Shopify Google Maps accuses "rogue" employees of data breach, adds COVID-19 data, and China pushes against TikTok deal. This is your daily crisis for September 23, 2020.
The big story: Shopify confirms data breach
The e-commerce platform accused two “villains” of its support team of stealing customer data from “fewer than 200 merchants”. Shopify said it fired the employees in question and referred the matter to the FBI.
In a blog post, the company announced that the data concerned included names, postal addresses and order details, but not “full payment card numbers or other sensitive personal or financial information”. The company also said there was no evidence that the data was used.
A merchant gave theinformationsuperhighway a copy of its notice from Shopify stating that the last four digits of customers' payment cards were also carried over.
The technology giants
Amazon removes the $ 500 Prime Bike, saying it has nothing to do with the peloton tee. Echelon Fitness said it developed the Prime bike "in partnership with Amazon," but Amazon says it doesn't.
Google Maps gets a COVID-19 layer – Google Maps users can see a color-coded map that shows the number of cases per 100,000 people.
The 20 best apps for customizing iOS home screens hit 5.7 million installs after iOS 14 was released. The three most downloaded apps (Widgetsmith, Color Widgets and Photo Widget) account for 95% of those 5.7 million downloads.
Startups, Financing and Venture Capital
China Says It Will Not Approve TikTok Sale, Calling It "Blackmail" – An editorial in the Chinese Communist Party's official English-language newspaper said China has no reason to approve the "dirty" and "unfair" deal.
Zoom's earliest investors are putting millions on better zoom for schools – ClassEDU is a new startup from former Blackboard CEO Michael Chasen that aims to answer the question: what if someone created a zoom experience that wasn't just for classrooms designed but also marketed?
Endel is raising $ 5 million to create personalized “sound environments” that improve productivity and sleep. I tried it myself and listened to Endel's mix of calming music and white noise while I was working.
Advice and analysis of extra crunch
Fundraising Lessons from David Rogier of MasterClass – Rogier Says Entrepreneurs Should Try Fundraising Before Getting Started.
Scaling to 100 million US dollars ARR: 3 founders share their findings – For this disrupt panel, Alex Wilhelm spoke with Egnyte CEO Vineet Jain, Kaltura President Michal Tsur and GitLab CEO Sid Sijbrandij.
Dear Sophie, is it possible to get through I-751 and citizenship after the divorce? – Another edition of Dear Sophie, the column of advice that answers questions about immigration while working in technology companies.
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New York Sports Club owner data breach reveals customer data – Town Sports International, the parent company of New York Sports Clubs and Christ’s gyms, is cleaning up after a security breach that exposed customer data.
Curly The curling robot throws stones like a professional – researchers have developed Curly as a robot that can observe the real world and act accordingly precisely and strategically.
TC Sessions Mobility 2020 starts in two weeks – Speakers include JB Straubel, CEO of Redwood Materials, and Celina Mikolajczak, Vice President for Battery Technology at Panasonic Energy of North America.
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