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November 14, 2018, 3:35 PM
 

November 14, 2018

3:25 PM  •
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:  Mozilla publishes gift guide for 70 smart devices, from drones to wearables, ranked by creepiness and security; many fail to meet Mozilla's security standards
2:40 PM  •
Bloomberg:  Sources detail Palantir's frustration with Morgan Stanley's mutual funds, which have repeatedly lowered the valuation of their ~$3M stake, ahead of expected IPO
2:25 PM  •
Reuters:  Tencent-backed online Chinese travel company Tongcheng-eLong launches smaller-than-expected IPO that aims to raise around $233M, down from earlier $1B estimates
1:50 PM  •
Bloomberg:  US GAO dismisses Oracle's argument that the Pentagon's $10B cloud contract violated federal standards and unfairly favored Amazon
1:45 PM  •
Robert Hackett / Fortune:  Maryland-based Dragos, which helps secure industrial control systems, raises $37M Series B led by Canaan Partners
1:25 PM  •
Rose Behar / Android Police:  Google Assistant adds Routines integration into clock app, ability to reply to intercom-style Broadcasts, and a command to put devices into Do Not Disturb mode
1:15 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Google begins rolling out an updated Google My Business app on iOS and Android, letting companies create content for their profile and view customer info
12:55 PM  •
Naomi Gleit / Facebook:  Facebook says users have now raised over $1B for nonprofit and personal causes and expands fundraising tools to Canada and Australia
12:45 PM  •
Dan Primack / Axios:  Amazon has spawned very few successful startups in Seattle, for a variety of reasons, suggesting it is unlikely to do so in New York or Virginia
12:35 PM  •
Kate Rooney / CNBC:  Bitcoin dropped to $5,650, its lowest level in over a year, as other major cryptocurrencies fell 10%+; total crypto market has dropped by $15B in 24 hours
12:25 PM  •
Vlad Savov / The Verge:  Google releases Night Sight, a software update that dramatically improves low-light photos, to Pixel users
12:20 PM  •
Angus Berwick / Reuters:  Investigation shows how ZTE helped Venezuela's government build a system, used by as many as 18M, similar to China's national identity card program
12:10 PM  •
Liam Tung / ZDNet:  Google Chrome Lab releases Squoosh, an open source web app that can compress and reformat images to create lighter web pages
11:50 AM  •
Nicole Nguyen / BuzzFeed News:  AmazonBasics Microwave review: looks and works pretty much like a regular microwave, with some Alexa integration via Echo, and is good value at $60
11:35 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  ServiceTitan, which builds a software platform for home services businesses, raises $165M Series D, at a $1.65B valuation, led by Index Ventures
11:20 AM  •
Chris Welch / The Verge:  Amazon Fire TV Recast review: seamless integration with Fire TV and Alexa, reliable streaming, but is limited to two concurrent streams, doesn't include antenna
11:05 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  UiPath, which develops AI-based bots that automate mundane enterprise tasks, says its total Series C was $265M, up from $225M in September
10:45 AM  •
Deepa Seetharaman / Wall Street Journal:  Internal Facebook survey shows just 52% of its staff are optimistic about its future, down 32% from last year, amid scandals and a sharp stock decline
10:25 AM  •
Chris Welch / The Verge:  Podcasting app Pocket Casts, which was recently acquired by a public radio collective, launches a redesign and introduces new features on iOS and Android
10:10 AM  •
Shan Li / Wall Street Journal:  Tencent beats expectations with Q3 profit of $3.39B, up 30% YoY, on revenue of $11.59B, up 24% YoY, with big gains in advertising and payment services
9:45 AM  •
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:  Microsoft acquires AI and bot developer XOXCO for an undisclosed amount; XOXCO built Howdy.ai, a commercially available bot for Slack for scheduling meetings
9:30 AM  •
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:  Uber launches rider loyalty rewards program with upgrades to nicer cars, access to premium support, and waiver on cancellations if rebooked within 15 minutes
9:15 AM  •
Chris O'Brien / VentureBeat:  Bain Capital Ventures closes new funds totaling $1B for startups in SaaS, infrastructure, security, commerce, financial tech, and healthcare
8:55 AM  •
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:  Netflix is testing cheaper, mobile-only subscriptions “in a few countries” including Malaysia, where it is half the price of its next cheapest package
8:20 AM  •
Harish Jonnalagadda / Android Central:  Samsung unveils 8nm Exynos 9820 chipset with a dedicated NPU for on-device AI and 8K video recording, likely to be used in next year's Galaxy S10
7:55 AM  •
Andrew Tarantola / Engadget:  Intel unveils Neural Compute Stick 2 for developing AI algorithms and computer vision systems locally using its Movidius Myriad X AI chip, for $100
7:30 AM  •
Sarah Frier / Bloomberg:  In written response to Senate Intelligence Committee, Facebook says free speech and privacy will inform any decision to return to China
6:45 AM  •
Kirsten Korosec / TechCrunch:  Ford partners with Walmart and Postmates to test autonomous grocery delivery in Miami-Dade County
6:30 AM  •
Ava Kofman / The Intercept:  Google's plan for a smart city in Toronto is facing resistance from privacy activists, who are fighting against the commodification of their city's data
5:55 AM  •
Kaitlyn Tiffany / Vox:  Most period-tracking apps are designed more to aid marketers and medical companies in collecting health data for ad targeting than for women
5:00 AM  •
Clive Thompson / Wired:  AI needs to be taught everyday common sense, not just pattern recognition, to overcome the limits of deep learning and produce safer, more useful devices
4:05 AM  •
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:  Israel-based XM Cyber, which provides an automated service to simulate, validate, and remediate advanced persistent threats, has raised a $22M Series A
2:20 AM  •
New York Times:  Tyler Barriss, the serial swatter responsible for the fatal Kansas hoax call, pleads guilty to federal charges, will serve between 20 and 25 years in prison
2:05 AM  •
Wall Street Journal:  Sources provide a behind-the-scenes account of Amazon's HQ2 selection process, say the company made the decision to split HQ2 in two in September
1:40 AM  •
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:  IAB data shows digital ad spending in the first half of 2018 reached $49.5B, up 23% YoY, with mobile accounting for 63% of the total, up from 54% last year

November 13, 2018

11:45 PM  •
Louise Matsakis / Wired:  Critics say Amazon's promises to bring jobs and spur economic development aren't enough to make up for the concessions it has received for its new headquarters
11:25 PM  •
Kevin Martin / Facebook:  Facebook, Google, and Twitter are partnering in a new coalition, Tech Together to Fight the Opioid Crisis, to help those struggling with addiction
11:00 PM  •
Alison Frankel / Reuters:  Snap says it's responded to subpoenas from the DOJ and SEC about its IPO, following a suit alleging Snap misled the public on how Instagram affected its growth
7:55 PM  •
Douglas MacMillan / Wall Street Journal:  Amazon says it has more than 10,000 employees working on its Alexa virtual assistant and Echo devices, up from 5,000 in September 2017
7:15 PM  •
Wall Street Journal:  Waymo CEO says its driverless car service will be available first in Phoenix and will charge individuals as well as businesses that want to shuttle customers
7:00 PM  •
Variety:  Spotify launches in 13 markets across the Middle East and North Africa, including the UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt, with a fully Arabic user experience
5:55 PM  •
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:  Microsoft fixes a zero-day escalation of privilege bug in Windows after Kaspersky Lab researchers noticed multiple cyber-espionage groups exploiting it
5:10 PM  •
Steve Ranger / ZDNet:  EE says it will launch 5G in 2019 in the busiest parts of London, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Belfast, Birmingham, and Manchester, and in 10 more cities later in year
4:45 PM  •
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:  Ridecell, a SaaS platform for self-driving, ride-hailing, and other mobility companies, raises Series B extension, closing the round at $60M
4:00 PM  •
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:  Google's G Suite Twitter account is the latest to get hacked to promote a crypto scam, joining companies like Target, which had its account hacked this morning
3:40 PM  •
Financial Times:  Sources: Bitmain claimed it had $1.25B in 2017 profits during the pre-IPO $400M+ Series B in June of 2018, while its IPO prospectus says it earned just ~$700M
3:30 PM  •
Reuters:  Nigerian internet provider Main One Cable Co says it accidentally caused the problem that misrouted some Google traffic through China on Monday
3:15 PM  •
John Cook / GeekWire:  Amazon says it will invest $230M to build a logistics-focused center in Nashville, TN that will bring 5,000 corporate jobs and receive incentives of up to $102M
3:00 PM  •
J. David Goodman / New York Times:  Amazon to receive incentives of $1.5B+ over ten years based on creating 25K jobs in Queens, but politicians object, with some saying they will fight the deal
2:55 PM  •
Joshua Brustein / Bloomberg:  Lime to launch a car sharing service in Seattle this week, starting with a fleet of 50 vehicles and quickly ramping that up to 1,500 cars by early 2019
2:30 PM  •
Washington Post:  A look at the likely factors behind Amazon's decision to choose Crystal City, VA, as one of its HQ2 locations and how it may affect the region
2:00 PM  •
Tom Warren / The Verge:  The Windows 10 October 2018 Update is finally re-released, after data loss bugs caused it to be pulled; Microsoft says it's focusing on improving code quality
1:55 PM  •
Sam Rutherford / Gizmodo:  Spotify will roll out its Apple Watch app in the coming week but without key features like the ability to stream music on LTE or download songs
1:35 PM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Facebook launches Learn with Facebook, a career development site with lessons on subjects like digital marketing, and improves its Mentorships and Jobs services
1:15 PM  •
Jordan Novet / CNBC:  Zendesk announces Sunshine, a development platform that's free for its enterprise customers, and Sell, a CRM tool launching for $19 per user per month
12:45 PM  •
Jonathan Shieber / TechCrunch:  iFood, the Brazilian technology conglomerate Movile's food delivery platform, raises $400M from existing investors Naspers and Innova Capital
12:36 PM  •
Christina Farr / CNBC:  DeepMind's health subsidiary, maker of an app called Streams that helps with diagnosing specific conditions, is moving under the newly-formed Google Health unit
12:21 PM  •
Lisa Marie Segarra / Fortune:  Facebook Wants to Help People Land Their Next Job
12:20 PM  •
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:  Cognigo raises $8.5M Series A led by Israel-based crowdfunding platform OurCrowd for its AI-driven data protection platform
12:15 PM  •
Daniel Funke / Poynter:  WhatsApp to distribute $50K each to 20 projects from 11 countries to research spread of misinformation on the platform; WhatsApp won't provide any user data
12:10 PM  •
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:  Google's Project Fi gets updated with an optional always-on VPN and a smarter way to switch between WiFi and cellular connections based on signal strength
12:00 PM  •
Douglas MacMillan / Wall Street Journal:  Google CFO Ruth Porat expects the company, which currently has more than 7,000 employees in New York, to double its staff in the city over the next 10 years
11:45 AM  •
Sara Fischer / Axios:  Sources: Yahoo Finance is launching a subscription service, Yahoo Finance Premium, in Q1 2019 that a source says will likely cost $100+/month
10:30 AM  •
Kate Clark / TechCrunch:  Poynt, a developer of smart payment terminals and an open operating system for payment terminals, raises $100M Series C
10:00 AM  •
Day One: The Amazon Blog:  Amazon selects New York City and Arlington, Virginia for its new headquarters, receiving $1.5B in performance-based incentives from NY and $573M from VA
9:45 AM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Pandora launches Podcast Genome Project in beta, combining its Music Genome technology with human editorial oversight to offer podcast recommendations
9:35 AM  •
AJ Dellinger / Engadget:  Snapchat introduces Friendship Profiles highlighting close relationships, custom Bitmoji merchandise, and Bitmoji Stories
9:25 AM  •
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:  NetEase Cloud Music, a music streaming service by Chinese games and publishing giant NetEase, raises $600M from investors including Baidu and General Atlantic
9:00 AM  •
Robert Hackett / Fortune:  Netskope, which helps businesses secure their data, web apps, and cloud infrastructure, raises $169M led by Lightspeed Venture Partners at a $1B+ valuation
8:25 AM  •
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / Motherboard:  Leaked court documents show that Italian authorities have given up catching Phineas Fisher, the person who hacked the government spyware maker Hacking Team
7:45 AM  •
Tom Randall / Bloomberg:  Source: Waymo plans to launch the world's first commercial driverless car service in December under a new brand that will compete directly with Uber and Lyft
7:25 AM  •
Livemint:  Flipkart Group CEO Binny Bansal resigns after probe into allegations of serious misconduct
5:40 AM  •
Ian Cutress / AnandTech:  Q&A: AMD CTO Mark Papermaster on the company's strategy for its EPYC server processor line and its chiplet approach of combining 7nm CPU dies with 14nm IO dies
2:25 AM  •
Wall Street Journal:  US officials and cybersecurity firms looking for evidence of foreign interference say Russian hackers mostly sat on the sidelines during the midterm elections
12:50 AM  •
Nick Statt / The Verge:  Apple says its T2 chip in newer Macs will run a diagnostic after some repairs that may make the computer inoperable if not repaired by Apple or its network

November 12, 2018

11:15 PM  •
Wall Street Journal:  A look at how Palantir, which keeps losing money, is trying to turn around its business ahead of a long-delayed IPO by cutting costs and hiring more salespeople
10:35 PM  •
New York Times:  In a letter shared by Sen. Ron Wyden, Facebook admits it ignored warnings from government-approved auditor in 2013 that its device partners may misuse user data
9:31 PM  •
Wall Street Journal:  Sources: New York City and Northern Virginia will be the homes for Amazon's second and third “headquarters”; the announcement is expected as soon as Tuesday
9:00 PM  •
Wall Street Journal:  Some Google services were temporarily unreachable for some users due to internet traffic being misdirected; Google believes cause was external, will investigate
7:05 PM  •
Corinne Reichert / ZDNet:  Intel says it will make its XMM 8160 5G modem available to manufacturers in H2 2019, six months ahead of schedule, with devices using it shipping in H1 2020
6:45 PM  •
Kirsten Korosec / TechCrunch:  GM says it will allow non-GM branded vehicles on its Maven peer-to-peer car sharing platform by mid-2019
6:10 PM  •
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:  Google open-sources AI algorithms that its researchers say can distinguish between voices with 92% accuracy
5:45 PM  •
Williams Pelegrin / Android Authority:  Acer Chromebook Spin 13 review: with fantastic build quality, great performance, comfortable keyboard, and good battery life, it bests the pricier Pixelbook
3:50 PM  •
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:  Firefox debuts Price Wise, an experimental price-tracking plug-in that lets users add products from Amazon, Best Buy, eBay, Walmart, Home Depot to a watch list
3:00 PM  •
Joe Uchill / Axios:  France's Macron releases an international pact on cyber warfare and security principles that over 50 nations have signed, but not the US, Australia, or China
2:53 PM  •
BuzzFeed News:  Airbnb and eBay say they will end their forced arbitration policy for sexual harassment claims
2:40 PM  •
Susan Wojcicki / YouTube Creator Blog:  YouTube CEO warns of unintended consequences of EU's Article 13 and says YouTube may have to block videos in the EU to avoid liability under the new directive
1:55 PM  •
The Keyword:  Google says Gboard on Android can now use AI to suggest GIFs, emoji, and stickers that are “related to your conversation”, available globally in English
1:30 PM  •
Stephen Wilmot / Wall Street Journal:  As companies seek more direct ways to engage customers, ad agencies like WPP face increased competition from tech consultants like Accenture, Deloitte, and IBM
1:14 PM  •
Alex Heath / Cheddar:  Snap VP of Content Nick Bell, who joined the company in 2014 to lead Discover, says he's leaving amid a planned reorg under Chief Strategy Officer Jared Grusd
12:50 PM  •
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:  BlaBlaCar will offer a bus service and is acquiring Ouibus, the bus division of France's national railway company SNCF, and also announces $114M in new funding
11:50 AM  •
David Manners / Electronics Weekly:  Infineon to acquire Dresden-based Siltectra for €124M, will use startup's Cold Split technology to split wafers, thus doubling the number of chips on them
11:45 AM  •
Vibhuti Sharma / Reuters:  Apple's main supplier for Face ID tech, Lumentum, has slashed its revenue forecasts by about 17%; Apple's stock drops ~5% amid concerns of weak iPhone sales
10:55 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Kofax to acquire Nuance's imaging division for $400M as it continues building up its AI-based tools for automating repetitive or mundane back-office tasks
10:40 AM  •
Rani Molla / Recode:  Smart speakers changed audio consumption habits and boosted sales of smart home devices, but hopes for adoption in areas like shopping have not panned out yet
10:20 AM  •
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:  Framer, an Amsterdam-based UI prototyping platform, raises $24M Series B led by Atomico, with Accel and AngelList participating
9:55 AM  •
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:  Facebook agrees to cooperate with France in an informal examination of its content moderation practices and give the government access to its internal processes
9:20 AM  •
Kurt Wagner / Recode:  Sources: Imran Khan, formerly second-in-command at Snap, is working on a new e-commerce startup due to launch next year
8:30 AM  •
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:  Netflix execs talk about plans to boost international growth, want to experiment with lower-priced subscriptions in countries with lower per-capita income
7:55 AM  •
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:  Clearbanc, which provides $5K to $10M loans to startups for online marketing in exchange for revenue share, says it has raised $70M in seed and Series A rounds
7:15 AM  •
Yonhap News Agency:  Sources: Samsung to launch the flagship Galaxy S10 in February, while Galaxy S10 with 5G support and its foldable phone called Galaxy F will launch in March
5:05 AM  •
Sarah E. Needleman / Wall Street Journal:  A look at nascent efforts to stream video games, as latency seems set to drop even lower with the proliferation of data centers and 5G rolling out
2:25 AM  •
Reuters:  Regulatory filing shows SoftBank Group seeks to raise ~$21B in an IPO for its Japanese mobile telecom unit on December 19 on the Tokyo Stock Exchange
1:55 AM  •
Eliot Brown / Wall Street Journal:  Report: 1,594 US startups received initial VC funding in the first 9 months of 2018, down 40% from 2015, while median seed round was $2M, ~4X the 2013 average
1:30 AM  •
Bloomberg:  Profile of Qualtrics CEO Ryan Smith, who resisted taking VC money for over a decade before finally agreeing to deals with Accel and Sequoia Capital
1:10 AM  •
Iris Deng / South China Morning Post:  A ruling against a shareholder of Tencent's WeBank put 12.6M shares up for auction on Taobao, which, as of Nov. 2017, had processed ~610K such judicial auctions
12:35 AM  •
Rebecca Hill / The Register:  UK's Privacy International files complaints against Oracle, Acxiom, Criteo, Quantcast, Tapad, Equifax, and Experian over potential GDPR violations
12:00 AM  •
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:  ResMed, best known for its sleep apnea equipment and software, to acquire cloud-based electronic health records manager MatrixCare for $750M

November 11, 2018

11:23 PM  •
Ismail Shakil / Reuters:  Cloud-based IT management startup Apptio says it has agreed to be bought by private equity firm Vista Equity Partners for about $1.94B in cash
11:23 PM  •
Alfred Ng / CNET:  Waitlisting apps like Yelp's Nowait are increasingly popular with customers and businesses but critics wonder if the convenience is worth the privacy trade-offs
10:50 PM  •
Wall Street Journal:  A look at the tug of war between the data driven tech team and the relationship-oriented Hollywood team at Netflix
10:15 PM  •
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:  Overwolf, a platform to help devs create extensions and services for video games, from analytics to coaching, raises $16M Series B led by Intel Capital
9:40 PM  •
Daniel Oberhaus / Motherboard:  Researchers warn so-called “perceptual” ad blockers, which aim to visually recognize ads on a page to block them, are ineffective and create new attack vectors
9:05 PM  •
Emily Dreyfuss / Wired:  Sue Gordon, the principal deputy director of national intelligence, explains the need for a new partnership between the intelligence agencies and Silicon Valley
8:30 PM  •
Will Knight / MIT Technology Review:  Andrew Moore, Google Cloud's new head of AI, on mistakes companies make in adopting AI, working with US military, and China's importance to Google's AI plans
7:55 PM  •
Alex Konrad / Forbes:  Qualtrics had 2017 revenue of $289.9M; with the $8B acquisition, Accel and IVP's stakes are each worth $1B+, and the Smith family's stake is ~$2.6B after taxes
7:30 PM  •
Gabrielle Canon / The Guardian:  Expanded CFIUS powers to review financing deals in vaguely defined “emerging technologies” prompt fears that it may slow down tech investments from China
6:55 PM  •
Stephen Shankland / CNET:  Don MacAskill, CEO of Flickr-owner SmugMug, on why the service will end Flickr's free 1TB storage and delete all but the last 1,000 photos from free accounts
6:21 PM  •
Dan Primack / Axios:  SAP announces it will buy user experience management platform Qualtrics, which had planned to go public later this month, for $8B
5:05 PM  •
Colin Harper / Bitcoin Magazine:  Bitcoin evangelist and educator Andreas Antonopoulos reflects on the first 10 years of blockchain
4:10 PM  •
Steve O'Hear / TechCrunch:  Nested, a UK-based online real estate agent that provides a cash advance to new home buyers before they sell their old home, raises £120M in equity and debt
3:19 PM  •
Wall Street Journal:  Sources: Facebook pressured Palmer Luckey to say he supported libertarian Gary Johnson despite his years-long support of Trump; Luckey's exit package was $100M+
2:25 PM  •
Eamon Barrett / Fortune:  How Alibaba turned Singles' Day into a multi-billion dollar sales event bigger than Black Friday and Cyber Monday combined
1:20 PM  •
CoinDesk:  A look at the heated debate raging in the Bitcoin Cash community ahead of the contentious hard fork that may split the cryptocurrency's blockchain on Nov. 15
11:50 AM  •
Arjun Kharpal / CNBC:  Alibaba sold $30.8B worth of goods during the 24-hour Singles' Day shopping event, topping the 2017 Singles Day sales of $25.3B
10:25 AM  •
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:  Cloudflare launches Android and iOS apps for its privacy-focused DNS service 1.1.1.1
7:55 AM  •
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:  Microsoft XO18 roundup: Microsoft acquires game studios inXile and Obsidian, announces 91M+ MAUs for Minecraft, and says Minecraft Marketplace has 77 partners
1:50 AM  •
Emma Grey Ellis / Wired:  Changing viewing habits and a desire for more ad revenue are prompting YouTube creators to post ever longer videos

November 10, 2018

11:00 PM  •
Christina Farr / CNBC:  How Quanttus, a startup borne out of research to measure blood pressure with a watch, failed but seeded health teams at big tech companies with its alumni
6:20 PM  •
Morgan Little / CNET:  Microsoft says mouse and keyboard support for the Xbox One is coming on November 14
3:45 PM  •
Katia Moskvitch / WIRED UK:  Profile of Ivy Ross, Google's VP of design, who is working to make Google's hardware design aesthetic “human, optimistic and bold”
12:45 PM  •
Peter Holley / Washington Post:  Lime launches a global recall of scooters from one of its manufacturers after determining that the scooters could break apart while in use
10:45 AM  •
CNN:  As the Trump administration reinstates economic sanctions, major US banks are bracing themselves against cyberattacks from Iran
8:00 AM  •
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:  A detailed look at SIM swapping, a complex form of mobile phone fraud often used to steal cryptocurrency and other items of value
1:55 AM  •
Nellie Bowles / New York Times:  Profile of philosopher Yuval Noah Harari, who worries that Silicon Valley is undermining democracy and whose book tour was well-received by its tech elite
12:10 AM  •
Sidney Fussell / The Atlantic:  Louisville, KY to hold four-year test of self-guided drones that, given GPS coordinates of shootings, take pictures and videos ahead of first responders

November 9, 2018

11:30 PM  •
Jonathan Vanian / Fortune:  Harris poll: 22% of Americans say they trust Facebook with their personal information, 48% view Facebook more negatively than they did six months ago
9:15 PM  •
Murad Ahmed / Financial Times:  Turin-based Deltatre acquires IP video software maker Massive Interactive for $127M to challenge Disney and Endeavor in online sports streaming services
8:10 PM  •
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:  US Cyber Command launches its new initiative to publicly share unclassified malware samples it has discovered by uploading multiple files to VirusTotal
7:55 PM  •
John Cook / GeekWire:  CoStar buys Cozy, a startup helping landlords screen tenants, market properties, and collect rent, for $68M to improve its rental listings site Apartments.com
7:35 PM  •
Paresh Dave / Reuters:  Twitter has quietly locked millions of suspicious followers that the company had purged in July and which had reappeared, according to Twitter, due to a bug
7:00 PM  •
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:  Apple confirms that some iPhone X screens don't respond or respond intermittently when touched, offers free screen replacements for those affected
6:25 PM  •
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:  A US agency said hackers may have accessed partial SSNs, immigration status, tax information, and more in an October breach of healthcare.gov
6:10 PM  •
Jelter Meers / OCCRP:  Romania threatens to fine investigative non-profit RISE Project €650/day and up to €20M unless it reveals corruption investigation sources, citing GDPR
5:15 PM  •
Shanti S Nair / Reuters:  Report: BlackBerry is in talks to buy cybersecurity company Cylance for as much as $1.5B
4:51 PM  •
Douglas MacMillan / Wall Street Journal:  Facebook to end forced arbitration for sexual-harassment claims, require execs at director level or above to disclose if they are dating someone in the company
4:27 PM  •
Shannon Liao / The Verge:  Facebook has quietly released an app for iOS and Android called Lasso, designed to compete with TikTok, that lets users create short videos

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