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- When the doorbell rings: Ring has a shiny new feature called Ring Intercom, designed to pair with existing apartment intercom systems. Brian there is more.
- Jump in rating: Fintech fraud fighter Alloy is now worth $1.55 billion after banking $52 million in new funding, Mary Ann reports.
- Sharing is concern: Kyle spoke with Slack CEO Steve Wood about the company’s new automation features that make workflows more shareable and discoverable by other Slack users, and where the company goes from here.
Startups and VCs
The Reddit acquisition continues this morning with news that the company is bringing the company’s in-house audience contextualization technology Spiketrap. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Reddit says Spiketrap’s AI-based contextual analysis and tools will help Reddit improve in areas such as evaluating ad quality and will improve predictive models to power auto-bidding, Sarah reports.
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Yesterday we reported on Instant dismissal 20% from its workforce, which apparently included the entire Zenly team. We enjoyed ourselves today gender‘sand RomainDay two’s look at what happened to the social mapping app that was acquired by Snap in 2017and perhaps to answer the larger question: “Zenly is still extremely popular, so why is Snap shutting it down?“
- Yo-ho, yo-ho, it’s a trading life for me: Ivan is weak on news that Disney+ is looking to have an in-app commerce feature which will allow users to scan a QR code and be taken to a site with branded merchandise.
- Taking a position: Group of Googlers keep talking against their employer over the $1.2 billion Nimbus project contract and fears that Google’s technology would add to digital surveillance in the occupied Palestinian territories, Amanda reports.
- Edit yourself: Later this month, Twitter Blue subscribers will be among the first to get a chance to try Twitter’s new feature which will allow them to edit their tweets, Ivan write.
- Label: Instacart acquires Eversightan AI-based pricing and promotions company. Aisha says that this pairing will “give retailers and CPG brands access to new individualized and personalized pricing tools.”
- To the moon: Or indeed to the International Space Station. NASA pays $1.4 billion to SpaceX in exchange for five more astronaut transport flights, Aria write.