April 26, 2017, 12:15 AM

April 25, 2017

9:40 PM  •
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:  WeWork launches Services Store in US, an app-like store that will offer services, community recommendations, and special offers to members
7:50 PM  •
Brandy Shaul / Adweek:  Samsung develops emoji/text “translator” messaging app Wemogee to help people with language disorders communicate; available April 28 on Android
6:20 PM  •
Michal Lev-Ram / Fortune:  Palantir to pay $1.7M in back wages and other relief to settle Department of Labor suit claiming it had discriminated against Asian job applicants
5:00 PM  •
Kate Conger / TechCrunch:  In setback for Uber, court denies Levandowski's request to use Fifth Amendment to prevent full disclosure of documents concerning Uber's purchase of Otto
4:50 PM  •
Anjali Athavaley / Reuters:  AT&T misses Q1 expectations on ~3% YoY drop in operating revenue and loss of 61K postpaid subscribers in North America
3:25 PM  •
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:  Google and Intertrust debut PatentShield, which takes equity in return for helping startups defend against patent litigation by using their large IP portfolios
2:43 PM  •
Samuel Gibbs / The Guardian:  Thai man broadcasts killing his 11-month-old child with Facebook Live; the two clips, garnering 112K and 258K views, were taken down after 24 hours
2:00 PM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Sources: Volkswagen-backed Gett in talks to buy Juno for ~$250M as Uber rivals consolidate; one source says the talks are at an advanced stage
1:20 PM  •
Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:  Inside Zuckerberg's and Facebook's evolving approach to misinformation and filter bubbles, now that the issues have been more openly acknowledged
12:30 PM  •
Vindu Goel / New York Times:  Filing shows Yahoo's Marissa Mayer is set to make about $186M from Verizon deal based on current stock value, from options, restricted units, and shares
11:55 AM  •
Patrick Brzeski / Hollywood Reporter:  Netflix signs licensing deal with iQiyi, one of China's top video streaming services and a subsidiary of the country's search giant Baidu
10:55 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Sources: data management startup Rubrik is raising up to $200M at a $1B valuation led by IVP
10:50 AM  •
Zack Whittaker / ZDNet:  AV provider Webroot mistakenly flagged Windows system files as malware, bricking millions of managed PCs worldwide; company is working on a fix
10:25 AM  •
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:  Google allows users to report offensive autocomplete suggestions and Featured Snippets, will show more authoritative content for obscure and infrequent queries
10:05 AM  •
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:  Facebook tests displaying links to fact-checks beside stories inside Related Articles widget
7:55 AM  •
Mark Walton / Ars Technica UK:  Google announces series of YouTuber-led “Internet Citizens” workshops in the UK designed to tackle the spread of online hate speech and fake news
6:20 AM  •
Andrew J. Hawkins / The Verge:  Waymo to offer free rides in its self-driving minivans to residents of Phoenix, Arizona as part of an “early rider program”, available to users today
5:25 AM  •
Madhumita Murgia / Financial Times:  British digital health firm Babylon raises $60M to improve its AI that diagnoses illnesses, sources say at a valuation of over $200M

April 24, 2017

11:50 PM  •
Ginny Marvin / Marketing Land:  Google adding TV ad inventory to DoubleClick Bid Manager, letting advertisers measure video campaigns across digital media and linear TV
10:30 PM  •
Pan Yue / China Money Network:  Fortune Capital leads $14M series A in Shanghai-based VR headset maker Shadow Creator to expand internationally
8:25 PM  •
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:  Jimmy Wales launches Wikitribune, a crowdfunded news site that will use journalists to write and volunteers to fact check in effort to combat fake news
7:00 PM  •
Matthew Hughes / The Next Web:  Atlassian's messaging platform HipChat was hacked over the weekend, potentially exposing names, email addresses, and hashed passwords
6:40 PM  •
Chris Preimesberger / eWeek:  Violin Memory, which went public in 2013, announces it has been acquired by private investment fund Quantum Partners
6:05 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Amazon launches Subscribe with Amazon, a marketplace for digital subscriptions, which has been in development since last year
4:50 PM  •
Roger Cheng / CNET:  T-Mobile reports net income of $698M, up 46% YoY, and says it gained 914K post-paid customers in Q1, amid Verizon's loss of 289K post-paid customers
4:35 PM  •
John Voorhees / MacStories:  Apple announces it's reducing affiliate commissions on apps and in-app purchases from 7% to 2.5% starting May 1
3:30 PM  •
Janko Roettgers / Variety:  Dish's Sling Media debuts SlingStudio, a $999 portable TriCaster competitor that can connect with 10 cameras, optimized for Facebook Live, YouTube live streams
3:10 PM  •
Fitz Tepper / TechCrunch:  DJI's new FPV headset, called DJI Goggles, lets you control your drone with head movements, shipping after May 20 for $499
2:40 PM  •
Selina Wang / Bloomberg:  Source: Square acquired the engineering team of Yik Yak, which had raised ~$74M in total funding, for less than $3M
2:10 PM  •
Sean O'Kane / The Verge:  Xiaomi-backed Yi Technology debuts Yi Halo, a $17K 17-camera VR rig made in partnership with Google that can shoot stereoscopic video in 8K at 30FPS
1:00 PM  •
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:  Microsoft says it will start integrating Dynamics 365 for Sales with LinkedIn's Sales Navigator in July and announces new HR app called Dynamics 365 for Talent
12:10 PM  •
Shona Ghosh / Business Insider: CEO says it's “heartbreaking” that users are upset sold their anonymized email data to Uber
10:50 AM  •
Kyle Orland / Ars Technica:  Revised NPD report for 2016 shows digital revenue accounted for 74% of US game spending, reaching $18.13B versus $6.37B from physical sales
10:25 AM  •
Wall Street Journal:  Sources: Amazon has created a team for self-driving tech, which focuses not on building vehicles but on how to leverage them
10:15 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  LinkedIn says it now has 500M members in 200 countries, up from 467M in October 2016; it has 9M+ companies and 10M+ jobs listed
7:05 AM  •
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:  Netflix to raise $1B through debt offering to fund new content and other “strategic transactions”
5:30 AM  •
Ainsley Harris / Fast Company:  Inside the demise of Tilt, which raised a total of $67M+, was valued at $375M in 2015, but was recently bought by Airbnb, reportedly for $12M

April 23, 2017

11:25 PM  •
Davey Alba / Wired:  Inside Google's ads quality rater program, where contractors rush to flag and label inappropriate YouTube content for $15 per hour, while training Google's AI
9:20 PM  •
Ruth Reader / Fast Company:  Profile of PayPal subsidiary Venmo, which has grown to an estimated 7M MAUs and processed $18B in payments in 2016 after struggling early with compliance, fraud
7:15 PM  •
Economist:  How Alibaba, Tencent, and Baidu fight for dominance in China while trying to expand abroad
5:15 PM  •
Sheera Frenkel / BuzzFeed:  How Russian hacking evolved: simple credit card schemes in the '90s, takeover by organized crime in the '00s, and now joint criminal and government hacker teams
3:00 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Twitch launching an invite-only affiliate program allowing non-partnered channels to earn revenue, starting with chat-based “Cheering with Bits” tipping feature
11:56 AM  •
Mike Isaac / New York Times:  A look at Travis Kalanick's risk taking, from his early startups to Uber, which once led Tim Cook to threaten Kalanick with app removal for breaking store rules
7:10 AM  •
Jeff John Roberts / Fortune:  CyberGRX, a startup that vets third-party suppliers on their cybersecurity practices, raises $20M Series B led by Bessemer
2:05 AM  •
Nick Pappageorge / CB Insights:  Amazon building new business pillars in AI, next-gen logistics, and enterprise cloud, a deep dive into firms's M&A, investment, jobs, patent, other data shows
12:10 AM  •
The Verge:  How the H-1B visa program has become a gateway for companies to replace US tech staff with foreign workers earning less and receiving fewer benefits

April 22, 2017

7:05 PM  •
Mark Suster / Both Sides of the Table:  As MakeSpace announces $30M Series C, a look at the logistics tech underlying the on-demand storage service
2:00 PM  •
Nicole Perlroth / New York Times:  Russian hacker Roman Seleznev sentenced to 27 years for theft, sale of 2M+ CC numbers resulting in $170M+ in losses, the longest hacking-related sentence in US
12:10 PM  •
Ari Levy / CNBC:  Groq, a stealth startup founded by Google Tensor Processing Unit project engineers and Chamath Palihapitiya, has raised $10.3M
7:05 AM  •
Pan Yue / China Money Network:  Beijing-based SenseTime, which develops facial recognition tech, announces $60M round led by Sailing Capital; company had revealed a $120M round in December
2:00 AM  •
Alexandra Vaidos / Softpedia News:  IHS estimates Samsung's Galaxy S8, which retails starting at $720, costs $307.50 to manufacture, $43.34 more than it cost to make the Galaxy S7 last year
12:10 AM  •
Ben Fox Rubin / CNET:  Verizon delays Bixby Amazon shopping feature in Samsung Galaxy S8

April 21, 2017

11:05 PM  •
Duncan Riley / SiliconANGLE:  Machine learning data management startup SafeGraph raises $16M Series A from IDG Ventures and 100+ high-profile individual investors
10:25 PM  •
Caroline O'Donovan / BuzzFeed:  Waymo filing: during deposition this week, Uber engineer “was forced to admit” that Uber was working on a second, more Waymo-like Lidar and hid it from court
8:55 PM  •
Mark Bergen / Bloomberg:  Sources: Google and partners in Coalition for Better Ads are working on a tool designed for publishers to filter some ads; IAB head says tool isn't ad blocker
7:55 PM  •
Kurt Wagner / Recode:  Sources: Facebook is offering publishers a monthly sum in exchange for a minimum amount of produced video, to host mid-roll ads
7:00 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  YouTube says 12M videos, including those with LGBTQ+ topics, are now available in Restricted Mode after fix, adds way to report videos wrongly excluded
5:05 PM  •
William Alden / BuzzFeed:  Sources: after performing some pilot work, Palantir never signed full-fledged contract with NSA; Palantir CEO called CIA “recalcitrant” in 2015 staff meeting
3:40 PM  •
Richard Lai / Engadget:  Huawei admits it uses slower flash memory chips in some P10 smartphones due to supply constraints
2:35 PM  •
Sam Kim / Bloomberg:  Netmarble Games prices IPO in Korea, raising as much as $2.3B and valuing company at $11B+
2:20 PM  •
Agam Shah / PCWorld:  Qualcomm CEO: first Windows 10 PC with Snapdragon 835 is scheduled for Q4 2017
1:44 PM  •
Bloomberg:  Sources: Apple hired two executives who worked on satellites at Google, held talks with Boeing about investment or partnership in Boeing's satellite venture
1:25 PM  •
Jessica Davies / Digiday:  The Guardian confirms it has stopped publishing its articles to Apple News and Facebook Instant Articles
12:55 PM  •
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:  Duolingo launches $10/month subscription option with no ads and the option to download language lessons for offline use
12:05 PM  •
Daniel Rubino / Windows Central:  Leaked document shows recommended minimum specs for Windows 10 Cloud OS devices: quad-core Celeron or better CPU, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, 40 WHr+ battery
11:30 AM  •
Alex Barnsbee / IOActive Labs Research:  Researchers find 10 vulnerabilities in 20+ Linksys Smart Wi-Fi routers; Linksys issues security advisory to mitigate risks until new firmware is available
10:15 AM  •
Bérénice Magistretti / VentureBeat:  Quora raises $85M round led by Y Combinator to expand internationally and develop its ads business; CEO Adam D'Angelo says the platform has 190M monthly uniques
10:05 AM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Samsung and Google partner to make Google Play Music the default music service on new Samsung phones and tablets worldwide, starting with Galaxy S8 and S8+
9:55 AM  •
Nicole Kobie / The Outline:  The Daily Mail has not been banned from Wikipedia as previously reported, but editors are discouraged from linking to it when better sources exist
4:40 AM  •
Rolfe Winkler / Wall Street Journal:  Elon Musk reveals plans for his startup Neuralink, says initial focus is on developing neural implants for treating brain injuries, to explore telepathy later

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