• The White House’s LGBT rights page has disappeared

    The White House’s LGBT rights page has disappeared

    And so the transition of power begins. First up is the WhiteHouse.gov site where several pages are now changing or altogether disappearing — including a page on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights. It’s just been over an hour since Trump took office and whitehouse.gov/lgbt has now been replaced by a Trump “transitionsplash” page. Update: There’s no… Read More

  • Quixey alums launch Sigma, a platform to bring merits and certifications online

    Quixey alums launch Sigma, a platform to bring merits and certifications online

    A new company named Sigma, founded by alumni of mobile app search engine Quixey, aims to take records and certifications currently trapped in the analog world and bring them online. To do so, the company has raised $4.35 million in seed funding from Andreessen Horowitz and other investors. The idea originated in late 2014, during a scuba trip in Belize that Sigma cofounder and… Read More

  • In a tech-saturated world, customer feedback is everything Crunch Network

    In a tech-saturated world, customer feedback is everything

    I’ve found that the most valuable design tool in the 21st century is rather old-fashioned: customer feedback. Technology has produced huge breakthroughs in design. A product can be ideated, prototyped and finalized with little more than a keyboard and code. But the ingenuity of modern design often leads to product teams neglecting the basics. Read More

  • Ford begins testing Transit Plug-in Hybrids in London ahead of 2019 production

    Ford begins testing Transit Plug-in Hybrids in London ahead of 2019 production

    Ford has begun testing of its new Transit Custom Plug-In Hybrid with Transport for London, working with the UK city’s local transit authority to pilot 20 of the new vehicles in use during a 12-month trial with select London businesses for commercial use. The pilot of the vehicles, which feature a pure electric range of around 31 miles according to European agency measurement standards… Read More

  • Twitter’s latest feature tries to identify your BFF

    Twitter’s latest feature tries to identify your BFF

    Twitter thinks it has identified your BFF. The company is currently testing a new feature that will highlight the tweets from a select, single account that Twitter thinks you’ll want to see. Yes: a single person’s tweets will get their own special spot on your timeline. The feature is similar to Twitter’s “In Case You Missed It…” which rounds up the tweets… Read More

  • Payments startup Dwolla raises $6.85M more, debuts Access API

    Payments startup Dwolla raises $6.85M more, debuts Access API

    Some news today from Dwolla, the startup that competes with banks (but also works with them) to provide payments and money transfers with reduced fees by way of more efficient software. The company has raised another round of funding of $6.85 million, and at the same time it’s announcing the relaunch of its white-label API, which it is now calling Access API. The funding round was led… Read More

  • Buzzvil acquires Slidejoy for a lockscreen ad consolidation

    Buzzvil acquires Slidejoy for a lockscreen ad consolidation

    New York City startup Slidejoy has been acquired by South Korean competitor Buzzvil. Both companies offer a way for Android users to earn rewards in exchange for allowing ads on their lockscreens — in Buzzvil’s case, that’s both through its HoneyScreen consumer app and through its BuzzScreen platform for publishers. The financial terms are not being disclosed, but… Read More

  • Anti-Trump protestors are outside of Uber’s SF headquarters

    Anti-Trump protestors are outside of Uber’s SF headquarters

    Happy Inauguration Day (ughhh). Anti-Donald Trump protestors are outside of Uber’s San Francisco headquarters. Protestors have linked arms outside Uber’s entrance, chanting, “Donald Trump, go away. Racist sexist, anti-gay.” They’re protesting Uber because the company’s CEO, Travis Kalanick, is a member of Trump’s Strategic and Policy forum. That… Read More

  • Despite glitches, AT&T’s DirecTV Now hits 200,000 subscribers in its first month

    Despite glitches, AT&T’s DirecTV Now hits 200,000 subscribers in its first month

    AT&T’s new live TV streaming service DirecTV Now has been off to a shaky start in terms of performance, but that hasn’t stemmed the flow of sign-ups, AT&T reports. The company said the service added more than 200,000 subscribers in its first month of operations. These details were included in an SEC filing for the quarter ending on December 31, 2016. DirecTV Now launched… Read More

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