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Comtravo, which uses AI and NLP to offer an end-to-end solution for booking and managing business trips, adds €9M to its Series B, increasing it to €30M (Annie Musgrove/Tech.eu)+

Comtravo, which uses AI and NLP to offer an end-to-end solution for booking and managing business trips, adds €9M to its Series B, increasing it to €30M (Annie Musgrove/Tech.eu)

Microsoft knows about an actively exploited bug in Internet Explorer on all Windows versions, but likely won’t have a fix until the next Patch Tuesday on Feb 11 (Zack Whittaker/TechCrunch)+

Microsoft knows about an actively exploited bug in Internet Explorer on all Windows versions, but likely won’t have a fix until the next Patch Tuesday on Feb 11 (Zack Whittaker/TechCrunch)

Sources: Amazon is working with Visa to test checkout terminals that let consumers pay for purchases with their palms (AnnaMaria Andriotis/Wall Street Journal)+

Sources: Amazon is working with Visa to test checkout terminals that let consumers pay for purchases with their palms (AnnaMaria Andriotis/Wall Street Journal)

A look at Clearview AI, a facial recognition app claiming it scraped 3B+ images from sites like Facebook, YouTube, and that 600+ law enforcement agencies use it (Kashmir Hill/New York Times)+

A look at Clearview AI, a facial recognition app claiming it scraped 3B+ images from sites like Facebook, YouTube, and that 600+ law enforcement agencies use it (Kashmir Hill/New York Times)

Airbnb to tie metrics like guest safety to employee bonuses, says it has created dedicated teams to serve all “stakeholders”, which include hosts and guests (Sarah E. Needleman/Wall Street Journal)+

Airbnb to tie metrics like guest safety to employee bonuses, says it has created dedicated teams to serve all “stakeholders”, which include hosts and guests (Sarah E. Needleman/Wall Street Journal)

The latest panic that the EU may force Apple to abandon Lightning is based on a fundamental misunderstanding of both the EC’s intent and how charging works (Cameron Faulkner/The Verge)+

The latest panic that the EU may force Apple to abandon Lightning is based on a fundamental misunderstanding of both the EC’s intent and how charging works (Cameron Faulkner/The Verge)

FBI seizes the domain of WeLeakInfo, a site offering usernames and passwords from data breaches for sale; WeLeakInfo claims to have 12B+ usernames and passwords (Sean Gallagher/Ars Technica)+

FBI seizes the domain of WeLeakInfo, a site offering usernames and passwords from data breaches for sale; WeLeakInfo claims to have 12B+ usernames and passwords (Sean Gallagher/Ars Technica)

Sources: Samsung Galaxy S20 5G, S20+ 5G, and S20 Ultra 5G will have 6.2″, 6.7″ and 6.9″ displays respectively; S20 Ultra to get 108MP + 48MP wide angle cameras (Asif Iqbal Shaik/MySmartPrice)+

Sources: Samsung Galaxy S20 5G, S20+ 5G, and S20 Ultra 5G will have 6.2″, 6.7″ and 6.9″ displays respectively; S20 Ultra to get 108MP + 48MP wide angle cameras (Asif Iqbal Shaik/MySmartPrice)

Massachusetts Superior Court orders Facebook to turn over data about tens of thousands of apps from ~400 developers company said it suspended last September (Tony Romm/Washington Post)+

Massachusetts Superior Court orders Facebook to turn over data about tens of thousands of apps from ~400 developers company said it suspended last September (Tony Romm/Washington Post)

Sources: SoftBank’s Vision Fund led a $750M investment last August in Philadelphia-based goPuff, an on-demand delivery service for convenience products (The Information)+

Sources: SoftBank’s Vision Fund led a $750M investment last August in Philadelphia-based goPuff, an on-demand delivery service for convenience products (The Information)

Sources: Eaze, an on-demand pot delivery startup with $166M in funding, raises $15M bridge round, amid struggles with cash and a pivot to selling its own brands (TechCrunch)+

Sources: Eaze, an on-demand pot delivery startup with $166M in funding, raises $15M bridge round, amid struggles with cash and a pivot to selling its own brands (TechCrunch)

Sources: Spotify in early talks to buy The Ringer, founded by former ESPN commentator Bill Simmons, which has a podcast network that made $15M+ in 2018 (Wall Street Journal)+

Sources: Spotify in early talks to buy The Ringer, founded by former ESPN commentator Bill Simmons, which has a podcast network that made $15M+ in 2018 (Wall Street Journal)

Phenom People, which helps customers like Microsoft build career websites with personalized job recommendations and chatbots, raises $30M Series C (Paul Sawers/VentureBeat)+

Phenom People, which helps customers like Microsoft build career websites with personalized job recommendations and chatbots, raises $30M Series C (Paul Sawers/VentureBeat)

Payments processing and automation company AvidXchange raises $260M Series F from TPG Sixth Street Partners and others (Mary Ann Azevedo/Crunchbase News)+

Payments processing and automation company AvidXchange raises $260M Series F from TPG Sixth Street Partners and others (Mary Ann Azevedo/Crunchbase News)

Tile accused Apple of acting anti-competitively at a House antitrust hearing on Friday, while Sonos testified against Google, and PopSockets against Amazon (Tony Romm/Washington Post)+

Tile accused Apple of acting anti-competitively at a House antitrust hearing on Friday, while Sonos testified against Google, and PopSockets against Amazon (Tony Romm/Washington Post)

Profile of Adam Mosseri, who sees Project Daisy, which will eliminate public display of Instagram Likes later this year, as a way to “depressurize the app” (Amy Chozick/New York Times)+

Profile of Adam Mosseri, who sees Project Daisy, which will eliminate public display of Instagram Likes later this year, as a way to “depressurize the app” (Amy Chozick/New York Times)

Leaked white paper: European Commission is considering a 3-5 year ban on the use of facial recognition technology by private or public actors in public spaces (Samuel Stolton/EURACTIV.com)+

Leaked white paper: European Commission is considering a 3-5 year ban on the use of facial recognition technology by private or public actors in public spaces (Samuel Stolton/EURACTIV.com)

Cargo, which sold snack-boxes and other amenities to ride-hail passengers, lays off “fewer than 30” employees and pivots to car-top advertising (Kia Kokalitcheva/Axios)+

Cargo, which sold snack-boxes and other amenities to ride-hail passengers, lays off “fewer than 30” employees and pivots to car-top advertising (Kia Kokalitcheva/Axios)

Istanbul-based Getir, which promises an average grocery delivery time of 10 minutes, raises $38M Series A led by Michael Moritz, starts raising $100M Series B (Laura Pitel/Financial Times)+

Istanbul-based Getir, which promises an average grocery delivery time of 10 minutes, raises $38M Series A led by Michael Moritz, starts raising $100M Series B (Laura Pitel/Financial Times)

Investigation finds illicit THC products are being openly hawked on Instagram and Facebook; Facebook removed 19 groups and Instagram removed posts and hashtags (CNBC)+

Investigation finds illicit THC products are being openly hawked on Instagram and Facebook; Facebook removed 19 groups and Instagram removed posts and hashtags (CNBC)

Sources: some FBI officials were stunned by AG Barr’s use of the Pensacola case to rebuke Apple as they believe Apple had already provided ample assistance (Wall Street Journal)+

Sources: some FBI officials were stunned by AG Barr’s use of the Pensacola case to rebuke Apple as they believe Apple had already provided ample assistance (Wall Street Journal)

Cyral, which helps protect data stored in cloud repositories, announces $11M Series A and reveals a previously undisclosed $4.1M angel investment (Ron Miller/TechCrunch)+

Cyral, which helps protect data stored in cloud repositories, announces $11M Series A and reveals a previously undisclosed $4.1M angel investment (Ron Miller/TechCrunch)

Funnel, which offers tools to help businesses prepare their marketing data for better reporting and analysis, raises $47M Series B led by Eight Roads Ventures (Steve O’Hear/TechCrunch)+

Funnel, which offers tools to help businesses prepare their marketing data for better reporting and analysis, raises $47M Series B led by Eight Roads Ventures (Steve O’Hear/TechCrunch)

In a Q&A, Joe Biden says Section 230 should be immediately revoked for Facebook and other platforms and that Zuckerberg should be submitted to civil liability (New York Times)+

In a Q&A, Joe Biden says Section 230 should be immediately revoked for Facebook and other platforms and that Zuckerberg should be submitted to civil liability (New York Times)

Study finds the worlds’ biggest brands, including Samsung and L’Oreal, are unknowingly running ads inside climate misinformation videos on YouTube (Alex Hern/The Guardian)+

Study finds the worlds’ biggest brands, including Samsung and L’Oreal, are unknowingly running ads inside climate misinformation videos on YouTube (Alex Hern/The Guardian)

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