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Techmeme Latest Headlines

Updated: 46 mins ago

Apple's Beats just announced new noise-canceling headphones with 'Hey Siri' (Todd Haselton/CNBC)

Live blog of Google's event, where new Pixel phones, a faster Google Assistant, a more affordable Pixelbook, new Pixel Buds, and additional devices are expected (The Verge)

Livestream of the Made by Google event in NYC (Google)

Mumbai-based CleverTap, which develops cloud-based customer management and engagement tracking tools, raises $35M Series C at a $385M valuation (Kyle Wiggers/VentureBeat)

Electric pedal-less bike-sharing startup Wheels raises $50M led by DBL Partners to expand operations beyond the six US cities it operates in (Megan Rose Dickey/TechCrunch)

How AI-powered algorithms are transforming social welfare programs in the US, UK, Australia, and India, while offering victims of errors little recourse (Ed Pilkington/The Guardian)

Algolia, which provides search as a service for websites and apps like Twitch and Slack, raises $110M Series C led by Accel, bringing its total raised to $184M (Ingrid Lunden/TechCrunch)

Facebook Portal (2019) review: sleeker design, better Alexa integration, and WhatsApp call capability, but limited streaming services, poor music sound quality (Dan Seifert/The Verge)

Smart home startup Level Home emerges from stealth with $71M and unveils $249 Level Lock, which fits onto existing dead bolts on doors to make them smart (Ingrid Lunden/TechCrunch)

French startup Herow, which enables developers and marketers to serve contextual messages in mobile apps, adds $8M to its $10.6M Series B, closed in 2015 (Paul Sawers/VentureBeat)

South Korean startup True Balance, which operates a financial services app in India for users to pay bills and offer credit to customers, raises $23M Series C (Manish Singh/TechCrunch)

A look at startups like Zippin and Standard Cognition that are pitching their Amazon Go-like tech to grocery chains, sports stadiums, and convenience stores (Sebastian Herrera/Wall Street Journal)

Facebook should ban political ads and let candidates communicate via their pages since it doesn't need the money and doesn't want to police political speech (Josh Constine/TechCrunch)

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DNS over HTTPS can increase user privacy by obfuscating web traffic, but it's no silver bullet as DNS resolving services will still see unencrypted requests (Lily Hay Newman/Wired)

Docs and interviews show that ~44 US universities work with outside companies to data mine and rank prospective students, including tracking their web activity (Washington Post)

Microsoft Defender's Tamper Protection antivirus feature hits general availability and will be enabled by default for all users in the coming weeks (Catalin Cimpanu/ZDNet)

AMC Entertainment to unveil AMC Theaters On Demand, an iTunes-like online video store, in the US, will offer ~2,000 films for ~$3-$6 to rent and ~$10-$20 to buy (Brooks Barnes/New York Times)

Pornhub removes Girls Do Porn, months after a lawsuit by 22 women and days after the channel's owners and staff were charged with federal sex trafficking counts (VICE)

Walmart to make some third-party products on its site cheaper for a limited time, subsidizing the new prices, similar to the Discount Provided by Amazon program (Matthew Boyle/Bloomberg)

Libra loses Booking Holdings' support, but continues with association draft laws at Geneva meeting, appoints members from a16z, Xapo, PayU, more to its board (Reuters)

Microsoft debuts the preview of its Project xCloud game streaming service for Xbox users in the US, UK, and Korea, initially with four games for Android devices (Tom Warren/The Verge)

KKR acquires a majority stake in UK's largest residential gigabit broadband provider Hyperoptic, source says for 500M (Anna Menin/CityAM)

A flaw in Sudo, which is installed on almost every Linux OS, could let users run commands as "root" even when they are restricted; patched version now available (Mohit Kumar/The Hacker News)

Reliance Jio unveils an AI-powered Video Call Assistant service that will allow businesses to automate their customer support and other communications (Manish Singh/TechCrunch)

Inside Pinterest's efforts to avoid rivals' algorithm-related issues as it rolls out Home Feed Tuner, which lets users edit their activity history and interests (Will Oremus/OneZero)

Microsoft is testing content filters for messages on Xbox Live to block toxicity, initially with four levels of text-based filtering; voice filters are planned (Tom Warren/The Verge)

Source: Paytm is close to raising $2B in funding from Ant Financial and SoftBank, at a valuation of $16B (Saritha Rai/Bloomberg)

Amazon turned off its Add-On program in recent months, making low-priced items, as little as $0.75, available to Prime customers with free one-day shipping (Jason Del Rey/Vox)

Sources: Zuckerberg recently hosted off-the-record dinners with conservative figures like Tucker Carlson and Lindsey Graham to discuss free speech, partnerships (Daniel Lippman/Politico)

Apple says its Tencent partnership to flag malicious sites for Safari users only applies to mainland China; hashes of URL prefixes and IP addresses are shared (Rene Ritchie/iMore)

Fortnite has been down for nearly a day, as players speculate about what's next after having their maps sucked into a black hole, following the Season 10 event (Riley MacLeod/Kotaku)

China Construction Bank says its blockchain-based platform for factoring and forfaiting services has processed $53B+ in transactions since April 2018 (David Pan/CoinDesk)

Universities across Europe are intensifying efforts to create companies around tech developed in their labs, mirroring the model pioneered by US universities (Daniel Michaels/Wall Street Journal)

US private equity group Thoma Bravo agrees to buy British cybersecurity company Sophos for 3.1B (Philip Georgiadis/Financial Times)

A look at US-based startups like CirrusMD and 98point6, which let users seek treatment from doctors for minor injuries or illnesses over text-based online chats (Tom Murphy/Associated Press)

Samsung's Galaxy Fold Premier Service goes live in the US, offering 24-hour support and assistance via phone or video chat for Galaxy Fold owners (Mihai M./SamMobile)

Kuo: iPhone SE 2 will have 3GB RAM, 64GB and 128GB storage options, but won't have 3D Touch, and will be priced from $399 (MacRumors)

ML frameworks in 2019: analysis of AI research papers shows TensorFlow is the platform of choice in industry, but most researchers are now using PyTorch (Horace He/The Gradient)

Safari on iOS, which only used Google Safe Browsing for malicious site warnings earlier, now says it may also use Tencent Safe Browsing, which can log IPs (Matthew Green/A Few Thoughts on Cryptographic Engineering)

SF proposes an Office of Emerging Technology to evaluate, issue permits for new devices and services that operate on the city's streets and other infrastructure (Sheraz Sadiq/KQED)

A book based on labor ideas from the early 20th century has provided a blueprint for workers at Google, Uber, and Kickstarter to organize without a formal union (Noam Scheiber/New York Times)

While tech journalists recently have embraced a watchdog role, they could be even more useful by focusing on solutions rather than palace intrigue and villains (Columbia Journalism Review)

Newsletter platforms like Substack, which recently raised a $15.3M funding round, offer some writers a sustainable business model, but others see a bubble (Kaitlyn Tiffany/The Atlantic)

What to expect from Google on Oct. 15: Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL, a faster Google Assistant, a more affordable Pixelbook, new Pixel Buds, and additional devices (Jay Peters/The Verge)

Study: Xuexi Qiangguo, a propaganda app developed by China's Communist Party, enables authorities to retrieve messages, photos, contacts, and even record audio (Anna Fifield/Washington Post)

Tencent-owned Riot says its broadcasters shouldn't discuss politics and religion on air; Epic, in which Tencent has a 40% stake, says political speech is OK (Makena Kelly/The Verge)

Google bans payday loan apps with an APR of 36% or higher from the Play Store, with praise from an African-American advocacy group that pressed it for the ban (Yuka Hayashi/Wall Street Journal)

Twitch helped limit the reach of German synagogue gunman's video by uploading the video's "hash" to the database of Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism (David Uberti/VICE)

Sources: Bill Gates met Jeffrey Epstein on many occasions, beginning in 2011, after Epstein's conviction for sex crimes; Gates says it was an error in judgment (New York Times)

Gamers upset with Blizzard are protesting by turning Mei, a Chinese Overwatch character, into a pro-democracy symbol, to get Blizzard's games banned in China (Nicole Carpenter/Polygon)

Sports Headlines Today

Updated: 46 mins ago

2020 budget: NFF to purchase trucks with N18million - Daily Trust

2021 AFCON qualifiers: Rohr handed Kalu, Omeruo boost - Punch

6 of the Best Premier League Moments From the Action This Weekend - FTBpro

7 Things We Learned From a ControVARsial Weekend in the Premier League - FTBpro

AC Milan 2-2 Lecce: Pioli denied winning start by spectacular late strike - Goal

AFCON 2021 Qualifier: Nigeria gets Omeruo, Ola Aina, Kalu boost - The Sun

Ajax & PSV Eindhoven Eye Cut-Price Deal for Everton Youngster Lewis Gibson - FTBpro

Ajax are like us' - Chelsea striker Abraham ready for 'massive' Champions League game - Goal

Alioum Alioum to take charge of crunch CAFCL clash - African Football

Andy Murray in Great Britain team for Davis Cup finals in Madrid - BBC

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Andy Murray jokes 'I need to get back on the road' after European Open win - BBC

Aribo frustrated at Rangers result - Punch

Aribo- Rangers Must Remain Calm To Beat Celtics To Scottish League Title - Complete Sports

Arsenal are going to do something important this year' - Emery pleased with recent progress - Goal

Arsenal Starlet Bukayo Saka Says He Is Ready to Challenge Alexandre Lacazette for a Starting Place - FTBpro

Arsenal Visit Sheffield, Seek To Extend Unbeaten Run - Daily Independent

Balogun questions VAR in Reds, United match - Punch

Barca's Lenglet backs El Clasico shift - The Sun

Ben Yedder strikes late to give Monaco win over Rennes - Punch

Bencic wins Kremlin Cup after sealing WTA Finals slot - Daily Trust

Bonfrere blames attackers for CHAN Eagles defeat - Punch

Borussia Dortmund Hit Jadon Sancho With Hefty Fine & Individual Training After Late England Return - FTBpro

CAF's Directive On Grade A Coaches: Nigerian Managers Plead For Time - Daily Independent

Champions League 2019/20: Inter Milan's Milan Skriniar among top centre-backs in Europe - Goal

Champions League 2019/20: Raheem Sterling has picked up from where he left off last season - Goal

CHAN 2020 ouster: Expo calls for immediate resumption of NPFL - The Sun

CHAN 2020 ouster: NFF takes responsibility 'Akinwunmi - The Sun

Chan 2020: Ranking the top five favourites - Goal

CHAN Failure: NPFL Should Resume Now ' Ekpo - Daily Independent

CHAN ticket lost in Lome, says Lawal - Punch

CHAN: NFF Apologises To Nigerians, Coy On Amapakabo's Fate - Daily Independent

Chelsea to Pursue New Left-Back With Marcos Alonso & Emerson Not in Long-Term Plans - FTBpro

Chevron National Junior Championship Serves-off Wednesday - Thisday

Chukwueze must be decisive Carzola - Punch

Cordarrelle Patterson returns 102-yard touchdown - Yahoo

Cricket: Nigeria lose in World Cup qualifiers - Punch

Dele Alli on a par with Gerrard & Lampard' ' Spurs star no 'one-season wonder', says Redknapp - Goal

Dementia in footballers three and a half times more likely than in general population - BBC

Downpour disrupts Lagos Open finals - Punch

Ed Woodward Reiterates Man Utd Owners Stance Amid Saudi Crown Prince Takeover Rumours - FTBpro

England & Martial boosts for Rashford at Man Utd, says Three Lions legend Shearer - Goal

EPL: Klopp rues VAR failure to rule out Man Utd goal - Punch

EPL: Liverpool's Lallana denies United maximum points - New Telegraph

EPL: Ole's gunner need a miracle against Liverpool - New Telegraph

Ex-Kenyan goalkeeper Abbas and coach Kheri honoured as distinguished citizens - Goal

Exclusive: German Giants Ready to Launch Bids for Tottenham's Troy Parrott - FTBpro

Federer set for 1,500th match - Punch

Firmino & Mane way short of the mark' ' Liverpool legend concerned by 'drop-off' in Salah's absence - Goal

Five things learned from Kenyan Premier League matchday six - Goal

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