Carrie Mihalcik / CNET:
Report: Amazon is moving Prime Day again to October, after first moving it to September, amid concerns over how coronavirus spikes may impact the supply chain — Amazon´s annual Prime Day sale is being delayed to October amid concerns over how coronavirus spikes may impact the supply chain …
Paul Ziobro / Wall Street Journal:
A mystery shopper who irked online merchants by abandoning thousands of shopping carts carrying only one item was a Google bot scraping pricing information — Merchants have seen a lot of browsing by John Smith, who picks up items, then leaves without buying; ‘it started getting out of hand’
Lily Hay Newman / Wired:
COVID-19 is amplifying the cybersecurity risks for schools as they move to distance learning; they were already at risk due to a lack of dedicated funding — A lack of dedicated funding and resources made it hard to keep data secure—and that was before classes moved almost entirely online.
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
Facebook says it is shutting down Lasso, its TikTok clone launched a year and a half ago, on July 10 — Facebook is no longer betting on Lasso, an app it launched a year and a half ago, to take on TikTok . The social juggernaut´s TikTok clone is shutting down on July 10, Facebook said.
David Ruddock / Android Police:
Google says it has discontinued the Pixel 3a and 3a XL, with remaining stock only available through 3rd parties; Google has yet to announce a rumored successor — In a statement provided to Android Police, Google has confirmed that its Pixel 3a and 3a XL smartphones are now discontinued.
Joshua Brustein / Bloomberg:
Anduril Industries, founded by Palantir veterans and Palmer Luckey, raises $200M led by a16z at a $1.9B valuation for its AI-powered drone and surveillance tech — Anduril Industries Inc., a Southern California startup that builds technology for military agencies and border surveillance …
Brent Kendall / Wall Street Journal:
SCOTUS rules 8-1 in favor of letting online companies trademark generic names, siding with Booking.com and rejecting federal government restrictions — Booking.com wins the right to trademark its own name in a case that was first considered by teleconference by the court amid pandemic
Katie Roof / Bloomberg:
B Capital, a VC firm co-founded by Eduardo Saverin that invests in companies in enterprise tech, fintech, and more, has closed its second fund at $820M — - 38-year-old billionaire founded B Capital about five years ago — Boston Consulting Group is an investor and strategic partner
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Elementary Robotics, which develops tools to automate industrial tasks, announces $12.7M Series A funding to deploy its automation products at scale — Elementary Robotics, a robotics company developing tools to automate industrial tasks, today announced it has raised a $12.7 million round.
Zoe Schiffer / The Verge:
Leaked memo: Verily is suspending spot bonuses through 2020 and redirecting the money to diversity and inclusion programs — The move frustrated employees who said it implied the initiatives aren´t worthy of their own investment — Verily Life Sciences, the Alphabet-owned healthcare company …