Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
Singapore-based Beam, which offers shared electric scooters in Korea, Australia, Malaysia, New Zealand, and Taiwan, raises $26M Series A — Beam, a Singapore-headquartered micromobility firm that offers shared e-scooters, has raised $26 million in a new financing round as it looks to expand …
Kim Lyons / The Verge:
YouTube says it will donate $1M to the Center for Policing Equity, a nonprofit think tank that works with police departments to change discriminatory practices — The nonprofit works with police departments to address discriminatory behavior — YouTube says it will donate $1 million …
Stitcher releases its first podcasting report, with 10 years of data trends; a pandemic update shows a dip in listening at commute times and a lunchtime rise — What a decade of industry growth looks like from the app perspective. — It´s been over a decade since we launched the Stitcher app.
Amy Feldman / Forbes:
Benchling, which makes software for tracking and managing data from biotech research, raises $50M at a $850M valuation, bringing its total raised to $114M — Sajith Wickramasekara started working on an idea for a cloud-based Crispr design tool for scientists during college at MIT eight years ago.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft lays off editorial staff at its News and MSN divisions, reportedly affecting around 50 US and 27 UK jobs, as it increases use of AI for news curation — Microsoft News and MSN is increasingly being run by robots — Microsoft is laying off dozens of journalists and editorial workers …
Andrew J. Hawkins / The Verge:
Waymo to return its fleet to service in Bay Area starting June 8th delivering packages for two non-profits, thus sidestepping “shelter-in-place” regulations — The AV company is the latest to discover that doing deliveries can help sidestep restrictions on nonessential travel
Bryce Covert / Wired:
A behind-the-scenes account of how Kickstarter workers came together to become the first white-collar technology workforce to unionize in US history — The point wasn´t so much about pay issues, but to give workers more say over what they produce—reflecting a trend of internal protest across the tech industry.
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Google says it is delaying the Android 11 beta release and virtual launch event that was scheduled for June 3, but the final release is still on track for Q3 — Google this evening announced that it´s delaying next week´s Android 11: The Beta Launch Show. The company on Twitter says …
Zac Hall / 9to5Mac:
Apple announces Powerbeats Pro in four new colors: Spring Yellow, Cloud Pink, Lava Red, and Glacier Blue, available June 9 for $249 — It´s been one year since Beats debuted the awesome Powerbeats Pro totally wireless earphones (reviewed) with AirPods intelligence, and today the lineup is expanding with four new colors.
Javier Espinoza / Financial Times:
Tile sends letter to European Commission arguing that recent changes in iOS hinder its product as Apple prepares to launch a competing tracker — European Commission told that rival Tile´s product was unfairly disadvantaged — Apple has been accused of abusing its power to unfairly favour …