June 22, 2017, 9:50 PM

June 22, 2017

8:45 PM  •
Kent Walker / Google:  Google says current laws underpinning digital evidence gathering are outdated, proposes new legal framework for cross-border data handling
7:30 PM  •
Peter Kafka / Recode:  Sources: Tesla talking to music labels about creating its own streaming service to be bundled with its cars, starting with a Pandora-like offering
7:15 PM  •
Susan Wojcicki / YouTube Blog:  YouTube CEO says 1.5B logged-in viewers visit per month, and users spend 1 hour+ per day watching video on mobile devices
5:05 PM  •
Cade Metz / New York Times:  Department of Homeland Security and Google partner on $1.5M contest for algorithm that identifies concealed items in images captured by body scanners
4:30 PM  •
Adi Robertson / The Verge:  Google announces new VR180 video standard, showing half a 360-degree view, and partners with Yi, Lenovo, and LG for new cameras
4:00 PM  •
Nicole Perlroth / New York Times:  How Golan Ben-Oni, CIO of US telecom firm IDT Corporation, discovered and is drawing attention to NSA-made DoublePulsar, a more potent sister tool to WannaCry
3:30 PM  •
Reuters:  Sources: Uber hires law firm O'Melveny & Myers to investigate handling of Indian rape victim medical records, with partial focus on whether bribes were involved
3:20 PM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Filing: Sean Parker and Klaus Hommels leave Spotify board as ex-Disney COO Thomas Staggs, ex-YouTube exec Shishir Mehrotra, others join ahead of rumored IPO
2:50 PM  •
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:  Stripe expands into Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Austria, Belgium, and Luxembourg
1:55 PM  •
Dan Primack / Axios:  Source: over 1,000 Uber employees sign letter to board demanding that Travis Kalanick return “in an operational role” because he's “critical” to future success
1:20 PM  •
David Ingram / Reuters:  Facebook says it won't disclose information about political ads that run on its platform to academics for research purposes, citing confidentiality concerns
1:00 PM  •
Oscar Williams-Grut / Business Insider:  Bitcoin tech startup Blockchain raises $40M Series B from Lakestar and GV
12:40 PM  •
Tony Romm / Recode:  Executives for wireless and drone firms, including AT&T and PrecisionHawk, lobby Trump to cut down on regulations in White House meeting
12:32 PM  •
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:  Facebook updates mission statement to “give people power to build community, bring the world closer together”, from “making the world more open and connected”
12:28 PM  •
Kang-Xing Jin / Facebook:  Facebook introduces new group admin tools, including group analytics, scheduled posts, membership request filtering, more
11:50 AM  •
Massimo Calabresi / TIME:  Sources: US election hacking was more extensive than previously known, including theft of voter records and at least one successful alteration of voter data
11:35 AM  •
Jason Del Rey / Recode:  Chinese e-commerce firm invests $397M in London-based luxury boutique marketplace Farfetch, with CEO Richard Liu joining its board
10:55 AM  •
Abhimanyu Ghoshal / The Next Web:  Yahoo's News Digest app, which delivered news updates twice daily, to shut down June 30
10:50 AM  •
Kara Swisher / Recode:  With her blog post about toxic bro-culture at Uber, Susan Fowler proved that one person can make a difference
9:40 AM  •
Jessi Hempel / Wired:  Interviews with key Microsoft staff shed light on its AI strategy, utilizing Cortana and chatbots, and the firm's plans to compete with Facebook and Google
8:25 AM  •
Lora Kolodny / CNBC:  Sources: White House meeting Thursday on drones, 5G wireless to be attended by AirMap, Microsoft, AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, GE, Honeywell, NEA, and Lightspeed
6:00 AM  •
Claire Zillman / Fortune:  Facebook introduces new privacy tools to combat catfishing and guard profile photos from being misused, in India now and other countries soon
2:40 AM  •
Kate Holton / Reuters:  Imagination Technologies puts itself up for sale after dispute with Apple over licensing rights, says “it has received interest from a number of parties”

June 21, 2017

11:40 PM  •
Bloomberg:  Sources: Apple seeks to reduce the 58% share of revenue labels get on Apple Music; labels may agree if subscriptions expand and other criteria are met
10:25 PM  •
Wall Street Journal:  Altice USA prices IPO at $30/share, raising $1.92B, more than any other U.S.-listed telecom since 2000 and valuing the company at over $20B
10:15 PM  •
Alex Barinka / Bloomberg:  Altice Raises $1.9 Billion in Year's Second-Biggest U.S. IPO
10:00 PM  •
Mike Isaac / New York Times:  Sources detail how the pressure on Travis Kalanick played out in the days and hours leading to his resignation
9:18 PM  •
Washington Post:  Sources: Benchmark's Bill Gurley led the effort to build support among fellow Uber investors for a demand that Travis Kalanick resign
8:17 PM  •
Eric Newcomer / Bloomberg:  Benchmark confirms Bill Gurley will leave Uber's board of directors, to be replaced by fellow partner Matt Cohler
7:35 PM  •
Chris Welch / The Verge:  Bixby Voice beta hands-on: appears to lack knowledge base, struggles with text messages, but interacts well with third-party apps, works best on local tasks
6:55 PM  •
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:  Sources: Snapchat quietly acquired social mapping startup Zenly last month for $250M to $350M; Zenly to continue running independently
5:00 PM  •
Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:  Uber's crisis was a failure of oversight and shows founders should be constrained by lieutenants, mentors, and a forceful board of directors
4:40 PM  •
Jordan Novet / CNBC:  Oracle beats Q4 estimates with $10.9B revenue, up 3% YoY, as total cloud revenue reaches $1.36B, up 58% YoY; stock up 8%+ after hours
3:50 PM  •
Kaitlyn Tiffany / The Verge:  Tumblr, known for its activism on internet issues like net neutrality and the SOPA/PIPA fight, may change to be less outspoken, now that it's owned by Verizon
2:45 PM  •
Recode:  Uber confirms TPG Capital partner David Trujillo appointed to board of directors
2:35 PM  •
Kevin Kelleher / VentureBeat:  Adobe buys Mettle's SkyBox tools to build up its VR offerings; Mettle cofounder Chris Bobotis to join Adobe
2:15 PM  •
Johana Bhuiyan / Recode:  Possible Kalanick replacements at Uber: YouTube's Susan Wojcicki, ex-Ford CEO Alan Mulally, ex-eBay CEO John Donahoe; sources say Sandberg to stay at Facebook
1:30 PM  •
Nat Levy / GeekWire:  Textio raises $20M Series B led by Scale Venture Partners to expand “augmented writing” platform for enterprise
12:40 PM  •
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:  Periscope debuts Super Hearts, which viewers can buy in-app using virtual coins starting at $0.99, earning creators a monthly pay-out
12:30 PM  •
Chris O'Brien / VentureBeat:  Dailymotion relaunches video platform with a focus on premium content and four themes: news, sports, music, and entertainment
12:10 PM  •
Gerry Doyle / New York Times:  Toshiba says it's chosen a Japanese consortium to buy its microchip business, overlooking US-based Western Digital; full details of the deal expected next week
11:47 AM  •
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:  Snap adds Snap Map to Snapchat, offering global view of friends' locations in Bitmoji form, accessed by zooming out of default camera view
11:35 AM  •
Matthew Lynley / TechCrunch:  Pinterest updates its Lens camera app with zoom, tap to focus on an item, and improved camera roll support
11:20 AM  •
Rachel King / Fortune:  Etsy to lay off additional 15% of its global workforce, totaling 22% or 230 jobs this year, expects to incur $12.5M-$16.8M severance charges, other exit costs
10:55 AM  •
Spotify News:  Spotify now lets users build group playlists with their friends in Facebook Messenger
10:00 AM  •
Saheli Roy Choudhury / CNBC:  SoftBank invests $100M in Boston-based cybersecurity firm Cybereason, which uses behavioral analytics to detect threats
8:55 AM  •
Dara Kerr / CNET:  Uber and Lyft have spent up to $2.3M in '17 on lobbying to push for a Texas bill, so they could reenter Austin after city rejected Prop 1 fingerprint initiative
7:40 AM  •
Janko Roettgers / Variety:  Rick and Jill Larson, owners of the studio at the center of the Netflix OITNB leak, reveal what happened when they were targeted by hackers, including extortion
5:05 AM  •
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:  MongoDB launches Stitch, a new backend as a service product, and Mongo Charts, coming fall; says Atlas now runs on Microsoft Azure and Google's Cloud Platform
2:30 AM  •
Rene Ritchie / iMore:  Video: Scott Forstall and early iPhone engineers talk about the iPhone's creation, its demonstration to Cingular/AT&T, and more at the Computer History Museum
1:25 AM  •
Mike Isaac / New York Times:  Travis Kalanick resigns as Uber CEO, sources say after pressure from Benchmark, First Round, Lowercase, Menlo, and Fidelity; he will remain on Uber's board
1:00 AM  •
Dan Primack / Axios:  Sources: A group of Uber investors, including Benchmark Capital, is exploring ways to remove Travis Kalanick as Uber's CEO
12:35 AM  •
Tim Higgins / Wall Street Journal:  Tesla confirms departure of Autopilot VP Chris Lattner, hires AI expert Andrej Karpathy as director of AI and Autopilot

June 20, 2017

10:50 PM  •
Meghann Farnsworth / Recode:  White House posts 20 minute video of Trump's American Tech Council meeting with 18 tech execs, notably missing representation from Facebook, Twitter
9:35 PM  •
Lucian Constantin / The New Stack:  “Stack Clash” memory management flaw found in Linux, BSD, Solaris, allows privilege escalation to root; patches are available
9:30 PM  •
Adam Samson / Financial Times:  Adobe Q2 beats forecasts with record $1.77B revenue, up 26.7% YoY, as cloud software revenue hits $4.56B
8:20 PM  •
Liam Tung / ZDNet:  Intel discontinues compute modules Edison, Joule, and Galileo, plus Recon Jet Pro Plus eyewear for enterprise, the Recon Jet Pro, and Recon Jet
7:05 PM  •
Bloomberg:  Sources: BMC Software and CA consider combining companies to take CA private
6:50 PM  •
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:  Microsoft launches Stream, its Office 365 business video service to replace Office 365 Video, integrated into many Microsoft services including SharePoint
6:10 PM  •
Mike Minotti / VentureBeat:  Twitch signs exclusive esports deal that includes 20 Overwatch, Hearthstone, Heroes events and in-game content for Twitch Prime members
5:30 PM  •
Wall Street Journal:  Cisco announces service it claims can detect malware in encrypted traffic, amid fierce competition in its switching biz, 6 straight quarters of falling revenue
5:03 PM  •
Ian Cutress / AnandTech:  A look at AMD's future in servers with today's launch of its EPYC enterprise-class processors, with configurations up to 32 cores and 64 threads per processor
4:50 PM  •
Reuters:  Adobe reports net income rising to $374M, up from $244M YoY, revenue up 26.7% to $1.77B
4:25 PM  •
David Shimer / New York Times:  German police raid homes of 36 accused of hateful posts on social media including threats, coercion, and incitement to racism, amid push for social media bill
4:20 PM  •
Megan Rose Dickey / TechCrunch:  Department of Labor: Zenefits agrees to pay $3.4M in unpaid overtime to 743 of its employees and let the DoL monitor its labor practices to ensure compliance
4:15 PM  •
Mario Tomás Serrafero / xda-developers:  OnePlus found to again manipulate benchmarks to maximize scores, this time with OnePlus 5; firm claims benchmark apps “run in a state similar to daily usage”
3:50 PM  •
Amie Tsang / New York Times:  Jaguar Land Rover will fast-track job applicants who perform well in puzzle-based app, echoing a broader industry shift towards screening via apps
3:25 PM  •
Alfred Ng / CNET:  South Korean web host Nayana agrees to $1M extortion fee after 153 servers hit by ransomware, after negotiating the sum down from ~$1.6M
3:20 PM  •
Patience Haggin / Wall Street Journal:  Source: Khosla, Sam Altman, and a16z-backed Teespring, once valued at $650M, was valued at ~$11M in latest round
2:55 PM  •
Corin Faife / Motherboard:  Status, a messaging app and mobile browser to help users interact with apps on the ethereum network, raises $44M in its ICO
2:50 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  PayPal and Venmo now allow instant bank transfers, amid competition from Square Cash, Zelle, and Apple's P2P payments in iMessages for iOS 11
2:32 PM  •
Tony Romm / Recode:  Sources on White House tech meeting: Cook and Trump discuss immigration reform, Google talks AI, tech firms push back on tying H-1B visas to high paying jobs
2:30 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Microsoft Garage debuts Dictate, an add-in for Office that uses Cortana's speech recognition for dictation, competing with Nuance and Windows OS-level solutions
1:50 PM  •
Andy Greenberg / Wired:  Experts warn that repeated cyberattacks on Ukraine, including mass power outages in Kiev, are evidence of Russia testing its offensive cyber capabilities
1:45 PM  •
Casey Newton / The Verge:  Netflix tests interactive episodes for kids which allow different storylines to be chosen, available on select smart TVs, Roku, and iOS devices
1:30 PM  •
Brian Heater / TechCrunch:  Misty Robotics, a spinoff of toymaker Sphero, raises $11.5M Series A led by Venrock and Foundry Group to create a mainstream robot for the home
1:19 PM  •
Michael Liedtke / AP News:  Uber adds option to tip US drivers, starting in 3 cities, and other ways to earn like being paid for waiting on riders to show, as part of “180 days of change”
1:15 PM  •
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:  Kickstarter Gold program debuts to bring back popular projects with a twist for new funding, launching today with 50 projects curated by Kickstarter
1:10 PM  •
Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica:  OnePlus 5 review: great performance, good software design make it the best sub-$500 phone, but hardware design, camera are let downs and OS updates will be slow
1:00 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Tumblr rolls out Safe Mode, which goes beyond search results filtering to filter sensitive Dashboard content
12:55 PM  •
Ben Schoon / 9to5Google:  OnePlus 5 unveiled with Snapdragon 835, 16MP dual-camera, 8GB RAM model $539, 6GB RAM model $479, on sale online June 27, available in select popup stores today
12:40 PM  •
Khari Johnson / VentureBeat:  Nokia debuts $59 Nokia Body Scale, $129 Nokia BPM+ blood pressure monitor, and revamps Health Mate fitness apps
12:35 PM  •
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:  Instagram adds Live video replays and says Stories has 250M DAUs as of June, whereas Snapchat only had 166M DAUs as of May
12:20 PM  •
Mariella Moon / Engadget:  YouTube updates policies to ensure that LGBTQ+ videos without graphic content are allowed in Restricted Mode
12:15 PM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Neighborhood social network Nextdoor says it's used in 160K neighborhoods, of which 145K are in US, and expands to Germany
11:50 AM  •
Michelle Castillo / CNBC:  Instagram Stories crushes Snapchat with 250 million daily active users
11:40 AM  •
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:  Swiss encrypted email provider ProtonMail launches ProtonVPN with Tor support and free subscription tier for single device access
11:20 AM  •
Jason Del Rey / Recode:  Amazon tests Prime Wardrobe, a new service that lets customers try up to 15 pieces of clothing at a time, with bigger discounts the more they keep
10:55 AM  •
David Schneider / IEEE Spectrum:  TOP500 fastest supercomputers: China's Sunway TaihuLight and Tianhe 2 take top two spots as Switzerland's GPU-based Piz Daint replaces US' Titan in third place
10:20 AM  •
Leticia Miranda / BuzzFeed:  How Amazon sellers compete to win the “Buy Box”, which houses the “Add to Cart” button and doesn't always prioritize low prices
9:55 AM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Mozilla's privacy-focused Firefox Focus web browser for Android blocks ad trackers and can erase your browsing history, but lacks tabs and uses Yahoo search
9:30 AM  •
William Turton / The Outline:  Leaked recording reveals how Apple's Global Security team uses investigators, rigorous screening, and embeds security members in product teams to prevent leaks
9:05 AM  •
Susan Decker / Bloomberg:  Apple files more claims in lawsuit against Qualcomm, accusing it of operating an “illegal business model” and seeking to void patent claims
8:00 AM  •
Nathaniel Popper / New York Times:  A look at Ether, which has risen 4,500% since the beginning of the year, is used in ICOs, and is likely to pass Bitcoin's total value soon
6:55 AM  •
Gizmodo:  Analysis of NaviStone code on Acurian medical sites shows use of keystroke logging-like tech that captures data as soon as users type into forms for targeting
5:15 AM  •
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:  Google debuts AI-powered job search results in the US that tap into listings from LinkedIn, Monster, WayUp, Facebook, company websites, others
2:15 AM  •
Emin Gün Sirer / Hacking Distributed:  Bancor, which raised ~$150M in its ICO, has poor code quality, issues with its fundamental value proposition, and can be gamed by miners

June 19, 2017

10:25 PM  •
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:  Cable lobby tries to stop state probes into slow broadband speeds with help from FCC, after it petitioned agency for declaratory ruling on acceptable ad wording
9:30 PM  •
Anne Dujmovic / CNET:  IDC: VR and AR headset shipments to reach 100M units by 2021, up 10X the 10M shipped in 2016
8:05 PM  •
Andrew Cunningham / Ars Technica:  Preview of macOS High Sierra's tech, including Apple File System, HEVC video encoding, HEIF image format, and Metal 2
7:17 PM  •
Tony Romm / Recode:  Trump meets with tech execs, says US gov't must “catch up” with private sector; Cook calls for coding in schools; Bezos favors more adoption of commercial tech
6:20 PM  •
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:  Spotify tests letting labels pay to put singles on free tier users' playlists; while an opt-out option is available, the scheme is reminiscent of radio payola
5:20 PM  •
Tomio Geron / Wall Street Journal:  New Enterprise Associates, which primarily invests in tech and healthcare startups, has raised its latest fund at $3.3B, the largest venture fund ever
5:15 PM  •
Christina Farr / CNBC:  Sources: Apple working with Health Gorilla to add personal health data to iPhone including blood work, by integrating with hospitals and lab testing companies
3:35 PM  •
Ben Thompson / Stratechery:  By buying Whole Foods, Amazon is acquiring a customer that will bring its nascent grocery logistics service to scale
3:21 PM  •
David Kravets / Ars Technica:  US Supreme Court rules unconstitutional a North Carolina law that barred sex offenders from accessing social media where minors could be present
3:00 PM  •
Ron Miller / TechCrunch:  Dropbox unveils plan for its global network with custom infrastructure, following last year's announcement it would leave AWS
2:30 PM  •
Dakin Campbell / Bloomberg:  Goldman Sachs mapped 127 steps in its IPO consulting process, found that about half of them can be automated
1:30 PM  •
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:  Streaming sports startup FuboTV raises $55M Series C with Sky, 21st Century Fox, Scripps participating
1:05 PM  •
New York Times:  How Mexican activists, journalists, lawyers have been targeted with NSO Group's Pegasus spyware, likely by their own gov't, which spent ~$80M on the tools
12:26 PM  •
Fitz Tepper / TechCrunch:  FTC plus DC and California AGs attempt to block DraftKings-FanDuel merger, saying combined firm would control 90%+ of paid daily fantasy sports contests market
12:02 PM  •
Wall Street Journal:  Time Warner signs 2-year $100M deal with Snap; Turner, Warner Bros. studio will create up to 10 original shows a year for Snap, which will keep 50% ad revenue
11:30 AM  •
Anna Irrera / Reuters:  Accenture, Microsoft team up on blockchain-based personal ID network, a UN-backed project to provide legal identification to 1.1B people with no official docs
10:50 AM  •
Meng Jing / South China Morning Post:  China's State Information Office: sharing economy grew 103% YoY to $507B in 2016; 600M Chinese work within sharing economy or tried its services
9:45 AM  •
Gizmodo:  GOP data firm Deep Root Analytics accidentally exposed personal info of 198M+ US voters, including addresses, birthdates, and issue-by-issue sentiment analysis
6:50 AM  •
Jeff Baumgartner / Multichannel News:  IBB Consulting study: almost half of US broadband customers subscribe to at least one OTT video service
3:15 AM  •
Chris O'Brien / VentureBeat:  Snips raises $13M Series A for its smart assistant platform which works without the cloud

June 18, 2017

11:40 PM  •
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:  GSMA: 5B people, or two thirds of world's population, now have a mobile connection, with North America and Europe at 80%+ penetration and India at 54%
10:35 PM  •
Tomio Geron / Wall Street Journal:  AEye raises $16M Series A from KPCB, Airbus, Intel, and others for its Lidar and computer vision tech
9:30 PM  •
Will Knight / MIT Technology Review:  How Ant Financial uses AI to assess credit ratings, estimate damages for car insurance claims, talk to customers via chatbots, and operate other Alipay services
8:25 PM  •
Stephen Vladeck / Motherboard:  SCOTUS to hear case on the legality of warrantless access to historical cell-site location information this year
7:20 PM  •
Harry McCracken / Fast Company:  How Susan Wojcicki has led YouTube: navigating the company through ad-positioning woes, keeping creators happy, and refining YouTube TV while growing revenue
6:15 PM  •
Kayla Matthews / Bitcoin Magazine:  A study of 100+ companies in 38 countries estimates 3M+ people are using cryptocurrencies
5:05 PM  •
New York Times:  A look at Arianna Huffington's growing influence at Uber, where she has become one of Travis Kalanick's closest confidantes
3:30 PM  •
Kent Walker / Google:  Google's new anti-extremist steps: targeted AI algo training, more content flaggers, no inflammatory video monetization, ads targeting potential ISIS recruits
3:20 PM  •
Valentina Palladino / Ars Technica:  Huawei Matebook X review: good performance and has useful features like integrated fingerprint sensor and Dolby speakers, but pricey and has a laggy trackpad
1:15 PM  •
Cam Simpson / Bloomberg:  US semiconductor industry phased out chemicals discovered to be reproductive toxins in the 1990s but failed to ensure that their Asian suppliers did the same
11:10 AM  •
Tom Foster / Texas Monthly:  The story of Whole Foods, its founder John Mackey, and his battle with an activist hedge fund that led to the Amazon acquisition
8:05 AM  •
Gordon Corera / BBC:  Sources: NSA and Britain's National Cyber Security Centre link WannaCry ransomware attack to North Korean hacking group Lazarus
5:00 AM  •
Steve Dent / Engadget:  Qualcomm unveils reference design for smart speakers with support for Alexa and Google Assistant, also announces new chips for wireless audio products
1:55 AM  •
Matthew Leising / Bloomberg:  Inside the DAO, an Ethereum crowdfunding project, the flaw that let a still unknown hacker steal $55M in ether, and the effort to save the DAO project
12:30 AM  •
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:  WikiLeaks documents show how CIA infected WiFi routers from 10 manufacturers including D-Link and Linksys to monitor and manipulate traffic, infect more devices