May 28th, 2020
11:57 PM
Cisco to acquire ThousandEyes, which provides SaaS network performance monitoring, for a price that sources say is ~$1B (CNBC)
11:57 PM
Investigation finds many tenant screening services, relying on algorithms to find infractions and widely used by landlords, often produce flawed reports (The Markup)
11:57 PM
Salesforce Q1: revenue of $4.87B, up 30% YoY, subscription and support revenue $4.58B, up 31% YoY, Q2 guidance lower than expected; stock down ~4% after hours (Jordan Novet/CNBC)
11:56 PM
VMware reports Q1 revenue of $2.73B, up 12% YoY, subscription and SaaS revenue up 39% YoY; stock up ~9% after hours (Larry Dignan/ZDNet)
11:05 PM
Trump signs an EO designed to limit Section 230 protections that shield social media companies from liability for the content that users post on their platforms (Rashaan Ayesh/Axios)
10:39 PM
Google says it will resume its SameSite cookie update starting July 14, alongside the launch of Chrome 84; the update was rolled back in April due to COVID-19 (Aliya Chaudhry/The Verge)
10:13 PM
Facebook says it will now verify identities of users behind profiles that have a "pattern of inauthentic behavior" and whose posts "rapidly go viral" in the US (Jon Fingas/Engadget)
09:47 PM
Inside Twitter's decision to fact-check Trump's tweets, while expecting that Trump would respond and the decision could spark a reassessment of Section 230 (Will Oremus/OneZero)
08:55 PM
OpenSSH says it will deprecate SHA-1 logins over security concerns, after researchers demonstrated an attack that cost under $50,000 in January 2020 (Catalin Cimpanu/ZDNet)
08:03 PM
Tencent raises $6B in a bond sale in Asia, the largest dollar-denominated bond sale by a Chinese company this year (Hudson Lockett/Financial Times)
08:03 PM
YouTube launches Video Chapters, letting creators add timestamps to their videos, for all users across iOS, Android, and desktop (Sarah Perez/TechCrunch)
07:37 PM
Microsoft says the Xbox Series X will support "thousands" of Xbox, Xbox 360, and Xbox One games at launch, doubling the fps in some cases (Michael McWhertor/Polygon)
07:37 PM
Boston-based cloud storage company Wasabi raises $30M Series B led by Forestay Capital, bringing its total raised to $110M (Ron Miller/TechCrunch)
07:11 PM
Twitter adds fact-checking labels to hundreds of tweets, even as the Trump administration prepares an EO aiming to curtail Section 230 protections (New York Times)
06:45 PM
Qualcomm announces its first chips with support for Wi-Fi 6E; chips for routers are shipping now while chips for phones will ship in the second half of 2020 (Jacob Kastrenakes/The Verge)
06:45 PM
Google announces Google Page Experience, an algorithm ranking pages based on user experience, with factors like page speed and HTTPS, arriving in 2021 or later (Barry Schwartz/Search Engine Land)
06:45 PM
Hulu is testing Watch Party, a social feature that lets viewers watch titles together virtually and chat in groups of up to eight people (Todd Spangler/Variety)
05:27 PM
Vesta, which wants to fight payment fraud using AI, raises $125M led by Goldfinch Partners, bringing its total raised to over $145M (Kyle Wiggers/VentureBeat)
05:01 PM
Amazon says it plans to offer permanent jobs to about 125,000 US warehouse workers, representing 70% of those it hired temporarily to meet pandemic demand (Jeffrey Dastin/Reuters)
04:09 PM
Nuro's driverless delivery robots will deliver medication from a CVS pharmacy in Houston to its customers at no extra charge, in a pilot starting in June (Andrew J. Hawkins/The Verge)
04:09 PM
Gatsby, which provides a suite of tools for website and app development, raises $28M Series B led by Index Ventures, at a $200M+ valuation (David Jeans/Forbes)
03:43 PM
London-based Decibel, which develops an AI-powered customer experience analytics platform, raises $40M Series B led by private equity firm Perwyn (Maria Deutscher/SiliconANGLE)
02:25 PM
Payment card services startup Marqeta raises $150M from an undisclosed firm at a $4.3B valuation, up from a $2B valuation last May (Jonathan Shieber/TechCrunch)
01:33 PM
Google says Discovery ads, which are eligible to serve across YouTube Home and Watch Next feeds, Gmail, and the Discover feed, are now available globally (Ginny Marvin/Marketing Land)
09:13 AM
Platform Science, which provides fleet management telematics software for trucking companies, raises $42M Series B led by Prologis with Daimler participating (Jennifer Smith/Wall Street Journal)
06:11 AM
Zuckerberg on Twitter fact-checking Trump: private companies, especially platform companies, shouldn't be the arbiter of truth (Yael Halon/Fox News)
06:11 AM
Sources: Trump is planning to sign an executive order Thursday that could threaten punishment for Facebook, Google, and Twitter over content moderation (Washington Post)
05:19 AM and Kuaishou, a Chinese livestreaming platform with 300M+ DAUs, announce partnership, allowing users to directly purchase JD products within Kuaishou app (Rita Liao/TechCrunch)
03:10 AM
Google's Threat Analysis Group says it saw new activity from some Indian "hack-for-hire" firms in Q1 2020, which spoofed WHO Gmail accounts for spearfishing (Catalin Cimpanu/ZDNet)
01:52 AM
Arizona AG sues Google for allegedly collecting Android user location data even when users had turned digital tracking off (Tony Romm/Washington Post)
01:52 AM
At virtual shareholder meeting, Mark Zuckerberg says that Facebook's criteria for policing content should remain limited to avoiding "imminent harm" (Jill Goldsmith/Deadline)
01:00 AM
Apple confirms it has acquired Ontario-based Inductiv, which develops AI to automate identifying and correcting errors in data (Mark Gurman/Bloomberg)
01:00 AM
Apple's acquisition of Fraggle Rock's past TV seasons ahead of a reboot on TV+ signals a strategy shift for the service that had relied on original content (Julia Alexander/The Verge)
12:34 AM
Jeff Bezos says no workers were fired for speaking out on work conditions, as all non-board approved proposals are voted down in Amazon shareholder meeting (Ben Fox Rubin/CNET)
May 27th, 2020
11:42 PM
Box beats expectations with Q1 revenue of $183.6M, up 13% YoY, and billings of $128.1M, up 8% YoY, expects "softness" in revenue from small businesses (Stephanie Condon/ZDNet)
10:24 PM
Researchers made a USB fuzzing tool, with plans to open source it, that found 26 USB bugs in Linux, Windows, macOS, FreeBSD; Linux had the most and has fixed 11 (Catalin Cimpanu/ZDNet)
09:58 PM
Nvidia says that, moving forward, users will only be able to play games on GeForce Now from publishers who have opted into the service, currently around 200 (Igor Bonifacic/Engadget)
09:58 PM
Interview with Docker CEO Scott Johnston on its new partnership with Microsoft, refocusing on developers, missteps by the company, the pandemic, and more (Tom Krazit/Protocol)
09:32 PM
Online porn has shifted dramatically during the pandemic, with performers big and small flocking to more intimate services like OnlyFans, ManyVids, and Snapchat (Justin Sayles/The Ringer)
09:06 PM
Overview of major efforts by Reid Hoffman, Eric Schmidt, Dustin Moskovitz, and Laurene Powell Jobs to boost Joe Biden's chances in the upcoming election (Theodore Schleifer/Vox)
08:14 PM
After Twitter labeled Trump's tweets, his campaign and Fox News target Twitter's Site Integrity lead Yoel Roth; Twitter says Roth works on manipulation and bots (Ryan Broderick/BuzzFeed News)
08:14 PM
Microsoft adds a standalone app for its Cortana virtual assistant to Windows 10, launching without support for Alexa queries (Khari Johnson/VentureBeat)
07:48 PM
Microsoft releases Windows 10 May 2020 update, the first major update this year, with improvements to Cortana, a new Linux subsystem, an emoji picker, and more (Jordan Novet/CNBC)
07:48 PM
Researchers at EA and the University of British Columbia are using reinforcement learning to improve in-game humanoid characters, potentially reducing costs (Will Knight/Wired)
07:48 PM
Profile of Charli D'Amelio, a 16-year-old from Connecticut who's become TikTok's biggest star after joining in 2019, thanks to a fun and relatable persona (Travis M. Andrews/Washington Post)
06:56 PM
Tech companies, which initially saw pandemic misinformation as relatively clear-cut, are grappling with the polarization and politicization of COVID-19 content (Peter Kafka/Vox)
06:56 PM
A federal judge dismisses a lawsuit from right-wing nonprofit Freedom Watch and Laura Loomer alleging anti-conservative bias at Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube (Erik Larson/Bloomberg)
06:30 PM
Q&A with Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield on competing with Microsoft, navigating the current surge in demand, and sticking with Electron for Slack's desktop app (Nilay Patel/The Verge)
06:04 PM
Behind the rise of TikTok "cults", like Step Chickens, which revolve around a single creator and borrow tactics from "comment raid" groups on other platforms (Taylor Lorenz/New York Times)
05:38 PM
Instagram will start sharing revenue with creators through IGTV ads and badges on Live, splitting 55% of the revenue, starting with 200 partners next week (Ashley Carman/The Verge)
05:38 PM
Kentik, which offers an enterprise network intelligence service, raises $23.5M led by Vistara Capital Partners, bringing total raised to $61.7M (Frederic Lardinois/TechCrunch)
05:12 PM
Facebook's experimental NPE division announces Collab, a TikTok-inspired music making app, available as an invite-only beta on iOS (Nick Statt/The Verge)
05:12 PM
After Twitter adds a label to his misleading tweets, Trump says Republicans will "strongly regulate" social media platforms or "close them down" (Bloomberg)
04:20 PM
SmartRent, which provides smart home automation for property owners, developers, and residents, raises $60M Series C led by Spark Capital (Kyle Wiggers/VentureBeat)
04:20 PM
Samsung unveils Samsung Money, a Samsung Pay-linked debit card program launching later this summer, in partnership with SoFi and Mastercard (Chaim Gartenberg/The Verge)
04:20 PM
A group of insiders filed a confidential whistleblower's complaint to the SEC claiming Facebook has not warned investors of illegal activity on its platform (Nitasha Tiku/Washington Post)
03:54 PM
YouTube Kids is now available on Apple TV and works on both the 4K and HD versions of the device (Mariella Moon/Engadget)
03:54 PM
Google rolls out tools across Maps and Search to help businesses impacted by COVID-19, including letting restaurants point to preferred delivery partners (Sarah Perez/TechCrunch)
03:54 PM
HBO Max launches without Roku and Amazon, the two most popular streaming platforms (Jefferson Graham/USA Today)
03:28 PM
Coinbase is acquiring Tagomi, a prime brokerage platform specializing in digital asset trading, to bolster its institutional trading business (Ian Allison/CoinDesk)
03:02 PM
Sources: India's antitrust body is looking into allegations that Google is abusing its market position to unfairly promote its mobile payments app Google Pay (Reuters)
02:10 PM
A look at OKash, a popular microcredit app in Kenya that threatens users to notify everyone on their contact list when they fall behind on loan payments (Morris Kiruga/Rest of World)
01:18 PM
Cloud-based call center software startup Aircall raises $65M Series C led by DTCP, bringing its total raised to $100M+ (Mike Wheatley/SiliconANGLE)
12:26 PM
Global shipments of PCs, tablets, and mobile phones are forecast to drop 13.6% overall in 2020, with smartphones dropping 13.7% YoY and PCs falling 10.5% (Gartner)
11:08 AM
Expedia shuts down a short-term rental business it created after acquiring Pillow and ApartmentJet in 2018 (Dennis Schaal/Skift)
09:24 AM
insitro, which uses machine learning for drug discovery and development, raises $143M Series B led by Andreessen Horowitz, bringing total raised to $243M (Leah Rosenbaum/Forbes)
08:06 AM
Sources: TikTok parent-company ByteDance generated $17B+ in revenue and $3B+ in net profit in 2019, more than double its $7.4B revenue in 2018 (Bloomberg)
06:22 AM
Israel-based D-ID, which is working on tech to make faces unrecognizable to face recognition software, raises $13.5M led by AXA Ventures (Jonathan Shieber/TechCrunch)
04:38 AM
Spotify lifts its 10,000 song cap on personal libraries, allowing unlimited songs; limit remains for downloaded songs and playlists (Joanna Nelius/Gizmodo)
03:46 AM
Sources: Amazon is in advanced talks to buy self-driving car startup Zoox; the deal will value Zoox at less than the $3.2B valuation it achieved in 2018 (Wall Street Journal)
02:29 AM
Switzerland is the first country to launch a large scale pilot for a COVID-19 contact tracing app, SwissCovid, using Apple's and Google's APIs (Christine Fisher/Engadget)
01:57 AM
Amazon sent a script and video to US TV stations promoting its safety measures; at least 11 stations aired some form of it, and 10 didn't divulge the source (Nick Statt/The Verge)
01:57 AM
Apple releases macOS 10.15.5 with new Battery Health Management feature for MacBooks with Thunderbolt 3, managing battery life by adjusting charging patterns (Juli Clover/MacRumors)
01:05 AM
Twitter adds a "Get the facts" label to two false tweets from Trump about California mail-in voting, which links to a Twitter Moment refuting his claims (Elizabeth Dwoskin/Washington Post)
01:05 AM
Indian government open sources its contract-tracing app, Aarogya Setu, on GitHub, starting with Android app code, iOS code to come soon thereafter (Aditi Agrawal/MediaNama)