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Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Tile accused Apple of acting anti-competitively at a House antitrust hearing on Friday, while Sonos testified against Google, and PopSockets against Amazon — BOULDER, Colo. — Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Google took a public lashing at a congressional hearing here Friday …
Mary Ann Azevedo / Crunchbase News:
Payments processing and automation company AvidXchange raises $260M Series F from TPG Sixth Street Partners and others — Another day, another big raise by a SaaS company. This time in a state that is increasing its profile as a startup hub as of late. — Subscribe to the Crunchbase Daily
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Phenom People, which helps customers like Microsoft build career websites with personalized job recommendations and chatbots, raises $30M Series C — Phenom People, a human resources (HR) platform that leverages artificial intelligence (AI) to help companies attract new talent …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
BT, the biggest ISP in the UK, partners with Google to offer a free Stadia Premiere Edition with some of its broadband plans — A boost for Stadia game streaming in Europe — BT is partnering with Google to launch broadband plans in the UK that come with access to the Stadia cloud gaming service.
Samuel Stolton / EURACTIV.com:
Leaked white paper: European Commission is considering a 3-5 year ban on the use of facial recognition technology by private or public actors in public spaces — Languages: Ελλην ικά … The European Commission is considering measures to impose …
Amy Chozick / New York Times:
Profile of Adam Mosseri, who sees Project Daisy, which will eliminate public display of Instagram Likes later this year, as a way to “depressurize the app” — Adam Mosseri, chieftain of Instagram, wants to keep the platform a safe, special space. That means learning from the mistakes of its parent company: Facebook.
Laura Pitel / Financial Times:
Istanbul-based Getir, which promises an average grocery delivery time of 10 minutes, raises $38M Series A led by Michael Moritz, starts raising $100M Series B — A Turkish start-up offering ultrafast deliveries has secured almost $40m in funding from a group of investors led …
Kia Kokalitcheva / Axios:
Cargo, which sold snack boxes and other amenities to ride-hail passengers, lays off “fewer than 30” employees and pivots to car-top advertising — Cargo, a New York-based startup that sells snack-boxes and other amenities to ride-hail passengers, has laid off around two dozen employees …
Ron Miller / TechCrunch:
Cyral, which helps protect data stored in cloud repositories, announces $11M Series A and reveals a previously undisclosed $4.1M angel investment — Cyral, an early stage startup that helps protect data stored in cloud repositories, announced an $11 million Series A today.
disown -aafter the nohup call. I'm testing it and so far it works.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: some FBI officials were stunned by AG Barr's use of the Pensacola case to rebuke Apple as they believe Apple had already provided ample assistance — Attorney general's earlier service, telecom experience shaped his views; some bureau officials were stunned by his rebuke of Apple over Pensacola shooter's iPhones
Investigation finds illicit THC products are being openly hawked on Instagram and Facebook; Facebook removed 19 groups and Instagram removed posts and hashtags — - NBC News found that countless purveyors of illicit THC products are hawking their wares in plain sight on social media pages, especially Instagram and Facebook.
New York Times:
In a Q&A, Joe Biden says Section 230 should be immediately revoked for Facebook and other platforms and that Zuckerberg should be submitted to civil liability — The editorial board is a group of opinion journalists whose views are informed by expertise, research, debate and certain longstanding values.
Speaking as an authority on the subject of bagels, there is absolutely nothing wrong with a toasted bagel. In fact unless I'm eating a freshly baked bagel, and that's pretty rare these days, I toast them. The warmth of toasting brings out some of the flavor of the bagel when it was fresh.
However I cannot sanction whole wheat bagels. Why? Bagels are not hippie food. Sesame, onion, everything, these are my go-to flavors. The only thing worse than whole wheat is a cinnamon raisin breakfast bagel. Please.
My favorite bagel place is on Utopia Parkway in Whitestone, near where I grew up in Flushing. Neighborhood bagel stores are best. I've tried all the famous supposedly best bagels in NYC and imho they aren't bagels, they have more in common with loaves of bread. A bagel shouldn't be so large. Worst offender -- Ess-A-Bagel.
Give me a fresh bagel with cream cheese and lox and maybe a slice of cucumber and bit of onion, capers on the side, with a cup of fresh coffee and Uncle Davey is a happy camper.
David Ruddock / Android Police:
Kan Liu, the Director of Product Management for Chrome OS, says Google is working to bring Steam support to Chrome OS — Last week at the CES trade show in Las Vegas, I spoke with Kan Liu, Director of Product Management for Google's Chrome OS. In a wide-ranging discussion about the Chrome platform …
Steve O'Hear / TechCrunch:
Funnel, which offers tools to help businesses prepare their marketing data for better reporting and analysis, raises $47M Series B led by Eight Roads Ventures — Funnel, the Stockholm-based startup that offers technology to help businesses prepare — or make “business-ready” …
Alex Hern / The Guardian:
Study finds the world's biggest brands, including Samsung and L'Oreal, are unwittingly running ads alongside climate misinformation videos on YouTube — Avaaz says firms are unaware commercials being played alongside misleading videos — Some of the biggest companies in the world …