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YouTube demonetizes anti-vaccination videos  TechCrunch · 55 minutes
YouTube will demonetize channels that promote anti-vaccination views, after a report by BuzzFeed News found ads, including from health companies, running before anti-vax videos. The platform will also place a new information panel that links to the Wikipedia entry on... more
YouTube removes ads from anti-vaccination video channels - CNET  CNET · 4 hours
The news comes after YouTube faced another advertiser scandal earlier this week over child exploitation. more
YouTube pulls ads from anti-vax conspiracy videos  THE VERGE · 5 hours
YouTube has removed ads from videos that promote anti-vaccination content, citing a ban on “dangerous and harmful” material. BuzzFeed News reported the... more
Tesla’s Model 3 was the best-selling EV in the world last year  THE VERGE · 5 hours
The Tesla Model 3 was the best-selling electric car in the world in 2018, according to data firm JATO Dynamics. JATO says the Silicon... more
US firm stops selling DNA collection equipment to China  THE VERGE · 6 hours
Massachusetts-based biotech firm Thermo Fisher says it will stop selling equipment to Xinjiang, the province where Chinese authorities... more
Report: Zoom, the video conferencing company, may be a public company as early as April  TechCrunch · 8 hours
The video conferencing company Zoom is aiming to file a public S-1 by the end of March, according... more
Sebastian Thrun initiates aggressive plan to transform Udacity  TechCrunch · 9 hours
“I’m a fighter. I believe in our people, I believe in our mission, and I believe that it should exist and must exist.” Sebastian Thrun is talking animatedly about Udacity, the $1 billion... more
Verified Expert Lawyer: José Ancer  TechCrunch · 9 hours
José Ancer is first of all a startup lawyer, with a client portfolio of startups of various stages based around Texas and other similar ecosystems outside of Silicon Valley. He’s also the CTO of Egan Nelson LLP, a... more
Daily Crunch: Pinterest files to go public  TechCrunch · 10 hours
The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here. 1.... more
Roku on track for $1 billion in revenue in 2019  TechCrunch · 11 hours
Roku plans to be a billion-dollar company in 2019, the company said on Thursday as part of its announcement of strong earnings. The company beat analyst estimates and... more
TechStyle hits 5 million members for its retail empire  TechCrunch · 12 hours
TechStyle Fashion Group, the company behind Kate Hudson’s Fabletics; the children’s brand FabKids; Rihanna’s lingerie brand, Savage X Fenty; and the shoe retailer Shoedazzle, has amassed 5 million members for... more
Why Microsoft NEEDS to bring Xbox Game Pass to Nintendo Switch  Windows Central · 15 hours
Rumors abound that Microsoft is planning to expand its games portfolio to Nintendo Switch, and maybe other platforms. Here's why that would be a (very) smart... more
Apple Launches Promo in China Offering Interest-Free Financing When Purchasing New iPhone  MacRumors · 15 hours
Apple is teaming up with Chinese payments company Ant Financial Services Group, along with several local banks, to offer local customers interest-free financing on... more
Microsoft NEEDS to bring Xbox Game Pass to Nintendo Switch  Windows Central · 15 hours
Rumors abound that Microsoft is planning to expand its games portfolio to Nintendo Switch, and maybe other platforms. Here's why that would be a (very) smart move. In... more
YouTube Walks a Tightrope With Its Video Makers, Advertisers  Gadgets 360 · 16 hours
YouTube has plenty of problems to deal with, ranging from advertiser boycotts to a recommendation engine often blamed for encouraging conspiracies on the video-sharing network. more
Apple is offering interest-free financing to boost iPhone sales in China  TechCrunch · 16 hours
Apple is looking to get over its sales woes in China but offering prospective customers interest-free financing with a little help from Alibaba. Apple’s China website... more
Rakuten’s Viber chat app plans to charge to operate chatbots in controversial move  TechCrunch · 17 hours
Viber, the messaging app down by Japanese e-commerce firm Rakuten, is poised to implement a controversial new strategy that will see it... more
Tesla Model 3 Delivery in China Starts Earlier Than Expected  Gadgets 360 · 18 hours
Tesla has started delivering Model 3 cars in China slightly ahead of schedule, as the US luxury electric vehicle maker looks to revive sales in the world's biggest... more
Qualcomm's Bid to Settle US Monopoly Case Hits Roadblock  Gadgets 360 · 21 hours
If no settlement is reached, an adverse ruling for Qualcomm could threaten the company's business model. more
Vynn Capital snags investment from Malaysia’s MAVCAP for its maiden Southeast Asia fund  TechCrunch · 22 hours
Vynn Capital, a new entrant to Southeast Asia’s startup ecosystem, is gearing up to close its maiden fund after it landed an... more
Uber is reportedly close to making a tactical exit from India’s food delivery industry  TechCrunch · 23 hours
Uber has said adamantly that it won’t exit India (or any more markets) following a hattrick of retreats from China,... more
Baidu’s video site iQiyi adds 37M subscribers in 2018 amid mounting losses  TechCrunch · 1 day
China’s Baidu, which is often compared to Alphabet’s Google, is showing no signs of slowing down its pace of betting on video content as... more
Podcasting startup WaitWhat raises $4.3M as interest in audio content explodes  TechCrunch · 1 day
The production business behind Reid Hoffman's 'Masters of Scale' podcast raised the funds from Hoffman himself, plus Cue Ball Capital, Burda Principal Investments and more. more
AT&T and Hasbro pull YouTube ads over abuse claims  BBC · 1 day
Hasbro and Nestle also cut ties over fears paedophiles are leaving comments next to videos of children. more
Facebook allowed advertisers to target people interested in Nazis - CNET  CNET · 1 day
Advertisers could reach people interested in perpetrators of the Holocaust and neo-Nazi music, the Los Angeles Times reports. more
Microsoft bringing Dynamics 365 mixed reality apps to Android and iOS  Windows Central · 1 day
Dynamics 365 Product Visualize for iOS Microsoft's augmented reality business apps are expanding from HoloLens to Android and iOS. HoloLens is has been Microsoft's main avenue... more
Edge search bar now suggests bookmarks, people for enterprise users  Windows Central · 1 day
Bing search in Microsoft Edge is getting a big boost for enterprise users. Microsoft this week announced that it's bolstering Bing search in Microsoft Edge for its business... more
Nestle, AT&T pull YouTube ads over pedophile concerns  ABC NEWS · 1 day
Nestle, Epic Games and others are removing ads from YouTube while the company deals with comments from pedophiles on innocuous videos of kids more
AT&T pulls ads from YouTube over predatory comments on videos of children  THE VERGE · 1 day
AT&T has pulled all advertising from YouTube while the streaming service deals with issues regarding predatory comments being left on videos of children, according... more
Fortnite and Nestle pulling YouTube ads over abuse fears  Sky News · 1 day
Companies including Disney, Nestle and the producer Fornite are pulling advertisements from YouTube over concerns relating to child abuse. more
Verified Startup Lawyer: Stephane Levy  TechCrunch · 1 day
Stephane Levy got his start in the days of Silicon Alley almost two decades ago, and built up his practice with New York startups and beyond through all the ups and downs since then. Today, as a partner... more
Robotics, AR and VR are poised to reshape healthcare, starting in the operating room  TechCrunch · 1 day
About 20 years ago, a medical device startup called Intuitive Surgical debuted the da Vinci robot and changed surgical practices in... more
AT&T pulls ads from YouTube over predatory comments on children  THE VERGE · 1 day
AT&T has pulled all advertising from YouTube while the streaming service deals with issues regarding predatory... more
Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aimé is retiring  THE VERGE · 1 day
One of Nintendo’s most public faces is leaving the company. Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aimé announced today that he... more
YouTube is ‘aggressively approaching’ solution to child exploitation controversy  THE VERGE · 1 day
YouTube is “aggressively approaching” a solution to its recent child exploitation controversy by clamping down on monetization, increasing... more
Logistics startup Flexport just raised a Softbank-led round at a whopping $3.2 billion valuation  TechCrunch · 1 day
Flexport, a 5.5-year-old, San Francisco-based full-service air and ocean freight forwarder, says it has raised $1 billion in fresh funding... more
About.me acquired by mobile-first small business startup Broadly  TechCrunch · 1 day
Personal homepage startup About.me has been acquired. Again! The company, once bought by Aol for a reported $35 million, decided a couple years after the deal to go it alone, and spun... more
Tech investors see bugs as a big business as Ÿnsect raises $125 million  TechCrunch · 2 days
A company using advanced technologies to grow and harvest mealworms (larval beetles) at scale is on track to become one of the... more
Loop acquires Screenplay to build its streaming library  TechCrunch · 2 days
A new streaming startup called Loop Media is announcing its first acquisition — it’s bought a 30-year-old company called Screenplay. While you may not have heard of Screenplay, the company has licensed... more
Powtoon acquires Showbox.com to extend its video-creation platform  TechCrunch · 2 days
Powtoon, an online platform that allows its users to easily create videos for digital marketing, YouTube ads or business presentations, today announced that it has acquired Tel Aviv-based Showbox.com, a cloud-based video-editing... more
JFrog acquires Shippable, adding continuous integration and delivery to its DevOps platform  TechCrunch · 2 days
JFrog, the popular DevOps startup now valued at over $1 billion after raising $165 million last October, is making a move to expand the... more
YouTube terminates more than 400 channels following child exploitation controversy  THE VERGE · 2 days
YouTube has terminated more than 400 channels and deleted tens of millions of comments in response... more
Spotinst announces strategic partnership with AWS  TechCrunch · 2 days
Spotinst, the startup that helps customers automate selecting the cheapest set of resources to complete a job, announced a strategic partnership with Amazon Web Services today, joining the AWS Partner Network (APN) Global Startups program. Under... more
Microsoft bringing Dynamics 365 mixed reality solutions to smartphones  TechCrunch · 2 days
Last year Microsoft introduced several mixed reality business solutions under the Dynamics 365 enterprise product umbrella. Today, the company announced it would be moving these to smartphones in the spring,... more
Telecom customers face 'unacceptable' harm from misleading sales tactics, CRTC says  CBC · 2 days
New rules are needed to prevent telecom companies from using aggressive and misleading sales... more
Even the IAB warned adtech risks EU privacy rules  TechCrunch · 2 days
A privacy complaint targeting the behavioral advertising industry has a new piece of evidence that shows the Internet Advertising Bureau (IAB) shedding doubt on whether it’s possible to obtain informed consent from... more
Google's New Cloud Boss Has Big Task to Catch Rivals, Reuters Data Shows  Gadgets 360 · 2 days
Alphabet's cloud computing division remains a distant third behind Amazon.com and Microsoft in terms of global revenue, according to analysts' estimates. more
Huawei Saw Strong Growth in Q4 Even as Global Smartphone Sales Stall: Gartner  Gadgets 360 · 2 days
Huawei sold over 60 million smartphones in the fourth quarter of 2018, achieving the strongest growth of 37.6 percent among the top... more
Samsung Galaxy Home Smart Speaker to Launch by April This Year, Reveals CEO  Gadgets 360 · 2 days
Samsung will launch its first smart speaker, Galaxy Home, by April this year. The revelation was made by the company's head of... more
iPhone sales slump 11% as Chinese competitors gain ground  Sky News · 2 days
As global sales of smartphones stall, the two companies with the largest slice of the market are losing ground to competition from China. more
Global smartphone growth stalled in Q4, up just 1.2% for the full year: Gartner  TechCrunch · 2 days
Gartner’s smartphone marketshare data for the just gone holiday quarter highlights the challenge for device makers going into the world’s... more
Lenovo Returns to Profit on Mobile, PC, and Smart Devices Growth  Gadgets 360 · 2 days
Lenovo's Mobile Business Group also recorded a pre-tax profit for the first time since it bought Motorola in 2014 for $2.9 billion, having struggled to integrate... more
Report: US company to stop sales of genetic tech in Xinjiang  ABC NEWS · 2 days
Report: Thermo Fisher Scientific says it will stop selling genetic sequencers in China's Muslim region of Xinjiang following criticism its products were used for surveillance more
Companies including Nestle, Epic and reportedly Disney suspend YouTube ads over child exploitation concerns  TechCrunch · 2 days
Days after a YouTube creator accused the platform of enabling a “soft-core pedophilia ring,” several companies have suspended advertising on... more
On-demand logistics startup Lalamove raises $300M for Asia growth and becomes a unicorn  TechCrunch · 2 days
Lalamove, a Hong Kong-based on-demand logistics startup, has closed a $300 million Series D round as it seeks expansion across Asia. In... more
Nestle and Epic pull YouTube ads over abuse claims  BBC · 2 days
Several big firms pull ads after they appear next to sexualised comments left on children's videos. more
On-demand shuttle startup Via enters South American market  TechCrunch · 2 days
Via, the on-demand shuttle startup backed by Daimler, has expanded into South America. The company launched a service in Goiânia, Brazil with HP Transportes Coletivos, one of the country’s largest public transportation operators.... more
Apple removes almost all third-party SDKs from Shazam after making it ad-free  9to5Mac · 2 days
Shortly after its acquisition of Shazam last year, Apple took the music tagging application ad-free. To follow-up on that change, Apple has now removed... more
Highlights & transcript from Zuckerberg’s 20K-word ethics talk  TechCrunch · 2 days
Mark Zuckerberg says it might be right for Facebook to let people pay to not see ads, but that it would feel wrong to charge users for extra privacy controls. That’s just... more
Samsung’s Galaxy Fit is a dedicated fitness tracker with week-long battery life  9to5Google · 2 days
While the Galaxy Active is the star wearable of Unpacked 2019, Samsung today announced a less-powerful follow-up to the Gear Fit 2 Pro. The... more
Samsung’s Galaxy Fit is a dedicated fitness tracker w/ week-long battery life  9to5Google · 2 days
While the Galaxy Active is the star wearable of Unpacked 2019, Samsung today announced a less-powerful follow-up to the Gear Fit 2 Pro. The... more
Keith Rabois joins Founders Fund amid transition at the firm  TechCrunch · 2 days
Longtime investor Keith Rabois is joining Founders Fund as a general partner, the firm let us know today. He brings its total number of partners to nine. According... more
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YouTube terminates more than 400 channels following child exploitation controversy
THE VERGE
Shirtless Aquaman Jason Momoa helps Girl Scout cookie sales - CNET
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YouTubers fear looming ‘adpocalypse’ after child exploitation controversy
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Disney, Epic Games reportedly pull YouTube ads after child exploitation found - CNET
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Apple shows the ‘freedom of cellular’ in new Apple Watch Series 4 ad
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Mastermind behind Apple’s ‘Think Different’ and ‘Get a Mac’ ad campaigns retires
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