May 29, 2015, 12:00 AM

May 29, 2015

12:00 AM  •
Rebecca R. Ruiz / New York Times:  FCC considering extending $1.7B Lifeline telecommunication subsidy program for the poor to cover broadband access

May 28, 2015

11:25 PM  •
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:  Google gives developers new AdWords, Analytics, and AdMob tools to monetize their apps with ads
11:15 PM  •
Sébastien Page /  Apple releases temporary fix for iMessage-crashing text bug, says update coming soon
11:05 PM  •
Reto Meier / Android Developers Blog:  Google Play services 7.5 includes Smart Lock for Passwords, App Invites beta, Google Cast, Remote Display API, Google Fit, more
10:25 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Netflix, HBO Streaming Video Traffic Increases As BitTorrent Declines
9:50 PM  •
iFixit:  Pebble Time teardown: display not fused to front glass making them independently replaceable, small battery
9:15 PM  •
Dave Morin / Path Blog:  Path and Path Talk acquired by Daum Kakao; services to continue
8:45 PM  •
Ganesh T S / AnandTech:  NVIDIA Shield Android TV review: gaming performance exceeds other set top boxes but media playback disappoints
7:45 PM  •
Andrea Peterson / Washington Post:  U.N. report: Encryption is important to human rights — and backdoors undermine it
7:00 PM  •
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:  New 15-inch MacBook Pro is first MacBook to support 5K and 4096×2160 4K displays
6:25 PM  •
Greg Bensinger / Wall Street Journal:  Amazon planning to expand its private-label goods under its Elements brand to include grocery items such as milk, cereal, razors, vitamins, cleaning products
6:10 PM  •
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:  Gracenote expands its media metadata platform into sports with the $54M acquistion of 2 data firms
5:35 PM  •
Sean O'Kane / The Verge:  Google announces Jump, an ecosystem for creating and sharing virtual reality content, includes camera rig, software, and YouTube-based player
5:05 PM  •
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:  Chromecast Gets Autoplay, Queuing, Second Screen And Multiplayer Game Powers
4:30 PM  •
Lizette Chapman / Wall Street Journal:  Digital advertising startup GumGum raises $26M at a $200M valuation led by Morgan Stanley
4:05 PM  •
TechCrunch:  Apple Acquires Augmented Reality Company Metaio
3:50 PM  •
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:  Nvidia launches Shield 4K Android TV set-top box for $200 with 16GB of flash storage, $300 with 500GB hard disk drive
3:35 PM  •
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:  Gmail Now Has 900M Active Users, 75% On Mobile
3:30 PM  •
Steven Levy / Backchannel:  Google VP of Streams, Photos, and Sharing Bradley Horowitz: Google Photos is like Gmail for your images
3:15 PM  •
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:  Google Play Store Now Lets Developers A/B Test Their App Listing Pages, Customize Their Catalog Page
2:55 PM  •
Leena Rao / Fortune:  Google Play saw 50B app installs in past year, launches Play For Families store section
2:50 PM  •
The Information:  Sources: Postmates is raising over $50M at $400M valuation
2:45 PM  •
Conor Dougherty / New York Times:  Google redesigns Cardboard VR headset to fit larger phones, updates SDK with support for iOS, partners with GoPro to develop 16-camera 360-degree VR recorder
2:35 PM  •
Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica:  Google's free, automated “Cloud Test Lab” service will let developers test apps against top 20 Android devices
2:30 PM  •
Ginny Marvin / Search Engine Land:  Google's New Universal App Campaigns Push App Promotions Across Search, YouTube, AdMob, Display
2:25 PM  •
Jamal Eason / Android Developers Blog:  Google launches M Developer Preview with system images for testing on Nexus 5, 6, 9, and Player
2:20 PM  •
Kyle Russell / TechCrunch:  Google Brings Turn-By-Turn Directions To Offline Maps
2:10 PM  •
Richard Lawler / Engadget:  HBO Now is coming to Android and Chromecast this summer
2:00 PM  •
Chris Welch / The Verge:  Google's Now On Tap offers help when you hold home button based on context of what you're doing on phone, suggests possible actions with indexed apps
1:50 PM  •
Anil Sabharwal / The Official Google Blog:  Google Photos launching today on Android, iOS, and web with unlimited storage to help you organize and share photos and videos for free
1:40 PM  •
Ross Miller / The Verge:  Google announces Brillo, a cut-down Android-based OS for the Internet of Things, and Weave, a communications layer for those devices
1:15 PM  •
Pali Bhat / Official Android Blog:  Google announces Android Pay, will allow users to pay in over 1000 apps and at 700K US stores
1:05 PM  •
Dan Seifert / The Verge:  Google announces Android M coming later this year with improved app permissions, app links, mobile payments, fingerprint API, more
1:00 PM  •
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:  Google Opens Inbox To All, Adds Smart Reminders, Trip Bundles, Undo Send And More
12:50 PM  •
Joe Palazzolo / Wall Street Journal:  Federal appeals court rejects Apple's effort to rid itself of corporate monitor, Michael Bromwich, appointed after ebook price fixing ruling
12:25 PM  •
Google Developers / YouTube:  Live stream: Google I/O 2015 keynote
12:20 PM  •
The Verge:  Google I/O 2015 keynote liveblog
12:05 PM  •
Lora Kolodny / Wall Street Journal:  User-generated reviews company Trustpilot raises $73.5M Series D led by Virtruvian Partners
11:30 AM  •
Tricia Duryee / GeekWire:  Amazon launches free same-day delivery for Prime members in 500 US cities for orders above $35
10:55 AM  •
Darryl K. Taft / eWeek:  CA to Acquire Rally Software in $480M Agile, DevOps Play
10:40 AM  •
Chris Frates / CNN:  Sources: IRS believes massive data theft originated in Russia
9:50 AM  •
Gina Hall / Silicon Valley Business Journal:  Flash and hybrid array provider Tegile raises $70M in series D
8:55 AM  •
Natt Garun / The Next Web:  Shazam can now scan physical objects for augmented reality and exclusive video content
8:10 AM  •
Dana Mattioli / Wall Street Journal:  Avago Agrees to Buy Broadcom for $37 Billion
7:40 AM  •
Ryan Whitwam / Android Police:  Google Releases Spotlight Stories App With Support For Non-Motorola Devices And A New Story, Free For A Limited Time
5:45 AM  •
Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:  Hands on with Pixelmator for iPhone: similar functionality to iPad version, but limited screen real estate is frustrating
3:50 AM  •
Russell Brandom / The Verge:  Facebook testing Security Checkup pop-up that offers password security options, shows recent logins
1:55 AM  •
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:  Jony Ive's new CDO title reflects his role as the overseer and arbiter of taste at Apple, similar to Job's role when he was CEO
1:20 AM  •
Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:  Google faces challenges with Android as ad revenues lag behind iOS and as vendors like Xiaomi compete with its moneymaking apps for mail, messaging
12:45 AM  •
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:  Airware And DJI/Accel Launch Drone Investment Funds
12:10 AM  •
Jim Puzzanghera / Los Angeles Times:  New FCC proposal calls for end to robocalls, allows telcos to offer blocking tech to customers

May 27, 2015

11:45 PM  •
Ruth Reader / VentureBeat:  Pebble Time begins shipping to Kickstarter backers — everyone else can preorder it June 22
11:20 PM  •
Juli Clover / MacRumors:  Apple Store app gains Postmates integration, provides same-day delivery, live tracking of some products in select locations
10:55 PM  •
Steve Dent / Engadget:  Lenovo announces 14-inch and 15-inch laptops with 3D cameras, prices start at $499, Ideapad 100 for $249, and ThinkPad 10-inch tablet starting at $549
10:35 PM  •
Brittany Hillen / SlashGear:  Lenovo unveils $49 Lenovo Cast, its first device for casting media from phones and tablets to TVs
9:50 PM  •
Shaun Prescott / PC Gamer:  Twitch bans Adults Only games
9:05 PM  •
Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:  GoPro working on six camera, spherical array for VR content to be available second half of 2015, and a quadcopter drone available second half of 2016
8:10 PM  •
New York Times:  Google to announce Android Pay for in-store and in-app payments at I/O, to re-launch Google Wallet as P2P payments app; Apple to add rewards to Apple Pay
7:35 PM  •
Don Clark / Wall Street Journal:  Sony acquires optical data storage startup Optical Archive, from former Facebook executive Frank Frankovsky
6:40 PM  •
Kurt Wagner / Re/code:  Oculus Rift headset and the computer needed to run it will cost around $1,500 in total
5:00 PM  •
Michael J. de la Merced / New York Times:  Jawbone sues Fitbit, accusing it of “systematically plundering” confidential info by poaching employees who improperly downloaded materials before leaving
4:55 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Facebook Messenger Payments Arrives In NYC, Now Supports Group Chats And More
4:20 PM  •
Office Blogs:  Office Lens Android, Microsoft's document scanning app, now available in the Google Play Store
3:45 PM  •
Aran Khanna / Medium:  Facebook Messenger includes exact GPS location data by default in chats, making it easy to stalk friends
3:10 PM  •
Nicole Lee / Engadget:  Pebble Time review: impressive battery life, works on both Android and iOS, but limited iOS functionality and lack of features makes $200 price problematic
2:25 PM  •
Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:  Apple's Jeff Williams Says Native Watch SDK Will Give Direct Access To Sensors
2:20 PM  •
Dana Mattioli / Wall Street Journal:  Broadcom in $35 Billion Merger Talks
2:20 PM  •
Wall Street Journal:  Broadcom is in Advanced Talks to be Bought by Avago Technologies
1:55 PM  •
Financial Times:  German court rules Adblock's practices of blocking ads and letting some through for a fee is legal, in a second legal win for Adblock this year
1:35 PM  •
Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:  Moonves says CBS still in negotiations with Apple over TV service, will “probably” reach deal
1:15 PM  •
Andrew Bragdon / The Twitter Blog:  Twitter introduces audience insights dashboard, providing advertisers info about user demographics, purchasing behavior, interests, occupation, net worth, more
1:10 PM  •
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:  Apple's ‘Proactive’ to take on Google Now with deep iOS 9 search, Augmented Reality Maps, Siri API
12:40 PM  •
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:  US judge says Yahoo must face class action lawsuit alleging it illegally intercepted emails to improve ads
12:40 PM  •
Leo Kelion / BBC:  Google Play to include country-specific age ratings for apps from external rating authorities
12:05 PM  •
TechCrunch:  Search on iOS in Google and Chrome apps now features content from installed iOS apps that support deep links
11:45 AM  •
Yimou Lee / Reuters:  China's Weibo to invest $142M in leading taxi-hailing firms Didi Taxi and Kuaidi Taxi
11:15 AM  •
Mary Meeker / KPCB:  Slides: Mary Meeker's Internet Trends Report for 2015
10:50 AM  •
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:  Windows App Studio now lets you build and test Windows 10 apps for PCs, full support for mobile apps coming in future release
10:25 AM  •
Jack Marshall / Wall Street Journal:  Mobile web traffic adds to desktop, which is not in decline as some reports might suggest
10:00 AM  •
Juli Clover / MacRumors:  New iOS bug crashes Messages app and reboots iPhones when a specific string of text is received via iMessage or SMS; Apple says a fix is coming
9:25 AM  •
Zachary M. Seward / Quartz:  Comcast, an investor in Re/code, encouraged publication to sell, has restarted talks with Vox Media over acquisition after they fell through because of price
8:50 AM  •
Jim Duffy / Network World:  Hewlett-Packard to acquire SDN company ConteXtream for Network Functions Virtualization
8:15 AM  •
Lizette Chapman / Wall Street Journal:  Dell Ventures and Intel Capital Invest $45 Million in DocuSign
7:40 AM  •
Lawrence Hurley / Reuters:  Supreme Court rules against Cisco in Commil wireless-tech patent infringement case, saying Cisco's belief that the patent was invalid is not legitimate defense
5:00 AM  •
Jeff John Roberts / Fortune:  Obama administration sides with Oracle in Supreme Court fight with Google over copyrighted Java APIs
1:55 AM  •
TechCrunch:  CrunchBase: 18% of startups with funding had a female founder in 2014, up from 9.5% in 2009

May 26, 2015

11:55 PM  •
Tricia Duryee / GeekWire:  eBay announces Promoted Listings for select sellers, plans to roll out Amazon Prime-like service eBay+ in Germany later this year
11:40 PM  •
Lucas Mearian / Computerworld:  Android Auto, set to debut in Hyundai's 2015 Sonata, will mirror smartphones on in-car infotainment system
11:05 PM  •
Wall Street Journal:  Google and Yahoo have both held early acquisition talks with Flipboard in recent weeks but deal price hasn't yet been discussed
10:30 PM  •
Julie Bort / Business Insider:  Mandriva, developer of Mandriva Linux for PCs, shuts down after 17 years
10:25 PM  •
Ezra Klein / Vox:  Vox Media CEO Jim Bankoff explains the Re/code purchase: complementing The Verge's coverage, conference business, more
10:20 PM  •
Dashiell Bennett / Bloomberg Business:  Brick and mortar retailer Hot Topic to buy ThinkGeek parent company Geeknet for $122M in cash and stock
9:35 PM  •
Kurt Wagner / Re/code:  Interview with Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel: Snapchat is planning an IPO, has 100M daily active users
8:15 PM  •
Google Open Source Blog:  Roboto: Google's signature font is now open source
6:50 PM  •
Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:  Apple replaces problematic OS X networking process discoveryd with mDNSResponder in new beta
6:45 PM  •
Nilay Patel / The Verge:  Re/code's reviews team of Katie Boehret, Bonnie Cha, and Lauren Goode to join Verge staff, Mossberg to write reviews, columns for both sites
5:56 PM  •
Sydney Ember / New York Times:  Vox Media acquires Re/code in all-stock deal, Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher to stay at Re/code after merger
5:10 PM  •
Ben Lang / Road to VR:  Oculus Acquires Computer Vision Company Surreal Vision for 3D Scene Reconstruction
4:50 PM  •
Stephen Ohlemacher / Associated Press:  IRS says hackers gained access to tax returns, other info of more than 100K taxpayers by targeting “Get Transcript” service and using SSNs, birth dates, more
4:15 PM  •
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:  iOS 9 Maps Transit navigation to include San Francisco, New York City, Toronto, London, Paris, and Berlin, in addition to China, at launch
3:25 PM  •
Joanna Stern / Wall Street Journal:  Android Auto review: maps, speech recognition, Google Now are great, but limited availability on Android and Hyundai Sonata is frustrating
2:45 PM  •
Jordan Novet / VentureBeat:  Microsoft partners with LG, Sony, other OEMs to sell Android tablets featuring Office, OneDrive, Skype
2:25 PM  •
Edmund Lee / Re/code:  AOL was approached by three bidders other than Verizon, considered selling Huffington Post, TechCrunch; CEO Armstrong gets bonus of about $59M for making deal
1:55 PM  •
Stephanie Kirchgaessner / Guardian:  Court orders Uber to end UberPop service in Italy, says it creates “unfair competition”
1:40 PM  •
Harry McCracken / Fast Company:  Google VP of engineering Hiroshi Lockheimer confirms Android M is coming this year
1:10 PM  •
Casey Newton / The Verge:  Facebook adds critics' reviews to select restaurant pages in a pilot with seven publications including Bon Appetit, Conde Nast Traveler, and Eater
12:55 PM  •
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:  Austin-based startup Knowingly purchases Gigaom assets, plans to relaunch tech site in August
12:20 PM  •
Jonathan Vanian / Fortune:  Rubrik raises $41M Series B round to archive your company data, two months after raising $10M
11:40 AM  •
Vlad Savov / The Verge:  Sony rebrands Xperia Z4 as Xperia Z3+ for global launch in June with few iterative upgrades
11:17 AM  •
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:  iOS 9 to support Force Touch with haptic feedback for iPhone 6S, feature new keyboard, Apple Pay for Canada, iMessage read receipts on contact-by-contact basis
11:10 AM  •
Barb Darrow / Fortune:  EMC expands cloud push with $1.2 billion buy of Virtustream
10:55 AM  •
Colum Murphy / Wall Street Journal:  Audi will use Baidu's CarLife smartphone integration technology, develop country specific LTE module with Huawei for its cars in China
10:40 AM  •
Stephen E. Arnold / Beyond Search:  Computing Power Up a Trillion Fold in 60 Years. Search Remains Unchanged.
10:25 AM  •
Ben Woods / The Next Web:  Ford launches pay-per-minute GoDrive carsharing service in London
10:10 AM  •
Help Net Security:  Security researchers say mobile and wearable devices can be tracked by monitoring Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) signal transmissions
9:55 AM  •
Megan Geuss / Ars Technica:  Fove's VR headset, expected to arrive Spring 2016, aims to use eye-tracking to focus rendering on your center of vision, reducing processing demands
9:40 AM  •
Matt Stempeck / The Daily Dot:  An anecdotal account of the technology landscape in Cuba before thawing relations with the US
9:15 AM  •
Bloomberg Business:  Snapchat claims 60% of smartphone owners age 13-34 in the US are active users, says they watch 2B videos a day on the service
9:05 AM  •
Casey Newton / The Verge:  Twitter brings live-streaming app Periscope to Android
8:45 AM  •
Joe Belfiore / Blogging Windows:  Microsoft's bringing Cortana to iPhone and Android, announces Phone Companion app for Windows 10, which helps automatically sync your smartphone with your PC
6:40 AM  •
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:  Charter to acquire Time Warner Cable for $55B in cash and stock, including debt, valuing TWC at $78.7B, also buys Bright House for $10.4B
4:30 AM  •
Daniel Cooper / Engadget:  French supermarket installs Philips LEDs that communicate with in-store navigation app via front-facing camera

May 25, 2015

10:25 PM  •
Ryan Whitwam / Android Police:  Source: two new Nexus phones coming this year—5.2" LG Bullhead and 5.7" Huawei Angler, no new Nexus tablet
9:40 PM  •
George Anders / MIT Technology Review:  How Firefox OS for mobile devices got started, developed carrier and vendor partnerships, and then was blindsided by cheap Android phones
6:15 PM  •
Kara Swisher / Re/code:  Sources: Twitter has held talks to acquire Flipboard in an all-stock deal valued at over $1B, but talks are now stalled
6:07 PM  •
Mike Beasley / 9to5Mac:  Tim Cook memo: Jony Ive to remain responsible for overall design, Alan Dye moves to VP of UI design, Richard Howarth to VP of industrial design, starting July 1
6:05 PM  •
Stephen Fry / Telegraph:  Jony Ive talks about his new role as Apple's chief design officer as he relinquishes day-to-day management duties to Richard Howarth and Alan Dye
2:00 PM  •
Juliette Garside / Guardian:  Philip Zimmermann moves his mobile encryption startup Silent Circle from US to Switzerland to avoid surveillance
1:20 PM  •
Harro ten Wolde / Reuters:  Daimler to offer Baidu content and services in Mercedes-Benz car infotainment systems in China
12:20 PM  •
Chance Miller / 9to5Google:  Google Hangouts Chrome app updated w/ redesigned interface, OS X support
11:20 AM  •
Bloomberg Business:  Sources: Charter may announce it is buying Time Warner Cable for $55.1B, Bright House Networks will also be merged into the combined company
4:30 AM  •
Mike Shields / Wall Street Journal:  How Spotify plans to apply to video what it's learned with music

May 24, 2015

10:25 PM  •
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:  Instagram sends “Highlights” email digests to re-engage users, its first promotional emails
7:35 PM  •
Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica:  What could launch at Google I/O 2015: Android M, Chromecast 2, standalone photos product, more
7:10 PM  •
Mark Scott / New York Times:  Amazon to stop funneling Europe sales through Luxembourg amid pressure from regulators, increasing its tax burden
3:45 PM  •
Liam Spradlin / Android Police:  An exclusive early look at the new standalone Google Photos app on Android
10:00 AM  •
Benjamin Wallace-Wells / New York Magazine:  Four years after ‘Jeopardy’ win, IBM's Watson program has seen applications in 75 industries including finance, healthcare, molecular biology
12:50 AM  •
Spencer Ackerman / Guardian:  NSA bulk phone records collection to end despite USA Freedom Act failure

May 23, 2015

10:00 PM  •
Ben Dummett / Wall Street Journal:  BlackBerry to Lay Off Undisclosed Number of Employees in Device Business

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