Christian Shepherd / Financial Times:
Pony.ai tests autonomous delivery service in Irvine, CA for purchases on ecommerce site Yamibuy, as lockdowns have suspended testing of its robotaxi service — Chinese autonomous vehicle start-up repurposes fleet to transport goods in California — Chinese autonomous vehicle start …
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
The quadrennial iPhone SEs break from the annual upgrade cycle, arriving 2.5 years after their lookalikes as final versions of popular form factors — The answer: Leap years, the summer Olympics, U.S. presidential elections. — The question: What are things that occur every fourth year?
Kirsten Korosec / TechCrunch:
Instacart launches a prescription delivery service from nearly 200 Costco locations in states including CA and NY, driven by demand during the pandemic — Online grocery delivery company Instacart is launching a prescription delivery service through a partnership with Costco as demand …
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
India says e-commerce companies can resume accepting customers orders for non-essential items, including smartphones and laptops, starting April 20 — Flipkart, Amazon, Snapdeal and other online shopping firms will resume selling “non-essential” items to customers in India starting April 20 …
Keith Barry / Consumer Reports:
Privacy experts worry insurers can use data harvested by mobility analytics startups like Mobileye to raise rates on drivers depending on where they drive — Safety system sensors in modern cars are collecting data about the road on behalf of the company that makes them
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:
Berlin-based Taxfix, which develops a mobile tax filing app that maximizes refunds, raises $65M Series C led by Index Ventures — Berlin-based startup Taxfix has raised a $65 million Series C funding round. Index Ventures is leading the round with Neil Rimer joining the board.
Katie Roof / Bloomberg:
Sources: Robinhood is raising $250M led by Sequoia Capital, at a pre-money valuation of about $8B — Robinhood Markets Inc., the online brokerage that´s suffered repeated outages during recent market turmoil, is close to raising new funding at valuation of about $8 billion, according to people familiar with the matter.
Mark Bergen / Bloomberg:
In an internal email, Sundar Pichai tells Alphabet employees that the company will slow the pace of hiring for the rest of 2020 as it re-evaluates investments — - Company is ‘recalibrating’ spending on data centers, servers — Covid-19 crisis is affecting richest Silicon Valley businesses
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Apple announces an updated iPhone SE with 4.7-inch display, Touch ID, and 64GB, 128GB, or 256GB storage for $399+, shipping April 24 — It looks like an iPhone 8, but it has more modern specs — Apple has officially announced the new iPhone SE, a lower-cost iPhone that starts at $399 for a version with 64GB of storage.
Michelle Lhooq / Bloomberg:
Amid lockdowns, live streaming has emerged as an ad hoc support system for the music and nightlife industry, as artists ponder long-term financial viability — It´s only 5 p.m. on a Saturday in Los Angeles, but the Zone—a 16-room virtual club on the videoconferencing app Zoom—is already in full swing.