August 18, 2017, 6:15 PM

August 18, 2017

4:45 PM  •
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:  Immersv, a mobile 360 and VR ad platform, raises $10.5M Series A led by Rogers Venture Partners with participation from HTC Vive, Initial Capital, and more
3:50 PM  •
Kurt Wagner / Recode:  Facebook VP Deb Liu talks about Marketplace expansion plans including adding ticket sales and listings from local car dealers and real estate agents
2:50 PM  •
Sara Fischer / Axios:  In less than a month, over 29M unique viewers have watched Stay Tuned, NBC News' daily Snapchat Discover show
2:00 PM  •
BBC:  China launches a court to handle Internet-related disputes; first civil case handled in 20 minutes, with parties communicating with judge online
1:15 PM  •
Ryne Hager / Android Police:  Google will livestream official Android O launch on August 21st; teaser file name suggests it will be called Oreo
12:15 PM  •
Lyor Cohen / YouTube Blog:  Lyor Cohen, YouTube's Global Head of Music, on promoting new artists, copyright safe harbors, and how ads and subscriptions can thrive together
11:12 AM  •
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:  Donald Trump authorizes elevation of US Cyber Command to the status of Unified Combatant Command, triggering a review of whether it should be separated from NSA
10:55 AM  •
Jordan Palmer / Android Police:  Asus Tango-powered ZenFone AR review: good camera, nice screen, but annoyingly bad battery life and Tango disappoints with a pathetically small number of apps
9:40 AM  •
Anousha Sakoui / Bloomberg:  Sources: movie studios, including Warner Bros. and Universal Pictures, in talks with Apple, Comcast to offer movie rentals mere weeks after theatrical releases
9:25 AM  •
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:  Essential Phone review: edge-to-edge screen is great, good performance and battery life, but has a mediocre camera, an unproven module system, and no 3.5mm jack
7:00 AM  •
Electronic Frontier Foundation:  When internet intermediaries like GoDaddy, Google, and CloudFlare bar neo-Nazis, dangerous precedent is set for silencing legitimate voices
2:55 AM  •
Aloysius Low / CNET:  Asus launches six ZenFone 4 dual-camera phones with the flagship ZenFone 4 Pro, Selfie and Selfie Pro for selfie enthusiasts, and budget-range Max and Max Pro
12:45 AM  •
Ryan Mac / BuzzFeed:  Travis Kalanick files reply to fraud lawsuit, says Benchmark ambushed him in a public and personal attack, and that the case should be privately arbitrated
12:20 AM  •
Sijia Jiang / Reuters:  Lenovo posts Q1 loss of $72M on $10.01B revenue as PC shipments decline 6% YoY; company's mobile business narrowed losses to $129M on $1.75B revenue

August 17, 2017

9:55 PM  •
Instagram:  Instagram can now automatically turn photos you're replying to in direct messages into a sticker, adds split-screen reply option by tapping on the sticker
8:50 PM  •
Federico Maggi / TrendLabs Security Intelligence Blog:  Researchers find indefensible vulnerability in CAN protocol that controls airbags and sensors including antilock brakes in all modern vehicles
8:45 PM  •
Kerry Flynn / Mashable:  Social network Gab, popular among the far right, says it has raised $1M+ via crowdfunding as Google removes the app from Play Store for hate speech
7:50 PM  •
Alex Konrad / Forbes:  As GitHub hits $200M in revenue, CEO Chris Wanstrath tells staff during all-hands meeting that he will step down after CEO search and become executive chairman
6:55 PM  •
Tom Warren / The Verge:  Apple adds new setting in iOS 11 beta that temporarily disables Touch ID, brings up option to call 911 when iPhone users tap power button five times quickly
5:20 PM  •
Robert Hackett / Fortune:  Bitcoin wallet provider Blockchain and exchange Bitstamp add support for Ethereum
4:25 PM  •
Chris O'Brien / VentureBeat:  Social network Gab, popular among alt-right, says it has raised $1M+ on crowdfunding platform StartEngine
3:50 PM  •
Heather Mack / Wall Street Journal:  ThoughtSpot raised $60M Series C-1 round led by Lightspeed Ventures for its SpotIQ content recommendation AI software, bringing the total raised to $160M
3:00 PM  •
Maxwell Tani / Business Insider:  Internal memo: Mic is laying off 25 staffers, primarily from its news and editorial departments, as it shifts focus to video and visual journalism
2:15 PM  •
Janko Roettgers / Variety:  Reddit now allows users to upload videos; videos can be up to 15 minutes long, with file sizes of less than 1 GB
1:40 PM  •
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:  B2B data platform ZoomInfo was acquired by private equity firm Great Hill Partners for $240M
1:20 PM  •
Skype Blogs:  Microsoft launches preview of redesigned Skype desktop client, adds new features including @mentions, message reactions, media gallery, and enhanced group calls
12:40 PM  •
Eben Novy-Williams / Bloomberg:  Nielsen is launching a new division, Nielsen Esports, to quantify the rapidly growing industry for teams, sponsors, advertisers, and publishers
12:25 PM  •
Stephanie Condon / ZDNet:  Box announces Google Cloud Vision API integration, available today in private beta
12:05 PM  •
Thuy Ong / The Verge:  Facebook will limit the spread of stories in News Feed that feature either fake video play buttons or videos of only a static image
11:55 AM  •
Brian Heater / TechCrunch:  Ripcord raises $40M Series B after raising $9.5M Series A in March for its end-to-end paper record digitization service
11:45 AM  •
Tim Peterson / Marketing Land:  Facebook starts offering in-stream-only video ad units that will play as users watch videos on Facebook
11:35 AM  •
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:  Alibaba leads $1.1B investment in Indonesia-based e-commerce firm Tokopedia
11:25 AM  •
Cate Cadell / Reuters:  China issues warning to Alibaba's, other e-commerce marketplaces to remove VPN tools selling on their platforms
10:50 AM  •
Justin Duino / 9to5Google:  Alleged renderings of LG V30 show off handset from multiple angles
10:05 AM  •
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:  Sprint opens Essential Phone pre-orders with a $260 discount, only offers black versions, and says units will ship by August 28
9:00 AM  •
Lulu Yilun Chen / Bloomberg:  Alibaba's Q1 beat estimates as revenue rose 56% YoY to $7.4B, with revenue rising 58% in core ecommerce, almost 50% in cloud, and 30% in media
7:05 AM  •
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:  Google adds Q&A section to Maps on Android and mobile search, letting businesses answer questions

August 16, 2017

11:35 PM  •
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:  Tim Cook says Apple will make two separate $1M donations, to Southern Poverty Law Center and Anti-Defamation League, in an email to staff about Charlottesville
11:05 PM  •
John Mannes / TechCrunch:  SEC filing shows Andrew Ng, Google Brain founder and former Baidu chief scientist, is raising a $150M AI fund
9:45 PM  •
Economist:  James Damore's memo made giant, unfounded logical leaps and ignored important evidence that didn't support his conclusion
8:40 PM  •
Ryan Mac / BuzzFeed:  Apple Pay and PayPal disable support for several sites that promote or sell items glorifying white supremacy
7:10 PM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Google acquires AIMatter, a startup that has built a neural network-based AI platform and SDK to detect and process images quickly on mobile devices
6:43 PM  •
Kate Conger / Gizmodo:  Cloudflare CEO Matthew Prince says firm has stopped protecting Daily Stormer from DDoS attacks, explains his discomfort with policy reversal in email to staff
5:37 PM  •
Russell Brandom / The Verge:  After sustained pressure, CloudFlare CEO Matthew Prince says the firm has stopped protecting Daily Stormer from DDoS attacks
5:30 PM  •
Billboard:  Spotify says it has begun to remove white supremacist acts that were flagged three years ago as “hate bands” by the Southern Poverty Law Center
4:55 PM  •
Jordan Novet / CNBC:  Cisco narrowly beats Q4 estimates with $12.1B revenue, vs. $12.06B est., down 4% YoY, as service revenue rose 1% YoY to $3.1B
2:53 PM  •
Tom Warren / The Verge:  HMD Global debuts Nokia 8, a $705 Android device with a 5.3" display, Snapdragon 835, 4GB RAM, 64GB storage, 13MP dual cameras, available early Sept. in Europe
2:40 PM  •
Jordan Novet / CNBC:  Shipping giant Maersk says the NotPetya cyberattack will likely cause $200M-$300M in lost Q3 revenue
2:10 PM  •
Chris Welch / The Verge:  Google to roll out voice calling feature to Google Home users in US and Canada soon, but it will lack caller ID except for Google Voice or Project Fi users
1:50 PM  •
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:  Microsoft debuts Azure Event Grid, an event routing service that complements Microsoft's existing “serverless” offerings Azure Functions and Azure Logic Apps
1:35 PM  •
CNBC:  Trump disbands the Strategic and Policy Forum and American Manufacturing Council amid loss of support from member CEOs after Charlottesville comments
1:30 PM  •
Ben Schoon / 9to5Google:  After missing initial June ship date, Essential says Essential Phone models with black finish will begin shipping within 7 days, but white models are weeks away
1:10 PM  •
Jack Ewing / New York Times:  Fiat Chrysler says it has joined BMW's autonomous car partnership with Intel and Mobileye
12:35 PM  •
Birkan Icacan / Google:  Google updates G Suite with collaborative features including ability to give and accept suggestions from mobile devices, better search, more
12:10 PM  •
Facebook:  Facebook will let users give friends the option of donating to a US nonprofit on their birthday
11:50 AM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Amazon expands cash rewards for high-performing Alexa apps beyond games to lifestyle, productivity, education apps, and more
11:35 AM  •
Reuters:  Chinese telecom group China Unicom is raising $11.7B from Alibaba, Tencent, Didi Chuxing, and others
11:10 AM  •
New York Times:  Ukrainian hacker identified as “Profexer”, who may have created a tool used in Russian hacks in US, has turned himself in and become a witness for the FBI
10:50 AM  •
Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:  Social virtual reality platform AltspaceVR, which had raised $15M, is not shutting down as previously announced, thanks to new interest from “third parties”
9:15 AM  •
Lauren Goode / The Verge:  Liftoff report finds subscription based apps in the $7 to $20 per month price range have the highest conversion rates
7:10 AM  •
Tripp Mickle / Wall Street Journal:  Sources: Apple has set a budget of ~$1B to procure and produce original content over the next year, could acquire and produce as many as 10 TV shows
6:10 AM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Google Allo arrives on the web via Chrome and currently only pairs with Android phones
12:05 AM  •
Sonya Mann /  Source: Lyft spending ~$10 per new user, down from $70 in fall 2016; App Annie says Lyft's US app downloads grew 115% while Uber's grew only 25% YoY in Q1 2017

August 15, 2017

11:30 PM  •
Alwyn Scott / Reuters:  Chinese drone maker DJI working on mode to let pilots disconnect from internet during flights, weeks after US Army ended DJI use due to “cyber vulnerabilities”
10:30 PM  •
Niall McGee / The Globe and Mail:  SEC filing shows Apple raised CAD $2.5B in its debut Canadian bond sale to fund buybacks and dividends
9:10 PM  •
Eric Newcomer / Bloomberg:  Sources: SoftBank, Didi, Dragoneer, General Atlantic in exclusive talks with Uber, may buy up $12B in stock in two-part deal that hinges on Benchmark dispute
8:45 PM  •
Chris Welch / The Verge:  Sling TV now lets you watch with Chrome on Windows and Mac, with Cloud DVR support for Chrome coming later
7:35 PM  •
Katie Roof / TechCrunch:  Sources: MongoDB has submitted an S-1, confidentially filing for IPO, with the goal of going public before the year's end
6:50 PM  •
Abner Li / 9to5Google:  HTC filing with FCC reveals Google Pixel 2 will have an “Active Edge” branded squeeze feature
6:25 PM  •
Khari Johnson / VentureBeat:  Facebook Messenger's AI assistant M expands to Australia, Canada, South Africa, and UK, but third-party chat extension suggestions still only available in US
6:05 PM  •
Johana Bhuiyan / Recode:  Sources: Chris Saad, head of Uber's developer platform, leaves company after nearly two years, says cost of losing Kalanick as CEO will be incalculable
5:10 PM  •
Tony Romm / Recode:  Apple, Snap, Facebook, Twitter, Dropbox, Cisco, and Verizon among firms who filed amicus brief for cellphone location privacy case going before US Supreme Court
4:50 PM  •
Morgan Little / CNET:  Reddit bans a subreddit after uproar led by r/AgainstHateSubreddits, and Facebook bans several group pages after Charlottesville attack
4:35 PM  •
Paul Armstrong / Forbes:  LinkedIn quietly debuts Active Status feature, on by default, that shows if a user is online
3:54 PM  •
Mark Harris / IEEE Spectrum:  Texts between Travis Kalanick and Anthony Levandowski surface in Waymo-Uber court case, covering thoughts on Tesla, Otto acquisition, DMV probe, more
3:20 PM  •
Keith Collins / Quartz:  DDoS protection company Cloudflare, under fire for continuing to service Daily Stormer, defends its hands-off, content-neutral policy
3:15 PM  •
Jim Finkle / Reuters:  Sources: Blackstone ends talks for stake in NSO Group, the Israeli mobile surveillance firm that sells infamous Pegasus spyware, found in use against activists
2:50 PM  •
Adi Robertson / The Verge:  Neo-Nazi site Daily Stormer moves to dark web after GoDaddy and Google bans, sharing its .onion address
2:43 PM  •
Sheila Dang / Reuters:  Crowdfunding sites including GoFundMe, Kickstarter, and Indiegogo disallow crowdfunding for Charlottesville murder suspect, with multiple campaigns halted
2:38 PM  •
Russell Brandom / The Verge:  In the wake of a killing after a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, tech firms are setting aside content neutrality in the fight against online hate
2:15 PM  •
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:  Facebook improves Camera with ability to go Live, shoot two-second GIFs, and make full screen text posts; all can be shared to Story, Messenger, and News Feed
1:55 PM  •
Bloomberg:  China's key advantages in race to build AI: the government's financial support, ability to mandate foreign firms' cooperation, and pervasive data on citizens
1:42 PM  •
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:  Instagram gets threaded comments, and Facebook News Feed gets UI tweaks like bubble-style comments
1:35 PM  •
Cherlynn Low / Engadget:  Qualcomm unveils new Spectra depth-sensing camera tech, expected to be part of the next flagship Snapdragon Mobile Platform
1:15 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Facebook adds eBay's Daily Deals to its Marketplace on mobile
12:57 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Target expands next-day “everyday essentials” delivery service, Target Restock, a day after announcing Grand Junction acquisition
12:30 PM  •
Casey Newton / The Verge:  Facebook is deleting posts linking to a Daily Stormer article that attacked Charlottesville victim Heather Heyer, after article was shared more than 65K times
11:20 AM  •
Karissa Bell / Mashable:  Amazon launches “Instant Pickup” points to fulfill pickup orders in minutes, now live near a few college campuses in the US
10:55 AM  •
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:  Microsoft acquires Cycle Computing, which makes software for orchestrating workloads in Azure, AWS, and Google clouds, will make future versions “Azure focused”
10:40 AM  •
Tony Romm / Recode:  Uber settles with FTC over misleading customers on its privacy policies, will submit to 20 years of privacy checkups by outside auditors
9:55 AM  •
Eric Jackson / CNBC:  Q&A with ex-PayPal COO David Sacks on how cryptocurrency poses long term threat to VC model and is fulfilling PayPal's initial dream to be “database of money”
8:50 AM  •
Andrew Tarantola / Engadget:  MIT researchers unveil Pensieve, a machine learning system for enabling smoother streaming of high-quality online video with less rebuffering
6:35 AM  •
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Roundtable:  Google fixes AdWords exploit that allowed advertisers to create non-clickable ads, which led to many publishers getting low cost-per-click rates
3:30 AM  •
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:  IOpipe, which provides tools for developing and monitoring serverless applications for AWS Lambda, comes out of beta and raises $2.5M in seed funding
12:25 AM  •
Financial Times:  Beijing's public transport payments company Yikatong launches Android app for allowing commuters to pay for journeys by tapping their smartphones

August 14, 2017

11:20 PM  •
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:  Microsoft announces general availability of .NET Core 2.0, .NET Standard 2.0, and ASP.NET Core 2.0
10:45 PM  •
Ina Fried / Axios:  Intel CEO Brian Krzanich leaves President Trump's American Manufacturing Council, says the divided political climate is causing serious harm to critical issues
8:30 PM  •
Javier C. Hernández / New York Times:  A look at how China's tech ambitions have grown, as Trump pushes for review of China's trade and intellectual property practices
7:25 PM  •
Deborah Liu / Facebook:  Facebook Marketplace expands to 17 countries in Europe, now in 24 countries total, as US numbers grow with 18M+ items posted for sale in May
6:30 PM  •
Salvador Rodriguez / Reuters:  US judge orders LinkedIn to remove any tech stopping hiQ Labs from scraping public profile data, after LinkedIn sent cease and desist letter in May
6:10 PM  •
Ken White / Popehat:  Dreamhost, after working with DoJ for several months, opposes DoJ request for info on owners and visitors of anti-Trump site, including 1.3M IP addresses
5:25 PM  •
Zac Hall / 9to5Mac:  KGI: 3rd-generation Apple Watch will ship this year in LTE and non-LTE models, won't have “obvious change” to form factor, will keep 38mm and 42mm sizes
4:40 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Amazon to shut down its European DVD rental biz, Lovefilm, on October 31
4:20 PM  •
Dani Deahl / The Verge:  Pandora names Sling TV founding CEO Roger Lynch as new CEO and president; Snap Inc. chairman Michael Lynton is also joining the Pandora board
3:40 PM  •
Khari Johnson / VentureBeat:  Facebook Messenger now makes Spotify recommendations when music is mentioned in conversation; suggestions can be turned off by toggling M assistant settings
2:50 PM  •
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:  AWS unveils Macie security service, which uses machine learning to classify sensitive info stored on S3 and then monitors access to it
2:42 PM  •
Kerry Flynn / Mashable:  Snapchat debuts Crowd Surf feature, which stitches together Snaps from select live events by syncing audio, to create multi-perspective viewing experiences
2:23 PM  •
Steve Kovach / Business Insider:  Google says it will cancel Daily Stormer's domain registration, shortly after site switched from GoDaddy; Zoho also says it'll stop providing services to site
2:15 PM  •
Paul Thurrott /  Microsoft memo: Surface Book return rate hit 17% in late-'15; source: Intel was made scapegoat for Surface Book problems, as other OEMs handled Skylake's issues
2:00 PM  •
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:  Swift and LLVM creator Chris Lattner joins Google Brain following his Tesla Autopilot stint
1:54 PM  •
Johana Bhuiyan / Recode:  In open letter to Uber employees, Benchmark says it warned Kalanick over a month ago it was preparing litigation and hints of damning findings in Holder report
1:38 PM  •
Reuters:  Google spokesperson confirms it has canceled Daily Stormer's domain registration, hours after the site switched from GoDaddy
1:15 PM  •
AnandTech:  AMD's Radeon RX Vega 64 review: on average neck-and-neck with the NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 1080 in gaming performance but is less power efficient
1:00 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Facebook is rolling out a “Trending News” section in its iOS and Android apps; on iOS, it's accessible via a link from the app's main navigation
12:00 PM  •
Martin Brinkmann / gHacks Technology News:  Opera discontinues Opera Max, the data-saving Android app released in 2013, says it had a “substantially different value proposition than our browser products”
10:55 AM  •
Catherine Shu / TechCrunch:  GoDaddy tells neo-Nazi site Daily Stormer it violated its ToS and to find a new domain provider, after it posted an obscene article about Charlottesville victim
10:50 AM  •
Scott Scrivens / Android Police:  Google Assistant, Voice Search, Gboard, and the Cloud Speech API add support for 30 more languages
10:40 AM  •
Ruth David / Bloomberg:  Sources: Angry Birds maker Rovio is planning an IPO as early as next month that could raise about $400M and value the company at about $2B
9:35 AM  •
Ryne Hager / Android Police:  OnePlus' head of product says Android O will be the last major Android update for the OnePlus 3 and 3T, despite the 3T being launched just nine months ago
8:30 AM  •
Wall Street Journal:  FBI says ISIS used fake eBay listings to send a total of $8,700 via PayPal to a US-based ISIS operative
7:35 AM  •
Danny Palmer / ZDNet:  Over 1,000 Android apps, including 3 in the Play Store, found to be distributing SonicSpy spyware that silently records audio, takes photos, and makes calls
6:00 AM  •
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:  Hong Kong's PCCW raises $110M for 18% stake in its video and music streaming unit from Hony Capital, Foxconn, and Temasek
2:55 AM  •
Barb Darrow / Fortune:  Marketing tech startup Appboy, which is challenging Salesforce's Marketing Cloud, raises $50M Series D led by Iconiq, bringing the total raised to $93.6M

August 13, 2017

11:05 PM  •
John Cook / GeekWire:  Sources: Google buys Senosis Health, maker of smartphone apps that monitor health metrics, for an undisclosed sum
10:55 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Facebook discontinued its Groups app for Android and iOS; users will be unable to log in after September 1
8:28 PM  •
New York Times:  Sources: Uber board mulls offers from SoftBank and a Dragoneer-led coalition to buy from shareholders at discount from last valuation, plus a Pishevar-led offer
7:10 PM  •
Protocol Labs:  Protocol Labs explains 24hr+ halt of now-resumed Filecoin ICO, which may be biggest ever if the $52M token presale is included, handily beating Tezos' $232M