October 19th, 2017
08:55 AM
Tony Fadell, co-founder and ex-CEO of Nest, launches Future Shape, an investment and advisory firm for startups in agriculture, robotics, transportation, more (Kia Kokalitcheva/Axios)
05:03 AM
White House says Trump will nominate Joe Simons, a longtime antitrust lawyer, as head of FTC; nomination must still be confirmed by Senate (Tony Romm/Recode)
04:34 AM
Nielsen announces it is providing Netflix viewer data to clients, based on audio recognition in 44K homes in US; Netflix disputes accuracy (John Koblin/New York Times)
02:39 AM
MongoDB prices IPO above range at $24, may raise up to $220.8M at a valuation of about $1.2B (Matthew Lynley/TechCrunch)
02:10 AM
Samsung unveils 360 Round, a disc-shaped device with 17 2MP cameras and six microphones that can stream 4K VR at 30 FPS (Jon Fingas/Engadget)
12:43 AM
Blue Apron to lay off 6%, or more than 250, employees after going public earlier this year (Matthew Lynley/TechCrunch)
October 18th, 2017
11:45 PM
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 (Joseph Cox/The Daily Beast)
11:45 PM
Mozilla, Microsoft, Google, Samsung, and W3C agree to unify cross-browser web documentation under Mozilla's MDN portal, rebranded as MDN Web Docs (Catalin Cimpanu/BleepingComputer.com)
10:47 PM
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 (Matthew Lynley/TechCrunch)
10:18 PM
Senators Warner and Klobuchar to file bill, cosponsored by McCain, to increase online political ad transparency, bring rules to parity with TV, radio, satellite (Ashley Gold/Politico)
09:49 PM
Samsung and Google partner to bring ARCore platform to Samsung devices beyond the Galaxy S8 (Nick Statt/The Verge)
09:20 PM
Facebook officially starts rolling out its discovery-focused "Explore Feed" on desktop and mobile (Sarah Perez/TechCrunch)
08:22 PM
Samsung says $499 Odyssey, the premier Windows Mixed Reality headset, won't be sold in Europe (Tom Warren/The Verge)
07:53 PM
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 (Kevin Collier/BuzzFeed)
07:53 PM
DeepMind's new Go-playing AI wins 90% of time against version of AlphaGo that beat world champ, trained solely by reinforcement learning not using human games (James Vincent/The Verge)
07:52 PM
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" (Karissa Bell/Mashable)
07:24 PM
Google tests letting iOS users add third-party accounts to Gmail beta, available on TestFlight platform (Sarah Perez/TechCrunch)
06:55 PM
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. (Joe Shields/AnandTech)
06:55 PM
Amazon expands beyond just selling books in Brazil as it opens an electronics and appliances marketplace (Bloomberg)
04:59 PM
Cardhop is an intelligent new contacts app for the Mac from the makers of Fantastical, available starting today for $14.99 for a limited time, later at $19.99 (Zac Hall/9to5Mac)
04:59 PM
Politifact and Snopes, using Google AdSense, unwittingly hosted ads by fake news publishers; source says AdSense has terminated the ads (New York Times)
04:30 PM
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 (Kia Kokalitcheva/Axios)
03:32 PM
Adobe turns Lightroom CC into a new cloud photography service, providing 1TB of storage with support for RAW images, and introduces new pricing plans (Juli Clover/MacRumors)
03:03 PM
Apple partners with General Electric to develop industrial mobile apps for managing machinery, factories, and power plants (Alex Webb/Bloomberg)
03:03 PM
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 (Matt Burns/TechCrunch)
02:05 PM
Sources: Facebook and Google helped Secure America Now, a conservative nonprofit advocacy group, target ads for an anti-refugee campaign in swing states (Bloomberg)
02:05 PM
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 (Ingrid Lunden/TechCrunch)
01:36 PM
"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 (Casey Newton/The Verge)
12:38 PM
An explainer on cryptocurrencies, decentralized applications and their potential uses, and the current crypto market mania (Adam Ludwin/Chain)
09:15 AM
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 (Pranav Dixit/BuzzFeed)
06:50 AM
Tech companies, including Facebook, Amazon, Oracle, expanding operations to Mexico amid Trump's anti-immigration stance (Reuters)
04:54 AM
Amazon opens up Alexa's list feature, letting users create a list for any purpose (Sarah Perez/TechCrunch)
03:28 AM
An in-depth look at how eBay, with 171M users and 1.1B listings, has remained stagnant in the shadow of competition, and is struggling for relevancy (Chavie Lieber/Racked)
02:59 AM
SEC filings show Blockchain Capital has raised ~$85M for two funds, is seeking to raise $150M in total for both (Ari Levy/CNBC)
02:01 AM
Microsoft says it is in the "second half of the dev process" of testing mobile PCs made with Qualcomm ARM chips (Corinne Reichert/ZDNet)
01:32 AM
WhatsApp to roll out real-time location sharing to Android and iOS users in coming weeks (Kunal Dua/NDTV Gadgets 360)
01:03 AM
Internal email details Twitter's plans to update rules on abuse, including expanding reporting options, hiding hate symbols behind warnings, more (Erin Griffith/Wired)
01:03 AM
Facebook Live adds screen-sharing feature via a Chrome extension, so users don't need to install 3rd-party streaming software (Rachel Kaser/The Next Web)
12:34 AM
JPMorgan Chase to acquire online payment startup WePay; source say deal is for more than WePay's 2015 valuation of ~$220M (Peter Rudegeair/Wall Street Journal)
October 17th, 2017
11:36 PM
Amazon Studios chief Roy Price resigns, company spokesman says, after suspension following sexual harassment claim (Brian Stelter/CNNMoney)
11:36 PM
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 (Larry Dignan/ZDNet)
10:38 PM
Amazon Studios chief Roy Price resigns, company spokesman says, after suspension following sexual harassment claim (Brian Stelter/@brianstelter)
10:38 PM
Uber board member Arianna Huffington says the firm will likely reach a deal with SoftBank within a week (Greg Bensinger/Wall Street Journal)
10:09 PM
Facebook executives, including its CSO and hardware chief, are increasingly using Twitter to spread Facebook's message and respond to journalists (Alex Kantrowitz/BuzzFeed)
09:40 PM
Magic Leap has closed $502M round of funding led by Singapore sovereign wealth fund Temasek (Kia Kokalitcheva/Axios)
09:11 PM
Facebook testing return of status messages, up to 101 characters, that can be set to expire (Alex Kantrowitz/BuzzFeed)
08:42 PM
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 (Ted Greenwald/Wall Street Journal)
08:13 PM
Cruise Automation CEO announces GM will deploy fleet of Chevrolet Bolts early next year in 5-square-mile section of lower Manhattan (Wall Street Journal)
08:13 PM
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 (Kurt Wagner/Recode)
07:44 PM
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 (Todd Spangler/Variety)
07:44 PM
Sources: Alphabet to help develop a section of Toronto's waterfront as a testbed for smart city concepts, will place 300 employees at the site (Reuters)
07:43 PM
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 (Devindra Hardawar/Engadget)
07:43 PM
Facebook confirms it's testing a resume "work histories" feature for private sharing with job applications (Ingrid Lunden/TechCrunch)
07:15 PM
Sources: internal Microsoft database for tracking critical bugs in its software, which contained descriptions of unfixed flaws, was hacked in 2013 (Joseph Menn/Reuters)
07:15 PM
Dropbox debuts $20/month Professional tier for individuals with 1TB storage, OCR text scan, Smarty Sync, and other features for business users (Ron Miller/TechCrunch)
07:14 PM
Google Calendar for web gets a design refresh and new features including more detailed meeting information in G Suite (Paul Sawers/VentureBeat)
07:14 PM
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 (Julian Chokkattu/Digital Trends)
05:48 PM
Twitter launches new Video Website Card ad format that pairs an autoplay video with a website link, available now to all advertisers worldwide (Tim Peterson/Marketing Land)
05:19 PM
Google launches new "advanced protection" setting for Google accounts of high-risk users, which requires use of a hardware key with every login (Andy Greenberg/Wired)
04:50 PM
Vacation rental company Vacasa raises $103.5M Series B led by Riverwood Capital; the company raised $40M Series A last year (Taylor Soper/GeekWire)
04:21 PM
Pixel Visual Core is Google's first custom image processing SoC in the Pixel 2 phones, for accelerating HDR+ processing and opening it up to third-party apps (Vlad Savov/The Verge)
03:52 PM
Garmin's Speak is a tiny Echo Dot-like device that puts Amazon Alexa on your car windshield, available today for $149 (Valentina Palladino/Ars Technica)
03:52 PM
Pixel 2 and 2 XL review: amazing camera and good speakers, represents the best Android experience, but design lacks flair and no headphone jack (Dieter Bohn/The Verge)
03:23 PM
Microsoft debuts $1,499+ 13" and $2,499+ 15" Surface Book 2 with Nvidia GeForce GPUs, updated design, up to 17 hours battery; preorder Nov. 9, ships Nov. 16 (Peter Bright/Ars Technica)
02:54 PM
PayPal announces over two million US retailers will begin accepting Venmo payments starting this week (Anna Irrera/Reuters)
02:25 PM
Docker announces native support for Kubernetes, will allow users to select Swarm or Kubernetes orchestration engine at run time without any need to alter code (Ron Miller/TechCrunch)
01:56 PM
On-demand dog-walking app Wag, which sources say raised over $59M, is being criticized for losing dogs and fighting with customers, spooking potential investors (Olivia Zaleski/Bloomberg)
12:58 PM
Google Maps to remove test feature for iPhone users that showed how many calories or "mini cupcakes" you would burn if you walked after strong user feedback (Katie Notopoulos/BuzzFeed)
09:35 AM
Alphabet says Project Wing is testing deliveries of some Guzman y Gomez and Chemist Warehouse products in southeastern Australia by drone (James Ryan Burgess/The Team at X)
06:41 AM
Indiegogo announces Marketplace for selling products that were successfully crowdfunded on site or elsewhere; Indiegogo will take around 10% or 15% cut on sales (Theodore Schleifer/Recode)
04:45 AM
Blockchain startup Digital Asset, which develops tech for financial institutions, raises $40M Series B, bringing the company's total funding to $110M (Anna Irrera/Reuters)
03:19 AM
Sources: Apple held talks, that are now over without a deal, to buy Crossover Health, approached One Medical as part of push into health care (Christina Farr/CNBC)
02:50 AM
LG V30 review: great ergonomics, performance, and battery life, but the OLED display is distractingly bad, camera images aren't lifelike, and too much bloatware (Vlad Savov/The Verge)
01:23 AM
How KRACK made it past the IEEE and how 802.11i handshake was formally proven secure: standards specs are hard to access, analysis of components in isolation (Matthew Green/A Few Thoughts ...)
October 16th, 2017
11:56 PM
DHS issues directive for federal agencies to adopt DMARC and STARTTLS email security protocols, among other best practices (Shannon Vavra/Axios)