Texas Justices Urged To Revise Responsible Third Party Rule  Law360

Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: Formative, a student learning and analytics service with at least one teacher signed up in 92% of all US school districts, raises $70M led by Summit Partners  —  Tests are king in many school systems and other educational environments: they are seen as an efficient way to assess …

Jacquelyn Melinek / Blockworks: Bitwise Asset Management, known for managing crypto index funds, raises $70M Series B co-led by Elad Gil and Electric Capital and says it’s now valued at $500M+  —  – Bitwise has over $1.5 billion in assets under management, up 25% from the previous $1.2 billion AUM at the end of Q1

The Verge: The Senate votes 69-28 to confirm Lina Khan, an antitrust expert who wrote the “Amazon Antitrust Paradox”, to the FTC, giving Democrats a majority  —  Congress is preparing to take drastic action against tech monopolies  —  The Senate confirmed Lina Khan as commissioner …

The Block: dYdX, which develops decentralized financial derivative products on the Ethereum blockchain, raises $65M Series C after a $10M Series B four months ago  —  Quick Take  — A number of crypto liquidity providers have also invested in dYdX, which hopes to become one of the world’s largest crypto exchanges …

Protesters demand laid off Dandelion Chocolate employees get jobs back  Mission Local

Adtalem Recruits Hub Group General Counsel as New Top Lawyer  Bloomberg Law

Employee Housing Law Lands Santa Maria in Hot Water with HUD  Noozhawk

New Law Prohibits Florida Businesses From Requiring Vaccine Passport From Patrons And Customers – Employment and HR – United States  Mondaq News Alerts

Velo3D CEO in Campbell fights to require COVID-19 vaccine for employees at work  KGO-TV

Workers push back against hospitals requiring COVID vaccines  WTOP

Jaewon Kang / Wall Street Journal: Grocery courier Boxed says it will go public via SPAC at a $900M valuation; CEO Chieh Huang says the company isn’t profitable  —  Delivery companies are pursuing new customers as pandemic-fueled sales growth cools  —  Grocery courier Boxed Inc. said it would go public through a merger …

Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: Stripe announces Stripe Identity, a self-serve tool for companies that can be used to verify identities using AI, launching in 30 countries in beta  —  A number of startups (eg, here, here, here and here) have fashioned themselves as the “Stripe for identity verification” …

Chris Welch / The Verge: Review of the new $150 Beats Studio Buds: comfortable design and good sound quality but poor ANC, and some AirPods features are missing like audio sharing  —  Beats tried to do a lot at once — probably too much — with its new earbuds  —  The new Studio Buds are Beats’ second pair …

Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer: In a week-long operation, Interpol took down ~113K web links to fake pharmacies, and in another recent operation it recovered ~$83M for victims of online crime  —  The Interpol (International Criminal Police Organisation) has taken down thousands of online marketplaces that posed as pharmacies …

Sara Fischer / Axios: YouTube will stop accepting ads for its masthead ad unit from certain verticals, including election and political ads, alcohol, gambling, and prescription drugs  —  The masthead is often the platform’s most expensive and sought-after ad unit.

State auditor finds lots of illegal activity  The Daily Breeze

CalOSHA COVID-19 ETS Revised Proposal for June 17 Board Vote  The National Law Review

Employment law specialist sees leap in businesses asking about flexible working  The Scotsman