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May 23, 2019, 7:50 PM
 

May 23, 2019

7:30 PM  •
Kirsten Korosec / TechCrunch:  Self-driving car startup Aurora has acquired lidar company Blackmore, which has raised $21.5M; sources: GM's Cruise was looking at acquiring Blackmore last year
6:15 PM  •
Ian Duncan / Baltimore Sun:  Google restores Gmail accounts used by Baltimore officials during its ransomware recovery; Google's automated security systems initially disabled the accounts
5:45 PM  •
Tom Angell / Forbes:  Square quietly launches an invite-only beta to process payments for some CBD products
5:30 PM  •
Brady Dale / CoinDesk:  Coinbase says Coinbase Commerce, its app to help merchants easily accept crypto, has exceeded $50M in transactions since launching in February 2018
5:20 PM  •
Peter Kafka / Vox:  Q&A with Neal Mohan, YouTube's chief product officer, about how the service deals with objectionable content, YouTube remaining an open platform, and more
4:30 PM  •
Khari Johnson / VentureBeat:  Google adds group video calls for up to eight people to its Duo video calling app for iOS and Android users worldwide
4:20 PM  •
Joseph Cox / VICE:  Multiple sources and emails describe how Snap employees used internal tools like SnapLion to access user data several years ago, before Snap restricted access
3:50 PM  •
Todd Spangler / Variety:  Snap hires Oona King, most recently Google's director of diversity strategy and a former UK MP, as its first VP of diversity and inclusion
3:30 PM  •
Khari Johnson / VentureBeat:  Google researchers say they used 2,000 “mannequin challenge” YouTube videos as a training data set to create an AI model for depth prediction from videos
2:55 PM  •
Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed News:  As Twitter tests an increased ad load, users report a higher number of spammy or malicious promoted tweets
2:40 PM  •
Aislinn Keely / The Block:  AT&T says customers can now pay their mobile bills in cryptocurrency via BitPay
2:25 PM  •
Victoria Song / Gizmodo:  Judge rules that a Redditor who is not a US resident can stay anonymous in a copyright case, says First Amendment applies for users of US-based companies
2:00 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Zero, which offers Zero Checking, a FDIC-backed checking account through its app and lets users earn rewards using a Zerocard, raises $20M Series A led by NEA
1:35 PM  •
The Keyword:  Google says it has partnered with delivery services including DoorDash and Postmates to let users order food via Google Search, Maps, or Assistant in the US
1:30 PM  •
Nico Grant / Bloomberg:  Interviews with Marc Benioff and 18 associates and current and former Salesforce employees show his instinctual and sometimes mystifying M&A strategy
12:45 PM  •
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:  PlanetScale, a database-as-a-service startup based on Vitess, the tech that helped scale YouTube, raises $22M Series A led by a16z
12:40 PM  •
Ashley Carman / The Verge:  Instagram says IGTV will now support landscape video, following feedback from creators and users, as the service struggles to gain traction
12:20 PM  •
Biz Carson / Forbes:  Food delivery app DoorDash raises $600M led by Darsana Capital Partners at a $12.6B valuation, just three months after it raised $400M at a $7B valuation
12:16 PM  •
Guy Rosen / Facebook:  Facebook releases an update on enforcing its community standards, saying it banned 2.19B fake accounts in Q1 2019, up from 1.2B in Q4 2018
12:10 PM  •
John Biggs / CoinDesk:  Robinhood launches trading for seven cryptocurrencies, including bitcoin and ethereum, in New York after receiving a BitLicense from regulators in January
11:55 AM  •
Laura Pitel / Financial Times:  The Wikimedia Foundation has filed an application to the European Court of Human Rights over Turkey's ban on Wikipedia since April 2017
11:25 AM  •
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:  Rotten Tomatoes says it will now calculate the Audience Score using only ratings or reviews from users whose ticket purchase has been verified through Fandango
11:10 AM  •
Wall Street Journal:  Facebook says it won't pay commissions to employees who sell political ads; source: Zuckerberg decided to keep selling political ads after an internal debate
10:25 AM  •
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:  Future, a $150/month fitness app which assigns users a human trainer who builds personalized workouts and proactively checks progress, raises $8.5M Series A
9:50 AM  •
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:  Samsung researchers detail a machine learning method that can recreate lifelike motion from just a single image of a person's face
9:15 AM  •
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:  Cardinal Analytx, which develops predictive analytics software for health care payers and providers, raises $22M Series B led by Kleiner Perkins' John Doerr
8:50 AM  •
Sijia Jiang / Reuters:  Lenovo reports Q4 profit of $118M, up 389% YoY, on revenue of $11.7B, up 10.1% YoY, helped by strong PC sales, says production is unaffected by trade war
8:00 AM  •
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:  GitHub launches Sponsors, a tool that lets users pay their favorite open source contributors; developers can opt in to a “Sponsor me” button on repositories
7:25 AM  •
Janosch Delcker / Politico:  A look at Amazon's AI research centers in Germany, which employ hundreds of researchers, stirring concerns about an “internal brain drain” to foreign companies
7:05 AM  •
Matt Day / Bloomberg:  Source: Amazon is working on a wearable voice-activated health and wellness device that works with a mobile app and can recognize human emotions
2:55 AM  •
Mark Scott / Politico:  GDPR has helped big tech companies cement their dominance in the data economy while smaller companies have suffered from relatively high compliance costs

May 22, 2019

11:25 PM  •
Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica:  A breakdown of Huawei's supply problems after the US ban, using its latest flagship phone as an example, from hardware to software to building an app ecosystem
11:05 PM  •
Ben Schoon / 9to5Google:  Walmart launches a line of Android tablets under its Onn store brand starting at $64, which ship with Play Store and Google apps, unlike Amazon's Fire tablets
10:50 PM  •
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:  Cala Health, an SF-based startup developing wearable electronic devices to tackle chronic disease, raises $50M Series C from investors including GV
9:40 PM  •
Laura Hautala / CNET:  Researcher: since at least October, web source code for thousands of Instagram profiles leaked the user's contact info; the issue was fixed in March
9:05 PM  •
Giancarlo Valdes / VentureBeat:  IHS reports cloud-based gaming earned $387M in 2018, with Sony's Playstation Now responsible for 36% of that total, and predicts it will grow to $2.5B by 2023
7:55 PM  •
Bijan Stephen / The Verge:  Indiegogo CEO and President David Mandelbrot steps down, citing personal reasons, will be replaced by Andy Yang, former Reddit core product lead and 500px CEO
7:45 PM  •
Camilla Hodgson / Financial Times:  Samsung files emergency motion to redact details of its settlement with Qualcomm last year, revealed to be $100M, made public in the FTC v. Qualcomm ruling
7:10 PM  •
Andrew Webster / The Verge:  Software maker Panic unveils Playdate, a Game Boy-like device with a hand crank control and 12 bundled games released over time, coming in 2020 for $149
6:50 PM  •
Tara Seals / Threatpost:  Researcher shares zero-day Windows 10 local privilege escalation exploit that grants full control over files reserved for full-privilege users
6:30 PM  •
Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:  Modsy, which combines computer vision tech with human designers to help users design their homes, raises $37M Series C led by TCV, bringing total raised to $70M
5:35 PM  •
Olaf Storbeck / Financial Times:  Deutsche Bank says a software glitch has, for almost a decade, prevented some potentially suspicious transactions from being flagged to law enforcement
4:55 PM  •
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:  Instawork, a platform that connects hospitality workers with employers, raises $18M round led by Spark Capital, GV, and Burst Capital to expand across the US
3:10 PM  •
New York Times:  Google says around 25% of calls placed using its Duplex AI service started with a human; calls to ~12 restaurants found people made 3 of 4 successful bookings
2:20 PM  •
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:  Researcher: devices can be tracked across apps and sites with info from sensors like gyroscope; patched on iOS; a minor issue on Android, given poor calibration
2:05 PM  •
Emily Stewart / Vox:  Despite support from 7,500+ employees, Amazon shareholders voted down a proposal asking Jeff Bezos to produce a comprehensive climate change plan
1:55 PM  •
Alastair Marsh / Bloomberg:  Source: Block.one, which raised ~$4B in its ICO, has made $174M in VC investments and bought back 10% of its stock, rewarding early investors like Peter Thiel
1:30 PM  •
Keith Barry / Consumer Reports:  Testing finds Tesla's updated Autopilot software, designed to make changing lanes “more seamless”, does not work well and could create safety risks for drivers
1:20 PM  •
Owen S. Good / Polygon:  Razer says it will shut down its Ouya and Forge TV services on June 25, marking the official end of the crowdfunded Android game console, discontinued in 2015
1:13 PM  •
Ryan Browne / CNBC:  Ireland's Data Protection Commission, the lead EU supervisory authority for Google, announces investigation into Google's online advertising data collection
1:02 PM  •
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:  Amazon shareholders reject two non-binding proposals to ban sale of facial recognition tech to government customers, despite pressure from ACLU and others
12:55 PM  •
Michael Novinson / CRN:  Google says it's experiencing indexing issues that may cause stale search results; users searching for fresh news from sites including NYT or WSJ get no results
12:45 PM  •
Ryan Browne / CNBC:  Toronto-based online investment management platform Wealthsimple raises $75M round led by Allianz X and says it now has 150,000 clients
11:55 AM  •
Jon Porter / The Verge:  EE says it will roll out the UK's first 5G network on May 30, beating Vodafone by a month, in six cities, including London, Edinburgh, and Belfast
11:40 AM  •
Ginny Marvin / Search Engine Land:  Google begins rolling out an updated mobile search design with a black “ad” label and favicons for all organic results
11:20 AM  •
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:  Avaaz study finds extensive far-right disinformation networks on Facebook ahead of EU elections; Facebook says it removed 77 Pages and 230 accounts in response
11:00 AM  •
Alex Heath / Cheddar:  Source says Medium has 200K-400K paying subscribers, which at $50 per user amounts to a minimum of $10M per year from subscriptions alone
10:35 AM  •
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:  Transport for London says it will roll out default WiFi device tracking on the Underground this summer, after a trial in 2016, to improve analytics and more
10:30 AM  •
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:  Box revamps its workplace automation tool Relay, launched with IBM in 2016, and updates Box Tasks and File Request Links
10:15 AM  •
Alex Moss / Electronic Frontier Foundation:  Federal court ruling affirmed the right to share copyrighted material for criticism and helped EFF protect a Reddit commenter's anonymity
10:05 AM  •
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:  Apple unveils Privacy Preserving Ad Click Attribution, aimed at preserving user privacy without reducing effectiveness of ads, coming soon to Safari
9:55 AM  •
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:  Percepto, which makes autonomous drones for industries like energy, oil, and gas, raises $15M Series A led by USVP and Arkin Holdings
9:35 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  KaiOS, which provides the OS for feature phones from OEMs like Nokia and Jio, raises $50M led by Cathay Innovation, says 100M handsets are now powered by its OS
9:15 AM  •
Nick Statt / The Verge:  All but the largest Apple device resellers have vanished from Amazon's marketplace six months after Apple cut a deal with the retail giant
8:20 AM  •
Taylor Dixon / iFixit:  A close look at Apple's Taptic Engine and how it uses software integration and resonance to make haptic feedback feel better in its devices than the competition
7:15 AM  •
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:  Federal judge rules in favor of FTC in antitrust case against Qualcomm, says its licensing practices for modem chips have strangled competition; stock drops 10%
7:05 AM  •
Dave Lee / BBC:  Leaked memo: ARM has told staff it must suspend business, including all active contracts, support entitlements, and pending engagements, with Huawei
6:35 AM  •
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:  Google and UCSD research: of the 27 hacking service providers contacted online to hijack test Gmail accounts, ten never replied and only five launched attacks
4:40 AM  •
Bloomberg:  Sources: US is considering blacklisting as many as five Chinese video surveillance companies, including Hikvision and Dahua Technology, from buying US tech
3:05 AM  •
Livemint:  Sources: Indian ride-hailing service Ola is suspending its food delivery business and laying off ~40 employees, about 18 months after acquiring Foodpanda India
2:10 AM  •
Dan Kennedy / Nieman Lab:  The 016, a small social network with no algorithmic feed, seeks to connect local media, organizations, and businesses with the citizens of Worcester, MA
1:35 AM  •
Nick Statt / The Verge:  UNESCO says AI assistants are reinforcing gender stereotypes by mostly defaulting to female-sounding voices, urges better safeguards against gendered language
1:20 AM  •
Ben Thompson / Stratechery:  The “tech cold war”, escalated by recent actions against Huawei, started over a decade ago when China began restricting US services companies in its market
12:45 AM  •
Reuters:  Inside the war against Huawei, led by Australia and the US, who fear Beijing's 5G domination could be used for espionage and sabotage of critical infrastructure
12:20 AM  •
Steve O'Hear / TechCrunch:  TransferWise discloses a new $292M secondary round led by Lead Edge Capital, Lone Pine Capital, and Vitruvian Partners at a $3.5B valuation

May 21, 2019

11:45 PM  •
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:  Valve launches a dedicated Steam Chat app for iOS and Android, which includes many key features of the desktop chat client such as Invite Links and Group Chats
9:35 PM  •
Matt Novak / Gizmodo:  Source: Comcast's upcoming health device to focus on monitoring the motion of elderly people at home; Comcast has no plans for a direct-to-consumer launch
9:05 PM  •
Vivian Ho / The Guardian:  After backlash, Google to require abortion services advertisers in the US, UK, and Ireland to declare in their ads whether or not they provide abortions
9:00 PM  •
Paul Gillin / SiliconANGLE:  Pure Storage misses with Q1 revenue of $326.7M, up 28% YoY, and a net loss of $27.6M, up 70% YoY from $16.2M; stock down 19%+ after hours
8:35 PM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  UK-based Wagestream, which works with employers to give employees access to monthly earned wages via an app, raises $51M Series A in equity and debt financing
8:10 PM  •
Celia Wan / The Block:  Sources: Circle has cut its $250M fundraising goal that was reported in March to $150M; the company has raised $246M to date, according to Crunchbase data
7:30 PM  •
openDemocracy:  Insiders say Facebook and Google pressured EU's expert group on disinformation to soften fake news regulations and avoid discussing their abuse of market power
7:05 PM  •
Nivedita Balu / Reuters:  Slack updates its S-1 filing, registers about 117M of its Class A shares, and says it expects to raise $196.5M in its direct listing on the NYSE
6:40 PM  •
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:  Google says it stored some G Suite passwords in plaintext due to an error dating back to 2005, found another set of unhashed passwords in 2019, both now fixed
6:00 PM  •
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:  Microsoft officially rolls out the Windows 10 May 2019 update, which includes Windows Sandbox and unified search across Windows, Office, Bing, and more
5:50 PM  •
Tim Bradshaw / Financial Times:  A look at “cloud” or “dark” kitchens that only serve delivery customers such as Uber Eats and Deliveroo, and how investing strategies in the space diverge
4:55 PM  •
Zack Seward / CoinDesk:  Circle, which owns trading platform Poloniex, equity crowdfunding site SeedInvest, and the USDC stablecoin with Coinbase, lays off ~30 people, ~10% of its staff
4:30 PM  •
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:  Biofourmis raises $35M Series B led by Sequoia India and MassMutual Ventures to develop smarter chronic disease treatments using wearable medical sensors and AI
4:00 PM  •
Greg Bensinger / Washington Post:  To reduce the tedium of work and increase productivity at its warehouses, Amazon has created several video games where workers compete by fulfilling real orders
3:20 PM  •
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:  After eight months of alpha testing, the first official version of Tor Browser for Android has been released on the Play Store
2:15 PM  •
Christina Farr / CNBC:  Comcast is working on an in-home device to track people's health
2:10 PM  •
Natalia Drozdiak / Bloomberg:  Huawei reiterates that it has been working on its own mobile OS; sources: Huawei has been pitching app makers and European carriers on its own mobile app store
2:05 PM  •
Tom Warren / The Verge:  Microsoft removes Huawei's MateBook X Pro from its online store, stays silent on whether it will prevent Huawei from obtaining Windows licenses for its devices
1:40 PM  •
Bloomberg:  New healthcare offerings from Tencent-backed Waterdrop and Ant Financial's Xiang Hu Bao catch on in China, threatening conventional health insurance businesses
1:35 PM  •
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:  Apple says the new iteration of its butterfly keyboard uses “new materials” in the switch mechanism that should reduce double- and missed-key presses
1:15 PM  •
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:  Tel Aviv-based Guardicore, which protects cloud workloads from cyber threats, says it's raised a $60M Series C, bringing its total raised to $110M
1:10 PM  •
Jason Snell / Six Colors:  Apple updates 13" and 15" MacBook Pros with improved keyboards and 9th-generation Intel CPUs with up to 8 cores, expands its Keyboard Service Program coverage
1:00 PM  •
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:  Microsoft announces SharePoint landing pages called Home Sites, a chatbot-like Q&A tool for Yammer, and faster OneDrive file syncing
12:50 PM  •
Thomas Simms / Cointelegraph:  Craig Wright, who claims to be Satoshi Nakamoto, filed for the US copyright for the original Bitcoin white paper and most of the original Bitcoin code
12:45 PM  •
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:  Microsoft launches Service Mesh Interface for Kubernetes to help manage application environments and networks; partners include Docker, Pivotal, and VMware
12:25 PM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Predictive sales startup People.ai raises $60M round led by Iconiq, sources say at around a $500M valuation, launches new lead insights product called The Wire
12:16 PM  •
Andrew J. Hawkins / The Verge:  Lyft announces passenger-safety features including an in-app panic button to call 911; now riders leaving a rating under 4 stars must leave additional feedback
12:00 PM  •
Christina Farr / CNBC:  Alphabet's Verily announces partnerships with big pharma firms Novartis, Sanofi, Otsuka, and Pfizer as it moves into the clinical trials space
11:20 AM  •
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:  Mozilla releases Firefox 67 with new privacy features that block cryptomining and fingerprinting, WebRender, a 2D rendering engine for Windows 10, and more
9:50 AM  •
Sean Gallagher / Ars Technica:  Two weeks after the city of Baltimore's networks suffered a ransomware attack, many of its systems remain offline, including utilities billing, phone, and email
9:40 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Marqeta, which provides payment card services to third-parties like Square and Instacart, raises $260M Series E led by Coatue Management at a ~$2B valuation
9:30 AM  •
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:  Ivalua, which provides spend management solutions for enterprises, raises $60M led by Tiger Global Management at a $1B+ valuation
9:10 AM  •
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:  Study: despite News Feed changes, “junk news” from known sources of disinformation in EU get 1.2x-4x the engagement of professional news sources on Facebook
8:25 AM  •
Ira Boudway / Bloomberg:  Self-driving trucks will carry mail for USPS for the first time, with autonomous truck startup TuSimple operating a two week pilot between Phoenix and Dallas
7:50 AM  •
Bill Hanvey / New York Times:  By not giving consumers control over performance and maintenance data collected by their cars, manufacturers can limit where cars are repaired and serviced
7:25 AM  •
FinSMEs:  Modulr, which provides a Payments as a Service API platform for digital businesses, raises £14M led by Frog Capital, bringing its total raised to £24.5M
7:10 AM  •
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:  Google says it now offers “regular”, “rapid”, and “stable” channels for its Kubernetes Engine, now in alpha, will offer Windows Server Container support in June
6:45 AM  •
Lindsey O'Donnell / Threatpost:  Q&A with Daniel Gruss, one of the researchers who discovered Spectre and Meltdown, on discovering the new side-channel flaw ZombieLoad and why it has that name
5:40 AM  •
Alfred Ng / CNET:  Microsoft calls for a GDPR-like law in the US that would place the accountability obligations on the companies that collect and use personal data
4:30 AM  •
Alan Ohnsman / Forbes:  An update on Waymo's driverless taxi service Waymo One, six months after its Phoenix rollout: safety drivers remain at the wheel for most rides
3:05 AM  •
Oculus:  Facebook announces that Oculus Quest and Oculus Rift S are now shipping globally
1:30 AM  •
Kirsten Korosec / TechCrunch:  GM is shutting down its Maven car-sharing service in 8 out of the 17 North American cities in which it operates

May 20, 2019

11:50 PM  •
Thomas Germain / Consumer Reports:  Facebook's privacy setting to opt out of face recognition technology is missing for some users, nearly 18 months after it was announced
10:00 PM  •
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:  Sources: ByteDance, owner of TikTok, is developing a paid music service via a new app it expects to debut as early as this fall, mostly in emerging markets
8:45 PM  •
Julia Alexander / The Verge:  Professional gamer Tfue sues esports org FaZe Clan over allegedly “oppressive” contract, says FaZe violates CA law by acting as an unlicensed talent agency
7:55 PM  •
Financial Times:  Sources: US intelligence chiefs have been briefing US tech companies since Oct. to warn them on the risks of trade with China, showing classified info to execs
7:40 PM  •
Johana Bhuiyan / Los Angeles Times:  Documents show that Lyft pays less per mile to drivers who rent a car via Lyft's Express Drive than those with their own car; Lyft blames the cost of insurance
6:45 PM  •
Hannah Murphy / Financial Times:  Snap says it has appointed Derek Andersen, its VP of finance, as CFO, and Lara Sweet, its chief accounting officer and interim CFO, as chief people officer
6:20 PM  •
Bloomberg:  Sources: Sony turned to Microsoft for cloud gaming partnership after talks with Amazon fell through last year; the deal was a surprise for the PlayStation team
6:00 PM  •
Kirsten Korosec / TechCrunch:  Quadric.io raises $15M Series A led by automotive Tier 1 supplier DENSO to build a plug-and-play supercomputer for autonomous systems
5:33 PM  •
Marlize van Romburgh / Silicon Valley Business Journal:  Santa Clara-based Marvell says it's buying chip design business Avera Semiconductor from GlobalFoundries in a deal valued at up to $740M
5:20 PM  •
Reuters:  Commerce Dept. creates a general license, which expires Aug. 19, to restore Huawei's ability to maintain existing networks and push software updates to handsets
5:00 PM  •
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:  Instagram quietly overhauls the design of IGTV to have just one central feed, much like TikTok, as it tries to ramp up the app's growth a year after launch
4:45 PM  •
Julia Love / Reuters:  Mexico unveils plans to withhold tax from drivers for ride-hailing and food delivery firms like Uber and Rappi; China's Didi says it won't take part in the plan
4:19 PM  •
Bloomberg:  Sources: FTC seeks evidence that Broadcom's conduct harmed rivals in WiFi and network switch chip markets, broadening its probe
2:48 PM  •
Bloomberg:  Source: DOJ is leaning against approving T-Mobile's takeover of Sprint because the companies' proposals don't go far enough to resolve anti-trust concerns
2:45 PM  •
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:  Clinc, which provides a conversational AI platform for customers in verticals like healthcare, travel, and banking, raises $52M Series B led by Insight Partners
1:55 PM  •
Matt Simon / Wired:  Inside Facebook's new robotics lab, where the company is teaching robots to walk on their own, hoping the lessons learned can advance the company's AI efforts
1:40 PM  •
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:  Researcher finds database, belonging to Mumbai-based Chtrbox, with contact info, including phone numbers, of millions of Instagram users exposed online
1:35 PM  •
Sam Biddle / The Intercept:  Facebook document shows it courts carriers and phone makers, ~100 companies, with “aggregated and anonymized” personal data about its users and their histories
1:00 PM  •
Kate Clark / TechCrunch:  Graphic design app Canva raises $70M at a valuation of $2.5B from Bond, Mary Meeker's new VC fund, and others, bringing the total raised to $166M
12:50 PM  •
Tom Warren / The Verge:  Microsoft says its Edge for Mac browser is now available in preview, starting with daily canary builds for macOS 10.12 and above
12:43 PM  •
Jeremy Horwitz / VentureBeat:  Google unveils Google Glass Enterprise Edition 2 with a Snapdragon XR1 chip, an improved 8MP camera, and ~8 hours of battery life; orders open today for $999
12:28 PM  •
Connie Loizos / TechCrunch:  Y Combinator says it has promoted longtime partner Geoff Ralston to president; Sam Altman says he will no longer be the chairman and will instead be an advisor
12:15 PM  •
Nick Statt / The Verge:  Xbox chief outlines plans to fight toxicity in gaming through new moderation tools for Xbox Live communities and a new industry-wide initiative to share tech
11:35 AM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Facebook releases maps of population density, movement, and network coverage to help nonprofits and universities better map the spread of infectious diseases
10:45 AM  •
Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed News:  Researchers say VidMate, a popular Chinese Android app with 500M installs, secretly subscribes users to paid services and exposes their personal information
10:20 AM  •
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:  Robin Powered, a provider of cloud-based workplace scheduling and management software, raises $20M Series B led by Tola Capital
10:10 AM  •
Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:  Report: Toshiba Memory plans to buy back the shares it sold to Apple, Dell, Kingston, and Seagate last year, as part of a refinancing plan
10:05 AM  •
Jeremy Horwitz / VentureBeat:  FCC Chairman recommends approval of the proposed T-Mobile and Sprint merger after New T-Mobile promises to cover 97% of the US population with 5G in three years
9:40 AM  •
David McCabe / Axios:  FCC chairman will recommend approval of T-Mobile, Sprint deal
9:23 AM  •
Wall Street Journal:  FCC Chairman Recommends Approval of T-Mobile-Sprint Merger
9:20 AM  •
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:  Identity and authentication platform Auth0 raises $103M Series E led by Sapphire Ventures at a valuation of $1B, says it has 7,000 enterprise clients
8:55 AM  •
Josh Horwitz / Reuters:  Xiaomi beats revenue expectations with Q1 sales of ~$6.3B, up 27% YoY, and net income of ~$303M, up 23.5% YoY, thanks to growth in sales outside China
8:40 AM  •
Jeremy Kahn / Bloomberg:  Prowler.io, which uses AI to help businesses make decisions in areas like asset management and logistics, raises $24M led by Tencent at a $100M valuation
8:20 AM  •
Rita Liao / TechCrunch:  TikTok owner ByteDance launches Feiliao on iOS and Android, a chat app that is a hybrid of interest-based forums and an instant messenger
7:55 AM  •
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:  Siemplify, which provides a security orchestration and automation platform, raises $30M Series C led by Georgian Partners, bringing its total raised to $58M
7:25 AM  •
Paul Tassi / Forbes:  Report details how game publishers are paying top streamers, with 15K+ concurrent viewers, $25,000-$50,000 an hour to stream a new game and build buzz
6:50 AM  •
Jean-Louis Gassée / Monday Note:  Despite Musk's exaggerations, there's a chance Tesla's vertically integrated approach and love of software will win in auto, just like Apple succeeded in mobile
4:30 AM  •
Security Research Labs:  Many Ethereum nodes running popular clients like Parity and Geth take months to apply security patches, which may leave the network vulnerable to 51% attacks
2:50 AM  •
Eric Niiler / Wired:  Meteorologists say interference from 5G phones could reduce the accuracy of weather forecasts by 30%, equivalent to the quality of predictions in the 1980s
1:30 AM  •
T.C. Sottek / The Verge:  By making its Avoid Player feature for Dota 2 part of its premium Battle Pass subscription, Valve is now charging players a minimum of $9.99 to avoid harassers
12:30 AM  •
Skift:  Amazon's offering of flight bookings in India in partnership with Cleartrip is a sensible entry point for its foray into travel

May 19, 2019

11:20 PM  •
Mike Isaac / Brain Dump:  Growth of impermanent formats like Stories, which may be shared more in 2019 than News Feed posts, shows awareness that digital pasts are a liability for many
10:51 PM  •
Ben Brody / Bloomberg:  Sources: after Trump's ban, chipmakers including Intel, Qualcomm, Xilinx, and Broadcom have told employees they will not supply Huawei until further notice
10:00 PM  •
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:  Q&A with Stephen Machuga, the CEO of Stack Up, which provides video games and consoles to help veterans and active duty soldiers with PTSD and mental illness
8:15 PM  •
Scott Gilbertson / Ars Technica:  Opera's Reborn 3 is a major update with a clean visual redesign and futuristic-feeling features like Opera Flow for simple syncing and blockchain-based tools
7:10 PM  •
Connie Loizos / TechCrunch:  Sam Altman talks about his years at Y Combinator, OpenAI's ambitions to create a friendly general artificial intelligence, and its “capped profit” model
6:05 PM  •
Eliza Mackintosh / CNN:  A look at the multi-pronged, cross-sector approach Finland is taking to successfully fight misinformation campaigns and fake news
4:50 PM  •
Binance:  Binance founder and CEO Changpeng Zhao shares how the exchange reacted to the hack and theft of 7000 bitcoins, steps taken afterwards, and lessons learned
3:50 PM  •
Nick Summers / Engadget:  Inside the small but highly organized community on Habbo, a role playing game and social networking service that launched in 2001 and outlived many competitors
1:57 PM  •
Angela Moon / Reuters:  Source: Google will stop collaborating and providing Huawei with technical support for Android and Google services, including Google Play
1:05 PM  •
Cal Newport / New Yorker:  The IndieWeb, a loose collective of developers and techno-utopians, aims to create alternatives to mass social media via projects like Micro.blog and Mastodon
11:15 AM  •
Emily Stewart / Vox:  Q&A with Sen. Ron Wyden on writing early legislation that shaped the internet, technology consolidation, and protecting publishers without requiring neutrality
5:05 AM  •
Tiernan Ray / ZDNet:  Mobileye CEO Amnon Shashua on the current state of AI, Intel's plans for its autonomous mobility service, and the importance of developing alternatives to LIDAR
2:00 AM  •
Beth Kowitt / Fortune:  32 current and former employees on the cultural shift inside Google and the decline in trust and communication between the rank and file and the management

May 18, 2019

11:35 PM  •
Reuters:  Experts are skeptical about Huawei's claim it can ensure a steady components supply without the US, say it would struggle to replace chips, lasers, other parts
8:30 PM  •
Danielle Abril / Fortune:  By 2023, Uber Eats may own 25% of the forecasted $191B global food delivery market, but DoorDash and GrubHub make more in sales, and DoorDash is growing fastest

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