December 7, 2016, 11:20 AM

December 7, 2016

11:15 AM  •
BTC Geek:  Circle ends support for buying and selling bitcoin, referring customers to onetime competitor Coinbase, and indicates focus on blockchain technology
10:40 AM  •
Steve Grove / Google News Lab:  The director of Google's News Lab, Steve Grove, reviews the lab's 2016 projects, including efforts to build trust and combat fake news
10:05 AM  •
Jethro Mullen / CNNMoney:  Foxconn confirms discussions with US officials about investment to expand US operations, says details will be announced when talks conclude
9:50 AM  •
Lauren Goode / The Verge:  Fitbit confirms Pebble software assets acquisition; Pebble is shutting down, cancels Pebble Time 2 and Core, and will issue Kickstarter refunds
9:20 AM  •
Eddie Makuch / GameSpot:  Sony says it has sold 50M PlayStation 4 consoles worldwide as of December 6, including PS4 Pro
9:10 AM  •
Vlad Savov / The Verge:  Kantar: iPhone market share up 7 percentage points to 40.5% in US, likely due to Samsung Galaxy Note7 troubles
8:45 AM  •
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:  Huawei reportedly acquires Israeli IT networking company Toga Networks for $150 million
8:20 AM  •
Abner Li / 9to5Google:  Chrome 55 for Android allows you to download music, video, and web pages for offline viewing on mobile devices; rolling out now
7:55 AM  •
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:  Microsoft announces Windows 10 Creators Update enterprise features: better IT tools, security, more
7:10 AM  •
Ron Miller / TechCrunch:  Cloud integration firm SnapLogic raises $40M Series F led by European private equity firm Vitruvian Partners
4:25 AM  •
Kyle Chayka / The Verge:  Google AMP, Facebook's Instant Articles, and Apple News make articles from fake news sites look the same as those from Bloomberg and The New York Times
1:20 AM  •
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:  Glassdoor: Facebook dethrones Airbnb as the best tech company to work for in the U.S.
12:45 AM  •
Bloomberg:  Sources: Pebble CEO Eric Migicovsky to rejoin Y Combinator as partner; Fitbit has sent job offers to 40% of Pebble staff
12:30 AM  •
Kurt Wagner / Recode:  Jack Dorsey announces Square's virtual payment cards now work with Apple Pay

December 6, 2016

11:55 PM  •
Ashley Carman / The Verge:  Dropbox Pro and Business users can now save entire folders for offline viewing
9:45 PM  •
Greg Avery / Denver Business Journal:  Cybersecurity company Optiv cancels IPO plans after selling majority stake to private equity firm KKR
8:45 PM  •
Bloomberg:  SoftBank CEO meets with Trump, says firm will invest $50B, create 50K jobs in US; source says money to come from SoftBank's previously announced $100B tech fund
7:50 PM  •
Nathan Ingraham / Engadget:  Pandora unveils its on-demand, personalized music streaming service Premium, with launch expected in Q1 2017
7:10 PM  •
Brian Barrett / Wired:  IBM launches Watson for Cybersecurity beta program involving 40 companies across indurstries like finance, healthcare, and more
4:55 PM  •
Chris Welch / The Verge:  Apple debuts single sign-on for iOS and tvOS with 9 partners including Dish, DirecTV, Sling TV, but is missing big names like Comcast, Charter, Verizon FiOS
4:15 PM  •
Jack Nicas / Wall Street Journal:  Sources: Google X plans Wing Marketplace, an online exchange for $6 drone deliveries from partner retailers and restaurants, amid troubled Project Wing efforts
3:50 PM  •
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:  Sprint owner SoftBank says it'll invest $50B in US and create 50K new jobs over next four years, as SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son meets with Trump
3:15 PM  •
Jordan Novet / VentureBeat:  Docker acquires file syncing and sharing app Infinit, will open-source the software
2:45 PM  •
Jon Fingas / Engadget:  Twitch brings video calls with up to five players to its game communication app, Curse, initially for Mac, Windows, and Chrome, but mobile support is on the way
2:30 PM  •
Nathan McAlone / Business Insider:  YouTube has paid over $1B to the music industry in the last year, from advertising alone
2:05 PM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Pepo, Jason Goldberg's social media app, raises $2.35M from his old backers
1:45 PM  •
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:  GoDaddy acquires rival hosting company Host Europe Group for $1.79B, will fund deal with $1.16B of debt
1:30 PM  •
Tony Romm / Politico:  A look at Peter Thiel's investments, from defense to fintech and healthcare, and how they could benefit from his role amid the Trump transition
1:00 PM  •
Megan Rose Dickey / TechCrunch:  Anil Dash becomes new CEO of Fog Creek Software, debuts Gomix, a platform that provides template apps, which users can remix, modify, host, and deploy for free
12:55 PM  •
Sam Shead / Business Insider:  Director of AI research at Apple, Russ Salakhutd, says the company's AI researchers will start publishing some of their work, in a shift away from secrecy
12:32 PM  •
USA Today:  President-elect Trump to host roundtable summit for tech industry leaders on Dec. 14; invitation was sent by Reince Priebus, Jared Kushner, and Peter Thiel
12:00 PM  •
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:  Google search app updated with distinct feeds for upcoming appointments and personalized news such as sports and entertainment, on Android now and iOS soon
11:55 AM  •
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:  Facebook Workplace announces enterprise collaboration app platform to challenge Slack's App Directory
11:15 AM  •
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:  EU regulators approve Microsoft's LinkedIn purchase with concessions; Microsoft expects deal to close “in the coming days”
10:55 AM  •
Brad Smith / The Official Microsoft Blog:  Microsoft's acquisition of LinkedIn approved by EU, to close in the coming days as it has now received all the regulatory approvals needed
10:50 AM  •
James Vincent / The Verge:  Instagram will let users turn off comments on specific posts, like others' comments, and remove followers from private accounts in “coming weeks”
10:45 AM  •
Priya Anand / BuzzFeed:  After Uber updated to track user locations five minutes after rides end, EFF asks for a rollback
10:30 AM  •
Urs Hölzle / The Keyword:  Google says it will run its global operations entirely on renewable energy in 2017, claims it is the world's largest corporate buyer of renewable power
10:27 AM  •
Lawrence Hurley / Reuters:  Supreme Court throws out $399M penalty judgment against Samsung in patent dispute with Apple over iPhone design, sends the case back to the lower court
10:10 AM  •
Sensor Tower Blog:  Netflix becomes top grossing iOS app in the US for the first time, as weekly net revenue grows to nearly $2.9M
9:55 AM  •
Maria Deutscher / SiliconANGLE:  Data center hardware startup Datrium raises $55M in Series C round led by New Enterprise Associates
9:30 AM  •
Dan Seifert / The Verge:  Google Wifi review: solid Wi-Fi coverage, easy setup, powerful app, but expensive, not as fast as other mesh systems, and lacks a USB port for network storage
8:25 AM  •
Andy Greenberg / Wired:  The White House releases recommendations from a nine-month study of US cybersecurity issues; it is now up to the Trump administration to implement them
7:20 AM  •
Dan Seifert / The Verge:  Plume's mesh-based Wi-Fi system uses cloud for computation; individual Plume Wi-Fi units called “pods” on sale now for $69 each with a three-pack costing $179
6:15 AM  •
Chris O'Brien / VentureBeat:  Paris' $265M Station F startup campus to open in April 2017 with VCs, Facebook, Vente Privee, and up to 1K startups as tenants
4:15 AM  •
Jessica Dolcourt / CNET:  Lenovo execs say the company is planning at least 12 new Moto Mods, the magnetic snap-on accessories that enhance Moto Z smartphones, per year
1:40 AM  •
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:  Facebook now asking users to rate articles' use of “misleading language” to detect fake news
1:35 AM  •
Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed:  How the “Pizzagate” conspiracy theory spread online via 4chan, Reddit, Facebook, Twitter, and other websites, culminating in arrest of gunman in Washington D.C.
1:10 AM  •
Julia Love / Reuters:  Tim Cook says Apple Watch set a new sales record during first week of holiday shopping, and the current quarter is on track to be the best ever for the product

December 5, 2016

11:10 PM  •
Peter Sayer / PCWorld:  OpenAI open sources Universe, a training platform where AIs can learn to play games, use apps, and interact with sites; source code now available on GitHub
9:20 PM  •
Tom Hals / Reuters:  Delaware court revives 2014 case against Pincus and fellow Zynga board members, alleging they allowed leaders at firm to act on inside info in 2012 stock sale
8:05 PM  •
Samuel Gibbs / The Guardian:  Google removes “evil” as autocomplete suggestion when searching for “are Jews” and “are women”, leaves “bad” for “are Muslims”
6:15 PM  •
Facebook:  Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter, and YouTube will create a database to share hashes of terrorist images and recruitment videos removed from their services
4:50 PM  •
Matthew Lynley / TechCrunch:  Executive assistant app Accompany raises $20M, led by Ignition Partners, and debuts UK Beta
4:35 PM  •
Aaron Pressman / Fortune:  IDC: Fitbit sales estimated at 5.3M units in Q3, up 11% YoY, with 23% marketshare, lagging the fitness tracker market as a whole
3:20 PM  •
Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:  IDC: Apple Watch sales estimated at 1.1M units in Series 2 launch quarter, down 70% YoY; Fitbit sales estimated at 5.3M units, up 11% YoY, with 23% marketshare
2:40 PM  •
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:  Volkswagen debuts Moia, a standalone mobility company, which will work on tech for self-driving on-demand transportation
1:35 PM  •
Raymond Wong / Mashable:  Leap Motion brings its hand tracking tech to standalone VR headsets, demos it on Samsung's Gear VR
1:00 PM  •
Mehedi Hassan / MSPoweruser:  Microsoft quietly launches a chatbot on Kik named Zo that avoids conversation topics like politics, following disastrous debut of Tay chatbot earlier this year
11:55 AM  •
Adi Robertson / The Verge:  Oculus Touch review: precise, usually reliable tracking and fantastic hardware design, but the two-controller package is pricey at $199
10:55 AM  •
Natt Garun / The Verge:  Google's new Trusted Contacts app lets you share your location during emergencies
10:35 AM  •
Cho Mu-Hyun / ZDNet:  LG Electronics promotes the head of its home appliances division, Jo Seong-jin, to CEO
10:10 AM  •
Brian Heater / TechCrunch:  Amazon debuts Amazon Go, a checkout-less food store in Seattle, where purchases are tracked by computer vision and app, open to its staff now and public in '17
9:40 AM  •
Jeremy Kahn / Bloomberg:  Google DeepMind open sources its AI training platform, releases entire source code on GitHub for researchers and developers to experiment
9:05 AM  •
Biz Carson / Business Insider:  SEC filings show peer-to-peer insurance startup Lemonade has recently raised $33.1M
8:30 AM  •
Mike Isaac / New York Times:  Uber acquires AI startup Geometric Intelligence, appoints co-founders Gary Marcus and Zoubin Ghahramani as co-directors of its new research arm, A.I. Labs
7:35 AM  •
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:  US Consumer Review Fairness Act passes, voids ToS gag clauses under which companies could sue or impose penalties for users who post negative reviews
3:30 AM  •
Reuters:  Report: Europe expected to hit $13.6B in tech funding in '16, up from $12.6B in '15 and almost 5X from '11; lack of access to later-stage capital hinders growth
1:55 AM  •
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:  Nokia OZO exec talks about firm's VR plans, why OZO 360-degree cameras are so expensive and bringing its costs down, and the state of VR content production
12:20 AM  •
Ionut Arghire / SecurityWeek:  Experts find wireless communications protocol used by some new implantable cardiac defibrillators to be insecure, susceptible to spoofing, relay, DoS attacks

December 4, 2016

11:15 PM  •
April Glaser / Recode:  Flir, leading maker of thermal imaging equipment, buys Prox Dynamics, a Norwegian maker of pocket-sized surveillance and reconnaissance drones, for $134M
10:10 PM  •
Janko Roettgers / Variety:  Netflix says its custom video encoding method and use of VP9 and H.264/AVC High codecs are saving 36% bandwidth on Android and 19% on iOS for offline downloads
9:15 PM  •
Rupert Jones / The Guardian:  Researchers guessed valid Visa card expiry dates and CVV codes in seconds via queries to multiple commercial websites; Visa failed to detect the attack
8:10 PM  •
Kristen V. Brown / Fusion:  What GitHub did to fight its trolls: hire a diverse safety team, enlist community's help, design features to make harassment difficult, provide users with tools
7:15 PM  •
Brittany A. Roston / SlashGear:  PlayStation Vue vs. Sling TV vs. DirecTV Now: comparing streaming services on price, channel lineup, supported streaming devices, subscription perks, and more
6:20 PM  •
Max Chafkin / Bloomberg:  How a journalist became a men's fashion influencer on Instagram: hashtags, like and comment bots, and lots of help from professionals
5:15 PM  •
Andrew Zaleski / Backchannel:  Why MakerBot failed to live up to the hype: competition, flawed printers, backlash over its move to closed source, consumer 3D printer market never materialized
3:50 PM  •
Lucian Armasu / Tom's Hardware:  Canadian government seeks public comment after explaining need for backdoors, mandatory decryption, longer storage of phone and ISP records, and more
1:50 PM  •
Carole Cadwalladr / The Guardian:  One of top Google autocomplete suggestions for “are Jews” is “evil”, with 9 of top 10 search results saying “yes”; similar answers for many topics worry experts
11:05 AM  •
Steven Levy / Backchannel:  Amazon's Alexa VP on the platform's future, the $2.5M Alexa Prize, concerns about poaching key AI talent from academia, new developer tools, privacy, more
8:00 AM  •
Merissa Marr / Columbia Journalism Review:  Three years after launch, The Information has a reporting staff of 10, is cash-flow positive, and juggles a closed-club feel with aggressive reporting
4:55 AM  •
Amanda Hess / New York Times:  A look at Gab, the social network launched in August that has become a haven for the far right and now hosts 98K accounts
1:50 AM  •
Nitasha Tiku / BuzzFeed:  Snapchat avoids the fake news epidemic by vetting publishers who appear in Discover, hiring human editors for Live Stories, and limiting re-sharing

December 3, 2016

10:55 PM  •
Jared Newman / Fast Company:  IFTTT's new plan: companies pay $199 per month to list their services on IFTTT's directory and embed “Applets” (recipes) in their own apps
7:50 PM  •
April Siese / The Daily Dot:  The genius behind @SavedYouAClick is fighting back against fake news
4:45 PM  •
Kif Leswing / Business Insider:  Apple says faulty battery causes unexpected shutdowns on “a small number of iPhone 6s devices”, offers free battery replacement
1:40 PM  •
Nat Levy / GeekWire:  Facebook leasing two office buildings totaling 384,000 sq. ft. and 4,100 sq. ft. of retail space in Seattle, nearly doubling its footprint in city
10:35 AM  •
Sascha Segan / PC Magazine:  BLU phone update prevents rogue application from sending user data to China; all new phones will use Google's OTA update utility in its place
7:10 AM  •
Matthew Reynolds / WIRED UK:  Mirai-based botnet tried to hijack Deutsche Telekom, UK's TalkTalk and Post Office customer routers, disrupting internet access for over 1M customers
3:40 AM  •
Jordan Novet / VentureBeat:  Apple hints at autonomous vehicle ambitions in letter advising NHTSA that new auto industry entrants should get the same testing rights as incumbents
1:10 AM  •
Katie Benner / New York Times:  Airbnb and New York City settle suit over short-term rentals after city agrees to fine hosts and not the company for illegal listings
12:52 AM  •
William Alden / BuzzFeed:  Zenefits CEO David Sacks confirms he's stepping down, says search for new CEO has begun; one source says he's open to working in the Trump administration
12:30 AM  •
Abner Li / 9to5Google:  Chrome 55 for desktop starts rolling out, blocking Flash even further by defaulting to HTML5; sites that only support Flash and top 10 sites are exempted

December 2, 2016

9:00 PM  •
Bloomberg:  Pandora's stock up 16% on reports of a possible sale; sources say Sirius XM approached the company again and Pandora has reached out to other potential suitors
8:25 PM  •
Tom Dotan / The Information:  Source: Zenefits searching for a possible replacement for CEO, less than a year after David Sacks took the position
7:45 PM  •
Zac Bowden / Windows Central:  Sources: Microsoft developing Home Hub software feature for Windows 10 to compete with Google Home and Amazon Echo
6:35 PM  •
Nick Statt / The Verge:  Android phone maker Blu pledges to replace Chinese software that stole user data
6:35 PM  •
Diane Bartz / Reuters:  Obama prohibits German semiconductor equipment maker Aixtron from selling its US-based business to a Chinese investment fund, citing national security risks
5:30 PM  •
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:  Mozilla's 2015 revenue up 28% YoY to $421M in 2015, the first full year of Yahoo search deal
4:05 PM  •
David Ruddock / Android Police:  Steve Kondik leaves Cyanogen Inc., blames co-founder and CEO Kirt McMaster for company's troubles, ponders what's next for CyanogenMod
2:45 PM  •
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:  Sources: key executive for Apple health initiatives, Yoky Matsuoka, has left the company after joining in May
2:10 PM  •
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:  FCC reaches preliminary conclusion that AT&T is violating net neutrality with DirecTV data cap exemption
1:45 PM  •
Alex Heath / Business Insider:  Sources: Facebook is working on Collections, a feature to showcase lists of curated content from publishers directly in the News Feed
1:20 PM  •
Geoffrey Smith / Fortune:  Airbnb will limit entire home rentals to 60 days a year in Amsterdam and 90 days in London, unless hosts have a license to rent for longer
12:45 PM  •
Amie Tsang / New York Times:  Chinese selfie app-maker Meitu plans to raise up to $710M at up to $5.2B valuation via an IPO in Hong Kong
12:10 PM  •
Steve Dent / Engadget:  Plex adds support for Google Drive, OneDrive, and DropBox to its paid Plex Cloud service while acknowledging problems with Amazon Cloud Drive integration
11:25 AM  •
Jim Dwyer / New York Times:  A volunteer project by a group of libraries, End of Term Presidential Harvest 2016, is saving valuable pages on federal government sites at risk of vanishing
10:50 AM  •
Hamza Shaban / BuzzFeed:  Secure messaging app Signal's downloads increase 400% after Trump's win, amid anxiety over the future of US surveillance
10:05 AM  •
Eduard Kovacs / SecurityWeek:  Researchers bypass Apple's Activation Lock on iPhone and iPad running the latest version of iOS
9:30 AM  •
Kim Zetter / The Intercept:  Internet Archive and EFF fend off FBI national security letter that demanded records of an Internet Archive user and came with an everlasting gag order
6:00 AM  •
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:  AirDroid, a remote management app with 10M+ Play Store downloads, uses a static and easily detectable encryption key leaving users vulnerable to MITM attacks
1:55 AM  •
Cam Bunton / Pocket-lint:  Samsung Gear S3 review: durable, great battery life, sharp display, but slow raise to wake response, still the best watch for Android users
1:20 AM  •
Connie Loizos / TechCrunch:  Survey of 700+ startup founders: 31% don't intend to IPO, 67% now say VCs have more negotiating power
12:05 AM  •
Vauhini Vara / Bloomberg:  Facebook tests ad targeting for people streaming certain shows on Roku and Apple TVs, linking FB profiles with IP addresses

December 1, 2016

11:00 PM  •
Khari Johnson / VentureBeat:  Intel and Amazon plan to work together on smart home initiatives, to release reference design and SDK for Intel-based, Alexa-powered smart speaker in Q1 2017
10:25 PM  •
Kristina Cooke / Reuters:  Facebook developing AI to flag nudity, violence, and other content violating its policies in Facebook Live streams
8:50 PM  •
Sean Gallagher / Ars Technica:  Avalanche, a 7-year-old botnet used for malware and phishing attacks, dismantled in global cyber operation; officials sinkhole 800K domains, seize 50 servers
7:10 PM  •
Janko Roettgers / Variety:  iHeartRadio debuts All Access on-demand music service powered by Napster for $9.99/month, iHeartRadio Plus commercial-free radio service for $4.99/month
6:05 PM  •
Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:  Twitter acquires Yes Inc., hires ex-Google product director and Yes CEO Keith Coleman as VP of product; Yes apps to be shut down over next few weeks
5:05 PM  •
Dan Seifert / The Verge:  Lenovo's Moto says it doesn't plan on releasing a new smartwatch in the near future
4:20 PM  •
Julie Bort / Business Insider:  Zenefits ordered to stop offering free insurance software in Washington state, will offer software for $5 per user per month instead
3:40 PM  •
Bloomberg:  Sources: Saudi Arabia hit by series of state-sponsored cyberattacks against government agencies; digital evidence suggests attacks emanated from Iran
2:50 PM  •
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:  Amazon debuts AWS Shield, its Cloudflare competitor, to protect against DDoS attacks, and offers two tiers; basic version will be on by default
2:15 PM  •
Matthew Lynley / TechCrunch:  Amazon debuts AWS X-Ray, which helps developers debug distributed code by showing a graph of processes to identify bottlenecks and see performance of functions
1:25 PM  •
Brian Heater / TechCrunch:  HMD Global completes 10-year deal with Nokia to bring Nokia-branded devices to market; HMD says new smartphones are coming in the first half of 2017
11:15 AM  •
Kurt Wagner / Recode:  AngelList has acquired Product Hunt, sources say for about $20M; Product Hunt will continue as a standalone site with Ryan Hoover continuing as CEO
10:50 AM  •
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:  Amazon Prime members can now subscribe to HBO and Cinemax for $15 and $10 per month respectively
8:15 AM  •
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:  Osterhout Design Group raises $58 million for augmented reality smartglasses
7:45 AM  •
Bloomberg:  Sources: Apple improving maps to better compete with Google, deploying drones to monitor roads and using, which it bought in 2015, for indoor mapping

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