Meagan Simpson / BetaKit:
Calgary-based Benevity, a platform helping employees of companies like Apple and Google give donations, raises $40M Series C from JMI Equity, General Atlantic — Benevity, a global leader in corporate social responsibility and one of the largest startups in the Prairies, has raised $40 million in a Series C round of funding.
Joeri Cant / Cointelegraph:
PeerNova, a blockchain-based platform for financial institutions to synchronize data internally and externally, raises $31M, bringing the total raised to $74M — Overstock´s venture capital arm Medici Ventures invests in PeerNova, a startup that develops blockchain-based solutions …
Megan Graham / CNBC:
Roku to buy ad tech platform Dataxu, which provides software for managing ad campaigns programmatically across digital platforms, for $150M in cash and stock — Roku is buying Dataxu, a platform that lets marketers plan and buy video ad campaigns, for $150 million in cash and stock.
Andrew Nusca / Fortune:
A look at the revival in digital music sales, which have grown from $14.3B in 2014 to $18.1B in 2018, mainly thanks to paid streaming services like Spotify — Imagine, for a moment, that Taylor Swift was wrong. The reigning queen of country-tinged pop shocked fans in 2014 by abruptly …
Shelby Brown / CNET:
Devumi settles FTC charges that it sold fake followers and likes; cosmetics firm Sunday Riley also settles with FTC for allegedly posting fake online reviews — The Federal Trade Commission uncovered and stopped the misleading online marketing tactics of two different companies, it announced Monday.
Sources: Adobe will preview Illustrator for iPad at its Max conference in November before launching it in 2020 — - Company to announce plans at Max conference in early November — Illustrator is key Adobe app for graphic design and drawing — Adobe Inc. has picked Illustrator …
Zachary Crockett / The Hustle:
How The Last Mile, a program to teach coding in prison at 15 facilities in five states, helped one man go from a life sentence to a $100K+ engineering job — In 1996, Zachary Moore committed a murder. Today, he´s a computer engineer at a Silicon Valley tech firm. Here´s how he got there.
Laurie Clarke / WIRED UK:
A look at the Tsunami Democràtic Android app, which uses geolocation and friend-to-friend technologies to organize protests and avoid the police in Barcelona — A pro-independence group is leveraging social media and peer-to-peer technology to orchestrate massive protests. The catch?
Annie Palmer / CNBC:
As Amazon regularly fails to prevent expired food from being sold by merchants, concerned brands are often compelled to police marketplace listings on their own — - Amazon´s marketplace has grown to millions of sellers, making it hard for the company to adequately police the platform.
Laurie Sullivan / MediaPost:
eMarketer: Google will take 37.2%, or $48.05B, of all US digital ad spend this year, down from 38.2% in 2018, while Amazon will take 8.8%, up from 6.8% in 2018 — Google dominates the search ad market today, but eMarketer´s latest forecast shows that within the next two years, Google´s revenue share will fall and Amazon´s will rise.