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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)

Socially Determined, which offers a data analytics platform focused on measuring the impact of the social determinants of health, closes $11.1M Series A (Michelai Graham/Technical.ly DC)+

Socially Determined, which offers a data analytics platform focused on measuring the impact of the social determinants of health, closes $11.1M Series A (Michelai Graham/Technical.ly DC)

An overview of nine leading US presidential candidates’ positions on Big Tech, with Warren and Sanders leading the charge to break up big tech companies (Elizabeth Culliford/Reuters)+

An overview of nine leading US presidential candidates’ positions on Big Tech, with Warren and Sanders leading the charge to break up big tech companies (Elizabeth Culliford/Reuters)

FloQast, a startup that sells accounting software, raises $40M Series C led by Norwest Venture Partners, bringing its total funding to over $90M (Alex Wilhelm/TechCrunch)+

FloQast, a startup that sells accounting software, raises $40M Series C led by Norwest Venture Partners, bringing its total funding to over $90M (Alex Wilhelm/TechCrunch)

Report: betting companies had access to a UK Department for Education database with records of 28M children, after a third-party gave access without permission (Charlie Osborne/ZDNet)+

Report: betting companies had access to a UK Department for Education database with records of 28M children, after a third-party gave access without permission (Charlie Osborne/ZDNet)

Anchore, which offers automated container security management to clients including US DOD, raises $20M Series A led by SignalFire, bringing total raise to ~$30M (Kyle Wiggers/VentureBeat)+

Anchore, which offers automated container security management to clients including US DOD, raises $20M Series A led by SignalFire, bringing total raise to ~$30M (Kyle Wiggers/VentureBeat)

Fossil Gen 5 review: best Wear OS watch yet with clever notification handling, good battery life, but hardware UX is unpredictable and phone can disconnect (Samuel Gibbs/The Guardian)+

Fossil Gen 5 review: best Wear OS watch yet with clever notification handling, good battery life, but hardware UX is unpredictable and phone can disconnect (Samuel Gibbs/The Guardian)

How adding wireless chips, motion and pressure sensors, displays, and machine learning to products like toothbrushes is changing our oral hygiene habits (Lauren Goode/Wired)+

How adding wireless chips, motion and pressure sensors, displays, and machine learning to products like toothbrushes is changing our oral hygiene habits (Lauren Goode/Wired)

India’s smartphone market surpassed the US, becoming the second-largest smartphone market globally, reaching 158M shipments in 2019, up 7% YoY (Anshika Jain/Counterpoint Research)+

India’s smartphone market surpassed the US, becoming the second-largest smartphone market globally, reaching 158M shipments in 2019, up 7% YoY (Anshika Jain/Counterpoint Research)

Report: Samsung’s upcoming foldable smartphone, possibly called Galaxy Z Flip, to use “Ultra Thin Glass” with a Dynamic AMOLED display underneath (Ben Schoon/9to5Google)+

Report: Samsung’s upcoming foldable smartphone, possibly called Galaxy Z Flip, to use “Ultra Thin Glass” with a Dynamic AMOLED display underneath (Ben Schoon/9to5Google)

A federal jury in California reduces the damages Apple has to pay Canadian IP licensing company WiLan for infringing on two wireless patents from $145M to $85M (Bloomberg)+

A federal jury in California reduces the damages Apple has to pay Canadian IP licensing company WiLan for infringing on two wireless patents from $145M to $85M (Bloomberg)

Leila Janah, founder and CEO of Samasource, an SF-based machine learning training data company with a large workforce in East Africa, dies at 37 (Danny Crichton/TechCrunch)+

Leila Janah, founder and CEO of Samasource, an SF-based machine learning training data company with a large workforce in East Africa, dies at 37 (Danny Crichton/TechCrunch)

UK’s science minister Chris Skidmore says the UK won’t implement EU’s Copyright Directive, which includes Article 13, after the country leaves the EU (Chris Smith/Trusted Reviews)+

UK’s science minister Chris Skidmore says the UK won’t implement EU’s Copyright Directive, which includes Article 13, after the country leaves the EU (Chris Smith/Trusted Reviews)

GelSight raises $10M Series B for its imaging system that uses an elastomeric-based sensor and computer vision to produce highly accurate 3D maps of surfaces (Jeremy Bogaisky/Forbes)+

GelSight raises $10M Series B for its imaging system that uses an elastomeric-based sensor and computer vision to produce highly accurate 3D maps of surfaces (Jeremy Bogaisky/Forbes)

Laws that ban facial recognition miss the larger point: we need laws on all tech used for identification and to decide how much of our data should be surveilled (Bruce Schneier/New York Times)+

Laws that ban facial recognition miss the larger point: we need laws on all tech used for identification and to decide how much of our data should be surveilled (Bruce Schneier/New York Times)

An in-depth look at facial recognition technology, with a primer on how it works, who is using it in the US, and how to avoid it online and in public (The California Sunday Magazine)+

An in-depth look at facial recognition technology, with a primer on how it works, who is using it in the US, and how to avoid it online and in public (The California Sunday Magazine)

Galvanize to be acquired by education company K12 Inc. for $165M in cash, according to an email to shareholders; some shareholders won’t get proceeds (Kate Clark/The Information)+

Galvanize to be acquired by education company K12 Inc. for $165M in cash, according to an email to shareholders; some shareholders won’t get proceeds (Kate Clark/The Information)

Google has started charging law enforcement agencies fees for legal demands of user information such as emails, location tracking information and search queries (New York Times)+

Google has started charging law enforcement agencies fees for legal demands of user information such as emails, location tracking information and search queries (New York Times)

Vine co-founder Dom Hofmann launches Byte, a Vine-like short-form video app, on iOS and Android, aims to start its partner program to pay creators “soon” (Josh Constine/TechCrunch)+

Vine co-founder Dom Hofmann launches Byte, a Vine-like short-form video app, on iOS and Android, aims to start its partner program to pay creators “soon” (Josh Constine/TechCrunch)

LA-based commercial real estate marketplace CRExi raises $29M, says it had $700B worth of transactions on its platform (Jonathan Shieber/TechCrunch)+

LA-based commercial real estate marketplace CRExi raises $29M, says it had $700B worth of transactions on its platform (Jonathan Shieber/TechCrunch)

CloudKnox Security, which lets companies protect their private and public clouds from insider threats via “least privilege” policies, raises $12M Series A (Paul Sawers/VentureBeat)+

CloudKnox Security, which lets companies protect their private and public clouds from insider threats via “least privilege” policies, raises $12M Series A (Paul Sawers/VentureBeat)

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