Mark Harris / The Daily Beast:
Secretive disaster charity GSD, founded by Sergey Brin, uses drones, superyachts, and more to deliver humanitarian aid during high-profile disasters — WHERE THERE´S A WILL — Global Support and Development is made up of ex-military men and Brin´s former bodyguards. But their mission isn´t warfare.
Kevin / kwokchain:
An in-depth look at how Figma, a browser-based collaborative design tool, has found success, as it seeks to become a platform by building out a plugin ecosystem — Companies are a sequencing of loops. While it´s possible to stumble into an initial core loop that works …
Christine Hall / Crunchbase News:
Urbint, which uses AI to predict and prevent threats to energy infrastructure and worker safety, raises $20M Series B — Urbint, an artificial intelligence company for infrastructure and utility safety, secured $20 million in a Series B funding round co-led by Energy Impact Partners and Piva, the company said Thursday.
Sarah Holder / Bloomberg:
Nextdoor discontinues a feature that let users forward posts directly to police departments, but retains other ways, like DMs, to contact police via its app — “Forward to Police,” one of several Nextdoor programs to strengthen law enforcement relations, has been criticized for elevating racial profiling.
Kevin Roose / New York Times:
Social media execs owe it to staff, users, and society to examine structural forces empowering racists online and how their platforms undermine social justice — Shows of support from Facebook, Twitter and YouTube don´t address the way those platforms have been weaponized by racists and partisan provocateurs.
A look at the top 100 companies according to market cap added YTD amid the pandemic, with Big Tech leading; Amazon gained ~$401B, Microsoft ~$270B, Apple ~$219B — The first in an FT series on corporate resilience in a year of human and economic devastation
Sources: UK told telecom operators to ensure they have adequate stockpiles of Huawei equipment due to fears of new US sanctions disrupting critical supplies — LONDON (Reuters) - British security officials have told UK telecom operators to ensure they have adequate stockpiles of Huawei equipment due …
Kirsten Korosec / TechCrunch:
BMW and Mercedes-Benz end their partnership, which was announced in July 2019, for the development of autonomous driving technology — BMW Group and Mercedes-Benz AG have punted on what was meant to be a long term collaboration to develop next-generation automated driving technology together …
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Germany amends its NetzDG hate speech law, now requiring social media platforms to send flagged suspected criminal content directly to the federal police — While a French online hate speech law has just been derailed by the country´s top constitutional authority on freedom of expression grounds …
Arjun Kharpal / CNBC:
Alibaba and JD.com handled a record $136.51B in sales in 24 hours during 618, a major Chinese shopping event, pointing at a possible recovery in China — - China´s two biggest e-commerce giants Alibaba and JD.com handled $136.51 billion of sales through their platforms in 24 hours during 618 …