / Bloomberg:  Microsoft's Intelligent Cloud revenue grew to $16.96B in Q1, up 31% YoY, as Azure and other cloud services revenue grew 50%
4:40 PM  •
Jennifer Elias / CNBC:  Alphabet reports traffic acquisition costs of $11.50B, vs. $11.16B expected, and YouTube had a record $7.2B in Q3 ad revenue, up from $5B in Q3 2020
4:29 PM  •
Tiernan Ray / ZDNet:  AMD Q3: revenue of $4.31B, up 54% YoY, Computing and Graphics revenue of $2.4B, up 44% YoY, Enterprise, Embedded and Semi-Custom revenue of $1.9B, up 69% YoY
4:29 PM  •
Maggie Fitzgerald / CNBC:  Robinhood Q3: revenue of $365M, up 35% YoY but missing estimates of $431.5M due to less crypto trading, net loss of $1.32B, up from $11M YoY; stock down 10%+
4:23 PM  •
Salvador Rodriguez / CNBC:  Twitter reports Q3 revenue of $1.28B, up 37% YoY, monetizable DAUs of 211M, up 13% YoY, and says impact of Apple's ATT was less than expected
4:07 PM  •
Alphabet:  Alphabet reports Q3 revenue of $65.1B, up 41% YoY, net income of $18.9B, up from $11.2B YoY, Google Cloud revenue of $5B, up from $3.4B YoY
4:04 PM  •
Steve Clarke / Microsoft:  Microsoft reports Q1 revenue of $45.3B, up 22% YoY, net income of $20.5B, up 48% YoY, Azure revenue up 50% YoY, and LinkedIn revenue up 42% YoY
3:30 PM  •
Max Read / New York Magazine:  A look at blockchain-based chat app Friends With Benefits, a Decentralized Autonomous Organization (DAO), which is touted as one of Web3's building blocks
2:40 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  In Senate hearing, TikTok dodges questions about its plans for biometric data collected from US users, after changing its terms of use to allow the practice
2:00 PM  •
Saqib Shah / Modern Retail:  After 2019's breakup over customer data, Mailchimp and Shopify strike a new deal, and Mailchimp acquires ShopSync to integrate with Shopify
1:15 PM  •
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch:  Admix, which serves ads in games, e-sports, VR, and AR, raises a $25M Series B co-led by Elefund and DIP Capital
12:50 PM  •
Cecilia Kang / New York Times:  The SEC, where Haugen sent her docs, declined to say if it has opened an investigation into Facebook, as experts say proving investor harm could be difficult
12:20 PM  •
Christine Hall / TechCrunch:  Logicbroker, which offers cloud-based drop ship software and is on track for $6B in GMV across 4K+ companies in 2021, raises $135M from K1 Investment Management
11:55 AM  •
Makena Kelly / The Verge:  Biden names Jessica Rosenworcel to officially lead the FCC, nominates Gigi Sohn as third Democratic commissioner, but it's unclear if Senate will confirm soon
11:47 AM  •
Kate Park / TechCrunch:  QuintessenceLabs, which improves data security by employing quantum random number generators, raises a $25M Series B led by Main Sequence and Telus Ventures
10:55 AM  •
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:  Amazon Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition review: better display, monthslong battery, and USB-C, but poor support for non-Amazon books and no physical buttons
10:45 AM  •
Ron Miller / TechCrunch:  Crossbeam, which helps companies build sales partnerships and map their overlapping customer accounts, raises a $76M Series C led by a16z
10:20 AM  •
Dan Primack / Axios:  Sequoia Capital is forming the Sequoia Fund, which will hold all its US and European investments, including stakes in public companies
10:00 AM  •
Loren Grush / The Verge:  Verizon partners with Amazon to use its Kuiper satellite network for expanded global 4G and 5G coverage in rural and remote locations
9:45 AM  •
Jeanne Whalen / Washington Post:  Amazon launches a center for quantum computing at Caltech, joining the US, China, IBM, Microsoft, Google, and other rivals researching the topic
9:40 AM  •
Danny Nelson / CoinDesk:  CoinList, which helps crypto companies raise money via token sales, raises $100M at a $1.5B valuation led by Accomplice VC and Agman Partners
9:30 AM  •
Carly Page / TechCrunch:  HiveWatch, which uses sensors and AI to help companies improve physical security, raises a $20M Series A led by Dick Costolo and Adam Bain
9:25 AM  •
Steve Dent / Engadget:  Adobe announces Photoshop and Illustrator web apps to improve collaboration, make quick edits, and more
9:20 AM  •
Mitchell Clark / The Verge:  Adobe announces Content Credentials for Photoshop, letting NFT sellers link their Adobe ID to authenticate the artwork using IPFS, coming soon in preview
9:00 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Fabric, which offers “microfulfillment” robots for warehouses, raises a $200M Series C led by Temasek at $1B+ valuation, bringing its total funding to $336M
8:50 AM  •
Ashley Carman / The Verge:  Internal presentation details Amazon's “Project Mic”, a live audio app that lets users host radio shows, complete with music, focused on the US initially
8:45 AM  •
Wall Street Journal:  A look at Facebook's lobbying operation, which spent $20M last year, as it struggles to hire and retain key Democratic staff, with a top job open since January
8:35 AM  •
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:  New York-based Sonrai Security, which helps companies manage cloud data, raises a $50M Series C led by Istari, bringing its total funding to $88M
8:15 AM  •
Washington Post:  Facebook documents show its News Feed algorithm treated emoji reactions as 5x more valuable than Likes starting in 2017, amplifying controversial content
8:05 AM  •
Issie Lapowsky / Protocol:  A look at the Integrity Institute, a think tank formed by two former Facebook employees that wants to bring together tech integrity workers studying tech misuse
7:50 AM  •
Casey Newton / Platformer:  Frances Haugen's documents have been useful to the press and groups opposing Facebook, but reporting should now expand to examine Haugen and her backers' goals
7:45 AM  •
Hema Parmar / Bloomberg:  Sources: Tiger Global raises $8.8B for its PIP 15 fund, focused on tech startups in the US, China, and India, with a $10B target by March 2022
7:35 AM  •
Financial Times:  Sources: Amazon signs a contract with GCHQ, MI5, and MI6 to host top-secret material in the UK; the deal is worth an estimated £500M-£1B over a decade
7:30 AM  •
Mary Ann Azevedo / TechCrunch:  Pipefy, which offers low-code workflow management tools, raises a $75M Series C led by SoftBank Latin America Fund, bringing its total raised to $138.7M
7:15 AM  •
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:  Robotics-powered ‘microfulfillment’ startup Fabric raises $200M
7:10 AM  •
Chris Metinko / Crunchbase News:  Devo, which offers cloud logging and security analytics tools, raises a $250M Series E at a $1.5B valuation led by TCV, bringing its total funding to $400M+
7:05 AM  •
Eyk Henning / Bloomberg:  Switzerland-based Yokoy, which offers AI tools to manage travel expenses, raises $26M led by Left Lane Capital, source says at a $100M valuation
7:00 AM  •
Tage Kene-Okafor / TechCrunch:  Nigerian startup Autochek, which offers a marketplace for car sales, raises a $13.1M seed, following a $3.4M pre-seed in November 2020
6:55 AM  •
Siddharth Venkataramakrishnan / Financial Times:  Stripe partners with Klarna to let retailers in the US, UK, and Europe more easily offer a buy now, pay later option
6:50 AM  •
Ivan Levingston / Bloomberg:  Uber and French grocery chain Carrefour partner to launch rapid grocery deliveries from nine micro-fulfillment centers across Paris
6:45 AM  •
BBC:  Nine UK schools pause plans to use facial recognition for contactless lunch payments, following criticism from the UK's ICO
5:55 AM  •
Alex Kantrowitz / Big Technology:  Docs: Facebook tested turning off News Feed ranking for 0.05% of users in Feb. 2018 and found engagement dropped, Groups content rose, and ad views increased
4:35 AM  •
Andrew Cunningham / Ars Technica:  macOS 12 Monterey review: automation on Mac is revitalized with Shortcuts, Low Power Mode is nice, and it's packed with tons of small tweaks like AirPlay to Mac
3:00 AM  •
Emily Graffeo / Bloomberg:  Study: the top 10K individual bitcoin investors control about one-third of the cryptocurrency in circulation and ~50 miners control 50% of the mining capacity

October 25, 2021

11:05 PM  •
BBC:  Frances Haugen told UK MPs that Facebook is “unquestionably making hate worse”, and warns that Instagram is “more dangerous than other forms of social media”
10:35 PM  •
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:  Zuckerberg says he's redirected Facebook teams to serve young adults over older users, and that significant changes to Instagram will lean into video and Reels
8:55 PM  •
Dade Hayes / Deadline:  Redbox, the DVD rental and streaming company, goes public on the Nasdaq after a $590.3M SPAC merger, surging ~24% on its debut; shares are up ~34% after hours
8:30 PM  •
Bloomberg:  Sources: US Treasury to give the SEC considerable concessions for regulating stablecoins like Tether in a report later this week
5:15 PM  •
Stephanie Condon / ZDNet:  Facebook says Q3 ad revenue grew 33% YoY to $28.28B but warns of “continued headwinds” in Q4 due to Apple's ATT changes in iOS
4:55 PM  •
Janko Roettgers / Protocol:  Facebook plans to spend $10B+ on AR and VR this year, including metaverse apps and related hardware, and report FRL segment separately starting in Q4
4:25 PM  •
Salvador Rodriguez / CNBC:  Facebook misses on Q3 revenue, $29.01B vs $29.57B expected, and monthly active users, 2.91B vs 2.93B expected, but beat on EPS of $3.22 vs $3.19 expected
4:08 PM  •
Facebook:  Facebook reports Q3 revenue up 35% YoY to $29.0B, profit of $9.2B, up 17% YoY, DAUs up 6% to 1.93B, headcount up 20% to 68,177, and ups share buybacks by $50B
3:30 PM  •
Juli Clover / MacRumors:  Apple releases iOS 15.1 and iPadOS 15.1 with SharePlay, iPhone 13 ProRes video capture, a toggle for automatic macro mode, vaccine cards in Wallet, and more
2:40 PM  •
Andrei Frumusanu / AnandTech:  Apple M1 Pro and Max review: CPU and GPU improvements offer an unparalleled combination of raw performance, unique acceleration, and power efficiency
1:39 PM  •
Wall Street Journal:  Comparing Pixel 6, iPhone 13, and Galaxy S21 pictures of people with darker skin tones, most felt Pixel's were accurate but preferred Samsung's
12:35 PM  •
Sam Rutherford / Gizmodo:  Pixel 6 review: fantastic cameras and great battery life but Tensor SoC lags Snapdragon 888 in multi-core tests and in-screen fingerprint reader could be faster
12:30 PM  •
Ben Schoon / 9to5Google:  Pixel 6 Pro review: an impressive flagship with excellent cameras, all day battery, and charging speeds up to 30W, but fingerprint sensor is “not super quick”
12:11 PM  •
Chris Welch / The Verge:  AirPods (third-gen) review: less conspicuous design, IPX4 water resistance, and improved sound quality, but spatial audio is inconsistent and no ANC
12:09 PM  •
Mary Ann Azevedo / TechCrunch:  Hotel booking startup Selfbook raises a $25M Series A led by Tiger Global at a $125M valuation after pivoting from a consumer app to B2B
11:30 AM  •
Michael D McDonald / Bloomberg:  El Salvador's Chivo wallet removes a feature that let day traders make rapid profits by freezing bitcoin's price for a minute before an order
10:45 AM  •
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:  Teachmint, which helps teachers create their own virtual classrooms using their phones, raises a $78M Series B co-led by Rocketship.vc and Vulcan Capital
10:40 AM  •
Jamie Crawley / CoinDesk:  Nigeria's central bank launches eNaira digital currency in partnership with payments company Bitt, and has minted 500M coins worth $1.21M
10:20 AM  •
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:  Berlin-based low-code data management service Y42 raises a $31M Series A led by Atomico and Insight Partners, bringing its total funding to $34M
10:15 AM  •
Jennifer Surane / Bloomberg:  Mastercard partners with Bakkt to let banks offer cryptocurrency rewards on credit and debit card purchases; Bakkt's stock closes at $30.60, up 234.43%
9:40 AM  •
Emily Birnbaum / Politico:  Internal docs show staff misgivings about Facebook's lobbying and government relations operation led by Joel Kaplan, which regularly weighs in on speech issues
9:30 AM  •
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:  Berlin-based e-scooter rental startup Tier raises $200M as the “first close” of a Series D, bringing its total funding to $660M, and says it has a $2B valuation
9:20 AM  •
Amrith Ramkumar / Wall Street Journal:  LA-based esports collective FaZe Clan decides to go public through a SPAC merger, valuing the company at ~$1B
9:15 AM  •
Crystal Tse / Bloomberg:  Thrasio, which aggregates third-party sellers on Amazon, raises $1B+ led by Silver Lake, source says at a $5B+ valuation
9:10 AM  •
Nilay Patel / The Verge:  MacBook Pro (2021) hands-on: bringing back ports and removing the Touch Bar is welcome, mini-LED display looks great, and the 1080p webcam is an improvement
8:50 AM  •
Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:  Microsoft says Russia-backed Nobelium, behind the 2020 SolarWinds hack, is still targeting the global IT supply chain with 14 providers breached since May 2021
8:45 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Berlin-based Billie, a B2B buy now pay later service, raises a $100M Series C at a $640M valuation led by Dawn Capital
8:35 AM  •
Steven Levy / Wired:  Internal docs reveal farewell posts of some Facebook employees disillusioned with a company unwilling or unable to change
8:30 AM  •
Associated Press:  Facebook docs detail issues with moderating non-English speech, leading to inflammatory language in Afghanistan, bans on common words in Palestine, and more
8:20 AM  •
Casey Newton / The Verge:  Internal docs detail Facebook's opaque tier system for only providing protection to users in certain countries, leaving gaps in Myanmar, Pakistan, and Ethiopia
8:15 AM  •
Gilad Edelman / Wired:  Leaked docs detail staff's suggestions to solve Facebook's problems: deprioritize engagement, reduce AI reliance, and focus on safety in developing countries
8:05 AM  •
Washington Post:  Sources detail Zuckerberg's decisions to put growth over safety, like to ban anti-state posts in Vietnam and to halt a WhatsApp US voting info center in Spanish
8:01 AM  •
Leah Nylen / Politico:  Internal Facebook docs: employees touted its scale and dominance in presentations, including showing 78% of US adults and nearly all US teens use its services
7:55 AM  •
Shiyin Chen / Bloomberg:  PayPal says it is not pursuing a Pinterest acquisition “at this time”; sources say PayPal discussed paying ~$70/share, valuing Pinterest at ~$45B
7:51 AM  •
Alexandra S. Levine / Politico:  Internal documents show Facebook had no clear playbook for handling the dangerous content delegitimizing the US elections ahead of the January 6 riots
7:45 AM  •
Mary Ann Azevedo / TechCrunch:  Brazil-based insurance startup Justos, which aims to collect users' data through phones to determine rates, raises a $35.8M Series A led by Ribbit
7:45 AM  •
Mike Isaac / New York Times:  Internal docs: Facebook tested hiding the Like button to alleviate stress and anxiety, which didn't work and caused users to interact with and share fewer posts
7:40 AM  •
Christine Hall / TechCrunch:  Scribe, which lets users generate step-by-step workflow guides by tracking their mouse movements and clicks, raises a $22M Series A led by Tiger Global
7:35 AM  •
Bloomberg:  Internal Facebook docs show time spent by US teenagers in March 2021 was down 16% YoY, young US adults spent 5% less time on the social network, and more
7:25 AM  •
Alex Heath / The Verge:  Internal documents show Facebook is struggling to attract US users under the age of 30, with US teenage users of the Facebook app declining by 13% since 2019
7:20 AM  •
Clare Duffy / CNN:  Leaked documents show Facebook hasn't stopped the human trafficking of domestic servants in Middle Eastern countries via its apps
4:40 AM  •
Ben Smith / New York Times:  How Frances Haugen maximized the impact of her leaked Facebook documents, rolling them out first to WSJ and then broadening to a large group of outlets
2:05 AM  •
Byron Kaye / Reuters:  Australia's Online Privacy Bill would make social media companies obtain parental consent for users under 16, with fines of up to ~$7.5M for non-compliance

October 24, 2021

10:00 PM  •
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:  India-based Groww, which lets users invest in mutual funds, gold, stocks, and more, raises a $251M Series E led by Iconiq Growth, tripling its valuation to $3B
9:55 PM  •
Michael Shields / Reuters:  ProtonMail's parent company wins a Swiss court appeal confirming email services are not considered telcos and thus not subject to data retention requirements
7:30 PM  •
Mary Ann Azevedo / TechCrunch:  Brazil-based Hash, which develops white label payment infrastructure for non-financial B2B companies looking to offer banking services, raises a $40M Series C
6:45 PM  •
Ben Hubbard / New York Times:  Citizen Lab: the iPhone of Ben Hubbard, an American reporter for NYT, was hacked in 2020 and 2021, likely by Saudi Arabia using NSO's Pegasus; NSO denies claim
6:30 PM  •
Richard Lawler / The Verge:  Tesla rolls back its FSD beta from version 10.3, which improved many items like brake light and turn signal detection, to 10.2 after “seeing some issues”
6:00 PM  •
Julia Kollewe / The Guardian:  Tesco, UK's largest supermarket chain, was hacked on Saturday, halting online grocery orders through Sunday; Tesco says its site and app are back up and running
3:30 PM  •
Chris O'Brien / The French Tech Journal:  Profile of France-based BlaBlaCar, a long distance carpooling marketplace with 80% of its riders outside of France and 60% outside of Europe
12:30 PM  •
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:  Indian startup Clear, which helps individuals and businesses file tax returns and more, raises a $75M Series C from Kora Capital, Stripe, and others
11:00 AM  •
Kenrick Cai / Forbes India:  Profile of Databricks CEO and co-founder Ali Ghodsi, who turned the data analytics startup into a company worth $28B, on track to reach ~$1B in sales in 2022
8:05 AM  •
Danny Palmer / ZDNet:  Researchers detail how hackers are using FiveSys, a rootkit with a Microsoft-issued digital signature, to steal the login credentials of gamers in China
2:00 AM  •
Lizzy Lawrence / Protocol:  A look at productivity influencers who center their content around apps like Notion, Excel, and Asana, offering advice on how to stay organized

October 23, 2021

11:45 PM  •
Tom Warren / The Verge:  Microsoft reverses its decision to remove code editing feature Hot Reload in its upcoming .NET 6 SDK, after backlash from the open source community
11:20 PM  •
Catalin Cimpanu / The Record:  CISA warns of malware discovered in npm package UAParser.js, which has 6M-7M downloads weekly, that installs a password stealer and a crypto miner
10:00 PM  •
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:  Tel Aviv and Palo Alto-based Metrolink.ai, which is developing a data management service, raises a $22M seed led by Grove Ventures
7:15 PM  •
Christine Hall / TechCrunch:  Embrace, a mobile data intelligence startup, raises a $45M Series B led by NEA
5:55 PM  •
New York Times:  Internal docs detail Facebook's struggles with violence-inciting content in India, including failure to designate some politically-connected groups as dangerous
12:25 PM  •
Drew Harwell / Washington Post:  A look at the bitter privacy debate in a Colorado neighborhood over the use of license plate scanners made by Flock, whose customer base has risen 4x since 2019
8:05 AM  •
Sam Shead / CNBC:  PitchBook: the number of European VC deals with US investor participation rose from 359 deals totaling €2.7B in 2011 to 1,434 deals worth €50.8B so far in 2021
2:00 AM  •
Matt Murray / Wall Street Journal:  Q&A with Sundar Pichai on the future of work after lockdowns, unionization push by Google employees, changing perceptions of privacy, and more
12:55 AM  •
Todd Spangler / Variety:  Mobile game maker Scopely to buy GSN Games, which makes free-to-play games like Bingo Bash, from Sony Pictures Entertainment for ~$1B in cash and stock
12:30 AM  •
Catalin Cimpanu / The Record:  Facebook files a lawsuit against a Ukrainian national for allegedly scraping and selling the personal data of 178M+ users on a cybercrime forum

October 22, 2021

8:25 PM  •
Washington Post:  Docs: Facebook user reports of “false news” hit ~40K per hour on January 6; the Instagram account reported most often for inciting violence was @realdonaldtrump
8:12 PM  •
Michael Riley / Bloomberg:  Internal docs show Facebook staff faulted the company for failing to thwart the proliferation of Groups, like Stop The Steal, that fomented January 6 violence
7:55 PM  •
New York Times:  Internal docs show the extent of Facebook's knowledge of extremist Groups on its site but don't offer a complete picture of its decision-making in response
7:25 PM  •
Brandy Zadrozny / NBC News:  Internal docs: Facebook employees created a test account in 2019 and within days it was recommended extreme and conspiratorial content, including QAnon Groups
6:40 PM  •
The Information:  Sources: over 12 news outlets, including AP and Fox Business, formed a consortium to sift leaked Facebook docs from Frances Haugen, reporting stories separately
6:00 PM  •
Erik Larson / Bloomberg:  US court rules Texas AG can seek internal docs in limited discovery from Twitter, Google, and Facebook, regarding how they moderate content
5:50 PM  •
Leah Nylen / Politico:  Docs from 16 AGs' Google suit: Google sought help from Apple, Facebook, and Microsoft to stall federal efforts to strengthen an online privacy law for children
5:15 PM  •
Steve Kovach / CNBC:  A 2019 email confirms Google asked Roku for preferential treatment for YouTube in Roku's search results, despite Google's claims to the contrary
4:45 PM  •
Victoria Guida / Politico:  Sources: during the final days of the Trump presidency, OCC quietly determined that banks can legally trade cryptocurrencies on behalf of clients
4:15 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Apple updates App Store Guidelines, including to let developers contact users about other payment methods as part of an earlier agreement with US developers
3:30 PM  •
Bob Van Voris / Bloomberg:  A group of US states say Google takes up to 42% of the money paid for online ads, in a newly unsealed court filing from their lawsuit against Google
3:07 PM  •
Craig Timberg / Washington Post:  A new whistleblower, a former member of Facebook's Integrity team, files an SEC complaint alleging Facebook prized profits over fighting hate speech and misinfo
2:10 PM  •
Marty Swant / Forbes:  Braze, a marketing campaign management software startup, files for an IPO, says its FY 2021 revenue was $150.2M, up from $96.4M in 2020, with a net loss $31.43M
12:45 PM  •
Adi Robertson / The Verge:  Software Freedom Conservancy says TRUTH Social violates Mastodon's open source code licensing terms by not sharing its source code, gives it 30 days to comply
11:25 AM  •
Ian Allison / CoinDesk:  Walmart is testing letting shoppers buy bitcoin at 200 Coinstar kiosks in its US stores through a Coinme partnership
10:25 AM  •
Tracy Qu / South China Morning Post:  ByteDance's Douyin adds a five-second mandatory pause between videos to curb binge-viewing in China, following Beijing's focus on addictive online behavior
9:00 AM  •
Zheping Huang / Bloomberg:  Tencent says a now-fixed vulnerability made some WeChat content available to Google and Bing, which are blocked in China
8:40 AM  •
Bloomberg:  Vodafone sues the UK, claiming Fujitsu was unfairly awarded a contract to upgrade the secure network connecting 532 embassies and other government locations
8:20 AM  •
New York Times:  Russia says its deep packet inspection tech is now installed at 500 telco locations, covering 100% of mobile traffic and 73% of broadband

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