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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Flowhaven, which helps brands manage their licensing partnerships, raises $16M Series A led by Sapphire Sport, bringing its total raised to $21.5M  —  The media licensing business is a massive market, but much of the work involved is still handled manually through emails and spreadsheets.

Next time you feel compelled to RT a fascist, remember what Banksy said.

Dylan Byers / NBC News:
Facebook's Oversight Board issues first-ever rulings, which Facebook said it will abide by, overturning four out of the five cases it reviewed  —  Facebook's Oversight Board on Thursday issued its first round of decisions, overturning several of the company's decisions to remove posts …

Maggie Fitzgerald / CNBC:
Robinhood says due to “recent volatility” it is restricting trading in some stocks, including GameStop, AMC, BlackBerry, and Nokia, to “position closing only”  —  Amid the flurry of speculative activity in GameStop, brokers took steps to restrict the trading …

The Information:
Sources: Facebook is preparing an antitrust lawsuit against Apple for forcing developers to abide by App Store rules that Apple's own apps don't have to follow  —  A long-simmering public dispute between Facebook and Apple has neared a boiling point.  With the aid of outside legal counsel …

Jennifer Elias / CNBC:
YouTube says its TikTok competitor Shorts is getting 3.5B views per day in its test run in India and plans to expand the feature into more markets in 2021  —  - YouTube's short video feature is gaining traction in India, the company's CEO, Susan Wojcicki, said Tuesday.

Marcella McCarthy / TechCrunch:
Brazilian neobank Nubank raises $400M Series G at a $25B valuation, bringing its total raised to $1.2B  —  While the pandemic has left some startups strapped for cash, the aptly-named Brazilian neobank Nubank is swimming in it.  This morning, the company announced that it has raised …

Ashley Gold / Axios:
Study: verified accounts on Twitter shared more content from deceptive sites than ever in 2020, interactions with deceptive content on FB also at all-time high  —  Verified accounts on Twitter shared more content from deceptive websites than ever in 2020, according to new research …

Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Facebook adds opt-in biometric fingerprint, face, or iris scan authentication for WhatsApp on desktop or web  —  WhatsApp, the Facebook-owned popular messaging app with more than 2 billion users, has been getting a lot of heat and losing users in recent weeks after announcing (and then delaying) changes to how it uses your data.

Yudhijit Bhattacharjee / New York Times:
An inside look at tech support scams perpetrated by scammers based in fraudulent Indian call centers, which were exposed by pseudonymous YouTuber Jim Browning  —  Every year, tens of millions of Americans collectively lose billions of dollars to scam callers.  Where does the other end of the line lead?

Melissa Repko / CNBC:
Walmart plans to expand its use of automation to pick and pack online grocery orders, and work with several companies including Alert Innovation and Dematic  —  - Walmart will expand its use of automated systems to pick-and-pack shoppers' online grocery orders.

Elena Schneider / Politico:
US political campaigns say that bans by Facebook and Google on political ads have hamstrung them during a crucial fundraising window ahead of the 2022 midterms  —  Facebook and Google's on-again, off-again bans on political ads are hitting campaigns during a crucial fundraising window …

Apple says its App Tracking Transparency feature, which will be enabled by default, will roll out with iOS 14, iPadOS 14, and tvOS 14 updates in early spring  —  Apple has shared a few more details about its much-discussed privacy changes in iOS 14.  The company first announced at WWDC …

Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
US and Bulgarian authorities seize a dark web site used to publish data stolen from victims of NetWalker, which has been among the most rapacious ransomware  —  U.S. and Bulgarian authorities this week seized the darkweb site used by the NetWalker ransomware cybercrime group to publish data stolen from its victims.

Danny Palmer / ZDNet:
Europol, the FBI, and other law enforcement agencies worldwide have seized control of malware botnet Emotet's infrastructure and disrupted it from the inside  —  Europol and FBI among agencies that have taken control of the botnet infrastructure used by cyber criminals behind some of the most prolific malware and ransomware attacks.

Ron Miller / TechCrunch:
SAP to acquire Signavio, a Berlin-based business process automation company, reportedly for $1.2B  —  Rumors have been flying this week that SAP was going to buy Berlin business process automation startup Signavio, and sure enough the company made it official today.

All of a sudden Twitter doesn't work in Safari on my iPad. Neither does GMail. Everything else works fine. I thought it had to do with the East Coast outage a lot of services had the other day, but this problem persists. I much prefer to use them in the browser, there are all kinds of unnecessary barriers in their iPad apps (they try to keep you in the apps, I prefer to work in the web). Here's a screen shot of what I see on Twitter in Safari. And this is what GMail looks like in Safari on the iPad.

We hear a lot about the damage Facebook is doing to our political system, but why are we so complacent and accepting of the damage Fox does? We could bring political and economic power to bear. They may have a right to speak, but we should be able to get news, pay for news, without paying for Fox. I don't accept that we can't do anything about it which seems to be the consensus.

Two Daily podcasts in the last two days, totally worth the time. One an interview with Donald McNeil, the NYT expert on the virus, and an interview with Fauci on his relationship with Trump.

There's a report of a problem with the RT feature on Scripting News. I was not able to reproduce. Help much appreciated.

If you live in the US and subscribe to cable TV it's almost certain that you are finanically supporting Fox News which is primarily responsible for the rise of Trump and downfall of democracy in the US. If I were you (and I am) I would want to do something about this, like demand that your cable company stop giving your money to Fox. How can I get your attention, and get you to tell other people. This is really important, simple, and something we can do to make things better.

Today's song: Yankee Doodle Dandy.

So if impeachment were taken off the table for Trump, every time an incumbent president was not re-elected, they would automatically attempt to overthrow and assassinate Congress. Why not? It might work, and there’s no penalty for trying.

A browser feature I did not know about. In Chrome, you can make, for example, Scripting News a web app in its own window. In the ... menu in the upper right corner of the menubar, choose More Tools and then Create Shortcut. Click the checkbox that says "Open as window." Click OK and there it is in its own window and no toolbar, and a reminder that it's NOT SECURE (thanks Google!). More important it opens a Finder window that's a sub-folder of your Applications folder, with your new app in it. Presumably you can move that where ever you like, and my blog is like an app. You could use it for LO2 or Radio3, or any other single-page web app. Presumably these "apps" are still sandboxed and can't access your local files, so there's still a use for Electron apps.

Drummer: "All the optimists I know are dead."

It took 20 years, but the Grateful Dead have acknowledged that their music played a vital role in the bootstrap of podcasting. I needed MP3 files to test the publishing and podcasting system I had built. I remembered that the Dead, uniquely, let their fans do whatever they wanted with their music. In the days just after Napster, this meant a lot to me. So the very first podcast feed ever was casting old Grateful Dead tunes like Truckin and The US Blues.