Chris Stokel-Walker / Increment:
A look at the team behind VLC, which started as a student-run project in 1996 that is now part of a nonprofit with a for-profit consultancy managed by ~10 staff — How a group of university students transformed a school project into a media-player mainstay. — Teams
Samanth Subramanian / The Guardian:
As we shop more online and think less about how our purchases reach our homes, a look at how our home delivery habit is reshaping the physical world — The great trick of online retail has been to get us to shop more and think less about how our purchases reach our homes. By Samanth Subramanian
Tarleton Gillespie / Slate:
Every ad, political or commercial, should reveal its provenance, and all advertisers should stand by their ads and be held accountable for them — On Oct. 30, Twitter announced it would now prohibit political advertising on its platform. On Friday, it tried its best to explain exactly what that would mean.
Monica Nickelsburg / GeekWire:
Amazon filed its formal protest over JEDI on Friday, citing a Fox News segment and a Trump rally as evidence of improper political pressure from the White House — Amazon filed its formal protest over Microsoft´s victory in a $10 billion Pentagon cloud computing contract …
Mary Ann Azevedo / Crunchbase News:
REX, a real estate broker that claims its AI allows it to price homes more accurately and charge lower commissions, raises $40M, bringing total raised to $115M — REX, an Austin-based licensed residential real estate brokerage using AI and big data, has raised another $40 million in what it describes as a “C1” round.
Jan Wolfe / Reuters:
Appeals court says Apple infringed only two of four VirnetX patents, vacates $503M jury award, sends the case back to Texas court to recalculate damages — (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Friday set aside a jury´s calculation that Apple Inc should pay $503 million for infringing …
Russia bans sale of gadgets including smartphones, computers, and smart TVs that are not pre-installed with alternative Russian software starting July 2020 — Russia has passed a law banning the sale of certain devices that are not pre-installed with Russian software.
Debby Wu / Bloomberg:
Sources say Apple AirPods shipments expected to double to 60M in 2019, driven by much higher than expected demand for the AirPods Pro model — - Demand for AirPods Pro ‘much higher’ than original estimate — Wearables drive Apple´s growth as smartphone shipments plateau
Duncan Riley / SiliconANGLE:
Banyan Security, which offers a zero-trust remote access client for cloud and hybrid environments, raises $17M Series A led by Shasta Ventures — So-called “zero-trust” security platform provider Banyan Security said today it has raised $17 million in new funding to allow it to accelerate product development.
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Google reveals new details about Russia-linked “Sandworm” hacking group behind NotPetya, the attacks on Winter Olympics, French election, and more — The Kremlin´s uniquely dangerous hacker group has been trying new tricks. — The Russian state-sponsored hackers known as Sandworm …