• How A Trillion-Dollar Market Remains Hidden In Plain Sight

    How A Trillion-Dollar Market Remains Hidden In Plain Sight

    Remember the hidden cash craze this summer? Someone was hiding money all over cities, leaving people to find it on their own. It got a lot of attention early on and got me thinking that there is a lot more out there than random $50 bills and whatnot. As an investor, we look for huge markets that either have remained hidden or are just starting to be explored. Financial marketplaces is one… Read More

  • Why We Should Treat Teachers Like Software Engineers

    Why We Should Treat Teachers Like Software Engineers

    America is widely considered a global leader in economics, business, and culture. But when it comes to education, the U.S. seems to be falling behind. In the 2012 PISA results, we ranked 27th in math, 17th in reading, and 20th in science. Our high school graduation rates are ranked 18th internationally. A month ago, I had the pleasure of spending two weeks in Korea and Japan, meeting with… Read More

  • Bowflex Max Trainer M5 Review: Connected, Intense Exercise In A Relatively Compact Package

    Bowflex Max Trainer M5 Review: Connected, Intense Exercise In A Relatively Compact Package

    A blogger’s life is not the most active lifestyle possible for a human; tech bloggers probably get the most exercise walking to and from the post office to retrieve packages they missed at home or to ship things back out. If you don’t have a standing desk, you probably barely even rise out of your seat at a job where the Internet is your main medium, source and subject. The chance… Read More

  • Instagram Cuts Off Kevin Rose’s Photo App Tiiny From Its Social Graph

    Instagram Cuts Off Kevin Rose’s Photo App Tiiny From Its Social Graph

    This is how social graph politics works. Building community on a new social app is tough because you need your users to be able connect with their friends. Some apps cross-reference your phone’s contacts, but others piggyback on APIs of top social networks like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram so you can find your friends based on who you know on those services. But if a big dog thinks… Read More

  • A Few Thoughts On Windows 10

    A Few Thoughts On Windows 10

    1, 2, 3, 95, 98, 2000, ME, XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, [airgap], 10! Microsoft’s Windows 10 must patch the consumer-facing flaws present in Windows 8.x, and also bring enterprise customers into the modern era of computing. Couple that to the larger Windows trend of platform unification that Windows 10 will be the apparent culmination of, and you have what must be one of the most… Read More

  • Online Native Ads Are Held To Higher Standards Than Those On TV

    Online Native Ads Are Held To Higher Standards Than Those On TV

    National news programs have garnered news of their own recently for adopting native advertising as a source of income. “Good Morning America” recently aired interviews with the new Under Armour spokespeople, Lindsay Vonn and Gisele Bundchen, but only those who waited until the very end of the segment witnessed the “brought to you by” disclaimer. Though some social… Read More

  • Five Things Startups Need To Do To Attract Advertising Pounds, Dollars And Euros

    Five Things Startups Need To Do To Attract Advertising Pounds, Dollars And Euros

    There is a culture in Silicon Valley and its offshoots around the world that says if you build it they will come. That if your tech is smart enough then consumers, brands, fame, fortune and ultimately millions and billions will come your way. To put it simply, once you’ve got VC backing, every other industry will just fall into place. Read More

  • Redbox To Kill Off Its Streaming Service Next Week

    Redbox To Kill Off Its Streaming Service Next Week

    Well, that didn’t last long. 18 months after opening its doors to the public, Redbox Instant (the online streaming arm of those Redbox kiosks you see in grocery stores around the country) is shutting down. The service will officially hit the lights and kill the servers on October 7th. Read More

  • Rep. Waxman Proposes A Third Approach To Net Neutrality

    Rep. Waxman Proposes A Third Approach To Net Neutrality

    3.7 million comments later, the net neutrality debate continues. Out Friday was a letter from Rep. Henry Waxman detailing an approach that would lean on both proposed sources of governmental authority to enforce an open Internet. Rep. Waxman wants to use both Title II, and Section 706. At issue is the fact that there exists tension between advocates of net neutrality in terms how to… Read More

  • As The Valley Burns Up, Boston Readies Its Next Act

    As The Valley Burns Up, Boston Readies Its Next Act

    You wouldn’t think that you could fix the bicycle. It’s just two wheels, a seat, and a set of pedals, plus or minus some fancy materials and high-quality tuning. But for the engineers and designers at Cambridge-based Superpedestrian, that base is just the start for what they hope will be the next generation of urban transit. Reinventing the bike may be good business, but it is also… Read More

  • Gillmor Gang: Good Vibrations Too

    Gillmor Gang: Good Vibrations II

    The Gillmor Gang — Robert Scoble, Dan Farber, Keith Teare, Kevin Marks, and Steve Gillmor. Recorded live Friday, October 3, 2014. @stevegillmor, @scobleizer, @dbfarber, @kevinmarks, @kteare Produced and directed by Tina Chase Gillmor @tinagillmor Read More

  • The Bitcoin Selloff Continues

    The Bitcoin Selloff Continues

    Bitcoin, the best-known cryptocurrency, recently slipped under the $400 mark, a former price floor that some viewed as a bulwark against further price pressure. Currently trading for $338.83, bitcoin is down $29.06 in the past 24 hours, or around 7.9 percent. From its all-time highs, bitcoin is down around 70 percent. For historical context, here’s the chart, with the current… Read More

  • Everything You Need To Know About iOS 8 Keyboard Permissions (But Were Afraid To Ask)
  • Us vs. Them: What’s Wrong With You People?

    Us vs. Them: What’s Wrong With You People?

    Internet, we need to talk. In a nuanced, thoughtful, intelligent way. I don’t want this to turn into some kind of knee-jerk confrontation. But it will, won’t it? You’ll end up citing the Nazis while frothing at the mouth, won’t you? That’s what you do. Every. Single. Time. What’s wrong with you, Internet? Why can’t we just agree to disagree? By which… Read More

  • Snapchat Wanted MessageMe Before Yahoo Bought It For Up To $30-$40M

    Snapchat Wanted MessageMe Before Yahoo Bought It For Up To $30-$40M

    Earlier today we reported that messaging app MessageMe was getting acquired by Yahoo — which MessageMe has now confirmed on its site, along with the inevitable news that the app is shutting down, effective November 7. Now we’ve also learned some more details. MessageMe had also been courted by Snapchat as well as an app maker out of Europe, Truecaller. And, after… Read More

  • SureMote Turns Your Android Phone Into A Remote For Any Wi-Fi Connected Device At Home

    SureMote Turns Your Android Phone Into A Remote For Any Wi-Fi Connected Device At Home

    I don’t think I’ve used a remote control in a year. Perhaps several years. They’re cheap. They get lost easily and sometimes you end up with ten of them. But an Israeli company called Tekoia is trying to consolidate those devices through an app called SureMote that links to Wifi-connected home appliances. The new version of the app uses the infrared blaster on newer… Read More

  • From Model T To 4G: How Connectivity Is Revolutionising The Car

    From Model T To 4G: How Connectivity Is Revolutionising The Car

    The car industry is on the verge of its biggest transformation in over a century. Connected cars are set to revolutionise the car as we know it, with the overall number of vehicles with built-in connectivity expected to make up 90 per cent of the total market by 2020. Not since the Model T Ford became the first mass-produced car in 1908 has the automotive industry been faced with such a… Read More

  • I Just Used Nimbl To Get 40 Bucks Delivered To The AOL Office

    I Just Used Nimbl To Get 40 Bucks Delivered To The AOL Office

    Yep — now there’s an Uber for cash. I first became aware Nimbl earlier this afternoon, when I saw some skeptical commentary about it on Twitter. The idea, basically, is that you can use the app to call a Nimbl “runner”, who will bring cash to your location. Read More

  • When Anna Met Jony

    When Anna Met Jony

    The fashion industry is secretly sick of being underestimated and under-intellectualized. There’s a pivotal scene in “The Devil Wears Prada” where Meryl Streep gives her assistant Andy a talking-to about the hypocrisy inherent in her disdain for fashion — as it’s given life to the blue drab sweater she is wearing. And is a trillion dollar industry. Read More

  • SF Housing Interests Unite Against Proposed Airbnb Legislation

    SF Housing Interests Unite Against Proposed Airbnb Legislation

    A broad group of protesters representing various San Francisco housing interests met on the steps of City Hall today to express their opposition of proposed legislation that would allow residents to rent out their homes on a short-term basis. “Raise of hands, who here has shared their home?” asked Fernando Marti, the co-director at Council of Community Housing Organizations (CCHO). Read More

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