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Qualia, which streamlines closing of real estate deals and claims to handle 15%+ of all US transactions, raises $55M Series C, bringing its total raised to $95M (Mary Ann Azevedo/Crunchbase News)

Mary Ann Azevedo / Crunchbase News: Qualia, which streamlines closing of real estate deals and claims to handle 15%+ of all US transactions, raises $55M Series C, bringing its total raised to $95M  —  Anyone who has bought a home knows that the sheer amount of paperwork involved in closing the transaction is not only overwhelming …

The maker of viral deepfakes of Mark Zuckerberg and Boris Johnson says they show how personal data can be used in unexpected ways, even of those in power (Maya Shwayder/Digital Trends)

Maya Shwayder / Digital Trends: The maker of viral deepfakes of Mark Zuckerberg and Boris Johnson says they show how personal data can be used in unexpected ways, even of those in power  —  Bill Posters is a former street artist based in the U.K. You may not know his name, but if you´ve been paying attention, you´ve likely seen his work.

Docs show surveillance robots from Knightscope collect data using tools like facial recognition, automatic license plate readers, and wireless device detection (Dave Gershgorn/OneZero)

Dave Gershgorn / OneZero: Docs show surveillance robots from Knightscope collect data using tools like facial recognition, automatic license plate readers, and wireless device detection  —  OneZero obtained a presentation that reveals how Knightscope uses facial recognition and license plate readers to track individuals

Facebook launches an Instagram donation button and a fundraising sticker in Facebook Stories, more broadly rolls out fundraising on Facebook gaming live streams (Ashley Carman/The Verge)

Ashley Carman / The Verge: Facebook launches an Instagram donation button and a fundraising sticker in Facebook Stories, more broadly rolls out fundraising on Facebook gaming live streams  —  And the donate sticker comes to Facebook Stories  —  Facebook is launching three new product features to increase fundraising across …

How startups around the world, using SoftBank funds, got contractors like drivers and hoteliers to commit via unsustainable incentives, and then cut them off (New York Times)

New York Times: How startups around the world, using SoftBank funds, got contractors like drivers and hoteliers to commit via unsustainable incentives, and then cut them off  —  SoftBank poured money into start-ups that use armies of contractors.  That has upended the lives of drivers, hotel operators and real estate agents around the world.

Cisco reports Q1 revenues of $13.16B, up 1% YoY, and Infrastructure Platforms revenue of $7.54B, down 1% YoY; stock down ~5% after hours on weak Q2 guidance (Jordan Novet/CNBC)

Jordan Novet / CNBC: Cisco reports Q1 revenues of $13.16B, up 1% YoY, and Infrastructure Platforms revenue of $7.54B, down 1% YoY; stock down ~5% after hours on weak Q2 guidance  —  Cisco shares fell as much as 6% after the close of trading on Wednesday after the company gave fiscal second-quarter earnings that came in below analysts´ estimates.

A look at a group of Somali immigrant warehouse workers in Minnesota who stood up to Amazon over labor and civil rights without the clout of a traditional union (Jessica Bruder/Wired)

Jessica Bruder / Wired: A look at a group of Somali immigrant warehouse workers in Minnesota who stood up to Amazon over labor and civil rights without the clout of a traditional union  —  How a group of Somalis became leaders in the fight to change a tech behemoth.  —  It was 11 days before Christmas in 2018 …
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