September 22, 2017, 12:35 AM

September 22, 2017

12:00 AM  •
Brian Womack / Bloomberg:  Sources: Hewlett Packard Enterprise plans to start cutting 5,000 jobs, or about 10% of its staff, by the end of this year

September 21, 2017

10:15 PM  •
Cate Cadell / Reuters:  Chinese search giant Baidu announces $1.52B autonomous driving fund to invest in 100 projects over three years
8:50 PM  •
Matthew Lynley / TechCrunch:  SEC: MongoDB files for IPO, reports loss of $45.8M on revenue of ~$68M in 6 months ending July 31
8:35 PM  •
Juli Clover / MacRumors:  Apple says 4K iTunes content cannot be downloaded, only streamed, and that the VP9 codec, which is used by 4K YouTube videos, is not supported on Apple TV 4K
7:05 PM  •
Maciej Cegłowski / Idle Words:  When Amazon's “frequently brought together” engine grouped potassium nitrate with sulfur and more, reporters misleadingly implied site was aiding bomb makers
5:20 PM  •
Greg Bensinger / Wall Street Journal:  Sources: Benchmark has told Uber investors it's unlikely to sell any shares to the Softbank consortium, complicating its proposed ~$10B investment in Uber
4:35 PM  •
Mark Zuckerberg:  Facebook will make Pages disclose who paid for political ads and let users see all current ads from that advertiser, rolling out over the coming months
4:15 PM  •
Nectar Gan / South China Morning Post:  China's domestic security and intelligence chief, Meng Jianzhu, urges increased AI use to predict social unrest, combat terrorism, more
3:38 PM  •
Colin Stretch / Facebook:  Facebook says it will hand over information on Russia-linked ads bought during 2016 election campaign to Congressional investigators
2:55 PM  •
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:  Adblock Plus releases filter that prevents sites from using the user's computer to covertly mine cryptocurrencies, available on Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Android
2:00 PM  •
Joseph Menn / Reuters:  Interviews and emails show NSA backed down on two encryption techniques, Simon and Speck, it wanted as global standards amid experts' concerns and lack of trust
1:25 PM  •
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:  Experian tool to retrieve credit freeze PIN relies on just four pieces of basic personal information for authentication, inadequate given widespread leaks
1:01 PM  •
Instagram Blog:  Instagram adds Face Filters to live video, rolling out globally over the next few weeks
12:35 PM  •
Tim Peterson / Marketing Land:  Facebook rolls out Custom Audience tool that lets advertisers target users who interacted with physical store, called a business office, more
12:01 PM  •
Cecilia Kang / New York Times:  Sources: Facebook and Google now negotiating changes for sex-trafficking bill SESTA with senators, after vehemently opposing it
10:55 AM  •
Shane Savitsky / Axios:  Startups in Toronto have seen double-digit increases in job applications from the US since Trump was elected
10:40 AM  •
Tim Peterson / Marketing Land:  Pinterest opens up 5,000 interests supplied by its Taste Graph for advertiser targeting, says they are sourced by algorithms but vetted by human editors
10:15 AM  •
Andy Greenberg / Wired:  Cisco Talos report: hackers who hid backdoor in CCleaner targeted computers inside at least 20 tech firms including Akamai, Cisco, Google, Intel, Microsoft
9:50 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Banking tech firm 10x, founded by the ex-CEO of Barclays, raises $46M Series A to help modernize large banks with legacy infrastructure
9:25 AM  •
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:  Bose launches QC 35 II noise canceling headphones, with a dedicated button that triggers Google Assistant, for $349.95
9:20 AM  •
David Lumb / Engadget:  Nvidia drops basic Shield TV tier with remote from $200 to $179; available for preorder now, ships on October 18; $200 tier now includes the $60 controller
9:00 AM  •
Thuy Ong / The Verge:  As iOS 11 recommends “when-in-use” authorization for location sharing with apps, Uber now allows users to opt out of “always on” location tracking
8:30 AM  •
Matthew Lynley / TechCrunch:  Zenefits ends insurance brokerage business, will sell its software to existing insurance brokers like OneDigital instead of giving it away
7:55 AM  •
Reuters:  Saudi Arabia to lift ban it imposed in 2013 on VoIP calls, will make services that satisfy regulatory requirements, like Skype and WhatsApp, available today
7:10 AM  •
Nilay Patel / The Verge:  Apple TV 4K review: easy-to-use interface, lots of apps, cheaper 4K movies, but HDR makes some HD videos look bad, no YouTube 4K HDR support, and it's expensive
5:30 AM  •
Jonathan Keane /  Swedish podcast platform Acast raises $19.5M Series B, bringing its total funding to $32M, to expand further into international markets
2:20 AM  •
Chris Welch / The Verge:  Google is buying part of HTC's smartphone team for $1.1 billion
2:20 AM  •
Daisuke Wakabayashi / New York Times:  About 2,000 HTC staffers to join Google as part of the deal; HTC to continue making its own smartphones, including a new flagship model
1:40 AM  •
Carolina Millan / Bloomberg:  Tiger Global-backed Argentine online travel company Despegar closes at $31.78, up ~22% on its first day of trading on NYSE, after raising $332M in an IPO
12:15 AM  •
Eric Beech / Reuters:  SEC says hackers may have profited by trading with insider information stolen from its database; the breach took place in 2016 but was discovered last month

September 20, 2017

11:40 PM  •
Issie Lapowsky / Wired:  Twitter will meet with the Senate Intelligence Committee investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election next Wednesday
10:40 PM  •
PR Newswire:  Google to pay $1.1B to HTC in exchange for non-exclusive license for HTC intellectual property and staff working on Pixel smartphones
10:15 PM  •
Rick Osterloh / The Keyword:  Google signs agreement with HTC that includes HTC talent and non-exclusive license for HTC intellectual property
9:50 PM  •
Khari Johnson / VentureBeat:  HubSpot acquires chatbot building platform, will incorporate tech into HubSpot platform over next few months
9:40 PM  •
Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:  Bluetooth & Wi-Fi aren't fully disabled when toggled off in Control Center on iOS 11, will still work for AirDrop, AirPlay, Pencil, Watch, Continuity, location
7:10 PM  •
Amie Tsang / New York Times:  Amazon says it's reviewing its website after its algorithms suggested bomb-making ingredients in “Frequently bought together” section
6:30 PM  •
Danny Palmer / ZDNet:  FedEx reports June's NotPetya cyber-attack cost its TNT Express division around $300M
5:20 PM  •
Will Oremus / Slate:  Blaming algorithms obscures the true source of Facebook's ad problem: the structure of the company's ad business and the decision-making of those who run it
5:10 PM  •
Alexandria Sage / Reuters:  Waymo is seeking about $2.6B from Uber for the alleged theft of one of several trade secrets in its lawsuit against the company, according to an Uber lawyer
4:42 PM  •
Jordan Novet / CNBC:  Source: Tesla working with AMD to develop its own AI chip for self-driving functionality in its cars, has 50+ people on project including chip star Jim Keller
4:40 PM  •
Jessica Conditt / Engadget:  Microsoft rolls out Minecraft's “Better Together” cross-platform play update for mobile, VR, XBox, and Windows 10, says it will come to Switch later this year
3:48 PM  •
Sheryl Sandberg:  Facebook will strengthen enforcement of ad targeting policies, add more human oversight, and urge users to report potential abuses directly
3:25 PM  •
Jeff Grubb / VentureBeat:  Steam introduces histogram to user reviews section to help users identify “review bombing”, where large number of users flood games' pages with negative reviews
2:42 PM  •
Dani Deahl / The Verge:  Equifax customer service, tweeting from @Equifax, accidentally directed customers to a critic's phishing site for over a week in at least three Twitter replies
2:10 PM  •
CNBC:  BlackBerry and Delphi announce they will partner on an OS for self-driving cars; Blackberry stock jumps 7%
1:30 PM  •
Steven Levy / Wired:  A look at the development of the Nest Hello doorbell, Nest Cam IQ outdoor with Google Assistant integration, and the Nest Secure package including Nest Guard
12:55 PM  •
Mitchel Broussard / MacRumors:  A list of some of the ARKit-enabled iOS apps now available in the App Store
12:47 PM  •
Elyse Betters / Pocket-lint:  Nest debuts Nest Secure alarm system that has a motion sensor and Nest Tag fob in a $499 pack, an HD video doorbell, and Nest Cam IQ outdoor, a $349 camera
12:35 PM  •
Natt Garun / The Verge:  Airbnb rolls out ability to book restaurant reservations in US, powered by Resy, which Airbnb invested $13M in this January
12:10 PM  •
Abner Li / 9to5Google:  Android One launches in the US with Moto X4, available on Project Fi at $399
11:51 AM  •
Bloomberg:  Source: Google is close to buying HTC assets to bolster its hardware business; a report says Google will buy HTC's mobile phone design operations for ~$330M
11:30 AM  •
Lauren Goode / The Verge:  Apple says Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE has cellular connectivity issue caused by watch trying to join unauthenticated Wi-Fi networks, exploring software fix
11:00 AM  •
Katharine Schwab / Co.Design:  Researchers create AI-powered tool that turns front-facing 2D photos of faces into 3D images
8:52 AM  •
Bloomberg:  Toshiba agrees to sell memory chip unit to group led by Bain Capital for $18B; sources say Apple played a crucial role in swinging momentum to the Bain offer
8:45 AM  •
Vlad Savov / The Verge:  HTC is halting trade of its shares tomorrow in anticipation of a “major announcement”, amid rumors of an acquisition by Google
8:00 AM  •
Joanna Stern / Wall Street Journal:  Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE review: untethered experience is enjoyable but has short battery life and connectivity problems on at least 2 carriers in 2 states
7:35 AM  •
Lauren Goode / The Verge:  Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE review: faster processor but has connectivity problems, no Apple Music streaming yet, battery drain with LTE, and unreliable Siri
12:35 AM  •
Financial Times:  Sources: Amazon working on Alexa-powered smartglasses with bone-conduction audio and a new home security camera system that would tie into its Echo products
12:25 AM  •
Barb Darrow / Fortune:  Hitachi announces new company, Hitachi Vantara, the merger of Hitachi Data Systems, Hitachi Insight Group and Pentaho, to be headquartered in Silicon Valley

September 19, 2017

11:05 PM  •
Connie Zheng / The Engine:  MIT's The Engine fund announces first investments in seven startups in aerospace, advanced materials, biotech, more, updates first fund from $150M to $200M
9:45 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Apple launches redesigned App Store as part of iOS 11 launch, with Today section including daily features, tips, and dev interviews
8:48 PM  •
Eric Newcomer / Bloomberg:  Sources: Uber, facing federal probe into possible overseas bribery, reviews operations in Indonesia, Malaysia, India, South Korea, and China
7:35 PM  •
Chris Welch / The Verge:  Apple Music for Android updated with user profiles, voice command support, Beats 1 app shortcut, recently played widget
6:45 PM  •
Nicole Nguyen / BuzzFeed:  iPhone 8 review: should be called iPhone 7s as many of the upgrades, like camera sensor and True Tone display, are subtle; Qi charging only works when centered
5:35 PM  •
Kurt Wagner / Recode:  Twitter adds a second former Google executive to its board, Patrick Pichette, who served as Google's CFO from 2008 until summer of 2015
5:05 PM  •
Natalie Gagliordi / ZDNet:  Adobe reports Q3 revenue of $1.84B, up 26% YoY, versus $1.82B expected, and net income of $420M, up from $271M YoY, and says it expects $1.95B revenue in Q4
4:55 PM  •
Harper Neidig / The Hill:  Sex-trafficking bill SESTA, which many tech firms say is too broad and greatly increases liability for hosting user created content, gets Congressional hearing
4:35 PM  •
Julia Fioretti / Reuters:  Twitter removed 300K terror-related accounts in first half of 2017, a 20% decline from previous six months, with 75% suspended before posting first tweet
4:03 PM  •
Kellen / Droid Life:  Renders leak of Google Pixelbook, a Chromebook that folds into a tablet and supports pressure-sensitive Pixelbook Pen; source: starts at $1.2K for 128GB w/o pen
3:45 PM  •
Sara Fischer / Axios:  Google announces it is rolling out new Natural Language API features: automatic classification of content and sentiment analysis of places or things
3:35 PM  •
Wall Street Journal:  Nintendo stock hits 9-year high after last week's Tencent deal to put Honor of Kings on Switch, as investors look for growth in China
3:10 PM  •
Kellen / Droid Life:  Renders of back of HTC-made Google Pixel 2 in “Kinda Blue”, White, and Black leak; source: 64GB and 128GB models cost $649 and $749
2:36 PM  •
Kellen / Droid Life:  Renders of back of LG-made Google Pixel 2 XL in “Black & White” and “Just Black” leak; source says it will cost $849 for 64GB and $949 for 128GB
2:33 PM  •
Kellen / Droid Life:  Renders leak of “Google Home Mini” in Chalk, Charcoal, and Coral colors; source says it will cost $49
1:45 PM  •
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:  Apple releases watchOS 4 with improved Activity & Workout tracking, revamped Music app, Siri watch face, gym equipment integration, and more
1:40 PM  •
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:  Microsoft adds gaming chief Phil Spencer to Senior Leadership Team and says it's moving its Enterprise Mobility and Security team to Windows and Devices Group
1:35 PM  •
Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed:  Twitter launches Popular Articles feature, which shows articles shared by your network like Nuzzel, located in Twitter's Explore tab on iOS and Android
1:25 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  YouTube discontinues paid channels initiative and makes $4.99 sponsorship model available to all YouTube Gaming creators and some others via main YouTube app
1:20 PM  •
Khari Johnson / VentureBeat:  Apple releases iOS 11 with improved Siri, Files app, new iPad dock, Live Photo effects, Do Not Disturb While Driving, ARKit, new Control Center and Lock Screen
1:05 PM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Sweden-based payments processor iZettle raises $36M in debt from European Investment Bank, earmarked for AI tech
12:45 PM  •
Natalie Gagliordi / ZDNet:  Salesforce Einstein turns one with new features, as Salesforce Ventures announces a new $50M AI-focused fund
12:40 PM  •
Ron Miller / TechCrunch:  Threat Stack raises $45M Series C led by Fidelity's F-Prime Capital Partners, to help businesses secure cloud infrastructure
12:35 PM  •
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:  Stack Overflow launches Salary Calculator, which estimates typical pay for devs based on 5 factors: location, education, experience, dev type, technologies used
11:22 AM  •
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:  Patreon confirms it's raised a $60M Series C led by Thrive Capital; sources say the valuation was $450M
11:10 AM  •
Eric Newcomer / Bloomberg:  Uber files lawsuit against Fetch Media, owned by Japanese ad firm Dentsu, for click fraud; sources say Uber plans to seek $40M in damages
10:55 AM  •
David Faber / CNBC:  Sources: T-Mobile and Sprint are in active talks about a stock-for-stock merger in which T-Mobile parent Deutsche Telekom would emerge as the majority owner
10:20 AM  •
Douglas MacMillan / Wall Street Journal:  The National Venture Capital Association sues the Trump administration for delaying immigration program meant to help foreign-born startup founders stay in US
10:10 AM  •
Catherine Shu / TechCrunch:  Real-time data analytics startup Incorta raises $15M Series B led by Kleiner Perkins
9:35 AM  •
Alex Cranz / Gizmodo:  Fitbit Ionic smartwatch review: best fitness tracking, incredible battery life, stores music and credit card numbers easily, but ugly design and buggy software
9:15 AM  •
Jon Fingas / Engadget:  Amazon updates the Fire HD 10 tablet with a quad-core processor, 1080p display, hands-free Alexa, and cuts the entry-level price of $230 to $150
8:55 AM  •
Nilay Patel / The Verge:  iPhone 8 and 8 Plus review: wireless charging is good but slow, Portrait Lighting is fun, but design is getting dated and it's not worth upgrading from iPhone 7
8:45 AM  •
Andrew Cunningham / Ars Technica:  iOS 11 review: a major stepping-stone towards a full-fledged productivity OS, benefits iPad the most, has a more versatile and useful Control Center
8:10 AM  •
Lauren Gensler / Forbes:  Gift card marketplace Raise raises $60M Series C from Accel, PayPal, and others, will focus on building a mobile wallet for gift cards
7:35 AM  •
Chris Velazco / Engadget:  iPhone 8 and 8 Plus review: wireless charging works well, great cameras and performance in a familiar design, good for those not ready to forgo home button
6:15 AM  •
Janko Roettgers / Variety:  Job offers and documents show Roku's doubling down on voice, with a smart speaker as a possible outcome
12:10 AM  •
SamMobile:  Samsung rolls out update to let Galaxy S8, S8+, and Note8 owners disable the Bixby button but still does not let the button be remapped to another purpose

September 18, 2017

11:40 PM  •
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:  Intel announces it has invested over $1B in AI startups through its Intel Capital arm
10:15 PM  •
Ryan Lau / Hacker Noon:  Instances of inconsistent UI design are found across iOS 11, perhaps due to elements new or unfamiliar to Apple engineers, like Large Title and Search Bar
9:50 PM  •
Juli Clover / MacRumors:  Apple File System will be limited to Macs with only flash storage in the initial release of High Sierra, which means it won't work on iMacs with Fusion Drives
9:25 PM  •
Kurt Wagner / Recode:  Former Facebook and Snap ad exec Sriram Krishnan announces he is joining Twitter as senior director of product
9:15 PM  •
Bloomberg:  Equifax discovered major breach in March but says it's unrelated to recently disclosed hack affecting 143M people; source says both involve the same intruders
8:20 PM  •
Robert Hackett / Fortune:  Keybase launches alpha version of Teams, an open source and end-to-end encrypted Slack-like tool for collaboration amongst groups
6:15 PM  •
Madhumita Murgia / Financial Times:  London transportation regulator introduces private hire licenses based on fleet size, making Uber's licensing costs rise from £3K to £3M for a five-year license
5:10 PM  •
Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:  Geekbench benchmarks: Apple's A11 Bionic is 25% faster in single core and 80% faster in multicore than A10 Fusion, beats i5 MacBook Pro and all other phones
4:10 PM  •
Jordan Novet / CNBC:  AWS says that beginning October 2, it will start charging EC2 customers by the second, not hour; competitors Azure and Google Cloud charge by the minute
3:05 PM  •
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:  W3C votes to make the contentious Encrypted Media Extensions specification, a system for HTML5 DRM, an official W3C Recommendation
2:38 PM  •
Cory Doctorow / Electronic Frontier Foundation:  EFF says it's resigning from W3C after the standards org voted for browser DRM, a move hostile to archiving, accessibility, security research, more
2:30 PM  •
Yukako Ono / Nikkei: and Thai retail giant Central Group sign $500M deal to set up e-commerce and fintech joint ventures in Thailand
2:10 PM  •
Bloomberg:  Sources: DoJ has opened a criminal investigation into three Equifax executives' stock sales that occurred days after the historic data breach was discovered
1:55 PM  •
Natalia Drozdiak / Wall Street Journal:  Sources: Google has offered to auction off shopping ad spaces to rivals, to comply with EU's antitrust order; Google would set price cap for its own bids
1:25 PM  •
Cromwell Schubarth / Silicon Valley Business Journal:  SEC filing: Roku more than doubles its IPO target, hopes to raise up to $252M
1:16 PM  •
Molly Schuetz / Bloomberg:  Cisco Executive Chairman John Chambers will not stand for re-election in December; CEO Chuck Robbins will assume the role
12:55 PM  •
John Mannes / TechCrunch:  Matroid, which makes tech to monitor video streams for recognizable objects, raises $10M Series A from New Enterprise Associates and Intel Capital
12:35 PM  •
Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:  Apple Pay Cash is coming in a future update to iOS 11 and watchOS 4 in the fall, not in the iOS 11 launch tomorrow
11:55 AM  •
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:  Videoblocks, the marketplace that pays 100% commission to content creators, rebrands as Storyblocks, debuts stock photo service to expand beyond video and audio
10:35 AM  •
Harry McCracken / Fast Company:  A profile of Satya Nadella, who has stopped infighting, restored morale, and has led Microsoft over the past 3.5 years as its market cap increased by $250B+
10:00 AM  •
Cade Metz / New York Times:  How a slowdown in Moore's Law led to the rise of specialized chips like FPGAs and GPUs for AI and other applications in computing
9:05 AM  •
Pan Yue / China Money Network:  Autonomous driving startup JingChi, founded by former head of Baidu's Autonomous Driving Unit, has raised a $30M angel round and is raising a $100M Series A
7:10 AM  •
Thomas Fox-Brewster / Forbes:  Hackers hid backdoor in Avast-owned system cleanup tool CCleaner for Windows from August 15 to September 12; affected software was run by 2.27M users
5:00 AM  •
New York Times:  Facebook and other tech giants are increasingly coming into conflict with governments around the world that are exerting greater control over the internet
2:55 AM  •
Adrien Henni / East-West Digital News:  Russian firm Blackmoon raises $30M in an ICO for its platform for asset managers to create and manage legally compliant tokenized funds
12:50 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Fast-charging battery startup StoreDot raises $60M led by Daimler's trucking unit with Samsung Ventures among investors, plans phone battery cases for next year

September 17, 2017

10:45 PM  •
Richard Waters / Financial Times:  Slack raises $250M, largely from Softbank's Vision Fund, valuing the firm at $5.1B, up from $3.8B at the time of its April 2016 round
9:30 PM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Google debuts Tez, a mobile payments app that uses ultrasonic sounds to let you exchange money, launching today on iOS and Android in India
8:10 PM  •
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:  Bing starts showing fact checking labels in search results
4:00 PM  •
Aaron Pressman / Fortune:  Prepaid Wireless Customers Can't Add Apple Watch Series 3 to Their Plans
1:35 PM  •
JP Mangalindan / Yahoo! Finance:  Facebook says Messenger now has 1.3B monthly active users, up from 1.2B in April, while Messenger Day has 70M daily active users
1:05 PM  •
Ryan Whitwam / Android Police:  Google will delete Android backups on Google Drive after two months of no device usage, even when the user is paying for storage
5:35 AM  •
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:  Instagram now autoplays video sound once turned on until you close the app

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