November 30, 2015, 8:30 AM

November 30, 2015

8:05 AM  •
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:  BlackBerry Confirms It Will Exit Pakistan After Rejecting Data Monitoring Demands
4:00 AM  •
Dennis Schaal / Skift:  Interview: Expedia CEO Envisions Direct Competition With Airbnb Over Next Few Years

November 29, 2015

11:55 PM  •
Jason Koebler / Motherboard:  Profile of iFixit, the company helping us continue doing DIY repairs on modern electronics
8:50 PM  •
John Cook / GeekWire:  Gates, Bezos, Zuckerberg, and other tech leaders form Breakthrough Energy Coalition to invest in clean energy
7:15 PM  •
Denys Zhadanov / Medium:  Readdle's marketing head on how PDF Expert became the #1 top paid app in the Mac App Store globally
4:10 PM  •
Troy Hunt / Troy Hunt's Blog:  Inside VTech hack: poorly encrypted passwords, security Q&As in plain text, kid data matched to parent addresses, no SSL, outdated software on many sites, more
3:45 PM  •
Drew Olanoff / TechCrunch:  Amazon shows off new Prime Air drone with hybrid design, is part helicopter, part airplane, can cover over 15 miles, fly over 55 mph
2:25 PM  •
Sam Rutherford / Laptop Mag:  HP Spectre x2 review: a top tier 2-in-1 with great design, solid detachable keyboard, impressive speakers, but short battery life
11:20 AM  •
Joe Zadeh / Noisey:  How Kane Robinson, who ran the obscure music forum Dancing Jesus, became the target of the UK's biggest piracy case
7:50 AM  •
Nitasha Tiku / BuzzFeed:  How waste specialists and nonprofits manage the leftover food from Silicon Valley companies' extravagance
3:45 AM  •
Mathew Ingram / Fortune: founder Michael Robertson launches OnRadio, which lets you search for and play songs from 100K+ online radio streams

November 28, 2015

11:40 PM  •
Washington Post:  FCC hires privacy maverick Jonathan Mayer as technical lead for probes into telephone, television, and Internet service providers on consumer protection issues
7:35 PM  •
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:  German ISPs may have to block pirate sites if copyright holders exhaust all other options to identify operators or hosting providers, supreme court says
3:30 PM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Thanksgiving/Black Friday Online Sales Hit $4.5B, 34% Of Purchases Made On Mobile
11:25 AM  •
Dustin Volz / Reuters:  NSA to shut down bulk phone surveillance program by Sunday
7:20 AM  •
Martyn Williams / PCWorld:  Hilton Worldwide identifies and eradicates malware that collected credit card data from point-of-sale systems from late 2014 to mid 2015
2:15 AM  •
Julie Bort / Business Insider:  Hewlett Packard Enterprise partners with Microsoft to sell Azure as its preferred cloud alternative

November 27, 2015

9:10 PM  •
Leslie Picker / New York Times:  Microsemi announces it will acquire PMC-Sierra in $2.5B cash-and-stock deal
5:05 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Cortana For iOS Begins Rolling Out To Testers
3:20 PM  •
Amir Mizroch / Wall Street Journal:  Raspberry Pi's founder Eben Upton says a chat with Eric Schmidt in 2013 prompted him to scrap plans for pricier, more powerful devices and create $5 Pi Zero
3:00 PM  •
Vlad Savov / The Verge:  Lenovo and Razer unite to build a new range of gaming PCs
2:40 PM  •
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / Motherboard:  Servers of Chinese tech toy maker VTech breached: data of 4.8M parents and 200K kids may have been accessed
1:00 PM  •
Richard Lai / Engadget:  Sony confirms official PS4 Remote Play app for Windows and Mac
11:50 AM  •
Rita El Khoury / Android Police:  Instagram is testing support for multiple accounts on Android
8:45 AM  •
Glyn Moody / Ars Technica UK:  It is now illegal to make private copies of copyrighted media files in the UK after withdrawal of country's 2014 private copying exception regulations
2:10 AM  •
Takashi Mochizuki / Wall Street Journal:  Sony has sold more than 30.2M PlayStation 4 units since launch in November 2013, the fastest selling PlayStation ever

November 26, 2015

7:35 PM  •
Eli Blumenthal / USA Today:  The best Black Friday tech deals, from TVs to laptops to hoverboards
6:05 PM  •
Andrei Frumusanu / AnandTech:  Huawei announces flagship Mate 8 with 6-inch display, 4000mAh battery, new Kirin 950 SoC, and more, available in China in Q1 2016, starting at $470
1:50 PM  •
Andy / TorrentFreak:  Software pirate in Czech Republic must get 200K YouTube hits on anti-piracy film or face fine after agreement with plaintiffs
8:40 AM  •
Samidha Sharma / Times of India:  Indian hyperlocal delivery startup Grofers raises $120M led by Softbank, sources say at a valuation over $300M
4:10 AM  •
Abhimanyu Ghoshal / The Next Web:  Raspberry Pi unveils the Pi Zero, a $5 computer with 512MB RAM and a 40% faster processor than Raspberry Pi 1, comes free with December's The MagPi magazine

November 25, 2015

11:05 PM  •
Chris Pan / Facebook Developers:  Facebook releases SDK for tvOS that lets developers add Facebook login, sharing, and analytics to their Apple TV apps
9:30 PM  •
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:  Mozilla's 2014 annual report: Revenue up 4.9% to $329M, 90% came from Google and Yahoo
7:55 PM  •
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg Business:  Sources: Amazon to bundle other online movie and TV subscriptions with Prime Instant Video as soon as next month, with most partners expecting to share revenue
4:55 PM  •
Jordan Novet / VentureBeat:  Following ISIS crackdown, Telegram adds group admins, supergroups for up to 1K users
3:50 PM  •
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:  Pandora, iHeartRadio can stream songs from Adele's top-selling album 25, unlike Spotify, Apple Music, others, thanks to law for “non-interactive” services
2:55 PM  •
Thomas Fox-Brewster / Forbes:  Study of 4000 embedded devices from over 70 vendors shows reused crypto keys leave millions of devices insecure, only 5 vendors known to have fixes on the way
1:45 PM  •
Bloomberg Business:  Sources: Apple reaches preliminary agreement with China UnionPay to use its network of over 5M NFC-enabled PoS devices, pending feedback from card-issuing banks
1:20 PM  •
Paul Lamkin / Forbes:  Fossil Q Founder Android Wear smartwatch available today from $275, with stainless steel band for additional $20; Fossil promises a full day's battery life
12:30 PM  •
William Alden / BuzzFeed:  Some Zenefits salespeople in at least seven states have sold insurance without licenses, leading to a probe by regulator in Washington state
10:55 AM  •
David Dayen / Salon:  While under FTC scrutiny, Google donated $762K to George Mason University as it published favorable studies; GMU professor later became FTC commissioner
5:50 AM  •
Google:  Google on right to be forgotten requests: 1.3M requests received with 42% of them removed, Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter most impacted
1:10 AM  •
David Pierce / Wired:  Fossil Q Founder Android Wear smartwatch available November 25 for $275, favors fashion over tech
12:50 AM  •
Roger Fingas / AppleInsider:  Amazon Video, Microsoft OneDrive, and Google Drive for iOS update with 3D Touch support
12:15 AM  •
Ashley Carman / The Verge:  Tor launches its first crowdfunding campaign as it seeks to be less reliant on US government funds

November 24, 2015

11:05 PM  •
Bing Blog:  Bing Maps update adds road conditions from more than 35K cameras in 11 countries
10:27 PM  •
TechCrunch:  Apple Has Acquired Faceshift, Maker Of Motion Capture Tech Used In Star Wars
10:05 PM  •
Jillian Yue / China Money Network:  Beijing based short-video mobile app maker MiaoPai raises $200M series D led by Weibo
9:30 PM  •
Reuters:  Sources: EMC to retain majority stake in Virtustream, VMware to assume a minority stake
8:40 PM  •
Casey Newton / The Verge:  Google expects to launch Accelerated Mobile Pages, its version of Facebook's Instant Articles, early next year
7:50 PM  •
Robert McMillan / Wall Street Journal:  IBM makes its System ML machine learning software freely available to share and modify through the Apache Software Foundation
6:15 PM  •
Steven Hepting / The Twitter Blog:  Twitter adds native video support to its developer kit, available now for iOS, coming soon to Android
5:37 PM  •
Jason Del Rey / Re/code: lands $350M in funding led by Fidelity and says it has verbal agreements for another $150M, at a $1B pre-money valuation
5:25 PM  •
Ed Bott / ZDNet:  Microsoft reverses course: its media creation tool now installs latest Windows 10 version
4:55 PM  •
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:  Tango, chat app unicorn, lays off 9% of staff, around 30 employees, after its e-commerce move failed despite Alibaba and Walmart partnerships
4:28 PM  •
Rachel King / ZDNet:  HP reports Q4 net revenue of $25.7B, down 9% YoY, misses earnings targets in first report since the split on November 1; stock down over 7% after hours
4:10 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Amazon Video, Music And More Now Available On Majority Of JetBlue's “Fly-Fi” Enabled Planes
4:00 PM  •
Zack Whittaker / ZDNet:  Amazon forces resets of account passwords for some users, citing insecure password handling
3:45 PM  •
Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:  Disposable phone number service Burner opens webhooks to developers, now integrates into IFTTT recipes; some limitations in place to prevent spam
3:10 PM  •
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:  Robinhood launches platform to extend its zero-fee stock trading to other apps; StockTwits among first to integrate
2:40 PM  •
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:  T-Mobile gives existing Simple Choice customers three months of unlimited LTE, as long as they use the Binge On feature, which downgrades video streams to 480p
2:30 PM  •
Arik Hesseldahl / Re/code:  Sources: EMC and VMware shareholders demand changes to Dell buyout deal including VMware stock buyback, shutting down Virtustream, more
2:25 PM  •
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:  Vine Lets You Swipe Left To Find Similar Vines, Launches On Apple Watch
2:15 PM  •
Mark Bergen / Re/code:  Google is burying results from competitors like Yelp and TripAdvisor beneath its own in local search; Google says it's a bug
1:45 PM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Atom Bank, a mobile-only UK bank launching early 2016, picks up $128M at around a $230M valuation, led by Spanish-based banking giant BBVA, owner of Simple
1:10 PM  •
Tracey Lien / Los Angeles Times:  Uber appoints safety advisory board to advise on physical safety of drivers and passengers, data security, and working with law enforcement
1:00 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Google trials an SMS alert service for holiday shopping deals
12:05 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Google to donate $1 for each Android Pay purchase, up to $1M, toward special education projects in partnership with
11:40 AM  •
Alistair Barr / Wall Street Journal:  Sources: Alphabet will ask its “bet” companies like Google X and Google Fiber to pay for corporate services, in attempt to rein in spending
11:10 AM  •
Lora Kolodny / Wall Street Journal:  Shiftgig's mobile marketplace matches hourly workers to local jobs, raises $22M Series B led by Renren Inc.
5:40 AM  •
Abhimanyu Ghoshal / The Next Web:  Xiaomi's first all-metal Redmi Note 3 phone and Mi Pad 2 start at just $140

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