Manish Singh / TechCrunch:Indian streaming service Hotstar, now owned by Disney, claims it set a global record by drawing 18M+ concurrent viewers for the IPL cricket final — India´s video streaming giant Hotstar, owned by Disney, today set a new global benchmark for the number of people an OTT service can draw to a live event.
Natasha Mascarenhas / Crunchbase News:Mint House, which offers “tech-rich accommodations” including a mobile app for check-ins to business travellers, raises $15M Series A led by Revolution Ventures — Mint House, which wants to help business travelers have a more “tech-rich” experience, today announced a $15 million Series A led by Revolution Ventures.
Karen Zraick / New York Times:Researcher says 90+ Facebook groups linked to the illegal trade of Middle Eastern antiquities are still active after Facebook said it shut down 49 such groups — Ancient treasures pillaged from conflict zones in the Middle East are being offered for sale on Facebook, researchers say …
Andrew J. Hawkins / The Verge:Study: between 2010 and 2016, traffic congestion in San Francisco grew by about 60%, with Uber and Lyft vehicles accounting for more than half of that increase — Between 2010 and 2016 traffic congestion in San Francisco increased by about 60 percent — and Uber and Lyft are responsible for more than half of that increase
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:As it ponders Facebook fines, FTC must seek regulation forcing Facebook to make its social graph truly portable, letting users export friend lists to other apps — FTC must pave the path to competition — Choice for consumers compels fair treatment by corporations.