October 17, 2017, 2:15 AM

October 17, 2017

12:25 AM  •
Theodore Schleifer / Recode:  Indiegogo announces Marketplace for selling products that were successfully crowdfunded on site or elsewhere; Indiegogo will take around 10% or 15% cut on sales

October 16, 2017

10:15 PM  •
Anna Irrera / Reuters:  Blockchain startup Digital Asset, which develops tech for financial institutions, raises $40M Series B, bringing the company's total funding to $110M
9:10 PM  •
Christina Farr / CNBC:  Sources: Apple held talks, that are now over without a deal, to buy Crossover Health, approached One Medical as part of push into health care
8:30 PM  •
Vlad Savov / The Verge:  LG V30 review: great ergonomics, performance, and battery life, but the OLED display is distractingly bad, camera images aren't lifelike, and too much bloatware
7:15 PM  •
Matthew Green / A Few Thoughts …:  How KRACK made it past scrutiny of researchers: IEEE's standards specs are hard to access and handshake and encryption protocols were vetted separately
5:50 PM  •
Shannon Vavra / Axios:  DHS issues directive for federal agencies to adopt DMARC and STARTTLS email security protocols, among other best practices
5:15 PM  •
Evelyn Cheng / CNBC:  JPMorgan Chase launches payment processing network that uses blockchain tech, in partnership with Australia and New Zealand Banking Group, Royal Bank of Canada
4:37 PM  •
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:  Facebook buys anonymous teen compliment app tbh, which has had 5M+ downloads and over a billion messages sent in “past few weeks”, will let it continue to run
4:28 PM  •
Matt Pressberg / The Wrap:  Netflix reports Q3 revenue of $2.99B, up 30% YoY, vs. $2.97B est., 5.3M total subs added vs. 4.5M est., projects 6.3M new subscribers in Q4
3:15 PM  •
Juli Clover / MacRumors:  KRACK WPA2 exploits, which only partially affect iOS, have reportedly been patched in iOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS betas
1:55 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Spanish bank BBVA launches money transfer app Tuyyo, initially focused on US-Mexico remittances
12:05 PM  •
Tom Warren / The Verge:  Microsoft issued Windows patch for KRACK exploits; Android fix expected in “coming weeks”, first to Pixels; researchers: devices with Android 6.0+ are affected
11:45 AM  •
Bloomberg:  Source: Facebook is looking to hire people with national security clearances, to help spot and prevent future election meddling
11:30 AM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  eBay takes on The RealReal and other fashion resellers with launch of authentication program for luxury goods, debuting with 12 high-end brands including Gucci
11:20 AM  •
Wall Street Journal:  Top Silicon Valley figures back new Long-Term Stock Exchange that rewards shares with more voting power the longer investors own them
11:00 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Apple to appeal a $440M final judgement in VirnetX patent infringement case, after US District Court for Eastern District of Texas denies all of Apple's motions
10:50 AM  •
Tim Hardin / VentureBeat:  In 2016, total VC commitments in China exceeded $50B, nearly matching the US for the first time; 75% of China's VC total in 2016 came from domestic sources
10:35 AM  •
Greg Stohr / Bloomberg:  Supreme Court to decide if law enforcement can obtain emails and data stored overseas by tech firms in Microsoft vs US government email privacy case
10:20 AM  •
Li Tao / South China Morning Post:  A look at Honor, the budget smartphone brand that helped propel Huawei to the #2 spot among world's smartphone vendors
9:35 AM  •
Bérénice Magistretti / VentureBeat:  Dockless bike-sharing startup LimeBike raises $50M Series B led by Coatue Management, claims 250K registered users with 10K bikes in 12 cities
9:20 AM  •
Sam Byford / The Verge:  Huawei debuts 5.9" Mate 10: 16:9 1440p screen, 20/12MP rear cams, 4000mAh battery; Mate 10 Pro: 6" 18:9 1080p screen, no 3.5mm jack, 6GB RAM; US debut date TBD
8:45 AM  •
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:  Flaw in widely used RSA code library undermines security of millions of high-security RSA crypto keys
7:30 AM  •
Ewen MacAskill / The Guardian:  Sources: British intelligence has concluded that Iran was likely responsible for June attack on parliament e-mail systems
5:50 AM  •
Hannah Leung / Forbes:  Hong Kong-based on-demand delivery startup Lalamove raises $100M Series C led by ShunWei Capital to expand in Southeast Asia
3:15 AM  •
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:  Exploits, called KRACK, in Wi-Fi security protocol WPA2 open traffic to eavesdropping, connection hijacking, and malicious injection; US CERT advisory issued
12:25 AM  •
Stephanie Condon / ZDNet:  IBM rolls out blockchain network for cross-border payments, currently supporting 12 “currency corridors” including Australia, New Zealand, UK, Pacific islands
12:10 AM  •
Andy Greenberg / Wired:  The difficulty of the three steps required to hack power grids explains why actual disruptions are so rare

October 15, 2017

10:45 PM  •
Fitz Tepper / TechCrunch:  Coinbase has launched instant cryptocurrency purchases of up to $25K from US bank accounts, dropping the typical wait period of 3-5 days
8:50 PM  •
Rani Molla / Recode:  Survey of 6,100 US teens: 47% say Snapchat is their preferred social network, up from 39% this spring, 24% say Instagram, 9% Facebook, 7% Twitter
6:55 PM  •
New York Times:  How North Korea's cyber warfare unit grew from a joke in 2009 into a major and active threat today, backed by 6,000+ hackers
5:40 PM  •
Matt Rosoff / CNBC:  Despite the backlash from politicians and the press, most Americans view big tech favorably
3:45 PM  •
Jan Dawson / Variety:  The strength of Netflix's international revenue and subscribers, compared to US competitors, helps the company offset rising content costs
1:10 PM  •
Regina R. Clewlow / Planetizen:  Survey: ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft have most likely reduced mass transit use and added to traffic in major US cities
10:55 AM  •
Joe Mullin / Ars Technica:  Study: patent suit filings in East Texas dropped 60%+ in 90 days after SCOTUS limited “venue shopping” by patent trolls, compared to 90 days before the ruling
8:40 AM  •
Marco Arment /  The dream of USB-C being one port and cable to replace all others is mired in confusion because of Alternate Modes and inconsistent backwards compatibility
6:25 AM  •
Sophia Ciocca / Hacker Noon:  How Spotify's Discover Weekly makes recommendations: a mix of collaborative filtering, natural language processing, and analyzing raw audio tracks
4:10 AM  •
Colin Lecher / The Verge:  How an inmate hacker hid computers in the ceiling and used them to access the internet, the prison's internal network, and commit fraud
1:55 AM  •
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic:  Inside Alphabet's moonshot division, X, which wants to build the next Google by nurturing invention and innovation, finding radical but feasible solutions
1:45 AM  •
Bloomberg:  How Google's meandering, secretive, non-committal robotics efforts since 2013 slowed progress in the field

October 14, 2017

11:15 PM  •
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:  Surreptitious cryptocurrency miners hide on PolitiFact and hundreds of other sites
8:10 PM  •
Sarah Jeong / The Verge:  Morgan Marquis-Boire no longer involved with EFF, First Look, Citizen Lab, others after sexual assault allegations
5:05 PM  •
Boyd Chan / Neowin:  After outcry over excessive data collection, OnePlus says it will add an opt-out of usage analytics to the OxygenOS setup process
3:00 PM  •
Reuters:  BlackBerry signs patent licensing deal with low-end Android handset maker BLU and ends its litigation against the company
12:10 PM  •
Ryan Whitwam / Android Police:  T-Mobile ends unlimited LTE roaming in Canada and Mexico, will limit to 5GB per month starting November 12
7:05 AM  •
Steven Levy / Wired:  Profile of Mapper, which aims to help autonomous cars navigate by crowdsourcing mapping data from dashboard-based devices installed in everyday vehicles
2:00 AM  •
Alexis C. Madrigal / The Atlantic:  An in-depth look at Facebook's role in eroding the informational underpinnings of democracy during the 2016 election, and why it was so hard to see it coming
12:35 AM  •
Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:  Apple's VP of diversity apologises to staff in email over comments she made about being “a little bit frustrated” that “diversity is tagged to” minority groups
12:05 AM  •
Winnie Hu / New York Times:  More people are using Uber in New York City than taxis, with 289K vs. 277K average trips/day in July; half of all Uber rides now starting outside Manhattan

October 13, 2017

11:20 PM  •
Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:  Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey promises to crack down on hate, violence, and harassment with “more aggressive” rules
9:50 PM  •
Catherine Shu / TechCrunch:  CastBox, iOS and Android podcast player that raised a total of $16M, launches audio search that uses natural language processing in its app
7:15 PM  •
Alex Wawro / Gamasutra:  IGN acquires Humble Bundle, the company known for selling video game bundles to raise money for charity
6:10 PM  •
Jonathan Prynn / London Evening Standard:  Uber appeals the London ban to UK court hours before the looming shutdown deadline, promises to continue “constructive discussions” with regulators
5:15 PM  •
Anna Irrera / Reuters:  Online lender SoFi withdraws US banking application filed in June, citing leadership change
4:30 PM  •
Todd Spangler / Variety:  Fandango to acquire for an undisclosed amount, gaining access to UK, Canada, and significantly expanding in Latin America
3:10 PM  •
New York Times:  Twitter users split about whether to join #WomenBoycottTwitter Friday protest triggered by Twitter's temporary suspension of Rose McGowan's account
2:30 PM  •
Leticia Miranda / BuzzFeed:  How some companies make millions by brokering deals selling third party e-commerce shops on Amazon to others
1:15 PM  •
Ian King / Bloomberg:  Qualcomm files patent lawsuit against Apple in China seeking to ban the sale and manufacture of iPhones
12:25 PM  •
Jonathan Keane /  Finland-based customer feedback analytics startup HappyOrNot raises $14.5M Series A led by Northzone to accelerate international expansion
11:20 AM  •
Kurt Wagner / Recode:  LinkedIn says it will start testing video ads that will autoplay without sound
9:40 AM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Facebook partners with EatStreet,, DoorDash, and others to launch “Order Food” feature across the US, is also working with select restaurant chains
8:30 AM  •
Josh Meyer / Politico:  Sources: Twitter deleted tweets and user data potentially valuable for Russia probe in keeping with its privacy policy
6:50 AM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Plex launches its live TV service on Roku, with limited DVR functionality to start

October 12, 2017

11:30 PM  •
BuzzFeed:  Sources: Rose McGowan's Twitter account was restricted because Twitter's Trust and Safety Team doesn't have the ability to remove or block individual tweets
11:00 PM  •
Saheli Roy Choudhury / CNBC:  Samsung Electronics forecasts record quarterly profit of about $12.8B in Q3, up 179% year-over-year
10:45 PM  •
Joyce Lee / Reuters:  Samsung Electronics CEO and Vice Chairman Kwon Oh-hyun to step down in March 2018
9:00 PM  •
Hollywood Reporter:  Amazon suspends Roy Price, VP of Amazon Studios and global head of Prime Video content, following harassment claim from a company producer
8:45 PM  •
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:  KGI's Ming-Chi Kuo predicts all 2018 iPhones will abandon Touch ID in favor of Face ID
8:25 PM  •
Steven Overly / Politico:  IRS temporarily suspends its $7.2M no-bid contract with Equifax in a precautionary step as it continues to review the security of Equifax's systems
7:00 PM  •
Steve Kovach / Business Insider:  FCC filing shows Alphabet's Project Loon is now “Loon Inc.”, a sign the company may spin Loon out from its X division and let it operate on its own
6:15 PM  •
Leslie Hook / Financial Times:  Airbnb partners with property developer Newgard on 300-unit rental complex near Orlando, to be built, owned by Newgard but branded “Niido powered by Airbnb”
6:00 PM  •
Hamza Shaban / Washington Post:  Equifax has taken down a webpage after it directed users to install a fake Adobe Flash update containing adware; company blames third-party analytics vendor
5:20 PM  •
Chris Davies / SlashGear:  Waymo releases its first safety report, which offers more detail on its technology and aims to convince people that self-driving vehicles are “safer by design”
4:35 PM  •
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:  Google, IBM, and others announce Grafeas, an open-source API that gives users a standardized way for auditing and governing their software supply chain
4:00 PM  •
Roopal Verma / Reuters:  CarGurus, an online market for car sales, jumped as much as 84% on its first day of trading, giving the firm a market cap of ~$3B after raising $150M in its IPO
3:15 PM  •
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:  Equifax website borked again, this time to redirect to fake Flash update
2:45 PM  •
Thuy Ong / The Verge:  Samsung says $300 Gear Sport watch and $200 IconX headphones will be available October 27
2:10 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Sensor Tower finds 35% of ARKit-powered apps are games, 19% are utilities, 11% are entertainment, 7% are education, 6% are photo and video, 5% are lifestyle
1:50 PM  •
Ina Fried / Axios:  Google announces new education initiatives: $1B in global grants to nonprofits, US-based Grow with Google for training and resources, Goodwill partnership
1:25 PM  •
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:  Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey says Twitter needs to be a “lot more transparent in our actions” around suspending users, after it broke its silence on Rose McGowan
1:20 PM  •
Johana Bhuiyan / Recode:  Lyft adds in-app support for Google Maps to its drivers app
1:05 PM  •
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:  Facebook says it's opening up Facebook Stories to all Pages over the coming months
12:35 PM  •
Washington Post:  Facebook says it fixed a CrowdTangle “bug” that allowed a researcher to analyze the reach of Russia-linked account posts
12:05 PM  •
Wall Street Journal:  South Korean lawmaker says North Korea put malware into third-party antivirus tool to hack military database that was inadvertently left connected to internet
11:25 AM  •
Dustin Volz / Reuters:  In an interview, Sheryl Sandberg says Facebook is committed to helping Congressional investigators publicly release Russia-linked ads and info on user targeting
10:40 AM  •
Lauren Thomas / CNBC:  Target customers can now shop on Google Express, including by voice with Google Assistant
9:45 AM  •
Eric Boyd / Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit:  Microsoft and Amazon AWS announce Gluon, a new open source deep learning interface to simplify deep learning models
4:50 AM  •
Dan Levine / Reuters:  Sources: Waymo sought public apology, independent monitor on Uber's autonomous vehicle tech, and at least $1B in damages in settlement talks with Uber

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