October 31, 2014, 1:45 AM

October 31, 2014

12:30 AM  •
Jessica Dolcourt / CNET:  Samsung Galaxy A5 and A3: Sleek, slim, fully metal (hands-on)

October 30, 2014

11:30 PM  •
Aldrin Calimlim / App Advice: adds premium plan with unlimited file attachments sizes for $5/month or $45/year
10:25 PM  •
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:  Alphaworks, The Equity Crowdfunding Platform From Betaworks, Brings On Erin Glenn As CEO
10:10 PM  •
Paul Bischoff / Tech in Asia:  Kamcord opens Japan office as it surges past 25 million mobile game videos shared
9:05 PM  •
RT:  Pirate Bay co-founder Gottfrid Svartholm Warg found guilty in Denmark on charges that he illegally accessed Danish social security numbers
7:57 PM  •
Alistair Barr / Wall Street Journal:  Google's robotics lead and Android founder Andy Rubin leaving the company to start an incubator for hardware startups, will be replaced by James Kuffner
7:20 PM  •
Pamela Rolfe / Hollywood Reporter:  Spain passes LPI law allowing publishers to charge aggregators that link to news stories; effective January 2015
5:45 PM  •
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:  Mark Zuckerberg to host first public “Community Q&A” on Facebook Nov 6, taking questions now
5:25 PM  •
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:  Facebook updates Graph API with features for managing Pages, brings versioning to Ads API
5:10 PM  •
Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:  Google Play Books improves non-fiction reading with “Skim” mode, “Quick bookmarks” tool, and notes browsing
4:55 PM  •
Yoree Koh / Wall Street Journal:  Twitter demotes Daniel Graf, elevates Kevin Weil to lead consumer product group
4:50 PM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Groupon Q3 Beats The Street On Sales Of $757.1M, EPS Of $0.03
4:45 PM  •
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:  Kamcord gameplay recording platform gets into mobile gaming competitions starting with SEGA
4:35 PM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  LinkedIn posts Q3 net loss of $4.26M, sales up 45% YOY to $568M, EPS $0.52
4:15 PM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Yahoo poaches Amazon ad exec Lisa Utzschneider, naming her SVP of Sales for the Americas
4:00 PM  •
Roberto Baldwin / The Next Web:  Smule's karaoke app update now lets you make music videos with friends
3:45 PM  •
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:  uBeam Nabs $10 Million In Funding From Upfront Ventures To Make Wireless Charging A Reality
3:35 PM  •
Dave McNary / Variety:  Seth Rogen Set as Steve Wozniak in Steve Jobs Biopic
3:05 PM  •
Casey Newton / The Verge:  Thank you, Tim Cook
2:55 PM  •
Shandra Martinez /  Regional grocery chain Meijer will continue to provide both Apple Pay and CurrentC services
2:05 PM  •
Sarah Buhr / TechCrunch: launches Intro, an app to replace business cards, which lets you email or text your contact info
1:45 PM  •
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:  IDC: Tablet shipments grew 11.5% in Q3 2014, but leaders Apple, Samsung, and Asus all lost market share
1:15 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Apple No Longer Rejecting Calculator Widgets From The App Store
1:05 PM  •
Graham Cluley:  Drupal 7 sites attacked hours after vulnerability disclosure, unpatched sites assumed hacked
12:40 PM  •
Garett Sloane / Adweek:  Instagram ads arrive in the form of 15-second autoplay spots from Disney, Activision, Lancome, Banana Republic, and the CW
12:25 PM  •
Deborah Gage / Wall Street Journal:  Capriza, which enables anyone to convert desktop business applications for use on mobile, raises $27M Series C
11:55 AM  •
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:  Crowdsourced Design Marketplace Minted Raises $38M More, Adds Fabrics And Home Decor
11:25 AM  •
Steve Dent / Engadget:  LG slims smartphone bezels to a virtually non-existent 0.7mm
10:45 AM  •
Alex Wagner / PhoneDog:  Samsung Gear S 3G smartwatch launches Nov. 7 in US, $0 down on T-Mobile and Sprint on 2 year contract
10:35 AM  •
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:  Skype for iPhone now lets you save and delete photos; gets avatar, people, and chat improvements
10:10 AM  •
Sophie Knight / Reuters:  Nintendo and ResMed are developing non-wearable bedside sleep and fatigue tracker, plan to release it before end of March 2016
9:40 AM  •
Signe Brewster / Gigaom:  Autodesk puts up $100M fund for 3D printing companies
8:55 AM  •
Chris Ziegler / The Verge:  Taiwanese smart energy startup Gogoro, led by former HTC exec, is close to raising $150M, promises product unveil at CES
8:10 AM  •
Samuel Gibbs / Guardian:  Vodafone and EE begin LTE-A rollout in the UK
7:17 AM  •
Tim Cook / Businessweek:  Tim Cook publicly acknowledges he's gay, says giving up his personal privacy is worthwhile if it helps others struggling with their sexual orientation
6:35 AM  •
Ina Fried / Re/code:  Lenovo Completes $2.9 Billion Motorola Purchase From Google
6:25 AM  •
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:  Homejoy Officially Moves Beyond Cleaning With Launch Of Handyman Services In The Bay Area
6:20 AM  •
Takashi Mochizuki / Wall Street Journal:  Sony replaces head of mobile division as its smartphone business continues to struggle
5:40 AM  •
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Google:  Google Play Movies & TV app gets redesign, second-screen experience w/ actor & soundtrack info
5:05 AM  •
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:  Chat App Line's Revenue Doubles Year-On-Year To Reach $192 Million in Q3 2014
1:55 AM  •
Cade Metz / Wired:  Facebook open-sources OSquery, a security tool to monitor OS processes, network connections
1:45 AM  •
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:  Lenovo announces 13" Yoga Tablet 2 with Windows, available November, prices start at $699.99
1:30 AM  •
Associated Press:  Baidu Q3 sales up 52%, profits up 27% as mobile traffic surpasses PC, contributing 36% of total revenue
1:25 AM  •
Todd Holmdahl / The Official Microsoft Blog:  Microsoft Health announced: a platform that works with Jawbone UP, RunKeeper, and more; app available for Windows Phone, Android, iOS
12:20 AM  •
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:  Flipboard's New App Gets Personal By Making Topics The Center Of Attention

October 29, 2014

11:55 PM  •
Lucian Constantin / PC World:  Attack campaign infects industrial control systems with BlackEnergy malware
11:25 PM  •
Joe Rossignol / 9to5Google:  Xiaomi overtakes LG to become world's third-largest smartphone maker
10:55 PM  •
Nicole Perlroth / New York Times:  AG Kamala Harris releases data breach report: 18.5M Californians lost personal data in 2013, up from 2.5M in 2012
10:25 PM  •
David Pierce / The Verge:  Microsoft Band announced: wearable tracks health, shows emails and tweets; available for $199 in US today
10:00 PM  •
Shara Tibken / CNET:  Samsung's Q3 profit drops 60% YoY to $3.9 billion, mobile division profit down 74% YoY
9:45 PM  •
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:  Google will discuss ‘major changes and advances’ for its modular smartphone in January
9:15 PM  •
Abhimanyu Ghoshal / The Next Web:  Google Hangouts now lets you make free one-minute international calls
8:55 PM  •
Mike Beasley / 9to5Mac:  Microsoft outs upcoming fitness ‘Band’ with premature Mac and iPhone app releases (updated)
8:50 PM  •
Jason Schreier / Kotaku:  YouTube Finally Supports 60FPS, And It Looks Awesome
8:30 PM  •
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:  Windows Phone Shrinks In Android-Dominated Europe, As New iPhones Boost iOS' Share
8:00 PM  •
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Google:  Google Wallet adds recurring bank transfers for automatically adding money, low balance alerts
7:20 PM  •
Zoe Kleinman / BBC:  Samaritans app monitors Twitter feeds for suicide warnings
6:40 PM  •
David Kravets / Ars Technica:  MPAA, movie theaters announce “zero tolerance” policy against wearables
6:00 PM  •
TechCrunch:  MCX: open to switching from QR codes to NFC and non-exclusivity; reported hack only occurred at email provider
5:50 PM  •
Chris Velazco / Engadget:  Google takes another step into your living room with its Nexus Player (hands-on)
5:11 PM  •
Jon Fortt / CNBC:  Twitter consumer engineering VP Jeremy Gordon and analytics group lead Adam Kinney resigning as company plans reorg
4:40 PM  •
Federico Viticci / MacStories:  Apple forcing PCalc to remove its iOS 8 Notification Center widget, saying widgets cannot perform calculations
4:15 PM  •
Erin Griffith / Fortune:  In-store visitor tracking startup Nomi acquired by retail analytics company Brickstream following blow …
3:50 PM  •
Phil Goldstein / FierceWireless:  WhatsApp delays launch of voice calling service to Q1 of 2015
3:15 PM  •
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:  Microsoft lays off 638 in Seattle area, 3,000 globally, nearly completing its planned 18K cuts
2:35 PM  •
Juli Clover / MacRumors:  Apple in talks with distributors to sell iPhones in Iran pending relaxed sanctions
2:00 PM  •
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:  Bitstrips Closes $8M Series B As It Launches Custom Emoji App, Bitmoji
1:35 PM  •
Barry Levine / VentureBeat:  Pre-IPO Cardlytics lands $70M to expand ‘whole wallet’ targeting based on bank transactions
1:15 PM  •
Chris Moody / The Twitter Blog:  IBM to incorporate Twitter data into its analytics tools, enterprise solutions
12:15 PM  •
Jay Yarow / Business Insider:  CurrentC alerts users of its pilot program that some email addresses were stolen by hackers
12:00 PM  •
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:  CurrentC Alerts Users of Unauthorized Access to Email Addresses
11:35 AM  •
CNET:  HP's Multi JetFusion to launch in 2016; claims to be faster, more affordable than existing 3D printers
11:20 AM  •
Lauren Goode / Re/code:  Cycling-centric fitness app maker Strava raises $18.5M Series D led by Sequoia
10:30 AM  •
George Anders / Forbes:  HP Sprout: $1899 all-in-one Windows 8 PC with 3D scanning cameras, projector, and touch-mat
9:50 AM  •
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:  MCX Confirms Retailer Exclusivity for CurrentC Mobile Payments, but No Fines for Leaving Consortium
9:40 AM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Former Google Wallet Head Launches Poynt, A “Future-Proofed” Payment Terminal
9:10 AM  •
Phil Goldstein / FierceWireless:  Apple exec: Don't expect Apple SIM to show up in iPhones
8:40 AM  •
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:  Unclassified White House network breached by hackers thought to be working for Russia, no system damage or evidence of classified network hack
8:20 AM  •
Tom Warren / The Verge:  Office for Mac 2015 internal presentation leaked; looks just like Windows version, supports Retina displays, launching next year
8:00 AM  •
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:  Reddit Gets Into Crowdfunding With Redditmade
7:55 AM  •
Reiji Murai / Reuters:  Nintendo makes unexpected quarterly profit of $86M as Mario Kart 8 boosts sales of Wii U
7:35 AM  •
Jeff Parsons /  OPPO launches two smartphones: N3, with auto-rotating 16 MP camera, and world's thinnest R5
6:55 AM  •
Mikey Campbell / AppleInsider:  Apple's Greg Joswiak blames iOS 8.0.1 issues on software distribution
6:25 AM  •
Kevin Fitchard / Gigaom:  Ruckus launches its first small business router: Could this be Google's new Wi-Fi hardware?
5:45 AM  •
Anna Irrera / Wall Street Journal:  U.K. Regulator to Explore Benefits of Blockchain Technology
4:50 AM  •
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:  OneNote for iOS gets cloud storage attachments and Touch ID, OneNote for Mac gets SharePoint Server support
4:15 AM  •
Mike Beasley / 9to5Mac:  Apple expands iAd platform to 70 new countries, bringing total to 95
1:55 AM  •
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:  LG Shipped A Record 16.8 Million Smartphones In Q3 2014, Up 39% Year-On-Year
12:25 AM  •
Kara Swisher / Re/code:  Stripe Hires Top Google Ops Exec Claire Johnson to Lead Business Operations

October 28, 2014

11:50 PM  •
Andy Chalk / PC Gamer:  Twitch changes its rules of conduct to forbid topless and “sexually suggestive” streaming
11:15 PM  •
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:  Microsoft aims to release Office 16 in second half of 2015; Mac preview and Android tablet versions expected “soon”
10:40 PM  •
Justin Diaz / AndroidHeadlines:  Fleksy announces $2M funding round, keyboard app for iOS and Android 75% off until Friday
10:05 PM  •
Mike Isaac / New York Times:  MCX forbids participating retailers from accepting any competing mobile payment products, will issue “steep” fine if contract broken
9:35 PM  •
Tricia Duryee / GeekWire:  Electronic Arts beats Q2 expectations, fueled by both console and digital sales
9:00 PM  •
Chance Miller / 9to5Google:  OnePlus apologizes for pre-order problems, will offer another chance to order on November 17
8:55 PM  •
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:  WhatsApp's First Half Of 2014 Revenue Was $15M, Net Loss Of $232.5M Was Mostly Issuing Stock
8:20 PM  •
Patrick Howell O'Neill / The Daily Dot:  Verizon's tech news site SugarString won't let writers report on US spying or net neutrality
7:45 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  YouTube Introduces WatchMe For Android To Bring Live Broadcasting Capabilities To Apps
7:40 PM  •
Alexei Oreskovic / Reuters:  Facebook warns of increased spending in 2015, expects costs to rise 55% to 75%
7:05 PM  •
Cromwell Schubarth / Silicon Valley Business Journal:  Ex-eBay, Google payments exec Tilenius launches mobile health startup Vida
6:30 PM  •
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:  W3C Declares HTML5 Standard Complete
6:10 PM  •
Sam Byford / The Verge:  Samsung Galaxy Note Edge review: more fun and interesting to use than Note 4, curved edge screen of little benefit
5:50 PM  •
Alina Selyukh / Reuters:  U.S. regulators to vote on treating Internet TV like cable
5:35 PM  •
Kara Swisher / Re/code:  Benchmark takes a small Tinder equity stake in exchange for partner Matt Cohler joining board, with no money invested
5:00 PM  •
Ellis Hamburger / The Verge:  Facebook's prized acquisition WhatsApp lost $140 million last year
4:55 PM  •
Mike Carter / The Seattle Times:  FBI created fake Seattle Times Web page to nab bomb-threat suspect
4:20 PM  •
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:  Facebook Beats In Q3 With $3.2B Revenue, User Growth Up A Slower 2.27% QOQ To 1.35B
4:06 PM  •
Facebook:  Facebook Reports Third Quarter 2014 Results
3:55 PM  •
Reuters:  Following earnings, Twitter stock tumbles more than 10% due to decelerating user growth
3:20 PM  •
Tim Peterson / AdAge:  Tumblr adds autoplaying video ads to dashboards; 11 brands including Lexus and Universal Pictures signed up at launch
3:00 PM  •
Steven Levy / Backchannel:  Google X's Life Sciences team is developing nanoparticles that enter your bloodstream for early detection of cancer and other diseases
2:35 PM  •
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:  Startup studio Expa launches Reserve, an iOS app for reserving tables at top-tier restaurants which charges users $5 per reservation
2:00 PM  •
Joe Rossignol / 9to5Google:  Google announces PwC as latest Apps for Work and Google Cloud Platform partner
1:50 PM  •
Paul Sawers / The Next Web:  Google launches Google Fit app for Android, capturing all your fitness data in one place
1:40 PM  •
Chris Welch / The Verge:  FTC sues AT&T over ‘deceptive’ throttling of unlimited data customers
1:05 PM  •
Chris Welch / The Verge:  Taco Bell releases iOS and Android app allowing customers nationwide to order food for pickup
12:30 PM  •
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:  Android 5.0 Lollipop's security improvements: new unlock methods, full device encryption, more
12:15 PM  •
Liana B. Baker / Reuters:  Amazon buys comedy entertainment service Rooftop Media, content and team to join Audible
11:50 AM  •
Dan Seifert / The Verge:  Verizon and Motorola announce Droid Turbo with 5.2" Quad HD display and 48-hour battery life; available October 30 starting at $199.99 on contract
11:40 AM  •
Paul Sawers / The Next Web:  McDonald's extends Android NFC payments in all 14,000 US outlets with Softcard tie-up
10:55 AM  •
Arik Hesseldahl / Re/code:  IHS: iPad Air 2 costs $275 to $358 to build, implied profit margin of 45% to 57%
10:35 AM  •
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:  EFF Ranks Service Providers For Who Stands Up To Copyright/Trademark Bullies
10:20 AM  •
Zac Hall / 9to5Google:  Algoriddim brings its popular Mac and iOS ‘djay’ app to Android w/ Spotify integration
10:10 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Yelp Buys Cityvox To Build Out Restaurant And Nightlife Reviews In France
9:50 AM  •
Wall Street Journal:  FireEye: Russian government sponsored malware found on US firm's network with military secrets
9:25 AM  •
Josh Ong / The Next Web:  Tidal launches as a $19.99 per month hi-fi music streaming service with editorial curation and videos
8:35 AM  •
Nick Wingfield / New York Times:  Hipmunk partners with Yahoo to power flight and hotel searches on Yahoo Travel
8:05 AM  •
Ben Kepes / Forbes:  Microsoft announces new Azure services, built-in mobile device management for Office 365
7:45 AM  •
Tom Warren / The Verge:  Microsoft borrows Mac trackpad gestures for Windows 10
7:05 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  UK's New Call Telecom buys 70% stake in Nimbuzz for $175M
6:00 AM  •
Elizabeth Rust / Guardian:  Should we be concerned about Placemeter - an app which monitors street views from apartment windows?
5:10 AM  •
Anna Irrera / Wall Street Journal:  UBS CIO: Blockchain Technology Can Massively Simplify Banking
4:55 AM  •
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:  Microsoft readies built-in, free mobile device management for Office 365 users
4:50 AM  •
Office Blogs:  Microsoft announces initiative for enabling apps built on Office 365, including new SDKs for iOS, Android, and Visual Studio, plus new APIs
4:40 AM  •
Se Young Lee / Reuters:  LG says it will end the production of plasma TVs by the end of November
4:25 AM  •
Chris O'Brien / VentureBeat:  Apple confirms decline in sales of iTunes digital music downloads in its annual report
4:03 AM  •
Lauren Goode / Re/code:  YouTube's Wojcicki says they're considering paid ad-free subscriptions, reaffirms a music service is on the way
1:55 AM  •
Andy Baio / Medium:  Analysis of 316,669 #Gamergate and #NotYourShield tweets in 72 hours: 69% retweets, 25% of activity from recently created accounts
1:50 AM  •
Malavika Velayanikal / Tech in Asia:  Japan's Softbank invests $627M in e-commerce site Snapdeal and $210M in taxi app Ola as part of $10B earmarked for India
1:45 AM  •
Teppei Kasai / Reuters:  Japan's SoftBank buys $627 million stake in Indian online retailer Snapdeal
1:30 AM  •
Julie Bort / Business Insider:  Behind VMware's 2012 $1.26B Nicira acquisition and how it led to the uncoupling of VCE
1:20 AM  •
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:  ARM unveils a trio of graphics chip designs for mobile media processing
1:10 AM  •
Josh Lowensohn / The Verge:  Half of YouTube's views now come from phones and tablets
1:00 AM  •
Jonathan Vanian / Gigaom:  BigPanda takes in $7M to help IT staff spot problems in the data center
12:50 AM  •
Juli Clover / MacRumors:  T-Mobile's John Legere Talks Apple SIM, iPhone 6 Demand, and Landing the iPhone
12:40 AM  •
CRN:  NetApp Buys Riverbed's SteelStore Storage Line For $80M
12:30 AM  •
Rich McCormick / The Verge:  Tim Cook says Apple killed the iPod classic because it couldn't get the parts
12:25 AM  •
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:  Taiwan's XYZprinting launches $800 all-in-one 3D printer and scanner
12:10 AM  •
Kurt Wagner / Re/code:  Jack Ma and Tim Cook to talk this week on potential Alipay, Apple Pay partnership

October 27, 2014

11:55 PM  •
Nathan Ingraham / The Verge:  Tim Cook says Apple Pay activated in excess of 1M cards within first 72 hours
11:10 PM  •
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:  Facebook for Android and iOS gets new collage layout and lets you reorder photos before uploading
10:15 PM  •
Dan Ackerman / CNET:  Alienware 13 gaming laptop adds a graphics amplifier for desktop-like performance
10:10 PM  •
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:  Alienware Area 51 desktop with latest Intel processor and chipset coming in December, starts at $1,699
9:50 PM  •
Taylor Soper / GeekWire:  T-Mobile now up to 52.9M customers after biggest growth quarter in company history
8:45 PM  •
Derek Walter / TechHive:  Google's guide for switching from iPhone to Android locks you into its cloud
8:40 PM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Twitter's Next Targets For Monetization Are Logged-Out And Casual Visitors
7:35 PM  •
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:  Wells Fargo offers up to $20 credits for Apple Pay users, says business Visa support coming next month
6:30 PM  •
Richard Lai / Engadget:  Nextbit is bringing iOS-like app continuity and ‘limitless’ storage to Android
6:10 PM  •
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:  Bing Now Lets You Search By Emoji
5:20 PM  •
Zac Hall / 9to5Mac:  Apple provides details about its $100M pledge to Obama's ConnectED educational program: 114 schools receiving Macs, iPads, and Apple TVs
4:45 PM  •
Sarah Frier / Bloomberg:  Twitter Q3 MAU up 23% to 284M, a decline of 1% in growth compared to Q2; sales doubled to $361M, stock down more than 10% after hours
4:08 PM  •
Twitter:  Twitter Reports Third Quarter 2014 Results
4:05 PM  •
Robert McMillan / Wired:  Verizon altering web traffic, inserting a unique identifier allowing websites to track you, with no opt-out available
3:35 PM  •
Drake Baer / Business Insider:  Buffer aims to raise $3.5M at a $60M valuation, $2.5M of which will go to early employees, says they've received 4 acquisition offers
3:15 PM  •
Rolfe Winkler / Wall Street Journal:  Larry Page's reorg memo says new Google structure is “scalable, focused and enables fast decision making”
2:45 PM  •
Kif Leswing / Gigaom:  Twitter's app is no longer available for Google Glass
2:25 PM  •
Erin Griffith / Fortune:  French luxury e-commerce company, Vente-Privée, to wind down US operation by year's end
2:00 PM  •
Bloomberg:  Microsoft Said to Work on Software for ARM-Based Servers
1:45 PM  •
Darlene Storm / Computerworld:  NIST report: zero day exploit for Samsung's “Find My Mobile” service allows attacker to remotely lock phones
1:10 PM  •
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:  Microsoft nears bringing WebRTC to Internet Explorer, eyes plugin-free Skype calls in the browser
1:10 PM  •
Tom Warren / The Verge:  Microsoft targets Dropbox and Google with unlimited OneDrive storage for Office 365 subscribers
12:50 PM  •
Paul Sawers / The Next Web:  Amazon's crowdsourced publishing program, Kindle Scout, is now open for voting
12:40 PM  •
Dante D'Orazio / The Verge:  Lenovo's first wearable tracks sleep, exercise, unlocks your PC; pricing and release date TBA
12:15 PM  •
Matt Burns / TechCrunch:  Microsoft drops Xbox One price $50 to $350 for the holidays, cheaper than PS4 for first time
12:00 PM  •
Lauren Goode / Re/code:  Fitbit joins smartwatch race with Surge “Fitness Super Watch”, replaces recalled Fitbit Force
11:30 AM  •
Lisa Fleisher / Wall Street Journal:  Early stage European startup funding fell 40% YoY to €713M in Q3, while investments in more mature companies almost doubled to €883.6M
10:45 AM  •
Amir Efrati / The Information:  Apple discussed NFC use for building security access, public transit, more, with possible partners like HID Global and Cubic
9:20 AM  •
Scott Stein / CNET:  Fitbit announces new wearables: $130 Charge coming in November, $150 Charge HR and $250 Surge fitness smartwatch arrive early 2015
9:10 AM  •
Dan Rayburn /  Amazon announces Chromecast-like $39 Fire TV Stick with dual-core CPU, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, and direct access to streaming services
8:50 AM  •
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:  EU Court rules that it is legal to embed copyrighted content without rightholders' permission
7:20 AM  •
Harrison Weber / VentureBeat:  Data suggests Foursquare usage continues to decline after relaunching as two distinct apps
5:55 AM  •
Zeba Siddiqui / Reuters:  China's Xiaomi to set up India customer data center to deflect privacy concerns
5:35 AM  •
Casey Johnston / Ars Technica:  The ugly afterlife of crowdfunding projects that never ship and never end
5:15 AM  •
Krisztina Than / Reuters:  Thousands of Hungarians protest against tax on Internet traffic
4:40 AM  •
Min-Jeong Lee / Wall Street Journal:  Early iPhone 6/6 Plus orders in Korea reportedly top Galaxy Note 4 launch numbers by over 3X
1:55 AM  •
Lee Gomes / IEEE Spectrum:  Interview with AI expert Michael Jordan on big data, machine learning, and our current limits
1:10 AM  •
David Carr / New York Times:  As Facebook considers hosting content on mobile, publishers worry about losing control

October 26, 2014

11:15 PM  •
Nathan Mattise / Ars Technica:  Apple, once eager to promote new music artists, now pushes more established acts
9:20 PM  •
Michelle Quinn / Mercury News:  Sean Parker building an app aiding beachgoers as part of his settlment with Coastal Commission
7:25 PM  •
Jeff Sommer / New York Times:  iPhone sales estimated to add a quarter to a third of a percent to annualized US GDP growth
5:30 PM  •
Kristen V. Brown / San Francisco Chronicle:  App startup founder seeking coverage sends journalist a swag basket including a vibrator, K-Y Jelly, and liquor
2:05 PM  •
Victor Fiorillo / Philadelphia Magazine:  Philadelphia Parking Authority makes good on threat, impounds five UberX vehicles
11:55 AM  •
Jenna Wortham / Matter:  How Uber helps black riders bypass the difficult and often humiliating act of hailing a taxi

October 25, 2014

8:25 PM  •
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:  A look at CurrentC, the clunky and creepy mobile payments app that Walmart, CVS, and other big retailers hope will help them sidestep credit card fees
7:30 PM  •
Dennis Fisher / Threatpost:  Researcher Finds Tor Exit Node Adding Malware to Binaries
4:15 PM  •
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:  CVS and Rite Aid blocking Apple Pay is a defensive move to buttress a cumbersome and ultimately doomed rival payment system
3:05 PM  •
Noah Everett / Twitpic Blog:  Twitpic agrees to give Twitter the domain and photo archive, site to remain in read-only mode
2:45 PM  •
Cecilia Kang / Washington Post:  Lionsgate and Tribeca film studios are launching a new streaming service
12:10 PM  •
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:  CVS and Rite Aid reportedly disabling NFC in stores to shut down Apple Pay and Google Wallet, as they prepare to roll out MCX's rival payment system

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