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Smartwatch shipments grew 223% year-over-year in Q1 2016; Apple had 52% marketshare, down from 63% in prior quarter (Neil Mawston/Strategy Analytics)

3 hours 59 min ago

Neil Mawston / Strategy Analytics:
Smartwatch shipments grew 223% year-over-year in Q1 2016; Apple had 52% marketshare, down from 63% in prior quarter  —  STRATEGY ANALYTICS: Apple Watch Slips to 52% Global Smartwatch Marketshare in Q1 2016  —  According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics, global smartwatch …

GCHQ Has Disclosed Over 20 Vulnerabilities This Year, Including Ones in iOS (Joseph Cox/Motherboard)

7 hours 4 min ago

Joseph Cox / Motherboard:
GCHQ Has Disclosed Over 20 Vulnerabilities This Year, Including Ones in iOS  —  Earlier this week, it emerged that a section of Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), the UK's signal intelligence agency, had disclosed a serious vulnerability in Firefox to Mozilla.

Report: Yahoo reaches deal to sell 48.6-acre undeveloped site in Santa Clara to Chinese tech firm LeEco (Michele Chandler/Investor's Business ...)

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 23:25

Michele Chandler / Investor's Business Daily:
Report: Yahoo reaches deal to sell 48.6-acre undeveloped site in Santa Clara to Chinese tech firm LeEco  —  Yahoo Reportedly Selling Huge Silicon Valley Site To Chinese Firm  —  Yahoo (YHOO) has reached a deal to sell a 48.6-acre undeveloped site in Santa Clara, Calif. …

Sundar Pichai lays out priorities for Google in his first Founders' Letter, with machine learning and AI playing a key role (Sundar Pichai/Official Google Blog)

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 21:50

Sundar Pichai / Official Google Blog:
Sundar Pichai lays out priorities for Google in his first Founders' Letter, with machine learning and AI playing a key role  —  This year's Founders' Letter  —  Every year, Larry and Sergey write a Founders' Letter to our stockholders updating them with some of our recent highlights and sharing our vision for the future.

Sources: Postmates in talks to raise $100M-$150M, aims to avoid setting too high a valuation target (Olivia Zaleski/Bloomberg)

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 20:45

Olivia Zaleski / Bloomberg:
Sources: Postmates in talks to raise $100M-$150M, aims to avoid setting too high a valuation target  —  Postmates Seeks Up to $150 Million as Food Delivery Competition Heats Up  —  Food delivery startup aims to avoid overpromising on valuation  —  Financial docs show revenue forecast of $225 million for '16

Intel's Changing Future: Smartphone SoCs Broxton & SoFIA Officially Cancelled (AnandTech)

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 19:45

AnandTech:
Intel's Changing Future: Smartphone SoCs Broxton & SoFIA Officially Cancelled  —  The past two weeks have been a busy - if not tumultuous - period for Intel.  Driven by continued challenges in various semiconductor markets, culminating in weaker-than-desired earnings in the most recent quarter …

Cypress Semiconductor buys Broadcom's IoT business for $550M as Cypress CEO steps down (Barb Darrow/Fortune)

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 18:20

Barb Darrow / Fortune:
Cypress Semiconductor buys Broadcom's IoT business for $550M as Cypress CEO steps down  —  Cypress Semiconductor Losing Its CEO While Gaining a New Business From Broadcom  —  Cypress Semiconductor announced on Thursday that its chief executive officer, T.J. Rodgers, is stepping down.

TV stations agree to sell 126MHz of spectrum in FCC auction, paving the way for fast, reliable 5G (Grant Gross/PCWorld)

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 16:10

Grant Gross / PCWorld:
TV stations agree to sell 126MHz of spectrum in FCC auction, paving the way for fast, reliable 5G  —  FCC wireless auction hits spectrum target, paving way for fast, reliable 5G  —  Television stations have volunteered to sell off 126MHz of “beach front” wireless spectrum to mobile carriers …

YouTube responds to music industry's complaints about low artist payments, says it is more like radio than Spotify (Stuart Dredge/Music Ally)

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 15:30

Stuart Dredge / Music Ally:
YouTube responds to music industry's complaints about low artist payments, says it is more like radio than Spotify  —  YouTube hits back at ‘noise’ around its music payouts  —  It's been a bruising month for YouTube as labels, music industry bodies and artists have attacked Google's video service …

Sources: China considers acquiring 1% stakes, taking board seats in country's major internet companies like Tencent and Baidu (Li Yuan/Wall Street Journal)

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 14:35

Li Yuan / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: China considers acquiring 1% stakes, taking board seats in country's major internet companies like Tencent and Baidu  —  China Wants to Own Small Stake in Web Firms  —  Chinese proposal calls for state to take 1% stakes in firms  —  The Chinese government's control over the Internet …

Twitter quietly retires Magic Recs, a DM bot that recommended viral accounts and Tweets (Ingrid Lunden/TechCrunch)

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 13:30

Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Twitter quietly retires Magic Recs, a DM bot that recommended viral accounts and Tweets  —  As Twitter tries out bigger things to spur growth activity — like changing the orderandlengthof tweets — it is turning away from others.  Twitter has quietly retired Magic Recs …

ITC judge rules that Jawbone patents in its case against Fitbit are invalid (Susan Decker/Bloomberg)

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 12:15

Susan Decker / Bloomberg:
ITC judge rules that Jawbone patents in its case against Fitbit are invalid  —  Fitbit Wins Ruling Knocking Out Jawbone Patents at Trade Agency  —  Fitbit Inc. won a ruling that invalidated the last of the Jawbone Inc. patents that were the subject of a dispute at the U.S. International Trade Commission.

New Google Trips app is a smart assistant for your vacations, currently in beta testing (Abner Li/9to5Google)

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 11:50

Abner Li / 9to5Google:
New Google Trips app is a smart assistant for your vacations, currently in beta testing  —  One of Inbox's most convenient features are Travel bundles that organize reservations and other related emails in an easy to read manner.  Google is now testing (via Androidworld) …

FTC is investigating Venmo over "deceptive or unfair practices", PayPal's SEC filing shows (Chris Welch/The Verge)

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 11:25

Chris Welch / The Verge:
FTC is investigating Venmo over “deceptive or unfair practices”, PayPal's SEC filing shows  —  The FTC is investigating Venmo over ‘deceptive or unfair practices’  —  Venmo, the hugely popular peer-to-peer payments service owned by PayPal, is under investigation by the Federal Trade Commission.

Microsoft releases public preview of PowerApps business-app building service (Mary Jo Foley/ZDNet)

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 11:05

Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft releases public preview of PowerApps business-app building service  —  A public preview of Microsoft's PowerApps service, which integrates with its just-unveiled Flow data-sharing tool, is available to business users who want to develop custom business apps.

IBM raises its blockchain game with secure cloud services and Docker integration (Ingrid Lunden/TechCrunch)

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 10:50

Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
IBM raises its blockchain game with secure cloud services and Docker integration  —  Bitcoin may still be the most famous application of blockchain technology, but the distributed, encrypted database architecture is now being applied to a range of other services, from different kinds of …

Microsoft has launched an IFTTT-like automation tool called Flow (Matt Weinberger/Business Insider)

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 10:35

Matt Weinberger / Business Insider:
Microsoft has launched an IFTTT-like automation tool called Flow  —  LEAKED: Microsoft is working on a new tool to help automate your life  —  Meet Microsoft Flow: A free way to connect all of your cloud services — including Slack, GitHub, Twitter, and Google Drive — together in new and novel ways.

Uber tests wait-time fees and a shorter cancellation window in NYC, New Jersey, Dallas, and Phoenix, in response to driver complaints (Nathan Olivarez-Giles/Wall Street Journal)

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 10:20

Nathan Olivarez-Giles / Wall Street Journal:
Uber tests wait-time fees and a shorter cancellation window in NYC, New Jersey, Dallas, and Phoenix, in response to driver complaints  —  Uber Tests New Rider Rules: Two Minutes to Cancel or Show Up...or Else  —  Pilot program to allow charges for customers making drivers wait or canceling rides late, addressing complaints

CloudFlare activates HTTP/2 Server Push protocol, expects it will decrease page and app load time by up to 15% across its network within a year (Charlie Osborne/ZDNet)

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 09:55

Charlie Osborne / ZDNet:
CloudFlare activates HTTP/2 Server Push protocol, expects it will decrease page and app load time by up to 15% across its network within a year  —  CloudFlare figured out how to make the Web one second faster  —  CloudFlare customers can tap into the protocol to shave loading times off their domains.

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