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  • Apple and AT&T activate provisional LTE Band 8 to give iPhone users in Puerto Rico cellular service October 20, 2017
     Apple has been working with AT&T to extend and activate cell service for users in Puerto Rico. To improve what is a terrible connectivity situation there, it’s going to enable a provisional band of LTE that has been recently approved, but not activated in the US and Puerto Rico, where it has not been licensed. […]
    Matthew Panzarino
  • Vungle CEO arrested on charges of attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon and lewd act upon a child October 20, 2017
     Zain Jaffer, who has been CEO of fast-growing mobile ad startup, Vungle, is out of the company after being arrested on a slew of charges, including a lewd act upon a child and attempted murder. We’re short on details, but we found the charges on the San Mateo County inmate locator.  The full list of charges […]
    Katie Roof
  • Apple hires Amazon Studios exec Morgan Wandell in push for scripted programming October 20, 2017
     Apple’s first few pieces of original programming, Carpool Karaoke and Planet of the Apps, felt more like stumbles out of the gate. In this era of prestige television from cord-cutting platforms like Netflix and Amazon, the shows weren’t exactly, say, House of Cards or Transparent. But a number of moves over the past several months […]
    Brian Heater
  • Elon Musk gets permission to begin Boring Co. digging in Maryland October 20, 2017
     Elon Musk’s week is going pretty great thus far, between meeting the creators of Rick & Morty and now gaining permission to dig even more tunnels — besides the one he already got the OK to begin digging closer to home in Hawthorne. Read More
    Darrell Etherington
  • Shopkick lays off about 10 percent of staff October 20, 2017
     Shopkick, a shopping rewards app owned by SK Telecom, laid off a little more than 10 percent of its staff (about 30 people) yesterday, TechCrunch has learned. Shopkick CEO Bill Demas confirmed the layoffs to TechCrunch, saying they were part of a broader restructuring of the business. Read More
    Megan Rose Dickey