Tom Matsuda / The Block: Crypto payments service MoonPay, which lets users buy with card, Apple Pay, and more, raises $555M led by Coatue and Tiger Global at a $3.4B valuation  —  Quick Take  — MoonPay has closed a $555 million raise led by Coatue and Tiger Global.  Existing investor Blossom Capital and new investors NEA …

Amrith Ramkumar / Wall Street Journal: Gett, which helps companies organize their ride-hailing, taxi, and limousine booking options, is going public via a SPAC merger at a ~$1.1B valuation  —  Company joins with ride-hailing operators to organize transportation options into one platform for corporate customers

Charles Mandel / BetaKit: Generac Holdings to buy smart thermostat startup Ecobee for $650M in cash and stock, plus up to $120M in stock if targets are hit, expects deal to close in Q4  —  Wisconsin-based Generac Holdings is acquiring smart thermostat startup Ecobee for up to $770 million, contingent on the achievement of certain performance targets.

Zheping Huang / Bloomberg: Kuaishou’s CEO Su Hua is stepping down, will remain chairman of the short-form video company; fellow co-founder Cheng Yixiao will be the new CEO  —  – Billionaire Su Hua cedes CEO role to co-founder Cheng Yixiao  — Su will focus on long-term strategy at the TikTok rival

Kif Leswing / CNBC: Intel Q3: revenue of $18.1B, up 5% YoY, vs. $18.2B est., Client Computing Group revenue fell 2% to $9.7B due to component shortages; stock down 7%+ after hours  —  – Intel reported third-quarter earnings on Thursday.  — The semiconductor company is in a period of massive capital expenditure …

Juli Clover / MacRumors: macOS Monterey release candidate reintroduces Safari’s old tab design as the default and Monterey’s original Safari design as a “Compact” option  —  Apple has admitted defeat on the Safari design changes that have been present for the entire macOS Monterey beta …

Mark Sweney / The Guardian: Netflix UK reports revenue of £172M in 2020, up 43% YoY, and pre-tax profits of £19.4M, up 50% YoY, and ~2M new subscribers, for an estimated total of 13M  —  Streaming company adds 2 million UK subscribers in 2020 and vows to pay more tax  —  Netflix paid just £4m …

Mary Ann Azevedo / TechCrunch: Matik, which offers businesses data-driven and automated tools for making personalized PowerPoint presentations for customers, raises $20M Series A led by a16z  —  Matik, which has created automated data-driven software for customizing Google Slides or PowerPoint presentations …

Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat: Aquant, which uses AI to provide customer service insights by analyzing a company’s service data, raises $70M Series C, bringing its total raised to $110M  —  Join gaming leaders online at GamesBeat Summit Next this upcoming November 9-10.  Learn more about what comes next.

Joel Stinnett / Nashville Business Journal: Nashville-based Built Technologies, which provides cloud-based construction lending software, raises $125M Series D led by TCV at a $1.5B valuation  —  Music City is home to Titans, Predators — and now, unicorns.  —  Nashville-based fintech Built Technologies has secured a $125 million round of funding …

FinSMEs: Shenzen-based Pudu Robotics, which makes commercial service robots for use in airports, restaurants, supermarkets, and hospitals, raises $155M Series C  —  Pudu Robotics, a Shenzen, China-based commercial service robots company, completed an approx. $78m C2-series financing.

Janko Roettgers / Protocol: Sources: Google plans to add free, ad-supported streaming TV channels to Google TV and has held talks with media companies that provide the channels  —  Google is looking to make its Chromecast streaming device more appealing to cord cutters.  The company has plans to add free TV channels to Google TV …

Salvador Rodriguez / CNBC: Adam Mosseri faces criticism after comparing social media to cars, saying “cars create way more value than they destroy”, even though people die in accidents  —  – Facebook Instagram chief Adam Mosseri came under a flurry of criticism after comparing the value of social networks to society to that of cars.

Makena Kelly / The Verge: Senate Commerce Committee’s consumer protection panel to launch a probe into Facebook after reports it was aware of the harm Instagram can cause teenage girls  —  Democrats call on the company to abandon Instagram for kids  —  Two top lawmakers on the Senate Commerce Committee’s panel …

Kim Lyons / The Verge: DoorDash files another lawsuit against NYC, saying a new law requiring it to share customer data with restaurants constitutes an invasion of user privacy  —  The delivery platform says the law raises customer privacy concerns  —  Food delivery company DoorDash has filed yet another lawsuit …

Stephen Graves / Decrypt: Mastercard acquires CipherTrace, which offers a crypto-focused analytics service that specializes in anti-money laundering and forensics  —  Mastercard has announced that it has acquired cryptocurrency tracking firm CipherTrace with a view to providing “additional transparency and support” for the emerging ecosystem of digital assets.

Jason Schreier / Bloomberg: Former PlayStation boss Shawn Layden reveals he left due to burnout, and says the industry has a sustainability problem due to rising game development costs  —  This week: a game about ancient history and a massive video game company investment.  But first: the former boss …

Margaret Harding McGill / Axios: Biden admin says Mina Hsiang will lead the US Digital Service, working on crises across the government; Hsiang previously worked on HealthCare.gov’s rescue team  —  Mina Hsiang will lead the U.S. Digital Service, the Office of Management and Budget told Axios Thursday, as the Biden administration beefs …

Manish Singh / TechCrunch: Pakistan-based Bazaar, which operates a B2B marketplace for merchants and helps them digitize their bookkeeping, raises the country’s largest Series A at $30M  —  A one-year-old startup that is building a business-to-business marketplace for merchants in Pakistan and also helping them digitize …

Cecilia D’Anastasio / Wired: Report says Roblox exploits young game developers, many of them children, including by making it difficult to withdraw money earned through microtransactions  —  A new report claims that the massive video game platform can exploit young developers.  —  ROBLOX has become a video game titan …