Techmeme
September 9, 2021, 8:15 PM

Top News

Alex Heath / The Verge:
Facebook launches $299 Ray-Ban Stories smart glasses in six countries including the US; users can capture photo and video, listen to music, or take phone calls  —  Hands-on with Facebook and Ray-Ban's first pair of smart glasses  —  Starting Thursday, the first pair of smart glasses …
Source: Facebook TechnologyMore: BuzzFeed News, Wired, Big Technology, The Verge, Axios, TechCrunch, About Facebook, App Store, Ray-Ban, CNN, Insider, CNET, TechCrunch, International Business Times, Mashable, VICE, Gizmodo, iTnews, Washington Post, Barron's Online, San Francisco Business Journal, iThinkDifferent, ZDNet, Associated Press, Pixel Envy, CNBC, EssilorLuxottica, Engadget, YouTube, Cult of Mac, TNW, XDA Developers, Bloomberg, USA Today, TechCrunch, Social Media Today, Android Central, Pocketables, LarrysWorld.com, Sydney Morning Herald, Liliputing, BBC, inews.co.uk, 9to5Mac, Engadget, British GQ, UploadVR, Vogue Business, Road to VR, Pocket-lint, Silicon Republic, Livemint, TalkAndroid.com, BGR India, MobileSyrup, iDownloadBlog.com, TechRadar, news.com.au, and The Information
Harry McCracken / Fast Company:
Interview with Mark Zuckerberg on Facebook's plans for smart eyewear, potential privacy issues, lack of AR features, the inadequacies of smartphones, and more  —  Mark Zuckerberg has big plans for smart eyewear.  Facebook's first stab at the idea is not a huge deal—but it avoids privacy pitfalls that could come later.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft indefinitely postpones the return to its offices in the US, saying it has “decided against attempting to forecast a new date for a full reopening”  —  The pandemic keeps pushing back Microsoft's plans  —  Microsoft is shelving its plans to fully reopen its US offices next month.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Amazon launches the Fire TV Omni Series, its first smart TVs, starting at $410 and shipping in October  —  Amazon is officially in the TV set business.  —  After years of selling Fire TV devices that plug into third-party HDTVs and teaming with TV makers for Fire TV-based products …
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Ben Schoon / 9to5Google:
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple has appointed longtime Apple Watch and Health software chief Kevin Lynch as the new head of its Apple Car project after Doug Field's departure  —  - Kevin Lynch replaces Doug Field as head of Apple's car efforts  — Field left Apple's project after three years to work at Ford
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Epic to shut down Houseparty, the video chat app it acquired in 2019, in October, along with Fortnite Mode, which uses Houseparty for video chats  —  Houseparty, the social video chat app acquired by Fortnite maker Epic Games for a reported $35 million back in 2019, is shutting down.
Lawrence Abrams / BleepingComputer:
Hackers leak a list of ~500K Fortinet VPN login names and passwords; a source in the IT security industry says at least some of the leaked credentials are valid  —  A threat actor has leaked a list of almost 500,000 Fortinet VPN login names and passwords that were allegedly scraped from exploitable devices last summer.
Reed Albergotti / Washington Post:
Security researchers say Apple's bug bounty program is undermined by Apple's insular culture, confusion about payments, and long delays in fixing bugs  —  Lack of communication, confusion about payments and long delays have security researchers fed up with Apple's bug bounty program
Frank Chaparro / The Block:
Wall Street Journal:
JPMorgan Chase acquires The Infatuation, a restaurant discovery service that bought Zagat from Google in 2018  —  Deal is the bank's latest effort to cater to big spenders who like to travel and dine out  —  America's biggest bank is buying the company behind the Zagat brand.
Stephen Graves / Decrypt:
Mastercard acquires CipherTrace, which offers a crypto-focused analytics service that specializes in anti-money laundering and forensics  —  Mastercard has announced that it has acquired cryptocurrency tracking firm CipherTrace with a view to providing “additional transparency and support” for the emerging ecosystem of digital assets.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
A number of playlist curators say Spotify is not addressing playlist abuse, letting bad actors report rivals to gain better visibility for their own playlists  —  A number of Spotify playlist curators are complaining that the streaming music company is not addressing the ongoing issue of playlist abuse …
Jack Nicas / New York Times:
Brazil's Jair Bolsonaro temporarily bans social media companies from removing accounts and content that violate their rules, ahead of a presidential election  —  The new rules in Brazil appear to be the first national policy that restricts how tech companies can control their sites, analysts say.
Annie Palmer / CNBC:
Amazon says it will offer to cover 100% of college tuition for its 750,000 hourly employees in the US after 90 days of employment, starting in January 2022  —  - Amazon is offering to pay the full cost of college tuition, including books and fees, for its 750,000 hourly U.S. employees.
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
Jio and Google delay the JioPhone Next, which was planned to launch on Sept. 10 in India, blaming chip shortages; the launch is now scheduled for early November  —  The JioPhone Next, the much-awaited smartphone designed by Google and India's Jio Platforms to tap hundreds of millions of users …
More: Livemint
Edward Ongweso Jr / VICE:
Report: since 2004, Microsoft, Amazon, Google, Facebook and Twitter have earned $43.8B in contracts with the Pentagon, mostly in relation to the War on Terror  —  A team of researchers have published a new report detailing how Amazon, Microsoft, Google, Facebook, and Twitter have profited from the global campaign of violence.

Sponsor Posts

Intel:
Managing a Complex Multi-Cloud Environment Requires a Reliable Ecosystem  —  To avoid vendor lock-in and effectively manage your mission critical workload needs, you need a reliable ecosystem and architecture
Pinduoduo:
Pinduoduo Champions “Tech for Agri” to Drive Agricultural Modernization  —  Find out how we use technology to spearhead agricultural modernization by driving efficiency gains and boosting farmer incomes.
Climate Draft:
Join the Climate Draft!  —  Our network is now open for all climate-concerned individuals, and software engineers can apply for our next invite-only draft.
Zoho:
Automate your sales pipeline with the Zoho Sign extension for Pipedrive  —  Sales people spend almost half their work time dealing with paperwork involved in closing deals.  Their days often revolve around collecting signatures …
MicroAcquire:
New opportunities are waiting for you  —  Join 100,000+ entrepreneurs buying and selling startups on the world's #1 acquisition marketplace.  Expertly curated to match serious buyers with pre-vetted startups of all sizes.
Techmeme Ride Home:
Mon. 09/26 - Darth Vader's Voice Is AI Now
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 8:15 PM ET, September 9, 2021.

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

Bloomberg:
Josh Ye / South China Morning Post:
Taylor Hatmaker / TechCrunch: