Techmeme
December 26, 2017, 9:20 PM

Top News

Amazon.com:
During record-breaking holiday, Echo Dot and Fire TV Stick with Alexa remote were #1 and #2 top sellers with “tens of millions of Alexa-enabled devices” sold  —  Echo Dot and Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote were the #1 and #2 top-selling products across all categories on Amazon
Chris Hamby / BuzzFeed:
Sources: Safran, which sells fingerprint-analysis software used by FBI, 18K+ US law enforcement agencies, didn't disclose some code was from Kremlin-linked firm  —  In a secret deal, a French company purchased code from a Kremlin-connected firm, incorporated it into its own software …
Washington Post:
Sources: years after FBI began tracking Russian disinformation efforts and US intelligence agencies drew up counter operations, the US still equivocates  —  The first email arrived in the inbox of CounterPunch, a left-leaning American news and opinion website, at 3:26 a.m. — the middle of the day in Moscow.
Greg Bensinger / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Uber to sell US subprime auto-leasing business, Xchange Leasing, to car marketplace Fair.com; net book value of Xchange's 30K+ vehicles was ~$400M  —  Ride-hailing firm had planned to wind down the business after losses  —  Uber Technologies Inc. has agreed to sell …
Lizzie Plaugic / The Verge:
US Library of Congress will no longer archive the text of every tweet, will instead archive tweets on a “very selective basis”; the archive has yet to go online  —  The Library of Congress just announced some changes to its long-running plan to archive all of Twitter.
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
WhatsApp will drop BlackBerry OS and Windows Phone support on December 31  —  WhatsApp has detailed its plans for older mobile operating systems, with less than a week before the end of the year.  The Facebook-owned app will end support for BlackBerry OS (including BlackBerry 10) and Windows Phone 8.0 (and older) on December 31, 2017.
Ben Fox Rubin / CNET:
How Amazon's nascent Alexa economy pays the people building its skills, with opaque reasoning behind unpredictable amounts paid to developers by Amazon  —  On a lark, Joel Wilson started developing skills for Alexa, Amazon's voice assistant, this past January.
More: VentureBeatThanks:@benfoxrubin
Wall Street Journal:
A look at the limited powers the SEC and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission have to regulate cryptocurrencies in the US  —  Futures regulators at the CFTC recently sounded an alarm on leveraged trading on unregulated exchanges, while the SEC cracks down on ICOs

Sponsor Posts

Copper:
Don't get left behind in mediocre-CRM-land  —  Get the ebook on how companies are using CRM to collaborate and build lasting customer relationships.
Smartsheet:
“Smartsheet leads the pack with a balance of features and future strategy.”  —  Forrester names Smartsheet a leader in The Forrester WaveTM: Collaborative Work Management Tools for the Enterprise, Q4 2018.  Read the report.
Talla:
3 Mistakes You're Making With Customer Support Chatbots (Every Company Is)  —  Every time technology shifts, we enter a phase where the new technologies are being thought of using the old frameworks.  That's where we are with AI today.
Zoho:
Fantastic Candidates and Where to Find Them  —  Finding qualified candidates that are a good fit for your organization is one of the most difficult parts of the hiring process.  Fortunately, we can help.

Listen to Techmeme's Podcast:

Techmeme Ride Home: Mon. 11/10 - What Exactly Is TikTok? Subscribe via Apple Podcasts, Google Play, or RSS.
 

About This Page

This is a Techmeme archive page. It shows how the site appeared at 9:20 PM ET, December 26, 2017.

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

Steven Sinofsky / Learning by Shipping: