• Apple’s Tim Cook Does Some Security Straight Talking

    Apple’s Tim Cook Does Some Security Straight Talking

    Today, Apple’s Tim Cook posted a letter announcing a new security page on the company’s website, publishing some fairly plain-language security talk. There’s some solid language here that is clearly designed to allay fears about the way that Apple protects user data in the wake of the celebrity nude hacking incidents. Cook’s words: We believe in telling you up… Read More

  • Hampton Creek In A Management Pickle As It Seeks To Raise $50 Million In Funding

    Hampton Creek In A Management Pickle As It Seeks To Raise $50 Million In Funding

    It hasn’t even been a full two weeks since Ali Partovi switched from an advisor role to chief strategy officer at Hampton Creek. However, the plant-based mayo startup has confirmed that Partovi is out. This leaves the company in a bit of a management pickle. In an odd move, Partovi switched from simply advisor to second in command to CEO and co-founder Josh Tetrick at the beginning… Read More

  • Amazon Announces New Fire Tablets, E-Ink Kindles And A Special Fire For Kids
  • ManServant Will Let You Order Around Hot Men For $125 Per Hour

    ManServant Will Let You Order Around Hot Men For $125 Per Hour

    A 6’2″, sandy blond gentleman wearing a tailored suit and tie gently bows to greet me and seat me. “Hello, I am Fabio and I will be your man servant this afternoon,” he says. His gentle, hypnotic voice wraps around me. I suddenly realize I’ve been seated and proceed to accidentally knock my sunglasses off the table. Fabio quickly picks them up and then takes out… Read More

  • FCC Chairman Wheeler: Title II Is On The Table

    FCC Chairman Wheeler: Title II Is On The Table

    In the final moments of the FCC’s public comment period on its notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) concerning net neutrality, there was a spike in input regarding precisely how bad regulating ISPs under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934 would be. To summarize the corporate response: Oh god, please no. Please. Read More

  • If You Want An Android Smartwatch, Get The Moto 360
  • BuySellAds Acquires Ad Startup LaunchBit

    BuySellAds Acquires Ad Startup LaunchBit

    LaunchBit, an ad startup focused on helping software-as-a-service businesses find new customers, is announcing that it has been acquired by ad platform BuySellAds.com. The financial terms of the deal are not being disclosed. LaunchBit co-founder and CEO Elizabeth Yin told me via email that the LaunchBit ad network will continue to operate, “business as usual,” while it’s… Read More

  • BeautyCon Raises Seed Funding So Brands Can Say Goodbye To Hollywood… And Hello To YouTube

    BeautyCon Raises Seed Funding So Brands Can Say Goodbye To Hollywood… And Hello To YouTube

    Moj Mahdara has seen the future of branding and entertainment, and it’s on YouTube. The chief executive of the burgeoning media business BeautyCon has raised under $5 million in seed financing from entertainment and publishing big shots like Michael Eisner, the former chief executive of Disney Co., the publisher Hearst Corp., Kelly Osbourne, and talent lawyers Ken Hertz and Eric… Read More

  • Memoir Debuts A “Predictive” Photo-Sharing App For iOS 8

    Memoir Debuts A “Predictive” Photo-Sharing App For iOS 8

    Photo-sharing application Memoir, launched last fall to make it easier to rediscover your photo memories through a combination of advanced search features and a time-capsule-like function, similar to competitor TimeHop. But one of the app’s more interesting features was a way to request photos from other users. Today, thanks to iOS 8, that option has now been improved. The company calls… Read More

  • Airbnb Will Begin Collecting Transient Occupancy Taxes For San Francisco Bookings Next Month

    Airbnb Will Begin Collecting Transient Occupancy Taxes For San Francisco Bookings Next Month

    Airbnb announced today that it will soon begin collecting and remitting a 14 percent hotel occupancy fee for guest stays occurring in San Francisco. In a blog post, Airbnb’s regional head of public policy David Owen wrote that the policy will go into effect for all bookings that take place on or after October 1 in its home city. Read More