Trump's clear election loss has splintered the right-wing online info ecosystem, forcing outlets, platforms, and commentators to choose reality or Trump (Renée DiResta/The Atlantic)
Mon, 23 Nov 2020 16:05:01 -0500

Renée DiResta / The Atlantic:
Trump's clear election loss has splintered the right-wing online info ecosystem, forcing outlets, platforms, and commentators to choose reality or Trump  —  When Fox News called Arizona for Democrat Joe Biden shortly after the polls closed there on Election Night, right-wing social media erupted in fury.

Amazon says it is rolling out fitness-tracking features to its Echo Buds, letting users track the duration of a workout, estimated calories burned, and more (Todd Haselton/CNBC)
Mon, 23 Nov 2020 15:35:12 -0500

Todd Haselton / CNBC:
Amazon says it is rolling out fitness-tracking features to its Echo Buds, letting users track the duration of a workout, estimated calories burned, and more  —  - Amazon announced on Monday that it's rolling out fitness-tracking features to its Echo Buds headphones.

Apple's head of global security Thomas Moyer indicted for trying to bribe Santa Clara sheriff's office with 200 iPads in return for concealed firearm permits (Sue Dremann/Palo Alto Online)
Mon, 23 Nov 2020 15:15:01 -0500

Sue Dremann / Palo Alto Online:
Apple's head of global security Thomas Moyer indicted for trying to bribe Santa Clara sheriff's office with 200 iPads in return for concealed firearm permits  —  Defendants include Sheriff Laurie Smith's second-in-command  —  Four people, including top brass in the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office …

Uber and Lyft awarded a federal contract by the GSA, estimated to be worth up to $810M over five years, to offer ride-sharing services to public agency workers (Tina Bellon/Reuters)
Mon, 23 Nov 2020 14:50:02 -0500

Tina Bellon / Reuters:
Uber and Lyft awarded a federal contract by the GSA, estimated to be worth up to $810M over five years, to offer ride-sharing services to public agency workers  —  (Reuters) - Uber Technologies Inc and Lyft Inc have been awarded a federal contract worth up to $810 million to offer …

Researchers find actively-exploited backdoors in low-cost Jetstream and Wavlink routers sold at Walmart, Amazon, and eBay (Bernard Meyer/CyberNews)
Mon, 23 Nov 2020 14:20:01 -0500

Bernard Meyer / CyberNews:
Researchers find actively-exploited backdoors in low-cost Jetstream and Wavlink routers sold at Walmart, Amazon, and eBay  —  In a collaboration between CyberNews Sr. Information Security Researcher , Mantas Sasnauskas and researchers James Clee and Roni Carta, suspicious backdoors …

Internal reports detail how Amazon tracks labor, environmental movements in EU; Amazon confirms hiring union-busting Pinkerton agency to spy on warehouse staff (Lauren Kaori Gurley/VICE)
Mon, 23 Nov 2020 13:05:02 -0500

Lauren Kaori Gurley / VICE:
Internal reports detail how Amazon tracks labor, environmental movements in EU; Amazon confirms hiring union-busting Pinkerton agency to spy on warehouse staff  —  Dozens of leaked documents from Amazon's Global Security Operations Center reveal the company's reliance on Pinkerton operatives …

China orders that streamers and gift givers on livestreaming services must use real names, and the services must limit amount of tips and ban teens from tipping (Nikki Sun/Nikkei Asia)
Mon, 23 Nov 2020 11:30:15 -0500

Nikki Sun / Nikkei Asia:
China orders that streamers and gift givers on livestreaming services must use real names, and the services must limit amount of tips and ban teens from tipping  —  Hosts and gift givers must provide real name, after accusations of abuse  —  HONG KONG — China's media watchdog on Monday ordered …

Sydney-based Metigy, which helps SMBs automate online ad campaigns, raises ~$14.6M led by Cygnet Capital and says it has 26,000 businesses on board (Catherine Shu/TechCrunch)
Mon, 23 Nov 2020 10:20:01 -0500

Catherine Shu / TechCrunch:
Sydney-based Metigy, which helps SMBs automate online ad campaigns, raises ~$14.6M led by Cygnet Capital and says it has 26,000 businesses on board  —  Metigy, a marketing platform created to help small businesses automate more of the decision making in their online ad campaigns …

AvePoint, which develops cloud governance tools for Microsoft's software, says it will go public via a merger with Apex Technology SPAC in a deal worth ~$2B (Katie Roof/Bloomberg)
Mon, 23 Nov 2020 10:10:00 -0500

Katie Roof / Bloomberg:
AvePoint, which develops cloud governance tools for Microsoft's software, says it will go public via a merger with Apex Technology SPAC in a deal worth ~$2B  —  - Microsoft partner valued at $2 billion in the transaction  — The agreement includes a $140 million private investment

Gatik, which is developing level 4 autonomous short-haul delivery trucks, raises $25M Series A and says it has signed a deal with Canadian retailer Loblaw (Kyle Wiggers/VentureBeat)
Mon, 23 Nov 2020 09:50:06 -0500

Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Gatik, which is developing level 4 autonomous short-haul delivery trucks, raises $25M Series A and says it has signed a deal with Canadian retailer Loblaw  —  Gatik, a startup developing an autonomous vehicle stack for B2B short-haul logistics, today closed a $25 million series A round.

Analysis: Facebook and Instagram ads appear to be reaching a saturation point after rising by a ~30% quarterly average since Q3 2015 (Laura Forman/Wall Street Journal)
Mon, 23 Nov 2020 09:30:00 -0500

Laura Forman / Wall Street Journal:
Analysis: Facebook and Instagram ads appear to be reaching a saturation point after rising by a ~30% quarterly average since Q3 2015  —  Spending big money to make big money in the ad business may no longer be on the table inside Facebook's network  —  Facebook Inc.'s platforms are starting to feel like homes with too much furniture.

Snap announces Spotlight, a vertically scrollable TikTok-like feed inside Snapchat, and will pay $1M every day to users who create the top Snaps through 2020 (Sarah Perez/TechCrunch)
Mon, 23 Nov 2020 09:10:20 -0500

Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Snap announces Spotlight, a vertically scrollable TikTok-like feed inside Snapchat, and will pay $1M every day to users who create the top Snaps through 2020  —  After taking on TikTok with music-powered features last month, Snapchat this morning is officially launching a dedicated place within …

As bots plague everything from Tinder to Twitter, a look at how generative adversarial networks create images and videos of fake people, sold on many websites (New York Times)
Mon, 23 Nov 2020 09:05:04 -0500

New York Times:
As bots plague everything from Tinder to Twitter, a look at how generative adversarial networks create images and videos of fake people, sold on many websites  —  There are now businesses that sell fake people.  On the website Generated.Photos, you can buy a “unique, worry-free” fake person for $2.99, or 1,000 people for $1,000.

CoStar, which provides commercial real estate information and analytics, says it will buy Homesnap, an app that improves real estate agent workflows, for $250M (Peter Grant/Wall Street Journal)
Mon, 23 Nov 2020 08:35:01 -0500

Peter Grant / Wall Street Journal:
CoStar, which provides commercial real estate information and analytics, says it will buy Homesnap, an app that improves real estate agent workflows, for $250M  —  Purchase would mark the company's first significant step into residential data  —  CoStar Group, Inc., one of the world's largest providers …

Sources: Facebook's charm offensive to repair ties with Biden's administration includes News Feed vaccine promotion and relying on Nick Clegg to mend relations (Financial Times)
Mon, 23 Nov 2020 08:00:36 -0500

Financial Times:
Sources: Facebook's charm offensive to repair ties with Biden's administration includes News Feed vaccine promotion and relying on Nick Clegg to mend relations  —  Social media giant to roll out vaccine promotion and give higher profile to Nick Clegg  —  Facebook is plotting a charm offensive …


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