Shine gives up on mobile network ad-block threats, wants to play nice

rainbow-missiles So much for sticking “nuclear weapons” in carriers’ dumb pipes. Shine, last year’s enfant terrible of mobile ad blocking is pivoting (again!) — in both tone of voice and business model. It’s also rebranding to, er, Rainbow. Read More

RCS, Google’s answer to iMessage, expands to 27 more carriers and OEMs

qqhmuifuvts89t45mkhogxxmq60lmcr8aq6l-onm2snzo8c0mhmg5p5kudt9ygrwsgsu_ws2048 While messaging apps like WhatsApp, Messenger, Snapchat and WeChat rake in ever more users, features and relationships with key brands, and Apple’s iMessage continues to play strong with iPhone users, Android and search giant Google today announced a big step forward in its own strategy to bring its own native, enhanced, native messaging service to more Android devices — a play… Read More

Crunch Report | DeviantArt Acquired by Wix

DevianArt gets acquired by Wix, AirMap raises $26 million, Airbnb buys Tilt, Google releases perspective for comment toxicity rating and more. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

How a political strategist and former NAACP advisor became Silicon Valley’s Olivia Pope

img_4102-1 People in government are organizers and hustlers with deep industry knowledge and skills that are applicable across a variety of roles in tech. Read More

World View’s ‘stratollites’ and new spaceport aim to change the business of space

147a0519 At World View’s new headquarters in Tucson, Arizona, the paint is barely dry on a gleaming new structure located near the airport, and just down the road from defense contractor Raytheon. The facility dominates the landscape, and reflects the enormity of World View’s main goal, which is nothing short of carving out a brand new and unique market for commercial spaceflight operations. Read More

FCC weakens net neutrality rule in a prelude to larger rollbacks

shutterstock FCC The FCC ordered today to reduce the reach of a net neutrality rule that requires broadband providers to share data on their services. Originally, providers with less than 100,000 subscribers were exempt; the order raises that number to 250,000 — potentially allowing far more companies to escape complying with certain consumer protections. Read More

The price of Bitcoin just hit an all-time high

giphy-1-dragged Wow – Bitcoin just hit an all-time high. The digital currency is currently trading at around $1,186 – which is about $20 more than it’s previous all-time high of ~$1,165, which it hit three years ago in November 2013, at the height of Bitcoin-mania. A few months after that all-time high, Mt. Gox, one of the earliest and biggest Bitcoin exchanges, shut down after news it… Read More

Waymo sues Uber and Otto for theft of trade secrets

ottotruck_ta-1024x768 Waymo, the Alphabet-owned self-driving company that began life as Google’s self-driving car project, has filed suit against self-driving trucking company Otto, and its parent company, Uber. Waymo says that Uber “misappropriated” its trade secrets, and infringed upon its held patents by using elements of its self-driving tech related to its custom, in-house LiDAR sensors. Read More