Indian edtech Unacademy valued at $3.44 billion in $440 million fundraise

Unacademy has raised $440 million in a new financing round as the Indian online learning startup looks to expand into multiple additional categories. Temasek led the Bangalore-based startup’s new financing round while Mirae Asset and existing investors including SoftBank Vision Fund 2, General Atlantic, Tiger Global as well as Zomato co-founder and chief executive Deepinder Goyal and Oyo founder Ritesh Agarwal participated in it, the startup said without disclosing the name of the new round (whi...
Tags: Google, Startups, Apps, Asia, Education, India, Funding, Goldman Sachs, Zomato, Bangalore, Ritesh Agarwal, Deepinder Goyal, Temasek, Bernstein, Oyo, Lightspeed Venture

Square to buy ‘buy now, pay later’ giant Afterpay in $29B deal

In a blockbuster deal that rocks the fintech world, Square announced today that it is acquiring Australian buy now, pay later giant Afterpay in a $29 billion all-stock deal. The purchase price is based on the closing price of Square common stock on July 30, which was $247.26. The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2022, contingent upon certain closing conditions. It values Afterpay at more than 30% premium to its latest closing price of A$96.66. Square co-founder and CEO Ja...
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Jack Dorsey's Square agreed to buy Afterpay, which has a 'buy now, pay later' service, for $29 billion in stock

Twitter and Square CEO Jack Dorsey. Lucas Jackson/Reuters Square announced Sunday it is acquiring the Australian company Afterpay for $29 billion in stock. Afterpay offers a buy now, pay later service, which is becoming increasingly common online. The payment app Square is owned by Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey. See more stories on Insider's business page. The payment app Square agreed to buy the Australian company Afterpay for $29 billion in stock, the company announced Sunday.Afterpay, whi...
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The Case for Another Antitrust Action Against Microsoft

"Since its own brush with antitrust regulation decades ago, Microsoft has slipped past significant scrutiny," argues a new article from The Atlantic. But it also asks if there's now a case for another antitrust action — or if we're convinced instead that "The company is reluctantly guilty of the sin of bigness, yes, but it is benevolent, don't you see? Reformed, even! No need to cast your pen over here!" Right now, it's not illegal to be big. It's not illegal to be really big. In fact, it's n...
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Are Python Libraries Riddled With Security Holes?

"Almost half of the packages in the official Python Package Index (PyPI) repository have at least one security issue," reports TechRadar, citing a new analysis by Finnish researchers, which even found five packages with more than a thousand issues each... The researchers used static analysis to uncover the security issues in the open source packages, which they reason end up tainting software that use them. In total the research scanned through 197,000 packages and found more than 749,000 securi...
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Zoom Agrees to $85M Settlement in Possible Class Action Over Data-Sharing, Zoombombing

Zoom has agreed to pay $85 million — and to bolster its security practices — to settle a lawsuit that had claimed Zoom violated users' privacy rights by sharing their personal data with Facebook, Google and LinkedIn, and by failing to stop Zoombombing. Engadget reports: The preliminary settlement also requires tougher security measures, such as warning about participants with third-party apps and offering special privacy-oriented training to Zoom staff. Judge Lucy Koh said the company was lar...
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Chrome for Android becoming a 2FA security key for Google Account sign-in

Google's latest effort to encourage two-factor (2FA/2SV) adoption turns Chrome for Android into a security key for Google Account sign-in...
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Leaked Galaxy Watch 4 Classic photos include first live look at Samsung and Google’s new smartwatch OS

Samsung could announce the watch at Unpacked on August 11th.
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Hundreds of AI Tools Were Built to Catch Covid. None of Them Helped

At the start of the pandemic, remembers MIT Technology Review's senior editor for AI, the community "rushed to develop software that many believed would allow hospitals to diagnose or triage patients faster, bringing much-needed support to the front lines — in theory. "In the end, many hundreds of predictive tools were developed. None of them made a real difference, and some were potentially harmful." That's the damning conclusion of multiple studies published in the last few months. In June,...
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Russia's 'Nonsensical, Impossible Quest' to Create Its Own Domestic Internet

"It was pretty strange when Russia decided to announce last week that it had successfully run tests between June 15 and July 15 to show it could disconnect itself from the internet," writes an associate professor of cybersecurity policy at Tufts Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. The tests seem to have gone largely unnoticed both in and outside of Russia, indicating that whatever entailed did not involve Russia actually disconnecting from the global internet... since that would be impossible...
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Google won't let you sign in with very old Android versions after September 27th

Google is cutting off the last support for old Android versions by blocking them from signing into key apps after September 27th..
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2 Red Objects Found In the Asteroid Belt. They Shouldn't Be There.

Slashdot reader fahrbot-bot quotes the New York Times: Two red things are hiding in a part of the solar system where they shouldn't be. The space rocks may have come from beyond Neptune, and potentially offer hints at the chaos of the early solar system. Scientists led by Sunao Hasegawa from JAXA, the Japanese space agency, reported in The Astrophysical Journal Letters on July 26, 2021 that two objects, called 203 Pompeja and 269 Justitia, spotted in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter ...
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TikTok star Anthony Barajas dies after California movie theater shooting

Social media star was known as itsanthonymichaelSuspect in double killing eligible for death penaltyA young TikTok star who was on life support after he and a friend were shot at a southern California movie theater has died, police and his family said.Anthony Barajas, 19, was watching The Forever Purge at a theater in Corona with Rylee Goodrich, 18, on Monday when they were both shot in the head. They were found by an employee after the last showing of the night. Continue reading...
Tags: Technology, Media, California, Social Media, World news, US news, Digital Media, Gun crime, US crime, Corona, Anthony Barajas, Tiktok, Rylee Goodrich

YouTube Bans Sky News Australia for One Week Over Misinformation

"YouTube has barred Sky News Australia from uploading new content for a week, saying it had breached rules on spreading Covid-19 misinformation," writes the BBC. Long-time Slashdot reader Hope Thelps shares their report: YouTube issued a "strike" under its three-strike policy, the last of which means permanent removal. It did not point to specific items but said it opposed material that "could cause real-world harm". The TV channel's digital editor said the decision was a disturbing attack o...
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The best iPhone games currently available (August 2021)

The iPhone has arguably the best games of any mobile platform. Come check out our picks of the best iPhone and iOS games, with selections from many genres.
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Speed Read, August 1 2021

We’ve covered all the bases this week—from a 1980s Honda CB to a rendering of the new Aprilia Tuareg 660 adventure bike. Plus a pair of Aermacchis from J. Shia, a rare 1930s V-twin from a Russian museum, and a look at BMW’s new R18 tourers. Honda CB Superbike by dB Customs Darren Begg is clearly a busy man. The ink had hardly dried on our feature of his Suzuki XR69 replica, when he bombarded our inbox with this drool-worthy homage to the 1982 Honda CB750-F. Darren’s forte is old school sup...
Tags: Google, Boston, Motorcycles, Bmw, Honda, Customs, Harley Davidson, Yamaha, Darren, Brembo, BMW Motorrad, Willy, Honda Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, Aprilia, Honda CB750

Google’s time crystal discovery is so big, we can’t fully comprehend it

Forget Google Search and Fuchsia. Researchers from Google, Stanford, Princeton, and other universities might have made a computer...
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Why Apple shareholders shouldn't be too worried after the earnings selloff

Apple was among big tech stocks investors sold after earnings along with Facebook, Microsoft and Amazon. The earnings power of these...
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Amazon Now Employs Almost 1 Million People in the US - or 1 in Every 169 Workers

"Amazon now employs almost 1 million people in the U.S. — or 1 in every 169 workers," reports NBC News: Amazon has revealed for the first time the number of people it employs in the U.S., putting the figure at 950,000, according to the e-commerce giant's quarterly earnings call on Thursday. While the headcount was boosted by an additional 64,000 people hired in the second quarter, it does not include the thousands of contractors such as drivers whom Amazon depends on to run its Amazon Prime del...
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Want to launch a career as a Google-ready software engineer? This training can help for under $20

TLDR: The 2021 Google Software Engineering Manager Prep Bundle goes deep into vital areas of web development, including data science, machine learning and artificial intelligence. As you can imagine, working for Google is the brass ring for a software engineer, offering the chance to ply your trade with the absolute best of the best. Google receives over 2 million resumes every year, but they only hire about 4,000 new employees. That means if you have aspirations of working with pinnacle talent ...
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YouTube suspends Sky News Australia for a week after an apparent breach of the platform's COVID content policies

A YouTube spokesperson confirmed the suspension. Thiago Prudêncio/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images YouTube removed videos and issued a strike to Sky News Australia's channel, the tech platform said. A YouTube spokesperson confirmed the move, saying: "We apply our policies equally for everyone." Media outlets said the suspension followed a review of the broadcaster's COVID-related content. See more stories on Insider's business page. Sky News Australia said on Sunday it ...
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Jodie Whittaker and Showrunner Chris Chibnall To Leave 'Doctor Who'

Slashdot reader Dave Knott quotes the BBC's Doctor Who site: Having been in charge of the TARDIS since filming for the Thirteenth Doctor began in 2017, Showrunner Chris Chibnall and the Thirteenth Doctor, Jodie Whittaker, have confirmed they will be moving on from the most famous police box on Earth. With a six-part Event Serial announced for the autumn, and two Specials already planned for 2022, BBC One has now asked for an additional final feature length adventure for the Thirteenth Doctor, to...
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Why did this 1990 QuickTime CD-ROM have a bizarre video of "Spoon Man?"

Apple's QuickTime Version 1.0 CD-ROM (1990) came with this peculiar video called "Spoon Man." The 37-second long clip features actor Mark Petrakis as "Spoon Man." He is dressed in a cloak with many cereal boxes attached to it, a pirate eye patch, a very tall, funky hat, and is holding a giant wooden spoon, which is also sporting an eye patch. — Read the rest
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Remote Work Without VPN Patches? Govt Security Agencies Reveal Most Exploited Vulnerabilities

Slashdot reader storagedude quotes eSecurityPlanet : The FBI and the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) joined counterparts in the UK and Australia Wednesday to announce the top 30 vulnerabilities exploited since the start of the pandemic. The list, a joint effort with the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) and the UK's National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), details vulnerabilities — primarily Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVEs) — "routinely exploited by ma...
Tags: UK, Australia, Tech, Fbi, Cisa, NCSC, ACSC, Citrix Microsoft Fortinet VMware

The best Android games available (August 2021)

The Google Play Store is loaded with some terrific titles -- and some terrible ones. We've vetted all the options to bring you the best Android games around.
Tags: Android, Google Play Store, Mobile, Gaming, Trends, Android Games, Free Games, Best Android Games, Top Android Games

A ‘safe space for racists’: antisemitism report criticises social media giants

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube and TikTok failing to act on most reported anti-Jewish posts, says studyThere has been a serious and systemic failure to tackle antisemitism across the five biggest social media platforms, resulting in a “safe space for racists”, according to a new report.Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and TikTok failed to act on 84% of posts spreading anti-Jewish hatred and propaganda reported via the platforms’ official complaints system. Continue reading...
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Gurman: Apple Silicon roadmap includes new Mac Pro, Mac mini, and more by November 2022

When Apple first announced its plans to transition from Intel to Apple Silicon at WWDC 2020, the company said it would take around two...
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38% of remote workers work from bed New study reveals how Americans have built home offices and workspaces for remote work. Sixty-four percent of those surveyed have made an effort to curate their background in some way, most commonly by people working in HR, recruiting, and accounting. Those working remotely in legal, insurance, nonprofits, and social services made the least effort in this area. Sixty-three percent of people have spent money to improve how they ...
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Former Pinterest whistleblower Ifeoma Ozoma talks about why confidentiality agreements harm tech workers

Ifeoma Ozoma Adria Malcolm Former Pinterest employee Ifeoma Ozoma has become a leading face in the effort to prevent nondisclosure and non-disparagement agreements from silencing workers from discussing instance of workplace misconduct, such as harassment and discrimination. After Ozoma went public last year with allegations of racism and discrimination that she said she experienced at Pinterest, she has repeatedly broken her own NDA by speaking about her experience. Ozoma sat down for a Q&...
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