March 23rd, 2019
05:35 PM
A look at the early version of Microsoft's new Chromium-powered Edge browser (Tom Warren/The Verge)
04:17 PM
Source: Apple's planned game subscription service for iOS will only include paid, not freemium, titles, pay developers based on time users spend on their games (Mark Gurman/Bloomberg)
01:41 PM
A profile of Citizen, a crime tracking app that notifies users in NYC, SF Bay Area, Baltimore, and LA when a crime or a major incident is reported near them (John Herrman/New York Times)
10:39 AM
Inside the rivalry between Southeast Asia's Grab and Go-Jek, the ride-hailing services evolving to provide everything from groceries to mortgages (Clay Chandler/Fortune)
07:11 AM
What to expect from Apple on March 25: a paid news service, a video service with original content, a content hub in the TV app, a credit card, and no hardware (Ashley Rodriguez/Quartz)
06:19 AM
Inside the legal fight over a $10B Pentagon IT contract between Amazon and Oracle, which claims a former Pentagon employee shaped the contract in Amazon's favor (New York Times)
03:44 AM
A look at Chinese tech workers' struggle with burnout and work-life balance, as many are expected to work a "996" schedule, or 9am to 9pm six days a week (Zheping Huang/South China Morning Post)
02:52 AM
Netflix's absence from Apple's media bundle portends a fight in content distribution; Goldman Sachs says the bundle could add $12B+ to Apple's Services business (Edmund Lee/New York Times)
02:26 AM
Finland to investigate HMD after report found some Nokia 7 Plus phones sent user data to a Chinese server; HMD says it was a software packaging error, now fixed (Reuters)
01:08 AM
DHS watchdog report says FEMA exposed personal info of ~2.3M US disaster survivors, including some personal addresses and banking info, to a federal contractor (Washington Post)
12:42 AM
Mozilla announces a new version of Firefox for iOS that has been optimized for iPad with support for split screen and keyboard shortcuts (Frederic Lardinois/TechCrunch)
12:42 AM
Microsoft details xCloud tools to bring Xbox games to mobile, including a way to apply touchscreen controls to a game made for controllers or mouse and keyboard (Nick Statt/The Verge)
12:42 AM
Researchers hacked Mozilla's Firefox, a VMware Workstation client, and Microsoft Edge on the second day of Pwn2Own Vancouver 2019, earning $270K in cash awards (Dustin Childs/Zero Day Initiative)
March 22nd, 2019
11:50 PM
Berlin-based Spark Networks to acquire San Francisco-based dating startup Zoosk for ~$255M (Natasha Mascarenhas/Crunchbase News)
10:58 PM
Pinterest S-1: in Q4 2018, company had $273.2M in revenue and $47M in profit, and had $628M in cash and equivalents at the end of last year (Crunchbase News)
10:06 PM
IFTTT says all Gmail triggers will stop working on March 31 except the "Send an email" and "Send yourself an email" triggers which will remain intact (Corbin Davenport/Android Police)
10:06 PM
Pinterest generated $756M in revenue and $63M net loss in 2018, compared to $473M in revenue and $130M million net loss in 2017, according to public IPO filing (Axios)
09:40 PM
Shopify and Mailchimp remove integration between their platforms after failing to agree about how to share customer data, blame each other for the breakup (Frederic Lardinois/TechCrunch)
08:48 PM
Video-conferencing software company Zoom files for an IPO, says it had $330.5M in revenue, up 118% YoY, and $7.6M in profits in its last fiscal year (CNBC)
07:56 PM
A consumer spyware vendor has left a server with 95K+ images and 25K+ audio recordings exposed, and has not fixed the leak yet, despite being warned weeks ago (Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai/Motherboard)
07:56 PM
China-based social commerce platform Yunji files for $200M US IPO, says it had 23.2M users, 7.4M paying members, and ~$3.4B in gross merchandise volume in 2018 (Anna Vodopyanova/CapitalWatch)
07:04 PM
Indonesia-based trucking logistics startup Kargo comes out of stealth, raises a $7.6M seed round led by Sequoia with Travis Kalanick's 10100 participating (Jon Russell/TechCrunch)
07:04 PM
GoFundMe says fundraising campaigns promoting misinformation about vaccines violate its ToS and will be removed (Julia Arciga/The Daily Beast)
07:04 PM
World's biggest asset manager BlackRock to buy French investment software provider eFront for $1.3B to integrate with its own investment platform, Aladdin (Arjun Panchadar/Reuters)
05:20 PM
Twitter is inserting tweets into the feeds of users that do not follow the accounts which posted them, sometimes inadvertently amplifying extremist rhetoric (Oliver Darcy/CNN)
05:20 PM
OpenSignal: AT&T's "5G E" phones get average speeds of 28.8Mbps, compared to T-Mobile's 29.4Mbps and Verizon's 29.9Mbps which use similar 4G LTE-Advanced tech (Jon Brodkin/Ars Technica)
04:02 PM
Sources: Tencent has partnered with three Indian banks to enter the country's payments market with WeChat Pay, to be launched by the end of May or June (Jai Vardhan/Entrackr)
04:02 PM
Cleo, a parenting support app for working parents offered through employers, raises $27.5M Series B, says its app now reaches 475,000+ families in 50+ countries (Emma Hinchliffe/Fortune)
04:02 PM
Sources: Intercontinental Exchange subsidiary Bakkt is being valued at around $740M following its $182.5M Series A (Isabel Woodford/The Block)
03:10 PM
Intel confirms it will not develop new Compute Card products and that its 7th-gen CPU will be the last one to be manufactured (Andrew E. Freedman/Tom's Hardware)
12:08 PM
Report: YouTube is now responsible for 37% of all mobile internet traffic, ahead of Facebook's 8.4%, while mobile time-spent in the US rose from 21% to 24% YoY (Monojoy Bhattacharjee/What's New in ...)
08:14 AM
With the global market for AI data preparation expected to reach $1.2B by the end of 2023, India is emerging as a hub for data labelling and annotation work (Anand Murali/FactorDaily)
06:04 AM
Since the Christchurch shootings, Reddit's r/CringeAnarchy and r/The_Donald continue to host anti-Muslim hate speech justifying it and violence against Muslims (Ali Breland/Mother Jones)
04:20 AM
Hands-on with Nintendo's fourth Labo kit, which allows users to build their own VR games with six Toy-Con creations and will be available April 12 for $79.99 (Dami Lee/The Verge)
03:54 AM
DHS warns of two vulnerabilities affecting about 750,000 Medtronic implantable defibrillators worldwide, which could allow hackers to take control of devices (Joe Carlson/Star Tribune)
03:03 AM
Report: Apple acquires Italian startup Stamplay, which specializes in backend automation, for about €5M (Joe Rossignol/MacRumors)
03:03 AM
Court filing by DC AG: Facebook knew about Cambridge Analytica data misuse months before it was first reported; Facebook says it did not mislead about timeline (Julia Carrie Wong/The Guardian)
02:11 AM
Source: Apple has signed up Vox for its upcoming news subscription service; other Vox Media properties will not participate initially (Mark Gurman/Bloomberg)
02:11 AM
Sources: Bitmain plans to deploy ~$80M of mining equipment in China to take advantage of excess hydropower and low electricity costs in the summer rainy season (Wolfie Zhao/CoinDesk)
01:19 AM
Trump to nominate Michael Kratsios to be his first US CTO; Kratsios is currently US deputy CTO and was formerly chief of staff at Thiel Capital (Max Chafkin/Bloomberg)
01:19 AM
Sources: Pinterest has sped up the timing of its IPO, plans to make its filing public as early as Friday and list its shares on the NYSE in mid-April (Maureen Farrell/Wall Street Journal)
12:27 AM
Source: Uber picks the NYSE for its upcoming IPO; Lyft will start trading next week on Nasdaq (Eric Newcomer/Bloomberg)
12:27 AM
A look at some of Y Combinator's Winter 2019 cohort who secured funding before Demo Day due to early interest from those connected to the YC network (Kate Clark/TechCrunch)
12:27 AM
Q&A with Vishal Shah, Instagram's head of product who previously ran Instagram's business products, on e-commerce as a revenue driver, IGTV, and more (Alex Heath/Cheddar)
March 21st, 2019
11:35 PM
Valve announces a Steam game library redesign and Steam Events, which developers can use to communicate in-game events, entering open beta in the coming months (Michael McWhertor/Polygon)
11:09 PM
Houseparty promotes co-founder and COO Sima Sistani to CEO; co-founder and CEO Ben Rubin will move to the company's board and continue to advise product teams (Casey Newton/The Verge)
10:17 PM
Sources: UiPath, a process automation platform targeting IT businesses, is raising $400M+ at a $7B+ valuation; it closed a $265M Series C in November (Kate Clark/TechCrunch)
10:17 PM
Hacker groups are creating backdoor admin accounts and redirecting users to tech support scams using a zero-day vulnerability in a popular WordPress plugin (Catalin Cimpanu/ZDNet)
10:17 PM
An ad fraud scheme that runs video ads behind banner images targeted popular Android apps, including many using Twitter's MoPub ad platform (Craig Silverman/BuzzFeed News)
09:25 PM
Report: for the first time, music streaming accounted for more than half, at 54%, of UK record label income as it hit £468M in 2018, up 35% YoY (Mark Sweney/The Guardian)
08:33 PM
MPAA: streaming video subscriptions surpassed those for cable TV for the first time in 2018 globally, rising 131.2M or 27% YoY to 613.3M, as cable fell to 556M (Andrew Liptak/The Verge)
07:41 PM
Comcast's Xfinity Flex, a $5/month service for its broadband customers, comes with a 4K set-top box and access to paid and free, ad-supported streaming services (Richard Lawler/Engadget)
07:41 PM
Rent the Runway raises $125M, led by Franklin Templeton Investments and Bain Capital, at a $1B valuation as it expands its subscription clothing business (Sapna Maheshwari/New York Times)
06:49 PM
Delaware filing: payment card services startup Marqeta is raising $250M Series E at a valuation of $1.9B (Ingrid Lunden/TechCrunch)
06:49 PM
Jared Kushner's lawyer told the House Oversight Committee late last year that Kushner uses WhatsApp for official WH business, including with foreign contacts (Nicholas Fandos/New York Times)
06:49 PM
HoneyBook, which offers a financial and business management platform for freelancers and "solopreneurs", raises $28M Series C, bringing the total raised to $74M (Kyle Wiggers/VentureBeat)
06:49 PM
Sources: Apple's new TV service to be unveiled Monday will be a storefront for other streaming services, where Apple will set and offer its own bundles (Peter Kafka/Recode)
05:57 PM
LogRocket raises $11M Series A, led by Battery Ventures, for its software tool that records a user's activity for engineering teams to review and resolve issues (Ron Miller/TechCrunch)
05:05 PM
Internal documents: disc-less Xbox One S, a cheaper alternative with a 1TB HDD, will launch globally on May 7 (Windows Central)
05:05 PM
Sources: Amazon is beta testing video ads on its shopping app on iOS with plans for a similar product for Android later in 2019 (Spencer Soper/Bloomberg)
05:05 PM
Facebook says it will notify hundreds of millions of Facebook users and thousands of Instagram users after it found passwords were stored in a readable format (Pedro Canahuati/Facebook)
05:05 PM
Facebook admits it stored some user passwords in plain text, searchable by employees; source says it may have been between 200M and 600M user passwords (Brian Krebs/Krebs on Security)
04:39 PM
Instagram, which has largely escaped scrutiny, is teeming with conspiracy theories, misinformation, and extremist memes, linked by its recommendation algorithm (Taylor Lorenz/The Atlantic)
04:13 PM
Tesla files two lawsuits against multiple former employees and the self-driving car startup Zoox alleging misappropriation of the company's trade secrets (Sean O'Kane/The Verge)
03:21 PM
Sources: Netflix is testing a low-cost, mobile-only subscription with select users in India, for half the price of its entry-level plan in the country (Vikas SN/The Economic Times)
02:55 PM
Facebook says it blocked 800+ visually distinct variants of NZ shooting video, in contrast to ISIS-style propaganda which is not rebroadcast or reshared widely (Guy Rosen/Facebook)
02:55 PM
Four European Wikipedia sites are blocking access and directing users to contact their EU representatives on March 21 to protest the copyright directive (James Vincent/The Verge)
02:03 PM
Researchers hacked Apple's Safari, Oracle VirtualBox, and VMware Workstation in Pwn2Own Vancouver 2019 contest, earning $240K in cash awards (Dustin Childs/Zero Day Initiative)
02:03 PM
Tencent misses Q4 profit estimates with net income falling 32% YoY to $2.1B on revenue of $12.6B, partially due to China's gaming freeze (Iris Deng/South China Morning Post)
02:03 PM
Israeli startup Guesty, which provides tools for property managers who list on Airbnb and other rental sites, raises $35M Series C led by Viola Growth (Ingrid Lunden/TechCrunch)
01:11 PM
Microsoft launches Windows Virtual Desktop in public preview and Microsoft Defender ATP for macOS in limited preview (Emil Protalinski/VentureBeat)
12:19 PM
Apple iPad mini (2019) review: same specs as larger iPad, headphone jack, and solid performance, but has huge bezels and a Lightning port instead of USB-C (Nilay Patel/The Verge)
12:19 PM
US retailers are deploying facial recognition tech to fight shoplifters, raising privacy concerns due to lack of legal restrictions or rules to prevent abuse (Alfred Ng/CNET)
11:53 AM
A look at the history of game-playing AI and how it often beats humans, from IBM's Deep Blue to AlphaGo (Jamie Rigg/Engadget)
10:09 AM
A look at an automated Instagram influencer account made to garner free meals from NYC restaurants in exchange for posts, which advertisers didn't really mind (Katie Notopoulos/BuzzFeed News)