Techmeme
April 17, 2018, 12:10 PM

Top News

Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple plans to integrate recently acquired magazine app Texture into Apple News and debut its own premium news subscription service next year  —  Company integrating Texture purchase into Apple News offering  —  About 20 Texture staff were cut soon after Apple acquisition
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Intel unveils two Threat Detection Technology features: letting software scan system memory for malware using integrated GPUs and advanced telemetry tools  —  The company is also using its processors' performance monitoring to detect malicious code.  —  Since the news of the Metldown …
Facebook:
Following questions from Congress about Facebook's web tracking of users who aren't logged in, the company details what data it collects and how  —  Last week, Mark Zuckerberg testified in front of the US Congress.  He answered more than 500 questions and promised that we would get back on the 40 …
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Microsoft, Facebook, 30+ firms pledge to not help states mount cyberattacks against “innocent civilians and enterprises”; Google, Apple, Amazon decline to join  —  WASHINGTON — More than 30 high-tech companies, led by Microsoft and Facebook, plan to announce a set of principles …
Catalin Cimpanu / BleepingComputer.com:
After Telegram moved some of its infrastructure to AWS and Google cloud, Russia banned 1.8M Amazon and Google IP addresses, impacting many other online services  —  Roskomnadzor, Russia's telecommunications watchdog, banned today over 1.8 million IP addresses belonging to Amazon and Google's cloud infrastructure.
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Google releases updated DIY AI Vision and Voice Kits for $89.99 and $49.99, with a Raspberry Pi Zero and a companion app for Android, available at Target  —  Launched last year, Google's AIY Projects are simple hardware kits for building AI-powered devices like an Assistant speaker and a camera with image recognition capabilities.
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Snap releases seven new templates and Giphy integration for its Lens Studio, and now lets creators build their own face filters for the first time  —  Snap releases seven new templates for Lens Studio, plus Giphy integration  —  Snap is expanding its developer platform to let creators build face filters …
More: Engadget and 9to5Google
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Tokenized securities startup Harbor raises $28M led by Founders Fund with participation from a16z, following a $10M Series A in February  —  Harbor helps businesses legally issue cryptocurrency tokens that represent ownership of real-world assets like real estate, fine art, company equity, and investment funds.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft announces the Azure Sphere stack for securing IoT devices, includes a Linux-based OS, custom silicon for microcontrollers, and matching cloud service  —  Microsoft is introducing new custom silicon, a Linux-based embedded OS and cloud service aimed at securing microcontroller-based devices.
Alfred Ng / CNET:
TaskRabbit informs users that it is investigating a cybersecurity incident and that it has temporarily taken down its app and website  —  The handyman-for-hire app sent an email to users today recommending they change their passwords if they used the same ones for different websites.
Reuters:
Dept of Commerce blocks sales from US firms to ZTE for seven years, after alleged false statements to officials that followed guilty plea on sanctions violation  —  LONDON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Commerce has banned American companies from selling components …
New York Times:
China's Weibo backs down from censoring gay content following backlash from users, after saying it would ban it along with other content to comply with new law  —  BEIJING — Bowing to intense pressure from millions of internet users, a Chinese social media site said on Monday that it would scrap plans …
BBC:
FBI, DHS, and UK's National Cyber Security Centre issue joint alert warning of a Russian-led global campaign to attack and infiltrate internet infrastructure  —  State-sponsored Russian hackers are actively seeking to hijack essential internet hardware, US and UK intelligence agencies say.
Jeff Engel / Xconomy:
Boston-based marketing chatbot firm Drift raises $60M Series C led by Sequoia Capital  —  David Cancel and Elias Torres built their last startup, a marketing automation company called Performable, with just $3 million from venture capitalists.  —  They raised that funding round in late 2009 …

Sponsor Posts

Microsoft:
Showcasing Industrial IoT innovations at Hannover Messe 2018  —  This week at the world's largest industrial fair, customers and partners display how they're betting on Microsoft, from cloud to edge devices.
eero:
eero: your first line of defense against security breaches.  —  Thanks to our automatic and regular software updates as well as a number of other security measures built into our devices and software …
Internet Association:
The True Size Of The Online Labor Force  —  Internet Association released a groundbreaking analysis that finds the online labor market is comprised of 23.9 million income positions - a number that far exceeds …
Zoho:
Create Personalized Email Templates with Mail Merge from Zoho  —  Better emails mean better customer relationships.  Introducing Mail Merge, for Google Docs—a contextual add-on to help you craft smarter email templates.

Listen to Techmeme's Podcast:

Techmeme Ride Home for Tuesday, Apr. 24 Subscribe via Apple Podcasts or RSS.
 

About This Page

This is a Techmeme archive page. It shows how the site appeared at 12:10 PM ET, April 17, 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

David Shepardson / Reuters:
Kia Kokalitcheva / Axios: