• Zuckerberg Speaks Chinese, Internet Soils Itself

    Zuckerberg Speaks Chinese, Internet Soils Itself

    Mark Zuckerberg may only own one hoodie, as far as we can tell, but he is multilingual. The Facebook founder was interviewed at business school Tsinghua University today and answered all questions in Mandarin, to the delight of the audience and the relief of Renee Zellweger, who is probably happy that the Internet now has something to talk about besides her face. Read More

  • German Publishers Bow To Google’s Market Power In Ongoing Text Snippets Fight

    German Publishers Bow To Google’s Market Power In Ongoing Text Snippets Fight

    A tug of war between Google and German publishers over how online news content is displayed in search results has ended in surrender (for now) for the publishers — who have grudgingly agreed the search giant can display snippets of their content without paying them for the privilege of doing so. Read More

  • Google’s DeepMind Acqui-Hires Two AI Teams In The UK, Partners With Oxford

    Google’s DeepMind Acqui-Hires Two AI Teams In The UK, Partners With Oxford

    Earlier this year Google acquired DeepMind in the UK to expand the work that it is doing in artificial intelligence, and today the company announced that it is making some more significant moves to build this out even further. It is acqui-hiring the two academic teams of founders, seven people in all, behind Dark Blue Labs and Vision Factory, two deep learning startups based in the UK, and… Read More

  • Secure Messaging App Telegram Adds Usernames And Snapchat-Like Hold-To-View For Media

    Secure Messaging App Telegram Adds Usernames And Snapchat-Like Hold-To-View For Media

    Telegram, the privacy-focused messaging app, now lets you add friends without necessarily knowing their phone number. An update to the iOS and Android app today has introduced the option to register as username, although all users must still register their account using their phone number. Read More

  • Ant Financial: The Greatest Victory Is That Which Requires No Battle

    Ant Financial: The Greatest Victory Is That Which Requires No Battle

    Not long after the Alibaba IPO, eBay announced that it aims to spin off PayPal as a separately traded company. The rumors of PayPal as an acquisition target are already looming, and one of the contenders is Jack Ma’s Alipay, now called Ant Financial. A deeper insight into Alipay is interesting in light of the potential changes similar players like Apple, Amazon and PayPal pose for… Read More

  • Chicago And Big Data

    Chicago And Big Data

    As a civilization, we may not be getting smarter. However, the technologies we use certainly are. Since the introduction of the smartphone, we’ve witnessed the emergence of smart homes, smart power grids, and even smart football stadiums for helping fans find parking spaces. Lately, the trend has been to go big. Infrastructure applications are ever increasing in size and scope for… Read More

  • Tim Armstrong Doesn’t Say The Wrong Thing About Women In The Workplace

    Tim Armstrong Doesn’t Say The Wrong Thing About Women In The Workplace

    In the past few weeks and months, conversations about women in our industry have run the gamut from companies such as Apple and Facebook willing to pay to freeze women’s eggs so they can put off having children and Satya Nadella’s karmic misstep to the data-rich, but solution-poor disclosure of just how few women are at the top of tech. Read More

  • When Should Startups Hire A CFO?

    When Should Startups Hire A CFO?

    Many founders and CEOs of start-ups don’t spend a lot of time thinking about CFOs. When it comes to finance for a start-up, founders focus on more pressing needs: What’s my burn rate? How long is my runway? How does our annual recurring revenue (ARR) look? How much more money do we need? Read More

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    SOSVentures Takes On Y Combinator With A Pure Biotech Accelerator

    SOSVentures Takes On Y Combinator With A Pure Biotech Accelerator

    International VC firm SOSVentures is capitalizing on the now buzz worthy biotech investment trend with the creation of IndieBio, the first accelerator to focus on just life sciences. Y Combinator raised a few eyebrows when it accepted five biotech companies out of the 80 startups in its program this last summer. That was a first for the Silicon Valley accelerator. But IndieBio partners tell… Read More

  • Vint Launches A Monthly Subscription Service Offering Unlimited On-Demand Fitness Training

    Vint Launches A Monthly Subscription Service Offering Unlimited On-Demand Fitness Training

    Two months after bringing its fitness marketplace to San Francisco, Vint is introducing a new way for users to set up 1-on-1 workout sessions with trainers in the form of a $120 monthly subscription that lets you arrange as many meetups as you’d like. Read More

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