Facebook plays hardball in Australia, with Epic Games expanding its fight against Apple and New York Attorney General Sue Amazon. This is your daily crunch for February 17, 2021.
Big story: Facebook stops sharing news in Australia
In response to a proposed law forcing internet publishers to pay directly to internet platforms, Facebook announced today that Australian users would not be able to share or share news links.
In its post, Facebook expressed a direct contradiction with another major company targeted by the law, in which William Easton Easton, director for Facebook Australia and New Zealand, wrote, “Google is inextricably linked with search news and publishers are content with their content.” Do not voluntarily provide. On the other hand, publishers choose to post news on Facebook voluntarily, as it allows them to sell more subscriptions, increase their audience and increase advertising revenue. “
Epic Games leads its Apple App Store battle in Europe – Fortnite-makers have filed complaints with Bloc’s counterparty regulators.
NY AG sued Amazon for its treatment of warehouse employees – the suit alleges that Amazon failed to provide adequate health and safety measures at two of New York’s facilities, and that it unlawfully disciplined employees who complained and has been removed.
Google Maps users can now pay parking or their transit fares from the app – this is part of an expanded partnership with transportation software companies Passport and Parkmobile.
Startup, Funding and Venture Capital
Locos Robotics has raised a $ 150M Series E – the robotics company’s round-the-clock price of $ 1 billion.
SpaceX has reportedly raised $ 850M in new funding – a huge round by most standards, but not by SpaceX.
Jet co-founder Nat Faust is building a more sustainable e-commerce experience with Olive – Faust said it is “crazy” that 25 years after the e-commerce industry started, it is still “single- Use is dependent on “one-way packaging”.
Additional crisis advice and analysis
Dear Sophie: Tips for applying for a green card for my soon-to-be spouse – the latest version of the “Dear Sophie,” advice column that answers immigration-related questions about working in technology companies.
With software markets getting bigger, more VC will bet on competitive startups? – In the days when rounds were bad, SPAC jokes and crypto fever dreams, there was a lot of noise about investors who refused to place bets of competition in a particular startup market.
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Jamaica’s immigration website uncovered data from thousands of travelers – immigration documents and COVID-19 lab results were left unsafe.
Reducing the spread of misinformation on social media: what will it look like? – Team views at Irrational Labs.
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