Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
Trump signs TRACED Act into law to increase robocall fines, extend statute of limitations from 1 to 4 years, and require carriers to deploy STIR/SHAKEN protocol — The Pallone-Thrune TRACED Act, a bipartisan bit of legislation that should make life harder for the villains behind robocalls, was signed into law today by the president.
Fred Wilson / AVC:
Big trends and takeaways from the 2010s: the “capital as a moat” model has failed, machine learning has become table stakes for tech companies, and more — My friend Steve Kane suggested I take a longer view in my pair of year end posts this year: … And so I will.
Analysis of PitchBook data since 2005 shows that in 2019, the number of enterprise-focused seed deals overtook consumer-focused seed deals for the first time — I recently wrote a recommendation letter for a former coworker who wanted to change careers by going back to school.
Uber, Postmates sue CA to block AB5, days ahead of bill taking effect, say law unconstitutionally targets gig economy companies and benefits other industries — - Companies call labor rights measure unfair, unconstitutional — A.B. 5 will qualify many contractors for employment benefits
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
Microsoft wins court order to seize 50 domains run by North Korean cyber-espionage group Thallium, the fourth APT Microsoft has combated with this tactic — Microsoft takes control of 50 domains operated by Thallium (APT37), a North Korean cyber-espionage group.
Alistair Gray / Financial Times:
US shoppers are expected to return $100B worth of unwanted goods bought this holiday season; online purchases 3x more likely to be returned than those in stores — US consumers are expected to send back a record $100bn worth of unwanted goods bought between Thanksgiving and Christmas as the rise of ecommerce causes a returns epidemic.
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Facebook has quietly started removing some misleading ads about HIV prevention drugs after activists said they could have caused a public-health crisis — The ads, first reported by The Washington Post, threatened to create a public health crisis, LGBT groups had said.
Gené Teare / Crunchbase News:
Analysis: 142 startups, including 78 from the US and 22 from China, became unicorns in 2019, down from 158 in 2018; unicorns raised $85.1B vs. $139B in 2018 — In 2019, unicorns were far from mythical and Crunchbase followed them every step of the way. This year (as of Dec. 25, 2019) …
Nicholas Vinocur / Politico:
Since GDPR became law in May 2018, the only substantial privacy-related action against a major tech company happened in the US, where Facebook was fined $5B — The world´s toughest privacy law proves toothless in the eyes of many critics. — More than 18 months after the European Union began implementing …
Internal Pentagon memo warns service members against using consumer DNA testing kits from 23andMe and others, citing security risks — WASHINGTON — The Pentagon is advising members of the military not to use consumer DNA kits, saying the information collected by private companies could pose …