Group representing Facebook, TikTok, Google, and others calls on EU to protect them from legal liabilities for removing hate speech and illegal content (Natalia Drozdiak/Bloomberg)
Mon, 26 Oct 2020 10:25:00 -0400

Natalia Drozdiak / Bloomberg:
Group representing Facebook, TikTok, Google, and others calls on EU to protect them from legal liabilities for removing hate speech and illegal content  —  - Companies risk legal liability for actively removing content  — Call comes as European Commission prepares digital policy

China-based esports platform Versus Programming Network (VSPN) raises $100M Series B led by Tencent (Mike Butcher/TechCrunch)
Mon, 26 Oct 2020 10:05:03 -0400

Mike Butcher / TechCrunch:
China-based esports platform Versus Programming Network (VSPN) raises $100M Series B led by Tencent  —  Further confirmation that the esports market is booming amid the pandemic comes today with the news that esports ‘total solutions provider’ VSPN (Versus Programming Network) …

Sources: Apple TV+, Netflix, and others explored buying the rights for "No Time to Die", but balked at MGM's $600M price tag (Variety)
Mon, 26 Oct 2020 09:55:16 -0400

Variety:
Sources: Apple TV+, Netflix, and others explored buying the rights for “No Time to Die”, but balked at MGM's $600M price tag  —  Apple, Netflix and other streaming services explored the possibility of acquiring “No Time to Die,” the upcoming James Bond movie that was originally slated to debut last April.

As part of its plans to deprecate Internet Explorer, Microsoft will force certain URLs to open in Edge instead of IE, starting next month for most users (Catalin Cimpanu/ZDNet)
Mon, 26 Oct 2020 09:20:00 -0400

Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
As part of its plans to deprecate Internet Explorer, Microsoft will force certain URLs to open in Edge instead of IE, starting next month for most users  —  Here's the list of 1,156 sites you won't be able to open in Internet Explorer anymore.  —  Big changes are coming to Internet Explorer.

Ketos, a hybrid device- and cloud-based service for monitoring drinking water quality, raises $18M Series B led by Motley Fool Ventures (Kyle Wiggers/VentureBeat)
Mon, 26 Oct 2020 08:55:02 -0400

Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Ketos, a hybrid device- and cloud-based service for monitoring drinking water quality, raises $18M Series B led by Motley Fool Ventures  —  Water analytics startup Ketos today announced it raised $18 million in funding.  The capital will be put toward further advancing the company's cloud …

Seesaw, a remote learning startup with just 60 employees in February, saw rapid growth during the pandemic and is now used in over 75% of American schools (Stephanie Clifford/New York Times)
Mon, 26 Oct 2020 08:45:00 -0400

Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
Seesaw, a remote learning startup with just 60 employees in February, saw rapid growth during the pandemic and is now used in over 75% of American schools  —  It wasn't simple to become a do-it-all education tool almost overnight.  —  The first requests that upended Seesaw, a popular classroom app …

Sources: Google and Singapore's state investment firm Temasek have agreed to invest $350M in Indonesia's largest e-commerce marketplace Tokopedia (Yoolim Lee/Bloomberg)
Mon, 26 Oct 2020 08:30:01 -0400

Yoolim Lee / Bloomberg:
Sources: Google and Singapore's state investment firm Temasek have agreed to invest $350M in Indonesia's largest e-commerce marketplace Tokopedia  —  Google and Temasek Holdings Pte have agreed to invest about $350 million in PT Tokopedia, people familiar with the matter said …

Facebook launches free-to-play cloud gaming on desktop and Android but says it is unable to bring games to iOS due to Apple's "arbitrary" policies (Salvador Rodriguez/CNBC)
Mon, 26 Oct 2020 08:15:17 -0400

Salvador Rodriguez / CNBC:
Facebook launches free-to-play cloud gaming on desktop and Android but says it is unable to bring games to iOS due to Apple's “arbitrary” policies  —  - Facebook announced the launch of cloud gaming on its desktop website and Android app but not to iOS due to Apple's “arbitrary” policies.

Ant Group will raise $34.5B in its dual Shanghai and Hong Kong IPOs, valuing it at $313.37B, making it the biggest listing of all time (Arjun Kharpal/CNBC)
Mon, 26 Oct 2020 07:50:02 -0400

Arjun Kharpal / CNBC:
Ant Group will raise $34.5B in its dual Shanghai and Hong Kong IPOs, valuing it at $313.37B, making it the biggest listing of all time  —  - Ant Group will raise $34.5 billion in its dual initial public offering (IPO) after setting the price for its shares on Monday, making it the biggest listing of all time.

SAP shares drop as much as 21%, the biggest intraday fall since 1999, as profit and sales declined and it cut revenue forecast for the full year (Bloomberg)
Mon, 26 Oct 2020 07:45:11 -0400

Bloomberg:
SAP shares drop as much as 21%, the biggest intraday fall since 1999, as profit and sales declined and it cut revenue forecast for the full year  —  - Previous outlook incorrectly ‘assumed economies would reopen’  — German software maker also delays longer-term financial goals

London-based PrimaryBid, which develops software connecting retail investors with public companies, raises €42.3M Series B (Charlotte Tucker/EU-Startups)
Mon, 26 Oct 2020 07:25:13 -0400

Charlotte Tucker / EU-Startups:
London-based PrimaryBid, which develops software connecting retail investors with public companies, raises €42.3M Series B  —  London-based fintech PrimaryBid has today announced raising approx. €42.3 million Series B funding, co-led by OMERS, London Stock Exchange Group and Draper Esprit …

Sources: Apple is working on third-generation entry-level AirPods without noise cancellation and a smaller second version of the AirPods Pro (Bloomberg)
Mon, 26 Oct 2020 06:53:20 -0400

Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple is working on third-generation entry-level AirPods without noise cancellation and a smaller second version of the AirPods Pro  —  - New AirPods earbuds planned to be announced as early as 2021  — Hit accessory sees new competition from Amazon, Google, others

PayPal terminates account of web hosting service Epik, home to right-wing sites like the Proud Boys domain and Gab; source says over Epik's digital currency (Matt Binder/Mashable)
Mon, 26 Oct 2020 06:25:01 -0400

Matt Binder / Mashable:
PayPal terminates account of web hosting service Epik, home to right-wing sites like the Proud Boys domain and Gab; source says over Epik's digital currency  —  PayPal, Hunter Biden, Bloomberg News, and several Avengers were targeted in a series of unhinged open letters from Epik after PayPal terminated its account.

Oculus owners will lose all store purchases and account information if they delete their Facebook accounts (Ian Hamilton/UploadVR)
Mon, 26 Oct 2020 05:25:00 -0400

Ian Hamilton / UploadVR:
Oculus owners will lose all store purchases and account information if they delete their Facebook accounts  —  If you've linked your Oculus account to Facebook and decide you want to delete your Facebook account, your purchases on Oculus will be lost as well.

A look at signature verification software deployed to expedite mail-in ballot verification in US, as signature discrepancies are the main reason for rejections (Kyle Wiggers/VentureBeat)
Mon, 26 Oct 2020 02:55:15 -0400

Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
A look at signature verification software deployed to expedite mail-in ballot verification in US, as signature discrepancies are the main reason for rejections  —  As of early October, more than 84.2 million absentee ballots had been requested or sent to U.S. voters in 47 states and the District …


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