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Emmanuel Macron and how political campaigns will never be the same

May 08, 12:52AM

 Every major campaign brings its set of changes. Barack Obama used big data and micro-targeting in his 2008 campaign. Then social networks became a great way to address messages to voters directly. But the political campaigns of 2016 and 2017 have been something different altogether. The internet has become so big that trolls started to have a significant influence on the results of the elections. Read More

Confide CEO Jon Brod on the White House, bad press, and what's next for his secure messaging app

May 07, 10:54PM

 Thursday night, at a StrictlyVC event in San Francisco, I sat down with Confide cofounder and president Jon Brod to talk with him about his decidedly topsy turvy 2017. Though his three-year-old messaging app was the belle of the ball at the start of the year — Wired, the Washington Post, and Axios were among others to note it was a hit with frustrated White House staffers —… Read More

For some, access to healthcare could start with at-home lab testing

May 07, 8:46PM

 Most at-home lab testing devices like Scanadu and Cor are still waiting for FDA approval, but simple lab testing can still be done in the confines of your own home and then shipped to a lab and that’s led to a handful of new startups offering services like STD or food allergy tests. Everlywell, an Austin-based at-home lab testing startup (and a Disrupt Battlefield company), aims to make… Read More

As environmental battles shift to states, renewable energy adoption could come down to good ole economics

May 07, 8:05PM

 Last week hundreds of thousands of Americans took to the streets to protest what they saw as the evisceration of environmental legislation and a rollback of US efforts to stem the tide of climate change. Protests in Washington, Boston, New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Seattle and other American cities coincided with the culmination of President Donald Trump’s first 100 days. Over… Read More

Cybersecurity expert Richard Clarke talks about the "sentinel personalities" who will save us all

May 07, 7:28PM

 Richard Clarke has been watching the world for decades. The cybersecurity czar for the Bush and Clinton administrations, Clarke has been thinking and writing about threats – real-world and cyber – for years, culminating in his latest book, Warnings, a forthcoming title co-written with R.P. Eddy. Warnings looks at seven past Cassandras – people with so-called… Read More

Cornershop, a grocery-delivery app in Chile and Mexico, raises $21M

May 07, 7:00PM

 The whole on-demand space has faced a lot of scrutiny in the past few years as questions about whether they are viable businesses balloon and the periodic down round leaks out. Then Instacart raised a massive round at a $3.4 billion valuation, and while the terms aren’t exactly clear, the funding environment for that space may be softening a bit. That’s offered an opportunity for… Read More

Really, Nintendo, people want a smaller, travel-friendly dock for the Switch

May 07, 6:53PM

 People really seem to want a smaller, lighter dock for the Nintendo Switch. One that’ll let you hook a Switch up to a TV while on the road without wasting suitcase real estate with the brick-sized, mostly-air-inside dock that comes in the box. Last week I wrote about a travel dock one DIYer made for himself by gutting and rebuilding the original dock, and the number of people that wrote… Read More

"The Handmaid's Tale" is critical to the success of Hulu's Live TV service

May 07, 6:13PM

 People tend to think in terms of what they want but don’t have, as opposed to what they have and don’t need. This is poignantly clear in the world of video streaming services. Outright cutting the cord hasn’t trended as quickly as pundits predicted; instead, Netflix, Hulu, HBONow, Amazon Prime and the rest seem to be something that many buyers view as supplementary. But… Read More

Real humans

May 07, 6:00PM

 Technology has many societal impacts, but perhaps one of its most visibly evident is how the tools we use change how we communicate with each other — so, literally, how technology rewrites language itself. Read More

Snap's first earnings this week will give a heat check on the new ad ecosystem

May 07, 5:19PM

 When Snap went public earlier this year, it revealed a break-neck level of growth in its nascent advertising business — and a dramatic burn rate along with it. But while it’ll be important for Snap to continue growing that business and get its costs in check, it’ll be nearly as important to convince Madison Ave. that it can be a mainstay ad buy alongside the big two (Facebook… Read More

Beyond the diversity report

May 07, 5:11PM

 There was once a time when everyone knew in their hearts that the tech industry was super white and male-dominated, but didn’t have the stats to back it up. Now that the likes of Facebook, Apple, Twitter, Google, Amazon, Netflix and most recently, Uber, have released their reports, the stats are out there. What a lot of people thought about the industry’s lack of diversity turned… Read More

A BuzzFeed would-be is paving the way for startups in Cambodia

May 07, 3:30PM

 Did you know Cambodia has its own BuzzFeed? Well, now you do! (And, yes, do note that I’m assuming you know of Cambodia and where it is located in the world.) In a country renowned for world-famous temples and fresh, spicy food — not to mention communist politics and one of history’s most atrocious genocides — lives Mediaload, a six-year-old online media company… Read More

This dystopia is completely ridiculous

May 07, 1:00PM

 We live in dark and darkly hilarious times. Our world has grown so bewildering and complicated, in no small part because of the finger jammed on technology’s fast-forward button, that many people have given up trying to make sense of it — or to make sense at all. That’s honestly my only explanation for some of the craziness out in the tech world these days. I once saw Cory… Read More

Nike's Breaking2 initiative was a crazy physical achievement and a brilliant marketing campaign

May 06, 10:32PM

 Nike’s Breaking2 initiative didn’t quite reach its goal of breaking the two-hour marathon mark, but that hasn’t stopped the company from crowing about the results. Nike has been working with three runners, Eliud Kipchoge, Lelisa Desisa and Zersenay Tadese, to break the two-hour threshold. It wasn’t just giving them shoes — a variation of the Zoom Vaporfly… Read More

Third parties have always been the key to Amazon's smart home domination plans

May 06, 9:40PM

 For Amazon, hardware has always been a means to an end. From the Kindle e-reader to the Fire tablets to its TV offerings, the company has always treated the space as something of a loss leader – even with its most popular offerings. Amazon has found success in pricing devices much closer to cost than the competition – something a company can only really get away with if it plans… Read More

Urban-X's investors showcase features high-tech face masks, navigation for the blind and more

May 06, 7:31PM

 The Urban-X investors showcase is a closed-door event that shows off eight different incubated startups to potential investors and press. I stopped by earlier this week to see what the fuss was about. Of the eight companies in Urban-X’s 02 cohort, I picked four that tackled problems relating to pollution, the visually impaired, urban deliveries and maintaining public cleanliness:… Read More

Germany's Duolingo competitor Babbel sets its sights on the US

May 06, 7:00PM

 Language learning service Babbel is one of Berlin’s quiet startup success stories. While it was once on the brink of shutting down, today it’s a thriving company with hundreds of employees who work in a sprawling office in the middle of Berlin — and it’s the market leader in large parts of Europe. Unlike competitors like Duolingo, though, Babbel is a paid service. Read More

Inside Andy Rubin's futuristic Playground hardware incubator

May 06, 5:41PM

 With titanium 3D printers, electrostatic charge tables, and a giant slide, Playground Global lives up to it’s a name. Here we take you on a tour of Android operating system inventor Andy Rubin’s hardware startup incubator that’s backed by a $300 million fund. Check out how the whimsical space lets scrappy hackers compete with Facebook and Google to recruit top talent. If… Read More

Fortem raises $5.5 million to hunt and take down unwanted drones

May 06, 5:03PM

 After drones became available to private citizens around the world, bad actors found ways to use them for nefarious purposes like spying on corporations, carrying contraband across borders and into prison yards, and sadly, turning the aerial robots into weapons. Drone crashes also put people and property in harm’s way. Provo, Utah-based Fortem Technologies Inc. has raised $5.5 million in… Read More

Gillmor Gang: No Show

May 06, 5:00PM

Gillmor Gang Artcard The Gillmor Gang — Keith Teare, Frank Radice, and Steve Gillmor. Recorded live Friday, May 5, 2017. Plus the latest G3: Serf City recorded Thursday, May 4, 2017 with Halley Suitt Tucker, Elisa Camahort Page, Maria Ogneva, and Tina Chase Gillmor. @stevegillmor, @kteare, @fradice Produced and directed by Tina Chase Gillmor @tinagillmor Read More

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