November 20th, 2019
07:14 AM
Neon, which operates a digital bank in Brazil with nearly 2M accounts, has raised $94M in a round led by Banco Votorantim and General Atlantic (Mary Ann Azevedo/Crunchbase News)
05:56 AM
Israel-based Viisights, which develops a video intelligence service that uses AI to analyze and manage video surveillance streams, raises $10M Series A (Luana Pascu/Biometric Update)
04:38 AM
CyCognito, a cybersecurity platform that analyzes a company's entire spectrum of internet-connected devices for vulnerabilities, raises $18M Series A (Zack Whittaker/TechCrunch)
03:46 AM
CyberCube Analytics, a cyber risk analytics platform for cybersecurity insurance underwriters, raises $35M Series B (FinSMEs)
02:54 AM
NTSB finds Uber's safety driver the primary cause of fatal Tempe crash, also blames lack of "safety culture" at Uber; AI not detecting jaywalkers played no role (Brad Templeton/Forbes)
01:10 AM
Facebook quietly releases Whale, a meme-making iOS app, in Canada (Jon Porter/The Verge)
12:18 AM
Sources: ~20 Google employees staged a protest at Google offices during the interrogation of two staffers who have now been placed on administrative leave (Jennifer Elias/CNBC)
November 19th, 2019
11:26 PM
The Indian government says it is "empowered" to intercept, monitor, or decrypt any digital communication on a citizen's device in India, citing a law from 2000 (Manish Singh/TechCrunch)
10:34 PM
Amazon's Ring says police can request 12 hours of video from any users near suspected crime scenes and then keep the video forever and share it with anyone (Drew Harwell/Washington Post)
09:42 PM
Patreon says it has paid out $1B+ to creators since its 2013 launch, up from $500M in Q4'18, has 4M+ members, up from 3M in Jan., and plans European expansion (Janko Roettgers/Variety)
08:50 PM
Antivirus vendors and non-profits including Avira, the EFF, and Kaspersky form the Coalition Against Stalkerware to fight secretly installed snooping apps (Catalin Cimpanu/ZDNet)
08:24 PM
Snap pledges $750,000 to its top AR creators in 2020, 3x its 2019 commitment; 600,000+ Lenses, used 15B+ times, have been created by Snapchat creators (Garett Sloane/Ad Age)
07:58 PM
Malware that steals cryptocurrency found embedded in some versions of Monero's official client app available on its site; Monero team says it is investigating (Sergiu Gatlan/BleepingComputer)
07:58 PM
Abnormal Security, a cloud email security startup aimed at combating fraud, raises $24M Series A led by Greylock Partners (Robert Hackett/Fortune)
07:58 PM
Facebook says its F8 developer conference will take place on May 5-6 in San Jose (Sarah Perez/TechCrunch)
07:32 PM
Google announces Your News Update, an Assistant-powered audio feature that chooses stories based on interests, location, and more, available first in the US (Dieter Bohn/The Verge)
07:32 PM
Clumio, which makes cloud data backup and recovery tools, raises $135M Series C led by Sutter Hill Ventures, after exiting stealth in Aug. with $51M in funding (Kyle Wiggers/VentureBeat)
07:32 PM
Blockchain startup Bison Trails, a founding member of Libra Association, raises $25.5M Series A led by Blockchain Capital with Coinbase, Consensys participating (Robert Stevens/Decrypt)
07:32 PM
Brooklyn-based ICO promoter behind REcoin, charged by the SEC in 2017, is sentenced in federal court to 18 months for conspiring to commit securities fraud (Danny Nelson/CoinDesk)
06:40 PM
Apple launches a dedicated mobile app for its developer community, replacing the existing WWDC app, with video resources, news, account management, and more (Sarah Perez/TechCrunch)
06:40 PM
Amazon unveils $34.99 Fire TV Blaster, a new infrared device that brings more TV voice commands for those with a Fire TV and Echo (Richard Vega/The Streamable)
06:14 PM
WhatsApp says a recently-patched flaw in the way the messaging app handled video files could have let attackers remotely execute code on users' devices (Charlie Osborne/ZDNet)
06:14 PM
DC attorney general brings charges against DoorDash, accusing it of pocketing tips meant for workers and misleading customers about where their money was going (Lauren Feiner/CNBC)
06:14 PM
Researchers reveal bugs in Google and Samsung camera apps before July 2019, which could let unauthorized apps record video, take pictures, and extract GPS data (Lawrence Abrams/BleepingComputer)
05:48 PM
Spotify launches Your Daily Podcasts, a personalized podcast playlist, featuring trailers, older evergreen episodes, and more, to help listeners discover shows (Sarah Perez/TechCrunch)
05:22 PM
Microsoft claims 20M DAUs for Teams, up from 13M in July, extending its lead over Slack, which in October said it had 12M; Slack's stock down +7% (Jordan Novet/CNBC)
04:30 PM
Salesforce launches Cloud Voice, which integrates telephony inside Service Cloud, a revamped Einstein Voice Assistant, and a voice app development toolkit (Kyle Wiggers/VentureBeat)
03:38 PM
Spotify launches Your Daily Podcast, customized playlists with podcasts, featuring trailers, long podcast episodes, more, available in the US and elsewhere (Ashley Carman/The Verge)
03:38 PM
BlueVine, which offers financing and other banking services to SMBs, raises $102.5M Series F, bringing its total raised between $240M and $250M (Ingrid Lunden/TechCrunch)
02:20 PM
DeepMind outlines collaboration with Google on the Play Store's recommendation engine, claims app recommendations are now more personalized than they used to be (Kyle Wiggers/VentureBeat)
01:02 PM
Apple's integrated approach is fostering monopolistic behavior and has started to stifle innovation resulting in user-hostile keyboards and no NFC based apps (Ben Thompson/Stratechery)
10:26 AM
Berlin-based Enway, which is developing autonomous street-sweeping machines and other special purpose vehicles, raises €6M in seed funding led by Redalpine (FinSMEs)
06:06 AM
Aerospike, which provides a high-scale NoSQL database platform for processing data queries really quickly, raises $32M Series D, bringing total raised to $78M (Jason D. Rowley/Crunchbase News)
03:30 AM
A look at Facebook and Google's funding of nonprofits shaping the privacy debate; together they gave $960K+ to Center for Democracy and Technology alone in 2018 (Bloomberg Law)
12:03 AM
Czech government approves a proposal for a 7% digital tax covering revenue from large companies gained via targeted ads, user data sales, and more (Jason Hovet/Reuters)
12:03 AM
16" MacBook Pro teardown shows a new thermal system, keyboard similar to the standalone Magic Keyboard, a six-speaker system, and a high-performance mic array (Craig Lloyd/iFixit News)
12:03 AM
Home insurance startup Luko raises $22M Series A led by Accel for AI that aims to prevent domestic accidents like pipes leaking water (Paul Sawers/VentureBeat)
12:03 AM
Amazon expands its free ad-supported version of Amazon Music to its mobile apps, FireTV, and the web, with access to select playlists and radio-like stations (Tim Ingham/Music Business Worldwide)
November 18th, 2019
11:11 PM
Uber Chief Product Officer Manik Gupta, who joined from Google in 2015, says he is leaving the company (Megan Rose Dickey/TechCrunch)
11:11 PM
Apple announces press event on December 2 in NYC, says the event will be focused on "honoring our favorite apps and games of 2019" (Todd Haselton/CNBC)
10:45 PM
Twitter adds a way to report abusive use of Lists, like when users get added to public lists with derogatory titles, which has been a problem for years (Sarah Perez/TechCrunch)
10:45 PM
Evan Spiegel says Snapchat has a team that fact checks all political advertising on the platform, in stark contrast to Facebook (William Feuer/CNBC)
09:53 PM
Google buys Microsoft-backed CloudSimple to help its customers run VMware workloads on the Google Cloud Platform, after partnering with the company in July (CNBC)
08:35 PM
Investigation finds that, once adjusted for duplicate and fake accounts, Facebook users grew 7% in the past two years, rather than 18% as calculated by Facebook (Financial Times)
07:43 PM
Facebook launches Oculus Link software for Oculus Quest in beta, allowing users to access Rift PC games using a USB-C cable (Sam Machkovech/Ars Technica)
07:43 PM
GOP Sen. Josh Hawley debuts a bill aimed at US companies' data storage practices in countries like China and Russia, which would impact companies like Apple (Margaret Harding McGill/Axios)
07:43 PM
Israeli ride-hailing service Gett to shut down operations in NYC, known there as Juno, says Lyft will take on its 15,000 enterprise clients starting next year (Ingrid Lunden/TechCrunch)
07:17 PM
Google Stadia review: works well and has a clearer picture than early rivals but 4K games do not look 4K, tons of features are missing, and it feels like a beta (Sean Hollister/The Verge)
06:51 PM
Google Maps tests a social networking feature with the ability to "Follow" Local Guides, which will surface their recommendations to their followers (Sarah Perez/TechCrunch)
06:51 PM
Filings show that the US Commerce Department is giving Huawei another reprieve of three months before the US ban takes effect, now slated for February 16, 2020 (Colin Lecher/The Verge)
05:07 PM
AI-powered news aggregation app SmartNews raises $92M, including a $28M raise in August, at a valuation of $1.2B, bringing its total raised to $182M (Anthony Ha/TechCrunch)
05:07 PM
Salesforce launches redesigned Salesforce Mobile App alongside Trailhead GO, a mobile version of its learning platform, and a new version of its mobile SDK (Larry Dignan/ZDNet)
04:15 PM
Chinese government data suggests Apple shipped 10M iPhones in the country during Sept. and Oct., up 6% YoY, as overall smartphone shipments dropped 5% to 69.3M (Bloomberg)
04:15 PM
Inside Facebook's efforts to fight revenge porn using AI and a 25-person team; source: Facebook gets about 500K reports of revenge porn per month (Olivia Solon/NBC News)
03:23 PM
How Binance survived China's crypto crackdown, a $40M hack, and the bursting of the crypto bubble to become one of the most successful crypto exchanges (Tim Copeland/Decrypt)
03:23 PM
Palantir unveils a $150M deal with Japanese financial services company Sompo Holding, with an initial focus on health and cybersecurity clients in Japan (Bloomberg)
03:23 PM
Bolt Bikes, which operates an e-bike subscription platform for gig workers in Sydney and Melbourne, expands to San Francisco and London (Kirsten Korosec/TechCrunch)
03:23 PM
T-Mobile President and COO Mike Sievert to succeed John Legere as CEO on May 1, 2020 (Lauren Feiner/CNBC)
02:31 PM
Huawei launched an invite-only bug bounty program last week for its Android devices, with a maximum payout of $220,000 (Thomas Brewster/Forbes)
02:05 PM founder Alex Zhu, who now heads TikTok, says TikTok doesn't share data with China or Bytedance and doesn't censor videos at China's behest (Raymond Zhong/New York Times)
01:39 PM
Microsoft updates its privacy rules for commercial cloud contracts, after a EU probe found that it failed to protect data under EU law (Paul Hill/Neowin)
12:21 PM
Elavon, the payments subsidiary of US Bancorp, to acquire Sage Pay, a payment processor operating in the UK and Ireland, for £232M in cash (Ingrid Lunden/TechCrunch)
10:37 AM
Opera's Africa focused fintech startup OPay raises $120M Series B from Chinese investors including Meituan-Dianping and SoftBank Asia (Jake Bright/TechCrunch)
09:19 AM
Northzone raises a new $500M fund to invest primarily in Series A and B rounds of European and East Coast US startups, amid a slew of new European VC funds (Steve O'Hear/TechCrunch)
06:43 AM
Chrome, Edge, Safari hacked at elite hacking contest Tianfu Cup, which is now China's top competition after a participation ban on foreign contests like Pwn2Own (Catalin Cimpanu/ZDNet)
02:49 AM
Self-driving startup Wayve, which considers sophisticated sensor tech like lidar unnecessary for safe autonomous driving systems, raises $20M Series A (Paul Sawers/VentureBeat)
02:23 AM
Line and SoftBank's Yahoo Japan announce merger plan, aim to sign a deal by December 2019, and integrate the businesses by October 2020 (Nikkei Asian Review)
01:57 AM
Sources: ByteDance is in talks with record companies to launch a music streaming service as soon as next month, would debut it initially in Brazil, India, more (Anna Nicolaou/Financial Times)
01:57 AM
Intel unveils plans for a 7nm Xe GPU, codenamed Ponte Vecchio, meant to rival Nvidia in handling datacenter AI workloads, but fails to give a release window (Dylan Martin/CRN)
01:05 AM
After ICANN lifted price caps on .org domains in June, the Internet Society has sold Public Interest Registry, the top level domain's operator, to PE firm Ethos (Andrew Allemann/Domain Name Wire)
12:39 AM
The White House confirms that President Trump will tour Apple's manufacturing plant in Austin on November 20 (Eric Rosenbaum/CNBC)
November 17th, 2019
11:22 PM
Sensor Tower: TikTok has passed 1.5B downloads worldwide on the App Store and Google Play, with 614M downloads in 2019 so far, up 6% YoY (Abrar Al-Heeti/CNET)
08:46 PM
HP board unanimously rejects Xerox's bid to acquire the company (Emma Newburger/CNBC)
06:36 PM
How the mesh Wi-Fi router startup Plume is winning partnerships with some of the biggest US and international ISPs, despite Eero's fire sale to Amazon (Jim Salter/Ars Technica)
01:50 PM
Profile of Mixhalo, a live-music app being offered by bands like Aerosmith as a VIP experience, to let fans hear the music at live shows as the band intended (Mike Murphy/Quartz)