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May 6, 2016, 5:10 AM
 

May 6, 2016

4:25 AM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Apple Music's new student membership option discounts the service by 50%
2:30 AM  •
Bloomberg:  Sources: Didi Kuaidi, Uber's China rival, close to raising $2B at a valuation of about $25B
12:05 AM  •
Rich McCormick / The Verge:  Google and Honeywell resolve patent dispute over Nest's thermostats
12:00 AM  •
Steven Musil / CNET:  Mary Lou Jepsen, Facebook executive director of engineering and head of display tech at Oculus, resigns to work on curing diseases using MRI, wearables

May 5, 2016

11:40 PM  •
Lauren Gensler / Forbes:  Yelp Q1 revenue up 34% YoY to $158.6M, beating estimates; shares up 9% after hours
9:40 PM  •
Windows Blog:  Developers can now sell paid Windows 10 apps to organizations in bulk through the Windows Store for Business
8:35 PM  •
Tess Stynes / Wall Street Journal:  FireEye CEO Dave DeWalt to step down, will be replaced by president Kevin Mandia as company posts earnings short of expectations
7:30 PM  •
James Pinkstone / Vellum:  Composer claims Apple deleted 122GB of music from his laptop and replaced some songs with more widely available versions after he subscribed to Apple Music
5:30 PM  •
Sarah E. Needleman / Wall Street Journal:  Activision Blizzard beats estimates as recently acquired King pitches in 23% of adjusted quarterly revenue
5:10 PM  •
Ben Fox Rubin / CNET:  eBay acquires AI and machine-learning company Expertmaker to help organize its listings
4:45 PM  •
Christine Wang / CNBC:  Square beats revenue estimates with $379M as gross payment volume rises 45% YoY to $10.3B; firm posts larger than expected loss but raises 2016 guidance
4:05 PM  •
Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed:  Sources: LinkedIn has held talks with publishers about introducing its own version of Facebook's Instant Articles
3:20 PM  •
Casey Newton / The Verge:  Facebook tests temporary reactions with a flower for Mother's Day
3:00 PM  •
Aaron Ricadela / Bloomberg:  SAP partners with Apple, will create iOS apps and SDK for its HANA Cloud Platform
2:25 PM  •
Tom Warren / The Verge:  Microsoft Research video shows off sensing tech that reacts to fingers before they touch the screen
1:20 PM  •
Alyssa Abkowitz / Wall Street Journal:  Alibaba announces net income of $826M, up 85% YoY but missing expectations, on revenue of $3.72B, up 39% YoY
12:55 PM  •
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:  Microsoft no longer allows administrators to block Windows Store access in Windows 10 Pro
12:25 PM  •
Wall Street Journal:  GM, Lyft to begin testing fleet of self-driving electric taxis on public roads within a year
12:05 PM  •
Eddy Wu / Netflix Media Center:  Netflix adds cellular data usage setting on iOS and Android that lets users restrict bitrates to help avoid exceeding data caps
12:00 PM  •
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:  Periscope public beta allows users to permanently save broadcasts by typing #save in title of stream
10:55 AM  •
CNET:  LG 360 VR review: compact, light, comfortable to wear, but lack of immersion makes for a bad experience
10:30 AM  •
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:  London-based fashion startup Farfetch raises $110M Series F round to invest in its marketplace and white label platform
10:15 AM  •
Yusuf Mehdi / Windows Blog:  Microsoft says Windows 10 is now on 300M active devices, free upgrade to end July 29th, full version of Windows 10 Home to cost $119
9:55 AM  •
Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:  iOS and Mac App Store experiencing widespread search issues, with major apps missing in results
9:05 AM  •
BBC:  Craig Wright backs out of promise to provide more proof he's Satoshi Nakamoto, says he lacks the courage to face allegations
8:40 AM  •
Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed:  Google's training AI with formulaic romance novels to help it become more conversational; uses could include more natural search and email Smart Reply responses
7:35 AM  •
Ron Miller / TechCrunch:  Pivotal scores $253 million Series C led by Ford on hefty $2.8 billion valuation
7:20 AM  •
Los Angeles Times:  LAPD successfully hacked into the locked iPhone 5s belonging to the slain wife of “Shield” actor Michael Jace
2:25 AM  •
Fox News:  Romanian hacker Marcel Lehel Lazar known as “Guccifer” claims he breached Hillary Clinton's personal email server in 2013
12:15 AM  •
Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:  Apple will require iOS App Store apps to support IPv6-only networks from June 1

May 4, 2016

11:20 PM  •
Eric Newcomer / Bloomberg:  Uber announces global advisory board with members including former EU vice president Neelie Kroes and former prime minister of Peru, compensation in equity
9:55 PM  •
Dan Primack / Fortune:  Inside the acrimonious breakdown of Xfund, the early-stage VC firm with ties to Harvard University
8:40 PM  •
Elizabeth Dwoskin / Washington Post:  Profile of AI assistant Viv, from the creators of Siri, ahead of its public demo Monday; sources say the company received acquisition bids from Google, Facebook
6:55 PM  •
Wall Street Journal:  AT&T ends 15-year hosting deal with Yahoo, estimated to bring in $100M revenue per year for Yahoo, awards contract to Synacor
5:40 PM  •
Brett Molina / USA Today:  Zynga reports Q1 revenue of $187M, beating estimates of $162M, bookings of $182M, up 8% YoY; stock up over 14% after hours
5:25 PM  •
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:  Concerns raised over DeepMind's data-sharing deal with UK's NHS as new report finds Google has been given broader access to patient data than publicly announced
5:10 PM  •
Akin Oyedele / Business Insider:  Fitbit beats estimates with Q1 revenue of $505M, up from $336.8M last year, but issues weak guidance for the current quarter; stock down over 11% after hours
4:15 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Instagram testing business profiles that feature a contact button, directions, and more
3:40 PM  •
The Intercept:  The number of warrantless searches on Americans by NSA and CIA jump to 4,672 in 2015, up from about 2,100 in 2013; USA Freedom Act exempts FBI from disclosing
3:20 PM  •
Bloomberg:  Match says Tinder surpassed 1M paid members in Q1, beats estimates with $285.3M in quarterly revenue; stock up over 12%
3:05 PM  •
Jay Greene / Wall Street Journal:  Microsoft updates SharePoint with Office Graph feature that analyzes data from Office apps, with iOS and Android apps coming later this quarter
2:35 PM  •
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:  Google updates Slides with Q&A feature for real-time audience feedback, presenting from iOS, and a laser pointer option
2:10 PM  •
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:  OpenSSL fixes high-severity bugs allowing cookie decryption and code execution
1:50 PM  •
Wall Street Journal:  Prosper Marketplace to cut 171 jobs, 28% of its workforce, as loan volume drops 12% quarter-to-quarter; CEO will forgo salary this year
1:25 PM  •
Bloomberg:  Sources: YouTube working on Unplugged, a subscription service offering cable channels over the Internet, expected to debut 2017
1:10 PM  •
Mollie Ruiz-Hopper / Windows Blog:  Vine now available for Windows 10 PCs and Tablets
12:35 PM  •
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:  Sources: Apple Music revamp will bring black and white UI, “huge artwork”, and lyrics integration; new version launches via iOS 10 beta this summer
12:20 PM  •
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:  Google enables HTTPS for all sites on its Blogspot domain, two years after Wordpress
11:50 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Age of Learning, a quiet giant in education apps, raised $150M at a $1B valuation from Iconiq
11:35 AM  •
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:  Hulu CEO confirms live programming from broadcast and cable brands coming to subscribers in 2017, will include sports, news, and events
10:55 AM  •
Neil Cybart / Above Avalon:  Why a slowing upgrade cycle and other factors suggest iPhone sales growth won't recover
10:35 AM  •
Eric Auchard / Reuters:  Security expert says 272.3M email credentials being traded in Russian underworld: 57M Mail.ru, 40M Yahoo, 33M Hotmail, and 24M Gmail
9:50 AM  •
Jonathan Keane / Tech.eu:  UK startup EngageSciences acquired by Sun Microsystems founder Scott McNealy's Wayin
6:20 AM  •
Bloomberg:  Sources: revamped Apple Music with more intuitive interface, expansion of online radio service, and more to debut at WWDC after mixed reviews and exec shakeup
4:05 AM  •
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:  Opera's ad blocker comes to its stable release channel and Opera Mini for Android
12:55 AM  •
Cade Metz / Wired:  IBM makes its five-qubit quantum computer available as a cloud service for students and researchers to test

May 3, 2016

11:55 PM  •
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:  BBM video calling now available for iOS and Android in US and Canada, will be rolled out globally in July
10:35 PM  •
Josh Beckerman / Wall Street Journal:  Etsy Q1 beats estimates with $81.8M revenue, up 40% YoY; active sellers reach 1.6M, up 12% YoY
9:00 PM  •
Kate Conger / TechCrunch:  Twilio partners with Virgil Security to help developers quickly integrate strong encryption into their messaging services
7:45 PM  •
Chris Welch / The Verge:  Satellite TV company Dish gets into the phone repair business, will now make on-site visits to swap your broken iPhone screen or battery
6:10 PM  •
Aaron Pressman / Fortune:  Apple hires Yoky Matsuoka, one of the co-founders of Google's X lab and former head of technology at Nest, to work on health projects
5:30 PM  •
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:  Uber Offers, which gives users ride rebates for purchases at select merchants, tested at national level for the first time with ProFlowers for Mother's Day
4:50 PM  •
Steve Ragan / CSO:  Vulnerabilities found in image processing library ImageMagick place countless web servers at risk; active exploitation confirmed
4:30 PM  •
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:  After failing to close its Series C last year and laying off staff, Jolla now closes a $12M Series C for its Sailfish mobile OS licensing business
3:45 PM  •
Jason Del Rey / Re/code:  Pinterest confirms hire of about 15 people from mobile ad firm URX including CEO
3:20 PM  •
Michael Nunez / Gizmodo:  Former contractors who curated Facebook's “trending” news section describe preferred media outlets, “Twitter” censorship, layoffs, more
3:15 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  In iOS app redesign, Spotify ditches the unintuitive “hamburger” menu for more conventional navigation bar buttons; Android redesign is slated for July
3:05 PM  •
Kurt Wagner / Re/code:  Adobe acquires LiveFyre, plans to use user-generated content tech for client apps, sites; Storify, other products to be integrated into Adobe marketing services
2:55 PM  •
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:  Instagram's new Video Carousels ad format lets users swipe between three to five different video slides in a single ad
2:50 PM  •
Natalia Scalzaretto / Reuters:  Brazil judge overturns 72-hour suspension of WhatsApp
2:20 PM  •
David Meyer / Fortune:  Android app pirates who distributed 4M apps worth over $17M from piracy store Applanet plead guilty
1:40 PM  •
Brian Heater / TechCrunch:  Formlabs acquires Pinshape, an online 3D printing community/marketplace
1:10 PM  •
Daniel Rubino / Windows Central:  Microsoft HoloLens has a 1.04 GHz quad-core Intel Atom CPU, 2GB RAM, 64GB SSD, 16,500 mWh battery, 32-bit version of Windows 10
12:50 PM  •
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:  Microsoft acquires Italian IoT platform Solair
12:35 PM  •
Mike Isaac / New York Times:  Ellen Pao and other prominent Silicon Valley women launch new nonprofit Project Include to help collect and share data on diversity in tech companies
12:05 PM  •
Dan Thorp-Lancaster / Windows Central:  Microsoft now taking developer submissions for upcoming Bot Directory
11:42 AM  •
Jason Del Rey / Re/code:  Shopify announces partnership with Postmates, giving more than 21K small businesses a same-day delivery option
11:30 AM  •
Ricardo Castro / The Twitter Blog:  Twitter's new Connect tab on iOS and Android suggests accounts to follow based on tweets you like, popular local accounts, and more
11:15 AM  •
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:  Giphy launches a keyboard for iOS called Giphy Keys
10:50 AM  •
Michael Mimoso / Threatpost:  Google rebrands monthly OTA patch release for Nexus devices as Android Security Bulletin, fixes two critical Mediaserver flaws
10:15 AM  •
Gabriel Avner / GeekTime:  Israeli machine learning startup Sensiya acquired by Will.i.am's i.am+
9:40 AM  •
Bloomberg:  Fiat Chrysler partners with Google to develop about 100 self-driving prototypes based on its Pacifica minivans, will build vehicles starting this year
8:45 AM  •
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:  Adblock Plus and Flattr launch a publisher payment system, Flattr Plus, which distributes payments among sites from a monthly budget after taking a 10% cut
8:25 AM  •
Saritha Rai / Bloomberg:  India rejects Apple's request to import and sell refurbished iPhones in the country
2:25 AM  •
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:  Amazon launches a dedicated website for Prime Now express delivery service, expanding beyond mobile app
1:40 AM  •
Johana Bhuiyan / Re/code:  Uber enables global e-hailing through Alipay to fend against Lyft/Didi alliance

May 2, 2016

11:55 PM  •
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:  Medium Senior Editor Evan Hansen, Wired's former editor in chief, leaves after three years to become editor in chief at Periscope
10:45 PM  •
Nik Cubrilovic / New Web Order:  The weight of evidence indicates Craig Wright is not Satoshi Nakamoto
10:05 PM  •
Colin Lecher / The Verge:  Tech:NYC, a new tech industry lobbying group, launches, with Fred Wilson and Tim Armstrong as co-chairs and members including Google, Facebook, and Uber
9:55 PM  •
The Intercept:  WhatsApp blocked in Brazil for 72 hours following court order; carriers must comply or face $142K in daily fines
8:40 PM  •
Taylor Soper / GeekWire:  GE Healthcare buys out Microsoft's 50% stake in healthcare startup Caradigm
7:40 PM  •
Harro Ten Wolde / Reuters:  SoundCloud launches SoundCloud Go music subscription service in UK for £9.99 per month, and in Ireland for €9.99 per month
6:05 PM  •
Ryan Whitwam / Android Police:  Google Keyboard rolls out major v5.0 update with one-handed mode, adjustable keyboard height, optional key borders, new gestures, more
4:45 PM  •
Jack Marshall / Wall Street Journal:  Pinterest to extend ad sales efforts to financial services, travel, other verticals, after saying last Sept. it was focused on retail and consumer goods
3:50 PM  •
Stephanie Condon / ZDNet:  Michael Dell reveals new name for post-merger Dell-EMC to be Dell Technologies, client services business will be branded Dell and enterprise biz Dell EMC
3:25 PM  •
Andy Greenberg / Wired:  Bitcoin Foundation chief scientist Gavin Andresen, who visited Wright in person to see additional evidence, remains convinced Wright is Satoshi
2:50 PM  •
Eric Newcomer / Bloomberg:  On-demand gas delivery startups operating in several US cities, even as some officials say they're illegal, including the San Francisco Fire Department
2:30 PM  •
Adi Robertson / The Verge:  Oculus Rift to retail at select Best Buys on May 7, Amazon and Microsoft Store on May 6; Oculus says supply to be extremely limited as they fulfill preorders
2:00 PM  •
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:  Google acquires Synergyse, will integrate the Google Apps training service ‘later this year’
1:20 PM  •
Russell Brandom / The Verge:  WhatsApp faces a 72-hour blackout in Brazil starting today, following a court order that threatens a $140K fine for any carrier that transmits WhatsApp data
1:10 PM  •
Susan Decker / Bloomberg:  Nvidia settles patent dispute with Samsung hours before ITC ruling, avoiding possible ban on imports
1:05 PM  •
Noah Kulwin / Re/code:  Online lender Affirm acquires Sweep in a play for financial planning services
12:07 PM  •
Dan Kaminsky / Dan Kaminsky's Blog:  Craig Wright lifted Satoshi's signature on parts of the blockchain from a 2009 transaction, tried to pass it off as a signature on a different document
12:00 PM  •
Natalie Gagliordi / ZDNet:  Oracle buys cloud-based SaaS vendor Opower for $532 million
10:55 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Global Fashion Group raises €300M+ from Rocket Internet, Kinnevik, others at €1B valuation, down from €3.1B a year ago
8:15 AM  •
Economist:  Craig Wright could well be Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto, but nagging questions remain
8:05 AM  •
Ben Popper / The Verge:  Vimeo acquires VHX as it looks to build out business models for indie creators
4:40 AM  •
BBC:  Australian entrepreneur Craig Wright, named last December by Wired and Gizmodo, now claims he's Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto
4:15 AM  •
Jeremy Kahn / Bloomberg:  French P2P car rental startup Drivy raises €31M round from Cathay Innovation, Nokia Growth Partners, Index Ventures, others
12:20 AM  •
Will Freeman / Guardian:  Atari co-founder Nolan Bushnell plans to revive “fundamental game design” of arcades in mobile games

May 1, 2016

10:05 PM  •
Wall Street Journal:  Sources: Hulu hopes to launch an online TV service that streams popular broadcast and cable TV channels in Q1 2017
8:35 PM  •
Kim Zetter / Wired:  A guide to mobile data network SS7 and its vulnerabilities, which can be exploited to track cell phone users and intercept their communications
7:00 PM  •
David Kushner / Foreign Policy:  Profile of David Vincenzetti, founder of the Hacking Team whose spyware was used by over 40 governments worldwide
5:25 PM  •
Julian Sanchez / Just Security:  Feinstein-Burr anti-encryption bill is so broad that it could ban modern web browsers
3:50 PM  •
Polly Mosendz / Bloomberg:  Study finds Silicon Valley engineering interns earn $81,600 per year compared with national wage index of $46,481.52
1:45 PM  •
John Paul Titlow / Fast Company:  How Pandora plans to reinvent itself with on-demand streaming, ticket-selling, and live streaming concerts
12:10 PM  •
Los Angeles Times:  LA judge compels woman to unlock iPhone with fingerprint, sparking 5th amendment debate
10:55 AM  •
Colin Lecher / The Verge:  Uber settles with National Federation of the Blind, will pay $225K over 3 years, notify drivers they must provide transport to customers with service animals
9:40 AM  •
Sam Knight / Guardian:  How Uber built its business in London from 5,000 to 1.7M active riders in three years
7:05 AM  •
Mark Walton / Ars Technica UK:  Huawei P9 review: great camera, design, and build quality but the Android 6.0-based Emotion UI skin and other software tweaks to stock Android hinder usability
4:30 AM  •
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:  Triby review: kitchen bluetooth speaker with Alexa integration and an e-ink screen is neat, flawed, and hard to recommend at $199
1:55 AM  •
Reuters:  How Google's aggressive lobbying put it in a leadership position to shape regulation for driverless cars

April 30, 2016

11:35 PM  •
Patrick Howell O'Neill / The Daily Dot:  FBI uses malware created by an ex-employee of the Tor Project, Matt Edman, to hack Tor users
9:10 PM  •
Bloomberg:  A history of Marissa Mayer's tenure at Yahoo, and why her efforts haven't been enough to turn the company around
6:45 PM  •
The Intercept:  US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper complains that Edward Snowden sped up spread of encryption by seven years
4:40 PM  •
Janko Roettgers / Variety:  Samsung Is Working On a Standalone Virtual Reality Headset
2:35 PM  •
Anna Wiener / n+1:  A first-person narrative on the allure and anxiety of working at a Silicon Valley startup
11:30 AM  •
Bloomberg:  Internet retailers like Adore Me, JustFab, and Birchbox are placing customers into unwanted, hard-to-cancel subscriptions, leading to complaints and lawsuits
8:25 AM  •
Scott Gilbertson / Ars Technica:  Vivaldi browser review: ultra customization and clever tab management great for power users, but no mobile version and some glitches in version 1.0
5:05 AM  •
Neil Mawston / Strategy Analytics:  Smartwatch shipments grew 223% year-over-year in Q1 2016; Apple had 52% marketshare, down from 63% in prior quarter
2:00 AM  •
Joseph Cox / Motherboard:  GCHQ Has Disclosed Over 20 Vulnerabilities This Year, Including Ones in iOS
12:25 AM  •
Michele Chandler / Investor's Business Daily:  Report: Yahoo reaches deal to sell 48.6-acre undeveloped site in Santa Clara to Chinese tech firm LeEco

April 29, 2016

10:50 PM  •
Sundar Pichai / Official Google Blog:  Sundar Pichai lays out priorities for Google in his first Founders' Letter, with machine learning and AI playing a key role
9:45 PM  •
Olivia Zaleski / Bloomberg:  Sources: Postmates in talks to raise $100M-$150M, aims to avoid setting too high a valuation target
8:45 PM  •
AnandTech:  Intel's Changing Future: Smartphone SoCs Broxton & SoFIA Officially Cancelled
7:20 PM  •
Barb Darrow / Fortune:  Cypress Semiconductor buys Broadcom's IoT business for $550M as Cypress CEO steps down
5:10 PM  •
Grant Gross / PCWorld:  TV stations agree to sell 126MHz of spectrum in FCC auction, paving the way for fast, reliable 5G
4:30 PM  •
Stuart Dredge / Music Ally:  YouTube responds to music industry's complaints about low artist payments, says it is more like radio than Spotify
3:35 PM  •
Li Yuan / Wall Street Journal:  Sources: China considers acquiring 1% stakes, taking board seats in country's major internet companies like Tencent and Baidu
2:30 PM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Twitter quietly retires Magic Recs, a DM bot that recommended viral accounts and Tweets
1:15 PM  •
Susan Decker / Bloomberg:  ITC judge rules that Jawbone patents in its case against Fitbit are invalid
12:50 PM  •
Abner Li / 9to5Google:  New Google Trips app is a smart assistant for your vacations, currently in beta testing
12:25 PM  •
Chris Welch / The Verge:  FTC is investigating Venmo over “deceptive or unfair practices”, PayPal's SEC filing shows
12:05 PM  •
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:  Microsoft releases public preview of PowerApps business-app building service
11:50 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  IBM raises its blockchain game with secure cloud services and Docker integration
11:35 AM  •
Matt Weinberger / Business Insider:  Microsoft has launched an IFTTT-like automation tool called Flow
11:20 AM  •
Nathan Olivarez-Giles / Wall Street Journal:  Uber tests wait-time fees and a shorter cancellation window in NYC, New Jersey, Dallas, and Phoenix, in response to driver complaints
11:05 AM  •
Sarah Frier / Bloomberg:  Snapchat strikes a non-exclusive deal with NBC to show Olympics highlights in US via live stories and Discover channel curated by BuzzFeed
10:55 AM  •
Charlie Osborne / ZDNet:  CloudFlare activates HTTP/2 Server Push protocol, expects it will decrease page and app load time by up to 15% across its network within a year
7:30 AM  •
Tony Maglio / The Wrap:  Rovi buys TiVo for $1.1B at $10.70 per share, will adopt TiVo brand as new company name
1:55 AM  •
Dustin Volz / Reuters:  Supreme Court approves change that will allow US judges to issue search warrants for computers located in any jurisdiction
12:30 AM  •
Tim Peterson / Marketing Land:  LinkedIn's ad revenue grew 29% YoY to $154.1M in Q1, propelled by sponsored content which accounted for $86.3M, growing 80% YoY

April 28, 2016

11:05 PM  •
Mark Hosenball / Reuters:  Sources: FBI paid under $1M to unlock San Bernardino iPhone, can use technique on any iPhone 5c running iOS 9 without additional payment
10:20 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Google Play is now labelling which apps contain ads
9:35 PM  •
Chris Sonderby / Facebook:  Facebook's Global Government Requests Report for H2 2015 shows requests for account data are up 13% to 47K, and 60% of requests in US come with a gag order
8:55 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Tinder's new friend-finding feature Tinder Social, which displays names of Facebook friends using the app, is being tested in Australia
7:25 PM  •
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:  Report says HTC is building two Nexus phones, separate report says they have codenames Marlin and Sailfish
6:40 PM  •
Juli Clover / MacRumors:  Apple Music for Android Gains Support for Music Videos, Family Billing Plan
6:10 PM  •
Jeffrey Matulef / Eurogamer.net:  YouTubers will soon receive money raised during Content ID disputes
5:20 PM  •
Nick Wingfield / New York Times:  Amazon earns $513M in Q1, its biggest profit ever, thanks to fast-growing Amazon Web Services business; stock up more than 9%
4:58 PM  •
Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:  LinkedIn membership up 19% to 433M in Q1, revenue grows 35% YoY to $861M, beats estimates
4:50 PM  •
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:  Pandora Q1 revenue up 29% YoY to $297.3M, beating estimates; now has 79.4M active listeners, down from 81.1M in prior quarter
4:30 PM  •
Jordan Novet / VentureBeat:  Amazon Web Services generated $604M operating income, revenue up 63% YoY to $2.56B in Q1 2016
4:14 PM  •
Amazon.com:  Amazon.com Announces First Quarter Sales up 28% to $29.1 Billion
3:45 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  In apparent move to boost visibility, Twitter switches its App Store category from Social Networking to News, where it ranks No. 1
3:10 PM  •
Ryan Whitwam / Android Police:  OnHub Supports Home Automation Via IFTTT After Latest Software Update
2:35 PM  •
Re/code:  Google hires former Motorola CEO Rick Osterloh to head new hardware division that includes Nexus, Chromecast, Chromebooks, Pixel C, OnHub, ATAP, and Glass
2:30 PM  •
Jacob Pramuk / CNBC:  Carl Icahn announces he sold all of his Apple shares, says China's attitude towards Apple affected his decision
1:47 PM  •
Christina Rogers / Wall Street Journal:  Source: Alphabet in late-stage talks with Fiat Chrysler on self-driving car technology partnership
1:20 PM  •
Alyson Shontell / Business Insider:  Twitter co-founder Biz Stone relaunches Jelly as an anonymous Q&A platform
1:15 PM  •
Min-Jeong Lee / Wall Street Journal:  LG's mobile unit lost about $170M in Q1, shipped 1.6M G5s in the first month, expects to ship 3M in Q2
12:25 PM  •
Jay Donovan / TechCrunch:  Movidius announces Fathom Neural Compute Stick, a neural network compute accelerator on a USB stick
12:10 PM  •
Stan Higgins / CoinDesk:  Steam is now accepting Bitcoin payments through processing service BitPay
11:45 AM  •
Gerrit De Vynck / Bloomberg:  Priceline CEO Darren Huston resigns due to relationship with employee, gets replaced temporarily by Chairman and former CEO Jeffery Boyd
11:25 AM  •
Dave Gershgorn / Popular Science:  Elon Musk and Sam Altman's OpenAI releases Gym, a toolkit for developers to test reinforcement learning algorithms
11:10 AM  •
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:  Oracle buys Textura for $663 million, eyes engineering, construction cloud services
10:55 AM  •
Agam Shah / PCWorld:  Samsung announces Artik Cloud service that allows businesses to collect and analyze data from the internet of things; service is free for hobbyists
10:30 AM  •
Sam Byford / The Verge:  Sony reports FY15 revenue down 1.3% to $71.1B due to declining smartphone sales; net profit up 666.7% to $2.7B thanks to stellar PS4 sales
9:35 AM  •
Wall Street Journal:  Comcast to Buy DreamWorks Animation for $3.8 Billion
9:30 AM  •
Sarah Frier / Bloomberg:  Sources: Snapchat hits 10B daily video views, up from 8B in February; over a third of daily users create Stories
9:15 AM  •
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:  HP announces ultra-thin Chromebook 13, the first with an Intel Core M processor, starting at $499
9:10 AM  •
Davis Fields / Facebook:  New Facebook and Messenger apps launched for Windows 10; Instagram comes to Windows 10 Mobile, with video support
4:10 AM  •
Christina Farr / Fast Company:  The first Apple CareKit health apps are out, and CareKit becomes available on GitHub today

April 27, 2016

10:50 PM  •
Jungah Lee / Bloomberg:  Samsung reports Q1 net profit of $4.6B, reversing 40% dip in previous quarter, helped by early release of Galaxy S7
9:20 PM  •
Jason Del Rey / Re/code:  Shopify announces Shopify Capital, a program that lets eligible merchants get cash advances, following in the footsteps of PayPal and Square
7:55 PM  •
Matt Weinberger / Business Insider:  Microsoft buys 10M strands of synthetic DNA from Twist Bioscience to experiment with long-term data storage
7:15 PM  •
Peter Kafka / Re/code:  Twitter's user growth problems become ad revenue issue as firm struggles to compete with new products like Snapchat, lacks scale to take on Facebook, Google
5:20 PM  •
Deepa Seetharaman / Wall Street Journal:  Facebook reports Q1 revenue of $5.38B up 51% YoY; net income of $1.51B, up from $512M last year; 1.65B MAUs, adding 60M from Q4; stock up over 9%
5:15 PM  •
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:  Comcast announces it will raise data caps from 300GB to 1TB on June 1; unlimited data will cost an additional $50 per month
5:00 PM  •
Dustin Volz / Reuters:  Email Privacy Act unanimously passes House, requiring a warrant before asking companies to hand over emails, heads to Senate with strong bipartisan support
4:35 PM  •
Ryan Mac / Forbes:  PayPal beats expectations with Q1 net income of $452M, up from $353M last year, and net revenue of $2.54B, up 19% YoY
4:25 PM  •
Matthew Lynley / TechCrunch:  Facebook announces it will add a new class of non-voting stock for the company that will help keep Zuckerberg in control
4:15 PM  •
Kurt Wagner / Re/code:  Facebook reports Q1 revenue of $5.38B up from $3.54B last year, 79% comes from mobile ads; 1.65B MAUs, adding 60M from Q4; stock jumps over 8%
4:05 PM  •
PR Newswire:  Facebook Reports First Quarter 2016 Results and Announces Proposal for New Class of Stock
3:55 PM  •
Janko Roettgers / Variety:  Netflix to add in-app billing to Android app over the next few weeks, won't charge customers extra for subscriptions
3:20 PM  •
Jeff Grubb / VentureBeat:  Oculus releases a version of Minecraft for Gear VR headsets in the Oculus Store for $6.99
2:50 PM  •
Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:  Samsung's Gear 360 camera goes on sale April 29, captures near 4K-quality video for VR via two fisheye F2.0 lenses; price still unknown
2:25 PM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Spotify buys photo aggregator CrowdAlbum to build more marketing tools for artists
1:45 PM  •
Chris Strohm / Bloomberg:  FBI confirms it won't send method used to hack San Bernadino iPhone to a government review that could have forced FBI to share info about the method with Apple
1:10 PM  •
Stella Schieffer / Gmail Blog:  Google Calendar adds “Find a time” feature that suggests meeting times based on mutual availability; now on Android for Google Apps for Work or Edu users
12:50 PM  •
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:  IDC: 334.9M smartphones shipped worldwide in Q1, up just 0.2% YoY, marking the smallest YoY growth on record; Samsung extends lead over Apple
12:15 PM  •
Joan E. Solsman / The Wrap:  Sources: Amazon Studios is in early-stage talks with VR companies about making original VR content
11:50 AM  •
Johana Bhuiyan / Re/code:  Arianna Huffington joins Uber's board of directors
11:15 AM  •
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:  Judge finds Amazon liable for in-app charges racked up by kids
10:55 AM  •
Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed:  Source: Facebook is offering some content creators around $250K for 20 live video posts per month over a three-month period
10:00 AM  •
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:  Nintendo FY16 misses forecast as profits plunge 60%, NX console to launch in March 2017
9:15 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Yahoo reaches deal with activist Starboard adding 4 people to board, including Starboard CEO
8:35 AM  •
Matt Weinberger / Business Insider:  Smart home company Vivint raises $100M co-led by Peter Thiel and Solamere Capital
7:50 AM  •
Sonam Joshi / Mashable:  Starting 2017, all new mobile phones sold in India must have a “panic button” function that lets users make emergency calls, in move to improve women's safety
5:15 AM  •
Reuters:  T-Mobile earns $479M, adds 2.2M customers, as revenue grows 10.6% YoY, to $8.6B in Q1

April 26, 2016

11:10 PM  •
Mark Hachman / PCWorld:  Intel CEO outlines new strategy: focus on connected things like PC and IoT, cloud, new memory business like 3D XPoint, 5G, manufacturing and fab innovation
10:05 PM  •
Joseph Menn / Reuters:  Apple says it received its first FBI tip via Vulnerability Equities Process on April 14; vulnerability already fixed on iOS9 and El Capitan
9:55 PM  •
Wall Street Journal:  Sources: Comcast in talks to buy DreamWorks Animation for $3B+, would likely merge DreamWorks with Universal Pictures
9:45 PM  •
Casey Newton / The Verge:  None of the changes Twitter made over the past year have broadened the appeal of the core service
8:55 PM  •
Tom Warren / The Verge:  Apple services revenue grows 20% YoY to $5.99B, now higher than Mac revenue
8:05 PM  •
Olivier Laurent / TIME:  Getty Images files EU antitrust complaint against Google for scraping pics from websites, displaying and allowing downloads of hi-res images
7:20 PM  •
Serdar Yegulalp / InfoWorld:  CoreOS Stackanetes uses Kubernetes to deploy OpenStack as a set of containerized apps, simplifying management of OpenStack components
6:45 PM  •
Mat Honan / BuzzFeed:  Ex-Twitter VP Michael Sippey launches Talkshow, a public chatroom where only invited users can talk, available on iOS today
6:25 PM  •
iFixit:  HTC Vive teardown: Components compare favorably to Oculus Rift; 8/10 repairability score; controller design very reminiscent of the Steam Controller
5:55 PM  •
Spencer Soper / Bloomberg:  Amazon to bring same-day delivery to Roxbury after criticism that the predominantly black community in Boston had been excluded
5:35 PM  •
Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:  Apple Music now has 13 million paying subscribers, up from 11 million in February
5:20 PM  •
Ina Fried / Re/code:  AT&T meets expectations with $40.5B Q1 revenue, $3.8B in net income, is losing U-Verse customers faster than adding DirecTV subs; adds 1.8M wireless subscribers
5:10 PM  •
Katie Roof / TechCrunch:  eBay beats expectations with Q1 revenue of $2.1B, up 4% YoY; with StubHub revenue of $177M up 34% YoY on growth in sports and concert tickets
4:55 PM  •
Alex Webb / Bloomberg:  Apple misses with Q2 revenue of $50.6B, down from $58B last year; net income down to $10.5B; 51.2M iPhones sold; sees Q3 sales drop to $41B-$43B
4:37 PM  •
Business Wire:  Apple Reports Second Quarter Results
4:27 PM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Twitter reports mixed Q1 with $595M in revenue, up 36% YoY but less than $608M expected, 310M MAUs, up 3% YoY; stock drops 13%+ after hours
4:17 PM  •
Twitter:  Twitter Q1 2016 Shareholder Letter
3:45 PM  •
Emma Brown / Washington Post:  Top tech leaders, with 27 governors, urge Congress to boost computer science education, announce private donations of $48M, of which $23M will go to Code.org
3:10 PM  •
Devlin Barrett / Wall Street Journal:  Sources: FBI plans to keep iPhone-hacking method secret, will discourage White House from beginning internal review of whether it should be disclosed to Apple
2:40 PM  •
Adi Robertson / The Verge:  HTC launches Vive X, a $100M VR startup accelerator, in Beijing, Taipei, and San Francisco
2:32 PM  •
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:  Unicode Consortium internal emails reveal emerging tension over resources going toward development of emoji instead of supporting obscure or minority languages
2:20 PM  •
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:  YouTube debuts non-skippable, 6-second Bumper ad unit, to complement existing ad formats
1:50 PM  •
Aaron Tilley / Forbes:  Hover Camera, a foldable drone, follows you automatically, with 13MP camera for 4K video, ships in summer for less than $600
1:35 PM  •
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:  YouTube brings a new homepage with larger thumbnail previews and improved recommendations powered by machine learning to its iOS and Android apps
1:15 PM  •
Jordan Novet / VentureBeat:  Dropbox previews Project Infinite, which will show files locally but store them remotely; no launch timeline or pricing set
12:40 PM  •
Gerry Smith / Bloomberg:  Turner to launch ad-free subscription streaming video service, FilmStruck, this fall, to be managed by TCM and the Criterion Collection; price not yet finalized
12:20 PM  •
Zac Hall / 9to5Mac:  Microsoft releases Skype for Business Mac Preview with Outlook calendar integration today, plans to add instant messaging, telephony, and more this summer
11:50 AM  •
David Shepardson / Reuters:  Google, Ford, Volvo, Uber, and Lyft join coalition to push federal action to help speed self-driving cars to market
9:30 AM  •
Dan Frommer / Re/code:  Analysts expect Apple to post its first quarterly year-over-year revenue decline today since 2003, down about 10% to $52B, driven by shrinking iPhone sales
4:25 AM  •
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:  Nokia enters the digital health realm with $192 million acquisition of France's Withings