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Sources: semiconductor manufacturer Analog Devices is in talks to buy rival Maxim Integrated for $17B+ in an all-stock deal (Cara Lombardo/Wall Street Journal)

Cara Lombardo / Wall Street Journal : Sources: semiconductor manufacturer Analog Devices is in talks to buy rival Maxim Integrated for $17B+ in an all-stock deal All-stock sale of Maxim could be announced as soon as Monday Semiconductor maker Analog Devices Inc. ADI .20% is in talks to buy rival Maxim Integrated MXIM -.59% Products Inc

13 Jul 2020 5:20 am
Talkspace and other teletherapy companies are working to scale their businesses during the pandemic, including working with insurance companies and regulators (David Pierce/Protocol)

David Pierce / Protocol : Talkspace and other teletherapy companies are working to scale their businesses during the pandemic, including working with insurance companies and regulators The last few months have proven Talkspace right about a lot of things. Video, for one: When Talkspace launched in 2012

13 Jul 2020 2:35 am
Apple Silicon could end Wintel by forcing Microsoft to take Windows on ARM seriously, causing PC OEMs to migrate to ARM and Intel to make ARM PC chips (Jean-Louis Gasse/Monday Note)

Jean-Louis Gasse / Monday Note : Apple Silicon could end Wintel by forcing Microsoft to take Windows on ARM seriously, causing PC OEMs to migrate to ARM and Intel to make ARM PC chips We're about to enter an exciting, messy transition. Not only will Apple Silicon make better Macs, it will force Microsoft to polish

13 Jul 2020 12:40 am
Profile of Ime Archibong, the Head of New Product Experimentation at Facebook and one of the most important voices in its efforts around diversity and equality (Salvador Rodriguez/CNBC)

Salvador Rodriguez / CNBC : Profile of Ime Archibong, the Head of New Product Experimentation at Facebook and one of the most important voices in its efforts around diversity and equality - Ime Archibong became Facebook's head of new product experimentation a year ago, tasked with finding the company's next hit product.

12 Jul 2020 11:00 pm
Qualcomm Ventures says it will invest $97M in Reliance Jio Platforms to acquire a 0.15% equity stake (Manish Singh/TechCrunch)

Manish Singh / TechCrunch : Qualcomm Ventures says it will invest $97M in Reliance Jio Platforms to acquire a 0.15% equity stake Qualcomm has become the latest high-profile investor in four-year-old Reliance Jio Platforms, which has raised more than $15.7 billion in the past 12 weeks from as many investors.

12 Jul 2020 9:25 pm
Chris Larsen, a co-founder of Ripple, is paying for the installation of a private network of over 1,000 security cameras across San Francisco to fight crime (Nellie Bowles/New York Times)

Nellie Bowles / New York Times : Chris Larsen, a co-founder of Ripple, is paying for the installation of a private network of over 1,000 security cameras across San Francisco to fight crime Chris Larsen knows that a crypto mogul spending his own money for a city's camera surveillance system might sound creepy.

12 Jul 2020 7:35 pm
Public records show that the US Secret Service awarded a four-year contract in May to Coinbase to use its blockchain analytics software, worth $183,750 in total (Yogita Khatri/The Block)

Yogita Khatri / The Block : Public records show that the US Secret Service awarded a four-year contract in May to Coinbase to use its blockchain analytics software, worth $183,750 in total Crypto exchange Coinbase is providing its blockchain analytics software to the U.S. Secret Service, according to a public record obtained by The Block.

12 Jul 2020 3:30 pm
An overview of how data-driven tech and analytics are reshaping Hollywood's creative development process and market research during the pandemic (Christopher Mims/Wall Street Journal)

Christopher Mims / Wall Street Journal : An overview of how data-driven tech and analytics are reshaping Hollywood's creative development process and market research during the pandemic Coronavirus and the era of stay-at-home binge-watching is accelerating the entertainment industry's reliance on analytics and data to target

12 Jul 2020 11:25 am
Iowa-based Growers Edge, which provides a range of data-driven fintech and analytics tools for the agricultural industry, has closed $40M Series B (Jake Slobe/Clay and Milk)

Jake Slobe / Clay and Milk : Iowa-based Growers Edge, which provides a range of data-driven fintech and analytics tools for the agricultural industry, has closed $40M Series B Growers Edge has announced the close of a $40 million Series B round of financing to accelerate the development of its financial technology products

12 Jul 2020 10:45 am
Zomato says its FY 2020 revenue was $394M, up 105% YoY, and EBITDA loss reached $293M vs. $277M in FY 2019, as Zomato Gold/Pro had 1.7M subscribers as of March (Aroon Deep/MediaNama)

Aroon Deep / MediaNama : Zomato says its FY 2020 revenue was $394M, up 105% YoY, and EBITDA loss reached $293M vs. $277M in FY 2019, as Zomato Gold/Pro had 1.7M subscribers as of March While FY19 saw hyper-competition between four well-funded food delivery players, FY20 ended with a two player market structure

12 Jul 2020 10:30 am
Evidation Health, whose tech helps aggregate health data from wearables and other sources for virtual clinical trials, raises $45M Series D led by B Capital (Elise Reuter/MedCity News)

Elise Reuter / MedCity News : Evidation Health, whose tech helps aggregate health data from wearables and other sources for virtual clinical trials, raises $45M Series D led by B Capital Evidation Health, a startup that provides technology for virtual clinical trials, raised $45 million in series D funding.

12 Jul 2020 10:15 am
China's biggest chipmaker SMIC, a key player in the country's semiconductor ambitions, kicked off a $6.6B share sale on Tuesday in Shanghai (Arjun Kharpal/CNBC)

Arjun Kharpal / CNBC : China's biggest chipmaker SMIC, a key player in the country's semiconductor ambitions, kicked off a $6.6B share sale on Tuesday in Shanghai - SMIC, China's biggest chipmaker, kicked off a major 46.28 billion yuan ($6.6 billion) share sale on Tuesday. The contract semiconductor manufacturer

12 Jul 2020 9:45 am
Ubisoft announces multiple senior executive departures, including its chief creative officer and Canadian studios head, amid company-wide misconduct allegations (Ian Walker/Kotaku)

Ian Walker / Kotaku : Ubisoft announces multiple senior executive departures, including its chief creative officer and Canadian studios head, amid company-wide misconduct allegations Serge Hascot has resigned as Ubisoft's chief creative officer after weeks of damning accounts of sexual misconduct throughout

12 Jul 2020 9:20 am
Telemedicine service Doctor on Demand raises $75M Series D led by General Atlantic, bringing the total raised to $240M (Leah Rosenbaum/Forbes)

Leah Rosenbaum / Forbes : Telemedicine service Doctor on Demand raises $75M Series D led by General Atlantic, bringing the total raised to $240M Although many industries have suffered during the Covid-19 pandemic, telemedicine is one sector that isn't slowing down. The demand for virtual doctor's appointments

12 Jul 2020 8:25 am
A look at the gray market around repairing ventilators, where technicians use homemade dongles and software secretly shared within the community (Jason Koebler/VICE)

Jason Koebler / VICE : A look at the gray market around repairing ventilators, where technicians use homemade dongles and software secretly shared within the community As COVID-19 surges, hospitals and independent biomedical technicians have turned to a global grey-market for hardware and software

12 Jul 2020 5:20 am
Mozilla suspends Firefox Send file-sharing service after reports malware operators use it to host and send links with malicious payloads to potential victims (Catalin Cimpanu/ZDNet)

Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet : Mozilla suspends Firefox Send file-sharing service after reports malware operators use it to host and send links with malicious payloads to potential victims Mozilla has temporarily suspended the Firefox Send file-sharing service while it adds a Report Abuse mechanism.

12 Jul 2020 2:15 am
Microsoft's Phil Spencer claims asking studios to make games for Xbox Series X that will also work on Xbox One at launch won't hinder the potential of Series X (Christopher Dring/GamesIndustry.biz)

Christopher Dring / GamesIndustry.biz : Microsoft's Phil Spencer claims asking studios to make games for Xbox Series X that will also work on Xbox One at launch won't hinder the potential of Series X Held back is a meme that gets created by people who are too caught up in device competition

12 Jul 2020 12:10 am
Linux team approves new terminology to replace terms like master/slave and lacklist/whitelist for new Linux kernel source code and associated documentation (Catalin Cimpanu/ZDNet)

Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet : Linux team approves new terminology to replace terms like master/slave and blacklist/whitelist for new Linux kernel source code and associated documentation Linux creator Linus Torvalds puts stamp on proposal to use neutral language in kernel code and documentation.

11 Jul 2020 10:35 pm
Signal's new feature that allows users to store certain data on their servers for recovery purposes has some security experts threatening to stop using the app (Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai/VICE)

Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / VICE : Signal's new feature that allows users to store certain data on their servers for recovery purposes has some security experts threatening to stop using the app The popular encrypted app is now going to store your contacts in the cloud. Experts are worried this compromises users' privacy.

11 Jul 2020 8:45 pm
Pinterest's moderation approach, which blocks content at the search query level, rather than removing it entirely, lets some objectionable content remain (Sarah Emerson/OneZero)

Sarah Emerson / OneZero : Pinterest's moderation approach, which blocks content at the search query level, rather than removing it entirely, lets some objectionable content remain The moderation oversight is a result of hiding rather than deleting illicit content Pinterest, a website best known for inspiration boards

11 Jul 2020 5:40 pm
China-based Kuaidian, a storytelling app that lets users read novels in text message format and watch visual dramas, raises ~$100M Series C led by Sequoia China (Song Jingli/KrASIA)

Song Jingli / KrASIA : China-based Kuaidian, a storytelling app that lets users read novels in text message format and watch visual dramas, raises ~$100M Series C led by Sequoia China The novel community Kuaidian has attracted 5 million daily active users since its founding in 2017. 3d ago

11 Jul 2020 2:35 pm
Clubhouse is the latest social network to neglect moderation until it becomes a crisis and why its creators shouldn't treat trust and safety as an afterthought (Casey Newton/The Verge)

Casey Newton / The Verge : Clubhouse is the latest social network to neglect moderation until it becomes a crisis and why its creators shouldn't treat trust and safety as an afterthought The $100 million startup is learning the hard way that content moderation needs to come first I.

11 Jul 2020 11:30 am
Pupils and teachers question the new grading algorithm used by the IB Diploma Programme to predict student scores after it canceled in-person tests this spring (Tom Simonite/Wired)

Tom Simonite / Wired : Pupils and teachers question the new grading algorithm used by the IB Diploma Programme to predict student scores after it canceled in-person tests this spring The International Baccalaureate program canceled its high-stakes exam because of Covid-19. The formula it used to predict scores puzzles students and teachers.

11 Jul 2020 10:10 am
Microsoft details how it is collaborating with Google to help developers get their Progressive Web Apps into the Play Store (Paul Thurrott/Thurrott)

Paul Thurrott / Thurrott : Microsoft details how it is collaborating with Google to help developers get their Progressive Web Apps into the Play Store Microsoft has been collaborating with Google to ensure that their tools interoperate and can help developers get their Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) into the Play Store.

11 Jul 2020 8:40 am
Yevgeniy Nikulin, a Russian indicted for allegedly hacking LinkedIn, Dropbox in 2012 resulting in ~117M stolen login codes, is found guilty by SF federal jury (Joel Rosenblatt/Bloomberg)

Joel Rosenblatt / Bloomberg : Yevgeniy Nikulin, a Russian indicted for allegedly hacking LinkedIn, Dropbox in 2012 resulting in ~117M stolen login codes, is found guilty by SF federal jury - Trial was the first in Northern California since the pandemic Nikulin was of interest to U.S. for 2016 election meddling

11 Jul 2020 7:35 am
India's Supreme Court rules in favor of allowing summons and legal notices to be served via messaging apps, such as WhatsApp and Telegram, as well as by email (Abhimanyu Sharma/Times Now)

Abhimanyu Sharma / Times Now : India's Supreme Court rules in favor of allowing summons and legal notices to be served via messaging apps, such as WhatsApp and Telegram, as well as by email This order marks as a huge step towards digitisation of Indian legal proceedings, where notices and summons used to be sent either by mail or delivered in person.

11 Jul 2020 7:25 am
CBP says there is no practical way for Americans to avoid its license plate reader tracking, will use commercial database to pull private and public plate data (Zack Whittaker/TechCrunch)

Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch : CBP says there is no practical way for Americans to avoid its license plate reader tracking, will use commercial database to pull private and public plate data U.S. Customs and Border Protection has admitted that there is no practical way for Americans to avoid having their movements tracked

11 Jul 2020 6:30 am
Wells Fargo emailed a small number of employees who installed TikTok on corporate-owned devices, directing them to remove it over privacy and security concerns (The Information)

The Information : Wells Fargo emailed a small number of employees who installed TikTok on corporate-owned devices, directing them to remove it over privacy and security concerns It was a head-spinning day for TikTok, the hit video-sharing app. Hours after Amazon told employees to delete TikTok

11 Jul 2020 5:25 am
The App Store's primary purpose should be to steer third-party apps toward excellence; split screen multitasking in Gmail for iPad should't have taken 5 years (John Gruber/Daring Fireball)

John Gruber / Daring Fireball : The App Store's primary purpose should be to steer third-party apps toward excellence; split screen multitasking in Gmail for iPad should't have taken 5 years Feel free to file Google's release this week of an update to their iPad Gmail app with support for split-screen multitasking under

11 Jul 2020 4:05 am
Amazon says it will not ask employees to remove TikTok from their mobile devices, and an internal email asking them to delete the app was sent in error (Makena Kelly/The Verge)

Makena Kelly / The Verge : Amazon says it will not ask employees to remove TikTok from their mobile devices, and an internal email asking them to delete the app was sent in error The company confirms that an email was sent out in error earlier today Amazon says that it will not ask employees to remove

11 Jul 2020 2:36 am
Young people, who found an outlet for creative expression in TikTok amid lockdown, say a US ban would be devastating, as some flock to YouTube and Byte (Taylor Lorenz/New York Times)

Taylor Lorenz / New York Times : Young people, who found an outlet for creative expression in TikTok amid lockdown, say a US ban would be devastating, as some flock to YouTube and Byte Gen Z and millennial users have found community on the app, particularly during the last few isolating months. And for some of them, it's their livelihood.

11 Jul 2020 2:15 am
Sources: Facebook is considering imposing a ban on political ads on its network in the days leading up to the US election in November (Bloomberg)

Bloomberg : Sources: Facebook is considering imposing a ban on political ads on its network in the days leading up to the US election in November Facebook Inc. is considering imposing a ban on political ads on its social network in the days leading up to the U.S. election in November

11 Jul 2020 12:51 am
Biden campaign hires Chris DeRusha, who was a WH senior cybersecurity adviser and held a series of top cybersecurity jobs at DHS and at Ford, as its first CISO (Joseph Marks/Washington Post)

Joseph Marks / Washington Post : Biden campaign hires Chris DeRusha, who was a WH senior cybersecurity adviser and held a series of top cybersecurity jobs at DHS and at Ford, as its first CISO Joe Biden, with four months until Election Day, is hiring a top cybersecurity official to secure his campaign against an array of digital threats.

11 Jul 2020 12:35 am
YouTube is finally letting creators know exactly how they're making money on YouTube, using a metric called RPM that shows total revenue, after YouTube's cut (Julia Alexander/The Verge)

Julia Alexander / The Verge : YouTube is finally letting creators know exactly how they're making money on YouTube, using a metric called RPM that shows total revenue, after YouTube's cut A new metric called RPM pulls in multiple revenue sources YouTube creators in the company's Partner Program can earn money

11 Jul 2020 12:30 am
Sources: Foxconn to invest up to $1B over the next three years in a factory near Chennai in India where it currently assembles iPhone XR (Reuters)

Reuters : Sources: Foxconn to invest up to $1B over the next three years in a factory near Chennai in India where it currently assembles iPhone XR Sankalp Phartiyal, Yimou Lee NEW DELHI/TAIPEI (Reuters) - Foxconn (2317.TW) plans to invest up to $1 billion to expand a factory in southern India

10 Jul 2020 11:15 pm
Internal email: Amazon asks its employees to delete TikTok from any devices that access Amazon email by Friday, citing security risks (New York Times)

New York Times : Internal email: Amazon asks its employees to delete TikTok from any devices that access Amazon email by Friday, citing security risks TikTok, owned by Chinese company ByteDance, has been under scrutiny as a potential national security threat.

10 Jul 2020 10:48 pm
Instagram will expand its policies on hate speech worldwide to include posts that advertise or promote conversion therapy (Rob Picheta/CNN)

Rob Picheta / CNN : Instagram will expand its policies on hate speech worldwide to include posts that advertise or promote conversion therapy What Instagram is doing differently during coronavirus crisis London (CNN Business)Instagram will ban any content that promotes conversion therapy

10 Jul 2020 10:30 pm
Rackspace, a cloud services company which went private in 2016 after a $4.3B buyout by Apollo Global, once again files for a US IPO (Bharath Manjesh/Reuters)

Bharath Manjesh / Reuters : Rackspace, a cloud services company which went private in 2016 after a $4.3B buyout by Apollo Global, once again files for a US IPO (Reuters) - Cloud services firm Rackspace Technology Inc, owned by private equity firm Apollo Global Management, filed for a U.S. initial public offering on Friday.

10 Jul 2020 9:50 pm
Report: Apple is making thousands of semitransparent lenses for its AR headset at a Foxconn factory as part of engineering validation test stage of the product (Eric Slivka/MacRumors)

Eric Slivka / MacRumors : Report: Apple is making thousands of semitransparent lenses for its AR headset at a Foxconn factory as part of engineering validation test stage of the product Apple and Foxconn have reached a key milestone in the development of Apple's long-rumored augmented reality headset

10 Jul 2020 9:10 pm
Google says it will ban stalkerware ads from August 11, but leaves a loophole for stalkerware vendors to get around the ban by posing as family safety apps (Graham Cluley)

Graham Cluley : Google says it will ban stalkerware ads from August 11, but leaves a loophole for stalkerware vendors to get around the ban by posing as family safety apps Google has announced that from August 2020 it will be prohibiting ads for stalkerware products and services. What's stalkerware?

10 Jul 2020 8:00 pm
US is finalizing a federal contract ban for any company that uses products from Chinese companies Huawei, Hikvision, Hytera, Dahua, and ZTE (David Shepardson/Reuters)

David Shepardson / Reuters : US is finalizing a federal contract ban for any company that uses products from Chinese companies Huawei, Hikvision, Hytera, Dahua, and ZTE WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration plans to finalize regulations this week that will bar the U.S. government from buying goods or services

10 Jul 2020 7:10 pm
France to introduce a controversial nationwide age verification system for pornography websites (Politico)

Politico : France to introduce a controversial nationwide age verification system for pornography websites Macron made the protection of children against adult content online a high-profile issue. PARIS The French Parliament unanimously agreed on Thursday to introduce a nationwide age verification system

10 Jul 2020 6:20 pm
TikTok, Spotify, Tinder, Pinterest, and many other iOS apps are crashing, probably due to an issue with the Facebook SDK, which apps use to manage user logins (James Vincent/The Verge)

James Vincent / The Verge : TikTok, Spotify, Tinder, Pinterest, and many other iOS apps are crashing, probably due to an issue with the Facebook SDK, which apps use to manage user logins Widespread outages are affecting dozens of iOS apps A number of popular apps and services including TikTok, Spotify

10 Jul 2020 5:55 pm
Kuo: Apple Silicon Macs to include 13-inch MacBook Pro this year, MacBook Air this year or Q1 2021, and 14.1-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models in 2021 (Tim Hardwick/MacRumors)

Tim Hardwick / MacRumors : Kuo: Apple Silicon Macs to include 13-inch MacBook Pro this year, MacBook Air this year or Q1 2021, and 14.1-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models in 2021 At last month's WWDC, Apple officially announced that its Mac computers will be transitioned from Intel x86 to homegrown Apple Silicon chips.

10 Jul 2020 5:05 pm
A deep look at the rift between some prominent Silicon Valley figures and increasingly critical media, based on the case of Slate Star Codex vs. The NYT (Gideon Lewis-Kraus/New Yorker)

Gideon Lewis-Kraus / New Yorker : A deep look at the rift between some prominent Silicon Valley figures and increasingly critical media, based on the case of Slate Star Codex vs. The NYT How a controversial rationalist blogger became a mascot and martyr in a struggle against the New York Times.

10 Jul 2020 4:35 pm
A state appeals court ruled that Bitfinex must face lawsuit claims by New York state that it hid the loss of $800M commingled client and corporate funds (Bloomberg)

Bloomberg : A state appeals court ruled that Bitfinex must face lawsuit claims by New York state that it hid the loss of $800M commingled client and corporate funds - Crypto exchange argued state had no authority to pursue case Court said stablecoin Tether is a security or a commodity

10 Jul 2020 3:40 pm
The perception of the tech sector as a utility has insulated tech from downturns in the stock market, with investors viewing it as a defensive asset (Bloomberg)

Bloomberg : The perception of the tech sector as a utility has insulated tech from downturns in the stock market, with investors viewing it as a defensive asset - Tech stocks are rallying to new highs, pulling up the S&P 500 But airlines and retailers have crumbled in the past month

10 Jul 2020 11:40 am
Chicago PD shuts down its arrest API, used by journalists to access arrest data, after Chicago Reporter used it to reveal that CPD had inflated looting claims (Asraa/Chicago Reporter)

Asraa / Chicago Reporter : Chicago PD shuts down its arrest API, used by journalists to access arrest data, after Chicago Reporter used it to reveal that CPD had inflated looting claims Blocking access to key law enforcement data hinders critical accountability efforts by journalists and researchers and ultimately limits discourse on public safety.

10 Jul 2020 8:15 am
Documents show Amazon plans to create at least $100M in stock awards to retain Zoox talent and can abandon deal to acquire Zoox if a majority reject job offers (Reuters)

Reuters : Documents show Amazon plans to create at least $100M in stock awards to retain Zoox talent and can abandon deal to acquire Zoox if a majority reject job offers (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) plans to create at least $100 million in stock awards to retain the 900-plus employees of Zoox

10 Jul 2020 6:30 am
Facebook audit shows holding Trump to a different standard than other users sets a troubling precedent, valuing free speech above all else impedes civil rights (Vox)

Vox : Facebook audit shows holding Trump to a different standard than other users sets a troubling precedent, valuing free speech above all else impedes civil rights The new, deeply critical report highlights the tension between free expression and hate speech on the social network.

10 Jul 2020 4:54 am