Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
Mozilla suspends Firefox Send file-sharing service after reports malware operators use it to host and send links with malicious payloads to potential victims — Mozilla has temporarily suspended the Firefox Send file-sharing service while it adds a Report Abuse mechanism.
Song Jingli / KrASIA:
China-based Kuaidian, a storytelling app that lets users read novels in text message format and watch visual dramas, raises ~$100M Series C led by Sequoia China — The novel community Kuaidian has attracted 5 million daily active users since its founding in 2017. — 3d ago
Joseph Marks / Washington Post:
Biden campaign hires Chris DeRusha, who was a WH senior cybersecurity adviser and held a series of top cybersecurity jobs at DHS and at Ford, as its first CISO — Joe Biden, with four months until Election Day, is hiring a top cybersecurity official to secure his campaign against an array of digital threats.
Google says it will ban stalkerware ads from August 11, but leaves a loophole for stalkerware vendors to get around the ban by posing as “family safety” apps — Google has announced that from August 2020 it will be prohibiting ads for stalkerware products and services. — What´s stalkerware?
Gideon Lewis-Kraus / New Yorker:
A deep look at the rift between some prominent Silicon Valley figures and increasingly critical media, based on the case of Slate Star Codex vs. The NYT — How a controversial rationalist blogger became a mascot and martyr in a struggle against the New York Times.
The perception of the tech sector as a utility has insulated tech from downturns in the stock market, with investors viewing it as a defensive asset — - Tech stocks are rallying to new highs, pulling up the S&P 500 — But airlines and retailers have crumbled in the past month
Asraa / Chicago Reporter:
Chicago PD shuts down its arrest API, used by journalists to access arrest data, after Chicago Reporter used it to reveal that CPD had inflated looting claims — Blocking access to key law enforcement data hinders critical accountability efforts by journalists and researchers and ultimately limits discourse on public safety.
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Gartner and IDC see YoY growth in Q2 PC shipments, 2.8% and 11.2% respectively, with both firms seeing the gains as short-term, driven by work-from-home demands — VB TRANSFORM — The AI event for business leaders — Hosted Online — July 14 - 17 — Register Today
Sam Biddle / The Intercept:
Sources: Dataminr, an official Twitter partner, relayed tweets and other social media posts about BLM protests directly to police, contrary to earlier claims — Leveraging close ties to Twitter, controversial artificial intelligence startup Dataminr helped law enforcement digitally monitor …
Selin Bucak / Private Equity News:
Silver Lake buys French company Silae, which offers cloud-based payroll and HR software to 550K+ customers, reportedly for €500M+ — Based in Aix-en-Provence, Silae was founded in 2010 and offers cloud-based payroll and HR software to more than 550,000 businesses in France