Monarch is a new platform from surgical robot pioneer Frederic Moll

Sat, 24 Mar 2018 22:21:08 +0000
Auris Health (née Auris Surgical Robots) has done a pretty good job flying under the radar, in spite of raising a massive amount of capital and listing one of the key people behind the da Vinci surgical robot among its founders. With FDA clearance finally out of the way, however, the Redwood City-based startup medical […]
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Facebook was warned about app permissions in 2011

Sat, 24 Mar 2018 19:20:00 +0000
Who’s to blame for the leaking of 50 million Facebook users’ data? Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg broke several days of silence in the face of a raging privacy storm to go on CNN this week to say he was sorry. He also admitted the company had made mistakes; said it had breached the […]
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JASK and the future of autonomous cybersecurity

Sat, 24 Mar 2018 18:30:48 +0000
There is a familiar trope in Hollywood cyberwarfare movies. A lone whiz kid hacker (often with blue, pink, or platinum hair) fights an evil government. Despite combatting dozens of cyber defenders, each of whom appears to be working around the clock and has very little need to use the facilities, the hacker is able to […]
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Hip hop finds its beat in the startup scene

Sat, 24 Mar 2018 18:11:44 +0000
Hip hop stars are taking their reputations to Wall Street and Sand Hill road. Unlike their rock star brethren, who’ve historically been disinterested in dabbling with startups, quite a few hip hop artists have amassed good-sized portfolios. They’ve seen a few big hits too.
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‘Black Panther’ just became North America’s highest-grossing superhero movie

Sat, 24 Mar 2018 18:09:46 +0000
After the remarkable string of weekends it’s been having, it was really just a matter of time before Black Panther wrestled the top spot from his fellow Avengers. As of today, the Ryan Coogler-directed film is North America’s highest grossing superhero film of all-time (not adjusted for inflation, mind). The news comes via The Hollywood […]
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Are corporations that use Wikipedia giving back?

Sat, 24 Mar 2018 17:04:33 +0000
YouTube’s plan to combat conspiracy videos with information sourced from Wikipedia got push back from a number of different quarters — including, surprisingly, Wikimedia itself. Seems Google didn’t mention the plan to the foundation before unveiling it at SXSW earlier this month. Whoops. Wikimedia executive director Katherine Maher responded with an even-keeled statement reiterating that, […]
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Gillmor Gang: Facelift

Sat, 24 Mar 2018 17:00:24 +0000
The Gillmor Gang — Frank Radice, Denis Pombriant, Doc Searls, Esteban Kolsky, and Steve Gillmor. Recorded live Friday, March 23, 2018. G3: Face the Music — Mary Hodder, Elisa Camehort Page, Denise Howell, Kristie Wells, and Tina Chase Gillmor. Recorded live Friday, March 22, 2018. @stevegillmor, @dsearls, @ekolsky, @DenisPombriant, @fradice Produced and directed by Tina […]
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Cambridge Analytica raided by UK data watchdog

Sat, 24 Mar 2018 16:30:13 +0000
The UK’s data watchdog, the ICO, finally obtained a warrant to enter and search the offices of Cambridge Analytica late Friday — carrying out an evidence gathering sweep of the company into the small hours of Saturday morning. Cambridge Analytica is at the centre of a data misuse storm that’s wiped billions off the value […]
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Tim Cook addresses Facebook privacy, U.S./China relations at Beijing event

Sat, 24 Mar 2018 15:14:23 +0000
Apple CEO Tim Cook kicked of this year’s China Development Forum in Beijing today with an address that hit on a number of hot button topics, user privacy concerns and a looming U.S./China trade war. The executive touched on privacy regulations, in the wake of a breech of trust that found Cambridge Analytica harvesting information from […]
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Original Content podcast: Confronting the tragedy of Hulu’s ‘Looming Tower’

Sat, 24 Mar 2018 14:00:01 +0000
The Looming Tower, a new series on Hulu, approaches the September 11 terrorist attacks from an unusual angle — instead of focusing on the day itself, it tells the story of the FBI and CIA investigations into Al-Qaeda in the late 1990s. In some ways, the show feels like a police procedural, with Jeff Daniels […]
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Establishing ethical guidelines for marketing cryptocurrencies

Sat, 24 Mar 2018 10:30:57 +0000
The marketing of cryptocurrencies and Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) is currently operating like the Wild West. From Ethereum to Litecoin to Neo, there are over 1,300 offerings in the burgeoning crypto market, and people like James Altucher are here to profit off the confusion. However, change is afoot. Facebook banned advertising of ICOs and cryptocurrencies, […]
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Snap reportedly bought its very own 3D game engine

Sat, 24 Mar 2018 02:51:25 +0000
Snapchat’s parent company bought a web-based 3D game engine startup out of the UK this past May, Business Insider (paywalled) reports. PlayCanvas is a development tool focused on letting people easily design rich 3D environments. Unlike products from companies like Unity and Epic Games, PlayCanvas’s game engine was entirely browser-based and was optimized to run […]
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The web will soon be a little safer with the approval of this new security standard

Sat, 24 Mar 2018 00:27:14 +0000
Hear that? It's almost as if thousands of spooks and hackers suddenly cried out at once... The Internet Engineers Task Force has just unanimously approved a security framework that will make encrypted connections on the web faster and more resistant to snooping.
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Watch Alexa rap with Too Many T’s in this interactive music video

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 23:31:50 +0000
Alexa can already sing and rap, but now she’s the star of a new music video by the English rap duo Too Many T’s. The London-based rappers this week released an interactive video that lets Alexa sing along by triggering with voice commands, then pausing while she answers. The result is essentially a duet between […]
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IPOs are back, but for how long?

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 23:16:41 +0000
The first quarter is almost over, and despite Dropbox’s splashy debut on the public market earlier today, it was preceded by just two other U.S. tech companies to IPO in 2018: Cardlytics and Zscaler.  Will Dropbox turn things around? Will the fact that Spotify is readying its debut get the momentum going at long last? It […]
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This MIDI-powered robotic music box is the good news I needed this week

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 22:13:56 +0000
It's been a bit of a tumultuous week, to put it lightly, but one must always remember that no matter how dire things look on the global stage, there are always makers working obsessively to create something beautiful and useless — like this MIDI-driven, robotic music box.
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House and Senate put Zuckerberg on notice: ‘You are the right person to testify before Congress’

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 21:19:02 +0000
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been rather scarce lately, despite a host of woes besetting his company — but Wednesday he emerged from his cocoon to offer a limp apology, admit they had no control over data like that used by Cambridge Analytica, and that he "will happily" testify before Congress if he's the right person to do so.
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Drew Houston on wooing Dropbox’s IPO investors: ‘We don’t fit neatly into any one mold’

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 21:18:46 +0000
Dropbox went public this morning to great fanfare, with the stock shooting up more than 40% in the initial moments of trading as the enterprise-slash-consumer company looked to convince investors that it could be a viable publicly-traded company. And for one that Steve Jobs famously called a feature, and not a company, it certainly was […]
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Dropbox CEO Drew Houston emphasizes user trust on IPO day amid Facebook’s troubles

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 21:02:07 +0000
Dropbox made its public debut today, with the stock soaring nearly 40% on its first day of trading — meaning the company will now be beholden to the same shareholders that sent the company’s valuation well north of $10 billion. As a file-sharing and collaboration service, Dropbox’s first principle is going to be user trust, […]
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Watch ‘Silicon Valley’ actors rip a VR bong in the hacker hostel

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 20:51:23 +0000
HBO’s Silicon Valley is returning to the air with Season 5 debuting on Sunday. To prep fans, HBO released a virtual reality experience where users will be able to explore Erlich Bachman’s hacker hostel and interact with a ton of easter eggs from the show. HBO showed off some “behind-the-scenes” footage of Richard and Dinesh […]
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