Rachel Siegel / Washington Post:
Common Sense Media: screen time for Americans aged 8 to 12 has remained flat since 2015, but time spent watching videos has doubled to an hour per day — More than twice as many young people watch videos every day as did four years ago, and the average time spent watching videos …
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Samsung says SmartThings has over 45M monthly active users and works with more than 5,000 devices, as it announces new developer and partner programs — Today at the 2019 Samsung Developer Conference in San Jose, Samsung announced that SmartThings, the Seoul company´s internet of things …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google now lets any company or organization register .new domains, a year after rolling out .new links as shortcuts to create new Google documents — A year ago, Google rolled out “.new” links that worked like shortcuts to instantly create new Google documents.
China has created a $29B state-backed fund to invest in the semiconductor industry, from design to manufacturing, to reduce its dependency on US technology — - Second of its kind, the fund is mainly backed by state capital — China wants to become self-reliant in chip-making and design
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
Microsoft says hackers from Strontium, also known as Fancy Bear/APT28, are targeting 16 global sporting and anti-doping organizations ahead of 2020 Olympics — Microsoft said APT28 targeted “at least 16 national and international sporting and anti-doping organizations.”
Matthew De Silva / Quartz:
Spotify says 14% of MAUs listen to podcasts, podcast hours streamed grew 39% QoQ, and podcast engagement is driving increases in free to paid conversion — Spotify´s stock price leaped 15% today (Oct. 28) as the music streaming service delivered a surprise profit for its third quarter.
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:
FCC proposes rules requiring telcos remove Huawei and ZTE equipment, in two draft orders slated to be voted on at a meeting on November 19 — The Federal Communications Commission said it will move ahead with proposals to ban telecommunications giants from using Huawei and ZTE networking equipment …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft revives Xbox All Access with Xbox Game Pass, Xbox Live, and Xbox console starting at $20/mo, with the ability to upgrade to Project Scarlett in 2020 — Xbox All Access bundles from as little as $19.99 per month — Microsoft is bringing its Xbox All Access bundle back, just in time for the holiday season.
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Incode, which is developing a biometric identity platform for enterprises, raises a $10M seed round — Incode, a San Francisco startup developing what it describes as an omnichannel biometric identity platform, today announced that it´s raised $10 million in seed funding from undisclosed investors.
Sources: after SEC injunction, Telegram Open Network ICO investors extended the deadline for the TON token launch from the end of October to April 30 — Investors in Telegram´s blockchain project have opted to stick with the firm despite the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission . …