January 25th, 2021
08:42 PM
Investment firm Carlyle Group confirmed it acquired UK-based game publisher Jagex, which develops RuneScape, reportedly for at least $530M (Dean Takahashi/VentureBeat)
08:42 PM
Facebook says it will give researchers targeting data on 1.3M social issue, electoral, and political ads from August 3 through November 3 2020 (Issie Lapowsky/Protocol)
08:16 PM
a16z plans to launch a "new and separate media property" later this year focused on "the future" and names ex-CNN editor Maggie Leung executive editor (Margit Wennmachers/Andreessen Horowitz)
07:50 PM
Twitter debuts Birdwatch, in testing since last year, which lets select users flag and add notes about tweets they think are misleading or false (NBC News)
06:58 PM
French startup Alma, which offers Klarna-like payment installment tools for retailers, raises €49M Series B (Romain Dillet/TechCrunch)
05:14 PM
A look at r/WallStreetBets, a 2M-member subreddit that helped push GameStop's stock to record highs and is now facing allegations of harassment (Cecilia D'Anastasio/Wired)
05:14 PM
Source: Clubhouse raised around $100M from a16z at a $1B post-money valuation (Dan Primack/Axios)
04:48 PM
Google details its work on a privacy-conscious substitute for cookies, called Federated Learning of Cohorts, with ~95% of conversions/dollar of cookie-based ads (Sara Fischer/Axios)
04:48 PM
Apple launches Time to Walk for Apple Watch and Fitness+, offering 25 to 40 minute episodes of original audio from influential people, available today (Chance Miller/9to5Mac)
04:48 PM
Melio, a B2B payments startup focused on small businesses, raises $110M Series C2, following an $80M Series C in Sept. 2020, at a $1.3B valuation (Christine Hall/Crunchbase News)
03:56 PM
Smart lock maker Latch says it will go public by merging with a SPAC at a $1.56B valuation, expecting to raise ~$450M in cash (Wall Street Journal)
03:30 PM
Autonomous driving startup Uisee raises $150M from investors including Chinese state-backed National Manufacturing Transformation and Upgrade Fund (Rita Liao/TechCrunch)
03:30 PM
NBCUniversal and Twitter announce a multi-year global content partnership to bring live, trending content, like sports highlights, to Twitter (Jessica Bursztynsky/CNBC)
03:04 PM
Google pledges $150M in grants to promote COVID-19 vaccine distribution and converts some of its facilities into vaccination sites (Steve Dent/Engadget)
03:04 PM
Sources: Huawei is in early stage talks to sell its premium smartphone brands P and Mate to a Chinese consortium led by state-backed investment firms (Reuters)
02:12 PM
Wolt, a Helsinki-based online ordering and delivery company, raises $530M led by Iconiq Growth (Steve O'Hear/TechCrunch)
02:12 PM
Content recommendation company Taboola says it has agreed to go public via a SPAC, valuing the company at $2.6B and raising $545M (Sara Fischer/Axios)
01:20 PM
Google workers across the world announce Alpha Global, an international union alliance comprising 13 unions representing workers in 10 countries (Zoe Schiffer/The Verge)
01:20 PM
Brigit, a personal finance app offering overdraft coverage, emergency loans, and budgeting tools, says it raised $35M Series A in early 2020 led by Lightspeed (Eliza Haverstock/Forbes)
08:34 AM
German startup Wingcopter, which develops fixed-wing drones capable of vertical take-off and landing, raises $22M Series A led by Xplorer Capital (Darrell Etherington/TechCrunch)
05:32 AM
Research shows that hundreds of SPACs are looking to acquire tech companies in the coming months, heating up competition for startups and inflating deal values (Wall Street Journal)
02:05 AM
Source: Kuaishou Technology, ByteDance's main rival in China, is seeking to raise as much as $5.4B through an IPO in Hong Kong and is slated to list on Feb. 5 (Julia Fioretti/Bloomberg)
12:47 AM
Hacker leaks data of 2.28M+ users of dating site MeetMindful, including real names, Facebook account tokens, email addresses, and geo-location information (Catalin Cimpanu/ZDNet)
January 24th, 2021
10:38 PM
In an interview, Waymo CEO dismissed Tesla as a competitor and argued that Tesla's current strategy, without lidar, wouldn't produce a fully self-driving system (Timothy B. Lee/Ars Technica)
09:46 PM
After Huawei spinoff, Honor confirms partnerships with key chip suppliers such as AMD, Intel, Qualcomm, and MediaTek, launches new smartphone and notebooks (Nikkei Asia)
07:36 PM
Clubhouse has secured a new round of funding led by Andreessen Horowitz, says it now has over 180 investors in the company (joinclubhouse.com)
06:44 PM
Apple says magnets in iPhone 12 models and MagSafe accessories may affect devices like pacemakers and defibrillators, warning users to keep them 6" to 12" apart (Joe Rossignol/MacRumors)
03:16 PM
As platforms race to purge harmful content after the Capitol riots, police race to gather evidence, showing the need for international data preservation laws (Foreign Policy)
11:48 AM
Research: GPT-3 frequently creates sentences associating Muslims with shooting, bombs, murder, and violence, a bias OpenAI acknowledged upon its public release (Dave Gershgorn/OneZero )
08:46 AM
A look at the current state of industrial and service robotics, a century after the Czech play "R.U.R." introduced the word "robot" to the English language (Christopher Mims/Wall Street Journal)
07:54 AM
What's in store for Amazon during Biden admin: more unions, labor protection and oversight, antitrust actions, privacy and facial recognition regulations, more (Annie Palmer/CNBC)
07:02 AM
Custom parts manufacturer Protolabs buys 3D Hubs, an online on-demand service providing access to ~240 manufacturing partners, for up to $330M in cash and stock (Robin Wauters/Tech.eu)
06:36 AM
Microsoft confirms it halted all donations of its PAC while it decides by Feb. 15 whether to suspend donations to those who voted against election certification (Microsoft On the Issues)
05:44 AM
Philips acquired Capsule Technologies, a provider of data platforms to connect all medical devices and record systems within a hospital, for $635M in cash (Conor Hale/FierceBiotech)
02:43 AM
Uber laid off ~185 Postmates staff, about 15% of the division's workforce; sources say layoffs impacted most of the exec team, including CEO Bastian Lehmann (Mike Isaac/New York Times)
01:25 AM
Globality, whose AI-based sourcing software connects companies with service providers, raises $138M Series E from Sienna Capital and SoftBank's Vision Fund (Cromwell Schubarth/Silicon Valley ...)
January 23rd, 2021
10:50 PM
As Starlink builds out its satellite constellation, it is enjoying a very warm reception from the early adopters of its internet service in remote areas (Dana Hull/Bloomberg)
09:06 PM
Despite an apparent industry's influence during transition, latest appointments and developments hint Biden admin will be tougher on tech than its predecessors (Will Oremus/OneZero )
06:56 PM
Italy tells TikTok to block all unverified user accounts after a 10-year-old girl dies while allegedly participating in the "blackout challenge" on the app (Crispian Balmer/Reuters)
05:12 PM
Sources: VCs have approached Clubhouse about investing in its next round at ~$1B valuation, a 10X increase from the previous round; a16z is expected to lead (The Information)
02:36 PM
Interview with Chase CIO Rohan Amin on managing Chase's $4B tech budget, API integrations, and this year's rise in digital mortgage applications and banking (Mary Ann Azevedo/FinLedger)
11:34 AM
A look at the Beijing Academy of Artificial Intelligence, a government-sponsored research lab, and its work on a new language model similar to GPT-3 (Will Knight/Wired)
08:32 AM
Facebook says a configuration change has caused some users to be logged out of their apps and is working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible (USA Today)
08:32 AM
How Volkswagen's ID.3, the automaker's long-awaited answer to Tesla, was beset by faulty in-car software, prompting a reboot of the company's software business (William Boston/Wall Street Journal)
08:06 AM
Analysis of US-based venture-backed companies that went public in roughly the past two years shows that top 40 companies are now valued at around $1.1T (Joanna Glasner/Crunchbase News)
07:14 AM
Microsoft backtracks on price hike for Xbox Live Gold subscriptions announced Friday and says free-to-play games will also no longer require a Gold subscription (Sam Byford/The Verge)
07:14 AM
4Paradigm, a Beijing-based AI software startup focused on enterprise clients, raises $700M Series D led by Boyu Capital, Primavera Capital, and Hopu Fund (Song Jingli/KrASIA)
04:12 AM
MoffettNathanson survey: 62% of Apple TV+ subscribers were on free offers in Q4 2020, only 30% said they plan to renew at the regular $4.99/month price (Todd Spangler/Variety)
02:55 AM
Activision Blizzard says that it is merging its Vicarious Visions studio, which Activision acquired in 2005, and its ~200 staff into Blizzard Entertainment (Brendan Sinclair/GamesIndustry.biz)
02:29 AM
Intel says an internal error caused a leak of an infographic related to its Q4 earnings report, which prompted its release ahead of stock market close on Thurs. (Associated Press)
01:37 AM
Sources: Biden is looking to hire cybersecurity veterans for top roles, but some observers worry too much value is being placed on public sector experience (Reuters)
12:45 AM
Sources: Microsoft president Brad Smith defended the company's political contributions in a meeting with employees after some questioned donations from its PAC (Jordan Novet/CNBC)
12:45 AM
Sources: data analytics service Databricks is in talks to raise a private funding round, potentially valuing it at ~$27B; Databricks was valued at $6.2B in 2019 (Eric Newcomer/Newcomer)
January 22nd, 2021
11:53 PM
Huawei hires former Brazilian president Michel Temer as its legal adviser for the impending 5G auction bid in the country (Angelica Mari/ZDNet)
11:53 PM
Ex-ADT technician pled guilty to computer fraud and invasive visual recording for viewing home security camera feeds he installed in ~200 homes over 9,000 times (Dan Goodin/Ars Technica)
10:09 PM
FTC fines three bot-powered ticket scalping operations a total of $3.7M, the first time the agency applied a 2016 anti-bot law called the BOTS Act (Adi Robertson/The Verge)
09:43 PM
Unclassified memo: Defense Intelligence Agency analysts have used commercial databases of location data from smartphone apps to track Americans without warrants (Charlie Savage/New York Times)
09:43 PM
VSPN, the organizer and broadcaster for many top esports competitions in China, raises $60M Series B+, three months after raising $100M Series B (Mike Butcher/TechCrunch)
08:51 PM
Lyft is testing a "priority mode" offering drivers more rides in exchange for a 10% pay cut; some drivers call it "poverty mode", saying their earnings dropped (Dara Kerr/CNET)
08:51 PM
Facebook spent $19.7M on federal lobbying in 2020, up 17.8% YoY, Google spent $7.5M, down 36.2%; Big Five tech companies together spent $61.1M, down 1.8% (Lauren Feiner/CNBC)
07:59 PM
Microsoft is increasing the prices of Xbox Live Gold subscriptions, up $1 to $10.99 per month and up $5 to $29.99 for a three-month membership (Tom Warren/The Verge)
07:59 PM
European Parliament invites CEOs of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Alphabet to a Feb. 1 hearing in Brussels on EU Commission's tech regulation proposals (Foo Yun Chee/Reuters)
07:07 PM
Despite the pandemic, Amazon wants Alabama warehouse workers to vote in person on a proposal to form a union, objecting to NLRB's decision to allow vote by mail (Matt Day/Bloomberg)
06:41 PM
Marques Brownlee, aka MKBHD, on starting and scaling one of the biggest YouTube tech channels to 13.5M subscribers, day-to-day work, and future of his business (Nilay Patel/The Verge)
05:49 PM
FOSS Patents' Florian Mueller files a complaint with US and EU antitrust authorities after Google and Apple reject his COVID-19-related game (Foo Yun Chee/Reuters)
04:57 PM
Nick Clegg says it'll be really interesting to hear Oversight Board's recommendations for future Trump ban-like situations, but doesn't commit to following them (Sara Fischer/Axios)
04:05 PM
Dating Group, which says it has 73M registered users, acquires Once, a Swiss-based app which leverages AI to provide one match per day to each user, for €14.9M (Charlotte Tucker/EU-Startups)
03:13 PM
Sources: Samsung is considering building a $10B chipmaking plant in Texas, a major investment it hopes will help it catch up with industry leader TSMC (Bloomberg)
02:47 PM
Six MEPs file complaint alleging European parliament's COVID-19 testing site transferred personal data to the US without valid legal basis (Natasha Lomas/TechCrunch)
01:29 PM
Sources: Apple is working on a thinner and lighter 13-inch high-end MacBook Air with MagSafe charging and next-gen processors to launch as soon as this year (Mark Gurman/Bloomberg)
11:45 AM
NASA has discovered dozens of fresh craters on Mars by using an AI to analyze orbital image data, a promising new method to study planets in our solar system (Daniel Oberhaus/Wired)
05:15 AM
AWS will maintain an open source fork of Elasticsearch and Kibana, after criticism from Elastic which changed its licensing terms to monetize cloud-service use (Tom Krazit/Protocol)
04:23 AM
Tastytrade, a Chicago-based online brokerage and financial media company, to be acquired by UK's IG Group in a deal worth over $1B in cash and stock (Bloomberg)
03:57 AM
Intel says it's investigating the leak of an infographic related to its Q4 earnings report, which prompted its release ahead of stock market close on Thu. (Richard Waters/Financial Times)
03:31 AM
Report: 70% of Americans now have access to a broadband plan costing $60 or less, up from 52% at the end of 2019 (Joanna Nelius/Gizmodo)