January 23rd, 2019
11:17 PM
Source: SoftBank is investing $100M in Globality, a marketplace for large companies to find and manage service providers, at a ~$1B valuation (Tomio Geron/Wall Street Journal)
10:51 PM
Federal prosecutors and US court in Seattle agree to publish info on warrantless surveillance requests, will disclose case numbers and crime being investigated (Aaron Mackey/Electronic Frontier ...)
10:25 PM
Facebook to launch Page Quality tab for admins, showing when content is removed for policy violations and when post distribution is reduced due to fact-checking (Facebook)
09:59 PM
Facebook tightens its policies, says it may now remove networks of fraudulent pages and groups created by people who previously breached its rules (Louise Matsakis/Wired)
09:33 PM
Researcher: 24M+ financial and banking documents, representing tens of thousands of loans and mortgages, were left exposed online by Texas-based firm Ascension (Zack Whittaker/TechCrunch)
09:07 PM
Next Trucking, a California-based logistics platform matching carriers with shippers, raises $97M Series C led by Brookfield, with Sequoia, others participating (Paul Sawers/VentureBeat)
08:15 PM
Source: Verizon Media Group, which owns Yahoo and AOL, plans to cut 7% of its staff (CNBC)
08:15 PM
Symbiont raises $20M Series B for its enterprise blockchain-based platform for financial instruments such as securities and loans, led by Nasdaq Ventures (Yessi Bello Perez/The Next Web)
08:15 PM
Patreon says it has 3M+ patrons, up by 1M+ in 2018, who support 100K+ creators; the company will pay creators $500M in 2019, reach $1B paid since launch in 2013 (Janko Roettgers/Variety)
07:23 PM
Uplift, which works with airlines and sites like Kayak to offer travelers vacation financing, raises $123M Series C, expects to drive nearly $1B in loans in '19 (Anthony Ha/TechCrunch)
07:23 PM
Amazon says it is field testing Amazon Scout, a small autonomous six-wheeled delivery robot, in Snohomish County, Washington (Day One)
06:31 PM
Electric.ai, the NY startup that helps companies automate their IT support services via a chat-based service, has raised $25M Series B round led by GGV (Jordan Crook/TechCrunch)
06:05 PM
Andela, which trains and places African programmers to work remotely for US companies, raises $100M Series D from Al Gore's Generation Investment Management (Joshua Brustein/Bloomberg)
05:13 PM
After Netflix price hikes, Hulu will lower the price of its base, ad-supported subscription plan to $5.99/mo, down from the current $7.99/mo, starting Feb. 26 (Chris Welch/The Verge)
05:13 PM
Waymo to invest $13.6M in a factory for level 4 autonomous cars in Michigan, partnering with Magna to install Waymo's self-driving system in cars made by others (Reuters)
05:13 PM
Anchorage, which holds and safeguards crypto assets for institutions, comes out of stealth after raising $17M Series A led by Andreessen Horowitz (Josh Constine/TechCrunch)
04:47 PM
Meizu announces Zero, a smartphone with no ports, physical buttons, or SIM card slot; instead it has eSIM support and 18-watt fast wireless charging (GSMArena.com)
04:21 PM
Consumer finance journalist Martin Lewis drops his lawsuit against Facebook over scam ads, after the company agrees to donate £3M to set up an anti-scam project (Alex Hern/The Guardian)
04:21 PM
Confluent, the company behind open source streaming data project Apache Kafka, raises $125M Series D led by Sequoia Capital, source says at a $2.5B valuation (Alex Konrad/Forbes)
04:21 PM
Candy Ventures acquires AR startup Blippar, which went into administration last month after raising $130M+, and will reform it as a new business with same CEO (Shona Ghosh/Business Insider)
03:55 PM
Google launches YouTube TV in 95 new US markets, says it now covers 98% of US households (Chris Welch/The Verge)
03:29 PM
Microsoft is automatically installing NewsGuard, a plug-in that guides users on which news websites can be trusted, on mobile versions of its Edge browser (Jim Waterson/The Guardian)
03:03 PM
Q&A with the ACLU's Jon Callas, formerly of Apple, on the need for tech expertise in policymaking, the biggest challenges for the security industry, and more (Kim Zetter/Motherboard)
02:11 PM
Alexa AI scientists describe in a paper a technique that uses millions of unannotated interactions with Amazon's voice assistant to reduce NLP error rate by 8% (Kyle Wiggers/VentureBeat)
01:19 PM
Desktop Metal, a maker of 3D metal printing systems for commercial and industrial use, raises $160M led by a subsidiary of Koch Industries at a ~$1.5B valuation (Dan Primack/Axios)
12:53 PM
Despite Bitcoin's dive, thousands of Georgians have sold cars to buy computers to mine Bitcoin; ~10% of the country's energy output goes into mining Bitcoin (Liz Alderman/New York Times)
10:43 AM
A look at the history of LiveJournal, the early blogging platform that boasted 10M+ accounts at its height but faltered after questionable business decisions (Steven T. Wright/Ars Technica)
08:33 AM
How Huawei made steady progress expanding into Europe over many years by spending big, only to have it unravel over security concerns from the US, UK, others (New York Times)
06:49 AM
In Colorado, over two dozen law enforcement agencies statewide have encrypted their radio communications, making it hard for crime reporters to cover their beat (Jonathan Peters/Columbia Journalism ...)
05:31 AM
Google announces it will contribute an additional $3.1M to Wikimedia and give Wikipedia editors free access to Custom Search API and Cloud Vision API (Louise Matsakis/Wired)
04:39 AM
New research details how two widely received spam email campaigns over the past few months were made possible by a previously detailed weakness at GoDaddy.com (Brian Krebs/Krebs on Security)
03:21 AM
Google spent $21.2M on US govt lobbying in 2018, up from $18.04M in 2017; Facebook spent $12.62M, up from $11.51M; and Microsoft spent $9.52M, up from $8.5M (Paresh Dave/Reuters)
02:30 AM
NPD Group: US video game revenue in 2018 reached a record $43.4B, up 18% YoY, with software earning $35.8B, up 18% YoY, and hardware earning $7.5B, up 15% YoY (Rebekah Valentine/GamesIndustry.biz)
12:46 AM
Viacom to acquire Pluto TV, a free, ad-supported streaming service, for $340M in cash; Pluto TV to operate as an independent subsidiary when the deal closes (Sara Fischer/Axios)
12:46 AM
IBM beats with Q4 revenue of $21.76B, down 3% YoY, vs. $21.71B analyst estimate, and full-year cloud revenue of $19.2B, up 12% YoY; stock up 6%+ after hours (Pushkala Aripaka/Reuters)
12:46 AM
The Motion Picture Association of America has added Netflix as a member, the first internet-based service to be added (Anthony D'Alessandro/Deadline)
January 22nd, 2019
11:54 PM
Twitter begins limited rollout of a new web interface with a two-column layout, keyboard shortcuts, a dedicated emoji button, and a revised trends section (Jon Fingas/Engadget)
11:54 PM
In a filing, the Department of Labor has accused Oracle of discrimination against women and people of color, including more than $400M in lost wages (Sam Levin/The Guardian)
11:54 PM
Match Group and the media brand Betches have partnered to launch Ship, an iOS dating app that allows users to help their friends pick out potential dates (Ashley Carman/The Verge)
11:02 PM
Google says 30M Chromebooks are used in education, up 5M from May 2018, and that 80M people use its G Suite for Education platform (Abner Li/9to5Google)
10:36 PM
TomTom announces it's selling its telematics unit, which includes fleet management solutions, to automotive giant Bridgestone Europe for €910M (Paul Sawers/VentureBeat)
10:36 PM
DHS issues rare "emergency" directive ordering federal agencies to secure credentials for DNS records; sources: six agencies have seen malicious DNS activity (Sean Lyngaas/CyberScoop)
10:36 PM
SCOTUS declines to hear case over whether Yelp is responsible for removing defamatory reviews from its site after CA Supreme Court ruled in Yelp's favor in 2018 (Adi Robertson/The Verge)
09:44 PM
Source: Zynga founder Mark Pincus is raising up to $700M for a new investment fund that will focus on publicly traded tech firms needing strategic restructuring (Dan Primack/Axios)
09:18 PM
Analysis of millions of Glassdoor reviews finds 400+ companies, including SpaceX and Slack, have unusual single-month increases in mostly positive posts (Wall Street Journal)
08:52 PM
Google will retire classic Hangouts for G Suite customers in October, after its previous announcement that Hangouts would be split into Hangouts Chat, Meet apps (Kyle Wiggers/VentureBeat)
08:00 PM
Hailo, an Israel-based developer of a microprocessor for deep learning on edge devices, expands its Series A by an additional $8.5M to $21M (FinSMEs)
08:00 PM
Vox Media is acquiring The Coral Project, an open-source publishing platform housed within the Mozilla Foundation (Sara Fischer/Axios)
07:08 PM
Amazon launches direct sales of merchandise in Brazil after months of delays caused by complicated logistics, testy vendor relations, and a complex tax system (Gabriela Mello/Reuters)
07:08 PM
Inside Uber's Special Investigations Unit, a 60+ team handling severe reported incidents, nearly 1,200/week, often leading to stress and emotional trauma (CNN)
07:08 PM
Online birth control prescription and delivery service The Pill Club raises $51M Series B led by VMG Partners, bringing total raised to $67M (Kate Clark/TechCrunch)
07:08 PM
Microsoft unveils Microsoft Classroom Pen, optimized for the Surface Go and sold in packs of 20 to schools, and 7 new PCs from Acer, Dell, Lenovo from $189-$320 (Tom Warren/The Verge)
07:08 PM
Microsoft expands its coding language for visually impaired children, now called Code Jumper, partnering with a non-profit to expand internationally (Devindra Hardawar/Engadget)
05:50 PM
Sources: Netflix is in advanced talks to join the Motion Picture Association of America and would be the first internet-based service to do so if it does (Steven Overly/Politico)
05:50 PM
Dosh raises $40M, sources say at a $300M valuation, following a $44M Series A nine months ago, as its cash back app has doled out ~$50M to shoppers (Ingrid Lunden/TechCrunch)
05:50 PM
Digital identity management firm Keyfactor, formerly Certified Security Solutions, announces $77M in growth funding led by Insight Venture Partners (Kyle Wiggers/VentureBeat)
04:58 PM
UPS and Latch, which launched a pilot of their Amazon Key-like delivery service in SF and NYC last year, plan to expand to 10 new US cities by mid-year (Molly Price/CNET)
04:06 PM
Japanese early stage incubator Digital Garage teams up with Blockstream to develop blockchain-based financial services in Japan (Jon Russell/TechCrunch)
04:06 PM
A look at Hainan, China's latest free-trade zone with a visa free policy, which offers startups free rent, reduced taxes, and access to govt-backed VC funding (Yingzhi Yang/South China Morning Post)
03:40 PM
Apple Pay expands to Target and Taco Bell, now covers 74 of the top 100 US merchants (Apple)
12:38 PM
Sources: Foxconn is considering producing iPhones in India, a move that could reduce Apple's dependence on China and help lower iPhone prices in India (Wall Street Journal)
12:38 PM
Dutch navigation company TomTom to sell Telematics, its fleet management business, to Japan's Bridgestone for €910M (Toby Sterling/Reuters)
12:38 PM
Sources: Apple is likely to drop LCD displays altogether in its 2020 iPhone lineup in favor of OLED displays, which allow for more flexible handset designs (Takashi Mochizuki/Wall Street Journal)
09:10 AM
The rise of mobile video in India is requiring YouTube and others to innovate to better serve Indian users, who average 40+ hours/month of video from data plans (Eric Bellman/Wall Street Journal)
04:50 AM
Twitter, citing rules violation, suspends account that helped amplify the video of an encounter between a Native American elder and students wearing MAGA hats (Donie O'Sullivan/CNN)
03:58 AM
In email to customers, Munchery says it will end operations effective immediately and will refund any outstanding orders (Carolyn Said/San Francisco Chronicle)
03:33 AM
Chinese online ticketing app Maoyan postpones Hong Kong IPO to Feb. 4 after naming Xiaomi as one of three new cornerstone investors, seeks to raise up to $350M (Laura He/South China Morning Post)
02:15 AM
Apple says its Giving program has raised $365M+ for nonprofits since it began eight years ago, with $125M+ in donations and 250M+ hours volunteered in 2018 (Benjamin Mayo/9to5Mac)
12:31 AM
Gartner survey of more than 3,000 CIOs in 89 countries finds that deployment of AI in enterprise grew 270% in the past four years and 37% in the last year (Kyle Wiggers/VentureBeat)
January 21st, 2019
11:13 PM
Researcher says AIESEC, a non-profit claiming to be the "world's largest youth-run organization" left 4M+ intern applications with sensitive info exposed online (Zack Whittaker/TechCrunch)
10:21 PM
Russia says it's taking "administrative action" against Facebook and Twitter, alleging it hasn't received details of their compliance with data-localization law (Ann M. Simmons/Wall Street Journal)
10:21 PM
A Dutch surgeon formally disciplined for medical negligence wins legal action to remove Google results about her case in landmark "right to be forgotten" ruling (Daniel Boffey/The Guardian)
07:45 PM
Spotify is testing a feature on iOS that will allow users to block any artist (Mehedi Hassan/Thurrott)
06:53 PM
A casino group that runs sites like easybet.com left 108M+ records exposed on a server including players' bets, withdrawals, names, home addresses, and phone #s (Catalin Cimpanu/ZDNet)
05:35 PM
Google fined €50M by the French data regulator CNIL under GDPR for lack of transparency, inadequate info, and lack of valid consent about ads personalization (Romain Dillet/TechCrunch)