Richard Waters / Financial Times:
Ripple, sitting on $16B in XRP, says it plans to expand beyond its original cross-border payments system by becoming the “Amazon of payments” — The start-up is still trying to find compelling uses for the blockchain technology underpinning its XRP currency
Jing Yang / Wall Street Journal:
Despite tensions between the US and China, more than 20 Chinese companies went public in 2020 on Nasdaq or NYSE, raising $4B according to Dealogic data — More than 20 Chinese companies have gone public on the Nasdaq or NYSE this year — The U.S. remains a magnet for initial public offerings …
Source: Google to end direct cooperation with Hong Kong authorities on data requests, and instead direct officials to a treaty where requests go through the DOJ — Google will stop responding directly to data requests from Hong Kong authorities, according to a person familiar with the matter …
Karissa Bell / Engadget:
Google updates travel search results with information about COVID-19 cases at destination, percentage of available hotel rooms and operating flights, more — Google has already introduced a number of updates to help people get around during widespread closures and travel disruptions due to COVID-19.
Jay Peters / The Verge:
Epic, in its suit, claims that Google forced OnePlus to break off a deal in which a special Fortnite launcher would come preinstalled on OnePlus phones — Epic sued Google after the search company kicked Fortnite from the Play Store — Epic Games sued Google over pulling Fortnite …
Sources: Apple is readying subscription bundles that will let users subscribe to multiple digital services at a lower monthly price, launching as early as Oct. — Apple Inc. is readying a series of bundles that will let customers subscribe to several of the company´s digital services …
Naomi Gleit / About Facebook:
Facebook launches a Voting Information Center on Facebook and Instagram, a one-stop-shop for information on how to register and vote — In June we announced that we´re conducting the largest voting information campaign in American history, with the goal of helping 4 million voters register …
Blend, which develops a SaaS platform for lenders, raises $75M Series F led by Canapi Ventures at a valuation of ~$1.7B, up more than 70% from a year earlier — - Digital lending start-up Blend raised $75 million in fresh funding at a valuation of almost $1.7 billion, a jump of more than 70% …
Martha Pskowski / VICE:
A look at growing movements by gig economy workers in Brazil, Mexico, Chile, Argentina, and Ecuador, protesting the conditions at UberEats, Rappi, and iFood — Militant strikes and protests against dangerous working conditions and low pay have spread through Brazil, Mexico, Chile, Argentina, and Ecuador.
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
Microsoft fixes 17 critical and two zero-day flaws, including an actively-exploited RCE flaw in IE that can compromise PCs when users visit malicious sites — Microsoft says attackers have used a Windows zero-day to spoof file signatures and another RCE in the Internet Explorer scripting engine to execute code on users´ devices.