June 28th, 2017
07:04 PM
Google Photos begins rolling out new suggested sharing features, including dedicated in-app sharing tab and optional automatic sharing (Jacob Kastrenakes/The Verge)
06:35 PM
Salesforce debuts three new AI-powered tools for developers building atop its Einstein platform, focused on sentiment and intent analysis and image recognition (Ron Miller/TechCrunch)
06:06 PM
Alibaba to invest another $1B in e-commerce site Lazada, raising its stake from 51% to 83%, in a bid to extend its presence in the Southeast Asian market (Lulu Yilun Chen/Bloomberg)
05:37 PM
Snapchat now lets US users create, submit, and pay for custom geofilters from within its app (Darrell Etherington/TechCrunch)
05:37 PM
Toshiba misses self-imposed deadline for chip unit sale, sues Western Digital for $1B for interfering with the sale process (Makiko Yamazaki/Reuters)
05:36 PM
The Guardian rolls back much of its WhatsApp backdoor story, which was decried by 70+ experts, but will leave it online with a note highlighting deficiencies (Paul Chadwick/The Guardian)
05:08 PM
Internal documents show how Facebook polices speech, at times unfairly punishing and censoring black users or those in disputed territories like Palestine (Julia Angwin/ProPublica)
04:10 PM
Google News unveils desktop redesign that highlights fact checking sites, streamlines design, and offers more personalization (Joseph Lichterman/Nieman Lab)
03:12 PM
Vivo demos Qualcomm's new ultrasonic fingerprint sensors that work under glass, metal, and water, says commercial devices using them are expected in 2018 (Richard Lai/Engadget)
02:43 PM
Ransomware attack spreads to 64 countries including the Asia-Pacific region, is said to originate in software from a Ukrainian tax accountancy firm M.E.Doc (New York Times)
02:43 PM
Dating apps are embracing video, with Hinge letting you import video from other social networks and Zoosk's Lively adding video chat (Sarah Perez/TechCrunch)
01:45 PM
Sumo Logic, a data analytics startup, raises $75M series F led by Sapphire Ventures to improve AI capabilities (Blair Hanley Frank/VentureBeat)
11:49 AM
Trend Mirco announces launch of $100M venture fund targeting startups predominantly in IoT (Jon Russell/TechCrunch)
09:24 AM
Fundraising platform for nonprofits Blackbaud acquires UK-based P2P fundraising platform JustGiving for $120M (Paul Sawers/VentureBeat)
07:28 AM
DiffBlue, which wants to automate coding tasks using AI, announces $22M Series A led by Goldman Sachs Principal Strategic Investments (Steve O'Hear/TechCrunch)
06:30 AM
Researchers find creating a read-only "perfc" file on Windows stops the current "Petya" ransomware variant from executing locally (Catalin Cimpanu/BleepingComputer.com)
05:32 AM
Microsoft to add Exploit Guard feature in this fall's Creators Update for Windows to help manage EMET-like exploit mitigations app by app (Peter Bright/Ars Technica)
03:36 AM
Source: Binary Capital is shutting down its most recent fund, which had raised about $175M, in wake of Justin Caldbeck situation (Emily Chang/Bloomberg)
03:08 AM
Source: Lightspeed asked Stitch Fix CEO to sign non-disparagement agreement after she complained about then-board member and Lightspeed partner Justin Caldbeck (Dan Primack/Axios)
02:39 AM
Today's ransomware attacks leveraged Windows' remote admin access tools like Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) and PsExec to infect other PCs on network (Russell Brandom/The Verge)
12:43 AM
Pandora winds down operations in Australia and New Zealand, the only territories where it operates outside of the US (Marc Schneider/Billboard)
12:14 AM
Malware causes Maersk to cease some operations in LA, New York, New Jersey, Rotterdam; in LA, only one Maersk vessel was able to depart on schedule early Tues. (LA Business Journal)
June 27th, 2017
11:45 PM
Sources: Delivery Hero IPO in Germany to price in upper half of price range, aims to raise ~$1.04B (Reuters)
10:47 PM
In a setback for Netflix, China's iQiyi streaming service takes down sitcom BoJack Horseman just 2 days after debut, the first show licensed after April's deal (Bloomberg)
10:47 PM
Huawei Honor 9, which launched in China earlier this month, debuts in Europe with 20MP/12MP dual-lens camera, starting at £380; no US pricing or release date (Ryan Smith/AnandTech)
10:46 PM
Twitter hires Candi Castleberry-Singleton, formerly of Motorola and Sun, as new VP of inclusion and diversity, following Jeffrey Siminoff's February departure (Jessica Guynn/USA Today)
10:46 PM
Experts from Eset and Recorded Future say today's ransomware scans systems for passwords to send to server, uses NSA "EternalBlue" exploit, is "Petya" variant (Dan Goodin/Ars Technica)
09:49 PM
US House committee debates 14 bills regarding self-driving car rules, as 22 states have enacted their own, often conflicting, regulations (Tony Romm/Recode)
09:49 PM
German email host closes account of hacker behind today's ransomware outbreak, but because victims can't reach hacker, they can't decrypt files even if they pay (Joseph Cox/Motherboard)
09:49 PM
Florida man who ran the illegal bitcoin exchange Coin.mx and was tied to JPMorgan Chase hacks gets 5.5 years in US prison after pleading guilty on many charges (Jonathan Stempel/Reuters)
09:20 PM
Microsoft patches critical remote exploit in its ubiquitous Windows Defender AV that was found after a "quick stab" at fuzzing by Project Zero's Tavis Ormandy (Dan Goodin/Ars Technica)
08:22 PM
App Annie report: global app economy to grow to from $1.3T in 2016 to $6.3T in 2021, user base to nearly double from 3.4B to 6.3B (Sarah Perez/TechCrunch)
07:53 PM
As Facebook reaches the 2B MAUs milestone, a look at its growth strategy over the years with interview of VPs of growth, growth marketing, social good, others (Harry McCracken/Fast Company)
07:24 PM
How China is rushing to deploy facial recognition systems to monitor citizens and identify lawbreakers, unfettered by privacy concerns or public debate (Wall Street Journal)
07:24 PM
You can now request a Uber ride for people without a smartphone or Uber account, making it easier to help seniors (Darrell Etherington/TechCrunch)
06:55 PM
Facebook's VP of Public Policy for EMEA Richard Allan explains how the social network tackles hate speech and the difficulties it faces doing so across cultures (Richard Allan/Facebook)
06:55 PM
Sources: refurbished Galaxy Note 7 "Fandom Edition" initially launching in South Korea on July 7 (Wall Street Journal)
06:26 PM
Yahoo Mail rolls out a rebuilt, redesigned service for its 225M MAUs, including ad-free option with customer support for $3.49/month or $1/month for mobile-only (Sarah Perez/TechCrunch)
05:57 PM
Ransomware attack spreads to firms and agencies in Britain, US, and Netherlands, including ad firm WPP, a US law firm, and shipping giant AP Moller-Maersk (Russell Brandom/The Verge)
05:57 PM
Ransomware attack hits Russia's top oil producer Rosneft, several Ukrainian banks and firms including Ukrainian power distributor, metro, and telephone firms (Jon Henley/The Guardian)
04:59 PM
Facebook video ad viewability rates range from 20% to 30%, far below the industry average, according to nine agency execs who started using third-party auditors (Jessica Davies/Digiday)
04:59 PM
Drive.ai raises $50M Series B led by NEA for retrofit kits to bring self-driving to existing fleets (Darrell Etherington/TechCrunch)
04:30 PM
Cyberattack hits Russia's top oil producer Rosneft, several Ukrainian banks and companies including the state power distributor, and Ukraine's main airport (Reuters)
04:30 PM
In a new partnership with Microsoft, Box will start offering storage on Azure while its salespeople will pitch Azure to customers (Tess Townsend/Recode)
04:01 PM
Cloudflare launches an app development platform, Cloudflare Apps, and announces $100M Cloudflare Development Fund for startups (Ron Miller/TechCrunch)
03:32 PM
Tim Westergren steps down as Pandora CEO, CFO Naveen Chopra takes over in interim (Jem Aswad/Variety)
03:32 PM
iOS 11 to display blue status bar more prominently and detail which apps are actively using location data (Sarah Perez/TechCrunch)
12:38 PM
Google says it "respectfully disagrees" with the EU Commission's decision and will review it in detail as it considers an appeal (Kent Walker/Google)
12:09 PM
EU antitrust commission fines Google €2.42B for abusing dominance as search engine by giving illegal advantage to its own comparison shopping service (EU Press Room)
10:42 AM
Zillow sends cease and desist letter to architectural criticism blog McMansion Hell for using its images for parody (Jennings Brown/Gizmodo)
04:25 AM
Veteran search marketing reporter Danny Sullivan steps back from chief content officer to advisor role at Search Engine Land, says he's undecided on what's next (Danny Sullivan/Search Engine Land)
03:56 AM
Sources: Sprint enters into exclusive talks with Charter and Comcast on wireless deal, merger discussions with T-Mobile put on hold (Wall Street Journal)
02:29 AM
Reuters report: ad blocking growth stalls, 18% of 18-24-year-olds in US pay for online news, 33% of same age globally use social media as their main news source (Laura Hazard Owen/Nieman Lab)
12:33 AM
Apple has acquired eye-tracking firm SensoMotoric Instruments, documents show (Joe Rossignol/MacRumors)
12:04 AM
Amazon rolls out Alexa intercom function, letting users "drop in" on Echo speakers remotely from another Echo device or the Alexa smartphone app (Monica Nickelsburg/GeekWire)
June 26th, 2017
11:06 PM
Vimeo says it will not be launching the subscription video service it announced three years ago (Peter Kafka/Recode)
11:06 PM
iOS 11 preview, as its public beta goes live today: genuine complexity has been added for productivity's sake, along with an ambitious number of new features (Dieter Bohn/The Verge)
10:37 PM
Cybersecurity AI startup SparkCognition raises $32.5M Series B led by Verizon Ventures with Boeing HorizonX participating (Brent Wistrom/Austin Inno)
09:10 PM
Apple leases small fleet of cars from Hertz to test self-driving tech, according to documents from California's DMV; Hertz stock jumps 13%+ (Bloomberg)
08:41 PM
Impressive first glimpses of simple ARKit apps, like a virtual measuring tape, suggest Apple is closer to delivering AR to masses than Google's Tango (Vlad Savov/The Verge)
07:43 PM
Debian Linux dev reveals Intel Skylake and Kaby Lake processors have hyper-threading bug, which can lead to erratic system behavior including data loss, freezes (Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols/ZDNet)
07:43 PM
Sources: Google to face EU antitrust fine, expected top previous $1.2B record, as soon as Tuesday, for unfairly promoting its own shopping search service (Aoife White/Bloomberg)
07:42 PM
Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter, YouTube form Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism, building on EU Internet Forum, Shared Industry Hash Database initiatives (Twitter)
07:14 PM
Uptime, YouTube's experimental app for watching videos with friends, has quietly opened to all and gotten a design refresh since its launch in March (Sarah Perez/TechCrunch)
06:45 PM
Amazon Echo Show review: Alexa takes great advantage of touchscreen, speakers sound decent, and is a good value at $230, but display is low resolution (Nathan Ingraham/Engadget)
06:45 PM
Source: Amazon built language translation tech to use internally, plans to open it to devs, who could use it to offer sites and apps in multiple languages (Jordan Novet/CNBC)
05:47 PM
Facebook adds animated reactions, more masks, filters, and effects to Messenger's video chat (Nicole Lee/Engadget)
05:47 PM
Google Earth launches Voyager feature with lesson plans and educational tours for classrooms, put together by scientists, nonprofits, and other storytellers (Sarah Perez/TechCrunch)
04:49 PM
Alphabet's Waymo partners with Avis to manage its self-driving car fleet; Avis will service and store Waymo's Chrysler Pacifica minivans in Phoenix (Mark Bergen/Bloomberg)
04:49 PM
Samsara, maker of sensors and GPS units for fleet vehicle management, raises $40M Series C at $530M+ valuation led by General Catalyst with return investor a16z (Matthew Lynley/TechCrunch)
10:32 AM
Over the past few months, an estimated 60K IT workers have lost their job in India, where employers often cite poor ratings to pressure employees into resigning (Vidhi Doshi/Washington Post)
06:40 AM
Profile of Starsky Robotics, which hires truckers to train and eventually remotely control semi-autonomous trucks (Bloomberg)
05:13 AM
Sources: Matt Mazzeo, formerly of Lowercase Capital, quits Binary Capital weeks after quietly joining as its third partner (Dan Primack/Axios)
04:15 AM
Sources: Pearl Automation, self-driving kit startup founded by ex-Apple engineers that raised $50M, shuts down after poor sales of its wireless rear-view camera (Kia Kokalitcheva/Axios)
03:46 AM
How a network of dummy online stores pretending to sell household goods is used to hide internet gambling payments from regulators and card issuers (Alasdair Pal/Reuters)