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New study notes that it's a driverless future, not a people-less future

Mar 13, 9:59PM

The future of urban transportation traffic A new study from Arcadis, HR&A Advisors, and Sam Schwartz Consulting offers advice for city planners who are contemplating a future that includes autonomous vehicles, or AVs, as the nerds call them. McKinsey (who was not part of this particular study) says that by 2030, autonomous vehicles will account for 15% of auto sales worldwide. The study released today, “Driverless… Read More

Identity management software provider Okta files for today's second $100M IPO

Mar 13, 9:39PM

Identity management graphic It looks like Snap’s (at least perceived) successful IPO has officially opened the window: following Yext officially filing for an IPO this afternoon, identity management software company Okta just dropped its official filing for an IPO. After much hand-wringing about whether or not 2017 would avoid last year’s fate of an IPO drought, we’ve seen three IPOs all within the span… Read More

Sir Tim Berners-Lee warns of the threats to today's web

Mar 13, 8:41PM

 Sir Tim Berners-Lee doesn’t issue too many proclamations, but those he does are usually quite sensible. The latest, occasioned by the 28th anniversary of Sir Tim’s paper proposing the World Wide Web, warns of the three primary threats to the ecosystem that web has into. Read More

New York-based Yext files for IPO

Mar 13, 8:34PM

 Yext, the company that powers location data in search results, has revealed its IPO filing. The business will be able to join the stock market as soon as April. The offering is said to raise $100 million, but that number is subject to change. We will get more of an indication in the coming weeks about how Yext plans to price its shares. With clients like Best Buy, McDonalds and Marriott,… Read More

Swiss researchers are developing edible robots made of gelatin

Mar 13, 8:20PM

 A new paper released by researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) details the creation of gelatin-based actuators, a technology that could bring us closer to edible robots. Read More

With PlayStation Now, you'll soon be able to play PS4 games on your PC

Mar 13, 7:43PM

 Sony just announced that PlayStation 4 games are coming soon to the PlayStation Now cloud gaming service. It means that gamers will be able to pay a subscription fee and stream PS4 games to their PlayStation 4 or PC. Read More

Apple releases new ad with real-life iMessage stickers

Mar 13, 7:26PM

 Apple just published a new video ad on its YouTube channel. I’ve been writing about recent Apple ads because they’ve been a bit more creative than your average consumer electronics ad. This time is no exception as Apple created a city-wide sticker fight. Read More

Luxury phone maker Vertu changes hands yet again

Mar 13, 6:36PM

 Exiled Turkish businessman Hakan Uzan could have picked up around 10,000 averaged-priced Vertu handsets for the amount he reportedly just paid for the company. Though it’s tough to say, really, which would have been the worse investment. Read More

New iPad models being tested around Cupertino, logs show

Mar 13, 4:49PM

 Several new iPad models have been spotted being tested in Cupertino and nearby locations — potentially confirming earlier rumors of a planned iPad refresh arriving this spring. Read More

The argument for and against Facebook Messenger Day

Mar 13, 4:23PM

 The stakes are high as Facebook gambles its messaging user base on a bet to beat Snapchat at its own game. Some are downright pissed that Facebook would “ruin” Messenger by forcing messy social media into a clean chat app for a chance at glory and riches. Yet there’s an even bigger audience of Stories newbies available to be seduced by a convenient feature where they… Read More

Whisper launches new tool to automate article creation from its user-generated content

Mar 13, 4:10PM

 After months spent watching other anonymous messaging and sharing apps come and go, Whisper is coming back to the market with a new product, a massive readership and a reinvigorated approach to sharing its content. Read More

With $4M in funding, VentureApp wants to be WhatsApp for your professional network

Mar 13, 4:00PM

 Boston-based VentureApp wants to make business messaging easier, by becoming the online and mobile chat hub for its users’ professional contacts and business needs. To do so, the company has raised $4 million in funding led by Accomplice, with investment from Fullstack Ventures, Boston Seed Capital and a whole slew of angels. Read More

Yahoo's 4K Excalibur patents in search, mobile, cloud and more valued at $740M

Mar 13, 3:21PM

 The slow progression of the sale of Yahoo to Verizon — first announced in July 2016 but delayed in part because of massive data breach disclosures — took one more step forward today. Yahoo has filed a lengthy 8-K update with the SEC with many details about the future management of Altaba — the investment holding company left behind after the sale containing its Alibaba… Read More

Design leader from Wealthfront and Facebook discusses career paths for designers, leadership and more

Mar 13, 3:00PM

 Kate Aronowitz was the vice president of design at Wealthfront. Before that, she was a designer director at Facebook, where she built their team from 20 to 200 world-class designers under Mark Zuckerberg. Read More

YouTube launches Uptime, an experimental app for watching videos with friends

Mar 13, 2:46PM

 Looking to turn watching YouTube videos into a more social experience, a team from Google’s internal incubator, Area 120, has launched Uptime, an app that lets you watch videos together with your friends. Read More

See you tonight at the New York Micro-Meetup

Mar 13, 2:05PM

 In preparation for Disrupt New York in May I’m going to hold a few pitching workshops in New York for you all. We’ll listen to and critique 8 pitches on March 13th at 7pm at the Knotel space at 22 West 38th Street, 4th Floor. This is an informal pitch-off, but the two best teams will get two tickets to Disrupt New York and the undying admiration of millions of people (actually… Read More

Pandora's on-demand music service finally arrives

Mar 13, 1:53PM

 Pandora’s long-awaited alternative to Spotify has arrived today. The company this morning announced the debut of a new paid tier to its streaming service called Pandora Premium, which offers a combination of radio-like listening as well as the option to search and play any track and create your own playlists. Read More

Hackers release proof-of-concept Nintendo Switch jailbreak

Mar 13, 1:12PM

 In what amounts to an innocuous but important proof-of-concept, a hacker called qwertyoruiopz has released a pseduo-jailbreak that allows you to run arbitrary code on the Nintendo Switch. The interesting thing? Because of a bug in the browser software used on the Switch, the same jailbreak that let iOS 9 users modify their phones has been repurposed to attack the console. The jailbreak code… Read More

Chattanooga-based Skuid raises $25 million for its "codeless" app development toolkit

Mar 13, 1:00PM

 Pitching a “codeless” user interface that allows anyone in a business to develop applications for business intelligence, Skuid has raised $25 million in new financing. Read More

Facebook tells developers to not use data for surveillance

Mar 13, 1:00PM

 In response to pressure from the American Civil Liberties Union, Color of Change and the Center for Media Justice, Facebook announced today that it will clarify its developer policy to explicitly prohibit the use of Facebook or Instagram data in surveillance tools. Read More

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