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WTF is lidar?

Feb 12, 7:00PM

wtf-is-lidar Long ago, people believed that the eye emitted invisible rays that struck the world outside, causing it to become visible to the beholder. That’s not the case, of course, but that doesn’t mean it wouldn’t be a perfectly good way to see. In fact, it’s the basic idea behind lidar, a form of digital imaging that’s proven very useful in everything from archaeology… Read More

A conversation about tech M&A trends and Trump

Feb 12, 7:00PM

robot handshake Some very big brands outside the tech space have been stepping in to acquire technology companies as the pressure to keep up with consumer-powered digital trends touches more industries. Add in a deregulating President Trump and the mercury could keep rising for tech company valuations this year, suggests John Stiffler, senior M&A director at business and technology consulting firm West… Read More

Can you trust crypto-token crowdfunding?

Feb 12, 6:00PM

crowdfunding In 2016, blockchain startups raised some $200 million in Initial Coin Offerings, a new form of crowdfunding based on cryptocurrency tokens. Some of the startups have raked in millions of dollars; several have failed to deliver. Expert opinion is highly polarized on the crypto-token crowdfunding hype, its reliability, its legality and its future. Here’s what you need to know. Read More

Political strategist Bradley Tusk on his fast rise in Silicon Valley

Feb 12, 4:04PM

32774045466_1705e31f0a_k Bradley Tusk has long been known in political circles. He was once deputy governor of Illinois, working for the now-incarcerated former governor Rod Blagojevich. He also worked for Michael Bloomberg during one of his tenures as mayor of New York City and in 2009 ran Bloomberg’s successful, third re-election campaign. In fact, thanks to a generous bonus check from Bloomberg, Tusk was… Read More

H-1B and you and me

Feb 12, 2:00PM

immigration Let’s talk about something non-awful that Donald Trump has done. (Shouldn’t take long, right? Ba-dum-bump-wince.) Specifically, let’s talk about the draft executive order floating around which calls for H-1B visas to be allotted not by lottery, as they are today, but by auction, so that only highly-paid jobs are filled by H-1B holders. Read More

Attack of the apps

Feb 11, 10:00PM

too-many-apps-fb Mobile surveillance by ad-sponsored smartphone apps is intrusive and creepy — and it can easily compromise your enterprise’s data. Read More

2017 is the year your startup gets funded

Feb 11, 6:00PM

moneygrowth The turn of the calendar is cathartic for entrepreneurs — there’s something about starting a new year that inspires folks to launch a new startup, build a new product or raise capital. If you’re starting to raise capital, this is your guide. Let’s get to it. Read More

Gillmor Gang: Kakitocracy

Feb 11, 6:00PM

Gillmor Gang Artcard The Gillmor Gang — Doc Searls, Keith Teare, Frank Radice, and Steve Gillmor. Recorded live Friday, February 10, 2017. Plus the latest G3 (below) with Halley Suitt Tucker, Elisa Camahort Page, Denise Howell, Mary Hodder, and Tina Chase Gillmor. @stevegillmor, @dsearls, @kteare, @fradice Produced and directed by Tina Chase Gillmor @tinagillmor Liner Notes Live chat stream The Gillmor Gang… Read More

Statsbot helps businesses pull their data into Slack

Feb 11, 4:19PM

Statsbot Statsbot is giving companies a new way to look at their data — in their chatrooms on Slack. Co-founder and CEO Artyom Keydunov said that the product was inspired by his previous work leading a remote engineering team, when he realized that it would be “a good idea to bring data from Google Analytics or Mixpanel to the place where all collaboration happens — to Slack.”… Read More

Data shows a downward demographic spiral for Republicans

Feb 11, 1:30PM

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 10:  Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) is sworn in before the Senate Judiciary Committee during his confirmation hearing to be the U.S. attorney general January 10, 2017 in Washington, DC. Sessions was one of the first members of Congress to endorse and support President-elect Donald Trump, who nominated him for Attorney General.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) It’s clear Republicans hitched their wagon to a demographic they have successfully exploited at historic levels the last couple of decades. Yet in doing that they’ve still lost six of the last seven popular votes, and as the data shows they’ve now pretty much run out of white evangelicals to add to the mix. Read More

UK's Hellocar secures £1M to to disrupt UK car buying market

Feb 11, 12:54PM

dsc_1205 Hellocar, a new car buying website out of the UK, has secured a £1m investment round. The round was led by JamJar Investments, the Innocent Drinks founders’ venture capital fund, and Alex Chesterman, founder and CEO of Zoopla Property Group. Henry Lane Fox, part of the founding team behind and CEO of Founders Factory, will join the Hellocar board as a Director. The… Read More

Crunch Report: Prince returns to Spotify

Feb 11, 1:00AM

cr-thumb-2-10 Today’s Stories  Prince returns to Spotify and Napster this weekend WhatsApp now supports two-step authentication Amazon’s Tap speaker gets a hands-free update in defiance of its name Beats X bring Apple’s wireless headphone tech to a tethered form factor Credits Written and hosted by: Anthony Ha Edited by: Joe Zolnoski Filmed by: Matthew Mauro Teleprompter: Tomas… Read More

Weekly Roundup: Tech companies rally against Trump's immigration ban, Zenefits cuts workforce again

Feb 11, 12:03AM

screen-shot-2017-02-10-at-11-04-45-am Tech companies continued to rally against Trump’s immigration ban, Android Wear 2.0 finally launched, Airbnb bought up another company and Zenefits laid off 45 percent of its workforce. These are the top stories of the week. Read More

Trump's immigration ban is terrible for entrepreneurs

Feb 10, 11:30PM

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 7:  (AFP OUT) U.S. President Donald Trump speaks as he meets with county sheriffs during a listening session in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on February 7, 2017 in Washington, DC. The Trump administration will return to court Tuesday to argue it has broad authority over national security and to demand reinstatement of a travel ban on seven Muslim-majority countries that stranded refugees and triggered protests. (Photo by Andrew Harrer - Pool/Getty Images) Donald Trump’s executive orders targeting Muslims, immigrants and refugees are moves that pander to the dangerous forces of racism and xenophobia. Read More

Payback's a gift

Feb 10, 11:00PM

Gold Gifts On the surface, many internet businesses might not have much in common; internally, we’ve converged around one single metric that’s applicable to almost all consumer and/or marketplace businesses that use paid customer acquisition. We’re sharing this metric here in the hope that founders can use it as one useful benchmark when evaluating the health and progress of their… Read More

Sen. Wyden presses for more answers as FBI responds to questions about its new FOIA system

Feb 10, 10:44PM

security-insight In the face of criticism around its new FOIA process, the FBI moved to clarify some questions surrounding the online portal that will replace its existing process starting March 1. The FOIA changes, initially reported by the Daily Dot earlier this week, set off a chain of controversy that on Friday made it all the way to Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden, an established voice in online privacy. In an… Read More

Messaging app Wire now has an external audit of its e2e crypto

Feb 10, 9:27PM

Wire messaging app Encrypted messaging app Wire has now published an external audit of its crypto protocol, Proteus, and the implementation of the protocol across its various apps. Read More

Cambridge is giving cancer the 3D VR treatment

Feb 10, 9:08PM

hannon_application_picture_420_x_235 It’s always good to hear that scientists are bringing the latest technology to the fight against cancer, but virtual reality doesn’t seem like an obvious addition to the arsenal. Yet it’s VR and 3D visualization that Cambridge University researchers are planning to explore under a multi-million pound grant. Read More

Carl Bass on his surprising Autodesk exit — and what's next

Feb 10, 8:47PM

img_1100 Carl Bass is sitting at his desk at Autodesk today, but he’s no longer CEO of the publicly traded design software company. He stepped down earlier this week in a move that some associated — wrongly, notes Bass — with an interview Bass granted to the outlet Pando, wherein he disparaged President Donald Trump. This morning, we talked with Bass about his resignation, his… Read More

Amazon's Rekognition learns to guess your age

Feb 10, 8:15PM

screen-shot-2017-02-10-at-10-30-27-am You know how old you are. You know how old your friends think you are. Heck, you even know how old Microsoft thinks you are. But at the end of the day, does anyone other than Amazon really matter? Until now, the only way for you to know how old Amazon thought you were was to look at products recommended to you. I apparently spent too much time researching sci-fi short stories yesterday… Read More

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