May 4, 2015, 11:00 AM

May 4, 2015

10:55 AM  •
Matt Witheiler / TechCrunch:  Record quarter for hardware crowdfunding: 128 projects raised $68.4M on Kickstarter and Indiegogo in Q1
10:40 AM  •
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:  Microsoft to add Windows Update for Business option for Windows 10 users
10:30 AM  •
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:  Accessory makers plan to tap Apple Watch's hidden port for battery straps, faster charging
10:20 AM  •
Emerging Technology From the arXiv / MIT Technology …:  Free Android apps secretly connect to thousands of user tracking and ad sites
10:00 AM  •
Erin Griffith / Fortune:  How companies like BuzzFeed, Vice, and Tastemade are aggressively expanding into online video, experimenting with the format to attract viewers and advertisers
9:45 AM  •
Devlin Barrett / Wall Street Journal:  DoJ to reveal more about the government's use of secret cell phone tracking devices like “stingray” fake cell towers, launches review
9:40 AM  •
Nikhil Pahwa / MediaNama: allows partnering telcos to track users, doesn't support secure connections
9:05 AM  •
Matthew Lynley / TechCrunch:  Pinterest allows developers limited access to data of users who connect accounts to external apps, with a whitelisting approach
9:00 AM  •
Andrew Nusca / Fortune:  Chuck Robbins named Cisco CEO; John Chambers to become executive chairman
8:55 AM  •
Micah Singleton / The Verge:  DOJ looking at Apple as it is pushing record labels to ditch free Spotify streaming ahead of Beats relaunch
8:40 AM  •
Robinson Meyer / The Atlantic:  How satellite data providers, volunteers online and on the ground cooperated to deliver updated OpenStreetMap maps to rescuers in Nepal faster than ever before
7:15 AM  •
Clay Dillow / Fortune:  Profile of Matternet, whose upcoming commercial delivery drones will use proprietary cloud software to plan routes that avoid no-fly zones and obstacles
4:10 AM  •
Shivam Vij /  Facebook opens up to developers, following backlash in India from proponents of net neutrality
4:05 AM  •
Facebook Newsroom:  Announcing the Platform

May 3, 2015

11:15 PM  •
Alyson Shontell / Business Insider:  Sources: Twitter was looking to acquire Mic in November, is interested in media companies supposedly to help it more quickly test its tools for publishers
10:05 PM  •
Jillian D'Onfro / Business Insider:  Google's corporate development VP Don Harrison on the company's approach to acquisitions, which helped them retain two-thirds of startup founders since 2006
8:35 PM  •
Amir Mizroch / Wall Street Journal:  Demand for Artificial Intelligence experts grows at universities and tech firms like Amazon, Google, and Microsoft
6:40 PM  •
Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica:  Google's Dart language on Android aims for Java-free, 120 FPS apps
4:45 PM  •
Erik Kirschbaum / Reuters:  Germany is investigating BND, its foreign intelligence agency, for helping NSA spy on public officials and companies
2:50 PM  •
Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:  Instacart's sustainability questioned as it rapidly expands, restructures deals with retailers
1:25 PM  •
Andrew Wallenstein / Variety:  Periscope Piracy Sets Up Grudge Match: Hollywood vs. Twitter
1:10 PM  •
Christina Warren / Mashable:  How Periscope users experienced the readily-available pirated streams of the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight last night
10:25 AM  •
Leslie Berlin / Backchannel:  How Silicon Valley became a unique, self-perpetuating culture that will continue to dominate the high-tech economy
7:35 AM  •
Ian King / Bloomberg Business:  As Samsung grabs contracts from Apple, other chipmakers reliant on Apple will take big blow
4:45 AM  •
Matt Haughey / Medium:  24 hours with the Apple Watch: disappointing third party apps, inconsistent notifications, few watch faces make it feel very “version 1”
1:55 AM  •
Instagram Engineering:  Instagram charts growth in emoji usage on the service, offers “translations” for some emoji by analyzing words used with them

May 2, 2015

11:05 PM  •
Justin Lafferty / SocialTimes:  Facebook Tests Feature Letting Users Pick Pages, Friends They'd Want To See Atop News Feed
8:15 PM  •
Issie Lapowsky / Wired:  UnitedHealthcare, the largest health insurer in US, will cover video-based doctor visits from telemedicine firms NowClinic, Doctor on Demand, and American Well
5:25 PM  •
Adam Lashinsky / Fortune:  Remembering Dave Goldberg
3:10 PM  •
Ed Bott / ZDNet:  Microsoft confirms that Windows Media Center will not be updated for Windows 10
2:20 PM  •
Jad Mouawad / New York Times:  Software bug could make Boeing 787s lose all electrical power if planes' power control unit left on for 248 days
1:10 PM  •
Kara Swisher / Re/code:  David Goldberg, CEO of SurveyMonkey and husband of Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, dies suddenly
10:05 AM  •
Casey Newton / The Verge:  Eight cloud photo storage services compared as they roughly achieve feature parity: Amazon, iCloud, OneDrive, Google+, Picturelife, Dropbox, SmugMug, Flickr
6:01 AM  •
Economist:  Researchers find an algorithm can spot comment trolls scanning just 5 posts with 80% accuracy
1:55 AM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Tinder jumped from #969 to #26 in iOS app revenue rankings following the rollout of Tinder Plus and stayed in top 100 throughout March

May 1, 2015

11:35 PM  •
Michael Cooney / Network World:  FAA's new air traffic system ERAM, with 2M lines of code, doubles the number of flights that can be tracked in US airspace
9:15 PM  •
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:  HoloLens Hands-On: How We Built An App For Microsoft's Augmented Reality Headset
6:55 PM  •
Deepa Seetharaman / Wall Street Journal:  Sources: Facebook to host content with ‘Instant Articles’ initiative starting later this month, will offer publishers 100% of revenue if they sell their own ads
5:20 PM  •
Julian Hattem / The Hill:  DoJ provides $20M for a police body cameras pilot program to launch in dozens of cities, yet to be named, the first of $75M approved by Congress last December
4:45 PM  •
Paul Thurrott /  New HoloLens hardware impresses with spatial sound but suffers from narrow field of vision, lacks the immersive experience of the bulkier demo unit from January
4:10 PM  •
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:  After pricing dispute led Verizon to drop some packets of Cogent's customers, firms agree to long-term interconnection agreement benefiting FiOS, DSL customers
3:50 PM  •
New York Times:  Ex-Goldman Sachs programmer found guilty of stealing computer code in split verdict three years after first conviction was reversed
3:20 PM  •
Andy Greenberg / Wired:  After nearly 5-year hiatus, WikiLeaks relaunches its secrets submission system in beta
3:05 PM  •
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:  Researcher devises simple exploit to prevent Password Alert Chrome extension from warning about phishing, then quickly creates another after Google patches
3:00 PM  •
Douglas MacMillan / Wall Street Journal:  One-fifth of the founders of more than 70 startups acquired by Yahoo during Marissa Mayer's tenure as CEO have left the company
1:40 PM  •
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:  Comcast offers 2Gbps service in Chattanooga, having lost its suit to prevent municipal fiber expansion
1:35 PM  •
Ben Lovejoy / 9to5Mac:  Apple confirms tattoo issue with Apple Watch in updated support document
1:00 PM  •
Jason Verge / Data Center Knowledge:  Amazon Web Services piloting new Tesla Energy stackable batteries to supplement datacenter power capacity
12:25 PM  •
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:  Meerkat launches Android app, currently in beta but with most functionality from iOS version, beating Twitter's Periscope to the platform
12:05 PM  •
Jordan Novet / VentureBeat:  Microsoft confirms acquisition of N-Trig's digital pen technology
11:55 AM  •
Jacob Pramuk / CNBC:  Spotify raises $350M at $8B valuation: Sources
11:30 AM  •
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:  Mumblehard spam botnet infects thousands of computers running Linux and FreeBSD OS
10:50 AM  •
Julian Hattem / The Hill:  House Committee passes USA Freedom Act, but kills amendment to prohibit NSA's internet mass surveillance and forced backdoors in devices
8:25 AM  •
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:  Uber's SOS button will send live GPS updates to police in India
7:30 AM  •
Business Insider:  We tried Microsoft HoloLens: This is going to be much bigger than Google Glass
4:10 AM  •
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:  Rocket Internet's Foodpanda Gobbles Up $100M More Led By Goldman Sachs
1:55 AM  •
Nick Wingfield / New York Times:  Satya Nadella envisions a Microsoft that is more willing to favor big bets on new technologies over protecting legacy cash cows
1:30 AM  •
Todd Holmdahl / Conversations:  Microsoft details HoloLens: spatial sound, inertial measurement unit with accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer, and Holographic Processing Unit

April 30, 2015

11:40 PM  •
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:  Mozilla wants to deprecate non-secure HTTP, will make proposals to W3C ‘soon’
10:25 PM  •
Chris Kohler / Wired:  Tweets viewed on the web can now embed playable emulations from Internet Archive's collection of classic MS-DOS games
9:07 PM  •
Peter Kafka / Re/code:  Grooveshark ceases operations as a result of settlement with major record companies, offers apology
8:10 PM  •
John Callaham / Windows Central:  The full SDK for the Microsoft Band is now available for developers
7:55 PM  •
Tom Warren / The Verge:  Windows 10 won't launch on phones this summer
7:10 PM  •
Jeff Beck / Android Police:  Custom Voice Actions Launch On Android, Allow You To Control Selected 3rd Party Apps
6:25 PM  •
Scott Flynn / Unity Technologies Blog:  Unity announces full support for Microsoft HoloLens
5:40 PM  •
Dan Primack / Fortune:  Mobile news app Circa seeking a buyer after failing to secure a new round of venture funding
5:20 PM  •
Ben Thompson / stratechery:  A long-winded case for replacing Dick Costolo
5:00 PM  •
Orr Hirschauge / Wall Street Journal:  Sources: Microsoft to pay about $30M for assets of touch screen technology company N-trig
4:35 PM  •
Reem Nasr / CNBC:  LinkedIn plunges 27% after hours on lower outlook after reporting Q1 revenue of $638M
4:00 PM  •
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:  Teardown of Apple's S1 Watch chip reveals custom CPU, 512MB RAM, 8GB flash storage, components from ADI and IDT
3:20 PM  •
Jordan Novet / VentureBeat:  Microsoft showcases face detection API with a web site that guesses your age based on a photo, which quickly goes viral
3:05 PM  •
Johana Bhuiyan / BuzzFeed:  Flywheel now lets you pay for cabs in its system via app even if you hail on the street
2:45 PM  •
Don Reisinger / CNET:  HTC reports $1.4B revenue in Q1, a 25% increase YoY, but predicts decline in Q2
2:25 PM  •
Juli Clover / MacRumors:  IHS: 38mm Apple Watch Sport component and manufacturing costs are $83.70, about 24% of retail price
2:00 PM  •
Bloomberg Business:  Leaked Lyft presentation to investors reveals estimated $130M revenue in 2014; company spends $530 marketing per driver and 22 passengers in SF
1:55 PM  •
Wall Street Journal:  Image sensors in iPhone 6 and Galaxy S6 generate as much as $20 per unit for Sony
1:35 PM  •
Sarah Buhr / TechCrunch:  Personal Finance Startup MX Pulls In $30 Million Series A Funding From USAA and Digital Garage
1:20 PM  •
Wall Street Journal:  After years of restructuring, Sony predicts operating profit will quadruple to $2.7B this year on strong PS4 and image sensor sales
1:00 PM  •
Phil Goldstein / FierceWireless:  LG's mobile division posts $68.3M profit and shipped 15.4M smartphones in Q1, up 26% YoY, on strength in North America
12:15 PM  •
Chris Welch / The Verge:  Amazon Instant Video for iOS adds ability to stream content in HD, now works over cellular
11:35 AM  •
Douglas MacMillan / Wall Street Journal:  Warby Parker raises $100M round led by T. Rowe Price, sources say at a valuation of $1.2B
10:45 AM  •
Lucian Constantin / PCWorld:  Internet Explorer will soon warn users when a site features an ad that contains malicious code
8:50 AM  •
Wall Street Journal:  Apple and IBM team with Japan Post to serve elderly, aim to give 5M iPads to senior citizens by 2020
8:15 AM  •
Tim Ingham / Music Business Worldwide:  Apple poaches top producers from BBC Radio 1 for new Spotify rival
8:00 AM  •
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:  Salesforce as takeover target: Here's a look at the potential buyers
3:55 AM  •
Michael J. Casey / Wall Street Journal:  Bitcoin wallet service Circle raises $50M led by Goldman Sachs and IDG Capital Partners, sources say at a valuation of $200M
1:55 AM  •
Robert McMillan / Wall Street Journal:  IBM makes key advance toward quantum computing, can now detect two types of critical errors
1:50 AM  •
Steve Teixeira / Building Apps for Windows:  Microsoft releases preview of Windows 10 IoT Core for Raspberry Pi and Arduino devices
1:30 AM  •
Leena Rao / Fortune:  Fashion e-commerce site Lyst raises $40M from Groupe Arnault, Accel, Balderton Capital, and more
12:20 AM  •
Ron Miller / TechCrunch:  Jive Software announces real-time enterprise chat app Chime to compete with Slack
12:00 AM  •
Bloomberg Business:  Vevo names Intel TV creator Erik Huggers CEO

April 29, 2015

11:40 PM  •
Joan E. Solsman / CNET:  Hulu has 9M paid subscribers, up 50% since last year, with viewers streaming 30% more content on average
11:20 PM  •
Nathan Ingraham / The Verge:  Airbnb's app finally works with the iPad and Android tablets
10:55 PM  •
New York Times:  Twitter shares fall an additional 9% on disappointment with weak sales of direct response ads
10:45 PM  •
Ryan Mac / Forbes:  Sources: Alibaba invested in Amazon challenger Jet's $140M round in February
10:20 PM  •
Jordan Novet / VentureBeat:  Amazon pays $20M-$50M for ClusterK, the startup that can run apps on AWS at 10% of the regular price
9:55 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Evernote introduces new pricing structure: Basic remains free, Plus for $2.99/month, Premium for $5.99/month
9:20 PM  •
Slow Ventures / Medium:  Slow Ventures announces $65M fourth fund with partners Kevin Colleran, Dave Morin, and Sam Lessin
8:45 PM  •
John Paczkowski / BuzzFeed:  Sources: Oracle not among the companies bidding on Salesforce
8:40 PM  •
Mike Isaac / New York Times:  Secret's 16-month life: from the next big thing, to a $6M cash-out by the founders, to yesterday's news
8:25 PM  •
Carmel DeAmicis / Re/code:  Whisper hires Mark Troughton as its first president as it passes 10M monthly active users
7:15 PM  •
Daisuke Wakabayashi / Wall Street Journal:  Apple Warns EC Investigation Could Result in Back Tax Payments
6:50 PM  •
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:  Microsoft Opens To Third-Party Add-Ins
6:35 PM  •
Matthew Martin / Bloomberg Business:  TAG Heuer's upcoming Android Wear smartwatch will be available in November for about $1400 with battery life around 40 hours
6:20 PM  •
Lauren Gensler / Forbes:  Yelp Q1 revenue $118.5M, up 55% YoY, misses estimates; shares down more than 20%
6:15 PM  •
Matt Rosoff / Business Insider:  Twitter paid $532M for TellApart according to new SEC filing
5:55 PM  •
Tom Warren / The Verge:  New Windows 10 preview now available with the return of Aero Glass
4:50 PM  •
Wall Street Journal:  Sources: Apple Watch production slowed by faulty taptic engines from one supplier; company told some suppliers last week to slow production until June
4:35 PM  •
Eric Johnson / Re/code:  Tencent Will Pay $126 Million for 15 Percent Stake in Glu Mobile
4:20 PM  •
Terry Myerson / Blogging Windows:  Welcoming Developers to Windows 10
4:10 PM  •
Ross Miller / The Verge:  Microsoft demos Windows 10 apps running on HoloLens
3:53 PM  •
David Byttow / Medium:  CEO of Secret announces company is shutting down and returning money to investors
3:35 PM  •
Matt Clark / IGN:  Continuum for Windows Phone Turns Your Handset Into a PC
3:00 PM  •
Brendan Klinkenberg / BuzzFeed:  Sources: anonymous social app Secret is shutting down
2:55 PM  •
Bloomberg Business:  Sources: Salesforce is working with bankers to field takeover inquiries; shares soar 12%
2:50 PM  •
Nick T. / PhoneArena:  Microsoft announces carrier billing beyond Windows phones, all Windows devices included
2:30 PM  •
Dina Bass / Bloomberg Business:  Microsoft Predicts 1 Billion Windows 10 Devices in 3 Years
1:55 PM  •
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:  Microsoft Edge, formerly known as Project Spartan, will ship on all Windows 10 devices
1:40 PM  •
Tom Warren / The Verge:  Microsoft's two new SDKs allow porting of Android and iOS apps to Windows 10 as universal apps; web apps can now be packaged for the Windows Store
1:20 PM  •
Owen Williams / The Next Web:  Office 2016 will allow cross-platform integration of third party apps, like Uber ride reminders in Outlook
12:55 PM  •
Jordan Novet / VentureBeat:  Microsoft announces Azure SQL Data Warehouse and Azure Data Lake in preview
12:40 PM  •
BuzzFeed:  Instagram's @music account, its first official content vertical, will showcase popular and emerging artists
12:26 PM  •
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:  Microsoft launches a preview of Visual Studio Code, a free lightweight code editor for OS X, Linux, and Windows
12:15 PM  •
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:  Microsoft releases .NET Core preview for Mac and Linux
12:02 PM  •
MSDN:  Livestream of Microsoft's Build 2015 keynote from San Francisco
11:28 AM  •
The Verge:  Live from Microsoft's Build 2015 keynote
11:25 AM  •
Deborah Gage / Wall Street Journal:  Data Storage Startup Infinidat Raises $150 Million at $1.2 Billion Valuation
11:20 AM  •
Andy Greenberg / Wired:  Google's new Password Alert Chrome extension combats phishing and risk from password reuse by warning users who enter their Google password at a non-Google site
8:25 AM  •
Sam Schechner / Wall Street Journal:  Facebook warns EU that fragmented regulation may lead to fewer features rolling out in Europe
7:30 AM  •
Todd Spangler / Variety:  Piracy App Popcorn Time Ordered Blocked by U.K. Court

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