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Peter Rudegeair / Wall Street Journal: Stripe launches Treasury to let its customers offer checking accounts and other business-banking services; Shopify will offer the services from early next year  —  Shopify, a Stripe customer, will begin offering the service to its merchants early next year  —  Stripe Inc. is teaming …

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Anna Irrera / Reuters: S&P Dow Jones Indices says it will launch cryptocurrency indices in 2021, using data from crypto company Lukka on more than 550 of the top traded coins  —  LONDON (Reuters) - S&P Dow Jones Indices, a division of financial data provider S&P Global Inc, said on Thursday …

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Ryan Browne / CNBC: Facebook says it will start removing false claims about coronavirus vaccines that have been debunked by public health experts  —  - So far, Facebook's policy has been to remove false claims about Covid-19 which it says could lead to “imminent physical harm.”

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Tom Warren / The Verge: Google will let users with ARCore-compatible Android phones submit Street View imagery, starting in Toronto, NY, Austin, Nigeria, Indonesia, and Costa Rica  —  No special equipment required  —  Google Maps is getting a new update that lets you create Street View photos using just a phone.

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Mike Butcher / TechCrunch: Pigment, which builds a dashboard in real-time through charts, simulations, and continuous modeling for business forecasting, raises $25.9M Series A  —  Realizing that modern, complex businesses can no longer be adequately managed using spreadsheet-style programs, the founders of Pigment decided there had to be a better solution.

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Brian Barrett / Wired: A sophisticated global phishing campaign is targeting the companies involved in the cold chain necessary to the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine  —  As vaccines await US approval, a sophisticated global phishing campaign has tried to harvest credentials from companies involved in their distribution.

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Washington Post: Leaked docs: Facebook to start policing anti-Black hate speech more aggressively than anti-White comments, reversing years of “race-blind” practices  —  The company is overhauling its algorithms that detect hate speech and deprioritizing hateful comments against Whites, men and Americans.

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Andrei Frumusanu / AnandTech: Interview with Qualcomm's Alex Katouzian on the launch of Snapdragon 888, working with mmWave and Sub-6 5G networks, Apple's M1, Windows on Snapdragon, and more  —  Within today's Qualcomm Tech Summit 2020, we've seen the announcement of the new Snapdragon 888 which we've detailed extensively in our dedicated coverage article.

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Mike Butcher / TechCrunch: Bizay, which has created a marketplace for highly customized products for SMBs, raises €32M Series C co-led by Indico Capital and the European Investment Bank  —  Bizay, a marketplace for small-to-medium-sized businesses allowing them to create highly customized products (such as merchandise) …

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Khari Johnson / VentureBeat: GitHub: JavaScript, Python, and Java remain most popular languages on GitHub in 2020, followed by TypeScript; open source project creation jumped up to 40% YoY  —  GitHub released its annual Octoverse report today to reveal trends found in one of the largest developer communities on the planet …

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Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch: Ultimate.ai, which develops virtual customer service agents to automate customer service interactions, raises $20M Series A led by Omers Ventures  —  Ultimate.ai, a virtual customer service agent builder, has closed a $20 million Series A round of funding, led by Omers Ventures with participation …

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Nick Statt / The Verge: Alphabet transitions its navigation system for its fleet of Loon high-altitude balloons to one controlled by AI, a first for commercial aerospace systems  —  The company's new AI flight control system outperforms its human-made one  —  Alphabet's Loon, the team responsible for beaming internet …

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Lily Hay Newman / Wired: A look at MANRS, a group of ~600 participants including Google, which aims to add safeguards to the Border Gateway Protocol, improving internet routing security  —  Efforts to secure the Border Gateway Protocol have picked up critical momentum, including a big assist from Google.

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Manish Singh / TechCrunch: PhonePe is partially spinning off, reducing Flipkart's stake from 100% to 87%, and raises $700M led by Walmart at a post-money valuation of $5.5B  —  PhonePe, the crown jewel in Flipkart's acquisition by Walmart, is “partially” spinning off, the financial services firm said on Thursday.

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Caitlin Dewey / OneZero : How Americans are using Cash App and Venmo to practice direct giving to one another in a new way, as an alternative to giving through charitable institutions  —  In 2020, Venmoing total strangers in need became a radical act of support — and trust  —  aised in a six-bedroom mansion …

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Casey Newton / Platformer: Slack's struggles to succeed as a standalone company mirror the fortunes of other one-time innovators in enterprise productivity who struggled with distribution  —  And why the era of worker-centered work tools may be over  —  Slack's life as an underdog darling of Silicon Valley ended on November 2, 2016.

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Reuters: Source: a group of more than 40 US states, led by New York, plans to file an antitrust suit against Facebook next week  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A group of U.S. states led by New York is investigating Facebook Inc for possible antitrust violations and plans to file a lawsuit …

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Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet: Microsoft buys Smash.gg, a company that organizes esports tournaments, founded in 2015 by a team of amateur players and esports fans  —  Microsoft has purchased eSports platform vendor Smash.gg and is planning on integrating it with its MSN eSports franchise.

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Thomas Black / Bloomberg: FedEx has agreed to buy e-commerce shipping service ShopRunner, which will operate as a subsidiary of FedEx Services, for an undisclosed sum  —  FedEx Corp. has agreed to acquire ShopRunner, an e-commerce service that provides shipping for more than 100 brands, as the courier seeks to deepen its ties with online shoppers.

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Lucas Matney / TechCrunch: Google is shutting down its Poly 3D object library for AR/VR development platforms on June 30, 2021, after discontinuing most of its other AR/VR tools  —  Google is almost running out of AR/VR projects to kill off.  —  The company announced today in an email to Poly users …

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Nikhilesh De / CoinDesk: Three Democratic lawmakers introduce a bill that would require stablecoin issuers to obtain a banking charter, approval from the Federal Reserve and FDIC, more  —  A new U.S. Congressional bill would require stablecoin issuers to secure bank charters and secure regulatory approval prior to circulating any stablecoins.

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Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer: ESET researchers detail Crutch malware, used by Russian APT Turla to steal sensitive docs from an EU foreign ministry and exfiltrate them via Dropbox accounts  —  Russian-backed hacking group Turla has used a previously undocumented malware toolset to deploy backdoors and steal sensitive documents …

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Chris Welch / The Verge: Amazon adds webcam support to the 2nd-gen Fire TV Cube, enabling video calls with Alexa-enabled devices, rolling out in the coming weeks in US, UK, elsewhere  —  Call any Alexa-enabled device with a screen, including smartphones, Fire tablets, and the Echo Show

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Suzanne Vranica / Wall Street Journal: GroupM expects marketers to spend $110.1B on digital ads in the US this year, accounting for more than half of the year's total ad spend for the first time  —  Digital ads to account for more than half of year's U.S. advertising expenditures for first time  —  For the first time …

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Abner Li / 9to5Google: Google Authenticator for iOS gets dark theme redesign and the ability to transfer 2FA accounts in bulk, useful when migrating to a new phone  —  Earlier this year, Google's 2FA authentication app received a big Android update that modernized its design.  That dark theme, along …

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