Techmeme
May 14, 2020, 1:15 AM

Top News

Igor Bonifacic / Engadget:
Google announces a new tab-grouping tool for Chrome, rolling out “slowly”, letting users cluster tabs together and organize them by name and color  —  Google is introducing a new feature to Chrome that will have you asking how you lived without it before.
Joe Maring / Android Central:
Report: Google's Pixel division has lost Marc Levoy, the engineer leading the camera division, and GM Mario Queiroz over the past year, as sales disappoint  —  The general manager for the Pixel division is also gone.  —  What you need to know  — According to The Information, Marc Levoy and Mario Queiroz have both left Google.
Annie Palmer / CNBC:
In an open letter, Brian Huseman, Amazon's VP of public policy, calls for the establishment of a federal price gouging law amid coronavirus scams  —  - In a blog post Wednesday, Brian Huseman, Amazon's vice president of public policy, called for the establishment of a federal price gouging law.
Martin Matishak / Politico:
A bipartisan amendment to FISA to prohibit warrantless surveillance of Americans' online browsing and search histories failed in the Senate by one vote, 59-37  —  Congressional privacy hawks scored a critical victory on Wednesday that deepens the uncertainty about the fate of expired federal surveillance powers.
Ryan Browne / CNBC:
Uber says all riders and drivers will need to wear masks starting next week and introduces new tools to verify drivers are doing so before each trip  —  - Uber is launching a new tool that checks if drivers are wearing face masks before starting trips.  — The ride-hailing firm …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Dell announces a new XPS 17 and a redesigned XPS 15 with 16:10 edge-to-edge displays, only USB-C ports, and Intel 10th-gen CPUs, starting at $1,300 and $1,500  —  Dell goes all USB-C and 16:10 for its XPS lineup  —  Dell is making some big changes to its XPS lineup today, with a redesigned XPS 15 and a new XPS 17.
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
April Glaser / NBC News:
Sources say Google has rolled back diversity programs, but Google disputes the claims and says it's adding outside help to scale racial equity training globally  —  One well-liked diversity training program at Google called Sojourn was cut entirely, according to seven former and current employees.
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Epic Games unveils the Unreal Engine 5, coming in 2021, with a PlayStation 5 demo and says the Epic Online Services tools are available today  —  Epic says its new engine is a ‘quantum leap,’ and it'll arrive in 2021  —  Epic Games today announced the next iteration of its game engine …
Reuters:
A new French law compels internet giants to remove pedophile and terrorism-related content within an hour or face a fine of up to 4% of global revenue  —  PARIS (Reuters) - Social networks and other online content providers will have to remove paedophile and terrorism-related content …
Tyler Sonnemaker / Business Insider:
Filing: Kickstarter laid off 25 employees, or ~18% of its workforce; the company says 30 staff members took voluntary buyouts, taking total reductions to 39%  —  - Kickstarter is reducing its workforce by around 39%, the company confirmed on Wednesday.  — “Through a combination …
More: The Verge
Sean Lyngaas / CyberScoop:
DHS and FBI jointly accuse hackers affiliated with Chinese government of attempting to steal US research into a COVID-19 vaccine, adding to a slew of charges  —  The Department of Homeland Security and the FBI on Wednesday blamed hackers linked with the Chinese government for attempting …
Lauren Debter / Forbes:
Profile of Louis Borders, founder Borders bookstores, as his dotcom-era online grocery delivery service Webvan reemerges using a network of automated warehouses  —  Louis Borders is sure he can do it this time.  He just needs time, money and customers.  And more robots.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Houseparty is debuting its first co-watching live event video series called In The House, featuring more than 40 celebrities, starting May 15 through May 17  —  Houseparty, the video chat app that's seen a surge of growth during quarantine, is preparing to expand its service in a new direction: co-watching live video with friends.
Jordan Novet / CNBC:
Cisco beats Q3 expectations with revenue of $12B, down 8% YoY, and Infrastructure Platforms revenue of $6.43B, down 15% YoY  —  - Cisco's results and quarterly guidance beat expectations.  — The company said in the quarter it would allow customers to defer their payments with coronavirus spreading.
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
Amazon gives its Fire HD 8 tablet and Fire HD 8 “Kids Edition” a spec bump, adds a new Fire HD 8 Plus model with 3GB of RAM and Qi wireless charging  —  Along with a slight price increase to $89.99  —  Amazon has announced a new update for its Fire HD 8 tablet, adding a faster processor, more RAM, and USB-C charging.
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Alphabet's Loon signs deal with carrier Vodacom to bring its commercial internet service to Mozambique  —  Loon, the Alphabet -owned company that's using stratospheric balloons to provide high-speed bandwidth to hard-to-serve areas without strong ground infrastructure, has signed a new deal …

Sponsor Posts

Zoho:
How the ISO 27701 helps Zoho demonstrate continued compliance with the GDPR  —  There is no doubt in the fact that Zoho has to comply with the GDPR not just because we have set up our Data Center and office there …
Oura:
Better sleep, better you.  —  Why the Oura Ring is the perfect companion to other wearables in painting a fuller picture of your health.
Dithering:
$5 a month: cheap  —  A thrice-weekly podcast from Ben Thompson and John Gruber. 15 minutes per episode.  Not a minute less, not a minute more.
Techmeme Leaderboards:
Find out who the top reporters are in 43 different tech categories  —  Who are the most influential writers on topics like AI, VR, IoT, or e-commerce?  We've analyzed Techmeme's news crawl data to find out.

Listen to Techmeme's Podcast:

Techmeme Ride Home: Wed. 11/25 - The Blue Checkmarks Are Returning To Twitter Subscribe via Apple Podcasts, Google Play, or RSS.
 

About This Page

This is a Techmeme archive page. It shows how the site appeared at 1:15 AM ET, May 14, 2020.

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

Jason Del Rey / Vox:

Earlier Picks

Lily Hay Newman / Wired:
Max Willens / Digiday: