Sling TV expands Cloud DVR support to Chrome, Chromecast, Xbox One, LG smart TVs and 2016 and 2017 models of Samsung smart TVs (David Katzmaier/CNET)

David Katzmaier / CNET: Sling TV expands Cloud DVR support to Chrome, Chromecast, Xbox One, LG smart TVs and 2016 and 2017 models of Samsung smart TVs  —  The $5-a-month extra service expands to work with most devices.  —  As live TV streaming services mature, one of the biggest differentiators is the ability to record… Read More Sling TV expands Cloud DVR support to Chrome, Chromecast, Xbox One, LG smart TVs and 2016 and 2017 models of Samsung smart TVs (David Katzmaier/CNET)

Snapchat is rolling out an update, previously in testing, that will sort friend communication by recency and move Stories from the friends page to Discover (Josh Constine/TechCrunch)

Josh Constine / TechCrunch: Snapchat is rolling out an update, previously in testing, that will sort friend communication by recency and move Stories from the friends page to Discover  —  Snapchat’s redesign was a disaster.  It cratered ad views and revenue and led Snapchat’s user count to actually shrink in March. from Techmeme https://ift.tt/2HLyd10

Google is launching .app domains, the first top-level domains secured with built-in HTTPS, to its Early Access Program on May 7 and to all on May 8 (Sarah Perez/TechCrunch)

Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Google is launching .app domains, the first top-level domains secured with built-in HTTPS, to its Early Access Program on May 7 and to all on May 8  —  Over three years after Google paid $25 million to gain the exclusive rights to the “.app” top-level domain, the company … from Techmeme… Read More Google is launching .app domains, the first top-level domains secured with built-in HTTPS, to its Early Access Program on May 7 and to all on May 8 (Sarah Perez/TechCrunch)

Cisco acquiring Accompany, which uses artificial intelligence to build databases of people and relationships at companies, for $270M in cash and stock (Anthony Ha/TechCrunch)

Anthony Ha / TechCrunch: Cisco acquiring Accompany, which uses artificial intelligence to build databases of people and relationships at companies, for $270M in cash and stock  —  Cisco just announced an agreement to acquire Accompany, which uses artificial intelligence to build databases of people and relationships at companies. from Techmeme https://ift.tt/2HHSqsH

Sources: in recent months, 12+ Chinese tech firms, collectively worth ~$500B on private markets, talked to bankers and investors about IPOs in H2 2018 or 2019 (Wall Street Journal)

Wall Street Journal: Sources: in recent months, 12+ Chinese tech firms, collectively worth ~$500B on private markets, talked to bankers and investors about IPOs in H2 2018 or 2019  —  At least a dozen firms, many tied to the country’s internet-consumer economy, have been in talks about IPOs from Techmeme https://ift.tt/2w5sGRD

Starting today, Chrome will display a full-page warning when an HTTPS website hasn’t logged its SSL certificate in a public Certificate Transparency log (Catalin Cimpanu/BleepingComputer.com)

Catalin Cimpanu / BleepingComputer.com: Starting today, Chrome will display a full-page warning when an HTTPS website hasn’t logged its SSL certificate in a public Certificate Transparency log  —  Starting today, the Google Chrome browser will show a full-page warning whenever users are accessing an HTTPS website that’s using … from Techmeme https://ift.tt/2FxXBWh

Facebook says WhatsApp Status, its version of Stories, has 450M DAUs, up from 250M in July 2017; Snapchat has 191M DAUs total (Josh Constine/TechCrunch)

Josh Constine / TechCrunch: Facebook says WhatsApp Status, its version of Stories, has 450M DAUs, up from 250M in July 2017; Snapchat has 191M DAUs total  —  Snapchat neglected the international market in its early years, and now WhatsApp has snatched that growth opportunity.  WhatsApp’s clone of Snapchat Stories … from Techmeme https://ift.tt/2HIpnBa

Apple announces new $100B share buyback plan, hikes its dividend by 16%, says customers again chose iPhone X more than any other model every week in the quarter (Tim Bradshaw/Financial Times)

Tim Bradshaw / Financial Times: Apple announces new $100B share buyback plan, hikes its dividend by 16%, says customers again chose iPhone X more than any other model every week in the quarter  —  Apple launched a new $100bn share buyback scheme and lifted its dividend by 16 per cent, as it reported a 30… Read More Apple announces new $100B share buyback plan, hikes its dividend by 16%, says customers again chose iPhone X more than any other model every week in the quarter (Tim Bradshaw/Financial Times)

Apple reports Q2 services revenue of $9.2B, up 31% YoY, and says that the App Store, Apple Music, iCloud storage and Apple Pay all generated record sales (Mark Gurman/Bloomberg)

Mark Gurman / Bloomberg: Apple reports Q2 services revenue of $9.2B, up 31% YoY, and says that the App Store, Apple Music, iCloud storage and Apple Pay all generated record sales  —  Revenue grows the most since 2015; sales of wearables jump  —  IPhone sales meet projections; Apple sees more revenue gains from Techmeme https://ift.tt/2FzkWqf

Steve Ballmer says he sold his stake in Twitter because he no longer wants to be an investor; Ballmer bought a 4% stake in October 2015 (Selina Wang/Bloomberg)

Selina Wang / Bloomberg: Steve Ballmer says he sold his stake in Twitter because he no longer wants to be an investor; Ballmer bought a 4% stake in October 2015  —  Former Microsoft Corp. Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer said he sold his entire stake in Twitter Inc. because he no longer wants to focus… Read More Steve Ballmer says he sold his stake in Twitter because he no longer wants to be an investor; Ballmer bought a 4% stake in October 2015 (Selina Wang/Bloomberg)

Facebook announces update to Safety Check that will let users share reports of what’s happening on the ground and updates its blood donation hub (Frederic Lardinois/TechCrunch)

Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch: Facebook announces update to Safety Check that will let users share reports of what’s happening on the ground and updates its blood donation hub  —  Facebook today announced an update to its Crisis Response feature that expands the tool from simply allowing you to mark yourself as safe … from Techmeme… Read More Facebook announces update to Safety Check that will let users share reports of what’s happening on the ground and updates its blood donation hub (Frederic Lardinois/TechCrunch)

Sources: Birchbox sells majority ownership to one of its hedge fund investors, Viking Global, which will invest $15M more, after sale talks with QVC fell apart (Jason Del Rey/Recode)

Jason Del Rey / Recode: Sources: Birchbox sells majority ownership to one of its hedge fund investors, Viking Global, which will invest $15M more, after sale talks with QVC fell apart  —  Viking Global Investors is the new majority stakeholder in the beauty startup.  —  After many months of acquisition talks … from Techmeme https://ift.tt/2I5LSTW