Each day disaster: Fb escalates criticism from Apple


Facebook aims at Apple, Texas is suing Google and we interview the CEO of Boston Dynamics. This is your daily crisis for December 16, 2020.

The big story: Facebook escalates criticism from Apple

Facebook today announced Apple's upcoming app tracking restrictions with full-page ads in the print editions of the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post arguing the social networking giant is "facing Apple for small businesses," get a grip on everywhere. "

In other words, while Facebook will obviously be affected by Apple's changes (apps will have to ask users for permission before they can track their IDFA ID, which is likely to result in a sharp drop in ad targeting), the company said that small businesses are turning Relying on it with targeted advertising campaigns will do even more harm.

While the two campaigns are very different, it's worth noting that another initiative against Apple is also gaining momentum. Major US news publishers are joining the Coalition for App Fairness, a group fighting app store fees.

The technology giants

The most recent antitrust lawsuit in several states targets Google's advertising business. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton accuses Google of maintaining an illegal monopoly on online advertising.

After the acquisition of Hyundai, the CEO of Boston Dynamics explains the future of the robotics pioneer. Rob Playter discusses the company's new parent company, the future of Handle and Spot at NYPD.

Amazon's Kuiper project will seek multiple launch providers to launch its satellites into space. Amazon's David Limp shared some new details about Project Kuiper's broadband satellite constellation.

Startups, Financing and Venture Capital

StockX is raising $ 275 million for Series E, valuing the retailer at $ 2.8 billion. Headquartered in downtown Detroit, Michigan, the increase marks the largest round of VC funding in Michigan history.

BigID rolls on with a Series D of $ 70M at a valuation of $ 1B – Salesforce Ventures and Tiger Global jointly led the round.

New Wave is a new European seed fund led by Ex-Accel VC Pia d & # 39; Iribarne. The company's debut fund of $ 56 million was launched in just three months.

Advice and analysis of extra crunch

How to Pick an Investor in Good Times or Bad – Mike Myer, CEO of Quiq, says you should trust your instincts.

The ClickUp CEO talks about hiring, increasing and scaling in the brand new area of ​​productivity. The company, which makes business productivity tools for task management, goals, and documents, is valued at $ 1 billion.

Dear Sophie, how has immigration changed for founders of startups in 2020? – Another edition of the advice column of immigration attorney Sophie Alcorn, in which questions about immigration at work in technology companies are answered.

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Everything else

Bitcoin surpasses $ 20,000 and hits an all-time high – Bitcoin's value has risen rapidly in the past two months.

Data protection is the new competitive field – new regulations offer companies new opportunities to differentiate themselves.

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