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July 30, 2016, 5:05 AM
 

July 30, 2016

2:00 AM  •
Stephen Hall / 9to5Google:  Samsung Galaxy Note 7, new Gear VR specs and pics leak; Note 7 will have iris scanner, 5.7-inch QHD display, 4GB of RAM, 12 MP f/1.7 camera, 3500 mAh battery
12:50 AM  •
Hillary Clinton 2016:  Clinton campaign: DNC's data analytics program we used was breached; no evidence hackers accessed internal systems
12:30 AM  •
CB Insights:  Only two of 21 tech companies acquired in 2016 for $1B+ were venture-backed unicorns

July 29, 2016

10:15 PM  •
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:  Baidu suffers record profit drop after instituting new policies limiting ads on its pages following the death of a man who used treatment he found via Baidu
8:15 PM  •
Bloomberg:  IRS delivers a notice of deficiency for $3B-$5B to Facebook, claims Facebook undervalued assets transferred to Irish subsidiary in 2010
7:10 PM  •
Mary Catherine O'Connor / IOT Journal:  Density raises $4M series A as it unveils new people-counter device and service
7:00 PM  •
Sam Thielman / Guardian:  Clinton campaign computer network hacked in cyber-attack on Democrats
6:15 PM  •
Bruce Schneier / Schneier on Security:  Recent hacks indicate US election systems and voting machines could be targeted too; government must take urgent steps to secure them, and consider retaliation
5:10 PM  •
Reuters:  Sources: Clinton campaign computer network hacked in addition to Democratic National Committee and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee
4:00 PM  •
Hayley Tsukayama / Washington Post:  Instagram will soon let users filter comments on their posts, turn off comments on individual posts, or turn off comments on their posts entirely
2:25 PM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Big data integrator Talend closes up 41% in Nasdaq debut, raising $94.5M in an IPO
1:25 PM  •
Kevin McLaughlin / The Information:  Source: private equity firms including KKR, Apollo Global Management, Carlyle Group contemplate buyout of Hewlett Packard Enterprise; deal would be worth $40B+
12:55 PM  •
Jonathan Zdziarski / Zdziarski's Blog of Things:  Deleted WhatsApp messages leave behind forensic artifacts that could be reconstructed by someone with access to your device or iCloud backups
11:50 AM  •
Nat Levy / GeekWire:  Amazon reaches new high of 268,900 employees — skyrocketing 47% in just one year
10:50 AM  •
Olivia Solon / Guardian:  US district court rules Facebook must refund in-app purchases made by minors in the US should they or their parents request it
9:10 AM  •
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:  Sony posts $205M profit as downsized mobile business stops bleeding cash
7:30 AM  •
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:  Filing: Microsoft to layoff 2,850 from mobile and sales divisions as it completes Nokia cuts, which started in 2015
12:15 AM  •
Reuters:  Sources: FBI investigates cyber intrusion into Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, following DNC breach, and its potential ties to Russian hackers

July 28, 2016

9:05 PM  •
Kate Conger / TechCrunch:  Gurbaksh Chahal out as CEO of Gravity4, will be replaced by his sister Kamal Kaur, after judge finds he violated probation
7:15 PM  •
Kia Kokalitcheva / Fortune:  Uber launches UberCentral, a website for businesses to book and pay for multiple Uber rides
4:55 PM  •
Jason Del Rey / Recode:  Earning $857M in Q2, Amazon posts record profit for the third straight quarter
4:50 PM  •
Mark Bergen / Recode:  Alphabet shows strong growth in non-ads business, reporting $2.17B in “other revenues” from segments like enterprise, Google Play, and hardware, up 33% YoY
4:35 PM  •
Jordan Novet / VentureBeat:  Amazon Web Services posts $2.88 billion in revenue in Q2 2016, up 58% from last year
4:25 PM  •
Jack Nicas / Wall Street Journal:  Alphabet beats expectations with net profit of $4.88B, up 24% YoY, on revenue of $21.5B, up 21% YoY
4:20 PM  •
Katie Roof / TechCrunch:  Amazon beats expectations in Q2 with $1.78 earnings per share vs. $1.11 expected and $30.4B in revenue vs. $29.55B expected
4:05 PM  •
Business Wire:  Amazon.com Announces Second Quarter Sales up 31% to $30.4 Billion
4:03 PM  •
Alphabet:  Alphabet Announces Second Quarter 2016 Results
3:05 PM  •
Saurabh Gupta / Official Google for Work Blog:  Google introduces add-ons for Docs and Sheets on Android; initial integrations include DocuSign and Scanbot
2:35 PM  •
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:  IDC: Smartphone shipments flat for second quarter in a row; Samsung widens lead over Apple in Q2 2016
2:00 PM  •
Bloomberg:  Source: Apple's car project switches focus to developing an autonomous driving software system, though Apple isn't ditching efforts to create its own vehicle
1:45 PM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Dropbox launches AdminX, a new dashboard allowing IT admins to better control their companies' files and users on Dropbox Business accounts
12:55 PM  •
Wall Street Journal:  How Apple's assertive negotiating style alienated cable providers and networks, and hurt its efforts to revolutionize the TV industry
12:30 PM  •
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:  Garrett Camp's Expa Studios launches Haus, a startup that digitizes the buying and selling of residential property to increase transparency
11:40 AM  •
Paul Mozur / New York Times:  Didi Chuxing and Uber to become legal in China starting November; drivers must be licensed, have three years experience, and no criminal record
10:55 AM  •
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:  Keys to Chimera crypto ransomware allegedly leaked by rival crime gang
10:10 AM  •
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:  Upthere, a cloud storage service letting all your devices see the same files, exits beta, announces $77M in funding led by KPCB and Western Digital
8:40 AM  •
Jay Greene / Wall Street Journal:  Oracle to Buy Cloud-Software Provider NetSuite for $9.3 Billion
8:10 AM  •
Ian Paul / PCWorld:  Cortana in Windows 10 Anniversary Update can't be turned off fully, but its reach can be limited

July 27, 2016

11:25 PM  •
Amina Elahi / Chicago Tribune:  Groupon stock up 20%+ after hours as company tops estimates with Q2 rev. of $756M vs. $711M expected, adjusts guidance to $3B-3.1B, up from $2.75B-$3.05B
10:30 PM  •
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:  Facebook reports searches up 33% over past nine months to 2B per day, as it hopes to attract more of the chatter that ends up on Twitter
10:05 PM  •
Sam Byford / The Verge:  Samsung reports Q2 revenue of $45.2B, up 5% YoY, and profit of $7.22B, up 18% on strong Galaxy S7 sales
9:30 PM  •
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:  LaunchKit team heads to Google and open-sources its tools for helping devs launch their apps; LaunchKit's hosted services will be discontinued in 12 months
8:00 PM  •
Sara Randazzo / Wall Street Journal:  Qualcomm to pay $19.5M to settle with 3,300 female employees who said they received lower pay and fewer chances for promotion
6:45 PM  •
Katie Roof / TechCrunch:  GoPro Q2 revenue down 47% YoY to $220.7M, but exceeds estimates of $194.3M
4:40 PM  •
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:  Facebook daily active users rise 17% year-over-year to 1.13B for the month of June, mobile DAUs rise 22% year-over-year to 1.03B; stock up 6%+ after hours
4:30 PM  •
Apple:  Apple says it has now sold over a billion iPhones
4:20 PM  •
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:  Facebook reports Q2 revenue of $6.44B vs $6.02B expected, $0.97 EPS vs $0.82 expected; mobile ad revenue 84% of total ad revenue, up from 76% last year
4:08 PM  •
Facebook:  Facebook Reports Second Quarter 2016 Results
3:45 PM  •
Sean O'Kane / The Verge:  Preliminary National Transportation Safety Board report says Tesla on autopilot was going 9 mph over the limit when it crashed; full report expected in a year
2:35 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Tumblr launches ads on all users' blogs Thursday, will unveil revenue program for partners later in 2016; users can opt out of ads on their blogs
2:15 PM  •
Mitchel Broussard / MacRumors:  Apple Partners With Parkopedia to Bring In-Depth Parking Data to Apple Maps
2:05 PM  •
Sarah Buhr / TechCrunch:  Sources: AR motorcycle helmet startup Skully effectively shuts down after co-founders are forced out, but remaining leadership still hopes to get new funding
1:15 PM  •
Roger Cheng / CNET:  T-Mobile beats expectations with quarterly profit of $225M on revenue of $9.22B, up 12.8% YoY, as it adds 1.9M customers
12:25 PM  •
Shari Steele / The Tor Blog:  External investigator hired by Tor confirms inappropriate conduct by Jacob Appelbaum; Tor creates anti-harassment policy, complaints process, community council
12:20 PM  •
Raj Iyengar / The Official Google Blog:  Google Play launches Family Library, a way for up to 6 family members to share purchases across devices
11:20 AM  •
George Slefo / Ad Age:  Reddit to debut Promoted User Posts on August 4, a new ad offering that lets marketers sponsor user-generated posts
10:55 AM  •
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:  Cybersecurity startup SafeBreach raises $15M Series A round, investors include Sequoia Capital, Deutsche Telekom Capital Partners, HP Pathfinder
10:45 AM  •
Ina Fried / Recode:  Microsoft launches Pix, a free camera app for the iPhone that uses AI to enhance photos
9:15 AM  •
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:  Mobile gaming company Scopely raises $55M Series B round led by Greycroft
4:55 AM  •
Sam Byford / The Verge:  Nintendo reports quarterly operating loss of $48.6M and revenue of $587M, down 31.3% YoY, as Wii U sales fall 53% to just 220K units
4:15 AM  •
Richard Lai / Engadget:  Xiaomi unveils $750 Mi Notebook Air laptop in 13.3" and 12.5" sizes, launches in China August 2

July 26, 2016

11:55 PM  •
Ben Lang / Road to VR:  Oculus Home update enables tracking with up to four Oculus camera sensors, potentially opening the door for roomscale VR
10:20 PM  •
Lucia Maffei / TechCrunch:  Apple's quarterly Greater China revenue dropped 33% YoY to $8.85B, accounted for a little more than 20% of overall company revenue
10:15 PM  •
Leena Rao / Fortune:  Tim Cook says Apple Pay now accounts for 75% of all contactless payments made in the US
10:00 PM  •
Daniel Terdiman / Fast Company:  Inside the development of Facebook's $30K Surround 360 Camera, which was just open-sourced
8:40 PM  •
Meg Graham / Chicago Tribune:  LinkedIn acquires presentation creation and sharing software startup PointDrive, will integrate technology into its Sales Solution business unit
7:00 PM  •
Dylan Martin / BostInno:  Citrix to merge GoTo with competitor LogMeIn in $1.8B tax-free deal, LogMeIn CEO Bill Wagner to lead combined company; LogMeIn stock up 19%+ after hours
5:20 PM  •
Alex Sherman / Bloomberg:  Analog chip maker Analog Devices to acquire rival Linear Technology for $14.8B, a premium of 24% to its closing price Monday
5:10 PM  •
Daisuke Wakabayashi / Wall Street Journal:  Apple beats expectations with quarterly net income of $7.8B, down from $10.68B last year; iPad revenue grows for first time in 10 quarters, to $4.9B
5:00 PM  •
Sarah Frier / Bloomberg:  Twitter's Q3 revenue forecast of $590M-610M is well below analysts' estimates of $681M, a sign it's struggling to win ad dollars as user growth stagnates
4:47 PM  •
Alex Webb / Bloomberg:  Apple Q3 revenue down 15% YoY to $42.4B, forecasts Q4 revenue of $45.5B-47.5B; iPhone unit sales for the quarter fell 15% YoY to 40.4M
4:33 PM  •
Apple:  Apple Reports Third Quarter Results
4:19 PM  •
Twitter:  Twitter reports Q2 revenue of $602M, an increase of 20% YoY, 313M MAUs, up from 310M last quarter; stock drops on low Q3 guidance of $590M-610M in revenue
3:40 PM  •
Ryan Mac / Forbes:  The genesis story of Niantic, a gaming skunkworks overlooked at Google, and Pokémon Go, which began as an April Fool's Google Maps prank
3:30 PM  •
Andy Greenberg / Wired:  Popular wireless keyboards from HP, Toshiba, GE, others don't use encryption, can easily be snooped on and exploited to send malicious text to linked device
3:05 PM  •
Jason Koebler / Motherboard:  President Obama announces the Cyber Incident Severity Schema, a new way the feds will codify the threat level of hacking attacks, but it lacks specifics
2:50 PM  •
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:  Mobileye won't supply Tesla self-driving tech beyond current EyeQ3 processor
2:30 PM  •
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:  Zynga launches Words With Friends EDU, adding teacher lesson plans, student progress tracking, educational content and new in-game bonuses, more
2:25 PM  •
Sensor Tower App Marketing Blog:  Pokémon Go hits 75M+ worldwide downloads, has launched in 32 markets and is top for App Store revenue in all of them
2:17 PM  •
Bryan Bishop / The Verge:  Vizio acquired by Chinese tech company LeEco for $2 billion
1:55 PM  •
Alex Wagner / TmoNews:  T-Mobile Binge On gets 16 new video services, including video content from Apple Music
1:10 PM  •
Eliot Brown / Wall Street Journal:  As it shores up city support for its Menlo Park headquarters expansion, Facebook pledges to build 1,500 units of housing for the general public
12:30 PM  •
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:  Runkeeper's new Running Groups feature lets you make virtual running clubs with up to 25 friends
12:02 PM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Sources: Taboola buys video recommendation engine ConvertMedia for nearly $100M
11:40 AM  •
Dan Seifert / The Verge:  BlackBerry announces $300 DTEK50 all-touchscreen Android smartphone with the hardware specifications and design of the Alcatel Idol 4
11:20 AM  •
Tom Phillips / Eurogamer.net:  Sources: Nintendo NX is a portable console that uses cartridges, has removable controllers and a TV dock
10:55 AM  •
David Ovalle / Miami Herald:  Bitcoin not money, Miami judge rules in dismissing laundering charges
10:30 AM  •
Jemima Kelly / Reuters:  Europe's first regulated bitcoin product, an asset-backed exchange-traded instrument that will invest exclusively in the digital currency, launches in Gibraltar
10:00 AM  •
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:  Verizon Q2 misses on declining sales of $30.5B, beats with EPS of $0.94
9:10 AM  •
Jordan Novet / VentureBeat:  Microsoft launches Zoom in PowerPoint and two features in Word: Editor, which offers writing suggestions, and Researcher, which makes adding citations easier
5:25 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Confirmed: Hailo sells 60% of company to Daimler as it merges with MyTaxi
12:00 AM  •
Kunal Dua / NDTV Gadgets360.com:  Amazon Prime Delivery launches in India, Prime Video coming later

July 25, 2016

10:15 PM  •
Google Lat Long:  Google Maps gets a cleaner look, highlights busy areas of interest with orange shading, changes color scheme to differentiate between natural/man-made objects
9:00 PM  •
Cecilia Kang / New York Times:  Amazon partners with British govt. to test drones beyond the line of sight and to determine whether a single operator can command multiple drones simultaneously
7:45 PM  •
Ben Schoon / 9to5Google:  Updated Google phone app warns about incoming spam calls on Nexus and Android One devices when caller ID is enabled
6:35 PM  •
Steve Kondik / CyanogenMod:  Cyanogen founder says CyanogenMod will not be shelved, dismisses rumors of “pivot” to apps, will provide more information soon
4:55 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Twitter tries to explain itself as a breaking news destination in new marketing campaign
3:45 PM  •
William Alden / BuzzFeed:  Zenefits settles for $62,500 with Tennessee over insurance violations, will keep operating in state, creates precedent for talks with other regulators
3:05 PM  •
Matt Hamblen / Computerworld:  With Yahoo buy, Verizon hopes to stay competitive in digital ad market
2:30 PM  •
Tom Warren / The Verge:  Windows 10 Anniversary Update brings minor tweaks like improved Windows Ink support, Edge extensions, dark theme and other UI refinements, new Skype app, more
1:55 PM  •
Ainsley O'Connell / Fast Company:  Verizon EVP Walden on reasons for Yahoo deal: need for ad inventory and quick audience growth to fuel media empire ambitions, 600M monthly mobile users, more
12:45 PM  •
Kara Swisher / Recode:  Interview with AOL's Tim Armstrong on why he pushed Verizon to buy Yahoo, integration between the companies, and Mayer's probable departure
12:25 PM  •
CBS News:  FBI is investigating suspected Russian hack of DNC, which led to an email trove on WikiLeaks
12:00 PM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Security-as-a-service startup StackPath nabs $180M, 4 acquisitions including MaxCDN
11:45 AM  •
Matthias Verbergt / Wall Street Journal:  Ericsson CEO Hans Vestberg ousted after profit plunge, following layoffs of 8,000 at the firm this year, with plans for more; CFO to take reins as interim CEO
11:40 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Yahoo's remaining assets to rebrand after sale to Verizon in 2017
11:17 AM  •
Daisuke Wakabayashi / Wall Street Journal:  Sources: Apple taps Bob Mansfield to oversee car project
10:55 AM  •
Susan Decker / Bloomberg:  ITC judge invalidates Fitbit's patents in Jawbone lawsuit, cancels the trial set for August
10:10 AM  •
John Cook / GeekWire:  Redbox and Coinstar maker Outerwall agrees to $1.6B buyout from private equity firm
9:55 AM  •
Aaron Back / Wall Street Journal:  After announcing deal with Visa, PayPal stock had its biggest single day drop since splitting from eBay, as investors fear increased transaction costs
7:45 AM  •
Yahoo:  Marissa Mayer says she plans to stay at Yahoo but does not specify for how long, in company wide email
7:10 AM  •
Verizon Communications Inc.:  Verizon confirms plans to acquire Yahoo's Internet business for $4.83B in cash; deal excludes some IP, stakes in Alibaba and Yahoo Japan
6:30 AM  •
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:  German fintech startup Number26 receives EU-wide banking license, rebrands as N26
1:40 AM  •
New York Times:  Sources: Yahoo to sell core business and land holdings to Verizon for $4.8B

July 24, 2016

11:40 PM  •
Wall Street Journal:  Huawei reports revenue rose to $36.67B for the first half of the year, up 40% YoY, but operating margins shrank to 12% from 18% in same period of 2015
9:30 PM  •
Bloomberg:  Nintendo stock plummets after it warned on Friday that the financial impact of Pokémon Go will be limited
9:15 PM  •
Matthias Verbergt / Wall Street Journal:  Spotify launches programmatic ads, lets advertisers target its 70M non-paying users by age, gender, genres, and playlists globally
7:00 PM  •
Jennifer Maloney / Wall Street Journal:  Publishers are pouring more resources into the production of audiobooks after seeing sales grow 21% in the US and Canada in 2015
4:45 PM  •
Cody Toombs / Android Police:  Google Maps is rolling out Wi-Fi only mode and mass transit delay notifications to some users
2:05 PM  •
Joanna Stern / Wall Street Journal:  Review of $50 Blu R1 HD smartphone subsidized by Amazon with lock screen ads: so-so performance, terrible camera, but works for basic tasks
8:00 AM  •
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / Motherboard:  Phineas Fisher, the hacker behind the Hacking Team and FinFisher breaches, talks about his motives and views of the hacking tool industry
1:55 AM  •
Rose Eveleth / Fusion:  Police asked this 3D printing lab to recreate a dead man's fingers to unlock his phone

July 23, 2016

11:00 PM  •
Marc Schneider / Billboard:  Neil Young's Pono music store goes offline for several weeks as it switches from audio provider Omnifone to 7digital
5:35 PM  •
Rachel Courtland / IEEE Spectrum:  Semiconductor Industry Association: transistors to stop shrinking in 2021, but processors can continue to fulfill Moore's Law with increased vertical density
1:40 PM  •
Chris Kohler / Wired:  Nintendo did not create Pokémon Go, and the game's success is not an indication that the Japanese company finally gets mobile
9:05 AM  •
Leena Rao / Fortune:  Jet.com execs talk about first 12 months since launch, future plans, say company is now on a $1.1B annual run rate
2:00 AM  •
Ellen Huet / Bloomberg:  Airbnb hires ex-mayors of Houston, Philadelphia, Rome, and Adelaide, Australia to advise on local regulation issues

July 22, 2016

10:15 PM  •
Joseph Cox / Motherboard:  Judge Orders Yahoo to Explain How It Recovered ‘Deleted’ Emails in Drugs Case
6:40 PM  •
Brian Crecente / Polygon:  Pokémon Go sets App Store record for most downloads in its first week, Apple confirms
4:15 PM  •
David Ruddock / Android Police:  Sources: Cyanogen Inc. is undergoing major layoffs, may “pivot” to apps
2:15 PM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  MasterCard jumps into UK payments technologies, buys VocaLink for up to $1.14B
12:50 PM  •
Heather Clancy / Fortune:  Workday Buys Big Data Specialist Platfora to Strengthen Cloud Financial Apps
11:50 AM  •
Andy Greenberg / Wired:  Edward Snowden and hacker Andrew Huang present designs for a device to monitor whether your iPhone's radios are transmitting when they are supposed to be off
11:10 AM  •
Kara Swisher / Recode:  Sources: Verizon is close to a deal to acquire Yahoo for about $5B
10:50 AM  •
TechCrunch:  Sources say Reddit's efforts to remake itself are faltering under CEO Steve Huffman and founder Alexis Ohanian's leadership as more key employees depart
12:20 AM  •
Brad Chacos / PCWorld:  Nvidia unveils new flagship graphics card, the $1,200 Titan X with 12GB GDDR5X memory, claims it is up to 60% faster than previous Titan X, goes on sale Aug. 2

July 21, 2016

9:05 PM  •
Se Young Lee / Reuters:  Samsung Electronics countersues Huawei in China for patent infringement
8:05 PM  •
Wall Street Journal:  Sources: Liberty Media CEO Greg Maffei, whose company controls Sirius XM, floated an offer to buy Pandora for $3.4B+ but was rejected by Pandora's board
7:20 PM  •
Janko Roettgers / Variety:  Redbox confirms it is testing Redbox Digital video streaming service
6:50 PM  •
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:  Monotype will acquire marketing startup Olapic for $130M
6:35 PM  •
Tom Spring / Threatpost:  EFF sues US over Digital Millennium Copyright Act clause that restricts tinkering with systems that protect copyrighted materials like films, audio, and code
6:05 PM  •
Jordan Novet / VentureBeat:  Salesforce acquires data center analytics startup Coolan
5:50 PM  •
Lisa Beilfuss / Wall Street Journal:  AT&T reports Q2 revenues of $40.52B, up 23% YoY, profit of $3.41B, up from $3.08B a year ago; adds 2.1M wireless customers but loses 49K video customers in US
4:55 PM  •
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:  Pandora misses targets for Q2 with revenue of $343M, up 20% YoY but lower than projections of $351.7M; active listeners fall to 78.1M from 79.4M a year ago
4:50 PM  •
Katie Roof / TechCrunch:  PayPal narrowly beats quarterly revenue expectations with $2.65B as it partners with Visa
4:35 PM  •
Tomio Geron / Wall Street Journal:  Seeking broader acceptance in the world of venture capital, 500 Startups reveals detailed return fund performance data as it raises its fourth fund
3:20 PM  •
Brad Sams / Petri:  Microsoft says demand for its Surface Hub, which costs up to $22K, has exceeded forecasts; device has shipped to over 500 customers worldwide to date
2:55 PM  •
GeekWire:  Amazon tests Daily Dish workplace lunch delivery service in select Seattle zip codes
2:45 PM  •
Greg Hartrell / Official Android Blog:  Google Play Books debuts Bubble Zoom, which uses machine learning to detect and expand speech bubbles in comic books, starting with some Marvel and DC volumes
2:10 PM  •
Tinder:  Tinder launches Tinder Social, a feature that lets groups plan nights out and “match” with other nearby groups that are also going out
1:45 PM  •
Mike Gikas / Consumer Reports:  Samsung corrects manufacturing defect in Galaxy S7 Active to fix water resistance problem
12:50 PM  •
Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica:  Moto Z review: huge price increase, no 3.5mm headphone jack, slow OS updates, and lame modules make it hard to recommend
12:25 PM  •
Casey Newton / The Verge:  Mark Zuckerberg discusses Facebook's 10-year plans to improve internet access, the importance of AI, plans for VR, and the challenges of AR
12:22 PM  •
William Alden / BuzzFeed:  Document shows Peter Thiel's venture capital firm Founders Fund privately values Palantir at 40% less than its latest valuation of $20B
12:20 PM  •
Casey Newton / The Verge:  Inside the inaugural test flight of Facebook's first internet drone, Aquila
12:00 PM  •
Kara Swisher / Recode:  Profile of Peter Thiel, the eccentric investor who is unlike anyone else in tech, as he endorses Trump with a speech at the RNC
11:50 AM  •
Jemma Brackebush / Digiday:  Zenith research: global internet ad spending will overtake TV in 2017, with 36% of market share versus TV's 35%
11:40 AM  •
Periscope:  Periscope adds “Replay Highlights” automatic trailers for broadcasts, ability to view Periscope feeds within embedded Tweets
11:35 AM  •
Nirav Mehta / Google Lat Long:  Google Maps adds more ways to add missing places and suggest edits to existing information
10:50 AM  •
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:  IDC: Smartwatch shipments fall for the first time; Apple only company in top 5 to decline
10:35 AM  •
Stephanie Condon / ZDNet:  Google Cloud Platform debuts 2 machine learning APIs in beta: a natural language API that lets devs perform sentiment & syntax analysis, and a Cloud Speech API
9:50 AM  •
Chris Welch / The Verge:  Lenovo's Moto Z and Moto Z Force Droids to launch on Verizon July 28, for $624 and $720
9:45 AM  •
Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:  Facebook Live to double broadcast length to four hours, offer fullscreen streaming and ability to temporarily hide comments and reactions during broadcast
8:30 AM  •
Heather Clancy / Fortune:  Sprinklr raises $105M Series F led by Temasek, at a valuation of $1.8B, for its social media management software
2:25 AM  •
Catalin Cimpanu / Softpedia News:  Apple fixes Stagefright-like vulnerability, which allows attackers to compromise devices via a malicious image, in latest updates to iOS, OS X, tvOS, watchOS

July 20, 2016

10:45 PM  •
Ed Bott / ZDNet:  The French National Data Protection Commission serves notice to Microsoft for Windows 10 privacy failings, gives company three months to comply
9:10 PM  •
Lauren Goode / The Verge:  Corning unveils Gorilla Glass 5, claims 0.6mm thick glass will not break 80% of the time when dropped from 1.6 meters
7:45 PM  •
Paul Thurrott / Thurrott.com:  How Skype is transitioning from a legacy P2P infrastructure to a new mobile-friendly, cloud-based solution this year
6:25 PM  •
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:  US shuts down biggest torrents site KickassTorrents, arrests owner after Apple hands over his personal details
5:12 PM  •
Ian King / Bloomberg:  Qualcomm Q3 revenues up 3.6% YoY to $6.04B, net income rises to $1.4B from $1.18B a year ago
5:00 PM  •
Natalie Gagliordi / ZDNet:  eBay slightly beats Q2 estimates on revenues of $2.2B and earnings of $437M, announces $2.5B share buyback
4:28 PM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Intel Q2 misses on sales of $13.5B, beats on EPS of $0.59 as it hunkers on with restructuring
3:50 PM  •
Jordan Pearson / Motherboard:  Mining is underway for a new Ethereum blockchain, following a hard fork that refunds ether to original investors of the hacked DAO
3:05 PM  •
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:  SwiftKey debuts emoji prediction keyboard Swiftmoji, its first product since the Microsoft acquisition
2:30 PM  •
Avery Hartmans / Business Insider:  Airbnb hires former Attorney General Eric Holder to help “craft a world-class anti-discrimination policy”
1:55 PM  •
Bloomberg:  China Bans Highway Testing of Autonomous Cars Pending Regulation
12:55 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Microsoft debuts Bookings, a new Office 365 service for online appointment scheduling
12:25 PM  •
Benjamin Smedberg / Future Releases:  Firefox will block non-essential, invisible Flash content starting in August
12:10 PM  •
Jack Clark / Bloomberg:  Google says DeepMind-powered AI has improved its datacenters' power usage efficiency by 15%
11:55 AM  •
Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:  Doppler Labs raises $24M Series B led by The Chernin Group for its wireless listening system, which has speech amplification, adaptive sound filtering, more
11:05 AM  •
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:  A history of Facebook Messenger as it reaches 1B monthly users five years after its debut; 17B photos are now sent through the service each month
10:15 AM  •
Katie Roof / TechCrunch:  Report: global VC funding, propped up by mega deals, rose 3% from previous quarter to $27.4B in Q2 but number of deals fell by 6% to 1886, lowest since Q2 2013
8:10 AM  •
Saritha Rai / Bloomberg:  Facebook testing option that allows users to download videos for watching offline in India
6:05 AM  •
Ganesh T S / AnandTech:  Seagate unveils three 10TB, helium-based 7200 RPM hard drives for the consumer market, with prices starting at $460
12:15 AM  •
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:  Duolingo releases Tinycards, a free, game-like memorization app for iOS, that lets users create flashcards, or select from the hundreds currently available

July 19, 2016

11:55 PM  •
David Pakman:  VC at Venrock on how Dollar Shave Club became successful and why he invested in it
11:15 PM  •
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:  Source: Niantic postponed Pokémon Go Japan launch after internal communication from McDonald's Japan, the game's sponsor, detailing the launch leaked
10:25 PM  •
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:  Twitter permanently suspends Breitbart tech editor Milo Yiannopoulos for repeated violation of rules regarding targeted abuse of users
10:15 PM  •
Dan Primack / Fortune:  Unilever acquires Dollar Shave Club, sources say for $1B; DSC founder and CEO Michael Dubin to continue running the company
8:50 PM  •
Vlad Savov / The Verge:  Nintendo's market value more than doubles to $42.5B since Pokémon Go release, surpasses Sony market value of about $40B
7:10 PM  •
Wall Street Journal:  Facebook is paying $2.2M to Vine and YouTube stars to create content for Facebook Live
5:25 PM  •
Guillermo Parra-Bernal / Reuters:  Brazil's Federal Supreme Court suspends a ruling by a low-tier judge that had blocked WhatsApp
4:37 PM  •
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:  Microsoft Q4: Azure revenue up 102% YoY with compute usage doubling, Intelligent Cloud revenue up 7% YoY, Surface revenue up 9% YoY; Office 365 subs top 23M
4:15 PM  •
Microsoft:  Microsoft reports non-GAAP revenue of $22.6B, operating income of $6.2B for FY16 Q4; commercial cloud annualized revenue run rate exceeds $12.1B
3:35 PM  •
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch:  Skycure lands $16.5M Series B round for mobile cybersecurity platform
2:05 PM  •
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:  Snapchat confirms acquisition of Toronto startup Bitstrips, integrates Bitmojis into app to offer more personalized emoji
1:55 PM  •
Nick Statt / The Verge:  Twitter now lets anyone request a verified account
1:35 PM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Slack, now with 600 apps on its platform, pours $2M into 14 Slackbot startups via its Slack Fund
12:20 PM  •
Reuters:  Brazilian judge orders phone carriers to block WhatsApp, the third such incident in 8 months
12:11 PM  •
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:  Sources: Pokémon Go to launch in Japan with McDonald's as the first launch partner, with 3K+ stores set to be sponsored “gym” locations
11:30 AM  •
Kurt Wagner / Recode:  NBA to create two original programs to stream exclusively on Twitter, post more game highlights on the social network and Vine
10:30 AM  •
Alex Konrad / Forbes:  WiFi Startup Zenreach Emerges From Stealth With $50 Million And Peter Thiel On Its Board
9:30 AM  •
Mark Scott / New York Times:  Google is spending almost half a billion dollars by 2017 to remake its image in Europe

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