• Mobile, Browser Testing Platform BrowserStack Gets $50M
    Accel is singlehandedly investing $50 million in mobile and browser testing platform BrowserStack. To date, “BrowserStack has built a huge market with over 25,000 paying customers since it was founded in 2011,” TechCrunch notes. In addition, it "has bootstrapped its way into profitability by attracting more than 1.6 million developers to their testing platform.”
  • Pinterest Poaches Google's 'Computer Vision' Research Head
    Pinterest just hired Google computer vision research head Chuck Rosenberg to lead its computer vision and visual search engineering team, Venture Beat reports. “With the emergence of computer vision-powered tools like Lens and Lens Your Look in the past year, Pinterest’s products now compete with visual search from companies like Amazon and Google, as well as products like Amazon’s Echo Look and Google’s Lens and Clips,” VB notes.
  • Apple Cutting iPhone X Production Amid Weak Demand
    Apple is reportedly slowing production of its iPhone X in light of what The Wall Street Journal calls “weaker-than-expected demand for the pricey handset.” In the first quarter of the year, the tech giant plans to produce about 20 million Xs, which is about half the number it has previously planned to make during the period.
  • Apple Delaying New iOS Features
    In order to address persistent performance and quality issues, Apple is pushing back the release of some iOS features to next year, Axios reports. “Pushed into 2019 are a number of features including a refresh of the home screen and in-car user interfaces, improvements to core apps like mail and updates to the picture-taking, photo editing and sharing experiences,” it writes.
  • Will YouTube New Ad Rules Scare Off Niche Creators?
    Wired wonders if YouTube's latest rule changes -- which allow ads only on channels with more than 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 watch hours -- will scare off niche content creators. Meanwhile, “If YouTube loses its small, upcoming creators, the site’s community will inherently change,” Wired suggests. “It will likely become more commercialized; filled with popular creators diligently adhering to advertiser guidelines, brands, and media companies.”
  • Fitness Tracker Strava Shares Military Whereabouts
    Fitness tracking app Strava is drawing heat for sharing data, which can be used to track the location of U.S. military bases and spy outposts around the world. “Military analysts noticed that the map is also detailed enough that it potentially gives away extremely sensitive information about a subset of Strava users: military personnel on active service,” The Guardian reports.
  • New York AG Investigating Follower Factory Devumi
    New York attorney general Eric Schneiderman has opened an investigation into follower factory Devumi, The New York Times reports. As was just recently detailed in a Times article, Devumi sold millions of fake followers on social media platforms, some of them copying real users’ personal information. “At least 55,000 of its ‘bot’ accounts used names, pictures, hometowns and other details taken from people on Twitter,” according to the Times.
  • FCC Commissioner Opposes Nationalized 5G Network
    Despite the Trump administration’s interest in the creation of a government-run 5G network, FCC commissioner Ajit Pai wants nothing to do with the idea. As The Verge reports, Pai says as much in a statement released on Monday. “I oppose any proposal for the federal government to build and operate a nationwide 5G network,” Pai asserts in the statement.
  • YouTube Sees Big Game-Streaming Growth
    Last year, YouTube more than quadrupled the number of active live-streamers using its video platform, Games Industry reports, citing fresh data from Streamlabs. “However, Twitch also enjoyed significant growth, nearly tripling its streamer count with a year-on-year rise of 197%,” GI notes. “Looking at the three months ended December 31st, 2017, YouTube was host to more than 293,000 active streamers.”
  • Google Play App Downloads Surpass 19B
    Google Play app downloads surpassed 19 billion in the fourth quarter of 2017, TechCrunch reports, citing a new report from App Annie. “That also makes Google Play’s download lead over iOS its largest ever, at 145 percent,” TC notes. “Specifically, the downloads were driven by markets including India, Indonesia, and Brazil.”
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