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UK-based startup Bud, which connects banks to fintechs and other financial service providers, raises $20M Series A with backing from HSBC, Goldman…

Steve O'Hear / TechCrunch : UK-based startup Bud, which connects banks to fintechs and other financial service providers, raises $20M Series A with backing from HSBC, Goldman Sachs, others   —  Bud, the U.K. fintech that helps banks connect their apps and data to other fintech companies and financial service providers …

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Report: Ant Financial accounted for 35% of global VC investment in fintech startups in 2018, raising $14B, almost as much as the $15.9B raised in EU…

John Detrixhe / Quartz : Report: Ant Financial accounted for 35% of global VC investment in fintech startups in 2018, raising $14B, almost as much as the $15.9B raised in EU and US   —  When it comes to financial technology companies, Ant Financial is in it own league.  The affiliate of e-commerce giant Alibaba raised $14 billion …

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A college student who stole $5M+ in cryptocurrency via SIM hijacking gets 10 years in prison and is the first person in the US to be sentenced for…

Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / Motherboard : A college student who stole $5M+ in cryptocurrency via SIM hijacking gets 10 years in prison and is the first person in the US to be sentenced for such a crime   —  A 20-year-old college student who was accused of stealing more than $5 million in cryptocurrency in a slew of SIM hijacking attacks …

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Sources: Attorneys General of CT, IL, MA, NY, NJ, and NC are investigating how Facebook has handled user data, in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica…

Bloomberg : Sources: Attorneys General of CT, IL, MA, NY, NJ, and NC are investigating how Facebook has handled user data, in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal   —  - Cambridge Analytica data breach triggered state probes  —  Facebook Inc. has become the target of at least three more state probes …

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Researcher finds “admin@kremlin.ru” backdoor accounts on 2,000+ exposed MongoDB databases that handle financial transactions of businesses operating…

Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet : Researcher finds “admin@kremlin.ru” backdoor accounts on 2,000+ exposed MongoDB databases that handle financial transactions of businesses operating in Russia   —  “Admin@kremlin.ru” account spotted on thousands of Russian-linked, internet-exposed MongoDB databases.

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How PlantVillage app uses AI to identify plant diseases and satellite data provided by the UN to monitor the growth of crops for small-scale farmers…

Matt Simon / Wired : How PlantVillage app uses AI to identify plant diseases and satellite data provided by the UN to monitor the growth of crops for small-scale farmers in Kenya   —  CLIMATE CHANGE IS the most horrific threat our species has ever known: No matter how powerful you are or how much money you have …

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Source: Vision Fund is in talks to invest up to $1.5B in Chinese used car trading platform guazi.com in a deal that would value the company at $8.5B…

Reuters : Source: Vision Fund is in talks to invest up to $1.5B in Chinese used car trading platform guazi.com in a deal that would value the company at $8.5B pre-money   —  HONG KONG/BEIJING (Reuters) - The SoftBank-led Vision Fund is in talks to invest up to $1.5 billion in Chinese used car trading platform Guazi.com …

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How a 14-year-old developer from Hong Kong built Timeless, an app that uses an AI and facial recognition to help Alzheimer’s patients identify people…

South China Morning Post : How a 14-year-old developer from Hong Kong built Timeless, an app that uses an AI and facial recognition to help Alzheimer's patients identify people in photos   —  For many teenagers, their lives typically might revolve around schoolwork and spending time with friends.  Not so for Emma Yang.

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Cisco joins Apple in praising Europe’s GDPR and calling for similar regulations in the US (Kiran Stacey/Financial Times)

Kiran Stacey / Financial Times : Cisco joins Apple in praising Europe's GDPR and calling for similar regulations in the US   —  Cisco has joined Apple in calling for a US version of the European General Data Protection regulation, underlining the divisions among big technology companies over how to tackle privacy concerns.

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A look at AI-powered audio mastering services like Landr, which promise artists access to professional-sounding mastering without the cost of human…

Dani Deahl / The Verge : A look at AI-powered audio mastering services like Landr, which promise artists access to professional-sounding mastering without the cost of human engineers   —  The last step in audio production is being taken over by machines  —  Making music is one of the most human things we do …

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Microsoft will announce Xbox Live SDK at GDC 2019 to enable cross-platform play on iOS, Android, Switch, Xbox, and Windows PCs (Jez Corden/Windows…

Jez Corden / Windows Central : Microsoft will announce Xbox Live SDK at GDC 2019 to enable cross-platform play on iOS, Android, Switch, Xbox, and Windows PCs   —  At GDC 2019, Microsoft is set to debut a new cross-platform development platform with the goal of bringing Xbox Live support to games on Android, iOS, Nintendo Switch, in addition to PC and Xbox consoles.

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Google Fiber outage leaves KC customers offline two weeks after storm

Enlarge / Google Fiber equipment boxes in a Kansas City home in 2012. (credit: Google Fiber | Bloomberg) More than two weeks after a snowstorm hit Kansas City, Google Fiber still hasn't restored Internet service to all customers. There were still dozens of Google Fiber customers without home Internet service, a KCUR article published yesterday said. The outage has continued since the storm on January 11 and 12. Google told Ars on Friday afternoon that the storm affected "thousands" of its customers in the Kansas City area and that it hadn't yet finished restoring service to all of them. "While we can't share exact numbers, at its height, we had thousands of open tickets and are now down to double digits," a Google spokesperson said. "Getting our KC customers back online has been our top priority since the storm hit. We added both crews and equipment to help with this in the city." Google said that the Kansas City storm was "one of the most significant weather events" to hit any Google Fiber city. "We have learned a lot from our response and will be incorporating those into every aspect of our planning for events like this in the future," the company said. Read 11 remaining paragraphs | Comments

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Naspers invests $1.16B in Avito, Russia’s top classifieds site, taking its ownership to over 99% and valuing the company at $3.85B (TechCrunch)

TechCrunch : Naspers invests $1.16B in Avito, Russia's top classifieds site, taking its ownership to over 99% and valuing the company at $3.85B   —  South African internet conglomerate Naspers is best known for backing Chinese tech giant Tencent, but it also operates a vast network of online classifieds businesses.

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