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August 1, 2015, 4:20 PM
 

August 1, 2015

4:00 PM  •
Dante D'Orazio / The Verge:  Microsoft's HoloLens will ship to developers ‘within the next year’
1:20 PM  •
Washington Post:  Former DNI Mike McConnell, DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff, and Deputy Secretary of Defense William Lynn back strong encryption in op-ed
10:25 AM  •
Patrick Howell O'Neill / The Daily Dot:  Hackers find vulnerabilities in Industrial Ethernet Switches used in hydroelectric dams, nuclear power plants
6:10 AM  •
New York Times:  Xiaoice, Microsoft's Chinese chatbot, has a sense of humor, good listening skills, and 20M registered users
1:55 AM  •
Heather Somerville / Mercury News:  Lyft forgoes global expansion in favor of U.S. market domination
1:05 AM  •
Owen Williams / The Next Web:  Kim Dotcom no longer involved with Mega, plans to create open-source, non-profit competitor
12:15 AM  •
Kurt Wagner / Re/code:  Trevor O'Brien, the Product Lead Running All Twitter Apps, Is Departing

July 31, 2015

11:25 PM  •
Takashi Mochizuki / Wall Street Journal:  Japanese Police Arrest Mark Karpelès of Collapsed Bitcoin Exchange Mt. Gox
11:05 PM  •
David E. Sanger / New York Times:  Anonymous Obama administration sources say US will retaliate against China for OPM hack and is weighing options that include breaching the Great Firewall
9:35 PM  •
Biz Carson / Business Insider:  Frontback announces they will not shut down, after signing an agreement with a new partner
9:20 PM  •
Dina Bass / Bloomberg Business:  Microsoft Said to Invest About $100 Million in Startup Uber
8:35 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Dropbox Arrives On Roku With An App For Viewing Your Personal Photos And Movies
8:30 PM  •
Ian Paul / Greenbot:  88,000 Nvidia Shield tablets recalled due to heat risk
7:00 PM  •
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:  4th Amendment Lives: Court Tells US Government Get A Warrant If It Wants Mobile Phone Location Info
5:25 PM  •
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:  Yahoo Will Acquire Fashion Startup Polyvore
4:50 PM  •
Kana Inagaki / Financial Times:  Japan's Sharp to stop making TVs for the North American market after worse-than-expected quarterly loss of $274m
3:55 PM  •
Peter Kafka / Re/code:  LinkedIn asks its top 500 “Influencers” for blanket permission to syndicate posts, with no money changing hands
3:20 PM  •
Matthew Lynley / TechCrunch:  Early Apple Designer Susan Kare Joins Pinterest's Creative Team
2:47 PM  •
Wall Street Journal:  Sources: Uber closed round of nearly $1B with Microsoft participating, valuing the company at over $50B and bringing total funding to more than $5B
2:25 PM  •
Chris Chavez / Phandroid:  Lawsuit forces Samsung to issue software patch allowing users to delete bloatware, but only in China
1:50 PM  •
Catherine Shu / TechCrunch:  HTC Spends Nearly $10M On A 15% Stake In Virtual Reality Platform WEVR
1:10 PM  •
Kurt Wagner / Re/code:  Snapchat Revenue Could Hit $50 Million This Year — But It Still Needs a CFO
12:30 PM  •
Mike Shields / Wall Street Journal:  Integral Ad Science Raises $67 Million as It Tackles Ad Viewability, Fraud and Effectiveness
11:55 AM  •
Dan Seifert / The Verge:  YotaPhone cancels US launch of YotaPhone 2 despite successful Indiegogo campaign, citing complications with its manufacturing partners
11:35 AM  •
Sarah E. Needleman / Wall Street Journal:  Game add-ons and other digital goods account for 77% of all Electronic Arts Q1 revenue
10:55 AM  •
Bloomberg Business:  Appeals court upholds Microsoft's $14.5M jury verdict against Motorola in patent royalty case
10:35 AM  •
Thomas Fox-Brewster / Forbes:  Anti-Virus Firm BitDefender Admits Breach, Hacker Claims Stolen Passwords Are Unencrypted
8:10 AM  •
Vlad Savov / The Verge:  Nvidia recalls all Shield Tablets due to battery fire hazard
5:50 AM  •
Shane McGlaun / SlashGear:  MasterCard and Samsung extend partnership in Europe for Samsung Pay

July 30, 2015

11:55 PM  •
Barb Darrow / Fortune:  Microsoft joins with Jasper in Internet of Things alliance
11:15 PM  •
Yusuf Mehdi / Windows Blog:  Windows 10 passes 14M installs 24 hours after launch
10:45 PM  •
James Crabtree / Financial Times:  Uber to plough $1bn into India investment drive
10:20 PM  •
Jessica Bartlett / Boston Business Journal:  CVS Health to use IBM's Watson to help patients with chronic conditions
8:45 PM  •
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:  Google partners with Silent Circle, the makers of privacy-focused Blackphone, and eight carriers on its Android for Work program
7:30 PM  •
Casey Newton / The Verge:  Pocket starts recommending articles and videos in a new public beta
6:25 PM  •
Daniel Terdiman / Fast Company:  Facebook completes full-scale prototype of its solar-powered Internet drone Aquila, develops laser that transmits data at 10 gigabits per second
6:05 PM  •
Taylor Soper / GeekWire:  Photo editing startup PicMonkey lands $41M from Bay Area-based Spectrum Equity
5:20 PM  •
Reto Meier / Android Developers Blog:  Google now lets Android developers offer open betas and email-based closed betas
4:36 PM  •
John Paczkowski / BuzzFeed:  Sources: Apple to debut new Apple TV with App Store, SDK, Siri support, and touch remote during September iPhone event
4:30 PM  •
Matthew Lynley / TechCrunch:  LinkedIn beats Q2 estimates with $712M in revenue, up 33% YoY; shares rise as much as 14% in after-hours trading
3:45 PM  •
Alistair Barr / Wall Street Journal:  Google is quietly distributing a new version of Glass for business customers that attaches to other glasses; consumer version at least a year away
2:45 PM  •
John Biggs / TechCrunch:  Smartwatch company Olio raises $10M Series A led by New Enterprise Associates
2:00 PM  •
Vito Pilieci / Ottawa Citizen:  Shopify beats Q2 estimates with $44.9M revenue, lower than expected $3.3M loss, in first results since IPO
1:25 PM  •
Cory Weinberg / bizjournals:  Sources: Apple agrees to rent 75K square feet of office space in San Francisco's SoMa, in first big push into the city
1:20 PM  •
Evan Sharp / Pinterest Blog:  Pinterest makes diversity hiring goals for 2016 public for accountability and promises to share findings on what works
12:40 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Groupon launches Groupon To Go food delivery service, available in Chicago, expanding to other metro regions in US throughout the year
12:30 PM  •
David Meyer / Politico:  Google asks French data protection authority CNIL to withdraw its order forcing right to be forgotten delistings to be applied globally
11:50 AM  •
Mike Shields / Wall Street Journal:  Mobile Video Ad Firm Jun Group Raises $28 Million in New Funding
11:15 AM  •
Roger Cheng / CNET:  T-Mobile beats estimates in Q2 with profit of $361M, revenue of $8.2B, and strong subscriber growth
10:55 AM  •
Andy Chalk / PC Gamer:  Windows 10 Solitaire requires a subscription to remove ads
10:30 AM  •
Re/code:  Sources: NBCUniversal close to investing $250M in BuzzFeed at a $1.5B valuation, also investing in Vox Media at a $850M valuation
10:20 AM  •
Ari Levy / CNBC:  An inside look at Zazzle, which expects $250M+ revenue and a gross margin of 45% this year, larger than Amazon's recent 35% gross margin
9:55 AM  •
Edgar Alvarez / Engadget:  StubHub lets eventgoers call an Uber from its app
9:20 AM  •
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:  Study: Shutdown of Google News and other aggregators in Spain hurt news sites' traffic and ad revenue, particularly for new and smaller publishers
8:35 AM  •
Charlie Osborne / ZDNet:  Hammertoss: Russian hackers target the cloud, Twitter, GitHub in malware spread
7:50 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Sources: Caller ID app Truecaller looking to raise around $100M at a $1B valuation
6:55 AM  •
Stephen Witt / The Verge:  Grooveshark lacked the music rights deals and the funding to compete against other services
3:50 AM  •
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:  Sony Posts $780M Profit On Strong PlayStation And Sensor Businesses
1:55 AM  •
Jason Koebler / Motherboard:  Obama's New Executive Order Says the US Must Build an Exascale Supercomputer
1:30 AM  •
Kirk Koenigsbauer / Office Blogs:  Microsoft launches Office Mobile for Windows 10 tablets, with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote built for touch
1:05 AM  •
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:  Like with News Feed, Facebook wants to encourage organic interaction with businesses before monetizing Messenger and WhatsApp
12:30 AM  •
Leena Rao / Fortune:  Uber to lease cars directly to UberX drivers with Xchange Leasing pilot program, which includes unlimited mileage and limited early termination fees

July 29, 2015

11:40 PM  •
Sebastian Anthony / Ars Technica:  Wi-Fi Sense in Windows 10, used to share access to Wi-Fi networks with contacts, requires opt in, encrypts passwords, and is easily disabled
10:45 PM  •
Financial Times:  Facebook mobile ads accounted for $2.9B in revenue, roughly 72% of total Q2 sales
10:40 PM  •
Reuters:  Alibaba says it will invest another $1B into its Aliyun cloud computing arm to take on AWS
9:35 PM  •
Min-Jeong Lee / Wall Street Journal:  Samsung Q2 profit down 8% YoY, fifth straight quarterly profit drop as Galaxy S6 falls short of market expectations
8:50 PM  •
Carmel DeAmicis / Re/code:  Yelp stock dropped 28% Wednesday following grim earnings; company cited rising talent costs amid competition with “unicorns”
8:45 PM  •
Leena Rao / Fortune:  Max Levchin resigns as chairman of Yelp's board to focus on his lending startup Affirm
8:25 PM  •
Natalie Jarvey / Hollywood Reporter:  Stagnant User Growth Sends Twitter Stock Down 14 Percent
7:15 PM  •
Mark Sullivan / VentureBeat:  Volkswagens with CarPlay and Android Auto will begin arriving in showrooms this week
6:11 PM  •
Deborah Gage / Wall Street Journal:  GitHub raises $250M Series B at a $2B valuation, led by Sequoia Capital
5:10 PM  •
AFP:  Google signs deal with Sri Lanka to bring internet to the entire country via Project Loon
4:35 PM  •
Tom Warren / The Verge:  Microsoft execs speak about how they dealt with feedback for Windows 10, unifying platforms
4:20 PM  •
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:  Facebook Beats In Q2 With $4.04B Revenue, User Growth Slows To 3.47% QOQ To Hit 1.49B
4:10 PM  •
Facebook:  Facebook Reports Second Quarter 2015 Results
3:45 PM  •
Tom Warren / The Verge:  Sonos speakers now work with Microsoft's Groove music service
3:10 PM  •
Jared Newman / TechHive:  Amazon starts selling its Dash Buttons to all Prime members for $4.99 each
2:35 PM  •
Ginny Marvin / Search Engine Land:  Search Ads In Google Play Store Rolling Out For All Android App Marketers
1:50 PM  •
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch:  Equity Crowdfunding Platform Seedrs Raises $15.6M To Launch In US
1:35 PM  •
Wish Wu / TrendLabs Security Intelligence Blog:  Android vulnerability silences phone and kills screen, affects Android 4.3 and above, and can be exploited by a malicious website or app
1:15 PM  •
Drew Olanoff / TechCrunch:  Google Translate's App Now Instantly Translates Printed Text In 27 Languages
12:57 PM  •
David Gasca / The Twitter Blog:  Twitter launches native Windows 10 app that showcases tweets in live tiles from the Start menu
12:43 PM  •
Arjun Sethi / Yahoo:  Yahoo unveils an audioless video messaging app called Livetext, launching in US, UK, Canada, Germany, and France tomorrow
12:32 PM  •
Tom Warren / The Verge:  Microsoft is working on streaming PC games to Xbox One
12:10 PM  •
Natalie Gagliordi / ZDNet:  Marketing intelligence software startup Radius raises $50M Series D led by Founders Fund, valuing the company at over $500M
11:52 AM  •
Jonathan Vanian / Fortune:  Twilio raises $130M Series E led by Fidelity and T. Rowe Price, valuing it at over $1B
11:25 AM  •
Bloomberg Business:  Sources: Chinese hackers behind OPM and Anthem breaches have also hacked United Airlines, stole flight manifest data
10:55 AM  •
Ariha Setalvad / The Verge:  Facebook is testing out LinkedIn-style profile tags
10:30 AM  •
Brian Steinberg / Variety:  CBS Will Live-Stream Super Bowl Ads In Big Move For Media Industry
10:05 AM  •
Katrina Brooker / Bloomberg Business:  How Goldman Sachs Became a Tech-Investing Powerhouse
9:10 AM  •
Sarah Kessler / Fast Company:  Vine is less about users sharing life moments, more about content creators using it to entertain viewers
8:35 AM  •
Tony Romm / Politico:  How a federal agency mishandled $3.5B of stimulus money to expand rural broadband coverage and failed to deliver
7:40 AM  •
Ritsuko Ando / Reuters:  Nintendo swings to first-quarter operating profit on strong figurine sales, weak yen
6:45 AM  •
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:  Qualcomm has developed wireless charging tech for phones with metal rear cases, compatible with its Rezence standard
3:40 AM  •
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:  LG Posts Slim $206M Profit In Q2 2015 As Smartphone Shipments Slip To 14.1M
1:55 AM  •
Alex Rosenblat / Motherboard:  Study shows that Uber's app for passengers doesn't reliably show the exact locations of drivers, likely as a side-effect of forecasting supply
1:45 AM  •
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:  Review: Windows 10 is the best version yet—once the bugs get fixed
1:40 AM  •
Terry Myerson / Windows Blog:  Windows 10 Free Upgrade Available in 190 Countries Today
1:00 AM  •
Yuliya Chernova / Wall Street Journal:  Expensify launches venture arm for strategic investments in business travel, payments, and finance startups using part of their recently raised $17M
12:15 AM  •
Brian Crecente / Polygon:  Razer says it will pay what Ouya owes to indie devs

July 28, 2015

11:35 PM  •
Steve Lohr / New York Times:  Coding bootcamps to graduate 16K students in 2015, up from 6,740 in 2014, almost one-third as many as all US Computer Science departments
10:55 PM  •
Casey Newton / The Verge:  Nokia's Ozo is a 360 degree VR camera for professionals with fast low-res rendering for rapid playback, price expected to be in the mid-five figures
10:15 PM  •
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:  Citrix aims to simplify, unload GoTo business as CEO retires
8:40 PM  •
Sean O'Neill / Tnooz:  Investors pour $16M into Tripping, a vacation rental search engine
8:35 PM  •
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:  Windows 10: Much better than Windows 8.1, OS still lacks some functionality and apps, best to wait for more features expected in fall
7:00 PM  •
Ben Popper / The Verge:  Amazon unveils a proposal for drone-only airspace that would allow for high-speed delivery
5:25 PM  •
Kurt Wagner / Re/code:  Twitter added just 2M MAUs in Q2, excluding “SMS Fast Followers”
5:00 PM  •
Fletcher Babb / VentureBeat:  Twitter's director of product management Todd Jackson departs for Dropbox, while head of growth Christian Oestlien moves to YouTube
4:50 PM  •
Sarah Buhr / TechCrunch:  Yelp Drops 14% After Reporting A Profit Miss In Q2 On Stronger-Than-Expected Revenue Of $133.9M
4:35 PM  •
Miguel Helft / Forbes:  Dropbox Hires Google, Facebook And Twitter Veteran Todd Jackson As VP Of Product
4:30 PM  •
Alex Wilhelm / TechCrunch:  Twitter reports better-than-expected Q2 revenue of $502M with just 316M MAUs, a number that includes “SMS Fast Followers”
4:12 PM  •
Twitter IR:  Twitter Reports Second Quarter 2015 Results
4:10 PM  •
Peter Kafka / Re/code:  HBO Now is coming to Verizon Wireless and its 100M customers; FiOS customers can sign up today
3:55 PM  •
Reuters:  Sources: educational software company Blackboard seeks $3B sale; Bank of America and Deutsche Bank hired to run auction
3:35 PM  •
Kara Swisher / Re/code:  Sources say Twitter's list of outside CEO candidates is lacking, pointing to Dorsey or Bain, with Bain in lead because of Dorsey's Square commitment
3:23 PM  •
Stacey Higginbotham / Fortune:  Intel and Micron unveil new storage chip called 3D Xpoint that's 1,000 times faster than flash memory, doesn't use transistors, and is already in production
3:05 PM  •
Russell Brandom / The Verge:  Intel's new storage chip is 1,000 times faster than flash memory
2:50 PM  •
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:  Trello Launches Enterprise Service With Single Sign-On Support, Brings Two-Factor Authentication To All Users
2:30 PM  •
Tom Warren / The Verge:  Windows 10 review: a great fix to the problems of Windows 8 with the new Start menu, Cortana, and more, but bugs linger and Edge browser lacks extensions
2:20 PM  •
Yuliya Chernova / Wall Street Journal:  ShopKeep Registers $60M for Small-Merchant Payments Software
2:00 PM  •
Lee Hutchinson / Ars Technica:  DHI Group plans to sell off Slashdot and Sourceforge
1:20 PM  •
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:  Google Now Lets Developers Bring Their Own Security Keys To Compute Engine
12:55 PM  •
Spencer Soper / Bloomberg Business:  Legal marketplace Avvo raises $71.5M at a valuation of $650M, led by Technology Crossover Ventures
12:30 PM  •
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:  Moto X Style to be rebranded as Moto X Pure in the US, to be sold unlocked for $399 this fall
12:25 PM  •
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:  Google search now lets you avoid lines by showing the busiest times at millions of places and businesses
12:20 PM  •
Chris Welch / The Verge:  Moto G hands-on: Motorola's most popular phone gets a premium upgrade
12:05 PM  •
Julia Fioretti / Reuters:  German regulator orders Facebook to allow pseudonyms
12:00 PM  •
Dan Seifert / The Verge:  Hands-on with Motorola's new Moto X Style: fast 21MP camera, sleek feel despite large 5.7-inch display
11:50 AM  •
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:  Android users can now say ‘Ok Google’ to send messages via WhatsApp, WeChat, NextPlus, Telegram, and Viber
11:30 AM  •
Andrew Cunningham / Ars Technica:  Hands-on with the brand-new waterproof Moto G, another $189 wonder
11:20 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Amazon Takes On Product Hunt, Shopify With Launchpad, An All-In-One Marketing And Sales Portal
11:00 AM  •
Cam Bunton / 9to5Mac:  T-Mobile adds free Apple Music cellular streaming, offers free next-gen iPhone upgrades to iPhone 6 buyers
10:50 AM  •
Todd Spangler / Variety:  Snapchat Adds BuzzFeed, iHeartRadio to Discover Lineup After Dropping Yahoo, Warner Music
10:15 AM  •
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:  Microsoft to open its New York City flagship store this fall
9:40 AM  •
Roger Cheng / CNET:  Motorola unveils $399 Motorola X Style with Universal LTE in US, $299 Moto X Play globally, and an upgraded, waterproof, and customizable $179 Moto G
8:40 AM  •
Chris Velazco / Engadget:  ZTE Axon review: powerful, budget-friendly phone, but flaky software, and no expandable memory
6:45 AM  •
Luke Westaway / CNET:  Amazon takes Prime Music streaming international with UK launch
5:01 AM  •
Kim Zetter / Wired:  Researchers devise method of transmitting data from an air-gapped computer using just a low-end mobile phone as the receiver
12:50 AM  •
Gus Lubin / Tech Insider:  Business Insider launches new tech site, Tech Insider, with original reporting by 30+ journalists on tech, science, innovation, culture
12:35 AM  •
Noah Kulwin / Re/code:  Two Weeks After Content Policy Update, Reddit's Head of Community, Jessica Moreno, Has Left the Company
12:20 AM  •
Jason Del Rey / Re/code:  Visa Invests in Stripe at $5 Billion Valuation and Strikes Commercial Deal, Too
12:15 AM  •
Nathan Ingraham / The Verge:  Hands-on with OnePlus 2: Impressive specs for the price with thoughtful software additions, fingerprint unlock sensor works as advertised

July 27, 2015

11:25 PM  •
Bogdan Petrovan / Android Authority:  OnePlus 2 announced: available Aug. 11, starts at $329 before taxes, with 5.5" 1080p display, Snapdragon 810, 13MP f/2.0 rear camera, USB-C, fingerprint sensor
11:05 PM  •
Samuel Gibbs / Guardian:  Musk, Wozniak and Hawking urge ban on warfare AI and autonomous weapons
9:50 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Twitter's Periscope Now Lets You Mute Users, Watch Live On Mac Via iOS 8 Handoff
8:15 PM  •
Ina Fried / Re/code:  Nextbit shifting from mobile software and services to hardware, plans to launch Android phone
8:05 PM  •
Dan Seifert / The Verge:  Samsung hosting Unpacked event Aug. 13; Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge Plus likely to be detailed
7:40 PM  •
Steve O'Hear / TechCrunch:  Restaurant Delivery Startup Deliveroo Raises $70M Series C
6:35 PM  •
eMarketer and Newsroom Posts:  Instagram Mobile Ad Revenues to Reach $2.81 Billion Worldwide in 2017
5:00 PM  •
Lauren Walker / Newsweek:  NSA says it will stop accessing historical metadata collected under Section 215 of the Patriot Act on Nov. 29
4:40 PM  •
Owen Williams / The Next Web:  Now any mobile network can sign up to Facebook's Internet.org
3:55 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Google changes AdSense, DoubleClick policies, will require all publishers from Sept. 30 to get consent from European Union visitors to use cookies
2:25 PM  •
Lauren Johnson / Adweek:  Pandora opens Sponsored Listening to all advertisers; users can watch 15+ seconds of video or rich media ad in exchange for 1 hour of uninterrupted music
1:35 PM  •
Ben Fox Rubin / CNET:  eBay Now rapid-delivery service is shutting down, as are the company's Motors, Fashion, and Valet mobile apps
1:05 PM  •
Jeff Parsons / Mirror:  Facebook's ‘legacy contact’ feature goes live in the UK allowing users to appoint digital heirs
12:40 PM  •
Gerry Shih / Reuters:  Beijing police bust factory that produced over 41K counterfeit iPhones worth $19M
12:20 PM  •
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:  Google is dropping its Google+ requirement across all products, starting with YouTube
12:00 PM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Razer confirms acquisition of Ouya's software, tech, and dev teams in an all-cash deal as co-founder and CEO Julie Uhrman leaves the gaming console startup
11:40 AM  •
Michael Mimoso / Threatpost:  Unpatched phones with Android 2.2 Froyo or later can be hacked via a single unopened MMS due to vulnerability in native Stagefright media playback engine