After a decade of online identities coming under increasingly centralized control, online anonymity is starting to look like a threatened privilege than a right (John Herrman/New York Times)
Sun, 01 Aug 2021 02:00:17 -0400

John Herrman / New York Times:
After a decade of online identities coming under increasingly centralized control, online anonymity is starting to look like a threatened privilege than a right  —  Reconsidering pseudonymity and what it means to “be yourself” online.  —  In early July, when England's soccer team lost …

Qualtrics to acquire Virginia-based Clarabridge, which offers AI-powered customer experience management tools, for $1.125B in stock (Stephen Nellis/Reuters)
Sun, 01 Aug 2021 01:45:07 -0400

Stephen Nellis / Reuters:
Qualtrics to acquire Virginia-based Clarabridge, which offers AI-powered customer experience management tools, for $1.125B in stock  —  Qualtrics International Inc on Thursday said it would acquire privately held Clarabridge for $1.1 billion in stock.  —  Qualtrics, which was spun …

SolCyber, which offers endpoint detection and response services, comes out of stealth with $20M Series A led by ForgePoint Capital (Kyle Wiggers/VentureBeat)
Sun, 01 Aug 2021 01:30:01 -0400

Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
SolCyber, which offers endpoint detection and response services, comes out of stealth with $20M Series A led by ForgePoint Capital  —  All the sessions from Transform 2021 are available on-demand now.  Watch now.  —  SolCyber, a managed security service provider, today emerged from stealth …

FRISS, which provides automated fraud and risk detection technology for property and casualty insurance companies, raises $65M Series B led by Accel-KKR (Vishal Singh/Silicon Canals)
Sun, 01 Aug 2021 01:20:00 -0400

Vishal Singh / Silicon Canals:
FRISS, which provides automated fraud and risk detection technology for property and casualty insurance companies, raises $65M Series B led by Accel-KKR  —  Dutch and US-based FRISS is a cybersecurity company that focuses completely on automated fraud and risk detection for P&C insurance companies across the world.

Replicated, which sells tools that help software makers create and deploy on-premises versions of their applications, raises $50M Series C led by Owl Rock (Mike Wheatley/SiliconANGLE)
Sun, 01 Aug 2021 01:05:08 -0400

Mike Wheatley / SiliconANGLE:
Replicated, which sells tools that help software makers create and deploy on-premises versions of their applications, raises $50M Series C led by Owl Rock  —  On-premises software delivery company Replicated Inc. is much richer today after grabbing $50 million in a new round of funding.

Cyolo, which is developing zero trust security tech to enable users to securely access their organization's apps, servers, and files, raises $21M Series A (Kyle Wiggers/VentureBeat)
Sun, 01 Aug 2021 00:40:11 -0400

Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Cyolo, which is developing zero trust security tech to enable users to securely access their organization's apps, servers, and files, raises $21M Series A  —  All the sessions from Transform 2021 are available on-demand now.  Watch now.  —  Cyolo, a startup developing a platform …

Medical imaging startup Exo, which aims to commercialize its AI-powered point-of-care workflow software and handheld ultrasound device, raises $220M Series C (Christine Hall/TechCrunch)
Sun, 01 Aug 2021 00:25:04 -0400

Christine Hall / TechCrunch:
Medical imaging startup Exo, which aims to commercialize its AI-powered point-of-care workflow software and handheld ultrasound device, raises $220M Series C  —  Exo, pronounced “echo,” raised a fresh cash infusion of $220 million in Series C financing aimed at commercializing …

Mercury, which offers banking services to startups, raises $120M Series B, including a $5M allotment for crowdfunding, led by Coatue at a $1.62B valuation (Joe Burns/FinLedger)
Sat, 31 Jul 2021 23:25:03 -0400

Joe Burns / FinLedger:
Mercury, which offers banking services to startups, raises $120M Series B, including a $5M allotment for crowdfunding, led by Coatue at a $1.62B valuation  —  Mercury, a company which offers software and banking services for scaling startups, announced raising a $120 million Series B led by Coatue, according to a company blog post.

Rey, which uses VR-based tools powered by OxfordVR to provide on-demand mental health care services, raises $26M Series A, three months after launching (Rashi Shrivastava/Forbes)
Sat, 31 Jul 2021 21:55:01 -0400

Rashi Shrivastava / Forbes:
Rey, which uses VR-based tools powered by OxfordVR to provide on-demand mental health care services, raises $26M Series A, three months after launching  —  Technology can, and should, play a pivotal role in bridging the gap between the burgeoning demand for mental health services and limited supply …

Microsoft is avoiding antitrust scrutiny by rebranding itself as nice and boring, even as it reverts to some of the behaviors that led to prosecution the '90s (Molly Wood/The Atlantic)
Sat, 31 Jul 2021 19:35:02 -0400

Molly Wood / The Atlantic:
Microsoft is avoiding antitrust scrutiny by rebranding itself as nice and boring, even as it reverts to some of the behaviors that led to prosecution the '90s  —  How has Microsoft escaped the scrutiny of reinvigorated antitrust regulators?  —  About the author: Molly Wood is the host …

Many viewers are experiencing the Olympics primarily through TikTok, with some of the most-watched videos coming not from NBC but from athletes themselves (Tatum Hunter/Washington Post)
Sat, 31 Jul 2021 17:30:11 -0400

Tatum Hunter / Washington Post:
Many viewers are experiencing the Olympics primarily through TikTok, with some of the most-watched videos coming not from NBC but from athletes themselves  —  The Olympics through the lens of TikTok look widely different than TV  —  When NBC's “Today Show” told viewers that gymnast Simone Biles …

How Apple became an "antifragile" company, by building a diverse portfolio of products and performing even stronger during the pandemic than it did before (Josh Centers/TidBITS)
Sat, 31 Jul 2021 15:20:03 -0400

Josh Centers / TidBITS:
How Apple became an “antifragile” company, by building a diverse portfolio of products and performing even stronger during the pandemic than it did before  —  For over two decades, “APPLE IS DOOMED” was a common refrain in Internet discussions.  Originally, it was meant in a literal sense …

UK's CMA launches an inquiry into Facebook's acquisition of Kustomer, investigating whether the deal violates the UK's Enterprise Act 2002 (Jaime Llinares Taboada/MarketWatch)
Sat, 31 Jul 2021 14:00:20 -0400

Jaime Llinares Taboada / MarketWatch:
UK's CMA launches an inquiry into Facebook's acquisition of Kustomer, investigating whether the deal violates the UK's Enterprise Act 2002  —  The U.K. Competition and Markets Authority said Friday that it has started a merger investigation into the acquisition by Facebook Inc. of Kustomer Inc.

A look at the debate over Spotify's Discovery Mode, whereby artists are prioritized for reduced royalties, a key way for Spotify to improve margins (Anna Nicolaou/Financial Times)
Sat, 31 Jul 2021 13:00:27 -0400

Anna Nicolaou / Financial Times:
A look at the debate over Spotify's Discovery Mode, whereby artists are prioritized for reduced royalties, a key way for Spotify to improve margins  —  Executives complain new Discovery Mode is ‘payola’ but one Texas frontman sees it as the future  —  The Josh Abbott Band …

Apple removes Unjected, a social app for "unvaxxed friendly", citing COVID-19 misinfo; Unjected removed social feed from its Android app after a Google warning (Jackie Davalos/Bloomberg)
Sat, 31 Jul 2021 11:45:02 -0400

Jackie Davalos / Bloomberg:
Apple removes Unjected, a social app for “unvaxxed friendly”, citing COVID-19 misinfo; Unjected removed social feed from its Android app after a Google warning  —  A new social app designed as a community for the unvaccinated is testing Google and Apple Inc.'s policies concerning …


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