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Tim Cook says he tried to persuade Trump not to leave the Paris agreement "but it wasn't enough"

Jun 02, 1:47AM

 Donald Trump took to the White House Rose Gardens this afternoon to announce his plans to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement, and reactions from the leaders of some of the world’s biggest companies have been pouring in since. Within hours, Tesla CEO Elon Musk followed up on his promise to depart the president’s advisory team if we withdrew. Shortly thereafter,… Read More

OneLogin admits recent breach is pretty dang serious

Jun 02, 12:58AM

 OneLogin, a major access management service (think corporate-level password manager) alerted its users yesterday of “unauthorized access” to the data of its US-based users. That kind of thing isn’t always serious… but it turns out this one sure was. An update posted today reveals the hacker may have had very deep access indeed. Read More

US approves social media background checks for visa applicants

Jun 01, 11:43PM

 The U.S. is buttressing its paperwork walls with new requirements for social media disclosures as part of revised visa applications. Reported by Reuters earlier today, the decision from the U.S. government’s Office of Management and Budget was made over strenuous objections from education and academic groups during a public comment period. The new questionnaire will ask for social… Read More

The DJI Spark is fun, but not the mainstream drone we were promised

Jun 01, 11:18PM

 The Spark is, at once, an impressive feat of engineering and a reminder that drones are a ways from being true mainstream devices. It’s DJI’s smallest and cheapest drone by far, and the company also has tossed in some neat gesture control tricks that make you feel like Luke Skywalker for the 16 minutes it’s in the air. But there are still a lot of kinks to work out. Read More

Bumble is opening a physical space in New York for dates to meet up

Jun 01, 10:05PM

 What do popular dating apps and brick-and-mortar storefronts have in common? Until now, nothing. But that’s about to change, as Bumble, the popular female-led dating app is opening a pop-up location in New York City. Read More

The meeting that showed me the truth about VCs

Jun 01, 10:00PM

Jar of loose change by Tom Small I recently had a meeting with a well-known Israeli startup investor. The talk somehow pivoted from my seed-seeking startup into talking about the macro view of venture capital and how it doesn’t actually make sense. “Ninety-five percent of VCs aren’t profitable,” he said. It took me a while to understand what this really means. Read More

Voiceitt lets people with speech impairments use voice-controlled technology

Jun 01, 9:47PM

 Voice-controlled technology like Amazon Echo, Siri or hands-free features in Google Maps are things we’re starting to take for granted. But as Mary Meeker’s 2017 Internet Trends Report noted, voice controls are changing computer-human interfaces, and industries, broadly. Read More

Draper's DragonflEye cyber-bug takes flight

Jun 01, 9:19PM

 Back in January we heard about Draper’s efforts to outfit a living dragonfly with a sort of solar-powered mind control backpack. This project, known as DragonflEye, is cruising right along, and the R&D firm just released a video of the modified insect taking flight. Read More

Watch SpaceX launch its first reused Dragon capsule to resupply the ISS

Jun 01, 9:09PM

 Update: Today’s launch was scrubbed due to bad weather. They’ll try again on Saturday, June 3 at 5:07 PM EDT. Read More

Meal ingredient delivery service Blue Apron is the next big consumer IPO

Jun 01, 9:07PM

 Amidst an array of enterprise companies that have jumped on the IPO bandwagon following Snap’s successful IPO (aside from its more recent whiff of an earnings report), Blue Apron appears to be the next major consumer IPO. That’s important, because it continues the tone that both enterprise and consumer companies see an opportunity to go public. Read More

Yext passes its first test as a publicly traded company

Jun 01, 8:59PM

 Yext’s first earnings report as a publicly traded company seems to be a boringly pleasant one — but that’s a good thing for a company that needs to show strong performance out of the gate. Read More

Venture investors blast US decision to withdraw from Paris Climate Accord

Jun 01, 8:29PM

 Joining an overwhelming chorus that includes most Americans, several major businesses in the U.S. and much of the global community, several investors have come out swinging against President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord. Read More

Instagram celebrates Pride Month with a very rainbowy sticker set

Jun 01, 8:08PM

 There is no such thing as too many rainbows. For LGBTQ Pride Month, Instagram is rolling out a special set of pride-flavored features, including a sticker set (Instagram has stickers now, you’ve probably noticed) and a rainbow brush. Did I mention you can never have too many rainbows? Read More

Elon Musk leaving Trump advisory councils following Paris agreement withdrawal

Jun 01, 8:07PM

 Elon Musk is making good on his promise to leave President Trump’s White House advisory councils, he said today on Twitter. The Tesla and SpaceX CEO promised Wednesday he would step down from his official advisory roles with the administration should Trump go through with his plan to leave the Paris Climate Accord. Trump announced the U.S. would be removing itself form the agreement… Read More

Intel CEO explains why he spent $15 billion on Mobileye

Jun 01, 7:56PM

 Intel CEO Brian Krzanich was interviewed at Code Conference on Thursday, where he talked about his long-term vision for automobiles. He said his prediction that “the car of the future is going to look much more like a server” was a driving factor in their recent acquisition of Mobileye, the Israeli auto startup for which Intel paid more than $15 billion. Read More

Google's built-in Chrome ad-blocker said to be more of a quality filter

Jun 01, 7:53PM

 Google still has plans to introduce built-in advertising filters for its Chrome web browser, according to a new report from the Wall Street Journal, but it’s going to be more of a quality assurance feature, akin to existing tools in Chrome that prevent pop-ups from spawning in excess, and that warn users when they might be exposed to content that could harm their devices. The report… Read More

The reMarkable tablet is original and ambitious, unlike pretty much all the other ones

Jun 01, 7:05PM

 Years ago I called for a black and white computer, and that strange desire still lives within me today. While no one has yet taken me up on this amazing idea, the monochrome devices that do exist have improved, yet are still frustratingly limited in their capabilities. That’s why the reMarkable tablet is such a pleasure to me. They went full e-paper. Read More

Stripe launches Sigma, a new analytics tool to help businesses track payments data

Jun 01, 7:00PM

 Payments startup Stripe is always on the lookout for ways it can help its users make better use of its APIs, and occasionally builds new products to solve common problems they face. A good example of that is Sigma, a new data analytics tool the company is rolling out today. Read More

Facebook shareholders reject proposal for gender pay equity report

Jun 01, 6:35PM

 Facebook shareholders have once again rejected a proposal for Facebook to prepare a gender pay equity report to assess pay between men and women across race and ethnicity. A stockholder proposal called for Facebook to prepare a report by December 2017 around the company’s policies and goals to reduce the gender pay gap. Shareholders rejected a similar proposal last year. Read More

Ford's GoBike bike sharing service to launch across the Bay Area on June 28

Jun 01, 6:24PM

 Ford’s mobility play isn’t just about new modes of using cars – GoBike, its bike sharing program, is also part of that same vision. The GoBike program is set to launch in earnest across the San Francisco Bay Area by the end of June, the company announced today, and will be available to all residents using either physical Bay Area transit Clipper cards or the Ford GoBike app.… Read More

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