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February 26, 2017

6:10 PM  •
Brian Sullivan / CNBC:  Source: SoftBank is close to finalizing a deal to invest more than $3B in WeWork, putting the startup's valuation above $20B if deal closes
4:35 PM  •
Nick Wingfield / New York Times:  Sony has sold 915K PlayStation VR headsets as of February 19, four months after it went on sale, according to Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Andrew House
3:40 PM  •
David Pierce / Wired:  HMD announces €189 5.2" Nokia 5, €139 5" Nokia 3, global availability of €229 Nokia 6, and Nokia 3310 feature phone for €49; phones ship in Q2
2:21 PM  •
Alex Dobie / Android Central:  Samsung sends out invites for Unpacked event on March 29 at 11AM ET in New York, expected to launch Galaxy S8
2:00 PM  •
Sophie Charara / Wareable:  Samsung announces new Gear VR headset with 101-degree field-of-view, comes with controller that supports touch and motion
1:40 PM  •
Cherlynn Low / Engadget:  Hands-on with Samsung's Galaxy Book hybrids: Windows 10, Intel i5 Kaby Lake CPU, 10" and 12" screen sizes, LTE, detachable keyboard, standalone S Pen
1:27 PM  •
Chris Davies / SlashGear:  Samsung's Galaxy Tab S3 has a HDR-capable display, four speakers that adjust to orientation, stand-alone S Pen, Snapdragon 820, glass back, optional keyboard
12:45 PM  •
Daniel Bader / Android Central:  Moto G5, G5 Plus hands-on: G5's CPU slower than G4's, 5" screen not great, but still a good deal at €199; $229 G5 Plus faster than G4 but no USB-C, or NFC in US
12:15 PM  •
Tom Warren / The Verge:  Nokia is back from the dead with a trio of pure Android phones
11:20 AM  •
Anthony Karcz / Forbes:  Nokia to kill Withings brand and relaunch fitness devices under Nokia name this summer, will also overhaul Health Mate app and launch Patient Care Platform
9:25 AM  •
Jimmy Westenberg / Android Authority:  Huawei debuts €329 Watch 2, €379 Watch 2 with 4G, €399 Watch 2 Classic; all models have Android Wear 2, NFC, GPS, IP68 water resistance, 1.2" screen, 45mm case
9:20 AM  •
Vlad Savov / The Verge:  Huawei unveils €649 P10 with 5.1" display and 3200mAh battery, €699 P10 Plus with 5.5" display and 3750mAh battery; both have dual 20MP/12MP cameras
8:13 AM  •
Sam Byford / The Verge:  LG G6 hands-on: sleek design, easy one-handed use, but no Snapdragon 835, loses removable battery for water resistance, and many apps are buggy on 18:9 screen
7:50 AM  •
Matt Humrick / AnandTech:  LG G6: metal body, thin bezels, 5.7" 2880x1440 display, 18:9 aspect ratio, Snapdragon 821, 4GB RAM, dual 13MP rear cameras, 5MP front cam, IP68, 3300mAh battery
7:35 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Google Assistant begins rolling out to non-Google devices running Android Nougat and Marshmallow, starting in the US
7:18 AM  •
David Ruddock / Android Police:  [Update: Carrier availability] LG announces the G6: 5.7" 18:9 screen, Snapdragon 821, Android 7.1, and dual-13MP cameras
7:10 AM  •
Steven Levy / Backchannel:  Inside Facebook's Applied Machine Learning Group and how AI became an integral part of company's strategy for the future
5:35 AM  •
Nathaniel Popper / New York Times:  Startups that once aimed to disrupt big banks in the US are now working with the banks and building services on top of existing financial infrastructure
4:00 AM  •
George Dvorsky / Gizmodo:  Study finds Wikipedia bots often undo each other's edits, engage in years-long editing wars
1:55 AM  •
Joseph Bernstein / BuzzFeed:  YouTube has attracted little scrutiny for hosting and rewarding creators of fake news, conspiracy theories, and hate speech
1:10 AM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  EFF: Half of web traffic is now encrypted
12:05 AM  •
Zack Whittaker / ZDNet:  Misconfigured backup drive at New York's Stewart International Airport exposed highly sensitive data to the public internet for almost a year

February 25, 2017

8:25 PM  •
Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:  Twitter opens up Periscope Producer to all users; the service lets broadcasters incorporate live video from sources other than their mobile device
6:20 PM  •
Meng Jing / South China Morning Post:  Baidu reports 2.6% sales dip, its second straight quarterly decline, says “revenue impact” of 2016 medical advertising scandal is “largely behind” it
4:15 PM  •
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:  FCC Chairman Ajit Pai plans to halt rule that would require ISPs to protect the security of their customers' personal information
2:10 PM  •
Ben Schoon / 9to5Google:  TCL debuts $549 BlackBerry KeyOne with hardware keyboard, Snapdragon 625, 4.5-inch 1620x1080 display, and Android 7.1; phone ships “as early as” April
12:10 PM  •
Ben Lang / Road to VR:  Bigscreen, an app that enables people to use their computer desktops in VR while communicating in a shared virtual space, raises $3M led by a16z
7:05 AM  •
Sebastian Anthony / Ars Technica UK:  International Telecommunication Union announces 5G specs: 20Gbps download, 1ms latency, support for up to 1M devices per square kilometer
2:00 AM  •
Chris Welch / The Verge:  What to expect at MWC 2017: LG G6, Huawei P10, Huawei Watch 2, Blackberry “Mercury”, Moto G5 & G5 Plus, Nokia phones, Samsung Galaxy Tab S3, and a Sony flagship

February 24, 2017

9:45 PM  •
New York Times:  Sources: autonomous Uber was driving itself when it ran a red light in San Francisco, though Uber claimed “human error”
6:45 PM  •
Ryan Whitwam / Android Police:  Google is shutting down Spaces, its experimental group messaging app, on April 17, will make app read-only on March 3
4:10 PM  •
Ryan Lackey / octal:  Cloudflare's Cloudbleed may have exposed user authentication info and credentials; sites hosted by Cloudflare should consider prompting users to reset passwords
3:40 PM  •
Ina Fried / Axios:  Sources: Apple, eBay, IBM, Microsoft, PayPal, Salesforce, and others preparing to file brief in favor of transgender rights in SCOTUS case due next month
2:50 PM  •
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:  Online finance startup SoFi raises $500M from Silver Lake, SoftBank, and others, bringing total equity raised to $1.9B
2:25 PM  •
Priya Anand / BuzzFeed:  Uber women confront CEO Travis Kalanick in leaked audio from Thursday meeting with 100+ female engineers
1:55 PM  •
Lauren Goode / The Verge:  LG Watch Sport review: great fitness features, workout apps run directly on the smartwatch with Android Wear 2.0, but it is huge and extremely ill-fitting
12:50 PM  •
Katie Benner / New York Times:  Sources: early Snap investor Lightspeed added terms effectively giving it veto power over later investments; Snap founders tightened grip on company in response
12:45 PM  •
Erin Griffith / Fortune:  Sources: Roku in advanced discussions to raise $200M at a post-money valuation of ~$1.5B
12:25 PM  •
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:  Messaging platform provider Layer acquires text messaging app Cola, raises $15M Series B led by Greycroft Partners
11:35 AM  •
Kevin McLaughlin / The Information:  Source: Amazon considers bundling upgraded WorkMail, WorkDocs, and Chime apps in a new AWS productivity suite to compete with G Suite and Office 365
11:20 AM  •
Bérénice Magistretti / VentureBeat:  Open source compliance firm Fossa raises $2.2M seed round led by Bain Capital, with participation from Marc Benioff and YouTube co-founder Steve Chen
10:40 AM  •
David Pierce / Wired:  Google announces more carrier support for its implementation of RCS, rebrands Messenger to Android Messages, makes app default on phones from LG, ZTE, others
6:10 AM  •
John Mannes / TechCrunch:  K2 Global announces new $183M fund focused on early stage startups aiming to expand globally
12:05 AM  •
Ryan Smith / AnandTech:  Samsung announces Exynos 9 8895, a 10nm octa-core SoC with dual-camera system support; integrated Samsung LTE modem supports 1 Gbps downloads, 150 Mbps uploads

February 23, 2017

10:20 PM  •
Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:  Apple says iOS 10.2.1 reduced unexpected shutdowns of iPhone 6, 6s devices by more than 70%
9:30 PM  •
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:  Cloudflare fixes bug active since September 2016 that leaked private user info, says search engine caches have now been cleared of sensitive information
7:20 PM  •
Shelly Hagan / Bloomberg:  Tech giants including Alphabet, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, Salesforce, and Yahoo criticize Trump's reversal of protections for transgender students
6:08 PM  •
Johana Bhuiyan / Recode:  Alphabet's Waymo sues Otto and parent company Uber for trade secret theft, unfair competition, and patent infringement, claiming Otto founder took LiDAR designs
4:52 PM  •
Natalie Gagliordi / ZDNet:  HPE misses Q1 estimates with $11.4B revenue, down 10% YoY, as main units, including Servers and Networking, decline; stock down 6%+ after hours
3:37 PM  •
Mitch & Freada Kapor:  Early Uber investors Mitch and Freada Kapor speak out after private appeals reached a “dead end”, say current Uber investigation team is too conflicted
2:10 PM  •
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:  FCC votes to lift transparency requirements, such as disclosing network performance and data caps, for ISPs with under 250K subscribers
1:45 PM  •
Rishi Iyengar / CNNMoney:  Source: Indian e-commerce firm Snapdeal lays off 600+ staff, around 7.5% of its workforce, in bid to turn a profit, as company's founders take a 100% pay cut
1:25 PM  •
Jillian Stampher / GeekWire:  Google.org donates $11.5M to 10 orgs focused on racial equality in justice system, including $5M to Center for Policing Equity that tracks police behavior
1:05 PM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Website builder Wix acquires art community DeviantArt, which has 40M+ registered members, for $36M in cash, including $3M of assumed liabilities
12:35 PM  •
Kurt Wagner / Recode:  Facebook begins testing ad breaks in partner videos, sharing 55% of ad revenue; Live videos from Pages with 2K+ followers will get an ad break option
12:20 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Spotify expands its push into original content with three new podcast series on music and pop culture, with more originals to be announced later this year
11:20 AM  •
Alan Ni / Google:  Google updates Gboard for iPhone with support for voice typing, 15 new languages, Google Doodles, and iOS 10 emoji
10:55 AM  •
Google Online Security Blog:  Google unveils “practical” SHA-1 collision using nine quintillion computations, releases two different PDFs with identical hashes, urges sunsetting of protocol
10:35 AM  •
Ben Popper / The Verge:  AirMap, an airspace management system for drones, raises $26M Series B round led by Microsoft Ventures
10:20 AM  •
Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:  Qualcomm announces new Snapdragon 835-based VR developer kit, headset reference design and accelerator program for manufacturers
9:55 AM  •
Maciej Cegłowski / Idle Words:  Internet services companies should offer a “travel mode” that limits contacts and history to a minimal subset, to protect users from invasive searches at border
9:30 AM  •
Jillian Stampher / GeekWire:  New York tech firm CafeX Communications files federal trademark suit against AWS over Chime, Amazon's new online conferencing system
9:10 AM  •
Thomas Fox-Brewster / Forbes:  Amazon fights against search warrant for Echo recordings in murder trial, argues First Amendment rights extend to Alexa's captured audio and responses
8:45 AM  •
TechCrunch:  Airbnb confirms deal to buy social payments startup Tilt; sources characterize the deal as acqui-hire as most of the money is being spent on retaining the team
8:20 AM  •
Steven Perlberg / BuzzFeed:  Sources: Facebook's head of news partnerships Campbell Brown and CPO Chris Cox are hosting off-the-record meetings with journalists to improve relations
7:45 AM  •
Jeff John Roberts / Fortune:  Google's Jigsaw unveils Perspective, an AI-powered tool for publishers to weed out abusive comments, available as an API for free
5:05 AM  •
Matthew Lynley / TechCrunch:  How Pinterest built Lens, its search tool for identifying real-world objects before suggesting related items, using GPU-powered deep learning and more
2:30 AM  •
John Eggerton / Multichannel News:  FCC opens up 5 GHz spectrum band to unlicensed LTE use, certifies equipment from Ericsson and Nokia
12:30 AM  •
Richard Chirgwin / The Register:  Arris to acquire Brocade's Ruckus Wireless and ICX Switch business for $800M in cash following closing of Broadcom's acquisition of Brocade

February 22, 2017

10:15 PM  •
Politico:  Sources: White House Chief Digital Officer Gerrit Lansing out after failing FBI background check; one source says failure was due to investment issues
9:55 PM  •
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:  HP Inc. Q1 revenue up 4% YoY to $12.7B with notebook computer revenue up 16% but revenue from printing down YoY by 3% to $4.48B
8:00 PM  •
Mike Isaac / New York Times:  Interviews with 30+ current and former Uber employees depict an unrestrained work culture; Uber also faces 3+ lawsuits over sexual harrassment or verbal abuse
6:40 PM  •
Yolanda Redrup / Financial Review:  Australian accounting software company MYOB to buy payment processing firm Paycorp for AU$48M
4:45 PM  •
Jordan Novet / VentureBeat:  Filing: Fitbit acquired Pebble's talent and intellectual property for $23M, well below reported price of $30-40M
4:25 PM  •
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:  Square beats Q4 estimates with $452M in revenue, up from $374M last year, as gross payment volume rises 34% YoY to $13.7B; stock up 4%
2:40 PM  •
Tom Warren / The Verge:  Microsoft updates Windows 10 Mail and Calendar apps with Focused Inbox, @mentions for adding contacts to email threads, package delivery information, more
1:55 PM  •
Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:  Twitter to let businesses create personalized profiles for customer service agents, adding their name and photograph to DMs with customers
1:15 PM  •
Sam Biddle / The Intercept:  Leaked documents show how Palantir's tools for analyzing big data, made with help from staffers of intelligence agencies, became integral to NSA, GCHQ, others
12:50 PM  •
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:  Email delivery service Mailgun spins out of Rackspace and raises $50M round led by Turn/River Capital, with participation from Scaleworks and Rackspace
12:30 PM  •
Peter Kafka / Recode:  Brian Robbins, CEO of teen/tween video network AwesomenessTV, is stepping down and will be replaced by Brett Boutier
12:10 PM  •
Alwyn Scott / Reuters:  GE partners with AT&T and Intel to install cameras, sensors, and microphones on 3.2K street lights in San Diego, raising privacy concerns
11:45 AM  •
Jack Nicas / Wall Street Journal:  Waze plans to expand ride-sharing service to several US cities and Latin America over the next few months
11:07 AM  •
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:  Instagram will open up carousel posts, with up to 10 photos and videos, to all users in the coming weeks
10:55 AM  •
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:  AMD launches flagship Ryzen 8-core desktop CPUs, pre-orderable today, available March 2, starting at $329
10:30 AM  •
Cade Metz / Wired:  AI-powered hedge fund Numerai unveils new digital token Numeraire that collaboratively rewards Wall Street data scientists for the best trading algorithms
9:55 AM  •
Roger Cheng / CNET:  Verizon will test 5G service in 11 cities by mid-2017 as a replacement for home or office broadband
9:45 AM  •
Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:  Over 1M apps, websites, and bots are now using Facebook's mobile analytics suite, Analytics for Apps, up from 800K in September 2016
8:40 AM  •
Apple:  Apple's new 175-acre “Apple Park” campus will open in April; 12K+ staff to move in over six months; the 1K-seat auditorium will be named the Steve Jobs Theater
8:05 AM  •
Sascha Segan / PC Magazine:  Intel unveils XMM 7560 LTE modem with 1Gbps download speeds, 225 Mbps upload speeds, and CDMA support
1:30 AM  •
Abhimanyu Ghoshal / The Next Web:  Microsoft launching Skype Lite on Android for limited connectivity areas, available in India first, with support for nine regional languages and new chatbots

February 21, 2017

10:50 PM  •
Jason Del Rey / Recode:  Amazon Go checkout-less store in Seattle will sell alcohol and have staff on hand to check IDs
9:25 PM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Sources: Apple quietly acquired iCloud.net, shutting down the Asian social network that used the domain
8:20 PM  •
Hayley Ringle / Phoenix Business Journal:  Uber begins testing self-driving cars in Tempe, Arizona, with more than a dozen Volvos available to riders
6:55 PM  •
Johana Bhuiyan / Recode:  Sources largely attribute problems at Uber to Kalanick's original directive for HR to focus on recruitment rather than workplace issues