Japan plans for 10 billion 5G devices by adding 14-digit phone numbers — VB

Japan is preparing for a surge in demand for new phone numbers by expanding the maximum number of digits from 11 to 14, writes Jeremy Horwitz. Here is the link: https://venturebeat.com/2019/05/15/japan-plans-for-10-billion-5g-devices-by-adding-14-digit-phone-numbers/

Intel offers AI breakthrough in quantum computing — ZDNet

Intel's senior vice president and head of Mobileye, Amnon Shashua, has unveiled new research for capabilities of deep learning, and also offers a way forward for computing some commonly intractable problems...

The trade secret — ProPublica

Firms that promised high-tech ransomware solutions almost always just pay the hackers, writes Renee Dudley and Jeff Kao. Here is the link: https://features.propublica.org/ransomware/ransomware-attack-data-recovery-firms-paying-hackers/

One month ago, Foxconn said its innovation centers weren’t empty — they still are...

Foxconn still hasn’t done anything with the buildings it bought in Wisconsin, writes Josh Dzieza. Here is the link: https://www.theverge.com/2019/5/13/18565408/foxconn-wisconsin-innovation-centers-factories-empty-tax-subsidy

Uber plunge again, closing 17% below its IPO price — CNN

Shares of Uber (UBER) fell nearly 11% for the day following a dismal debut Friday, writes Paul R. La Monica. Here is the link: https://www.cnn.com/2019/05/13/investing/uber-stock/index.html

Slack says it’s going to replace email and is as necessary as electricity in...

In its presentation to investors, Slack said it's in a strong position to replace email and integrate with other software applications, writes Michael Sheetz. Here is the link: https://www.cnbc.com/amp/2019/05/13/slack-releases-new-financials-ahead-of-investor-day.html

SoftBank, the most powerful — and controversial — tech investor in Silicon Valley, explained...

Why Uber’s biggest shareholder, SoftBank, is so important to understanding Silicon Valley today, writes Theodore Schleifer. Here is the link: https://www.vox.com/recode/2019/5/10/18563267/softbank-vision-fund-explainer-uber-wework-slack-ipo

The CIA sets shop up on Tor, the anonymous Internet — Wired

On Tuesday, the CIA announced its own Tor "onion service," so that people around the world can browse the agency's website anonymously, writes Lily Hay Newman. Here is the link: https://www.wired.com/story/cia-sets-up-shop-on-tor/

Everything Google announced at I/O 2019 — VB

Paul Sawyers does a quick recap of everything Google revealed at I/O 2019. Here is the link: https://venturebeat.com/2019/05/08/everything-google-announced-at-i-o-2019/

Silicon Valley is awash in Chinese and Saudi cash — and no one is...

A tough, new enforcement regime is becoming a geopolitical minefield for venture capitalists and startups, writes Theodore Schleifer. Here is the link: https://www.vox.com/recode/2019/5/1/18511540/silicon-valley-foreign-money-china-saudi-arabia-cfius-firrma-geopolitics-venture-capital

Stripe’s remote engineering hub shows how distributed workforces can thrive — VB

There are a number of benefits to operating a so-called “distributed workforce", writes Paul Sawyers. Here is the link: https://venturebeat.com/2019/05/03/stripes-remote-engineering-hub-shows-how-distributed-workforces-can-thrive/

FCC approves SpaceX’s plans to fly internet-beaming satellites in a lower orbit — The...

The Federal Communications Commission has approved SpaceX’s request to fly a large swath of its future internet-beaming satellites at a lower orbit than originally planned, writes Loren Grush.

Amazon’s digital freight brokerage platform goes live — FreightWaves

Amazon is reportedly undercutting market prices from 26 to 33 percent. The company incurs ~$28 billion per year as shipping expenses, writes John Hampstead. Here is the link: https://www.freightwaves.com/news/breaking-amazons-digital-freight-brokerage-platform-goes-live

Slack warns investors it’s a target for nation-state hacking — Motherboard

As Slack prepares to go public, the company is warning potential investors that it's a target for malicious attacks, writes Caroline Haskins. Here is the link: https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/pajbj8/slack-warns-investors-its-a-target-for-nation-state-hacking

The NSA says it’s time to drop its massive phone-surveillance program — Engadget

The National Security Agency (NSA) has formally recommended that the White House drop the phone surveillance program that collects information about millions of US phone calls and text messages, writes Rachel...