Daily grabs another $40M so developers can add video, audio features to any product – TechCrunch

We’ve all embraced video calls, whether it is with our work colleague or our physician, but for developers, it remains a challenge to build both real-time audio and video features into products.

That’s where Daily comes in. The company provides APIs so developers can add those features into products or websites using just two lines of code. Use cases include video calls, audio-only apps, webinars, live classes, interactive collaboration, e-commerce, customer support, IoT and robotics.

Since being founded in 2015, the company has amassed a customer list that includes AppFolio, HotDoc, Pitch, Kumospace and Teamflow, and its customers report seeing up to 80% fewer video call errors after using Daily, Kwindla Hultman Kramer, co-founder and CEO of Daily, told TechCrunch via email.

Following an 18-month time period of rapid growth, which included seeing from 10 times to 30 times increase in all the metrics the company tracks — overall traffic volume, freemium sign-ups, paid usage and the number of customers scaling applications on top of the platform — Daily today announced $40 million in Series B funding.

“The most interesting trend we’re seeing is that new use cases for video and audio are showing up every week,” Hultman Kramer said. “We’ve seen the growth of events platforms, new social/spatial video environments, live commerce, live classes, fitness and workout applications, and a huge amount of experimentation in education and tutoring, just to name a few.”

Renegade Partners led the round, which included new investors Heritage Group, Cendana Capital and Sean Rose, and participation from existing investors including Lachy Groom, Tiger Global, Freestyle Ventures, Slack Fund, Root VC, Moxxie, Haystack Ventures, Todd & Rahul’s Angel Fund, David Eckstein and Aston Motes.

The latest round brings total funding to over $60 million, which includes a $4.6 million round raised in May 2020. The company is not sharing its valuation, but Hultman Kramer revealed that valuation stepped up three times with each of the three funding rounds the company raised in the last 18 months.

The global video conferencing market was valued at $5.8 billion in 2020 and is expected to…


Cyber security likely lacking for US businesses | Business | – The Daily Progress

Cyber security likely lacking for US businesses | Business |  The Daily Progress


Yet another computer hack | Chatham Daily News

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It seems that hardly a day passes that we do not read about another computer hack of a company with a large database of information, exposing the personal information of millions of customers.

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The latest in this sad parade of perfidy is a data breach at T-Mobile affecting almost 50 million people. T-Mobile is a leader in 5G wireless communication and has more than 100 million customers.

The breach involved details of customers and prospective customers who had applied for credit. It included names, birthdates and social security and driver licence numbers — all the information needed to spoof someone’s identity.

And It gets worse. About 850,000 customers also had their personal identification numbers stolen.

In a statement, T-Mobile said: “Customers trust us with their private information and we safeguard it with the utmost concern. A recent cybersecurity incident put some of that data in harm’s way, and we apologize for that. We take this very seriously, and we strive for transparency in the status of our investigation and what we’re doing to help protect you.”

Nice words but this is at least the fourth security breach at T-Mobile.

Security breaches happen all the time. Consider: Yahoo, three billion accounts compromised; Alibaba, 1.1 billion pieces of user data exposed; Linkedin, 700 million users compromised; Facebook, 533 million users compromised; Marriott International,500 million users compromised. The list goes on and on.

The most prevalent reason for breaches is that companies do not take adequate care with their customer’s data.

The worst part is that people who trusted these companies with their data are now faced with potential identity theft, changing PINs, replacing debit and credit cards and anxiously waiting to see if they have been compromised.

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The companies say sorry and sometimes pay a fine, but life goes on until the next security breach.

There is no excuse for multiple security breaches at large companies.

Sure, software is complicated and you cannot always be aware of bugs in a program until a breach occurs. But there are things that can be done to minimize the odds of suffering a breach and also…


City of Flagstaff battles state over minimum wage | Kingman Daily Miner

PHOENIX – The outcome of a legal fight between Flagstaff and state lawmakers could affect the decision by residents of other cities whether they want to impose their own minimum wage.

Attorney Roopali Desai who represents the city wants a judge to void a provision in the new state budget assessing the city more than $1.1 million. That is supposed to represent the additional costs borne by the state between the current $12.15 an hour in Arizona law and the higher figure approved by Flagstaff voters in 2016, currently set at $15.

In new filings in Maricopa County Superior Court, Desai disputes the figure.

She noted the Flagstaff ordinance specifically exempts state employees. And Desai said some of the other claims of higher costs, like from Coconino Community College, really are not obligations of the state.

But the heart of her claim is that the provision itself is unconstitutional.

Desai pointed out that both the original 2006 statewide initiative that first established a state minimum wage and a 2016 revision that increased the numbers specifically allow local communities to establish their own wage laws. The only requirement is that the figure be at least as much as what the state requires.

She contends the law requiring the reimbursement runs afoul of the Voter Protection Act, a constitutional provision which bars the Legislature from repealing or altering anything approved at the ballot box.

The only exception is when a legislative act “furthers the purpose” of what voters approved, something Desai said this does not do. And even if it did, she said it would still require a three-fourths vote of both the House and Senate, which this measure did not get.

The state is fighting the measure, with an emergency hearing set for later this month before Judge James Smith.

Katie Conner, spokeswoman for Attorney General Mark Brnovich, said he is defending the law because it will “protect taxpayers from having to absorb the costs associated with a city or town’s decision to raise the minimum wage.”

Central to the fight is a provision that first appeared in the 2019-2020 budget. It allows the Legislature to allocate – and the state…