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B2B commerce and financing startup OfBusiness raises $200M Series F led by Tiger Global at a $3B valuation, after raising $160M at a $1.5B valuation in July (Harsh Upadhyay/Entrackr)

Harsh Upadhyay / Entrackr:
B2B commerce and financing startup OfBusiness raises $200M Series F led by Tiger Global at a $3B valuation, after raising $160M at a $1.5B valuation in July  —  Business to business e-commerce platform OfBusiness has raised $200 million in its Series F round led by Tiger Global …

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Austin-based Found, which offers app-based weight loss services with a telehealth component, emerges from stealth with $24M Series A and $8M seed (Mary Ann Azevedo/TechCrunch)

Mary Ann Azevedo / TechCrunch:
Austin-based Found, which offers app-based weight loss services with a telehealth component, emerges from stealth with $24M Series A and $8M seed  —  GV, Atomic back Austin-based startup that aims to provide ‘holistic’ weight care management  —  Found, a startup focused on weight care management …

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Deliveroo partners with UK supermarket Morrisons to launch rapid delivery service Hop, initially in select London areas, with a goal of 10-15 minute deliveries (Tim Bradshaw/Financial Times)

Tim Bradshaw / Financial Times:
Deliveroo partners with UK supermarket Morrisons to launch rapid delivery service Hop, initially in select London areas, with a goal of 10-15 minute deliveries  —  Meal delivery app steps into competition with start-ups Getir, Gorillas and Zapp  —  Deliveroo is taking its first step into …

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Empathy, an AI-based digital assistant that helps families organize their affairs after a death, raises $30M Series A led by Entrée Capital (Ingrid Lunden/TechCrunch)

Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Empathy, an AI-based digital assistant that helps families organize their affairs after a death, raises $30M Series A led by Entrée Capital  —  Death is one of the hardest things to cope with in life, both from an emotional and organizational standpoint.

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After raising $155M in April, Patreon plans to invest in original programming by podcasters, video game livestreamers, YouTubers, and major celebrities (Bloomberg)

Bloomberg:
After raising $155M in April, Patreon plans to invest in original programming by podcasters, video game livestreamers, YouTubers, and major celebrities  —  In today’s Silicon Valley, land of buzzwords, there may be none buzzier than “creator”—the tech industry’s chosen way to refer to someone …

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Employees at 11 video game companies say their teams had a 4K Switch dev kit, despite sources saying a 4K Nintendo console won't go on sale until late 2022 (Bloomberg)

Bloomberg:
Employees at 11 video game companies say their teams had a 4K Switch dev kit, despite sources saying a 4K Nintendo console won’t go on sale until late 2022  —  At least 11 companies, including Zynga, have tools from Nintendo to make 4K Switch games.  —  Many people were surprised to learn …

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ViacomCBS-owned Pluto TV will pay $3.5M to settle an FCC investigation that found the video streaming service violated closed captioning rules (Todd Spangler/Variety)

Todd Spangler / Variety:
ViacomCBS-owned Pluto TV will pay $3.5M to settle an FCC investigation that found the video streaming service violated closed captioning rules  —  According to the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau, in addition to paying the civil penalty, Pluto TV agreed to enter into a compliance plan to ensure …

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Twitch rolls out the option for streamers to require phone and email-verified accounts in chat, as part of the company's effort to reduce targeted harassment (Ana Diaz/Polygon)

Ana Diaz / Polygon:
Twitch rolls out the option for streamers to require phone and email-verified accounts in chat, as part of the company’s effort to reduce targeted harassment  —  Curbing harassment continues to be a “top priority” for Twitch  —  After an upswell in targeted harassment on the streaming platform Twitch …

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Ninth Circuit court confirms police need a warrant before opening people's email attachments, even if containing potentially illegal content such as CSAM (Jennifer Lynch/Electronic Frontier …)

Jennifer Lynch / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Ninth Circuit court confirms police need a warrant before opening people’s email attachments, even if containing potentially illegal content such as CSAM  —  In a powerful new ruling for digital privacy rights, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has confirmed that the police need to get a warrant …

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Google Maps adds a wildfire info layer, rolling out to Android this week and iOS and desktop in October, expands its Tree Canopy tool to 100 cities worldwide (Ron Amadeo/Ars Technica)

Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica:
Google Maps adds a wildfire info layer, rolling out to Android this week and iOS and desktop in October, expands its Tree Canopy tool to 100 cities worldwide  —  “Fire” will be a top-level layer just like traffic, satellite, and transit maps.  —  Google Maps is getting a few new features …

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