• TC Droidcast Episode 40: Samsung Galaxy S6 And HTC’s VR Headset

    TC Droidcast Episode 40: Samsung Galaxy S6 And HTC’s VR Headset

    This week’s Droidcast is all about Mobile World Congress, where HTC unveiled some surprises in addition to the HTC One M9, and Samsung changed up its design strategy with a new take on the Galaxy that replaces boring old plastic with exciting metal and glass. Will the premium look make up for trade-offs in terms of user accessible storage and batteries, and can in-house processors push… Read More

  • Apple Will Hire Its Contract Security Staff On A Full-Time Basis

    Apple Will Hire Its Contract Security Staff On A Full-Time Basis

    Apple will hire its contract security staff on a full-time basis, a decision that continues a nascent trend of technology giants reducing their use of external labor for non-technical roles. Google made a similar move with its security staff late last year. According to a media report, Apple will bring “the majority” of its contractual security staffers in-house. Read More

  • Getting Breach Notification Right

    Getting Breach Notification Right

    President Obama proposed in January the first federal standard for data breaches, requiring that companies notify customers of privacy-related breaches within 30 days of discovery. Other standards and regulations exist (47 states at last count had some form of regulation regarding breach disclosure), but there is currently no federal standard to act as a uniform baseline. Read More

  • YC-Backed GitLab Is Like GitHub But For Enterprise – You Know, Like GitHub Enterprise

    YC-Backed GitLab Is Like GitHub But For Enterprise – You Know, Like GitHub Enterprise

    GitLab calls itself the open-source GitHub that companies can run on their own servers. Like GitHub, it offers an open source git repository. Also like GitHub, it has a cat creature mascot. “But sometimes you want your hub protected on your own servers, behind your own firewall for certain geographic reasons,” Dutch co-founder of GitLab Sytse Sijbrandij told me over the phone from… Read More

  • CrowdFlower Launches Open Data Project Covering Everything From Climate Change To #ThatDress

    CrowdFlower Launches Open Data Project Covering Everything From Climate Change To #ThatDress

    Crowdsourcing company CrowdFlower allows businesses to tap into a distributed workforce of 5 million contributors for basic tasks like sentiment analysis. Today it’s releasing some of that data to the public through its new Data for Everyone initiative. Founder and CEO Lukas Biewald (a friend of mine from college) told me that last year, the company quietly began asking some of its… Read More

  • Six Months After Acquisition, Caviar Has Tripled Order Volume And More Than Doubled Headcount

    Six Months After Acquisition, Caviar Has Tripled Order Volume And More Than Doubled Headcount

    Last August, payments startup Square acquired San Francisco-based food delivery startup Caviar for a reported $90 million. Since then, the company has been growing fast, both in terms of order volume and the size of the internal team. For Square, the acquisition follows a trend of diversifying the company’s portfolio of products and services. As it moves beyond just providing a card… Read More

  • Wealthfront Now Manages More Than $2 Billion In Client Assets

    Wealthfront Now Manages More Than $2 Billion In Client Assets

    Wealthfront, the automated investment services company that competes with traditional financial advisory behemoths like Fidelity, has today crossed the $2 billion mark in terms of assets managed. The achievement for a company, which two years ago was managing approximately $500 million in client assets, is impressive, and it makes Wealthfront the first in its space to rake in that much… Read More

  • Pebble Time Is Now The Most-Funded Kickstarter Project Ever

    Pebble Time Is Now The Most-Funded Kickstarter Project Ever

    Pebble’s extra bump from the Pebble Time Steel announcement has put it over the edge, helping it break the record for most-funded project of all time on Kickstarter. The Pebble Time campaign beats out the Coolest Cooler, a camper cooler with various tech-friendly additional features. It’s currently sitting at just under $13.5 million, with 24 days left in the campaign still to… Read More

  • Google Stops Updating Chrome For Android 4.0

    Google Stops Updating Chrome For Android 4.0

    Google today announced that Chrome 42 will be the last version of its mobile browser to run on devices that still use Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS), which launched in 2011. Chrome will still continue to run on these devices, but Google will freeze development, and Android 4.0 users will not receive any updates beyond Chrome 42, which is set for release in mid-April 2015. Version 42… Read More

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