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  • #GamerGate Is The Future Of Troll Politics

    #GamerGate Is The Future Of Troll Politics

    I’ve refrained from talking about GamerGate because the entire thing has been so baffling. The hysteria and name-calling seemed counter-productive and, as a veteran of many flame wars (see BlackBerry, Notion Ink, and Palm) I saw all the signs of a tempest in a teapot that was run through forums and IRC channels and dedicated to putting down dissenting views in favor of… Read More

  • Getting a Picture of the European Tech Landscape

    How The European Tech Ecosystem Is Shaping Up

    A group of important ecosystem builders took the stage at Disrupt Europe to give us a picture of the European tech landscape. The common thread was about the current state of the ecosystem compared to five years ago. Things have changed dramatically — and in a good way. Carlos Eduardo Espinal from Seedcamp, Rohan Silva from Second Home, Tine Thygesen from Everplaces, and Jason Whitmire… Read More

  • Autonomous Boats Are Helping The Navy Swarm On Threats

    Autonomous Boats Are Helping The Navy Swarm On Threats

    I rarely like to focus on military robots but this video is fascinating. It talks about the SWARM program, a system for controlling multiple boats in a body of water and ensuring they don’t crash into each other and can easily swarm on another ship as needed. These boats, which are connected via software called Control Architecture for Robotic Agent Command and Sensing, can be armed but… Read More

  • Fab Was Burning Through $14M/Month Before Its Layoffs And Pivot

    Fab Was Burning Through $14M/Month Before Its Layoffs And Pivot

    Jason Goldberg, the co-founder of Fab.com, says that the design marketplace was burning through $14 million per month at its peak before it went through a drastic round of layoffs and decision to pivot the business. Speaking at our Disrupt London conference, he said that the startup’s decision to pivot was inevitable after the company didn’t raise as much money as they had… Read More

  • Gmail For Android Will Soon Support Yahoo Mail, Outlook And Other Email Services

    Gmail For Android Will Soon Support Yahoo Mail, Outlook And Other Email Services

    Use email? Own an Android device? Not a fan of Gmail? There’s good news coming your way. Google is preparing a major update for Gmail for Android that will, among many things, finally handle email accounts from other service providers, such as Microsoft Outlook, Yahoo and AOL [mandatory disclaimer: AOL is, of course, the owner of TechCrunch]. That’s according to the sleuths… Read More

  • Android Lollipop Easter Egg Casts Andy The Android As Flappy Bird

    Android Lollipop Easter Egg Casts Andy The Android As Flappy Bird

    Android 5.0 Lollipop is coming soon, and shipping on Google’s new Nexus hardware, but a newly discovered Easter Egg in the build is already available in the developer preview. The hidden, fun feature in Android 5 is accessible via the Settings menu, with repeated tapping on the Android version number listing, and gives users the chance to play through an Android Lollipop-themed version… Read More

  • European Entrepreneurs Must Screw Their Courage To The Sticking Place, Says Neelie Kroes

    European Entrepreneurs Must Screw Their Courage To The Sticking Place, Says Neelie Kroes

    The European Commission’s Neelie Kroes has urged those with “interesting business ideas” burning a hole in their brain to “apply, apply, apply” for research funding from the EC — despite conceding that the application process can be a “jungle” to fight through. Read More

  • Former Netezza Team Reunites And Lands $8M To Solve Today’s Big Data Problem

    Former Netezza Team Reunites And Lands $8M To Solve Today’s Big Data Problem

    In 2000, some companies had big data problems before the concept we know today even existed. Back in those days, these organizations used a concept called the data warehouse to deal with large amounts of data, and a company called Netezza formed to build an appliance to simplify data warehousing. The company was sold in 2010 to IBM for a cool $1.7B, but they have decided to get the band… Read More

  • Resilience Is Key To Success For Most Startups, According To YC’s Justin Kan

    Resilience Is Key To Success For Most Startups, According To YC’s Justin Kan

    Lots of startups start with good ideas, but few of them become huge successes. More important than a good idea to their success is just having the resilience required to keep going even if your idea isn’t so great, according to Y Combinator partner Justin Kan. Read More

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