October 17, 2014, 2:05 PM

Top News

Guardian responds to Whisper's denials, stands by its claims, urges media and users to keep pressing Whisper  —  Whisper: the facts  —  Executives from the anonymous social media app have dismissed as a ‘pack of lies’ the Guardian's revelation that they track users.  But the evidence is clear
Sean Gallagher / Ars Technica:
Whisper CTO says tracking “anonymous” users not a big deal, really  —  On Thursday, the Guardian reported that the developers of Whisper, a social media platform that allows individuals to post anonymous messages that can be seen by others based on a number of factors, isn't all that anonymous after all.
Alyson Shontell / Business Insider:
Wall Street Journal:
Apple's iPhone 6 Finally Makes Its Debut in China  —  Apple launched its latest iPhone in China on Friday morning.  But unlike some past debuts for its new gadgets, the event was decidedly low-key.  —  About 100 customers waited in line Friday morning outside Apple's store …
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Dan Frommer / Quartz:
This new “Apple SIM” could legitimately disrupt the wireless industry  —  Perhaps the most interesting news about Apple's new iPad Air 2 tablet is buried at the bottom of one of its marketing pages: It will come pre-installed with a new “Apple SIM” card instead of one from a specific mobile operator.
Jason Del Rey / Re/code:
Amazon Fresh launches in New York, starting with Brooklyn's Park Slope area, for Amazon Prime members  —  Amazon Confirms It Will Deliver Fresh Groceries in New York City  —  Amazon's grocery delivery business is launching in New York City on Friday, the company said …
Nancy Scola / Washington Post:
Obama nominates ex-Google lawyer Michelle Lee to head US patent office in a victory for Silicon Valley  —  Obama nominates former Google exec to lead U.S. Patent Office  —  The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in Alexandria in 2011.  (Alex Brandon/AP)  —  Michelle K. Lee …
Conor Dougherty / New York Times:
Analysts Ask What's Next for Google  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Google is still pulling in money hand over fist, but Wall Street is hungry for the company's next act.  —  On a conference call with analysts on Thursday, after Google reported its third-quarter earnings, the questions came fast and furious …
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
MasterCard Will Borrow A Touch ID Trick For Fingerprint Scanning Credit Card  —  Apple isn't the only company using biometrics to authenticate payments and purchases - Apple Pay partner MasterCard wants to make fingerprint scanning something even people without an iOS device can use to digitally ‘sign’ for contactless transactions.
Ellen Huet / Forbes:
Uber fired driver for tweeting negative articles about company; driver has since been re-hired  —  Uber Deactivated A Driver For Tweeting A Negative Story About Uber  —  Uber's watching you, and if you say something bad about the company, you might get booted out.
More: Valleywag and Raw Story
Martin Peers / The Information:
HBO's standalone online streaming service likely won't be less than pay TV retail price of $15/month  —  HBO's Online Pricing Trap  —  HBO's broadband service looks doomed even before it starts.  —  While HBO hasn't disclosed details, pricing of the new broadband offering most likely …
Richard Slatter / The Twitter Blog:
Twitter partners with Soundcloud to launch Audio Card, a new way to share audio in timeline  —  Introducing a new audio experience on Twitter  —  The world's most influential musicians and media producers already share unique audio content through Twitter every day.
Douglas MacMillan / Wall Street Journal:
Social Network Tagged Rebrands as an App Incubator  —  Tagged, a social-networking site that's struggled to attract users and grow revenue since its founding a decade ago, is changing its name and trying a new approach.  —  The San Francisco-based company has renamed itself if(we) …
Allen Pike:
Developer notes difficulties of supporting old iPads, says obsolescence of A5 CPU is overdue  —  The iPad zombie  —  In March 2011, Apple announced the iPad 2.  It was an incredible leap forward, dramatically thinner and faster than the original iPad.  In many ways, the iPad 2 was when the iPad hit its stride.
Krebs on Security:
Facebook warns its users who use the same credentials as those stolen in earlier Adobe breach  —  Facebook Warns Users After Adobe Breach  —  Facebook is mining data leaked from the recent breach at Adobe in an effort to help its users better secure their accounts.
Tom Cheredar / VentureBeat:
Twitter to roll out its Buy button to general public in early 2015  —  Twitter is aiming to launch its new Buy button to all organizations some time in the first quarter of 2015, VentureBeat has learned.  —  The Buy button officially debuted last month with Twitter testing its functionality …
Xav de Matos / Joystiq:
PS4 ‘2.0 update’ adds broadcast archiving, USB music player  —  PlayStation has revealed a fresh slate of changes coming to the PS4 interface in the upcoming 2.0 system update alongside a few items we already knew about, such as the ability to gussy up your console with themes.
Derrick Harris / Gigaom:
Investment firm KKR is putting $55M into a company that uses AI to automate IT processes  —  A German software company called Arago just received a $55 million investment from KKR in order to help take its IT automation software global.  The company's algorithms learn how to perform administrative tasks …
David Ruddock / Android Police:
Google: The New “Messenger” App In Android 5.0 Is A Stock SMS/MMS Solution, Not A Hangouts Replacement / Rebrand  —  There's a new default homescreen tenant in town on Android 5.0, and its name is Messenger.  We've seen this puzzling app in screenshots many times today, and it's left a lot of people wondering: where'd Hangouts go?
Russ Garland / Wall Street Journal:
VC investments in Q3 2014 at $11.01B, down 24% from Q2 but up 16% from Q3 2013  —  Venture Investment Slows in Third Quarter But Already Exceeds Last Year  —  Venture investors tapped the brakes in the third quarter, but the pace was still well ahead of last year with $37.28 billion deployed …

Sponsor Posts

Is your CMS solving your content problems, or creating new ones?  —  In a commissioned study written and conducted by Forrester, we revealed that 72% plan to change their CMS platform, is your organization one of them?
How Public Tech Companies De-risk Millions in Revenue Loss  —  Complex products and hybrid teams are today's major growth challenges.  With 50-70% of revenue driven by internal teams beyond sales, how is your org adapting?
5 powerful ways to weave employee recognition into your company culture  —  Think about a time when you went out of your way to complete a project and achieved the desired results.
The treasury management platform built for startups  —  Put your idle cash to work, earn higher yields, and extend your runway with Vesto.
Techmeme Ride Home:
Fri. 03/31 - Is E3 Dead?
The day's tech news, every day at 5pm ET. Fifteen minutes and you're up to date.
Subscribe via Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or RSS.

About This Page

This is a Techmeme archive page. It shows how the site appeared at 2:05 PM ET, October 17, 2014.

The most current version of the site as always is available at our home page. To view an earlier snapshot click here and then modify the date indicated.

More News

Earlier Picks

Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
John Siracusa / Ars Technica: