November 20, 2017, 4:45 AM

November 20, 2017

1:46 AM  •
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:  Bangkok-based aCommerce, an e-commerce enabler that works with brands across a range of services, raises $65M Series B led by KKR-backed Emerald Media
12:50 AM  •
Mihir Dalal / Livemint:  Xiaomi says it will invest up to $1B in 100 Indian startups over the next five years to create an ecosystem of apps around its smartphone brand

November 19, 2017

11:10 PM  •
Jeff Bercovici /  How Topix pivoted to pay platforms for traffic to its slideshows, quizzes, and other evergreen content, earning $5M on $36M in revenues in '16 with 29 employees
10:55 PM  •
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:  Alibaba invests ~$2.9B for a 36% stake in Sun Art, which operates 446 hypermarkets across 224 cities in mainland China
9:40 PM  •
Theodore Schleifer / Recode:  Though Steve Jurvetson hasn't faced public harassment allegations, he was asked to leave DFJ after firm caught him lying about personal misconduct, says source
9:05 PM  •
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:  Media startup Cheddar launches its streaming TV channel in Europe with French startup Molotov, which won't be charged a licensing fee
8:20 PM  •
Liana B. Baker / Reuters:  Sources: Marvell Technology has agreed to acquire Cavium for about $6B, as it seeks to expand in the networking equipment sector
8:00 PM  •
Daniel Mützel / Motherboard:  Norwegian hacker Einar Otto Stangvik on how he exposed Childs Play, a dark web pedophile forum that was hosted by Australian Police as part of a sting operation
7:20 PM  •
Chris Duckett / ZDNet:  Chinese certificate authority StartCom, which was blacklisted in Firefox, Chrome, Safari, and Edge for bad practices, to shut down and revoke all certs by 2020
6:20 PM  •
Harry McCracken / Fast Company:  How The Washington Post built Arc, its suite of digital publishing tools, and started offering the software to other newsrooms as a paid service
3:45 PM  •
Kaleigh Rogers / Motherboard:  How local Detroit non-profits are building infrastructure, mixing fiber and wireless, to deliver the Internet to underserved communities
1:10 PM  •
Juro Osawa / The Information:  Alibaba to Invest $2.9 Billion in Chinese Retail Megastore Operator
11:15 AM  •
David Shepardson / Reuters:  FCC approves ATSC 3.0 TV broadcast standard, dubbed “Next Gen TV”, with interactive features, UHD support, and geotargeted emergency alerts and advertisements
8:10 AM  •
Rita Liao / TechNode:  LinkedIn's China rival Maimai announces $75M Series C; iResearch says Maimai had 30M users as of April, while LinkedIn China claimed 32M users around that time
5:05 AM  •
Kif Leswing / Business Insider:  How Apple is redesigning the Genius Bar as “Genius Grove” to ease strain on Geniuses, serve customers faster, and alleviate overcrowding in its stores
2:00 AM  •
Taylor Clark / New Yorker:  A look at Online Performers Group, a talent-management company for professional video-game streamers on Twitch, many of whom earn over a million dollars a year

November 18, 2017

11:30 PM  •
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:  iMac Pro to feature A10 Fusion coprocessor, which could be used for always-on “Hey Siri”, BridgeOS 2.0 code from Apple shows
9:35 PM  •
Jason Del Rey / Recode:  Stitch Fix CEO Katrina Lake is the first woman to lead a US tech IPO this year; she built a profitable business with nearly $1B revenue in under 6 years
6:00 PM  •
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:  Big tech's recent gaffes, on top of concerns over election interference, misinformation, and its unprecedented influence, further erode trust in the sector
2:25 PM  •
Reuters:  3+ years after the demise of Mt. Gox, its customers still haven't received a cent, as the failed Bitcoin exchange remains stuck in a morass of litigation
10:20 AM  •
John H. Richardson / Wired:  Profile of Bryan Johnson, founder of Braintree and Kernel, a startup trying to develop algorithms and commercial neural prosthetics for enhancing human memory
6:15 AM  •
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:  French firm Less, which pays drivers to use a navigation app in areas where it lacks data, raises $19M Series A and plans on launching a ridesharing service
2:10 AM  •
Bryan Menegus / Gizmodo:  Amazon Flex workers, who are self-employed “last-mile” delivery drivers, describe the job and how the Uber-like Flex app coordinates deliveries

November 17, 2017

10:10 PM  •
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:  DoD's CENTCOM found hosting at least 1.8B posts of scraped internet content from last 8 years on open AWS server
8:35 PM  •
Kevin Collier / BuzzFeed:  John Draper, aka Cap'n Crunch, who once hacked phone lines with Jobs and Wozniak, banned from conferences after reports of sexual misconduct towards young men
7:50 PM  •
Katie Roof / TechCrunch:  SailPoint, an identity and access management software provider for enterprises, closes up 8% on its first day of trading after raising $240M in IPO
5:15 PM  •
South China Morning Post:  Yixin, a Chinese online car marketplace and financing provider, closed up 5%+ in its Hong Kong debut on Thursday, valued at $6.5B, after raising $870M in an IPO
4:25 PM  •
Katie Roof / TechCrunch:  Online fashion retailer Stitch Fix closes up 1% on its first day of trading, after raising $120M in a downsized IPO
3:45 PM  •
Brady Dale / CoinDesk:  Brave browser now allows you to directly pay YouTube creators with bitcoin or Basic Attention Tokens
3:00 PM  •
Ryan Mac / BuzzFeed:  Peter Thiel is no longer affiliated with Y Combinator; source says Thiel did not rejoin YC after the startup accelerator ended its part-time partners program
2:55 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  YouTube takes down Toy Freaks, a kid-focused channel that had over 8.5M subscribers, as it tightens enforcement of child endangerment policies
2:25 PM  •
DW.COM:  German regulator bans children's smartwatches that have SIM cards and one-way monitoring functions, saying they are unauthorized transmitters forbidden by law
1:50 PM  •
Sean Gallagher / Ars Technica:  Global Cyber Alliance, IBM, and Packet Clearing House launch free Quad9 DNS service that blocks malicious domains using consolidated threat intelligence
1:10 PM  •
Jessica Guynn / USA Today:  Code2040, a San Francisco-based nonprofit working to increase diversity in the technology industry, has raised $5.6M from the Knight Foundation and others
12:35 PM  •
Anthony D'Alessandro / Deadline:  MoviePass launches a one-year subscription plan for $89.95
12:15 PM  •
Tom Turula / Business Insider:  Spotify announces it has acquired Soundtrap, a collaborative online music recording startup, reportedly for at least $30M
12:00 PM  •
Michael Potuck / 9to5Mac:  KGI: 2018 iPhones will feature faster pre-5G baseband chips from Intel and Qualcomm, with 70%-80% of chips coming from Intel
11:27 AM  •
Brian Heater / TechCrunch:  Apple says it is delaying HomePod release from December to early 2018
11:22 AM  •
Reuters:  Broadcom says it has closed its acquisition of network gear maker Brocade Communications
11:08 AM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Twitter confirms it is testing a feature that will make it easier to publish tweetstorms
10:55 AM  •
Jeff Gitlen / LendEDU:  Online survey of 564 US Bitcoin owners: 16% plan to hold investment for less than a year, 67% haven't sold any, 36% don't plan on reporting purchase to the IRS
7:00 AM  •
Antonio Scandurra / The GitHub Blog:  GitHub introduces Teletype for Atom in beta, a feature for letting developers collaborate on code in real time in its Atom text editor
2:35 AM  •
Liz Hunt / The Keyword:  Google introduces new views in Maps for driving, navigation, and transit to better highlight relevant information, new colors and icons for places of interest
12:20 AM  •
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:  FCC votes 3-2 to scale back the federal Lifeline program that gives low-income households a $9.25/month subsidy to buy Internet or phone service

November 16, 2017

11:45 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Google announces general availability of its free chatbot analytics platform Chatbase
10:45 PM  •
Lauren Hirsch / CNBC:  Online personal shopping startup Stitch Fix raises $120M in downsized IPO listing, pricing 8M shares at $15 apiece, below expected 10M shares at $18-$20
9:55 PM  •
Tom Krazit / GeekWire:  AWS releases ONNX-MXNet, giving its support to the Open Neural Network Exchange introduced by Microsoft and Facebook earlier this year
8:25 PM  •
Jason Del Rey / Recode:  Williams-Sonoma acquires AR 3D imaging startup Outward for $112M in cash
7:50 PM  •
Casey Newton / The Verge:  Twitter says it will monitor verified users' offline behavior and remove verification badges if behavior is inconsistent with its rules
7:40 PM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Airbnb acquired adtech startup AdBasis on Nov. 13; AdBasis will be available to customers until Feb. 2018, and team will be brought into Airbnb
5:55 PM  •
Todd Spangler / Variety:  Report: Mashable has agreed to sell itself to Ziff Davis for around $50M, a fraction of the site's $250M valuation less than two years ago
5:30 PM  •
Stan Higgins / CoinDesk:  Coinbase announces Custody, a digital asset storage service for institutional clients with a minimum of $10M in deposits; early access product launching in 2018
5:05 PM  •
Juli Clover / MacRumors:  Apple Releases iOS 11.1.2 With Fix for Unresponsive iPhone X Display in Cold Temperatures
4:46 PM  •
Megan Rose Dickey / TechCrunch:  Apple VP of diversity and inclusion Denise Young Smith is leaving; Christie Smith, who spent 17 years as a principal at Deloitte, will be taking over
4:25 PM  •
Nick Statt / The Verge:  Google says it will require close content parity between AMP and original pages beginning February 2018 to discourage publishers from using AMP pages as teasers
3:30 PM  •
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:  Facebook rebrands Mentions, which was only available for verified accounts, as Creator app, opens it to all; app available on iOS now, and Android within months
2:50 PM  •
Molly Sauter / The Outline:  A look at HQ Trivia, a twice daily live gameshow app that around 90K people play at once for the chance to win money
2:05 PM  •
Blair Hanley Frank / VentureBeat:  Atomist raises $22M Series A from Accel and Matrix Partners and launches out of stealth to help developers automate repository creation and code deployment
1:50 PM  •
Andrew Nusca / Fortune:  Profile of Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang, who cofounded the firm and has maintained its 70% share of the GPU market as competition and demand explode, driven by AI
1:35 PM  •
Nick Wingfield / New York Times:  US states are increasingly seeking lost tax revenue from Amazon merchants' sales, which Amazon has left up to merchants to pay
1:15 PM  •
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:  Vimeo adds support for HDR videos for all users, a year after YouTube added the same feature
1:00 PM  •
Andy Greenberg / Wired:  Researchers find flaw in Amazon Key that lets any computer in WiFi range freeze and disable Cloud Cam; Amazon says a fix is coming later this week
12:55 PM  •
Khari Johnson / VentureBeat:  Lyft says it has hired 12 of 15 employees of Kamcord's livestream startup to work on its service; Kamcord says it will sunset its service
12:50 PM  •
David Ruddock / Android Police:  Pixel Buds review: gestures and Assistant work well, quick pairing is good when it works, but Translate is janky, subpar comfort, lifeless audio, it's expensive
12:30 PM  •
Biz Carson / Forbes:  Airbnb acquires Accomable, dubbed “Airbnb for disabled people”, as it seeks to improve disability access
12:25 PM  •
Chris Velazco / Engadget:  OnePlus unveils 5T: 6" 1080x2160 AMOLED display, Snapdragon 835, 8GB RAM, Android 7.1, 3,300mAh battery, 16/20MP rear cameras; ships Nov. 21 at $499 for 64GB
12:05 PM  •
Ryan Browne / CNBC:  American Express and Santander partner with blockchain startup Ripple to ease US-UK money transfers using Ripple's platform
11:55 AM  •
Jeremy Kahn / Bloomberg:  TransferWise says revenue for year ending March 2017 reached £67M, up from £28M YoY, as 2017 loss narrows to £56K, down from £17M YoY
11:40 AM  •
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:  Kaspersky Labs releases a more detailed report on how it obtained NSA-linked Equation Group source code in 2014
11:15 AM  •
Nathan Ingraham / Engadget:  Baidu launches colorful smart speaker co-designed with Teenage Engineering, launching only in China, available next month for ~$256
9:10 AM  •
Tom Warren / The Verge:  Surface Book 2 review: powerful, great keyboard and trackpad, Xbox Wireless support, but power supply isn't enough for gaming and no Thunderbolt 3 support
8:55 AM  •
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:  UnitedMasters, which helps artists distribute music on streaming platforms and advertise to fans, raised $70M Series A led by Alphabet; Ben Horowitz joins board
8:30 AM  •
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:  Facebook, Google, Bing, Twitter to start incorporating “Trust Indicators” into their products as some news outlets begin displaying tags from The Trust Project

November 15, 2017

10:45 PM  •
Julia Reda:  New measure passed by EU Parliament would let consumer protection authorities order any third party to block access to websites without judicial authorization
9:55 PM  •
David Shepardson / Reuters:  Sources: FCC's Ajit Pai expected to roll out details on reversing net neutrality next week, seeking a final vote on the plan Dec. 14
8:35 PM  •
Aaron Stanley / CoinDesk:  Class action suit filed against Tezos founders alleges they sold unregistered securities at ICO, weeks after another suit alleged violation of US securities law
7:50 PM  •
David Pierce / Wired:  Google Pixel Buds review: great sound, but Assistant only works on Android, Translate is only available to Pixel owners, and pairing via case sometimes fails
7:40 PM  •
CNBC:  Rider in California sues Uber, claiming it did not take sufficient measures to protect her from a driver who was charged after allegedly raping her
6:05 PM  •
Casey Newton / The Verge:  Twitter says users can now have verified status revoked, unveils new guidelines for verified accounts as it works on authentication and verification program
4:43 PM  •
Becky Peterson / Business Insider:  Cisco reports Q1 revenue of $12.14B, down 2% YoY, beating $12.11B estimate, as net income grows 3% YoY to $2.4B
4:14 PM  •
Katie Roof / TechCrunch:  Email marketing company SendGrid closes up ~13%, at $18.03, on its first day of trading after raising $131M in IPO
3:15 PM  •
Jordan Pearson / Motherboard:  Ethereum startup Parity says it knew about flaw in multi-signature wallets for months but didn't address it, leading to $150M+ in lost ether
2:35 PM  •
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:  Google updates Assistant with developer support for Spanish, Italian, and other languages, ability to recognize implicit requests, more
2:10 PM  •
Megan Rose Dickey / TechCrunch:  Postmates says it has launched in Mexico City, its first international market, and has 1,000+ merchants and couriers onboard
1:35 PM  •
Dustin Volz / Reuters:  Trump administration publishes inter-agency rules for disclosing or keeping secret cyber security flaws, with decisions to retain flaws being revisited annually
12:55 PM  •
Mark Harris / Wired:  Interview with Anthony Levandowski on his AI-focused religion, Way of the Future, of which he's the Dean, which aims to find and worship “a Godhead based on AI”
12:15 PM  •
Stevan Dojcinovic / New York Times:  Serbian journalist says Facebook testing split News Feed for Pages and friends was ill-conceived and served to stifle the fledging democracy's independent media
12:00 PM  •
Steven Scheer / Reuters:  Chairman of Israel's Tax Authority says Israel will send tax bills to Facebook and Google “within a year”, joining EU efforts to tax multinational companies
11:20 AM  •
Amanda Silver / Visual Studio Code:  Microsoft says it is working on Visual Studio Live Share, letting developers collaborate on the same codebase without the need to synchronize code
11:10 AM  •
Reuters:  Sources: Amazon has scrapped plans for a skinny bundle streaming service combining US broadcast and cable networks, as it believes it won't make enough money
10:35 AM  •
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:  Microsoft announces that it is joining the MariaDB Foundation and will launch Azure Database for MariaDB, a fully managed, cloud-hosted version
10:20 AM  •
Ben Popper / The Verge:  Kickstarter debuts Drip, a service that lets fans subscribe to their favorite creators, in limited beta; sources says 7 out of 8 top execs have left since July
9:55 AM  •
Steve Dent / Engadget:  Amazon brings Echo speakers with Alexa and Amazon Prime Music to Canada; Alexa has a new English voice with a Canadian accent, but isn't available in French
9:35 AM  •
Fred Wilson / AVC:  The provision in the Senate Tax Reform Bill that would have taxed stock options and RSUs upon vesting has been dropped
7:35 AM  •
Nick Zakrasek / The Keyword:  Google updates its job search with estimated salary ranges, a better location filter, the ability to save individual jobs, and more
4:50 AM  •
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:  Tencent's Q3 earnings beat expectations with a profit of $2.7B, up 69% YoY and revenue of $9.8B, up 61% YoY, thanks to its mobile and desktop gaming business

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