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CloudMinds, a cloud-based robotics company, files for a US IPO seeking to raise $500M, says it had revenues of $121M, up 529% YoY, and a $156.8M loss in 2018 (Song Jingli Mon/KrASIA)

Amazon updates ToS for 3rd party sellers, will now give a 30-day notice and provide reasons for account suspensions, but sellers say changes don't go far enough (Eugene Kim/CNBC)

Dust Identity, which covers objects with a diamond dust coating with a unique pattern to track them across complex supply chains, raises $10M Series A (David Z. Morris/Fortune)

BriteCore, a cloud-based insurance platform used by 50+ property and casualty insurers, raises $47.5M led by Warburg Pincus, bringing its total raised to $70M (FinSMEs)

Hackers breached SyTech, a contractor for Russia's FSB, and stole 7.5TB of data about its projects for the agency, including one for deanonymizing Tor traffic (Catalin Cimpanu/ZDNet)

India-based MogliLabs, which operates the B2B industrial goods marketplace Moglix, raises $60M Series D, sources say at a valuation between $200M and $300M (Biswarup Gooptu/The Economic Times)

Some publishers are demanding Audible to exclude their audiobooks from Captions, Audible's upcoming AI-powered transcriptions feature, citing copyright claims (Andrew Liptak/The Verge)

Coinbase has quietly shut down Coinbase Bundle, which allowed users to buy a market-weighted basket of cryptocurrencies for as little as $25 (The Block)

Profile of Calibra's head of strategy Morgan Beller, previously a partner at a16z, and the original driving force behind Facebook's push into cryptocurrency (Salvador Rodriguez/CNBC)

London Met Police blames a breach of news distributor MyNewsDesk for bizarre messages appearing on its website, Twitter account, and in emails to subscribers (BBC)

An app Who's in Town shows how much of sensitive location data users unwittingly share on Instagram, and how much their shares reveal, when aggregated (Paris Martineau/Wired)

Instagram "tag cleaners" have flooded a murdered user's tagged photos with pleasant images to combat trolls and drown out tagged images of gore (Megan Farokhmanesh/The Verge)

How Microsoft, Amazon, and Google are racing for dominance as cloud platforms for game streaming, as the gaming industry is set to generate $152B in 2019 (Jonathan Vanian/Fortune)

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Sources: Equifax is nearing a ~$700M settlement to resolve federal and state probes and a national class-action lawsuit over the breach disclosed in Sept. 2017 (AnnaMaria Andriotis/Wall Street Journal)

Tinder is testing letting users pay it directly in its Android app, bypassing the Play Store and avoiding Google's 30% cut (Olivia Carville/Bloomberg)

US Department of Education: hackers breached an ERP system of 62 colleges, created student accounts, and used them "almost immediately for criminal activity" (Catalin Cimpanu/ZDNet)

Sources: the FTC has finalized a multimillion dollar settlement with Google in an investigation into YouTube for violating federal data privacy laws for kids (Washington Post)

Medallia, a customer experience management platform, closes up 76% on its first day trading, after raising $326M at a valuation of $2.5B in its IPO (Kate Clark/TechCrunch)

Huawei says 28 out of its 50 commercial 5G infrastructure contracts are in Europe (Li Tao/South China Morning Post)

French drone maker Parrot continues to shift away from consumer sales, dominated by DJI, says it will only make business focused Anafi drone line (Sean O'Kane/The Verge)

Chrome and Firefox extensions with up to 4M installs leaked sensitive data, including names and passwords, to marketing intelligence service Nacho Analytics (Dan Goodin/Ars Technica)

Former NSA contractor Harold Martin sentenced to 9 years in prison for the theft of 50TB+ of classified government files (Shannon Vavra/CyberScoop)

Twitter's redesign, which rebuilt the desktop website as a progressive web app, solves none of its problems, but will help the famously slow company move faster (Will Oremus/OneZero)

Source: Oyo founder and CEO Ritesh Agarwal to pay $2B at a $10B valuation to up his stake in Oyo from 10% to 30%; Lightspeed and Sequoia India sold some shares (Deepti Chaudhary/Livemint)

A look at 5 initiatives Spotify has abandoned: original video content, its hateful conduct policy, Spotify apps, direct music distribution, and Spotify Running (Tim Ingham/Rolling Stone)

A look at the growing use of connected home fitness devices, as some users say convenience outweighs qualms about constantly looking at screens (Natt Garun/The Verge)

BMW and Tencent partner to launch a computing center in China that will help develop autonomous driving solutions adapted to Chinese roads (Norihiko Shirouzu/Reuters)

Sources: NSO Group told buyers it can scrape users' data from cloud services of Apple, Google, Facebook, Amazon, and Microsoft by copying authentication keys (Financial Times)

Researchers say they were able to trick cybersecurity firm Cylance's AI-based antivirus engine into thinking programs like WannaCry and other malware are benign (Kim Zetter/VICE)

Lexion, which develops AI-powered solutions for managing contracts, raises a $4.2M seed round (Frederic Lardinois/TechCrunch)

The panic over FaceApp highlighted how public attitudes about the internet have changed amid a widespread reckoning over data privacy and election interference (Washington Post)

CB Insights: VC investment in blockchain startups is on pace to decline by ~60% YoY in 2019; as of July 1, blockchain companies have raised $784M via 227 deals (Olga Kharif/Bloomberg)

Huawei says its homegrown Hongmeng operating system is not for smartphones or an alternative to Android, but is for industrial use instead (Wang Zichen/Xinhua News Agency)

China's internet giants see smart speakers as the ideal means to reach newly connected users who lack computer skills, as input methods shift from text to voice (South China Morning Post)

The Google Transparency Report, a searchable database of political ads has errors, delays, and often does not record political ads bought with Google's ad tools (Wall Street Journal)

YouTube adds one click switch between audio and video for YouTube Premium and YouTube Music Premium subscribers, has time-matched over 5M songs (Brandon Bilinski/YouTube Blog)

Chinese AI voice recognition company iFlytek has raised ~$407M from a state-backed industry fund and several provincial government funds via a private placement (Sarah Dai/South China Morning Post)

Chrome and Firefox extensions with up to 4M installs leaked sensitive data, including names and passwords, to marketing intelligence service Nacho Analytics (Geoffrey A. Fowler/Washington Post)

US Treasury's FinCEN says scammers tried to steal an average of $301M per month via business email compromise scams in 2018, up from $110M per month in 2016 (Ionut Ilascu/BleepingComputer)

Sources: WeWork co-founder Adam Neumann has cashed out more than $700M from the company ahead of its IPO through a mix of stock sales and debt (Wall Street Journal)

In its first earnings report since its IPO, CrowdStrike beats with Q2 revenue of $96.1M, up 103% YoY, vs. $95.6M est.; stock up 12%+ after hours (Hannah Murphy/Financial Times)

Orlando cancels the second phase of its Amazon Rekognition pilot, which began in October 2018, and says it has no immediate plans for future pilots of the tech (Joey Roulette/Orlando Weekly)

The Kazakhstan government is making ISPs force users to install a government-issued certificate on all devices and in every browser to intercept HTTPS traffic (Catalin Cimpanu/ZDNet)

German transport app FlixMobility raises Series F co-led by TCV and Permira; sources say the Series F was for about 500M, valuing the company at more than 2B (Reuters)

Microsoft's Xbox hardware revenue declined 48% YoY in Q4, but Xbox Live active users grew to 65M (Tom Warren/The Verge)

Microsoft reports Q4 Productivity and Business Processes revenue of $11.0B, up 14% YoY, and More Personal Computing revenue of $11.3B, up 4% YoY (Emil Protalinski/VentureBeat)

Microsoft reports Q4 Intelligent Cloud revenue of $11.39B, up 19% YoY, with Azure revenue up 64% YoY, its lowest growth rate in at least four years (Jordan Novet/CNBC)

Microsoft reports Q4 revenue of $33.7B, up 12% YoY, operating income of $12.4B, up 20% YoY, and net income of $13.2B, up 49% YoY (Microsoft)

How Amazon Go, which offers all the selection of a 7-Eleven but with more complexity and cost, became the company's most ambitious research project (Bloomberg)

Intel and SAP announce a multi-year partnership focused on data centers, combining Intel's hardware with SAP's software (Dean Takahashi/VentureBeat)




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[Sat-20-Jul-2019]

Updated: 8 hours ago

#BBNaija : 'Big Brother' raped me ' Nigerian Lady, reveals his name - Miss Petite

#BBNaija: 'Kim Is Fake, We Can Never Be Friends' ' Isilomo Blows Hot - Miss Petite

#BBNaija: Frodd leads male housemates in prayers as Mercy channels her sexiness (video) - Linda Ikeji

#BBNaija: Khafi and Gedoni caught having sex (video) - Linda Ikeji

#BBNaija: See All The Big Stars Omashola Has Been Pictured With Before The House - Miss Petite

#BBNaija: Tuoyo spotted crying over non-completion of task (videos) - Linda Ikeji

#BBNaija: Tuoyo spotted crying over non-completion of task (videos) - Miss Petite

#BNQuoteoftheDay - Bellanaija

#LiterallyWhatsHot: Perfect Teens Do (Not) Exist by Gbenga Obakin is the Best Guide for Youths in Todays World - Bellanaija

14 Amazing Photos You Missed This Week - Huffington Post

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2 Teachers Rape Blind Students, First Lady, Aisha Buhari Reacts - Miss Petite

2019 BBNaija Housemate Nelson Flashes Manhood on National TV [Photos] - Gistlover

29 year old man allegedly rape 15 year old girl in Delta - Linda Ikeji

29-Year-Old Man Rapes 15-Year-Old Girl In Delta (Photos) - Miss Petite

31-Year-Old Nigerian Man Shocks India After Breaking Out Of Jail - Tori

4 killed, many trapped as building under construction collapses in Delta - Linda Ikeji

5 inmates bag degrees in Kirikiri prison - Pulse

5 Kirikiri Prison Inmates Bag University Degrees From National Open University - Information Nigeria

60 loud cheers for Mahmood Ali-Balogun of moviedom - Guardian

65-yr-old man arrested for beheading his brother's corpse for money ritual - Pulse

66,725 voters to participate in Plateau by-election ' INEC - Pulse

74-yr-old man arraigned in Ekiti for forging SGF, Assembly papers - Pulse

77-Year-Old Man Released From US Prison Deemed Too Old To Be Dangerous, Kills Again - Miss Petite

77-Year-Old Murderer Released For Being Too Old To Kill Convicted Again For Murder - Information Nigeria

86 victims of Bosnian war buried 27 years after massacre - Linda Ikeji

Abolish herdsmen movement from North to South - Ganduje to FG - Linda Ikeji

Abolish Herdsmen Movement From North To South - Governor Ganduje Tells FG - Tori

Actor Fred Amata's Daughter Stephanie Graduates With A Distinction From London University.... - Stella Dimoko Korkus

Actress Apologizes To Woman Who Cursed Her For Snatching Her Husband (Video) - Tori

Actress Dayo Amusa Celebrates Birthday With New Photos - Stella Dimoko Korkus

Actress Nadia Buari Posts Holiday Photos With Family.. - Stella Dimoko Korkus

Actress Osas Ajibade Goes Fishing In The Gambia.... - Stella Dimoko Korkus

Actress Shaffy Bello praises Imam Abubakar Abdullahi - The Nation

Actress Shan George Shares Her Health Status Online - Stella Dimoko Korkus

Actress Vicky Zugah apologizes and reconciles with woman who cursed her 10 years ago for snatching her husband (video) - Linda Ikeji

Actress Wumi Toriola Comes For Those Advising Her On Flaunting Her Baby Bump - Information Nigeria

Actress Wumi Toriola Slams Those Advising Her To Hide Her Baby Bump... - Stella Dimoko Korkus

Adekunle Gold talks Private Wedding with Simi, Upcoming Album & Beyoncs The Lion King: The Gift on Tobi Rachel Akingbades Yellow Cup Podcast | Listen - Bellanaija

AFCON 2019: Ighalo Wins Highest Goal Scorer Award - Information Nigeria

AFCON 2019: Ighalo, Mane, Mahrez make CAF Best XI [Full list] - Miss Petite

AFCON 2019: Ighalo, Mane, Mahrez make CAF best XI [full list] - Kemi Filani

AFCON 2019: Ighalo, Mane, Mahrez Make CAF Best XI [Full List] - Information Nigeria

Afroprom lights up Lagos with Teni, Rema, Fireboy, others - Guardian

Aisha Buhari Reacts As Teachers Rape Blind Students In Abuja - Information Nigeria

Aisha Buhari reacts as two teachers r*pe blind students - Kemi Filani

Albert Flick, a 77-year-old murderer released for being too old to be violent, kills another woman - Linda Ikeji

Algeria are the #AFCON2019 Champions! - Bellanaija

Algeria beats Senegal to win Africa Cup of Nations 2019 - Kemi Filani

Algeria Defeats Senegal to Win 2019 AFCON - Gistlover

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