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March 22, 2019, 9:25 PM
 

March 22, 2019

8:50 PM  •
Reuters:  Finland to investigate HMD after report found some Nokia 7 Plus phones sent user data to a Chinese server; HMD says it was a software packaging error, now fixed
7:50 PM  •
Washington Post:  DHS watchdog report says FEMA exposed personal info of ~2.3M US disaster survivors, including some personal addresses and banking info, to a federal contractor
7:40 PM  •
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:  Mozilla announces a new version of Firefox for iOS that has been optimized for iPad with support for split screen and keyboard shortcuts
7:20 PM  •
Nick Statt / The Verge:  Microsoft details xCloud tools to bring Xbox games to mobile, including a way to apply touchscreen controls to a game made for controllers or mouse and keyboard
7:00 PM  •
Dustin Childs / Zero Day Initiative:  Researchers hacked Mozilla's Firefox, a VMware Workstation client, and Microsoft Edge on the second day of Pwn2Own Vancouver 2019, earning $270K in cash awards
6:15 PM  •
Natasha Mascarenhas / Crunchbase News:  Berlin-based Spark Networks to acquire San Francisco-based dating startup Zoosk for ~$255M
5:32 PM  •
Crunchbase News:  Pinterest S-1: in Q4 2018, the company had $273.2M in revenue and $47M in profit and had $628M in cash and equivalents at the end of last year
4:56 PM  •
Corbin Davenport / Android Police:  IFTTT says all Gmail triggers, except “Send an email” and “Send yourself an email”, will stop working on March 31
4:38 PM  •
Axios:  Pinterest generated $756M in revenue and $63M net loss in 2018, compared to $473M in revenue and $130M million net loss in 2017, according to public IPO filing
4:30 PM  •
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:  Shopify and Mailchimp remove integration between their platforms after failing to agree about how to share customer data, blame each other for the breakup
3:35 PM  •
CNBC:  Video-conferencing software company Zoom files for an IPO, says it had $330.5M in revenue, up 118% YoY, and $7.6M in profits in its last fiscal year
2:50 PM  •
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / Motherboard:  A consumer spyware vendor has left a server with 95K+ images and 25K+ audio recordings exposed, and has not fixed the leak yet, despite being warned weeks ago
2:35 PM  •
Anna Vodopyanova / CapitalWatch:  China-based social commerce platform Yunji files for $200M US IPO, says it had 23.2M users, 7.4M paying members, and ~$3.4B in gross merchandise volume in 2018
2:00 PM  •
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:  Indonesia-based trucking logistics startup Kargo comes out of stealth, raises a $7.6M seed round led by Sequoia with Travis Kalanick's 10100 participating
1:25 PM  •
Julia Arciga / The Daily Beast:  GoFundMe says fundraising campaigns promoting misinformation about vaccines violate its ToS and will be removed
1:15 PM  •
Arjun Panchadar / Reuters:  World's biggest asset manager BlackRock to buy French investment software provider eFront for $1.3B to integrate with its own investment platform, Aladdin
12:15 PM  •
Oliver Darcy / CNN:  Twitter is inserting tweets into the feeds of users that do not follow the accounts which posted them, sometimes inadvertently amplifying extremist rhetoric
11:45 AM  •
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:  OpenSignal: AT&T's “5G E” phones get average speeds of 28.8Mbps, compared to T-Mobile's 29.4Mbps and Verizon's 29.9Mbps which use similar 4G LTE-Advanced tech
10:55 AM  •
Jai Vardhan / Entrackr:  Sources: Tencent has partnered with three Indian banks to enter the country's payments market with WeChat Pay, to be launched by the end of May or June
10:50 AM  •
Emma Hinchliffe / Fortune:  Cleo, a parenting support app for working parents offered through employers, raises $27.5M Series B, says its app now reaches 475,000+ families in 50+ countries
10:35 AM  •
Isabel Woodford / The Block:  Sources: Intercontinental Exchange subsidiary Bakkt is being valued at around $740M following its $182.5M Series A
9:40 AM  •
Andrew E. Freedman / Tom's Hardware:  Intel confirms it will not develop new Compute Card products
6:30 AM  •
Monojoy Bhattacharjee / What's New in Publishing:  Report: YouTube is now responsible for 37% of all mobile internet traffic, ahead of Facebook's 8.4%; media time spent on mobile in US rose from 21% to 24% YoY
2:50 AM  •
Anand Murali / FactorDaily:  With the global market for AI data preparation expected to reach $1.2B by the end of 2023, India is emerging as a hub for data labelling and annotation work
12:45 AM  •
Ali Breland / Mother Jones:  Since the Christchurch shooting, Reddit's r/CringeAnarchy and r/The_Donald have hosted anti-Muslim hate speech justifying the attack and violence toward Muslims

March 21, 2019

11:05 PM  •
Dami Lee / The Verge:  Hands-on with Nintendo's fourth Labo kit, which allows users to build their own VR games with six Toy-Con creations and will be available April 12 for $79.99
10:25 PM  •
Joe Carlson / Star Tribune:  DHS warns of two vulnerabilities affecting about 750,000 Medtronic implantable defibrillators worldwide, which could allow hackers to take control of devices
9:45 PM  •
Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:  Report: Apple acquires Italian startup Stamplay, which specializes in backend automation, for about €5M
9:25 PM  •
Julia Carrie Wong / The Guardian:  Court filing by DC AG: Facebook knew about Cambridge Analytica data misuse months before it was first reported; Facebook says it did not mislead about timeline
8:40 PM  •
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:  Source: Apple has signed up Vox for its upcoming news subscription service; other Vox Media properties will not participate initially
8:26 PM  •
Wolfie Zhao / CoinDesk:  Sources: Bitmain plans to deploy ~$80M of mining equipment in China to take advantage of excess hydropower and low electricity costs in the summer rainy season
8:00 PM  •
Max Chafkin / Bloomberg:  Trump to nominate Michael Kratsios to be his first US CTO; Kratsios is currently US deputy CTO and was formerly chief of staff at Thiel Capital
7:30 PM  •
Maureen Farrell / Wall Street Journal:  Sources: Pinterest has sped up the timing of its IPO, plans to make its filing public as early as Friday and list its shares on the NYSE in mid-April
7:20 PM  •
Eric Newcomer / Bloomberg:  Source: Uber picks the NYSE for its upcoming IPO; Lyft will start trading next week on Nasdaq
6:55 PM  •
Kate Clark / TechCrunch:  A look at some of Y Combinator's Winter 2019 cohort who secured funding before Demo Day due to early interest from those connected to the YC network
6:40 PM  •
Alex Heath / Cheddar:  Q&A with Vishal Shah, Instagram's head of product who previously ran Instagram's business products, on e-commerce as a revenue driver, IGTV, and more
6:10 PM  •
Michael McWhertor / Polygon:  Valve announces a Steam game library redesign and Steam Events, which developers can use to communicate in-game events, entering open beta in the coming months
5:35 PM  •
Casey Newton / The Verge:  Houseparty promotes co-founder and COO Sima Sistani to CEO; co-founder and CEO Ben Rubin will move to the company's board and continue to advise product teams
5:15 PM  •
Kate Clark / TechCrunch:  Sources: UiPath, a process automation platform targeting IT businesses, is raising $400M+ at a $7B+ valuation; it closed a $265M Series C in November
5:05 PM  •
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:  Hacker groups are creating backdoor admin accounts and redirecting users to tech support scams using a zero-day vulnerability in a popular WordPress plugin
4:45 PM  •
Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed News:  An ad fraud scheme that runs video ads behind banner images targeted popular Android apps, including many using Twitter's MoPub ad platform
4:00 PM  •
Mark Sweney / The Guardian:  Report: for the first time, music streaming accounted for more than half, at 54%, of UK record label income as it hit £468M in 2018, up 35% YoY
2:45 PM  •
Andrew Liptak / The Verge:  MPAA: streaming video subscriptions surpassed those for cable TV for the first time in 2018 globally, rising 131.2M or 27% YoY to 613.3M, as cable fell to 556M
2:25 PM  •
Richard Lawler / Engadget:  Comcast's Xfinity Flex, a $5/month service for its broadband customers, comes with a 4K set-top box and access to paid and free, ad-supported streaming services
2:00 PM  •
Sapna Maheshwari / New York Times:  Rent the Runway raises $125M, led by Franklin Templeton Investments and Bain Capital, at a $1B valuation as it expands its subscription clothing business
1:45 PM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Delaware filing: payment card services startup Marqeta is raising $250M Series E at a valuation of $1.9B
1:25 PM  •
Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:  Jared Kushner's lawyer told the House Oversight Committee late last year that Kushner uses WhatsApp for official WH business, including with foreign contacts
1:20 PM  •
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:  HoneyBook, which offers a financial and business management platform for freelancers and “solopreneurs”, raises $28M Series C, bringing the total raised to $74M
1:00 PM  •
Peter Kafka / Recode:  Sources: Apple's new TV service to be unveiled Monday will be a storefront for other streaming services, with Apple hosting and serving the streams
12:05 PM  •
Ron Miller / TechCrunch:  LogRocket raises $11M Series A, led by Battery Ventures, for its software tool that records a user's activity for engineering teams to review and resolve issues
11:55 AM  •
Jez Corden / Windows Central:  Internal documents: disc-less Xbox One S, a cheaper alternative with a 1TB HDD, will launch globally on May 7
11:50 AM  •
Spencer Soper / Bloomberg:  Sources: Amazon is beta testing video ads on its shopping app on iOS with plans for a similar product for Android later in 2019
11:42 AM  •
Pedro Canahuati / Facebook:  Facebook says it will notify hundreds of millions of Facebook users and thousands of Instagram users after it found passwords were stored in a readable format
11:30 AM  •
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:  Facebook admits it inadvertently stored some user passwords in plain text, searchable by employees; source says it may have been between 200M and 600M passwords
11:06 AM  •
Taylor Lorenz / The Atlantic:  Instagram, which has largely escaped scrutiny, is teeming with conspiracy theories, misinformation, and extremist memes, boosted by its recommendation algorithm
10:25 AM  •
Sean O'Kane / The Verge:  Tesla files two lawsuits against multiple former employees and the self-driving car startup Zoox alleging misappropriation of the company's trade secrets
9:55 AM  •
Vikas SN / The Economic Times:  Sources: Netflix is testing a low-cost, mobile-only subscription with select users in India, for half the price of its entry-level plan in the country
9:45 AM  •
Guy Rosen / Facebook:  Facebook says it blocked 800+ distinct variants of New Zealand shooting video, in contrast to ISIS-style propaganda which is not rebroadcast or reshared widely
9:30 AM  •
James Vincent / The Verge:  Four European Wikipedia sites are blocking access and directing users to contact their EU representatives on March 21 to protest the copyright directive
9:00 AM  •
Dustin Childs / Zero Day Initiative:  Researchers hacked Apple's Safari, Oracle VirtualBox, and VMware Workstation in Pwn2Own Vancouver 2019 contest, earning $240K in cash awards
8:45 AM  •
Iris Deng / South China Morning Post:  Tencent misses Q4 profit estimates with net income falling 32% YoY to $2.1B on revenue of $12.6B, partially due to China's gaming freeze
8:20 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Israeli startup Guesty, which provides tools for property managers who list on Airbnb and other rental sites, raises $35M Series C led by Viola Growth
7:45 AM  •
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:  Microsoft launches Windows Virtual Desktop in public preview and Microsoft Defender ATP for macOS in limited preview
7:15 AM  •
Nilay Patel / The Verge:  Apple iPad mini (2019) review: same specs as larger iPad Air, headphone jack, and solid performance, but has huge bezels and a Lightning port instead of USB-C
7:05 AM  •
Alfred Ng / CNET:  US retailers are deploying facial recognition tech to fight shoplifters, raising privacy concerns due to lack of legal restrictions or rules to prevent abuse
6:40 AM  •
Jamie Rigg / Engadget:  A look at the history of game-playing AI and how it often beats humans, from IBM's Deep Blue to AlphaGo
4:50 AM  •
Katie Notopoulos / BuzzFeed News:  A look at an automated Instagram influencer account made to garner free meals from NYC restaurants in exchange for posts
2:55 AM  •
Mark Bergen / Bloomberg:  YouTube faces legal and ethical minefield from unmarked “kidfluencer” sponsored marketing, which targets kids under 13, who are barred from creating accounts
1:20 AM  •
Laura M. Holson / New York Times:  After Rep. Devin Nunes sued Twitter and the @DevinCow account claiming defamation, the parody account gained 465K+ followers, surpassing his own follower count
12:50 AM  •
Mike Snider / USA Today:  Survey: average US consumer subscribes to three streaming video services, 69% subscribe to at least one, up from 55%, and 47% experience subscription fatigue
12:00 AM  •
Yogita Khatri / CoinDesk:  Two crypto indices from CoinMarketCap, CMC Crypto 200, which includes bitcoin, and CMC Crypto ex BTC, which doesn't, launch on Nasdaq, Bloomberg, and Reuters

March 20, 2019

11:15 PM  •
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:  Microsoft says support for Windows 7, which makes up 40% of desktop market, will end Jan. 14, 2020; enterprise customers can pay for extended support until 2023
10:10 PM  •
Rita Liao / TechCrunch:  In its first quarter since going public, Tencent Music posts net loss of $127M on $785M revenue, mainly due to a one-off share-based charge to label partners
7:55 PM  •
Nikhilesh De / CoinDesk:  Square CEO Jack Dorsey introduces Square Crypto, a new initiative for open source contributions to the “bitcoin/crypto ecosystem”
7:15 PM  •
Eugene Kim / CNBC:  Amazon vendors say Amazon is more aggressively blocking ads of unprofitable products and telling them to lower wholesale prices for ads to be reinstated
7:00 PM  •
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:  Khronos Group releases OpenXR 0.90 specification for AR and VR hardware standards; supporters include Google, HTC, Microsoft, Oculus, Samsung, Unity, and Valve
6:45 PM  •
Scott Stein / CNET:  Qualcomm says it is developing Snapdragon-powered VR and AR headsets that will double as wireless VR for PCs, with hardware arriving this year
6:10 PM  •
Jessica Conditt / Engadget:  Epic says Fortnite has 250M registered players, up from 200M in December, releases a free cross-platform SDK to help developers launch, operate, and scale games
5:35 PM  •
Sara Salinas / CNBC:  Google's stock rose 2% by the end of trading, adding nearly $17B to its market value, the same day it was fined €1.49B by the EU Commission
5:20 PM  •
Mike Isaac / New York Times:  Sources: WSJ plans to join the new paid tier of Apple News to be announced on Monday, expected to cost $10/month; NYT and The Washington Post have opted out
4:18 PM  •
CNBC:  Walmart's CTO Jeremy King is leaving the company to start a “new adventure”, to be replaced by Senior VP of Customer Technology Fiona Tan
4:10 PM  •
Caroline Haskins / Motherboard:  Interviews detail the ongoing battle on YouTube between children-focused channels making animated videos and those featuring humans
3:15 PM  •
Vlad Savov / The Verge:  By integrating Stadia into YouTube, Google plans to cement YouTube's dominance, as 200M users already watch gaming content there every day
2:50 PM  •
Ben Fox Rubin / CNET:  Case reports shed light on how deputies in the Washington County Sheriff's Office in Oregon are using Amazon's facial recognition software to investigate crimes
2:25 PM  •
Paris Martineau / Wired:  Inside Airbnb's “guerrilla war” against US local governments, which often face a slew of lawsuits from the company when they try to collect occupancy taxes
2:10 PM  •
Kirsten Korosec / TechCrunch:  Uber says Freight, which connects truck drivers to shipping companies, is expanding to Europe, starting in the Netherlands
1:50 PM  •
Patrick Howell O'Neill / Gizmodo:  AT&T and Comcast say they successfully tested anti-robocall protocol SHAKEN/STIR, which adds a verified status to calls authenticated across networks
1:00 PM  •
Nick Statt / The Verge:  Epic Games will give away $100M in grants, varying between $5,000 and $500,000, to fund creative projects that use its Unreal Engine 4 toolset
12:45 PM  •
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:  Facebook begins rolling out threaded messages to Messenger users around the world, activated by long-pressing on a message
12:40 PM  •
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:  Atlanta-based Movius, which lets companies assign a separate phone number to any phone, raises $45M Series D, bringing total raised to $100M
12:35 PM  •
Jason Del Rey / Recode:  Instagram's new in-app shopping feature could help customers make serendipitous impulse buys, something Amazon is not especially strong at
12:25 PM  •
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:  Las Vegas-based NS8, which develops a SaaS solution to combat e-commerce fraud, raises $26M Series B led by Edison Partners
12:15 PM  •
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:  Audio sample marketplace Splice, which charges $7.99/month for access, raises $57.5M Series C co-led by USV and True Ventures
12:10 PM  •
Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:  Report: Apple approved production of its wireless charging AirPower mat earlier this year, after announcing it in 2017 with a 2018 launch date
12:05 PM  •
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:  Skedulo, a service that helps companies manage their mobile employees, raises $28M Series B led by Microsoft's M12
11:50 AM  •
Andrew J. Hawkins / The Verge:  Boston-based Optimus Ride says it will deploy its autonomous shuttle service in NYC from Q2 2019, running in closed loops at the Brooklyn Navy Yard
11:40 AM  •
Chris Dolmetsch / Bloomberg:  Lithuanian Evaldas Rimasauskas pleads guilty to wire fraud related to fake invoices that tricked Facebook and Google employees into sending him over $100M
11:25 AM  •
Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:  Apple updates App Store guidelines to mandate new apps are built on iOS 12.1 SDK or later and support iPhone XS Max and 12.9-inch iPad Pro, starting March 27
11:20 AM  •
Sam Machkovech / Ars Technica:  Hands-on with Oculus Rift S: nice hardware design by Lenovo, display has double the pixels but isn't AMOLED, and it lacks eye tracking and wireless tech
11:03 AM  •
Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:  Oculus announces $399 Rift S, developed alongside Lenovo, with higher-res 1280x1440 displays and improved optics, available in spring
10:45 AM  •
Tom Warren / The Verge:  Google's Stadia could be the future of gaming but the announcement left questions unanswered, like cost and subscription, launch date, or available games
10:10 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Opendoor, which buys homes from sellers directly to sell at a profit, raises $300M led by General Atlantic, sources say at a $3.8B valuation
9:55 AM  •
Michelle Toh / CNN:  Profile of Connie Chan, a16z's first partner promoted from within, who has built a reputation for sourcing deals with startups like Pinterest and Lime
9:30 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Abstract, which provides a versioning platform for designers, raises $30M Series C led by Lightspeed Venture Partners, sources say at a $190M valuation
9:15 AM  •
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:  Amazon adds a built-in light to its entry-level Kindle, now available to preorder for $89.99, shipping April 10
9:10 AM  •
Ron Miller / TechCrunch:  Blameless, which offers a site reliability engineering (SRE) platform for enterprises, comes out of stealth with $20M from investors including Accel
8:45 AM  •
Apple:  Apple launches new AirPods with hands-free “Hey Siri” and more talk time for $159, with wireless charging case for $199, available to order today
8:25 AM  •
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:  Portworx, which provides a cloud-native data management platform for enterprises, raises $27M Series C led by Sapphire Ventures
8:05 AM  •
Manish Singh / VentureBeat:  Opera adds unlimited VPN service to its Android browser for free, with 256-bit encryption and no data logging
7:40 AM  •
Marie Mawad / Bloomberg:  Paris-based Doctolib, which books doctor appointments and related services on mobile, raises $170M led by General Atlantic, at a $1.1B valuation
7:15 AM  •
EU Press Room:  The European Commission has fined Google €1.49B for “abusive practices in online advertising” and breaching EU antitrust rules
6:45 AM  •
Alex Konrad / Forbes:  Profile of Eduardo Saverin's B Capital VC firm, which has made ~20 investments since launching in 2015 with a $360M fund, as it prepares to raise a larger fund
4:40 AM  •
Spencer Soper / Bloomberg:  Marketplace Pulse study that examined sales rankings and reviews of 23,000 products on Amazon claims most Amazon-branded goods are flops
2:35 AM  •
ABC:  Sources: Uber used a program codenamed Surfcam, made in 2015, to steal drivers from an Australian rival by tracking their cars online and scraping driver info
12:25 AM  •
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:  Kaspersky Lab says it has filed an antitrust complaint against Apple in Russia, alleging monopolistic App Store policies regarding parental control apps
12:00 AM  •
TechCrunch:  A roundup of the 88 companies that launched at YC's Winter 2019 Demo Day 2, including ride-sharing, insurance, developer tool, and crypto trading startups

March 19, 2019

11:10 PM  •
Dell Cameron / Gizmodo:  In response to a FOIA lawsuit, FCC admits in court that its Electronic Comment Filing System isn't designed to track the sources of comments
10:55 PM  •
AAP:  Some Australian telcos have blocked access to 4chan, 8chan, Voat, Zerohedge, and video hosting platform Liveleak for continuing to host Christchurch footage
10:15 PM  •
Kent Walker / The Keyword:  Google says it will start asking Android users in Europe to choose their preferred web browser and search apps in response to EU Commission antitrust concerns
9:45 PM  •
New York Times:  Facebook announces that it will stop allowing ad targeting of race, gender, and age groups in the housing, jobs, or credit categories by the end of the year
7:25 PM  •
Zac Hall / 9to5Mac:  Apple says it will support three media literacy programs in the US and Europe that aim to combat fake news and train young people to seek reliable news sources
6:50 PM  •
Richard Leadbetter / Eurogamer.net:  Interview with Google VPs Phil Harrison and Majd Bakar on Stadia's infrastructure, its controller, how it integrates with YouTube, games as links, and more
6:40 PM  •
Richard Leadbetter / Eurogamer.net:  Google Stadia hands-on: controller response is the best from a cloud system to date, though with some latency, and the feel of the controller is Xbox-like
6:10 PM  •
Sara Fischer / Axios:  Bully Pulpit Interactive: from Dec. 30, 2018 through Mar. 10, Trump's campaign spent $3.5M on Facebook ads and $1M on Google, nearly double the Democratic field
5:45 PM  •
Lauren Feiner / CNBC:  House Homeland Security Committee chair seeks briefings from the CEOs of Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter, and YouTube on their responses to the Christchurch attack
5:25 PM  •
Brian Heater / TechCrunch:  Kickstarter CEO and co-founder Perry Chen steps down but will remain chairman of the board; Head of Design and Product Aziz Hasan promoted to interim CEO
4:10 PM  •
Kyt Dotson / SiliconANGLE:  Nexusguard report: when the FBI shut down 15 of the largest DDoS-for-hire websites in December, it led to an 85% reduction in overall attack size worldwide
2:50 PM  •
David N. Cicilline / New York Times:  Chairman of House Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial, and Administrative Law explains why the FTC, undergoing a “credibility crisis”, should probe Facebook
2:17 PM  •
Sara Fischer / Axios:  Facebook settles with ACLU over allegedly discriminatory ads for employment, housing, and credit, paying ~$5M and making changes to prevent discrimination
2:13 PM  •
Andrew Webster / The Verge:  Google has created its own game studio, led by former EA and Ubisoft executive Jade Raymond, to develop titles for its new Stadia game streaming service
2:05 PM  •
Bijan Stephen / The Verge:  Kickstarter staff announce their intention to unionize, potentially becoming the first major US tech company with union representation
1:55 PM  •
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:  Mojo Vision, an under-the-radar AR startup that hasn't publicly revealed what it's building, raises $58M Series B from Google's Gradient Ventures and others
1:45 PM  •
Tom Warren / The Verge:  Google has partnered with AMD to power Stadia, using a custom GPU for its data centers that delivers 10.7 teraflops, far more than the Xbox One X's 6 teraflops
1:28 PM  •
Andrew Webster / The Verge:  Google unveils its Stadia controller, which connects directly to Google's data centers and looks like Sony's DualShock, says users can use their own controllers
1:15 PM  •
Abner Li / 9to5Google:  Google unveils Stadia, a game streaming service for Chrome, Android, and TVs that lets users “instantly” play games, coming in 2019 with 4K HDR support at 60FPS
1:11 PM  •
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:  Starting June 19, Twitter will require any app that has 100K+ calls/day for certain APIs to submit their app for review and will force B2B devs to pay
12:58 PM  •
YouTube:  Livestream of Google's keynote at the Game Developers Conference
12:40 PM  •
Charlie Warzel / New York Times:  Instead of focusing only on moderation, the debate around New Zealand massacre should look at how platforms incentivize and provide infrastructure for extremism
12:12 PM  •
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:  Patreon will offer creators three new plans beginning in May, with fees ranging from 5-12%, but existing creators can keep their current pricing model
12:00 PM  •
Jane Lytvynenko / BuzzFeed News:  As platforms crack down on other forms of hate, experts and researchers say anti-Muslim bigotry has spread unchecked on Facebook and other social networks
11:40 AM  •
Media Matters for America:  Despite Alex Jones' YouTube ban, an account posting only InfoWars content, called Resistance News, had millions of views, before YouTube took it down today
11:30 AM  •
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:  Norsk Hydro, one of the world's largest producers of aluminum, has shut down several metal extrusion plants as it deals with a ransomware attack
11:15 AM  •
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:  Firefox 66 arrives with autoplaying blocked by default, the ability to search through open tabs, and smoother scrolling, even when there are slowly loading ads
10:55 AM  •
Axios:  Arlan Hamilton's diversity-minded investment fund Backstage Capital falls through, after two “anchor investors” pulled out and other deals failed to materialize
10:51 AM  •
Scott Stein / CNET:  HP Reverb, a lightweight $600 VR headset that's slated to arrive late April, has ~24 pixels per degree vs. ~14 on the Vive Pro, but pixels are still discernable
10:40 AM  •
Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:  In iMac Pro's build-to-order options Apple now includes a $5,200 option for 256GB RAM and Radeon Pro Vega 64X graphics with 16GB dedicated video memory for $700
10:20 AM  •
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:  Microsoft says Teams is now used by 500,000 organizations, including 91 of the Fortune 100, and promises eight new features, three available today
9:55 AM  •
Steve O'Hear / TechCrunch:  Denmark-based Peakon, which provides a SaaS platform for employee retention, raises $35M Series B led by Atomico
9:40 AM  •
Tom Warren / The Verge:  A look at an iPhone prototype board from 2006-2007, when the device was codenamed “M68” and “Purple 2” within Apple
9:25 AM  •
Kaiser Health News:  Report: US has spent $36B digitizing health records, which has risked patient safety with thousands of reports of deaths and injuries tied to software glitches
9:00 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Yandex partners with Hyundai to develop software and hardware for autonomous cars
8:37 AM  •
Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:  Apple updates iMac lineup with Intel's 8th-gen and 9th-gen Core CPUs and AMD's Radeon Pro Vega GPUs; 21.5" starts at $1,299, 27" 5K at $1,799, available today
8:15 AM  •
Emma Sandler / Digiday:  Instagram adds in-app shopping to let users buy from 20 beauty and fashion brands including Kylie Cosmetics, Nike, and Huda Beauty
7:25 AM  •
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:  Amid a noticeable uptick in Mirai botnet activity, a Palo Alto Networks report says a new Mirai malware variant targets signage TVs and presentation systems
6:30 AM  •
Andy Greenberg / Wired:  CEO of Exactis talks about the fallout after the marketing company exposed 230M personal records on a public server, says he plans to focus on another startup
4:35 AM  •
Recode:  European Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager on why breaking up big tech should be a last resort, GDPR favoring large companies, and more
2:00 AM  •
TechCrunch:  A roundup of the 85+ companies that launched at Y Combinator's Winter 2019 Demo Day 1, including medical, AI, on-demand, e-commerce, and robotics startups
12:15 AM  •
Manish Singh / VentureBeat:  Indian ride-hailing company Ola raises $300M from Hyundai and Kia for exploring mobility solutions and developing electric vehicles

March 18, 2019

11:35 PM  •
Chris Sonderby / Facebook:  Facebook says original Christchurch attack video was viewed <200 times during live broadcast; first user report came in 12 minutes after live broadcast ended
10:35 PM  •
Stephen Hall / 9to5Google:  Source: Google's upcoming lower-priced Pixel phones will be called Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL with 5.6- and 6-inch displays; 3a to feature Snapdragon 670, 4GB RAM
10:15 PM  •
Juliegrace Brufke / The Hill:  Rep. Devin Nunes is suing Twitter and some of its users for defamation, alleging Twitter is shadow banning conservatives, seeks $250M+ in damages
9:30 PM  •
Peter Kafka / Recode:  Reed Hastings confirms that Netflix won't be offering its content through Apple's upcoming video service
8:15 PM  •
James Vincent / The Verge:  Nvidia launches the 70mm by 45mm Jetson Nano, its AI computing board for entry-level applications aimed at developers, makers, and enthusiasts, starting at $99
8:10 PM  •
Allison Schiff / AdExchanger:  Mobile ad network Kiip hires new CEO after former CEO Brian Wong was indicted by a grand jury Friday on a sexual assault charge from an SXSW encounter in 2016
7:55 PM  •
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:  AWS is launching new EC2 G4 instances with support for Nvidia's T4 GPUs, which optimize for running AI models and use ray tracing tech, in the coming weeks
7:20 PM  •
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:  Nvidia says Drive Constellation, its cloud-based autonomous vehicle simulation platform, is generally available, with Toyota as its first customer
7:15 PM  •
Stefan Etienne / The Verge:  Xiaomi launches Black Shark 2, a ~$480 gaming smartphone with a pressure-sensitive 6.39" OLED display, vapor chamber cooling, and 6GB-12GB of RAM, in China
6:55 PM  •
Connie Loizos / TechCrunch:  General Catalyst announces initiative to invest at least $25M into 25 to 35 seed-stage startups each year, with initial investments between $500K and $2M
5:55 PM  •
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:  Atlassian acquires AgileCraft, which lets companies plan their strategic projects and workstreams using the Agile software development methodology, for ~$166M
5:00 PM  •
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:  Intel claims it will build America's first exascale supercomputer by 2021 using its new Xe GPU architecture, partnering with Cray in a Department of Energy deal
4:12 PM  •
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty:  Putin signs into law bills banning “fake news” and penalizing those who post content found to be insulting to state officials, state symbols, or Russian society
3:30 PM  •
Ian Allison / CoinDesk:  Six banks sign letters of intent to issue stablecoins on World Wire, an IBM payment network that uses Stellar's public blockchain
2:35 PM  •
Associated Press:  Facebook is struggling with Today In, its feature curating local news, because 40% of Americans live in places that do not have enough local news coverage
1:20 PM  •
C. Scott Brown / Android Authority:  Five years after Google announced Android Wear, Wear OS still feels unpolished and laggy, and lacks a stand-out flagship, as OEM interest has faded
11:45 AM  •
Ryan Whitwam / Android Police:  Nokia 9 PureView review: the five-camera array produces great images but is very slow, often losing photos and the in-display fingerprint sensor is atrocious
10:25 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Latin American carrier America Movil to acquire Nextel in Brazil for $905M
10:05 AM  •
Financial Times:  Israeli ride-hailing service Gett, which anticipates becoming profitable later this year, is planning an IPO on either the London Stock Exchange or in Israel
9:40 AM  •
Ron Miller / TechCrunch:  Slack launches Enterprise Key Management, a tool that enables customers in regulated industries to control their encryption keys and revoke them if required
9:26 AM  •
Washington Post:  Inside YouTube's efforts to shut down uploads of the Christchurch shooting, coming as quickly as 1 per second, as uploaders managed to evade its detection tools
9:25 AM  •
Elizabeth Dwoskin / Washington Post:  Stanford is launching the Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence to put humans and ethics at the center of AI and aims to raise $1B+
9:00 AM  •
Slate:  NIST's benchmark test for facial recognition systems uses images of immigrants, US visa applicants, abused children, and dead people, without consent
8:50 AM  •
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:  Report: Myspace has lost all the photos, videos, and music its users uploaded between 2003 and 2015 due to data corruption during a server migration project
8:40 AM  •
Apple:  Apple debuts new 10.5" iPad Air, from $499, and 7.9" iPad mini, from $399, both with retina display, A12 Bionic chip, and support for the first-gen Apple Pencil
8:30 AM  •
Joe Tidy / BBC:  Profile of reclusive infosec expert Fabian Wosar, who has devoted himself, at huge personal cost, to helping victims of ransomware around the world
8:05 AM  •
John Koblin / New York Times:  An overview of Apple's big spending plan to challenge streaming incumbents like Netflix, ahead of its March 25 “It's show time” event
7:45 AM  •
Andrii Degeler / Tech.eu:  UKCloud, which provides cloud infrastructure for the public sector, raises £25M from Digital Alpha
7:20 AM  •
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:  OneWeb, which recently launched its first constellation of micro-satellites to provide global internet access, raises $1.25B to begin mass producing satellites
7:00 AM  •
Bloomberg:  Filing: Lyft is seeking to raise as much as $2.1B at a valuation of up to $18.5B in its IPO, offering 30.8M shares at $62-$68 each
6:50 AM  •
Bloomberg:  Fidelity National has agreed to acquire Worldpay, including assuming Worldpay's debt, for ~$43B, in the biggest-ever deal in the international payments sector
6:05 AM  •
TechCrunch:  Trends in seed and early-stage funding in the US over the past decade: number of <$1M rounds are down, $1M-$5M rounds are flattening, but $10-$20M rounds are up
4:30 AM  •
Joe McKendrick / ZDNet:  Survey of 500 IT executives finds 58% of enterprises deploy a new build daily, and 26% at least hourly, but only about one-third support continuous testing
2:55 AM  •
Ryan Merkley / Creative Commons:  Creative Commons says copyright can't protect photos from being used for facial recognition, like IBM did, and that public policy should address privacy issues
2:10 AM  •
Olga Kharif / Bloomberg:  A look at BNB, a coin from Binance, the world's largest digital-asset exchange by trading volume, which has more than tripled in value in the last three months
1:35 AM  •
Dan Falk / Quanta Magazine:  A look at how AI is being used in science, from probing the evolution of galaxies and calculating quantum wave functions to discovering new chemical compounds
1:10 AM  •
Lilach Baumer / CTech - 24/7:  Lightbits Labs comes out of stealth, says it has raised $50M led by Dell EMC, Cisco, Micron, and others for its datacenter software with “hardware acceleration”
12:20 AM  •
Maureen Farrell / Wall Street Journal:  Sources: Lyft will seek to raise around $2B at a valuation of up to $23B as it starts its IPO roadshow this week

March 17, 2019

9:40 PM  •
Amy X. Wang / Rolling Stone:  As GarageBand turns 15, artists discuss how they have used the app as it has evolved, and Apple shows off its studio where the pre-installed sounds are made

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