May 25, 2018, 10:50 AM

May 25, 2018

10:25 AM  •
Marie Mawad / Bloomberg:  Facebook's chief AI scientist Yann LeCun says company is designing its own energy-efficient chips to help with analyzing and filtering live video content
10:10 AM  •
Micah Singleton / The Verge:  YouTube Music review: Easy to use with an excellent home screen and recommendation engine but confusing price structure and missing power user features
9:40 AM  •
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:  At Facebook's anti-sex trafficking hackathon, Uber, Twitter, Google, Microsoft, and Pinterest competed, the winners developed tools to track traffickers online
8:45 AM  •
Richard Lai / Engadget:  HTC's Vive Focus VR system update adds ability to receive calls, notifications, and messages from the U12+ and other HTC phones via a Vive companion app
8:00 AM  •
David Meyer / Fortune:  Digital privacy activist Max Schrems files official GDPR complaints against Google, Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram over forced consent
7:25 AM  •
BBC:  Some US news sites like the LA Times and the Chicago Tribune restrict access from EU as GDPR goes into effect
5:20 AM  •
Adam Satariano / New York Times:  As Europe enacts GDPR, EU officials are encouraging countries like Brazil, Japan, and South Korea to adopt similar laws by tying data protection to trade deals
2:15 AM  •
City Attorney of San Francisco:  San Francisco announces new regulations requiring scooter startups like Lime, Spin, and Bird, to halt operations by June 4 and apply for permits by June 7

May 24, 2018

9:40 PM  •
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:  Unsealed indictment shows federal prosecutors have charged three men with crimes related to December death of a Kansas man fatally shot in a swatting prank
8:15 PM  •
AppleInsider:  Apple giving month-long free trials of its 50GB, 200GB, and 2TB iCloud storage plans to customers currently on the free 5GB tier
7:35 PM  •
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:  Snapchat now gives users the option to send their real-time location to a friend or request theirs, which shows up on the Snap Map and within message threads
7:30 PM  •
Jason Del Rey / Recode:  Amazon says the Echo that recorded a private discussion interpreted background conversation as action confirmation, leading to recording and sending to contact
7:25 PM  •
Sean Hollister / CNET:  Valve says Apple revoked its approval of the Steam Link app for iOS due to “business conflicts with app guidelines” and denied Valve's appeal
7:20 PM  •
Russell Brandom / The Verge:  Orlando police say its tests of Amazon's facial recognition system were limited to basic testing, and no members of the public were entered for search
7:00 PM  •
Facebook:  Facebook will check images and text, who is being targeted, and any linked websites in issue ads as it begins to apply new policies
6:35 PM  •
Catherine Shu / TechCrunch:  Sentry, which develops open source tools to help developers fix bugs, raises $16M Series B led by NEA and Accel; CEO says post-money valuation is around $100M
6:15 PM  •
Joel Schectman / Reuters:  Senate version of Pentagon spending bill could require US tech companies to disclose if they let US adversaries examine code in software sold to US military
5:47 PM  •
Jeremy Horwitz / VentureBeat:  Apple wins $538.6M from Samsung in iPhone patent retrial: $533.3M for infringement of Apple's design patents and $5.3M for infringement of its utility patents
5:20 PM  •
Natt Garun / The Verge:  YouTube brings its previously mobile-only messaging feature to the web, letting logged in users share and talk about videos in a chat window with friends
5:12 PM  •
Bloomberg:  Sources: Essential, a startup co-founded by Android creator Andy Rubin, is considering selling itself and has canceled development of a new smartphone
5:03 PM  •
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:  Netflix topped Walt Disney Co. in market value Thursday after surpassing Comcast on Wednesday; the company's stock is up 82% in 2018
4:45 PM  •
Zack Whittaker / ZDNet:  An API bug on T-Mobile's staff-facing website, since fixed, let anyone gain access to customer addresses, account PINs, and other details using a phone number
3:50 PM  •
Anna Hensel / VentureBeat:  Facebook launches archive of political ads, containing ads for political candidates and issue ads starting in May 2018; ads kept in archive for seven years
3:25 PM  •
Gary Horcher / KIRO:  After allegations Alexa recorded a private conversation and sent it to a person in contact list, Amazon says the case was extremely rare, is taking steps to fix
2:45 PM  •
Twitter:  Twitter to add badges and disclaimers for US federal political advertisers and require certification and account elements “consistent with online presence”
2:15 PM  •
Rob Leathern / Facebook:  Facebook rolls out “Paid for by” disclosure labels on Facebook and Instagram for political ads in US, including issues ads that deal with 20 specific subjects
1:25 PM  •
Gabe Rivera / Techmeme News:  Sign up now for Techmeme's new newsletter, which goes out daily at 5pm Pacific
12:50 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Microsoft begins rolling out update to Mixer, its Twitch competitor, that includes a visual refresh and an expanded developer toolkit called MixPlay
12:40 PM  •
Gertrude Chavez-Dreyfuss / Reuters:  Anti-Phishing Working Group estimates criminals have stolen $1.2B in cryptocurrencies since the beginning of 2017, of which under 20% has been recovered
12:15 PM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  PayPal and Google partner to integrate PayPal into Google Pay, which can be used to pay bills and more, starting later this year
12:05 PM  •
Jason Koebler / Motherboard:  Documents from a “bendgate” lawsuit show Apple's tests found iPhone 6 and 6 Plus were 3.3x and 7.2x more likely to bend than 5S; Apple later made changes to fix
11:35 AM  •
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:  Reltio, which develops a platform that gives companies insights and recommendations based on big data, raises $45M Series D, bringing total funding to $117M
11:20 AM  •
Axios:  Sources: SoftBank is investing in peer-to-peer car rental service Getaround as part of a ~$100M fundraising round
11:10 AM  •
Janko Roettgers / Variety:  Vevo is shuttering its Android, iOS, and Windows Mobile apps and website to refocus on YouTube following resignation of several execs and significant layoffs
11:00 AM  •
Abigail Abrams / Fortune:  Netflix market value reaches $149B, surpassing Comcast's $147B, and approaching Disney's $153B; the company's stock has gone up 70% since January
10:50 AM  •
Shannon Liao / The Verge:  Pornhub launches a free VPN, called VPNHUB, with unlimited bandwidth, available on iOS, Android, Mac, and Windows, alongside $13/month ad-free premium VPN
10:35 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Airbnb quietly launches Travel Stories in beta, letting users share ephemeral pictures and videos that can be viewed in-app or online
10:27 AM  •
David Shepardson / Reuters:  US NTSB report on Uber's self-driving car that killed a pedestrian in March in AZ says the car failed to identify the pedestrian or brake until it was too late
10:15 AM  •
Cromwell Schubarth / Silicon Valley Business Journal:  VC firms including a16z and Menlo Ventures are piloting a program they hope can address the shortage of experienced CFO candidates for private tech firms
9:35 AM  •
Taylor Soper / GeekWire:  Pet-sitting startup Rover raises $155M round led by T. Rowe Price, bringing its total funding to $310M
9:00 AM  •
Christina Rexrode / Wall Street Journal:  Small US banks like Silvergate are capitalizing on the opportunity to do business with cryptocurrency-related firms, which are largely shunned by big banks
8:15 AM  •
AAA NewsRoom:  American Automobile Association survey finds 73% of American drivers would be too afraid to ride in an autonomous vehicle, up from 63% last year
7:30 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Payments processing company Adyen says it plans to IPO on the Euronext Amsterdam exchange at a $7B-$11B valuation
7:10 AM  •
Michelle Castillo / CNBC:  Facebook users worldwide are being asked to review their privacy settings, including political and religious affiliations, as GDPR goes into effect in Europe
6:50 AM  •
Bloomberg:  Sources: DOJ and CFTC have opened a criminal probe into alleged market manipulation of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies
5:55 AM  •
Nick Statt / The Verge:  Instapaper, owned by Pinterest, says it will be temporarily unavailable to all European users on May 24 as it works to ensure GDPR compliance by May 25
5:40 AM  •
Bloomberg:  Lenovo reports Q4 profit of $33M, down 69% YoY, and revenue of $10.6B, up 11% YoY, with no recovery in its smartphone business as PC market remains stagnant
4:50 AM  •
Garrett Camp:  Sixteen years after it started, StumbleUpon to shut down and transition its accounts to content discovery platform over the next couple of months
2:55 AM  •
Andrew J. Hawkins / The Verge:  Uber says it will open an Advanced Technologies Center in Paris focused on its Uber Elevate flying taxis project, will spend €20 million over five years
12:45 AM  •
Mat Honan / BuzzFeed:  A look at the opening of Salesforce Tower in San Francisco and Benioff's remarks on homelessness and lack of affordable housing amid the city's housing crisis

May 23, 2018

10:50 PM  •
Saheli Roy Choudhury / CNBC:  Indonesian ride hailing firm Go-Jek to invest ~$500M to move into Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore, and the Philippines in coming months, raising rivalry with Grab
10:30 PM  •
Charlie Osborne / ZDNet:  Qualcomm unveils 10nm Snapdragon 710 SoC with 4K HDR playback support, promises twice the AI performance compared to Snapdragon 660, expected in devices in Q2
9:05 PM  •
Matina Stevis-Gridneff / Wall Street Journal:  Profile of Jumia, Africa's biggest e-commerce platform, which has raised $700M, operates in 14 countries, and saw gross sales rise 42% YoY to $682.7M in 2017
8:00 PM  •
Kevin Poulsen / The Daily Beast:  The FBI used a court order to seize a key server in the Russia-linked VPN Filter botnet, stopping its ability to reactivate when an infected router is rebooted
7:40 PM  •
Abrar Al-Heeti / CNET:  Amazon Map Tracking, which gives live updates of the exact location of packages and their estimated arrival times, is now available for all US deliveries
7:25 PM  •
Abner Li / 9to5Google:  Google Lens update announced at Google I/O is rolling out, with ability to search in real time by pointing camera at objects, smart text selection, and more
7:10 PM  •
Jack Nicas / New York Times:  Sources: Apple signed deal with Volkswagen to use vans as autonomous staff shuttles, wanted to partner with BMW and Mercedes-Benz on all-electric autonomous car
6:55 PM  •
CBS Pittsburgh:  Pittsburgh mayor Bill Peduto says he was unaware of Uber's plans to resume testing autonomous cars in the city this summer, wants federal investigation first
6:15 PM  •
Eric Newcomer / Bloomberg:  Without windfalls from sales of international businesses, Uber had Q1 2018 loss of $312M before interest, taxes, and other expenses, half of Q1 2017 loss
5:50 PM  •
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:  FCC's Ajit Pai has repeatedly evaded answers and refused to respond to questions from members of Congress, 13 Democrats say in new letter seeking responses
5:40 PM  •
Ashley Carman / The Verge:  Tinder says it is testing Tinder Places, which will let users find potential matches based on places they travel to, powered by Foursquare, in Australia, Chile
5:10 PM  •
CoinDesk:  Coinbase is launching Coinbase Pro, a new version of its GDAX platform, and acquiring crypto trading relay platform Paradex
4:57 PM  •
TechCrunch:  Uber is raising another secondary round of funding of up to $600M on a valuation of $62B and has raised more than $21B in funding to date
4:45 PM  •
Johana Bhuiyan / Recode:  Uber reports $2.6B in Q1 2018 revenue and a profit of $2.5B due to $2.9B received from merging its Russia and Southeast Asia businesses with local competitors
4:05 PM  •
Bloomberg:  Sources: Qualcomm plans to unveil a dedicated system-on-a-chip to power standalone VR and AR headsets, called Snapdragon XR1, as soon as next week
3:45 PM  •
Tefo Mohapi / The Next Web:  After breach of South African payment processors in 2017, researchers find 934K personal records, including full names and plain-text passwords, leaked online
3:15 PM  •
Eric Newcomer / Bloomberg:  Following Seattle's “head tax” law, San Francisco, Mountain View, Cupertino, and East Palo Alto look to introduce laws taxing big tech companies per employee
2:55 PM  •
The Keyword:  Google Trends gets revamped Trending searches and Explore pages, new infographic types like an intensity map, showcased data stories curated by News Lab, more
2:40 PM  •
Kurt Wagner / Recode:  Snap launches a seed accelerator, called Yellow, that will invest $150K in 10 different media startups and creators starting this fall
2:25 PM  •
Shannon Liao / The Verge:  The Marshall Islands, with 53K citizens, will issue its own cryptocurrency called “sovereign” or SOV, limited to 24M tokens, to replace the US dollar there
2:05 PM  •
The Keyword:  Google announces moves against scammers threatening businesses' use of Search and Maps: legal action on three companies, adding new reporting tool, and more
1:55 PM  •
Kate Conger / Gizmodo:  Facebook says users can now use dedicated hardware or code-generating apps for two-factor authentication without having to register their phone number
1:35 PM  •
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:  Owkin, which uses machine learning to better analyze medical research, adds GV to its January Series A, bringing total raised to $18M
1:15 PM  •
Nicholas Thompson / Wired:  Facebook outlines new steps to combat false news: request for academic proposals to study it on Facebook, release of a 12-minute film, and news literacy program
1:09 PM  •
Lydia Wheeler / The Hill:  District court judge rules President Trump can't block people from viewing his Twitter feed, calling it a designated public forum protected by First Amendment
1:05 PM  •
Matthew Lynley / TechCrunch:  Okera, which aims to improve data rights management within companies, raises $12M Series A led by Bessemer Venture Partners
12:55 PM  •
Bloomberg:  Sources: Middle Eastern ride hailing company Careem is in talks to raise $500M ahead of possible IPO that could value the company at up to $1.5B
12:45 PM  •
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:  Internal email from Uber executive Eric Meyhofer says it has decided to wind down self-driving tests in Arizona, following pedestrian death
12:40 PM  •
Sara Fischer / Axios:  Twitter will start adding labels to US Congressional candidates' profiles on May 30, ahead of the November midterm elections
12:25 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Facebook announces new tools for Group admins, including customer support pilot program and an online education portal
12:20 PM  •
Dan Primack / Axios:  Dublin-based sports betting company Paddy Power Betfair agrees to acquire FanDuel, will merge its US assets with FanDuel and invest $158M in cash
12:13 PM  •
Reuters:  France's Macron meets with executives from the world's biggest tech companies, including Satya Nadella and Mark Zuckerberg, to talk investment, tax, and more
12:00 PM  •
Ashley Carman / The Verge:  Apple says it will partially refund customers with iPhone 6 or later that paid for out-of-warranty battery replacements in 2017 by giving them $50 credit
11:55 AM  •
Wall Street Journal:  US lawmakers are moving to thwart Trump's attempts at easing restrictions on ZTE, citing national security concerns; Trump said he envisions a $1B+ fine for ZTE
11:35 AM  •
Jim Finkle / Reuters:  Cisco's Talos cyber intelligence unit says 500K+ routers in dozens of countries have been infected by Russia-linked malware and could be used to attack Ukraine
11:20 AM  •
Nico Grant / Bloomberg:  VMware and Okta partner to bolster their mobile security offerings, such as improving secure log-ins, in a bid to challenge Microsoft
11:05 AM  •
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:  Okta launches PassProtect, a free browser-based extension for Chrome that compares passwords with Troy Hunt's Have I Been Pwned database
11:00 AM  •
Chloe Aiello / CNBC:  Facebook and Okta partner to expand Workplace by Facebook by integrating it into enterprise cloud apps as part of Okta's Project Onramp project
10:45 AM  •
Ron Miller / TechCrunch:  Okta announces Sign in with Okta, an API that lets users sign in with their Okta account on other services
10:40 AM  •
Bloomberg:  Sources: ZTE estimates at least $3.1B in losses from US sales ban, as operational expenses mount and most of its 75K employees sit idle
10:35 AM  •
Reuters:  Foxconn Industrial Internet, a subsidiary of Foxconn, files for IPO in mainland China with plans to raise $4.26B at a ~$43B valuation
9:55 AM  •
Louise Matsakis / Wired:  A look at using blockchain tech in supply chains, its potential benefits like reducing fraud, and hurdles before being broadly adopted in the logistics industry
9:10 AM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Facebook Marketplace adds home service professionals like house cleaners, plumbers, contractors, and others in partnership with Handy, HomeAdvisor, and more
9:05 AM  •
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / Motherboard:  A look at Kaspersky Lab's SAS conference, where the company showcases its best research while entertaining competitors and reporters, amid its ongoing crisis
8:30 AM  •
Andrew J. Hawkins / The Verge:  Lyft says it will spend $100M on a network of driver support centers, where they can get low-cost oil changes, basic vehicle maintenance, and car washes
8:25 AM  •
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:  Uber expands Partner Protection, its accident insurance and medical cover for drivers, to 21 European countries
8:10 AM  •
Ina Fried / Axios:  IBM says it will bring 1,800 jobs to France over the next two years in areas like AI, blockchain, cloud computing, and IoT
8:00 AM  •
Liz Alderman / New York Times:  A year after French President Macron announced an aggressive agenda to turn France into a “startup nation”, the country still lags the UK in tech investments
7:25 AM  •
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:  French startup raises $34M Series C led by Partech to simplify cloud deployment
6:50 AM  •
Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:  Apple launches privacy portal where users can download a copy of all data Apple associates with their account, starting in EU and rolling out worldwide later
6:15 AM  •
Wall Street Journal:  Chinese tech unicorns are raising funds by issuing convertible securities, which allow companies to raise capital with less dilution to existing shareholders
4:40 AM  •
Vlad Savov / The Verge:  HTC announces 6-inch U12+ with Quad HD+ Super LCD 6 display, dual cameras, pressure-sensitive buttons and sides, available for preorder today starting at $799
2:45 AM  •
Paul Smith / Financial Review:  Australia-based SafetyCulture, which makes apps for workplace safety inspections and real-time incident reporting by workers, raises ~$45.5M Series C
12:30 AM  •
The Economic Times:  SoftBank to sell its entire 21% stake in Flipkart to Walmart; SoftBank had invested ~$2.5B in Flipkart through its Vision Fund, is expected to make about $4B

May 22, 2018

10:40 PM  •
Rhett Jones / Gizmodo:  A list of more than 40 questions that Mark Zuckerberg was asked before the European Parliament but failed to answer with specifics
10:25 PM  •
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:  NewsDog, a news aggregator in India which offers news in English and various regional Indian languages, has raised $50M Series C led by Tencent
10:10 PM  •
Bloomberg:  Sources: Apple's manufacturing partner TSMC has started mass production of 7nm processors for iPhones launching later this year
9:55 PM  •
Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:  AgileBits releases 1Password 7 for Mac with new security features, easier access to vaults, and refreshed redesign
8:15 PM  •
Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:  FBI's claim that investigators were locked out of nearly 7,800 devices connected to crimes last year is inflated; sources say number likely between 1,000-2,000
8:05 PM  •
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:  Baidu to spin out and sell majority stake in its Global DU unit that runs some Baidu-owned apps and its ads business outside of China
7:35 PM  •
Jon Fingas / Engadget:  Twitter for mobile web, Twitter Lite, and Twitter for Windows now support night mode, real-time updates on replies, likes, and retweets, have newer compose box
6:50 PM  •
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:  Microsoft makes its business AR apps Layout and Remote Assist available in preview and rolls out its first Windows 10 feature update for HoloLens since 2016
6:45 PM  •
Jeff Grubb / VentureBeat:  Electronic Arts acquires GameFly's cloud gaming service as well as the Israel-based team that was responsible for building it; terms not disclosed
6:05 PM  •
Facebook Safety:  Facebook partners with safety orgs in Australia, Canada, the UK, and the US to expand revenge porn reporting tool that asks users to submit photos proactively
5:55 PM  •
Steve O'Hear / TechCrunch:  Sweden-based Amuse, whose music distribution service helps new artists get music on streaming services and keep 100% of the royalties, raises $15.5M Series A
5:15 PM  •
A.J. Katz / Adweek:  Nielsen expands its partnership with YouTube TV to include YouTube viewership in local TV audience measurements, likely a boon for local media ad buys
5:00 PM  •
Kurt Wagner / Recode:  Average tenure of Facebook's top 14 execs is more than 9 years, most have been at Facebook since before its IPO, few top execs have left despite controversies
4:55 PM  •
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / ZDNet:  LastPass integrates Yubico SDK in its app on iOS, enabling the use of the $50 YubiKey NEO for two-factor authentication via NFC on iPhone 7 and newer devices
4:15 PM  •
Vlad Savov / The Verge:  Many Bulgarians tweeting in the Cyrillic alphabet are having their accounts suspended and tweets hidden, as though they were Russian bots
4:00 PM  •
Alex Heath / Cheddar:  Tesla has hired Snap's vice president of monetization engineering, Stuart Bowers, as vice president of engineering
3:25 PM  •
Financial Times:  After EU's €2.4B fine for Google anti-trust abuses in shopping search results, Yelp files complaint with EU over similar alleged abuses with Google Local Search
3:05 PM  •
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:  In European Parliament, Zuckerberg was barraged with questions on Facebook's power and conduct, but the format let him cherry-pick the ones he wanted to answer
2:15 PM  •
Lily Katz / Bloomberg:  Circle adds a Buy the Market feature that lets users easily buy seven different crypto coins at once, weighted by market value; CEO says none are securities
1:35 PM  •
Mike Wheatley / SiliconANGLE:  Tidelift, which provides firms with professional-grade support of open source software and pays part of proceeds to software maintainers, raises $15M Series A
1:25 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  eMarketer: Starbucks' mobile payment service had 20.7M US users in 2017, over Apple Pay's 19.9M and Google Pay's 9.3M, and is expected to keep outpacing them
1:10 PM  •
Dani Deahl / The Verge:  Twitter announces it is killing off its apps for Xbox, Roku, and Android TV on May 24
12:58 PM  •
Casey Newton / The Verge:  Slack debuts action buttons, which let 3rd-party devs make Slack messages actionable with a click, with Asana, Jira, Pocket, Zendesk among launch partners
12:25 PM  •
European Parliament EPTV:  EP Conference of Presidents with Mark ZUCKERBERG - founder and CEO of Facebook
12:20 PM  •
Chris Welch / The Verge:  LG G7 ThinQ review: very bright 6.1" IPS LCD display with notch, the wide angle camera has improved, but battery life is mediocre and the software is not great
12:00 PM  •
Todd Spangler / Variety:  American Customer Satisfaction Index: customer satisfaction of streaming video services is 75% on average, far better than cable, satellite, telco TV rivals
11:49 AM  •
Kashmir Hill / Gizmodo:  Inside WhiteBoxDating, the “wordpress for dating” catering to any niche, comes pre-loaded with many fake “users”, and is home to,
11:30 AM  •
Tom Warren / The Verge:  Microsoft shows off how its social chat bot Xiaoice, which is in use across platforms in China, can place phone calls to humans, similar to Google's Duplex
11:05 AM  •
Elizabeth Dwoskin / Washington Post:  Civil rights groups concerned as FOIA request shows cities' law enforcement adopted Amazon's Rekognition facial recognition tech without prior public discourse
10:40 AM  •
Katie Notopoulos / BuzzFeed:  Instagram is rolling out a new feature that allows users to mute others in their feed without having to unfollow them
9:45 AM  •
Reuters:  Uber plans to launch its first taxi-hailing pilot service in Japan that will connect passengers to other taxi providers; the pilot will run through March 2019
8:30 AM  •
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:  Email authentication service Valimail raises $25M Series B led by Tenaya Capital, bringing its total amount of funding raised to $38.5M
8:15 AM  •
Counterpoint Research:  Counterpoint Research: in Q1 2018, US smartphone sales dropped 11% YoY to 38.7M, yet Apple shipped a record 16M iPhones, an increase of 16% YoY
7:40 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  London-based Realeyes, which uses AI and a front-facing camera to read viewers' emotions, raises $16.2M Series A led by Draper Esprit
7:15 AM  •
Will Oremus / Slate:  The scandals around LocationSmart and Securus, dealers of millions of Americans' real-time cell location data, should be a bigger deal than Cambridge Analytica
3:00 AM  •
Cat Ferguson / The Verge:  In the murky world of online rehab promotion, marketers find captive audiences in addiction groups on Facebook, sometimes running groups without full disclosure

May 21, 2018

11:55 PM  •
Wall Street Journal:  Sources: US and China reach broad outline of a deal to settle ZTE controversy that would lift US sales ban in exchange for major management changes and fines
10:20 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Comcast launches xFi Pods, its Wi-Fi extender devices nationwide, following its investment in mesh router maker Plume last year; a six pack will cost $199
9:40 PM  •
Tom Warren / The Verge:  Microsoft and Google disclose Speculative Store Bypass CPU flaw that exploits speculative execution and is similar to Spectre and Meltdown
8:55 PM  •
Politico:  Sources: Trump has rebuffed efforts to improve security around his phone use, has gone as long as five months without having phone checked by security experts
8:10 PM  •
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:  Instagram is testing a mid-feed alert that tells users they are caught up on all new posts from the past 48 hours
7:40 PM  •
Alex Hern / The Guardian:  As companies flood EU residents' inboxes ahead of GDPR rollout, experts say many of those consent emails are unnecessary and some may be even illegal
7:20 PM  •
M.G. Siegler / 500ish Words:  Twitter risks ostracizing its longtime and more influential users by killing its native Mac app twice and squeezing 3rd-party apps to death via API changes
7:05 PM  •
Sara Ashley O'Brien / CNNMoney:  After CNN report, nine members of Congress sent CEOs of Uber, Lyft, and others a letter asking about protocols for sexual assault reports, driver training, more
6:45 PM  •
Billy Tallis / AnandTech:  Intel and Micron launch their jointly-developed QLC NAND flash memory that trades write performance and endurance for lower cost
6:35 PM  •
Technology Startups News:  Cuebiq, a US location intelligence and consumer insights firm, raises $27M Series B with Nasdaq Ventures, Tribeca Venture Partners, Goldman Sachs participating
6:15 PM  •
Zack Whittaker / ZDNet:  Researcher Karan Saini finds a bug in Comcast's website that leaks Xfinity users' info, including home address where the router is located and Wi-Fi credentials
5:28 PM  •
Alfred Ng / CNET:  Microsoft and Google detail new Spectre and Meltdown flaw, Variant 4, that uses a different method to extract info; Intel says patch coming within weeks
5:15 PM  •
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:  Alibaba and SenseTime to co-finance HKAI Lab, a not-for-profit AI research lab in Hong Kong
5:00 PM  •
Julie Bort / Business Insider:  Sales automation startup Outreach raises $65M Series D led by Spark Capital, CEO says at $500M valuation, with SAP's Sapphire Ventures joining as a new investor
4:37 PM  •
Nico Grant / Bloomberg:  Adobe announces $1.68B deal to buy e-commerce platform Magento Commerce alongside a $8B common stock buyback program through 2021
4:05 PM  •
New York Times:  China, signaling thaw with US over trade, approved sale of Toshiba's lucrative microchip unit last week to a consortium led by Bain Capital
4:00 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Google Photos is adding a new star-shaped Favorites button for your own photos starting today, and a heart-shaped Like button coming next week for shared photos
3:20 PM  •
Nitasha Tiku / Wired:  After last week's Google resignations, a look at how big tech firms' employees feel about their employers' defense contracts, from indifference to activism
3:17 PM  •
Ben Fox Rubin / CNET:  Amazon debuts Marketplace Appstore, to provide 3rd-party tools for pricing, inventory, and advertising to professional sellers, rolling out in North America
2:55 PM  •
Chris Bing / Cyberscoop:  Inside Project Indigo, the quiet info-sharing program between banks and US Cyber Command that helps the government respond quickly to online attacks
2:35 PM  •
Tara Francis Chan / Business Insider:  Chinese state-run media says the country's social credit system has blocked people from taking over 11M flights and 4M train trips; full rollout coming by 2020
2:25 PM  •
Jonathan Shieber / TechCrunch:  NY-based TradingView, developer of social networking and data analysis tools for financial markets, raises $37M in Series B led by Insight Venture Partners
2:20 PM  •
Heather Long / Washington Post:  In latest White House statement about China trade, IP theft of US tech gets a lackluster mention and the topic of Chinese subsidies of tech firms is dropped
2:00 PM  •
Jeff Grubb / VentureBeat:  Epic Games, maker of popular Fortnite, commits $100M over next 12 months to prize pools for the game's competitions, dwarfing other games' esports prize money
1:25 PM  •
Yimian Wu / China Money Network:  Shenzhen-based motion sensing firm Orbbec raises $200M Series D led by Alibaba Group's financial affiliate Ant Financial
12:55 PM  •
Ben Lane / HousingWire:  Austin-based OJO Labs, developer of an AI assistant for the real estate industry, raises $20.5M Series B
12:40 PM  •
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:  Barack and Michelle Obama sign multiyear deal with Netflix to produce TV shows and films for the streaming service, from scripted series to documentaries
12:30 PM  •
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:  Huawei's Matebook X Pro comes to US today after a February debut, starting at $1,200 for Core i5 model or $1,500 for Core i7 with 16GB RAM and 512GB storage
12:20 PM  •
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:  Microsoft launches SharePoint Spaces so users can view company content in mixed reality and says that 400K organizations now use SharePoint, up about 100% YoY
11:25 AM  •
Paul Thurrott /  Acer to pre-install Alexa on its PC lineup, starting with Spin 5 laptops, and roll the feature out to compatible Acer models over the next few weeks
10:45 AM  •
Sara Salinas / CNBC:  Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin urges DOJ to review monopolies in tech after a 60 Minutes segment about Google's monopoly in search
10:10 AM  •
Alex Wilhelm / TechCrunch:  Crunchbase data shows VC investments in blockchain-related startups, excluding ICOs, reached $1.3B in 2018, exceeding investment totals of previous 18 months
9:25 AM  •
CNBC:  IT services firm Roper Technologies to acquire tax and budgeting solutions provider PowerPlan for $1.1B in an all-cash deal from PE firm Thoma Bravo
8:50 AM  •
Mark Hachman / PCWorld:  Facebook says it will begin field trials for its Terragraph wireless broadband initiative in 2019, using 60GHz 802.11ay technology from Qualcomm
8:35 AM  •
Michael J. Coren / Quartz:  Profile of Duolingo, a language learning app that has 25M MAUs and offers courses, mostly created through crowdsourcing, in 31 languages
8:05 AM  •
Reuters:  A look at Indonesia's e-commerce market, where Chinese online giants and local firms invest billions to tackle logistical problems in a country with 17K islands
7:30 AM  •
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:  HMD Global, developer of Nokia-branded phones, raises $100M round led by Swiss VC firm Ginko Ventures at a valuation of $1B+
7:00 AM  •
Mark Scott / Politico:  European Parliament President says Mark Zuckerberg's meeting with MEPs on Tuesday will be livestreamed
4:50 AM  •
Louise Moon / South China Morning Post:  A Chinese high school in Hangzhou is reportedly using facial recognition tech to track pupil attendance, emotions, and attention spans
2:45 AM  •
Joe Reisigl / Atlanta Magazine:  Google Fiber was supposed to transform Atlanta by helping close its digital divide, but three years later the city is still waiting
2:00 AM  •
Yimian Wu / China Money Network:  CowaRobot, Chinese startup that makes robots for street cleaning and logistics and also created a smart suitcase that can follow the owner, raises $21M Series B
1:15 AM  •
Brady Dale / CoinDesk:  VideoCoin, blockchain-based video streaming project backed by CNET co-founder Halsey Minor, raises $50M in an ICO completed via private placements
12:30 AM  •
Richard Lai / Engadget:  OnePlus 6 review: great value, smooth interface, solid battery life, and vastly improved camera, but no wireless charging or microSD expansion

May 20, 2018

11:55 PM  •
Cory Weinberg / The Information:  Sources: Lyft consultants approached San Francisco officials about applying for permits for an e-scooter service
10:50 PM  •
David Ku / The Official Microsoft Blog:  Microsoft acquires Berkeley-based conversational AI startup Semantic Machines
8:40 PM  •
David McCabe / Axios:  Progressive groups including Demand Progress to launch a “six-figure” ad offensive telling FTC to break off Instagram, WhatsApp, and Messenger from Facebook
8:15 PM  •
Fred Lambert / Electrek:  In a step toward GPL compliance, Tesla open sources some of its code for Autopilot and infotainment systems
6:10 PM  •
Zack Whittaker / ZDNet:  TeenSafe, an app for parents to monitor kids' phone use, stored some app login passwords and kids' Apple ID credentials in plaintext on an unsecured AWS server
4:30 PM  •
George Slefo / Ad Age:  Research: nearly 10% of Facebook's global revenue, or about $5B, comes from China-based advertisers seeking to sell their goods and services worldwide
3:20 PM  •
Mariella Moon / Engadget:  AT&T launches LTE-M, an Amazon Dash-like button that users can program to place online orders or send alerts with a click
2:15 PM  •
Taylor Lorenz / The Atlantic:  Inside the community of “Bird hunters”, who search for and charge e-scooters for firms like Bird and compare the activity to playing Pokémon Go, but for money
12:45 PM  •
Jason Koebler / Motherboard:  Archives show ex-CIA officer who allegedly leaked Vault 7 files to WikiLeaks uploaded some CIA-related source code to a personal website tied to his real name
11:20 AM  •
Janko Roettgers / Variety:  Analysis: Amazon Channels, which resells subscriptions to HBO, Showtime, and others, now accounts for 55% of à la carte direct-to-consumer video subscriptions