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The TechCrunch Top 3

  • Hackers leak information about protest donors from Ottawa: The stalemate between North American protesters advocating against vaccine mandates in Canada took a new turn “after the fundraising site GiveSendGo was targeted by hackers overnight,” leading to the apparent disclosure of donor data. This particular breach isn’t all the GiveSendGo platform is dealing with, TechCrunch reports.
  • Texas AG Sues Meta Over Facial Recognition Technology: Texas Attorney General (himself under FBI investigation) is suing Facebook’s parent company, alleging that “the company’s use of facial recognition technology, which it has now discontinued, violated state privacy protections regarding biometrics” , TechCrunch reports. The suit, according to the WSJ, is for hundreds of billions of dollars.
  • Apple fined 5 million euros from the Netherlands: Speaking of government-versus-technology action, the Netherlands has fined Apple again after the country’s government said Apple is applying “unreasonable” to dating apps in the App Store. Apple had previously been told that dating apps could use non-Apple payment technology in their mobile applications. (There is no more addictive drug than a history of successful rent seekers!)

Startups/VC

As the stock prices of food delivery companies decline, what awaits us for instant delivery startups† That’s the question I’ve been pondering this morning as I sifted through a large body of data from European delivery companies that have taken a beating in public markets in recent weeks. On the other side of the coin, there are plenty of big-dollar deals for startup businesses looking to deliver goods even faster than takeout services. How the math will shake out is going to be interesting.

Jio Platforms Puts $200 Million Into Google Backed Glance: More evidence of the growing importance of the Indian tech scene can be found in the news that a company that displays media and other content on Android lockscreens just picked up nine figures from a subsidiary of Reliance Industries. Recall that Google invested $4.5 billion in Jio in 2020, when a number of companies from other countries wanted a share of the carrier’s benefit.

  • Casual games are big business: Tripledot just raised $116 million at a valuation of $1.4 billion based on its mobile gaming business, which includes a solitaire title and something with woods and sudoku. I fell behind on this, not knowing that the London-based company had also raised a $78 million Series A last year.
  • Remedial Health wants to digitize Nigerian pharmacies: Backed by Y Combinator, Remedial Health aims to “digitize pharmacies and curb the supply of fake and substandard pharmaceuticals” in Nigeria to start, with the rest of the African continent to follow. The company just raised $1 million for its efforts.
  • Digital asset management is hotKeeping digital assets safe is “an admittedly unsexy snippet of the booming industry,” reports TechCrunch, noting a wave of funding rounds in the past six quarters. The larger cybersecurity market has, of course, been on fire in recent years.
  • Startup ‘Schoolytics’ does what it promises: Okay, what if, instead of telling your parents you’re doing well in school, they could check a digital dashboard of your performance? And then those dashboards were aggregated at parent, teacher, and school levels? That’s Schoolytics. And it’s going to be a nightmare for kids who want to keep their school life private. Helicopter Parents Rejoice!
  • Proxi wants to make cards cool: For people too young to remember the special hell of unfolding a map in a car while your parents yelled at you/each other/your siblings about where to turn, navigation has become a simple act these days. But it is also impersonal. Proxi wants to shake that up with personal mapping.
  • A solution for plastic waste† Novoloop aims to convert used polyethylene into plastics that can compete with “plastics made directly from petrochemicals,” TechCrunch reports. If the startup — which just raised $11 million — can pull this off, it could really shake up the way we recycle.

Why are cybersecurity asset management startups so popular now?

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The digital transformation brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic has delivered tangible benefits to the cybersecurity industry: In 2021, investors poured $29.5 billion into cyber startups, up 138% year-on-year.

“M&A activity shot up more than 294% to $77.5 billion,” reports Carly Page. “And those focused on securing an organization’s Internet-facing assets have received more attention than most.

Big Tech Inc.

  • India Bans More Chinese Apps: The rift between the Chinese and Indian tech markets became more apparent today, with about 50 additional apps from China being ripped from India’s app stores. The Indian government was behind the move, which comes after previous bans. The two countries have faced mounting tensions in recent years, including disputes over border areas.
  • What awaits us for foldable smartphones? The answer is Samsung, and its enthusiasm for the model, it seems. Given my standard level of sci-fi consumption, I assume that eventually all screens will bend. My only question is how soon that future will come.
  • Want to see the Super Bowl ads? There they are.
  • Snapchat introduces revenue share for creators: After profitability is achieved, Snapchat will share the pie. A new product that places ads in users’ stories will split the income. For Snapchat diehards, this could be good news, provided they’re on the creator and not the consumer side of the consumer coin.

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