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June 27, 2016, 11:50 PM
 

June 27, 2016

11:05 PM  •
Kevin Kwang / Channel NewsAsia:  Android Pay launches in Singapore, is available for devices with NFC running Android 4.4 or higher
9:30 PM  •
Joshua Sabatini / The San Francisco Examiner:  Airbnb files lawsuit against city of San Francisco saying recent ordinance breaks federal law
8:45 PM  •
Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:  MeetMe acquires mobile flirting app Skout for $55 million in cash and stock
8:20 PM  •
Michael J. de la Merced / New York Times:  Thrive Market, an online grocer where customers can pay $60/year for discounts, raises $111M, says it has 5M registered users and 300K paid members
7:05 PM  •
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:  Microsoft's open source .NET Core project, which brings .NET Core and ASP.NET Core to Linux, OS X, and other OSes, reaches version 1.0
6:25 PM  •
Douglas MacMillan / Wall Street Journal:  Sources: Lyft hires M&A banker Qatalyst Partners, possibly seeking a sale or new funding
4:45 PM  •
Dissent Doe / The Daily Dot:  655K patient records from three healthcare breaches are up for sale on the dark web after hacking victims refused extortion demands
4:10 PM  •
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:  Twitch debuts Cheering beta feature, so you can tip streamers with animated “emotes”
3:55 PM  •
Matt Day / The Seattle Times:  Microsoft reaches $10K settlement with a small business over an unplanned Windows 10 update
3:35 PM  •
Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:  Uber partners with Pandora to give drivers streaming music option, first 6 months ad-free
3:20 PM  •
Andrew Webster / The Verge:  Microsoft is ending Xbox Fitness, citing content costs, with full shutdown on June 30, 2017
3:10 PM  •
Stephanie Condon / ZDNet:  HPE CEO Meg Whitman announces several organizational changes, including the departure of CTO Martin Fink
2:50 PM  •
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:  Facebook rolls out Slideshow movie-maker feature on iOS to compete with Google Photos and Apple's Memories feature coming in iOS 10
2:15 PM  •
Toivo Tanävsuu / Ars Technica:  Former Megaupload programmer Andrew Nõmm, who spent a year in US prison, tells his story
1:20 PM  •
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:  Facebook launches human-curated Featured Events, currently for iOS users, in 10 US cities
12:55 PM  •
Dan Seifert / The Verge:  Google launches Cast for Education to let students cast their screens to the classroom projector, debuts quizzes feature for Forms, and opens up VR Expeditions
11:35 AM  •
Google Research Blog:  Google announces Project Bloks, a new open hardware platform to make coding physical for kids, still in development
10:55 AM  •
Brandy Shaul / SocialTimes:  Mobcrush Officially Launches Live-Streaming Platform for Mobile Games
10:05 AM  •
Casey Newton / The Verge:  Twitter adds stickers to photos and lets you search them like hashtags
9:20 AM  •
Natasha Singer / New York Times:  Amazon unveils Inspire, an online education service for teachers, offering free lesson plans, teaching modules, and other digital resources
3:55 AM  •
Lara O'Reilly / Business Insider:  Flipboard CEO Mike McCue talks about focus on high-end ads, competition from Nuzzel and Apple News, and why he took JPMorgan's $50M investment

June 26, 2016

9:50 PM  •
Lizette Chapman / Bloomberg:  Sources: DocuSign's CEO search drags on after losing leading candidate, Google's Rick Osterloh, in March; Bain's Enrique Salem being considered for the position
9:10 PM  •
Juro Osawa / Wall Street Journal:  Huawei invests heavily in R&D and patents to challenge Samsung and Apple at home and overseas; source says Apple is paying royalties for some of Huawei's IP
6:05 PM  •
Wall Street Journal:  Sources: dozens of new brands get Dash buttons this week; companies pay $15 for each branded button sold and 15% of each product sale, atop normal commission
4:15 PM  •
Mitch Smith / New York Times:  Case in Wisconsin spurs debate about the use of proprietary algorithms that calculate defendants' recidivism risk in sentencing
1:10 PM  •
Erin Griffith / Fortune:  Nikesh Arora talks about his resignation, tenure at SoftBank, working with Masayoshi Son, and how he already sold his SoftBank stake to Son at a small loss
12:00 PM  •
Li Yuan / Wall Street Journal:  In China, subscriptions accounted for 13% of the online video industry's 2015 revenue, up from 5.6% a year earlier
9:40 AM  •
Financial Times:  Sources: Intel weighs sale of cyber security business created from its $7.7B McAfee acquisition in 2010
7:30 AM  •
Bloomberg:  China's search engines need to verify advertisers, clearly ID paid results from Aug. 1, following death of a student who accused Baidu of showing misleading ads
1:15 AM  •
Joanna Stern / Wall Street Journal:  HP's 0.41 inch-thick Spectre laptop outperforms the MacBook but trails on battery life, and like MacBook makes too many sacrificies for thinness

June 25, 2016

8:10 PM  •
Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica:  Report: Huawei hedges its bet on Android by developing a new non-Android operating system in-house
3:05 PM  •
Reuters:  Sources: Google and Facebook start automatically blocking reposted extremist videos
11:50 AM  •
Erin Griffith / Fortune:  Behind the race in Silicon Valley and Detroit to build a self-driving car
7:20 AM  •
Jenna Wortham / New York Times:  A look at the ethical and logistical issues of preserving social media for future reference
1:55 AM  •
Scott Cendrowski / Fortune:  Xiaomi struggles to expand abroad as its smartphone sales in China decline and ecosystem growth misses forecasts, making some question its $45B valuation

June 24, 2016

10:35 PM  •
Rob Bluey / The Daily Signal:  Facebook to Provide ‘Political Bias’ Training for Employees
7:30 PM  •
Recode:  Facebook hires Kevin Lo, former general manager of Google Fiber, to join its connectivity team
5:25 PM  •
David Ruddock / Android Police:  Source: Google is building a live support app with screen-sharing for Nexus devices
4:25 PM  •
Business Insider:  Amazon presenting engineers additional job offers at fast-growing divisions like AWS, Alexa when hiring managers from other Amazon divisions first make offers
3:30 PM  •
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:  YouTube Red acquires its first big-budget Hollywood-produced series, based on dance drama Step Up from Lionsgate
2:30 PM  •
David Ruddock / Android Police:  Source: smaller HTC Nexus will have 5-inch 1080p display, 4GB of RAM, 2770mAh battery, 12MP rear and 8MP front camera, quad-core 2.0GHz 64-bit CPU
1:30 PM  •
Ina Fried / Recode:  Apple clarifies differential privacy will be opt-in for iOS 10; data collected for user-added local dictionary words, emojis, deep links, lookup hints in notes
1:15 PM  •
Ian King / Bloomberg:  Qualcomm files a patent infringement lawsuit in China against Meizu
12:25 PM  •
Sam Machkovech / Ars Technica:  In latest update, Oculus removes DRM that stopped Rift games from being played on HTC Vive, says it will not use hardware checks as part of DRM on PC anymore
11:30 AM  •
Kim Zetter / Wired:  Researchers find Chrome vulnerability that may allow hackers to download videos from streaming sites like Netflix or Amazon Prime
10:45 AM  •
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:  Twitter starts rolling-out Foursquare-powered location-tagged tweet feeds on iOS
10:15 AM  •
Wikimedia blog:  Wikimedia Foundation appoints Katherine Maher, earlier its Chief Communications Officer, as Executive Director
12:00 AM  •
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:  Google's RankBrain machine learning system is now used to process every search query, up from processing less than 15% of the queries last year

June 23, 2016

11:55 PM  •
Steven Levy / Backchannel:  Inside Google's “ML Ninja” program for teaching its coders AI techniques as it looks to apply machine learning across the company's products
8:55 PM  •
Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:  YouTube announces live streaming is coming to its mobile app, available now for select creators, rolling out more broadly soon
8:30 PM  •
Andrew J . Hawkins / The Verge:  Uber starts showing upfront fares for uberX instead of multipliers for dynamic pricing during demand surges
7:30 PM  •
Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:  Apple announces it will discontinue Thunderbolt Display amid speculation that it will soon launch a 4K or 5K version
5:05 PM  •
Fitz Tepper / TechCrunch:  Facebook announces future updates to Live at VidCon: ability to go live with face filters from MSQRD, add a friend's stream to a broadcast, and schedule streams
4:20 PM  •
Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:  Twilio stock closes at $28.53, jumping more than 90% in first day of trading
3:40 PM  •
Alyson Shontell / Tech Insider:  Cadre raised $68M over the past year and a half from Peter Thiel, Jack Ma, Yuri Milner, others for its real estate trading platform for high-wealth individuals
2:50 PM  •
John Mannes / TechCrunch:  French startup Sevenhugs raises $14.6M Series A for its sleep tracker and universal smart-remote that work with connected home devices
2:00 PM  •
Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:  Nest starts selling select Works With Nest products like Philips Hue in its Nest Store
1:15 PM  •
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:  Instagram will start recommending video channels in Explore section
12:30 PM  •
Natalie Gagliordi / ZDNet:  Comcast, Alarm.com acquire and split up IoT firm Icontrol; Alarm.com to pay $140M for Connect and Piper interactive security and home automation business units
12:10 PM  •
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:  Google and Udacity launch an Android Basics course for novice coders, which costs $199/month and features input from Google experts
11:25 AM  •
Nathan Ingraham / Engadget:  BitTorrent Now ad-supported music and video streaming service launches on Android, with iOS and Apple TV apps coming soon
10:48 AM  •
Ivan Levingston / CNBC:  Twilio stock opens at $23.99, 60% above its $15 IPO price
9:50 AM  •
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:  FTC fines InMobi, a Singapore-based mobile ad firm, $950K for collecting location data of users without consent
6:25 AM  •
Michael Corkery / New York Times:  Major US banks increasingly using fingerprints and eye/voice scans for passwords to avoid data breaches
12:20 AM  •
Laura Shin / Forbes:  Circle, a blockchain-based payment service, raises $60M series D from IDG, Baidu, others, amid China expansion
12:00 AM  •
Kurt Wagner / Recode:  Twitter has sold 60% of its NFL ad packages, which a source says range from $2M to $8M; packages include in-game local ad spots, pre-roll ads, Periscope streams

June 22, 2016

11:30 PM  •
Hadas Gold / Politico:  C-SPAN broadcasts Periscope and Facebook streams after its feed gets cut during US House protest over gun legislation
9:50 PM  •
Dave Mark / The Loop:  Apple says the unencrypted kernel cache in iOS 10 was deliberate, doesn't contain user info, optimizes performance without compromising security
8:50 PM  •
Corrie Driebusch / Wall Street Journal:  Twilio prices IPO at $15 a share, above previously set range of $12 to $14, raising $150M, begins trading on NYSE under ticker TWLO
8:30 PM  •
Mark Bergen / Recode:  Google Fiber to acquire Webpass, an ISP that focuses on apartment complexes and businesses, serves San Francisco, Miami, Boston, Chicago, and San Diego
8:25 PM  •
Abner Li / 9to5Google:  Samsung rebrands Milk VR as Samsung VR, gives users option to upload user-generated content; company prices Gear 360 VR camera at $350
8:05 PM  •
Caroline O'Donovan / BuzzFeed:  Analysis of Uber data finds drivers make $13.17/hr in Denver, $10.75 in Houston, and $8.77 in Detroit, after expenses
7:40 PM  •
Lauren Thomas / CNBC:  Twilio prices IPO at $15 a share
6:15 PM  •
Jordan Novet / VentureBeat:  Red Hat acquires API management company 3scale, will open-source the code
5:00 PM  •
Andrew Cunningham / Ars Technica:  macOS Sierra in detail: changes to Messages, Safari and other native apps, Continuity, Siri, iCloud Drive, Apple Watch unlocking, Gatekeeper, more
3:45 PM  •
Zack Whittaker / ZDNet:  Senate narrowly rejects a bill that would have allowed FBI to access browser history and email info without warrant; McConnell submits motion to reconsider vote
3:35 PM  •
Wall Street Journal:  Tech companies worry that Britain leaving the EU could negatively affect European tech policy, data handling, and hiring
2:55 PM  •
Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:  SoundCloud rolls out Suggested Tracks to surface new music based on user listening habits
2:05 PM  •
Karoun Demirjian / Washington Post:  After Orlando, Senate bill seeks to allow FBI Web searches without court order
1:35 PM  •
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:  Microsoft readies July preview of Azure Information Protection rights-management service, which classifies, labels, and protects data across storage types
12:55 PM  •
Jordan Novet / VentureBeat:  Dropbox adds better Office integration and file scanning to its iOS app; business users can search text of scanned documents
12:15 PM  •
Nathan McAlone / Business Insider:  Study: Amazon Video downstream traffic share in North America hits 4.26%, up from 1.97% in 2015, overtaking iTunes; Netflix has 35.15% share, YouTube has 17.53%
11:30 AM  •
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:  Microsoft says nearly one third of Azure virtual machines now run Linux, up from one quarter last year
10:55 AM  •
Devindra Hardawar / Engadget:  The new entry-level Kindle is thinner, lighter, still costs $80, has double storage, and comes with Bluetooth audio support
12:20 AM  •
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:  Ditching iPhone headphone jack leaves room for a larger battery, isn't about thinness or DRM; Apple has proven itself at timing the removal of legacy ports

June 21, 2016

10:20 PM  •
Joan E. Solsman / CNET:  SoundCloud says it is debuting video ads on mobile in US
9:00 PM  •
Zac Hall / 9to5Mac:  Sonos adds lock screen control, 3D Touch shortcuts on home screen, split view, more, in iOS update
8:35 PM  •
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:  NFC support comes to Windows 10 phones as Microsoft rolls out update to Wallet, is available to Windows Insiders now, will be generally available late summer
8:15 PM  •
The Unicode Blog:  Unicode 9.0 now available with 7.5K new characters, six new scripts, 72 new emoji, and support for lesser-used languages
7:55 PM  •
Ashley Carman / The Verge:  Burner, the disposable phone number service, launches Ghostbot, a bot that autoresponds to unwanted texts to discourage conversations
6:25 PM  •
David Katzmaier / CNET:  PlayStation Vue live TV service now available on Roku, hits Android devices next week
5:11 PM  •
Tom Simonite / MIT Technology Review:  The kernel of iOS 10 preview released last week was not encrypted, puzzling researchers
4:55 PM  •
Natalie Gagliordi / ZDNet:  Adobe reports Q2 net income of $277M, revenue of $1.4B, up 20% YoY, the 9th straight quarter with revenue growth; Creative Cloud revenue up 37% YoY to $755M
4:10 PM  •
Brent Kendall / Wall Street Journal:  Supreme Court upholds USPTO rules that have helped challenge questionable patents
3:50 PM  •
Nilay Patel / The Verge:  Removing headphone jack from phones is something that no one is asking for and has serious drawbacks including poor compatibility and accessibility, DRM audio
3:40 PM  •
Michael Riley / Bloomberg:  Sources: Clinton Foundation among organizations breached by suspected Russian hackers, government investigators find
3:15 PM  •
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:  Reddit's native image hosting available to any SFW subreddit that wants to take advantage of it
3:10 PM  •
Wall Street Journal:  Document lists deals with media firms and celebrities for Facebook Live, totaling $50M+ on nearly 140 contracts; BuzzFeed is highest paid at $3.05M for one year
2:50 PM  •
The Intercept:  FBI has consistently asked companies for more info via NSLs than they are obligated to give, and some firms without legal expertise have complied
2:40 PM  •
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:  Docker announces private beta of the Docker Store, a new marketplace for containerized software
2:25 PM  •
Alex Webb / Bloomberg:  Pearl, a startup with 50 Apple alumni, plans slew of devices to retrofit cars to enable latest autonomous driving capabilities, starting with a rear-view camera
1:55 PM  •
Jordan Novet / VentureBeat:  Microsoft brings Docker Datacenter to Azure Marketplace, shows off SQL Server in a Linux container
1:40 PM  •
Slack:  Slack now lets developers add buttons to their Slack bots, making it easier for users to navigate commands; a dozen apps have already integrated the feature
1:11 PM  •
Wall Street Journal:  Sources: this year's iPhones will be thinner with same size displays, lose headphone jack, have improved water resistance; big changes expected for 2017 models
12:55 PM  •
Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:  Yahoo's new iOS app, Yahoo Radar, helps with researching trips to US cities, will use data from user's inbox, more; no plans for Android version
12:40 PM  •
Liana B. Baker / Reuters:  Europe's Altice completes $17.7B deal to buy Cablevision, making it fourth-largest cable provider in the US with 4.6M customers
12:25 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Tumblr launches live video support in partnership with YouTube, YouNow and others; 15 media partners committed to publishing videos, including MTV
12:05 PM  •
Mark Bergen / Recode:  Nest pushes further into energy business with SolarCity partnership and a feature called Time of Savings that tweaks thermostat settings based on utility prices
11:45 AM  •
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:  Microsoft delivers promised SharePoint mobile app, available for free on iOS
11:40 AM  •
Christopher Mims / Wall Street Journal:  Samsung to invest $1.2B in IoT over 4 years in US, plans to split funds between startups and R&D
11:25 AM  •
Ben Popper / The Verge:  FAA's new rules for low-altitude drones weighing less than 55lbs mean US firms need certificate instead of license, operators must maintain visual line of sight
10:40 AM  •
Jason Abbruzzese / Mashable:  Twitter's new Engage app makes it easier for celebs to handle their fans, by filtering out some interactions
10:35 AM  •
Sean Foley / Adobe Creative Cloud:  10 New Creative Cloud Updates to Take Your Creativity to the Next Level
9:40 AM  •
Zac Hall / 9to5Mac:  Adobe Creative Cloud update brings Content-Aware Crop to Photoshop, new VR features, more
9:30 AM  •
Kurt Wagner / Recode:  Twitter and Vine to support 140 second videos, will share revenue with influential Vine creators
9:15 AM  •
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:  Instagram doubles monthly users to 500M in 2 years, with 300M checking daily, but the rate of growth for images shared per day is slowing
8:50 AM  •
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:  Peter Thiel-backed mobile banking startup Number26 raises $40M in Series B round led by Horizons Ventures, touts over 200K users
7:10 AM  •
Alexander Martin / Wall Street Journal:  SoftBank President Nikesh Arora to step down; some duties will be taken over by Ron Fisher, a current board member, and Baer Capital Partners founder Alok Sama
7:05 AM  •
Wall Street Journal:  Tencent and its partners to pay $8.6B for a majority stake in Supercell, in a deal that values the Finnish game maker at $10.2B

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