April 25, 2017, 6:20 AM

April 25, 2017

6:20 AM  •
Andrew J. Hawkins / The Verge:  Waymo to offer free rides in its self-driving minivans to residents of Phoenix, Arizona; users can sign up for the “early rider program” on Waymo's site today
5:25 AM  •
Madhumita Murgia / Financial Times:  British digital health firm Babylon raises $60M to improve its AI to diagnose illnesses, sources say at a valuation of over $200M

April 24, 2017

11:50 PM  •
Ginny Marvin / Marketing Land:  Google adding TV ad inventory to DoubleClick Bid Manager, letting advertisers measure video campaigns across digital media and linear TV
10:30 PM  •
Pan Yue / China Money Network:  Fortune Capital leads $14M series A in Shanghai-based VR headset maker Shadow Creator to expand internationally
8:25 PM  •
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:  Jimmy Wales launches Wikitribune, a crowdfunded news site that will use journalists to write and volunteers to fact check in effort to combat fake news
7:00 PM  •
Matthew Hughes / The Next Web:  Atlassian's messaging platform HipChat hacked over weekend: names, email addresses, and hashed passwords may have been exposed
6:40 PM  •
Chris Preimesberger / eWeek:  Violin Memory, which went public in 2013, announces it has been acquired by private investment fund Quantum Partners
6:05 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Amazon launches Subscribe with Amazon, a marketplace for digital subscriptions, which has been in development since last year
4:50 PM  •
Roger Cheng / CNET:  T-Mobile reports net income of $698M, up 46% YoY, and says it gained 914K post-paid customers in Q1, amid Verizon's loss of 289K post-paid customers
4:35 PM  •
John Voorhees / MacStories:  Apple announces it's reducing affiliate commissions on apps and in-app purchases from 7% to 2.5% starting May 1
3:30 PM  •
Janko Roettgers / Variety:  Dish's Sling Media debuts SlingStudio, a $999 portable TriCaster competitor that can connect with 10 cameras, optimized for Facebook Live, YouTube live streams
3:10 PM  •
Fitz Tepper / TechCrunch:  DJI's new FPV headset, called DJI Goggles, lets you control your drone with head movements, shipping after May 20 for $499
2:40 PM  •
Selina Wang / Bloomberg:  Source: Square acquired the engineering team of Yik Yak, which had raised ~$74M in total funding, for less than $3M
2:10 PM  •
Sean O'Kane / The Verge:  Xiaomi-backed Yi Technology debuts Yi Halo, a $17K 17-camera VR rig made in partnership with Google that can shoot stereoscopic video in 8K resolution at 30FPS
1:00 PM  •
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:  Microsoft says it will start integrating Dynamics 365 for Sales with LinkedIn's Sales Navigator in July and announces new HR app called Dynamics 365 for Talent
12:10 PM  •
Shona Ghosh / Business Insider: CEO says it's “heartbreaking” that users are upset sold their anonymized email data to Uber
10:50 AM  •
Kyle Orland / Ars Technica:  Revised NPD report for 2016 shows digital revenue accounted for 74% of US game spending, reaching $18.13B versus $6.37B from physical sales
10:25 AM  •
Wall Street Journal:  Sources: Amazon has created a team for self-driving tech, which focuses not on building vehicles but on how to leverage them
10:15 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  LinkedIn says it now has 500M members in 200 countries, up from 467M in October 2016; it has 9M+ companies and 10M+ jobs listed
7:05 AM  •
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:  Netflix to raise $1B through debt offering to fund new content and other “strategic transactions”
5:30 AM  •
Ainsley Harris / Fast Company:  Inside the demise of Tilt, which raised a total of $67M+, was valued at $375M in 2015, but was recently bought by Airbnb, reportedly for $12M

April 23, 2017

11:25 PM  •
Davey Alba / Wired:  Inside Google's ads quality rater program, where contractors rush to flag and label inappropriate YouTube content for $15 per hour, while training Google's AI
9:20 PM  •
Ruth Reader / Fast Company:  Profile of PayPal subsidiary Venmo, which has grown to an estimated 7M MAUs and processed $18B in payments in 2016 after struggling early with compliance, fraud
7:15 PM  •
Economist:  How Alibaba, Tencent, and Baidu fight for dominance in China while trying to expand abroad
5:15 PM  •
Sheera Frenkel / BuzzFeed:  How Russian hacking evolved: simple credit card schemes in the '90s, takeover by organized crime in the '00s, and now joint criminal and government hacker teams
3:00 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Twitch launching an invite-only affiliate program allowing non-partnered channels to earn revenue, starting with chat-based “Cheering with Bits” tipping feature
11:56 AM  •
Mike Isaac / New York Times:  A look at Travis Kalanick's risk taking, from his early startups to Uber, which once led Tim Cook to threaten Kalanick with app removal for breaking store rules
7:10 AM  •
Jeff John Roberts / Fortune:  CyberGRX, a startup that vets third-party suppliers on their cybersecurity practices, raises $20M Series B led by Bessemer
2:05 AM  •
Nick Pappageorge / CB Insights:  Amazon building new business pillars in AI, next-gen logistics, and enterprise cloud, a deep dive into firms's M&A, investment, jobs, patent, other data shows
12:10 AM  •
The Verge:  How the H-1B visa program has become a gateway for companies to replace US tech staff with foreign workers earning less and receiving fewer benefits

April 22, 2017

7:05 PM  •
Mark Suster / Both Sides of the Table:  As MakeSpace announces $30M Series C, a look at the logistics tech underlying the on-demand storage service
2:00 PM  •
Nicole Perlroth / New York Times:  Russian hacker Roman Seleznev sentenced to 27 years for theft, sale of 2M+ CC numbers resulting in $170M+ in losses, the longest hacking-related sentence in US
12:10 PM  •
Ari Levy / CNBC:  Groq, a stealth startup founded by Google Tensor Processing Unit project engineers and Chamath Palihapitiya, has raised $10.3M
7:05 AM  •
Pan Yue / China Money Network:  Beijing-based SenseTime, which develops facial recognition tech, announces $60M round led by Sailing Capital; company had revealed a $120M round in December
2:00 AM  •
Alexandra Vaidos / Softpedia News:  IHS estimates Samsung's Galaxy S8, which retails starting at $720, costs $307.50 to manufacture, $43.34 more than it cost to make the Galaxy S7 last year
12:10 AM  •
Ben Fox Rubin / CNET:  Verizon delays Bixby Amazon shopping feature in Samsung Galaxy S8

April 21, 2017

11:05 PM  •
Duncan Riley / SiliconANGLE:  Machine learning data management startup SafeGraph raises $16M Series A from IDG Ventures and 100+ high-profile individual investors
10:25 PM  •
Caroline O'Donovan / BuzzFeed:  Waymo filing: during deposition this week, Uber engineer “was forced to admit” that Uber was working on a second, more Waymo-like Lidar and hid it from court
8:55 PM  •
Mark Bergen / Bloomberg:  Sources: Google and partners in Coalition for Better Ads are working on a tool designed for publishers to filter some ads; IAB head says tool isn't ad blocker
7:55 PM  •
Kurt Wagner / Recode:  Sources: Facebook is offering publishers a monthly sum in exchange for a minimum amount of produced video, to host mid-roll ads
7:00 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  YouTube says 12M videos, including those with LGBTQ+ topics, are now available in Restricted Mode after fix, adds way to report videos wrongly excluded
5:05 PM  •
William Alden / BuzzFeed:  Sources: after performing some pilot work, Palantir never signed full-fledged contract with NSA; Palantir CEO called CIA “recalcitrant” in 2015 staff meeting
3:40 PM  •
Richard Lai / Engadget:  Huawei admits it uses slower flash memory chips in some P10 smartphones due to supply constraints
2:35 PM  •
Sam Kim / Bloomberg:  Netmarble Games prices IPO in Korea, raising as much as $2.3B and valuing company at $11B+
2:20 PM  •
Agam Shah / PCWorld:  Qualcomm CEO: first Windows 10 PC with Snapdragon 835 is scheduled for Q4 2017
1:44 PM  •
Bloomberg:  Sources: Apple hired two executives who worked on satellites at Google, held talks with Boeing about investment or partnership in Boeing's satellite venture
1:25 PM  •
Jessica Davies / Digiday:  The Guardian confirms it has stopped publishing its articles to Apple News and Facebook Instant Articles
12:55 PM  •
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:  Duolingo launches $10/month subscription option with no ads and the option to download language lessons for offline use
12:05 PM  •
Daniel Rubino / Windows Central:  Leaked document shows recommended minimum specs for Windows 10 Cloud OS devices: quad-core Celeron or better CPU, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, 40 WHr+ battery
11:30 AM  •
Alex Barnsbee / IOActive Labs Research:  Researchers find 10 vulnerabilities in 20+ Linksys Smart Wi-Fi routers; Linksys issues security advisory to mitigate risks until new firmware is available
10:15 AM  •
Bérénice Magistretti / VentureBeat:  Quora raises $85M round led by Y Combinator to expand internationally and develop its ads business; CEO Adam D'Angelo says the platform has 190M monthly uniques
10:05 AM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Samsung and Google partner to make Google Play Music the default music service on new Samsung phones and tablets worldwide, starting with Galaxy S8 and S8+
9:55 AM  •
Nicole Kobie / The Outline:  The Daily Mail has not been banned from Wikipedia as previously reported, but editors are discouraged from linking to it when better sources exist
4:40 AM  •
Rolfe Winkler / Wall Street Journal:  Elon Musk reveals plans for his startup Neuralink, says initial focus is on developing neural implants for treating brain injuries, to explore telepathy later

April 20, 2017

11:25 PM  •
Yaniv Feldman / Geektime:  Sources: Snapchat acquired geofilter patent from defunct Instagram competitor Mobli for $7.7M
9:55 PM  •
Bérénice Magistretti / VentureBeat:  Gladly raises $36M Series C led by GGV Capital to help businesses manage customer service across multiple platforms
8:40 PM  •
James Vincent / The Verge:  Samsung's Galaxy Book becomes generally available May 21, starting at $630 for the 10.6" WiFi model, $1,130 for the 12" WiFi model, $1,300 for the 12" LTE model
7:45 PM  •
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:  Car sharing service Getaround raises $45M Series C from Toyota and others to expand global partnerships
6:50 PM  •
Michael Nunez / Gizmodo:  Plastc, the all-in-one smart payment card that raised $9M+ in preorders and failed to ship any product, says it will file for bankruptcy
5:05 PM  •
George Slefo / Ad Age:  Google, Microsoft, major ad buyers and publishers coordinating on ad blocking plan, says Coalition for Better Ads' counsel, who expects a rollout by end-of-year
4:10 PM  •
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:  Microsoft launches IoT Central, a service that helps enterprises set up IoT deployments
3:15 PM  •
Jem Aswad / Variety:  Spotify signs new licensing deal with Merlin, which represents thousands of indie labels; deal allows new music to be held from free tier for two weeks
2:45 PM  •
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:  Shopify debuts its first hardware product, a card reader, available free for new Point of Sale customers, $29 for existing customers
2:15 PM  •
Greg Barbosa / 9to5Mac:  Apple releases a JavaScript API for Live Photos, allowing playback on the web
1:50 PM  •
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:  Microsoft says it will now roll out twice yearly updates for Windows and Office in March and September, starting with “Redstone 3”
1:25 PM  •
Tony Romm / Recode:  FCC removes restrictions on ISPs raising prices for firms that need a dedicated connection, changes how TV station groups calculate their footprint
1:05 PM  •
Matthew Nussbaum / Politico:  Trump misses 90-day deadline to publish cybersecurity plan after alleged Russian hacking in 2016 election, and there is no evidence of anyone working on it
12:40 PM  •
Peter Kafka / Recode:  Source: Oracle will pay more than $850M for digital ad tracking company Moat
12:13 PM  •
Chris Welch / The Verge:  Google Home now supports up to six users and can distinguish voice of speaker to provide personalized results, available in US, expanding to UK within months
12:00 PM  •
Joshua Goldman / CNET:  GoPro unveils Fusion, a small, wearable, 5.2K spherical camera for capturing VR and non-VR content, slated for limited commercial release at the end of 2017
10:55 AM  •
Kurt Wagner / Recode:  Sources: Facebook is looking to hire a head of news products to combat fake news, but is having trouble finding someone with media and tech experience
9:40 AM  •
Cherlynn Low / Engadget:  Mastercard begins testing fingerprint sensors on cards in South Africa, plans to roll them out globally by end of 2017
8:10 AM  •
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:  Verizon reports Q1 revenue of $29.81B, missing estimates of $30.4B, with net income of $3.6B, and sees net decline of 307K postpaid connections

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