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May 22, 2017, 3:20 PM
 

May 22, 2017

2:15 PM  •
Matt Day / The Seattle Times:  Echodyne raises $29M Series B led by NEA to develop radar sensors for drones and autonomous vehicles, bringing its total raised to $44M
1:15 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Dish integrates with Amazon Alexa for hands-free TV, the first TV provider to do so
1:00 PM  •
Andrew Chung / Reuters:  In blow to patent trolls, US Supreme Court rules 8-0 that patent infringement suits can only be filed in the jurisdiction of targeted firm's incorporation
12:35 PM  •
Cecilia Kang / New York Times:  Pittsburgh officials and residents have regrets 9 months after Uber began testing self-driving cars in the city, with lack of shared data among disappointments
12:20 PM  •
Jack Stubbs / Reuters:  Sources: Russian police have arrested 16 in banking malware scheme that infected 1M+ Android devices in Russia, netted $892K, and had begun expanding to Europe
10:50 AM  •
Jonathan Shieber / TechCrunch:  Affinity raises $13.5M to build out its CRM toolkit tailored for venture capitalists, investment bankers, and other investors
9:35 AM  •
Julie Bort / Business Insider:  Inside Facebook's Telecom Infra Project, which wants to do for the telecom equipment market what Open Compute Project did for data center hardware
6:30 AM  •
Huw Jones / Reuters:  EU financial services chief opposes rules proposed by European Banking Authority that ban account info screen scraping and force fintech firms to use bank APIs
3:30 AM  •
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:  Peer-to-peer payments app Verse, which is now live in 27 countries, raises $20.5M Series B led by Spark Capital to power its push beyond Europe
12:25 AM  •
Bill Vlasic / New York Times:  Ford replaces Mark Fields as CEO with Jim Hackett, head of its autonomous vehicle unit

May 21, 2017

11:55 PM  •
Steve Kovach / Business Insider:  How the mission and spirit of Google's ATAP group changed, after Facebook hired its chief Regina Dugan, to become more focused on shipping market-ready products
11:10 PM  •
Nitasha Tiku / Wired:  How Facebook conducted research, commissioned by an advertiser, on minors' emotional states, which was then shared in a presentation to potential advertisers
10:45 PM  •
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:  Patreon says it now has 1M monthly active paying patrons and 50K active creators, both doubling YoY, and is on track to pay out $150M to creators in 2017
9:40 PM  •
Bloomberg:  Etsy is under pressure from activist investors to grow revenue, reduce spending and perks, and give up its ethical ideals
8:35 PM  •
Kevin Kelleher / VentureBeat:  Desktop virtualization startup Frame raises $16M Series A with Microsoft Ventures, Bain Capital Ventures, In-Q-Tel participating, says revenue tripled in 2016
6:55 PM  •
Laura Shin / Forbes:  AngelList and Protocol Labs launch CoinList, a funding platform for token-based networks; Filecoin will be the first initial coin offering on the platform
5:10 PM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Amazon Charts, Amazon's new book rankings, lists books by most sold and most read per week, taking into account Kindle reading and Audible listening stats
3:25 PM  •
Timothy B. Lee / Vox:  Google, Microsoft, Amazon, and others bolster cutting-edge AI tools for third-party developers, setting up the next tech platform war
1:37 PM  •
Nick Hopkins / The Guardian:  100+ internal training manuals and other docs show guidelines for Facebook content moderators on topics like violence, hate speech, terrorism, porn, self-harm
12:30 PM  •
Recode:  Sources: Facebook's TV-like shows, set for mid-June launch, have been delayed at least until late July
9:50 AM  •
David Pierce / Wired:  Google I/O showcased a lot of good ideas and impressive research but few practical applications
6:25 AM  •
Wall Street Journal:  How SoftBank and Saudi Arabia settled their differences to birth the $100B Vision Fund, the world's biggest tech fund
6:19 AM  •
Business Wire:  SoftBank Vision Fund officially launches with $93B in committed capital and $100B target within 6 months
5:00 AM  •
Kunal Dua / NDTV Gadgets 360:  Google VP Sameer Samat on the capabilities and features of Android Go, which optimizes Android O with presets for better performance
1:55 AM  •
Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica:  The state of car OSes, including Blackberry's QNX, Windows Embedded Automotive, and custom Linux and Android Open Source Project operating systems
12:30 AM  •
Yuji Nakamura / Bloomberg:  Faced with $69M bitcoin theft, Bitfinex has dodged bankruptcy and repaid customers after issuing IOU tokens

May 20, 2017

9:55 PM  •
Shona Ghosh / Business Insider:  Just Eat's planned £200M acquisition of takeaway delivery rival Hungryhouse will be investigated by the UK's competition authority
7:20 PM  •
TechCrunch:  As Bitcoin crosses $2,000, it also now accounts for less than half of total cryptocurrencies market cap, following growth of Ethereum and Ripple
4:45 PM  •
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:  Samsung Chromebook Pro will start shipping on May 28, but Android apps on Chrome OS will still be in beta at launch
2:10 PM  •
Liam Tung / ZDNet:  ‘Safe and predictable’ Windows 10 S won't run Linux, says Microsoft
11:05 AM  •
BBC:  ARM partners with researchers from University of Washington to develop chips for neural implants to help people with brain and spinal injuries
7:00 AM  •
BuzzFeed:  UK Conservative Party election manifesto proposes stringent new regulations that would impact internet companies like Google and Facebook
1:55 AM  •
Tony Romm / Recode:  The White House plans to discuss government modernization and immigration with technology execs at the first American Technology Council meeting next month

May 19, 2017

10:45 PM  •
Russell Brandom / The Verge:  Roughly 98% of computers affected by WannaCry ransomware were running Windows 7, according to data released by Kaspersky Lab
9:20 PM  •
David Priest / CNET:  Esports company ESL says it will bring 5.5K+ hours of live streaming to Facebook, 1.5K of which will be exclusive, starting June
6:50 PM  •
Reinhardt Krause / Investor's Business Daily:  Shopify shares dip 3.5% after it announces secondary stock offering of 5.5M shares at $91, raising $500.5M
5:15 PM  •
Andy Greenberg / Wired:  Hackers are using Mirai-based botnets to DDoS the domain hardcoded into WannaCry in an attempt to reduce effectiveness of the kill-switch, revive the ransomware
4:15 PM  •
Eric Newcomer / Bloomberg:  Uber's head of product Daniel Graf talks about the route-based pricing used in some cities, and how Uber will deal with driver discontent about pricing changes
3:05 PM  •
Chris Welch / The Verge:  Twitter warns Vine users that email addresses and phone numbers were exposed for less than 24 hours
2:30 PM  •
Bloomberg:  Sources: Musical.ly is in talks with media companies including Viacom and NBCUniversal to make original shows, set to launch this summer
2:15 PM  •
April Glaser / Recode:  Federal court says that FAA drone registration rules violated the law; users do not have to register non-commercial drones anymore
1:50 PM  •
Kim Hart / Axios:  Uber threatens to fire Anthony Levandowski if he does not cooperate with a court's order to return any files he has back to Waymo
1:35 PM  •
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:  New tool decrypts WannaCry-infected computers running Windows XP, 7, and 2003, if they have not been rebooted
1:10 PM  •
Phil Wahba / Fortune:  Walmart online sales grew 63% YoY in Q1 as the number of items sold on Walmart.com increased to 50M from 10M a year ago
12:45 PM  •
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:  Zomato agrees to hacker's demand — will launch bug bounty program in exchange for stolen data deletion
12:30 PM  •
Daniel Roth / LinkedIn:  LinkedIn Top Companies 2017 list shows five most in-demand companies to work for include Alphabet, Amazon, Facebook, Salesforce, and Uber
12:15 PM  •
Evan Blass / VentureBeat:  Images leak of Microsoft's refreshed Surface Pro ahead of May 23 event in Shanghai
11:55 AM  •
Christina Farr / CNBC:  Source: Tim Cook was spotted at the Apple campus test-driving a prototype glucose-tracker connected to his Apple Watch
11:25 AM  •
Lizette Chapman / Bloomberg:  Data shows equity crowdfunding under Title III of the JOBS Act has failed to take off, with only $38M being invested across 142 startups since May 2016
10:40 AM  •
Wall Street Journal:  Sources: Apple told WeChat and other Chinese social apps to disable “tip” functions, says tips are in-app purchases, entitling Apple to a 30% cut
8:15 AM  •
Jason Koebler / Motherboard:  Lobbying records in New York state show Apple, Verizon, and tech trade orgs oppose the Fair Repair Act that would prohibit software locks that restrict repairs
5:50 AM  •
Greg Barbosa / 9to5Mac:  Vevo updates tvOS app with curated playlists, artist stations, and “peek-inside-playlist” feature allowing playlist viewing during video playback

May 18, 2017

11:30 PM  •
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Google:  Google announces Payment API for faster checkouts in apps, targeted Android Pay loyalty offers, and sending/receiving money via Assistant in coming months
9:00 PM  •
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:  Telegram 4.0 update brings support for chatbot payments, video messages, and Telescope, a video hosting platform
8:25 PM  •
Jordan Novet / CNBC:  Spotify acquires French machine-learning music recommendation startup Niland
7:50 PM  •
Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:  Medium launches audio versions of stories, narrated by actors or post writers, for subscribers, with 50+ available now, and more coming
7:30 PM  •
Brian Womack / Bloomberg:  Salesforce beats expectations with Q1 revenue of $2.39B up 25% YoY, says unbilled deferred revenue is up 26% YoY to $9.6B
6:30 PM  •
Justin Diaz / AndroidHeadlines.com:  Google unveils voice chat system and shared room feature for YouTube VR in Daydream update coming later in 2017
4:30 PM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Google says there are 2B pages and 900K domains using AMP; pages now load twice as fast
3:45 PM  •
Zack Kanter / TechCrunch:  How Amazon is eliminating internal inefficiencies and avoiding technological stagnation by exposing its internal operations to external competition
3:05 PM  •
Nathan McAlone / Business Insider:  Facebook signs non-exclusive deal with MLB to offer live broadcasts of 20 Friday night games this season, with the first stream coming this week
2:30 PM  •
Wall Street Journal:  Alibaba reports Q4 revenue up 60% at $5.6B beating estimates, and net income of $1.55B; online sales of retail goods in China rose 26% in four months this year
1:45 PM  •
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:  Restaurant search and food delivery service Zomato hacked, says 17M email addresses and hashed passwords were stolen
1:15 PM  •
Adi Robertson / The Verge:  Google to update Daydream VR platform later this year with 2D function panel overlay, Chrome, screen capture, Google Cast support, and more
12:45 PM  •
Ashley Carman / The Verge:  Kickstarter partners with Avnet and Dragon Innovation to launch Hardware Studio program, aimed at helping hardware-focused projects succeed
12:22 PM  •
David McCabe / Axios:  FCC votes to begin rolling back Obama-era rules governing net neutrality for ISPs
11:50 AM  •
Sean O'Kane / The Verge:  Uber officially launches Uber Freight, an on-demand service that pairs truck drivers with firms that need cargo shipped across US; driver signups now open
10:15 AM  •
Carla Sertin / Forbes Middle East:  Dubai-based logistics startup Fetchr raises $41M Series B led by NEA to tackle delivery challenges in Arab countries, where streets often lack a formal address
8:40 AM  •
Shrutika Verma / Livemint:  Indian digital payments firm Paytm raises $1.4B from SoftBank, to launch the Paytm Payments Bank and other financial services products
7:25 AM  •
CCTV News:  China will require owners to register drones that weigh more than 250 grams starting in June
3:20 AM  •
Robert-Jan Bartunek / Reuters:  EU antitrust regulators fine Facebook $122.4M for giving misleading information during WhatsApp vetting period in 2014; Facebook says errors were unintentional
2:10 AM  •
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:  Facebook says it's now limiting News Feed distribution of posts that withhold or exaggerate information at the individual post level, to combat clickbait

May 17, 2017

11:10 PM  •
Tim Peterson / Marketing Land:  Twitter lets you see which advertisers are targeting you, opt out from individual interest categories, and will remove support for Do Not Track on June 18
10:10 PM  •
Zen Soo / South China Morning Post:  Tencent reports Q1 revenues of $7.2B, up 55% YoY, while profits rise 58% to $2B+; WeChat grows to 937M users
9:45 PM  •
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:  LG and GE roll out Google Assistant support to fridges, washers, ovens, and more, starting this month
9:15 PM  •
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:  Google makes Android Studio 3.0 preview available for download; 20+ new features include performance profiling tools, Instant Apps, Java 8, and Kotlin
8:20 PM  •
Anya George Tharakan / Reuters:  Cisco reports Q3 revenue of $11.9B, down 1% YoY, profits of $2.52B, forecasts disappointing Q4, and says it will cut 1100 more jobs; shares open down 7%+
7:40 PM  •
Dan Thorp-Lancaster / Android Central:  Google is working on new Tango-based Visual Positioning Service, which will be like an indoor GPS for AR devices
7:10 PM  •
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:  Google Firebase gets Fabric integration, better analytics and an alpha program
6:40 PM  •
Kyle Orland / Ars Technica:  Google expands Daydream VR to a new platform for untethered, standalone VR headsets with positional tracking; first products coming this year from Lenovo, HTC
6:35 PM  •
Joshua Brustein / Bloomberg:  Washington DC to replace taxi meters with Square's payments platform and third party apps by end of Aug., making it easier to compete with ride-hailing services
6:05 PM  •
Curt Woodward / BostonGlobe.com:  Sources: IDG, which owns Macworld and other magazines, has laid off more than 90 people in its flagship tech-industry publishing division
5:40 PM  •
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:  Google says users installed apps 82B times in 2016, up 26% YoY, and adds new Play Console tools including better statistics, Android vitals, more
5:20 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  App developers can now advertise on the Google Play homepage and app listing pages
4:40 PM  •
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:  Google opens its Android Instant Apps SDK to all developers
4:15 PM  •
John Mannes / TechCrunch:  Google debuts TensorFlow Lite for building leaner deep learning models optimized to run on Android smartphones
4:10 PM  •
Google Research Blog:  Google debuts the TensorFlow Research Cloud, making 1,000 Cloud TPUs available free of charge to researchers
3:40 PM  •
Jeff Larson / ProPublica:  Security inspections of 4 Trump properties including Mar-a-Lago found vulnerable servers, wireless printers without passwords, unencrypted database login pages
3:30 PM  •
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:  How Google plans to make Assistant ubiquitous in order to challenge Siri and Alexa, both of which have their own strong incumbent advantages

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