Taiwan-based mobile phone chipmaker MediaTek plans US expansion to challenge Qualcomm (Ben Fox Rubin/CNET)
Ben Fox Rubin / CNET:
Taiwan-based mobile phone chipmaker MediaTek plans US expansion to challenge Qualcomm — Meet MediaTek, the brains powering your next budget smartphone — The Taiwanese company, which supplies mobile chips in Asia, is gearing up for an expansion into the US. That could mean more affordable smartphone options.
11 of 14 projects in Sundance Film Festival's experimental showcase use virtual reality — How virtual reality ate the Sundance Film Festival — The future of independent film may not be film at all — The most buzzworthy feature of 2015's Sundance Film Festival isn't a film at all …
What 1,000 attendees at Product Hunt's happy hour show about tech culture and the company's future (Carmel DeAmicis/Gigaom)
Carmel DeAmicis / Gigaom:
What 1,000 attendees at Product Hunt's happy hour show about tech culture and the company's future — Over 1,000 people showed up to Product Hunt's massive happy hour — The Product Hunt happy hour crowd in the outdoor half of 620 Jones — Credit: Taken by Carmel DeAmicis for Gigaom
California DMV stops making Uber drivers get commercial license plates; policy review pending (Carolyn Said/San Francisco Chronicle)
Carolyn Said / San Francisco Chronicle:
California DMV stops making Uber drivers get commercial license plates; policy review pending — DMV to reconsider commercial plates for UberX, Lyft drivers — In an abrupt U-turn, the California of Motor Vehicles late Friday night retracted its finding that drivers for ride-hailing services like Uber …
How Bahrain's government used FinFisher spyware to target a political activist — A Spy in the Machine — In November 2005, during the dead of night, five black cars pulled up in front of the home of Moosa Abd-Ali Ali. The doors opened, and a group of men stepped out.
Music artists who refuse YouTube's aggressive Music Key terms lose all YouTube monetization options (Mario Aguilar/Gizmodo)
Mario Aguilar / Gizmodo:
Music artists who refuse YouTube's aggressive Music Key terms lose all YouTube monetization options — Why Google Is Strong-Arming Artists Into Signing With YouTube Music Key — Cello rock n' roller Zoë Keating is really upset that Google is trying to force her to sign over the rights …
Behind Jawbone's transition from making earpieces to wireless speakers to fitness trackers (Adam Lashinsky/Fortune)
Adam Lashinsky / Fortune:
Behind Jawbone's transition from making earpieces to wireless speakers to fitness trackers — Jawbone: The trials of a 16-year-old can't-miss startup — The first thing you notice about Hosain Rahman, CEO of the much-buzzed-about gadget maker Jawbone, are his wrists.
UK's House of Lords plans to debate revised "snooper's charter" surveillance bill Monday (Patrick Wintour/Guardian)
Patrick Wintour / Guardian:
UK's House of Lords plans to debate revised “snooper's charter” surveillance bill Monday — 'Snooper's charter': four Lords in bid to pass changed version before election — Cross-party group's last-minute amendments spark concern over scope of access to data intelligence agencies would get