• Qualcomm faces FTC charges over monopolistic ‘no license, no chips’ claim

    Qualcomm faces FTC charges over monopolistic ‘no license, no chips’ claim

    After facing similar charges around the world, Qualcomm is getting some major pushback on its home turf. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has filed charges against the company, accusing the San Diego-based Snapdragon-maker of anticompetitive tactics in an attempt to maintain a monopoly in its chip business. The commission issued a statement today detailing the allegations in what… Read More

  • HPE acquires SimpliVity for $650M in cash

    HPE acquires SimpliVity for $650M in cash

    HPE today announced that it has acquired data management platform SimpliVity for $650 million in cash. SimpliVity is one of the many companies in this space focused on what is often called “hyperconverged infrastructure.” That sounds like somebody’s buzzword — and it definitely is — but the core idea is pretty sound: hyperconverged systems combine compute… Read More

  • Vine shuts off sharing, launches Vine Camera

    Vine shuts off sharing, launches Vine Camera

    Vine as we know it is dead. Today Twitter turned off sharing, liking, commenting and revining in Vine, and released its successor, Vine Camera, as an app update on iOS and Android. It has also discontinued the Vine Windows Phone app. For now you can still open the old Vine app if you don’t update, where you can view your old feed and profile, and download your videos. But Twitter confirms… Read More

  • Chelsea Manning to be freed this May

    Chelsea Manning to be freed this May

    President Obama commuted the majority of the 35-year sentence faced by Chelsea Manning, a former Army intelligence analyst and whistleblower who supplied diplomatic and military documents to WikiLeaks. Manning, who came out as a transgender woman following her trial, has been incarcerated in an all-male military prison in Ft. Leavenworth for almost seven years and has twice attempted… Read More

  • Trouva brings UK boutiques online

    How do local boutiques compete with the Amazons of the world? The easy answer is they don’t. When you shop for quality and design over cheap and easy, it’s a different market entirely. But the popularity of online retail has created a need for boutiques to have a presence online. London startup Trouva is helping small boutiques open up their customer base to the global community. Read More

  • Deliver My Ride delivers another car buying service

    Deliver My Ride delivers another car buying service

    Deliver My Ride, a new car buying site from the new firm MadDog Technology, is the latest to offer a car buying service without the buyer having to visit the dreaded dealership. Deliver My Ride made the interesting choice to be website only so far; there is no smartphone app. Users create an online profile that will be sent to multiple dealerships and brands for free (the site makes money… Read More

  • US regulators hammer down on unauthorized drone use

    US regulators hammer down on unauthorized drone use

    The Federal Aviation Administration and SkyPan International in Chicago have settled a civil suit that was closely watched by the nascent commercial drone industry. The government agency said the privately held company flew its drones over New York City and Chicago from 2012 to 2014, violating its rules which barred drone operators from flying over densely populated areas without… Read More

  • Initialized Capital adds three new partners to the roster

    Initialized Capital adds three new partners to the roster

    Initialized Capital, a San Francisco-based early-stage venture firm that was founded by former Y Combinator partners Alexis Ohanian and Garry Tan, has added three new partners. Eric Woersching comes aboard the five-year-old outfit as a general partner. Woersching formerly managed the trading desk at Peter Thiel’s hedge fund, Clarium Capital Management; he was more recently a… Read More

  • When will Samsung release its Note 7 investigation findings?

    When will Samsung release its Note 7 investigation findings?

    There’s no great time to break bad news, of course, but your two best shots are either when no one is looking or when you’ve got enough good news to offset the bad. The former is known in political circles as the Friday news dump; all the bad news suddenly appears while everyone is more consumed with the important task of getting ready for the weekend. The news dump stars… Read More

  • Four pricing mistakes you’re making with your developer product Crunch Network

    Four pricing mistakes you’re making with your developer product

    Developer product companies are asked to do two things: achieve near-ubiquitous adoption through an accessible, hobbyist-friendly offering, and convince large companies to pay them money. Unfortunately, these two goals often run contrary to each other. Here are some of the common mistakes (and how to handle them) developer-focused companies make when pricing their products and services. Read More

  • Kubo, the robot that teaches kids to code, is now available for preorder

    Kubo, the robot that teaches kids to code, is now available for preorder

    We saw tons of new stuff at CES this year. But one thing that particularly caught our eye was Kubo, the robot that teaches kids how to code. Kubo is a pretty simple robot – it’s about the size of a can of soda and has two wheels that allow it to roll around a desk or table. But what it lacks in advanced physical ability it makes up for in brains. Kubo comes with its own… Read More

  • Twitter loops all videos under 6.5 seconds as Vine shrivels into a camera

    Twitter loops all videos under 6.5 seconds as Vine shrivels into a camera

    Twitter itself will take Vine’s place as a social network for short videos. To prep for tomorrow’s Vine shutdown and rebirth as Vine Camera, Twitter now automatically loops all videos shorter than 6.5 seconds. That’s not just clips posted from Vine Camera, but any tiny video, including ones saved from other apps like Snapchat. [Update: Vine has now turned off sharing and… Read More

  • TellusLabs wants to help us better understand our planet

    TellusLabs wants to help us better understand our planet

    If you’ve spent time following companies like Orbital Insight and Descartes Labs, you might assume the geospatial analytics race has been won. But TellusLabs thinks, on the contrary, that the table hasn’t even started to cool. Armed with $3 million in new seed funding from IA Ventures, the Boston-based startup wants its trust in human intuition to be the ace that wins it a seat… Read More

  • Evernote attempts to simplify with its new iOS app

    Evernote attempts to simplify with its new iOS app

    Did anyone really love the Evernote mobile app? No? Well, good news then: the company is giving it another crack today, introducing what it hopes will be a simpler, more efficient tool to help you record your ideas, as well as search through and organize your Evernote content. As a reminder, the earlier app was a bit busy. Spread across the top of the screen were posting shortcuts –… Read More

  • Google+ won’t go away

    Google+ won’t go away

    Since Google+ is still alive and kicking, Google is rolling out three updates to the product over the next couple of weeks. For one, those who still use Google+ will be able to hide low-quality comments so that they can focus “on the comments that matter most,” Google+ Product Manager Danielle Buckley wrote on the company’s blog today. Another update entails zoom… Read More

  • Zuckerberg testifies in $2 billion lawsuit that Oculus did not steal core VR tech

    Zuckerberg testifies in $2 billion lawsuit that Oculus did not steal core VR tech

    Zuckerberg was forced to leave his signature gray t-shirt at home today and suit up for court. The Facebook CEO was called to the stand in a Dallas courtroom today to testify in an explosive $2 billion lawsuit which claims that Oculus Inc. (which FB acquired in March of 2014) was built upon technology stolen from Zenimax Media. The lawsuit is structured around dissecting the help… Read More

  • Microsoft acquires 3D optimization service Simplygon

    Microsoft acquires 3D optimization service Simplygon

    Microsoft today announced that it has acquired Simplygon, a company that develops 3D-optimization solutions for game developers and other industries that need to visualize 3D data. Simplygon’s SDK is used by many major game development studios and the company recently expanded into the AR/VR market, too. Given Microsoft’s push into AR with its Hololens project and VR with… Read More

  • Juicero cuts the price of its luxury juicer by $300

    Juicero cuts the price of its luxury juicer by $300

    The Juicero is a neat device that, for many, has become a symbol of Silicon Valley excesses. The $700 product promised a Keurig-like experience designed to bring juicing to the kitchen (not that home juicing has ever really been that out of reach in the first place) with a proprietary system that relies on its own subscription service. This week, the company’s offering a welcome price… Read More

  • France creates a special visa for entrepreneurs, engineers and investors

    France creates a special visa for entrepreneurs, engineers and investors

    Just in time before the 2017 presidential election in France, the current French government wanted to announce one last thing to foster French startups. The French Tech Visa is a new program for foreign tech talent. It’s an easier way to get a four-year visa for you and your family. France’s Minister of State for Digital Affairs Axelle Lemaire teased some information about this… Read More

  • Lumo opens up its backend technology to third-party providers

    Lumo opens up its backend technology to third-party providers

    As the fitness wearables market continues to climb, Lumo Bodytech, a startup making wearables focused on things like running and posture, has decided to further business revenue by licensing its platform. Lumo, valued at $41 million according to Pitchbook, now plans to open up its proprietary tech stack — including software, algorithms, applications, and hardware — to third… Read More

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