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Manish Singh / TechCrunch: India-based Groww, which lets users invest in mutual funds, gold, stocks, and more, raises a $251M Series E led by Iconiq Growth, tripling its valuation to $3B  —  Groww has tripled its valuation to $3 billion in just six months as the Indian fintech startup looks to broaden its offerings …

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Michael Shields / Reuters: ProtonMail's parent company wins a Swiss court appeal confirming email services are not considered telcos and thus not subject to data retention requirements  —  Geneva-based Proton AG, the company behind ProtonMail and ProtonVPN, has won an appeal regarding its treatment under Swiss law …

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Mary Ann Azevedo / TechCrunch: Brazil-based Hash, which develops white label payment infrastructure for non-financial B2B companies looking to offer banking services, raises a $40M Series C  —  Hash, a payment infrastructure fintech, announced today that it has raised $40 million in a Series C funding round co-led by QED Investors and Kaszek.

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Ben Hubbard / New York Times: Citizen Lab: the iPhone of Ben Hubbard, an American reporter for NYT, was hacked in 2020 and 2021, likely by Saudi Arabia using NSO's Pegasus; NSO denies claim  —  Invasive hacking software sold to countries to fight terrorism is easily abused.  Researchers say my phone was hacked twice, probably by Saudi Arabia.

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Richard Lawler / The Verge: Tesla rolls back its FSD beta from version 10.3, which improved many items like brake light and turn signal detection, to 10.2 after “seeing some issues”  —  Elon Musk didn't specify what issues the company found  —  Tesla's decision to test its “Full Self Driving” …

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Julia Kollewe / The Guardian: Tesco, UK's largest supermarket chain, was targeted by hackers on Saturday, halting orders on its app and website through Sunday  —  Consumers unable to book or amend deliveries after ‘attempt made to interfere with systems’  —  Tesco has been hit by hackers, leaving thousands …

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Chris O'Brien / The French Tech Journal: Profile of France-based BlaBlaCar, a long distance carpooling marketplace with 80% of its riders outside of France and 60% outside of Europe  —  BlaBlaCar has become an icon of the French Tech ecosystem.  But the mobility company that wants to efficiently help people get from Point A to Point B …

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Manish Singh / TechCrunch: Indian startup Clear, which helps individuals and businesses file tax returns and more, raises a $75M Series C from Kora Capital, Stripe, and others  —  Stripe has made its second investment in India, just days after disclosing the first.  One of the world's most valuable startups …

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Kenrick Cai / Forbes India: Profile of Databricks CEO and co-founder Ali Ghodsi, who turned the data analytics startup into a company worth $28B, on track to reach ~$1B in sales in 2022  —  Ali Ghodsi was happily researching AI at Berkeley when he helped invent a revolutionary bit of code—and he wanted to give it away for free.

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Danny Palmer / ZDNet: Researchers detail how hackers are using FiveSys, a rootkit with a Microsoft-issued digital signature, to steal the login credentials of gamers in China  —  FiveSys rootkit somehow used a valid digital signature to help bypass cybersecurity measures in order to steal usernames and passwords from victims.

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Lizzy Lawrence / Protocol: A look at productivity influencers who center their content around apps like Notion, Excel, and Asana, offering advice on how to stay organized  —  This is the creators' internet.  The rest of us are just living in it.  We're accustomed to the scores of comedy TikTokers …

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Tom Warren / The Verge: Microsoft reverses its decision to remove code editing feature Hot Reload in its upcoming .NET 6 SDK, after backlash from the open source community  —  .NET 6 will now include Hot Reload across multiple platforms  —  Microsoft is reversing a decision to remove a key feature …

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Catalin Cimpanu / The Record: CISA warns of malware discovered in npm package UAParser.js, which has 6M-7M downloads weekly, that installs a password stealer and a crypto miner  —  A massively popular JavaScript library (npm package) was hacked today and modified with malicious code that downloaded and installed …

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Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat: Tel Aviv and Palo Alto-based Metrolink.ai, which is developing a data management service, raises a $22 million seed led by Grove Ventures  —  Israel- and Palo Alto, California-based Metrolink.ai, which is developing a platform for data management, today announced that it raised $22 million …

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Christine Hall / TechCrunch: Embrace, a mobile data intelligence startup, raises a $45M Series B led by NEA  —  Many companies collect data from all of their users, but they don't know what is good or bad data until it is collected and analyzed.  Now in this increasingly mobile-first world, we use our phones for everything …

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New York Times: Internal docs detail Facebook's struggles with violence-inciting content in India, including failure to designate some politically connected Groups as dangerous  —  Internal documents show a struggle with misinformation, hate speech and celebrations of violence in the country, the company's biggest market.

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Drew Harwell / Washington Post: A look at the bitter privacy debate in a Colorado neighborhood over the use of license plate scanners made by Flock, whose customer base has risen 4x since 2019  —  A battle among homeowners in the Colorado mountains shows how a new generation of surveillance technology is reshaping American neighborhoods

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Sam Shead / CNBC: PitchBook: the number of European VC deals with US investor participation rose from 359 deals totaling €2.7B in 2011 to 1,434 deals worth €50.8B so far in 2021  —  - Veteran investor Alex Ferrara, a partner at Bessemer Venture Partners, which backed companies like LinkedIn and Pinterest …

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Matt Murray / Wall Street Journal: Q&A with Sundar Pichai on the future of work after lockdowns, unionization push by Google employees, changing perceptions of privacy, and more  —  The Alphabet and Google CEO discusses returning to work, unionization and privacy policies  —  These are challenging times for Alphabet Inc. …

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Todd Spangler / Variety: Mobile game maker Scopely to buy GSN Games division, which makes free-to-play games like Bingo Bash, from Sony Pictures Entertainment for ~$1B in cash and stock  —  Sony Pictures Entertainment announced a deal to sell GSN Games, a division of Game Show Network, to mobile-games company Scopely for about $1 billion in cash and stock.

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Catalin Cimpanu / The Record: Facebook files a lawsuit against a Ukrainian national for allegedly scraping its website and selling the personal data of 178M+ users on a cybercrime forum  —  - Facebook sues lexander Solonchenko, a programmer from Kirovograd, Ukraine.  — Facebook says Solonchenko scraped its servers …

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Washington Post: Docs: Facebook user reports of “false news” hit ~40K per hour on Jan. 6; the account reported most often for inciting violence on Instagram was @realdonaldtrump  —  Relief flowed through Facebook in the days after the 2020 presidential election.

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Michael Riley / Bloomberg: Internal docs show Facebook staff faulted the company for failing to thwart the proliferation of Groups, like Stop The Steal, that fomented January 6 violence  —  Employees and the company's own research highlight ways Facebook failed to police its platforms ahead of the siege on the Capitol

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New York Times: Docs show Facebook employees alerted the company about misinformation before and after Election Day, but felt that Facebook failed or struggled to address it  —  Company documents show that the social network's employees repeatedly raised red flags about the spread of misinformation …

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Brandy Zadrozny / NBC News: Internal docs: Facebook employees created a test account in 2019 and within days it was recommended extreme and conspiratorial content, including QAnon Groups  —  In the summer of 2019, a new Facebook user named Carol Smith signed up for the platform, describing herself as a politically conservative mother …

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