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Mobile guru Amol Sarva talks about the future of work

Amol Sarva has done some amazing stuff . The founder of Virgin Mobile, Sarva went on to create the Peek email device created back when cheap, ubiquitous mobile devices were nowhere to be found. Now he

RSS is undead

RSS died. Whether you blame Feedburner, or Google Reader, or Digg Reader last month, or any number of other product failures over the years, the humble protocol has managed to keep on trudging along d

Alas, Digg Reader is shutting down at the end of March

After the death — no, let's not mince words — murder of Google Reader, I tried out a dozen or so other RSS readers to see if I could get a similar experience. Of all the ones I tested, I was very

Tinkerer Jonathan Zufi talks about design and Escape From New York

This week on Technotopia I talked to Jonathan Zufi, creator of the LifeClock One, a replica of the watch worn by Snake Pliskin in Escape From New York. Zufi loves design and his insight on what makes

Author Nick Montfort tells us how to define the future

Nick Montfort is a professor in MIT’s Comparative Media Studies/Writing and the author of a new book, “The Future.” His book explores “future makers” – people who create the fu

Writer Tobias Stone talks about the history of the future

Tobias Stone blew up Medium in 2016 with his post about Trump and Brexit. The trained historian and philosopher took the lessons of the past and extrapolated what we can expect to see in the next few

Spotify and Tencent agree to swap stakes in their music businesses

Tencent’s overseas investment splurge continues after the company confirmed a deal with Spotify that will see the duo make investments in each other’s music businesses. Tencent Music Enter

Digital ethicist James Williams talks about the rise of bad social media

James Williams is a doctoral candidate at the Oxford Internet Institute. He studies the ethics of attention and persuasion in technology design and spoke with us about the rise of attention-grabbing a

AI pioneer Chris Boos talks about the future of machine learning

This week on Technotopia I talk to Chris Boos, the creator of a bot that can play FreeCiv, a Civilization clone. His solution demonstrates the power of machine learning and, wildly, has beaten multipl

Tencent’s online publishing arm set to raise $1B in Hong Kong IPO

Tencent’s China Literature, an Amazon-like e-book business, is continuing the trend of Asian tech IPOs after it announced its public listing in Hong Kong will raise $1.06 billion on Wednesday. T

Tencent posts record $2.7B profit as mobile game revenue tops PC for first time

Tencent, Asia’s highest valued technology company, posted a record quarterly profit of $2.7 billion (18.2 billion RMB) thanks to explosive growth from mobile games. The firm’s profit in Q2

Tencent backs Indian education startup BYJU’s at a valuation of $800 million

Tencent, Asia’s highest-valued tech company, has continued to invest in India after it backed online education service BYJU’s. The startup that includes the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and

World View lands $15 million Series B to bring new stratosphere-flying platform to life

World View, the advanced high altitude balloon company, has raised a $15 million Series B led by Canaan Partners. The round also included investments from Norwest Venture Partners, Tencent, Moment Ven

Gillmor Gang: The Whole Truth

The Gillmor Gang — John Taschek, Robert Scoble, Kevin Marks, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor. Topics include the new Microsoft and its Outlook reboot, the Gang on Women in Tech, why XML, RSS, and Not

Personalized News-Reading App Pipes Now Smartly Summarizes Articles, Without The Help Of Editors

A personalized news reading app, Pipes, is now offering summaries of news stories to save mobile readers time while trying to catch up on-the-go. This is a big shift for the app, which launched earlie

The Best News-Reading App, Reeder 2, Returns To Mac

For all five of us who still prefer managing our own news-reading experience through a dedicated RSS reader application, there's good news out today: One of the best news readers on the market, Reeder

Gillmor Gang: Bluetooth Nipple Rings

The Gillmor Gang — Robert Scoble, Doc Searls, John Taschek, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor — demonstrate once again a complete disregard for the trending topics of the week. Instead, we talk bodyw

Feedly, Now Powering 50 RSS-Based Applications, Opens API To All Developers

<a target="_blank" href="http://www.feedly.com/">Feedly</a>, a service making claims to the RSS reader throne Google abandoned by shutting down Google Reader, announced today that it's now opening up

Digg (And Digg Reader) Arrive On Android

<a target="_blank" href="http://www.digg.com">Digg</a>, the Betaworks-incubated social news service and new home to Google Reader replacement Digg Reader, has just <a target="_blank" href="https://pla

Google Reader Alternative Feedly Sells Out Of Newly Launched Pro Accounts, More Arriving This Fall

Barely a day after Google Reader replacement Feedly <a target="_blank" href="http://www.engadget.com/2013/08/05/feedly-pro-subscription/">began offering</a> a paid version of its service, the company
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