January 24, 2017, 8:25 PM

January 24, 2017

8:05 PM  •
Matthew Lynley / TechCrunch:  Cisco acquires AppDynamics, which filed to go public last month and was most recently valued at $1.9B, for $3.7B
7:45 PM  •
Agam Shah / PCWorld:  D-Wave Systems launches 2000Q, a quantum computer with 2000 qubits, priced at $15M and double the size of its existing quantum computer
7:15 PM  •
Ina Fried / Recode:  Apple limits how often devs can prompt customers for reviews to 3 times/year in iOS 10.3, says it will include an option for users to turn off all such requests
6:30 PM  •
Scott Weller / Hewlett Packard Enterprise:  Hewlett Packard Enterprise acquires Cloud Cruiser, a software company that helps businesses monitor cloud spending
5:35 PM  •
Matthew Lynley / TechCrunch:  Sources: Airbnb in talks to acquire social payments startup Tilt for $50M+, a significant drop from the $400M valuation it had in May of 2015
4:00 PM  •
Kara Swisher / Recode:  Prominent Silicon Valley lawyer Ted Wang is joining Cowboy Ventures as a partner
3:35 PM  •
Gummi Hafsteinsson / Google:  Google adds support to Home for Belkin's WeMo and Honeywell devices, says Assistant on Pixel will soon be able to control smart devices
2:55 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Apple says it will let developers respond to reviews in App Store and Mac App Store when iOS 10.3 and macOS Sierra 10.12.4 ship
2:25 PM  •
Instagram Blog:  Live video on Instagram Stories will be rolling out globally over the next week
1:50 PM  •
Shara Tibken / CNET:  Apple releases iOS 10.3 beta, adds AirPods to Find My iPhone app; AirPods must be within Bluetooth range of another iOS device signed into iCloud to be located
1:00 PM  •
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:  Appeals court upholds verdict barring the US Department of Justice from forcing Microsoft into handing over data on servers outside US
12:40 PM  •
Katie Roof / TechCrunch:  Box updates its Box Notes productivity suite with new web design, functionality, and launches native desktop apps
12:15 PM  •
Lara O'Reilly / Business Insider:  Report by media trade body says members, including FT and NYT, earned 14% of revenue from content distributed on platforms like Facebook in first half of 2016
11:55 AM  •
Michael J. de la Merced / New York Times:  Koubei, Alibaba's online-to-offline services unit, raised $1.1B round led by Silver Lake
11:30 AM  •
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:  Microsoft names Kevin Scott, LinkedIn infrastructure chief, as Microsoft CTO
11:10 AM  •
Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:  Tumblr adds ability to personalize photos and GIFs with stickers and filters in its mobile app
10:50 AM  •
Susan Salisbury / Palm Beach Post:  FTC says that Breathometer marketing was deceptive with claims that lacked scientific evidence and orders company to offer full refunds
10:40 AM  •
Mariella Moon / Engadget:  Google for Education launches two convertible stylus-friendly Chromebooks, the Acer Chromebook Spin 11 and Asus Chromebook Flip C213, available in late spring
10:35 AM  •
Alex Konrad / Forbes:  General Atlantic invests $50M in cloud app management firm Turbonomic; a source says the deal values the startup at $800M+
10:20 AM  •
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:  Microsoft counters Chromebooks in schools with new “Intune for Education” device and app management service, and low-cost PCs starting at $189
9:55 AM  •
Bloomberg:  Amazon offers to drop clauses from e-book contracts to settle EU antitrust probe and avoid heavy fine; publishers have a month to respond before EC decides
9:30 AM  •
Natalie Jarvey / Hollywood Reporter:  Amazon gets first Oscar nomination for “Manchester by the Sea”, marking the first time a streaming service has been recognized in the Best Picture category
9:15 AM  •
Vlad Savov / The Verge:  Image leaks of LG's G6 smartphone with rounded display corners, slated to be launched February 26th; source says the phone will have a headphone jack
9:00 AM  •
Ben Sin / Forbes:  Sources: Samsung is hoarding Qualcomm's supply of Snapdragon 835 for Galaxy S8, forcing rivals like LG and HTC to use older Snapdragon 821 processor
8:25 AM  •
Mike Snider / USA Today:  Verizon misses Q4 earnings estimate as revenue fell 5.6% to $32.3B, adds 591K net subscribers vs expected 726K
7:30 AM  •
Reuters:  Alibaba beats estimates as revenue rises 54% to $7.67B, raises 2017 full-year guidance for revenue growth from 48% to 54%
7:00 AM  •
Bloomberg:  Some Uber drivers in the US are sleeping in their cars so they can drive in cities with higher fares that are far away from their home, maximizing work hours
4:25 AM  •
Ron Miller / TechCrunch:  Insight Venture Partners invests $165M in automated software testing startup Tricentis
1:50 AM  •
Jing Cao / Bloomberg:  Sources: IBM is firing thousands of US employees and sending many of the jobs overseas even as it pledges to hire 25K workers over four years

January 23, 2017

11:55 PM  •
Hyunjoo Jin / Reuters:  Samsung reports revenue of $45.8B in Q4 with profits growing 50% YoY to $7.93B, the highest in three years; profit from chips business grew 77% YoY to $4.25B
10:25 PM  •
Janko Roettgers / Variety:  Verizon laid off 155 employees from its mobile streaming service Go90; sources say Vessel team, acquired in October, will rebuild the service
9:10 PM  •
Aurash Mahbod / Android Developers Blog:  Android Instant Apps starts initial live testing, with apps from BuzzFeed, Wish, Periscope, others
7:25 PM  •
Josh Ye / South China Morning Post:  China tightens Great Firewall, declaring Chinese VPN services need prior government approval; large VPN-provider Vypr says it's “working on ways around this”
6:30 PM  •
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:  Chan Zuckerberg Initiative acquires science search engine Meta and will make its tool free in a few months, after enhancing the product
5:28 PM  •
Tess Townsend / Recode:  New York Times Deputy Tech Editor Quentin Hardy leaving to become the head of editorial for Google Cloud
5:10 PM  •
Mark Bergen / Bloomberg:  After working on health tech at Apple, Yoky Matsuoka returns to Nest as CTO to oversee long-term product roadmap
5:00 PM  •
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:  President Trump designates net neutrality opponent Ajit Pai as chairman of the Federal Communications Commission
4:35 PM  •
Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:  Yahoo reports Q4 revenue of $1.47B vs $1.38B expected, postpones target closing date of Verizon deal to Q2 2017
3:35 PM  •
Kurt Wagner / Recode:  Instagram founder Kevin Systrom and Head of Product Kevin Weil explain the bevy of new features launched in 2016, many of which were inspired by Snapchat
2:35 PM  •
Samsung Global Newsroom:  Samsung infographic breaks down the flaws that caused Galaxy Note7 batteries to short circuit
1:05 PM  •
Chris Welch / The Verge:  Google Voice rolls out revamped design to Android, iOS, and web, adds support for MMS photos, more
1:00 PM  •
Roger Cheng / CNET:  Samsung is sticking with the Note branding for Note7's successor, despite the ongoing negative publicity from battery explosions
12:55 PM  •
Katie Benner / New York Times:  Snapchat updates rules to restrict publishers from posting explicit or misleading images, and links to potentially fake news, says all content must be accurate
12:10 PM  •
Charlie Osborne / ZDNet:  IBM Security to acquire risk management firm Agile 3 Solutions for an undisclosed sum and will also acquire its subcontractor Ravy Technologies
11:35 AM  •
Music Business Worldwide:  Sources: Sprint's 33% stake in TIDAL cost $200M, valuing TIDAL at $600M
10:55 AM  •
TechCrunch:  Data management startup Collibra raises $50M Series C led by ICONIQ
10:30 AM  •
James Vincent / The Verge:  Nintendo says Super Mario Run will launch on Android in March
10:05 AM  •
Valentina Palladino / Ars Technica:  All Chromebooks debuting in 2017 and beyond will run Android apps
9:35 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Alphabet's smart home brand Nest expands to Germany, Austria, Italy, Spain
8:23 AM  •
Sprint:  Sprint buys 33% of Jay Z's TIDAL streaming music service, “will make TIDAL available” to its 45M customers; Jay Z and the artist-owners will still run TIDAL
5:30 AM  •
Tony Yoo / Business Insider Australia:  Australia-based employee management software firm Deputy raises $25M Series A from OpenView; Deputy says it has 28K clients, including Amazon, Nike, and NASA
1:25 AM  •
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:  Hugo Barra steps down as international vice president at Xiaomi, will remain an advisor, and return to the US

January 22, 2017

10:55 PM  •
Hyunjoo Jin / Reuters:  Samsung says it won't unveil Galaxy S8 smartphone at Mobile World Congress, suggesting the flagship may launch later than last year's version
8:55 PM  •
Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:  WSJ: SEC is investigating whether Yahoo should have disclosed company's data breaches sooner
8:24 PM  •
Shara Tibken / CNET:  Samsung says original Note7 fires were caused by design flaws in one supplier's battery, second supplier introduced manufacturing defects after first recall
6:15 PM  •
David Pierce / Wired:  Inside Xiaomi's Internet of Things strategy: invest in IoT firms in exchange for 10-20% stake and the right to brand and sell their products
2:05 PM  •
Katie Roof / TechCrunch:  Casual dating app Down, formerly Bang With Friends, acquired by Singapore-based dating startup Paktor
8:00 AM  •
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:  Cyprus-based Outfit7, owner of Talking Tom franchise that had 5.6B app downloads since 2010 and amassed 10.3B video views, bought for $1B by Chinese consortium
1:55 AM  •
Tom Simonite / MIT Technology Review:  Researchers at Google, OpenAI, MIT, and other organizations say they are making progress on automating the development of AI software using AI software

January 21, 2017

9:30 PM  •
Logan Booker / Gizmodo Australia:  ASUS launches $73 Tinker Board, a Raspberry Pi competitor with 4K video, gigabit Ethernet, quad-core processor, and more, available in Europe and UK
6:30 PM  •
Zeynep Tufekci / technosociology:  Open letter signed by ~70 security experts calls for The Guardian to retract story about alleged WhatsApp backdoor vulnerability
4:55 PM  •
Rhett Jones / Gizmodo:  Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey apologizes for errors migrating @POTUS followers, says the issues, which affected about 560K people, have been fixed
3:45 PM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Rocket Internet Capital Partners fund, operational since early 2016, says it reached $1B fundraising target; Rocket Internet committed $140M to the fund
9:40 AM  •
Jan Willem Aldershoff /  Microsoft shows popup in Windows 10 to advertise its shopping extension to Chrome users
4:35 AM  •
Qualcomm:  Qualcomm comments on Apple complaint, says “Apple has been actively encouraging regulatory attacks” on Qualcomm in various jurisdictions around the world
1:35 AM  •
Corbin Davenport / Android Police:  Weekly builds of CyanogenMod fork Lineage OS, supporting 80+ Android 6 and 7 devices, begin this weekend; Lineage OS to offer CyanogenMod data migration tools

January 20, 2017

11:30 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Some users say Twitter made them follow @POTUS after the transition, even if they blocked, unfollowed, or never followed the account; Dorsey says issue is fixed
10:17 PM  •
Kim Zetter / The Intercept:  Lavabit email service, which shut down in 2013 to avoid court order connected to Snowden investigation, relaunches with features to thwart surveillance
8:20 PM  •
TechCrunch:  Drone delivery startup Flirtey raises $16M Series A round led by Menlo Ventures, Qualcomm Ventures, with Lowercase Capital, Y Combinator and more participating
6:05 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Twitter launches archive of Vine videos containing all posts from 2013 through 2017, with a creator spotlight section and Vines grouped by genre and year
3:53 PM  •
Anita Balakrishnan / CNBC:  Apple sues Qualcomm for ~$1B, says Qualcomm charged royalties for tech the chip giant didn't invent, retaliated for Apple's cooperation in Korean antitrust case
3:10 PM  •
Paul Resnikoff / Digital Music News:  Norwegian newspaper: Tidal publicly claimed 3M members in March 2016 but paid music labels for just 850K subscribers a month later
2:00 PM  •
Todd Spangler / Variety:  SEC filing: AT&T gained 200K+ paying video subscribers in Q4, “entirely driven by DirecTV Now”; DirecTV Now launched on November 30
1:22 PM  •
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:  Uber hires former Google search chief Amit Singhal as SVP of Engineering
1:10 PM  •
Politico:  Sources: President Trump will tap sitting GOP FCC commissioner Ajit Pai, a fierce critic of net neutrality, to lead the agency
12:45 PM  •
Maya Kosoff / Vanity Fair:  Mark Zuckerberg's philanthropy and professionally photographed travels suggest the 32-year-old billionaire may harbor political aspirations
11:05 AM  •
Jason Del Rey / Recode:  Amazon just launched virtual ‘Dash’ buttons for one-click buying from the homepage
9:35 AM  •
Luke Stangel / Silicon Valley Business Journal:  Airfare prediction startup Flyr raises $8M Series A, led by Peter Thiel with participation from existing investors
7:55 AM  •
Hudson Hongo / Gizmodo:  President Trump reportedly trades in his Android phone, believed to be his primary tweeting device, for a Secret Service-approved device
6:30 AM  •
Kate Conger / TechCrunch:  Viral selfie app Meitu requests permissions like GPS, call, and carrier info that are unrelated to core use, raising questions from security and privacy experts
6:05 AM  •
James Vincent / The Verge:  WSJ sources: Samsung investigation finds Galaxy Note7 fires were caused by irregularly sized batteries that didn't properly fit the phone, manufacturing issues
5:25 AM  •
Wall Street Journal:  Samsung Investigation Blames Battery Size for Galaxy Note 7 Fires
4:05 AM  •
Pranav Dixit / BuzzFeed:  How WhatsApp's intimacy and immediacy have greatly increased the spread of misinformation in India, its largest market
2:00 AM  •
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:  Brian Krebs accuses founder of DDoS mitigation provider ProTraf Solutions as co-author of Mirai IoT worm; founder denies involvement
12:45 AM  •
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:  Atlassian reports a quarterly net loss of $1.7M and $148.9M in revenue, up 36% year-over-year, and expects $4M revenue from Trello in fiscal 2017

January 19, 2017

10:00 PM  •
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:  Microsoft releases Windows 10 Creators Update test build with support for ebooks and more, delays “My People” quick-access links until later this year
6:45 PM  •
Nick Statt / The Verge:  Samsung and independent experts to release findings of investigation into Galaxy Note7 explosions at 10AM KST on January 23 in Seoul (8PM ET January 22)
5:40 PM  •
Natalie Gagliordi / ZDNet:  IBM reports Q4 revenue of $21.8B, down 1.3% YoY, as full-year cloud revenue reaches $13.7B, up 35% YoY
5:10 PM  •
Brent Kendall / Wall Street Journal:  Uber agrees to pay $20M fine to settle FTC suit alleging the company overstated potential driver earnings in 20 cities
4:40 PM  •
Jack Nicas / Wall Street Journal:  Analysis finds Google placed ads for its own products atop 91% of 25K searches for related items; after Google was told, only 19% had Google product ads atop
3:15 PM  •
Connie Loizos / TechCrunch:  Mithril Capital Management, led by Peter Thiel and Ajay Royan, raises $850M
2:10 PM  •
Mike Shields / Wall Street Journal:  Snap to enable ad targeting using 3rd-party data from offline purchases, after signing deal with Oracle Data Cloud, following lead of Google, Facebook, Twitter
1:30 PM  •
Kurt Wagner / Recode:  Twitter says it beat “many” internal workplace diversity targets in 2016, including promoting minorities and women to leadership positions
1:01 PM  •
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:  NHTSA closes probe into June 2016 Tesla crash, clearing Autopilot of fault and praising its safety features, including a ~40% drop in crashes since introduction
12:15 PM  •
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:  DigiLens raises $22M from Sony, Foxconn, and others, to make “eyeglass-thin” AR and VR displays
11:30 AM  •
Liana B. Baker / Reuters:  IDG, owner of PCWorld and IDC, to be acquired by Chinese investor group Oceanwide, headed by IDG Greater China chairman Hugo Shong
10:55 AM  •
Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:  Microsoft game-streaming platform Beam comes out of beta with faster video player, Xbox Live sign-in, and redesigned home page
10:10 AM  •
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:  In an effort to avoid governments shutting off access, encrypted email service ProtonMail now supports Tor
9:25 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  LinkedIn unveils new desktop site with simpler, app-like look, pop-up messaging window with chatbots, and updated universal search
9:00 AM  •
Natalie Gagliordi / ZDNet:  Oracle to buy API development firm Apiary for an undisclosed sum, says it will continue to offer Apiary's products to other companies
8:30 AM  •
Jez Corden / Windows Central:  Sources: Minecraft Pocket Edition will no longer receive updates for Windows mobile devices
6:50 AM  •
Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:  EU says Amazon's Audible subsidiary and Apple will scrap all exclusivity obligations in supply and distribution of audiobooks
6:15 AM  •
Tom Warren / The Verge:  Samsung starts rolling out Android 7.0 Nougat to unlocked Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge devices in the US, UK, China, and elsewhere
4:05 AM  •
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:  Microsoft says it will double the size of its Montreal research and design office over two years and invest $7M in Montreal-based AI research over five years

January 18, 2017

10:00 PM  •
Steven Levy / Backchannel:  Obama's tech teams are optimistic publicly but quietly fear for their programs' future after Trump inauguration; Matt Cutts in line to be interim head of USDS
8:10 PM  •
Sarah Frier / Bloomberg:  Sources: Zuckerberg has 12+ Facebook employees helping him with posts and comments on his Facebook page and professional photographers to snap personal moments
5:05 PM  •
Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:  The centralization of the internet via app stores has made government censorship easier, as shown by the removal of LinkedIn and NYT apps in Russia and China
4:20 PM  •
Matthew Lynley / TechCrunch:  Netflix reports $2.35B in Q4 revenue, up from $1.67B in Q4 2015, as it adds 1.93M new US subs vs 1.3M expected, 5.12M global subs vs 3.8M expected; stock up 8%+
4:00 PM  •
Dustin Volz / Reuters:  Nearly 80 rights groups accuse Facebook of “racially biased censorship” of user content, arguing that policies are often unevenly applied
3:35 PM  •
Harry McCracken / Fast Company:  How Slack overcame the design challenges of making threaded conversations, including notifications, inline vs. broken-out threads, and more
3:15 PM  •
Juli Clover / MacRumors:  Apple revamps Logic Pro X and GarageBand for iOS with redesigned interfaces and new features
2:55 PM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  TomTom acquires Berlin-based startup Autonomos to bolster its self-driving technology
2:40 PM  •
Peter Kafka / Recode:  Timehop CEO Jon Wegener, who announced he was leaving last week, lands at Snap Inc. to work on product
2:30 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Facebook replaces its inbox for messages with the interface of the web version of Messenger
2:15 PM  •
Mehedi Hassan / MSPoweruser:  Microsoft is testing feature that brings Cortana to the lock screen on Android
1:55 PM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Twitter phases out “Buy” button, will continue to have “Donation” button for charities
1:50 PM  •
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:  Mozilla unveils new logo, font, and design
1:45 PM  •
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:  Department of Labor sues Oracle over discriminatory pay and hiring practices
1:30 PM  •
Sean O'Kane / The Verge:  Starship Technologies partners with Postmates and DoorDash to test deliveries by its largely self-driving robots, in California and Washington D.C. respectively
1:20 PM  •
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:  Google acquires Fabric, Twitter's mobile app development tool suite, and its team; Fabric will join Google's Developer Products Group
1:12 PM  •
Casey Newton / The Verge:  Slack debuts new threaded messages feature on all platforms; conversations are attached to specific messages and show in the “flex pane” sidebar on desktop, web
12:30 PM  •
Josh McConnell / Financial Post:  YouTube rolls out group chat feature for its iOS and Android apps that allows discussion around videos as they play, arriving first in Canada
10:55 AM  •
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:  Report: Google bringing its Android One program for budget smartphones with timely software updates to the US; the first such device is expected before mid-year
10:30 AM  •
Alex Konrad / Forbes:  DocuSign names former Responsys chief Daniel Springer as new CEO, ending a lengthy search
10:05 AM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Roku revamps its mobile remote app, adding “What's On” content discovery, more
9:20 AM  •
Sean Michael Kerner / eWeek:  Security vendor OPAQ Networks launches security-as-a-service platform, raised $21M Series A
6:15 AM  •
Mehedi Hassan / MSPoweruser:  Internal Windows 10 Mobile build shows Microsoft is planning an e-book store for Windows 10 devices, likely to debut with Creators Update in April
3:10 AM  •
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:  France creates a four-year French Tech Visa for entrepreneurs, engineers, and investors, to attract foreign tech talent
12:05 AM  •
Abner Li / 9to5Google:  Google app for Android updated with offline search, will queue offline searches and run them when a connection becomes available

January 17, 2017

11:40 PM  •
Qualcomm:  Qualcomm responds to FTC charge, says it will contest complaint and that it has not withheld or threatened to withhold chip supply
10:55 PM  •
Nikkei:  Sources: Toshiba considers spinning off semiconductor unit, wants to sell a roughly 20% interest to Western Digital for $1.77B to $2.65B
9:10 PM  •
Billy Steele / Engadget:  Google+ announces it is bringing back Events feature, will now hide “low quality” comments, and is sunsetting its old web UI on January 24
7:05 PM  •
Tony Romm / Politico:  Sources: Trump considering Utah attorney general Sean Reyes, who urged FTC to re-open antitrust probe of Google last year, for FTC chairman
5:30 PM  •
Jordan Novet / VentureBeat:  Hewlett Packard Enterprise buys datacenter infrastructure startup SimpliVity for $650M
5:20 PM  •
Ian King / Bloomberg:  FTC accuses Qualcomm of forcing Apple to use its chips exclusively in return for lower licensing fees, and thus unfairly cutting out competitors
5:10 PM  •
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:  Indian healthcare platform Practo raises $55M Series D led by Tencent to expand into more markets; other investors included Sequoia, CapitalG, Thrive Capital
4:23 PM  •
Charlie Savage / New York Times:  Chelsea Manning to be freed on May 17 rather than in 2045 after Obama commutes bulk of 35-year sentence
4:05 PM  •
Federal Trade Commission:  FTC sues Qualcomm over anticompetitive tactics in monopolizing baseband processor market, says firm elevated patent royalties for vendors using competing chips
3:40 PM  •
Bloomberg:  Qualcomm's stock closes down 4% amid US antitrust suit against the company over unfair practices, following multi-year investigation into its licensing methods
2:55 PM  •
New York Times:  Mark Zuckerberg testifies in Oculus-ZeniMax trial, says “Oculus products are built on Oculus technology” and that he'd never heard of ZeniMax
2:05 PM  •
Polina Marinova / Fortune:  Facebook's first official startup incubator “Startup Garage” to open at Paris' Station F startup campus, will host 10-15 data driven startups every six months
1:35 PM  •
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:  Microsoft acquires 3D data-optimization vendor Simplygon to help realize its “3D for Everyone” strategy
1:25 PM  •
Selina Wang / Bloomberg:  Used goods marketplace Letgo raises $175M Series C from Accel and others, has raised $325M since '15 launch, still doesn't charge for Craigslist-like service
1:15 PM  •
Pamela Rosen / Evernote Blog:  Evernote launches updated iOS app with streamlined UI for creating notes, finding notes, more
1:00 PM  •
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:  Deep learning startup Neurala raises $14M Series A led by Pelion Ventures, to build AI for drones, autonomous cars, more
12:45 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  App Annie report: number of app downloads rose 15% in 2016, time spent in apps rose 25%, and revenue paid to developers rose 40%
12:20 PM  •
Bloomberg:  Snap Inc.'s culture of secrecy, led by CEO Evan Spiegel, could be problematic as the company prepares to IPO in March
11:55 AM  •
Lora Kolodny / TechCrunch:  Measure raises $15M Series B led by IT services firm Cognizant, to fly drones as a service for other companies
11:35 AM  •
Kurt Wagner / Recode:  Sources: publishers doubt Facebook will renew paid livestreaming deals, as it has been pushing them to focus on creating longer content
8:30 AM  •
Mike Wheatley / SiliconANGLE:  Video conferencing startup Zoom raises $100M Series D round led by Sequoia Capital at a $1B+ valuation, plans to invest in VR and AR
6:50 AM  •
BBC:  Apple to raise prices of apps and in-app purchases by ~25% in 3 regions, making the lowest app prices 99p in UK, 80 rupees in India, and 3.49 lira in Turkey

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