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London-based payments startup SumUp secures a $371M loan from Goldman, Bain Capital, and others to fuel an international expansion (@nooralali / Bloomberg) https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-07-16/goldman-bain-back-371-million-loan-to-u-k-fintech-startup http://www.techmeme.com/190716/p28#a190716p28
EU's satellite navigation program, named Galileo and billed as a more reliable alternative to GPS, has mostly been down since last Thursday (@karaszpalko / New York Times) https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/16/world/europe/galileo-outage.html http://www.techmeme.com/190716/p27#a190716p27
Bulgaria says hackers stole millions of taxpayers' financial data in June; an expert says nearly all adult citizens' personal records may have been compromised (Angel Krasimirov / Reuters) https://www.reuters.com/article/us-bulgaria-cybersecurity/in-systemic-breach-hackers-steal-millions-of-bulgarians-financial-data-idUSKCN1UB0MA http://www.techmeme.com/190716/p26#a190716p26
Apple says it is sending out another silent update for macOS to fix a webcam vulnerability affecting apps using Zoom's tech including RingCentral and Zhumu (@backlon / The Verge) https://www.theverge.com/2019/7/16/20696529/apple-mac-silent-update-zoom-ringcentral-zhumu-vulnerabilty-patched http://www.techmeme.com/190716/p25#a190716p25
Sources: Apple plans to fund original, exclusive podcasts and has reached out to media companies, in a bid to compete with Spotify (Bloomberg) https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-07-16/apple-plans-to-bankroll-original-podcasts-to-fend-off-rivals http://www.techmeme.com/190716/p24#a190716p24
Ukrainian hacker Mikhail Rytikov, sought by the US since 2013 for running a dark web network used by criminals at scale, arrested in Ukraine with US and UK help (@jeffstone500 / CyberScoop) https://www.cyberscoop.com/mikhail-rytikov-ukrainian-hacker-arrested-ivan-bakanov/ http://www.techmeme.com/190716/p23#a190716p23
Montréal-based startup Landr, which develops AI-powered audio mastering software, raises ~$20M Series B from Sony Innovation Fund, Warner Music, others (@isabelle_kirk / BetaKit) https://betakit.com/landr-raises-26-million-cad-series-b-for-audio-mastering-platform/ http://www.techmeme.com /190716/p22#a190716p22
Sprint says hackers had access to customers' names, billing, device details, and more via Samsung's website, fails to disclose the number affected (@campuscodi / ZDNet) https://www.zdnet.com/article/sprint-says-hackers-breached-customer-accounts-via-samsung-website/?mid=1 http://w ww.techmeme.com/190716/p21#a190716p21
Swiss regulator that Facebook's David Marcus said would oversee privacy protections for Libra says it hasn't heard from those behind the proposed cryptocurrency (@eschulze9 / CNBC) https://www.cnbc.com/2019/07/16/fdpic-says-facebook-has-not-contacted-about-libra-data-protections.html http://www.techmeme.com/190716/p20#a190716p20
Inside a lawsuit against Girls Do Porn, one of Pornhub's popular channels, which 22 women allege post videos without proper consent, leading to doxxing and more (VICE) https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/mb8zjn/pornhub-doxing-and-harassment-girls-do-porn-lawsuit http://www.techmem e.com/190716/p19#a190716p19
Uber open-sources Plato, a tool for developing and testing conversational AI across many deep learning frameworks including TensorFlow and PyTorch (@kyle_l_wiggers / VentureBeat) https://venturebeat.com/2019/07/16/uber-open-sources-plato-for-developing-and-testing-conversational-ai/ http://www.techmeme.com/190716/p18#a190716p18
Highlights from the Senate hearing with Facebook's David Marcus on the proposed Libra cryptocurrency, and what was left unanswered (@joshconstine / TechCrunch) https://techcrunch.com/2019/07/16/libra-in-messenger-whatsapp/ http://www.techmeme.com/190716/p17#a190716p17
Study of 3,800 young people over four years: high levels of social media usage showed an increase in depressive symptoms, while playing video games did not (@katemckenna8 / CBC News) https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/social-media-mental-health-screen-time-instagram-facebook-video-games-study-1.5211782 http://www.techmeme.com/190716/p16#a190716p16
Facebook makes its first changes to Workplace pricing, raising the premium tier by $1/person/month and introducing a new $8 Workplace Enterprise tier (@ingridlunden / TechCrunch) https://techcrunch.com/2019/07/16/workplace-facebooks-service-for-business-teams-is-raising-its-prices-for-the-first-time-since-launch/ http://www.techmeme.com/190716/p15#a190716p15
Alphabet's Wing launches OpenSky, an air traffic control app for drones, currently available for free in Australia, joining a crowded field (@alanlevin1 / Bloomberg) https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-07-16/alphabet-unveils-app-to-provide-air-traffic-control-for-drones http://www.techmeme.com/190716/p14#a190716p14
Arm launches Flexible Access, a new licensing option that makes it easier for startups to access a range of Arm's IP without any upfront licensing costs (@fredericl / TechCrunch) https://techcrunch.com/2019/07/16/arms-new-licensing-option-lets-its-partners-experiment-and-test-for-free-before-they-pay/ http://www.techmeme.com/190716/p13#a190716p13
Trump threatens to "take a look" at Google for alleged China ties, in a tweet that cited claims Peter Thiel made at a conference and repeated on Fox News (@tonyromm / Washington Post) https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2019/07/16/trump-threatens-take-look-google-china-ties/ http://www.techmeme.com/190716/p12#a190716p12
Newsletter platform Substack raises $15.3M series A led by Andreessen Horowitz, says Substack newsletters now have 50,000 paying subscribers (@anthonyha / TechCrunch) https://techcrunch.com/2019/07/16/substack-series-a/ http://www.techmeme.com/190716/p11#a190716p11
Livestream of Facebook's David Marcus testifying before the US Senate on the Libra cryptocurrency (C-SPAN) https://www.c-span.org/video/?462671-1/senate-banking-hearing-facebook-digital-currency http://www.techmeme.co m/190716/p10#a190716p10
Patreon, which helps content creators manage paid membership communities for fans, raises $60M Series D led by Glade Brook Capital (@epeckham / TechCrunch) https://techcrunch.com/2019/07/16/patreon-raises-60m-series-d-targets-international-growth-and-more-customization/ http://www.techmeme.com/190716/p9#a190716p9
Flybits, which develops personalized recommendations for customers of financial institutions, raises $35M Series C led by Point72 Ventures (@kyle_l_wiggers / VentureBeat) https://venturebeat.com/2019/07/16/flybits-raises-35-million-to-personalize-customer-experiences-with-ai/ http://www.techmeme.com/190716/p8#a190716p8
Sources: Amazon faces a full-blown EU antitrust probe within days; Qualcomm could face a second hefty EU penalty as soon as next week for underpricing chips (@aoifewhite101 / Bloomberg) https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-07-16/amazon-faces-eu-probe-as-vestager-plans-summer-finale http://www.techmeme.com/190716/p7#a190716p7
Facebook introduces a scam ads reporting tool in the UK and donates ÂŁ3M to Citizens Advice for Scams Action, a dedicated online anti-scam service (Press Association) https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2019/jul/16/facebook-launches-uk-reporting-tool-to-clamp-down-on-sc am-ads-martin-lewis http://www.techmeme.com/190716/p6#a190716p6
Near, an AI-based platform that merges online and offline behavior to build anonymized user profiles, raises $100M Series C from Great Pacific Capital (@ingridlunden / TechCrunch) https://techcrunch.com/2019/07/16/near-raises-100m-for-an-ai-that-merges-online-and-offline-behavior-to-build-consumer-profiles/ http://www.techmeme.com/190716/p5#a190716p5
Meredith Whittaker, who helped lead employee protests at Google over its military and AI work, and sexual harassment policies, is leaving the company (Bloomberg) https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-07-16/google-protest-leader-meredith-whittaker-is-leaving-the- company http://www.techmeme.com/190716/p4#a190716p4
The Apollo 11 guidance computer was the first digital general-purpose, multitasking, interactive portable computer, with about 145K lines of code (@lehotz / Wall Street Journal) https://www.wsj.com/articles/apollo-11-had-a-hidden-hero-software-11563153001?shareToken=st133dbc5f13e947e78fdf5f32f09d6772&reflink=share_mobilewebshare http://www.techmeme.com/190716/p3#a190716p3
Disney's theme parks have not faced the same level of scrutiny as tech companies over their data mining because the parks are real-world walled gardens (@austincarr / Bloomberg) https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-07-15/disneyland-is-tracking-guests-and-generating-big-profits-doing-it-jy49hb9t http://www.techmeme.com/190716/p2#a190716p2
Intel says Pohoiki Beach, its neuromorphic computing system with 64 Loihi chips, has the computing power of 8M neurons and will be available to select partners (@mike_wheatley / SiliconANGLE) https://siliconangle.com/2019/07/15/intel-unveils-neuromorphic-computing-system-mimics-human-brain/ http://www.techmeme.com/190716/p1#a190716p1
RT @Techmeme: Dish's AirTV launches $80 4K streaming stick for accessing Sling TV, Netflix, and broadcast channels from one Android TV user…
AI-based drug discovery company Recursion raises $121M at a $646M valuation; VCs invested about $1B in AI drug discovery startups in 2018, up from $237M in 2016 (@robertlangreth / Bloomberg) https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2019-07-15/google-ai-could-challenge-big-pharma-in-drug-discovery http://www.techmeme.com/190715/p33#a190715p33
Curve, a London-based mobile banking platform that consolidates all of a user's bank cards into a single card and app, raises $55M Series B at a $250M valuation (@sohear / TechCrunch) https://techcrunch.com/2019/07/15/over-the-top-banking/ http://www.techmeme.com/190715/p32#a190715p32
Documents describe how WikiLeaks' Assange used London's Ecuadorian Embassy as a command center to orchestrate disclosures during the 2016 presidential election (CNN) https://www.cnn.com/2019/07/15/politics/assange-embassy-exclusive-documents/ http://www.techmeme.com/190715/p31#a190715p31
Feeling unwelcome to share opinions within Google, its conservative staffers have leaked internal info to generate pressure on Google from Republican lawmakers (@kantrowitz / BuzzFeed News) https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/alexkantrowitz/how-silicon-valleys-angry-right-wing-sends-its-message-to http://www.techmeme.com/190715/p30#a190715p30
Microsoft has blocked the Windows 10 May 2019 update for the Surface Book 2 after reports that updated machines weren't always detecting the Nvidia GPU (@nickjheath / ZDNet) https://www.zdnet.com/article/microsoft-blocks-major-windows-10-update-for-1700-flagship-surface-book-2-after-bug-makes-gpu-vanish-techrepublic/ http://www.techmeme.com/190715/p29#a190715p29
Lendbuzz, a Boston-based startup that uses AI to underwrite auto loans, raises $130M in debt funding and $20M in new equity funding led by 83North (@be_d / Xconomy) https://xconomy.com/boston/2019/07/15/lendbuzz-ai-auto-startup-that-steps-in-when-fico-fails-raises-150m/ http://www.techmeme.com/190715/p28#a190715p28
Researcher: software from RingCentral and Zhumu, which license Zoom's tech, is affected by the same flaw in Zoom that could give attackers access to Mac cameras (@itsnicolenguyen / BuzzFeed News) https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/nicolenguyen/ringcentral-and-zhumu-customers-vulnerability http://www.techmeme.com/190715/p27#a190715p27
RT @Techmeme: Facebook has hired former Vine GM Jason Toff to join the newly formed experimental app division, NPE Team, as a Product Manag…
In the next Windows 10 update, expected to arrive in September, Microsoft will allow voice assistants like Amazon's Alexa to activate on the lock screen (@tomwarren / The Verge) https://www.theverge.com/2019/7/15/20695086/microsoft-windows-10-amazon-alexa-digital-assistants-lock-screen-fea tures http://www.techmeme.com/190715/p26#a190715p26
Google says it will shut down AdSense's iOS and Android apps by the end of 2019 to focus instead on its mobile web interface (@corbindavenport / Android Police) https://www.androidpolice.com/2019/07/15/google-discontinues-adsense-mobile-apps-will-focus-on-web-app-instead/ http://www.techmeme.com/190715/p25#a190715p25
Dish's AirTV launches $80 4K streaming stick for accessing Sling TV, Netflix, and broadcast channels from one Android TV user interface (@sarahintampa / TechCrunch) https://techcrunch.com/2019/07/15/dishs-airtv-launches-an-80-streaming-stick-for-accessing-sling-tv-netflix-broadcast-channels/ http://www.techmeme.com/190715/p24#a190715p24
RT @Techmeme: David Marcus releases prepared testimony for his senate hearing tomorrow, saying Libra will be regulated by the Swiss but com…
Drivers from the I'm Independent Coalition, which works with Uber and Lyft, were paid $25-$100 to protest a bill that would give them some employee protections (@jmbooyah / Los Angeles Times) https://www.latimes.com/business/technology/la-fi-tn-ab5-uber-lyft-rally-sacramento-pay-20190715-story.html http://www.techmeme.com/190715/p23#a190715p23
Facebook has hired former Vine GM Jason Toff to join the newly formed experimental app division, NPE Team, as a Product Management Director (@sarahintampa / TechCrunch) https://techcrunch.com/2019/07/15/facebook-snags-former-vine-gm-to-run-product-for-its-new-experimental-app -division-npe-team/ http://www.techmeme.com/190715/p22#a190715p22
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says he has serious concerns about Facebook's Libra, joining Trump and other officials including the Federal Reserve chairman (Bloomberg) https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-07-15/mnuchin-plans-briefing-on-cryptocurrency-regulatory-issues http://www.techmeme.com/190715/p21#a190715p21
Blackstone is acquiring mobile ad company Vungle, which says it's being used in 60,000 apps and serves 4B+ video views/month, for $750M, according to sources (@deantak / VentureBeat) https://venturebeat.com/2019/07/15/sources-blackstone-will-buy-mobile-video-ad-firm-vungle-for-750-million -lawsuit-settled-with-founder/ http://www.techmeme.com/190715/p20#a190715p20
Workers detail how Instacart punishes them if they don't accept low-paying, undesirable tasks they otherwise might reject (@josheidelson / Bloomberg) https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-07-15/instacart-hounds-workers-to-take-jobs-that-aren-t-worth-it http://www.techmeme.com/190715/p19#a190715p19
RT @Techmeme: Twitter says its redesigned desktop website with simplified navigation, which has been in testing since early this year, is r…
While Twitter recently said it would add a notice for tweets from politicians that break its guidelines, it didn't flag Trump's racist tweets over the weekend (@dellcam / Gizmodo) https://gizmodo.com/trumps-racist-tweets-arent-racist-twitter-decides-1836380743 http://www.techmeme.com/19071 5/p18#a190715p18
How YouTube trampled dozens of companies as it grew over the years, from ad brokers like AppNexus to content networks like Vevo and Machinima (Bloomberg) https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-07-15/youtube-s-trampled-foes-plot-antitrust-revenge http://ww w.techmeme.com/190715/p17#a190715p17
Twitter says its redesigned desktop website with simplified navigation, which has been in testing since early this year, is rolling out globally starting today (@sarahintampa / TechCrunch) https://techcrunch.com/2019/07/15/twitter-rolls-out-its-redesigned-desktop-website-with-simplified-navigation-more-features/ http://www.techmeme.com/190715/p16#a190715p16
Report: the SSD in the refreshed MacBook Air is ~35% slower compared to the 2018 model, which was $100 more expensive (@bzamayo / 9to5Mac) https://9to5mac.com/2019/07/15/cheaper-macbook-air-cheaper-ssd/ http://www.techmeme.com/190715/p15#a190715p15
David Marcus releases prepared testimony for his senate hearing tomorrow, saying Libra will be regulated by the Swiss but comply with US anti-laundering laws (@joshconstine / TechCrunch) https://techcrunch.com/2019/07/15/libra-testimony/ http://www.techmeme.com/190715/p14#a190715p14
RT @pashaismz: @Techmeme @davemcclure @sullivanpaul This is misleading. This is not a loophole. It’s deliberate policy to encourage innovat…
Privacy advocates and lawmakers say Apple is an ally in name only on tightening privacy laws; in some cases Apple backs lobbying efforts against regulation (Washington Post) https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2019/07/15/apple-preaches-privacy-lawmakers-want-talk-turn-action/ http://www.techmeme.com/190715/p13#a190715p13
Uber releases its third annual global diversity report, ties some diversity goals for 2022 to the compensation of senior executives for the first time (@saraashleyo / CNN) https://edition.cnn.com/2019/07/15/tech/uber-diversity-report-2019/ http://www.techmeme.com/190715/p12#a190715p12
RT @Techmeme: How a tax loophole lets tech workers and investors who obtained stock while a company was valued under $50M make millions on…
RT @Techmeme: How Avast, an antivirus company founded in 1988 in Czechoslovakia, survived competition with McAfee and Symantec, to become a…
The companies said they won't name the full value of deal but based on prev valuation of MLU on Uber's books, it works out to around $204 million, plus an additional $127M in further investment. tip @Techmeme https://twitter.com/TechCrunch/status/1150687806928433152
Florida DMV earned $77M+ in fiscal 2017 from sales of driver and ID cardholder information to 30+ private companies, including data brokers like Acxiom (@adamiteam / WFTS) https://www.abcactionnews.com/news/local-news/i-team-investigates/i-team-florida-dmv-sells-your-personal-information-to-private-companies-marketing-firms http://www.techmeme.com/190714/p15#a190714p15
 
Sounds familiar https://amp.usatoday.com/amp/27644341
 
Sounds familiar https://www.kplctv.com/video/2019/03/27/video-south-carolina-dmv-selling-personal-information-millions-dollars-2/
 
Sounds familiar https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2018/08/06/pa-state-rep-considers-changing-law-following-cbs3-investigation-into-penndots-data-selling-program/amp/
 
Sounds familiar https://www.dmv.org/articles/alabama-dmv-selling-personal-info
 
Sounds familiar https://foxsanantonio.com/news/local/the-state-could-be-selling-your-personal-information-and-you-might-be-stuck-with-it
 
And oh look, sounds familiar https://www.businessinsider.com/florida-made-63-million-selling-driver-information-last-year-2011-7
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RT @Techmeme: Japanese cryptocurrency exchange Bitpoint says it was hacked for $32M in crypto assets, of which $23M belonged to its custome…
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RT @Techmeme: Trump says cryptocurrencies including Facebook's Libra are "not money", need to be regulated, citing their high volatility an…
RT @Techmeme: Source: in a 3-2 vote, FTC commissioners approved a $5B settlement with Facebook over the company's privacy violations (@emil…
RT @Techmeme: Sources: Postmates has had talks with DoorDash, Walmart, Uber, and others about being acquired, is still considering followin…
After the news went viral about Starz getting Twitter to remove TorrentFreak's tweet, Starz is successfully applying DMCA takedowns to others' tweets about it (@torrentfreak / TorrentFreak) http://torrentfreak.com/starz-goes-on-twitter-meta-censorship-spree-to-cover-up-tv-show-leaks-190415/ http://www.techmeme.com/190415/p16#a190415p16
 
I wonder if this kind of purjury can pierce the corporate veil. Can the @STARZ employees who sent the takedowns be jailed? 🤔
 
 
 
 
 
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