Pakistan says it is lifting the ban on TikTok after assurances that it would moderate content in accordance with societal norms and laws (Manish Singh/TechCrunch)


Manish Singh / TechCrunch:

Pakistan says it is lifting the ban on TikTok after assurances that it would moderate content in accordance with societal norms and laws  —  Pakistan Telecommunication Authority said on Monday it has lifted the ban on TikTok, 11 days after the South Asian nation’s telecom authority blocked … … Read More

Virtual studios, where the filmmaking takes place in front of a halo of flat screen displays connected to PCs, are offering a real alternative to green screens (Daniel Cooper/Engadget)


Daniel Cooper / Engadget:

Virtual studios, where the filmmaking takes place in front of a halo of flat screen displays connected to PCs, are offering a real alternative to green screens  —  For as long as filmmaking has existed, there has been a need to build fantastic worlds in front of cameras.… Read More

A look at the pandemic's impact on Nextdoor and how CEO Sarah Friar has attempted to promote the concept of "kindness" amid a tumultuous year for the company (Morgan Clendaniel/Fast Company)


Morgan Clendaniel / Fast Company:

A look at the pandemic’s impact on Nextdoor and how CEO Sarah Friar has attempted to promote the concept of “kindness” amid a tumultuous year for the company  —  The social network for local communities bet on kindness to power it to an IPO.  If only the locals don’t ruin it.… Read More

Extend, which helps e-commerce businesses and retailers offer extended warranties on products using APIs, raises $40M Series B led by Meritech Capital (Ingrid Lunden/TechCrunch)


Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:

Extend, which helps e-commerce businesses and retailers offer extended warranties on products using APIs, raises $40M Series B led by Meritech Capital  —  Extend, which works with companies like Peloton, iRobot, ​Harman / JBL, Advance Auto Parts, Traeger Grills, BlendJet, SoClean … … Read More

Stripe acquires Nigerian startup Paystack, which enables integration of payments services using an API, sources say for $200M+ (Ingrid Lunden/TechCrunch)


Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:

Stripe acquires Nigerian startup Paystack, which enables integration of payments services using an API, sources say for $200M+  —  When Stripe announced earlier this year that it had picked up another $600 million in funding, it said one big reason for the funding was to expand its API-based payments services into more geographies.… Read More

Google Analytics 4 launches with AI-powered insights, deeper integration with Google Ads, cross-device measurements, and more granular data controls (George Nguyen/Search Engine Land)


George Nguyen / Search Engine Land:

Google Analytics 4 launches with AI-powered insights, deeper integration with Google Ads, cross-device measurements, and more granular data controls  —  The new Analytics adds AI-powered insights, tracks users across devices and provides more granular data controls.… Read More