Techmeme
October 8, 2019, 5:45 PM

Top News

Bloomberg:
Blizzard bans player from Hearthstone competition for a year and rescinds $10K prize money, after he publicly supported Hong Kong's pro-democracy protestors  —  - Expressing sympathy for Hong Kong democracy push proves costly  — Hearthstone player won't be allowed to compete for a year
Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
As China exports its domestic standards, the US should treat China's leveraging of market access into self-censorship by US companies as trade violations  —  It all started with a tweet:  —  “It” refers to the current imbroglio surrounding Daryl Morey, the General Manager for the Houston Rockets …
Jeremy Burge / Emojipedia:
Peter Rubin / Wired:
Sony announces PlayStation 5 will launch in time for “holiday 2020”, featuring a new controller with haptic technology and triggers with varying resistance  —  Now that the name is official, we've got more details about Sony's next-gen console—from the haptics-packed controller to UI improvements.
Ina Fried / Axios:
Twitter says it has unintentionally used some email addresses and phone numbers provided for account security purposes for ad targeting  —  Twitter disclosed Tuesday that it “unintentionally” used some mail address and phone numbers for advertising even though the information was provided for account security.
Washington Post:
Bipartisan Senate report makes recommendations to prevent Russian election interference in 2020, saying Russia sowed social media discord to help Trump in 2016  —  GOP-led panel endorses finding that Russia interfered to help Donald Trump  —  A bipartisan panel of U.S. senators Tuesday called …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Robinhood unveils Cash Management, which earns 2.05% APY interest on uninvested money in users' accounts, after 2018's botched roll out of its checking product  —  This time it actually has insurance.  Zero-fee stock trading app Robinhood is launching Cash Management, a new feature …
John Voorhees / MacStories:
In-depth Catalina review: iTunes breakup is a success and Catalyst disappoints but it is the first step to integrate macOS into an unbroken computing continuum  —  Ironically, Apple chose to name this year's update to macOS after an island.  Since the iPhone and iOS took off …
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
David Canellis / The Next Web:
Report on Dapp's across six blockchains, including ETH, EOS, TRON: total transaction volume was $2.03B in Q3, down 40% QoQ, dapp user retention from Q2 was 36%  —  GAMBLING IS STILL THE NUMBER ONE USE-CASE  —  The total transactional volume of blockchain apps (dapps) across …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Arm announces consortium for autonomous vehicle tech, with General Motors, Nvidia, Denso, Toyota, Bosch, Arm, Continental, and NXP on board  —  Autonomous vehicles are exceedingly complex to develop, so Arm announced a consortium today to tackle the various safety and computing probles in a collaborative way.
More: TechCrunch and Arm
Austin Carr / Bloomberg:
Interviews with 36 people shed light on Quintillion, a fiber internet company working in the Arctic whose co-founder, Elizabeth Pierce, forged $1B in contracts  —  When he discovered that the ship's underwater plow was stuck at the bottom of the Arctic Ocean, 50 miles off Alaska's coast, Frank Cuccio thought of Ernest Shackleton.
Jon Fingas / Engadget:
Opera 64 desktop browser launches with inbuilt tracking protection using the EasyPrivacy Tracking Protection List, a powerful screenshot tool, and more  —  Opera doesn't want to miss the browser privacy bandwagon, and it's taking an unusual angle to sell it: it's promising a speed boost.
Michael Hayes / OneZero:
Leaked docs show Cellebrite has sold tech that can let NYC police “unlock and extract data from all iOS and high-end Android devices” on their own since 2018  —  Previously, if law enforcement wanted to get into newer devices, they had to send the phones to one of Cellebrite's …
Reuters:
Samsung projects operating income of $6.4B for Q3, beating analyst estimates, but down 56% YoY amid continued weakness in memory chip price and demand  —  SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean tech giant Samsung Electronics on Tuesday reported its third-quarter operating profit likely tumbled 56% …
New York Times:
The Trump administration is inserting CDA 230-like protections into international trade deals that shield online platforms from lawsuits related to user content  —  WASHINGTON — The Trump administration has begun inserting legal protections into recent trade agreements that shield online platforms …
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Norwegian e-paper tablet startup Remarkable raises $15M Series A from Spark Capital  —  Remarkable, the Norwegian startup behind the digital paper tablet of the same name, has raised $15 million in a series A round of funding from Spark Capital.  —  Founded out of Oslo in 2013 …
More: TechCrunch
iFixit:
iFixit's new teardown of the Galaxy Fold shows Samsung's durability improvements but suggests that the main display and folding mechanism are still fragile  —  Introduction Teardown Update: After Samsung tried to make our initial teardown disappear from the internet five months ago …
Neha Malara / Reuters:
Sensor Tower: Tencent's Call of Duty: Mobile had 100M game downloads in first week, breaking prior record of 26M set by PUBG, has yet to launch in China  —  (Reuters) - The mobile version of videogame franchise “Call of Duty” racked up 100 million downloads in its first week …

Sponsor Posts

Tribe AI:
You don't have to be Google to have your own AI lab  —  Find out how Tribe's community of top engineers can build core machine learning technology for your company.
DataStax:
React \w/ Cassandra Dev Day  —  Join us on 12/9 to learn how millions of developers build apps faster and more easily using the Netlify app stack and Apache Cassandra™, the database that powers the best of the internet.
Zoho:
Optimizing Collaboration With Your Team Members Using Communication Apps (Mail, Cliq, and Connect)  —  Whether you find it difficult to keep track of time, be productive, or stay motivated, the new digital workplace …
Oura:
Stressed?  Anxious?  How REM Sleep Can Be Your Mind's Reset Button  —  With a population as anxiety-ridden as ours, thousands of remedies have circulated online, and it can get overwhelming.
Intel:
AI is not a one-size-fits-all computing challenge  —  Cloud providers are using Intel Xeon's built-in AI performance for AI inference workloads and now developers can use Habana Gaudi to reduce their AI training costs.

Listen to Techmeme's Podcast:

Techmeme Ride Home: Fri. 12/04 - CRACK! Warners Blows Up The (Traditional) Hollywood Business Model Subscribe via Apple Podcasts, Google Play, or RSS.
 

About This Page

This is a Techmeme archive page. It shows how the site appeared at 5:45 PM ET, October 8, 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:

Earlier Picks

Hamza Jawad / Neowin:
Kate Rooney / CNBC:
Bloomberg: