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Digital magazine company Issuu is now a collaboration platform, too

Apr 30, 1:12AM

spotlight Digital media company Issuu has been trying to offer a better way to present content online. Now it’s a promising a better way for teams to work together on creating that content too, with the launch of a new product called Collaborate. Issuu, for those of you who don’t know, allows publishers to create digital publications. They may resemble glossy magazines, except freed from… Read More

Windows 95 on the Apple Watch features the world's most twee Start button

Apr 30, 12:35AM

1-WBF79wkx9h34PZ_XY9_59g Big, complex things running on tiny things is a common theme this week. Earlier we had a hack that put Counter-Strike on Android Wear, and today some maniac has installed Windows 95 on his Apple Watch. At last it’ll do something worthwhile! That is, of course, if you can find the Start button. Read More

Puma's got a tiny racing robot that can move as fast as Usain Bolt

Apr 29, 11:06PM

Puma BeatBot Its story is that of an epic battle. Mankind versus machine in a race for dominance. Only one can win. In practice, thankfully, it’s much, much more adorable. A four-wheeled robot that looks remarkably like an RC car crossbred with a shoebox , programmed to give athletes something to race against. A sort of free-roaming robotic rabbit to their inner-greyhound. BeatBot was created for Puma… Read More

Kentucky Derby attendees can now order food, place bets from their seats

Apr 29, 11:04PM

The first turn of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. Getting around, drinking and dining at the Kentucky Derby this year should prove a lot easier for fans and employees. According to Churchill Downs’ General Manager Ryan Jordan, the famed horse racing venue on Friday launched a Churchill Downs Racetrack app, powered by VenueNext, to give attendees a better experience on-site. The new app, available for iOS and Android devices, will let… Read More

Phil Schiller takes to Twitter to remind everyone not to pluralize Apple products

Apr 29, 10:20PM

100s-iphones Last night a single tweet on everyone’s favorite news platform was heard ’round the world. No, I’m not talking about the tweet that cost an NFL draft prospect $14 million dollars. Or Drake’s tweet dropping his new album, Views. I’m talking about Apple marketing boss Phil Schiller taking to Twitter to finally answer the age-old question of how to correctly refer… Read More

Sci-Hub is providing science publishers with their Napster moment

Apr 29, 10:10PM

scihubfeat A report from Science shows that academic paper piracy site Sci-Hub is not a niche product catering to cheapskates and isolated mad scientists: It’s as popular as it is illegal, and its millions of users span the globe, from Tehran to Boston. Read More

Tech companies can make retention of female employees a priority

Apr 29, 10:00PM

womankeys The technology industry has a problem with retaining qualified female employees. According to a study by the Center for Work-Life Policy, 56 percent of women in computing jobs will leave their positions at the “mid-level” point, right when it is most costly to the companies that employ them. This is due to a number of factors that can be alleviated by corporations adopting… Read More

Gillmor Gang LIVE 04.29.16

Apr 29, 8:03PM

Gillmor Gang Artcard Gillmor Gang – Frank Radice, Keith Teare, Kevin Marks, John Taschek and Steve Gillmor. LIVE recording session has concluded for today. Check back on Saturday for the released version Gillmor Gang LIVE chatroom during live show recording Gillmor Gang on Facebook HERE Other Gillmor Gang Studios shows: G3 : Complete catalog of show archives on… Read More

Home Chef raises $10M for meal kits and "taste algorithms"

Apr 29, 7:45PM

home chef Home Chef, one of several startups delivering recipes and ingredients to take some of the hassle out of home cooking, is announcing that it has raised $10 million in Series A funding. Founder and CEO Pat Vihtelic told me that Home Chef stands out from similar-sounding companies in a couple of ways. The big one is flexibility — customers get to choose their meals from 10 overall choices… Read More

Apple, Alphabet, Amazon and every other letter had a wild week on Wall Street

Apr 29, 7:33PM

487421640 This week was completely loaded with earnings reports from some of the biggest tech companies in the world — and it was a crazy week of swings for most of the companies that reported. There’s a running theme here: growth is being heavily rewarded — and lack of growth, punished — by Wall Street. And that’s especially true when it comes to more mature companies.… Read More

Fitbit scores win against Jawbone in trade dispute

Apr 29, 6:08PM

jawbone-vs-fitbit Chalk one up in Fitbit’s column. An International Trade Commission judge ruled in Fitbit’s favor on a series of patent disputes brought forth by Jawbone. This ruling seems to make it less likely that Fitbit would face an import ban of its wearable fitness trackers. In this case ITC Judge Dee Lord invalidated the last of Jawbone’s patents the two companies are fighting over.… Read More

Samsung's VR bedtime stories are cute, but really?

Apr 29, 6:00PM

vr_story Samsung worries about your child. Are they sleeping well? Do they miss you when you’re away on business? Can they put on a VR headset without their parents’ help? That last one is pretty important. Because Samsung wants your kids to experience the joy of VR just before bed instead of a regular bedtime story even though why would you do that. Read More

Fullscreen's new streaming service aims to be the MTV for the YouTube generation

Apr 29, 5:59PM

Screen Shot 2016-04-29 at 1.46.25 PM It’s not exactly a Netflix or YouTube rival, but AT&T-backed Fullscreen is hoping to carve out its own niche in the now-crowded subscription video market with its new service, launched this week. The $5 per month offering includes a mix of shorter, original content alongside full-length Hollywood movies and TV shows, like “Hitch,” “Dawson’s Creek,”… Read More

Twitter quietly retires Magic Recs, a DM bot that recommended viral accounts and Tweets

Apr 29, 5:42PM

twitter-up As Twitter tries out bigger things to spur growth activity — like changing the order and length of tweets — it is turning away from others. Twitter has quietly retired Magic Recs, a strikingly effective bot account that used to send you DMs recommending viral accounts or Tweets to follow, run by an algorithm that measured how many others you knew were following an account… Read More

Chris Sacca says there's "a greed case for diversity"

Apr 29, 5:37PM

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 31: Ryan Lawler and Chris Sacca present award at the 6th Annual Crunchies Awards at Davies Symphony Hall on January 31, 2013 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Steve Jennings/Getty Images for The Crunchies) Chris Sacca, the angel investor in companies like Twitter, Uber and Instagram, gets it. He understands that diversity is simply good for business. “There is a greed case for diversity,” Sacca told CNN’s Laurie Segall at the Collision Conference yesterday. “Diverse perspectives bring us into markets we didn’t know existed.” It’s true. There’s a… Read More

Hear AI play Beethoven like The Beatles

Apr 29, 5:18PM

Bach Beatles Here’s what it sounds like when artificial intelligence learns to play “Ode To Joy” in the style of EDM, Brazilian guitar, and The Beatles’ “Penny Lane”: The Sony Computer Science Laboratory in Paris was challenged to re-orchestrate the theme song of the European Union. Using  the max entropy approach of machine learning, they taught a computer how to… Read More

Tall poppy syndrome and the Canadian opportunity

Apr 29, 5:00PM

tallpoppy There’s an epidemic in Canada. That epidemic is a mentality that leaves top talent with no option but to leave the nation’s borders and with them, everything they learned. It undervalues breakthroughs developed and paid for by Canadian taxpayers. It’s a mindset that resents the success of others. It’s a bad case of tall poppy syndrome. Read More

Hear AI play Beethoven like The Beatles

Apr 29, 4:50PM

Bach Beatles Here’s what it sounds like when artificial intelligence learns to play “Ode To Joy” in the style of EDM, Brazilian guitar, and The Beatles’ “Penny Lane”. The Sony Computer Science Laboratory in Paris was challenged to reorchestrate the theme song of the European Union. Using  the max entropy approach of machine learning, they taught a computer how to… Read More

Microsoft's new tool for building line-of-business apps is now in public preview

Apr 29, 4:43PM

innovations Microsoft PowerApps allows anybody to build basic business apps without having to touch any code. These apps can run on the web and on mobile (through the PowerApps apps for iOS and Android). Microsoft first announced a private preview of this project last November but starting today, it’s open for anybody who wants to give it a try. Building apps in PowerApps is mostly a… Read More

Handcuffed to Uber

Apr 29, 4:29PM

uber-cuffs A quick scan of LinkedIn for former employees underscores the point. Of Uber’s roughly 6,700 employees, only a tiny fraction have left, and in most cases, those hires weren’t around long enough to be worrying about vested options. Employees of privately held companies have long wrestled with this issue. (We wrote about it here last summer.) With valuations of many privately held… Read More

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