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January 20, 2017

2:00 PM  •
Todd Spangler / Variety:  SEC filing: AT&T gained 200K+ paying video subscribers in Q4, “entirely driven by DirecTV Now”; DirecTV Now launched on November 30
1:22 PM  •
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:  Uber hires former Google search chief Amit Singhal as SVP of Engineering
1:10 PM  •
Politico:  Sources: President Trump will tap sitting GOP FCC commissioner Ajit Pai, a fierce critic of net neutrality, to lead the agency
12:45 PM  •
Maya Kosoff / Vanity Fair:  Mark Zuckerberg's philanthropy and professionally photographed travels suggest the 32-year-old billionaire may harbor political aspirations
11:05 AM  •
Jason Del Rey / Recode:  Amazon just launched virtual ‘Dash’ buttons for one-click buying from the homepage
9:35 AM  •
Luke Stangel / Silicon Valley Business Journal:  Airfare prediction startup Flyr raises $8M Series A, led by Peter Thiel with participation from existing investors
7:55 AM  •
Hudson Hongo / Gizmodo:  President Trump reportedly trades in his Android phone, believed to be his primary tweeting device, for a Secret Service-approved device
6:30 AM  •
Kate Conger / TechCrunch:  Security and privacy experts raise questions about viral selfie app Meitu's app permissions like GPS, call and carrier info, more that are unrelated to core use
6:05 AM  •
James Vincent / The Verge:  WSJ sources: Samsung investigation finds Galaxy Note7 fires were caused by irregularly sized batteries that didn't properly fit the phone, manufacturing issues
5:25 AM  •
Wall Street Journal:  Samsung Investigation Blames Battery Size for Galaxy Note 7 Fires
4:05 AM  •
Pranav Dixit / BuzzFeed:  How WhatsApp's intimacy and immediacy have greatly increased the spread of misinformation in India, its largest market
2:00 AM  •
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:  Brian Krebs accuses founder of DDoS mitigation provider ProTraf Solutions as co-author of Mirai IoT worm; founder denies involvement
12:45 AM  •
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:  Atlassian reports a quarterly net loss of $1.7M and $148.9M in revenue, up 36% year-over-year, and expects $4M revenue from Trello in fiscal 2017

January 19, 2017

10:00 PM  •
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:  Microsoft releases Windows 10 Creators Update test build with support for ebooks and more, delays “My People” quick-access links until later this year
6:45 PM  •
Nick Statt / The Verge:  Samsung and independent experts to release findings of investigation into Galaxy Note7 explosions at 10AM KST on January 23 in Seoul (8PM ET January 22)
5:40 PM  •
Natalie Gagliordi / ZDNet:  IBM reports Q4 revenue of $21.8B, down 1.3% YoY, as full-year cloud revenue reaches $13.7B, up 35% YoY
5:10 PM  •
Brent Kendall / Wall Street Journal:  Uber agrees to pay $20M fine to settle FTC suit alleging the company overstated potential driver earnings in 20 cities
4:40 PM  •
Jack Nicas / Wall Street Journal:  Analysis finds Google placed ads for its own products atop 91% of 25K searches for related items; after Google was told, only 19% had Google product ads atop
3:15 PM  •
Connie Loizos / TechCrunch:  Mithril Capital Management, led by Peter Thiel and Ajay Royan, raises $850M
2:10 PM  •
Mike Shields / Wall Street Journal:  Snap to enable ad targeting using 3rd-party data from offline purchases, after signing deal with Oracle Data Cloud, following lead of Google, Facebook, Twitter
1:30 PM  •
Kurt Wagner / Recode:  Twitter says it beat “many” internal workplace diversity targets in 2016, including promoting minorities and women to leadership positions
1:01 PM  •
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:  NHTSA closes probe into June 2016 Tesla crash, clearing Autopilot of fault and praising its safety features, including a ~40% drop in crashes since introduction
12:15 PM  •
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:  DigiLens raises $22M from Sony, Foxconn, and others, to make “eyeglass-thin” AR and VR displays
11:30 AM  •
Liana B. Baker / Reuters:  IDG, owner of PCWorld and IDC, to be acquired by Chinese investor group Oceanwide, headed by IDG Greater China chairman Hugo Shong
10:55 AM  •
Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:  Microsoft game-streaming platform Beam comes out of beta with faster video player, Xbox Live sign-in, and redesigned home page
10:10 AM  •
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:  In an effort to avoid governments shutting off access, encrypted email service ProtonMail now supports Tor
9:25 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  LinkedIn unveils new desktop site with simpler, app-like look, pop-up messaging window with chatbots, and updated universal search
9:00 AM  •
Natalie Gagliordi / ZDNet:  Oracle to buy API development firm Apiary for an undisclosed sum, says it will continue to offer Apiary's products to other companies
8:30 AM  •
Jez Corden / Windows Central:  Sources: Minecraft Pocket Edition will no longer receive updates for Windows mobile devices
6:50 AM  •
Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:  EU says Amazon's Audible subsidiary and Apple will scrap all exclusivity obligations in supply and distribution of audiobooks
6:15 AM  •
Tom Warren / The Verge:  Samsung starts rolling out Android 7.0 Nougat to unlocked Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge devices in the US, UK, China, and elsewhere
4:05 AM  •
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:  Microsoft says it will double the size of its Montreal research and design office over two years and invest $7M in Montreal-based AI research over five years

January 18, 2017

10:00 PM  •
Steven Levy / Backchannel:  Obama's tech teams are optimistic publicly but quietly fear for their programs' future after Trump inauguration; Matt Cutts in line to be interim head of USDS
8:10 PM  •
Sarah Frier / Bloomberg:  Sources: Zuckerberg has 12+ Facebook employees helping him with posts and comments on his Facebook page and professional photographers to snap personal moments
5:05 PM  •
Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:  The centralization of the internet via app stores has made government censorship easier, as shown by the removal of LinkedIn and NYT apps in Russia and China
4:20 PM  •
Matthew Lynley / TechCrunch:  Netflix reports $2.35B in Q4 revenue, up from $1.67B in Q4 2015, as it adds 1.93M new US subs vs 1.3M expected, 5.12M global subs vs 3.8M expected; stock up 8%+
4:00 PM  •
Dustin Volz / Reuters:  Nearly 80 rights groups accuse Facebook of “racially biased censorship” of user content, arguing that policies are often unevenly applied
3:35 PM  •
Harry McCracken / Fast Company:  How Slack overcame the design challenges of making threaded conversations, including notifications, inline vs. broken-out threads, and more
3:15 PM  •
Juli Clover / MacRumors:  Apple revamps Logic Pro X and GarageBand for iOS with redesigned interfaces and new features
2:55 PM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  TomTom acquires Berlin-based startup Autonomos to bolster its self-driving technology
2:40 PM  •
Peter Kafka / Recode:  Timehop CEO Jon Wegener, who announced he was leaving last week, lands at Snap Inc. to work on product
2:30 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Facebook replaces its inbox for messages with the interface of the web version of Messenger
2:15 PM  •
Mehedi Hassan / MSPoweruser:  Microsoft is testing feature that brings Cortana to the lock screen on Android
1:55 PM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Twitter phases out “Buy” button, will continue to have “Donation” button for charities
1:50 PM  •
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:  Mozilla unveils new logo, font, and design
1:45 PM  •
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:  Department of Labor sues Oracle over discriminatory pay and hiring practices
1:30 PM  •
Sean O'Kane / The Verge:  Starship Technologies partners with Postmates and DoorDash to test deliveries by its largely self-driving robots, in California and Washington D.C. respectively
1:20 PM  •
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:  Google acquires Fabric, Twitter's mobile app development tool suite, and its team; Fabric will join Google's Developer Products Group
1:12 PM  •
Casey Newton / The Verge:  Slack debuts new threaded messages feature on all platforms; conversations are attached to specific messages and show in the “flex pane” sidebar on desktop, web
12:30 PM  •
Josh McConnell / Financial Post:  YouTube rolls out group chat feature for its iOS and Android apps that allows discussion around videos as they play, arriving first in Canada
10:55 AM  •
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:  Report: Google bringing its Android One program for budget smartphones with timely software updates to the US; the first such device is expected before mid-year
10:30 AM  •
Alex Konrad / Forbes:  DocuSign names former Responsys chief Daniel Springer as new CEO, ending a lengthy search
10:05 AM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Roku revamps its mobile remote app, adding “What's On” content discovery, more
9:20 AM  •
Sean Michael Kerner / eWeek:  Security vendor OPAQ Networks launches security-as-a-service platform, raised $21M Series A
6:15 AM  •
Mehedi Hassan / MSPoweruser:  Internal Windows 10 Mobile build shows Microsoft is planning an e-book store for Windows 10 devices, likely to debut with Creators Update in April
3:10 AM  •
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:  France creates a four-year French Tech Visa for entrepreneurs, engineers, and investors, to attract foreign tech talent
12:05 AM  •
Abner Li / 9to5Google:  Google app for Android updated with offline search, will queue offline searches and run them when a connection becomes available

January 17, 2017

11:40 PM  •
Qualcomm:  Qualcomm responds to FTC charge, says it will contest complaint and that it has not withheld or threatened to withhold chip supply
10:55 PM  •
Nikkei:  Sources: Toshiba considers spinning off semiconductor unit, wants to sell a roughly 20% interest to Western Digital for $1.77B to $2.65B
9:10 PM  •
Billy Steele / Engadget:  Google+ announces it is bringing back Events feature, will now hide “low quality” comments, and is sunsetting its old web UI on January 24
7:05 PM  •
Tony Romm / Politico:  Sources: Trump considering Utah attorney general Sean Reyes, who urged FTC to re-open antitrust probe of Google last year, for FTC chairman
5:30 PM  •
Jordan Novet / VentureBeat:  Hewlett Packard Enterprise buys datacenter infrastructure startup SimpliVity for $650M
5:20 PM  •
Ian King / Bloomberg:  FTC accuses Qualcomm of forcing Apple to use its chips exclusively in return for lower licensing fees, and thus unfairly cutting out competitors
5:10 PM  •
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:  Indian healthcare platform Practo raises $55M Series D led by Tencent to expand into more markets; other investors included Sequoia, CapitalG, Thrive Capital
4:23 PM  •
Charlie Savage / New York Times:  Chelsea Manning to be freed on May 17 rather than in 2045 after Obama commutes bulk of 35-year sentence
4:05 PM  •
Federal Trade Commission:  FTC sues Qualcomm over anticompetitive tactics in monopolizing baseband processor market, says firm elevated patent royalties for vendors using competing chips
3:40 PM  •
Bloomberg:  Qualcomm's stock closes down 4% amid US antitrust suit against the company over unfair practices, following multi-year investigation into its licensing methods
2:55 PM  •
New York Times:  Mark Zuckerberg testifies in Oculus-ZeniMax trial, says “Oculus products are built on Oculus technology” and that he'd never heard of ZeniMax
2:05 PM  •
Polina Marinova / Fortune:  Facebook's first official startup incubator “Startup Garage” to open at Paris' Station F startup campus, will host 10-15 data driven startups every six months
1:35 PM  •
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:  Microsoft acquires 3D data-optimization vendor Simplygon to help realize its “3D for Everyone” strategy
1:25 PM  •
Selina Wang / Bloomberg:  Used goods marketplace Letgo raises $175M Series C from Accel and others, has raised $325M since '15 launch, still doesn't charge for Craigslist-like service
1:15 PM  •
Pamela Rosen / Evernote Blog:  Evernote launches updated iOS app with streamlined UI for creating notes, finding notes, more
1:00 PM  •
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:  Deep learning startup Neurala raises $14M Series A led by Pelion Ventures, to build AI for drones, autonomous cars, more
12:45 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  App Annie report: number of app downloads rose 15% in 2016, time spent in apps rose 25%, and revenue paid to developers rose 40%
12:20 PM  •
Bloomberg:  Snap Inc.'s culture of secrecy, led by CEO Evan Spiegel, could be problematic as the company prepares to IPO in March
11:55 AM  •
Lora Kolodny / TechCrunch:  Measure raises $15M Series B led by IT services firm Cognizant, to fly drones as a service for other companies
11:35 AM  •
Kurt Wagner / Recode:  Sources: publishers doubt Facebook will renew paid livestreaming deals, as it has been pushing them to focus on creating longer content
10:55 AM  •
Gerrit De Vynck / Bloomberg:  Priceline co-founder Jay Walker launches Upside.com, a business travel startup, with $50M funding at a $200M+ valuation
10:35 AM  •
Eric Auchard / Reuters:  Airbus CEO Tom Enders says company hopes to fly prototype of single-person, self-piloting flying car by the end of 2017
8:30 AM  •
Mike Wheatley / SiliconANGLE:  Video conferencing startup Zoom raises $100M Series D round led by Sequoia Capital at a $1B+ valuation, plans to invest in VR and AR
6:50 AM  •
BBC:  Apple to raise prices of apps and in-app purchases by ~25% in 3 regions, making the lowest app prices 99p in UK, 80 rupees in India, and 3.49 lira in Turkey
3:45 AM  •
Simon Sharwood / The Register:  Google publishes paper detailing its cloud security strategy, including the deployment of custom chips on servers and peripherals

January 16, 2017

9:55 PM  •
Bloomberg:  Baidu hires AI specialist and former Microsoft EVP Qi Lu as group president and chief operating officer to oversee and develop AI technologies
7:00 PM  •
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:  Raspberry Pi upgrades its $30 Compute Module for embedded computing with 10x the CPU performance at 1.2GHz and twice the RAM at 1GB
4:45 PM  •
Maya Kosoff / Vanity Fair:  WSJ: new investors in Snap IPO won't get any voting power; founders Spiegel and Murphy, who own 45% of Snap's stock, will retain 70%+ of voting rights
2:20 PM  •
Natalie Gagliordi / ZDNet:  Intel launches new IoT retail platform called Responsive Retail Platform and announces plan to invest $100M over next five years in the retail tech sector
1:25 PM  •
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:  Bragi's $150 The Headphone wireless earbuds are finally shipping
12:00 PM  •
Maureen Farrell / Wall Street Journal:  In Snap IPO, New Investors to Get Zero Votes While Founders Keep Control
11:25 AM  •
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:  Nvidia Shield TV 2017 review: best balance for home entertainment with smart home features, gaming, streaming 4K HDR video, and the upcoming Google assistant
10:55 AM  •
Matthew Humphries / PC Magazine:  With Google's RAISR machine learning-driven image enhancement technique, images can be up to 75% smaller without losing their detail
10:20 AM  •
David Pierce / Wired:  Google's head of Daydream Labs and the director of immersive design speak about the challenges of building Daydream and pushing the boundaries of VR
9:45 AM  •
Tali Tsipori / Globes Online:  Israeli smartphone dual-camera maker Corephotonics raises $15M led by Samsung, Foxconn, and Mediatek, bringing its total raised to $50M
7:50 AM  •
Matt Weinberger / Business Insider:  How Amazon's Echo made Alexa the most successful smart voice assistant at home, and how Google, Microsoft, and Apple are fighting back
4:55 AM  •
New York Times:  Alibaba bids $2.6B for a controlling stake in Chinese mall operator Intime this week, a 42% premium over Intime's price when stock trading was halted on Dec. 28
2:00 AM  •
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:  Xiaomi stops disclosing annual smartphone unit sales numbers; CEO admits the company grew “too fast”, hints at new retail strategy incorporating offline sales

January 15, 2017

11:10 PM  •
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:  Corporate PACs associated with Microsoft, Facebook, Google, Amazon donated more money to Republican Congressional candidates than Democratic opponents in 2016
10:20 PM  •
Katie Roof / TechCrunch:  HouseCanary, which uses local data to value real estate, raises $33M Series A from Eric Schmidt, Kobe Bryant, and others
9:05 PM  •
Brian Armstrong / Medium:  Coinbase CEO likens IRS subpoena to asking Fidelity or PayPal for all customer records, suggests Coinbase could send 1099-B forms to customers and IRS instead
8:01 PM  •
Justin Baragona / Mediaite:  In interview with The Sunday Times, Trump says he'll keep using @realDonaldTrump Twitter account
6:20 PM  •
Paul Mozur / New York Times:  China orders the registration of app stores to combat apps that “spread illegal information”, which can include fraud, malware, and political speech
6:05 PM  •
Thomas Fox-Brewster / Forbes:  Law enforcement has used services like SiriusXM and GM's OnStar to track cars and listen in on conversations since at least 2001, review of court filings shows
3:55 PM  •
Katie Benner / New York Times:  Profile of 31-year-old Joshua Kushner, founder of Thrive Capital and brother of Jared Kushner; he has told his investors he will strive to stay out of politics
1:20 PM  •
Amar Toor / The Verge:  Facebook says it will soon expand tools to fight fake news to Germany, will send flagged posts to Berlin-based nonprofit news org Correctiv for fact-checking
12:35 PM  •
Brett Williams / Mashable:  Facebook confirms removal of the “edited” label on edited posts; users can still view a post's edit history via the drop-down menu
9:40 AM  •
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:  Users say AT&T's DirecTV Now streaming service is plagued with errors and nearly unusable
7:05 AM  •
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:  Proposed Virginia Broadband Deployment Act would favor private ISPs by restricting municipal broadband deployment
4:30 AM  •
Tom Warren / The Verge:  Microsoft announces Windows 10 Creators Update will include a Game Mode option to maximize gaming performance
1:55 AM  •
Kyle Orland / Ars Technica:  Hands-on with Nintendo Switch: 720p screen is sharp, using a single small Joy-Con controller with both hands is cramped
12:00 AM  •
Kate Conger / TechCrunch:  Cloudflare discloses 2013 National Security Letter, joins CREDO and EFF to challenge the constitutionality of the FBI's NSLs and their accompanying gag orders

January 14, 2017

9:05 PM  •
Jason Del Rey / Recode:  Walmart streamlines retail, web teams internal memos show; e-commerce CTO to oversee tech teams at retail stores, US CMO to lead Walmart.com & Jet.com marketing
5:00 PM  •
Ryan Mac / Forbes:  San Francisco District Attorney sues failed camera drone maker Lily, alleging the company intentionally lied to potential customers with its viral launch video
12:55 PM  •
David Gauvey Herbert / Bloomberg:  How News Corp.-owned Storyful has emerged as a prominent fact checker by working with news outlets, releasing a Chrome extension to vet video, and more
8:50 AM  •
Khari Johnson / VentureBeat:  Kasisto raises $9.2M from Propel Venture Partners, MasterCard, DBS Bank, and more to improve personal finance bot KAI and expand AI virtual assistant offerings
5:25 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Timehop CEO and co-founder Jon Wegener steps down, with design lead Matt Raoul taking his place; outgoing CEO says company will be cash-flow positive by March
2:00 AM  •
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:  Outgoing FCC chair Tom Wheeler uses his final public speech to make a case for maintaining net neutrality

January 13, 2017

10:00 PM  •
Deirdre Bosa / CNBC:  Lyft, international partners will prompt users to install local apps while abroad, not allowing direct payment; source says firm is planning global expansion
8:25 PM  •
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:  Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton stepping down; he will become chairman of the board of Snap, where he was an early investor
7:20 PM  •
Moxie Marlinspike / Open Whisper Systems:  Contrary to Guardian's report, Signal Protocol contains no “backdoor”; WhatsApp's encryption implementation is appropriate given the company's scale
4:10 PM  •
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:  After failing to get 10K bitcoins for stolen NSA exploits, Shadow Brokers post farewell message, dump a cache of Windows hacking tools online
2:44 PM  •
Bloomberg:  Sources: Andy Rubin's new startup, Essential, is working on a suite of consumer hardware products; source says the company aims to launch a smartphone this year
1:45 PM  •
Avery Hartmans / Business Insider:  Report: Lyft lost $600M in 2016, up from $412M in 2015, as revenue rose to $700M, up from about $200M in 2015
12:50 PM  •
Barb Darrow / Fortune:  Microsoft buys Maluuba, a Canadian AI startup focused on natural language processing
12:20 PM  •
William Alden / BuzzFeed:  CEO David Sacks says Zenefits will soon launch “HR One” paid tier, offering bundles of services on top of its free core product
11:45 AM  •
Zen Soo / South China Morning Post:  LeEco raises $16.8B yuan, around $2.4B, from Chinese real estate developer Sunac, others
10:55 AM  •
Todd Spangler / Variety:  Amazon rolls out its first branded VOD subscription service, Anime Strike, with 1K+ titles, available for $4.99/month for Prime members
8:10 AM  •
Abner Li / 9to5Google:  Chrome 56 beta, expected to be released in a week, adds native support for FLAC music format
4:05 AM  •
Jane Wakefield / BBC:  European Parliament committee recommends rules on robots, calling for mandatory kill switches, insurance, taxes, more; vote set for February
3:55 AM  •
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:  Nintendo Switch console/tablet hybrid will launch worldwide on March 3 for $299.99, has a 6.2-inch 720p capacitive touchscreen, 32GB storage, and no region lock
12:15 AM  •
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:  Nintendo Switch's Joy-Con motion controllers have haptic feedback, can be used separately; left Joy-Con has a screen capture button; right one has an IR camera

January 12, 2017

11:35 PM  •
Christopher Grant / Polygon:  Nintendo Switch will launch with an online service that will remain free until later this fall, with additional details to come later
11:11 PM  •
Andrew Webster / The Verge:  Nintendo Switch, a console/tablet hybrid, will launch worldwide March 3 for $299.99; company confirms the console won't be region-locked
10:20 PM  •
Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:  App.net is shutting down its Twitter-like social platform on March 14 and open sourcing its code
9:30 PM  •
Joseph Cox / Motherboard:  Hacker steals 900GB of data from Cellebrite, the Israeli company that makes products for breaking into mobile phones
8:30 PM  •
Ben Fox Rubin / CNET:  eBay announces an authentication program for high-end products, offering verification for a fee in an effort to reduce counterfeit goods on site
7:45 PM  •
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:  Apple increases app size restriction for tvOS apps from 200MB to 4GB
7:35 PM  •
Karissa Bell / Mashable:  Snapchat update will bring search bar, new navigation, and a global live story for user contributions, coming soon to all iOS and Android users
6:50 PM  •
Reuters:  US appeals court says Apple can be sued for monopolizing iOS app market and not letting users buy apps outside the App Store
6:20 PM  •
Consumer Reports:  Consumer Reports now recommends 2016 MacBook Pro after Apple fixed battery issues found in earlier tests via a software update
5:37 PM  •
Janko Roettgers / Variety:  Pandora announces it's laying off 7% of its US workforce, excluding Ticketfly group, in Q1 2017 in a bid to reduce costs
4:30 PM  •
Thushan Amarasiriwardena / Google:  Google updates kid-focused animation app Toontastic with 3D graphics, available for free on iOS and Android today
3:40 PM  •
Lauren Smiley / The Verge:  Profile of Open Whisper Systems, which has five employees, makes secure messaging app Signal, and develops an encryption protocol used by Facebook and others
2:10 PM  •
Chris Welch / The Verge:  Google updates Maps with tweaked ride-hailing screen and ability to hail an Uber without leaving the app
1:45 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Microsoft publicly launches StaffHub, a shift scheduling app for iOS and Android available as part of Office 365
1:15 PM  •
Natt Garun / The Verge:  YouTube launches Super Chat in beta, letting viewers pay to pin comments on live streams, with a broad rollout on January 31
1:00 PM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  AWS partners with the UK's Ministry of Defence and others to launch re:Start, a UK-only portal for cloud computing IT skills and job placements
12:30 PM  •
Charlie Savage / New York Times:  New rules allow National Security Agency to share raw intercepted communications with other 16 US intelligence agencies before applying privacy protections
12:05 PM  •
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:  Betaworks launches Voicecamp accelerator, focused on voice-related technologies, with 8-10 startups receiving $125K in pre-seed funding
11:45 AM  •
Colin Lecher / The Verge:  Donald Trump to hold meetings on a “regular basis” with private sector firms focusing on cybersecurity preparedness, organized by Rudy Giuliani
11:30 AM  •
Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:  Facebook will now let publishers broadcast on Live direct from the web
10:55 AM  •
Vlad Savov / The Verge:  HTC unveils 5.7-inch U Ultra flagship phone with all-glass design, AI assistant, second screen, and no headphone jack; preorders open today for $749
10:20 AM  •
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:  Opera launches Neon, an experimental browser for Windows and Mac that aims to showcase its vision for the future of the web
9:55 AM  •
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:  Amazon says it will grow its full-time US workforce from 180K to 280K employees over the next 18 months, with many positions in fulfillment centers
9:55 AM  •
Jessica Guynn / USA Today:  Profile of Precursor Ventures, a VC firm which has raised $15.3M, funded more than 50 startups, and is focused on investing in underrepresented minorities
8:50 AM  •
Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:  The broad choice of media on services like Netflix increasingly means entertainment is fragmented and bespoke, a break from a TV-centric past
8:05 AM  •
Fitz Tepper / TechCrunch:  Camera drone maker Lily will shut down and refund customers, saying it failed to raise funds for production despite $14M Series A and $34M in preorders
7:30 AM  •
Wall Street Journal:  Sources: Apple planning push into original TV shows and movies for Apple Music subscribers, hopes to share viewer metrics and demographic data with producers
4:50 AM  •
Anna Irrera / Reuters:  UK P2P lending marketplace Funding Circle raises $100M led by Accel
1:50 AM  •
Jesse Granger / Las Vegas Sun News:  Las Vegas becomes first US city to test electric autonomous shuttles on public roads in two week trial run
12:05 AM  •
Saša Petricic / CBC News:  University of Toronto study finds China maintains precise data on its citizens, and report by leading Chinese paper says it's up for sale for about $105/person

January 11, 2017

10:15 PM  •
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:  In his final days as FCC chairman, Tom Wheeler accuses AT&T and Verizon of violating net neutrality with paid data cap exemptions
8:40 PM  •
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:  Peter Thiel talks Donald Trump, Silicon Valley, and more in a wide-ranging interview
8:25 PM  •
Eric Newcomer / Bloomberg:  Munchery CEO James Beriker says company's co-founders Tri Tran and Conrad Chu will leave at end of the month; sources say company to cut about 30 employees
6:45 PM  •
Horace Dediu / Asymco:  iOS devices and services will have generated Apple over $1T in revenue between 2007 and the end of 2017, with developer payments currently at $20B+ per year
5:20 PM  •
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:  US Department of Transportation forms new committee focusing on automation, including self-driving cars and drones; members include GM CEO, Uber and Lyft execs
4:55 PM  •
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:  Techdirt's existence is threatened by costs of fighting $15M libel suit brought by Shiva Ayyadurai, represented by Charles Harder, who won against Gawker
4:20 PM  •
Jessi Hempel / Backchannel:  How BitTorrent has failed to find a successful business model despite its widely used protocol and has pursued a costly, fruitless path under new leadership
3:05 PM  •
Brian Heater / TechCrunch:  JetBlue completes its rollout of Fly-Fi, with free high-speed Wi-Fi on all planes
2:20 PM  •
Seth Weintraub / 9to5Google:  Alphabet's Titan high-altitude drone program has been shut down after being rolled into X in late 2015; 50+ employees disperse to other units
1:55 PM  •
Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:  Four months after the recall, Samsung says over 96% of Galaxy Note7 devices have been returned
1:15 PM  •
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:  Google adds beta encryption key management service to its Cloud Platform in select countries
12:40 PM  •
Emma Hinchliffe / Mashable:  Apple and security firm Tresorit partner to offer opt-in end-to-end encryption, enhanced user authorization, more for CareKit framework
12:05 PM  •
Taylor Soper / GeekWire:  Report: VCs invested $69B in 7,350 companies in 2016, down from 11-year peak of $79B in 2015; median exit size was $84.5M, the highest in a decade
11:30 AM  •
Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:  Twitter says it will shut down Dashboard, its iOS and desktop account management app, on February 3, six months after launch
10:50 AM  •
Rachel Stern / Christian Science Monitor:  German politicians weigh new measures to combat misinformation online, asking political parties to disable bots and considering Facebook fines
10:15 AM  •
Fidji Simo / Facebook Media:  Facebook introduces the Facebook Journalism Project to collaborate with news organizations on products, offer training to reporters, and try to curb fake news
9:20 AM  •
Mathew Ingram / Fortune:  Instagram will put full-screen, auto-playing, skippable ads in its Stories feature, which now has 150M daily active users five months after launch
9:00 AM  •
Landon Thomas Jr / New York Times:  Bankers advising SoftBank say over three-fourths of $100B fund will be invested in larger firms; ex-Deutsche Bank staff to help lead fund, launching this month
6:40 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  iZettle raises $63M more at a $500M valuation to expand from mobile payments
5:55 AM  •
Samuel Gibbs / The Guardian:  Chrome, Safari, Opera autofill features and extensions such as LastPass can be tricked into leaking private information using hidden text boxes, developer finds

January 10, 2017

8:45 PM  •
Taylor Soper / GeekWire:  Spare5 relaunches as Mighty AI to fine-tune AI through human input, announces $14M raise led by Intel Capital with participation from Accenture and GV
6:25 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Greenpeace clean energy report: Apple, Facebook, Google top list, all scoring “A"s; Baidu and Tencent trail pack with “F"s
5:22 PM  •
Salvador Rodriguez / Inc.com:  Ellen Pao will be joining Kapor Capital as a senior member of the firm's investment team
5:10 PM  •
Tesla:  Chris Lattner joins Tesla as VP of Autopilot software
3:20 PM  •
Mike Isaac / New York Times:  Chan Zuckerberg Initiative hires David Plouffe, ex-Obama adviser and Uber board member, as president of policy and advocacy, as firm seeks political influence
2:40 PM  •
Zac Hall / 9to5Mac:  Chris Lattner, creator of Swift, LLVM, and longtime leader of Xcode tools team, leaves Apple, says he plans to remain an active member of the Swift Core Team
2:30 PM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  GoFundMe acquires CrowdRise, which had raised $25M+, to expand to fundraising for charities
2:20 PM  •
Nick Wingfield / New York Times:  Sonos co-founder and CEO John MacFarlane resigns amid growing competition from voice assistants Amazon Echo and Google Home
2:05 PM  •
Ed Bott / ZDNet:  After criticism, Microsoft adds privacy web dashboard, simplifies existing privacy controls and adds app-specific granular options in Windows 10 Creators Update
1:40 PM  •
Ron Miller / TechCrunch:  All-flash storage startup Kaminario raises $75M led by private equity firm Waterwood Group, bringing its total raised to $218M
1:10 PM  •
Abner Li / 9to5Google:  LG says its next flagship will have 5.7-inch QHD+ 564 PPI display with 18:9 aspect ratio, lower power consumption, and 0.2mm bezels
12:25 PM  •
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:  Apple says Consumer Reports' battery test had disabled Safari cache in developer settings, which triggered an obscure bug that has since been patched
12:20 PM  •
Alan Boyle / GeekWire:  LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman, Omidyar Network back $27M Ethics and Governance of Artificial Intelligence Fund for research into the social impacts of AI
11:45 AM  •
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:  Europe proposes expanding telco data privacy rules to email and mobile messaging services like WhatsApp and Gmail, aims for proposal to be adopted by May 2018
8:35 AM  •
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch:  Fitbit acquires European luxury smartwatch maker Vector for an undisclosed sum; no new products will be developed using the Vector name
3:50 AM  •
Paul Sandle / Reuters:  Snap Inc. to make London its international HQ, aims to avoid routing sales through low tax jurisdictions like Ireland and Luxembourg as other US companies do

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