Google to offer checking accounts in partnership with banks starting next year — TC

Google is the latest big tech company to make a move into banking and personal financial services, writes Darrell Etherington. Here is the link: https://techcrunch.com/2019/11/13/google-to-offer-checking-accounts-in-partnership-with-banks-starting-next-year/  

Saudi Arabia and Travis Kalanick, together again, strike Silicon Valley’s first post-Khashoggi deal —...

Two of Silicon Valley’s most controversial players have reunited—to the tune of $400 million, writes Maria Aspan. Here is the link: https://fortune.com/2019/11/07/cloud-kitchens-travis-kalanick-saudi-arabia/

Fitbit users fear privacy invasion after $2.1bn Google acquisition — The Guardian

Fitbit says data of its 28 million users will not be sold or used for Google ads, writes Kari Paul. Here is the link: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2019/nov/05/fitbit-google-acquisition-health-data

Jaguar Land Rover’s AMOLED bodywork will change your car’s color in seconds — Techradar

Jaguar Land Rover is adapting technology used in curved TVs and flexible wearables to develop cars that can be customized with the tap of a touchscreen, writes Cat Ellis. Here is the...

Aurora CEO Chris Urmson says there’ll be hundreds of self-driving cars on the road...

Chris Urmson, CEO of self-driving car company Aurora, predicts there will be hundreds or maybe thousands of self-driving vehicles on the road within five years, writes Alex Knapp. Here is the link:...

Apple pays United so much for corporate travel it may help upgrade its SFO...

Apple pays United about $150 million a year for corporate travel, making it the airline’s top enterprise customer, writes Nick Statt. Here is the link: https://www.theverge.com/2019/10/25/20932487/apple-united-airlines-sfo-terminal-upgrades

AirPods Pro: Apple launches noise-cancelling earbuds — The Guardian

Apple has launched a new set of its popular true wireless earbuds with traditional silicone tips and noise-cancelling software, writes Samuel Gibbs. Here is the link: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2019/oct/28/airpods-pro-apple-launches-noise-cancelling-earbuds

Don Valentine, pioneer investor who founded Sequoia Capital, dies at 87 — WSJ

Don Valentine, a pioneer among venture capitalists who struck it rich with investments in companies including Apple, Cisco, Oracle and Atari, died on Friday, writes Rolfe Winker. Here is the link: https://www.wsj.com/articles/don-valentine-pioneer-investor-who-founded-sequoia-capital-dies-at-87-11572200283

Red founder kills the company’s holographic phone project, announces retirement — Gizmodo

Red Founder Jim Jannard is canceling Red’s Hydrogen project altogether, writes Sam Rutherford. Here is the link: https://gizmodo.com/red-founder-kills-the-companys-holographic-phone-projec-1839351694

SpaceX plans to start offering Starlink broadband services in 2020 — SpaceNews

SpaceX president Gwynne Shotwell said the goal is to complete six to eight Starlink launches to get sufficient coverage to start offering the service to consumers in 2020, writes Sandra Erwin. Here...

BBC News launches ‘dark web’ Tor mirror – BBC

The BBC has made its international news website available via Tor, in a bid to thwart censorship attempts, says a BBC report. Here is the link: https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-50150981

Google and IBM clash over milestone quantum computing experiment — Quanta

Today Google announced that it achieved “quantum supremacy.” Its chief quantum computing rival, IBM, said it hasn’t. The disagreement hinges on what the term really means, writes Kevin Hartnett. Here is the...

Blue Origin announces a blue-chip team to return humans to the Moon — Ars...

On Tuesday, Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos announced that his company has a plan for NASA to return to the Moon by 2024, writes Eric Berger. Here is the link: https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/10/blue-origin-announces-a-blue-chip-team-to-return-humans-to-the-moon/

FTC settles with Devumi, a company that sold fake followers, for $2.5M — TC

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has put an end to the deceptive marketing tactics of Devumi, writes Sarah Perez. Here is the link: https://techcrunch.com/2019/10/22/ftc-settles-with-devumi-a-company-that-sold-fake-followers-for-2-5m/

WeWork’s Adam Neumann offered package worth up to $1.7 billion to step down from...

Former WeWork CEO Adam Neumann will get about $1.7 billion in stock, cash and credit to walk away from the company and give up his voting rights, writes Todd Haselton and...