August 31, 2016, 11:30 PM

August 31, 2016

11:15 PM  •
Readability / Medium:  The Readability bookmarking service will shut down on September 30, 2016.
10:30 PM  •
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:  Asus debuts ZenWatch 3, a round Android Wear smartwatch with battery that lasts 2 days and charges to 60% in 15 minutes, coming to US, Germany in Oct. for €229
9:45 PM  •
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:  AT&T's VP of federal regulatory interests writes blog post celebrating Google Fiber's reported troubles and efforts to cut through regulatory red tape
8:30 PM  •
Jordan Novet / VentureBeat:  Box hires team behind data analytics startup Wagon; Wagon app to shut down October 3
7:15 PM  •
Todd Spangler / Variety:  Jessica Alba joins Gwyneth Paltrow,, Gary Vaynerchuk as exec producer and mentor on Apple's Planet of the Apps; Lightspeed commits $10M in prizes
6:20 PM  •
Lynsey Barber / City A.M.:  Uber tests fleet of 50 electric cars in London in partnership with BYD and Nissan
5:05 PM  •
Tom Warren / The Verge:  Lenovo debuts Yoga 910 convertible laptop with 13.9" edge-to-edge display, 14.3mm-thick body, battery life of 15.5 hours, available for $1300 in US this Sept.
4:30 PM  •
Eugene Kim / Business Insider:  Salesforce beats in Q2 with $2.04B in revenue, up 25% YoY, vs $2.02B expected, but revenue guidance for Q3 is slightly lower than expected; stock down 6%+
4:18 PM  •
Katie Roof / TechCrunch:  Box beats estimates in Q2 with $95.7M in revenue, up 30% YoY, vs $94.65M expected
2:55 PM  •
Dan Seifert / The Verge:  Lenovo debuts Yoga Book with 1080p touchscreen and touch panel for typing and writing, comes with stylus; Android version starts at $499, Windows 10 around $550
2:22 PM  •
Janko Roettgers / Variety:  GoPro's launching 32 original shows by early 2017, some later this year; source says a cloud-based service for hosting or editing video is coming this year
1:45 PM  •
Se Young Lee / Reuters:  Samsung shareholders anxious as company confirms Galaxy Note 7 shipments have been halted to South Korea's mobile carriers amid quality control issues
1:35 PM  •
Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:  Samsung unveils Gear S3 Classic and Gear S3 Frontier smartwatches; Frontier model includes LTE as well as WiFi, Bluetooth, and GPS; price and availability TBA
1:15 PM  •
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:  Sources: Apple creates machine learning division, using team from recently acquired Turi and newly-hired devs and data scientists, to build product features
12:45 PM  •
Joseph Cox / Motherboard:  Dropbox breach from 2012, which prompted password resets last week, is now known to have affected 68M+ accounts, and leaked user emails, hashed passwords
12:40 PM  •
Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:  HTC invests $5M in VR gaming startup Steel Wool Studios; startup founders say they will be free to develop for all VR platforms including Rift, PlayStation VR
12:25 PM  •
David McCabe / The Hill:  Obama to host White House Frontiers tech conference in Pittsburgh in October, guest-edit Wired Magazine's November issue as a tie-in
11:45 AM  •
Napier Lopez / The Next Web:  Instagram now lets you pinch to zoom on photos and videos in feed, on profiles, and in the Explore tab on iOS
11:25 AM  •
Katie Roof / TechCrunch:  Compass raises $75M round at a $1B+ valuation, led by Wellington Management Capital, for real estate listings
10:50 AM  •
Liam Tung / ZDNet:  Acer launches ultra-slim Windows 10 notebooks, a notebook with 21" curved screen, and R 13 Chromebook, a 13" convertible with 1920x1080 display starting at $400
10:45 AM  •
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:  Google app for Android gets In Apps tab for searching within installed apps, which currently works with Gmail, Spotify, and YouTube; more app support coming
9:45 AM  •
Blair Hanley Frank / PCWorld:  Google to use Okta as its preferred identity provider for Google Apps enterprise customers
8:30 AM  •
Tim Peterson / Marketing Land:  Facebook will let users save offers to new Offers tab, remind about those expiring, let brands use ad-targeting for offers, is working on unique redeem codes
5:05 AM  •
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:  Amazon expands Dash Buttons beyond the U.S. and into the U.K., Germany, and Austria
2:20 AM  •
Bloomberg:  Hospitals experimenting with VR as a pain management tool as studies find sensory overload distracts the brain
12:15 AM  •
Associated Press:  LA judge dismisses key claims in lawsuit against headphone maker Beats by former partner Noel Lee ahead of scheduled trial next week

August 30, 2016

11:15 PM  •
Nathan Olivarez-Giles / Wall Street Journal:  An early look at using Siri to control third-party app functions, like paying with Square Cash or sending messages with LinkedIn
9:00 PM  •
Juli Clover / MacRumors:  Corning unveils scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass SR+ for wearable devices, available in products later this year
8:10 PM  •
Jeff Benjamin / 9to5Mac:  Apple launches $20/mo 2TB iCloud storage plan ahead of iPhone 7 event
7:45 PM  •
Will Oremus / Slate:  Three former Facebook contractors say Trending news algorithm was not ready to run autonomously, user testing was overwhelmingly negative
6:50 PM  •
Ben Schoon / 9to5Google:  Google+ rolls out better community moderation, changes to notifications, still images and GIFs in comments, more, alongside overhauled UI announced last year
5:20 PM  •
Mikey Campbell / AppleInsider:  Apple condemns Australian banks' request to collectively bargain over Apple Pay in filing to antitrust watchdog the ACCC earlier this month
4:45 PM  •
Damian Paletta / Wall Street Journal:  Nearly half of the trustees of CIA's In-Q-Tel have financial conflict of interest with a firm funded by In-Q-Tel; trustee-connected firms funded on 17 occasions
4:20 PM  •
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:  PlayStation Now streaming service that lets you play legacy titles on Windows PCs launches today with promo price of $100/year, less than half normal price
4:05 PM  •
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:  Snapchat unpublishes its Facebook Page, which had over 6.5M Likes
3:50 PM  •
Ransdell Pierson / Reuters:  University of Michigan study finds major flaws in MedSec's criticism of St. Jude cyber security, which had coincided with a deal to short manufacturer's stock
3:42 PM  •
Fortune:  Sources: Nest's platform team to become part of Google to create a unified IoT platform led by Hiroshi Lockheimer, currently SVP of Android
3:32 PM  •
Jack Nicas / Wall Street Journal:  Source: Google opening Waze-based carpooling service previously in testing to all SF-area Waze users this fall; current pilot charges riders at most 54¢/mile
3:05 PM  •
Amar Toor / The Verge:  EU telco regulator publishes final guidelines on net neutrality rules implementation, closing “zero rating”, “fast lanes”, and other potential loopholes
2:45 PM  •
Julie Bort / Business Insider:  San Francisco-based WrkRiot goes offline amid allegations it lied about back pay by giving employees PDFs of fake wire transfers, which ex-CTO corroborates
2:25 PM  •
Fortune:  Uber hires Target CMO Jeff Jones as president, overseeing global marketing, customer service, and operations
2:15 PM  •
Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:  Researchers say version 2.92 of third-party BitTorrrent client Transmission, offered for a day for download from Transmission, was infected with OS X malware
1:55 PM  •
Casey Newton / The Verge:  Snapchat releases a new web tool for making custom geofilters
1:50 PM  •
Matthew Miller / ZDNet:  Pebble updates its firmware to improve Pebble Health, timeline interface, app launcher, and iOS email actions ahead of the new Pebble Time 2 hardware
1:40 PM  •
Andrew Martonik / Android Central:  Sources: this year's Google-branded Android phones will not use “Nexus” name, will feature additional software and a tweaked interface atop “vanilla” Android
1:05 PM  •
Natalie Gagliordi / ZDNet:  Cisco buys container-as-a-service platform startup ContainerX, its first acquisition in the container market
1:00 PM  •
Laura Dale /  Unreleased Sony PS4 Slim model reviewed: no performance improvements over standard PS4, is quieter, smaller, and comes with updated DualShock 4 controller
12:40 PM  •
Tanya Dua / Digiday:  Ex-Facebook trending news curator: business side influenced editorial, challenging journalism ethics; the news algorithm needs major improvements
12:15 PM  •
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:  The FCC will not appeal ruling by the Sixth Circuit that allows states to impose laws restricting the growth of municipal broadband
11:55 AM  •
John Biggs / TechCrunch:  Sonos speakers will integrate with Amazon's Alexa next year and will let Spotify's app control audio starting this October
11:50 AM  •
Kurt Wagner / Recode:  Twitter expands Amplify Publisher program to individual video creators in the US, giving them 70% of ad revenue; the deal does not require content exclusives
11:30 AM  •
Julia Boorstin / CNBC:  Twitter will now share video revenue with individual content creators
10:55 AM  •
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:  Velocity, a short-notice premium restaurant booking app, raises $22.5M Series B led by DIG Investments, says funds will be used to expand into 29 cities by 2020
9:35 AM  •
Andrew Cunningham / Ars Technica:  Intel launches “Kaby Lake” 7th-generation CPUs with improved support for 4K video
7:35 AM  •
Tim Cook / Apple:  Apple: EU's claim that Ireland gave Apple a special tax deal “has no basis in fact or in law” and will be harmful for investment and job creation in Europe
7:05 AM  •
Bloomberg:  EU says there was “no factual or economic justification” for Ireland's tax deal with Apple
7:00 AM  •
BBC:  Apple and Irish government say they will appeal EU tax ruling
6:11 AM  •
EU Press Room:  European Commission rules that Ireland granted undue tax benefits of up to €13B, or around $14.5B, to Apple; Ireland must now recover unpaid taxes from Apple

August 29, 2016

10:35 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Google's new Crowdsource app for Android asks users to perform short 5-10 second tasks to improve Google services, currently offers no incentives
9:15 PM  •
BBC:  Iran says it has completed the first phase of its plan to operate a “national internet”, which provides access to e-government services and domestic web pages
7:50 PM  •
Ben Schoon / 9to5Google:  BLU debuts $299 Pure XR GSM-only smartphone with 5.5-inch, 1080p SuperAMOLED display, Gorilla Glass 3, 4GB RAM, 3D Touch, fingerprint sensor, available now
7:40 PM  •
Wall Street Journal:  Alphabet's David Drummond stepped down from Uber's board several weeks ago due to overlap of interests between the two companies
7:25 PM  •
Gina Hall / Silicon Valley Business Journal:  Facebook's Trending section shows fake Megyn Kelly story days after firm lays off curators; company removes story, says is working on better detecting fake news
5:50 PM  •
Bloomberg:  Sources: tighter Pencil integration across iOS for iPad Pro coming in 2017; Mac updates due later this year; Apple is working with LG on a standalone 5K display
5:20 PM  •
Haje Jan Kamps / TechCrunch:  CrunchBase data shows that 52.3% of startups that secured an exit and 45.9% of companies that raised $10M had only one founder
5:05 PM  •
Amir Efrati / The Information:  Sources: Uber shut out Uber board member and Alphabet exec, David Drummond, from attending board meetings
4:50 PM  •
Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:  Apple sued by iPhone owners over unresponsive screen issue affecting iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus; warranty extensions, repairs, more sought alongside damages
4:06 PM  •
Andy Pasztor / Wall Street Journal:  The first detailed US rules for flights of small commercial drones go into effect today and include pilot licensing requirements and a nighttime flying ban
3:25 PM  •
Financial Times:  Sources: Apple faces multibillion tax bill in EU ruling over receiving state aid from Ireland; official estimate to be announced tomorrow
3:20 PM  •
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:  Instagram Stories diverges from Snapchat by suggesting whom to follow; company says 100M people visit the Explore tab every day
2:45 PM  •
Diane Bartz / Reuters:  US appeals court dismisses AT&T data throttling lawsuit filed by the FTC in 2014, but AT&T could still face a fine from FCC
2:20 PM  •
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:  T-Mobile now lets you watch HD video on its “unlimited” data plan, which currently caps video at 480p, with $3/day passes on the new T-Mobile One Plus plan
1:45 PM  •
John Mannes / TechCrunch:  Microsoft debuts new online form for reporting hate speech across its services like, OneDrive, Outlook, Skype, Sway, and Xbox Live
12:40 PM  •
Michael Isikoff / Yahoo:  FBI issued warning that two state voter registration databases were breached by suspected foreign hackers; sources: Arizona, Illinois databases were the targets
12:25 PM  •
Steve Kovach / Business Insider:  Apple invites media to event on Sept. 7 at 10AM PT at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, expected to announce new iPhones and updated Watch line
12:17 PM  •
Ina Fried / Recode:  Apple's iPhone event will be on September 7 in San Francisco
11:40 AM  •
Mark Bergen / Recode:  Sources: red tape and internal politics are slowing down moonshot efforts at Alphabet's X
10:55 AM  •
Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:  Boomerang for Gmail creators launch Respondable to help you write better emails using A.I.
10:05 AM  •
Saritha Rai / Bloomberg:  Source: Indian digital payments startup Paytm raising $300M at a $5B valuation led by Taiwan's MediaTek
9:10 AM  •
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:  Square brings payment and capital offerings to TouchBistro and Vend customers
9:05 AM  •
Harrison Weber / VentureBeat:  Fitbit unveils $100 ‘swim-proof’ Flex 2 and $150 Charge 2 with heart rate monitoring
3:40 AM  •
Quentin Hardy / New York Times:  Massive data centers in small towns mostly create low-wage, temporary jobs for the locals, high-tech workers at these facilities are usually outsiders

August 28, 2016

11:45 PM  •
Devindra Hardawar / Engadget:  Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Yoga (OLED) review: incredible screen but expensive compared to LCD models, meager battery life during typical use, stylus is uncomfortable
10:25 PM  •
Barb Darrow / Fortune:  Nutanix is acquiring cloud storage startup PernixData and DevOps automation firm
9:30 PM  •
Lara O'Reilly / Business Insider:  Snapchat's head of revenue operations says the company is planning to introduce behavioral ad targeting in Q3 2016
6:25 PM  •
Patrick Howell O'Neill / The Daily Dot:  While Hillary Clinton's stance on encryption is unclear, her campaign staffers are reportedly required to use “Snowden-approved” encrypted messaging app Signal
3:15 PM  •
Bruce Schneier / Vox:  Shadow Brokers leak shows how NSA's tendency to hoard vulnerabilities instead of reporting them is putting our devices and networks at risk
12:40 PM  •
Jordan Pearson / Motherboard:  AlphaBay, the largest darknet market, begins supporting Monero, a cryptocurrency meant to be more anonymous than Bitcoin
10:00 AM  •
Jeremy Hsu / Backchannel:  Amazon's $970M bet on Twitch in 2014 gives Amazon an edge as Facebook, Google, and others jockey to own live video
5:55 AM  •
Kirsten Korosec / Fortune:  Quanergy Systems, maker of light-sensitive radar sensors used in self-driving cars, raises $90M at $1.59B post-money valuation
1:50 AM  •
Lauren Goode / The Verge:  Inside NBC's Olympic live streaming operation, which required a remote support staff of 1,100+ in Stamford, Connecticut

August 27, 2016

9:05 PM  •
Bloomberg:  Hackers at startup MedSec find security vulnerabilites in St. Jude's medical devices, make deal with investment firm to short manufacturer's stock
6:00 PM  •
Wall Street Journal:  US federal court convicts Russian hacker Seleznev in theft and sale of credit cards resulting in $169M in losses; he could face up to 40 years in prison
2:55 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  TripAdvisor acquires social mapping service Citymaps, says it will continue on as a standalone business
11:50 AM  •
Matthew Braga / Bloomberg:  As major tech firms focus on voice assistants, microphone makers face pressure to improve product that hasn't seen much change since 2012
8:00 AM  •
Jack Marshall / Wall Street Journal:  PitchBook: VCs invested $1.2B+ in marketing tech, compared to around $860M in ad tech firms in 2015, betting on a more predictable revenue model
1:55 AM  •
Arthur Beesley / Financial Times:  Sources: European Commission is expected to issue adverse ruling on Ireland's tax breaks for Apple next week

August 26, 2016

9:55 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Google Wallet introduces feature that lets users automatically transfer funds to their bank accounts, skipping the manual “cash out” process
7:40 PM  •
Quartz:  Sources: Facebook letting go of entire Trending Topics editorial staff, consisting of 15-18 workers contracted through a third party
5:10 PM  •
Peter Kafka / Recode:  Spotify calls report that it demotes songs in search due to artists' exclusives with rivals “unequivocally false”
4:04 PM  •
Facebook Newsroom:  Facebook will now select stories and excerpts automatically for Trending topic pages, show topics instead of story descriptions in Trending section
3:40 PM  •
Thomas Fox-Brewster / Forbes:  Everything we know about the secretive NSO Group and its founder Omri Lavie, who are behind the latest iPhone hacks
2:35 PM  •
Bloomberg:  Sources: Spotify retaliates against artists who give exclusives to rivals by excluding tracks from promoted playlists and demoting their songs in search results
1:15 PM  •
John Cook / GeekWire:  Cloud-based IT management startup Apptio files for IPO, shows $129.3M in 2015 revenue, up 21% YoY, $41M loss, up from $32.9M in 2014
12:25 PM  •
Ina Fried / Recode:  White House proposing new federal rules letting foreign entrepreneurs with $345K+ in US funding remain in country for 5 years; no congressional approval needed
11:55 AM  •
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:  China Labor Watch accuses iPhone 7 manufacturer Pegatron of illegally forcing overtime, low wages of $2/hour, urges Apple to invest in improving conditions
11:20 AM  •
Sarah Frier / Bloomberg:  Sources: Twitter is working on an anti-harassment tool to let users filter posts using keywords
10:50 AM  •
Nick Statt / The Verge:  Facebook open sources three computer vision tools that can identify objects within photos: DeepMask, SharpMask, and MultiPathNet
10:15 AM  •
Akin Oyedele / Business Insider:  PE firm Apollo Global taking Rackspace private in $4.3B deal, valuing firm at 38% premium over August 3 closing price when first reports about buyout surfaced
12:15 AM  •
Matthew Lynley / TechCrunch:  Dropbox prompting users to reset passwords that haven't been changed since mid-2012, calls it a preventative move, says no evidence accounts improperly accessed

August 25, 2016

8:11 PM  •
Bloomberg:  Sources: Apple to use Sony's FeliCa chip, a mobile tap-to-pay standard, in new iPhones in Japan to let users pay for transit with their smartphones
7:20 PM  •
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:  Pure Storage beats Q2 expectations as revenues rise almost 93% YoY to $163.2M
5:15 PM  •
Wall Street Journal:  Sources: earlier this year, China let some foreign tech companies, including Microsoft and Intel, join a government committee that sets cybersecurity standards
4:45 PM  •
Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed:  Sources: Twitter's Promoted Sticker ad campaigns have a minimum $500K ad spend, while the company has been lowering minimums on other ad products
3:35 PM  •
Mark Bergen / Recode:  Report: Google Fiber chief Craig Barratt was told by Larry Page to halve staff to 500; Alphabet CFO Ruth Porat interceded to defend business model
2:45 PM  •
The Citizen Lab:  How a government targeted Ahmed Mansoor, an activist in the UAE, with three zero-day exploits meant to infect his iPhone with sophisticated commercial spyware
1:50 PM  •
Andrea Peterson / Washington Post:  Researchers uncover zero-day iOS flaws used to try to remotely steal data from activists, likely sold by malware vendor NSO; Apple releases patch with iOS 9.3.5
1:00 PM  •
Adam Satariano / Bloomberg:  WhatsApp lays groundwork to monetize its service by easing privacy rules and allowing businesses to message users
12:20 PM  •
Associated Press:  Autonomous vehicle software startup nuTonomy begins invite-only testing of six self-driving taxis in Singapore; cars will have driver and researcher on board
11:55 AM  •
Gideon Spanier / Campaign Live:  Analysis of filings finds Twitter's Japanese operation generated 10% of global revenue in Q2, with sales doubling YoY to $61.2M
10:55 AM  •
Caroline O'Donovan / BuzzFeed:  Nextdoor, a social network for neighbors, debuts a new tool to stem racial profiling on its platform, claims 75% success rate in tests
8:50 AM  •
Eric Newcomer / Bloomberg:  Sources: Uber lost $1.2B in first half of 2016, including $520M in Q1 and $750M in Q2; net revenue grew 18% from $960M in Q1 to $1.1B in Q2
8:35 AM  •
New York Times:  WhatsApp to share phone numbers and analytics data of users with Facebook, two years after it said it had no plans to collect data
7:05 AM  •
Bloomberg:  Sources: Apple developing a Snapchat-like video sharing and editing app and multiple social features for iOS

August 24, 2016

11:05 PM  •
Jonathan Vanian / Fortune:  HP reports Q3 revenue of $11.9B, down 4% YoY, marking third decline in quarterly sales since November split
9:00 PM  •
Jim Weber / LinkedIn Pulse:  Sports writer says Twitter permanently banned his account with nearly 100K followers after he tweeted three Olympics GIFs
8:30 PM  •
Biz Carson / Business Insider:  Legalist, a startup launched by a Thiel Fellow, will fund lawsuits in exchange for up to 50% cut of settlement based on algorithmic calculation of winning
7:05 PM  •
Lora Kolodny / TechCrunch:  Drone data management firm DroneDeploy raises $20M Series B round led by Scale Venture Partners
4:55 PM  •
Nick Statt / The Verge:  Google brings Wi-Fi Assistant, a previously exclusive Project Fi feature that cuts down on data usage, to all Nexus devices in the US, UK, Canada, and more
4:05 PM  •
Harrison Weber / VentureBeat:  Sources: YouTube building Backstage feature that allows creators to share photos, polls, links, and more that will appear in subscribers' feeds, slated for fall
3:50 PM  •
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:  Auth0 raises $15M Series B led by Trinity Ventures to help developers, websites manage identity, authentication; the company now has 75K subscribers
3:05 PM  •
Jan Dawson / Beyond Devices:  Breaking down Apple's last five years in charts covering R&D spend, regional trends, profit margins, cash on hand, unit sales and revenue by category, more
2:50 PM  •
Seth Fiegerman / CNNMoney:  Five years after Tim Cook became Apple CEO, the company has doubled staff, is more socially conscious, but hasn't created a new product category rivaling iPhone
2:20 PM  •
John Herrman / New York Times:  On Facebook, activist-run pages rival the reach of established, traditional media brands like MSNBC and NYT, but aren't beholden to any journalistic standard
1:35 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Amazon aims to make digital books widely accessible globally by launching the Kindle Reading Fund in partnership with Worldreader
12:50 PM  •
Julie Verhage / Bloomberg:  Uber partners with Betterment to offer drivers in Seattle, Boston, Chicago, and New Jersey an Individual Retirement Account which they can open in-app
12:00 PM  •
Jordan Novet / VentureBeat:  Microsoft updates Word Flow keyboard for iOS with built-in search for animated GIFs, images, contacts, and the web via Bing
11:25 AM  •
Adam Shepherd / CloudPro:  Amazon brings its unlimited Amazon Drive storage to the UK for £55/year
10:55 AM  •
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:  Trello makes Power-Ups available to all, but limits free tier users to use one at a time, adds new integrations for Intercom, Screenful, and Github Enterprise
10:10 AM  •
Steven Levy / Backchannel:  Apple execs Cue, Schiller, and Federighi as well as key Siri scientists Alex Acero and Tom Gruber explain Apple's secretive approach to AI and machine learning
7:40 AM  •
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:  Shopify launches its POS app and card reader in the UK
5:45 AM  •
Monte Reel / Bloomberg:  Baltimore police have been testing an aerial surveillance system that uses wide-angle cameras flown at 8.5K feet, without informing the public, since January
3:15 AM  •
TechCrunch:  The 48 startups that launched at Y Combinator Summer 2016 Demo Day 2
2:20 AM  •
Fitz Tepper / TechCrunch:  Logikcull, a startup that offers productivity software to lawyers, raises $10M series A led by OpenView
12:00 AM  •
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:  As Vesper shuts down, reflecting on why building a Mac app first would have been a better move than prioritizing the iOS app

August 23, 2016

11:10 PM  •
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:  Opera launches free VPN app for Android with no data limits, no login required, and a feature to block ad trackers
10:25 PM  •
Hannah Karp / Wall Street Journal:  Sources: Spotify tries to get long-term deals with labels wanting higher cuts and other rights while operating on short-term extensions of old contracts
9:00 PM  •
Leah Schnurr / Reuters:  Ashley Madison found to have violated privacy laws in joint Canada-Australia probe, enters into compliance agreements with both countries
7:45 PM  •
Julia Bluff / iFixit:  Repair experts report widespread design defect affecting iPhone 6/6 Plus that leads to an unresponsive screen and flickering gray bar
7:25 PM  •
Brad Stone / Bloomberg:  Alphabet hires satellite broadband industry vet Tom Moore as VP at X and GM of Project Loon; Project Loon head Mike Cassidy moves to new research projects
7:00 PM  •
Jason Del Rey / Recode:  Sources: online home-furnishings retailer One Kings Lane sold for less than $30M this year after being valued at $900M in early 2014
5:55 PM  •
Andrew Chung / Reuters:  ITC trade judge clears Fitbit of stealing Jawbone's trade secrets
5:15 PM  •
CNN:  Sources: FBI investigating cyber “intrusions” of NYT, other news orgs; the hackers are suspected to be affiliated with Russian intelligence agencies
4:55 PM  •
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:  Google plans to lower search rankings of publishers' mobile pages that use intrusive interstitial ads starting January 10
4:40 PM  •
Ariel Bogle / Mashable:  Facebook is testing video with autoplay sound on mobile, which can be toggled in settings
3:30 PM  •
Mike Colias / Wall Street Journal:  Auto parts supplier Delphi and sensor-maker Mobileye announce plan to ship by 2019 a fully autonomous car system to be easily integrated by automakers
3:30 PM  •
Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed:  Facebook Messenger is testing “Add Contact” request to include non-Facebook friends
2:35 PM  •
Jeff Grubb / VentureBeat:  PlayStation 3 games coming to PCs and Macs in early September via PS Now streaming service and $25 DualShock 4 USB adapter
2:27 PM  •
Philip Michaels / Tom's Guide:  Parrot's $1,299 fixed-wing Disco drone can sustain 50 mph for 45 minutes, comes with new driver assist system and CockpitGlasses FPV headset, ships in September
2:05 PM  •
Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:  Former Facebook Live product manager Vadim Lavrusik debuts Alively for sharing livestreamed or recorded footage with select friends, available now on iOS in US
1:30 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Facebook improves its “lightweight video” Slideshow ads, including support for mobile ad creation
1:07 PM  •
Casey Newton / The Verge:  Instapaper has been acquired by Pinterest and will continue to operate as an independent app
12:40 PM  •
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:  Sources: Google's Daydream service is launching “in the coming weeks” as the company pays YouTube stars for VR content and helps promote some Hulu projects

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