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4Paradigm, a China-based startup providing AI-powered real-time data analytics, raises $230M from Cisco, Lenovo, and others, at a post-money valuation of ~$2B (Jane Zhang/South China Morning Post)

Jane Zhang / South China Morning Post: 4Paradigm, a China-based startup providing AI-powered real-time data analytics, raises $230M from Cisco, Lenovo, and others, at a post-money valuation of ~$2B  —  The funding round has attracted new strategic

Profile of Larry Ellison, who has turned the Hawaiian island of Lanai into a data-powered wellness lab and is building a COVID-19 database for the White House (Angel Au-Yeung/Forbes)

Angel Au-Yeung / Forbes: Profile of Larry Ellison, who has turned the Hawaiian island of Lanai into a data-powered wellness lab and is building a COVID-19 database for the White House  —  As Larry Ellison sits in

Zoom apologizes for routing some calls made in N. America through China, says it “mistakenly” allowed Chinese data centers to accept calls due to traffic spike (Zack Whittaker/TechCrunch)

America through China, says it “mistakenly” allowed Chinese data centers to accept calls due to traffic spike  —  Hours after security researchers at Citizen Lab reported that some Zoom calls were routed through China … Zack Whittaker

A look at how tech’s lobbying efforts in the US are quietly pushing for long-held goals in the frantic political and economic environment amid COVID-19 outbreak (David McCabe/New York Times)

David McCabe / New York Times: A look at how tech’s lobbying efforts in the US are quietly pushing for long-held goals in the frantic political and economic environment amid COVID-19 outbreak  —  Silicon Valley hasn’t suffered

UK researchers are using Google’s mobile location data collected from apps like Google Maps to help track and predict the spread of COVID-19 across Europe (Ryan Gallagher/Bloomberg)

Ryan Gallagher / Bloomberg: UK researchers are using Google’s mobile location data collected from apps like Google Maps to help track and predict the spread of COVID-19 across Europe  —  – Data is anonymized and aggregated, can’t

Zoom will require passwords to enter calls via Meeting ID and will turn on Waiting Rooms by default to prevent trolls from disrupting calls, starting April 5 (Josh Constine/TechCrunch)

Josh Constine / TechCrunch: Zoom will require passwords to enter calls via Meeting ID and will turn on Waiting Rooms by default to prevent trolls from disrupting calls, starting April 5  —  Zoom is making some drastic

US federal law enforcement warns that invading Zoom meetings to broadcast “disruptive content” will result in fines or possible imprisonment (Nick Statt/The Verge)

Nick Statt / The Verge: US federal law enforcement warns that invading Zoom meetings to broadcast “disruptive content” will result in fines or possible imprisonment  —  Hacking into a conference call seems like a fun prank —

Global online music streaming grew 32% YoY in 2019, reaching 358M total subs; Spotify led with 31% market share of paid subs, followed by Apple Music at 19% (Abhilash Kumar/Counterpoint Research)

Abhilash Kumar / Counterpoint Research: Global online music streaming grew 32% YoY in 2019, reaching 358M total subs; Spotify led with 31% market share of paid subs, followed by Apple Music at 19%  —  – Spotify continues

Google temporarily rolls back its SameSite policy in Chrome, to allow stability for essential service websites that may not meet third party cookie requirements (Aliya Chaudhry/The Verge)

Aliya Chaudhry / The Verge: Google temporarily rolls back its SameSite policy in Chrome, to allow stability for essential service websites that may not meet third party cookie requirements  —  Google says it wants to provide stability

Qcraft, which is developing simulation software to help train autonomous vehicle systems, raises a seed round in the “dozens of millions”, led by IDG Capital (Kyle Wiggers/VentureBeat)

Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat: Qcraft, which is developing simulation software to help train autonomous vehicle systems, raises a seed round in the “dozens of millions”, led by IDG Capital  —  Qcraft, a robotics startup focused on autonomous

Apple has acquired Dublin-based AI startup Voysis, which developed a platform for digital assistants to better understand people’s natural language (Mark Gurman/Bloomberg)

Mark Gurman / Bloomberg: Apple has acquired Dublin-based AI startup Voysis, which developed a platform for digital assistants to better understand people’s natural language  —  – Company continues to buy AI, voice startups to improve Siri  —

Apptopia and Braze study: with 59M global installs, Netflix led rivals YouTube, Amazon Prime, and Disney+ in Q1, but more time was spent on YouTube Kids (Anthony Ha/TechCrunch)

Anthony Ha / TechCrunch: Apptopia and Braze study: with 59M global installs, Netflix led rivals YouTube, Amazon Prime, and Disney+ in Q1, but more time was spent on YouTube Kids  —  Netflix may still dominate global streaming,

Insight Partners closes its $9.5B Fund XI, says it will be “hyper-focused on supporting its portfolio companies” with ongoing and near-future funding (Ingrid Lunden/TechCrunch)

Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: Insight Partners closes its $9.5B Fund XI, says it will be “hyper-focused on supporting its portfolio companies” with ongoing and near-future funding  —  We’re now several weeks into what has become a very

Four Democratic senators send a letter to Apple asking whether its COVID-19 app and website comply with HIPAA, and seeking info on its government agreements (Bloomberg)

Bloomberg: Four Democratic senators send a letter to Apple asking whether its COVID-19 app and website comply with HIPAA, and seeking info on its government agreements  —  – Menendez, Harris, Booker, Blumenthal send letter to Cook  —

Internal docs: Amazon to postpone Prime Day at least until August, expects a potential $100M hit from excess devices it may now have to sell at a discount (Reuters)

Reuters: Internal docs: Amazon to postpone Prime Day at least until August, expects a potential $100M hit from excess devices it may now have to sell at a discount  —  (Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) is postponing

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