In India, Many Internet Users, but Little Ad Revenue

India, home to 1.3 billion people, offers a temptingly huge target for global tech companies: one of the world’s fastest growing economies and more than half a billion internet users, second only to China. American titans like Google, Facebook, Amazon, Walmart and Uber, as well a … | Continue reading


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Andreessen Horowitz Returns Slip, According to Internal Data

One of Silicon Valley's best-known venture firms, Andreessen Horowitz, saw its performance slip significantly after the blockbuster results of its initial fund, internal data show, illustrating just how cutthroat venture capital has become as even big names struggle to deliver ou … | Continue reading


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Apple Pulls Back on Some iOS 13 Privacy Rules

In June, Apple announced a number of privacy changes to the upcoming iPhone operating system, iOS 13. Now, just before iOS 13 launches alongside its latest iPhones, the tech giant is relaxing some of these rules following complaints from developers.For Sign in with Apple, the com … | Continue reading


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Internal Facebook Memo Reveals Guidelines for Showcasing News

Facebook has said repeatedly that it isn’t in the journalism business, but a team of human editors responsible for an upcoming news initiative by the company will exercise significant control over the presentation of top stories, including judging them over their use of anonymous … | Continue reading


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Internal Facebook Memo Reveals Guidelines for Showcasing News

Facebook has said repeatedly that it isn’t in the journalism business, but a team of human editors responsible for an upcoming news initiative by the company will exercise significant control over the presentation of top stories, including judging them over their use of anonymous … | Continue reading


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New Uber Layoffs

Burning $1 billion per quarter has its downsides. Uber on Tuesday announced it was laying off 435 employees, mostly in the U.S., in product and engineering, representing 8% of those organizations’ headcount. The move is not entirely unexpected, and some within the Uber workforce … | Continue reading


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Amazon's Cashierless Store Ambitions and Investment Revealed

Shortly after Amazon opened its first Amazon Go mini-mart to the public in Seattle last year, the company privately mapped out its ambitions for building more of the high-tech, cashierless stores.It projected that annual revenue from all Amazon Go stores would balloon from a mere … | Continue reading


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Amazon Forecast $639M for ‘Go’ Stores by 2020 but Openings Fall Short

Shortly after Amazon opened its first Amazon Go mini-mart to the public in Seattle last year, the company privately mapped out its ambitions for building more of the high-tech, cashierless stores.It projected that annual revenue from all Amazon Go stores would balloon from a mere … | Continue reading


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Google, Facebook Face Multiple Risks from New State Probes

Google and Facebook are likely to find it much harder to escape antitrust penalties now that more than two dozen state attorneys general have decided to launch their own probes of the tech giants.The states’ involvement ups the ante for Google parent Alphabet and Facebook in mult … | Continue reading


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Apple Change Causes Scramble Among Private Messaging App Makers

A change Apple is making to improve privacy in an upcoming version of its iPhone operating system has alarmed an unlikely group of software makers: developers of privacy-focused encrypted messaging apps. They warn the change, which is already available in public test versions of … | Continue reading


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Apple Change Causes Scramble Among Private Messaging App Makers

A change Apple is making to improve privacy in an upcoming version of its iPhone operating system has alarmed an unlikely group of software makers: developers of privacy-focused encrypted messaging apps. They warn the change, which is already available in public test versions of … | Continue reading


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Zapier Taps Google Docs Co-Founder as Chief Product Officer

Zapier, a startup whose software connects different types of applications to automate personal computing tasks, has hired Google veteran Jonathan Rochelle as its new chief product officer, a company spokesperson told The Information exclusively in advance of an official announcem … | Continue reading


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Apple Puts ‘Walkie Talkie’ iPhone Project on Hold

Apple has shelved a novel wireless technology project that would have allowed people with iPhones to reach nearby companions in areas without cellular coverage, such as on ski slopes or on hikes in remote areas, said two people familiar with the project.Although the reasons for s … | Continue reading


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Waymo’s Confidential Data Reveals Self-Driving Taxi Hurdles

One passenger in a Waymo self-driving car complained that the awkward end to his ride felt like he was getting dropped off by his dad. Others said their Waymo rides made them late to work. Another praised his car for coping admirably with “idiot drivers” of the human variety duri … | Continue reading


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Waymo’s Backseat Drivers: Confidential Data Reveals Self-Driving Taxi Hurdles

One passenger in a Waymo self-driving car complained that the awkward end to his ride felt like he was getting dropped off by his dad. Others said their Waymo rides made them late to work. Another praised his car for coping admirably with “idiot drivers” of the human variety duri … | Continue reading


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Growing Pains: Facebook Pushes Instagram to Earn Its Keep

Inside a conference room at Facebook headquarters in January 2018, a discussion among senior executives—a group known within the company as the “M Team”—turned to Instagram, the photo-sharing app that Facebook acquired in 2012 for roughly $1 billion.Facebook’s chief operating off … | Continue reading


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Facebook is pushing Instagram to earn its keep

Inside a conference room at Facebook headquarters in January 2018, a discussion among senior executives—a group known within the company as the “M Team”—turned to Instagram, the photo-sharing app that Facebook acquired in 2012 for roughly $1 billion.Facebook’s chief operating off … | Continue reading


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Inside a conference room at Facebook headquarters in January 2018, a discussion among senior executives—a group known within the company as the “M Team”—turned to Instagram, the photo-sharing app that Facebook acquired in 2012 for roughly $1 billion.Facebook’s chief operating off … | Continue reading


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Can You Meme Your Way into Venture Capital? Maybe

Venture capitalists and entrepreneurs have been making fun of each other on Twitter and Instagram practically since the platforms launched. Over the years, a few parody accounts have gained fame by skewering the VC universe with an edgy mix of performative politeness, obvious aph … | Continue reading


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Big Customers Pressure AWS to Step Up Open Source Suppor

In some parts of the open source community—the loosely affiliated bands of developers who work on free software projects—Amazon Web Services is viewed as a mooch, a company that makes money from those projects without contributing enough to their advancement. It turns out executi … | Continue reading


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Developers Call Apple Privacy Changes Anti-Competitive

Apple has said upcoming changes to its iPhone operating system will better protect the privacy of users. But a group of app developers recently told Apple some of those changes will hurt their businesses, while accusing the company of anti-competitive behavior in the way it subje … | Continue reading


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Developers Call Apple Privacy Changes Anti-Competitive

Apple has said upcoming changes to its iPhone operating system will better protect the privacy of users. But a group of app developers recently told Apple some of those changes will hurt their businesses, while accusing the company of anti-competitive behavior in the way it subje … | Continue reading


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Axios Joins Media Push Into Software With Newsletter Product

Digital media publisher Axios is planning to enter a new business that includes selling software for helping companies create newsletters for their employees. The move comes at a moment when more media businesses are seeking to diversify their revenue through software sales.Axios … | Continue reading


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At Booming Toptal, No Stock for Employees or Investors

Toptal, a service that connects companies with freelance software engineers, is a Silicon Valley success story. Founded in 2010, it soon attracted funding from well-known investors including Andreessen Horowitz and hired scores of employees who were promised stock if things went … | Continue reading


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Toptal CEO Taso Du Val owns all stock, leaving none for investors and employees

Toptal, a service that connects companies with freelance software engineers, is a Silicon Valley success story. Founded in 2010, it soon attracted funding from well-known investors including Andreessen Horowitz and hired scores of employees who were promised stock if things went … | Continue reading


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Apple, Spotify Discuss Siri Truce, as Antitrust Battle Looms

An issue that has long vexed many iPhone users—the inability to play music from Spotify using Siri, Apple’s voice assistant—may soon be a thing of the past.Spotify, the world’s most popular streaming service, is currently discussing a plan with Apple to let iPhone users tell Siri … | Continue reading


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How VCs Win Deals: Comic Books, Big Meals and Diapers

When Palmer Luckey was raising money for his defense-technology startup Anduril, he got an unusual gift from a venture capitalist interested in investing: a comic book depicting Anduril’s team as superheroes.The comic book portrayed a “magical chest filled with money with [the fi … | Continue reading


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Facebook Hit by Apple’s Crackdown on Messaging Feature

Apple is taking a swipe at Facebook and other messaging apps by making a small but significant change to its mobile operating system.The change will restrict a feature that apps like Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp used to make voice calls over the internet. Right now, the callin … | Continue reading


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Uber Chairman Warns Directors of Duties as Kalanick Hires Uber Staff

Former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick lately has gone on a hiring spree to staff his latest startup, CloudKitchens—snapping up at least four senior engineers from Uber. And that appears to have sparked an unusual warning from Uber Chairman Ron Sugar at the company’s latest board meetin … | Continue reading


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‘Briteland’: Stalled Growth and Slumping Morale at Eventbrite

In mid-January, Eventbrite co-founder and CEO Julia Hartz gathered staff at the company’s San Francisco headquarters to lay out her strategy for the year ahead. A few months removed from the excitement of going public, Ms. Hartz described ambitious plans to expand into dozens of … | Continue reading


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Stalled growth and slumping morale at Eventbrite

In mid-January, Eventbrite co-founder and CEO Julia Hartz gathered staff at the company’s San Francisco headquarters to lay out her strategy for the year ahead. A few months removed from the excitement of going public, Ms. Hartz described ambitious plans to expand into dozens of … | Continue reading


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Facebook to Add Its Name to Instagram, WhatsApp

In a big shift, Facebook plans to signal its control of Instagram and WhatsApp by adding its name to both apps, according to three people familiar with the matter. The social network will rebrand the apps to “Instagram from Facebook” and “WhatsApp from Facebook,” the people said. … | Continue reading


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Facebook to Add Its Name to Instagram, WhatsApp

In a big shift, Facebook plans to signal its control of Instagram and WhatsApp by adding its name to both apps, according to three people familiar with the matter. The social network will rebrand the apps to “Instagram from Facebook” and “WhatsApp from Facebook,” the people said. … | Continue reading


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Facebook to Add Its Name to Instagram, WhatsApp

In a big shift, Facebook plans to signal its control of Instagram and WhatsApp by adding its name to both apps, according to three people familiar with the matter. The social network will rebrand the apps to “Instagram from Facebook” and “WhatsApp from Facebook,” the people said. … | Continue reading


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Huawei and Google Were Working on New Smart Speaker Before Trump’s Ban

China’s Huawei and Google were working together on a new Huawei-branded smart speaker right before President Donald Trump restricted Huawei’s access to U.S. tech suppliers, say people familiar with the situation. The collaboration, which was suspended in May, shows that the compa … | Continue reading


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Website Builder Webflow (YC S13) to Exceed $200M Valuation in New Funding

Website-design software maker Webflow is expected to raise at least $20 million in new funding led by venture firm Accel at a pre-investment valuation of more than $200 million, according to a person briefed on the deal.Initially backed by startup fund Y Combinator, Webflow is on … | Continue reading


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Huawei and Google Were Working on New Smart Speaker Before Trump’s Ban

China’s Huawei and Google were working together on a new Huawei-branded smart speaker right before President Donald Trump restricted Huawei’s access to U.S. tech suppliers, say people familiar with the situation. The collaboration, which was suspended in May, shows that the compa … | Continue reading


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The People with Power at Google Cloud

In February, a month after Thomas Kurian became CEO of Google’s cloud computing unit, he pledged publicly that Google Cloud would compete “much more aggressively” than in the past, promising to significantly expand its sales force in order to land more Fortune 500 companies as cu … | Continue reading


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Scale (YC S16) Nears Financing at $1B Valuation Led by Founder's Fund

Driverless cars may be years away from being practical, but a key independent supplier of software to the self-driving vehicle industry, Scale, is having a breakout moment with investors as its business booms.The company is nearing the completion of a new round of financing led b … | Continue reading


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Facebook Secret Research Warned of ‘Tipping Point’ Threat to Core App

Last October, after spending almost a year examining trends among Facebook users, a senior data scientist at the company named Tom Cunningham painted a bleak picture of one possible future for its flagship Facebook app.At the time, Facebook noticed that users of the app—known int … | Continue reading


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People with Power at Amazon Web Services

Since Amazon stumbled into the cloud computing business 13 years ago, its Amazon Web Services division has soared to more than $25 billion in annual sales, accounting for nearly 59% of the internet retailer’s operating income. In contrast, it has taken Salesforce—no slouch in the … | Continue reading


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Facebook Secret Research Warned of ‘Tipping Point’ Threat to Core App [Unlocked]

Last October, after spending almost a year examining trends among Facebook users, a senior data scientist at the company named Tom Cunningham painted a bleak picture of one possible future for its flagship Facebook app.At the time, Facebook noticed that users of the app—known int … | Continue reading


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Coinbase’s Executive Turmoil: Conflicting Visions

In late 2017, with prices of cryptocurrencies like bitcoin surging, Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong faced a tough choice: Would his company, the leading U.S. cryptocurrency exchange, become more like a traditional financial services company or would it lean into the industry’s wild … | Continue reading


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Modest Proposals: On Inequality and Risk Capacity [Unlocked for HN]

One of the most important social questions of the next few decades is clearly going to be how we respond as a society to the overt growing inequality in the United States.As this discussion becomes more mainstream, the narrative that gets shared blames some combination of technol … | Continue reading


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Coinbase’s Executive Turmoil: Conflicting Visions [Unlocked for HN]

In late 2017, with prices of cryptocurrencies like bitcoin surging, Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong faced a tough choice: Would his company, the leading U.S. cryptocurrency exchange, become more like a traditional financial services company or would it lean into the industry’s wild … | Continue reading


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Notion Valued at 800m

A task-management and note-taking app maker called Notion Labs is raising $10 million at a paper valuation of $800 million in what it calls an “angel round,” according to a person with knowledge of the matter. Notion is part of a crowded field of “productivity” tools designed for … | Continue reading


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Collaboration App Notion Labs Hits $800M Valuation in New Funding

A task-management and note-taking app maker called Notion Labs is raising $10 million at a paper valuation of $800 million in what it calls an “angel round,” according to a person with knowledge of the matter. Notion is part of a crowded field of “productivity” tools designed for … | Continue reading


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Apple Factory Thefts: Secret Tunnels, Hidden Crawl Spaces

Six years ago, a warehouse employee at one of Apple’s top suppliers, Jabil, stole thousands of iPhone 5C casings from a factory in China before the product was announced. The employee, with help from a security guard, falsified documents and avoided security cameras as he drove a … | Continue reading


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