August 23, 2017, 11:05 PM

August 23, 2017

11:00 PM  •
Maureen Farrell / Wall Street Journal:  Social Capital and Hedosophia file S-1 to raise $500M for holding company which will merge with tech unicorns reluctant to IPO in order to take them public
9:00 PM  •
Stephanie Condon / ZDNet:  HP Inc. beats Q3 expectations with $13.1B net revenue; PC sales up 12% to $8.4B, and printing sales up 6% YoY to $4.7B
7:25 PM  •
Jon Fingas / Engadget:  Google search results now offer a clinically validated screening quiz when users search for “depression” in US on mobile
6:45 PM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Forward Networks raises $16M Series B led by DFJ to help prevent enterprise and service provider network outages
6:30 PM  •
Kris Carlon / Android Authority:  Note8 costs $960 on Verizon, $950 on AT&T, $930 on T-Mobile; preorders begin Aug. 24, bundled with Gear 360 camera or 128GB SD and charging pad; ships Sept. 15
5:20 PM  •
Alex Heath / Business Insider:  Andrew Bosworth, who has served as Facebook VP of ads and business platform, will oversee all of FB's consumer hardware efforts including Oculus and Building 8
4:40 PM  •
CNBC:  As Whole Foods shareholders approve Amazon's acquisition, Federal Trade Commission gives OK for the deal to proceed
4:08 PM  •
Dan Primack / Axios:  In Q2, Uber had gross bookings of $8.7B, up 17% QoQ, revenue of $1.75B, up from Q1's $1.5B, net loss of $645M, down ~9% QoQ, 14% YoY; global trips rose 150% YoY
3:35 PM  •
Alexis C. Madrigal / The Atlantic:  Inside Waymo's self-driving effort, including its physical test base, called Castle, and Carcraft VR simulations, where 25K virtual cars drive 8M miles per day
2:20 PM  •
Arjun Kharpal / CNBC:  President of Samsung's mobile division DJ Koh confirms the company is working on its own smart speaker, may announce soon
2:05 PM  •
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:  Facebook is rolling out an option to take 360-degree photos and video from inside its mobile apps, allows 360-degree images to be used as Cover Photos
1:25 PM  •
Tom Krazit / GeekWire:  Google Cloud Platform launches cheaper Standard Tier traffic networking option that uses public internet, not its fiber
12:25 PM  •
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:  Snapchat's VP of Content Nick Bell says the company expects to debut scripted shows by year's end, aiming to complement TV
12:04 PM  •
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:  Here's what the Galaxy Note 8 will cost at AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon
11:44 AM  •
Clare O'Connor / Forbes:  Sources: women-first app Bumble turned down $450M buyout offer from dating giant Match Group
11:30 AM  •
Chris Velazco / Engadget:  Hands-on with Galaxy Note8: excellent build, both 2x optical zoom and adding background blur with Live Focus work well, much improved S Pen functionality, more
11:12 AM  •
Kris Carlon / Android Authority:  Samsung announces Galaxy Note8 with 6.3" QHD AMOLED infinity display, Snapdragon 835, 6GB RAM, 64/128/256GB storage, dual 12MP cameras, 3300mAh battery, IP68
10:55 AM  •
Samsung:  Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2017
10:35 AM  •
Joon Ian Wong / Quartz:  Profile of China's Bitmain, which is a major player in bitcoin mining rig market, controls 29% of Bitcoin hash rate, and is entering deep learning ASIC market
6:05 AM  •
TechCrunch:  List of the 57 startups presenting on the second day of Y Combinator's Summer 2017 Demo Day
3:01 AM  •
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:  Microsoft shares more details about Project Brainwave, a real-time AI platform running on FPGAs
1:45 AM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Google and Walmart announce partnership to offer voice shopping through Assistant on Google Home; Google drops $95/year fee for Google Express
12:15 AM  •
Tas Bindi / ZDNet:  Enterprise AI startup Hyper Anna, dubbed “Siri for analytics”, raises AU$16M Series A led by Sequoia China to expand to China and US

August 22, 2017

11:50 PM  •
Abner Li / 9to5Google:  APK teardown shows Google may be developing Assistant-equipped headphones codenamed Bisto
11:25 PM  •
Bloomberg:  International Federation of Robotics says sales of robots in China jumped 27% to ~90K last year, a single country record, are estimated to reach 160K in 2019
11:00 PM  •
Lizzie Plaugic / The Verge:  Sony Music signs remixing deal with rights management firm Dubset; source says Dubset working on deals with Warner Music and Universal Music Group
10:20 PM  •
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:  Netscape co-founder Jim Clark launches CommandScape, a building management system for commercial and premium residential properties
10:00 PM  •
Brittany A. Roston / SlashGear:  Hulu expands Live TV beta to Xbox 360, says it will unify its two iOS apps into a single app; Roku and PS4 still not supported
9:40 PM  •
Jon Fingas / Engadget:  Code42 says it will end its cloud backup service Crashplan for Home on Oct 23, 2018 and will focus instead on its business services
9:10 PM  •
Daisuke Wakabayashi / New York Times:  Sources: disagreements led to Apple scaling back on car project; team now focused on campus shuttle using a commercial vehicle to test autonomous driving tech
8:10 PM  •
Nick Statt / The Verge:  DJI announces mandatory firmware fix for Spark, says drones must be updated by September 1 or be grounded
7:00 PM  •
Kate Conger / Gizmodo:  DoJ says DreamHost warrant was too broad, states it has no interest in records relating to 1.3M IP addresses of visitors to anti-Trump site
5:25 PM  •
Salvador Rodriguez / Reuters:  Google says it will announce specs for Titan, a security chip that scans cloud hardware for evidence of tampering, on Thursday
5:08 PM  •
Anita Balakrishnan / CNBC:  GoDaddy's Blake Irving stepping down as CEO at end of 2017; COO Scott Wagner to be new CEO
4:45 PM  •
Matthew Lynley / TechCrunch:  Salesforce beats estimates with Q2 revenue of $2.56B, up 26% YoY, on track to hit its $10B annual revenue run rate target
3:25 PM  •
Zack Whittaker / ZDNet:  AccuWeather iOS app sends user's location info to data monetization firm, even with location sharing turned off
2:51 PM  •
David George-Cosh / Wall Street Journal:  Retail software firm raises $40M led by KPCB to double staff and expand globally
2:15 PM  •
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:  Microsoft to cease work on its GigJam lightweight collaboration service, before it exited preview
1:40 PM  •
The Shield:  500+ apps, downloaded 100M+ times, removed by Google from Play Store or updated after it was discovered that an ad SDK they used could serve as spyware backdoor
12:49 PM  •
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:  Medium will pay writers based on the number of “claps” they get, with funds from subscribers' $5/month fees, expands who can publish paywalled articles
12:41 PM  •
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:  Google debuts Chrome Enterprise subscription service for $50 per Chrome OS device per year, includes support for Microsoft Active Directory, VMware's AirWatch
12:25 PM  •
Matt Weinberger / Business Insider:  LinkedIn starts rolling out video upload support for its Android and iOS apps
12:15 PM  •
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:  Uber adds new driver-friendly features such as alerting drivers before picking up rider if trip will take 45+ minutes, says it will hit $50M in tips this week
12:08 PM  •
Tom Krazit / GeekWire:  Skytap raises $45M Series E led by Goldman Sachs to move legacy apps to the cloud
10:55 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Cloud data management and protection firm Druva raises $80M led by Riverwood Capital, bringing its total raised close to $200M
10:30 AM  •
Robert Hackett / Fortune:  IBM announces collaboration with Walmart, Unilever, Nestlé, and other food giants, to apply blockchain tech to food supply chains and improve food safety
10:05 AM  •
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:  Big data analytics platform Databricks raises $140M Series D led by Andreessen Horowitz
9:45 AM  •
Chris Welch / The Verge:  Verizon to start throttling video on smartphones on all unlimited data plans to 720p, with the cheapest “Go Unlimited” plan limiting video to 480p
9:10 AM  •
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:  Prisma Labs, whose app turns photos into “artworks” using AI, shifts focus to selling its tools to other firms, says app has 5M-10M MAUs and won't be retired
7:55 AM  •
Thuy Ong / The Verge:  Samsung's Bixby launches in more than 200 countries including the UK, Canada, Australia, and South Africa, is currently available in US English and Korean
6:50 AM  •
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:  The Windows Store has dozens of pirate streaming apps, some of which have pre-roll ads using Microsoft's Ad Monetization platform

August 21, 2017

11:40 PM  •
TechCrunch:  Y Combinator Summer 2017 Demo Day 1: 50 startups, with AI emerging as a top startup trend
10:25 PM  •
Nathaniel Popper / New York Times:  Hackers hijack cell phone numbers to drain cryptocurrency wallets, pointing to security weaknesses at both carriers and wallet services
7:45 PM  •
Lindsey O'Donnell / CRN:  IoT security firm ZingBox raises $22M Series B led by Dell Technologies Capital and Tri Ventures
7:20 PM  •
Ashley Cowburn / The Independent:  UK's Crown Prosecution Service says it will pursue online hate crime as diligently as offline offenses, expects rise in prosecutions for social media attacks
5:55 PM  •
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:  Facebook launches a dedicated tab for Safety Check, where it lists crises from around world, rolling out over the coming weeks
5:05 PM  •
Khari Johnson / VentureBeat:  WhatsApp adds colorful text status updates, just like Facebook
4:42 PM  •
David Ruddock / Android Police:  Source: Google plans to launch a new Pixel-branded Chromebook and a mini version of the Google Home alongside new phones this fall
4:35 PM  •
Patience Haggin / Wall Street Journal:  Database provider Redis Labs raises $44M Series D led by new investor Goldman Sachs to challenge Oracle, has now raised $86M in total
2:47 PM  •
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:  Google's Android O is named Oreo, rolls out soon to Nexus/Pixel devices; update includes background activity limits, picture-in-picture, notification channels
2:37 PM  •
John Herrman / New York Times:  After wave of neo-Nazi bans, tech firms' censorship policies were shown again to be arbitrary, not derived from moral awakening or newfound sense of civic duty
1:04 PM  •
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:  Sources: Spotify's plan to skip a traditional IPO and list directly on NYSE draws scrutiny from the SEC, as NYSE's direct listing rule-change is still pending
11:40 AM  •
Natalie Gagliordi / ZDNet:  Cisco buys hyperconvergence software startup Springpath for $320M to bolster its data center infrastructure portfolio
10:55 AM  •
Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:  A look at challenges facing Verizon's Oath as the integration of NYC's AOL and SV's Yahoo struggles along, after 2,100 were laid off in mid-June
8:30 AM  •
Kirsten Korosec / The Verge:  Inside Argo AI, an autonomous vehicle technology startup in which Ford pledged to invest $1B
6:35 AM  •
Sarah Anne Lloyd / Curbed Seattle - All:  Chinese bike-sharing startup Ofo enters US with Seattle launch
5:00 AM  •
Mark Scott / Politico:  Sources: after Article 50 was triggered to start Brexit, the European Investment Fund, a key source of capital for many EU VC funds, stopped backing UK VCs
3:25 AM  •
Jon Fingas / Engadget:  HTC cuts Vive VR headset's price by $200, to $599, to remain competitive with Oculus Rift
3:10 AM  •
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:  Intel unveils first 8th gen processors, dubbed “Kaby Lake refresh”, based on an updated Kaby Lake architecture, claims 40% performance increase over 7th gen
1:30 AM  •
Ellen Pao / The Cut:  An excerpt from Ellen Pao's book “Reset”: This is how sexism works in Silicon Valley. My lawsuit failed. Others won't.

August 20, 2017

11:10 PM  •
Giuseppe Stuto:  How iMessage came to dominate messaging among US teens, with studies showing ~70% use it, and where Apple may go to disrupt apps like Snapchat and Messenger
9:35 PM  •
Christine Chiang / Brave New Coin:  ZeroEx raises $24M in an ICO for 0x protocol that enables the trading of Ethereum's ERC-20 compliant tokens without the need of centralized exchanges
8:00 PM  •
Russell Brandom / The Verge:  Researchers: October's Mirai botnet attack on Dyn DNS service was incidental; original target was PlayStation Network name servers used by Dyn
6:25 PM  •
Stan Higgins / CoinDesk:  Decentraland, a virtual reality world project that uses blockchain tech to track ownership of digital plots of land, raises $25M via ICO
4:51 PM  •
Brian Heater / TechCrunch:  Microsoft kicks off Xbox One X pre-orders today with a limited ‘Project Scorpio’ edition
4:25 PM  •
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:  Researchers demo using a hidden chip in a replacement smartphone screen to log keyboard input, install malicious apps, and take pictures
2:50 PM  •
Li Yuan / Wall Street Journal:  Chinese tech firms, such as Didi Chuxing and NetEase, often advise women not to reply to job ads, with NetEase noting “the job is tough and stressful”
12:15 PM  •
Pan Yue / China Money Network:  Cambricon, a Chinese AI chip developer, raises $100M Series A led by Chuangye Investment Management, with Alibaba arm, Lenovo Capital, and others participating
9:40 AM  •
Rachael King / Wall Street Journal:  How Cisco lost key customers to Arista Networks, turning Arista CEO Jayshree Ullal, who was once close to John Chambers, into a fierce rival
7:05 AM  •
Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed:  Twitter starts sorting popular tweets by topic in the Explore tab on iOS and Android
4:30 AM  •
Reuters:  Infosys CEO Vishal Sikka resigns, blaming a “continuous drumbeat of distractions” and a long-running dispute with the founders over company strategy
1:55 AM  •
Taylor Cromwell / Bloomberg:  How US restaurant chains are enlisting Facebook, Amazon, and adopting new tech like chatbots and digital payments, to make ordering and paying for food easier

August 19, 2017

11:35 PM  •
Andrew Liptak / The Verge:  Alleged press render of completely redesigned Nest thermostat leaks, the first redesign since it launched in 2011
9:15 PM  •
Ken Schwencke / ProPublica:  The Daily Stormer receives DDoS protection from CDN service BitMitigate, whose founder says he believes in free speech and wants to promote his company
6:55 PM  •
Ramin Setoodeh / Variety:  In interview, Netflix's Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos says the streaming service will spend $7B on original content in 2018
4:35 PM  •
Tom Metcalf / Bloomberg:  Bill Gates' stake in Microsoft dipped to around 1.3% after $4.6B stock gift to Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in June, his largest stock donation since 2000
2:07 PM  •
Kara Swisher / Recode:  Sources: former General Electric chairman Jeff Immelt is now favored by a majority of Uber's board to become CEO; a vote is likely in the next two weeks
10:55 AM  •
Greg Bensinger / Wall Street Journal:  US court of appeals rules online ToS are binding irrespective of whether users read them, no matter how long or hard to read companies like Uber make them
3:50 AM  •
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:  Tencent reports $15.7B Q2 revenues and a record quarterly profit of $2.7B, up 70% YoY, as company's mobile game revenue tops PC, propelled by Honour of Kings
1:55 AM  •
Wall Street Journal:  Sources: government review of AT&T's $85B takeover of Time Warner has reached an advanced stage, as AT&T lawyers discuss merger conditions with the DoJ

August 18, 2017

11:10 PM  •
Reuters:  Following President Trump's Monday order, the United States Trade Representative formally launches probe into China's alleged theft of US intellectual property