Apple says its Giving program has raised $365M+ for nonprofits since it began eight years ago, with $125M+ in donations and 250M+ hours volunteered in 2018
As part of its Martin Luther King Day celebrations, Apple has shared a newsroom article highlighting the charitable giving and volunteering efforts of its employees. The company announced that Appl…
Gartner survey of more than 3,000 CIOs in 89 countries finds that deployment of AI in enterprise grew 270% in the past four years and 37% in the last year
Enterprises are adopting AI like there's no tomorrow. According to a recent Gartner survey, implementation was up 37 percent in the last year.
Researcher says AIESEC, a non-profit claiming to be the “world's largest youth-run organization” left 4M+ intern applications with sensitive info exposed online
AIESEC, a non-profit that bills itself as the “world’s largest youth-run organization,” exposed more than four million intern applications with personal and sensitive information on a server without a password. Bob Diachenko, an independent security researcher, found an unprotecte…
A Dutch surgeon formally disciplined for medical negligence wins legal action to remove Google results about her case in landmark “right to be forgotten” ruling
Ruling will ensure doctors no longer judged by Google on fitness to practise, lawyer says
Russia says it's taking “administrative action” against Facebook and Twitter, alleging it hasn't received details of their compliance with data-localization law
Russia launched administrative action against Facebook and Twitter for failing to comply with its data laws, days after Facebook removed the accounts of what it said were two Russia-based misinformation campaigns.
Spotify is testing a feature on iOS that will allow users to block any artist
Spotify might soon let you block music from an artist throughout the streaming service.
A casino group that runs sites like easybet.com left 108M+ records exposed on a server including players' bets, withdrawals, names, home addresses, and phone #s
Server is now down but is unclear if the cloud provider took it down and if the parent company knows it leaked users details in the first place.
Google fined €50M by the French data regulator CNIL under GDPR for lack of transparency, inadequate info, and lack of valid consent about ads personalization
The CNIL, the French data protection watchdog, has issued its first GDPR fine of $57 million (€50 million). The regulatory body claims that Google has failed to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) when new Android users set up a new phone and follow Android’s onboarding proces…
Google fined €50M by the French data protection watchdog CNIL under GDPR for failing to provide transparent, easily accessible info on its data consent policies
France's data watchdog announced Monday a fine of 50 million euros ($57 million) for US web search giant Google, using the EU's strict General Data Protection Regulation for the first time.
Kaia Health, which makes apps that help manage chronic pain using AI and motion-tracking tech, raises $10M Series A
Kaia Health, which offers a suite of apps that tap AI and motion-tracking technology to help manage chronic pain, has raised $10 million.
WhatsApp is now globally limiting the forwarding of messages to five recipients, in a bid to fight “misinformation and rumors”
Facebook Inc's WhatsApp messenger service is globally limiting the number of times a user can forward a message to five, in a bid to fight "misinformation and rumors", company executives said on Monday.
A reporter, who was injured when her Grab car crashed in Singapore, set out to probe Grab's image as a sober and law-abiding startup but found no smoking gun
Singapore, like every big city, has been overrun with new car service apps. Is that a good thing?
London-based MarketInvoice, an online invoicing platform, raises £26M Series B led by Barclays and Santander, and a £30M debt facility from Viola Credit
MarketInvoice lets SMEs sell their unpaid invoices through an online platform to gain access to working capital loans.
Facebook's journalism funding does not guarantee the success of high-quality reporting on its platform, which would obviate the need for such cash infusions
At some point over the past year, anyone connected with journalism, its present woes, or concerns over its future probably found themselves in a room with a Facebook executive. If you were high enough up in the media food chain, you got an audience with “Sheryl and Mark.” Everyone else was matched with someone further […]
Knock, a home trade-in platform started by Trulia veterans, has raised $400M Series B in equity and debt financing led by Foundry Group
The investment in Knock comes amid consistent year-over-year growth in venture capital deals for real estate tech companies.
Profile of Audiomack, which started as a mixtape hosting site and now has a popular free music streaming service with 1.5M users, up from 400K a year ago
How Audiomack emerged from the tail end of the online mixtape era to become one of the premier tastemakers in streaming audio.
AppRiver, a Florida-based cybersecurity company that focuses on email and web protection, agrees to be acquired by email security firm Zix Corporation for $275M
Zix hopes to complete the $275 million deal by March 31 and in so doing will boost its channel presence 10- fold as it looks to solution providers to drive revenue, Zix CEO David Wagner tells CRN.
Video of a purported Google Pixel 3 Lite shows a phone with a plastic case, 3.5mm headphone jack, 5.56" 2220x1080 LCD display, and Snapdragon 670 CPU
Google’s Pixel 3 Lite has leaked again, this time in an extensive hands-on video. Andro News claims the phone offers "the same quality photos as the Pixel 3."
Uber is hiring for a new Micromobility Robotics team to develop autonomous scooters and bikes which can drive themselves to reach customers and charging points
Uber is hiring engineers to develop electric scooters and bicycles which can drive themselves around cities in order to reach customers and charging points.
Facebook to launch Community Actions, a News Feed petition feature for users to tag government agencies and officials and advocate for changes, on Monday
Gather a mob and Facebook will now let you make political demands. Tomorrow Facebook will encounter a slew of fresh complexities with the launch of Community Actions, its News Feed petition feature. Community Actions could unite neighbors to request change from their local and national elected offi…
SEC filing: Disney lost $1B+ from streaming in its 2018 fiscal year, with a $580M loss attributed to its stake in Hulu and $469M to ownership of BAMtech
Disney reported losses of more than $1 billion tied to its ownership of Hulu and BAMtech, which powers ESPN+ and other streaming services.
Indonesian ride-hailing company Go-Jek acquires Philippines-based fintech startup Coins.ph, sources say for $72M, ahead of a planned expansion into the country
Ride-hailing startup Go-Jek’s expansion into the Philippines ran into problems earlier this month over its ownership structure, but that isn’t deterring the Indonesian company from investing into the market. Today, Go-Jek announced it has acquired local fintech company Coins.ph through …
Tech companies funding journalism projects deepens their codependence and implies the media is the exception that should be protected from tech's disruption
Yesterday, Facebook announced it would spend $300 million over three years on journalistic content, partnerships, and programs. The announcement commits the social network to match the funding rival tech giant Google said it would spend on such programs—but more importantly increases the already-dangerous co-dependency between big tech and newsrooms. Journalism, especially local journalism, is certainly […]
Google Maps rolls out ability to see user-reported speed traps via small camera icons, in North America, UK, Australia, Russia, Brazil, India, and Indonesia
Google Maps users report seeing speed limit and speed trap warnings pop up in the navigation app.
Japanese hotel, trying to replace all of its staff with robots, ended up creating more work for staff and frustrated guests as robots didn't perform as expected
The robot revolution will have to wait at the Henn na Hotel in Japan, which is laying off low-performing droids after they created more work by annoying and confusing guests and piling up in the repair shop.
Strategy Robot, founded by the creators of an AI bot that beat 4 top professional Texas Hold 'Em players, signs a $10M two year contract with the US Army
A bot trained to beat poker stars could offer strategic lessons to generals simulating a future war.
Voicebot survey estimates that about 77M US adults use voice assistants in their cars at least monthly, compared with 45.7M using them on smart speakers
Voice assistants are more habit-forming in cars than on smartphones.
DaDa, a Chinese online tutoring service that helps children aged 4 to 16 learn English from native speakers, raises $255M Series D led by Warburg Pincus
Global private equity firm Warburg Pincus has reportedly led a $255-million Series D round in China's online English tutoring platform DaDa, formerly DaDaABC.
Chainalysis: Bitcoin transactions on darknet markets rose throughout 2018 to an average of $2M/day, nearly double the activity measured at the start of the year
Use of bitcoin as a form of payment doubled in 2018 on darknet market sites, where users can buy anything from illegal drugs to fake IDs, even though the price of the cryptocurrency crashed, according to a study by data firm Chainalysis.
Report: $5.3B was invested in cybersecurity companies in 2018, up 81% from 2016, with California alone accounting for 46% of VC investments worldwide
2018 wasn’t all bad. It turned out to be a record year for venture capital firms investing in cybersecurity companies. According to new data out by Strategic Cyber Ventures, a cybersecurity-focused investment firm with a portfolio of four cybersecurity companies, more than $5.3 billion was fu…
DNC says in court filing that it was a target of a failed spearphishing campaign after the midterms; researchers: the campaign resembled Russia-linked attacks
In new filings submitted late Thursday, the Democratic National Committee, whose computers were breached in 2016, said it was on the receiving end of a so-called spearphishing campaign in November.
Profile of an angel investor and Code.org co-founder Ali Partovi, who now manages Neo, a fund that matches talented young engineers with tech industry veterans
Ali Partovi’s Neo community links the best young engineers with top programmers from Facebook and Google and startups like Stripe, then promises to invest in whatever they do.
Q&A with Hadi Partovi on starting Code.org, working on IE at Microsoft, what he is looking for in startup founders, and teaching computer science in schools
The founder and chief executive of Code.org, who was born in Iran, says computer science is a “foundational skill,” one that future doctors, lawyers and politicians should all possess.
Researcher: vulnerability in Marvell's Wi-Fi SoC used in the PS4, Xbox One, Surface tablets, and more lets attacker hijack devices without any user interaction
List of impacted devices includes PS4, Xbox One, Samsung Chromebooks, and Microsoft Surface devices.
The owner of Reliance Retail, India's biggest retailer, and Jio, a disruptive telecom, announces an online retail platform to compete with Flipkart and Amazon
Amazon and Walmart-owned Flipkart have a new rival to fight to win a slice of India's booming ecommerce market: Mukesh Ambani, the nation's richest man.
HyperScience, which uses AI to extract structured data from hand-filled and other business forms, raises $30M Series B, bringing its total raised to $50M
HyperScience, the machine learning company that turns human readable data into machine readable data, has today announced the close of a $30 million Series B funding round led by Stripes Group, with participation from existing investors FirstMark Capital and Felicis Ventures, as well as new investo…
Sources: Snap fires security chief over secret relationship with a consultant and pushes out his boss, the head of HR, amid multiple departures in recent months
Snap’s global security chief, Francis Racioppi, has been fired after an internal investigation found that he had an undisclosed relationship with a woman from a third-party consulting firm that he paid a sizable, six-figure amount of money to on behalf of Snap. Controversial Snap VP Jason Halpert is also leaving in connection with the investigation.
Amazon says ~200K SMBs generated $100K+ in sales via Amazon stores in 2018, 50K exceeded $500K, and the number of SMBs that sold $1M+ grew by 20%
Amazon has revealed some statistics about small- and medium-sized businesses operating on its platform. Businesses generating more than $1 million in sales grew by 20% during the last year.
Sources: Airbnb held informal talks to buy discounted hotel booking app HotelTonight; HotelTonight was valued at $463M in a March 2017 funding round
AirbnbInc. has held talks to acquire hotel-booking site Hotel Tonight Inc. as the home-sharing company seeks to bolster its offerings and make itself more attractive to investors ahead of an eventual IPO, according to people familiar with the negotiations.
Indonesian e-commerce startup Bukalapak, which was valued at $1B last year, raises $50M Series D
Chances are you may be familiar with Tokopedia, especially after it commanded a $7 billion valuation last November when it raised $1.1 billion from investors like Alibaba and SoftBank’s Vision Fund. But fewer people outside of Indonesia are aware of another sizable local online retail unicorn…
Facebook starts wide rollout of its redesigned Messenger app, which it first announced at F8 last May with limited availability in October
Facebook Messenger’s redesign is finally here. Its listing on both the App Store and the Google Play Store has been updated to show the new interface, and we’ve verified that it’s available across both operating systems.
EU's copyright reform with “link tax” and “upload filters” suffers a setback as 11 member states vote against the proposal, making adoption in May less likely
Sources: FTC commissioners met to discuss imposing a record-setting fine against Facebook for failing to safeguard user privacy, violating 2011 consent decree
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Sources: Spotify plans to launch a ~$100 voice-controlled in-car music player with preset buttons that correspond to Spotify playlists, later this year
Streaming group hopes to push into hardware with new entertainment device
Facebook confirms it is testing LOL, a feed of funny videos and GIF-like clips pulled from News Feed posts by top meme Pages
How do you do, fellow kids? After Facebook Watch, Lasso, and IGTV failed to become hits with teens, the company has been quietly developing another youthful video product. Multiple sources confirm that Facebook has spent months building LOL, a special feed of funny videos and GIF-like clips. ItR…
A postmortem of AR startup Meta, as the company's CEO says the unnamed investor who acquired its assets will continue to support Meta's existing products
Meta wanted to replace desktop computers and mobile phones with AR headsets. Now its assets have been sold to a mystery buyer.
AT&T to resume advertising on YouTube after pulling the ads in 2017 because the brand was appearing alongside offensive videos
AT&T, one of the biggest advertisers in the U.S., had balked because offensive content too often accompanied its ads. Now it says YouTube has addressed the issue.
Chinese drone maker DJI says it has discovered several cases of serious corruption at the company and expects 2018 losses of more than $150M as a result
China's SZ DJI Technology Co Ltd, the world's largest maker of consumer drones, has discovered several cases of serious corruption at the company and expects 2018 losses of more than 1 billion yuan ($150 million) as a result, it said on Friday.
Max Schrems files GDPR complaints against Amazon, Apple, Netflix, Spotify, YouTube, others for failing to provide required info about data they collect on users
European privacy campaigner Max Schrems has filed a fresh batch of strategic complaints at tech giants, including Amazon, Apple, Netflix, Spotify and YouTube. The complaints, filed via his non-profit privacy and digital rights organization, noyb, relate to how the services respond to data access re…
Verizon says its spam and robocall protection service, previously available as a $3 add-on, will be free to all subscribers starting in March
Verizon announced that it will offer free spam and robocall protection to its subscribers. The company says it has blocked nearly 1 billion spam calls to date, and identified more than 300 million numbers associated with robocalls.