Wall Street Journal:Sources: technicians from Huawei have, in at least two cases, personally helped African governments spy on their political opponents — Employees embedded with cybersecurity forces in Uganda and Zambia intercepted encrypted communications and used cell data to track opponents, according to a Wall Street Journal investigation
Lauren Smiley / MIT Technology Review:A look at Senior Planet, a tech-themed community center that helps seniors and entrepreneurs over 65 use technology to work and make money — Inside Senior Planet, the tech-savviest retirement community on earth. — “All these microaggressions people talk about?” Tom Kamber says.
Daniel Strauss / Business Insider:JD.com reports Q2 revenue of ~$22B, up 23% YoY, and net income of ~$90.1M, beating analyst expectations of a $6.3M net loss on $20.9B revenue — - Shares of JD.com rose as much as 8% in early trading on Tuesday after the company posted a surprising profit. Analysts had projected a quarterly loss.
Ed Targett / Computer Business Review:Amazon says it has added “fear” to the range of emotions that its Rekognition facial recognition software can now detect — Release follows amid immigration protests — AWS has added “fear” to the range of emotions identified by its Amazon Rekognition facial analysis service …
Ashley Carman / The Verge:Spotify for Podcasters comes out of beta, giving podcasters valuable listener data like age, gender, location, music taste, and episode listening duration — Spotify for Podcasters comes out of beta today — Spotify is going to give podcasters listener data they can´t get anywhere else.
Taylor Lorenz / The Atlantic:Behind the rise of “twinfluencers” on social media, as content produced by twins continues to explode in popularity on YouTube and Instagram — You´re not imagining it: Influencers really are multiplying. — There are the Dolan Twins, a pair of square-jawed 19-year-olds …
Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:Polarity, which uses AI to analyze text on employee screens to augment it with context overlays, raises $8.1M Series AA following a $3.5M Series A in 2017 — Reference docs and spreadsheets seemingly make the world go ´round, but what if employees could just close those tabs for good without losing that knowledge?
Daniel Palmer / CoinDesk:Coinbase tells UK customers to convert their Zcash to other coins or move it to external wallets, otherwise it will automatically convert to pounds on Aug. 26 — The U.K. arm of Coinbase appears to be dropping support for the privacy-focused cryptocurrency zcash.
Robert Frank / CNBC:Wheels Up, a subscription-based private aviation company that wants to be the Airbnb of private aviation, raises $128M Series D at a valuation of $1.1B — KEY POINTS — Wheels Up, the private aviation start-up that counts Tom Brady and Serena Williams as members, says it completed …
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:Facebook-backed Indian social commerce startup Meesho raises $125M Series D led by Naspers, bringing its total raised to $190M — Meesho, a Bangalore-based social commerce startup, has raised $125 million in a new financing round to expand its business in the country and change the way millions shop online.