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Hacked texts from family of former Trump campaign manager surface on the dark web

Feb 28, 9:14PM

Man typing on a laptop. As questions around the Trump campaign’s relationship with Russia build, at least one former member of the president’s inner circle appears to have gotten the DNC treatment. As Politico reports, a data dump making the rounds on the dark web reveals over 280,000 text messages sent and received by Paul Manafort’s daughter, Andrea. Manafort, the former chairman of… Read More

YouTube unveils YouTube TV, its live TV streaming service

Feb 28, 9:13PM

youtube-unplugged After a year of rumors, YouTube is finally drawing back the curtain on its latest play for entertainment industry domination — a live TV service. At the company’s Playa Vista offices, a crowd of roughly 100 journalists settled into tables and chairs arrayed in the company’s hangar-like foyer to the strains of “Video Killed the Radio Star” and “Coffee and… Read More

TC Disrupt Startup Battlefield application deadline extended to Thursday

Feb 28, 8:49PM

tcdisrupt_NY16-5698 If you tried to apply to Disrupt NY’s Startup Battlefield today, you might have noticed you hit a wall. We’re having some technical difficulties right now with the website, and have decided to extend the deadline to Thursday, March 2, at 12pm PT. We’ll be sure to spread the word when the issue is resolved. We apologize for any inconvenience. Startup Battlefield is the… Read More

Snap: Rewriting 'Art of War' for social networking — by not documenting anything

Feb 28, 8:00PM

disappearing-snap Social networks may be the most valuable and durable types of businesses powered by “network effects,” the phenomenon of products or services becoming more powerful the more people use them. This is one reason the imminent IPO of social/mobile app Snap, which thrives on network effects, is being so closely watched. Another is that Snap represents the first credible threat to Facebook. Read More

Gaming company Kabam's roller coaster ride to a $700 million exit

Feb 28, 7:55PM

kevin-chu-high-res Yesterday, the Game Developers Conference kicked off in downtown San Francisco, and consolidation is a central theme for this year’s attendees. Late last week, we talked with Kevin Chou, cofounder and CEO of the gaming company Kabam, about his own both stressful and euphoric experience in running a gaming startup for roughly a decade before selling most of its assets in… Read More

Dyson to open a second R&D tech campus in the UK

Feb 28, 7:30PM

_dsc4116_srgb_hr Dyson will open a second campus focused on research and development in the U.K., close to its Malmesbury tech HQ in nearby Cotswolds. The planned expansion at home follows the recent announcement of a new Singapore tech center, which opened officially earlier this month. Read More

Amazon AWS S3 outage is breaking things for a lot of websites and apps

Feb 28, 6:53PM

aws-perspective-glitched Amazon’s S3 web-based storage service is experiencing widespread issues, leading to service that’s either partially or fully broken on websites, apps and devices upon which it relies. The AWS offering provides hosting for images for a lot of sites, and also hosts entire websites, and app backends including Nest. The S3 outage is due to “high error rates with S3 in… Read More

Glossier's Emily Weiss and Outdoor Voices' Tyler Haney to talk shop at TC Disrupt NY

Feb 28, 6:27PM

disruptny_skyline-crop Disrupt NY is fast approaching, and the agenda is shaping up to be a real doozy. Alongside speakers like Handy’s Oisin Hanrahan, Managed By Q’s Dan Teran, WayUp’s Liz Wessel, Ford’s Raj Nair and AngelList’s Naval Ravikant, we’re also pleased to host Glossier’s Emily Weiss and Outdoor Voices’ Tyler Haney on the Disrupt NY stage. Read More

Volvo's new XC60 will automatically steer as well as brake to avoid crashes

Feb 28, 6:03PM

Blind Spot Information (BLIS) with steer assist The new Volvo XC60 does more on behalf of the driver in order to prevent accidents, moving the SUV further along the continuum toward full autonomy. The new model of the car adds automated steering in tandem with automatic braking to avoid collisions, as well as a few other tricks that involve software taking the wheel when it believes it’s necessary. Read More

Intel's diversity efforts are somewhat paying off

Feb 28, 6:00PM

Danielle Mastrangel Brown (Intel) (left) and Carissa Romero (Paradigm) It became clear in last year’s mid-year diversity report that Intel had a leaky bucket, meaning that even though it had increased the number of underrepresented minorities it was bringing in, its overall minority representation was on the decline. Based on Intel’s latest diversity report, it seems the company is moving in the right direction when it comes to retention of diverse… Read More

Google's note-taking app Keep joins G Suite, now integrates with Google Docs

Feb 28, 6:00PM

google-keep-desktop Google Keep, a competitor to note-taking apps like Evernote and Microsoft’s OneNote, is today being integrated into Google’s suite of applications aimed at businesses, G Suite (previously, Google Apps for Your Domain). This allows Keep to become a part of users’ workflow for capturing ideas, jotting down quick reminders or to-dos, creating checklists, taking meeting notes… Read More

BMW says 'nein' to Android Auto

Feb 28, 5:48PM

img_20170228_171902 Like CES, the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona also now attracts its fair share of car makers. Ford was an early adopter a few years ago, and now others are joining the fray, too. I sat down with Dieter May, BMW’s senior vice president of Digital Services and Business Models (in an i3, of course). Read More

WorkJam raises $12 million to communicate with hourly workers

Feb 28, 5:42PM

workjam_visual_v2 There is plenty of enterprise software for the white-collar workforce, but there still isn’t an ideal way to communicate with employees who aren’t sitting at a desk. That’s the thesis behind WorkJam, which is announcing $12 million in funding from Lerer Hippeau Ventures, Blumberg Capital, Founder Collective and NovelTMT. Read More

Google calls 'time' on the Pixel laptop

Feb 28, 5:41PM

pixel-chrome In a small meeting with journalists at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona today, Google’s senior vice president for hardware Rick Osterloh dropped a little bit of news: It looks like the Pixel laptop — Google’s premium Chromebook and the original product bearing the Pixel name — has hit the end of the line after just two iterations. Read More

NASA's support of SpaceX's moon voyage highlights bigger ambitions

Feb 28, 5:20PM

Spacex Dragon crew capsule interior NASA released a statement in support of SpaceX following that company’s surprise announcement that it will be sending two people around the moon sometime next year. The comment actually says a lot despite not saying very much, and could be a sign that the growing private interest in space will help propel renewed and expanded achievement from the public sector, too. Read More

Google Play now considers user engagement, not just downloads, in ranking games

Feb 28, 5:08PM

Nexus 5X smartphone, co-developed by LG Electronics Inc. and Google Inc., and manufactured by LG Electronics, sit on display at the NTT Docomo Inc. unveiling in Tokyo, Japan, on Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015. Docomo, Japans largest mobile-phone carrier by subscribers, introduced 10 smartphone models today. Photographer: Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg via Getty Images Google is making a significant change to how its app store, Google Play, will work in terms of making the best games more easily discoverable by end users. At the Game Developers Conference, the company announced that it recently tuned its app store algorithms to take into account user engagement, and not just downloads, in order to better reward quality titles. Read More

Reflect drops public beta to power developer-first data visualization

Feb 28, 5:03PM

Abstract pattern of yellow pie charts on multiColored background of geometric shapes Data visualization has been done — there are publicly traded, interactive, real-time and, heck, even artificially intelligent companies promising data visualization. But despite all the noise, Portland-based Reflect is making a go of it in the space, opening up its public beta today. By putting developers first and letting them integrate and customize visualizations in their own… Read More

Digit now helps users automatically save for monthly bills

Feb 28, 5:00PM

saving-for-rent Automated savings startup Digit has long helped users squirrel away money for a rainy day. But today the company is rolling out a new feature that will make it easier to help its users save and pay their monthly bills. Read More

Ford's new self-driving van concept is like a rolling hive for delivery drones

Feb 28, 4:48PM

ford_2017_mwc_autolivery_29 Ford’s new “Autolivery” van concept has a terrible name, but is actually based on interesting core ideas. The van is yet another result of Ford’s fruitful “last mile mobility” internal employee challenge, and this one pairs an electric self-driving van with autonomous drones that nest within to help transport packages that last few feet to a… Read More

Nissan's self-driving test car tackles London streets

Feb 28, 4:23PM

Nissan Motors' autonomous drive vehicle is displayed at the company's showroom in Yokohama on May 13, 2015. Nissan on May 13 said its fiscal-year net profit soared 17.6 percent to 4.2 billion USD, crediting a weak yen and new model rollouts for buoyant results that drove past its own earlier forecasts.  AFP PHOTO / TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA        (Photo credit should read TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP/Getty Images) Nissan is testing its self-driving vehicles on European streets for the first time, with a rollout begun Monday in London. The tests, reported by Reuters, involved modified Nissan Leaf electric vehicles equipped with a range of sensors and onboard computing power, going as fast as 50 miles per-hour, and transitioning between small local roads and larger, multi-lane thoroughfares. London was… Read More

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