Archive for category: Global News

Report: Twitch’s top streamers leaving for other platforms has led to watched hours dropping 9.8% from Q3 to Q4 2019; YouTube Gaming was alone in growing in Q4 (Sarah Perez/TechCrunch)+

Report: Twitch’s top streamers leaving for other platforms has led to watched hours dropping 9.8% from Q3 to Q4 2019; YouTube Gaming was alone in growing in Q4 (Sarah Perez/TechCrunch)

Following a BBC investigation, Twitter apologizes for letting ads be micro-targeted using keywords like “transphobic”, “white supremacists”, and “anti-gay” (Joe Tidy/BBC)+

Following a BBC investigation, Twitter apologizes for letting ads be micro-targeted using keywords like “transphobic”, “white supremacists”, and “anti-gay” (Joe Tidy/BBC)

Nancy Pelosi slams Facebook’s “shameful” behaviour, saying it doesn’t “care about truth” and schmoozes Trump’s admin to avoid taxes and antitrust action (Lauren Feiner/CNBC)+

Nancy Pelosi slams Facebook’s “shameful” behaviour, saying it doesn’t “care about truth” and schmoozes Trump’s admin to avoid taxes and antitrust action (Lauren Feiner/CNBC)

Analysis: US-China “phase one” trade deal has wins for both sides, but questions remain about how committed China is and areas like cybersecurity aren’t covered (New York Times)+

Analysis: US-China “phase one” trade deal has wins for both sides, but questions remain about how committed China is and areas like cybersecurity aren’t covered (New York Times)

Microsoft pledges to be carbon negative by 2030, remove all carbon it has ever emitted by 2050, and launches a $1B climate innovation fund (Brad Smith/The Official Microsoft Blog)+

Microsoft pledges to be carbon negative by 2030, remove all carbon it has ever emitted by 2050, and launches a $1B climate innovation fund (Brad Smith/The Official Microsoft Blog)

Subscription podcast startup Luminary lowers monthly US subscription prices, from $7.99 a month to $4.99, and also cuts international rates (Kim Lyons/The Verge)+

Subscription podcast startup Luminary lowers monthly US subscription prices, from $7.99 a month to $4.99, and also cuts international rates (Kim Lyons/The Verge)

Google says that 120 Stadia titles are coming in 2020, including 10 exclusives, and outlines new features coming soon, including increased Assistant support (Abner Li/9to5Google)+

Google says that 120 Stadia titles are coming in 2020, including 10 exclusives, and outlines new features coming soon, including increased Assistant support (Abner Li/9to5Google)

Personal details including uploaded government IDs of 4,000+ cam models, working for adult site PussyCash, were left exposed on an AWS S3 Bucket for days (Katie Kasunic/vpnMentor)+

Personal details including uploaded government IDs of 4,000+ cam models, working for adult site PussyCash, were left exposed on an AWS S3 Bucket for days (Katie Kasunic/vpnMentor)

Xiaomi says it resolved the issue of Google Nest Hubs connected to its security cameras showing feeds from random homes; Google integrations are now enabled (Ben Schoon/9to5Google)+

Xiaomi says it resolved the issue of Google Nest Hubs connected to its security cameras showing feeds from random homes; Google integrations are now enabled (Ben Schoon/9to5Google)

Canadian auto supplier Magna ends partnership with Lyft to develop and manufacture autonomous car systems, will focus on “the assisted driving part of autonomy” (Reuters)+

Canadian auto supplier Magna ends partnership with Lyft to develop and manufacture autonomous car systems, will focus on “the assisted driving part of autonomy” (Reuters)

Research: in 2019, there were 455 giant $100M+ VC rounds, totaling ~$108B or 47% of dollar volume, which is down from 467 such rounds totaling ~$148B in 2018 (Jason D. Rowley/Crunchbase News)+

Research: in 2019, there were 455 giant $100M+ VC rounds, totaling ~$108B or 47% of dollar volume, which is down from 467 such rounds totaling ~$148B in 2018 (Jason D. Rowley/Crunchbase News)

Turkey lifted a two-and-a-half year ban on Wikipedia on Wednesday, restoring access after the country’s top court ruled that blocking it was unconstitutional (New York Times)+

Turkey lifted a two-and-a-half year ban on Wikipedia on Wednesday, restoring access after the country’s top court ruled that blocking it was unconstitutional (New York Times)

A look at Utah’s “Silicon Slopes” tech startup scene, where Mormonism defines the training and business ethics of CEOs but makes attracting diverse talent hard (Adam Bluestein/Marker)+

A look at Utah’s “Silicon Slopes” tech startup scene, where Mormonism defines the training and business ethics of CEOs but makes attracting diverse talent hard (Adam Bluestein/Marker)

A look at the role of liquidators in the decentralized finance ecosystem, who make money by liquidating under-collateralized loans on crypto lending platforms (Tom Schmidt/Dragonfly Research)+

A look at the role of liquidators in the decentralized finance ecosystem, who make money by liquidating under-collateralized loans on crypto lending platforms (Tom Schmidt/Dragonfly Research)

A look at India’s food delivery market, where the prospect of continued cash-burn is forcing market leaders Swiggy and Zomato to explore other business areas (Financial Times)+

A look at India’s food delivery market, where the prospect of continued cash-burn is forcing market leaders Swiggy and Zomato to explore other business areas (Financial Times)

As tech becomes the dominant force in the modern economy, Silicon Valley’s culture since 1970s of nimble startups successfully challenging incumbents is fading (Alexis C. Madrigal/The Atlantic)+

As tech becomes the dominant force in the modern economy, Silicon Valley’s culture since 1970s of nimble startups successfully challenging incumbents is fading (Alexis C. Madrigal/The Atlantic)

NextNav raises $120M for its positioning system that uses a cellular signal to determine vertical position of smartphones inside multi-story buildings (Kirsten Korosec/TechCrunch)+

NextNav raises $120M for its positioning system that uses a cellular signal to determine vertical position of smartphones inside multi-story buildings (Kirsten Korosec/TechCrunch)

Google sets timeline for phasing out support for Chrome Apps across all operating systems by July 2022; the change won’t affect Chrome extensions (Abner Li/9to5Google)+

Google sets timeline for phasing out support for Chrome Apps across all operating systems by July 2022; the change won’t affect Chrome extensions (Abner Li/9to5Google)

Internal memo: Mozilla lays off ~70 as its plans to increase revenue from new subscription products and sources outside search in 2019 did not pan out (Frederic Lardinois/TechCrunch)+

Internal memo: Mozilla lays off ~70 as its plans to increase revenue from new subscription products and sources outside search in 2019 did not pan out (Frederic Lardinois/TechCrunch)

The e-sports industry is increasingly coming under tax scrutiny by US states, amid ever-rising sums of prize money and an uptick in interstate competitions (Ellen Zavian/Washington Post)+

The e-sports industry is increasingly coming under tax scrutiny by US states, amid ever-rising sums of prize money and an uptick in interstate competitions (Ellen Zavian/Washington Post)

Sources: Apple has acquired Seattle-based Xnor.ai, which develops low-power, edge-based AI image recognition tools, for around $200M (Alan Boyle/GeekWire)+

Sources: Apple has acquired Seattle-based Xnor.ai, which develops low-power, edge-based AI image recognition tools, for around $200M (Alan Boyle/GeekWire)

As companies comply with privacy laws like GDPR and CCPA, many have insecure practices for giving users their data and some outsource user identity verification (Kashmir Hill/New York Times)+

As companies comply with privacy laws like GDPR and CCPA, many have insecure practices for giving users their data and some outsource user identity verification (Kashmir Hill/New York Times)

Productboard, a platform for product managers, raises $45M Series B led by Sequoia and Bessemer Venture Partners, source says at a $350M post-money valuation (Alex Konrad/Forbes)+

Productboard, a platform for product managers, raises $45M Series B led by Sequoia and Bessemer Venture Partners, source says at a $350M post-money valuation (Alex Konrad/Forbes)

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