Nour Haydar / ABC:
Australia orders the creation of a mandatory code of conduct requiring platforms like Google and Facebook to pay media businesses for news content — The Federal Government has ordered the competition watchdog to develop a mandatory code of conduct to govern commercial dealings between tech giants and news media companies.
Masha Borak / Abacus:
A look at PTT, a 25-year-old Reddit-like forum in Taiwan that is gaining attention for its role in warning the country early about COVID-19 on December 31 — Taiwan´s 25-year-old forum PTT helped limit the spread of the coronavirus — In the early hours of December 31st, Luo Yi-jun couldn´t sleep.
Zach Schonfeld / VICE:
Cameo, which lets fans pay for shoutout videos from celebs, has become a gig economy for celebs during the pandemic as some use it to compensate for income loss — On March 20, Steven Galanis, the CEO and co-founder of Cameo, took a call from Akon, the R&B singer behind the 2006 hit “Smack That.”
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
Group-IB: the average price of phishing kits rose 149% YoY to $304 in 2019 and the number of kit sellers grew 120% — The average price for a phishing kit in 2019 was $304, up from $122 recorded in 2018. — The average price of a phishing kit sold on cybercrime markets has gone up in 2019 by 149% …
Zheping Huang / Bloomberg:
Interview with and profile of Xu Lei, CEO of JD Retail who is viewed as heir apparent to JD.com, as founder and CEO Richard Liu retreats from the spotlight — - Richard Liu is grooming lieutenant Xu Lei for key roles — The sales and marketing expert shares his thoughts on JD 2.0
Shelly Banjo / Bloomberg:
The tech industry, with an eye towards improving its reputation, is quickly pivoting to offer remedies to the pandemic crisis — Before the pandemic, Yiying Lu was known for her work designing the Twitter Fail Whale and the dumpling and boba tea emojis. In the past few weeks, Lu said she was called to a higher purpose.
Sam Mehmet / Intelligent Transport:
Lime to reactivate small fleets of scooters in some US and European cities and offer free 30-minute rides for health workers and law enforcement officers — The pandemic has had a notable impact on transportation, and Lime aims to offer its scooters in select cities as an easy way for people to travel while social distancing.
Sarah de Crescenzo / Xconomy:
RDMD, which connects patients with rare diseases and life science companies searching for new drug candidates, raises $14M Series A led by Spark Capital — Thousands of diseases occur so infrequently that few data are readily available about the patients who have them.
Movandi, developer of 5G mmWave network technologies, raises $27M Series C — 5G specialist Movandi said it raised USD 27 million in a series C funding round led by WRVI Capital, along with Cota Capita land DNX Ventures. Movandi said it will use the money to further develop its range of real world 5G mmWave deployments.
Jonathan Greig / TechRepublic:
Qualcomm unveils the 212 LTE modem chip for IoT devices with a focus on minimal power consumption, available by the second half of 2020 — The modem will be available by the end of the year and will usher in a new era for a range of applications, the company said.