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March 25, 2017, 3:40 PM
 

March 25, 2017

12:45 PM  •
South China Morning Post:  Beijing court overturns ruling that said Apple's iPhone 6 violated a defunct Chinese phone maker's design patent
6:35 AM  •
Bloomberg:  Sources: Grab, Uber's largest rival in Southeast Asia, raising $1.5B+ led by SoftBank
2:30 AM  •
Bloomberg:  Uber suspends self-driving car testing following Arizona crash involving one of its cars; police say the Uber car was not at fault, another car failed to yield
2:10 AM  •
Amir Efrati / The Information:  Seoul escort bar visit by Uber CEO, Emil Michael, and others in 2014 led to HR complaint; Kalanick's ex-girlfriend says Michael asked her to lie about visit

March 24, 2017

9:55 PM  •
Bloomberg:  Sources: Uber denied recruiters access to its demographic data, hindering its diversity efforts, and plans release of its first diversity report next week
7:25 PM  •
Darla Mercado / CNBC:  Amazon will collect sales taxes from all states that impose the taxes by April 1
5:15 PM  •
Johana Bhuiyan / Recode:  Sources shed light on Uber's self-driving car mess: slow progress on tech, haphazard public demos, and ATG talent exodus triggered by Otto acquisition
5:00 PM  •
Anita Balakrishnan / CNBC:  Enterprise data analytics startup Alteryx closes up 10.7% on first day of trading, after raising $126M in an IPO
3:30 PM  •
Reuters:  Sources: AMC Networks is planning commercial-free streaming service for about $4.99-$6.99/month for people who subscribe to AMC via cable TV
2:55 PM  •
Maria Armental / Wall Street Journal:  GameStop says it will close at least 150 stores after sales fell 14% last quarter
2:00 PM  •
Shaheen Samavati / Tech.eu:  Germany-based online lamp shop Lampenwelt.de, active in 12 countries, raises €120M from 3i
1:25 PM  •
Stephen Hall / 9to5Google:  Google details the sunsetting of Talk, SMS removal for Hangouts, and other G Suite changes
12:35 PM  •
Kim Hart / Axios:  Tech community “dumbfounded” by Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin's remark that AI won't supplant US jobs for “50-100 more years”
12:25 PM  •
TechCrunch:  Facebook says it will soon start testing the ability to add GIFs to comments
12:05 PM  •
Sascha Segan / PC Magazine:  T-Mobile introduces Scam ID to flag scam calls, and opt-in Scam Block service to block them
11:30 AM  •
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:  Chrome to immediately stop recognizing extended validation status of Symantec-issued certs and gradually nullify all currently valid certs of Symantec-owned CAs
10:50 AM  •
Nathaniel Popper / New York Times:  Banks increasingly in contention with services like Mint and Betterment over the sharing of financial data, with some banks arguing tech firms should pay fees
9:35 AM  •
Bloomberg:  Baidu-backed photo-sharing and video streaming app Kuaishou raises $350M led by Tencent at a $3B valuation
8:20 AM  •
Andrew Cunningham / Ars Technica:  Moto G5 Plus review: best budget smartphone with premium feel and solid performance, but camera is disappointing and timely software updates are not guaranteed
2:55 AM  •
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:  Google partners with Howard University to open a school branch on Google's campus for black engineering students, accepting 740 students over five years

March 23, 2017

9:25 PM  •
Zack Whittaker / ZDNet:  Tests show 10 of 54 passwords are valid in sample set from hackers claiming to have 250M iCloud records; users should change passwords
7:20 PM  •
Casey Newton / The Verge:  Twitter confirms it is considering a paid TweetDeck subscription service with new features including analytics and breaking news alerts for brands and news orgs
6:00 PM  •
Jason Del Rey / Recode:  Instacart will pay $4.6M to settle a class-action lawsuit with independent contractors and change its description of a service fee often mistaken as a tip
5:00 PM  •
Daniel Terdiman / Fast Company:  Hands-on with Nomadic's VR experience, which uses rooms and real-world objects to immerse the user; the firm hopes its experiences will be available Q4 2017
4:30 PM  •
Casey Newton / The Verge:  Twitter's core features have slowly been unbundled by Facebook, Instagram, Reddit, and others, leading to Twitter's overall decline
3:45 PM  •
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:  Zenreach raises $30M Series C from Founder's Fund, Bain Capital, others to help businesses build their databases of customers by providing free WiFi
3:30 PM  •
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:  Intel consolidates its AI efforts into one group, led by Naveen Rao, that combines engineering, labs, software, and hardware
2:35 PM  •
Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica:  Android O developer preview hands-on: snoozing notifications is great, but new ambient display design and navigation bar features are poorly implemented
2:00 PM  •
Business Insider:  Filing: SoundCloud raises $70M in debt funding to build a “financially sustainable platform”, following a $100M raise in June 2016
1:50 PM  •
Yevgeniy Sverdlik / Data Center Knowledge:  Mashape, creator of top open source API management tool Kong, raises $18M Series B led by Andreessen Horowitz
1:18 PM  •
Hamza Shaban / BuzzFeed:  Senate votes 50-48 to repeal Obama-era regulations requiring that ISPs ask before sharing customer data
1:05 PM  •
Tony Romm / Recode:  White House hires Matt Lira, a longtime aide to GOP lawmakers, to assist with innovation policy and initiatives
12:15 PM  •
Tom Warren / The Verge:  Microsoft announces patent licensing program for connected cars, with navigation, entertainment, and voice recognition features, signs first deal with Toyota
12:00 PM  •
TechCrunch:  Sources: Amazon has finalized a deal to acquire Middle Eastern rival Souq.com for $650M, below its $1B valuation from February 2016
11:35 AM  •
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / Motherboard:  WikiLeaks releases mostly decade-old documents detailing CIA techniques for compromising Macs and iOS devices using EFI, UEFI, and firmware malware
11:15 AM  •
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:  Instagram says it will blur and add a warning to sensitive content that doesn't merit removal and open two-factor authentication to all
11:10 AM  •
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:  Facebook rolling out emoji reactions including a thumbs-down button and mention alerts in Messenger
10:55 AM  •
Ross Rubin / ZDNet:  Adobe demos three retail-enablement apps for Hololens which use augmented reality to visualise analytics for marketers
9:00 AM  •
Thomas Fox-Brewster / Forbes:  Profile of Tracer, a phone surveillance tool made by a US firm that is being resold by Moscow-based OpenGSM; sources say Apple has been tracking it since 2015
5:35 AM  •
Elle Hunt / The Guardian:  Facebook starts flagging potential fake news stories as “disputed by multiple, independent fact-checkers”
12:20 AM  •
Kate Conger / TechCrunch:  Android 2016 security report: 50% of devices in use at the end of 2016 had not received a platform security update in one year

March 22, 2017

9:35 PM  •
Geof Wheelwright / GeekWire:  Twitter partnering with IBM's Watson team to “identify abuse patterns” among users on Twitter before the behavior starts, says VP of data strategy Chris Moody
8:50 PM  •
Dan Burns / Reuters:  Canada reveals new budget that redefines ride-sharing firms as taxi companies, ending Uber's tax advantage
7:53 PM  •
Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:  Apple acquires Workflow, an automation tool for iOS, will keep three-person team and make app freely available in the App Store
7:40 PM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Universe, a mobile-only website builder, launches an iOS app and announces $3.2M in funding led by Box Group
6:05 PM  •
Jeff Grubb / VentureBeat:  Nintendo releases Super Mario Run for Android as a free download for first three levels, but the full game costs $10
4:52 PM  •
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:  Medium launches memberships for $5/month, directing early revenue to writers, will eventually give access to exclusive stories and an offline reading list
4:35 PM  •
New York Times:  As Chinese state-backed firms invest in cutting edge US startups, DoD white paper distributed to WH says US govt failing to protect critical tech, sources say
3:50 PM  •
Jason Schreier / Kotaku:  Nintendo says a now-fixed “manufacturing variation” was to blame for Joy-Con controller issues
2:25 PM  •
Jessica Guynn / USA Today:  Despite Google's assurances, AT&T, Verizon, others pull ads from Google and YouTube over concerns ads could appear next to content promoting terrorism and hate
1:30 PM  •
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:  Google updates Allo with file sharing, Photos with low connectivity features, and Duo with audio calling, rolling out first to users in Brazil
1:10 PM  •
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:  Facebook opens Live streaming up to PC users using built-in or third-party cameras, expanding it beyond Pages to all accounts
12:40 PM  •
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:  HotelTonight raises $37M Series E, valuing the firm at $463M, led by Accel with participation from RSC Capital, GGV Capital, others
12:25 PM  •
Troy Dreier / Streaming Media Magazine:  Akamai debuts Akamai Media Acceleration, claims it will improve OTT video by bringing broadcast quality to broadband, accelerate game and software downloads
12:00 PM  •
Sijia Jiang / Reuters:  Tencent reports Q4 revenue of $6.3B, up 44% YoY, as its other businesses grow 289% YoY, driven by payment and cloud services
11:35 AM  •
Paul Krill / ITworld.com:  Stack Overflow survey of 64K developers worldwide: 73.1% say Rust is the most loved language, 66.9% say Facebook's React is the most loved framework
10:50 AM  •
Stephen Lawson / InfoWorld:  Facebook and Nokia successfully test new technique that boosts the speed of existing undersea cables from 13Tbps to 32Tbps
10:35 AM  •
Sarah Frier / Bloomberg:  Instagram to let users book appointments with businesses, may eventually add more tools like reviews; feature set to roll out in next couple of months
10:20 AM  •
Iain Thomson / The Register:  Nest camera Bluetooth vulnerability allows hackers to wirelessly stop recording; researcher reported issues in October, company has not yet patched them
10:10 AM  •
TechCrunch:  Google Maps adds feature that lets users share their location with friends and family on an ongoing basis or for a specified period of time
9:55 AM  •
Fitz Tepper / TechCrunch:  Six March Madness games to be streamed in VR; single court camera for $2 per game, multiple camera angles for $3 per game or $8 for all six
9:20 AM  •
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:  Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 review: small, light tablet with bright screen and tight stylus integration, but the keyboard is cramped and multitasking is limited
9:10 AM  •
Kurt Wagner / Recode:  LinkedIn introduces trending topics section curated by human editors, rolling out Wednesday to US users on mobile and desktop
7:30 AM  •
Sarah Kessler / Quartz:  As IBM continues its drive to bring remote workers back into offices, some employees theorize that the company is using “co-location” as a downsizing effort
5:15 AM  •
Russell Brandom / The Verge:  How iCloud account data helped police identify the attacker who allegedly tweeted seizure-inducing strobe, despite his use of a prepaid SIM bought with cash
12:55 AM  •
Andrew Ng / Medium:  Google Brain founder and Baidu's chief scientist Andrew Ng resigns from Baidu
12:45 AM  •
Deanna Ting / Skift:  Airbnb rebrands as Aibiying in China, plans to triple workforce and double investment in the country in 2017, integrates with Alipay and WeChat
12:15 AM  •
Rob LeFebvre / Engadget:  Amazon Music's iOS app adds support for CarPlay, Apple's in-car entertainment system

March 21, 2017

10:45 PM  •
TechCrunch:  Y Combinator Winter 2017 Demo Day 2: 51 startups with a focus on backend engineering tools and social apps
10:40 PM  •
Jessica Toonkel / Reuters:  Advertisers try to scrub ads from Breitbart and other sites, resorting to double checking where their ads get placed by automated buying systems
10:10 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Amazon adds “Send to Kindle” feature to its Kindle iOS app, letting users send articles for reading later
8:55 PM  •
David Cohen / Adweek:  LinkedIn unveils Sales Navigator for enterprise with CRM sync and PointDrive integration, available now for $1.6K+ per seat, per year
7:15 PM  •
Zac Hall / 9to5Mac:  Apple releases iTunes 12.6 with feature allowing rentals to be watched across multiple devices using iOS 10.3 and tvOS 10.2, which are in public/dev beta
6:15 PM  •
Wall Street Journal:  Microsoft says it has finished customizing Windows 10 for Chinese government use, after last year's passage of cybersecurity law that shook industry
5:00 PM  •
Blaise Zerega / VentureBeat:  Uber board member Arianna Huffington, head of N. America operations Rachel Holt, and HR officer Liane Hornsey take questions on sexual harassment investigation
4:20 PM  •
Jeffrey Dastin / Reuters:  Amazon expands counterfeit removal program beyond testing in North America, letting brands register logos and other IP with Amazon
3:50 PM  •
Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:  Apple discontinues iPad mini 2 and raises iPad mini 4's base storage from 32GB to 128GB, available for $399
3:00 PM  •
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:  Outlook, OneDrive, Xbox issues resolved, but Skype is still experiencing problems after Microsoft services hit by account authentication issue on Tuesday
2:45 PM  •
Kurt Wagner / Recode:  Sources: Pinterest expects $500M+ in revenue this year, a jump of at least 67% over last year's $300M
2:30 PM  •
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:  Twitter nixed 636k+ accounts between mid-2015 and end of 2016 in its effort to tackle extremism
2:10 PM  •
Eric Newcomer / Bloomberg:  Tumult at Uber, including the departure of president Jeff Jones, has complicated the COO search; source says Tim Armstrong and ex-Walt Disney COO in contention
1:30 PM  •
Andrew J. Hawkins / The Verge:  Washington state judge rules against Uber's attempt to block the implementation of a law that would allow Seattle drivers to unionize
1:20 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Google updates its iOS, Android, and web app with tappable icons for sports, entertainment, weather, and more
1:05 PM  •
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:  Google releases Android O to developers, touting better battery life through improved background app management and more organized notifications with “channels”
12:50 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Twitter debuts Periscope Producer API in private beta, letting publishers stream from more devices and services
12:45 PM  •
BBC:  Following US ban, UK announces cabin baggage ban on electronics, which includes laptops, tablets, and phones over a certain size, for flights from six countries
12:35 PM  •
Rishika Sadam / Reuters:  Twitter has suspended 636K+ accounts since mid-2015 to tackle extremism
11:50 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Reddit to introduce user profiles, let users post directly to their profiles and follow other users' pages; feature debuts with three high-profile users
11:35 AM  •
Jeff John Roberts / Fortune:  Google launches Protect Your Election, a set of security tools to help election websites, human rights groups, and others defend against DDoS and other attacks
10:55 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Alexa now takes orders from Amazon's instant Prime Now and alcohol delivery services
10:45 AM  •
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:  ARM unveils DynamIQ multicore chip designs for faster AI and cloud computing, enabling flexible multicore processing
8:56 AM  •
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:  Apple debuts special-edition (PRODUCT)RED iPhone 7, 7 Plus, available in 128GB and 256GB models, starting at $749; iPhone SE storage doubled to 32GB and 128GB
8:50 AM  •
Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:  Apple announces new 9.7-inch iPad with A9 chip to replace iPad Air 2, starting at $329 for 32GB and $429 for 128GB, available to order on March 24
8:45 AM  •
Lauren Goode / The Verge:  Apple announces free social video editing app Clips, letting users add filters, basic text, emojis, and more, available on iOS in April
8:35 AM  •
Spencer Soper / Bloomberg:  Walmart is launching “Store No. 8” tech startup incubator in Silicon Valley, focusing on virtual and augmented reality, robotics, and artificial intelligence
7:30 AM  •
Lara O'Reilly / Business Insider:  Dutch telecom company Altice buys France-based video ad tech startup Teads for $307M
5:45 AM  •
Jordan Novet / VentureBeat:  IBM announces a cold storage service called IBM Cloud Object Storage Flex to launch in Q2 of this year, 5 years after AWS launched Amazon Glacier
2:30 AM  •
Mark Bergen / Bloomberg:  After UK backlash, Google updates ad policies to give more control over ad placement, creates new brand safety tools, and expands hate speech definitions
2:15 AM  •
TechCrunch:  The 52 startups that launched at Y Combinator Winter 2017 Demo Day 1
1:00 AM  •
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:  Adobe launches Experience Cloud for enterprises, and unveils Advertising Cloud to help companies manage ads across search, social, mobile, and TV

March 20, 2017

10:30 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Google Maps for Android now lets you record your parking location, time left at the meter
9:00 PM  •
Harry McCracken / Fast Company:  How Instagram's product and staff have evolved over the last few years, from its break with square photos to ramping up from 50 to 500+ employees
7:50 PM  •
Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed:  DoorDash to add six robots to its food delivery fleet in Redwood City this Thursday for short-distance orders of up to two miles
6:25 PM  •
Jon Ostrower / CNNMoney:  US bans electronic devices larger than cellphones from cabins on flights from certain Middle Eastern countries and Africa to US
4:10 PM  •
Fitz Tepper / TechCrunch:  Foursquare launches an analytics platform to help retailers of any size understand foot traffic; launch partners include TGI Friday's, Taco Bell, H&M, Equinox

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