March 23, 2018, 6:45 PM

March 23, 2018

6:25 PM  •
Sian Bradley / UKTN:  Blockchain startup Everledger, which tracks the provenance of high-value assets like diamonds to help prevent fraud, raises $10.4M Series A
6:05 PM  •
Hannah Summers / The Guardian:  Eighteen investigators, including some from the UK's Information Commissioner's Office, raid Cambridge Analytica London offices after search warrant granted
5:35 PM  •
Shona Ghosh / Business Insider:  Filings: Snap acquired PlayCanvas last year; founded in 2011, PlayCanvas develops tech to power casual games and VR experiences in browsers and has raised $540K
4:40 PM  •
Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed:  A week after Cambridge Analytica and despite #deletefacebook, Facebook app installs did not drop, no big advertisers quit, and analysts recommend buying the dip
4:13 PM  •
Katie Roof / TechCrunch:  Dropbox closes up 36% on first day of trading after raising $756M in its IPO and is now valued at $11B+
4:10 PM  •
Megan Farokhmanesh / The Verge:  How the toxic working culture at Telltale Games, known for narrative-based video game adaptations of popular franchises, drove away the studio's best developers
4:05 PM  •
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:  Telegram announces it has surpassed 200M MAUs, after passing 100M MAUs in February 2016
3:31 PM  •
Sky News:  UK's High Court has granted an application by the Information Commissioner's Office for a warrant to search Cambridge Analytica's office
3:10 PM  •
Urvi Malvania / Business Standard:  India's Reliance to merge its JioMusic with music streaming platform Saavn, creating an entity valued at $1B+, with JioMusic's implied valuation of $670M
2:40 PM  •
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:  Tumblr confirms 84 accounts linked to Internet Research Agency and has begun emailing users who interacted with them; accounts were ID'd and deleted last fall
2:20 PM  •
Matt Weinberger / Business Insider:  Pivotal, a cloud computing software and consulting services provider that has raised $1.7B since its spin out from EMC and VMware in 2012, files for an IPO
1:55 PM  •
Kevin McLaughlin / The Information:  Sources: Google to offer reconfigured version of its Classroom app, which is free for educational institutions, to businesses as part of G Suite
1:20 PM  •
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:  Four lawsuits against Facebook by its users and shareholders have been filed in federal courts so far after Cambridge Analytica revelations
12:45 PM  •
Loren Grush / The Verge:  After some users challenged Elon Musk on Twitter, he removed the Facebook pages for both SpaceX and Tesla
12:34 PM  •
Richard Lawler / Engadget:  Samsung says it is investigating user reports about Galaxy S9 and S9+ touchscreen responsiveness issues
12:00 PM  •
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:  About 2M Spotify users, or 2.3% of users of its free service, are avoiding ads via modified apps or accounts, according to Spotify's IPO filing
11:45 AM  •
Sara Salinas / CNBC:  Dropbox opens up ~40% on its first day of trading after pricing its shares at $21, above already increased range of $18-$20/share, and raising $756M in its IPO
11:25 AM  •
Lulu Yilun Chen / Bloomberg:  Sources: Chinese on-demand services app Meituan Dianping to seek at least $60B valuation in Hong Kong IPO as soon as this year
11:05 AM  •
Dustin Volz / Reuters:  US DoJ charges nine Iranians and an Iranian company with hacking parts of US government, UN, and hundreds of universities in the US and around the world
9:45 AM  •
Cyrus Lee / ZDNet:  Baidu granted T3 license plates, which require comprehensive driving abilities, from Beijing's traffic authority to start self-driving vehicle tests in public
7:25 AM  •
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:  Sources: Apple to introduce new low-cost iPads and software for the education market at its event in Chicago next week
12:30 AM  •
Ina Fried / Axios:  Craigslist pulls all personal ads after passage of sex-trafficking bill FOSTA, says any tool or service can be misused and that it can't take such risk

March 22, 2018

10:15 PM  •
The Daily Beast:  Source: US investigators identify Guccifer 2.0 as a GRU officer, attributed via hacker's login to US social media service without a VPN from a Moscow IP address
8:00 PM  •
Shannon Liao / The Verge:  Symantec report: instances of cryptojacking rose 8,500% in Q4 2017, partly due to easy-to-operate coin mining apps, coin mining up 34,000% in 2017
6:35 PM  •
Jeff Engel / Xconomy:  Profile of Bose Ventures, the investment arm of Bose, which has made eight investments and plans to invest $50M in apps and services that complement its AR tech
5:35 PM  •
CNBC:  Dropbox priced IPO at $21/share, above already increased range of $18-$20, raising $756M and giving company a valuation of $8.2B+
4:35 PM  •
Blair Hanley Frank / VentureBeat:  Microsoft and Databricks, an Apache Spark-based analytics platform, bring the Azure Databricks cloud service out of beta
3:56 PM  •
Martin Arnold / Financial Times:  Saga foundation, representing a group of well-known economists, says it raised $30M and debuts Saga cryptocurrency, which they say will avoid Bitcoin's pitfalls
3:20 PM  •
Bloomberg:  Experts analyzing video of Uber's autonomous car accident say car's sensors should have detected the pedestrian, and a human driver could have responded quicker
2:55 PM  •
Adam Behsudi / Politico:  Trump announces plans to levy tariffs on ~$60B of Chinese-made goods; source says list of targeted products, coming within 15 days, will mostly focus on tech
2:25 PM  •
Lucinda Shen / Fortune:  Twitter and Square CEO Jack Dorsey says he believes bitcoin will eventually become the world's single currency, but it will probably take over ten years
2:05 PM  •
Catherine Shu / TechCrunch:  Australia-based Ansarada, which develops “data rooms” that help firms collect financial and other information before a major transaction, raises $18M Series A
1:30 PM  •
Todd Spangler / Variety:  Facebook Head of News Partnerships Campbell Brown says it was “not probably our wisest move” to threaten to sue The Guardian over Cambridge Analytica stories
1:20 PM  •
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:  GitLab brings its continuous integration/delivery features to GitHub, letting GitLab create automated builds, tests, deployments when devs push code to GitHub
12:55 PM  •
Abner Li / 9to5Google:  Google updates Files Go, an Android file manager that's popular in developing markets, with improved search, better Photos integration, improved notifications
12:44 PM  •
Tony Romm / Washington Post:  Leaders of House Energy and Commerce Committee ask Mark Zuckerberg to testify before the committee on an as-yet undetermined date
12:30 PM  •
Thuy Ong / The Verge:  Snap announces Map Explore, which gives users updates on what's happening in Snap Maps, rolling out globally in the next few weeks
12:10 PM  •
Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:  Apple says it will fix a privacy bug that let Siri read out hidden third-party lock screen notifications in a future update
11:39 AM  •
Gabe Madway / Instagram:  Instagram says it's making changes to ensure that newer posts are more likely to appear first and is testing a button to let users choose when to refresh
11:30 AM  •
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:  Vivaldi browser adds DuckDuckGo as the default search engine for users in private browsing windows
11:20 AM  •
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:  Google rolls out the ability to send payments using Assistant through Google Pay to iOS and Android users in the US
11:00 AM  •
Annaliese Milano / CoinDesk:  UK debuts Cryptoassets Task Force, a collaboration between the Treasury, Bank of England, and Financial Conduct Authority to explore crypto's risks and benefits
10:50 AM  •
Matt Burns / TechCrunch:  GoPro will license its designs and IP to US manufacturer Jabil, which will use it to produce hardware for smart homes, military, fire, police, and others
10:40 AM  •
Dan Primack / Axios:  Blockchain Capital, an investor in Ripple and Coinbase, raises $150M for its fourth fund, which appears to be the largest fund focused on crypto and blockchain
10:25 AM  •
Ron Miller / TechCrunch:  Cloudflare introduces free network monitoring SDK for mobile developers that can help understand app performance and network metrics
10:05 AM  •
Firat Kozok / Bloomberg:  Turkey passes a law requiring video streaming companies and pay-TV services to apply for a license from radio and TV watchdog RTUK; stance on YouTube unclear
9:50 AM  •
Joe Uchill / Axios:  The CLOUD Act, a legal framework for overseas data requests by law enforcement that is backed by Microsoft but opposed by activists, passes via omnibus bill
9:35 AM  •
Daniel Roth / LinkedIn:  LinkedIn Top Companies 2018 list shows most in-demand companies to work for include Amazon, Alphabet, Facebook, Salesforce, Tesla, Apple, and Oracle
9:15 AM  •
Loni Prinsloo / Bloomberg:  South African media giant Naspers to sell 2% of its stake in Tencent for ~$10.6B; Naspers invested $32M in Tencent in 2001
8:20 AM  •
Denelle Dixon / The Mozilla Blog:  Mozilla pauses advertising on Facebook, says current default privacy settings leave third party apps with access to a lot of private user data
7:55 AM  •
ProPublica:  Investigation shows IBM flouted US laws against age discrimination and estimates the company eliminated about 20K+ US employees over 40 in the past five years
6:50 AM  •
Cale Guthrie Weissman / Fast Company:  Slack updates privacy policy to comply with GDPR, says customers with certain premium services can download all data, including DMs, without informing members
12:00 AM  •
CNN:  Highlights from CNN's interview with Mark Zuckerberg: “I'm really sorry that this has happened” and that he is “happy to” testify before Congress

March 21, 2018

11:20 PM  •
Cade Metz / New York Times:  Google AI chip researcher Dave Patterson and Alphabet board chair John Hennessy share $1M Turing Award for their research on RISC chip architecture
10:25 PM  •
Michael Andronico / Tom's Guide:  Oculus Go hands-on: wireless VR headset with performance and graphics comparable to Gear VR, controller like a simpler Oculus Touch, impressive spatial audio
9:55 PM  •
Harper Neidig / The Hill:  Senate votes 97-2 to advance controversial Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA/SESTA); Trump will now likely sign it into law
9:20 PM  •
Kara Swisher / Recode:  In interview, Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook has made mistakes in building its platform, the fixes will not be easy and will cost “many millions of dollars”
8:10 PM  •
Joseph Bernstein / BuzzFeed:  Facebook's board says Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg “know how serious” Cambridge Analytica crisis is and are working to build “stronger user protections”
7:35 PM  •
Johana Bhuiyan / Recode:  Tempe, AZ police release video of moments before fatal Uber autonomous car collision; safety driver repeatedly looks at something off-camera before collision
7:15 PM  •
Roger Cheng / CNET:  Source: Best Buy has ceased ordering new smartphones from Huawei and will stop selling Huawei products once existing inventory runs out over the next few weeks
7:00 PM  •
Bloomberg:  Starting in April, YouTube will ban videos that promote or link to sites selling guns and videos showing how to assemble guns; some accounts already affected
6:45 PM  •
Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed:  Facebook quietly removed option to target ads by sexual orientation last month, leaving support organizations unable to directly target the LGBT community
6:25 PM  •
Jennifer Smith / Wall Street Journal:  KeepTruckin, which makes apps and services to monitor drivers' time behind the wheel, raises $50M Series C, led by IVP, and is now valued at $500M
5:55 PM  •
Kara Swisher / Recode:  Uber says it has rescinded job offer to former Amazon VP Assaf Ronen after discovering work history discrepancy, says Manik Gupta will be interim VP of Product
5:50 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Sensor Tower: YouTube is the top grossing US iOS app for the first time due to Red subscriptions, which have earned $12M+ worldwide so far in March, up 150% YoY
5:25 PM  •
Casey Newton / The Verge:  Twitter and Google lose key information security leaders: Michael Coates leaves Twitter after three years, and Michal Zalewski leaves Google after 11 years
5:05 PM  •
Salvador Rodriguez / Reuters:  Slack is building a safety engineering team that will develop methods to help reduce outages; since April 2017, Slack has had 40 days with outages
4:40 PM  •
Colin Lecher / The Verge:  Senate votes 97-2 to advance the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act, which was initially opposed by tech giants; Trump will now likely sign it into law
4:34 PM  •
Axios:  Mark Zuckerberg didn't apologize, explain why the misuse of data wasn't disclosed in 2015, or say whether he would appear before Congress if asked
4:20 PM  •
Bloomberg:  Sources: Google is working on blockchain-related technology for its cloud business; source says this includes a distributed ledger to verify transactions
3:52 PM  •
Sara Salinas / CNBC:  Facebook will roll out a tool next month atop News Feed that shows users which apps they've used and how to revoke permissions
3:40 PM  •
Facebook:  Facebook to review all apps that had extended data access in 2014 and prior, audit suspicious ones, inform users about misuse, revoke permissions of unused apps
3:37 PM  •
Mark Zuckerberg:  Zuckerberg says Cambridge Analytica breached Facebook's trust, which caused Facebook to break users' trust, and vows to prevent it from happening again
3:05 PM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Clari raises $35M Series B led by Tenaya Capital for its AI-based sales platform and expands into marketing and supply chain management
2:15 PM  •
Raymond Wong / Mashable:  Privacy bug in iOS lets Siri read out hidden content from third-party app notifications on lock screens
1:40 PM  •
Simon Shuster / TIME:  Investigation finds Russian businessmen and senior Kremlin advisers secretly helped Venezuela launch its Petro cryptocurrency, aimed at eroding US sanctions
1:20 PM  •
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:  Zuckerberg and other executives are in denial: Facebook is not a force for good, having helped destroy industries and break societies, and should be shuttered
12:40 PM  •
Alex Konrad / Forbes:  Omidyar Network spins out its for-profit investments into new $100M fund called Spero Ventures, investing primarily in Series A and seed deals
12:20 PM  •
Melanie Ehrenkranz / Gizmodo:  Amnesty International publishes 77-page report, based on 16-month investigation, detailing extensive abuse of women on Twitter and calls for more transparency
12:00 PM  •
Jenny Brewer / It's Nice That:  Netflix unveils its own custom typeface, Netflix Sans, to be used globally; brand design lead says it will save millions of dollars per year in licensing costs
11:40 AM  •
Reuters:  Sources and docs detail Kaspersky Lab's plans for a data center in Switzerland, to be completed by early 2020, to handle analysis of files from EU and US users
11:15 AM  •
David Streitfeld / New York Times:  A look at Facebook's 59-acre Willow Village development in Menlo Park, with 1,500 apartments and other amenities, as it follows in Apple and Google's footsteps
11:00 AM  •
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:  Google's global head of music, Lyor Cohen, says YouTube will start putting more ads in between music videos to encourage subscriptions to upcoming music service
10:40 AM  •
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:  Facebook Messenger adds admin privileges to group chats, letting admins approve new members, and “joinable links” that can be created by anyone
10:23 AM  •
Jason Abbruzzese / NBC News:  Zuckerberg on Facebook's data privacy issues: ‘We need to step up’
10:15 AM  •
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:  Pandora to acquire digital audio ad tech company AdsWizz for $145M; at least 50% to be paid in cash, with the remainder payable in cash or stock
10:05 AM  •
Abner Li / 9to5Google:  Google announces new security features for Google Cloud Platform and G Suite, including new DDoS protections, dashboard, and increased data transparency
9:55 AM  •
Paul Ford / Bloomberg:  In an era of data breaches, privacy violations, and stolen identities, we need a Digital Protection Agency to clean up leaks, educate the public, and levy fines
9:50 AM  •
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:  Online fraud detection startup Sift Science raises $53M Series D led by Stripes Group; its previous investors include Alexis Ohanian, Marc Benioff, Max Levchin
9:15 AM  •
Wall Street Journal:  Sources: Apple executive Jimmy Iovine will transition into a consulting role in August and step back from daily involvement with Apple Music
9:10 AM  •
Rita El Khoury / Android Police:  Amazon's in-home delivery service app Key adds fingerprint authentication support on Android
9:05 AM  •
Reuters:  Dropbox increases IPO price range from $16-18 per share to $18-20 per share on strong demand; final pricing expected on Thursday
9:00 AM  •
David Meyer / Fortune:  The European Commission proposes a 3% tax on EU revenues of companies with global annual revenues of €750M+, like Google, Facebook, and Amazon
8:50 AM  •
Adi Robertson / The Verge:  Qualcomm announces new Snapdragon 845-based VR developer kit with Tobii eye-tracking and HTC Vive Wave support, launching in second quarter of this year
8:35 AM  •
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:  15-year-old hacker exposes vulnerability in popular “tamper-proof” Ledger hardware cryptocurrency wallets that have sold by the millions
8:25 AM  •
Jason D. Rowley / Crunchbase News:  SEC filings reveal Khosla Ventures is raising up to $1B for its sixth flagship fund and up to $400M for a fund focused on seed-stage deals
8:10 AM  •
Tom Krazit / GeekWire:  Facebook develops Fabric Aggregation Layer, a networking architecture that scales for increased demands on data centers, will donate it to Open Compute Project
7:45 AM  •
Monica Alleven / FierceWireless:  FogHorn, an industrial IoT startup backed by Intel and Honeywell, partners with Google to integrate Google Cloud IoT Core into its edge analytics service
7:30 AM  •
Lulu Yilun Chen / Bloomberg:  Tencent Q4 profit of ~$3.3B beat estimates on revenue of ~$10.4B, bolstered by mobile game hits like Honour of Kings and a growing ad business
6:50 AM  •
Mike Allen / Axios:  Sources: Zuckerberg plans to speak out in the next 24 hours on the Cambridge Analytica scandal, after initially being more focused on how to fix the problem
6:35 AM  •
Sam Biddle / The Intercept:  Snowden docs show the methods NSA tried to track down bitcoin users in 2013, including using privacy software that actually fed information back to the agency
4:40 AM  •
Karl Bode / Motherboard:  The response to privacy abuses in the broadband industry, where there is a lack of oversight and accountability, has been tepid at best compared to social media
2:05 AM  •
Tyler Dukes / WRAL-TV:  Raleigh, NC police used search warrants to gather user data from Google on all mobile devices near a crime scene to identify suspects
1:10 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Sources: Google is buying Lytro, the imaging startup that uses its light field tech in VR, for about $40M; one source describes deal as an “asset sale”
1:05 AM  •
Wired:  With the storm over user data misuse intensifying into a hurricane, Facebook now faces several vexing questions about its opaque privacy practices
12:50 AM  •
Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed:  A look at Cambridge Analytica's targeted Facebook ads attacking Hillary Clinton for Mercer-backed Make America Number One PAC, reaping millions of impressions

March 20, 2018

11:00 PM  •
Andy Greenberg / Wired:  Alphabet's Jigsaw announces Outline, open source VPN software that users can host on their own servers and that will run on Windows and Android to start
10:40 PM  •
Taylor Hatmaker / TechCrunch:  As US lawmakers on both sides of the aisle call for Mark Zuckerberg to testify, he and Sheryl Sandberg remain publicly silent on the Cambridge Analytica scandal
10:20 PM  •
Peter Kafka / Recode:  Google and Facebook were built to destroy publishers, not help; Google's $300M pledge to journalism won't go directly to publications, who need real checks
10:00 PM  •
TechCrunch:  A look at 60+ startups that launched at Y Combinator's Winter 2018 Demo Day 2, which showcased risky frontier tech and some predictable enterprise companies
9:00 PM  •
Washington Post:  Chris Wylie says Breitbart's Steve Bannon approved Cambridge Analytica's 2014 work to collect Facebook data; firm used focus groups to test views on Putin, more
8:15 PM  •
Casey Newton / The Verge:  Brian Acton, who cofounded WhatsApp, which was acquired by Facebook for $16B, tweeted “It is time. #deletefacebook”
7:30 PM  •
Johana Bhuiyan / Recode:  Travis Kalanick becoming CEO of City Storage Systems, which focuses on repurposing real estate, and says his new fund is acquiring a $150M controlling interest
7:15 PM  •
Casey Newton / The Verge:  Source: Mark Zuckerberg expected to address Facebook employees about Cambridge Analytica scandal at 1pm ET on Friday during the company's regular Q&A session
6:40 PM  •
Rani Molla / Recode:  Facebook has lost nearly $50B in market cap since Friday; 129M+ shares of Facebook stock changed hands on Tuesday, its biggest trading day since 2014
6:35 PM  •
Samit Sarkar / Polygon:  Vivendi to sell its 27.3% stake in Ubisoft for €2B to Tencent, Canadian pension group, others; Ubisoft signs deal with Tencent to boost its properties in China
6:15 PM  •
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:  CryptoKitties, a game built on top of the Ethereum blockchain, raises $12M Series A led by a16z and USV, and will be spun out of Axiom Zen game studio
5:50 PM  •
Ari Levy / CNBC:  Amazon, with a market value of $768B, has passed Alphabet's market value of $761.4B, making it the world's second-most valuable company, trails Apple's $889.2B
5:30 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  YouTube Director onsite, which links advertisers spending at least $350 on video ads for YouTube with filmmakers, expands from 9 to 170 US cities
5:10 PM  •
Andrea Navarro / Bloomberg:  Facebook is running full-page ads in prominent Mexican newspapers about how to spot fake news amid the country's presidential campaign
5:00 PM  •
Noel Randewich / Reuters:  Twitter shares end day down 10.35% after Israel's justice minister cited “lack of cooperation” on terrorist content; FB, Snap down 2.56% amid regulation fears
4:50 PM  •
Dan Primack / Axios:  Salesforce will acquire MuleSoft, a SaaS integration company, for $6.5B, making it Salesforce's largest-ever acquisition
4:40 PM  •
Shannon Liao / The Verge:  New York and Massachusetts AGs jointly investigating Facebook; source says they're asking for all notifications sent to users about data collection since 2013
4:30 PM  •
Ian Cutress / AnandTech:  AMD responds to flaws found by CTS-Labs, says they all require admin level privileges “at the metal” to exploit, and all will be patched within weeks
3:45 PM  •
Spencer Ackerman / The Daily Beast:  Source: Zuckerberg and Sandberg weren't at staff Q&A on Facebook role with Cambridge Analytica; Facebook says execs are “working around the clock” on the issue
3:35 PM  •
Blair Hanley Frank / VentureBeat:  Microsoft announces Windows Server 2019, the first big update since 2016, with Linux and Kubernetes support
3:30 PM  •
Channel 4 News:  Cambridge Analytica execs boasted of running “all the digital campaign” for Trump, described its comms tactics to avoid paper trail: Proton Mail, deleting email
3:02 PM  •
Bloomberg:  Cambridge Analytica's board suspends CEO Alexander Nix, saying it's with immediate effect, pending a full, independent investigation
2:39 PM  •
Taylor Hatmaker / TechCrunch:  Senate Intelligence Committee gives Homeland Security its election security recommendations, says all new voting machines need paper trails and no WiFi access
2:35 PM  •
Josh Beckerman / Wall Street Journal:  AI startup Digital Reasoning raises $30M led by French bank BNP Paribas with Square and Barclays participating, following its $40M Series D in 2016
2:25 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  YouTube rolls out a new feature that lets users “go live” directly from the desktop site without encoding software, currently only supported in Chrome
2:15 PM  •
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:  eBay launches new AR feature that helps sellers easily find the right box to fit their products, available today in updated Android app in the US
1:25 PM  •
Julie Verhage / Bloomberg:  Online lending startup Affirm says it's making its platform available through Apple Pay, letting users pay in physical stores
1:15 PM  •
Ari Levy / CNBC:  Sources: Sequoia raising up to $12B for new funds in response to SoftBank, including up to $8B for a growth fund with minimum investment commitment set at $250M
12:50 PM  •
Ron Miller / TechCrunch:  Apple and IBM partner to add IBM Watson to Apple Core ML platform, in an effort to make business apps more intelligent
12:30 PM  •
Pui-Wing Tam / New York Times:  Profile of Founders for Change, a group of 400+ tech entrepreneurs and CEOs that are pushing the VC industry to diversify its ranks
12:20 PM  •
Samuel Gibbs / The Guardian:  Researchers say ~1.6K files are stored in bitcoin's blockchain; at least one thought to be an image of child abuse; two others contain 274 links to child abuse
12:15 PM  •
Catherine Shu / TechCrunch:  Instagram expands its Shopping feature for businesses to Canada, Brazil, the UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, and Australia, after launching in US last year
11:57 AM  •
Jeff Baumgartner / Multichannel News:  Roku says The Roku Channel, its free, ad-supported VOD offering, is set to debut this summer on select Samsung smart TVs
11:55 AM  •
Reuters:  Sources: Salesforce is in advanced talks to acquire MuleSoft, with a deal possible as soon as this week; MuleSoft stock jumps 20%+
11:52 AM  •
Katie Roof / TechCrunch:  Sources: DocuSign plans to IPO within six months and has filed confidentially; the company has raised $500M since 2003 and has been valued at $3B
11:48 AM  •
Zack Whittaker / ZDNet:  Expedia's Orbitz says it was hacked, giving the attacker access to customer data, including ~880,000 payment cards in total from January 2016 to December 2017
11:37 AM  •
David Radcliffe / The Keyword:  Google confirms it purchased Manhattan Chelsea Market building for $2.4B, says there will be “little or no impact” on current operations
11:28 AM  •
Jim Albrecht / The Keyword:  Google debuts Subscribe with Google, which lets users buy subscriptions to news sites using Google Accounts and access them from apps, sites, and search results
11:14 AM  •
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:  Google says it will spend $300M over the next three years to support journalism and fight disinformation through the newly announced Google News Initiative
10:40 AM  •
Ilya Khrennikov / Bloomberg:  Telegram plans to appeal after it loses bid in Russia's Supreme Court to block security services such as FSB from getting access to encryption keys of user data
10:25 AM  •
Bernadette Tansey / Xconomy:  AI startup Mythic raises $40M Series B led by SoftBank to help bring its high-speed low-power AI chip to market
10:10 AM  •
Arjun Kharpal / CNBC:  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg summoned by UK Parliament's Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport Select Committee to testify regarding Cambridge Analytica scandal
9:55 AM  •
April Glaser / Slate:  Amid a humanitarian crisis in Myanmar, some US critics think Facebook should leave the country, but many critics in Myanmar say that's not a good idea
9:45 AM  •
Bloomberg:  Sources: US FTC is investigating Facebook to determine if it breached a 2011 consent decree over its handling of personal data amid Cambridge Analytica scandal
8:55 AM  •
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:  Xilinx debuts ACAP, a platform aiming to make chips more flexible than traditional FPGAs for a range of apps by enabling hardware and software programmability
7:20 AM  •
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:  German mobile banking startup N26 raises $160M Series C led by Tencent and Allianz, bringing its total raised to $215M, and says it has attracted 850K customers
4:40 AM  •
Nitasha Tiku / Wired:  A look at the potential impact of EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which grants standardized data protection rights to users across 28 countries
1:35 AM  •
Andrew J. Hawkins / The Verge:  Coord, a spin-off of Alphabet's Sidewalk Labs, releases a free digital map of curbside parking and loading rules in San Francisco searchable by day, time, more

March 19, 2018

11:00 PM  •
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:  Cheddar raises $22M Series D and is now valued at $160M, plans to expand to UK and build a second news network as it abandons its paid subscription model
10:20 PM  •
Carolyn Said / San Francisco Chronicle:  Tempe, AZ police say Uber likely not at fault for self-driving car fatality after preliminary investigations reveal collision was unavoidable in any mode
9:50 PM  •
TechCrunch:  Y Combinator Winter 2018 Demo Day 1 hosted 64 presentations, with robotics, fintech, and biotech startups taking the spotlight
9:35 PM  •
Matt Weinberger / Business Insider:  Ripcord CEO Alex Fielding to move to CPO role following investigation into allegations of harassment and a toxic work environment by fired employee
9:00 PM  •
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:  Judge rejects BlackBerry's request to dismiss revived 2013 class action suit claiming it used BlackBerry 10 prospects to inflate stock price, defraud investors
7:40 PM  •
Tom Krazit / GeekWire:  As Congress considers the CLOUD (Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data) Act, backed by Microsoft and other big tech firms, human rights groups raise concerns
6:32 PM  •
New York Times:  Sources: Facebook CSO Alex Stamos to leave amid disagreements with top execs over disinformation, will stay until August; his team is down from 120 to 3 people
6:25 PM  •
Laptop Mag:  HP Envy x2 (Qualcomm) review: as one of first always-connected Windows on ARM PCs it's sluggish but packs amazing battery life with a great keyboard and display
5:25 PM  •
Anita Balakrishnan / CNBC:  BlackBerry shares up 5%+ after announcing partnership with Microsoft to bring Office 365 mobile apps to its security-focused BlackBerry Dynamics for enterprise
5:20 PM  •
Jay Greene / Wall Street Journal:  Oracle reports Q3 cloud-computing revenue reached $1.57B, up 32% YoY to meet muted expectations, and it took a net charge of $6.9B related to US tax overhaul
4:55 PM  •
Eric Auchard / Reuters:  UK data protection authority plans to seek warrant to search Cambridge Analytica offices amid broader probe into use of personal data in UK political campaigns
4:45 PM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Media monitoring and analytics firm Meltwater acquires DataSift, which pulls and analyzes blog and social media content and has raised $72M
4:35 PM  •
Fred Imbert / CNBC:  Facebook closes the day at $172.56 per share, down 6.77% and 10%+ below its all time high set on February 1
4:15 PM  •
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:  Google Pay now lets you use prepaid public transport passes, starting in Las Vegas
3:15 PM  •
Channel 4 News:  Cambridge Analytica execs filmed boasting of entrapping politicians with sex and bribes, explaining how to spread info online without it looking like propaganda
3:00 PM  •
Reuters:  Facebook under pressure for its data practices from Democratic and Republican lawmakers in US, the head of European Parliament, and UK officials and lawmakers
2:45 PM  •
Alexandria Sage / Reuters:  Uber pauses self-driving tests in all cities after a pedestrian was struck and killed in AZ by one of its cars in autonomous mode that had a human safety driver
2:41 PM  •
Facebook:  Facebook hired a digital forensics firm to conduct an audit of Cambridge Analytica, but their team had to step down at the request of the UK ICO
2:25 PM  •
Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed:  How Facebook Groups are being exploited to spread misinformation, plan harassment, and radicalize people as group recommendations often surface trolling efforts
2:10 PM  •
Adi Robertson / The Verge:  Magic Leap launches a “creator portal”, which contains forums and a preview of its augmented reality SDK and other developer tools
1:30 PM  •
Facebook:  In addition to Patreon-like subscriptions for creators, Facebook is testing badges and a leaderboard for top fans, new content rights management tools, more
1:27 PM  •
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:  Google expands its Instant Apps to games in Play Store, letting gamers get a native app experience without having to formally install anything
1:10 PM  •
Bloomberg:  President Trump signs an order prohibiting US transactions in Venezuela-issued digital currency, digital coins, and digital tokens
1:00 PM  •
Rob Price / Business Insider:  A self-driving Uber car hit and killed a woman in the first known autonomous-vehicle death
12:25 PM  •
eMarketer:  eMarketer estimates Google and Facebook will capture 56.8% of US digital ad investment in 2018, down from 58.5% last year, as Amazon and Snapchat grow quickly
12:12 PM  •
Kurt Wagner / Recode:  Facebook announces new subscription feature, allowing users to subscribe to creators for $5/month, says it will go live next month with 10 creators in US and UK
11:40 AM  •
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:  Facebook announces a Games SDK that allows developers to embed livestreaming, rewards, and more into their PC games
11:22 AM  •
Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:  Amazon introduces new AWS-powered platform called “GameOn” that lets third-party developers add tournaments, leaderboards, and leagues to their games
10:20 AM  •
Adi Robertson / The Verge:  HTC's Vive Pro VR headset costs $799 without tracking beacons and controllers, pre-orders start today, ships April 5; original Vive now costs $499, down $100
9:50 AM  •
Wall Street Journal:  Yelp will double the number of restaurants offering Grubhub delivery to over 80K on its website and app, in deal completing the acquisition of its Eat24 service
8:30 AM  •
Munsif Vengattil / Reuters:  Facebook opens at $177.01, down about 4%, amid calls for investigation from lawmakers and concerns of deeper regulatory scrutiny of the platform
7:45 AM  •
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:  The NCTA, CTIA, and USTelecom, trade groups that represent nearly the entire broadband industry, file motions to help the FCC to defend repeal of net neutrality
6:20 AM  •
Nandita Bose / Reuters:  Google debuts program to let retailers list products and loyalty program links, across its products including search under sponsored results, for cut of sales
2:50 AM  •
Simon Mundy / Financial Times:  How Reliance Jio, with a $32B investment and 150M subscribers, is turbocharging mobile data consumption in India and triggering a wave of industry consolidation
2:25 AM  •
Matthew Shaer / The California Sunday Magazine:  A look at how startup founders in the Midwest are staying rather than flocking to Silicon Valley amid a growth in talent and capital in the region
2:00 AM  •
Slate:  Major tech platforms like Facebook become vulnerable to unethical practices by third parties because they do not proactively support ethical research
12:40 AM  •
Lulu Yilun Chen / Bloomberg:  Alibaba will invest another $2B in Southeast Asian online mall Lazada; Ant Financial's executive chair will replace Lazada's CEO
12:15 AM  •
Thomas Reed / Malwarebytes Labs:  $15K GrayKey device marketed to law enforcement can reportedly unlock even the latest iPhones, posing serious security concerns

March 18, 2018

11:20 PM  •
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:  Sources detail Apple's initiative to develop tech to mass-produce MicroLED displays, an OLED successor, still at least two years from shipping in its devices
10:15 PM  •
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:  Facebook's idealistic, negligent approach to its products has led to nonstop scandals, from discriminatory ad auctions to social apps with loose data governance
9:50 PM  •
Wall Street Journal:  CACI has made a ~$7.2B bid to buy IT provider CSRA in an attempt to break up CSRA's sale to General Dynamics
8:25 PM  •
Kevin Roose / New York Times:  Silicon Valley leaders are maturing beyond brash mottos like “move fast and break things” and becoming more realistic, introspective, and risk-averse

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