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Monica Nickelsburg / GeekWire:
Seattle unanimously approved new regulations that would ensure Uber and Lyft drivers earn minimum wage, the second US city to establish the standard after NYC — Seattle became the second big city in the nation to establish a minimum wage standard for Uber and Lyft drivers on Tuesday.
Steve O'Hear / TechCrunch:
UK-based Huboo, which offers an end-to-end fulfillment service for online retailers, raises £14M Series A led by Stride.VC — Huboo, the U.K.-headquartered startup that offers an end-to-end fulfilment service for online retailers of all sizes, has raised £14 million in Series A funding.
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Amazon launches a beta of its live virtual experiences service, Amazon Explore, allowing US customers to book one-on-one remote tours led by local experts — One morning last week, I went on a walking tour of Quebec City with an experienced local tour guide, from the majestic Parliament …
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Google extends free access to Meet's unlimited call times for Gmail accounts through March 2021 — Google is trying hard to make Meet a video conferencing competitor by adding a torrent of new features in quick succession. After making premium features free at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic …
Jeanne Whalen / Washington Post:
Sources: CFIUS is stepping up scrutiny of past Chinese tech investments in US startups, sending inquiries to some companies about years-old deals — The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States has contacted dozens of U.S. companies to screen shareholders for national-security risks.
Jeremy Burge / Emojipedia:
A look at the new emojis coming in iOS 14.2, including bubble tea, people bottle-feeding a baby, a transgender flag, a seal, a feather, and more — The wait is nearly over for iOS users: bubble tea, a transgender flag, seal, feather and more emojis are included in the latest iOS beta.
Facebook promotes longtime growth executive Alex Schultz to take over as chief marketing officer following Antonio Lucio's departure last month — - Alex Schultz is taking over as chief marketing officer — Schultz led Facebook's growth and data analytics efforts
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Smart intercom manufacturer ButterflyMX raises $35M led by Volition Capital, bringing its total raised to $58M+, as its products raise privacy concerns — Smart intercom maker ButterflyMX today raised $35 million in a growth equity round led by Volition Capital that brings its total raised to date to over $58 million.
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Online learning company, Thinkific, which lets anyone list courses and serve them from their own site, raises $22M led by Rhino Ventures — It's been a big year for online learning companies — and it sounds like Thinkific is no exception. The Vancouver-based startup is announcing that it has raised $22 million in new funding.
Will Evans / Reveal:
Investigation into Amazon's warehouse safety, based on data from 150 warehouses between 2016-2019, finds rising injury rates, which Amazon has attempted to hide — Robots. Prime Day. Holiday peak. Internal records show Amazon has deceived the public on rising injury rates among its warehouse workers.
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
French shipping giant CMA CGM says it has been hit by ransomware; the four biggest maritime shipping companies globally have suffered cyberattacks since 2017 — Maritime industry needs to focus more on securing shore-based systems and stop prioritizing the less likely ship-based attacks.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Rally raises $17M from Porsche Ventures, Alexis Ohanian, and others for its service that lets users list and invest in, but not buy, collectibles — When people ponder the investment opportunity around collectibles, they probably think about things like wine auctions, sales of very expensive …
Kevin Roose / New York Times:
Analysis shows that QAnon supporters' move to hijack #SaveTheChildren in July, following 8chan's disappearance, has substantially increased followers and reach — Last year, QAnon was on the ropes. — The pro-Trump conspiracy theory had been left homeless by the disappearance of 8chan …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Arm unveils new chip designs for autonomous systems for both automotive and industrial use, with built-in safety that ensures each calculation is double-checked — Chip designer Arm today announced the launch of a new set of solutions for autonomous systems for both automotive and industrial use cases.
Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:
Sources: EU is set to approve Google's Fitbit acquisition — BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Alphabet's Google is set to win EU antitrust approval for its $2.1 billion purchase of fitness tracker maker Fitbit to take on Apple and Samsung in the wearable technology market, people familiar with the matter said.
The ideal blogging tool design would come from merging the publishing of WordPress with the interactivity of Facebook.
I don't mean the culture of either product. WordPress imho is too exclusive in its deployment. It should be easier. And without any FB-like algorithms.
You should be able to deploy it on your own. It should install as easily as an app on your iPhone. And you should have full control of hosting. Move whenever you want with no breakage. It should be as easy to port as it was to install.
A cartoon from 2005.