Columbia Journalism Review:
While tech journalists recently have embraced a watchdog role, they could be even more useful by focusing on solutions rather than palace intrigue and villains — In March, when Mark Zuckerberg called for new regulations on internet companies, journalists rightly covered the move with skepticism.
Kaitlyn Tiffany / The Atlantic:
Newsletter platforms like Substack, which recently raised a $15.3M funding round, offer some writers a sustainable business model, but others see a bubble — Venture capital has finally come for the least sexy communication style. — It´s unclear to me whether anyone has ever fallen in love over email …
Jay Peters / The Verge:
What to expect from Google on Oct. 15: Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL, a faster Google Assistant, a more affordable Pixelbook, new Pixel Buds, and additional devices — Pixel 4, a new Pixelbook, new Nest devices, and more — Google´s annual fall hardware showcase is happening on Tuesday, October 15th, and we expect it to be a big one.
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Marketing docs for Pixel 4 and 4 XL confirm 5.7" and 6.3" displays, with 90Hz “Smooth Display”, 12MP and 16MP rear cameras, and Snapdragon 855 with 6GB of RAM — Despite the official announcement being on Tuesday, Best Buy in Canada has already listed the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL for pre-order.
Rachel Monroe / The Atlantic:
Stories of three fundraising campaigns that illustrate the complexities of the GoFundMe ecosystem, where 50M people have donated $5B+ through 2017 — in june 2016, Chauncy Black rode the bus from his home in South Memphis to one of the city´s whiter, wealthier neighborhoods.
Peter Blumberg / Bloomberg: Magic Leap sues Chi Xu, a former employee who founded the China-based AR startup Nreal, for alleged IP theft — - The startup says the former employee stole its AR secrets — Alleged technology theft a sore point in U.S.-China relations — Magic Leap Inc., a U.S. startup that makes …
MENAbytes: Swvl, a two-year-old Cairo-based startup that makes an app for booking buses, raises $42M, bringing its total raised to ~$80M — Share2K — 2K Shares — Cairo-based transportation startup Swvl has raised $42 million in fresh funds (Series B-2), the startup announced in a statement to MENAbytes.
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch: VidMob, which makes video advertising tools, raises $25M Series B led by Austin-based BuildGroup, bringing its total raised to $45M+ — Video advertising company VidMob is announcing that it has raised $25 million in Series B funding. — When I wrote about VidMob´s seed funding back in 2015 …
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat: Raleigh, NC-based Pryon raises $20M Series A to automate enterprise workloads with AI — Pryon, a Raleigh, North Carolina-based provider of AI-powered tools targeting enterprise, today announced that it´s raised $20 million in a series A funding round in partnership with Revolution´s Rise …