Archive for category: CES

Sources: Turkey-backed hackers have used DNS hijacking to obtain login credentials, targeting ~30 EU and Middle East governments and organizations since 2018 (Reuters)+

Sources: Turkey-backed hackers have used DNS hijacking to obtain login credentials, targeting ~30 EU and Middle East governments and organizations since 2018 (Reuters)

As Alphabet and Microsoft clamor for regulation of tech like facial recognition, potential new rules and their obstacles pose existential threats to startups (Azeem Azhar/Exponential View)+

As Alphabet and Microsoft clamor for regulation of tech like facial recognition, potential new rules and their obstacles pose existential threats to startups (Azeem Azhar/Exponential View)

UK government proposes new IoT rules: firms must tell consumers how long security updates will be provided, ship individual devices with unique passwords, more (Danny Palmer/ZDNet)+

UK government proposes new IoT rules: firms must tell consumers how long security updates will be provided, ship individual devices with unique passwords, more (Danny Palmer/ZDNet)

As China tries to contain the coronavirus, the sheer volume of criticism of the government overwhelms censors and tests China’s ability to control the narrative (Raymond Zhong/New York Times)+

As China tries to contain the coronavirus, the sheer volume of criticism of the government overwhelms censors and tests China’s ability to control the narrative (Raymond Zhong/New York Times)

SuperAwesome, which offers tools for kid-safe advertising, parental controls, and more, raises $17M from Microsoft’s M12, says it had $55M in revenue in 2019 (Sarah Perez/TechCrunch)+

SuperAwesome, which offers tools for kid-safe advertising, parental controls, and more, raises $17M from Microsoft’s M12, says it had $55M in revenue in 2019 (Sarah Perez/TechCrunch)

Consumer IoT is in trouble because normal people can’t be expected to manage a house full of smart things or keep track of their bugs and looming obsolescence (Jean-Louis Gassée/Monday Note)+

Consumer IoT is in trouble because normal people can’t be expected to manage a house full of smart things or keep track of their bugs and looming obsolescence (Jean-Louis Gassée/Monday Note)

FCC unlocks 3.5GHz band of spectrum used by Citizens Broadband Radio Service, enhancing connectivity via “OnGo” services in the latest iOS and Android phones (Jeremy Horwitz/VentureBeat)+

FCC unlocks 3.5GHz band of spectrum used by Citizens Broadband Radio Service, enhancing connectivity via “OnGo” services in the latest iOS and Android phones (Jeremy Horwitz/VentureBeat)

Google says it will shut down App Maker, G Suite’s low-code environment for building custom business apps, on January 19, 2021 (Emil Protalinski/VentureBeat)+

Google says it will shut down App Maker, G Suite’s low-code environment for building custom business apps, on January 19, 2021 (Emil Protalinski/VentureBeat)

Bird adds $75M to its Series D, bringing the total raised in the round to $350M, acquires European scooter-sharing startup Circ that was previously called Flash (Kyle Wiggers/VentureBeat)+

Bird adds $75M to its Series D, bringing the total raised in the round to $350M, acquires European scooter-sharing startup Circ that was previously called Flash (Kyle Wiggers/VentureBeat)

Mural, a visual collaboration platform for enterprises, raises $23M Series A led by Radian Capital, with Gradient Ventures and Endeavor Catalyst participating (Alex Wilhelm/TechCrunch)+

Mural, a visual collaboration platform for enterprises, raises $23M Series A led by Radian Capital, with Gradient Ventures and Endeavor Catalyst participating (Alex Wilhelm/TechCrunch)

Mumbai-based Bizongo, an online B2B marketplace for packaging, raises $30M Series C led by Switzerland-based hedge fund Schroder Adveq (Romita Majumdar/Livemint)+

Mumbai-based Bizongo, an online B2B marketplace for packaging, raises $30M Series C led by Switzerland-based hedge fund Schroder Adveq (Romita Majumdar/Livemint)

Documents reveal that Avast has sold its users internet browsing data, through a subsidiary called Jumpshot, to clients like Pepsi, Google, and Microsoft (Joseph Cox/VICE)+

Documents reveal that Avast has sold its users internet browsing data, through a subsidiary called Jumpshot, to clients like Pepsi, Google, and Microsoft (Joseph Cox/VICE)

Gravyty, a Massachusetts-based fundraising platform that uses AI to analyze donor behavior in order to help nonprofits reach fundraising goals, raises $21M (Kyle Wiggers/VentureBeat)+

Gravyty, a Massachusetts-based fundraising platform that uses AI to analyze donor behavior in order to help nonprofits reach fundraising goals, raises $21M (Kyle Wiggers/VentureBeat)

Grubhub admits to adding restaurants without their permission, after restaurateur found her Thai restaurant had a page on Grubhub and its subsidiary Seamless (Tara Duggan/San Francisco Chronicle)+

Grubhub admits to adding restaurants without their permission, after restaurateur found her Thai restaurant had a page on Grubhub and its subsidiary Seamless (Tara Duggan/San Francisco Chronicle)

As France announces new rules that make it easier for startups to grant stock options to employees, a look at stock option taxation in other European countries (Financial Times)+

As France announces new rules that make it easier for startups to grant stock options to employees, a look at stock option taxation in other European countries (Financial Times)

Iguazio, which develops a platform for developing, deploying, and managing AI applications at scale, raises $24M led by INcapital Ventures (Kyle Wiggers/VentureBeat)+

Iguazio, which develops a platform for developing, deploying, and managing AI applications at scale, raises $24M led by INcapital Ventures (Kyle Wiggers/VentureBeat)

A critical look at OpenAI’s GPT-2 text generation AI and why the knowledge acquired by systems like the GPT-2 has been superficial and unreliable (Gary Marcus/The Gradient)+

A critical look at OpenAI’s GPT-2 text generation AI and why the knowledge acquired by systems like the GPT-2 has been superficial and unreliable (Gary Marcus/The Gradient)

Fintech startups tackling every layer of banking stack, from core tech to KYC/AML, enable startups and companies like Apple to start adding financial services (Angela Strange/Andreessen Horowitz)+

Fintech startups tackling every layer of banking stack, from core tech to KYC/AML, enable startups and companies like Apple to start adding financial services (Angela Strange/Andreessen Horowitz)

Currencycloud raises $80M Series E from Visa, BNP Paribas, and others for cross-border payment APIs that have transferred $50B+ and are used by ~350 companies (Ingrid Lunden/TechCrunch)+

Currencycloud raises $80M Series E from Visa, BNP Paribas, and others for cross-border payment APIs that have transferred $50B+ and are used by ~350 companies (Ingrid Lunden/TechCrunch)

Amazon employees share their views on Amazon’s global impact, from climate change to “enabling Palantir and ICE to surveil and separate” families at the border (Amazon Employees for Climate Justice)+

Amazon employees share their views on Amazon’s global impact, from climate change to “enabling Palantir and ICE to surveil and separate” families at the border (Amazon Employees for Climate Justice)

The protest of Amazon’s business practices by 300+ staff openly challenges Amazon after two employees say they were threatened with firing over climate activism (Monica Nickelsburg/GeekWire)+

The protest of Amazon’s business practices by 300+ staff openly challenges Amazon after two employees say they were threatened with firing over climate activism (Monica Nickelsburg/GeekWire)

With the launch of Razr pre-orders, Motorola released a video “Caring for razr”, which says “Screen is made to bend; bumps and lumps are normal” (Dieter Bohn/The Verge)+

With the launch of Razr pre-orders, Motorola released a video “Caring for razr”, which says “Screen is made to bend; bumps and lumps are normal” (Dieter Bohn/The Verge)

Inside game streaming wars, where Ninja reportedly got paid $20M to $30M to move to Mixer and streamers with 10K concurrent views on Twitch can get $10M+ offers (Shannon Liao/CNN)+

Inside game streaming wars, where Ninja reportedly got paid $20M to $30M to move to Mixer and streamers with 10K concurrent views on Twitch can get $10M+ offers (Shannon Liao/CNN)

Appeals court reverses a lower court and reinstates a suit challenging constitutionality of sex-trafficking law FOSTA, finding plaintiffs have standing to sue (Electronic Frontier Foundation)+

Appeals court reverses a lower court and reinstates a suit challenging constitutionality of sex-trafficking law FOSTA, finding plaintiffs have standing to sue (Electronic Frontier Foundation)

Unito, whose tool helps teams communicate between different workplace productivity software suites, raises $10.5M Series A led by Bessemer Venture Partners (Lucas Matney/TechCrunch)+

Unito, whose tool helps teams communicate between different workplace productivity software suites, raises $10.5M Series A led by Bessemer Venture Partners (Lucas Matney/TechCrunch)

India-based Pine Labs, which offers POS services, raises an undisclosed round from Mastercard; source: the $100M-$150M round values the company at $1.5B-$1.6B (Times of India)+

India-based Pine Labs, which offers POS services, raises an undisclosed round from Mastercard; source: the $100M-$150M round values the company at $1.5B-$1.6B (Times of India)

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