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May 28, 2016, 12:00 AM
 

May 27, 2016

10:35 PM  •
Kurt Wagner / Recode:  Facebook plans to officially kill its video ad exchange LiveRail
7:15 PM  •
Vijith Assar / The Verge:  Genius' web annotator tool exposed sites on genius.it to XSS attacks by ignoring CSP policy
4:40 PM  •
Steve Kovach / Tech Insider:  Sources: Jawbone has stopped making UP fitness trackers, sold the remaining inventory to a reseller at a discount to raise cash
4:00 PM  •
Kyle Orland / Ars Technica:  Sources: Xbox compatible VR game slated for 2017 launch by a well-known European studio
3:00 PM  •
Leena Rao / Fortune:  Sources: Jawbone is trying to sell its wireless speaker business, will focus on health and wearables
2:10 PM  •
The Intercept:  Sen. Wyden: this year's annual intelligence authorization, just passed in Senate committee and not yet public, allows FBI warrantless access to email records
1:50 PM  •
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / Motherboard:  Hacker behind LinkedIn's 117M e-mail database claims to have 360M Myspace user emails with passwords
1:00 PM  •
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:  Investigation into SWIFT breach expands to 12 more banks; Symantec corroborates BAE's report that hackers used code similar to North Korean Sony hack
12:30 PM  •
Nick Summers / Engadget:  UK carrier Three to test 24 hour, opt-in, network level mobile ad blocking during the week of June 13
11:55 AM  •
Abner Li / 9to5Google:  Google app on iOS gets faster load times, AMP articles in search, keyboard shortcuts, more
10:55 AM  •
Evan Blass / VentureBeat:  ZTE launches 5.5-inch Google Daydream-ready Axon 7 for $450 alongside its first VR headset
10:30 AM  •
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:  Big Win For Fair Use: Jury Says Google's Use Of Java API's Was Fair Use... On To The Appeal
2:25 AM  •
TechCrunch:  Facebook starts selling offsite ads targeting non-users too

May 26, 2016

9:15 PM  •
Barb Darrow / Fortune:  Intel buys computer vision company Itseez, co-founded by two former Intel researchers, in IoT and autonomous car push
7:10 PM  •
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:  Twitter's audio cards will now support Spotify, offer 30-second clips in timelines and Moments
7:05 PM  •
Alexei Oreskovic / Business Insider:  Report: Snapchat's share price did not increase from last year in latest fundraising round
6:45 PM  •
Nick Denton / Gawker:  Nick Denton challenges Peter Thiel to a public debate in open letter, says decade-long campaign by Thiel is out of proportion, asks about ultimate intent
5:25 PM  •
Cade Metz / Wired:  Facebook and Microsoft partner to lay highest capacity transatlantic internet cable yet, connecting Virginia and Spain with a bandwidth of 160Tbps
4:22 PM  •
Joe Mullin / Ars Technica:  Jury in Oracle suit unanimously finds Google's use of Java APIs in Android was fair use; Oracle vows to appeal
3:30 PM  •
Kurt Wagner / Recode:  Twitter execs Jana Messerschmidt, head of business development, and Nathan Hubbard, head of media and commerce, are planning to leave the company
3:15 PM  •
Deborah Gage / Wall Street Journal:  Intel Capital restructures its investment team, opts not to sell part of portfolio that could have been worth $1B
2:50 PM  •
Kara Swisher / Recode:  As Facebook courts publishers, the company and some of its directors decline to comment on board member Peter Thiel's funding of lawsuit against Gawker
2:30 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Twitch launches Clips so gamers can quickly share short videos of their favorite moments
1:50 PM  •
Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:  Twilio publicly files for IPO, seeks listing on NYSE under ticker symbol TWLO; filing reveals $166.92M in revenue and $35.5M net loss in 2015
1:10 PM  •
TechCrunch:  Filing: Snapchat raised $1.8B in Series F round; leaked deck reveals $59M revenue in 2015, 110M DAUs in December
12:25 PM  •
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:  GoDaddy launches Flare, a community app for sharing and rating business ideas
11:35 AM  •
Wall Street Journal:  Lenovo Q4 profit up 80% to $180M but revenue falls 24% to $9.13B YoY as PC demand slows
10:55 AM  •
Paul McNamara / Network World:  FCC formally fines Chinese firm $34.9M for selling illegal cellphone jammers and a Florida man $48K for using them
10:20 AM  •
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:  Reddit launches image uploads, ditching alliance with Imgur
10:15 AM  •
Ginny Marvin / Marketing Land:  Google releases Data Studio, a free version of its data visualization tool, Data Studio 360; tool only available in US for now
9:40 AM  •
Financial Times:  Sources: Apple had preliminary discussions about buying Time Warner last year as spending on original content set to increase
8:30 AM  •
Marty Swant / Adweek:  Facebook to shut down its desktop-based ad retargeting exchange as company shifts focus toward mobile
4:15 AM  •
Devindra Hardawar / Engadget:  HP expands Omen gaming brand with new lineup of laptops starting at $899 for 15.6-inch model, available in July, and a VR-ready desktop, shipping in August

May 25, 2016

11:20 PM  •
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:  Chrome 51 released with new APIs, including Credential Management API, more efficient page rendering; available for Windows and Mac, Linux coming soon
9:55 PM  •
Roger Cheng / CNET:  HTC confirms it has stopped manufacturing Google's flagship tablet, the Nexus 9
9:40 PM  •
Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:  Peter Thiel acknowledges he spent around $10M to fund a team of lawyers to help Gawker “victims” like Hulk Hogan sue the company, in act of “deterrence”
8:50 PM  •
Cooper Quintin / Electronic Frontier Foundation:  Canary Watch, EFF related site tracking NSA, FBI, other agency warrant requests, stops accepting submissions, monitoring canaries, says goals have been reached
8:05 PM  •
Dan Primack / Fortune:  Home WiFi startup Eero raises $50M led by Menlo Ventures, expected in Best Buy stores this summer
7:45 PM  •
Chris Welch / The Verge:  PayPal to discontinue mobile apps for Windows Phone, BlackBerry, and Amazon Fire on June 30
6:55 PM  •
Jay Donovan / TechCrunch:  Magic Leap says it's integrating Twilio's services into the Magic Leap SDK and will give 10 devs early access
6:05 PM  •
Barb Darrow / Fortune:  Salesforce to spend $400M on Amazon Web Services over next four years according to 10Q statement and sources
5:15 PM  •
Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed:  Source: Twitter curtails development of Buy button and product pages, moves commerce team to other projects
5:00 PM  •
Wall Street Journal:  HP Inc. misses target, reporting Q2 results of $11.59B in revenue, down 11% YoY; personal systems sales dropped 10% YoY; guidance cut
4:30 PM  •
Sarah White / Reuters:  Spain arrests 30 suspected of pirating pay TV content and then laundering money in six bitcoin mining centers; a small aircraft, luxury cars, more seized
3:55 PM  •
Reuters:  Senior Indian government official says Apple must oblige by foreign retailer rules and sell 30% locally-sourced goods if it intends to open stores in India
3:10 PM  •
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:  Uber and Foursquare sign global, multi-year agreement to license Places data, meaning customers will no longer have to know the exact address of venues
2:50 PM  •
BBC:  Foxconn replaces 60K factory workers with robots, denies that it means long-term job losses
2:30 PM  •
Pete Williams / NBC News:  Marcel Lehel Lazar, the hacker known as “Guccifer”, pleads guilty to identity theft, unauthorized access of protected computers; sentencing date set for Sept. 1
2:15 PM  •
Bloomberg:  Sources: Google is aiming to reduce Android fragmentation by pressuring carriers, OEMs into pushing out updates more quickly
1:55 PM  •
David Muller / MLive.com:  Google to open a 53K square foot self-driving car development center in Novi, outside of Detroit
1:30 PM  •
Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:  Twilio launches Notify API to unify delivery of SMS, app, and messenger push notifications
12:50 PM  •
Kotaku:  Sources: Microsoft is planning a cheaper, smaller Xbox One for E3 and a more powerful model in 2017; possible partnership with Oculus in the works
12:35 PM  •
Tom Warren / The Verge:  Report: Microsoft to announce a basic Chromecast-like Xbox streaming device and a more advanced option at E3
11:45 AM  •
Paul Mozur / New York Times:  Alibaba says its accounting practices are under investigation by the SEC
11:40 AM  •
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:  Xiaomi launches Mi Drone with 360-degree camera in China, priced at $380 with 1080P video or $450 with 4K
10:55 AM  •
Fred Ehrsam / Coinbase:  Coinbase cofounder: Ethereum app development outpacing Bitcoin due to better programming languages, robust developer community, and a focused leadership
10:30 AM  •
Karl Bode / Techdirt:  Reddit, Automattic, Medium, Vimeo, Kickstarter, Foursquare, Mozilla, Yelp, Pinterest, and others urge FCC to formally evaluate broadband caps and zero rating
9:45 AM  •
David Carnoy / CNET:  OtterBox's uniVERSE case works with over a dozen accessory modules such as memory expansion, battery packs, speakers, more, costs $50 for iPhone 6/6s version
9:10 AM  •
Ben Popper / The Verge:  Spotify's Discover Weekly reaches 40 million users and 5 billion tracks streamed
7:10 AM  •
Mark Scott / New York Times:  EU proposes new rules to protect minors, combat hate speech, and mandate that video streaming services have 20% European content
6:00 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Microsoft is laying off 1,850 to “streamline” its smartphone business, takes $950M charge
4:40 AM  •
Billy Steele / Engadget:  LG G5's VR headset, 360 camera and other accessories hit the US
12:05 AM  •
Eric Zeman / InformationWeek:  Samsung and SK Telecom partner to deploy LoRaWAN-based IoT-dedicated wireless network in South Korea by midyear

May 24, 2016

10:15 PM  •
Biz Carson / Business Insider:  Victorious, a startup that makes apps for online communities of superfans, raises $25M with existing investors Kleiner Perkins, Redpoint Ventures participating
8:55 PM  •
Devindra Hardawar / Engadget:  E Ink develops Advanced Color ePaper, an EPD display that shows up to 32K colors, for digital signage
7:45 PM  •
Forbes:  Sources: Peter Thiel has played a lead role in bankrolling Hulk Hogan's lawsuits against Gawker Media
7:20 PM  •
Chris Welch / The Verge:  Google confirms the Nexus Player has been discontinued
6:45 PM  •
Christina Mulligan / SD Times:  Atlassian launches Bitbucket Pipelines for continuous delivery inside Bitbucket, releases iOS apps for Confluence and JIRA, will end Bamboo Cloud on Jan. 31
6:00 PM  •
Alex Heath / Tech Insider:  Foursquare releases Marsbot, an app that offers personalized and location-based tips on where to eat and drink before you ask
4:50 PM  •
Jacob Pramuk / CNBC:  HP Enterprise announces spinoff of its enterprise services unit, which will merge with CSC, meets Q2 expectations with $12.71B in sales; stock up 8%+
4:33 PM  •
Amir Efrati / The Information:  Source: Apple opening Siri to third-party apps, preparing a Siri SDK for release at WWDC, and developing an Amazon Echo rival
4:05 PM  •
Portia Crowe / Business Insider:  Sources: enterprise security company Blue Coat is expected to make its IPO filing public as soon as next week
3:38 PM  •
Eric Newcomer / Bloomberg:  Toyota to make strategic investment in Uber and team up on auto leasing program
3:25 PM  •
Andrew Webster / The Verge:  Rocket League is the first game to support cross-network play between Xbox One and PC
3:00 PM  •
Joseph Menn / Reuters:  Jon Callas, co-founder of Silent Circle, Blackphone, PGP Corp, was re-hired by Apple in May
2:55 PM  •
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:  Facebook now using its own machine learning system instead of Bing for translations, and now supports 40 languages
2:25 PM  •
Athima Chansanchai / The Fire Hose:  Microsoft Garage updates News Pro with group discussions and a bot that can recommend news based on text input or a selfie
1:55 PM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Multi-cloud security startup vArmour raises $41M more, led in part by Telstra
1:50 PM  •
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:  Google now handles at least 2T searches per year, up from 1.2T searches per year in 2012
1:40 PM  •
Reuters:  China's Huawei files patent suits against Samsung Elec
1:15 PM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Twilio ramps up mobile play with programmable SIMs for IoT and handsets with T-Mobile
1:07 PM  •
Fast Company:  Samsung says no Android Wear devices are in development or being planned, citing better battery efficiency of Tizen OS
1:02 PM  •
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:  Twilio debuts add-on marketplace so devs can easily integrate services of Twilio's partners; initial partners include IBM Watson, NextCaller, Payfone, others
12:45 PM  •
Sam Schechner / Wall Street Journal:  French government raids Google's Paris HQ as part of ongoing tax investigation seeking €1B+; company says it is working with authorities
12:15 PM  •
Katie Roof / TechCrunch:  Google brings new local search ads to Google Maps, will experiment with new formats like promoted pins, supports bids from advertisers for specific device types
11:55 AM  •
Steven Levy / Backchannel:  A look at the design process behind Pebble Core: an untethered music-streaming accessory with two programmable buttons, GPS, and optional cable-less charging
11:40 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  VW invests $300M in Uber rival Gett in new ride-sharing partnership
11:35 AM  •
Rolfe Winkler / Wall Street Journal:  Some startup employees and shareholders invoke an obscure Delaware law to open up financials and value shares, as some firms push employees to waive that right
10:55 AM  •
Jonathan Shieber / TechCrunch:  Wickr Foundation invests in Whistler, an app dedicated to helping activists and citizen reporters
10:30 AM  •
Harrison Weber / VentureBeat:  New $99 Pebble 2 and $169 Pebble Time 2 smartwatches add heart rate tracking; the $69 Pebble Core is a clip-on Spotify-streaming device for runners
10:02 AM  •
Todd Sherman / The Twitter Blog:  Twitter won't count photos, videos, @names in replies toward 140 characters “in the coming months”, will allow self-retweets, touts improved onboarding metrics
9:30 AM  •
Karl Freund / Forbes:  AMD, ARM, Qualcomm, IBM, Huawei, Mellanox, Xilinx agree to develop an interconnect to allow their CPUs, accelerators, and networks to coherently share data
7:35 AM  •
Ben Gilbert / Tech Insider:  Former employees describe what went wrong with Disney's video game initiative: strong aversion to risk and little understanding of the game industry
5:40 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  eBay buys Spain's Ticketbis for $165M to expand StubHub into Europe, Latin America, Asia
2:30 AM  •
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:  Apple, Microsoft and Google hold 23% of all U.S. corporate cash outside the finance sector

May 23, 2016

11:40 PM  •
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:  KGI: Apple to release MacBook Pros with Touch ID and an OLED touch bar replacing function keys above keyboard in Q4, plus a 13-inch MacBook model
9:35 PM  •
Ted Sarandos / Netflix Media Center:  Starting in September, Netflix will be exclusive US pay TV home for new releases from Disney, Marvel, Lucasfilm, and Pixar
8:20 PM  •
Alex Konrad / Forbes:  Trello says it has 1.1M daily active users and 14M signups to date, adds 150K new users each week
6:50 PM  •
Colin Stretch / Facebook:  Facebook responds to GOP Sen. Thune on Trending Topics, says investigation found no systematic bias, cannot rule out unintentional bias, plans improvements
6:20 PM  •
Evan Blass / VentureBeat:  Samsung's rugged Galaxy S7 Active, available in June from AT&T, to have microSD slot, 4GB of RAM, and 4000mAh battery, 15% larger than last year's model
5:15 PM  •
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:  Reporter spends month paying only with digital wallet services, finds it burdensome and alienating
4:35 PM  •
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:  Facebook's Continuous Live Video removes 90 min. limit on streams, but does not allow for replay or rewind, lets broadcasters target viewers by location and age
4:05 PM  •
Jason Abbruzzese / Mashable:  NBC Sports announces a video livestreaming service, Playmaker Media, to compete with companies like MLB Advanced Media, with Olympic Committee as first client
3:25 PM  •
Jason Del Rey / Recode:  Amazon stops honoring partial refunds on items that drop in price after purchase, except TVs, amid entry of startups like Earny that track item prices
3:10 PM  •
Joe Mullin / Ars Technica:  Oracle's closing argument implores jury to think in basic terms: “You don't take people's property”
2:25 PM  •
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:  Facebook Live video player will include a graph indicating engagement volume, so you can skip ahead to the good parts
2:20 PM  •
Tim Ingham / Music Business Worldwide:  Filing shows in 2015 Spotify had $2.18B in revenue, losses of $194M, and 98% year-over-year ad revenue increase to $219M
2:05 PM  •
Scott Cendrowski / Fortune:  Xiaomi revenue for 2015 reached 78B yuan, only a 5% rise from 2014's 74.3B yuan
1:40 PM  •
Emanuel Maiberg / Motherboard:  Libre VR, creator of Revive tool used to play Oculus games on Vive headsets, circumvents Oculus' new DRM in under 24 hours, making it easier to pirate games
1:25 PM  •
Wall Street Journal:  Sources: China's Tencent seeks majority stake in Clash of Clans maker Supercell, in early stage talks with SoftBank
1:00 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Google plans to bring password-free logins to Android apps by year-end via Project Abacus
12:30 PM  •
Eugene Kim / Business Insider:  SEC filing: Salesforce paid $32.8M for MetaMind, $41.6M for two other startups, likely PredictionIO and YOUR SL, acquired in Q1
12:05 PM  •
Harrison Weber / VentureBeat:  Facebook buys VR audio company Two Big Ears and debuts “Facebook 360 Spatial Workstation”, a free software suite for designing spatial audio
11:40 AM  •
ProPublica:  Crime prediction software, increasingly used to guide sentencing in US, found to be biased against black defendants in study of 7K cases
11:15 AM  •
Ari Levy / CNBC:  Kleiner Perkins raising close to $1.3 billion for two funds: Sources
10:55 AM  •
Chris Welch / The Verge:  Vizio P-Series review: great 4K TV but Google Cast-powered approach and Android tablet remote have a learning curve, casting via the SmartCast app can be buggy
9:50 AM  •
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:  Spotify family plan is now cheaper, $14.99 for up to 6 people
4:35 AM  •
Kelly Fiveash / Ars Technica:  Inside the European Commission's antitrust fight against Google, from the first Foundem complaint in 2009 to a potential $3B fine, expected in next few weeks

May 22, 2016

11:40 PM  •
Sean Hollister / CNET:  Google's Ara team on why they ditched swappable core components like CPUs and radios to focus on differentiated modules like cameras, batteries, and glucometers
9:10 PM  •
Adi Robertson / The Verge:  Clay Bavor talks about Daydream, its Cardboard origins, and Google's ambitions for the new VR platform
6:40 PM  •
Dave Gershgorn / Popular Science:  Google's open-source research project Magenta uses AI to generate music, video, other visual arts, makes the process easier with TensorFlow, will launch June 1
5:15 PM  •
Tristan Harris:  Ten ways tech products are designed to manipulate users to spur usage
2:45 PM  •
Sam Machkovech / Ars Technica:  Microsoft announces five-year exclusive partnership with Chinese software publisher NetEase to bring Minecraft to PCs and smartphones in China
12:15 PM  •
Princeton Web Transparency & Accountability Project:  Study of 1M top sites sheds light on techniques some firms use to track users: Canvas, Canvas-Font, AudioContext fingerprinting, local WebRTC IP discovery, more
8:50 AM  •
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:  How OneCore, the modularized OS at the heart of Windows 10, fulfills Microsoft's quest to enable apps that work well across PCs, phones, tablets, Xbox, and more
5:25 AM  •
Monica Nickelsburg / GeekWire:  Microsoft amends terms for its consumer services to address terrorism-related content, expands “notice-and-takedown” policy, mulls Bing partnerships with NGOs
2:00 AM  •
Joshua Brustein / Bloomberg:  Race to build VR cameras escalates as Google teams with IMAX and Yi Technology on new rigs

May 21, 2016

10:25 PM  •
Marco Arment / Marco.org:  If users prioritize big-data AI services, like those offered by Google, Amazon, Facebook, then Apple will be in a position similar to BlackBerry was in 2007
6:50 PM  •
Chris DiBona / Google for Education:  Google launches Science Journal, an Android app that uses your phone's sensors to record experimental data including movement, light, and sound
1:55 PM  •
Megan Rose Dickey / TechCrunch:  Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says tech industry is underutilizing diverse talent pool
10:40 AM  •
Olga Kharif / Bloomberg:  CoinDesk: VC investment in startups commercializing blockchain eclipsed that in pure-play bitcoin companies in Q1 2016 for the first time
6:15 AM  •
Andy Greenberg / Wired:  Researchers demonstrate ability to pinpoint users of Grindr, other gay dating apps with “colluding” trilateration attack
2:00 AM  •
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:  Google plays catch-up at I/O, relying on its technological dominance to establish Home, Assistant, Allo, and Daydream as viable competitors in their markets

May 20, 2016

11:05 PM  •
Aaron Pressman / Fortune:  Online consumer lending startup Avant lays off nearly 60 people, about 7% of its workforce, puts plans for credit card, expansion into Australia on hold
9:40 PM  •
William Alden / BuzzFeed:  Palantir buying up to $225M of common stock back from employees at $7.40/share, well over price several investors value preferred stock, says leaked memo
8:55 PM  •
Mike Isaac / New York Times:  Current and former workers say Facebook Trending Topics group was ill-managed, relied on personal news judgment, had no intentional, institutional bias
6:35 PM  •
David Pierce / Wired:  Inside Project Ara, Google's quest to create a modular smartphone
5:25 PM  •
Kim Zetter / Wired:  Chelsea Manning filed an appeal this week to have her case dismissed or sentence reduced to 10 years
4:05 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Google and Levi's will launch touch-enabled jacket that lets you control music, maps, and more in spring 2017, the first consumer garment for Project Jacquard
2:55 PM  •
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:  Google demos watch and speaker with Project Soli radar sensors to detect hand gestures
2:20 PM  •
Ina Fried / Recode:  Project Ara modular phone shipping to developers in Q4 2016, to consumers in 2017; Google is spinning out Ara from ATAP team into a separate business unit
1:50 PM  •
Rene Ritchie / iMore:  Apple has pulled the iOS 9.3.2 update for 9.7-inch iPad Pro that was bricking some tablets and says it is working on a fix
1:25 PM  •
Edgar Alvarez / Engadget:  Rhapsody's free VR app for iOS and Android offers access to 360-degree videos from music concerts
12:10 PM  •
Wall Street Journal:  Hackers stole $9M from Ecuadorian Banco del Austro in 2015 by sending Wells Fargo SWIFT messages to transfer funds, court documents show
11:30 AM  •
Abner Li / 9to5Google:  Android's Awareness API lets developers build apps that use context like time, location, place, activity, beacons, headphones, weather
10:55 AM  •
James Vincent / The Verge:  The FAA has been testing the FBI's drone detection system at JFK airport
7:30 AM  •
Financial Times:  EU to propose rule that video streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime have 20% EU content in catalog
1:25 AM  •
Joe Mullin / Ars Technica:  Alphabet CEO Larry Page defended Android's use of Java APIs on the stand, saying they were “free and open”
12:50 AM  •
Nick Statt / The Verge:  Apple's new SF flagship store introduces suite of changes that will come to future flagship stores including remodelling of “Genius Bar” as “Genius Grove”

May 19, 2016

11:55 PM  •
Wall Street Journal:  Samsung and Alibaba announce that Samsung Pay will work with Alipay
11:40 PM  •
Lauren Fedor / Financial Times:  ARM buys computer vision specialist Apical for $350M to bolster its IoT initiatives
11:30 PM  •
Wall Street Journal:  Sources: Verizon and others are expected to bid $2B to $3B for Yahoo's core business, less than $4B to $8B figure reported earlier
9:50 PM  •
David Wertime / Foreign Policy:  Study: 488M, or 1 of every 178 posts, on China's social media each year come from pro-government propagandists
9:20 PM  •
Miguel Helft / Forbes:  Google CEO Sundar Pichai confirms “Area 120” corporate incubator plans, says it is about “giving people a chance at 20% time more formally”
8:40 PM  •
Russell Brandom / The Verge:  California court certifies lawsuit against Facebook over private message scanning as a class action, but rules out any monetary damages
7:30 PM  •
Bloomberg:  SoftBank Opens Pepper Robot to Android in Bid to Broaden Appeal
6:50 PM  •
Biz Carson / Business Insider:  GM's Cruise settles with Jeremy Guillory, acknowledges him as co-founder
6:35 PM  •
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:  Now you can embed Reddit posts on other websites
6:15 PM  •
Gertrude Chavez-Dreyfuss / Reuters:  Bitcoin exchange Coinbase said it will add Ethereum's ether to its trading platform on Tuesday
5:50 PM  •
Sarah Buhr / TechCrunch:  Product Hunt launches a shop to let makers sell their products right on the site
5:30 PM  •
Aaron Smith / Pew Internet:  Pew report: 72% of US adults have used a shared or on-demand service, 15% have used a ride-hailing app
4:25 PM  •
Kate Conger / TechCrunch:  Oracle co-CEO Safra Catz argues Google split the Java community in two, cost Oracle hundreds of millions of dollars
3:20 PM  •
Tom Warren / The Verge:  IDC analyst says Chromebooks outsold Macs for the first time in the US in the latest quarter
2:25 PM  •
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:  Developers can test Android apps on select Chrome OS devices starting in June, wide release planned for September
2:15 PM  •
Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:  Unreal Engine adds full Google Daydream VR support, native Unity support coming this summer
2:05 PM  •
Wall Street Journal:  Google will ban payday-loan ads while Alphabet's venture capital arm GV invests in online payday lender LendUp
1:25 PM  •
Ina Fried / Recode:  Google will compete with its partners and sell its own Daydream virtual reality headsets
1:20 PM  •
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:  Microsoft has its own ‘Bing Assistant’ bot in the works
1:00 PM  •
Dustin Volz / Reuters:  Senators introduce bill to block rule that would allow judges to issue search warrants for remote access to computers in any jurisdiction
12:45 PM  •
Kate Conger / TechCrunch:  Google Allo's end-to-end encryption, which is not enabled by default, uses Open Whisper Systems' encryption protocol
12:00 PM  •
Charles McLellan / ZDNet:  Adobe launches Spark ‘visual storytelling’ web app, updates companion iOS apps
10:55 AM  •
Shara Tibken / CNET:  Samsung Pay now works with loyalty cards in the US
10:35 AM  •
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:  Android Pay now works at Bank of America ATMs; Android Pay integration now available for all developers
9:55 AM  •
Tim Cushing / Techdirt:  Federal Judge Says Internet Archive's Wayback Machine A Perfectly Legitimate Source Of Evidence
8:50 AM  •
Alex Hern / Guardian:  Google takes right to be forgotten battle to France's highest court
8:25 AM  •
Aaron Aupperlee / Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:  Uber officially confirms testing self-driving Ford Fusion cars in Pittsburgh
6:55 AM  •
Jacob Long / Android Police:  Google unveils Family Library for Google Play purchases, will allow apps to be shared among six people, likely beginning July 2
12:55 AM  •
Apple:  Apple opens office in Hyderabad, India to develop maps for Apple products, will create up to 4,000 jobs
12:30 AM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Netflix launches Fast.com, a simple ad-free website to test download speeds

May 18, 2016

11:55 PM  •
Michael Crider / Android Police:  Xiaomi announces the Mi Box, a 4K Android TV set-top box with Bluetooth voice remote, coming to US soon
11:20 PM  •
Lawrence Abrams / Bleeping Computer:  TeslaCrypt ransomware shuts down, developers release master decryption key so victims can recover their files for free
10:50 PM  •
Greg Bensinger / Wall Street Journal:  Jeff Bezos says Amazon is planning more physical stores and new services for Prime, during annual shareholder meeting
9:10 PM  •
Meghan McCarthy / Morning Consult:  Poll of 2K voters under age 45: 25% read about Facebook Trending controversy, 47% were comfortable with social media sites picking news
8:50 PM  •
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:  Zuckerberg meets conservatives, calls to rebuild trust after Trending Topics bias claims
7:50 PM  •
Reuters:  SEC: Cyber security is the biggest risk facing the financial system; some major exchanges, dark pools, clearing houses do not have adequate policies
6:35 PM  •
Norm Jouppi / Google Cloud Platform Blog:  Google announces it has built a Tensor Processing Unit, a custom chip for machine learning and tailored for TensorFlow
5:50 PM  •
Natalie Gagliordi / ZDNet:  Salesforce tops expectations with Q1 non-GAAP revenue of $1.92B, up 27% YoY, ups fiscal year guidance, subscription, support revenues up 26% YoY; stock up 6%+
5:05 PM  •
Nathan Becker / Wall Street Journal:  Cisco reports Q3 revenue of $12B, up 3% YoY, $2.3B net income, down 4% YoY, and strong Q4 outlook; stock up 5%+ after hours
4:55 PM  •
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:  Source: DocuSign's COO, CHO, CGO, and CPO all depart the company following CEO's departure last October
4:35 PM  •
Ina Fried / Recode:  IoT startup Afero, founded by Danger co-founder and Google engineer Joe Britt, raises $20M led by Samsung
4:25 PM  •
Dan Seifert / The Verge:  Android Wear 2.0 hands-on: new interface is much improved and easier to use, third-party complications are useful, but the QWERTY keyboard is not impressive
4:10 PM  •
CNET:  Interview with Sundar Pichai on Google's new Assistant, messaging apps, more and the company's vision for AI
3:55 PM  •
Stephen Hall / 9to5Google:  Android apps and the Google Play Store are coming to Chrome OS
3:40 PM  •
Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:  Google Cardboard app downloads reach 50M, up from 25M in January
3:35 PM  •
USA Today:  Android Auto gets Waze support, “OK Google” wake-up, more; standalone version of Android Auto is coming soon for incompatible cars
3:25 PM  •
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:  Google launches Android Studio 2.2 preview with new Layout Editor, Firebase plugin, more
3:00 PM  •
Mark Bergen / Recode:  Google says its ads have driven 2B+ total app downloads; at F8 Facebook also noted 2B+ ad-driven installs
2:55 PM  •
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:  Google unveils Android Instant Apps that launch immediately, no installation required, also works on some older versions of Android
2:50 PM  •
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:  Google turns Firebase into a unified platform for developers, with analytics, new notification system, and more; a free plan is now available
2:35 PM  •
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:  Android Wear 2.0 gets a keyboard, standalone apps, activity recognition and a new UI
2:30 PM  •
Adi Robertson / The Verge:  Daydream is Google's VR platform, for new Android N phones only, which offers Android VR Mode, a full ecosystem that optimizes phone performance for VR
2:25 PM  •
Ben Popper / The Verge:  Google reveals plans for new VR headset and motion controller slated for this fall, to be part of Daydream, Google's VR platform that's baked into Android N
2:20 PM  •
Nick Statt / The Verge:  Google: 600 new Android phones launched, 65B apps installed via Google Play in the last year; currently more than 100 car models and stereos using Android Auto
2:10 PM  •
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:  Google is crowdsourcing name suggestions for Android N, reserves right to pick winner
2:05 PM  •
TechCrunch:  Android N gets a low-latency VR mode
1:57 PM  •
Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:  Google Photos passes 200M monthly active users, up from 100M users last October
1:55 PM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Google announces Duo, a one-on-one HD video-calling app, coming to iOS and Android later this summer
1:45 PM  •
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:  Google announces Allo, a messaging app with smart replies to image and text messages, Google Assistant, Incognito mode, available this summer for iOS, Android
1:35 PM  •
Matthew Lynley / TechCrunch:  Google unveils Google Assistant, a conversational virtual assistant that's a big upgrade to Google Now
1:30 PM  •
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:  Google announces Google Home, an always-listening small speaker to compete with Amazon Echo, coming out later this year, price unknown
1:10 PM  •
YouTube:  Google I/O 2016 keynote live stream
12:50 PM  •
The Verge:  Google I/O 2016 keynote liveblog
12:15 PM  •
Laura Rosbrow-Telem / GeekTime:  Israeli cloud security startup Avanan raises $14.9 million Series A
11:30 AM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  117M LinkedIn user emails and passwords from 2012 hack offered for sale on dark web marketplace; LinkedIn is contacting affected users
11:25 AM  •
Valentina Palladino / Ars Technica:  Fitbit acquires “wearable payment assets” from Coin including key personnel and IP; Coin products to no longer be sold; existing Coin 2.0 cards will still work
7:10 AM  •
Nokia Corporation:  Nokia-branded phones and tablets returning to market as HMD Global acquires rights to Nokia brand and IP to sell new devices made by Foxconn's FIH Mobile
6:15 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Android Pay Debuts in the UK, no need to unlock device when you tap for sales under £30
4:55 AM  •
Tom Warren / The Verge:  Microsoft selling feature phone business to Foxconn subsidiary FIH Mobile for $350M, to transfer 4.5K employees
12:45 AM  •
Apple:  Apple announces new iOS app design and development accelerator in Bengaluru, to open in early 2017

May 17, 2016

11:00 PM  •
Steve Dent / Engadget:  IBM researchers find a way to store 3 bits in a phase-change memory cell, paving the way for memory technology with DRAM-like speed and a cost closer to flash
8:45 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Uber debuts Trip Tracker so you can view a family member's ride in real-time
7:35 PM  •
Jessica Guynn / USA Today:  Report: Google introducing software tools at I/O to help developers build chat bots that run in messaging apps, in strategy similar to Microsoft's
6:40 PM  •
Lance Whitney / CNET:  T-Mobile adds NBC, Spotify, Google Play Music, Tidal, other streaming services to Binge On
6:23 PM  •
David Streitfeld / New York Times:  Sources: Google Home, Google's voice-activated Amazon Echo competitor, will be unveiled at I/O and ship this fall
5:45 PM  •
Nick Statt / The Verge:  Nest adds new integrations with August, LIFX, Belkin WeMo, Misfit, SkyBell, others
5:15 PM  •
Knight Foundation:  Knight Foundation, Columbia University launch First Amendment Institute, a $60M project to help in legal fights over online privacy and free speech
5:05 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Facebook blocked in Vietnam over the weekend due to citizen protests
4:40 PM  •
Greg Bensinger / Wall Street Journal:  Amazon's Lab126 hardware unit is working on an Alexa-powered device featuring a tablet-like computer screen, known internally as “Knight”
4:15 PM  •
Reuters:  Sony to build up AI as key business pillar, invests undisclosed sum in US start up Cogitai
3:50 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Sources: iTunes 12.4, released on Monday, addresses widely reported music deletion issue
3:25 PM  •
Jose Pagliery / CNNMoney:  Tor developer Isis Agora Lovecruft moves to Germany amid uncertainty about potential FBI subpoena
3:15 PM  •
Lora Kolodny / TechCrunch:  Dedrone raises $10M Series A led by Menlo Ventures to detect when drones enter your airspace
2:40 PM  •
Nate Raymond / Reuters:  Federal judge rejects Mozilla's request to force US government to disclose Tor browser flaw to the company
2:00 PM  •
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:  Coding school 42 invests $100M in a Silicon Valley campus to educate 10K students over next 5 years for free, through 24/7 computer access and coding challenges
1:25 PM  •
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:  Sketchfab now supports all VR headsets for its 3D model sharing platform
1:15 PM  •
Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:  Affirm teams with Eventbrite and Expedia to offer monthly payments for events and travel
12:55 PM  •
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:  Tumblr debuts a new type of GIF post, based around its GIF creation tools; iOS update available today, Android within a few weeks
12:30 PM  •
Adam Satariano / Bloomberg:  Microsoft's UK CEO says Britain should remain in the EU, cites membership as a reason for economic investment in the country
12:10 PM  •
Lucas Mearian / Computerworld:  HP is now taking orders for its first 3D printer, the Jet Fusion 3D, which starts at $130K and HP says is 10X faster than rivals; orders will ship in late 2016
11:30 AM  •
Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:  Twitter begins off-platform monetization by testing MoPub ads in Twitter Kit timelines
11:16 AM  •
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:  BitTorrent debuts Live multichannel video streaming app for Apple TV, comes to mobile and OS X in June
10:10 AM  •
Shaun Walker / Guardian:  Russian FindFace app compares photos to profile pictures on social network Vkontakte and works out identities with 70% reliability
9:50 AM  •
Brian Heater / TechCrunch:  Fire TV gets new Alexa voice features, including app launching and restaurant searches
9:25 AM  •
Jordan Novet / VentureBeat:  Microsoft and SAP expand partnership: Office 365 integrations, HANA on Azure
8:50 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  BBC is working on a streaming service, plans to close or downscale a number of online properties like Food, News Mag, Travel, local news index
8:40 AM  •
Nick Statt / The Verge:  SoundHound adds Houndify virtual voice assistant to its app for music search and controls
8:05 AM  •
David Voreacos / Bloomberg:  Ukrainian hacker admits stealing 150K press releases from newswire services to help criminal network make $30M from insider trading

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