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1. Microsoft will buy AI firm Nuance for $19.7 billion. In its second-largest purchase ever, Microsoft agreed to buy Nuance as a way to bolster healthcare tech. Here’s how the acquisition will accomplish that.
2. Facebook’s top execs took home hefty bonuses at the end of 2020. COO Sheryl Sandberg and CFO David Wehner’s nearly $1 million bonuses were awarded partially around the company’s “election integrity efforts.” What we know about their 110% bonuses.
3. A reporter who researches and writes about scams shares how not to get tricked. The journalist fell for a dangerous Google Voice scam — and shares what you can do to protect yourself. Here’s how to avoid a Google Voice scam.
4. Google’s cofounders have joined the $100 billion club. Larry Page and Sergey Brin are now worth more than $100 billion, making them two of only eight centibillionaires in the world. More on their fortunes — and who else is on the list — here.
5. An Apple exec will attend an antitrust hearing after an awkward exchange of letters with senators. The senators accused Apple of refusing to attend the hearing — but Apple said it was just asking for alternative dates. More on that miscommunication here.
6. Bitcoin rose above $61,200 on Monday as the crypto market’s focus turned to Coinbase’s IPO. All eyes are on Coinbase this week as it prepares for its direct listing on the Nasdaq, which one analyst described as “definitely a supportive move” for bitcoin.
7. Cybersecurity startup Darktrace is planning an IPO with a target $4 billion valuation. Its listing will be another test of investor appetite for tech listings in the UK, after Deliveroo flopped on its debut in March.
8. Elon Musk’s Neuralink could transition from implanting chips in monkeys to human trials within the year. A recent video showed a monkey playing video games with its mind. Musk has said he plans to test on people by the end of the year. But he’s not the first to get a monkey to control a computer with its mind — a brief history of that here.
9. A VC laid out the two strategies he believes made $95 billion Stripe so successful. We spoke with OpenView partner Sanjiv Kalevar — who isn’t an investor in Stripe, but who told us how he thinks the company made it big. These are the two reasons.
10. These are the top 10 security companies helping Amazon Web Services customers protect their data. We spoke with security and IT professionals who told us their picks for the top cybersecurity companies and products in the AWS ecosystem. View their choices here.
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