The New York Times sues the FCC to investigate Russian interference in Net Neutrality decision

Sun, 23 Sep 2018 19:22:26 +0000
The ongoing saga over the FCC’s handling of public comments to its net neutrality proposal continues after The New York Times sued the organization for withholding of information that it believes could prove there was Russian interference. The Times has filed multiple Freedom of Information Act requests for data on the comments since July 2017, […]
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Beau Willimon shows us the path to Mars in ‘The First’

Sun, 23 Sep 2018 18:16:43 +0000
Beau Willimon, the screenwriter and playwright who created Netflix’s “House of Cards”, has turned his attention from Washington, D.C. to outer space in his latest series “The First”. The shows have more in common than I expected. Sure, “The First” is about a future expedition to Mars, not present day political machinations. And instead of […]
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Airbnb wants to give its hosts equity in its business

Sun, 23 Sep 2018 13:19:37 +0000
Airbnb wants to give the homeowners who power its service the opportunity to own a piece of its business. That’s why, as Axios reports, the $31-billion-valued company has written to the SEC to ask if its rules around security ownership can be revised. Specifically, Airbnb is seeking a change to the SEC’s Rule 701 — which […]
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Toyota’s autonomous mobility lead to speak at Startup Battlefield MENA

Sun, 23 Sep 2018 08:00:37 +0000
Hard to believe, but Startup Battlefield MENA is just over a week away. We’ve got some of the top founders and investors in the region speaking, including Magnus Olsson of Careem, Imad Kreidieh of Ogero, Mai Medhat of Eventtus, Konstantinos Papamiltiadis of Facebook and Henri Asseily of Leap Ventures, and many more! As we told […]
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Swiping right on virtual relationships

Sun, 23 Sep 2018 00:36:16 +0000
Sextech entrepreneur and advocate Bryony Cole is planning for a future when entire relationships exist in virtual reality.
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White House says a draft executive order reviewing social media companies is not “official”

Sat, 22 Sep 2018 21:18:16 +0000
A draft executive order circulating around the White House “is not the result of an official White House policymaking process,” according to deputy White House press secretary, Lindsay Walters. According to a report in The Washington Post, Walters denied that White House staff had worked on a draft executive order that would require every federal agency to […]
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Cinematic train wreck, “The Room”, is now on YouTube in its entirety

Sat, 22 Sep 2018 18:48:54 +0000
The Room has been ranked with Plan 9 From Outer Space as a strong contender for the “best” worst movie ever made — and it’s now available in its entirety on YouTube. Written, directed, and starring Tommy Wiseau, The Room belongs in the same category as Plan 9, and Coven (which was immortalized in the 1999 documentary American […]
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Comcast outbids Fox in $40B battle for Sky

Sat, 22 Sep 2018 18:33:12 +0000
Comcast has outbid Twenty-First Century Fox for the UK's Sky, a final step in what's been a years-long takeover battle between the two media conglomerates.
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Corporate venture investment climbs higher throughout 2018

Sat, 22 Sep 2018 18:00:37 +0000
Many corporations are pinning their futures on their venture investment portfolios. If you can’t beat startups at the innovation game, go into business with them as financial partners. Though many technology companies have robust venture investment initiatives—Alphabet’s venture funding universe and Intel Capital’s prolific approach to startup investment come to mind—other corporations are just now doubling down on venture investments.
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Singapore is the crypto sandbox that Asia needs

Sat, 22 Sep 2018 17:31:51 +0000
Singapore Blockchain Week happened this past week. While there have been a few announcements from companies, some of the most interesting updates have come from regulators, and specifically, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS). The financial regulator openly discussed its views on cryptocurrency and plans to develop blockchain technology locally. For those who are unfamiliar, Singapore historically […]
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Fintech startups: Apply to exhibit for free as a TC Top Pick at Disrupt Berlin 2018

Sat, 22 Sep 2018 17:25:16 +0000
Fintech promises to be one of the hottest topics at Disrupt Berlin 2018, and you can take that to the bank — see what we did there? On 29-30 November thousands of attendees will descend on Berlin, and what better way to get your fintech business in front of them than to exhibit in Startup Alley? Oh […]
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Seven reasons not to trust Facebook to play cupid

Sat, 22 Sep 2018 17:00:31 +0000
This week Facebook has launched a major new product play, slotting an algorithmic dating service inside its walled garden as if that’s perfectly normal behavior for an ageing social network. Insert your [dad dancing GIF of choice] right here. Facebook getting into dating looks very much like a mid-life crisis — as a veteran social […]
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Understanding Renaud Laplanche’s next Upgraded act

Sat, 22 Sep 2018 16:45:42 +0000
Renaud Laplanche spent ten years building LendingClub. In the process, he created an industry from scratch. Circumventing conventional banking channels for consumer credit began in 1996 when Chris Larsen started E-LOAN, which ultimately led to Prosper Marketplace. But LendingClub, which Laplanche founded in 2007, was and remains the poster child for the business of marketplace […]
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A Lime scooter rider died in Washington, D.C., marking the second fatality this month

Sat, 22 Sep 2018 01:35:10 +0000
Lime, the 18-month-old, San Francisco-based company whose bright green bicycles and scooters now dot cities throughout the U.S., launched a pilot program in Tacoma, Washington, today, but that tiny victory might have felt short-lived. The reason: on the opposite side of the country, a Lime rider was killed today by an SUV while tooling around Washington […]
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Japan’s Hayabusa 2 mission lands on the surface of a distant asteroid

Fri, 21 Sep 2018 22:55:48 +0000
The coolest mission you haven't heard of just hit a major milestone: the Japanese Hayabusa 2 probe has reached its destination, the asteroid Ryugu, and just deployed a pair of landers to its surface. Soon it will touch down itself and bring a sample of Ryugu back to Earth! Are you kidding me? That's amazing!
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Mithril Capital Management, cofounded by Ajay Royan and Peter Thiel, is leaving the Bay Area

Fri, 21 Sep 2018 21:04:15 +0000
From its glass-lined offices in San Francisco’s leafy Presidio national park, six-year-old Mithril Capital Management has happily flown under the radar. Now it’s leaving altogether and relocating its team to Austin, a spot that, among others the firm had considered, has “enough critical mass of a technical culture, an artisanal culture, an artistic culture, and […]
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VCs say Silicon Valley isn’t the gold mine it used to be

Fri, 21 Sep 2018 21:01:13 +0000
In the days leading up to TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2018, The Economist published the cover story, ‘Why Startups Are Leaving Silicon Valley.’ The author outlined reasons why the Valley has “peaked.” Venture capital investors are deploying capital outside the Bay Area more than ever before. High-profile entrepreneurs and investors, Peter Thiel, for example, have left. Rising […]
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Polestar unveils first production EV with aim to overtake Tesla

Fri, 21 Sep 2018 18:58:52 +0000
Polestar debuted its first production EV and previewed its electric car line in New York with the CEO squarely taking aim at Tesla. The Volvo subsidiary pulled the cover off its Polestar 1, which it positioned less as a hybrid and more as a fully electric (gas optional) car to attract fence sitters to EVs.
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Twitter says bug may have exposed some direct messages to third-party developers

Fri, 21 Sep 2018 18:41:16 +0000
Twitter said that a “bug” sent user’s private direct messages to third-party developers “who were not authorized to receive them.” The social media giant began warning users Friday of the possible exposure with a message in the app. “The issue has persisted since May 2017, but we resolved it immediately upon discovering it,” the message […]
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Instagram denies it’s building Regramming. Here’s why it’d be a disaster

Fri, 21 Sep 2018 18:05:40 +0000
Instagram tells me Regramming, or the ability to instantly repost someone else’s feed post to your followers like a retweet, is “not happening”, not being built, and not being tested. And that’s good news for all Instagrammers. The denial comes after it initially issued a “no comment” to The Verge’s Casey Newton, who published that […]
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