James Clayton / BBC:
Apple confirms it has taken down a popular Koran app in China after a request from officials, who say it hosts illegal religious texts — Apple has taken down one of the world´s most popular Koran apps in China, after a request from officials, the company has confirmed to the BBC.
Banking industry body UK Finance says Britain has become a global epicenter for scams, with £754M stolen in H1 2021, up 30% YoY — It was an email offering a discount on an electric toothbrush that began the sequence of events that ruined Anna´s life.
Haje Jan Kamps / TechCrunch:
Reliable Robotics, which aims to replace pilots with robots on commercial cargo planes, raises a $100M Series C led by Coatue Management — When flying cargo from one part of the world to another, you typically need a pilot for two parts: The take-off and the landing.
Tiernan Ray / ZDNet:
Enterprise search company Elastic to acquire Optimyze, whose continuous profiling platform Prodfiler can detect the CPU efficiency of fleets of machines — Elastic intends to join the computer profiling function of Optimyze to the enterprise observability functions of metrics, logs and traces.
Joseph Cox / VICE:
FTC notifies 700+ companies, including AT&T and Hulu, that they could face penalties of up to $43,792 per violation for using deceptive reviews — The FTC sent a notice to hundreds of companies, including AT&T, Dunkin´ Donuts, Hulu, and Macy´s. — The Federal Trade Commission . …
Sharon Edelson / Forbes:
Ohi, which offers e-commerce product delivery in under 20 minutes in NYC, Chicago, San Francisco, and LA, raises a $19M Series A led by Palm Drive Capital — The e-commerce delivery arms race is as heated as ever, but it´s reached a new low in terms of speed.
Andrew Hutchinson / Social Media Today:
TikTok now lets LIVE creators mute specific viewers for up to an entire livestream, and says it removed 81M+ videos that violated its TOS in Q2 — As it looks to evolve the use of its live-streaming option into eCommerce, as part of its broader monetization push, TikTok is adding …
Tara Deschamps / Canadian Press:
Up to 70% of Instacart couriers in the US and Canada could walk off the job this weekend, demanding at least a 10% default tip, commissions, and pay by order — Canadian and American Instacart workers plan to walk off the job this weekend in a bid to secure better pay and more benefits.
Dina Bass / Bloomberg:
Microsoft agrees to commission an independent human rights review of its law enforcement and government contracts, in response to a shareholder proposal — After shareholder proposal, Microsoft to commission independent report on company´s contracts. — Microsoft Corp. …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
London-based Hibob, which offers cloud-based HR tools, raises a $150M Series C, reportedly at a $1.65B valuation, led by General Atlantic — On the heels of Personio raising a big round yesterday, one of its competitors and another big startup in the area of HR has also picked up some fundning.