Alex Konrad / Forbes:
Automile raises $34M Series B led by Insight Venture Partners for its vehicle fleet tracking and management service — Jens Nylander's career has followed an unusual progression from MP3 players to plumbing trucks. — As a college student in his native Sweden, Nylander had launched …
Jon Evans / TechCrunch:
Unlike the Internet and smartphones, new technology waves like AI and self-driving cars tend to favor cash-flush data-rich tech incumbents rather than startups — There's a weird feeling afoot these days, in the Valley, and in San Francisco. Across the rest of the world — Denver, Santiago …
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Google ‘actively investigating’ reports of Pixel 2 XL screen burn-in — Bad to worse — Over the weekend, people with review units of the Pixel 2 XL began noticing a problem. No, not the already-known issues of muddy color and grainy textures when viewed in low-light, but one that's potentially more worrisome: screen burn-in.
Chinese online lender Qudian raised $900M in US IPO, closed up 22% on its first day of trading on Wednesday — Qudian, one of China's largest online lenders, had a debut to remember on the New York Stock Exchange this week. Its shares closed up 22 per cent, making a multi-millionaire of founder and chief executive Min Luo.
Jon Fingas / Engadget:
UK regulators order 450+ sites to remove casino games allegedly targeting the under-18 crowd, following an investigation by The Times — Have you ever seen a gambling machine or website that was all too conspicuously aimed at children? British regulators certainly have.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Hiya, spun out from Whitepages a year ago, raises $18M Series A for its smart caller ID technology — Hiya came to life a year ago when it was spun out by Whitepages to take on TrueCaller and others in the world of smart caller ID services. Using machine learning analytics on a vast database …
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Essential Phone price drops $200 to $499, a few months after its debut; current US customers get online credit toward other Essential purchases — Essential has an offer that's honestly very hard to refuse: The price of the Essential Phone (PH-1, going by technical model number), is now $200 cheaper, so $499 off-contract and unlocked.
Raj Mukherjee / Indeed Blog:
Survey of 1,011 US tech workers: 43% worry about losing their job due to age, 87% say diversity possibly or definitely has a positive impact on performance — In many cultures, elders are held in high regard as a source of wisdom. — In the world of tech, it often seems—not so much.
Madhumita Murgia / Financial Times:
Google says it plans to take a percentage of fees for subscriptions publishers get via its upcoming subscriber targeting tools — Google plans to share revenues with publishers which benefit from the company's new digital subscription tools, in a scheme comparable to its successful advertising revenue model.