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ROKU SAYS ROKU OS-POWERED SMART TVS HELD 38% MARKET SHARE IN THE US AND 31% IN CANADA IN 2020, ACCORDING TO NPD (JASON GURWIN/THE STREAMABLE)

Roku says Roku OS-powered smart TVs held 38% market share in the US and 31% in Canada in 2020, according to NPD  —  Earlier in the week, Roku revealed that…

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Q&A WITH NYT’S KEVIN ROOSE ON HIS NEW BOOK FUTUREPROOF, HOW ROBOTIC PROCESS AUTOMATION MIGHT REPLACE SOME WHITE-COLLAR JOBS, MICROSOFT EXCEL TIKTOK, AND MORE (NILAY PATEL/THE VERGE)

Q&A with NYT’s Kevin Roose on his new book Futureproof, how robotic process automation might replace some white-collar jobs, Microsoft Excel TikTok, and more  —  As the editor-in-chief of The…

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ADGUARD PUBLISHES A LIST OF 6K+ TRACKERS ABUSING THE CNAME CLOAKING TECHNIQUE, WHICH LETS TRACKERS BYPASS MANY AD-BLOCKING AND ANTI-TRACKING PROTECTIONS (THOMAS CLABURN/THE REGISTER)

AdGuard publishes a list of 6K+ trackers abusing the CNAME cloaking technique, which lets trackers bypass many ad-blocking and anti-tracking protections  —  Assuming your content blocker can scrutinize DNS  — …

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COURT FILING: TIM COOK, PHIL SCHILLER, CRAIG FEDERIGHI, EDDY CUE, AND EX-IOS SOFTWARE CHIEF SCOTT FORSTALL ARE AMONG WITNESSES TO TESTIFY IN EPIC VS APPLE TRIAL (JULI CLOVER/MACRUMORS)

Court filing: Tim Cook, Phil Schiller, Craig Federighi, Eddy Cue, and ex-iOS software chief Scott Forstall are among witnesses to testify in Epic vs Apple trial  —  Apple today submitted…

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REPORT: 96.9% OF BAY AREA TECH STARTUPS REMAINED IN THE REGION IN 2020; OF THOSE THAT MOVED, 21% MOVED TO NEW YORK, 21% TO OTHER PARTS OF CA, AND 12% TO TX (ANNABELLE WILLIAMS/INSIDER)

Report: 96.9% of Bay Area tech startups remained in the region in 2020; of those that moved, 21% moved to New York, 21% to other parts of CA, and 12%…

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MADRID-BASED DIGITAL TEMP STAFFING AGENCY JOBANDTALENT RAISES ~$108M, BRINGING TOTAL RAISED TO $290M, SAYS IT HELPED 80K+ WORKERS WITH TEMPORARY GIGS LAST YEAR (NATASHA LOMAS/TECHCRUNCH)

Madrid-based digital temp staffing agency Jobandtalent raises ~$108M, bringing total raised to $290M, says it helped 80K+ workers with temporary gigs last year  —  Madrid-based Jobandtalent, a digital temp staffing…

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ANTHONY LEVANDOWSKI CLOSED HIS AI-FOCUSED CHURCH, WAY OF THE FUTURE, IN 2020 AND DONATED THE CHURCH’S ~$175K FUNDS TO THE NAACP LEGAL DEFENSE AND EDUCATION FUND (KIRSTEN KOROSEC/TECHCRUNCH)

Anthony Levandowski closed his AI-focused church, Way of The Future, in 2020 and donated the church’s ~$175K funds to the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund  —  Way of the…

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OAKLAND-BASED ONLINE RETAILER FOR SECONDHAND CLOTHES THREDUP CLOSES UP ~43% IN ITS NASDAQ DEBUT, AFTER PRICING SHARES AT $14 AND RAISING $168M IN ITS IPO (KATIE TSAI/CNBC)

Oakland-based online retailer for secondhand clothes thredUP closes up ~43% in its Nasdaq debut, after pricing shares at $14 and raising $168M in its IPO  —  – Sales of used…

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HIP, AN APP THAT CONNECTS COMMUTERS WITH THIRD-PARTY BUS AND SHUTTLE OPERATORS, SAYS IT HAS RAISED $12M AND ADDED B2B OFFERINGS (KIRSTEN KOROSEC/TECHCRUNCH)

Hip, an app that connects commuters with third-party bus and shuttle operators, says it has raised $12M and added B2B offerings  —  Nearly a year ago, the spread of COVID-19…

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COURSERA PRICES ITS SHARES AT THE TOP OF THE IPO RANGE, AT $33, RAISING $519M AND GIVING IT A MARKET VALUE OF ~$4.3B (BLOOMBERG)

Coursera prices its shares at the top of the IPO range, at $33, raising $519M and giving it a market value of ~$4.3B  —  Online education provider Coursera Inc. priced…

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