Techmeme
June 18, 2019, 12:05 PM

Top News

Facebook:
Facebook announces plans to launch Libra, a new cryptocurrency, and Calibra, a newly formed Facebook subsidiary to oversee financial services for Libra  —  A New Digital Wallet for a New Digital Currency  —  Today we're sharing plans for Calibra, a newly formed Facebook subsidiary whose goal …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook says user Libra transaction data will not be shared with Facebook and will not be used for ad targeting or ranking users' News Feed  —  The use cases, technology, and motive behind the new digital money  —  Facebook has finally revealed the details of its cryptocurrency Libra …
CoinDesk:
Facebook announces an independent consortium, Libra Association, with 28 founding members including Visa, Mastercard, PayPal, Uber, Lyft, Coinbase, and others  —  You don't have to have a Facebook account to use Libra.  —  That's the hands-off approach the social media giant is working toward …
Jeff John Roberts / Fortune:
Ripple to take a 8-10% stake in the money transfer service MoneyGram, which will use the digital currency XRP as part of its day-to-day operations  —  Cryptocurrency company Ripple on Monday announced a major partnership with MoneyGram, which will see the money transfer service use …
Jon Fingas / Engadget:
Palm opens preorders for an unlocked version of its tiny $350 3.2-inch smartphone with Snapdragon 435, expected to ship in the next six to eight weeks  —  As much as Palm's tiny phone has improved over the past several months, there's still been one glaring limitation: you've had to use it on Verizon …
Bloomberg:
YouTube Kids, intended as a haven from the dangers of the main YouTube site, is used by just 20M+ people a week, compared to the main site's 2B+ monthly users  —  There's a safer version of YouTube, but the company knows most children don't watch it  —  In late May, the advocacy group …
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch:
London-based Zego, which offers flexible insurance policies with pricing based on usage data from vehicles, raises $42M Series B led by Target Global  —  A couple of years ago London-based startup Zego realised gig-economy workers would need insurance, and went on to raise a very healthy £6 million …
More: Tech.eu and FinSMEs
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Google says Android users in UK and France can, later this month, opt in to RCS Chat services provided directly by Google instead of waiting for carrier support  —  That seems like yet another minor status check-in on the service meant to replace SMS, but in fact it's a huge shift in strategy …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Optimizely, which offers tools for A/B testing and personalization on the web and in mobile apps, raises $50M Series D led by Goldman Sachs Private Capital  —  Optimizely, a platform that offers tools for A/B testing and personalization on the web and in mobile apps, today announced that it has raised a total of $105 million.
More: VentureBeat and ZDNet
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Robocalls are overwhelming hospitals, where every lost second affects patient treatment; Tufts Medical Center has registered 4,500+ robocalls in a 2-hour period  —  In the heart of Boston, Tufts Medical Center treats scores of health conditions, administering measles vaccines for children …
Hiroshi Murayama / Nikkei Asian Review:
After a rush of openings, the unmanned convenience store boom across China has cooled since the start of 2018 due to falling sales after the novelty wore off  —  Companies that learn from closures could still win the future of retail  —  TOKYO — When Chinese tech companies started rushing …

Sponsor Posts

Smartsheet:
Rise above email and spreadsheet chaos  —  Organizations that are bogged down by never-ending email, multiple chat apps, and siloed information move more slowly and get less done.  Read this report.
TWiT.tv:
Answers To Your Tech Questions  —  On Ask The Tech Guy, Leo Laporte answers one tricky tech dilemma and gets to the root of the problem.  Subscribe to Ask The Tech Guy podcast.
Zoho:
5 years of Zoho Subscriptions: The road so far  —  The subscriptions industry has been booming recently.  Subscription-based ecommerce businesses had a year-over-year growth of 100% for five years in a row, according to a 2018 McKinsey & Company survey.
Google Cloud:
What does the future of cloud computing hold  —  and what does this mean for businesses?  We looked at the data, talked to luminaries, and listened to customers across the world.  Here's what they said.
Intel:
Here's how Intel is powering breakthrough research in astronomy, medicine, AI and beyond  —  Fastest supercomputer in academia - Frontera, is based on 2nd generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors.
Mattermost:
How is Mattermost different from Slack?  —  Learn why Mattermost is the #1 open source Slack alternative.

Listen to Techmeme's Podcast:

Techmeme Ride Home: Mon. 10/21 - Review-A-Palooza Subscribe via Apple Podcasts, Google Play, or RSS.
 

About This Page

This is a Techmeme archive page. It shows how the site appeared at 12:05 PM ET, June 18, 2019.

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

Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Roger Vincent / Los Angeles Times:
Jordan Novet / CNBC:

Earlier Picks

Tom Warren / The Verge:
Joseph Cox / VICE:
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Joe Rossignol / MacRumors: