July 7, 2015, 6:15 PM

July 7, 2015

5:10 PM  •
Janko Roettgers / Variety:  GoPro hires former Hulu original series chief, Charlotte Koh, as head of features and series for content push
4:25 PM  •
Jeff Grubb / VentureBeat:  PlayStation Network is down for the third time since Friday
4:10 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Netflix announces schedule for seven original feature films, the first to debut Oct. 16
3:50 PM  •
Aaron Zamost / Backchannel:  Square's head of communications describes the cyclical nature of media coverage of tech companies
3:20 PM  •
Peter Pi / TrendLabs Security Intelligence Blog:  Unpatched Flash Player and Windows kernel flaws found in Hacking Team leak
2:55 PM  •
Owen Williams / The Next Web:  Facebook tests floating videos, so you can scroll and watch at the same time
2:35 PM  •
Ron Miller / TechCrunch:  EMC Sells Cloud Sync And Share Product Syncplicity To Private Equity Firm
2:15 PM  •
Bloomberg Business:  Sources: Didi Kuaidi, Uber's Chinese rival, said to raise $2B at a $15B valuation
2:05 PM  •
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:  Mozilla's plans for Firefox: More partnerships, better add-ons, and faster updates
1:55 PM  •
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:  Mobile Maker Jolla Splits In Two, With Sailfish OS Its First Order Of Business
1:45 PM  •
Julie Bort / Business Insider:  Cisco buys software vendor MaintenanceNet for $139M, its sixth acquisition of a US software company so far this year
1:25 PM  •
William Turton / The Daily Dot:  17-year-old Lizard Squad hacker convicted in Finnish court of 50,700 charges related to computer crimes, receives two-year suspended prison sentence
1:00 PM  •
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:  Showtime launches $10.99/month standalone streaming service for the web, Apple TV, iOS, Roku, and Playstation Vue
12:25 PM  •
Nicole Perlroth / New York Times:  13 top cryptographers issue report opposing US, British proposals for circumventing encryption, say plans would put the world's digital communications at risk
12:15 PM  •
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:  Showtime now available on Apple TV w/o a cable subscription, iOS app soon
11:50 AM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Whipclip Raises Over $40 Million For Its TV Show And Music Video Clipping App
11:38 AM  •
Tinder Blog:  Tinder introduces Verified Profiles for notable public figures, says 26M matches made daily
11:15 AM  •
Kara Swisher / Re/code:  Bill Veghte, HP's former head of Enterprise Group and COO, named CEO of SurveyMonkey
10:50 AM  •
Tom Simonite / MIT Technology Review:  Study suggests Google's ad-targeting system discriminates based on gender and other personal traits
10:15 AM  •
Jordan Novet / VentureBeat:  Microsoft offers researchers $500K and HoloLens development kits to make holographic computing useful
9:50 AM  •
Stuart Dredge / Music Ally:  Streaming music service Saavn raises $100m as it reaches 14m active users
9:25 AM  •
Neil King / Arabian Business:  Interview with Sony Mobile CEO Hiroki Totoki: we will never ever sell or exit from the current mobile business
8:40 AM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Hulu: Living room viewing accounts for over 58% of content streams, up from 44% in Q1 2014
6:45 AM  •
Leo Kelion / BBC:  BBC reveals final design of the Micro Bit, a pocket-sized computer to be given to 1M UK-based children in October
5:00 AM  •
Jon Fingas / Engadget:  Samsung announces 2TB consumer-oriented SSDs; 2TB 850 Evo for $800, and 850 Pro for $1,000
1:55 AM  •
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:  Desperate For Ad Data, Twitter Offers Animated Balloons For Your Birthdate
12:40 AM  •
Dan Seifert / The Verge:  Hands on with ZTE's first US flagship Nubia Z9: 5.2-inch 1080p borderless display, 16 MP back, 8 MP front camera; prices start at $564, available in Q3

July 6, 2015

11:35 PM  •
Min-Jeong Lee / Wall Street Journal:  Samsung Sees Seventh Straight Profit Decline
10:30 PM  •
Andy / TorrentFreak:  Court orders founder of media and software pirate forum Wawa-Mania to pay $17M+ in damages
9:25 PM  •
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:  Eddy Cue: Apple ‘working’ to bring back music Home Sharing with iOS 9
8:15 PM  •
Quentin Hardy / New York Times:  Sheryl Sandberg Joins SurveyMonkey's Board
7:40 PM  •
Aaron Souppouris / Engadget:  Sony Xperia Z4 tablet review: incredibly thin and light, and near-flawless performance, but useless keyboard dock makes it too expensive
6:35 PM  •
Dan Levine / Reuters:  Amazon must face trademark lawsuit by high-end watchmaker Multi Time Machine, which claims search results were misleading users
5:05 PM  •
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:  All Apple Stores to reduce third-party accessories selection to items sold in packaging co-designed by Apple, starting next week
4:35 PM  •
Tom Maxwell / 9to5Google:  Google releases Material Design Lite, a web framework for making Material Design-style websites
4:07 PM  •
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:  Microsoft rebrands Xbox Music as Groove, Xbox Video as Movies & TV
3:45 PM  •
Tom Warren / The Verge:  Microsoft rebrands Xbox Music to Groove
3:30 PM  •
Ellen Pao / Reddit:  Ellen Pao apologizes again, announces new role of Moderator Advocate to be moderators' contact with Reddit, pledges improvements to mod tools
2:40 PM  •
Roger Cheng / CNET:  T-Mobile's transparency report shows 352K customer data requests in 2014, up 11% from 2013 and more than Verizon, AT&T, or Sprint
1:55 PM  •
Laurie Burkitt / Wall Street Journal:  McDonald's to start mobile payment and ordering pilot program in China in Q3; KFC teams up with Alipay on mobile payments
1:30 PM  •
Kevin Tofel / ZDNet:  Amazon announces Prime Day, a day of sales with more deals than Black Friday, for Prime members on July 15
1:15 PM  •
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:  Microsoft redesigns Bing Maps so you can search, view, and share multiple places at one time
12:50 PM  •
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:  With Tossup for iPhone and Android phones, Microsoft helps you poll friends and gather opinions about meeting up
12:20 PM  •
Steve Ragan / CSO Online:  As more details about Hacking Team's deals with repressive regimes like Sudan emerge from breach, company responds with vague denials and threats on Twitter
11:30 AM  •
Chris Dolmetsch / Bloomberg Business:  Court overturns the second conviction of Goldman Sachs programmer Sergey Aleynikov charged with stealing high-frequency trading code
10:55 AM  •
Tom Warren / The Verge:  Sources: Microsoft will finalize Windows 10 RTM build this week to send to OEMs ahead of July 29 launch
10:20 AM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Amazon Debuts Dedicated Mobile Apps For Its Dropbox Competitor, Cloud Drive
9:05 AM  •
Orr Hirschauge / Wall Street Journal:  Google's Waze to test carpooling service in Israel; drivers limited to 2 rides a day, can charge for gas, car wear and tear, but not generate profit
7:50 AM  •
Xiomara Blanco / CNET:  Dell Venue 10 7000 review: refined build quality, slick performance, make it one of the finest Android tablet-hybrids around
7:10 AM  •
Vlad Savov / The Verge:  Instagram is uploading images at 1080x1080 resolution instead of 640x640 and confirms it's rolling out displaying at that resolution on iOS and Android devices
4:55 AM  •
Ari Rabinovitch / Reuters:  Google's Waze to start carpooling pilot program in Israel
4:20 AM  •
Christopher Schroeder / Politico:  Far from the nuclear negotiations, a new tech-savvy Iranian generation takes shape
2:05 AM  •
Jillian D'Onfro / Business Insider:  Why YouTube's recommendation algorithm began prioritizing watch time instead of views in 2012
12:50 AM  •
Christopher White / Neowin:  History of the original Xbox: a last minute switch from AMD to Intel, Red Ring of Death, more

July 5, 2015

11:25 PM  •
Wall Street Journal:  SEC investigating improper selling of private tech stocks including employee-owned shares
11:10 PM  •
Steve Ragan / CSO Online:  Hacking Team, which sells intrusion and surveillance tools to governments, breached; attackers release 400GB of internal documents, source code, and emails
10:45 PM  •
Fred Wilson / AVC:  A media platform based on blockchain will arrive soon, which unlike Reddit or Twitter can't be policed
9:40 PM  •
Kurt Wagner / Re/code:  Some key differences between Facebook's and YouTube's revenue sharing plans for video creators
7:35 PM  •
Annie Lowrey / New York Magazine:  Lyft can survive as #2 by differentiating from Uber on user experience and staying focused just on ride-sharing
5:30 PM  •
Kevin Fitchard / Fortune:  The economics of inflight Wi-Fi: why prices and speeds vary so widely
3:25 PM  •
Ricardo Bilton / Digiday:  Microsoft's ad business withered because it tried to beat Google in search, overspent on aQuantive, and had warring factions in its organization
1:00 PM  •
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:  US government lacks a unified approach to address the Internet of Things: dozens of separate agencies and congressional committees conduct piecemeal oversight
10:05 AM  •
Dave Wiskus / Better Elevation:  Apple Music Connect has a clunky uploading interface, lacks standard social networking features for artists
6:00 AM  •
Jason Koebler / Motherboard:  22 Towns in Massachusetts Are Building Their Own Gigabit Fiber Network
1:55 AM  •
Greg Nichols / The California Sunday Magazine:  Netflix and Amazon seek to hook viewers early with high-quality content for kids

July 4, 2015

10:25 PM  •
The Intercept:  How the NSA's XKEYSCORE system for collecting and searching Internet data works
10:10 PM  •
The Intercept:  New documents show XKEYSCORE, NSA's Google-like tool, collects more data than previously reported including web searches and router configuration information
6:35 PM  •
Nolan Lawson / Read the Tea Leaves:  Apple is falling behind other browser makers in implementing web standards in Safari
6:15 PM  •
Dante D'Orazio / The Verge:  Nearly all major subreddits are set to public again after going private in protest
4:55 PM  •
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:  Apple Pay expected to go live in the U.K. on July 14th, £20+ transactions starting this fall
4:45 PM  •
Yahoo! News:  Russian phone maker Yota says its next devices will run Jolla's Sailfish instead of Android
1:50 PM  •
Tom Warren / The Verge:  Minecraft for Windows 10 beta launching July 29 for $10; Minecraft for PC owners get it for free
10:10 AM  •
Mike Isaac / New York Times:  After moderators protested dismissal of a key employee by taking down popular subreddits, Reddit CEO Ellen Pao apologizes for how the transition was handled
8:20 AM  •
Miguel Helft / Forbes:  How tech entrepreneurs are forging ahead in Cuba even without widespread Internet access
4:15 AM  •
Catherine Shu / TechCrunch:  India's BankBazaar Raises $60M Series C Led By Amazon
1:55 AM  •
Dawn Chmielewski / Re/code:  Nielsen: songs streamed in the US up 92.4% YoY to 135.2B, digital song sales down 10.4% to 531.6M, in the first half of 2015

July 3, 2015

11:25 PM  •
Rob Triggs / Android Authority:  Chinese consumer protection group sues Samsung and Oppo over bloatware on smartphones
9:00 PM  •
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:  Two Pirate Bay co-founders say FBI is seeking site logs to see whether Prenda law firm tried to lure copyright violators
6:35 PM  •
Stephen Hall / 9to5Google:  The next Google Glass is ‘Enterprise Edition,’ expanded testing later this year
4:10 PM  •
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:  Lifetime launches SVOD service, drawing on archive of movies, will charge $3.99 a month
2:55 PM  •
Stephen Hall / 9to5Google:  OnePlus' Google Cardboard viewer is now available for $0 + shipping
1:35 PM  •
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:  Render shows Android-powered BlackBerry slider phone codenamed “Venice” reportedly bound for AT&T
12:55 PM  •
Reuters:  Russia's parliament passes a bill requiring search engines to remove users' personal information from their results upon request
12:10 PM  •
Alex Hern / Guardian:  Reddit revolts: subforums shut down in protest over AMA co-ordinator sacking
11:25 AM  •
Lauren Goode / Re/code:  In Battle of Streaming Music Services, Simplicity Is the Killer Feature
10:25 AM  •
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:  New iPhone 6S images show updated NFC, 16GB base storage, fewer chips + design tweaks
6:50 AM  •
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:  Uber Suspends UberPOP In France Following Turmoils And Arrests
5:55 AM  •
Paul Mozur / New York Times:  Industry groups say new Chinese security law could force companies to build backdoors, provide encryption keys, or hand over source code
1:50 AM  •
Napier Lopez / The Next Web:  Facebook's Rooms app updated to allow photos and videos in comments, let moderators pin posts and unban users
12:10 AM  •
Ashley Feinberg / Gawker:  After key employee was fired and moderators revolted by taking down popular subreddits, Reddit CEO Ellen Pao apologizes for how the transition was handled

July 2, 2015

11:05 PM  •
John Callaham / Windows Central:  Microsoft confirms its new Edge browser won't support Silverlight
10:10 PM  •
Iljitsch van Beijnum / Ars Technica:  Large blocks of IPv4 addresses are no longer available in North America; organizations can either join the wait list or request smaller blocks
9:15 PM  •
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:  Microsoft and Kyocera settle dispute over Android patents, agree to cross-licensing
8:20 PM  •
Biz Carson / Business Insider:  Reddit's popular ‘ask me anything’ feature is down after a key employee is gone
7:25 PM  •
Megumi Fujikawa / Wall Street Journal:  Casio is developing a durable men's smartwatch priced around $400, expected by early 2016
6:30 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  SoundCloud updates iOS app with “play related tracks” feature that creates a stream of songs
4:55 PM  •
Jacob Pramuk / CNBC:  Yelp stock closes down about 10% amid reports it has stopped pursuing a sale of company
3:50 PM  •
Robin Wauters /  Berlin-based on-demand cleaning startup Helpling, backed by Rocket Internet, acquires UK-based rival for €32M, about $35M
3:45 PM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Prince sends takedown requests to Spotify, Rdio, and Deezer
2:10 PM  •
Chris O'Brien / VentureBeat:  Apple's new design leads will report to CEO Tim Cook, and not Jony Ive
1:00 PM  •
Alex Sherman / Bloomberg Business:  Yelp Sale Process Said to Stall as Founder Decides to Wait
12:40 PM  •
Terry Myerson / Windows Blog:  Microsoft details Windows 10 rollout plan: Windows Insiders will be first, rest will be in phases
12:15 PM  •
Robert McMillan / Wall Street Journal:  Hewlett-Packard officially files to split, details its two new companies, HP Inc. and Hewlett Packard Enterprise
12:00 PM  •
Ian King / Bloomberg Business:  Intel President Renée James stepping down to seek CEO role elsewhere

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