• Mattress startup Purple merges with NY shell company in $1.1 billion deal

    Mattress startup Purple merges with NY shell company in $1.1 billion deal

    Purple, a Utah-based mattress startup announced today it will merge with Global Partner Acquisition Corp (GPAC) in a deal that would value the company at $1.1 billion. Purple was already well on its way to that valuation when we got to take a sneak peek at operations at the company’s headquarters in the small town of Alpine, Utah and its giant factory an hour away in rural… Read More

  • AltspaceVR social app is shutting down

    AltspaceVR social app is shutting down

    Social VR app AltspaceVR is shutting down its main service after running out of cash, saying it “can’t afford to keep the virtual lights on anymore.” The app was one of the first VR social experiences to gain traction and was available across a variety of platforms. In a blog post titled “A Very Sad Goodbye,” the company detailed that the social VR community will… Read More

  • Facebook’s Instant Articles restore subscription options they previously stripped

    Facebook’s Instant Articles restore subscription options they previously stripped

    Facebook has announced that news sites which rely on paid subscriptions, limiting readers to a certain number of articles per week, will now be able to do so through Instant Articles. The company has spent the last two years promoting these Facebook-hosted versions of articles, which unfortunately lacked this rather critical ability. Google’s AMP and Apple News have supported it for a while. Read More

  • i.am+ buys Wink, the smart home hub previously owned by Flextronics and Quirky

    i.am+ buys Wink, the smart home hub previously owned by Flextronics and Quirky

    Wink — the smart home hub and platform originally incubated inside the failed connected object maker Quirky, and then acquired by Flextronics (now known as Flex) as part-payment for Quirky’s debts — has moved on to its third owner. i.am+, the “lifestyle technology company” owned by musician and entrepreneur Will.i.am, has acquired the company for an… Read More

  • Dropbox is reportedly inching closer to a potential IPO

    Dropbox is reportedly inching closer to a potential IPO

    Dropbox may be taking another step in its very slow shuffle toward an IPO, and is now working with Goldman Sachs to prepare documents that could be filed as soon as this year, according to a report by Bloomberg. The company is expected to hire Goldman Sachs as the lead advisor of the IPO process, according to the report. Read More

  • Amazon launches ‘The Hub’, parcel delivery lockers for apartment buildings

    Amazon launches ‘The Hub’, parcel delivery lockers for apartment buildings

    Amazon may be getting ever deeper into a range of virtual products like media content and cloud services, but it is also continuing to add more features to lock down the bread and butter of its business: its e-commerce marketplace and the vast logistics operation that underpins it. Today, Amazon quietly unveiled a new service called The Hub, lockers designed to be installed in multi-tenant… Read More

  • Google’s cord cutter app YouTube TV reaches 2 million downloads

    Google’s cord cutter app YouTube TV reaches 2 million downloads

    Approximately 2 million people have installed the YouTube TV app, Google’s live TV service aimed at a younger generation of cord cutters, as well as those who never signed up for traditional pay TV in the first place. That download figure comes from app store analytics firms Sensor Tower and App Annie, which both also noted that installs are evenly split between iOS and Android devices. Read More

  • The evolution of the iPod

    Earlier today, Apple announced that it’s finally discontinuing the iPod nano and shuffle once and for all, making the touch the last iPod standing. Instead of simply mourning the loss of the devices, let’s celebrate the rich and full existences they led before shuffling off this mortal coil into the cold, unforgiving world of eBay auctions. Read More

  • When your fear is my opportunity

    When your fear is my opportunity

    I’m not saying the people around me here at Black Hat are malicious, or that the threats aren’t real. I’m saying that the industry, and everyone it, is strongly incentivized to make its customers and the wider world as frightened as possible, and people tend to follow the path of most incentivization, consciously or not, reluctantly or not. The security industry is the… Read More

  • It looks like Amazon would be losing a lot of money if not for AWS

    It looks like Amazon would be losing a lot of money if not for AWS

    Amazon reported its second-quarter earnings today, and it was a bit of a whiff — and a bummer for Jeff Bezos, who is now no longer the solar system’s richest human and has been relegated to the unfortunate position of second-richest human. Read More

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