November 26, 2015, 2:30 PM

November 26, 2015

1:50 PM  •
Andy / TorrentFreak:  Software pirate in Czech Republic must get 200K YouTube hits on anti-piracy film or face fine after agreement with plaintiffs
8:40 AM  •
Samidha Sharma / Times of India:  Indian hyperlocal delivery startup Grofers raises $120M led by Softbank, sources say at a valuation over $300M
4:10 AM  •
Abhimanyu Ghoshal / The Next Web:  Raspberry Pi unveils the Pi Zero, a $5 computer with 512MB RAM and a 40% faster processor than Raspberry Pi 1

November 25, 2015

11:05 PM  •
Chris Pan / Facebook Developers:  Facebook releases SDK for tvOS that lets developers add Facebook login, sharing, and analytics to their Apple TV apps
9:30 PM  •
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:  Mozilla's 2014 annual report: Revenue up 4.9% to $329M, 90% came from Google and Yahoo
7:55 PM  •
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg Business:  Sources: Amazon to bundle other online movie and TV subscriptions with Prime Instant Video as soon as next month, with most partners expecting to share revenue
4:55 PM  •
Jordan Novet / VentureBeat:  Following ISIS crackdown, Telegram adds group admins, supergroups for up to 1K users
3:50 PM  •
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:  Pandora, iHeartRadio can stream songs from Adele's top-selling album 25, unlike Spotify, Apple Music, others, thanks to law for “non-interactive” services
2:55 PM  •
Thomas Fox-Brewster / Forbes:  Study of 4000 embedded devices from over 70 vendors shows reused crypto keys leave millions of devices insecure, only 5 vendors known to have fixes on the way
1:45 PM  •
Bloomberg Business:  Sources: Apple reaches preliminary agreement with China UnionPay to use its network of over 5M NFC-enabled PoS devices, pending feedback from card-issuing banks
1:20 PM  •
Paul Lamkin / Forbes:  Fossil Q Founder Android Wear smartwatch available today from $275, with stainless steel band for additional $20; Fossil promises a full day's battery life
12:30 PM  •
William Alden / BuzzFeed:  Some Zenefits salespeople in at least seven states have sold insurance without licenses, leading to a probe by regulator in Washington state
10:55 AM  •
David Dayen / Salon:  While under FTC scrutiny, Google donated $762K to George Mason University as it published favorable studies; GMU professor later became FTC commissioner
5:50 AM  •
Google:  Google lists top 10 domains with right to be forgotten requests, says Facebook, YouTube, Twitter most impacted
1:55 AM  •
Wall Street Journal:  Profile of Gery Shalon, the man who prosecutors allege masterminded the JP Morgan hack
1:10 AM  •
David Pierce / Wired:  Fossil Q Founder Android Wear smartwatch available November 25 for $275, favors fashion over tech
12:50 AM  •
Roger Fingas / AppleInsider:  Amazon Video, Microsoft OneDrive, and Google Drive for iOS update with 3D Touch support
12:15 AM  •
Ashley Carman / The Verge:  Tor launches its first crowdfunding campaign as it seeks to be less reliant on US government funds

November 24, 2015

11:40 PM  •
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:  Giphy update lets users import photos and videos from their own camera roll to create GIFs
11:05 PM  •
Bing Blog:  Bing Maps update adds road conditions from more than 35K cameras in 11 countries
10:27 PM  •
TechCrunch:  Apple Has Acquired Faceshift, Maker Of Motion Capture Tech Used In Star Wars
10:05 PM  •
Jillian Yue / China Money Network:  Beijing based short-video mobile app maker MiaoPai raises $200M series D led by Weibo
9:30 PM  •
Reuters:  Sources: EMC to retain majority stake in Virtustream, VMware to assume a minority stake
8:40 PM  •
Casey Newton / The Verge:  Google expects to launch Accelerated Mobile Pages, its version of Facebook's Instant Articles, early next year
7:50 PM  •
Robert McMillan / Wall Street Journal:  IBM makes its System ML machine learning software freely available to share and modify through the Apache Software Foundation
6:15 PM  •
Steven Hepting / The Twitter Blog:  Twitter adds native video support to its developer kit, available now for iOS, coming soon to Android
5:37 PM  •
Jason Del Rey / Re/code: lands $350M in funding led by Fidelity and says it has verbal agreements for another $150M, at a $1B pre-money valuation
5:25 PM  •
Ed Bott / ZDNet:  Microsoft reverses course: its media creation tool now installs latest Windows 10 version
4:55 PM  •
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:  Tango, chat app unicorn, lays off 9% of staff, around 30 employees, after its e-commerce move failed despite Alibaba and Walmart partnerships
4:28 PM  •
Rachel King / ZDNet:  HP reports Q4 net revenue of $25.7B, down 9% YoY, misses earnings targets in first report since the split on November 1; stock down over 7% after hours
4:10 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Amazon Video, Music And More Now Available On Majority Of JetBlue's “Fly-Fi” Enabled Planes
4:00 PM  •
Zack Whittaker / ZDNet:  Amazon forces resets of account passwords for some users, citing insecure password handling
3:45 PM  •
Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:  Disposable phone number service Burner opens webhooks to developers, now integrates into IFTTT recipes; some limitations in place to prevent spam
3:10 PM  •
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:  Robinhood launches platform to extend its zero-fee stock trading to other apps; StockTwits among first to integrate
2:40 PM  •
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:  T-Mobile gives existing Simple Choice customers three months of unlimited LTE, as long as they use the Binge On feature, which downgrades video streams to 480p
2:30 PM  •
Arik Hesseldahl / Re/code:  Sources: EMC and VMware shareholders demand changes to Dell buyout deal including VMware stock buyback, shutting down Virtustream, more
2:25 PM  •
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:  Vine Lets You Swipe Left To Find Similar Vines, Launches On Apple Watch
2:15 PM  •
Mark Bergen / Re/code:  Google is burying results from competitors like Yelp and TripAdvisor beneath its own in local search; Google says it's a bug
1:45 PM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Atom Bank, a mobile-only UK bank launching early 2016, picks up $128M at around a $230M valuation, led by Spanish-based banking giant BBVA, owner of Simple
1:10 PM  •
Tracey Lien / Los Angeles Times:  Uber appoints safety advisory board to advise on physical safety of drivers and passengers, data security, and working with law enforcement
1:00 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Google trials an SMS alert service for holiday shopping deals
12:25 PM  •
Ed Bott / ZDNet:  Latest Windows 10 update no longer available from Microsoft's tool for doing clean OS installs; Microsoft says future installs should be through Windows Update
12:05 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Google to donate $1 for each Android Pay purchase, up to $1M, toward special education projects in partnership with
11:40 AM  •
Alistair Barr / Wall Street Journal:  Sources: Alphabet will ask its “bet” companies like Google X and Google Fiber to pay for corporate services, in attempt to rein in spending
11:10 AM  •
Lora Kolodny / Wall Street Journal:  Shiftgig's mobile marketplace matches hourly workers to local jobs, raises $22M Series B led by Renren Inc.
10:55 AM  •
Sanjana Tandon / Dropbox Blog:  Dropbox lets you annotate and comment on PDFs stored in Dropbox for iPhone and iPad if you have Acrobat Reader installed
10:35 AM  •
Joseph Kristoffer / Pebble:  Pebble releases beta Text Reply for iOS, brings voice and text replies to AT&T users in US
10:15 AM  •
Bloomberg Business:  Sources: DoorDash in talks to raise funding at $1B valuation, Sequoia expected to lead
9:40 AM  •
Paul Mozur / New York Times:  China completely cuts off mobile data for people using VPNs and foreign messaging services in Xinjiang, with telcos directing them to police to restore service
8:15 AM  •
Myke Hurley / The Pen Addict:  Apple Pencil review: closest in offering a true handwriting experience on a digital device
5:40 AM  •
Abhimanyu Ghoshal / The Next Web:  Xiaomi's first all-metal Redmi Note 3 phone and Mi Pad 2 start at just $140
4:05 AM  •
Laura P. Thomas / Direct2Dell:  Dell posts instructions to remove unsafe eDellRoot certificate, will provide software update that removes it automatically today
1:55 AM  •
Amanda Hess / Slate:  Sony employees on the hack, one year later
1:05 AM  •
Wall Street Journal:  Sources: Apple to launch Apple Pay in China by February, has inked deals with country's big four state-run banks to support the platform

November 23, 2015

11:25 PM  •
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:  Report: Apple to launch Apple Pay in China by February of 2016
10:10 PM  •
Jordan Novet / VentureBeat:  AWS launches EC2 Dedicated Hosts to let users run many instances on each server
8:10 PM  •
Financial Times:  On-demand food delivery service Deliveroo raises $100M Series D led by DST and Greenoaks to expand to new markets in Asia, Australia, and Middle East
7:20 PM  •
Amy Gesenhues / Search Engine Land:  Google received 15.7M copyright related URL takedown requests over one week in November, almost double from 8.2M last year
5:40 PM  •
Klint Finley / Wired:  Automattic, in move away from PHP, launches new, open sourced admin interface for built on Node.js and React, releases Mac OS X app
4:35 PM  •
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:  Google launches Compare for mortgages in partnership with Zillow and LendingTree, available only in California for now
3:45 PM  •
Paresh Dave / Los Angeles Times:  Snapchat launches Story Explorer to let users view multiple perspectives of moments in Live Stories, starting in New York and Los Angeles
3:20 PM  •
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:  Slack connectivity issues resolved after about two-hour outage
2:30 PM  •
Michelle W. / News:  WordPress announces a major redesign of, and a new desktop app, available for Mac now, Windows and Linux later
2:15 PM  •
Joshua Goldman / CNET:  FAA drone task force recommends registration for pilots, not individual drones
1:45 PM  •
Jason Koebler / Motherboard:  This Is How the FAA's Mandatory Drone Registration Program Will Work
1:25 PM  •
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:  Dell does a Superfish, ships PCs with easily cloneable root certificates
1:00 PM  •
Skype Blogs:  Skype 6.6 for iPhone and iPad brings phone number, date and address detection, and improved multitasking
12:15 PM  •
Cecilia Kang / New York Times:  Startups including Hello Alfred, Magic Leap, and Zenefits are increasing lobbying in Washington to create good will and minimize potential regulatory issues
11:40 AM  •
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:  Google unveils Android Studio 2.0 with Instant Run, faster Android emulator, and new GPU profiler
11:25 AM  •
Edward C. Baig / USA Today:  Square starts shipping its chip card reader with Apple Pay support; Samsung Pay now supports Chase cards
10:55 AM  •
Kevin Tofel / ZDNet:  More control: Amazon Echo gains advanced trigger commands with IFTTT
9:05 AM  •
Jackie Dove / Macworld:  Adobe to close Revel, its cloud-based photo and video sharing service, in February, and will let users transfer files into Creative Cloud Photography plan
3:30 AM  •
Jonathan Keane / BBC:  As retailers turn to increasingly affordable facial recognition tech to fight shoplifters, privacy concerns abound

November 22, 2015

6:45 PM  •
Juli Clover / MacRumors:  Apple ‘Investigating’ iPad Pros Unresponsive After Charging, Recommends Restart as Interim Fix
8:15 AM  •
Andrew Hoyle / CNET:  Sony Xperia Z5 Premium review: 4K resolution display is indiscernible over other high end phones, not worth high price

November 21, 2015

11:00 PM  •
Danny Sullivan / Marketing Land:  Google App Streaming: A Big Move In Building “The Web Of Apps”

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