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Toshiba agrees to sell memory chip unit to group led by Bain Capital for $18B; sources say Apple played a crucial role in swinging momentum to the Bain offer

Bloomberg: Toshiba agrees to sell memory chip unit to group led by Bain Capital for $18B; sources say Apple played a crucial role in swinging momentum to the Bain offer  —  Toshiba Corp.'s board has agreed to sell its flash memory chip unit to a group led by Bain Capital for 2 trillion ...

HTC is halting trade of its shares tomorrow in anticipation of a 'major announcement', amid rumors of an acquisition by Google

Vlad Savov / The Verge: HTC is halting trade of its shares tomorrow in anticipation of a “major announcement”, amid rumors of an acquisition by Google  —  All eyes on Google  —  HTC, one of Taiwan's premier tech brands and a true pioneer in the development of the Android ...

Apple Watch Series 3 review: untethered experience is enjoyable, but has short battery life and connectivity problems in two different states on two carriers

Joanna Stern / Wall Street Journal: Apple Watch Series 3 review: untethered experience is enjoyable, but has short battery life and connectivity problems in two different states on two carriers  —  A cellular connection unshackles the Watch from your iPhone—but not for long, with short ...

Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE review: faster processor but has connectivity problems, no Apple Music streaming yet, battery drain with LTE, and unreliable Siri

Lauren Goode / The Verge: Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE review: faster processor but has connectivity problems, no Apple Music streaming yet, battery drain with LTE, and unreliable Siri  —  You should still call me on my cellphone  —  How much are you willing to pay for a gadget that ...

MIT's The Engine fund announces first investments in seven startups in aerospace, advanced materials, biotech, more, updates first fund from $150M to $200M

Connie Zheng / The Engine: MIT's The Engine fund announces first investments in seven startups in aerospace, advanced materials, biotech, more, updates first fund from $150M to $200M  —  - First-ever investments by The Engine in seven Boston-based startups across a range of tough ...

Sources: Amazon working on Alexa-powered smartglasses with bone-conduction audio and a new home security camera system that would tie into its Echo products

Financial Times: Sources: Amazon working on Alexa-powered smartglasses with bone-conduction audio and a new home security camera system that would tie into its Echo products  —  Amazon is working on its first wearable device: a pair of “smart glasses” that would allow its virtual ...

Hitachi announces new company, Hitachi Vantara, the merger of Hitachi Data Systems, Hitachi Insight Group and Pentaho, to be headquartered in Silicon Valley

Barb Darrow / Fortune: Hitachi announces new company, Hitachi Vantara, the merger of Hitachi Data Systems, Hitachi Insight Group and Pentaho, to be headquartered in Silicon Valley  —  Hitachi the global Tokyo-based conglomerate, is combining three of its U.S.-based tech units—Hitachi ...

MIT's The Engine incubator announces first investments in seven startups in aerospace, advanced materials, biotech, more, updates first fund from $150M to $200M

Connie Zheng / The Engine: MIT's The Engine incubator announces first investments in seven startups in aerospace, advanced materials, biotech, more, updates first fund from $150M to $200M  —  - First-ever investments by The Engine in seven Boston-based startups across a range of ...

Apple launches redesigned App Store as part of iOS 11 launch, with Today section including daily features, tips, and dev interviews

Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Apple launches redesigned App Store as part of iOS 11 launch, with Today section including daily features, tips, and dev interviews  —  Apple today is releasing its completely redesigned iOS App Store to the wider public as part of the launch of the new iOS 11 ...

Sources: Uber, facing federal probe into possible overseas bribery, reviews operations in Indonesia, Malaysia, India, South Korea, and China

Eric Newcomer / Bloomberg: Sources: Uber, facing federal probe into possible overseas bribery, reviews operations in Indonesia, Malaysia, India, South Korea, and China  —  An Uber employee is said to have paid Jakarta police  —  Law firm investigating possible quid pro quo in ...

iPhone 8 review: should be called iPhone 7s as many of the upgrades, like camera sensor and True Tone display, are subtle; Qi charging only works when centered

Nicole Nguyen / BuzzFeed: iPhone 8 review: should be called iPhone 7s as many of the upgrades, like camera sensor and True Tone display, are subtle; Qi charging only works when centered  —  Dat glasss.  —  There's a lot that's still the same as last year's 7:  —  * The screen ...

Twitter adds a second former Google executive to its board, Patrick Pichette, who served as Google's CFO from 2008 until summer of 2015

Kurt Wagner / Recode: Twitter adds a second former Google executive to its board, Patrick Pichette, who served as Google's CFO from 2008 until summer of 2015  —  Hugh Johnston, Pepsi's CFO, is leaving Twitter's board.  —  Twitter has added another longtime Google executive to its ...

Adobe reports Q3 revenue of $1.84B, up 26% YoY, versus $1.82B expected, and net income of $420M, up from $271M YoY, and says it expects $1.95B revenue in Q4

Natalie Gagliordi / ZDNet: Adobe reports Q3 revenue of $1.84B, up 26% YoY, versus $1.82B expected, and net income of $420M, up from $271M YoY, and says it expects $1.95B revenue in Q4  —  Once again, the Photoshop maker broke a corporate record for quarterly revenue.  ...

Twitter removed 300K terror-related accounts in first half of 2017, a 20% decline from previous six months, with 75% suspended before posting first tweet

Julia Fioretti / Reuters: Twitter removed 300K terror-related accounts in first half of 2017, a 20% decline from previous six months, with 75% suspended before posting first tweet  —  BRUSSELS - Twitter Inc said that its internal controls were allowing it to weed out accounts being used for ...

Renders leak of Google Pixelbook, a Chromebook that folds into a tablet and supports pressure-sensitive Pixelbook Pen; source: starts at $1.2K for 128GB w/o pen

Kellen / Droid Life: Renders leak of Google Pixelbook, a Chromebook that folds into a tablet and supports pressure-sensitive Pixelbook Pen; source: starts at $1.2K for 128GB w/o pen  —  As we noted in our earlier Google Home Mini reveal, a report from a couple of weeks back had actually ...

Google announces it is rolling out new Natural Language API features: automatic classification of content and sentiment analysis of places or things

Sara Fischer / Axios: Google announces it is rolling out new Natural Language API features: automatic classification of content and sentiment analysis of places or things  —  Google is launching new features within its free Cloud Natural Languages API that will help newsrooms …

Nintendo stock hits 9-year high after last week's Tencent deal to put Honor of Kings on Switch, as investors look for growth in China

Wall Street Journal: Nintendo stock hits 9-year high after last week's Tencent deal to put Honor of Kings on Switch, as investors look for growth in China  —  Videogame maker's shares hit nine-year high on China prospects  —  For all its global popularity, Nintendo Co. NTDOY 6.06% ...

Renders of back of HTC-made Google Pixel 2 in 'Kinda Blue', White, and Black leak; source: 64GB and 128GB models cost $649 and $749

Kellen / Droid Life: Renders of back of HTC-made Google Pixel 2 in “Kinda Blue”, White, and Black leak; source: 64GB and 128GB models cost $649 and $749  —  Wrapping up here, because we don't want anyone feeling left out, here is the HTC-made Pixel 2.  From what we can ...

The National Venture Capital Association sues the Trump administration for delaying immigration program meant to help foreign-born startup founders stay in US

Douglas MacMillan / Wall Street Journal: The National Venture Capital Association sues the Trump administration for delaying immigration program meant to help foreign-born startup founders stay in US  —  Association claims DHS illegally delayed program meant to help foreign-born founders of ...

Real-time data analytics startup Incorta raises $15M Series B led by Kleiner Perkins

Catherine Shu / TechCrunch: Real-time data analytics startup Incorta raises $15M Series B led by Kleiner Perkins  —  Incorta, the startup that wants to speed up big data analytics by eliminating the need for data warehouses, has raised a $15 million Series B led by new investor ...

Fitbit Ionic smartwatch review: best fitness tracking, incredible battery life, stores music and credit card numbers easily, but ugly design and buggy software

Alex Cranz / Gizmodo: Fitbit Ionic smartwatch review: best fitness tracking, incredible battery life, stores music and credit card numbers easily, but ugly design and buggy software  —  The “Your Fitbit Ionic is running low on battery” notification arrived on my phone and in my ...

Amazon updates the Fire HD 10 tablet with a quad-core processor, 1080p display, hands-free Alexa, and cuts the entry-level price of $230 to $150

Jon Fingas / Engadget: Amazon updates the Fire HD 10 tablet with a quad-core processor, 1080p display, hands-free Alexa, and cuts the entry-level price of $230 to $150  —  To date, Amazon's devices with hands-free voice control have been decidedly static.  At last, though, they can ...

iPhone 8 and 8 Plus review: wireless charging is good but slow, Portrait Lighting is fun, but design is getting dated and it's not worth upgrading from iPhone 7

Nilay Patel / The Verge: iPhone 8 and 8 Plus review: wireless charging is good but slow, Portrait Lighting is fun, but design is getting dated and it's not worth upgrading from iPhone 7  —  It's an iPhone  —  I was at a party the other night with several people who knew I'd just been ...

iOS 11 review: a major stepping-stone towards a full-fledged productivity OS, benefits iPad the most, has a more versatile and useful Control Center

Andrew Cunningham / Ars Technica: iOS 11 review: a major stepping-stone towards a full-fledged productivity OS, benefits iPad the most, has a more versatile and useful Control Center  —  Wide-ranging update is full of changes, but iPad benefits the most.  —  The iPad is having a ...

Gift card marketplace Raise raises $60M Series C from Accel, PayPal, and others, will focus on building a mobile wallet for gift cards

Lauren Gensler / Forbes: Gift card marketplace Raise raises $60M Series C from Accel, PayPal, and others, will focus on building a mobile wallet for gift cards  —  Raise, which lets consumers buy and sell gift cards online, has raised $60 million in its pursuit to become a mobile ...

iPhone 8 and 8 Plus review: wireless charging works well, great cameras and performance in a familiar design, good for those not ready to forgo home button

Chris Velazco / Engadget: iPhone 8 and 8 Plus review: wireless charging works well, great cameras and performance in a familiar design, good for those not ready to forgo home button  —  It's no secret that smartphones have tended to get sleeker and less obtrusive over time.  Screens are ...

Job offers and documents show Roku's doubling down on voice, with a smart speaker as a possible outcome

Janko Roettgers / Variety: Job offers and documents show Roku's doubling down on voice, with a smart speaker as a possible outcome  —  Streaming video device maker Roku has been working on advancing voice control while also ramping up its own audio efforts, according to a number of new job ...

Samsung rolls out update to let Galaxy S8, S8+, and Note8 owners disable the Bixby button but still does not let the button be remapped to another purpose

SamMobile: Samsung rolls out update to let Galaxy S8, S8+, and Note8 owners disable the Bixby button but still does not let the button be remapped to another purpose  —  The dedicated Bixby button on the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ didn't really serve any meaningful purpose until last month ...

Intel announces it has invested over $1B in AI startups through its Intel Capital arm

Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch: Intel announces it has invested over $1B in AI startups through its Intel Capital arm  —  Intel's putting its investment fund where its mouth is when it comes to artificial intelligence: The chipmaker announced today that it has funneled over $1 ...

iOS 11 has many cases of inconsistent UI design, possibly due to new elements like Large Title and Search Bar with which Apple engineers may be unfamiliar

Ryan Lau / Hacker Noon: iOS 11 has many cases of inconsistent UI design, possibly due to new elements like Large Title and Search Bar with which Apple engineers may be unfamiliar  —  Few days ago, Apple had their fall special event at Steve Jobs Theater located inside Apple Park, unveiling ...

Apple File System will be limited to Macs with only flash storage in the initial release of High Sierra, which means it won't work on iMacs with Fusion Drives

Juli Clover / MacRumors: Apple File System will be limited to Macs with only flash storage in the initial release of High Sierra, which means it won't work on iMacs with Fusion Drives  —  When macOS High Sierra is released to the public next week, the new Apple File System feature will be ...

Former Facebook and Snap ad exec Sriram Krishnan announces he is joining Twitter as senior director of product

Kurt Wagner / Recode: Former Facebook and Snap ad exec Sriram Krishnan announces he is joining Twitter as senior director of product  —  Krishnan, who previously worked on ad tech, is trying something new.  —  Twitter has hired Sriram Krishnan, a former ad tech executive from ...

Equifax discovered major breach in March but says it's unrelated to recently disclosed hack affecting 143M people; source says both involve the same intruders

Bloomberg: Equifax discovered major breach in March but says it's unrelated to recently disclosed hack affecting 143M people; source says both involve the same intruders  —  New timeline could have implications for executive stock sales  —  The company is the subject of multiple ...

Keybase launches alpha version of Teams, an open source and end-to-end encrypted Slack-like tool for collaboration amongst groups

Robert Hackett / Fortune: Keybase launches alpha version of Teams, an open source and end-to-end encrypted Slack-like tool for collaboration amongst groups  —  Chris Coyne and Max Krohn are going for the hat trick.  —  The two entrepreneurs, who are co-founders of the literature ...

London transportation regulator introduces private hire licenses based on fleet size, making Uber's licensing costs rise from £3K to £3M for a five-year license

Madhumita Murgia / Financial Times: London transportation regulator introduces private hire licenses based on fleet size, making Uber's licensing costs rise from £3K to £3M for a five-year license  —  Uber's licensing costs in London will rise from £3,000 to £3m during the next five ...

Geekbench benchmarks: Apple's A11 Bionic is 25% faster in single core and 80% faster in multicore than A10 Fusion, beats i5 MacBook Pro and all other phones

Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider: Geekbench benchmarks: Apple's A11 Bionic is 25% faster in single core and 80% faster in multicore than A10 Fusion, beats i5 MacBook Pro and all other phones  —  Official benchmarks posted by Geekbench show that Apple's A11 Bionic delivers a huge jump in ...

AWS says that beginning October 2, it will start charging EC2 customers by the second, not hour; competitors Azure and Google Cloud charge by the minute

Jordan Novet / CNBC: AWS says that beginning October 2, it will start charging EC2 customers by the second, not hour; competitors Azure and Google Cloud charge by the minute  —  Public cloud market leader Amazon Web Services on Monday said that on Oct. 2 it will start charging its customers ...

W3C votes to make the contentious Encrypted Media Extensions specification, a system for HTML5 DRM, an official W3C Recommendation

Peter Bright / Ars Technica: W3C votes to make the contentious Encrypted Media Extensions specification, a system for HTML5 DRM, an official W3C Recommendation  —  30.8% of W3C members disapproved of the decision.  —  The World Wide Web Consortium , the industry body that oversees ...

EFF says it's resigning from W3C after the standards org voted for browser DRM, a move hostile to archiving, accessibility, security research, more

Cory Doctorow / Electronic Frontier Foundation: EFF says it's resigning from W3C after the standards org voted for browser DRM, a move hostile to archiving, accessibility, security research, more  —  In 2013, EFF was disappointed to learn that the W3C had taken on the project of ...

JD.com and Thai retail giant Central Group sign $500M deal to set up e-commerce and fintech joint ventures in Thailand

Yukako Ono / Nikkei: JD.com and Thai retail giant Central Group sign $500M deal to set up e-commerce and fintech joint ventures in Thailand  —  E-commerce, fintech companies to be set up to tap into SE Asia's expected online retail boom  —  BANGKOK — Thailand's retail giant ...

Sources: DoJ has opened a criminal investigation into three Equifax executives' stock sales that occurred days after the historic data breach was discovered

Bloomberg: Sources: DoJ has opened a criminal investigation into three Equifax executives' stock sales that occurred days after the historic data breach was discovered  —  U.S. attorney in Atlanta said to lead probe alongside SEC  —  Managers unaware of breach when they sold stock, ...

Sources: Google has offered to auction off shopping ad spaces to rivals, to comply with EU's antitrust order; Google would set price cap for its own bids

Natalia Drozdiak / Wall Street Journal: Sources: Google has offered to auction off shopping ad spaces to rivals, to comply with EU's antitrust order; Google would set price cap for its own bids  —  Tech giant would bid against its competitors to display products for sale in the space above ...

How a slowdown in Moore's Law led to the rise of specialized chips like FPGAs and GPUs for AI and other applications in computing

Cade Metz / New York Times: How a slowdown in Moore's Law led to the rise of specialized chips like FPGAs and GPUs for AI and other applications in computing  —  New technologies are testing the limits of computer semiconductors.  To deal with that, researchers have gone looking for ideas ...

Autonomous driving startup JingChi, founded by former head of Baidu's Autonomous Driving Unit, has raised a $30M angel round and is raising a $100M Series A

Pan Yue / China Money Network: Autonomous driving startup JingChi, founded by former head of Baidu's Autonomous Driving Unit, has raised a $30M angel round and is raising a $100M Series A  —  JingChi Corp., a Chinese autonomous driving start-up founded by Wang Jing, former head of ...

Hackers hid backdoor in Avast-owned system cleanup tool CCleaner for Windows from August 15 to September 12; affected software was run by 2.27M users

Thomas Fox-Brewster / Forbes: Hackers hid backdoor in Avast-owned system cleanup tool CCleaner for Windows from August 15 to September 12; affected software was run by 2.27M users  —  Users of Avast-owned security application CCleaner for Windows have been advised to update their software ...

Hackers hid backdoor in Avast-owned system cleanup tool CCleaner for Windows from August 15 to September 12; affected software was run by 2.7M users

Thomas Fox-Brewster / Forbes: Hackers hid backdoor in Avast-owned system cleanup tool CCleaner for Windows from August 15 to September 12; affected software was run by 2.7M users  —  Users of Avast-owned security application CCleaner for Windows have been advised to update their software ...

New study says Apple may be overselling its differential privacy protections in macOS and iOS; Apple disputes study's findings

Andy Greenberg / Wired: New study says Apple may be overselling its differential privacy protections in macOS and iOS; Apple disputes study's findings  —  FOR THE LAST year, Apple has touted a mathematical tool that it describes as a solution to a paradoxical problem: mining user data, while ...

Facebook and other tech giants are increasingly coming in conflict with governments around the world exerting greater control over the internet

New York Times: Facebook and other tech giants are increasingly coming in conflict with governments around the world exerting greater control over the internet  —  On a muggy, late spring evening, Tuan Pham awoke to the police storming his house in Hanoi, Vietnam.  —  They marched ...

Russian firm Blackmoon raises $30M in an ICO for its platform for asset managers to create and manage legally compliant tokenized funds

Adrien Henni / East-West Digital News: Russian firm Blackmoon raises $30M in an ICO for its platform for asset managers to create and manage legally compliant tokenized funds  —  The Blackmoon Crypto Platform, which presents itself as “a one-stop solution for asset managers to ...

Fast-charging battery startup StoreDot raises $60M led by Daimler's trucking unit with Samsung Ventures among investors, plans phone battery cases for next year

Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: Fast-charging battery startup StoreDot raises $60M led by Daimler's trucking unit with Samsung Ventures among investors, plans phone battery cases for next year  —  As we continue to see a proliferation of wireless connected devices make their way into the ...