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Flatfair, a London-based startup that lets landlords offer deposit-free rent to tenants, has raised $11M Series A led by Index Ventures (Steve O'Hear/TechCrunch)

Mux, a video streaming analytics platform with clients like CBS Interactive, PBS, and Vimeo, raises $20M Series B from TPG's Evolution Media, Accel, and YC (Kyle Wiggers/VentureBeat)

CipherTrace: $3.1B may have been stolen through cryptocurrency exit scams and another $874M in misappropriated funds in 2019 (William Foxley/CoinDesk)

How Bluetana, an app that detects hidden Bluetooth-based card skimmers at gas pumps, is helping police; study: a skimmer can steal an estimated $4K to $60K/day (Brian Krebs/Krebs on Security)

As the 10+ day internet shutdown in Kashmir continues, pharmacists run out of drugs, people can't get cash, and online related businesses close (New York Times)

OnePlus CEO talks about a second 5G phone coming in Q4, international expansion, and plans to launch a TV set (Tim Bradshaw/Financial Times)

VMware says it is in talks to acquire Pivotal Software for $15 per share in cash, an 80% premium on Pivotal's $8.30 closing price on Wednesday (CNBC)

Caviar employees want DoorDash and Square to renegotiate transition packages; they have complained about issues with compensation, insurance, visa status, more (The Verge)

The House Homeland Security Committee subpoenas 8chan owner Jim Watkins, demanding that he appear before the committee on September 5 (Emily Birnbaum/The Hill)

Cisco reports Q4 revenues of $13.43B, up 6% YoY, and revenues of $7.88B for Infrastructure Platforms, up 6% YoY; stock down 6%+ after hours after weak guidance (Jordan Novet/CNBC)

Some Credit Karma users say they were served other users' account information when they logged in; Credit Karma says it is a technical malfunction, not a breach (Zack Whittaker/TechCrunch)

Leaked documents show that Microsoft pays $12 to $14 per hour to the contractors who transcribe up to 200 audio clips per hour to train Cortana (Joseph Cox/VICE)

Overstock.com shares fall ~36% over three days, after its CEO Patrick Byrne said he was part of "Deep State" federal investigations related to the 2016 election (Jeran Wittenstein/Bloomberg)

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Facebook AI Research, DeepMind, NYU, and University of Washington debut SuperGLUE, a series of AI benchmarks to measure natural language processing performance (Khari Johnson/VentureBeat)

London-based equity firm BC Partners to buy IT services company Presidio in a $2.1B deal that would take Presidio private two years after its IPO (Michael Novinson/CRN)

About 200 Google employees sign a petition, saying they "refuse to be complicit" in potential cloud computing work for the US Customs & Border Protection agency (Colin Lecher/The Verge)

Mason, which helps businesses like Outback Steakhouse design and manufacture custom hardware like tablets, raises $25M Series A and says it's profitable (Catherine Perloff/Forbes)

Court documents allege that the Capital One hacker took "terabytes of data" from over 30 companies, educational institutions, and other entities (Catalin Cimpanu/ZDNet)

Microsoft updates privacy policy to say employees or contractors may listen to recordings from Cortana and Skype Translator, after reports revealed the practice (Joseph Cox/VICE)

Google says Course Kit, its toolkit for teachers launched last year, will now be called Assignments and be able to detect plagiarism (Paul Sawers/VentureBeat)

Facebook simplifies Groups' privacy settings, to public and private; "secret" Groups are now private and hidden, and "closed" Groups are now private and visible (Jordan Davis/Facebook)

WeWork warns in its S-1 filing that it may have violated the Securities Act when its CEO gave media interviews in May, violating SEC's quiet period rules (Annie Palmer/CNBC)

Shopify launches a web chat feature called Shopify Chat to let customers talk to merchants, says it plans to expand it to SMS and Android in the future (Khari Johnson/VentureBeat)

Slack announces new administrator features for Plus and Enterprise customers, including announcement channels and workflow automation (Khari Johnson/VentureBeat)

Indian budget hotel booking startup Oyo says it will invest 300M in its vacation home rental business, as it looks to expand its footprint in Europe (Manish Singh/TechCrunch)

Sources: technicians from Huawei have, in at least two cases, personally helped African governments spy on their political opponents (Wall Street Journal)

Sources: Engineer.ai, which claims to offer human-assisted AI to automate app development, doesn't use AI, and instead relies on human engineers in India (Wall Street Journal)

Misfit's Vapor X smartwatch with Wear OS, a 1.19-inch AMOLED display, and a Snapdragon Wear 3100 processor, goes on sale today for an initial price of $200 (Ben Schoon/9to5Google)

Interview with Automattic CEO Matt Mullenweg on how the Tumblr acquisition came about, what's next for Tumblr, adult content in apps, and more (Nilay Patel/The Verge)

AT&T and T-Mobile have started rolling out cross-network call authentication services to protect against spam and spoofed robocalls (Mariella Moon/Engadget)

Scoop, which provides a carpooling service for enterprises, raises $60M round led by Activate Capital, bringing its total raised to $106M (Megan Rose Dickey/TechCrunch)

Alegion, which provides labeling and annotation services for enterprise data science teams, raises $12M Series A led by RHS Investments (Kyle Wiggers/VentureBeat)

Boatsetter, a peer-to-peer boat rental marketplace, raises $10M Series A extension round led by WestCap Group and Valor Equity, bringing total raised to $31M (Darrell Etherington/TechCrunch)

How a scammer ran a decade-long crowdfunding operation that raised ~$6M on Indiegogo and from other investors to build an ambitious phone/tablet/laptop device (Adi Robertson/The Verge)

Tencent beats estimates with Q2 profit of $3.44B, up 35% YoY, on revenue of $12.65B, up 21% YoY, with smartphone gaming revenue up 26% YoY to $3.16B (Sijia Jiang/Reuters)

Berlin-based PaulCamper, a sharing platform for renting and lending RVs, raises 7M Series A led by Adevinta (Ana Wolsztajn/Tech.eu)

WeWork files to raise $1B in an IPO, reports a $904M net loss on around $1.5B in revenue for first half of 2019 (Dan Primack/Axios)

Fingerprints of 1M+ people and biometric info from a system used by banks, London police, and defense contractors, discovered on a publicly accessible database (Josh Taylor/The Guardian)

A closer look at what Neuralink, Elon Musk's brain-computer interface company, hopes to accomplish beyond the existing work in this field (John Timmer/Ars Technica)

Kobo360, a Nigerian freight logistics startup, raises $20M Series A led by Goldman Sachs and $10M in working capital financing from Nigerian commercial banks (Jake Bright/TechCrunch)

A look at Senior Planet, a tech-themed community center that helps seniors and entrepreneurs over 65 use technology to work and make money (Lauren Smiley/MIT Technology Review)

JD.com reports Q2 revenue of ~$22B, up 23% YoY, and net income of ~$90.1M, beating analyst expectations of a $6.3M net loss on $20.9B revenue (Daniel Strauss/Business Insider)

Sources: Coinbase and Barclays end UK partnership, started in early 2018; Coinbase partners with ClearBank, which may have asked the exchange to drop Zcash (Ian Allison/CoinDesk)

FAA sent airlines a reminder to follow 2016 safety instructions that ban goods with recalled batteries, like recently recalled MacBook Pros, from the planes (Bloomberg)

Microsoft patches four wormable BlueKeep-like bugs in Remote Desktop Service, two of which can be exploited remotely without authentication or user interaction (Brian Krebs/Krebs on Security)

Verizon sues Rochester, NY to avoid paying fees the city levied over its 5G deployments, uses the FCC's controversial order limiting such fees to argue its case (Jon Brodkin/Ars Technica)

Amazon says it has added "fear" to the range of emotions that its Rekognition facial recognition software can now detect (Ed Targett/Computer Business Review)

Property owners and hosts, including eight people who dealt with bedbugs in their rentals, say Airbnb doesn't have a systematic procedure to handle outbreaks (Dara Kerr/CNET)

Twitter to soon let users follow interests, starting with sports, and create separate timelines for different topics; topics will be curated by Twitter using AI (Casey Newton/The Verge)

Nvidia says it has broken records for real-time conversational AI, training the industry-standard BERT model in 53 minutes and then inferring responses in ~2ms (Darrell Etherington/TechCrunch)




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