September 19, 2017, 8:25 PM

September 19, 2017

7:35 PM  •
Chris Welch / The Verge:  Apple Music for Android updated with user profiles, voice command support, Beats 1 app shortcut, recently played widget
6:45 PM  •
Nicole Nguyen / BuzzFeed:  iPhone 8 review: should be called iPhone 7s as many of the upgrades, like camera sensor and True Tone display, are subtle; Qi charging only works when centered
5:35 PM  •
Kurt Wagner / Recode:  Twitter adds a second former Google executive to its board, Patrick Pichette, who served as Google's CFO from 2008 until summer of 2015
5:05 PM  •
Natalie Gagliordi / ZDNet:  Adobe reports Q3 revenue of $1.84B, up 26% YoY, versus $1.82B expected, and net income of $420M, up from $271M YoY, and says it expects $1.95B revenue in Q4
4:55 PM  •
Harper Neidig / The Hill:  Sex-trafficking bill SESTA, which many tech firms say is too broad and greatly increases liability for hosting user created content, gets Congressional hearing
4:35 PM  •
Julia Fioretti / Reuters:  Twitter removed 300K accounts in first half of '17 for promoting terrorism, a 20% decline from previous six months with 75% suspended before posting first tweet
4:03 PM  •
Kellen / Droid Life:  Renders leak of Google Pixelbook, a Chromebook that folds into a tablet and supports pressure-sensitive Pixelbook Pen; source: starts at $1.2K for 128GB w/o pen
3:45 PM  •
Sara Fischer / Axios:  Google announces it is rolling out new Natural Language API features: automatic classification of content and sentiment analysis of places or things
3:35 PM  •
Wall Street Journal:  Nintendo stock hits 9-year high after last week's Tencent deal to put Honor of Kings on Switch, as investors look for growth in China
3:10 PM  •
Kellen / Droid Life:  Renders of back of HTC-made Google Pixel 2 in “Kinda Blue”, White, and Black leak; source: 64GB and 128GB models cost $649 and $749
2:36 PM  •
Kellen / Droid Life:  Renders of back of LG-made Google Pixel 2 XL in “Black & White” and “Just Black” leak; source says it will cost $849 for 64GB and $949 for 128GB
2:33 PM  •
Kellen Barranger / Droid Life:  Renders leak of “Google Home Mini” in Chalk, Charcoal, and Coral colors; source says it will cost $49
1:45 PM  •
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:  Apple releases watchOS 4 with improved Activity & Workout tracking, revamped Music app, Siri watch face, gym equipment integration, and more
1:40 PM  •
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:  Microsoft adds gaming chief Phil Spencer to Senior Leadership Team and says it's moving its Enterprise Mobility and Security team to Windows and Devices Group
1:35 PM  •
Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed:  Twitter launches Popular Articles feature, which shows articles shared by your network like Nuzzel, located in Twitter's Explore tab on iOS and Android
1:25 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  YouTube discontinues paid channels initiative and makes $4.99 sponsorship model available to all YouTube Gaming creators and some others via main YouTube app
1:20 PM  •
Khari Johnson / VentureBeat:  Apple releases iOS 11 with improved Siri, Files app, new iPad dock, Live Photo effects, Do Not Disturb While Driving, ARKit, new Control Center and Lock Screen
1:05 PM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Sweden-based payments processor iZettle raises $36M in debt from European Investment Bank, earmarked for AI tech
12:45 PM  •
Natalie Gagliordi / ZDNet:  Salesforce Einstein turns one with new features, as Salesforce Ventures announces a new $50M AI-focused fund
12:40 PM  •
Ron Miller / TechCrunch:  Threat Stack raises $45M Series C led by Fidelity's F-Prime Capital Partners, to help businesses secure cloud infrastructure
12:35 PM  •
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:  Stack Overflow launches Salary Calculator, which estimates typical pay for devs based on 5 factors: location, education, experience, dev type, technologies used
11:22 AM  •
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:  Patreon confirms it's raised a $60M Series C led by Thrive Capital; sources say the valuation was $450M
11:10 AM  •
Eric Newcomer / Bloomberg:  Uber files lawsuit against Fetch Media, owned by Japanese ad firm Dentsu, for click fraud; sources say Uber plans to seek $40M in damages
10:55 AM  •
David Faber / CNBC:  Sources: T-Mobile and Sprint are in active talks about a stock-for-stock merger in which T-Mobile parent Deutsche Telekom would emerge as the majority owner
10:20 AM  •
Douglas MacMillan / Wall Street Journal:  The National Venture Capital Association sues the Trump administration for delaying immigration program meant to help foreign-born startup founders stay in US
10:10 AM  •
Catherine Shu / TechCrunch:  Real-time data analytics startup Incorta raises $15M Series B led by Kleiner Perkins
9:35 AM  •
Alex Cranz / Gizmodo:  Fitbit Ionic smartwatch review: best fitness tracking, incredible battery life, stores music and credit card numbers easily, but ugly design and buggy software
9:15 AM  •
Jon Fingas / Engadget:  Amazon updates the Fire HD 10 tablet with a quad-core processor, 1080p display, hands-free Alexa, and cuts the entry-level price of $230 to $150
8:55 AM  •
Nilay Patel / The Verge:  iPhone 8 and 8 Plus review: wireless charging is good but slow, Portrait Lighting is fun, but design is getting dated and it's not worth upgrading from iPhone 7
8:45 AM  •
Andrew Cunningham / Ars Technica:  iOS 11 review: a major stepping-stone towards a full-fledged productivity OS, benefits iPad the most, has a more versatile and useful Control Center
8:10 AM  •
Lauren Gensler / Forbes:  Gift card marketplace Raise raises $60M Series C from Accel, PayPal, and others, will focus on building a mobile wallet for gift cards
7:35 AM  •
Chris Velazco / Engadget:  iPhone 8 and 8 Plus review: wireless charging works well, great cameras and performance in a familiar design, good for those not ready to forgo home button
6:15 AM  •
Janko Roettgers / Variety:  Job offers and documents show Roku's doubling down on voice, with a smart speaker as a possible outcome
12:10 AM  •
SamMobile:  Samsung rolls out update to let Galaxy S8, S8+, and Note8 owners disable the Bixby button but still does not let the button be remapped to another purpose

September 18, 2017

11:40 PM  •
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:  Intel announces it has invested over $1B in AI startups through its Intel Capital arm
10:15 PM  •
Ryan Lau / Hacker Noon:  Instances of inconsistent UI design are found across iOS 11, perhaps due to elements new or unfamiliar to Apple engineers, like Large Title and Search Bar
9:50 PM  •
Juli Clover / MacRumors:  Apple File System will be limited to Macs with only flash storage in the initial release of High Sierra, which means it won't work on iMacs with Fusion Drives
9:25 PM  •
Kurt Wagner / Recode:  Former Facebook and Snap ad exec Sriram Krishnan announces he is joining Twitter as senior director of product
9:15 PM  •
Bloomberg:  Equifax discovered major breach in March but says it's unrelated to recently disclosed hack affecting 143M people; source says both involve the same intruders
8:20 PM  •
Robert Hackett / Fortune:  Keybase launches alpha version of Teams, an open source and end-to-end encrypted Slack-like tool for collaboration amongst groups
6:15 PM  •
Madhumita Murgia / Financial Times:  London transportation regulator introduces private hire licenses based on fleet size, making Uber's licensing costs rise from £3K to £3M for a five-year license
5:10 PM  •
Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:  Geekbench benchmarks: Apple's A11 Bionic is 25% faster in single core and 80% faster in multicore than A10 Fusion, beats i5 MacBook Pro and all other phones
4:10 PM  •
Jordan Novet / CNBC:  AWS says that beginning October 2, it will start charging EC2 customers by the second, not hour; competitors Azure and Google Cloud charge by the minute
3:05 PM  •
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:  W3C votes to make the contentious Encrypted Media Extensions specification, a system for HTML5 DRM, an official W3C Recommendation
2:38 PM  •
Cory Doctorow / Electronic Frontier Foundation:  EFF says it's resigning from W3C after the standards org voted for browser DRM, a move hostile to archiving, accessibility, security research, more
2:30 PM  •
Yukako Ono / Nikkei: and Thai retail giant Central Group sign $500M deal to set up e-commerce and fintech joint ventures in Thailand
2:10 PM  •
Bloomberg:  Sources: DoJ has opened a criminal investigation into three Equifax executives' stock sales that occurred days after the historic data breach was discovered
1:55 PM  •
Natalia Drozdiak / Wall Street Journal:  Sources: Google has offered to auction off shopping ad spaces to rivals, to comply with EU's antitrust order; Google would set price cap for its own bids
1:25 PM  •
Cromwell Schubarth / Silicon Valley Business Journal:  SEC filing: Roku more than doubles its IPO target, hopes to raise up to $252M
1:16 PM  •
Molly Schuetz / Bloomberg:  Cisco Executive Chairman John Chambers will not stand for re-election in December; CEO Chuck Robbins will assume the role
12:55 PM  •
John Mannes / TechCrunch:  Matroid, which makes tech to monitor video streams for recognizable objects, raises $10M Series A from New Enterprise Associates and Intel Capital
12:35 PM  •
Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:  Apple Pay Cash is coming in a future update to iOS 11 and watchOS 4 in the fall, not in the iOS 11 launch tomorrow
11:55 AM  •
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:  Videoblocks, the marketplace that pays 100% commission to content creators, rebrands as Storyblocks, debuts stock photo service to expand beyond video and audio
10:35 AM  •
Harry McCracken / Fast Company:  A profile of Satya Nadella, who has stopped infighting, restored morale, and has led Microsoft over the past 3.5 years as its market cap increased by $250B+
10:00 AM  •
Cade Metz / New York Times:  How a slowdown in Moore's Law led to the rise of specialized chips like FPGAs and GPUs for AI and other applications in computing
9:05 AM  •
Pan Yue / China Money Network:  Autonomous driving startup JingChi, founded by former head of Baidu's Autonomous Driving Unit, has raised a $30M angel round and is raising a $100M Series A
7:10 AM  •
Thomas Fox-Brewster / Forbes:  Hackers hid backdoor in Avast-owned system cleanup tool CCleaner for Windows from August 15 to September 12; affected software was run by 2.27M users
6:50 AM  •
Andy Greenberg / Wired:  Study: Apple may be overselling its differential privacy protections, which add noise to a user's info before it's sent to iCloud; Apple disputes the findings
5:00 AM  •
New York Times:  Facebook and other tech giants are increasingly coming into conflict with governments around the world that are exerting greater control over the internet
2:55 AM  •
Adrien Henni / East-West Digital News:  Russian firm Blackmoon raises $30M in an ICO for its platform for asset managers to create and manage legally compliant tokenized funds
12:50 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Fast-charging battery startup StoreDot raises $60M led by Daimler's trucking unit with Samsung Ventures among investors, plans phone battery cases for next year

September 17, 2017

10:45 PM  •
Richard Waters / Financial Times:  Slack raises $250M, largely from Softbank's Vision Fund, valuing the firm at $5.1B, up from $3.8B at the time of its April 2016 round
9:30 PM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Google debuts Tez, a mobile payments app that uses ultrasonic sounds to let you exchange money, launching today on iOS and Android in India
8:10 PM  •
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:  Bing starts showing fact checking labels in search results
6:05 PM  •
New York Times:  How computers and cellphones are impacting modern Amish communities: helping business owners and craftspeople increase efficiency, anxiety about social effects
4:00 PM  •
Aaron Pressman / Fortune:  Prepaid Wireless Customers Can't Add Apple Watch Series 3 to Their Plans
1:35 PM  •
JP Mangalindan / Yahoo! Finance:  Facebook says Messenger now has 1.3B monthly active users, up from 1.2B in April, while Messenger Day has 70M daily active users
1:05 PM  •
Ryan Whitwam / Android Police:  Google will delete Android backups on Google Drive after two months of no device usage, even when the user is paying for storage
9:20 AM  •
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:  Apple says Safari's upcoming “Intelligent Tracking Prevention”, criticized by ad groups, will only block re-targeting, allow cookies from visited sites, more
5:35 AM  •
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:  Instagram now autoplays video sound once turned on until you close the app
1:50 AM  •
Troy Hunt:  Face ID has upsides and downsides on both security and usability and isn't less secure than a PIN or Touch ID in practice
1:35 AM  •
Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:  Interview about Face ID with Apple's SVP of software engineering Craig Federighi, who says no data from Face ID is sent to the cloud

September 16, 2017

7:30 PM  •
Dylan Byers / CNNMoney:  Source: Facebook handed over data on Russian ad buys to special counsel Mueller under search warrant, including ad copies, targeting info, and account details
2:15 PM  •
Business Insider:  Social Capital and Hedosophia raised $600M in IPO for holding company they say will invest in late-stage startups to help them avoid IPO process
8:10 AM  •
Lucia Moses / Digiday:  Washington Post's automated Heliograf tool has written ~850 stories in one year, including 500 on 2016 election that got 500K+ clicks
2:05 AM  •
Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed:  Users' reactions to “disputed” labels on Facebook are largely irrelevant as those labels are more about reducing reach of false stories and training algorithms

September 15, 2017

8:55 PM  •
Wall Street Journal:  Sources: Facebook gave special counsel Mueller data on Russian ad buys including copies of ads, targeting and account info, withheld same details from Congress
7:35 PM  •
Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:  New App Store guidelines crack down on iOS “virus scanners”, require Face ID unlock alternatives for kids under 13, allow P2P cash gifts without Apple's 30% cut
5:44 PM  •
AnnaMaria Andriotis / Wall Street Journal:  Equifax announces its Chief Security Officer Susan Mauldin and Chief Information Officer David Webb are retiring effective immediately
5:00 PM  •
Todd Spangler / Variety:  Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins says the streaming service will spend ~$2.5B on content in 2017, less than half of the $6B Netflix says it's spending this year
4:05 PM  •
Mark Harris / IEEE Spectrum:  Google has spent $1.1B on its self-driving car project since its inception in 2009 through 2015, Waymo employee's deposition in Uber trial implies
3:30 PM  •
Brian Patrick Byrne / The Daily Beast:  Twitter says it has fixed a “bug” that allowed advertisers to target users based on racist and derogatory terms like the n-word and “Nazi”
2:50 PM  •
Robert Hackett / Fortune:  Live-streaming video chat service YouNow to launch new Rize app that will use Ethereum-based tokens, called “Props”, to incentivize community members
1:45 PM  •
Micah Singleton / The Verge:  Online radio service Slacker Radio acquired for $50M by LiveXLive, a streaming service focused on live music
12:48 PM  •
Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed:  Google allowed advertisers to target racist and bigoted keywords, suggested more similar keywords, and allowed campaigns using those keywords to run
12:35 PM  •
Yasha Levine / The Baffler:  Interview with Pavel Durov, Telegram creator, on US government-funded secure messaging apps, privacy, and the FBI's attempt to bribe his team into being moles
11:44 AM  •
Hamza Shaban / Washington Post: sues Google for removing Gab's app from Play Store, says Google violated federal antitrust laws
11:05 AM  •
Brenda Goh / Reuters:  Source: Beijing city regulator told bitcoin exchanges to inform users about trading halt; OkCoin, Huobi, others say they will comply and stop trading by Oct 31
10:45 AM  •
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:  Chrome will no longer autoplay videos with sound starting from January 2018
9:55 AM  •
Haley Britzky / Axios:  SoFi CEO Mike Cagney resigns effective immediately; Executive Chairman Tom Hutton is named interim CEO
6:05 AM  •
Reuters:  Angry Birds maker Rovio sets price range for IPO at €10.25-11.50 per share, which would value the company between €802-896M
1:05 AM  •
Daniel Terdiman / Fast Company:  Facebook opens an AI lab in Montreal led by Joelle Pineau, an AI expert at McGill University; Facebook has a total of about 100 people dedicated to AI research
12:40 AM  •
Facebook:  Facebook says it's temporarily removing self-reported ad targeting fields and will improve its processes following uproar over anti-Semitic targeting options
12:30 AM  •
Megan Rose Dickey / TechCrunch:  Twitch co-founder Justin Kan launches Atrium LTS, a software platform for legal services, which is currently used by law firm Atrium to serve 30 startups

September 14, 2017

10:40 PM  •
Cat Ferguson / The Verge:  Google says it is restricting ads when users search for addiction treatment due to misleading experiences among rehabilitation treatment centers
9:10 PM  •
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:  Sources: Patreon has closed Series C funding valuing the company at about $450M
8:45 PM  •
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:  Facebook says it's testing a “snooze” button that mutes people or pages for a day, week, or month

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