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.
Wall Street Journal:The FBI is seeking an early alerting tool that scans public data from social media to monitor threats to the US, which may violate Facebook and Twitter policies — Agency solicits vendor proposals to collect data from Facebook, other social media to head off safety threats
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:Researchers: security flaws in 40+ kernel drivers from 20 vendors including Intel, AMD, and Huawei, can give hackers improperly elevated privileges on Windows — Affected vendors include the likes of Intel, AMD, NVIDIA, ASRock, AMI, Gigabyte, Realtek, Huawei, and more.
Andy Greenberg / Wired:Teen hacker Bill Demirkapi on finding bugs, that exposed 5M student records across 5,000 schools, in educational software from providers Blackboard and Follett — A FEW SHORT decades ago, the archetypal hacker was a bored teenager breaking into his school´s network to change grades, à la Ferris Bueller.
Masha Borak / Abacus:QR code payments, which require opening an app, are causing holdups for public transit commuters in China, where 100M+ WeChat users regularly pay with QR codes — NFC availability is growing, but 100 million WeChat users are now paying for public transit with QR codes
Lauren Debter / Forbes:Profile of WWT, which helps clients including the US federal government procure and install IT equipment; the company reported revenue of $11.2B last year — Jim Kavanaugh climbs into a sleek, black-leather-interior Mercedes bus that whisks him away from his company´s new headquarters in St. Louis to a squat, one-story outpost nearby.
Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:Nike buys Celect, an AI startup focused on predicting what customers want, allowing better inventory management; Celect had raised over $30M from investors — Nike´s market cap has swollen past $100 billion, but the shoe company still sees potential to learn more about what customers …
Blake Montgomery / The Atlantic:Profile of Amazon Publishing, which puts out around 1,100 titles a year and, like Prime Video, exists to reinforce Prime memberships — What does the e-commerce giant want with the notoriously fickle world of publishing? To own your every reading decision. — Have you read Victoria Helen Stone´s False Step?
Joel Stein / Bloomberg:A reporter describes trying to regain privacy by hiding from Silicon Valley using a slew of location-altering, signal silencing, face-masking gadgets — As the spy gear piles up on my desk, my 10-year-old son asks me what my mission is. “I´m hiding,” I whisper, pointing in the direction I think is north …