October 21st, 2020
07:56 AM
DOJ's antitrust suit against Google is being driven by cronyism and election season politics, and not by a serious concern about monopoly power (Karl Bode/Techdirt)
06:38 AM
Over 430,000 viewers tuned in simultaneously to watch Rep. Alexia Ocasio-Cortez play Among Us on Twitch, the third highest ever for an individual Twitch stream (Ina Fried/Axios)
06:12 AM
Netflix plans to test a 48-hour free weekend in India, dubbed StreamFest and scheduled for Dec. 4, and may bring the promotion to other countries later (Janko Roettgers/Protocol)
05:20 AM
eVisit, a SaaS startup that helps hospitals and health care systems provide telehealth services, raises $14M Series A led by TVC Capital (David Gargaro/IT PRO)
05:20 AM
WarnerMedia debuts WarnerMedia RIDE, a free video service for smartphones and tablets connected to in-car WiFi via AT&T's unlimited data connected-car plans (Todd Spangler/Variety)
04:28 AM
Facebook moderators in India, working for a third-party contractor, say they felt pressured to return to the office this summer, even as the pandemic surged (Rest of World)
04:02 AM
US officials offer Brazil telecoms financing to buy equipment from Huawei competitors, in an effort to keep China out of Brazil's 5G market (Reuters)
02:44 AM
Sources: WH is seeking to fast-track a no-bid contract to lease DOD mid-band 5G spectrum to Rivada Networks, whose investors include Peter Thiel and Karl Rove (Jake Tapper/CNN)
02:18 AM
Sources: Jeffrey Katzenberg tried to sell Quibi's catalog to NBCUniversal and Facebook, but both passed; Katzenberg told others he may shut down the company (The Information)
01:26 AM
Amazon's Luna in early access: streaming performance can be spotty without a strong connection, iOS web app support is decent, channel groups silo game choice (Chaim Gartenberg/The Verge)
01:00 AM
NSA publishes a report of the top 25 vulnerabilities with patches available that are currently being found and exploited by "Chinese state-sponsored hackers" (Catalin Cimpanu/ZDNet)
12:34 AM
Pinterest adds Salaam Coleman Smith, former top exec of Disney's ABC Family and president of NBCUniversal's Style Media, to its board of directors (Kurt Wagner/Bloomberg)
12:34 AM
Intel launches PhiSat-1 satellite into space, aiming to use its built-in Movidius Myriad 2 Vision Processing Unit to analyze cloud cover using AI (Darrell Etherington/TechCrunch)
12:09 AM
In its antitrust lawsuit against Google, DOJ argues that Google and Apple worked as "one company" on a search deal, estimates Apple's revenues at $8B to $12B (Mark Gurman/Bloomberg)
12:09 AM
Google releases Chrome update to deploy security fixes, including a patch for an actively exploited zero-day vulnerability (Catalin Cimpanu/ZDNet)
October 20th, 2020
10:51 PM
Snap reports Q2 revenue rose 52% YoY to $679M, vs $555.9 est., DAUs were up ~18% YoY to 249M, average number of daily Snaps up 25% YoY; Snap up 16%+ after hours (Salvador Rodriguez/CNBC)
10:51 PM
Netflix reports Q3 revenue of $6.44B, up 22.7% YoY, vs $6.38B est., and 2.2M paid net adds in Q3 vs 6.8M in Q3'19 and 10.1M in Q2'20; stock down ~5% after hours (Lauren Feiner/CNBC)
09:59 PM
From today until "at least" the end of election week, Twitter will show the Quote Tweet composer when you click or tap the retweet icon, discouraging basic RTs (Jay Peters/The Verge)
09:59 PM
The DOJ's anti-trust complaint against Google alleges it paid US mobile carriers $1B+ last year in search advertising revenue sharing deals to box out rivals (Mark Bergen/Bloomberg)
09:07 PM
Kik and the SEC propose a $5M fine to settle their dispute over a 2017 token sale that raised ~$100M; the settlement still needs approval from a judge (CoinDesk)
08:41 PM
Boston-based Perch, which acquires D2C businesses that sell products on Amazon, raises $123.5M led by Spark Capital (Ingrid Lunden/TechCrunch)
08:15 PM
Beats Flex review: the basics of the earbuds are done right, with improved battery life, USB-C connector, easy to use controls, but it lacks sweat resistance (Chris Welch/The Verge)
08:15 PM
Researcher discovers address bar spoofing bugs in Safari, Opera, and Yandex, all now fixed, but other popular browsers, like UC Browser, have not issued a patch (Zack Whittaker/TechCrunch)
08:15 PM
Sweden bans Huawei and ZTE from 5G networks, giving telecoms operators until 2025 to remove equipment made by the companies from their existing infrastructure (Richard Milne/Financial Times)
08:15 PM
Apple releases iOS and iPadOS 14.1 with multiple bug fixes ahead of the iPhone 12 launch and adds support for 10-bit HDR video playback and editing in Photos (Juli Clover/MacRumors)
08:14 PM
Parallels launches Parallels Desktop for Chromebook Enterprise, available at $69.99 per user, letting Windows apps run on Chromebooks (Tom Warren/The Verge)
07:23 PM
Source: in an all-hands, Zuckerberg said recent content rules banning hate and conspiracy content were added following concerns about violence amid US elections (BuzzFeed News)
06:57 PM
Retool, which helps companies make internal apps faster, raises $50M in a Sequoia-led round valuing it at $925M with GitHub CEO, Stripe founders among investors (Isabelle Lee/Bloomberg)
06:57 PM
Google calls DOJ's case deeply flawed, says "people use Google because they choose to, not because they're forced to, or because they can't find alternatives" (Kent Walker/The Keyword)
06:31 PM
Researchers find a Telegram bot that takes a person's photo and turns it into a fake nude; by July, 100K+ images of women had been transformed, shared publicly (James Vincent/The Verge)
06:05 PM
Instagram adds a new way for creators to make money by rolling out premium badges for fans on Instagram Live (Sarah Perez/TechCrunch)
06:05 PM
Adobe is adding its "content authenticity" tool to the latest Photoshop beta, to help users build trustworthy attribution directly into a picture (Adi Robertson/The Verge)
05:13 PM
4iQ, which uses AI to tackle the trade in stolen digital identities, raises $30M Series C led by ForgePoint Capital, bringing its total raised to $63M+ (Kyle Wiggers/VentureBeat)
05:13 PM
Adobe debuts improvements to Creative Cloud, with Neural Filters in Photoshop, Illustrator coming to iPad, Adobe Fresco coming to iPhone, and more (Juli Clover/MacRumors)
04:47 PM
Microsoft partners with SpaceX for satellite-powered internet connectivity on Azure and debuts Azure Space, a set of products for the space-related cloud market (Mary Jo Foley/ZDNet)
03:55 PM
Handshake, a diversity-focused LinkedIn for college students, raises $80M Series D led by GGV, source says at a $550M-$600M valuation (Ingrid Lunden/TechCrunch)
03:55 PM
iPhone 12 Pro review: has an excellent camera and performance, Dolby Vision video is great, 5G can be very fast, but battery life is inferior to iPhone 11 Pro (Nilay Patel/The Verge)
03:55 PM
iPhone 12 review: has an excellent camera, display, and design, promising MagSafe ecosystem, but battery life is inferior to iPhone 11's and it's more expensive (Dieter Bohn/The Verge)
03:29 PM
LearnUpon, which develops an online learning management system for enterprises, raises $56M from Summit Partners (Ingrid Lunden/TechCrunch)
03:03 PM
Sources: DOJ will file an antitrust suit Tuesday alleging that Google engaged in anticompetitive conduct to preserve monopolies in search and search-advertising (Wall Street Journal)
02:11 PM
GravityRAT malware, known for checking the CPU temperature of Windows PCs to detect virtual machines or sandboxes, now also targets Android and macOS devices (Sergiu Gatlan/BleepingComputer)
01:19 PM
Major founder-led tech companies have seen their share prices double in 2020 vs. 7.8% gain for the S&P 500, while outperforming non-founder led tech companies (Reuters)
10:43 AM
New mathematical model-based research suggests that exposing US social media users to viewpoints different than their own furthers political polarization (Christopher Mims/Wall Street Journal)
08:33 AM
Sources: Didi Chuxing is considering Hong Kong, rethinking its previous aims of NYSE, for an IPO in the first half of 2021, targets a valuation of $60B+ (Reuters)
05:31 AM
Technology companies now account for nearly 40% of the S&P 500 and are set to end the year eclipsing a record of 37% from 1999 (Amrith Ramkumar/Wall Street Journal)
05:05 AM
Billtrust, which makes cloud-based software for processing B2B payments, is going public on Nasdaq though a SPAC merger in a deal valued at $1.3B (Mary Ann Azevedo/FinLedger)
04:39 AM
EU enables cross-border interoperability between contact tracing apps from Germany, Ireland, and Italy, with plans to add at least 18 others in the coming weeks (Natasha Lomas/TechCrunch)
04:13 AM
Intel agrees to sell its NAND memory unit to SK Hynix for about $9B; the acquisition includes Intel's solid-state drive, NAND flash, and wafer businesses (Bloomberg)
03:47 AM
Dhaka-headquartered ShopUp, which aims to digitize neighborhood stores in Bangladesh, raises $22.5M Series A led by Sequoia Capital India and Flourish Ventures (Manish Singh/TechCrunch)
02:55 AM
Senate Judiciary Committee postpones its plans to vote to subpoena Twitter and Facebook CEOs after some Republicans expressed reservation about the move (Cristiano Lima/Politico)
02:03 AM
Google confirms it's discontinuing Nest Secure, a home security system it introduced in 2017, but will continue to support existing users (Corbin Davenport/Android Police)
01:11 AM
Unit21, which helps businesses monitor fraudulent activities via a simple API and dashboard, raises $13M Series A led by A. Capital Ventures (Kyle Wiggers/VentureBeat)
October 19th, 2020
11:53 PM
US FinCEN says the operator of cryptocurrency mixers Helix and Coin Ninja must pay $60M in fines, after his arrest in Feb., notes this is its first "mixer" fine (Kollen Post/Cointelegraph)
11:01 PM
IBM reports Q3 revenue of $17.6B, down 2.6% YoY, vs $17.54B est, total cloud revenue of $6.0B, up 19% YoY, with Red Hat revenue rising 17% YoY (Larry Dignan/ZDNet)
10:35 PM
Google Assistant smart displays, including 3rd-party devices, get a revamp this week with dark mode, multiple account calendar support, a new home screen, more (Dan Seifert/The Verge)
09:43 PM
UK and US say Russian military intelligence services were planning a cyberattack on the Olympics and Paralympics in Tokyo, originally scheduled for this summer (The Guardian)
08:25 PM
Leaked Apple docs say 5G speeds are not supported on iPhone 12 when using two lines in Dual SIM mode; source says Apple will enable this feature later this year (Joe Rossignol/MacRumors)
07:59 PM
DOJ charges six Russian GRU officers linked to Sandworm APT for allegedly being behind NotPetya, BlackEnergy blackouts in Ukraine, French election cyberattacks (Catalin Cimpanu/ZDNet)
07:07 PM
Juniper announces intent to acquire 128 Technology for $450M, to boost AI-based features across Juniper's networking products (Larry Dignan/ZDNet)
07:07 PM
EU antitrust regulators again extend their decision deadline on the Google/Fitbit merger, to Jan. 8, 2021; meanwhile Fitbit keeps hemorrhaging market share (Dan Primack/Axios)
05:49 PM
Facebook announces an open source AI model that can translate directly between 100+ languages without first translating to English (Andrew Tarantola/Engadget)
04:57 PM
As Trump sags in polls, Facebook's recent moderation decisions, like banning QAnon, could be preparation for a Biden admin expected to push for more regulation (Will Oremus/OneZero )
04:57 PM
A look at Excel community groups like EUSpRig, made up of accountants, auditors, and Excel power users paid to help organizations spot risky spreadsheet errors (Nicole Kobie/WIRED UK)
04:57 PM
Survey of 3,023 employees at tech firms by anonymous workplace app Blind: 68% feel more burned out by WFH, including 79% at Google and 81% at Facebook (Avery Hartmans/Business Insider)
04:57 PM
TikTok expands its QAnon bans beyond hashtags, removing all content and accounts that promote videos advancing the conspiracy (Bobby Allyn/NPR)
04:05 PM
Twitter blocking NY Post's story, driven by unfair blaming of tech for the media's 2016 mistakes, undermined its role as a facilitator for information sharing (Ben Thompson/Stratechery)
04:05 PM
Google Cloud launches Lending DocAI, a dedicated service for the mortgage industry that uses AI to review documents and speed up loan applications (Frederic Lardinois/TechCrunch)
04:05 PM
Facebook expands its Messenger API to Instagram, letting developers and businesses integrate messaging from Instagram into other apps (Paul Sawers/VentureBeat)
03:39 PM
Apple launches Apple Music TV, a free 24-hour curated livestream of popular music videos, available in the US on Apple's Music and TV apps (Jem Aswad/Variety)
03:39 PM
Japan's Fair Trade Commission says the country will join US and Europe in challenging market abuses by Google, Apple, Facebook, and Amazon (Reuters)
03:13 PM
Pakistan says it is lifting the ban on TikTok after assurances that it would moderate content in accordance with societal norms and laws (Manish Singh/TechCrunch)
03:13 PM
Sources: Samsung's next Galaxy S flagships, the S21/S30, will be launched in January 2021 in three new models, a standard, a Plus, and an Ultra (Alex Dobie/Android Central)
12:37 PM
EU is investigating Instagram's handling of children's personal data, after complaints that contact information on business accounts was publicly visible (BBC)
09:09 AM
An overview on the current state of AI-driven battery research, which until recently was hampered by a lack of data but is now poised to pick up the pace (Daniel Oberhaus/Wired)
04:49 AM
Profile of Coinbase co-founder Fred Ehrsam and ex-Sequoia partner Matt Huang, whose VC firm Paradigm moved all $400M of its initial capital into Bitcoin in 2018 (Alex Konrad/Forbes)