Kevin Roose / New York Times:
As millions pay for premium subscriptions to have a “clean” digital media experience, privacy and freedom from advertising are gradually becoming luxury goods — Photo illustration by Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari — A decade ago, an internet video start …
Mary Ann Azevedo / Crunchbase News:
Qualia, which streamlines closing of real estate deals and claims to handle 15%+ of all US transactions, raises $55M Series C, bringing its total raised to $95M — Anyone who has bought a home knows that the sheer amount of paperwork involved in closing the transaction is not only overwhelming …
Christina Farr / CNBC:
PillPack adds “Amazon Pharmacy” to its logo and says it has filed paperwork that adds “Amazon Pharmacy” to the licensed name of its pharmacy fulfillment centers — - PillPack, the Internet pharmacy it acquired last year, has updated its logo to “PillPack by Amazon Pharmacy.”
Twitter bans political ads globally, to allow some “cause-based” ads with limited targeting and promotion of issue-related fact-based reporting from news orgs — - Twitter laid out the framework for its new policy on political ads, which bans certain advertisers and has stricter rules for issue ads.
Maya Shwayder / Digital Trends:
The maker of viral deepfakes of Mark Zuckerberg and Boris Johnson says they show how personal data can be used in unexpected ways, even of those in power — Bill Posters is a former street artist based in the U.K. You may not know his name, but if you´ve been paying attention, you´ve likely seen his work.
Dave Gershgorn / OneZero:
Docs show surveillance robots from Knightscope collect data using tools like facial recognition, automatic license plate readers, and wireless device detection — OneZero obtained a presentation that reveals how Knightscope uses facial recognition and license plate readers to track individuals
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
Facebook launches an Instagram donation button and a fundraising sticker in Facebook Stories, more broadly rolls out fundraising on Facebook gaming live streams — And the donate sticker comes to Facebook Stories — Facebook is launching three new product features to increase fundraising across …
George Anadiotis / ZDNet:
Siren, which helps build knowledge graphs from enterprise data, raises $10M Series A led by Atlantic Bridge — Siren promises the benefits of knowledge graphs, without the hassle of reinventing your existing data management and infrastructure — Graph databases are amazing, but the knowledge graph is in your data already.
New York Times:
How startups around the world, using SoftBank funds, got contractors like drivers and hoteliers to commit via unsustainable incentives, and then cut them off — SoftBank poured money into start-ups that use armies of contractors. That has upended the lives of drivers, hotel operators and real estate agents around the world.
Jordan Novet / CNBC:
Cisco reports Q1 revenues of $13.16B, up 1% YoY, and Infrastructure Platforms revenue of $7.54B, down 1% YoY; stock down ~5% after hours on weak Q2 guidance — Cisco shares fell as much as 6% after the close of trading on Wednesday after the company gave fiscal second-quarter earnings that came in below analysts´ estimates.