Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
US mobile app subscription revenue jumped 21% in 2019 to $4.6B across the top 100 subscription apps in the Google Play and App Store — Outside of in-app purchases in mobile games, subscription revenue from non-game apps helped to boost 2019´s mobile consumer spend — a figure …
Angela Strange / Andreessen Horowitz:
Fintech startups tackling every layer of banking stack, from core tech to KYC/AML, enable startups and companies like Apple to start adding financial services — This is an abbreviated version of a presentation I gave live at the a16z Summit in November 2019. You can watch a video version on YouTube.
Eric Niiler / Wired:
Profile of BlueDot, which uses AI to sift through news reports in 65 languages to detect and warn about infectious disease outbreaks like Wuhan Virus — The BlueDot algorithm scours news reports and airline ticketing data to predict the spread of diseases like those linked to the flu outbreak in China.
Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Appeals court reverses a lower court and reinstates a suit challenging constitutionality of sex-trafficking law FOSTA, finding plaintiffs have standing to sue — Judges Found Plaintiffs Have Standing to Sue — SAN FRANCISCO-A lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of FOSTA …
Times of India:
India-based Pine Labs, which offers POS services, raises an undisclosed round from Mastercard; source: the $100M-$150M round values the company at $1.5B-$1.6B — BENGALURU: Point-of-sales . services provider Pine Labs has raised a new round of funding from the global card network major Mastercard.
Samuel Gibbs / The Guardian:
Fossil Gen 5 review: best Wear OS watch yet with clever notification handling, good battery life, but hardware UX is unpredictable and phone can disconnect — A day´s battery, solid performance and watch-first design makes Wear OS a much more attractive option
Danny Crichton / TechCrunch:
Leila Janah, founder and CEO of Samasource, an SF-based machine learning training data company with a large workforce in East Africa, dies at 37 — The startup community has lost another moral leader today. — Leila Janah, a serial entrepreneur who was the CEO and founder …
The California Sunday Magazine:
An in-depth look at facial recognition technology, with a primer on how it works, who is using it in the US, and how to avoid it online and in public — The controversial and nearly ever-present technology that could replace the fingerprint — From iPhones and Snapchat filters …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Vine co-founder Dom Hofmann launches Byte, a Vine-like short-form video app, on iOS and Android, aims to start its partner program to pay creators “soon” — Two years after Vine´s co-founder Dom Hofmann announced he was building a successor to the short-form video app, today Byte makes its debut on iOS and Android.
Tad Walch / Deseret News:
Clayton Christensen, the author of the theory of disruptive innovation, dies at 67 — Apple´s Steve Jobs, Amazon´s Jeff Bezos, Netflix´s Reed Hastings and Intel´s Andy Grove looked to influential management thinker — SALT LAKE CITY — Clayton Christensen, whose theory of disruptive innovation …