Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Simpplr, which develops AI-powered intranet software for employee directories, raised $10M Series B led by Norwest Venture Partners — Simpplr today raised $10 million for its AI-powered intranet platform that is designed to streamline communications. CEO Dhiraj Sharma says the funds …
Erin Griffith / New York Times:
Former Pinterest COO accuses the company of gender bias in a new lawsuit, alleges she was fired in April after complaining about sexist treatment — Françoise Brougher, Pinterest´s former chief operating officer, said she was fired after speaking up about mistreatment.
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
Report: since January, a group has been hijacking Tor exit relay nodes to perform SSL stripping attacks, peaking in May when the group ran 23.95% of all nodes — At one point, the group ran almost a quarter of all Tor exit nodes. Group still controls 10% of all Tor exit nodes today.
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Nreal, which fought off IP theft suit from Magic Leap, will start shipping AR glasses in S. Korea this month for ~$586 or $295 when bundled with Galaxy Note 20 — They cost $586 alone or $295 in a Galaxy Note 20 bundle — The Nreal Light mixed reality glasses are shipping in Korea alongside Samsung´s newly announced Galaxy Note 20.
Source: AmEx is in advanced talks to buy SoftBank-backed online lender Kabbage for as much as $850M in an all-cash deal as soon as this month — American Express Co. is in advanced talks to buy the online small-business lender Kabbage Inc., which is backed by investors including Japan´s SoftBank Group Corp …
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / VICE:
In the wake of a widely protested presidential election in Belarus, nonprofits and companies including Twitter are reporting parts of the internet being blocked — Twitter, local journalists, and internet freedom organizations report that there are widespread internet blocks in Belarus.
Steve Evans / ReinsuranceNe.ws:
Buckle, an insurer for ridesharing platforms with coverage in 47 US states, raises $31M Series A led by HSCM Bermuda and Eos — Buckle, an insurtech company for the ride-share industry, said it has raised $31 million in a Series A funding round. — The insurer said the funding round …
Charleston, SC-based startup Palmetto, which helps consumers calculate potential energy costs and savings by using green tech like solar, raises $29M Series B — Palmetto, a Charleston, S.C.-based clean technology software and fulfillment platform company, completed a $29M Series B funding.
Gary Ng / iPhone in Canada Blog:
Apple files a notice of opposition with USPTO against a startup trying to trademark a logo which resembles a pear for its recipe search app called Prepear — Prepear is a meal planner and grocery list app that helps people discover recipes and more. It´s a spin off from the founders …
Tim Bradshaw / Financial Times:
As Zynga buys Istanbul-based Rollic Games for $168M, a look at the rapid growth of hyper-casual mobile games, where publishers may launch a new title every week — Games makers are scoring hundreds of millions of downloads by churning out cheaply made titles