September 27, 2016, 7:55 PM

September 27, 2016

7:50 PM  •
Jordan Novet / VentureBeat:  SAP officially announces acquisition of big data startup Altiscale
6:00 PM  •
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:  ProsperWorks raises $24M Series B led by Next World Capital for its CRM solution built on the Google for Work platform
4:30 PM  •
Jordan Novet / VentureBeat:  Google Translate now converts Chinese into English with neural machine translation
3:35 PM  •
Spencer Soper / Bloomberg:  2K-person BloomReach survey: 55% of online US shoppers start their product searches on Amazon, up from 44% last year; Google is down from 34% to 28%
2:25 PM  •
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:  Source: Facebook is ready to launch Facebook at Work, its enterprise collaboration network, in the next few weeks; companies will be charged per user
1:35 PM  •
Andy / TorrentFreak:  Major music labels, RIAA, others sue stream-ripping site YouTube-MP3 for copyright infringement
1:10 PM  •
Several People Are Typing:  Slack and Salesforce partner to launch several new integrations for sharing data, Chatter support, connecting channels to a Salesforce record, with more to come
1:00 PM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Spotify debuts Daily Mix playlists, which are based on your favorite tunes and play artists familiar to you, unlike Discover Weekly, coming to iOS, Android
12:35 PM  •
Ben Popper / The Verge:  DJI's Mavic Pro drone is extremely small and portable, packing high-end features, 40MPH speed, 27 mins of battery, starts at $749, less than GoPro Karma at $800
12:30 PM  •
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:  Report: Amazon is teaming up with smartlock company August and garage-access startup Garageio to provide in-home package deliveries
12:00 PM  •
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:  Wink launches Wink Hub 2, a slimmer smart home hub with 8x more RAM, improved processing power and connectivity, simplified setup, better security for $99
11:40 AM  •
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:  Google debuts data-friendly YouTube Go app for Android with offline viewing, Bluetooth sharing, video previews, more and expands public Wi-Fi program in India
10:55 AM  •
Jordan Novet / VentureBeat:  Microsoft is killing Yammer Enterprise in January 2017, will start integrating Office 365 Groups first
9:50 AM  •
Kate Conger / TechCrunch:  Encrypted messaging app Signal adds desktop support for iOS users, had added desktop support for Android users in April
7:15 AM  •
Mark Scott / New York Times:  Facebook ordered to stop collecting data on WhatsApp users in Germany and to delete info already forwarded to Facebook from roughly 35M German WhatsApp users
6:30 AM  •
BBC:  HERE to fit Audi, BMW, Mercedes Benz cars with sensors to gather data on traffic conditions and driver actions for real-time digital map service coming 2017
2:25 AM  •
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / Motherboard:  Twitter refuses Turkish court order to block the account of noted DC journalist Mahir Zeynalov; despite refusal, Zeynalov predicts his account will be censored

September 26, 2016

10:05 PM  •
Heather Somerville / Reuters:  Early-stage venture firm Canvas Ventures raises $300M for its second fund to invest in AI, fintech, and healthcare startups
8:05 PM  •
Chris Welch / The Verge:  Sonos' PLAY:1 and PLAY:5 speakers that connect over Wi-Fi are now being sold in Apple's online store and will come to Apple's physical stores on October 5
6:15 PM  •
Kellex / Droid Life:  Lenovo laying off about 1,100 employees globally, or 2% of its workforce
5:10 PM  •
Biz Carson / Business Insider:  Sources: Benchmark's Peter Fenton, early Twitter investor, is leading funding round of about $20M in French location sharing app Zenly, after $11M raise in May
4:24 PM  •
Dan Levine / Reuters:  US Department of Labor files administrative lawsuit against Palantir, alleging discrimination against Asian job applicants
3:55 PM  •
Stephen Hall / 9to5Google:  Sources: Google plans a Huawei tablet with Nexus branding, likely running Andromeda OS
3:35 PM  •
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:  Global freight logistics startup Flexport raies $65M Series B at $300M+ valuation from Founders Fund, Bloomberg Beta, and others
2:15 PM  •
Bloomberg:  Sources: Disney working with a financial adviser to evaluate a possible bid for Twitter, and Salesforce is working with Bank of America to assess potential bid
1:55 PM  •
Dan Primack / Fortune:  Mobile ad startup AppLovin, which has raised less than $5M to date, agrees to be acquired by Chinese PE firm Orient Hontai Capital for $1.4B
1:35 PM  •
Kate Conger / TechCrunch:  Senator Mark Warner, a co-founder of Nextel and a former startup investor, calls for SEC investigation into Yahoo's disclosure of its record breach
12:55 PM  •
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:  Windows 10 surpasses 400M active devices, up from 300M in May, and announces new container-based isolation security feature for Edge browser, coming next year
12:15 PM  •
Lauren Goode / The Verge:  Roku unveils new range of streaming media players from the $30 Express box to the $130 Ultra with 4K, HDR video support, USB port, and a more advanced remote
11:40 AM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Plex partners with Amazon to launch a hardware-free media server, Plex Cloud, available to Plex Pass users that have an Amazon Drive account
11:25 AM  •
David Ruddock / Android Police:  Sources: Google planning to launch an ultra-thin convertible laptop, nicknamed Pixel 3 running combined Android-Chrome OS “Andromeda” in Q3 '17 starting at $799
10:55 AM  •
Patrick Holland / CNET:  Alcatel Idol 4s review: good build quality, display, camera; programmable Boom Key to launch apps is a nice idea but lacks polish; OnePlus 3 is a better phone
10:30 AM  •
Taylor Soper / GeekWire:  Adobe partners with Microsoft to use Azure as ‘preferred solution’ for cloud services
10:00 AM  •
Shoshanna Solomon / The Times of Israel:  Israel-based equity crowdfunding firm OurCrowd raises $72M Series C for global expansion and additional capital to co-invest in startups that use its platform
9:20 AM  •
Reuters:  Sources: accounting software maker BlackLine confidentially filed for an IPO that could value the company at over $1B
7:45 AM  •
Jason Del Rey / Recode:  Online grocery service FreshDirect, popular in New York, raises $189M round led by JPMorgan Asset Management to expand in new cities
7:30 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Pay-per-mile auto insurance firm Metromile has raised $191.5M in 3 rounds since late 2014, will acquire Mosaic Insurance to start underwriting policies itself

September 25, 2016

11:30 PM  •
Cade Metz / Wired:  A look at Microsoft's Project Catapult, a multi-year effort to design FPGA chips in-house to power cloud services including Bing, Azure, Office 365, more
10:30 PM  •
Hollywood Reporter:  California enacts law, effective Jan. 1, 2017, requiring some entertainment sites with paid subscriptions like IMDb to remove actors' age info upon request
9:35 PM  •
Mike Prospero / Tom's Guide:  Samsung Gear IconX earbuds review: good sound, accurate heart rate and distance tracking, useful 4GB storage, but bad battery life, pricey, and requires Android
6:50 PM  •
Mark Sullivan / Fast Company:  How Apple and IBM's partnership to develop hundreds of enterprise apps actually works: IBM does the app building, and Apple enforces design standards
4:20 PM  •
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:  Reporter follows all of Facebook's prompts and suggestions for weeks, leading to extreme oversharing, polluted news feeds, and awkward encounters
1:35 PM  •
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:  As insecure IoT devices make large-scale DDoS attacks more potent, the Internet community should work to adopt standards and tools to prevent these attacks
10:05 AM  •
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:  Sex cam site Megacams implements face search using Microsoft facial recognition API to let you “find a live sex doppelganger of someone you know”
6:00 AM  •
Steven Melendez / Fast Company:  Companies like ApolloShield and Battelle are developing hardware and software that can disable drones without destroying them
1:55 AM  •
Kevin Hartnett / Quanta Magazine:  DARPA prevented hackers from taking control of an unmanned drone using “formal methods”, a technique that can verify whether programs are error-free

September 24, 2016

9:10 PM  •
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:  The potential opportunities and pitfalls of Snap's new Spectacles
7:55 PM  •
Michael del Castillo / CoinDesk:  Bank of America, Santander, and the Royal Bank of Canada partner to create a global blockchain payments network using Ripple's distributed ledger technology
3:55 PM  •
Casey Newton / The Verge:  How Snap's Spectacles work: 115-degree lens shoots circular videos up to 30 seconds long that are wirelessly transferred to the app, lights indicate recording
2:45 PM  •
Brian Heater / TechCrunch:  Sony says Xperia XZ available in the US from October 2 starting at $699, Xperia X Compact available September 25 starting at $499
12:20 PM  •
Kashmir Hill / Fusion:  EFF whitepaper sheds light on how law enforcement overstates the reliability of IP addresses as evidence
7:35 AM  •
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:  nuTonomy partners with Grab to expand its self-driving car trials in Singapore
1:30 AM  •
David Ruddock / Android Police:  Xiaomi Mi Box Android TV spotted at Walmart before formal launch for $69
1:00 AM  •
Eugene Kim / Business Insider:  Cloud-based IT management startup Apptio closes at $22.55 on its first day of trading, up 40%+; company is now valued at around $840M
12:25 AM  •
Casey Newton / The Verge:  Snap Inc., formerly Snapchat, unveils Spectacles, glasses that record up to 10 seconds of video at a time with a tap of a button, to be sold this fall for $130

September 23, 2016

11:50 PM  •
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:  iHeartRadio to launch 2 paid music services in January: All Access on-demand and Plus with instant replays, unlimited skips, ability to save songs to playlists
11:10 PM  •
Palmer Freeman Luckey / Facebook:  Palmer Luckey says he contributed $10K to Nimble America, but isn't employee or founder of organization and isn't “NimbleRichMan”, doesn't plan on giving more
10:37 PM  •
Seth Stevenson / Wall Street Journal:  Snapchat Releases First Hardware Product, Spectacles
9:40 PM  •
Rachel Lerman / The Seattle Times:  Cloud-based IT management company Apptio's stock rises 41% in first day of trading, closing at $22.55
8:15 PM  •
Biz Carson / Business Insider:  Leaked promotional video shows Snapchat's glasses, called “Spectacles”, in use; ring around camera in glasses frame apparently lights up when recording
5:35 PM  •
Financial Times:  Source: Yahoo began investigating Peace claims in July, found no evidence of a breach, then later launched a deeper probe that uncovered “state-sponsored” hack
5:15 PM  •
Nilay Patel / The Verge:  The Verge founding team member Chris Ziegler took a job at Apple two months before leaving the website; internal review finds no impact on editorial decisions
3:55 PM  •
David Ruddock / Android Police:  Sources: Google Home will cost $129, and Chromecast Ultra with 4K support will cost $69
2:45 PM  •
Kara Swisher / Recode:  Sources: Twitter is looking for a price of at least $30B in sale discussions
2:35 PM  •
David Ruddock / Android Police:  Sources: Google to launch $129 Google Wifi router; one source says several units will be able to link together to form a larger wireless mesh network
2:25 PM  •
Jordan Graham / Boston Herald:  Airbnb's co-founder CTO Nathan Blecharczyk confirms $30B valuation for latest $555M round
2:15 PM  •
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:  iPhone 7 launches in 30 more countries today, Apple Watch Series 2 arrives in 20+, Hermès models now available
1:35 PM  •
Marco della Cava / USA Today:  Uber is rolling out a new feature that will require drivers to confirm their identities via a selfie before each shift
1:05 PM  •
AppleInsider:  Apple releases iOS 10.0.2 update fixing Lightning EarPods bug, Photos crashes, app extension issues
12:30 PM  •
Brad Sams / Petri:  Sources: Microsoft has been working on Skype Teams for 18 months, aims for November beta and January full release, will bundle it with Office 365 for business
11:40 AM  •
Dylan Martin / BostInno:  UPS begins drone delivery tests with CyPhy Works, a robotic startup it invested in and partnered with last fall
11:25 AM  •
David Fischer / Facebook:  Facebook VP of advertising David Fischer explains video metric miscalculation, apologizes, says the mistake had no impact on billing
10:40 AM  •
TechCrunch:  Salesforce, Google, Microsoft, Verizon are all eyeing up a Twitter bid
9:15 AM  •
CNBC:  Sources: Twitter may receive formal bid shortly, suitors said to include Salesforce and Google
8:25 AM  •
Bloomberg:  Sources: Apple working on Siri-based smart home device to control appliances, lights, curtains, locks, and more
7:45 AM  •
Nat Levy / GeekWire:  Cloud-based IT management startup Apptio prices IPO at $16 per share, above the expected $13-$15 range, raising around $96M
7:20 AM  •
Paul Szoldra / Business Insider:  Brian Krebs' site hit by record 620Gbps sustained DDoS attack, nearly twice as big as any previous attack seen by Akamai; the site will be “offline for a while”
1:00 AM  •
The Daily Beast:  Oculus's Palmer Luckey funding pro-Trump political organization dedicated to “shitposting” and “meme magic”

September 22, 2016

11:55 PM  •
Eugene Kim / Business Insider:  Amazon's market cap has more than doubled to $380B since April 2015 as stock crosses $800, closing at all-time high
8:48 PM  •
Wall Street Journal:  Facebook says it overestimated average video viewing time metric by 60%-80% for 2 years, according to information Publicis Media says it obtained from Facebook
7:35 PM  •
Scott Moritz / Bloomberg:  Sources: DirecTV Now to become AT&T's primary video delivery platform, eliminating need for a cable hookup or satellite dish for broadband users in five years
6:15 PM  •
Reuters:  Sources: NSA operative left “Shadow Brokers” hacking tools on remote server 3 years ago, admitted error shortly after, but NSA did not inform affected companies
5:25 PM  •
Kia Kokalitcheva / Fortune:  Flywheel's TaxiOS, an app that replaces taxi fare meters and payment systems, granted license by New York City's Taxi and Limousine Commission
3:50 PM  •
Lora Kolodny / TechCrunch:  Gfycat, a platform for GIF-like looping animations and videos, raises $10M seed round led by Alsop Louie Partners
3:05 PM  •
Nathan Martz / Google Developers Blog:  Google launches VR SDK 1.0 out of beta, with support for Daydream
2:52 PM  •
Fortune:  Sources: Airbnb raises at least $555M in primary equity at $30B valuation, could grow to $850M; WSJ says Google Capital, Technology Crossover Ventures led round
2:47 PM  •
Kif Leswing / Business Insider:  Yahoo confirms data from 500M+ accounts was stolen in 2014 by “state-sponsored actor”; info includes email addresses, hashed passwords, security questions, more
2:30 PM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  LinkedIn unveils redesigned desktop site and launches LinkedIn Learning, an e-learning portal tailored to individuals, with content and 9K courses
2:15 PM  •
Juli Clover / MacRumors:  Apple releases first iOS 10.1 public beta, adding Portrait photo mode to iPhone 7 Plus
1:45 PM  •
Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:  Apple acquires another machine learning company: Tuplejump
1:35 PM  •
Nick Summers / Engadget:  Bluestacks adds Facebook Live streaming option to its desktop Android emulator
12:55 PM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Amazon's Etsy rival, Handmade, launches in Germany, France, Italy, Spain, and the UK
12:30 PM  •
Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:  Facebook Messenger rolls out polls in group chats and intelligent payment suggestions in US
12:25 PM  •
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:  Instagram says it now has over 500K active advertisers, up from 200K in February
12:20 PM  •
Windows Blog:  Microsoft to launch full version of Minecraft: Education Edition on November 1 for annual fee of $5/user
12:00 PM  •
Fitz Tepper / TechCrunch:  Dating app Bumble to roll out photo verification feature in effort to stop impersonators using the platform
11:40 AM  •
Nat Levy / GeekWire:  Sales tax automation firm Avalara raises $96M round from Walburg Pincus and others, including $50M for growth, and $46M to buy out early investors
10:55 AM  •
Trevor Mogg / Digital Trends:  Amazon Prints now available to Prime and Drive members, starting from $0.09 for prints of digital photos, and $20 for photo books
10:10 AM  •
Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:  Flickr to close its photo licensing program Marketplace, says royalties due to users will be paid
8:35 AM  •
Eduard Kovacs / SecurityWeek:  Scan shows 840K+ Cisco devices have NSA-linked flaw discovered from a Shadow Brokers leak; most of the affected Cisco IOS software versions remain unpatched
7:30 AM  •
Michael del Castillo / CoinDesk:  Winklevoss Bitcoin exchange Gemini Trading begins hosting daily BTC/USD auctions from today, expects to add additional trading pairs at a later date
2:25 AM  •
Kara Swisher / Recode:  Sources: Yahoo expected to confirm data breach of 200M+ user credentials that was detailed in August
1:40 AM  •
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:  Sequoia-backed peer-to-peer insurance startup Lemonade launches in New York, gets license to issue its own policies
12:00 AM  •
Hudson Hongo / Gizmodo:  Trump backs Cruz in opposing transfer of Domain Name System to ICANN in October, claiming Internet freedom would be at risk

September 21, 2016

11:05 PM  •
Danny Sullivan / Marketing Land:  Allo: much like Google Hangouts except it doesn't send or receive messages using a phone number, and will likely be unsuccessful in messaging wars
10:15 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Photo-sharing app Everalbum jumped from #967 in App Store in July to #28 in August after asking users to send SMS invites to their contact lists
8:05 PM  •
Peter Kafka / Recode:  Sources: Verizon in advanced talks to buy Jason Kilar's mobile video startup Vessel, which is working on new Snapchat-like product
5:25 PM  •
Business Insider:  Inside Mode Media's end: a changing ad market, a free-spending co-founder and CEO, and investors who had lost faith
5:10 PM  •
Andrew J . Hawkins / The Verge:  Uber and Lyft face challenges including traditional taxi regulations, fingerprinting drivers, wheelchair access, and more as they expand in the US
4:55 PM  •
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:  Ad tech firm The Trade Desk closed at $30.10, up from IPO price of $18, on its first day of trading
4:45 PM  •
Zac Hall / 9to5Mac:  Facebook's Messenger app now supports CallKit on iOS 10, brings VoIP calling to CarPlay
4:30 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Tinder debuts Tinder Stacks, an iMessage app that lets you swipe on any photos friends send
3:55 PM  •
Fitz Tepper / TechCrunch:  Nucleus, which has a home intercom system on the market, raises $5.6M Series A from Amazon's Alexa Fund, BoxGroup, Greylock Partners, Foxconn, and others
3:35 PM  •
Casey Newton / The Verge:  Chan Zuckerberg Initiative pledges $3B over 10 years to cure and manage diseases, starting with $600M fund for Biohub research center at UCSF
3:20 PM  •
Jack Detsch / Christian Science Monitor:  Twitter says requests from governments to remove tweets rose 13% in the past six months, with 5K+ requests to remove info, 80% of which came from Russia, Turkey
3:00 PM  •
John G. Doe / YouTube Blog:  YouTube announces its get out the vote campaign, #voteIRL, with YouTube stars, and plans registration reminders on homepage, watch page, and search results page
2:45 PM  •
Mariella Moon / Engadget:  Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter, other tech firms join the White House to help refugees across the world by donating resources like WiFi, training, more
2:35 PM  •
Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:  Hands-on with iPhone 7 Plus' Portrait mode beta: works very well in many instances, but currently has issues distinguishing fine lines, wires, and more
2:20 PM  •
Roger Cheng / CNET:  AT&T CEO says company will launch online streaming video service, DirecTV Now, in Q4, which will feature 100+ premium channels and “aggressive” price points
2:05 PM  •
Todd Spangler / Variety:  Netflix CFO David Wells says company wants original content to make up 50% of its catalog within a few years, is currently “one-third to halfway” toward target
1:40 PM  •
New York Times:  Sources: Apple in talks to acquire Lit Motors, an SF startup that makes a self-balancing motorbike; Apple has previously hired several Lit Motors engineers
1:02 PM  •
Benjamin Zhang / Business Insider:  McLaren statement on Apple report: “there's no takeover, no strategic investment”
12:45 PM  •
Chris O'Brien / VentureBeat:  Google has seen a growing number of fines and penalties from international regulators since 2014, including France, the EU, Russia, Indonesia, and others
12:05 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Tumblr adds support for Live Photos on the web and open-sources the tool for doing so
11:30 AM  •
Kurt Wagner / Recode:  Twitter will live stream Bloomberg's coverage of all three presidential debates, split revenue from ads displayed during pre-debate and post-debate coverage
10:55 AM  •
Justin Duino / 9to5Google:  YouTube unveils Heroes, a community program where users can moderate comments and videos for points that unlock access to new tools, early product reviews, more
10:39 AM  •
Financial Times:  Sources: Apple in talks with UK luxury carmaker and F1 team owner McLaren for a full takeover or strategic investment; McLaren's valuation is said to be £1B+
10:00 AM  •
Micah Singleton / The Verge:  Standard International launches One Night, a same-day booking app, initially for select hotels in New York and Los Angeles
8:55 AM  •
Brian Barrett / Wired:  Developers behind Dark Sky app launch new free weather site with web-specific features like detailed microclimates, weather at different altitudes, more
6:15 AM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Instagram rolls out a “Save Draft” feature to all users
2:20 AM  •
Mike Klein / Sunlight Foundation Blog:  Sunlight Foundation exploring merger or alliances with other organizations, will discontinue tool building and database maintenance
1:25 AM  •
Jason Snell / Six Colors:  macOS Sierra's Optimized Storage iCloud syncing for Desktop and Documents folders is buggy and may not suit everyone's workflow
12:30 AM  •
Russell Brandom / The Verge:  Google backs off on previously announced Allo privacy feature, will store all non-incognito messages by default
12:28 AM  •
Nathan Ingraham / Engadget:  Google launches Allo messaging app with Smart Reply and Google Assistant for iOS and Android

September 20, 2016

11:15 PM  •
Matthew Hughes / The Next Web:  Researchers find North Korea has only 28 TLDs on .kp domain after misconfigured nameservers allowed TL;DR project to obtain all the top-level DNS data
9:50 PM  •
Marisa Kendall / Mercury News:  Nutanix sets $11 to $13 a share price range for IPO, aims to raise $209M at up to $1.8B valuation, down from last reported private valuation of $2B in 2014
8:40 PM  •
Dina Bass / Bloomberg:  Microsoft announces second $40B share buyback program, raises quarterly dividend by 8.3% to $0.39/share
7:10 PM  •
Ben Fox Rubin / CNET:  IHS estimates iPhone 7 $649 base model costs Apple $225 to make, up 18% YoY
4:55 PM  •
AT&T:  AT&T unveils plan for multi-gigabit Internet delivered over shaped radio transmissions that are guided by power lines; field trials set for in 2017
4:40 PM  •
Harrison Weber / VentureBeat:  Adobe reports Q3 record revenue of $1.46B, up 20% YoY, record Marketing Cloud revenue of $404M, and Digital Media annualized recurring revenue rises to $3.70B
3:45 PM  •
ProPublica:  For 250 popular items tracked over several weeks, Amazon ranked its own and affiliated products higher about 75% of the time, even when cheaper options existed
3:05 PM  •
Randy Nelson / Sensor Tower Blog:  Pokémon Go loses top grossing iPhone app spot in US to Clash Royale, ending a 74 day streak, which is the third-longest streak ever
2:30 PM  •
Kate Conger / TechCrunch:  CloudFlare adds TLS 1.3, automatic HTTPS rewrites and opportunistic encryption upgrades as default for all its client websites
1:53 PM  •
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:  Apple updates Pages, Keynote, and Numbers for Mac with real-time collaboration features and more, alongside the launch of macOS Sierra
1:30 PM  •
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:  macOS Sierra review: Siri and Optimized Storage features add convenience but can frustrate, as Siri lacks third-party tie-ins, and iCloud storage is too limited
1:05 PM  •
Amelia Heathman / WIRED UK:  WhatsApp adds @-mention support in group chats, will notify even if the chat is muted, expands group sizes from 100 up to 256 participants
12:55 PM  •
Josh Smith / Official Google for Work Blog:  Google adds natural language search, improved spell checking to Drive and enhances multi-column support in Docs
12:40 PM  •
Kirsten Korosec / Fortune:  Vroom raises $50M Series E to expand its online used-car business, bringing total raised to $218M since its founding in 2013
11:55 AM  •
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:  Tinder integrates with Spotify and lets potential matches view users' favorite songs and artists
11:35 AM  •
Chris Welch / The Verge:  Comcast CEO says the company plans to debut a wireless service by mid-2017, using leased Verizon airwaves and Comcast's 14M+ Wi-Fi hot spots
11:22 AM  •
Shalini Ramachandran / Wall Street Journal:  Comcast to Launch Wireless Service by Mid-2017
10:55 AM  •
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:  RIAA report: US music streaming revenue grew 57% to $1.6B in the first half of 2016 and accounted for almost half of industry sales

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