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  • The WebRTC Race Begins Today

    The WebRTC Race Begins Today

    As recently as 2012, it seemed that Web Real-Time Communication, or WebRTC, was so clandestine that the technology was a skunk works project, hidden in a back office somewhere in Silicon Valley. It is now an emerging standard of web communication which makes high definition, high resolution, low bandwidth video, audio, chat and peer to peer data transfer as simple as a single browser link. Read More

  • Gillmor Gang: Temporary Filling

    Gillmor Gang: Temporary Filling

    The Gillmor Gang — John Taschek, Kevin Marks, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor. Topics include Microsoft squeezing Facebook and Google messaging out, or did they says John Taschek? Also Google making everything but money on Android; does it all add up to the new Search? And the chat room fears House of Cards will Eat your Weekend. Plus, the latest G3. @stevegillmor, @jtaschek, @kteare… Read More

  • Trying To Hire A Diverse Team Of Engineers? It’s Not Just A Pipeline Issue

    Trying To Hire A Diverse Team Of Engineers? It’s Not Just A Pipeline Issue

    Recently, there have been a flurry of articles discussing the lack of diversity in tech. Many reference “pipeline” issues as justification for the low numbers. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, blacks and Hispanics collectively make up approximately 18 percent of U.S. computer science graduates, yet Facebook, Yahoo, and LinkedIn are between 8 to 11… Read More

  • Why Greece Should Not Switch To Bitcoin

    Why Greece Should Not Switch To Bitcoin

    In some discussions about Greece exiting the euro, it has been suggested that Greece should swap the euro for bitcoin. At first glance, bitcoin may appear to be the cure. But if the euro is the problem, switching to Bitcoin would be like trying to cure a headache with a bullet to the brain. Read More

  • Beware The Pretty People

    Beware The Pretty People

    The tech industry used to be home to a disproportionate number of misfits and weirdos. Geeks. Nerds. People who needed to know how machines worked; needed to take them apart, make them better, and put them back together again. People who existed a little apart from society’s established hierarchy … and often saw that hierarchy as another machine to be deconstructed and improved. Read More

  • White House Drops ‘Consumer Privacy Bill Of Rights Act’ Draft

    White House Drops ‘Consumer Privacy Bill Of Rights Act’ Draft

    In a late-Friday release, the White House published a draft of its proposed Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights. You can read the full text here. The bill sets out to, in its own words, “establish baseline protections for individual privacy in the commercial arena and to foster timely, flexible implementations of these protections through enforceable codes of conduct developed by diverse… Read More

  • Airbnb Is Raising A Monster Round At A $20B Valuation

    Airbnb Is Raising A Monster Round At A $20B Valuation

    Airbnb — the platform that lets travellers book private spare rooms and entire homes as an alternative to traditional hotels — is doing some booking of its own. Airbnb is in the process of raising another round of funding that will value it at $20 billion, according to sources familiar with the situation. Read More

  • Early YC Alums Rethink The College Summer Internship With New Program For Students

    Early YC Alums Rethink The College Summer Internship With New Program For Students

    The summer internship isn’t about grabbing coffee anymore. A handful of early Y Combinator alums are testing a new type of summer program where they will give $10,000 to four or five teams this summer to build products. Called the Summer Founders program, its first site is at Pennsylvania State University, where Xobni and Sincerely founder Matt Brezina got his undergraduate degree. About… Read More

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