July 17th, 2019
04:10 AM
Highlights from the House's antitrust hearing, where Apple, Amazon, Google, and Facebook executives fought criticism that their companies dominate their markets (Bloomberg)
03:19 AM
Chinese electric scooter maker Niu, a supplier to US ride-sharing service Revel, says it will transfer tariff costs to US clients as trade war continues (Iris Deng/South China Morning Post)
02:27 AM
Pearson, the world's largest education publisher, says all future releases of its 1,500 active US titles will be "digital first" and updated on an ongoing basis (BBC)
01:35 AM
LG Pay, with both NFC and magnetic stripe terminal support, is now available in the US for the LG G8, will expand to other LG phones in the coming months (Joe Maring/Android Central)
12:43 AM
Google Maps will now show bike-sharing station information on Android and iOS in 23 new cities globally, more than a year after debuting the feature in NYC (Paul Sawers/VentureBeat)
12:43 AM
Finix, a payments infrastructure platform that lets companies own and control their payment processing, raises $17.5M Series A led by Bain Capital (Jeff Kauflin/Forbes)
12:43 AM
Four of the seven Google employees who organized a 20,000-person walkout in November have resigned from the company (Nitasha Tiku/Wired)
July 16th, 2019
11:52 PM
FCC authorizes funding for ISPs to provide broadband access for 220,000+ unserved rural homes and businesses in 24 states as part of the Connect America Fund (Jon Brodkin/Ars Technica)
11:00 PM
London-based payments startup SumUp secures a $371M loan from Goldman, Bain Capital, and others to fuel an international expansion (Nour Al Ali/Bloomberg)
10:08 PM
EU's satellite navigation program, named Galileo and billed as a more reliable alternative to GPS, has mostly been down since last Thursday (Palko Karasz/New York Times)
10:08 PM
Bulgaria says hackers stole millions of taxpayers' financial data in June; an expert says nearly all adult citizens' personal records may have been compromised (Angel Krasimirov/Reuters)
09:16 PM
Apple says it is sending out another silent update for macOS to fix a webcam vulnerability affecting apps using Zoom's tech including RingCentral and Zhumu (Dieter Bohn/The Verge)
09:16 PM
Sources: Apple plans to fund original, exclusive podcasts and has reached out to media companies, in a bid to compete with Spotify (Bloomberg)
09:16 PM
Ukrainian hacker Mikhail Rytikov, sought by the US since 2013 for running a dark web network used by criminals at scale, arrested in Ukraine with US and UK help (Jeff Stone/CyberScoop)
09:16 PM
Montréal-based startup Landr, which develops AI-powered audio mastering software, raises ~$20M Series B from Sony Innovation Fund, Warner Music, others (Isabelle Kirkwood/BetaKit)
09:15 PM
Sprint says hackers had access to customers' names, billing, device details, and more via Samsung's website, fails to disclose the number affected (Catalin Cimpanu/ZDNet)
08:24 PM
Swiss regulator that Facebook's David Marcus said would oversee privacy protections for Libra says it hasn't heard from those behind the proposed cryptocurrency (Elizabeth Schulze/CNBC)
07:32 PM
Inside a lawsuit against Girls Do Porn, one of Pornhub's popular channels, which 22 women allege post videos without proper consent, leading to doxxing and more (VICE)
07:32 PM
Uber open sources Plato, a tool for developing and testing conversational AI across many deep learning frameworks including TensorFlow and PyTorch (Kyle Wiggers/VentureBeat)
07:32 PM
Highlights from the Senate hearing with Facebook's David Marcus on the proposed Libra cryptocurrency, and what was left unanswered (Josh Constine/TechCrunch)
07:32 PM
Study of 3,800 young people over four years: high levels of social media usage showed an increase in depressive symptoms, while playing video games did not (Kate McKenna/CBC News)
07:31 PM
Facebook makes its first changes to Workplace pricing, raising the premium tier by $1/person/month and introducing a new $8 Workplace Enterprise tier (Ingrid Lunden/TechCrunch)
06:40 PM
Alphabet's Wing launches OpenSky, an air traffic control app for drones, currently available for free in Australia, joining a crowded field (Alan Levin/Bloomberg)
06:40 PM
Arm launches Flexible Access, a new licensing option that makes it easier for startups to access a range of Arm's IP without any upfront licensing costs (Frederic Lardinois/TechCrunch)
06:40 PM
Trump threatens to "take a look" at Google for alleged China ties, in a tweet that cited claims Peter Thiel made at a conference and repeated on Fox News (Tony Romm/Washington Post)
04:56 PM
Newsletter platform Substack raises $15.3M series A led by Andreessen Horowitz, says Substack newsletters now have 50,000 paying subscribers (Anthony Ha/TechCrunch)
04:56 PM
Livestream of Facebook's David Marcus testifying before the US Senate on the Libra cryptocurrency (C-SPAN.org)
04:04 PM
Patreon, which helps content creators manage paid membership communities for fans, raises $60M Series D led by Glade Brook Capital (Eric Peckham/TechCrunch)
04:04 PM
Flybits, which develops personalized recommendations for customers of financial institutions, raises $35M Series C led by Point72 Ventures (Kyle Wiggers/VentureBeat)
04:04 PM
Sources: Amazon faces a full-blown EU antitrust probe within days; Qualcomm could face a second hefty EU penalty as soon as next week for underpricing chips (Aoife White/Bloomberg)
03:12 PM
Facebook introduces a scam ads reporting tool in the UK and donates £3M to Citizens Advice for Scams Action, a dedicated online anti-scam service (Press Association)
03:12 PM
Near, an AI-based platform that merges online and offline behavior to build anonymized user profiles, raises $100M Series C from Great Pacific Capital (Ingrid Lunden/TechCrunch)
02:20 PM
Meredith Whittaker, who helped lead employee protests at Google over its military and AI work, and sexual harassment policies, is leaving the company (Bloomberg)
01:28 PM
The Apollo 11 guidance computer was the first digital general-purpose, multitasking, interactive portable computer, with about 145K lines of code (Robert Lee Hotz/Wall Street Journal)
12:36 PM
Disney's theme parks have not faced the same level of scrutiny as tech companies over their data mining because the parks are real-world walled gardens (Austin Carr/Bloomberg)
08:42 AM
Intel says Pohoiki Beach, its neuromorphic computing system with 64 Loihi chips, has the computing power of 8M neurons and will be available to select partners (Mike Wheatley/SiliconANGLE)
05:14 AM
AI-based drug discovery company Recursion raises $121M at a $646M valuation; VCs invested about $1B in AI drug discovery startups in 2018, up from $237M in 2016 (Robert Langreth/Bloomberg)
03:30 AM
Curve, a London-based mobile banking platform that consolidates all of a user's bank cards into a single card and app, raises $55M Series B at a $250M valuation (Steve O'Hear/TechCrunch)
02:12 AM
Documents describe how WikiLeaks' Assange used London's Ecuadorian Embassy as a command center to orchestrate disclosures during the 2016 presidential election (CNN)
02:12 AM
Feeling unwelcome to share opinions within Google, its conservative staffers have leaked internal info to generate pressure on Google from Republican lawmakers (Alex Kantrowitz/BuzzFeed News)
01:46 AM
Microsoft has blocked the Windows 10 May 2019 update for the Surface Book 2 after reports that updated machines weren't always detecting the Nvidia GPU (Nick Heath/ZDNet)
01:46 AM
Lendbuzz, a Boston-based startup that uses AI to underwrite auto loans, raises $130M in debt funding and $20M in new equity funding led by 83North (Brian Dowling/Xconomy)
01:20 AM
Researcher: software from RingCentral and Zhumu, which license Zoom's tech, is affected by the same flaw in Zoom that could give attackers access to Mac cameras (Nicole Nguyen/BuzzFeed News)
12:54 AM
In the next Windows 10 update, expected to arrive in September, Microsoft will allow voice assistants like Amazon's Alexa to activate on the lock screen (Tom Warren/The Verge)
12:03 AM
Google says it will shut down AdSense's iOS and Android apps by the end of 2019 to focus instead on its mobile web interface (Corbin Davenport/Android Police)
12:03 AM
Dish's AirTV launches $80 4K streaming stick for accessing Sling TV, Netflix, and broadcast channels from one Android TV user interface (Sarah Perez/TechCrunch)
July 15th, 2019
11:37 PM
Drivers from the I'm Independent Coalition, which works with Uber and Lyft, were paid $25-$100 to protest a bill that would give them some employee protections (Johana Bhuiyan/Los Angeles Times)
11:11 PM
Facebook has hired former Vine GM Jason Toff to join the newly formed experimental app division, NPE Team, as a Product Management Director (Sarah Perez/TechCrunch)
10:19 PM
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says he has serious concerns about Facebook's Libra, joining Trump and other officials including the Federal Reserve chairman (Bloomberg)
10:19 PM
Blackstone is acquiring mobile ad company Vungle, which says it's being used in 60,000 apps and serves 4B+ video views/month, for $750M, according to sources (Dean Takahashi/VentureBeat)
09:27 PM
Workers detail how Instacart punishes them if they don't accept low-paying, undesirable tasks they otherwise might reject (Josh Eidelson/Bloomberg)
08:35 PM
While Twitter recently said it would add a notice for tweets from politicians that break its guidelines, it didn't flag Trump's racist tweets over the weekend (Dell Cameron/Gizmodo)
07:43 PM
How YouTube trampled dozens of companies as it grew over the years, from ad brokers like AppNexus to content networks like Vevo and Machinima (Bloomberg)
07:43 PM
Twitter says its redesigned desktop website with simplified navigation, which has been in testing since early this year, is rolling out globally starting today (Sarah Perez/TechCrunch)
07:43 PM
Report: the SSD in the refreshed MacBook Air is ~35% slower compared to the 2018 model, which was $100 more expensive (Benjamin Mayo/9to5Mac)
06:51 PM
David Marcus releases prepared testimony for his senate hearing tomorrow, saying Libra will be regulated by the Swiss but comply with US anti-laundering laws (Josh Constine/TechCrunch)
05:59 PM
Privacy advocates and lawmakers say Apple is an ally in name only on tightening privacy laws; in some cases Apple backs lobbying efforts against regulation (Washington Post)
05:07 PM
Uber releases its third annual global diversity report, ties some diversity goals for 2022 to the compensation of senior executives for the first time (Sara Ashley O'Brien/CNN)
05:07 PM
DefenseStorm, a cybersecurity and compliance management startup focused on clients in banking and financial services, raises $15M Series A (Kyle Wiggers/VentureBeat)
04:15 PM
Sources: Symantec and Broadcom have ceased acquisition negotiations as Symantec would not accept less than $28 a share; Symantec shares are down 13%+ (Thomas Franck/CNBC)
04:15 PM
Sources: as part of a new strategy to drive value in India instead of volume, Apple stopped selling the iPhone SE, 6, 6 Plus and 6s Plus in the country (Writankar Mukherjee/The Economic Times)
04:15 PM
Amperity, which offers AI-based customer data management tools, raises $50M Series C led by Tiger Global Management, bringing its total raised to $87M+ (Kyle Wiggers/VentureBeat)
03:23 PM
Qualcomm unveils Snapdragon 855 Plus, which runs the CPU at up to 2.96GHz instead of the earlier 2.84GHz and also delivers a 15% graphics speed boost (Jon Fingas/Engadget)
03:23 PM
Cambridge, UK-based Paragraf, which manufactures graphene-based electronic products, raises £12.8M Series A led by early-stage VC Parkwalk (Natasha Lomas/TechCrunch)
02:31 PM
How a tax loophole lets tech workers and investors who obtained stock while a company was valued under $50M make millions on stock gains tax-free (Paul Sullivan/New York Times)
02:31 PM
Sources: Huawei plans hundreds of layoffs at Futurewei Technologies, its US R&D subsidiary, which employs about 850 people in research labs across the US (Dan Strumpf/Wall Street Journal)
01:39 PM
Anvyl, which sets up cameras and sensors in factories to let brands see their product being built and help optimize their supply chains, raises $9.3M Series A (Jordan Crook/TechCrunch)
12:47 PM
Despite Amazon's NYC HQ2 retreat, tech giants like Google, Facebook, and even Amazon still seek to rent millions of square feet and employ thousands in New York (Keiko Morris/Wall Street Journal)
09:19 AM
Real estate computer vision startup Matterport to acquire AI startup Arraiy, which automates special effects processing and has raised $13.9M (Lucas Matney/TechCrunch)
04:59 AM
Florida DMV earned $77M+ in fiscal 2017 from sales of driver and ID cardholder information to 30+ private companies, including data brokers like Acxiom (Adam Walser/WFTS)
04:59 AM
Q&A with Ching-Ching Ni, the EIC of NYT's seven-year-old free Chinese language site, growing the audience for its news despite China's crackdown on VPNs (Laura Hazard Owen/Nieman Lab)
04:07 AM
Microsoft Word for Android has been installed over 1B times; Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and OneDrive each have 500M+ installs on Android, and Outlook has 100M+ (Andrew Liptak/The Verge)
02:23 AM
Sources: Vista Equity Partners raises $850M for a second fund focused on early-stage enterprise software companies (Joshua Franklin/Reuters)
12:39 AM
Chinese bike-sharing startup Hellobike is challenging Ofo and Mobike with a focus on smaller cities and a $145M joint venture for battery-swapping stations (Zen Soo/South China Morning Post)
July 14th, 2019
10:04 PM
A look at UK-based autonomous driving startups Oxbotica, FiveAI, and Wayve, which are focusing on EU-specific challenges to compete with better-funded US rivals (Reuters)