December 22, 2014, 11:15 PM

December 22, 2014

11:05 PM  •
Josh Lowensohn / The Verge:  Facebook's Stickered app, which lets you add stickers to photos on Messenger, comes to iOS
10:30 PM  •
Federico Viticci / MacStories:  Tweet Analytics Now Available in Twitter for iPhone
9:55 PM  •
Jenn Chen / Lyft Blog:  Lyft updates app, lets you split payments with up to 5 friends
9:20 PM  •
Bianca Bosker / Backchannel:  How Pinterest's early onboarding process made a few unknown users its most popular pinners
8:45 PM  •
Joey-Elijah Sneddon / OMG!:  Touchscreen HP Chromebook 14 G3 Goes on Sale in US for $440
8:10 PM  •
Jason Koebler / Motherboard:  Sony Threatens to Sue Twitter Unless It Removes Tweets Containing Hacked Emails
7:35 PM  •
Jeff John Roberts / Gigaom:  Comcast-TWC merger delayed, FCC says 7,000 docs wrongly held back
7:25 PM  •
Joe Mullin / Ars Technica:  After Google suit, Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood backs off Google investigation pushed by MPAA
5:05 PM  •
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:  Line's COO Becomes Its New CEO As The Messaging Company Targets Global Growth
4:20 PM  •
Jay Yarow / Business Insider:  Twitter closes up 3.6% after analyst on CNBC's Halftime Report says “there's a good chance” Dick Costolo will be out as CEO within a year
3:45 PM  •
Stephen Hall / 9to5Google:  Google adds new stats, examples of government requests in latest Transparency Report
3:25 PM  •
Abhimanyu Ghoshal / The Next Web:  Tempo smart calendar app for iOS updated with new widget, notifications, 9 languages, launches in 26 new countries in Asia
2:30 PM  •
Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:  Apple expands its social presence with new iTunes Tumblr blog
1:55 PM  •
John Ribeiro / PC World:  Google expands Android One program from India to Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal
1:35 PM  •
Max Fisher / Vox:  North Korea's internet appears to be under mass cyber attack
1:20 PM  •
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:  Google completes first fully-functional prototype self-driving car of the design it unveiled in May
1:00 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Google Adds Song Lyrics To Top Of Search Results, Points Searchers To Google Play
12:25 PM  •
Reuters:  Uber's legality under scrutiny in Taiwan and Chinese mega city Chongqing
11:50 AM  •
Steven Sinofsky / Re/code:  Steven Sinofsky predicts tablet resurgence, big enterprise challenges in 2015; sees 4K, beacons, payments, and more as technologies to watch
11:10 AM  •
Reuters:  South Korean nuclear plant hacked, government says no risk to reactors, but experts concerned
9:30 AM  •
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:  Oracle buys Datalogix, beefs up digital marketing cloud
7:15 AM  •
Megan Geuss / Ars Technica:  Coin, Wocket, Plastc: The all-in-one cards trying to sprint ahead of Apple Pay
5:00 AM  •
Reuters:  China condemns cyberattacks, but says no proof North Korea hacked Sony
1:55 AM  •
Fortune:  I work at Sony Pictures. This is what it was like after we got hacked.

December 21, 2014

11:25 PM  •
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:  Google still surfaces news in search results in Spain after shutting down its News site
10:05 PM  •
Darren Orf / Gizmodo:  Skype Translator hands-on: fairly accurate speech recognition, but translation needs work
8:45 PM  •
Rich McCormick / The Verge:  Microsoft removes unofficial Snapchat apps from the Windows Phone store
7:30 PM  •
Jonathan Mahler / New York Times:  YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki encourages experimenting with professional content and new business models, like subscription-based Music Key, to grow revenues
5:45 PM  •
Tanaya Macheel / CoinDesk:  NY regulator outlines new, less strict BitLicense draft, final version expected in January
3:30 PM  •
Bill Schrier / GeekWire:  Seattle Police Department holds hackathon centered on tech for redacting videos recorded by officers from dashcams and body-worn cameras
2:25 PM  •
Caleb Garling / Matter:  After TaskRabbit's abrupt pivot this summer, workers and employers remain angry and frustrated
1:20 PM  •
Stephen Shankland / CNET:  FV-5 camera app takes advantage of Android Lollipop to allow Nexus 5 and 6 to shoot RAW photos
12:25 PM  •
Philip Bump / Washington Post:  Tracking the 20 most popular web sites since 1996: only AOL, Yahoo, and Google have been #1
11:00 AM  •
Guardian:  Obama says Sony hack was an act of cybervandalism, not war, considers putting North Korea back on state sponsors of terrorism list
10:25 AM  •
Timothy B. Lee / Vox:  Lyft says drivers can make $35/hour, but reporter who drove Lyft for a week earned $10.50/hour
9:20 AM  •
Michael Birnbaum / Washington Post:  After demand from Russian regulator, Facebook blocks a page calling for protest in support of opposition activist Alexei Navalny
8:10 AM  •
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:  Verizon to FCC: You can't stop Netflix-like interconnection payments
5:15 AM  •
Quentin Hardy / New York Times:  Over half the chips Intel will sell to public clouds in 2015 will have custom designs
1:55 AM  •
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:  Cable industry group explains why it's so afraid the FCC will regulate ISPs like utilities
1:45 AM  •
Brian Fung / Washington Post:  Republicans prepare bill allowing FCC to regulate ISPs under new “Title X” provision to Communications Act instead of Title II

December 20, 2014

11:30 PM  •
Owen Thomas / ReadWrite:  Starbucks won't adopt Square Order when Square Wallet is retired, ending mobile-payments deal
9:25 PM  •
Brittany Hillen / SlashGear:  Google+ adds auto enhancement feature for videos
7:20 PM  •
Lucian Armasu / Tom's Hardware Guide:  Project Ara Gains Support For Nvidia Tegra K1 And 64-Bit Marvell Chip Modules
5:15 PM  •
New York Times:  Obama administration seeks China's help in blocking North Korea's ability to launch cyberattacks
4:30 PM  •
Steven Tweedie / Business Insider:  Ex-Apple engineer launches Duet Display, which turns iPads into second displays for Macs, uses wired connector to avoid lag, available now for $9.99
2:25 PM  •
Sam Biddle / Gawker:  Writer whose post helped kick off #HasJustineLandedYet mob recounts meeting and apologizing to Justine Sacco, reflects on his own fumble with Twitter irony
12:40 PM  •
Dave Smith / Business Insider:  Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi closing funding round topping $1B led by All-Stars Investment, valuing the company at $45B
12:10 PM  •
Alastair Sharp / Reuters:  BlackBerry building BlackBerry Enterprise Service into Boeing Black device, an Android phone which will self-destruct when tampered with
11:25 AM  •
Frank Pallotta /  Sony Entertainment CEO blames theaters for cancellation of The Interview, still wants to release the film
11:05 AM  •
Patricia Hurtado / Bloomberg:  Former BitInstant CEO Charlie Shrem gets two years in prison for Silk Road money laundering
9:25 AM  •
Rachel King / ZDNet:  Cisco elevates patent battle against Arista with ITC complaint
9:20 AM  •
BBC:  North Korea denies Sony hack, proposes joint inquiry with US, warns of “grave consequences” if Washington refuses
9:05 AM  •
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:  Chrome Security Team Considers Marking All HTTP Pages As ‘Non-Secure’
5:30 AM  •
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:  India's e-commerce giant Flipkart raises $700M, bringing total amount invested in 2014 to over $2B
1:55 AM  •
Jan Dawson / Beyond Devices:  Cross platform development by Apple, Google, and Microsoft analyzed and visualized
12:50 AM  •
Mike Beasley / 9to5Mac:  Apple Pay claimed 1% of November's digital payment dollars, new report says

December 19, 2014

11:15 PM  •
Phillip Inman / Guardian:  US tries to strike deal with EU for immunity over online security breaches
10:10 PM  •
Dan Seifert / The Verge:  Google bringing always-on voice commands to Chromebooks
10:05 PM  •
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:  Sources confirm Sony hackers hail mainly from North Korea, and include Japan-based group of ethnic North Koreans
9:30 PM  •
Chris Hoffman / PC World:  Ubuntu Phone launch delayed until early 2015
8:40 PM  •
Charlie Osborne / ZDNet:  New version of ZeuS malware has targeted over 150 banks and 20 payment systems worldwide
8:05 PM  •
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:  Social TV service TVtag, previously known as GetGlue, to shut down end of 2014
7:30 PM  •
Mark Sullivan / VentureBeat:  Runkeeper adds phone-free GPS and headphone heart rate monitor support
6:55 PM  •
Amy Schatz / Re/code:  FCC proposes expanding definition of pay-TV providers to include internet TV services
6:50 PM  •
Mike Lennon / SecurityWeek:  Hackers Used Sophisticated SMB Worm Tool to Attack Sony
6:15 PM  •
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:  Microsoft pays VirnetX $23 million to settle expanded patent case
5:40 PM  •
Kia Kokalitcheva / VentureBeat:  Evernote's intelligent writing assistant, Context, is now available on Android and Windows
5:05 PM  •
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:  Facebook announces first two-day F8 developer conference for March 25-26 in San Francisco
4:55 PM  •
4:35 PM  •
Chris Davies / SlashGear:  Amazon updates Fire OS; Firefly now translates text and identifies famous artwork
4:05 PM  •
Ruth Reader / VentureBeat:  Yahoo announces plans to kill off some regional news sites, sunsets Yahoo Classic Games, alerts, and profile sites
3:35 PM  •
The Reddit Admins / reddit:  Reddit to distribute equity to active users by lottery with ‘reddit notes’ in 2015
3:10 PM  •
Sarah Frier / Bloomberg:  Study: portion of social media users aged 13-17 on Facebook slips to 88%, down from 94% last year
2:55 PM  •
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:  Stickered from Facebook's Creative Labs lets you add stickers to photos you send on Messenger; available for Android, coming to iOS
2:40 PM  •
Re/code:  Obama calls Sony canceling The Interview a “mistake”, says North Korea acted alone; White House contemplating “proportional response”
2:25 PM  •
Sean Portnoy / ZDNet:  Intel launches free Easy Migration app to help users transfer files from Windows, Android, iOS to Chromebooks
2:05 PM  •
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:  Facebook Messenger now uses “FacePiles” to show read receipts, indicates more send states for messages
1:40 PM  •
Facebook:  Happy Holidays from Messenger
1:25 PM  •
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:  isoHunt posts code to GitHub enabling anyone to launch their own version of The Pirate Bay
1:05 PM  •
Owen Thomas / ReadWrite:  Square ports feature that lets you pay by saying your name from discontinued Wallet app to Square Order, offers the service free to merchants
12:55 PM  •
Amy Schatz / Re/code:  T-Mobile settles FTC's cramming charges lawsuit for $90M, will give refunds to customers
12:50 PM  •
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:  Computer intrusion inflicts massive damage on German steel factory
12:25 PM  •
Russell Brandom / The Verge:  Google sues to block Mississippi AG Jim Hood's “burdensome, retaliatory” subpoena of records, issued a document preservation notice to MPAA
12:10 PM  •
Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:  Apple increases app prices in Russia in response to changing exchange rates
11:58 AM  •
FBI:  FBI concludes that the North Korean government is responsible for Sony Pictures hack
11:50 AM  •
Brian Stelter /  In new email sent to Sony executives, hackers threaten further release of “sensitive data” pending any “additional trouble”
11:20 AM  •
Kevin C. Tofel / Gigaom:  Sales rise in McDonald's tests of beacons for wireless offers of promotions on iOS/Android
10:55 AM  •
Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:  Xbox One To Get Pandora, Vevo, Popcornflix And More Apps This Week
10:50 AM  •
CBS News:  How North Korea could have pulled off Sony Pictures hack
10:35 AM  •
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:  FBI to name North Korea, and possibly China, responsible for Sony hack before 1:30pm ET today
10:10 AM  •
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:  Citigroup raises valuation of Instagram, bought by Facebook for $1B, from $19B to $35B
9:35 AM  •
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:  Djay Pro for Mac brings Spotify-powered mixes, revamped interface, and more features, for $50
9:00 AM  •
Danny Yadron / Wall Street Journal:  Poll: 45% of Americans have been notified that payment card details were stolen in a data breach
8:25 AM  •
Sean Silcoff / Globe and Mail:  BlackBerry stock slips as revenue tumbles below expectations
8:20 AM  •
Andy / TorrentFreak:  MPAA says Google positioning itself as a defender of free speech is shameful
7:50 AM  •
Rhiannon Williams / Telegraph:  Apple CEO Tim Cook is “deeply offended” by the BBC's labor abuse allegations
7:15 AM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Few Winners In Anonymous Social Networking, And Secret's Not One Of Them
7:05 AM  •
Robert McMillan / Wired:  Bots Now Outnumber Humans on the Web
4:30 AM  •
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:  Microsoft brings Windows Phone carrier billing to China, India, Brazil, and Verizon in the U.S.
1:05 AM  •
Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:  Amazon's smartphone strategy could threaten its retail dominance as local delivery services, retail startups bring innovation to consumers
12:00 AM  •
Rachel King / ZDNet:  Google launching open source Cloud Dataflow SDK for Java

December 18, 2014

11:05 PM  •
Steve O'Hear / TechCrunch:  GameAnalytics Scores $5.5M Series A, Hires Ex-Aol European MD As CEO
10:45 PM  •
Vindu Goel / New York Times:  Instagram purges spambots; popular accounts lose millions of followers, with the company losing the most at 18.9M
9:55 PM  •
Richard Lawler / Engadget:  Samsung to shut down its ChatOn messaging service Feb. 1, 2015 in all markets except U.S.
8:55 PM  •
Bloomberg:  China is Planning to Purge Foreign Technology and Replace With Homegrown Suppliers
8:00 PM  •
Matthew Wee / Yahoo:  The Yahoo App Adds Local News, Commenting, and More on Android and iOS in the U.S.
7:50 PM  •
Marc Rogers / Marc's Security Ramblings:  Why the Sony hack is unlikely to be the work of North Korea.
6:55 PM  •
Douglas MacMillan / Wall Street Journal:  Uber Strikes Deal With Portland to Suspend Service for Three Months
6:50 PM  •
Jeff John Roberts / Gigaom:  Flickr ends the sale of Creative Commons licensed photos through Wall Art service, apologizes, will issue refunds
6:45 PM  •
Reuters:  Google will build Android Auto software directly into cars with Android M, no smartphone needed
6:05 PM  •
Kent Walker / Google Public Policy Blog:  The MPAA's Attempt to Revive SOPA Through A State Attorney General
6:00 PM  •
Junio C Hamano / Gmane:  Vulnerability in Git, Mercurial allows for arbitrary code execution on OSX, Windows; affects Visual Studio, Github client app, among others
5:50 PM  •
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:  Longtime Internet Explorer leader Dean Hachamovitch is leaving Microsoft
5:15 PM  •
Michael Mimoso / Threatpost:  Vulnerability in embedded web server software from 2002 leaves about 12M home routers exposed
4:45 PM  •
Ginny Marvin / Search Engine Land:  Google Launches “Store Visits” Metric In AdWords, To Help Prove Online-To-Offline Impact
4:30 PM  •
Cyrus Farivar / Ars Technica:  US telcos can operate in Cuba as part of new reform, White House says
3:55 PM  •
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:  Skytap Raises $35M For Its Cloud-Based Enterprise Development And Testing Service
3:25 PM  •
Craig Timberg / Washington Post:  Critical vulnerabilities in SS7 telephony protocol found; tested techniques can decrypt cell phone calls and texts
2:45 PM  •
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:  WordPress 4.1 arrives with new default theme, distraction-free writing mode, Vine embeds, and more
2:20 PM  •
Richard Bilton / BBC:  BBC investigation finds Apple repeatedly not meeting its supply chain standards on workers' hours, ID cards, dormitories, work meetings and juvenile workers
1:50 PM  •
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:  Windows App Studio gets TouchDevelop programming language and web app templates, drops Windows Phone 8.0
1:20 PM  •
Lizette Chapman / Wall Street Journal:  Mobile analytics firm Mixpanel raises $65M Series B round led by Andreessen Horowitz at an $865M valuation
12:40 PM  •
John Cook / GeekWire:  Redfin raises $70.9M to continue national real estate expansion
12:06 PM  •
Casey Newton / The Verge:  Secret is relaunching as a faster anonymous social network with chat
12:00 PM  •
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:  Messaging Firm Line Buys Microsoft's MixRadio To Take Its Focus On Music Global
11:55 AM  •
Lizette Chapman / Wall Street Journal:  Expect Labs Raises $13 Million for ‘Anticipatory’ Computing
11:30 AM  •
Kyle Russell / TechCrunch:  EyeEm Launches Open Edits, Letting You See How Pros Edit Their Photos
10:55 AM  •
Ben Fox Rubin / CNET:  Intel to power two new 4G Lenovo smartphones in early 2015
10:30 AM  •
Katie Benner / Bloomberg View:  Jawbone delays UP3 fitness band release until after holidays, offers discounts to preorderers
10:15 AM  •
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:  Open Garden Raises $10.8M Series A Round To Double Down On Its Off-Grid FireChat Messenger
10:05 AM  •
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:  Windows Browser Ballot comes to an end as EC obligation expires
9:50 AM  •
Janelle Lawrence / Bloomberg:  Boston Uber Driver Charged With Raping Woman Seeking Ride
9:40 AM  •
Shira Ovide / Wall Street Journal:  Box CEO Aaron Levie talks about the IPO, competition, and the company's future strategy
9:15 AM  •
Sean Gallagher / Ars Technica:  State-sponsored or not, Sony Pictures malware “bomb” used slapdash code
6:10 AM  •
Amar Toor / The Verge:  Amazon launches Prime Now for Prime subscribers in New York City: one hour delivery of select items costs $7.99, two hour delivery is free
5:40 AM  •
Lisa Fleisher / Wall Street Journal:  Eurostat study finds nearly one in every five Europeans aged 16-74 has never used the internet
4:35 AM  •
John Biggs / TechCrunch:  Sony Pictures' internal systems still haven't fully recovered, forcing some employees to work with decades-old tech
1:55 AM  •
Nicholas Carlson / New York Times:  Book adaptation: How Marissa Mayer fought to turn around Yahoo and lost her way
1:10 AM  •
Michael Mimoso / Threatpost:  Palo Alto Networks finds factory-installed backdoor on Android devices from China's Coolpad

December 17, 2014

11:50 PM  •
Mikey Campbell / AppleInsider:  Apple to instate country-specific app taxes in EU starting Jan. 1
11:15 PM  •
Dave McNary / Variety:  Sony Has ‘No Further Release Plans’ for ‘The Interview’
10:45 PM  •
Bloomberg:  Costolo's Family Trusts Sell Remaining Twitter Stock
9:55 PM  •
Dawn Chmielewski / Re/code:  Apple's Holiday Product Red Campaign Raises $20 Million for AIDS Research
9:00 PM  •
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:  Plex Arrives On PS4 And PS3 In Europe And Asia, U.S. Launch Coming Later
8:10 PM  •
Kim Zetter / Wired:  The Evidence That North Korea Hacked Sony Is Flimsy
7:35 PM  •
Sara Castellanos / Boston Business Journal:  Rapid7 gets $30M to invest in new cybersecurity initiatives and expand global reach
6:50 PM  •
Mikey Campbell / AppleInsider:  Judge rules videotaped Steve Jobs deposition to remain out of public eye
6:30 PM  •
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:  ICANN e-mail accounts, zone database breached in spearphishing attack
6:25 PM  •
New York Times:  U.S. Said to Find North Korea Ordered Cyberattack on Sony
6:15 PM  •
Hollywood Reporter:  CNN: U.S. to Name North Korea as Source of Sony Hack
5:35 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Facebook's Rooms app gets ‘Explore’ button, making it easier to discover communities
5:10 PM  •
Business Insider:  Sony Just Cancelled The December 25 Release Of ‘The Interview’
4:30 PM  •
Jack Clark / Bloomberg:  Oracle Profit, Sales Top Estimates Amid Shift to Cloud
4:05 PM  •
Gregg Kilday / Hollywood Reporter:  Sony hackers achieve key aim as three largest theater chains in US cancel screenings of The Interview
3:25 PM  •
Owen Williams / The Next Web:  Facebook is testing an official way to sell goods in Groups
2:50 PM  •
Casey Newton / The Verge:  Uber will use biometric scans to improve background checks on drivers
2:35 PM  •
Josh Lowensohn / The Verge:  Tile's tiny Bluetooth stuff-tracker now works with Android
1:40 PM  •
Alex Hern / Guardian:  Reddit bans SonyGOP subreddit and users for sharing leaked Sony documents, deletes posts after receiving DMCA takedown request
1:05 PM  •
Purch:  Purch, owner of Tom's Hardware and Laptop Magazine, acquires AnandTech months after founder Anand Shimpi leaves for Apple
12:30 PM  •
Jeff John Roberts / Gigaom:  Netflix's streaming app now available on Dish's Hopper DVR in first big pay-TV partnership
12:20 PM  •
Mike Shields / Wall Street Journal:  21st Century Fox to Acquire Ad Tech Firm TrueX for $200 Million
12:00 PM  •
Tom Warren / The Verge:  Microsoft's Xim app now shares photos to Apple TV, Chomecast, and Xbox One
11:40 AM  •
Peter Kafka / Re/code:  Former Hulu CEO Jason Kilar opens Creator Preview for YouTube rival Vessel to lure stars; $2.99/month service includes ads, offers up to $50 CPM for creators
10:50 AM  •
Hugh Langley / TechRadar:  Netflix: offline viewing is ‘never going to happen’
10:45 AM  •
Shane Dingman / Globe and Mail:  BlackBerry Classic review: old-fashioned phone that won't please traditionalists or new users
10:40 AM  •
Dan Seifert / The Verge:  BlackBerry officially launches Classic, with full QWERTY keyboard and physical navigation keys
6:05 AM  •
David Meyer / Gigaom:  Sony previews smart glasses module that attaches to existing glasses, targets sports and work use cases
5:00 AM  •
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:  Brandwatch buys top-influencer analytics firm PeerIndex

December 16, 2014

10:50 PM  •
Alyson Shontell / Business Insider:  Twitter And Foursquare Are Partnering To Improve Location In Tweets

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