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CrowdStrike report details a multi-year China-linked hacking campaign against Western companies like GE that supplied components for China's Comac C919 airplane (Catalin Cimpanu/ZDNet)

ZDNet : CrowdStrike report details a multi-year China-linked hacking campaign against Western companies like GE that supplied components for China's Comac C919 airplane   —  One of China's most brazen hacking sprees involved intelligence officers, hackers, security researchers, and company insiders.

16 Oct 2019 4:25 am
World Leaders on Twitter: principles & approach (Twitter)

Twitter : World Leaders on Twitter: principles & approach   —  There continues to be meaningful public conversation about how we think about Tweets from world leaders on our service.  We welcome the conversation and want to share more context on our principles and process for reviewing reported Tweets from these accounts.

16 Oct 2019 4:10 am
MIT researchers show ML models aren't yet capable of effectively distinguishing false news reports and reveal flaws in a commonly used database in the field (Joe Uchill/Axios)

Axios : MIT researchers show ML models aren't yet capable of effectively distinguishing false news reports and reveal flaws in a commonly used database in the field   —  Current machine learning models aren't yet up to the task of distinguishing false news reports, two new papers by MIT researchers show.

16 Oct 2019 3:25 am
Twitter to restrict user interactions with world leaders' tweets that violate its rules, will let users quote-tweet, but not retweet, like, reply, or share (Zack Whittaker/TechCrunch)

TechCrunch : Twitter to restrict user interactions with world leaders' tweets that violate its rules, will let users quote-tweet, but not retweet, like, reply, or share   —  Twitter said it will restrict how users can interact with tweets from world leaders who break its rules.

16 Oct 2019 2:50 am
Sources: Google staff are having a fiery debate on a mailing list about banning a Hong Kong protest game from Play; the issue also came up at an all hands (Shirin Ghaffary/Vox)

Vox : Sources: Google staff are having a fiery debate on a mailing list about banning a Hong Kong protest game from Play; the issue also came up at an all hands   —  Many in Hong Kong want autonomy from the Chinese government.  Vernon Yuen/NurPhoto via Getty Images

16 Oct 2019 12:26 am
Pixel 4's dual camera system adds better zoom capability, live-view HDR+ to fine-tune shots, revamped portrait mode, and extends Night Sight to astrophotography (Stephen Shankland/CNET)

CNET : Pixel 4's dual camera system adds better zoom capability, live-view HDR+ to fine-tune shots, revamped portrait mode, and extends Night Sight to astrophotography   —  Over the last three years, Google's Pixel phones have earned a well-deserved reputation for photographic strength.

16 Oct 2019 12:05 am
As Facebook says politicians can lie in ads, so far in October it has banned 160+ ads from Trump, Biden, Warren, Sanders, Steyer for profanity and fake buttons (BuzzFeed News)

BuzzFeed News : As Facebook says politicians can lie in ads, so far in October it has banned 160+ ads from Trump, Biden, Warren, Sanders, Steyer for profanity and fake buttons   —  Last week, Facebook announced that it would allow political candidates to lie in ads posted to its platform …

15 Oct 2019 11:50 pm
Layer1 raises $50M from Peter Thiel and others at $200M valuation for a planned wind energy-backed bitcoin mining operation in Texas using custom cooling tech (Jeff John Roberts/Fortune)

Fortune : Layer1 raises $50M from Peter Thiel and others at $200M valuation for a planned wind energy-backed bitcoin mining operation in Texas using custom cooling tech   —  When it comes to producing Bitcoin, China is the pre-eminent power in the world.  The People's Republic boasts the largest mining companies …

15 Oct 2019 11:45 pm
Google says the Pixel 4 won't support its Daydream mobile VR platform, which is being phased out as it also stops selling the Daydream viewer (Emil Protalinski/VentureBeat)

VentureBeat : Google says the Pixel 4 won't support its Daydream mobile VR platform, which is being phased out as it also stops selling the Daydream viewer   —  Google's Daydream, Android's built-in virtual reality platform, is as good as dead.  Following the company's annual hardware event today …

15 Oct 2019 10:35 pm
Thimble, which offers flexible, short-term insurance to small businesses and freelancers, raises $22M Series A led by IAC (Anthony Ha/TechCrunch)

TechCrunch : Thimble, which offers flexible, short-term insurance to small businesses and freelancers, raises $22M Series A led by IAC   —  Thimble, which offers flexible, short-term insurance to small businesses and freelancers, is announcing that it has raised $22 million in a Series A funding round led by IAC.

15 Oct 2019 10:00 pm
Kids keep finding ways around Apple's Screen Time parental lock, often sharing tips and tricks online; frustrated parents say the company is slow to respond (Reed Albergotti/Washington Post)

Washington Post : Kids keep finding ways around Apple's Screen Time parental lock, often sharing tips and tricks online; frustrated parents say the company is slow to respond   —  Apple's Screen Time is meant to give customers a way to control their kids' devices, but intrepid youngsters have exploited bugs and workarounds.

15 Oct 2019 9:45 pm
Google says Pixel 4 and 4 XL will not be launching in India, after it failed to secure permission to use the frequency range of its gesture-sensing radar tech (Manish Singh/TechCrunch)

TechCrunch : Google says Pixel 4 and 4 XL will not be launching in India, after it failed to secure permission to use the frequency range of its gesture-sensing radar tech   —  The Google Pixel 4 and Pixel XL smartphones, that Google just unveiled at a press conference in New York, won't launch in India …

15 Oct 2019 9:25 pm
The Pixel 4 and 4 XL will launch without free unlimited photo backups to Google Photos at full resolution, one of the original great reasons for owning a Pixel (Chris Welch/The Verge)

The Verge : The Pixel 4 and 4 XL will launch without free unlimited photo backups to Google Photos at full resolution, one of the original great reasons for owning a Pixel   —  Google wants people to buy subscriptions to Google One instead  —  The Pixel 4 and 4 XL will launch without one of the original great reasons …

15 Oct 2019 9:20 pm
Google overhauls Nest Aware cloud recording plan to make it simpler for users with multiple cameras, now starting at $6 per month for 30-day event history (Romain Dillet/TechCrunch)

TechCrunch : Google overhauls Nest Aware cloud recording plan to make it simpler for users with multiple cameras, now starting at $6 per month for 30-day event history   —  Google is updating the Nest Mini today, the device formerly known as Google Home Mini.  And the company used this opportunity …

15 Oct 2019 9:10 pm
With the Pixel 4, Google is debuting its first voice recorder mobile app, which can transcribe speech in real time without an internet connection (Jacob Kastrenakes/The Verge)

The Verge : With the Pixel 4, Google is debuting its first voice recorder mobile app, which can transcribe speech in real time without an internet connection   —  Google is debuting a new voice recorder app on the Pixel 4, and it has some features that very much set it apart from traditional recorder apps.

15 Oct 2019 8:55 pm
Hands-on with Pixel 4 and 4 XL: while its camera improvements are nice, the focus is on face unlock, radar, over-the-phone hand gestures, faster voice commands (Dieter Bohn/The Verge)

The Verge : Hands-on with Pixel 4 and 4 XL: while its camera improvements are nice, the focus is on face unlock, radar, over-the-phone hand gestures, faster voice commands   —  Face unlock, new screen tech, faster voice commands, and radar  —  If you follow tech, you probably already know about the new features in Google's Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL.

15 Oct 2019 8:45 pm
Google unveils the mesh capable Nest Wifi Router, coming in November for $269 for a two pack, and Nest Wifi Point with Google Assistant built in (Kyle Wiggers/VentureBeat)

VentureBeat : Google unveils the mesh capable Nest Wifi Router, coming in November for $269 for a two pack, and Nest Wifi Point with Google Assistant built in   —  If you're in the market for a new router, good news: Google just announced a replacement for its long-in-the-tooth Google Wifi.

15 Oct 2019 8:40 pm
Google unveils the second-gen version of Assistant, promising speed boosts, new capabilities, and a design overhaul, coming first to Pixel phones (Nick Statt/The Verge)

The Verge : Google unveils the second-gen version of Assistant, promising speed boosts, new capabilities, and a design overhaul, coming first to Pixel phones   —  Coming first to Pixel phones  —  Google has announced the second-generation version of its Google Assistant software, which promises new capabilities …

15 Oct 2019 8:37 pm
Google announces Nest Mini, with a near-identical design to previous models, improved audio, and a wall mount option, coming on October 22 for $49 (Scott Scrivens/Android Police)

Android Police : Google announces Nest Mini, with a near-identical design to previous models, improved audio, and a wall mount option, coming on October 22 for $49   —  Photos of Google's Home Mini update leaked out just yesterday, rather dampening the excitement for today's official announcement, but the Nest Mini is now official.

15 Oct 2019 8:10 pm
Google announces the Pixelbook Go in Just Black and Not Pink, starting at $649 (Kyle Bradshaw/9to5Google)

9to5Google : Google announces the Pixelbook Go in Just Black and Not Pink, starting at $649   —  For years, Google has been the driving force behind Chrome OS, making expensive, but visionary hardware to light a fire under other OEMs to compete, with the Google Pixelbook being the case in point.

15 Oct 2019 8:05 pm
Google unveils truly wireless Pixel Buds, with Adaptive Sound to boost volume as users move into noisy environments, coming next year in the US for $179 (Sandeep Waraich/The Keyword)

The Keyword : Google unveils truly wireless Pixel Buds, with Adaptive Sound to boost volume as users move into noisy environments, coming next year in the US for $179   —  Many of us turn to our phones constantly.  On average, people check their smartphones almost 100 times a day, and more than half of those interactions …

15 Oct 2019 7:55 pm
Google says its Stadia cloud gaming service will launch on November 19 for those who spent $130 on the Founder's Edition package (Sean Hollister/The Verge)

The Verge : Google says its Stadia cloud gaming service will launch on November 19 for those who spent $130 on the Founder's Edition package   —  It streams games to the Pixel 3, Chromecast Ultra, and Chrome web browsers — and likely Pixel 4  —  Google's Stadia cloud gaming service is right around the corner …

15 Oct 2019 7:47 pm
Apple's Beats just announced new noise-canceling headphones with 'Hey Siri' (Todd Haselton/CNBC)

CNBC : Apple's Beats just announced new noise-canceling headphones with ‘Hey Siri’   — The features include “Hey Siri” support and the same H1 chip for easy pairing with iPhones and iPads.  — The Beats Solo Pro also have a “transparency” feature that lets you hear the outside world when you need to.

15 Oct 2019 7:40 pm
Live blog of Google's event, where new Pixel phones, a faster Google Assistant, a more affordable Pixelbook, new Pixel Buds, and additional devices are expected (The Verge)

The Verge : Live blog of Google's event, where new Pixel phones, a faster Google Assistant, a more affordable Pixelbook, new Pixel Buds, and additional devices are expected   —  Plus the Pixelbook Go, Nest products, and maybe new earbuds  —  Google executives will go onstage today to announce the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL smartphones.

15 Oct 2019 7:30 pm
Livestream of the Made by Google event in NYC (Google)

Google : Livestream of the Made by Google event in NYC   —  Tune in live October 15th at 10am EST to see a few new things Made by Google. #madebygoogle

15 Oct 2019 7:28 pm
Mumbai-based CleverTap, which develops cloud-based customer management and engagement tracking tools, raises $35M Series C at a $385M valuation (Kyle Wiggers/VentureBeat)

VentureBeat : Mumbai-based CleverTap, which develops cloud-based customer management and engagement tracking tools, raises $35M Series C at a $385M valuation   —  Mumbai-based CleverTap, which develops cloud-based customer management and engagement tracking tools, today revealed that it recently closed …

15 Oct 2019 7:20 pm
Electric pedal-less bike-sharing startup Wheels raises $50M led by DBL Partners to expand operations beyond the six US cities it operates in (Megan Rose Dickey/TechCrunch)

TechCrunch : Electric pedal-less bike-sharing startup Wheels raises $50M led by DBL Partners to expand operations beyond the six US cities it operates in   —  Wheels, the startup founded by Wag founders Jonathan and Joshua Viner, just announced a $50 million round led by DBL Partners.

15 Oct 2019 6:55 pm
How AI-powered algorithms are transforming social welfare programs in the US, UK, Australia, and India, while offering victims of errors little recourse (Ed Pilkington/The Guardian)

The Guardian : How AI-powered algorithms are transforming social welfare programs in the US, UK, Australia, and India, while offering victims of errors little recourse   —  In an exclusive global series, the Guardian lays bare the tech revolution transforming the welfare system worldwide - while penalising the most vulnerable

15 Oct 2019 6:35 pm
Algolia, which provides search-as-a-service for websites and apps like Twitch and Slack, raises $110M Series C led by Accel, bringing its total raised to $184M (Ingrid Lunden/TechCrunch)

TechCrunch : Algolia, which provides search-as-a-service for websites and apps like Twitch and Slack, raises $110M Series C led by Accel, bringing its total raised to $184M   —  Algolia, one of the group of startups that provides search as a service for websites and apps as an alternative to Google …

15 Oct 2019 6:05 pm
Facebook Portal (2019) review: sleeker design, better Alexa integration, and WhatsApp call capability, but limited streaming services, poor music sound quality (Dan Seifert/The Verge)

The Verge : Facebook Portal (2019) review: sleeker design, better Alexa integration, and WhatsApp call capability, but limited streaming services, poor music sound quality   —  It's a better Portal, but it's still a Portal  —  Last year, Facebook released the Portal, a smart display that you put …

15 Oct 2019 5:50 pm
Smart home startup Level Home emerges from stealth with $71M and unveils $249 Level Lock, which fits onto existing dead bolts on doors to make them smart (Ingrid Lunden/TechCrunch)

TechCrunch : Smart home startup Level Home emerges from stealth with $71M and unveils $249 Level Lock, which fits onto existing dead bolts on doors to make them smart   —  As companies like Google, Amazon and Apple hone their strategies to build the brain that helps you use the smart home of the future …

15 Oct 2019 5:30 pm
French startup Herow, which enables developers and marketers to serve contextual messages in mobile apps, adds $8M to its $10.6M Series B, closed in 2015 (Paul Sawers/VentureBeat)

VentureBeat : French startup Herow, which enables developers and marketers to serve contextual messages in mobile apps, adds $8M to its $10.6M Series B, closed in 2015   —  Herow, a French startup that helps marketers and app developers engage with mobile users with contextual messaging …

15 Oct 2019 5:00 pm
South Korean startup True Balance, which operates a financial services app in India for users to pay bills and offer credit to customers, raises $23M Series C (Manish Singh/TechCrunch)

TechCrunch : South Korean startup True Balance, which operates a financial services app in India for users to pay bills and offer credit to customers, raises $23M Series C   —  South Korean startup True Balance, which operates an eponymous financial services app aimed at tens of millions of users …

15 Oct 2019 4:40 pm
A look at startups like Zippin and Standard Cognition that are pitching their Amazon Go-like tech to grocery chains, sports stadiums, and convenience stores (Sebastian Herrera/Wall Street Journal)

Wall Street Journal : A look at startups like Zippin and Standard Cognition that are pitching their Amazon Go-like tech to grocery chains, sports stadiums, and convenience stores   —  Zippin and Standard Cognition are two of the startups pitching their systems and apps as nonthreatening alternatives to Amazon's cashier-free tech

15 Oct 2019 3:20 pm
Facebook should ban political ads and let candidates communicate via their pages since it doesn't need the money and doesn't want to police political speech (Josh Constine/TechCrunch)

TechCrunch : Facebook should ban political ads and let candidates communicate via their pages since it doesn't need the money and doesn't want to police political speech   —  Permitting falsehood in political advertising would work if we had a model democracy, but we don't.

15 Oct 2019 12:20 pm
DNS over HTTPS can increase user privacy by obfuscating web traffic, but it's no silver bullet as DNS resolving services will still see unencrypted requests (Lily Hay Newman/Wired)

Wired : DNS over HTTPS can increase user privacy by obfuscating web traffic, but it's no silver bullet as DNS resolving services will still see unencrypted requests   —  The road to routing all Domain Name System lookups through HTTPS is pocked with disagreements over just how much it will help.

15 Oct 2019 9:35 am
Docs and interviews show that ~44 US universities work with outside companies to data mine and rank prospective students, including tracking their web activity (Washington Post)

Washington Post : Docs and interviews show that ~44 US universities work with outside companies to data mine and rank prospective students, including tracking their web activity   —  Before many schools even look at an application, they comb through prospective students' personal data, such as web-browsing habits and financial history

15 Oct 2019 8:50 am
Microsoft Defender's Tamper Protection antivirus feature hits general availability and will be enabled by default for all users in the coming weeks (Catalin Cimpanu/ZDNet)

ZDNet : Microsoft Defender's Tamper Protection antivirus feature hits general availability and will be enabled by default for all users in the coming weeks   —  Tamper Protection prevents malware from disabling Windows Defender features.  —  Today, Microsoft announced the general availability …

15 Oct 2019 8:35 am
AMC Entertainment to unveil AMC Theaters On Demand, an iTunes-like online video store, in the US, will offer ~2,000 films for ~$3-$6 to rent and ~$10-$20 to buy (Brooks Barnes/New York Times)

New York Times : AMC Entertainment to unveil AMC Theaters On Demand, an iTunes-like online video store, in the US, will offer ~2,000 films for ~$3-$6 to rent and ~$10-$20 to buy   —  LOS ANGELES — In a sign of just how much streaming is changing Hollywood, movie fans will soon be able to rent and buy films …

15 Oct 2019 8:15 am
Pornhub removes Girls Do Porn, months after a lawsuit by 22 women and days after the channel's owners and staff were charged with federal sex trafficking counts (VICE)

VICE : Pornhub removes Girls Do Porn, months after a lawsuit by 22 women and days after the channel's owners and staff were charged with federal sex trafficking counts   —  After months of knowingly working with porn production company that was accused of lying to women, Pornhub finally removes its official page from its platform.

15 Oct 2019 6:30 am
Walmart to make some third-party products on its site cheaper for a limited time, subsidizing the new prices, similar to the Discount Provided by Amazon program (Matthew Boyle/Bloomberg)

Bloomberg : Walmart to make some third-party products on its site cheaper for a limited time, subsidizing the new prices, similar to the Discount Provided by Amazon program   —  - Chain reimbursing third-party sellers when it forces price cut  — Company using new ideas in bid to grab sales from web leader

15 Oct 2019 5:00 am
Libra loses Booking Holdings' support, but continues with association draft laws at Geneva meeting, appoints members from a16z, Xapo, PayU, more to its board (Reuters)

Reuters : Libra loses Booking Holdings' support, but continues with association draft laws at Geneva meeting, appoints members from a16z, Xapo, PayU, more to its board   —  LONDON/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Backers of Facebook Inc's (FB.O) Libra cryptocurrency project pledged to forge ahead after selecting …

15 Oct 2019 4:30 am
Microsoft debuts the preview of its Project xCloud game streaming service for Xbox users in the US, UK, and Korea, initially with four games for Android devices (Tom Warren/The Verge)

The Verge : Microsoft debuts the preview of its Project xCloud game streaming service for Xbox users in the US, UK, and Korea, initially with four games for Android devices   —  Available in the US, UK, and Korea initially  —  Microsoft is officially launching its Project xCloud preview today for Xbox users in the US, UK, and Korea.

15 Oct 2019 2:25 am
KKR acquires a majority stake in UK's largest residential gigabit broadband provider Hyperoptic, source says for £500M (Anna Menin/CityAM)

CityAM : KKR acquires a majority stake in UK's largest residential gigabit broadband provider Hyperoptic, source says for £500M   —  Global investment firm KKR has acquired a majority stake in the UK's largest residential gigabit broadband provider.  —  KKR bought the stake from funds managed …

15 Oct 2019 1:30 am
Reliance Jio unveils an AI-powered Video Call Assistant service that will allow businesses to automate their customer support and other communications (Manish Singh/TechCrunch)

TechCrunch : Reliance Jio unveils an AI-powered Video Call Assistant service that will allow businesses to automate their customer support and other communications   —  Before Google moves to bring its human-sounding robot calling service Duplex to help users automate their interactions with businesses …

15 Oct 2019 12:00 am
Inside Pinterest's efforts to avoid rivals' algorithm-related issues as it rolls out Home Feed Tuner, which lets users edit their activity history and interests (Will Oremus/OneZero)

OneZero : Inside Pinterest's efforts to avoid rivals' algorithm-related issues as it rolls out Home Feed Tuner, which lets users edit their activity history and interests   —  Inside the company's powerful recommendations tool — and its efforts to avoid the scandals facing its rivals

14 Oct 2019 11:30 pm
Microsoft is testing content filters for messages on Xbox Live to block toxicity, initially with four levels of text-based filtering; voice filters are planned (Tom Warren/The Verge)

The Verge : Microsoft is testing content filters for messages on Xbox Live to block toxicity, initially with four levels of text-based filtering; voice filters are planned   —  Microsoft is starting to test new content filters for its Xbox Live messaging system today in an effort to thwart toxicity on its platform.

14 Oct 2019 11:05 pm
Source: Paytm is close to raising $2B in funding from Ant Financial and SoftBank, at a valuation of $16B (Saritha Rai/Bloomberg)

Bloomberg : Source: Paytm is close to raising $2B in funding from Ant Financial and SoftBank, at a valuation of $16B   —  - India's top fintech firm is angling for a $16 billion value  — Paytm is raising funds to fight Facebook, Google and Walmart  —  Indian fintech giant Paytm is close …

14 Oct 2019 11:00 pm
Amazon turned off its Add-On program in recent months, making low-priced items, as little as $0.75, available to Prime customers with free one-day shipping (Jason Del Rey/Vox)

Vox : Amazon turned off its Add-On program in recent months, making low-priced items, as little as $0.75, available to Prime customers with free one-day shipping   —  And what about the environment?  —  As Amazon has grown from an online bookstore into an everything store, it has tackled product category …

14 Oct 2019 10:50 pm
Sources: Zuckerberg recently hosted off-the-record dinners with conservative figures like Tucker Carlson and Lindsey Graham to discuss free speech, partnerships (Daniel Lippman/Politico)

Politico : Sources: Zuckerberg recently hosted off-the-record dinners with conservative figures like Tucker Carlson and Lindsey Graham to discuss free speech, partnerships   —  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been hosting informal talks and small, off-the-record dinners with conservative journalists …

14 Oct 2019 10:40 pm