• Lyft Is Testing A Feature That Will Make Line Cheaper If You’re Willing To Wait Longer

    Lyft Is Testing A Feature That Will Make Line Cheaper If You’re Willing To Wait Longer

    Lyft is testing a new feature for Lyft Line users that will make rides a little bit cheaper. The new feature allows Line riders that are willing to wait for a little bit longer to take less-expensive rides. I first spotted the feature when taking a ride from San Mateo. It appears to be a test, and features such as these tend to be available only to a small number of users. It’s still a… Read More

  • Etsy CTO On Its Conservatively Crafty Tech Philosophy

    Etsy CTO On Its Conservatively Crafty Tech Philosophy

    The online artisans’ marketplace sells some unique products and has some unusual needs when it comes to IT. The company sets itself apart in a number of ways. Instead of using cloud services like many young organizations, it mostly shuns them preferring to bring as much as possible in-house. Etsy, which recently had a hugely successful IPO, is remarkably conservative in some ways, yet… Read More

  • Industry Convergence In Financial Services Is Accelerating

    Industry Convergence In Financial Services Is Accelerating

    These days everyone wants to create the next Uber for anything, and the word “disruption” is mentioned across boardrooms and management meetings in nearly all industries. But while discussing the true meaning of disruption and which fintech startups are worth keeping an eye on, incumbents are at risk of overlooking players that once were customers and partners that can quickly… Read More

  • Facebook Messenger Launches Free VOIP Video Calls Over Cellular And Wi-Fi

    Facebook Messenger Launches Free VOIP Video Calls Over Cellular And Wi-Fi

    It’s not polite to call someone out of the blue anymore. Best to text them first. That’s why Facebook thinks video calling will live naturally inside Messenger. Today, Messenger is launching free VOIP video calling over cellular and wifi connections on iOS and Android in the U.S., Canada, UK, and 15 other countries. Facebook’s goal is to connect people face to face no… Read More

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    Biotech Startup Pembient Is Making Rhino Horns, Sans Rhino

    Biotech Startup Pembient Is Making Rhino Horns, Sans Rhino

    There’s a startup called Pembient that is 3D printing rhinoceros horns in a lab on the far edge of San Francisco. These are not horns that look like rhino horns. These are genetically identical rhino horns, according to the startup. Pembient just didn’t need a rhino in order to make them. That’s good news for the very few rhinoceroses around the world. There are only five… Read More

  • ESPN Sues Verizon Over Its TV Packages Aimed At Cord Cutters

    ESPN Sues Verizon Over Its TV Packages Aimed At Cord Cutters

    Verizon has apparently hit a snag with regard to its efforts aimed at cord cutters. The cable TV provider recently introduced a way to purchase TV channel packages via à la carte bundles. But today, ESPN filed a breach-of-contract lawsuit against Verizon, arguing that Verizon’s move to break out ESPN’s channels into a separate sports tier that isn’t a part of the core package… Read More

  • Watch SpaceX Launch A Satellite In Today’s Falcon 9 Thales Mission

    Watch SpaceX Launch A Satellite In Today’s Falcon 9 Thales Mission

    SpaceX is launching a satellite for customer Thales Alenia Space today. The company’s Falcon 9 rocket should blast off at around 6:14 ET today, provided the launch window sees favorable conditions once it opens. The mission will see the first satellite operated by Turkmenistan enter orbit, if all goes as planned. The SpaceX mission will involve deploying the commercial satellite around… Read More

  • Instagram Gets Emoji Hashtags And 3 New Filters, Future Filters To Arrive Faster

    Instagram Gets Emoji Hashtags And 3 New Filters, Future Filters To Arrive Faster

    Instagram has added three new filters to its app, including Lark, Reyes and Juno. These filters are designed to brighten images and seem generally appropriate for spring time photos. Alongside the new filters, Instagram is also adding support for emoji in hashtags, letting you tag your photos with those tiny pictographs that have come to dominate text conversations, and click on them to find… Read More

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