Tracking CNBC anonymous sourcing

6/11/2015: Rupert Murdoch preparing to step down as CEO from 21st Century Fox

Rupert Murdoch, the 84-year-old chief executive officer and controlling shareholder of 21st Century Fox, is preparing to step down as CEO of the media giant and hand that title to his son James, according to numerous sources close to the Murdoch family.

Status: Unverified

5/1/2015: Spotify raises $350M at $8B valuation

Spotify raised roughly $350 million in a new round of fundraising as the music streaming site embarks on its next leg of growth, according to people familiar with the matter.

Status: Unverified

4/27/2015: Safeway set to go public once again

AB Acquisition, the holding company that operates Safeway, has hired bankers to plan an initial public offering for later this year, sources with knowledge of the matter told CNBC.

Status: Unverified

Tracking TechCrunch anonymous sourcing

5/23/2016: Snapchat is raising more money around $20 billion valuation

Snapchat may have first made its name in the crowded world of mobile apps with an ephemeral messaging service, but the startup and its wildly popular app are not disappearing anywhere soon. TechCrunch has learned from multiple sources that Snapchat is raising yet more financing at around a $20 billion valuation. Sources with knowledge of the deal say the social media giant is in the process of a round of about $200 million.

5/27/2015: Online auto sales startup Carvana is raising $300 million to expand nationwide

With those numbers behind it, the company is seeking a big new round of funding, which could be announced in the coming weeks. Sources with knowledge of the situation say the company hopes to bring in $300 million in growth funding to ramp up operations. According to sources, the funding will likely come from both institutional and strategic investors, as Carvana seeks to leverage both capital and connections to make used cars available in more markets around the country.

Status: Unverified

4/28/2015: Uber is quietly testing a massive merchant delivery program

Uber is planning to launch a merchant delivery program that would allow online shoppers to get same-day delivery of goods through both UberRush couriers and Uber drivers. TechCrunch has obtained training documents for Uber drivers and couriers who are part of the merchant delivery pilot program.

Sources say that Neiman Marcus, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany’s, Cohen’s Fashion Optical and Hugo Boss are all in talks with the Uber Merchant Delivery program, and one source in particular said that there are over 400 different merchants currently in talks (or already testing) with Uber for same-day delivery. (Cohen’s Fashion Optical and Hugo Boss are both used as examples in the training presentation.)

Status: Unverified, though TechCrunch provided the documents in the story.

4/15/2015: Yahoo in talks to buy Foursquare

Yahoo has been busy rebuilding its business around mobile under CEO Marissa Mayer, and soon it could make one of its biggest bets yet on the platform. We have heard perennially that the company has been looking to buy Foursquare, the New York startup behind the eponymous local search app and location-based social “check-in” app Swarm. The latest rumor we are hearing is giving the deal a price tag of around $900 million.

One source says that the “deal is done” but details are still being ironed out. Others have also confirmed a Yahoo/Foursquare deal is in the frame.

Yet other sources at Yahoo tell us they have heard nothing — nada — about the deal. Either this is elaborate, bicoastal speculation, or it is happening with only a select circle privy to what is going on.

Status: Unverified

4/12/2015: Twitter is pushing celebrities and publishers to stop using Meerkat

Twitter is doing whatever it can to help its live video streaming acquisition Periscope beat independent competitor Meerkat. Multiple sources tell TechCrunch that Twitter has been contacting celebrities who use Meerkat, trying to convince them Meerkat is dying and that they should use Periscope instead.

Sources also say Twitter has been in touch with media companies that use Meerkat, going so far as to imply that if they don’t exclusively use Periscope, it could cut off their access to Amplify.

Status: Unverified

4/7/2015: Uber co-founder’s startup ‘Operator’ will get you what you want

Send an instant message asking for something, and they’ll do the grunt work of placing your order and getting it delivered to you. That’s the idea for Uber co-founder Garret Camp‘s new startup Operator that’s still in stealth, according to sources with direct knowledge of the app.

Status: Unverified

Tracking AFP anonymous sourcing

4/5/2015: The secret weapon at the Iran talks: a whiteboard

The idea was to try “to make sure that we and Iran were seeing the picture in the same way,” another senior administration official said.

The whiteboard appealed to the Iranian team “because if they get paper, they’ve got to take it back to Tehran,” the State Department official said.

Status: Unverified

Tracking Los Angeles Times anonymous sourcing

6/16/2016: Orlando gunman searched social media for news of his killing rampage

The investigation into his attack there has hit at least one roadblock.

FBI agents have had difficulty accessing data stored on the cellphone Mateen used during the massacre because it was damaged by water and blood, a law enforcement official said.

But technicians are putting the device through a drying process and are confident they ultimately can recover phone numbers, texts, photos and other data, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss progress in the investigation.

3/27/2016: Clinton email probe enters new phase as FBI interviews loom

Federal prosecutors investigating the possible mishandling of classified materials on Hillary Clinton’s private email server have begun the process of setting up formal interviews with some of her longtime and closest aides, according to two people familiar with the probe, an indication that the inquiry is moving into its final phases.

4/4/2015: Defense attorney in Boston bombing may be facing her stiffest challenge yet

In the Tsarnaev case, according to sources familiar with the talks, overtures were made to discuss a plea arrangement. But in the end prosecutors saw little reason to deal. Surveillance video and other evidence put Tsarnaev at the finish line of the race when the bombs went off. Instead the government has pushed to win its first death penalty case since Sept. 11.

An anonymous press briefing by the U.S. Department of State

3/25/15: Special Briefing: Senior State Department Official

QUESTION: Who are you today? Senior State —

SENIOR STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL: I’m a senior State Department official, and you guys can report this as – any of this as soon as we land.

QUESTION: We can’t?


Hat tip to Lizzie O’Leary.

Tracking Capital New York anonymous sourcing

4/2/2015: Times plans to make NYT Now mobile app free

The New York Times is expected to announce in the coming weeks that its NYT Now mobile app will become a free product with a number of changes to its functionality, while the Times’ main news app will introduce a more vibrant look and feel, according to sources familiar with the plans.

Status: Unverified

Tracking Fox News anonymous sourcing

8/15/2017: Bannon increasingly isolated as Kelly takes command; GOP allies defend McMaster

One source with direct knowledge of White House staffing told Fox News they expect Bannon will be the next one ousted, pointing to the icy nature of his relationship with Trump.

6/30/2017: Trump, Kushner never blackmailed Scarborough, source says

But the source who spoke to Fox News said there was nothing in the conversation between Kushner and Scarborough to suggest a quid pro quo or blackmail – merely presenting the idea that if Scarborough wanted to get back on speaking terms with the president, perhaps an apology was in order.

6/9/2015: Pepsi partying on corporate profits

Among the nearly 500 people in attendance included nearly all the company’s CEOs, as well as Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, and NY Giants owner John Mara. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo received an invite but was a no-show, according to people with direct knowledge of the matter. Seinfeld was the master of ceremonies for the event, while Richie sang a number of his hit songs. Richie confirmed his appearance; a Seinfeld representative didn’t return calls for comment.

Status: Unverified

5/27/2015: IRS believes cyberattack originated in Russia, sources say

The IRS believes that criminals behind a major security breach that allowed them to access tax information from more than 100,000 U.S. households were based in Russia, sources confirmed to Fox News Wednesday.

A well-placed cyberintelligence source familiar with the investigation into the breach told Fox News that the attack, which breached the IRS system, originated out of Russia. Additionally, the IRS alerted the Department of Homeland Security following the breach, a federal law enforcement official said.

Status: Unverified

4/1/2015: Iraq claims victory over ISIS in Tikrit, but US military official says ‘block-to-block’ fighting ongoing

Iraq’s defense minister said security forces have achieved a “magnificent victory” over Islamic State fighters in Tikrit Wednesday, but a senior defense official told Fox News that the fighting is “block to block, especially in the northern part of Tikrit where ISIS still has fighters.”

Status: Unverified

Tracking Mashable anonymous sourcing

4/15/2016: Facebook Live is the next big thing in media — after the last big thing (and the thing before that)

Facebook has provided some light at the end of that dark tunnel. Media executives who spoke to us on background said their own interactions with Facebook had indicated that Live would indeed have a payoff.

11/16/2015: Turkey warned France twice about Paris attacker, senior official says

Turkish investigators warned French officials on two separate occasions about Omer Ismail Mostefai, the first gunman identified in the Paris attacks, but never heard back from France, a senior Turkish official confirmed to Mashable Monday.

10/14/2015: Facebook is working on its own real-time news notification app

Facebook is preparing to launch its own real-time news notification app in a bid to lure people away from Twitter.

A source familiar with the matter confirmed to Mashable that the app is indeed in development, although a specific launch date has not been revealed.

Rumors surrounding the app surfaced earlier this week on The Awl, which stated the app would be called Notify. The report also showed screenshots of the app on what appears to be iOS.

3/31/15: Anonymous messaging app Yik Yak is testing a photo feature

Yik Yak, the anonymous messaging app, is testing a new feature that would let users share photos, Mashable has learned.

Yik Yak is in the early stages of testing the feature on some college campuses for limited periods of time, sometimes as brief as several hours, in order to get feedback from users, according to sources familiar with the matter. Yik Yak confirmed the development to Mashable.

Status: I’m confused