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INDIAN SOCIAL COMMERCE STARTUP MEESHO RAISES $300M SERIES E LED BY SOFTBANK VISION FUND 2, WITH PARTICIPATION FROM FACEBOOK AND OTHERS, AT A $2.1B VALUATION (MANISH SINGH/TECHCRUNCH)

Indian social commerce startup Meesho raises $300M Series E led by SoftBank Vision Fund 2, with participation from Facebook and others, at a $2.1B valuation  —  Meesho said on Monday…

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PROFILE OF BITMEX COFOUNDER ARTHUR HAYES, WHO REMAINS AT LARGE AFTER THE CFTC FILED A SUIT AGAINST BITMEX FOR ALLEGEDLY RUNNING AN UNREGISTERED TRADING PLATFORM (ADAM CIRALSKY/VANITY FAIR)

  Profile of BitMEX cofounder Arthur Hayes, who remains at large after the CFTC filed a suit against BitMEX for allegedly running an unregistered trading platform  —  The BitMEX cofounder…

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SNAP ANNOUNCES A NEW DIGITAL LITERACY PROGRAM ON SNAPCHAT, COVERING DATA PRIVACY AND SECURITY (SARA FISCHER/AXIOS)

Snap announces a new digital literacy program on Snapchat, covering data privacy and security  —  Snapchat on Thursday unveiled a new digital literacy program aimed at educating its users about…

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BLOOMREACH, WHICH HELPS E-COMMERCE CUSTOMERS WITH SEARCH AND WEBSITE CREATION, RAISES $150M LED BY SIXTH STREET GROWTH AT A $900M VALUATION (RON MILLER/TECHCRUNCH)

Bloomreach, which helps e-commerce customers with search and website creation, raises $150M led by Sixth Street Growth at a $900M valuation  —  Bloomreach, an API company that helps eCommerce customers…

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A GROUP OF LITHIUM COMPANIES COMPLETE THE RECYCLING LOOP

“What are we going to do with all those batteries?” That’s a common question anti-EV and cleantech skeptics are always asking. In reality, it’s usually not a question they expect…

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FACEBOOK IS TESTING A NEW OPT-IN FEATURE FOR SELECT USERS IN INDIA THAT WILL PROMOTE THEIR INSTAGRAM REELS ON FACEBOOK (VIKAS SN/THE ECONOMIC TIMES)

Facebook is testing a new opt-in feature for select users in India that will promote their Instagram Reels on Facebook  —  India is the first market where this feature is…

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FACEBOOK ANNOUNCES F8 REFRESH ON JUNE 2, A SINGLE-DAY, VIRTUAL-ONLY CONFERENCE FOR DEVELOPERS WITHOUT A MARK ZUCKERBERG KEYNOTE (INGRID LUNDEN/TECHCRUNCH)

Facebook announces F8 Refresh on June 2, a single-day, virtual-only conference for developers without a Mark Zuckerberg keynote  —  After a few twists and turns and then ultimately cancelling its…

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HOW APPLE RAMPED UP ITS LOBBYING IN AZ, INCLUDING HIRING GOV. DUCEY’S EX-CHIEF OF STAFF, AMID A PROPOSED BILL TO LET APP DEVS TO USE 3RD-PARTY PAYMENT SYSTEMS (EMILY BIRNBAUM/PROTOCOL)

How Apple ramped up its lobbying in AZ, including hiring Gov. Ducey’s ex-chief of staff, amid a proposed bill to let app devs to use 3rd-party payment systems  —  Arizona…

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MUSLIM PRAYER APP SALAAT FIRST, WITH 10M+ ANDROID DOWNLOADS, TRACKS USERS’ LOCATION IN THE UK, GERMANY, FRANCE, AND ITALY AND SELLS IT TO DATA BROKER PREDICIO (JOSEPH COX/VICE)

Muslim prayer app Salaat First, with 10M+ Android downloads, tracks users’ location in the UK, Germany, France, and Italy and sells it to data broker Predicio  —  Salaat First has…

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FAA APPROVES THE FIRST FULLY AUTOMATED COMMERCIAL DRONE FLIGHTS, LETTING MASSACHUSETTS-BASED AMERICAN ROBOTICS OPERATE ITS DRONES IN RURAL AREAS BELOW 400 FEET (WALL STREET JOURNAL)

FAA approves the first fully automated commercial drone flights, letting Massachusetts-based American Robotics operate its drones in rural areas below 400 feet  —  American Robotics granted permission to operate drones…

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