Rita Liao / TechCrunch:
Chinese startup Showmac Tech, which makes eSIMs for Xiaomi IoT devices, raises $15M Series A+ led by Addor Capital — Connectivity is vital to a future managed and shaped by smart hardware, and Chinese startup Showmac Tech is proposing eSIMs as the infrastructure solution for seamless …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: ahead of public market debut on Sept. 30, Palantir has told investors that its shares could start trading at $10 apiece, valuing the company ~$22B — Bankers have told investors stock could start trading at around $10, sources say — Palantir Technologies Inc. is expected to fetch …
Kate Cox / Ars Technica:
Former director at Facebook, Tim Kendall, told Congress Facebook “took a page from Big Tobacco's playbook, working to make our offering addictive at the outset” — “At worst, I fear we are pushing ourselves to the brink of a civil war,” he added.
Clearview AI SEC filing revealed $8.6M in equity sales from undisclosed investors and identified two previously unknown board members — Controversial facial recognition company Clearview AI — which has built a database of more than 3 billion images taken from Facebook, Instagram …
Lauren Kaori Gurley / VICE:
Amazon says it monitors internal listservs to gather feedback at scale, after an AWS employee claimed the listservs are being monitored for labor organizing — An Amazon spokesperson confirmed that the company monitors dozens of internal listservs but said that the program did not exist for the purposes that the employee described.
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Apple confirms it had acquired cross-platform podcast app Scout FM, which created podcast stations for users based on listening history, before shutting it down — - Company acquired Scout FM earlier this year in podcasting push — Acquisition continues rapid pace of Apple deals this year
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
Ahead of US elections, YouTube says it is including info panels under videos about voting by mail, pointing viewers to a report by the Bipartisan Policy Center — Official candidate info will also appear in searches — YouTube is stepping up its measures against misinformation around the upcoming US election.
Josh Constine / SignalFire:
SignalFire's in-depth report on the state of the creator economy, which has ~50M pro or semi-pro content creators across Instagram, YouTube, and other platforms — More than 50 million people around the world consider themselves creators, despite the creator economy only being born a decade ago.
Rob Davies / The Guardian:
Ex-Cambridge Analytica head Alexander Nix banned from running limited companies for seven years over “potentially unethical” behavior linked to the scandal — Alexander Nix, the former boss of Cambridge Analytica, has been banned from serving as a company director for seven years over …
Taylor Hatmaker / TechCrunch:
Hootsuite says it will terminate its ICE contract after disagreements within the company spilled over into public view when an employee tweeted about the deal — After disagreements within the company spilled over into public controversy, Hootsuite says it won't go forward with a contract with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Andrew Martin / Bloomberg:
CISA: a hacker accessed the network of an unnamed US federal agency using valid credentials for multiple users' Microsoft 365 accounts and domain admin accounts — An unnamed U.S. federal agency was hit with a cyber-attack after a hacker used valid access credentials, authorities said on Thursday.
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Apple is now letting customers return only the band, instead of the entire Watch, if they bought a Watch with an ill-fitting Solo Loop band — Apple has reversed course and created an online band-only return method for customers who purchased an Apple Watch Series 6 or Apple Watch SE …
Taylor Hatmaker / TechCrunch:
Twitter says its test to prompt users to read articles before retweeting was a success, with users opening articles 40% more and sometimes opting not to retweet — Twitter's experiment to get people to actually read the content they're sharing is going so well the company plans to expand it to the platform at large “very soon.”
Salvador Rodriguez / CNBC:
Facebook outlines new rules for its internal Workplace, including banning profile pictures that promote specific political candidates or causes — - Facebook on Thursday outlined its new set of rules for employee communications within Workplace, the company's internal social network.
Sean Lyngaas / CyberScoop:
Facebook says it removed 200+ accounts Thursday that were associated with US election interference in the past, “including those involved in DC leaks in 2016” — Facebook on Thursday removed over 200 phony accounts and dozens of pages that originated in Russia and pumped …