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September 4, 2015, 2:55 PM
 

September 4, 2015

2:20 PM  •
Jason Del Rey / Re/code:  Sources: Uber to unveil e-commerce delivery program with retailers as early as this month, likely to roll out in NYC and partner with luxury stores
1:40 PM  •
John Markoff / New York Times:  Toyota to invest $50M in AI research at Stanford and MIT over five years, to develop “intelligent” car technology; Dr. Gill Pratt leaves DARPA to head effort
1:32 PM  •
Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:  Apple Planning Revamped iPad Keyboard, New Metal Finishes for Apple Watch
1:20 PM  •
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:  Mozilla says hacker compromised Bugzilla and used stolen ‘security-sensitive’ info to attack Firefox users
12:40 PM  •
Adam Shepherd / IT PRO:  Samsung unveils Car Mode for Galaxy phones with MirrorLink support, can also be used as a standalone app
11:50 AM  •
Amir Efrati / The Information:  Sources: Google plans to launch a special China version of Google Play as early as this fall, marking its re-entry into China, compliance with censorship laws
11:35 AM  •
Yuliya Chernova / Wall Street Journal:  Dave McClure's 500 Startups closes its third global fund with $85M, 15% below its original target
10:45 AM  •
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:  Apple's ‘Hey Siri’ Event Roundup: Upgraded iPhone 6s, Bigger iPad Pro, Revamped Apple TV + Apple Watch updates
8:30 AM  •
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:  BlackBerry acquires mobile security firm Good Technology for $425M in cash
8:15 AM  •
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:  Runtastic launches Moment, an analog fitness smartwatch that is waterproof up to 300 feet and has a six-month battery life, starts at $130
5:30 AM  •
Sean Portnoy / ZDNet:  Acer announces Predator 8 Android 5.1 gaming tablet with Intel Atom x7 processor, 8-inch 1920x1200 display, 2GB RAM, to go on sale in November starting at $300
2:25 AM  •
Greg Sterling / Marketing Land:  ComScore: US smartphone penetration reaches 77% in July 2015, Facebook Messenger displaces YouTube as second most popular app

September 3, 2015

11:20 PM  •
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:  Intel will invest $50M in quantum computing research in Delft University of Technology and Dutch Organisation for Applied Research
10:05 PM  •
Ben Bleikamp / GitHub:  GitHub announces Protected Branches to disable force pushes to selected code repositories, will be rolled out over next few weeks
8:50 PM  •
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:  Chrome 45 performance improvements include faster load times and reduced memory usage; disabling Flash ads can increase battery life by up to 15%
8:05 PM  •
Julia Edwards / Reuters:  The Department of Justice revises cellphone tracking rules, warrant now required in most cases; data from non-targeted phones to be deleted within 30 days
7:35 PM  •
Mozilla Future Releases:  Mozilla rolls out first public preview of Firefox for iOS in New Zealand
7:15 PM  •
John Cook / GeekWire:  Zillow to sell off its Market Leader business unit for $23M to Constellation Software's Perseus Division
6:40 PM  •
Matthew Zeitlin / BuzzFeed:  Apple creates @AppStoreGames Twitter account curated by App Store editors, will include game previews, tips, and developer interviews
6:05 PM  •
Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:  Docstoc to be discontinued December 1, two years after Intuit acquired the company for $50M+
5:15 PM  •
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:  Spotify updates privacy policy with clearer language after backlash
4:27 PM  •
Jordan Novet / VentureBeat:  Amazon buys video processing company Elemental Technologies, reportedly for $500M, will launch new AWS services
3:35 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Facebook tops App Annie's iOS all-time downloads chart, with Messenger, Instagram, WhatsApp also in top 10, Pandora, Clash of Clans top grossing
3:05 PM  •
Rachel King / ZDNet:  Facebook's Parse unveils a catalog of new IoT SDKs for Intel, Broadcom, Texas Instruments, and Atmel to support more connected devices
2:50 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  OLX co-founder's mobile app letgo raises $100M Series A from South Africa's Naspers to take on Craigslist and eBay in US
1:50 PM  •
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:  Apple plans to announce 21.5-inch iMac with 4K display by the end of October and begin shipping in November
1:30 PM  •
Dan Seifert / The Verge:  Hands-on with Samsung Gear S2: slim round design, smart interaction model, makes it the most promising Samsung smartwatch so far
1:10 PM  •
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:  Microsoft Acquires Organizational Analytics Service VoloMetrix
12:55 PM  •
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:  Google to more than double the number of health conditions in search results from 400 to 900, add downloadable PDFs
12:30 PM  •
Casey Newton / The Verge:  Facebook partners with Summit, a public K-12 charter school, to build a suite of personalized learning software that will eventually be free for any US school
12:20 PM  •
Charles Armstrong / Google Lat Long:  Google launches standalone Street View app with ability to post 360-degree photos to Maps
12:15 PM  •
Chris Welch / The Verge:  T-Mobile launches native video calling starting with Samsung's latest phones
11:55 AM  •
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:  Skype redesigns its Android and iOS apps with easier navigation, enhanced search, and better multi-tasking
11:40 AM  •
Jonathan Shieber / TechCrunch:  Cloud security firm Netskope raises $75M round led by Iconiq Capital
11:25 AM  •
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:  Samsung and Barnes & Noble launch the Galaxy Tab S2 Nook, a $400 8-inch tablet for readers
11:05 AM  •
Sean Captain / Fast Company:  IBM and ARM partner for data analytics from industrial, health, car, and wearable IoT devices
10:50 AM  •
John Dyer / VICE News:  FAA allows drone-as-a-service firm Measure to fly 324 data-collecting commercial drones, provoking ire from privacy advocates
10:15 AM  •
Sean Gallagher / Ars Technica:  Improved Simplocker Android malware disguises as an NSA app, has infected tens of thousands of devices using XMPP
9:40 AM  •
Michael Mimoso / Threatpost:  Netflix releases Sleepy Puppy, an open-source tool to track XSS vulnerabilities across multiple apps
9:05 AM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Tumblr redesigns reblog chains on dashboard, with goal of making comments easier to read
8:20 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  AOL Confirms It Is Buying Millennial Media In $238M Deal To Expand In Mobile Ads
8:00 AM  •
Glyn Moody / Ars Technica:  Journalists arrested on terrorism charges in Turkey for using crypto software
7:05 AM  •
Dina Bass / Bloomberg Business:  Microsoft to appeal ruling allowing US government access to data stored overseas by US firms
6:00 AM  •
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:  Samsung launches SleepSense, a smart sleep-tracker that connects to your home appliances
5:10 AM  •
Lauren Goode / The Verge:  SmartThings' new hub supports 200 sensors and switches, video monitoring, has 10 hour battery backup, goes on sale today for $99
4:30 AM  •
Dan Levine / Reuters:  Judge gives final approval to $415M settlement from Apple, Google, Adobe, and Intel for anti-poaching suit
1:55 AM  •
Alyssa Bereznak / Yahoo! News:  Men's rights activists are using a 1950s California law to file lawsuits against women-only tech events
1:30 AM  •
Biz Carson / Business Insider:  On-demand valet service Zirx announces strategic multi-million investment from BMW's iVentures
1:05 AM  •
Dan Ackerman / CNET:  Asus announces GX700 water-cooled laptop with 17-inch 4K display and overclocked Skylake chip; ROG gaming laptops updated to G752 series, starting at $1,500
12:30 AM  •
Dominic Patten / Deadline:  Sony Pictures and former employees reach agreement in principle to settle lawsuit stemming from data breach last year

September 2, 2015

11:45 PM  •
Joshua Ho / AnandTech:  Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 twice as fast, power efficient as predecessor thanks to quad-core Kryo CPU; Symphony System Manager to handle heterogeneous computing
11:20 PM  •
Steven Millward / Tech in Asia:  Alibaba launches Netflix-like subscription video streaming service TBO, priced at about $57 per year
10:35 PM  •
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:  New iPhone 6S/6S Plus to retain same storage tiers as iPhone 6: 16GB, 64GB, and 128GB, despite 4K video, increased photo resolution, and other improvements
10:15 PM  •
Cyrus Farivar / Ars Technica:  PhantomAlert files suit against Waze, claims Waze copied its database, incorporated it into its own application before sale to Google
9:45 PM  •
Kurt Wagner / Re/code:  Twitter names developer platform lead Jeff Seibert head of consumer product in product team restructure
9:05 PM  •
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:  Google adds dining recommendations to Explore feature in Maps for Android, available in San Francisco, New York City, and London
8:15 PM  •
Scott Moritz / Bloomberg Business:  Source: Verizon will launch its Go90 mobile video service in coming days, with free ad-supported shows from AOL, Awesomeness TV, Vice Media, and Viacom
7:45 PM  •
Janko Roettgers / Variety:  Images of demo site for Comcast's online video service Watchable show an emphasis on editor-driven curation and featured playlists
7:15 PM  •
Chris Kerr / Gamasutra:  FTC settles with gaming network Machinima for paid, undisclosed Xbox One endorsements
6:10 PM  •
Bloomberg Business:  Sources: Twitter board meets Thursday to discuss CEO search; Jack Dorsey remains a leading internal candidate, Padmasree Warrior among external candidates
5:20 PM  •
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:  Lenovo intros 6.98" Phab, 6.8" Phab Plus, Vibe S1 with 2 front-facing cameras, Vibe P1 and P1m with switches for power saving; retailing outside North America
4:45 PM  •
Chris Velazco / Engadget:  Moto X Pure Edition review: great value with a sleek design and useful software add-ons, greatly improved camera, but still not great in low light
3:55 PM  •
Brandon Chester / AnandTech:  Lenovo launches new Android tablets: Yoga Tab 3 8", Yoga Tab 3 10", and Yoga Tab 3 Pro 10" with four front facing speakers and built-in pico projector
3:35 PM  •
Dan Seifert / The Verge:  New Moto 360s: men's 46mm and 42mm, women's 42mm with narrower strap mounts, priced at $299.99- $429.99; sport version later this year, others shipping in weeks
2:50 PM  •
Peter Kafka / Re/code:  Apple News app to include more than 50 publishers when it launches this fall
2:15 PM  •
Casey Newton / The Verge:  Google Docs update includes integrated search for Android, voice transcription in 40 languages, and advanced change tracking for web
1:53 PM  •
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:  iPad Pro and refreshed iPad mini may debut at Apple's September 9 event; iPad Pro expected to ship November
1:50 PM  •
Drew Olanoff / TechCrunch:  Google Introduces Uncomplicated Pay-As-You-Go Model For Its Maps API
1:20 PM  •
Roger Cheng / CNET:  Sources: Google will unveil LG and Huawei Nexus smartphones in San Francisco on September 29
1:03 PM  •
Andrew Cunningham / Ars Technica:  Snapdragon 820's custom CPU is twice as fast, efficient as disappointing 810
12:25 PM  •
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:  Google Launches Native Ads In Gmail To All Advertisers
12:15 PM  •
Jungah Lee / Bloomberg Business:  Sources: Xiaomi considers launching a laptop, held talks with Samsung for memory chips, may go on sale in Q1 2016
12:00 PM  •
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:  Apple TV 4 hardware revealed: A8 chip, black remote, 8/16GB storage, same ports, no 4K
11:50 AM  •
Zack Whittaker / ZDNet:  Critical remotely-exploitable flaws found in three popular, internet-connected baby monitors
11:25 AM  •
Barry Levine / VentureBeat:  NewsCred nabs $42M to expand beyond content marketing
11:10 AM  •
Emily Steel / New York Times:  Hulu launches commercial-free option for $12 per month
11:00 AM  •
James Vincent / The Verge:  Sony's Xperia Z5 Premium's 5.5-inch display with 4K, 806 ppi display, has more than double the pixel density of iPhone 6's 401ppi
10:55 AM  •
Aaron Souppouris / Engadget:  Sony introduces Z5 Premium with 5.5" display, Z5 with 5.2" display, and Z5 Compact with 4.7" display, all have fingerprint sensors on side and Snapdragon 810
10:50 AM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Amazon Expands Dash Buttons To More Brands, Effectively Makes The Buttons Free
10:40 AM  •
Jordan Novet / VentureBeat:  Cortana can now translate words, phrases, and sentences in almost 40 languages
10:35 AM  •
Mikael Ricknäs / PCWorld:  Huawei announces Mate S with a 5.5" pressure-sensitive screen, starts at €650, available in 30 countries but not in US
10:30 AM  •
Chris Welch / The Verge:  Asus' VivoStick, with 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, two USB ports and a headphone jack, runs Windows 10 and will cost $129; availability TBD
10:25 AM  •
Mikael Ricknäs / PCWorld:  Acer's Jade Primo Windows 10 phone works as a Pocket PC with support for Continuum
10:20 AM  •
Michael de Waal-Montgomery / VentureBeat:  Xiaomi is reportedly working on 15" $470 laptop running Linux, to launch in early 2016
10:07 AM  •
John Paczkowski / BuzzFeed:  New Apple TV to feature universal search, enabling users to search movies, actors, and directors across multiple streaming video services; prices start at $149
10:00 AM  •
Kevin Tofel / ZDNet:  Lenovo debuts Miix 700, a Surface Pro competitor featuring a 12-inch display; coming November, prices start at $699, including keyboard
9:50 AM  •
Arik Hesseldahl / Re/code:  Andreessen-backed security firm Tanium raises $120M in round led by TPG and IVP, sources say at a $3.5B valuation
9:40 AM  •
Allegra Frank / Polygon:  Nintendo games now available through Amazon digital store
9:30 AM  •
Richard Alfonsi / The Twitter Blog:  Twitter ads now available in over 200 countries, around 100K active advertisers using the platform
9:25 AM  •
Chris Welch / The Verge:  Chromebook R11, Acer's new 11-inch convertible laptop with HD display, coming October for $299
9:05 AM  •
Mark Sullivan / VentureBeat:  Huawei Watch available September 17 with six 42mm models ranging from $350 to $800; has highest resolution of any Android Wear watch
8:45 AM  •
Barb Darrow / Fortune:  SAP Vora plugs into Spark to speed up big data queries
8:20 AM  •
Lucian Constantin / PCWorld:  Popular Belkin Wi-Fi routers plagued by unpatched security flaws
7:55 AM  •
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:  Chrome 45 launches with new developer features, automatically pauses less important Flash content, like ads
7:30 AM  •
Vlad Savov / The Verge:  Windows 10 and Skylake processors were ‘designed together,’ says Intel's Kirk Skaugen
7:25 AM  •
Brandon Chester / AnandTech:  Asus ZenWatch 2 goes on sale in October, in two sizes; 1.6" display for €149, 1.45" display for €169
6:20 AM  •
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:  Acer unveils Revo Build Series, a modular desktop computer; core unit on sale in October in Europe, Middle East, and Africa with prices starting at €199
3:50 AM  •
Avram Piltch / Laptop Mag:  Lenovo Unfolds New ThinkPad Yogas with Silver Chassis, 2K Displays
3:40 AM  •
Brett Howse / AnandTech:  Lenovo Refreshes Ideapad Lineup With Windows 10, Skylake, and Carrizo
3:30 AM  •
Tom Warren / The Verge:  Toshiba's Satellite Radius 12 combines a 4K display with a Windows Hello camera
1:55 AM  •
Joe Mullin / Ars Technica:  Popcorn Time lawsuits continue as 16 are sued for watching Survivor
12:40 AM  •
Ian Cutress / AnandTech:  The Intel Skylake Mobile and Desktop Launch, with Architecture Analysis

September 1, 2015

11:35 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Feedly's news reader gets “Shared Collections” and collaboration features, including improved search, Slack integration, and shared tags
10:20 PM  •
John Koller / PlayStation.Blog:  PS4 v3.0 update to include gameplay streaming to YouTube, increased online storage, more; beta starts today
9:55 PM  •
Brandon Hill / HotHardware.com News:  Intel unveils Skylake Y, U, H, and S CPU series for desktops, notebooks, convertibles, and compute sticks
9:10 PM  •
Kyle Stock / Bloomberg Business:  Car shopping service Shift raises $50M led by Goldman Sachs to expand service across US as it challenges Craigslist, CarMax, traditional dealers
8:30 PM  •
Julie Bort / Business Insider:  Microsoft partners with VMware on Project A2, focusing on desktop virtualization and easier Windows 10 rollout for businesses
7:25 PM  •
Jon Fingas / Engadget:  CyanogenMod gets Android 5.1 and Stagefright security fixes
6:30 PM  •
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:  Google, Microsoft, and Mozilla will drop RC4 encryption in Chrome, Edge, IE, and Firefox next year
5:15 PM  •
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:  Mozilla Relaunches Its Thimble Online Code Editor For Teaching HTML, CSS And JavaScript
4:32 PM  •
Colin Lecher / The Verge:  US district judge in San Francisco grants California Uber drivers class action status in lawsuit against the company
4:17 PM  •
Ina Fried / Re/code:  LotusFlare Gets $6 Million to Fund Quest to Bring Mobile Data to Emerging Markets
4:05 PM  •
Connie Loizos / TechCrunch:  Branch founder Josh Miller becomes the White House's first Director of Product after leaving Facebook
3:50 PM  •
Natalie Gagliordi / ZDNet:  Sales automation startup Apptus raises $108M Series C at a valuation of more than $1B
3:45 PM  •
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:  Google says it will penalize mobile pages with app install ads covering a “significant amount of content”
3:28 PM  •
Geoffrey A. Fowler / Wall Street Journal:  DxO One review: the $600 iPhone camera offers pro-level quality, is terrific in low light, and has a non-replaceable battery that lasts around two hours
3:08 PM  •
Jonathan Shieber / TechCrunch:  Yummly Raises $15 Million At $100M Valuation For Its Recipe Recommendation And Food Delivery Business
2:50 PM  •
Dan Levine / Reuters:  Woman who sued Uber over an alleged rape by a driver in India voluntarily withdraws the lawsuit
2:30 PM  •
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:  LinkedIn Messaging Gets Long Overdue Revamp, Adding GIFs, Emojis And Stickers
2:05 PM  •
Nick Bilton / Vanity Fair:  Observations of notable investors as they confront the seemingly ubiquitous signs of a tech bubble
1:45 PM  •
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:  Amazon, Cisco, Google, Intel, Microsoft, Mozilla, and Netflix launch Alliance for Open Media to develop next-generation of royalty-free video formats
1:30 PM  •
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:  Windows 10 grabs 5.21% market share, passing Windows Vista and Windows 8 in just one month
1:10 PM  •
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:  Instagram Direct's 85M Users Can Now Reply With Photos In Snapchat-Style Visual Convos
12:50 PM  •
Nick Summers / Engadget:  Samsung creating its own curated news app UPDAY for Galaxy devices, as it partners with Axel Springer for mobile media content
12:10 PM  •
Co.Design:  Google's new logo ditches serif look, is no longer just a static mark but an animated figure
11:52 AM  •
Tamar Yehoshua / Official Google Blog:  Google reveals new logo
11:42 AM  •
Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:  Nextbit launches Kickstarter seeking $500K for Robin, a $400 32GB Android phone with 100GB of cloud storage
10:55 AM  •
Kurt Wagner / Re/code:  Wikipedia Blocks Nearly 400 ‘Black Hat’ Accounts for Shady Editing
10:30 AM  •
Yue Wang / Forbes:  Chinese Food-Delivery Company Ele.me Raises $630 Million, Valued At $3 Billion
10:20 AM  •
GoPro:  GoPro releases trim and share feature to create short video clips directly on HERO4 and HERO+ LCD, or via app on all Wi-Fi enabled GoPros
9:55 AM  •
New York Times:  Hotels fight back against travel sites like Expedia and Priceline, luring guests to book with them directly by offering digital check-in, free meals, WiFi, more
9:30 AM  •
Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:  Third-generation Nest Thermostat launches today with a bigger, brighter screen for $249
9:05 AM  •
Peter Kafka / Re/code:  Amazon lets iOS and Android users download some Prime Instant Video movies and TV shows for offline viewing
8:30 AM  •
Erin Griffith / Fortune:  Google Here project enabling third parties to send proximity based Maps alerts via beacons was killed due to privacy concerns, doubts about demand
7:55 AM  •
Jason Del Rey / Re/code:  European Payments Power Klarna Launches in the U.S. With Overstock.com as a Customer
6:50 AM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  PayPal Launches PayPal.Me, A Simpler Way To Request Money Using Your Own Personalized URL
6:25 AM  •
Sam Byford / The Verge:  Sony using its crowdsourcing platform for Wena smartwatch; has analog face with electronics in wristband, available in Japan for iOS March 2016 from ¥34,800
3:50 AM  •
Mark Scott / New York Times:  European law firm Hausfeld and public affairs group Avisa launch GRIP, a platform to help companies sue Google in Europe
1:50 AM  •
Jordan Novet / VentureBeat:  Everything announced at VMworld 2015 so far
12:15 AM  •
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:  Messaging Firm Line Introduces A Launcher App For Android Devices

August 31, 2015

11:05 PM  •
Annalee Newitz / Gizmodo:  Ashley Madison created 70K female bots which sent fake messages to 20M of 31M men in the database; 11M of them were chatted up by automatic ‘engagers’
10:10 PM  •
Re/code:  A breakdown of Silicon Valley's donations to 2016 presidential candidates: who is giving, who is receiving, and how much
10:00 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Google+ Brings Its Interest-Based “Collections” Feature To iOS
8:55 PM  •
Joe Mullin / Ars Technica:  Former Secret Service agent Shaun Bridges pleads guilty to theft of $820K in bitcoin during Silk Road investigation
7:50 PM  •
Andrew Wallenstein / Variety:  Sources: Apple escalates talks with Hollywood execs, seeking to have development and production teams ready by 2016 to compete with Netflix
6:20 PM  •
Kellex / Droid Life:  Samsung announces Gear S2 and Gear S2 Classic smartwatches with round 1.2-inch Super AMOLED displays, 1.0GHz dual-core processors, running Tizen OS
4:55 PM  •
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:  Twitter is testing new photo and video editing tools with stickers, doodles, text, and more
3:50 PM  •
Wall Street Journal:  Russia won't check whether Google, Facebook, Twitter, and others have complied with local data storage law that goes into effect on Sept. 1 until 2016
3:00 PM  •
David Ruddock / Android Police:  Source: LG Nexus will come with Snapdragon 808, 5.2" 1080p display, 3GB RAM, 2700mAh Battery, USB-C, more
2:25 PM  •
Wall Street Journal:  Apple and Cisco partner to optimize enterprise networks using Cisco hardware, creating a “fast lane” for iOS devices and apps
2:10 PM  •
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:  KeyRaider malware infecting jailbroken iPhones stole over 225K valid Apple account logins, thousands of certificates, private keys, and purchasing receipts
2:00 PM  •
Los Angeles Times:  China and Russia cross-referencing data from OPM, Anthem, other hacks to identify US spies; at least one support network for US spies compromised
1:50 PM  •
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:  Apple TV 4: near universal Siri control, focus on gaming, support for third-party game controllers, Bluetooth 4.2, and 802.11ac Wi-Fi
1:45 PM  •
Connie Loizos / TechCrunch:  Hit Video Messaging App Dubsmash Raises $5.5 Million Led by Index Ventures
1:35 PM  •
Stephen Hall / 9to5Google:  Renders of next generation Moto 360 and Moto 360 Sport leak
1:20 PM  •
Xperia Blog:  Video of Sony Xperia Z5 with 4K display leaks, confirms Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Compact too
1:00 PM  •
Stephen Hall / 9to5Google:  Android Wear on iPhone unofficially works with Moto 360, LG G Watch R, others
12:50 PM  •
Rich McCormick / The Verge:  The LG Watch Urbane Luxe is a 23-karat gold smartwatch for $1,200
12:45 PM  •
Alistair Barr / Wall Street Journal:  Google Life Sciences and Sanofi partner to develop devices for diabetes monitoring and treatment
12:05 PM  •
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:  Google launches Android Wear app for iOS on iPhone 5 and later with support for LG Watch Urbane and all future Android Wear watches
11:45 AM  •
Chris O'Brien / VentureBeat:  Ashley Madison fires back, says ratio of men to women is 1.2 to 1 with thousands still signing up
11:30 AM  •
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:  AOL Acquires Photo And Messaging Startup Kanvas Labs
11:10 AM  •
Chris Welch / The Verge:  T-Mobile will move users from unlimited to entry-level limited 4G LTE smartphone data plan if they exceed 7GB tethering limit by hiding tethering use
10:55 AM  •
Rachel King / ZDNet:  Nvidia debuts Grid 2.0 for enterprise virtual desktops, apps
10:20 AM  •
Owen Williams / The Next Web:  Hands on with Facebook's virtual assistant ‘M’: promising Siri competitor but often slow to respond to complex questions
9:45 AM  •
Keith Collins / Quartz:  A victim of the recent IRS breach that has affected over 330K Americans offers clues to how the attackers stole $50M by filing fraudulent tax returns
9:10 AM  •
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:  LTE over Wi-Fi spectrum sets up industry-wide fight over interference
8:15 AM  •
Deepali Gupta / The Economic Times:  Indian competition commission charges Google with rigging search results; Flipkart, Facebook, and others corroborate complaints
6:00 AM  •
Rachel King / ZDNet:  Facebook engineers talk about React.js and problems the company faced going mobile first
3:45 AM  •
Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica:  Google OnHub review: looks great, very user-friendly, but performance and functionality aren't worth the $200 price
1:55 AM  •
Yael Grauer / Wired:  A look at some of the real-life apps and tools used in Mr. Robot, a TV drama about hacking

August 30, 2015

11:20 PM  •
Andrew Cunningham / Ars Technica:  Galaxy Tab S2 hands-on: 4:3 aspect ratio, better fingerprint reader are notable improvements, but $400+ Android tablets are a hard sell in sea of budget tablets
8:55 PM  •
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:  Anonymous administration officials say US may issue sanctions against Chinese companies and individuals who have benefited from cyber theft of US trade secrets
7:05 PM  •
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:  Former FireEye intern pleads guilty to developing Dendroid spyware for Android; sentencing scheduled for Dec. 2
4:20 PM  •
Peter Kafka / Re/code:  Epix signs multi-year distribution deal with Hulu, will not renew its deal with Netflix after current agreement expires in September
3:05 PM  •
Parker Higgins / Electronic Frontier Foundation:  Aborted Wikipedia ban in Russia and GitHub ban in China show how HTTPS encryption can limit censorship as governments are reluctant to block the entire sites
12:20 PM  •
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:  Sources: Apple TV 4 coming in October for under $200; Apple TV 3 will support streaming service next year, but won't have App Store or direct Siri controls
9:30 AM  •
Andy Greenberg / Wired:  Why It's Hard to Sue the NSA: You Have to Prove It Spied on You
5:45 AM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Google Rolls Out Personalized Storm-Tracking Information In Search Results
2:00 AM  •
Karl Bode / DSLreports:  Verizon customers with two-year contracts can keep and renew them, and still get phone subsidies

August 29, 2015

10:20 PM  •
Bla1ze / CrackBerry.com:  New images of the BlackBerry Venice slider leak, showing 18MP OIS rear camera, microSD and SIM card slots on top
6:35 PM  •
Tony Romm / Politico:  Steve Jobs actively disdained Washington DC, but Tim Cook's Apple has reengaged in politics, especially on issues like privacy
2:50 PM  •
Adi Robertson / The Verge:  Hands-on with YouTube Gaming: effective for finding and viewing YouTube's existing gaming content, but it must attract big live audiences to compete with Twitch
10:55 AM  •
Michael de Waal-Montgomery / VentureBeat:  HTC cofounder Peter Chou joins Hong Kong visual effects studio in VR push
7:40 AM  •
Andrew Chung / Reuters:  ITC clears Microsoft phones of infringing on two InterDigital patents
6:45 AM  •
Mike Shields / Wall Street Journal:  Facebook's Post-Roll Video Ad Test With the NFL and Verizon Quietly Ends
2:00 AM  •
Alexander Martin / Wall Street Journal:  Japanese mobile game and Internet company DeNA launches Mirrativ for Android to let users livestream anything on their screen
1:15 AM  •
Alice Truong / Quartz:  Branch founder Josh Miller and Parse founder Ilya Sukhar have announced this week they are leaving Facebook
12:20 AM  •
Kevin Tofel / ZDNet:  Amazon Echo now plays music, books from multiple accounts; gains BART schedules

August 28, 2015

11:25 PM  •
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:  FAA Starts Beta Testing App That Tells Drone Pilots Where They Are Allowed To Fly
10:40 PM  •
Kate Cox / Consumerist:  Ten ISPs Sign On With FCC Fund, Will Expand Rural Broadband To Over 7M Customers In 45 States
9:55 PM  •
Liam Spradlin / Android Police:  Google rolling out new colorful grid layout for app searches on Android
9:10 PM  •
Adnan F. / SamMobile:  Samsung offering $100 Google Play credit for those who buy a Galaxy Note 5, S6 edge+, or S6 edge after Test Drive promotion and $100 if they trade in iPhone
8:15 PM  •
Edith Ramirez / Ars Technica:  FTC to hold PrivacyCon in Washington, DC, on January 14 to bring together privacy and security researchers with policymakers
7:30 PM  •
TechCrunch:  Mobile Gaming Live-Streaming Service Mobcrush Has Raised Around $10M
6:25 PM  •
Mark Bergen / Re/code:  Google to app developers: iOS 9 privacy feature that forces HTTPS can break ads, so add an exception to allow ads to be delivered over HTTP
5:20 PM  •
Tom Simonite / MIT Technology Review:  Q&A with Bitcoin Foundation's chief scientist, Gavin Andresen, on the imminent technical challenges facing Bitcoin
4:50 PM  •
Reuters:  Uber hires Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek, the researchers who hacked into moving Jeeps
4:25 PM  •
New York Times:  European publishers are actively lobbying to strengthen copyright rules and limit Google's advertising power
3:45 PM  •
Grace Caffyn / CoinDesk:  Large bitcoin-mining firm BitFury backs BIP 100 block-size proposal, which now has 35% of the network's total hash rate
3:20 PM  •
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:  Vive VR Headset Full Consumer Launch Slips To Q1 2016
2:40 PM  •
Micah Singleton / The Verge:  Sources: YouTube to launch Music Key and its unnamed video subscription service this year
2:10 PM  •
Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:  Sources: new Apple TV's remote will contain motion sensors likely on par with a Nintendo Wii remote
1:45 PM  •
Wall Street Journal:  British ISIS hacker killed in drone strike amid ISIS' efforts to stop using products that might be trackable, like Apple and Samsung devices, WhatsApp
1:30 PM  •
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:  Chrome will start automatically pausing less important Flash content on September 1
1:05 PM  •
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:  Apple to retire One to One Apple Store training program Sept. 28th
12:52 PM  •
Janet Van Huysse / The Twitter Blog:  Twitter sets diversity goals for 2016: 35% women in workforce, 16% women in tech roles, 11% underrepresented minorities in US workforce
12:25 PM  •
Julia Fioretti / Reuters:  Sources: EU will launch a study of Uber in September to explore whether the company is a transport service or just a digital service
12:20 PM  •
Caroline O'Donovan / BuzzFeed:  Google debuts a beta version of its local home services product today in the Bay Area; service professionals prescreened by Google now found directly in search
11:50 AM  •
Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:  Obama Administration, Department of Defense team up with Apple, HP, General Motors, Stanford, Boeing, others on Silicon Valley wearable tech hub
11:20 AM  •
Lawrence Hurley / Reuters:  US court of appeals for DC Circuit throws out ruling that would have blocked NSA's phone metadata collection
10:55 AM  •
Andrew J. Hawkins / Crain's New York Business:  NYC taxi industry has been developing Uber-like smartphone app, Arro, with no surge pricing and integrated with taxi screens, plans launch in a couple of weeks
10:30 AM  •
Adi Robertson / The Verge:  Noel Biderman, CEO of Ashley Madison parent company Avid Life Media, steps down
4:50 AM  •
Matthew Garrahan / Financial Times:  Apple loses Ian Rogers, ex-CEO of Beats Music and architect of the Beats1 radio service, two months after its launch
3:50 AM  •
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:  European payments processor iZettle raises $67M and launches a cash advance service for SMBs

August 27, 2015

10:50 PM  •
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:  Vine adds music functionality, creates seamless audio looping product Snap To Beat
10:05 PM  •
Josh Gordon / Android Developers Blog:  Google releases Desktop Head Unit emulator for Android Auto developers to test apps without being connected to a car
9:20 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Workflow app integrates with iOS Notification Center allowing users to create shortcuts to frequent tasks, adds syncing between devices
8:35 PM  •
Helienne Lindvall / Guardian:  Soundcloud sued by British copyright collective PRS for failing to pay royalties to songwriters
7:50 PM  •
Sarah Mitroff / CNET:  Geronimo, a free email app built by ex-Apple, Google, and Path developers, released for iOS; uses gestures like flicks, swipes to make organizing inbox easier
7:05 PM  •
Stephen Hall / 9to5Google:  Latest Chrome Dev build now keeps media from autoplaying in background tabs
6:05 PM  •
Tom Warren / The Verge:  Microsoft releases Snip, a free screen capture app for Windows that lets users annotate with digital ink and voice
5:20 PM  •
Arik Hesseldahl / Re/code:  GitHub to name Kakul Srivastava, formerly of Yahoo, Tomfoolery, WeWork, and Slack as VP of Product
4:58 PM  •
Mark Zuckerberg / Facebook:  Over 1B people used Facebook on Monday for the first time in the company's history
4:45 PM  •
Biz Carson / Business Insider:  Co-founder Garrett Camp buying back majority share in StumbleUpon, which has downsized as it struggled to compete with other social sharing sites
4:10 PM  •
Sam Grobart / Bloomberg Business:  How price-insensitive customers and lack of options allowed Gogo to thrive as a business despite deteriorating data speeds and increasing fees
3:45 PM  •
CNBC:  Apple Pay now works with PayAnywhere, a credit card reader serving 300K US locations, and the next version of the reader to be sold exclusively in Apple Stores
3:25 PM  •
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:  iPhone 6S will come in Apple Watch-like Rose Gold rather than Pink, lack sapphire, and have renamed Force Touch
3:18 PM  •
Rexly Peñaflorida / Tom's Hardware:  Alienware Updates X51 Desktop, Gaming Laptops; Reveals First G-Sync Monitor
2:50 PM  •
Mike Isaac / New York Times:  Airbnb Appoints Chris Lehane, Former Aide to Bill Clinton, as Head of Policy
2:32 PM  •
Chris Welch / The Verge:  Samsung Pay US beta launches for all carriers except Verizon
2:13 PM  •
Peter Kafka / Re/code:  Facebook tests a video matching tool with select partners that finds clips uploaded without owner's permission
1:45 PM  •
Natalie Gagliordi / ZDNet:  Square launches Appointments iOS app, an extension of its online booking system that doesn't require users to process payments with Square
1:20 PM  •
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:  No 4-inch ‘iPhone 6c’ at Sept. 9 event, iPhone 5c to be discontinued, 5s/6/6 Plus staying
1:05 PM  •
Ariha Setalvad / The Verge:  You can now post full-size landscape and portrait photos on Instagram
12:45 PM  •
Wall Street Journal:  Sources: Line scraps Tokyo and New York IPO plans as it struggles to expand outside Japan
12:24 PM  •
Juli Clover / MacRumors:  Apple invites media to event on September 9 at 10am PT at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco with the tagline “Hey Siri, Give Us a Hint”
12:07 PM  •
Catherine Shu / TechCrunch:  Chinese Drone Startup Yuneec Grabs $60M In Funding From Intel
11:45 AM  •
Mark Scott / New York Times:  Google Denies Europe's Antitrust Accusations
11:40 AM  •
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:  Sources: iPhone 6S gets 12 megapixel camera with 4K video recording and a flash-like white screen feature when front shutter is engaged for photos
11:23 AM  •
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:  iPhone 6S will animate UI with Apple Watch-like Motion wallpapers
11:13 AM  •
Reuters:  Sources: Uber China closes $1B round, valuing the unit at $7B
10:55 AM  •
Brian X. Chen / New York Times:  In-Flight Wi-Fi Prices Jump as Demand Surges
10:20 AM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Pushbullet's file sharing app Portal now available for iPhone; allows transfer of files from computer to iOS over WiFi
9:45 AM  •
Ronda Scott / Evernote Blog:  Evernote Food apps for iOS and Android to be retired September 30
9:10 AM  •
IDC:  IDC: In Q2, Apple Watch shipped 3.6M units with 19.9% market share, just behind Fitbit with 4.4M units for 24.3% market share
8:05 AM  •
ZEIT ONLINE:  Germany's domestic intelligence agency BfV got XKeyscore software from NSA in exchange for German surveillance data
5:00 AM  •
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:  Google's Container Engine For Running Docker Containers On Its Cloud Platform Is Now Generally Available
1:55 AM  •
Sam Altman / Y Combinator Posthaven:  Y Combinator has funded over 940 companies so far, eight of which have a valuation over $1B
1:10 AM  •
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:  TSMC wins Spy Case against a Former Employee who gave Secrets to Samsung that helped Win Apple's Chip Business
12:25 AM  •
South China Morning Post:  China targets Astrill and other anti-censorship VPNs ahead of celebration marking the 70th anniversary of end of WWII

August 26, 2015

11:50 PM  •
Tom Warren / The Verge:  Leaked images reveal Microsoft's 5.2-inch Lumia 950 and 5.7-inch 950XL, to launch in October
11:15 PM  •
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:  Yahoo Announces New Tumblr Sharing Tools And Native Video Ads For Developers
10:50 PM  •
Todd Spangler / Variety:  Amazon to offer its live streaming service to Prime members in Japan beginning Sept. 2 for no additional fee
10:25 PM  •
Roberto Baldwin / Engadget:  Ex-Apple CEO John Sculley unveils two sub-$200 Android Obi smartphones for Asia, Africa, and Middle East markets, will be available October
10:10 PM  •
Annalee Newitz / Gizmodo:  Ashley Madison had approximately 31M male members, 5.5M female members, but likely only 12K women actively used the site
9:45 PM  •
Leena Rao / Fortune:  Qasar Younis, former Y Combinator graduate and creator of Talkbin which was acquired by Google in 2011, named Y Combinator COO
9:30 PM  •
Yoree Koh / Wall Street Journal:  Mobile video combined with autoplay and social media's reach bring unexpected horror to users' feeds
8:40 PM  •
Greg Bensinger / Wall Street Journal:  Sources: Amazon lays off dozens of engineers, scales back and reorganizes its hardware-development center Lab126 after Fire Phone failure
8:15 PM  •
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:  Intercom, maker of business-to-consumer software, raises a $35M Series C led by Iconiq Capital
7:30 PM  •
Jessica Toonkel / Reuters:  Asset management company BlackRock acquires automated wealth management startup FutureAdvisor
6:45 PM  •
Barb Darrow / Fortune:  Hybrid cloud startup Velostrata comes out of stealth, announces $14M Series A from Norwest and Greylock
6:00 PM  •
Andy Greenberg / Wired:  Agora, the Dark Web's biggest marketplace for drugs, pauses operations over Tor vulnerability that could expose IP addresses of servers
5:05 PM  •
Mark Bergen / Re/code:  Google confirms it triggers recruiting tool when people search for specific programming terms
4:35 PM  •
Danny Yadron / Wall Street Journal:  Former Machine Zone manager arrested on charges of stealing trade secrets on Game of War: Fire Age
4:25 PM  •
Cade Metz / Wired:  How Facebook's M virtual assistant's artificial intelligence works
4:10 PM  •
Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed:  Autoplay Puts Twitter, Facebook In Uncomfortable Place After Video Of Virginia Shooting Spreads
3:35 PM  •
Stephen Shankland / CNET:  Adobe's new mobile Photoshop app, dubbed Project Rigel, will launch in October free on iOS, integrate with Creative Cloud subscription
3:00 PM  •
Kait Gaiss / Pocket Blog:  Pocket updates web, Android, and iOS apps to 6.0 with recommendations tab
2:25 PM  •
Manish Singh / NDTV Gadgets:  Lenovo Begins Merging Mobile Business Group Into Motorola Mobility
1:50 PM  •
Ina Fried / Re/code:  AT&T Says Injecting Ads Into Airport Wi-Fi Was a Test That Is Now Over
1:33 PM  •
Jessi Hempel / Wired:  Facebook testing M, an AI-based, human supervised virtual assistant inside Messenger that can complete tasks such as purchasing on your behalf
1:16 PM  •
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:  YouTube Gaming launches on the web, Android, and iOS
12:55 PM  •
Micah Singleton / The Verge:  Amazon launches Underground app for Android to promote free apps and games, pays developers on per-minute played basis, ends Free App of the Day program
12:20 PM  •
Casey Newton / The Verge:  Coin starts shipping new version of its credit card device with NFC and improved performance
12:15 PM  •
Tom Maxwell / 9to5Google:  YouTube Gaming Android app launches in Google Play for US and UK
12:00 PM  •
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:  Samsung's flagship Galaxy Tab S2 tablet opens for U.S. preorders today starting at $400
11:37 AM  •
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:  Rovio To Cut 260 Jobs As The Angry Birds Franchise Becomes Irrelevant
10:50 AM  •
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:  Leaked Microsoft intranet screenshot reveals Office 2016 for Windows will be released Sept. 22
10:05 AM  •
Liam Tung / ZDNet:  Google now lets US Cloud Storage customers mail tapes, USBs, and hard drive backups; service expanding to Europe and Asia soon
9:20 AM  •
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:  Microsoft: More than 75 million devices now running Windows 10
8:55 AM  •
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:  Sensei's Morph is a trackpad with 20K pressure sensors and “overlays” for various functions
7:50 AM  •
Koushik Dutta / Google+:  Allcast creator releases free Vysor app to view and control an Android device from a computer without rooting, includes remote screen and ADB access
3:40 AM  •
Ruth Reader / VentureBeat:  PayPal's One Touch checkout service now available across Europe and Australia
1:50 AM  •
Brett Howse / AnandTech:  Windows 10 review: worthy upgrade for both Windows 7 and 8/8.1 users, better for desktops as well as tablets
12:25 AM  •
Ina Fried / Re/code:  Verizon looks to bring connected car features to older vehicles with Hum, a $14.99/month service that offers roadside assistance, car diagnostics, more
12:00 AM  •
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:  Home design firm Houzz buys community site GardenWeb from NBCU for undisclosed amount in first acquisition

August 25, 2015

11:25 PM  •
Jonathan Mayer / Web Policy:  AT&T hotspot at Dulles Airport tampers with HTTP traffic to inject third-party ads from WiFi monetization firm RaGaPa
10:55 PM  •
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:  Online male escort service Rentboy raided by federal investigators on charges of promoting prostitution; CEO and six employees arrested
10:00 PM  •
Jacob Demmitt / GeekWire:  Amazon secretly testing new restaurant delivery service in Seattle with Prime Now rollout
9:05 PM  •
Douglas MacMillan / Wall Street Journal:  Snapchat hires former Mattel finance executive Drew Vollero as VP of finance and acting CFO
8:25 PM  •
Dan Ackerman / CNET:  Apple releases Logic Pro X 10.2 with Alchemy synth support in free update for Logic Pro owners
6:55 PM  •
IDC:  Worldwide Smartphone Growth Expected to Slow to 10.4% in 2015, Down From 27.5% Growth in 2014, According to IDC
5:20 PM  •
VentureBeat:  Germany's highest appeals court rules Apple's “slide to unlock” touchscreen patents are invalid, reaffirming the 2013 decision
4:55 PM  •
Johanna Beyenbach / Etsy News Blog:  Etsy Local lets iOS and Android users find nearby Etsy items, sellers, and select retailers
4:35 PM  •
Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica:  YouTube Gaming launches Wednesday on iOS, Android, and web to compete with Twitch
4:15 PM  •
Russell Brandom / The Verge:  Uber will partner with University of Arizona for self-driving car research
3:52 PM  •
Drew Olanoff / TechCrunch:  YouTube Gaming, Its Twitch Competitor, Set To Launch Tomorrow
3:20 PM  •
Jason Del Rey / Re/code:  Amazon launches Prime Now with one- and two-hour alcohol delivery in Seattle
2:55 PM  •
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:  VMWare updates Fusion and Workstation with graphics boost, support for Windows 10, Cortana, and El Capitan
2:30 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Facebook's New Moments App Now Automatically Creates Music Videos From Your Photos
1:50 PM  •
Tom Maxwell / 9to5Google:  Google Map Maker reopens in 45 more countries including the US
1:40 PM  •
Matt Weinberger / Business Insider:  Add to Slack button lets users easily install Slack integrations, share content from other services to Slack
1:25 PM  •
Mario Trujillo / The Hill:  Gogo's new antenna technology gets FAA clearance, can purportedly offer 20x faster inflight Wi-Fi; seven airlines have signed up to deploy the technology
1:00 PM  •
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:  Airbnb will collect tourist tax in Paris, its largest market with over 50K listings, starting October 1
12:40 PM  •
M. Alex Johnson / NBC News:  Ashley Madison faces at least five lawsuits seeking class action status: one asks for $500M in damages, others have anonymous plaintiffs and unspecified damages
12:30 PM  •
Sky News:  Russia lifts Wikipedia ban after briefly blocking site for article about drugs
12:05 PM  •
Phil Wahba / Fortune:  Best Buy to sell Apple Watch in all 1,050 stores instead of planned 300 by October amid strong demand; will begin selling AppleCare this quarter
11:50 AM  •
Ron Miller / TechCrunch:  Big Data Vendor BlueData Announces $20M Round And Intel Partnership
11:16 AM  •
Joan E. Solsman / CNET:  TuneIn adds $8/month Premium subscription with access to over 40K audiobooks, 600 ad-free music stations, and live MLB broadcasts
10:55 AM  •
Andrew Brust / ZDNet:  Hortonworks introduces DataFlow, acquires Apache NiFi-backer Onyara
10:20 AM  •
Ron Miller / TechCrunch:  Salesforce Lightning Ushers In New Design For Core CRM Product
9:30 AM  •
David Ruddock / Android Police:  Tests show it's easy to insert Galaxy Note5's S Pen backwards, which may damage device's stylus detection mechanism; Samsung responds: “follow the instructions”
7:05 AM  •
Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:  Coursera raises $49.5M to help it expand to Latin America, China, and India

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