Techmeme
February 3, 2016, 7:55 AM

Top News

Harry Shum / The Official Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft acquires SwiftKey in support of re-inventing productivity ambition  —  I'm pleased to announce that Microsoft has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire SwiftKey, whose highly rated, highly engaging SwiftKey software keyboard and SDK powers more than 300 million Android and iOS devices.
Financial Times:
Microsoft acquires AI powered keyboard maker Swiftkey, sources say for about $250M  —  Microsoft in $250m artificial intelligence keyboards deal  —  Microsoft is paying around $250m to acquire London-based Swiftkey, maker of a predictive keyboard powered by artificial intelligence …
Greg Bensinger / Wall Street Journal:
Amazon plans to open “300 to 400” brick-and-mortar bookstores, according to CEO of mall operator General Growth Properties  —  Amazon Plans Hundreds of Brick-and-Mortar Bookstores, Mall CEO Says  —  The Seattle company plans as many as 400 bookstores, according to the chief executive of General Growth Properties
Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:
Yahoo announces 15% staff cut, will close 5 overseas offices as part of “aggressive strategic plan”, $1.27B in quarterly revenue, up 1.5% YoY, beating estimates  —  Yahoo to lay off 15% of its workforce as part of ‘aggressive strategic plan’  —  Yahoo (YHOO) announced plans today …
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Source: iPhone 7 will be similar in design to iPhone 6, but will have a flush rear camera, and no antenna bands on back  —  First Details on iPhone 7 Design: Flush Rear Camera, No Antenna Bands Across the Back  —  Apple's iPhone 7 isn't expected to launch until the usual September timeframe …
Travis Kalanick / Uber Global:
Uber announces major rebranding with icons designed to reflect regional colors and patterns, as well as a new logotype  —  Celebrating Cities: A New Look and Feel for Uber  —  Have you ever looked at someone's hairstyle and thought “oh my, you peaked in the 1990s?”  Well that's a bit how I feel about Uber's look today.
TechCrunch:
Twitter now lets logged out mobile visitors see full conversations, not just individual tweets, brings the redesigned homepage to 23 new countries  —  Twitter Starts Taking Its Logged-Out Users Seriously  —  Twitter announced two updates today that should make it easier to use for logged-out users …
Brendan Klinkenberg / BuzzFeed:
Sources: YouTube working toward live 360-degree video broadcasting, meeting with camera manufacturers  —  YouTube Developing Live 360-Degree Video Capability  —  YouTube is developing the capability to livestream 360-degree video on its platform, BuzzFeed News has learned.
Pavel Alpeyev / Bloomberg Business:
Nintendo quarterly profit down 36% as Wii U and 3DS sales drop; first smartphone game on track for March release  —  Oh No Mario: Nintendo Profit Dives as Buyers Await Mobile Games  —  Wii U, 3DS hardware sales languish despite Splatoon, Mario  —  President Kimishima affirms first smartphone game in March
Matt Day / The Seattle Times:
Microsoft recalls AC power cords for Surface Pro devices sold before March 15, 2015  —  Microsoft recalls power cords for Surface tablets  —  The recall involves AC power cords sold before March that are used with several Surface Pro models.  —  Microsoft is recalling about 2.44 million …

Sponsor Posts

Microsoft:
Driving wheelchairs and computers with eye movements alone  —  Former NFL player Steve Gleason and Microsoft work to empower people with ALS.
Lucidchart:
Solve problems visually with Lucidchart  —  The world's fastest growing technology companies use our diagramming software to improve collaboration and productivity.  Try it now!
Worldpay:
The payment UX webinar of the year  —  Learn what steps you can take today to improve your payment UX to boost checkout conversion and payment acceptance.  Special guests @Deezer, @Wix & @unity3d.  Register soon.
Zoho:
Planned maintenance of our US Data Center  —  As a part of our annual infrastructure maintenance, we will be upgrading our US data center infrastructure from September 3rd 2016 to September 10th 2016.
Amazon:
Introducing Amazon One  —  A behind the scenes look at our first ever Amazon branded plane.  Check out our video to learn more about the employees who got Amazon One off the ground.
 

About This Page

This is a Techmeme archive page. It shows how the site appeared at 7:55 AM ET, February 3, 2016.

The most current version of the site as always is available at our home page. To view an earlier snapshot click here and then modify the date indicated.

More News

Earlier Picks