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  • Patient Access And Control: The Future Of Chronic Disease Management?

    Patient Access And Control: The Future Of Chronic Disease Management?

    Sufferers of chronic kidney disease (CKD) in the United States are among the more active practitioners of disease self-management. It involves, among other disciplines, rigorous self-monitoring of blood glucose and blood pressure levels, strict dietary discipline and, possibly, self-administering of insulin injections. It is a complex program of continuous diagnosis and treatment that also… Read More

  • Notion Ink Quietly Releases The Cain Windows Tablet

    Notion Ink Quietly Releases The Cain Windows Tablet

    I place this here not as a recommendation to buy but as a reminder of the great Notion Ink Wars of 2011. At the time, Notion Ink was offering an Android tablet that everyone thought was the second coming and, when the dust settled, it was a fat load of nothing. And now they’re back. The company is setting their sights a little lower. Their next product is the Notion Ink Cain (irony… Read More

  • Apple’s iPhone 6 And 6 Plus Go On Sale To Long Lines Of Fans

    Apple’s iPhone 6 And 6 Plus Go On Sale To Long Lines Of Fans

    Apple started selling its iPhone 6 and 6 Plus today, with sales in-store kicking off at Apple Store retail locations beginning at 8 AM local time. The lines this year are longer than they have been in recent memory, if not ever for an iPhone launch, and by all accounts this is shaping up to be probably the most successful iPhone launch day in history, provided there’s plenty of stock… Read More

  • Europe Seeks A Common Appeals Process For The ‘Right To Be Forgotten’

    Europe Seeks A Common Appeals Process For The ‘Right To Be Forgotten’

    Data protection regulators in Europe are working on creating a common set of guidelines for handling appeals by individuals whose requests to search engines to de-index personal information, under the region’s recent right to be forgotten ruling, have been refused. Read More

  • Klarna Announces U.S. Team As It Plans For 2015 Launch In The U.S.

    Klarna Announces U.S. Team As It Plans For 2015 Launch In The U.S.

    The payments market in the U.S. couldn’t be be more competitive, and now yet another player is entering the mix. Stockholm-based Klarna is set to announce its U.S. team ahead of expansion plans into North America, which will begin in earnest at the beginning of 2015. Klarna, a European giant, which has raised $282.1 million over six rounds of financing, according to CrunchBase, has set… Read More

  • Winter Is (Probably) Coming (Soon)

    Winter Is (Probably) Coming (Soon)

    That’s the gist of a recent interview that venture capitalist Bill Gurley gave. His words matter because they cut to the simple fact that too many companies are burning too much money. Making money is better than losing money, but losing money — burn — can be the prudent and responsible thing to do. Under certain circumstances, it’s great to burn: If you are quickly… Read More

  • Facebook Won’t Budge On Letting Drag Queens Keep Their Names

    Facebook Won’t Budge On Letting Drag Queens Keep Their Names

    Facebook will not be changing its real-name policy for the drag queen community. San Francisco drag queens met with representatives from the company yesterday afternoon to talk through a recent mass deletion of their personal profile pages. Facebook started deleting accounts of hundreds of members of the drag community last week after deciding these profiles were in violation of the policy. Read More

  • One Lap with Circa's Matt Galligan

    One Lap With Circa’s Matt Galligan

    In the first installment of One Lap, Matt Galligan joined me at Thunderhill Raceway to talk about his mobile news application, Circa. I first met Matt in Boulder, Colo., in early 2010 shortly after he started SimpleGeo, an infrastructure provider for location-aware applications. A few years later, he sold SimpleGeo and founded Circa. Along the way, he’s learned a lot of lessons about… Read More

  • Patient Capital Drives Change In Education

    Patient Capital Drives Change In Education

    In 2001, Arthur Levine, then president of Columbia University Teacher’s College, predicted that one day faculty members would become free agents, increasingly independent of their colleges and universities. “It is only a matter of time before we see the equivalent of an academic William Morris Agency,” Levine, now president of the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, wrote in The… Read More

  • SAP To Acquire Expense Software-Maker Concur For $129 Per Share

    SAP To Acquire Expense Software-Maker Concur For $129 Per Share

    Enterprise software company SAP just announced that has agreed to acquire Concur Technologies, maker of expense and travel management tools that are used by 23,000 businesses (including TechCrunch and its parent company AOL). The deal is for $129 per share, which is 20 percent higher than Concur’s closing price on Sept. 17 (yesterday). That gives Concur an enterprise value of $8.3 billion. Read More

  • Snapchat Scores Nike’s Director Of Digital To Win Sports Partnerships

    Snapchat Scores Nike’s Director Of Digital To Win Sports Partnerships

    Snapchat could be the new way to experience sporting events from afar. At the very least, sports and athletics brands are jumping up and down trying to reach the young, active demographic Snapchat has captured. That’s why the ephemeral app’s latest hire has so much potential. Snapchat just poached Eric Toda, Nike’s global director of digital, to help run its business and… Read More

  • The Best Of Times …

    The Best Of Times …

    It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of Minecraft, it was the age of Square, it was the epoch of burn, it was the epoch of crash, it was the season of growth and it was the season of collapse. Or so Dickens might have written if he had lived in San Francisco. The Bubble is back in the news again following comments made by Bill Gurley, the well-known Benchmark… Read More

  • Sharethrough Acquires UK’s VAN As A Springboard For International Growth

    Sharethrough Acquires UK’s VAN As A Springboard For International Growth

    Advertising company Sharethrough announced today that it’s moving into Europe with the acquisition of a London-based company called VAN. The financial terms of the deal are not being disclosed. Sharethrough’s head of communications Thomas Channick told me via email that the VAN team will form “the core” of European operations, although the company plans to double… Read More

  • Home Depot Hack Exposed Up To 56 Million Credit Cards

    Home Depot Hack Exposed Up To 56 Million Credit Cards

    Almost immediately after word broke that Home Depot had been hacked, security experts were noting that the breach was likely even worse than the massive Target hack that had preceded it. Sure enough, Home Depot has just confirmed the scale of the breach. All in all, as many as 56 million payment cards were potentially exposed. For comparison (though comparison seems a bit ludicrous when… Read More

  • Oracle Stock Drops 2.5% On News That Larry Ellison Has Relinquished His CEO Title

    Oracle Stock Drops 2.5% On News That Larry Ellison Has Relinquished His CEO Title

    Today after the bell, Oracle announced that its long-time premier Larry Ellison is no longer its CEO. Former HP CEO Mark Hurd will take over the job in partnership with Safra Catz. Catz will manage finance and manufacturing, while Hurd will handle sales. Ellison will take on the titles of Executive Chairman of the Board and CTO. Hurd left HP under negative circumstances, including allegations… Read More

  • Twitter Overhauls Its UI On iPhone, Stops Hiding Your Bio

    Twitter Overhauls Its UI On iPhone, Stops Hiding Your Bio

    If you’ve ever thought that Twitter’s interface for displaying profiles on phones was a bit wonky, don’t worry. You’re not alone. Even Twitter agrees. Twitter has just rolled out a new profile interface for iOS users that they’ve been quietly testing for the past few months. The biggest change? They no longer inexplicably hide everyone’s bio line behind a swipe. Read More

  • MuckerLab | Incubated

    Incubated: MuckerLab’s Hands-On Approach To Accelerating Startup Growth

    MuckerLab was founded three years ago as one of the first incubators to launch in Los Angeles. With a shared workspace for a relatively small cohort of startups that participate, the accelerator takes a hands-on approach to helping companies that go through its program find product-market fit. Read More

  • Join Us In Hardware Alley At Disrupt London, Won’t You?

    Join Us In Hardware Alley At Disrupt London, Won’t You?

    Disrupt London is fast approaching and I’d love to see you in our amazing Hardware Alley. This even, which runs during the last day of Disrupt, features all of my favorite startups – the hardware ones – in glorious technicolor. What is Hardware Alley? It’s a celebration of hardware startups (and other cool gear makers) that features everything from robotic drones to… Read More

  • iOS 8 Adoption Off To A Slower Start Than iOS 7, Say Multiple Usage Trackers

    iOS 8 Adoption Off To A Slower Start Than iOS 7, Say Multiple Usage Trackers

    The iOS 8 installation spike is high, but lower than it was for iOS 7 last year, according to numbers from a variety of mobile OS usage monitoring platforms. Chitika, Tapjoy, Mixpanel and Appsee all show adoption numbers that, while high, fall short of the rocketing pick-up rate we saw when Apple launched its major visual overhaul of iOS just ahead of the iPhone 5s launch in 2013. Read More