The cambrian moment in our innovation economy

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 16:30:05 +0000
 According to Re-Imagine group chairman and serial tech entrepreneur Peter Hirshberg, we are at a decisive moment in our innovation economy.  Silicon Valley – or, at least, the “ethos of Silicon Valley” – is spreading all over America, Hirshberg insists. And Silicon Valley is reinventing what he calls “secondary” places like Youngstown, Ohio or… Read More
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The Startup Alley from this week’s TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 14:11:13 +0000
 At TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco we always have a huge and varied array of companies presenting. Here’s a taster of the Startup Alley from this year, featuring companies from many of the pavilions at the event. Enjoy! Health and BioTech Pavillion Korea Pavillion Germany Pavilion Hardware Pavillion IOT Pavilion UK and Brussels Pavilion AR/VR Pavillion Read More
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The new electronic police state

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 13:30:57 +0000
 Although the Fourth Amendment protects us and our “effects” from “unreasonable searches and seizures,” Customs and Border Protection agents can take advantage of an exception to this constitutional protection and search our electronic devices at airports without first establishing reasonable suspicion or securing a warrant. It’s a problem that’s only… Read More
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The abyss of analytics

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 13:00:29 +0000
 I want to talk about a mistake I see client after client making. (I work at a tech consultancy. We have a lot of clients. Not all of them make this mistake! …But many do.) That mistake is to obsess over analytics data, without any strategy; to assume that all that needs to be done is to gather as much data as possible, and then this data will magically become knowledge, and knowledge… Read More
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Deliveroo raises $385M in new funding, now valued at ‘over $2 Billion’

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 10:19:37 +0000
 Deliveroo, the London headquartered restaurant food delivery startup, has raised $385 million in new funding, giving it a valuation of “over $2 billion,” according to the company. Read More
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How to announce a funding round

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 00:30:27 +0000
 Attracting investment is a milestone for any startup – it’s a vote of confidence from a respected outside expert in your space and a signal that your company is positioned for the future, which is important to prospective partners and customers, as well as future investors. Beyond that, new funding can also increase your visibility, attracting the attention of top talent and… Read More
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Five billion-dollar businesses for the driverless future

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 20:35:45 +0000
 Massive opportunities in urban transportation are emerging as the industry transitions from per-vehicle to per-mile economics Growing up, I dreamed of owning cars I would be proud to wax, polish, and cruise around my neighborhood. Today, I dread the prospect of being weighed down by a rapidly depreciating hunk of plastic and metal. Now all I want is a pleasant transportation… Read More
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Automakers accelerate their interest in startups

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 19:34:23 +0000
 It’s no secret that automakers have shown more interest in startups lately. Nor is it any secret what’s driving that surge, given the massive shifts the industry faces from the rise of electric cars, autonomous vehicles, ride-hailing services and other emerging technologies and transportation business models. We set out to quantify combined investment by automakers in startups… Read More
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Southeast Asia games firm Sea, formerly Garena, files for $1 billion US IPO

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 19:11:44 +0000
 Southeast Asia-based games and e-commerce firm Sea, formerly known as Garena, has officially filed for its much-anticipated U.S. IPO. The company, which is valued at over $3.75 billion, will list on the New York Stock Exchange as ‘SE’ and is looking to raise $1 billion. Sea is best known for its Garena gaming business, which predominantly focuses on PC games but also includes… Read More
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Beats Studio 3 bring premium noise canceling and battery life at a premium price

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 19:00:06 +0000
 Beats had a handful of different sounds on hand to test the Studio 3 ahead of launch. The demo was designed to showcase the range of the headphones’ new adaptive noise-canceling technology — but there’s only so much you can get from a demo in that kind of controlled environment. Read More
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This news-reading AI could scan for police shootings nationwide

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 17:02:38 +0000
 Ask how many people have been killed in the last couple decades by police officers, and results vary widely. Local and federal authorities may track them differently, likewise activist and research groups. One project hopes to keep better tabs on police-related fatalities by having an AI system extract them from news reports nationwide. Read More
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Don’t wait for the Apple Watch to dole out medical advice anytime soon

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 16:30:21 +0000
 Could the Food and Drug Administration classify the Apple Watch as a medical device? It’s a question many have asked over the past couple of years, but the stakes are now higher for the Watch with its newfound ability to detect atrial fibrillation, or an irregular heart rhythm. Already, Apple is rumored to be working on an Apple Watch sensor that would detect and monitor glucose… Read More
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Dispatches on diversity: Uber, sexual harassment and venture capital

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 16:13:19 +0000
 Racism. Sexism. Discrimination. Harassment. Those words often come up in questions pertaining to the state of diversity in Silicon Valley. Read More
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Twitter is testing a Twitter Lite Android app, first in the Philippines

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 15:33:33 +0000
 Twitter today has nearly four times as many monthly active users outside the U.S. as it does in its home market — 260 million versus 68 million — and this week it quietly launched a new app in an effort to boost those numbers further. The social network is testing a Android app for Twitter Lite, a native app version of a mobile web site Twitter launched earlier this year that… Read More
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Uber only has itself to blame for London license loss

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 10:54:15 +0000
 The tech industry’s over-processed supply of irony might not be enough to service all the ramifications of Uber being stripped of its London license by the city’s transport regulator. Read More
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Russia targeted election systems in 21 states, successfully hacking some

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 01:57:14 +0000
 On Friday, the Department of Homeland Security notified nearly half of the U.S. states that their election systems were targeted by Russia-affiliated hackers in an attempt to influence the 2016 election. In most of the states targeted, the hackers were engaged in preliminary activities like scanning. In other states hackers attempted to infiltrate systems and failed, but in a small selection… Read More
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iPhone 8 teardown reveals few surprises, but more camera details

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 01:27:19 +0000
 The always hotly anticipated iFixit teardown of the iPhone 8 has arrived, and while it doesn’t harbor much in the way of surprises, there are a few tidbits you may want to know about hiding in there. Especially if you like hearing about things like “pixel pitch.” Read More
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Forget what you’ve been told about edtech

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 01:00:32 +0000
 Investors are incessant in their hunt for the next emerging market. The investment de jour? Edtech. The tastemaker in this case is an article from David Bainbridge claiming, “Edtech is the next fintech.” While most of us can appreciate the wordplay, comparing edtech to fintech, or other “hot” industries, is a dangerous game — one that that can severely damage… Read More
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I have an SNES Classic Edition, and it rules

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 23:51:58 +0000
 Just in time for a weekend during which I had already planned to do nothing productive, a small package from Nintendo containing what will likely be its hottest item since the NES Classic Edition… which is to say, of course, the SNES Classic Edition. Read More
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CRISPR breakthrough could drop miscarriage rates

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 21:14:46 +0000
 Gene-editing technology CRISPR has revealed a clue in how human embryos begin to develop, possibly reducing the risk of miscarriage in those crucial first few weeks of pregnancy. CRISPR Cas9 can modify or snip out genetic defects thought to contribute to miscarriage, but until now it wasn’t clear why some embryos continued to form into a fetus and others did not. Read More
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