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Doppler Labs taps former Microsoft corporate devices head for COO, says Here One will ship Feb. 21

Jan 24, 7:35PM

3_here_one_both_colors Doppler Labs is growing its executive team as it prepares to ship its first major product release. Today, the company announced that Brian Hall, former Corporate VP of Devices at Microsoft, will be joining Doppler Labs as its COO. Hall joins the smart earbud company after 20 years at Microsoft where he was most recently tasked with working on products like the Microsoft Surface, Surface Hub… Read More

Vestiaire Collective raises $62 million for its pre-owned fashion marketplace

Jan 24, 7:32PM

S├ębastien Fabre, founder and CEO of Vestiaire Collective Vestiaire Collective is slowly but surely turning into a giant e-commerce platform for clothes and fashion accessories. Think about it as a sort of eBay for fashion items, but with a premium positioning. The French startup just raised $62 million (€58 million). Vitruvian Partners is leading the round with existing investors Eurazeo and Idinvest also participating in the round. Overall,… Read More

Goodyear tests tires with Tesloop

Jan 24, 7:29PM

Tesla Model S P85D It’s easy to get caught up in all the technology being built into cars of the future — ADAS, autonomous capabilities, V2X, and on and on. It’s also easy to forget that so far — until we get our flying cars — there are four points of contact between most vehicles and the road. The tires. Goodyear has of course not forgotten this, and it sees the writing on the… Read More

Apple will finally let developers respond to App Store reviews

Jan 24, 7:24PM

app-store-purge-hero Apple is finally going to give its developers a way to respond to customer reviews on its App Store and Mac App Store – a feature that’s long been available to Android developers on Google Play, much to the chagrin of the Apple developer community. According to developer documentation for the iOS 10.3 beta, when this version of Apple’s mobile operating ships,… Read More

Court won't reconsider DOJ argument in Microsoft customer data case

Jan 24, 7:08PM

A Microsoft logo sits on a flag flying in the grounds of the Nokia Oyj mobile handset factory, operated by Microsoft Corp., in Komarom, Hungary, on Monday, July 21, 2014. Microsoft said it will eliminate as many as 18,000 jobs, the largest round of cuts in its history, as Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella integrates Nokia Oyj's handset unit and slims down the software maker. Photographer: Akos Stiller/Bloomberg via Getty Images Microsoft won a narrow victory in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals today, as the court split 4-4 on whether to rehear arguments from the Department of Justice about why it wants to access Microsoft customer data stored on servers in Ireland. The Justice Department and Microsoft have grappled over the issue since 2013, when a New York judge issued a warrant demanding that Microsoft turn… Read More

Google Home builds out its ecosystem with Honeywell and Belkin WeMo support

Jan 24, 7:06PM

google_home_demo-5 Google was a bit late to the connected home party. The company’s Echo competitor Home officially launched in November of last year, and slowly but surely, the company has been adding some key partners to help expand its reach. Last year, Nest, Philips Hue and Samsung SmartThings all were added to Google’s burgeoning connected home ecosystem, and today the company’s got a pair… Read More

Google launches the fifth and final dev preview of Android Wear 2.0 ahead of February launch

Jan 24, 6:47PM

google-android-blog-post-iphone_1200x675px_v3 After a bit of a delay, the launch of Android Wear 2.0 is finally drawing near. Today, Google launched the fifth and final developer preview of Wear 2.0 ahead of its consumer launch in early February. There aren’t any major surprises here, but with this release, Android Wear 2.0 is finally getting full iOS support, too, which was missing from the previews — but not Wear 1.x… Read More

Meet the Crunchies finalists vying for Founder of the Year

Jan 24, 6:37PM

crunchies-founder The 10th Annual Crunchies Awards Show is but a few short weeks away, and we’ve yet to specifically introduce you to the nominees of a very important category: Founder of the Year. Given the landscape of current affairs — let’s face it, 2016 was a wash at best — the role of the founder becomes increasingly critical. It’s not enough to make great hires, execute on… Read More

Apple releases first iOS 10.3 beta with "Find My AirPods"

Jan 24, 6:32PM

airpods The ultimate first world problem is finally solved. Apple just released the first beta of iOS 10.3 to developers. Among other changes, the beta includes a way to find your lost AirPods in the Find My iPhone app. As you know, Apple’s AirPods only have tiny W1 chips in each earbud. These chips only support Bluetooth — there’s no Wi-Fi, there’s no GPS and, of course… Read More

Streamer numbers and incomes are rising healthily, according to data from popular tool

Jan 24, 6:28PM

Twitch's dedicated game streaming interface While half the world is coming to grips with the idea that people actually want to watch others play games, the other half is watching people play games. Streamers, watchers, and tips from the latter to the former are all increasing at a good clip, according to streaming companion service Streamlabs. Read More

Airbnb is in talks to acquire social payments startup Tilt

Jan 24, 6:22PM

tilt founders khaleed james beshara We’d been hearing murmurs for a while that Tilt was up for grabs and was talking to a few folks in recent weeks, and in early January we caught wind that the company may be acquired by Airbnb. It looks like the chatter was right. The Information reporting today that the company is in talks with Airbnb for an acquisition. The report jives with what we’ve heard as well. The move… Read More

Cowboy Ventures adds longtime attorney Ted Wang as partner

Jan 24, 6:02PM

wang_ted_hi-res_cropped-1 Ted Wang has spent his career helping startups make important decisions, from Facebook, to Twitter, to Dropbox to Jet. He’s done it as a partner with the law firm Fenwick & West over the last decade. Now he’s betting his skills can translate as an investor. Indeed, today, Wang joins the seed-stage venture firm Cowboy Ventures as a full-time investment partner. Firm… Read More

D-Wave ups its quantum annealing game to 2000 qubits

Jan 24, 5:45PM

2000q-extracted-image Universal quantum computers don’t exist, but that hasn’t stopped D-Wave from carving out its own place in the quantum computing market. Today, the 17-year-old company is announcing its forth quantum chip, the 2000Q, doubling the number of qubits on its exiting 1000Q chip. The Burnaby, British Columbia based company’s chips fall under a specific class of quantum… Read More

Juicero loses another member of its founding team

Jan 24, 5:45PM

Juicero Six months after introducing Juicero to the market, its Doug Evans jumped left his role of CEO of he founded after selling off Organic Avenue in 2012 (that juice company would go on to file for Chapter 7 in 2015). In October, the luxury juice squeezing startup brought former Coca-Cola North America president Jeff Dunn on in his stead. Just last week, the company slashed the price of its… Read More

Target will launch its own mobile payments system this year

Jan 24, 5:45PM

cartwheel-hand Target’s CartWheel application has grown to some 27 million shoppers who have used it over the past three years following its debut to save over $600 million at checkout. Now, the retailer hints it may be adding mobile payments to the app, and potentially its main Target application, as well. The company didn’t confirm which of the two, or if both, would be updated to include… Read More

Ford hires Apple, Nike and Burberry alum to lead global branding efforts

Jan 24, 5:44PM

1485265546655-jpg Ford has picked up a new executive with a strong history of success in marketing and communications across a range of verticals; the automaker announced today that Musa Tariq will join as vice president and chief brand officer at the company, acting as the senior-most creative and strategic branding employee at the company across its global operations. Tariq will join Ford on January 30,… Read More

Amazon's new Echo wake word makes your Star Trek dreams come true

Jan 24, 5:24PM

screen-shot-2017-01-24-at-12-21-27-pm Amazon has a new wake word for its Echo speakers, letting you trigger the Alexa voice assistant by uttering “Computer” aloud. It’s far more susceptible to accidental activation, yes, but it’s also a dream come true for Star Trek fans who watched both original series and TNG crew members address the Enterprise’s on-board computing systems directly. I have tried… Read More

Box unveils an overhauled Box Notes productivity platform

Jan 24, 5:09PM

box-notes-screenshot Box Notes, a productivity tool at Box, is announcing updated functionality and a new design. The platform, which Box says is used by nearly 40% Fortune 500 companies, will now let users view and edit all notes within a single browser, without having to leave Box Notes to search folders. They will also be introducing desktop apps, to make it easier to access Box Notes on both Mac and PC,… Read More

Microsoft launches Intune for Education to counter Google's Chromebooks in schools

Jan 24, 5:08PM

microsoft-intune Microsoft today announced Intune for Education, a new tier of its existing enterprise application and device management service that’s specifically meant for school. In addition, the company announced that a number of its partners will soon start shipping a wider variety of affordable Windows 10 PCs. This move comes shortly after Google announced yet another push for its Chromebooks… Read More

Cisco debuts its own smart whiteboard priced to compete with the Google Jamboard

Jan 24, 5:05PM

Darling If you haven’t been following the enterprise space of late, you may well have missed the memo that collaborative white boards are the hot newness. Microsoft has one and Google has one, and really, it was only a matter of time before those stalwarts of workplace hardware Cisco got in on the fun. As its name implies, the Cisco Spark Board is built around the company’s proprietary… Read More

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