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10 Things in Tech You Need to Know Today

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Coinbase Founder and CEO Brian Armstrong attends Consensus 2019 at the Hilton Midtown on May 15, 2019 in New York City.

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Here’s what you need to know today.

1. Coinbase warns the crypto market could tumble if bitcoin’s anonymous creator is identified. While filing to go public, Coinbase noted that should the creator be revealed – or if they sell their $30 billion stake – the market could be thrown into disarray. Here’s what else we know from the filing.

2. Twitter users will soon be able to charge for tweets. The social media platform announced “Super Follows,” a feature that would allow Twitter users to charge their followers in exchange for extra content. More on that here.

3. Scoop: Lime, a Silicon Valley scooter startup, is in early discussions about going public via a SPAC. The Uber-backed electric scooter startup is working with investment bank Evercore as it explores going public via a blank-check company, two sources told Insider. Here’s what we know so far.

4. “I think he’s a rat and a liar.” Things got heated during the livestream convo between Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy and Robinhood CEO Vlad Tenev. Watch here.

5. Facebook launched a campaign in defense of personalized advertising. New restrictions by Apple would make it harder for advertisers to target ads to mobile phones. The campaign intends to change that.

6. The Senate will hold another hearing on the role of private tech in the SolarWinds breach. The massive cyberattack on a major U.S. information technology firm allowed hackers to spy on private companies as well as branches of the government. A simple explanation of how the breach happened, and why it’s important.

7. Airbnb reported $859 million in Q4 revenue, surpassing analyst expectations. The platform saw a “frenzied” IPO in December 2020 and weathered a battered travel industry amid COVID-19.

8. Exclusive: Amazon is going through a leadership shakeup. Daniel Rausch, Amazon’s smart home boss for the last four years, has found a new role within the company as the lead for Fire TV, Appstore, and the Luna game streaming service.

9. Meet the Stripe mafia – a group of former Stripe employees raising millions for their own startups. Fourteen are starting their own businesses or becoming angel investors, backing an expanding network of Stripe founders. From climate tech to a Slack rival, see what these former employees are launching.

10. Exclusive: Obvious Ventures’ Tina Hoang-To is leading Torch Leadership Lab’s $25 million Series B fundraising. Torch’s rapid growth in 2020 led the VC to fast-track the leadership development platform’s second round of funding. We have the details here.


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