December 11, 2017, 5:55 PM

December 11, 2017

5:10 PM  •
Michael del Castillo / CoinDesk:  BitGo, maker of multi-signature cryptocurrency wallets for enterprises, raises $42.5M Series B led by Valor Equity Partners
4:30 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Google launches three new photography apps for testing experimental technologies: Storyboard, Selfissimo!, and Scrubbies; two are on iOS and two on Android
3:55 PM  •
Russell Holly / Android Central:  AR Stickers launch inside the camera app on Pixel phones running Android 8.1, with animated Star Wars and Stranger Things characters, Foodmoji, more
3:33 PM  •
Serena Saitto / The Information:  Sources: neighborhood social network Nextdoor has raised $75M in new funding at a valuation higher than previous round's $1.1B valuation in 2015
2:50 PM  •
Agence France-Presse:  Paris asks Airbnb to delist ~1,000 properties not registered with the city amid new regulations; currently only ~11,000 of ~65,000 apartments are registered
1:30 PM  •
Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica:  Google's Home Max smart speaker goes on sale for $399
1:25 PM  •
Danny Crichton / TechCrunch:  LiDAR autonomous sensor startup Ouster announces $27M Series A led by auto powerhouse Cox Enterprises
1:10 PM  •
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:  YouTubers posting disturbing videos about kids earned hundreds of thousands of dollars from ads, say they chased a trend that YouTube's algorithm drove
12:40 PM  •
TechCrunch:  Apple confirms Shazam acquisition; sources say deal was for about $400M, and Snap and Spotify also expressed interest
12:15 PM  •
Stan Higgins / CoinDesk:  Restaurant review startup Munchee halts ICO after SEC investigation, which said in cease-and-desist order that the firm's tokens were unregistered securities
12:08 PM  •
Tim Bradshaw / Financial Times:  Apple confirms it will buy Shazam music-recognition app
10:55 AM  •
Bloomberg:  Microsoft releases a free preview of its Quantum Computing Development Kit, which includes the Q# programming language, compiler, and simulator
10:45 AM  •
Caroline Mimbs Nyce / The Atlantic:  How a 2001 retreat in Snowbird, Utah led to the Agile Manifesto and Agile software development practices widely used across the industry
10:30 AM  •
Adi Robertson / The Verge:  Internet pioneers and other tech luminaries including Tim Berners-Lee, Vint Cerf, and Steve Wozniak ask the FCC to cancel its vote repealing Net Neutrality
9:15 AM  •
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:  Menlo Security, which blocks malware using its cloud-based isolation platform, raises $40M Series C
7:50 AM  •
TechCrunch:  An unofficial, knockoff version of the MyEtherWallet digital wallet app became the third most popular paid app in the finance category on the iOS App Store
7:05 AM  •
Leslie Hook / Financial Times:  Profile of Uber's Chief Brand Officer Bozoma Saint John as she tries to restore the company's tarnished image
4:30 AM  •
Stan Higgins / CoinDesk:  Blockchain startup Circle's subsidiary CENTRE raises $20M in an ICO under SAFT framework for a platform that aims to connect digital wallets like Alipay, Venmo
1:55 AM  •
Clare O'Connor / Forbes:  New York-based luxury fashion e-tailer Moda Operandi raises $165M for international expansion, bringing the total raised to $300M+

December 10, 2017

11:20 PM  •
Jonathan Keane /  German startup Idagio raises €8M Series A for its paid classical music streaming service, which currently lists about 140,000 recordings
9:05 PM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Facebook appears to have quietly killed its Ticker feature, which displayed a real-time feed of friends' activity
8:15 PM  •
Wall Street Journal:  US bitcoin futures start trading on CBOE, a week ahead of futures rollout at rival CME Group; bitcoin's price climbed ~8% in first seven minutes of trading
7:10 PM  •
Jonathan Shieber / TechCrunch:  Naspers, Innova Capital invest $82M more into Movile for its Latin American food delivery business, iFood, bringing total raised by Movile to $250M+
5:55 PM  •
Carolyn Said / San Francisco Chronicle:  A look at how self-driving vehicles, including cars and trucks, may positively affect the economy by creating new jobs and opportunities
3:35 PM  •
Cecilia Kang / New York Times:  Profile of non-profit Fight for the Future, which helped to kill SOPA, pass net neutrality rules, and now leads a fight against FCC's plan to repeal those rules
12:25 PM  •
Max Willens / Digiday:  With some research saying that permanently baked-in host-read podcast ads are 3.5X more effective, dynamically inserted third party ads have trouble catching on
8:05 AM  •
Madhav Chanchani / The Economic Times:  Sources: Alibaba to buy 30% of India's online grocer BigBasket for $300M, with $80M of the investment used to buy shares from existing shareholders
2:00 AM  •
Adrianne Jeffries / The Outline:  The current Bitcoin economy has mainly replicated core aspects of a centralized finance industry instead of giving rise to a true p2p financial system
12:55 AM  •
Ryan Whitwam / Android Police:  Google brings back play/pause touch controls to Home Mini via long press on sides, after top touch input was disabled due to bug that caused unwanted recording

December 9, 2017

10:25 PM  •
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:  Modsy, a startup that reconstructs photos of living spaces into 3D and sends users interior design ideas, raises $23M Series B led by Advance Venture Partners
7:50 PM  •
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:  The “pro net neutrality but against Title II regulations” argument had merit a decade ago, but developments since then make coming FCC rules repeal a mistake
5:15 PM  •
Bloomberg:  Mindful of smartphone patent wars, automakers, now among top US patent filers, work together on self-driving IP issues via industry associations to avoid suits
2:35 PM  •
Olga Kharif / Bloomberg:  Experts estimate that about 1,000 users, known as “whales”, control 40% of bitcoins, raising concerns whales may collude to manipulate cryptocurrency markets
12:30 PM  •
Lily Hay Newman / Wired:  A look at APT 34, a hacking group targeting Middle Eastern critical infrastructure companies; FireEye says APT 34 has hallmarks of Iranian hacking activity
10:25 AM  •
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:  Many individual creators complain that YouTube's demonetization of offensive content unfairly hit their video channels, severely impacting ad earnings
8:20 AM  •
Wall Street Journal:  Interviews with defectors and experts suggest an increasing number of North Koreans have phones, some with an intranet connection, that are heavily monitored
6:15 AM  •
Kate Knibbs / The Ringer:  A look at two tech efforts helping people make bail: Appolition for donating spare change from purchases and Bail Bloc for mining Monero with spare PC resources
4:10 AM  •
Vlad Savov / The Verge:  Kantar: Huawei, Xiaomi, Apple, Vivo, Oppo account for 91% of China's phone market; Apple had 17.4% marketshare in the quarter ending Oct. while Samsung had 2.2%
2:05 AM  •
Will Knight / MIT Technology Review:  Experts say US is in danger of losing its status as the center of AI R&D, as GOP tax plan raises costs on graduates and immigration policy deters some
12:40 AM  •
Theodore Schleifer / Recode:  Andy Rubin has returned to Essential after taking leave amid questions about an inappropriate relationship with a subordinate when he was at Google
12:05 AM  •
Madeline Berg / Forbes:  Top 10 YouTube stars earned $127M between June 2016 and 2017, up 80% from $70.5M last year, with Daniel Middleton, aka DanTDM, taking the top spot with $16.5M

December 8, 2017

11:00 PM  •
Abner Li / 9to5Google:  Google says its employees and its philanthropic arm donated $260M to nonprofits in 2017
9:50 PM  •
First Round Capital:  Survey: for first time more founders say sales leaders, not engineers, are hardest to hire; 53% say investors have more sway in deals, compared to 39% in 2016
8:45 PM  •
Johana Bhuiyan / Recode:  Uber has settled the lawsuit with a woman whose medical files the company accessed after she was raped by Uber driver in India
7:50 PM  •
Daniel Van Boom / CNET:  Huawei Mate 10 review: at ~$685, it's a cheaper smartphone with performance and cameras comparable to flagships like Galaxy Note8, but no US release is planned
6:50 PM  •
Becky Peterson / Business Insider:  Craigslist now lets sellers indicate they will accept cryptocurrencies as payment
6:10 PM  •
Ted Johnson / Variety:  FCC formally refuses to hand over any data or logs in New York attorney general's inquiry into fake net neutrality comments
5:40 PM  •
Blair Hanley Frank / VentureBeat:  AWS announces a free single sign-on service for logging in to multiple AWS accounts and other applications, currently only available in Northern Virginia region
4:35 PM  •
Alex Sherman / CNBC:  Sources: Microsoft and Google have expressed concern to Qualcomm over Broadcom's move to buy the company, and how it could impact 5G roll out
3:55 PM  •
Zac Hall / 9to5Mac:  Jony Ive, Apple's chief design officer, is returning to his management role within Apple's design group after handing off managerial duties in 2015
3:48 PM  •
TechCrunch:  Sources: Apple to acquire music recognition app Shazam; one source puts the deal at about $400M; Shazam's post-money valuation after its 2015 funding was $1.02B
3:43 PM  •
Frank Chaparro / Business Insider:  Coinbase CEO says exchange services may be “degraded or unavailable” during high volume or volatile trading sessions, after recent downtime incidents
3:35 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  With Apple's ban on apps made via “commercialized template or app generation” services slated for Jan. 1, small businesses stand to lose App Store presence
3:05 PM  •
Janko Roettgers / Variety:  Google job listing suggests upcoming Google Home hardware may have multi-touch input features
2:40 PM  •
Claire Zillman / Fortune:  Adobe says it's closed the gender wage gap among its US employees, compared to last year when women made about 99% of what men did
2:30 PM  •
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:  Genies, which raised $15M at $100M+ valuation, launches its iOS app that uses lifelike personalized avatars to reenact news, had ~680,000 waitlisted to signup
2:10 PM  •
Manish Singh / CNBC:  India's top tech startups are establishing Indiatech, a lobbying group to push for governmental regulations to curb global firms' continued success in India
1:15 PM  •
TechCrunch:  Facebook debuts Sound Collection tool for inserting copyright-free music into Facebook and Instagram clips, starts camera loaner program for 360 video creators
1:00 PM  •
Sam Levin / The Guardian:  Conservative opinion magazine The Weekly Standard partners with Facebook in fact-checking effort, drawing claims that Facebook is bowing to ideological pressure
12:55 PM  •
Megan Rose Dickey / TechCrunch:  Facebook publicly shares its internal policies on harassment and bullying in the workplace, outlines process for investigating harassment allegations
12:45 PM  •
Yoolim Lee / Bloomberg:  Singapore's largest taxi company, ComfortDelGro, to buy 51% of Uber's Singapore car rental unit for $218M, forming a joint venture to better compete with Grab
12:10 PM  •
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:  Spotify and Tencent's music subsidiary, TME, take minority stakes in each other, and Tencent makes a separate investment in Spotify
11:25 AM  •
Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed:  Data from publishing tool SocialFlow says Twitter users are retweeting and liking tweets with over 140 characters almost twice as much as shorter ones
9:50 AM  •
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:  Amazon brings its Echo smart speakers and Music Unlimited service to 28 new countries across Europe and South America
7:40 AM  •
Jordan Novet / CNBC:  Sources: during a talk at a private party, Elon Musk said Tesla is developing specialized AI hardware “that we think will be the best in the world”
1:30 AM  •
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:  KGI: all three iPhones to be introduced in 2018 will have more powerful batteries, with 6.5-inch and 5.8-inch OLED models getting L-shaped battery designs
12:10 AM  •
Jake Smith / ZDNet:  Baidu and Qualcomm announce strategic AI partnership to optimize Baidu's DuerOS conversational AI system for Snapdragon processors

December 7, 2017

11:35 PM  •
Blair Hanley Frank / VentureBeat:  Nvidia unveils Titan V GPU aimed at machine learning applications, says Titan V has 110 teraflops of raw computing capability, 9x that of Pascal-based Titan X
10:45 PM  •
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:  Windows 10 Redstone 4, slated for April 2018, will improve eSIM support, including a pilot allowing companies to bulk-purchase and provision cell connectivity
10:00 PM  •
Sean O'Neill / Skift:  Hilton testing its “Connected Room” in Tennessee, which lets guests set preferences for lights, thermostat, and TV via app, rolling out to US hotels in 2018
8:20 PM  •
Pan Yue / China Money Network:  Honda signs five-year R&D contract with Chinese AI startup SenseTime to develop AI tech for driverless cars
7:15 PM  •
Silicon Labs:  Semiconductor company Silicon Labs to acquire connected home solutions provider Sigma Designs in cash transaction valued at ~$282M
7:05 PM  •
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:  Sources: YouTube to introduce paid, on-demand streaming music service in March; Warner has signed on, talks continue with Sony, Universal, and Merlin
6:55 PM  •
Reuters:  Sources: Didi Chuxing, China's ride-hailing giant, plans to enter Mexico next year in what would be its first international expansion
6:25 PM  •
San Francisco Chronicle:  New SF law limits firms to 3 delivery robots each, with 9 for whole city; confines robots to industrial areas; sets 3 mph speed limit; requires human monitors
5:00 PM  •
Stephanie Chan / VentureBeat:  As Facebook Messenger's Instant Games platform turns one, the company adds ability to livestream via Facebook Live, promises new titles, and more
4:27 PM  •
Zac Hall / 9to5Mac:  Zero-day flaw allowed unauthorized remote access to HomeKit products via iOS 11.2; fix made that limits some functionality, full fix coming in update next week
3:40 PM  •
Doree Shafrir / BuzzFeed:  500+ people in an online survey for tech workers say they've been harassed or discriminated against; 85% say they were harassed by superior, 30% by subordinate
2:50 PM  •
Jessi Hempel / Wired:  Interview with Baidu CEO Robin Li and others on how the company plans to dominate AI, especially in Asia, helped along by China's desire to be AI world leader
1:55 PM  •
Eva Dou / Wall Street Journal:  Interviews and police records show Chinese authorities are monitoring WeChat and other messaging apps, with some participants detained for jokes about officials
12:55 PM  •
Dan Primack / Axios:  Boston entrepreneur Laura Fitton becomes first woman on record to accuse Shervin Pishevar of sexual harassment, saying he forcibly kissed her and more in 2011
12:30 PM  •
Ron Miller / TechCrunch:  PullRequest raises $2.3M seed round led by Google's Gradient Ventures, with participation from Slack Fund and others, to provide code review as a service
12:10 PM  •
Lauren Etter / Bloomberg:  How Philippines' President Duterte utilized Facebook, used by 97% of Filipino internet users, to spread his message before weaponizing it to target dissent
11:45 AM  •
Shannon Liao / The Verge:  Google adds video responses from celebrities, including Will Ferrell, Gina Rodriguez, and Mark Wahlberg, for popular questions as a trial in US
11:20 AM  •
Catherine Shu / TechCrunch:  Patreon says it will reduce pledge fee from 5% to 2.9% but add a $0.35 charge for each individual pledge, causing concern among some creators
10:35 AM  •
Andrew Webster / The Verge:  Sony says PS4 sales reached 70M units and PlayStation VR sold 2M units worldwide; PS4 now on track to surpass PS3's 80M+ lifetime sales
10:10 AM  •
Alyssa Hertig / CoinDesk:  ACINQ, Blockstream, and Lightning Labs successfully test live bitcoin transactions over Lightning Network bringing Bitcoin scaling solution closer to reality
9:01 AM  •
Ainsley Harris / Fast Company:  Real estate tech company Compass raises $450M from SoftBank's Vision Fund at a $2.2B valuation, plans to double its domestic reach in the US
7:30 AM  •
Casey Newton / The Verge:  Instagram tests standalone private messaging app Direct in Chile, Israel, Italy, Portugal, Turkey, and Uruguay to replace inbox; no timeline for global launch
6:45 AM  •
David Meyer / Fortune:  Bitcoin price reaches $16K+ despite bubble warnings, with a total market capitalization of ~$270B
2:25 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  London-based money transfer service WorldRemit raises $40M Series C, sources say at a ~$670M valuation, led by LeapFrog Investments
12:15 AM  •
Peter Rubin / Wired:  Larry Sanger, co-founder of Wikipedia, joins Everipedia as CIO as the 2yo encyclopedia moves to blockchain technology and becomes a peer-to-peer resource

December 6, 2017

11:10 PM  •
Reuters:  NiceHash, a Slovenia-based marketplace for cryptocurrency mining, says it was hacked and 4,700 bitcoins, worth about $60M+, were stolen from its wallet
8:25 PM  •
Andrew J. Hawkins / The Verge:  Lyft launches first self-driving car pilot in Boston; select riders will be paired with a nuTonomy autonomous car, human safety drivers will be behind the wheel
7:50 PM  •
Ryan Mac / BuzzFeed:  Political opposition firm files to dismiss Shervin Pishevar suit, says court will “see through his strategy of filing suits to intimidate women coming forward”
7:25 PM  •
Reuters:  Global Internet Forum tells EU it will work on removing terrorist content within 1-2 hours of upload; EU says more is needed or will move to legislation in 2018
6:40 PM  •
Blair Hanley Frank / VentureBeat:  Microsoft launches open-source projects Virtual Kublet and Open Service Broker to help connect Kubernetes containers to Microsoft Azure
5:55 PM  •
Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:  How new businesses, including 100K+ with $100K+ sales, are using Amazon to sell electronics and other products, often undercutting established competitors

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