October 22, 2017, 11:30 AM

October 22, 2017

10:50 AM  •
Ben Popper / The Verge:  Profile of David Hall, CEO and founder of Velodyne, who designed the rotating LIDAR system now used by 13 automakers and at least 22 big tech firms
7:45 AM  •
Sherri L. Smith / Tom's Guide:  Acer Windows Mixed Reality Headset review: easy setup, broad compatibility, but apps and games are lacking, and it costs as much as the more capable Oculus Rift
4:40 AM  •
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:  Vine's founders are back with HQ, a live trivia game show app
1:35 AM  •
Kim Zetter / The Intercept:  How Russian hackers could have used Kaspersky's “silent signatures” method for detecting and analyzing malware to steal NSA docs without Kaspersky's knowledge

October 21, 2017

10:30 PM  •
Sarah Jeong / The Verge:  Profile of Judge William H. Alsup of Oracle v. Google and Waymo v. Uber, who ruled against API copyright and taught himself to program in QuickBASIC
7:25 PM  •
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:  Susan Fowler reflects on the impact of her essay that ignited harassment revelations, says she's working with a talent agency on a movie about her experiences
4:20 PM  •
Nick Wingfield / New York Times:  Inside Amazon, diversity concerns flare up over Amazon's handling of harassment accusations against former Amazon Studios chief Roy Price
1:50 PM  •
Ry Crist / CNET:  Amazon Echo (2017) review: better-looking than the original and less expensive at $99, with comparable sound quality; addition of an aux output is handy
10:45 AM  •
Lauren Kirchner / ProPublica:  Federal judge unseals source code for disputed DNA analysis software developed by New York City's crime lab after motion by ProPublica
9:45 AM  •
Sarah Buhr / TechCrunch:  Robert Scoble has allegedly continued to sexually harass women after going sober
7:30 AM  •
Mark DeCambre / MarketWatch:  Bitcoin price passes $6,000 as its total market value hits $100B+ for the first time
6:05 AM  •
Peter Loftus / Wall Street Journal:  Some doctors are wary of applying security update to St. Jude pacemakers, which are now owned by Abbott Labs, due to malfunction risk, thus hampering adoption
2:00 AM  •
Adam Fisher / Wired:  Profile of former Apple exec and Nest co-founder Tony Fadell, as he announces launch of his investment fund Future Shape

October 20, 2017

11:35 PM  •
Sumit Chakraberty / Tech in Asia:  Southeast Asian gaming and ecommerce firm Sea Limited, formerly Garena, closes up 8.4% on its first day trading on the NYSE, after raising $884M in IPO
10:10 PM  •
Jordan Novet / CNBC:  Spoke, a help desk automation AI chatbot for businesses, says it has raised a total of $28M from Accel, Greylock, and others since being founded last year
8:30 PM  •
Richard Lawler / Engadget:  AT&T says it has restored service to 60% of Puerto Rico's population, launches limited LTE connectivity in remote areas in partnership with Project Loon
6:05 PM  •
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:  Zain Jaffer, CEO of video ad startup Vungle, put on indefinite leave after charges for attempted murder, lewd act on a child, and more; Vungle has raised $25.5M
5:25 PM  •
Jeff Engel / Xconomy:  Computer vision startup Veo Robotics raises $12M Series A from Lux, GV, Siemens' Next47
4:00 PM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Flexible car ownership marketplace raises up to $1B in venture and debt financing from BMW's iVentures, Penske Automotive Group, Sherpa Capital, others
2:45 PM  •
Mitchel Broussard / MacRumors:  Billboard's Hot 100 and Billboard 200 charts to give more weight to subscription-based streaming services and paid tiers of hybrid services starting in 2018
1:40 PM  •
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:  Atlas Informatics, a search engine for your digital footprint, says it is shutting down; Atlas raised $20M+ last November
12:35 PM  •
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:  Sources: some employees feel Facebook is being used as a scapegoat for 2016 election outcome using flawed hindsight about factors mostly beyond FB's control
11:40 AM  •
Kia Kokalitcheva / Axios:  CoinList, provider of ICO management and compliance services, spins out of AngelList into a separate company led by former Sidewire CEO Andy Bromberg
11:20 AM  •
Reveal:  Only 22 big tech companies out of 211 surveyed revealed their government-mandated EEO-1 diversity data
10:30 AM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Facebook Messenger now lets users send money to friends via PayPal, adds PayPal's first bot for customer service
10:20 AM  •
Bloomberg:  China-based Horizon Robotics, which makes chips that are optimized to run neural networks, is raising $100M Series A+ led by Intel Capital
9:30 AM  •
Dan Seifert / The Verge:  Review of Harman Kardon Invoke, a $199 smart speaker with Microsoft's Cortana assistant: great sound, sharp design, but it's twice as costly as Amazon's Echo
8:10 AM  •
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:  Southeast Asian gaming and e-commerce firm Sea Limited, formerly Garena, prices its shares above range at $15, set to raise $884M in NYSE IPO
1:55 AM  •
Duncan Riley / SiliconANGLE:  Intel and Amazon partner to release a new development kit enabling Alexa voice-control capabilities in third-party smart home devices
12:00 AM  •
Bloomberg:  Sources say launch of Verizon's new live online TV service, which is separate from Go90, is delayed until Spring 2018 at the earliest

October 19, 2017

11:00 PM  •
Reuters:  Docs show Uber, Google, Microsoft, Facebook, IBM, others are forming “The Coalition for the American Dream” group to lobby for DACA; Uber confirms participation
10:15 PM  •
Quinn Norton:  Journalist Quinn Norton says author and tech evangelist Robert Scoble sexually assaulted her at an O'Reilly unconference in the early 2010s
8:55 PM  •
Brandon Butler / Network World:  Cisco to acquire machine learning startup Perspica and integrate its real-time data processing tool into AppDynamics
7:35 PM  •
Casey Newton / The Verge:  Coda, a collaborative editor with word processor and spreadsheet tools, launches in private beta, reveals $60M in funding over two rounds, Reid Hoffman on board
7:00 PM  •
Stephanie Condon / ZDNet:  Atlassian beats with Q1 revenue of $193.8M, up 42% YoY, subscription revenue up 69% YoY to $84.4M; stock up 12% after hours
6:20 PM  •
Twitter:  Twitter unveils user safety roadmap through Jan. 2018: expand definitions of non-consensual nudity, update policy around hate, add info for suspended accounts
5:36 PM  •
Reuters:  Founders of company that owns Tezos code seek to oust head of the Swiss foundation set up to manage its $232M ICO, putting project at risk
4:41 PM  •
Natalie Gagliordi / ZDNet:  PayPal beats Q3 estimates with $3.24B revenue, up 21% YoY, vs. $3.18B expected, net income of $380M, up 18% YoY, and total payments volume of $114B, up 30% YoY
4:20 PM  •
Katie Roof / TechCrunch:  MongoDB closes up 34% on its first day of trading on the Nasdaq, at a market cap of around $1.6B, after raising $192M in its IPO
4:05 PM  •
Dan Primack / Axios:  Online personal shopping startup Stitch Fix files for IPO, says it lost just under $1M on $977M in revenue for the year ending July 29, will trade on Nasdaq
3:50 PM  •
Tamara Chuang / Denver Post:  Denver-based email delivery platform SendGrid files for IPO, says it lost $3.9M on $79.9M in revenue last year
3:05 PM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Intel Capital announces investments totalling $60M in 15 big data startups, says it has invested a total of $566M in startups in 2017 overall
2:25 PM  •
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:  Pew survey of 1,116 technologists and other experts: most say political and social divide feeds misinfo online; 51% say things won't improve over next decade
1:35 PM  •
Nick Statt / The Verge:  Google Play says it will cut its take of app subscription revenues from 30% to 15% for users who've subscribed for 1+ year, starting in January 2018
1:30 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Google Play rolls out “Try It Now” button for Android Instant Apps, updates Editor's Choice section and Play Console
1:25 PM  •
Wall Street Journal:  How Amazon uses an in-house team of specialists to gain incentives from local and state governments for building projects, including its second headquarters
1:18 PM  •
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:  Facebook begins letting developers monetize Messenger's Instant Games with in-app purchases and video ads
12:50 PM  •
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:  Flickr says it's closing its Wall Art print service and offloading its photo book service to self-publishing platform Blurb
12:35 PM  •
Tony Romm / Recode:  Senate bill on political ads, called the Honest Ads Act, would regulate web firms with 50M+ annual visitors, require copies of ads and info on $500+/year buyers
12:15 PM  •
Peter Kafka / Recode:  Sources: Facebook's news subscription tool is delayed on iOS over Apple's 30% App Store cut; the tool will roll out on Android phones over coming weeks
11:50 AM  •
Bloomberg:  A look at Sundar Pichai's challenges as Google struggles with criticism over fake news, sexism in its own ranks, fears of AI, and anti-trust cases in Europe
11:40 AM  •
Dustin Volz / Reuters:  Facebook says its general counsel, Colin Stretch, will testify before House Intelligence Committee inquiry into Russian meddling on November 1
11:13 AM  •
Lyft Blog:  Lyft says it has raised $1B, led by Alphabet's CapitalG, at an $11B post-money valuation; CapitalG partner David Lawee joins Lyft board
10:55 AM  •
Leigh Cuen / International Business Times:  CB Insights: corporate funding for blockchain projects reached $390M in 2016, $327M so far in 2017; Google, Citi, and Goldman Sachs among biggest investors
10:25 AM  •
Nathan Ingraham / Engadget:  Sonos One review: the Alexa-enabled speaker has better sound than Google Home or original Echo, works with most music services, but setup process is complicated
9:50 AM  •
New York Times:  Senators Demand Online Ad Disclosures as Tech Lobby Mobilizes
9:35 AM  •
Megha Rajagopalan / BuzzFeed:  Interviews reveal how Chinese authorities surveil citizens of its Xinjiang region using AI, iris scanning, and more developed by private firms
8:50 AM  •
Pan Yue / China Money Network:  China's on-demand local services firm Meituan-Dianping raises $4B Series C at a $30B valuation led by Tencent, forms strategic partnership with Priceline Group
8:10 AM  •
TechCrunch:  Swedish lock giant Assa Abloy, which owns Yale and other brands, acquires smart lock maker August Home, which had raised around $75M
8:05 AM  •
Anita Balakrishnan / CNBC:  Verizon's Q3 earnings match estimates, with revenue of $31.72B and net addition of 603K postpaid customers
7:20 AM  •
Wall Street Journal:  Apple Watch customers in China no longer able to sign up for cellular service; analysts say change is likely due to government concerns over tracking users
2:40 AM  •
Kia Kokalitcheva / Axios:  Tony Fadell, co-founder and ex-CEO of Nest, launches Future Shape, an investment and advisory firm for startups in agriculture, robotics, transportation, more

October 18, 2017

10:50 PM  •
Tony Romm / Recode:  White House says Trump will nominate Joe Simons, a longtime antitrust lawyer, as head of FTC; nomination must still be confirmed by Senate
10:15 PM  •
John Koblin / New York Times:  Nielsen announces it is providing Netflix viewer data to clients, based on audio recognition in 44K homes in US; Netflix disputes accuracy
8:30 PM  •
Matthew Lynley / TechCrunch:  MongoDB prices IPO above range at $24, may raise up to $220.8M at a valuation of about $1.2B
8:00 PM  •
Jon Fingas / Engadget:  Samsung unveils 360 Round, a disc-shaped device with 17 2MP cameras and six microphones that can stream 4K VR at 30 FPS
6:30 PM  •
Matthew Lynley / TechCrunch:  Blue Apron to lay off 6%, or more than 250 employees after going public earlier this year
5:25 PM  •
Joseph Cox / The Daily Beast:  Sources: after spying accusations, Kaspersky's business is struggling, especially in US, where a source says its KGSS subsidiary has been closed for 2+ months
5:05 PM  •
Catalin Cimpanu /  Mozilla, Microsoft, Google, Samsung, and W3C agree to unify cross-browser web documentation under Mozilla's MDN portal, rebranded as MDN Web Docs
4:44 PM  •
Matthew Lynley / TechCrunch:  eBay narrowly beats Q3 estimates with $2.4B revenue, up 9% YoY, as GMV rises 8% YoY to $21.7B; StubHub revenue reaches $275M, up 5% YoY
4:05 PM  •
Ashley Gold / Politico:  Senators Warner and Klobuchar to introduce bill, cosponsored by McCain, to increase online political ad transparency, bring rules to parity with TV and radio
3:20 PM  •
Nick Statt / The Verge:  Samsung and Google partner to bring ARCore platform to Samsung devices beyond the Galaxy S8
2:45 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Facebook officially starts rolling out its discovery-focused “Explore Feed” on desktop and mobile
2:20 PM  •
Tom Warren / The Verge:  Samsung says $499 Odyssey, the premier Windows Mixed Reality headset, won't be sold in Europe
1:50 PM  •
Kevin Collier / BuzzFeed:  Twitter took 11 months after being notified by GOP to shut down a fake Twitter account with 136K+ followers run by a Russian troll farm, posing as Tennessee GOP
1:35 PM  •
James Vincent / The Verge:  DeepMind's new Go-playing AI wins 90% of time against version of AlphaGo that beat world champ, trained solely by reinforcement learning without human input
1:27 PM  •
Karissa Bell / Mashable:  Samsung announces Bixby 2.0 update with better voice recognition and more, will bring it to IoT devices, and plans to open it to third-parties in “near future”
1:05 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Google releases a beta version of its iOS Gmail app on TestFlight that lets users add non-Google accounts, like Outlook, Yahoo, Hotmail
12:30 PM  •
Joe Shields / AnandTech:  HP unveils $1,749+ ZBook x2 2-in-1 workstation with 14-inch 4K display, 7th and 8th generation i7, up to 32GB RAM, optimized for Adobe apps, shipping in Dec.
11:35 AM  •
Bloomberg:  Amazon expands beyond just selling books in Brazil as it opens an electronics and appliances marketplace
10:35 AM  •
Zac Hall / 9to5Mac:  Fantastical launches an intelligent new contacts app for the Mac called Cardhop, available today for $14.99 for a limited time, later at $19.99
10:30 AM  •
New York Times:  PolitiFact and Snopes, using Google AdSense, unwittingly hosted ads by fake news publishers; source says AdSense has terminated the ads
10:20 AM  •
Kia Kokalitcheva / Axios:  UAE-based sovereign wealth fund Mubadala is launching a $400M fund in partnership with SoftBank, a $200M VC fund-of-funds, and is opening a San Francisco office
9:25 AM  •
Juli Clover / MacRumors:  Adobe turns Lightroom CC into a new cloud photography service, providing 1TB of storage with support for RAW images, and introduces new pricing plans
9:00 AM  •
Alex Webb / Bloomberg:  Apple partners with General Electric to develop industrial mobile apps for managing machinery, factories, and power plants
8:40 AM  •
Matt Burns / TechCrunch:  Michigan-based SaaS firm Duo Security raises $70M Series D at a valuation of $1.17B, led by Meritech Capital Partners and Lead Edge Capital
7:55 AM  •
Bloomberg:  Sources: Facebook and Google helped Secure America Now, a conservative nonprofit advocacy group, target ads for an anti-refugee campaign in swing states
7:40 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Canadian point-of-sale firm Lightspeed POS raises $166M Series D led by Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, hopes to be IPO-ready by mid-2019
7:20 AM  •
Casey Newton / The Verge:  “Nude” app uses machine learning locally on device to find nude pics of users before moving them to PIN-protected vault, available for iOS, Android app to come
6:35 AM  •
Adam Ludwin / Chain:  An explainer on cryptocurrencies, decentralized applications and their potential uses, and the current crypto market mania
3:00 AM  •
Pranav Dixit / BuzzFeed:  A look at Twitter's harassment problem in India, where local language abuse is common and offensive hashtags can appear in the top five trends for hours
12:25 AM  •
Reuters:  Tech companies, including Facebook, Amazon, Oracle, expanding operations to Mexico amid Trump's anti-immigration stance

October 17, 2017

10:35 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Amazon opens up Alexa's list feature, letting users create a list for any purpose
8:40 PM  •
Ari Levy / CNBC:  SEC filings show Blockchain Capital has raised ~$85M for two funds, is seeking to raise $150M in total for both
7:50 PM  •
Corinne Reichert / ZDNet:  Microsoft says it is in the “second half of the dev process” of testing mobile PCs made with Qualcomm ARM chips
7:15 PM  •
Kunal Dua / NDTV Gadgets 360:  WhatsApp to roll out real-time location sharing to Android and iOS users in coming weeks
6:50 PM  •
Erin Griffith / Wired:  Internal email details Twitter's plans to update rules on abuse, including expanding reporting options, hiding hate symbols behind warnings, more
6:40 PM  •
Rachel Kaser / The Next Web:  Facebook Live adds screen-sharing feature via a Chrome extension, so users don't need to install 3rd-party streaming software
6:15 PM  •
Peter Rudegeair / Wall Street Journal:  JPMorgan Chase to acquire online payment startup WePay; source says deal is for more than WePay's 2015 valuation of ~$220M
4:57 PM  •
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:  Amazon Studios chief Roy Price resigns, company spokesman says, after suspension following sexual harassment claim
4:47 PM  •
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:  IBM reports Q3 revenue of $19.2B, boosted by z System mainframes, cognitive and cloud computing; as-a-service annual run rate hits $9.4B, up 25% YoY
3:50 PM  •
Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed:  Facebook executives, including its CSO and hardware chief, are increasingly using Twitter to spread Facebook's message and respond to journalists
3:33 PM  •
Kia Kokalitcheva / Axios:  Magic Leap closes $502M round of funding led by Singapore sovereign wealth fund Temasek; return backers include Alibaba, Google, Fidelity, JPMorgan venture arms
3:00 PM  •
Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed:  Facebook testing return of status messages, up to 101 characters, that can be set to expire
2:12 PM  •
Ted Greenwald / Wall Street Journal:  Intel says Facebook is giving technical input for AI chip, called the Nervana Neural Network Processor, expected to ship on a limited basis later this year
1:43 PM  •
Kurt Wagner / Recode:  Regina Dugan, head of Facebook's Building 8 hardware lab, announces she's leaving the firm within next “several months” after joining 18 months ago
1:35 PM  •
Todd Spangler / Variety:  Snap and NBCUniversal form a 50-50 joint venture studio to produce original content exclusively for Snapchat and sign indie filmmakers Mark and Jay Duplass
1:30 PM  •
Reuters:  Canada says Alphabet will invest $50M+ to help develop a section of Toronto's waterfront as a testbed for smart city concepts and will move 300 employees
1:20 PM  •
Devindra Hardawar / Engadget:  Major features in Windows 10's latest update: OneDrive Files on Demand, MyPeople app to keep in touch with friends via taskbar, mixed reality headset support
1:15 PM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Facebook confirms it's testing a resume “work histories” feature for private sharing with job applications
12:48 PM  •
Joseph Menn / Reuters:  Sources: internal Microsoft database for tracking critical bugs in its software, which contained descriptions of unfixed flaws, was hacked in 2013
12:35 PM  •
Ron Miller / TechCrunch:  Dropbox debuts $20/month Professional tier for individuals with 1TB storage, OCR text scan, Smarty Sync, and other features for business users
12:20 PM  •
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:  Google Calendar for web gets a design refresh and new features including more detailed meeting information in G Suite
12:08 PM  •
Julian Chokkattu / Digital Trends:  ZTE unveils Axon M, a foldable smartphone with two 5.2" displays for multitasking, larger canvas, and mirroring modes, coming Nov., starting at ~$725 on AT&T
11:40 AM  •
Tim Peterson / Marketing Land:  Twitter launches new Video Website Card ad format that pairs an autoplay video with a website link, available now to all advertisers worldwide

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