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Source: DoorDash is raising ~$500M at a valuation of over $6B (Yuliya Chernova/Wall Street Journal) 2019-02-11 23:20:05

Yuliya Chernova / Wall Street Journal:
Source: DoorDash is raising ~$500M at a valuation of over $6B  —  Food-delivery startup DoorDash is in the process of raising roughly $500 million at a valuation of more than $6 billion, according to a person familiar with the situation.

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Amazon to Acquire eero to Help Customers Better Connect Smart Home Devices (Amazon.com, Inc.) 2019-02-11 22:55:14

Amazon.com, Inc.:
Amazon to Acquire eero to Help Customers Better Connect Smart Home Devices  —  Amazon announced today that it has signed an agreement to acquire eero, a company that offers products and services for high-performing, reliable, and simple home WiFi  —  SEATTLE & SAN FRANCISCO—(BUSINESS WIRE) …

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IDC: 142.3M smartphones were shipped in India in 2018, up 14.5% YoY; China's Transsion grew 75.9% to 6.4M units and Xiaomi grew 58.6% to 41M (IDC) 2019-02-11 22:45:01

IDC:
IDC: 142.3M smartphones were shipped in India in 2018, up 14.5% YoY; China's Transsion grew 75.9% to 6.4M units and Xiaomi grew 58.6% to 41M  —  As per IDC's Asia/Pacific Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, India smartphone market shipped 142.3 million units in 2018, registering a healthy 14.5% year-on-year …

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LinkedIn debuts LinkedIn Live, a new live video broadcast service, as an invite-only beta in the US (Ingrid Lunden/TechCrunch) 2019-02-11 22:15:18

Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
LinkedIn debuts LinkedIn Live, a new live video broadcast service, as an invite-only beta in the US  —  LinkedIn — the social network for the working world with close to 600 million users globally — says that video is the fastest-growing format on its platform alongside original written work, shared news and other content.

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AIStorm, which makes specialized sensor chips that detect events or changes in their environments, raises $13.2M Series A led by Egis Technology Inc. (Mike Wheatley/SiliconANGLE) 2019-02-11 21:45:15

Mike Wheatley / SiliconANGLE:
AIStorm, which makes specialized sensor chips that detect events or changes in their environments, raises $13.2M Series A led by Egis Technology Inc.  —  AIStorm, a maker of specialized computer processors for sensors that detect events or changes in their environments …

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Goldman Sachs, Point72, others invest $44M in business credit startup Nav, which offers easy credit report viewing and a marketplace for financial products (Reuters) 2019-02-11 20:00:15

Reuters:
Goldman Sachs, Point72, others invest $44M in business credit startup Nav, which offers easy credit report viewing and a marketplace for financial products  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Nav, a startup that gives small businesses free access to their credit reports, said on Monday …

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Apple and Google's mobile app stores host Absher, an app from Saudi Ministry of the Interior to help men in the country track and dictate where women can travel (Bill Bostock/Business Insider) 2019-02-11 19:35:02

Bill Bostock / Business Insider:
Apple and Google's mobile app stores host Absher, an app from Saudi Ministry of the Interior to help men in the country track and dictate where women can travel  —  - Apple and Google have been criticized by rights groups for hosting Absher, an app which allows men in Saudi Arabia to track and control where women travel.

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Sources: Sean Parker-backed startup Brigade, which tried get out the vote and stimulate civic debate, is shutting down as Pinterest hires its team (Josh Constine/TechCrunch) 2019-02-11 18:40:14

Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Sources: Sean Parker-backed startup Brigade, which tried get out the vote and stimulate civic debate, is shutting down as Pinterest hires its team  —  Facebook co-founder Sean Parker bankrolled Brigade to get out the vote and stimulate civic debate, but after five years and little progress …

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Uber releases Ludwig, an open source AI toolbox built on top of TensorFlow that allows users to train and test AI models without having to write code (Kyle Wiggers/VentureBeat) 2019-02-11 18:20:02

Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Uber releases Ludwig, an open source AI toolbox built on top of TensorFlow that allows users to train and test AI models without having to write code  —  Want to dive earnestly into artificial intelligence (AI) development, but find the programming piece of it intimidating?  Not to worry — Uber has your back.

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Google announces the general availability of an API for Google Docs task automation (Frederic Lardinois/TechCrunch) 2019-02-11 18:15:01

Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google announces the general availability of an API for Google Docs task automation  —  Google today announced the general availability of a new API for Google Docs that will allow developers to automate many of the tasks that users typically do manually in the company's online office suite.

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Reddit raises $300M Series D at a $3B valuation, with Tencent, Sequoia, a16z, Fidelity among investors, says it has 330M MAUs, half between the age of 18 and 24 (Julia Boorstin/CNBC) 2019-02-11 18:04:23

Julia Boorstin / CNBC:
Reddit raises $300M Series D at a $3B valuation, with Tencent, Sequoia, a16z, Fidelity among investors, says it has 330M MAUs, half between the age of 18 and 24  —  - CEO Steve Huffman says the company will use the investment to improve Reddit's website and work to take digital ad market share away from Facebook and Google.

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Apple says it has partnered with the US Department of Veterans and will soon let veterans access their digital health records through iPhone's Health app (Zac Hall/9to5Mac) 2019-02-11 17:45:07

Zac Hall / 9to5Mac:
Apple says it has partnered with the US Department of Veterans and will soon let veterans access their digital health records through iPhone's Health app  —  Apple has announced that it will soon support accessing digital health records for veterans through the Health app on iPhone.

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Report finds evidence of 90+ cases of child sex offenses via dating services like Tinder, as UK considers expanding age verification checks to dating apps (Natasha Lomas/TechCrunch) 2019-02-11 17:35:12

Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Report finds evidence of 90+ cases of child sex offenses via dating services like Tinder, as UK considers expanding age verification checks to dating apps  —  The UK government has said it could legislate to require age verification checks on users of dating apps, following an investigation …

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Current and former contractors employed by Apex Systems to work at an Apple "black site" talk about living in fear of terminations, inadequate facilities, more (Joshua Brustein/Bloomberg) 2019-02-11 17:20:01

Joshua Brustein / Bloomberg:
Current and former contractors employed by Apex Systems to work at an Apple “black site” talk about living in fear of terminations, inadequate facilities, more  —  Apple's new campus in Cupertino, California, is a symbol of how the company views itself as an employer …

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Indian parliamentary panel summons Twitter CEO to appear before it on February 25 to discuss data privacy and misuse of social media ahead of national elections (Times of India) 2019-02-11 17:05:01

Times of India:
Indian parliamentary panel summons Twitter CEO to appear before it on February 25 to discuss data privacy and misuse of social media ahead of national elections  —  HIGHLIGHTS  — The committee meeting was scheduled for February 7 but was later postponed to February 11 to allow the Twitter CEO …

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IDC: Apple's Q4 smartphone shipments in China fell 19.9% YoY and Xiaomi fell 34.9% but Huawei shipments grew 23.3% (South China Morning Post) 2019-02-11 16:25:01

South China Morning Post:
IDC: Apple's Q4 smartphone shipments in China fell 19.9% YoY and Xiaomi fell 34.9% but Huawei shipments grew 23.3%  —  Huawei racks up 23 per cent gain in shipments in fourth quarter against 9.7 per cent slump in industry shipments.

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Autonomous vehicle startup Nuro says it has raised $940M from SoftBank's Vision Fund, valuing the company at $2.7B (Reuters) 2019-02-11 16:10:02

Reuters:
Autonomous vehicle startup Nuro says it has raised $940M from SoftBank's Vision Fund, valuing the company at $2.7B  —  (Reuters) - Autonomous technology startup Nuro said on Monday it raised $940 million from SoftBank Group Corp, which valued the Silicon Valley-based company at $2.7 billion.

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PerimeterX, which protects websites from bot attacks, raises $43M Series C led by Scale Venture Partners (Ron Miller/TechCrunch) 2019-02-11 15:20:18

Ron Miller / TechCrunch:
PerimeterX, which protects websites from bot attacks, raises $43M Series C led by Scale Venture Partners  —  We know by now that modern website attacks are typically automated, as armies of bots knock on doors until they inevitably find vulnerabilities and take advantage.

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While tech companies' mission statements claim their work has a higher purpose, CEOs also keep them vague so employees can't use them to make concrete demands (Kate Losse/New Republic) 2019-02-11 14:40:05

Kate Losse / New Republic:
While tech companies' mission statements claim their work has a higher purpose, CEOs also keep them vague so employees can't use them to make concrete demands  —  Tech workers are using company mission statements to hold their CEOs accountable.  —  Companies in Silicon Valley are wonderfully fond …

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Trump to sign American AI Initiative executive order that will prioritize federal funding for AI, create resources for AI researchers, establish standards, more (Will Knight/MIT Technology Review) 2019-02-11 14:15:01

Will Knight / MIT Technology Review:
Trump to sign American AI Initiative executive order that will prioritize federal funding for AI, create resources for AI researchers, establish standards, more  —  Artificial intelligence may have been invented in the United States, but other nations, including China, Canada, and France …

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A look at the challenges of online grocery shopping in US, where 22% of apparel sales and 30% of electronics sales happen online versus just 3% of grocery sales (Alana Semuels/The Atlantic) 2019-02-11 14:00:35

Alana Semuels / The Atlantic:
A look at the challenges of online grocery shopping in US, where 22% of apparel sales and 30% of electronics sales happen online versus just 3% of grocery sales  —  We shop online for almost everything.  Why not food?  —  Nearly 30 years ago, when just 15 percent of Americans had a computer …

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Personal data harvested at scale and exploited via microtargeting threatens people's autonomy, a point missing from most mainstream discussions on privacy (Jacob Ward/NBC News) 2019-02-11 12:00:14

Jacob Ward / NBC News:
Personal data harvested at scale and exploited via microtargeting threatens people's autonomy, a point missing from most mainstream discussions on privacy  —  While it's creepy to imagine companies are listening in to your conversations, it's perhaps more creepy that they can predict …

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Automatic license plate readers, once limited to law enforcement, are now being used by private citizens, raising fears of abuse and new legal, ethical issues (Justin Rohrlich/Quartz) 2019-02-11 06:40:01

Justin Rohrlich / Quartz:
Automatic license plate readers, once limited to law enforcement, are now being used by private citizens, raising fears of abuse and new legal, ethical issues  —  The surveillance state is no longer limited to the state.  —  For years, police departments have been tracking people's cars …

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Milan-based automotive e-commerce startup brumbrum, which uses AI to source and price vehicles, raises €20M led by Accel to expand across Europe (Andrii Degeler/Tech.eu) 2019-02-11 04:00:00

Andrii Degeler / Tech.eu:
Milan-based automotive e-commerce startup brumbrum, which uses AI to source and price vehicles, raises €20M led by Accel to expand across Europe  —  Milan-based automotive e-commerce startup brumbrum has raised €20 million in a funding round led by Accel, with participation from Bonsai Ventures …

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Q&A with Zynga's CEO on the once-beleaguered game company's turnaround, as key acquisitions and the shift to mobile overcome declining Facebook and web games (Dean Takahashi/VentureBeat) 2019-02-11 03:15:06

Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Q&A with Zynga's CEO on the once-beleaguered game company's turnaround, as key acquisitions and the shift to mobile overcome declining Facebook and web games  —  Zynga went public in 2011 and it grew quickly on the strength of social games like FarmVille.  But it hit the skids in 2013, and it began going downhill.

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Overview of how Facebook's open-source projects, including Cassandra, GraphQL, the Open Compute initiative, PyTorch, and React, have changed computing (Klint Finley/Wired) 2019-02-11 02:30:02

Klint Finley / Wired:
Overview of how Facebook's open-source projects, including Cassandra, GraphQL, the Open Compute initiative, PyTorch, and React, have changed computing  —  OVER THE PAST 15 years, Facebook has changed the way we keep in touch with friends, how we feud with family members, how we think about privacy …

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US Army starts deploying FLIR's Black Hornet nano-drones that measure 6.6" across, weigh less than 33 grams, and provide HD photos and live video for soldiers (Charlie Osborne/ZDNet) 2019-02-11 01:45:29

Charlie Osborne / ZDNet:
US Army starts deploying FLIR's Black Hornet nano-drones that measure 6.6" across, weigh less than 33 grams, and provide HD photos and live video for soldiers  —  Black Hornets are nano-drones able to perform reconnaissance during combat operations.  —  The US Army aims to give almost …

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Preview of an MMORPG called New World, slated to be Amazon's first game, five years after it said it wanted to start making them (Hayden Dingman/PCWorld) 2019-02-11 01:00:14

Hayden Dingman / PCWorld:
Preview of an MMORPG called New World, slated to be Amazon's first game, five years after it said it wanted to start making them  —  Okay, it's technically Amazon's second game, but the company canceled its first game, Breakaway, so...  Amazon's foray into the games industry is proof nobody can shortcut their way to a hit.

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