• Heartbleed Isn’t Dead Yet

    Heartbleed Isn’t Dead Yet

    There’s a really good reason why security researchers were so spooked by the Heartbleed bug: there’s just no silver bullet. Even if we somehow banded together to get most of the world’s systems patched, a big chunk of the Internet would likely be left vulnerable. Sure enough, Heartbleed beats on. Read More

  • Google Invests $50 Million In “Made With Code” Program To Get Girls Excited About CS

    Google Invests $50 Million In “Made With Code” Program To Get Girls Excited About CS

    This week, Google launched a new initiative called Made With Code, aimed at getting young women excited about learning to code and close the gender gap in the tech industry. The idea behind it is to show young girls that the things they love, from apps on their smartphones to their favorite movies are made with code, and they can apply the skills they learn to their own individual passions. Read More

  • Why Apple Dropped Yahoo For Its Weather App In iOS 8

    Why Apple Dropped Yahoo For Its Weather App In iOS 8

    Shortly after the iOS 8 beta was released to developers (and early adopters) during Apple’s WWDC event in early June, users discovered that Apple had replaced Yahoo’s content with data from The Weather Channel, a huge loss considering Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer’s efforts to increase the company’s presence throughout Apple’s mobile operating system. Read More

  • Apple Might Finally Solve Photo Storage Hell

    Apple Might Finally Solve Photo Storage Hell

    We take a bazillion photos with our phones and digital cameras. The digital images mostly just sit, clogging up our hard drive(s). This has been a problem for as long as digital photography has existed and it’s getting worse. Camera resolutions are getting bigger and with it, the file sizes of our digital photos are growing. Read More

  • The Term Sheet Mating Dance

    The Term Sheet Mating Dance

    There is no word more sacred and yet over-used than “term sheet” in the entrepreneurial circle. Often, the pursuit of the mythical VC term sheet has blinded entrepreneurs from the real goal of building a business – revenue, customers, users, engagement, and retention. Securing a term sheet is about more than money, more than survival. It’s validation. It’s the… Read More

  • Russia’s Skolkovo Project Back On Track

    Russia’s Skolkovo Project Back On Track

    The pace of change in Russia would appear slow at the moment. Recent and ongoing events in the Crimea and Ukraine suggest an inward-looking country that has no ear to global opinion and is set on acting like the angry Soviet bear that we know from the Cold War. Read More

  • Snapchat’s “Our Story” Is A Genius, Collaborative Reinvention Of The Livestream

    Snapchat’s “Our Story” Is A Genius, Collaborative Reinvention Of The Livestream

    What does it feel like to be a massive music festival? Nothing like a glossy livestream of the mainstage. Much more like Snapchat’s new Our Story feature, a curated channel of user submitted photos of videos from all around a big event. I was there last night at Vegas’ Electric Daisy Carnival, an 140,000-person dance music festival where Snapchat piloted Our Story. I can vouch that… Read More

  • This Video Shows A Day In The Life Of DDOS Cyber Attacks

    This Video Shows A Day In The Life Of DDOS Cyber Attacks

    Update: This is a video that’s been shared throughout the Internet purporting to show a concerted DDOS attack coming mainly from China and concentrated on United States internet servers on the day that Facebook’s service was down for many users worldwide. We’ve looked into this further, however, and it turns out this attack bore no relation to Facebook’s outage on… Read More

  • Will Google Enter The Insurance Industry?

    Will Google Enter The Insurance Industry?

    When it comes to collecting and organizing information, Google is well on its way to establishing its hegemony through the registration of 6 billion daily unique searches and indexing of over 50 billion web pages (2013). What remains to be seen is how this information is being made universally accessible and at what price. One of the industries that has particular advantage of access to… Read More

  • Amazon’s Master Of Commerce Move Into The Phone Game

    Amazon’s Master Of Commerce Move Into The Phone Game

    Mobile is so 2010. So why would Amazon throw its hat into the mobile phone fray? That’s the thing – they’re not. They are headed into battle in two other markets full of potential: real-world commerce and digital advertising. Read More

  • Three Realities About Venture Capital

    Three Realities About Venture Capital

    This week’s kerfuffle over Yo centered on many facets, but none got more attention than the nascent startup’s $1.2 million in venture capital funding. The reaction to this investment across the web came in several flavors. Founders complained that their own startups created far more value for society than an app that essentially acts as a doorbell, and yet, they had not received… Read More

  • Consumer Robotics Is Finally Ready For Prime Time

    Consumer Robotics Is Finally Ready For Prime Time

    The robotics revolution has been in the making for decades, but market expectations have historically outpaced technology readiness. While industrial and military sectors have adopted a number of high-priced robotics solutions, the consumer sector has lagged due to lack of technological maturity and high costs. Read More

  • Encrypted To The Last Drop

    Encrypted To The Last Drop

    Everything is for sale in the dark web marketplaces. Anonymous buyers can procure everything from prescription painkillers to exotic designer drugs. You can hire sex workers and buy weapons in the same exchange. Danger lurks around every corner and Satoshis flow like water while whales make it rain on encrypted Tor gambling servers. Read More

  • Google May Buy Video Search Startup Baarzo

    Google May Buy Video Search Startup Baarzo

    Google has been in talks to acquire video search startup Baarzo, according to sources with knowledge of the company. However, those sources were less clear about whether the companies had reached a final agreement. (One suggested that the deal had closed, the other was noncommittal.) The companies both declined to comment, Google offering its standard note: “We don’t comment on… Read More

  • Gillmor Gang: Pulp Friction

    Gillmor Gang: Pulp Friction

    The Gillmor Gang — Robert Scoble, Keith Teare, Kevin Marks, and Steve Gillmor — talk FirePhone and its impact on digital transactions in the material world. For starters, it’s not really a phone as much as an object recognition system that taps directly into the mainline of showteling. Just as mobile has “freed” us from our assigned desks, so too has the… Read More

  • Dattch Lesbian Dating App Launches On Android, Expands Into New York

    Dattch Lesbian Dating App Launches On Android, Expands Into New York

    Dattch is one of the first and only mobile dating services that caters exclusively to women, just in case there are folks out there who would prefer to book a date more than 20 minutes in advance. Today, Dattch goes live in New York after hitting the UK, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Florida. The app has also been released for Android in all available markets. And just in time for Pride… Read More

  • Webydo Bags $7M To Turn More Designs Into Hosted Websites

    Webydo Bags $7M To Turn More Designs Into Hosted Websites

    Webydo, a software as a service startup that gives web designers the tools to circumvent a more traditional website creation process by excising the need for them to do any manual coding by automatically converting their design into a hosted HTML5 website, has closed a $7 million Series B funding round. The round was led by equity-based crowdfunding VC platform OurCrowd, along… Read More

  • Welcome To Extremistan! Please Check Your Career At The Door.

    Welcome To Extremistan! Please Check Your Career At The Door.

    Will robots and software eat all the jobs? No. Will robots and software eat your job? Yes, probably. Eventually. Rejoice! …for your grandchildren. You and your kids are likely to have a pretty tough time over the next few decades. Sorry about that. Read More

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