October 21, 2016, 7:45 PM

October 21, 2016

6:40 PM  •
Lily Hay Newman / Wired:  Dyn says today's DDoS attack on its DNS service came from tens of millions of IPs, and involved the Mirai botnet of IoT devices
5:35 PM  •
Avery Hartmans / Business Insider:  New York Governor Cuomo signs bill banning less than 30-day rental unit listings on sites like Airbnb when tenant is not present; Airbnb sues to block the law
2:30 PM  •
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:  Facebook plans to show more images and stories with graphic content, including violence and nudity, if they're “newsworthy, significant or of public interest”
1:50 PM  •
Tim Nudd / Adweek:  Facebook Launches a Big Ad Campaign for Facebook Live, With User Videos at the Core
1:15 PM  •
William Turton / Gizmodo:  DNS provider Dyn is investigating and mitigating a third wave of DDoS attacks causing widespread outages across many popular sites in the US and Europe
12:15 PM  •
Jessica Toonkel / Reuters:  Sources: AT&T reaches agreement in principle to buy Time Warner for about $85B
11:45 AM  •
Julia Angwin / ProPublica:  Google updated its privacy policy this summer, letting Google combine personal info from Gmail and other tools with DoubleClick browsing data to target ads
11:20 AM  •
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:  Time Out to pay up to $2.94M for Yplan, the London-based event ticketing startup that had raised $37.5M
10:55 AM  •
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:  Researchers find serious nine-year old privilege-escalation bug in Linux kernel, official patch released this week
10:10 AM  •
Marco della Cava / USA Today:  Microsoft shares closed at the all-time high of $59.66 on Friday, above $58.72 mark set in Dec 1999
10:00 AM  •
@cnbc:  BREAKING: Qualcomm, NXP Semi agree on $110/share deal; additional specifics still need work - sources
8:45 AM  •
TechCrunch:  Large DDoS attacks cause outages at Twitter, Spotify, and other sites
7:30 AM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  App Annie: China overtakes the US in iOS App Store revenue, ending a six year run at the top
4:25 AM  •
Stephanie Condon / ZDNet:  DocuSign introduces DocuSign Payments with support for all major credit cards, Apple Pay, and Android Pay; service to roll out early next year

October 20, 2016

10:05 PM  •
Anton Shilov / AnandTech:  Kodak announces the Bullitt-designed Ektra Android smartphone with 5-inch FHD display, 21 MP camera, USB-C, priced at €499, available in Europe later this year
8:50 PM  •
Portia Crowe / Business Insider:  Sources: Expedia-backed Trivago plans IPO by the end of November that could value it at $5B
7:20 PM  •
Stephanie Condon / ZDNet:  AMD reports better-than-expected $1.3B Q3 revenue, up 23.2% YoY on higher demand for its semi-custom SoC and Polaris GPUs
6:00 PM  •
Peter Kafka / Recode:  Sources: Comcast's NBCUniversal finalizing deal for a second $200M investment in BuzzFeed at a valuation of $1.7B
5:20 PM  •
Johana Bhuiyan / Recode:  Lyft's CMO, Kira Wampler, and VP of comms, Brandon McCormick, are leaving; ex-Pandora exec Melissa Waters replaces Wampler, Raj Kapoor joins as CSO
5:04 PM  •
Microsoft:  Microsoft Cloud Strength Highlights First Quarter Results
4:57 PM  •
Matt Burns / TechCrunch:  Microsoft's Surface business grew revenue 38% YoY, hitting $926M, in the most recent quarter
4:52 PM  •
Bloomberg:  Sources: Qualcomm nears a deal worth $34B to acquire NXP Semiconductors; purchase could be announced next week
4:38 PM  •
Jordan Novet / VentureBeat:  Microsoft says Azure revenue increased by 116% YoY in the most recent quarter, as compute usage doubles
4:30 PM  •
Katie Roof / TechCrunch:  PayPal reports Q3 2016 revenue of $2.67B, beating expectations, but misses on total payment volume with $87B vs $88.3B expected
4:27 PM  •
Tom Warren / The Verge:  Microsoft reports Q1 2017 revenue of $20.5B, beating estimates, with Intelligent Cloud revenue up 8% to $6.4B, OEM revenue flat YoY as phone revenue drops 72%
3:55 PM  •
Bloomberg:  AT&T Discussed Idea of Takeover in Time Warner Meetings
3:25 PM  •
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:  Slack's user growth slows slightly as it records 33% rise in DAUs in five months, down from 50% in the prior five; app now has 4M DAUs, of which 1.25M+ are paid
3:05 PM  •
New York Times:  Data stolen by NSA contractor included NSA hacking tools later used by Shadow Brokers, and is largest leak of classified info, even more than Panama Papers
2:50 PM  •
Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed:  Analysis of 1K+ posts from 6 partisan Facebook Pages shows that least-accurate are shared widely; 38% of right-wing, 19% of left-wing posts are false/misleading
2:10 PM  •
Vlad Savov / The Verge:  Razer debuts new 17.3-inch gaming laptop with mechanical keyboard, 2.6GHz quad-core Skylake i7, 32GB RAM, 512GB SSD, GeForce GTX 1080 as standard, costs $3.7K
1:40 PM  •
John Mannes / TechCrunch:  Braintree founder Bryan Johnson invests $100M in his startup, Kernel, which aims to make an implantable chip for brains to help people with neurological damage
1:25 PM  •
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:  Redpoint Ventures announces Redpoint China I, a $180M fund for investing in early-stage Chinese startups, and the firm's first fund dedicated to China
1:05 PM  •
T.C. Sottek / The Verge:  Nintendo's Switch console is powered by a custom Tegra processor from Nvidia
12:32 PM  •
Jonathan M. Gitlin / Ars Technica:  Tesla says using self-driving models to earn money through ride-sharing is only allowed on the “Tesla Network”, details of which will be released next year
12:00 PM  •
Matthew Lynley / TechCrunch:  Travis Kalanick says Uber has 40M monthly active riders, each paying about $50 per month
11:05 AM  •
Prashant Gopal / Bloomberg:  Apple teams up with a handful of homebuilders to push Homekit-enabled bundles of smart appliances in new homes
10:30 AM  •
Kyle Orland / Ars Technica:  Nintendo unveils Switch, a game console/tablet hybrid with two detachable controllers and a dock for connecting to a TV; device launches in March
9:55 AM  •
Kurt Wagner / Recode:  NBA will broadcast one game per week, minimum 25 games this season, in VR, in partnership with NextVR
9:20 AM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Notion raises $9.5M from Accel, Drive Capital, others to build better email app by prioritizing messages; app debuts on iOS, Android today, and Alexa soon
8:35 AM  •
Lizette Chapman / Bloomberg:  Sequoia Capital hires Yahoo's Jess Lee, CEO of fashion site Polyvore, as its first female US investing partner
8:25 AM  •
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:  Verizon Q3 revenue of $30.9B falls short of expectations, 442K subscriber additions disappoint; IoT revenue jumped 24% YoY to $217M

October 19, 2016

11:30 PM  •
Deanna Ting / Skift:  Airbnb bans hosts in New York and San Francisco from listing multiple homes starting Nov. 1, will update tech to limit NYC listings to one address per person
10:25 PM  •
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:  Pure Storage to pay Dell $30M as part of settlement to end three-year EMC patent litigation
9:45 PM  •
Brad Plumer / Vox:  Tesla says all new cars, including models in production, will come with self-driving hardware but features will be rolled out over time as software is perfected
9:10 PM  •
Zen Soo / South China Morning Post:  Google launches Android Pay in Hong Kong, says it is available at over 5K locations to users with devices equipped with NFC and KitKat 4.4 or higher
8:15 PM  •
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:  Google releases Android 7.1 developer preview to beta testers with Nexus 5X, 6P, and Pixel C devices
6:40 PM  •
Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:  Recent leaks show email isn't suited for modern political and business life; tools like Slack, HipChat that let admins limit archiving avoid some email pitfalls
5:50 PM  •
Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:  Apple is listed as an exhibitor at Mobile World Congress 2017, its first trade show since Macworld in 2009, where it could promote “Planet of the Apps”
5:10 PM  •
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:  LinkedIn says a Russian man arrested in the Czech Republic is believed to be involved in 2012 breach which saw the release of 117M passwords
4:50 PM  •
Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:  Greg Gopman, hired this month as Twitter's VR program manager, says he has been fired, after his comments about SF's homeless resurfaced
4:37 PM  •
Katie Roof / TechCrunch:  eBay reports Q3 revenue of $2.22B, up 6% YoY, vs $2.19B expected but misses on gross merchandise volume of $20.1B vs $20.3B expected; stock down 7% after hours
4:30 PM  •
Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:  Yahoo sends a letter to Director of National Intelligence James Clapper demanding “transparency” be allowed over security orders concerning user data
4:07 PM  •
Nilay Patel / The Verge:  Apple sends out invites for event at 10AM PT on October 27 at its Cupertino campus, with tagline “hello again”; new Macs are expected to be announced
4:00 PM  •
Peter Kafka / Recode:  Amazon has exclusive rights to stream and sell Garth Brooks' music on its Music Unlimited service, a major get in the streaming wars against Spotify and Apple
3:45 PM  •
Colin Lecher / The Verge:  Facebook was a Geofeedia customer before cutting ties with the surveillance firm following ACLU's report, saying the firm was non-compliant with Facebook's ToS
3:27 PM  •
Alex Heath / Business Insider:  Mark Zuckerberg defends having Thiel as a Facebook board member in internal memo, says it's important to stand up for peoples' right to hold different views
2:50 PM  •
Wall Street Journal:  Sources: Google reaches deal with CBS to carry network on Unplugged web TV service on YouTube, to debut early 2017; talks ongoing with 21st Century Fox, Disney
2:40 PM  •
Colin Campbell / Polygon:  Valve sends letter to Washington state regulator refuting allegations the company facilitates gambling via virtual item sales, says it tries to stop sellers
2:20 PM  •
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:  LeEco launches the Le Pro3, a $399 Android 6.0 smartphone with 5.5-inch display, 16 megapixel camera, Snapdragon 821 processor, and no 3.5mm headphone jack
2:10 PM  •
Brian Heater / TechCrunch:  LeEco is launching LeEco Live, a US video service in partnership with MGM, Lionsgate, Vice, and publication partners Cosmopolitan and Esquire
2:00 PM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  LinkedIn updates Endorsements feature to show the most relevant ones to visiting users by using machine learning, send endorsement requests to relevant users
1:30 PM  •
Ryan Weber / The Keyword:  G Suite adds new productivity features including Slack integration, more voice commands, improved Forms, and assignable Action Items within Docs, Sheets, Slides
1:25 PM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Stripe debuts new fraud detection tools for its payments service, which use machine learning
1:10 PM  •
Jeff Grubb / VentureBeat:  DeNA ends its physical presence in US as it shutters its San Francisco-based subsidiary, DeNA Global, which oversaw the firm's Western operations
12:50 PM  •
Jonathan Mahler / New York Times:  Anti-Defamation League: 2.6M anti-Semitic tweets were posted from Aug. 2015-July 2016 with 19K+ directed at journalists; “Trump” found in bios of many offenders
12:25 PM  •
Ad Age:  Sources: Pinterest building an Explore channel for publishers and brands to create multimedia posts, to test ad revenue potential with integrated video ad units
11:55 AM  •
James Vincent / The Verge:  Report: Apple is working with Australian startup Sonder on a dynamic e-ink keyboard for future MacBooks, which could be incorporated as soon as 2018
11:25 AM  •
Brian Fung / Washington Post:  T-Mobile fined $48M by FCC for mischaracterizing its “unlimited” plan and throttling users' data when they reached the limit
11:00 AM  •
Jon Fingas / Engadget:  Amazon Japan announces 32GB manga model of Kindle Paperwhite, priced at $118 for Prime subscribers, $157 for others, pre-orders open now
10:05 AM  •
Bloomberg:  New report says top five US tech firms spent $49M on Washington lobbyists last year, as the five largest banks spent $19.7M
9:10 AM  •
Facebook:  Facebook rolls out new tools in the US for seeking friends' recommendations on local places or services, discovering local events, and interacting with Pages
8:05 AM  •
Michael Cooney / Network World:  Microsoft AI research group says its speech recognition tech has reached parity with human-level proficiency, with an error rate of lower than 6%
5:00 AM  •
Shrutika Verma / Livemint:  Online travel site MakeMyTrip to buy Ibibo's India business in all-stock deal; Ibibo stakeholders Naspers and Tencent will have 40% stake in the merged entity
2:25 AM  •
Jason Tanz / Wired:  Tim O'Reilly, Chris Dixon, Mark Zuckerberg, Yasmin Green, Mary Barra, and Satya Nadella offer ideas for Obama's six tech challenges
12:10 AM  •
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:  Microsoft to add single sign-on via Skype option for various Microsoft services, including Office, OneDrive, Xbox Live, and, starting this week

October 18, 2016

11:20 PM  •
Peter Kafka / Recode:  Sources: Snapchat to stop sharing ad revenue with media partners within weeks, will change to up-front flat licensing fee as it prepares for 2017 IPO
10:10 PM  •
Rachael King / Wall Street Journal:  Leaked emails of board member Colin Powell show Salesforce listed 14 acquisition targets at May board meeting, including Adobe, Demandware, and Box
10:05 PM  •
Joseph Cox / Motherboard:  Researcher says some Trump company email servers use unpatched, end-of-life software, including Windows Server 2003, and only use single factor authentication
7:30 PM  •
Amir Efrati / The Information:  Source: Amazon weighs offering internet service in Europe in order to bundle broadband access with Prime Video
6:15 PM  •
Sui-Lee Wee / New York Times:  Samsung's uneven handling of the Note7 fiasco in China has angered many, as it initially claimed the phones in that market were safe before issuing recall
5:08 PM  •
Ina Fried / Recode:  Sources: Apple plans to launch new Macs at an October 27 event in Cupertino
4:45 PM  •
Kara Swisher / Recode:  Yahoo management skips scheduling an earnings conference call with investors, dodging potential questions on the impact of its massive breach
4:40 PM  •
Matthew Lynley / TechCrunch:  Yahoo reports Q3 revenue of $1.31B, in line with expectations, as Verizon acquisition looms
4:24 PM  •
Eugene Kim / Business Insider:  Intel reports record quarterly revenue of $15.8B, up 9% YoY; Client Computing Group had revenue of $8.9B, up 5% YoY; Q4 guidance is weak at $15.7B
4:05 PM  •
Todd Spangler / Variety:  Walmart debuts Vudu Movies on Us service, which streams free ad-supported movies and TV on demand in 1080p HD, doesn't include new releases or current TV series
3:55 PM  •
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:  SafetyCulture, maker of inspection checklist app iAuditor, raises $23M Series B, led by Index Ventures
3:30 PM  •
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:  Microsoft's Premium service public preview goes live in US with a $20/year promo deal but will cost $50/year when it officially launches
2:50 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Facebook launches tool for its Analytics for Apps suite that lets developers send targeted push notifications via their app
2:35 PM  •
Instagram Blog:  Instagram will now show a personalized selection of Stories in the Explore tab from across its global userbase
2:05 PM  •
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:  Facebook debuts live video scheduling, scheduled broadcast sharing, pre-broadcast lobbies to verified Pages, with plans to expand to all Pages in coming weeks
1:37 PM  •
Janko Roettgers / Variety:  Twitter hires AngelHack founder Gregory Gopman to work on its VR initiative
1:30 PM  •
Ben Brody / Bloomberg:  Wikileaks: leaked email from March shows Podesta's initial list of 39 suggestions for Clinton's running mate included Tim Cook, Bill Gates, and Melinda Gates
12:30 PM  •
Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:  Zenefits looks beyond past troubles with debut of app marketplace, called Z2, for its all-in-one HR platform, launching with 17 partner-made integrations
12:25 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Amazon's Family Vault lets Prime members share unlimited photo storage with up to five family members
11:55 AM  •
James Vincent / The Verge:  Samsung is setting up Note7 exchange booths at high traffic terminals in select airports around the world
10:40 AM  •
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:  Google Pixel camera review: fast and takes impressive photos, video stabilization works very well, though it has some quirks like choppy focal length adjustment
10:15 AM  •
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:  Google Pixel review: fast and powerful, long battery life, great camera though it lacks optical image stabilization, but dull design, and software needs polish
9:30 AM  •
Walt Mossberg / The Verge:  Google Pixel review: best premium Android phone, worth buying just for the impressive Assistant, but not water resistant
7:25 AM  •
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:  FTC says it may lose ability to effectively regulate companies like Comcast, Google, and Verizon unless ruling from AT&T case is overturned on appeal

October 17, 2016

10:30 PM  •
Matt Humrick / AnandTech:  Qualcomm announces X50 5G modem, enabling 5Gbps downloads and arriving in products in 2018, and says smartphones with X16 gigabit LTE modems coming in 2017
8:45 PM  •
Matt Pressberg / The Wrap:  Netflix is abandoning plans to launch in China for now because of challenging regulations, but will still license content to existing online service providers
8:05 PM  •
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:  IBM reports Q3 revenue of $19.2B, flat YoY; cloud as a service annual run rate now at $7.5B, up 66% from last year
7:25 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Facebook is testing a feature in Messenger that suggests conversation topics based on the friend's past activity
6:45 PM  •
Taylor Soper / GeekWire:  Voyager and Microsoft Ventures invest $9M in business text messaging platform Zipwhip
5:55 PM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Razer acquires audiovisual company THX as it explores growth beyond the gaming industry; THX will be “spun out” as a recapitalized startup
5:20 PM  •
Alex Webb / Bloomberg:  Carnegie Mellon AI expert Russ Salakhutdinov hired as a new director of AI research at Apple, says he'll continue to do work at CMU
4:20 PM  •
Matthew Lynley / TechCrunch:  Netflix beats expectations, adding 3.2M global subscribers vs. 2M expected and 370K domestic subscribers vs. 304K for the quarter; stock up over 20% after hours
3:40 PM  •
Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:  KGI's Ming-Chi Kuo estimates that 5-7M ex-Galaxy Note7 orders will convert into iPhone 7 sales, predominantly iPhone 7 Plus
1:25 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Google Flights will now tell you when fares are likely to increase and help you find cheaper tickets
1:05 PM  •
Alan Travis / Guardian:  UK court rules that bulk personal data collection by GCHQ from 1998 to 2015 was illegal under ECHR, but collection is now compliant after 2015 government avowal
12:15 PM  •
Lauren Goode / The Verge:  Lenovo Yoga Book review: a great looking thin and light device with long battery life, but has few useful ports, a weak processor, and needs software refinement
11:40 AM  •
Ron Miller / TechCrunch:  Cisco buys YC-backed meeting app Worklife for an undisclosed sum, plans to continue to provide it as a free standalone service
10:55 AM  •
Miranda Katz / Backchannel:  Three years after Tracy Chou asked “Where are the numbers?”, diversity reports are routine, but tech companies show modest gains
10:30 AM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  With 5M MAUs, streaming startup Pluto TV raises $30M at $140M valuation from ProSieben, Scripps Networks, others to expand to Europe, buys Berlin-based Quazer
10:00 AM  •
Khari Johnson / VentureBeat:  Ozlo virtual assistant exits private beta, launches on iOS and the web
9:05 AM  •
Bloomberg:  Sources: Apple's car team gets late 2017 deadline to prove feasibility of the self-driving system, amid hundreds of job cuts and strategy disagreements
7:50 AM  •
Steve Dent / Engadget:  Samsung announces Exynos 7 Dual 7270, a 14nm SoC with integrated LTE modem for wearables
2:25 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  France's Navya raises $34M for its self-driving shuttle bus, reportedly at a $220M valuation

October 16, 2016

11:50 PM  •
April Glaser / Recode:  Silicon Valley elites still overwhelmingly support Democrats; recent big contributors include Dustin Moskovitz, John Doerr, Sheryl Sandberg, and Reid Hoffman
10:36 PM  •
Peter Kafka / Recode:  Y Combinator boss Sam Altman says he's not going to cut ties with Peter Thiel for supporting Donald Trump
9:55 PM  •
Aarti Shahani / NPR:  Power Ventures, sued by Facebook in 2008 for hacking and spamming, is still fighting back and got the spam charge dismissed this summer
7:50 PM  •
Shaheen Samavati /  Tech funding in Europe dropped 17% YoY to €3.4B in Q3 2016; decreased activity in UK and Germany to blame; number of total deals across Europe jumped 21% to 752
5:45 PM  •
Sophia Harris / CBC News:  As Netflix successfully enforces geographic restrictions, unblocking services like uFlix, Unblock-Us, and UnoTelly are giving up
3:35 PM  •
Vera Eckert / Reuters:  German transport authority tells Tesla to stop using the term “Autopilot” in advertising
2:25 PM  •
David Streitfeld / New York Times:  Source: Peter Thiel pledging $1.25M in support of Donald Trump, his first such donation
2:10 PM  •
Amanda Hess / New York Times:  Some celebrities are resorting to cyberbullying tactics like posting revenge porn, sharing secret phone recordings, and rallying online mobs for PR offensives
10:05 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Spotify CEO Daniel Ek becomes chairman after co-founder Martin Lorentzon steps down from position to become company's vice-chairman
6:00 AM  •
April Glaser / Recode:  Tencent launches $299 Ying drone that can capture 4K video and live stream it to WeChat at 720p
1:55 AM  •
William Alden / BuzzFeed:  Inside the breakup of Oculus backer Formation 8, which had raised $1B before harassment suit against co-founder and challenges in Asia drove founders apart

October 15, 2016

10:10 PM  •
Phil Oakley / Android Police:  Samsung Chromebook Pro specs and pics leak: aluminum body, stylus, 12.3" 2400x1600 touchscreen, 360° hinge, 10 hour battery, USB-C, 6-core CPU, and 32GB storage
6:25 PM  •
Sheera Frenkel / BuzzFeed:  A history of Fancy Bear, the Russian group accused of hacking the DNC and DCCC to influence the US election
3:20 PM  •
Paul Carsten / Reuters:  Baidu establishes Baidu Capital, a $3B investment fund focused on mid- and late-stage deals in the internet sector
1:05 PM  •
Nathan Ingraham / Engadget:  BitTorrent says its streaming service BitTorrent Now isn't shutting down, only one co-CEO, Robert Delamar, left the company
7:00 AM  •
Zac Hall / 9to5Mac:  Apple Watch Nike+ hands-on: two unique customizable watchfaces, complication for direct access to Nike+ Run Club app, perforated bands, available October 28
1:55 AM  •
Janko Roettgers / Variety:  Inside Google's quest to bring back 3D video through JUMP, its 3D video capture and production platform and one part of a larger effort to popularize VR

October 14, 2016

7:55 PM  •
Caroline O'Donovan / BuzzFeed:  After shopper backlash and strike threat, Instacart scraps plan to eliminate tips, and will continue with planned base fare increase and optional service fee
5:30 PM  •
Khari Johnson / VentureBeat:  The White House open sources President Obama's Facebook Messenger bot
4:08 PM  •
Department of Transportation:  US Department of Transportation bans Samsung Galaxy Note7 devices from planes, even if turned off; passengers evading ban may be fined or face criminal charges
3:05 PM  •
Michal Lev-Ram / Fortune:  Palantir responds to Labor Department lawsuit alleging discrimination against Asians, says analysis agency conducted on 3 out of 44 open job titles is faulty
2:35 PM  •
TechCrunch:  Naspers sells Polish eBay rival Allegro for $3.25B to consortium of private equity firms
1:45 PM  •
Financial Times:  Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff on Twitter bid: “In this case we've walked away. It wasn't the right fit for us”; Twitter shares down over 5% on news
1:30 PM  •
Kellex / Droid Life:  Verizon Introduces PopData, 30 and 60 Minute All-You-Can-Stream 4G LTE Sessions at $2 or $3
12:40 PM  •
Eric Zeman /  Amazon opens limited beta for Alexa List Skills API to manage lists; and Todoist to-do list apps now work with Echo
11:15 AM  •
Mark Hilliard / The Irish Times:  Oculus acquires Irish startup InfiniLED for its low-power display technology
10:50 AM  •
John Cook / GeekWire:  Morningstar to acquire PitchBook shares it didn't already own for $180M, valuing the venture capital, IPO, and M&A data provider at $225M
10:38 AM  •
Kif Leswing / Business Insider:  Yahoo re-enables the auto-forwarding feature in Mail, says it was temporarily disabled due to a platform upgrade
9:15 AM  •
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:  Facebook updates Instagram Windows 10 app to support PCs and tablets, requires touchscreen and rear-facing camera to upload photos and videos
8:10 AM  •
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:  Google to launch new mobile-only search index within months, says it will eventually become primary index, but a separate desktop index will still be maintained
7:55 AM  •
Patrick Moorhead / Forbes:  Google, IBM, HPE, and others create new OpenCAPI standard to boost data center server performance; products expected to be released by 2H 2017
7:10 AM  •
Stuart Dredge / Music Ally:  Shazam launches in-app music video channels as it partners with video monetization firm Vadio
2:15 AM  •
Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:  General Motors' Maven car-sharing service expands to San Francisco, its 9th market in the US

October 13, 2016

11:55 PM  •
Grant Gross / PCWorld:  US to invest $65M in smart-city technologies and $50M in small-satellite tech for broadband as part of $300M funding package focused on innovation
9:30 PM  •
Reuters:  SoftBank to invest $25B into new tech fund over next five years, with Saudi Arabia's The Public Investment Fund possibly contributing up to $45B as lead partner
9:25 PM  •
Nick Statt / The Verge:  Samsung expects to lose about $3B in operating profit from Q4 2016 through Q1 2017 due to Note7 recall
7:45 PM  •
Kif Leswing / Business Insider:  Apple has hired several high-level employees, including the COO, from GPU maker Imagination Technologies since July, after backing out of an acquisition
6:30 PM  •
Jemima Kiss / Guardian:  Google News rolls out “fact check” tag for stories on web and mobile apps, starting in the US and UK
5:20 PM  •
Eric Newcomer / Bloomberg:  A look at Uber's strategy in Latin America, a key area in the company's global expansion, which lacks the regulation of Europe or competition of India
5:05 PM  •
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:  VMware and Amazon partner to bring VMware's infrastructure software to AWS starting in 2017
4:49 PM  •
Christine Wang / CNBC:  HP Inc. to cut between 3K and 4K jobs by 2019, starting in 2017; company expects savings of $200-$300M beginning FY 2020, with $350-$500M in restructuring costs
4:00 PM  •
Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:  Facebook adds support for Apple TV and Chromecast, letting users stream videos from iOS devices and the web, with Android capability coming soon
3:15 PM  •
Tinder:  Tinder debuts Smart Photos, which alternates and reorders profile photos to show best based on user interest; users saw up to 12% increase in matches in testing
2:54 PM  •
Washington Post:  Verizon general counsel says there's a “reasonable basis” to believe Yahoo hack will have a “material” impact on deal
2:35 PM  •
Leena Rao / Fortune:  Online lending startup Affirm raises $100M in debt funding from Morgan Stanley, bringing total raised to $500M, as it triples loan volume over last year
2:20 PM  •
Ken Yeung / VentureBeat: launches a $39/month subscription service for scheduling an unlimited number of meetings via its AI-powered personal assistant
1:45 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Google updates Photos to automatically make GIFs out of videos using machine learning, correctly orient photos, and highlight memories or collections of photos
1:25 PM  •
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:  Samsung says it has received 96 reports of overheating Note7s in the US, 23 of which came after the recall
1:03 PM  •
Kurt Wagner / Recode:  Periscope launches Periscope Producer, letting select users stream any live-video feed on Periscope without using Periscope's mobile app
12:23 PM  •
Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:  Pinterest says it now has 150M MAUs, up from 100M in September 2015; 40% of new signups are men, and 75% are from outside the US
12:05 PM  •
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:  Twitter teams up with Buzzfeed to stream a live election night broadcast, hopes to capitalize on high level of youth engagement in the presidential race
11:30 AM  •
Nathaniel Popper / New York Times:  Goldman Sachs launches its new online lending platform Marcus, which is limited to email invitees and offers unsecured loans of up to $30K
10:55 AM  •
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:  Google releases Sprayscape, an experimental 360-degree VR collage camera app for Android
10:20 AM  •
Efe Kerem Sozeri / The Daily Dot:  How hacktivist group RedHack subverted the Turkish government's notorious censorship tactics in order to release a government email archive
9:55 AM  •
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:  HP refreshes Spectre x360 with Intel's Kaby Lake processors, a bigger battery, Thunderbolt 3, and Windows Hello support, available now for $1,050
9:20 AM  •
Jonathan Shieber / TechCrunch:  Atari founder Nolan Bushnell launches Modal VR, which makes room-scale wireless VR headsets and plans to provide immersive experiences in large open areas
4:55 AM  •
Steve Dent / Engadget:  Samsung offers $100 credit to exchange Note7 for another Samsung phone, $25 for other brands, and expands recall to include original and replacement devices

October 12, 2016

8:05 PM  •
Walt Mossberg / Recode:  Apple wasted its lead with Siri and now has an intelligent assistant that is too limited and unreliable to be an effective tool in coming AI wars
5:05 PM  •
Karissa Bell / Mashable:  Twitter is testing an “Explore” tab in place of “Moments” on its mobile apps, highlighting news, trending topics, and more
5:05 PM  •
Hamza Shaban / BuzzFeed:  The Future Of Obama's Tech Initiatives After He's Gone
4:25 PM  •
Eric Newcomer / Bloomberg:  Meal-delivery startup Munchery is looking to replace its CEO, Tri Tran, as it struggles to raise money during a search for a profitable business model
4:00 PM  •
Jason Koebler / Motherboard:  Samsung says it won't refurbish Note7s, choosing to “safely dispose” of them, which creates waste, loses rare earth elements, and could harm the environment
3:26 PM  •
Bloomberg:  Sources: Snap Inc. has chosen Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs as the lead bankers for its IPO, which is expected as soon as March 2017
2:45 PM  •
April Glaser / Recode:  Intel unveils Falcon 8+, a drone with a top speed of 35mph, weighing only 6 pounds, and a design aimed at industrial jobs; pricing, availability not disclosed
2:00 PM  •
Niraj Chokshi / New York Times:  Facebook's voter registration reminder, displayed for four days in Sept., caused near-record levels of registration, at least nine secretaries of state say
1:45 PM  •
Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica:  Verizon and Google say Verizon's Pixels will get OS updates and security patches at the same time as those sold by Google
1:10 PM  •
Caitlin Dewey / Washington Post:  The Washington Post tracked Facebook's Trending Topics section over three weeks, uncovering five fake stories and three profoundly inaccurate ones
12:35 PM  •
Jordan Novet / VentureBeat:  Google, Facebook, Pacific Light Cable Network partner to lay undersea cable between LA and Hong Kong which will transfer data at 120 terabits/sec, open in 2018
12:10 PM  •
Scott Dadich / Wired:  Interview with Barack Obama and MIT Media Lab director Joi Ito on AI and its impact on society, medical research, self-driving cars, and more
11:55 AM  •
Adi Robertson / The Verge:  Interview with Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe on room-scale VR, the Rift's shelf life, all-in-one headsets, merging of AR and VR
11:20 AM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Pandora launches Pandora Plus, its $5/month ad-free service that also gives users offline playback, more song skips and replays
10:00 AM  •
Kurt Wagner / Recode:  Twitter won't host its annual developer conference, Flight, this year, will focus on smaller regional events instead
8:55 AM  •
James Vincent / The Verge:  Baidu adds AI-powered conversational chatbot to its Baidu Doctor app to speed up diagnosing and help doctors collect patient info
7:50 AM  •
Lexology:  France adopts Digital Republic Act, which includes changes to laws surrounding net neutrality, data portability, video games, and copyright
6:15 AM  •
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:  Microsoft expands availability of its $3K Hololens to Germany, France, UK, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand; preorders are live now, units ship next month
4:30 AM  •
Sam Byford / The Verge:  Samsung cuts profit forecast by 33% for Q3 from $7B to $4.6B, revenue expectations from $44B to $41.8B, following Galaxy Note7 crisis
3:30 AM  •
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:  Amazon launches Music Unlimited, a subscription streaming service that costs $4/month for Echo owners, $8/month for Prime members, and $10/month for all others
1:45 AM  •
Sijia Jiang / Reuters:  Apple says it will set up a R&D center in Shenzhen, China, to help strengthen ties with local software developers and partners

October 11, 2016

10:45 PM  •
Open Whisper Systems:  Signal updates iOS, Android, and desktop apps with self-destructing messages, safety numbers, and QR codes to verify end-to-end encryption between users
9:15 PM  •
Juli Clover / MacRumors:  Filings show Apple's M&A head Adrian Perica joined Didi Chuxing's board after Apple's $1B investment
8:00 PM  •
Dan Primack / Fortune:  Bed Bath & Beyond recently paid $11.78M for One Kings Lane, once valued at $800M+, according to regulatory documents
6:00 PM  •
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:  Stack Overflow launches Developer Story, a free résumé profile page tool for programmers
4:55 PM  •
Louis Nelson / Politico:  White House: US response to Russia hacking will be “proportional”, likely won't be made public
4:25 PM  •
Eric Newcomer / Bloomberg:  Sources: Square discussed selling Caviar with Uber, GrubHub, and Yelp in talks from late 2015 to early 2016; proposed price of $100M was rebuffed
4:00 PM  •
Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:  Google acquires FameBit to better connect YouTube creators with brands
3:40 PM  •
Hamza Shaban / BuzzFeed:  Apple and Samsung argue patent case before Supreme Court; justices challenge value of design patents, which Samsung was found to have infringed
3:05 PM  •
Aaron Pressman / Fortune:  Sprint plans to give away 1M devices with 3GB/month of mobile data to US high school students in low-income households, over five years
2:50 PM  •
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:  Google debuts Project Fi group plan to add up to 5 people for $15/month per user for texts and calls
2:15 PM  •
Sam Machkovech / Ars Technica:  FCC fines Comcast $2.3M for charging customers for services they didn't ask for, including premium channels, DVRs, more, in largest FCC fine of a cable operator
2:05 PM  •
Matthew Lynley / TechCrunch:  Dropbox updates iOS app with PDF signing, file sharing iMessage integrations, iPad picture-in-picture video support; split-screen mode for iPad coming this year
1:30 PM  •
Matt Cagle / ACLU of Northern California:  Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter gave data access to domestic surveillance firm Geofeedia; all have blocked access after ACLU shed light on the relationship
1:00 PM  •
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:  Tinder rival Hinge drops profile swiping, introduces $7/month fee to encourage serious relationships through conversations and emphasis on existing matches
12:25 PM  •
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:  Facebook partners with Google, others to launch Yarn, a new open-source JavaScript package manager, which uses npm's registry but replaces the npm client
11:55 AM  •
Kara Swisher / Recode:  Fortune's “Term Sheet” columnist Dan Primack leaves for Politico founders Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen's new startup; the future of the newsletter is unclear
11:20 AM  •
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:  Microsoft's new Azure-hosted, combined CRM and ERP service Dynamics 365 to start rolling out November 1
10:45 AM  •
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:  Report: Amazon to expand grocery business with new convenience stores and curbside pickup, exclusively for AmazonFresh subscribers
10:10 AM  •
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:  Netgear launches Arlo Pro wireless home security camera with rechargeable batteries and two-way audio for $250
5:30 AM  •
Yoolim Lee / Bloomberg:  Samsung ends production of the Galaxy Note7 after global recall due to battery fires; shares fell 8% wiping out $17B of market value before termination news
5:20 AM  •
WSJ:  Samsung to Permanently Discontinue Galaxy Note 7 Smartphone

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