February 7, 2016, 5:40 AM

February 7, 2016

2:00 AM  •
New York Times:  Popular messaging app Kik, which grants anonymity to teenagers and predators, is a growing concern for law enforcement

February 6, 2016

10:05 PM  •
Mark Suster / Fortune:  Upfront survey of VCs: 91% expect valuations do go down in the first half of 2016, 62% say their portfolios are cutting costs
6:10 PM  •
Casey Newton / The Verge:  Twitter's algorithmic timeline is like expanded version of “while you were away” feature, according to users testing it; opt-out is available
4:55 PM  •
Jack Dorsey / @jack:  Jack Dorsey responds to #RIPTwitter, links Twitter's identity with real-time, doesn't deny an algorithmic feed but says there was no plan to launch next week
4:20 PM  •
Mark Bergen / Re/code:  John Giannandrea's appointment as Google's search chief shows that AI is key to maintaining Google's dominance in search
12:05 PM  •
Glyn Moody / Ars Technica UK:  GCHQ's data-mining techniques revealed in new Snowden leak
7:40 AM  •
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:  Amazon and other retailers should stop selling cheap USB-C cables with faulty wiring that can damage laptops, and instead demand certification for these cables
1:55 AM  •
Brendan Klinkenberg / BuzzFeed:  Google Creative Lab partners with publisher Visual Editions to offer immersive and interactive books designed specifically for smartphones
1:00 AM  •
Kshitiz Goliya / Reuters:  Autodesk to cut jobs by 10 percent as it transitions to cloud
12:05 AM  •
Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:  Apple adds server API to CloudKit, unlocking new developer possibilities for the iCloud service

February 5, 2016

11:10 PM  •
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:  Google confirms Hangouts will now use peer-to-peer connections to improve call quality and speed
10:15 PM  •
Douglas MacMillan / Wall Street Journal:  Yahoo loses Arjun Sethi to Social Capital after buying his company MessageMe in 2014
9:10 PM  •
Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed:  Twitter To Introduce Algorithmic Timeline As Soon As Next Week
7:35 PM  •
Washington Post:  Talks between the UK and US underway to amend laws to allow UK to serve wiretap orders directly to US firms
6:45 PM  •
Microsoft:  GoPro and Microsoft sign patent licensing agreement for “certain file storage and other system technologies”
6:20 PM  •
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:  PayPal stops taking payments for UnoTelly VPN and SmartDNS service, saying service can be used to bypass copyright law
5:05 PM  •
T.C. Sottek / The Verge:  Verizon updates go90 video app to exempt it from data caps for customers not on prepaid plan
4:30 PM  •
William Alden / BuzzFeed:  Data from the Washington regulator shows 83% of Zenefits deals in WA state through Aug 2015 done by unlicensed insurance brokers
4:03 PM  •
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:  BlackBerry says it's laying off about 200 in Waterloo and Florida, contradicting earlier reports
3:46 PM  •
Matthew Lynley / TechCrunch:  Zirx says it's shutting down its on-demand parking service February 29 to focus on its enterprise business
3:40 PM  •
Sean Behr / Zirx Blog:  On-demand parking service closing on February 29th, 2016
3:35 PM  •
Mike Isaac / New York Times:  Twitter says it has suspended 125K accounts for promoting or threatening terrorist acts since mid-2015
3:05 PM  •
Tim Peterson / Ad Age:  LinkedIn will stop selling ads on other sites, an offering launched after its $175M purchase of Bizo in 2014
2:15 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Amazon's Alexa voice recognition service on Echo speaker and Fire TV gets Uber ordering, Spotify streaming, and Domino's pizza delivery
1:55 PM  •
Janko Roettgers / Variety:  Virtual reality startup Wevr raises $25M, plans to launch cross-platform VR content network, Transport
1:30 PM  •
Lizette Chapman / Bloomberg Business:  Sources: Jessica Alba's e-commerce startup Honest Co. is working with Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley on an IPO
1:05 PM  •
Douglas Soltys /  Sources: BlackBerry Waterloo cuts include about 150 BlackBerry 10 and Devices staff; BlackBerry says there was a “small number” of layoffs in Florida and Canada
12:50 PM  •
Brian Solomon / Forbes:  Tableau Software closes down more than 49% on slowdown in licensing revenue, weak forecast, even as its quarterly earnings and overall revenue beat estimates
12:20 PM  •
Lucian Constantin / PCWorld:  Vulnerabilities in Netgear's ProSafe network management system could lead to remote code execution with system privileges, arbitrary file download
11:35 AM  •
Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:  AltspaceVR, an app that allows multiple users to meet in virtual spaces, launches on Gear VR
10:55 AM  •
Miles Brignall / Guardian:  “Error 53” fury mounts: iPhone 6 users claim iOS 9 installation bricks phones with Touch ID sensors repaired by third parties
10:40 AM  •
Everett Rosenfeld / CNBC:  LinkedIn plunges over 43%, erasing over $10B in market cap, after announcing weaker-than-expected forward guidance
8:05 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Rocket Internet Sells Food Startups In Spain, Italy, Brazil, Mexico For $140M To Just Eat
2:00 AM  •
Chris Coyne / Keybase:  Keybase debuts an open-sourced filesystem with end-to-end encryption that ties users' identities from across services to make sharing easy, now invite only

February 4, 2016

11:25 PM  •
Chris Kohler / Wired:  Nintendo's Quality of Life sleep tracking device, planned for release in March, shelved indefinitely
10:10 PM  •
Rob Lewis / Techvibes Global News:  Visa opens up its global payments network to developers with launch of Visa Developer
8:55 PM  •
Julie Bort / Business Insider:  How prioritizing enterprise clients has sown conflict between employees and management at GitHub, which has lost nine executives in recent months
7:40 PM  •
Adi Robertson / The Verge:  Epic's Unreal Editor now allows game developers to create environments through a VR headset
6:45 PM  •
Jordan Robertson / Bloomberg Business:  Symantec announces $500M investment by Silver Lake for stock buybacks, plans to cut costs by $400M and give investors special dividend of $4 per share
5:50 PM  •
Eric Newcomer / Bloomberg Business:  General Catalyst Raises $845 Million Venture Fund
4:55 PM  •
Jordan Novet / VentureBeat:  LinkedIn says it has acquired Connectifier, a job candidates search tool; some of the Connectifier team “freely pursuing their next adventure”
4:47 PM  •
Katie Roof / TechCrunch:  LinkedIn provides weak guidance but company beats expectations with $862M in Q4 revenue
4:45 PM  •
Taylor Loren / Latergramme Blog:  Instagram Rolls Out Multiple Account Switching for Some iOS Users
3:50 PM  •
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:  Apple to update iPhone trade-in program to give credit for units with damaged displays, will offer screen protector installation
3:25 PM  •
OpenSignal:  OpenSignal Global State of LTE Report: US ranks 55th in terms of LTE download speeds
2:40 PM  •
Lucas Ballard / Google Online Security Blog:  Chrome's Safe Browsing feature now warns users about sites with deceptive embedded content, like fake download buttons
2:05 PM  •
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:  Mozilla to end Firefox OS smartphone support after version 2.6, no staff involvement beyond May
1:50 PM  •
Official Android Blog:  Android Wear adds new gestures, speaker support, and ability to send messages using your voice
1:25 PM  •
Robert Hackett / Fortune:  Software supply chain manager Sonatype raises $30M led by Goldman Sachs
1:00 PM  •
Slack:  Slack says 43% of workers are women, up from 39% in September, 7.8% of engineers are black, up from 7%; firm adopts Rooney Rule for leadership role recruitment
12:40 PM  •
Olga Kharif / Bloomberg Business:  Apple Pay is now available in 2M retail locations, coming soon to Crate & Barrel, Chick-fil-A, Zappos, and Au Bon Pain
12:15 PM  •
Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:  Driving analytics company Zendrive raises $13.5M led by Sherpa Capital
12:00 PM  •
Walt Mossberg / The Verge:  The quality and reliability of Apple's apps on iOS and OS X have gradually degraded over the past few years
11:50 AM  •
New York Times:  Sharp says it's leaning toward a takeover offer from Foxconn over offer from the Japanese government-backed fund INCJ
10:55 AM  •
Todd Spangler / Variety:  YouTube Red to launch its first original programming, three films and a series, on Feb. 10
10:35 AM  •
Mariella Moon / Engadget:  Premium Spotify subscribers can now play music directly on Amazon Echo
9:10 AM  •
Nick Statt / The Verge:  Justin Kan to restart his lifecasting channel, as a Snapchat channel
6:40 AM  •
Arik Hesseldahl / Re/code:  Cisco: Internet traffic will pass a zettabyte this year driven by mobile, will double again in 2019; 5.5B people will own a mobile device by 2020

February 3, 2016

11:45 PM  •
Chris Welch / The Verge:  Apple Music for Android now lets you save songs to an SD card
10:30 PM  •
Blair Hanley Frank / PCWorld:  Microsoft announces Azure IoT Hub, its cloud service for managing internet-connected devices, will become generally available February 4
9:10 PM  •
Chris Welch / The Verge:  GoPro CEO says firm will discontinue three of its cameras in April, but Hero 4 Black at $500, Hero 4 Silver at $400, and Hero 4 Session at $200 will remain
8:15 PM  •
Jack Clark / Bloomberg Business:  Google's search chief Amit Singhal to retire February 26, will be replaced by AI manager John Giannandrea
8:05 PM  •
Nicole Lee / Engadget:  Square NFC payment reader available in US Apple stores for $49, compatible with chip-enabled cards, Apple Pay, Android Pay, and Samsung Pay
7:10 PM  •
Ian King / Bloomberg Business:  Sources: Google to commit to purchasing Qualcomm server chips pending benchmarks being met
6:15 PM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  IBM buys German design agency, its third creative-services acquisition this week
5:55 PM  •
Mikey Campbell / AppleInsider:  Apple ordered to pay $625M to VirnetX after court finds FaceTime, VPN, iMessage infringed patents
5:40 PM  •
Katie Roof / TechCrunch:  Struggling GoPro falls short on earnings with quarterly revenue of $437M, down 31% YoY, announces new CFO Brian McGee
5:32 PM  •
Jason Del Rey / Re/code:  Sources: Amazon plans more physical stores, including retail stores that aren't bookstores, but has no immediate plans for 300-400 stores
5:15 PM  •
Ron Miller / TechCrunch:  Cisco says it agrees to pay $1.4B for Jasper, a platform to connect Internet-of-Things devices
4:30 PM  •
Pete Rizzo / CoinDesk:  Blockstream raises $55M Series A to develop interoperable blockchain tech
4:00 PM  •
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:  Instagram extends max video ad length from 30 to 60 seconds to attract TV dollars; max user-posted video length remains at 15 seconds
3:25 PM  •
Davey Alba / Wired:  Intel diversity report shows sluggish progress on minority representation, no gender pay gap, 5.4% increase in women to 24.8% of total workforce
2:45 PM  •
David Shepardson / Reuters:  Google expands self-driving car testing to Kirkland, Washington, noting different traffic patterns and road conditions
2:00 PM  •
Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:  Dropbox execs say it has plenty of money in the bank, hired 500 people in 2015, 75 so far in 2016, adds 10M users per month and 25K business users quarterly
1:40 PM  •
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:  Adblock Fast, a plugin for Samsung's browser, removed from Google Play days after launching because it “interferes” with third-party apps
1:35 PM  •
Chris Welch / The Verge:  Google Fiber begins rolling out free internet to select public housing in Kansas City and will expand the initiative to all Fiber cities
1:15 PM  •
Nicole Lee / Engadget:  Pebble adds custom messages, Pebble Health watch face and API, new low power mode, more
12:55 PM  •
Lizette Chapman / Bloomberg Business:  Index Ventures raises new $550M fund, amassing up to $1.25B after having spent little of last April's $700M raise, adds Dick Costolo, others as partners
12:37 PM  •
Jillian D'Onfro / Business Insider:  Google's search chief Amit Singhal retires, to be replaced by AI manager John Giannandrea
12:25 PM  •
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:  eBay tells security firm it has no plans to fix bug that lets attackers bypass restrictions on auction pages and run custom JavaScript
12:10 PM  •
Liam Tung / ZDNet:  Google's Project Zero details security flaws in Malwarebytes software 90 days after privately disclosing; fix could take three weeks
11:55 AM  •
Chris Welch / The Verge:  Amazon is adding Alexa to the original Fire TV and Fire TV Stick
11:40 AM  •
Yimou Lee / Reuters:  Lenovo Q3: revenue falls 8% to $12.9B, net profits rise to $300M, beating estimates
11:20 AM  •
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:  HTC Cards $101M Loss In Q4 2015, Its Third Successive Quarter In The Red
10:55 AM  •
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:  Torrents Time lets anyone launch their own web version of Popcorn Time
9:50 AM  •
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:  Comcast says gigabit cable Internet service launching in Atlanta, Nashville early this year, with Chicago, Detroit, and Miami in following months
9:20 AM  •
Lauren Goode / The Verge:  Fitbit launches Alta, a fashionable bracelet-like activity tracker, for $130, shipping in March
9:00 AM  •
Kurt Wagner / Re/code:  Anonymous messaging app After School raises $16.4M led by Accomplice one year after it was banned from the App Store
8:05 AM  •
Barry Levine / Marketing Land:  Deep linking firm URX launches option to match mobile web content with promo cards to related merchandise or content
6:40 AM  •
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:  Kik adds branded GIFs to its messaging app, partners with Paramount and WWF initially, expects to add other brands within months
3:35 AM  •
Harry Shum / The Official Microsoft Blog:  Microsoft acquires SwiftKey, promises to continue developing its Android and iOS apps
3:05 AM  •
Paul Thurrott /  InFocus launches its second pocket-sized PC, Kangaroo Plus, with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage, available for $169
12:00 AM  •
Steve Lohr / New York Times:  UC Berkeley professors push back against surveillance software installed in datacenters across the University of California system after last year's UCLA breach

February 2, 2016

11:15 PM  •
Matt Day / The Seattle Times:  Microsoft recalls AC power cords for Surface Pro devices sold before March 15, 2015
10:30 PM  •
Husain Sumra / MacRumors:  Apple Acquired Firmware Security Company LegbaCore Last November
10:00 PM  •
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:  Source: iPhone 7 will be similar in design to iPhone 6, but will have a flush rear camera, and no antenna bands on back
9:45 PM  •
William Alden / BuzzFeed:  Yahoo writes down Tumblr's value by $230M after paying $1.1B for the blogging service in 2013
8:25 PM  •
Matthew Leising / Bloomberg Business:  Goldman Sachs and IBM join investment in blockchain startup Digital Asset Holdings to bring total raised to $60M
7:20 PM  •
Don Clark / Wall Street Journal:  International Trade Commission finds Arista infringed three Cisco switching patents in initial determination, final determination expected in July
6:10 PM  •
Financial Times:  Sources: Microsoft paid $250M for SwiftKey, maker of an AI-powered predictive keyboard for smartphones and tablets
6:00 PM  •
Ina Fried / Re/code:  Accessory maker Zagg acquires iPhone battery case maker Mophie for $100M
5:50 PM  •
TechCrunch:  Twitter now lets logged out mobile visitors see full conversations, not just individual tweets, brings the redesigned homepage to 23 new countries
5:30 PM  •
Kara Swisher / Re/code:  Yahoo is exploring “strategic alternatives”, says its chairman; CEO Marissa Mayer outlines plans for $400M in cost cuts and asset sales that could bring in $1B+
5:20 PM  •
Greg Bensinger / Wall Street Journal:  Amazon to open 300-400 brick-and-mortar bookstores, said mall operator GGP's CEO, who later issued statement that he didn't “intend to represent Amazon's plans”
4:52 PM  •
Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:  Yahoo announces 15% staff cut, will close 5 overseas offices as part of “aggressive strategic plan”, $1.27B in quarterly revenue, up 1.5% YoY, beating estimates
4:05 PM  •
Brendan Klinkenberg / BuzzFeed:  Sources: YouTube working toward live 360-degree video broadcasting, meeting with camera manufacturers
3:45 PM  •
Matt Weinberger / Business Insider:  GitHub VP of Engineering Susan Lally has left the company and is the ninth executive to leave in past few months
3:20 PM  •
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:  Sources: NSA plans major reorg to merge cyber offense and defense divisions amid internal concerns that the change could undermine private sector partnerships
3:10 PM  •
Kara Swisher / Re/code:  A look at the $1M motivational guidebook commissioned by Marissa Mayer for all Yahoo employees
2:45 PM  •
Travis Kalanick / Uber Global:  Uber announces major rebranding with icons designed to reflect regional colors and patterns, as well as a new logotype
2:35 PM  •
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:  Microsoft to turn on Yammer by default for eligible Office 365 customers over next few months as it tries to head off Facebook at Work
2:25 PM  •
Pavel Alpeyev / Bloomberg Business:  Nintendo quarterly profit down 36% as Wii U and 3DS sales drop; first smartphone game on track for March release
2:00 PM  •
Lauren Johnson / Adweek:  Sources: Twitter's branded custom emojis come in packaged deals costing around $1M
1:33 PM  •
Eugene Kim / Business Insider:  Inside Marissa Mayer's efforts to maintain Yahoo Labs amid layoffs, overseas office shutdowns, and a shift from longer-term research to product initiatives
12:25 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  SoundCloud Gets Its Own Radio Feature With Launch Of “Stations” On iOS And Android
12:05 PM  •
Agence France-Presse:  European Court of Human Rights rules news websites are not responsible for “insulting and rude” reader comments in case against Hungarian website
11:55 AM  •
Ron Miller / TechCrunch:  Salesforce vice chairman and president Keith Block is now also Chief Operating Officer
11:20 AM  •
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:  OutSystems raises $55M round, led by North Bridge Growth Equity for its rapid application delivery platform
10:45 AM  •
Mark Scott / New York Times:  US, Europe reach safe harbor data deal, includes ombudsman in State Dept. for quick response to grievances; privacy rights advocates may file legal challenges
8:53 AM  •
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:  Apple eyes March 15 event for iPhone 5se, iPad Air 3 & Apple Watch updates
8:25 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  AR Startup Magic Leap Raises $793.5M Series C At $4.5B Valuation Led By Alibaba
7:20 AM  •
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:  T-Mobile has fastest US 4G network, closely followed by Verizon, with AT&T and Sprint lagging behind, says crowdsourced mobile data company OpenSignal
5:30 AM  •
Steve O'Hear / TechCrunch:  Rocket Internet's Spotcap Raises Further €31.5M To Lend To Small Businesses

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