Techmeme
January 24, 2018, 1:05 AM

Top News

Apple:
Apple says its delayed HomePod smart speaker will be available to order on Friday for $349 in US, £319 in UK, A$499 in Australia, will arrive in stores Feb. 9  —  Breakthrough Wireless Speaker Brings Advanced Audio Technologies Into Any Home for an Incredible Music Listening Experience
Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:
Mitchel Broussard / MacRumors:
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
Stripe says it will stop supporting bitcoin on April 23, citing volatility and long transaction times; bitcoin support was originally added in 2014  —  Payments platform Stripe will stop supporting bitcoin in April, citing the cryptocurrency's volatility and long transaction times, among other things.
Dave Gershgorn / Quartz:
Jérôme Pesenti, former CEO of BenevolentTech and IBM Big Data CTO, to head up Facebook's AI Research lab; Yann LeCun steps into new role as chief AI scientist  —  Facebook has replaced the man Mark Zuckerberg recruited to run its artificial intelligence research …
Kurt Wagner / Recode:
Facebook CMO Gary Briggs is leaving to advise other companies, sit on some boards and help the Democrats in 2020  —  Briggs has been Facebook's chief marketing officer since 2013.  —  Facebook CMO Gary Briggs is retiring.  —  Briggs, who joined Facebook in 2013 from Google …
Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed:
Facebook's survey to rank trust of publications asks two questions: “Do you recognize the following websites” and “How much do you trust each of these domains?”  —  Last week, Facebook said its News Feed would prioritize links from publications its users deemed “trustworthy” in an upcoming survey.
Bloomberg:
Twitter COO Anthony Noto has resigned to become SoFi CEO, starting March 1  —  Noto joined Twitter in 2014 after a career on Wall Street  —  SoFi has been searching for a new leader since September  —  Twitter Inc. Chief Operating Officer Anthony Noto has resigned to accept the role …
Zack Whittaker / ZDNet:
In security update, Apple backports Meltdown fix to macOS Sierra and OS X El Capitan  —  The fix, previously reserved for newer Macs, is now available on older versions of macOS.  —  Meltdown-Spectre: A reminder to the IT industry that security is a mirage
Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:
KGI's Ming-Chi Kuo says lower-end 6.1" iPhone, launching 2H 2018, will have a single rear camera, aluminum frame, 3GB RAM, and no 3D Touch, will cost $700-$800  —  KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo today shared additional details about the rumored 6.1-inch iPhone that he expects to launch in the second half of 2018.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Montreal-based Element AI, which helps firms utilize AI and has raised $102M, opens its first international office in London to work with NGOs, charities, more  —  Element AI — which last year raised $102 million to build an incubator-meets-consultancy to work with multiple businesses …
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Firefox 58 arrives on Windows, Mac, Android, and Linux with smoother rendering, faster JavaScript caching, and Progressive Web Apps on Android  —  Mozilla today launched Firefox 58 for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android.  The release builds on the improvements made in version 57 …
Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
Amazon Go is another manifestation of Amazon's strategy: invest massively in R&D for a moat that no retailer or software-based competitor can match  —  Amazon Go is the story of technology, and so is this tweet: … Yesterday the Amazon Go concept store in Seattle opened to the public …
Jordan Novet / CNBC:
Amazon acquires advanced threat detection startup Sqrrl, to boost the security of AWS; earlier reports pegged the deal at $40M+  —  - Amazon's cloud business has recently stepped up its efforts to pick up business from U.S. intelligence agencies.  —  Amazon's cloud business has acquired Sqrrl …
More: GeekWire
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Apple says Siri is now being actively used on 500M+ devices  —  In today's announcement about the HomePod's February 9 launch date, Apple quietly provided new data on how many people are using Siri.  According to the company, Siri is now actively used on more than half a billion devices.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Vine cofounder Don Hofmann details its successor, v2: aiming for summer debut, 6.5 second looping videos, better moderation, Teams for collaboration, no filters  —  First, don't call it “Vine Two”.  Details are starting to emerge about v2, the forthcoming video app built to replace Vine by its former co-founder Dom Hofmann.
Tony Romm / Recode:
Internet Association, a lobbying group for Amazon, Facebook, Google and others, to create new campaign to improve diversity in the tech industry  —  The Internet Association told lawmakers this week that its new campaign aims to “improve diversity and inclusion in the tech industry.”

Sponsor Posts

Specops Software:
NIST has spoken: death to compromised passwords  —  Block a billion leaked passwords today.  Start a free trial.
eero:
The eero Plus experience keeps getting better with regular updates.  —  With the latest version of the eero app for iOS and Android, it's now easy to track your eero Plus daily, weekly, and monthly activity of Inspections …
Smartsheet:
How to build a high-yielding M&A program  —  Record-breaking M&A activity is expected in the years to come.  What does this mean for your company?
Zoho:
Announcing Zoho PageSense for G Suite  —  Zoho PageSense the complete conversion rate optimization software is now available for G Suite users.  Simply connect your Google account with Zoho PageSense to easily collaborate …
Freshworks:
Your sales force needs a better CRM  —  With Freshsales CRM, your team can now use AI-based lead scoring, built-in phone, email, activity capture and more.  Sign up for free!
Google Chrome:
Chrome's turning 10, here's what's new  —  Every time you open your browser, you have a mission to accomplish.  We built Chrome to help you do that as quickly and safely as possible.

Listen to Techmeme's Podcast:

Techmeme Ride Home: Mon. 09/24 - Office 2019 Is Here Subscribe via Apple Podcasts, Google Play, or RSS.
 

About This Page

This is a Techmeme archive page. It shows how the site appeared at 1:05 AM ET, January 24, 2018.

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

Nick Statt / The Verge:
Tony Romm / Recode: