Sean Captain / Fast Company:
Profile of Jack Poulson, a former Google researcher who exposes tech company ties with the US military, as the head of the Tech Inquiry nonprofit — Jack Poulson has developed an encyclopedic knowledge of how tech companies are evolving into military contractors.
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:
French startup Homa Games, which provides an SDK for indie developers and studios to make and publish casual games, raises $50M Series A led by Northzone — Just days after Voodoo acquired Beach Bum, another French mobile gaming company has news to share. Homa Games is raising a $50 million Series A round led by Northzone.
Jennifer Elias / CNBC:
Profile of Ifeoma Ozoma as she launches The Tech Worker Handbook, an online guide for tech workplace complaints, and Silenced No More Act becomes California law — - Ifeoma Ozoma, a former employee at Pinterest and Google, just published a resource guide for tech workers who are considering …
Evelyn Douek / The Atlantic:
When trying to address problems that social media may cause young people, lawmakers focus on Facebook and largely ignore TikTok, which most teens use — Many people think of TikTok as a dance app. And although it is an app full of dancing, it´s also a juggernaut experiencing astronomical growth.
Cecilia Kang / New York Times:
It took decades to bring meaningful government regulation for Big Tobacco and experts say it could take an equally long time to regulate Big Tech — If what faces Big Tech is anything like what happened to Big Tobacco, the road ahead is likely to be a yearslong battle over proposed rules and regulations.
Taylor Soper / GeekWire:
Esper, a DevOps service that enables companies to deploy and manage fleets of Android-based IoT devices, raises $60M Series C, following $30M Series B in May — Seattle-area startup Esper just raised a second round of investment in less than six months to support growth of its software …
Ben Schoon / 9to5Google:
Leaked marketing site: Pixel 6 phones will include a 50MP primary camera, with 12MP ultrawide and 48MP 4x telephoto lenses on Pro, and a Magic Eraser feature — The Pixel 6 series is set to deliver the biggest camera overhaul the Pixel lineup has ever seen, and now a pair of marketing sites …
Kim Lyons / The Verge:
Tesla delays Full Self-Driving beta rollout to ~1,000 drivers with perfect safety scores of 100, Elon Musk says due to a “few last minute concerns” — The “Full Self-Driving” update was supposed to roll out to 1,000 more Tesla owners Friday — Tesla has delayed the rollout …
Sources: private equity owners of cloud-based call center provider Genesys, including Permira, are mulling an IPO in H1 2022, seeking a valuation of $20B — - Talking with potential advisers about a U.S. listing in 2022 — Company was bought by Permira from Alcatel-Lucent in 2012
Sources say Twitch valued speed and profit over user safety and data security, regularly choosing not to disclose security issues, including one in 2017 — Bad security practices made the breach seem inevitable to former employees — A massive security breach at Twitch has exposed a wealth …