March 22, 2017, 8:30 PM

March 22, 2017

7:53 PM  •
Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:  Apple acquires Workflow, an automation tool for iOS, will keep three-person team and make app freely available in the App Store today
7:40 PM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Universe, a mobile-only website builder, launches an iOS app and announces $3.2M in funding led by Box Group
6:05 PM  •
Jeff Grubb / VentureBeat:  Nintendo releases Super Mario Run for Android, available now as a free download for first three levels, but full game will cost $10
4:52 PM  •
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:  Medium launches memberships for $5/month, directing early revenue to writers, eventually giving access to exclusive stories and an offline reading list
4:35 PM  •
New York Times:  As Chinese state-backed firms invest in cutting edge US startups, DoD white paper distributed to WH says US govt failing to protect critical tech, sources say
3:50 PM  •
Jason Schreier / Kotaku:  Nintendo says a now-fixed “manufacturing variation” was to blame for Joy-Con controller issues
2:25 PM  •
Jessica Guynn / USA Today:  Despite Google's assurances, AT&T, Verizon, others pull ads from Google and YouTube over concerns ads could appear next to content promoting terrorism and hate
1:30 PM  •
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:  Google updates Allo with file sharing, Photos with low connectivity features, and Duo with audio calling, rolling out first to users in Brazil
1:10 PM  •
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:  Facebook opens Live streaming up to PC users using built-in or third-party cameras, expanding it beyond Pages to all accounts
12:40 PM  •
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:  HotelTonight raises $37M Series E, valuing the firm at $463M, led by Accel with participation from RSC Capital, GGV Capital, others
12:25 PM  •
Troy Dreier / Streaming Media Magazine:  Akamai debuts Akamai Media Acceleration, claims it will improve OTT video by bringing broadcast quality to broadband, accelerate game and software downloads
12:00 PM  •
Sijia Jiang / Reuters:  Tencent reports Q4 revenue of $6.3B, up 44% YoY, as its other businesses grow 289% YoY, driven by payment and cloud services
11:35 AM  •
Paul Krill /  Stack Overflow survey of 64K developers worldwide: 73.1% say Rust is the most loved language, 66.9% say Facebook's React is the most loved framework
10:50 AM  •
Stephen Lawson / InfoWorld:  Facebook and Nokia successfully test new technique that boosts the speed of existing undersea cables from 13Tbps to 32Tbps
10:35 AM  •
Sarah Frier / Bloomberg:  Instagram to let users book appointments with businesses, may eventually add more tools like reviews; feature set to roll out in next couple of months
10:20 AM  •
Iain Thomson / The Register:  Nest camera Bluetooth vulnerability allows hackers to wirelessly stop recording; researcher reported issues in October, company has not yet patched them
10:10 AM  •
TechCrunch:  Google Maps adds feature that lets users share their location with friends and family on an ongoing basis or for a specified period of time
9:55 AM  •
Fitz Tepper / TechCrunch:  Six March Madness games to be streamed in VR; single court camera for $2 per game, multiple camera angles for $3 per game or $8 for all six
9:20 AM  •
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:  Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 review: small, light tablet with bright screen and tight stylus integration, but the keyboard is cramped and multitasking is limited
9:10 AM  •
Kurt Wagner / Recode:  LinkedIn introduces trending topics section curated by human editors, rolling out Wednesday to US users on mobile and desktop
7:30 AM  •
Sarah Kessler / Quartz:  As IBM continues its drive to bring remote workers back into offices, some employees theorize that the company is using “co-location” as a downsizing effort
5:15 AM  •
Russell Brandom / The Verge:  How iCloud account data helped police identify the attacker who allegedly tweeted seizure-inducing strobe, despite his use of a prepaid SIM bought with cash
12:55 AM  •
Andrew Ng / Medium:  Google Brain founder and Baidu's chief scientist Andrew Ng resigns from Baidu
12:45 AM  •
Deanna Ting / Skift:  Airbnb rebrands as Aibiying in China, plans to triple workforce and double investment in the country in 2017, integrates with Alipay and WeChat
12:15 AM  •
Rob LeFebvre / Engadget:  Amazon Music's iOS app adds support for CarPlay, Apple's in-car entertainment system

March 21, 2017

10:45 PM  •
TechCrunch:  Y Combinator Winter 2017 Demo Day 2: 51 startups with a focus on backend engineering tools and social apps
10:40 PM  •
Jessica Toonkel / Reuters:  Advertisers try to scrub ads from Breitbart and other sites, resorting to double checking where their ads get placed by automated buying systems
10:10 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Amazon adds “Send to Kindle” feature to its Kindle iOS app, letting users send articles for reading later
8:55 PM  •
David Cohen / Adweek:  LinkedIn unveils Sales Navigator for enterprise with CRM sync and PointDrive integration, available now for $1.6K+ per seat, per year
7:15 PM  •
Zac Hall / 9to5Mac:  Apple releases iTunes 12.6 with feature allowing rentals to be watched across multiple devices using iOS 10.3 and tvOS 10.2, which are in public/dev beta
6:15 PM  •
Wall Street Journal:  Microsoft says it has finished customizing Windows 10 for Chinese government use, after last year's passage of cybersecurity law that shook industry
5:00 PM  •
Blaise Zerega / VentureBeat:  Uber board member Arianna Huffington, head of N. America operations Rachel Holt, and HR officer Liane Hornsey take questions on sexual harassment investigation
4:20 PM  •
Jeffrey Dastin / Reuters:  Amazon expands counterfeit removal program beyond testing in North America, letting brands register logos and other IP with Amazon
3:50 PM  •
Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:  Apple discontinues iPad mini 2 and raises iPad mini 4's base storage from 32GB to 128GB, available for $399
3:00 PM  •
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:  Outlook, OneDrive, Xbox issues resolved, but Skype is still experiencing problems after Microsoft services hit by account authentication issue on Tuesday
2:45 PM  •
Kurt Wagner / Recode:  Sources: Pinterest expects $500M+ in revenue this year, a jump of at least 67% over last year's $300M
2:30 PM  •
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:  Twitter nixed 636k+ accounts between mid-2015 and end of 2016 in its effort to tackle extremism
2:10 PM  •
Eric Newcomer / Bloomberg:  Tumult at Uber, including the departure of president Jeff Jones, has complicated the COO search; source says Tim Armstrong and ex-Walt Disney COO in contention
1:30 PM  •
Andrew J. Hawkins / The Verge:  Washington state judge rules against Uber's attempt to block the implementation of a law that would allow Seattle drivers to unionize
1:20 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Google updates its iOS, Android, and web app with tappable icons for sports, entertainment, weather, and more
1:05 PM  •
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:  Google releases Android O to developers, touting better battery life through improved background app management and more organized notifications with “channels”
12:50 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Twitter debuts Periscope Producer API in private beta, letting publishers stream from more devices and services
12:45 PM  •
BBC:  Following US ban, UK announces cabin baggage ban on electronics, which includes laptops, tablets, and phones over a certain size, for flights from six countries
12:35 PM  •
Rishika Sadam / Reuters:  Twitter has suspended 636K+ accounts since mid-2015 to tackle extremism
11:50 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Reddit to introduce user profiles, let users post directly to their profiles and follow other users' pages; feature debuts with three high-profile users
11:35 AM  •
Jeff John Roberts / Fortune:  Google launches Protect Your Election, a set of security tools to help election websites, human rights groups, and others defend against DDoS and other attacks
10:55 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Alexa now takes orders from Amazon's instant Prime Now and alcohol delivery services
10:45 AM  •
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:  ARM unveils DynamIQ multicore chip designs for faster AI and cloud computing, enabling flexible multicore processing
8:56 AM  •
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:  Apple debuts special-edition (PRODUCT)RED iPhone 7, 7 Plus, available in 128GB and 256GB models, starting at $749; iPhone SE storage doubled to 32GB and 128GB
8:50 AM  •
Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:  Apple announces new 9.7-inch iPad with A9 chip to replace iPad Air 2, starting at $329 for 32GB and $429 for 128GB, available to order on March 24
8:45 AM  •
Lauren Goode / The Verge:  Apple announces free social video editing app Clips, letting users add filters, basic text, emojis, and more, available on iOS in April
8:35 AM  •
Spencer Soper / Bloomberg:  Walmart is launching “Store No. 8” tech startup incubator in Silicon Valley, focusing on virtual and augmented reality, robotics, and artificial intelligence
7:30 AM  •
Lara O'Reilly / Business Insider:  Dutch telecom company Altice buys France-based video ad tech startup Teads for $307M
5:45 AM  •
Jordan Novet / VentureBeat:  IBM announces a cold storage service called IBM Cloud Object Storage Flex to launch in Q2 of this year, 5 years after AWS launched Amazon Glacier
2:30 AM  •
Mark Bergen / Bloomberg:  After UK backlash, Google updates ad policies to give more control over ad placement, creates new brand safety tools, and expands hate speech definitions
2:15 AM  •
TechCrunch:  The 52 startups that launched at Y Combinator Winter 2017 Demo Day 1
1:00 AM  •
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:  Adobe launches Experience Cloud for enterprises, and unveils Advertising Cloud to help companies manage ads across search, social, mobile, and TV

March 20, 2017

10:30 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Google Maps for Android now lets you record your parking location, time left at the meter
9:00 PM  •
Harry McCracken / Fast Company:  How Instagram's product and staff have evolved over the last few years, from its break with square photos to ramping up from 50 to 500+ employees
7:50 PM  •
Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed:  DoorDash to add six robots to its food delivery fleet in Redwood City this Thursday for short-distance orders of up to two miles
6:25 PM  •
Jon Ostrower / CNNMoney:  US bans electronic devices larger than cellphones from cabins on flights from certain Middle Eastern countries and Africa to US
4:10 PM  •
Fitz Tepper / TechCrunch:  Foursquare launches an analytics platform to help retailers of any size understand foot traffic; launch partners include TGI Friday's, Taco Bell, H&M, Equinox
3:30 PM  •
Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:  Instagram now lets you save a video of your livestream to your phone's camera roll after you finish broadcasting
3:15 PM  •
Ben Fox Rubin / CNET:  eBay announces 3-day guaranteed-delivery program for 20M+ items, rolling out in US this summer
3:00 PM  •
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:  At least 318 Cisco switch products are vulnerable to flaw that was found upon examination of WikiLeaks' Vault 7 files; no patch is currently available
1:45 PM  •
Bloomberg:  Vodafone's India unit and Idea Cellular to merge, creating the largest carrier in the country, valued at about $23B with nearly 400M customers
12:35 PM  •
Mike Isaac / New York Times:  Adding to recent departures, Uber vice president of maps and business platform, Brian McClendon, plans to leave amicably on March 28
12:25 PM  •
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:  Sources shed light on Apple's augmented reality team, which is working on several products including AR glasses and AR camera features for the iPhone
12:05 PM  •
Rolfe Winkler / Wall Street Journal:  Sources: SoftBank has scrapped a planned $100M investment in Andy Rubin's Essential Products smartphone startup, which would have valued it at $1B
11:55 AM  •
Bloomberg:  Tencent-backed Netmarble Games, South Korea's largest maker of mobile games, files to raise up to $2.4B in an IPO
11:30 AM  •
Ben Schoon / 9to5Google:  Samsung unveils its context-aware ‘Bixby’ AI assistant ahead of Galaxy S8 launch
11:25 AM  •
Lora Kolodny / TechCrunch:  Y Combinator will offer its first “vertical” track exclusively for AI startups and encourages startups building “robot factory” tech to apply
10:45 AM  •
Tasnim Shamma / NPR:  How AGCO, an agricultural equipment manufacturer, is using Google Glass on its factory floor to improve speed of quality checks, train new employees, and more
8:10 AM  •
Lora Kolodny / TechCrunch:  Makeblock, an education-focused maker of robot-building kits, raises $30M Series B led by Evolution Media China and Shenzhen Capital Group
5:35 AM  •
Jeremy Kauffman / LBRY News:  LBRY uses blockchain and p2p data network to host 20K college lectures Berkeley was forced to remove from YouTube to comply with Americans with Disabilities Act
3:01 AM  •
Neil Cybart / Above Avalon:  By pricing AirPods at $159 and Watch Series 1 at $269, below similar rival products, Apple is going after the entire wearables market, not just the premium part
12:50 AM  •
Pete Rizzo / CoinDesk:  IBM launches IBM Blockchain service, based on Linux Foundation-backed Hyperledger's Fabric code, and details its two commercial deployments

March 19, 2017

11:30 PM  •
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:  How Facebook's language around the fake news issue has evolved, and why it will never say it is a media company or has a responsibility for user-shared content
10:40 PM  •
Bloomberg:  Profile of Duan Yongping, co-founder of China's #1 and #3 smartphone makers Oppo and Vivo, who lives in US and has most of his non-China wealth tied up in Apple
8:05 PM  •
Stephen M. Baldwin / Fortune:  Behind Shopify, which powers ~400K online stores for individuals and brands where more than 100M people shopped in 2016
5:00 PM  •
Kara Swisher / Recode:  About six months after joining, Uber president Jeff Jones quits, says his “beliefs and approach to leadership” were inconsistent with what he saw at Uber
4:55 PM  •
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:  How Techmeme continues to set the agenda for influential tech readers, without chasing scale or adopting the trappings of most media firms
3:30 PM  •
Alex Heath / Business Insider:  Sources: Facebook's Building 8 experimental consumer hardware group working on at least 4 projects, one involving cameras and AR; group to have a key role at F8
1:30 PM  •
Paul Alcorn / Tom's Hardware:  Intel launches its first product with 3D XPoint technology: the $1520, 375GB Optane SSD DC P4800X, a solid state drive for data centers
8:05 AM  •
Chao Deng / Wall Street Journal:  Sources: China's central bank is circulating draft guidelines that would require Bitcoin exchanges to verify clients' identity, adhere to banking regulations
2:00 AM  •
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:  Hackers at Pwn2Own competition exploit combination of bugs in Microsoft Edge, Windows 10, and VMware Workstation to escape virtual machine and compromise host

March 18, 2017

8:35 PM  •
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:  Wireless communications lobby group CTIA says web browsing and app usage history isn't “sensitive information” in filing against FCC's broadband privacy rules
3:22 PM  •
Bloomberg:  Apple pledges to build two additional research and development centers in China, spend at least $507M on research institutions in the country
1:05 PM  •
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:  WhatsApp will soon bring back the text Status feature it lost when introducing a Snapchat Stories clone
7:55 AM  •
Natt Garun / The Verge:  EU tells Facebook, Twitter, and Google to update their ToS and gives companies one month to propose measures to better protect consumers from scams
1:50 AM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Amazon debuts “Outfit Compare” feature in iOS app, helping Prime members decide between outfits after they upload two photos of themselves in different outfits

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