Makena Kelly / The Verge:
The FCC releases a speed test app on Android and iOS to help measure internet speeds in the US, and will use the data to inform its broadband deployment efforts — The FCC Speed Test App could help the agency correct its data — The Federal Communications Commission has released …
Bruce Rogers / Forbes:
Estonia-based identity verification startup Veriff raises $69M Series B led by IVP and Accel, bringing its total raised to $92.8M — Veriff, an Estonia-based technology company focused on identity verification, announced today that it has secured $69 million in a series B funding round led by investment firms IVP and Accel.
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple is in early stages of developing a product that combines an Apple TV with a HomePod speaker and has a FaceTime camera and smart home functions — - Company also exploring Amazon-like speaker with iPad as screen — Apple has trailed Amazon, Google in the connected home market
Sources: Apple faces supply constraints due to issues with MiniLED display production, but still plans to debut two iPad Pros later this month — - New iPads planned for introduction in latter half of April — MiniLED display is key part of Apple´s upgrade proposition
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Sources: Biden admin to announce the nominations of ex-NSA deputy director Chris Inglis as first national cyber director and Jen Easterly as CISA head on Monday — The Biden administration plans on Monday to name a former senior National Security Agency official as the first national cyber director …
Nevo Trabelsy / Globes Online:
Israel-based Talon Cyber Security, which is developing software to protect distributed work forces as enterprises shift to hybrid work models, raises $26M seed — Israeli company Talon Cyber Security is developing security solutions designed for hybrid working.
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Google confirms it is ending support for Google Shopping apps on Android and iOS, as it expands shopping functionality in Search and apps like YouTube — A new Google Shopping experience that featured a personalized homepage launched in 2019. On Android, Google rebranded the existing Express app …
Balaji S. Srinivasan:
Adding crypto to IndiaStack, a set of national APIs for payments and identity, could allow India to build an OSS stack for domestic and foreign transactions — Use the digital rupee to facilitate domestic commerce and crypto protocols to attract international investment.
Wall Street Journal:
Erroneously unredacted court docs reveal Google ran a secret program called “Project Bernanke” that used past bid data to boost its win rate in ad auctions — Program used past bid data to boost tech giant´s win rate in advertising auctions, according to court filing
Christopher Mims / Wall Street Journal:
Some SMB owners who advertise heavily online say Facebook is speaking the truth about how iOS privacy changes might disproportionately affect such businesses — With big changes coming to iPhones, small online merchants are bracing for lost sales. ‘Why is Apple now the decider?’