February 23, 2017, 8:55 AM

February 23, 2017

8:45 AM  •
TechCrunch:  Airbnb confirms deal to buy social payments startup Tilt; sources characterize the deal as acqui-hire as most of the money is being spent on retaining the team
8:20 AM  •
Steven Perlberg / BuzzFeed:  Sources: Facebook's head of news partnerships Campbell Brown and CPO Chris Cox are hosting off-the-record meetings with journalists to improve relations
7:45 AM  •
Jeff John Roberts / Fortune:  Google's Jigsaw unveils Perspective, an AI-powered tool for publishers to weed out abuse from online comments, available as an API for free
5:05 AM  •
Matthew Lynley / TechCrunch:  How Pinterest built Lens, its search tool for identifying real-world objects before suggesting related items, using GPU-powered deep learning and more
2:30 AM  •
John Eggerton / Multichannel News:  FCC opens up 5 GHz spectrum band to unlicensed LTE use, certifies equipment from Ericsson and Nokia
12:30 AM  •
Richard Chirgwin / The Register:  Arris to acquire Brocade's Ruckus Wireless and ICX Switch business for $800M in cash following closing of Broadcom's acquisition of Brocade

February 22, 2017

10:15 PM  •
Politico:  Sources: White House Chief Digital Officer Gerrit Lansing out after failing FBI background check; one source says failure was due to investment issues
9:55 PM  •
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:  HP Inc. Q1 revenue up 4% YoY to $12.7B with notebook computer revenue up 16% but revenue from printing down YoY by 3% to $4.48B
8:00 PM  •
Mike Isaac / New York Times:  Interviews with 30+ current and former Uber employees depict an unrestrained work culture; Uber also faces 3+ lawsuits over sexual harrassment or verbal abuse
6:40 PM  •
Yolanda Redrup / Financial Review:  Australian accounting software company MYOB to buy payment processing firm Paycorp for AU$48M
4:45 PM  •
Jordan Novet / VentureBeat:  Filing: Fitbit acquired Pebble's talent and intellectual property for $23M, well below reported price of $30-40M
4:25 PM  •
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:  Square beats Q4 estimates with $452M in revenue, up from $374M last year, as gross payment volume rises 34% YoY to $13.7B; stock up 4%
2:40 PM  •
Tom Warren / The Verge:  Microsoft updates Windows 10 Mail and Calendar apps with Focused Inbox, @mentions for adding contacts to email threads, package delivery information, more
1:55 PM  •
Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:  Twitter to let businesses create personalized profiles for customer service agents, adding their name and photograph to DMs with customers
1:15 PM  •
Sam Biddle / The Intercept:  Leaked documents show how Palantir's tools for analyzing big data, made with help from staffers of intelligence agencies, became integral to NSA, GCHQ, others
12:50 PM  •
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:  Email delivery service Mailgun spins out of Rackspace and raises $50M round led by Turn/River Capital, with participation from Scaleworks and Rackspace
12:30 PM  •
Peter Kafka / Recode:  Brian Robbins, CEO of teen/tween video network AwesomenessTV, is stepping down and will be replaced by Brett Boutier
12:10 PM  •
Alwyn Scott / Reuters:  GE partners with AT&T and Intel to install cameras, sensors, and microphones on 3.2K street lights in San Diego, raising privacy concerns
11:45 AM  •
Jack Nicas / Wall Street Journal:  Waze plans to expand ride-sharing service to several US cities and Latin America over the next few months
11:07 AM  •
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:  Instagram will open up carousel posts, with up to 10 photos and videos, to all users in the coming weeks
10:55 AM  •
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:  AMD launches flagship Ryzen 8-core desktop CPUs, pre-orderable today, available March 2, starting at $329
10:30 AM  •
Cade Metz / Wired:  AI-powered hedge fund Numerai unveils new digital token Numeraire that collaboratively rewards Wall Street data scientists for the best trading algorithms
9:55 AM  •
Roger Cheng / CNET:  Verizon will test 5G service in 11 cities by mid-2017 as a replacement for home or office broadband
9:45 AM  •
Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:  Over 1M apps, websites, and bots are now using Facebook's mobile analytics suite, Analytics for Apps, up from 800K in September 2016
8:40 AM  •
Apple:  Apple's new 175-acre “Apple Park” campus will open in April; 12K+ staff to move in over six months; the 1K-seat auditorium will be named the Steve Jobs Theater
8:05 AM  •
Sascha Segan / PC Magazine:  Intel unveils XMM 7560 LTE modem with 1Gbps download speeds, 225 Mbps upload speeds, and CDMA support
5:35 AM  •
New York Times:  Inside Europe's fight against online disinformation, as Dutch, German, and French elections approach
1:30 AM  •
Abhimanyu Ghoshal / The Next Web:  Microsoft launching Skype Lite on Android for limited connectivity areas, available in India first, with support for nine regional languages and new chatbots

February 21, 2017

10:50 PM  •
Jason Del Rey / Recode:  Amazon Go checkout-less store in Seattle will sell alcohol and have staff on hand to check IDs
9:25 PM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Sources: Apple quietly acquired, shutting down the Asian social network that used the domain
8:20 PM  •
Hayley Ringle / Phoenix Business Journal:  Uber begins testing self-driving cars in Tempe, Arizona, with more than a dozen Volvos available to riders
6:55 PM  •
Johana Bhuiyan / Recode:  Sources largely attribute problems at Uber to Kalanick's original directive for HR to focus on recruitment rather than workplace issues
5:30 PM  •
Business Insider:  Sources: Snap faced tough questions from potential investors in a meeting Tuesday, focusing on the deceleration of user growth and the threat of Facebook
5:00 PM  •
Jessica Toonkel / Reuters:  Sources: Facebook is in talks to live stream one MLB game per week during upcoming season
4:50 PM  •
Barb Darrow / Fortune:  Google to discontinue Site Search on April 1, its search tool for publishers' websites, according to email to customers and partners
4:45 PM  •
Kurt Wagner / Recode:  Instagram hires Kristina Schake, formerly head of communications for Hillary Clinton's campaign and Michelle Obama, as communications chief
4:00 PM  •
Mike Shields / Wall Street Journal:  Google will let Media Rating Council audit YouTube ad data, as well as ads displayed on non-Google sites purchased via AdWords, DoubleClick Bid Manager
3:45 PM  •
Rachael Levy / Business Insider:  Source: Goldman Sachs, a lead bank for Snap's IPO, is predicting Snap will have revenue of $1.959B in 2018, up from $404M in 2016, and 221M DAUs, up from 158M
2:55 PM  •
Ben Thompson / Stratechery:  Zuckerberg's manifesto is a sign Facebook's power should be checked
2:10 PM  •
Luciana Lopez / Reuters:  UPS tests drone deliveries in rural Florida, aiming to make delivery routes more efficient, will wait for regulatory environment to mature before larger rollout
1:30 PM  •
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:  Kubernetes orchestrator now available on Microsoft's Azure Container Service; preview of Windows Server Containers with Kubernetes also available now on ACS
12:35 PM  •
Mitchel Broussard / MacRumors:  KGI: Apple's 2017 OLED iPhone to have front-facing camera with 3D sensing abilities; depth sensing could be used in facial recognition and games
12:15 PM  •
Jim McGregor / Forbes:  ARM buys European lightweight cellular tech firms Mistbase and NextG-Com as part of new initiative to offer cellular modems for IoT
12:05 PM  •
Dan Primack / Axios:  Sources: Jay Z is launching a VC fund, which will partner with Sherpa Capital, though it will have a separate brand, and investments won't be led by Sherpa
11:55 AM  •
Abner Li / 9to5Google:  Google's Project Fi starts testing Voice over LTE support for a subset of its users, does not announce timeframe for a roll out to all users
11:40 AM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Google's Project Fi starts testing Voice over LTE support
10:55 AM  •
Jon Fingas / Engadget:  Qualcomm's new Snapdragon X20 LTE modem promises 1.2Gbps download speeds on mobile; products using it not expected until first half of 2018
10:20 AM  •
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:  TransferWise launches Facebook Messenger bot for global money transfers from US, Europe, Australia, and Canada
10:05 AM  •
Saheli Roy Choudhury / CNBC:  Alibaba's Ant Financial to invest $200M in Kakao Pay, the payments unit of South Korea's messaging company Kakao Corp, as part of a strategic partnership
9:20 AM  •
Lulu Yilun Chen / Bloomberg:  Alibaba announces new retail strategic partnership with Shanghai Bailian Group, one of China's largest retailers, will upgrade Bailian's 4.7K stores in China
8:12 AM  •
Verizon Communications Inc.:  Verizon and Yahoo reduce price of acquisition deal by $350M, now valued at about $4.48B, and will evenly split cost of data breaches
7:45 AM  •
Ryan Knutson / Wall Street Journal:  Sources: Verizon and Yahoo agree to cut as much as $350M off the $4.83B deal and evenly split costs from data breaches
3:40 AM  •
Mike Wuerthele / AppleInsider:  Apple files 14-point appeal against European Commission's $14B tax edict, says the company's European HQ in Cork, Ireland was set up in accordance with the law

February 20, 2017

9:25 PM  •
Marco Arment /  Overcast version 3 released, bringing new UI, easier navigation, and queue feature to the popular iOS podcast player
6:43 PM  •
Kara Swisher / Recode:  Uber CEO Kalanick tells staff in memo that former US AG Eric Holder has been hired to probe sexism allegations, and Uber will begin publishing diversity reports
3:35 PM  •
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:  Microsoft strikes exclusive cloud deal with Flipkart, Amazon's biggest online retail rival in India, as a first step in a broader strategic partnership
2:25 PM  •
BBC:  New Zealand's High Court rules fraud charges, unlike copyright infringement charges, can be basis for extraditing Kim Dotcom and three others to US
2:20 PM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Magic Leap acquires the 3D division of Dacuda, a Zurich-based computer vision startup
1:55 PM  •
Amar Toor / The Verge:  Harris Poll: Samsung's reputation drops to #49 among US consumers, from #3 in 2016, following Note7 fiasco, as Amazon tops list for second consecutive year
12:13 PM  •
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:  Facebook-owned WhatsApp launches Status, an encrypted Snapchat Stories clone
12:00 PM  •
Ashley Carman / The Verge:  ZTE shuts down its Hawkeye phone Kickstarter campaign after reaching only $36K of its $500K goal
8:15 AM  •
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:  Snap starts selling Spectacles online in the US for $130 at
7:30 AM  •
Kelly Fiveash / Ars Technica UK:  Google and Microsoft's Bing agree to demote piracy search results in the UK by June 1, 2017, as part of a deal with the entertainment industry
6:05 AM  •
Stephanie Condon / ZDNet:  AT&T starts testing drones to provide LTE service in disaster areas or other locations without cell coverage

February 19, 2017

10:55 PM  •
Allison Schiff / AdExchanger:  Cliqz, the German privacy-focused browser maker backed by Mozilla, buys Ghostery browser extension, which monitors and lets you block tracking scripts on sites
8:35 PM  •
Brad Sams /  Sources: Microsoft shuffles HoloLens' roadmap, cancelling the planned second version of the device to focus on more ambitious hardware slated to launch in 2019
7:42 PM  •
Kia Kokalitcheva / Axios:  Uber CEO says he was unaware of former employee allegations; board member Arianna Huffington to work with Uber's new HR chief on “independent” investigation
6:55 PM  •
Katie Benner / New York Times:  Snap explains how it's unique in these five clips from its 35-minute IPO roadshow video
6:35 PM  •
Susan Fowler / Susan J. Fowler:  Former Uber engineer says Uber HR repeatedly dismissed claims of sexual harassment by “high performing” manager
4:40 PM  •
Gerry Smith / Bloomberg:  BuzzFeed introduces curated “Outside Your Bubble” feature to help readers see what people outside their social media networks are saying about the news
12:10 PM  •
Kurt Wagner / Recode:  Sriram Krishnan, who led Snap's ad tech offerings, is leaving the company after one year
9:30 AM  •
Shoshanna Solomon / The Times of Israel:  Report: Apple buys Israeli facial recognition startup RealFace
12:25 AM  •
Adrienne LaFrance / The Atlantic:  Mark Zuckerberg's lip service to journalism is not enough to sustain media amid Facebook's ad revenue siphoning and hands-off view of editorial responsibility

February 18, 2017

8:20 PM  •
Jason Koebler / Motherboard:  Nebraska state senator warns that Apple is opposing the state's proposed “right to repair” bill; similar bills are making their way through 7 other states
4:15 PM  •
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:  How competition from T-Mobile forced bigger carriers to offer “unlimited” data plans again, and how those plans compare

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