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July 22, 2018, 6:25 PM
 

July 22, 2018

5:40 PM  •
Reuters:  CEO of Chinese commerce giant JD.com says they aim to finalize the strategy to enter European market and open an office in Germany by the end of the year
4:25 PM  •
Honolulu Star-Advertiser:  Paul Nakasone, head of US Cyber Command and NSA, confirms he created Russia Small Group, a special task force to address Russian cyber threats
3:55 PM  •
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:  Snapchat to discontinue Snapcash, its peer-to-peer payment feature, on August 30; the feature was created in partnership with Square in 2014
2:10 PM  •
Erin Heffernan / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:  Uber, Lyft remove the driver that secretly live-streamed hundreds of rides on Twitch, after initially saying he did not violate Missouri law and keeping him on
1:35 PM  •
Abdi Latif Dahir / Quartz:  After a nine-day strike, drivers sign a deal with five taxi-hailing services in Kenya, including Uber and Taxify, to improve compensation and working conditions
12:15 PM  •
David Floyd / CoinDesk:  The amount of ether staked on Augur, a peer-to-peer protocol to create prediction markets from user-posed questions, grew to ~$1M and first bets paid out $20K
10:55 AM  •
Wall Street Journal:  French IT infrastructure services company Atos has agreed to acquire US-based rival Syntel for around $3.4B in cash
10:10 AM  •
Bloomberg:  Sources: in August 2017, Google sent a letter suggesting changes to Android OEM contracts and apps distribution; offer was rebuffed by EU as too little too late
8:15 AM  •
Reuters:  Egypt's new law allows state to block social media accounts and blogs with 5K+ followers on sites like Facebook and Twitter, requires licenses for new websites
6:10 AM  •
Li Tao / South China Morning Post:  Huawei executive says the company shipped 100M smartphones this year as of July 18 and is now aiming for shipments of 200M units by the end of 2018
4:05 AM  •
Andrii Degeler / Tech.eu:  Telecommunications company Orange has acquired Basefarm Holding, a Norway-based cloud infrastructure and critical application services company, for €350M
1:55 AM  •
Electronic Frontier Foundation:  “Confidential Mode” feature in Gmail is misleading because the emails are not end-to-end encrypted and “expired” messages can be retrieved via the sent folder
12:40 AM  •
Bloomberg:  Banks are increasingly looking to mobile-only offerings to grab market share among younger, lower-income consumers and to boost their presence in new cities

July 21, 2018

11:15 PM  •
Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:  Tel Aviv-based AI startup AnyVision, which is working on face, body, and object recognition tech, has closed $28M Series A led by Bosch
9:50 PM  •
Catalin Cimpanu / BleepingComputer:  Android malware authors have been increasingly using “droppers”, which use a multiple-stage infection process, to sneak malicious apps into the Play Store
7:25 PM  •
Jon Christian / Motherboard:  As Google translates nonsensical messages into garbled religious prophecies, researchers blame AI algorithm trained on religious texts as some users see demons
5:00 PM  •
Richard Waters / Financial Times:  With EU Android fine, some see futile effort to curb Google's dominance; others see first steps to check Google's data hoovering and guaranteed ad distribution
2:35 PM  •
The Verge:  Uber and Lyft driver in St. Louis has live-streamed hundreds of rides on Twitch without passenger consent; Uber and Lyft say the practice is legal in Missouri
1:00 PM  •
Jackie Wattles / CNNMoney:  Coinbase's Federal Election Commission filing says it has formed a political action committee (PAC) to raise money to spend on U.S. elections
12:25 PM  •
Mark Kleinman / Sky News:  Sources: Alibaba, Tencent, and CMC are in early-stage discussions about buying roughly 20% of WPP China, valuing the business between $2B and $2.5B
11:55 AM  •
Marrian Zhou / CNET:  Venmo says user transaction history is public by default because it's fun to share info with friends and the option to go private is clearly marked in the app
9:40 AM  •
Stacy Cowley / New York Times:  UpGuard: sensitive documents from 100+ companies including VW, Toyota, and Tesla were exposed on a publicly accessible server belonging to Level One Robotics
6:10 AM  •
Freia Nahser / Global Editors Network:  Inside Fox Sports, The Times, and Le Figaro's efforts to use AI, Alexa voice actions, and automation for their World Cup reporting
2:05 AM  •
Chris Welch / The Verge:  Interview with Roku's CEO about how the company is growing its ad business and software licensing to OEMs, which generated more revenues than device sales in Q1

July 20, 2018

10:00 PM  •
Bloomberg:  NYC sues Airbnb to force compliance with city's subpoena on listings; Airbnb says it didn't comply because subpoena was too broad and asked for unrelated info
9:15 PM  •
Sean Hollister / CNET:  Google says it got duck.com after buying video compression startup On2 in 2010, will now redirect domain to a page with links to DuckDuckGo, Wikipedia, and more
8:25 PM  •
Wall Street Journal:  Sources: event-planning company Eventbrite has filed confidentially for an IPO; the company has raised more than $350M and was valued at more than $1B in 2014
8:00 PM  •
Louise Matsakis / Wired:  Facebook plans to launch Athena, likely a constellation of small internet-delivering satellites, starting in 2019, after downgrading a drone project last month
6:30 PM  •
Bloomberg:  Inside state-sponsored trolling efforts that combine virtual hate mobs, surveillance, and misinformation to silence critical voices and spread disinformation
5:15 PM  •
Dana Rubinstein / Politico:  New York State labor review board makes a final ruling that three former Uber drivers were Uber employees for the purposes of unemployment insurance
4:35 PM  •
Kirsten Grind / Wall Street Journal:  Facebook suspends data analytics firm Crimson Hexagon, which boasts repository of 1T social media posts, as it investigates the company's government contracts
4:05 PM  •
Javed Anwer / India Today:  Indian telecoms regulator mandates that all smartphone users should be able to install its anti-spam app by January; iPhone could be in breach of the regulation
3:28 PM  •
Erica Werner / Washington Post:  US lawmakers drop provision that blocked lifting of ZTE sanctions, strengthen CFIUS authority to block Chinese investments in a compromise defense spending bill
2:20 PM  •
Carolyn Said / San Francisco Chronicle:  Lyft says it will enhance its background checks after revelations that an undocumented immigrant who has been charged with serial rape worked as a Lyft driver
1:45 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  App Annie: there were 28.4B app downloads worldwide across iOS and Google Play in Q2, up 15% YoY as consumer spending grew 20% YoY reaching $18.5B
1:05 PM  •
Scott Porch / Fast Company:  How Comcast is moving beyond the set top box as it rolls out its Xfinity X1 interface on smart TVs, starting with betas on Roku TV and some Samsung TVs
12:20 PM  •
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:  FCC will now take your comments on whether to allow T-Mobile/Sprint merger
12:10 PM  •
Megan Rose Dickey / TechCrunch:  San Francisco says it expects to issue permits for its 24-month electric scooter pilot program sometime in August, selecting from 12 applicants
11:30 AM  •
Anthony Cuthbertson / The Independent:  DuckDuckGo says that Google confuses customers by redirecting traffic from duck.com domain, which the search giant owns, to google.com
10:40 AM  •
TechCrunch:  eBay's Q2 filing shows company paid $573M to acquire ecommerce platform Qoo10 Japan in February, not the $700M rumored at the time of acquisition
8:50 AM  •
Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:  Facebook executives struggle to describe a coherent strategy to deal with misinformation on the site; it's a hodgepodge of “exceptions to the exceptions”
8:15 AM  •
Saritha Rai / Bloomberg:  Sources: Facebook's plans for a nationwide rollout of WhatsApp payments service in India is being held up by government concerns over storage of user data
8:00 AM  •
James Vincent / The Verge:  Cyberattack on Singapore's largest healthcare institution SingHealth steals details of 1.5M patients, including the Prime Minister
7:55 AM  •
Abdi Latif Dahir / Quartz:  As more African governments restrict internet access, activists push back by calling them out, educating users on workarounds, and even hacking government sites
7:35 AM  •
Russell Brandom / The Verge:  Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and Twitter reveal open source Data Transfer Project to let users move the data they want between services while preserving privacy
7:15 AM  •
Daven Mathies / Digital Trends:  HumanEyes unveils Vuze XR, a compact, dual-lens camera that can record 360-degree 2D and 180-degree 3D at 5.7K resolution; coming later this year for ~$400
2:30 AM  •
Bloomberg:  Sources: SoftBank's Vision Fund is seeking to invest almost $1B in Chinese AI company SenseTime, which has raised more than $1.2B this year
12:18 AM  •
Kurt Wagner / Recode:  WhatsApp to test limiting the forwarding of messages to 20 chats globally and 5 chats in India in a bid to stop the spread of fake news

July 19, 2018

9:35 PM  •
Corinne Reichert / ZDNet:  The privately-owned $300M Hawaiki subsea cable connecting Australia, New Zealand, and the US, with anchor customers including Vodafone and AWS, has gone live
7:35 PM  •
Bloomberg:  Best Buy, expected to succumb to competition from Amazon, is instead thriving because of in-home consultations and “personal chief technology officers”
6:25 PM  •
Louise Matsakis / Wired:  Closed Facebook group for sexual assault survivors with 15K+ members changed admins, was invaded by trolls, and was deleted after members reported the group
5:50 PM  •
Zero Hedge:  Study: up to 95M Instagram users may be bots, or 9.5% of its total user base, up from 7.9% in 2015
5:05 PM  •
Tom Warren / The Verge:  Microsoft Surface revenue jumped 25% YoY this quarter to $1.1B; gaming revenue increased 39% YoY, with Xbox software and services revenue growth of 36% YoY
4:45 PM  •
Eugene Kim / CNBC:  Internal documents show Amazon's struggles to fix Prime Day outages as an internal system broke down and engineers scrambled to scavenge hardware
4:17 PM  •
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:  Microsoft surpasses $100B in full-year revenue and beats analyst estimates for Q4; Productivity and Businesses revenue rose 13% YoY to $9.7B
4:13 PM  •
BuzzFeed News:  Sources: Mark Zuckerberg called Trump to congratulate him after his election victory; Facebook has privately praised Trump campaign's use of its platform
4:08 PM  •
Microsoft:  Microsoft Q4: $30.1B in revenue, up 17% YoY; operating income up 35% YoY to $10.4B; Intelligent Cloud revenue up 23% YoY to $9.6B and Azure revenue up 89% YoY
3:45 PM  •
Alan Ohnsman / Forbes:  Autonomous truck startup Embark Trucks raises $30M Series B led by Sequoia Capital, bringing total funding to $47M, to expand its fleet from five to 100
3:10 PM  •
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:  Instagram adds a green status indicator next to online users on Direct inbox and share menus
2:45 PM  •
Celia Wan / Crunchbase News:  Baidu-owned online education startup Zuoyebang, which lets students upload homework and find solutions, raises $350M Series D led by Coatue Management
2:05 PM  •
Eric Newcomer / Bloomberg:  Uber's head of strategic finance, Prabir Adarkar, leaves to be the new CFO of DoorDash as Uber's three-year search for a CFO continues ahead of next year's IPO
1:20 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Amazon quietly rolls out “Part Finder”, which uses computer vision to let users identify screws, nuts, bolts, and more, for iOS users
12:45 PM  •
Matthew Hughes / The Next Web:  Cloudflare launches free service for state and local governments to protect election websites against cyber attacks
12:25 PM  •
Danny Crichton / TechCrunch:  Intelligent budgeting app Even raises $40M Series B led by Khosla Ventures, bringing total raised to $50.5M
12:10 PM  •
Drew Harwell / Washington Post:  Investigation shows Google Home and Alexa struggle to understand Indian, Chinese, and Spanish accents compared to accents from across America
11:55 AM  •
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:  Insight Venture Partners closes a $6.3B fund, called Fund X, to invest in growth-stage tech companies globally
11:45 AM  •
Dan Primack / Axios:  Source: GV has for years been using an algorithm, dubbed The Machine, to help make investment decisions
11:33 AM  •
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:  Facebook says it will begin proactively locking accounts of those under 13 on Instagram and Facebook, after report showed relaxed attitude by moderators
11:20 AM  •
Megan Rose Dickey / TechCrunch:  Uber partners with Cargo, which makes boxes of items such as gum, phone chargers, and snacks, to help drivers sell goods to their passengers
11:10 AM  •
Eric Geller / Politico:  Survey of election security in 50 US states shows vulnerabilities persist ahead of midterms as only 13 of 40 respondents said they would buy new voting machines
10:50 AM  •
Bloomberg:  Sources give more details on Google's Fuchsia OS, which now has 100+ engineers working on it and aims to underpin all Google's gadgets from IoT to Pixel
10:40 AM  •
Alex Davies / Wired:  Alphabet's Loon signs its first commercial agreement to work with Telkom Kenya to provide internet in central Kenya starting next year
10:25 AM  •
Zoe Greenberg / New York Times:  New York City passes bill to restrict short-term rentals, under which Airbnb would be required to provide detailed information on hosts every month to the city
9:45 AM  •
Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:  Leaked internal Apple document confirms that the 2018 MacBook Pro keyboard includes a membrane to prevent debris from entering butterfly key mechanism
9:30 AM  •
Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:  To combat China's rise in tech, the US government should spend more on the research and development of advanced technologies rather than imposing tariffs
9:00 AM  •
Li Dongmei / China Money Network:  Shanghai-based AI startup Yitu Technology, which focuses on machine vision and more, raises $100M in addition to the $200M Series C+ it raised in June
8:05 AM  •
Supraja Srinivasan / The Economic Times:  Indian online ticketing service BookMyShow raises $100M Series D led by private investment firm TPG Growth, at a post-money valuation of $850M, sources say
7:30 AM  •
Stewart Clarke / Variety:  Ofcom report: UK subscribers to Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Sky's Now TV hit 15.4M in Q1, overtaking the 15.1M traditional pay-TV subscribers for the first time
6:55 AM  •
Rich Gordon / Nieman Lab:  For stories like the Trump-Putin summit, Google News needs to be clearer about how its algorithm works and learn to separate commentary from factual reporting
5:00 AM  •
Felix Salmon / Wired:  Amazon has built its empire by playing freely with new ideas; besides book-selling, there isn't any market where Amazon has really disrupted the incumbents
2:05 AM  •
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:  Glovo, a Barcelona-based on-demand delivery business, raises €115M Series C with Spanish press reporting the round values the startup at more than €300M

July 18, 2018

11:10 PM  •
Biz Carson / Forbes:  Chinese bike-sharing company Ofo lays off majority of staff in the US as insiders say it is scaling back its global operations to focus on China
10:55 PM  •
The Information:  Siri cofounder Tom Gruber and Apple's head of search Vipul Ved Prakash have left the company after John Giannandrea was named as the leader of the Siri Group
9:30 PM  •
Richard Speed / The Register:  Microsoft announces public preview of Windows 10 IoT Core Services, which will let device manufacturers control updates for $.30/device/month after preview ends
8:20 PM  •
Davey Alba / BuzzFeed News:  Despite repeated requests, Spotify does not let users block followers to deal with harassers and says a block feature is not in its current road map
7:50 PM  •
Joseph Cox / Motherboard:  Leaked documents: Facebook moderators can ban Pages if admins get 5 “strikes” or if 30%+ of other people's posts violate its community standards within 90 days
7:35 PM  •
Reuters:  Court filing: DOJ has proposed an expedited schedule for its appeal of the ruling allowing AT&T to buy Time Warner, seeking briefs by Oct. 18
7:15 PM  •
Marshall Allen / ProPublica:  Investigation: the health insurance industry is working with data brokers to collect “lifestyle” details on hundreds of millions of Americans to predict costs
7:00 PM  •
Casey Newton / The Verge:  Facebook says it has begun removing misinformation that contributes to violence on its site, will review text and images in partnership with local organizations
6:20 PM  •
Jeremy C. Owens / MarketWatch:  Amazon Web Services CEO says that AWS is not actively building a commercial network switch, after a report said the company was considering selling its own
6:15 PM  •
Rachel Sandler / INSIDER:  Openpath, a workplace security startup that lets employees enter offices with their phone, raises $20M Series B led by Emergence Capital
5:45 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Facebook confirms users can now sync their Instagram contacts to Messenger
5:20 PM  •
Kara Swisher / Recode:  Mark Zuckerberg clarifies his comments about Holocaust deniers on Facebook: “I absolutely didn't intend to defend the intent of people who deny that”
5:10 PM  •
Natalie Gagliordi / ZDNet:  eBay reports Q2 revenues of $2.6B, up 9% YoY, vs. $2.66B est., with non-GAAP net income of $533M, up 7% YoY, and gross merchandise volume of $23.6B
4:45 PM  •
Jordan Novet / CNBC:  IBM reports Q2 revenues of $20B, vs. $19.85B expected, up 4% YoY, marking IBM's third consecutive quarter of revenue growth after five years of YoY declines
4:10 PM  •
Lily Katz / Bloomberg:  Coinbase, which on Monday said it got the green light from the SEC to move forward with a trio of acquisitions, now says it never got such an endorsement
3:30 PM  •
Zack Whittaker / ZDNet:  Researcher: a robocalling company has left hundreds of thousands of voters' data, including personal details and audio recordings, exposed on a public server
3:20 PM  •
Kirsten Korosec / TechCrunch:  Uber hires Ruby Zefo, Intel's chief privacy and security counsel, as its first-ever chief privacy officer, to report to Uber's chief legal officer
3:00 PM  •
Stephen Babcock / Technical.ly DC:  Verodin, which assesses cybersecurity tools' effectiveness on enterprise networks, raises $21M Series B led by TenEleven Ventures and Bessemer Venture Partners
2:45 PM  •
BBC:  Roblox, an MMO game popular with kids, blames the virtual gang rape of a seven year old's character on a hack, saying malicious code was uploaded to a server
2:20 PM  •
Arielle Pardes / Wired:  Reddit begins rolling out live chatrooms, organized by subreddit and created by admins only, currently in beta
1:45 PM  •
Joe Flint / Wall Street Journal:  Netflix is creating a comedy-focused radio channel in partnership with Sirius XM, due to launch in January 2019
1:05 PM  •
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:  Y Combinator will award grants of $10K to 100 graduates of the third year of its 10-week online Startup School program
12:40 PM  •
George Avalos / Mercury News:  eBay notifies California's Employment Development Department it's eliminating nearly 300 Bay Area jobs, including more than 200 in San Jose
12:08 PM  •
Kara Swisher / Recode:  Q&A with Mark Zuckerberg about Russia, fake news, InfoWars, Myanmar, and why he thinks Facebook shouldn't take down posts that deny the Holocaust
11:50 AM  •
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:  Viz.ai, which uses AI to detect early signs of time-sensitive medical conditions like stroke, raises $21M Series A led by Kleiner Perkins, with GV participating
11:20 AM  •
Supantha Mukherjee / Reuters:  Despite glitches, Amazon sold more than 100M products on Prime Day, driving record Prime sign-ups and sales; Fire TV Stick was the most popular purchase
11:05 AM  •
Sheera Frenkel / New York Times:  Researchers: Trump and his PAC spent $274K on Facebook ads viewed by at least 37M users since early May, making him the biggest political advertiser on the site
10:35 AM  •
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:  Google rebrands Cloud Launcher as GCP Marketplace, adds outside commercial and open source Kubernetes applications
10:05 AM  •
Timothy W. Martin / Wall Street Journal:  Sources: Samsung to launch phone with a 7" display that can be folded in half like a wallet early next year; Bixby speaker launching in about a month for ~$300
9:40 AM  •
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:  Apple's iCloud user data in China is now being stored by a division of state-owned China Telecom
9:20 AM  •
Kif Leswing / Business Insider:  Light, which makes a 16-lens camera, raises $121M Series D led by SoftBank's Vision Fund to bring its camera tech to smartphones and self-driving cars
8:55 AM  •
Lily Hay Newman / Wired:  Interview with nine engineers who worked on Google's Safe Browsing, which now underpins user security in all of Google's major platforms and runs on 3B+ devices
8:45 AM  •
The Keyword:  Google CEO Sundar Pichai says Android has created more choice, not less, and that Google will appeal the EU ruling
8:10 AM  •
Olivia Solon / The Guardian:  Researcher shows Venmo transactions, which are public under default user settings, reveal details including real names, comments, and dates through a public API
7:10 AM  •
Tom Warren / The Verge:  EU fines Google a record €4.3B (~$5B) in antitrust case for illegal practices regarding Android mobile devices to strengthen dominance of Google's search engine

July 17, 2018

9:55 PM  •
Ryan Smith / AnandTech:  Consortium backed by AMD, NVIDIA, Microsoft, Oculus, and Valve announces VirtualLink spec for connecting next-gen VR headsets via single USB Type-C cable
9:10 PM  •
Robin Emmott / Reuters:  EU and Japan reach a deal on seamless user data transfer between European Economic Area and Japan; the deal should come into effect by the end of this year
7:50 PM  •
Brian Heater / TechCrunch:  UPS tests an Amazon Key-style delivery program in New York using locks made by a startup, Latch; service works with the building, not individual apartment units
7:40 PM  •
Angela Moscaritolo / PCMag:  Google says it's building Dunant, a transatlantic cable between US and France, its second private intercontinental cable after Curie, connecting US and Chile
7:10 PM  •
Jessica Toonkel / The Information:  Sources: Walmart is considering launching a subscription streaming video service that would undercut Netflix and Amazon Prime Video on price
7:00 PM  •
Nick Statt / The Verge:  A reporter posing as a Dublin Facebook moderator found that pages from far-right groups face looser content standards; Facebook vows to improve its training
6:55 PM  •
Chris Welch / The Verge:  Twitter product lead Kayvon Beykpour says the company is pausing work on fixing its verification policy to focus on more important areas like election integrity

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