November 19th, 2018
05:31 AM
Mojo Vision exits stealth and says it has raised $50M for its "invisible computing" AR platform; sources say Mojo Vision is aiming to develop AR contact lenses (Ian Sherr/CNET)
04:39 AM
San Francisco-based travel marketing platform Sojern raises $120M Series D led by TCV at a valuation of $300M+, says it's been profitable for last 13 quarters (Ingrid Lunden/TechCrunch)
03:47 AM
Profile of British Army's 77th Brigade, staffed with experts in graphic design, social media, and data analytics to conduct online influence operations (Carl Miller/WIRED UK)
02:03 AM
Apex.AI raises $15.5M Series A from Canaan, Lightspeed, others for the enterprise version of the Robot Operating System, an open-source middleware for robotics (Megan Rose Dickey/TechCrunch)
01:11 AM
AI is transforming wildlife research by automating some tasks typically done manually by researchers, like identifying individual animals from photos (Anne Casselman/National Geographic)
01:11 AM
Swedish scooter-sharing startup VOI Technology raises $50M Series A led by Balderton Capital with Spencer Rascoff, Justin Mateen, Jeff Wilkes among investors (Steve O'Hear/TechCrunch)
01:11 AM
Sources: this June, Zuckerberg told ~50 execs that Facebook was at war and he'd act more decisively, leading to reorgs, key departures, tension with Sandberg (Deepa Seetharaman/Wall Street Journal)
12:19 AM
Bitcoin Cash has forked, with Bitcoin Cash ABC as an apparent early winner, but Bitcoin Cash SV camp is still threatening 51%, spam, and other possible attacks (Aaron van Wirdum/Bitcoin Magazine)
November 18th, 2018
11:26 PM
Tumblr says it is working to resolve an issue with iOS app after it disappeared from the App Store amid speculation it was removed due to inappropriate content (Andrew Liptak/The Verge)
10:34 PM
Profile of Mike Dickison, New Zealand's first Wikipedian-at-Large, who wants to boost the country's representation on the site by pushing New Zealanders to edit (Charlotte Graham-McLay/New York Times)
07:58 PM
Survey: majority of US adults say it is unacceptable to use algorithms for criminal risk assessments, resume and job interview analysis, personal finance scores (Pew Research Center)
06:14 PM
Google's VP of News points to 2014 shutdown of Google News in Spain, says "We would not like to see that happen in Europe", due to the proposed EU "link tax" (Jim Waterson/The Guardian)
05:22 PM
Profile of former chief AI scientist at Google Cloud Fei-Fei Li, a Stanford professor and co-founder of AI4All nonprofit, which aims to make AI more inclusive (Jessi Hempel/Wired)
01:02 PM
How hackers are stealing the accounts of Instagram influencers with fake sponsored content deals and phishing links to spam the influencer's followers (Taylor Lorenz/The Atlantic)
08:42 AM
A look at autonomous weapons systems being developed by the US and the arguments for and against imbuing autonomous robots with lethal decision-making (Kelsey D. Atherton/New York Times)
06:58 AM
Jia Li, R&D head of Google Cloud AI who also co-led Google's China AI Center in Beijing, has left the company to work full-time at Stanford University's AIMI (Tony Peng/Synced)
03:30 AM
How a website, Civil War Photo Sleuth, is helping historians and enthusiasts use facial recognition software to identify people in Civil War photographs (Erica X Eisen/Slate)
12:55 AM
Silicon Valley's alliance with Democrats, already strained by issues like fake news and Cambridge Analytica, is at a breaking point after NYT's Facebook exposé (New York Times)
November 17th, 2018
11:11 PM
Ex-CSO Alex Stamos says no one at Facebook ever told him not to examine Russian interference, but company's comms strategy of minimization and denial was wrong (Alex Stamos/Washington Post)
11:11 PM
Mythical Games has raised $16M Series A to build out its blockchain-based player-owned economies starting on a EOS blockchain (Mike Fleming/Deadline)
10:19 PM
Crypto startup Amun says it has been given the green-light to list the first crypto Exchange Traded Product on Switzerland's SIX Swiss Exchange (Trustnodes)
07:43 PM
Microsoft is now selling Amazon's Echo smart speakers from its retail and online stores (Paul Thurrott/Thurrott.com)
05:59 PM
Report: Facebook notified some Instagram users that a now fixed bug in its data download tool sent their passwords in plaintext in a URL that the users received (Richard Lawler/Engadget)
05:07 PM
YouTube quietly began showing ad-supported free feature-length movies in October, giving users access to around 100 titles including "The Terminator" (Garett Sloane/Ad Age)
02:57 PM
eMarketer forecast: Walmart to overtake Apple as No. 3 US online retailer by the end of 2018, after capturing 4.0% of all online retail spending, up 39.4% YoY (eMarketer Retail)
11:29 AM
An in-depth look at how misinformation and incendiary images on Facebook are spreading in Nigeria, where police say they contributed to a dozen recent killings (BBC)
08:53 AM
How podcasts, whose audio narratives offer a rare opportunity for slow immersion, became a seductive mode of storytelling that can sometimes be manipulative (Rebecca Mead/New Yorker)
08:01 AM
Microsoft says HockeyApp, the beta-testing service for app developers it acquired in 2014, will fully transition to Visual Studio App Center on Nov. 16, 2019 (Paul Sawers/VentureBeat)
07:09 AM
A look at the incentives cities offered to Amazon in their HQ2 bids, including an exclusive airport lounge, relocation expenses for employees, and more (BuzzFeed News)
04:33 AM
A look at the progress of Ford's autonomous driving tech and how one of its cars navigated a complex environment and challenging scenarios in a test ride (Andrew J. Hawkins/The Verge)
01:57 AM
A look at how Amazon is stealthily launching numerous brands on Amazon, from Amazon-owned and Amazon-exclusive to Amazon-affiliated, a classic retailer strategy (John Herrman/New York Times)
01:05 AM
Pirate Studios raises $20M for its self-service music studios that offer recording, live streaming, and cloud software that handles mixing and mastering (Steve O'Hear/TechCrunch)
12:13 AM
Alphabet's Verily says it's pausing its glucose-sensing contact lens project because, after four years of study, lenses didn't gauge blood sugar levels reliably (Christina Farr/CNBC)
November 16th, 2018
11:21 PM
Thailand's proposed new law will grant government power to spy on internet traffic, order the removal of content, and seize computers without judicial oversight (Patpicha Tanakasempipat/Reuters)
10:29 PM
Israel-based AdaSky raises $20M from South Korean automotive components manufacturer Sungwoo Hitech for its far-infrared thermal cameras used in autonomous cars (Kyle Wiggers/VentureBeat)
09:37 PM
Canaan, maker of bitcoin mining hardware, let its application for a Hong Kong IPO to raise at least $400M lapse (Reuters)
08:45 PM
Amazon will now allow AWS account owners to set the default access setting for all of their account's S3 buckets as non-public to prevent accidental data leaks (Catalin Cimpanu/ZDNet)
08:45 PM
Amazon announces Wake-on-Lan Controller, which enables Alexa to switch on devices over Wi-Fi or ethernet when they can not be woken up via the cloud (Kyle Wiggers/VentureBeat)
07:53 PM
Microsoft is testing ads in its Mail app on Windows 10 in Brazil, Canada, Australia, and India, asks users to purchase Office 365 to get rid of the ads (Mehedi Hassan/Thurrott.com)
07:53 PM
Source: Acorns, a startup that automatically invests users' spare cash into exchange-traded funds, is in talks to raise $100M at a $700M+ valuation (Julie Verhage/Bloomberg)
07:53 PM
Sources: Microsoft plans disc-less Xbox that will cost $200 or less in 2019, will let users trade in discs for digital game downloads at participating retailers (Brad Sams/Thurrott.com)
07:01 PM
Google says Diane Greene to step down as Google Cloud CEO in early 2019, will be replaced by former president of Oracle Thomas Kurian (CNBC)
07:01 PM
Verizon's My Numbers app lets users add up to four additional numbers with separate voicemail and text messaging boxes on a single phone, for $15/mo per number (Makena Kelly/The Verge)
07:01 PM
SEC settles with Paragon Coin and CarrierEQ, which agree to start filing audited financial reports and refund investors of 2017 ICOs who want their money back (Dave Michaels/Wall Street Journal)
06:09 PM
Sources: Airbnb recognized "substantially more" than $1B in Q3 revenue, on track to record EBITDA profits for 2018, and earned $100M on $2.6B in revenue in 2017 (Deirdre Bosa/CNBC)
06:09 PM
Code reveals Facebook is testing a new feature that would let users watch videos together on Messenger and chat about them (Josh Constine/TechCrunch)
06:09 PM
MapAnything raises $42.5M Series C led by GM Ventures to expand its mapping platform for businesses to new markets (Kyle Wiggers/VentureBeat)
05:17 PM
MailChimp partners with Square to let its users create landing pages with built-in e-commerce features, says 50% of its revenue now comes from e-commerce (Frederic Lardinois/TechCrunch)
03:59 PM
Microsoft has begun accepting 64-bit ARM apps for the Microsoft Store, updated Visual Studio to support recompiling Win32 apps to run natively on ARM devices (Liam Tung/ZDNet)
03:07 PM
Facebook publishes 13 NSLs between 2014 and 2017 for several Facebook and Instagram accounts, says number of worldwide government requests for data rose 26% YoY (Zack Whittaker/TechCrunch)
12:31 PM
BlackBerry to acquire cybersecurity firm Cylance, which provides an AI-based advanced threat detection platform, for $1.4B in cash (Paul Sawers/VentureBeat)
11:39 AM
Airspace Technologies, an online platform for time-critical shipping like getting blood samples delivered to a lab or organs to a hospital, raises $20M Series B (Heather Somerville/Reuters)
08:11 AM
How Definers provided reporters with ammunition to suggest senators grilling Sheryl Sandberg were hypocritical for criticizing Facebook (New York Times)
05:35 AM
Sheryl Sandberg says allegations that she and Zuckerberg hid info about Russian interference is untrue, claims she didn't know Facebook hired Definers (Sheryl Sandberg)
04:43 AM
Voxox left database unsecured exposing a near real-time stream of millions of SMS texts including password reset links and 2FA codes from Google, Yahoo, others (Zack Whittaker/TechCrunch)
04:43 AM
Salesforce makes undisclosed "strategic investment" in Docker, companies will cross-sell MuleSoft and Docker Enterprise (Tom Krazit/GeekWire)
03:51 AM
Oracle to acquire San Jose-based SD-WAN company Talari Networks, which was founded in 2009 and has so far received $53.5M in VC funding (Mike Wheatley/SiliconANGLE)
02:08 AM
DHS' ICT Supply Chain Task Force, which assesses the security of global tech supply chains, now has 24+ members, including Microsoft, Samsung, Cisco, and Intel (Zack Whittaker/TechCrunch)
01:16 AM
Japan's new cybersecurity strategy chief, in charge of anti-hacking preparations for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, says he has never used a computer in his life (Kyodo News+)
01:16 AM
Sony says it has sold 86.1M units of PlayStation 4 since the console debuted 5 years ago, 777.9M copies of software were sold on the platform (Mike Minotti/VentureBeat)
12:24 AM
Google announces new naming convention for Wear OS, details System Version H with enhanced battery life and app switching, rolling out over the coming months (Ben Schoon/9to5Google)
12:24 AM
Sony says it will not attend next year's E3, the annual video game trade show, the first time in E3's 24-year history that Sony will not be there (Brian Crecente/Variety)
November 15th, 2018
11:32 PM
Nvidia Q3: revenue of $3.18B, up 21% YoY, vs. $3.24B est., gaming revenue of $1.76B, vs. $1.89B est., and net income of $1.2B; stock down 16%+ after hours (Lauren Feiner/CNBC)
11:32 PM
Profile of Manik Gupta, Uber's newly promoted chief product officer, who grew up in India and spent time working for HP and launching Google Maps in India (Josh Constine/TechCrunch)
10:40 PM
Apple adds third-party workflow extensions to Final Cut Pro X for the first time, with support from Frame.io, Shutterstock, and CatDV at launch (Zac Hall/9to5Mac)
10:40 PM
Facebook's second content moderation report: from April to September, 1.5B fake accounts were closed and 23.3M instances of violent content were removed (Adi Robertson/The Verge)
10:14 PM
Facebook plans to let users opt-in to borderline content, appeal content decisions to independent body in 2019, work with governments on content regulation (Mark Zuckerberg/Facebook)
09:48 PM
Citrix says it acquired Sapho, which makes micro-apps for team collaboration apps like Slack, for $200M in an all cash deal; Sapho has raised $27.9M (Khari Johnson/VentureBeat)
09:48 PM
FCC approves an order that will let some US phones access EU's Galileo satellite system, potentially improving GPS (Makena Kelly/The Verge)
09:48 PM
FCC approves an order that will let some US phones access EU's Galileo satellite system, potentially improving GPS (GPS World)
08:56 PM
Facebook's board says it pushed Zuckerberg and Sandberg to respond to Russian interference faster and calls NYT report "grossly unfair" (Alistair Barr/Bloomberg)
08:56 PM
Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook will create an external oversight committee in 2019 to handle some content policy decisions (Josh Constine/TechCrunch)
08:56 PM
Source: Facebook General Counsel Colin Stretch, who said he was leaving in July, will now stay until mid-2019 or longer to help with multiple ongoing crises (Kurt Wagner/Recode)
08:56 PM
Canalys: 19.7M smart speakers were sold globally in Q3, up 137% from 8.3M in Q3 2017; US and China now account for 70% of the global market (Kyle Wiggers/VentureBeat)
08:04 PM
Facebook releases its second content moderation report: from April to September, 1.5B fake accounts were closed and 5.4M instances of hate speech were removed (Salvador Rodriguez/CNBC)