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Jonathan Shieber / TechCrunch: Eightfold.ai, an AI-based talent acquisition and management platform, raises $24M Series B led by Lightspeed and Foundation Capital  —  Two former product wizards from Facebook and Google are combining Silicon Valley's buzziest buzz words — search, artificial intelligence, and big data …

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David Floyd / CoinDesk: SF-based crypto exchange Kraken won't respond to NY AG's inquiry because it already got “the hell out of New York” after 2015 BitLicense regulations, says CEO  —  San Francisco-based cryptocurrency exchange Kraken isn't planning to respond to the New York Attorney General's newly-unveiled inquiry into the ecosystem.

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Kate Conger / Gizmodo: Google pulls five Chrome Web Store extensions with 20M+ users combined that cloned ad-blocker code and added scripts to manipulate browsers and track browsing  —  A researcher with AdGuard discovered five fake ad-blocking extensions in the Chrome Web Store that used hidden scripts to manipulate users' browsers.

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Google's Area 120 incubator launches Grasshopper, a learn-to-code mobile app for beginners, with an initial curriculum teaching JavaScript  —  Google's internal incubator, Area 120, is today releasing its next creation: a learn-to-code mobile app for beginners called Grasshopper.

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Eugene Kim / CNBC: Jeff Bezos says Prime has 100M+ members worldwide in his annual shareholder letter, the first time Prime membership numbers have been shared by Amazon  —  - Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has released his latest annual shareholder letter.  — Bezos has published a shareholder letter every year since 1997.

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Josh Constine / TechCrunch: Researchers: 3rd-party JavaScript trackers embedded on sites using Login With Facebook can grab Facebook user data; abusive scripts found on 434 of top 1M sites  —  Facebook confirms to TechCrunch that it's investigating a security research report that shows Facebook user data can be grabbed …

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M.G. Siegler / 500ish Words: Silicon Valley's tech industry appears increasingly out of touch with reality, the latest example being Facebook's response to recent scandals, as IQ trumps EQ  —  As we slip out of touch with reality...  There's something that has been in the back of my mind for some time now.

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Bloomberg: Uber confirms that Don Burnette, a co-founder of self-driving trucking startup Otto, has left Uber, making him the fourth and final Otto co-founder to leave  —  With the recent departure of Don Burnette, all four co-founders of driverless trucking company Otto have now left Uber Technologies Inc. …

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Johana Bhuiyan / Recode: Interview with Susan Fowler, who exposed Uber's toxic workplace culture, on her new mission: ending forced arbitration for all workers, starting in California  —  The Uber whistleblower is working with the California Labor Federation to help bring awareness to a new bill.

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Catherine Shu / TechCrunch: Southeast Asian P2P lending platform Funding Societies raises $25M Series B led by Softbank Ventures Korea  —  Funding Societies, a peer-to-peer lending platform in Southeast Asia, said today that it has raised a $25 million Series B led by Softbank Ventures Korea, the Japanese tech conglomerate's early-stage venture capital unit.

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Dan Strumpf / Wall Street Journal: ZTE says it's delaying release of quarterly earnings to undetermined “later date” to assess implications of US Commerce Dept. ban on sales of US products to ZTE  —  Commerce Department found the Chinese company violated terms of a deal settling allegations of sanctions-busting involving North Korea and Iran

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David Shepardson / Reuters: Florida man, who the FCC claimed made 96M robocalls during a three-month period in 2016 and said should pay a $120M fine, denies wrongdoing before US Senate  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Florida man alleged to have made almost 100 million robocalls to trick consumers with “exclusive” …

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Jonathan Shieber / TechCrunch: Tala, which provides mobile-first financial services in emerging markets, raises $65M led by Revolution Growth with participation from Lowercase Capital, others  —  Peris Kimeli and Betsy Cheruyot were students at Kenyatta University thinking about launching a business when they applied …

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Matthew Garrahan / Financial Times: Sources: Netflix plans to spend ~$1B on original productions in Europe this year, more than double what it spent last year, across multiple languages  —  Netflix will escalate its assault on European broadcasters by sharply increasing its content investment across the continent …

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: Stripe launches Radar for Fraud Teams, a premium service that's an extension of its free AI-powered anti-fraud service, which has also been updated  —  Cybersecurity continues to be a growing focus and problem in the digital world, and now Stripe is launching a new paid product that it hopes …

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Erica E. Phillips / Wall Street Journal: Project44, a SaaS startup that connects supply chain transport operations, raises $35M Series B led by OpenView with financing from Omidyar Technology Ventures  —  The software company says it will more than triple its staff and expand into ocean shipping and international markets

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Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch: Microsoft Translator gets full offline support on Android and iOS; third-party Android developers can now pay to use Translator in their own apps  —  Chances are you mostly need a translator app on your phone while you are traveling.  But that's also when you are most likely to not have any connectivity.

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Zack Whittaker / ZDNet: Researcher discovers public unlisted AWS storage bucket containing 48M individual records scraped from public profiles, belonging to data firm Localblox  —  Exclusive: Profile data was scraped without user consent or knowledge to “build a three-dimensional picture” on millions of people.

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Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed: Analysis of ~87K articles about Facebook from USA Today, NYT, Guardian, and BuzzFeed from 2006-2018 shows coverage turned mostly negative after 2016 election  —  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg waits for a joint hearing of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee …

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: YouTube introduces new monetization tools for creators and announces expansion of sponsorships, as it faces backlash from smaller creators  —  YouTube says it's rolling out more tools to help its creators make money from their videos.  The changes are meant to address creators' complaints …

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Kurt Wagner / Recode: Snap begins rolling out a direct response ad unit in the Snapchat camera screen, encouraging users to perform an action when using a sponsored lens  —  These new Snapchat ads won't blend in as well as the old ones.  —  Snap likes to say that it's a camera company — the camera …

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Connie Loizos / TechCrunch: New Jersey-based Basis, which aims to develop a “stable coin” that stays valued at ~$1 by altering supply, raises $133M from a16z, GV, Bain Capital, and others  —  If you own any Bitcoin, you're probably in the habit of watching its price fluctuate wildly.

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Tim Hardwick / MacRumors: Filing with Russia's EEC database shows several unreleased iPhone models; previous filings of suspected Apple products appeared 1-2 months before official debut  —  French website Consomac has discovered a new Russian-language regulatory filing in the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) …

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Jonathan Shieber / TechCrunch: Sweden-based Qapital, an app that helps users save money with ~420K users, raises $30M from Swedbank Robur and others  —  Qapital, one of a slew of mobile applications trying to make it easier for users to save money (and spend it more wisely), has raised $30 million in fresh financing …

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Nat Levy / GeekWire: T-Mobile says it will spend $500M this year on expanding LTE coverage and preparing for 5G on US military bases, doubles veteran hiring goal to 10K over 5 years  —  T-Mobile is embarking on a military initiative that the company says includes its biggest hiring push ever …

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