Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Cosmose AI, a Shanghai-based analytics software provider that anticipates how people shop offline, raises $12M seed led by TDJ Pitango and OTB Ventures — Keeping abreast of shopping trends online is straightforward enough — whole categories of startups achieve this with predictive modeling.
Dog walking startup Wag says SoftBank no longer has board seats; sources: SoftBank has sold its stake back to Wag after a major investment under two years ago — KEY POINTS — SoftBank is selling its stake back to Wag after investing in the struggling dog-walking start-up more than two years ago, sources say.
Sam Machkovech / Ars Technica:
Oculus Quest becomes the first VR set with native hand tracking, available to users as an experimental feature this week and with an SDK for devs next week — Goes live “this week;” promising October tease has us cautiously optimistic. — 3 with 3 posters participating
Liam Tung / ZDNet:
The Archive Team, which wants to save Yahoo Groups content by uploading it to Internet Archive, says Verizon has blocked the email addresses of its volunteers — Verizon says the archivists it has blocked breached its terms of service. — Verizon, which bought Yahoo In 2017 …
Jeffrey R. Young / EdSurge:
Education software company Instructure says it is being acquired for $47.60 per share or ~$2B by the private equity firm Thoma Bravo — Instructure, best known for its Canvas learning management system, announced Wednesday that it is set to be acquired by the private equity firm Thoma Bravo …
Ed Bott / ZDNet:
Pundits proclaimed the death of the PC since the iPad was announced nearly a decade ago, but with 250M+ sold annually, PCs, while not growing, are far from dead — Back on January 27, 2010, a very Big Thinker declared the PC dead. A decade later, the PC is very much alive, although a time traveler from 2010 might not recognize it.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Snapchat is testing Cameos, a Bitmoji alternative that lets users replace the faces of people with selfies in Snapchat-made short looping videos — Snapchat is preparing to launch a big new feature that uses your selfies to replace the faces of people in videos you can then share.
China accounted for nearly half of the global facial recognition business in 2018 per IHS, but it is facing competition from rivals from Japan, US, and Israel — What do Uganda´s police force, a Mongolian prison and Zimbabwean airports have in common? All three are in the process …
Rob Pegoraro / Ars Technica:
An overview of 5G rollout plans in the US, technical limitations of millimeter-wave, mid-band, and low-band 5G frequencies, the state of 5G hardware, and more — 5G is many things—but the most interesting part is what it will eventually become. — 127 with 80 posters participating
Margaret Harding McGill / Axios:
Nancy Pelosi is pushing to remove language similar to Section 230 from the US-Mexico-Canada trade agreement, which could delay its passage in the House — New opposition from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi this week left the tech industry at risk of losing a cherished trade deal provision that could help cement its liability shield.