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Chrome to patch loophole that allows sites to block Incognito mode users  THE VERGE · 2 hours
Future versions of Chrome will fix a loophole that lets websites detect and block users who attempt to access them using the browser’s Incognito... more
Huawei risks can be managed, UK cyber chiefs conclude  Sky News · 2 hours
Any risks from using equipment made by Chinese tech firm Huawei in the rollout of 5G networks can be managed, UK cyber security chiefs have concluded. more
New Zealand to Target Online Giants With Digital Tax  Gadgets 360 · 5 hours
New Zealand said on Monday that it plans to update its laws so it can tax revenue earned by multinational digital firms such as Google, Facebook, and Amazon. more
Alan raises another $45 million for its health insurance product  TechCrunch · 6 hours
Paris-based startup Alan has raised a Series B round of funding of $45 million (€40 million). Index Ventures is once again leading the round, with partners of DST... more
Apple hires failed smart lock startup CEO to help build home products  THE VERGE · 14 hours
He tried to sell a $700 smart lock. His startup went belly-up, leaving employees and contractors in the cold. But now, he’s working for... more
What business leaders can learn from Jeff Bezos’ leaked texts  TechCrunch · 16 hours
Joel Wallenstrom Contributor Joel Wallenstrom is president and chief executive of Wickr, a secure communications company. Before Wickr, Joel co-founded iSEC Partners, one of the world's leading information... more
Peach isn’t dead yet  THE VERGE · 17 hours
Social media is increasingly the internet: Facebook was founded in 2004, and it ate the web as we knew it then — a collection of microsites and curiosities... more
SeaBubbles shows off its ‘flying’ all-electric boat in Miami  TechCrunch · 19 hours
We were promised flying cars but, as it turns out, flying boats were easier to build. SeaBubbles, a “flying” boat startup that uses electric power instead of gas, hit Miami... more
Esports predicted to pull in more than $1 billion in revenue for 2019  Windows Central · 19 hours
One … BILLION dollars?! This week saw some NSFW material be broadcast mid-stream during a tournament broadcast as part of Dead or... more
Sephora causes uproar after cancelling orders that used $88-off promo code  Global News · 23 hours
The beauty boutique has notified customers that online purchases using the promotional code have been cancelled, posts shared to Twitter on Saturday show. more
The best President's Day sales and deals - CNET  CNET · 2 days
Hail to the cheap! Score great deals on fitness gear, laptops, meal delivery and more. more
How to read fiction to build a startup  TechCrunch · 2 days
“The book itself is a curious artefact, not showy in its technology but complex and extremely efficient: a really neat little device, compact, often very pleasant to look at and handle, that... more
Visa and Mastercard could raise interchange fees  TechCrunch · 2 days
According to a report from the WSJ, Visa and Mastercard are considering raising interchange fees on card transactions in the U.S. Visa and Mastercard generate most of their revenue from these small processing fees,... more
Here are the best Presidents’ Day 2019 deals  THE VERGE · 2 days
In the US, Presidents’ Day is on Monday, February 18th. Banks will be closed as will some other stores and... more
Are shadowy agents targeting Canadians who criticize an Israeli spyware firm?  Global News · 2 days
NSO Group is fighting three lawsuits that allege its spyware was used to monitor journalists, activists and a friend of Jamal Khashoggi in Canada. more
WhatsApp Business for iPhone Launched in Beta for Small Businesses: Report  Gadgets 360 · 2 days
WhatsApp Business had finally been made available for iPhone users as beta across the globe, following its debut last year for Android devices. more
88 Phone Brands Vie for Mere 0.3 Percent Market Share in India  Gadgets 360 · 2 days
Players like Panasonic and Videocon are among those 88 smartphone brands sharing the revenue of nearly Rs 43,560 crore -- or Rs 475 crore... more
WhatsApp Business for iPhone Launched in Beta for Small Businesses  Gadgets 360 · 2 days
WhatsApp Business had finally been made available for iPhone users as beta across the globe, following its debut last year for Android devices. more
Uber Revenue Growth Slows as Profit Remains Elusive  Gadgets 360 · 2 days
Uber's revenue in the fourth quarter reached $3 billion, up 2 percent from the third quarter and a 24 percent increase over the previous year. more
Apple acquires talking Barbie voicetech startup PullString  TechCrunch · 3 days
Apple has just bought up the talent it needs to make talking toys a part of Siri, HomePod, and its voice strategy. Apple has acquired PullString, also known as ToyTalk, according to Axios’ Dan... more
Apple’s latest iPhone ad shows a different kind of portrait mode ‘fail’  THE VERGE · 3 days
Portrait mode causes some uncomfortable tension between two parents in Apple’s latest iPhone commercial, which has got to be one of the funnier spots... more
Apple reportedly buys PullString, a voice assistant startup behind enterprise Alexa apps  9to5Mac · 3 days
Apple has today agreed to buy a San Francisco-based startup Pullstring, according to Axios. The company focuses on designing and publishing voice apps. Such an... more
Apple Acquires Voice App Startup PullString  MacRumors · 3 days
Apple recently purchased PullString, a San Francisco startup that enables the design and publishing of voice apps through its PullString Converse platform, reports Axios.... more
Best Buy's Presidents Day sale is open to all with huge electronics deals  Windows Central · 3 days
Get in on this. The Presidents Day sale from Best Buy is officially open to everyone. Still, it's good to know that... more
Ja Rule is planning a new Fyre Festival-like event  THE VERGE · 3 days
Rapper and Fyre Festival investor Ja Rule hasn’t seen either Netflix or Hulu’s Fyre Festival documentaries, which may... more
Uber reports $3B in Q4 revenue, rising operating losses  TechCrunch · 3 days
Ahead of its anticipated initial public offering this year, Uber reported a net loss of $865 million in the fourth quarter. That figure, however, was aided by a tax benefit... more
Peloton pedals toward an IPO, self-driving is big business and SaaS’s new highs  TechCrunch · 3 days
Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This week was a treat.... more
Set schedules and timers with two Smart Light Switches on sale for $26  Windows Central · 3 days
Control these switches via app, manually, or with your voice! You don't have to spend a fortune to start delving into Smart... more
Peloton peddles toward an IPO, self-driving is big business and SaaS’s new highs  TechCrunch · 3 days
Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This week was a treat.... more
Ad code 'slows down' browsing speeds  BBC · 3 days
The code putting ads on webpages can stop pages loading by seconds, finds analysis of millions of sites. more
Nvidia Reports 'Disappointing Finish' in Q4, but Full-Year Sales Outlook Tops Analyst Views  Gadgets 360 · 3 days
Nvidia has grown at a rapid pace in the past few years, but a slowdown in China and a fading cryptocurrency craze... more
Germany Reportedly Mulling Special Tax on Foreign Internet Firms  Gadgets 360 · 3 days
This move could entail treating payments for online advertisements in the same way as licence fee payments more
ChargedUp picks up £1.2M seed to grow its mobile charging network across UK  TechCrunch · 3 days
ChargedUp, a U.K. startup that offers a mobile charging network that takes inspiration from bike-sharing, has closed £1.2 million in seed investment.... more
China’s Didi is laying off 15% of its staff  TechCrunch · 3 days
China’s largest ride-hailing firm Didi plans to let go 15 percent of its employees or about 2,000 people this year, sources told TechCrunch. The cut comes as the beleagured transportation... more
Vivo's iQoo Sub-Brand May Launch a Foldable Phone Soon, Purported Photos Leaked  Gadgets 360 · 3 days
A tipster on Weibo has shared photos of the alleged iQoo foldable phone, giving us a glimpse of what it may look like. more
Facebook Tracks Location of ‘Credible Threats’ to Its Employees: Report  Gadgets 360 · 3 days
Facebook gathers intelligence from its platform to identify people who threaten the firm or its workers, the social network said. more
Alibaba takes an 8% stake in Tencent-backed anime streaming site Bilibili  TechCrunch · 3 days
Ecommerce giant Alibaba is continuing its push into the world of youth culture after it scooped up an 8 percent stake in anime streaming and game... more
Buffett's firm tweaks stock portfolio, adds Suncor, Red Hat  ABC NEWS · 4 days
Billionaire Warren Buffett's company has taken a new stake in Canadian firm Suncor Energy and trimmed its massive Apple stake more
Apple's Beats by Dre Brand Unveils New NBA Collection  MacRumors · 4 days
Apple's Beats by Dre brand today unveiled a new NBA collection, with Beats Studio 3 Wireless Headphones available... more
StayTuned Digital helps video creators publish and measure everywhere  TechCrunch · 4 days
If you’re a video creator in 2019, you’re probably thinking about a long list of publishing destinations: YouTube, of course, but also Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat and more. StayTuned Digital... more
Postscript wants to be the Mailchimp for SMS  TechCrunch · 4 days
Email is certainly not dead despite many such exclamations, but there’s no questions that it’s a bloated, seeping hog of a platform that’s incredibly difficult for businesses to develop meaningful relationships with... more
Everything you need to know about GM’s new electric bikes  TechCrunch · 4 days
General Motors announced last year it was getting into the electric bike business. But besides a crowdsourcing name competition and a few teasers, details were scant. Now, GM... more
New York politicians slam Amazon as it drops HQ2 plan  TechCrunch · 4 days
Like the initial HQ2 plan, today’s news that Amazon will no longer be setting up shop in Queens has been met with a flood of mixed reactions. Business... more
TikTok spotted testing native video ads  TechCrunch · 4 days
TikTok is testing a new ad product: a sponsored video ad that directs users to the advertiser’s website. The test was spotted in the beta version of the U.S. TikTok app, where a video labeled “Sponsored”... more
Apple Buys DataTiger, a UK Digital Marketing Startup  MacRumors · 4 days
Apple recently purchased Data Tiger, a UK startup focused on digital marketing, reports Bloomberg. The acquisition, says Bloomberg, could improve... more
Why your startup may not be as great as everyone says  TechCrunch · 4 days
Not all validation is created equal. It is crucial that founders differentiate between meaningful validation and vanity “wins” that do little more than make you feel... more
When do you go native?  TechCrunch · 4 days
So you’re a startup founder. Or you’re in charge of a new project at a big company. (Or maybe you just imagine being either of these things.) And you suddenly realize: you have to make a whole slew... more
Google's Planning a Cheaper Smartphone to Rival iPhone XR  MacRumors · 4 days
Google is planning to unveil a cheaper smartphone as part of an aggressive effort to draw more users... more
Peltarion raises $20M for its AI platform  TechCrunch · 4 days
Peltarion, a Swedish startup founded by former execs from companies like Spotify, Skype, King, TrueCaller and Google, today announced that it has raised a $20 million Series A funding round led by Euclidean Capital,... more
Uber Freight snags Airbnb, Box veterans as it eyes global expansion  TechCrunch · 4 days
Uber Freight, which helps truck drivers connect with shipping companies, has made two high-profile hires this month as it continues to scale up its app and... more
DriveNets emerges from stealth with $110M for its cloud-based alternative to network routers  TechCrunch · 4 days
Software is eating the world, and today a startup that’s taking this maxim to the world of telecoms has raised a big... more
Atrium, Justin Kan’s legal tech startup, launches a fintech and blockchain division  TechCrunch · 4 days
Atrium, the legal startup co-founder by Justin Kan of Twitch fame, is jumping into the blockchain space today. The company has raised plenty of... more
SteelSeries Stratus Duo is a Fortnite player's dream controller  Windows Central · 4 days
Fortnite-ready and compatible with Windows and Android, the SteelSeries Stratus Duo is a perfect controller for both survival and battle royal. Gaming is a serious business, even on mobile. Fortnite... more
Figma gets $40 million Series C to put design tools in the cloud  TechCrunch · 4 days
With more industries and organizations recognizing design as a pillar of business, a battle is brewing among makers of design tools. And... more
Google’s latest Playmoji gives Pixel owners another way to celebrate Valentine’s Day  9to5Google · 4 days
Just a few days after dropping its Childish Gambino pack with some excellent new ads to go alongside it, Google is releasing another new... more
Biotech AI startup Sight Diagnostics gets $27.8M to speed up blood tests  TechCrunch · 4 days
Sight Diagnostics, an Israeli medical devices startup that’s using AI technology to speed up blood testing, has closed a  $27.8 million Series C funding... more
Ebay restructures regional operations, lays off a percentage of its workforce  TechCrunch · 4 days
E-commerce marketplace eBay has been rethinking its operations in a bid to bring the company back to growth amid strong competition from the likes of Amazon... more
General Motors starts taking orders for its first e-bike  THE VERGE · 4 days
Last November, General Motors said it would start making electric bicycles, and it announced a crowdsourcing campaign to... more
Walmart tech incubator Store No. 8 launches VR startup Spatial&  TechCrunch · 4 days
Walmart’s tech incubator Store N°8 today launched its next startup, a VR merchandising company called Spatial&. The company offers VR experiences that enable customers to connect with merchandise, and... more
Ebay restructures regional leadership, laying off a percentage of its workforce  TechCrunch · 4 days
E-commerce marketplace eBay has been rethinking its operations in a bid to bring the company back to growth amid strong competition from the likes of Amazon... more
Mastermind behind Apple’s ‘Think Different’ and ‘Get a Mac’ ad campaigns retires  9to5Mac · 4 days
Apple has had a number of iconic ad campaigns over the years. Now, the mastermind behind many of them, Lee Clow, has announced his... more
Ebay restructures regional leadership, confirms layoffs of 2-3% of global workforce  TechCrunch · 4 days
E-commerce marketplace eBay has been rethinking its operations in a bid to bring the company back to growth amid strong competition from the likes of Amazon... more
Pinpoint grabs $13.5M Series A to bring data discipline to engineering  TechCrunch · 4 days
Sales and marketing are steeped in data to explain just how well they are doing, but engineering, the department charged with creating the products these departments... more
Pinpoint grabs $16.5M Series A to bring data discipline to engineering  TechCrunch · 4 days
Sales and marketing are steeped in data to explain just how well they are doing, but engineering, the department charged with creating the products these departments... more
My Best Buy members get a head start on the best Presidents Day deals  Windows Central · 4 days
Get in on this. The Presidents Day sale from Best Buy officially starts tomorrow for everyone, but if you're a... more
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TCL’s first foldable phone could slap-bracelet itself into a smartwatch
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Making the Grade: Makeblock Neuron Explorer Kit is a useful addition to a STEM lab
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Are shadowy agents targeting Canadians who criticize an Israeli spyware firm?
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Ja Rule is planning a new Fyre Festival-like event
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Apple reportedly buys PullString, a voice assistant startup behind enterprise Alexa apps
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Apple Shares Humorous 'Bokeh'd' Ad Highlighting iPhone Depth Control Feature
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This wireless AI camera runs entirely on solar power
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Mastermind behind Apple’s ‘Think Different’ and ‘Get a Mac’ ad campaigns retires
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Lee Clow, mastermind behind Apple’s ‘Think Different’ & ‘Get a Mac’ campaigns retires
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617M stolen account details from 500px, Dubsmash, MyFitnessPal, ShareThis, more, being sold
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Report: Google Pixel is the fastest-growing US smartphone brand w/ 43% year-over-year growth
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Electric scooters popular with ride-sharing services can be hacked to suddenly accelerate or brake
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Google airs Pixel 3 Playmoji ad featuring Childish Gambino [Video]
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Apple Shares New Memoji Ads Featuring Ariana Grande, Khalid, and Florida Georgia Line
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Raspberry Pi opens its first dedicated retail store
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Sandwich chain Jimmy John’s is revolting against Uber Eats and other food delivery apps
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Cringey Microsoft ads hate on Office 2019 in an effort to hype Office 365 subscriptions
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