July 16th, 2018
06:43 AM
Sources describe a dysfunctional culture at Meitu, a Chinese selfie app maker with 400M+ MAUs, with public shamings of staff, seemingly arbitrary firings, more (Rob Price/INSIDER)
05:51 AM
Sources describe a dysfunctional culture at Meitu, a Chinese selfie app maker with 400M+ MAUs, with public shamings of staff, seemingly arbitrary firings, more (Rob Price/Business Insider)
04:07 AM
Profile of UK Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham, who gave Facebook a £500K fine over Cambridge Analytica and is investigating data misuse during Brexit (Carole Cadwalladr/The Guardian)
02:23 AM
Headout, a mobile travel app for booking last-minute tours, activities, and tickets to local events, raises $10M Series A to grow from 21 to 100 cities globally (Catherine Shu/TechCrunch)
01:31 AM
Smule rebrands its Sing! Karaoke app, which lets users record music videos solo or as duets with other users or artists, to Smule, says the app has 50M MAUs (Joan E. Solsman/CNET)
July 15th, 2018
11:47 PM
Online game creation platform Roblox, which is reportedly raising at a $2.4B valuation, says it's on track to more than double developer payouts to $70M in 2018 (Matt Weinberger/Business Insider)
08:19 PM
Lancaster University's Litcraft uses Minecraft to create accurate scale models of places from books like Treasure Island to promote reading among school kids (The Guardian)
05:43 PM
As mobile payments in China proliferate, Peoples Bank of China warns businesses not to refuse cash payments from customers (Amanda Lee/South China Morning Post)
02:15 PM
Germany's highest court rules that the parents of a teenager who died in 2012 should inherit access to her Facebook account, including private messages (Hanna Kozlowska/Quartz)
11:39 AM
Inside the growing phenomenon of "local Twitter" in the US, which is mostly made up of teens posting generic status updates that sometimes go viral (Taylor Lorenz/The Atlantic)
08:11 AM
Interview with Panos Panay and other Microsoft execs on how the Surface Go got made, and why they think the device has the edge over Chromebooks and the iPad (Lauren Goode/Wired)
07:19 AM
How widespread use of translation apps like Google Translate helped bring international fans and locals together during the World Cup in Russia (Rory Smith/New York Times)
04:43 AM
DOJ's appeal against AT&T-Time Warner merger probably won't succeed but the appeal itself could have a chilling effect on vertical merger bids in the short term (The Verge)
02:08 AM
As Facebook and Instagram crack down on explicit content, Twitter has become the platform of choice for nudists as it allows content with full or partial nudity (Taylor Lorenz/The Atlantic)
01:16 AM
Mobvoi Ticwatch Pro review: the best Wear OS smartwatch, combination of OLED and LCD displays gives two days of battery life, but has average performance (Ben Schoon/9to5Google)
July 14th, 2018
11:32 PM
Following the latest Mueller indictments, Twitter bans DCLeaks and Guccifer 2.0 accounts, says it is reviewing company policies and expects to make updates soon (Jon Fingas/Engadget)
10:40 PM
eMarketer estimates Amazon will account for $258.22B or 5% of US retail sales in 2018, which will work out to 49.1% of total online retail spend in the country (Ingrid Lunden/TechCrunch)
08:56 PM
Counterpoint Research: Apple sold less that 1M iPhones in India in the first half of 2018; sources: three key Apple India sales executives have left (Saritha Rai/Bloomberg)
05:02 PM
Uber will eventually dominate the scooter sector because it has the most users looking for a ride and the logistics expertise to get supply to the right spot (Sunil Paul/Recode)
01:34 PM
Living with a low-end Android phone running "lite" apps is a big compromise from a usability standpoint but it is still an upgrade from using a feature phone (Pranav Dixit/BuzzFeed)
08:22 AM
How Facebook, Google, and Twitter train and use AI to manage abuse on a massive scale with some human help as false positives remain a challenge for AI (Alfred Ng/CNET)
06:38 AM
Facebook should quarantine Infowars and similar outlets instead of deleting their pages to avoid making people like Alex Jones into martyrs, prompting backlash (Josh Constine/TechCrunch)
05:46 AM
Many Facebook Groups with thousands of members openly share pirated movies, but Facebook says it does not remove the videos unless contacted by rights-holders (Rob Price/INSIDER)
04:54 AM
Sources: Uber employees have filed complaints over insensitive comments about women and minorities by COO Barney Harford; Harford says he will work with a coach (New York Times)
04:02 AM
ACLU calls for a moratorium on the use of facial recognition tech by government agencies following Microsoft president's statement asking for its regulation (Jonathan Shieber/TechCrunch)
03:10 AM
iFixit's 2018 MacBook Pro teardown finds a thin rubberized layer under the keycaps that covers the 2nd-gen butterfly switches, likely to protect them from dust (Sam Lionheart/iFixit)
03:10 AM
Google's Phone app for Pixel and Nexus devices can now automatically filter calls that it detects to be spam and will send them directly to voicemail (Chris Welch/The Verge)
02:18 AM
LA-based Octi, whose mobile AR tech can apply effects on human movement, raises $7.5M seed, announces NFLPA partnership to create and share NFL player avatars (Anthony Ha/TechCrunch)
01:52 AM
Report: Huawei has an internal initiative to add AI to everything from consumer electronics to telecom equipment, including data center chips for China (Dominik Bosnjak/AndroidHeadlines.com)
01:26 AM
Hands-on with the top-of-the-line 2018 15-inch MacBook Pro: it's fast, keyboard is quieter with similar key travel as the 2017 model, and True Tone works well (Dieter Bohn/The Verge)
12:34 AM
Bitcoin transactions tied to real purchases and email addresses used by Russian spies in Mueller's indictments show the limits of the cryptocurrency's anonymity (Devin Coldewey/TechCrunch)
July 13th, 2018
11:41 PM
PC shipments in Q2 grew 2.7% according to IDC, while Gartner estimates 1.4% increase; both firms agree this quarter's YoY growth was the best since Q1 2012 (Tom Warren/The Verge)
09:57 PM
Policy heads from Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter will testify at House Judiciary Committee hearing on July 17 about social media content moderation practices (Chloe Aiello/CNBC)
09:05 PM
True Tone feature in 2018 MacBook Pro models extends to LG UltraFine and Apple Thunderbolt Displays, according to Apple support document published today (Juli Clover/MacRumors)
08:13 PM
Sources: Amazon Web Services is considering selling its own networking switches to business customers, challenging companies like Cisco, Juniper, and Arista (The Information)
08:13 PM
Uber, in partnership with Checkr and Appriss, will now conduct driver background checks continuously, in real time (Kia Kokalitcheva/Axios)
07:21 PM
US Department of Commerce on Friday officially lifted a ban on US companies selling goods to ZTE (Karen Freifeld/Reuters)
07:21 PM
Microsoft President Brad Smith calls for government regulation of facial recognition, says Microsoft's ICE contract did not involve facial recognition (Scott Thurm/Wired)
06:29 PM
Special counsel Mueller charges 12 Russian intelligence officers with hacking DNC, Clinton campaign, others and releasing their emails during 2016 election (Dan Mangan/CNBC)
05:37 PM
Chinese police shut down a gambling platform that had 330K users and $1.5B in transaction volume in various cryptocurrencies over the past eight months (Muyao Shen/CoinDesk)
04:45 PM
Comma.ai demos Openpilot 0.5 software with face-tracking for an advanced driver assist system compatible with most new Toyota and Honda cars, and some from GM (Andrew Tarantola/Engadget)
03:53 PM
Hong Kong-based on-demand delivery startup GoGoVan raises $250M in first phase of a new round from InnoVision Capital, Alibaba's logistics arm Cainiao, others (Karen Yeung/South China Morning Post)
03:53 PM
The FCC says it will bolster the Emergency Alert System by allowing "live code" tests that use the same alert codes and processes as real emergencies, and more (Ashley Carman/The Verge)
03:01 PM
Sources: Adobe plans to unveil the full version of Photoshop for iPad at its annual MAX creative conference in October and release it in 2019 (Bloomberg)
12:25 PM
IBM study: the average cost of a data breach globally is $3.86M in 2018, up 6.4% YoY; "mega breaches" with 1M-50M records lost can cost companies $40M-$350M (Dell Cameron/Gizmodo)
08:31 AM
Dating app Hinge says its Most Compatible feature uses machine learning to find the perfect matches for users, offering them suggestions every day (Ashley Carman/The Verge)
04:37 AM
Epic Games says Unreal Engine creators will now get 88% of sales instead of the previous 70%, and that this will apply retroactively to sales since 2014 launch (Mallory Locklear/Engadget)
02:02 AM
The 2018 MacBook Pro updates, which are only for Touch Bar laptops and include high-end features like 4TB of SSD storage, are indisputably aimed at "pro" users (John Gruber/Daring Fireball)
02:02 AM
Apple, in partnership with several of its suppliers, announces the China Clean Energy Fund, a $300M fund for investing in renewable energy projects in China (Chloe Aiello/CNBC)
01:10 AM
Baraja unveils Spectrum-Scan LIDAR, which has no moving parts and has a smaller form factor and lower price point than other LIDAR systems (Katherine Bourzac/IEEE Spectrum)
01:10 AM
Journera, which provides airlines, hotels, and others with a unified view of a traveler's journey by linking data from various sources, raises $9M Series A (Sean O'Neill/Skift)
12:17 AM
Sources: Broadcom's acquisition of CA Technologies is the start of a likely wave of future software acquisitions that will be rolled into CA (Alex Sherman/CNBC)
12:17 AM
Japanese startup Paidy, which helps people shop online without a credit card, raises $55M Series C led by Japanese trade conglomerate Itochu Corporation (Catherine Shu/TechCrunch)
12:17 AM
Sources: SEC has asked Facebook how much it knew about Cambridge Analytica's use of user data and how it analyzed the risk of developers sharing data improperly (Wall Street Journal)
July 12th, 2018
11:25 PM
Robinhood is expanding its cryptocurrency trading product, currently available in 17 US states, with two new coin listings, Litecoin and Bitcoin Cash (Romain Dillet/TechCrunch)
10:59 PM
Court filing: Justice Department will appeal Time Warner-AT&T merger approval (Christine Wang/CNBC)
10:33 PM
Intel to acquire Santa Clara-based fabless chip maker eASIC, says startup's ~120 employees will join Intel's Programmable Solutions Group (Ian Cutress/AnandTech)
09:41 PM
After members of cancer-focused "closed" Facebook group found marketers could download their personal info via now-disabled Chrome plugin, FB makes site changes (CNBC)
08:49 PM
During an event Facebook billed as "a presentation about our work to prevent the spread of false news", News Feed head defends keeping InfoWars on the platform (Charlie Warzel/BuzzFeed)
08:49 PM
Microsoft debuts its collaborative Whiteboard app on Windows 10, says versions for iOS and the web are coming soon, and an Android version is in the works (Tom Warren/The Verge)
08:49 PM
Microsoft debuts free version of Microsoft Teams with team storage capped at 10GB, and Microsoft 365 launches live events with facial recognition and more (Khari Johnson/VentureBeat)
07:57 PM
FCC voted to approve controversial changes on how it handles consumer complaints, which some say will further weaken an already weak process (Rhett Jones/Gizmodo)
07:05 PM
Greenhouse, applicant tracking and recruiting software provider, raises $50M Series D, bringing the total funding raised to $110M (Matthew Lynley/TechCrunch)
07:05 PM
Uber and Uber Eats now let you split the bill using Venmo (Paul Sawers/VentureBeat)
06:13 PM
Apple warns users that it will discontinue its Photo Print Products service for Macs in September and steers them to third party Photos Projects extension (Benjamin Mayo/9to5Mac)
05:21 PM
Twitter is testing Promoted Trend Spotlight ads that put a banner with a GIF or image background atop Explore content for the first two visits that day (Josh Constine/TechCrunch)
04:29 PM
Apple stops selling 2015 15-inch MacBook Pro model on Apple.com (Mike Wuerthele/AppleInsider)
03:37 PM
Apple worked with digital cinema and camera company Blackmagic on a new Radeon Pro 580-powered external GPU with 8GB video memory, available now for $699 (Sam Byford/The Verge)
03:37 PM
Google launches Morse code as an input method for iOS Gboard users, following the feature's release on Android in May, as well as a game to teach Morse code (Gordon Gottsegen/CNET)
03:37 PM
Apple updates 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pros with Touch Bars with latest Intel CPUs, more RAM, True Tone displays, more storage, and quieter keyboards (Dieter Bohn/The Verge)
02:45 PM
Report says a hacker tried to sell confidential and sensitive documents for US military Reaper drones and tanks on the darknet (Duncan Riley/SiliconANGLE)
01:53 PM
Paris-based startup Meero, which uses AI to speed up and automate image editing, raises $45M Series B led by Alven Capital and Idinvest (Chris O'Brien/VentureBeat)
11:17 AM
Chinese city Nanjing, which is remaking itself as a tech hub by spending billions, is at the forefront of the government's effort to compete with Silicon Valley (Bloomberg)
09:33 AM
A wave of Chinese entrepreneurs with access to Chinese capital and an undying appetite for growth are landing on Indian shores, challenging Indian startups (Jayadevan PK/FactorDaily)
07:49 AM
Indian government approves regulator TRAI's recommendations on strong net neutrality rules, prohibits ISPs from engaging in any form of data discrimination (The Wire)