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January 26, 2015, 2:00 AM
 

January 26, 2015

1:50 AM  •
Kyle Orland / Ars Technica:  PlayStation Now performs remarkably well on a fast connection, proving game streaming can work
12:45 AM  •
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:  Cablevision to launch Wi-Fi-only mobile phone service Freewheel; $9.95/month if bundled with home internet, $29.95 for other customers

January 25, 2015

11:40 PM  •
Patrick Tucker / Defense One:  Obama's cyber plan raises questions about data anonymization, chilling effects for researchers
10:05 PM  •
Guardian:  WikiLeaks demands answers after being notified that Google handed over three staffers' emails to the US government in 2012
9:55 PM  •
Jon Southurst / CoinDesk:  Coinbase to launch first regulated US bitcoin exchange on Monday, approved by half of all state regulators
8:40 PM  •
Mike Beasley / 9to5Mac:  Tweetbot for Mac pulled from App Store after authentication issues, possibly tied to Twitter token limits
7:35 PM  •
Ashlee Vance / Businessweek:  Profile of OneWeb founder Greg Wyler and his plan to launch 648 low-orbit internet satellites by 2018 amid burgeoning competition
5:00 PM  •
Aloysius Low / CNET:  Xiaomi Mi Note review: refined hardware, distinct design, limited LTE support outside of Asia
2:10 PM  •
Bogdan Petrovan / Android Authority:  Cyanogen's CEO says they'll be independent from Google in 3-5 years, offering its own app store in 18 months and alternatives to Google apps
12:45 PM  •
Quinn Norton / Medium:  Barrett Brown sentence shows increasing dangers of security journalism, and why reporters should step back until laws are fixed
11:15 AM  •
Nick Heath / ZDNet:  Mozilla adds WebVR support to Firefox Nightly, enabling Oculus Rift with add-on
9:55 AM  •
Kara Swisher / Re/code:  In response to rise of programmatic advertising, AOL drastically restructures ad sales staff
9:05 AM  •
Phil Goldstein / FierceWireless:  Report: Qualcomm working on updated Snapdragon 810 chip for Samsung's Galaxy S6
5:30 AM  •
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:  Saavn, 'India's Spotify', Reveals It Has 11M Monthly Users And Hires Ex-Google Exec
1:55 AM  •
Ben Fox Rubin / CNET:  Taiwan-based mobile phone chipmaker MediaTek plans US expansion to challenge Qualcomm

January 24, 2015

11:10 PM  •
The Verge:  11 of 14 projects in Sundance Film Festival's experimental showcase use virtual reality
8:15 PM  •
Carmel DeAmicis / Gigaom:  What 1,000 attendees at Product Hunt's happy hour show about tech culture and the company's future
5:25 PM  •
Carolyn Said / San Francisco Chronicle:  California DMV stops making Uber drivers get commercial license plates; policy review pending
5:00 PM  •
The Verge:  How Bahrain's government used FinFisher spyware to target a political activist
2:05 PM  •
Mario Aguilar / Gizmodo:  Music artists who refuse YouTube's aggressive Music Key terms lose all YouTube monetization options
11:00 AM  •
Adam Lashinsky / Fortune:  Behind Jawbone's transition from making earpieces to wireless speakers to fitness trackers
6:40 AM  •
Patrick Wintour / Guardian:  UK's House of Lords plans to debate revised “snooper's charter” surveillance bill Monday
1:55 AM  •
Brian Donohue / Threatpost:  Report: automated tank gauges at over 5,000 US gas stations are vulnerable to remote hacks

January 23, 2015

11:40 PM  •
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:  Walmart starts selling its Vudu Spark streaming stick for $25
9:25 PM  •
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:  Google Launches Private Docker Repositories For Cloud Platform Users
7:10 PM  •
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:  Sony, Google, Apple Hit With Lawsuits Over Pre-1972 Music
5:25 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Pinterest says US male user base grew 73% year-over-year in 2014, debuts search filters that better cater to users' gender
4:40 PM  •
Husain Sumra / MacRumors:  Popular Task Management App ‘Any.do’ Comes to Mac
3:55 PM  •
Associated Press:  Changes to HealthCare.gov now limit personal data shared with tracking websites
3:30 PM  •
BuzzFeed:  Uber suspended at least a dozen drivers because they complied with California law and registered commercial plates
3:30 PM  •
Bloomberg:  Box shares close at $23.23, up over 65% on first day of trading after $175M IPO
2:50 PM  •
Rene Ritchie / iMore:  Google's Project Zero discloses three OS X vulnerabilities requiring access to machine; Apple's fix is still only in Yosemite's beta build
2:30 PM  •
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:  Microsoft releases new Windows 10 preview with Cortana, revamped Start menu, and Xbox app
2:15 PM  •
Jack Chang / Associated Press:  China blocks VPN services that skirt online censorship
1:45 PM  •
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:  New Windows 10 Build With Cortana And Xbox App Now Available For Insiders
1:05 PM  •
GoPro:  GoPro, NHL team up to offer live HD footage from the player's perspective starting All-Star Weekend
12:35 PM  •
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:  Microsoft Acquires Revolution Analytics To Bolster Its Analytics Services
12:10 PM  •
Zac Hall / 9to5Google:  Sprint targeting T-Mobile customers w/ $200 min. trade-in offer for switchers
11:45 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Google Joins Apple, Others Cutting Off Crimea, Blocks AdWords, AdSense, Google Play
11:25 AM  •
Reuters:  Obama quietly abandoned proposal to put phone metadata collected by NSA under non-governmental control
11:05 AM  •
Marco della Cava / USA Today:  Ford opens new Silicon Valley research lab to attract tech talent, work on autonomous cars
10:45 AM  •
Andy Greenberg / Wired:  Ulbricht Confessed to Running Silk Road, His College Friend Testifies
10:15 AM  •
Alex Wilhelm / TechCrunch:  Box opens at over $20 per share, 44% above IPO price, giving it a valuation of around $2.5B
10:05 AM  •
Dennis Schaal / Skift:  Expedia Acquires Travelocity for $280 Million
8:55 AM  •
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:  Apple HomeKit incompatible with home automation accessories not licensed as MFi products that connect over WiFi, like Nest Thermostat
7:50 AM  •
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:  Bill and Melinda Gates annual letter: How the smartphone will lift up the world
4:45 AM  •
New York Times:  Winklevoss Twins Aim to Take Bitcoin Mainstream With a Regulated Exchange
3:40 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Hutchison Says It's In Exclusive Negotiations To Buy UK's O2 For Up To £10.25B
1:55 AM  •
Andreessen Horowitz:  Andreessen Horowitz explains 16 tech trends of interest including VR and machine learning
1:30 AM  •
Leon Spencer / ZDNet:  Uber relaunches in Delhi with radio taxi licence
12:45 AM  •
Fortune:  Cover story on the rise of unicorns: 80+ private companies achieve valuations of at least $1B

January 22, 2015

11:30 PM  •
Avik Das / Reuters:  Underwriter: Box IPO priced at $14 per share, valuing company at $1.67B
11:10 PM  •
Roger Cheng / CNET:  Verizon: Don't expect us to offer a data rollover plan
9:55 PM  •
John McDermott / Digiday:  Sources: Snapchat's Discover feature will include content created by newly hired media team
9:15 PM  •
Tim Higgins / Bloomberg:  Tim Cook's compensation doubled to $9.22M in 2014; retail executive Angela Ahrendts received $73.4M
8:35 PM  •
Tim Peterson / AdAge:  Facebook enabling advertisers to target people posting on Super Bowl topics in near real time
8:00 PM  •
Sean Michael Kerner / eWeek:  Ravello raises $28M round led by Qualcomm and SanDisk Ventures for nested cloud virtualization
7:26 PM  •
Avik Das / Reuters:  Underwriter: Box IPO priced at $14 per share, valuing company at $1.67B
7:05 PM  •
Martin Beck / Marketing Land:  Twitter launches Bing translation of tweets on iOS, Android, and web
6:25 PM  •
Jason Parker / CNET:  Apple's Logic Pro X 10.1 adds new sounds and popular musical genres
5:50 PM  •
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:  J.Crew CEO Millard Drexler is retiring from Apple's Board of Directors; no replacement named
5:20 PM  •
Todd Spangler / Variety:  Vimeo launches Publisher Network, where partners can sell VOD titles on their sites; first partners include CBS, Atlantic, and TEN
4:40 PM  •
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:  In addition to Project Spartan, Windows 10 will include Internet Explorer for enterprise sites
4:10 PM  •
Sean O'Kane / The Verge:  Spotify updates iOS app with Touch Preview, a quick way to sample and discover music using gestures
3:50 PM  •
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:  Google Suggesting Firefox Users Change Their Search Engine & Home Page
3:30 PM  •
Shara Tibken / CNET:  Surface devices running Windows RT will not be updated with a full version of Windows 10
3:05 PM  •
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:  Apple targets Watch battery life of 2.5 hours heavy use and 3.5 hours standard use; pure standby battery life likely to be 2-3 days; CPU said to be A5-caliber
2:50 PM  •
Russell Brandom / The Verge:  Journalist and Anonymous advocate Barrett Brown sentenced to 63 months in prison on charges stemming from Stratfor hack
2:35 PM  •
Jack Clark / Bloomberg:  Amazon Agrees to Buy Israel's Annapurna Labs for AWS Cloud Unit
2:10 PM  •
Michael Carney / PandoDaily:  Braintree opens private beta allowing US merchants to accept bitcoin via its v.zero SDK and Coinbase integration
1:40 PM  •
Phil Goldstein / FierceWireless:  T-Mobile to let lower-credit customers who pay on time get access to $0-down smartphones
1:05 PM  •
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:  Uber study of US drivers: average earnings are $19/hour, more than for taxi drivers; 40K joined in December; 70% drivers active after six months
12:40 PM  •
Deborah Gage / Wall Street Journal:  Persado Raises $21 Million to Replace Human Copywriters With Computers
12:20 PM  •
Horace Dediu / Asymco:  Apple paid iOS app developers $10B in 2014, more than Hollywood's US box office revenues
12:10 PM  •
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:  Microsoft announces Office 2016 universal apps for Windows 10 will arrive in the second half of 2015
11:45 AM  •
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:  Tumblr's Creatrs Network connects Tumblr's top artists with brands to help make ads
11:15 AM  •
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:  Amazon launches Kindle Textbook Creator to help schools turn PDFs into digital books
10:55 AM  •
Jason Del Rey / Re/code:  Button Raises $12 Million to Make the App World as Interconnected as the Web
10:30 AM  •
Catherine Shu / TechCrunch:  Kim Dotcom Launches Skype Competitor MegaChat
10:05 AM  •
Mike Snider / USA Today:  Verizon earnings meet estimates despite 4Q net loss
9:20 AM  •
Nick Bilton / New York Times:  In-flight Wi-Fi is getting slower, less reliable, and more expensive as demand increases
8:35 AM  •
Derrick Harris / Gigaom:  Ex-Facebookers at Interana raise $20M for mass-scale event data
7:35 AM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Gift Card Marketplaces Raise Grabs $56 Million From NEA And Others
6:25 AM  •
David Shamah / ZDNet:  Amazon looking to buy datacenter tech startup Annapurna Labs for $350m
4:30 AM  •
Brian Beach / Backblaze Blog:  Backblaze: 4 TB HGST and Seagate hard drives are most reliable, 3 TB Seagate and WD drives fail often
1:55 AM  •
Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:  The case for Marissa Mayer, as key metrics suggest the turnaround at Yahoo is on track
1:10 AM  •
Catherine Shu / TechCrunch:  BlackBerry CEO Wants Legislators To Make Developing BlackBerry Apps Mandatory
12:25 AM  •
Jessi Hempel / Wired:  Inside Nadella's plan to reinvent Microsoft, starting with HoloLens, a flatter org chart, and a willingness to forge new partnerships

January 21, 2015

11:50 PM  •
Ben Woods / The Next Web:  Dropbox releases official Windows Phone app, features ability to pin folders to Start screen
11:10 PM  •
Gregory Ferenstein / VentureBeat:  Netflix says piracy is still a major competitor, cites Popcorn Time's rise in the Netherlands
10:30 PM  •
Eric Pfanner / Wall Street Journal:  iPhone market share soars in South Asia, rises to 33% in South Korea, Samsung drops to 46% in its domestic market
9:50 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Ringly Raises $5.1 Million Led By Andreessen Horowitz To Expand Its Smart Jewelry Collection Beyond Rings
9:25 PM  •
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:  Court document for Silk Road 2 trial suggests investigators may have spent six months last year exploiting Tor anonymity bug
9:00 PM  •
Sean O'Kane / The Verge:  Windows Holographic will let NASA explore what Curiosity sees on Mars
8:55 PM  •
Ryan Whitwam / Android Police:  Google stops selling the last Google Play Edition device, the HTC One M8
8:30 PM  •
Dennis Fisher / Threatpost:  Adobe investigating reported Flash zero-day vulnerability used by Angler exploit kit
8:05 PM  •
Rachel King / ZDNet:  Oracle unveils X5 Engineered Systems with new datacenter strategy
7:40 PM  •
Jason Koebler / Motherboard:  Illinois law says schools can ask for students' Facebook passwords if they violate policy
7:05 PM  •
Jonathan Vanian / Gigaom:  Pluribus Networks gets $50M to route traffic in the data center
7:00 PM  •
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:  Hands-on with Windows 10 on a Surface Pro 3
6:25 PM  •
Paul Rosania / The Twitter Blog:  Twitter rolls out “While you were away” feature to iOS users, coming soon to Android and web
6:15 PM  •
Peter Kafka / Re/code:  Wavelength, which let people stream their friends' movies bought through UltraViolet, is shelved less than two weeks after launch
5:40 PM  •
Samantha Sharf / Forbes:  eBay Q4: $4.9B in revenue, slightly beats Wall Street estimates with $0.90 EPS
5:05 PM  •
Roberto Baldwin / The Next Web:  Twitter launches its phone-number based login system, Digits for the web
4:40 PM  •
Jason Del Rey / Re/code:  eBay to Cut 2,400 Jobs and Explore Sale or IPO of Enterprise Unit
4:20 PM  •
Amir Efrati / The Information:  Sources: Google is preparing to sell wireless plans running on Sprint and T-Mobile networks
3:45 PM  •
Maureen Morrison / AdAge:  Flipboard Introduces New Ad Unit: Promoted Items
3:10 PM  •
Laura Hazard Owen / Gigaom:  Amazon pulls its diaper brand after 6 weeks, citing design flaws
3:00 PM  •
Terry Myerson / Blogging Windows:  The next generation of Windows: Windows 10
2:40 PM  •
Jessi Hempel / Wired:  Hands on with Microsoft's holographic goggles Project HoloLens
2:15 PM  •
Serena Saitto / Bloomberg:  Uber raises $1.6B in convertible debt from Goldman Sachs' clients
2:05 PM  •
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:  Microsoft reveals Windows Holographic augmented reality user interface and HoloLens headset
1:55 PM  •
WhatsApp Blog:  WhatsApp launches a desktop web app to serve Android, Blackberry, and Windows Phone users
1:50 PM  •
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:  Microsoft announces Surface Hub, an 84-inch 4K display with pen input, dual cameras, and microphone array
1:35 PM  •
Owen Williams / The Next Web:  Xbox features in Windows 10: stream Xbox One games to Windows 10 PCs and tablets, play together with Xbox users, GameDVR, DirectX 12
1:25 PM  •
Owen Williams / The Next Web:  Microsoft announces Spartan, its new browser with webpage annotation and reading list features
1:10 PM  •
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:  Windows 10's Mobile Debut Reveals Cross-Platform Features And Skype Integration
1:00 PM  •
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:  Microsoft previews Office for Windows 10 phones and small tablets
12:45 PM  •
Nicole Lee / Engadget:  Microsoft's Cortana virtual assistant is coming to the PC with Windows 10
12:23 PM  •
Jordan Novet / VentureBeat:  Windows 10 will be free for the first year for Windows 7, 8.1, and Windows Phone 8.1 users
12:10 PM  •
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:  Pinterest Acquires Machine Learning Commerce Recommendation Engine Kosei
12:03 PM  •
moot / 4chan:  Christopher Poole announces retirement from 4chan, says “senior volunteers” will run site
11:55 AM  •
Microsoft:  Livestream: Microsoft Windows 10 media event in Redmond, Washington
11:51 AM  •
The Verge:  Live blog: Microsoft unveils Windows 10
11:45 AM  •
Lizette Chapman / Wall Street Journal:  Social Robot Jibo Fueled for Mass Production With $25.3 Million
11:30 AM  •
Steven Musil / CNET:  Amazon ends its mobile-wallet beta six months after launch
11:06 AM  •
Todd Spangler / Variety:  Vessel Signs More YouTube Stars to Subscription Service, Launches Limited Beta Test
10:55 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  FreedomPop launches unlimited WiFi with 10M hotspots across US for $5/month
10:40 AM  •
Megan Geuss / Ars Technica:  Alleged “right hand man” to Silk Road 2.0 leader arrested in Seattle
10:25 AM  •
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:  Plex Arrives On PS4 And PS3 In The U.S And Canada Today
9:50 AM  •
Bloomberg:  Apple Steps Up Lobbying in Washington to Counter Government Scrutiny
8:55 AM  •
Stephen Hall / 9to5Google:  Users of 3rd-party WhatsApp clients reportedly being banned from the service for 24 hours
6:40 AM  •
Nathan Ingraham / The Verge:  Every Khan Academy course is now available on the iPad for the first time
4:05 AM  •
Stuart Dredge / Guardian:  Apple acquires UK startup Semetric, which runs music analytics service Musicmetric, for a reported price of up to $50M
1:55 AM  •
Sarah Buhr / TechCrunch:  Startup L. Jackson Speaks Out About Diversity, Cool Products, And All The People He's Not
1:30 AM  •
Douglas MacMillan / Wall Street Journal:  Dropbox acquires Israel-based CloudOn, a developer of mobile productivity tools
1:15 AM  •
Bloomberg:  Shazam raises $30M at a valuation of over $1B, has over 100M monthly active mobile users
12:55 AM  •
Hayley Tsukayama / Washington Post:  Google, Apple, Microsoft, Khan Academy, and others sign pledge to protect K-12 student privacy
12:00 AM  •
Bloomberg:  Sources: Samsung to drop Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 and use its own chip in next Galaxy smartphone

January 20, 2015

11:15 PM  •
Bloomberg:  Online travel agent Orbitz is exploring a sale, drawing interest from private equity funds and other Internet companies
10:50 PM  •
Alan Yuhas / Guardian:  White House breaks own State of the Union embargo for online audience
10:25 PM  •
Cory Bennett / The Hill:  Obama calls for bipartisan effort on cybersecurity legislation in State of the Union address
9:30 PM  •
Cooper Quintin / Electronic Frontier Foundation:  HealthCare.gov Sends Personal Data to Dozens of Tracking Websites
8:25 PM  •
Eric Tucker / Associated Press:  Justice Department reaches $134K settlement with woman who DEA agents impersonated on Facebook
7:35 PM  •
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:  Planet Labs raises $95M from Data Collective and others for its small imaging satellites
6:55 PM  •
Michael Sebastian / AdAge:  The Verge will run a $700 Super Bowl ad in one Montana market with 30K people
6:50 PM  •
Aaron Souppouris / Engadget:  Valve's Steam Broadcasting video game streaming service launches for all Steam users
6:10 PM  •
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:  Chrome 40 for iOS arrives with Material Design, Handoff support to your default browser on OS X
5:45 PM  •
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:  Netflix wants to complete its global expansion within two years, expanding to 200 countries
5:15 PM  •
Julie Bort / Business Insider:  IBM Q4: $5.81 EPS, beating estimates; $24.1B in revenue, down 12%; cloud revenue up 60%
4:50 PM  •
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:  SpaceX confirms $1B funding round, with participation from Google and Fidelity
4:30 PM  •
Peter Kafka / Re/code:  Netflix Q4 earnings beat estimates with $1.48B in revenue and $0.75 EPS; now has 39.11M US subscribers and 18.28M more globally
4:05 PM  •
Alex Ben Block / Hollywood Reporter:  Overstock.com to launch video on demand and video streaming services in mid 2015
3:30 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  LastPass Launches A Native Password Manager For Mac Offering Quick Search, Security Checks And Offline Access
3:30 PM  •
Richard Horgan / FishbowlNY:  A False Start for The Verge's Super Bowl Ad
2:50 PM  •
David Meyer / Gigaom:  Canonical adds Internet of Things support to Ubuntu Core for smart connected devices
2:10 PM  •
Bloomberg:  Source: Google's investment in SpaceX could be around $1B
2:05 PM  •
Reed Albergotti / Wall Street Journal:  Economists question Facebook report claiming global economic impact of over $200B and 4.5M jobs
1:30 PM  •
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:  First Windows 10 mobile preview, due in February, key to Microsoft's OneCore vision
1:05 PM  •
Facebook:  Facebook to reduce distribution of deliberately false or misleading posts in News Feed, characterized by hoax-busting comments and high removal rate by sharers
1:00 PM  •
Kurt Wagner / Re/code:  Snapchat Revenue Boss Mike Randall Departs After Seven Months
12:45 PM  •
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:  HP announces seven new tablets, including 12.3-inch Pro Slate 12 and 7.9-inch Pro Slate 8 running Android
12:25 PM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Stack Exchange Raises $40M Led By A16Z To Boost Its Programmer Q&A, Job Sites
12:05 PM  •
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:  Microsoft acquires text analysis startup Equivio, plans to integrate machine learning tech into Office 365
11:40 AM  •
Kia Kokalitcheva / VentureBeat:  Home improvement planning site Porch.com raises $66M led by Valor Equity Partners
10:02 AM  •
Harish Jonnalagadda / Android Central:  Marriott looking to bring Netflix, Hulu Plus and Pandora to your hotel room TV
9:05 AM  •
Jason Del Rey / Re/code:  Coinbase raises $75M from DFJ, the NYSE, and two banks, in biggest investment in a Bitcoin company to date

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