July 22, 2017, 8:50 PM

July 22, 2017

8:05 PM  •
Zoe Kleinman / BBC:  UK government plans to require drones weighing 250g or more be registered; drone owners will need to take a drone safety awareness test
4:00 PM  •
Lara O'Reilly / Wall Street Journal:  Sizmek to acquire fellow ad tech company Rocket Fuel, whose market valuation peaked at around $2B, for $125M
11:55 AM  •
Haseeb Qureshi / freeCodeCamp:  Recent $30M+ hack of Parity wallets shows programmers need to rethink the “move fast and break things” mindset when it comes to blockchain and security
7:00 AM  •
Paul Mozur / New York Times:  China unveils official policy to build a domestic AI industry worth ~$150B by 2030, calling for AI companies and R&D to be at US levels of innovation by 2020
1:55 AM  •
The Verge:  Artists, producers, managers on how SoundCloud alienated them with a messy transition to a paid biz model that made little money for the company and artists
12:20 AM  •
Thuy Ong / The Verge:  Delta SkyMiles customers who are enrolled in CLEAR can now use fingerprint as boarding pass at Reagan Washington National Airport

July 21, 2017

8:05 PM  •
Katie Benner / New York Times:  AngelList co-founder Babak Nivi has also left the board; sources describe an incident leading to a contractor and Nivi signing a nondisparagement agreement
7:50 PM  •
Mike Shields / Business Insider:  Sources describe efforts by Google and big publishers to combat the ad fraud practice called spoofing on major ad exchanges, via ads.txt initiative
5:30 PM  •
Harry McCracken / Fast Company:  Shyp ends Chicago, LA, and New York service, leaves San Francisco Bay Area as its only market, refocuses on small businesses, lays off employees
4:05 PM  •
Steven Musil / CNET:  Intel files a public statement with ITC accusing Qualcomm of anticompetitive practices in Qualcomm vs Apple case
2:35 PM  •
Matthew Lynley / TechCrunch:  Dropbox CTO Aditya Agarwal says he is leaving in August after five years at the company
1:35 PM  •
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:  After multiple user reports of video throttling, Verizon admits it is testing a new video optimization system
12:30 PM  •
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:  AngelList co-founder Babak Nivi confirms he left the company, says he is going to “work on something new”, calls claims of misconduct untrue
12:00 PM  •
Richard Gao / Android Police:  YouTube to shutter Video Editor and photo slideshow tools Sep. 20; Enhancements feature, which lets users trim, blur, and filter uploaded videos, will live on
11:15 AM  •
Sarah Buhr / TechCrunch:  Lyft announces it is opening Level 5 Engineering Center in Palo Alto to develop its own “open self-driving system”
10:55 AM  •
Axios:  Sources: Y Combinator raising up to $1B for second Continuity fund, which will merge with early-stage investment program, and won't be limited to YC companies
10:40 AM  •
Kevin Poulsen / The Daily Beast:  Microsoft using a trademark suit to seize control of domain names like, to cut off Fancy Bear's malware-controlling servers from their victims
9:50 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Sources: Swedish e-commerce payments firm Klarna raises around $250M at a $2.5B valuation from private equity firm Permira
7:10 AM  •
Ina Fried / Axios:  Microsoft CFO Amy Hood: for the first time, Microsoft got more revenue from Office 365 subscriptions than from traditional Office software licensing
4:00 AM  •
Kathleen Chaykowski / Forbes:  A look at how Twitch and YouTube gamers helped Discord grow to 9M daily active users, overtaking Slack's 5M daily active users

July 20, 2017

10:45 PM  •
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:  Federal Judge issues preliminary injunction blocking Milwaukee from enforcing ordinance aimed at forcing AR game makers to seek permits, insurance, and more
9:18 PM  •
Bloomberg:  Graphcore raises $30M led by Atomico for its Intelligence Processing Units designed to improve machine-learning processing speeds; first IPUs ship late 2017
8:40 PM  •
Catherine Shu / TechCrunch:  Inside D-ID, an Israeli startup that's working to make faces unrecognizable to face recognition technology while remaining true to the original image
7:10 PM  •
Dina Bass / Bloomberg:  Microsoft beats estimates with strong cloud performance; Azure sales almost double, and Office 365 app revenue rises 43%
5:27 PM  •
Tim / Droid Life:  Samsung sends out media invites for event at 11AM ET on August 23 in New York City, with the tagline “Do bigger things”, expected to announce Galaxy Note8
5:12 PM  •
eBay:  eBay reports Q2 revenue of $2.3B, up 4% YoY, and gross merchandise volume of $21.5B, up 3% YoY; non-GAAP net income was $493M; board approves $3B stock buyback
4:08 PM  •
Microsoft:  Microsoft Q4: revenue of $23.3B, up 13% YoY, net income of $6.5B, up 109% YoY; Intelligent Cloud revenue of $7.4B, up 11% YoY; productivity revenue was $8.4B
3:05 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Amazon confirms it is adding Alexa to its shopping app on Android starting this week
2:25 PM  •
James Vincent / The Verge:  Intel-owned Movidius debuts $79 USB Compute Stick with 12-core Myriad 2 VPU that increases host hardware's AI capabilities
1:45 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  YouTube TV expands to 10 new areas, including Houston, Atlanta, Phoenix, D.C., Charlotte, Dallas, Detroit, up from its five launch metros
1:30 PM  •
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:  Apple updates Clips app with new overlays, including Disney-themed additions, effects, posters, more; Clips has been pre-installed on new iOS devices since May
1:15 PM  •
Facebook Media:  Facebook details progress with its Journalism Project after six months: 2.6K publishers met, new features and training for its products, more
12:55 PM  •
BBC:  OnePlus says it has begun rolling out a fix for a bug that rebooted some OnePlus 5s trying to make emergency calls in US, UK, and Europe
12:30 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Google brings its Motion Skills GIF- and video-making app to Android, 13 months after its iOS debut
12:15 PM  •
Chris Welch / The Verge:  YouTube collaborates with Jigsaw to launch Redirect Method, responding to certain keyword searches with videos that discredit extremist recruiting narratives
11:55 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Memo: GoDaddy to shut down its AWS-style Cloud Servers service on December 31, after launching it in 2016
11:40 AM  •
Paresh Dave / Los Angeles Times:  Sources: Amazon acquired Santa Barbara-based data analytics and search engine startup Graphiq, which has 100+ employees, in May; source says deal is worth ~$50M
11:15 AM  •
Russell Brandom / The Verge:  Department of Justice and Europol announce takedown of dark web marketplaces AlphaBay and Hansa Market, both focused on drugs and fraudulent IDs
10:45 AM  •
Peter Kafka / Recode:  Vimeo promotes Anjali Sud, who has been the video company's general manager, to CEO
10:00 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Viber acquires Chatter Commerce, maker of its shopping keyboard ShopChat; Chatter Commerce's CEO Zephrin Lasker will become Viber's global head of e-commerce
9:25 AM  •
Casey Newton / The Verge:  Twitter says it's taking action on 10x the number of abusive accounts as it did last year, and 65% of disciplined accounts don't commit second infraction
8:55 AM  •
Citymapper:  Urban transport app Citymapper is launching a paid night bus service in East London, starting in late August or early September on weekend nights

July 19, 2017

11:25 PM  •
Tom Warren / The Verge:  Microsoft unveils Cortana-powered thermostat called GLAS, in partnership with Johnson Controls, which will run on Windows 10 IoT Core
10:50 PM  •
Christina Farr / CNBC:  Source: Intel has eliminated its wearables division, which made the Basis smartwatch, and the company's New Technologies Group now focuses on AR
9:00 PM  •
Jon Fingas / Engadget:  Google begins rollout of Google Play Protect, which scans apps for malware, to Android devices running Google Mobile Services 11 or later
8:40 PM  •
Kate Brumback / AP News:  US court sentences Russian man who helped build Citadel malware, which infected ~11M computers and caused $500M+ in losses, to five years in prison
7:50 PM  •
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:  Educational quiz platform Kahoot raises $20M Series A from Microsoft Ventures and others, bringing total raised to $26.5M
6:45 PM  •
Wolfie Zhao / CoinDesk:  Ethereum startup Parity warns of flaw in v1.5+ of its wallet software, says three multi-sig wallets have been compromised and ~$30M of Ether has been stolen
5:25 PM  •
Ron Miller / TechCrunch:  Workflow automation startup Workato raises $10M Series A with Salesforce Ventures and Workday Ventures participating
4:43 PM  •
Leslie Hook / Financial Times:  Qualcomm reports Q3 revenue of $5.4B, down 11% YoY, with $966M profit in line with estimates, as fines and Apple dispute take a toll
4:30 PM  •
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:  T-Mobile reports strong Q2 results, with $10.2B revenue, up 10% YoY, beating estimates of $9.81B, and 1.3M net new subs, ending the quarter with 69.6M in total
3:55 PM  •
Joseph Cox / Motherboard:  After DHS highlighted major SS7 protocol flaws, Verizon and AT&T lobbying group labelled the flaws “theoretical” in doc sent to Congress, which experts dispute
3:30 PM  •
Jim Finkle / Reuters:  Cybersecurity startup StackRox raises $14M Series A led by Sequoia Capital, unveils first product that secures the contents of software containers
3:10 PM  •
Phil Howard / The Computational Propaganda Project:  28-country study including democracies and autocracies finds gov'ts and political parties put great resources into manipulating public opinion over social media
2:20 PM  •
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:  As Twitter rolls out new products to tackle abuse from anonymous accounts, users find their reports are often overlooked or handled in an opaque way
1:40 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Amazon expands its “Treasure Truck” deals program, where customers pick up items in person from a truck, to all US users in select cities
1:00 PM  •
Mike Rogoway / Oregonian:  Microsoft says it's closing its Oregon-based Surface Hub manufacturing facility, opened in 2015, laying off 124 workers, and moving jobs to China
12:25 PM  •
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:  Apple debuts its Apple Machine Learning Journal for sharing research findings from employees and solicits feedback on the findings
11:55 AM  •
Wall Street Journal:  EU's top court set to decide if Google must apply “right to be forgotten” link removals globally, after French court refers the case
11:30 AM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  NBC News launches “Stay Tuned”, a twice-daily news show on Snapchat, which is aimed at younger viewers who no longer watch traditional TV
10:55 AM  •
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:  Avast acquires UK-based Piriform, maker of popular system cleaning program CCleaner, says it will continue to offer CCleaner as a standalone product
10:30 AM  •
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:  San Diego-based self-driving robot AI startup Brain Corp raises $114M Series C led by SoftBank's Vision Fund
10:15 AM  •
Stephen Nellis / Reuters:  Four Apple contractors, Foxconn, Wistron, Compal Electronics, and Pegatron, accuse Qualcomm of antitrust violations in the US
9:50 AM  •
Sam Byford / The Verge:  Nintendo's Switch Online app, which provides access to voice chat, game invites, and game-specific services, is now available on iOS and Android
8:55 AM  •
Johana Bhuiyan / Recode:  Driverless-car tech startup Nauto raises $159M Series B led by Greylock Partners and SoftBank
7:55 AM  •
Pranav Dixit / BuzzFeed:  Sources: Uber and Ola are considering using India's Aadhaar biometric system to screen drivers, while Airbnb is exploring using it to authenticate Indian hosts
6:20 AM  •
Bloomberg:  Apple appoints Isabel Ge Mahe, currently VP of wireless technologies, as company's first managing director for Greater China
4:05 AM  •
Casey Newton / The Verge:  Google's search app on Android and iOS gets an algorithmic news feed of articles, videos, and other links; feed allows topic follows and other customizations
2:50 AM  •
Susan Carpenter / 89.3 KPCC:  Interview with California Department of Transportation Director Malcolm Dougherty on how the state is preparing its roads for self-driving cars
12:45 AM  •
Jon Fingas / Engadget:  Samsung's Bixby voice assistant is rolling out to all Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus users in the US today
12:25 AM  •
Madeline Purdue / USA Today:  Spurred by efforts, the number of female students taking AP CS exams grew by over 2X in past year; the number of black and Latino students grew over 3X

July 18, 2017

10:25 PM  •
Michael del Castillo / CoinDesk:  Enterprise Ethereum Alliance announces new members: Mastercard, Cisco, the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, Scotiabank, others
8:35 PM  •
Leon Lazaroff / TheStreet:  Facebook says it will start testing a subscription service with publishers in October, offering 10 articles free before prompting users to buy subscriptions
6:45 PM  •
Dustin Volz / Reuters:  Sources: tech firms including Facebook, Alphabet, Apple are not as engaged in FISA debate as they were in bulk collection, possibly weakening reform prospects
6:15 PM  •
Camila Russo / Bloomberg:  Ethereum cofounder Charles Hoskinson says “over-tokenization of things” makes ICOs a “ticking time bomb”; Ripple CEO says ICOs operate in “Wild West of finance”
5:10 PM  •
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:  Corelight closes $9.2M Series A led by Accel Partners to help enterprises battle ransomware
4:53 PM  •
Tomio Geron / Wall Street Journal:  At least nine venture firms other than Sequoia Capital are using scout networks, with the lack of transparency posing potential hazards for founders
4:30 PM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Online art discovery platform Artsy raises $50M Series D, to double down on auctions after partnering with the three leading brick-and-mortar auction houses
4:25 PM  •
Jordan Novet / CNBC:  IBM reports Q2 revenue of $19.29B, down 5% YoY, vs. $19.46B estimated, and gives stronger than expected full-year guidance
4:00 PM  •
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:  Google rolls out new security warnings for G Suite and Apps Script following May's Google Docs phishing attacks
3:20 PM  •
Katie Roof / TechCrunch:  Mobile commerce startup NewStore raises $50M Series B from Activant Capital, General Catalyst, others, to target apparel, lifestyle and luxury categories
2:55 PM  •
Chris Welch / The Verge:  Snap is now selling its Spectacles on Amazon, at the same $129.99 price
2:35 PM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Privitar, which builds tools to ensure privacy in big data analytics, raises $16M Series A led by France's Partech Ventures; Salesforce Ventures among investors
2:05 PM  •
Ginny Marvin / Marketing Land:  Google Analytics users can now ask natural-language questions about their data
1:12 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Amazon launches Spark on iOS in US, a feed customized by users who then browse and shop from product images and stories posted by Prime members and sponsors
1:05 PM  •
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:  Bluetooth SIG releases the specification for Bluetooth Mesh, which allows Bluetooth 4 and 5 devices to communicate in a mesh network
12:40 PM  •
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:  Cloud accounting software firm FreshBooks raises $43M Series B led by existing investor Georgian Partners
12:12 PM  •
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:  Snapchat adds ability to record multiple 10 second Snaps back-to-back, coming first to iOS, as well as Tint Brush for coloring specific objects in Snaps
12:00 PM  •
Eva Dou / Wall Street Journal:  China's censors ramp up filtering of photo and video messages, disrupting apps like WhatsApp and WeChat following the death of political dissident Liu Xiaobo
11:20 AM  •
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:  Google announces Transfer Appliance, a new hardware appliance and service for moving up to 480TB from corporate data centers to Google Cloud Platform via FedEx
10:55 AM  •
Dell Cameron / Gizmodo:  Twitter removes 90K accounts after ZeroFOX researchers found botnet, dubbed SIREN, that had pushed out 8.5M posts with links to dating services
10:35 AM  •
Kif Leswing / Business Insider:  Mira, which raised $1.5M led by Sequoia, unveils Prism, a $99 AR headset in which screen of inserted iPhone reflects off lens viewed by wearer, shipping in fall
10:10 AM  •
Kurt Schlosser / GeekWire:  Amazon has been selling pre-packaged ‘Meal Kits’ to select Amazon Fresh customers, sending Blue Apron's stock down
9:46 AM  •
Robert Hof / Forbes:  Zeta Global acquires Boomtrain, a martech firm that uses machine learning to send personalized notifications to consumers; sources say deal valued at $35M-$40M
9:35 AM  •
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:  Google publicly launches Hire, a tool to help small and medium-sized businesses manage the job application process, for G Suite users in the US
8:45 AM  •
Louis Columbus / Forbes:  McKinsey: US firms' AI investments in '16 made up 66% of global total, with China next at 17%; tech firms spent $20B-$30B on AI: 90% on R&D, 10% on acquisitions
7:40 AM  •
Steven Levy / Wired:  Google announces Glass Enterprise Edition, which can be used with prescription lenses, has a faster processor and WiFi, an 8MP camera, and better security

July 17, 2017

11:40 PM  •
Mark Bergen / Bloomberg:  Alphabet's Access CEO Gregory McCray is stepping down after five months as Larry Page reiterates commitment to Google Fiber
9:30 PM  •
BuzzFeed:  How Uber's hard-charging corporate culture left employees drained, according to interviews with over two dozen sources

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