May 22nd, 2019
01:20 PM
Federal judge rules in favor of FTC in antitrust case against Qualcomm, says its licensing practices have strangled competition in the modem chip market (Florian Mueller/FOSS Patents)
01:20 PM
Leaked memo: ARM has told staff it must suspend business, including all active contracts, support entitlements, and pending engagements, with Huawei (Dave Lee/BBC)
01:20 PM
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 (Catalin Cimpanu/ZDNet)
10:44 AM
Sources: US is considering blacklisting as many as five Chinese video surveillance companies, including Hikvision and Dahua Technology, from buying US tech (Bloomberg)
09:52 AM
Sources: Indian ride-hailing service Ola is suspending its food delivery business and laying off ~40 employees, about 18 months after acquiring Foodpanda India (Livemint)
09:00 AM
The 016, a small social network with no algorithmic feed, seeks to connect local media, organizations, and businesses with the citizens of Worcester, MA (Dan Kennedy/Nieman Lab)
08:08 AM
UNESCO says AI assistants are reinforcing gender stereotypes by mostly defaulting to female-sounding voices, urges better safeguards against gendered language (Nick Statt/The Verge)
08:08 AM
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 (Ben Thompson/Stratechery)
07:16 AM
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 (Reuters)
06:24 AM
TransferWise discloses a new $292M secondary round led by Lead Edge Capital, Lone Pine Capital, and Vitruvian Partners at a $3.5B valuation (Steve O'Hear/TechCrunch)
06:24 AM
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 (Dean Takahashi/VentureBeat)
03:48 AM
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 (Matt Novak/Gizmodo)
03:48 AM
After backlash, Google to require abortion services advertisers in the US, UK, and Ireland to declare whether or not they provide abortions in ads (Vivian Ho/The Guardian)
03:48 AM
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 (Paul Gillin/SiliconANGLE)
02:56 AM
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 (Ingrid Lunden/TechCrunch)
02:56 AM
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 (The Block)
02:04 AM
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 (openDemocracy)
01:38 AM
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 (Nivedita Balu/Reuters)
01:12 AM
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 (Zack Whittaker/TechCrunch)
12:46 AM
Microsoft officially rolls out the Windows 10 May 2019 update, which includes Windows Sandbox and unified search across Windows, Office, Bing, and more (Mary Jo Foley/ZDNet)
12:20 AM
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 (Tim Bradshaw/Financial Times)
May 21st, 2019
11:29 PM
Circle, which owns trading platform Poloniex, equity crowdfunding site SeedInvest, and the USDC stablecoin with Coinbase, lays off ~30 people, ~10% of its staff (Zack Seward/CoinDesk)
10:37 PM
Biofourmis raises $35M Series B led by Sequoia India and MassMutual Ventures to develop smarter chronic disease treatments using wearable medical sensors and AI (Jon Russell/TechCrunch)
10:37 PM
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 (Greg Bensinger/Washington Post)
09:45 PM
After eight months of alpha testing, the first official version of Tor Browser for Android has been released on the Play Store (Catalin Cimpanu/ZDNet)
08:53 PM
Sources: Comcast is working on Amazon Echo-like device with a focus on monitoring people's basic health metrics at home, aims to begin a pilot test this year (Christina Farr/CNBC)
08:53 PM
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 (Natalia Drozdiak/Bloomberg)
08:53 PM
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 (Tom Warren/The Verge)
08:01 PM
New healthcare offerings from Tencent-backed Waterdrop and Ant Financial's Xiang Hu Bao catch on in China, threatening conventional health insurance businesses (Bloomberg)
08:01 PM
Apple says the new iteration of its butterfly keyboard uses "new materials" in the switch mechanism that should reduce double- and missed-key presses (Dieter Bohn/The Verge)
07:35 PM
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 (Kyle Wiggers/VentureBeat)
07:35 PM
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 (Jason Snell/Six Colors)
07:35 PM
Microsoft announces SharePoint landing pages called Home Sites, a chatbot-like Q&A tool for Yammer, and faster OneDrive file syncing (Kyle Wiggers/VentureBeat)
07:35 PM
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 (Thomas Simms/Cointelegraph)
07:34 PM
Microsoft launches Service Mesh Interface for Kubernetes to help manage application environments and networks; partners include Docker, Pivotal, VMware (Emil Protalinski/VentureBeat)
06:43 PM
Predictive sales startup raises $60M round led by Iconiq, sources say at around $500M valuation, launches new lead insights product called The Wire (Ingrid Lunden/TechCrunch)
06:43 PM
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 (Andrew J. Hawkins/The Verge)
06:43 PM
Alphabet's Verily announces partnerships with big pharma firms Novartis, Sanofi, Otsuka, and Pfizer as it moves into the clinical trials space (Christina Farr/CNBC)
05:51 PM
Mozilla releases Firefox 67 with performance improvements, new privacy features, cryptomining and fingerprinting protection, and more (Emil Protalinski/VentureBeat)
04:07 PM
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 (Sean Gallagher/Ars Technica)
04:07 PM
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 (Ingrid Lunden/TechCrunch)
04:07 PM
Ivalua, which provides spend management solutions for enterprises, raises $60M led by Tiger Global Management at a $1B+ valuation (Kyle Wiggers/VentureBeat)
03:15 PM
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 (Natasha Lomas/TechCrunch)
03:15 PM
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 (Ira Boudway/Bloomberg)
02:23 PM
By not giving consumers control over performance and maintenance data collected by their cars, manufacturers can limit where cars are repaired and serviced (Bill Hanvey/New York Times)
01:31 PM
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 (FinSMEs)
01:31 PM
Google now offers three release channels and Windows Server Containers for its Kubernetes Engine (Frederic Lardinois/TechCrunch)
01:05 PM
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 (Lindsey O'Donnell/Threatpost)
12:13 PM
On the first anniversary of GDPR, Microsoft calls for a similar privacy law in the US that puts the burden on the companies that collect and use sensitive data (Alfred Ng/CNET)
10:55 AM
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 (Alan Ohnsman/Forbes)
09:11 AM
Facebook announces that Oculus Quest and Oculus Rift S are now shipping globally (Oculus)
08:19 AM
GM is shutting down its Maven car-sharing service in 8 out of the 17 North American cities in which it operates (Kirsten Korosec/TechCrunch)
06:09 AM
Facebook's privacy setting to opt out of face recognition technology is missing for some users, nearly 18 months after it was announced (Thomas Germain/Consumer Reports)
04:25 AM
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 (Lucas Shaw/Bloomberg)
03:33 AM
Professional gamer Tfue sues esports org FaZe Clan over allegedly "oppressive" contract, says FaZe violates CA law by acting as an unlicensed talent agency (Julia Alexander/The Verge)
02:15 AM
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 (Financial Times)
02:15 AM
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 (Johana Bhuiyan/Los Angeles Times)
01:23 AM
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 (Hannah Murphy/Financial Times)
12:31 AM
Sony says talks with Microsoft on their cloud gaming partnership began last year; source: talks began after discussions with Amazon fell through (Bloomberg)
12:31 AM raises $15M Series A led by automotive Tier 1 supplier DENSO to build a plug-and-play supercomputer for autonomous systems (Kirsten Korosec/TechCrunch)
May 20th, 2019
11:40 PM
Santa Clara-based Marvell says it's buying chip design business Avera Semiconductor from GlobalFoundries in a deal valued at up to $740M (Marlize van Romburgh/Silicon Valley ...)
11:40 PM
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 (Reuters)
11:14 PM
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 (Josh Constine/TechCrunch)
11:14 PM
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 (Julia Love/Reuters)
10:22 PM
Sources: FTC seeks evidence that Broadcom's conduct harmed rivals in WiFi and network switch chip markets, broadening its probe; Broadcom stock closes down 6% (Bloomberg)
09:30 PM
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 (Bloomberg)
09:30 PM
Clinc, which provides a conversational AI platform for customers in verticals like healthcare, travel, and banking, raises $52M Series B led by Insight Partners (Kyle Wiggers/VentureBeat)
08:38 PM
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 (Matt Simon/Wired)
08:12 PM
Researcher finds database, belonging to Mumbai-based Chtrbox, with contact info, including phone numbers, of millions of Instagram users exposed online (Zack Whittaker/TechCrunch)
07:46 PM
Confidential Facebook document shows it courts carriers and phone makers, ~100 companies, with more specific personal data about its users and their histories (Sam Biddle/The Intercept)
07:46 PM
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 (Kate Clark/TechCrunch)
07:20 PM
Microsoft says its Edge for Mac browser is now available in preview, starting with daily canary builds for macOS 10.12 and above (Tom Warren/The Verge)
07:20 PM
Google unveils Google Glass Enterprise Edition 2 with a Snapdragon XR1 chip, an improved 8MP camera, and ~8 hours battery life; orders open today for $999 (Jeremy Horwitz/VentureBeat)
06:54 PM
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 (Connie Loizos/TechCrunch)
06:28 PM
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 (Nick Statt/The Verge)