July 20, 2019, 6:25 AM

July 20, 2019

2:00 AM  •
Megan Farokhmanesh / The Verge:  Instagram “tag cleaners” have flooded a murdered user's tagged photos with pleasant images to combat trolls and drown out tagged images of gore

July 19, 2019

10:10 PM  •
Jonathan Vanian / Fortune:  How Microsoft, Amazon, and Google are racing for dominance as cloud platforms for game streaming, as the gaming industry is set to generate $152B in 2019
8:45 PM  •
AnnaMaria Andriotis / Wall Street Journal:  Sources: Equifax is nearing a ~$700M settlement to resolve federal and state probes and a national class-action lawsuit over the breach disclosed in Sept. 2017
7:50 PM  •
Olivia Carville / Bloomberg:  Tinder is testing letting users pay it directly in its Android app, bypassing the Play Store and avoiding Google's 30% cut
7:25 PM  •
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:  US Department of Education: hackers breached an ERP system of 62 colleges, created student accounts, and used them “almost immediately for criminal activity”
6:45 PM  •
Washington Post:  Sources: the FTC has finalized a multimillion dollar settlement with Google in an investigation into YouTube for violating federal data privacy laws for kids
4:50 PM  •
Kate Clark / TechCrunch:  Medallia, a customer experience management platform, closes up 76% on its first day trading, after raising $326M at a valuation of $2.5B in its IPO
4:05 PM  •
Li Tao / South China Morning Post:  Huawei says 28 out of its 50 commercial 5G infrastructure contracts are in Europe
3:10 PM  •
Sean O'Kane / The Verge:  French drone maker Parrot continues to shift away from consumer sales, dominated by DJI, says it will only make business focused Anafi drone line
2:50 PM  •
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:  Chrome and Firefox extensions with up to 4M installs leaked sensitive data, including names and passwords, to marketing intelligence service Nacho Analytics
2:30 PM  •
Shannon Vavra / CyberScoop:  Former NSA contractor Harold Martin sentenced to nine years in prison for the theft of 50TB+ of classified government files
1:40 PM  •
Will Oremus / OneZero:  Twitter's redesign, which rebuilt the desktop website as a progressive web app, solves none of its problems, but will help the famously slow company move faster
1:00 PM  •
Deepti Chaudhary / Livemint:  Source: Oyo founder and CEO Ritesh Agarwal to pay $2B at a $10B valuation to up his stake in Oyo from 10% to 30%; Lightspeed and Sequoia India sold some shares
12:10 PM  •
Tim Ingham / Rolling Stone:  A look at 5 initiatives Spotify has abandoned: original video content, its hateful conduct policy, Spotify apps, direct music distribution, and Spotify Running
11:30 AM  •
Natt Garun / The Verge:  A look at the growing use of connected home fitness devices, as some users say convenience outweighs qualms about constantly looking at screens
10:30 AM  •
Norihiko Shirouzu / Reuters:  BMW and Tencent partner to launch a computing center in China that will help develop autonomous driving solutions adapted to Chinese roads
10:10 AM  •
Financial Times:  Sources: NSO Group claims it can read authentication tokens on phones infected with its spyware to access victims' data on iCloud and other cloud services
9:55 AM  •
Kim Zetter / VICE:  Researchers say they were able to trick cybersecurity firm Cylance's AI-based antivirus engine into thinking programs like WannaCry and other malware are benign
9:55 AM  •
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:  Lexion, which develops AI-powered solutions for managing contracts, raises a $4.2M seed round
8:50 AM  •
Washington Post:  The panic over FaceApp highlighted how public attitudes about the internet have changed amid a widespread reckoning over data privacy and election interference
7:50 AM  •
Olga Kharif / Bloomberg:  CB Insights: VC investment in blockchain startups is on pace to decline by ~60% YoY in 2019; as of July 1, blockchain companies have raised $784M via 227 deals
7:15 AM  •
Wang Zichen / Xinhua News Agency:  Huawei says its homegrown Hongmeng operating system is not for smartphones or an alternative to Android, but is for industrial use instead
6:30 AM  •
South China Morning Post:  China's internet giants see smart speakers as the ideal means to reach newly connected users who lack computer skills, as input methods shift from text to voice
2:45 AM  •
Wall Street Journal:  The Google Transparency Report, a searchable database of political ads, has errors, delays, and failures in recording political ads bought with Google's tools
12:25 AM  •
Brandon Bilinski / YouTube Blog:  YouTube adds one click switch between audio and video for YouTube Premium and YouTube Music Premium subscribers, has time-matched over 5M songs

July 18, 2019

11:20 PM  •
Sarah Dai / South China Morning Post:  Chinese AI voice recognition company iFlytek has raised ~$407M from a state-backed industry fund and several provincial government funds via a private placement
9:15 PM  •
Geoffrey A. Fowler / Washington Post:  I found your data. It's for sale.
8:30 PM  •
Ionut Ilascu / BleepingComputer:  US Treasury's FinCEN says scammers tried to steal an average of $301M per month via business email compromise scams in 2018, up from $110M per month in 2016
7:00 PM  •
Wall Street Journal:  Sources: WeWork co-founder Adam Neumann has cashed out more than $700M from the company ahead of its IPO through a mix of stock sales and debt
6:25 PM  •
Hannah Murphy / Financial Times:  In its first earnings report since its IPO, CrowdStrike beats with Q2 revenue of $96.1M, up 103% YoY, vs. $95.6M est.; stock up 15%+
6:05 PM  •
Joey Roulette / Orlando Weekly:  Orlando cancels the second phase of its Amazon Rekognition pilot, which began in October 2018, and says it has no immediate plans for future pilots of the tech
5:30 PM  •
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:  The Kazakhstan government is making ISPs force users to install a government-issued certificate on all devices and in every browser to intercept HTTPS traffic
5:10 PM  •
Reuters:  German transport app FlixMobility raises Series F co-led by TCV and Permira; sources say the Series F was for about €500M, valuing the company at more than €2B
4:35 PM  •
Tom Warren / The Verge:  Microsoft's Xbox hardware revenue declined 48% YoY in Q4, but Xbox Live active users grew to 65M
4:20 PM  •
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:  Microsoft reports Q4 Productivity and Business Processes revenue of $11.0B, up 14% YoY, and More Personal Computing revenue of $11.3B, up 4% YoY
4:15 PM  •
Jordan Novet / CNBC:  Microsoft reports Q4 Intelligent Cloud revenue of $11.39B, up 19% YoY, with Azure revenue up 64% YoY, its lowest growth rate in at least four years
4:08 PM  •
Microsoft:  Microsoft reports Q4 revenue of $33.7B, up 12% YoY, operating income of $12.4B, up 20% YoY, and net income of $13.2B, up 49% YoY
3:35 PM  •
Bloomberg:  How Amazon Go, which offers all the selection of a 7-Eleven but with more complexity and cost, became the company's most ambitious research project
3:00 PM  •
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:  Intel and SAP announce a multi-year partnership focused on data centers, combining Intel's hardware with SAP's software
2:35 PM  •
Ryan Mac / BuzzFeed News:  Inside 18 months of turmoil at Grindr, which some former employees say began with its sale to Chinese company Kunlun Group and elevation of Scott Chen
2:15 PM  •
Ari Levy / CNBC:  Trump confirms he will look into Pentagon's JEDI cloud contract, set to be awarded to Microsoft or Amazon, after “tremendous complaints from other companies”
1:50 PM  •
Julia Alexander / The Verge:  In some ways, Netflix's Q2 results were a disaster, highlighting the weakness of its US market, limits of international growth, and pain of losing huge shows
1:15 PM  •
Shelby Brown / CNET:  Google increases Chrome bug bounty rewards, tripling the maximum baseline reward from $5,000 to $15,000 and doubling the maximum reward from $15,000 to $30,000
12:50 PM  •
Jennifer Miller / New York Times:  As podcast service Blubrry says there are now over 700,000 podcasts, with 2,000 to 3,000 launching every month, a look at whether we have reached “peak podcast”
12:35 PM  •
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:  New Delhi-based MyMoneyMantra, which operates a marketplace for financial services, raises $15M, its first external funding in its 30-year history
12:25 PM  •
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:  Instagram strengthens moderation policies, introducing an alert to warn people when their account is close to being deleted and giving moderators more leeway
12:15 PM  •
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:  InCountry, a data residency-as-a-service platform that helps multinational companies store customer data locally, raises $15M series A to expand globally
12:05 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Wattpad's ad-free subscription tier and Wattpad Paid Stories, which offers exclusive, paywalled content to users, are now available worldwide to its 70M+ users
11:55 AM  •
Emily Dreyfuss / Wired:  Legal chatbot DoNotPay introduces Free Trial Card, a service that lets users sign up to free trials anonymously and declines payment after the trial period ends
11:45 AM  •
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:  Haus, a real estate startup started by Uber co-founder Garrett Camp as part of his startup studio Expa, raises $4.1M in seed funding and $3M in debt
11:15 AM  •
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:  Pivot, whose gym product Smartspot uses a depth-sensing camera to record workouts and identify incorrect postures, comes out of stealth, raises $17M Series A
10:35 AM  •
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:  Slack says it is resetting passwords for 1% of its users after receiving new info about the company's 2015 security breach; in April, Slack said it has 10M DAUs
9:30 AM  •
James Vincent / The Verge:  A look at the challenges facing Boston Dynamics, chief among them public perception, as it prepares to launch its first commercial bot, called Spot, this year
7:30 AM  •
Ana Wolsztajn /  Business travel management platform TravelPerk raises an additional $60M as an extension of its $44M Series C, says its revenue increased by 300% in 2019
7:10 AM  •
European Commission:  European Commission fines Qualcomm €242M for abusing its dominance in 3G baseband chipsets by selling below cost to force its competitor Icera out of the market
4:35 AM  •
Aditi Shrivastava / The Economic Times:  eBay picks up a 5.5% stake in Paytm Mall to open up its global inventory to ~130M+ users on Paytm platforms; sources say the deal is valued at ~$150M
2:30 AM  •
Ryan Browne / CNBC:  German mobile banking startup N26 raises $170M from existing investors, a top-up to the $300M Series D it raised in January, at a $3.5B valuation
12:10 AM  •
Catherine Shu / TechCrunch:  Wavecell, a cloud-communications platform for companies in SE Asia, has been acquired by cloud-based conferencing solutions provider 8x8 in a deal worth ~$125M

July 17, 2019

11:15 PM  •
Thomas Claburn / The Register:  DOJ charges former Microsoft developer, a Ukrainian citizen, for allegedly using a test account to steal $10M by purchasing and reselling Microsoft e-gift cards
10:45 PM  •
Abner Li / 9to5Google:  “Not designed for children” warning appearing on some Play Store listings; developers have the option to apply it where kids are outside the target age group
10:25 PM  •
Faiz Siddiqui / Washington Post:  Uber riders in some cities, including DC and San Diego, were charged 100x the advertised fare, with some fares exceeding $1,000; Uber says glitch has been fixed
9:30 PM  •
Cade Metz / New York Times:  How Google Glass and other devices are being tested to teach children on the autism spectrum to make eye contact and recognize emotions
8:05 PM  •
Douglas Busvine / Reuters:  After a seven-month probe, Amazon reaches a deal with German antitrust watchdog to give 30 days notice and a reason for removing a merchant from its platform
7:25 PM  •
Bloomberg:  Sources: Trump is looking into the Pentagon's JEDI contract, which is set to be awarded to Amazon or Microsoft, to decide whether he should intervene
7:20 PM  •
Ken Dilanian / NBC News:  Microsoft says it has warned ~10,000 customers of nation-state attacks in the past year and tracked 781 cyberattacks by foreign adversaries this election cycle
7:00 PM  •
Alfred Ng / CNET:  Google removes seven stalkerware apps from the Play Store that were found by Avast researchers; the apps had been installed more than 130,000 times
6:40 PM  •
New York Times:  While the Senate hearing on Libra focused on mistrust of Facebook, the House hearing focused on hurdles Facebook may face if it wants to release Libra next year
6:30 PM  •
Taylor Soper / GeekWire:  BMW's ReachNow car-sharing service, which operates in Seattle and Portland, shuts down, effective immediately, following a joint venture deal with Daimler
6:10 PM  •
Todd Spangler / Variety:  In Q2, Netflix lost US subscribers for the first time since Q3 2011, dropping 130,000, and added fewer global subs than expected, citing a weak Q2 content slate
5:30 PM  •
Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:  Instagram expands its test to hide the number of likes on other users' posts to six more countries: Ireland, Italy, Japan, Brazil, Australia, and New Zealand
5:25 PM  •
Donie O'Sullivan / CNN:  DNC warns 2020 presidential campaigns not to use FaceApp; alert from DNC's chief security officer notes that the app was “developed by Russians”
5:05 PM  •
Jordan Novet / CNBC:  IBM reports Q2 revenue of $19.2B, down 4.2% YoY, with Cloud and Cognitive Software revenue of $5.6B, up 3.2% YoY, more on Red Hat acquisition to be shared Aug 2
5:00 PM  •
Natalie Gagliordi / ZDNet:  eBay beats with Q2 revenue of $2.7B, up 2% YoY, net income of $403M, and says it is considering selling both StubHub and its Classifieds services; stock up 5%+
4:32 PM  •
Chris Welch / The Verge:  Netflix says it plans to launch a cheaper mobile-only streaming plan starting in India in Q3
4:13 PM  •
Netflix Investor Relations:  Netflix reports Q2 revenue of $4.9B, up 26% YoY, and total paid membership of 152M, up 22% YoY, but it added 2.7M new subs, down from 5.5M YoY; stock down 10%+
3:50 PM  •
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:  Facebook executives, from Zuckerberg to Sandberg to Marcus, have argued that more US regulation aids Chinese rivals, but this assertion is far from clear
3:15 PM  •
Brian Merchant / Columbia Journalism Review:  To duck accountability, “on background” has become the default method by which Silicon Valley disseminates information, often abetted by tech journalists
3:00 PM  •
Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:  As part of World Emoji Day, Apple and Google share designs for around 60 new emoji, many focused on representation around disability
2:45 PM  •
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:  As FaceApp goes viral again, many are wary of the image-altering app's weak privacy policy, the fact it's based in Russia, and that photos are sent to the cloud
1:00 PM  •
Charlie Osborne / ZDNet:  Researchers find that Windows 10, iOS, and macOS devices broadcast device-specific info over Bluetooth, letting observers track the devices; Android does not
12:25 PM  •
Alfred Ng / CNET:  Researcher: 100+ Chinese loan apps sent sensitive data of 4.6M+ devices, including financial information, to a public server that was left exposed for two weeks
12:00 PM  •
Steve O'Hear / TechCrunch:  Berlin-based Billie, which offers a B2B invoicing and payments platform, raises €30M Series B led by Creandum
11:35 AM  •
Davey Alba / BuzzFeed News:  Google's vice president of public policy, Karan Bhatia, tells US Senate that the company has “terminated” Project Dragonfly, its Chinese search engine project
11:15 AM  •
Hayley Peterson / Business Insider:  Amazon says Prime Day surpassed Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales combined, with users buying 175M items, up from 100M in 2018
11:05 AM  •
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:  MacBook Air (2019) review: classic design works well and True Tone display looks great, but its CPU can struggle, keyboard is a worry, and USB-C can be a hassle
10:55 AM  •
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:  Peer-to-peer car sharing marketplace Turo raises $250M Series E from IAC at a $1B+ valuation, bringing its total raised to nearly $450M
10:40 AM  •
CNBC:  Microsoft says AT&T's 250,000 staffers will use Azure and the Office 365 suite in a non-exclusive deal; source says the multi-year deal is worth $2B+
10:25 AM  •
Michael McWhertor / Polygon:  Nintendo announces an updated Switch console which, it says, will last up to nine hours on a single charge; FCC filing suggests it has a new SoC and storage
10:20 AM  •
Dan Seifert / The Verge:  MacBook Pro 13-inch (2019, two ports) review: great performance, display, and trackpad but keyboard reliability remains an issue and battery life is average
10:05 AM  •
Seth Colaner / VentureBeat:  Ascend, which develops an autonomous dataflow service to reduce the effort required from data engineers, raises $19M Series A led by Accel
9:35 AM  •
Lily Hay Newman / Wired:  Researchers created an app that could withhold insulin or trigger a lethal overdose after Medtronic and the FDA delayed a replacement plan for flawed pumps
9:15 AM  •
Jessica Conditt / Engadget:  Indies making single-play games focused on story worry about the rise of subscription models, which better suit longer, replayable games
8:50 AM  •
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:  Atlanta-based software company Ebix to acquire Indian online travel booking company Yatra through a merger deal valued at $337.8M
8:30 AM  •
Kevin Roose / New York Times:  Reflecting on VidCon, it's clear that influencers' command of social media foreshadows future power in politics and elsewhere
8:00 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  AlphaSense, an enterprise search engine for market analysis and business intelligence, raises $50M Series B led by Innovation Endeavors
7:35 AM  •
Alnoor Peermohamed / The Economic Times:  Icertis, an enterprise contract management SaaS, raises $115M led by Greycroft and PremjiInvest at a $1B+ valuation, bringing its total raised to $211M
7:15 AM  •
Steve O'Hear / TechCrunch:  London-based ContractPodAi, which develops AI-powered contract lifecycle management software, raises $55M Series B led by Insight Partners
7:05 AM  •
European Commission:  The European Commission launches a formal antitrust investigation into possible anti-competitive conduct by Amazon in its dual role as marketplace and retailer
5:30 AM  •
Reuters:  Review of 33 high-profile blockchain projects within the financial sector and interviews with execs shows the limitations of blockchain and its weak adoption
4:35 AM  •
William J. Broad / New York Times:  Unwarranted health fears about wireless tech can be traced to a scientist's flawed report in 2000 that failed to account for the shielding effect of human skin
2:55 AM  •
Reuters:  Tencent-backed Chinese game focused live-streaming platform DouYu raises $775M at $3.73B valuation, after pricing its US IPO at the bottom of its marketed range
2:10 AM  •
John Markoff / New York Times:  Neuralink, which has received $158M in funding including $100M from Elon Musk, hopes to begin testing its brain-computer interface on humans by Q2 of 2020
1:45 AM  •
Patrick Howell O'Neill / MIT Technology Review:  Researchers shed light on how WeChat censors images in private chats automatically in real time by using a massive and growing index of MD5 cryptographic hashes
12:05 AM  •
Nathaniel Popper / New York Times:  A look at privacy-focused DuckDuckGo, which has ~1% share of the search engine market but says it handles ~40M searches a day, up 3x over the past two years

July 16, 2019

11:20 PM  •
Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed News:  Google has banned Chinese app developer CooTek from its ad platforms and Play Store, removing 60+ CooTek Android apps for bombarding users with disruptive ads
9:20 PM  •
Bloomberg:  Highlights from the House's antitrust hearing, where Apple, Amazon, Google, and Facebook executives fought criticism that their companies dominate their markets
8:55 PM  •
Iris Deng / South China Morning Post:  Chinese electric scooter maker Niu, a supplier to US ride-sharing service Revel, says it will transfer tariff costs to US clients as trade war continues
7:50 PM  •
BBC:  Pearson, the world's largest education publisher, says all future releases of its 1,500 active US titles will be “digital first” and updated on an ongoing basis
7:25 PM  •
Joe Maring / Android Central:  LG Pay, with both NFC and magnetic stripe terminal support, is now available in the US for the LG G8, will expand to other LG phones in the coming months
6:30 PM  •
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:  Google Maps will now show bike-sharing station information on Android and iOS in 23 new cities globally, more than a year after debuting the feature in NYC
6:10 PM  •
Jeff Kauflin / Forbes:  Finix, a payments infrastructure platform that lets companies own and control their payment processing, raises $17.5M Series A led by Bain Capital
5:55 PM  •
Nitasha Tiku / Wired:  Four of the seven Google employees who organized a 20,000-person walkout in November have resigned from the company
5:15 PM  •
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:  FCC authorizes funding for ISPs to provide broadband access for 220,000+ unserved rural homes and businesses in 24 states as part of the Connect America Fund
4:20 PM  •
Nour Al Ali / Bloomberg:  London-based payments startup SumUp secures a $371M loan from Goldman, Bain Capital, and others to fuel an international expansion
3:40 PM  •
Palko Karasz / New York Times:  EU's satellite navigation program, named Galileo and billed as a more reliable alternative to GPS, has mostly been down since last Thursday
3:35 PM  •
Angel Krasimirov / Reuters:  Bulgaria says hackers stole millions of taxpayers' financial data in June; an expert says nearly all adult citizens' personal records may have been compromised
3:10 PM  •
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:  Apple says it is sending out another silent update for macOS to fix a webcam vulnerability affecting apps using Zoom's tech including RingCentral and Zhumu
3:02 PM  •
Bloomberg:  Sources: Apple plans to fund original, exclusive podcasts and has reached out to media companies, in a bid to compete with Spotify
2:50 PM  •
Jeff Stone / CyberScoop:  Ukrainian hacker Mikhail Rytikov, sought by the US since 2013 for running a dark web network used by criminals at scale, arrested in Ukraine with US and UK help
2:45 PM  •
Isabelle Kirkwood / BetaKit:  Montréal-based startup Landr, which develops AI-powered audio mastering software, raises ~$20M Series B from Sony Innovation Fund, Warner Music, others
2:25 PM  •
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:  Sprint says hackers had access to customers' names, billing, device details, and more via Samsung's website, fails to disclose the number affected
2:13 PM  •
Elizabeth Schulze / CNBC:  Swiss regulator that Facebook's David Marcus said would oversee privacy protections for Libra says it hasn't heard from those behind the proposed cryptocurrency
1:30 PM  •
VICE:  Inside a lawsuit against Girls Do Porn, one of Pornhub's popular channels, which 22 women allege post videos without proper consent, leading to doxxing and more
1:10 PM  •
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:  Uber open sources Plato, a tool for developing and testing conversational AI across many deep learning frameworks including TensorFlow and PyTorch
12:55 PM  •
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:  Highlights from the Senate hearing with Facebook's David Marcus on the proposed Libra cryptocurrency, and what was left unanswered
12:52 PM  •
Kate McKenna / CBC News:  Study of 3,800 young people over four years: high levels of social media usage showed an increase in depressive symptoms, while playing video games did not
12:50 PM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Facebook makes its first changes to Workplace pricing, raising the premium tier by $1/person/month and introducing a new $8 Workplace Enterprise tier
12:15 PM  •
Alan Levin / Bloomberg:  Alphabet's Wing launches OpenSky, an air traffic control app for drones, currently available for free in Australia, joining a crowded field
12:10 PM  •
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:  Arm launches Flexible Access, a new licensing option that makes it easier for startups to access a range of Arm's IP without any upfront licensing costs
11:55 AM  •
Tony Romm / Washington Post:  Trump threatens to “take a look” at Google for alleged China ties, in a tweet that cited claims Peter Thiel made at a conference and repeated on Fox News
10:45 AM  •
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:  Newsletter platform Substack raises $15.3M Series A led by Andreessen Horowitz, says Substack newsletters now have 50,000 paying subscribers
10:16 AM  •  Livestream of Facebook's David Marcus testifying before the US Senate on the Libra cryptocurrency
9:45 AM  •
Eric Peckham / TechCrunch:  Patreon, which helps content creators manage paid membership communities for fans, raises $60M Series D led by Glade Brook Capital
9:30 AM  •
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:  Flybits, which develops personalized recommendations for customers of financial institutions, raises $35M Series C led by Point72 Ventures
9:25 AM  •
Aoife White / Bloomberg:  Sources: Amazon faces a full-blown EU antitrust probe within days; Qualcomm could face a second hefty EU penalty as soon as next week for underpricing chips
8:45 AM  •
Press Association:  Facebook introduces a scam ads reporting tool in the UK and donates £3M to Citizens Advice for Scams Action, a dedicated online anti-scam service
8:20 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Near, an AI-based platform that merges online and offline behavior to build anonymized user profiles, raises $100M Series C from Great Pacific Capital
7:45 AM  •
Bloomberg:  Meredith Whittaker, who helped lead employee protests at Google over its military and AI work, and sexual harassment policies, is leaving the company
7:15 AM  •
Robert Lee Hotz / Wall Street Journal:  A look at the Apollo 11's guidance computer, the first digital general-purpose, multitasking, interactive portable computer, with about 145K lines of code
6:20 AM  •
Austin Carr / Bloomberg:  Disney's theme parks have not faced the same level of scrutiny as tech companies over their data mining because the parks are real-world walled gardens
2:00 AM  •
Mike Wheatley / SiliconANGLE:  Intel says Pohoiki Beach, its neuromorphic computing system with 64 Loihi chips, has the computing power of 8M neurons and will be available to select partners

July 15, 2019

10:35 PM  •
Robert Langreth / Bloomberg:  AI-based drug discovery company Recursion raises $121M at a $646M valuation; VCs invested about $1B in AI drug discovery startups in 2018, up from $237M in 2016
8:40 PM  •
Steve O'Hear / TechCrunch:  Curve, a London-based mobile banking platform that consolidates all of a user's bank cards into a single card and app, raises $55M Series B at a $250M valuation
7:45 PM  •
CNN:  Documents describe how WikiLeaks' Assange used London's Ecuadorian Embassy as a command center to orchestrate disclosures during the 2016 presidential election
7:35 PM  •
Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed News:  Feeling unwelcome to share opinions within Google, its conservative staffers have leaked internal info to generate pressure on Google from Republican lawmakers
7:25 PM  •
Nick Heath / ZDNet:  Microsoft has blocked the Windows 10 May 2019 update for the Surface Book 2 after reports that updated machines weren't always detecting the Nvidia GPU
6:55 PM  •
Brian Dowling / Xconomy:  Lendbuzz, a Boston-based startup that uses AI to underwrite auto loans, raises $130M in debt funding and $20M in new equity funding led by 83North
6:40 PM  •
Nicole Nguyen / BuzzFeed News:  Researcher: software from RingCentral and Zhumu, which license Zoom's tech, is affected by the same flaw in Zoom that could give attackers access to Mac cameras
6:05 PM  •
Tom Warren / The Verge:  In the next Windows 10 update, expected to arrive in September, Microsoft will allow voice assistants like Amazon's Alexa to activate on the lock screen
5:40 PM  •
Corbin Davenport / Android Police:  Google says it will shut down AdSense's iOS and Android apps by the end of 2019 to focus instead on its mobile web interface
5:25 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Dish's AirTV launches $80 4K streaming stick for accessing Sling TV, Netflix, and broadcast channels from one Android TV user interface
5:00 PM  •
Johana Bhuiyan / Los Angeles Times:  Drivers from the I'm Independent Coalition, which works with Uber and Lyft, were paid $25-$100 to protest a bill that would give them some employee protections
4:35 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Facebook has hired former Vine GM Jason Toff to join the newly formed experimental app division, NPE Team, as a Product Management Director
4:15 PM  •
Bloomberg:  Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says he has serious concerns about Facebook's Libra, joining Trump and other officials including the Federal Reserve chairman
3:40 PM  •
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:  Blackstone is acquiring mobile ad company Vungle, which says it's being used in 60,000 apps and serves 4B+ video views/month, for $750M, according to sources
2:50 PM  •
Josh Eidelson / Bloomberg:  Workers detail how Instacart punishes them if they don't accept low-paying, undesirable tasks they otherwise might reject
2:05 PM  •
Dell Cameron / Gizmodo:  While Twitter recently said it would add a notice for tweets from politicians that break its guidelines, it didn't flag Trump's racist tweets over the weekend
1:40 PM  •
Bloomberg:  How YouTube trampled dozens of companies as it grew over the years, from ad brokers like AppNexus to content networks like Vevo and Machinima
1:20 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Twitter says its redesigned desktop website with simplified navigation, which has been in testing since early this year, is rolling out globally starting today
12:55 PM  •
Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:  Report: the SSD in the refreshed MacBook Air is ~35% slower compared to the 2018 model, which was $100 more expensive
12:30 PM  •
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:  David Marcus releases prepared testimony for his senate hearing today, saying Libra will be regulated by the Swiss but comply with US anti-laundering laws
11:45 AM  •
Washington Post:  Privacy advocates and lawmakers say Apple is an ally in name only on tightening privacy laws; in some cases Apple backs lobbying efforts against regulation
10:55 AM  •
Sara Ashley O'Brien / CNN:  Uber releases its third annual global diversity report, ties some diversity goals for 2022 to the compensation of senior executives for the first time
10:15 AM  •
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:  DefenseStorm, a cybersecurity and compliance management startup focused on clients in banking and financial services, raises $15M Series A
10:06 AM  •
Thomas Franck / CNBC:  Sources: Symantec and Broadcom have ceased acquisition negotiations as Symantec would not accept less than $28 a share; Symantec stock is down 10%+ after hours
9:40 AM  •
Writankar Mukherjee / The Economic Times:  Sources: as part of a new strategy to drive value in India instead of volume, Apple stopped selling the iPhone SE, 6, 6 Plus, and 6s Plus in the country
9:30 AM  •
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:  Amperity, which offers AI-based customer data management tools, raises $50M Series C led by Tiger Global Management, bringing its total raised to $87M+
9:15 AM  •
Jon Fingas / Engadget:  Qualcomm unveils Snapdragon 855 Plus, which runs the CPU at up to 2.96GHz instead of the earlier 2.84GHz and also delivers a 15% graphics speed boost
8:55 AM  •
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:  Cambridge, UK-based Paragraf, which manufactures graphene-based electronic products, raises £12.8M Series A led by early-stage VC Parkwalk
8:25 AM  •
Paul Sullivan / New York Times:  How a tax loophole lets tech workers and investors who obtained stock while a company was valued under $50M make millions on stock gains tax-free
7:45 AM  •
Dan Strumpf / Wall Street Journal:  Sources: Huawei plans hundreds of layoffs at Futurewei Technologies, its US R&D subsidiary, which employs about 850 people in research labs across the US
7:10 AM  •
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:  Anvyl, which sets up cameras and sensors in factories to let brands see their product being built and help optimize their supply chains, raises $9.3M Series A
6:40 AM  •
Keiko Morris / Wall Street Journal:  Despite Amazon's NYC HQ2 retreat, tech giants like Google, Facebook, and even Amazon still seek to rent millions of square feet and employ thousands in New York

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