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NTT Data announces strategic investment in NoSQL database provider MarkLogic

Jun 01, 12:30AM

 NTT Data, the large Tokyo-based global IT services provider, today announced that it has made a strategic investment in database provider MarkLogic. The two companies declined to reveal the size of the investment, but Dave Ponzini, MarkLogic’s EVP of Marketing and Corporate Development, tells me it was “not a huge amount but not an insignificant amount either.” Read More

AT&T acquisition of Time Warner will not be blocked by Trump, CEO predicts

Jun 01, 12:18AM

 Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes talked about the pending sale to AT&T on stage at Code Conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, California on Wednesday. Bewkes told the largely tech and media crowd that he doesn’t think that the Trump administration will have a big impact on the proposed deal, despite previous claims by the president that he’s against it.  Bewkes hoped that the… Read More

Uber's head of finance is leaving

May 31, 11:51PM

 Uber’s head of finance, Gautam Gupta, is leaving the company in July, the Wall Street Journal reports. TechCrunch has since confirmed this news with Uber. Gupta’s plan is to join another San Francisco-based startup as COO, but it’s not clear what that startup is. News of his impending departure comes as Uber has reported losses of $708 million. In Q1, Uber’s revenue… Read More

Senators ask FBI to look into FCC's cyberattack claims

May 31, 11:37PM

 The FCC claimed earlier this month that the comment system by which people can weigh in on the proposal to kill net neutrality had been on the receiving end of a distributed denial-of-service attack. Today, a group of Senators asked that the FBI look into it. Read More

How should startups work with city governments?

May 31, 11:35PM

 If you want to re-imagine cities, you’ll likely work with city government. Sometimes this means city governments will your customer, but far more often founders will encounter an unfamiliar relationship that includes policy, regulations and enforcement. There are great resources to guide founders through all aspects of customer discovery, but there aren’t yet great frameworks… Read More

Amazon begins offering refunds for unauthorized in-app purchases

May 31, 10:50PM

 Were you one of the many parents surprised to find hundreds of dollars’ worth of Smurfberries charged to your card a few years back? Amazon’s lax in-app purchasing requirements let kids all over the country buy coins and crystals to their hearts’ content, something the FTC frowned on. News that refunds would be available soon broke in April, and the time has come at last. Read More

Revenue, I choose you! The Pokémon Company's profits jump by 2,500 percent

May 31, 10:30PM

 It’s been a banner year for The Pokémon Company: Pokémon GO was a global phenomenon and the latest full-on Pokégame for the 3DS sold very well indeed. One would expect the company to be doing well financially — perhaps even doubling or tripling last year’s profits. Well, apparently it quinvigintupled them, which is to say multiplied by 25 times. (I had to look it up.) Read More

Silk Road founder loses his appeal, will serve a life sentence for online crimes

May 31, 10:04PM

 On Wednesday, an appellate court shot down Silk Road creator Ross Ulbricht’s effort to avoid spending the rest of his life behind bars. Two years ago, Ulbricht was sentenced to life in prison for his role in running the dark web exchange, best known as a once-thriving online marketplace for drug transactions. Ulbricht was sentenced in 2015 after a court found that he operated Silk Road… Read More

Mary Meeker's latest trends report highlights Silicon Valley's role in the future of healthcare

May 31, 9:47PM

 Mary Meeker’s latest Internet Trends Report, out today, was full of insights on how tech is shaping our future — including now in healthcare. This was the first year Meeker included healthcare in her report and it shows just how much of a role tech is going to play in improving our lives going forward. Here are a few key insights from the report. Read More

Hillary Clinton says pulling out of climate accords would hurt US businesses

May 31, 9:42PM

 As rumors swirl around President Trump’s decision to remain or withdraw from international climate accords, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had some choice words for the president from the stage of the Code Conference on Wednesday in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. Read More

Study suggests last-mile drone delivery could lower carbon footprint

May 31, 9:23PM

 There’s always been talk about how drones could improve the emissions situation produced by our truck-based delivery infrastructure. But you have to look into these things. A new study from University of Washington researchers indicates that drone delivery may indeed lead to a lower carbon footprint — if it’s done properly. Read More

Occipital launches low-cost AR/VR tracking platform for all-in-one headsets

May 31, 9:17PM

 Some of the most annoying parts of today’s virtual reality hardware are all the wires and the sensors needed to accurately track the headset. With all-in-ones, all of that hardware has to find its way into the headset and track your location in a low-power way. Today, Occipital is showing off a tracking platform optimized for all-in-one headsets that will allow users to traverse… Read More

Clinton: 'Email account was turned into the biggest scandal since Lord knows when'

May 31, 8:52PM

 Hillary Clinton appeared onstage at Code Conference on Wednesday in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. and reflected on why she lost the U.S. 2016 presidential election. Unsurprisingly, the widespread coverage of her unsecured email usage was a sour point. Read More

Hillary Clinton says the DNC has really, really bad data

May 31, 8:48PM

 In an interview that quickly turned into an election post-mortem, Hillary Clinton slammed the Democratic National Committee’s poor data for playing a role in her lost bid for the U.S. presidency. Read More

Essential is trying to build Android for the smart home

May 31, 8:43PM

 Andy Rubin’s appearance at the Code Conference last night went a ways toward answering some lingering questions about his new company, Essential. But the conversation primarily centered around the startup’s upcoming phone — Rubin left the dialogue around the company’s take on a smart phone hub, Home, intentionally vague. But the CEO did take the opportunity to… Read More

Box looks to woo Wall Street with its positive cash flow story

May 31, 8:14PM

 Like Box’s last quarterly check-in, the company once again touted that it had free cash flow in the first quarter this year as part of its Q1 earnings report today — a signal that Wall Street may be looking for as a barometer of its future health as a company. Read More

The best Meeker 2017 Internet Trends slides and what they mean

May 31, 8:09PM

 Here are the must-read stats about what’s happening with internet adoption, smartphones, ads, e-commerce, entertainment, gaming, enterprise healthcare, China, India and startups. We’ve picked the most important slides from legendary Kleiner Perkins partner Mary Meeker’s massive 355-page 2017 Internet Trends report, deciphered the complex data and explained why… Read More

Facing exclusion with data

May 31, 8:00PM

 What does Automattic – a technology company, MIT Center for Civic Media – a research powerhouse, and The Mash-Up Americans – my media firm, have in common? We’re all working together to have honest conversations, build empathy, and help make the world a more inclusive and compassionate place. In our second Design and Exclusion conversation, I was lucky enough to talk… Read More

Homeland Security says there is 'no timeline' for European laptop ban, but it's still an option

May 31, 7:20PM

 Business travelers between the U.S. and Europe can breathe a small sigh of relief and clutch their laptops a little closer — for now. Following a call between Secretary John Kelly and defense leads in Europe, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security issued a statement clarifying that it would not seek to ban laptops from the cabin on commercial flights from Europe at this time. Read More

Top Ten Automotive Startups competition open for submissions

May 31, 6:47PM

LAAS Technology Pavilion For the past few years, the Los Angeles Auto Show has hosted the Top Ten Automotive Startups competition. The event is now open for submissions through July 15, so if you’ve got an automotive app, service or cool bit of tech, now’s your chance. Read More

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