August 30, 2015, 5:45 AM

August 30, 2015

5:45 AM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Google Rolls Out Personalized Storm-Tracking Information In Search Results
2:00 AM  •
Karl Bode / DSLreports:  Verizon customers with two-year contracts can keep and renew them, and still get phone subsidies

August 29, 2015

10:20 PM  •
Bla1ze /  New images of the BlackBerry Venice slider leak, showing 18MP OIS rear camera, microSD and SIM card slots on top
6:35 PM  •
Tony Romm / Politico:  Steve Jobs actively disdained Washington DC, but Tim Cook's Apple has reengaged in politics, especially on issues like privacy
2:50 PM  •
Adi Robertson / The Verge:  Hands-on with YouTube Gaming: effective for finding and viewing YouTube's existing gaming content, but it must attract big live audiences to compete with Twitch
10:55 AM  •
Michael de Waal-Montgomery / VentureBeat:  HTC cofounder Peter Chou joins Hong Kong visual effects studio in VR push
7:40 AM  •
Andrew Chung / Reuters:  ITC clears Microsoft phones of infringing on two InterDigital patents
6:45 AM  •
Mike Shields / Wall Street Journal:  Facebook's Post-Roll Video Ad Test With the NFL and Verizon Quietly Ends
2:00 AM  •
Alexander Martin / Wall Street Journal:  Japanese mobile game and Internet company DeNA launches Mirrativ for Android to let users livestream anything on their screen
1:15 AM  •
Alice Truong / Quartz:  Branch founder Josh Miller and Parse founder Ilya Sukhar have announced this week they are leaving Facebook
12:20 AM  •
Kevin Tofel / ZDNet:  Amazon Echo now plays music, books from multiple accounts; gains BART schedules

August 28, 2015

11:25 PM  •
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:  FAA Starts Beta Testing App That Tells Drone Pilots Where They Are Allowed To Fly
10:40 PM  •
Kate Cox / Consumerist:  Ten ISPs Sign On With FCC Fund, Will Expand Rural Broadband To Over 7M Customers In 45 States
9:55 PM  •
Liam Spradlin / Android Police:  Google rolling out new colorful grid layout for app searches on Android
9:10 PM  •
Adnan F. / SamMobile:  Samsung offering $100 Google Play credit for those who buy a Galaxy Note 5, S6 edge+, or S6 edge after Test Drive promotion and $100 if they trade in iPhone
8:15 PM  •
Edith Ramirez / Ars Technica:  FTC to hold PrivacyCon in Washington, DC, on January 14 to bring together privacy and security researchers with policymakers
7:30 PM  •
TechCrunch:  Mobile Gaming Live-Streaming Service Mobcrush Has Raised Around $10M
6:25 PM  •
Mark Bergen / Re/code:  Google to app developers: iOS 9 privacy feature that forces HTTPS can break ads, so add an exception to allow ads to be delivered over HTTP
5:20 PM  •
Tom Simonite / MIT Technology Review:  Q&A with Bitcoin Foundation's chief scientist, Gavin Andresen, on the imminent technical challenges facing Bitcoin
4:50 PM  •
Reuters:  Uber hires Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek, the researchers who hacked into moving Jeeps
4:25 PM  •
New York Times:  European publishers are actively lobbying to strengthen copyright rules and limit Google's advertising power
3:45 PM  •
Grace Caffyn / CoinDesk:  Large bitcoin-mining firm BitFury backs BIP 100 block-size proposal, which now has 35% of the network's total hash rate
3:20 PM  •
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:  Vive VR Headset Full Consumer Launch Slips To Q1 2016
2:40 PM  •
Micah Singleton / The Verge:  Sources: YouTube to launch Music Key and its unnamed video subscription service this year
2:10 PM  •
Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:  Sources: new Apple TV's remote will contain motion sensors likely on par with a Nintendo Wii remote
1:45 PM  •
Wall Street Journal:  British ISIS hacker killed in drone strike amid ISIS' efforts to stop using products that might be trackable, like Apple and Samsung devices, WhatsApp
1:30 PM  •
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:  Chrome will start automatically pausing less important Flash content on September 1
1:05 PM  •
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:  Apple to retire One to One Apple Store training program Sept. 28th
12:52 PM  •
Janet Van Huysse / The Twitter Blog:  Twitter sets diversity goals for 2016: 35% women in workforce, 16% women in tech roles, 11% underrepresented minorities in US workforce
12:25 PM  •
Julia Fioretti / Reuters:  Sources: EU will launch a study of Uber in September to explore whether the company is a transport service or just a digital service
12:20 PM  •
Caroline O'Donovan / BuzzFeed:  Google debuts a beta version of its local home services product today in the Bay Area; service professionals prescreened by Google now found directly in search
11:50 AM  •
Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:  Obama Administration, Department of Defense team up with Apple, HP, General Motors, Stanford, Boeing, others on Silicon Valley wearable tech hub
11:20 AM  •
Lawrence Hurley / Reuters:  US court of appeals for DC Circuit throws out ruling that would have blocked NSA's phone metadata collection
10:55 AM  •
Andrew J. Hawkins / Crain's New York Business:  NYC taxi industry has been developing Uber-like smartphone app, Arro, with no surge pricing and integrated with taxi screens, plans launch in a couple of weeks
10:30 AM  •
Adi Robertson / The Verge:  Noel Biderman, CEO of Ashley Madison parent company Avid Life Media, steps down
4:50 AM  •
Matthew Garrahan / Financial Times:  Apple loses Ian Rogers, ex-CEO of Beats Music and architect of the Beats1 radio service, two months after its launch
3:50 AM  •
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:  European payments processor iZettle raises $67M and launches a cash advance service for SMBs

August 27, 2015

10:50 PM  •
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:  Vine adds music functionality, creates seamless audio looping product Snap To Beat
10:05 PM  •
Josh Gordon / Android Developers Blog:  Google releases Desktop Head Unit emulator for Android Auto developers to test apps without being connected to a car
9:20 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Workflow app integrates with iOS Notification Center allowing users to create shortcuts to frequent tasks, adds syncing between devices
8:35 PM  •
Helienne Lindvall / Guardian:  Soundcloud sued by British copyright collective PRS for failing to pay royalties to songwriters
7:50 PM  •
Sarah Mitroff / CNET:  Geronimo, a free email app built by ex-Apple, Google, and Path developers, released for iOS; uses gestures like flicks, swipes to make organizing inbox easier
7:05 PM  •
Stephen Hall / 9to5Google:  Latest Chrome Dev build now keeps media from autoplaying in background tabs
6:05 PM  •
Tom Warren / The Verge:  Microsoft releases Snip, a free screen capture app for Windows that lets users annotate with digital ink and voice
5:20 PM  •
Arik Hesseldahl / Re/code:  GitHub to name Kakul Srivastava, formerly of Yahoo, Tomfoolery, WeWork, and Slack as VP of Product
4:58 PM  •
Mark Zuckerberg / Facebook:  Over 1B people used Facebook on Monday for the first time in the company's history
4:45 PM  •
Biz Carson / Business Insider:  Co-founder Garrett Camp buying back majority share in StumbleUpon, which has downsized as it struggled to compete with other social sharing sites
4:10 PM  •
Sam Grobart / Bloomberg Business:  How price-insensitive customers and lack of options allowed Gogo to thrive as a business despite deteriorating data speeds and increasing fees
3:45 PM  •
CNBC:  Apple Pay now works with PayAnywhere, a credit card reader serving 300K US locations, and the next version of the reader to be sold exclusively in Apple Stores
3:25 PM  •
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:  iPhone 6S will come in Apple Watch-like Rose Gold rather than Pink, lack sapphire, and have renamed Force Touch
3:18 PM  •
Rexly Peñaflorida / Tom's Hardware:  Alienware Updates X51 Desktop, Gaming Laptops; Reveals First G-Sync Monitor
2:50 PM  •
Mike Isaac / New York Times:  Airbnb Appoints Chris Lehane, Former Aide to Bill Clinton, as Head of Policy
2:32 PM  •
Chris Welch / The Verge:  Samsung Pay US beta launches for all carriers except Verizon
2:13 PM  •
Peter Kafka / Re/code:  Facebook tests a video matching tool with select partners that finds clips uploaded without owner's permission
1:45 PM  •
Natalie Gagliordi / ZDNet:  Square launches Appointments iOS app, an extension of its online booking system that doesn't require users to process payments with Square
1:20 PM  •
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:  No 4-inch ‘iPhone 6c’ at Sept. 9 event, iPhone 5c to be discontinued, 5s/6/6 Plus staying
1:05 PM  •
Ariha Setalvad / The Verge:  You can now post full-size landscape and portrait photos on Instagram
12:45 PM  •
Wall Street Journal:  Sources: Line scraps Tokyo and New York IPO plans as it struggles to expand outside Japan
12:24 PM  •
Juli Clover / MacRumors:  Apple invites media to event on September 9 at 10am PT at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco with the tagline “Hey Siri, Give Us a Hint”
12:07 PM  •
Catherine Shu / TechCrunch:  Chinese Drone Startup Yuneec Grabs $60M In Funding From Intel
11:45 AM  •
Mark Scott / New York Times:  Google Denies Europe's Antitrust Accusations
11:40 AM  •
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:  Sources: iPhone 6S gets 12 megapixel camera with 4K video recording and a flash-like white screen feature when front shutter is engaged for photos
11:23 AM  •
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:  iPhone 6S will animate UI with Apple Watch-like Motion wallpapers
11:13 AM  •
Reuters:  Sources: Uber China closes $1B round, valuing the unit at $7B
10:55 AM  •
Brian X. Chen / New York Times:  In-Flight Wi-Fi Prices Jump as Demand Surges
10:20 AM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Pushbullet's file sharing app Portal now available for iPhone; allows transfer of files from computer to iOS over WiFi
9:45 AM  •
Ronda Scott / Evernote Blog:  Evernote Food apps for iOS and Android to be retired September 30
9:10 AM  •
IDC:  IDC: In Q2, Apple Watch shipped 3.6M units with 19.9% market share, just behind Fitbit with 4.4M units for 24.3% market share
8:05 AM  •
ZEIT ONLINE:  Germany's domestic intelligence agency BfV got XKeyscore software from NSA in exchange for German surveillance data
5:00 AM  •
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:  Google's Container Engine For Running Docker Containers On Its Cloud Platform Is Now Generally Available
1:55 AM  •
Sam Altman / Y Combinator Posthaven:  Y Combinator has funded over 940 companies so far, eight of which have a valuation over $1B
1:10 AM  •
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:  TSMC wins Spy Case against a Former Employee who gave Secrets to Samsung that helped Win Apple's Chip Business
12:25 AM  •
South China Morning Post:  China targets Astrill and other anti-censorship VPNs ahead of celebration marking the 70th anniversary of end of WWII

August 26, 2015

11:50 PM  •
Tom Warren / The Verge:  Leaked images reveal Microsoft's 5.2-inch Lumia 950 and 5.7-inch 950XL, to launch in October
11:15 PM  •
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:  Yahoo Announces New Tumblr Sharing Tools And Native Video Ads For Developers
10:50 PM  •
Todd Spangler / Variety:  Amazon to offer its live streaming service to Prime members in Japan beginning Sept. 2 for no additional fee
10:25 PM  •
Roberto Baldwin / Engadget:  Ex-Apple CEO John Sculley unveils two sub-$200 Android Obi smartphones for Asia, Africa, and Middle East markets, will be available October
10:10 PM  •
Annalee Newitz / Gizmodo:  Ashley Madison had approximately 31M male members, 5.5M female members, but likely only 12K women actively used the site
9:45 PM  •
Leena Rao / Fortune:  Qasar Younis, former Y Combinator graduate and creator of Talkbin which was acquired by Google in 2011, named Y Combinator COO
9:30 PM  •
Yoree Koh / Wall Street Journal:  Mobile video combined with autoplay and social media's reach bring unexpected horror to users' feeds
8:40 PM  •
Greg Bensinger / Wall Street Journal:  Sources: Amazon lays off dozens of engineers, scales back and reorganizes its hardware-development center Lab126 after Fire Phone failure
8:15 PM  •
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:  Intercom, maker of business-to-consumer software, raises a $35M Series C led by Iconiq Capital
7:30 PM  •
Jessica Toonkel / Reuters:  Asset management company BlackRock acquires automated wealth management startup FutureAdvisor
6:45 PM  •
Barb Darrow / Fortune:  Hybrid cloud startup Velostrata comes out of stealth, announces $14M Series A from Norwest and Greylock
6:00 PM  •
Andy Greenberg / Wired:  Agora, the Dark Web's biggest marketplace for drugs, pauses operations over Tor vulnerability that could expose IP addresses of servers
5:05 PM  •
Mark Bergen / Re/code:  Google confirms it triggers recruiting tool when people search for specific programming terms
4:35 PM  •
Danny Yadron / Wall Street Journal:  Former Machine Zone manager arrested on charges of stealing trade secrets on Game of War: Fire Age
4:25 PM  •
Cade Metz / Wired:  How Facebook's M virtual assistant's artificial intelligence works
4:10 PM  •
Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed:  Autoplay Puts Twitter, Facebook In Uncomfortable Place After Video Of Virginia Shooting Spreads
3:35 PM  •
Stephen Shankland / CNET:  Adobe's new mobile Photoshop app, dubbed Project Rigel, will launch in October free on iOS, integrate with Creative Cloud subscription
3:00 PM  •
Kait Gaiss / Pocket Blog:  Pocket updates web, Android, and iOS apps to 6.0 with recommendations tab
2:25 PM  •
Manish Singh / NDTV Gadgets:  Lenovo Begins Merging Mobile Business Group Into Motorola Mobility
1:50 PM  •
Ina Fried / Re/code:  AT&T Says Injecting Ads Into Airport Wi-Fi Was a Test That Is Now Over
1:33 PM  •
Jessi Hempel / Wired:  Facebook testing M, an AI-based, human supervised virtual assistant inside Messenger that can complete tasks such as purchasing on your behalf
1:16 PM  •
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:  YouTube Gaming launches on the web, Android, and iOS
12:55 PM  •
Micah Singleton / The Verge:  Amazon launches Underground app for Android to promote free apps and games, pays developers on per-minute played basis, ends Free App of the Day program
12:20 PM  •
Casey Newton / The Verge:  Coin starts shipping new version of its credit card device with NFC and improved performance
12:15 PM  •
Tom Maxwell / 9to5Google:  YouTube Gaming Android app launches in Google Play for US and UK
12:00 PM  •
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:  Samsung's flagship Galaxy Tab S2 tablet opens for U.S. preorders today starting at $400
11:37 AM  •
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:  Rovio To Cut 260 Jobs As The Angry Birds Franchise Becomes Irrelevant
10:50 AM  •
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:  Leaked Microsoft intranet screenshot reveals Office 2016 for Windows will be released Sept. 22
10:05 AM  •
Liam Tung / ZDNet:  Google now lets US Cloud Storage customers mail tapes, USBs, and hard drive backups; service expanding to Europe and Asia soon
9:20 AM  •
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:  Microsoft: More than 75 million devices now running Windows 10
8:55 AM  •
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:  Sensei's Morph is a trackpad with 20K pressure sensors and “overlays” for various functions
7:50 AM  •
Koushik Dutta / Google+:  Allcast creator releases free Vysor app to view and control an Android device from a computer without rooting, includes remote screen and ADB access
3:40 AM  •
Ruth Reader / VentureBeat:  PayPal's One Touch checkout service now available across Europe and Australia
1:50 AM  •
Brett Howse / AnandTech:  Windows 10 review: worthy upgrade for both Windows 7 and 8/8.1 users, better for desktops as well as tablets
12:25 AM  •
Ina Fried / Re/code:  Verizon looks to bring connected car features to older vehicles with Hum, a $14.99/month service that offers roadside assistance, car diagnostics, more
12:00 AM  •
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:  Home design firm Houzz buys community site GardenWeb from NBCU for undisclosed amount in first acquisition

August 25, 2015

11:25 PM  •
Jonathan Mayer / Web Policy:  AT&T hotspot at Dulles Airport tampers with HTTP traffic to inject third-party ads from WiFi monetization firm RaGaPa
10:55 PM  •
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:  Online male escort service Rentboy raided by federal investigators on charges of promoting prostitution; CEO and six employees arrested
10:00 PM  •
Jacob Demmitt / GeekWire:  Amazon secretly testing new restaurant delivery service in Seattle with Prime Now rollout
9:05 PM  •
Douglas MacMillan / Wall Street Journal:  Snapchat hires former Mattel finance executive Drew Vollero as VP of finance and acting CFO
8:25 PM  •
Dan Ackerman / CNET:  Apple releases Logic Pro X 10.2 with Alchemy synth support in free update for Logic Pro owners
6:55 PM  •
IDC:  Worldwide Smartphone Growth Expected to Slow to 10.4% in 2015, Down From 27.5% Growth in 2014, According to IDC
5:20 PM  •
VentureBeat:  Germany's highest appeals court rules Apple's “slide to unlock” touchscreen patents are invalid, reaffirming the 2013 decision
4:55 PM  •
Johanna Beyenbach / Etsy News Blog:  Etsy Local lets iOS and Android users find nearby Etsy items, sellers, and select retailers
4:35 PM  •
Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica:  YouTube Gaming launches Wednesday on iOS, Android, and web to compete with Twitch
4:15 PM  •
Russell Brandom / The Verge:  Uber will partner with University of Arizona for self-driving car research
3:52 PM  •
Drew Olanoff / TechCrunch:  YouTube Gaming, Its Twitch Competitor, Set To Launch Tomorrow
3:20 PM  •
Jason Del Rey / Re/code:  Amazon launches Prime Now with one- and two-hour alcohol delivery in Seattle
2:55 PM  •
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:  VMWare updates Fusion and Workstation with graphics boost, support for Windows 10, Cortana, and El Capitan
2:30 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Facebook's New Moments App Now Automatically Creates Music Videos From Your Photos
1:50 PM  •
Tom Maxwell / 9to5Google:  Google Map Maker reopens in 45 more countries including the US
1:40 PM  •
Matt Weinberger / Business Insider:  Add to Slack button lets users easily install Slack integrations, share content from other services to Slack
1:25 PM  •
Mario Trujillo / The Hill:  Gogo's new antenna technology gets FAA clearance, can purportedly offer 20x faster inflight Wi-Fi; seven airlines have signed up to deploy the technology
1:00 PM  •
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:  Airbnb will collect tourist tax in Paris, its largest market with over 50K listings, starting October 1
12:40 PM  •
M. Alex Johnson / NBC News:  Ashley Madison faces at least five lawsuits seeking class action status: one asks for $500M in damages, others have anonymous plaintiffs and unspecified damages
12:30 PM  •
Sky News:  Russia lifts Wikipedia ban after briefly blocking site for article about drugs
12:05 PM  •
Phil Wahba / Fortune:  Best Buy to sell Apple Watch in all 1,050 stores instead of planned 300 by October amid strong demand; will begin selling AppleCare this quarter
11:50 AM  •
Ron Miller / TechCrunch:  Big Data Vendor BlueData Announces $20M Round And Intel Partnership
11:16 AM  •
Joan E. Solsman / CNET:  TuneIn adds $8/month Premium subscription with access to over 40K audiobooks, 600 ad-free music stations, and live MLB broadcasts
10:55 AM  •
Andrew Brust / ZDNet:  Hortonworks introduces DataFlow, acquires Apache NiFi-backer Onyara
10:20 AM  •
Ron Miller / TechCrunch:  Salesforce Lightning Ushers In New Design For Core CRM Product
9:30 AM  •
David Ruddock / Android Police:  Tests show it's easy to insert Galaxy Note5's S Pen backwards, which may damage device's stylus detection mechanism; Samsung responds: “follow the instructions”
7:05 AM  •
Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:  Coursera raises $49.5M to help it expand to Latin America, China, and India

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