March 28, 2017, 12:05 PM

March 28, 2017

12:05 PM  •
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:  Amazon debuts AmazonFresh Pickup, a drive-in service delivering groceries straight to your trunk, in beta at two Seattle locations
11:50 AM  •
Wall Street Journal:  Tencent buys 5% passive stake in Tesla for $1.8B, making it the fifth-largest shareholder in the automaker
10:55 AM  •
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:  Tinder unveils Tinder Online, a web-optimized version currently being tested in emerging markets with plans to launch everywhere “soon”
10:30 AM  •
Lulu Yilun Chen / Bloomberg:  Sources: Didi weighing $6B SoftBank-backed funding to expand R&D; Apple and Tencent considering joining investment on a pro-rata basis to avoid stake dilution
10:20 AM  •
Kurt Wagner / Recode:  Facebook copied Snapchat a fourth time, and now all its apps look the same
9:05 AM  •
Kurt Wagner / Recode:  Twitter will start selling pre-roll ads ahead of Periscope videos
8:33 AM  •
Facebook:  Facebook's main app gets Snapchat-like Stories atop the News Feed, Direct for sharing ephemeral images and video with friends, and in-app camera effects
8:30 AM  •
Todd Spangler / Variety:  Facebook Keeps Copying Snapchat: Adds Camera Filters, 24-Hour Stories, Direct Messages
7:20 AM  •
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:  Payments company Square launches in the U.K., its first European market and fifth globally
5:30 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Amazon confirms acquisition of Dubai-based e-commerce site in deal that sources said was valued at around $650M
5:05 AM  •
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:  IKEA's Trådfri system for smart home lighting goes live on Swedish website; base package costs about $85 and will be available in Swedish stores on March 31

March 27, 2017

11:00 PM  •
Juli Clover / MacRumors:  Apple releases watchOS 3.2 with Theater Mode, an easily accessible option to disable “Raise to Wake”, and SiriKit, which will allow users to give Siri commands
10:15 PM  •
Tony Romm / Recode:  Trump nominates ex-AT&T lobbyist Makan Delrahim as head of DoJ antitrust unit; Delrahim previously said AT&T-Time Warner merger not a “major antitrust problem”
9:25 PM  •
Gigi Sohn / The Verge:  Former FCC staffer explains consequences as House of Representatives prepares to vote to repeal FCC's 2016 broadband privacy rules
7:15 PM  •
Florin Bodnarescu / Neowin:  LastPass working on security update for newly discovered browser extension vulnerability
5:50 PM  •
Greg Barbosa / 9to5Mac:  Pages, Numbers, and Keynote for Mac and iOS add Touch ID for password protected docs and editing features including an easier way to find and replace fonts
4:15 PM  •
Maureen Dowd / Vanity Fair:  Interviews with Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Ray Kurzweil, others on AI in coming decades, its regulation, and possible implementations
3:45 PM  •
Rolfe Winkler / Wall Street Journal:  Sources: Elon Musk launches Neuralink, a startup developing “direct cortical interface” tech that implants electrodes in the brain to upload, download thoughts
2:30 PM  •
Laura Stevens / Wall Street Journal:  Sources: Amazon delays opening of Amazon Go, its first cashier-less retail store, because of technical complications
2:05 PM  •
Olivia Solon / The Guardian:  Facial recognition databases used by FBI have photos of about half of US adults without consent; algorithm for matches more likely to misidentify black people
1:20 PM  •
Janko Roettgers / Variety:  Sources: BitTorrent hires Rogelio Choy as CEO, prepares to spin off BitTorrent Live streaming unit; BitTorrent founder Bram Cohen easing out of day-to-day role
1:03 PM  •
Zac Hall / 9to5Mac:  Apple releases iOS 10.3 with Apple File System, Find My AirPods, CarPlay updates, ability for devs to reply to app reviews, iCloud Analytics opt-in option, more
1:00 PM  •
Bloomberg:  Facebook hires Michael Hillman, a 15-year veteran of Apple, as head of Oculus VR hardware
12:40 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Facebook officially debuts “Town Hall” for contacting government reps, which now has some features integrated with News Feed, and adds local election reminders
12:20 PM  •
Natt Garun / The Verge:  Samsung says returned Galaxy Note7 devices will be sold outside US as “refurbished phones or rental phones where applicable”, remaining devices will be recycled
12:10 PM  •
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:  Microsoft adds automated call routing and analytics features to Skype for Business, as Amazon and Google push into the space with Chime and the new Hangouts
12:10 PM  •
Reuters:  Uber resumes testing self-driving cars in San Francisco after halt following crash in Arizona; autonomous cars in Arizona, Pennsylvania to resume later today
11:10 AM  •
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:  Facebook Messenger now lets you share your live location to a group of friends or just one person for one hour at a time, on iOS and Android
10:55 AM  •
New York Times:  Profile of Kirsten Green, who never worked at a VC firm before founding Forerunner Ventures in 2012, and has backed Dollar Shave Club and
10:20 AM  •
Cho Mu-Hyun / ZDNet:  Korean regulator that fined Qualcomm $865M says firm blocked Samsung from selling modem-equipped Exynos chips, in unfair licensing of standard essential patents
10:00 AM  •
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:  Spotify acquires and shuts down content recommendation startup MightyTV; founder Brian Adams becomes VP of technology at Spotify
8:35 AM  •
Jon Fingas / Engadget:  PietSmietTV, a startup that streams gameplay videos 24 hours a day via Twitch and YouTube, ordered to apply for broadcast TV license by German regulators
7:00 AM  •
Washington Post:  White House team led by Jared Kushner to work with tech titans like Cook, Gates, and Benioff to modernize tech and data infrastructure of all federal agencies
6:35 AM  •
Wall Street Journal:  As Netflix spends an expected $6B+ on 70+ original shows this year, TV rivals who once saw Netflix as a partner say the firm is driving up costs, hogging talent
4:00 AM  •
Mark Sweney / The Guardian:  UK regulator Ofcom proposes rules that would force ISPs to automatically compensate customers for slow repairs or missed deadlines and appointments
1:25 AM  •
Hannah Karp / Wall Street Journal:  Performers increasingly turn to virtual tip jars on platforms like YouNow,'s; the top 20 content creators on make ~$31K/month in tips

March 26, 2017

9:35 PM  •
Bloomberg:  Sources: Emaar Malls, the shopping-center unit of Dubai's largest publicly-traded property developer, has offered ~$800M for, challenging Amazon's bid
8:25 PM  •
Zack Whittaker / ZDNet:  Users unwittingly exposed sensitive docs on Microsoft's due to default “share publicly” setting; Microsoft initially responded by turning off search
7:00 PM  •
Christopher Mims / Wall Street Journal:  Behind the Amazon Marketplace, where top third-party sellers compete using rules-based algorithms and AI, adjusting prices sometimes thousands of times each day
4:05 PM  •
Nick Wingfield / New York Times:  Sources: Amazon exploring retail store concepts for furniture, electronics, and more, including plans for grocery stores in India's vast market
2:05 PM  •
Ben Fritz / Wall Street Journal:  Sources: Hollywood studios may soon release new movies for video-on-demand fewer than 45 days after their big screen debut, priced between $30 and $50
1:30 PM  •
Sara Fischer / Axios:  Among apps comScore tracked over last two years, the fastest-growing in US are Bitmoji, up 5210% in unique visitors, OfferUp, up 1213%, and letgo, up 1085%
9:25 AM  •
Garrett M. Graff / Wired:  Inside the FBI's hunt for notorious Russian hacker and Zeus malware creator Evgeniy Bogachev, who has intelligence ties and a $3M bounty on his head
5:20 AM  •
Adam Lashinsky / Fortune:  Profile of Alibaba's Jack Ma, a fervent evangelist of global trade and small businesses, who is now focused on company's international expansion
1:15 AM  •
Elizabeth Dwoskin / Washington Post:  Analysis finds ads for big brands placed on politically extreme and derogatory content across the web, highlighting broader issues with programmatic advertising
1:05 AM  •
Tess Townsend / Recode:  YouTube's ad mess gives advertisers leverage for what they really want: More data

March 25, 2017

10:00 PM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Google is working on a new social app for small groups to edit photos together
6:55 PM  •
Masashi Isawa / Nikkei:  Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima admits Super Mario Run revenues did not meet expectations, but company still prefers “pay once” model vs. freemium
3:50 PM  •
Timothy W. Martin / Wall Street Journal:  Samsung Electronics CEO says the firm won't adopt holding company structure for now, vows to share results of review of restructuring options with shareholders
12:45 PM  •
South China Morning Post:  Beijing court overturns ruling that said Apple's iPhone 6 violated a defunct Chinese phone maker's design patent
6:35 AM  •
Bloomberg:  Sources: Grab, Uber's largest rival in Southeast Asia, raising $1.5B+ led by SoftBank
2:30 AM  •
Bloomberg:  Uber suspends self-driving car testing following Arizona crash involving one of its cars; police say the Uber car was not at fault, another car failed to yield
2:10 AM  •
Amir Efrati / The Information:  Seoul escort bar visit by Uber CEO, Emil Michael, and others in 2014 led to HR complaint; Kalanick's ex-girlfriend says Michael asked her to lie about visit

March 24, 2017

9:55 PM  •
Bloomberg:  Sources: Uber denied recruiters access to its demographic data, hindering its diversity efforts, and plans release of its first diversity report next week
7:25 PM  •
Darla Mercado / CNBC:  Amazon will collect sales taxes from all states that impose the taxes by April 1
5:15 PM  •
Johana Bhuiyan / Recode:  Sources shed light on Uber's self-driving car mess: slow progress on tech, haphazard public demos, and ATG talent exodus triggered by Otto acquisition
5:00 PM  •
Anita Balakrishnan / CNBC:  Enterprise data analytics startup Alteryx closes up 10.7% on first day of trading, after raising $126M in an IPO
3:30 PM  •
Reuters:  Sources: AMC Networks is planning commercial-free streaming service for about $4.99-$6.99/month for people who subscribe to AMC via cable TV
2:55 PM  •
Maria Armental / Wall Street Journal:  GameStop says it will close at least 150 stores after sales fell 14% last quarter
2:00 PM  •
Shaheen Samavati /  Germany-based online lamp shop, active in 12 countries, raises €120M from 3i
1:25 PM  •
Stephen Hall / 9to5Google:  Google details the sunsetting of Talk, SMS removal for Hangouts, and other G Suite changes
12:35 PM  •
Kim Hart / Axios:  Tech community “dumbfounded” by Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin's remark that AI won't supplant US jobs for “50-100 more years”
12:25 PM  •
TechCrunch:  Facebook says it will soon start testing the ability to add GIFs to comments
12:05 PM  •
Sascha Segan / PC Magazine:  T-Mobile introduces Scam ID to flag scam calls, and opt-in Scam Block service to block them
11:30 AM  •
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:  Chrome to immediately stop recognizing extended validation status of Symantec-issued certs and gradually nullify all currently valid certs of Symantec-owned CAs
10:50 AM  •
Nathaniel Popper / New York Times:  Banks increasingly in contention with services like Mint and Betterment over the sharing of financial data, with some banks arguing tech firms should pay fees
9:35 AM  •
Bloomberg:  Baidu-backed photo-sharing and video streaming app Kuaishou raises $350M led by Tencent at a $3B valuation
8:20 AM  •
Andrew Cunningham / Ars Technica:  Moto G5 Plus review: best budget smartphone with premium feel and solid performance, but camera is disappointing and timely software updates are not guaranteed
2:55 AM  •
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:  Google partners with Howard University to open a school branch on Google's campus for black engineering students, accepting 740 students over five years

March 23, 2017

9:25 PM  •
Zack Whittaker / ZDNet:  Tests show 10 of 54 passwords are valid in sample set from hackers claiming to have 250M iCloud records; users should change passwords
7:20 PM  •
Casey Newton / The Verge:  Twitter confirms it is considering a paid TweetDeck subscription service with new features including analytics and breaking news alerts for brands and news orgs
6:00 PM  •
Jason Del Rey / Recode:  Instacart will pay $4.6M to settle a class-action lawsuit with independent contractors and change its description of a service fee often mistaken as a tip
5:00 PM  •
Daniel Terdiman / Fast Company:  Hands-on with Nomadic's VR experience, which uses rooms and real-world objects to immerse the user; the firm hopes its experiences will be available Q4 2017
4:30 PM  •
Casey Newton / The Verge:  Twitter's core features have slowly been unbundled by Facebook, Instagram, Reddit, and others, leading to Twitter's overall decline
3:45 PM  •
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:  Zenreach raises $30M Series C from Founder's Fund, Bain Capital, others to help businesses build their databases of customers by providing free WiFi
3:30 PM  •
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:  Intel consolidates its AI efforts into one group, led by Naveen Rao, that combines engineering, labs, software, and hardware
2:35 PM  •
Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica:  Android O developer preview hands-on: snoozing notifications is great, but new ambient display design and navigation bar features are poorly implemented
2:00 PM  •
Business Insider:  Filing: SoundCloud raises $70M in debt funding to build a “financially sustainable platform”, following a $100M raise in June 2016
1:50 PM  •
Yevgeniy Sverdlik / Data Center Knowledge:  Mashape, creator of top open source API management tool Kong, raises $18M Series B led by Andreessen Horowitz
1:18 PM  •
Hamza Shaban / BuzzFeed:  Senate votes 50-48 to repeal Obama-era regulations requiring that ISPs ask before sharing customer data
1:05 PM  •
Tony Romm / Recode:  White House hires Matt Lira, a longtime aide to GOP lawmakers, to assist with innovation policy and initiatives
12:15 PM  •
Tom Warren / The Verge:  Microsoft announces patent licensing program for connected cars, with navigation, entertainment, and voice recognition features, signs first deal with Toyota

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