Jillian Deutsch / Bloomberg: EU lawmakers approve measures in the draft Digital Markets Act, including mandating messaging or social app interoperability and banning ad targeting to minors  —  – Competing messaging apps may have to be interoperable  — Companies would have to stop targeting some ads to minors

Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch: Vercel, which develops the Next.js framework, raises a $150M Series D at a $2.5B valuation, after raising a $102M Series C at a $1B valuation in June 2021  —  Only a few months ago, Vercel, the company behind the popular Next.js framework for front-end developers, announced …

Nick Harris / The Mail on Sunday: Analysis: 17 of 20 English Premier League clubs have signed commercial deals with cryptocurrency companies, drawing criticism for potentially exploiting fans  —  – A number of top-flight clubs have been criticised for monetising fan interaction  — Fears deals could replace top-flight clubs’ relationship with gambling companies

Mary Ann Azevedo / TechCrunch: São Paulo-based buy now, pay later startup TruePay raises a $32M Series A led by Addition, three months after raising an $8.5M seed  —  Global investors continue to be drawn to LatAm.  —  TruePay, a one-year-old São Paulo-based “buy now, pay later” startup …

Cade Metz / New York Times: Jay Last, a pioneer who founded Fairchild Semiconductor, which laid the technical, financial, and cultural foundation for Silicon Valley, dies at 92  —  He and seven others left the Shockley Semiconductor Laboratory to create their own silicon company, Fairchild Semiconductor …

Michelle F Davis / Bloomberg: Sword Health, which provides digital physical therapy, raises a $163M Series D at a $2B valuation led by Sapphire Ventures  —  – Valuation is more than 18 times where it was viewed in January  — Founder: One goal is to develop therapies that sidestep opiods

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 …

Kyle Bradshaw / 9to5Google: Google is rolling out a Messages update that shows iMessage reactions as Emojis  —  The latest update to Google Messages prepares for a new way to handle the annoying iMessage reaction messages often seen in mixed group chats.  —  Update: This feature has already begun rolling out for some, allowing us to see it in action.

Sujeong Lim / Counterpoint Research: Global smartwatch shipments in Q3 2021: Samsung’s share rose to 17% with Galaxy Watch 4 series launch, retaking #2 behind Apple, whose share dropped 10% YoY  —  – Samsung achieved its highest quarterly shipments with the launch of the Galaxy Watch 4 series, narrowing the gap with Apple.

Gené Teare / Crunchbase News: Thirty startups attained $10B+ valuations globally in 2021 so far, compared to 15 new decacorns in 2020 and five in 2019  —  More new startups valued at $10 billion or above have been minted in 2021—far more than in any prior year, and double the number created in 2020 …

Gillian Tan / Bloomberg: SoundHound, which offers voice AI tech to companies like Mercedes-Benz, Snap, and Mastercard, is going public via a SPAC merger at a ~$2.1B valuation  —  – Company counts Mercedes-Benz, Snap, Pandora among customers  — Shazam competitor’s technology can identify a song via humming

Sean Hollister / The Verge: The Apple Podcasts app’s review score went from 1.8 to 4.6 stars as Apple began prompting users to rate the app, confusing some into rating individual podcasts  —  Apple Podcasts rises above bad reviews, but at what cost?  —  You pissed off people by somewhat breaking your app, and they’re leaving angry reviews.

Steve Knopper / Billboard: Profile of Berlin-based Ableton, whose music production software changed the way recordings are produced and how DJs perform by eliminating cumbersome equipment  —  Gerhard Behles and his partners wrote the code that makes modern pop sing — and makes investors drool.  But they’re not selling.

Eli Tan / CoinDesk: Scotland-based BetDEX, which is building a sports betting protocol on the Solana blockchain, raises a $21M seed led by FTX and Paradigm  —  Crypto exchange FTX and crypto investment firm Paradigm led the raise, which included a number of prominent venture capital firms.

Richard Waters / Financial Times: During its Q3 earnings call, Nvidia says the FTC has “expressed concerns” about its Arm acquisition, adding to regulatory pressure from the UK and EU  —  Chipmaker discloses FTC highlighted potential objections, adding to UK and European scrutiny of the deal

Bloomberg: Q&A with AWS CEO Adam Selipsky on plans for sector-specific products, such as for healthcare or telecoms, a shift from Jassy’s one-size-fits-all approach  —  In an interview with Bloomberg TV, Adam Selipsky says a new push to build targeted cloud services for the healthcare …

The Economic Times: Indian startup GoKwik, which helps e-commerce merchants improve conversions and lower return rates, raises a $15M Series A led by Sequoia Capital India  —  GoKwik plans to use the funds to expand its client base to social commerce startups, scale up the product and technology teams and launch new products.

Tage Kene-Okafor / TechCrunch: South African payments gateways service Ozow, which makes online transactions simpler, raises a $48M Series B led by Tencent  —  According to a 2019 report by Deloitte, about 80% of South Africans have a bank account but only 24% of them make more than three transactions monthly.

Rob Pegoraro / PCMag: Pew: 42% of US users read Twitter primarily for entertainment, 20% for news; one-third of users visit Twitter less than once a week, 66% visit at least weekly  —  More tweeps read Twitter primarily for entertainment, but among the 69% who report getting news on Twitter …

Fred Wilson / AVC: Seed rounds at $100M post-money valuations, now fairly common, are unlikely to perform well for investors, given dilution and early startups’ high failure rate  —  We have been seeing quite a few seed rounds getting done in and around $100mm post-money and that concerns me for a few reasons: