Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Mobileye collects 3.7M miles of sensor data daily from vehicles, using it to produce HD maps that will let its partners offer Level 2+ driver assistance systems — Mobileye made a self-driving car that only uses cameras—no lidar or radar. — A lot of media coverage of self-driving technology …
South China Morning Post:
Tencent says users spent ~$115B in 2019, up 160% YoY, through WeChat mini programs, which are miniature apps that work within the chat app — WeChat users spent US$115 million through mini programs in 2019WeChat users spent US$115 million through mini programs in 2019This article originally appeared …
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
CES roundup: flexible screens are coming, battle between Intel and AMD will intensify, tech fetishization with AI, 8K, 5G lessened, sex tech on the rise, more — iCES is over, and I am quite sure you´ll be happy to be done with it. We still have more to come today and perhaps a little next week.
Isobel Cockerell / Coda Story:
Instagram is removing posts and suspending accounts that voice support for slain Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani, says it is complying with US sanctions — News agencies, human rights activists and influencers have had their accounts deactivated. — After a U.S. drone strike killed …
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
PayU to acquire India-based PaySense at a valuation of $185M and will merge it with its credit business LazyPay; the combined entity will be valued at $300M — PayU is acquiring a controlling stake in fintech startup PaySense at a valuation of $185 million and plans to merge …
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
Researchers: cable modems with Broadcom chips, including an estimated 200M in Europe alone, are vulnerable to the remote exploit codenamed Cable Haunt — Cable modems using Broadcom chips are vulnerable to a new vulnerability named Cable Haunt, researchers say.
Alex Hern / The Guardian:
Source: Microsoft contractors vetting Skype audio worked from home in China with “no security measures”; company says it now uses secure facilities not in China — Exclusive: former Microsoft contractor says he was emailed login after minimal vetting
Lauren Goode / Wired:
A look at sexual health and wellness companies at CES 2020, where they were allowed to exhibit their products for the first time this year — Sexual health and wellness companies were allowed to exhibit their wares for the first time this year. — If there was ever a metaphor …
Shoshana Wodinsky / Gizmodo:
Facebook updates its hate speech policy to ban statements denying the existence of marginalized groups and an additional eight specific dehumanizing comparisons — There are a few things Facebook´s proven, time and again, that it can´t get quite right—like keeping its user data under wraps …
Biswarup Gooptu / The Economic Times:
Tiger Global invests $200M in Bangalore-based Byju at $8B valuation, sources say secondary transactions at ~$100-200M may soon provide exits to early backers — New York-based Tiger Global Management has invested $200 million in education app Byju´s, valuing the Bengaluru-headquartered company at about $8 billion.