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Waiting for the new new thing

Apr 09, 1:00PM

 The smartphone wars are over, and everybody won. Life without our phones is almost unthinkable. I just spent the last five days on a couple of remote Pacific islands, and every so often I’d look up and see a flower-garlanded local child immersed in a Samsung tablet – and this seemed wholly unremarkable. But now that the gold rush is over, and we’ve entered the mopping-up… Read More

How I made my own VPN server in 15 minutes

Apr 09, 11:31AM

 People are (rightfully) freaking out about their privacy as the Senate voted to let internet providers share your private data with advertisers. While it’s important to protect your privacy, it doesn’t mean that you should sign up to a VPN service and tunnel all your internet traffic through VPN servers. Read More

Uber is now banned in Italy for unfair competition

Apr 09, 9:53AM

 While Uber is fighting Waymo at home, the American company is also having issues abroad. As Reuters reported, an Italian court has ordered Uber to stop all activities in all of Italy. The court says Uber represents unfair competition for taxi drivers. Read More

A short list of executives who made less money than Anthony Noto last year

Apr 09, 1:36AM

 Executives at Twitter make a lot of money. But it’s not just like they make a lot of money relative to you or me, or compared to lower-level employees within the organization. A couple of executives at Twitter make a lot of money compared to their peers at public companies in general, tech or otherwise. Read More

Gig economy stalwart TaskRabbit is contemplating a sale

Apr 08, 11:44PM

 One of the earliest and most prominent startups of the so-called “sharing economy” or “gig economy” is evaluating the possibility of selling itself. As reported by Recode, freelance work marketplace TaskRabbit acknowledged that it is contemplating a sale after receiving inbound interest from a possible strategic buyer. Read More

Netflix's long-time chief product officer Neil Hunt is leaving the company

Apr 08, 9:30PM

 Streaming video provider Netflix is making a change in its senior management, as the company announced long-time chief product officer Neil Hunt will be leaving in July. International executive Greg Peters will be taking Hunt’s place in the lead product role. Read More

Alleged NSA hack group Shadow Brokers releases new trove of exploits

Apr 08, 8:14PM

 Shadow Brokers, the group behind last year’s release of hacking exploits used by the National Security Agency, has dropped another trove of files. In a Medium post today, the hacker group offered up a password giving free access to files it had previously tried to auction off. Read More

Spotify Premium Director Robert Lamvik leaves company for meditation app Headspace

Apr 08, 4:13PM

 Meditation app Headspace recently brought on Robert Lamvik, Spotify’s now-former director of its premium service, and Dr. Megan Jones Bell, former chief science officer at mental health startup Lantern. Their respective roles at Headspace are head of growth and chief science officer — two new roles at the company. Read More

Postepic is an app for elegantly sharing book quotes

Apr 08, 4:00PM

 Postepic wants to liberate all those interesting text snippets you have languishing on your camera roll and turn them into visually appealing quotations ready for social sharing. But is there mainstream appetite for an ‘Instagram for book quotes’? Read More

The hoverbikes are coming

Apr 08, 3:20PM

 Autonomous passenger drones might be coming to Dubai this summer, but in Russia I had the chance to check out this startup which literally wants to build a hoverbike. Read More

Crunch Report | YouTube now blocking ads on low-view channels

Apr 08, 3:00AM

YouTube is now blocking ads on channels with less than 10,000 views, Amazon pulls and other Quidsi apps and Spotify’s invisible IPO. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

Stripe's Patrick Collison says no to an IPO any time soon

Apr 07, 11:18PM

 You can imagine that Stripe CEO Patrick Collison is asked a lot about whether his San Francisco-based payments company plans to go pubic any time soon. Last year, the seven-year-old company raised $150 million in a deal co-led by General Catalyst Partners and CapitalG that valued the startup at $9.2 billion, almost double the valuation it was assigned in 2015. Read More

An afternoon with Avegant's prototype light field display headset

Apr 07, 11:00PM

 I’ve seen the light. A few weeks ago, Avegant showed off an early look at some of the crazy tech it has been working on that — in its most simple terms — seeks to make head-mounted displays function more like human eyes. It’s an ambitious goal with more than a few interested parties. Read More

Google DeepMind open sources Sonnet so you can build neural networks in TensorFlow even quicker

Apr 07, 10:38PM

 Google’s DeepMind announced today that it was open sourcing Sonnet, its object-oriented neural network library. Sonnet doesn’t replace TensorFlow, it’s simply a higher-level library that meshes well with DeepMind’s internal best-practices for research. Read More

A new guitar is 30% lighter thanks to multiple weird tricks

Apr 07, 9:56PM

 Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could make a lighter guitar, they didn’t stop to think if they should. As TC’s resident guitar lover I have to take all the high-tech in git-fiddles I can get. To wit, I present the Enlightened Collection of electric guitars. These guitars, made by Michael Kelly, are 30 percent lighter than standard solid-body guitars,… Read More

Okta pops as Wall Street continues to take a shine to the enterprise

Apr 07, 9:44PM

Okta Team Rings Bell Okta came out of the gate strong today in its Wall Street debut, attracting the type of institutional investors CEO Todd McKinnon says should be around for the long haul. This IPO comes at a time when Wall Street appears ready to embrace enterprise technology companies. Read More

Spotting sockpuppets with science

Apr 07, 9:42PM

 If you’ve ever ventured into the comment section of a website or spent any time on forums or social media, you’ve probably encountered sockpuppets, fake accounts controlled by a single person — though it’s possible you didn’t know it at the time. New research may help ID these overeager commentators automatically, which is good news for engendering sane… Read More

Okta finishes up 38% in stock market debut

Apr 07, 9:26PM

 Okta, the identity management software company, went public on the Nasdaq today, continuing a wave of tech IPOs. After pricing its IPO at $17, Okta raised $187 million by selling 11 million shares in the offering. Read More

Peter Fenton is leaving Twitter's board of directors

Apr 07, 9:16PM

 Benchmark partner Peter Fenton, who had been on Twitter’s board since 2009, will not seek re-election after his term expires in 2016, according to a new filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Read More

Google adds SoundStage developer Logan Olson to its VR team

Apr 07, 9:06PM

 Slowly but surely, Google is transforming itself into a formidable VR player. This week, the Daydream maker hired Logan Olson, best known as the developer of SoundStage, a well-received HTC Vive title built around a VR music studio sandbox. Read More

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