Techmeme
July 16, 2020, 5:45 PM

Top News

@twittersupport:
Joseph Cox / VICE:
Sources say a Twitter insider helped them hijack accounts; Twitter says it's probing whether the insider hijacked the accounts themselves or gave hackers access  —  After a wave of account takeovers, screenshots of an internal Twitter user administration tool are being shared in the hacking underground.
TechCrunch:
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft says it will offer its game streaming service, currently called Project xCloud, for free to its Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers in September  —  xCloud will get a new name and some bigger ambitions  —  Microsoft is planning to launch its game streaming service …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft says it is halting production of its Xbox One X and Xbox One S All-Digital Edition consoles, ahead of Series X launch  —  The Xbox One S will continue to be manufactured  —  Microsoft is officially halting production of its Xbox One X and Xbox One S All-Digital Edition consoles.
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
EU's top court strikes down flagship EU-US data transfer mechanism Privacy Shield, in a ruling that could impact thousands of companies including Facebook  —  A highly anticipated ruling by Europe's top court has just landed — striking down a flagship EU-US data flows arrangement called Privacy Shield.
Wall Street Journal:
US and UK say state-backed Russian hacking group APT 29 is responsible for ongoing cyberattacks against orgs involved in the development of coronavirus vaccines  —  Targets include universities, private companies and other organizations working on vaccine research and testing globally
Lauren Feiner / CNBC:
Netflix reports Q2 revenue of $6.15B, up 24.9% YoY, and expects 2.5M net subscriber additions for Q3 vs analyst estimates of 5.27M; stock down 9%+ after hours  —  - Analysts counted Netflix among the safer bets during stay-at-home orders in the U.S. and the company showed substantial subscriber growth last quarter.
Aoife White / Bloomberg:
EU antitrust regulators launch sectorial inquiry into IoT, including interoperability of devices and how smart assistants like Siri or Alexa use collected data  —  - Vestager warns that voice assistants may offer less choice  — Some 400 firms to be quizzed, EU to present results in 2021
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Facebook confirms it will launch Instagram Reels, its answer to TikTok, in the US, UK, Japan, Mexico, and ~50 other countries in the coming weeks  —  Instagram confirmed it's preparing to soon launch its TikTok competitor, known as Reels, in the U.S. The company expects to bring the new video feature …
Erin Griffith / New York Times:
Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky tells employees that the company's IPO plans are back on track, despite the COVID-19 pandemic  —  After a financial hit from the pandemic, the San Francisco company said business was starting to return from its nose-dive.  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Airbnb has resumed …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Twitter unveils a new, fully rebuilt developer API with features like conversation threading, poll results in tweets, and pinned tweets, launching next week  —  Twitter is still recovering from the fallout of yesterday's sizable attack on high-profile accounts, but it's continuing to move forward …
Dave Lee / Financial Times:
Instacart sues Uber-owned Cornershop, one of the largest delivery apps in Latin America, alleging theft of product images, descriptions, and pricing info  —  Grocery delivery app Cornershop stole intellectual property, lawsuit claims  —  Grocery delivery app Instacart is suing Cornershop …

Sponsor Posts

Zoho:
Almost finished writing your book this NaNoWriMo?  Now, you can easily process it with Writer!  —  Imagine: you're almost done writing your book.  You sit down and try to finish the last couple of pages and polish your work …
Oura:
Cyber Monday Only: Save $60 off Black + Silver Oura Rings  —  Through 11/30 9pm PT, take 20%-off our Black and Silver style rings.
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 5:45 PM ET, July 16, 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

Earlier Picks