Matt Brian / Engadget:
Google won't ban adult content on Blogger after all — Well that was fast. Google only declared that it would begin cracking down on adult content posted to Blogger a few days ago, but it's already decided it was a bit hasty in its decision. After coming under fire over the introduction …
Ericsson Sues to Block Apple IPhone in U.S. Amid Patent Spat — (Bloomberg) — The licensing battle between Apple Inc. and Ericsson AB is escalating. — Ericsson, a pioneer in mobile phones that transformed itself into the world's largest maker of wireless networks, said Friday it's filing seven …
Twitter adds "report dox" option, makes some users verify contact info (Sam Machkovech/Ars Technica)
Sam Machkovech / Ars Technica:
Twitter adds “report dox” option, makes some users verify contact info — Temporarily banned users may need to confirm phone or e-mail to tweet again. — On Thursday, Twitter announced that its abuse-report system, which was recently refined to simplify and shorten the reporting process …
3D Robotics raises $50M Series C led by Qualcomm, the largest amount raised by any US consumer drone company to date (Frank Bi/Forbes)
Frank Bi / Forbes:
3D Robotics raises $50M Series C led by Qualcomm, the largest amount raised by any US consumer drone company to date — Drone Maker 3D Robotics Raises $50 Million In Latest Round — Less than two weeks after the Federal Aviation Administration unveiled its proposed regulations for commercial drones …
Facebook adds custom entry to gender selection list, with free-form field for those who don't identify with pre-set options (Sean O'Kane/The Verge)
Sean O'Kane / The Verge:
Facebook adds custom entry to gender selection list, with free-form field for those who don't identify with pre-set options — Facebook stops defining gender for its users — Last year Facebook took a socially responsible step forward when it allowed users to choose from preset custom genders like “cisgender” or “transgender.”
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Google exec hints at Photos, Hangouts and G+ split — Rumors have long suggested that Google might separate the parts of Google+ that people have been most interested in — photos and messaging / Hangouts — away from the social network's main stream. Now it appears that Sundar Pichai agrees …
Google Ventures and Michael Dell invest $60M in Kobalt, which handles music publishing rights (Russ Mitchell/Los Angeles Times)
Russ Mitchell / Los Angeles Times:
Google Ventures and Michael Dell invest $60M in Kobalt, which handles music publishing rights — Music royalty hunter Kobalt wins Google funding — Since the music industry began in the early 20th century, musicians and songwriters have complained about paltry royalty payments for their creations.
Twenty20, formerly Instacanvas, exits beta and raises $8M series A led by Canaan; launches photo licensing service with 45M crowdsourced images (Frederic Lardinois/TechCrunch)
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Twenty20, formerly Instacanvas, exits beta and raises $8M series A led by Canaan; launches photo licensing service with 45M crowdsourced images — Twenty20 Raises $8M, Launches Crowdsourced Photo-Licensing Service — Twenty20, the startup formerly known as Instacanvas …
Google pays $25M for top level domain .app, the most expensive TLD ever sold (Jillian D'Onfro/Business Insider)
Jillian D'Onfro / Business Insider:
Google pays $25M for top level domain .app, the most expensive TLD ever sold — Google just paid $25 million to buy the entire ‘.app’ web domain — Google just paid $25 million for exclusive rights to the “.app” top-level web domain. — Google decided to apply for new top-level domains …
Stuart Dredge / Music Ally:
Spotify adds lyrics to its desktop player, while phasing out App Finder — Spotify signalled some time ago that it was winding down its “App Finder” feature for third-party apps within its desktop software. Now it's removing the section altogether, while adding one of its most popular apps - Musixmatch's lyrics - as a core feature.
Lack of notifications on password changes and slow customer service put Venmo users at risk for fraud (Alison Griswold/Slate)
Alison Griswold / Slate:
Lack of notifications on password changes and slow customer service put Venmo users at risk for fraud — Venmo Money, Venmo Problems — Two twentysomethings hop out of a cab. They get dinner. They grab drinks at a bar. Neither stops to worry about splitting the tab. “Just Venmo me,” one says.
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
Webnic Registrar Blamed for Hijack of Lenovo, Google Domains — Two days ago, attackers allegedly associated with the fame-seeking group Lizard Squad briefly hijacked Google's Vietnam domain (google.com.vn). On Wednesday, Lenovo.com was similarly attacked.
Net neutrality's next chapter: How experts saw today's milestone and next steps (Stacey Higginbotham/Gigaom)
Stacey Higginbotham / Gigaom:
Net neutrality's next chapter: How experts saw today's milestone and next steps — Pardon me while I catch my breath after all the celebratory dancing I've been doing in the wake of the FCC's historic vote to reclassify broadband under Title II of the Communications Act in order to preserve true network neutrality.
Verizon mocks FCC ruling with Morse code response dated 1934, despite using Title II to its benefit (Jon Brodkin/Ars Technica)
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Verizon mocks FCC ruling with Morse code response dated 1934, despite using Title II to its benefit — Verizon issues furious response to FCC, in Morse code, dated 1934 — Verizon wants 1st Amendment right to edit the Web, but rules from 1934 are too old.
Facebook launches new suicide prevention features linking users posting troubling messages to trained experts (Kevin McSpadden/TIME)
Kevin McSpadden / TIME:
Facebook launches new suicide prevention features linking users posting troubling messages to trained experts — How Facebook Is Helping Suicidal People — Facebook is going to give timelier help to users who post updates suggesting thoughts of suicide, the company announced on Wednesday.