• Microsoft and Facebook are building the fastest trans-Atlantic cable yet

    Microsoft and Facebook are building the fastest trans-Atlantic cable yet

    Here is some news you don’t read every day: Microsoft and Facebook today announced that they are teaming up to build a subsea cable across the Atlantic that will connect Virginia Beach, Virginia, with Bilbao, Spain. The companies say the so-called MAREA cable will allow them to “meet the growing customer demand for high speed, reliable connections for cloud and online services… Read More

  • ACLU moves to join Microsoft lawsuit against Justice Department

    ACLU moves to join Microsoft lawsuit against Justice Department

    The American Civil Liberties Union wants to help Microsoft challenge government gag orders that prevent it from telling its customers when it receives warrants for their information. Microsoft sued the Justice Department in April, claiming that the government’s demands for silence were unconstitutional. The company said that Outlook.com and Office365 were the products most often… Read More

  • Microsoft could introduce not one, but two new Xbox One consoles

    Microsoft could introduce not one, but two new Xbox One consoles

    Microsoft is playing catch up when it comes to console sales. But it looks like the company doesn’t want to give up on dedicated gaming consoles. According to multiple reports, Microsoft is about to announce a new, slimmer Xbox One around E3 in June, and a more powerful Xbox One next year. In April 2016, FCC filings showed that Microsoft was Read More

  • Walgreens extends its developer efforts with two new APIs

    Walgreens extends its developer efforts with two new APIs

    Walgreens (yes, that Walgreens — the one that also owns Duane Reade and is trying to buy Rite Aid for $17.2 billion) has long offered a number of tools for developers who want to plug into both its retail and pharmacy business. Today, the company is extending this program with the launch of two new APIs. The company launched its API program back in 2012 with a service that allowed… Read More

  • GitHub’s diversity is just as bad as the rest of Silicon Valley’s

    GitHub’s diversity is just as bad as the rest of Silicon Valley’s

    GitHub, the online repository startup, has released its first-ever diversity and inclusion report, revealing that it’s no different from the rest of tech companies in Silicon Valley and beyond. At a high level, GitHub is 64% male worldwide and 64% white in the U.S. That said, the company has improved since the end of 2014, when it was 79% male and 21% female worldwide. Among leading… Read More

  • Zolt helps you stay on the pulse with customized news summaries

    Zolt helps you stay on the pulse with customized news summaries

    We get it, you’re a busy person, and life moves at 132 MPH. But you still want to keep your finger on the pulse, if for no other reason to not be completely out of the loop at the office water cooler, right? Zolt is fresh out of its app wrapper to help you stay tuned, with 60-word news updates on the topics you care about. Read More

  • 62 percent of U.S. adults get their news from social media, says report

    62 percent of U.S. adults get their news from social media, says report

    A new study from Pew Research claims that 62 percent of people get their news from social media, with 18 percent doing so very often. As expected, the top social media news source is Facebook. The study claims that two-thirds of Facebook’s user base read their news on the platform, with 59 percent of Twitter users getting news on Twitter, and 70 percent of Reddit users doing the same… Read More

  • Skillshare books $12 million to take its education platform international

    Skillshare books $12 million to take its education platform international

    Edtech startup Skillshare Inc. has raised a $12 million round of venture funding to grow its marketplace of “bite-sized, self-paced courses for creators,” according to founder and CEO Michael Karnjanaprakorn. Amasia and Omidyar Network co-led the Series B investment in Skillshare joined by Union Square Ventures and Spark Capital. The funding brings the company’s total… Read More

  • Front grabs $10 million to bring email to the next level

    Front grabs $10 million to bring email to the next level

    It’s safe to say that email is broken. But a startup called Front wants to reinvent email, or at least make it suck less. Front started as a collaborative email service for companies so that multiple people can interact and deal with incoming emails on your on your support@, jobs@ or contact@ email addresses. And the company is raising a $10 million Series A round led by Social Capital. Read More

  • How ready is the Internet for IoT? Crunch Network

    How ready is the Internet for IoT?

    We’re currently witnessing rapidly expanding product launches and sky-high elevated expectations from the emerging deployment of the Internet of Things in both personal and commercial domains. Stakeholders — ranging from hardware manufacturers and service providers to cloud platforms — are vigorously weighing in to position their offerings in anticipation of windfall rewards… Read More

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