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April 28, 2017, 11:50 PM
 

April 28, 2017

8:45 PM  •
Dan Rys / Billboard:  Musical.ly, the app that lets users create music videos, adds integration with Apple Music, using Apple's music catalog and including cross-promotion
7:40 PM  •
Lora Kolodny / TechCrunch:  SEC filing: Square paid Yik Yak $1M to hire several of its employees and acquire a non-exclusive license to some of its intellectual property
5:50 PM  •
Yik Yak Blog:  Yik Yak founders confirm they are shutting down the app, and a few staffers will join Square in Atlanta
4:30 PM  •
Katie Roof / TechCrunch:  Cloudera closes up 20%+, with a market cap of $2.3B, in its stock market debut
4:25 PM  •
Ari Levy / CNBC:  Rubrik CEO confirms his startup has raised $180M at $1.3B valuation led by Institutional Venture Partners; Lightspeed raised separate $95M fund to bolster stake
3:00 PM  •
John Callaham / Android Authority:  Google says Pixel and Pixel XL are not guaranteed to receive Android OS updates after October 2018 or security updates beyond October 2019
1:45 PM  •
Charlie Savage / New York Times:  NSA halts “about the target” collection, which picked up Americans' messages to and from people overseas that mentioned foreigners targeted for surveillance
1:30 PM  •
Connie Loizos / TechCrunch:  Report: Content recommendation companies Taboola and Outbrain are in advanced merger talks; combined company would be valued at $1B+
1:25 PM  •
Sam Levin / The Guardian:  Airbnb signs agreement with California to allow regulators to audit hosts for racial discrimination
12:50 PM  •
Kate Conger / TechCrunch:  Uber now lets users delete accounts without contacting support, adds new privacy features for notifications, location sharing
11:45 AM  •
Diptendu Lahiri / Reuters:  After raising $225M in its IPO, online used car retailer Carvana closes down 26%+ on its first day of trading
11:15 AM  •
Greg Hoffman / Business Insider:  Cloudera opens up 19% on its first day of trading, after raising $225M in its IPO
10:55 AM  •
Krishna Bharat:  Creator of Google News describes traits of story clusters and their sharing patterns that can be used by algorithms and humans to flag them as fake
10:40 AM  •
Anya George Tharakan / Reuters:  Qualcomm lowers revenue and profit forecasts for the current quarter as Apple withholds royalty payments until the legal dispute between companies is resolved
10:35 AM  •
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:  Microsoft's Surface revenues lower than expected due to both lack of product refresh and competition from its OEM partners
10:15 AM  •
Reuters:  Google's non-ad business categorized as “Other Revenue”, including cloud, Play store, Pixel, posted a 49.4% YoY jump to $3.1B, representing 13% of total revenue
9:30 AM  •
Lily Hay Newman / Wired:  Cloudflare announces Orbit, a security solution for IoT devices
8:25 AM  •
Jeff John Roberts / Fortune:  Google and Facebook were victims of a $100M phishing scam by a Lithuanian man arrested in March 2017; both companies say they have recouped the funds
7:20 AM  •
Nick Summers / Engadget:  Sony sold 20M PS4 consoles in year ending March 31 as its gaming revenue was up 6.3% YoY to $14.7B; the mobile division saw revenue drop 32.7% YoY to $6.8B
5:30 AM  •
Lulu Yilun Chen / Bloomberg:  Didi Chuxing raises $5.5B to expand beyond China; the round is the largest ever for a tech company and makes Didi the world's most valuable startup after Uber
4:15 AM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Government requests for Facebook user account data up 9% in second half of 2016, but content restrictions declined

April 27, 2017

11:00 PM  •
Nicole Bullock / Financial Times:  Cloudera prices IPO at $15/share, above $12-$14 range, raising $225M and valuing the company at about $1.9B
10:40 PM  •
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:  Microsoft productivity business unit had $8B in revenues, up 22% YoY; LinkedIn added $975M to unit's sales in a first full quarter since acquisition
9:30 PM  •
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:  Facebook updates Rights Manager tool to let creators claim ad earnings on copyright-infringing videos posted by others
7:45 PM  •
Bloomberg:  Apple's self-driving Lexus seen in Silicon Valley with 64-channel lidar, at least two radars and a series of cameras
7:40 PM  •
Ben Popper / The Verge:  Alphabet beats estimates with profits up 29% YoY on strong ad sales, stock rises by 3% after hours
6:25 PM  •
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:  FCC releases the full text of Ajit Pai's proposal to roll back Title II net neutrality rules ahead of May 18 vote, opens commenting system
5:10 PM  •
Lauren Gensler / Forbes:  GoPro reports Q1 revenues of $218.6M, up 19% YoY, beating analyst estimates, but losses widen to $111.15M compared to $107.46M a year ago
5:05 PM  •
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:  Google opens up Classroom, its learning suite, to anyone with a Google account, expanding it beyond G Suite users
4:50 PM  •
Stephanie Condon / ZDNet:  Intel reports Q1 revenue of $14.8B, up 7% YoY, profit of $3.2B, up 22%, stresses strong performance of memory-chip business
4:43 PM  •
Biz Carson / Business Insider:  Memo: Anthony Levandowski to stop work on lidar amid Waymo lawsuit, will remain with Uber, report to Eric Meyhofer who was named head of Uber's ATG
4:30 PM  •
Tom Krazit / GeekWire:  AWS reports 42% YoY jump in revenue to $3.66B, up from $2.57B a year ago, as growth slows slightly
4:10 PM  •
Microsoft:  Microsoft reports Q3 2017 revenue of $22.1B as its Intelligent Cloud business hits $6.8B, driven by 93% YoY growth of Azure; Surface revenue down 26% YoY
4:07 PM  •
Amazon.com:  Amazon posts Q1 revenue of $35.71B, up 23% YoY, as operating income declines 6% YoY to $1B
4:05 PM  •
Alphabet Investor Relations:  Alphabet Q1 results: $24.75B revenue, up 22% YoY, and $5.42B net profit; Other Bets collected $244M in revenue but had an operating loss of $855M
3:40 PM  •
Wall Street Journal:  The annual revenue of the semiconductor industry is estimated to have doubled since 2003 to $352B, driven by the proliferation of connected devices and big data
3:15 PM  •
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:  Facebook expands Messenger Lite to 130+ more countries, including Vietnam, Nigeria, and Peru
2:45 PM  •
Siddharth Parwatay / Digit:  Acer announces range of new devices including Predator Triton 700 ultra-thin gaming laptop, Switch 2-in-1 detachables with liquid cooling, more
2:30 PM  •
Chris Morris / CNBC:  Nintendo has sold 2.74M Switch units since it went on sale in March, more than Wii U sold in its first year, and 2.76M copies of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
2:15 PM  •
Tom Regan / Engadget:  Nintendo says Genyo Takeda will step down as director in June after 46 years at the company
2:05 PM  •
Mark Bergen / Bloomberg:  David Foster, Google's vice president of hardware product development, leaves the company, having been hired away from Amazon in 2016
1:55 PM  •
Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica:  Google debuts Google Assistant SDK in preview, letting developers run Assistant on their own hardware
1:43 PM  •
Joseph Menn / Reuters:  Facebook identifies efforts to falsely amplify content and sentiment using fake accounts, as seen in US election, improves detection using patterns of activity
1:15 PM  •
Robert Booth / The Guardian:  Uber to offer UK drivers sickness, jury, and injury cover in return for £2-a-week fee, months after tribunal ruled that drivers are employees, not self-employed
12:52 PM  •
Bloomberg:  Sources: Lyft forecast a $130M loss and $800M in gross bookings for Q1, and booked 22.8M rides in February after #DeleteUber, up 137% YoY
12:40 PM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  UiPath raises $30M Series A led by Accel to help enterprises automate repetitive tasks with software robots
12:27 PM  •
Bloomberg:  Jimmy Iovine says Apple will introduce a new version of Apple Music that better showcases video alongside the next version of iOS
11:10 AM  •
Jason Del Rey / Recode:  Sources: Apple in talks with payments industry partners to launch Venmo-like P2P money-transfer service; one source says service could be announced this year
9:20 AM  •
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:  Marketing tech company Zeta Global raises $140M at a $1.3B valuation
7:45 AM  •
Barak Turovsky / Official Google India Blog:  Google brings neural machine translation to nine Indian languages in Chrome desktop and Google Translate apps, adds support for 22 Indian languages in Gboard
1:40 AM  •
Alison Griswold / Quartz:  Juno terminates stock program for drivers and offers small sum, which in some cases is less than 10% of what it advertised in recruitment materials

April 26, 2017

10:20 PM  •
Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:  Luxe ends door-to-door valet service in all cities; CEO confirms launch of new service this summer in “the same vein” as Luxe parking garages announced in March
9:45 PM  •
Andy Medici / Washington, D.C. Business Journal:  Edtech startup EverFi announces it has raised $190M from The Rise Fund, TPG Growth, and existing investors including Jeff Bezos, Eric Schmidt, Ev Williams
8:15 PM  •
Reuters:  Samsung Electronics says it will not adopt holding company structure, announces share buyback worth $2.03B; Q1 profit up 48% YoY to $8.75B
6:58 PM  •
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:  FCC Chairman Ajit Pai outlines plan to roll back Title II net neutrality rules, plans to release full proposal on April 27 for FCC vote on May 18
5:50 PM  •
Ron Miller / TechCrunch:  OverOps raises $30M Series C led by Lightspeed Ventures to help automate finding bugs in code
4:30 PM  •
Natalie Gagliordi / ZDNet:  PayPal beats Q1 estimates with $3B revenue, up 17% YoY, net income of $384M, up 5% YoY, and announces $5B share buyback program; stock up 5%+
3:00 PM  •
Steven Levy / Backchannel:  Interview with Jack Dorsey on Twitter's harassment problems, its focus on live video, Donald Trump, and the company's future
2:55 PM  •
George Slefo / Ad Age:  IAB: digital ad revenue grew 22% YoY to $72.5B in 2016, surpassing TV for the first time; idea that Google/Facebook ‘duopoly’ is driving ad growth is incorrect
2:35 PM  •
Jordan Novet / VentureBeat:  Dropbox is shutting down Hackpad, the collaborative note and wiki service it acquired in 2014, on July 19, and will move its users' files to Paper
2:09 PM  •
Cecilia Kang / New York Times:  Net Neutrality Would Loosen Under F.C.C. Chairman's Plan
1:40 PM  •
Lulu Yilun Chen / Bloomberg:  Sources: Didi nears deal to raise $5B+, which would value the company at ~$50B, up from the $34B valuation after its Uber China deal in August 2016
1:00 PM  •
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:  Google Maps updates its iOS and Android apps with Save Your Parking feature
12:45 PM  •
Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:  Interview with Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom on how the service reached 700M MAUs by shipping and updating products faster, future growth prospects, more
12:30 PM  •
Doug Olenick / SC Magazine US:  Trend Micro report details political-influence activities of cyber espionage group Pawn Storm, aka APT28, Fancy Bear, Sednit, over the last two years
12:05 PM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  On-demand ride service Gett acquires rival Juno for $200M; Gett CEO Dave Waiser says company will be looking to raise more capital this year
11:50 AM  •
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:  Spotify acquires blockchain startup Mediachain to identify and track creative works across the internet
11:30 AM  •
Brian Heater / TechCrunch:  Amazon launches Echo Look, a $200 “style assistant” camera for taking selfies that works via Alexa commands and is compatible with Amazon's Style Check app
11:25 AM  •
Andrew J. Hawkins / The Verge:  Uber updates app to make ratings of riders more visible, encouraging “better” behavior, changes UberPool so riders say why they rated drivers below five stars
10:50 AM  •
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:  Zero-fee stock trading app Robinhood confirms $110M Series C at $1.3B valuation led by DST Global, says it has reached 2M users and 17% MoM subscriber growth
10:15 AM  •
Dan Primack / Axios:  Chris Sacca retires from startup investing and will stop appearing on Shark Tank; Lowercase Capital will not raise another fund
9:05 AM  •
Kurt Wagner / Recode:  Instagram says it now has 700M monthly active users, adding 100M new users in just over four months
7:20 AM  •
Julia Boorstin / CNBC:  Twitter beats Q1 estimates with $548M revenue and 328M MAUs, up 9M QoQ and 7M more than expected, and says DAUs are up 14% YoY; stock up 7%+
6:25 AM  •
AJ Crane / YouTube Blog:  YouTube Kids now has 8M+ weekly active viewers, expands service to select LG, Samsung, and Sony smart TVs
12:20 AM  •
Gabriela Vatu / Softpedia News:  FalseGuide botnet malware, hidden in over 40 fake game companion guides, may have infected ~2M Android devices; apps have been removed from Google Play

April 25, 2017

9:40 PM  •
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:  WeWork launches Services Store in US, an app-like store that will offer services, community recommendations, and special offers to members
7:50 PM  •
Brandy Shaul / Adweek:  Samsung develops emoji/text “translator” messaging app Wemogee to help people with language disorders communicate, coming April 28 on Android
6:20 PM  •
Michal Lev-Ram / Fortune:  Palantir to pay $1.7M in back wages and other relief to settle Department of Labor suit claiming it had discriminated against Asian job applicants
5:00 PM  •
Kate Conger / TechCrunch:  In setback for Uber, court denies Levandowski's request to use Fifth Amendment to prevent full disclosure of documents concerning Uber's purchase of Otto
4:50 PM  •
Anjali Athavaley / Reuters:  AT&T misses Q1 expectations on ~3% YoY drop in operating revenue and loss of 61K postpaid subscribers in North America
3:25 PM  •
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:  Google and Intertrust debut PatentShield, which takes equity in return for helping startups defend against patent litigation by using their large IP portfolios
2:43 PM  •
Samuel Gibbs / The Guardian:  Thai man broadcasts killing his 11-month-old child with Facebook Live; the two clips, garnering 112K and 258K views, were taken down after 24 hours
2:00 PM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Sources: Volkswagen-backed Gett in talks to buy Juno for ~$250M as Uber rivals consolidate; one source says the talks are at an advanced stage
1:20 PM  •
Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:  Inside Zuckerberg's and Facebook's evolving approach to misinformation and filter bubbles, now that the issues have been more openly acknowledged
12:30 PM  •
Vindu Goel / New York Times:  Filing shows Yahoo's Marissa Mayer is set to make about $186M from Verizon deal based on current stock value, from options, restricted units, and shares
11:55 AM  •
Patrick Brzeski / Hollywood Reporter:  Netflix signs licensing deal with iQiyi, one of China's top video streaming services and a subsidiary of the country's search giant Baidu
10:55 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Sources: data management startup Rubrik is raising up to $200M at a $1B valuation led by IVP
10:50 AM  •
Zack Whittaker / ZDNet:  AV provider Webroot mistakenly flagged Windows system files as malware, bricking millions of managed PCs worldwide; company is working on a fix
10:25 AM  •
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:  Google allows users to report offensive autocomplete suggestions and Featured Snippets, will show more authoritative content for obscure and infrequent queries
10:05 AM  •
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:  Facebook tests displaying links to fact-checks beside stories inside Related Articles widget
7:55 AM  •
Mark Walton / Ars Technica UK:  Google announces series of YouTuber-led “Internet Citizens” workshops in the UK designed to tackle the spread of online hate speech and fake news
6:20 AM  •
Andrew J. Hawkins / The Verge:  Waymo to offer free rides in its self-driving minivans to residents of Phoenix, Arizona as part of an “early rider program”, available to users today
5:25 AM  •
Madhumita Murgia / Financial Times:  British digital health firm Babylon raises $60M to improve its AI that diagnoses illnesses, sources say at a valuation of over $200M

April 24, 2017

11:50 PM  •
Ginny Marvin / Marketing Land:  Google adding TV ad inventory to DoubleClick Bid Manager, letting advertisers measure video campaigns across digital media and linear TV
10:30 PM  •
Pan Yue / China Money Network:  Fortune Capital leads $14M series A in Shanghai-based VR headset maker Shadow Creator to expand internationally
8:25 PM  •
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:  Jimmy Wales launches Wikitribune, a crowdfunded news site that will use journalists to write and volunteers to fact check in effort to combat fake news
7:00 PM  •
Matthew Hughes / The Next Web:  Atlassian's messaging platform HipChat was hacked over the weekend, potentially exposing names, email addresses, and hashed passwords
6:40 PM  •
Chris Preimesberger / eWeek:  Violin Memory, which went public in 2013, announces it has been acquired by private investment fund Quantum Partners
6:05 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Amazon launches Subscribe with Amazon, a marketplace for digital subscriptions, which has been in development since last year
4:50 PM  •
Roger Cheng / CNET:  T-Mobile reports net income of $698M, up 46% YoY, and says it gained 914K post-paid customers in Q1, amid Verizon's loss of 289K post-paid customers
4:35 PM  •
John Voorhees / MacStories:  Apple announces it's reducing affiliate commissions on apps and in-app purchases from 7% to 2.5% starting May 1
3:30 PM  •
Janko Roettgers / Variety:  Dish's Sling Media debuts SlingStudio, a $999 portable TriCaster competitor that can connect with 10 cameras, optimized for Facebook Live, YouTube live streams
3:10 PM  •
Fitz Tepper / TechCrunch:  DJI's new FPV headset, called DJI Goggles, lets you control your drone with head movements, shipping after May 20 for $499
2:40 PM  •
Selina Wang / Bloomberg:  Source: Square acquired the engineering team of Yik Yak, which had raised ~$74M in total funding, for less than $3M
2:10 PM  •
Sean O'Kane / The Verge:  Xiaomi-backed Yi Technology debuts Yi Halo, a $17K 17-camera VR rig made in partnership with Google that can shoot stereoscopic video in 8K at 30FPS
1:00 PM  •
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:  Microsoft says it will start integrating Dynamics 365 for Sales with LinkedIn's Sales Navigator in July and announces new HR app called Dynamics 365 for Talent
12:10 PM  •
Shona Ghosh / Business Insider:  Unroll.me CEO says it's “heartbreaking” that users are upset Unroll.me sold their anonymized email data to Uber
10:50 AM  •
Kyle Orland / Ars Technica:  Revised NPD report for 2016 shows digital revenue accounted for 74% of US game spending, reaching $18.13B versus $6.37B from physical sales
10:25 AM  •
Wall Street Journal:  Sources: Amazon has created a team for self-driving tech, which focuses not on building vehicles but on how to leverage them
10:15 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  LinkedIn says it now has 500M members in 200 countries, up from 467M in October 2016; it has 9M+ companies and 10M+ jobs listed
7:05 AM  •
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:  Netflix to raise $1B through debt offering to fund new content and other “strategic transactions”
5:30 AM  •
Ainsley Harris / Fast Company:  Inside the demise of Tilt, which raised a total of $67M+, was valued at $375M in 2015, but was recently bought by Airbnb, reportedly for $12M

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