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How Android gets to 100% market share

May 02, 1:00AM

android-world Android commands more than 80 percent of the mobile OS market share globally, and just less than 60 percent in the U.S. But you wouldn’t know it here in Silicon Valley — almost everyone I know has an iPhone. As the consumer technology landscape evolves over the next five years, however, there are a number of reasons to believe that Android, and the Google stack more broadly, could… Read More

Strengthening authentication through big data

May 01, 10:00PM

behavior-authentication The fact that plain passwords are no longer safe to protect our digital identities is no secret. For years, the use of two-factor authentication (2FA) and multi-factor authentication (MFA) as a means to ensure online account security and prevent fraud has been a hot topic of discussion. Technological advances, especially in the mobile industry, have created new possibilities, and manufacturers… Read More

The tech elite are moving left this election cycle

May 01, 9:30PM

peoplepolitician This election cycle, the tech elite are almost exclusively backing liberals: Tesla’s Elon Musk donated to Hillary Clinton, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg gave handsomely to the San Francisco Democratic Party organization, and Microsoft’s Bill Gates gave to three Democratic congressmen. Though often seen as a libertarian stronghold, no household Silicon Valley names publicly… Read More

The future of apps should be better apps

May 01, 7:30PM

android-pay-apps-logos The future of apps is apps. Read More

SAM Labs raises $4.5M to turn kids into IoT-mavens

May 01, 7:17PM London-based SAM Labs just announced that it raised $4.5M from a group of investors led by Imperial Ventures. In addition, the round was padded out with smart money from a number of angels specializing in high growth education technology. The investment will help the company continue its mission to introduce the Internet of Things to kids. Read More

Twitter's dysfunctional Wall Street relationship

May 01, 7:00PM

twitter-down Twitter’s stock is cratering this week following its earnings report on Tuesday, down around 15% and shaving more than a billion dollars off its market cap — again. This isn’t even an all-time low for Twitter. But the company is a long, long ways from its successful run after its initial public offering. At the time, Twitter was showing — while slow — user growth… Read More

Keith Block talks life at Salesforce and being a Boston sports fan in San Francisco

May 01, 6:00PM

Keith Block from Salesforce speaking at Salesforce World Tour in Boston in April, 2016. The day I met Keith Block at the Salesforce World Tour in Boston he was relaxing in a suite at the Hynes Convention Center, a man at ease with his considerable responsibilities as vice chairman, president and COO at Salesforce. His Twitter bio, like mine, also lists him as a Boston sports fan. We had a lot to talk about. The day we chatted, Block had been front and center at the… Read More

Here's why we only did three deals last year

May 01, 3:00PM

bubbles There has been a huge disconnect between private and public company valuations over the last few years. This isn’t the first time I’ve said it. It probably won’t be the last. During this period of froth, companies were able to raise capital at increasingly ludicrous valuations, and entrepreneurs turned fundraising into a sport. Deals closed peaked in 2014, but all-time… Read More

Homo Sapiens 2.0? We need a species-wide conversation about the future of human genetic enhancement

May 01, 3:00PM

genome After 4 billion years of evolution by one set of rules, our species is about to begin evolving by another. Overlapping and mutually reinforcing revolutions in genetics, information technology, artificial intelligence, big data analytics, and other fields are providing the tools that will make it possible to genetically alter our future offspring should we choose to do so. For some very good… Read More

INNOVATE2016: Policy risk should be on the agenda for startups

May 01, 11:30AM

Former Clinton Administration staffer Dan Rosenthal says entrepreneurs need to think about local regulations and policy landscape. Read More

Sell your clothing and electronics with these apps

May 01, 3:40AM

juniors-thredup Are you looking to clean out your closet and make money while doing it? You no longer have to haul your used items to a consignment shop. A number of apps have made selling used things easier than ever, and we’re not talking about eBay. TechCrunch tested out and chose our favorite apps for spring cleaning. Poshmark Poshmark is basically an Instagram for selling your clothing. Take a photo… Read More

Why image recognition is about to transform business

May 01, 1:00AM

image-recognition From programs that help the visually impaired and safety features in cars that detect large animals to auto-organizing untagged photo collections and extracting business insights from socially shared pictures, the benefits of image recognition, or computer vision, are only just beginning to make their way into the world — but they’re doing so with increasing frequency and depth. Read More

Review: Grenco Science's G-Pen Elite is the best vape of its kind

Apr 30, 9:05PM

DSCF2412 The fascination and rapid development of portable vaporizers for ground, plant-based material is hard to ignore, if you’re not living under a rock. Read More

New initiatives emerge to help refugees

Apr 30, 8:00PM

refugee Prompted by the ongoing refugee crisis affecting much of the western world, new initiatives have emerged to provide solutions to the many challenges facing the beleaguered masses. In a sea of clueless government bureaucrats and fearful citizens, these new startups want to tap into the potential of the newcomers. Privately funded initiatives may one day become the norm in helping tackle… Read More

According to its cofounder and CEO Snapchat is mainly "a camera company"

Apr 30, 5:30PM

snapchat-camera While Snapchat Stories may be the feature that brings the company the revenue model it needs to validate its $16 billion valuation, and while the ephemeral messaging feature may be what initially attracted the hordes of millennials sending digital ephemera to each other billions of times a day, Spiegel says that the camera itself remains Snapchat’s unifying feature. Read More

Kindle Oasis is beautiful, pricey and still not like reading a book

Apr 30, 5:20PM

Oasis blurred I’ve spent the last week trying to pretend the new Kindle Oasis is the same as reading a real book. It’s not. I love books. I love Kindle’s e-readers and was hoping this was the melding of the two. That real book feel was part of the inspiration for the latest Kindle in the family and why it comes with a protruding one-sided grip handle able to flip from left to right to give… Read More

Gillmor Gang: iPad Prose

Apr 30, 5:00PM

Gillmor Gang Artcard The Gillmor Gang — John Taschek, Frank Radice, John Taschek, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor. Recorded live Friday, April 29, 2016. Apple dips and Twitter flutters, but the Gang won’t bet against them as new media picks new winners. Plus, the latest G3 with Halley Suitt Tucker, Elisa Camahort Page, Francine Hardaway, and Tina Chase Gillmor. @stevegillmor, @kevinmarks, @jtaschek… Read More

Pushing back against sexism, this is a new era for women online

Apr 30, 4:30PM

TakeBackTheTech-Cyberfeminist-Fair-Oaxaca 2015-credit-Pauline Rosen Cros Take Back the Tech! (TBTT) is an expanding group of women active in 16 countries. They are set on reclaiming online space, making the net safer and more representative, as well as a place for women to thrive and change the world. Read More

Startups need to do due diligence, too

Apr 30, 3:00PM

magnifying I hear a lot of horror stories about investors. Many are misunderstandings. Some are just outright false. Then there are those that are true. Sadly, there are a lot of those. This kills companies. I’ve watched great entrepreneurs with brilliant ideas sink because they’ve been fucked around and because they made poor choices. I wanted to write something that will help people. Here… Read More

Why the NRA hates smart guns

Apr 30, 1:30PM

An employee of Armatix poses for photographers as he presents the  With yet another push from President Obama to revive initiatives to develop “smart gun” technology, it looks like it’s time to revisit the issue once again. Read More

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