Lily Hay Newman / Wired:
Facebook says it has received 15K bug reports in 2019, awarded about $2.2M in bounties for 1,300 of them, up from ~$1.1M for 700 bugs in 2018 — A few months ago, Facebook disclosed that apps were siphoning data from up to 9.5 million of its users. They only found out thanks to a bug bounty submission.
New York Times:
The number of reported child sexual abuse videos surged to 41M in 2019, surpassing the number of reported illicit photos; Facebook reported 85% of the total — In a first, videos outnumbered photos in reports to the authorities last year. Facebook found the most imagery, the bulk of it on its Messenger app.
Ben Lane / HousingWire:
HouseCanary, which develops software to automate residential real estate valuations, raises $65M Series C, bringing its total raised to $130M — Series C funding round grows fintech´s total funding to $130 million — It seems that investors have some interest in automating real estate appraisals.
Cepton Technologies, which develops lidar sensors for automotive applications, raises over $50M Series C led by automotive lighting system developer Koito — Cepton Technologies announced that it has raised over US$50 million in Series C funding. This brings Cepton´s total funding …
FCC announces proposals to pay satellite companies $9.7B to quickly free up C-band spectrum for 5G, and another $3.3B-$5.2B to pay for costs — Listen — Intelsat SA and other satellite providers would share as much as $14.9 billion under a proposal from federal regulators to compensate …
Dane Glasgow / The Keyword:
Google Maps turns 15, updates its app with five tabs: Explore, Commute, Saved, Contribute, and Updates, new transit features, and more — In 2005, we set out to map the world. Since then we´ve pushed the limits of what a map can do: from helping you easily navigate from point A to B …
Linda Kinstler / protocol:
An in-depth look at the role of ethicists within tech companies, spurred by scandals like Cambridge Analytica, and their somewhat limited power to effect change — Firms are adding ethical thinking to their processes, but ethical outcomes are optional. — Fifty-two floors below the top …
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
Twilio announces Q4 revenue of $331.2M, up 62% YoY, 2019 total revenue of $1.13B, up 75% YoY, ends Q4 with 179K+ active customer accounts; forecasts loss in Q1 — Twilio is posting strong revenue growth but its earnings outlook for the first quarter and fiscal 2020 fall short of expectations.
Stephanie Condon / ZDNet:
Qualcomm beats Q1 expectations with revenue of $5.08B, up 5% YoY and net income of $925M, up 13% YoY; revenue from licensing division was $1.4B, up 38% YoY — The US chipmaker beat Q1 estimates as it begins to realize the benefits of the ramp to 5G — Qualcomm published better-than-expected …
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Apple adds universal purchases for iOS and macOS apps to the Xcode 11.4 beta, letting developers bundle apps — The new Xcode 11.4 beta update, released today alongside the iOS 13.4, tvOS 13.4 and macOS Catalina 10.15.4 betas, includes support for universal purchases, allowing developers to bundle iOS apps …