June 28, 2017, 11:35 PM

June 28, 2017

10:25 PM  •
Joseph Cox / Motherboard:  Internet radio service 8tracks hacked, usernames, email account details, and passwords stolen; LeakBase says 18M accounts, some from 2008, affected
10:05 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Twitch says its mobile app has been installed 83M+ times and will update in early July with live streaming, its social feed Twitch Pulse, and dark mode theme
8:10 PM  •
Kate Conger / Gizmodo:  In filing, Uber suggests Levandowski downloaded Waymo IP as negotiating tactic for $120M bonus, reasserts that Kalanick told him to not share IP on disks
6:40 PM  •
Brian Crecente / Polygon:  Sources: Andy Rubin-backed AR gaming glasses startup CastAR shuts down, lays off about 70 and is liquidating assets
5:20 PM  •
Kevin Roose / New York Times:  Interview with Lyft's John Zimmer on its culture, values, marketing strategy, and the firm's refusal to gloat over Uber's escalating woes, more
4:30 PM  •
Matt Suiche / Comae Technologies:  Malware spreading in recent outbreak is not ransomware, as “Petya” had been altered to wipe and destroy system memory, suggesting a nation state was behind it
4:15 PM  •
Jeff John Roberts / Fortune:  Canada's top court rules that Google can be compelled by lower courts to remove search results worldwide, causing concern among civil liberties groups
3:50 PM  •
Tom Warren / The Verge:  iOS 11 on iPad Pro falls short of being a laptop replacement due to lack of precise pointer input, but side-by-side view and multitasking are getting better
2:55 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Google officially debuts its internal Area 120 startup incubator and announces a VR advertising project called Advr aimed at testing formats
2:10 PM  •
Ben Thompson / Stratechery:  Analysis of EU's Google antitrust fine: digital monopoly definition and focus on promoting competition are good but punishing Google for being best is misguided
1:30 PM  •
Steve Lohr / New York Times:  A look at “new-collar” tech-focused jobs, supported by big firms like Microsoft and IBM, that aim to provide skills to workers without college degrees in the US
1:00 PM  •
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:  Google Photos begins rolling out new suggested sharing features, including dedicated in-app sharing tab and optional automatic sharing
12:30 PM  •
Ron Miller / TechCrunch:  Salesforce debuts three new AI-powered tools for developers building atop its Einstein platform, focused on sentiment and intent analysis and image recognition
11:55 AM  •
Lulu Yilun Chen / Bloomberg:  Alibaba to invest another $1B in e-commerce site Lazada, raising its stake from 51% to 83%, in a bid to extend its presence in the Southeast Asian market
11:35 AM  •
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:  Snapchat now lets US users create, submit, and pay for custom geofilters from within its app
11:25 AM  •
Makiko Yamazaki / Reuters:  Toshiba misses self-imposed deadline for chip unit sale, sues Western Digital for $1B for interfering with the sale process
11:15 AM  •
Paul Chadwick / The Guardian:  The Guardian rolls back much of its WhatsApp backdoor story, which was decried by 70+ experts, but will leave it online with a note highlighting deficiencies
10:40 AM  •
Julia Angwin / ProPublica:  Internal documents show how Facebook polices speech, at times unfairly punishing and censoring black users or those in disputed territories like Palestine
9:55 AM  •
Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab:  Google News unveils desktop redesign that highlights fact checking sites, streamlines design, and offers more personalization
9:10 AM  •
Richard Lai / Engadget:  Vivo demos Qualcomm's new ultrasonic fingerprint sensors that work under glass, metal, and water; commercial devices using them are expected in 2018
8:25 AM  •
New York Times:  Malware attack spreads to 64 countries including the Asia-Pacific region, is said to originate in software from a Ukrainian tax accountancy firm M.E.Doc
8:15 AM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Dating apps are embracing video, with Hinge letting you import video from other social networks and Zoosk's Lively adding video chat
7:30 AM  •
Blair Hanley Frank / VentureBeat:  Sumo Logic, a data analytics startup, raises $75M series F led by Sapphire Ventures to improve AI capabilities
5:40 AM  •
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:  Trend Micro announces launch of $100M venture fund targeting startups predominantly in IoT
2:55 AM  •
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:  Fundraising platform for nonprofits Blackbaud acquires UK-based P2P fundraising platform JustGiving for $120M
1:20 AM  •
Steve O'Hear / TechCrunch:  DiffBlue, which wants to automate coding tasks using AI, announces $22M Series A led by Goldman Sachs Principal Strategic Investments
12:10 AM  •
Catalin Cimpanu /  Researchers find creating a read-only “perfc” file on Windows stops the current “Petya” malware variant from executing locally

June 27, 2017

11:30 PM  •
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:  Microsoft to add Exploit Guard feature in this fall's Creators Update for Windows to help manage EMET-like exploit mitigations app by app
9:20 PM  •
Emily Chang / Bloomberg:  Source: Binary Capital is shutting down its most recent fund, which had raised about $175M, in wake of Justin Caldbeck situation
8:50 PM  •
Dan Primack / Axios:  Source: Lightspeed asked Stitch Fix CEO to sign non-disparagement agreement after she complained about then-board member and Lightspeed partner Justin Caldbeck
8:10 PM  •
Russell Brandom / The Verge:  Ransomware attack leveraged Windows' remote admin access tools like Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) and PsExec to infect other PCs on network
6:30 PM  •
Marc Schneider / Billboard:  Pandora winds down operations in Australia and New Zealand, the only territories where it operates outside of the US
5:45 PM  •
LA Business Journal:  Malware causes Maersk to cease some operations in LA, New York, New Jersey, Rotterdam; in LA, only one Maersk vessel was able to depart on schedule early Tues.
5:25 PM  •
Reuters:  Sources: Delivery Hero IPO in Germany to price in upper half of price range, aims to raise ~$1.04B
4:45 PM  •
Bloomberg:  In a setback for Netflix, China's iQiyi streaming service takes down sitcom BoJack Horseman just 2 days after debut, the first show licensed after April's deal
4:35 PM  •
Ryan Smith / AnandTech:  Huawei Honor 9, which launched in China earlier this month, debuts in Europe with 20MP/12MP dual-lens camera, starting at £380; no US pricing or release date
4:30 PM  •
Jessica Guynn / USA Today:  Twitter hires Candi Castleberry-Singleton, formerly of Motorola and Sun, as new VP of inclusion and diversity, following Jeffrey Siminoff's February departure
4:17 PM  •
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:  Experts from Eset and Recorded Future say malware scans systems for passwords to send to server, uses NSA “EternalBlue” exploit, is “Petya” variant
3:45 PM  •
Tony Romm / Recode:  US House committee debates 14 bills regarding self-driving car rules, as 22 states have enacted their own, often conflicting, regulations
3:40 PM  •
Joseph Cox / Motherboard:  German email host closes account of hacker behind ransomware outbreak, but because victims can't reach hacker, they can't decrypt files even if they pay
3:20 PM  •
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:  Florida man who ran the illegal bitcoin exchange and was tied to JPMorgan Chase hacks gets 5.5 years in US prison after pleading guilty on many charges
3:05 PM  •
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:  Microsoft patches the third critical remote exploit in Windows Defender found by Project Zero in seven weeks, after a “quick stab” at fuzzing by Tavis Ormandy
2:05 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  App Annie report: the global app economy will grow to $6.3T by 2021, up from $1.3T in 2016; user base to nearly double from 3.4B to 6.3B
1:30 PM  •
Harry McCracken / Fast Company:  As Facebook reaches the 2B MAUs milestone, a look at its growth strategy over the years with interview of VPs of growth, growth marketing, social good, others
1:00 PM  •
Wall Street Journal:  How China is rushing to deploy facial recognition systems to monitor citizens and identify lawbreakers, unfettered by privacy concerns or public debate
1:00 PM  •
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:  You can now request an Uber ride for people without a smartphone or Uber account, making it easier to help seniors
12:30 PM  •
Richard Allan / Facebook:  Facebook's VP of Public Policy for EMEA Richard Allan explains how the social network tackles hate speech and the difficulties it faces doing so across cultures
12:25 PM  •
Wall Street Journal:  Sources: refurbished Galaxy Note 7 “Fandom Edition” initially launching in South Korea on July 7
12:15 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Yahoo Mail rolls out a rebuilt, redesigned service for its 225M MAUs, including ad-free option with customer support for $3.49/month or $1/month for mobile-only
11:45 AM  •
Russell Brandom / The Verge:  Ransomware attack spreads to orgs in Britain, US, and Europe, including ad firm WPP, Chernobyl power plant, shipping giant Maersk, US hospital, Merck, more
11:43 AM  •
Jon Henley / The Guardian:  Ransomware attack affecting Windows machines hits Russian oil giant Rosneft, many Ukrainian banks, Ukrainian firms and utilities including state power service
10:50 AM  •
Jessica Davies / Digiday:  Facebook video ad viewability rates range from 20% to 30%, far below the industry average, according to nine agency execs who started using third-party auditors
10:35 AM  •
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch: raises $50M Series B led by NEA for retrofit kits to bring self-driving to existing fleets
10:20 AM  •
Reuters:  Cyber attack hits oil giant and banks in Russia and Ukraine
10:05 AM  •
Tess Townsend / Recode:  In new co-selling partnership with Microsoft, Box will start offering Azure storage alongside Box subscriptions and Microsoft to offer Box alongside Azure sales
9:45 AM  •
Ron Miller / TechCrunch:  Cloudflare launches an app development platform, Cloudflare Apps, and announces $100M Cloudflare Development Fund for startups
9:30 AM  •
Jem Aswad / Variety:  Tim Westergren steps down as Pandora CEO; CFO Naveen Chopra takes over in interim
9:10 AM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  iOS 11 to display blue status bar more prominently and detail which apps are actively using location data
6:35 AM  •
Kent Walker / Google:  Google says it “respectfully disagrees” with the EU Commission's decision and will review it in detail as it considers an appeal
5:53 AM  •
EU Press Room:  European Commission fines Google €2.42B for abusing search engine dominance by promoting own shopping service, gives 90 days to end conduct or face penalties
4:30 AM  •
Jennings Brown / Gizmodo:  Zillow sends cease and desist letter to architectural criticism blog McMansion Hell for using its images for parody

June 26, 2017

10:00 PM  •
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:  Veteran search marketing reporter Danny Sullivan steps back from chief content officer to advisor role at Search Engine Land, says he's undecided on what's next
9:40 PM  •
Wall Street Journal:  Sources: Sprint enters into exclusive talks with Charter and Comcast on wireless deal, merger discussions with T-Mobile put on hold
8:20 PM  •
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:  Reuters report: ad blocking growth stalls, 18% of 18-24-year-olds in US pay for online news, 33% of same age globally use social media as their main news source
6:25 PM  •
Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:  Apple has acquired eye-tracking firm SensoMotoric Instruments, documents show
5:55 PM  •
Monica Nickelsburg / GeekWire:  Amazon rolls out Alexa intercom function, letting users “drop in” on Echo speakers remotely from another Echo device or the Alexa smartphone app
4:55 PM  •
Peter Kafka / Recode:  Vimeo says it will not be launching the subscription video service it announced three years ago
4:36 PM  •
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:  iOS 11 preview, as its public beta goes live today: complexity added to features without sacrificing simplicity of iOS, but multitasking is still limited
4:30 PM  •
Brent Wistrom / Austin Inno:  Cybersecurity AI startup SparkCognition raises $32.5M Series B led by Verizon Ventures with Boeing HorizonX participating
3:02 PM  •
Bloomberg:  Apple leases small fleet of cars from Hertz to test self-driving tech, according to documents from California's DMV; Hertz stock jumps 13%+
2:30 PM  •
Vlad Savov / The Verge:  Impressive first glimpses of simple ARKit apps, like a virtual measuring tape, suggest Apple is closer to delivering AR to masses than Google's Tango
1:35 PM  •
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / ZDNet:  Debian Linux dev reveals Intel Skylake and Kaby Lake processors have hyper-threading bug, which can lead to erratic system behavior including data loss, freezes
1:27 PM  •
Aoife White / Bloomberg:  Sources: Google faces EU antitrust fine, expected to top previous $1.2B record, as soon as Tuesday, for unfairly promoting its own shopping search service
1:25 PM  •
Twitter:  Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter, YouTube form Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism, building on EU Internet Forum, Shared Industry Hash Database initiatives
1:11 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Uptime, YouTube's experimental app for watching videos with friends, is now open to all after its March launch, with a design refresh and feature update
12:35 PM  •
Nathan Ingraham / Engadget:  Amazon Echo Show review: Alexa takes great advantage of the low-resolution touchscreen, speaker quality is better than Echo; device is a good value at $230
12:32 PM  •
Jordan Novet / CNBC:  Source: Amazon built language translation tech to use internally, plans to open it to devs, who could use it to offer sites and apps in multiple languages
11:40 AM  •
Nicole Lee / Engadget:  Facebook adds animated reactions, more masks, filters, and effects to Messenger's video chat
11:33 AM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Google Earth launches Voyager feature with lesson plans and educational tours for classrooms, put together by scientists, nonprofits, and other storytellers
10:30 AM  •
Mark Bergen / Bloomberg:  Avis signs deal to manage the self-driving minivans of Alphabet's Waymo in Phoenix; Waymo CEO says Avis' Zipcar network was part of the partnership's appeal
10:20 AM  •
Matthew Lynley / TechCrunch:  Samsara, maker of sensors and GPS units for fleet vehicle management, raises $40M Series C at $530M+ valuation led by General Catalyst with return investor a16z
4:20 AM  •
Vidhi Doshi / Washington Post:  Over the past few months, an estimated 60K IT workers have lost jobs in India, where employers often cite poor ratings to pressure employees into resigning
12:15 AM  •
Bloomberg:  Profile of Starsky Robotics, which hires truckers to train and eventually remotely control semi-autonomous trucks

June 25, 2017

10:58 PM  •
Dan Primack / Axios:  Sources: Matt Mazzeo, formerly of Lowercase Capital, quits Binary Capital weeks after quietly joining as its third partner; Justin Caldbeck formally resigns
9:50 PM  •
Kia Kokalitcheva / Axios:  Sources: Pearl Automation, self-driving kit startup founded by ex-Apple engineers that raised $50M, shuts down after poor sales of its wireless rear-view camera
9:42 PM  •
Alasdair Pal / Reuters:  How a network of dummy online stores pretending to sell household goods is used to hide internet gambling payments from regulators and card issuers
9:42 PM  •
Peter Kafka / Recode:  Sources: Pandora founder and CEO Tim Westergren plans to step down but will likely stay until a replacement is found
8:30 PM  •
Kyle Orland / Ars Technica:  ZeniMax vs Oculus lawsuit continues as ZeniMax asks for $500M more in damages and lawyer fees, while Oculus argues that the jury verdict should be thrown out
7:15 PM  •
Christopher Mims / Wall Street Journal:  With rising competition and no real moat, Uber may find it hard to live up to its $68B valuation, even if it can overhaul its corporate culture
6:00 PM  •
Wall Street Journal:  Sources: Facebook courts talent agencies as it prepares to debut TV-quality shows by late summer with budgets of up to $3M/episode, as well as short-form videos
3:55 PM  •
Nathaniel Popper / New York Times:  65 projects have raised $522M in ICOs this year, according to Smith + Crown; investors should be aware of the unregulated nature and potential for abuse in ICOs
1:50 PM  •
Ryan Knutson / Wall Street Journal:  Consumer-price index for wireless phone service dropped 13% YoY in April, according to US Labor Department, the largest decline in the history of the category
12:50 PM  •
BBC:  Attack on UK parliament email system prompts security team to disable remote access; fewer than 1% of 9,000 accounts on the system compromised, says spokesman
12:25 PM  •
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:  Microsoft Teams gets new features for education users: School Data Sync, OneNote Class Notebooks, education app integration, and assignment management
10:20 AM  •
Wall Street Journal:  Walmart tells some tech providers not to use Amazon Web Services if they want Walmart's business
8:15 AM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Tumblr says it fixed the ‘Safe Mode’ glitch that hid innocent posts, including LGBTQ+ content
6:10 AM  •
Patrick Howell O'Neill / Cyberscoop:  Anthem agrees to pay $115M to settle class action lawsuit over 2015 data breach in which hackers gained access to personal info of nearly 80M Americans
4:05 AM  •
Gerry Smith / Bloomberg:  CNN to invest $40M in its in-house startup Great Big Story over the next two years, turning it into 24-hour streaming service, distributed on Sling TV, others
1:55 AM  •
Robert Hackett / Fortune:  A behind-the-scenes look at how Google's Project Zero, known for its hard-nosed vulnerability disclosure policy, got started and has evolved over time
12:35 AM  •
Zack Whittaker / ZDNet:  Researcher gains full system-wide access on Windows 10 S, despite the operating system's strict security measures, by exploiting Microsoft Word macros

June 24, 2017

10:30 PM  •
Yvette Tan / Mashable:  The Chinese government orders Weibo, iFeng, and ACFUN to cease all video and audio streaming services, says they don't meet national audiovisual regulations
8:25 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  eBay will now match prices on over 50,000 items on Amazon, Walmart,, Home Depot, Sears, Target, Best Buy, and other sites
6:20 PM  •
Dani Deahl / The Verge:  Snapchat's new Snap Map broadcasts your exact location to your friends every time you open the app, unless you turn on “Ghost Mode”
4:15 PM  •
Johana Bhuiyan / Recode:  Waymo court filing shows former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick knew Anthony Levandowski had taken Alphabet files in March 2016
3:10 PM  •
Dan Primack / Axios:  Sources: Binary Capital delayed its plans to close on upwards of $75M in new capital in wake of Justin Caldbeck situation
2:45 PM  •
The Guardian:  Cyberattack on UK parliament email accounts forces security team to disable remote access; investigation is ongoing
1:15 PM  •
Fitz Tepper / TechCrunch:  Coinbase is reimbursing losses caused by Wednesday's Ethereum flash crash, when prices briefly dropped from $320 to as low as $0.10 on the GDAX exchange
11:15 AM  •
Jason Del Rey / Recode:  Sources: Venmo is testing its own physical debit card
8:10 AM  •
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:  Todoist developer unveils Twist, a Slack competitor that focuses on asynchronous communication by organizing all team conversations into threads
5:05 AM  •
Wall Street Journal:  Vice Media raises $450M from TPG at a $5.7B valuation, will use some of the funds to create a new mobile subscription service
2:00 AM  •
Liz Pelly / CASH Music:  How some popular Spotify playlists in its Browse section are controlled by a small group of firms, some owned by big labels, making or breaking upcoming artists
1:10 AM  •
Mike Farrell / Multichannel News:  Altice USA ends the week up 14%+ from Thursday's IPO price of $30 after raising $1.9B in the largest US telecom initial public offering since 2000