Sanket Jain / The Verge:
Social health activists in India have been tasked with curbing COVID-19 misinformation, with many workers using WhatsApp to stop its spread — The backbone of India´s rural healthcare system is now tasked with beating back COVID-19 myths, one message at a time
Eric Geller / Politico:
Senate confirms ex-NSA director Chris Inglis as national cyber director; Congress still has not funded his office, despite authorizing him to hire 75 employees — Inglis, a former NSA deputy director, will confront the mammoth task of streamlining the government´s approach to a growing crisis.
Johana Bhuiyan / Los Angeles Times:
Report: Ring provided at least 100 LAPD officers with free devices or discount codes and encouraged them to recommend its products to fellow LAPD and the public — In a bid to bolster its claims as a crime-fighting tool, Ring deployed a tactic popular in the business world: influencer marketing.
Liana Baker / Bloomberg:
Delivery startup Gopuff buys rideOS, which builds real-time routing and dispatch software for autonomous car fleets, source says for $115M in cash and stock — Delivery startup Gopuff is buying software firm RideOS, which is backed by Sequoia Capital and Siemens AG, according to a statement reviewed by Bloomberg News.
Xiaoetong, which offers digital tools to coordinate brand marketing, online traffic, and sales channels, raises $120M Series D from Hillhouse Capital, more — Xiaoetong´s platform offers its 1.6 million clients a virtual headquarters to manage their online activities.
Tel Aviv-based WalkMe, which helps users navigate UIs of other software services, raised $287M in its US IPO at ~$2.4B valuation; stock fell 7.1% after debut — Digital platform provider WalkMe Ltd. fell 7.1% in its trading debut after a $287 million initial public offering.
Sohini Podder / Reuters:
Filing shows that Confluent, which offers a streaming platform based on Apache Kafka, is seeking to raise $759M at ~$8.3B valuation in its US IPO — Confluent Inc is aiming for a valuation of about $8.3 billion in a U.S. initial public offering, cashing in on a surge in demand …
Brian X. Chen / New York Times:
With products like Dash Buttons and Echo Look, Amazon uses customers to test features then sunsets the devices too quickly due to low sales or negative feedback — Amazon´s experimental approach to product design can hurt your wallet and the environment. Why does it need our help to figure out what it´s doing?
Eduardo Thomson / Bloomberg:
Chile-based Betterfly, which lets companies offer digital benefits to reward healthy habits, raises $60M from SoftBank and others at a $300M valuation — - Health insurance tech start-up raises $60 million, CEO says — Other investors include QED, Valor Capital and Endeavor
David Cohen / Adweek:
The Oversight Board accepts its first policy advisory opinion request from Facebook, on the sharing of private residential info, issues call for public comments — It involves how it should handle private residential information