Ian Sherr / CNET:
Facebook starts testing a desktop redesign, announced last April, with a small set of users, plans to offer the new look more broadly sometime before the spring — Facebook ´s begun giving some users access to its redesigned desktop experience, first announced in April, that´s less cluttered and uses brighter icons.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Verizon eliminates bundles and contracts for Fios line of TV, broadband, and phone services, will now sell them as standalone products via “Mix & Match on Fios” — Verizon — feeling the pain of customer cancellations over high pay-TV prices — is killing off bundles …
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
ByteDance says Douyin, the Chinese version of TikTok, now has over 400M daily active users, up from 250M in January 2019 — China´s TikTok, which has taken the world by storm, is working its magic in its home nation, too. — The Chinese version of TikTok, called Douyin …
Sy Mukherjee / Fortune:
Komodo Health, which deploys AI on data across the medical industry to build a healthcare “map” of patient outcomes in the US, raises $50M Series C led by a16z — This is the web version of Brainstorm Health Daily, Fortune´s daily newsletter on the top health care news.
Isabelle Kirkwood / BetaKit:
Lightspeed POS, a Montreal-based payments software company, has agreed to buy German POS systems developer Gastrofix for ~$61M in cash and ~$40M in shares — Lightspeed POS is set to acquire German POS systems developer Gastrofix. The purchase would mark Lightspeed´s largest acquisition to date …
Drew Harwell / Washington Post:
AI startups are selling images of realistic computer-generated faces, letting clients like dating apps “increase diversity” in their ads without needing people — Artificial intelligence start-ups are selling images of computer-generated faces that look like the real thing …
Ron Miller / TechCrunch:
AvePoint, which makes cloud governance tools for Microsoft Office 365, Sharepoint, and more, raises $200M Series C led by TPG Sixth Street Partners — While Microsoft cloud services such as SharePoint, Microsoft Teams and Office 365 are used widely by large organizations …
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
ClassPass, which offers access to gyms and health clubs via a single subscription, raises $285M Series E led by L Catterton and Apax Digital at a $1B valuation — ClassPass has today announced the close of a $285 million Series E funding round led by L Catterton and Apax Digital, with participation from existing investor Temasek.
New York Times:
TikTok has fixed major security vulnerabilities that could have let hackers manipulate content, gain access to private videos, and extract personal data — The vulnerabilities, which the app says it has fixed, could have let attackers manipulate content and extract personal data.
Spatial Networks, developer of Fulcrum, a geospatial data collection and analysis platform for field operations, raises $42.5M Series A led by Kayne Partners — Spatial Networks, the St. Petersburg, FLA.-based creator of Fulcrum, a geospatial data collection and analysis platform for field operations …