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India’s ZestMoney raises $20M to grow its digital lending service  TechCrunch · 2 hours
Fintech is very much still hot in Asia. ZestMoney, a startup that helps consumers with no credit history get loans to buy online, announced today it has raised... more
Smartcar accuses $50M-funded rival Otonomo of API plagiarism  TechCrunch · 2 hours
Ruthless copying is common in tech. Just ask Snapchat. However, it’s typically more conceptual than literal. But car API startup Smartcar claims that its competitor Otonomo copy-and-pasted Smartcar’s API documentation, allegedly plagiarizing... more
Xbox Deals with Gold feature The Count Lucanor and Gravel  Windows Central · 2 hours
Microsoft has debuted a new week of sales across Xbox One games. Every week Microsoft and certain publishers discount numerous games for Xbox Live users. Some deals are... more
AT&T’s 5G E marketing ploy is turning out to be a disaster  THE VERGE · 4 hours
AT&T may have just amicably settled a false advertising lawsuit with Sprint over its “5G Evolution” branding, but the company’s apparent marketing strategy here... more
China’s fast-growing Starbucks competitor Luckin Coffee just filed to go public on the Nasdaq  TechCrunch · 7 hours
China’s Luckin Coffee has registered plans with the SEC to go public on the Nasdaq, setting a placeholder amount of... more
Security lapse at contract startup Evisort exposed sensitive data  TechCrunch · 9 hours
Evisort, a document and contract management company, left one of its document databases unsecured, exposing thousands of documents. The startup, founded by former Harvard and MIT students in 2016, bills... more
Why it’s so hard to know who owns Huawei  TechCrunch · 9 hours
It’s one of the greatest technology “startup” success stories of the personal computer and smartphone eras. Yet, despite selling 59 million smartphones and netting $27 billion in revenue last quarter... more
Huawei’s Q1 revenue grows 39% despite company controversy  Global News · 10 hours
Chinese tech giant Huawei said Monday its revenue rose 39 per cent over a year earlier in the latest quarter despite U.S. pressure on allies to shun its telecom technology as a... more
Surface Book 2 with Core i5 processor discounted by $400 at Microsoft  Windows Central · 11 hours
Save some serious cash on a Surface Book 2 from Microsoft. If you have yet to snag a Surface Book 2, Microsoft is currently... more
Down To Shop is a tongue-in-cheek mobile shopping network  TechCrunch · 12 hours
Cyrus Summerlin and Max Hellerstin, who previously created the Push for Pizza app (which allowed users to order a pizza with the push of a button), are officially launching their... more
How to control the lighting of your Logitech peripherals  THE VERGE · 12 hours
Nearly every gaming peripheral is equipped with RGB lighting, and Logitech’s G gaming brand is no different. Last... more
Audioburst raises $10M to build AI-powered infotainment systems for cars, ad solutions  TechCrunch · 12 hours
Audioburst, a startup that uses AI technology to extract the best bits from podcasts and talk radio to create new listening experiences, has raised... more
On this week's podcast ... Surface Hub 2S, WCOS for HoloLens, and Xbox SAD  Windows Central · 12 hours
This week on the Windows Central Podcast: Surface Hub 2S, WCOS for HoloLens 2, Xbox Digital Edition, and more Surface... more
Samsung reportedly pushes back Galaxy Fold release  TechCrunch · 13 hours
Can’t say we didn’t see this coming. Four days out from the Galaxy Fold’s official release date, Samsung is pushing things back a bit, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal that... more
On this week's podcast ... Surface Hub 2S, WCOS for HoloLens 2, Xbox SAD  Windows Central · 15 hours
This week on the Windows Central Podcast: Surface Hub 2S, WCOS for HoloLens 2, Xbox Digital Edition, and more Surface... more
Deals Spotlight: PayPal on eBay Has $100 iTunes Gift Cards for $85  MacRumors · 15 hours
PayPal has returned with the latest 15 percent discount on App Store and iTunes gift cards this week, offering customers the chance to get... more
Go-Jek brings in Misfit co-founder and ex-Facebook head to lead Vietnam business  TechCrunch · 17 hours
Ambitious ride-hailing startup Go-Jek’s Southeast Asia expansion plan suffered a blow when it lost the leadership team behind its business in Vietnam, but now... more
Twitter Appoints Manish Maheshwari as Managing Director, India  Gadgets 360 · 17 hours
Twitter's Vice President and Managing Director of Asia Pacific, Manish Maheshwari will be responsible for driving an integrated business strategy to accelerate Twitter's audience and revenue growth in the country. more
Huawei says it shipped 59M smartphones in Q1 as revenue jumped 39% to $27B  TechCrunch · 18 hours
Fresh from an $8.8 billion profit last year, much-maligned Chinese tech giant Huawei is touting yet more growth. The firm... more
Resurgent HappyFresh raises $20M for its online grocery service in Southeast Asia  TechCrunch · 22 hours
It’s been a tricky past few years for HappyFresh, the startup seeking to bring Instacart-like grocery deliveries to Southeast Asia. It’s been through a... more
Will Smith invests in esports organization  Windows Central · 1 day
Will Smith joined the server Esports organization Gen. G has raised $46 million in funding with big name Will Smith part of the group of investors. This move comes as China looks to capitalize on esports... more
Doctor-services firm says private data of patients exposed  ABC NEWS · 2 days
Physician-services company EmCare says a breach exposed personal information about some patients more
No one knows how to hire, plus brand design and African tech  TechCrunch · 2 days
Editor’s Note: No one knows how to hire Hiring is the lifeblood of the world. Few people do truly singular work; instead, nearly every... more
Acquisitions, more than IPOs, will create Africa’s early startup successes  TechCrunch · 2 days
Africa has made its global IPO debut. Pan-African e-commerce company Jumia—a $1 billion-valued company—began trading live on the NYSE last week. The stock offering made Jumia the first... more
The company behind the dual-screen YotaPhone is bankrupt  THE VERGE · 3 days
We’ve been following Russia’s YotaPhone since 2012, but it seems like the saga of the power-sipping E Ink-backed dual-screen handset... more
Leica censored in China for ad that dramatizes the Tiananmen Square protests  THE VERGE · 3 days
German camera maker Leica is facing heat from Chinese censors and nationalistic internet users who are leaving angry comments after it launched an ad... more
We looked through all the Acer monitors to bring you the best  Windows Central · 3 days
Acer has been in the business of making displays for many years and are worth considering should you be on the hunt for a... more
Apply now to be a TC Top Pick at Disrupt San Francisco 2019  TechCrunch · 3 days
Psst! We’re looking at you, early-stage startup founders. How would you like your startup to be a media and investor darling at... more
Apple Pulls 4K LG UltraFine Displays From Online Apple Store in U.S.  MacRumors · 3 days
Apple has removed the 4K LG UltraFine Displays from its online Apple Store in the United States, continuing a trend of pulling the display... more
Marijuana legalization looks promising, but plenty of questions remain  THE VERGE · 3 days
This year, April 20th feels different. Marijuana enthusiasts have long celebrated 4/20, but now that businesses are seeing... more
Microsoft's PWA Builder hits version 2.0 with new design and more  Windows Central · 3 days
PWA Builder 2.0 has a fresh new look and much more in store for developers. Microsoft this week launched version 2.0 of its Progressive Web App... more
Create, host, and manage a website with this $30 SSDPage bundle  Windows Central · 3 days
It should come as no surprise that having an engaging and powerful website is perhaps the most important element of building a brand or business online.... more
Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine is considering book-themed subscription boxes  TechCrunch · 3 days
Reese Witherspoon’s media company Hello Sunshine already has its hands in movies, television, Apple TV+ shows, podcasts, Audible originals, books and more. Now it’s weighing an entry into the subscription... more
Verified Expert Brand Designer: Ramotion  TechCrunch · 3 days
Ramotion is a remote branding and product design agency that has worked with Bay Area tech startups since 2014. While they typically do branding for funded, fast-growing startups, Ramotion has helped companies ranging from Bitmoji’s early brand identity... more
Ancestry pulls slavery-era ad after backlash  ABC NEWS · 4 days is apologizing after an ad for the DNA testing company that showed a white man and black woman discussing escaping to the North during the Civil War era drew widespread criticism online more
ProcessOut improves payment data visualization  TechCrunch · 4 days
ProcessOut has grown quite a lot since I first covered the startup. The company now has a ton of small and big clients, from Glovo to Vente-Privée and Dashlane. The company has become an expert on payment providers... more
How designer NikoNice’s Serbian roots helped build his collaborative workspace  THE VERGE · 4 days
Art director Nikola “NikoNice” Crnobrnja has worked on some amazing projects over the years, from directing... more
Sequoia reveals first cohort for its ‘Surge’ accelerator program in India and Southeast Asia  TechCrunch · 4 days
Back in January, Sequoia India announced plans for its first early-stage startup accelerator program in India and Southeast Asia, and... more
Chrome Canary picks up a distraction-free Reader Mode  Windows Central · 4 days
Reader Mode is now live in the Canary build, coming to beta channel soon. Google Chrome is getting a built-in reader mode on the desktop, similar to what you get on Safari,... more
Breeze Automation is building soft robots for the Navy and NASA  TechCrunch · 4 days
San Francisco soft robotics startup Breeze Automation made its debut today onstage at TechCrunch’s TC Sessions: Robotics + AI event at UC Berkeley. Co-founder and CEO... more
Amazon Music’s free ad-supported tier goes live, but only for Alexa users  THE VERGE · 4 days
Amazon has launched a free tier of its music streaming service in the US that is ad-supported and available to use through the company’s... more
Snap CEO Evan Spiegel will reappear at Disrupt SF  TechCrunch · 4 days
He invented modern social media, then had it stolen from him. So how does Evan Spiegel feel about it, and how will he turn Snapchat’s product leadership into a profitable... more
Amazon launches ad-supported music service to Echo owners  TechCrunch · 4 days
Amazon today announced the launch of a free, ad-supported music service in the U.S. that will be available to anyone who wants to play free music on their Echo speaker. Until today,... more
Working backwards to uncover key success factors  TechCrunch · 4 days
Ed Byrne Contributor Share on Twitter Ed Byrne is an entrepreneur, investor and co-founder of Scaleworks. More posts by this contributor Netflix is still too cheap Don’t fear the big company ‘kill zones’ If... more
Microsoft acquires Express Logic to boost IoT efforts  Windows Central · 4 days
Express Logic's ThreadX real-time operating system will be offered alongside Azure Sphere for IoT devices. Microsoft today announced that it has acquired Express Logic, a firm focused on creating real-time operating systems... more
YouTube Music’s free tier now available on Google Home speakers  9to5Google · 4 days
Following Home’s new “Gentle Sleep & Wake” feature yesterday, Google speakers and Smart Displays now support... more
YouTube Music is now free with ads on Google Home devices  TechCrunch · 4 days
Following reports that Amazon is preparing to launch a free, streaming music service for Echo owners, Google today announced YouTube Music will be free on its... more
Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel will reappear at Disrupt SF  TechCrunch · 4 days
He invented modern social media, then had it stolen from him. So how does Evan Spiegel feel about it, and how will he turn Snapchat’s product leadership into a profitable... more
Google Home adds support for YouTube Music’s free ad-supported tier  THE VERGE · 4 days
Google Home smart speakers can now play music from YouTube Music’s free ad-supported tier. Previously, in... more
Soylent now sells solid snack bars  TechCrunch · 4 days
Soylent is leaving liquids behind as it journeys deeper into the packaged food business with a selection of snack sized bars. The 100 calorie bar has 5 grams of plant protein, 36 nutrients and probiotics for... more
Y Combinator grad, Fuzzbuzz lands $2.7M seed round to deliver fuzzing as service  TechCrunch · 5 days
Fuzzbuzz, a graduate of the most recent Y Combinator class, got the kind of news every early-stage startup wants to hear when... more
Google Removes Popular App From Play Store After Reported Large Scale Ad Fraud  Gadgets 360 · 5 days
BuzzFeed News reports that the fraudulent DU Group apps used to draw ad clicks even they weren’t running in the background draining... more
Amazon will reportedly close its Chinese online store - CNET  CNET · 5 days
Shoppers in the world's most populous nation won't be able to buy from local sellers from July, Reuters reported. more
Galaxy Fold screens are breaking, UK age verification starts this summer video - CNET  CNET · 5 days
Today's major tech headlines include a number of issues with some reviewers' Galaxy Fold screens, Microsoft's turning down of a... more
Lenovo Z6 Pro Pre-Orders Begin; 48-Megapixel Sensor, Quad Rear Cameras, 4,000mAh Battery Teased  Gadgets 360 · 5 days
Lenovo Z6 Pro promotional video and a slew of posters were also shared by VP Chang Cheng ahead of the launch confirming... more
Apple Expands Mobile Phone Billing to Thailand and Chile  MacRumors · 5 days
Apple has expanded mobile phone billing to additional countries and carriers, according to an updated support document on... more
Marketing platform startup Adverity raises $12.4M in round led by Felix Capital  TechCrunch · 5 days
Marketers get a lot of incoming from the data they have to deal with, bound up in hundreds of spreadsheets and reports, making it... more
Weengs, the UK logistics startup for online retailers, collects £6.5M Series A  TechCrunch · 5 days
Weengs, the U.K. logistics startup for e-commerce businesses that need a more convenient way of getting online orders to customers, has raised £6.5 million... more
How 5G Drove Moves by Apple, Qualcomm, and Intel  Gadgets 360 · 5 days
Apple and Qualcomm on Tuesday settled an acrimonious two-year legal dispute. Shortly afterwards, Intel said it will exit the smartphone modem chip business. more
Amazon to close its online store in China  Sky News · 5 days
Amazon has announced that it is closing its online store in China after struggling to gain a foothold in the world's most populous nation. more
Bankin’ raises $22.6 million for its financial coach  TechCrunch · 5 days
French startup Bankin’ is raising a new $22.6 million funding round (€20 million). The company has managed to attract 2.9 million users in France and wants to become the only app you... more
Microsoft Surface Hub 2S 50-inch Digital Collaboration PC for Businesses Launched at $8,999  Gadgets 360 · 5 days
Microsoft has announced its sleek new 50-inch Surface Hub 2S all-in-one PC for business collaboration and communication. more
Spotinst, the startup enabling companies to purchase and manage excess cloud capacity, acquires StratCloud  TechCrunch · 5 days
Spotinst, the cloud automation and optimization startup founded in Tel Aviv but now with offices in San Francisco, New York,... more
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LG UltraFine 4K Display currently not sold on Apple․com, stock still available elsewhere
Leica censored in China for ad that dramatizes the Tiananmen Square protests
Google Fi stops selling Android One Moto X4, LG G7, and V35
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Making The Grade: Use cases for G-Suite login integration on macOS
Women scientists call out Discovery's dude-fest advertising - CNET
Samsung Galaxy S10 Review: The near-perfect middle brother [Video]
Snapchat launches new game platform, Stories in third-party apps, developer tools, AR camera features, more
Birding gets new life in this YouTube nature series
Apple's biggest flops of all time, from AirPower to Bendgate to the Newton - CNET
Sony Mobile closing Chinese smartphone factory as it faces $860 million loss
Lexus rumored to be readying a luxury minivan for Shanghai, report says - Roadshow
Apple’s new iPhone XR ad tackles the hairy issue of private web browsing in privacy push play on video
Google officially uploads excellent ‘Here to help’ commercial [Video]