Techmeme Headlines
Today Monday, 18th October 2021
Berlin-based mobile banking startup N26 raises a $900M Series E at a $9B valuation and says it has 7M clients in 25 countries Mon, 18 Oct Deel, which provides tools for payroll, compliance, and other services to help remote hiring, raises a $425M Series D led by Coatue at a $5.5B valuati Mon, 18 Oct US Treasury Department report: in H1 2021, financial firms flagged ~$600M in suspected ransomware payments out of an estimated $5.2B in such payments Mon, 18 Oct In an SEC filing, Sinclair confirms it suffered a ransomware attack that disrupted its channels on Sunday; Sinclair initially blamed technical issues Mon, 18 Oct Five US House Judiciary committee members write to Amazon accusing executives of either misleading Congress or lying about promoting its brands above Mon, 18 Oct NYSE says ProShares will launch an exchange-traded fund (ETF) linked to Bitcoin futures, giving investors exposure without having to hold bitcoin dire Mon, 18 Oct Sources: two Microsoft execs, including Brad Smith, told Bill Gates in 2008 that emails with a midlevel female employee were inappropriate; Gates agre Mon, 18 Oct Sources: China is considering asking Tencent, ByteDance, and other media companies to let rivals access and display their content in search results Mon, 18 Oct Q&A with Dave Limp, Amazon SVP of devices and services, on Astro robot, making money from Alexa, working with other parts of the Amazon empire, an Mon, 18 Oct How the tech used to make giant, ultrahigh-precision mirrors and lenses for the James Webb Space Telescope was repurposed to develop displays for mobi Mon, 18 Oct What to expect from Apple's Unleashed event on Monday: 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros with mini-LED, AirPods 3, redesigned Mac mini, and macOS Monte Mon, 18 Oct Nine UK schools to start taking payments for lunches by scanning students' faces, claiming that the system speeds up queues and is more COVID-safe Mon, 18 Oct Internal documents: Facebook's AI has minimal success enforcing its rules against problematic content, including removing just an estimated 3%-5% of h Mon, 18 Oct Gurman: a Mac developer says new MacBook Pro chips named M1 Pro and M1 Max appeared in app logs; MagSafe charging will return to MacBook Pros Mon, 18 Oct A look at YouTube's in-house creator partnerships team, which has over 1,000 employees across 45 countries offering advice and guidance to about 12,00 Sun, 17 Oct Internal document: Netflix estimates Squid Game will create almost $900M in value for the company; 87M viewers have finished the series in the first 2 Sun, 17 Oct Analysis: Apple's Search Ads now account for 58% of iPhone app downloads resulting from an ad click; Apple to earn $5B from its ads business this fisc Sun, 17 Oct Analysis: median CEO pay of US tech startups that went public in 2020 was $21.9M; seven of the 10 best-paid CEOs of US public companies were from such Sun, 17 Oct Convex, which provides software for the commercial services industry, raises a $39M Series B, bringing its total raised to $60M 2 days ago Some doctors in the US and other countries say TikTok videos about Tourette syndrome may be contributing to a rise in cases of teen girls with physica 2 days ago A look at US Cyber Games, jointly founded in April by the US government, academia, and the private sector to find and train candidates for cybersecuri 2 days ago A look at Raya, a secretive subscription-based social network with a rigorous user selection process and a rigid code of silence for accepted members 2 days ago Apple's MagSafe wireless charging standard continues to underwhelm a year after its release, due to lack of foresight and a limited ecosystem 2 days ago Internal docs: Instagram spent the majority of its global annual marketing budget since 2018 targeting teenagers, as it worries about losing its user 2 days ago How a teenage Edwin Robbe pulled off an audacious hack into the Netherlands' largest telecom company, costing it €3m, before being found dead in 2 days ago ResQ, a SaaS startup that lets restaurants manage and pay for repairs and maintenance through its service provider marketplace, raises a $39M Series A 2 days ago AiDash, which lets power utilities and energy companies monitor infrastructure using satellite imagery and AI, raises a $27M Series B led by G2 Ventur 2 days ago South Korea's largest travel booking app Yanolja buys a 70% stake in Interpark, a publicly listed South Korean e-commerce company, for about $250M 2 days ago A joint advisory by the FBI, NSA, CISA, and the EPA reveals three more ransomware attacks on water treatment plants this year in Nevada, Maine, and Ca 2 days ago Some indie game developers say connecting with fans on Discord is helping humanize developer teams, shielding them from backlash and abuse 3 days ago