Mark Gurman / Bloomberg: Sources: Apple is readying the widest array of new hardware products in its history this fall; Joe Bass, head of software engineering for Apple's car team left — Apple Inc. is nearing its first launch event of the year, with a new iPhone SE and iPad on tap.
CNBC: Dealogic: Microsoft, Amazon, and Alphabet announced more acquisitions in 2021 than in any other year in the past decade — - Microsoft, Alphabet and Amazon all announced more acquisitions in 2021 than any other year in the past decade, according to Dealogic.
Chris Metinko / Crunchbase News: Analysis: AR/VR startups raised nearly $1.9B in Q4 2021, more than any quarter ever, making 2021 the second-best year for AR/VR funding at nearly $3.9B raised — Although the term metaverse has been around for nearly 30 years—coined in the novel “Snow Crash”—Facebook's name change to Meta …
Patricia Allen / EU-Startups: Berlin-based Lendis, which helps companies set up and manage employees' equipment and software for hybrid work, raises an €80M Series A in equity and debt — Today, Lendis has just announced an €80 million Series A funding round for its SaaS solution that helps companies to set …
Wall Street Journal: How longstanding disagreements between the FCC and FAA over potential risks to aircraft remained unresolved in the lead up to the 5G C-band rollout in the US — Longstanding disagreements between federal agencies over potential risks to aircraft remained unresolved in the days leading to the 5G debut
Luca Bertuzzi / Euractiv: EU Parliament passed Digital Services Act, including provisions banning targeted ads based on highly sensitive personal data, limiting dark patterns, and more — A large majority of MEPs voted in favour of the Digital Services Act on Thursday (20 January), after plenary amendments introduced important changes to the text.
Andrew Dickson / New York Times: How UK stage theater companies are using AR and VR to broadcast productions to viewers at home as the pandemic pushes companies to experiment with new art forms — The Interactive Storytelling Studio at the National Theater in London is using technology to bring a miniature musical to viewers' homes.
Christopher Mims / Wall Street Journal: How advances in semiconductor fabrication equipment are being applied to producing nano-scale microelectromechanical systems, or MEMS — For years, engineers have made microchips ever smaller and more powerful. Now they're applying the technology to a host of miniature marvels.
Alex Wilhelm / TechCrunch: Plaid acquires Cognito, which offers ID verification and compliance services to financial firms, source says for ~$250M in cash and stock — Plaid, a fintech unicorn known for its APIs that connect consumer bank accounts to financial applications, announced today that it is buying Cognito.
Sneha Shah / The Economic Times: Bengaluru-based StockGro, a social investment startup with a gamified app for learning about and participating in stock markets, raises a $32M Series A — Mumbai: Social investment startup StockGro has raised $32 million led by marquee global investors such as Bitkraft Ventures, General Catalyst …
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