Alibaba is preparing to invest in Grab

Alibaba is preparing to invest in Grab

Fresh from announcing a deal to buy out Uber in Southeast Asia, Grab looks set to gain further firepower with Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba preparing to invest in the ride-hailing firm. Alibaba is in the early stages of making an investment in Grab, two sources with knowledge of discussions told …

App Store shrank for first time in 2017 thanks to crackdowns on spam, clones and more

App Store shrank for first time in 2017 thanks to crackdowns on spam, clones and more

The App Store shrank for the first time in 2017, according to a new report from Appfigures. The report found the App Store lost 5 percent of its total apps over the course of the year, dropping from 2.2 million published iOS apps in the beginning of the year to …

Southeast Asia fashion startup Zilingo continues its meteoric rise with $54M Series C

Southeast Asia fashion startup Zilingo continues its meteoric rise with $54M Series C

Many will rightly say that raising money as a startup in Southeast Asia is no easy thing, but up-and-coming online fashion service Zilingo sure doesn’t seem to have problems on that front. Fresh from raising an $18 million Series B round last September, Zilingo has announced its $54 million Series …

Smartsheet co-founder’s next project is a robotic rock picker-upper

Smartsheet co-founder’s next project is a robotic rock picker-upper

A co-founder of Smartsheet, the enterprise collaboration startup that just filed for an IPO, is taking a hard right turn into the world of agriculture robotics. Brent Frei tells GeekWire that he has been working on an automated system for clearing rocks from land. It’s a bit unexpected, but far …

Highlights and audio from Zuckerberg’s emotional Q&A on scandals

Highlights and audio from Zuckerberg’s emotional Q&A on scandals

“This is going to be a never-ending battle” said Mark Zuckerberg . He just gave the most candid look yet into his thoughts about Cambridge Analytica, data privacy, and Facebook’s sweeping developer platform changes today during a conference call with reporters. Sounding alternately vulnerable about his past negligence and confident …

Our digital future will be shaped by increasingly mobile technologies coming from China

Our digital future will be shaped by increasingly mobile technologies coming from China

Since the dawn of the internet, the titans of this industry have fought to win the “starting point” — the place that users start their online experiences. In other words, the place where they begin “browsing.” The advent of the dial-up era had America Online mailing a CD to every …

News startup Knowhere aims to break through partisan echo chambers

News startup Knowhere aims to break through partisan echo chambers

It’s become a common complaint that social media allows everyone to limit their news consumption to stories that reinforce what they already believe. But the team at Knowhere says it’s found a solution: News stories written by machines. The idea is that Knowhere’s technology can eliminate some of the in-built human …

Cambridge Analytica denies accessing data on 87M Facebook users, claims 30M

Cambridge Analytica denies accessing data on 87M Facebook users, claims 30M

Cambridge Analytica is refuting a report by Facebook today that said Cambridge Analytica improperly attained data on up to 87 million users. Instead, it claims it only “licensed data for no more than 30 million people” from Dr. Aleksandr Kogan’s research company Global Science Research. It also claims none of this data …

Last march of the Penryns: Intel cuts Spectre fixes for some older chips

Last march of the Penryns: Intel cuts Spectre fixes for some older chips

As part of its ongoing efforts to patch its systems against the Meltdown and Spectre chip flaws, Intel indicated last month that it would be issuing fixes as far back as 2005’s Yorkfield processors. But in a new guidance document the company announces that many of these older platforms will …

Zuckerberg says Facebook will offer GDPR privacy protections everywhere

Zuckerberg says Facebook will offer GDPR privacy protections everywhere

Mark Zuckerberg refuted a Reuters story yesterday that said Facebook would not bring Europe’s GDPR privacy protections around the world. “I think regulations like the GDPR are very positive” Zuckerberg said on a conference call with reporters. “We plan to make the controls available around the world not just in …