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Vivo’s Super FlashCharge tech fills a 4,000mAh phone in 13 minutes  THE VERGE · 27 minutes
A new entrant joined the ultra-fast-charging Chinese phone wars today as Vivo announced its... more
Samsung exec says the Galaxy Fold is ‘ready to hit the market’  TechCrunch · 13 hours
As we asked back in February, “We’re ready for foldable phones, but are they ready for us?” The answer, so far, has been an... more
Calibra wallet won’t launch in Facebook’s biggest market  TechCrunch · 15 hours
Facebook unveiled its audacious Libra cryptocurrency and Calibra digital wallet on Tuesday through which it plans to transform financial services across the globe. The social juggernaut made clear of its ambitions when... more
Go wire-free with these great Xbox One wireless headsets  Windows Central · 14 hours
Windows Central is made up of hardcore techies from across the spectrum. Many of us are also hardcore gamers and know that sometimes, gaming with wires can be a hassle,... more
China to lose top spot to US in 2019 gaming market  TechCrunch · 15 hours
China is losing its global lead in games. By the end of 2019, the U.S. will replace China as the world’s largest gaming market, with an... more
Fluent acquires AdParlor, a social ad specialist previously owned by Adknowledge, for $10M  TechCrunch · 16 hours
The old guard of advertising networks continues to swap hands. In the latest development, marketing company Fluent has announced that it is... more
Jeffrey Katzenberg’s streaming service Quibi books $100M in ad sales ahead of launch  TechCrunch · 16 hours
Quibi, the short-form video platform founded by Jeffrey Katzenberg, hasn’t even launched but has already booked $100 million in advertising sales, according... more
China to lose top spot to U.S. in 2019 gaming market  TechCrunch · 18 hours
China is losing its global lead in games. By the end of 2019, the U.S. will replace China as the world’s largest gaming market with an... more
Honor 20 launches globally this week, but you probably shouldn’t buy it  THE VERGE · 19 hours
2019 has been a transformative year for Honor, Huawei’s junior brand, with the introduction of the excellent Honor View 20 and Honor 20 Pro.... more
The best of Corsair's quality keyboards  Windows Central · 17 hours
Corsair is one of the best developers of PC gaming accessories in the market space, and the keyboards that it designed are nothing short of excellent. So excellent, in fact, that it's hard to definitively say... more
Plastic pollution and the climate crisis are symptoms of the same disease  CBC · 19 hours
As much as eight per cent of global oil goes directly to plastic production — an estimate that excludes the transportation of single-use plastics... more
Google Urged by Activists to Break Up Before Regulators Force It To  Gadgets 360 · 21 hours
Shareholder activists want Google parent Alphabet to break itself up before regulators force the world's biggest Internet ad seller to split into different pieces. more
Europe Wary as Facebook Takes Up Cryptocurrency Challenge  Gadgets 360 · 20 hours
Facebook announced it was diving into the cryptocurrency market, and analysts warned the social media giant could face major regulatory questions. more
Check out some of these great Toshiba external hard drives  Windows Central · 21 hours
In the modern world where the size of files is always increasing, having an adequate amount of storage space for your computer or gaming console is important. While... more
'Stablecoins' in the Spotlight as Facebook Unveils Libra Cryptocurrency  Gadgets 360 · 21 hours
Bitcoin, the original cryptocurrency, accounts for over half of the $285 billion global coin trading market. more
YouTube’s AR ads let you try on virtual makeup alongside beauty vloggers  THE VERGE · 23 hours
Starting this summer, Google will let users experiment with augmented reality makeup in YouTube. The idea is to use the experience like an interactive... more
Gambling: Four ads banned from Looney Tunes app  BBC · 22 hours
The game - considered appealing to under 18s - gave players the chance to earn "gems" by viewing ads. more
Premium Smartphone Market Collapses in Q1 as Apple Shipments Fall: Counterpoint  Gadgets 360 · 24 hours
Samsung ended up with one-fourth of the global premium segment - which is the company's highest ever share in recent times. more
World Electronic Gaming Revenues to Grow 9.6 Percent in 2019: Newzoo  Gadgets 360 · 1 day
The global video and electronic games market will generate $152.1 billion in 2019, up 9.6 percent over last year, Newzoo reported. more
Sex toy company sues MTA over rejected ads  THE VERGE · 1 day
Dame is suing New York’s public transit agency for refusing to run subway ads for its women-focused sex toys. The... more
Tesla is turning its showrooms into arcades  TechCrunch · 1 day
Tesla might not engage in traditional advertising. That doesn’t mean the automaker isn’t keen on getting new customers and retaining the ones it already has. Most of Tesla’s methods have focused on leveraging its... more
Advertisers and digital media companies form a new Global Alliance for Responsible Media  TechCrunch · 2 days
Many of the major players in online advertising have come together to create an organization called the Global Alliance for Responsible Media,... more
Verified Expert Growth Marketing Agency: NoGood  TechCrunch · 2 days
NoGood CEO Mostafa Elbermawy describes how they evaluate a client’s growth challenges by quoting Zen teacher Hunryu Suzuki: “In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities; in the expert’s mind there are only a few.” Rather... more
3D Google ads are coming as YouTube tests new AR lipstick experience  9to5Google · 2 days
Following I/O 2019, Google Search gained its first AR objects with 3D animals. Google ads on the web can now feature interactive 3D objects,... more
Would Facebook be better if we paid for it?  THE VERGE · 2 days
Is the advertising model that allows our use of Facebook to be free actually the thing that’s wrong... more
HMD Global Says Moving Nokia Phone Data Collection to Finland for Security  Gadgets 360 · 2 days
HMD Global, which makes and markets Nokia-branded phones, on Tuesday announced its partnership with consultancy firm CGI and Google Cloud. more
GoTenna is ramping up public sector mesh networking with a $24M C round  TechCrunch · 2 days
GoTenna is best known for its outdoors-oriented consumer products that let you text and share locations between smartphones off the grid. But... more
Facebook to launch new cryptocurrency, called Libra  CBC · 2 days
Facebook is unveiling plans to create a new digital currency similar to Bitcoin for global use, one that could drive more e-commerce... more
Girl, 12, flooded with beauty ads on Instagram  BBC · 2 days
The ads were displayed to the young user despite Instagram's policies saying some should not be shown to her. more
Human rights commissions targeting Facebook over job ads  CBC · 2 days
The Canadian and Ontario human rights commissions have taken the exceptional step of joining forces to urge Facebook to stop... more
How to pick the right AMD Ryzen CPU for your PC  Windows Central · 2 days
AMD has a number of product families in the desktop processor market, including the popular Ryzen 3, Ryzen 5, Ryzen 9, Ryzen 7, and Threadripper. But... more
Human rights commissions targeting Facebook  CBC · 2 days
The Canadian and Ontario human rights commissions have taken the exceptional step of joining forces to urge Facebook to stop Canadian employers from being able to... more
Microsoft acquires Pull Panda to give GitHub code reviews a boost  Windows Central · 2 days
Pull Panda's code review tools are now available for free on GitHub. What you need to know Microsoft today acquired Pull Panda and its suite of... more
'Self-healing' polymer brings perovskite solar tech closer to market  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
A protective layer of epoxy resin helps prevent the leakage of pollutants from perovskite solar cells (PSCs), report scientists. Adding a 'self-healing' polymer to the top of a PSC can... more
Spotify advertisers can now target listeners by which podcasts they stream  TechCrunch · 3 days
Spotify is taking the next big step in terms of building out its podcast business: It’s now offering the ability for advertisers to target listeners based... more
Go wireless or go home with one of these Logitech mice  Windows Central · 3 days
One of the best ways to give you more freedom while using your desktop computer or laptop is to use a wireless mouse instead of a... more
India’s payments firm MobiKwik kick-starts its international ambitions with cross-border mobile top-ups  TechCrunch · 3 days
MobiKwik, a mobile wallet app in India that has expanded to add several financial services in recent years, said today it plans to enter... more
Domino’s serves up self-driving pizza delivery pilot in Houston  TechCrunch · 3 days
Domino’s really emphasizes its commitment to ‘innovation,’ but even if it’s a marketing tactic, the global pizza brand does indeed walk the walk. Case in point: It’s launching a new... more
Spotify now allows advertisers to specifically target podcast listeners  THE VERGE · 3 days
Spotify announced today that advertisers can now target ads based on the podcasts that people listen to. This... more
Kensington's LD5400T docking station doubles as a guardian for your laptop  Windows Central · 3 days
The LD5400T delivers 85W of laptop charging power, strong security features, and eight ports. There are countless products on the market that expand your laptop's connectivity... more
Spotify advertisers can now target listeners by what podcasts they stream  TechCrunch · 3 days
Spotify is taking the next big step in terms of building out its podcast business: it’s now offering the ability for advertisers to target listeners based... more
Comcast’s latest accessibility feature lets customers change TV channels with their eyes  THE VERGE · 3 days
Comcast is introducing eye control to its X1 cable platform, a new effort that the company says will improve the experience of watching TV... more
Report: Huawei expects international smartphone shipments to plummet  TechCrunch · 3 days
A month after being placed on a trade blacklist by the Trump administration, Huawei is reportedly steadying itself for international shipments of its smartphones to decline by 40% to 60%. According to... more
Growers hope standards bring order to hemp industry 'mess'  ABC NEWS · 5 days
A new global hemp research lab in Oregon is part of a movement to create a national infrastructure around hemp as the market explodes more
Fiverr CEO says he’s building the ‘everything store for digital services’  TechCrunch · 6 days
Freelance marketplace Fiverr has become closely associated with the gig economy, but Micha Kaufman argued that not all gig economy companies are created equal. I spoke... more
Thousands of medical injury claim records exposed by ad agency  TechCrunch · 6 days
An internet advertising company specializing in helping law firms sign up potential clients has exposed close to 150,000 records from a database that was left unsecured. The database... more
TikTok hit $9M in in-app purchases last month, up 500% over last year  TechCrunch · 6 days
Popular short-form video app TikTok has been slowly ramping up its advertising strategy this year as it increases its focus on monetization.... more
How to negotiate term sheets with strategic investors  TechCrunch · 6 days
Three years ago, I met with a founder who had raised a massive seed round at a valuation that was at least five times the market rate. I asked what firm made... more
Microsoft makes getting started with Java and VS Code easier  TechCrunch · 6 days
After only a few years, Microsoft’s free Visual Studio Code has become one of the most popular code editors on the market. One of VS Code’s advantages is... more
Daily Crunch: Fiverr goes public  TechCrunch · 6 days
The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here. 1. Fiverr shares climb 90%... more
Apple still dominates true wireless hearables, but 2nd gen didn’t boost share  9to5Mac · 6 days
Counterpoint Research is out with its latest market sizing report for the true wireless hearables sector, and there’s a mix of good news and... more
True Wireless Hearables Market Reaches 17.5 Million Units in Q1 2019: Counterpoint  Gadgets 360 · 6 days
Apple's market share in the true wireless hearables segment failed to grow despite the launch of its second generation AirPods. more
Smartphone Growth in Emerging Markets to Continue in 2019: Counterpoint  Gadgets 360 · 6 days
The smartphone market is still reeling under the first ever annual decline in 2018, but is poised to grow in the emerging markets, Counterpoint Research claims. more
Makers of spyware deny marketing their apps to stalkers in domestic-abuse cases  CBC · 6 days
Two companies that sell digital spyware are refuting claims made by a leading digital watchdog group that they market their products as tools for stalkers in... more
Amazon Online Market Share in the US Drops to 38 Percent: eMarketer  Gadgets 360 · 6 days
A closely watched researcher has cut its estimate of Amazon's share of the US e-commerce market after incorporating new figures from the company. more
Huawei Phones Display Ads From Booking.com on Lock Screen, Some Users Report  Gadgets 360 · 6 days
Huawei P30 Pro, P20, P20 Pro, P20 Lite, and Honor 10 among others are reportedly the phones displaying ads on the lock screen. more
Google creates performance test for ad blocking Chrome extensions  9to5Google · 6 days
Since January, we’ve been following a set of major changes to extensions on Google Chrome, called Manifest V3,... more
YouTube TV offering ‘longtime’ subscribers free Showtime this summer  9to5Google · 6 days
After rolling out to every U.S. market in March, Google announced a price hike for YouTube TV in... more
Google says Chrome isn't killing ad-blocking extensions - CNET  CNET · 6 days
It's just trying to make extensions safer. But Google still has a lot of convincing to do. more
This new Honda e detail suggests it’s going to be fun to drive  TechCrunch · 6 days
New details keep trickling out about the Honda e, the compact electric vehicle that’s coming to market in spring 2020, from pop-out... more
Fiverr shares climb 90% in first day of trading  TechCrunch · 6 days
Freelance marketplace Fiverr had a good first day on the New York Stock Exchange. The company priced its IPO at $21 per share last night, raising around $111 million. It... more
Tyson Foods launches its take on alternative proteins with new “Raised & Rooted” brand  TechCrunch · 7 days
Earlier today, Tyson Foods announced the launch of its first foray into the meat replacement market with the unveiling of... more
Huawei is apparently showing ads on lockscreens for some of its phones  THE VERGE · 6 days
A number of Huawei phone owners have noticed that their devices have suddenly begun displaying ads in their lockscreens, according to Android Police. Users... more
Verified Expert Growth Marketing Agency: Right Side Up  TechCrunch · 7 days
Right Side Up is not your typical growth marketing agency. As a former entrepreneur and in-house growth marketer for startups like Eventbrite, founder Tyler Elliston says he created RSU as a way... more
Google creates ad blocker Chrome extension for performance testing  9to5Google · 7 days
Since January, we’ve been following a set of major changes to extensions on Google Chrome, called Manifest V3,... more
Target launches a dedicated shopping site for same-day delivery, powered by Shipt  TechCrunch · 7 days
Target is ramping up its same-day delivery efforts, following news of Amazon’s plans to increase Prime speeds and Walmart’s recent launch of free, next-day... more
Target Circle and TapHeaven team up in a mobile marketing merger  TechCrunch · 7 days
Target Circle and TapHeaven have announced that they’re merging into a single company under the Target Circle brand. TapHeaven co-founder and CEO Chris Hoyt, who is becoming chief... more
VidMob raises $25M for its video advertising tools  TechCrunch · 7 days
Video advertising company VidMob is announcing that it has raised $25 million in Series B funding. When I wrote about VidMob’s seed funding back in 2015, it was focused on building a... more
VidMob raises raises $25M for its video advertising tools  TechCrunch · 7 days
Video advertising company VidMob is announcing that it has raised $25 million in Series B funding. When I wrote about VidMob’s seed funding back in 2015, it was focused on... more
China opens Nasdaq-style board to lure tech firms back home  TechCrunch · 7 days
China’s much-anticipated Science and Technology Innovation board officially launched in Shanghai today, marking Beijing’s major step in drawing high-potential tech companies to list at home. The new Star... more
Google Claims Chrome 'Isn't Killing Ad Blockers', But 'Making Them Safer'  Gadgets 360 · 7 days
Google Chrome is switching from WebRequest API to DeclarativeNetRequest API to restrict ad blockers. more
N26 shares some metrics  TechCrunch · 1 week
Fintech startup N26 just issued an update on its main metrics. The bank now has 3.5 million customers across 24 European markets. The company is about to expand to new countries, such as the U.S. and Brazil but it sounds... more
Do VC associates matter, women’s fertility, online auto marketplaces, and Salesforce + Tableau  TechCrunch · 1 week
Editor’s Note: New feedback buttons You might have noticed at the top and bottom of this newsletter that we have added new... more
Against Gravity is building a VR world that won’t stop growing  TechCrunch · 1 week
The quest to create a social auditorium in virtual reality has eaten many VC dollars over the years. While plenty of contenders have emerged, it’s likely... more
Google Home Essentials: TP-Link Kasa Spot Indoor Security Camera [Video]  9to5Google · 1 week
Getting affordable CCTV or security cameras installed is now easier than ever thanks to the Google... more
Stride raises $2.5M from JetBlue, NFX for its guided trips marketplace  TechCrunch · 1 week
Group travel, it’s something you either love or hate, but Stride, which describes itself as a marketplace for “experiential multi-day and multi-destination packaged trips planned by... more
Stride raises $2.2M from JetBlue, NFX for its guided trips marketplace  TechCrunch · 1 week
Group travel, it’s something you either love or hate, but Stride, which describes itself as a marketplace for “experiential multi-day and multi-destination packaged trips planned by... more
India’s Zomato flies drone to deliver food in successful test  TechCrunch · 1 week
Zomato, one of India’s largest food delivery firms, may have figured out a faster way to crawl through dense populated routes: going air with drones. The company, which... more
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