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An analysis of the usage of COVID-19 contact tracing apps in 25 US states and DC finds that only 13 have enough usage to benefit from exposure notification (Betsy Ladyzhets/MIT Technology Review)

Betsy Ladyzhets / MIT Technology Review:
An analysis of the usage of COVID-19 contact tracing apps in 25 US states and DC finds that only 13 have enough usage to benefit from exposure notification  —  A year ago, engineers built apps to track potential virus exposure.  Our research shows the impact has been mixed—but there’s still potential.

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A look at the evolution of AI chips and where they are headed, as companies like Google, Amazon, Graphcore, and Cerebras look to challenge Nvidia’s dominance (Nicole Kobie/Wired UK)

Nicole Kobie / Wired UK:
A look at the evolution of AI chips and where they are headed, as companies like Google, Amazon, Graphcore, and Cerebras look to challenge Nvidia’s dominance  —  NVIDIA’s GPUs dominate AI chips.  But a raft of startups say new architecture is needed for the fast-evolving AI field

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Leonid Radvinsky, billionaire owner of OnlyFans, ran sites in the ’90s promoting “hacked” porn site passwords, including links promising access to child porn (Forbes)

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Leonid Radvinsky, billionaire owner of OnlyFans, ran sites in the ’90s promoting “hacked” porn site passwords, including links promising access to child porn  —  Associate editor at Forbes, covering cybercrime, privacy, security and surveillance.  —  I cover the work and wealth of Europe’s richest.

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Eltropy, whose suite allows financial institutions to communicate with customers via text messages, announces $21M investment from K1 as part of its Series A (Emma Folts/Los Angeles Business …)

Emma Folts / Los Angeles Business Journal stories:
Eltropy, whose suite allows financial institutions to communicate with customers via text messages, announces $21M investment from K1 as part of its Series A  —  Manhattan Beach-based private equity firm K1 Investment Management is making a $21 million investment in Milpitas-based software company Eltropy Inc.

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Brightline, which provides virtual behavioral health therapy for children and teenagers, raises $72M Series B led by GV, bringing its total raised to ~$100M (Heather Landi/FierceHealthcare)

Heather Landi / FierceHealthcare:
Brightline, which provides virtual behavioral health therapy for children and teenagers, raises $72M Series B led by GV, bringing its total raised to ~$100M  —  Startup Brightline scored $72 million to fuel the national expansion of its virtual behavioral health solution designed specifically …

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Shopping and pay later app nate, which allows users to buy products from any e-commerce store and centralize their purchases, raises $38M Series A (Omar Faridi/Crowdfund Insider)

Omar Faridi / Crowdfund Insider:
Shopping and pay later app nate, which allows users to buy products from any e-commerce store and centralize their purchases, raises $38M Series A  —  – Twitter- Facebook- LinkedIn- Pinterest- Reddit- HackerNews- Telegram- Weibo- Email- Print- Subscribe  —  Universal and streamlined shopping app nate …

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Lingokids, which offers educational games through its “playlearning” app for kids aged 2-8, raises $40M Series C and claims to reach 30M+ families worldwide (Dean Takahashi/VentureBeat)

Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Lingokids, which offers educational games through its “playlearning” app for kids aged 2-8, raises $40M Series C and claims to reach 30M+ families worldwide  —  Elevate your enterprise data technology and strategy at Transform 2021.  —  Lingokids has raised $40 million in funding for its educational games platform.

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Addepar, a provider of wealth management software, raises $150M from D1 Capital Partners at a $2.17B valuation; source: Addepar was valued at ~$1B in November (Juliet Chung/Wall Street Journal)

Juliet Chung / Wall Street Journal:
Addepar, a provider of wealth management software, raises $150M from D1 Capital Partners at a $2.17B valuation; source: Addepar was valued at ~$1B in November  —  The company, which makes software to track investment performance, has raised $150 million from D1 Capital Partners

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Survey: social media users see the removal of hate speech as more fair than removing profanity, with moderators who removed hate speech seen as more trustworthy (Hanaa’ Tameez/Nieman Lab)

Hanaa’ Tameez / Nieman Lab:
Survey: social media users see the removal of hate speech as more fair than removing profanity, with moderators who removed hate speech seen as more trustworthy  —  News consumers and social media platform users prioritize the removal of hate speech over the removal of profanity …

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Drought-stricken communities in the US push back against data centers’ water usage; a typical data center uses same water per day as a city of 30K-50K people (Olivia Solon/NBC News)

Olivia Solon / NBC News:
Drought-stricken communities in the US push back against data centers’ water usage; a typical data center uses same water per day as a city of 30K-50K people  —  On May 17, the City Council of Mesa, Arizona, approved the $800 million development of an enormous data center …