• Nasty Bug Lets Hackers Into Nearly Any Android Phone Using Nothing But A Message

    Nasty Bug Lets Hackers Into Nearly Any Android Phone Using Nothing But A Message

    It’s like something from a bad movie: eager to learn the details of the bad guy’s plan, the good guys hack his phone armed with little more than knowledge of his phone number. No physical access to the phone, no tricking him into opening some shady application; just a quick message, and bam — they’re in. Alas, that’s essentially how a new Android hack works… Read More

  • Dear Investors, Fund More Underrepresented Founders In Tech

    Dear Investors, Fund More Underrepresented Founders In Tech

    If the future of the tech industry is to be a culture of inclusion and diversity, then women founders and founders of color need funding. Although Google, Twitter, Pandora, Facebook and other tech companies released their diversity data last year, there is less data on the demographics of who investors are funding. This needs to change. Read More

  • Today’s Kids Have No Idea How The First iPod Worked

    Today’s Kids Have No Idea How The First iPod Worked

    It’s easy to forget that technology changes quickly when you follow this industry. When the first iPod was released in 2001, it was a much different world. Components weren’t powerful enough to create smartphones and tablets. Gmail, Facebook, Twitter and Spotify didn’t exist. Microsoft had just released the original Xbox and Windows XP. Read More

  • As Gree In SF Lays Off 120, Gaming Giant Buys Twiitch, Opens Offices In Berlin And Oz

    As Gree In SF Lays Off 120, Gaming Giant Buys Twiitch, Opens Offices In Berlin And Oz

    Yet more consolidation afoot in the gaming business. Gree International, the global arm of the Japanese gaming giant that focuses on social and mobile gaming, is downsizing in San Francisco by cutting 30 percent of jobs, and at the same time it is doubling down on growth in other markets. Gree is acquiring Australia’s Twiitch — makers of Heroes of War and other popular titles (and… Read More

  • Google AdSense Publishers Must Now Obtain EU Visitors’ Consent Before Collecting Data

    Google AdSense Publishers Must Now Obtain EU Visitors’ Consent Before Collecting Data

    Google has announced a change to its user consent policy which will affect website publishers using Google products and services, including Google AdSense, DoubleClick for Publishers and DoubleClick Ad Exchange, as well as whose sites or apps have visitors arriving from the European Union. Under the new policy, publishers will have to obtain EU end users’ consent before storing or… Read More

  • Google Weans Itself Off Of Google+

    Google Weans Itself Off Of Google+

    It’s no secret that Google+ didn’t quite work out the way Google envisioned and now, after already moving Google Photos out of the service, it’s starting to decouple Google+ profiles from its regular Google accounts. The idea behind Google+ profiles was to give users a single identity across all the company’s platforms. Users didn’t like this and as Google VP… Read More

  • In Global Startup Ecosystem Ranking, Silicon Valley Slips, While Southeast Asia Gains Traction

    In Global Startup Ecosystem Ranking, Silicon Valley Slips, While Southeast Asia Gains Traction

    Three years ago, Compass — a three-and-a-half-year-old, San Francisco-based company that provides reporting and benchmarking software to startups around the world — produced a widely read report on the global startup ecosystem. Now, armed more than 200 interviews with entrepreneurs from 25 countries; 11,000 startup surveys; and insights from a long list of data and content… Read More

  • YC-Backed GO1 Wants To Make Compliance Training Suck Less

    YC-Backed GO1 Wants To Make Compliance Training Suck Less

    GO1, an employee training startup out of Y Combinator’s Summer 2015 cohort, is launching in North America to help companies onboard and educate their employees in a more effective fashion. Anyone who has worked for a large company knows the frustration of completing yearly compliance training. Generally this means watching a couple of hour-long web seminars about being a team player… Read More

  • Tune In To TechCrunch Radio On Sirius XM Tomorrow!

    Tune In To TechCrunch Radio On Sirius XM Tomorrow!

    What up, world? TechCrunch Radio is coming at you this week, just like every week, and we’re looking for the coolest folks in tech to present their products in the patent-pending* TechCrunch Radio Pitch-off. Here’s how it works: At the top of each show, John Biggs and I discuss the latest in tech news. For the last half hour, we bring five of the coolest new startups we can find on… Read More

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