• Monzo, a UK-based digital bank, raises ~$144M Series F led by Y Combinator’s Continuity fund at a ~$2.5B post-money valuation, about double from October (Steve O’Hear/TechCrunch)
  • Telegram adds the ability to create and join location-based group chats and add contacts without phone numbers (Telegram)
  • Early impressions of macOS Catalina, which will usher in a new era of cross platform apps, as it enters public beta today (Daniel Eran Dilger/AppleInsider)

What OpenStreetMap Can Be

An anonymous reader shares a blog post on OpenSourceMap: Most OSM commentary focuses on unimportant minutiae (layers, for goodness’ sake, as if it’s still 2004) without seeking to examine what makes OSM unique — and whether that’s still relevant in a rapidly changing market. Could OSM become a dead-end curio while Google, Apple, and an increasingly self-sufficient Mapbox hare off in another, common direction? OSM’s continuing differentiation from Google/Apple boils…

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Teen Allegedly Broke Into a Couple’s Home To Ask For Their WiFi Password, Police Say

A 17-year-old has been accused of breaking into a couple’s home in Northern California and asking for their WiFi password, hours after he had asked nearby neighbors for theirs, authorities said. From a report: Police in Palo Alto said the teen, whose name has not been released, went to a home in Silicon Valley late Saturday and asked to use the residents’ WiFi network “because he was out of data,”…

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‘Blood Moon’, the Longest Total Lunar Eclipse of the Century, Underway

Skywatchers are being treated to the longest “blood moon” eclipse of the 21st Century. From a report: As it rises, during this total eclipse, Earth’s natural satellite turns a striking shade of red or ruddy brown. The “totality” period, when light from the Moon is totally obscured, will last for one hour, 43 minutes. At least part of the eclipse is visible from Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Australia, most…

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IBM wins $83M from Groupon for infringing on ecommerce patents (Christopher Yasiejko/Bloomberg)

Christopher Yasiejko / Bloomberg: IBM wins $83M from Groupon for infringing on ecommerce patents  —  – Patent case IBM’s first to go to jury in at least 20 years  — Win adds value for IBM’s portfolio of more than 45,000 patents  —  A U.S. jury awarded International Business Machines Corp. $83.5 million after finding … Source: http://www.techmeme.com

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New York State Public Service Commission voted to revoke approval of the 2016 Charter/TWC merger saying company failed to meet broadband buildout obligations (Chloe Aiello/CNBC)

Chloe Aiello / CNBC: New York State Public Service Commission voted to revoke approval of the 2016 Charter/TWC merger saying company failed to meet broadband buildout obligations  —  – The New York State Public Service Commission voted on Friday to revoke its approval of the 2016 merger agreement between Charter Communications and Time Warner Cable. Source: http://www.techmeme.com

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State Governments Warned of Malware-Laden CD Sent Via Snail Mail From China

Security reporter Brian Krebs writes: Several U.S. state and local government agencies have reported receiving strange letters via snail mail that include malware-laden compact discs (CDs) apparently sent from China, KrebsOnSecurity has learned. This particular ruse, while crude and simplistic, preys on the curiosity of recipients who may be enticed into popping the CD into a computer. According to a non-public alert shared with state and local government agencies by…

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