Sources: YouTube is considering a competitor to Amazon and Apple TV channels for accessing premium video subscriptions from other companies — YouTube is sending signals that it wants to become a destination site for every part of the TV universe. — The Google-owned video giant …
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
Arm announces Cortex-M55 and Ethos-U55, aimed at bringing edge AI capabilities to IoT devices, arriving in 2021 at the earliest — The smart devices of the future might not need servers to enable AI — Edge AI is one of the biggest trends in chip technology.
Issie Lapowsky / protocol:
Checkr, a background check engine for Uber, Lyft, others, has faced ~80 lawsuits since 2015 for erroneous checks which severely disrupted incomes of gig workers — In a flurry of lawsuits, drivers say Checkr cost them their livelihoods. — Checkr, the background check engine powering …
Asa Fitch / Wall Street Journal:
How power companies are turning to AI, drones, battery systems, and sensors to shorten outages, save money, and help run an increasingly complex power grid — Power companies are turning to AI, drones and sensors to curtail outages, save money and help operate an increasingly complex electricity grid.
Nic Fildes / Financial Times:
Vodafone will remove Huawei systems from its EU core network at a cost of €200M over the next five years, following new UK rules and EU guidelines last month — Vodafone is to strip Huawei systems out of the core of its European network at a cost of €200m as the European telecoms sector moves …
Wall Street Journal:
Chainalysis: cryptocurrency scams involving Ponzi schemes and other frauds took in over $4B in 2019, which was more than the combined $3B haul in 2017 and 2018 — Ponzi schemes are the latest form of bitcoin fraud, with big platforms like one called PlusToken drawing the most money
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
How Hoop, an app for making Snapchat friends, hit #2 in the App Store with a virality and monetization strategy making users spend in-app currency to reach out — Snapchat´s developer platform is blowing up as a gateway to teen social app users. Hoop is the latest Snap Kit blockbuster …
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch:
NURVV, which provides real-time coaching for runners via an app and insoles fitted with 32 sensors, raises $9M Series A led by Hiro Capital — Launched at CES 2020, NURVV, a biomechanics startup, has closed a $9m Series A round, led by Hiro Capital, the sports/Esports VC fund …
Peter Blumberg / Bloomberg:
Facebook agrees to improve its security procedures to settle a class action lawsuit over the 2018 data breach that exposed personal data of 29M users — Facebook Inc. pledged to improve security protocols to resolve a lawsuit blaming the company for a 2018 data breach that exposed personal data of 29 million users.
New York Times:
How predictive algorithms are increasingly being used to set police patrols, prison sentences, and probation rules in the US and Europe — Across the United States and Europe, software is making probation decisions and predicting whether teens will commit crime. Opponents want more human oversight.