December 29, 2016, 3:00 PM

Top News

Alessandro Sabatelli / The Twitter Blog:
Twitter introduces live 360-degree videos on Periscope and Twitter from select partners  —  Today, we're introducing a new way to see what's happening on Twitter - through live 360 video.  —  Starting today, you can check out live, interactive 360 videos from interesting broadcasters and explore what's happening with them.
David Barboza / New York Times:
How China built “iPhone City”, the world's largest iPhone factory, in Zhengzhou by giving Foxconn billions in perks, tax breaks, and subsidies  —  A hidden bounty of benefits for Foxconn's plant in Zhengzhou, the world's biggest iPhone factory, is central to the production of Apple's most profitable product.
Erin Griffith / Fortune:
As the list of SV startup scandals grows, entrepreneurs' “fake it till you make it” ethos garners continued scrutiny from reporters, while investors defend bets  —  As the list of startup scandals grows, it's time to ask whether entrepreneurs are taking “fake it till you make it” too far.
Andrew E. Kramer / New York Times:
How Russia has bolstered its cyberwarfare capabilities in recent years by working with outside firms and recruiting convicted hackers, scientists, college grads  —  MOSCOW — Aleksandr B. Vyarya thought his job was to defend people from cyberattacks until, he says, his government approached him with a request to do the opposite.
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Ford debuts upgraded self-driving car with extra compute power, better vision with improved LiDAR sensors; Ford plans to triple fleet to 90 vehicles in 2017  —  Ford has developed a new generation of autonomous development vehicle, a hybrid Fusion that uses the same essential platform …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Oculus acquires The Eye Tribe, a 16-person startup that makes software and a $99 developer hardware kit for eye-tracking  —  The direction you look could one day control your VR or mobile experience thanks to Facebook and Oculus' latest buy, The Eye Tribe.  Oculus confirms to me that this …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Amazon announces “Amazon Digital Day”, a sales holiday on December 30 with 1K+ digital deals on subscriptions, TV shows, music, movies, and more  —  Amazon is known for creating its own, exclusive sales holidays and events to boost its bottom line, as it has done with Prime Day …
Flurry Blog:
44% of global smartphone and tablet activations from December 19-25 were iOS, down 5% YoY, while 21% were Samsung devices; Pixel, Pixel XL not among top sellers  —  With the dates of Christmas and Chanukah synced this year, smartphones were once again predominate on everyone's wish lists.
Se Young Lee / Reuters:
South Korea's antitrust regulator fines Qualcomm $850M+, says firm forced phone makers to pay royalties for too broad a set of patents on modem chip sales  —  South Korea's antitrust regulator said on Wednesday it fined U.S. chipmaker Qualcomm Inc 1.03 trillion won ($854 million) …
Brett Howse / AnandTech:
Lenovo updates Thinkpad lineup with Microsoft Precision TouchPad drivers, Thunderbolt 3, USB-C, Intel Optane SSD support, unveils Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C docks  —  Today Lenovo is announcing a refresh of most of its ThinkPad lineup, and although the model numbers have only changed a bit …

Sponsor Posts

Continuing to serve, veterans deploy to disaster zones  —  Learn how Team Rubicon underwent a digital transformation to help more communities affected by natural disaster.
Learn how eero uses IPv6, the next generation networking standard, to make all connected devices work better.  —  All eeros have received software upgrades including a new, highly requested feature — IPv6.
Four Must-Have Add-ons for your CRM System  —  The below is a guest blog by Gene Marks, a CPA, author, columnist, and owner of The Marks Group.  Gene writes every day on small business for the Washington Post …
3 Ways Large Organizations Are Using Blockchain  —  Check out our 2 infographics on how large organizations are adopting blockchain technology to save money and secure data.

Listen to Techmeme's Podcast:

Techmeme Ride Home for Friday, Mar. 23 Subscribe via Apple Podcasts or RSS.

About This Page

This is a Techmeme archive page. It shows how the site appeared at 3:00 PM ET, December 29, 2016.

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

Kevin McCoy / USA Today:
John Callaham / Android Authority:
Billy Steele / Engadget: