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Google teams up with Samsonite to launch a Jacquard smart fabric-enabled backpack

Google teams up with Samsonite to launch a Jacquard smart fabric-enabled backpack It has been over four years since Project Jacquard, Google’s smart fabric technology, made its debut at the I/O developer conference. Launched out of what was then Google’s ATAP unit, Jacquard is currently best known for being available on Levi’s jeans jackets, but […]

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As losses expand, Asana is confident it has the ticket for a successful public listing

As losses expand, Asana is confident it has the ticket for a successful public listing Asana, the project management software developer, dropped its filing for a direct listing on one of the busiest days of a surprisingly busy late summer. The task management toolkit provider started by Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz and early FB employee […]

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‘Stalkerware’ phone spying apps have escaped Google’s ad ban

‘Stalkerware’ phone spying apps have escaped Google’s ad ban Several companies offering phone-spying apps — known as “stalkerware” — are still advertising in Google search results, despite the search giant’s ban that took effect today, TechCrunch has found. These controversial apps are often pitched to help parents snoop on their child’s calls, messages, apps and […]

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WhatsApp hit by brief outage, leaving users unable to send or receive messages

WhatsApp hit by brief outage, leaving users unable to send or receive messages WhatsApp was briefly down Tuesday, with users unable to send or receive messages on the Facebook-owned end-to-end encrypted messaging app. Affected users may have seen that WhatsApp was “connecting” to the service when trying to send a message. The outage started at […]

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Twitter, Reddit challenge US rules forcing visa applicants to disclose their social media handles

Twitter, Reddit challenge US rules forcing visa applicants to disclose their social media handles Twitter and Reddit have filed an amicus brief in support of a lawsuit challenging a U.S. government rule change compelling visa applicants to disclose their social media handles. The lawsuit, brought by the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University, the […]

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Carry1st has $4M to invest in African mobile gaming

Carry1st has M to invest in African mobile gaming Gaming development startup Carry1st has raised a $2.5 million seed round led by CRE Venture Capital . That brings the company’s total VC to $4 million, which Carry1st will deploy to support and invest in game publishing across Africa. The startup — with offices in New […]

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A massive database of 8 billion Thai internet records leaks

A massive database of 8 billion Thai internet records leaks Thailand’s largest cell network AIS has pulled a database offline that was spilling billions of real-time internet records on millions of Thai internet users. Security researcher Justin Paine said in a blog post that he found the database, containing DNS queries and Netflow data, on the […]

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Facebook’s new safety feature for women in India: Easily lock the account from strangers

Facebook’s new safety feature for women in India: Easily lock the account from strangers Facebook has rolled out a new safety feature in India that will enable users to easily lock their account so that people they are not friends with on the platform cannot view their posts and zoom into and download their profile […]

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Facebook to acquire Giphy in a deal reportedly worth $400 million

Facebook to acquire Giphy in a deal reportedly worth 0 million Facebook will acquire Giphy, the web-based animated gif search engine and platform provider, Facebook confirmed today, in a deal worth around $400 million, according to a report by Axios. Facebook said it isn’t disclosing terms of the deal. Giphy has grown to be a central […]

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As COVID-19 pummels global economy, 8 new companies join the $100M ARR club

As COVID-19 pummels global economy, 8 new companies join the 0M ARR club Hello and welcome back to our regular morning look at private companies, public markets and the gray space in between. This morning we’re adding a number of companies to the $100 million ARR club, a collection of private companies that have reached […]

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