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The Internet Broke Emergency Alerts

America’s emergency notification systems were first built for war, and then rebuilt for peace. A false alarm in Hawaii shows that they didn’t anticipate how media works in the smartphone era.<p>It’s hard to imagine a worse way to be awoken on a Saturday morning in paradise than with a blaring Klaxon …

Mobile Devices

The history of 2017 in seven charts

The graphic lowdown on wage equality, gun violence, sexual harassment, transgender discrimination, terrorism, Trump … and pet transport<p>When we try to remember 2017 (or more likely, try to forget it), there’s a list of names and places that immediately come to mind – Trump, Weinstein and Las Vegas, …

Sexual Harassment

Jeff Bezos donates $33 million to scholarship fund for 'dreamers'

Jeffrey P. Bezos, founder of Amazon and owner of The Washington Post, announced Friday that he is donating $33 million to a scholarship fund for young "dreamers," immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children.<p>The donation comes amid fresh pressure from business leaders as talks on …

Jeff Bezos

Ingredients for life found in meteorites that crashed to Earth

<b>(CNN) —</b> Although two 4.5-billion-year-old meteorites crashed to Earth in 1998, it's taken until now to uncover some of their secrets.<p>The two meteorites, called Monahans and Zag, are the first discovered to contain the ingredients for life: liquid water, amino acids, hydrocarbons and other organic …

Astronomy

FCC weakens net neutrality rule in a prelude to larger rollbacks

An FCC order today reduced the reach of a net neutrality rule requiring broadband providers to share certain data regarding their services. Originally, providers with less than 100,000 subscribers were exempt; the order raises that number to 250,000 — potentially allowing more companies to escape …

Net Neutrality

CyberPowerPC intros VR-ready PC for $499, or $1,100 with Oculus Rift

CyberPowerPC has introduced a new entry-level virtual reality-ready pre-built PC with AMD’s Radeon RX 470 on board for $499 at Best Buy and Amazon. That’s a new low for an off-the-shelf VR-capable configuration, and it’s also available as a bundle with Oculus Rift for $1,099.98 — or exactly what …

cyberpowerpc

Super Mario Run tops 5 million downloads on day one, but half reviews are just one star

Pokémon Go, step aside. In the first 24 hours, Nintendo’s Super Mario Run has beaten the record-breaking Pokémon game in terms of day one downloads. According to data from Apptopia, Super Mario Run saw 2,850,000 downloads in its first day on the App Store, compared with the 900,000 Pokémon Go had …

App Store

Five principles for building the next great video platform

Michael Segal Contributor<p>Michael Segal is a senior associate at Bessemer Venture Partners, where he focuses on early-stage investments in consumer video, SaaS and e-commerce. He previously co-founded several consumer startups, including Skylight Frame and Curio Road.<p>Ethan Kuzweil Contributor<p>Ethan …

Marketing

HTC set to bring VR to ‘thousands’ of arcades in Asia by end of 2017

Arcades haven’t really been popular in the States since the 90s. As gaming consoles have gotten cheaper, it just became a lot easier for people to have advanced gaming experiences without leaving their living room. With virtual reality, systems are still quite costly and there’s an opportunity to …

Virtual Reality

Lume Cube is back on Kickstarter with a smartphone-friendly light source

When Lume Cube first crashed into the world’s consciousness, they did so with an $80 smartphone-controlled, waterproof light aimed at the GoPro-loving extreme sports market. Today, the company launched a Kickstarter campaign for Life Lite, its followup. Life Lite is 33 percent less bright, but also …

Crowd Funding

The head of 3D for Windows explains how the feature became a new centerpiece for the OS

Microsoft’s future is three-dimensional. Up to now, we’ve seen the company embrace the notion in dribs and drabs, through the HoloLens and its work with Minecraft. But earlier this week, at an event in New York City, the company went all in, making 3D content creation a core principle of both its …

Printing

Microsoft shows off a new $100 input method with the Surface Dial

Okay, this is cool. Microsoft kind of powered past the Surface Dial in all of the pomp and circumstance around the new Creators Update version of Windows 10 and the Surface Studio all in one, but the new wireless peripheral offers up some interesting new methods for interacting with the company …

Windows 10

Microsoft announces a super sleek and powerful all-in-one PC

And now you can add desktop PCs to the portfolio of devices Microsoft makes.<p>Joining the Surface family is the new Surface Studio, the company's first …

Microsoft passes on updating the Surface Pro

Microsoft announced a flurry of hardware at its Surface event, but there was one very conspicuous omission: a new Surface Pro tablet. For the first time in a long while, a year will come and go without an updated version of Microsoft's most iconic computer. There haven't been any quiet spec bumps …

Microsoft announces new VR headsets for Windows 10, starting at $299

Microsoft’s partners will ship a new line of virtual reality headsets to take advantage of Windows 10’s VR and holographic capabilities. At today’s event, Microsoft said that the headsets will start at $299 and will include inside-out tracking sensors, obviating the need for external cameras or …

Virtual Reality

Why Tim Cook is Steve Ballmer

What happens to a company when a visionary CEO is gone? Most often, innovation dies and the company coasts for years on momentum and its brand. Rarely does it regain its former glory.<p>Here’s why.<p>Microsoft entered the 21st century as <i>the</i> dominant software provider for anyone who interacted with a …

Smartwatch sales are tanking

Maybe not everyone is convinced they need a smartwatch? According to a new industry report from IDC out this morning, smartwatch shipments experienced “significant” declines in the third quarter, as total shipments were down 51.6 percent from the same time last year. Just 2.7 million units were …

Wearable Tech

Weengs, a shipping service for online sellers, picks up backing from LocalGlobe, Cherry, and Seedcamp

Weengs, a U.K. startup that has developed a shipping service for small retailers and online sellers that takes care of the hand and leg work (quite literally) required to send out orders, has picked up £2.2 million in backing. It plans to use the capital to expand beyond London, including other …

eCommerce

Researchers sabotage 3D printer files to destroy a drone

Researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU), the University of South Alabama, and Singapore University of Technology and Design have successfully injected malicious code into a computer which, in turn, added invisible commands to a file containing a 3D model of a drone propeller. When …

Drones

IoT startup and smart cam-maker Smartfrog raises further €20M

Dublin and Berlin-based Internet of Things (IoT) startup Smartfrog has raised €20 million in further funding, meaning that the smart cam maker has managed to pull in €28 million in total despite only launching roughly a year ago. The latest investment breaks down into €15 million equity and €5 …

Investing

CoreOS brings Redspread into its fold to improve its Tectonic container management service

CoreOS today announced that it has hired the founders of Redspread, a Y Combinator-incubated company that helps enterprises deploy their software on Kubernetes container clusters, and that Redspread’s open source tools are now part of the CoreOS family.<p>In its announcement today, CoreOS simply said …

Microsoft employees love Satya Nadella a lot more than they did Steve Ballmer

In fact, Microsoft is a happier company overall than Apple for the first time since UBS started tracking employee sentiment in 2012. The study uses data from Glassdoor to track everything from CEO approval to opportunities for career advancement to overall outlook for the business.<p>"The overall …

How startups can use data to grow smarter

Tech investing isn’t what it used to be — even compared to six months ago.<p>Investors are applying greater scrutiny to deals. Many wonder if the days of the mega round that produced the likes of Snapchat, Uber and Magic Leap are fading quickly. Founders are realizing they can’t favor growth over …

startups

Salesforce officially walks away from Twitter acquisition for real this time

Salesforce wants to make things super clear for everyone — no, the company won’t buy Twitter. Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff gave an interview to the FT and said that the company ruled out the acquisition.<p>“In this case we’ve walked away. It wasn’t the right fit for us,” Benioff told the FT. If you …

Salesforce

Pluto TV, a free streaming service for cord cutters, raises $30 million more

Pluto TV, a video streaming service targeting cord cutters by offering a TV-guide like experience that connects you to hundreds of online channels, has raised $30 million in Series B funding, valuing the business at $140 million. The new funding comes from ProSieben of Germany, one of Europe’s …

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GitHub is raising a secondary round

We’re hearing from several sources that a secondary financing round is in the works for GitHub, following its last $250 million financing round that valued it at $2 billion in July last year. However, there’s a little bit of interesting chatter beyond that they’re raising a secondary for potential …

A new private space race as Boeing CEO says he’ll beat SpaceX to Mars

Competition breeds progress, so it’s a bit thrilling to hear Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg say that he’s going to beat SpaceX to Mars in terms of delivering real humans to the surface of the red planet.<p>Muilenburg said that he’s “convinced the first person to step foot on Mars will arrive there …

Space Travel

HBO’s Westworld is the robotic cowboy headtrip that you didn’t know you were waiting for

Expectations are ridiculously high as <i>Westworld</i> rides onto HBO tonight. The first season cost a reported $100 million to make, and it’s being pitched in some quarters as the new <i>Game of Thrones</i>.<p>When you’ve got any TV show with that much hype, some disappointment seems inevitable, but judging from the …

Game of Thrones

Avast CEO on why it’s just spent $1.4BN to absorb security rival AVG

Security firm Avast has today confirmed the completion of a $1.4 billion acquisition of fellow Czech-based antivirus company AVG. The deal will see Avast’s customer base nearly double — swelling from 230 million to more than 400 million in total, 160M of whom are mobile users.<p>The acquisition was …

Mobile Devices