May 24th, 2017
11:24 AM
Warsaw-based medical booking platform DocPlanner raises €15M Series D led by ENERN Investments (Jonathan Keane/Tech.eu)
09:57 AM
Amazon takes on Etsy's wedding market with launch of new shop, an offshoot of Handmade at Amazon, featuring tens of thousands of handcrafted items on US site (Sarah Perez/TechCrunch)
06:34 AM
IKEA says its Trådfri smart lights will be compatible with Apple's HomeKit, Amazon Echo, and Google Home by autumn (Thomas Ricker/The Verge)
04:38 AM
Sources: Unity raising $400M at ~$2.8B valuation, led by Silver Lake; revenue expected to be up 40% YoY to $300M this year, with gross-profit margin of ~90% (Rolfe Winkler/Wall Street Journal)
03:12 AM
1Password adds Travel Mode feature that lets users easily wipe passwords from the app before departing and then restore them upon arrival (Jacob Kastrenakes/The Verge)
02:43 AM
Blockstack releases developer edition of blockchain-powered browser, plans to introduce tokens later this year (Michael del Castillo/CoinDesk)
01:45 AM
Target reaches $18.5M multi-state settlement over 2013 data breach, agrees to separate cardholder data from rest of network, implement two-factor authentication (Nicole Hong/Wall Street Journal)
01:16 AM
FCC releases proposal for rollback of Title II net neutrality rules, with initial comments due July 17 and reply comments due August 16 (John Eggerton/Multichannel News)
12:47 AM
Global distributed ledger consortium R3 raises $107M to develop blockchain-like tech for banks from 40+ investors including Intel, HSBC, BoA Merrill Lynch (Michael del Castillo/CoinDesk)
12:47 AM
Google debuts Family Group feature to easily share calendars, photos, notes, Google Play Family Library, Play Music, and YouTube TV among up to 6 people (Abner Li/9to5Google)
May 23rd, 2017
10:22 PM
China reportedly ordered livestreams blocked of Alpha Go defeating top Go player, China's Ke Jie, despite enormous interest within the country (Paul Mozur/New York Times)
09:53 PM
Google Attribution, a free tool for examining marketing strategies and customer purchases, goes live in beta (John Mannes/TechCrunch)
08:55 PM
Huawei unveils the Matebook E, an update to the original Matebook, a more powerful 13" flagship X model, and 15" D model, all expected to ship this summer (Chaim Gartenberg/The Verge)
08:55 PM
Facebook debuts new group features for Live, including Live With, letting users stream side-by-side, and Live Chat with Friends private chatrooms (Lucas Matney/TechCrunch)
08:54 PM
As part of its outreach to news publishers, Facebook is testing three new products which aim to connect users with local news (Kristen Hare/Poynter)
08:26 PM
Amazon expands Amazon Channels to UK, Germany, taking aim at pay-TV users (Ingrid Lunden/TechCrunch)
08:26 PM
Snapchat introduces custom Stories for capturing group moments with friends with the option to invite nearby users to join (Casey Newton/The Verge)
07:57 PM
Apple's head of worldwide HR, Denise Young Smith, to become VP for Inclusion and Diversity, reporting to Tim Cook; CFO Luca Maestri to temporarily fill HR role (Jordan Kahn/9to5Mac)
07:57 PM
LeEco says it's laying off 325 employees, or 70% of its US business' workforce, due to a lack of funding (Roger Cheng/CNET)
07:56 PM
US appeals court rules that Wikipedia can pursue its NSA surveillance lawsuit, after a judge dismissed it in 2015 (Jonathan Stempel/Reuters)
07:56 PM
Google to begin using credit and debit card transaction data to show online ads prompt consumers to buy in physical stores, details tech to preserve privacy (Washington Post)
07:28 PM
Uber underpaid NYC drivers for past 2.5 years, is refunding them the difference plus interest, which may cost the firm upwards of $45M (Greg Bensinger/Wall Street Journal)
07:28 PM
Microsoft unveils collaborative inking Whiteboard app for Windows 10 and adds many enhancements to inking experience in Office apps (Tom Warren/The Verge)
07:27 PM
Instagram launches Story Search for hashtags and locations (Josh Constine/TechCrunch)
06:59 PM
Chaos Computer Club hackers say they have defeated Samsung Galaxy S8's iris recognition system using a fake iris (Eduard Kovacs/SecurityWeek)
06:59 PM
Google begins selling Jamboard, its Surface Hub competitor, in US for $5K plus a $600/year service fee per device (Jacob Kastrenakes/The Verge)
06:30 PM
Twitter debuts promoted Direct Message Cards, which encourage users to slide into a brand's DMs (Sarah Perez/TechCrunch)
06:01 PM
EU states approve plan to make social media firms tackle hate speech, introduces 30% quota of European media on video streaming platforms, awaits parliament OK (Julia Fioretti/Reuters)
05:32 PM
Pinterest adds dish recognition feature to Lens, reviews and ratings for recipes, and food filters within Search such as dietary preference and cook time (Paul Sawers/VentureBeat)
05:03 PM
CDN provider Fastly, used by sites like The New York Times and Pinterest, raises $50M led by Sorenson Capital, bringing its total funding to $180M (Jonathan Shieber/TechCrunch)
04:34 PM
WannaCry ransomware attacks show strong links to Lazarus, the hacking group that was linked to Sony Pictures and Bangladesh central bank hacks (Symantec Connect Community)
04:34 PM
Instagram launches location- and hashtag-themed Stories, like Snapchat, except with software algorithms instead of human curators (Kurt Wagner/Recode)
04:05 PM
Nairobi Uber drivers concerned about Uber's recently announced service in Kenya that halves the $2.90 minimum fare, lets drivers use older, lower-quality cars (Kimiko De Freytas-Tamura/New York Times)
03:07 PM
Microsoft debuts Windows 10 version for Chinese government, letting the government use its own encryption, remove features, and get updates from a JV in China (Dina Bass/Bloomberg)
02:38 PM
Microsoft unveils new Surface Pro with 4G LTE, 13.5 hour battery life, available for preorder today starting at $799, ships June 15 in 26 countries (Tom Warren/The Verge)
12:42 PM
Profile of Anker, manufacturer of cables, battery packs, chargers, and more for mobile devices, as it expands into the smart home and auto markets (Nick Statt/The Verge)
10:46 AM
Apple and Nokia Settle Patent Dispute With New Licensing Agreement (Tim Hardwick/MacRumors)
08:21 AM
In response to leak of its content moderation guidelines, Facebook tries to explain "how and where we draw the line" (Monika Bickert/The Guardian)
06:25 AM
Former IBM developer Xu Jiaqiang pleads guilty to theft of source code with intent to give it to China, sentencing scheduled for October 13 (Jeff John Roberts/Fortune)
05:27 AM
Amazon rolls out Echo Look camera companion app for iOS and Android, giving owners live preview option and letting them take pictures, mark favorites, more (Sarah Perez/TechCrunch)
04:58 AM
Amazon confirms Java creator James Gosling will join AWS (Blair Hanley Frank/VentureBeat)
04:00 AM
PayPal files suit in Manhattan federal court against Pandora claiming its new "P" logo is "unlawfully similar" to PayPal's logo (Kate Conger/Gizmodo)
03:02 AM
Dubai to introduce fleet of robots with face scanning-tech to its police force May 24; citizens can ask them questions, report crimes, and pay fines (Thomas Page/CNN)
02:04 AM
Sources: LeEco planning massive layoffs in US as soon as this week, will keep 60 of 500 employees; CEO YT Jia has stepped down but will remain on the board (Todd Haselton/CNBC)
01:06 AM
Source: Nest working on indoor security camera with 4K resolution for smart digital zoom, priced higher than current $300 cameras, expected to debut end of May (Ryan Whitwam/Android Police)
May 22nd, 2017
11:39 PM
Quora begins beta testing video answers, which can be recorded from Android and iOS only (Josh Constine/TechCrunch)
11:10 PM
GitHub launches GitHub Marketplace, a store for development tools that assist with tasks like continuous integration, code reviews, and project management (Thomas Claburn/The Register)
10:41 PM
Twitter has hired Todd Swidler, former senior vice president of video and partnerships at Bloomberg, to run its live video business (Kurt Wagner/Recode)
09:43 PM
DJI rolls out new activation process, now throttles drones that have not been registered, following a US court decision nullifying FAA drone registration rules (Mat Smith/Engadget)
08:45 PM
Echodyne raises $29M Series B led by NEA to develop radar sensors for drones and autonomous vehicles, bringing its total raised to $44M (Matt Day/The Seattle Times)
07:18 PM
Dish integrates with Amazon Alexa for hands-free TV, the first TV provider to do so (Sarah Perez/TechCrunch)
07:18 PM
In blow to patent trolls, US Supreme Court rules patent infringement suits can only be filed in courts located in jurisdiction of targeted firm's incorporation (Andrew Chung/Reuters)
06:49 PM
Pittsburgh officials and residents have regrets 9 months after Uber began testing self-driving cars in the city, with lack of shared data among disappointments (Cecilia Kang/New York Times)
06:49 PM
Sources: Russian police arrest 16 suspected of infecting 1M+ Android devices in Russia in banking malware scheme that netted $892K and began expanding to Europe (Jack Stubbs/Reuters)
04:53 PM
Affinity raises $13.5M to build out its CRM toolkit tailored for venture capitalists, investment bankers, and other investors (Jonathan Shieber/TechCrunch)
03:55 PM
Inside Facebook's Telecom Infra Project, which wants to do for the telecom equipment market what Open Compute Project did for data center hardware (Julie Bort/Business Insider)
12:32 PM
EU financial services chief opposes rules proposed by European Banking Authority that ban account info screen scraping and force fintech firms to use bank APIs (Huw Jones/Reuters)
09:38 AM
Peer-to-peer payments app Verse, which is now live in 27 countries, raises $20.5M Series B led by Spark Capital, to power its push beyond Europe (Natasha Lomas/TechCrunch)
06:44 AM
Sources: Ford replaces Mark Fields as CEO with Jim Hackett, head of its autonomous vehicle unit (Bill Vlasic/New York Times)
06:15 AM
How the mission and spirit of Google's ATAP group changed, after Facebook hired its chief Regina Dugan, to become more focused on shipping market-ready products (Steve Kovach/Business Insider)
05:17 AM
How Facebook conducted research, commissioned by an advertiser, on minors' emotional states, which was then shared in a presentation to potential advertisers (Nitasha Tiku/Wired)
04:48 AM
Patreon says it now has 1M monthly active paying patrons and 50K active creators, both doubling YoY, and is on track to pay out $150M to creators in 2017 (Josh Constine/TechCrunch)
03:50 AM
Etsy is under pressure from activist investors to grow revenue, reduce spending and perks, and give up its ethical ideals (Bloomberg)
02:53 AM
Desktop virtualization startup Frame raises $16M Series A with Microsoft Ventures, Bain Capital Ventures, In-Q-Tel participating, says revenue tripled in 2016 (Kevin Kelleher/VentureBeat)
12:57 AM
AngelList and Protocol Labs launch CoinList, a funding platform for token-based networks; Filecoin will be the first initial coin offering on the platform (Laura Shin/Forbes)
May 21st, 2017
11:30 PM
Amazon Charts, Amazon's new book rankings, lists books by most read and most sold per week (Ingrid Lunden/TechCrunch)
09:34 PM
Google, Microsoft, Amazon, and others bolster cutting-edge AI tools for third-party developers, setting up the next tech platform war (Timothy B. Lee/Vox)
08:07 PM
100+ internal training manuals and other docs show guidelines for Facebook content moderators on topics like violence, hate speech, terrorism, porn, self-harm (Nick Hopkins/The Guardian)
06:40 PM
Sources: Facebook's TV-like shows, set for mid-June launch, have been delayed at least until late July (Recode)
04:15 PM
Google I/O showcased a lot of good ideas and impressive research, but little practical application (David Pierce/Wired)
12:52 PM
How SoftBank and Saudi Arabia settled their differences to birth the $100B Vision Fund, the world's biggest tech fund (Wall Street Journal)
12:23 PM
SoftBank Vision Fund officially launches with $93B in committed capital and $100B target within 6 months (Business Wire)
11:25 AM
Google VP Sameer Samat on the capabilities and features of Android Go, which optimizes Android O with presets for better performance (Kunal Dua/NDTV Gadgets 360)
08:02 AM
The state of car OSes, including Blackberry's QNX, Windows Embedded Automotive, and custom Linux and Android Open Source Project operating systems (Ron Amadeo/Ars Technica)
06:35 AM
Faced with $69M bitcoin theft, Bitfinex has dodged bankruptcy and repaid customers after issuing IOU tokens (Yuji Nakamura/Bloomberg)