Techmeme
May 15, 2020, 11:45 AM

Top News

Axios:
Facebook to buy Giphy, keep its branding, integrate with Instagram; sources say the deal is worth ~$400M, while Giphy was valued at ~$600M in its latest round  —  Facebook has agreed to buy Giphy, the popular platform of sharable animated images, Axios has learned from multiple sources.
Reuters:
US bans sales of semiconductors and semiconductor designs made abroad using certain US software and technology to Huawei  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration on Friday moved to block shipments of semiconductors to Huawei Technologies from global chipmakers, in an action that could ramp up tensions with China.
Kif Leswing / CNBC:
Kuo: Apple planning a 10.8 inch iPad in H2 2020 and a new iPad mini in H1 2021, predicts AR glasses with laminated lens in 2022 at the earliest  —  - Apple could launch new iPads in the coming year, TF Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said in a new note on Thursday.
Kevin Roose / New York Times:
Members of the anti-vaccine community are experienced at exploiting weaknesses of social media platforms and are primed to sow doubts about a COVID-19 vaccine  —  Social media is already filling up with misinformation about a Covid-19 vaccine, months or years before one even exists.
Saheli Roy Choudhury / CNBC:
Singapore state investor Temasek joins Libra, along with cryptocurrency investor Paradigm and private equity firm Slow Ventures  —  - Singapore state investor Temasek is one of the latest organizations to join the Facebook-backed digital currency project libra.
Wall Street Journal:
TSMC says it plans to spend $12B to build a 5nm chip factory in Arizona as the White House seeks to increase domestic chip production  —  Plans for TSMC's Arizona Plant Come As Trump Seeks To Cut Dependence on Asia  —  Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., TSM 2.32% the world's largest …
Shannon Vavra / CyberScoop:
Microsoft opens up its threat intelligence data, including file hash indicators used in email scams, to wider security community via GitHub during the pandemic  —  Microsoft is making the threat intelligence it's collected on coronavirus-related hacking campaigns public, the company announced Thursday.
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Apple acquires California-based VR startup NextVR; a report in April said the deal is valued at around $100M  —  - NextVR provides virtual-reality sports content to headsets  — Apple developing virtual reality, augmented reality headsets  —  Apple Inc. confirmed it acquired NextVR …
Globe Newswire:
JD.com beats expectations with Q1 revenue of $20.59B, up 20.7% YoY and net income of $200M; active customers increased 24.8% YoY to 387.4M  —  JD.com Announces First Quarter 2020 Results Email Print Friendly Share May 15, 2020 05:50 ET |  Source: JD.com BEIJING, May 15, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) …
Tim Hardwick / MacRumors:
Spotify restores web player support for the Safari browser after previously removing it in 2017  —  Spotify users can once again use Safari to access the streaming service's web player, following the restoration of support for Apple's browser this week after over two-and-a-half years of incompatibility.
Jordan Novet / CNBC:
Microsoft says it will acquire Metaswitch Networks, a provider of virtualized network software whose customers include telecom companies like BT and Sprint  —  - The announcement comes less than a month after Microsoft closed the acquisition of another company focused on the telecommunications market, Affirmed Networks.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
From August, Chrome will start blocking ads that consume 4MB of network data, 15 seconds of CPU usage in any 30 second period, or 60 seconds of total CPU usage  —  Google today announced that Chrome will start blocking resource-heavy ads.  The company ads that mine cryptocurrency …

Sponsor Posts

SignalFire:
We need startups to fight prompt injection, the top LLM security risk  —  Check out our AI security market map, and reach out if you're building a way to defend chatbots from this new hacking technique.
Tribe AI:
Is AI just hype?  —  Find out how top enterprises use Tribe to get real business results.
Techmeme Leaderboards:
Discover the top reporters on AI, VR, policy, and much more  —  We've analyzed Techmeme's news crawl to identify the most influential and prolific writers on 48 news topics.  Download reports immediately for just $100.
Zoho:
Zoho CRM - Q1 2024 update  —  We're a couple of months into 2024, and all of us on the Zoho CRM team hope that your business continues to flourish and grow, along with your partnership with us.
Techmeme Ride Home:
Wed. 02/21 - Apple Has Quantum Encrypted iMessage
The day's tech news, every day at 5pm ET. Fifteen minutes and you're up to date.
Subscribe via Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or RSS.
 

About This Page

This is a Techmeme archive page. It shows how the site appeared at 11:45 AM ET, May 15, 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

Variety:
Vanessa Friedman / New York Times:

Earlier Picks

Washington Post:
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Sarah Frier / Bloomberg:
Bloomberg: