July 24, 2016, 8:45 AM

July 24, 2016

8:00 AM  •
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / Motherboard:  Phineas Fisher, the hacker behind the Hacking Team and FinFisher breaches, talks about his motives and views of the hacking tool industry
1:55 AM  •
Rose Eveleth / Fusion:  Police asked this 3D printing lab to recreate a dead man's fingers to unlock his phone

July 23, 2016

11:00 PM  •
Marc Schneider / Billboard:  Neil Young's Pono music store goes offline for several weeks as it switches from audio provider Omnifone to 7digital
7:05 PM  •
Kara Swisher / Recode:  Sources: Yahoo informs others that Verizon has won the bidding process; $5B deal expected to be announced by Monday
5:35 PM  •
Rachel Courtland / IEEE Spectrum:  Semiconductor Industry Association: transistors to stop shrinking in 2021, but processors can continue to fulfill Moore's Law with increased vertical density
1:40 PM  •
Chris Kohler / Wired:  Nintendo did not create Pokémon Go, and the game's success is not an indication that the Japanese company finally gets mobile
9:05 AM  •
Leena Rao / Fortune: execs talk about first 12 months since launch, future plans, say company is now on a $1.1B annual run rate
2:00 AM  •
Ellen Huet / Bloomberg:  Airbnb hires ex-mayors of Houston, Philadelphia, Rome, and Adelaide, Australia to advise on local regulation issues

July 22, 2016

10:15 PM  •
Joseph Cox / Motherboard:  Judge Orders Yahoo to Explain How It Recovered ‘Deleted’ Emails in Drugs Case
6:40 PM  •
Brian Crecente / Polygon:  Pokémon Go sets App Store record for most downloads in its first week, Apple confirms
4:15 PM  •
David Ruddock / Android Police:  Sources: Cyanogen Inc. is undergoing major layoffs, may “pivot” to apps
2:15 PM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  MasterCard jumps into UK payments technologies, buys VocaLink for up to $1.14B
12:50 PM  •
Heather Clancy / Fortune:  Workday Buys Big Data Specialist Platfora to Strengthen Cloud Financial Apps
11:50 AM  •
Andy Greenberg / Wired:  Edward Snowden and hacker Andrew Huang present designs for a device to monitor whether your iPhone's radios are transmitting when they are supposed to be off
11:10 AM  •
Kara Swisher / Recode:  Sources: Verizon is close to a deal to acquire Yahoo for about $5B
10:50 AM  •
TechCrunch:  Sources say Reddit's efforts to remake itself are faltering under CEO Steve Huffman and founder Alexis Ohanian's leadership as more key employees depart
9:35 AM  •
Anita Balakrishnan / CNBC:  Sources: Verizon lead bidder for Yahoo, bid includes real estate but not intellectual property, could be announced next week
12:20 AM  •
Brad Chacos / PCWorld:  Nvidia unveils new flagship graphics card, the $1,200 Titan X with 12GB GDDR5X memory, claims it is up to 60% faster than previous Titan X, goes on sale Aug. 2

July 21, 2016

9:05 PM  •
Se Young Lee / Reuters:  Samsung Electronics countersues Huawei in China for patent infringement
8:05 PM  •
Wall Street Journal:  Sources: Liberty Media CEO Greg Maffei, whose company controls Sirius XM, floated an offer to buy Pandora for $3.4B+ but was rejected by Pandora's board
7:20 PM  •
Janko Roettgers / Variety:  Redbox confirms it is testing Redbox Digital video streaming service
6:50 PM  •
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:  Monotype will acquire marketing startup Olapic for $130M
6:35 PM  •
Tom Spring / Threatpost:  EFF sues US over Digital Millennium Copyright Act clause that restricts tinkering with systems that protect copyrighted materials like films, audio, and code
6:05 PM  •
Jordan Novet / VentureBeat:  Salesforce acquires data center analytics startup Coolan
5:50 PM  •
Lisa Beilfuss / Wall Street Journal:  AT&T reports Q2 revenues of $40.52B, up 23% YoY, profit of $3.41B, up from $3.08B a year ago; adds 2.1M wireless customers but loses 49K video customers in US
4:55 PM  •
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:  Pandora misses targets for Q2 with revenue of $343M, up 20% YoY but lower than projections of $351.7M; active listeners fall to 78.1M from 79.4M a year ago
4:50 PM  •
Katie Roof / TechCrunch:  PayPal narrowly beats quarterly revenue expectations with $2.65B as it partners with Visa
4:35 PM  •
Tomio Geron / Wall Street Journal:  Seeking broader acceptance in the world of venture capital, 500 Startups reveals detailed return fund performance data as it raises its fourth fund
3:20 PM  •
Brad Sams / Petri:  Microsoft says demand for its Surface Hub, which costs up to $22K, has exceeded forecasts; device has shipped to over 500 customers worldwide to date
2:55 PM  •
GeekWire:  Amazon tests Daily Dish workplace lunch delivery service in select Seattle zip codes
2:45 PM  •
Greg Hartrell / Official Android Blog:  Google Play Books debuts Bubble Zoom, which uses machine learning to detect and expand speech bubbles in comic books, starting with some Marvel and DC volumes
2:10 PM  •
Tinder:  Tinder launches Tinder Social, a feature that lets groups plan nights out and “match” with other nearby groups that are also going out
1:45 PM  •
Mike Gikas / Consumer Reports:  Samsung corrects manufacturing defect in Galaxy S7 Active to fix water resistance problem
12:50 PM  •
Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica:  Moto Z review: huge price increase, no 3.5mm headphone jack, slow OS updates, and lame modules make it hard to recommend
12:25 PM  •
Casey Newton / The Verge:  Mark Zuckerberg discusses Facebook's 10-year plans to improve internet access, the importance of AI, plans for VR, and the challenges of AR
12:22 PM  •
William Alden / BuzzFeed:  Document shows Peter Thiel's venture capital firm Founders Fund privately values Palantir at 40% less than its latest valuation of $20B
12:20 PM  •
Casey Newton / The Verge:  Inside the inaugural test flight of Facebook's first internet drone, Aquila
12:00 PM  •
Kara Swisher / Recode:  Profile of Peter Thiel, the eccentric investor who is unlike anyone else in tech, as he endorses Trump with a speech at the RNC
11:50 AM  •
Jemma Brackebush / Digiday:  Zenith research: global internet ad spending will overtake TV in 2017, with 36% of market share versus TV's 35%
11:40 AM  •
Periscope:  Periscope adds “Replay Highlights” automatic trailers for broadcasts, ability to view Periscope feeds within embedded Tweets
11:35 AM  •
Nirav Mehta / Google Lat Long:  Google Maps adds more ways to add missing places and suggest edits to existing information
10:50 AM  •
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:  IDC: Smartwatch shipments fall for the first time; Apple only company in top 5 to decline
10:35 AM  •
Stephanie Condon / ZDNet:  Google Cloud Platform debuts 2 machine learning APIs in beta: a natural language API that lets devs perform sentiment & syntax analysis, and a Cloud Speech API
9:50 AM  •
Chris Welch / The Verge:  Lenovo's Moto Z and Moto Z Force Droids to launch on Verizon July 28, for $624 and $720
9:45 AM  •
Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:  Facebook Live to double broadcast length to four hours, offer fullscreen streaming and ability to temporarily hide comments and reactions during broadcast
8:30 AM  •
Heather Clancy / Fortune:  Sprinklr raises $105M Series F led by Temasek, at a valuation of $1.8B, for its social media management software
2:25 AM  •
Catalin Cimpanu / Softpedia News:  Apple fixes Stagefright-like vulnerability, which allows attackers to compromise devices via a malicious image, in latest updates to iOS, OS X, tvOS, watchOS

July 20, 2016

10:45 PM  •
Ed Bott / ZDNet:  The French National Data Protection Commission serves notice to Microsoft for Windows 10 privacy failings, gives company three months to comply
9:10 PM  •
Lauren Goode / The Verge:  Corning unveils Gorilla Glass 5, claims 0.6mm thick glass will not break 80% of the time when dropped from 1.6 meters
7:45 PM  •
Paul Thurrott /  How Skype is transitioning from a legacy P2P infrastructure to a new mobile-friendly, cloud-based solution this year
6:25 PM  •
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:  US shuts down biggest torrents site KickassTorrents, arrests owner after Apple hands over his personal details
5:12 PM  •
Ian King / Bloomberg:  Qualcomm Q3 revenues up 3.6% YoY to $6.04B, net income rises to $1.4B from $1.18B a year ago
5:00 PM  •
Natalie Gagliordi / ZDNet:  eBay slightly beats Q2 estimates on revenues of $2.2B and earnings of $437M, announces $2.5B share buyback
4:28 PM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Intel Q2 misses on sales of $13.5B, beats on EPS of $0.59 as it hunkers on with restructuring
3:50 PM  •
Jordan Pearson / Motherboard:  Mining is underway for a new Ethereum blockchain, following a hard fork that refunds ether to original investors of the hacked DAO
3:05 PM  •
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:  SwiftKey debuts emoji prediction keyboard Swiftmoji, its first product since the Microsoft acquisition
2:30 PM  •
Avery Hartmans / Business Insider:  Airbnb hires former Attorney General Eric Holder to help “craft a world-class anti-discrimination policy”
1:55 PM  •
Bloomberg:  China Bans Highway Testing of Autonomous Cars Pending Regulation
12:55 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Microsoft debuts Bookings, a new Office 365 service for online appointment scheduling
12:25 PM  •
Benjamin Smedberg / Future Releases:  Firefox will block non-essential, invisible Flash content starting in August
12:10 PM  •
Jack Clark / Bloomberg:  Google says DeepMind-powered AI has improved its datacenters' power usage efficiency by 15%
11:55 AM  •
Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:  Doppler Labs raises $24M Series B led by The Chernin Group for its wireless listening system, which has speech amplification, adaptive sound filtering, more
11:05 AM  •
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:  A history of Facebook Messenger as it reaches 1B monthly users five years after its debut; 17B photos are now sent through the service each month
10:15 AM  •
Katie Roof / TechCrunch:  Report: global VC funding, propped up by mega deals, rose 3% from previous quarter to $27.4B in Q2 but number of deals fell by 6% to 1886, lowest since Q2 2013
8:10 AM  •
Saritha Rai / Bloomberg:  Facebook testing option that allows users to download videos for watching offline in India
6:05 AM  •
Ganesh T S / AnandTech:  Seagate unveils three 10TB, helium-based 7200 RPM hard drives for the consumer market, with prices starting at $460
12:15 AM  •
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:  Duolingo releases Tinycards, a free, game-like memorization app for iOS, that lets users create flashcards, or select from the hundreds currently available

July 19, 2016

11:55 PM  •
David Pakman:  VC at Venrock on how Dollar Shave Club became successful and why he invested in it
11:15 PM  •
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:  Source: Niantic postponed Pokémon Go Japan launch after internal communication from McDonald's Japan, the game's sponsor, detailing the launch leaked
10:25 PM  •
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:  Twitter permanently suspends Breitbart tech editor Milo Yiannopoulos for repeated violation of rules regarding targeted abuse of users
10:15 PM  •
Dan Primack / Fortune:  Unilever acquires Dollar Shave Club, sources say for $1B; DSC founder and CEO Michael Dubin to continue running the company
8:50 PM  •
Vlad Savov / The Verge:  Nintendo's market value more than doubles to $42.5B since Pokémon Go release, surpasses Sony market value of about $40B
7:10 PM  •
Wall Street Journal:  Facebook is paying $2.2M to Vine and YouTube stars to create content for Facebook Live
5:25 PM  •
Guillermo Parra-Bernal / Reuters:  Brazil's Federal Supreme Court suspends a ruling by a low-tier judge that had blocked WhatsApp
4:37 PM  •
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:  Microsoft Q4: Azure revenue up 102% YoY with compute usage doubling, Intelligent Cloud revenue up 7% YoY, Surface revenue up 9% YoY; Office 365 subs top 23M
4:15 PM  •
Microsoft:  Microsoft reports non-GAAP revenue of $22.6B, operating income of $6.2B for FY16 Q4; commercial cloud annualized revenue run rate exceeds $12.1B
3:35 PM  •
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch:  Skycure lands $16.5M Series B round for mobile cybersecurity platform
2:05 PM  •
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:  Snapchat confirms acquisition of Toronto startup Bitstrips, integrates Bitmojis into app to offer more personalized emoji
1:55 PM  •
Nick Statt / The Verge:  Twitter now lets anyone request a verified account
1:35 PM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Slack, now with 600 apps on its platform, pours $2M into 14 Slackbot startups via its Slack Fund
12:20 PM  •
Reuters:  Brazilian judge orders phone carriers to block WhatsApp, the third such incident in 8 months
12:11 PM  •
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:  Sources: Pokémon Go to launch in Japan with McDonald's as the first launch partner, with 3K+ stores set to be sponsored “gym” locations
11:30 AM  •
Kurt Wagner / Recode:  NBA to create two original programs to stream exclusively on Twitter, post more game highlights on the social network and Vine
10:30 AM  •
Alex Konrad / Forbes:  WiFi Startup Zenreach Emerges From Stealth With $50 Million And Peter Thiel On Its Board
9:30 AM  •
Mark Scott / New York Times:  Google is spending almost half a billion dollars by 2017 to remake its image in Europe

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